Life Is A Whirlwind

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A lot of exciting things have been happening in my writing life in 2018. For one thing, I actually got a bite from an agent! I have been querying Heritage Lost for about 2 1/2 years, off and on. After taking a break, I’d picked up querying at the beginning of this year, and unlike past querying cycles, I wasn’t getting form letters … I was receiving silence. I’d rather have the form letters than the silent rejections.

Then, while I was on a business trip to California in April, I woke up — one of those situations where the brain is just awake. Unable to slip back to sleep, I did what any person does in the 21st century: I went to browse my cellphone, and I saw the email. My innards instantly cringed upon seeing a response to one of my queries from February as I just expected a form letter rejection. I opened it, and I could not believe my eyes. It was a FULL manuscript request. I won’t lie after reading those words, I was jumping up and down in that hotel room, quiet screaming. I did not go back to sleep afterward, even though it was pretty early in California.

I’m still waiting to hear back from the agent on that manuscript, but it is my understanding that they have a fairly large backlog, so I can patiently wait. But in the meantime, I continue to focus on other projects.

New Short Story On The Way

"Long Way Down" is coming to Amazon Kindle on Friday, July 6. Be on the look out for more information!

“Long Way Down” is coming to Amazon Kindle on Friday, July 6. Be on the lookout for more information!

Back in 2014, I had participated in a micro-fiction contest that Tipsy Lit (which appears to be no more) had held. The contests (weekly or monthly, I can’t recall) limited submissions to 500 words, and each one of these contests had a specific theme, which made it a lot of fun. The theme for this particular week/month was “Choices, Choices,” and my piece — Long Way Down put three unattended children, trapped in a war zone, into a rather precarious situation. The piece stuck with me, and over the years, I have been expanding it to its current state.

Having no word limit, I enjoyed being able to dive more into Yuu’s character: a preteen who has lost her family and has been surviving on her own for so long that she struggles on whether to help a pair of siblings trapped in similar circumstances or not. Continue reading

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Acceptance Cover And Blurb Revealed

Acceptance by S.M. Wright Cover

Acceptance arrives Friday, Nov. 24, on the Kindle. Link to Amazon coming soon.

 

After much blood, sweat, and tears (so many tears), I’m pleased to reveal the cover of Acceptance, the first story in The Augur’s Rose Series. I drew and painted it in Photoshop CS4 using my Wacom Bamboo tablet. The process included many layers,  various reference photos for the lovely hooded crow (Vidar), and a copious number of Bob Ross photos for encouragement — particularly when it came to capturing the “happy” grass. Continue reading

“Sisters” — A short romp through history

 

If you are looking for a short read, I highly recommend that you head over to Amazon quickly! Rachelle M.N. Shaw’s latest short story is free, and as my dad says (and he always does say it), nothing is better than free. To top it off, it’s a quality character-driven piece that focuses on the relationship of two sisters. I don’t want to say too much; however, those with siblings will likely relate to the challenges of growing up together and the morphing of the blood ties that always tie you to each other.

The free deal will be running through until tomorrow at midnight — so don’t turn into a pumpkin by passing up on this opportunity! And for those who use GoodReads (I don’t use it half as much as I should), you can reach the book via the following link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35219698-sisters.

App Review: Kindle Buffet

As writers, we love to read. And like most creative types, we are often poor. So what better than a smorgasbord of free Kindle ebooks? This is where Kindle Buffet — available on both Google Play and iTunes — comes in handy by providing you with your daily menu of free Kindle books. While you can Google or hunt for free ebooks via a variety of different sources, Kindle Buffet cuts down on the time spent in the act by pulling up the cream of the crop as it were.

I first learned of this app from my frugal friend who has a Kindle and of course had to have it. Fortunately, I was able to download the app for my Android phone, and over the course of using the app, I’ve found several fascinating books from cookbooks and nonfiction to fantasy novels. And the big plus? Well, if you end up not liking something, there is no reason to fret: You are only out the time, not the money.

When you launch the app, you are greet by the Editor’s Choice. This page features approximately eight editor picks, plus a couple of top bargains for the day. These picks often feature a wide variety from romance and thriller to politics, though I’ve notice a tendency to lean more toward the romance. With each book entry on the Editor’s Choice page, you are told the genre of the book, plus provided a summary and a brief bio for the author.

On the same page is the Bargains for Today section, which features ebooks that have had a huge cut in price. For example, “Unbreakable: My Story, My Way” by the late Jenni Rivera normally sells for $9.99 but today is only $1.99 — not bad, right? Of course, both the Bargains of the Today and the Editor’s Choice update daily, so each day there will be something new to discover, which is always nice.

However, if nothing on the Editor’s Choice catches your fancy, that’s alright! Just hit the Fiction Top Sellers tab and select from whatever genre will satisfy your reading needs, or just select the Top Free Fiction titles. Once you select what you are looking for, you will be directed to the Amazon website itself to free eBooks of your chosen genre. You can do the exact same thing with nonfiction titles with genres like: cooking, food and wine; advice & how-to; children’s nonfiction; and so on.

Beyond books, this app also highlights free apps that are available through Amazon. If you have an Android, Kindle Buffet will also highlight general free apps.

Now you might be wondering, how come these books are discounted or free. Well often, the author or publisher choose to do so, more often than not to gain exposure. According to Weber Books, the maker of the app, these giveaways can be used to spark additional sales of an author’s previous books. Of course, they also note: “Kindle freebies are a hotly debated topic among authors. Many believe that the giveaways devalue all books, making it harder for each author to earn a living. They argue that readers will buy far fewer books if the market is flooded with freebies. However, perhaps an equal number of authors — including many highly successful ones — believe that the giveaways provide invaluable exposure, enabling them to broaden their fan base and ultimately sell more books.”

No matter what your viewpoint is on ebooks or freebies, Kindle Buffet is a fun app for the average user and holds the possibility of introducing a reader to a new favorite author or book. So happy reading!