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Should we stifle our characters/books in case we offend

NO we totally should not stifle our characters/books in case we offend. If a story needs a character to be offensive then so be it. Putting a warning in the book or a short warning with the blurb is very sensible then it is the choice of the reader to buy it or not.

Check out the rest of this blog by the lovely Maria Gibbs.

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More and more I am seeing people say that they are getting bad reviews because they didn’t warn the reader of something that may potentially offend them. A love story that contains an affair or anything that someone may find controversial.

What is a book?

A story that is either a reflection on real life or a trip into a fantasy world which has no connection to reality. We will never be able to write 100% to please every reader and what works for one person will rub raw on another.

I have a love story that is bouncing back between me and my editor at the moment and she, rightly so, has pointed out some comments that my characters have made or thought that could be seen as offensive. I have chosen to leave them in, however, because I believe this to be a reflection on the time that…

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Calling Indie Horror/Thriller Authors! #IndieAuthors #horror #thriller

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For the month of October, Books & Such will again be featuring Bad Moon Rising, 31 days of horror/thriller writers!   If you’re an indie author of horror/thriller books, and would like to be featured, send me your info.  This is an opportunity not only for free publicity and book sales (hopefully), but also to crawl out from under your colossal TBR piles and buy more books!  Each post will feature one of your releases, a blurb, author bio, contact links, buy links, and a short interview.  If you’d like to include a giveaway or have alternative ideas for your post, I’m open to suggestions.

This is the third year of Bad Moon Rising and spots tend to fill up fast, so if you’d like to be included, email me at tpolen6@gmail.com.

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Copy Catz.

Love the work of this young poet well worth checking out her books
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bernie-the-Bolt./e/B074CBKKYR

Bernie-the-Bolt {Poet}

Copy Catz with Flat Caps.
Licking Toothpaste from the Taps.
That drizzles and oozes, sweet fire.
Our hearts desire is to be a Copy Cat.
Rat-a-tat-tat. Daft bat. Scratch that.
Hang on Sling-Shot by a Steely Gong.
Isn’t Impersonating another, quite wrong?
Lost your marbles, can’t dance – strong?
Copy Catz with mangled feathers.
Playing out in all walks of weathers.
Sugar coated lips, leak with Chaos.
Adios please kiss it goodbye.
Because waking up with a yellowy
needle leaking from your eye,
is one big messy pigsty.
In salty butter, you’ll fry.
Then we’ll roast you like a Peanut,
KP on the Menu; ever dry.
Originality lingers, but doesn’t prevail.
You’d rather steal what’s already on sale.
Like Jonah floating inside the mouth of:
Free Willy’s, Enormous Whale.
Laughter might haunt and mock.
But don’t rock to the beat of its clock.
That encapsulates you inside its:
Two-Toned, Leather…

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How To Instantly Get More Traffic To Your Blog

This is an old post I came across through a blogger but a useful little tip

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Here’s a little trick that will instantly get more traffic to your blog if, like me, you prefer to get notification emails whenever a blog you follow publishes a new post.

  • Go to your blog’s dashboard
  • Click on ‘Settings’
  • Click on ‘Reading’
  • Next to ‘For each article in a feed, show’ click the ‘Summary’ box.

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  • Click on ‘Save Changes’ at the bottom of the page

Now, whenever you publish a new post, instead of the whole post being visible on the email (which followers can read without visiting your blog), they will need to click on the link in the email to be able to view and read the whole post on your blog. This will register as a new view in your blog stats.

Here’s an example of an email I get from WordPress when Suzie, at Suzie Speaks, publishes a new blog post. She already uses the above method.

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WIP ‘One Night in Fabulous Shoes’ teaser

 

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One Night in Fabulous Shoes

Generally I am a wallflower, I rarely get asked to dance other than with the elderly gents who seem to take it upon themselves to make sure each lovely lady has at least one dance on the grand ballroom floor, during the special ‘Ladies Night’ event. It is the opportunity for ‘a knees up’ in the old fashioned way with men in their formal attire with black tie and the ladies in elegant ball gowns.

I had been thinking of giving the event a miss this year, but I simply adore the old traditions and all too soon many of them are being lost and forgotten.  So I had an idea, I would set myself one day of shopping and if no ball gown was found, that I loved, then I would decline this year. Well you probably guessed, I did find that gown hence why would I be sitting here playing wallflower?

The shoes came first, the ones that drew me in had centre stage in the store window, high atop a pedestal that looked like it should have been holding scrumptious cakes. The store lighting was harsh but it shone down upon those shoes causing a thousand jewels to glitter and glimmer around all the other displays. For me it was love at first glance. . .

At the Ball

It is very rare for single males to grace the event but there was ‘something in the air tonight’ (“Oh lord”, sorry bit of Genesis popped into my head then) or maybe it was the glass or three of red I had consumed whilst toasting ‘His Worshipful Master’ hic!

Suddenly I had a ‘Westside Story’ moment, the music slowed and the dancefloor cleared. Across the room was a pure vision of gentlemanliness. Yes, tall dark and most certainly handsome, he seemed to be wearing some type of dress uniform; very dapper (I can use that word as we are currently at an old fashioned event and etiquette allows me to use it).

After the Event

As dawn crept across the land the birds were singing outside in the golden autumnal trees, the sun was glinting off my fabulous silver shoes.    All of a sudden the memories flooded back, I closed my eyes and imagined being once again in his arms. . .      but had it simply been a beautiful dream?

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So that was a little teaser from just one of my WIPs (work in progress) this was inspired by a big home clear out. I discovered I had 50 pairs of shoes and thought ‘What can I do with that many shoes’ so besides giving many away to charity I began to write some short stories inspired by each pair. The above was inspired by these beauties below

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Watch this space for more news and up dates on this WIP. Thanks for dropping by.

I have been checking out other blogs and noticed some people have set Wednesday as their WIP share day and I might just take up this idea myself. Click HERE to check out Bryn’s Blog.

Happy Reading

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