They Shoot Gender-Nonspecific Pronouns, Don’t They?

Consider this sentence: A good writer must befriend his local bartender. (This is where Leah will remind us that my opinions don’t represent the company.) Seriously, sentences like this one are heavy with the potential for offense because they either include those who do not wish to be included (the good writer who doesn’t drink) Read more about They Shoot Gender-Nonspecific Pronouns, Don’t They?[…]

Opening lines….Hook your reader immediately by Alicia Dean

In today’s society, modern conveniences have spoiled us to instant gratification. We live in a rush, rush world and have little time or patience for waiting…for anything. For me, back when I was younger, reading a novel meant a lengthy relationship that I settled into, one in which I allowed myself time to become engaged. Read more about Opening lines….Hook your reader immediately by Alicia Dean[…]

Audio chat with debut novelist Elvy Howard

About a month ago I sat down with Edward Allen author Elvy Howard, in her lovely Virginia home, to talk about her new (debut) release, “Love on a Half Shell.” “Love on a Half Shell” tells the story of thirty-something Rae Green (single, no children) who is called one night to take custody of her Read more about Audio chat with debut novelist Elvy Howard[…]

Using Your Words: Growth and Maintenance of the Writer’s Vocabulary

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” — Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride I see a disturbing trend rising in the new world of publishing. I see lots of writers who could use a vocabulary boost. This manifests itself in a couple of ways: either writers Read more about Using Your Words: Growth and Maintenance of the Writer’s Vocabulary[…]

New release – Love on a Half Shell by Elvy Howard

Love on a Half Shell by Elvy Howard Now available in trade paperback at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Google Books and more. We’re thrilled to announce the release of Love on a Half Shell by debut novelist Elvy Howard. Love on a Half Shell tells the story of Rae Green, 30-something single woman, who takes custody of Read more about New release – Love on a Half Shell by Elvy Howard[…]

The written form of English is . . . weird

I spent the bulk of the past weekend proofreading, a task that made me not only question every grammar rule I’ve ever learned, but my own sanity. Maybe the cause was my backwards reading, from back to front, so I could pick up errors (and not get caught up in the story). In my fervor Read more about The written form of English is . . . weird[…]