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Guest Post from Madison Daniel

Madison Daniel


My Youth


I’ve been an artist and writer at heart, all my life. I’ve always written in some form, from designing mini comic books with lined paper and crayons, to shaping poems and music into songs. I’ve always created in some form and it all started with an overactive imagination when I was a kid. And what influenced that young and squishy brain of mine the most? Easy…cartoons.


I love cartoons. I loved them when I was a little boy and I love them today. So I figured I’d give you a lesson in the old school, a walk down memory lane. The best and most influential eye candy from my youth.




My earliest memory of television is enjoying Bugs, Daffy, Taz and the rest of the crew. They introduced me to my inner prankster, my instinct for slapstick and my love of moving images. I still believe that coyote can eventually get that speedy bird. And a little man from Mars with a silly voice will always bring a smile to my face!




There is ONE truth and ONE truth only. “One shall stand. One shall fall.” If there were no Transformers cartoon from the 80’s, there would probably not be a Madison Daniel. At least not the imagination machine you see before you. That’s how much this show and series meant/means to me. I spent every Saturday morning rooting on these amazing robots. I spent my afternoon hours playing with the toys. (psst…I still have some of them!) My forever hero will always be the BIG, BOLD, HONORABLE Autobot leader Optimus Prime.




Go lions!!! While I spent my mornings with the transforming robots above, I spent my childhood afternoons (after school), glued to the TV screen cheering on the heroic defender of the universe! I used to get off the school bus and literally run home as fast as I could to catch the newest episode. I was addicted. Still kinda am. Ha!




Thundercats! Hoooooo!!! One of the coolest swords in 80’s history. I still remember chasing the family dog around with a plastic replica of the famous Lion-o sword! Hahaha. This cartoon has recently been given the anime treatment and has a brand new series on TV again. Not too shabby!





My latest addiction is none other than the short lived, yet often acclaimed, Invader Zim. This fantastic slice of demented heaven premiered in 2004/2005 and instantly became my favorite. No longer on the air, but still immensely popular. I personally still quote this show an a daily basis. “Give me all your meeeeat!” Ha! I hope that one day, they will bring back all the original creators and make another round of episodes. Zim is easily my favorite anti-hero in all of cartoons. Best voice acting ever…EVER! ;)


There you have it. My youth in colorful bliss! Thanks for taking the time to get to know what shaped my spirit. You rock…and…


That’s all folks!!! ~ M


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Why Emma Michaels Loves to Write!

What do you love about writing?

Writing is the ultimate freedom. You sit down at your desk in your normal life and suddenly you can do anything you want in any world you choose to create. Growing up with asthma and other health difficulties that have always limited how much I have been able to do really made me crave the freedom to be able to do more and reach for more. Before moving from Los Angeles to Washington State I didn’t really allow myself that freedom until my fiancé after the move asked me what I had always wanted to be (not the answer you tell everyone, but that one you keep a secret because if you tried for it and it didn’t happen it would break your heart).

I admitted my love of writing and he encouraged me to pursue it. It was almost as though all I had really needed was for someone to figure it out and tell me to go for it because from there I started writing and I haven’t stopped! I guess I have never realized how obvious it was to those around me that my true passion was reading and writing (I was the girl with a room stuffed to the brim with notebooks and who always tried to take out just a few books over the library maximum to have checked out at one time).

I feel like writing is so much more than just an outlet for emotions and creativity, it is a chance to get to create that world that you feel pulled towards, then step away from it and find another and another. It is an adventure. The saying a man who reads lives many lifetimes within the span of his own, also stretches to writing. I get to live through my characters and do things I would never actually have the possibilities to even contemplate.

I love writing because through words we are given the power to create, learn to understand and explore.

Thank you for having me on your blog and to everyone reading!



Make sure you pick up Owlet released on October 13th – Look at that cover!!

Guest Post from Ren Reidy

 Reader’s opinion on “How to write an attention grabbing synopsis”

Hey everyone! I’m Ren from A Little Bit of R&R review blog. Emily was kind enough to let me hijack her blog for the day to give you a
guest post :-) . The synopsis is just as important to me as the story. I usually drop the book down on my list if I don’t like the synopsis. It’s very important to grab the reader’s attention without giving away the whole story. I think building a catchy synopsis would vary depending upon the genre. I’m a big paranormal fan, but I also enjoy reading romance and other sub genres. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to write one, but I can give a few suggestions.

I like a synopsis that is written from the characters point of view. I’ve only seen a few that were written this way and it always catches my attention. That may prove difficult if the book is written in third person or alternating POV’s, but it’s always worth a try. As an example, one of my favorite blurbs would be for Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. You can check out the blurb HERE.

It’s also important to introduce the main character. I like to know the “who’s who” before I start a book. It almost makes me feel a little more attached to them, kind of like a first meeting lol…

Give a little tease :-) I LOVE juicy hooks!! If it’s a romance novel, give us something that will make us swoon. I have read some books that had some amazing comic relief and I wish they had added some part of that to the synopsis.

Don’t give away too much of the plot. I recently read a book where the blurb gave away a big part of the build up. It was a bit of a turn-off, but the story was still enjoyable.

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Other Authors Thoughts on Synopsis Writing!

Emily Walker – Is it the easiest or hardest part of writing for you??

Cat Miller – Ugh… Writing the synopsis is the hardest part of writing for me. I find it very difficult to extract just a few bullet points from the story to create a synopsis or a blurb that will pull potential readers in.

Emily Walker – Is writing the synopsis of a novel your favorite or least favorite part, and why??

Brian McKinley – Oh, I hate trying to write a synopsis! You spend all that time trying to make your novel complex and full of nuance, then you have to throw all that away and write a bare bones summary of plot points that still somehow manages to capture the tone and style of the original! It’s one of my least favorite things.

Emily Walker – How do you feel about writing the synopsis?

Patricia Logan – It depends. When I first started writing and submitting, all publishers required a synopsis with a submission. I provided one as required. They were as important to publishers as blurbs. I think they are important as I outline a book, so that I know where I’m going. Other than that, I don’t really see the need for one. They are kind of old school in my humble opinion.

Emily Walker- Is writing the synopsis your favorite or least favorite part of writing and why??

Carrie Ann Ryan – Both. LOL. I enjoy writing the parts to get the hooks in. I also like thinking about what the goals and conflicts are in small parts. But I don’t like having to take a 300 page book and put it in a small section LOL.

Emily Walker – How do you feel about writing the synopsis??

Anne Brooke – I really hate writing synopsis and try to avoid it whenever possible! For my last 3 novels (the Gathandrian fantasy trilogy), I’ve paid for an independent editor and asked her to write the synopsis as well. Bliss! When I have to write a synopsis for the short stories I submit, I moan and groan my way through them, and hope it makes sense at the end!






Zoe Harrington – Guest Post – A Fork in the Road

A Fork in the Road

Zoe Harrington

Anyone who takes writing seriously has spared a thought about publishing options. Most serious writers want to get their stories out there. So, naturally, they research different options.

There are two clear routes down the road to publishing. One is Traditional and the other is Indie (self-publishing.) Often, writers spend a lot of their time – months even – weighing the pros and cons of both. It’s like coming to that proverbial fork in the road; only nowadays there isn’t path less traveled by.

What if it wasn’t all so black and white?

What if you could hike through the forest between the roads?

You can.

Say you want to go Traditional, but you’re not ready yet. You want to do other things as well as writing; you don’t want those massive deadlines to loom over your head. You could go Indie. The deadlines, should you choose to set any, would be your own. If you miss one, there’s no one there making you feel bad. But at some point in the future, you want to try a major publisher. Guess what? If your Indie sales are poor, you’ve ruined your chances of a publishing contract. What are you going to do? Are you going to risk your dream for a shot at self-pub?

There is a third option, a grey area so to speak. Have you ever heard of wattpad? Maybe Authonomy? If you haven’t, allow me to sum them up.

These sites hold thousands of free books – all online for you to read. If you sign up, you can comment, vote and add your favourites to a bookshelf/reading list. You know what else you can do? You can upload your own writing. Get it out there, where potentially thousands of readers are waiting. You can set your copyright preferences (on wattpad) and because of the sites nature, copy & paste is disabled, so you don’t have to worry about someone stealing your work.

Many of you may be thinking, ‘But isn’t this something on amateurs do?’

I’m not going to lie; there are amateurs on both sites. But if you look at half of the books self published yearly, aren’t they amateur as well? It isn’t any different. In fact, I know talented published authors – Traditional and Indie – that also put their books on wattpad.

You’d be surprised how good the talent is on these things.

I plan on hiking through the forest that is wattpad. When the time is right, I’ll hitch a lift down the Traditional route. Until then, I’m going to enjoy the flexibility of it, and the exposure.

I don’t think it’s a bad idea, but what do you think?

A/N: If you have any questions about these sites, you can email me at zoe-harrington(@)live(.)co(.)uk 

Tara Brown Guest Post

Tara Brown is here to discuss the New Adult genre with us!



Young Adults have been reading above their grade level since even before The Mysteries of Udolpho was printed and read by candlelight, for shame of being discovered by ones parents. Reading of scandal and debauchery has been frowned upon longer than anyone alive can recall and yet it is what we want to read. Just look at the success of Gossip Girl, not even going to lie I am a Chuck fan to the death.
In the 1950s two books took the YA world by storm, Catcher in the Rye and Lord of the Flies. They were edgy and truly what young people wanted to read about. The days of Treasure Island and Swiss Family Robinson were short lived as novels began to delve into the changes young adults faced.
Nowadays the line between YA and Adult has started to blur as the books hitting the shelves bring sexual content and language that no tween should be reading about. The problem isn’t persuading kids to stay on their side of the line but persuading women over twenty-five to stay on theirs. Just as there was a shift in the 50s we are again seeing another change in YA novels. It is the gap being filled where the line gets hazy and YA become Adult.
I am one of the housewife/moms guilty of the offense of reading far below my grade level. Like any other woman, I can’t help myself. I may be on the 5th anniversary of my 29th birthday but I feel eighteen most days. I may be in a happy relationship where I feel safe and comfortable but I still want the newness of young love and attraction. At 34 years old forbidden fruit is a very attractive prospect, in a novel.
We only truly appreciate the purity and sexual tension of young love when we are older. I want young romance, angst, stolen glances and then I want sex. I love YA, I love the fresh and exciting feel of it but as a big girl I want a satisfying scene or two. Hand holding and stolen kisses build me up but I’m not fifteen. This is where YA falls short and NA is born.
The new genre NA is where the older female reader is brought into a world where young love and romance is brought to life, in a satisfying way. The genre is not for the faint of heart, there is swearing and there is love making. Sometimes it’s not even about love, depending on the sub-genre you’re reading.
There is definitely such a thing as too adult just as there is too innocent. I am neither. I am somewhere in the middle. I don’t always want to read a grown up book with perplexing themes and underlying plots that I have to rationalize out later on in life. I don’t have a lot of free time. I also don’t want a book that builds me up to the point of vibration and then ends. I am a woman, I crave physical description.
New Adult is the place to find this. Not too grown up and yet too mature to really be YA.
I believe it’s the missing link, it swims in the pool with the mermaids and young girls but then walks on the land amid the dust and debris of the complex adult novel industry. The themes are older and more intriguing but with the fresh and exciting newness of YA.
Truly it is a win win no matter the sub genre you prefer.
As always I’ve probably given more than my two cents so spend it wisely and go check out some NA novels. This site is a great place to find some.

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Guest Post From Jay Mims!

My guest blogger today is Jay Mims, a clever author with lots of suspense in his novels. I asked him to talk about how to write good suspense and his response had me laughing over my coffee this morning! Enjoy!

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So what makes for good suspense? Consider a man, Albert Harris, who walks out his front door and tosses a brick up in the air.

Obviously, the wide range of what is suspenseful is fairly open. Getting ketchup from a bottle can be pretty suspenseful. Poor Albert once spent a good three minutes thumping a glass bottle, trying to get some tomatoey goodness onto his burger. He was now staring up, watching the rapid trajectory of the brick as it soared into the air.

But, what makes interesting suspense? Yes, we’ve all had the ketchup problem (well unless you’ve never used ketchup, or never used a glass bottle…in which case I’m not sure what to compare it to, aside from endlessly squeezing the last bit of toothpaste).

So let’s pretend for a moment that you want to write suspense. You want to do something dynamic like a murder mystery. Well, obviously you have two choices: You can tell us who did it or not. Though, it’s always important as a writer that you know who did it. Unless you’re madlibbing, in which case more power to you.

Unfortunately, it was at this moment that Albert was hit by a water balloon. This was mostly unfortunate because he was mildly hydrophobic. And liked the shirt he was wearing. It was light red, and was now turning more maroon. Albert had always disliked maroon, as it was the same color as the fancy napkins at Trop Cher, the restaurant where the love of his life broke his heart.

But, how do you keep it suspenseful? Well, if the audience already knows who the killer is, then we wonder if the person will get away with it. If the killer is sympathetic, we want them to escape, because who doesn’t love a smooth criminal? On a side note, White Collar probably has one of the smoothest criminals on television. That dude is cool personified.

Of course, it was the neighborhood terror who had assailed Albert with a balloon. Granted, it would have been more interesting if a roving band of balloonists had appeared in his quiet suburban haven, but Tommy Jenkins was more than enough to keep things interesting. He had a grin on his face and a balloon in his other hand. Albert frowned in disapproval.

Then again, you can always make the detective sympathetic. Consider Columbo. We always knew who had done it, and we knew our favorite policeman was going to catch his man (or woman).  But, it was always about the how. That was what made it so suspenseful, what kept us watching. We could see the train coming, but what was going to be the straw that broke the camel’s back?

Albert raised a finger, feeling the bubbling of rage. A thousand broken windows, burning sacks, and speeding bicycles flashed before his eyes. This was the moment. The perfect moment he’d dreamed of since moving to the Spring Street cul-de-sac, and having his U-Haul boxes grafittied.

Now granted, it doesn’t have to be murder. However, the key to suspense is that we know something is going to happen, while at the same time not knowing when it will happen. There should always be a wonderful anxiety, as we edge ever closer to the ending, to that cliff that will send us hurtling down.

It was at this moment the brick hit.

And remember Gentle Readers, whenever you write, whatever you write, always make sure you give a satisfying ending. Good or bad, give your audience a catharsis.

For Albert it was the catharsis of the brick hitting Tommy Jenkins. More specifically his second balloon, which splashed over Tommy’s trousers. It was at this moment Albert realized today was the best day of his life.

Of course he was wrong, but that’s a story for another time.

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About Jay:
Jay Mims is a writer, though he always wanted to be a juggler. Unfortunately, poor hand-eye coordination and fear of chainsaws have curtailed that ambition. He currently has THE FIVE SANTAS available, and its sequel CULT OF KOO-KWAY is scheduled for September. Both books center on the misadventures of Dan Landis, private investigator and trouble magnet. Jay is currently working on book three, THE GRAY GHOST INN, part of the Oncoming Storm Quartet. And by quartet he means book series, not musical group. Though, admittedly the idea of a Meteorological themed barbershop quartet would be awesome. Jay currently lives in South Carolina.

Book Blurb:
THE FIVE SANTAS is a cozy mystery wherein Dan Landis is slumming the Christmas season at a Department Store. While chasing a shoplifter he discovers the body of Santa. A street corner Santa specifically. As the bodies keep piling up Dan races to protect the department store Santa, save the day, and discover the true meaning of Christmas. He also needs to find a present for his partner Abbey, steer clear of a gun-toting cowboy named Tex, and not get fired by snooty store manager Mr. Peters. But, that whole meaning of Christmas thing is important too.

The exciting sequel CULT OF KOO-KWAY will tell how Dan met Abbey, what happens when you hurt one of Dan’s friends, and batten the hatches folks because there’s a storm coming.

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Akansha and the Guest Post

I let Akansha give a post on my blog her best shot, and she didn’t disappoint. Give some encouragement to this up and coming author!!


Hey everyone!! Are you all part of this Higgs Boson fever that’s encompassing this 21st century because I’m just getting madder by every possible second. When I hear what further experiments at LHC have to reveal about particle physics ????  Sorry if I bothered you by that but I m just a 16 yr old teen aspiring to be one of finest physicists the human era ever witnessed.   I have a higher tendency to read novels, completed 507 to date, and have written a non-fiction book titled “Love and Death”.

Don’t forget to check out my blog where in I post my poems too and don’t hesitate to leave comments!!

Are you wondering why you haven’t seen any reviews or the cover of my book? That is because I’m waiting until I’m old enough to publish it without any added speculation in my country, India. Maybe I will publish when I’m 18 .  I wrote it back when I was 14 or 15 and it revolves around the theme that with birth things are set in motion. This includes the entangled web of love, emotion, fear, power and this vicious cycle is broken only by the ultimatum – Grim Reaper.

 My book is a rather short one got accepted by Penguin Publishers of India, but due to my underage my parents refused. They both acknowledged my efforts despite their hectic schedule as both of them are doctors.

 I love Sarah Dessen , Charles Dickens, Judy Blume , Irving Stone , Gayle Forman ,Lara Ruby, Susane Colasanti , Sidney Sheldon , David Baldacci , Jackie Collins , Stephenie Meyer’s and many more !!   

Since this is my first time doing a guest post, my apologizes . Here is the latest  poem I wrote and  published on my blog – Goodbye


Wondering when will the sun be found again

For in adversity mundane black and grey did overrule

Seeking your validation somehow started mattering more

For lost was me and thus the seed of abuse enlarged


Goodbye past , Goodbye narcissist 





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Guest Post from Emma Michaels!

The lovely Emma Michaels was kind enough to come on the blog as a guest today. She is going to share some helpful knowledge about time transitions!

Thanks for being here today Emma!

Thank you Emily for inviting me!

In my writing I love using time transitions. While my ‘A Sense of Truth’ series does not feature many time transitions it was one of my favorite creative writing tools I used in Owlet, which is coming out this October!  Time transitions can include flashbacks, dreams, thoughts, memories and giving the reader needed information. It can also be a tool for change in perspective for novels that stretch throughout multiple points in history. These are all amazingly helpful to authors but they can also interrupt the flow of a novel if not used correctly.

Being a reader first and foremost, I knew when I started writing Owlet that the number one thing I would have to look out for with time transitions was that it didn’t interrupt the flow of the novel, change the style of writing  or confuse a reader by not being a clear enough transition. Luckily, I have been such an avid reader for so many years that it has became a matter of learning from the experience of others and gaining my own experience along the way.

Here are a few tips that I implemented and found in many of the novels I had read where time transitions added depth, history and an extra level of emotion to the story. First, you need to give the reader a clear picture of what time period or season of a character’s life you are in at some point before your first time transition. This will help them understand that the memory/new content is from a different time in the character’s life or history based off of indicators you can give them during that transition. Once in place, this can help lead to smoother transitions throughout the novel that do not interrupt the flow of the story.

Second, you need to remember your style of writing when you write any transitions because many times it can put you in a different frame of mind. Being in a different frame of mind or writing in a different style can interrupt the flow of the story. Any time transition can be an opportunity for your personal style to shine because it is one of the few parts of creative writing with only minimal rules.  You want to take advantage of the opportunities you give yourself without causing a difference so vast that a reader is caught off guard or has to pause to understand before they can continue reading.

Third, you can be bold or you can be subtle. In this case, it is a matter of taste. You can also choose how bold or subtle you are based off of a scene. Sometimes you want to change the pace of the novel and transitions can help accomplish that because ultimately, a time transition is a tool at your disposal. You own that tool; it is already in your arsenal. You control the world inside of your novel and time transitions can take away limitations you may have put on yourself. Remember, a novel is like a tapestry. It is woven one thread at a time, but when it is finished, it is all about stepping back and looking at the bigger picture.

Last but not least, italics are your friend. If you change font then when you want to submit a novel the font more than likely won’t translate, if you choose to bold then it will be too startling a transition. However, if you use italics it is a difference that is minimal but noticeable.

Keep writing, keep reading and keep loving literature – and know what tools you have available to you. When you are writing, the possibilities are endless!

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