Lost the Plot? (link)

I don’t even have a plot yet for my next novel, which I must start soon (NaNoWriMo):

Lost the Plot? Jane Wenham-Jones’ writing tips for Woman writing competition.

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Cold New Planet announcement

My short story, Cold New Planet, is available now in the anthology, Science Fiction Consortium, as an ebook.  It should be coming out soon in print from CreateSpace.  Here’s the Smashwords link if you want to look at what else is in the anthology.  


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Strike Three review

Strike Three

Joy V. Smith
WolfSinger Publications
9781936099658, $12.95, www.wolfsingerpubs.com

Because of the ‘hot virus’, World War III’s scenario is more deadly than any nuclear-powered conflict, and the missiles fired during conflict are far more deadly than any conventional battle could have envisioned. But the message of Strike Three isn’t just about altered warfare, but altered survival mechanisms honed by feisty protagonists who seek to start over, against all odds and against the backdrop of an Earth devastated on many different levels. Against this scenario are a series of vivid protagonists who battle for not just survival but a revised world – and within their efforts to rise again will be the rudiments of a new kind of humanity. Strike Three is exceptional reading for any who enjoy apocalyptic stories, and offers many twists and turns unpredictable even for avid readers of end-of-world sagas.

From Midwest Book Review

You can find it at: Midwest Book Review: California Bookwatch: October 2014: The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Link: http://www.midwestbookreview.com/calbw/oct_14.htm#Fantasy/SciFi

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Punctuation and grammar books list

Here’s a partial list of punctuation and grammar books available on Amazon (from one of their email listings):

by G. Miki Hayden

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation: An Easy-to-Use Guide with Clear Rules, Real-World Examples, and Reproducible Quizzes
by Jane Straus

English Grammar & Punctuation
by Shelley Evans-Marshall


The Best Punctuation Book, Period: A Comprehensive Guide for Every Writer, Editor, Student, and Businessperson
by June Casagrande

English Grammar Workbook For Dummies
by Geraldine Woods


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Details a Matter of Character (link)

When writing a story, descriptions should be interesting–and relate them to your characters.

Details a Matter of Character.


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Strike Three review

Re: What is the last book you read, and your rating?

Post Number:#3808  PostbyMichaelMcManus » 18 Sep 2014, 11:12

The last really good book I read is called “Strike Three” by Joy V. Smith. I rated it five stars without hesitation. If you like stories about surviving World War III, you will enjoy reading this book about how scattered groups of Americans reconnect and rebuild our country.

From the Online Book Club ratings and reviews forum:


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Books and writing (link)

I enjoyed the quotes and her musings on writing: Books.

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