Monthly Archives: August 2013

A Day in the Life of Selena Laurence

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Indie Musings

I love to write romantic stuff that helps you get away. Life can be a  grind, and things like jobs and school and dirty dishes make Jill a dull girl – and me too! So, I write Contemporary and New Adult romances  about hot guys and smart girls and cool places. It’s an escape from the everyday.

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Writing A Book Is Like Soccer

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Writer's Ink

I do not play soccer. In my family, that’s not just unusual, it’s almost a crime, and spawns many a long conversation on the supposed merits of the game at family gatherings.

There is something about the thrill of the game, the smell of the fresh air, the warmth of the sun on my head that I’m just not really enamoured with. Maybe because it’s a winter sport and I’m freezing my tush off watching kids run around a muddy pitch – then have to wash muddy clothes. Or maybe because ‘they’ schedule games close enough to sparrow’s fart on a Saturday morning when most folks would prefer to be reading the paper over a leisurely breakfast. Maybe.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not opposed to the game, or any sport. I think team sports are important, fitness is important, developing coordination skills is important. I enjoy watching…

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Review: Midsummer Magick by Laura Navarre

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The Bastard Title

cover33886-mediumTitle: Midsummer Magick

Author: Laura Navarre

Rating: 3 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

Midsummer Magick is a clever, sizzling supernatural romance set in Tudor England and Faerie. It’s published by Carina Press, a digital-first imprint of Harlequin. I have literally zero experience with Harlequin novels in their physical form, but this is the second or third book I’ve read from Carina, and I have really enjoyed each one.

Linnet Norwood, newly made a countess and running from a scandalous past, comes to the court of the newly crowned Elizabeth I looking for the truth behind her parentage and to find a respectable husband to help her rule her lands. Meanwhile, Zamiel, an angel of death and the son of Lucifer, is questioning his place in Heaven, and is exiled to a human body until he repents to God. When Linnet and Zamiel…

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Ladies, What Genre are you Writing In?

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I Heard Tell

I’ve got a new piece up over at The Bygone Bureau today! Check it out here.

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Fave 5 list … To be announced…

Soon I will be uploading my top 5 or fave 5 list of the best fiction books every reader should try.
Remember readers; there are a lot of books that are good, but which ones do you remember; that separates the good from the great ones!
And of course, my fave 5 list will post the ones to remember.

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“From the sketchbook.” Enjoy!!


Scottish Independence: What Exactly Are We Being Asked To Vote For?

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Views From The Boatshed

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On the 18th of September 2014 people who live in Scotland are going to have to vote “yes” or “no” to the following question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”, but I wonder how many of us really know what we’re being asked to vote for. What exactly will happen if enough of us vote “yes”?

The debate so far has been dominated by supporters of independence talking up the economic prospects and telling us that Scotland will be a fairer, more prosperous place, free from weapons of mass destruction and constitutionally barred from engaging in illegal wars. In short, the “Yes” campaign is putting forward policies and outcomes that it thinks are popular and suggesting that these will come to pass in an independent Scotland.

At the same time, in order to attract support from voters who aren’t fans of the ruling Scottish Nationalist Party, the “Yes” campaign is…

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New post updates “in poetry”

Two new updates on poetry page

A mother’s day poem

And…A French Paradelle (extremely hard to write and make sense at the same time)

…this one had a comedic side to it).

Try one, if you get ambitious enough!!

J.R.

Props to Billy Collins for originated this form!


Conversation With My Insurance Company’s Automated Machine

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Alena Dillon

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Machine: Please say the name of the medication you’d like to refill. For instance, if you’d like to refill a prescription of Nexium, say Nexium.

Me: Singulair.

Machine: Did you say, Zoloft? If yes, say yes. If no, say no.

Me: No.

Machine: I’m sorry, I didn’t get that.

Me: No.

Machine: Was that, no?

Me: Yes.

Machine: I heard you say, yes. So you would like to refill your Zoloft prescription.

Me: No! Singulair.

Machine: Hold please. (Brief pause) I’m sorry. You do not have a prescription for Zoloft. Let’s start over. Please say the name of the medication you’d like to refill.

Me: Singulair.

Machine: Was that, Cymbalta?

Me: No!

Machine: Okay. Let’s try again. Please say the name of the prescription you’d like to refill.

Me: (Sneeze)

Machine: I’m…

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Possible Tips on How to Write Humor

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Legends of Windemere

I get asked a lot about how to write humor, which is strange because I don’t consider myself successfully funny.  I come from a family that makes horrible puns, so I never know if what I think is funny while translate.  That being said, I might have a decent wit and some comedic timing.  This was earned watching Marx Brothers, Abbot & Costello, Laurel & Hardy, and Mel Brooks for most of my youth.  I watched a ton of Marx Brothers and I love that kind of comedy.

There are a few schools of comedy that you can choose from.  I only know a few and I’ll start with the ones I don’t use as often:

  1. Surprise Humor– These are the jokes and gags that come out of nowhere.  Your goal in this school is the surprise the reader with something unexpected and funny.  This can be risky because…

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