Join Marci Baun this Thursday for her Blab with Author Jenn Nixon

Marci Baun and Jenn Nixon are blabbing this Thursday 7PM EST (4PM PST). Come learn more about the Lucky’s Charm Series or her novella Series Wild & Wicked.

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Soul Seeker Cover Reveal!

The Chosen of the Light Series continues with Soul Seekers, an epic fantasy novel COMING SOON from Wild Child Publishing and Matt Campbell, now writing under the name

Jon Carlin Shea.

Same stories. Different name.

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New Release from R.A. McCandless!

Today’s guest post is from R.A. McCandless! 

Angels should be a human’s worst nightmare. Del didn’t think there was anything worse than angels, or their fallen kin, demons. She and her partner Marrin helped to keep the world safe from the horrors of escaped demons for generations. But when Del’s daughter is kidnapped by a shadowy group, Del will find that the world is even more dangerous than she suspected.

There are worse things than angels and demons.


The doors slid back exactly as they were supposed to, and Del pointed both her SIGs through the opening. She knew it was wrong. Two hands on one gun with a straight-thumbs hold was the correct way to give proper support to aim and shoot quickly and consistently. Hollywood liked to show action heroes shooting from the hip, or blasting away without aiming and taking down a room full of bad guys, whose best response was to fire impotently at the ceiling or comically into other bad guys. It was all so much useless eye candy. A gun in each hand gave support to neither and made it impossible to sight. She’d need independent use of each of her eyes, like a chameleon, to train the guns on different targets at the same time.

Del knew it was wrong, but it looked damned impressive from the receiving end.

“Hold your fire!” a voice commanded from outside the elevator. “Hold your fire!”

Del wasn’t certain if the order was for her, the two ranks of Ljosalfar soldiers in their body armor who surrounded the elevator, or both. Either way, holes weren’t being punched into her favorite skin and that was a good thing. She might still die, riddled with bullets and spitting blood, but not yet. Not yet.

She unwrapped and wrapped her fingers on her SIGs, and smiled.

“Hello boys,” Del said. “Who wants some?”

“Hold your fire!” Alfred Waru said again.

“Alfred, you cunning bastard,” Del purred. “Come on in and give me a hug. I’ve solved almost all your problems. There’s only one left.”

“I’d rather you put down your weapons,” Alfred replied. Del homed in on his voice from behind the second rank of soldiers, but couldn’t make him out through all the helmets. “We’ve locked the elevator. The doors won’t close, and the car won’t move. Let’s talk about this.”

“Talk about what?” Del said and laughed. “How you lied to your people?  How you betrayed and murdered your own?  How you’ve doomed them through your schemes and plots?”

R.A. McCandless was born under a wandering star that led to a degree in Communication and English with a focus on creative writing.  He’s the author of the urban fantasy “Tears of Heaven” winner of the 2014 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Preditors & Editors Reader’s Poll and a 2015 EPIC eBook finalist.  His shorts have appeared in “In Shambles” (with Kevin J. Anderson) “Gears, Gadgets and Steam” and “Nine Heroes”.  His next book, “Hell Becomes Her” will release in 2015.  He continues to research and write historical and genre fiction, battle sprinklers, and play with his three boys.







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Subjunctive—Was and Were Have PMS!


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(If you do not have a sense of humor, proceed with caution)

Whenever I try to explain the differences between this grammar rule and that one, authors and clients will say something like, ‘Will you please speak in English?’ so I began teaching such things with the technical label for a specific form of grammar, followed by a simple explanation of it.

Was and were, however, often suffer PMS. In other words, they have moods just like people do. So they’re a bit more difficult to convey, especially to young students.

Here’s an example of what I mean. Everyone I work with, whether kids doing homework or writers pounding out their next stories, struggle with was and were. There are to be forms of was and were, but there are also the subjunctive forms of was and were. Subjunctive verbs are the forms I see misused the most by writers.

“Hey, you in the corner! Go back to your chair. This is easy if you just keep a good attitude.” [Looks around for Triple B, the classroom bouncer. Guy in corner runs for his chair and promptly sits and looks innocent]

Now, like I was saying, [Triple B gives the guy in the corner the evil eye], to be verbs—was and were—are the forms we all recognize. He was a little boy. We were going to the theater when John slipped and fell.

Subjunctive is mood. I wish I were blond. I’m in a wishful mood and want to be blond, so the subjunctive were is correct.

Another hint that the verb is subjunctive is the word if often followed by would or could. If I were blonde, I could have everything I wanted in life. The if is imaginative and the could implies that it won’t happen or isn’t possible. If I were tall, I would pluck the moon from the sky. Again if followed by would shows that it’s imagination, a fantasy, and the would shows that plucking the moon out of the sky isn’t possible.

“Hey, Triple B, that guy is sneaking out of my classroom.” [Guy screams and runs through the door without opening it. Triple B calmly lumbers after him. Screams echo down the hall. Triple B arrives with Guy held by an ankle and drops him across a seat in front of me.] “Uh…does someone have smelling salts handy?”

So when is it correct to use was? If it might be true, if you’re assuming or guessing something, then use was. The sale began early. If Jane was late, she probably missed some great deals. I don’t know that Jane was late. I’m only guessing, so was is correct.

Determining the context is how you decide whether to use was or were. Does the sentence use if to show a wishful statement? Does the sentence use could or would to imply something won’t happen or isn’t possible? Or does the sentence show something that might be true?

There are other mood verbs, which is something all writers and students should study and learn inside and out. Not knowing the correct verb form can give your sentence the wrong meaning. As an editor, I encounter this a lot in writers’ works.

For more on various mood verbs, here’s an easy-to-understand page that I suggest printing out and taping next to your workspace. And, of course, get a copy of Avoid Writer’s Hell: Publishing Flame Repellants. You’ll laugh and giggle throughout the book and you’ll have fun as you learn.

Like I said, was and were suffer PMS, so both are  moody. Learn as much as you can about them. Don’t make your editor moody too. Just ask Triple B. One can only imagine how many nightmare AWHedits drove him to hanging up his editor’s hat to become a bouncer. [winks]

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Ignite Imagination

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Sometimes I write blogs that speak to writers in other ways. No grammar, no sentence structure or developing plots, but what it means to be a writer. What it means to be purveyors of the written word.

As writers, we have an obligation besides being writers—we must instill the love of reading in others. Today’s technology has drawn children and teens away from activities that kids once enjoyed. Instead of board games, it’s Clash of Clans or Minecraft. Instead of picking up a book, it’s the Xbox or PS4 controller.

As the current group of movers and shakers, we have the opportunity to re-introduce the upcoming generations to reading. With all the latest cell phones, notebooks and touch-screen computers hitting the scene, children’s fiction and YA books can rekindle the love of reading—if we can present it in a way that ignites a child’s mind.

My youngest son is eleven, and my oldest grandson is five. Both are huge fans of Minecraft and they have fun playing various games on the iPad too. My son loves to read, having just finished book two in David Baldacci’s Vega Jane series. Since my grandson has a fascination with elephants and dinosaurs, I’ve bought him several books on these topics. Although most of the books are at an adult reading level (he wants photos, not cartoons), my grandson still pages through them carefully and asks what the picture captions say. I instilled the love of reading in my son and grandson early on. Their voracious appetites for books proves that the time I put into reading to the boys and downloading children’s books onto my Kindle and iPad have been well worth it.

When my son reads a book four hundred pages long in two or three days, it tells me that all kids can enjoy reading if someone takes the time to nurture this gift in our children. Writers should talk to children and teens about the wonders of reading and how a great book transports a person into another world. Kids today deal with so many problems, but reading can provide them with a fun, exciting escape. Also, youngsters who read can be an example to their peers. By putting ourselves out there in this fashion, it speaks to adults too. Many times over the years my teaching online, in school, or even just talking with my kids’ friends, has inspired their parents, grandparents, etc. to look into my books as well as other authors’ works. It’s a win-win

Texting has seriously weakened spelling and writing. Acronyms abound and the cell phones have made young people lazy. Many kids don’t even know how to use hardback encyclopedias or dictionaries because it’s too easy to pick up a smartphone or notebook to access the Internet. What would happen if a portion of the worldwide grid went down, or worse, the entire thing? It would be up to older people to teach our children the fundamentals as they were taught to us.

“You mean I have to open that big book and use the alphabet to figure out how to spell a word?”

Oh, the horror!

As authors, we should promote the written word, not so much for profit—all though that is nice—but to keep our languages from dying, to stop the slow burnout of beautiful minds. If kids nowadays can only be reached through electronic devices, then we should push to give them e-books that will have them hitting the turn-page sensor to find out what happens next. However, we should still hand them physical copies of Frankenstein, Moby Dick or even a book from Goosebumps, and say, “Just give it a chance before you toss it aside.” It’s up to us to keep the written word alive, but if we don’t figure out a way to cultivate the desire to read in the next generation, prose may die and writers could become obsolete.

However, an article in Publisher’s Weekly states that more young people are reading than adults are, so maybe writers should talk to the kids and teens about inspiring their elders to read? LOL!

The written word is a gift. Our children are blessings. Let’s bring the two together to create a bright future. If we can ignite a ravenous desire in the younger generation to read, imagine just how fast and big the publishing industry could grow. Imagine how many authors will ignite the creativity of others.


For those of you who struggle with the mechanics of writing—punctuation, grammar, etc.AWH—or if you know a student who has a tough time with these topics, I invite you to check out Avoid Writer’s Hell. It really is written in an easy-to-understand manner with humor—albeit sometimes warped, lol—that writers say has helped them tremendously. PG-13 for students and writers of non-erotic material, and there’s the Rated-R version for those who write the steamy stuff. Christmas is right around the corner!






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Attitude—Either It Will Make You or It Will Break You

laptopcup-pubdom**Disclaimer: If you’re easily offended by irreverent humor or blunt ways of speaking, proceed with caution.**

A writer’s frame of mind has much bearing on the degree of success he or she has. I’m not speaking of divas with lots of arrogant swagger. I’m talking about what you want for your career. How you view what you’re doing and writing. What your outlook is on the entire publishing to promotion process (heh, how’s that for an alliteration? Pah, pah, pah…P!)

Sorry, I had a nervous tick.

Anyway, how DO you perceive your career? Or, for that matter, if you’re an aspiring writer, what do you see for yourself in a year’s time? Five? Ten years down the road?

Seems like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? Well, if you’ve been in this business for a while, most of you will quickly tell newbies to develop a thick—ahem, bulletproof!—skin. I’m not trying to discourage anyone, but I am honest. Publishing is easy to get into, but success, whether monetary or fan based, is incredibly difficult and time-consuming. If you’re a seasoned writer, you’re well aware of this and probably commiserate with one another while cussing under your breath.

Or sobbing on your keyboard.

Or eyeing the liquor cabinet.

Or breaking said keyboard (yeah, you’re not fooling me. I know you have thirty-nine of them in the closet under the stairs).

Or calling your best friend and complaining until you know their eyes are glazing over.

Or…well, you get the idea. An aspiring writer should never enter this business with stars in his eyes. If he does, he’s setting himself up for a big fall. Ever watch America’s Got Talent, American Idol or perhaps the X-Factor? Do you sympathize with those people who walk off stage then burst into tears or, at the very least, they wear a someone-ran-over-my-dog expression? It’s the same for anyone in any sort of entertainment field—publishing included. Also, with the Internet so accessible, all the e-publishers that pop up in cyberspace like morning howdie-dos, and the ease of self-publishing, the competition has gone from simply fierce to “Hey, look out for that speeding train! Uh…does someone have a mop?”

Okay, maybe I’ve painted a really grim scene. Seriously, though, instant success stories are rare. Most of the authors out there who rake in money have spent years building a fan base and establishing a solid, lengthy backlist. They’ve pounded the pavement, waving their books at stores and rubbing elbows with anyone who will even spit in their direction. If you’re new to publishing, don’t expect money to shower down on you the instant your e-book goes on sale. Once your work is placed out there for the masses, brace yourself for impact. New authors are confronted with things they don’t expect, shaking their confidence and sending them on a journey to raid every store in the city for tubs of Ben and Jerry’s.

I’m being a smart aleck, of course, but my point is that one shouldn’t expect instant stardom. Just write.

Write because you must.

Write because it makes you happy to pound out words, turning them into plots and richly detailed characters.

Write because it’s fun.

Write to leave something behind for your kids or grandchildren (except for erotic content, which you might wanna will to the girls at the office).

Write because it relieves daily stress (and to keep you from whacking your partner over the head with his laptop when he asks you for the nineteenth time when supper will be done).

Write because you have something to say.

And, write because you want to be a well-known author someday.

But on this last one, remember that success takes time.

Maintain a good attitude. Sure, we all have our off days. You might receive a rejection that ticks you off so much you go outside and flip off your crabby next-door neighbor just for the heck of it. If so, shake it off, chill for a while, then get back in that desk chair and submit that story or article to another publication. Like any other job, there will be ups and downs on a daily basis.

When someone insults your work, don’t smash the computer screen. Those touch screens are expensive. Instead, realize that everyone has an opinion and most of them stink, so let it roll, baby, let it roll. Like water off a duck’s back, it means nothing in the end except that you got a little wet.

Never take something to heart. If you do, cry or vent, but do NOT spend more than half an hour worrying about it. Life is too short and the point of writing is that you love it. Don’t stress over something that will mean nothing in the end. If you let every little thing about writing and publishing bother you, why are you writing at all? Think about it.


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Avoid Writer’s Hell: Publishing Flame RepellantsAWH

Great for writers at any stage in their careers and for students too. R-Rated and PG-13 versions in both print and e-book. Take a moment and check it out.

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Let’s get RE-started – Avoid Writer’s Hell

AWHIt has been a long time since I taught my online writing group Avoid Writer’s Hell. So much has happened in my life over the past eight years and there have been so many changes in my family that I just couldn’t keep up with everything. I’ve been dancing like a water drop on a hot skillet.

I’m not trying to get back on the horse with my nonfiction work. I hope to help others as well as getting the news about AWH out to the public.

For those of you just now hearing about Avoid Writer’s Hell, I invite you to investigate the book. It’s in e-book and print, and available in either the R-rated version for those who write erotic romance, and a PG-13 version for those who don’t. This book is written in Laymen’s terms with a healthy dose of humor. Also, the PG version is wonderful for students. The links are at the bottom of this post.

There are numerous things that trip up a writer, but here are a few topics you might have about.

  • Show versus tell
  • Sentence structure
  • Character development
  • How to revise and refine
  • Dangling modifiers
  • Independent body parts
  • Filtering
  • How to approach agents and/or editor

Or do you simply want to discuss something that’s bothering you as a writer? Maybe you need some encouragement or inspiration? Perhaps you want suggestions for helpful writing sites, reference books or even need to know how to pack and mail a large manuscript. This is the place to ask!

Also, be sure to like our Facebook page at

Let’s work on avoiding Writer’s Hell together. My plan is to post at least two blogs a month, but since I’m also an author and I have a daytime editing job, those blogs will depend on how I’m able to juggle my time.

Welcome back to old friends, and come on in and join us if you’re new!

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Lucky’s Promise New Release & eBook Sale from @JennNixon

The third and final Lucky book, Lucky’s Promise is on sale now!! Wild Child Publishing is offering Lucky’s Charm for .99cents and Lucky’s Break for $1.99 ONE WEEK ONLY!! You can find the links and a special excerpt below!

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After years of searching for her mother’s killer, Felicia “Lucky” Fascino is finally on the right track. With the help of her family, and on-again off-again boyfriend, Kenji Zinn, Lucky is getting closer to fulfilling the unspoken promise she made to her adoptive father.

As the group continues to dig deep into the assassin’s network, and search for the elusive Quimby, ties to the past come back full circle, endangering everyone Lucky loves and cares for. It’s only a matter of time before their secret is uncovered.


Felicia swung her chair in his direction and said: “Are you going to tell me what’s wrong?”


“Why not?” she said, bordering on a screech.

“It is the same conversation. ‘You can trust me, Felicia.’ ‘You can talk to me, Felicia.’ ‘I’m here for you, Felicia.’”

“You’re still mad because I didn’t want to talk about my crappy ass life while we were on vacation?” He lifted an eyebrow to make a statement, and her whole face flushed. “We were on vacation!”

“With no distractions. With no interference. Just you and I…and still you refused me every time I tried.”

“Fine. What do you want to know?” Kenji stared at her as she rose from the chair and hitched her fists on her hips. Her head jerked to the right, both eyebrows lifted on her forehead. “Well?”

“Humph,” he said, tossing the remote onto the bed and stalking into the living room across the hall. She wouldn’t answer his question, so he didn’t even bother asking. He went to the wet bar in the far corner. Searching through the miniature refrigerator, Kenji grumbled, finding nothing but wine.

“Phen and I are going to meet after breakfast and talk about the job.”

He glanced back. Felicia stood in the doorway, her hands in front of her body, fingers twisted together like a frightened child. A complete turnaround, again. It wasn’t an act; everything about her said she was scared. Why? Couldn’t she confide in him by now? His frustration threatened to swell again, and he was backing her into a corner. If he pushed, they would fight, and he didn’t want that. Not right now. Kenji sat down in the leather love seat and rubbed his temple.

She didn’t move from her position, but her heavy sigh filled the room. “It’s my last one before he puts me up as the new safety. I’m going to need some pointers….”

He bobbed his head but didn’t look up.

“Is it more than…me not talking?” she squeaked.

Kenji came close to spilling everything. Forcing her to face the feeling he had for her was unfair. Making her talk when she wasn’t ready seemed cruel. Confessing his fear for her safety would make him appear overprotective and controlling. The fury he felt, he didn’t completely comprehend himself. Discussing the situation with Taro was the only thing he could mention and remain truthful.

“I am still aggravated with myself.”

“I told you outside the restaurant it didn’t matter anymore. It’s over and done. I trust you, and if you trust your brother…it’s cool, babe.” Her disposition continued to change, now that he no longer pressed her.

“It will never happen again,” he said, adding a grumble.

“I know.” She moved into the living room and sat down on the coffee table between the two sofas. Felicia reached out, took his hand. He held back the rest of the clutter racing through his head. She bent her head down to look him in the eyes. “We okay?”

“Yes, beleza, we are.”

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Interview with Kat Stiles

Today’s interview is with Author Kat Stiles author of Connected.

WCP: What was your inspiration for Connected?

I guess I’m a super hero geek at heart. I grew up watching Spiderman, X-men and Superfriends cartoons, and I loved the idea of having super powers. The superhero movies that came out delighted me, even the bad ones were still so much fun. And I remember wishing the series, “Heroes” would go on forever. With Connected, I tried to keep the abilities as organic as possible – something just a little beyond what a normal human can do. I’ve met some pretty incredible people in my life, and my experiences greatly influenced the writing of Connected.

WCP: Do you have any other genre you’d like to try your hand at?

Horror, my first love. Though I think a horror/comedy would be much more fun to write than a serious one. Something along the lines of David Wong or Christopher Moore. Or maybe something non-fiction, really there are endless possibilities.

WCP: Does Em share any of your characteristics?

It’s no coincidence that Em backwards is “me.” :) Certainly my teenage self was very much like her…it would be easier to list the differences. Let’s see, I really loved my English classes growing up, I didn’t have a gorgeous, popular best friend, and I had a very loving relationship with my mother. 

WCP: Do you have any favorite authors in YA Paranormal Romance? Or ones that have influenced you more than others?

Oh boy there are so many… Stephenie Meyer, Suzanne Collins and Veronica Roth definitely all influenced me. Amanda Hocking and Abbi Glines in particular also inspired me. Love the Cinder series by Marissa Meyer, though I’m not sure that’s YA Paranormal Romance, maybe more sci-fi. Indies I like in the genre are Chanda Hahn, Lori Brighton, and Keary Taylor.

WCP: Do you have anything else in the works?

Yes, I’m almost done with the second book in the Connected series. I also have some ideas for a series of novellas I’m excited about, which may tie into the Connected world.

WCP: What about writing life/being an author took you by surprise?

The amount of work it takes, to edit and make a book readable for other humans. I always wonder if it’s different for other writers, if they’re able to just clean up their manuscripts in a couple of drafts and be ready. For me, even after all the edits I’ve done, I still wonder if there’s something I missed, some better way to convey an emotion or draw out a scene.

Now for some fun questions:

WCP: What one modern technology do you think you could live without? (Not that you’d like it, but you could if you had to.)

Cell phones, believe it or not. I remember when I was growing up, when you were out, you were out – no way for anyone to reach you short of coming to the restaurant or calling it and having someone page you. Now it seems everyone is texting or playing some game all the time, it’s like we’ve forgotten how wonderful it is to just be with each other.

WCP: If you could sit down and have dinner with anyone, living or dead, what would it be and what would you eat?

Oooh I think it would have to be Joseph Heller (Catch-22 is my favorite book). Either him or David Wong (John Dies at the End is a close second). My cuisine choice would undoubtedly be calzones, at an amazing Italian restaurant that cooks Jersey style.

WCP: Chocolate, bacon, chocolate with bacon, or none of the above?

That’s an easy one, chocolate. White chocolate to be specific, which I know isn’t technically chocolate, but it’s delicious nonetheless.

WCP: Is there one talent you wished you had (besides writing)?

More musical talent, I think. I have this gorgeous string bass, and it’s been so long since I’ve played, I’d have to take lessons to remember how! I admire people who can play by ear, I’ve always needed the sheet music.

WCP: Any last words? Um, for the interview, that is. (grin)

IT’S A COOKBOOK!! Sorry, I’m a bit of a Twilight Zone geek. I guess my last words are simply this – Readers: please reach out to me, let me know how you enjoyed Connected. My links are below, I’m thrilled to actually get to connect with people and hear what they think of the book or chat about whatever, as long as you’re not a stalker after a body part.


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Freya’s Bower New Release from Dorothy A. Bell

DanceHallRoadbannerDance Hall Road, by Dorothy A. Bell

Buck Hoyt’s Hot Spring and Whore House is nothing more than a two-story, clapboard house in the back end of nowhere. Buck, scruffy and cantankerous, caters to the miners, sheepherders and drifters. Hauling in the whores, he opens for business in the spring. In the fall, he shuts the place down, loads the whores in a wagon and delivers them back to Baker City.

He savors the winter months, reveling in quiet seclusion reading and writing and growing his hair.

Fate steps in, putting in his path a woman on the run from two brutal brothers, Kurt and Beau Laski. Nearly frozen, hungry, very near death, made deaf by a mine explosion, Petra Yurvasi gives birth to a son on a cold and snowy afternoon, beside a boulder in the canyon above the Hot Spring.

Now Buck, the once upon a time prickly, hairy recluse is all shaved and shorn and spends his days and nights conjuring up ways to please and protect the woman and her child. Can he keep her safe from the evil brothers that want her silenced forever?

If Buck and Petra face the evil together, they have a chance.

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