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Friday, December 7th, 2012
2:28 am - My novel is published! Make my dreams come true!!!

Mute cover
Yep you heard it right!
My novel has FINALLY been published!!!
So check it out here =  http://www.amazon.com/Mute-ebook/dp/B00AI10SBM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1354681119&sr=1-1&keywords=aura+redwood

It only costs $0.99 and you buying this book makes my dreams come true <3
So please please do :D

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Friday, August 28th, 2009
4:55 pm - Invitation to join Brigits_Flame

G'day, All!

I'd like to invite anyone interested in a little friendly competitive writing to join in on the brigits_flame monthly writing contest! We have a great base of thoughtful, intelligent, and supportive members on the Flame. We're a great place to go to grow creatively, but also a very nice place to make new LJ friends and interact with caring, real people in a safe environment.

Here's a few great reasons to join brigits_flame:

1. Motivation to do your best: With a monthly contest and 50% eliminations each week until week 4, the competition is tight! You'll have to write your best to keep in the runnings!

2. Weekly Editing: Anyone who writes on the topic is invited to sign up for editing from two of our team of editors. They'll give you solid, constructive feedback in a thoughtful and professional fashion.

3. Daily Chatter Posts: Get to know a great, supportive, and intelligent base of members through sharing and discussion in our daily posts. Topics range from lighthearted to intense debate, depending on the day.

4. Moderators who care: We have active, organized, engaged moderators who _listen_ and are there to respond to any questions or concerns you may have.

5. Great reading: There's some excellent stuff being presented to the community every week! If you're looking for some great reading material, this is definitely the place!

6. A Community YOU Own: Members make this community! We have customized community artwork, volunteer editors, even our own web site, all created by our members working together. You're as involved in the process as you want to be!

Whether you're writing fiction, poetry, fanfiction, nonfiction, or writing a memoir, your writing is welcome! We're a well-established, stable community running for its 16th month this April! We hope to see you there! ^_^

Brigits_Flame Banner:  Click here to sign up!

Click on the banner above to join the September Contest! Signups run until 8pm EST, September 2!

Check out our Web Site or read more about the community in our FAQ!

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Thursday, May 28th, 2009
2:38 am - An incredible read that I had to share

I have to highly praise Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. I'm on page 609 of 933, and I've been reading nonstop since 7:30 this evening (note the time of post!). A couple paragraphs to share with you the awesomeness that is this writer...

First sentence of the book: "It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, when I was chained to a wall and being tortured."

Where I am now: "When the dancers slowly entered the space, singing love, they stopped as one and stamped their feet. They twirled in place, turning clockwise in perfect unison. Their arms moved with the grace of a swan's neck. Their hands and fingers rolled and swirled like silk scarves sailing the wind. Then suddenly they stamped their feet three times, and the musicians struck up a wild, enravishing rendition of that month's most popular movie song. And with the cheering in every throat around them, the girls danced into a million dreams."

This book is incredible, and I don't say that lightly. The language is tangible, the images are easy, the plot is complex, and the characters are deep with emotion and personality. When I borrowed this from a friend of mine, she said it had easily landed within her top five favorite books ever. It's quickly climbing my own ranks, and even the philosophy exposed here counters the Randian muck I waded through in high school.

Give it a read. Let me know what you think.

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Friday, January 9th, 2009
2:06 pm - PSA for Fictionwise Customers

I don't know how many people here read ebooks, and how many of those shop at Fictionwise, but one of Fictionwise's distributors, OverDrive, decided to dump them. This means that any OverDrive books you have purchased cannot be downloaded again in the format you purchased them after January 31st. Previously downloaded files will still work but as with all electronic files, backups are just good common sense.

Fictionwise, bless them, is scrambling to try and get permissions from publishers to provide the people who are affected with Secure eReader versions of the books instead. This news isn't "public" in that Fictionwise hasn't officially announced it yet (someone found out by accident and leaked it) but I imagine they will soon.

I'm a bit annoyed myself since some of my books were affected. However, most already have eReader replacements and most were books I probably won't read again. I also obsessively back up all my ebooks and convert them to several formats to guarantee I can always access them.

More info here
MobileRead Forum thread


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Friday, December 26th, 2008
5:22 pm - Calling for Contributions!

Hello everyone!

BABEL is still on the lookout for contributors for its upcoming first issue. We have, however, changed a few of our guidelines.
We have decided to keep things simple and divide the content of our issues into 3 main categories.

We accept articles about any topic that fits the theme of each issue. Each article has a word limit of 2000.
We MIGHT accept fiction so go ahead and try us. We prefer journalistic investigations into cultural/societal/literary/artistic trends. You can write about any topic whether it's about film, TV, tattoos, zoology, custard pies, whatever. As long as it fits our theme.

We feature a selection of photos taken in conjunction with the theme. They can be portraits, landscape, still life, anything at all. As long as it fits the theme. You can send single shots or a photo series (no more than 8 pics in a series, please).

We are looking for 100 word reviews of books, records, films, theatre productions, concerts, even restaurants and bars. These reviews have to fit the theme. This means that you have to go beyond saying whether a book sucks or not, you have to relate it to the theme and write a sort of observation about how the book enhances or subverts the meaning of the theme. You don't have to review a single book/film, etc. You can choose to do more than one if you think it will make your article work better. If you have a really great idea about doing some kind of study involving coming up with reviews of several different genres, you might want to submit that under WORDS instead.


You can email us at babelzine@gmail.com
Please send us your pitches for article ideas. Please don't just write to tell me you're interested in writing something. Tell me what you would like to write about. Also tell us which section you are submitting for as well. Thanks.
We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sunday, December 21st, 2008
6:50 pm - Call for Contributions

Hello one and all,

BABEL is a brand new literary/arts webzine based in Singapore. We focus on featuring an international voice in the material that we cover as well as the unique voices of the writers who contribute material to the zine. We are currently looking for contributors who are interested in writing articles for our very first issue which will (hopefully) be online at the end of Jan 09.

The basic premise is simple. There will be a theme each month/issue and there are a few sections which will feature 1 or 2 articles based on that theme.
These sections include:

Food and Culinary Arts
Graphic Comics/Manga
Children's Lit/Parenting

The theme for the first issue is: LOCAL
Interpret that as you will.

We are currently unable to pay but we hope to be able to one day.
We do not accept fiction or poetry. Thanks though.

Send all enquiries to babelzine@gmail.com

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Monday, December 15th, 2008
11:13 am - Upcoming book sale...

I will be selling a variety of titles from classics to contemporary in a variety of genres, I will post the list later tonight and you can PM me the info if you'd like to buy. I keep all of my books in VERY good condition so you will be getting an almost new book. I promise =) 

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Sunday, August 24th, 2008
10:07 pm - I <3 Generation Dead.....

Ohhhhhhhhh. I finished my book. It was awesome, fantastic and over far too quickly =[ But seriously....go and read it.
and I have a blogspot blog, all for my books.....and maybe some essays [I did an essay on youtube and posted it up] So go have a look? - dazzleverse.blogspot.com Dazzleverse XDD Dazzling maybe? Yes, I think so xD

So what do I read now...Blood ties, or Scared to death, or City of Bones?

Does anyone have any recommendations? Vampirey/Zombie-ish/Full on Fantasy.
For example I have read recently - 'Tithe' and 'Ironside' - Holly Black, 'Generation Dead' - Daniel Waters, 'Breaking Dawn' - Stephenie Meyers.

So what would you recommend?

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Friday, June 13th, 2008
11:30 am - Huge Book Sale coming up!

Hey all! I have fallen on some hard-financial-times, so I am selling some (a lot of) books that I have either read or never bothered to crack open. A full list will be up shortly, but I pretty much have the entire J.D Robb "In Death" series in paperback, a few ballet technique books, a lot of Arthur Nessarian novels, and a few classics. Full list will be up later tonight, just a heads up. The books are a flat 2 for $10 rate with $3 S&H, so it's really 2 books for $13. or 1 for $7. I'm also going to try to sell them in a bulk at craigslist to a bookstore or something. Any other ideas on how I can get rid of them for profit? I spent so much on them, and could really use the money.

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2008
3:18 am - Excerpt: Who Is To Blame for Bosnian War?
steveokeefe I have permission from Amacom Books to distribute an excerpt from the new book, "NOT MY TURN TO DIE: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia," by Savo Heleta. The author was 13 years old when the siege of his home town of Gorazde, Bosnia, began in 1992.

Ethnically Serbs, the Heleta family was in the difficult position of living in a Muslim city under constant attack by Serbian forces. The book is a nonstop chronicle of terror as the family is locked in a detention center, starved out, burned out, and facing the risk of death on an almost daily basis.

The excerpt I am distributing is called, "Muslims or Serbs: Who Is To Blame?" The excerpt shows how difficult it is to attach blame, as Muslim families come to the aid of the Heleta family and Serb forces threaten their lives. Savo Heleta pins the blame for atrocities in Gorazde, not on the Muslim army, but on the local police chief and mayor who make no attempt to hide their desire to murder every Serb in Gorazde.

The excerpt from NOT MY TURN TO DIE is available at the following URL:

If you prefer, I can send it to you as a text file or PDF -- send mailto:stevokeefe@bellsouth.net with the subject line, "Send Heleta" and I'll reply with the attachment.

Thanks for considering this difficult material.

For Amacom Books

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Monday, March 31st, 2008
4:55 pm - literary buzzkills

I found this article in the NY Times and thought you all may appreciate it:

It's Not You, It's Your BooksCollapse )

And a link to the actual essay:


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Tuesday, March 4th, 2008
10:25 pm - short story..."The Button?"


When I was in middle school, I remember reading what was, at that time, the most gruesome story I'd encountered in public school.  It was about a couple who were struggling with their finances, I believe.  The wife answers the door one day to find a man with a button under a glass top.  When pressed, she would earn an amount of money that would sufficiently aid their situation, but someone she did not know would die.  She takes the button, struggling as to whether or not to use the tool.  Her husband is strongly against it, the story revealing itself as a clash of ideologies.  When he goes to work, she presses the button, and her husband dies on the subway tracks.  She confronts the man who gave her the button, and he inquires of her, "Do you really think you knew your husband?"

Does anyone here recall the name and/or author of this story?  It's been on my mind, off and on, for months now.

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6:32 pm - Excerpt: The Ugly Truth About Beauty
steveokeefe I have permission from AMACOM Books to distribute an excerpt from the new book "Looks: Why They Matter More Than You Ever Imagined" by sociologist Dr. Gordon Patzer, who has investigated "lookism" for more than 30 years.

Citing research from fellow scientists, as well as real world examples, Dr. Patzer examines the truth about beauty: attractive people of both sexes have advantages in most areas of life. It happens everywhere, from the workplace to the courtroom to political elections, and even in the classroom.

In "Looks," Dr. Patzer suggests ways for us to alter our perception, including tips for parents to break the cycle with their children.

The excerpt I'm distributing is entitled "The Pretty Presidents." It deals with voters' perceptions of physical attractiveness in candidates, especially in Presidential campaigns.

The excerpt from "Looks" is located at the following URL, or I'll send a text-only version upon request.


AuthorViews: Authors Making News

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Saturday, March 1st, 2008
1:09 pm - Books read in Feb

Hello here's the books that I have I finished in this month. Wasn't a great reading month but the books that I finished where great reads.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (190 pages)
All Families Are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland (279 pages)
Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland (249 pages)

For a grand total of the year
Books: 8
Pages read: 1,706

Currently reading:The Mirror of Her Dreams by Stephen R. Donaldson.

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Saturday, February 2nd, 2008
6:52 pm - January books

1. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (192 pages)
2. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams (200 pages)
3. Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams (199 pages)
4. So Long, And Thanks For All the Fish by Douglas Adams (167 pages)
5. Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams (230 pages)

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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008
10:15 pm - Excerpt: Irreverent Law Guide for Boomers
steveokeefe I have permission from Carolina Academic Press to distribute an excerpt from the book, "Alive and Kicking: Legal Advice for Boomers," by a couple of wisecracking elder law experts.

Kenney F. Hegland is a professor of law at the University of Arizona. Robert B. Fleming is an elder law specialist. Together they are almost insufferable.

Their jokes are corny, their banter is sometimes profane, and their book is anti-do-it-yourself. Yet the authors are wise and blunt, quickly cutting to the chase on end-of-life legal matters facing baby boomers and their parents.

For example, the excerpt I'm distributing is entitled: "Self-Abuse: Vegas, Booze, and the Question of Guns." It deals with legal options concerning seniors who are determined to gamble away or drink down their life savings. The excerpt gives a good sense of how Hegland and Fleming tackle delicate subjects with humor and hard-earned advice.

The excerpt from "Alive and Kicking" is located at the following URL, or I'll send a text-only version upon request.


AuthorViews: Authors Making News

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Monday, January 7th, 2008
2:29 am - Princeton Researcher Pens Sacrilegious Romp
free_excerpts I have permission from author John Brinster to distribute an excerpt from his new book THE ABDUCTION: The Sacred Legend of the Great Wall. A Princeton scientist and brain researcher, Brinster takes on the religious establishment and the irrationality of religion in this speculative account of the early life of Jesus of Nazareth.

With the premise that the baby Jesus was abducted and taken to China, then replaced in the manger by one of twin imposters, THE ABDUCTION criss-crosses two millennia with a combination of history, intrigue, and philosophy.

The excerpt I am distributing outlines the teachings of "Jem," Jesus' name after being abducted. Jem was raised among Buddhists in Western China at the nexus of the Great Wall of China and the famous Silk Road spanning Asia to the Mediterranean. The excerpt is available at the following URL -- or email me, and I will send it as a text file:


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Wednesday, December 19th, 2007
10:27 pm - Historical/Thriller/Suspense recommendations

OK...lately I've been on a kick...let's call it historical-thriller-suspense novels.  I have recently read and finished:

-The Thirteenth Tale
-As Meat Loves Salt (not a thriller, but it's the atmosphere I'm looking for)
-The Meaning of Night
-Sings the Nightbird
-The Queen of Bedlam
-am currently reading Fingersmith

Now, I need recommendations, please, in this same vein.  I am loving the 16th-19th centuries, and the suspense.  I don't mind the love stories, but I don't want just straight romance.  It's not my thing.  I want the dark, brooding, London-y historical thriller.  Look at the list above: if these books had love-children, what would they be?  Ideas?  Thanks.  

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1:59 pm - Excerpt: Why Isn't Mom a Millionaire?
free_excerpts Women are launching businesses at twice the pace of their male counterparts, making female-owned businesses the fastest growing segment of the U.S. economy. Yet only a paltry 3 percent of these businesses have annual sales of over a million dollars. Why?

I have permission from AMACOM, the publishing arm of the American Management Association, to distribute an excerpt from the new book, "The Girls' Guide to Building a Million-Dollar Business," by Susan Wilson Solovic, CEO of Small Business Television (SBTV.com). Disturbed by the relative weakness of women-owned businesses, Solovic set out to uncover the strategic secrets and distinctive qualities of women entrepreneurs who have taken their businesses to the million-dollar level.

In her new book, Solovic looks at the barriers to business growth for women and finds many of them self-imposed, including the inability to delegate, hiring family and friends, and a lack of faith in the enterprise. Solovic shares proven tactics and inspiring triumphs for every woman who wants to grow her business into a million-dollar performer.

The excerpt I'm distributing is called "Four Keys to the Millionaire's Club" and briefly covers the factors in business success Solovic focuses on in her book. The excerpt is available at the following URL or I can send a text version to you upon request:


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Monday, December 17th, 2007
4:17 pm - Excerpt: Medicine, Horses, & Motherhood
free_excerpts I have permission from publisher Sunstone Press to distribute an excerpt from an unusual crossover novel by Texas surgeon Barbara Bergin. "Endings" mixes Bergin's own worlds of medicine, horses, and motherhood with a strong romantic core.

It's the story of Leslie Cohen, a 40-year-old doctor who perpetually takes temporary "locum tenens" assignments to stay on the move. While filling in for an orthopedist in Abilene, Texas, she meets a man who might make her quit running.

"Endings" is laced with loving descriptions of ranch and horse life, packed with fascinating accounts of medical procedures, and loaded with mystery surrounding Leslie's hidden history.

The excerpt is entitled "Reining" and is a detailed scene at a horse event that Leslie and her date attend. It shows off the author's background as a nationally ranked horsewoman.

You can read the excerpt at the following URL:


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