Thursday, November 10, 2011

An Awesome Authors Day...

 FIRST THINGS FIRST THE PICTURES BELOW WERE TAKEN BY JAIME LEACH.  SHE DESERVES ALL THE CREDIT.
Author Charlie Kenmore and Photographer Jaime Leach

The nice thing about having a page for my writing is I can pretty much say what I want.  If people don't like it, don't read it.

My writing has come to a standstill.  I am unsure of how to proceed.  I want to create a piece that people will want to read.  Can I do it on my own, after so many years of not writing "creatively?"  I am not sure.  Can I write?  Yes.  What do I need to do?  How do I motivate myself?

Author Charlie Kenmore and I went to a book signing on Saturday, and I met some phenomenal authors there.  I kept saying to myself I want to be successful like they are.  Silly perhaps, some have been doing this for many years.  There was so much talent in Rose's Book House that day, I can't help but be inspired by these amazing people.

Here are some photos of some talented authors all of whom I think you should read.

Kasey is very personable.  She actually just gave me a book!  I met her for the first time at ARCHON in early October.  Her books Red Hot Fury and Green Eyed Envy   are linked here.

Kasey Mackenzie lives with her husband and son in St. Louis, Missouri; home of the Gateway Arch, the baseball Cardinals, and the world’s greatest thin-crust pizza.  Kasey was one of those students who always had her nose in a book—so no big surprise when she was voted “Teacher’s Pet” in her high school yearbook.  Today, she is a voracious reader of fantasy, romance, suspense, and “soft” science fiction.  She adores her German shepherd puppy, two cats, playing softball, and has recently taken up knitting.  So far she can cast on, do the knit stitch, and cast off.  Hey, it’s a start!


Ms. Ivy was very nice and signed a book with author Angie Fox.  Their anthology The Real Werewives of Vampire County  you can also find her Guardians of Eternity series here.


 You can find her book listed here at Amazon.  I enjoy Jade's books.  My favorites being her Tigress Series.


Shannon is a very talented lady.  Writing both in the paranormal genre and Romantic Suspense.  I love all of her books.  you can find a her books here on Amazon
 Jade Lee
Kind enough to take a picture with an admirer.  Here I am complete with "THE LIST".  Every Book I own or want is listed in this folder.  

Ms. Angie said I was the best dressed at the book signing.  I came wearing my Angie Fox "Kiss My Asphalt"  t-shirt that she sent.  You can find all Angie's books listed here at Amazon

Shiloh Walker was very nice.  I enjoyed the few moments I spoke to her.  I did take Pictures but out of respect for this wonderful author I posted some of her books.  Shiloh's books can be found here on Amazon







Shannon Butcher
Shannon makes the most beautiful jewelry and glass book marks.  Multi-talented  writer and crafter. With Me!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Quote of the Day

Accept everything about yourself - I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end - no apologies, no regrets.


Henry A. Kissinger

What does this mean to you?



Monday, October 17, 2011

NEW ELECTION REGULATIONS

With federal elections just over a year away, I am enacting the following regulations:

1) Anyone posting any drivel promoting religious, racial or sexual intolerance is subject to summary removal from my friends list.

2) Anyone sharing any drivel from Lori Foster or the Tea Party is subject to summary removal from my friends list.

3) If you wish to engage in political discourse, there must be a basis in fact. This means anyone posting any drivel from Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly or Fox News is subject to summary removal from my friends list.

4) I am pro-choice. Any posts advocating the restriction of female reproductive rights may subject the poster to summary removal from my friends list.

5) Nihilistic negativism or extreme right wing demagoguery may subject the poster to summary removal from my friends list.

6) It is acceptable to refer to Cainsian Economics as “Nein! Nein! Nein!”

NOTE-IF YOU FIND THESE REGULATIONS UNDULY RESTRICTIVE OR OFFENSIVE, YOU ARE NOT OBLIGATED TO STAY AND READ.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

NEGATIVE REVIEWS, THE GOOD THE BAD THE OPINIONS OF OTHERS

Have you ever had a negative review?   I am here to tell you that this is not a perfect world.  If all you want are the happy happy joy joy feeling from a 5 star or what ever a particular reviewer uses, GET OUT NOW!  Not gonna happen unless you write all the reviews yourself, pay someone to give them to you, or happen to have a wonderful family that will write whatever you ask for.  


Negative reviews are not necessarily the end of the world.  It is still publicity of sorts.  But the most important thing to look at is why.  Why is the reviewer giving you a negative review?  Read what they say, and ask yourself, is there any basis for the negative review? Can you say this free piece is the best example of your work? Did you put everything into it that you would have put into a manuscript that you were/are going to submit to a publisher?  Perhaps, perhaps not, but I think it is something we all need to think about.


1:  “The editing was poor, and it kept me from enjoying the book.”  I actually read one of those.  I read the entire thing, taking much longer to read it than I normally do.  This is a review that might be helpful.  Is there a problem with the editing?  I doubt the E publisher for the one I read even sent the book  to an editor before it went out.  It was wrong on so many levels. 

If this is the case, and you go back and read it, then there is a valid reason for the negative review.  I managed to find the story underneath, but I really let the author know that it was a tough read.  This is fixable.  What you do here can either make you a jerk for being mean to the reviewer, or a better author for actually taking the time to follow up and even correct the problem.


2: Recently I heard from an author about a negative review because the reviewer said that the story contained anal sex.  The book in question did not have anal sex in it at all.  With this type of negative review, you have a right to be upset and a response is warranted.  Whether or not  the reviewer is a responsible person is another story. But before jumping to conclusions, maybe the reviewer has over extended herself and got the story mixed up with another story.  I myself only read one story/book at a time, so that I do not make such mistakes!


3:  Another thing that I’ve seen is that a reviewer will only read two or three pages in and decide that that is enough to give a value judgment on a person's life work.  This seems to happen even when the piece is free.  I ask myself why.  I have no good answers for you. Is it fair?  Is it right?  Is it ethical?  I have no clue. But if a review is based on less than an evaluation of an entire work, the reviewer should state that is the case.

4:  Do reviewers actually do reviews on books they have not read?  WOW-- scary question.  I have read every single book I have reviewed.  Good, bad, mediocre, I have read them all.  The reason you do not see me posting a review a day is because in reality, I do not read that fast. I read, I actually take notes, If something Doesn’t feel right, I might reread the paragraph or page.  I then write the review.  After writing, I send it to my editor. He often asks questions if I was not specific enough or unclear.  Once it is edited, I post it with the blurb, author bio and any photos. I have no clue how other reviewers review, what format they use, or what they look at.  Are there unscrupulous reviewers out there?  I personally don’t know any.  I have heard rumors, but without verification or proof, that is all that it is.

5:  Are authors mean to reviewers and maybe other authors?  I have heard rumors, some substantiated, most not.  Is it fair? Is it morally or ethically correct?  Probably not.  In reality, the only person it hurts is if one is malicious is oneself.  


6: Do some reviewers get paid to review?  Yes.  I pay very little attention to those reviews.  Personal preference, not a judgment. Caveat and FTC Disclosure-I accept free copies for reviews (some may argue that is getting "paid').  I review books because I love books. I love the authors that write the books.  If I got paid, it would become a job, although I have been heard to joke that I wish someone would pay me to stay home and read books.  



In closing, reviews and reviewers are as different as the types of books they review.  Are there things that I won’t review? M/M erotica is not high on my list, neither is horror. I'm not fond of nonfiction either simply because I read a lot of it for work. When I review a work, I will give my opinion. Like any review, It is subjective. Take it for what it is worth. 


Edited By Bruce Cohen Gateway Editorial  Services

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR CHARLIE KENMORE REVISITED

Charlie Kenmore
Author of Seven Realms Tales including Earth Angel



Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a 52 year old professional from St. Louis, Missouri with one very significant other (A.K.A. "Alexx Momcat"), two grown kids, and two cats.  I enjoy collecting books, art and cooking.  But with my double and triple stacked bookshelves sagging, I look forward to the new era of e-publishing.  An avid garage sale hunter, I am still searching for an oil painting by Edouard Leon Cortes (or anything from the Drip and Drool School like Pollack or Rothko that can be sold so I can buy my Cortes). 

When did you realize you wanted to be an author?
I haven't yet. The first royalty check isn't due until December. Ask me again then.


What was the first fiction you ever wrote? Was it for publication? What reaction did you receive?
In the fifth grade, I had to write a twenty page story. I wrote about humans collected as exhibits for an underground society's zoo. It was well received by classmates. The teacher was a bit leery of it. There's no accounting for taste.

What author or book influenced your writing?
Anton Chekov--indirect action plays a major part in my writing.

What is your most and least favorite part of writing?

My favorite part of writing is completing a logical (within the context of the story) bridge between whatever outlandish place I want to go and the rest of the story line.

My least favorite part of writing is revisions. The Muse is supposed to give it to me straight the first time.

Do you have a ritual you use to get you ready to write?
There are several rituals depending on the nature of the upcoming session. Universally-the iced tea must be topped off and ready to go. For serious hard-core sessions, chocolate must be available. The building should be devoid of any human presence other than my own (the Muse is shy). One or more dictionaries (real old-fashioned, printed paper page books) are set within arm's reach. The phone is put in the other room (although I rigorously have trained myself to ignore it anyway).


After writing for hours at a time what do you do to relax?
I: A) read something that is not work related; B) and/or play on the computer (after saving the day's work both to the hard drive, and to a jump drive-just because I'm paranoid does not mean that the machine is not out to get me); C) and/or feed the cat that has been climbing on me for the last couple of hours; D) and/or none of the above.

Where do you write?

At my desk in the bedroom.

Does your environment color what you write?
Absolutely. I rely on my environment for inspiration. For example, the color-changing, miniature, button-nosed Adpagian Eathcrak from The Flow of Magic came from a loose button on my desk, a copy of the local Ad Pages, and an empty box of wheat crackers.

What does a typical writing day look like for you?
First, I start with a cursory review of whatever section I wrote last. I correct the glaring typos, then move on to the current day's work.

I don't work from an outline. So first I write whatever burning scene has been kicking around in my head since I last wrote. Then I try to figure out some way to connect it to whatever was written previously. Then I take the cat off of my shoulder, and remind her that it is still hours until dinner time. Next, I write a little bit more. Then I take a break, and go on Facebook looking for the love of my life to admonish her for not taking the cat to work with her. I inform the cat that it is only ___ minutes since the last time she complained that she was starving. I take her off my shoulder again, and write some more.

I stop working for the other cat who has climbed into my arms for attention. She is too big to hold and still attempt to type, and she refuses to be a lap cat. She has to have her head wedged under my chin. After a couple of minutes, first cat comes to investigate. Since they refuse to share, second cat gets indignant and leaves. So I try to write some more. But first cat is pissed that I paid attention to second cat, and stands behind me complaining. I try to ignore her, but she hops on my shoulder again, and loses her purchase. Her back claws rip into my shoulder. White hot pain shoots through... I'm sorry. What was the question again?

What are some of your pet peeves in life?
 Extremism, I absolutely detest it.

What is your advice to aspiring writers?
Find your own voice. There are innumerable books on how to write. But ultimately, it is up to the author to get the story out. 

That said, pay attention to the basics. Before you send a piece out, proofread it for typos and punctuation errors. Don't be afraid to use a dictionary, particularly with terms that you don't use regularly. Malapropisms can be very funny, but they tend to ruin the tone of a passage. There is a difference between "arrhythmia" (irregular heartbeat) and "erythema" (severe redness of the skin) (yes, I've seen this mistake in a story). Remove unnecessary helping verbs and passive voice, and avoid comma splices and run-on sentences. Yes, it is your story, but the reader has to be able to read it. If your sentence includes, "began", "started" or "did", it usually can be shortened by using a simple past tense. "I began to feel excited"; "I started to feel excited"; "I did feel excited"--"I felt excited".

Tell us about the stories mentioned here today?  How did they come about?
 It is common knowledge that  "Alexx Momcat" is a paranormal romance fanatic. A couple of years ago, while brainstorming on birthday gift ideas, I had an idea (note the lack of a descriptive adjective before the word "idea"). Why don't I just write her a paranormal romance? How hard can it be? With a little over three months to go, I figured that I had plenty of time. I barely finished Book One in time for her birthday. Well, I got the paranormal part down.

When is your next book coming out?  What can you tell us about it?
The next Seven Realms Tale, The Flow of Magic, is finished. No publication date is set as of this writing. This story is a sequel to Earth Angel. It reveals the true story behind a number of the world's greatest mysteries and legends including the cause of the Siberian Tunguska explosion in 1908, and the Sword in the Stone.
Thanks Charlie For the awesome Interview!  We look forward to hearing a lot more from you!
Look For Charlie Kenmore's Book out NOW!
http://www.damnationbooks.com/index.php

http://www.amazon.com/Earth-Angel-ebook/dp/B005KMQAA2/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1315450669&sr=1-1

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-earthangel-599934-140.html

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Earth-Angel-Charlie-Kenmore?keyword=Earth+Angel+Charlie+Kenmore&store=allproducts

Saturday, September 3, 2011

HOT! HOT! HOT!


It may be sexy Saturday on twitter, but it is Simply Steamy Saturday here in St. Louis.  It means I have plenty of time to read and write.  It is too damn hot to go out and do anything.  So I will keep this short and post some hot photos so even in the comfort of your air conditioned home, you might need a cool shower or at the very least a fan.


Hmm who wouldn't want to be rescued by this hunky firefighter!















 Yummy! Can I have one of each?














For those that like the ladies!
Firefighters come in all shapes!














Save me Please!




















 Can I play?











Here is some more luscious EYE CANDY to celebrate those hot guys and gals in uniform!  Now, Now people no "emergencies just to gt these hottie's to come to the rescue!



Have a great Hot Sexy Saturday!  

Friday, September 2, 2011

ALEXX RANTS

As you see, I am at home today. I have asthma, and there is no air at work. I cannot do massage in rooms that are 78-80 degrees with a little fan, and crappy ventilation. I may miss 4 days of work. No one called me. I drove in just so 20 min later, the manager could tell me to go home. Should I have jeopardized my health and stayed? I am going to get some reading and writing done! And play, of course, got to play.  I hope to get some serious writing done if I can't work.  I hate being out the income, but a person's health is important also.
So to start the evening off right, ladies...  Do you have a story for this guy?
Or what about these guys?  Ride 'em, Cowboys!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

New Aspiring Author Page

Hi, Everyone!  Welcome to the newest page !  The name Alexx (you all know) but the last name is to pay homage to my great grandmother Okal Starnes.  Please come on in, and join me for what I hope to be real fun times!