Harmony Kent Blog tour blast-Guest post

Polish Your Prose by Harmony Kent

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Hi there! Thanks for joining me on my awesome fourteen-day BLOG tour with 4Wills Publishing and my fantastic host for today! You can find details of my other stops here: 4Wills Author Page.Author photo

I published my first BOOK, THE BATTLE FOR BRISINGAMEN, in May 2013. I soon followed this up with the award winning mystery/thriller THE GLADE in November 2013, and my first Young Adult fiction book, ELEMENTAL EARTH, in July 2014.

Today, am PROMOTING my latest work, POLISH YOUR PROSE. This is my first non-fiction book, and is a powerful new guide that gives essential editing tips for authors.

Lots of books have been written on the art of writing, and here—at last—is a guide that will teach you the essential techniques of editing your own book. This will help you turn a promising manuscript into a PUBLISHED NOVEL. And, it does this without the jargon. You don’t need to know all the grammatical terms in order to make use of this book. You don’t need to know the definition of a split infinitive, a comma splice, or a ‘to be’ verb, as this manual explains these in detail in easy to understand terms, and a lively and engaging style.

Chapters on Passive Writing, Tense, Point of View, Dialogue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an editor would go through to polish and perfect your manuscript. Good writing is nothing without good editing. Learn the secrets of good editing and writing with this essential AUTHOR reference, which offers so much more for so much less.

As well as being an award-winning author, I am an accomplished editor and PROOFREADER. My passion is helping Indie Authors to successfully achieve their goals and dreams.

Excerpt from the foreword, written by Rave Reviews BOOK Club’s very own Nonnie Jules!

“Writing is hard work, and although we find it easy to speak our thoughts, when it comes to putting it all on paper, there are rules that must be FOLLOWED, and unfortunately, some of us just don’t know those rules. Punctuation, capitalization … who can keep up with all of that?

Because of her talent, keen eye for writing and her love of helping others, Harmony has put together some of the most wonderful, carefully EXPLAINED tips to make your written work the best it can be.  POLISH YOUR PROSE is in plain, simple, easy-to-understand English (I mean that literally as Harmony Kent is from the UK).  No fancy words which you won’t understand, no jargon that WILL require you to run out and get a “DUMMIES GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING ‘HARMONY’S’ POLISH YOUR PROSE.” Nope, just plain and simple, from beginning to end.

POLISH YOUR PROSE has a chapter on just about every writing issue IMAGINABLE!  Confused about 1st, 2nd and 3rd person? It’s in there!  Past & PRESENT tense got you stumped? It’s in there! Singles and Plurals throwing you for a loop? There’s a chapter on those, too!  Harmony covers it all.”

Link to Youtube book trailer movie.

You can PICK up your copy of POLISH YOUR PROSE here:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Links for my other BOOKS:

The Glade

Elemental Earth

The Battle for Brisingamen

You will also find me in the soon-to-be-released Rave Reviews Book Club Anthology: RAVE SOUP FOR THE WRITER’S SOUL, and the All Authors Magazine Anthology: CONCORDANT VIBRANCY.

My website is http://harmonykent.co.uk

I’m also on twitter: @harmony_kent

My 4Wills Author Page.

I would prefer not to

Making everything the same as other authors does not allow you to stand out or develop your own style. That is the only thing that separates one author from another.

Jane Dougherty Writes

I was discussing with an editor friend of mine the other day some of the infuriating comments I had received from publishers about a rejected manuscript. I have had a couple in a row now saying more or less the same thing—great story, great writing and we’d love to take it if only you could change a few things. The few things being essentially take out all the imagery, introduce snappy smart-ass dialogue instead of description, cut the number of important characters who the reader will get to know down to two, and get rid of all the passive voice. In other words, rewrite in such a way that my story resembles, in everything but irrelevant details, a hundred other stories that have made money for their publishers.

Keep the language and the concepts simple, they advise, because no reader likes having to think about the meaning of an image…

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Scanning for virus, malware and other things- not a waste of time

DSCF3877 Saturday, I spent over five hours almost six scanning my computer for anything that might be affecting it. Every time I was log on, something strange kept occurring so I ran a quick scan on my protection. NOTHING! so I went back to trying to get some work done. Same thing happened again and seemed to get worse. Every time I clicked on another person’s blog or to like a blog or even read it, my computer kept acting up. Disgusted, I finally went back and did a full scan of my computer and all my programs. It found a couple of malware programs and I deleted through my protection service even though when I scanned a quick scan, it kept reading I was protected. After the full scan, things were some what better but still not right. Instead of doing another full scan to see if it could detect something else, each scan takes four plus hours. I went to my computer program menu and found several programs listed that I never saw before. I deleted all of them and my computer has returned to normal. I have one that won’t let me delete it, When I tell it to delete, it keeps asking me to delete over and over again. I think this program is the back door they have to get into my computer. I tried ten times to delete and it keeps asking me if I’m sure but won’t go to the next step to actually delete it. If anyone out there has had this problem contact me and I will be grateful for their help.

Hunters by Aofie Sheridan- guest post

3D-Book-Template for hunters  (1)3D-Book-Template for hunters  (1)Today's guest on her blog tour is Aofie Sheridan, author

Hunters – Taken From Chapter Four – Memories (Abigail)

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That night, I dreamt of before.
My mother had been always sad. That’s how I remembered her. I didn’t have one memory or a photo of my mum happy. My memories start from the age of four, people say it’s not possible, but I have them and my mum has been always sick. I remember sitting on the stairs and the doctors talking to my father. I wasn’t sure at the time what they were discussing, but later I learned it was because my mother wasn’t getting better.
Dad had to work, there was no two ways about it so mom took care of us. The first day, my dad was worried when he left me and my brother, who was only three at the time, in my mother’s hands. That first day, I was five. I stayed in my room and kept my brother with me, playing a tea party with Mr. Bear and Diana, my rag doll. Hunger was one reason for leaving the room. I would pass the sitting room door where my mother sat, staring out the window. Her brown eyes darted to me, freezing me to the spot. I was afraid to move, but I didn’t know why. I just felt afraid of her. I would make a peanut butter sandwich for myself and some Ready brek for Sam; I had seen dad make it before so I was careful. It took me a while as I pulled the chair around the kitchen, reaching the presses and the microwave. I turned to go back upstairs, but my mother blocked the door. I stood still, hoping she wouldn’t see me.
She was always so quiet, but on this day, she spoke, “If your dad thinks that I don’t mind you and Sam, he will send you away and you’ll never see us again.”
She knelt down, taking the food from my hands and placing it on the floor. Her face softened and she hugged me. I didn’t hug her back. She cried, saying she was sorry for everything. She pulled back and handed me my food and returned to her seat in the sitting room. I raced up to Sam. His food was cold, but he ate it. He was quiet for a child, well, I realized later on that three year olds are not always as good. We would play up there for the rest of the day until Dad got home from work. I would race into his arms and hug him tightly, knowing everything would be okay.
“Did you have fun with your mum, today?” Dad asked.
I thought of what mommy had said to me; I didn’t want to go away from Daddy or Sam. So I nodded, smiled and went back to playing with Mr. Bear. This became our routine for the next month.
Memories flashed through my mind, snippets of talking to Sam, playing games, saying goodbye as Dad left for work and greeting him when he got home. My mother’s empty eyes, and then the memories stopped, slowing down to another one.
“Sam, I’m going to the toilet, you stay here with Mr. Bear.”
Sam nodded and continued to pour tea for us all. I closed the bedroom door behind me so he would stay in. He was too small to reach the handle. I raced down to the bathroom. The door was open. My mother was lying on the white tile floor. The tiles were red. She looked so white and the knife Daddy always told us not to touch lay in her hand. I noticed that her arm was cut real badly. I didn’t run to her or cry as I was too afraid of what stood in the corner of the bathroom.
A dark figure, like a big man, with a cloak over him stared down at my mum. He scared me. My breath came out in small puffs of cold air. I could see the water that dripped from the tap was frozen solid, held in midair. I looked back at the man, frost was starting to grow on his cloak. He wasn’t the bad man that was always around Mommy. He was different, but still he felt wrong.
I ran back to Sam and closed the door, pulling him into the corner of the room. It was getting so cold that our breaths were visible in front of us. Sam started to cry, but I pulled him beside me while crossing my legs so I wouldn’t pee, but it was so cold and it took Daddy a long time to get home and I didn’t want to go into the bathroom where mommy and the man were.
I could hear my daddy’s scream before he burst into the room, gathering me and Sam in his arms. He was crying. I had never seen daddy cry before.
“I’m sorry, Daddy. I wet myself,” I said.
My dress was ruined. I loved this dress. It made me feel like a princess.
“Did you go into the bathroom?” Dad asked, his voice sounded scared, maybe he’d seen the bad man, but then I remembered all the times he said that it wasn’t real, and that I shouldn’t make up stories, so I didn’t say anything about the man. I didn’t want daddy to lock me in my room again.
“Mommy’s hurt and she was near the toilet I couldn’t go”
He held me tightly and, at the moment, I thought everything would be okay, but I was so wrong.

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Author Bio
Aoife Marie Sheridan has loved reading from a very young age, starting off with mills and boon's books, given to by her grandmother her love for romances grew, by the age of 14 she had read hundreds of them.
Aoife had a passion for writing poetry or in her eyes her journal entries. It was something she did throughout her teens and into her twenties. Aoife won first place for two of her poems and had them published at a young age of just nineteen. Realising she needed to get a real job (What writing isn't) she studied accountancy and qualified working in that field for many years, until her passion for reading returned and she found Maria V Snyder. Poison study one of her favourite books has been read and re-read countless times.
Aoife's first book Eden Forest (Part one of the Saskia Trilogy) came to be after a dream of a man and woman on a black horse jumping through a wall of fire and the idea of Saskia was born. Now with her first novel published and taking first place for Eden Forest with Writers Got Talent 2013, Aoife continues to write tales of fantasy and is currently working on her third book for the Saskia Trilogy amongst other new works.

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Purchase Links:
Amazon.com - http://www.amazon.com/Hunters-Demon-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00NLRMJ5S/ref=sr_1_7?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1411466472&sr=1-7&keywords=hunters

Amazon.co.uk - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hunters-Demon-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00NLRMJ5S/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1411466580&sr=1-1

Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/4652900

To contact Aoife you can email her at aoifesheridan101@gmail.com

Website: http://www.aoifemariesheridan.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Aoifemariesheri

Blog: aoifesheri.wordpress.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6551996.Aoife_Marie_Sheridan

Twitter: https://twitter.com/aoifesheri

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/+AoifeMarieSheridan

Linkedin: http://ie.linkedin.com/pub/aoife-marie-sheridan/66/760/942

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/aoifesheri/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Aoife%20Marie%20Sheridan&search-alias=digital-text&sort=relevancerank

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This book looks interesting to me, drop by to pick up you copy today. The links are above. As always, talk back, I'm Listening. Have a great day or evening as the case may be. LOL

Claiming Carlos by Rachelle Ayala- guest post

Book #2 of Sanchez Sisters Series

Choco Sanchez is stuck in a rut. She's never hit a softball and has been friends forever with Carlos Lopez, the head cook at her family's Filipino restaurant. When flashy restaurant consultant Johnny Dee hits her with a pitch, she falls head over heels and gets a makeover

Carlos Lopez is not about to lose one for the home team. Johnny launches a full scale change on the menu, and Carlos sends him straight into the dumpster. Claiming Choco's heart proves more difficult. But never underestimate a man who can cook hot, spicy, and steamy, and we ain't talking just food.

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[Love to Hate Miranda]


“Stop.” Miranda waves a spatula and blocks our way. “No members of the wait staff allowed in the kitchen.”
“I need another order of vegan spring rolls. No meat!” Sarah yells.
“She stole my gluten-free bangus.” Susie pushes her way past Miranda, who bounces against the door to the cold room, opening it.
“Out, out of the kitchen.” Miranda sticks a finger in Susie’s chest. Big mistake.
Susie’s nostrils flare and her piercings dance. “Out of my way.”
With a hefty push, she shoves Miranda who stumbles back into the cold room. Her arms windmilling, she falls in between the sides of raw pork belly hanging up to dry.
“Ai ya!” Miranda slaps at the pork bellies and pulls on a trussed whole duck for balance, right when a wooden tray of balut, fertilized duck eggs with the intact embryo, falls and splatters over her. The slime and partially formed embryos ooze down her hair and face.
Everyone except Johnny bursts out laughing. I whip out my cell phone and snap as many pictures as I can before Johnny blocks my view to help his mother.
Out of nowhere, Carlos appears, and he gives Johnny a kick on the back of his tight leopard printed butt, sending him sprawling against the skewered suckling pigs. They tumble like dominoes, knocking Johnny on top of his balut-covered mother.

Carlos picks up a tray of the Vietnamese style transparently wrapped no-fry spring rolls and flings the contents into the cold room all over Johnny and Miranda. “Vegan spring rolls is off the menu.”

About the Author

Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling Asian American author of dramatic romantic suspense and humorous, sexy contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty and her heroes hot. She writes emotionally challenging stories but believes in the power of love and hope.

Rachelle is the founder of an online writing group, Romance in a Month, an active member of the California Writer's Club, Fremont Chapter, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. She is a very happy woman and lives in California with her husband. She has won awards in multicultural and historical romance

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1st Prize - $20 Amazon Gift Card
2nd Prize - Choice of Rachelle Ayala's eBooks

How to help Indie Authors – A Primer

Authors/Bloggers, remember the feeling you got when you finished your book? Spread the word about all the fine Indie books out there.

P.C. Zick - Author/Editor

Help an IndieHow to help Indie Authors – A Primer for family, friends, fans, and other Indie Writers

It’s not easy taking the route of Indie Author or any route as an author. The field is crowded, and it’s hard for readers to sift through it all. So in addition to writing, most of us Indies spend a great deal of time promoting our work. Most of us try not to annoy our friends and family, but it’s inevitable that many of them will see our promotional stuff. So as we move into the holiday season, I’d like to give some advice to anyone associated with an author. Also, there’s a little bit of advice for other authors as well. I wish you peace and relaxation during the coming season. Take the time to read a book, maybe even from an Indie Author in your life.

Besides buying the books of your…

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Bad day blogging?

stay focused-orlando espinosa This eagle has more focus than I do today. I don’t know what my body is fighting, it is not something that antibiotics will cure, I was on them for twenty-one days but still I have head congestion, ears tend to plug and my ability to focus disappears as fast as it comes back. I hope this blog makes sense if not my normal blogging errors will stand out. I hope you are not dealing with this, one blogger called it “funk”. I guess that is a good word for it. Lack of concentration and the feeling that you don’t want to do a thing. I force myself to go out to the barn where we relocated the exercise machine this summer but it is below freezing outside and my hands even wearing gloves were cold but not the rest of me. I forced myself to do twenty minutes instead of sitting here and letting my sugar go out of control being a diabetic. I normally walk a mile and half each morning but with this funk and cold weather, I have not walked since last Wednesday. So my blood sugar stays high meaning I get two insulin shots per day instead of my usual one. The pills I take do nothing if I just sit around, so today I was determined to do something even though it probably is not enough. If my head will clear up and allow me to focus, I will go for a walk in the morning and get back into my routine even though it is suppose to be under twenty degrees in the morning, I will still do it.

As you may have noticed, I am hosting a lot of blog tours, trying to introduce new authors or their new books. Drop by and check some of them out. They are struggling like you and I trying to get readers for their work. Some of their books may not interest you but others that read this blog will find good reading material. For those science fiction readers out there, take a look at my  “Chronicles of the Marauder, Marauder Rising, book one”. It has been re-edited and a newer re-edited book will be uploaded to Amazon shortly. I think I have made it even better but check it out and see for yourself.

Anyway, try to have a great day and talk back, I’m listening and get your friends to follow this blog so they can learn about some of the new books coming out for Christmas. Have them check out “Read Tuesday” on December 9 for some really good deals.