Monthly Archives: June 2015

Consulting and Staff Development

Consulting and Staff Development.

How to make Google Search work for you

How to make Google Search work for you.

Musical Muse-What music does for your writing.

Musical Muse Music guides my mood. Always has, always will. After fifteen years of teaching, it is prevalent in much of the teens of today too. I’ve even gone so far as to test different music selections on free writing days to see what kind of results it gets. It’s a fun test of the minds and warrants so many different possibilities. Fast, dramatic “car chase” music as I call it, will most often result in the guys typing ninety to nothing. Turn on a little Titanic, the soundtrack, in the background and the girls get dreamy and the ideas start flowing. As with me, it depends of the part of the story I’m typing at the moment as to what playlist I download to play. Some music apps even have premade lists that get the ideas flowing and often I find a song to add to another playlist. A character’s traits and demeanor sometimes play into the list chosen. What about the finale? Like a good drama on television, the music picks up, you edge to the corner of the sofa, your eyes refuse to blink until the moment you’ve waited for booms across your surround sound. That’s what music does to a story on the pages of a book. So why not play music when you write…or read your favorite book? Pick a tempo that fits with the plot at each given moment or chapter in a book and try it.


Miss-Peregrine-Home-Peculiar-Children-Ransom-RiggsMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

RaeleighReads rating: 5 out of 5 coffee cups

“Scattered toys, evidence of children long gone, lay skinned in dust. Creeping mold had turned window-adjacent walls black and furry. Fireplaces were throttled with vines that had descended from the roof and had begun to spread across the floor like alien tentacles.”

A perfect marriage of literature and visual arts, Miss Peregrine’s is a brilliant book, and I’m recommending it to everyone.

First, this book is gorgeous. I know, I know, I shouldn’t be dazzled by the trappings, but seriously just go look at this thing. The paper is heavy and thick. Each chapter begins with a decorative page, and each page itself has a decorative swirl along the bottom, denoting the page number. Interspersed between and integral to the story, are wonderful old photographs that Mr. Riggs found, collected, and incorporated. The…

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5 of 5 stars to ‘Switched’ by Amanda Hocking

Caroline Greyling Author


Charming, magical fairytale

Wendy Everly has never belonged. Her school mates seem repulsed by her, the teachers pick on her and even her own mother tried to kill her at the age of six. So when the new guy, Finn Holmes takes an interest in her, she’s flattered – and confused. She soon discovers that there is more to his attention than meets the eye. Finn has been sent to find Wendy and bring her home, into a whole new world she never knew she was a part of. It’s a world full of magic, intrigue, danger, forbidden love and politics; a world Wendy’s not so sure she really wants to be a part of.

I’ve had this novel on my Kindle for a while now and wish I’d read it sooner. This is my kind of story. It’s a magical fairytale in a modern setting, with just the right…

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BOOK BLITZ + GIVEAWAY: The Witches of BlackBrook

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TheWitchesofBlackbrookBlitzBanner2WitchesThe Witches of BlackBrook by Tish Thawer
The Witches of BlackBrook #1
Publication Date:June 23rd 2015
Publisher:Amber Leaf Publishing
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
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Through space and time, sisters entwined. Lost then found, souls remain bound.

Three sisters escape the Salem witch trials when the eldest casts a spell that hurdles their souls forward through time. After centuries separated, fate has finally reunited them in the present day.

One the healer, one the teacher, and one the deceiver.

Will their reunion return their full powers, or end their souls journey forever?

A Witches of BlackBrook novel.

About the author

TishTish Thawer writes paranormal romances for all ages. Her magickal elements and detailed world-building are a welcome constant in every novel.

Before becoming a writer she worked as a computer consultant, a photographer and a graphic designer. She also operates a custom glass etching business, in addition to being a wife and the mother…

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Winston has only one goal in life: to kill as many Evils as possible.
Hunter is sent on a mission to find a mysterious female who can help the
Sentinels finally win their battle against the Evils, he’s not happy about the
errand interrupting his constant compulsion to kill the red-eyed, ugly evil
demons.  But he owes his brothers and
their Sentinel king his life, so he hopes he can get the task done as soon as
possible and return to his solitary life of wasting Evils again.  How complicated can retrieving a single
female be?  Hunter is about to discover
that a simple mission can become very…complicated!

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Temptation: Grey Wolves Rising #1 (Grey Wolves Rising #1)

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Temptation: Grey Wolves Rising #1 (Mating Season)

byEmma Storm

# OF STARS  5/5                    Genre: paranormal      Pages: 53


Some werewolves walk the world forever in search of their mates. Gabriel Danes was one of the lucky ones–Joy Sutton appeared in his path one night six years earlier. Unfortunately, she came along too soon, leaving him with a painful choice: succumb to temptation and rob a young girl of her innocence, or suffer through season after season until she’d experienced enough of the world to know what she would have to give up if she decided to accept his bite.

Joy didn’t need four years at a university in Miami to teach her anything about the world, but she went anyway because Gabriel Danes wanted a woman, not a girl…and because it was just too painful to watch him live his life around her while she yearned helplessly for what he wouldn’t give. Now she’s home…

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My stories are about humans and how they react, or fail to react, or react stupidly. I’m… – George A. Romero at BrainyQuote Mobile

My stories are about humans and how they react, or fail to react, or react stupidly. I’m… – George A. Romero at BrainyQuote Mobile.