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Didi Oviatt

Author of suspense novels Search For Maylee (coming soon), Aggravated Momentum, The Stix, and New Age Lamians. As well as the short story collection Time Wasters and (co-author of) The Suspenseful Collection.

It’s Official, I have my next cover!!

So this happened today! I’m split equally in three ways. Gratitude (thanks Kim!),  excitement, and obssession are all three pulling me in their direction!

I can’t believe I have my next cover!!!

I think this makes it all real (or sureal, take your pick!) Four novels in four years, I’m setting my goals and then killin’ them. You can probably just call me ‘the goal slayer’ from here on out.

Also, on a side note, completely off the subject — I’m about 92% sure that I’m going to get a tattoo on the back of my neck that says ‘Edit Me’… If anyone has any thoughts on that then please share, I’d really love some input, or encouragement. Lol really though, my husband thinks it’s silly so a few votes in my favor might shut him up a little because we all know that I’m going to do what I want anyway.

SO here it is!! The official cover for SEARCH FOR MAYLEE!!!  Omg, I can’t wait to release this!!

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BLURB:

Since Maylee was abducted from her high school the very month of graduation, her Aunt Autumn has never lost hope in finding her. It’s been three years. Autumn has finally reached inside herself and found the courage to track down an old lead. She moves across the country to find him. Will Autumn be able to pry Maylee’s case back open? More importantly, what will Autumn uncover in the process of searching for Maylee?  It’s a cold dark world we live in, and she is about to find out just how cruel it can be. Strength and determination are on Autumn’s side and she will do whatever it takes to either bring Maylee home, or to deliver the justice she deserves.  

 

EXCERPT:
***Everything she had planned to say evaporated out of her mind, like the steam off boiling water. She now sat ashamed and growingly ridged in front of this unnerving man. A stiff torso allowed her to lean back into the chair and dig around her pocket for the crumpled up paper. If she couldn’t find the words to tell him, then she would have to show him instead. The rumpled pink page, still slightly moist, was set hesitantly on the desk between them.
    “I’m moving to Denver to find Craig. I’m going to look for Maylee myself.”
    The shaking of Autumn’s hands multiplied by ten while she spoke the words. There was so much more she had intended to say, but for some uncomfortable reason her tongue wouldn’t cooperate, and her chest failed to rise and fall with proper breath. These factors rendered her utterly incapable of the full speech she had intended.
    Tears welled in her eyes, stopping at the inside corners – teetering the edge of a full on meltdown. How embarrassing. It was easy to tuck away her anxiety and fears around her friends and family, but not so much Chance. All of her worries and doubts were somehow brought to the surface, just from the presence of him. Though so confident about the whole thing that morning, Autumn was starting to question herself at the mere sight of Chance. She couldn’t decide if his facial expression read angry, worried, anxious, or what?  His mind was tangled, clearly he was confused at her. The awkward demonstration of care in his face gave her a chill***

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Paperback Cover Reveal: The Suspenseful Collection Volume One. Release Date 28.7.17 #newrelease #amreading #suspense

Author, Kim Knight

So proud of us both here is our paperback cover! What a mad couple of months on this project it’s been, but it’s been fun. And thank you for your engagement with us everyone, the voting, reading and feedback means so much to us both. Kim and Didi’s Suspenseful Collection weekly writing challenges will return the end of July.  I can’t wait.

The Suspenseful CollectionVolume One, with two never seen before bonus stories 1. Guilty as Charged, In Self Defence and 2. It’s A Man’s Man’s World, will be released in just three days!!  And it’s up for pre-sale now.

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You read some, you WIN some! Do you want to win $25 just for reading an awesome book (or 5)?

As some of you may know,  Kim Knight  and I are having a MASIVE $.99 sale to celebrate our first ever short story collaboration release The Suspenseful Collection as well as her latest romance novel Lovers Retreat!

We’re SO excited, that we decided to take this already huge sale another step and giveaway a $25 Amazon giftcard to some lucky reader!!  If at anytime during the next week you purchase one of the following books you can be entered to WIN $25!

It’s very simple!  For each of these $.99 books you purchase (as well as pre-ordering The Suspenseful Collection) you’ll be entered into the drawing! Just let us know you’ve ordered here:

Rafflecopter Giveaway Link

Please remember that honesty is ALWAYS the best policy, and sharing is careing. We love each and every one of our readers and wish you the best!  The winner will be announced on Tuesday August 1st!

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Mystery Mondays: Kim Knight on Writing Buddies!

KRISTINA STANLEY

Welcome to Mystery Mondays. Today we have author Kim Knight. She’s written 6 books and is here to share her advice on writing buddies.

I met Kim online, and we have since become mutual supporters and promoters. That’s part of the joy of Mystery Mondays for me. I keep getting to meet other writers! So over to Kim…

Why Every Writer Needs A Writing Buddy by Kim Knight

It never occurred to me that a writing buddy is a much needed thing in my life. Like an accessory I can’t leave the house without my mobile, a spray of perfume and a fresh coat of lipstick. I need my buddy and you dear writer friend, you need to find yourself one. I would recommend it to all writers out there, no matter what stage they are at in their career.

So how did this come about for me? And…

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Why My Readers Fell In Love With My Bad Guy

The Long and Short Stories of Life

I certainly didn’t intend to write a bad guy that my readers would love, but he just wouldn’t stay in the background. I’d intended for him to be low-key, dangerous, and despicable. However, as I added layers and brought dimension to his character, he stole the show!

If the good guys were on the page with him, I had to ensure they were bringing their A-game because his villainous personality shone so brightly that all the attention was on him whenever he appeared.

Of course he lived and dressed well and had tons of swagger. In one scene, as he leaves the heroine after sparing her, the wind catches and swirls the folds of his long coat around his legs. He turns and salutes her, fingers to forehead, before casually walking away.

My beta readers almost fainted. They wanted more of him. These crazy people even suggested that my heroine…

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Why Short Stories Are Difficult to Write

A Writer's Path

by Teagan Berry

I’ve never thought I was capable of writing short stories. Novels? No problem. Give me an idea and I can run with it for eighty-thousand words without hesitation. But ask me to tell a complete story arc from start to finish in five-thousand words or less? Never. Not a chance.

That’s how I’ve always believed things to be. And I never imagined I’ve have a differing perspective on the matter until just very recently. It occurred to me the other day that though yes, there are definitely technical differences between writing short stories and full length novels, it’s also very much a mental game with yourself. If you back yourself into a corner, only ever believing you’re capable of one or the other, you’ll never truly succeed at anything else. You’ll forevermore be uncomfortable with writing out of that space you’ve become extremely familiar with.

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21 Do It Yourself Tips on Writing!

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21 Do-It-Yourself Editing Tips by Melissa Donovan http://www.writingforword.com, July 4, 2017

*proofreading and editing

*Tips for Editing Your Own Work.

*The human mind is a funny thing; it likes to play tricks on us.

For example, when we proofread and edit our own writing, we tend to read it as we think it should be, which means we misread our own typos and other spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes as well as problems with word choice and sentence structure, context, and overall readability.

Do-It-Yourself Editing Tips

Here are twenty-one do-it-yourself editing tips that you can put into practice for polishing your own writing:

  1. Proofread and edit every single piece of writing before it is seen by another set of eyes. No exceptions. Even if you hire a professional editor or proofreader, check your work first.
  2. Understand the difference between proofreading and editing. Edit first by making revisions to…

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One More Week Until Release!!! Have you ordered your copy yet? #kdsuspense

Don’t you worry those impatient little heads, my fellow book nerds! By pre-ordering you can insure this naughty little read will be fresh and ready in your library, the very day it’s available! Kim and I are so excited, and can’t wait to hear your thought on all bonuses!!!

Excerpt:

The dream is real and vivid, like a fully detailed memory that he’s lucky enough to experience a second time around. If there were ever a chance to rewind the time, go back and relive a certain day or event, then this would be the exact time Dale would’ve chosen. It was the last day that they’d spent together as a family, before his father’s stroke turned their lives upside down. Perhaps it’s the touch of his mum, passing on this dream as a gift to Dale, or perhaps it’s fate. Either way, it’s a dream that Dale will hold dear for the rest of his life. The very second Violet lets out her last breath of air, and as Dale’s hand tightens around hers in sleep, his subconscious begins to stir.

THE BIG DAY IS COMING UP!!!!

(If you’re yet to read the first version of stories 1 through 6 in #kdsuspense then you can find them for free on Kim’s blog HERE!)

R.I.P. Chester Bennington ~ 1976 – 2017

By Hook Or By Book

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Chester Bennington who was the lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots, Dead By Sunday, and Kings of Chaos, as well as being the frontman for Linkin Park, is the latest devastating loss to the music world. Close friends with the late Chris Cornell, he’s reportedly committed suicide on what would have been Chris’s 53rd birthday. The father of six, battled with drug and alcohol abuse. I’m completely heartbroken over the death of this incredibly influential and gifted musician, and I really can’t come up with anymore words right now, so I’m going to leave you with some inspiring words from Chester Bennington himself.

You can’t be afraid of people willing to hurt you, cause if you fear life, then you will never live.

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Gratitude, Testimonial, and WINNERS!

For everyone who participated in the Mega-Blitz put on by R&R Book Tours to celebrate their launch last week MEGA -BLITZ Launch Party!! I owe you all a gigantic THANK YOU!!  This was a very large event and for everyone who hosted, and it was a HUGE post to put together, so thank you so much for putting in all the time and effort involved!  It didn’t go un-noticed.  I’m so very grateful!

**I wish I knew you all personally because I’m kind of a hugger.**

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Right along with the blogging participants I want to shout out to the WINNERS for the Rafflcopter involving my book, Aggravated Momentum!!!

CONGRATS!!!!  The winners are:

1. Rim Bedoui (Algeria) digital copy
2. Candace Robinson (US) digital copy
3. Christina L. Riggs (US) Signed copy

WAHOOO!!

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And as for Shenanigans with Reads & Reels AKA — R&R Book Tours:
It’s been excellent working with R&R on the Mega-Blitz Launch Party project!  There was so much involved!  With six books/authors to organize and collect information for you really took a big bite to chew.  And then, to prepare giveaways for each and every one separately you really set this up to be a one of a kind ordeal!  It’s been a pleasure to be a part of such an event, and I can’t wait to see you continue to perfect and grow this business.  I’m excited to work with you in the future! Thanks Shenanigans!!  
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