Book Review – No Regrets in Paris

Book Discussion and reviews of No Regrets In Paris. Come join us.

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A little about Jim first:

Currently living in Phoenix, Arizona, Jim has spent countless hours in bars and hotels while traveling internationally, making some interesting life choices along the way. He’s lived in Paris, London, Sofia, and all across the United States. An avid traveler and sports fan, he can often be found telling stories in his local pub. With degrees in political science and IT, Jim is used to talking at length about nothing in particular. To learn more about Jim and his writing, visit his blog.

RA Winter’s Review: 4 Stars

No Regrets in Paris is a different type of romance. It’s from a guys point of view, which in itself is pretty novel. So, what does a guy do after getting dumped… have you ever wondered? Read No Regrets in Paris to find out.

There are bits that might make you cringe. There is a lot…

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The First Chapter

Today, I want to talk about your first chapter.  It has to grab the reader, make them have to continue on.  The first chapter will either doom you, or pull you up.

That’s why I’m doing my new blog.  First of all, there are so many talented authors out there, stuck in the middle and end pages of Amazon.  There are millions of books in competition for the top spots on their site and others ebook dealers.

Why do some authors go Indie?  I have one friend, who had a contract with a publishing house that shut down.  It took her a while to get back her rights for her own book!  She, however, was one of the lucky ones.  Others weren’t and are still waiting out the end of their contract so they can publish on their own.

The best thing about publishing traditionally is the perks.  Editors, proofreaders, copy editors and cover artist.  These are very expensive endeavors for the little guy without a lot of funds.

These are some of the reasons I joined  I belong to an “uber group”.  A fast-paced group of ladies who read my work, comment, tweak it, beta read it and make it all sparkly.  We’ve been lucky.  We click in all of the right places.  I do the same things for them, too.  Often it is harder to crit your own writing.  Why?  Because of the way our brains are wired.  We know the story, it came from us… so all of the missing pieces are there.  When someone else reads your work, they don’t have those little tidbits of information that our brains ‘type’ in.

I advise everyone to join a writing circle, if not on Scribophile then on one of the other writing sites, but I love Scrib and wouldn’t think of leaving.

Back to the first chapter, I’ll be posting works from some truly great artist. You may not agree with me on all of them.  All we are asking is for you to read the first chapter and make up your own mind.  I’ll be posting Monday’s and some Fridays.  Come by and take a peek, then head over to Sherry Terry’s blog on Wedneday and read reviews.  Post your comments here and on her website.

Seasoned and new authors need input.  Did you like it? Does it make you want to read more?  Make up your own mind.

If this is a hit, then in the following months, I’ll be posting more and adding new days.  Sherry can’t keep up with all of the reviews, even though she has a team behind her- but you can make up your own mind.  I’d like to post erotic/romance Mondays, Fantasy Tuesday, Mystery Wednesday, Mash-up Thursdays, and Extras on Fridays.  Reviews on Saturdays (for ‘other’ books, this will be an audience invite so we can hear about your favorite authors.)

Hit me up with you ideas on how to make this a reader’s favorite blog.  What do you need besides the First Chapter to decide?  Then run over to Sherry Terry’s blog and give her some love.  She’s swamped with words.   And, the wonderful Sherry has already started with reviews and conversations.






Book Review – a clear day in october

Check out Sherry Terry’s blog as she discusses a poetry piece by Jim Lewis. Read the poem, and join in with your thoughts.

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A little about Jim first:

Jim Lewis is an internationally-published poet described by his friends as a Renaissance Man, multi-talented, remarkable, or sometimes as “odd, but in a good way.” By profession, he is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner, with a parallel career in technology. By hobby, he is a musician, writer, photographer, and kayaker.

Jim s interest in writing goes back to his early youth, but he only started to send out his poetry to editors and publishers when he reached his sixties. To his surprise and delight, several pieces were quickly accepted for publication, and so for the first time he envisioned a collection of his favorite poems.

These hand-picked favorites have been paired with his own photography to share with you as a clear day in october.

To find out more about Jim, please visit his website.

My Review:

Well done, Jim! This book is fantastic!

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Introverted Author Problems

This is definitely me! I have to have alone time or…. well, it never ends well. Hello! From a Vicious & Delicious fellow critter. Love you, too!

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I know. I know. I promised more teasers of Rekindled Prophecy, but something has been gnawing at me for a few days now. Thought I’d share and see if others experience the same issues or have advice.

First, a little backstory on me. I am in introvert. You probably guessed from the title of the article, but this is kinda like AA for Introverts.

“Hi. My name is KC. I’m an introvert.”

Everyone chimes in, “Hi, KC!”

I’ve been an extrovert/introvert my entire life. What does that mean? I acted like I enjoyed all the social hustle bustle of life, but inwardly I hated it. Ask my friends in high school, college, post-college/pre-marriage. I was the one dragging everyone out on the weekends to party and dance. Yes, I still like to dance but prefer my parties to be much, much smaller.

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Author Showcase- The First Chapter

Mark your calendars!  Starting September the 4th, each week I’ll be showcasing authors first chapters.  Some you’ll know, some are new. September will be erotica, so grab that cup of coffee and get comfy!  The first author in the showcase will be Ophelia Bell.  If you haven’t read her yet, just wait.  You’ll love her world- Dragons! And lots of hot sex.  Two fixes in one!  I counted forty-two books by the very busy Ms. Bell.

Last month, I entered a contest and won a ‘swag bag’ from her!  Oh, and the book?  Just love it.  Autographed too!

Lots of different genres for you to chose from in the coming months.  Take a few minutes and discover erotica, fantasy, paranormal, love, and good old fashioned sweet romance.  Their first chapters will offer you a quick read and I just know you’ll find someone to fall in love with. I’ll throw in a wee bit of mystery and lit in the following months so I’ll have something for everyone.

The erotica authors in our line up are wildly talented and so good.  Like coffee on a cold morning.  They’ll warm you up and get you going.

September 4th, Ophelia Bell

September 11th, Tom Benson

September 18th Imogene Keeper

September 25th Godiva Glenn

Then just wait til October. I’ll be changing genres.  First up will be the very talented Francisco Cordova and his new series.  Fabulous!

Mark your calendars and join me for the First Chapter.

Can’t wait!

As an added plus, join The Very Sherry Terry on her blog on the following Wednesday, where she’ll be discussing the books and giving a review.  Check out her blog and send us your comments.


The All Romance All Day Facebook Takeover Event

Join us tomorrow! 7/21 at noon CST! Grab free books and prizes. Get some love!

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This weekend! Starting Friday, July 21 and runs through Sunday, July 23rd.

Please come and forget your troubles for a time. Take a chance to win free books, Amazon Gift Cards, Bath Bombs, being a character in a story, and much more! Find new romance and erotica books to read in sub-genres like urban fantasy, paranormal, time travel, shapshiters, LGBT, BDSM, contemporary billionaire…

Here is the link to the event:

Be there or be square! Bring your friends and their little dogs too!


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Farming for writers.

I’ve been doing a lot of reviews lately, while I put my latest work on the porch–out of the way, and ignored.

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One thing I’ve noticed is that writers aren’t farming their information. And yes, I’ve done this myself.

What is farming?  Providing the information needed in slow drips and letting it grow.  Why?  Because tons of backstory at the beginning of your book is boring.  You’ve got that perfect first chapter, a great plot but you slow down the progression by delving into the mundane.


If a reader has to know a, b, c, and d, before chapter 6 to understand that ‘The map is the key to the forest, and only the unicorns can enter Jannon on Tuesdays, on the first blue moon in Saturn.  The rider needs to wear pink underwear and a candy cane bra which can only be found on a moonless night, within three days of a blue moon on a beach guarded by toad-men.  Men who were ‘insensitive’ in life, and have been cursed to spend life as a toad until the princess comes and kisses one.  The toad-men can only speak when directly spoken to and answer in rhymes that must first be deciphered before the unicorn enters Jannon, a magical world of sex and orgasms.

Yeah, don’t do that in one paragraph or a freaking page… eek it out.  Look for the map, which leads to the clues.  Giving a reader ‘get a, b, c, and d’ all at once is overwhelming.


I have a weird imagination.  Actually, wait for a sec while I write out an outline.

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Also, skip the normal.  

The phone rang. I answered, “Hello?”

“Hi. Is this So-n-so?”

I sighed.  “No, it’s Mrs. Hanky Panky.”

“Oh, sorry.  Right.  So, may I speak to So-n-so?”

I checked the family room and hollered upstairs.  No answer.  “Sorry, she’s not in.”

“Do you know when she’ll be back?”

Headlights poured in through the family room window.  “Wait. A car just pulled up. Would you hold on for a moment?”

UGH.  Don’t do that!!!  

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That’s true to life and freaking boring. What’s important?

Either- 1.  Add in something to keep me interested.  

The phone rang. I answered, stepping over a puddle of blood. “Hello?”

“Hi. Is this So-n-so?”

I sighed.  So much work to do!

Red bits of brain dripped on the stairs like a broken faucet.  “No, it’s Mrs. Hanky Panky.”

“Oh, sorry.  Right.  So, may I speak to So-n-so?”

I checked the family room and hollered upstairs.  No answer. Which, if she answered, wouldn’t that be freaky?  Dead girls don’t talk back.   “Sorry, she’s not in.”

Technically, yes, she was home.  Kinda dead though. Just a wee bit of a lie.

“Do you know when she’ll be back?”

Headlights poured in through the family room window.  Ah, more meat for the party! “Wait. A car just pulled up. Would you hold on for a moment?”

“That’s me and my sister. Can we wait on So-n-so?  She wanted to go see the movie with us.”

Perfect. Meat and dessert.

Or #2, cut it down to what’s important.

A car pulled up the drive.  Headlights poured in through the family room window piercing the darkness.  The cell-phone shook in my hand.  “A car just pulled up. Would you hold on for a moment?”

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Why do you need the whole conversation?  You don’t!  What is important? Set the scene, set the mood. In the first example, more words, more descriptions.  In the above example, fewer words make your point.

Whichever way you chose, make it interesting.



Time to go! My cat’s giving me the evil eye.  Apparently, the new and improved ‘cat food’ isn’t up to snuff.


Author Interview: Peter Driscoll


Almost everyone who’s been on knows Peter.  His interesting comments and insights have helped many aspiring authors.  With many passions in life, Peter is a busy man but he always has time for his favorite loves.

His wife Rose- and food.

Seriously, the man’s fondness for both is astronomical.  I do believe the man’s favorite saying is, “Food. Yummy, yum, yum. Gimme.”

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As a computer programmer, he has an analytical mind.  He fawns over math, artificial intelligence, science and new discoveries.

Just make sure there isn’t a lack of food!

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His debut book is ‘Painted Days‘. A look back into the past, when humans inhabited Doggerland.  Primitive human’s at their best. And worst.  There is love, action, murder, and slavery afoot as daily survival takes the forefront of our story.  Tribes raise arms against each other in a fight to the death.

Why did you decide to write about Doggerland and early humans?

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The story started from certain thoughts on how people respond to the knowledge that, ultimately, they will die. I wanted a free reign to explore this without stepping on any religious toes. By putting it in the past I could step lightly around those toes.

Where did you get your inspiration for the story?

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What happens to a person when the love of their life dies. How do we cope with fear, love, and death?

At some point, our forebears went from living in the moment to planning ahead. The change must have been a huge shock. Early humans could kill animals simply by herding them off cliffs. Living in the moment, we fear immediate threats, but by planning ahead all future threats become real and relevant, including the knowledge that we all must survive. Instead of dealing with existing problems and fears, early humans had to look towards the future.

My story was constructed around these fears, and how manipulative leaders use those fears to control us.


What message would you like the reader to walk away with?

I wanted people to see their lives from a different perspective, free from the cultural practices currently protecting us.

Take one character and tell me about him/her.

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Rhatha is loosely based on someone I once met. A person whose whole life was based on seducing women. There was an underlying creepiness that I tried to bring to the character.

What fascinates you about the time period?

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It was the beginning of things. Everything was in front of people to discover, without all the complications, and ease of modern life.

What research did you do?

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I have always been fascinated by that time. I must admit that quite a bit of it was from online material. The story tries to bring together many disparate elements. The sea level rise 8,000 years ago. Break-out floods. The Natufian invention of agriculture, and its gradual spread into Europe.

What is your favorite scene? Would you like to share it with the readers?

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My favorite scene is at the end of Chapter 2 The Days of Youth, just after Rhatha is angry with her for rejecting her. I like the change in tone and energy compared with the previous.

In the seasons that followed she watched him, and all the other young men whose feigned casual glances, always showed something more. It changed her and gave her understanding. She grew into a woman while the young men strutted their male pride with studied nonchalance.

They fell for her like a bear for honey. Many days she desired quiet solitude where no man tried to get her attention. She came to understand the heart of men, how they rage at rejection.

She always thought of her father, when frustration shook her. What would he do? She pictured his warm generous face, and it took her thoughts home to the fire, her sitting on a log, with his calming words rolling over her. Then her anxiety disappeared and only his peace remained.

She wished she could talk to the men, in that same calm manner her father used, so that they might hear her words and feel his wisdom.

Then she would say to them. ‘Why choose me? Somewhere your true mate awaits you. You need only have the patience and dignity to find her.’

But she could never find the right words at the right time or find the tone or spirit he had. So instead she would snipe at them, feel their anger in return, regret her words and then rage at her own regret. It burned in her.

So the passing seasons hardened a soft heart and bent it to life’s cause.

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Author Interview Time! Deborah Byington

It’s that time!  Today’s author interview is with Deborah Byington.  She’s written a great mystery-police thriller.  Pick up your copy today!  A Killer Among Us.

Deborah is a former member of RWA and was the founder of the Heart of the Sound RWA Chapter in CT as well as president of their Outreach chapter, a mentorship for new authors. She previously published AloneTogether in the early 90’s as well as 2 novellas. She lives now lives Johnstown PA

Today, I’m interviewing a fellow Pennsylvania lady.  We have to stick together.  I met her about two years ago on Facebook and we’ve become fast friends.  Love her work.

If you could tell your younger writing self- anything, what would it be?

Never give up the dream. Had I heeded this advice I might be successful now

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What authors did you dislike at first but grew into?

Lisa Scottoline I read one of her early books and couldn’t finish it but I’ve since become a fan.

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

That’s a hard one I’m not sure I can answer that. There are many I’ve read that I thought would make good movies compared to some that have been and were not worth it.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

For a Killer Among Us, I called 6 different police departments all over the country and got so many different answers to the same questions. My previous book spent time interviewing Navy personnel. then, of course, basic research for rules, regulations, codes,

I read a lot of true crime and newspaper accounts and personal experiences with various relationships or by observing people. I’ve been all over the country so I have a wide variety of personalities to choose from.

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Why a mystery cop romance?

I prefer romantic suspense over straight romance. I”ve written straight romance and read so many they all seem the same lately. I chose a cop, because there are too many private detectives and heroines going off on their own to solve a crime that seems unrealistic

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