My Little Ducks Are Loudly Quacking Away!

Over the last year and several months, I have had the privilege of sharing my journey to authorship (among other things) with the followers of Readers Unbound. Through this opportunity, I have met some kind and accomplished people, and I feel blessed to be counted as part of such a talented group of bloggers. Thank […]

Writing: Why For Me It’s Become Singing With a Pen

A month ago, I read an interesting post by Julianna Baggott, entitled ‘Do You Want to Write or Do You Want to Be a Writer?’ Up until that point I had never thought about doing or being one or the other. I had always thought of the two as joined at the hip, since a […]

A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea: A Novel of Contrasts

 My latest foray into Middle Eastern life is through the novel A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea, by Dina Nayuri, which traces the progression of Iran’s religious and moral change in the late 1970’s. This novel is not a history lesson on the Iran Revolution, though the story does takes place directly within the epicenter […]

Not Your Mama’s Karaoke

First, I should probably say, Adventures of the Karaoke King was not at all what I expected it to be. I should also say that’s not a bad thing.  I’m not sure what I expected from Harold Taw’s debut novel, but it wasn’t the rollercoaster ride Guy Watanabe’s life turns into after he wins the coveted […]

Loving the Geegaws

Disclaimer: Chrinda Jones is not associated, in any way, to any of the products mentioned in the post below. I am not one for chasing the new fangled, and I am not easily swayed by promises, but when it occurred to me that the dread I feel toward the daily Tango I dance with Microsoft […]

So . . . You Think You Can Self-Publish and Self-Promote.

In the last two posts you’ve read how I ended up on the carnival ride to authorship, and you learned what I did to prepare myself for the ride. In this final post, I’ll share with you what I’ve learned about promoting a  self-published novel. Here again I knew nothing about what I was doing until […]

Oh, My Gosh, What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

The first post in this series revealed how I was driven to the point of writing my own fiction novel – a series of bad reads being the culprit. Now, we’ll fast forward a month or so to where you would likely hear me saying, “What have I gotten myself into?” for probably the hundredth […]