Monthly Archives: December 2019

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It’s the End of a Decade… Or not

Tomorrow is January 1, 2020 and I can’t turn around without running into another end-of-the-decade reflection or best-of list. But does 2020 really start a new decade? There are a lot of different thoughts on this. I particularly like the explanation offered on TimeandDate.com. They say that if you think of decades in terms such as the […]

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Smashwords End of the Year Sale

​I’m pleased to announce that I’m closing out 2019 and kicking off 2020 by participating in the End of the Year Sale over at Smashwords. My books are 50% off​.  Here’s the link to my Smashwords page. Scroll down to see my books ​with the promotional pricing. The sale ends ​January 1, 2020. Enjoy! Share0 Tweet0

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The 2019 Community Holiday Tree

As I mentioned last year, many parks in my area have a tree that people decorate year after year. There’s no formal process or rules. People just show up and add whatever they want. I love seeing what people come up with each year, although I worry that some of the ornaments won’t do so well […]

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Bringing Back the Medieval Book Curse

Illustrated medieval manuscript from Depositphotos.com.​​On the copyright page of the hardback edition of Leigh Bardugo’s novel King of Scars there’s this little story:​At the foot of the Petrazoi lies a small swamp that smells potently of feet and rancid cooking oil. It is known as the Armpit and its fumes cause dizzy spells, vomiting, and […]

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Don’t Be Afraid of Scrivener

​WHAT’S SCARIER?​If you ask a group of writers that question, you’ll likely get at least a few people who think Scrivener is scarier. But it doesn’t have to be! ​Are you one of those writers? If yes, then check out my new online course, Start Your Novel with Scrivener​. In it, I’ll walk you through the […]

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10 Fun Holiday Gifts for Readers

​It’s the holiday season, so I couldn’t resist browsing the internet to see what holiday gifts are out there for readers. ​Here are ten gifts that I thought were fun. ​1. ​Mug with Slogan: I’m Not a Book Worm, I’m a Book DragonFrom Etsy.comYep. Because I DEVOUR books! ​2.​ T-shirt with Slogan: My Weekend Is […]

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December Issue of The KierDevil News Is Out!

The ​December edition of my KierDevils newsletter went out on Thursday, ​December 5th. I​ tried something new this time. I took a deleted scene from WAR: Disruption and added commentary about what changed and what was eliminated from the final book, along with my reasons.  ​Did you like this ​commentary? If so, let me know […]

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To Finish Reading or Not? (For real this time!)

​(Oops! When I ​ ​originally wrote this on November 26th, I thought I’d saved the post. But somehow, the text from the previous week’s post about my run-in with the door showed up on the blog under this title instead. Because, you know, the universe apparently wants to make sure everyone knows about that embarrassing, […]

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The Best Laid Plans…

This is not the blog post I intended to go out this evening. But the post I started writing earlier included an array of images and links that I wanted to be displayed in a certain manner. Of course, I’d never actually done that type of layout before. As you can probably guess, it proved to […]

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