My first LGBT Hater?


Still trying to sort this out. It happened in another group to…so even If we have an LGBT Hater…and have been reported…It may be FB messing about.

Claire Plaisted - Author

I’m not sure whether to be shocked, annoyed or angry.
I’m probably a mixture. 

Today I shared a post of me up and coming release on FB in a group I’ve been a member of since 2015. I’ve posted all sorts over the years. After all, I’m a multi-genre author. I write what the muse says.

This new release is the first in a collection of Novella’s called ‘FOREVER MINE’ It follows the journey of various couples. How they met! How they fell in love! Why they are hiding! Even a bit about who they are hiding from. It is true love. 

Here in New Zealand…just so you know.  Any human can marry any other human, your gender is irrelevant these days. LOVE IS LOVE…after all God made us all and loves us all.

One of the FB groups I posted to, I have been a member for…

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Time to be Business Savvy


Here in New Zealand, the Covid 19 Pandemic is OVER...for now at least. We are back to our new normal except our borders are closed to everyone but New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. What is the new normal going to look like? Makes one wonder. Well, we all know there is going to be … Continue reading Time to be Business Savvy

Editing Your Novel Q&A – by K.M. Weiland..


Q & A for Editing

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Helping Writers become Authors:

Editing your novel can bring a host of its own challenges, concerns, and questions. Many of those questions are ultimately the same questions you ask when writing: How to properly structure a story? How to create a strong character arc? How to write a sentence that makes sense?

But some of those questions are unique to the editing process, including questions such as: How do you stay motivated while editing (when you’d really rather be writing)? How do you know when to edit and/or how much? How do you know when to trust what your beta readers and editors tell you?

All of these questions, and more, are among those you’ve been emailing me over the years. Today, I decided to share some of the most pertinent questions, along with my thoughts on their answers.

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Internet Archive Faces Lawsuit Over Free E-Books


A lawsuit in progress…

Nicholas C. Rossis

As Elizabeth A. Harris of the New York Times reported on Monday, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette, and Wiley accused the nonprofit Internet Archive of piracy for making over 1 million books free online.

A group of publishers sued Internet Archive on Monday, saying that the nonprofit group’s trove of free electronic copies of books was robbing authors and publishers of revenue at a moment when it was desperately needed.

According to the complaint, Internet Archive has made more than 1.3 million books available free online, which were scanned and available to one borrower at a time for a period of 14 days. However, the group said in March it would lift all restrictions on its book lending until the end of the public health crisis, creating what it called “a National Emergency Library to serve the nation’s displaced learners.”

Book piracy | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Philanthropy or theft?

In response, Maria A. Pallante, president of…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Author on the Shelves – #Children’s – Franky the Friendly Flamingo: An Anti-Bullying Book (The Franky the Flamingo Series) Wanda Luthman


A great read from our wonderful Client, Wanda Luthman, Multi-Award-winning Author of Children’s stories

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Delighted to welcome Multi-Award-winning Children’s Author Wanda Luthman to the Cafe and Bookstore. Wanda has a new book out that I will feature later in the month, but as an introduction to her work, here is Franky the Friendly Flamingo: An Anti-Bullying Book (The Franky the Flamingo Series)

About the book

Franky was a finicky dude, until he found his perfect, pink food. He then went in search for the perfect drink and wondered if it would also be pink. Now he’s back and he’s here to say, “Being yourself is always okay!”
This children’s book contains an anti-bullying message through the beloved flamingo character named Franky. He is friendly with all the different birds, but one day he spots a little bird being bullied by a bigger bird and he intervenes in a loving way that teaches the other birds who had just been standing by how they can…

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7 Tips to Giving Your Heroes and Villains Exotic Pets


Legends of Windemere

Drizzt and Guenhwyvar

Let’s keep the subject going because maybe there’s more to this than we realize.  After all, a character can be defined by their friends and that includes pets.  Yet, you can’t just toss anything in on a whim.  Not unless you’re being very random and think of animals as nothing more than window dressing.  Totally possible and I’m not one to judge . . . out loud.  So, here are some tips that may or may not help.

  1. The animal you pick needs to be viable for the adventure you have planned.  If there is a lot of traveling then a hamster might not be a good choice.  Traveling through a dungeon won’t do that goldfish any favors.  There needs to be a way that the animal can be in the story without getting underfoot or becoming a hindrance.  Otherwise, people wonder why they’re there and that’s…

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How to Get Free Book Reviews with No Blog, No List, and No Begging – Written By Dave Chesson…


A great article… 🙂

Writer's Treasure Chest

On ‘Kindlepreneur’ Dave Chesson informs us on how to get necessary reviews, even if we don’t have a huge reader’s list yet. Thank you, Dave!


You probably don’t have to be convinced of the importance of getting free book reviews as well as kindle reviews.

However, how does a new author get those crucial Kindle book reviews or editorial reviews that will help to drive up sales?

Most resources rely on tactics that require already existing fan base, elaborate platforms, and major connections.

That’s all fine and dandy…if you have those resources at your disposal or are willing to trade in your friendship for a favor.

But what about the rest of us?

The ones who don’t have raving fans ready to drop reviews on request. Or those of us without a giant email list, social media following, and oodles of friends that we ‘want’ to send our books…

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Do Your Characters Take on a Life of Their Own? – Written By Jami Gold


Living Characters

Writer's Treasure Chest

Jamie Gold provides us with an interesting post about our characters taking on a life of their own. Thanks for your insight on this, Jamie.


Ever get one of those injuries where you wish you had a better story to go with it? *sigh*

When a bundle of bamboo sticks I was trying to separate slipped, one punctured the tip of my index finger, right by the curve of my nail. Three hours of pressure and paper-towel-wrapped ice cubes later, the bleeding stopped so I could apply a bandage, but typing is…not fun.

So let’s do a shorter, fun post today. *grin*

There’s no end to the variety of ways we can get to know our characters. That goes double when it comes to getting to know our characters well enough that they become three-dimensional and take on a life of their own.

Let’s explore…

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4 Newbie Writer Mistakes that can Derail a Great Book Idea – Written By Anne R. Allen


Newbie Writer Mistakes…Let’s make your book idea the best idea

Writer's Treasure Chest

Anne R. Allen informs us on her blog about four newbie writer mistakes that can derail a great book idea. Thanks for your information on that, Anne.


You’ve got a fantastic idea for a novel. It’s been hanging around for quite a while, knocking inside your noggin. The idea keeps saying, “Let me out! Release me! Put me in a book!”

Maybe there’s a scene in your head that plays like a video, with every detail of the setting right there, as if it’s on a screen. You know those characters. They’re like real people to you.

But you’ve never had the time to write it all down.

Now you do.

So here you are, finally banging out that scene. And another. And pretty soon you’ve written 10,000, maybe 15,000 words of brilliant, deathless prose. It almost wrote itself. Wow. That was almost too easy.

It IS brilliant, isn’t it?

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