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ABOUT MARY SCHMIDTmarySchmidt

Mary Schmidt, aka S. Jackson, grew up in a small Kansas (USA) town, and she lived in other states since then. At this time, she and her husband split their time between Kansas and Colorado (they loved the mountains and off road 4-wheeling). Traveling is one of their favorite things to do, and she always has a book or even three books that she reads, in the same week. Books were really her thing.

It seemed like every time she turned around she was obtaining a new library card due to the current one being stamped complete. Diving into a good book made any day perfect and you would be surprised at the number of books she read over and over. She drew paper dolls and clothes for them, and used watercolor as her medium when painting scenes, especially flowers.

She continued with art in high school exploring a wide variety of arts. The creative side of her loves to be an amateur “shutter-bug” and they actually have an online art gallery. In college she went into the sciences of all things and received a Bachelor’s degree in the Science of Nursing. Her nursing career was highly successful, and she hung up her nursing hat in December 2012.

Visit Mary’s Blog at When Angels Fly!

Mary’s Books

The Big Cheese Festival

bigCheeseFestivalIn The Big Cheese Festival, we meet Stubby Mouse and his family and friends. We learn that Stubby Mouse has a secret, that he is being bullied by another mouse, simply because his tail is short. Read how Stubby Mouse stood up for himself, and how he ended the bullying, in this delightful story for children. Targeted at ages 4-8, the book is easy to read and perfect for home or classroom. Children learn how bad bullying is, and what they can do to help stop bullies! Stubby Mouse encourages children to take a stand against bullies, and always be kind to each other. This story illustrates how everyone is different and unique, and it is a delightful read with cute illustrations for both children and adults. Take a stand against bullying today!

Get your copy of The Big Cheese Festival.

Suzy Has a SecretsuzyHasASecret

This book teaches a child, ages four to eight years-old, about personal safety and body ownership. Children learn how to identify who safe adults are in a child’s life. This book shows in positive and practical ways how parents, and educators, can talk to children about personal safety. Children learn about bad touch and good touch, and how their body belongs to them. Parents and educators can help children learn who the safe people are in their lives, and that they can always tell one of them about anything that may happen, and they aren’t comfortable about. Using little bug fairies and fairy houses, ensures that children aren’t scared when this story is read to them, or they read it on their own.

Get your copy of Suzy Has a Secret.

When Angels Fly

whenAngelsFlyWe often find ourselves daydreaming about what our futures will be like. This may be especially true if one lives in an environment most would consider less than desirable. Some are lucky to find their futures much like their childhood dreams. Others find the paths to their dreams strewn with hurdles.

Growing up, Sarah dodged her mother’s blows. She often hid in her room crying about her life. Still, she believes in her future and the happiness it can bring. In their book, When Angels Fly, authors S. Jackson and A. Raymond tell Sarah’s story – their stories. The authors use their journals to describe Sarah’s experiences of family dysfunction, strength, courage, faith, abuse, grief, and so much more. You’ll read how, like many, she attempts to escape from her mother’s abuse through marriage. And like many, she learns it is not a viable alternative. Then Sarah experiences a parent’s ultimate tragedy twice, the deaths of her sons, Joshua and Eli.

When Angels Fly is about much more than the telling of a family’s tragedy. It is also the story of finding faith after it has wavered. Most of all, it’s a story of love lost and found.

Get your copy of When Angels Fly.

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Only 4 Days Left . . .

Before We Wed

Only four days left – pre-order price of $2.99 – Ends on release day June 27, 2017. You can get your copy today here.

Just as Sarah Martin and Jon Clayton say their vows, the police crash the wedding to arrest the groom. Jon is terrified and Sarah is heartbroken. Thankfully, their friends support them emotionally and help find Jon an excellent attorney.

Is Jon truly innocent, and does he have no idea how the damaging evidence found its way into his business? Are there more sinister people involved? Will Sarah find the evidence she needs to clear him, or will she find out he’s fooled them all? If someone else is framing Jon, who is it and what are their motives?

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Only four days left – pre-order price of $2.99 – Ends on release day June 27, 2017. You can get your copy today here.

The Rundown of Beta Reading

A Writer's Path

by Samantha Fenton

Definition of a beta reader: A beta reader is a non-professional reader who reads a written work, generally fiction, with the intent of looking over the material to find and improve elements such as grammar and spelling, as well as suggestions to improve the story, its characters, or its setting.

Beta reading is typically done before the story is released for public consumption. Beta readers are not explicitly proofreaders or editors, but can serve in that context. Elements highlighted by beta readers encompass things such as plot holes, problems with continuity, characterisation or believability.

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When was the last time you backed up your website?

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We all back up our computers, either to the “cloud” or to an external hard drive. But what about your blog?

Have you thought about backing up your blog?

What would happen if your blog content vanished? Years of hard work gone in the blink of an eye. How could that happen? WordPress has been around for eons! Ever heard of MySpace? Haven’t? There is a reason.

What would I do should WordPress suddenly vanish into web space?

Cry, eat Bluebell Ice cream and drink Margaritas. Not in any particular order. Then I’d sit down and begin to vent. I mean, write.

Of course, the best thing would be to avoid such a catastrophe.

Here is today’s no excuse, public service announcement, brought to you by Suzanne Bowditch.

Click and read Suzanne’s terrific step-by-step instructions on how to backup your website. Don’t lose that amazing website you’ve slaved over for months.

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Waiting for Writing Success? Here’s Some Encouragement!

The Long and Short Stories of Life

Results, Now! is a book by education writer, Mike Schmoker. The title was intended to motivate and encourage educators of diverse learners. The title, however, is applicableto my subject today because Results, Now!is how so many of us feel about our blogs and our books.

We’ve put in a lot of work and we want results, now! Aren’t hours and hours of input supposed to yieldgood results? We’ve been good. We’ve followed the rules. Now, where are the fans, the followers, and the reviews?

I know that most of you blog and create because it’s second nature to you, so be confident that you’re not wasting your time. In fact, I’ve come to offer encouragement while you’re waiting for success.

First, developing your craft will be time well spent. You’ll be honing your skills in a field that is overrun with figurative mountains of bad writing that is overflowing…

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The Goal is to Have Motivated Characters

A Writer's Path

by S. E. White

Everyone has heard of the Plotters vs. Pantsers camps for authors. Plotters take their story and attack it with outlines, guidelines, plotlines, and beat sheets. Pansters take it in a more relaxed way, writing as the story flows with plenty of detours as needed.

Most writers take elements from each side and fall somewhere on a spectrum that mixes Plotting with some Pantsing and a healthy dose of common sense to get their story written. In my quest as a new author to find my place on the spectrum I enrolled in an online writing class and ran head-first into a GMC table that the instructor recommended.

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💕 THE HEART’S LULLABY 💕 It’s #BookRelease Day! #RRBC #IARTG

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Today, I’m so thrilled to release my second book of poetry, The Heart’s Lullaby.

It is currently available in eBook format via Amazon, Kobo, Indigo/Chapters, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes. The paperback will be available in July. I’m pretty much in a constant state of excitement. My current excitement to nervous ratio is holding steady at 70:30.

This has been such an incredible journey. When I published my first book, The Heart’s Journey Home in 2015, I didn’t have a website, Twitter handle, Facebook page, or Google+ and Pinterest profiles. I entered the world of social media and everything changed. I connected with so many amazingly talented, incredibly supportive authors, that I’m now humbled to call dear friends. Thank you to everyone, old friends and new, for you are a part of this exquisite journey.

To my family, thank you for your love, support, and encouragement as I delve…

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New Release #Celebration

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ALL THIS TIME (Book 1, Style & Profile series) – Only 99 Cents

In celebration of the release of book 2 in the Style and Profile series, book 1, ALL THIS TIME is on sale for 99 cents.  Purchase Links: Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iBooks, etc at Books2Read.

ATTALL THIS TIME – Blurb
Can Jenny and Trevor make a life together while uncovering a common enemy? Treachery, Greed, and Psychosis threaten to tear it all apart.

At thirty, Jenny Morgan’s biological clock is ticking. But as a fashion magazine CEO with a busy schedule and no significant other, her wish is unlikely to come true. When her father receives a potentially terminal diagnosis, he longs for a grandchild before he dies. With her religious beliefs, a sperm donor isn’t an alternative. Jenny’s only immediate available option is her single co-worker and best friend, Trevor Drake. Can she really trust him to be a good husband?

Trevor has loved Jenny since college, but she only sees him as a friend with no ambition. After he learns of her predicament, he proposes and sets out to prove he can provide everything she needs. Jenny is determined to have a prenuptial agreement with an “out” clause after one year. Can Trevor convince Jenny of his love by then?

As if they don’t have enough on their plate, someone at the magazine is out to stop their wedding and their impending parenthood, and destroy the magazine’s reputation. Jenny is nearly killed in a sabotage attempt.

Purchase Links: Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iBooks, etc at Books2Read.

BEFORE WE WED – Available for Pre-Order Now

Just in time for the beach, Book 2 in the Style and Profile Series. You can now pre-order BEFORE WE WED for the low introductory price of $2.99. Release date is June 27, 2017 and at that time the price goes up. Purchase Links: Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iBooks, etc at Books2Read.

Just as Sarah Martin and Jon Clayton say their vows, the police crash the wedding to arrest the groom. Jon is terrified and Sarah is heartbroken. Thankfully, their friends support them emotionally and help find Jon an excellent attorney.

When evidence of John’s guilt is found, he swears he’s innocent. But how can he prove it? As if an arrest and pending trial aren’t bad enough, his ex-wife refuses to let him near their seven-year-old son, and has their shared custody agreement rescinded as part of his bail agreement. But when Jon Jon is injured, Jon breaks the agreement and his bail is revoked.

Sarah sees strange men in Jon’s business one night. One follows her home and attacks her. When Jon finds out, he pushes her way to protect her, but it doesn’t deter her loyalty to him or the attacker’s determination to killer her. Will the enemy get to her?

Is Jon truly innocent and have no idea how the damaging evidence found its way into his business? Are there more sinister people involved? Will Sarah find evidence to clear him, or will she find out he’s fooled them all? If someone else is framing Jon, who is it and what are their motives?

Purchase Links: Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iBooks, etc at Books2Read.

Stay tuned for blog tour announcement coming later this month!

Lessons in Storytelling From a Musical Theater Nerd

A Writer's Path

by Cristina Fernandez

I am a huge musical theater nerd. It’s something that’s been a part of my life since I was two years old and Grease was my favorite movie. However only recently have I become aware of the part of me that is absolute trash when it comes to Broadway shows.

Over the past year I’ve only seen three professional productions: Something Rotten, Fun Home, and Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical. I was in a school production of 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, saw my friends production of Assassins and after much more of this extensive… research, I’ve concluded that despite the huge differences between musicals and books as mediums, there’s a lot that authors can learn about storytelling from musical theater.

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How To Take A Coffee Break Like A Writer #MondayBlogs #ASMSG #Writer

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Ever wondered how a writer takes a coffee break?

Are you curious about what happens after a writer checks the clock, smiles, puts all writing tools down and races off for a well-earned coffee break?

Ever thought about what goes through a writer’s brain during a coffee break?

Don’t panic. Here at BlondeWriteMore we have the answers.

The coffee (or tea) break is one of the key events in a writer’s day.

It can be a make or break point for the writer ANDtheir creative project.

For some writers it can be the event they look forward to, more so than doing some writing. *Sigh*

Here are some useful and handy tips on how to take a coffee break like a writer:

  1. Multi-task whilst writing – type and keep a close eye on the clock. Writers learn to touch type early on in their career so they can keep their…

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