He Said, She Said-Dialogue Tags

Writing your first novel-Things you should know

He-Said-She-SaidAt this point in the game, you probably know what a dialogue tag is. It is a phrase placed at the end of a quote to identify the speaker. It should mimic speech’s natural rhythm and make long dialogue-runs digestible.

When using dialogue tags, it is  recommended that you keep them simple. There is nothing wrong with the word ‘said’.  Don’t give in to the urge to use every big word you know. If you do, you will end up with a big, clunky, mess. The wrong tag can overshadow the words spoken and draw your reader out of the story.


“You hit my car!” she screamed.                                                                                                  …

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Design Your Own Logo In Seconds!

Very handy! Thanks Nicholas!

Nicholas C. Rossis

As many of you know, in my day job I work as a web developer. Most of my skills I’ve picked up in the past 25 years of web design, from Internet marketing to social media, have proven useful once I started writing. One of them was logo design: I’ve helped a number of clients with their logos; something that is often a slow, arduous process.

Well, no more! I was recently approached by a company called DesignEvo to test-drive their online logo designer and I was amazed. Within seconds, I designed my first logo. Thay have a gazillion templates and graphics to choose from, making the process as painless as you can possibly imagine. Best of all, they store your logos for you so you can edit them in the future, should you (or a client) decide on, say, a new color.

So, are you interested in a…

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Genteel Secrets @SarahMallery1 #eNovAaw #ASMSG #romance

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Genteel Secrets
by S. R. Mallery

What do a well-bred Southern Belle and a Northern working class Pinkerton detective have in common? Espionage . . . and romance. At the start of the U.S. Civil War, while young men begin dying on American battlefields and slavery is headed toward its end, behind the scenes, female undercover work and Pinkerton intelligence are alive and well. But in the end, can this unlikely Romeo and Juliet couple’s love survive, or will they be just another casualty of war?

GDPR – How it Affects Authors in 2018 – With FREE Privacy Policy Template – by Kate Baum…

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If you’ve been relying on a mailing list to sell books online, or you sell books from your website, you need to know about the GDPR, a new law that comes into effect on May 25, 2018 that protects people online from spam and unwanted data sharing.

It affects anyone who is located, does business, or makes contacts in the EU region, which is basically this area shown in the image,and carries hefty fines if you do not follow the rules.

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Dancing with Air: WWII love story @UviPoznansky #ASMSG #bookaday #romance

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Dancing with Air: WWII love story
(Still Life with Memories)
Book 4
by Uvi Poznansky

Serving on the European front, Lenny longs for Natasha, the girl who captured his heart back home. He writes bogus reports, designed to fall into the hands of Nazi Intelligence. To fool the enemy, these reports are disguised as love letters to another woman. This task must remain confidential, even at the risk of Natasha becoming suspicious of him.

Once she arrives in London, Lenny takes her for a ride on his Harley throughout England, from the White Cliffs of Dover to a village near an underground ammunition depot in Staffordshire. When he is wounded in a horrific explosion, Natasha brings him back to safety, only to discover the other woman’s letter to him. He wonders, will she trust him again, even though as a soldier, he must keep his mission a secret? Will their love survive the test of war?

In the past Natasha wrote, with girlish infatuation, “He will be running his fingers down, all the way down to the small of my back, touching his lips to my ear, breathing his name, breathing mine. Here I am, dancing with air.” In years to come, she will begin to lose her memory, which will make Lenny see her as delicate. “I gather her gently into my arms, holding her like a breath.” But right now, during the months leading up to D-Day, she is at her peak. With solid resolve, she is ready to take charge of the course of their story.

Dancing with Air is a standalone WWII romance, as well as the fourth volume of a family saga series titled Still Life with Memories, one of family sagas best sellers of all time. If you like family saga romance, wounded warrior romance, or military romantic suspense, you will find that this love story, twisting and turning through its marital issues, is a unique melding of them all.

Sapphire Falls: We’re Going To Make It @pfiala #ASMSG #romance #bookaday

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Sapphire Falls: We’re Going To Make It
by PJ Fiala

Levi Jacobson spent 25 years serving his country in the Army. After his fiancée and the love of his life sent him a Dear John letter telling him she was marrying his best friend, he dug into his career with a vengeance, marching up the ranks to Major, right after vowing to stay away from women. Now retired from the military, and managing his security firm in Sapphire Falls, he can finally spend his days as he wants, earn a bit of money and enjoy small town life.

Sage Reynolds joined the Army at 18 to escape her small hometown and finally live her life as the woman she was – a tomboy. She excelled in everything Army; shooting, interrogation and surveillance. When her father became sick, she found herself back home in the small town she’d left as a teenager. A year later, her father gone, she needs a job and preferably in the big city. Overdue bills and no prospects force her to accept a job in Sapphire Falls for a man who is sexist, obnoxious and terribly attractive.

Levi and Sage need each other, at least as far as business is concerned. But, what about personally?

My Prison Without Bars @TaylorTfulks20 #ASMSG #mustread #thrillers

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My Prison Without Bars
The Journey of a Damaged Woman to Someplace Normal
by Taylor Evan Fulks


MY PRISON WITHOUT BARS is a courageous and harrowing journey through the catacombs of hell, from the mind and voice of a little girl living with her own monster underneath her bed. Written in first person, this novel is not a memoir, but more a psychological thriller based on true events; chronicling one woman’s attempt to claw her way out of the darkness of Child Sexual Abuse, while struggling to find normal, in a not-so-normal world.
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Love Is Never Past Tense @JannaYeshanova #ASMSG #romance #bookaday

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Love Is Never Past Tense
by Janna Yeshanova

*An Epic Russian Romance Saga Based on a True Story*

A whirlwind romance on a romantic Black Sea beach turns into a quick marriage for Serge and Janna, only to have family, fate and foolishness tear them apart. As the cold war grinds to a halt, the politics of late Soviet Russia separates the lovers on different continents. Never quite coming together, never quite letting go, their lives overlap and entwine over the years…

Beneath the adventure and romance is a deeper story of achieving dreams regardless of obstacles. Janna Yeshanova brings forth her personal account of courage in the face of impossible odds, her indomitable spirit, and a heart of gold that held onto a lost love for decades.

Anyone who’s ever pondered the eternal question, “What makes life worth living?” can find the answer within the international romantic saga of LOVE IS NEVER PAST TENSE.

Shaman – The Dawn’s People @VRMcCoy #ASMSG #mustread #thrillers

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Shaman-the Dawn’s People
(The Native Knights Collection Book 3)
by V R McCoy

Shaman- The Dawn’s People is the second book in the Shaman Series and  third novel in the Native Knights Collection by VR McCoy.  It is the follow up to the break-away Bestselling Domestic and International Supernatural Thriller, “Shaman- The Awakening.”

Christian Sands, an FBI Profiler with unique abilities, is called upon, once again, to investigate the mysterious disappearance of several children from their homes over one night, in the small town of Swanton, Vermont.

It’s been a year since the disappearance, and the town is swamped with media frenzy, law enforcement, and paparazza from every walk of life with their own spin on the disappearance. Religious zealots believe it is devine intervention, in the realm of the Egyptian/ Hebrew Passover. Alien fanatics believe they were abducted by space invaders, and skeptics believe their parents are in a cult that sacrificed their children. The townspeople believe the neighboring First Nations People, the Abenaki Tribe, abducted them, as tension and violence begins to rise between them.The town is a powder keg waiting to explode, as others are discovered mutalated in the nearby forest.

The Reluctant Hero @JackieWeger #eNovAaw #ASMSG #bookaday

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The Reluctant Hero
by Jackie Weger

There are a few things Parnell Stillman is dead certain he will never do:
He’d never fall in love.
He’d never have kids.
He’d never be a hero.
His first and only love is flying. The struggle to keep his air cargo business solvent is challenge enough. Rebecca Hollis believes caring for others is the road to happiness. Tasked to shepherd five orphans on a flight to a conclave to meet prospective adoptive parents, she learns it takes much more. The plane is caught helpless in the grip of a storm that sends it plunging into a frozen wilderness. Rebecca determines she and the disagreeable pilot must work together to insure the survival and rescue of the orphans. Parnell Stillman has other ideas. So do the orphans. Rescue means a return to foster homes and an uncaring welfare system. Or maybe not.