FIVE STAR review for Memory’s Prisoner

Gina X. Grant:

Jamie’s earned another 5-star review!

Originally posted on jamielynnm:

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After years of working together as part of Chicago’s S.W.A.T. team, Mitch and Joey finally acknowledge their mutual attraction and make their partnership as perfect at home as it is on the job. Together they are able to fill their down time with much needed love an laughter, but their happiness doesn’t last long.

Mitch is able to adapt to his own injuries after a bust goes bad, but Joey’s memory loss is heart-breakingly traumatic for him to bear. Unwilling to leave his partner alone, Mitch is determined to stay by Joey’s side for as long as it takes. For him, their love is unforgettable and it is enough to just be close to the beautiful man who holds his heart. After years of waiting for Joey’s memories to return, Mitch’s love is stronger than ever but his hope is almost gone.

MEMORY’S PRISONER is a well written combination of…

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Kobo Launches Emerging Writer Prize to Celebrate Debut Works by Canadian Authors

Gina X. Grant:

I published in 2014 but not my debut book. How about you?

Originally posted on Kobo Writing Life:

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Monetary prize and marketing support awarded for books in three categories: Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, and Non-Fiction

Did you publish your first book in 2014? Do you have a Canadian passport? If so, you may want to consider entering Kobo’s first annual Emerging Writer Award of Excellence.

Created for debut authors in three categories: Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction (beginning with Mystery, with a different genre showcased each year), and Non-Fiction, each winning author will be awarded a $10,000 CAD cash prize and promotional, marketing, and communications support; winners will be announced in June.

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Citizen Police Academy – Week 2

Gina X. Grant:

Wish I could find a similar Civilian Police Program here in Toronto. Jamie makes it sound fascinating.

Originally posted on jamielynnm:

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We covered three topics in class last night – Interrogation, Social Services and Special Operations.

Detective Chacon was first, talking about Interrogation. First did you know the difference between an “interview” and an “interrogation”? Most people think the terms are interchangeable but they’re not. An interview in an informal conversation before you are placed under arrest. You do not have to be read your Miranda rights for an interview. An interrogation is an official conversation after you’ve been formally charged and arrested and read your Miranda rights.

He went through the basic steps of any interrogation: General questioning – Fact Finding – Time for suspect to do the talking – Time for detective to listen and develop rapport and determine baseline behavior – Time for detective to be very confident and take control of the conversation. 90% of all communication is non-verbal, aka body language, and detectives become masters at…

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Starlight Presents… Storm Grant!

Starlight Presents was kind enough to interview me and post it here: http://debrajess.com/2015/01/lost-boys-2-0-by-storm-grant/

Lots of good stuff about writing and my latest book.

Check it out!

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Texture of Accomplishment

Gina X. Grant:

My friend Joan has some interesting thoughts on the habits of writing. And she quotes me!

Originally posted on Joan Leacott:

LonghandAndTeaIn early August, my laptop turned into a beast. It chewed through time like I chew through licorice whips. Snap, munch, yum, next hour, please.

It’s not like I was perfecting the craft of procrastination. Honest. I was working. I designed book covers, formatted ebooks and print books, updated webpages, created a whole new website. I was crazy busy and still not getting any writing done. Every morning, I put my butt in my  chair, and my hands on the keyboard and did everything except write story words.

And I was getting madder and madder at myself.

Then, I read a productivity book. I don’t usually like self-help books. I find most of them a little too “magical elixir” if you know what I mean. Just do precisely what the author says and you’ll sell a million books, lose a pound every time you blink, AND rule the world. Yeah. Right.

Anyhow, my…

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What did I read this year?

In addition to studying self-publishing, publishing 4 backlist books with 2 more ready to go early in 2015, and writing three new books, I also read.

In 2014, I read 68 books in a mixture of formats. I did some re-reading because I couldn’t find anything I wanted to read. Where’s all this content everyone’s raving about? I start a lot of books and then abandon them if they don’t grab me.

But what did grab me?

In non-fiction, I loved “Write. Publish. Repeat.” If you read no other book on self-publishing, this is the one. And that book led me to read “Fat Vampire” by one of authors of WPR, Johnny B. Truant. I quickly downloaded and read all six books in the Fat Vampire series. And gave ‘em all 5-star reviews. The Kindle edition of “Fat Vampire” appears to be perma-free. Check it out if you’re looking for a fun urban fantasy with a truly engaging character.

In November, I decided to read a thriller. Since urban fantasy (what I write) is said to differ from high or epic fantasy because it moves “at thriller pace,” I figured I should actually read a thriller. I started downloading audiobooks from the library of Lee Child’s “Jack Reacher” series. I’ve listened to 16 audiobooks in about 6 weeks!

What did you read in 2014 that really struck you?

Fat Vampire

 

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2014 in review

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New Name, New Home, Same Great Course

Gina X. Grant:

Hey fellow writers. Did you know about this? Mastering Word for Fiction Writers.

Originally posted on Joan Leacott:

Tips 4 WIPs + POD has a new name and a new home.

You can find Mastering Word for Fiction Writers at Woven Red Author Services. While you’re there, register for the next online class at Savvy Authors using the link in the sidebar.

On our new home page, you’ll find a Quiz to Test Your Word skills, a Tip Sheet for eBook Formatting, and a Reference Guide for Print Book Formatting.

So come on over and click around the new place.

link to Woven Red

© Joan Leacott 2014

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5 Star Review for Dirigibles Are Forever!!!

Gina X. Grant:

I’ve read this book! It is scorching! And Steamy. Steamy-punk!

Originally posted on :

Super-Squee! Michelle from Sweet-N-Sassy Book A Holics has given Dirigibles Are Forever a 5 STAR REVIEW!! *Happy Dance*

~~~Michelle’s ★★★★★ Review~~~

Dirigibles Are Forever was a HOT read…. Holly has mourned the death of her husband and now wants a wild night of passion with none other than Jack Smith. He is hot, tempting and makes her tingle in all the right places. I love a book with a headstrong lead female character who can handle her own.

After they are snowed in, Holly and Jack take the chance and go head on into acting on their heated passion…. Holy HOT lovin…..Good lord I needed a fan after reading some of the best sex scenes I have read (You’ll also need a cold shower after them).

I really enjoyed this book and Tina Christopher does an excellent job in keeping the book flowing. The characters were well developed which kept…

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