Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Best #Bloggers = Zapkode Marie & Zen Habits

Featured for today's #AtoZChallenge: @Zapkodemarie  & @zen_habits



Over the years I've learned so much, made so many friends, and been uplifted by so many great bloggers! As a result, I'm recognizing some of the best bloggers for this year's A to Z Challenge. These bloggers have shared knowledge, promotions, jokes, guidance, support, and more. Scroll on down to meet the next set of bloggers.

To the BEST BLOGGERS in the world - I say, "Thank you!"


Z is for Zapkode Marie and Zen Habits.


Zapkode Marie has a delightful book blog called Just One More Chapter. She regularly features book reviews and is a great contributor to the blogging community. I thoroughly enjoy reading her reviews.


Zen Habits is a calming site - and what a perfect way to end the A to Z Challenge! The site reads,
"Zen Habits is about finding simplicity in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness. ... Zen Habits features a couple powerful articles a week on: simplicity, health & fitness, motivation and inspiration, frugality, family life, happiness, goals, getting great things done, and living in the moment."
 



Please take two minutes to stop by these two awesome blogs and thank them for all they contribute to the blogosphere!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Best #Bloggers = Yvonne Ventresca & YA Asylum

Featured for today's #AtoZChallenge: @YvonneVentresca & YA Asylum


Over the years I've learned so much, made so many friends, and been uplifted by so many great bloggers! As a result, I'm recognizing some of the best bloggers for this year's A to Z Challenge. These bloggers have shared knowledge, promotions, jokes, guidance, support, and more. Scroll on down to meet the next set of bloggers.

To the BEST BLOGGERS in the world - I say, "Thank you!"


Y is for Yvonne Ventresca and YA Asylum.

Yvonne Ventresca is a wonderful YA author, but she is also an advocate for teen writing. In a recent post, she shared details about other sites that also support teen writing. During the A to Z Challenge, Yvonne is sharing productivity tips - - - which I think we can all benefit from! ;)

YA Asylum is a fantastic book blog. The site reads, "YA Asylum is a collaboration book blog with a focus on young adult. We have way too many books for our own good, but are constantly adding to our TBR shelves. YA Asylum is a book blog with a touch of horror, since we’re all lovers of the genre."  


Please take two minutes to stop by these two awesome blogs and thank them for all they contribute to the blogosphere!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Best #Bloggers = XoXo Book Blog

Featured for today's #AtoZChallenge: @ilovebooks1117


Over the years I've learned so much, made so many friends, and been uplifted by so many great bloggers! As a result, I'm recognizing some of the best bloggers for this year's A to Z Challenge. These bloggers have shared knowledge, promotions, jokes, guidance, support, and more. Scroll on down to meet the next blogger.

To the BEST BLOGGERS in the world - I say, "Thank you!"


X is for XoXo Book Blog.

I love blogs that support writers and readers, and Mel over at XoXo Book Blog does just that! She regularly features book reviews, giveaways, and book tours. So hop on over there and check out her current giveaways, and if you're a writer who needs a book reviewed - send her a request.


Please take a minutes to stop by this awesome blog and thank her for all she contributes to the blogosphere!

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Best #Bloggers = Wendy Russo & Write with Fey

Featured for today's #AtoZChallenge: @wendysrusso & Write with Fey


Over the years I've learned so much, made so many friends, and been uplifted by so many great bloggers! As a result, I'm recognizing some of the best bloggers for this year's A to Z Challenge. These bloggers have shared knowledge, promotions, jokes, guidance, support, and more. Scroll on down to meet the next set of bloggers.

To the BEST BLOGGERS in the world - I say, "Thank you!"


W is for Wendy Russo and Write with Fey.

Wendy Russo is an author with a wonderful blog. She regularly features other authors and their works, but in a recent post, she explained: "Without Joan D. Vinge and her Return of the Jedi Storybook...I would be an entirely different reader…and writer…than I am."

On Chrys Fey's blog, "Write with Fey" it reads - “Catching sparks for stories and passing on torches of inspiration. I am an author, blogger, reader, vegetarian, and auntie. I live in Florida with my adopted cats.” In a recent post, Chrys offered suggestion for seasonal writing. “The following is a list of several things you should keep in mind if you’re writing (or plan to write) a story set in the US during winter.” She then goes on to detail ten different things to keep in mind when writing a scene set in wintertime. Great tips!



Please take two minutes to stop by these two awesome blogs and thank them for all they contribute to the blogosphere!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Best #Bloggers = Van Sickler & Verbosity Book Reviews

Featured for today's #AtoZChallenge: @kimvansickler & @VerbosityRevws


Over the years I've learned so much, made so many friends, and been uplifted by so many great bloggers! As a result, I'm recognizing some of the best bloggers for this year's A to Z Challenge. These bloggers have shared knowledge, promotions, jokes, guidance, support, and more. Scroll on down to meet the next set of bloggers.

To the BEST BLOGGERS in the world - I say, "Thank you!"


V is for Kim Van Sickler and Verbosity Book Reviews.

Kim Van Sickler, over at Swagger Writers, recently posted “Writing a readable book is one thing; writing a page-turner is another. Writing a book that resonates with the reader, one that strikes a chord deep inside and reverberates with meaning, pulses with purpose, is another step beyond.” [Editorial note: When I originally selected Kim to feature for today's post, she was still actively blogging. I'm sad to say she is no longer posting, but her site still has archives of great posts.]


Not only does the Verbosity Book Reviews site feature reviews, but it also features other writing related posts! This recent post "Expectation vs. Reality: Writer's Edition" is a fantastic look at the life of a writer. It certainly made me smile ... and grimace a little, too.

 


Please take two minutes to stop by these two awesome blogs and thank them for all they contribute to the blogosphere!

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Best #Bloggers = UncommonYA & Unmissable Articles on Writing

Featured for today's #AtoZChallenge: @UncommonYA & @WritetoDone


Over the years I've learned so much, made so many friends, and been uplifted by so many great bloggers! As a result, I'm recognizing some of the best bloggers for this year's A to Z Challenge. These bloggers have shared knowledge, promotions, jokes, guidance, support, and more. Scroll on down to meet the next set of bloggers.

To the BEST BLOGGERS in the world - I say, "Thank you!"


U is for UncommonYA and Unmissable Articles on Writing (the Write to Done site).

UncommonYA is an amazing site full of tons of tips from traditionally published authors. Pick a topic, any topic, and I'm sure one of the authors over there has blogged about it. The site states that it features: "Gutsy YA fiction by traditionally published authors who tell it like it is." (disclaimer: I participate in the blogging over at UncommonYA - but it's STILL totally awesome!) ;)


Okay. Okay. Technically the blog is called Write to Done, but the secondary headline is Unmissable Articles on Writing ... and I needed another "U" blog to feature today! ;) If you are looking for inspiration or motivation, this is a great site for you to visit. The posts are fabulous and encompass a great deal regarding the craft of writing.

 


Please take two minutes to stop by these two awesome blogs and thank them for all they contribute to the blogosphere!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Best #Bloggers = Trisha & Tossing it Out

Featured for today's #AtoZChallenge: @TrishaWF & @ArleeBird


Over the years I've learned so much, made so many friends, and been uplifted by so many great bloggers! As a result, I'm recognizing some of the best bloggers for this year's A to Z Challenge. These bloggers have shared knowledge, promotions, jokes, guidance, support, and more. Scroll on down to meet the next set of bloggers.

To the BEST BLOGGERS in the world - I say, "Thank you!"


T is for Trisha and Tossing it Out.

Trisha, over at WORD + STUFF says she "writes, reads, draws, sings, travels, and sometimes does other stuff too." She is currently featuring fabulous photos for the A to Z Challenge. She's a wonderful blogger, and I love visiting to check out what she's got going on over there!



Arlee, over at Tossing it Out, states on his blog: "Blogs--most reading this know what they are, but maybe some of you are not sure what a blog is and have been thinking about starting one. Or perhaps you've been trying to come up with a new thematic idea for your current blog or one that you plan to add. For the 2015 A to Z Challenge I'll be looking at various possible blogging themes as well as a suggestion here or there about blogging better. If you know someone who has been thinking about starting a blog then direct them to my series. Maybe I can help come up with some blogging ideas of interest to them--or to you." And in a recent post, he asked the question, “I wonder what would happen if everyone who read a book was required to give their personal review on the book.”  


Please take two minutes to stop by these two awesome blogs and thank them for all they contribute to the blogosphere!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Best #Bloggers = Stephanie Scott & Sia McKye

Featured for today's #AtoZChallenge - @StephScottYA & @SiaMcKye   


Over the years I've learned so much, made so many friends, and been uplifted by so many great bloggers! As a result, I'm recognizing some of the best bloggers for this year's A to Z Challenge. These bloggers have shared knowledge, promotions, jokes, guidance, support, and more. Scroll on down to meet the next set of bloggers.

To the BEST BLOGGERS in the world - I say, "Thank you!"


S is for Stephanie Scott and Sia McKye.

Stephanie Scott is a young adult writer who loves to celebrate other writers' successes ... such as Lisa Brown Roberts and her debut novel. In this recent guest post, Lisa shares lessons about being a debut author. I love authors who celebrate other authors. That's the kind of world I want to live in every day. :)



Sia McKye's blog states: "SHARING THE LAUGHTER AND THE TEARS, THE GLITCHES AND THE TRIUMPHS, AUTHORS FACE IN THE PURSUIT OF THEIR AMBITION TO WRITE." In a recent post, she shared some excellent tips: “If we’re writing, editing, or have gotten stuck ask yourself as the actor in the scene:
·       What’s my motivation?
·       How am I going to get what I want (intention and tactics)?
·       What’s the conflict? Or what’s keeping me from getting what I want?
·       What’s my environment and how is it affecting me? This is context.”



Please take two minutes to stop by these two awesome blogs and thank them for all they contribute to the blogosphere!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Best #Bloggers = Romkey & Random Thoughts

Featured for today's #AtoZChallenge - @sromkey & @BishDenham  
   


Over the years I've learned so much, made so many friends, and been uplifted by so many great bloggers! As a result, I'm recognizing some of the best bloggers for this year's A to Z Challenge. These bloggers have shared knowledge, promotions, jokes, guidance, support, and more. Scroll on down to meet the next set of bloggers.

To the BEST BLOGGERS in the world - I say, "Thank you!"


R is for Shawna Romkey and Random Thoughts.

Shawna Romkey is an avid supporter of other writers and has "taught English at the university and secondary levels for close to twenty years and can’t quite fathom how all of her students have grown up, yet she’s managed to stay the same.  She’s a huge geek and fan of Xena, Buffy and all kick ass women, and loves to write stories that have strong female characters." Shawna recently posted advice for new writers. She wrote, "
join a writers group in your area. Most of the stuff I learned about publishing and publishers who would be interested in my books was through members in my writing group. They can point you in the right direction and act as beta readers for your projects."


On Bish Denham's Random Thoughts blog, she describes herself as "a children's writer from the Virgin Islands. Growing up there was like living inside a history book; an imagination stimulator. Consequently I've been writing for just about forever. I am a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature and a member of SCBWI." In a recent post, Bish featured awesome pictures of smiles and wrote, "Today I am thankful for smiles which, though they come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and languages, are understood by everyone.”  



Please take two minutes to stop by these two awesome blogs and thank them for all they contribute to the blogosphere!

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Best #Bloggers = Quill & Quotes

... Featured for today's #AtoZChallenge - @RayRhamey & Writing Quotes ...  
   


Over the years I've learned so much, made so many friends, and been uplifted by so many great bloggers! As a result, I'm recognizing some of the best bloggers for this year's A to Z Challenge. These bloggers have shared knowledge, promotions, jokes, guidance, support, and more. Scroll on down to meet the next set of bloggers.

To the BEST BLOGGERS in the world - I say, "Thank you!"


is for Flogging the Quill and Writing Quotes.


Ray Rhamey's Flogging the Quill blog has ALWAYS been one of my favorites. If you're looking to improve your writing, especially the beginning of your story, you must check out this site! In addition to a twelve-step checklist, Ray offers daily critiques (floggings) of writers' first pages. Ray says it's essential that the first page "begins connecting the reader with the protagonist ... and raises a story question."



If you need some quick daily inspiration to put a spark into your writing, check out Writing Quotes. Recently they featured this great quote by Lettie Prell: "I must write now and quickly, before I begin to prefer the perfect version that lives in my head." 



Please take two minutes to stop by these two awesome blogs and thank them for all they contribute to the blogosphere!