Book Tour: Blink the Series – Breaking Branches by J. Kahele

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Title: Blink: The Series – Breaking Branches
Author: J. Kahele
Publisher: J. Kahele
Release Date: December 7, 2014
Genre: YA Suspense Thriller
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An excerpt from Blink:

Growing up an only child and losing my parents at such a young age, I never much cared about anyone but myself. I never knew what love was until Michael entered my life. He helped me to see that drinking wasn’t the answer and that I did have someone that loved me, that I wasn’t alone. He moved into my home after Marcus became a threat to me, giving up the comfort of his home to make sure I was safe. And I repaid him by blatantly lying and drinking behind his back…

Christia Cartwright – Blink The Series: Breaking Branches

Sean C. Wright is the author of the short stories Bubble Bath TwelveHazel Hogan and Devil Does Dallas. She is also an editor. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit http://www.iwrightaway.com/.

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Send me your typo images! Snap pictures and email them to msseanc@aol.com. They must be real pictures and not images in online links, as those might be doctored. I’m looking for the real McCoy. Conceal the company’s identity if possible. No sweat if you can’t. I’ll hide the name before I post it. We’re not looking to embarrass but to educate.

Close Enough

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Image Courtesy of Nathan Wright IV

This typo was spotted at a construction site. I’m sure you know that this poor soul tried to spell “surveillance.”

Many think that no matter how crude their spelling is, the general message still shines through. They are right, but exaggerated phonetic spelling induces smirks, sneers, and giggles. Some of my all-time favorites that I have personally seen or heard of:

  • Rood (Rude)
  • Rittens (Riddance)
  • Rush & Roulette (Russian Roulette)
  • S.A. (Essay) I did this in fourth grade on a spelling test.

The “close enough” spelling habit may seem convenient, but the original message gets lost in the misspelling. I liken it to an attractive garment with a big gravy stain. You’ve heard me sing this song before:

  1. Use your dictionary. It’s online now. You have no excuse!
  2. Ask your peers. We all have blind spots to our own writing, even famous authors.
  3. Slow down. Taking a step back and checking your writing is well-worth diminishing embarrassing  mistakes.

Of course, I invite you to tell us about a “close enough” spelling you witnessed or practiced.

Happy writing, my friends!

Sean C. Wright is the author of the short stories Bubble Bath TwelveHazel Hogan and Devil Does Dallas. She is also an editor. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit http://www.iwrightaway.com/.

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Send me your typo images! Snap pictures and email them to msseanc@aol.com. They must be real pictures and not images in online links, as those might be doctored. I’m looking for the real McCoy. Conceal the company’s identity if possible. No sweat if you can’t. I’ll hide the name before I post it. We’re not looking to embarrass but to educate.

3 Steps to Sharper Writing

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Not everyone reads, but everyone writes. Writing evolved from using a fountain pen and parchment paper to clunky typewriters to typing on computers. Even though we communicate electronically for the most part these days, the writing craft still calls for good grammar. Here’s a crash course in how to cut and polish your written words:

1. Tighten it up/cut the fluff. These two phrases say the same thing. Which one would you rather read? I like Vera Wang’s clothes because they’re pretty. I especially like their flattering cuts and they have my favorite things on them, like colorful prints and sparkles for the evening. Or, I favor designer Vera Wang’s clothes for their curve-friendly designs, use of vivid prints, and glamorous sequin and bead embellishments. I’m pretty sure you said the second one. Why? Because it’s clean and direct. It’s fine for first drafts to look like the first sentence, but go through and eliminate wordiness, run-on sentences and repetition.

2. Limit linking verbs. Linking verbs are the vanilla of writing; am, are, is , was, were, be, being, been, has, have, had. We need them, however, there are much more “vivid” verbs out there. Jason scored the most points in his last three basketball games carries more impact than Jason is the best basketball player on his team.

3. Know the difference. People often confuse these three pairs. They are not the worst offenses, but it’s impressive if you master their subtle differences.

  • Recognize/realize. You recognize a person, place or thing (noun). You realize a fact. For example, Sheila recognized that cat as the neighbor’s or I didn’t realize that I bought the wrong flavor ice cream until I was halfway home.
  • Persuade/convince. You persuade someone to do something. You convince someone to think or believe something. Larry can persuade anyone to loan him money vs. I couldn’t convince my friend that I was a police officer calling and my practical joke failed.
  • Fewer/less. Fewer is for single quantities, like people, cookies, problems, and so on. Less is for clump quantities, like water, grass, lotion. There will always be “fewer people” but “less soup.”

Don’t forget to infuse as much personality into your writing as you please!

Sean C. Wright is the author of 8 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

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