Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Grammar Day: Ampersand

Grammar is a tricky subject. With all the rules and exceptions, how can a person keep track? I can't answer that, but I can help with little pieces here and there.

Today's Topic: The Ampersand

Sometimes it seems like every punctuation mark is "one of my favorites," yet I'm entirely sincere. Today's favorite is the ampersand (an unnecessarily fancy term for &).

In my journal writing and notes to friends, I love using this symbol in place of "and" or "etc." (&c.). As an Austen fan, I read several of her letters and noticed the way she used & throughout. I suppose doing the same gives me a sense of connection.

Unfortunately, using it the way Austen and I like to isn't considered "proper."

When can this beautiful symbol be used? When it's part of a title or name (i.e., Rogers & Hammerstein). That's it.

Any Exceptions? Sadly, no. I shall have to be content with using it in private communication...and on Twitter.

I love to learn; let me know what I'm forgetting!

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Book Review: Marketing Your Book on a Budget

Marketing Your Book on a Budget (2013)
by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

As a small business owner and an author, marketing is always on my mind. To be honest, I was hoping for but not expecting something new from this book.

It's true that I had seen many of the tips before, but Jones expanded on them in new ways.

The author not only gives ideas of "what" to do, she gives the "how" and even the "why." There are helpful links throughout the book, as well as tips to find others.

This is a book I will refer back to over and over.

As a professional editor, I feel compelled to mention that there were some grammatical errors throughout--but reading is still smooth, and they don't detract from the excellent resources in the book.

I recommend this to anyone needing a motivation boost to start or continue the marketing journey.

Jones' book is available in paperback and ebook formats, on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

You can find Kathryn Elizabeth Jones on her personal website
and learn about her business here.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Author Interview: Shalight Saja

You may recognize Purple Eyes as one of our latest published books. Today, we have an interview with the author!

What is the name of your book? 

My book is called Purple Eyes.

Can you give a short (one to three sentence) summary of your book? 

Purple Eyes is a collection of poetry that I wrote as I started the healing process after six years of abuse. It is a diary of sorts chronicling the early stages of my journey toward defining myself by who I want to be rather than by what has happened to me.

What genre is your book? Poetry, fiction, nonfiction…?

My book is subtitled "a biography in poetry," and that's the best way I know to say it.

Who is your book’s audience?

I pray that this book could be helpful for those who have had a friend or loved one experience any kind of abuse. It may provide some clarity or insight as to possible repercussions of abuse. Even more specifically, I pray that it might be a companion to those struggling with these repercussions themselves; that it might be a reminder to survivors that they are not alone.

What first inspired your book?

I realized that I had a story that was not specific to me. I knew that I wanted to find others and struggle through with them. Publishing a book from the poems I had written seemed like a part of the natural progression toward that goal.

How long have you been writing, and why did you start?

I started when I was twelve, but my writing habit really took off when I turned sixteen. In coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, I would write at night when I could not sleep because of nightmares. Eventually, I realized that writing helped me process my thoughts most effectively. So I kept going.

Where do you write most often?

I write wherever I feel most comfortable, which generally ends up being on my floor or outside.

What are your ‘author quirks’?

It's very difficult for me to compose on a computer. I have to write with a black or purple pen on paper, and then copy it onto the computer by typing it.

What advice do you have for other authors?

Don't let anyone stop you, especially yourself.

What do you do when you lack motivation?

I go outside to be in nature, or Google inspirational quotes. Listening to music is a common practice of mine as well.

What do you most want your readers to know?

That they are not alone.

And finally, where can we find your book?

Purple Eyes is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You're also welcome to visit my blog.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

I Thirst by Gina Marinello-Sweeney

I am delighted to announce Rivershore Book's newest published novel, I Thirst by Gina Marinello-Sweeney! (You may remember the interview we had with Gina earlier this year.)

The characters in this book are fun, random, and silly, yet have deeper sides to them. I found myself relating to each of them in different ways, and thoroughly enjoyed following their journeys as they dealt with the complexities of friendship and life. This is the first in a series of three, and I can't wait to read the rest! (Yes, that's a hint to the author...)

From the back cover:
When Rebecca receives a mysterious note from an unknown source, she has no idea how it will change her life. Twenty-year-old Rebecca Veritas is used to being different, but has never felt extraordinary. She is a Dreamer, living in a world of poetry intermixed with the antics of her unique family and eccentric best friend Adriana. When she meets Peter, a young student from Canada who seems somehow to understand her from the start, her perception changes. With "Intermission", the single word in that mysterious note, as inspiration, the two writers embark on an incredible journey to a new world in the form of a story that will ultimately parallel their own lives. Yet, as the story progresses, events remain ever more shrouded in mystery. When unexpected circumstances in the real world throw their lives in disarray, it will be up to Rebecca to find the true meaning of "Intermission" before the curtain closes on the final act.

This engaging story is available in paperback on Amazon for $12.99!

Learn more about the book and the author at, and feel free to "Like" her on Facebook!