A Story A Day Challenge: A Lap

A Lap

Tammy smiled as she stretched on her bad. Nothing felt better than new sheets on bare skin, except for freshly dried sheets during winter, but that was a different sensation.

Her mind drifted to her boyfriend and her having the house for the weekend while her parents left to visit their friend.

Pretty good time to come home from school.

The thought and expectations for the fun she had planned widened her smile. She swore she could feel Tom by her, getting ready to…

She sat up, locking her eyes on their poodle sitting between her knees.

“Molly! No! Down!”

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In the Books featuring Beyond the Sapphire Gate by R.V. Johnson

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Beyond the Sapphire Gate by R.V. Johnson.

Disclaimer: I received a free ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.

About the Book: Some magic should remain untouched.

Beyond the Saphire GateBeyond the Sapphire Gate is the fascinating world of Astura, a world where a frothing, river of magic addicts those who use the power it holds.

Indentured to a private artifact collector on a dying world of high technology, Crystalyn naively activates a gateway. The temptation to touch the gate is irresistible for her sister Jade, who vanishes when she does. Crystalyn follows, stepping into a vibrant world infused with magic and those that Use. Aided by symbol magic killing her with each use, the defining line between good and evil is not as clear as Crystalyn once believed. The Dark Users want to help her, the Circle of Light wishes to use her. The War of a Hundred Seasons makes her choose.

Half a world away, equipped with a seemingly useless ability to read auras, Jade embarks on a harrowing journey to escape the Dark Citadel with her soul intact.

Propelled to Astura by a devious assault, Garn has only two desires. Reuniting family and destroying those enforcing his servitude.

My Review: First thing I have to say is I loved this book! The through the portal stories are as old as most, but this one combined the different worlds in a way that made it entertaining, fun and, most importantly, fresh.

We often move from our present to the future and past and other worlds in our imagination without a second thought. That was how easily this moved from one world to another. I thought it flowed really well and kept me turning the pages to find out what happened next.

The one thing I feel is fair to note is the book is heavy. What I mean by that is the pages are full of narration giving each page a weight that sometimes takes longer to read than others. It’s not a bad thing as it’s well balanced between the narration and dialogue. It’s just something I don’t see very often anymore, and that was another refreshing trait I appreciated.

The characters were well developed and interested and maddening when they weren’t forth-coming. Lol My favorite was Burl. I can’t explain why, I just loved him.

All in all, I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

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A Story A Day Challenge: Racer


“Are you sure it’s safe?”

“Sure it is. I did it and am fine, ain’t I?”

Chris sat in their homebuilt wooden racing car, his hands tightening on the hubcap steering wheel. “I don’t know.”

Sam chuckled. “Don’t worry about it. It’s a piece of cake. Just don’t hit that tree or we won’t be able to sit down for a week.”

Chris’ mouth went dry as he looked around. Below their hill we hundreds of trees. “Which tree?”

Sam motioned to the tallest one below. “That one. The Widowmaker.” He pushed the car before Chris could say another word.

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A Story A Day Challenge: Wild Side

Wild Side

Their eyes met and Jack flashe d her his best smile.

She responded in kind and a flourish of her hair.

Smiling, he started to stand when a hand clamped over his shoulder.

“Where you going, buddy?”

Jack glanced at Phil, then nodded toward the woman. “To meet someone. That’s why you brought me here, isn’t it?”

Phil looked to where Jack indicated and shook his head. “Man, she’s a cougar. She’ll spit you out when she’s done. Don’t you want something more stable?”

Jack shook his head. “I had stable for three years. Now she’s stable with the pool boy.”

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5 Ways You Can Harness Your Limited Writing Time


Some great tips in finding writing time.

Originally posted on Archer's Aim:

LeftHandIn a post last week, I wrote how I wanted to take better advantage of time by breaking one habit – believing limited time meant I had no time to write. But what ways can a writer re-gain control of their daily opportunities to write? Here are a few strategies I’m trying. Again, the idea isn’t to frantically write in every spare moment but to find ways to be a bit more productive instead.

1. I’ve stopped believing I don’t have time. This habit formed over time when I was tired, rushed or distracted. It was a slippery slope of one day that coalesced into many. I now look for spare moments and decide whether I actually have time to write – really write, not just post on social media where I end up wasting more time.

2. Make notes – I’m using features in Scrivener to make notes about…

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Controlling the Muse

One of the first things people ask me is how do I get my muse to respond.

On the surface, it sounds ridiculous. At least, until you try to answer. If only explaining how we write was a simple as 1+1=2, right?

For me, my muse has a severe case of ADHD. He never allows me to focus on a story I’m working on for a few minutes before he throws another idea at me. Talk about short attention spans. (I’m kidding. I’m kidding!)

In case you haven’t noticed, writers are a lot like athletes in that we’re superstitious. It helps I was an athlete, so I got it really bad. (Come one, we listen and talk with voices in our heads for a living. Lol)

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A Story A Day Challenge: New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Janet tossed the covers aside and leaped from her bed before the alarm could go off. Few things excited her as much as a new day, but more importantly, a new job.

Her skills were noticed by someone that appreciated hard work. All those years of busting her ass to separate from the rest of the zombies on the factory floor had finally paid off.

Glancing around the room, her smile dimmed at seeing the empty spot on her chair where her new clothes should be. Confused, she spotted them on the floor with her cat squatting.

“No! Mittens! No!”

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