December 28, 2017-Has anyone seen these in their local bookstore? Well, let me tell you, they’re my new favourite thing! Book shots are little books that are packed with big action from the first page to the last and everywhere in between. A recent study shows that adult readers have approximately 5 minutes, yes, you read that correctly 5 MINUTES to read per day. When I’m short on time and want to get a fast-paced, easy read in, I pick up a book shot. You should try one too, you’ll love it!
December 27, 2017- Obsessed with Her is finally here. Get it on Amazon now, or in stores on January 20, 2018. What would you do if your child was missing? How far would you go to find out what happened to her? Obsessed with her is every parent’s worst nightmare.
December 26, 2017-I found this awesome cheat sheet for creating conflict from Sacha Black! Enjoy and keep writing:)
December 12, 2017- The Old Farmer’s Treasure is a middle-grade novel that will be coming out sometime in 2018-beginning of 2019. Here’s a tiny excerpt from the book:
“What do you mean there’s something in the box?”
“I mean he’s keeping a secret, I know what I saw.”
“If you’re right, our entire lives are about to be changed…forever.”
I can’t wait for you guys to get your hands on this book-it’s a page-turner that’s for sure!
December 11, 2017- I love to start Monday mornings by drinking coffee and writing things that are outside of what I’m currently working on. I think that writing prompts are important for expanding ourselves as writers and that reading and writing things that are outside of our genres is essential for growth. Today we have a picture that I love because it’s so refreshing. The premise of this exercise is to write a couple of pages, a paragraph, or whatever length you want, about said picture, and today’s particular image can have so many themes! My head is spinning with ideas already:) Happy writing!
December 9, 2017- I’m happy to say that the turn out to my last class, Novel Writing 101 was great last week. Lots of brilliant minds with excellent ideas for stories that are fiction and non-fiction. On Monday, December 11th, at 7:00pm, I will be teaching a class on Publishing 101. The course will include the major differences between self and traditional publishing, the benefits, and setbacks of both avenues as well as the question that is on everyone’s mind…MONEY! This is a class that you won’t want to miss! I look forward to seeing some familiar faces as well as some new ones. See you Monday, December 11th at 7pm at the Sherwood Branch of the Hamilton Public Library.
December 8, 2017- Hi Friends, I’m really excited to share a little piece of a book that our very own Shamayal Hayat is working on as we speak! It will be released in the spring of 2018, and the title of this children’s book is Phillip Star. Phillip Star is larger than life and I can’t wait for you to meet him! Stay tuned for more updates and new releases from Pandamonium Publishing House. We have some really exciting things in our lineup for the next 2 years not only for kids but for adults too. Remember to follow us on Facebook!
December 6, 2017- Here’s an excerpt from my untitled novel that is coming out late next year (2019). Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Before I close my eyes I catch a glimpse of his tiny body covered in my blood; he has two perfect hands and feet, and a beautiful face. I struggle to stay awake to hear his cry, but the room is silent; at that moment, I know that our son is dead.
December 1, 2017- Did you know that a new word is added to the dictionary every TWO HOURS! How crazy is that? Between now and your lunch break, a new word will be put into the dictionary. In one year, FOUR THOUSAND new words are added!
Here are a few words that were added in 2017:
“Seussian”- This is by far my favourite word that was added this year. It means of, or relating to the works of Dr. Seuss.
“Face-palm”- I think that this one is pretty self-explanatory.
“Prosopagnosia”- An inability to recognize faces.
I think it’s interesting that a lot of slang is entering the dictionary based on how much we use it every day! Sound off with your thoughts below and remember to comment on what word you think should be in the dictionary, but isn’t yet!
December 1, 2017- I absolutely love coming across new writing prompts. Not only does it help writers sharpen their skills, but it also allows us to write about things that we may not normally write about. There are different types of writing prompts and here are a few examples below. Try a couple of these per day!