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About shirleymclain930

I am a retired RN, I am currently promoting book, Dobyns Chronicles. My first one published in November 2010, called "The Tower", which has been revised. I'm enjoying my retirement to the fullest. I like the graphic adventure and travel and make friends. I have 5 dogs and 3 cats. They are like having a house full of three years olds. They are a large part of my life and I can't imagine not having them.

Action and Knowing Your Character



Here are some helpful suggestions about action in your writing. I thought I would pass it on. Have a blessed day.

Originally posted on Legends of Windemere:

Spider-Man vs Juggernaut (Marvel Comics) Spider-Man vs Juggernaut (Marvel Comics)

I’ve talked about writing action scenes before and people still ask for some tips.  Today I’m going to give a few that center on knowing your character.  Some might be repeats from other posts, but it doesn’t hurt to hear it again if you plan on doing a lot of action.

  1. You really need to know the limits of your characters.  The above picture shows that Spider-Man may be strong, but Juggernaut is stronger.  The writer/artist know how to work such a fight without going outside the limits of the characters.  You would lose readers if Juggernaut starts doing nimble backflips or Spider-Man hurls the big guy into the next county.  As powerful as they are, each one has a limit.
  2. Not every weapon can penetrate armor.  I thought of this when I caught part of a movie that had two knights fighting.  They had…

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Worth your attention….

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:


I’ve just been advised by Author Jack Eason that the following Facebook Site is offering six of his books in PDF format – WITHOUT AUTHORISATION, PERMISSION OR PAYMENT AGREEMENT WITH HIM…

Please check if YOUR BOOKS are being offered without YOUR permission.



PLEASE don’t send the complaint forms!!!

This is a click farm that collects your email addresses to sell.

Also, the last time this happened to us and we complained about copyright infringement our computers were infected with a virus.

Block this site on Facebook so that they cannot promote their pirate site there. 

With all of us reporting the site it will get taken down.




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How To Protect Your Blog, by Hugh Roberts



Good info to know.

Originally posted on Forest Garden:



Hugh Roberts is a true blogging friend.  Not only an extremely generous and warm-hearted soul, Hugh is exceptionally clever about the nuts and bolts side of blogging.  When I discovered my posts plagiarized by an Aussie web site a few weeks ago, Hugh immediately offered support, a healthy dose of shared outrage, and then some very practical advice.

Loyal readers and I had a number of good conversations after that episode through the comments, emails, and even some phone calls.  It heightened our awareness of how vulnerable our work remains when published online.  That is when I invited Hugh to write a guest blog for Forest Garden, giving solid technical support to help all of us with things like watermarks,widgets, disclaimers, and copyrights.  February 20, 2015 hearts 004

Hugh has come through in fine style, and I hope you will enjoy his guest blog post today:


How To Protect Your Blog


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Make the Back Cover of your Paper Book Work for You



I wanted to share this info about the back cover of your book. How to use it to your advantage. Have a blessed day.

Originally posted on :

What I’m about to suggest to you is something that I’m in the process of updating, and it’s not quite complete with all my books, so don’t yell “Liar, Liar!!” yet. I think it’s a really good idea for your paper books to act as the marketing tools that they should be for your other writing. Self publishing a paper book on Createspace is fairly easy. Writing a book blurb or synopsis, on the other hand, has always seemed harder than writing an actual full length novel to me. On a paperback, what’s on the tail is vital though. I think that it’s just as important as the cover design for a book that you hold in your hands to read. The first thing I do in a bookstore after glancing at the cover is turn it around. I read the author’s biography, eyeball his or her photo, and then…

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Finds-The 10 REAL Reasons Your Book Was Rejected: A Big 5 Editor Tells All by @RuthHarrisBooks

Finds-The 10 REAL Reasons Your Book Was Rejected: A Big 5 Editor Tells All by @RuthHarrisBooks


Useful info.

Originally posted on :

The 10 REAL Reasons Your Book Was Rejected: A Big 5 Editor Tells All

by Ruth Harris

I’m an Amazon #1 and million-copy NYT bestselling author published by Random House, Simon & Schuster and St. Martin’s. I was also an editor for over 20 years. I worked at Macmillan, Dell and Bantam and for a small but thriving independent paperback house, now defunct—not because of me. :-) I was also the Publisher of Kensington.

I’ve been the rejector and the rejectee which means rejection is a subject I know a bit about. So let me cut rejection down to size.

Manuscripts get rejected; not writers.

It’s business and (most of the time) it’s not personal.

The reasons for rejection start with the basics, i.e. the ms. sucks. Author can’t format/spell/doesn’t know grammar or punctuation. S/he is clueless about narrative, characterization, plotting, pacing, and can’t write dialogue. S/he has apparently never…

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Why My Blog Is Closed to Review Requests… Forever



How sad this is for the writing professional.As the saying goes, “One bad apple can foul the entire barrel.” In this case it was several.

Originally posted on Cinta's Corner:


Hey, everyone!

Today I am back on the blog to talk about something that I need to tell to everybody. As some of you know, apart from being a writer slash editor slash proofreader slash translator… *pants pants* I am also a book reviewer. My reviews can be read both on Goodreads and my other Blog, and until today authors, agents, and publicists could contact me to request reviews of their books. However, recent events have made me decide to close my blog to requests; not temporarily, but for good.

What made me get to this point? Bullies, pushers, and drama Queens and Kings. I am quite the bookworm and I love reading. I read every day. One day without reading is like a day in which I haven’t been totally productive. For me, reading is pleasure. It is what I do after a hard day at work. It is…

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Proofreading A Dying Art


This is a funny that I originally posted about three years ago.  The topic isn’t funny but the results certainly are, at least in this case. I hope you enjoy the read.  Shirley

Proofreading is a Dying Art these days!


Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter

This one I caught in the Tribune the other day and called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this.  It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!!  They put in a correction the next day.


I just couldn’t help but send this along. Too funny.

Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says

Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers

Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over

What a guy!

Miners Refuse to Work after Death

Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant

War Dims Hope for Peace

If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last a While

Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures

Enfield ( London ) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide

Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges

Man Up for Battery Struck by Lightning

New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group

Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft

Kids Make Nutritious Snacks

Local  High School Dropouts Cut in Half

Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors

Boy, are they tall!

And the winner is….

Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead


Now that you’ve smiled at least once, it’s your turn to spread the stupidity. We all need a good laugh, at least once a day!



I Did It: I Quit


It only took me three years to get to the point that I had experienced enough BS that I could close the door on it forever.  You’re wondering what I’m talking about, I’m sure.  Three years ago I joined a community called FanBox to earn money. They had a great concept to help others to help themselves. I have worked hard and actually pulled out a couple of thousand.

Then things began to change. A rule was put in here and there which made it more difficult to get your money out. You could still make money but you couldn’t get to it.  They had money in place that you could borrow from and use like a business loan.  You had to pay it back before you could get money back. That was all well and good. Then they began placing levels according to how much you spent. When I opted out I was a brown level. They bad part about that is it happened automatically. It was another way to take money out of your balance so you couldn’t pay back the loan amount which in turn kept you from cashing any money out.

I am now convinced the program is perpetuated by the new people who are coming into the system that do not understand what is really happening.  Poor people from all over the world are involved in FanBox. You buy products from others, you sell products and services and the money all goes into the FanBox Bank. Right now I do feel like FanBox is a pyramid scheme. Those at the top are making very good money.  When you question anything it always comes back that you are not working the program correctly and you can leave at any time you choose.

Yes, you can leave at any time you choose.  The problem is (which they know) you’ve invested a lot of work and money into this program.  If you close out your membership everything you have earned goes to the community bank and you lose. I didn’t want to quitter but that is what I finally became. I left $1000 of my money in their bank with no way to get it. I decided that I was going to cut my loses and stop the monthly fees and the charges to my credit card.

I believed in FanBox for a long time but I can say that I feel pretty foolish right now. I was sucked in along with thousands of other people. It is a shame that the people who need the money the most are the ones who are investing all their time and resources into FanBox.

I hope this blog helps some people who are considering joining FanBox to step back and really think about what they are doing.

Kindle Ebook Formatting Example


Originally posted on chrismcmullen:



I just published a new Kindle e-book and it occurred to me that it might be helpful to show on my blog how I formatted it.

This way, you can see an actual example of the formatting in action. You can also check out the free sample if you have a Kindle to see how it turned out. (Or the whole book, free if you have Kindle Unlimited; just 99 cents to buy.)

It’s a fun little book (by fun, I mean it involves puzzles—word scrambles, but not the usual variety: these have a Romance theme). But even if you don’t like the book, you can still check out the free sample to explore the features and how they were made. After all, this article isn’t about word scrambles; it’s about formatting Kindle e-books.

Formatting a puzzle book or a workbook for Kindle poses several formatting challenges…

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How To Win Sales And Influence Algorithms



I found this blog interesting about writers helping each other to sell their books. Enjoy

Originally posted on David Gaughran:

Matt Iden & Nick Stephenson Matt Iden & Nick Stephenson two crime/thriller writers who have been working together to increase their promotion and marketing range since June 2014

I’m hosting a discussion today between two authors who are using creative ways to share audiences, something which has the happy side-effect of increasing their respective sales.

As I said on Thursday, I think creative forms of collaboration – especially in terms of marketing strategies – are going to be big this year.

Traditionally published authors may have to compete with each other ways that may not be relevant/important to self-publishers – like agents, deals, grants, prizes, or co-op. But self-publishers have nothing to fear from cooperating with authors they are nominally competing with, and everything to gain.

The market is so large that no writer will ever reach all the readers out there, and the odds of getting noticed can improve greatly with the right kind of cooperation – as many authors…

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