Five Links Loleta Abi

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Five Links…1/25/19

Loleta Abi


  1. “What is a plot snag?” He gives such great advice! I have skipped scenes and came back to them before. I’ve also had to backtrack for a snag and determine where things went wrong!
  2. “Here’s a short, unedited passage from the second book in the series The Curse of Time – Golden Healer which I’m currently working on. It fits in well with Colleen’s two synonyms this week – mystery and attract.”
  3. “It’s a bit like ‘Macbeth’ for an actor – say ‘writer’s block’ to a novelist and they’re liable to go pale and break out in a cold sweat. And as for actually uttering those dreaded words yourself, well, that’s pretty much guaranteed to jinx anything you’re currently working on. But is writer’s block really a ‘thing’, or just people like me being hyper-superstitious? And if it does really exist, what can you do about it?”
  4. “Adding drama into your writing can be tough and many are leery about adding this due it skewing toward the negative.  Yet, it’s fairly unavoidable if you sit down and consider what can be born from it.  We may even add it without realizing what we’re doing.  There are days I think we all have different views and definitions of drama.  Some people consider it a genre while others call it a literary tool.  So, are there any tips that can cross every genre and be seen as universal?”
  5. “Writers are taught many rules by the greats. But should we believe them?”

Research & Fun Bits:

  1. “Most of have things in our past that we would just as soon forget. That’s understandable, really; after all, we all make mistakes and do foolish things. And for some people, those things are very serious.”
  2. “I spent most of Saturday working my way through some critiques. Aside from spelling and punctuation, I didn’t change much. Little things to make one of my characters a bit more relatable.”
  3. ““I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it until it begins to shine.” ― Emily DickinsonI think every book is different. In the end, it begins where it needs to.
  4. “…“No matter,” says Wen, “they sometimes put contact details up.” She starts to scrutinise the notice board of the porch and then taps a number into her phone…”
  5. “Welcome to Must Read Horror, where we search the internet for the best horror articles of the week so you don’t have to. Without further ado:

IGN picks out twelve villains from the world of comics who deserve their own horror films

What Culture serve up ten original horror films coming to cinemas in 2019 that we should all be excited about

Push Square have listed the very best of horror gaming on Playstation 4

The Hindustan Times has a feature article on the secret world of India’s horror writers

Marie McWilliams interviews the Night Worms about their incredible new horror book box project

Book Reviews and Author Interviews:

  1. “I was a closet writer for most of my life. When I was a child and teen, I would journal my thoughts, dreams, and other musings. Then, I would rip them up and throw them away so no one could see them.” I kept my writing to myself until I was eighteen, then started into fanfiction. Later, I moved on to my own stories.
  2. “Maria is a Gemini whose head has always been in the clouds. From a young age, her mother scolded her for not paying attention; when she was bored, she would make up stories in her head. She has been writing since she was about thirteen years old. A lover of languages, she speaks French, Spanish, and Catalan.”
  3. “Deadlier Than The Male is non-fiction and is about the wives behind some high ranking British military men. The author chose a range of women covering a period in history from 1677-1937.”
  4. “I truly enjoyed reading this book for many reasons. First, it was easy to read and understand exactly what was being said. I also enjoyed reading and knowing more about all the characters and was wondering how they will all relate to later on. Reading this book kind of reminded me a bit of the movie crash, in regards to learning about the characters and how they will all relate to each other. I also got the chills at different times when reading the book. I loved the fact that I thought I knew what was going to happen and I was all wrong, great twist. Lastly, I liked that it has short chapters, and each chapter introduced a different character or setting; this made it very interesting. Excellent book, highly recommend for all audience. C.D”
  5. “Welcome to the first of the Cafe updates this week and after one of the busiest book selling season of the year, it is great to see the reviews coming in.”
  6. “Lindsay Townsend, a pretty and popular sixteen year old, has set her sights on Jon Halliwell, the P.E. teacher at her school, regardless of the fact he is married. Although she is the daughter of wealthy parents, Lindsay’s home life leaves much to be desired. Her father is a controlling bully who thinks nothing of physical or verbal abuse and his long suffering wife has been cowed into submission. Despite her seeming popularity, Lindsay is vulnerable, lonely and desperate for affection. When her interest in Jon is reciprocated, it develops into a secretive affair.”
  7. “Keeping secrets are hard, especially keeping happy, year-long ones from the people we care about. So you can imagine how terrific it is to finally share with you that the mystery thesaurus Becca and I have been working on this past year is a second edition of The Emotion Thesaurus! It releases on February 19th.”
  8. “Joan Hall is hosting an excerpt from Lanternfish today. I had to do a tiny bit of research into concussions for this one. Stop over and say hi. Joan is also an author, and one of my Story Empire partners. If you haven’t met her yet, check out her blog while you’re there.”
  9. “He was the genius of his age; revered sculptor, painter, architect and poet; fiercely devoted friend; beleaguered artist to the popes; and a pilgrim in search of an elusive redemption.

She was a celebrated poet; dutiful daughter; adoring yet betrayed wife; powerful political voice; spiritual seeker; suspected heretic; and the only woman Michelangelo ever loved.”

  1. “Four walls. One window. No way to escape. Hannah knows there’s been a mistake. She didn’t need to be institutionalized. What happened to her roommate at her summer program was an accident. As soon as the doctors and judge figure out that she isn’t a danger to herself or others, she can go home to start her senior year. In the meantime, she is going to use her persuasive skills to get the staff on her side.”
  2. “Police officer Ellery Hathaway is on involuntary leave from her job because she shot a murderer in cold blood and refuses to apologize for it. Forced into group therapy for victims of violent crime, Ellery immediately finds higher priorities than “getting in touch with her feelings.”
  3. “All of my Pearseus science fantasy series books will be either free or 99c, as will A Heaven for Toasters, my sci-fi crime romance book (talk about writing cross-genres). For the kids, I have a free book, Cinderella, on a refreshingly traditional publication.”
  4. “An hour ago, they were nineteen strangers on an airport shuttle, braving travel delays and a freak blizzard. Then they fell through a hole in the world. Now, they are nineteen strangers trapped in a dangerous dimension filled with prehistoric monsters, futuristic technology, and otherworldly mysteries. They’ll have to learn to work together if they want to survive and return home … but will any of them be left alive by then?”
  5. “#BookReview! My heart is warm on this extremely cold day.  At her Cafe and Bookstore, the sensational Sally G. Cronin just shared a new review of “Atonement in Bloom.” I didn’t know about D.L. Finn’s review, and I’m thrilled!”
  6. Worst Journey In The World is a World War Two historical novel and features a man who spent many of his war years at sea.”

11 responses to “Five Links Loleta Abi”

  1. Thanks for sharing my posts.

  2. Wow, a great selection! Many thanks for including me here. I’ll share 🙂

  3. Thank you so much for the kind link 🙂

    1. You’re welcome, Margot!

  4. Thanks for including the review of Atonement in Bloom, Traci. Hugs!

    1. You’re welcome, Teagan!

  5. Traci’s writing links of the week

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