Digital Cover UnansweredWhen the world was created, it was void and the day world will end, there will be void. But in between are, we humans. Most superior, most advanced, most creative but most in pain, most in suffering, most in troubles. Reason being, that we have discovered everything, explored whole universe, invented equipment’s for our mortal pleasure but never could find peace, solace in our heart. Why is there pain and sufferings, why do we die, why are we not immortals, who will tell us what is right and what is wrong, are among those many questions which bother us, hassle us and pester our day to day life.  We know the questions but the answers remain uncertain and undiscovered.

Unanswered is one such attempt to explore these answers from the heart of humanity. All lies within, we are the carrier of universe, we are the builder of hope, we are seekers who are continuously in search of divine. What is needed is, to pause from this myopic life and dive to the depths of your heart, your soul and find all answers residing in you.

I venerate  Agni, the high priest of the sacrifice, the divine, the ministrant, who presents the oblation (to the gods), and is the possessor of great wealth. – Rig Veda

Agni or fire is the kindling of our soul in the pitch dark kingdom of falsehood, which gives us strength, vision and direction towards truth. Derived from the oldest scriptures in the world, unanswered paves way to the new world, new order, new reign of bliss where everything melts into our doings, irrespective of right or wrong, just our doings. Where death turns out to be just a transformation of energy Continue reading

6 Authors talk writing software

Writing is a craft that have evolved over the years, from chiseling image on stone, typewriters, pen to paper and computers. Six authors talk about what’s in their writer’s tool box.

Welcome to part two of author collaboration. In case you missed it; in part one, we discussed writer’s block. Click here to read the article and get to know these authors.

Do you use any special writing software? If so what do you use and why?

Software writers use

Carolyn Howard-Johnson – Author of The Frugal Book Promoter |Imperfect Echos

Word is powerful and works fine for me. It translates well into .pdf and e-book publishing usually converts it well. I do know some who like certain of Scrivener’s features, but I keep learning new, powerful things that Word can do and I know I’m not going to run into snags using it for the needs of all publishers and agents. I have an iMac (Brand New!) but it runs Windows using a program called Parallels, so I can benefit from all the nifty perks that both offer.

Kelsey Ketch – Author of the Descendants of Isis Series 

I use good, old Office Word. You don’t need a special writing software.

Karen -Anne Stewart – Author of The Rain Trilogies | Ash to Steele 

I use Word, mostly because I’m comfortable with it.

Laurel A Rockefeller – Author of Queen Elizabeth Tudor: Journey to GlorianaCatherine de Valois: The Legendary Women of World History 

MS Word is all I need!  Keep it simple silly.  A clean document is the easiest to format for Kindle, Smashwords, and Createspace.

Marilyn Brand – USA Today & NY Times Best Selling Author 

I use Word, and that’s it. No other special software. I actually do quite a bit of my pre-writing and first-drafting by hand, on lined notebook paper. (Very old school, LOL.) So, by the time I start typing, it’s more like my second or third draft of the story.

I like handwriting pages because it’s messy — purposely so. It keeps my mind fluid and in a state of being completely open to change, especially when I’m doing the very first draft. I love being able to scratch out sentences that don’t work or add in tons of little arrows for new ideas that come up later. The sheer chaos of those pages is a constant reminder that nothing has been set in stone…that *everything* is subject to revision. It also keeps me from being afraid to make a mistake because the page already looks so disorderly and imperfect. What’s one more deleted phrase? Or another set of notes in the margin? It ends of being a bit of a game I play with myself — how nearly illegible I can make my draft pages — but creativity can be very messy, and this is one way to help me remember that.

Gillian Felix – Author of The Family Portrait Series | Blog Tours: A Win-Win For Authors and Bloggers 

I use Word 2016 from the 360 Office series. I love this version because it makes creating a table of contents so very easy. It is great if you don’t write in sequence. You can use Headers and open it on the left pane, that way you can jump to different parts of your manuscript.

For script writing, I use Celtix, it is free and compatible with Final Draft.

You Give Love A Bad Name by Marilyn Brant

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Author Marilyn Brant
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Has there ever been a story you’ve wanted to tell — one that hovers on the edges of your imagination for years and involves characters you feel you already know — but you just didn’t have quite the right setting or atmosphere or je ne sais quoi for them yet? For me, You Give Love a Bad Name started as one of those stories.

I knew Blake Michaelsen, the local, radio DJ, very well. I knew Vicky Bernier, the high-school French teacher, too. And I sensed, like one of the matchmaking aunties in my family, that “they would be perfect together.” I just wasn’t sure which story world I wanted them to inhabit or what might realistically bring them into contact.

And for the longest time, there’s been a dog named “Winston” — one inspired by a real Havanese/Cockapoo puppy belonging a friend — that I longed to include in a book as well (cue the entrance of that adorable floppy-eared furball on the back of the paperback cover), but it wasn’t until I realized that Blake was his ideal owner and that Mirabelle Harbor was the ideal setting, that this story, its characters, and their conflict all came together. It was as if these players were meandering around in my mind…until they just so happened to cross paths in my fictional community and needed to start telling their tale.

Writing fiction can be like that—not all the time, but certainly sometimes. It’s almost like a slot machine with an unknown number of cherries, bars, bells, or sevens. We might test out different combinations or just hope for a lucky spin, but when we can get a good set of images to mentally line up, we hit a narrative jackpot of rightness — a spot where the separate elements coalesce into a complete story. For me, once a magical moment like that happens, I can never imagine pulling the pieces apart again. The formerly individual entities — in this case, Blake, Vicky, Winston, and the town of Mirabelle Harbor — locked into place like a row of 7s. And that cinched the direction of the novel. Continue reading

Building Character with Gillian Felix

One of the things I love about writing is building characters. They drive the story. One reader says:

Ms. Felix has written some of the most interesting characters and they come with an abundance of challenges that read like they’ve been ripped from the pages of the latest gossip mag.” – Patricia

In the original version of the saga, the characters were older; in their early to mid 20’s and they had promising careers. I decided to take the audience on a journey of how they got to where they were. So I never published that version. The version that is on the market today is kind of like the beginning. Sure, they all had lives before the story picked up, but the point where the story picks up comes from significant changes in their lives. Hence the name of the first book, Changes.

How my writing process has been working … so far

When I come up with a dilemma to put the characters in I don’t necessarily know how that scenario would turn out. I’d sometimes write points on my whiteboard or in my story bible but when I sit down to write the scene and the characters get involved, they pretty much take over. They usually get themselves in more trouble than I bargained for and that makes for a good storyline and more drama. Every once-in-awhile I think I’m the boss and try to direct them, then they stop talking to me and I don’t feel like writing for a few days; I start thinking that the scene is not working and I hit delete.

Another thing that I do that really gets in my own way is carrying on too many storylines at one time. I am currently writing Book 6, and I got stalled for about two months because I wanted to tell so much about one character and their back history that the essence of the story was getting diluted. I have to keep reminding myself that I am not writing for television and it is difficult for the audience to follow so many characters and storylines. It’s only when I cut those scenes that the ideas started to flow again and the characters started to bring their A game.

If you’ve read any book in the series you know that they are drama filled and different storylines all connect in the end. The books aren’t meant to be long 400 page literary masterpieces. It’s witty and in some situations dark, but in the end it makes fun of itself.

“Best line thus far Zax telling Adriana that her life is like a soap opera loved it.” – SassyGirl Books

Why I write short form versus long

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Gillian Felix on Book Wyrming Thoughts

This interview was originally posted on Book Wyrming Thoughts as part of the Banovic Siblings blog tour. You can read the full interview here.

Hi Gillian Felix! Welcome to Book Wyrming Thoughts. Feel free to make yourself virtually comfortable. :3 Let’s start off the interview with knowing a bit about you. Tell us a little about yourself.

Thank you for having me. It is always fun to kick back on Bookwyrming’s virtual couch.  Very comfy, love what you’ve done with the place..

Banovic Siblings 3d coverHow did you come up with the idea for The Banovic Siblings?

The Banovic Siblings is the second novel in the Family Portrait series which was originally written as a television series, I have 24 episodes written and parts of episodes 2, 3 and 4 make up The Banovic Siblings.

What was the hardest part of writing The Banovic Siblings?

Sometimes I have to get myself emotionally worked up to get into a scene, sometimes I’m not in the mood to get worked up, but I have to in order to bring forth the emotions to put into the scene/chapter.

Are any of the characters in the book similar to you or someone you know in some way?

We all have moments when we take a walk on the dark side or straddle the fence of crazy, and that’s how these characters are. I think readers would identify with them and see a bit of themselves in them. I bring a bit of my experiences into each character, I think as a writer you have to kind of be able to do that to make it authentic. Haze I would say is most like me, I suffered financially when I just moved to Los Angeles and couldn’t identify with the culture just like him.

Is there a message in your novel that you hope your readers will take?

Actions have consequences. In the case of Adriana, she does things that she thinks she’s gotten away with, and gets into trouble. When you do something bad and you think no one’s looking, think again. Adriana is discovering that she is not invincible and that’s a hard thing for her to accept.

What’s the hardest part about being an author?

It feels like everyday there is something new or some change in marketing, it is hard to keep up. These days authors are not just authors, we are entrepreneurs. I’ve been an entrepreneur from a young age, with the business aspect of producing a book and actually writing, sometimes it feels like there are not enough hours in the day. Continue reading

Perks of being a writer by T.R. Cupak

Today’s guest post come from T. R. Cupak, author of Alexa Loved.

T R Cupak Since I am still getting my feet wet with writing and everything else that goes with publishing a book I’m still trying to figure out the actual perks. For a self-published Indie author such as myself, one of the perks that I am enjoying is that I set my own deadlines. I don’t have someone barking at me to hurry up and finish a project.

When a writer is rushed you will only get subpar creativity from them, which in turn disappoints the fans. We rely on you to fall in love with our stories that we write and I am thankful that I don’t have to worry about publisher deadlines, just my own. Which, by the way, the fans are my most favorite perk to writing.

I have been accepted as an author and that is a great feeling. Also, the people I have met (readers, bloggers and fellow authors) during this first year of my journey have been absolutely remarkable. I have made some amazing friends and a few that I can even call extended family.

A perk that I have yet to enjoy but will soon, is traveling for my writing. A lot of authors that I admire have traveled the world for research and book signings. I cannot wait to join that crowd. This year I will get my feet wet with my first signing in Mississippi, at Booking in Biloxi.

I’m still holding my breath and keeping my fingers crossed that an opening will become available for the San Francisco Golden Gate Author Event (even though it’s in my backyard) in June but my last stop for the year will be Nashville for the Authors at the Opry. I will be attending Love N Vegas as a fan but hey, it’s Vegas, a bunch of fabulous authors and it’s VEGAS!

I am an avid reader as well, so meeting authors I have read or finding new ones to read goes hand in hand with the traveling perk. And yes, I may actually fangirl and embarrass myself but we are all there for the same reason. We LOVE books.

Lastly, a very personal perk to being a writer is that it’s my escape from my every day chaos. I find salvation in writing someone else’s story for others to read. It fills me with a sense of accomplishment and when people actually get attached to my words and characters I just can’t help but to happy dance with giddy excitement.

Thank you to my fans and to those who will become my fans. You make writing worth all the craziness that comes with it. Continue reading

Just in Time for Our Political Silly Season

Poets are rarely thought of as activists, and poems—especially poems that align with societal shortcomings—rarely go hand-in-hand with current political cycles. Not so Imperfect Echoes, a collection of poetry from Carolyn Howard-Johnson.

Imperfect Echoes

Inspired by Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz’s poem “Incantation” that lauds the power of human reason over the recurring and seemingly insane political realities, Howard-Johnson holds out hope but is not persuaded by trends that seem worse now than they were in Milosz’s time. A student of  Suzanne Lummis, UCLA poetry instructor and the Fresno School of Poetry fronted by US poet laureate Philip Levine, she touches on the isms of the world—racism, ageism, even what might be termed “wallism” but was once referred to as xenophobia. In her poem “Crying Walls,” she sounds a low warning reminiscent of Robert Frost: “Chains linked. Wire barbed,/ Krylon smeared. Feeble,/ useless, unholy billboards,/ anything but mending walls.”

Readers will find some humor in this book and much that was informed by Howard-Johnson’s travels totaling some 85 countries including a sestina that she wrote when she was studying writing in St. Petersburg, Russia, and this poem that Pope Francis might like originally published in Penwomanship: Continue reading

Read an excerpt from Spiral

Excerpt of Spiral by D.U. (Davina Uchenna) Okonkwo

Spiral Book coverNina slipped her passport into her tan leather cross-body bag and zipped up her roller bag. The sharp slide of the bag’s zip punctuated the tense silence of the living room. After a moment’s hesitation, she flicked a glance at the man sprawled on the long cream sofa three feet from her.

In ripped blue jeans and a too-tight white polo shirt, his gray-socked feet hanging over the arm of the sofa, Alex Riley raised his light brown eyes from his latest issue of Classic Cars, his eyes clashing with her blue ones.

They eyed each other for several seconds. Alex eventually broke the stare, his eyes dropping resentfully to her luggage. “All ready then?”

Though her lips thinned at his tone, Nina nodded and buttoned her sky blue ski jacket over her red wool jumper. “Yes, but, Alex–” She broke off. No, she would not succumb to another argument about this trip.

“It doesn’t bother you at all, does it?”

She tightened her dark brown ponytail. “I can’t let it bother me, Alex. Like I’ve said, this is a business networking trip. How could I ask to bring my boyfriend along?”

“You could have asked Neil.” Bitterness laced his words. Continue reading

Legendary Women of World History

Queen-Elizabeth-TudorQueen Elizabeth Tudor is still known today as “Gloriana” after her small fleet of agile ships defeated the Spanish Armada’s 131 galleons in the English Channel on 6 August 1588.

But how did this happen and why is the late Elizabethan era the “Golden Age?”

In this beautiful creative non-fiction biography, you’ll meet Elizabeth as you have never met her before.

Whether you are a fan of the Tudor dynasty or this is your first time exploring English history, you will gain valuable insights into the mind of perhaps the most legendary woman in world history as told through the eyes of her famous — or infamous — relationship with Robert Dudley.

Features six medieval and Elizabethan songs, a detailed timeline, and an extensive suggested reading list.

Queen Elizabeth Tudor: Journey to Gloriana (The Legendary Women of World History Book 4) by Laurel A. Rockefeller Continue reading

7 Book bloggers you need to know

I’ve been meaning to do a collaboration with bloggers who I’ve worked with in the past. Due to time constraints this project had been pushed back, but now I am pleased to introduce you to 7 book bloggers.


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How long have you had a book blog?

Book BloggerThe Book Direct blog was born just over three years ago, in August 2012. I started off by posting about books that were having a free promotion. I found out about these books through Facebook groups and then started asking authors if they wanted to be featured. Things grew from there and my blog has now had over 700,000 pageviews! – Lynda Dickson, Book Direct


I started my first blog, ‘Books, Food and Me’ in August 2012 just to write about some paperbacks I read on a vacation. And I started my second, ‘Give A Little Love Book Blog’ sometime in 2014 to write exclusively for the Romance genre​ – NytaliA Little Love Book Blog


We started our blog in August 2013. – Evette Ashby, – Sassy Girl Books


I’ve had a book blog for 2 1/2 years. – Dawn HeslinBound 4 Escape


Since October 2012 – my friend and co-blogger Caroline emailed me that day to say that she had set it up so that we could finally start blogging about the books that we were always talking to each other about! Since then, I haven’t stopped blogging! – Tina Williams, A Reader’s Review


I’ve had my blog for a few years now.  – Clarice, Clarice Book Nook


I can’t believe it’s been 3.5 glorious years already. – Gillian Felix, Plain Talk Book Marketing.

Why do you blog about books?

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