Thirsty Thursday recipe with a NANOWRIMO twist

Here’s one that should cool off all of our fast and feverish writing minds tonight or this weekend. San Luis Spirits, who produces Texas-based Dripping Springs Vodka, now offers the first Texas-produced gin called Roxor. What better way to welcome them to the gin shelf then by celebrating with a Ginoncelloade. Enjoy!

1 ounce limoncello

1 ounce gin

1 ounce cranberry juice

2 ounces club soda

Mint leaf for garnish

1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add limoncello, gin and cranberry juice. Shake well. Strain into a martini glass.

2. Top with club soda and garnish with a mint leaf (optional).
Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/08/16/3294061/add-a-little-lone-star-spirit.html#tvg#ixzz1VP71gQlj

Oh, and BTW, our first NANOWRIMO boot camp class will be this Sunday, August 21 at 2:00pm at A Real Bookstore in Fairview, Texas. We are gathering together to prepare ourselves for November, when we will undertake the task of writing a 50,000 word novel in one month. Suzanne Frank, Director of the Creative Writing program at SMU will be our presenter at this first meeting. She will be speaking of the importance of a strong plot. Afterward, we will all gather together to brainstorm, critique, and have a great time talking about our possible plots, story arcs, characters, etc that will fill the pages of our NANOWRIMO projects. If you live in the DFW area, we’d love for you to join us at A Real Bookstore. Best of all, it’s free!

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Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author whose latest, award-winning suspense thriller, The Brink, is now available as an eBook for Amazon.com Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook for only $2.99!

The Brink is a hell of a read.” – Bestselling author Sandra Brown

“Mark Fadden is a masterful storyteller.” – Writer’s Digest

“Mark Fadden is the next Dan Brown.” – Triple C Ranch Book Club, Southlake, Texas

Check out The Brink and Mark’s other books at http://www.markfadden.com

Beyond the Bookstore

For this App Wednesday, we’re going old school – I’m letting you know of an actual book, with actual pages (gasp!) that will hopefully help you get rid of that closet full of books you’ve been trying to unload.

Although I have yet to read it, I came across this title, Beyond the Bookstore: How to Sell More Books Profitably to Non-Bookstore Marketsin an article I was reading. According to the author, $90 billion of book sales come from outside bookstores. So where are they coming from? Read the book to find out.

Here’s the Amazon review of the book. Pretty good, I would say.

Oh, and BTW, our first NANOWRIMO boot camp class will be this Sunday, August 21 at 2:00pm at A Real Bookstore in Fairview, Texas. We are gathering together to prepare ourselves for November, when we will undertake the task of writing a 50,000 word novel in one month. Suzanne Frank, Director of the Creative Writing program at SMU will be our presenter at this first meeting. She will be speaking of the importance of a strong plot. Afterward, we will all gather together to brainstorm, critique, and have a great time talking about our possible plots, story arcs, characters, etc that will fill the pages of our NANOWRIMO projects. If you live in the DFW area, we’d love for you to join us at A Real Bookstore. Best of all, it’s free!

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Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author whose latest, award-winning suspense thriller, The Brink, is now available as an eBook for Amazon.com Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook for only $2.99!

The Brink is a hell of a read.” – Bestselling author Sandra Brown

“Mark Fadden is a masterful storyteller.” – Writer’s Digest

“Mark Fadden is the next Dan Brown.” – Triple C Ranch Book Club, Southlake, Texas

Check out The Brink and Mark’s other books at http://www.markfadden.com

The Group Thing

Writers are supposed to be lone wolves. There’s just one name on the book cover. The image of a writer is a lone person banging away on his or her keyboard like a maniac, perhaps talking to themselves, their muse, or their imaginary friends. Whenever I have a character say something, I assume their voice and say the words out loud to see if it sounds right. I’ll only start to worry if I hear one of them tell me something back.

Now, there are writers groups out there where the lone wolves can gather in a pack to share and critique. These groups are invaluable. One local group, DFW Writers Group, has been around for 30+ years, they have one of the biggest annual conferences that several NY agents attend and many of their members have snagged book deals. It seems that one publishing company has taken the idea of the writing group and taken it to the advertising side as well.

Outskirts Press, a self-publishing company, recently announced their “Co-Op option” for their authors to advertise their books. Basically, they take out an ad in Publisher’s Weekly, or “the bible” to us writers, and each author can pay for a 2″ space that includes the book cover pic and short synopsis. It’s a great way to get our names out in front of the movers and shakers in the publishing community for a fraction of the price of a normal PW ad. So far, only Outskirts is doing this, but it’s a great idea that I’m sure will be replicated within the entire self-publishing community.

And speaking of the group thing, our first NANOWRIMO boot camp class will be this Sunday, August 21 at 2:00pm at A Real Bookstore in Fairview, Texas. We are gathering together to prepare ourselves for November, when we will undertake the task of writing a 50,000 word novel in one month. Suzanne Frank, Director of the Creative Writing program at SMU will be our presenter at this first meeting. She will be speaking of the importance of a strong plot. Afterward, we will all gather together to brainstorm, critique, and have a great time talking about our possible plots, story arcs, characters, etc that will fill the pages of our NANOWRIMO projects. If you live in the DFW area, we’d love for you to join us at A Real Bookstore. Best of all, it’s free!   

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Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author whose latest, award-winning suspense thriller, The Brink, is now available as an eBook for Amazon.com Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook for only $2.99!

The Brink is a hell of a read.” – Bestselling author Sandra Brown

“Mark Fadden is a masterful storyteller.” – Writer’s Digest

“Mark Fadden is the next Dan Brown.” – Triple C Ranch Book Club, Southlake, Texas

Check out The Brink and Mark’s other books at http://www.markfadden.com

Same murder, two different crimes? Depends on what you read

In what many are calling a hate crime, 49-year-old James Craig Anderson was killed after he was run down in Jackson, Mississippi over the weekend by two white teenagers. The case is everywhere on the Internet, filling up chat rooms and news outlets alike spewing hatred for the defendants. Part of the reason why there’s so much attention on the web is that there is security camera footage that shows Anderson being run over.

I came across this story in my local paper the Fort Worth Star Telegram, which they got from the Associated Press. The article is even-handed, and refrains from any bias. As the cop in Dragnet used to say it gives us, “just the facts.”

However, I also came across the same story that was covered on a website called ru-crazy.com. Same incident, much different story. Is it biased or not? You be the judge.

For us writers, I think the horrible tragedy that is the death of James Craig Anderson can teach us a valuable lesson about how we use our research and which sources we trust. Do we continue to use only the “tried and true” sources like the AP? Or do people who run websites like ru-crazy.com closer to the story? Will bystanders give them the more truthful account of what really happened because maybe they are a known person in the neighborhood? Are the reporters from a huge organization like the AP seen as outsiders when they go into the neighborhoods and towns when these types of crimes happen, and therefore they are given a line of bull? As more and more people become armchair reporters, we will continue to get our news from various sources. And while it seems like a bit much to keep track of, I think the truth is out there somewhere, we just have to care enough to look in the right place.  

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Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author whose latest, award-winning suspense thriller, The Brink, is now available as an eBook for Amazon.com Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook for only $2.99!

The Brink is a hell of a read.” – Bestselling author Sandra Brown

“Mark Fadden is a masterful storyteller.” – Writer’s Digest

“Mark Fadden is the next Dan Brown.” – Triple C Ranch Book Club, Southlake, Texas

Check out The Brink and Mark’s other books at http://www.markfadden.com

Ebooks are so 2010…welcome to “enhanced” ebooks

I meant for this post to go out this past Tuesday, and I hit the ‘publish’ button, I swear I did! I think WordPress screwed me. Oh crap, will they screw me again ’cause I said they screwed me? Oh crap! Nevertheless, here it is for Thirsty Thursday, so lets call it ‘Tools for Thursday.’

In this Tools for Tuesday edition, lets talk enhancements. In the battle for our dollars, publishers are now trying their best to marry technology with existing ebook material to give us…wait for it… ENHANCED EBOOKS!!! These offspring of a writer’s mind and a technology expert’s talent would allow readers to be able to view things like Mickey Mantle’s swing in slow motion when they read The Last Boy or hear some of Jay-Z’s music when they crack open, oops, when they slide through the pages of his ebook Decoded.

Decoded with the audio and video sells for $14.99 on Amazon. The Last Boy is $16.99. The price range for “normal” ebooks, including self-pubbed ebooks, is around $5.99. The question is, would people pay almost twice the price for 30 minutes of author commentary, a few video trailers and some research slides? Would you?

And if you’re a writer and you go the self-pub route, would you go to the extra time and expense of putting together the bonus material to make your book an “enhanced ebook?” Certainly, these are all questions that are answered with individual preference and pocketbooks in mind. However, I don’t think we can avoid the fact that as ebooks move from infancy to adolescence, they, like our own adolescents, will merge themselves more with the audio/visual world.   

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Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author whose latest, award-winning suspense thriller, The Brink, is now available as an eBook for Amazon.com Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook for only $2.99!

The Brink is a hell of a read.” – Bestselling author Sandra Brown

“Mark Fadden is a masterful storyteller.” – Writer’s Digest

“Mark Fadden is the next Dan Brown.” – Triple C Ranch Book Club, Southlake, Texas

Check out The Brink and Mark’s other books at http://www.markfadden.com

App Wednesday – Chasing the Frog

A lot of people have this movie versus book mindset. “The movie wasn’t as good as the book.” Of course it isn’t. Because when you read the story, you get to pick all the best characters in the movie that’s playing in your mind.

But sometimes, it’s cool to hear about the stories behind the movies. That’s where Chasing the Frog comes in. It’s a website that gives us the 411 on movies, from what inspired them to how they got made to the people who took ridiculous chances, financially and professionally, because they saw something in the story that they thought was worth telling to the world. Great stuff. Enjoy!

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Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author whose latest, award-winning suspense thriller, The Brink, is now available as an eBook for Amazon.com Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook for only $2.99!

The Brink is a hell of a read.” – Bestselling author Sandra Brown

“Mark Fadden is a masterful storyteller.” – Writer’s Digest

“Mark Fadden is the next Dan Brown.” – Triple C Ranch Book Club, Southlake, Texas

Check out The Brink and Mark’s other books at http://www.markfadden.com

Top 10 Unsolved Mysteries List – Agree or Disagree?

 

 A pressing deadline forces me to be brief tonight, but I thought on this Mystery Monday, you’d enjoy looking at this list of the Top 10 Unsolved Mysteries. Some are famous, like the Shroud of Turin and The Zodiak Killer. Others, not so much – I never heard of the “Babushka Lady.”

Anyway, check out the list and tell us if you agree or disagree with it. Have any to add? To the keyboards!

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Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author whose latest, award-winning suspense thriller, The Brink, is now available as an eBook for Amazon.com Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook for only $2.99!

The Brink is a hell of a read.” – Bestselling author Sandra Brown

“Mark Fadden is a masterful storyteller.” – Writer’s Digest

“Mark Fadden is the next Dan Brown.” – Triple C Ranch Book Club, Southlake, Texas

Check out The Brink and Mark’s other books at http://www.markfadden.com