Bluebonnet Ballerina by Carol Kilgore — book review

Bluebonnet Ballerina is not your average cops and robbers’ type of suspense. Readers can expect characters, both live and the ‘gently deceased’, to appear on the pages of Bluebonnet Ballerina. The cast includes ex-CIA, cops – active to reassigned, a best friend complete with her guiding spirit, a couple of love interests, and even a few decades-old ghosts thrown into the mix. The hard hitting world of human trafficking, guns for hire, and genuine bad guys are counterbalanced by a healthy – and much appreciated – dose of the ‘woo-woo’ factor. Bluebonnet Ballerina is filled with: a plot that MAKES sense – always a pleasant surprise in a suspense novel; characters that are intelligent; and […]

How to entice Readers . . . 5 Writing Tips to Building Book Teasers!

Writing . . . writing . . . and writing. The book is nearing its end. What’s next for the author? Before you go crazy considering ALL the things to do for a book launch, focus on something closer to your current writing mind-set. Every writing day is about producing new words. But it is also about editing what’s on page. You polish scene consistency, authentic characters, snappy dialogue, and just enough narrative to set any scene. So, while completely enmeshed in the writing and rewriting, here is the perfect opportunity to search out book teasers for the upcoming book launch. Remember, writing as a PROfessional requires authors to hone their craft, daily. Teasers — […]

7 Tips for Travelling the Texas back roads — weekend road trip!

We in Texas are arrogant folks who believe that spring or summer is ALWAYS just around the corner. We hold this belief with solid evidence to back us up . . . well, at least most of the time. This past weekend found me travelling on an East Texas backroads trip for a bit of birthday celebration. Hubby didn’t want a big fuss for his BD, didn’t want entertaining, just some quiet time for the two of us. He had fond memories of a lovely drive through the Davy Crockett National Forest and into Lufkin, Texas. (for map clarification, this is East Texas.) Of course, these memories came from one of his trucking runs, which […]

6 Steps to Editing Like a PROfessional!

Editing is hard work . . . anyone who tells you differently is selling something. Editing is part of every writer’s job . . . anyone who tells you differently is selling something. Finding the time, and more importantly, making that time count is how the PROfessionals edit. Read on for the 6 editing tricks to enhance your writing. 1) Find your editing groove. For some this is EARLY when eyes are the sharpest and focus is the clearest. For others their peak time might be mid-to-late afternoon. Caffeine kicks in, morning rush dies down and – again, this is about focus – the brain settles into a rhythm. I caution against late night editing. […]