Book Launch: A.B.Wells’ Housewife With a Half-Life


Head on over to A.B.Wells’ blog today to celebrate her book launch with nonstop action, giveaways, competition announcements, and a virtual treasure hunt.

And don’t forget to check out the first chapter OF HOUSEWIFE WITH A HALF-LIFE, a space romp with an attitude!



What is a housewife to do when she becomes 42? Write a book about life, the universe and everything….

Susan Strong is a suburban housewife who is literally disintegrating. When Fairly Dave, a biker jacket & kilt wielding spaceman, arrives through the showerhead to warn her, she knows things are serious. When she and her precocious 4 year twins Pluto and Rufus get sucked through Frozen Peas into another universe it gets even messier. In a world where household appliances are more alive and dangerous than they seem, where the Geezers have Entropy Hoovers and the Spinner’s Cataclysmic convertor could tear the world apart, Susan Strong is the only thing holding the world together.

Through this madcap, funny and feel-good adventure, Susan Strong and Fairly Dave travel the alternate universes where Susan has to find her many selves, dodge the Geezers and defeat the evil memory bankers. From dystopian landscapes and chicken dinners, to the surreal world of Las Vegas and bubble universes, can Susan Strong reintegrate her bits and will it be enough to save us all?

Support Other Writers: 10 Great Ways

Getting Known

In today’s publishing world, more and more writers are taking the leap into the online world. We blog, we Tweet, we participate in chats and bloghops and tribes and Google+ and a thousand other venues for GETTING KNOWN.


Because that’s what it’s all about, right?*

Well…not exactly. I mean yes, as authors we do need to get our names out there, but if we focus solely on what the Internet can do for us, we’re missing the point. Newsgroups, Blogging, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest (did I miss any?) enable writers and readers to connect. These platforms provide places for us to engage with one another and, ultimately, develop relationships.

And online relationships, like most relationships, benefit from the age-old attitude that “it’s better to give than receive.”

If you want to be heard, stop thinking about how to shout louder. Think about what you have to offer.

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Blog of the Week: Jami Gold, Paranormal Author

Beach Reads with Bite

So reads the header for one of my favorite writing blogs, but don’t let the genre-specific title fool you.

Jami’s blog is written for all types of writers, not just those in the paranormal world. She blogs about everything from writing craft to platform-building to industry news, and—in the post featured below—the ethics of writing fan fiction. For thought-provoking content and great discussion in post comments, you have to check out her blog!

When Does Fan Fiction Cross an Ethical Line?

by JAMI GOLD on MARCH 6, 2012

Swedish sports fan with painted face

Fan fiction, also known as fanfic, refers to stories written by fans about the characters, situations, or world of existing works created by others.  This definition sounds broad because the world of fanfic is broad.

On some level, everything from Wicked, inspired by The Wizard of Oz, toPride and Prejudice and Zombies could fall under the umbrella of fanfic.  In other words, fanfic can be a legitimate and respected form of writing.

But do some uses of fanfic cross an ethical line?  And if so, where does that line fall?  When does a work honoring another’s creation turn into exploitation?

Read more here…

Fueled by chocolate, Jami writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy stories that range from dark to humorous, but one thing remains the same: Normal need not apply.  Just ask her family—and zombie cat.

Blog of the Week: Patrick Ross, The Artist’s Road

artists road

Patrick Ross’s blog is a delight. Stories of his personal journey to put creativity and art at the forefront of life inspire me to keep up my own efforts; his frequent round-ups to blog posts, links, and Tweets provide more resources than I can absorb. He’s connected me with a number of other inspiring writers and bloggers.

And he provides all this great content while pursuing his MFA and teaching and writing up a storm elsewhere! I’m not sure how he does it, but I’m glad he does.

Here’s a sample of last week’s round-up of creativity links from The Artist’s Road:

Creativity Tweets of the Week – 02/17/12

By Patrick Ross

I’ve got blogging on the brain, most likely because I’m conducting two different blogging workshops in the next few weeks leading up to the class I’m conducting in April and May. So this week’s list of links on creativity and writing I tweeted this week includes a blogging category, because I was tweeting those as well. So be it.


Read more here…


Patrick Ross is a writer who has returned to an art-committed life. He brings readers insights he’s gathered on creativity and writing—including lessons from the creatives he video-interviewed on a six-week, cross-country trip across the United States. He is also an instructor with The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland.