Great Free book for writers (and undeserved praise for me)

First of all, I would like to say that I actually asked the following author to do this so you aren’t allowed to be too hard on him. Unless you were planning on being hard on me, then by all means, take your rage out on him.🙂 Please welcome the amazing Dean Orion to Readful Things. I read this book a few months ago, and it has become one of my writing bibles. Seriously, if you are an author or hopeful, you want this book!

This is my shameless plug for an author that deserves it

and also my admission

that I am his groupie. Really, I got the T-shirt to prove it.

Greetings to all my fellow Readful Things devotees!

My name is Dean Orion. After twenty-five years in the trenches of writing in the entertainment business, I recently wrote a book called “Live To Write Another Day, A Survival Guide for Screenwriters and Creative Storytellers.” The idea behind it was pretty straightforward. I simply set out to share my experiences and at the same time offer what I hope to be helpful advice and inspiration to my fellow writers.

*He is too nice and humble to say this but I’m not…find his book


The book has been out a couple months now and has received some very nice reviews, not the least of which came from our wonderful Ionia, who is now officially my new best friend.

And now she’s giving me the floor on her blog yet again, to plug a free promotion for my book that’s running on Amazon this week, May 29-31. I hereby proclaim her the patron saint of writers everywhere!

If you’d like to learn more about me or my book, please visit my website or my Amazon or Goodreads author page. (I’m sure Ionia has put a couple of easy to find links around here somewhere.) website:

I could go on of course, but in the interest of being a polite guest, I will leave it at that. If you’re a writer (or any type of artist who’s serious about the creative process), please download “Live To Write Another Day” while it’s free this week on Amazon. I’d love to hear your feedback and continue the conversation.

Write on!



Everville:The First Pillar

Here is some great news! This book is FREE through tomorrow! If you have not grabbed a copy for yourself yet, you can do so here.

Free Everville

Here is the description:

Owen Sage is the emblematic college freshman at Easton Falls University. He studies hard, plays hard, and is incredibly charming. With all the worries about his first year in college, he was not prepared for what would happen next. His way of life was flipped upside down when he was drawn into a different world, a world unbeknownst to him. He mysteriously crossed into another dimension, into the beautiful land of Everville. His tragic excitement was abruptly halted when he discovered that there was a darkness forged against both the natural world, which he knew well, and the new land which he discovered, Everville. He must devise a plan to save both worlds while joining forces with the race of Fron and The Keepers, whom both harbor hidden secrets he must learn in order to gain power over the evil that dwells in The Other In Between.

With a race against time to save both worlds, his short time at Easton Falls did not quite prepare him for the evil, dark forces he must fight in order to conquer The Other In Between.–goodreads

I read this book and fell in love with it. Roy Huff has a unique style that makes you feel almost as if you are one of his characters.

I asked him to do a guest post about publishing and why he chose the route he did, and he kindly agreed to do so.

You can find him at

Please welcome him to Readful Things:)


The original idea to write the book Everville: The First Pillar came from the response I received to an English paper written for a college course I had taken.  It was the first time, I had seriously thought about writing a book, though I had often flirted with the idea through various stages of my adult life. After I decided to embark on the journey of writing a book, my initial plan was to go the traditional publishing route. My thoughts were that I wanted to be respected in the writing community as well as have a better chance at a commercially viable book. Even though I expected it to be a little more challenging, I thought using the standard method would make the most sense.

Over the next eighteen months, I slowly wrote a page or two in fits and starts, while periodically doing research into literary agents, publishing companies, and what would be the best approach to getting published. It soon became clear that before I even approached a literary agent, I would need to have a polished manuscript. Even then, it would still be difficult to find an agent willing to look at the completed manuscript, and I would likely receive numerous rejections beforehand. If I were fortunate enough find a literary agent who would have been willing to represent me, the manuscript would still need to be sent to publishers for review with no guarantee that it would be accepted. I could have tried to go directly to the publishers, but considering most publishers do not even consider unpublished authors, it seemed unlikely that would have been a good idea.

After writing only thirty pages, I realized that the daunting task of getting represented and published was preventing me from writing the book. I did want the book to be commercially successful, but I also wanted to finish the idea that I had in my head as well as make a contribution to the literary world. I then did a little more research into self-publishing and e-book options, and I eventually decided that it would be the best approach. Once I made the decision to self-publish, through Kindle as well as print, I finished the first draft in three months and took other steps to market the book. I can honestly say, that had I not done that, the book would not have been written.

If only for the purpose of completing the book, self-publishing was clearly the correct choice. There were some mistakes that were made, and the traditional route may still be an option now that the first book in published, but the initial decision has so far seemed like the right one, and it has allowed me to start on a path that I otherwise might not have taken. Whether the book or subsequent books in the series achieve commercial success, remains to be seen, but deciding to take the plunge and self-publish has encouraged me to make connections and contacts in the writing community, as well as research additional ways to improve my writing and market future books. More importantly, has also allowed me the opportunity to get feedback from readers who have already been inspired by my work. That alone has made it all worth it.

Thank you so much Roy for sharing your thoughts with us. I would love to have you back for another visit to tell us more about your series!

You can see my review of Roy’s fantastic book here:

The satisfied loser, mums, free book and thanks


First of all, I would like to say thank you to all the amazing mums out there inside the blogosphere and outside. You will never find a higher paying job ladies!

Happy Mother’s Day!


And now for the results of my marathon. Well, I made it across the finish line second, 3.8 seconds behind the leader. I was a bit disappointed in me for not getting first, but I crossed the finish line and in the end I suppose that is what is important.

So glad to not be training early this morning.  I will be taking part in another one at the beginning of Fall and am also planning a bike ride from Nevada to Oregon next spring.


I wanted to thank everyone for their support and well wishes during my training and participation in this event.  You all kept me going when I was so ready to give it all up! I am so lucky to have you all in my life:)

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If you have not caught it yet, Green Embers did a fabulous tribute to mums everywhere:

If You would like to get a great free fantasy book you can share with mum this weekend, here is some info for you:

Roy Huff’s Fantasy ebook, Everville: The First Pillar  is free today through the 16th.  Here is the link: I read this book earlier this year and was impressed with it!

Everville: The First Pillar





Okay, so happy Mum’s Day everyone! Hope it is lovely for all of you. Tomorrow we will return to our regularly scheduled program of blogger of the week and books, books and more books. Also–a quick apology for not getting to your posts the last few days. I will work hard this week to get up so I don’t miss anything important. XOXO

Even More Stuff (Too lazy to think up a better headline)


So, more stuff. I recently did an interview with Jim Gibson about his children’s book series featuring Perdita the loveable Dog, which you can find here:

Jim’s book, The World According to Perdita Whacknoodle: The Thanksgiving Pageant of Doom will be free this Saturday and Sunday. Pick up a copy for the Little one in your life! (Trust me even the parents have fun with it!) You can find it here:

I am going to make another fabulous attempt at the Scarlet Letter this evening, and since the common idea seems to be that I should just skip the first chapter, that is what I intend to do, along with no comfortable furniture and a proper meal that does not consist of sugar and more sugar. Maybe a little sugar. I will report progress tomorrow:)

So now let us have a bit of fun before I go and make that proper dinner I spoke of. I love one sentence reviews because they are rather pointless but also a lot of fun. So, I thought it would be fun to write a one sentence synopsis of your favorite Book, Movie or game. It can only be one sentence but must tell about the plot. There is no prize other than my uproarious giggles. Sorry that.

Because I am a good sport, here is mine: The Scarlet Letter —

ZZZZZZZzzzZZZZZ.  See, there you have it. One sentence.

David Hudnut’s Night Walk is FREE on Kindle today

This is one of the books on my “to be read soon” list and you can find it FREE today on Kindle, by going HERE

I haven’t read it as of yet, but I can vouch for how much work the author has put into editing it and getting it ready for our reading pleasure. If you are a lover of all things horror, here is a book that promises a good time!


Why is everyone picking on the lovable Wistfell family today? 

Is it the fact that their four-year-old daughter Eva has developed telepathic abilities and she’s messing with everyone’s heads? 
Rob and Amelia Wistfell take Eva to Venice Beach so they can relax and enjoy their Saturday. Throughout the day a variety of random encounters with irritable and confrontational strangers ruins their good mood. Rob and Amelia have no idea why. Eva is too young to understand what is going on herself. The family returns home with their tails between their legs. 
They hope to put their disastrous day behind them by taking a relaxing evening stroll through their neighborhood. During their walk, a final confrontation escalates into outright violence. Will the Wistfell family fall prey to their assailants? Or will their assailants get more than they bargained for? What role will Eva’s strange powers play? Where do her powers come from anyway? 


Find out in Night Walk by David Hudnut–Description from


In a hundred words or less: A blog contest from Readful Things

I wanted to have a little fun with the blog today, since we are heading into the weekend. I have a couple of prizes:


Sons of an Ancient Glory


Blue Ruin

Very Pretty brand new paperback copies of these books. If you would like to win them, here is what you gotta do:


Write me a complete story in a hundred words or less. It has to make sense, have a beginning, middle and an end. (Easy right?) Here’s the catch. You have to use every one of the words in the following list in your story.









Leave your story in the comments section. The participant with the best story will win the books. I will pick the winner on the 24th of this month:) I may ask the other followers of the blog to help me choose if more than one person actually enters a story. I hope you do!



Free Valentine appropriate Kindle books for today:)


Mad About You (boxed set of beloved romances)Check it out here!

A boxed set of three beloved romances to make you love…laugh…and sigh.

This boxed set contains the following full-length books by Stephanie Bond:

LICENSE TO THRILL (a romantic mystery) She’s between a rock and a hard body….

ALMOST A FAMILY (a heartwarming romance) Fate gave them a second chance at love…
THREE WISHES (a romantic comedy) Be careful what you wish for..
Paris in the spring is a city for lovers, but for Conor O’Neil and Miranda Beckman, the city is a place where the truth is always just out of reach. Miranda’s life is in danger, and Conor will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means not letting her know he’s working for the government. For her part, Miranda will do whatever it takes to keep Conor from learning the truth about her past. And yet, the one thing neither can lie about is the passion that blazes between them.
This volume includes:
#1 Paranormal Romance Thriller – Heartsblood: A woman of science. A man of magic. Hunted for their HeartsBlood
#1 Historical Paranormal Romance – Fated: Torn apart by History. Bound for Eternity
#1 Contemporary Romance – Indian Moon – Real Romance…for the rest of us
#1 Romance/thriller short story- My Dangerous Valentine – Spies in Stilletos series
#1 Romance/thriller short story – Targeted – a Bridge short story between 30 Pieces of Silver and Havoc
A boxed set of three of Rita’s romantic comedies:
3 single women looking for love – but are they looking in all the wrong places?

HUSBAND HUNTING 101  – a woman takes a class to find a husband and is suddenly attracted to a commitaphobic advertising executive she just hired to create a new ad for her sexy lingerie store!

HERE COMES THE BRIDE – a twin switch leaves Marci Turner playing fake fiancé to a sexy man at his best friend’s wedding. But his parents decide to throw them an impromptu wedding and the fireworks begin!

UNDER THE COVERS – a marriage therapist hires an actor to play her husband for publicity purposes when her husband leaves her for a man!

DANGEROUS Collection #1 is a reissue of two paranormal romantic suspense novels and an urban fantasy short story.

See Me in Your Dreams (The McKenna Legacy 1)
Keelin McKenna inherited her grandmother’s ability to dream through other’s eyes and becomes haunted by a teenager’s dreams. The girl’s father, Tyler Leighton, thinks Keelin is trying to run a scam on him until she dreams of something known only to him & his daughter.

Dunescape Cottage brought Bram Vanmatre home to haunting childhood memories of a night when his father washed up dead on a deserted beach. The crumbling mansion called to Echo St. Clair but she wanted to deny its supernatural attraction until, trapped in one of its underground chambers, she was confronted by its ghost. Even as they succumbed to their undeniable attraction, they were equally seduced by the house’s mysteries…and come face-to-face with the past.

Hot Corpse, a Det. Shelley Caldwell short story
Detective Shelley Caldwell, a homicide detective in the Chicago Police Department, gets all the woo-woo cases. When skeletons of bodies- are found,she knows the supernatural is involved. Not wanting a psych evaluation, she keeps that aspect hidden as she tracks down the killer in this short story.