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     “Overcoming my Fears to Write a Book”

by Glenn Gamble

     I never thought I would write fiction, let alone write five books at the time of publication.  Author Teresa D. Patterson suggested that I write fiction after reading my daily blog on MySpace.  I thought she was out of her mind.  In fact, I laughed at the notion that I would be writing some make-believe story, but she tricked me shortly after.  One day, I spoke with her on the telephone and she told me that she was working on this book entitled Ex-Boyfriend, and that she wanted my insight on how a young obnoxious office worker would come across when hitting on a beautiful woman who was over 10 years his senior.  Of course, I had no problem offering my help to ensure that the character came across as realistic as possible.  Being the ego driven person I am, I thought that this would lend more credibility to MySpace blog; which had become a collection of my thoughts on dating at that time of my life.  Once the book was finished I said to myself “that was a lot of work, but pretty fun.”  That’s when I wrote A Thousand Chances.

     At the time I wrote ATC, I was very nervous because I didn’t know what I was doing; to simply put it, I was an amateur.  I had no idea why I should write an outline, I didn’t understand my own writing style, and I wasn’t sure if I could write a book by myself.  Then I began to question myself.  “Can I write a book that people will actually like?”  I wasn’t sure of the answer, but I plodded along, and wrote at the seat of my pants.  It seemed like the right thing to do at the time.  Three weeks later, my first book was completed.  A Thousand Chances was ready to hit shelves, until I ordered the books.  Selling them hand to hand and trying to get them into bookstores was a more daunting task than I realized.  As a result, several print copies are still sitting in my mother’s garage in boxes that were never opened.  I gave up writing.

     Then two years later, my friend Teresa D. Patterson told me that she uploaded her backlist on this Kindle thing, and she sold a bunch of books.  I witnessed her own struggle to sell books years ago.  I was proud of her.  Knowing an author personally who makes a living doing what she loves to do inspired me to start writing again, but where do I begin.  First of all, what’s a Kindle.  Second, how do I format for the thing.  This was scary stuff to me.  Instead of focusing on what I found intimidating, I went ahead and put together my first story in two years, Bon Appétit.  Once I was done, I sent it off to an editor, made the suggested corrections and I read the formatting guidelines for Kindle.  With a little trial and error, I was able to upload my first Kindle book.  Then a few days later, I did the same for A Thousand Chances and uploaded it.  After that, I’ve been writing a bunch of stories and publishing them on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords.

     So how did I overcome my fears?  I just opened up Microsoft Word and started writing.  I found that once you face your fears, you realize that you really over-magnified the thing that you feared.

     Glenn Gamble is the author of A Thousand Chances, Bon Appetit, Escape, On the Run, and James.  All of his books are available on Amazon Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Glenn-Gamble/e/B002BMGSVK and Barnes and Noble Nook (link) and Smashwords (link)

     He also encourages you to go to his website http://www.GlennGamble.com.

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Review: Delirious

DeliriousDelirious by Daniel Palmer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Delirious” by Daniel Palmer was awesome…Charlie Giles, a software entrepreneur is on top of the world…he has money, success and a great future ahead of him; however, he’s missing some of the most important things in like like family, friends, love…Getting to the top hasn’t been easy for Charlie, but he’s made it…even if he’s had to bump a few heads along the way.

However, when someone suggests that Charlie crash a company meeting on a subject that will affect his product, everything starts spiraling out-of-control. Soon, Charlie finds himself at the mercy of someone who’s trying to sabotage him – he starts thinking he’s crazy, that he’s written these horrible notes, and, worst of all, that he’s murdered in cold blood.

If you read “Delirous,” it will definitely take you on a ride…it’s very suspenseful. It really takes you on a roller coaster ride, and each chapter leaves you panting for more…

I give it 5 stars.

P.S.  “Delirious” was provided courtesy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

* Daniel Palmer also sent another advance uncorrected proof of “Delirious” that will be given away to a lucky reader that responds to this review.

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Review: Dirty Little Angels

Dirty Little AngelsDirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Dirty Little Angels” by Chris Tusa was really good. The story is centered around Hailey, a sixteen-year old who is desperately trying to save her family from seperaration and divorce…she tries to keep them together the best that she can, no thanks to the activities of her mom and dad. However, as the story develops, this act proves more difficult especially considering Hailey and her brother, Cyrus, and their connection with Moses, a self-proclaimed preacher of a drive-thru church who believes that some people have to go through hell before they can be saved. The ending is unexpected, though, not surprising considering the events leading towards the end.

Overall, “Dirty Little Angels” was really interesting. I enjoyed the way Mr. Tusa developed his characters, right down to their mannerisms, and how he made them work together to help the story come alive. I just wish the plot would have been more developed towards the end.

I give it 4 stars.

P.S. “Dirty Little Angels” was provided courtesy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: JournalStone’s 2010 Warped Words, For Twisted Minds

JournalStone's 2010 Warped Words, For Twisted MindsJournalStone’s 2010 Warped Words, For Twisted Minds by Christopher C. Payne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“JournalStone’s 2010 Warped Words, For Twisted Minds” by Christopher C. Payne was a real eye-opener and chill-twister…and, just in time for Halloween.  This anthology consists of several stories that are, in my personal opinion, similar to an episode of Alfred Hitchcock or Tales from the Crypt. While reading these stories, I found myself looking around at my surroundings and pondering on every “little” noise in the background.

Mr. Payne’s collection of writings was unlike any that I’m accustomed to reading. I’m more of a romance and religion, “let’s all have a happy ending,” kind-of-girl, but reading this, I was forced to step out of my “comfort reading zone” more than twice. However, that was okay. In fact, I found it to be very exciting and exhilarating…like figuring out that there were other amazing things to do, but you just never paid any attention.

I would recommend this anthology to other readers that enjoy reading about chilling and twisting tales…you’ll definitely get a kick out of this!

I give it 4 stars.

P.S. “JournalStone’s 2010 Warped Words, For Twisted Minds” was provided courtesy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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