The English language can be very funny, and not in a humorous way.
Funny in a strange way. In a weird way.
How can one word sound the same but be spelled differently and have different meanings? How…
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Added by Melina Druga on September 28, 2020 at 3:51pm — No Comments
Who’s interested in a free book in exchange for an honest review?
I’m giving away electronic advance review copies of my next historical fiction book, Those Left Behind, in exchange for an honest review on Amazon and Goodreads. (Book blurb below.)
If you’re interested, please DM…Continue
Added by Melina Druga on September 14, 2020 at 2:47pm — No Comments
If you’ve opted to self published, there are several platforms you can use to bring your eBook and Print-On-Demand (POD) paperback to fruition. No platform is perfect, so let’s examine self-publishing platform pros and cons.
I have used Amazon, Smashwords, B&N Press and Kobo, so those are the platforms I will compare and contrast. Currently, I only use Amazon, a…Continue
Added by Melina Druga on March 27, 2020 at 11:41am — No Comments
Evan Anderson is a transplanted Southern Californian, originally from Los Angeles, living in the Catskills and Hudson Valley of upstate New York. He is continually surprised by the area’s hidden treasures, even after years of exploring the streams, mountains and valleys.
He also finds community life to be rich. Located less than two hours from New York City, people…Continue
Added by Melina Druga on March 17, 2020 at 11:30am — No Comments
Writers are perhaps among the most self-conscious people I know. It may have something to do with writers putting a bit of themselves into their stories or feeling so close to their work that it is like exposing one’s soul to others. Whatever the cause, many scribes experience anxiety and self doubt while writing.
No one likes rejection or negative criticism, and when…Continue
Added by Melina Druga on March 6, 2020 at 10:01am — No Comments
Ryan Uytdewilligen loves movies to death! He’s a huge fan of the Oscars, and every year holds a party at his house. He can name you ever winner off the top of my head.
Uytdewilligen grew up on a farm in the Canadian prairies.
When not writing, Uytdewilligen enjoys travel and…Continue
Added by Melina Druga on February 18, 2020 at 11:14am — No Comments
In addition to being a writer, Thierry Sagnier is an addicted reader, songwriter and musician, and a traveler. He is bilingual.
Besides historical fiction, Sagnier has written nonfiction, science fiction and thrillers.
Sagnier is the author of L'Amerique . He is the next author to be featured in my interview series focusing on historical fiction and…
Added by Melina Druga on February 4, 2020 at 11:24am — No Comments
I am often asked how to start a freelance writing career. There are two ways. One is to cold contact companies. The other is to apply to freelance writing positions. Here are some websites that list writing jobs.
LinkedIn has a job section that…Continue
Added by Melina Druga on January 31, 2020 at 11:17am — No Comments
Having a family member “in service” or being in service yourself was common before the end of World War 1. Domestic servants were necessary to run the expansive homes of the upper middle class and wealthy prior to the invention of many electric conveniences.
While today we may think of working as a maid, for example, as being an undesirable position, this stigma did not…Continue
Added by Melina Druga on January 29, 2020 at 10:46am — No Comments
The commercialization of Christmas began during the Victorian era. Retailers encouraged consumers to shop for the holidays instead of giving homemade gifts, and shop employees also decorated their shop windows with lavish displays to attract passersby. The tradition of Christmas shopping was born.
So what were the popular gifts in this bygone era? Let’s find out by…Continue
Added by Melina Druga on December 18, 2019 at 10:50am — No Comments
Dreading that next trip to the dentist? You’re not alone.
Patients a century ago, equally dreaded the visit, but thankfully, dentistry had modernized considerably by the early 20th century. At least, you could reasonably expect pain medication and a speedy drill. Let’s take a look at early 20th century dentistry.
Dental schools got their start in…Continue
Added by Melina Druga on December 4, 2019 at 10:59am — No Comments
When Kelli Wilkins isn’t writing, she enjoys a variety of hobbies including reading, traveling, gardening, visiting flea markets, and visiting weird/creepy/haunted places.
In addition to historical romance, Wilkins has written gay, contemporary, fantasy, and paranormal love stories at all heat levels.
Wilkins is the author of Redemption from a Dark Past. She…
Added by Melina Druga on November 26, 2019 at 10:21am — No Comments
“Kids Say the Darndest Things” may be a television show, but kids have been saying what’s on their minds – and amusing adults – for centuries. In 1903, the Sioux City Journal in Iowa asked the city’s school children to pen an essay on Thanksgiving turkeys.
A sampling of the essays were published on Nov. 26, 1903. They were written by second and third graders at…Continue
Added by Melina Druga on November 20, 2019 at 11:05am — No Comments
Anthony Barton has a pet bat named Bulmer.
In addition to historical fiction, Barton has written a non-fiction: Famous Teachers and Their Methods.
Barton is the author of Press Gang!. He is the next author to be featured in my interview series focusing on historical fiction and historical romance authors.…
Added by Melina Druga on November 12, 2019 at 10:15am — No Comments
Families in the 19th and early 20th centuries often had large families. What affect does birth order have personality? This is a question I considered while creating the Steward family in Angel of Mercy.
Birth order and personality wasn’t something people considered until the 1920s. That’s when Austrian psychiatrist Alfred Adler first theorized that birth order played a role in how…Continue
Added by Melina Druga on November 6, 2019 at 10:22am — No Comments
Mary Van Winkle loves classic movies, and TCM is her favorite channel. She enjoys the styles, the music and the attitudes of the first half of the 20th century.
In addition to historical fiction, Van Winkle also writes contemporary fiction.
Van Winkle is the author of Finding Wonderland. She is the next author to be featured in my interview series focusing on…Continue
Added by Melina Druga on October 29, 2019 at 10:39am — No Comments
Where is the best place to write? If you’re an author or aspiring author, you’ve no doubt been asked this question, often by colleagues. The answer isn’t that simple. It’s very much a personal choice based on where the writer is the most comfortable and productive.
The internet is full of advice on where an author should write. These articles suggest authors and freelance writers get out of the home office. …Continue
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Richard Roux has a variety of interests outside of his career. He enjoys hiking, fishing, hunting, playing ice hockey on an adult recreational team, binge-watching TV shows, and experimenting with his outdoor grill and smoker.
He has served the boards of several organizations, including the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Kern County Historical Society.…Continue
Added by Melina Druga on October 15, 2019 at 10:24am — No Comments
World War I ended in November 1918, but it hasn’t failed to capture our imaginations. Perhaps it is because it was thought to be “the war to end all wars,” or it could be because of the destruction in caused, not just in terms of lives and property, but to politics and social economics. Or maybe it’s because war is an event ripe with stories to tell – heroes, villains, love, loss, ordinary people thrust into impossible situations. Here are six novels…Continue
Added by Melina Druga on October 9, 2019 at 9:43am — No Comments