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Confessions of a Haunted Mind, A Guest Post By Hunter Shea

Posted by Wodke Hawkinson on Monday, April 30, 2012, In : Guest Posts 


I’m going to tell you something I don’t often repeat. 

I love nightmares. 

Oh, a dream about swimming in a lagoon by a tropical island has its place, but rarely do those dreams stay with me. Like an orgasm, the moment is wonderful, yet fleeting. 

All my life, I’ve had nightmares. I’m sure you’ve had your share, too. The difference with me is, at a very young age, I made peace with those nighttime visions of terror. As soon as I learned to embrace them, to dissect the patterns of...


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Ten Things I've Learned About Life, a guest post by Toby Neal

Posted by Wodke Hawkinson on Saturday, April 28, 2012, In : Guest Posts 

We are fortunate to once again welcome talented author Toby Neal to our blog as a guest writer. Toby's book, Blood Orchids, is free April 28 and 29 on Amazon Kindle. Be sure and grab a copy of this fast-paced suspense. Now, we turn over the "podium" to Toby.


Toby Neal, Author

Ten Things I've Learned About Life by Toby Neal

·        Niceness: it DOES matter. What kind of world would this be if we all gave into our nasty, jealous, greedy, murderous, slanderous impulses? So, when in doubt be N...


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I Am A Recovering Asshole - A Guest Post by Nameless

Posted by Wodke Hawkinson on Friday, April 13, 2012, In : Guest Posts 

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I was an asshole. I can admit that now. But I had to come very close to losing everything before I was able to face the truth about myself and my behavior. On the verge of losing my wife and children, I had to take a long hard look in the mirror. I didn't like what I saw.

To get a really accurate picture of myself, I had to wait until I was sober. If I looked at myself when I had been drinking or smoking, I got a distorted image. In a state of mild or even advanced inebria...


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A New Literary Genre? -A Guest Post by Rolando Garcia

Posted by Wodke Hawkinson on Thursday, April 12, 2012, In : Guest Posts 

I may have unknowingly created a new literary genre. But don’t take my word for it. Read on and let me know if you think that is the case.

It all started when I saw a picture of a “sun zebra.” Unfortunately I can’t tell you what a “sun zebra” is without spoiling the title story of my book. Then, after I saw this animal, a little girl named Nell wandered out of my mind and went to tell her dad she had found a “zebra.” Since the story takes place in a farm in the middle of Pen...


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Creativity Is Therapy, a guest post

Posted by Wodke Hawkinson on Sunday, April 8, 2012, In : Guest Posts 

by Brooklyn James (Author of The Boots My Mother Gave Me, An Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter Finalist)

I enjoyed reading Robert French’s guest blog about depression and its correlation to writing. His blog got me thinking about my own relationship with writing.

The completion of my first novel, The Boots My Mother Gave Me, was a New Year’s resolution. I had no intentions of completing a book. The coming of age Dysfiction is about a young girl overcoming an abusive childhood. Growin...


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Valuable Information for Authors

Posted by Wodke Hawkinson on Saturday, April 7, 2012,

All authors know that marketing and promotion are major parts of the overall success of our work. Building an Author Platform That Can Launch Anything: a Social Media Minibook by Toby Neal is an invaluable addition to any author's toolkit for book promotion.

Effective steps to building an author platform that can take advantage of free programs and launch any book into visibility and better sales.

Self published or not, today’s authors have to develop their own “platform” for reaching bo...


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Out of the Rabbit Hole, A Guest Post by Robert French

Posted by Wodke Hawkinson on Thursday, April 5, 2012, In : Guest Posts 

Robert French

When Karen invited me to do this guest post, I was really pleased because I had a great subject in mind but as I was writing away, I got an overwhelming desire to embark upon an entirely different subject, one that is a little more personal and a lot more painful.

If one reads the biographies of writers through the ages, a common theme is that many writers, especially those who may deal with darker subjects, are victims of depression. According to health.com writers are #5 in ...


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Celebrating Readers in April!

Posted by Wodke Hawkinson on Sunday, April 1, 2012,

We are celebrating readers in April! Where would authors be without them? The entire month of April, we are accepting entries for our giveaway. One entry per person please. Winners will be chosen by random drawing.

First prize is a Kindle Touch.

Second prize is a set of our short story volumes: Catch Her in the Rye, Blue, and Alone. Winner can choose between e-copies or signed paperback copies.

Third prize is the two-volume set of Betrayed and Betrayed Alternate Ending. Again, ...


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Dark Longings
A mystery/suspense
by Wodke Hawkinson




Sue, a sequel to Zeke
by Wodke Hawkinson




Zeke, a thriller by
Wodke Hawkinson



Betrayed, a suspense novel by
Wodke Hawkinson


Tangerine by
Wodke Hawkinson



Catch Her in the Rye,
Selected Short Stories, Vol. One
by Wodke Hawkinson



Blue, Selected Short Stories, Vol. Two
by Wodke Hawkinson


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