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Merry awesome stomping robots! (C. Lonnquist's MAGi Book 2 is out today)

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If you were irrevocably sucked into the mystic mecha/fantasy/action world of C. Lonnquist's debut novel, The Will of Machines, rejoice! The Will of the Faithful, drops today, picking up the story of these mammoth mechanical beasts and the intensely human characters who pilot them.

From the flap:
In the eagerly awaited sequel to The Will of Machines: MAGi Book I, C. Lonnquist returns fans to the planet Alterra, where the MAGi—giant sentient suits of armor that mysteriously fell from the sky—carry their Pilots through the embattled Warlands of Ord. A year has passed since the fall of the Black Palace and the revelation of the MAGi’s origins. The Pilots go their separate ways, driven apart by a horrifying new threat to the homelands they love. The Faithful, Cardinal Ecclesius’ army of corrupted MAGi, readies to march on Jarn. Soulless. Insatiable. Unstoppable.  Kaie, the young druid from Jarn, has grown from a girl to a woman to a warrior, fully prepared to die defending her peaceful…

You look like you've seen a ghostwriter

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Bumping this up for Halloween, a few ghosts who might startle you--bestsellers, Pulitzer, Nobel, and Oscar winners--writer's writers who moonlighted...

Katherine Anne Porter
In 1962, Porter's novel Ship of Fools sailed to the bestseller list and in 1966, she won a Pulitzer and a National Book Award for her Collected Stories. But her first published work was My Chinese Marriage by Mae T. Franking, a memoir about an interracial relationship (something almost unheard of in the 1920s.) Not surprisingly, after Porter became a literary icon, Franking's heirs collaborated on an annotated edition with Porter's name on the cover.

Larry McMurtry
Before he collected his Pulitzer for Lonesome Dove or his Oscar for...what was it--Terms of Endearment or his adaptation of Brokeback Mountain?--anyway, long before he was Larry McMurtry, he was the invisible hand behind several books, including Daughters of the Tejas by Ophelia Ray.

HP Lovecraft
Steven King, Neil Gaiman, and many other co…

Who is Lucy Forrester? Jane Davis talks about her new novel and the transformative impact of childhood illness

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I've been too buried to blog lately, but I couldn't let a new Jane Davis novel drop without a shout out. Jane is the fabulous Brit who wrote (among several) Half Truths & White Lies, winner of the Daily Mail first novel award, and I Stopped Time, one of my favorite reads last year.

Today, Jane pops in to answer a few questions about her new book My Counterfeit Self, in which political activist Lucy Forrester (a cross between Edith Sitwell and Vivienne Westwood) is nominated for a prestigious award by a dead man with whom she had a love/hate relationship. Was it a cruel joke or a rare opportunity? Who is this Lucy Forrester?

And another question...

What’s the story behind your latest book?
It’s the story of a radical poet and political activist called Lucy Forrester, who’s a cross between Edith Sitwell and Vivienne Westwood. Having been anti-establishment all of her life, she’s horrified to find that she’s been featured on the New Year’s Honours list. (This is list prepared…

"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference." Go with God, Elie Wiesel

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Dear IAH, Please wash your windows. Sincerely, Sunrise

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Scene at ironically titled Harbor Cove. #houstonflood #kingwoodtx

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Good morning, Harbor Cove! :/ #houstonflood #kingwoodtx

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Had to turn back from south entrance to Kingwood #houstonflood

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North park in Kingwood #houstonflood

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High water got worse before it got better, but we're home high and dry. #roadtrip

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Yup, this looks familiar. #texas #roadtrip #roadtripradio

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#roadtripradio

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West #texas sunset #roadtripradio

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Colorado is rich in irises right now.

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My nephew = awesome :)

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The beautiful ones. :)

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#roadtrip

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Aaaaaand we be jammin' in #newmexico! #roadtrip

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350 miles to Denver. Jeru rocking out. Mom sharing TMI about wild youth. #roadtrip #texas

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Jerusha says it's not a #roadtrip if you don't stop at Cracker Barrel.

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SHABOOM. #roadtrip #coloradobound

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Truck loaded! With a little help from a friend. And Tetris-truck mojo from patron saints at @junkgypsy!

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#BEA16 BookExpo 2016 in Chicago: The Good, the Bad, and the Game Changers

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Home from BookExpo, ready to put my feet up and start reading. But first, the debrief.

THE GOOD
Plot Whispering with the Rabid Badger
Combining my 20+ years of publishing and ghostwriting experience with Jerusha's uncanny style of developmental editing, we've come up with a method of 3-D outlining that elevates story, solidifies structure, and focuses strategy. As a team, we’ve worked this pragmatic magic on novels, nonfiction, and screenplays (including an Oscar nominee) for Big 5 publishers, agents, and indies. We had a blast doing a crash course and Plot Whispering demo Thursday on the UPubU stage. Here's the podcast.

Indie Author Fringe Fest

Orna Ross, founder of the Alliance of Independent Authors continues to move mountains on behalf of the indie author community. When I attended my first BEA in 1999, self-publishing was called “vanity” and their was an unquestioning subservience to the omnipotent gatekeepers. When I attended BEA in New York two years ago, the indie sy…

And then I came home to roses and roasted chicken. #bea16 #thatsallshewrote

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Jerusha's favorite #bea16 swag: iPhone egg amp from Random House.

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My top 3 #bea16 freebies: the good, the badass and the reality check.

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Booth 1540 #bea16 Battlefield Earth grrrrraaaagh!

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I see London I see France. Apparently the same thing at #bea16 #copyeditingworks

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I see London, I see France... Apparently the same thing at #bea16 #copyeditingworks

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#bea16 just in case you ever wanted to put your face in Santa's underwear...

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Sweet! Finally scored a free notebook. How do I always leave the house without one?

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Day 3 of #bea16 and I finally have a badge with my own name on it. Thanks, Corette! :)

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So very serious. #bea16

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Preparing to Plot Whisper live at 2pm on the #UPubU stage at #bea16!

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Fabulous dames reppin at #BEA16. #junkgypsy @junkgypsy

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Check out the #junkgypsy book at BookExpo #bea16!

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Morgan Entrekin leading all star panel for Authors Guild contract initiative symposium #bea16

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Story + Structure + Strategy = Pragmatic Magic at #bea16

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In Chicago for BookExpo, prepping to give a talk with Jerusha on the spooky art of Plot Whispering. If you're here, we'd love to see you at #UPubU Thursday at 2:00 PM. If you're not here, hop on the #ALLi podcast.

Here's the logline:
Fiction, memoirs, book proposals, screenplays—it all begins with story. But the road from great idea to a solidly marketable project presents a baffling number of detours. Plot Whispering is a radically sensible, step-by-step method for defining, refining, and executing your story. NYT bestselling ghostwriter Joni Rodgers and freelance editor Jerusha Rodger, dynamic mom-and-daughter duo, have worked their Plot Whispering mojo on bestselling books, high advance proposals, and an Oscar-nominated screenplay. Prepare to be wowed!

Brainstorming over chicken pot pie and libations. #bea16

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Hey #bea16! We're ready to get bookish! #plot whispered

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Came home to wine and roses. #mightygoodman

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