Caylee Anthony

Caylee Anthony

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Writing Workshop Part 3

Hi ya'll and welcome to part three of the writing workshop series of posts. I've shared what I've learned from Eliot Parker and Kirk Judd. Today we will be talking about the things we learned from Carter Taylor Seaton.
It was an honor to meet Miss Seaton, since I had read one of her books for my book discussion group. She is a very sweet lady who had a lot of valuable information to share.
Carter Taylor Seaton is the author of Hippie Homesteaders, The Rebel In The Red Jeep, and Father's Troubles.Her books are historical and what she had to share are some tips for doing research.

Tips for researching from carter Taylor Seaton:


You need to do your research to prove to people what you are writing is true.

If they are still living, go to the person you are writing about. Talk to the people you are writing about or the family of that person. Get the perspective of different family members.

Read about the history of the time period you are writing about.

Be open-ended with what you're asking.

When researchng make sure to put down in your notes where you found the information.

For Non-Fiction writing:

Where do you find what you want to know?

Primary Resources - give you and your writing credence.

Who to interview?
Subject of a biography, ancestors, colleagues, friends, family, employees, enemies

Act like a reporter - get the facts

Get other points of view

Old scrapbooks, personal diaries, photo albums, etc.
Public records

Newspapers of the time, historical documents, state archives, County courthouse, etc.

For fiction:

Provide authenticity - details of real places, culture, dress, etc.

Games played, current events


Use your memory, talk to people you know

Just remember you can get caught up in research.Research is easy, writing is hard. Just do it!!!

Research websites you can check out:

Google - The mother of all search engines

Hope you all enjoyed this information and any all of you writers can find it helpful. Until next time. Later Days and Happy Writing!!!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Chrysalis Book Review

Hi all! Today on the blog I am going to be reviewing a book I was given the chance to receive an ARC of. Chrysalis is the newest book by the wonderfully talented author, Angie Martin. This is one book I would recommend to anyone who loves paranormal books. And without making you wait any longer, here's my review:

Chrysalis by Angie martin

This book was AMAZING!!!! I couldn't stop reading once I started. Chrysalis is full of twists and surprises you won't see coming. Angie Martin has a hit with this book.
The story follows Sheriff Peter Holbrook as he tries to save himself and his town from what's hiding in "The Gray". I spent the first part of this book trying to figure out what was happening to the people of Nowhere, but when I finally realized what was invading this small town I was even more intrigued by the story.
This is one book lovers of paranormal will not want to miss out on. I could read it again and again and again...

Hope ya'll get a chance to read this book. You won't be disappointed. Later Days!!!

Friday, January 26, 2018

First Line Friday Prompt - Fiction Cafe Writer's Group

To save his own life, he would have to kill. That was something he had never thought he would have to do. He wasn't even sure he could pull it off.
 If he didn't do this, they would kill him, and then kill them as well. He had been ordered to take out the people he cared for more than anything. His own family.
Brent Sinclair took a deep breath, staring at his children. Gabe was only seven years old, Jacey five. They hadn't even lived their lives, how could he possibly cut them so short?
His gaze moved to his wife. Myra was at the stove making lunch for her family. What was he going to do? He couldn't hurt them, for any reason.
He would have to find a way to protect them from this threat. The only way he could do that was to tell Myra what was going on. He really didn't want to tell her about the trouble he was in.
He had been involved in some things he wasn't proud of. How did anyone tell the people they loved something like that? No, he would have to let that secret die with him.
"Brent?" Myra looked at him.
He swallowed hard, looking at her. She was such a sweet person. She didn't deserve to be murdered for what he had done. None of them did.
"What?" He smiled at her.
"Are you okay?" She handed him a plate.
"I'm fine." Brent took a bite of food.
"Daddy, can we play baseball later?" Gabe asked him.
"Sure buddy." He ruffled his sons hair. "Eat first, okay."
"Okay." The boy took a bite of his sandwich.
"What about me, Daddy?" Jacey scratched her nose.
"You too, Princess." Brent smiled at her.
This was killing him inside. He wanted to take them and hide some place safe. Unfortunately he knew they wouldn't be safe anywhere on the planet. Dimitri Kendrick would always find them.
The man had connections all over the world.
No one ever got away from him, or his goons.
That meant he had no choice but to do what he was told. He would prefer to do it himself, rather than have Dimitri do it. It would be a lot less painful if he did it.
He knew that Dimitri would torture them first. That was his favorite thing to do to the families of the people who betrayed him. He refused to let that happen to his wife and babies.
“Brent, is something wrong?” Myra asked him. “You seem a bit distracted today.”
“Just tired, I guess.” He lied.
He never lied to her, at least when they were face to face. It hadn't been easy to do. They had always been open and honest with one another.
He couldn't believe the things he had kept from her. Telling her would only destroy her. It would destroy all the trust between them. He couldn't hurt her like that.
He watched his children talking rapidly, laughing at each other. They had always meant everything to him. How could he have been such a fool? What he had done was going to get them killed. No father should do something like that to his children.
They were so happy at that exact moment. He had to make all that change in the blink of an eye. After tonight they would no longer feel happiness, or any other emotion. It was an unfair and cruel fate for someone so young.
He looked at his phone on the table. He really didn't want to answer it. He took a deep breath, looking at the number on the caller id.
“I need to get this.” He stood up. “It's work.”
Brent walked out onto the back porch, closing the door behind him. He waited until he was sure no one could hear him before answering it.
“Hello.” He swallowed hard again.
“Brent.” Dimitri's voice came on the line. “I changed my mind. I don't want you to kill your family while they sleep. I want you to do it NOW!”

Friday, January 19, 2018

Playlist For The Hunt For Amanda

Hi guys and welcome to the blog. Today I am going to be sharing a blog post prompt from a group I'm in on Facebook called, "Blogging For Novelists". It's a really fun group to be in. The prompt is to make a playlist for your book. I think it's fun to make playlists for the books I write, so without further ado... here is the playlist for The Hunt For Amanda. Enjoy!

Blown Away - Carrie Underwood
Stingy - Jordan Knight (featuring Donnie Wahlberg)
Flying Without Wings - Westlife
Bad Medicine - Bon Jovi
Cowboy Casanova - Carrie Underwood
I Love You This Much - Jimmy Wayne
Forever And For Always - Shania Twain
What A Girl Wants - Christina Aguilera
On The Side Of Angels - Leann Rimes
Nothin' To Lose - Josh Gracin
I Cross My Heart - George Strait
Good Girl - Carrie Underwood
What Hurts The Most - Rascal Flatts
If I Die Young - The Band Perry
Angels - Jessica Simpson
Take My Breath Away - Jessica Simpson
Life Goes On - Leann Rimes
Party For Two - Shania Twain & Mark MaGrath
She's Not Just A Pretty Face - Shania Twain
Redneck Woman - Gretchen Wilson

And there you have it. Most authors choose the songs for their playlists according to things that happen in the story, or that relate to particular characters. I chose these songs by using a different method. The MC in my book named Tammy Perdue is named after and based on my best friend who passed away in 2012. These songs are some of her favorites. Blown Away was her most favorite. I hope ya'll enjoy my playlist. THFA is with the betas and going through some changes. Hopefully it will be published later this year.
Until next time... Keep Writing!!
Later days!!!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Be A Better Writer Writing Prompt

Her heart raced as she approached her front door. Trembling, she looked out the peephole and saw the face of the man who had been stalking her. He had haunted her relentlessly for the past few months. Weren't stalkers supposed to keep themselves hidden? Not him, the man loved making her know he was always there. The police had said they couldn't do anything unless he tried to physically hurt her. That was ridiculous. Weren't those letters enough? What about the little presents he kept leaving on her doorstep? Every package contained something even weirder than the last. Would her nightmare ever end?

Monday, December 18, 2017

Writing Goals for 2018

Hi ya'll! Today I want to talk about my writing goals for the new year. I suppose every writer needs goals to help them stay focused, I know I certainly do. Writing goals are great for helping us accomplish the things we never thought possible. What are some of the ways you keep track of your writing goals? Do you make a list and check off what's completed? Maybe you keep a bullet journal for your writing goals. However you do it, don't let them stress you out. Honestly, what doesn't get accomplished can always come first on your list in the following year.

So, what are my writing goals for 2018, you ask? Unfortunately there aren't too many. Then again, maybe I will be able to accomplish them all!!! * winks at all the people reading this* So here goes nothing:

In 2018 I plan to:

Have my first novel published
Get my author website done
Submit to more anthologies and poetry magazines
Find a physical writing group to join

And there you have it. Those are my goals for the new year. Until next time... LATER DAYS and HAPPY WRITING!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Busy Week of A Writer

Hi ya'll!! I know, I know, I have been falling behind on blog posts once again. Life and several writing projects have gotten in the way. Now I am trying to squeeze in a new post real quick before writing some more of a short story I'm working on.
What has made my week so busy you ask???? First of all I am waiting to hear back from the betas about The Hunt For Amanda and making changes that need to be made to it. Then comes the reread by the betas and edits.
Keeping Mykinze Safe made it to the 50K mark during NaNoWriMo, but it's still an ongoing WIP. I have done so much research for this novel and am still doing my research.
I also wrote my very first children's book and had some betas read it. So that is another WIP added to my already overflowing plate. Not too mention submitting my poetry to different places.
I am also working on two short stories that I'm planning to submit to anthologies. Besides all that writing I have been reading several books to write reviews for and my book for this month's book discussion group. I am hoping to catch a break soon and post the rest of the stuff I learned at the writing workshop in October. But for now... time to write!!

Later Days and Happy Writing!!!

My favorite books

  • Rebels At The Gate
  • The Father Factor
  • Jacob's Girls
  • James Patterson's Books
  • A Seperate Peace
  • The Pearl
  • A Christmas Carol
  • The Hunt For Hawke's Daughter
  • Charlotte's Web
  • A Child Called "IT"
  • Sugar Baby

My Favorite Authors

  • Janie King Crouch
  • Elizabeth Heiter
  • Lynn Rush
  • Kelly Hashway
  • Langston Hughes
  • John Knowles
  • John Stienbeck
  • Charles Dickens
  • Max Lucado
  • James Patterson
  • Jean Barrett
  • Karen Young

My Favorite Movies

  • Kickin It Old Skool
  • Meet The Robinsons
  • My Girl
  • 30 Days of Night
  • Free Willy
  • Beauty and the Beast