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FREE Story: An Angel Came” from I’ll Push You Steer, by Ronda Del Boccio

February 13th, 2017

Important NOTE: This post originally came out December 20 of 20165. It is updated to reflect a publishing change. AWOC Books closed its doors, and my co-author and I just released the book on I’ll Push You Steer: The Definitive Guide to Stumbling through Life with Blinders On on Kindle. People around the world are celebrating miracles at this time of year, which is December, in case you read this some months in the future. Jews celebrate the miracle of the oil, Hindus the miracle of light, and Christians the miracle of the savior’s birth, just to mention a few. I was thinking about... Read More

Grief Is Like a Tea Bag: Book Excerpt from They All Died Smiling: Kassidy and Russell First Kiss

September 24th, 2015

UPDATE 11/27/17: this book comes out soon from The Wild Rose Press. Get your free sneak peek here. I just did an interview for a funeral home. Not a job interview. The kind a writer gives to an interested party. Yeah, I don’t know “why Ronda” either, but there it is. Anyway, the topic of grief naturally arose, and I mentioned how grief infiltrates life the way a teabag infuses its essence into water. Grief can be a powerful motivator for a wide variety of actions a character takes (or does not take).  For the reader, seeing how the protagonist or other character responds... Read More

Book Excerpt of Genesis (The Legend of Glory, Book 3) by Devin O’Branagan

May 26th, 2015

Genesis Release Day! Welcome to release day for Genesis, the third in the Legend of Glory Trilogy by best selling author Devin O’Branagan. I’m reading the book right now and will be posting a review soon. For now, enjoy this excerpt and be sure to pick up your copy of the book. Summary of Genesis by Devin O’Branagan Genesis is the thrilling conclusion to the epic urban fantasy trilogy, The Legend of Glory. Eighteen-year-old Glory Templeton has returned from a time travel event pregnant with a child named Genesis whose DNA is predicted to save the world from genocide. However,... Read More

Video Book Excerpt: One Story Unites Us All from The Peace Seed by Ronda Del Boccio

February 14th, 2015

Video Book Excerpt fro the #1 Best Selling Book The Peace Seed: Personal and Global Transformation through Storytelling by Ronda Del Boccio One story unites us all. See and hear what that is as you watch and read this video book ecerpt. No captions needed, because you will be able to read the sample even if you are deaf. One story indeed exists in all human cultures, even the most remote. This means we are more similar than not. Build a bridge of peace and be a peace seed. So much of peace comes through sharing stories and generous listening. I hope you enjoy this book excerpt. Get your copy of... Read More

Book Excerpt Paranormal Humor Novella A Tasty Morsel by Ronda Del Boccio

February 11th, 2015

Writing a story is fun – and it’s a craft that takes practice, like any other. I also love reading 5-star reiews from readers who took the time and trouble to write a review. This humorous paranormal tale includes a vampires, ghouls, and even a ban-shee with a personality disorder. What People are Saying about A Tasty Morsel I am so excited about my latest review of A Tasty Morsel! “More than everything, it’s a memorable piece that stands out in a sea of common, overused themes.” from a review by Tom Jones “I loved the book because it took me on a journey... Read More

Book Review and Excerpt of Paranormal Romance Thriller Glory: The Legend of Glory Book 1 by Devin O’Branagan

January 20th, 2015

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read.Thus, each review serves both writers and readers. This week’s excellent read is Glory:  The Legend of Blory, Book 1 by #1 best selling author Devin O’Branagan. I’ve known #1 best selling author Devin O’Branagan since I helped her with the first book launch of GLory. Now, she is talking with a producer about turning the book into a movie or TV... Read More

Novel Writing Help: Do Your Characters Have to Cuss? NaNoWriMo Day 26

November 26th, 2014

Today while working on They All Died Smiling, on my mad dash to 50,000 words this month for NaNoWriMo,  I needed to deal with an angry phone call without suddenly introducing swear words into an otherwise clean book. At meetings of the Northwest Arkansas Writer’s Workshop, when an author is reading their allowed five pages, sometimes there is a cuss word on the page but the author replaces it with something more for a G-rated audience. We travelers talked about cussing and steamy scenes in writing on the road back home.  None of our group prefers Rated-R type content. I’m pretty... Read More

How Do You Make Minor Characters Come to Life? NaNoWriMo Day 3

November 4th, 2014

How do you bring your minor characters to life? I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month, NaoWriMo, My book is They All Died Smiling, a paranormal suspense story. Today I was thinking about minor characters and what I do to make the come to life. Honestly, even the minor characters typically simply “come to me.” Occasionally I base one off of someone from my real life, but mostly they present themselves to me. When I need a minor character, I like to know one thing that makes them stand out. It’s not necessary to invent a whole back story for them.When I needed... Read More