Saturday, October 4, 2014

Hey All

Those of you following me probably think I fell off the face of the earth. I have been very ill for almost a year, and done very little other than releasing the 2nd book in the Karma's Witches Series (Written by myself, Elizabeth A Reeves and the third by Lanie Jordan)
The first in the series, Life's a Witch by Elizabeth A Reeves can be found at the above e link on Amazon

My book, Love's a Witch can be found at the above link. The third in the series isn't finished yet, but it'll be by Lanie Jordan.

I am working on a new book that is about 75% done called This Time Forever. I expect it to be released this month.

I'm also about 25% done with the third book in the Linked series--It's the story of Lana and Cole's son. The 4th book will be about their daughter. (You'll meet her in book 3)

I'm slowly but surely losing the use of my hands, which makes writing very difficult for me. Added to that, I had a computer crash and lost many books that weren't on Dropbox. (yes, I know, I'm an idiot)

My Macbook died just yesterday, and I'm using my daughters temporarily. Anyway--I'm still alive--even if I'm not online much anymore.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Spooky Spectacular Sale~ All Titles 99 Cents!

spooky_sale The Spooky Spectacular Event will kick off Friday and run through midnight Sunday (Oct 18-20). Featuring 60+ of today's hottest authors, $1,000 in prizes and tons of awesome giveaways (Kindle Fires anyone? Coach wristlets?), the event is going to be a blast!

And most importantly, readers will be able to fill up their Kindles with incredible ebooks, all priced at .99! Check out all the gorgeous books at the event's webpage. Just click here!

RSVP at the event's FB page to be automatically entered into the drawing for one of three Kindle Fires! Click here to visit the event page. Instructions for earning extra entries for the drawing will be on the event page! Additional links to Rafflecopter entries for other giveaways will also be available on the event page as well. A special thank you goes out to Lisa Markson, Leanne Jacobson, Stephanie Shaw and Emily Rae for all their help with the event. You all rock! Spooky Spectacular sponsored by ...

Lizzy Ford (Website, Facebook page, Twitter)


Julia Crane (Website, Facebook page, Twitter)


Friday, July 26, 2013

SplashHop Blog Hop!

Summer Splash Blog Hop

Hey All!

Do you have your bunny ears on?  IT IS a hop, after all.

I'm participating in a multi-author blog hop, and you are all invited.

What am I giving away, you ask?

Well, how bout a copy of....whichever book you'd like? (Including the new 4 author bundle just released)

There are tons of prizes on the other stops, so be sure to visit!

You must comment below to enter! If you've read one of my books, tell me which is your favorite.  If not, now's your chance to read one. Look back on my blog at the end of the Hop to see if you're a winner here :) If you click my 'newsletter' link to the side, you get an extra entry--and if you join my brand new street team by leaving me your FB info--you get an extra entry~ So--you can get up to three entries for my prizes.


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Authors Blog Hop Time!

Who doesn't like Blog Hops with lots of prizes?  We all do, right?  Be sure to check out all the other authors participating as well.

For mine, it's relatively easy. Just comment below and tweet the post (add @HopeWelsh so I see it) to be entered to win:

1. $5.00 Amazon Gift Card (Or B&N--your choice)
2. Envelop of printed and signed SWAG (US Residents Only)
3. One ebook from my backlist

CONTEST ENDS ON 7/10 at 11:59PM EST.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Saturday Writing Tips: DIALOGUE

Tips For Saturday

Today I'm going to be talking about writing dialogue, whether in first person or third. I've read so many books in the last few weeks with major issues within dialogue. Below are some samples from my own writing--both done correctly and incorrectly. Can you tell which is which? The answers will be at the bottom.

1. "Eat," he said gently. "You're safe here."
2. "Eat." He said gently. "You're safe here."
3. "Eat," he said gently, "you're safe here."

Which do you think are wrong in the above 3 samples? Not sure? Basic for you? Keep reading. Here's another.

1. After a long pause, he released her shoulders. "We’re going to my house. It’s just a few miles up the road."
2. After a long pause, he released her shoulders, "We're going to my house. It's just a few miles up the road."
3. After a long pause, he released her shoulders, "we're going to my house. It's just a few miles up the road."

How bout with internal dialogue in third person writing? Which is correct?

1. Oh God, someone has to find me. 
2. Oh God, someone has to find me. 
3. Oh God, someone has to find me.

In the first sample, the first and third are correct. Normally, I prefer to use the first example.

In sample two, the first is correct. With action tags, normally a period is used. Action is a way to keep the reader from becoming confused as to the speaker. Long blocks of dialogue can be confusing for readers. Also remember that when there is a long block of dialogue that takes more than one paragraph, you do not close the quotes until you are finished. Like this:

"I don't want to tell you about this. You would be in danger. He's a murderer and I don't want to be responsible.

"Last week I watched him shoot a man and he's going to kill me too."

Now, of course, this is just a small paragraph used for demonstration purposes only. By not closing the tag in the first paragraph, the reader knows it is the same speaker talking.

In the third, the first is correct.

Dialogue is a tricky thing for many writers. There are some great resources online that you can use. Remember, 'he said/she said' gets boring. Mix in some action tags, too. 

One reminder dialogue punctuation. If an exclamation point is needed--by all means, use it. But don't overuse them, or they lost their impact. Never use multiple punctuation in a sentence. Same thing with question marks. I've read several recently with paragraphs like this:

"I hate you!!!!" she screamed at the top of her lungs. 

Give the reader some credit. The fact she's screaming at the top of her lungs and one exclamation point make the point. 

And that's another point. When you have dialogue as in the above sample, you do not cap the "S" in 'she screamed'  Many writers do fine with the comma before the 'he said' tag, but make errors when there is other punctuation in the dialogue, such as this:

"I will not put up with this!" She said with a glare.

The above sample is incorrect. It should read:

"I will not put up with this!" she said with a glare.

Some writers think you need to use a tag with each line of dialogue. You don't. Read the following:

"I hate you!" she screamed
"Not as much as I hate you," he yelled
"I don't care!" she said.
"You will!" he said.

See how boring that is? How bout something like this:

"I hate you!" Her fists were clenched tightly as she glared at him.

"Not as much as I hate you!"

She wasn't going to let him get to her. No way, no how. The veins in his temple were throbbing. She knew that meant he was furious. Too bad. So was she. "I don't care."

"You will!" He turned on his heel and walked out the door, slamming it behind him.

So which sample is more exciting? Which one pulls you into the story? Remember the golden rule of fiction: SHOW DON'T TELL. Her clenched fists show her anger. Since we are in her point of view--she's the one that notices his throbbing veins. We can see he's angry by her view of him. Also we can tell by the slamming of the door. 

Any more basic dialogue questions? Just post them below.