I’m Living “Part II” Of My Life–And Loving It!

Truer words were never spoken. I flat-lined twice in April during my heart attack. Flat-lining means my heart stopped beating. After God brought me back to life the truth of these words was burned into my brain.

When I was dying I didn’t think about my writing, or my books, or my bills, or posting stuff online. I thought about all the people I loved that I would never have a chance to talk with again, of all the things I loved to do, like singing, that I hadn’t done in a while and would never do again. Of all the places I loved to visit and would never see again. Of all the things I had put off until “someday,” and now would never have the chance to do.

For those of you who know me, I’m sure you’ve noticed that my online comments have been cut WAY back from where they used to be, that’s because now I’m using that time to connect with all the people, places, and things I thought I had lost forever.

So in a way, I guess I did “die” that frightful day in April.  At least the me who had her priorities mixed up did.  Raynetta Part II looks at the world differently now.

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Book MY ALZHEIMER’S DIARY is FREE this weekend

Kindle version my Book MY ALZHEIMER’S DIARY is FREE all day Sat -Sunday, Nov 11&12!  Don’t Miss Out!  http://amzn.to/1IVNwiO

This is the book’s trailer video

 

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Black Friday Author Of The Day: Raynetta Manees

Mark your calendar–I will be the “Author Of The Day” on Nov. 24, “Black Friday,” on the See You On The Net website. I’ll post a reminder closer to the date.

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Podcast Interview Tomorrow, Oct 16: Author Raynetta Manees

This is an invitation to my radio Podcast interview that will be tomorrow Oct 16th at 1 o’clock.  PODCAST ADDRESS: https://worshipradiodetroit.com/glamour-shoppe-talk/
MY AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE:
amazon.com/author/raynettamanees
Hope you can join us!

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Goodreads Book Giveaway Results: “All For Love: The SuperStar”

487 people entered the #Goodreads book giveaway for an autographed copy of my novel “All For Love: The SuperStar.”  And 187 people added the book to their “want to read” list.  Thank you all!

  I, of course, cannot release the names of the seven lucky winners, but I can tell you they come from Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Tennessee, and South Carolina.  Here’s a link to the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/All-Love-SuperStar-Book-ebook/dp/B01M11UKXZ/

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Goodreads Book Giveaway Reminder: “All For Love: The SuperStar”

There’s still time to enter the book giveaway  Goodreads is hosting a for my novel “All For Love: The SuperStar!”   The giveaway ends a week from today, next Thursday, Oct. 12.  The book was a finalist for the 2017 Emma Award for Best Contemporary Romance! Enter for a chance to win one of seven signed print editions of AFLTS!

Winners will receive their books promptly after the end of the giveaway with a personal note from the author: me!

This is the link to the giveaway on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/253935-all-for-love-the-superstar

Good Luck!

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Question: Should I Use Big Words In My Writing?

By a “big” word I am assuming you mean a word that is either lengthy and/or cerebral.

The most important factor in your choice of words is to use the right word, that is, the word that most the appropriately conveys your message. The “size” of the word in and of itself is not a reason to use it.

One factor to consider in choosing the most appropriate word is your targeted audience. The vocabulary you would use in writing a children’s storybook would probably be quite different than the words you would use in a book targeting college students.

To use a big word just because it is a big word when a smaller word would be more appropriate would make your writing seem fake, pompous, and/or ostentatious. I have read authors that do this and it only detracts from their writing.

On the other hand, to use a smaller word when a larger word would better fit your context could make your writing seem simplistic, or worse, not properly or fully convey your intended message.

To sum up, your choice of words should depend basically on two factors: its fitness for the context of your material, and your targeted audience, not the “size” of the word.

To answer your second question, it is absolutely critical that you understand each word you use, otherwise, how could you determine that it is the best word for your writing? I would advise you to never use a word you don’t understand. The better choice would be to use smaller, simpler word that you do understand. To do otherwise is to risk your writing failing entirely to express your point.

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