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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Question: How Can I find Somebody To Help Me Write A Book?

A writer who helps others write books or other material is called a ghostwriter. Just google the term “ghostwriter” and any number of ghostwriters for hire will be listed.

But do your research before hiring someone. As is unfortunately the case in just about every area of our lives these days, there are scam artists out there. Ask to see referrals from people they have previously ghostwritten for. Read books you have confirmed they have ghostwritten. There are a lot of good, reputable ghostwriters out there but just be careful who you pick and research the person before hiring them.

There are websites on “how to hire a ghostwriter”. Google that term also for additional guidance on how to go about it. Good luck!

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Happy HIDE A BOOK DAY! Find Hidden Raynetta Manees Books!

Happy HIDE A BOOK DAY! Authors & readers all over the world are leaving books out to be found today!  I have “hidden” three of my books; these are pictures of my books in their hidden locations.  Look closely—I’ve pictured tip-offs to the locations.  Good Luck!

#goodreadsturns10 #hideabookday, #ibelieveinbookfairies

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Get A FREE Signed Book on “Hide A Book Day!”

Tomorrow, Monday, September 18, I am participating in  Hide a Book Day.  As part of their Ten-Year Anniversary Celebration, Goodreads is teaming up with fellow book lovers at The Book Fairies to hide books around their neighborhoods for people to find, read, and leave for the next person.

I will be “hiding” a signed copy of each of my “his and hers” companion books, “All For Love,” and “All For Love: The SuperStar.

[ “SuperStar was a finalist for the 2017 Emma Award for “Best Contemporary Romance!”]

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Per the rules, I will be hiding the books in a semi-obvious spot for someone to find, somewhere like a high-traffic area like train and bus stops, national monuments, and parks.

Once I’ve hidden the books, I’ll take a picture of each book in its “hiding spot,” and share it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags  #goodreadsturns10 #hideabookday, #ibelieveinbookfairies.

Each book will bear this special Hide A Book Day sticker.  Be on the alert–thousands of writers and readers all over the world are participating and there will be a truckload of books out there to find!

 

Many books will also contain a personal note from the person hiding it that may look like this:

Good Luck!

 

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

Goodreads is hosting a book giveaway for my novel “All For Love: The SuperStar!”  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!

The giveaway runs from now until October 12.  Winner 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: “Why do we get crushes on fictional characters?”

I have been writing romance novels for 20 years now, and I have frequently had readers tell me they “fell in love” with one of my characters. I fully understand that because I have unfailingly fallen in love with each of the heroes of my books.

It’s rare in life, I think, to meet a person of your dreams. I say “a” person and not”the” person because I think each of us could find complete happiness with a number of dissimilar people.

We are all flexible and we all have multiple facets. So I could be as completely happy with my superstar entertainer, Darryl Bridges*, in one scenario as I could with my country preacher, Tyler Barnett**, in another.

We all have imaginations to some degree or another; else there would be no movies other than documentaries. There would be no such thing as fiction in writing. Fiction is by definition a function of imagination.

When the author’s imagination taps deeply into that of the reader is a situation in which a person could fall in love with a fictional character.

*Darryl Bridges is the hero in my novel “All For Love.”
**Tyler Barnett is the hero in my novel “Follow Your Heart.”
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