Bestsellers and winners

Amazon

Pulse – Gail McHugh
The Billionaire’s Obsession – J.S. Scott
Surrender Your Love – J.C. Reed
Shine Not Burn – elle Casey
Conquer Your Love – J.C. Reed

B&N
Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans – Joanne DeMaio
The Highlander’s Reward – Eliza Knight
Surrender Your Love – J.C. Reed
Conquer Your Love – J.C. Reed
My Perfect Wedding – Sibel Hodge

Smashwords
Fulfillment – K.M. Golland
Come Alive – Karina Halle
Axel – Harper Sloan
Jocomo – Timothy Cohorst
Black Heart – R. L. Mathewson

2013 Thriller Awards Winners

Thrillermaster Award: Anne Rice

Silver Bullet Award: Steve Berry

Hardcover Novel: Spilled Blood – Brian Freeman

Paperback Original: Lake Country – Sean Doolittle

First Novel: The 500 – Matthew Quirk

eBook Original Novel: Blind Faith – C. J. Lyons

YA Novel: False Memory – Dan Krokos

Short Story: Lost Things – John Rector

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

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Is It necessary to Attend a Writing School

This is obviously for my writers including myself who have not gone to school to become a writer. Honestly I didn’t believe I had to; writing is a natural gift I don’t need the extras. I will admit that I would look at other writers/journalists and see their credentials and education and wonder is that the reason why I’m not more successful at writing because I didn’t go to a writing school? Then I start to look into schools but I don’t initiate anything beyond looking.

Can a writer be created or taught?

In my opinion what makes a great writer is: consistency, passion and imagination. Can you teach that in school? No. I believe a writer cannot be taught, journalists yes, writer – no. I believe writing is an innate craft you either got it or you don’t. I believe you can learn the logistics of writing (grammar, editing, etc) but imagination, passion you can’t teach that. Not saying you shouldn’t attend school; if and only if your passion is to be a writer go to sharpen what’s already there if you feel that’s the route you need to take.

What are some writing schools you can check out if you do want to sharpen your skills? Here’s a few:
S. New Hampshire Univ.: MA & BA in Communication
Univ. of Phoenix: BA in English, AA in communications
Walden Univ.: BS in communication
Grand Canyon Univ.: BA in Communications and English literature
Full Sail Univ.: MFA in Creative Writing, BFA in Creative Writing for Entertainment
Ashford Univ.: BA in English & Social Science-English/Lang. Arts

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Mystery/thriller self published bestsellers list for April 2013

Amazon books
Brothers & Bones by James Hankins

Cyberstorm by Matthew Mather

Into Danger by Gennita Low

Barnes & Nobles
When Danger Calls by Terry Odell

A Charming Crime by Tonya Kappes

Electing To Murder by Roger Stelljes

Smashwords
Blood Sport by JD Nixon

Deadly Benefits by Ryn Pitts

The Phoenix Rising by Richard L. Sanders

Apple books
Electing to Murder by Roger Stelljes

77 Days in September by Ray Gorham

Blood Ties by JD Nixon

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

First annual book bloggers award

JKSCommunications is hosting their first Book Bloggers Awards. They will honor book bloggers. How come I always hear about this stuff after the fact?!

Anywho…there are four categories:

1. Biggest variety (a category I would have fitted in),
2. Most creative features
3. Best indie reviewer
4. Most eye catching blog layout.

The deadline for voting is May 14th an overall winner of 2013 will be crowned Miss/Mr Book Bloggie of the Year. Now if you’re like me and want to be considered for next year’s awards email http://samantha@jkscommunications.com. Make sure you like their Facebook page too.

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

The L. A. Times Book Prize Winners for 2013

Biography
Robert Caro for The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

Current Interest
Katherine Boo in Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death & Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Fiction
Ben Fountain for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Graphic Novel
Sammy Harkham for Everything Together: Collected Stories

History
Fergus M. Bordewich for America’s Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas & the Compromise that Preserved the Union

Mystery/Thriller
Tana French for Broken Harbor

Poetry
Louise Gluck for Poems 1962-2012

Science & Technology
Florence Williams for Breasts: A Natural & Unnatural History

The Art Seidenbaum Award for 1st Fiction
Maggie Shipstead for Seating Arrangements

YA
A. S. King for Ask The Passengers

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

The 10 Most Challenged Novels of 2013

There is a fine line between a challenged book and a banned book. A challenged book is where a group of unhappy people protesting against certain materials in a book. Banning is wanting the book completely removed, a group doesn’t have to be the one who request the removal of a certain book.

Now that we got the technicality part out the way lets see who made the list already for this year.

10. Beloved Toni Morrison – violence, religious viewpoints, sexual content

9. The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls – offensive language, sexually explicit

8. Scary Stories Alvin Schwartz – violence

7. Looking for Alaska John Green – offensive language, sexually explicit

6. The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini – homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

5. And Tango Makes Three Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell – homosexuality

4. 50 Shades of Grey (surprise, surprise) E. L. James – sexually explicit, offensive language

3. 13 Reasons Why Jay Asher – drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide

2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian Sherman Alexie – offensive language, racism, sexually explicit

1. Captain Underpants Dav Pilkey – offensive language

Surprised by any of them? Have you read any and if so do you agree with it being challenged? Can novels really be that influential on a culture similar to violent videogames?

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Literary Trend Predictions for 2013

This year has been a breakthrough for the children’s and YA genre. Fantasy has taken people of all ages into another world. Next year though will fantasy top the most popular genre to read?

Editorial director David Allender gave his predictions for what he thinks will trend in 2013 in the children’s category. Here it is.

10. Nature running amok
9. Diversity
8. Survival
7. Tough girls
6. War
5. Kid lit
4. Cartoon novels
3. Nonfiction
2. Science fiction
1. Bullying

If you’re one of those writers that, unlike me, that write stories based on what is hot then this is a good list to refer to for your 2013 writing goals. I say write what the hell you want instead of what you think is hot at the moment. Think of it this way, if you write based on popularity your work will not stand the test of time. Look at James Baldwin books or Toni Morrison, their novels are still being enjoyed by a whole new group of readers. I’m for sure they did not go off of what was popular how could they there was no internet, social media, etc to check out the trending genres all they wanted to do was write. Either way you decide do it well I suppose, just keep writing.

Peace and luv!