Archive | January 2019

Snowpocalypse Jan 2019


A collection of some photos from our recent snow three days ago.


Glass balls are fun!




Last one for today…


This entry was posted on January 15, 2019. 2 Comments

The Last Vestal Virgin


The Last Vestal Virgin is the third book I’ve read written by Lorraine Carey.

Amazon Book Blurb:

The stars were aligned, the portals were ready and the chaos had begun.

History meets mystery here, in this spine tingling tale of the Supernatural.
Christina Ciccone will uncover a dark secret about herself that had been hidden
for many years and embarks on an unbelievable journey she never signed up for.
However, she was not ready to leave this lifetime. Raised in a strict Italian
– American home, she was surrounded by love and pampered like a princess. So
why had she experienced nightmares and panic attacks for so many years? What
she didn’t know was that she had another family waiting for her from another
lifetime. Christina recently graduated from high school and had big plans for
college. While enjoying a trip to Rome with her history club, the nightmares
return and she is faced with bizarre encounters while touring many of the ancient
ruins, causing her to become ill. She is now faced with powerful supernatural
forces when one Roman goddess and her priestesses have decided this would be
Christina’s last trip. They would take her to a realm where she would never return.
She was never aware that these mysterious events had been planned since her birth. History has its own karma, and all will unfold here for Christina with an obsessive lover and Rome’s ancient cult of the Vestal Virgins vying to control her destiny. The story holds many true interesting facts on Rome’s Vestal Virgins, climaxing with a most shocking Paranormal twist.

I chose this book as the subject matter of ancient Rome interested me.
Carey has woven Rome’s rich history into a book written in current time.
The story line is quite deep actually and there is much that one can learn
as one reads about Christina and the other characters. The ending was a
huge surprise for me. Five stars.

This entry was posted on January 15, 2019. 2 Comments

350 Other Words For Said For Your Dialogue Writing – by Derek Haines…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Just Publishing Advice:

Do you need synonyms for said?

Dialogue tags should be used as a seasoning and not as the main ingredient in your writing.

Readers have a blind spot for the word said, so you can use it without any concern when you write dialogue.

As Stephen King wrote in On Writing, regarding dialogue tags, “The best form of dialogue attribution is said, as in he said, she said, Bill said, Monica said.”

However, there are times when the use of said synonyms helps to convey an extra element of emotion. Also, using a descriptive dialogue reporting verb avoids the use of adverbs.

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Promote On Writer’s Treasure Chest

Writer's Treasure Chest

It’s 2019 and ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’ soon will celebrate its 4th anniversary.

I am very proud to have this blog up and its success and progress are significant. I thank all followers and readers for making this such a pleasurable experience and great adventure for me.

There is, however, one thing that I’d like to extend even more: The chance for many other writers to use “Writer’s Treasure Chest” as a promotional platform.

Do you feel like trying how it is to publish blog posts?

Do you have anything important to say?

Would you like to show up on this blog?

Do you have a book to promote?

Use “Writer’s Treasure Chest” and contact me for

a Blog Tour

a “Featured Author Interview”

a “Guest Post”

So many things are possible, and I’d like to give you a chance to introduce yourself and your work here!

For once I used…

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I feel perplexed at the moment, truly uncertain. Most indie authors have thought about this at least once, or not. It could just be me. I’m unsure of just how to promote books –  more specifically – how to promote on social media, or in Facebook groups and then feel like I just want people to buy, buy, and buy some more. I feel like I scream out “Buy my book!” when all I want to do is promote my books one at a time here and there, not everywhere, not every day. I hired two assistants who do a fantastic job, and I love that they are great at what they do, but I shy away from posting overly much on Facebook regarding my books. I hate bugging my personal friends and family on my main page.

My questions to all of you are: Do you feel the same? Maybe you have a secret to share?!?!? Should this even matter to me? Would anyone care to share some sage advice? Thank you for reading my post. Please don’t be offended if you are an author who posts daily in groups. You are comfortable in what you do and I’m not there yet. Thank you for any input.

This entry was posted on January 10, 2019. 2 Comments

Writing Tips: Every Word Matters – by Melissa Donovan…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Writing Forward:

Have you ever seen the movie Throw Momma From the Train? It’s a classic 80s comedy about the hilarious misadventures of a writing instructor (Billy Crystal) and one of his students (Danny Devito). When the film opens, Billy Crystal’s character is suffering from an extreme case of writer’s block. In fact, he can’t complete the first sentence of his next novel: The night was…

The character’s search for the perfect word to finish the sentence persists throughout the film (as a sub-plot): The night was hot. The night was hot and wet. The night was humid. The night was cold. The night was foggy. The night was dry.

Of course in the real world, we can solve such problems by using a thesaurus, but in the movie, this quest for the perfect word provokes a lot of frustration for the character (and laughs from the audience)…

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One last time, one more warning to avoid getting caught

Jean's Writing

And hopefully, we can avoid all the weird crooks in cyberspace.

I’m adding one more, and fingers crossed the last warning about fraudsters. Of course, someone, somewhere will find a new angle to try and part us from our hard earned money. And often the target is a writer. Sigh.

It’s a nasty business that requires us to stay vigilant against people who wish to make a buck by crushing our dreams. Don’t let them succeed. scammer and your money

Writers everywhere, this one included, are setting New Year’s resolutions to publish a book in 2019. However, there are people out there who wish to impede your success. Yes, you heard right. Scammers are rehashing, reworking and launching new attacks with old tricks. Stay alert. There are fraudsters who prey on your desire to publish.

Don’t become another statistic.

A grateful shout out goes to for an important article filled with information…

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