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We have a quite a variety this week as Goodreads CEO, Otis Chandler, shares his insights on book discovery.  Alma Katsu rings in on the topic of fan fiction which is receiving a lot of press lately.  Bob Mayer calls attention to issues with  book reviews on Amazon (and any commerical site for that matter) while Shelli Johnson warns how writers get revenge.  Jael McHenry encourages us to write what we don't know and Jody Hedlund offers effective dialogue tips. Kristine Kathryn Rush gives us her take on recent events in the traditional publishing industry.  Editor Dave King advises us on ways to show and tell what our chracters are feeling.

And congratulations to Lance Woods, creator of Superhuman Times, on the upcoming release of his debut novel, Heroic Park from Firebringer Press!


Winning the Battle of Book Discovery by Otis Chandler, Goodreads Founder and CEO

What Comes First, the Platform or the Book? by Edward Nawotka

Is Fan Fiction Ready to Go Mainstream Thanks to Fifty Shades of Grey? by Alma Katsu

Amazon Book Reviews: Democracy in Action, Ignorance or Bullying? by Bob Mayer

The Business Rusch: Pay No Attention to That Man Behind the Curtain by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Bigger Than Agency, Bigger Than eBooks: The Case Against Apple & Publishers by Tim Carmody

7 Dialog Basics That Can Help Tighten Our Stories by Jody Hedlund

BEWARE - Writers Have Long Memories by Shelli Johnson

Flip the Script: Write What You Don't Know by Jael McHenry

Showing and Telling Emotion in Fiction by Dave King

And We're Back...With a Novel! by Lance Woods on the upcoming release of his first novel, Heroic Park



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Novels by Phil Giunta

BY YOUR SIDE (March 2013)
You're all alone here, alone among the dead.

While haunted by visions of her brother's suicide,
psychic-medium Miranda Lorensen is called to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to investigate a series of bizarre deaths—some of which are also suicides. Miranda and her team of paranormal investigators quickly find themselves confronted by a vengeful spirit awakened thirty-three years after a bloody family tragedy. Miranda realizes that only she can stop the entity before it claims its final victims, but will her obsession for saving lives redeem her for the brother she failed?


TESTING THE PRISONER(March 2010)
A paranormal tale of child abuse and redemption.

Daniel Masenda thought he had made peace with his dark past when he left his home for a better life fourteen years ago. As the mayor of a small, tranquil town along Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Daniel has everything he ever wanted - until a series of haunting visions, coupled with the death of his estranged mother, pits him against two ghostly entities at war with one another. Each has its own agenda as they force Daniel to relive moments from his violent youth and push him to the edge of insanity. As his idyllic life begins to unravel, will he be able to decipher the message behind the hauntings before they destroy, not only him, but the soul of someone he left behind?

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