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Tis the Season Reading: Poem 4 Gifts

Christmas in the post-War United States

Christmas in the post-War United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Holidays are meant to be special, and one thing I like about my Maryland Writers Association critique group is that I get to see what folks creative with words do for these special events. For instance, our group once edited a contract with the devil for a soul.  That writer was going to a party as Satan and carrying a quite detailed, LOL funny, and a touch scary contract. Yikes!


As our December meeting, one participant brought us each a Christmas Tree cookie from Panera’s (yum!) to which she attached a poem about the season. Her name is Brenda Elmore, a poet, humorist, and essayist whose work you might catch in Baltimore/Annapolis area publications. She graciously allowed me to share the poem with you (i.e. used by permission).


Christmas © Copyright 2013 by Brenda Elmore.


It’s always the same thing, every single d***ed year;

I think Christmas is far off, then it’s suddenly here!

And nothing is done, not the shopping, the baking,

the cards, nor the wrappings, the cleaning! It’s taking

me all by surprise though I knew it was coming,

an I’m panicked and stressed, yet I find myself humming.

It’s the carols, the music that soothes as it chimes

through my heart, through my mind–

How I love Christmas time!

Special thanks to Brenda and to all my writers group pals. You guys keep me going and improving in terms of writing, editing, and reading for skill all year round. I hope my input is of benefit to you as well.




Kristin King is a member of The Maryland Writers Association and the Romance Writers of America. Her imprint Three Kings Publishing can be found here. Three Kings is a Mom & Pop publisher of Christian writers (not necessarily Christian books).


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Posted by on December 23, 2013 in Christmas, Freebies Alert


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Tis the Season Reading: Maid for Romance

Click here to Buy

Click here to Buy

Samantha Lovern’s  “Maid for Martin” is a feature romance this month from the California Love Trilogy. It’s a twist on fan fiction in that the lead actor is based loosely on the author’s favorite actor, Martin Henderson who you might remember as the doctor from the tv series Off The Map.

You can enter to win this ebook if you sign up for the Tis the Season Giveaway launching this weekend.

In the story there is a bit of mistaken identity here that makes for a nice premise: The blurb says:

Martin Taylor is having issues with his live-in-love, Celia Carson. She’s not supporting his acting career and the upcoming Christmas party is stressing their relationship to a point of no return. On top of everything else he’s falling for the maid, Randi Sanders. Martin’s timing is always off, he never thinks things through, and to make matters worse, Randi has no idea he’s really Martin Taylor. She thinks he’s the limo driver. He hates to come forward with the truth because Randi’s making him feel like he hasn’t felt in years.

Do you watch book trailers?  Try this one via youtube link here

Here are what some of the reviews say about this 4 Star read:

“I couldn’t put it down.”

“You have double-entendres, cat and mouse pacing, and great character development.”

“It has a great storyline with a twist that will make it impossible for you to put this one down!”

“I love books that are a series of books – it allows the reader to better get to know the characters in the book – it is almost like a tv series.”

Buy “Maid for Martin” today or do what I did as an Amazon Prime member and borrow it for free. You can also listen to the audiobook while traveling this holiday by visiting this link at

The next two titles in the series look good as well: Surprise Engagement and Celia’s Knight. Find out more about the California Love Trilogy or view free chapters at “Like” Samantha’s author page on Facebook here.

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Posted by on December 17, 2013 in Book Reviews, Christmas


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I Won a Book Giveaway: Medical Suspense Book Review

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I love to read. I really do. Now as a writer, I truly enjoy helping get the word out about good books and helping promote Indie authors as well as small press authors.  I run book giveaways almost as often as I enter them. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve actually won anything.

Today I got the news that I won the entire Bloodline Trilogy plus a $50 gift card. I was so excited!  I’ve only read the first book, Proof. So now I get to read the other two.  And you can expect to see my reviews of these medical thrillers blogged here soon.

I looked back at my review of Proof and saw that I gave it 5 out of 5 stars and wrote this:

Terrific! Picked it up and kept reading till I hit the last page. These were characters I wanted to get to know and cared about. Now I want to know what happens next in the trilogy.

Here’s a link to Proof for you to check it out for yourself. I’ll be headed into the pages of Poison myself.


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Posted by on November 4, 2013 in Book Promotion, Book Reviews


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I <3 Publishing

C.O.W.There is a special thrill that comes with being one of the first people to read a good book. Today I read part one of the C.O.W. manuscript, that is Children Of Wrath. As I read along it got better and better, and I grinned from ear to ear. I am going to take these words from the page and turn them into a book that people will hold in their hands. Every time I do that, it blows me away. Yes, I’m an indie author and publish my own books as well, but this is something else, something I enjoy even more.

This morning I was a writer, trudging through another round of edits and realizing I have to add another scene. Writing today was like juicing a rock.

This afternoon, though, I put on my publisher hat, a jaunty chapeau with a wide brim. This is my element,  a work of joy, and I am grateful the Creator and the creators for my place.

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Posted by on August 24, 2013 in Indie Business


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Writing Rules We Could Do Without?

Tarzan shots

Cut and dry rules that can promote your career in any sector are good to know, at least until they aren’t. So this edition of “Writing Rules” features 5 Rules Anjali Sachdeva  says we can do without. I’ve listed the five and encourage you to check out the why’s and wherefore’s at this link for Creative Non-Fiction’s website.

  1. Show, don’t tell.
  2. You should only be a writer if you can’t bear to do anything else. 
  3. Write what you know.
  4. Don’t use the passive voice.
  5. Use interesting verbs.

As an aside to #2, I’m listening to Tarzan in my car and was struck, yet again, by the author information. Edgar Rice Burroughs turned to writing at the age of 35 because he needed to support his family and his previous three careers weren’t cutting it.


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Posted by on May 16, 2013 in On Writing


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Vampire Month: A Blog to Highlight

Lurking Musings Hosts Vampire Month

Lurking Musings Hosts Vampire Month

What do Dr. Who, World Book Night and Vampire Month have in common? They are all recent postings on Lurking Musings: The Musings of a Newly Published Writer.

The About says:

D.A Lascelles is a former clinical scientist turned teacher. He writes in his spare time and is the author of Gods of the Sea, a short story in the Pirates and Swashbucklers Anthology by Pulp Empire ( and Transitions, a paranormal romance novella due out in 2012 from Mundania Press (

Because it relates to my first series, Begotten Bloods, I have a particular interest in vampire mythologies and found a new origins story in the Vampire Month Alumni lists. So I’ll be doing some lurking myself on Lascelles’s blog. Check it out!


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