My thinking board
My thoughts about this and that...
Reading eBooks and listening to audio books for FREE has kind of became a motto among readers. The book sales drastically dropped the past two years or so and very few authors can make a living from writing.
Just like many authors, I put food on the table by having a paycheck and writing had to become a hobby.
Win a complimentary audio book
Audible is giving the authors and narrators complimentary download codes to get the book out there and get the sales going by having ratings and reviews posted on the site.
Guess what my profession is to make a living and send me in CONTACT message before April 1st. You might be one of the winners and listen to my new audio book for free.
Listen to a few stories
Short stories about life’s humorous, happy, and dark moments.
Some of the stories are from my years in nursing, Steve's clumsiness and my cooking disasters might make you spit out your coffee laughing. The stories of my pets will put a warm smile on your face, and the stories about life's darker moments might make you wipe a tear or two.
Rainbows and dark clouds are part of life,
Without darkness there can be no light.
Without moments that make us cry,
We can’t enjoy moments that make us smile.
Without moments that make us laugh,
We can’t get through moments that make us sad.
I'm happy to participate in the Blog Hop
Please get yourself comfortable as we take a daily tour through these fabulous blogs. Each blog you visit will entertain you with exclusive articles and excerpts from this fantastic new book. Get an insight into the character’s head with interviews and profile images. Then hunt down the hidden word that will get you one step closer to the $10 Amazon Gift Card.
You are here to celebrate the release of Star Shepard, book one of the space western series, Shepherd of Light, by R.R.Virdi.
Star Shepherd knows a raw deal when he sees one. And he’s got the worst one in the galaxy: to deliver a mysterious package to a rebellion to change the scales of power in favor of the common man. As he meets with an old friend to seek much-needed help, he draws the attention of a genocidal admiral willing to destroy entire worlds if it means catching Star Shepherd.
Will Star survive the chase and bring hope to the rebellion, or deliver a gift into the hands of a worse power, tipping the galaxy into further chaos?
Here is your mystery word:
Visit the participating blogs
and collect the 10 hidden words for your chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card
Send your completed word list to email@example.com
Tuesday 19th – https://rrvirdi.com
Wednesday 20th –http://indiescififantasy.com
Thursday 21st – https://readcommendations.com
Friday 22nd - https://mmcquillen44.wixsite.com/themadhouse
Saturday 23rd - https://www.authorerikamszabo.com/my-thinking-board
Sunday 24th - https://rainne15.wordpress.com
Monday 25th - https://www.maryrwoldering.com
Tuesday 26th - https://karensbookbuzz.wordpress.com
Wednesday 27th - https://katerauner.wordpress.com/
Thursday 28th - https://celthric.com
Blog Hop Tour organized by Author Assist
When I imagine people as if they were animals
I've been a social site since the beginning, and I come across a lot of different people. Mostly because I'm a writer and I promote my books on social sites, but I'm a social person as well, and I like to meet new people.
Unintentionally, I started comparing people to animals and imagined how they would fit the popular (not necessarily true) behavior of certain animals.
This is a fun post and I don't mean to offend people or animals.
They pounce on every post they come across and leave angry, dismissive comments. They ridicule people and try to bully them into accepting their views but usually don't explain their own views clearly. They want attention and want people to follow them but don't really know how to lead. They keep adding nasty comments and get into a verbal fight with everyone which leads to vulgar language and even threats.
They think: I know I'm right, but they're too dumb to understand.
They share mostly political posts that fit their beliefs. They viciously attack everyone with different political views but refuse to get into discussions with others.
They think: I'm not gonna waste my time with stupid idiots.
They visit the secret and closed group they belong to every day and scan the posts. They stay in the background and never like or comment on any post, but they carry the information they find to other groups and present them as their own ideas.
They think: Keep posting, my lovelies, so I can reap what you sow.
They read everyone's comments and then state their opinion which is usually the summary of the most liked and replied comments.
They think: They like me! OMG, they really like me, and they think I'm smart!
They have antisocial, and even psychopathic personalities. They don't read happy posts and get angry and jealous when people post about their success. They like to read posts about tragedies, pain, and suffering. They might leave a sad face emoji yet they don't feel sympathy or empathy toward anyone.
They think: They think I like them or feel sorry for them. Morons!
The Blue Jay
They're the first to report tragedies and bad news. They warn everyone about food recalls, internet scams, fake news, and any negative news they can find.
They think: I must warn everyone. Oh, my God! I have to post this right now!
They're narcissistic people who work hard to succeed but hate everyone who's prettier and more successful than they are. They gossip behind everyone's back and enjoy the chaos they cause. They put everyone down but they never confront anyone face to face.
They think: Hehe! Now they’re not so chummy anymore.
They're always happy - on the surface. Their page is filled with smiles, cute animal videos, and beautiful pictures. They're fierce defenders of their religion but try to disagree with their beliefs, they turn into a roaring lion.
They think: Don’t show your pain. Be nice to everyone.
They don't post much but when they do, it's always worth reading. Their posts are well thought out and they have realistic views on just about anything.
They think: This post is not correct, let me look into it and let them know what I think.
The most empathetic people on social sites. They truly feel sympathy tenfold for every sufferer but when they see too much tragedy, they have to mute the person who always posts about pain and disease. They can’t take the heightened emotions. They also feel the joy of others and like to communicate with happy, successful people.
They think: I feel your pain but it’s too much to bear. I can’t take it anymore, I must stay away from you.
I hope you enjoyed this fun post. If I left out any type of social animals, let me know in comments.
Like to listen to fun stories?
Listen to a few stories from my new audio book
But I write Spanish
Nah, I don't dance Spanish either..
I never learned to speak Spanish and I know only a few words I picked up working as a nurse, but I love a sound and rhythm of this melodious, dynamic language.
And, of course, I love watching the Spanish dance as well.
You might ask how could I publish books in Spanish if I don't speak the language. Well, I met Carmen, an English teacher in Spain, on Facebook, and she mentioned that she needs to refine her English skills. So I asked her if she would translate some of my books. She agreed, and, of course, I paid for the translation because I value the work of others.
First she translated two of my children's books and later my fantasy series.
Sandra enseña a su familia y amigos a comunicarse con personas con discapacidad auditiva.
Este divertido libro ilustrado lleva un importante mensaje para los niños, como aprender a no juzgar o burlarse de alguien sólo porque es diferente. La vida de algunas personas con discapacidad no es divertida y vivir con una discapacidad conlleva muchos retos, pero nosotros podemos hacer sus vidas más fáciles en vez de más difíciles.
Cuando la abuela Rosa perdió la audición, Los padres de Sandra se sintieron frustrados y tristes. No sabían qué hacer y cómo aprender a comunicarse mejor con ella. Ellos intentaban gritar, cambiar el tono de voz o acercarse a su oído cuando se dirigían a ella, pero no servía de nada. Rosa podía oír algunos sonidos claramente, pero otros no podía escucharlos bien. Para ellos se convirtió en una lucha diaria poder comunicarse y empezaron a echar de menos las reconfortantes conversaciones de sobremesa.
Sarah, Emma’s mom, promised to bird-sit Pico for two weeks but soon regrets her decision because the noisy parrot keeps screeching and squawking all day, annoying her family and the neighbors. When Pico makes a mess of Emma’s room, Emma gets very angry, but her friends help her. Charlotte notices that Pico seems sad, and Pedro finds out why Pico is shrieking so loudly all the time. The parrot is frustrated because nobody pays attention to him, and nobody understands what he wants.
The purpose of this English and Spanish bilingual book is to show children the beauty of another language and that learning a new language doesn’t have to be boring, it could be fun. The story also delivers a message that when we don’t take the time to listen to each other, we tend to judge others quickly before we get to know them
Durante siglos, Morana esperó el momento adecuado para reunirse con su amado Joland y conseguir el poder necesario para gobernar el clan ancestral, que aún persiste oculto entre nosotros, con su estricta jerarquía, reglas mortales y tradiciones. Ilona no sabe que ha sido elegida para detener el malévolo plan de Morana. Tampoco sabe nada acerca de su legado personal ni de leyendas o rituales, cuando comienza a recordar las instrucciones de su madre, ocultas entre rimas. No es consciente de que su tranquila vida como doctora está a punto de cambiar y que se verá arrastrada a un peligroso mundo lleno de secretos. El descubrimiento de su poder de sanación y su capacidad de detener el tiempo son a la vez, emocionantes y aterradores. Aparece un hombre siniestro e Ilona relaciona su presencia con una serie de misteriosas muertes a su alrededor. Por otro lado, habiendo estado enamorada en secreto de su mejor amigo, de repente, se siente atraída por el extraño que aparece en su sueño, sintiéndose muy confundida por el fuerte sentimiento de atracción.
The series is available in English
Re-blogged from the Our Author Gang blog
Write Blog Posts and Articles
1. Articles can provide authors with presence in the jungle of the net.
If you don't already have an established, well-visited website or blog, it may take years for Google to trust your site and rank in search results. The OAG blog, because we add interesting content daily, have a pretty strong presence in search.
2. Practice makes perfect.
The more you write, the better and more unique your writing style will become. Writing articles is a great way to practice and perfect your craft. Your articles will also help you grow your audience and get them excited about your next book.
3. Articles establish your credibility.
Having good, interesting, and valuable content is going to establish your credibility which is especially critical for nonfiction authors. Readers and buyers have millions of books and authors to choose from, but something about you and your writing needs to stand out. Finding your articles online through Google searches, or seeing them posted on your social media channels and your book selling sites, will show buyers that you are serious about your writing
4. Writing articles enables you to build your audience.
In addition to having a presence on social sites, writing articles also help you build connections. Articles and blogs are another way for people to get to know you and your work. It’s a way for people to hear your voice. A lot of authors write articles for other blogs or website or agree to share and promote another author’s blog with their community. This is a great way to reach new audiences.
5. You get valuable feedback.
Okay, there are a few jerks who criticize anything anonymously just because they're jerks. That's why the OAG blog is set up the way that only those can comment who signed into Google.
Re-blogged from the Our Author Gang blog
I just sent out my March Newsletter
and this morning and just got this angry message to my website:
He left a fake email and most likely fake name
He calls himself Justin, so this is my public reply to him:
Dear Angry Man,
I send out newsletters to my subscribers, because they SUBSCRIBED and are interested.
I don't collect emails through tricky giveaways or through unclear, misleading methods.
The only two ways anyone can subscribe to my newsletters:
1. If they visit my website and click on the clearly written pop-up window to subscribe.
2. They read my newsletter by clicking on the posted link on social sites and and click the subscribe button.
If you subscribed by mistake or no longer interested in receiving my newsletters, please scroll to the bottom of the newsletter and simply click the UNSUBSCRIBE button.
Using foul language and marking my newsletter as spam is uncalled for when there is a way to behave in a civilized manner.
What could be the reason of his anger?
Is it because anger feels better than feeling sad, miserable, or desperate?
Anger gives us a temporary feeling of false power.
Is it because hiding behind a fake name gives him the freedom to say whatever he wants and hurt anyone who happens to be in his way without consequences?
Is it because he's powerless to control his own life or maybe he feels entitled and angry at the world because the things he wants are not handed to him on a silver platter?
What do you think?
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As always, happy reading and writing!
Erika M Szabo
Author of urban fantasy, magical realism novels and children's books,
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