November is Ending and So Is STRW FF Writing Month ~ This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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November is Ending and So Is STRW FF Writing Month

There are still four days for people to get their entries in.  Four days…to write anywhere from 300 to 1000 words.  What to write about?  Anything and everything.  Any trope, any genre.  From science fiction to contemporary, from romance to horror.  Draw from your feelings about the present day events or something you dream about.  Its up to you.  Its micro fiction…let your thoughts and imagination run free.

Here’s a recap about what flash fiction is:

What is Flash Fiction? Generally speaking its any fiction under 1000 words, although even that seems to vary with definitions from 1200 to 100 words.  Its micro fiction.  Here’s a couple of articles to help you all out:

Earlier our reviewer, Paul B, read and reviewed Flight: Queer Sci Fi’s Third Annual Flash Fiction Contest (QSF Flash Fiction #2), an excellent anthology of flash fiction for science fiction lovers and those who love the short story format.  Flash Fiction, while not new, is steadily gaining in popularity and here is your chance to try your hand at writing a flash fiction story of your own and perhaps make a comment on recent events.

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We will start with our flash fiction entries next week.  So be on the lookout for those announcements and stories!

Remember you have until midnight on November 30th to send in your entries to scatteredthoughtsandroguewords@gmail.com!

Here is the link to the post with all the rules .

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~Holiday Stories This Week~

Now also this week, its December!  So its also the beginning of our reviews of Dreamspinner Press’ Advent Calendar stories!  Just like the calendar, we will be reviewing one a day just as they are released!  So if you are a fan as much as we are, stay with us all month long for stories of the holidays in all traditions.2016-advent-calendar-daily-delivery-package-bah-humbug I’ve highlighted them in blue for easy locating for our readers.  But they aren’t our only holiday stories this week.  We have others like Two Ruined Christmas Eves by Chris McHart, The Santa Hoax by Francis Gideon, and Jay Northcote’s A Family for Christmas just for starters.

Want to know what’s behind these  stories?  The inspiration?  The locations and more?  Check out our author guest blogs where they share insight about their stories, writing and much more!  There’s so much going on this week you won’t want to miss out on a single day!  So stay with us, check out our giveaways as well as our reviews!

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NineStar Press is having its first anniversary today.  And they are giving away a chance for a year of free books!  Leave a comment on their post and check out their website for more information!

Finally, don’t forget to send in those flash fiction!  We’re waiting to hear from you.

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This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Sunday, November 27:

  • November is Ending and So Is STRW FF Writing Month
  • This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • NineStar Press’ 1st Anniversary ~ Come Celebrate with Us! (giveaway)

Monday, November 28:

  • The Closet Boy by Sean Micheal – Guest Post
  • Release Day Blitz  for You Are Not Me (’90s Coming of Age, #2) by Leta Blake (giveaway)
  • Two Ruined Christmas Eves by Chris McHart  blog tour and giveaway
  • An Ali Release Day Review: Checking It Twice by Meg Harding
  • A Lila Release Day Review:  The Sorcerer’s Guardian by Antonia Aquilante
  • A PaulB Review: Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation by John H. Ames
  • A Stella Review: A Family For Christmas by Jay Northcote
  • A Stella Review: Two Ruined Christmas Eves by Chris McHart

Tuesday, November 29:

  • In the Spotlight: Frostbitten by Charlotte Stein (Riptide Publishing Tour & Giveaway)
  • Truly a Miracle by Derrick Knight  Excerpt Tour and Giveaway
  • Dreamspinner Press Author Guest Post by Nicki Bennett and Ariel Tachna
  • Retro Review Tour – Serendipity Series – Liam Livings
  • A VVivacious Review: Serendipity Series by Liam Livings
  • An Alisa Review: Not Your Average Man by Edward Kendrick
  • A MelanieM Review: Arctic Fire by Keira Andrews

Wednesday, November 30 (End of the FF Contest!):

  • Riptide Tour: Angel Voices by Rowan Speedwell (giveaway)
  • Review Tour and Giveaway: Julie Bozza’s The ‘True Love’ Solution
  • He’s Behind You  from Series Recap Tour – Treading The Boards Series – Rebecca Cohen
  • A Lila Review:  Enemy of My Enemy (The Executive Office #2) by Tal Bauer
  • A Stella Review: The ‘True Love’ Solution by Julie Bozza
  • A Stella Release Day Review: Where We Belong by Tia Fielding
  • A Paul B Review: Enemy of My Enemy (The Executive Office #2) by Tal Bauer

Thursday, December 1:

  • Nicky and Noah are Back in Drama Cruise (Nicky and Noah Mystery #3) by Joe Cosentino (Release Day Guest Post, and Excerpt)
  • Scotty Cade Guest Blog for Dreamspinner Press
  • Antonia Aquilante on The Sorcerer’s Guardian (Dreamspinner Press Guest Post)
  • An Alisa Review: Architect of Love (Fated Soulmates, #2) by John Charles
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Catching Heir by Julia Talbot
  • A Free Dreamer Advent Calendar Day 1: Title Surprise!
  • A Caryn Release Day Review: The Santa Hoax by Francis Gideon

Friday, December 2:

  • Harmony Ink Press Guest Post Francis Gideon on Writing and The Santa Hoax
  • Author Guest Blog: Lissa Kasey on Painting with Fire
  • Audiobook tour for Snowed In by Teodora Kostova
  • A Caryb Review: You Are Not Me (’90s Coming of Age, #2) by Leta Blake
  • A Stella Advent Calendar Day 2: Title surprise!
  • An Ali Review: Painting with Fire by Lissa Kasey
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Five Minutes Longer by Victoria Sue

Saturday, December 3:

  • Wild Bells by Charlie Cochrane Tour Blog
  • A Barb Advent Calendar Day 3: Title Surprise!
  • A MelanieM Review: Elemental Ride by Mell Eight

 

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STRW Flash Fiction Contest and This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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As the deadline for the end of our flash fiction contest approaches, there’s still plenty of time to get your entries in.  Flash fiction or micro fiction is just, that a tiny story.  It can be in any genre, any trope, and for this contest and always for this blog, it must be LGBTQIA.

Even a short time ago, I would never have thought we would be entering the sort of political times, rough waters nationally that seem to be ahead of us. Maybe I’m wrong but I think we find ourselves moving along a scale of emotions, ranging from disbelief to shock to horror to anger and anywhere in-between.

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words tries to stay away from politics and concentrates on books (although with subject matter those can intertwine).  But this may be a time when an overlap occurs.

Need to give voice to your emotions?  Write about it and send it in.  We are going to be running our entries here for everyone to read. Story rights remain with the authors.  We are still awarding gift certificates to the first 5 entries.  Our deadline is still November 30th at midnight EST.    All flash fiction should be sent to scatteredthoughtsandroguewords@gmail.com.  You are only limited by your imagination and the fact that you should be 18 years of age or older. Open to everyone! Now get writing.

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We have a wonderful week ahead of us, filled with great tours and giveaways.  We are reviewing several audiobooks and many new books getting released just this week, some I’m sure you’ve had on your  TBR list.

Its also the start of the holiday season so more and more holiday stories will be making appearances here.  This week we having Barb the Zany Old Lady reviewing A Christmas Hex by Jordan L. Hawk and Stella reviewing Merry Christmas, Mr Miggles by Eli Easton to launch our holiday reviews.  Starting December 1, Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words will be reviewing the Dreamspinner Press Advent stories as we did last year but more on that later.

For now,for those Americans, living in the U.S. and expats abroad, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Be safe,  be happy, and many wonderful books to you!

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This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Sunday, November 20:

  • STRW Flash Fiction Contest
  • This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • Release Blitz  Tour – A Family For Christmas by Jay Northcote

Monday, November 21:

  • Juliann Rich’s Gravity – Virtual Book Tour (giveaway)
  • In the Spotlight: Andrew Grey on Writing and his release The Playmaker (Dreamspinner Author Guest Blog)
  • Love Mythology & Romance? Check out Labyrinth by Alex Beecroft (giveaway)
  • Release Day Blitz  for Tow Trucks & New Year’s Kisses by Lila Leigh Hunter (giveaway)
  • A Lila Release Day Review: Built for Pleasure by Thursday Euclid
  • A Melanie Release Day Review:  The Straight Boyfriend from Renae Kaye
  • A Stella Review: Tow Trucks & New Year’s Kisses by Lila Leigh Hunter

Tuesday, November 22:

  • Riptide Publishing Tour and Giveaway: Just Drive by L.A. Witt
  • In the Audiobook Spotlight:  How to Deal by T.M Smith and Narrated by Joel Leslie (tour and giveaway)
  • A MelanieM Audiobook Release Day Review:How to Deal by T.M Smith and Narrated by Joel Leslie
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: A Christmas Hex (Hexworld #2.5) by Jordan L. Hawk
  • A Paul B Review: Beautiful Goodbyes (The Connelly Chronicles #2) by N.J. Nielsen
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: A Kind of Romance (A Kind of Stories #2) by Lane Hayes and Seth Clayton (Narrator)

Wednesday, November 23:

  • Tricia Owens  on “The Bucket List” and Writing (guest post)
  • An Alisa Audiobook Review: THE NAKED PRINCE AND OTHER FAIRY TALES by Joe Cosentino and narrated by Joel Leslie
  • A Caryn Release Day Review: All the Way to Shore by CJane Ellliot
  • A Lila Release Day Review: The Soldati Prince by Charlie Cochet
  • A MelanieM Review: Ghost Ship (Mahu #10) by Neil S. Plakcy

Thursday, November 24 (Happy Thanksgiving to those in the US and abroad):

  • Release Blitz and Giveaway for Sue Brown’s Alpha Barman
  • Release Blitz and Giveaway for The Copper Horse: Love & The Copper Horse Box Set by KA Merikan
  • Eli Easton Author Guest spot on  Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles
  • An Ali Review Sunset on Turtle Lake by Carol Lynn
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: Save of the Game (Scoring Chances #2) by Avon Gale and Scott R. Smith (Narrator)
  • A Stella Review: Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles by Eli Easton

Friday, November 25:

  • In the Spotlight: Checking It Twice (The Carlisles #3) by Meg Harding (guest blog and giveaway)
  • Dreamspinner Press Author Guest Post: Built for Pleasure by Thursday Euclid
  • Secrets in My Scowl by AE Via – Guest Blog for Dreamspinner Press
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Open Hearts by Logan Meredith
  • A Lila Review: Secrets in My Scowl by AE Via
  • An Ali Release Day Review: Summer Lessons (Winter Ball #2) by Amy Lane

Saturday, November 26:

  • NineStar Press Blog Tour – Stone and Shell by Lloyd A. Meeker
  • A Stella Review:  Stone and Shell by Lloyd A. Meeker
  • In The Spotlight: Santa Baby by Heidi Cullinan (author interview & giveaway)
  • A MelanieM Review: Santa Baby (Minnesota Christmas # 4) by Heidi Cullinan

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Launch Time for STRW FFWriting Contest and This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Its Launch Time for STRW FFWriMo

Last week, we told you that November was National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo as its called and gave you all the links to the contest and the details.  It goes on every November each year. Its for you or anyone who actually had the thought “hey, I wonder if I could write a story”. Write…50,000 words. In one month. Chart your progress. Meet tons of people on line just like yourself. The end goal? To complete a novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Well, maybe that’s daunting for some.  And for others, a tad too late to get started this year.

So last week we came up with STRW FFWriMo.  Starting today, write a Flash Fiction story.  That’s a small, no micro tale…tiny fiction.  You have until the end of November.  That’s midnight, November 30th to get your flash fiction story into us.

What is Flash Fiction? Generally speaking its any fiction under 1000 words, although even that seems to vary with definitions from 1200 to 100 words.  Its micro fiction.  Here’s a couple of articles to help you all out:

Earlier our reviewer, Paul B, read and reviewed Flight: Queer Sci Fi’s Third Annual Flash Fiction Contest (QSF Flash Fiction #2), an excellent anthology of flash fiction for science fiction lovers and those who love the short story format.  Flash Fiction, while not new, is steadily gaining in popularity and here is your chance to try your hand at writing a flash fiction story of your own and perhaps make a comment on recent events.

I would love to get a flood of stories.  Maybe enough in the future to put out a charity anthology of our own if the authors are agreeable. Its something to think about.

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What to write about?  Last week I said we would choose topics but I’m throwing that out the window based on recent events.  I’m leaving the subject matter up to each writer.  It can be contemporary, science fiction, horror, supernatural…its up to you.  It must be LGBTQIA.  And it must be Flash Fiction.  You must be over the age of 18.  Those are our only restrictions other than the time constraint.  Have your story in by midnight, November 30, EST.

Prizes: $25 Amazon gift card for the one chosen by our guest judge, and for the first 5 ppl getting in their stories $10 gift cards (their choice Amazon or Dreamspinner Press).  Rights to these stories remain with the authors.

Again here are the rules for STRW FFWriMo:

  • Can be any topic and any genre as long as its LGBTQIA.
  • Must be flash fiction (under 1000 words, presumably 300)
  • Story must be finished and into us at scatteredthoughtsandroguewords@gmail.com by midnight, November 30th EST.
  • The author must be 18 years of age or older.

So now get writing. You can do it.  Inspiration  isn’t far away these days.  I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.  Lets hear you roar!

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Now for this week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Sunday, November 13:

  • Launch Time for STRW FFWriMo
  • This Week AT Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, November 14:

  • In the Author Spotlight with J.R. Loveless and their latest release ‘You Belong With Me’ (author interview and excerpt
  • Amy Lane on Facebook for Dogs and her release ‘Freckles’  (guest blog and giveaway) (part of Riptide’s 2016 Holiday Charity Bundle series)
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review:  Freckles by Amy Lane
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Trust and Control by Remmy Duchene
  • A Barb the  Zany Old Lady Review: Heart & Soul by Shae Connor

Tuesday, November 15:

  • Check out ‘A Chance for Us (New Vampire Justice #2)’ by Jake C. Wallace (excerpts and giveaway)
  • In the Spotlight: Blank Spaces (Toronto Connections #1) by Cass Lennox (giveaway)
  • Montana Series Recap Tour:  A Cowboy’s Home by RJ Scott (excerpt and giveaway)
  • Book Blast and Giveaway: Nobody’s Home by Dev Bentham
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Seven-Card Stud (Wild Cards #2) by Ava Drake
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Seven-Card Stud (Wild Cards #2) by Ava Drake

Wednesday, November 16:

  • Remmy Duchene on Trust and Control (Dreamspinner Author Guest Blog)
  • Release Blitz – Brina Brady’s Master Cleary’s Boys
  • A Caryn Release Day Review: Andre in Flight by Laura Lascarso
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: When the Dust Settles (Timing #3) by Mary Calmes
  • A Paul B Review: Gyrfalcon (Taking Shield #1) by Anna Butler

Thursday, November 17:

  • Double Dealing by Nicole Colville Blog Tour and Giveaway
  • Release Blitz & Review Tour – Snow & Secrets by RJ Scott writing as Rozenn Scott
  • A Lila Audiobook Review: Counterpoint (Song of the Fallen #1) by Rachel Haimowitz and Narrated by Craig Beck
  • A Paul B Review: Heart Scarab (Taking Shield #2) by Anna Butler
  • A MelanieM Review: Murder Between The Pages by Josh Lanyon

Friday, November 18:

  • Laura Lascarso on Writing and Andre in Flight (Dreamspinner Press Author Guest Blog)
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Snow & Secrets by RJ Scott writing as Rozenn Scott
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Why I Love Geeks by T.A. Chase
  • A Paul B Review: Makepeace (Taking Shield #3) by Anna Butler
  • A Jeri Release Day Review: The Playmaker by Andrew Grey

Saturday, November 19:

  • In the Spotlight:Learning to Want by Tami Veldura
  • Release Blitz & Giveaway- J M Snyder’s Not Another One Hit Wonder
  • A MelanieM Review:  Not Another One Hit Wonder by J.M. Snyder
  • A Jeri Review: Double Dealing by Nicole Colville

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