Spotlight: Juli D. Revezzo

Destined to be a bride, if only the gods will let her…

Stacy Macken tries to acclimate herself to her training under Tuatha dé Danaan druids—as if she doesn’t have enough work in planning her wedding to her beloved guardian and fiancé Aaron.

When Fomorii loyalists violate their treaty and seek revenge for their recent defeat, even Stacy’s druids are at a loss to explain the mayhem that ensues. Can Aaron and his brothers-in-arms stop it before Stacy and her family are caught in the crossfire?

Bitter Thorn Tribe is available now at Amazon in ebook and paperback:

https://amzn.to/B08K396XTV

 as is the first novel: Keeper of the Grove: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00X0P3IPG

 (and the related series Celtic Stewards Chronicles! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074CJGM5R )

The book trailer, if you’d like to see it, is here:

Thanks for having me today, Vicky. I hope your readers will enjoy Bitter Thorn Tribe and Keeper of the Grove!

About the author

Juli D. Revezzo loves fantasy and Celtic mythology and writing stories with all kinds of fantastical elements. She is the author of the Antique Magic paranormal series and the Stewards Wars and Celtic Stewards Chronicles series, the historical romances, Camden Girls series, Vesta’s Clockwork Companions, House of Dark Envy, Watchmaker’s Heart, and Lady of the Tarot, and more. She is also a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour. To learn more about this and future releases, visit her at:

Website:  https://julidrevezzo.com/

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Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Juli-D.-Revezzo/e/B008AHVTLO

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/julidrevezzo

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/julidrevezzo

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/jewelsraven/

You’ll find a board there dedicated specifically to her Stewards War and Celtic Stewards Chronicles series: https://www.pinterest.com/jewelsraven/related-to-the-celtic-stewards-chronicles/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/julidrevezzo/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5782712.Juli_D_Revezzo

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/juli-d-revezzo

August 18

Birthdays: Paula Danziger (1944), Brian Pinkney (1961), Sonia Levitin (1934), Nicole Krauss (1974), A.A. Milne (1882), Robert Anton Wilson (1932), William Sansom (1912)

Tip: Which witch is which? They’re over there with their parents. To be, or two bee—which is the right question? Homonyms trip up more writers than any other words. The most common mix-ups are usually those dealing with apostrophes, especially it’s vs. its and they’re/their/there. And you can’t rely on a spell check program to find these errors for you. They aren’t spelled incorrectly—but they are often used incorrectly. Have someone who knows the difference check your work.

Thought for the day: “A writer wants something more than money for his work: he wants permanence.” – A.A. Milne

Jumpstart: They say that time heals all wounds, but years have passed since that day, and I still feel…

August 17

Birthdays: Ted Hughes (1930), V.S. Naipaul (1932)

Tip: When a writer stutters, it means that s/he has used the same major word twice within the same sentence or paragraph, or has started too many sentences or paragraphs the same way, has given all his or her characters names that start with the same letter, or has repeated the same action too many times. Look over your work. How often have you “stuttered”?

Thought for the day: “A career in letters is not without its drawbacks—chief among them the unpleasant fact that one is frequently called upon to sit down and write.” – Fran Lebowitz

Jumpstart: You’re on your way back from a trip. At the luggage kiosk, you grab what you’re sure is your bag. After all, it had that red ribbon you specifically tied to it. When you get home, you open it and find…

Author Spotlight: Linda Griffin

Blurb: Software engineer Reid Lucas loves to cook and has a history of falling in love with married women. When he leaves his complicated past in Chicago for a job in California, he runs into trouble and must call a virtual stranger to bail him out of jail. Alyssa Knight, a tough street cop waiting for a church annulment from her passive-aggressive husband, is the roommate of the woman Reid calls for help, and she reluctantly provides bail for him. He falls for her immediately, and cooking for her is an act of love. She just wants to be friends, but they keep ending up in bed together. When his boss is murdered, Reid is a suspect—or is he the intended target? 

Excerpt:  She was knowing and affectionate and so pretty he couldn’t resist her. He put a hand on her knee and leaned in to kiss her. Her mouth was soft and willing, and he put down the coffee cup and took her face in both hands. After a long, intense interval of suspended time, she pulled away and rested her forehead against his. “Oh, Reid,” she said—half disapproval, half sighing acquiescence. He stroked her breast, and her breathing quickened, and he slid a hand over her nylon-clad knee and under her skirt to find bare thigh. “Don’t,” she said. He paused but didn’t withdraw his hand. “Is that no?” he asked. 

Author bio: Linda Griffin is a native of San Diego and has a BA in English from San Diego State University and an MLS from UCLA. She retired as fiction librarian for the San Diego Public Library in order to spend more time on her writing. Her stories have been published in numerous journals including, EclecticaThema Literary ReviewThe Binnacle, and The Nassau Review. Love, Death, and the Art of Cooking is her fourth romantic suspense novel from the Wild Rose Press, after Seventeen Days (2018), The Rebound Effect (2019), and Guilty Knowledge (2020). In addition to the three R’s—reading, writing, and research—she enjoys movies, Scrabble, and travel.  

Social links:  

Website: https://www.lindagriffinauthor.com/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lindagriffin.author/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindaGriffinA  

Buy links:

Amazon

Apple Books

Barnes & Noble

Some of the recipes Reid uses can be found here:

https://www.pinterest.com/lgriffin08392487/love-death-and-the-art-of-cooking/

August 15

Birthdays: Sir Walter Scott (1771), Edith Nesbit (1858), Stieg Larsson (1954), Mary Jo Salter (1954)

Tip: When writing a scene with setting, don’t forget about background noises we hear every day—birds chirping (or not for suspense), traffic, thunder, etc. Also think about background smells and other sensory items.

Thought for the day: “I’ve always believed that anybody with a little ability, a little guts, and the desire to apply himself can make it.” – Willie Shoemaker

Jumpstart: The old stairs creaked and groaned under her weight and she was afraid the noise would…

August 14

Birthdays: Russell Baker (1925), William Kittredge (1932), Alice Provensen (1918)

Tip: Read your dialogue out loud. Does it sound like real people are talking? Or is it stilted and long winded? You should strive to keep dialogue real, but don’t copy real speech. If you listen to real people talking, you’ll find that most conversations are full of inanities.

Thought for the day: “Get out of your own way. Do not let the hows and whys stop you from writing. “ – Susan Macias

Jumpstart: You’re on your way to a job interview. You stop at a convenience store for some coffee and a rude person cuts in front of you. Then turns and spills his drink on your new suit. And blames you. You tell him off….and get to the interview a few minutes late only to see him on the other side of the desk. What do you do?

August 13

Birthdays: Alfred Hitchcock (1899), Kamila Shamsie (1973), Tom Perotta (1961), Sharon Kay Penman (1945), Nikolaus Lenau (1802)

Tip: Secondary characters should not take over a scene unless there’s a very good reason. They are there to support the main characters or add color to the story, not to be the main reason for the story. If they start to take over, then maybe you’re telling the story from the wrong point of view.

Thought for the day: “The hardest part about being a writer is not getting your commas in the right place, but getting your head in the right place.” – Ralph Keyes

Jumpstart: Pick a famous piece of art or sculpture and write about the artist as s/he was creating it.

August 12

Birthdays: Edith Hamilton (1867), William Goldman (1931), Walter Dean Myers (1937), Gail Parent (1940), Ruth Stiles Gannett (1923)

Tip: Get yourself a good dictionary, thesaurus, and grammar book—or know where to look for them online. The Chicago Manual of Style is considered the best for most writing. Also Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and Roget’s Thesaurus. And use them!

Thought for the day: “Compete only with yourself.” – Mary Ellen Donahue

Jumpstart: Pretend you’re a doll living in a doll house. What is it like? What do you see from your vantage point? Who plays with you? In what way?

Note: I just finished reading a book that I am going to write a review up for later. The premise of the book was good. It’s a YA fantasy and imaginative. However…the editing was horrendous. It looked like the author used “spellcheck” a lot because there were so many wrong word usages, missing words, typos, and more. And it wasn’t an ARC – it was a finished, published book. Please–do not rely on spellcheck for your editing. If you took the time to write a book, take the time to get a good editor and proofreader and have them go over it. And then go over it yourself one more time.

August 11

Birthdays: Alex Haley (1921), Andre Dubus (1936), Joanna Cole (1944), Don Freeman (1908)

Tip: We do research to get our facts straight, but don’t get lost in the research. You can while away an entire afternoon looking things up. Find your one item, note it and move on. Or mark the passage for a later time.

Thought for the day: “The trick is not in becoming a writer, it is in staying a writer. Day after week after month after year.” – Harlan Ellison

Jumpstart: What are your top five…anything (desserts, music, movies, etc.). Why are they your top five? What is it about them that you like so much?

New Reviews

Here are the reviews for this week:

Under Mysteries:

“Murder with Orange Pekoe Tea” – the next installment in Karen Rose Smith’s Tea Garden series. A 5 sparkler story.

“Scarlet at Crystal Springs” – Randy Overbeck’s next book in his series. 5 Sparklers for this one too.

Under Nonfiction:

Knit 2 Socks in 1 by Safiyyah Talley – a new way to knit socks for those who do. Good instructions and patterns. 4 Sparklers

Under LGBTQ+ for Adults:

“Balancing Act” by Andrew Grey – 5 sparklers for this contemporary romance.