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Freebie Friday: Camp NaNoWrimo July 2015 Calendars

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Freebie Friday, NaNoWriMo | 0 comments

Freebie Friday: Camp NaNoWrimo July 2015 Calendars

I love Camp NaNoWriMo calendars. Usually a ton of people make calendars and share them for NaNoWriMo. They are usually super pretty and most importantly have the word count goals to keep you writing and on track to finish an entire novel in ONE month. For some reason or another, I haven’t really seen any for the July 2015 Camp NaNoWriMo session so I made some to share with you. That’s right, they’re free!     Camp NaNoWriMo Freebie Calendars   There are three options to choose from with three different quotes. Just select the one you want (or all of them). They have word counts on each day so that you know where your word count should be if you want to end on time. Please note these calendars are for 50,000 word projects. Let me know if you guys would like to see calendars for other sized projects. If there’s enough demand, I may make some. How to use the calendars! I plan on using mine with glitter star stickers on the days that I reach my word count (which so far is every day this month)! But really, use them however you want! How to grab these! There are two different ways to get these. 1) Click on the picture of the calendar you like. It will open an enlarged image of the calendar. This will allow you to save it as a photo. Just right click the large image, select “Save As” and save it wherever your heart desires. 2) If you want a PDF version of each calendar, click the links immediately below the calendar pictures. It will open the PDF and you can save it wherever you would like on your computer.   Camp NaNoWriMo – July 2015 Calendar 1   Camp NaNoWriMo – July 2015 Calendar 2   Camp NaNoWriMo – July 2015 Calendar 3   If you don’t want a NaNoWriMo July calendars, here’s a link to some fantastic non-writing themed calendars that Chic-Type rounded up. Warning, they are free and full of pretty!   Happy...

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Happy July & Camp NaNoWriMo Freebies!

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Freebie Friday, NaNoWriMo | 1 comment

Happy July & Camp NaNoWriMo Freebies!

Happy July everyone! I’m back. I say that because though I never officially went away, I’ve been just awful about posting lately. For that, I’m sorry. I can’t believe it’s July already! I feel like so much has happened in my life and on top of that, I’m trying to write ALL THE BOOKS. Seriously. In fact, last month alone, myself and new writing partner Brian LeTendre wrote a novel called HARROWED. It’s a young adult horror book (think 80’s slasher) and it’s becoming a book THIS September (9/22/15 to be exact)! I couldn’t be more excited about it and I  can’t wait to share it with all of you. In the meantime, feel free to Add it to your Goodreads or sign up to help with the cover reveal at the end of August! With that said, Brian and I are bopping straight into the sequel of our new Woodsview Murder series with book 2 for Camp NaNoWriMo. Looking to improve your writing this summer? Whether or not you have ever written a novel before, I really encourage you to try your hand at NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing month (in November every year) but in July, there is an earlier session that is called Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s different than normal NaNoWriMo because you don’t have to complete a whole 50,000 word project. You can work on a book of poetry. A screenplay. A 10,000 word story. You have more freedom with what you are working on without the pressure of writing a whole book, which understandably is why many people don’t start the challenge in the first place. Did I mention that I have the BEST CABIN EVER THIS YEAR?! Because I do. If you’re curious about it, I encourage you to check out CampNaNoWriMo.org for details. It’s an exciting thing to finish and complete a project in ONE month. For me, NaNoWriMo really gets me to focus on a heavy goal and reach for the stars. Did I mention that it’s completely free to join? What do you have to lose? Even if you don’t complete your project you’ve won bvecause you’ve started something new.   In the next few weeks I’ll be posting tips, tricks, and resources to help you get through Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s not too late to join! And this Friday, I’ll be giving away a new freebie Camp NaNoWrimo calendar, designed to keep you on track!   Happy camping,...

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Fall in Love With Valentine’s Day Book Party (Reads and Freebies)

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Freebie Friday, Reading | 0 comments

Fall in Love With Valentine’s Day Book Party (Reads and Freebies)

Happy Valentine’s Day, Pen & Muse friends! If there’s one thing I love, it is celebrating and holidays! Especially finding a way to insert books into my celebrations. But, I’m also a procrastinator. So, just in case you’re not sure what to do with your day, I’m providing you with everything you need to throw a super rad, Valentine’s day book party! Let’s get started! Free Valentine’s Day Printable Decorations Free Valentine’s Day Printable Decorations from www.hautechocolate.ca Download them from Haute Chocolate! Free Valentine’s Day Banner from SandyToesandPopsicles.com! Download this printable from Sandy Toes and Popsicles! Free Printable Valentines! Free awesome printable Valentines from livelaughrowe.com    Print the free Valentines from Live Laugh Rowe! Fun Valentine’s Themed Reads    The Valentine Challenge by Marisa Cleveland Blurb: Stacey Bradford believes in love, but when her hot boss, Marshall Royce, decides to close her best friend’s flower shop – days before Valentine’s Day! – Stacey declares war. Intrigued by Stacey’s devotion to her friend, the hearts and flowers holiday, and belief in true love, Marsh issues a challenge – prove love exists or deliver the closing documents to her friend herself. Stacey never could resist a challenge, but when Marsh makes Valentine’s Day the deadline for their deal, Stacey must decide how far she’s willing to go for love. Buy it here!   Valentine Princess by Meg Cabot Blurb: That is, it usually means those things. But when you’re Princess Mia, nothing happens the way it’s supposed to. For one thing, Grandmère seems determined to prove that boy (or Michael, as he is commonly known) isn’t the right one for the crown princess of Genovia. And Mia isn’t having much luck proving otherwise, since Michael has a history of being decidedly against any kind of exploitative commercialization (Valentine’s Day, as it is commonly known). Boris can declare his love openly to Lilly, and even Kenny comes through with a paltry Whitman’s Sampler. So why can’t Michael give in to Cupid and tell Mia he loves her—preferably with something wrapped in red or pink and accompanied by roses—in time to prove he’s Mia’s true prince? Buy it here!  Confessions of a Secret Admirer: A Valentine’s Day Anthology by Jennifer Ryan, Candis Terry, Jennifer Seasons Blurb: Some secrets are meant to be revealed … Or so you’ll discover, in three sexy, unforgettable Valentine’s Day stories from New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Ryan and contemporary romance stars Candis Terry and Jennifer Seasons. Waiting for You by Jennifer Ryan Rancher Grant Devane has waited for Taylor Larson’s return to Fallbrook for more than ten years. Now that the fearless beauty has come home on her terms, he’ll do anything and everything necessary to win back her heart. Sweet Fortune by Candis Terry Sarah Randall is tired of being invisible to the opposite sex. So when a leap of faith sends her to Sweet, Texas, and into the path of ridiculously hot Deputy Brady Bennett, she’s determined to catch his eye … even if it means staying hidden just a little bit longer. Major League Crush by Jennifer Seasons Professional baseball player Drake Paulson can’t help wanting to know more about his cute, shy neighbor. But when he discovers her deepest secret and she flees, it’ll be up to him to win her trust—and her love—one gift at a time. Buy it here!   Delicious Valentine’s Day Food and Drinks   Valentine’s Day Fruit Kabobs from Shmallergy Strawberry Moscato Cupcakes from Eat Yourself Skinny A list of heart shaped things you can make on Valentine’s day, like bacon. From Food Hacks. This one is basically for KJ. Love ya, girl! Blushing Geisha drink...

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Weekend Reads: Renhala

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Freebie Friday, Paranormal / Supernatural, Reading, Science Fiction / Fantasy | 0 comments

Weekend Reads: Renhala

Happy Friday! The Muses are looking out for you today – well, looking out for your weekend reading habits rather. We’ve discovered that a book we reviewed – and raved over – is free for a couple of weeks! Obviously, we had to share. Who doesn’t love an amazing + budget friendly read, after all? In anticipation of the release of The Golden Dunes of Renhala, Renhala is free until release day! You may remember this as the book where: Muse KJ saw her jaw literally drop, because she walked by a mirror as she was reading evil bunny Buffy gifs were included in the review upon reading Muse KJ decided that she needed to include more urban fantasy and fantasy works into her to-read list.   Do you need any additional reasons to check it out besides all that? Blurb: Kailey Rooke, timid accountant, dedicated to philanthropic work, finds herself spiraling into a deep depression after she suffers a horrifyingly odd and humiliating assault, to only discover more of these freakish assaults occurring across the globe.A chance discovery leads Kailey to a meeting with elderly Gunthreon, actual master of persuasion. Gunthreon, who seems to know too much of Kailey’s history for her liking, opens Kailey’s eyes to a coexisting realm she never knew existed: Renhala, while entrusting her with the knowledge of her newfound power as karmelean, serving as a beacon to the Higher Ones. Kailey slowly starts revealing new talents, and Gunthreon is fascinated with what she starts achieving. She soon discovers that Renhala is in danger, and this danger has been leaking into her own realm. As she uncovers secrets within herself, and attempts to toughen up, she fuses with an unlikely band of fellow travelers (including a dragon, woodsprite, six-hundred-pound greble, her faithful female canine companion, and a ”giver”), falls into an unexpected love triangle, deals with her sexy and flirtatious best friend’s “issues,” and finds the courage to master a new deadly weapon. On her mission to save Renhala, Kailey will find herself running from life-threatening disasters, such as greble Tartarin, who likes to remind Kailey that when he catches her, he plans on eating her brains with ice cream; she’ll run from the deadly meeples: small cute bunnies with talons and an undeniable thirst for imposing self-destruction on others. Kailey will also run into the possibility that a centuries-old Renhalan rumor is true, that advanced technology existing in Kailey’s realm shortens all life spans. As blood is shed and puzzles near completion, Kailey pulls from deep within herself, conjuring up mystical qualities that enable her to astonish as once predicted at her birth, but despite the newfound strength, Kailey will discover that monsters not only come in ugly packages, but can be easily disguised as those she has come to love and trust. So, what are you waiting for? Load up that e-reader, read Renhala, and come back here to talk to Muse Kristen all about it! Find it at: Amazon Barnes & Noble...

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Editing Checklist: What Not To Forget – and an Editing Worksheet!

Posted by on Aug 23, 2013 in Editing for Champions, Freebie Friday, Pen and Muse Summer School, Publishing, Writing | 4 comments

Editing Checklist: What Not To Forget – and an Editing Worksheet!

A lot of people make the mistake of publishing or querying their book too early—without enough editing done! The key to a solid book and a professional look is editing. Don’t publish too early because you want to just have it out. You want to make sure it’s polished and perfect before it sees a publishing professional or a sale.   1. Read through for spelling errors and awkward sentences. Many suggest reading it out loud to help with awkward phrasing. 2. Read through for common writing errors such as sentence fragments, omitted commas, apostrophe errors, missing dashes, and misspellings. 3. Pay attention to repetitive words. If you use awesome five times in a sentence, you should probably omit the other four and grab a thesaurus. 4. Do a separate read through for overall story. Make sure that it makes sense. Ensure you have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Make sure your main idea is clear. Make sure your story is organized. 5. Make sure your setting is clear. Have you set up a clear who, what , when, where, and why? 6. Is it historically correct? If your book is non-fiction or historical fiction, make sure you do your homework so that you have your facts straight. If they aren’t, you won’t have credibility with your readers. 7. Conflict! Double check for conflict! Have you created a problem? Have you fixed it (or most of it) by the end? 8. Read through for silly mistakes! Make sure you haven’t accidentally moved an apartment to the wrong floor (chapter one says it’s floor 16 but chapter five says it’s floor 5) or that you haven’t all of a sudden changed someone’s name. 9. Pacing! Read through for any boring parts or parts that may need to move around a bit. Be honest with yourself! If you find yourself wanting to skip ahead, your readers will too. 10. Are you showing the reader instead of telling? 11. Send your book to your critique partners. Listen to what they have to say. If they think something sounds weird or if they think something hasn’t been made clear, consider their advice. If they have this though, there’s a good chance that others will too! 12. Professional editing. If you’re self-publishing, there’s nothing worse than a book with a zillion errors. It’s always smart to spend the money to get it professionally edited, even after you’ve read and proofed and read and proofed.   Need an accompanying editing worksheet? We’ve got you...

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Giveaway of 100 We Talk: You Write Sessions with Felicia Spahr!

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Freebie Friday, Guest Post, Writing | 2 comments

Giveaway of 100 We Talk: You Write Sessions with Felicia Spahr!

Know what makes the Muses excited? Having special giveaways specific for Pen and Muse readers! Perfect for a Freebie Friday, yes? So when writing coach Felicia Spahr (you might remember her from her post on quick inspiration plotting) offered us this giveaway, we jumped! Best part? There’s no crazy giveaway rules. It’s just first come, first serve! Friends of Pen + Muse! If you haven’t seen me up in these parts already, I’m Fel. Your writing rogue and adventurous guide. The person who helps you make your creative writing fun, magical, and easy. And, the person who wants to give away some precious time so you can get your cray cray idea onto the page! This video explains what it’s all about: [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itYD953ChWs] All you have to do is click here: Let’s Play! And you’ll be led to the sign-up form. Fill it out, press submit, and I’ll be in touch (cutesy subject line included) to schedule our time to chat! If this is your jam, I can’t wait to get down + dirty in your fantastic and imaginative mind. If it isn’t, please forward it on to your creative mastermind of a friend. Everyone needs a little guidance and support, and I’m happy to give it to those who need it! Keep musing, exploring, and imagining, Fel Felicia Spahr is a writing rogue and adventurous guide, and on a mission to inspire cray cray creativity, wildness, and freedom in people’s writing and lives. She’s a published short story + prose author, having been featured in The East Hampton Star, The Huffington Post, The Monarch Review, Elephant Journal, Projeqt of the Week, and many other literary publications. She created the unique 1:1 virtual program “Write For You”, and works with writers who want to create the works of their dreams; as well as teaching creative writing workshops and classes both online and off. She received her B.S. in Film + Screenwriting, and a Leadership Certificate from Northwestern University. She writes and creates books about all things creative at Fel’s Got...

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