The Oracle – FREE for Kindle

My birthday wish is to hit #1 or Top 25 Best-selling Book! In celebration of my birthday and my 5th novel release, THE ORACLE will be up for free on Amazon. Below are links to go directly to the book. Be sure to download a copy and let friends and family, reading groups, . Each…

Can Fiction Still Teach Us Something Memorable?

Authors often draw inspiration from history and mythology, but how much of this stays with their readers? Are we able to learn about our world through fiction? Orlando, FL:  When a book, game or movie is labeled Historical Fiction we assume there is some underlying truth to the setting, characters, or plot. We are experiencing…

#WritingTip – Developing A Plot

Recently I have been getting a ton of messages and seeing a large number of questions involving plot. Like many of my writing tip segments, this is my queue to take a moment to do an information dump on the topic in hopes of aiding my fellow writers. Looking over all the plot related conversations and…

Newsletter April 2017

Image courtesy of Pixabay.com by MIH83: https://pixabay.com/en/newsletter-news-information-1615483/  Hello, Author Valerie Willis here! If you won a free copy of one of my novels, I hope you are enjoying the story and characters I have crafted. Remember the best way to show support for your favorite authors and books is to leave ratings and reviews to let…

#WritingTip – Worldbuilding – How?

Picture from Pixabay.com by Tabor: https://pixabay.com/en/mountain-world-lake-nature-1062831/ What is Worldbuilding? This is the term used most often in video games and, in the writing world, more often used by the fantasy and science fiction genres than any other. Don’t be fooled, every book, game, and movie has worldbuilding, some are better remembered than others such as comparing…

Book Review: Fight Like A Girl by Kristell Ink Publishing

5 out of 5 Fight Like A Girl by Various Authors with Kristell Ink Publishing Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Fight-Like-Girl-Juliet-McKenna-ebook/dp/B01CO0OFH2/ Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28524816-fight-like-a-girl B&N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fight-like-a-girl-joanne-hall/1123520853 OVERVIEW This book is a great collection with many surprises in the short stories inside it’s cover. It will not take you long to see how one story shares an element with the first,…

Book Review: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

5 out of 5 The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Alchemist-Paulo-Coelho-ebook/dp/B00U6SFUSS/ GoodReads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/865.The_Alchemist B&N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/alchemist-paulo-coelho/1100248293 OVERVIEW If you need inspiration about chasing after a dream, this book may help. It has an interesting narrative that grabbing up the Audiobook is fantastic to listen to. Life circles around in a funny way in real life, and…

#WritingTip – The Research Hound – How?

Introduction As a writer, we often find ourselves in need of Research. I blame it on the natural curiosity, which drives us to put our stories to paper, a need, a thirst to see where “this” goes. In many of our works, our characters and worlds have elements we have never experienced, things new or…

Dear Flu…

Dear Flu,   Thank you for reminding me as to how quickly and efficiently you can spread and take a grown person down along with an entire household from one tiny toddler. I now fully understand how you were able to wipe out most of Boston during WW1 and took out nearly 43,000 servicemen.  …

Book Review: Autonomy by Jude Houghton

5 out of 5 Autonomy By Jude Houghton Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Autonomy-Jude-Houghton-ebook/dp/B01H3GYR5C/ GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30644174-autonomy B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/autonomy-jude-houghton/1124073212?ean=9781909845961 OVERVIEW If you are a fan of Dystopian Corporate societies for a setting, this book is a great fit. The writing is superb and the story weaves through one corruption to the next struggle with ease. The man character, Balmoral, is a strong female…

NetGalley – Why Do I Need To Be There?

As an Independent Author, or Self-Published Author, there are a few obstacles I have to face. Unlike a traditional published or contracted author, I have to be the wearer of many hats such as Graphic Designer, TypeSetter, Writer, Editor, Agent, Publisher, Artist, and the most daunting, Marketer. It can be an overwhelming feat on just…