Category Archives: Writing and Publishing

In the Words of…. Grammar Police

Today we’ll handle two grammar faux pas at once.

First of all, something I didn’t think about as a problem and will have to watch to see if I’m perpetrating – When to use “Into” vs “In To”

This extremely quick and helpful article from Writer’s Digest¬†discusses the differences made by the space bar and how to easily remember which version is correct while you write.

Following that, take a peek at how Grammar Police feel about Accepting and Excepting.

This less quick article from Writing Forward gives some helpful tips on keeping the homophones Accept and Except separated in your mind. Their major tip? To Acknowledge is to Accept, and Except is used in Exceptional cases.

…That will definitely make more sense once you’ve read Melissa Donovan’s¬†full explanation.

Be free, my fellow writers! Discover how to avoid these two offenses, and the Grammar Police will steer clear of you that much more.

Ciao Tutti,

RM

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Last Minute Christmas Gift Idea and Promotion

If you’ve got a reader on your Christmas list and you just don’t know what to get for them, I’d have to recommend several different books I love, but of course only one will change my life if you choose it.

The Rose Chateau: A Tale of Beauty Meets Beast

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Treat your little reader to the story of Beauty and the Beast as they’ve never read it before.

Corinna Faune was just a farmer’s daughter, whose only regal connection was her runaway duke best friend, Alastar. But when her uncle returns home from the neighboring village with a horror tale and one glimmering rose, her entire life is interrupted. Now she’s the unwilling guest of a bad-tempered prince, who found himself at the wrong end of a witch’s curse. Her once normal life is now surrounded by magic with not one, not two, but three conniving witches involved, and none of their allegiances are clear.

Reader comments for The Rose Chateau:

“The Rose Chateau was a wonderfully written story about overcoming life’s circumstances, of finding the good in even a bad situation. It is well written and holds your attention. It is hard to put down because you are drawn into the lives and emotions of the characters. ” – Jean

“Well crafted plot twists laced with suspense, colorful and relatable characters, wonderful character development, and attention to the geography of the fictitious landscape paints a picture that sucks you in and doesn’t let you go until the curse is broken. 5/5 stars and definitely recommend it as a good read!” – Grant

“This book was beautifully written. It was hard for me to put it down. I loved the characters, especially Corinna. She was brave, caring, selfless, and kindhearted. She was there for people when no one else was. She is a person everyone should strive to be like. Rebecca Monaco’s writing style was perfect and very descriptive. She did a wonderful job at weaving a classical story into something unique and interesting. I absolutely loved it.” – Alexis

(Yeah, shameless self-promotion. Bad me.)

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Ciao Tutti!

RM

In the Words of Literary Agents…

Ultra-Special Scribbles (formally and maybe will be once again Ultra-Special Blah Blah Blah) is a book blog, although I know most of the normal posts aren’t about books at all.

So to take it back to what matters most to me, let’s talk about this great little article:

The Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel: Advice from Literary Agents.

Not only is the article extremely simple, but it is also very useful for aspiring novelists. Read through the comments from literary agents across the genres to see if you’re making a faux pas in your first chapter – which may be the only thing any agent will ever read from you.

It’s important to make a good first impression.

As Chuck Sambuchino, the article’s author, says, “Avoid these problems and tighten your submission!”

Ciao Tutti!

RM