Guest Post: Important Investments that Can Help Freelancers Boost their Business

These days, it’s not just enough that you have a typewriter and impeccable grammar in order to become successful in freelance writing. At some point in our career, we need to invest on things in order to grow.

And when it comes to investing, the first thing that you need to learn is that it is a continuous and ever-changing process. It is just like filling your car with gasoline. Yes, the petrol that you poured can take you to faraway places, but you need to refill your tank again after sometime. You need to learn a new writing skill in order to satiate your readers, and you might even need to upgrade some of your gadgets. In this post, you’ll learn about the essential things that freelancers should invest in to boost their craft and their business.

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Young Adult Sci-Fi Event plus a $100 Amazon GC Giveaway

I love Science Fiction so sometimes I can’t help joining sci-fi blog events every now and then. Today we’re featuring a Young Adult Sci-Fi event. We’re celebrating a few awesome YA science fiction authors with giveaways, book exclusives, games and more!

This Young Adult Science Fiction Multi-Author Event is on March 19th from 5:30-9PM. Read on for more details on the authors and the $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway at the bottom of this post!  Check it out!

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Launch & Giveaway: The A.I. Chronicles (A Future Chronicles Anthology)

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence. Even today, machines that mimic human thinking surround us. As the intellectual feats of computing machines grow more and more astounding, will there be a day when their apparent intelligence approaches, or even surpasses, that of human beings? And what if these machines then become conscious, self-aware?

Join the launch party  of this latest title in the acclaimed Future Chronicles series of speculative fiction anthologies! And enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card!

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Good Vibes Friday! Puppies galore!

Earlier this year we got a new puppy, Hero, a golden retriever and labrador-husky mix. Earlier this week we found ourselves with another one, a jack russell terrier named Max! Puppies galore! Yayyyy.

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Fierce: Sixteen Fantasy Stories In One Anthology (plus a $100 Giveaway)

Today we’re featuring FIERCE, a new fantasy anthology featuring sixteen authors, including epic fantasy legend Mercedes Lackey and fifteen other NY Times, USA Today and Amazon bestselling authors.

Over one million words and sixteen realms of fantasy brought together for your reading pleasure. Discover courageous characters fighting for justice and order. Journey between kingdoms of dragons and lands of anarchy as tales of magic and mayhem unfold.

The anthology is on sale for just 99 cents for a limited time only!

Check it out on AMAZONBarnes & NobleKoboGoogle Play, and iBooks.

Read on to find out more about the authors and the titles in this fantasy anthology, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $100 Amazon GC or Paypal cash!

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Girl Crush Friday: Tatiana Maslany from Orphan Black

I know that hit Canadian TV series Orphan Black has been around a while – in fact, I’ve had the entire first season waiting for me since last year – but since I just finished season 1 this week I’m late to the party. I heard so many good things about Orphan Black and the reviews are right. It’s a kickass series with a kickass lead actress.

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The Crystal Keeper by Laurisa White Reyes – Win a Kindle Fire or $100!

Today we’re featuring The Crystal Keeper trilogy by author Laurisa White Reyes. I’ve read her fantasy books The Rock of Ivanore and The Last Enchanter and really enjoyed them (read my reviews of those books here and here). The Crystal Keeper takes place before The Rock of Ivanore.

Read more about The Crystal Keeper and enter the giveaways at the end of this post for a chance to win a Kindle Fire or an $100 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash. What a giveaway, huh?

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The Crystal Keeper by Laurisa White Reyes

Fourteen years before The Rock of Ivanore

Jayson lives among the shadows of Hestoria, his sole purpose for staying alive – to protect his half of the Seer’s crystal. Exiled from his homeland for loving the king’s daughter, Ivanore, Jayson is now pursued by two opposing factions: the Vatéz (League of Magicians) who intend to use the crystal for their own selfish gain, and the Guilde, the ancient guardians of the crystal.

Meanwhile, Ivanore flees from her father to Hestoria in search of Jayson. As the Seer, she is plagued with visions of him being tortured and is determined to rescue him. When the Vatéz capture her, however, she unwittingly jeopardizes everything Jayson has vowed to protect. He must now make a terrible choice: Should he save Ivanore or save the crystal?

The Crystal Keeper trilogy is available in print or digital formats.

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Girl Crush Friday: Gillian Anderson as Stella Gibson in The Fall

Or should I say, woman crush Friday? Sounds weeeird. Anyhoo, I found out about BBC TV series The Fall when I was reading an article about American actors in UK TV shows. The beautiful Gillian Anderson was on the list and I remember the article saying her ‘convincing’ British accent probably stemmed from the fact that she lived in London when she was a young girl. I know, that’s such a random and irrelevant detail to remember, but I love crime drama so I was intrigued by The Fall and decided I must watch it.

The show is one of those series with hour-long episodes and short seasons. Season 1 only had five episodes. Gillian Anderson plays Stella Gibson, a senior police officer who’s leading the task force investigating the murders of young women in Belfast. Stella Gibson is beautiful, strong, successful, calculating, focused, and very driven. She comes off as unfeeling and her colleagues seem to think she doesn’t have any emotion at all, but we can see that that’s not entirely true. She feels deeply for the murdered women and won’t stop until she catches the killer, who happens to be played by the equally beautiful Jamie Dornan a.k.a. Christian Grey (ugh).

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Win 12 pairs of adidas Originals sneakers from Mainline Menswear

Although these days my footwear of choice is a nice comfy pair of flipflops, I used to live in a pair of classic white adidas sneakers. I got them at a warehouse sale along with one of those classic adidas logo tees. I was a yuppie then and they were impulse purchases that turned out to be so worth it. Those sneaks and that shirt became my favorites and my go-to stuff for quite a long time. They even went with me on my first trip out of the country. I still have them but they have been loved to bits and are worn out. They have served me well and I have long given them their well-deserved retirement. Although… now I want to dig them up. I can still make it work, I think. I can always claim they’re vin-ˈtäzh! Hah.

ANYHOO, why am I talking about old shoes and tees? Because there’s a chance one of us could win not one but 12 pairs of adidas kicksHoly improbability Batman! Check out the deets below.

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Creating the space to create

How do you give yourself the space necessary to create?

This is the question designer and best-selling author Paul Jarvis posed to his readers and followers. He collaborated with writing platform Medium to give people a venue to post their response and Death to the Stock Photo has also generously provided ten amazing images that people can use in their stories.

I decided to grab the opportunity to do some practice writing and join in. I honestly had to think hard about it because I couldn’t really pinpoint a specific thing that I do that helps me get into that “creative space” or “writing zone.” It took a few minutes of net-browsing and reading some of the responses for me to come up with my own response.

Click here to read what I wrote.

Click on this link if you want to join in or read other people’s responses.

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By the way, the gorgeous feature image above is care of Death to the Stock Photo. Join their mailing list and receive a free pack of photos every month.

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