Figuratively speaking, I’ve done an anaphora. Yes,yes,yes, I have! By K J Rollinson

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I recently read an interesting article in ‘The Writing Magazine’ (I have mentioned this magazine before). It explained that figures of speech are an important part of a writer’s tool kit. I am sure you know what a simile, metaphor, alliteration and assonance is, but I didn’t know the others the article mentioned.

It mentioned a zeugma. The official definition of a zeugma is confusing so I won’t bother to explain it here. I’ll just quote some examples.

I lost my bet and my patience.
He caught his breath and a bad cold.
I think I have done a zeugma in my new novel ‘Where Lies My Heart’.

…she said with wide eyes and a matching smile.

I’ve definitely done an anaphora in the book!

An anaphora is a stylistic device that relies on the repetition of the same word or group of words at the beginning of each sentence…

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Getting Squeezed (images on the new Author Central page at Amazon)

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AUTHOR CENTRAL CHANGES

Have you checked out your Author Central page at Amazon recently?

The layout changed. (Well, every once in a while I see the old layout, but most of the time the new layout shows.)

If the new layout is showing, you’ll see a row of your cover images at the top, your blog or Twitter feeds below that, then your list of books.

You can view my page as an example, if you wish:

http://www.amazon.com/author/chrismcmullen

(Note the link above. Doesn’t that look better than http://www.amazon.com/Chris-McMullen/e/B002XH39DS? If you print your link on a bookmark, for example, the above format is simpler. The ‘secret’ is to log into Author Central, click Author Page, and follow the instructions where you see Author Page URL.)

Do you see the problem with the new author page layout? Every image is the same aspect ratio. Unfortunately, not all books have the same aspect…

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Highlights of my Mediterranean Cruise. Part II, by K J Rollinson

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Last week I said I would write about Corsica and Palma de Mallorca.

We went ashore at Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica, and the island’s largest city. Its modern history is dominated by statutes of Napoleon, who was born in the city in 1769. The harbour and city is beautiful. I enjoyed several hours in the city visiting the market square, and the many narrow streets with its lovely varied architecture and varied shops.

The island of Corsica, part of France 623 miles away, was my favourite of all the places we visited during the cruise. Jutting out of the Mediterranean sea like an impregnable fortress, the island has breathtaking scenery. Beautiful beaches, valleys, and dense forests. We only had time to visit part of the left side of the island. The photograph below shows most of the coastal places we passed by in the coach.

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The flag of Corsica…

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Free, Complete Prequel to The House on Blackstone Moor

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The House on Blackstone Moor 

Awards: 

eFestival of Words 2014: Best Villain, Eco/ Best Horror, The House on Blackstone Moor

Top 10 Books – 2013

Aoife Marie Sheridan – ALL THINGS FANTASY

Publisher, Ultimate Fantasy Books 

92 Horror authors you need to read right now

Carole Gill — the Blackstone Vampires series

~Charlotte Books – EXAMINER

DREAMS OF A VAMPIRE

A Prequel to The House on Blackstone Moor

My aunt is ill, that is why I have come to her. She is my mother’s sister and she is dying, but I fear we too are dying for we live with madness.

It is like another occupant, a lodger who won’t leave. No writs will drive it away. It remains and kills all who live there. And so the house sickens too, as we all have.

Today, as I’m away from those oppressive four walls, it feels like a reprieve, albeit…

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99 cents, Award Winning: The House on Blackstone Moor

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For a limited time: The House on Blackstone Moor, ebook can be purchased for 99 cents.

Named As One of Top 10 Books – 2013, Aoife Marie Sheridan – ALL THINGS FANTASY, Publisher, Ultimate Fantasy Books

“Worth its weight in blood.” – Indie Reader

“92 Horror authors you need to read right now”
Carole Gill — the Blackstone Vampires series
~Charlotte Books – EXAMINER

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“They say my father was mad, so corrupted by evil and tainted by sin that he did what he did. I came home to find them all dead; their throats savagely cut. My sisters only five and eight were gone as well as my brother who was twelve. My mother too lay butchered in her marriage bed. The bed her children were born in…-

After young Rose Baines discovers the savage murders of her family by her mad, incestuous father, she is plunged into a nightmare…

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How To Kickstart Your Sales

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By David Gaughran

indie-power-pack-revised David Gaughran’s title Let’s Get Digital is included in this incredible bundle of eBooks for indie authors.

The sales of every book decay with time, but the great thing about self-publishing is that a book won’t get yanked from the shelves if its numbers drop, and it won’t be forgotten about by the publisher. It has an infinite number of lives because its fate is being controlled by the person who cares about it most in the world: you.

All self-publishers experience a dip in sales and it’s often really tricky to get things going in the first place. Sometimes you launch your book and get a quick burst from those who know you, and then sales just die. I know what it’s like. We’ve all been there.

Most self-publishers start from zero as a complete unknown, like I did, so don’t panic. Building an audience is…

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