Wine & Words – Evening of Readings & Fun!

Tomorrow Night’s the Night! Come on out for Readings from our Authors and a Literary Open Mic for the Community. At The Black Dog Arts Cafe’. Starts at 6:00. More Details HERE.

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“It’s Like Live Audio Books!” You’re Invited to Bring a Friend to this Social Event Showcasing Local Authors. Kick Back Enjoy a Drink and Listen to Stories Read by Jeffrey Cook and other Novelists from the East Side Seattle Area. Also Literary Open Mic…
Enjoy Wine Specials, Espresso or other Tasty Treats at this Live Reading Event!
FREE ADMISSION, EVERYONE WELCOME!
Featuring: Jeffrey Cook, Casondra Brewster, Victoria Bastedo, Sheri J. Kennedy, David S. Moore & Kennedy J. Quinn
and More…

Flashback Fun

It was Norwescon’s 40th year this year, and many of our featured authors attended. I found this photo of FVP Featured Author, Jeffrey Cook, among the photo archives of Norwescon for the 4oth anniversary. This was our table from 2014, our first year at the Con as a group. Such fun to see how things started out and a great picture of Jeffrey!

Jeffrey Cook at FVP Table Norwescon 2014 - From 40th Anniversary Photo Collection

 

J is for Join In! Feeling Human Launch

A New Release from FVP Featured Author, Sheri J Kennedy! FEELING HUMAN – Find it on Amazon today!

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First Paperback Sale of Feeling HumanYay! The big day is finally here and my new book Feeling Human is officially released on Amazon! In celebration I’m hosting a Virtual Launch on Facebook and will be hanging out at Writer’s Cafe’ with books available for signing all evening. You can find out more HERE! Join in!

Here’s what early readers are saying about Feeling Human:

“It was brilliant! Intriguing, unusual and yet so human and familiar.” 

“The storytelling in this book is amazing. Each scene is fascinating and well written and the writing style pulls me right in.”

“A unique look into the mindset and emotions of people with entirely different lives, desires, and struggles. This story ties together various tales in a seamless… telling of Jac’s story, of not just self-discovery, but of understanding the reasons behind the actions of others.”

“I really lost myself in it. I liked the variety of…

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Superior Donuts Valley Center Stage, North Bend

Do-nut miss this great local production of a funny and thought-provoking play. April 7-9 Last chance!

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After a visit to Georgia’s Bakery – where I snacked on the delicious cronut – I went upstairs to the Village Theatre to see the Superior Donuts production!

My last experience with community theater wasn’t that great, so I didn’t have high expectations going in, however, just seeing the set I could tell that this show was going to be good. Care and detail had been put into the set. The walls of the donut ‘shop’ were made to look old and outdated. They even had a fake view to the outside with an open sign and everything!

If you get a chance, I would highly recommend this play!

Full of laughs and catch you by surprise contemporary phrasing (aka adult language), Superior Donuts was highly entertaining. The play itself contained great dialogue and character interaction and while some scenes were a bit unusual, the play as a whole was…

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Writing Tip: Keep it Handy – Victoria Bastedo

Another great writing tip from FVP Featured Author, Victoria Bastedo:

Cristie Coffing’s Book Launch – Carnival Man

When Cristie Coffing finally released her first novel there was a whole community waiting to read it. And most of us came out to celebrate the launch at The Black Dog in Snoqualmie. Here’s a gallery of photos… Cristie is a key figure at the Arts Cafe’, and she’s given us all tons of creative support as well as tasty food and friendship. So here’s to you, Cristie…Cheers!

You can find Carnival Man on Amazon. It’s well worth the read. Get your copy now!

Self v. Traditional Publishing: It’s Not a Rivalry

This is a very thoughtful article regarding the Traditional vs. Indie route to success, and the importance of supporting each other on every path.

Aimee Davis

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I saw this ^^ meme making the rounds on Twitter recently. It was being shared mostly by writers who are querying for traditional publishing deals or are working toward one.

The comments that went along with it were worse. And in the interest of honesty, because that’s what I do here, I’ll go ahead and tell y’all I cried.

I’m not usually a crier. It’s fine if you are, but I’m not. I was a bit surprised at my reaction, but I was having a particularly difficult day. My sales have been almost zero (I’ll be posting them in early April for those who may have wondered), I’d just returned from a workshop no one showed up to after putting in my fifth day in a row of working 17+ hours, and I was emotionally exhausted. So I cried. Then I wrote a blog post on failure (well into hour…

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Book Review: Mini-Droids and Tea- Seattle by Victoria Bastedo

Here’s a review by Author Rachel Barnard of FVP Featured Author, Victoria Bastedo’s latest book, Mini-Droids and Tea…

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Mini-Droids and Tea- Seattle by Victoria Bastedo

A Romance novel published by Amazon Digital Services (03/04/2017)

Summary:

Poppy is finally independent. She has her own tea shop – Teacozy – and has forgotten about her heart’s nemesis: Colepepper McSimmons. When Colepeppers start showing up in her shop, in the form of the Mini-Droids he invented and produced to look like himself along with a seven-inch tall version of herself, Poppy will be confronted by the past she never quite let go of.

Keywords:

Personal Phone Devices, Mini-Droid, Technology, Tea, Date, Romance, Friendship, Living your Dream, Small Business, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Lost Love

My Review:

This story goes beyond meet cute because the hero and heroine already know each other! They are each other’s heart nemesis and have to reconcile the past in order to make up, move on, and love each other as they should! I really enjoyed watching their romance take shape…

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Writing Tips: From FVP Featured Author, Casondra Brewster

Take this year’s SnoValley Writes! writing class in the comfort of your home or local cafe’ courtesy of FVP Featured Author, Casondra Brewster.

casondra-brewster-author-photoThis year I’m teaching a class called Level Up Your Writing through the writing organization I founded back in 2008, SnoValley Writes! in conjunction with King County Library System (Washington). These free classes take the adult student writers through much of the technical stuff any MFA candidate has to do — the whole deconstruction process as it applies to key components of writing and all the included literary devices any word crafter has in their collective tool box. In addition to understanding all those things, the students have to practice it in their own work.

When FreeValley Publishing asked me to contribute to their blog here, it seemed natural to provide another place where other writers could access the Level Up Your Writing learning track. So even if you don’t live in the Cascade Foothills where SnoValley Writes! is, you can take these lessons and do your own craft mastery workshops.

Level Up Your Writing – Lesson 1

The class starts with picking out a book by an author you admire and a story you love. Anyone who has gone through the MFA process may say this is cruel, but we’re taking a lighter approach than one may experience in a typical creative writing masters course. It’s certainly cheaper this way.

Of course you get out of it what you put into it. So start with re-reading your beloved classic and reading it as if you’re not only a writer but an editor.

Having a book that you own, and can reference as a text, is important to learning to read as a writer. As you read you can ask yourself questions like: How might you have written a scene differently? How might you have changed things up? Where is the writing strong? Where is it weak?

Next, examine the outside of the book. Do a writing exercise on why you picked up the book — introspection is the key to learning the whys of what you do and what that means about your person, in this case your writing life person. Answer these questions:

  •   What enticed you to pick up the book specifically?
  •   If the book was recommended, what appealed to you about the cover?
  •   What part of the book’s jacket copy appealed to you? Are there specific words that pull you in? What devices does the author employ to pull you in via the jacket?
  •   Before reading the book, what part of the story piqued your interest the most within what’s included in the text of the book jacket?

Next think about your own writing. If you have a particular body of work, say a novel, or a collection of poems, or even writings on one non-fiction subject, how would you do the same?

More next time in, Lesson 2: Continuing the DeConstruction Process – Reading like a Writer

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