Scrap Irony

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Scrap Irony

These items can be described as “things I discovered while looking up other things.” I have tons of them and I will continue to supplement this compilation from time to time. They are in no particular order but each is a great conversation starter. The only thing they have in common is that they are not commonly known, and that’s what makes them fascinating. I have many more such items so I will continue to supplement this compilation when the spirit moves me. So read on and you will learn things you never knew or thought you would.


Giraffes have the same number of bones in their neck as do human beings: six.

Jackie Robinson is well-known as the first African-American to play baseball in the Major Leagues, beginning in the 1947 season as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. But what is almost completely unknown is…

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Pre-release 5* review from Scott Skipper

Scott Skipper reminds us Marcha Fox’s next Star Trails Tetralogy sci-fi adventure with Thyron at the center is available for pre-release sale NOW! Read Scott’s advance review to learn more..

Marcha's Two-Cents Worth

Pre-release 5* review from Scott Skipper THE TERRA DEBACLE: PRISONERS AT AREA 51 #ASMSG #Scifi #UFO @sskipperauthor

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Book Review Sunday: Dog Bone Soup by Bette A. Stevens @BetteAStevens

Bette A. Stevens writes with the soulful insight of young man who feels his world’s challenges in extraordinary ways. I’m happy to see Kim Cox review Dog Bone Soup and award it the five stars it richly deserves. Please read Kim’s review and add Dog Bone Soup to your reading list.

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DOG BONE SOUP by Bette A. Stevens

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DOG BONE SOUP is not only the title of Bette A. Stevens’s debut novel; it ranks high among the paltry meals that the book’s protagonist, Shawn Daniels, wants to forget. Plodding through mounting snow and battling howling winds, Shawn is ready to leave it all behind—living in poverty, Dad’s drinking, life in foster care, the divorce, the bullies…. Travel with Shawn Daniels through the guts and the glories of life in DOG BONE SOUP, a Boomer’s coming-of-age saga. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but mostly you’ll be glad you read it.

Book Review (from AmazonUK)

5.0 out of 5 starsBeautifully Written
By Amazon Customer on 3 April 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Beautifully Written
The poignant story of Shawn and his family opens as he leaves home to serve in the armed forces. Looking back over his childhood he…

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May 30 New Release: The Terra Debacle: Prisoners at Area 51 by Marcha Fox

Enjoy learning about the Star Trails prequel, read an excerpt, meet the author, and find out how to pre-order for the sale price of 99 cents!

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The Terra Debacle: Prisoners at Area 51

Release Date: May 30, 2017

Preorder NOW for 99c! ($2.99 after official release)

It’s May 1978 and a normal night at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah—until a bogey shows up in their air space. It gets even stranger when the UFO requests permission to land. It changes its mind, but by then F-16s escort it to the ground. A human girl in her early teens and a robot exit the craft, a strange botanical lifeform found onboard later that night by a USAF landing party. The vehicle, robot, and the strange plant are impounded and subsequently sent to Area 51.

NASA astrobiologist, Gabriel Greenley, PhD, is called in to study this new lifeform that at first appears similar to a botanical species known as oxalis. As a psi-sensitive, Greenley quickly learns the specimen is highly intelligent and potentially dangerous when he…

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Enjoy this followup to Beem Weeks’s Jazz Baby. If you’ve not read the book, get it now; then come back and enjoy this followup.

The Indie Spot!

Hi and WELCOME to Rave Reviews Book Club’s BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY at THE INDIE SPOT!  Location: MICHIGAN.


Here’s What I’m Giving Away Today:


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS: Mae Clair, Rob Kimbrell, Mary Schmidt, and Jerry Marquardt.


Number of Winners for this stop: 4

I decided to have a little fun with this Book & Blog Block Party stop. In the years since Jazz Baby first saw publication, some readers have been curious as to what happened to Emily Ann “Baby” Teegarten. Did she ever make it to New York? Were her dreams of singing jazz professionally ever realized? Did she find success? Well, presented here, is an interview with Baby Teegarten, which takes place ten years after the novel ends. This is meant to be a glimpse into the life our protagonist may have created for herself.

The Baby Teegarten Interview!


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A Word With Traci Writer How-to!

Welcome, Traci Sanders!


Traci is the ultra writers’ resource-person for how-to and support–plus she’s a novelist and children’s author. She’s taking over as my guest today with advice on how to create marketing hooks.

Be sure to subscribe to her mailing list at for year-round advice and info every independent author needs. I’m a major fan of Traci’s, and I’m proud to have her as a member of Fresh Ink Group and GeezWriter.


Now, for honoring my blog and website with a stop on her tour, I introduce Traci Sanders!





Traci: I’ve decided to give away two prizes during this tour:


*ONE unsigned paperback copy of Before You Publish– Volume I 

*ONE unsigned paperback copy of Beyond The Book –Volume II 


To enter, all you have to do is email me a proof of purchase of a digital copy of either of these two books during the tour.


I will draw TWO winners total, at the end of the tour.


Please email your proof of purchase (can be a screenshot) to






TIP 230: Reel ‘em in (creating hooks for your books)


**This tip, and many others on marketing and networking, can be found in Beyond The Book: Tips on publishing, marketing, and networking to build your brand, now available in digital and paperback format.


Do you want to increase your chances of selling your book? You need a great hook!


What is a hook? It’s a short (one-or-two-line) phrase used to market your book. It’s not a synopsis, blurb, or description.  It gives your readers just enough information about your book to make them hungry for more. Even more, a great hook can grab the attention of an editor or publisher and land you a contract. It will be the first impression they have of your story, so it must be compelling.


Here are some quick-and-dirty tips for writing a great hook:


*Write it in first-person POV – it creates a sense of immediacy.

*Never use passive verbs; use strong ones.

*Don’t give away too much of the story. Avoid spoilers or revealing too much of the main conflict.

*Keep your main theme in mind – death, romance, loss, grief, coming of age, family, friendship, etc. 

*Be passionate about your statement. Make it bold, but don’t use too many adjectives or adverbs. Use descriptive nouns.

*Make a small list of the main characters or plot topics, and choose some that stand out to keep in mind when creating your hook. 

*Focus on what makes your story unique, and use it to pitch your book. 


Here are a couple of hooks which have scored publishing contracts.


Eat, Pray, Love


After a painful divorce, the author sets out to devote one year to pleasure, prayer and love. She travels to three distinctly different locales to immerse herself in these pursuits. Can a heartbroken and confused woman purposely set out to find happiness?


A Tale of Two Cities


“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.”



I actually have a couple of hooks for my latest romance novel Unsevered:


  • Sometimes people are put in our paths … to teach us how to let go.

  • People say they would give anything to have just one more moment with a loved one lost. 





And here is one for my debut novella When Darkness Breaks:

A tragedy tears a couple apart. Another one brings them back together. But is it too late to salvage their love?


A hook can be a powerful tool for pulling people in to check out your books. These work well on promo images as teasers, and on social media pages.





You can find Traci Sanders at A Word with Traci: AWordWithTraci, Readers Review Room: ReadersReviewRoom, GeezWriter: GeezWriter, and publisher/producer Fresh Ink Group: FreshInkGroup.


Thanks, Traci, for honoring me and my followers with a visit and great advice!  –Stephen Geez




Kim Cox is an extraordinary story-teller and wondrous support of independent authors. Give her books a chance to win you over.

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Welcome to the #RRBC SPRINGTIME BOOK AND BLOG BLOCK PARTY from Asheville, North Carolina, USA!

During the month of April, The Rave Reviews Book Club (RRBC) is throwing a book and block party. You can get the lineup here. You may may win lots of prizes!

Anyone can be eligible to win a prize. To have a chance at winning, just leave a comment on the appropriate blog on the day it goes live and RRBC will randomly select a winner. The winners will be shown on the lineup page next to the blog listed. Lineup here. To be eligible to win my prize, just leave a comment on my blog today (April 26, 2017).


Here’s What I’m Giving Away Today:

1 ($20) Amazon Gift Card 

# of Winners for this stop:  1



Kim Cox is an author of Romantic Suspense, Mystery, Suspense and Paranormal. She lives…

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