Spring Cleaning Writer Challenge

Life and Happiness, Writing

Greetings for spring! (Although it’s still cold here in PA and I’m sick of snow “squalls.”)

I was tagged by the quirky and amazing writer, Carrie Anne Noble for this springtime challenge! And I thought maybe it would spur me into thinking warm and colorful thoughts.

Dust-bunnies and Plot-bunnies: Reorganize Your Writing Goals (Or Make New Ones)

I’ve been stuck on trying to reorganize and firm up my editing business. So much so that writing has fallen a bit off the radar. I have a book “outlined” (in MY way of outlining) and I’d like to get started on it within the next month or so. I had intended to write during April for Camp Nanowrimo … I guess there is still time.

Which Stage Are You At? Expound!
a. Remodeling layouts (planning the story)
b. Painting the walls in colorful hues (writing)
c. Polishing the windows and scrubbing the floors and putting flowers in vases (editing)
d. Blueprints (not to the cleaning or remodeling yet… just drawing up plans for the very beginning inklings of a story)
e. Some combination of those things (cleaning out a closet)

Welp. I guess remodeling the layouts since I haven’t actually written a single word yet. And remodeling is my least favorite stage to be in….

Treasure From the Back of the Closet (Share one to three snippets you love!)

From What You Think You Know:

I swing my now ripped flannel pant leg over the fence and drop down beside her on the slick, dew-covered lawn. Reaching down, I try to feel how extensive the tear is…it’s bad. My favorite Hello Kitty PJs are now hanging off my leg at a weird angle. Several of the kitties seem to have shredded faces and half of my granny-pants underwear is probably hanging out. Thank God it isn’t quite daylight yet. Maybe we can get this over with and home before I have any embarrassing run-ins. Plus I can feel a bit of warm ooze trickling down my leg. Terrific, now I’ll have a bona fide reminder of this stellar evening—a scar. Note to self: check date of last tetanus shot.

From Summer’s Refrain:

She stopped her pacing and looked at the old woman. Her heart pumped hard against her chest as she considered the man she’d left, unwillingly this time, behind. How many times had she treated Lou this way? How many times had she shut him out? Even today, she’d been about to…. No. This had to end.

She stepped in front of Maude. “Take me back to Lou. Now.”

Maude sighed and lowered her gaze to the floor. “I’m sorry, love, but we’re not done yet. Come.” She held out her hand again for Summer.

What more did she need to know? She wiped her brow and looked at Maude from under lowered eyelashes. She must be insane to keep following this woman, but, yet, without her, how would she ever get back home?

She reached out her hand and felt a spark of electricity as it connected with Mrs. Delwich’s fingertips.

Bonus: Do Some Actual Spring Cleaning of Your Writer Self! (And share a picture!)

I have no idea what this means, but here’s a spring-y photo:

As part of this challenge, I hereby tag K.M. HodgeJoanne Groff, and Jill Thomas! Do as you will, friends!

Here are the rules:

Rules:

1. Link back to the person who tagged you
2. Share the picture
3. Answer the questions below (naturally…) or even pick and choose which ones you answer
3.5. Tag 3 other writers and inform them that you tagged them (via comment/message/email or hey, even carrier-pigeon or smoke signal; I’m not picky)

Questions:

1. Dust-bunnies and Plot-bunnies: Reorganize Your Writing Goals (Or Make New Ones)
2. Which Stage Are You At? Expound!
a. Remodeling layouts (planning the story)
b. Painting the walls in colorful hues (writing)
c. Polishing the windows and scrubbing the floors and putting flowers in vases (editing)
d. Blueprints (not to the cleaning or remodeling yet… just drawing up plans for the very beginning inklings of a story)
e. Some combination of those things (cleaning out a closet)
3. Treasure From the Back of the Closet (Share one to three snippets you love!)
3.5. Bonus: Do Some Actual Spring Cleaning of Your Writer Self! (And share a picture!)

 

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Free Editing Is Not Free

Editing Advice, Writing

I’d heard a lot recently about some websites that proclaim to help authors with editing. These sites apparently use algorithms and other software to help authors “edit” their work. 

As an editor, it concerned me because I know there are a lot of nuances when it comes to editing the written word. Although there are a lot of standard writing rules, all too often these rules can be more of a “suggestion” and need to be carefully examined in context before making a decision.

For example: One website said that only 44 words in the English language follow the “I before E” rule and there are 925 exceptions to the rule!

And it also concerned me because these sites are proclaiming to be the “best” editors for your work. But I know that there is only so much a program can do. (After all, even Word doesn’t always catch all the misspellings or missing punctuation in a document.) So I decided to check out a few of these sites to see how well they actually edited a piece. What I found frightened me.

In all fairness, most of these sites are about “proofreading” a written piece and usually about nonfiction articles – not full-length novels. Proofreading does typically come at the end of the editing process and is meant to pick up minor errors like missing punctuation. And articles are typically shorter pieces that do not need the detail of a manuscript editor. However, if an author is unaware of these facts – many people interchange the words “editing” and “proofreading” and not all the sites make it clear that it does not work well for novels – then they may run their piece through one of these sites and find only minor errors when there are larger mistakes looming.

One site, touted as the “Best Free Grammar Checker,” did not even point out plagiarism to me when I blatantly put in another author’s work. Nor did it find anything except two misspelled words when there were many comma and punctuation errors (input by me). 

In fact, most of the sites I checked missed major errors. However, if you are a habitual bad speller, these sites would be a good place to start. Finding spelling errors seems to be the bulk of what these sites can do well.

However, what about slang words? Dialects in your character’s dialogue? And we haven’t even begun to consider where a paragraph should begin, how the timeline works, or if you’ve completly forgotten to change the name of your character in all the right places. Bill and Jill are both fine names to these editing sites, but if you changed your character from one name to the other – you better have done it throughout the entire piece (including changing “he” to “she”) or your readers will be mightily confused! These sites will NOT find these errors.

What I’m saying is this: Don’t let these sites replace real, live editors. They simply can’t. There are so many aspects to the English language that it is impossible for an automated machine to catch it all. I mean, some of us human editors don’t catch every error!

When you have spent months and months, or even years, writing your manuscript, do not throw all your hard work away by only using these online editing programs. Seek the counsel of a professional editor instead. 

If you want to learn a few ways to self edit your novel, check out my eBook: Edit Your Novel for Less!: Tips and Tricks to Save Money During the Editing Processhttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B3XMGRS

 

 

 

 

The Author/Editor Relationship

Editing Advice, Life and Happiness, Writing

Last week, a potential client asked me, “Can you please tell me a little bit more how you work with a new client?”

It was something that other potential clients had asked me and I’d always found it a bit hard to answer. I edit. That’s it. Isn’t it always the same? I look for punctuation and grammar errors. I point out inconsistencies, etc., and I use Word’s Track Change feature to keep track of it all for the author. But after I had taken a Editing Boot Camp a few weeks ago, I realized that not every editor works in the same way. Some ask questions of their author and try to offer instruction (that’s me!), and some simply change whole sentences and paragraphs without any instruction (that’s NOT me). While others seem to only want to completely change an author’s words altogether.

After I had thought about it for awhile, here is how I chose to answer her:

“My motto is: I don’t change voices. I make them louder. It’s more than a gimmick to me. I strive to not change the voice of the author, ever. I want to understand what their goals are for their work and what they are trying to convey to their reader. Very often what I will do in my editing work is leave comments asking the author questions about their piece. This way, the author can scrutinize the sentence or paragraph and determine if it truly is what they intended or if it doesn’t quite work.

I try to approach the content/substantive part of the editing process as if I’m the reader. If I don’t understand something, I point it out. If something conflicts with what I thought was happening, I point it out. If a character seems – well – out of character, I point it out. Very rarely do I change whole sentences or rearrange things without giving the author a firm reason for the change. In the end, it’s YOUR work, not mine. I only want to point out to you what may or may not work. My authors and I often have small debates and, sometimes, they convince me their way is correct. I like to make friends with my authors, but that doesn’t mean I’m lenient! I push my authors in good ways to make their work better. 

With all that said, I hold firm to many writing rules and I use the Chicago Manual of Style or the Christian Writer’s Manual of Style as my guides. These don’t affect the overall plot, but things like ellipses, punctuation marks, and spelling out of numerals – things like that. I like to instruct. I’ll tell you why I’m suggesting a change (usually based on these style guides) and encourage you to learn about this rule to apply it to future works.

I’ve worked with one author for over five years. She writes romance – which isn’t my first pick of genres, but I’ve grown to enjoy her books. We’ve created such a great relationship that I can tell what she means to say even when she says it “wrong.” For her, I often will just fix things and she accepts them because she knows I know what she means. But that’s rare and I only start doing that once I’ve worked with someone long enough to know their style and voice.”

After that, I pointed her to the testimonials page on this website and said I hoped I had answered her question. In fact, because I thought it was such a good response (for once!), I chose to make it this blog post in the hopes that others would read it and want to work with me.

When I say I don’t change voices, I mean it. I know how hard it is to write and I don’t like it when someone tells me to rearrange my whole story. They don’t know what’s in my head – only I do. And I don’t know what’s in my client’s heads either. But I want to learn and I want to help. I want their story to get OUT of their head and onto the paper in the most pleasing, and engaging way.

So there you have it. It’s how I work and I’d love to chat with you about how you work too. Drop me a message or leave a comment below. I’m looking forward to working with you!

Oops. I Failed.

Fears, Life and Happiness, Writing

I find it ironic that I’m about to write this post. My last post, Don’t Let The Gray Get You Down, talked about ways to help avoid the winter blahs. So now, this post, is going to tell you how I failed at my own advice.

I have this biblical quote on my wall: “God is within her, she will not fall.” (Psalm 46:5)

You may have seen this quote before and a LOT of the time, you may have seen it quoted as “she will not fail.” When I bought this wall verse (it’s one of those stick on things), I bought it from a girl on Etsy. And she had it listed as “she will not fail.” I looked at several Bible versions and I couldn’t find a single one that said “fail.” Many of them use “can not be moved”, but none, that I could find, said “fail.”

So I made the vendor change it before I bought it. I wasn’t about to have an incorrect Bible verse on my wall! I’m an editor for crying out loud.

I look at it every day and think, “Yes. God’s got this. He won’t let me fall.” And I truly believe He won’t.

BUT. He will let me fail.

Which leads me to how I failed at my own advice.

I let the gray get to me. It overwhelmed me today and I wallowed in it for hours. You see, work has been slow lately. Really slow. It happens sometimes, but this has been an extended lull and I’m starting to let me old worrisome habits come to the surface. Last night in Bible study, I asked for prayer about it. I said I was in a “time of waiting.” (Don’t you hate those?) But I realized it was a time of learning, too. I know God is refining some things, sanding off some rough edges (I really, truly hate those times) and just making way for other things in my life. I can see where progress has been made.

But I am not good at waiting for work and when it doesn’t come, I feel worthless. I’m not good at filling my time when there isn’t work to do. And when I have extra time to think (never a good thing) then I start to think negative thoughts, like, What if I never get work again? or Why is God punishing me? My negative mind sometimes just won’t let me be. It keeps eating at me.

Finally, I said to God, “What is my purpose? If I have nothing to do, no one to care for or for me, if I’m not reaching anyone and there’s no reason to get up each day…what’s the point?”

I didn’t get an answer. I kept pouting about it. I don’t want to be here with nothing to do. I want to help others. I want to use my gifts. I want to utilize that which God has given me, but where do I start? Where do I find the people (mainly writers) who need my help, my services? I don’t want to fail, but it’s not guaranteed. And it hurts to think I have already failed.

As I lamented over this tonight, I felt a tiny urging to just pour out my heart here. We try so often to not let people see this side of us. We’re professionals. We’ve got it together and I’m energetic and happy ALL THE TIME!!

This is NOT the world I live in.

I think it’s more important to be real. And if no one wants my services because I am a broken human being, than so be it. (After all, aren’t most writers broken? Isn’t that why we write? If nothing else, this should prove that I’m one of you!)

Because I am a child of God, but even David, God’s most beloved son, was chased by 12,000 who wanted to kill him. Job lost everything and he was a man of God. Joseph was thrown into a pit by his brothers. Jonah was tossed into a whale. Paul was jailed.

It’s hard to find a biblical character who didn’t suffer or have times of waiting. There are only a few who didn’t worry. But there are many who said, “Why me? Why now? Where are You?”

And that’s where I am. I’m hopeful it won’t last. But, today, I failed at my own advice. I let the gray get to me. I’d ask that you would pray for me. Not necessarily that more work would come my way, but that God would show me His purpose. That He would instruct my hands to do something. That I’d clearly see the direction He wants me to go in. That I’d know I am reaching someone.

I pray you are fighting the gray today and I’ll endeavor to do better tomorrow.

God bless.

Valuable Newsletters On The Horizon!

Life and Happiness, Writing

As some of you already know, I’ve started focusing a bit more on my newsletters. It’s one of my goals to provide my subscribers with at least twelve newsletters this year. That’s only one a month and seems like a reasonable goal. At this point, I have five written and scheduled – the first is set to go out to the subscribed “masses” on Monday.

It’s also a goal to not simply provide bland reading material for my subscribers, but actual valuable content. With that in mind, my newsletters will fit one of three categories:

Monday Motivation
These will include personal stories and encouraging things to help you get writing. A way to start the week off right!

Tips & Resources for Writers
These will include resources like which style guides to use, where to find additional writing help, and how to connect to other writers

Writing/Editing Exercises
These will include actual exercises to help writers spot what’s wrong within a short amount of text. Learning how to self-edit work is a great way to help save money during the publishing process.

In addition, each newsletter will include motivation or inspirational quotes, graphics and other fun items!

If you don’t already subscribe to my newsletter click here to do so and receive a free gift to boot! (Please note: If you subscribed awhile back, you may need to subscribe again.)

I’m excited that it’s February and I’m still working at achieving my goals. I can’t wait to see what else this year brings. I’m on my way to be consistent!

I hope you are doing your best to do the same.

God bless!

Catching My Breath and Moving Forward

Writing

It’s July, people! Where did June go? I learned so much from my writing conference the other week and met some really awesome new friends, but, oy!, I’m still catching up. Alas, we must move forward. Time marches on, as they say.

I talked with a friend the other day whom had also just returned from TWO conferences (No clue how she managed that.) and we agreed that it’s always a mix of 1) Catching up on “normal” life activities and 2) Processing all we’ve learned during our time away.

In fact, I was following up with her because I’m working on this nonfiction book geared toward negative thinkers and how we can use God’s words to refute the lies we tell ourselves. After speaking to a woman at conference, I wanted to get my friend’s take on it. The woman at conference seemed to think my book was ready to go – and that thought petrified me. I realized I was no where near ready to publish, but thought I better get the perspective of someone I know and respect and who has been through the traditional publishing process with a similar book. Our chat not only encouraged me, but continues to spur me forward. The book is NOT done, but that doesn’t mean I can’t do some things to start a buzz about it.

So, I’m working on my first ever book proposal and rewriting some of the book. I realized that the chapters are not “meaty” enough so I’ll be reworking some of them, combining some and writing more. It seems now like I truly have a foothold so I’m anxious to keep going. Your prayers are, as always, appreciated.

I’m working hard on setting goals for myself and striving to achieve them and here’s a few other things in the works:

  • At conference, I co-taught a workshop on “Essentials of Writing a Good Devotion” with my friend and mentor. We had good feedback and it stirred my teaching juices. SO, I just sent in my first submission to teach a different class at a one day conference in Virginia. I’ll also be working on some other workshop ideas to present to a few other local conferences.
  • Along with working on my nonfiction book, I’ve kind of come up with a new idea for a fiction book. It’ll be humorous – something I haven’t really written before. I’m hoping to get it done in a year’s time and self-publish it as I did my other novels.
  • The editing part of my work continues to ebb and flow. I have made a few new contacts and even started working with some new clients. I LOVE my long-term clients and wouldn’t give them up for the world, but it’s always exciting to get new writers working with me, too. In the end, it’s all about me getting to read a bunch of new writers and books before anyone else does and that makes me feel special. PLUS, I can help writers to hone their work so writers will flock to buy their books. I want everyone to succeed!

As we traverse into another week, in another month, that much closer to the dreaded winter (ugh), I’m determined to keep moving forward just as the time and the calendar does. It might not be huge strides I’m making, but it’s at least baby steps.

God bless and Happy Monday!

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The Next Steps To Take After Writing Your Book

Writing

I follow a blog called “Dixie Helps Writers” which is a helpful blog that centers on the editing process of your book. I agree with a lot that Dixie has to say. One of her recent posts, “Don’t Beat Up Your Editors” is not only aptly titled, but also a plethora of helpful information you should consider before seeking out an editor for your manuscript.

However, I wanted to touch base on a few minor things I thought Dixie didn’t cover in this post.

In the beginning of her post, Dixie tells a story about an author who went to an editor and she said of the editor: “All he did for me was fix typos and grammar mistakes.”

I agree with Dixie. That is NOT a good reason to beat up your editor. You should be thankful if an editor corrects your typos and grammar! It’s what some of us are born to do! No author can possibly correct every issue within their manuscript. There is always something that is missed. However, if you wanted more feedback about your book, then you need to fix some of those things before sending the book off to an editor.

Dixie’s post goes on to offer four things you should do before sending your work off to an editor. I like her list – you should read it – but it’s missing a few things.

  1. She says to let the book sit for awhile (I agree) and then to read it as a reader. I don’t think that’s realistic. If you’ve spent any amount of time with this manuscript, you will not be able to truly read it as an unbiased reader would. If this book took you more than a month to write, you’ll need at least two months or more to distance yourself – if you ever can. But, yes, do distance yourself. And then, find some way to hear it read out loud. If you don’t have someone you can get to read it to you (my critique group reads sections of manuscripts out loud during our meetings), let the computer do it. Most writing software programs (like Word) have features that will read your text back to you. It isn’t perfect, but by listening to your words instead of reading your words, you might hear something you missed. (This helped me when I wrote my two books. I was TOO close and simply couldn’t read it again – even after having let one manuscript sit for more than a year! But the computer reading helped me fix several mistakes.)
  2. Dixie also suggests using guides for self-editing. I agree with that as well. Check out my post “Get Your Novel Edited for Less” that gives a few helpful tips about self-editing. HOWEVER, all the self-editing in the world doesn’t replace a good editor, but it will help to cut down the costs and aggravations.
  3. She also suggests beta readers. I cannot agree more with this statement as well, but I want to clarify what a good beta reader should be. Dixie is right – your mom, sister, best friend or spouse is NOT a good beta reader. I don’t care if they each have a PhD in writing. To some extent they cannot separate your possibly inferior writing from you as their loved one.

A good beta reader should be:

  • Someone who is an avid reader of the type of book you’ve written. If you write Romance, find someone who reads Romance.
  • Someone who has good grammar. If you email this beta reader and they don’t use punctuation or correct grammar in their reply – they won’t notice it in your work, either. They might be good for plot holes, but not line edits.
  • Someone who is willing to give of their time (perhaps in exchange for a small token – like a free book or a small gift card) for an honest and thorough review. “It’s a great book!” is not how a beta reader should respond to you. Most of the beta readers I’ve used offer me at least a one-page, detailed synopsis of what they liked and disliked about the book as well as things they would change to make the book a better read. I often use other writers as my beta readers. They know the way a book should flow and they can spot the errors, too.

It takes a lot to write a book. Some people work on their manuscripts for years and years. I’m astounded that some of these same people think it should only take a few days to edit it. No one is perfect. You cannot expect to write a completely enthralling novel with not a single mistake right out of the gate. J.K. Rowlings didn’t. Stephen King doesn’t. They have editors, beta readers and all the tools of the trade at their fingertips and they still, sometimes, make mistakes.

And it’s okay. Do the best you can do with the tips Dixie and I are providing and, who knows? You might have a bestseller on your hands!

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Looking for a beta reader or editor? Contact me today and let’s get started!

Judge Not, But We’re Judging

Writing

One of the jobs I’ve taken on in the last two years is that of a writing contest judge. It’s been a fun, challenging and personal growth type of assignment. When I first started judging entries, I found it was sometimes hard to walk that thin line between being constructive and being a bit too harsh. I found this particularly hard if I didn’t personally like the entry I was judging. But, still, I tried my best to point out the good and bad about each entry and most of my scores tended to be in the middle arena. I felt like I’d done a service to the authors in the contest.

However, when I received my scores back after my first year of judging, I was shocked to see that many authors felt I had been a bit too harsh in my comments. It made me take a step back and look over the entries I had submitted to see what the authors might be seeing. When the contest moderator gave me additional feedback (and a second chance), I did my best to listen to her (honest, yet a bit reprimanding) comments and I am now striving to do better with this year’s entries.

As an editor, it’s my job to give feedback in a constructive way. I never, ever want to deter anyone from writing with any harsh or out-of-line comments. Their feedback highlighted a bit of editorial flaws that I had to work on. It’s one of the reasons I signed back up to be a judge again this year.

You see, I’ve found that editing people’s words can be a rewarding process for both me and for my authors. I really only want to hone a writer’s words in a way that can be pleasing for the reader and profitable for the author. But if I speak a harsh word or truly JUDGE someone’s work in a way that isn’t constructive to the writer, how can either of us come together in a way that is cohesive?

As I continue my Bible study to work on my non fiction book, I’ve found numerous verses about taming the tongue and offering graceful words to our fellow man. Here are just a few:

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

(PS – Proverbs has MANY verses about the tongue. A good place to start instruction for this problem.)

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29

And, finally, a word from the Book of James that gives me hope:

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. James 3:1-2

You see, we all stumble. I stumbled. I’m far from perfect. But it is the daily taking up of our imperfections to try and strive for what God wants from us – to be more like Him each and every day. Will we ever succeed? No. Being perfect is an unattainable goal – only God is perfect. But if we strive to learn and grow from our mistakes, we can show the world what it means to be a God-fearing Christian who is seeking to exhibit the fruits of the spirit.

God bless and have a very blessed weekend.

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If you’re interested in learning about the writing contest, click here.

 

 

 

Expansion on the Horizon

Life and Happiness, Writing

Well, we’re almost at the halfway mark of the year and I’m contemplating my freelance business once again. It’s not taken off as I’d hoped, but I’ve made good progress and accomplished a lot of goals. I’m using each day to try and further my brand by teaching myself new things. I learned how to use MailChimp this year to start periodic newsletters. (If you’d like to sign up for my newsletter – I send one RARELY, but sometimes there is free stuff – click here.) And I’ve been doing work that is outside my normal “editing” work hat.

So here are a few new things I’m adding to my repertoire.

  1. Basic websites. Obviously, I run and maintain my own website, but I’ve also designed and set up WordPress sites for friends and other organizations. Here are the ones I’ve either set up and/or maintain: Watsontown Baptist ChurchSt. Davids Christian Writers’ ConferenceEmmy’s Heart, and A Legacy Worth Leaving. As you can see, these range from the free WP site to paid ones involving plugins and a variety of widgets. If I haven’t used it yet, I teach myself how to do it.
  2. Ebook formatting. (Through CreateSpace) I set up and published my own ebook this year and have helped several friends to also do so. I’ll be working with one of my clients to also format his non fiction book this year, too. Let me help you format your book for self publishing and you just focus on the writing.
  3. Workshops. I’ll be co-teaching a workshop at St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference next month on devotion writing. I’m looking at expanding my workshop portfolio to include some about blogging, websites, and editing. I’m currently outlining each and looking for conferences and speaking engagements. If you know of someone who would benefit from or be interested one of my workshops, please let me know.

So, once again, I’m continuously trying to expand my horizons and keep this freelancing business afloat. There is a lot of aspects to working from home that I love and I simply don’t want to give it up.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in any of my services, please send me a message and I’d be happy to discuss options.

 

Exciting News!

Writing

I am so excited to announce the launch of K.M. Hodge’s third book in her Syndicate-born Trilogy. True Blue Son is the most thrilling and suspenseful book yet. And I can say that because I helped edit ALL THREE! I grew to love these characters and this story. I’m confident you will too. (Please be advised: This is a suspense thriller series. There is sometimes severe language and elicit scenes.)

True Blue Son:
Dr. Zander Ride grew up a son of The Syndicate, his fate as a career criminal all but sealed. With the help of his mother, he escaped a life of crime…until the night The Syndicate shot his mother in cold blood.

Zander soon finds refuge in the hands of his mother’s hacktivist group, who want his help bringing down the notorious group once and for all. But it comes with a cost. Managed by a different leader and guided by a new deadly mission, the hacktivists force Zander to confront the truth about his parents and the sacrifices they made for the cause.

In the end, Zander must decide how far he’s willing to go and what he’s willing to sacrifice. Can a child born of The Syndicate bring it all down, or will he be another pointless sacrifice in their struggle for money and power?

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Are you new to the series? You can get a FREE sample of the award winning first book in the series, Red on the Run from April 27-29. If you pick up an eBook copy of Red on the Run you will get the first five chapters of Black and White Truth for FREE too! You can also check out the fun Facebook Live video the author did for the second book. (Be advised it does contain spoilers for the first book.) 

The Syndicate-born Trilogy:  

K.M. Hodge does a great job of creating a world of suspense and romance that sucks you in.” – Five Star Amazon Reviewer

The Syndicate-born Trilogy takes readers into the deep underbelly of crime and corruption where men and women seek power by any means necessary. Her flawed and relatable characters will stick with you well after you finish the books. The books take you on an emotional roller coaster as the characters go through heart wrenching tragedies and triumphant wins wins. You might need a box of tissues for this series. Grab your FREE sample now or get your FREE copy of the eBook April 27-29.

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Red on the Run
Black and White Truth
True Blue Son

Author Bio:

K.M. Hodge grew up in Detroit, where she spent most of her free time weaving wild tales to spook her friends and family. These days, she lives in Texas with her husband and two energetic boys and once again enjoys writing tales of suspense and intrigue that keep her readers up all night. Her stories, which focus on women’s issues, friendship, addiction, regrets and second chances, will stay with you long after you finish them. When she isn’t writing or being an agent of social change, she reads Independent graphic novels, watches old X-files episodes, streams Detroit Tigers games and binges on Netflix with her husband. She enjoys hearing from her readers, so don’t be shy about dropping her a line.

* K.M. Hodge was awarded the winter of 2016 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for The Syndicate-born Trilogy book #1, Red on the Run.

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