Book Recommendations

Book Review of Prompt Me

I received my first blog review of Prompt Me: Creative Writing Workbook & Journal by romance writer and teacher, Brooke E. Wayne. Read the review here. So exciting!

 

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Or view it on Amazon here. Blessings!

New Release! Writing Workbook & Journal

I’m so pleased to announce the release of my seventh book! I’ve been teaching English for over two decades, so putting together a writing book seemed a natural progression. Many of the charts and reference materials were items I created for my own writing, and have been sharing them with my writer friends for years. They encouraged me to add to what I had, and get it out to the general public. I hope you find it as useful as I have.

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Journal & Workbook

“This workbook provides a space for you to journal ideas and thoughts for your next–or first–best seller. Robin not only shares her knowledge gained by years of experience, but thoughtfully gives space for writers to reflect and hand-write their ideas and moments of inspiration.” –author and editor Tamar Hela

Writing a first draft can be daunting. This workbook provides guidance for key elements of fiction writing that help create a cohesive novel. Additionally, it gives writers powerful reference resources to create an emotionally authentic work and the space to hash it all out in one, easy-to-carry book.

Workbook sections include:Fiction Writing Workbook by Robin Woods

  • Brainstorm and outlining
  • Plotting and the “Tent Pole” Method
  • Character Worksheets
  • Conflict
  • Setting
  • Lined pages for easy journaling
  • And more!

 

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Reference sections include:

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Author Interview: Janet Elizabeth Henderson

Welcome to my blog interview with novelist, Janet Elizabeth Henderson, author of The Invertary series—Lingerie Wars, Goody Two Shoes, Magenta Mine and Calamity Jena. With Bad Boy and Caught coming soon.

I have read three of her novels and loved them. If you need some seriously fun brain candy–read these books.

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A portrait by Janet’s husband dubbed, “Janet Smurf”

From Janet’s Bio: 

I’m a Scot, living in New Zealand and married to a Dutch man. I write contemporary romance with a humorous bent—this is mainly due to the fact I have an odd sense of humor and can’t keep it out of anything I do! If I wasn’t a writer, I’d like to be Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or Indiana Jones. Unfortunately, both these roles have already been filled. Which may be a good thing as I have no fighting skills, wouldn’t know a precious relic if it hit me in the face and have an aversion to blood. When I’m not living in my head, I’m a mother to two kids, three pet sheep, one dog, two cats, three alpacas, two miniature horses and an escape artist chicken.

Hello Janet,

What genre do you consider your books? 

I write contemporary romance. Some people tell me that I write romantic comedy. I didn’t realize my writing was humorous until I started getting reviews for my first book.

I agree with the romantic comedy. There were several times I laughed out loud in public and had people giving me strange looks.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? 

Comedy is a funny thing to write. (Pun intended!) There are lots of things in real life that are hilarious, but if you put them in fiction they read as unbelievable or ridiculous. Often, when I use real life experience as an influence for a scene, I have to tone it down to make it believable. People who read my blog, or follow me on facebook, will recognize parts of my books as being based on real events in my life. I find life funny, ironic and downright ludicrous. Inspiration is everywhere.

What book are you reading now? 

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Book News! The Fallen: Part Two

I am so excited to announce that The Fallen: Part Two paperback is live on Amazon!  The Kindle edition is available for pre-orders and will go live on the 19th. Note: The Kindle edition is discounted through the first week of release.

Order the Paperback (now available)

Order on Kindle (pre-order until May 19)

Cant wait? Here is a sizable sample: TheFallenPartTwo_by_Robin_Woods_First50

Here is the GORGEOUS full cover designed by Kyle Walker

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Author Interview: Roy Sakelson

Welcome to my blog interview with novelist, Roy Sakelson, author of The Heroes of Valmar trilogy (Gwendolyn and the Seeds of Destiny, Aethelred and the Wand of Woe, and Monsters of the North).

???????????????????????????????????Hello, Roy, I am pleased to have a chance to interview you. I have read your first two books and loved them! I have to say that I am a huge fan. This says a lot since I generally don’t read middle-grade books. The world you created brings me back to the epics I read when I was a kid, like The Chronicles of Narnia. Okay, enough gushing, let’s get down to the interview.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I’ve always loved to read to my kids. After sampling many different stories and fairy tales, I would sometimes make up tales of my own to share with them. When my daughter was six years old, she asked me to write her a story. So, I began writing what I thought would be a short story, but it kept growing . . . and growing. It took me much longer than I anticipated, but when she turned eight, I gave her Gwendolyn and the Seeds of Destiny. More than two years later, I wrote a sequel for my son when he turned eight (it was either that, or pay for counseling later on when he realized he never got a book dedicated to him). They liked them so much, that I wrote a third (Monsters of the North) to create a trilogy. But I must admit, if I hadn’t promised my daughter that initial book, I probably wouldn’t have finished. Writing is hard work.

I am certainly glad you did! What genre do you consider your books? 

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My Top 6 Fave Reads of 2014

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GoodReads Challenge Accepted … and completed!

I took the GoodReads Book Challenge last year and managed to complete it, even with my chaotic schedule.   Okay, 26 books may not seem that impressive, but considering I wrote 1.5 books, edited my own and two others for writing partners, taught full-time, and chased around my awesome kids. I wear 26 books as a badge of honor. I just wish I could log a set of graded essays as a book. If I could do that, my list would be very impressive indeed.

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So, I will shut up now, and get to my list.

6. The One by Kiera Cass, the third novel in The Selection Series
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian Romance
This whole series is well-paced and always fun. The story is predictable enough to make you feel safe, but there are enough twists and turns to keep you interested. The characters are well-developed and likable. It is the fluffiest read I have on my list, but gosh darn it, sometimes I like fluffy! It does have heart.
Parental Note: PG

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5.  The Wrong Fairy Tale by Tamar Hela, the second novel in The Spirit Lake Series.
Genre: Young Adult, Adventure, Fantasy
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