Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Back to The Fire Lord's Lover today.

I received some comments back from my critique partner today, so all stop on book two, while I go back to book one and clarify some things I thought were clear. I love getting comments from my cp's. It enables me to step back and have a fresh perspective on my story.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

FOR WRITERS: Using Twitter to link your blog posts!

Would you like to post one announcement on your blog and have it sent out to (almost) all of your social networks? Using Twitter is a good way to do so without giving away the passwords to your email accounts. There are sites that advertise linking your networks as a service but they require your password to do so—I urge you to protect your passwords! This process may be a bit more time-consuming, but it will save you hours of cross-posting. (Please note that I use for my personal blog, I assume these directions will also work on other blogs like WordPress, but I don’t have personal experience with those.)


First, sign up for Twitter. Here’s my Twitter URL:
Just click the “Join Today” button on my page. Follow the directions for setting up a profile, it’s quick and easy.

Now go to: Click on “Sign in with OpenID” just below the Login button. A new window will open, allowing you to sign in with your Google, Yahoo, etc. accounts (sign in to those accounts first before going to TwitterFeed for quick access—your password will stay hidden either way). You can now add your blog feed to Twitter. Please note that this is different than the regular URL for your blog. Mine is: If you’re not sure how to get your blog feed URL, click the help button on Twitterfeed, and they have directions on how to get your feed (helpful hint: add the gadget “subscribe to this blog” to your blog and the atom feed icon will post for you to click to get the URL feed for your blog.)

Your blog entries will now post to your Twitter page, using the first few words and a tinyURL (which is a link back to your blog’s entire post).


Both of these network sites are similar in the way they post your Twitter entries by using Applications (Apps). Sign in to your Facebook and/or Myspace Account and then:

On Facebook, look on the very bottom of the left hand side of your home page and click on Applications. Click on “Browse more applications”. In the “search apps” box, type in Twitter, hit the “enter” key on your keyboard. Click on the Twitter by Twitter app, and follow the directions to enter your blog link. When activated, your tweets will now post on the very top of your profile page and in your news feed.

On Myspace, at the top of your home page, mouse over the “More” tab, and click on “Apps Gallery” from the drop-down menu. On the right hand side there is a “Search Apps”. Type in Twitter, hit “search”. Choose the “iTwitter” app and follow the directions. A box will now appear on your Myspace profile page with your latest tweets.


So basically, you now have your blog feeding to your Twitter account, and your Twitter account feeding to your Myspace and Facebook sites. If you are a member of any networks on ning (BookPlace, Fans of Romance Novels, Readers & Writers of Distinction Fiction, etc.) your blog can be fed directly to your profile pages by clicking the RSS FEED on the left hand side of the page, and entering your Blogger URL. You don’t need a Twitter account for this.

I hope you found this helpful. If you’d like to share any of your own tips for linking your posts, please feel free to comment!

Until Next Time,

Monday, September 28, 2009

The first review for My Unfair Lady is in...

and it's lovely. Here's a bit of it: "Ms. Kennedy has penned a refreshing tale. This was certainly a memorable, fantastic read." ~ Lisa Mitchell, WRDF Review
You can read the full review here:
My sincere appreciate to Lynda & Lisa!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

What's in a Name?

For me, it helps to define my character. My heroine in The Storm Lord's Daughter is easy, since she is a minor character from The Fire Lord's Lover, and her personality is already half-formed in my head. But my hero...he's half elven, lithe, gorgeous and a warrior. I'll be doing a lot of searching for just the right name for him. Since my books are historical fantasy, I also like to use names from the appropriate era, in this case, the eighteenth century, Georgian era. I'll be using reasearch books on my hunt, but I also came across a nifty site that I use to search for names common in different centuries: These are for the peerage, and it lists the year they held the title, and even different countries. Great resource!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Fire Lord's Lover

I finished The Fire Lord's Lover, book one in my new series, The Elven Lords, and it's out to my CP's now. The world is set, the rules are made, and now I'm brainstorming book two. Today I'm looking at titles. I don't always come up with one before I write the book. Sometimes I'll find a good title within the narrative. But I like to start with a title for inspiration, especially since I start with just a glimmer of an idea for the plot. So I googled my two choices: The Storm Lord's Daughter and Daughter of the Storm. The first one got 8 hits (looks like D&D stuff--perfect!) and the second pulled up 8 million. Makes it easy; I like titles as unique as my books. Working title for book two is: The Storm Lord's Daughter.