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Black and whiteHow many times have you heard it? Which is better, actor A or actor B, writer C or writer D? It seems anytime there is talk of one actor, author, director, playwright–whatever–someone asks the question.

Why do we have this need to compete with each other? Or in this case, the need to force a competitive attitude between followers? There is plenty of room for everyone.

Our family did an experiment one time. There is a particular song that we had on a CD that my husband loved. Because of the title, he thought there must be a story behind it, so he asked the three ladies of the family–me, and daughters Katherine and Dawn–all writers, to write our story of the composition.

And we did.

Were the stories interesting? Fascinating? Well written?

Yes!

Were they the same story?

No!

Were they all good stories?

Quite!

My story and Dawn’s stories followed a similar theme, but were quite different in style and conclusion. Katherine’s story took a completely different path- one that I would never have imagined.

Was it a good story! I loved it, partly because I could never have conceived it. Would I read it again? Certainly!

What did we learn from this? That not everyone sees the same story from the same inspiration, but that all the stories have merit. They were equal in quality while being different in most other ways.

There are thousands of authors, playwrights, directors, actors–you name it–out there and many of them are tremendously talented. So trying to say this one is better than that one is personal opinion. No two of them are going to be best in every area, but they can both be leaders in their field.

Give two different authors an idea for a book and have them write from that idea. The two books will be completely different, even if they both write the same genre. Once those books have been edited and rewrites finished, you’ll have two different books, both of which will be fantastic, but different.

Which will be better? That’s a matter of personal opinion. It’s can’t be quantified. I like both Ellis Peters and Dorothy Sayers. Which one is better? I couldn’t say. It depends on what I want to read at the time.

Let’s stop forcing competition where there is no need. The marketplace is hazardous enough without complicating matters. Wouldn’t it be better if we were to encourage each other to do our best?

The world deserves out best effort. Let’s give each other a hand!

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Black and whiteHave you written your family history, your personal memoirs or perhaps historical fiction? Then Footprint Expressions may be the company for you.

Located in San Diego, CA, Footprint Expressions is the dream of Yvette Porter Moore and sister company to FreedomInk365. Yvette is the editor of Footprint Expressions as well as an author in her own right.

Footprint Expressions is looking for authors who write Memoirs, Biographies, Autobiographies, Historical Fiction and Family Ancestral Stories. So if you’ve been writing down those family stories or are writing your autobiography or historical fiction, check out Footprints Expressions. I’ve been working on our family’s ghost stories. Once I’m finished, I’m going to give her a call.

For more information, check out their site on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/Footprintespressions

http://www.freedomink365.com/footprint_expressions_publishing

If you’re interested in publishing your work, drop her a note and see how she can help you.

Footprint Expressions and FreedomInk365!

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CommercialGrowing up in farm country, preparation for Thanksgiving began late in September or early in October. There were rum cakes to make, and they needed about 6 weeks to get fully soused. And we made cakes for about half the county, I think, besides the ones we made for our family.

And then there was the fudge… Nobody, it seemed, could follow the recipe my mother gave out, so they all came back begging for various sorts in time for Thanksgiving. With a sigh, she began the multiple batches of fudge, from several different chocolate fudges, white fudge and divinity fudge. The house smelled wonderful, but even I, the original chocoholic, got tired of the scent of chocolate.

A few days before Thanksgiving, the pies began coming out of the oven. Everybody had a favorite, so the scents of pumpkin, apple, mince meat, and elderberry wafted through the house.

And where would we be without spice cake and home made bread? We had two ovens in the kitchen and we kept them going for days before the holidays.

Thanksgiving morning had a special tradition at our house. Dad, my sister, Linda, and I got up early, dressed warmly and headed out to the fields to go pheasant hunting. In northern Ohio, there was usually snow on the ground and the weeds along the fences sparkled in the morning sunlight. The snow crunched and squeaked beneath our boots and our breath became little puffs of fog as we walked along.

Once in a while we actually scared up a pheasant, but mostly it was just special time with Dad. He’d talk about the various trees in the woods and fence rows and how to identify them by their bark. Or he’d tell old family stories about growing up in Tennessee in the early 1900’s.

By around 11:00, we’d be back in the house, by the fire, drinking coffee or hot cocoa. Then we girls would join Mom in the kitchen to put the finishing touches on dinner before guests began to arrive. The smells from the ovens was inviting and all the baked goods displayed in the dining room just begged to be tasted as we set the table.

Thanksgiving dinner was a wonderful time to be together with family and friends. The food was always exquisite, the company warm and jovial. But to me, the magic of Thanksgiving was that early morning stroll through the countryside with Dad, pheasants or no pheasants.

Wishing you all the best this Thanksgiving Day. Share your traditions with us. Together we can build new memories.

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Yes, iBlack and whitet’s here! We now have the cover art for the new Jareth, First Lord. And it’s stunning. Thank you M2 Studios and Jeremy Morgan!

We still have a little time before the print books arrive, so there is still time to pre-order Jareth, First Lord. After all, you should read Book 1 of the Esperance Series before Book 2 comes out in the spring, right?

So, here is the long awaited cover! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Jareth Cover art final

Don’t forget—

         —to Share the Romance–

                                       ~~Mellie Miller~~

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Mel and Gambler's FollyIf you’ve read Gambler’s Folly and have been hoping for a new release, wait no longer. Jareth, First Lord will be out next month. Set on a new highland world ruled by men with paranormal abilities, Jareth’s courtship of Lady Viviane is one of extremes.

Trained as a warrior, Jareth feels helpless when faced by a woman in tears. But when her temper flares, the fireworks are spectacular. Can he win her heart?

If you haven’t read Gambler’s Folly go over to Amazon.com and get your copy today. I was interviewed by Cyrus Webb this week and we talked about Gambler’s Folly.

Cyrus was kind enough to leave a wonderful review of the book, also. You can read it here.

So while you wait for Jareth, First Lord, take a look at Gambler’s Folly. And you can join the pre-sale event for Jareth.

Whatever you do, whatever you read,

Don’t forget—

—to Share the Romance…

                              Mellie E. Miller

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Mel and Gambler's FollyYes, tonight was the night! I stopped by Conversations LIVE to talk with radio and TV host Cyrus Webb about my writing, Gambler’s Folly and what is coming up in the future.

Cyrus is a charming  host, reaching for more than just “This is your book. What is it about?” He went behind the scenes to learn when this passion for writing began and how I took that first big step into sharing my work with the world.

If you didn’t join us live, you can still listen to the interview.

Haven’t read Gambler’s Folly? Go to http://www.amazon.com/author/melliemiller

And watch here for news on Jareth, First Lord, coming in September. It is available now for pre-order at: http://www.freedomink365.com/jarethfirstlord

So go check out the interview with Cyrus Webb, get your copy of Gambler’s Folly, grab a cup of something nice, sit back and take a journey.

Don’t forget—

      —to Share the Romance…

                                       Mellie E. Miller

 

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Mel and Gambler's FollyI addressed readers a few days ago. But now let’s ask a question I hear quite often. Why do you write? Where do you find your inspiration?

Not everyone writes for the same reason. There are probably as many reasons as there are authors out there. I write because it’s fun, in its own way. Yes, it can be aggravating, frustrating and lead to sleepless nights. But I still write.

I know authors who write to get the characters out of their head, and those characters can demand attention while they’re trying to be born.

Some authors write to inform others. Sometimes it is about a problem they see in society, sometimes about dealing with a disease. Perhaps they want to show us about live in another part of the world. Others want to show us a personal history, an autobiography or genealogy.

And where do we find inspiration? For many it is from life itself, from interactions with friends, neighbors, people we meet in town or at the airport. There is just something about a situation or a chance meeting that provides a spark for a new story.

Sometimes ideas come from dreams. I’ve had several stories begin in my dreams and develop while I sleep. A few times I’ve written myself into a situation I can’t figure a way out of, but a good night’s sleep and a few dreams usually help points the way.

Authors, help me out here. Let’s have your comments on why you write and where you find inspiration. If you’re daring, go to my Facebook page and comment.

Why do we write? Because we must.

What inspires us? Anything and everything in the world.

Talk to you later. And if you haven’t joined my Pre-Sale Event  for Jareth, First Lord yet, jump on over to Facebook.

And whatever you do,

Don’t forget—

     —to Share the Romance…

                                              Mellie E. Miller

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