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Poolside in Malaysia!

Alexa would take a dip, but she’d have to lose the Glock! She’d go to any depths; nothing will stop her pursuit of Angelo. Ending his encrypted emails, demanding the elimination of influential businessmen who are aware of his Black Market scams. His threats to expose her turbulent past and the indiscretions of her pastor-father had to end —now! But Angelo wasn’t going down without a fight. Get into the riveting action! available through cbhoffmann.com, or just $.99 on iTunes, BN, or Amazon.com.

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Believing When You Can’t See It Yet

Have you ever waited a long time for a dream to come true, only to eventually start to lose hope? I started writing Consuming Fire thirty-one years ago, revised it ~17 times, and finally my son/partner and I published the final version on Amazon.com earlier this year. We hired a PR agent in NYC and immediately landed my first interview, on live TV, no less, and two radio interviews — one from Sacramento, CA and one in Ocala, FL. We also got a great book review (check for links in previous blogs). I thought we were on our way!! Then, nothing! That’s right, nothing happened after that! Bottom line: it’s not fun to walk through the desert with no oasis in sight. But I’ve come to the conclusion that this is what real faith is all about… trusting & believing God has plans for your future & is working things together for your »

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Lots Going On

Going back to college, Valencia to be exact, to study Public Relations courses and become my own public relations agent! But WOW!! Who can afford a NYC PR agent at $2000/month? Definitely not me!

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Do Your Own PR Work & Save $$$$

Getting ready to take a PR course at Valencia Community College and hope we can start contacting the radio and TV stations, etc., for ourselves. Hope this works as well as we’d like! Also, hope we can find the perfect media data base.  All this stuff is frightfully expensive!! Just a little bit of FAITH goes a long way!!!

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Writer’s Block

Running out of ideas, or never coming up with the perfect ones can be daunting. Truth is, writing isn’t as easy as some may erroneously think. But if you’ll consider your purpose for writing, it should help you get on the right track. For instance, if you want to entertain your audience, think of irony as the master of irony, O. Henry, taught us in The Ransom of Red Chief. Maybe take time to read it; after all, it’s a really short story. If you want to teach or inform, consider what would be the most important thing for you to share. If you want to persuade, then what is so important to you that others should understand? Maybe even decide you’re right? Go to the webbing chart I posted earlier and start kicking around some ideas. I heard that Marjorie Rawlings was rejected by publishers until one of them challenged her to write »

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Tongue Twisters

Alex peruses the peaceful premises to protect her author, CB Hoffmann, outside the prolific Library of Congress in Washington, DC! Discover details of her dangerous detective doings in the trilogy: “Consuming Fire: An Alexa Silven Novel” and the two subsequent novels, “Murder by Design” and “Bulletproof Wedding” on iTunes, BN, or Amazon, or cbhoffmann.com.

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Book Give-away!

Thanks to everyone who claimed your free book! Enjoy reading & remember that books 2 & 3 of the Alexa Silven trilogy are only $.99 on iTunes, BN, & Amazon – or, go to cbhoffmann.com and view & order all 6 of our novels. All 3 books of this trilogy are available on Audible.com!!

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Dealing With Writer’s Block II

If you’ve forgotten the first steps in dealing with writer’s block, please go back to my blog, “Writer’s Block.” Now that you’ve determined the strengths and weaknesses of your Villain, Hero, and Victim, you should web brainstorm interactions between these characters. Draw a large circle, about 1 inch in diameter in the center of your paper.  Place the main theme of your story in the center circle. Themes vary, such as: crime, poverty, murder, gangs, injustice, and tons more. Next, draw about 5 other 1″ centimeter circles around the central circle. Place the names of your villain, victim, and hero in 3 of them and leave the other 2 blank for the names of 2 main, but subordinate characters, as they arise during your brainstorming. Now you see, you have three main characters in your outer circles and your theme in the center. Connect these outer circles to your central »

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