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GIVEAWAY CLOSED🗣 . CONGRATULATIONS TO @svnfl0wrs ♥️ Check your DM! To everyone who joined thanks so much! . Want to get a free book? I'm giving away an ebook copy of Gray Places by Julia Byrd. This book was just released and sounded like a great mystery read! Also think of Brontë and Austen! Check the synopsis below: . . 1790s Yorkshire, England – Katherine Gilbert sets out for Wainforth Manor in North Yorkshire to fulfill her father’s last request. The master of Wainforth, Thomas Norcliffe, does not welcome her unannounced arrival, so Katherine must tread carefully around his dark moods while attempting to unlock the history buried in his ancestral home.

After she receives more than one whispered warning from the townspeople in Wainforth Village, Katherine’s initial audacity begins to waver. Deadly secrets from the Norcliffe family’s past are resurfacing, and Katherine begins to realize that the biggest danger lies within herself—the wisest course is to leave, but she wants to stay at Wainforth Manor and uncover the truth about Thomas Norcliffe. Rules: 👉🏻Like this photo 👉🏻Follow me and @julia_byrd . 👉🏻Tag three friends in the comment. You can do this up to three times Winner will be announced on June 17. ♥️ #GrayPlaces #JuliaByrd #Giveaway #JaninaxCanon

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New short story

I’m excited to have a short story published in this month’s issue of Uncaged Book Reviews! Find me on p. 71 with The Archfield Ceremony, a story about an aging knight who is pressed back into service to help his queen make a desperate escape. ❤️
Then come back and let me know me if you liked it and who you think inspired Tel!

Levels of misspelling

There are three main types of misspellings:

  • Group 1, the I Hate Myself category. Ex: “fourty” for the number 40. This happens to me every time I write that word.
  • Group 2, the I Should Know This category. Ex: “guarantee”. Mnemonic: guaranteed guava. Downside: You have to say “gwaranteed gwava” in your head, which is embarrassing.
  • Group 3, the No Shame category. Ex: surreptitious (yes, I just looked that up). No judgies, these words suck and it’s not your fault.

Typos are different critters and exist in two ecosystems: the smartphone keyboard and the real physical keyboard. Misspelling are born in the brain, whereas typos usually just spring unfertilized straight from your fingers.

Fun! And Thanks!

Release days are fun!! I can see how this writing thing gets addictive. Thank you so much for all the emails, texts, phone calls, clicks, photos, posts, tweets, likes, postcards, and baked goods! I loved writing Gray Places and I hope that is apparent while you’re reading.

Here’s a photo of me almost exactly 8 years ago in a North Yorkshire sheep field dreaming about writing a novel set in the moors. (And wearing terrible jeans?? Ugh)

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[ARC Review] Gray Places by Julia Byrd

A thoughtful and positive review! So interesting to see what readers take away from a book. ❤️

Ann Reads Them

516svjbjmhlTitle: Gray Places
Author: Julia Byrd
Genre: Fiction, romance, gothic

Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Release date:
April 5th, 2017

Where I got the book: I received a free e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary (from Goodreads)1790s Yorkshire, England – Katherine Gilbert sets out for Wainforth Manor in North Yorkshire to fulfill her father’s last request. The master of Wainforth, Thomas Norcliffe, does not welcome her unannounced arrival, so Katherine must tread carefully around his dark moods while attempting to unlock the history buried in his ancestral home. After she receives more than one whispered warning from the townspeople in Wainforth Village, Katherine’s initial audacity begins to waver. Deadly secrets from the Norcliffe family’s past are resurfacing, and Katherine begins to realize that the biggest danger lies within herself – the wisest course is to leave, but she wants to stay at Wainforth…

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Repetitious repetition

My copyeditor has asked me, quite rightly, to fix a few repetitious words/phrases in Gray Places of which I am overly fond. She just writes “Repetition,” very politely.

The word “repetition” is repetitious. R-E-P-E-T-I-T-I-O-U-S. The e-p-e! The t-i-t interlaced with the i-t-i! It’s repetitively repetitious!

Is that onomatopoeia? Now I have semantic satiation. It’s possible I’ve had too much coffee today.