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Weird writing habits of famous authors

Did you know some famous authors have quirky habits

By Jack Milgram of Custom Writing

Sometimes, it’s more than just the outstanding works of famous writers that make us talk about them. It’s also their strange habits that capture people’s attention. See all 20 of them in our infographic.

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Summer Heat, Scott Fields steamy, erotic novel

Excerpt from Scott Fields’ steamy novel, Summer Heat

Soon to be a major motion picture!

Summer Heat by Scott Fields has been optioned by Forbidden Tears Production Studios to be a major motion picture. Watch for details. Here is a sample chapter published earlier.

From Chapter 3 of Summer Heat

Earl glanced at her chest. Her firm, ample breasts strained the buttons on her blouse. He slightly lowered his head to peek through the openings at the soft skin. Earl swirled his finger down her arm to the soft skin on the inside of her elbow. She was panting now. Her eyes were closed and sweat trickled down her neck and disappeared behind her blouse. He could see the outline of her hard nipples. His finger was only inches away. So far, it had all been innocent play. He had not crossed any line, but that was about to change. His head throbbed. He could feel the blood pounding through his veins.

 

It was near closing. The last of the patrons were walking out the door. Jessie was wiping down the bar when Earl Summer Heat, Scott Fields steamy, erotic novelleaned back in his chair.

“Hey, there, Lil’ Darlin’, bring me a bottle of the good stuff,” he said. “And bring two glasses.”

Jessie knew what the good stuff was. Earl loved Crown Royal and kept cases of it in the backroom. She carried the bottle and two glasses across the room and set it on his table.

“Sit down, girl,” he said. “I don’t want to drink alone.”

“It’s late, Earl,” she said.

“What are you talking about? We still got a half hour before closing.” He poured two drinks. “Here, this will get you where you need to go.”

“I don’t think I ever had any Crown Royal before.” She sipped the drink. “Damn, that’s good stuff.”

“How come that old man of yours never got you any?”

“Frank doesn’t drink.”

“He doesn’t? Hell, that don’t sound American.”

“He ain’t never even tried it.”

Earl gulped his drink. “Don’t know what he’s missin’, does he?”

Jessie took another sip. “This stuff is so smooth.”

“Drink up, girl,” said Earl filling the glasses. “We got this whole bottle here to kill off.”

“Must be terribly expensive.”

“Are you enjoying it?”

“Yes.”

“Then don’t worry about it,” he said. “It wouldn’t hurt you none if you untied a few of them knots.”

Jessie gulped her drink. “What are you talking about?”

“You just look like you might need to unwind,” said Earl. “You seem tense or upset about something.”

“You might be right.”

Earl filled her glass again. “Must be hard on you with Frank gone.”

She leaned back in her chair. “Yeah, I miss him a lot.”

“Pretty young thing like you must miss havin’ a man carry you off to bed.”

“Oh, Frank isn’t that kind of guy,” she said, her words slurring already. “He loves me. I got no doubt about that, but in his own way.”

“In other words, you ain’t getting any.”

Jessie filled her glass and took another drink. “Why? You applying for the job?”

Earl reached out and placed his hand on top of hers. “That I am, darlin’,” he said with a sober voice.

Jessie set her drink on the table and leaned back. Her head was spinning from the alcohol. It had all been light-hearted banter until now. Even in her drunken stupor, she could see that he was serious.

“Think you’re man enough?” she asked with a smile.

Earl tightly gripped her hand. His smile disappeared. “I know I’m man enough.”

It was about that time that the other waitress started towards the front door. Earl bolted across the room to let her out. He said his good nights, let her out and latched the door behind her.

“We’re all alone,” he announced with a smile.

Jessie pointed at a chair next to hers. “Come and sit down next to me.”

Earl slowly swaggered across the room. Beads of sweat erupted on his forehead. He had thought about this moment ever since he met her. Fantasies of her swirled in his mind.  His head throbbed with excitement. He pulled up a chair and sat next to her.

“Now where were we?” he asked, his voice raspy.

“You were telling me how much of a man you are.”

With one hand, Earl began rubbing her back and shoulders. Jessie moaned in approval.

“Tell me something,” said Earl. “How married are you?”

“What do you mean?”

“You know what I mean.”

She held up her hand. “I have a ring.”

Earl sneered. “That don’t mean anything.”

He ran his hand over her shoulders and lightly caressed her bare arm.

“I didn’t think that would make much of an impression,” she said closing her eyes. “Damn, that feels good.”

He ran one finger lightly over her cheek. “I know something else that would feel even better.”

Jessie said nothing. She groaned as he lightly swirled his finger over her bare skin.

“Relax,” he said. “You seem tense.”

“It’s been a long time.”

“A long time for what?”

“Since…since a man has touched me.”

“How does it feel?”

“Incredible,” she said with a slur. “Simply incredible.”

Earl glanced at her chest. Her firm, ample breasts strained the buttons on her blouse. He slightly lowered his head to peek through the openings at the soft skin. Earl swirled his finger down her arm to the soft skin on the inside of her elbow. She was panting now. Her eyes were closed and sweat trickled down her neck and disappeared behind her blouse. He could see the outline of her hard nipples. His finger was only inches away. So far, it had all been innocent play. He had not crossed any line, but that was about to change. His head throbbed. He could feel the blood pounding through his veins.

Earl reached over and lightly touched the side of her breast. It was firm and yet soft to the touch. Jessie jerked. She moaned and arched her back. Earl withdrew his finger. He wasn’t sure. Was that a cold reaction? Was she pulling away? Then, Jessie moved her chair closer and turned in his direction. “Please,” she uttered softly.

Her breasts were right in front of him, heaving now from her heavy breathing. Earl could see her nipples through the sweat-soaked blouse. He could feel his manhood throbbing in his pants. He reached over and gently unbuttoned the top button of her blouse. He glanced at her face for a reaction.

“Faster,” she muttered.

His hands trembled as he fumbled with the remaining buttons. When he finished with the last one, he slowly pulled her blouse open. Cool air from a slow-turning ceiling fan washed over her exposed breasts making her nipples even harder and leaving small bumps on her skin.

In spite of his gruff exterior, Earl knew women and he knew what pleased them. He reached over with both hands and lightly touched the sides of her bare breasts. She jumped slightly but moved even closer. He slowly moved his fingers to the underside of her breasts, caressing the soft skin, coming close to her nipples but never touching them. He then formed circles around the breasts even closer to her nipples, occasionally, brushing them as if by accident.

By then, Jessie’s chest was rising and falling as she gasped for air. Earl firmly grasped her ribcage and leaned towards her. He lightly touched her lips with his. As she moved closer to kiss him, he pulled away, then lightly, hovered his lips over hers.

Crazed with lust, Jessie pulled him close to her, savagely kissing his lips. The taunting and teasing was over. Earl wrapped his arms around her and kissed her long and hard. Still locked in a tight embrace, Jessie slid her cotton blouse over her shoulders and let it fall to the floor. Earl fumbled with his belt sending his pants sliding down his legs. He stepped out of them just as she did hers.

“Take me now,” she said with a raspy voice. “I don’t care where, just do it.”

Earl picked her up and sat her on the edge of the table. He grabbed her ankles and slid her closer to the edge. Jessie lay back on the table. She wanted to scream. Her whole body was on fire. He had to do, and he had to do it now. What was he waiting on? She could feel hot liquid as it dripped from the tender folds of her skin and onto the floor. He wasn’t going to tease her again. He wouldn’t do that. He couldn’t.

Then it happened. She felt his strong, hard manhood as it slid, effortlessly, into her. She screamed with pleasure. Her whole body screamed with pleasure. It was obvious that the teasing and taunting of foreplay was over. He was at the right height and could easily slam it deep into her. She screamed with pleasure at every thrust that he made.

Her first orgasm came within seconds, the second and third minutes later. He picked up speed, slamming home even faster. Jessie was delirious with pleasure. Her orgasms seemed to be coming with every thrust. It went on for what seemed like an eternity. She had never experienced anything like this before. He was man enough. That was for sure.

Just as she was about to pass out, he slowed his movement. He leaned his head back and emitted a guttural, almost primal growl. She felt him pulsating inside her, then, slowed to a stop.

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Summer Heat is available in print from The Outer Banks Publishing Group Bookstore at $7.99 and on Amazon, the Kindle, and bookstores everywhere.

Paperback: 212 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0982993110
ISBN-13: 978-0982993118
Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces

 

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton and James Patterson to write a thriller novel

James Patterson and Bill Clinton

Author James Patterson, former President Clinton (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times; Diedre Laird / Charlotte Observer)

Have you heard…former President Bill Clinton and iconic author James Patterson have teamed up to write a novel, The President is Missing, that will be published June 2018.

Alfred A. Knopf and Little, Brown and Company will jointly publish the novel, which represents a rare foray into fiction for a former president, according to the report published in The New York Times.

You can read the rest of the story in the Times here.

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    Writing is like exercise – you need to keep in shape


    Writer and Internet marketer Aaron Harris notes five good reasons why you should write every day especially if you have a blog or website. His five reasons to keep in shape as a writer are:

    1. You are someone’s idol, hope, and inspiration
    2. Your works could be a part of someone’s daily routine
    3. No matter how bad you write, there will always be someone who loves your work
    4. Writing helps you loosen up, relieve stress
    5. Writing is simply one of the best ways to express yourself

    Read the rest of Aaron’s article published on the Digital Donut site.

     

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    Should grammar rules bother authors?

    Don’t let grammar hamper your writing

    by Jennifer Frost

    He said he wanted to stay on bed, err, in bed, uhm, at the bed?
    What is the right preposition for this sentence?
    You pressed the backspace button 11 times already.
    And your protagonist, who has a critical mission tomorrow, couldn’t sleep yet.

    When you are writing a book, grammar rules are nightmares. They haunt your commas, your italics and quotation marks, and even the spaces between words. There are two faces of grammatical errors among writers, especially fiction authors: one is when a mistake is made out of ignorance and the other is when a “mistake” is deliberately committed to achieve stylistic objectives.

    The second one can be forgiven, especially if readers can easily identify the context or reason. The first one, however, is tricky.

    What happens when you think of being grammatically perfect all the time as an author?

    1. Fear of starting – How can you begin when there are voices in your head discouraging you to write because you are not good with grammar?
    2. Low productivity – How can you continue writing a dialogue when you can’t figure out if the period comes before or after the quotation mark?
    3. Creativity blocks – How can you focus on developing your characters and keeping your scenes interesting when grammar ghosts won’t leave you?

    On the other hand, what happens when you intentionally disregard grammar? Your ultimate worry—that people would say you are unprofessional and not good enough—might hit you hard.

    1. Your potential publisher might get the impression that you lack discipline and attention to details.
    2. The reading experience of your readers might get interrupted because of errors.
    3. The result of all this is not just about sales but your wonderful stories in the future won’t be read.

    It can be frustrating.

    But like in any story that you write, there is a resolution. And you, the protagonist of your own story, should take action and not get stuck on a corner.

    What can you do?

    1. First, realize that grammar is not necessarily an enemy; it’s something to befriend. And friendships require efforts and attention. Grammar helps us to communicate our thoughts with less misunderstanding. What always matters is the message, but if we can’t deliver it properly, it might go to waste.
    2. Know the basics. Understand the ones you always use to connect your ideas and materials. A singular subject requires a singular verb. Use the preposition “at” to refer to a certain point or location, use “on” to denote the surface of something, and “in” is used to indicate a place, location or an enclosed space. When you’ve mastered the basics, you would be more confident to explore and experiment with your writing.
    3. Be judicious. For example, you typically hear that one should always use the active voice. But sometimes, using the passive voice can intensify an action, smoothen rhythm, or give the necessary attention to the receiver of the action because it matters to the next few scenes. So no matter how many grammar rules there are, the only thing that would always matter at the end is the relationship between your writing and your audience.
    4. Consult with editors. Do you know why you didn’t become a neurologist, a painter, or a web developer? It’s because we have different roles, skills, and interests. Sometimes, you have to let experts like editors do their work and help you give readers a more pleasurable reading experience.

    When you’re an author, having a wild imagination is not the job. Communicating it to your readers is your job. If grammar is bothering you, and the fear of committing a mistake is the only thing that separates you from your dream of getting your book published, then take action, anything: learn one difficult rule a day, ask for the help of an expert, or attend writing seminars.

    It may not happen overnight but at least you can sleep in your bed tonight knowing that you’ve done your best for your craft all day.

    Grammarist Jennifer Frost

    Grammarist Jennifer Frost

    Jennifer Frost is a blogger, writer, mother, wife, and English teacher located in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She’s an open-minded person who loves to travel, explore new places and foreign cultures, and learn new languages. You can read more of her work at englishgrammar.org.

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