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Featured Indie Chick - Melissa Smith

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, April 23, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 

This week's fab Indie Chick is Melissa Smith! This is of last in the Indie Chicks stories featured in the anthology. I hope you've enjoyed them. 

 Writing Out the Grief

Melissa A. Smith

A common question people ask a writer is what made them decide to sit down and start writing in the first place. For me, it was grief. 
While in high school, I wrote. I had taken journalism and the teacher loved my writings. Two pieces of my work had been published in two different school publications. I was also ...

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Featured Indie Chick - Michelle Muto

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, April 14, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 



This week's featured Indie Chick is Michelle Muto...

 THE MAGIC WITHIN AND THE LITTLE BOOK THAT COULD


 That's what I've been calling The Book of Lost Souls, the book that started my path to publication. I’ve always loved to write. I’ve always loved the way imagination and words blend on a page, the way they transport a reader to faraway worlds, or right next door, where witches live. From the time I was very young, books were an amazing world to me. There was no greater joy than going to th...
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Featured Indie Chick - Talia Jager

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, April 8, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 

This week's featured Indie Chick is Talia Jager!

 PAPER, PEN, AND CHOCOLATE

“Mom!” a voice yelled from the other room. “Make her stop!”
“I didn’t do anything!” another voice yelled before I could even get up to see what was going on.
 I sighed and struggled to get off the couch where I had just started writing a scene. Four months pregnant with our sixth child and the varicose veins were already causing problems for me. I wondered where my husband was hiding that he couldn’t handl...

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Featured Indie Chick - Julia Crane

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, April 2, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 


This weeks' fab inspirational Indie Chick story comes from Julia Crane...

 MOVING TO THE MIDDLE EAST

Separation was normal in my marriage. My husband was in the military, and usually gone six months a year. We had adapted quite well to the schedule. Of course, we had the normal period of adjustment when he would return, but that was part of the lifestyle. We were looking forward to his retirement, and being able to spend more time together as a family. That didn’t work out quite as we expecte...

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Featured Indie Chick - Carol Davis Luce

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, March 25, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 


This week's featured Indie Chick is Carol Davis Luce. You can now get the Indie Chicks Anthology -- FREE on Kindle, Smashwords, and Nook.  

 SELF-TAUGHT LATE BLOOMER

Carol Davis Luce

            My motto is, “If I can do it, anyone can do it.” I wasn’t born to write. I didn’t aspire to be a writer from the time I could hold a Crayon. I could, however, draw, and make things take shape through form and color on paper and canvas, and that’s the path I traveled well into midlife. The artis...

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Featured Indie Chick - Christine Kersey

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, March 17, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 


This week's featured Indie Chick is the fab Christine Kersey...

 

NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS

I love to read and lose myself in a good story – forget all that is going on around me and be in the story with the characters. One day in 1997 I finished reading a novel by Joy Fielding and realized she hadn’t needed to be an expert in a particular field, like medicine or law, to write a good suspense story. This fact inspired me to try my hand at writing. It also didn’t hurt that we’d just go...
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Featured Indie Chick - Mel Comley

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, March 11, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 

This week's featured Indie Chick is the super fab Mel Comley...


French Fancies
By Mel Comley
 

In 1993 I walked out on my sad and abusive marriage, one that I had stuck with for seven years. At the time I jointly owned a shop with my ex-husband and my Mother, so we had to sell the business when the marriage broke down.

If I thought that was hard it was nothing to what I had to endure the following six years. To make ends meet, I had to work two jobs for 70-80 hours a week over 6½ days. Take my wo...


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Featured Indie Chick - Barbara Silkstone

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, March 4, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 

The fabulously funny Barbara Silkstone is this week's featured Indie Chick...

 
Barbara Silkstone 
 
HAVE YOU EVER LOST A HAT?
By Barbara Silkstone

I lost everything including my home, my car, and even my retirement accounts. I was physically attacked inside and outside a court building. My daughter and baby granddaughter were threatened. I came at the bad guys like a mother tiger.
A few years earlier I had agreed to testify against a real estate developer in a civil racketeering case. He was obscenely rich and coul...

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Featured Indie Chick - Sibel Hodge

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, February 25, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 
Indie Chicks: 25 Women 25 Personal Stories 

 
It's my turn this week to share my story from the Indie Chicks Anthology...
 

From 200 rejections to Amazon top 200!

Sibel Hodge

 

Ever since I was old enough to scrawl my first word, which was Halibaaaaa, I knew I wanted to write books. OK, so the word didn’t actually make sense, and it might take a little longer for me to actually string a whole sentence together, but that didn’t put me off. I was going to write books and no one would stop me…

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Featured Indie Chick - Christine DeMaio-Rice

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, February 19, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 
This week's fab Indie Chick is Christine DeMaio-Rice...

 


 HOW A BIG YELLOW TRUCK CHANGED MY LIFE
(for the better)

An orange peel grapple is a big machine. Excavator on the bottom. Long arm in the middle. And a metal grapple on the end that looks like a horror movie claw. The base spins. The arm moves up and down. The grapple grabs stuff like SUVs and big piles of metal.
You may come across one while driving, and if you have a little boy in the car, you may have to pull over to watch the thing mov...
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Featured Indie Chick - Cheryl Bradshaw

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, February 12, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 
This week's fab Indie Chick is Cheryl Bradshaw...
 
 
 
Just me and James Dean

When I was a little girl I used to make up stories at bedtime for my younger sister, Michelle.  The most vivid centered on a boy and a girl who received a piece of gum for Halloween in their trick-or-treat bag, and when they chewed it, they were transported to a magical land where they were granted unlimited wishes.  Even at such a young age, the process of concocting stories was effortless.  My mind revolved like the r...

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Featured Indie Chick - Dani Amore

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, February 6, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 
This week's inspirational story from the Indie Chicks Anthology is Dani Amore...

 
WRITING FROM A FLOUR SACK
by
Dani Amore

Fact:  I was born on a bathroom floor.  Literally.  My arrival into this world was followed seconds later by an unceremonious drop onto the cold tile of St. John’sHospital in DetroitMichigan.
You see, I was the fifth out of six children.  My mother knew my delivery would be fast, but the nurse at the hospital insisted she go to the bathroom before the doctor arrived.

Later, ...

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Featured Indie Chick - Anne R Allen

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, January 29, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 

 
 

This week's Indie Chick is Anne R Allen with another inspiring story for you. Take it away Anne...
 

A KINKY ADVENTURE IN ANGLOPHILIA

 

By Anne R. Allen

 

When I started writing funny women’s fiction fifteen years ago, if anybody had given me a realistic idea of my chances for publication, I’d have chosen a less stressful hobby, like do-it-yourself brain surgery, professional frog herding, or maybe staging an all-Ayatollah drag revue in downtown Tehran.

As a California actress with yea...


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Featured Indie Chick - Sarah Woodbury

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, January 23, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 
This Week's featured Indie Chick is Sarah Woodbury...

  Sarah Woodbury  

 
Turning Medieval by Sarah Woodbury


Sometimes it’s easy to pinpoint those moments in your life where everything is suddenly changed.  When you look across the room and say to yourself, I’m going to marry him.  Or stare down at those two pink lines on the pregnancy test, when you’re only twenty-two and been married for a month and a half and are living on only $800 a month because you’re both still in school and my God how is this...

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Featured Indie Chick - Suzanne Tyrpak

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, January 15, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 
Suzanne Tyrpak 

Another inspiring story this week from Suzanne Tyrpak...
                                           
Holes

I used to think I had to be perfect. Of course, I fell short of perfection on a regular basis so I frequently felt like a failure.

The only way to prevent failure is to hide. If we don’t put ourselves out there, we can’t fail.

To prevent myself from failing, I hid in a fantasy world. As a young child, I longed to be a ballerina. I loved to dance, but more than that, I wanted to escape in...

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Featured Indie Chick - Prue Batten

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, January 8, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 
This week we've got another inspirational post from the Indie Chicks Anthology by Prue Batten...
 

Mrs. So Got It Wrong Agent.

After writing forever, I decided to finally go down the independent road in 2008. At that time, it was called self-publishing and the track I decided to take was POD. Part of my reason for the move was that my books had been declared commercially viable by the UK literary consultancy that assessed them, but in every instance they were declined by the Big Six.

The only tim...


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Featured Indie Chick - Cheryl Shireman

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, January 2, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 
It's my pleasure to welcome Cheryl Shireman as my featured Indie Chick this week. Cheryl is the inspiration for the Indie Chicks and our fab mentor! Take it away Cheryl...

 

Cheryl Shireman

I Burned My Bra For This? One Woman’s Fantasy

I’m a Baby Boomer. Which means that I remember bell-bottoms, Happy Days, and having only three channels on the television. I played Donny Osmond albums on a record player. My parents watched Gunsmoke, and on Sunday nights we all watched The Wonderful World of D...


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Featured Indie Chick - Katherine Owen

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, December 17, 2011, In : Indie Chicks 


This week's Indie Chick is Katherine Owen with a truly inspirational story for you... 

 One Fictionista’s Literary Bliss
By: Katherine Owen
I was anointed a female fictionista by an overzealous Georgia Bulldog fan on Twitter. I immediately took it for my job description.  So, here’s what you should know. I write. I write a lot. And, when I'm not writing, I think about writing a lot. You may think we're having a conversation, but invariably I'm stealing your name, asking how to spell it, and ...

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Featured Indie Chick - Donna Fasano

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, December 12, 2011, In : Indie Chicks 

 
Donna Fasano wrote for Harlequin Books for 20 years before becoming a proud Independent Author. She's written over 30 romance and women's fiction novels that have sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide. Her books have won awards and made best-seller lists. Below is the story she contributed to the anthology Indie Chicks: 25 Independent Women, 25 Inspiring Stories

 
Stepping Into The Light

I sit in the back row, shoulders rounded, knees jumping, my left thumb rubbing a raw spot in the center o...

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Featured Indie Chick - Linda Welch

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, December 3, 2011, In : Indie Chicks 



Every week I'll be featuring a personal story from the Indie Chicks anthology. This week, it's Linda Welch. Take it away Linda...

 
 When I published the first two Whisperings paranormal mystery novels, I created an icon to use on Facebook and Twitter. The picture is of Whisperings lead character, Tiff Banks. It seemed a good way to advertise my product at the time. But no matter how often I say she is not me, I am not a tall, slim, blond young woman, many obviously don’t believe me. Response...

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Featured Indie Chick - Lizzy Ford

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, November 26, 2011, In : Indie Chicks 
Every week I'll be featuring a personal story from the Indie Chicks anthology. This week, it's Lizzy Ford, and her's is a truly inspiring story...


 The Phoenix and the Darkness

 

I've been running from The Darkness since I left home at the age of 17.  I escaped a broken family to the military, found it unwelcoming to creative non-conformists but fulfilled my commitment.  The first man I dated was a drunkard who suffered from post traumatic stress disorder; the second raped me.  The rest of my ti...


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Featured Indie Chick - Danielle Blanchard

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, November 19, 2011, In : Indie Chicks 


Every week I'll be featuring a personal story from the Indie Chicks anthology. This week, it's Danielle Blanchard...


“Write or Die”
By Danielle Blanchard

2010 was the worst year of my life. 
After a very successful career in the banking industry, I suddenly found myself unemployed, my marriage falling apart and to add insult to injury my father dying. I had a 10 month old daughter and suddenly, I was back living with my unmarried, child-free sister with two children. Life was bleak and the mo...

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Featured Indie Chick - Heather Marie Adkins

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, November 13, 2011, In : Indie Chicks 


Every week I'll be featuring a personal story from the Indie Chicks anthology. This week, it's Heather Marie Adkins...

 
 Latchkey Kid

by Heather Marie Adkins

It isn’t easy being the daughter of a police officer, but it’s even more difficult to be the daughter of a female police officer. I would come to understand this early, and often, in my life.
My mom’s career has always been the whirling force of my existence.
She was sworn into the Louisville Police Department on September 10, 1990. I w...


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Featured Indie Chick - Shea MacLeod

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, November 6, 2011, In : Indie Chicks 


 

Every week I'll be featuring a personal story from the Indie Chicks anthology. This week it's Shea MacLeod, and you'll definitely need a tissue handy for this one!

 Knight in Shining Armour

by Shéa MacLeod

 

It’s strange how long a bruise can last. 

Long after the physical evidence is gone, the muscles remember.  A raised hand or an angry voice, and the body flinches away.  The mind tries to forget, bury the pain deep … but the scars are forever.

It didn’t start that way, of cour...


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Sibel Hodge I'm an author of comedy mystery and romantic comedy novels, and a huge fan of the screwball comedy genre. In my spare time I'm Wonder Woman! For more about me and my novels, please check out my book page.

 

 

 

 

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