Know the Lingo

There's nothing more frustrating to a writer, besides writing a query letter, than understanding various terms in the writing world, like second rights.

If you want to brush up on some of your lingo terminology, go here.

Lea Schizas
Award-winning author & editor
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To Split Infinitives or Not To Split Infinitives

...that is the question. (-:

Learn when it's OK to split infinives and when you shouldn't do it even if it is OK according to the rule books. Go to my Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor blog at

Virtual Book Tour member Carolyn Howard-Johnson
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Bruce Atchison, Guest Author at Write What Inspires You!

Join me today at when children's author, Bruce Atchison, joins me as my guest author.

Bruce Atchison, a legally blind writer, has written scores offreelance articles since 1996. Their topics ranged from a visit to the Voice of Russia World Service in Moscow to a hilarious April Fools joke played on his class by his grade 3 teacher. Bruce's articles have appeared in an eclectic mix of publications, from glossy magazines to photocopied underground "zines."

He has also written 2 books. When a Man Loves a Rabbit (Learning and Living With Bunnies) relates his adventures and misadventuresof having rabbits as house pets as well as the fascinating facts he learned about them. It was published in 2006. A year later, he wrote Deliverance From Jericho (Six Years in a Blind School). it's his memoir about what it was like to be sent 500 miles from home for months at a stretch, beginning when he was 7 years old. Bruce is currently working on How I Was Razed (and How I found Authentic Christianity), an account of his spiritual journey through various betrayals of his faith to the eventual discovery of what genuine Christianity is. He lives in a tiny hamlet in the western Canadian province of Alberta with 4 house rabbits.

Meet an interesting author and his novel, by Vivian Zabel

Kirk Bjornsgaard, an acquisitions editor for the University of Oklahoma Press, trusted his novel to 4RV Publishing. Before the revisions could be done, cancer returned causing Kirk not to be able to make them. However, we finished needed revisions with my doing the work and his approving or giving suggestions, and the novel, Confessions of a Former Rock Queen, was released this week.

The book, set mainly in Oklahoma and New York, grabs the interest of “Boomers,” “Sooners,” and music lovers, especially of old time rock ‘n roll.

Bjornsgaard weaves his knowledge of music and rock ‘n roll into the book, giving a realistic taste to the plot and characters. As John Wooley, author of Ghost Band and From the Blue Devils to Red Dirt: The Story of Oklahoma Music writes, a person can always tell when a novel about music is written by a musician. Such is the case with Confessions of a Former Rock Queen. Bjornsgaard, “a rock ‘n roller for almost four decades, expertly chronicles the life of an unsophisticated small-town Oklahoma girl tapped on the shoulder by fame in the swingin’ ‘60s.”

Copies of Confessions of a Former Rock Queen can be purchased through most bookstores or on line, including on the 4RV Book Store.

Vivian Zabel
Brain Cells & Bubble Wrap

Bubba and Giganto: Odds Against Us by Lea Schizas

I'm excited to be a part of the Virtual Book Tours members. The group began end of last year with several writers hopping on board and supporting each other by taking turns touring our books.

I've been proud to showcase my tween-crossover novel, Bubba and Giganto: Odds Against Us, published by 4RV Publishing in 2008. Here's a quick summary on the book:

Bubba hates it when his dad gets a contract for a new project. That means uprooting the family from one city and moving to another. Attending a new school is a major pet peeve of his. His smart alecky nature attracts the bullies in every school he’s attended.

On the first day of school, Bubba bumps into this rather large student. Fearing a confrontation, he wears his tough guy attitude and waits for the punches to begin. Remarkably, the new student apologizes and Bubba and David (aka Giganto as Bubba eventually nicknames him) become best friends.

Bubba and Giganto try out for the high school soccer team and that’s when trouble begins. Bubba knew eventually he’d meet the bullies of the school and he was right.

In the first initial weeks, Bubba learns about a death that occurred the previous year, faces the bullies on several occasions, helps Giganto practice soccer before tryouts, and challenges the bullies to a scrimmage.

Little did Bubba know Giganto held a secret, one that will place Giganto in a deadly situation.

For more information, to read reviews, or to purchase the book, please visit THIS PAGE.

Lea Schizas