New Blogger Arrives On The Scene

Bellakentuky Blogs for NovelNook!!!

(It was fun to write that)

This is my first blog entry here at NovelNook, and I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Kent DuFault, but I write under the pseudonym, Bellakentuky. I was born in Minnesota, and I have also lived in Florida, South Carolina, and Argentina.

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The author hanging out with his buddies; Bella and Lolita

I’m married to a beautiful Argentine woman named Maria Clarisa Fernandez Ponce de Leon. That’s a mouthful isn’t it? Everyone calls her Clari. My wife is a graphic designer, an illustrator, a filmmaker, and a photographer. And… She is a direct descendant of the Ponce de Leon we all read about in grade school. We have two beautiful cats and a loving home filled with artistic energy.

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Married in 2009

I found my way to NovelNook via Facebook. A fellow author posted about them, and I came over to investigate. (Social media does work!) I loved their concept, and I wrote to them immediately stating that I would like to be involved.

So, here I am.

I’ve been a writer most of my life. Publication of my first short stories occurred while I was still in high school. In my twenties, I worked has a reporter for a small newspaper chain (I wrote articles and took pictures). But the path of life took me toward photography. In 1984, I opened a commercial photography studio. This choice led to a pile of really cool life experiences. I traveled the world on somebody else’s nickel, met a few celebrities along the way,  and I even had the opportunity to photograph Mikhail Gorbachev once. During this period of my life, my writing was kept to myself and hidden in a drawer.

A Life Changing Event

Then, in 2001, I fell into a life changing event. A motion picture company came to Amelia Island, Florida; where I was living at the time; to make a movie. It was a film titled, Sunshine State. Not knowing any better, I went to their office and asked for a job. And guess what? They gave me one. (My name even shows up in the credits.)

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Florida – The Sunshine State

While this never led to a lifelong career in the movies, it did reignite my desire to write. You see, I had the opportunity to get up close and personal with a renowned movie director, his producer, and their locations manager. They’re inside scoop to me was – Hollywood needs good scripts, (I’m not sure I believe that now, given what’s in the theaters), but back then I was naïve.

So, I began writing screenplays with a vengeance. Only one of them ever got made into a movie, and it was me who made the movie. No, the movie never made it to the theaters, although, it did receive some nice comments from the film festival folks that I sent it to. But, I learned a lot from the experience. One, making a movie is a lot of fun and probably one of the most rewarding creative endeavors one could ever undertake. To see something that began in your thoughts become real… well… it’s mind-blowing. But then there was number two; making a movie is expensive, and that ended my movie career.

In 2005, I made a commitment.

I started writing fiction, in earnest, back in 2005. My natural tendencies were, once again, toward short stories. Not that I don’t think about writing a novel – because I do. (My wife says I’m scared). We’ll just have to see what happens down the road. I have lots of ideas. Since making that decision in 2005, I’ve published numerous short stories both online and in print. I’ve won several major writing contests and placed in the top five for a half a dozen more. I studied the craft of writing at Writer’s Village University, (which is an online resource that is very inexpensive and I highly recommend them), to hone my craft. Then, I became a slush reader for, everydayfiction.com. This experience has become the ultimate tool in the improvement of my own writing. It’s in this role that I’m constantly learning from other’s mistakes, as well as their victories, in the publication process.

I plan to write on many topics; writing, plot, characterization, the industry, generating ideas, the mechanics of writing, social media, writing contests, creative fermentation, etc.

I am very opinionated about the craft of writing, and life in general. But… I am well-tempered with an enthusiasm for debate. Please leave comments, even the ugly ones, I dare you.

You can follow me at

Facebook     Twitter     LinkedIn     Pinterest     Amazon

I’m also an avid reader. If you desire success in your writing career, you should be too.

I’m currently reading, Dracula, by Bram Stoker.

All my best on a beautiful day in South Carolina.

Bellakentuky

Novelnook’s Newest Blogger – Tuan Ho

tuanhogoodreadsprofilepicHi everyone!

My name is Tuan (pronounced as ‘two-one’ but you say it in one quick syllable) and I’m a new blogger here at Novelnook. I’ve been writing short stories since I was sixteen and I’m currently in the process of writing my debut novel that will hopefully earn me millions so I can shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, and fund every charitable organization on this planet. I’ll also set aside some money to buy a few jetpacks and hovercrafts and even a high-tech robot to do household chores.

WHY I JOINED NOVELNOOK

As a published author, I’m always on the lookout for articles and information on the Internet that inspires me to keep writing every single day. Author interviews, motivational posts, and great writing tips are what you can expect from me. I’ll also be contributing a “do’s and dont’s” article from a professional editor who will help make your writing tighter and better. Look out for that soon. So I’ll basically be here to help inspire writers to keep developing their masterpiece so they can publish it on Novelnook and enjoy the fabulous 100% royalty rate. :)

WRITING IS MY PASSION AND EXPERIENCING LIFE FUELS MY PASSION

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share three true and personal stories that are sad, surreal, and full of joy. By sharing these unique moments in my life, I hope it’ll stimulate anyone reading this to jump onto a glorious path where the power of words and the magic of storytelling is cherished and admired for an eternity.

I’ll begin with a very sad but true story that happened a few years ago.

THE STORY OF A DOG AND A CAR AT FIVE MINUTES PAST MIDNIGHT

I had just finished helping my cousin fix his computer and it was time to go home. My house was not far down the street—it was roughly a ninety second car ride away—but I had not driven my precious orange Toyota Camry that night. Instead, I rode my overpriced mountain bike.

I jumped on the bike and started cycling home on the sidewalk. It was a dark and gloomy night. The lights above only illuminated the area below them, so there were long stretches of my short journey home that was in pitch black. I couldn’t see anything except the streetlamps I passed under every twenty seconds.

As I got closer to home, I could hear a pack of dogs somewhere up ahead. It must’ve been the stray dogs that lived around my area. They roamed at night, looking for scraps of food. I could hear them chewing and barking, but I couldn’t see them. I kept riding and could now faintly see the dogs feeding on something on the sidewalk. There were four of them. Sometimes in life, you find yourself precisely at the right moment—this was one of them.

The dogs heard me approaching and as a precaution, instantly bolted in all different directions. Two dogs ran in the opposite direction of me, one dog ran to the edge of the road and waited while the fourth dog ran straight onto the road where it came face-to-face with a two-ton car. The driver slammed the brakes. It was too late. The screech of the brakes was followed by a thud. The other dogs barked from afar. They knew what had just occurred.

The driver got out of the car to inspect the damage on her car. She gasped as she looked over at the injured dog. The dog wailed as it lay on the ground motionless while the driver pulled out her cell phone to dial some numbers.

After about a minute, the driver ended the call, got back inside her car and slowly drove off. I remained there on the sidewalk, frozen and frightened by what I was hearing. If I hadn’t known, I would’ve assumed a careless human being had left their newborn child in the middle of the road. It was puzzling to hear the cries of a dying dog sound so much like a human baby.

There was nothing I could do in a state of shock and I had seen too much for one night so I continued riding home. The dog’s wailing got quieter as I rode across the street and into the driveway of my home.

I unlocked the door of my house and stood there. The night was now silent and the dog was suffering no more.

THE EVENT STILL HAUNTS ME

If I had ridden even a tiny bit slower—the dogs would’ve heard me a few seconds later—the car would already have passed—and perhaps that dog would still be alive today?

Some months ago, I sat inside my car and watched the sun fall beautifully below the horizon. I wondered what the dog would be doing at this moment if he/she was still alive today. I wondered where its soul now resided. Had it reincarnated? If so, had it come back as a dog, ant, dolphin or even a human? A hundred different thoughts raced through my mind but then a thought popped into my mind.

Wherever the dog may be today, I was determined to write about its last moments, whether it be in a novel, a short story or a 140 character tweet.

But for now, this blog post will do.

MESSAGE TO THE DOG

If you’re reading this, I want to apologize for being in that precise spot to accidentally cause and witness your final minutes on this planet. Your death in that moment of darkness has illuminated the core of my being to truly cherish every moment of life.

So for that, I can only say one thing—thank you.

FUTURE POSTS FROM ME

Next week, I’ll be sharing another true personal story that’s so incredibly surreal. It involves James Bond himself—Sean Connery, an elevator, a supermarket and two tall Scottish men. Let’s leave it at that. And the week after, I’ll be sharing my final personal success story that brought me a lot of joy and will hopefully do the same for all writers out there.

Thanks for reading everyone. Have a great week!

You can follow me on Twitter at @Tuan_Ho444

Until next time, something wonderful awaits!

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Cassandra Janey

Me

Hi!

You might be asking yourself, who are you and why you are posting here? I can’t blame you for wondering.

First, about me. I am Cassandra, a new blogger here at Novelnook.

Here’s a lovely B&W photo of me – because I’m so pale, I am invisible in color photos:

I love to write and I am an aspiring author. I have a personal online blog that I scribble in with my writings and stories. I absolutely plan to finish at least one but I have ‘shiny object syndrome’ and often get distracted by a million things…

I did finish a story for NaNoWriMo but I deleted about 10,000 words of my story after it was over because I rushed to finish. It wasn’t bad. I’m just a perfectionist. It took me over 12 hours to write this post and I still feel awkward.

When I was a girl, I actually wrote a story and submitted it to a publisher.  It was a horrible story (truly, it was!) and my story returned to me, denied outright. However, that didn’t stop me from wanting to write. It is something I have always loved, although sometimes it takes a bit for me to get those words down on paper! I have several stories in the works but really just have to get around to finishing them.

Yeah, I’m pretty horrible at these about me things. I’m sure you can tell. Moving on!

Spending a lot of my time online, I stumble onto sites when I’m just looking through things. Novelnook was one of those things I stumbled upon.  I am pretty sure that I found it through Twitter. Twitter is a dream for a person with ADHD.

Finding Novelnook was pretty great. At first, I was just going to use it to buy books because I am an avid reader and love finding new authors to read.  But when I read that it was 100% author royalties, I found that a rather fantastic bonus. I had considered submitting my first novel to another publisher – one I read often because they house some of my favorite authors – but then I read something on Novelnook’s site that changed my mind.

I know that when I want to buy books, sometimes I can’t because of the cost. I love that I can buy a book for $2.99 or $3.99 and the author receives all of that amount – and the book is at a price I can afford. We both win and I can support an author I love even more than I ever could before.

I feel that Novelnook gives people who love to write the opportunity to put their book out there – a chance they may not have had otherwise with a regular publisher due to many factors out of their control. Not to mention, the person has total control over their story being published on Novelnook and is free to post it elsewhere. Novelnook is definintely “for the author” and while it does offer services you have to pay for, you are under no obligation to do so.

So to sum up, I’m a new blogger here, this is why I like Novelnook and I am now blogging for them.  I hope I have shown you why you should give Novelnook a chance to help you publish your novel.  You will find more posts by me here in the near future and I hope I make you laugh.  Even if you laugh at me, that’s okay, because I hope you will love Novelnook as much as I do… and then it won’t matter.