Prey for The Dead new cover


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The skies are blue & clear again.

The Dead are here again.




Cover of the Month

Prey for The Dead: Book Two of The Dead Game Series

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Susanne Leist






A town where the snow is black,

bringing coldness and fear.

Old remnants of tears held back,

and times too hard to bear.


Woven from black sheets of rain,

fear covers in disarray.

Anguished and frozen with pain,

dark petals fall in dismay.


Hell has come to Oasis,

The Dead and gone at its side.

Now hidden behind faces

that are well-known far and wide.


Who will fall prey to The Dead?

I hope it is not me.

I’m hiding under my bed.

I’m afraid as I can be.



Welcome to the “GRANDMOTHERS: A FORCE FOR GOOD” Blog Tour! 

Welcome to the “GRANDMOTHERS: A FORCE FOR GOOD” Blog Tour! 

Author Bio: 

          Harriet Hodgson has been a freelance writer for 38 years, is the author of thousands of print/online articles, and 37 books. Hodgson is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Alliance of Independent Authors. She has appeared on more than 185 radio talk shows, including CBS Radio, and dozens of television stations, including CNN.  A popular speaker, she has given presentations at public health, Alzheimer’s, bereavement, and caregiving conferences. She lives in Rochester, Minnesota with her husband, John. Please visit for more information about this busy wife, mother, grandmother, caregiver, speaker, and author.

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Can You Turn a Booklet into a Book?

“Yes” is the quick answer to this question. I know this because I’ve done it. Before your booklet morphs into a book, some changes will be necessary. Obviously, you will need to increase the word count. You will also need to determine if the book has the same focus as the booklet. Headings could become chapters.

Checking books in print is the first thing to do. Log into Amazon and see what books on the topic have already been published. Look for books that might compete with yours. Jot down the title, publisher, date of publication, word count, and price of these books. What makes your book different?

After you’ve done this research it’s time to start writing. Think about the cover as you type the first page. Years ago, I wrote a history of the city I live in, Rochester, Minnesota, and was also the photo researcher. The book was commissioned by the city. Before I started the manuscript, the editor asked for the cover photo. To get some ideas for your cover to visit royalty-free photo websites. Note the numbers of photos that may be suitable.

As the manuscript develops you may discover that new chapters are needed. These chapters could alter the slant of the book. The sequence is important, too. It needs to be logical and easy for the reader to understand. This may be a good time to check Amazon again. Look at competing books and see how many chapters they contain.

Remember that you are serving the reader. Since I’m a nonfiction writer, I always have a bibliography. The bibliographies are long—a dozen or more pages. Some of my books have a glossary. To me, glossary is a stuffy word, so I used the heading “Words to Know.” Most, but not all, nonfiction books have an index. I’ve indexed my own books and it’s tedious. You may wish to hire a professional indexer for the job.  

To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the author’s tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site.  If you’d like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HERE.
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In a quiet spot.

On a soft chair.

In the sun’s spotlight.

I will read a book.

Eyes wide open.

Mind ready to explore.

Sunlight streaming.

I will read a book.

Hands trembling.

Tears falling.

Sun warming my body.

I will read a book.





Dance beneath the bright lights,

Past the lifelike statues,

Figures entombed in glass,

As the dance floor grows bigger.

The music quickens its beat.

Couples twirl in circles.

The clock strikes midnight.

Let the games begin.