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Website of author and professional editor Rachelle M. N. Shaw. Find information about her books, her editing services, and her blog, From Mind to Paper: On Writing and Editing.

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From Mind to Paper: On Writing and Editing

From Mind to Paper is a blog for writers, editors, and those interested in the English language. It covers a multitude of writing topics, from punctuation and grammar to plot development, character development, and world building. In addition to in-depth articles about various writing topics, this blog also has a number of series posts, which are currently being transformed into a nonfiction series on writing.

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Trick-Or-Treat Reads 2017

Rachelle M. N. Shaw

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Patricia Lynne, a fellow YA author, graciously invited me to participate in her awesome annual Trick-Or-Treat Reads event again this year, and I'm excited to announce what I have in store.

What is Trick-Or-Treat Reads?

Authors who signed up for the event unite to celebrate Halloween by offering up their books for free today to anyone who wants to score extra reads at a great price. All readers have to do is hop from blog to blog in search of links to the free books from each participating author!

My Bag of Goodies

I’m doing a two-for-one deal again this year, where you can get The Eyes That Moved, the first book in the YA paranormal horror series The Porcelain Souls, for free, then head over to Smashwords and get the second one for free with a special coupon code.

The Porcelain Souls, Part 1

Kendra and Adam, two teens with addiction for adventure and a knack for spotting treasures in abandoned houses, team up to discover the secrets of the Whitson house. When they delve into its undiscovered past, Kendra unlocks a deadly secret, one that Adam failed to share.

The Eyes That Moved is permanently free on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, and iBooks. And anyone who signs up for my author newsletter today will get a signed copy of it, as well as a free copy of my latest publication, Sisters. I often send out discount codes, freebies, and exclusive excerpts to subscriberslike I'll be doing later this afternoon, when I'll share the opening scene from my upcoming publication, part 3 in The Porcelain Souls series.

The Porcelain Souls, Part 2

When Marley's parents buy the infamously spooky Whitson house, she comes face to face with the startling truth about its past. Torn between her escalting popularity and protecting herself and her loved ones from the looming danger that surrounds them, Marley must choose if the risks of her new social life are worth it.

The Ballerina’s Gift is available on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and iBooks for $0.99. But today, you can get it on Smashwords for free with the coupon code AH25P.

Get Books From Other Participating Authors

After you’ve grabbed your free copy of The Eyes That Moved and The Ballerina’s Gift, head on over to Patricia's Trick-or-Treat Reads page to visit the rest of the blogs giving away goodies. Some authors will only have these deals on the 31st, so be sure to check them all before tomorrow!

Lastly, I'd like to give a HUGE thank-you to Patricia, who put this whole thing together. It's been an honor to participate in it for the past two years!

Happy Halloween, everyone, and I hope you have a lovely time book-or-treating!

Trick-Or-Treat Reads: Free Books for Readers

Rachelle M. N. Shaw

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After connecting with Patricia Lynne, YA author, on various social media, she invited me to participate in her awesome annual Trick-Or-Treat Reads event, where authors offer free books for Halloween. This will be my first year participating in the event, but all the same, I’m excited to share it with you guys.

What is Trick-Or-Treat Reads?

When it comes to this spooktacular holiday, kids often get to have all the fun. So Patricia organized this awesome event as a way for young adults and adults to get their own goodies. Readers get to hop from blog to blog, snagging free books for treats from each participating author!

My Bag of Goodies

This year, I’m doing a two-for-one deal, where you can get The Eyes That Moved, the first book in the YA paranormal horror series The Porcelain Souls, for free, then enter my Amazon giveaway for a chance to win the second book in the series.

The Porcelain Souls, Part I

Kendra and Adam, two teens with addiction for adventure and a knack for spotting treasures in abandoned houses, team up to discover the secrets of the Whitson house. When they delve into its undiscovered past, Kendra unlocks a deadly secret, one that Adam failed to share.

The Eyes That Moved is actually permanently free on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords. I’m also giving away signed copies to new subscribers to my newsletter during the month of October, as well as a nifty desktop background for the series.

The Porcelain Souls, Part II

As I mentioned before, I’m also hosting a giveaway for The Ballerina’s Gift, which is part two in the trilogy, through November 2nd. If you enter but don’t come away with a free copy, you can still get it through Kindle Unlimited for free, or you can buy it on Amazon for $1.29. I’ll have plenty of new chances to win a copy during the whole holiday season, so keep tabs on my blog and website to find out more.

When Marley's parents buy the infamously spooky Whitson house, she comes face to face with the startling truth about its past. Torn between her escalting popularity and protecting herself and her loved ones from the looming danger that surrounds them, Marley must choose if the risks of her new social life are worth it.

Who’s Participating?

After you’ve gotten your free copy of The Eyes That Moved and entered for a chance to win The Ballerina’s Gift, be sure to visit the rest of the blogs giving away goodies. Some authors will only have these deals on the 31st, so be sure to check them all before tomorrow!

If you’re an author and would like to participate in this even, simply sign up to add your blog to the list.

I also want to give a HUGE thank-you to Patricia, who put this whole thing together. What a fantastic idea it was!

Happy Halloween, everyone, and I hope you have a lovely time book-or-treating!

New Site, an eBook, and a Giveaway!

Rachelle M. N. Shaw

Promotion posts aren’t usually my style, but I’ve had a lot brewing behind the scenes lately, so I wanted to share the results with you guys. First, I've redesigned my site so that you can now find my main blog, information about my editing services, and snippets from all my current writing projects all in one place. I’ve incorporated an events calendar where I’ll be posting cover reveals, Q&A sessions about writing on Twitter, giveaways, and upcoming blog topics. More book reviews and author interviews are coming this year as well.

Second, I’m happy to announce the upcoming publication of a short story of mine that I’ve been working on for the last few years. I’ve received a lot of positive feedback about the story both from magazines and beta readers, but ultimately, I’ve decided to publish it as a short e-book this spring. So here are the details!

 

Synopsis for "The Eyes That Moved"

Kendra is a young girl who has a knack for spotting unusual trinkets and abandoned houses that hold treasures of their own. When she meets Adam, a fellow sleuth and collector, they decide to embark on their biggest adventure yet: the Whitson house. The house is a marvel, and its secrets are even juicier than Kendra had imagined. The third and final floor of the house holds something Kendra has been waiting a lifetime for. But she may have signed on for more than she bargained. There's a darkness in the house that wasn't there before, a pair of eyes in every corner, watching, waiting for her time to come. And Adam isn't at all who he claimed to be.

A cover reveal will be made in the next few weeks, and the release date will follow. It should be available for pre-order on Amazon within the next month. It will then be available on Smashwords and other e-book retailers later in the year. I hope you guys will get the chance to check it out, and I’ll be holding another Tumblr giveaway later this year as well! The giveaway will include a free copy of my e-book and some other cool writing swag, so you definitely don’t want to miss it.

In the meantime, you can follow me on Facebook or Twitter for more updates.

Just as a quick end note, the whole reason for this blog is you guys. I know that some authors tend to get a bit overzealous with their promotion posts, and I promise I won’t be hounding you guys with those. I started this blog a few years ago to share tips, tricks, and general writing advice based on my experience as a writer and an editor, and I will continue to do that. I never could have imagined connecting with so many awesome writers, and you guys have been incredibly kind with all your messages and replies, so thank you for being such amazing followers!