Thursday, December 13, 2012

Book Event, New Books & Her Grammarness

Book Event

This December Writers4Writers is spotlighting Nancy Thompsonand her book, THE MISTAKEN. Be sure to check out the book AND join in spreading the word about this author and her work. It's easy to do: 
Go to Stephen Tremp's blogger home and follow the easy directions.

The Two and Twenty Dark Tales Giveaway will end shortly. I'll post the winners on Monday Miscellany. Would appreciate some tweets if you have time. :-)

New Books

A few weeks ago I won The Mapmaker's Sons by V.L. Burgess. Thanks again to The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow for choosing me as the winner. I loved the book and read it quickly. You can see my review on goodreads or Amazon

Her Gramarness

Remember that sneaky grammar quiz from last week? Well, here are the answers and a short explanation. At the end is the winner!
1. Correct: "Now I lay ME down to sleep" is the opening to that old child's prayer. (It used to scare the bejeebers out of me when I had to recite it.) But this sentence would take the present tense, transitive verb lay because of the object that follows it, ME.
2. Incorrect: My manuscript lies moldering on my C drive. (Unfortunately, this is a true statement.) But the reason the verb should be present tense, intransitive is there's no object following.
3. Correct: Sit down and write if you want to publish a book. Set (most general usage) means put or place something. Sit means put your butt in a chair.
4. Incorrect: Now you need the put or place verb. He sets his pen aside and falls across his desk. "The End."
5. Incorrect: It's one of those dangling modifiers we talked about a week ago. Who's on the parapet, looking wild-eyed? The person referred to as "I" in the sentence or Madame Cuthbert? Semantically, it makes sense that you want to refer to the Madame C. I saw Madame Cuthbert, on the parapet, looking wild-eyed like a hungry zombie. Best rule: Put the modifier right up close and personal to whomever you're describing. 
It's a tie. THE WINNERS ARE JEMI FRASER & THE GOLDEN EAGLE. Any time you need a pair of eyes to read your first 5 pages, you've got it. Just let me know.


  1. Hope we made a big difference in sales for Nancy!

  2. I love grammar and it's one of my favorite subjects to teach. But a quiz? I thought I was finished with school? hehe
    I guess you're never too old to learn. Fun post:)

  3. Hi Lee - I must check out the quiz .. the Mapmaker's sons sounds interesting .. but I too hope we helped Nancy with the first promotion under W4W ..

    Must get back to Twitter and FB .. and start being proactive there .. that'll be 2013 - but succumbed to a Kindle - should be here after the weekend!!

    Cheers Hilary

  4. I tweeted for Nancy, and the W4W is a great idea! Also bought a copy of the Dark Fairy tale anthology, and I look forward to reading it!

  5. Hope it helped for Nancy's book. Congrats to the winners of your contest.

  6. Aaaah I'm sorry I missed your grammar quizz. I always find it interesting to see what I know and what I don't.


  7. should take note of the grammar. :)

  8. Congratulations Jemi and The Golden Eagle! The MIstaken looks like a great read.

    Stephanie and I are so happy that you enjoyed The Mapmaker's Sons- it was such a fun adventure : ) ~ Jess

  9. I actually got those right? Wow--didn't expect that. Thank you so much for the offer of a critique! And congratulations to Jemi. :)

    The Mapmaker's Sons sounds like an interesting book. I really like the cover.

  10. Congrats Jemi and The Golden Eagle!

    So glad you liked The Mapmaker's Sons! :)

  11. When I learned that hens correctly "set" on eggs, it was quite a jolt!

  12. I hope things went very well for Nancy with the W4W. :)

  13. Congrats to Jemi and G.E.
    Her Grammarness... what an apt title... sounds so "by-the-book" (no pun intended) *chuckles*
    W4W is a great initiative! Hope Nancy does well.

  14. Wow! That's awesome!! Congrats to Golden Eagle too :)

    I appreciate the offer Lee! Thanks so much!

  15. The crown of grammar has spoken! Yay for Jemi and Golden Eagle!!!

    take care

  16. Congrats to Jemi & GE! I like this grammar series. Learning lots!


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