Thursday, January 17, 2013

Whoopie! Another Book Event, A New Book & Her Grammarness Pushes On

Book Event

I mentioned Frances Caballo's SOCIAL MEDIA JUST FOR WRITERS before and pointed you to my review, but couldn't help but offer to host this author and her book here again because I really liked her book, and I think if you're new to this business of promotion or bogged down in so much promo, you've lost track of what you're doing,  it could be very helpful.

Besides, this week, Frances is having a great book event. She's offered to giveaway a hardcopy of her book to anyone in the continental United States. If you're outside of the U.S. she's open to sending a pdf to a winner from this blog. So, here's all you have to do to win-- enter the contest on rafflecopter and I'll contact you if you're chosen. 

Take a look at France's WEBSITE, visit her on FacebookLinkedInGoogle+Twitter, and Pinterest. And if you want to up your chances of winning, check out other hosting sites on her tour schedule. She's everywhere!


New Book

TOUGH GIRL  by Libby Heily is here.  Danger lurks everywhere in eleven year old Reggie's world—from the bully next door to the unwanted attentions of a creep at school. Raised by her mentally ill mother, Reggie is left to fend for herself in a rough

neighborhood. She escapes in daydreams, battling aliens with her alter ego,

Tough Girl.

When Reggie's mother disappears, her fantasy life spirals out of control and
starts to invade reality. She is hunted by a creature of her own design, and
even Tough Girl is not strong enough to stop him.

Will Reggie survive long enough for her mother to return, or will her dream
world take over?

Barnes and Noble   Smashwords   Amazon


Her Grammarness 

One thing about English--or any language for that matter--it doesn't stay the same. Just pick up Shakespeare and read a few of those couplets. In four-hundred years we've lost doth and thee and thou along with the Elizabethan's more flexible syntax. (I'd love to talk about that here one day. Interesting.) 

However, our written language is much more stable, especially the standard form. However, recently linguists are talking about a quicker pace of change, even in the written form. Here are two sets of words that, until very recently, had distinct differences. Today, not so much.

Few and Less: The rule I knew was USE FEW WHEN YOU CAN COUNT THE NOUN. 
  • Few agents responded to my query. (Too true.) 
  • Writers have less time to write these days. (It seems this is also too true!) 
 Today I hear less for both the count and non-count nouns. What do you prefer? To keep the words distinct or to lose that rule entirely? 

Then there's the issue of Farther and Further. I still like to make farther refer to distance: 
  • The farther he threw his manuscript, the better he felt.
Then I keep further to refer to those abstract distances that I can't measure: 
  • The further he delved into his manuscript, the more he lost his original story line. (This happened to me just last month, so I can relate to just how abstract further delving can be!)


  1. I interchange further and farther, although one of my critique partners made me change from further to farther in my last manuscript. (And since that was Cassie Mae, I wasn't about to object!)

  2. Further and farther still give me the twisty-confusies. Okay, there are quite a few grammar related things that do that lol!!

    Tough Girl has that tone of dark-adventure-into-overcoming that tends to call to me. Will have to check it out.

  3. I'm always appreciative of grammar tweaks. And I do need to read that book. I know I am not nearly as effective as I could be.

  4. Yay for Libby! :-) I'll definitely enter the giveaway, too. Would love to have a copy!


  5. So much grammar-ness I don't know...

  6. Hi Lee - I'm definitely on the cards to get the book, as I need Social Media for the A - Z Challenge coming up, as well as for other activities I'll be pursuing during the months to come ... so should I be lucky enough to win the pdf version as I'm over that pond - then I'd be delighted. It does sound excellent ..

    Grammariness .. I love your examples and I'd like to keep our language as it is .. but life changes ... and people are lazy to learn, or appreciate there are differences ...

    I must remember this bit of your blog posting and make notes as I come across funnies ...

    Cheers for now - Hilary

  7. I'd love to win this book. I'm really into thinking of building my platform and expanding my social networking. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Differences between further and father were not as clear as they are now. Thanks!

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  10. Wow, Tough Girl sounds like an intense read. I'm looking it up.

  11. Congrats to Frances Caballo for her new book, and good luck to all the entrants.

    Libby Heily's book sounds really creepy and the cover is just right for it! Congrats to her!

    "Further" and "farther" always confuse me. I like your rule for it. :-)

  12. Thanks for the giveaway! Social media is a great topic for a book!

    I can't wait to read Tough Girl. Yeah Libby!

    Further and farther are two terms that I still need to work on a bit. I probably need to think about them a little more. :)

  13. To be honest, I have suffered from not being able to differentiate between grammar terms. I find that grammar is useless if people can understand you.

  14. I actually prefer to keep words like Less and few, farther and further separate.

    It might just be because using them interchangeably hurts my language ear. :-)

  15. Thanks for the great giveaway. The book sounds like a helpful one.

  16. I don't think I've ever heard anyone use 'less' when they should use 'few' - it would give me the shakes!!!

  17. I'd like to read Frances' book.

    I've seen Libby everywhere. Congrats to her.

  18. Awww poor Reggie!! Hope her inner Tough Girl wins through for her sake and her mother's!!

    Yay for your grammar Crown!! Take care

  19. I like keeping these distinctions. Without them, both our thinking and writing get fuzzy.


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