#LoveBenAndCharlie

Well, she opened her eyes to light, and to a ‘crash’ that came from below. Charlie’s aristocratic voice (even if he was a common rag) gave a, “Tsk” and a “Tough luck, mate.” While Ben huffed and hollered, “Bloody fairies!”

-Isabel by E. L. Schoeman

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First rose bloom in my garden! #excited #gardening #growsomethinggreen #loveit #beautiful #roses

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Hashtags can be a powerful thing, and making your own can be a lot of fun. Take #LoveBenandCharlie for example. A hashtag created by yours truly to tag moments with two of my favourite characters. Haven’t read the story? Here’s a few scenes I love them in!

#LoveBenAndCharlie = Best Ben and Charlie Moments!

Charlie kept his head in his hands as Ben’s voice travelled from the stall beside him, their rooms side by side. “You lied to her,” Ben said, leaning against the wall, his head down. “That was the first ungentlemanly thing I’ve ever heard you say. You wanted her to stay. You don’t want her to change.”

“Selfishness,” Charlie explained, lifting his head from his hands, blinking his tired eyes, “will undo a gentleman.” He took a steadying breath. “What I want is unnecessary to her. My foolish wishing will only hold her back.”

“Your fooling wishing?”

“That she will stay our Isabel forever.”

Ben inhaled long and easy, his arms flexing with the remembrance of having her fragile body there, wrapped in the shield of them. He spoke softly, Charlie barely able to hear the never-before admitted words. “I have the same foolish wish.”

-Isabel by E. L. Schoeman

“Benjamin,” Charlie ordered. His gentlemanly voice only raised enough for them to hear it, effectively making Ben stop and look back at his best friend. “Put her down. This is not gentlemanly conduct.”

Charlie’s expression was considerate but firm while Ben glared, deciding what was best to do. Slowly, he placed Isabel back on her feet, following Charlie’s orders. She staggered back, and Ben moved to steady her. His temper lowered to nothing, but she bolted away from him, rushing to rid herself of the crazed boys she considered her brothers.’

-Isabel by E. L. Schoeman

“Love.” Ben tasted the word, his eyes dropping with the mild discomfort of the sticky word.

“Ben, I know you are a sentimentalist,” Charlie braved such unspeakable words, telling him that he knew his unspeakable secret, and Ben merely rolled his eyes. “But you don’t have to worry,” Charlie promised. “Like always, I’ll keep your secrets.”

-Isabel by E. L. Schoeman

“What the hell is going on here?”

“We seem to have found ourselves in a brawl, Benjamin,” Charlie explained as Ben carefully helped him up off the floor, taking a second to gently wipe the blood from his best friend’s face. All the while Charlie watched Ben’s natural rage begin to tempest. “There’s no reason for you to get involved, mate, the bloke’s already outnumbered. Not that you’re going to listen to me anyway.”

-Isabel by E. L. Schoeman

“Come now, Benjamin,” Charlie sought to calm him.

As they exited the ring, Mathew silently pointed out to William his attackers, who were waiting outside the arena for him. They would not dare attack with William around. “He’s riding my horse . . .” Ben complained under his breath to Charlie before complaining more fiercely to William.

-Isabel by E. L. Schoeman

“Probably made with an assortment of herbs. I wouldn’t be surprised if you found it insulting when, in his own way, I suppose we could call it considerate. As it is, he made you something that would attract pixies instead of destroying them. I’d take a guess and say he made it even sweeter for you: encouraging whom he considers fairyblooded. Not that I blame him. I’ve been concerned as well. Though, I didn’t expect him to be the one to intervene.”

-Isabel by E. L. Schoeman

Ben watched Charlie tuck the drawing he had of Lilly away in his pocket. “She’s lucky to have found a gentleman like you,” he said, wondering how Charlie had gotten such a thing.

Charlie hesitated and then began to unhook the cart horses since he’d already unsaddled the one he was riding. “I wish I were. She deserves a gentleman: someone who can give her castles and riches, like the heroes in my tales to Isabel. A life with me: her yellow hair loose and dancing behind her as she sits in a grassy field, lambs and foals and butterflies about her as she waits for me to ride home from tournament or war—”

“So we’re knights in this daydream?” Ben cut in, frowning at the way Charlie was speaking.

“Working hard, giving up too much, suffering needless suffering—”

What was he talking about? “You’d never let that happen, Charlie. And she looks like the kind of girl who would hit you if you didn’t let her pull her own weight. Sitting in grassy fields with lambs and foals and butterflies is a thought she’d probably rejoice in.”

“And then what if I’m like him?”

“Who?”

“What if I hit her and beat my son and do everything—”

“You’ve got kids in this dream?” But he knew what he was talking about.

“—a man isn’t supposed to do,” Charlie finished.

What could he say to him? He’d seen him and Lilly under the star filled sky promising things to each other that Ben didn’t need to hear along with promising they’d write each other. He’d been shocked the girl knew how to write, but Charlie wasn’t. Maybe she was a little like their Isabel after all . . . “Could you ever strike Isabel?”

“Excuse me?”

“Do you ever want to just punch her?”

“Of course not.”

“Really? Even when she’s being annoying—”

“Ben, if you—”

“Charlie, Lilly will be your Isabel. Just love her like you love her. Trust yourself a little more. You’re not your father.”

“I—”

“You don’t have to pretend to be a gentleman.” Ben pulled Goliath’s saddle off and started toward the tack room, hoping that Charlie would no longer think of throwing his Lilly’s picture away. “You are a gentleman.”

Unlike me . . . Ben thought, glancing back at the house where Isabel was surely discussing whatever was hammering down on her shoulders. He didn’t know what she was planning, but he knew that no matter what it was, they’d be there to protect her. She’d never have to worry about that.

-Isabel by E. L. Schoeman

What’s Up: Writers and Hashtags

#writing #ilovemylife #awesome

Hashtags? Where do you use them?

You use hashtags on Social Media everything: facebook, Instagram, google+, twitter, pinterest, tumblr, youtube, vine, kickstarter, and anywhere else you can think of. Have a blog? Start hashtaging! Hashtags are keywords beginning with the hash mark on public profiles, used to organize searches or to make posts searchable by the public. Does that make sense? Either way, if someone searches for the hashtag #books, and you’ve used this hashtag, then your post may be the first thing that user ends up seeing.

 

Hashtag Examples:

Needed by Writers:

#NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month is held every November), #AmReading #AmWriting #AmEditing #AmRevising #IndieAuthor #WriteGoal #WriteMotivation #WritersLIfe #WritersBlock #WroteToday #Storytelling #WhatToRead #MustRead #Books #BookWorm #GreatReads #Wattpad #BookGiveaway #nonfiction #booknerd #worldofanauthor #literature #storytelling #voiceoffiction #fanfiction #Novelines (to quote your own work) #AuthorLife #EditGoal #WroteToday

Advertising a Book Giveaway?

#Free #Freebie #FreeBook #FreeDownload #BookBuzz #BookGiveaway

Genres, Types, and Loves

#poetsofinstagram #flashfiction #Biopic #Book #Comedy #Cookbooks #Recipes #Cooking #Crime #DarkFantasy #Dystopian #Erotica #KidLitChat #FanFic #fanfiction #Fiction #FlashFic #Food #Historical #HistFic #Horror #KidLit #Literature #LitFic #Mystery #NonFiction #Novel #Paperbacks #bookblog #bookreviewer #Paranormal #RomanceWriter #Romance #Romantic #RomanticSuspense #ScienceFiction #SciFi #ShortStories #ShortReads #ShortStory #SteamPunk #Suspense #TrueStories #UrbanFantasy #WomensFiction #YA #youngadultbooks #youngadult #tumblr #instagram #youtube #kickstarter

Fiction Forever 

#zombieapocolypse #weirdosunite #lovehorror #sacrifice #readingforfun #readingissexy #climax #readinglist #frenchkissing #paperbacks #hardcover #princecharming #fairytale #princessandthefrog #princeatheart #bestvillains #fictionisbetter #whygodwhy

Awesome Hashtags

#thebeautyofwords #love #uglylove #truelove #myking #princessatheart #swag #WritingParty #bestbookever #fortheloveofbooks #booksforever #fictionalboyfriend #booksaresoulmates #favouritecharacter #fictionalisthenewblack #fangirlsbelike #fangirls  #fictionalcrush #bookaholic #boysinbooksarejustbetter #yabooks #yareads #youngadult #fangirlproblems #ilovebooks #respect❤ #xoxo #journaltime #nighttimeplanning #writefabulously #randomthoughts

More Than Likely Needed

#goodmorningcoffee #coffeetime #espressolove #latte #coffeeaddict #coffeelover #coffeeholic #smoresfrappuccino #smores #working #ilovemyjob #myjob #ilovecats #girlythings #handmadechocolate #chocolates #icecream #tea #cupcakes #teaholic #teatime #icecreamcakes #plannerobsessed #WeekendReader #Share #writerinterview

Where do you Write?

 #cafe #bathtub #myhome #mysweethome #bedroom #hotel #writingdesk #office #officelife #couch #couchpotato #desk #kitchen #withmycat

Just Awesome

#winteriscoming #harrypotter #animecouples #myprecious #conversationpieces #keepreading #fortheloveoffiction

How to make your own hashtags?

Making your own hashtags is pretty simple. Just think of what you want your hashtag to be, make sure it hasn’t been done before, and start using it. Use it in your public social media profiles, and when others see it, they may be encouraged to use it.

Examples of Newly Made Hashtags

#booksbyelschoeman #elschoeman #IsabelByELSchoeman #ViennaByELSchoeman #elschoemanbooks

Creating a Cookbook

Julia Child was rejected by almost every publishing house because Mastering the Art of French Cooking wasn’t considered a salable book. Later in life, another of her books was turned down, which became a huge success as well. The folks who wrote The Silver Palate Cookbook came up with the idea over drinks at home one night and had no idea what they were doing. But they took a risk, worked hard, and it paid off: They got the book they wanted, it met with great success, and the rest – as they say – is history.’ (http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2007/07/writing-your-ow/)

Creating a Cookbook

In my last entry, I mentioned that creating a cookbook or gathering a collection of recipes would be a good idea for a Christmas gift. I decided I’m going to make a cookbook dedicated to my family in time for next Christmas. For those family members who read my blog, whoops, the surprise is ruined. But I think a POD cookbook (and hopefully hardcover) would (hopefully) be a beloved gift.

But here’s the thing. I’ve never made a cookbook before!

For this book, I’m not planning on landing an agent or publisher. It’s something I want to create for myself and my family- not something I’m looking to make an income or living off of. If a buyer is interested in the book, that’s awesome, but I’m not about to spend thousands on marketing.

‘Included in the proposal should be extensive samples of content, the tables of contents, recipe list and sample recipes if applicable, as well as a winning biography of you. And very importantly, a plan for how the book will sell once it’s published. Including as much as possible in there is a good idea, perhaps a sample chapter or two.’ (http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2007/07/writing-your-ow/)

Since I don’t need to focus on how this book is going to sell, I can take the pressure off myself and just have fun with making it!

Things My Family Cookbook is going to Need:

-Title of cookbook:

(Schoeman Family

Christmas

Cookbook)

-Fetching book cover and back cover

-collection of favourite holiday recipes

-Decide between colour or black and white photos

-Table of Contents and Recipe Index

-Readable fonts and sizes for a workable, hands on cookbook

“Designing a recipe collection makes you realize just how much work goes into a professional cookbook: the balance of recipes, the writing and, most of all, the luscious photography.” (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/09/AR2008120900646.html)

If I were going to start creating cookbooks for a living, a piece of advice that was given to me was to start the blog first. Spend a year or two blogging about food, finding your passion or niche, and establish an audience.

Also for a POD cookbook, I’m going to need a selection of POD companies

  1. http://www.blurb.ca/cookbooks
  2. www.createspace.com
  3. https://www1.ingramspark.com/
  4. http://www.bookemon.com/
  5. www.lulu.com
  6. http://www.tastebook.com/cookbook_studio

And Different Ways to Make the Cookbook Special

-Family Signatures

-Family tree

-Family Photos (grandparents when young, sisters when infants, marriage pictures and such) (In this case, Christmas photos)

-Stories

-Quotes

-Illustrations instead of photos

-Food Facts or Cooking Facts

“Community cookbooks are very popular for a reason – people love to eat and personal recipes evoke memories and traditions.” (http://www.morriscookbooks.com/dc/shared/MGuide.pdf)

If this cookbook goes well, I’m thinking of doing a Memory Cookbook for my grandmother. She passed this winter. I think a collection of photos of her when she was a young woman, stories I know about her, and gathered recipes would be treasured gift for her remaining family.

“Things to avoid if you are self publishing:

Bulleted lists do not always convert easily into publishing programs.

Fancy fonts may be pretty, but are difficult for the reader.

Make sure the title can be read from 5 to 10 feet away.”

(http://successexpressmagazine.com/WritingACookbook.html)

That’s So Me

November 22, Isabel’s birthday and the day of the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards Ceremony. I was there with my purse full of business cards and book stubs. I even had the dress. And I was ready to introduce myself. However, going swimming an hour or so before the ceremony and getting stun by a jellyfish was something I was not prepared for lol I’ll blame the evening on that. But regardless, I felt very shy. I was very shy. I also tripped walking up the stage, but luckily I didn’t fall lol

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Welcoming Vienna

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Vienna is the story of a young princess who is forced to find a husband. Setting a task for her suitors, she declares that whoever brings her the diamond that best suits her will win her hand. Time goes by, and no one can see through her task. Until, one day, a warlock comes to her with something other than a diamond. Leading to curses, ghosts, and the adventure of a lifetime. Vienna learns what love is and what she’s made of.

Vienna is a fast-paced and action-packed young adult novel which I’m hoping will not only tempt eager readers, but also readers that don’t know how awesome books are yet.

When discussing this novel recently with a reader, I said something that was very true. I said that I wrote this book for a ‘nine-year-ago-me.’ When I was young, though books were always a dominate thing in my life, I wasn’t interested in reading. In fact, I didn’t read an entire novel until I was in high school.

Vienna is full of dialogue. It lacks lengthy paragraphs (something I would generally skip when reading in my teens). I won’t deny that this novel is directed toward young females and is full of clear messages driven by Vienna’s independence. Although Vienna is a bit hard-headed, she faces the situations and difficulties within the novel with strength.

To start, more about Vienna can be found here:  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/493485

But in about a week or so, it will be available at Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and the works. And in 2015 the story will be available in print, which I’m very excited about. (There’s also a teaser for my third novel, Choice, soon to come in 2015!).

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Vienna is E. L. Schoeman’s second novel. My debut novel, Isabel, is an award winning Historical Romance. All in all, I would say I write for a young adult audience. Apart from writing, I am an equestrian, a daydreamer, an avid reader, and a work-a-holic. When I’m not working, I’m spending my time with my very own prince charming.