I have a Twitter now @CyprusCharlotte

Charlotte Cyprus (@CyprusCharlotte) Tweeted:
Tweeting counts as writing if you squint your eyes and tilt your head at midnight of the blue moon with virgin fairy tears in a stew of unicorn hair. https://twitter.com/CyprusCharlotte/status/1013254752233287680?s=17

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Novel Editing Mistakes to Avoid

Found a solid post by M.L. Davis over at Uninspired Writers:

Good morning, superstars. I hope you’ve all had a brilliant week.

For me, it’s been another week of editing. Does it ever end? With editing on the brain it seemed only appropriate for this weeks blog post to focus on editing. And so I’ve made a list of novel editing mistakes to avoid. Take a look…

Click here for six editing tips to get your novel in shape.

What’s His Name?

I just realized that having finished 80% of the first draft edit (plus countless edits of the unfinished draft) I have managed to leave a character nameless.

Each time I needed to include him in the story I’d write HUSBANDNAME to find it when editing.

Only when I first introduced him I figured I’d just figure out a name later–he really isn’t important–so it turns out he was never named.

Hope everyone had a nice Labor Day weekend. I gotta hit the baby name sites.

Touch of Fire: First draft is almost done!

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It had been years since Enona left the tower, years since she’d met anyone new. When her father arranges a marriage to find the cure for her deadly curse, the princess must learn how to survive on her own.

Of course, things go terribly wrong right away and Enona can’t help but feel trapped in her new home. Little does she know, a servant named Soren is going through the same thing; he needs out, but he doesn’t know how to leave.

After Enona causes another death, a friend organizes an escape for the two of them, giving Enona an alias as a miller’s wife. They slip away during a tournament in honor of the royal engagement and soon find that the journey is nothing like what they expected.

I’ve hit the three-quarters point in the “first” draft and know exactly how I want to finish it. It’s taken this long because I kept losing motivation then rewriting it. However, I love where the story went. It’s a little personal, as much as a book about fairies can be.

My goal when I started writing was to make something that others enjoyed. I lost sight of that for a while, but now I’m excited to share what I think will be a fun, thoughtful, and grounded read.

I’ve also started a great new job, so that’s nice. If anyone thought I was dead, I wasn’t. Just living under a rock. But now I occasionally emerge to wear pencil skirts, so that’s nice.

Experiencing Love’s First Bloom in Wildflower Crown

A huge thanks to Melissa the Orange for the nice review 😀

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Wildflower Crown
Charlotte Cyprus

An innocent free-spirit, aptly named Wild, finds herself in the middle of a royal mess. The king and queen, then, compels her to help them save their kingdom. As she partakes in etiquette and history lessons, Wild also learns about love itself.

Like Wild, this is my first foray into romance – in novels, that is. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this novel. It is funny, interesting, and quite easy to read.

The book is rather short at under 150 pages, but it is well-paced. The love scenes are tasteful, not unnecessarily long. I also liked how simple the ending is, it is quite sweet actually.

A few things about the novel irked me, however. The word “scowl” (and its other possible manifestations) appeared too often throughout the novel. There were also a couple of spelling and grammatical errors. All of these…

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Book Review: Wildflower Crown

Thanks so much to Wren for the review!

Wren's Writings

Wildflower Crown

After reviewing the novel, “Red Queen,” by Victoria Aveyard I got a message from author Charlotte Cyprus asking me to review her book. After reading and reflecting upon the book I am happy to announce my official review on the fantasy book, “Wildflower Crown.” Charlotte Cyprus or Bethany writes romance novels and likes fantasy as well. “Wildflower Crown” is self-published and is available at Amazon.com. She has also written the book, “Kiss of the Fey,” and while I haven’t read it, the description peaks my interest. You can read that description and learn more about the author at her blog.

“Wildflower Crown” tell the story of a girl who is given away to a lady in town when she is a baby. As the story goes on, it is revealed that Wild whose full name is Wysandra is blamed for killing a boy just by touching…

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The Perfect Bad Review

So, I recently got a 2 star review of Wildflower Crown on Goodreads. The person said that they couldn’t finish the book and found it entirely not suited to their tastes. I was a little bummed that she didn’t like it, but I actually wasn’t upset because of how nicely she worded the review.

I was really glad to get this review, even though it wasn’t good, because it can actually help people decide if they want to read my book or not. Rather than saying “This book is terrible, don’t read it, my eyes were bleeding” or any nonsense like that, she just pointed out where she thought the book needed work and what she didn’t like about it. She was also very polite about it.

When writing a bad review, keep in mind that you’re commenting on something a person made, and that person has feelings. You don’t have to lie or anything, but try to think of what is constructive and could help the writer/other potential readers. If you hated every single thing about the book, you can say that, but word your review as you would if you were telling the author your opinion in person. Or over Skype, at the very least.

Before you publish your work you have to be prepared for bad reviews, even if they are just hateful nonsense, because not everyone is going to like your book. I steer far away from what I consider to be purple prose when I write, and this person thought my book was too simple. And that’s fine. If they didn’t like it, they’re allowed not to and I bare them no ill will. Another person emailed me to say she couldn’t finish my book because she really hated third person POV. You know what? I can’t help that. My book is third person POV and that isn’t going to change, and neither will her tastes. I don’t aim to write a book that everyone will love, I just aim to write a book that I would enjoy reading.