All About Literary Magazines: Reading, Submitting, Publishing Your Own

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Literary magazines are wonderful. They often publish new and established writers, are increasingly become more mobile, and for the motivated, are fairly easy to publish.

For readers, there are a number of great literary journals out there. Some examples include Glimmer Train, Narrative, and Strand Mag. (Also magazines that take submissions, for writers looking to get published.) There is also Literary Hub, a site which, according to the Washington Post, “attempts to bring together everything literary on the Internet.”

For writers, there are some comprehensive databases with links to literary magazines, submission guidelines, and what they pay (if anything):

Lastly, for anyone thinking about starting their own literary magazine, here are some hopefully useful tools:

  • NewPages (to help you find MFA programs where you can reach out to directors and ask to spread the word about your new magazine, as…

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Title: Obsession

Author: Tamaria Soana

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis

Alexandria Stevens is a New York Times best-selling romance novelist. After she makes a guest appearance on a popular TV talk show, she creates a Twitter account. Within a few short weeks she meets a fan, and they become fast friends…or that’s what Alex thinks. When Alex finds herself being stalked, the person she least suspects is her new friend Jillian. What she doesn’t know is that Jillian has been obsessed with her for years. She wants everything Alex has, even her husband.

Content Warning: sexual situations, adult language, violence

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She re-read her edits and was about to make a phone call to Colleen when she heard the doorbell. She walked to the front door and looked out the window to find a delivery man holding a long, white box. Her heart swelled and skipped a beat as she opened the door. Hudson used this florist.

“Good afternoon, Mrs. Smyth. These are for you. Sign here.”

She smiled and signed for the flowers. “Thank you.”

“Have a good day.”

“You too,” she replied.

With a huge smile on her face she opened the box and placed the flowers in her favorite crystal vase on the island right next to the laptop. She quickly called Colleen and made plans to meet her on Monday to finalize the movie deal. Alex was on cloud nine. She opened a new document and started writing what she hoped would be her next novel. She’d been working for a good hour when she heard the garage door open and Hudson’s car pull in. She looked at the time, it was only a little after three. Her heart soared as she heard the back door open. She looked up and there he stood with a bottle of wine in his hand.

“I see you received the flowers.”

“Thank you,” she replied as she walked slowly toward him.

You could almost feel the electricity in the air between them, they were like two ends of a magnet searching for the connection they desperately needed. Hudson placed his briefcase and the bottle of wine on the table. She was finally in his arms and their lips met.

Alex squealed as Hudson took a few steps and she found her back up against the wall. Alex was desperate for him, their hands and lips were all over each other.

“Alex, God.” Hudson moaned when she undid his pants.

They wasted no time undressing each other. Alex wrapped her legs around his waist and moaned as he eased into her. He started out slowly, as if wanting to savor the reconnection, but soon the passion swept over them and he took her fast and hard against the kitchen wall.

Alex lay sated in Hudson’s arms on the kitchen floor as they tried to catch their breaths.

“I’m so sorry about last night.”

“You’re forgiven,” Alex replied before she kissed his chest. “But I’m at fault also, it takes two to fight.”

“I started it.”

She let out a laugh.

“What’s so funny?”

“I just realized that we’re lying on the kitchen floor naked in the middle of the afternoon.”

“Well, maybe we should take this to a more appropriate room.”

“Like where, the dining room?” Alex teased.

Hudson laughed and stood up. “I prefer the soft bed over the hard table.”

Alex smiled as he held out his hand to her. He helped her up and they made their way to the bedroom, where they spent the rest of the day reconnecting.

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About The Author

Tamaria Soana is middle-aged but feels like her life has just begun. She writes contemporary romance stories with a high heat level that always end with a ‘happily ever after’. Growing up, she loved to read and make up new places in her head to escape to. In her late teens she began writing short stories and poetry. It wasn’t until her late thirties before she began to spin a full story.

She’s married and a stay-at-home mom of two beautiful young girls. They reside in Western New York. Cuddling up with a good book under an electric throw is her way to escape the cold Buffalo nights.

Besides writing, she co-owns Shades of Rose Media and produces book trailers. Three of her book trailers have been featured on the USA Today’s Happy Ever After site.
You can find Tamaria at the following places:

Facebook | Twitter | Website | YouTube

Purchase Links

Amazon | Beachwalk Press | iBooks | Kobo | B&N

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“The New Mrs. Collins,” by Quanie Miller book review

collins_ebook(1)This is a story of a woman named Leena who is left at the altar. She is totally blind sided when she discovers that not only has her finance cheated on her, but is planning to marry the other woman shortly after their canceled wedding day. It wouldn’t have been so bad if she and her ex-finance didn’t have a child together and lived in a small town where the problems and woes of others is the main form of entertainment for the towns folk.

Leena is concerned that her son’s stepmother is not what she seems and goes looking into the new Mrs. Collins past. What she finds will turn her life and those of the towns people upside down.

This was a very well written story that was easy to read. It was a page turn to say the least. It draws you into the story and makes it hard for you to stop reading it. The characters had depth and were well scripted. Even with a supernatural storyline, it felt like I was right in the middle of the story.

With that being said, I gave this book 5 stars which is rare for me. I can usually find something I don’t like. Even the ending was good.

5star

 

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This book was given free for review.

Guess What I’m Reading? “The New Mrs. Collins” by Quanie Miller

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This is a good read so far. I’m almost done and I can’t wait to see what happens at the end.

In the small town of Carolville, Louisiana, no one knows that Adira Collins inherited mystic powers from her great-grandmother. All they know is that she’s beautiful, poised, graceful, and ruthless—especially when it comes to love. And no one knows that more than Leena Williams, who was all set to marry the man of her dreams until Adira swooped into town and stole the man’s heart.

Being left at the altar is bad enough, but Leena and her ex share custody of their son, so she has to see the new Mrs. Collins on a regular basis.
And it burns every time she does.
But soon, Leena starts to suspect that there is more to Adira Collins than meets the eye. And it’s not because she owns some
kinky lingerie shop or allegedly insulted the pastor’s wife: it’s the strange way she can make a door close without touching it, or take one look at something and make it drop dead at her feet. Leena starts digging for answers and soon discovers that, unlike her public persona, Adira’s true nature is somewhere on the other side of grace. She also learns, a little too late, that some secrets are better left buried.
About the Author:
Quanie Miller grew up in New Iberia, Louisiana. She fell in love with reading at an early age and spent most of her time at the Iberia Parish Library discovering authors like R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike (she was often found walking back home from the library with a stack of books that went up to her chin). She holds degrees from Louisiana State University and San Jose State University. She has been the recipient of the James Phelan Literary Award, the Louis King Thore Scholarship, the BEA Student Scriptwriting Award, and the Vicki Hudson Emerging Writing Prize. She loves writing stories about strong willed women who can’t keep themselves out of trouble. She is the author of The New Mrs. Collins, a southern paranormal novel, and It Ain’t Easy Being Jazzy, a romantic comedy. She lives in South Carolina with her husband and is currently, as always, working on another novel. To find out more about Quanie and her works in progress visit quanietalkswriting.com.
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Book Review for “Unlawful Escort” by Krystal Morrison

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When a chance encounter results in Sebastian Bradley propositioning an escort to pose as his girlfriend for four months; it’s just another business arrangement. Successful and worldly; Sebastian’s a feminine magnate, but none has rattled him like Paige Sinclair. Spirited and beautiful; Paige is nothing like he’d expected, regardless, he wants her. Cynical by nature; he’s convinced that her air of innocence is a ploy to disarm him and he treats her with indifference. But her infectious warmth proves irresistible and he soon discovers that her radiance maybe exactly what his darkened existence needs…
Paige knows her life will never be the same the moment she signs on the dotted lines but she desperately needs the money to pay for her brother’s transplant surgery. Formidable yet drop-dead-magnificent; Sebastian’s very presence ignites a fire inside her that’s startling. Torn between loathing at his crude insults and the sizzling attraction they share; she eventually caverns to his wickedly erotic fancies. And she soon realizes that beneath the brusque exterior lurks a brilliant, generous soul hardened by the misfortunes of his detached life…
And Sebastian is about to unearth a secret that might shatter everything she holds dear.

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