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Poisoning people for Fun and Profit: Part 19—Rosary Pea
Abrus Precatorius  sounds like the name of a faculty member at Hogwarts, doesn't it? But it's a poisonous plant, also known as the rosary pea. It contains abrin, which is the most toxic substance found in nature. It is nearly 100 times more toxic than ricin...
Abrus Precatorius sounds like the name of a faculty member at Hogwarts, doesn't it? But it's a poisonous plant, also known as the rosary pea. It contains abrin, which is the most toxic substance found in nature. It is nearly ...
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Thanks for the shout-out, Frances!
This week's Indie Author Weekly Roundup features an array of posts, all written to help authors with their No. 1 goal: sell books.
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People ask me a lot about whether to use a pen name. Kristen Lamb has the answers here.
When I first became a writer, one of my favorite activities was dreaming what my pen name would be. I’d even practice signing it so that, you know, I didn’t accidentally scribble Kriste…
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Good stuff from Kristen Lamb on why patience is the most important ingredient in an author blog. It's not just about getting followers. it's also about learning to write to a schedule and finding writing ideas in everything.
Countless people start blogs that just get left abandoned in cyberspace, yet the elements of an excellent blog are pretty simple. If your blog is not doing well, often some small changes can make a…
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Mark Williams on why going wide (out of KDP Select) is best for international authors.
And no, despite the image, this is not a self-promo Buy My Book post! When it comes to finding the path of least resistance we indies have it down to a fine art. Even though all logic dictat…
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Part 16 of my series on Poisoning People for Fun and Profit. This post is on Visine. No, the joke in Wedding Crashers was not accurate. It's not a laxative. But it is a poison. Which can be deadly. And Sherwood Ltd, my best poisoning mystery is only $2.99.
Visine, the "get the red out" eye-soother, is popular with pranksters and poisoners alike these days. Tetrahydrozoline—the active ingredient in eye drops like Visine, Murine, Eyesine, Tysine, and similar generic products as w...
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Oops! This is Part 17, not 16. I'm losing track here. Too much multi-tasking. Or maybe somebody slipped some Visine in my Earl Grey....haha.
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This is hilarious. From Irish humorist Tara Sparling. Here's Pride and Prejudice. Genre: Chick Lit--

Spirited, ‘fine’ Elizabeth Bennett doesn’t want to get married, no matter what her pushy mother says. So why is she getting proposed to every sixty pages? Her beloved bland sister Jane should be the one sewing her trousseau. Even younger sister Lydia would be much better suited to marital duties, and she’s a total slut. Is being really, really intelligent and witty a fatal flaw in the modern girl? Or can our Elizabeth understand in time that a rich husband is the right ticket to a happy ever after?
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You finished your first novel! Break out the bubbly. Invite your friends. Time for a major celebration. Only about 3% of people who start novels actually finish, so you're a major winner right there. Don't let people pressure you to publish right this minute. Savor the moment!!
First novel finished? Celebrate! by Anne R. Allen You finished your first novel! Break out the bubbly. Order a cake. Buy some really good chocolate. Time for a major celebration. Only about 3% of people who start novels actually finish, so you’re a major winner right there. You’ve done something spectacular. Savor the moment! Finishing …
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I'm visiting Bowker's new website for Self-Published Authors this week, talking about Author Etiquette, and why it's so important to know the rules to stay safe
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Poisoning People for Fun and Profit—Part 18: Polonium-210
Polonium-210 is a nasty murder weapon. It's a slow-acting  radioactive isotope , a dose of radiation sickness with no cure. A microgram of it — the size of a speck of dust — is enough to kill a human....Interesting G+ chose the cigarette image. Tobacco contains a high concentration of Polonium, which is one of the reasons it is such a powerful carcinogen.
Polonium-210 is a nasty murder weapon. It's a slow-acting radioactive isotope, a dose of radiation sickness with no cure. A microgram of it—the size of a speck of dust—is enough to kill a human. The most famous—and only...
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We are honored to host a Golden Globe winning screenwriter on the blog this week! Jerry DiPego has written over 40 feature and television films including Words and Pictures, the Forgotten, Angel Eyes, Message in a Bottle, Instinct, Phenomenon, and Sharky's Machine.
Mr. DiPego is also a novelist, and has a new book for writers WRITE! Find the Truth in Your Fiction. We've got a preview on the blog today! http://annerallen.com/create-believable-characters/
Create believable characters: assembly required. Take the character quiz. What do your characters want? What do they fear?
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Another top !0! Frances Caballo, writing in The Self-Published Author, a site run by Bowker, the ISBN people, named us to the top 10 blogs for Self-Published authors last week! She said, "If you’re looking for pithy – even searing – writing on issues of top concern to self-published authors, you’ve got to read Anne R. Allen." Thanks, +Frances Caballo 
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Anne writes funny mysteries and how-to-books for writers. She also writes poetry and short stories on occasion. Oh, yes, and she blogs. She's a contributor to Writer's Digest and the Novel and Short Story Writer's Market for 2016. 

Her bestselling Camilla Randall Mystery Series features perennially down-on-her-luck former socialite Camilla Randall—who is a magnet for murder, mayhem and Mr. Wrong, but always solves the mystery in her quirky, but oh-so-polite way.

Anne lives on the Central Coast of California, near San Luis Obispo, the town Oprah called "The Happiest City in America."

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Anne R. Allen's Blog...with Ruth Harris was named one of the Best 101 Websites for Writers by Writer's Digest.
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