Emotional Beats: Analogies, Metaphors and Similes, Part 1

I love these analogies, metaphors and similes shared by Nicholas C. Rossis. Treat yourself to a quick read of these literary treasures. Thank you, Nicholas, for another tremendously helpful and enlightening post.


Source: Emotional Beats: Analogies, Metaphors and Similes, Part 1


Characters: Perspectives & POV

Thank you, G.L. Cromarty, for this lovely and helpful post for writers about some important considerations when writing the characters in your novel or story.


When you start writing a book, you have a number (okay a plethora) of things to consider. But one important consideration, is the number of character perspectives your book will have. Perspectives and POV are often used interchangeably. For the purpose of this article: Perspective = who (as in the character) POV = how (style of showing […]

via Writing Characters – Perspectives and POV #writing #amwriting — G.L. Cromarty


Audiobook Review of THE CHOCOLATE LABRADOODLE CAPER, A Damien Dickens Mystery, by Phyllis Entis. Audiobook narrated by Harry Dyson.

★★★★ Rated four stars by Iris Chacon. Recommended to: listeners of any age; contains no offensive material.

This writer received a complimentary copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest and objective review.

I had previously read the ebook version of this enjoyable novel by Phyllis Entis. Hearing the story nLabradoodle Audioarrated, though, was a different experience entirely. I was surprised at how the pace of the story seemed more sedate and mellow, giving me time to digest and appreciate all the deep detail incorporated into the story as the result of the author’s extensive research. Perhaps when reading to myself, I went too fast, eager for the next clue, and failed to appreciate the beauty of the descriptive passages in their recreation of the period setting.

This new audiobook is of excellent production quality and was easy to navigate with the Audible.com interface. I listened to it on my Kindle, but it would perform as well on other devices.

Narrator Harry Dyson does a fine job of bringing our mystery-solving hero, Damien Dickens, to life as a likable, smart, personable fellow. Dyson’s voice suits the pace and tone of the book very well and causes the listener to feel instant affinity for every character — females as well as males. I’m hoping to hear his narration of future Damien Dickens Mysteries.

Phyllis Entis weaves several plot lines so skillfully that I didn’t realize the many connections between the disparate mysteries until she led me to them in the end. Whether you have ever read a Damien Dickens Mystery before, you will enjoy this one; the story stands on its own. Be warned that the adorable labradoodle appears only briefly (I won’t say more, to avoid spoilers here), but the puppy is still an integral part of the plot.



The Crystal Community has officially announced the winners in its Crystal Awards 2016 competition on Wattpad.com.

CrystalAwards2016StkrThe Iris Chacon novel Duby’s Doctor, which appears in serialized, illustrated form on Wattpad, is the third place winner in the Best Multimedia Story category.


The multimedia version of Duby’s Doctor has recorded more than 70,000 reads on Wattpad, and has been ranked as high as #26 in the Top 900 novels in the Mystery/Thriller genre.

The novel is available in ebook and paperback at Amazon.com and all other popular book retailers.

Earlier this year, Ms. Chacon’s novel Finding Miranda was named a Finalist in The Wishing Shelf Awards 2016 competition (Fiction genre), which is judged by committees of industry professionals in London and Stockholm. finalist-logo-1   FindingMiranda-FJM_Low_Res_500x750-2

Another Chacon novel, Schifflebein’s Follywon its category (Paranormal genre) in the ProjectWD* Awards for 2016.

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awardsforstories-128-95001Mudsills ppk cvr77866229-512-k812410In the Historical Fiction genre, Ms. Chacon’s Mudsills & Mooncussers, A Novel of Civil War Key Westwas named a Finalist in The 2016 Awards from AwardsForStories.

In 2001, Ms. Chacon’s feature film screenplay entitled Sylvie Inherits A Cowboy received Honorable Mention in the Television/Movie Script category of the Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Around 19,500 manuscripts competed.

silviescowboy2-fjm_high_res_1800x2700More than a decade later, that movie script was adapted as Sylvie’s Cowboy, a novel in the Mystery/Thriller genre. The novel has recorded nearly 51,000 reads on Wattpad.com.

All five novels are available in ebook and paperback via Ms. Chacon’s Author Page on Amazon.




TY, Wattpad Readers!

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Thank you, Wattpad readers! DUBY’S DOCTOR is today ranked #24 in the Top 900 Mystery/Suspense novels on Wattpad, with 71,600 reads. This is the highest Wattpad ranking ever achieved by this book or, indeed, by any of my books.


What a boost to my self-esteem this morning, and YOU did it!  Thank you for every page you read, every vote you cast, and every comment you leave.