G+ Profile for the Writer’s Gallery

Dear loyal followers, authors, crazy people, “sane” people, Oompa Loompas, Lollipop Guild…..

I am happy to announce that we have a Google+ profile page that Adrianna is running!!! The page will be there to update everyone interested about our upcoming competitions, and introducing submitted writings by you all. Also, it will be there to share your work from your profiles.

If you wish to have your stories (short or long), poems, or prose posted on our site, please submit to davidandadrianna@yahoo.com.

All of you that were friends with A. Joleigh before, please circle her again. Would you please share this with your circles, too?

LINK: http://goo.gl/ZpBlXe


Writing Craft CUT THE ‘SAID’, SHE SAID by Rayne Hall

Dialogue tags (he said, she asked, he replied) can help the reader understand who’s talking. But when it’s clear who’s talking, you can cut the tag.  This makes your writing tighter and the pacing faster.


If the speaker is doing something, the action is enough to attribute the dialogue. Simply put Continue reading

The Book Is Here!!

Some of you may remember that I had won first place in a poetry contest in the Darker Times Collection. The anthology is now available!!! To some of you multi-published authors this may seem old school, haha, so excuse my childish glee. Lol. IMG_1312


If you want to buy the anthology where I’ve been published, visit these links below:

Darker Times Volume Two — Kindle Edition (in the UK)

Darker Times Volume Two — Paperback (in the UK)

Darker Times Volume Two — Paperback & Kindle (in the USA) 


I have been writing some experimental stories and would like to post them and get all of your opinions and feedback if you like? Not sure if that is something you all would like to get involved in, but let me know. I’m a little rusty since I haven’t shown any of my stories in almost a year now. Ack! I feel like I’m starting all over again.


Anyways.. HAPPY WEEKEND!! 🙂

A. Joleigh



Does your writing style have fat instead of muscle? By leaving out certain words, you can tighten and tone your manuscript.


In thirty years as an editor, I’ve found the same fatty words bloat the style of many authors.


Here are two notorious phrases: “begin to” and “start to.” They contain empty calories Continue reading

How To Write Like You Are In Love: Tips For Romance Writers By Dave Goodlove

Have you ever noticed how different you feel and act when you are in love?  The whole world opens up, flowers bloom like the first day of spring after a long winter, and you notice things that have always been there but suddenly appear like they are in technocolor after having watched black-and-white TV your whole life.  Such is the heart inflame with love.  When a romance writer’s characters are in love, the reader absolutely must feel it.  For the reader to live vicariously through our characters, there must be a sense that life for our character in love is completely different in every way.  In some ways, it’s like the difference Continue reading

The December 2013 Christmas Challenge Winner

Congratulations to Vanessa Wright for winning the Christmas Writer’s Challenge!!!! 

She is a 47 year old visual artist, author, mom and pug breeder. Two of her Afrikaans short

Vanessa Wright

Vanessa Wright

stories have recently been published in My kort vir jou sop available on www.amazon.com as an e-book and soon to be released in soft cover. She has taken part in Nanowromo 2012 and 2013 and reached the target on day 26. She has also published a collection of short stories on Smashwords, titled Twisted. http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/361196. She has her own blog at http://iread1966.wordpress.com, appropriately named Humouring the dark where the muse has captured many readers’ attention and a book about the character is in the offing. She is also active on Facebook and Twitter and is a member of a writing group. She leads her own book club and is a true bookaholic. Writing has always been her passion, however the timing always seemed incorrect as daily life interrupted more frequently than not. Now, she has decided to go big or go home.



Vanessa’s Winning Entry

Sweat was running down his back in rivulets and pooled in his underwear. Christmas in the Southern hemisphere at an awesome 37 degrees, dressed in a red velvet suit, white beard, tasselled hat and black boots. He surveyed the manically shopping populace from his fake golden throne.  The true spirit of Christmas was painted on their faces in garish colours as they rushed to and fro. Santa Claus was his name and boosting sales hisgame.

According to myth the Claus was a fat, white man supposedly living in the North Pole, hence the dress code.  He commanded elves, reindeer and an ever pudgier Mrs Claus. In direct contrast Bongani Shabangu was ebony black, single, lived in a sweltering South Continue reading


Almost every novel has a climax near the end of the book. This is when all the plot strands come together and the heroine (or hero) faces her greatest challenge. The tension is so high that the reader perches on the edge of her seat, unable to tear herself away from the story’s action. Continue reading

Joseph Imperi–Winner of Valentine’s Writer’s Challenge

Congratulations Joseph Imperi !!!!!! You are the winner of the Valentine’s Writer’s Challenge. joseph imperi

You have won your choice of prizes in which we will discuss in private, along with a painting by A. Joleigh.


To find out more about Joseph Imperi, please visit Meet the Winners!!



To learn more about our upcoming Mardi Gras Writer’s Challenge, click here.

A Cup of Wine by M. A Barr

Through-out time I’ve seen men like you destroyed by this same madness, cross-eyed, weeping, howling to the moon and stars,

scribbling promises they cannot keep, stars they cannot touch, diamonds they cannot buy, and an eternity that they cannot live or even measure,

star-crossed boys who believe they know everything but spout drivel from milk-stained Continue reading

In Maiden’s Eyes (inspired by A. Joleigh’s photo) by A. Long

In maiden’s eyes, great surprise,
inspiring all, like day’s sunrise!

In maiden’s eyes, I see the world,
All it’s glories, are unfurled.
In maiden’s eyes, I see the light,
All it’s beauty, beaming bright.
In maiden’s eyes, I see the joy,
All it’s laughter, all souls enjoy. Continue reading

Shadow Dancer by Doug Metz

once walking through the woods
my mind dull and dreary
i paused to rest beside an oak
and lay my spirit weary
the orb of light hanging low
having all but given up Continue reading

A Beautiful Procession by Sam Collett

A divine beauty, sent from above

Her eyes shining like stars
I could not help but lose myself in them
Silky hair cascading down her shoulders
Flowing like a magnificent waterfall

She smiled, sweet velvety lips Continue reading

Memories of Love by Matt Ewens

Delicately touching her image locked in time,
A whispered voice, ‘darling you were once mine’,
Swallowing tears and reliving distant fears,
His head bows to remember those years.

Her sparkling eyes, once so full of love,
Beautifully enigmatic, like angels above,
Her sunshine smile and wispy golden hair, Continue reading

Really?! Seriously?! by Joseph Imperi

Really?!?!?!?! Seriously?!?!?!?!

You were always my best friend first
There is really no excuse
Your love is what I thirst
Oh really what’s the use

You were given all I could give
I asked for only love in return
What I offered was a chance to live
Instead I am alone and need to learn

Now I know It’s over
I can read between the lines
So much for the four leaf clover
You have given me all the signs

A wish is a wish
And I guess it just never took
My foolish heart, like a foolish fish Continue reading

Love Revealed by Jeffery Brand

I come to you naked,
My dreams and fears
Resting on the surface of
My existence…
I’m awash in an ocean of insecurities…
Capsized in life’s waters,
I reach for you;
Struggling against the undertow,
Swimming feverishly towards your
Safe harbor…
I’m unjust in bestowing a moniker
Of savior upon you,
As you’re human and far from
But your love
Is an unfamiliar salvation Continue reading

A Shrubbery by Sheikha A.

The night growing into day is the way of the universe;
I wait, in this longing, for the permanence of the moon.

These ghost nights have possessed the ambience again
causing my being to rattle clueless in addiction, my eyes
carry dark bags of memories that do not escape by tears
or words to release me from the clogs of bellowing aches
reverberating in my shrunken veins withered of waiting
and wanting the glass to now appear as full empty. Continue reading

Stolen Moments By M.A. Kastle

We steal away by moonlight.
Its shadows dancing between us, caught in the silver light we disappear.
Our eyes lock, forever this moment will stay.
A song plays softly while glasses clink with cheer.
Wine pours, laughter carries on the wind, masking our fear. Continue reading