Free Types of Graphic Designs

I love to share creative resources for writers and bloggers, especially when they are totally free!

Just sign in to your Draft2Digital account, follow the instructions and upload your word doc. Before you hit the publish button , you will be directed to a variety of formatting options. You can choose between Mystery and Thriller, Romance and Science Fiction. They all come with secondary style options.

Below I give you some samples of Free Types of Graphic Designs for books. Enjoy!

Poem by Odysseas Elytis

THEY CAME
dressed up as  “friends,”
    came countless times, my enemies,
trampling the primeval soil.
    And the soil never blended with their heel.
They brought
    The Wise One, the Founder, and the Geometer,
Bibles of letters and numbers,
    every kind of  Submission and Power,
to sway over the primeval light.
    And the light never blended with their roof.
Not even a bee was fooled into beginning the golden game,
    not even a Zephyr into swelling the white aprons.
On the peaks, in the valleys, in the ports
    they raised and founded
mighty towers and villas,
    floating timbers and other vessels;
and the Laws decreeing the pursuit of profit
    they applied to the primeval measure.
And the measure never blended with their thinking.
    Not even a footprint of a god left a man on their soul,
not even a fairy’s glance tried to rob them of their speech.
    They came
dressed up as “friends,”
    came countless times, my enemies,
bearing the primeval gifts.
    And their gifts were nothing else
but iron and fire only.
    To the open expecting fingers
only weapons and iron and fire.
    Only weapons and iron and fire.

https://www.poetryinternational.org/pi/poem/2646/auto/0/0/Odysseus-Elytis/THEY-CAME/en/tile

The story of the Scorpion and the Swan

There was a Swan at the edge of a river and a scorpion approached asking the swan if she would kindly give him a ride to the other side of the river on her back. The swan said “no, you are a scorpion, you will sting me and I will die.” The scorpion assured the swan that he wouldn’t do that, all he wanted was a ride to the other side and he promised she was safe with him.

So the swan gave in and allowed the scorpion to climb upon her back. She swam to the other side and just before reaching the shore the scorpion stung her and jumped to safety. As the swan was sinking, slowly dying from the poisons she asked the scorpion why he broke his promise and stung her.

The scorpion said “I’m a scorpion, that is what I do.”

Image by Jojo Hasilla from Pixabay. Statue of historical sculpture.

BetaReaders don’t grow on trees! Software review.

Finding the right beta readers alone can be challenging for an author, and trust can always be an issue. I have both used https://betareader.io/ and https://betabooks.co/ while polishing my novel, and I’m happy to share my experience.

With these two beautiful apps, you can be in control of your content, and who is reading it, since you are the one inviting betas of your choice.

You can track the process and make changes to your manuscript as you go if you enable the comments for your guests.

Easy to use, with excellent tools and a friendly interface that does not require much knowledge to navigate. Plans start free, but there is different pricing to unlock more features. You can also email customer support to help you, or if you have any questions, and they will get back to you in a short time —a great solution for writers.

The Creative Indie part 2

In a previous post I gave you my top free outlets for stunning photography for creative designs and more.

Let’s admit it, we all search for a beautiful pic to use as a header in our Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram (although I’m more of a Twitter gal, at least for now!)

Now, it’s time to get you some stunning fonts to match your cover.

You can add beautiful calligraphy with

Your cover has all the right moves !

Get your photography animated with one of these apps:

  • Pixamotion
  • Comica (gives your pic a comic book vibe )
  • Movepic
  • PixArt

Don’t forget to have fun !

The One With The Rumor

The boy held back for a while.
“I knew you didn’t have it in you, Chris! You are afraid of the ghost lady, aren’t you?! Oh, how the mighty have fallen!”
“Zip it, Dehlia! I’d like to know what you would do if you d see her right in front of you. Sure, you are full of bravado, knowing she can’t chase your skinny ass from the beyond!”
“She is alive silly, and she is the one who is alive, you are always mixing things up in your mind.D-ah!” Dehlia commented.
Suddenly they both stopped talking.
“Did you sense this?”
“No. Did you?”

“I thought it was you messing with me. Are you messing with my mind Dehlia? I swear to God you are not gonna live enough to visit the haunted house!”
“Your mind has the capacity of a fruit. And by the way, there is a slim chance a snake caressed your weak leg. Don’t blame me! Can you see clear through this muddy grass?”
“You can forget the house tour. We are going back! We have already enough trouble as it is…”

Cooking for one of my characters~ The Wildcard!

Maybe we don’t need another hero, but a little rebellion will sure spice things up! Are you tired of the same old winter recipes? Then you might want to get cozy and try the Wildcard beverage-a cup of hot chocolate with a twist! Who can resist one when it’s cold outside, and you get to spend the day at home, preferably with the company of a good book.

Danae was all about tradition and went into great lengths to protect the ones she loved. She obeyed no one but the demands that her heart determined. She spent many years breaking every rule that was forced on her and seeking justice – on her terms. Danae would devote her life
to rewrite the institute’s law. The law that was still favoring the rich and not doing a great job protecting the innocent.

Image by Ji-Sun Yoo from Pixabay

Original recipe found here : https://www.theendlessmeal.com/spicy-aztec-hot-chocolate/

This spicy Aztec Hot Chocolate is a must . Made with milk chocolate, spiced with cinnamon and vanilla, and has a little kick from a chili pepper.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate
  • 2 cups of milk (I like almond but regular dairy milk would work, too)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash of salt
  • 1 chili pepper, split in half and seeds removed
  • 1–4 tablespoons coconut sugar, depending on taste (you can sub brown sugar or honey)
  • Optional: 2 shots of brandy or Grand Marnier

Instructions

Melt the chocolate with a little of the milk in a small pot over medium heat. Whisk in the remaining milk, the cinnamon, vanilla, and dash of salt. Add the chili pepper to the pot and bring the pot almost to a boil. Remove the pot from the heat and let it sit for 10 mins. Remove and discard the chili pepper.

Whisk in the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, and taste until it is a sweetness you like. If you are using the brandy or Grand Marnier, add it to the pot

Pour the spicy Aztec hot chocolate into mugs and serve!

Special Thanks to http://theendlessmeal.com for the wonderful recipe.

Cooking for one of your characters? After all, a villain has to eat too!

I like my villains probably too much- at least during the time I am writing about them. And why should anyone hate them when they are the ones allowing the hero to pop out and highlight their traits in the story?
So, here is a recipe that Mrs.A would make for her partner in crime, although Stephanos, would never approve of her cooking skills; it was the one area that he could have no control over her. Stay tuned for updates on Stained Doll!

Pasta with white vodka sauce~

Ingredients :

  • 1/2 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/4 pound bacon
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 package penne rigate 
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese and 1/2 cup danish blue cheese

Begin cooking pasta while heat olive oil ,add bacon, and crisp at edges, 2-3 minutes, add onion and stir . After a minute, add vodka and continue to stir for another one. Then add cream, danish blue cheese,parmesan cheese, and continue to work on the mix for another 2-3 min. Now take the sauce out of the pan , drain the pasta and voila! you are ready to serve. I hope that you enjoy this recipe!

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