May 2019 Newsletter

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May 2019 Newsletter
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The Story Mint is a vibrant and inspirational community of writers who celebrate one another's successes. 


Being a writer is tough. We know that, don't we? But now one of our regular contributors to The Story Mint, Linda Alley (Aus) has written a fabulous guide to help new (and not so new) writers to get focused, overcome their writing demons, and get going! It's practical, honest, and full of examples and worth a read, we promise.

(To order click on the cover)


Read on for a round up of the serial chapters we have published this month ....

  • Waterfalls, chapter 4 written by Ray Stone, one of the most experienced Story Mint writers. Read on ...

Annie stood trembling, her back to the door. With one hand over her mouth and eyes closed, she waited for the rapping knuckles to stop and leave her alone. But they didn’t. She was frightened. Whoever was outside her door was impatient and probably violent. 

  • Lawnmarket, chapter 8 written by one of our longstanding writers, Gabrielle Burt. Check this out.
Matthew thumped the table so hard the plates rattled, “Iain’s just a well-paid pawn!   There’s an armed escort ready to transport Phoebe and Richard to the coast, where Hendrik’s ship lies waiting.  They must not reach that ship!” 
 “Iain will protect her...” 
Welcome to Halloween
chapter 6 written by Suraya Dewing. Terrifically scary have been warned .....

Cobwebs now fill the room. They are like a thick curtain made up of many colours…green, yellow and blue. Through them I see Liam, lying on his side stuck in Gusta Roth’s chair wrapped in coloured cobwebs. His eyes roll and he stares, as if being strangled.

Gusta’s spirit has taken form as an apparition. She stands over him holding a knife and appears ready to stab him. I scream. This startles her. The knife thuds to the dust covered floor.

And last, but certainly not least is chapter 2 from Joe Labrum for the serial Finding Linda. Be prepared ... it's gory!

The acrid stench of garbage and death clung like barnacles to her hair and clothing. 

The Writers' Pad

Don't miss chapter five of Ian Miller's story SM.
This is an intriguing saga taking place in space. There are some great characters and dynamics are tense between the crew - human and android. For example why is there an extra android out fixing the station with the other androids when only three were instructed to be there?

Reviews of books by writers from The Story Mint
Isia's Secret by Ray Stone
Reviewed by Stefan Vucak
Ray Stone takes the reader into the shadowy world of investigative journalism, exposes the fierce struggle between Turkish and Greek Cypriots, and what powerful men are prepared to do to keep power.

Still Loved…Still Missed
By Mridula
Review by Suraya Dewing
This is an enchanting collection of short stories full of magic.

Don't forget .... Writing competitions

Feeling like a challenge? Suraya has added information about writing competitions to the Forum on The Story Mint website.
There's information about  the competitions The World Writers Collective are running as well as other competitions. It's a great way to get inspired and motivated! 

Here are some more:
The Wise Writer Award
Grindstone International Flash Fiction Prize
Let us know about any other writing competitions so we can share with our members.

Thank you for belonging to this inspirational and vibrant community.

Happy writing
The Story Mint team


“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”

― Jodi Picoult


Grab some quiet time and enjoy reading some clever, entertaining writing.

Waterfalls, Chapter 4
by Ray Stone (Cyprus)
Lawnmarket, Chapter 8
by Gabrielle Burt (NZ)


Welcome to Halloween, Chapter 6
by Suraya Dewing (NZ)
Finding Linda, Chapter 2
by Joe Labrum (USA)


Who to send your starters and chapters to:
If you have a starter send it to:
If you've written a chapter send it to
Writers' Pad

Get feedback from readers and other writers by posting your work on the Writers' Pad .

SM by Ian Miller. (NZ)
The story opens with Captain Stryker leaving co-pilot Mitchell to dock at Space Station Gamma. When this goes wrong, Stryker is brought before a corporate controlled court, for which efficient decisions are more important than justice. Mitchell makes no appearance.    
Has he made a deal or is there another reason? .
Tensions are high.
An extract from from chapter 5
"Did you go over my head?" he roared.
"No sir!" Her face tightened as she continued,...

Ian invites readers to comment and give him feedback.

Nothing appears publicly on the Writers' Pad unless you tick the publish box.
Follow these steps to post your work:

  1. Click on Add a new title
  2. Add title, Tick publish and write a short blurb
  3. Save. Then
  4. Click on the purple box which reads Add a chapter
  5. Name the chapter and tick publish
  6. Paste in your chapter
  7. Save.
We look forward to reading and promoting other Writers' Pad submissions here.
Happy writing everyone!
Book Reviews

Isia's Secret
by Ray Stone (Cyprus)
Review by Stefan Vucak

Format: Kindle Edition
Enda Osin, a jaded London columnist, is hauled over the coals for embarrassing the British and U.S. governments. He is told to investigate a Greek tycoon who is sponsoring the return of the Elgin Marbles to Athens. Enda is also given an assistant, the lovely Jessica Du Rosse. The tycoon is after an influential EU post which no one wants him to get, but there is a terrible secret haunting him: rumors of his dead son in love with a Turkish Cypriot girl and a bastard grandson. To uncover the tycoon's past, Enda and Jessica travel to Cyprus. Slowly, the pieces start to unravel, until they discover too much and the Greek tycoon wants them dead. The story climaxes aboard the tycoon's luxury yacht off Malta.

With `Isia's Secret', Ray Stone takes the reader into the shadowy world of investigative journalism, exposes the fierce struggle between Turkish and Greek Cypriots, and what powerful men are prepared to do to keep power. I enjoyed the smoldering interaction between Enda and Jessica, which made the book come alive. Ray Stone's characters are rounded and believable, and support well the flow of the story. An entertaining read.
4.0 out of 5 stars


Still Loved…Still Missed
By Mridula (India)
Review by Suraya Dewing

This is an enchanting collection of short stories.
Mridula’s love for the environment shows in this collection of tender stories. She uses nature as a vehicle for carrying important insights into life. Each carries a vivid memory or a message. One of my favourites, and there are many, is ‘And Quiet Flew the Little Birds…’  about Didi, a woman who gave up a life of riches and opportunity to become an environmentalist. Her greatest love was to share her world with young people.
When a childless couple left a small piece of forest to Haritham, an environmental organisation Didi founded, she arranged educational trips by schools and other groups. A visit by an orphanage changes her life forever.
These are gentle heart-warming stories full of optimism.
4.0 out of 5 stars



5 survival tips for writers...
by Suraya Dewing (NZ).


This is surely the most important quality a writer needs. There are many good ideas. But having a good idea, written well that actually touches reader's hearts is another matter. It takes persistence to keep perfecting a skill and self-belief. Follow the dream. One day it will be reality. This is the key to success.

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston S. Churchill.

Have courage...

In the face of rejection and struggle, writers are called upon to have endless supplies of courage. Maya Angelou dared to speak out when more powerful forces silenced less courageous

Membership News

As a member you get these great membership benefits.
We edit manuscripts for members and prepare them for publication. We also publish and promote their books on social media.

Unlimited use of Stylefit™, a writing edge you will get nowhere else.
  • Belong to an international writing community
  • Your writing promoted to over 25,000 online readers when you write a serial chapter
  • Have one of more of your chapters published in our Anthology, Everyone Has a Story
  • Special member rates for editing, assessment and personalised feedback on individual pieces of writing
  • Promotion to agents/publishers
  • Workshops

To join, go to membership
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