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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Saturday Sample: Flood


Welcome to Saturday Sample. We'll continue with out excerpts from Flood. I hope you're enjoying them because I really enjoyed writing the book. Remember. Books make great Christmas gifts.


Blurb:
Drawn together by their love of animals, Aria De Luca and Caleb Hawkins burn for each other. They never suspected that malignant forces around them were successfully plotting Caleb’s ruin from the moment he entered her life. When the flood of a century strikes Aria’s hometown, an alienated Caleb is all that stands between her and catastrophic loss.

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Last Week:
The doctor’s eyes widened just a touch. “You must have come straight here.” 

“I did. Like I said, it was important to me to see that she was okay.” 

Dr. De Luca took a big pull on her soft drink. “The receptionist at the Pine City shelter told me that the director had offered you a job when your sentence was over.” 

"That's right she did, but..." How could he make her see? 

This week: 
What words could describe his despair over the loss of every single freedom he had? Someone else had told him when to go to bed and when to get up. Meals consisted of something someone else said you should eat. His gaze fell to the blue denim shirt he wore. It was the first thing he’d had to wear in over three years that wasn’t regulation prison issue. Unless you’d been in the same situation, you’d never understand why he didn’t want to work there.

The doctor’s next words blew him out of the water. “You still feel like a prisoner there, don’t you?”

He laughed at himself. “And here I was thinking nobody could understand that."




Thursday, December 14, 2017

Santa's Secret

Title: Santa's Secret
Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Genre: Holiday Romance 
Release Date: December 14, 2017 
Brr baby, it's cold outside. It's time to deck the halls and ring those bells because Christmas is in the air. 
Delaney Du Luca had typical fabulous Hollywood holiday plans that included the sun, sand and the warm waters of Cancun until her B-list actor boyfriend publicly dumps her. Instead of staying home to sulk, she decides to head back to her quaint hometown in Vermont for some much-needed rest, relaxation and of course, her favorite holiday cookies. Aiden Fisher can't seem to catch a break. Still reeling from the loss of his wife, he's become the tail end of all the town's jokes when word spreads he's done the unthinkable; pulling over the town's sweetheart, never mind the fact she was speeding. With his one-time high school girlfriend, who's now a big time actress, back in town, everyone's focused on her. Meanwhile, he's just trying to keep his fan obsessed daughter in check and not get caught up in old memories. With Santa's sleigh packed and ready to go, the only thing missing is the mistletoe. 

Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup and a Highland West/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL and her brother, Racicot.
When she's isn't writing one of the many stories planned for release, you'll find her sitting court-side during either daughter's basketball games.
Heidi's first novel, Forever My Girl, will be in theaters on October 27, 2017, starring Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe.
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Revision is a Process-How to Take the Frustration Out of Self-Editing


Revision is a Process –
How to Take the Frustration Out of Self-Editing
by Catherine E. McLean
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GENRE: Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Non-Fiction

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BLURB:

A first draft holds the possibility of what will be a great story. Revision turns that rough diamond into a spectacular gem worth a reader's money and time.

Writers are individuals but to be a producing writer means creating a system to revise and polish a work so the reader thoroughly enjoys the story. REVISION IS A PROCESS is a guidebook for writers and authors that shows how a simple 12-step process can be tailored to eliminate the most common and chronic maladies of writing genre fiction. This valuable guidebook contains secrets, tips, practical advice, how-to's, and why-to's for taking the frustration out of self-editing.

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EXCERPT:



From Section 1, An Overview of Revision is a Process

. . . revision is a process .  A logical, straightforward process where you don't try to find and fix everything at once. Instead, you break the monumental task into component parts and focus on only an item or two at a time.

Okay, so the reality is that creative people,  especially writers, hate logic and straightforwardness. And it's a fact that logic and creativity have always been at war with each other. After all, creativity gives a writer a high like no other. It's the fun part of writing and storytelling.

On the other hand, revising, rewriting, and self-editing are linear, logical, objective—and not fun.

But necessary.

Ever so necessary if one intends to be commercially successful in the writing business.

Here's something I've learned about writing and self-editing—a writer should find a middle ground. That means having the logical part of one's mind work with the subconscious imagination (the creative self).

It's about adopting a different view of self-editing—calling it a process—and diligently organizing that process into small steps that can easily be done. This gives a writer confidence that they have polished their story and increased its marketability.

I strongly believe, and have seen, that revision-as-a-process enables a writer to use both their left (logical) and right (creative) brain to become even more creative.

That's because the writer not only tailors a one-of-a-kind process but they also develop their own revision master cheat sheets. As a result, the creative subconscious (the imagination) becomes aware of the pitfalls and glitches that must be checked for, and subsequently, little by little, the creative self dishes up better first drafts with far fewer errors.


A Word From the Author:

What would I tell a new author?

Ever hear of the adage you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make them drink? Well, most people reading this won't drink the water of wisdom, which is: Stop writing and learn craft before you commit to that next novel or even publishing it.

Why such seemingly harsh advice? Because the truth is, people were not taught to write fiction or be storytellers. Schools teach enough English for people to be able to communicate with others, relay facts and figures, report in a telling and concrete way about events, and expound with argumentation. Such things make for a base. However, to tell a story well is to showcase a protagonist going on a journey. That journey can be heart-wrenching, soul-wrenching, or even mind-wrenching. Fiction isn't about facts but of larger than life characters, fantasy realms, and wonderment all woven into the fabric of a story.
                 
Writing to touch another mind and cause a movie to play out as the words are read means knowing the foundation, the fundamentals, and the tropes of what story is for the genre being written.
                 
Far too many new writers are unaware that there is a blueprint (or foundation) to a story that appeals to readers. Think about this: there are twenty story plot types for fiction and 144 aspects to writing a novel. No one book includes them all. How do you learn what they are and how they are woven together to net a marketable story? By reading how-to books on the various aspects of fiction, by going to writing workshops and conferences, and by networking with other writers who willingly share insights and knowledge by giving feedback (not criticism). 
                 
I, myself, have studied (not just read but studied) over 400 how-to-write books on fiction and storytelling. That's an accurate number because I keep a list. Why do I keep a list? Because I bought the same book three times and didn't realize it because the covers were not the same! I've also taken university and continuing college educational courses, online courses, and workshops to hone my skills. The proof is in editors and agents saying I write well and tell a story well.
                 
Talent will take you only so far. It is craft that will enhance and showcase that storytelling talent.
                 
If you are curious about the 144 Aspects of a Novel, I'll be giving an online course hosted by Pennwriters (www.pennwriters.org) in February 2018 for it. Updates and information will be posted at http://www.writerscheatsheets.com/upcoming-workshops.html



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Catherine E. McLean's lighthearted, short stories have appeared in hard cover and online anthologies and magazines. Her books include JEWELS OF THE SKY, KARMA & MAYHEM, HEARTS AKILTER, and ADRADA TO ZOOL (a short story anthology). She lives on a farm nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains of Western Pennsylvania. In the quiet of the countryside, she writes lighthearted tales of phantasy realms and stardust worlds (fantasy, futuristic, and paranormal) with romance and advenure. She is also a writing instructor and workshop speaker. Her nonfiction book for writers is REVISION IS A PROCESS - HOW TO TAKE THE FRUSTRATION OUT OF SELF-EDITING.

● Hub Website: http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

● Website for writers:  http://www.WritersCheatSheets.com

● Writers Cheat Sheets Blog: https://writerscheatsheets.blogspot.com

● Linked-In:
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/catherine-e-mclean/7/70b/372 

● Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/catherine.e.mclean.5

● Twitter:  https://twitter.com/#!/CatherineMcLea7

● Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/catherinemclean

● Amazon Author Page:
http://www.amazon.com/Catherine-E.-McLean/e/B00A3BVG6I/

● Link to buy REVISION IS A PROCESS at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0988587440

● Link to buy REVISION IS A PROCESS at Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/revision-is-a-process-catherine-e-mclean/1126295618


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The One Apart

The One Apart
by Justine Avery

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GENRE: Paranormal

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BLURB:

Only one obstacle stands in his way of enjoying a normal life. He remembers—every life he's lived before.

Tres is about to be born... with the biggest burden any has ever had to bear. He is beginning again—as an ageless adult trapped in an infant body.

He and his teenage mother face life filled with extraordinary challenges as they strive to protect, nurture, and hide how truly different he is. But Tres alone must solve the greatest mystery of all: who is he? The answer is linked to the one question he's too afraid to ask: why am I?

In his quest, Tres discovers that all is considerably more interconnected and dynamic than he could ever imagine—and fraught with far more danger. He cannot hide from the unseen threat stalking him since his birth.

Life as he knows it—as all know it—is in peril. And Tres is the only one aware.

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EXCERPT:

Tres felt his body abruptly drop around him with overbearing weight, encapsulating him once again.

The mental images, the overpowering memories, finally faded. Only an ominous stillness remained.

Every cell within him began to twitch, infusing with energy—even as he felt immobile. Every joint, tendon, and bone ached under the pressure of being alive.

A deep sadness engulfed him. He pondered possible rea
sons. And, just as quickly, he was distracted by the presence of his own simple thoughts.
Thoughts. He realized his own thinking.

This mind—certain of its own newness—desired to explore, feel, do, be. Tres opened his eyes—tried to open his eyes. He found his eyelids fused shut.

He opened his mouth. Thick, warm syrup seeped inside his swallow. Intense fear washed over him, even as he knew exactly where—and how—he was.

Oh, no.

Tres was aware, more aware than any had ever been. In this moment, he knew everything—and yet, nothing.

He was beginning again.


A Word From the Author

1.Did you always want to be an author?

A love for reading inspired me to write.  I think it’s natural for all of us who love to read to be drawn to the idea of creating our own stories, developing our own ideas, and giving readers that sense of surprise or happiness that we enjoy when we read a great story.  When I was eleven or so, I started my first novel.  It was essentially a retelling of the Cinderella story with a main character named Ella that—SURPRISE!—would be revealed as a secret Cinderella.  It’s a good thing I never finished it!  After that, I believed the folks that told me that writing is more of a dream and not really a career, so I only wrote sporadically when I was really moved to live my biggest dream, only for life and that “real career” to get in the way.  There were so many detours—for decades—but now I realize they’re all really valuable experiences for the life of a writer.  Finally, the urge to write, the feeling that you’re supposed to write, took over, and I finally gave my writing “dream” the priority it deserves.

2.Tell us about the publication of your first book.


Easy.  I wrote The One Apart, sent it through the ringer with editing, beta reading, and proofreading, designed the cover and formatting to best suit the story itself and my desired experience for the story’s readers, and chose Amazon.com to offer it to readers of the world first.

3.Besides yourself, who is your favorite author in the genre in which you write?


I don't have one.  How could I possibly cite just one??  I follow my reading nose, my in-the-moment interests, wherever they take me, whether that's through a few of one author's oeuvre—one after the other—or hopscotching from one author to another (and back again... or maybe not).  Every book offers something new, something to discover.  So does every author.  When I'm asked who my single favorite author is, I can't help but think of all those I haven't even read—or discovered—yet.

4.What's the best part of being an author? The worse?


The best part of being an author is writing stories!  I’m in it for the love, because it’s the most fun thing I can think of to do with all my skills, abilities, and experience combined.  I never know how my stories are going to end up—and for me, that's the whole fun of it. That's why I write! Every story's an adventure, a mystery, an experience waiting to unfold. That's the whole appeal for me. If I'm not having fun writing a story, I imagine no one else is going to enjoy reading it.

The worst part of being an author is…

5.What projects are you working on now?


My next book will likely be a collection of shorter stories, all sharing a common element: the story of those big moments in life when everything changes, when everything turns in a new direction.  I have a few unpublished stories that happen to have that idea in common, and I’m eager to write more and create a collection full of interesting characters and predicaments and surprising moments.



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Justine Avery is an award-winning author of stories large and small for all. Born in the American Midwest and raised all over the world, she is inherently an explorer, duly fascinated by everything around her and excitedly noting the stories that abound all around. As an avid reader of all genres, she weaves her own stories among them all. She has a predilection for writing speculative fiction and story twists and surprises she can’t even predict herself.

Avery has either lived in or explored all 50 states of the union, over 36 countries, and all but one continent; she lost count after moving 30-some times before the age of 20. She’s intentionally jumped out of airplanes and off the highest bungee jump in New Zealand, scuba dived unintentionally with sharks, designed websites, intranets, and technical manuals, bartered with indigenous Panamanians, welded automobile frames, observed at the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo in Noba, Japan, and masterminded prosperous internet businesses—to name a few adventures. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree that life has never required, and at age 28, she sold everything she owned and quit corporate life—and her final “job”—to freelance and travel the world as she always dreamed of. And she’s never looked back.

 Aside from her native English, Avery speaks a bit of Japanese and a bit more Spanish, her accent is an ever-evolving mixture of Midwestern American with notes of the Deep South and indiscriminate British vocabulary and rhythm, and she says “eh”—like the Kiwis, not the Canadians. She currently lives near Los Angeles with her husband, British film director Devon Avery, and their three adopted children: Becks, Sam, and Lia. She writes from wherever her curiosity takes her.

Avery loves to connect with fellow readers and creatives, explorers and imaginers, and cordially invites you to say “hello”—or konnichiwa.

www.JustineAvery.com
Twitter: @Justine_Avery
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/JustineAvery
Book buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076B7RDWY

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