Tuesday, October 21, 2014

3T Writing Tidbit

We've all heard of setting as character, but what does that mean? Simply, not only does the heroine see the scenery, but it interacts with her.


For example, your heroine is on a beach on a sunny, 90+ day . You could say "The sand was hot." You could say, "Heroine nosed a toe into the sand. Ouch!"


Or you could have the setting interact with the Heroine, for example through an NPC (gamer term, Non Player Character, a prop character who is really part of the scenery) like:


Heroine slogged next to Hero through the sand. Hot sprays hit her ankles. She was glad for her sandals, keeping her from the worst of it.

A mother dragged a child toward her. The child cried, tears streaming down his cheeks. The mother yanked the child's arm. "It's time to go. Come on."
The child was barefoot, his toes as the chugged through the sand like bright red cherries. Heroine felt a stab of pity for the tot. The mother must not know the sand was so hot.
As the mother neared, Heroine said casually to Hero, "Wow, this sand is burning. Good thing I'm wearing sandals."
Heroine saw the mother pause. As they passed, the mother dropped her beach bag to pick up her crying child. Heroine smiled.


Thanks to Liz Pelletier of Entangled Publishing for this idea.


Published since 2009, over the years I've accumulated various items of writing wisdom. The Third Tuesday Writing Tidbit showcases these items in no particular order. Click here to see all 3T Tidbits.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween Party today, $0.99 sale, giveaway going on, and more

Entranced: A Halloween Box Set is now $0.99! 9 amazing tales from NYTimes, USA Today bestselling and award winning authors, all for less than a dollar.
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Party today! Multi-author Facebook party to celebrate Entranced's release, 3:30-7:30 pm EDT.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Red Hot Read! Cover Reveal ~ Kissin’ Hell by Jodi Redford

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Kissin' Hell~Releasing October 15!
A brand spankin' new That Old Black Magic spin-off series is on it's way!


There are two certainties in life soul collector and hellhound Jericho Stryker knows too well—Death never takes a holiday, and women are typically more trouble than they’re worth. That goes double for his personal nemesis and regular pain in his backside, Lola McKenna. Sure, the luscious little hellcat gets his blood boiling in more ways than one, but some scratches are best left un-itched. That determination is strained to the max when a botched soul acquisition job lands him on the same case as Lola.

Fetching a stubborn soul from a haunted bordello should be a piece of cake. Unfortunately for Lola, she has to deal with Jericho horning in on her bounty. Attempting to keep her cool and her wits around her sinfully sexy adversary? Easier said than done. Especially when she finds herself locked overnight with Jericho. Not strangling him before sunrise? A faint possibility. Ignoring the lusty, depraved sexual fantasies he awakens in her? A snowball’s chance in hell of happening. But worst of all is the very real possibility that he could steal the one thing she most fears losing to him—her heart.

Author links:
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October 1T Olio

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At Lust With A Laugh I ask if you ever feel left out--and how to be one of the cool kids.


At Magical Musings, I revealed my love of computer games.


And check out my special guest Lori Handeland's old versus new covers. Eye opening!


News! Entranced A Halloween Box Set is coming NEXT WEEK. Features my novella Masked Attraction, prequel for my brand new Pull of the Moon trilogy. Heart Mates is in edits now and will be released in March 2015.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My Author Toolbag

The 4 elements of a click-worthy title. Who doesn't love bullet-points to writerly happiness? MM Jaye really hits a homerun here.
My Author Tool Bag features sites I use in writing, editing, and marketing. It's stuff I've found online. The usual caveats apply--no recommendations either expressed or implied, don't click on blind links, have a good antivirus, etc. You know the drill.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

3T Writing Tidbit

I often start with a theme and have to make a story out of it. For example, Biting Nixie is about when to play by the rules and when to break them. One of the best ways to explore a theme in a rounded way is to pit characters holding opposite opinions on the theme against each other. Thus Nixie (the rule breaker) and Julian (the rule follower--or is he??) were born.


 S. Alex Martin shares Foil/Mirror Characters and four more devices to deepen fiction.


Published since 2009, over the years I've accumulated various items of writing wisdom. The Third Tuesday Writing Tidbit showcases these items in no particular order. Click here to see all 3T Tidbits.