Tuesday, June 21, 2016

3T Writing Tidbit

There are five big plot points, or places where the action changes.

The last is the CLIMAX. After many defeats, there's one big moment before the climax where the main character CHANGES in a way that allows him or her to deal effectively with the main problem in the story. (Happily ever here :) )

I actually did a 3T on showing the Moment Of Change a while back. This is about the degree of that change. Something I knew for a long time but didn't have in words was the fact that the change can't be just ANY change.

It must be something that's a sacrifice in proportion to the Happily Ever After the character gets.

In other words, the Hero or Heroine MUST EARN their HEA.

What about your current story? Has your main character earned their good or bad ending?

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, June 7, 2016

1T Status Update -- Romancing Our Fantasies


Mind Mates almost ready, Cin Wikkid in audio book, Cin Wikkid trailer...what to talk about first? Oh, I know--how about A Huge Multi-Author Tour and Raffle!!

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So how about those other things I mentioned?
  • Mind Mates is in its final edit pass. On track for August 23 release.
  • I do need to get a blurb other than the one Samhain prepared. Memo to self...contact The Blurb Queen
  • I'm thrilled that Cin Wikkid is in the hands of an audio book producer! More info as I can.
  • Cin Wikkid has a trailer!

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

5T Tossup

Today's a rare 5th Tuesday! I'm sharing some YouTube videos I've enjoyed, and a couple pictures from my tablet.

  • Movie Bob is awesome, a reviewer for the geek in all of us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpGr4sE5x0I
  • Epic Rap Battles (with Weird Al!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yis7GzlXNM
  • Simon's Cat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7sggjEBnZg
  • Movie Bob and Really That Good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSAp-QCHj_A
  • QI: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OFXL0jIMR4
  • Men at Arms is always fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ds1LJTbHKn4
  • Dragon Ball Z in a way I can understand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIzYhHF558Q
  • The Guild: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSC2TMwyqzg
  • Before they were Mr. Bean and House: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LqoprkGLGI
  • Rowan Atkinson as Doctor Who: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do-wDPoC6GM
  • And as a musician at the 2012 Olympics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0ZY0whadOA
  • Sherlock: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/JwntNANJCOE/hqdefault.jpg?custom=true&w=196&h=110&stc=true&jpg444=true&jpgq=90&sp=68&sigh=2YXVt94LmD-iJZ6MCCLPD312Qss
  • Slo Mo Guys: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soMV-AkSOtA

Breakfast at Perkins


Cat snoozing

Hubby's new hobby: brewing beer :)

A pretty sunrise

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Join me on Love Kissed Book Bargains' Memorial Day Facebook Hop!

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Welcome to the Memorial Day Facebook Hop,

hosted by Love Kissed Book Bargains!

With tons of prizes from almost 100 authors and bloggers, including Amazon gift cards, it's a great way to spend Memorial Day!

Don't miss out! Visit one, or all to participate. Easy entries.

Meet some new authors! Discover some awesome blogs.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

4T Olio--A Book I've Enjoyed

Recently a local librarian mentioned a book that made her ignore her Thanksgiving turkey. I'm all about books that are so gripping they make me forget about daily life, so I asked her for the title. This was my introduction to The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

I used to read more literary books when I was younger. It takes a certain amount of time and concentration I don't usually have these rushed days.

But there are a few books that transcend the literary to become ripping good reads. This is one.
 
Why did I enjoy it?
  • Lots of interwoven story lines.
  • Interesting food and drink.
  • Interesting, almost exotic characters. 
  • Magic!
  • Kittens!
  • A fantastic love story.

I wasn't sure at the beginning of the book if it was going to be too esoteric for the mood I was in--and I may have skipped the introduction--but within a few pages I was hooked. I did skim a couple pages in the middle, but again, that was life hounding me rather than the story lagging.

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

The Night Circus is available for Kindle and Nook as well as many other formats at many other retailers. Erin Morgenstern's website is here.

Frankly, doing book reports as a child was grueling. I just wanted to read the story, to experience the adventure and the emotion. But I do want to share my favorites with you. Hope you enjoyed this glimpse into a book I've enjoyed!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Release Blast for Between Midnight and Dawn--Guest Cheryl Yeko


WisRWA friend and award-winning author Cheryl Yeko has a great new release today, and a book tour with a $20 Amazon eGift Card giveaway!

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BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND DAWN
Cheryl Yeko
Releasing May 19th, 2016
Soul Mate Publishing


Kyle Wade has spent over half his life seeking justice for his mother’s brutal murder at the hands of the serial killer known as C.H.K. His efforts lead him to Nicole Chambers, a woman he quickly develops strong feelings for.

Now he’s torn between keeping Nicole safe, or using her as bait to capture the monster stalking her.

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My writing career began in 2011, after my wonderful husband bought me a Kindle for Christmas and changed my world. I started reading romance novels, and fell in love with them. I decided to write one myself, and disappeared into my room over a long Wisconsin winter and wrote my debut novel, PROTECTING ROSE. I submitted to a few publishing houses and was offered a contract with Soul Mate Publishing, which I quickly accepted.

PROTECTING ROSE went on to win the 2012 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in the romantic suspense category. Well, I was hooked.

Today, I'm a multi-published, award-winning author, and live in Wisconsin with my husband Patrick. I love to read, play piano, and spend time with family and friends. I enjoy novels with fast-paced action and steamy romance, protective alpha men and strong heroines. I belong to several writing groups, including Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Sisters in Crime.

Please sign up for Cheryl’s Newsletter, with her two BFF’s, Char Chaffin and Callie Hutton.

Char and Cheryl also write together under the pen name, CiCi Cordelia, Writing From The Heart. Find us on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cici-Cordelia/e/B01AJ5EM90


Cheryl is also an Acquisitions Editor for Soul Mate Publishing. As an Editor, she welcomes Romantic Suspense, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, and Erotica. You can reach her at Cheryl@SoulMatePublishing.com



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