Wednesday, April 5, 2017

IWSG - April - Ebook News



It’s time for another group posting of the IWSG: Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month and encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

Be sure to link to IWSG and display the badge in your post.


IWSG is the brainchild of our noble Ninja Captain and leader Alex J. Cavanaugh

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

Remember, the question is optional!

April 5 Question: Have you taken advantage of the annual A to Z Challenge in terms of marketing, networking, publicity for your book? What were the results?


The awesome co-hosts for the April 5 posting of the IWSG will be Christopher D. Votey, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Fundy Blue, and Chrys Fey!




This post will be brief as I am currently under the weather with a severe case of hives. From the top of my head to the bottom of my feet, can you believe it? I can't. It's a long time since I've experienced anything so painful. But this doesn't mean I won't be visiting your blogs; it's just going to take me longer than normal. Before I go I wanted to mention I have a new ebook coming out with Dancing Lemur. 

Life is good and my body will most certainly heal soon. My doctor(s) live in the apartment directly below us. Two of the sweetest girls you'll ever meet. Thank you Cinthia and Jackie for all your tender care. Oh, and Happy Anniversary to my dear husband. 




Monday, March 27, 2017

Featuring Hank Quense - Creating Stories




CREATING STORIES
BY HANK QUENSE



  • Published by Strange World Publishing
  • AVAILABLE April 1, 2017
  • $8.99, 9947 KB, 105 Pages
  • Genre: Fiction Writing
  • ASIN: B01MZ6E3EM

Do you have a story in you?

Do you know how to write it or how to tell it?
 
Creating Stories has the answers. Hank Quense, the author of more than twenty books, tells you how to do it. He believes that stories come from the melding of three elements: getting ideas, story design, and story-telling. Ideas have to come from the author. Creating Stories covers the last two. 
The book concentrates on developing characters including such rarely discussed requirements such as a dominant reader emotion and the character’s biography.
Plots are also covered in depth and a number of graphics are included to illustrate complex points. Another topic discusses subplots and how to utilize them and how to nest them within the main plot.
A separate chapter discusses the relationship between the plot and the emotional arcs.
Other topics covered are:  character arcs, scene design, point-of-view, writing voice.
 
Table of Contents:
Part 1: Setting & Characters
Chapter 1: Getting Started
Chapter 2: Setting
Chapter 3: Characters-1
Chapter 4: Characters-2
Chapter 5: More Character Stuff
Part 2: Plotting
Chapter 6: Plotting
Chapter 7: Subplots
Chapter 8: Scene Design
Chapter 9: Plot and Emotional Arcs
Part 3: Story-telling
Chapter 10: Basic Stuff
Chapter 11: Point-of-View
Chapter 12: Writing Voice
Part 4: More Stuff
Chapter 13: Parody, Humor, and Satire
Chapter 14: Odds & Ends 
Chapter 15: Other Stuff
Chapter 16: Appendices
Chapter 17: About the Author

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I'm thrilled to be participating in Hank Quense's book tour today; he's been a featured guest on this blog many times and for good reason. Although we've never met in person, I'd like to think I know how just how talented Hank is. This book is a true treasure and needs to be in the library of every writer worldwide. 








From chapter 4 of Creating Stories

Nothing tells the reader the author is an amateur quicker than reading about a make-believe cardboard character, one that isn't a “real” person.  As you develop this part of your character you will, once again, run into the limitation factor.  The more defined your character becomes, the more limitations you'll place on the character and yourself.

In this section we'll cover the mental or inner workings of characters.  There are a number of areas involved in this undertaking and it will require creativity and hard work to finish the development.  These areas include the character's personality, his dreams, his aspirations and mirages that affect him.  The character's philosophy is also an important element here and that will be covered separately.

Personality: Let's start with personality.  Here is a definition from the American Heritage Dictionary: The pattern of feelings, thoughts, and activities that distinguishes one person from another.  If you scan the web, you'll find a bewildering array of web sites about personality including some heavy-duty stuff from doctors.  Basically, it seems to break down into two areas: personality types and personality traits.

According to one theory, there are sixteen types of personality.  There are four types in each of four categories: analysts, diplomats, sentinels and explorers.  Your character has to be one of sixteen.  For more information see http://www.16personalities.com/personality-types.

Within these categories, there are many personality traits.  You need to define your character by giving him or her a personality trait or two.  Is your character affable, charming, pompous, unfriendly?  There are many personality traits that can be used.  Once you select one or two, do a web search on that trait to ensure you can write convincingly about that type of personality.  There is more information about personality traits here: http://examples.yourdictionary.com/examples-of-personality-traits.html

Dreams (aspirations): What does your character want out of life?  What does he want to do when he grows up?  What does she want to achieve?  This attribute can influence how the character acts and can provide  a measure of conflict.  What if she wants to become an engineer, but has to decide whether to stay in college or drop out to help her sick mother?  This situation will provide inner conflict.

Memories: These are influencers that characters have.  Memories can also be used for foreshadowing and to build up internal conflict.  How?  Consider this example: as a five-year-old, the character almost drowned.  Ever since, she has had a healthy fear of open water.  At some point in the story, she sees a man drowning in the middle of a lake.  What does your character do?  Does her fear of water cause her to ignore the man and walk away?  Does she search for a boat to use in the rescue?  Does she suppress her fear and dive into the lake?

This inner conflict can provide a memorable scene in the story.  Remember though, a heroine has to do heroic stuff.  It would be acceptable for a villainess to let the guy drown, but a heroine will have to try to save him, or she won't be believable.  If she lets the guy drown without trying to save him, the character will be seen as a phony and the reader will lose interest in her.

Another example will concern a man who was punished as a child by being locked in a dark closet.  Now he fears dark basements, caves, alleys and any unlit place.  You can see how this memory and foreshadowing can lead to exciting scenes and gripping internal conflict.

Mirages: These are fantasies the character tricks herself into believing.  Want an example?  Most politicians thinking they have the slightest chance of getting elected President.

Descriptor (or voice): This item isn't the same as the way the character speaks, it's a brief description or summary of the character and the way he thinks and acts.  This isn't easy to develop but I believe it's essential to have one for the major and main characters.  Once you have the descriptor, it will help you write accurately about the character and his thoughts, his actions, his reactions.

Examples may be the best way to explain the descriptor.  A banker can be the voice of greed and will endlessly talk about money and financial concerns.  This character will always be trying to get more money, possibly through fraud.  A psychopath is the voice of rage, always ready for an argument or fight.  A warrior could be described as the voice of chaos.  An accountant can be the voice of precision.

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If you have any questions or comments on this material, leave a note and I'll respond.








Hank Quense writes humorous and satiric sci-fi and fantasy stories.
He also writes and lectures about fiction writing and self-publishing. He has published 19 books and 50 short stories along with dozens of articles. He often lectures on fiction writing and publishing and has a series of guides covering the basics on each subject. He is currently working on a third Moxie novel that takes place in the Camelot era.
He and his wife, Pat, usually vacation in another galaxy or parallel universe. They also time travel occasionally when Hank is searching for new story ideas.

Amazon Author Page * Website * Twitter


You can check out the schedule and follow Hank’s tour by clicking HERE.





There is a tour-wide giveaway is for five (5) eBooks of CREATING STORIES and three (3) print copies of the author’s MOXIE'S PROBLEM (U.S. entries only). The prizes are courtesy of the publisher. The giveaway will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, April 18. Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. 


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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Featuring: HE GAVE ME BARN CATS


Author Maria Santomasso-Hyde is visiting today as part of her HE GAVE ME BARN CATS Blog Tour with MC Book Tours. Her book is scheduled to be released March 14 by Dancing Lemur Press.

If you’re looking for a story that will touch your heart, you’ve found it in this tender story of love, loss, and inspiration. You could win your own copy, just check out the giveaway details.

◊ He Gave Me BARN CATS
◊ by Maria Santomass0-Hyde
◊ Published by Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
◊ Available March 14, 2017
◊ $10.95, 6x9 Trade paperback, 134 pages
◊ Genres: Christian Fiction / Christian Life-Death, Grief, Bereavement
◊ Print ISBN 978-1-939844-21-7 eBook ISBN 978-1-939844-22-4
◊ Order through Ingram, Follett Library Resources, or from the publisher
◊ $3.99 eBook available in all formats


Inspired by true events...

        Maria has cared for her very ill mother for many years. Her burdens are heavy, causing a sadness bordering on darkness.  When she discovers her historic barn is now home to a mother cat and kittens, she feels lighter than she has in years. As the kittens grow, they teach her as only animals can do.
          Then tragedy strikes. As Maria loses her family, the darkness envelopes her like the heavy fog that blankets her Blue Ridge Mountain home each morning. She creates a scorecard:  God: 9, Maria: 0.  Her questions turn into anger at God.  She searches to find answers as to why her loving God would take away so much in such a short time.
          How will she learn to trust again? Can the kittens in her barn help her heal?


HE GAVE ME BARN CATS is available for pre-order in print format at following sites: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books A Million, Everything Cats, Foyles, and Chapters-Indigo.

HE GAVE ME BARN CATS is available for order in eBook format at the following sites: Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes, and Amazon.

Be sure to add HE GAVE ME BARN CATS to your shelf on Goodreads.

Maria's Facebook Page.


Formerly a newspaper reporter, Maria Santomasso-Hyde now owns Alta Vista Fine Art Gallery.

She lives in Valle Crucis, North Carolina, with her husband, Lee, and The Queen of the Universe (Roma, their Black Cat) … and other Black Cats who decide to move in.


Come join the blog tour and learn more about Maria and HE GAVE ME BARN CATS by visiting the following blog:



March 8 - Rockin' Book Reviews - Guest Post

March 10 - Defending The Pen - Excerpt

March 13 - Reviews by CrystalQ&A
Alex J. Cavanaugh - Guest Post

March 14 - Thoughts in Progress - Review

March 15 - Open

March 16 - A Bluestocking's Place - Excerpt
deal sharing aunt - Review

March 17 - Juneta @ Writer's Gambit - Q&A

March 20 - Reviews From the Heart - Review
The Story of a Writer - Feature
CBY Book Club - Excerpt

March 21 - bookworm1102 - Excerpt
Storey Book Reviews - Excerpt
Celticlady's Reviews - Feature



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This is a tour-wide giveaway for two (2) print copies (U.S only) and two (2) eBooks (international). To enter just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions.