Wednesday, December 10, 2014
The cure comes three hundred years too late, and she wakes to a futuristic world where animals are all but forgotten. Descendants of her brother adopt her, and she's thrown back into high school. Exara, the class beauty, calls Jenny the Neanderthal girl, and she becomes more of a sideshow than a member of the senior class. Only Exara's gorgeous boyfriend, Maxim, sympathizes with her.
Her developing feelings for Maxim are only the beginning of her problems. There aren't any more animals to save, so Jenny involves herself with a rebel group called the Timesurfers, explorers searching the galaxy for another planet to inhabit to clone long-dead animal species. She must choose between her blossoming feelings for Maxim and her lifelong dream.
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Four Ways Short Fiction Will Make You a Better Writer
by Cherie Reich
It seems like some writers balk at the thought of writing short fiction. They insist they write novels and can’t write a short story because it always ends up into a novel. I say anyone can learn to write short fiction and can learn from writing short fiction.
Although novel-length works and short stories seem quite different and are in several ways, they also display similarities. They usually have characters, theme, and plot, but a novel is spread throughout time, a short story is a mere moment. With a novel, you can explore the characters in a greater depth through subplots. A short story is more focused with usually one plot and limited characters.
When I started writing novels, I heard it was good to bulk up your writing résumé by writing short stories. As I was writing and submitting short fiction to magazines and anthologies, I ventured into flash fiction. I noticed when I went back to writing novels that my writing was more concise and leaner. I was learning what was important and what wasn’t.
So how can writing short fiction help you? Let me list some ways it’s helped me.
1. Be concise. With a limited number of words, you learn what is really important.
2. Practice makes perfect or, at least, better. Have trouble with dialogue? Focus on a dialogue-heavy story. My weakness was descriptions, so I worked on writing description-heavy flash fiction that focused on a setting.
3. Think small. By focusing on one plot or a character’s growth through a scene, I was able to figure out how to move the story in a shorter time period, which helped transition to writing scenes in a novel.
4. Experiment. Short fiction allows you to try different genres or ways to write without fear. It’s much easier to throw away a thousand words of something that’s not working than eighty thousand.
Have you written a short story?
Check out Cherie's Collection of Fantastic Short Stories!!!
The kingdom hangs in the balance.
War threatens Foxwick on all sides.
The dreaded Shadowlands gains more souls. From the shrouded trees in Greymist Forest to the arid Blackden Barrens, monsters roam in search of their next victim. Sirens lure ships beneath Merrilea Sea. In cold and snowy Wintermill, royals plot to claim Foxwick as their own, even if they must use dragons and sorcery. Marriage between Foxwick’s king and Lochhollow’s princess creates a perilous alliance. Although brave Valdale will come to Foxwick’s aid, the cost may be more than a true friend can stomach.
Set over a hundred years, these seventeen fantasy short stories explore the people, creatures, and lands in and around the Kingdom of Foxwick.
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Cherie Reich is a speculative fiction writer and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her books include the horror collection Once Upon a Nightmare, a science fantasy collection titled Fall of Gravity, and the fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles and The Fate Challenges. Reborn is her debut novel. She is Vice President of Valley Writers and a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Untethered Realms. For more information, please visit her website.
Friday, December 5, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Out on 4th December
Book 1, #LoveLondon Series; Skating at Somerset House by Nikki Moore
There’s nothing Holly Winterlake loves more than Christmas and skating, so working as an Ice Marshall at London's Somerset House is a dream come true.
Noel Summerford hates the festive season and is a disaster on the ice, so taking his godson to Somerset House is his idea of the nightmare before Christmas!
Things are bound to get interesting when these two collide…
With a forty foot Christmas tree, an assortment of well meaning friends and relatives, and a mad chocolate Labrador, will this festive season be one to remember … or forget?
Available to buy at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Skating-Somerset-House-Love-London-ebook/dp/B00P5V4T4C
More books in the #LoveLondon series coming soon!
Released over December 14 to May 15 by HarperImpulse;
Bk 2, New Year at The Ritz (Short Story)
Bk 3, Valentine's on Primrose Hill (Short Story)
Bk 4, Cocktails in Chelsea (Short Story)
Bk 5, Strawberries at Wimbledon (Short Story)
Bk 6, Picnics in Hyde Park, (Novel)
Monday, December 1, 2014
Christmas at Thorncliff Towers
A Cursed Princes Novella
Release Date: November 24, 2014
The Werewolf’s Servant
Thorncliff Towers is done up for Christmas, secure against wind and wolves. But Karina Petri is shut out, too, and the gypsy witch wants what’s inside. She envies the gifts, the feast, the pretty clothes, of course. But her true desire is for the love of Constantin Stoica. Her smolderingly handsome childhood friend agreed to serve Lord Draven after his brother was caught stealing last year. He suspects Karina was involved—and it would take more magic than she possesses to make him forgive…
Constantin has always been drawn to Karina’s dark curls, flashing eyes, and reckless ways. But trusting her has proven dangerous before, and this night holds more to fear than most. The wrong decisions could cost him his job, his safety—even his life. But letting Karina go could cost him his heart…
About the Author:
Marina Myles’s love of books began as soon as she read her first fairy tale. During her college days, she received degrees in English Literature and Communications—and enjoyed the unique experience of being a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.
Now that she lives under the sunny skies of Arizona, she hasn’t left her glamorous life behind completely. After all, she gets to divide her time between her loving family, her loyal Maltese, and worlds filled with fiery—but not easily attained—love affairs.
Visit her at www.marinamyles.com
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