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Friday, September 12, 2014

NEW! Tasty Genre Samples

Authors often write across genres. Today's meme offers a chance to highlight our works beyond romance.

In comments, share a blurb or excerpt up to 300 words. Be sure to add your website/blog link and one link to where your books can be found. Example: Your Amazon Author's Page.

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Even Sultry said...

After losing his parent's, his home, and his hope, Stavross D'Vinn has found himself enlisted in the powerful Arcanian Army, a servant of the young Commander Tynaul Lysis. Along with his new friends Stavross begins his new life in a strange and magical place. Unknown to him, Stavross has fallen into the middle of a chaotic political battle between Tynaul's father, the powerful General Kyrar Lysis, and the sly and sinister Slynn Anthenia.
A greater storm is brewing however, a threat from the past so overwhelming it could destroy all life on Aenoith!

Mellie said...

Excerpt from Mistaken Identity--coming in 2015

In a comfortable study on Novaya Kemlya, two men sat in serious discussion.
“Yes, Old Earth truly made a find in this system,” one man said admiringly. “Not one, but two viable worlds for the taking.”
“It wasn’t easy,” the other man answered. “Felicity had a few lower life forms, so eco-building was tricky. Here on Novaya Kemlya, we had no hindrance. It had water and the beginnings of an atmosphere, but the land was barren. With nothing to work around, our job was easier.”
“The costs must have been enormous. No wonder Earth was disinclined to grant independence to these places. How are our plans progressing here?”
“Tensions are high and have been increasing between the two worlds. I expect to hear news of a military strike against Felicity soon.”
“Well, here’s to the New Order,” said the first man, raising his glass.
“To the New Order. May it soon rise.”

Kim McMahill said...


When the massacre of an unarmed South American village, destruction of one of the greatest manmade wonders of the world, and multiple museum thefts occur, an international team is assembled to locate a deadly group of terrorists. The team led by the ruggedly handsome, but emotionally scarred CIA agent, Cash Luker, scours the globe in an attempt to keep ahead of those striving to bring thirteen mythical relics together. As Cash’s team closes in on those responsible for the devastation he must conquer past demons in order to save the woman who has captured his heart and prevent destruction of legendary proportions.

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Chris Eboch said...

Advanced Plotting is designed for the intermediate and advanced writer: you’ve finished a few manuscripts, read books and articles on writing, taken some classes, attended conferences. But you still struggle with plot, or suspect that your plotting needs work.

This book can help.

The Plot Outline Exercise is designed to help a writer work with a completed manuscript to identify and fix plot weaknesses. It can also be used to help flesh out an outline. Additional articles address specific plot challenges, such as getting off to a fast start, propping up a sagging middle, building to a climax, and improving your pacing. A dozen guest authors share advice from their own years of experience.

Read the book straight through, study the index to find help with your current problem, or dip in and out randomly — however you use this book, you’ll find fascinating insights and detailed tips to help you build a stronger plot and become a better writer.

This really is helping me a lot. It's written beautifully and to-the-point. The essays really help you zero in on your own problems in your manuscript. The Plot Outline Exercise is a great tool!

I just read and—dissected—your well written book: Advanced Plotting. It's now highlighted in bright orange and littered with many of those little 3M sticky labels. GOOD JOB. There are too many just-for-beginners books out there. Yours was a delight.


Jan Hudson said...

INTO YOUR DREAMS --A non-fiction book by Janece O. Hudson (aka Jan Hudson)

Falling. Being chased. Showing up to an important event late—and naked. Chances are you've had these dreams, but what are they trying to tell you?
In this one-of-a-kind dream guide, certified hypnotherapist and former psychology professor Dr. Janece O. Hudson helps you figure out what your unique dreams really mean for you. (Unlike typical dream dictionaries where one size fits all!)
Part comprehensive guide and part interactive workbook, this book helps you decode the secrets of your subconscious—and teaches you how to use these secrets to improve your life. So pull up your covers, tap into your unique symbology, and shine a spotlight on your dreams!


Jan Hudson said...

Oops! The link to Amazon is:

Martti said...

Have you noticed an appalling lack of fairy tales for zombies? Well, I did, so I’ve written a timeless tome of ten uplifting stories starring the undead. ZOMBIERELLA fills a cavernous void for the average Zombie—no, not the hole where their liver used to be, but a literary, metaphorical void.

The work is rife with courageous Zombie heroes and heroines, growly Zom-Bears, and more decimated body parts than a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon’s office. Consequently, it’s 100% unsuitable for children, as are all fairy tales. Have you read those things?

"Fun, irreverent, and very entertaining!" says one Amazon reviewer. Woo hoo! Check out ZOMBIERELLA & Other Fairy Tales with Braaains on Amazon:

Thanks, EQ!


PS: You can read a sample here:

J. C. Conway said...

GENTLE PUSH (short story on Kindle)

I encountered the leading edge of retreating human vessels 20 light hours from Delta Pavonis—a steady column bound for Earth, where they believed we could protect them. My mission would determine if that faith was justified, and if so, for how long.
As I skirted the system’s rocky halo, I spotted the small starship drifting quietly in the mid-outer dust cloud—a tug with strong field generators fore and aft. It was not preparing to flee. I looked closer. Its artificial environment was intact. Its engines were functional. It had a single human occupant, alive and well as far as I could tell.
I hailed it. “Do you require assistance?”
It responded abruptly: “Leave me alone.”
It was my first direct conversation with a human, and not what I expected. I was intrigued. But with no sign of emergency, I continued and found the blue-shifted forward wake of the Akridi fleet one light year beyond: 22,410 heavy ships moving at 0.9 C, including hard-shelled battle cruisers capable of demolishing small moons and misshapen population transports bulging with the next generation of Akridi workers and soldiers. They fired. I spun, outran the weapons, and returned to Delta Pavonis well ahead of the armada. Because of my velocity, my two-day round trip was two years relative local time.
No humans remained on the surfaces of the worlds and the last orbital stations and skyhooks were dismantled. Stragglers accelerated to solar escape velocity. But the small tug still drifted. It still had life support and one occupant. I routed enough power to project me steadily into the ship in as close to a human form as I could manage.
Its occupant sat in a small observation lounge near the engine section. Thrusters were off, but warm. The main power unit hummed at low output.
Humans were a two-gender species, and this one was female…

J. C. Conway said...

There are some great "other genre" works showing here. Here's the beginning of a modern fantasy/teen angst short story I have on Amazon: SILENCE OF THE IMBECILES

His father’s voice boomed from the shed door. “What are you doing out here?”
Carving knife in hand, Frankie Turnbull flinched. The blade sliced into the flesh of his finger.
He dropped the knife and flapped his hand once. “Nothing! Okay?”
Like the blade, his response was too sharp. He knew better. But he spoke without thinking. He needed time to fix a very serious problem, and nobody was giving it to him.
Anthony Turnbull cleared his throat, telegraphing to Frankie the shallow depth of the ice upon which he’d just placed himself.
“Sorry,” he said, turning.
His father’s bulky frame filled the doorway, silhouetted by the late-afternoon sun. He crossed his arms.
Frankie’s hair tingled. “I’m almost done,” he pleaded. But it was pointless to argue with the man. He was stubborn, he could throw Frankie a country mile, and he was an imbecile.
Imbecility was the biggest problem. That was Frankie’s fault. It was the problem he wanted to fix…

Anonymous said...

The Garnet Dagger - Book 1 Legends of Oblivion
Fantasy/ Paranormal

Everyone knows what happens when a vampire bites a human, but what if the victim is Elvin?

Forbidden to cross the Elvin barrier into human lands, Brock cannot sate his curiosity. Cursed by a vampyre bite that forces him to feed on the life-essence of others, he is unable to touch another without taking their life. Chained by prophesy, he must find a witch, pierce her heart, and draw her blood for his cure.

Celeste must escape the monks who have held her prisoner for years. Her magic has been kept dormant by her captors. An ancient powerful Warloc craves her powers. If he succeeds in devouring her magic, she and the world will die.

When Brock falls in love with Celeste before realizing her demise is his cure, will love triumph over his desire to be healed? Will he risk everything to save her from a Warloc, an oath breaker, who also wants her dead?