Archive for 2009

8 “How To” for Aspiring Authors

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

What should you do when you want to write a book?

  • First thing “Keep your day job.” To publish and promote your books takes money and sometimes lots of it. Promotion may include travel, business cards, bookmarkers, renting tables at fairs, posters, and free copies for reviews, etc. Reviewers may require one or more free copies of your book, and so will any contests (more…)

How to Include Feelings in your Writing

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

There are so many feelings and some are very complex, yet they are the heart of any good story. It doesn’t matter if the tale is a romance or not. Even a villain has some kind of feeling as a basis for what he does.

When I was a foster-mom, a therapist gave one of the young kids a page that listed a lot of different feelings. I was impressed (more…)

The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson for Ijustfinished.com

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

5 stars.

This is a well-written tale of four very intelligent classmates that by chance get a “right day” for themselves and those who come in contact with them.

The story begins with Destiny, a girl in her sixteenth year, living in a boarding school—the last of many. She has been surrounded by monotonous schedules day after day since she was sent to the boarding schools when she was seven years old. But this day was to be a different day; this day she was going to break the rules and take whatever came. She would have done it by herself but the beautiful car idling (more…)

Ideas on How to Describe People

Friday, October 16th, 2009

There are many simple ways to describe people, like:

She had blue eyes and her skin was white as the snow… But then, how about the same description expressed in a different way? – The blue of a bright spring sky was trapped on her eyes but the white of the clouds had settled on her skin.

Can you see the difference between these two examples? (more…)

Descriptions in Your Book

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

You have to have descriptions in your book so that the reader will be able to have some background on where or why your character is in a place or a situation.

We already talked about using dialogue for this purpose and that is a great way. Now I want to tell you about another way that you can get ideas of how to use descriptions properly.

Get the fantasy books that you like and read them with a notebook and a pencil or a laptop next (more…)

On Love and Animals by Maxwell MacPherson, Jr.

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

This is a refreshing book about nature and the beautiful lessons it teaches us. The author is very knowledgeable about fishing techniques, fly tying, and species procreation. I don’t think that many in our day have the depth of knowledge he has on this subject or about nature itself. He introduces the reader to a world full of olden day mannerisms and life. I enjoyed the book for all of the information passed on through real life stories (more…)

Out of Time by: Pauline Baird Jones

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Out of Time is the story of a twenty-seven year old woman named Mel who works as a television extreme terror factor protagonist reporter. She gets to be with many people whom you and I couldn’t and do extraordinary things that put her life in real danger every time.

Between stunts she lives alone in her childhood home after her grandmother passed away. She loves the old place but it is as un-exciting as her personal life. Before her grandmother died she was doing an album of history about her husband who had died in the war against Hitler. (more…)

The Pattern to a Moving Story

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

To keep your story moving you will need a pattern that you should follow in every scene of your book. Some scenes may be long and elaborate and others smaller, but the same blueprint serves them all.

Another way to avoid putting your readers to sleep is to use conflicts and surprises. If you include these elements in all your scenes, you will have a great tale. How do you do it? (more…)

The Book of Names by: D. Barkley Briggs for Ijustfiniahed.com

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

The book of names

Just as you think that our society is too futuristic, author D. Barkley Briggs spins a great tale of today’s life intermingled with fantasy. If you don’t believe that a regular young man like you could end up in a fantastic adventure and transported to another dimension it is because you have not read this book…

It involves two brothers that moved to a country setting after the death of their mother. The young men are the oldest of four boys with a younger set of twins. The oldest of them is Hadyn Barlow, (more…)

8 Hooks that your readers can’t resist

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Well, like I said in the blog before this… A battle scene is fast paced and you can make it a surprise attack or an expected battle. Just remember that you want to hook your readers fast, and not all battle scenes will do it by themselves. You have to make the readers care for the one who is losing and despise those who are winning. (more…)

The Possibilities of Sainthood
 By: Donna Freitas for Ijustfinished.com

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Donna has created a great tale with lots of Italian flavor in its pages. Her characters are believable and easy to relate too. I enjoyed the cover, it is a picture perfect of its content. The story, its characters, and the many saints that Antonia prays to are very real in the protagonist’s life.

Antonia, the main character, is a fifteen-year-old catholic schoolgirl living in the world of today. Like many other girls her age, she spends hours trying to figure out a way that her knee high uniform looks cool, beneath her mother’s strict scrutiny. However, unlike many girls her age, she knows and keeps a diary of a zillion saints (more…)

How to hook your reader

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Get out your fishing pole, and I’ll give you the juiciest worm ever… but really: Many times you only have the first paragraph of a book to hook your reader into the story. If you fail to hook them, they won’t continue reading or buy your book. Does that mean your book is no good at all? No, it just means that you need to change the starting or move another scene to become your first paragraph. (more…)

The ABC’s of great writing

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

a) You need to have a setting where your story takes place.
It could be dangerous, new, cool, different, a wonder in itself world.
b) You need characters.
Their personalities might be: delightful, lovable, scary, powerful, and/or interesting.
c) Have a problem. (more…)

What kind of books to write?

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

That will depend on what do you want to say…
Here is the simple difference between fiction and non-fiction:
1.- Non-fiction:
If you plan to write a book about computers, gardening or teaching, you will NOT want to start with “Once upon a time” Why? No one will take you serious and therefore your book won’t take off.
On the other hand non-fiction books are easier to sell and could make you a best seller if you know how to market the book properly. (more…)

A check list for aspiring authors

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

What should you do when you want to write a book?
• First thing “Keep your day job.” To publish and promote your books takes money and sometime lots of it. Promotion may include travel, business cards, bookmarkers, renting tables at fairs, posters, and free copies for reviews, etc.
Now that that is out of the way, let’s get down to writing. (more…)

7 Goals for a Future Author

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Some of your goals as a future author should be:
1. Learn to fix what you write
2. Learn to improve your good writing
3. Learn how to create interesting writing
4. Learn to let others read your work
5. Learn to accept criticism
6. Learn to put down all that is in your mind
7. Learn to have a discipline to write a bit every day
Now I will explain each of this goals, but keep in mind that probably there are many more. (more…)

Executive Review of The Vatta’s War Series

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

The books in the Vatta’s War series are fast moving and full of excitement throughout. They contain space battles, spies, other people who do not like what is going on in their world, murderers (some of them in the character’s own family) and a lot of plots to keep you entertained. If you like SF and space travel, and are looking for something exciting to read… you should give this series a try. You may be more than entertained; you may have a great time… of course that is up to you.

Help your kids love books

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Here is a great list of books for children from 7 to older teens and the best part is most of them are at your local Library; and if they are not you can ask them to get them for you. They are good clean fun. (more…)