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Good morning, all. I’d like to congratulate Heather Hildenbrand on the release of her new book, Remembrance, which is available as of today! Check out the details below and don’t forget to enter her giveaway!

 

 

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About Remembrance:

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She’s the cure that could save him. If only she could remember how.

Two years ago, 20-year-old Samantha Knight experienced a life-altering trauma. Unfortunately, she can’t remember what it was. Previously outgoing, fun, and carefree—it’s as if someone flipped a switch on Sam’s insides. Now, she’s afraid of everything, socially awkward, and convinced she’s going crazy. As Beyoncé would say, she woke up like this. Sam tries her best to juggle college classes, work, and the nosiest roommate ever, but behind the curtain, Sam’s life is all about keeping a firm grip on her own mind. And life is kicking her ass.

Alex Channing has only one enemy in this world: werewolves. Born and raised to fight in the supernatural military, he has become an expert at hunting and killing rabid werewolves. But when Alex is bitten and infected, he finds himself racing against a ticking clock for his own survival.

Alex’s search for a cure leads him finally to an oracle in a seaside town in California. And she gives him the reading of a lifetime. The key to his cure is a girl who forgets things, cries spontaneously, and might just be insane. And the only way she can save him is to do the one thing Alex knows is impossible: she has to remember.

Book 1 in the highly anticipated Heart Lines series, a spin-off of the bestselling and award-winning Dirty Blood series. Note: you do NOT have to read Dirty Blood first. You can start here!

“If you enjoyed the Dirty Blood series, Remembrance is a must-read!”

Available NOW! FREE for Kindle Unlimited!

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Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MZGCPMR

Enter to win!

I’m giving away some goodies to help celebrate! (There will be more giveaways in the FB group so make sure to find us there too.)

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GRAND PRIZE: custom bracelet + signed swag + e-ARC of Inheritance (book 2 in the Heart Lines Series) By Heather Hildenbrand

2nd PRIZE: e-ARC of Inheritance (book 2 in the Heart Lines Series) By Heather Hildenbrand

Ends 3/5/17 ~ Open International.
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Can’t wait to hear what you think of this story! Happy Reading!

 

 

TIMELESS BLOG TOUR AND EDITING TIPS FROM CRYSTAL COLLIER

Hey, everyone! I’m excited today to be participating in the Blog Tour for Crystal Collier’s new book, Timeless. Thank you, Crystal, for sharing your new book and offering up some editing tips.

At the end of the post, you’ll find the link to Crystal’s Rafflecopter Giveaway. Don’t forget to enter!

 

 

In 1771, Alexia had everything: the man of her dreams, reconciliation with her father, even a child on the way. But she was never meant to stay. It broke her heart, but Alexia heeded destiny and traveled five hundred years back to stop the Soulless from becoming.

In the thirteenth century, the Holy Roman Church has ordered the Knights Templar to exterminate the Passionate, her bloodline. As Alexia fights this new threat—along with an unfathomable evil and her own heart—the Soulless genesis nears. But none of her hard-won battles may matter if she dies in childbirth before completing her mission.

Can Alexia escape her own clock?
 

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How to Fix Your Sagging Middle

Thank you for having me here today!

So you’ve written this story with an epic beginning, a killer end, but the middle–ugh! No matter what you do, you can’t seem to fix the saggy, boring, drawn-out middle.

Here are a few quick tips to whip that middle into a gem.

First, we have to diagnose the issue. Often middles suffer from one of these:

1. Passive character action
2. Lack of focus on plot
3. Where did the tension go?

Correcting character passivity: 

Characters need to change and grow in a novel. It’s a known truth. Otherwise, we end up with “cardboard” characters, and who wants to hang out with them? I mean, they can’t even talk back to you!

The protagonist needs to be changing and challenged by everything that comes their way. No one wants to read about someone smoothly sailing over their challenges.

A big issue I run across is a character who is merely reacting to everything that’s happening rather than actively seeking after their goals. It’s fine for a character to react to their world, but when you hit the 50% point of a book, that HAS to change. This is the point at which the character has been pushed and shoved and won’t take it no more! From this moment on they must actively go after what they need–whether that be a relationship, independence, power, wealth, revenge, justice, or peace. (And if your character doesn’t BREAK, maybe that’s the issue?)


Focusing the Plot:

But your character does change and grow and pursues their goals. What is wrong?

Have you looked at the plot? A dynamic plot has a strong beginning, a dramatic turn around at the middle, and a powerful end, but that’s not all. The middle of that plot should contain no less than 3 (and preferably more like 6) plot points that DRIVE us toward a need for resolution. Try creating a plot chart where you actually measure where your action falls. I’m serious here–an actual graph. Estimate the tension for each plot point along the way on a scale from one to ten. (This means you have to clearly identify the turning points in the manuscript–any time something happens that motivates major change.)

Every time you hit a plot point, you’re going to go from a negative to a positive motivation, or the reverse. Technically, every chapter should be balanced by a negative to positive (or the reverse). This is one way to get to the next issue…


Where did the tension go? 

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There was a point at which I started chanting “tension all the time” while writing. There must be a juicy carrot–a mystery or desire hanging in front of the readers face to keep them moving forward. What question do you want readers asking in each chapter? What feeling do you want them to experience at the end of each chapter? Don’t leave it to chance. Actually, ask yourself these question and answer them–then implement the answer if it doesn’t already exist. Keep a mystery/need in front of the characters, and only let your readers relax about once every 60 pages. Keep them worried. Keep them hopeful. Keep them wondering.

In the end, middles only sag if we don’t build the proper structure beneath them. Go forth and support! You’ve got this.

What advice do you give for sagging middles? Have you been able to fix a book from the middle?

Crystal Collier is an eclectic author who pens clean fantasy/sci-fi, historical, and romance stories with the occasional touch of humor, horror, or inspiration. She practices her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, four littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese.

 

Thank you, Crystal!! Now don’t forget to click on the link below to enter Crystal’s Rafflecopter Giveaway!

(An email address is required for awarding prizes.)

 

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VAMPIRE AFFLICTION – COVER REVEAL!

I’m adding a bit of fun to my A-Z Challenge day! Not only am I helping Author Eva Pohler by publishing the cover reveal for her new book, I’m also going to take part in the Rafflecopter giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card. Check below for details. I love me some Amazon. I’m just sayin’….

Vampires, Demigods, and Gods–Oh, My!

It’s time to reveal the cover for the second book in Amazon bestselling author Eva Pohler’s The Vampires of Athens series.

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Gertie has become friends, and has possibly fallen in love, with both a demigod and a vampire, who happen to be at war. Although she sympathizes with the vampire uprising, she distrusts the leaders, especially when they plan to kill humans to cull out the demigods before ambushing them. As the three unlikely friends discover that neither side is perfectly good or evil or right or wrong, they work together to try to bring about the best outcome; but, when their parents and the gods undermine their efforts and hang them out to dry, the three teens realize they’re on their own and no one will save them.

To celebrate the reveal of Vampire Affliction: The Vampires of Athens, Book, Two, we are giving away a $50 Amazon gift card! You can enter the Rafflecopter widget below each day through April 21st, which is PARTY DAY!

If you haven’t already joined the party, you can do so here!

We are also celebrating by running a special on the first book in the series. For a limited time, you can purchase the first book, Vampire Addiction, for 0.99 cents! Go here for purchase links, or click on the image below to go directly to Amazon.

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Here is a list of places participating in this reveal. Go check them out!

Charles’ Book Nook
Lisa’s Book Lair
The Power of Three Readers
Wicked Women Book Blog
Dowie’s Place
Pure Jonel
BookHeathens
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Escaping Life’s Craziness With Books
Word Wenches Guilty Pleasure
Tia Bach, Author
Rose Garcia
Dina Given, Author
Devouring Books
The Crazy Booksellers
Blame It On The Books
Book Crazy Gals
Steph’s Reads & Reviews
Author Erin Danzer
Jeanine Walsh Palinkas
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Kristi’s Bookreadery
The Paranormal Bookworm
Sarah Darlington-Jones
A Thousand Worlds Book Blog
The Paisley Reader
The Schwartz Reviews
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Beth Pabalan Leneberg

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GOOD LUCK!!

 

 

WOVEN – BLOG TOUR, BOOK RELEASE, and MY REVIEW!

OMG, my peoples! It’s finally out… Woven, the young adult fantasy novel co-authored by my friend David Powers King has FINALLY been released and I’m doing my part to spread the word! 🙂
At the end of the post, check out my review.

 

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Book description from Goodreads:

WOVEN   by Michael Jensen and David Powers King, published by Scholastic.

Two unlikely allies must journey across a kingdom in the hopes of thwarting death itself. All his life, Nels has wanted to be a knight of the kingdom of Avërand. Tall and strong, and with a knack for helping those in need, the people of his sleepy little village have even taken to calling him the Knight of Cobblestown. But that was before Nels died, murdered outside his home by a mysterious figure. Now the young hero has awoken as a ghost, invisible to all around him save one person—his only hope for understanding what happened to him—the kingdom’s heir, Princess Tyra. At first the spoiled royal wants nothing to do with Nels, but as the mystery of his death unravels, the two find themselves linked by a secret, and an enemy who could be hiding behind any face. Nels and Tyra have no choice but to abscond from the castle, charting a hidden world of tangled magic and forlorn phantoms. They must seek out an ancient needle with the power to mend what has been torn, and they have to move fast. Because soon Nels will disappear forever.

Available now wherever books are sold.
IndieBound
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About the Authors:

MichaelJensen[1] (2)Michael Jensen is a graduate of Brigham Young University’s prestigious music, dance, and theater program. Michael taught voice at BYU before establishing his own vocal instruction studio. In addition to being an imaginative storyteller, Michael is an accomplished composer and vocalist. He lives in Salt Lake City with his husband and their four dogs.

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DavidPowersKing[1] (2)David Powers King was born in beautiful downtown Burbank, California where his love for film inspired him to become a writer. An avid fan of science fiction and fantasy, David also has a soft spot for zombies and the paranormal. He now lives in the mountain West with his wife and three children.

 

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I received an advance copy of a second draft version of the manuscript to read. My review is based on this draft.

My Rating:     ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ / ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

 

           Nels, known where he lives as the ‘Knight of Cobblestown’, is always trying to lend a hand. His lifelong dream is to become a knight for the Kingdom of Avërand. After winning a wrestling match with the favored Knight of Avërand, Arek, the Princess refuses to hand over the ‘prize’–a kiss to the winner. When Nels is murdered by a mysterious stranger later that evening, it turns out that Princess Tyra is the only one that can see him. Yes, young Nels comes back as a ghost. Clearly there’s unfinished business that needs to be taken care of, and that includes finding out what exactly bonds these two young people together.

 

          I wasn’t too fond of Princess Tyra at first. She was too much of a spoiled brat for my taste, compared to Nels and his chivalrous and courageous nature. He pleads with her to help him until he has no choice but to follow her around and prank her (think Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost) 😀 until she agrees. (Eventually she wins me over). They eventually join forces to find out exactly what happened to Nels and the evil force trying to unravel him. The quest includes searching for a magic needle that will help tie up loose ends from ties nearly severed years ago. There are many obstacles to overcome and battles to be fought.

 

          The world-building is phenomenal; there is even a map included to give the reader an idea of area locations. I love that the world and everyone in it are intertwined by a ‘Tapestry’, and that fate is sometimes changed by the choices made. Readers will notice many references to sewing in this book: thimbles, threads, weaving, seams, etc. The characters were well fleshed out and three-dimensional, with their own distinct personalities. The story flowed well, although it did lag slightly in the middle. I noticed no spelling or grammatical errors in this draft.

 

          If you like stories with ghosts, sorcerers, knights, magic, witches, and spells mixed with a healthy dose of adventure, action, fantasy, and a touch of romance, then I highly recommend this novel.