Monday, April 25, 2016

Emotion, Please! By Chrys Fey


Writers infuse their books with emotion to engage readers. Some writers are marvelous at adding emotion to every sentence, but find it tricky to write action. I am not one of those writers.

My specialty is action. The more, the better! While I do include my character’s emotions, I don’t always add it in my first draft. Sometimes I get so caught up in the events happening that I forget to include their feelings. Fortunately, that’s where good beta readers and editors come to the rescue. One of my beta readers, Lilly Gayle, helped pinpoint places lacking emotion. She saved my story!

Here is one of the emotional scenes from Seismic Crimes that Lilly actually didn’t have to tell me to embellish.


EXCERPT:

“Well, I’m glad to be talking to you now. Have you heard from your brother?”

The breath fled from his lungs. “Mom, there’s something I have to tell you.” He paused, bracing for the aftermath of his words and decided getting it over with quickly would be the best option for both of them. “Ryan was murdered working on a case.”

A moment of silence stretched on the other side of the phone, much like the calm before a storm. Then his mom emitted a cry. Her grief vibrated the phone in Donovan’s hand. He pulled it away, turned his head, and closed his eyes. Her cry continued for several heart-wrenching seconds. When there was a pause, he brought the phone back to his ear.

“Mom?” he said it softly, cautiously, as if approaching an injured animal.

Another wail broke free, then another and another. Donovan dropped his head, heavy with her sorrow. He tightly clutched the phone, the earpiece pressed to his forehead as he listened to her sob from a shattered heart. Tears quietly slipped from his eyes.

Other than his grandmother, he and Ryan were the only ones left in his mom’s life. Now she was down one son.

He remained on the line while she cried. He might not be there to comfort her, but he could stay on the phone until her tears stopped flowing. It took a long time. He didn’t quite know how long. When grief was involved, minutes could feel like an eternity. But when her crying quieted, and she was able to catch her breath again, she said his name.

“I’m still here,” he told her and realized the truth of that statement. Ryan was gone, but he was still there.




Title: Seismic Crimes
Author: Chrys Fey
Series: Disaster Crimes Series (Book Two)
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Format: Digital and Print
Page Count: 282






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An Internal Affairs Investigator was murdered and his brother, Donovan Goldwyn, was framed. Now Donovan is desperate to prove his innocence. And the one person who can do that is the woman who saved him from a deadly hurricane—Beth Kennedy. From the moment their fates intertwined, passion consumed him. He wants her in his arms. More, he wants her by his side in his darkest moments.

Beth Kennedy may not know everything about Donovan, but she can’t deny what she feels for him. It’s her love for him that pushes her to do whatever she has to do to help him get justice, including putting herself in a criminal’s crosshairs.

When a tip reveals the killer's location, they travel to California, but then an earthquake of catastrophic proportions separates them. As aftershocks roll the land, Beth and Donovan have to endure dangerous conditions while trying to find their way back to one another. Will they reunite and find the killer, or will they lose everything?


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Monday, April 11, 2016

Writing Proper Queries and Submissions

I am visiting Elizabeth S. Craig today.

Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. has seen a lot of really good and even more really bad queries. You don’t want to fall into the latter category.

To find out more about writing proper queries and submissions, please visit Elizabeth S. Craig.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

The Insecure Writer's Support Group

It’s time for another edition of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

Writing - that’s just not something that’s happening at the moment.

I got a good start on the fifth story for my next book, the one about the shark, last month. Plus I’m still editing the werewolf story.

But that’s mostly been put on the back burner due to submissions, edits, book releases, and new authors. I’ve had a lot of submissions through both Dancing Lemur Press and Freedom Fox Press, and I’ve a lot more Twitter pitch parties coming up that will garner more. (And you can find Dancing Lemur Press LLC on Twitter HERE. I’m still working on building a following, so new followers welcome.)

I’m certainly not complaining though. It’s nice to get some good submissions for a change. I could do a whole series on bad submissions. Or bad responses. Things not to say to a publisher. Hmm, I just might do that!


The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is also participating in the A to Z Challenge with new writing resources every day, so do stop by.

The authors of the upcoming IWSG anthology, Parallels: Felix Was Here, have set up a blog and are also participating in the A to Z Challenge. You can find their site HERE.

Last but not least, I have a story in the upcoming anthology, The Thing That Turned Me, due out May 31. You can add it to your reading list on Goodreads.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Are You Book Tour Intolerant?

There is an interview with Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. at the Parallels site today!

Please welcome author Roland Yeomans!


ARE YOU BOOK TOUR INTOLERANT?

When you see another book tour gobble up all your favorite blogs, do you suddenly feel a wave of nausea, a blog-bloated feeling, and cramps in your brain?

Then, my friend, you are Book Tour Intolerant!

Have no fear, I, Roland Yeomans, am here to lay your discomfort to rest.


This is yet another installment of my legendary “Don’t You Hate Book Tours?” Book Tour.

Remember how the massive community machines pushed books like Kiersten White’s PARANORMALCY, Elana Johnson’s POSSESSION, Beth Revis’ ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, and Lisa & Laura Roecker’s LIAR SOCIETY out into the world?

What with the tsunami of books overwhelming the internet because of Indie Publishing, those days belong to the dinosaurs. And like the dinosaurs, they ain’t coming back.

But the magic is still out there. You just have to set sail in a new ocean to reach your dream.


WE are still out here, rooting for one another. We just have to be approached in a manner that entices us not pushes us away.

You have to be amusing, engaging, writing posts that writers want to read. Make each one different, yet always fun and light-hearted. Each person you meet is fighting a battle no one knows about. And you don’t want to further burden their shoulders, do you?

Joss Whedon wrote:
"You take people, you put them on a journey, you give them peril, and then you find out who they really are.”


That is what my The Not-So-Innocents Abroad does -- that is what our own journey of becoming better writers does as well. Do we know ourselves well enough to write convincingly of others? Does each of our characters have a reason to live, a perspective that justifies their actions to themselves, to say the words we put in their mouths?

Everybody has a perspective. Everybody in each of your scenes, including the assassins flanking your hero, has a reason. They have their own voice, their own identity, their own history.

If anyone speaks in such a way that they’re just setting up the next person’s lines, then you don’t have dialogue: you have soundbites.

In our novels, we must have something to say. That gives us something interesting to say of them in our various posts along the blog-verse.

My own The Not-So-Innocents Abroad talks about the hidden agendas in the world circa 1867: the war crimes of the Civil War, the ethnic cleansing of Native Americans by successive U.S. presidents, and the lies told to the endangered public by every political official involved.

It ties in to the hidden agendas of the political scene of today … but since Mark Twain is a main character, you are assured it is all done with plenty of laughter.

Since this is Steampunk, I add the spice of aliens among us, global vampire wars, and the first Air-Steamship, the Xanadu. Also I add the mystery of love between two lonely souls: one no longer human and the other an alien Empress used to having her way. No chance of sparks there, right?

What I think of as the Xanadu Theme for The Not-So-Innocents Abroad:



Then, there is the WHERE’S THE BEEF portion of novel writing:

If in writing your novel, you don’t know where you are going, then odds are you won’t get there!

Where are the jokes? The thrills? The romance? Who knows what, and when? You need these things to happen at the right times, and that’s what you build your structure around:

The way you want your reader to feel. The growing or dying of the core romance. Charts, graphs, colored pens, anything that means you don’t go in blind is useful.

The LOOK INSIDE FEATURE to my book is now live, go to its Amazon Page and use it. Take advantage of the SURPRISE ME link at the bottom of the offered pages to read even more pages further on in my book!


Give it a chance for the adventure of a lifetime.




And coming May 31, 2016 from Stay Classy Publications, and anthology that features Roland, myself, and dozens of other authors - The Thing That Turned Me.