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Non-Binary Authors To Read is a regular column from A.C. Wise highlighting non-binary authors of speculative fiction and recommending a starting place for their work. Welcome back to Non-Binary Authors to Read! To my great shame, I let both this column, and its sibling column, Women to Read, lapse in the first half of the year. I don’t really have a good excuse. I’ve still been reading tons of fantastic fiction that I want to bring to people’s attention, but somehow I blinked and half the year is gone. But, better late than never! So without further delay, here are four new recommendations for your reading pleasure. Richard Ford Burley is a speculative fiction author and poet, as well as Deputy Managing Editor of the journal Ledger. My recommended starting place for their work is “The Stealing Gift” published in the Summer 2021 issue of Kaleidotrope. Thea is a war hero, or so the narratives about her claim. She’s retired now, but once she used her Gift to stop a bombardment of shells and bombs, saving hundreds of lives, though at the cost of her vision. Max, a former friend and the journalist who contributed to her legend, and Esme, an army Engineer whose own Gift allows her to use technology to replicate the Gifts of others, have come to beg Thea […]
Finding excellent short SFF can often feel like hunting for buried treasure. Sometimes it takes a guide to help fill in the map, connecting readers with fantastic fiction and showing where X Marks The Story–a monthly column from Charles Payseur. We’ve officially moved past “early 2021.” And as we get deeper into the meaty part of the year, the short speculative fiction isn’t letting up. At turns delightful and obliterating, it can be difficult to navigate the wide landscape of the field without a guide, without a map. Which is where I come in! Looking for a story that will tug your heartstrings? I know just the route to get there! Prefer something with more action to get your heart pumping and your feet stomping? I can show you where to look! Whatever your tastes, from science fiction to fantasy to a lovely mix of the two, slip on some sensible shoes and let’s get on the trail of some X-cellent short SFF! “The Steel Magnolia Metaphor” by Jennifer Lee Rossman (Escape Pod) What It Is: Astrid is a talented mechanic and inventor. She’s also autistic, and metaphors, however, are something of her nemesis. So when she crafts a literal steel magnolia as […]
Today we’re thrilled to have guest author Chloe Gong over to chat with us about history, representation, and monsters from her book These Violent Delights. A Chat with Chloe Gong The Book Smugglers: These Violent Delights prominently features rival gangs vying for power and leading to chaos and a body count—as well as a monster in the depths of the Huangpu River, leading to even greater chaos and a higher body count. What research did you do if any to capture your vision of 1920s Shanghai? CHLOE: It was a combination of technical research (aka flipping through history textbooks and spending hours at a time in my school library) and asking my parents and relatives a lot of questions! I wanted the setting to feel as real as possible even while I was inventing fantastical elements like a monster and a deadly contagion. Even though this is fiction, 1920s Shanghai in true history was still this glittering, vibrant place, and I wanted to capture its atmosphere as much as possible with a combination of culture and facts so that readers really feel like they are there at this time while these fictionalized events are happening. The Book Smugglers: Talk to us a bit […]
“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other readers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions from various corners of the interwebs. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we are revamping the Smugglers’ Radar into a monthly (mostly) SFF-focused feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well! As of last month, all of our monthly picks can be found on Bookshop! June 2021 First on our radar today, a locked room (ok, locked spaceship) mystery with two boys and what promises to be an excellent romance: The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer Katherine Tegen Books | June 1, 2021 Two boys, alone in space. After the first settler on Titan trips her distress signal, neither remaining country on Earth can afford to scramble a rescue of its own, and so two sworn enemies are installed in the same spaceship. Ambrose wakes up on the Coordinated Endeavor, with no memory of a launch. There’s more that doesn’t add up: Evidence indicates strangers have been on board, the […]
A young woman finds out the truth about her past and escapes a monster in Christina Henry’s newest novel, Near the Bone. Title: Near The BoneAuthor: Christina HenryGenre: Horror, ThrillerPublisher: BerkeleyPublication Date: April 13, 2021Paperback: 336 pages A woman trapped on a mountain attempts to survive more than one kind of monster, in a dread-inducing horror novel from the national bestselling author Christina Henry. Mattie can’t remember a time before she and William lived alone on a mountain together. She must never make him upset. But when Mattie discovers the mutilated body of a fox in the woods, she realizes that they’re not alone after all. There’s something in the woods that wasn’t there before, something that makes strange cries in the night, something with sharp teeth and claws. When three strangers appear on the mountaintop looking for the creature in the woods, Mattie knows their presence will anger William. Terrible things happen when William is angry. Stand alone or series: Standalone novel How did I get this book: Purchased Format: Paperback CW: implication of rape, child abuse, and other abuse Review On a winter’s day like so many others, Mattie awakens and goes about her chores. Her husband, William, […]
Finding excellent short SFF can often feel like hunting for buried treasure. Sometimes it takes a guide to help fill in the map, connecting readers with fantastic fiction and showing where X Marks The Story–a monthly column from Charles Payseur. April is dead. Long live May! X-cept, well, before turning fully toward the promise of May and its bright flowers, let’s look back a minute on what April had to offer. Because while the rainiest month might seem to some a bit glum, a bit dreary, the stories on offer from April are anything but, and bring a raw defiance and energy to the season. Like a renewing and invigorating rain, the stories breathe life back into a landscape left harrowed by winter, just recovering with the touch of spring. These stories are bracing and strong, featuring people reaching for something affirming, something warm, something beautiful. So make sure you packed your poncho and boots and follow me on an adventure to map out some X-cellent short SFF! “The White Road; Or How a Crow Carried Death Over a River” by Marika Bailey (Fiyah #18) What It Is: Broadfeather is a crow living on a small island—one split by a […]
Today, we are thrilled to celebrate the release of Arsenic and Adobo–an own voices cozy mystery (featuring an adorable dachshund named Longanisa) from debut author Mia P. Manansala! And in order to kick off the celebration in style, we’re thrilled to have interviewed Mia to talk about her book. A Chat with Mia P. Manansala The Book Smugglers: If you could host a dinner party with characters from your book at Tita Rosie’s, and any other characters from any other fictional world: who and why? And, what would you serve? MIA: Ooh, great question! My guest list: Odessa Dean from Olivia Blacke’s Killer Content – she’s a small-town transplant currently living in NYC and has been expanding her palate (and crime-solving skills) ever since moving there. I’m sure Lila and her family would love to take her under their wing and introduce her to the world of Filipino food. Lana Lee from Vivien Chien’s Noodle Shop Mystery series – anybody who can appreciate a good bowl of noodles the way Lana does is always welcome at Tita Rosie’s. Charlotte Holmes from Sherry Thomas’s Lady Sherlock series – Charlotte is someone who appreciates food, particularly sweets, and it would be hilarious […]
In preparation for the Netflix show, Thea is re-immersing herself in Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse and rereading the Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows books! Today, she tackles the third and final novel in the original trilogy: Ruin and Rising. Title: Ruin and RisingAuthor: Leigh BardugoGenre: Fantasy, Young AdultPublisher: Square FishPublication Date: June 17, 2014Paperback: 417 pages The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army. Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives. Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between […]
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“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other readers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions from various corners of the interwebs. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we are revamping the Smugglers’ Radar into a monthly (mostly) SFF-focused feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well! As of last month, all of our monthly picks can be found on Bookshop! May 2021 First up, a book that blends E. Lockhart with Studio Ghibli and sisterhood–obviously, we need it. The Ones We’re Meant To Find by Joan He Roaring Book Press | May 4, 2021 Cee has been trapped on an abandoned island for three years without any recollection of how she arrived, or memories from her life prior. All she knows is that somewhere out there, beyond the horizon, she has a sister named Kay. Determined to find her, Cee devotes her days to building a boat from junk parts scavenged inland, doing everything in her power to survive until the day she gets off the […]
It is that time of year again, folks–awards time! We are thrilled to share with you the news of two exciting speculative fiction awards: The Hugo Awards and the Ignyte Awards. The Hugo Awards are one of the longest-running SFF awards, distinguished from all other major speculative fiction awards in that it is voted on by fans who are members of the World Science Fiction Convention. Each year, Hugo Award winners (and associated Not-A-Hugo-Awards, like the Lodestar and Astounding Awards) are announced at WorldCon. This year’s WorldCon will be in Washington D.C., though unlike previous years the ceremony will take place December 15-19, 2021. A reminder for everyone interested: even if you are not attending WorldCon 79, note that ANY SFF fan can sign up for a supporting membership ($50) which gives you the right to vote for your favorites to win the Hugo Award. The 2021 Hugo Award Finalists This year’s finalists are absolutely awesome. Check out the full list below! Best Novel Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Gallery / Saga Press) The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit) Harrow the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com) Network Effect, Martha Wells (Tor.com) Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury) The Relentless Moon, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor […]
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In preparation for the Netflix show, Thea is re-immersing herself in Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse and rereading the Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows books! Today, she tackles the second full-length novel in the original trilogy: Siege and Storm. Title: Siege and StormAuthor: Leigh BardugoGenre: Fantasy, Young AdultPublisher: Square FishPublication Date: June 4, 2013Paperback: 435 pages Darkness never dies. Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her—or risk losing everything […]
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In preparation for the Netflix show, Thea is re-immersing herself in Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse and rereading the Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows books! Today, she tackles the book that started it all: Shadow and Bone. Title: Shadow and BoneAuthor: Leigh BardugoGenre: Fantasy, Young AdultPublisher: Square FishPublication Date: June 5, 2012Paperback: 358 pages Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee. Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the […]
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Finding excellent short SFF can often feel like hunting for buried treasure. Sometimes it takes a guide to help fill in the map, connecting readers with fantastic fiction and showing where X Marks The Story–a monthly column from Charles Payseur. The snow has finally melted from my yard! For most of the Northern Hemisphere, that means Spring is in the air! Plants are sluggishly trying to poke up, the squirrels are incredibly chonky, and the fiction is…well, complicated and wrenching and so so beautiful. And this month there’s some interesting and innovative flourishes as well. From interactive fiction to stories framed as wiki entries with annotated song lyrics, the stories I’m rounding up today show how varied and how creative short SFF can be, while losing nothing in power or impact. So grab your compass and your map and let’s get to it! “Diamonds and Pearls” by JL George (Fireside Magazine #88) What It Is: Language is quite literally tied to gems in the world of this story, where as people learn words, they cough up different kinds of gemstones. And Osian grows up learning to covet diamonds, for the language of the common tongue, rather than pearls, which only […]
You may have heard of Leigh Bardugo–the internationally best-selling author of delightful, action-packed, high-stakes fantasy novels set in an interconnected universe. To date, the prolific Bardugo has published three full-length series (one trilogy and two duologies) as well a collection of short stories and other ephemera from the world of the Grishaverse. And then Netflix comes along, and, partnering with Leigh Bardugo, creates a Grishaverse fantasy television show that looks utterly awesome. In the parlance of the youth, I am here for it. Netflix showrunner Eric Heisserer and Leigh Bardugo have been impressively secretive about the show since it was announced, but over the past few months we’ve learned a couple of pretty cool things. For one, Bardugo acknowledged the diversity problem in her early books, and attempted to fix them with the show’s casting–I, for one, am excited about this more inclusive approach to the Grishaverse characters. I love that Jessie Mei Li–a biracial half-Asian actress–has been cast as Alina, and that her biracial background has been written into Alina’s character (who is now explicitly half-Shu Han). Similarly, Sujaya Dasgupta who plays Alina’s frenemy Zoya is also mixed-race (explicitly revealed by Bardugo in 2019’s King of Scars), and both […]
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“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other readers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions from various corners of the interwebs. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we are revamping the Smugglers’ Radar into a monthly (mostly) SFF-focused feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well! Starting this month, all of our monthly picks can be found on Bookshop! April 2021 This one had us at “navigating an afterlife in which [the main character] must defeat an AI entity intent on destroying humanity.” The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman Simon & Schuster BFYR | April 6, 2021 Westworld meets Warcross in this high-stakes, incisive, dizzyingly smart sci-fi about a teen girl navigating an afterlife in which she must defeat an AI entity intent on destroying humanity, from award-winning author Akemi Dawn Bowman. Eighteen-year-old Nami Miyamoto is certain her life is just beginning. She has a great family, just graduated high school, and is on her way to a party where her entire class is waiting for her—including, most […]
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HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!!! I’m so excited about my weekend, and I’m starting a new book tonight by one of my favorite psych-thriller authors that totally gave me a blurb jolt (Under the Influence: A Psychological Thriller by Layne Deemer). It’s coming out in just a few days so hopefully I have my review up right before […]
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Ricochet (Fastball Series Book 1) by Cole Lepley <— THE MOODY GUY DOWNSTAIRS IS NOT WELCOMING HER AT ALL!! Ohhhhh you guys this sounds like a love/hate book (maybe even a bully book?) and it JUST WENT LIVE THIS WEEK! P.S. Check out that warning that she gives (eeeeeep!! And yet… it tempts me even more 😉 […]
DARK REVERSE HAREM/BULLY ROMANCE ALERT!! I just learned about it today when asking what everyone was reading, and it looks like a few in our crew LOVE this one! Lisa: I just finished reading an ARC of Lords of Mercy, which is the third book in Angel Lawson and Samantha Rue‘s Dark RH romance series. […]
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C.M. STUNICH ALERT!!! IT’S A LOVE-HATE HIGH SCHOOL SERIES & I’m in love with these book covers (and the series name!!), and Cathy loves this series! Cathy: I’m anxiously awaiting CM Stunich’s next book in The Lost Daughter of a Serial Killer series. Books 1 and 2 had me riveted. Book 3 is scheduled for […]
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DUET CONCLUSION IS LIVE!!! And I’m hearing squeeeeeees and sighs of relief everywhere. 😂 OMG the titles for these have me giggling and I am soooo curious. Especially since… 1.) she’s one of my favorite authors ever and… 2.) everyone is going crazy for these books and they were all dying for number 2 to come […]
What’s everyone reading right now? Are you loving it? Is it unputdownable? Darcie: I am just waiting and waiting for the lost fisherman tomorrow. Kristen: Me too! Hurry up and drop it Jewel 😂 Alice: So many of us are counting the hours. Can’t wait! Nadia: me too!! Maryse: P.S. For those wondering what the […]
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HEATHER GRAHAM’S LATEST!! IT’S TIME FOR HALLOWEEN MY FRIENDS… and she’s got it for us!!! And to celebrate this release, Heather Graham (as well as her publisher, 1,001 Dark Nights Press) are sponsoring today’s newsletter! 😀 So what’s it about? From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham comes a new story in her Krewe […]
HAPPY TUESDAY NEW RELEASE DAY EVERYONE!!! It’s time to build us an amazing list of new releases, and I’m already excited about a few (especially that one to the left!!!!) OH MY. TOTAL blurb jolt! MY BLURB JOLTS: The Party Crasher (she sneaks into her family’s party that she was uninvited from and overhears some […]
HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE!! New releases just went live early and I’m adding them in as we speak! 😀 Did you read anything awesome this weekend? Let me know. And… if you have “three things” to tell me, let us know that too. THREE THINGS: 1.) Reader Questions have been coming fast and furious these days. […]
Cheny is looking for this one! Ooooooooh a good grovel book!!!!! YES PLEASE! She asks: Hi Maryse! I’ve been trying to search for this book for a year now and no luck! I’m hoping someone here can help! Read this book about 3 years ago maybe. It was about the hero and heroine being a […]
The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon is $2.99! This is book two in The Boyfriend Project series, though it works fine on its own. The heroine is a personal trainer and the hero is an athlete who wants to get back into the NFL.
When a personal trainer agrees to fake date her client, all rules are out the window in this delightful romantic comedy from the USA Today bestselling author of The Boyfriend Project!
When it comes to personal training, Taylor Powell kicks serious butt. Unfortunately, her bills are piling up, rent is due, and the money situation is dire. Taylor needs more than the support of her new best friends, Samiah and London. She needs a miracle.
And Jamar Dixon might just be it. The oh-so-fine former footballer wants back into the NFL, and he wants Taylor to train him. There’s just one catch — no one can know what they’re doing. But when they’re accidentally outed as a couple, Taylor’s game plan is turned completely upside down. Is Jamar just playing to win . . . or is he playing for keeps?here.
Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw is $2.99 and a Kindle Daily Deal! I’ve been so curious about this one because the heroine is a “fast-talking doctor to the undead.” It sounds all sorts of awesome. I definitely bought this after the last time it was on sale. If you’ve read this one, let me know what you thought!
Meet Greta Helsing, fast-talking doctor to the undead. Keeping the supernatural community not-alive and well in London has been her family’s specialty for generations.
Greta Helsing inherited the family’s highly specialized, and highly peculiar, medical practice. In her consulting rooms, Dr. Helsing treats the undead for a host of ills – vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies. Although barely making ends meet, this is just the quiet, supernatural-adjacent life Greta’s been groomed for since childhood.
Until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice, and her life.here.
Bonds of Trust
Bonds of Trust by Lynda Aicher is $1.99! This is book one in the BDSM romance Wicked Play series, and it has a 3.8-star average at GoodReads. It looks like most, if not all of the books are on sale at this price. Readers who enjoyed it particularly liked that the heroine is a divorced woman who is also over 40.
After ending her passionless marriage, Cali Reynolds is eager to live out her forbidden fantasies. Her first step is attending new members’ night at The Den, the most exclusive sex club in town. Perhaps here she can find a man who understands her desire to be dominated…
At first, Jake McCallister thinks Cali has come to his club for the wrong reasons. But when he discovers she is seeking fulfillment after years of denial, he’s intrigued—and takes it upon himself to initiate her into the pleasures she’s been missing.
Her first encounter with Jake is everything Cali has always craved, and more; she’s not prepared for the feelings he inspires in her. And Jake is just as surprised by his overwhelming attraction to Cali. As their play intensifies, so does their bond. Now, Jake doesn’t want anyone but Cali—but is he ready to officially claim her? And will she submit to being his forever?here.
Kawaii Crochet by Melissa Bradley is $2.99! This is a Kindle Daily Deal, but isn’t price-matched so far. Just looking at this makes me want to get into crochet. Be warned as some reviews mention the book advertises 40 patterns, but some are just replicated with different designs or elements. Like an ice cream cone with a ruffle and then an ice cream cone with a cherry.
Learn to crochet forty charming stuffed dolls that will warm your heart and bring a smile to your face.
Hook up a rainbow kawaii goodness with this super-cute collection of forty amigurumi patterns from modern crochet designer Yarn Blossom Boutique. From three adorable peas in a pod, to a winking fortune cookie, these forty fun and easy amigurumi makes will bring the Japanese culture of cuteness into your hands and your heart.here.
This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks.
The Deadly Hours is $1.99! This is an interesting take on an anthology. You have four great historical mystery writers writing an interconnected story about a cursed gold watch. I’m super curious and Aarya mentioned it on a previous Hide Your Wallet.
A stellar line-up of historical mystery novelists weaves the tale of a priceless and cursed gold watch as it passes through time wreaking havoc from one owner to another. The characters are irrevocably linked by fate, each playing a key role in breaking the curse and destroying the watch once and for all.
From 1733 Italy to Edinburgh in 1831 to a series of chilling murders in 1870 London, and a lethal game of revenge decades later, the watch touches lives with misfortune, until it comes into the reach of one young woman who might be able to stop it for good.here.
The Arctic Fury
RECOMMENDED: The Arctic Fury by Greer Macallister is $1.99! Carrie gave this historical mystery a B+.
I loved this book. It kept me in suspense and when it was over I wanted to read it again. It sent me down many Google rabbit holes, which is my favorite kind of book. I recommend this for people who aren’t averse to ambiguity, who like stories of adventure and exploration as well as intersectional examinations of women’s lives, and to people who like mystery/thrillers.
A dozen women join a secret 1850s Arctic expedition—and a sensational murder trial unfolds when some of them don’t come back.
Eccentric Lady Jane Franklin makes an outlandish offer to adventurer Virginia Reeve: take a dozen women, trek into the Arctic, and find her husband’s lost expedition. Four parties have failed to find him, and Lady Franklin wants a radical new approach: put the women in charge.
A year later, Virginia stands trial for murder. Survivors of the expedition willing to publicly support her sit in the front row. There are only five. What happened out there on the ice?
Set against the unforgiving backgdrop of one of the world’s most inhospitable locations, USA Today bestsellng author Greer Macallister uses the true story of Lady Jane Franklin’s tireless attempts to find her husband’s lost expedition as a jumping-off point to spin a tale of bravely, intrigue, perseverance and hope.here.
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
RECOMMENDED: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton is $1.99! I really liked this mystery. It’s a mix of a locked room murder mystery and Groundhog Day. Turton also has a new historical mystery that I’m very curious to read.
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER.
“Gosford Park” meets “Groundhog Day” by way of Agatha Christie – the most inventive story you’ll read this year.
Tonight, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed… again.
It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed.
But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot.
The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath…here.
Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood is $1.99! This is book one in the Phryne Fisher Mysteries series. Elyse previously reviewed it and gave the book a B. In summary, she said that while the book was tons of fun to read, there were some things the TV show just did better, namely the costumes.
First in series from bestselling author, Kerry Greenwood
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, now streaming on Netflix, starring Essie Davis as the honourable Phryne Fisher
The London season is in full fling at the end of the 1920s, but the Honourable Phryne Fisher—she of the green-gray eyes, diamant garters, and outfits that should not be sprung suddenly on those of nervous dispositions—is rapidly tiring of the tedium of arranging flowers, making polite conversations with retired colonels, and dancing with weak-chinned men. Instead, Phryne decides it might be rather amusing to try her hand at being a lady detective in Melbourne, Australia.
Almost immediately from the time she books into the Windsor Hotel, Phryne is embroiled in mystery: poisoned wives, cocaine smuggling rings, corrupt cops, and communism—not to mention erotic encounters with the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse—until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.here.
Big Bad Wolf by Suleikha Snyder is $1.99! This is book one in Third Shift series, which is a paranormal romance. Super curious about this one. I thought we had featured this previously on sale, but maybe it was all a fever dream.
In 2016, New York became a Sanctuary City for supernaturals…but things quickly spun out of control. Now, Third Shift is an elite team of operatives tasked with exposing the gritty underbelly of New York’s criminal-supernatural underworld, taking down the worst of the worst and protecting human- and shifter-kind alike.
Joe Peluso has blood on his hands. But lawyer and psychologist Neha Ahluwalia is determined to help him craft a solid defense…even if she can’t defend her own obsession. Because Joe took out those Russian mobsters for good reason–they were responsible for the death of his beloved foster brother. Those six bad guys were part of the ruthless clan of bear shifters who control Brooklyn’s Russian mafia, so his vigilante justice has earned him countless enemies in New York’s supernatural-controlled underworld, and no friends in a government that now bends to Russia at every turn.
Joe knows that creatures like him only deserve the worst. Darkness. Solitude. Punishment. But meeting Neha makes him feel human for the first time in forever. He’s never wanted anything in his life like he wants Neha, and he’ll break almost any rule to spend a minute alone with her. But when the Russian mob attacks the jail for payback, Joe and Neha are forced to escape. Before long they’re on the run–from monsters who want him dead and from their own traitorous hearts.here.
Yes & I Love You
Yes & I Love You by Roni Loren is $1.99! This is a contemporary romance by one of my absolute favorite authors. I remember hearing Loren discuss this book at the last RWA that was held in New York. The heroine has Tourette’s Syndrome and social anxiety, and Loren also mentioned her (Loren’s, not the heroine) son has a tic disorder. Have you read this one?
A beautifully emotional new contemporary romance from New York Times and USA Today bestseller Roni Loren.
Everyone knows Miz Poppy, the vibrant reviewer whose commentary brightens the New Orleans nightlife. But no one knows Hollyn, the real face behind the media star…or the fear that keeps her isolated. When her boss tells her she needs to add video to her blog or lose her job, she’s forced to rely on an unexpected source to help her face her fears.
When aspiring actor Jasper Deares finds out the shy woman who orders coffee every day is actually Miz Poppy, he realizes he has a golden opportunity to get the media attention his acting career needs. All he has to do is help Hollyn come out of her shell…and through their growing connection, finally find her voice.here.
The Warlord by Gena Showalter is $2.99! I believe this is the first book in a new series and Showalter hasn’t had a new adult series in a while. Also curious about this one, though Showalter does write some alpha heroes.
He plans to wed his virgin bride—and sacrifice her to his god. A duty he has never hesitated to to. Until now.
For centuries, Taliyah Skyhawk has prepared to become Harpy General, leader of the deadliest female army in existence. One of the requirements? Remain a virgin. But, for a chance to save her people, she must wed the fearless leader of the Astra Planeta, Alaroc Phaethon.
The time has come for Roc to sacrifice another virgin bride to his god. There has never been a woman alluring enough to tempt him from his path. No warrioress powerful enough to overcome his incredible strength. No enchantress desirable enough to make him burn beyond reason. Until now.
With the clock ticking, war between husband and wife ignites. Except Taliyah never expected the merciless king to challenge the future she once envisioned. She certainly never anticipated the thrill of their battles turning into games… The problem is, only one spouse can survive.here.
His Dark Kiss
If you’ve never read a Gothic and want to try one, or are just looking for seasonally spooky read, His Dark Kiss would be a good place to start.
Rumors of madness and murder lurk within the crumbling walls of isolated Manorbrier Castle. But Emma Parrish is not easily put off. She accepts a position no one else dares, as governess to the son of Lord Anthony Craven, the castle’s dark master. Her presence stirs up shadows and threat. She feels unseen eyes watching her. Eerie laughter haunts her. And the seductive pull of Anthony Craven lures her.
The mystery of Anthony Craven’s shadowy past lurk behind the locked doors of the estate’s forbidden Round Tower. Mysterious lights flash there in the night. The servants whisper warnings of death. And Anthony himself warns Emma that there is only danger to be found in his sensual embrace.
Powerfully drawn to the dangerously alluring Anthony, Emma finds herself unable to deny her deepest yearnings. But even as she succumbs to the master of Manorbrier, she is touched by the whisper of evil that rises from the secrets of his past.here.
The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes by Xio Axelrod is $1.99! This came out in the spring and has second chance romance elements and characters involved in the music industry. This one had a lot of buzz. Did you read it?
Her name’s Antonia “Toni” Bennette (yeah, she’s heard all the jokes before) and she’s not a rock star. Neither are the Lillys—not yet. But the difference between being famous and being almost famous can be a single wrong note…or the start of something that’ll change your life forever.
Growing up in dive bars up and down the East Coast, Toni Bennette’s guitar was her only companion…until she met Sebastian Quick. Seb was a little older, a lot wiser, and before long he was Toni’s way out, promising they’d escape their stifling small town together. Then Seb turned eighteen and split without looking back.
Now, Toni’s all grown up and making a name for herself in Philadelphia’s indie scene. When a friend suggests she try out for a hot new up-and-coming band, Toni decides to take a chance. Strong, feminist, and fierce as fire, Toni B. and the Lillys are the perfect match…except Seb’s now moonlighting as their manager. Whatever. Toni can handle it. No problem. Or it wouldn’t be if Seb didn’t still hold a piece of her heart…not to mention the key to her future.here.
Writing Her In
Writing Her In by Holley Trent is 99c! This is the first book in Trent’s Plot Twist series, which focuses on poly and triad romances with at least one character (sometimes more) involved in the book industry. It’s been recommend in the comments of Whatcha Reading before. Have you read it?
There’s room in a heart for more than one kind of love.
Dara and Adrien Valliere are soul mates and best friends…but they’re not lovers. Their marriage may be unconventional, but it’s satisfying and loving, and they’ve never needed anything or anyone else.
Until they met writer Stacia Leonard.
Stacia built a career on maintaining close ties with her fictional characters while keeping everyone else at arm’s length. She avoids intimacy, apart from a few one-night stands when the loneliness and need become too much. But when Adrien Valliere, her cover model and long-distance friend, invites her for drinks, she’s too fascinated to refuse.
Dara recognizes the physical attraction between her husband and Stacia and sees it for what it is: an opportunity to help Adrien get what he needs. Dara can breathe easy knowing that both she and her husband are happy.
Before long, though, it’s clear that Stacia’s connection isn’t just with Adrien… She and Dara have something special, and it’s something neither of them can—or want to—deny.here.
A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem
A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins is $1.99! This originally had an illustrated cover and now it looks more like the new Bridgerton redesigns. Some readers loved the balance of romance and mystery, while others wanted more excitement from the plot.
An intrepid female reporter matches wits with a serious, sexy detective in award-winning author Manda Collin’s fun and flirty historical rom-com, perfect for readers of Evie Dunmore, Julia Quinn, and Tessa Dare!
England, 1865 : As one of England’s most notorious newspaper columnists, Lady Katherine Bascomb believes knowledge is power. And she’s determined to inform and educate the ladies of London on the nefarious-and deadly-criminals who are praying on the fairer sex. When her reporting leads to the arrest of a notorious killer, however, Katherine flees to a country house party to escape her newfound notoriety-only to witness a murder on her very first night. And when the lead detective accuses Katherine of inflaming-rather than informing-the public with her column, she vows to prove him wrong.
Detective Inspector Andrew Eversham’s refusal to compromise his investigations nearly cost him his own career, and he blames Katherine. To avoid bad publicity, his superiors are pressuring him to solve cases quickly rather than correctly. When he discovers she’s the key witness in a new crime, he’s determined to prevent the beautiful widow from once again wreaking havoc on his case. Yet as Katherine proves surprisingly insightful and Andrew impresses Katherine with his lethal competency, both are forced to admit the fire between them is more flirtatious than furious. But to explore the passion between them, they’ll need to catch a killer.here.
Spellbound by Allie Therin is $1.99! This is a gay fantasy historical romance with a dash of mystery. Most readers loved the writing, while others wished the execution were better. Reviews also mention that this one has closed door/off the page sex scenes.
To save Manhattan, they’ll have to save each other first…
Arthur Kenzie’s life’s work is protecting the world from the supernatural relics that could destroy it. When an amulet with the power to control the tides is shipped to New York, he must intercept it before it can be used to devastating effects. This time, in order to succeed, he needs a powerful psychometric…and the only one available has sworn off his abilities altogether.
Rory Brodigan’s gift comes with great risk. To protect himself, he’s become a recluse, redirecting his magic to find counterfeit antiques. But with the city’s fate hanging in the balance, he can’t force himself to say no.
Being with Arthur is dangerous, but Rory’s ever-growing attraction to him begins to make him brave. And as Arthur coaxes him out of seclusion, a magical and emotional bond begins to form. One that proves impossible to break—even when Arthur sacrifices himself to keep Rory safe and Rory must risk everything to save him.here.
Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney passed me by when it was released a month ago, but I’ve heard good things about it. Then, when I heard that Richard Armitage was narrating parts of the audiobook, it jumped straight to the top of my to-read (or to-listen, I suppose) list. (You might know him as ...
(The section headings aren’t in the book, I added them to make this summary easier to navigate.) On the Way to Blackwater Chapel In February 2020, Amelia is in the car with her husband Adam Wright, on their way to a weekend getaway in Scotland. Their marriage counselor Pamela had suggested the trip, so they ...
Bewilderment by Richard Powers was recently released two weeks ago. With Powers’s last novel winning the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, it was sure to be big release. Sure enough, Bewilderment was selected for Oprah’s Book Club and has been shortlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize already. The story in Bewilderment deals with a father, ...
The book is written without chapter headings, chapter numbers or section heading. The bolded headings here are added to help with navigating this summary (followed by the first few words of that section in quotes), but do not appear in the book. Smoky Mountains Trip Background Information Return from the Trip and the Metal Thermos ...
Prologue The book opens on a Saturday morning. A car stops near an abandoned mint green bike with four green apples spilled over next to it. The driver gets out and puts the bike in his trunk. He plans on gifting it to his wife. However, 20 minutes later the man is killed in a ...
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Apples Never Fall is the newest release from Liane Moriarty, a family drama with a little mystery woven in. Liane Moriarty has been a big name lately with the success of the adaptations of Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers. Apples Never Fall opens after the matriarch of the Delaney family has seemingly gone ...
Book #2 picks off right after Book #1 left off. I’ve included some explanatory stuff from the first book, but you’re probably better off reading through the summary for A Deadly Education (Scholomance #1) if you’ve forgotten what happens in the first book, before reading this one. Chapter 1: Vipersac The book opens just after ...
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I’ve seen these lovely turquoise Literati Book Club boxes around, but this subscription book club didn’t really catch my eye until I found out about the fantastic authors and luminaries that curate their selections. When I was offered the opportunity to review a Literati box, I jumped at the chance. So, before we start — ...
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Chapter 1 In late March, in a city near Ballina, Ireland (about three hours outside of Dublin), Alice Kelleher and Felix Brady, both in their late twenties or early thirties, meet up in a hotel bar for a first date over drinks. Alice is a novelist, originally from Dublin, who was living in New York ...
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Beautiful World, Where Are You is Sally Rooney’s latest release, which has book clubs abuzz with excitement or irritation, depending on how you feel about her. She’s become somewhat of a controversial figure with some people absolutely loving her bleak modern-day romances and others bemoaning her writing and angrily denouncing what they view as an ...
How Much of These Hills is Gold by C. Pam Zheng has a potential TV series in the works. For all the details about the adaptation, here’s what we know about the How Much of the Hills is Gold TV series. What’s it about? What’s the plot? In How Much of These Hills is Gold, ...
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If you’re in the mood for some light reading, this is a list of Light, Easy and Breezy Books to Read. As gratifying as it can be to read a hardcore literary novel, there’s something nice about a quick and lighthearted read that you can finish in one afternoon — and hopefully it’ll make you ...
Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar has a TV series adaptation in the works. For all the details about a potential jump to the small screen for this novel, here’s what we know about the Homeland Elegies FX television series: What’s it about? What’s the plot? Homeland Elegies is “a deeply personal work about identity and ...
The Blonde Espresso was first introduced in February 2017 in Canada and now it's available all over the globe, and you can order a flat white or a vanilla latte blonde. Coffee lovers have gone gaga over this as with other espresso roasts released by Starbucks since 40 years.
reason, it's usually called the adult vodka and red-bull, with a combination of hot and cold ingredients mixed in the right proportions.
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our coffee-loving best friend’s birthday is coming up and you have no idea what to surprise them with? Don’t worry at all because we’re here to help you out. Here is a list of the top six gifts for every type of coffee snob out there, so be sure to stay with us. Just keep on reading, check them out, and find a perfect gift for your favorite coffee lover now!
Facebook is undeniably one of the most trending social media apps. It has gained a huge amount of fame within a very short period. Millions of users are signing in daily on this social media platform. But there are certain features that you need to know very carefully before using any app. Not knowing the features might put you in trouble.
Today is the 2nd and final day of Amazon Prime Day sale of 2021!! That means it's your last chance to get huge discounts on thousands of items in various categories. To help you with the same, here are our top 10 picks that you may want to get your hands on before they get sold out!! Without having to waste more time, lets check out the 10 best amazon prime day deals to show now before it's too late.
In case 2020 helped you realize how much you like spending time in coffee shops, you might be thinking of creating the same vibe in your own home. Luckily, there are many things you can do to make your home feel like your favorite coffee shop.
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If you want your home to look like the homes in magazines and on television, then you need to know the secret that they use. You will be amazed at how easy it is to get your house looking like a million bucks without spending a million bucks!
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Mother's Day is coming up fast and you will need to start ordering your gifts pretty soon if you want it delivered on time. To help you find perfect gifts for mother's day for your perfect mom, I've put together a list of products from an Instant Pot Duo to Flowers to electronics and how I can I not have the perfect coffee maker in my list!!
There are a number of small improvements and updates that you can make to your home to not only make it look and feel better, but to improve the flow of your life on a day to day basis. Check out some of the tips from Hippo below.
The main idea of the hygge style is to create a warm and peaceful atmosphere. This involves incorporating soft, cozy materials and lounge-ready furniture into your apartment to create a space of retreat and relaxation.
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If you view sipping a cup of joe as nothing more than part of a routine, you might want to consider making this a habit, too. This is because when you drink the right amount of coffee daily, you can experience several health benefits.
A true coffee lover keeps an espresso machine in the kitchen but are there any other kitchen appliances that are considered fashionable? We have compiled a pretty exhaustive list of all the modern kitchen appliances you should have, from an electric mixer to an ice-cream maker.
We @DailyMorningCoffee love the perfect kick to our coffee - why else do you think we would drink it? Of course for the taste, but most important is the flavor, the warm and fuzzy feeling from those taste buds to your toe.
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All goneNew Book Group #76 November 3, 2017 13 books remain of the original 37:I finally Have them Listed!Boots & Booties by Kristine RolofsonSaucer the Conquest by Stephen CoontsThe Scorpion Seducer by Bonnie VanakHell On Earth by David L. Porter
All goneNew Book Group #76 November 3, 2017 13 books remain of the original 37:I finally Have them Listed!Boots & Booties by Kristine RolofsonSaucer the Conquest by Stephen CoontsThe Scorpion Seducer by Bonnie VanakHell On Earth by David L. Porter
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When the finalists for the 2021 Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Awards were announced, Deesha Philyaw was thrilled to learn that she’d been nominated in the Debut Fiction category. Her story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies had been published to much acclaim in late 2020, netting her numerous awards and a place among the finalists […]
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In Cairo Circles, Doma Mahmoud lures the reader on a voyeuristic tour of the Egyptian capital’s wildly differing class spheres. On the lowest circle is Zeina, the daughter of a housekeeper to an upper-class Egyptian family. Starting on a New Year’s Eve in the early 2000s, Mahmoud absorbs us with Zeina’s yearning soul and entitled […]
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I think a lot of us believe in ghosts. In fact, many of us are likely haunted by them. I’m talking about emotional ghosts, of course. My debut short story collection, Those Fantastic Lives: And Other Strange Stories, has a particular fascination with ghosts. In my stories, there are certainly the kind of transparent, […]
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“These Golden Cities” by K. David Wade On the last night of my first spring break home from NYU, I dropped acid with my best friend, Dom. The week had largely been a bust: Grace wouldn’t get back with me; my mother was a ghost; and none of my niggas had changed. Still, the familiarity […]
Like the complex Philippine history the book aims to depict, there is no single sentence that can sum up Albert Samaha’s Concepcion, especially when he renders that history through the lens of his own diasporic family, dating back to his ancestors’ first encounter with Europeans. Though nominally a memoir in the sense that it tracks […]
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Schools have their own set of rules and morality, rituals and language. What makes sense in an elite private Manhattan school—good grades, fancy clothes, the competitive sports of the wealthy (squash and tennis) can be entirely anathema in a progressive school where cooperation, eschewing of labels, and creativity are valued. In a small community, an […]
In 2015, Casey Plett wrote about the rise of a particular kind of novel in Canada: ‘Call them the Gender Novels – books about Gender with a capital G.’ She describes the rise of non-trans authors writing sympathetic books about trans characters, exemplified by books like Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex (2002) and Shani Mootoo’s Moving Forward […]
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Missense Once, I followed the snow, watched as it blinked. In this language, to ask is to bury. In this language, eyes are less than mirrors. What is lost in translation: a bird is a beginning that sings; a horse is an untamed tongue. Pears are as good as boats are as good as stomachs […]
In 2021, the Keystone XL pipeline, which threatened Indigenous burial and archeological sites, was officially cancelled. Canada celebrated its first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honor the lost children and survivors of residential schools on September 30. And the Yukon Tribe received the green light to reestablish California condors, a critically endangered species […]
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In our youth-obsessed culture, we want older women to disappear. But what happens when they refuse? In my new story collection, Dig Me Out, I focus on women filled with anger. And often, that’s older women. When women reach forty, our culture tells us we’re no longer sexy or fertile, not as sweet and pliable. […]
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The article Inciting Incident: Definition, Examples, Types, and How to Start a Story Right appeared first on The Write Practice.
If you are planning on writing a story, there is something you need to consider besides basic plot structure. You need to determine your Inciting Incident.
What incident will compel your protagonist to act, prompting them to move through a meaningful story?
Let's take a look at what an inciting incident is and how to write one.
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One way to tell a story is to introduce the reader to the environment of the story. Descriptions of foliage and dirt roads, or of skyscrapers and clanging subway gears, can get the reader acclimated to the setting and can be a way to introduce the protagonist as a product of their surroundings.
But sometimes you just don't have the patience for that. You want to hit the ground with the plot running at full speed, and once you've gotten the reader's attention and piqued their curiosity, then maybe you explain what's going on and how things got here.
Welcome to the world of in medias res.
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As writers, we are always working to make our stories the best they can be. One of the more advanced techniques that can help you do this is by giving an underlying meaning in a scene—otherwise known as subtext.
In a story, subtext can be implied by the surface action and dialogue.
When you think about the books and stories that you most enjoyed reading, chances are that story’s scenes were woven with something deeper than what appeared on the surface.
Today I'd like to teach you seven simple techniques for using subtext in your story, which I'll also teach with some subtext examples.
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One thing writers have told me consistently is that knowing story structure and the major plot points—or points of a story—makes writing great stories easier. But what are the main points of a story? How can you get them into your books?
I've personally found story structure to be incredibly helpful, not just in writing novels and screenplays, but also in memoir and even, sometimes, writing nonfiction books.
In this guide, we're going to talk about the basic points of a story and how to use story structure to make your writing easier and more effective. I'll share the six major plot points and talk about a few other points you might look for when writing a book that will give you a general roadmap to writing your story.
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Have you heard the story of the orphan boy living in the cupboard under the stairs?
Or perhaps the story of the girl in District 12 (the crappiest District) who would not only survive an unwinnable deathmatch, but become a symbol of liberty?
Maybe you've heard of the baby boy who was going to die in a mass genocide, but whose mother put him in a basket and sent him down the Nile River . . .
If you didn't catch those, here they are in order: Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games), and . . . Moses.
And all these stories follow the same classic story structure.
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Does the concept of “theme” confuse you? Do you have trouble writing a theme, or weaving a theme into your story?
If you said yes, you’re not alone. Lots of writers struggle to identify a theme in their book—and many don't even know what thematic message the are communicating through their story until a second or later draft.
The good news is, there are writing tips you can use when weaving a thematic message (or two) into your story.
How do you write a best-selling novel or an award-winning screenplay? You might say, great writing or unique characters or thrilling conflict. But so much of writing a great story is knowing and mastering the type of story you're trying to tell.
What are the types of stories? And how do you use them to tell a great story?
In this article, we're going to cover the ten types of stories, share which tend to become best-sellers, and share the hidden values that help you master each type.
But first, what do I mean by "types of stories"?
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I published my new book, The Write Structure, last week, and it's been amazing to see the response.
People are getting so much out of the book. It's always an honor to get the chance to help people with their writing, but it's even more rewarding when the help is making a huge difference.
But does it work? And will it actually help you with your writing?
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What do Lewis Carrol, Mark Twain, and Dr. Seuss have in common? They all wrote under a pen name.
Those are some pretty big names, so it really makes a writer wonder: Should I use a pen name?
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Do you remember how you felt while reading The Da Vince Code or Gone Girl? The sweaty palms, the pleasant shiver, the jaw-clenching tension? Remember how those well-drawn elements of suspense held you in thrall, feathering along your skin, raising goosebumps?
Suspense fiction comes in a variety of flavors, all delicious, and if you have a yen for building suspense in your writing and learning how to create the same kind of reading experience for your own audience, this is the place for you.
In a special series of articles, I'll be your guide as we dig deep into the elements of suspense that grab readers and don't let go. These elements apply, regardless of the publishing route you choose for getting your stories out to your suspense readers.
Here, we will learn how you can craft suspense in your own books, starting now.
How can anthropology — the study of human cultures — teach us to build richer and more convincing worlds for our stories? What questions do we need to ask of our characters and settings to bring them alive? Michael Kilman talks about how anthropology can help with world-building in this episode. In the intro, the […]
It's that time again! NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, happens every November. It's a fantastic time to give writing fiction a try — and it's how I wrote the first 20,000 words of what eventually became Stone of Fire, my first novel. Whether you are doing NaNoWriMo this year, or you just want to improve […]
How can you use elements of mystery to hook your readers, regardless of the genre you write? How can you make sure your writing process prevents errors or plagiarism? Jonah Lehrer covers these aspects and more. In the intro, KDP Print available in hardback; Bookvolts book-specific NFT platform [Medium]; Books for writers in the NaNoWriMo […]
How can you expand your creative and financial opportunities with audiobooks and podcasting? Will Dages from Findaway Voices talks about options as well as introducing the new Marketplace. Will Dages is the head of Findaway Voices, which helps authors produce and distribute audiobooks to a global network of platforms and listeners. You can listen above […]
How can you be a more relaxed author when there is always so much more to do? How can you co-write a book and retain different voices in written text as well as audio? Mark Leslie Lefebvre and I discuss how we co-wrote The Relaxed Author and how we're publishing and marketing it. In the […]
The opportunities for creation and marketing in audio format continue to expand and the lines are blurring between audiobooks, podcasts and other forms of audio storytelling. In this episode, Sarah Werner talks about writing for audio first and the challenges of full-cast audio drama and podcast fiction. In the intro, problems with publishing distribution and […]
What are the different types of travel books and how can you blend them within the genre? How can we tackle our imposter syndrome when writing in a genre we love? Jeremy Bassetti explores these questions and more in today's show. In the intro, my 10-year author entrepreneur lessons learned; the different stages of an […]
Ten years ago, in Sept 2011, I left my day job to become a full-time author-entrepreneur. Every year since I have reflected on the journey and what I learn along the way. My challenges change and grow along with the business and you will likely be at a different stage, but I hope that you find my lessons […]
We all have different strengths as writers, but sometimes we don't know what they are. Or we get frustrated because we try to succeed at something that just won't work for our personality. In this interview, Becca Syme explains how our strengths can help us and how to ‘question the premise' whenever we face different […]
I do a lot of interviews, but sometimes, an interviewer asks some personal questions that go beyond what I normally talk about. Conor Bredin interviewed me for his Story of a Storyteller Podcast and we ended up getting deep and meaningful. He also has a lovely Irish accent so you will enjoy it even more! […]
It is appropriate that the final archetypal character arc of the life cycle—the Mage Arc—should be the one to finally confront the ultimate antagonist within the human experience. This is, of course, Evil—in all its abstraction. As the final arc, the Mage symbolizes the end of life and, presumably, its fulfillment. Because the Mage is […]
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As the fifth of six archetypal character arcs in the life cycle, the Crone Arc offers the first great challenge of a character’s Elder years. Fundamentally, it is a story about a character coming to grips with the full magnitude of mortality. And indeed Death itself is the primary archetypal antagonist within a Crone Arc—or […]
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The King Arc begins the second half of the life cycle of archetypal character arcs. This placement as the fourth of six arcs necessarily makes it a turning point within the overarching “story structure” of life. We can recognize this particularly in the King’s relationship to his archetypal antagonists. The first three arcs—those of Maiden, […]
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As the third of the life cycle’s archetypal character arcs, the Queen Arc is that of the mature adult who has completed the youthful arcs of Hero and Maiden and is now challenged to grow into a position of greater responsibility and leadership. This is the tale of someone who has so far proven herself […]
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The well-known Hero Arc offers us the exciting story of a brave youth fighting to discover and earn his own worthiness. It follows on the heels of the Maiden Arc‘s initial individuation from the Authority Figures that dominate one’s youth, and it offers the young adult the opportunity to discover what he is meant to […]
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I’m happy to announce the Writing Your Story’s Theme audio book is now available, narrated once again by my regular collaborator Sonja Field. Thanks for your patience in waiting for the audio version. I know I’ve been promising it ever since the paperback and e-book versions of the book came out last year. We ran […]
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As the first transformational archetype within the “life arcs” cycle, the Maiden Arc is the quintessential “coming-of-age” story. It is the story of teenage angst, the joys and heartbreaks of growing up, and the struggle to individuate into a fully autonomous and mature human being. Like all arcs, the Maiden’s doesn’t just happen. Nor (for […]
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Antagonists are an interesting consideration for any writer. So often, when we conceive or plot a story, the antagonist may be an afterthought—especially in genre or “plot-driven” fiction in which the antagonist is less likely to be in a relationship with the protagonist and more likely to be a “Big Bad” of some sort. But […]
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Your story’s premise is the foundation of your work. This is true for the shaping of the story itself, and it is also true from a marketing perspective. For both writers and readers, the premise is the reason we become interested in a story. Even when you don’t know your premise until late in the […]
There are three parts of a story that are difficult to write: the beginning, the middle, and the ending. (I was going to start the article by referencing the ending of a story as one of the hardest parts, but then I realized… it’s all hard. Ahem.) Each has its own special set of challenges, […]
Find out how Jack Ellem became a bestselling indie author in two foreign countries while living in Australia and learn how his strategies can work for you.
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Discover three ways to revive your backlist and increase sales with price pulsing.
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There are four different ways authors can earn a living through writing. Find out which one you can leverage to make an income.
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Author make the most profit when they sell books in person. Take these five steps to sell more books and increase your revenue.
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Five tips to help you write useful book reviews that will build credibility and connection with your readers.
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Have you ever been irritated by a website? Did you know that readers may be having that exact same experience when they visit your website? Ticking off your website visitors is a bad way to get more readers. Here are seven ways author websites annoy visitors and what to do about it.
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While rather corny, today’s video is at least entertaining! Enjoy the MozART group performing “How to Impress a Woman.” Dare I say that I was impressed too? (If you cannot see the embedded video in your newsletter email, please click the headline and go directly to our site to view …
My reasons for representing an author may differ from why I read a certain book. Content: When I see something fresh and different, but not so far out that no one can relate, an author has my attention. Talent: Although my office must decline talented authors every day, writing talent …
I’ve been writing and publishing for a long time. Just look at me: a lonnnnng time. During those many years of experience, I’ve learned a thing or two. Maybe three. And among the things I’ve learned about writing for publication is that writers in the twenty-first century must do things …
It’s no question that we live in a “cancel” culture. It may be tempting to bury our heads in the sand and be sure we never do anything to offend anyone. But that’s not how the Bible calls us to live. Countless times throughout the Bible, men and women of God took a stand for […] You can listen to this episode How to Fight Cancel Culture As a Christian Author with Laura Lynn Hughes on Christian Publishing Show.
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I’ve known Les Stobbe for well over 30 years. And here he is, at age 91, publishing a new book! God Moments in My Publishing Life: The Making of a Writer and Publisher was just released by EABooks Publishing. I want to recommend it to all of you. I had …
Enjoy today’s video of master potters at work. Seven minutes of extraordinary creativity and artistry. I could not help but compile the following: “I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the …
Ninety years ago, on Monday, October 12, 1931, the New York Times published their first book bestseller list. There were nine titles shown, five fiction and four nonfiction. That month was an interesting time in US history. The president of the United States was Herbert Hoover. The Great Depression was …
I’m a literary agent, but I’m also a reader. As a reader, I have reasons for buying a book. Nonfiction Topics: The topic must address a need or want I’m feeling at that time. For example, if I’m cooking for someone who’s a vegan, I’ll search for books with ideas …
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Depending on where you live and your school district policies you may already be in a back-to-school mode or preparing for it.
It got me to thinking about the need for all writers to always have a "back to school" mentality.
Here are five things we can learn from always going "back to school."
Today’s video features 11 singers from 8 different countries. Enjoy! By the way, for those who love choirs (aka choir nerds), it’s a high D for the soprano and a low G for the bass. What makes this most unusual is the tracing of the globe. And this was done …
I love hooks. As a writer, I work hard on my hooks. When I was a magazine editor, the hook was often the best way for a writer to make a good first impression on me. And now, for me as a literary agent, the hook is the first and …
Writing is a strange pursuit. A writer works endless hours in solitary, personal work then, after what seems like an eternity, takes their work out to a world of editors, agents, critics, and readers. Even if you self-publish and desire to skip any outside editorial input, your work will be …
Have you ever wondered where Christian publishing came from? I sure have. In the olden days, there were only publishers. But then Christian publishers started to emerge. Why did that happen? What caused it? To find out, we have a special guest who has worked in the publishing industry for 65 years. He is the […] You can listen to this episode Where Christian Publishing Came From with Leslie Stobbe on Christian Publishing Show.
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God gave me this blog post.
By invoking divine inspiration I have guaranteed that you will read this post and possibly give me money to read more.
Sound like a stretch? Then what if I just wrote or said: “God spoke to me” “I was led to write this” “God revealed this to me” “I have been called to write this” “I believe this is an inspired post”
Today is National Punctuation Day! In celebration, take out a comma.
Or at least visit the official site: www.nationalpunctuationday.com.
Recently I walked into a church classroom to find a list of the 10 Commandments on the board. The first line read "No other God's." Sigh.
If you want to read a fun book on grammar and punctuation I can recommend Mignon Fogarty's Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing.
So while you take a moment to appreciate the need for precise punctuation enjoy this delightful five minute repartee between Dean Martin and Victor Borge singing with Phonetic Punctuation.
📚 Even if you’re published, conferences can be a great way to network, make friends, continue your education, and most of all, be a part of the writing community. 📚 Writing is a solitary endeavor, so it’s helpful to be reminded that you’re a part of something bigger. 📚 Plus, those friendships…
“Wholehearted Faith” by Rachel Held Evans with Jeff Chu releases in three weeks! ☀️ This is a message from Jeff: As we’ve been anticipating Wholehearted Faith’s release on November 2, we’ve been thinking about how we want to read this book. The word that kept popping into our hearts and heads: together. We want…
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Congratulations to author Cindy Wang Brandt on release day! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Cindy’s first children’s book, “You Are Revolutionary,” encourages kids that they don’t need exceptional skills to make an impact. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The inspiring words and pictures reveal that kids already have inside themselves everything they need to make big, transformative change in the world…
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Congratulations to author Kayla Craig on release day! ✨✨✨✨ Kayla’s debut book, “To Light Their Way,” is a gorgeous collection of over 100 modern liturgies, giving words to our prayers for our children. ✨✨✨✨ From everyday struggles like helping your child find friends or thrive in school to larger issues like praying for a brighter…
Congratulations Kaitlin! We are so excited to be working with you and can’t wait for this book. 🌟 💫 ✨⭐️
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✨I am so happy to announce this book deal for debut author Amanda Held Opelt. ✨ Amanda’s a gifted writer in addition to her considerable talents as a musician, singer & songwriter. In her first book, she explores grief and the rituals people have used throughout history to cope. With her talent for storytelling,…
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So you’re sending out submissions with no luck. Why? Well, your query may need work. The book idea itself may need work. OR… Your query and your book might be just fine. But because there are so many other queries in the queue, and perhaps bad luck and lack of serendipity and an annoying scarcity of fairy…
Gardner Literary is proud to represent author Karen González! Congrats, Karen, on your new book contract. 🎉🎊
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A basic but important question: what do you put in your query subject line? . I’m sure there are plenty of possible creative answers to this, but I’m going to err on the simple side. I like a subject line that includes the word “Query” along with your book title, and possibly the genre. .…
Gardner Literary is proud to represent debut author Lyvonne Briggs as she signs her first publishing contract! . Congrats, Lyvonne! 🔥🔥🔥
The first step toward getting your poetry published is to get the Poets Market, a print resource also available on Kindle. It includes hundreds of publishing opportunities specifically for poets, including listings for book and chapbook publishers, print and online poetry publications, contests, and more. . Before trying to get a whole book of poetry…
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We make thousands of decisions, and while most of them are relatively simple, we can get stuck in the larger, life-altering decisions, leading to frustration, anxiety, and confusion. “It would be so much easier if life just came with a road map!” Life is full of twists and turns, the unexpected and the unforeseen.…
🌹🌹 This beautiful book from debut author Kat Armas is out in the world, and I’m excited for you to read it! . What if some of our greatest theologians weren’t theologians at all? “Abuelita Faith” tells the story of unnamed and overlooked theologians in society and in the Bible–mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters–whose…
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Is there anything you should avoid in a query that would lead to an automatic rejection? . People ask me this question all the time, and I want to start by saying that every agent is different, and we probably have different things that make us immediately decline a query. . For many agents,…
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