Alethea Kontis, our guest blogger this week, has a fun podcast project going where she reads aloud the original Grimm’s Fairy tales. Here is the link to “Cinderella”, : https://aletheakontis.com/2011/05/princess-aletheas-fairy-tale-theatre-episode-14/
Tag Archives: freebie friday
Our guest blogger, Lori Handeland, is giving away magnets and bookmarks for joining her Full Moon Club at:
Guest blogger, Janny Wurts, shares an excerpt of her latest book:
Readings from her books can be found here:
For folks unfamiliar with her work, To Ride Hell’s Chasm is a standalone fantasy with a plot that wraps up in four and a half days. It is available in print and e format.
An excerpt can be found at:
A readng from the book can be found at:
Guest blogger, Michele Lang shares a free story titled “The Walled Garden” — it’s a re-release of a story she wrote for the Mammoth Book of Time Travel Romance:
Guest blogger, Jennifer St. Giles, wants to share the first three chapters of Collateral Damage on her website: https://jenniferstgiles.com/content/bookshelf/collateral-damage/#more-87
Or get a short excerpt at:
Our guest blogger, Tony Ruggiero, is kind enough to share some excerpts, audio and written, on his web page at: https://www.tonyruggiero.com/sampleaudiodatafiles.html
by Crymsyn Hart
Some writers find it hard to start a book. The first sentence or the first paragraph can even the worst thing to write. The author has so many wonderful ideas that you have to find just the right starting point. Do you jump into the middle of a scene? Do you start off with dialogue? Do you begin with describing the scene and setting up the reader to delve into the world of the characters that the writer has set up? Or sometimes it is the easier thing for the writer to delve directly into the first chapter and get into the thick of things.
For me, it is easier to jump right into the thick of things. I love that my characters are in the middle of something so the reader starts off with a bang. Of course I then go into the description of my characters and the scene and the story line that begins to unfold. But then again this also depends on how long the work I am going for is as well. If I’m writing something short, then diving head first is a good thing. If I am going for the longer work, then I set up the scene and keep on going. It all depends on the work.
Now it comes to the ending. Endings can go either way. They can be tied up in a neat little bow or they can leave a few loose ends to be extended into the next book of a series. However, I don’t seem to have a problem with the endings. Just sometimes the characters don’t want to end a book the way I want it to. In the romance genre, people expect there to be a happily ever after ending or at least a happy for now ending. Sometimes it’s hard to think of that kind of stretch, but that is what romance endings are for. For the reader to escape into a world and that the endings will be happy. Who wants the couples breaking up right at the very end when they have spent the whole book watching them get together?
Whether the beginning or the ending is the hardest for the writer to put down, it is the author who has to struggle through placing the words and hope that all ends or begins the way the author wants it to.
Our guest blogger this week, Charles Gannon was kind enough to share the following poem with us:
The Charge of the Flight Brigade – removed from Charles’ forthcoming Baen novel.
The Charge of the Flight Brigade final to download.
Our guest blogger, Benjamin Tate, is gracious enough to share the first six chapters of his book, The Skewed Throne.