Prologue and Epilogue–Round Robin

Round Robin 12-17-16 This month for the Round Robin, we’re opining about prologues and epilogues. Do they have a use? Should they be used? Can you have one without the other? This is an interesting topic. Before I became a publisher and editor, I didn’t really have an opinion on these. I think I was aware of when they worked and when they didn’t, but, beyond that, I didn’t think anything about it. Times have changed. (For the better or worse is up for discussion. grin) Three or four months ago, one of Wild Child’s authors sent in a submission titled A More Perfect Union. Jim is an amazing author. If you haven’t checked out his books, you should. (You can find them here. All of his books are worth reading.) The book had, in my opinion, a prologue that ruined the book because it started at the end of the story. (This is the kind of stuff I’d edit out. As Wild Child is closing down at the end of December, we won’t be releasing this fabulous story, but I’m hoping he releases it–and deletes that prologue before he does. Hint, hint, Jim.) A lot of prologues end up being a device used to either throw in some information from a POV that is different from the main one or from a much earlier time period of the character’s life. Sometimes, this works. Often, it doesn’t. I did this with a short story titled Some Place to Belong that was written for a charity anthology titled Dreams & Desires, vol. 3, released by Freya’s Bower and no longer...

Books Worth Your Buck – Her Cowboy – Kate Richards

Welcome to Books Worth Your Bucks. This is an ongoing blog hop with fellow authors to introduce Indie or small pubbed authors to our readers. Each Friday, we will spotlight an author’s book, give buy links along with the links to the other authors participating in the hop, and say why we think this book is worth your bucks. Today’s offering is Her Cowboy by Kate Richards: Felicity Franceaux’s new position as head of the Corbin’s Bend emergency room meets all her expectations. A professional staff, challenging cases, and a home in a town where spanking is not only accepted, it is appreciated. But losing her late husband left her so heartbroken, she’s afraid to try again. However, if she did, the guy next door sure has her attention. John Estrada, former ranch foreman now successful cowboy novelist also likes what Corbin’s Bend has to offer, but he’s having a hard time letting go of life on the range for life in the Bend. He’d like to get to know the pretty neighbor lady who never gives him more than a casual wave.  If only they could find a way to connect. Of all the Kate Richards’ books I’ve read, this has to be my favorite. There’s a richness and depth to her writing in this book that surpasses the others I’ve enjoyed. (And I have enjoyed all of them.) You have two injured souls who find solace in each other and help each other heal. Neither is perfect; they don’t “complete” each other; they just are. This is part of what I like about this book, among many...

Guest Author Trinity Blacio

Please help me welcome author Trinity Blacio celebrate her new release. ~ ~ ~ Unusual Paranormal Statements Do you believe? (Thank you Crazy facts: http://crazyfacts.com/tag/paranormal/) Hangleton Manor, the oldest secular building in Hove, England, has a cursed dovecote reputedly haunted by ghost pigeons. (Now if this true what are the pigeons doing? Do we have pigeon poo everywhere?) The modern Ouija Board got its name by asking the board what it should be called. (Hmmm, sorry these things scare the crap out of me and I want no part of them.) In Arizona, the Superstition Mountains is the home of the Apache Thunder God who cursed the land by killing anyone who travels the mountain trying to find his gold. Deaths began as early as the Spanish explorers in the 1500’s and up to this day. Some of the corpses were found decapitated. (Would you go explore if you could? I wouldn’t for a couple of reasons.) Mrs Dilys Cant failed repeatedly to back her car into a vacant space in a car park in Durham in 1975. It felt as if she was hitting a kerb, although nothing was visible. Her daughter and two other motorists were also unable to enter the space, which seemed to be protected by “an invisible force field.” (Yep, I would believe this and find it cool?) Ancient Egyptian statue of God of Death has started moving on its own. Over several days, the ten-inch Egyptian statuette gradually rotates to face the rear of the locked glass cabinet in which it is displayed, and has to be turned around again by hand. (Yep, I...
Connected by Kat Stiles

Connected by Kat Stiles

Movie/TV Show guest post: Connected could adapt to the screen easily, with minimal special effects and a focus more on the characters themselves, building the mystery and suspense old school style. As far as the actors go, let me just say I have a little girl, so there’s no escaping Disney. That being said, I would love to see Em played by Dove Cameron if it’s possible to make her look less perfect. Or Hayden Panettiere, even though she’s older I think she could still pull it off. Zendaya would be perfect to play Roz. For Tommy, I envisioned someone hunky with longer hair, like Tyler Blackburn. On the other hand, I could see using unknown actors too. There’s something to be said for that, starting from scratch with someone not known as another character. Still scratching my head that Johnny Storm and Captain America are played by the same actor, it just seems wrong somehow. Book Information: Title: Connected Author: Kat Stiles Publisher: Wild Child Publishing ISBN: 978-1-61798-155-5—eBook, 978-1-61798-156-2—print Genre(s): Young Adult Paranormal Romance Heat Rating: NA Length: 87,207 Page Count: 306 Price: $4.99, $12.99 Purchase page: N/A Release date: 6/3/15 Blurb: High school is hard enough, Em knows. Her freshman year introduced her to all the cliques, annoying teachers, and tough homework assignments. But discovering you have super powers and not knowing how to control them is a whole new level of complicated. Thankfully, Em isn’t alone. Her best friend Roz starts having unusual dreams that come true, and Tommy, Em’s secret crush, can hear the softest whispers in class. A romance blossoms with Tommy. But just...
Round Robin–Abandoned Places

Round Robin–Abandoned Places

September’s topic is about abandoned places. Do you have abandoned places near you that itch your curiosity about what happened and why? Does your imagination take over? Are these places haunted? What stories do you imagine? Not far from where I lived as a child stood an abandoned barn. Well, growing up out in the country, there were many abandoned barns, but this one inspired the imaginations of the local populace Every time my dad, or mom, drove past it, I wondered about the people who once owned it. Perhaps this abandoned barn ghost story was inspired by the local legend of the Witch of Snake Road. (By the way, I copy and pasted the link in only to have it disappear. I had to do it again.) That vivid imagination hasn’t changed much. In Los Angeles, there aren’t many abandoned places. There are some office buildings with vacant spaces, but the land is too valuable for anything to stay vacant for long, even haunted places. So, what do I do in lieu of such places? Well, there are many inhabited houses and buildings with a vibe that makes one’s skin crawl. For instance, there is an office building on the way to Costco that, every time we pass it, I shudder. No real reason for it other than I feel like I’m being watched every time I drive by it. Then there are places like the Culver Hotel, rich in Hollywood history and full of ghost stories. Such places pepper Los Angeles. Anywhere the rich and famous stayed you will find a ghost connected to it. (Roosevelt Hotel...

Round Robin — Intrusive Secondary Characters

So, I had this lovely post written and, in true internet fashion, it was eaten. So, I’m starting over on the topic. This month we address secondary characters. The question is: Have you ever read or written a story that had a secondary character take over a story? Of course. What writer/reader hasn’t? I have a current WIP titled “The Whispering House.” (In case the title doesn’t give it away, it’s a paranormal. 😀 Well, an erotic paranormal romance.) The intrusive secondary character was a love interest. I liked the tension he added, but the plot took a turn, and I couldn’t see how he fit in. As I wrote the earlier post, my mind started churning and I realized he needed to be put back in. (grin) But maybe he’s not intrusive. You won’t find his own POV, though. So, maybe he’s not so intrusive. Hm… I’ll have to think on that. I hope I still have all of my drafts… Whether in a suspense, thriller, horror, or romance, I do not like intrusive secondary characters. For me, in all of these instances, they drag the plot down, kill the pace, and distance me from the protagonist. Several years ago, I was reading a romance. With may 30 pages left in the book, the heroine’s best friend suddenly had her own POV, and the next 20 pages were devoted to the best friend and her love interest. Wait a minute! What happened to Harry and Maude? I liked Harry and Maude. They were about to get together, but now I’m reading about Sally and John? ARGH! Or take...