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Available Now – Chronicles of Riss: Adventures in Sorcery Paperback Edition

It’s here! It’s finally here! Woohoo!

What is? The paperback edition of my book, Chronicles of Riss: Adventures in Sorcery, that’s what! After debating it for a while, I finally decided to have a paperback version of this short story collection. And now it’s here and Chronicles of Riss is no longer only available as an ebook. Now, those of you who prefer to hold an actual book in your hand to read instead of an e-reader can enjoy this book full of fun, fantastical adventures.

 

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Confronting evil sorcerers. Fighting monsters. Dueling metal golems. Searching for a sea monster. Hunting lost treasure. Finding a missing show dog. Competing in talent contests. Helping lost children. These are just some of the widely varied exploits that the young mercenary sorceress Marissa “Riss” Cobalt shares in this second Adventures in Sorcery book. Riss reveals how she ended up as a mercenary and chronicles some of the many adventures, ranging from fun to serious, that she’s had prior to the events of Kismet and Tell.

 

 

 

 

Get it now on Amazon by clicking here.

You can get the ebook version on Amazon here and at other online bookstores, like Barnes & Noble.


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How to Write Point of View, Part 2, First Person

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Hi SErs! Harmony here 🙂 Today, I’d like to talk about how to write Point of View (POV) in the First Person perspective.

First Person narrative is almost as up close and personal as your writing gets.

What is First Person POV?

First Person POV is told from the viewpoint of the character. That is, from inside their head. The reader sees and hears and senses and learns everything via that character’s perception. First Person POV is written using I, Me, My, Mine, Myself, and We. See below for an example of first person prose …

By the time I get home, my husband will be dead. It’s hard to not smile at the thought. I have the best alibi an abused and beaten wife could ask for, sitting here having dinner and drinks with three of my oldest friends. It won’t matter…

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How To Clean a House Like a Writer #AmWriting

House cleaning is a useful activity for writers.

The amount of house cleaning a writer does depends on a number of factors:

  • Stage of WIP. If the writer is in that euphoric writing stage (up to the first 5k words for most of us) house cleaning will be de-prioritised. On the other hand if the writer is knee deep and wading through the mid novel swamp then house cleaning will happen. If the writer hates their WIP (can happen at any stage) or just wants to avoid it (again this can happen at ANY stage) then house cleaning is guaranteed.
  • Twitter. If Twitter is down it is more than likely the writer’s house / flat / room will get cleaned.
  • Deadlines. If the writer is in a sweaty, deadline-induced panic then the state of the house will be ignored until the writer has met their deadline and spent a…

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The Moon- Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS

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The path you walk

May seem confusing, 

Full of insecurities

And uncertainties.

You may feel

Lost on your journey,

As if wandering

In the dark of night,

Not sure of where

You should be going.

But worry not,

For the Moon will

Light your path,

Providing the clarity

And understanding

Your intuition needs

To guide your way

Through the darkness.

Use its gentle light

To walk your path,

And take your steps

Bravely towards

Your hopes and dreams.


This post is part the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “the last photo you took”:

https://lindaghill.com/2021/07/30/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-july-31-2021/

My last photo was of the Buck Moon on July 23, 2021 (the photo at the beginning of the post)

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#Writers 8 Steps to Side Characters #BookReview @sacha_black

This book, 8 Steps to Side Characters by Sacha Black is launching TODAY and it is a writing game changer.

I can liken the experience of reading this book to Sacha Black shining a monster sized torch on all the side characters I have ever created, arching her perfectly sculptured eyebrows at me, clicking her Laboutin heels under the table and whispering, ‘WTF is going on here with this lot – Mitchell?’

She then grabs my side characters by the scruff of their necks, hauls them out into the light, teaches them (and me) about their purpose in a story, gives them some much needed conflict, sharpens their blurry edges and tells me to stop letting them loiter in the dark corners of my stories.

Here’s that all important blurb?

Do your characters fail to bring your story to life? Are they flat, boring or have no depth? Is your…

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Making a Living as a Writer – By Amy Collins…

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on New Shelves:

Does any of this sound familiar?

“I wrote this book so that I could make a living as a writer.”
“My goal is to quit my day job.”
“I plan on retiring on my book income.”

If any of those sentiments have crossed your mind or your lips, this article is for you. (You are not going to like it… but keep reading.)

Continue reading HERE

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3 Things All Authors Should Do Before Publishing Their Books – by Crave Books…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Digital Pubbing:

For many first time writers, the idea of simply getting something written down can be a daunting task. However, once the manuscript has been approved by your publishing company, it is time to sell your writing.

Publishing your written work is a major accomplishment. While it can feel amazing to get your writing out there, it can also be stressful if you have no idea where to start. It is important to know what you’re doing so that you can prepare yourself for every potential obstacle along the way.

With that being said, many new authors fail to understand the responsibilities that come with being published. It is completely normal to make mistakes through the process, but if you’re prepared, you can alleviate some of the pressures that come with the hardest aspects of the publication journey.

Whether you are a newly published author or a…

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Pawn – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

Realizing that he had only been a pawn in her little game and had only been used to spy on her rivals, Zak decided he’d had enough. As he left her mansion, he pocketed a few small but valuable items to later sell at a pawn shop after he left town.

This post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “pawn”:

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2021/07/27/tuesdayuseitinasentence-pawn/


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Conquer Your Monsters #WIPs

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Hi, SEers! You’re with Mae today.

Remember when you were a kid, afraid of monsters? They exist in writing, too. Bet you didn’t expect that, but take it from me—your resident cryptid, monster lover—not all strange creatures are bad. Let’s remember that Mary Shelly’s creation—Frankenstein’s monster—was actually a sensitive, articulate soul. He started out as something hideous, cadaver parts stitched together and an appearance that made others react with revulsion and terror.

Monsters aren’t always what they seem. Today, I’d like to know if you have a monster in your backlog of stories. One that haunts you and won’t leave you alone. A story that has been cobbled together of plot threads over the years.

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The “haunting” usually begins as a solid idea. The story has a start, a middle, and a solid finish. For a while it even seems exceptional, but with the passage of time, the concept erodes…

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Why Shelved Stories Are like Old Flames #AmWriting

Let’s talk about one of my favourite subjects in the writing world – shelved stories. Those writing projects which used to make your heart beat faster when you sat down to write them but are now gathering dust in boxes in the loft, in notebooks, drawers or are languishing in your electronic writing folders. Writing […]

Why Shelved Stories Are like Old Flames #AmWriting