Maintaining a Volunteer List: Been a Long Time Coming

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You might be wondering why I would ask for volunteers now.  I mean, my last book just came out and the next one isn’t until April.  This isn’t for the Ichabod Brooks beta reading either since I’m still writing that.  So, what am I up to?

Well, I ran into a small problem this last time.  There are people who want to help and thought I had maintained a volunteer list.  Idiot that I am, I never did.  The reason is because I always thought a person would help once and then not want to help again.  I don’t want to get into my psychological makeup here, but I might have some work-based abandonment issues.  That a thing?  It sounds like a thing.

Anyway, I’m doing this post to ask if anyone wants to be put on the ‘Tried and True Helper List’.  Basically, I have you down for always willing to help.  If I post about needing volunteers then you don’t have to worry about responding because you’re on the list already.  I’ll also say that if this is the case then you can always count on me for help and simply have to say that you’re sending something over for me to post about at my earliest convenience.

Hopefully, this makes things easier for book release posts.  Having enough trouble in that arena these days.  So, feel free to comment if you want in and I’ll put your name on the list.  Thanks and have a great week.

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Thursday – A Little Personal – #RRBC RAVE WAVES Spotlight Honors Interview with Karl Morgan

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I am very pleased to be hosting Karl Morgan on the RAVE WAVES Spotlight Honors broadcast live today at 11:00 Central Time. Here are the details and link.

Welcome to RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’S BlogTalkRadio production of RAVE WAVES “SPOTLIGHT HONORS,” where HOST JOHN W. HOWELL is joined by AUTHOR KARL MORGAN. We will be discussing his novel, THE OLD HOUSE. Join us as we explore this book and become better acquainted with the author. Here is the link to the broadcast.

This segment of SPOTLIGHT HONORS is being sponsored by ANGEL OF DEATH by author JENNY HINSMAN.

Karl Morgan

Karl Morgan has a lifelong fascination with stories in the science fiction and fantasy genres, whether it was the Tom Swift novels by Victor Appleton he read as a young boy, or television like Lost in Space and Star Trek, and especially films like Star Wars, Harry Potter and Lord of…

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The Goblin Trilogy, on Lisa Burton Radio

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You’ve found Lisa Burton Radio, the show that brings you the characters from books you love. We have a very special guest with us in the studio today. I’m your host, Lisa the robot girl, and my guest today is Haghuf the goblin. “Welcome to the show, Haghuf.”

“I trust your guest status is like ours, that none will attempt harm to me in your dwelling?”

“Of course. My bio tells me that you’re hundreds of years old, and can legitimately call yourself a warrior, a scholar, and magician. That seems like a pretty full life. What did it take to draw you above ground, away from your library and apprentice?”

“I came to the surface for the first time in 800 of your years because a human was dancing in a time long after humans had forgotten magic and the power of The Dance. I discovered Count Anton…

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Meet Guest Author Pamela S. Wight…

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I secretly enjoy reading . . .

oh, I can’t say . . .

Well, I’ve got to admit it . . .

I refuse to be ashamed of the fact that of all the genres I read, of all the authors I respect and sometimes try to emulate, of all the literary, historical, suspense and contemporary fiction I read, what I most enjoy is . . .

Women’s Fiction.

I fought this knowledge for a long time.

Even when I, myself, published two books that can be categorized as “women’s fiction.”

Instead, I call the genre of my novels “romantic suspense,” both words being true.

But basically, I write women’s fiction.

Why should that be embarrassing or shameful? How horrible, that I have been sucked into the male-dominated literary power structure of believing that books written for, by, and about women are somehow… LESS.

A close friend recently attended…

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Writing Tracking Scenes: Happens More Often than One Expects

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We’ve all been there.  Stalking an enemy until we find the perfect chance to strike or discover their hideout.  Then the author falls asleep or gets bored and throws the entire scene into chaos.

Having one character follow another can be tedious, especially if it lasts for a chapter.  I’ve seen it done different ways too.  Some authors only have villains do tracking, so it’s in the background.  Others have the trackers so far away that they can talk and the physical act is secondary.  Then there’s avoiding such scenes entirely.  I like having some tracking scenes since Luke is a forest tracker.  Pointless to give him the skills and never have him use them.  I tend to fall into that second category, but there are ways to make it interesting.

  1. Have the prey throw in some tricks like crossing water and backtracking.  This makes them appear more cunning and the tracker more talented.  It requires that the hunted knows they’re being followed, which makes sense.  If you knew you were being tracked then you probably wouldn’t run in a straight line.
  2. Remember the senses.  This sounds silly and obvious, but we tend to go with visual over others.  Humans don’t have the best sense of smell and hearing can be iffy, but you can still use them.  Consider that a tracker has trained these senses to be keener and more focused instead of letting them run in the mental background.  Even with this, touch is incredibly important.  A tracker can feel print depth, warmth from an abandoned fire, and changes in the wind to use while on the hunt.
  3. If you go with a scene where the heroes are far enough back that they can speak then you can have the tracker explain what they’re doing.  Others in the group probably don’t know what’s going on and are curious.  Some could ask or the tracker can simply explain the signs to make sure people are ready.  This also reveals more of what is ahead and prepares the reader.  Perhaps the prey has deeper prints for some reason or they have begun walking with a different stride.  Did the heroes lose the trail or is there something waiting up ahead?
  4. Now, what if you have a solitary tracker?  You can do two things here.  Either they speak to themselves when far enough away or you use internal thinking.  Describe their movements, responses, and reactions both in the physical and mental realms.  For example, Luke is on the trail of orc bandits and he’s having trouble sifting through all of the footprints.  Some are the thieves while others are from another group that could go off in another direction.  He has to think and work to distinguish the paths, which can be shown through internal dialogue or exposition.
  5. Always fun to have something go horribly wrong.  Tracking is such a delicate thing in fiction that it wouldn’t be surprising for the roles to reverse.  More than once too as the predator and prey keep trying to one up each other.  You could probably draw this out for a chapter too.
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Meet Guest Author Colleen Chesebro…

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Hi, everyone. Many thanks to Chris for his kind invitation to visit and write on his blog. It is much appreciated and a great honor. For those of you who do not know me, my name is Colleen Chesebro. I am a writer, a poet, and a fairy whisperer…

Yes, I bet a few of you are scratching your head wondering what I am talking about – a fairy whisperer? Let me tell you the story of the greatest experience I have ever had.

While on a walk during a warm, foggy morning in November 2014, I had a close encounter of the fairy kind. At the time, we were living in Pensacola, Florida. I still remember the day, as if it has been carved into my memory; something I will never forget.


The road I took on my morning walk

As I walked along the road, I heard a…

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It’s Release Day!

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