Thursday, October 20, 2016

NEVER COMING HOME #Audiobook Now Available @Audible_com

I'm so excited to announce the audio release of NEVER COMING HOME, The Porter Brothers novella has been brought to life by narrator Kim Park.

I have a story to tell, a story I promised never to tell. Hell, it isn't even one I wanted to live through. I just can't keep it inside anymore. Now that they're both gone. I have to tell my story.

Rachel Porter tells her sons about the love of her life, about their father and about their life together. This novella tells the story of the beginning of the Porter family through the Vietnam War, too many losses and a new beginning. It's a tale her sons won't forget, and one that could change them for all time.

©2016 Paloma Beck
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Monday, October 17, 2016

#WWoW! Author's Craft: Cut the Extra Words #AmEditing

Tighten Your Copy Yourself
Cut the Extras.

Avoid “very” and “really.”
They add nothing to the meaning of your sentence.
Don't write: "He saw a very beautiful woman across the bar."
It means the same thing as "He saw a beautiful woman across the bar."

Eliminate “in order to.”
You never need it.
Don't write: "She’s going to the bathroom in order to take a bath."
It can be tighter as "She's going to the bathroom to take a bath."

Reduce “that.”
Very rarely does “that” makes your idea easier to understand. Mostly, it's useless so get rid of it when you can.
Don't write: “He discovered that Sarah was good for him.”
It reads better as “He discovered Sarah was good for him.”

Nix “currently.”
“Currently” is redundant. It builds a barrier between reader and story.
Don’t write: “Josie is currently in the garden.”
If Josie is anywhere, she’s there at that moment so you don’t need “currently” to clarify.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

READ The Orchard on #TantalizingTuesday

Carter chased Janie through the orchard, the same route they ran as children a million times. Except they weren’t kids anymore. Still, how could she resist this playful side of Carter? How could she not allow him to catch her, spin her, and pull her to the ground?

The only sound was the leaves crunching beneath them as they lay on the ground under an apple tree. Janie ran her fingers through his short hair, using her hand to pull him in for a kiss. Carter looked down at her, paused when his lips were a breath away, and smiled. His eyes gleamed with mischief as his fingers stroked Janie's long locks.

She couldn’t read his expression, and the worry she was holding inside bubbled up. Janie had never kept a secret from Carter. Could he know she was hiding something?

"Why are you smiling at me like that?"

Carter rubbed his nose along her nose as he answered, "Because I know."

Furrowing her brow, Janie tentatively smiled back at Carter. "And you're smiling about it? It's not too soon?" She couldn't hold back the concern that laced her words.

Carter shook his head and touched his lips to hers.
(c) Becca Layne

1 Photo. 200 Words. 1 Story.
Tantalizing Tuesday Authors use a photo prompt to write a two-hundred word teaser every Tuesday. CLICK the LINK to read all the authors' stories.

BUT FIRST, tell me what you think.
Sometimes I use this weekly meme to try out characters for potential future books. Your feedback helps me and I appreciate it.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Queen of my Kingdom: My Son Loves #Reading @KenyonSherrilyn @GenaShowalter

I've fostered the love of reading in my boys since they were babies. They have each grown up to enjoy reading to different degrees. My oldest two sons' reading habits declined at middle school. By eighth grade, they were only reading assigned books. Reading for pleasure became a thing of the past once they reached high school. But my youngest son's reading is still going strong, and the best part is that he gravitates to books I enjoy.
There are some great Young Adult Paranormal, Fantasy and Dystopian Science Fiction books. While I've always tried to read the books my boys read, I've found I enjoy many of Noodle's choices in book series. Some are even by authors I already read!
Did you know Sherrilyn Kenyon has a young adult series that connects with her adult series? Chronicles of Nick is part of The Dark-Hunterverse. In the young adult series, the world of the Dark-Hunters is unlike anything you’ve read before. It’s still dark and dangerous but it’s also a whole lot of fun and a lot of laughs. Kenyon balances the story between grit and humor, giving kids a great series to follow. And with a male in the primary role, it's perfect for boys.
Gena Showalter ventured into young adult too. The Intertwined series follows a sixteen-year-old boy who has four human souls living inside him. One can time-travel. One can raise the dead. One can tell the future. And one can possess another human. Everyone thinks he's crazy but there's more to his story than that. The suspense and the mix of lessons he and his friend learn along the way keeps kids hooked on the series. And again, it's great to have a male as the main character.
There's also The Witch & Wizard series by James Patterson, Divergent series by Veronica Roth, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, House of Night by P.C. Cast, Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz and the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer.
What books do your young adults read?
Give a recommendation in the comments.
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