Holiday Deals

Everyone loves a deal, especially around the holidays.

We’re offering two ebooks for 99 cents.

I Like Alice

Raul Timberland was Mr. National Average until he hit rock bottom. Now he has an impulsive space monkey as copilot, a man-eating lizard for a security officer, and his criminal girlfriend could crush every bone in his body.
Trapped on a disabled space station, can this group of oddballs elude a band of robbers willing to kill anyone that gets in their way? Or will the outside of the nearest airlock be the last thing that they see?

Man on the Stair

Erased from the system, Adam can’t hold a job, have a bank account, or own a house. His digital identity is gone. He doesn’t exist.
He spends his days wandering the park, keeping three different street gangs from shooting up the neighborhood.
When a good friend is nearly killed while investigating an accident that should not have been possible, the evidence points to a serial killer who uses technology as a weapon. With the police running at their wits end, Adam decides to track the killer. But can he stop them in time, or will he get caught in the crossfire?

 

And don’t forget, Emerald Tears and Koinobi are always free.

Emerald Tears

Everything comes too easy to nightclub owner Gabriel Tanner, aka Emerald, as if his life is a dream. His recurring nightmare of a futuristic world where he is murdered seems more real. A beautiful cybernetic assassin who knows the truth comes into his life. Is she his savior or here to finish the job?

Koinobi

How far would you go to help a parasitic insect from the stars?

Tweeskzaht nudges human civilization and technology forward from the shadows. Unaware of the war in the stars above it, Earth is in the cross-hairs of both sides. To save her adopted home, she must reveal herself to a small band of humans. Will Mike’s self-sacrifice, Kindra’s cunning, and David’s intelligence be enough to save Earth from becoming a hunting ground?

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Now on Auidobook

Hands of Onyx is now on Audiobook.

Available in Audible, Amazon, and Itunes.

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Giant Cat Toy

Yes. It’s time to put up the giant cat toy.

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Don’t worry. All the ornaments are none breakable, 95% off after Christmas sale, items.

I get to have a tree. Monty gets to play.

Have fun this holiday season and try not to stress too much.

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Happy Turkey Day

Hope your holiday is fun and stress free.

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Plot Patterns

Did you know there are only seven basic plot patterns?

  1. Overcoming the Monster
  2. Rags to Riches
  3. The Quest
  4. Voyage and Return
  5. Comedy
  6. Tragedy
  7. Rebirth

Example: Star Wars 1977 – I like calling it the Grimm’s fairy tale in space.

#1 plot pattern. (Overcoming the Monster) The good guy sets out to defeat the bad guy (often evil) which threatens the good guy and/or good guy’s homeland.

  • Princess Leia – The (no so) Lady in distress
  • Luke Skywalker – The knight in shining armor
  • Han Solo – The Rogue\Black Knight
  • Chewbacca – The side kick
  • C3PO & R2D2 – The servants
  • Darth Vader and the Empire – The evil King and his army
  • Millennium Falcon – The trusty steed
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Where does your story start?

How many times has this happened to you? A friend brings you a story and they want your opinion. You say sure before you find out that the story in question is 300,000 words long. (Just shoot me now.)

First I want to say, congratulations you wrote something. You’ve accomplished something few others have.

The second thing is, what were you thinking? Anything over 90K should have sent up a red flag. That’s when you enter the epic novel territory. If you are a first time writer and plan on sending this to a publisher, your odds of being accepted go down considerably.

So put your novel on a shelf for three to six months to clear your head. When you go back to it, be prepared to ‘kill your babys’. Start asking yourself certain questions.

Where does the story really start?  Is the first five chapters just really cool backstory? Does the reader need to know everything up front, or did you give them the information they needed, when they needed it?

How many times did you repeat yourself? It’s amazing how many times we as writers do this. Reminding the reader is fine as long as it’s a few times, spread out through the story. If it’s five times in the same paragraph, you have a problem.

Unnecessary words. This is a biggy. Yet, just, only, then, that, start, began, rather, quite, somehow, somewhat, and any ly word tends to be filler. Example: He just wanted a Pepsi, only no ice this time. Is over written. He wanted a Pepsi; no ice. Is more concise. Adjectives are another unnecessary thing.

Mark Twain said “When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don’t mean utterly, but kill most of them– then the rest will be valuable.. They weaken when they are close together. They give strength when they are far apart.”

 

 

 

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Things to remember when writing

Commas should be placed before the fanboy words only if what follows is a complete sentence.

Fanboy (For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet) 
Example:
The engine will not start if it has no fuel, or the battery is dead.
‘The batter is dead’ is a complete sentence, so it will need a comma.
The engine will not start if the battery is disconnected or is dead.
‘Is dead’ is not a complete sentence, so there is no comma.
If the word following a fanboy word is a verb, it will not need a comma.
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