Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Tuesday's Writer's Tip Prologues and Epilogues #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Prologue #Epilogues Wwriting

 What is the advantage of using a prologue in your story. A prologue is a small scene that sets the problem for your characters. The prologue is also the past. The story must move forward after this. For the prologue to be effective, the scene should be short, telling and point to what the characters are facing in the present part of the story. I seldom use prologues but there are times when this short scene is needed to produce tension, or interest in what is occurring in the character's presence.

Epilogues are seldom used these days. Often just making what would have been the epilogue into a final scene in the book works. In the past, epilogues were often lone and gave the characters what happens in the future, making this a long, long scene. 

At present I am using an epilogues in the story I'm currently working on. But this is a single scene and is used for a rather shock element and involves only a shadowy character seen in the prologue.

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Monday, January 24, 2022

Meandering on Monday with Janet Lane Walters #BWLAUTHOR #MFRWAuthor #Reading #Writing #Thoughts

Meander 1 - Reading _ Am rereading Jo Beverley's Regency romances. Discovered two I really enjoyed Christmas Angel and Hazzard. Both stories are great. the first one is a great romanse where he believes he can's fall in love and she has to hide her feelings for her second husband. The second has some great funny scenes between the hero and heroine where he pushed her out of ehr comfort zone.

Meander 2 - Politics - I really don't like politics and politicans but they are necessary to the country. Disturbs me the way one party isn't failing to consider people and the other party has those who do not really belong and who have dynamited some necessary programs for people. Th filabuster should be abolished. There is no reason for allowing those who want only power to deaden things people need to have better lives. 

Meander 3 - Writing - Am busily finding the holed in Committee and finding ways to make them better. Since this is a romantic suspense with touches of medicine, I must fill in the romance part and also find the way to make the timeing right. Will manage this hopefully when I do the second written draft. Also must do the CAF since the book will be an April release. 

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Sunday, January 23, 2022

Murder and Herbal Tea is featured as Sunday's Book #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #cozy mystery #Robespierre #herbs


 Katherine’s wedding day has arrived and she and Lars make their vows. When she notices one of her best friends hasn’t arrived, she begins to worry. Her friend owns a shop where tea and accompaniments are sold. Her friend’s partner is a micromanager. Katherine’s friend has wanted to dissolve the partnership. A call to the New England town brings the dreadful news of a murder. Kate’s protectiveness factor takes hold and she leaves a note for Lars and heads to rescue her friend. Though she has promised to leave murders alone, she feels she has no choice. Lars follows to help her solve another murder.


Editorial Review
Long-time beau Lars has finally convinced Katherine Miller to become Katherine Claybourne. But fans won't be surprised that even on her honeymoon, Kate can't stop herself. She's a magnet for murder. ~ Writer Gail Roughton

Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2017
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Murder and Herbal Tea by Janet Lane Walters
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Books We Love
First Sentence: During the second week of June, Lars arrived in the Hudson River village where I live and where he had a home.
Review: Katherine, aka Kate, Miller is finally marrying Lars Claybourne. They barely tie the knot and Kate’s off to clear her friend, Joyce, of any wrong doing…even though all fingers point at her. (Without giving up any spoilers)
It’s serious charges against Joyce, and Kate’s all into figuring out what the authorities seem to be missing. Following her process of elimination down a twisty path of possibilities kept me on my toes, enjoyably so.

I read Ms. Walters’ book out of sequence, (this is book 5) not that you should read the Mrs. Miller Mysteries books out of order, but I was able to follow along with the story and character relationships flawlessly.

A happy ending always makes me smile, and Ms. Walters delivers. I recommend this book to anyone who’s into cozy mysteries where the story-star sleuth comes packed with personality plus; )
Susan

Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2017
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Who leaves her groom on their wedding day to solve a murder? Mrs Miller-Claybourne, that's who! And her readers are all the better for it! A tolerant and helpful new husband, a friend in need, cooked books, suspects galore, lots of delicious food, tea, and Victorian homes and shops settings make this a welcome addition to this delightful cozy mystery series. And policemen? When are you going to learn that condescending: "Leave detecting to me" remarks are just NOT WISE in the presence of our super sleuth??

 

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Saturday, January 22, 2022

Books by Jan Selbourne are featured as Saturday's Blurbs #MFRWAuthor #history #Regency #American Revolution

 


 

The Proposition

 

They met on the eve of a battle. One enlisted to avoid prison, the other enlisted to avoid the money lenders. On the bloodied fields of France, Harry Connelly collapses beside the corpse of Andrew Conroy. It is a risk, a hanging offence—and his only hope for a future. Harry swaps identity discs.
Now as Andrew, he is just another face in post-war London until a letter arrives with a proposition. Accepting is out of the question, refusing pushes him into a nightmare of greed, blackmail and murder. To survive he must live this lie without a mistake. Then he falls for Lacey and her secrets.

 

 

Lies of Gold

Their love affair ended in anger and painful consequences.  In Regency England, Lady Katherine Ashford has guarded a secret through years of abuse from her husband and now, after his death, from his brother who is also guardian to her children.

Hard living and fighting wars have numbed Julian Ashford, then, as so often happens, fate steps in.  A traitor is smuggling gold across the Channel to Napoleon Bonaparte, and Julian is ordered back to Halton Hall and Katherine, the woman he’s tried for years to forget. It's her secret and their increasing danger that rekindle the love they once shared.

Even when a murder reveals the shocking truth of the gold smuggling, nothing can prepare them for the devastating betrayal that awaits when they finally face the mastermind behind the sordid operation.

 

The Woman Behind the Mirror

Betrothed by her father to a man twice her age, Sarah Forsythe runs away with the son of a Methodist minister. Not to Gretna Green, to colonial America—the New World. For Sarah, a new world of broken promises poverty and shame. Around her, the American Revolution is simmering, and the siege of Boston worsens by the day. As British soldiers seek out traitors and treason, a desperate Sarah breaks open a safe looking for cash. Instead, she finds a box holding Bank of England documents. Through willpower, bitter determination, and lying through her teeth, Sarah manages to make her way home to England. What she doesn’t know is that two men follow, and they will do anything to claim those documents.

 

Bank investigator Neil McAlister faces an almost impossible task—to determine the true owner of the documents by deciding who is lying. Most of all, as danger creeps ever closer, he needs to know who wants the secretive, beautiful Sarah dead.

 

 

Friday, January 21, 2022

Jan Selbourne is Visiting and Talking about Writing Fiction #MFRWAuthor #Writing #Fiction #elements

 

We all know there are six elements of fiction. Who, What, When, Where, Why and How. I believe the first five lead to the sixth which for me is plot. What's your take on this?

 

I agree the first five lead to the sixth.   I think it’s important to introduce the When and Where with the Who then What and Why and How.

 

 How do you create your characters? Do you have a specific method?

 

The idea for a story comes first and I create my characters to fit the story.  No specific method, I think I know who I want when the story begins to rattle in my head.

 

2. Does your beginning arrive fully developed or do you spend a lot of time making the right approach to scene 1?

 

The story begins with an idea.  For example, in 2015 I visited the World War One Commonwealth War Graves in Belgium and France. Thousands of young men who never came home and so many headstones bearing the inscription ‘Known Only to God’.  Later, I wondered if a soldier, wanting a new life, could swap his identity disc with one whose owner was, to put it bluntly, blown to bits. I asked the Imperial War Museum, London and the Australian War Memorial. Both replied it was possible but highly unlikely. The chances of being caught very high and he’d be hanged. That was good enough for me to write The Proposition.  My character wasn’t caught.

 

3. Do you know how the story will end before you begin? In a general way or a specific one?

No, the story grows and I go with it.

 

4. Do you choose settings you know or do you have books of settings and plans of houses sitting around?

Both.  I write historical fiction, so I need books and online research to write an authentic as possible setting, however I’ve been fortunate to have visited most places and towns and walk the streets in my books.

 

 

5. Where do you do your research? On line or from books?

Both.  Thank heavens for the internet!

           

6. Are you a draft writer or do you revise as you go along and why? Do you sketch out your plot or do you let the characters develop the route to the end?

 

I’m a pantser and I revise as I am going along.  The plot and the characters develop and take me with them.

 

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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Thursday, Characters from Murder and Bitter Tea #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Cozy mystery #Nursing home

 As usual Katherine and Robespierre are present in thi story;

Jenna Taylor, one of my first floor tenants, slid from the red hatchback and waved.  “Hi, Mrs. Miller.”

     I rose and gathered my tools.  “How was class?”

            She grinned.  “Thanks for your help on the Psych paper.  Got an A.”

            “I’m proud of you.”

 Her hazel eyes filled with sadness.  “You’re the only one.”  She took the basket and carried it to the porch of my “Painted Lady.”

 The Victorian house I’d lived in since my dead husband and I had settled in this Hudson Valley village had been converted into two apartments.  I chose the second floor with its view of the river and rented the first.  A week after my return from Santa Fe, I’d acquired Jenna and her friend as tenants.  The young women were students at the local college, Jenna in Nursing and Louise in Business.

  I paused at the foot of the steps.  “Why don’t you call your grandmother?  I’m sure she’d be glad to see you and as proud of your accomplishments as I am.”

  She shook her head.  “And bring my problems with my uncle on her head.  He hated my mother.  After my dad died, Mom asked him for help and he refused.”  Tears glittered in her eyes.  “You should have heard the things he accused me of after my cousin’s death.  I’m better off staying away from family.”

 Martha Two days later, Martha and I entered Le Lune, a local restaurant where Jenna worked as a hostess/waitress. The small room holds a dozen tables in a cozy atmosphere offering exquisite food. Silver moons decorated the pale blue walls. On the tables, metal lanterns with moon cutouts held flickering candles.

As we waited to be escorted to our table, Jenna looked up. “Mrs. Miller. Gran!” She dropped the menus and hugged Martha.

“Child, you look wonderful. Why haven’t you called the house? It’s been five years since I’ve seen you. I’ve missed you.” Tears trickled down Martha’s cheeks.

“You know why.” Jenna looked away but not before I saw tears glistening in her hazel eyes.

Martha nodded. “You could have let me know you were all right.”

Jenna made a face. “I couldn’t. Uncle Marcus warned me to stay away.”

Martha tisked. “I don’t understand him. Where were you all this time?”

Sophie Gamer - What’s going on?” I turned. Sophie Garner stood in the doorway. She flipped her long blonde hair over her shoulder.

“I’m visiting,” I said.

“Marcus doesn’t want Mother Garner disturbed. Did that stupid nurse let you in? I’ll see she’s fired at once.”

“You’ll do nothing of the sort.” Martha’s voice held an iron edge. “I pay her and if I think she deserves to be fired, I will. You’re almost an hour late to relieve her. Kate kindly volunteered to stay while the nurse had lunch.”

Sophie waved her red-tipped fingers. “Did you expect me to walk out on Linda Eliot? She’s a very influential person around the county.”

Martha snorted. “A newcomer with new money. The Garners have been forces to reckon with for over a hundred years, but you always did like flash.” She dropped her hand on the bed. “Don’t let her vulgar money sway you, but there’s no sense trying to make silk from trash.”

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Wednesday Incal #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #Fantasy #Swords #Sorcery

 

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Return to the world where Midra and Midran rule. The god and goddess have two faces. Midra is Mistress of the Moon and also Mistress of the Dark Moon. Midran is Lord of lLght and Lord of shadows.

In Incal, the priests of Midran have formed three branches. The Voice of Midran in Incal rules over the mall. In the archived he has read of a tale predicting Three will come to return Midra to the rulership. He sends his acknowledged son to find the three and bring them to him.

Many years ago triplet girls were born in a remote mountain town. When they were five, their dying mother sent them to be fostered by three different women. Though they had wed to find each other, their developing talents caused them to forget until twenty ears later each one of them felt the need to find her sisters.

Would the Voice of Midran in Incal learn where they were?



EXCERPT:

The marble figure of the goddess bathed by moonlight appeared to beckon a welcome. The air smelled of spring. Always did no matter the season. Coya walked until she reached a patch of earth before the statue.

“Midra, Mistress of the Moon, I humbly beseech you for a boon. Guide my thoughts as I seek to raise a sword from the hidden ores. Help me find the ones I must fuse together. I will bear the weapon in your name and to your honor.”

She knelt. Her knees touched the dirt. Moonlight formed a circle around her. She pressed her hands against the ground. With her eyes closed she delved with a piercing sight and sought the ores she needed.

Iron, moly, tungsten, platinum and a touch of copper and silver. Then she gathered carbon to bring the heat. She drew the ores together and set the carbon on fire. The ores became a molten liquid deep in the earth. She formed the blade. She drew the edges to sharpness. Done. She inhaled deeply. She couldn’t relax yet.

Her hands pressed the ground and slowly she pulled the finished weapon through the layers of the earth. As the sword rose the metal finally cooled. The silver colored sword lay on the ground. Holding her creation high she rose and saluted Midra. With the edge she cut her palm and smeared blood on the blade. “I name you Hope and pray I’ll use you to build a better future for the people of Incal.”

The cut on her hand ceased bleeding. The slash mark changed from a ragged red line into a silvery one. With dancing steps Coya shouted her joyous thanks to Midra. She strode from the grove toward the caves. Elation slowly faded to be replaced by exhaustion and hunger. Her gut growled.

 

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Tuesday's Writer's Tip - Flashbacks, Yes or No #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Flashbacks #To use #To omit

 Flash backs are a trip into the past of a story. If poorly used they interrupt the story's flow. Too many occurring and the story loses impact and slogs rather than sings. If your story may need only one or perhaps two looks at the past, they could be skipped as not needed or even brought out in a bit of dialogue.

If you're going to have several longones, you may be taking a chance. If it 's needed for the present in the story tomake sense, you'll have to find a way to slip them in. Remember if these are scened the action has already happened and you'll need to find a way to make it vital. The character has won or lost in the past. To make the flashback make sense what you need to loook at something else. Why did they win or lost and will this pattern continue in the present. Has the character learned from the past ways to make changes in the future.

Flashbacks must be interesting and expressed with a vitality that doesn't distract from the current story. If they're going to be present throughout the entire story, they must be as fresh and as vital as the current events in the story.

 

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Monday, January 17, 2022

Meandering on Monday with Janet Lane Walters #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #reading #writing #thoughts

Meander 1 - Reading - m rereading Jo Beverley's Regency romances. Also waiting for some new books to appear. Rereading is fun and gives me a break from writing.

Meander 2 - Thoughts - Am involved in reading about the political doings of some wise men and some fools. Interesting how both are politicians. The fools are out to destroy out Democracy. Wishing them all to be quiet and fade into the background very far.

Meander 3 - Writing - The rough draft is finished with enough holes in the plot to drive an aircraft carrier through. Am beginning to make sense of the story and to figure what needs to be added and what to be clarified. Should be ready to write a second draft by the end of the month. 

 

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Sunday, January 16, 2022

Sunday's Book Murder and Bitter Tea #BWLAuthor @MFRWAuthor #cozy mystery #Robespierre

 

Katherine’s newest tenant is estranged from her family and is the granddaughter of one of Katherine’s friends. When her friend falls and fractures her hip, the elderly woman is taken to Hudson House nursing home, an exclusive house.

Katherine’s friend becomes concerned about several recent and unexpected deaths. When she dies Katherine’s curiosity and suspicions send her undercover as a nurse. Soon she’s deeply involved.

Can she learn who is behind the scheme to end the lives of wealthy patients without becoming a victim?

 

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