Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Tuesday's Writer's Tip - The Action Plot #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #writing #plots #action

 Most genre fiction books belong to the large category here called the Action plot. You have your idea but you want to decide on the action or the plot of the mind. Finding the right path depends on if this is an adventure or a inner working of character.

In the Action plot, the pace is fast. The characters are involved in doing. Perhaps they're out to solve a murder, or find the right person, or seek to find some goal. These are elements of the Action plot. The writer of these plotted stories needs to stir the reader into thinking what comes next. The characters advance the plot. The action plot raises in the reader suspense surprise and expectation. So when you're working on an action plot, remember these three things.

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Monday, November 28, 2022

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

 Meander i - Reading - Have been reading a bunch of this and that. Did read The Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley - a collection of short stories and novellas and also a bit about her life. Some of the stories are amazing and very enjoyable.  Read a suspense Yesterday's Over that was well written and intriguing. Also read Desert God - an old book and about Egypt. Was interesting and sometimes heavy reading.

Meander 2 - Thoughts - Gun Violence. The number of serial murders in this country in the past year 608 bothers me. Is there any reason for them other than hate and just hate. Why are there so many guns sold and to people who shouldn't have guns. Better ID checks and longer wait periods would be good but there is no reason for people to have high powered guns. Guns for hunting are all right I suppose but I'm not a hunter. The gun chulture in this country is ridiculous. We are not living in the wild west any longer.

Meander 3 - Writing - Moving ahead with Seppal and once all the little things I need to do are done will move faster.

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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Sunday's Book The Amber Chronicles #BWLAuthro #MFRWAuthor #Fantasy #novellas

The Amber Chronicles




Amber Chronicles Collection: Emme, a witch and the heir to the throne of the world called Amber is banished from her home to find love. She believes she can command a man to love her but this does not work. Angry at being told no by the crown prince of Rivand she casts a spell on the Riva family. Every hundred years when the moon is full at the summer solstice she will call the crown prince. If he refuses to cede his love to her he will enter the amber orb and vanish. Four times she fails and the princes find adventure on other worlds. One turns an enchanted amber dragon into a princess. The second is imprisoned in an amber tower and must select a bride. The third must free the heroine from an amber cage. Emme slowly learns her lesson and returns to spend her childhood with the fourth prince. Hoping knowing each other will help. She has fallen in love with the crown prince and enters the amber orb in his place. Can Emme who is Cast in Amber be freed and gain the love she has sought for all those years?

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FOUR STARS! The witch's curse of zapping princes into an amber orb is one of my favorites. This story is the fate of the very first prince. It reads much like a fairy tale, where at least one moral is to be learned. An enchanting fantasy. **** Detra Fitch





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Saturday, November 26, 2022

Saturday's Blurbs feature Books by Janet Lane Walters BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Fantasy #medical suspense #YA fantasy

 

 In Seppal, the prophecy has been heard and the Three and Three are awaited.

Ranal’s dead mam once told him one day he would learn why he had been born. He has found two companions, boys like himself who have no home and become seaweed gatherers like he has been. His two friends are developing strange skills. He can see no change in himself but he desires a sword. Then they will be three, Seer, Healer and Warrior

 

Amera returns to the clan after spending the summer with the king windsteed stallion and six yearlings. What she finds is the slaughtered herd and also the clan. Only one person remains barely alive and tells her Bethera, her cousin and almost sister has been taken by the priestesses and their guards. Not knowing what to do, Amera follows the king stallion to a sheltered glen and a huge cave complex. When the stallion calls her, she follows him to the priestesses’ keep and manages to rescue her cousin and another young girl. During the next few years, her friends develop talents and are becoming the Seer and the Healer. Amera wants to become the warrior but she can’t imagine how she can gain a sword.

 

Now the Three and Three must join to bring justice, healing, order and change to Seppal.

Committee of Angels

The article passed around the table on a hot August night. “Five to ten percent of the nation’s doctors are so impaired or incompetent they cannot or should not practice medicine.” The nurses at Bradley Memorial thought they had them all. That night they formed a group they called The Committee of Angels.

Nearly a year has passed and Laura Bancroft wonders why little has been done to change things. She also wonders about some of the nurses fitting the pattern. Laura has three doctors on her list of incompetents. She seldom meets with the other members and several of the others are upset with her. When her ex-husband joins the medical staff, she realizes she still has feelings for him. One of her list of doctors dies after emergency surgery and Laura finds her suspected since she was assigned to the doctor. She must deal with suspicions, her feelings for her ex. Then a second on her list commits suicide and speaks of blackmail.

Can Laura learn the truth of who is responsible before she faces arrest?

Escape

Two sets of halfling twins, Ashlea, Brandien, Jaydren and Kylandra sent away from their home by their parents to protect them from trouble, search for mentors to teach them how to use their affinities.

During the escape, they face many problems forcing them to use their affinities by trial and error. They also meet Alizand, the son of the ruling prince of Wesren. Zand has an affinity for Fire and this will keep him from gaining the rule.

Dom Senet, an advisor to his father, and once a friend of the quartet’s parents suspects Zand’s affinity. He wishes to corrupt the teen and use him to gain control of the four princedoms of the land and of the highlands. The evil dom has all four affinities. The four must reach a secret place and find teachers before the evil man discovers them

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Friday, November 25, 2022

Friday Janet Lane Walters is talking about Who She Was Before #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Writing #nurse

Day 1

1. What were you before you became an author? Did this influence your choices as a writer? Since I haven't done whis for ages, I decided to do this again. Before I became a writer, I was a nurse. Though a bit of writing was used, this for case studies. I was chastened by my instructors about putting too much in. This isn't a story. This is a case study. I really began writing when living in Texax and taking a writer's course through the mail. I had some success with short stories and sent a short story to a mystery magazine. This was rejected byt the ediror said "Thi sounds like the synopsis of  a novel." Then I was off and running to learn how to craft a novel. A lot of writing and rejections with bits of advice from editors and I finally sold my first novel, a nurse romance. This was in 1980 and a few years after my first short story was published. After selling four novels, I became the mother  of two boys born almost two years apart. Motherhood and all that took me away from writing. Then I went to college, first for a BA in English and a BS in Nursing. Finally after retiring from working as a nurse, I began writing again and had much to learn about the field again. In 1992, I finally had a book published. Then in 1997 I discovered electronic publishing and I was off and running.

 

2. Are you genre specific or general? I don’t mean major genres but subdivisions or romance, mystery or paranormal. I call myself the eclectic writer since I write romances, both sweet and spicy, paranormals, mystery, suspense, fantasy non-fiction. I don't write science fiction though I love reading those books or horror books I do now read of like.

 

3. What is your latest release? Coming in December is Seppal book five of a fantasy series. The book published before that was Committee of Angels a medical romantic suspense.

 

4. What are you working on now? I have begun plotting Seppal, thelast book in the Moon Rising Series.

 

5. Does your reading choices influence your choice of a writing career? I've been readins isnce I was three eyars ole. My grandfather taught me from the day I was born by reading to me and running a finger beneath the words. I read almost everything and enjoy most books i read.

 

6. Where can we find you?

 

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Thursday, November 24, 2022

Thursday - Writing A Marriage Takes Two #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #eomance #medical #Marriage #convenience

 I remember when I began writing A Marriage Takes Two, some of my critique group raised their eyebrows. "How can you make a marriage of convenience work in the present." That was the challenge. The idea came after reading a Regency romance with a marriage of convenience. How to do this. Why do people marry - Love, money or power are the things I considered. Then I chanced upon a nurse who worked two jobs to support her ailing mother and herself. This was a true colleague so... Money was the problem. I also needed a hero who had a connection to the heroine. Some thoughts and I decided on a doctor who had been her childhood friend and the object of her interest during her teen years. He married someone else, had a child and was divorced by his wife. He's not looking forlove but when the heroine comes to him and tells him what she needs, he decides to help her. This will be a marriage in name only. Of course the story shouldn't end that way but how to bring the two together. That comprised the rest of the book. Was fun and a challenge to make this story make sense.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Meet a Healer and Seer To Be #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #fantasy #Seppal #magic #swords

 

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Blurb:

 In Seppal, the prophecy has been heard and the Three and Three are awaited.

Ranal’s dead mam once told him one day he would learn why he had been born. He has found two companions, boys like himself who have no home and become seaweed gatherers like he has been. His two friends are developing strange skill. He can see no change in himself but he desires a sword. Then they will be three, Seer, Healer and Warrior

 

Amera returns to the clan after spending the summer with the king windsteed stallion and six yearlings. What she finds is the slaughtered herd and also the clan. Only one person remains barely alive and tells her Bethera, her cousin and almost sister has been taken by the priestesses and their guards. Not knowing what to do, Amera follows the king stallion to a sheltered glen and a huge cave complex. When the stallion calls her, she follows him to the priestesses’ keep and manages to rescue her cousin and another young girl. During the next few years, her friends develop talents and are becoming the Seer and the Healer. Amera wants to become the warrior but she can’t imagine how she can gain a sword.

 

Now the Three and Three must join to bring justice, healing, order and change to Seppal.



Excerpt:

Ranal watched them ride away. The boy didn’t move. Was he dead?

After a time, Ranal found an opening in the dense hedge. He scurried down the road to the boy. He knelt and touched the bony shoulder. As though he expected another blow, the boy flinched.

“I won’t hurt you,” Ranal said. “Let me help you stand. I’ll help you to your home.”

“Got no home. Live in the hedge row. I raised the melon from seed. Things grow for me.”

Ranal sucked in a breath. Remarkable. Those words triggered his imagination. What if? He thought of his lonely home and made a decision. “Come with me to my house. I am Ranal. Who are you.”

“Tegal. Why would you want me?”

“I hate those priestesses. A long time ago, my mam was one. They wanted to kill me because they are forbidden to have children of their bodies. I have a safe place and a way to earn money to buy food.”

Tegal’s green eyes filled with tears. “I’m not sure I can walk.”

“With my help you can.”


Tegal and the new boy sat at the fire. The boy wore one of the robes from the storeroom. Ranal handed him the clothes. “For you. After the storm ends if you decide to stay with us we will buy more.”

“I am Seval. Tegal said this is a sanctuary.”

“It is.”

“I am in need of one so I’ll stay.”

Ranal removed the cheese and sweet bread from the sack. “How did you end in the Great Sea?”

Seval studied his hands. “I lived in a fishing village. I had no desire to be a fisherman,. A traveling man taught me to read and write. The villagers resented my skills. They beat and thrust me into the sea.”

“They were cruel,” Ranal said. “We are also outcasts.”

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Tuesday's Writer's Tip - 2 looks at Plot #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #writing #tips #plot #tragedy #comedy

 We've all seen the masks signifying tragedy and comedy. These are two types of plots. They're not as we always see the, Tragedy plots are more physical and comedy are those of the mind. These are two basic plots and to look at them gives one an idea of what kind of plot they're setting into words.

Tragedy of physical plots are those that pit might and power against each other. Comedy plots often show two or more people  matching with and coming up with a story. But these two forms of plot have many variations. So when you're writing your story, you need to isolate just what form your story will take.

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Monday, November 21, 2022

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

Meander 1 Reading  = In the past week, I've been reading a number of  books. The Shattered Cage by Jessie Payne - the third in a  series and a fantasy. Kayla's Cowboy by Nancy M Bell - a romance where I learned about dressage and bull riding, A Bright Darkness by J C Kavanagh - The third book in a trilogy about the dream world. Looking for Snowflakes by Eden Monroe a romance and a cute white miniature poodle. All the books were great in a different way. Though two are fantasies, they are totally different. The other two are romances and also with different stories.

Meander 2 - Election is over and things weren't as bad as they could have been. They're also not as good as hoped for. We will live with this and see what will come next. Hopefully some of the crazies will get their acts together and look at the people of the country and not themselves and their nasty ideas.

Meander 3 - Writing - moving ahead slowly with Keltoi but I like the way the writing is going. Hopefully the rough draft will be finished by the end of December and the revisions will be easy. 

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Sunday, November 20, 2022

Sunday's Book features A Marriage Takes Two #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #romance #medical


 
” This is medieval.” That’s Carrie’s response to the reading of her grandfather’s will. The money will allow her to provide for her ill mother and give her the chance to give up one of her full time jobs as a nurse. The money won’t be hers until she marries. This creates a dilemma. She has no time for dating and doesn’t know who would marry her until she thinks of her former best friend, Tony. But can she ask him? Two months later time is running out and she decides to take the plunge.

Three years ago, Tony and his wife divorced. Last year he obtained custody or their child. When Carrie asks him to marry her he decides since this won’t be a real marriage, he can accept. Years ago, he loved Carrie but never said anything to her. Now burned, he doesn’t believe in love. To help her uncomplicate her life he agrees.

Can Tony and Carrie get past the reason for the marriage and find love and make a home for his son?

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 16, 2016
Fun, easy to read with just enough conflict to keep it interesting. Will read more of Ms. Walters books.

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 28, 2018
What does the future hold for Carrie? She is not sure whether Tony, her ‘childhood protector’, ‘teenage ego booster’, the one person who always listened to her, will help her.
Years ago, Tony’s wife, Marilyn spread false accusations about Carrie, a nurse, in the hospital cafeteria. Embarrassed and angry Carrie walked away from Tony, her best friend. Since then, Marilyn has left Tony and their son Chad, who reacted by behaving badly.
Tony has never forgotten, Carrie, his first love. When she asks him to marry her to fulfil the terms of her grandfather’s will, although he has reservations he agrees to help her. However, with a rebellious child to deal with and an uncertain relationship they have much to resolve.
Ms Lane-Walters has written a romantic novel about a marriage of convenience with many twists and turns that held my interest from beginning to end.
A Marriage Takes Two contains explicit sex.

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