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Mystical Bad Guys by Jacqui Jacoby

Posted by Guest at Dec 1, 2016 1:30 am in , , ,

Things that go bump in the night.  The kinda things that the heroine or hero wouldn’t do.  It’s the personality of that other character, the character that will teach your heroine and hero to find their better selves, to work together to defeat that villain and make Happily Ever After come true. But first… that villain. It’s […]

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Interview with Editorial Director, Tera Cuskaden, from Entangled Publishing

Posted by Nancy Lee Badger at Oct 27, 2016 1:30 am in , , , ,

Please welcome Tera to our blog. She is here to give our readers a new perspective from the other side. Tera, please tell our readers a little bit about yourself and the Publisher you represent.  Tera– Hi! I’m Tera, and I’m the Editorial Director for Select Otherworld at Entangled Publishing. Books have always been a huge […]

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Villains We Love to Hate

Posted by Guest at Oct 20, 2016 1:27 pm in , , ,

©MM Pollard, October, 2016   If you want to create a villain your readers will love to hate, avoid the clichéd villain. Clichéd villain: If the villain is a woman (in any sub-genre) she’s the conniving other woman, she’s the evil mother-in-law, she’s the wicked/crazy twin sister of the heroine, she’s the wicked/crazy sister of […]

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Why is a Character’s Name Important to Your Book?

Posted by Nancy Lee Badger at Oct 13, 2016 1:30 am in , , , , ,

by Nancy Lee Badger When you start to create a novel, naming the characters might sound easy to an outsider, but it is an important part of the craft of bringing your characters to life. Whether you are choosing a name for lead characters, their friends, the villains, family members, or their pets, interesting and […]

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We Love to Hate Our Bad Guys

Posted by Guest at Oct 6, 2016 1:30 am in , , ,

by June Shaw Villains abound in literature, and we love them all. Our love affair with the despicable guy or girl or creature began when we were small children, and our parents sat us on their laps and read to us about a wolf wanting to eat our grandmas. What fun. No, actually, if that […]

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Dump the Info Dump by Eilis Flynn and Heather Hiestand

Posted by Guest at Sep 23, 2016 12:39 am in , , ,

How to write succinctly and keep the attention of your reader Say you’re starting work on your latest fantasy or science fiction story. You’ve just done a ton of research to create and get all the details just so, down to the outer ridge of your heroine’s boot, manufactured in somewhere in Alpha Centauri, having […]

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Crisis? Ask yourself these four powerful questions! by Allie Pleiter

Posted by Guest at Sep 15, 2016 4:55 pm in , , , , , , , , , ,

My online class next month deals with survival tactics to keep your creative self alive and well when life’s chaos is giving you a beating. Here’s a taste of some of the things you’ll learn if you join us—the power of asking yourself the right four questions inspired by leadership guru Michael Hyatt. Question #1. […]

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Portals and Other Mysterious Escape Hatches

Posted by VampWereZombie at Aug 25, 2016 1:30 am in , ,

by Rebekah Ganiere Hi Everyone! Welcome to another of my posts on the FF&P blog.  I love this month’s theme. When I first thought about this theme I thought, Wow, those aren’t done much. But then I realized they have been done forever. Mostly because some of my most favorite classic stories have Portals and […]

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Ruby Shoes, Rabbit Holes and Other Plot Devices

Posted by sdonnelly at Aug 18, 2016 9:02 am in , , ,

by Shannon Donnelly  When I got the idea for the SF/Paranormal romance Edge Walkers, I knew my heroine had ended up in a bad place—a really bad place where things existed that ate the electricity out of the human body. Into this other world she would come across the hero of the story who’d also […]

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All About Portals

Posted by mmiles at Aug 11, 2016 1:30 am in , ,

by Michelle Miles  I’ve spent a lot of time lately thinking about portals. There is something incredibly wonderful and awe inspiring about them, isn’t there? The dictionary defines a portal as “a doorway, gate or other entrance, especially a large and elaborate one.” But I like to think there is more to it than just […]

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