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Thursday, August 13, 2015

IWSG (24) — Do You See What I See?

As my reader, I expect you to have the smarts to follow along my line of thought. I expect you to understand the tone I'm trying to convey. I expect you to get every single "ah-ha" moment and be like "wow." 


I expect you to see what I see.

(hee hee hee)

But of course it's not up to me to expect of you. Sorry, was my that line confusing? Did I not write it clear enough? Exactly the problem! 


If I don't make it so you know what I mean without a doubt, then I fail. 

If I don't paint that picture with colors, and smells, and textures and such, then how are you to know that my zombies actually smell like roses and not like rotten guts? And no, I don't have any zombies in any book of mine. But if I did, I might have them hiding in your garden and you'd go smell the roses and BAMM they'd scare the bejesus outta you . . . and then munch on your pretty brain, naturally. 


There's such disconnect in what we see and what we write. 
Why? Because we know what we mean. 

We have automatic fillers on top that. For example, I see an "of" in my previous sentence right before "that." And how dare you not see it too? One of my problems is describing places. I know what I see when I say Annie is in the kitchen and behind her is the living room. I can see it's an open concept. She's sitting on the stool by the island with the black granite countertop. Her elbows are resting on it—red coffee cup in hand. Behind her is that beige couch facing the 70" plasma TV on the opposite end. I can hear the smoke alarm going off, because once again, Annie burnt something (she's just not good in the kitchen). I can smell how the aroma of the coffee changed to smoke inhalation in a matter of seconds. But do I write it? Nah . . .  because surely, if I say Annie jumped off the stool to shush the smoke alarm, you know she's in the kitchen and understand the layout of her house. So wrong. I'm exaggerating here, but the point is we expect people to know and see what's in our heads as we write.

And this isn't necessarily a Show v. Tell post, by the way. It's about deciding what details are important. Info-dumps need not apply. I must know what has to stay and what has to go. I have to know what's necessary for the story but still give enough information so the reader is there with Annie. I have to describe what the zombies smell like because you might assume they're disgusting. Okay, so somethings are a given . . . because I mean, they're zombies—but you know what I mean. I have to be able to tell what I'm stubbornly holding on to just because I like how it sounds, or what's lacking. Either ALL of that or go in search of new readers who can visualize things my way. No such luck, eh?

Most importantly I see that this post makes no sense outside of my head. But if you're smart, only if you're smart, you'll get what I'm saying :P


So I have issues describing places, 
though people ought to know what a basic kitchen looks like in my head,
amirite? . . . err . . .
What areas do you struggle with when it comes to 
assuming your readers can read your mind?


**This is obviously before revisions or before CPs & betas get their eyes on it ;)


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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Cover Reveal: PIPER MORGAN JOINS THE CIRCUS by Stephanie Faris


Piper Morgan Joins the Circus

Stephanie Faris



Cover illustration by Lucy Fleming.

Blurb:

When Piper Morgan has to move to a new town, she is sad to leave behind her friends, but excited for a new adventure. She is determined to have fun, be brave and find new friends.
And after learning her mom’s new job will be with the Big Top Circus, Piper can’t wait to learn all about life under the big top, see all the cool animals, and meet the Little Explorers, the other kids who travel with the show. She’s even more excited to learn that she gets to be a part of the Little Explorers and help them end each show with a routine to get the audience on their feet and dancing along!

But during Piper’s grand debut, her high kicks and pointed toes don't go quite as planned. After causing a dance disaster, she has to prove to everyone--especially queen of the Little Explorers, Lexie--that she belongs in the spotlight. 

Stephanie Faris:




Bio:

Stephanie Faris knew she wanted to be an author from a very young age. In fact, her mother often told her to stop reading so much and go outside and play with the other kids. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in broadcast journalism, she somehow found herself working in information technology. But she never stopped writing.


Stephanie is the Simon & Schuster author of 30 Days of No Gossip and 25 Roses, as well as the upcoming Piper Morgan series. When she isn’t crafting fiction, she writes for a variety of online websites on the topics of business, technology, and her favorite subject of all—fashion. She lives in Nashville with her husband, a sales executive. 

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Cover Reveal: FIND ME IF YOU DARE by Vicki Leigh

Check out this awesome cover 
for Vicki Leigh's upcoming YA dark urban fantasy, 
FIND ME IF YOU DARE! 
Be sure to stop by her Tumblr page
there's an awesome 22 BOOK giveaway going on over there!


Blurb:

They may have won the first battle, but the Apocalypse has just begun.

Five weeks have passed since the battle that left Rome and Columbus in ruins. Sheltered in the hidden city of Caelum, Daniel and Kayla train alongside over one hundred Magus and Protectors, hoping that their unified ranks will be enough to take down their greatest threat yet: Richard, his followers, and his horde of Nightmares. Then a fallen comrade is returned to Caelum with a message carved into his chest and a note referencing the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and Daniel knows their time for training is over.

Finally understanding Richard’s plans for Kayla and the three other Magus born on Halloween, Daniel and the rest of Caelum’s volunteers scout the U.S. in a desperate attempt to stop their enemy before he can unleash his first Horseman. But when massive attacks claim thousands of lives, people all over the world begin to fall ill—including those Daniel and Kayla care about the most.

With the Horseman of Pestilence released, Daniel knows it’s time to step aside and let Kayla take the lead. Only she has the power to rival her father’s. But when Richard’s plot turns out to be darker than they imagined, their fight is met with more death and destruction—and an enemy who might be unbeatable, after all.



About the Author:





Vicki Leigh grew up in a small suburb of Akron, Ohio where she learned to read by the age of four and considered being sent to her room for punishment as an opportunity to dive into another book. By the sixth grade, Vicki penned her first, full-length screenplay. If she couldn’t be a writer, Vicki would be a Hunter (think Dean and Sam Winchester) or a Jedi. Her favorite place on earth is Hogwarts (she refuses to believe it doesn’t exist), and her favorite dreams include solving cases alongside Sherlock Holmes. She’s a previous acquisitions editor for Curiosity Quills Press, currently a full-time criminology student, and her YA debut, Catch Me When I Fall, released October 23, 2014.

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