WRITING PROGRESS

HE CAME FOR ME

BOOK ONE IN THE PROTECTOR SERIES

http://www.amazon.com/He-Came-Book-One-Protector/dp/1447875591/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1422879701&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=he+came+for+me+book+one+in+the+protector+serieshttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/82996
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/he-came-for-me-book-one-in-the-protector-series-c.-m.-brown/1113030642?ean=2940011475573

HE CAME FOR MINE

 BOOK TWO IN THE PROTECTOR SERIES

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/82996         http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/he-came-for-mine?keyword=he+came+for+mine&store=ebook




Tuesday, 25 March 2014

TEASER TUESDAYS



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by

of Should Be Reading.
Anyone can play along!
Just do the following
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE ANY SPOILERS!
Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away!



You don't want to ruin the book for others! 

13931214 The Moon Dwellers

(The Dwellers #1)

In a desperate attempt to escape destruction decades earlier, humankind was forced underground, into the depths of the earth, creating a new society called the Tri-Realms.

After her parents and sister are abducted by the Enforcers, seventeen-year-old Adele, a member of the middle-class moon dwellers, is unjustly sentenced to life in prison for her parents' crimes of treason.

Against all odds, Adele must escape from the Pen and find her family, while being hunted by a deranged, killing machine named Rivet, who works for the President. She is helped by two other inmates, Tawni and Cole, each of whom have dark secrets that are better left undiscovered. Other than her friends, the only thing she has going for her is a wicked roundhouse kick and two fists that have been well-trained for combat by her father.

At the other end of the social spectrum is Tristan, the son of the President and a sun dweller. His mother is gone. He hates his father. Backed by only his servant and best friend, Roc, he leaves his lavish lifestyle in the Sun Realm, seeking to make something good out of his troubled life.

When a war breaks out within the Tri-Realms, Tristan is thrust into the middle of a conflict that seems to mysteriously follow Adele as she seeks to find her family and uncover her parents true past.

In their world, someone must die.


MY TEASER: 

 Tawni ignores my look and continues watching the parade, so I turn back, too. The lead car, in which Tristan is standing, is about to turn the corner. He’s waving to his fans, smiling his mesmerizing smile, and then… 

…he looks at me. 

Right at me, like his eyes are gun sights and I’m their target. Despite the distance, it’s like they pierce my soul, sending waves of energy up my back and through my neck, slamming into my brain like a freaking sledge hammer. 

Estes, David (2012-06-27). The Moon Dwellers (The Dwellers Saga) (Kindle Locations 225-230).  . Kindle Edition.

Monday, 24 March 2014

BLOG TOUR - DISCIPLE, PART IV BY L. BLANKENSHIP



 Today, I have invited Louise Blankenship, to my site to share with us, how she developed her series, "Disciple". With the recent release of Book IV in the series, I believe Louise has an abundance of insightful knowledge and experience to share. Please make Louise welcome and I hope you will benefit from her valuable knowledge.

Carolyn
About this author
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
L. Blankenship started writing animal stories as a kid and it's just gotten completely out of hand since then. Now she's out publishing her gritty fantasy and hard science fiction adventures. L grew up in New Hampshire but currently lives near Washington, DC.
 




Developing a series: plotting plus pantsing

Whenever I'm asked "Plotter or pantser?" I can honestly say: plotter. I have a daily writing habit, and I need to have the night's scenes planned out and prepared before I sit down to write them. Likewise, I have a fairly detailed outline of the book on hand which gets filled out with even more details as I work my way through writing it, day by day.

However, when it comes to developing a six-book series like Disciple -- I was much closer to pantsing than to plotting. On the macro scale, at least. Development is an organic process of story growth, for me. Not trying to chop it down to fit a mould. Not trying to bend it to my will until it breaks.

When I started Disciple, Part I, I knew these things for certain: there was a war, there was a love triangle, and they were entangled enough that they'd follow the same tension rollercoaster right to the end. I knew that I wanted my characters to be proactive and capable enough to put up a good fight against the enemy, and that the enemy would be powerful and ruthless enough to beat them down in spite of that.

Most importantly, I wanted my heroine to have prime agency in her story. My betas said the same thing: she has to make a choice, to resolve the love triangle. If one of the two boys were killed, or randomly turned into an asshole, or was otherwise removed from the equation, that would not be her making a choice. That would be the author wimping out on having to write a potentially devastating scene.

What that scene was, I had no idea when I started Part I. I only had a sketch of what would happen at the end of Part II, of Part IV, and a vague idea of Part VI which I pretty much tossed once I got to #4.

In my experience, it's not unusual to get half or three-quarters of the way into a story and realize the sketched ending won't work. What's important then is to listen to the characters, both heroes and villains, about what needs to happen. I was worried about getting my big, dramatic ending for Disciple but once I sat down with my love triangle and the villain, and worked out the details, I realized that the drama would be a quieter moment than I expected, but it still had power.

As I worked my way through the beginning of Disciple, logical consequences and reactions to events began to sprout in the future outlines, like stockade forts on a moving frontier. Those became integral structures as the story caught up to them. When I faced that re-planning of the ending after Part IV, those landmarks became especially important.

I worked out the general shape of the climactic scene of Part VI while I was writing Part IV. Doing that helped me sketch out the path that would be needed to get there. The exact details proved difficult to pin down -- as my betas can attest, by the structural changes that happened to #5 and #6 in the revision process. Things got a bit messy with all the red ink.

But it all came together. That potentially devastating scene? Wrote it. That big dramatic climax? Wrote it. They weren't what I thought they would be, but the betas gave me a thumbs-up. So while I'm mostly a plotter who works out everything in advance, there's something to be said for pantsing your way through a series too. 




Back cover of Disciple, Part IV
Kate can’t avoid the simple truth any longer; as much as she loves Kiefan, he’s now the king and his duties leave him precious little time for her and their newborn son. Kate’s husband Anders, the ne’er-do-well knight, is the one who kisses her cheek every morning and soothes the baby to sleep on his shoulder.

Kiefan’s protective jealousy still casts a shadow over her life. He would gladly throw Anders to the wolves if it will keep alliance negotiations from collapsing. Their homeland desperately needs these allies against the invading Empire. The kingdom barely survived the first wave of the enemy’s monstrous army and more is to come.

But Kate can’t stand by and let Anders become a victim — or let Kiefan suspect she’s falling in love with her husband.

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Friday, 21 March 2014

THE GREAT AND POWERFUL THEME REVEAL - A TO Z CHALLENGE

 

Inspired by  Mina Lobo, who initiated the “Theme Reveal Blogfest” during last year’s A to Z, Vidya Sury, Anna Tan, Csenge Zalka, Guilie Castillo Oriard, *with technical support from Jemima Pett & Mary Wallace* are our hosts for THE GREAT & POWERFUL THEME REVEAL FOR THE A TO Z CHALLENGE, a virtual social gathering where you can reveal your upcoming theme BEFORE the fun begins in April!

This is my third year entering the A-Z Challenge, my second as a minion for Jeremy (Retro) and also my second year entering the A-Z Theme Reveal. 

You may not know, but Jeremy has sadly pulled out of A-Z this year, at this very late stage, due to complications from his recent operation for his break.

My fellow "Jeremy's Angels" (Tara Tyler and River Fairchild), and myself, have decided to continue as his representation for the A-Z Challenge. We will be out busting those who don't play nice! (see post here)
  All the best Jeremy and we all hope you recover soon to be back with us refreshed and ready 
to post again.

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After deliberating for a long time and offering on "Goodreads" for authors to be hosted on my site for the challenge, I came to a very large stall and went back to the drawing board....

 I then decided to reveal 26 Teasers from one of the novels I am working on at present...
A dystopian, sci-fi
set in Sydney, Australia.

Unfortunately, I do not have a cover to show you, but with a little luck and help from my illustrator
Rebekah Romani, I hope to have a mock up version
available to use in my posts for the challenge.

So, all the best for A-Z and I hope to meet or catch up with you before April!

Carolyn

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He Came For Me He Came For Me (The Protector, #1)
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ratings: 20 (avg rating 3.30)

He Came for Mine He Came for Mine (The Protector, #2)
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