“Devil Dealing (The Ryder Quartet Book1)” by Ian Patrick

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“Devil Dealing (The Ryder Quartet Book 1)”

Author: Ian Patrick

Genre: Thriller/Suspense/Police Procedural

Release Date: August 1, 2015

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How far should cops go to deal with the devil himself? What would you choose? Justice or retribution? Morality or vengeance? The first in a series of nail-biting crime fiction thrillers based on frontline research on actual crimes. Dip inside – if you dare – and see why thousands of readers are devouring these thrillers.

From the Author

Devil Dealing, the first book in The Ryder Quartet, builds on front-line research in the war against crime in Durban, South Africa. With assistance and guidance from detectives, forensics experts, and victims of crime, the author attempts to ensure meticulous attention to detail. He has explored the precise locations in which scenes are set and has captured details of actual crimes before adapting them for his purposes into fast-paced fiction thrillers. Throughout the quartet of novels, his intention has been to create exciting crime stories steeped in the authenticity of action, place and time. At the same time, he has endeavored to capture the essence of some current debates on law, justice, crime and moral responsibility.

After working as an actor, director, and teacher in theatre, film, and television, Ian Patrick turned to an academic career, publishing scholarly essays in a range of international academic journals. He believes his years as an actor, director, and researcher play a modest part in his writing. ‘My fiction is based to the best of my ability on research and field work. I have to believe every word my fictive characters say, every action they undertake,’ he says. Which explains why he has accompanied detectives to the front line, interviewed forensics investigators, and spent many hours scouring actual locations for his crime scenes: many of them based on actual events.

‘I try to make my fiction plausible and authentic. This requires exhaustive work and detailed research. It takes me up to a year of full-time work to write an eighty thousand word crime thriller. In my view, although it is clearly desirable to arrive at one’s destination by bringing a work to publication, it is the journey that is the really exciting and enjoyable part of writing. I can only hope that readers will also enjoy the journey of discovering my characters and their foibles, their actions, and their experiences. I hope, too, that they will inform me about and forgive me for any lapses in my work or any errors of detail.’

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Since I brought Pro Writing Aid seven months ago, it’s become essential to my editing process. ProWritingAid is a piece of automatic editing software. No, it won’t write your story, but it will plug into Word and run over 20 types of reports on your writing.

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This Is How It Happened” by Paula Stokes

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“This is How it Happened”

Author: Paula Stokes

Genre: YA/Peer Pressure/Friendships

Release Date: July 11, 2017

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The author of Girl Against the Universe and Liars, Inc. plunges readers into a world where the internet is always watching—and judging—in this compelling story about mistakes, repercussions, and online vigilante justice. Perfect for fans of Sarah Darer Littman’s Backlash or Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything.

After waking up from a coma, Genevieve Grace can’t remember the car crash that killed her boyfriend Dallas, a YouTuber turned teen music idol. Genevieve knows she was driving, but because of what’s been reported in the media, everyone assumes the other driver, Brad Freeman, is guilty. As she slowly pieces together the night of the accident, Genevieve is hit with a sickening sense of dread—what if she’s the one at fault?

While the internet and social media viciously condemn Brad, Genevieve escapes to her father’s house near Zion National Park to hide from curious classmates and intrusive reporters. But she quickly realizes that she can’t run away from the accident. And eventually, she will have to come to grips with what happened…and her role in it.

Paula Stokes is the author of several novels, most recently This is How it Happened and Vicarious. Her writing has been translated into eleven foreign languages. Paula loves kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. She also loves interacting with readers. Find her online at authorpaulastokes.com or on twitter as @pstokesbooks.

Another One Bites the Dust! #CampNaNo

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I validated my July Camp NaNoWriMo project Wednesday – 51,969 words of what I thought was a 50K word goal.

But it wasn’t. It was 40K.

*Shakes head* Who? What? Ugh!

Doesn’t matter anyway because this WIP is far from over.

So my next NaNoWriMo goal? To finish on time… with a COMPLETED story!

Chances of that happening?





“No Hope for Gomez!” by Graham Parke

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“No Hope for Gomez!”

Author: Graham Parke

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: October 13, 2013

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Boy meets girl.
Boy stalks girl.
Girl already has a stalker.
Boy becomes her stalker-stalker.

We’ve seen it all before, many times, but this time it’s different. If only slightly.

Gomez is eternally bewildered by the ease with which others navigate the world. He’s never had much luck with women, or jobs, or anything really. Even gravity seems to pull on him a little harder than it does on others. But when he enters a medical trial and a super sexy research assistant falls for him, he thinks his luck has changed – even if that assistant has trouble expressing herself in terms outside the realm of science.

But when one of the trial participants turns up dead and another goes missing, Gomez begins to fear for his life. No longer sure whom he can trust and which of his experiences are actually real and which merely drug induced delusions, he decides to go underground and work out a devious plan.

Graham Parke is a Forewords Book of the Year winner, a Kirkus Indie best-lister, and an IBA and USA Book News Awards finalist.

He is responsible for a number of odd publications and has recently attempted to patent a self-folding map. He’s been described as both a humanitarian and a pathological liar. Convincing evidence to support either allegation has yet to be produced.

Follow his blog at http://www.grahamparke.blogspot.com

Revisions: Love ‘em or Hate ‘em

I only love revisions when they’re done! 😄

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Revisions: Love ‘em or Hate ‘em

You worked hard on your first draft of your book. You edited it several times, had an alpha reader, and sent it out to a few beta readers. While waiting to hear back from the readers, you were probably thinking, “I might need to make a few changes, but all in all, the story is great. It won’t be long before I publish it and start making some money.”

The day has arrived. The readers have reported back to you with lots of comments and suggestions. Reading through what they wrote, you realize you need to do more than a few minor corrections. The book is not ready for prime time. Your readers have pointed out a number of problems: not staying in point of view, too much telling instead of showing, boring descriptions that do nothing but slow the story down. Confusion between…

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Head Hopping: Should You Do It?

A Writer's Path

by Sara Butler Zalesky 

While I was working with an editor onWheeler, the phrase ‘head hopping’ kept coming up again and again, but I had no idea to what she was referring. Being new to this thing called writing, my only experience was what I read from other authors. I’m a prolific reader, from sci/fi, fantasy, romance, YA, thrillers, anything I could get my hands on, I read. I hadn’t noticed the difference between hearing the inner thoughts of the characters, I was either fully engrossed or I couldn’t get past the first chapter.

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