R – Relationships

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Author Carrie Dalby is back here with us again. Today she’s talking about relationships…

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When I came up with this topic, I immediately thought of relationships between characters. But as a writer, relationships are much larger than what is in the book. Yes, you’re an artist creating stories, but you are also a professional and working with others is an important part of that. Let’s break it down.

As a writer, you’re in control (for the most part—sometimes the characters don’t do what you expect them to) for the relationships on the pages of the story. You need to make sure your characters interact with their family, friends, environment, etc. in a consistent manner—even if that means people at school/work/social settings see a different side of the character than the people at home. Whatever the character’s attitude is (even if it changes over the course of the book) needs…

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H – Historical Fiction: Charting Your Course

A little something I wrote for the publishing company of my young adult novels during their A to Z blog month.

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Today’s post is courtesy of Carrie Dalby, author of Corroded and Fortitude.

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If you had asked me twenty-five, twenty, or even ten years ago what I thought I’d be doing, I never would have dreamed of saying “writing historical fiction.” Writing? Yes. Historical? No. While I enjoyed writing research papers in school, I never enjoyed history class. There were too many dates to memorizes, the textbooks were dry. And I failed my A.P. U.S. History test.

The two main things you need to write historical fiction are the ability to research and a passion for the subject matter. I knew how to research and acquired a love of history as an adult by reading historical novels—mostly middle grade, but some young adult and adult titles as well. Well researched books by Laurie Halse Anderson, Avi, Richard Peck, and countless Newbery winners captivated me. The time periods that once were…

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Finding Faith in Young Adult Literature, a Guest post by Carrie Dalby

One of the stops on my blog tour.
See more links at https://anaiahpress.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/follow-the-corroded-blog-tour/

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Fifteen-year- old Mary Lou Weber is suffocating in her sister’s shadow. Though she struggles to break into the light and claim her own identity—and the attention of the cutest guy in school—something always seems to pull her right back down into the role of Barbara’s little sister.
Down the street lives seventeen-year- old Ben Thomas, a lonely introvert who is captive to a sensory condition that makes it nearly impossible for him to stand in sunlight, much less talk to people whom he thinks could never understand his difficulties.
A new year kindles the friendship between a guy who pushes away the world and the girl who’s striving to find her place in it. Can the relationship help Mary and Ben find balance in a world that frequently seems too much to handle?

Available right now!

Goodreads – Amazon – B&N – Smashwords   

About Carrie:CarrieDalby

Born and raised in California, Carrie Dalby has lived in…

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Heir of Koradin Blog Tour

As mentioned previously, now that I’m part of the Anaiah Press family, I’ll be featuring some of their Surge (young adult) imprint books. I’m in the process of reading the first book in the Chasmaria series, and it’s a great read. Grit

This month, welcomed the second book of Chasmaria, and here’s what going on with that…

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Blurb:
Dagger of Willow and Strike has waited a lifetime to return to the village of his birth. He’s been promised the throne of Koradin, but getting captured by his treacherous sire wasn’t part of the plan. Dagger needs a miracle to turn his childhood dreams into reality—And Grit of Berth and Stone might be that miracle.
Unfortunately for him, Grit’s stuck in the rival village of Thresh, and she’s in way over her head. Having bluffed her way into commanding an army of incompetents, she’s useless to Dagger if her new recruits don’t learn the right end of a sword. To make matters worse, Dagger’s sire seeks Grit’s life, and there’s no telling when he’ll return to Thresh to finish what he started when he killed her dame.
But freedom calls through shifting alliances, and neither Dagger’s disillusionment nor Grit’s doubt can keep the armies of Koradin and Thresh from war.

Release Date: August 4, 2015

Book Links:
Anaiah Press: http://www.anaiahpress.com/Koradin.html

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013C7TWLK

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/grit-of-berth-and-stone-lisa-dunn/1121283483?ean=9780996129756

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/grit-of-berth-and-stone/id970834995?mt=11
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/566000

Excerpt: First chapter available on our website http://www.anaiahpress.com/Koradin.html

ALSO READ The First Book of Chasmaria: Grit of Berth and Stone by Lisa Dunn
http://www.anaiahpress.com/Grit.html

Review Snippets from Book 1: Grit of Berth and Stone:
“Grit does not fit into any of our modern stereotypes and I love that.”
“ Grit’s world is well-crafted and revealed to the reader through the story telling with just enough details to understand the world and story and to keep you intrigued and guessing about what is coming next.”
“This book will definitely keep your attention and your thoughts long after you’ve finished.”

Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/Seq-Fg7M0l4

DON’T MISS!
End of Tour Author Facebook Q&A: Thursday, August 27, 9-10 p.m. EST
https://www.facebook.com/events/1666980863546266/

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Author Bio:
As a child, Lisa Dunn fell asleep to her father’s fanciful bedtime tales and played with her own stories during the daylight hours. She now resides in a small southern town with her husband and four children. Local librarians thank her for their job security.

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Website: http://waitingforaname.wordpress.com/
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/21086727-lisa-dunn

Summer of SurPRIZES

Check out this awesome contest on my friend’s blog.

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I’ve decided to shake things up this year. I’m feeling a little adventurous. This summer is now deemed the Summer of SurPRIZES. Every month, I will host a new contest on my blog. Prizes will vary and so will the method of winning.

So, for our first contest, we have an amazing prize. I have an autographed copy of one of my favorite books, MARROW.

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MARROW, is a newly released superhero book written by Preston Norton. Definitely one of my new favorites. If you’re interested, here’s a link to find out more about the book.

EEP! I’m so excited!

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Now for the rules. In order to win this copy, just click on the Follow Blog widget to the left of your screen and register to follow. All new followers beginning today will be entered in the contest and winner will be chosen at random.

Don’t worry. The contest will be…

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Bibliophile Problems

If you couldn’t tell from my previous posts, I’m a book girl. There are a lot of books in my house. I’m talking more than dozens, more than hundreds, probably a couple thousand. I’ve never counted them all—that would mean math, and me and numbers don’t always get along.

This afternoon, after answering yet another a post on a homeschool page for recommendations for books set in a specific time period (happens regularly, and as a children’s literature connoisseur with a passion for historicals, I have to respond.) This time, it was a call for Civil War books. So, after going to my “favorite author” shelf in the hall, I returned to my desk area to look over my general middle grade collection for more titles. But then I remembered my middle child’s quest for all things military, and that I’ve allowed him to adopt many of my middle grade novels dealing with war, so I had to go check the bookcase in his room.

I circled all around the house to gather information I could have grouped together. What’s a bibliophile to do?

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I’m seriously contemplating putting all my books in chronological order. Even though that would mean splitting up the Katherine Paterson, Avi, Richard Peck, and Laurie Halse Anderson novels, I think at this point in my life (hello, homeschool!) it would be beneficial. But then I’d have to worry about the fantasy, science fiction, and contemporary… where would they all fit? Group the contemporary at the end of the historicals, with books like Bridge to Terabithia (and it’s 1970’s references) toward the beginning of that section. What about classics, like Charlotte’s Web? Do I place it in the era it was written?

The stress!

But it’s a happy, first world problem to deal with. Now I just need to decide if I take the plunge. Photographic journal blog will follow if it comes to pass.

Story Growth

Fernando is spreading. He even has new fiddleheads coming from the earth—not the tree—this time. Go, Fernando!

Fernando, up close and personal.

Fernando, up close and personal.

Just like the fern, my own stories are growing. I’m on the downhill for the first draft of my current project, and it has a shiny new working title: THE UNRAVELING THREADS OF KYNDRA FIELDS.

Fernando in all his glory.

Fernando in all his glory.

Fernando—just like my writing goal—doesn’t always look this good. Sometimes, like today, it’s more like this:

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But there is time this afternoon for water to improve his health, like my story will strengthen if I nurture my writing time.

P.S. Here’s Fernando’s cousin, living on another water oak across the yard. Do you have a Fernando at your house? Have you nourished it today?

Hey, cousin!

Hey, cousin!