Thursday, October 27, 2016
The full title's Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need. I don't write screenplays, and there's plenty of Hollywood material here I didn't find useful, but I've found it an approachable, casual explication of the three-act structure and how it and 'beats' work for most stories. The book's other useful features are demonstrating the saving of said cat by the hero (thus making us care about the hero) and the importance of being able to explain your story in an efficient manner: good for blurbs and queries.
Related sites: Save the Snyder!: A beat sheet outline | Plotting with the Save the Cat Beat Sheet Structure | Save the Cat! Official Website
Recommendation by Lee Koven.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Alien Attachments by Sabine Priestly
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
And, BTW, if you need to catch up on either of the two other books in the series, Unchained Memory will be on sale for $0.99 on Amazon for one more day. Trouble in Mind will be on sale on Amazon for $0.99, just until tomorrow. Hurry to get yours!
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Saya-Rynn inherited duty, command and control from her cruel grandfather and fought to transform her dangerous planet into a paradise for her people—but the price was literally a poison that runs through her veins. Though she feels as ancient as the seas, she finds herself awash in the hot male potency of the young Icere. Still, she resists the chance for indulgence she thinks has passed by her. But when the raiders strike again, Rynn must embrace her troubled legacy, and Icere will find his place as a lover and a fighter. Together, the reluctant ruler and the deposed prince of passion find common purpose, combating the mysterious entity seeking to rule the sheerways, and claim a love as bright as the infinite stars.
Slade's language is fantastic. Descriptions are lush and sensual without being explicit, and I'm not just talking about the love scenes. The aquatic world is detailed and rich, with interesting festivals and customs. The story ratchets up the tension at a steady clip, and I found myself spellbound by the seas, the sea monsters, and the give and take between the characters.
Icere and Rynn, the leads, are fascinating people. Both lead lonely lives that make them have to tamp down their own wants and needs, and they recognize that in each other and find it irresistible. Everything Icere was raised and trained for is gone, and he's made his life's mission to save others in honor or what he lost. He's controlled intensity, and when he focuses his attention on Rynn, it's delicious. Rynn has had few choices in her life: raised to be queen and also to carry death in her touch, which she's learned painful lessons from. She's devoted to her children and her people, even if it's not her desire to rule. When she finds someone who appeals to her as herself, her falling for him is amazing to behold. I held my breath for the two of them until the last page.
Recommendation by Lee Koven.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Nine authors--all members of the SFR Brigade--announce
the release of a fun and exciting new anthology.
Pets in Space
10% of the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org.
Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge
with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.
Friday, October 7, 2016
By Edward Hoornaert
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: October 20, 2016
Can a man and woman disagree about a little thing like murder and still be lovers?
Jo Eaglesbrood is born fully dressed, well-armed, and impatient to tackle her Destiny. Namely, killing her alien nation's most wanted fugitive. Her programmers want her to live a few hours, kill, then die.
But something goes wrong.
Darby Lapierre has the thankless task of protecting the surly fugitive while she recuperates from gunshot wounds. It's hard, but not impossible for a skillful bodyguard like Darby.
Until, that is, Jo shows up at the private hospital after an accident. Beautiful, naive young Jo knows nothing about life and love, and wants Darby to teach her. Just until she's well enough to attack her Destiny, of course. And then he'll be in the way . . . .
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"You scared me, lady. Some sentry I am, eh?"
Sentry: someone who guards. "Did you sit out here all night?"
Darby yawned again. "Most of today, too. You slept for thirty hours, Josette." He pulled away from me as though he didn't like my closeness.
He was evil, the enemy of my Destiny, so I leaned to within a handbreadth of his nose to annoy him. "You destroyed my clothes?"
"Out of my face, woman." He gently pushed me back. I lacked the strength to resist. "One of the nurses put your clothes in the hall closet so she wouldn't wake you." He pointed.
I stood carefully, determined to show no pain. If I moved slowly enough, my dizziness merely growled instead of baring fangs and lunging at my throat.
Darby looked at me in wonder. Creases wrinkled the corners of his mouth as he smiled. The creases were…dimples? Yes, dimples. How could an enemy have a face so appealing that my belly—though not my brain—felt warm and trusting? I turned, slowly of course, toward where he'd pointed.
"Uh, Josette. Your hospital gown is open at the back."
That observation didn't seem to require a response. I staggered five baby steps. Upon reaching the closet, I leaned against the wall as my head zoomed in wild circles, turning up into down and down into sideways.
"Jesus," he muttered.
The deity's name by itself imparted no information, and in any case it wasn't as important as getting dressed so I'd be like everyone else. The closet door had a round, fist-sized thingy at waist height. My mind didn't supply a name. When I grasped it, it wiggled, and when I turned it, the door opened. Doorknob, my mind belatedly explained.
My clothes hung inside, but my guns were gone. My packsack sat on the floor—minus, I already knew, my ten-thousand dollars.
Darby's footsteps hurried toward me. "Wait, Josette," he said in a rush. "I'll help you to your room and bring the clothes to you."
But I was already untying the bow at the back of my neck. As he reached me, my hospital gown fluttered to the carpet.
About the Author:
What kind of guy writes romance? A guy who married his high school sweetheart a week after graduation and still lives the HEA decades later. A guy who’s a certifiable Harlequin hero—he inspired Vicki Lewis Thompson’s Rita Award finalist Mr. Valentine, which is dedicated to him.
Ed started out writing contemporary romances for Silhouette Books, but these days he concentrates on science fiction romance. He’s been a teacher, principal, technical writer, salesman, janitor, and symphonic oboist. He and wife Judi live in Tucson, Arizona. They have three sons, a daughter, a mutt, and the galaxy’s most adorable grandson.
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