SEEING EYE: A DAY AT THE FAIR

Liz Marshall’s debut novel, Seeing Eye, is a delightful read. Ms. Marshall balances suspense and humor like a pro and I alternated between holding my breath and laughing out loud. There is just enough romance to keep it interesting, but not so much that it overshadows the plot.

Main character Rory Wilson makes her living as a fortune teller who travels with a company of carnies (carnival workers) to state fairs throughout the country. Once she dons her disguise (fake blond hair, fake boobs, heavy make-up, and a whole lot of extra padding) Madame Mona and her crystal ball are open for business.

Rory is a quirky character, mostly likeable, but with tons of baggage. Other than her dog Rawlie, her fellow carnies are her only family, but she has kept from them the one thing that has been a problem since she turned twelve—she really is psychic. And her visions often appear at the most inconvenient times. Rory begins her story with…

On the sixth day of the Arizona State Fair two women entered my tent. In order to arrive at my door these women would have passed huge trailers proclaiming The World’s Smallest Horse, The Longest Snake in North America, The Great American Duck Race. They would have had to run the gauntlet of smells—cotton candy, deep fried Twinkies, The Best Coney Island Hot Dog, and a big open booth where giant turkey legs roasted on an open grate, sending waves of smoky temptation into the midway.

They would have walked rides and twinkling lights and by people of all ages racing across a little pond in giant, clear balls. Voices gliding by in small gondolas strung on cables over their heads…shills along the way would have waved hats, t-shirts, jewelry, brochures in front of them, hoping to entice them to stop and buy…

One of the women has come to find out what happened to her missing husband, a veterinarian at the local racetrack. Rory gives into her vision and reveals that he was murdered, and by whom. The detective assigned to the missing person’s case, Michael Warrick, doubts Rory’s story, but when another murder occurs in front of them at the track, Rory becomes essential to solving the case. I found the attraction that develops between them interesting because I love flawed protagonists. Those flaws make a character unpredictable and keep the reader turning the pages.

If you’re in the mood for a little excitement at the fair, pop over to Amazon.

You can also visit Liz Marshall at www.FearlessFool.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLizMarshal

Twitter:@elizmar987

And if you enjoy Seeing Eye as much as I did, you’ll be happy to know there is another Rory Wilson mystery in the works.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

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MORE QUOTES FROM FAMOUS WRITERS

Can you identify with any of these?

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I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sounds they make as they fly by.  -Douglas Adams

Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.  Truman Capote

Nothing, not love, not greed, not passion or hatred, is stronger than a writer’s need to change another writer’s copy.  Arthur Evans

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HAVE A GREAT WEEK-END!

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QUOTING JAMES MICHENER

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I never thought of myself as a good writer. Anyone who wants reassurance of that should read one of my first drafts. But I’m one of the world’s great rewriters.

I find that three or four readings are required to comb out the clichés, line up pronouns with their antecedents, and insure agreement in number between subject and verbs…My connectives, my clauses, my subsidiary phrases don’t come naturally to me and I’m very prone to repetition of words; so I never even write an important letter in the first draft. I can never recall anything of

You write that first draft really to see how it’s going to come out.

James A. Michener

HAPPY WRITING!

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ONE WRITER’S TAKE ON THE PROCESS OF WRITING

Cynthia Robertson recently tagged me to participate in an authors’ blog tour on the process of writing. Cynthia is not only an excellent writer, book reviewer and editor; but also a perceptive critique partner and good friend. She was the driving force in setting up the Arizona Novel Writers Workshop, which I think is one of the best critique groups in Arizona. Her blog http://cynthiarobertson.wordpress.com/ is always insightful, so take the time to head over there and check it out. You can also follow her on twitter @Literarydaze. Continue reading

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NoiseTrade: Build Audience While Boosting Your Mailing List

Diana Douglas:

I’m going to look into this. What do you think?

Originally posted on David Gaughran:

noisetrade What if I told you there was a cool new way to share your work with the world that could help you build audience, boost your mailing list, and make money at the same time?

Welcome to NoiseTrade.

The idea is simple. Authors can upload ebooks (and audiobooks) and NoiseTrade’s community of readers can download them for free – for as long as the author wants. There is a tip-jar, and you can suggest a figure, but it’s not compulsory.

So it’s pay what you want, but with a killer twist. In exchange for the download, the reader provides their email address to the author (in full knowledge they will be contacted in future).

In other words, it’s a smart way to boost your mailing list, with the possibility of making a little money on the side too.

NoiseTrade is quite well established in the indie music scene

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SIGNS THAT YOU’RE A WRITER…

 

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When I used to work as a graphic designer, most people outside the industry had a glamorized image of what the job entailed. I find the same thing is true when I tell people I’m a writer. The image doesn’t fit the reality. So what makes a writer a writer? Here’s my take on it.

  1. You forget that the characters in your book aren’t real.
  2. You forget that the characters in your head aren’t real.
  3. You carry on conversations with the characters in your book. Out loud.
  4. Your neighbors think that you’re weird.
  5. Every notebook in the house belongs to you, even if you have to steal it out of your grandson’s backpack. (In my defense, I put it back after I tore out the pages I used and he never even noticed it was gone.)
  6. Your best friend breaks their leg and as they writhe in pain, you take notes because you might need it for your novel. (I didn’t do this, but I’m pretty sure that if the occasion arose, I would.)
  7. You critique everything you read.
  8. You critique everything you watch on TV or at the movies.
  9. You drink tons of coffee. Or alcohol. Or eat lots of chocolate. Or (in my case) gummy worms.
  10. Your butt is numb.
  11. You realize you can no longer spell due to years of relying on spellcheck.
  12. Halfway through your work in progress, you come up with a fantastic idea for a new novel. And you want to start working on it NOW. Instead, you make a few notes and go back to your WIP.
  13.  You decide that flipping burgers or working in a little cubical somewhere would have been a better career choice because you suck as a writer.
  14. You realize you don’t suck as a writer.
  15. You don’t give up.

WHAT MAKES YOU A WRITER?

 

 

 

 

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10 Dialogue Tips To Make Your Novel Shine

Originally posted on Writers In The Storm Blog:

Dialogue_Photopin By Shannon Donnelly

Great dialogue can make or break a novel.

This view may stem from growing up watching a lot of 1930’s screwball comedies. Zingers fly with rapid fire and everyone talks. A lot. But the importance of dialogue really sank in when I wrote A Proper Mistress. I went for a lot of dialogue in that book and it went on to be one of my best selling romances.

We all know great dialogue when we read it—and the best dialogue seems effortless. But good dialogue takes work, sometimes needing multiple edits and thinking it over and totally revising a scene. It also takes a few key ingredients.

1) Give Your Characters Unique Voices.

Can you tell who is talking without any tags to make this obvious?

You have to get your characters talking in order to find their voices. And each character needs a distinct voice.

That…

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