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Mini Blog Blitz ‘n’ Guest Post – Coldharbour

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The Met Police’s Major Investigation Team East has its hands full: a rash of tit for tat gang related stabbings, a strangled housewife, the decomposed remains of a woman found in a ditch and more to come. Adding to their woes is their boss, Chief Inspector Matthew Merry, being distracted by his problems at home.

For Matthew’s wife, Kathy, her only concern is dealing with the aftermath of being drugged and raped by a co-worker. Will the trial of the man responsible be enough to give her the justice she demands. Or, as her therapist states, is it revenge she really desires. She doesn’t know. As her emotions see-saw from elation to depression, her only certainty is that her husband seems more concerned about his work than her.

And Matthew is only too aware of his failings both at home and work. But the police machine grinds on, seeking information and sifting evidence — justice is not their concern.

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Author bio

John Mead

John was born in the mid-fifties in Dagenham, London, on part of the largest council estate ever built, and was the first pupil from his local secondary modern school to attend university. He has now taken early retirement to write, having spent the first part of his life working in education and the public sector. He was the director of a college, a senior school inspector for a local authority, and was head of a unit for young people with physical and mental health needs. When he is not travelling, going to the theatre or the pub, he writes.

John is currently working on a seies of novels set in modern day London. These police procedurals examine the darker side of modern life in the East End of the city

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Why do I write?

I can honestly say it isn’t for the money, nor the accolades, not even the celebrity lifestyle. If it were I’d be greatly unhappy because I have achieved none of the above. So, is it about the creative process? Weeelll… perhaps, if you consider the creative process to be about the technicalities of writing. In the same way you would expect a painter to be interested in brushes, paint and canvases, so I have an interest in things like grammar and punctuation. No, I couldn’t care less where you stick a comma but I do care about where I place it, usually after considerable thought.

The simple fact is I write because I enjoy it, I always have. As I learned to read as a child, so I learned to write, the two things seemed linked and I naturally fell into the habit of writing out the stories that formed in my head. Things were easy, at first, but as I became older I began to realise that I had a problem. Whatever I wrote, whether it was an essay or a short story, those who read it seemed to have problems understanding it. Perhaps it was a lack of understanding about the process, the technical side of writing – grammar, punctuation and spelling – or could it be dyslexia? I don’t honestly know because dyslexia did not exist when I was young, you were just “thick”.

I could memorise long lists of spellings and, therefore, do well in tests. I would quickly pick up on how each teacher used grammar and punctuation, and given that no two teachers seemed to follow the same rules, I could happily get an “A” without any real understanding about how those rules worked. In fact I spent the first half of my life being thought of as a “good writer” by keeping things simple and applying a few cheats that I had learned to cover up any deficiency. Which was fine for professional reports, and as I had a busy career I didn’t have time to write stories, so that aspect went by the wayside.

Of course there was the odd mishap, such as the embarrassing occasion when I had put something out using the word “roll” instead of “role”. People, jokingly pointed out the typo, I laughed and went along with it, and eventually got “roll” changed to “role”. The problem was I couldn’t, at the time, actually see the difference. I knew the different meanings and how to use them, I just couldn’t see the actual difference between R O L L and R O L E. Try telling someone who is colour blind that the light is red, not green. And, just don’t start me on words like affect and effect. Have you seen the definitions in some dictionaries?

Deciding that avoidance was not an answer to the problem is what got me back to writing stories again. I wanted to be able to write what I saw in my mind, to paint a written picture that others could also see and, hopefully, enjoy. As spellcheckers developed that helped, though auto-correct is a pain, but learning to proofread has made the most difference. Reading and re-reading is a must. Reading a book in reverse, from the end to the start, or reading chapters in a random order, tends to take the focus off of characters and plot lines and puts it onto meanings and the language used. And, of course, an absolute must for all authors is to have a good copy editor — they are your second pair of eyes and best friend rolled into one.

John Mead

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Book Blitz – In Our Bones (plus giveaway)

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Congratulations to Pernell Plath Meier on the release of In Our Bones! Read on for a little sneak peek and book details! There’s also a fabulous giveaway!

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In Our BonesPublication Date: October 6th, 2020 Genre: Women’s Fiction/ Trump Era – Dystopian Thriller

Lauren’s happy childhood on a farm in Minnesota is shattered after an assault during her teen years, and she retreats into her own world as America falls apart. Hers was the last generation to grow up before the economic collapse that followed the Corona pandemic. Amidst roiling climate chaos, the government has been taken over by extremists, incompetents, and con-men who tear the country apart while clinging to power. Lauren is swept up in the madness when she falls for the wrong man. She’s looking for love and safety, but Bryan becomes distant and abusive as he obsesses over White Sharia and deepens his ties to the racist patriot militia group. Lauren worries about the safety of her sister and nephew, who is mixed-race. Will Lauren escape from Bryan and keep her nephew safe from danger? In a world where values are tested and morality is unsettlingly murky, Lauren must break free from the constraints in her mind to protect her family.

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She heard a whimper that brought her back to the moment, and peered at Craig as grief wracked his body. He started whispering, “It’s not coming back. None of it. The old world will never come back.” His chest quivered with small spasms and quiet tears flowed down his face and into his curly hair. Lauren instinctually wanted to turn away from him, to give him privacy. She scarcely knew him, and the depths of his grief sent fear rippling through her chest. She pushed herself to remain present. She may have been cool at times, but she refused to be an ice queen like her mom. She reached out a clumsy hand and rubbed his head, trying to soothe him.

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Pernell Plath Meier grew up on the Iowa side of the Mississippi in the Quad Cities. She left behind a life of traumatic chaos to move out on her own at fifteen. She earned undergraduate science degrees with honors in biology, anthropology, and environmental studies, followed by graduate degrees in sustainable agriculture and anthropology at Iowa State University. She’s worked and traveled in ten countries, including a long-ago trip to see the Grateful Dead in Canada. After college, she worked in Kentucky helping farmers transition from tobacco production to local foods. She found her way to Southeast Minnesota and spent nearly twenty years raising gardens, chickens, dogs and cats, while homeschooling her five adopted children. Today Pernell juggles day to day life as a single mom with three kids still at home, a smaller flock of chickens and a new puppy, Buddy. Prior writings have centered on adoption and gardening. In Our Bones is her first quest as a novelist.

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PreOrder Blitz – Malice and Forethought

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Malice and Forethought:

Short Stories of Malice and Murder

by Felicia Denise

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Genre: Crime Thriller / Suspense / Short Stories

Release Date: June 1, 2020


Malice – noun; mal·ice | ˈma-ləs

1 : desire to cause pain, injury, or distress to another
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2 : intent to commit an unlawful act or cause harm without legal justification or excuse
//ruined her reputation and did it with malice

Everyone is capable of malice and no one is immune to its outcome.

A Hint of Malice – When her last living relative commits suicide after having her identity and assets stolen, a grieving niece longs for justice.

Burned – When the masterminds behind a major drug operation get off with a slap on the wrists, a frustrated police detective warns them their wealth cannot shield them from everything.

The Marshall Sisters – After seeing her sister mistreated by far too many men, Leslie Marshall is proud of Paula for standing up for herself and accompanies her on a cold winter’s night to confront her boyfriend, but even Leslie isn’t ready for the new, assertive Paula.

The Watcher – Shamed into exile by his family because of his sexual fetish and hanging on to the shreds of his sanity, a man plots the ultimate date night with his new neighbor.

What’s done in the dark always comes to the light.

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After writing as a hobby for most of her life, at the urging of a good friend, Felicia took on the challenge of NaNoWriMo in 2015, writing what would become her first published work, In the Best Interest of the Child. It was released in the fall of 2016. Free, a Novella, which began as a three-installment series on her website, was published as a short story in May 2017.

Currently working on projects in several genres, Felicia plans to release book 2 of In the Best Interest of the Child – Family Matters, as well as anthologies of her suspense and women’s fiction short stories in 2020.

A long-time blogger, she also features books by indie authors daily on her blog, Nesie’s Place.

Felicia lost her husband of nearly 36 years of May of 2019 and is a strong advocate and supporter of the National Kidney Foundation. She has three adult children, four grand-pups, and as one of nine children, she has too much extended family to even go into!

In her free time-when not reading-Felicia sews and enjoys experimenting with new dishes in the kitchen. She always has a cup of robust coffee and far too many pun jokes nearby.

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Book Release Blitz – Body Language

Literary Fiction, Short Stories
Release Date: April 17, 2020
Publisher: Grand Canyon Press
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Life-changing moments. Impassioned encounters. Twelve stories at the crossroads of heartbreak and desire.
When a long-lost love comes knocking, a loyally wedded rancher is tempted by old passions. A bartender wrestling with sobriety is pushed to the edge by a familiar barfly. After her husband’s death, a famous composer struggles to write a single note.
From international flights to hidden grottoes and a nude beach, twelve wayward souls seek to satisfy their deepest hungers and escape their fears.
Body Language explores our often-misguided quest for happiness and connection. If you like vulnerable explorations of carnal cravings, challenging moral quandaries, and transformative self-reflection, then you’ll love these heartbreaking and unforgettable portraits of people yearning for the solace of human touch.
Read Body Language to embrace all that binds us today!

About the Author
Marylee MacDonald grew up in Redwood City, California, married her high school sweetheart, and worked as a carpenter in California and Illinois. When she’s not writing, she’s hiking in the red rocks of Sedona, walking on a California beach, or plucking snails from her tomatoes.
Her short stories have won the Jeanne Leiby Chapbook Award, the Barry Hannah Prize, the Ron Rash Award, the Matt Clark Prize, and the American Literary Review Fiction Award. Her short story collection, BONDS OF LOVE AND BLOOD, was a Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Finalist, and her novel, MONTPELIER TOMORROW, was a Gold Medal winner in the Readers’ Favorites annual book awards.
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Mini Blog Blitz ‘n’ Book Review – Spider Games

Spider Games

 Kate O’Brien is pure dedication; she believes in the justice system. This feisty, no-nonsense attorney works herself to the bone every day, tirelessly building her reputation and career. She is on the path to being a legal star. That is until her corrupt law partner, Bill Brown, a criminal defense attorney, achieves a degree of notoriety which attracts the interest of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

When the inconceivable happens, Bill is arrested, charged with multiple counts of drug trafficking and money laundering leaving the law firm in chaos. As Kate slowly digs her way out, what she finds sends her down a dark path that could lead to her imprisonment or death. Bill has meticulously set her up to pay for his malevolent crimes. His cohorts, fearing she knows too much, have marked her for death. Can she stay ahead of the FBI and unravel crimes that reach as far as China and Russia? Or will she need to assume a new identity to save her own life?

A fast-paced thriller that keeps you guessing until the end. Suspenseful crime fiction with twists and turns throughout this masterfully plotted novel keeps you on the edge of your seat. It may be read as a standalone and serves as the first book in the series, A Conspiracy of Betrayal.

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About the author

Kathleen McGillick is a fiction writer in the Mystery Thriller Suspense genre.

She was born in Manhattan and lived in Florida while she attended the University of Miami School of Nursing. After twenty years of teaching nursing in New York, she headed south leaving the snow behind. She has lived in Georgia over thirty-five years and is a practicing attorney in Cherokee County.

Her passions are international travel and art. And much like a CIA agent she has a “GO” bag packed to leave for a trip whenever possible. It’s not a reach to realize her stories are culled from her travel adventures and there are tons of adventures to share. Her favorite place outside the US is the UK but her love of art was born at the Louvre requiring return pilgrimages to rejuvenate her soul. You can follow her travels at travelingesquire.smugmug.com/

A grandmother of two and lover of her cats she enjoys writing her books much like Lee Child, by the seat of her pants. Her characters are flawed, her plots twist and turn and the endings you never see coming.

 

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My Review

5/5 stars

This is not the first book I’ve read by KJ McGillick, and it sure won’t be the last. She is definitely one of my go-to authors and I know she’ll deliver. In Spider Games, the first in the A Conspiracy of Betrayal series, she does exactly that.

The story centres around Kate o’Brien, a  family court lawyer who runs a legal practice with a friend, colleague and business partner, Bill Brown, ably assisted by the fabulous Paralegal, Norma. Things are progressing steadily, business is decent and Kate seems to have successfully put an abusive past behind her. 

When she is asked to stand in for Bill to attend a bail hearing for one of his clients, Kate soon realises she’s in over her head. With a murder charge in the offing, the client is uncooperative and Bill is nowhere to be found. When she finally tracks Bill down, she is moved aside as the FBI swoop in.  Kate is shocked and defensive of Bill, until it becomes apparent that he does not afford her with the same concern. Forging her signature is the least of his misdemeanours when we learn Bill has implicated Kate in every step of his web of lies and deceit. 

For Kate, extricating herself from his crimes and keeping herself and Norma safe becomes a major concern. Threats come at her from all angles, some with devastating effect.

Spider Games is a fast moving story. Once you start it, you’re in for the long haul. This is a series I’ll be following closely. Book one had all my favourite elements in a story – court cases, FBI agents, art and culture crime, Toby the cat, quick wit and sharp dialogue from a whole host of great characters … all progressing at breakneck speed into a cohesive whole. 

In a time when escapism is worth its weight in gold, you can do no wrong in losing yourself in this latest offering by McGillick. I’d totally recommend this to fans of quality legal and crime thrillers. 

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Book Release Blitz – In Plane Sight

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Happy release day to author Angelina Kerner, and happy Valentine’s Day!

Today we are celebrating the release of her novelette, In Plane Sight!

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In Plane Sight

Publication Date: February 14th, 2020 (Today 🎉🎉🎉)

Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Romcom/ Novelette

Do not get tipsy and talk to strangers on a plane because they might just end up being your new boss. One you kinda hooked up with to run away from your talkative neighbor… and the one who still has your hickey on his neck as he introduces the project and recognizes you. Yeah, my new job just went from zero to ‘oh my stars’ in seconds. I may just want to take flight…

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ANGELINA KERNER is an author of paranormal and lighthearted romance. She’s the wife of a photographer/physicist, and the mother of a cute little toddler, but she’s also been a dancer, a psychologist, an anthropologist, a geographer, a dreamer, and an adventurer. She does her best writing while being bothered by her cats, taking care of her son, in dressing rooms while waiting for family to try on clothing, and at home in sunny California. Angelina loves to play goddess-dragon matchmaker, transporting readers to a place where young goddesses have lovable flaws, the Fates plan to dethrone, the universe is endless and untamed, and dragons roam free! She also loves to write carefree romance where one can finish reading with a smile.

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Blog Blitz – One of Us

One Of Us

‘Leave, or die.’

Jess Dyer has won safety for her sister-in-law Ruth and proved her worth as the leader of her refugee community.

Sarah Evans has stood up to her parents and discovered who she can trust.

But the villagers still aren’t welcome. When the local population expresses its anger, can Jess keep everyone safe? And can she hold it together as Steward when someone she loves dies?

And how will Sarah react when her new fiancee Martin receives death threats, telling him he must leave her, and their village?

One Of Us is a gripping thriller about belonging and acceptance. It’s the third book in the Village trilogy, and the sequel to Sea Of Lies.

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Author Bio 

My name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.

What does that mean?

In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.

Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?

My books aim to fill that gap.

If you’d like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub. I’ll send you a weekly email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I’ll let you know when my books are on offer.

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Mini Blog Blitz ‘n’ Interview – Reclaimed by her Rebel Knight

It’s Q&A time on the blog today with Jenni Fletcher,author of Reclaimed by Her Rebel Knight.

So, without further ado, let’s go …

Reclaimed by her Rebel Knight

by Jenni Fletcher

Married to a perfect stranger

Reunited with her warrior husband

When Constance inherited her father’s lands she had no choice but to marry cold-hearted Matthew Wintour. He left her for the battlefield without even a wedding night. Five years later Matthew has returned—a valiant knight! But Constance is no longer a frightened girl. And this time she must reach out to discover the honourable man behind the armour and what pleasures await them in the marriage bed…


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Jenni Fletcher is Scottish by birth, but now lives in Yorkshire where she writes Medieval, Roman, Victorian and Regency romance novels. She studied English at Cambridge and Hull University and now teaches Creative Writing at a small university in the north of England. Her favourite Jane Austen novel is Persuasion and her favourite Brontë is Anne. If she had to choose a romantic hero it would be John Thornton, but maybe thats just because she’s northern.

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1 Coffee or tea?

Tea first, then coffee mid-morning, then tea again for the rest of the day. Always with some kind of chocolate biscuit.

Chocolate biscuits? A women after my own heart!

2 How did you start writing?

I always wanted to be a writer, pretty much from the day I started reading, but I didn’t really know how to get started. So I read a lot of other books, started a few times and gave up, and then one day woke up with this idea for a Medieval story. I wrote the first 3 chapters and sent them off to Mills & Boon, who encouraged me to finish the rest so I did. That turned into my first book Married to Her Enemy. I’ve written nearly every day since!

I love the Medieval era! Kudos for writing every day – that’s dedication. 

3 Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Read everything you can, but also work out what genre you like reading the most because that’s probably what you’ll enjoy writing, too. It’s not easy so it really needs to be a labour of love. Also get a Fitbit or you’ll spend way too much time sitting and snacking at a desk.

Ha ha! I have a Fitbit – it’s in a drawer somewhere. Does that count? 

4 What is Reclaimed by Her Rebel Knight about?

It’s a Medieval story set in 1214 so just before the year of Magna Carta. There’s a bit of political intrigue involving King John, but it’s really a romance between an heiress and a soldier who were married when they were both young and then didn’t see each other for five years. There’s also a scheming father and a mystery involving Matthew’s former step-mother and some noisy seals!

You had me at Medieval, but the seals sold it! 

5 Who are your writing inspirations?

There are so many. One historical romance writer who’s an auto-buy for me is Mary Balogh. She really goes deep into the psychology of her characters – I love that! I’m also a big fan of Kate Furnivall and Tracy Borman.

6. What next?

I have a Victorian book, Miss Amelia’s Mistletoe Marquess, coming out in December and I’ve just finished a Regency romance all about biscuits (some romance, mostly biscuits), but right now I’m writing a Viking story set on the Isle of Skye. So I’m keeping busy.

Vikings! I’m in – getting the biscuits ready!

Thanks for having me! Jenni x

You’re most welcome. 

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Blog Blitz – How NOT to write female characters

How Not To Write Female Characters

by Lucy V Hay

Female characters. When fifty per cent of your potential target audience is female, if you’re not writing them in your screenplay or novel? You’re making a BIG mistake!

But how should you approach your female characters? That’s the million-dollar question … After all, women in real life are complex, varied and flawed. Knowing where to start in creating three dimensional female characters for your story is extremely difficult. 

So … perhaps it’s easier to figure out how NOT to write female characters?

Script editor, novelist and owner of the UK’s top screenwriting blog http://www.bang2write.com, Lucy V Hay has spent the last fifteen years reading the slush pile. She has learned to spot the patterns, pitfalls and general mistakes writers make when writing female characters – and why.

In How Not To Write Female Characters, Lucy outlines: 

•WHO your character is & how to avoid “classic” traps and pitfalls
•WHAT mistakes writers typically make with female characters
•WHERE you can find great female characters in produced and published content
•WHEN to let go of gender politics and agendas
•WHY female characters are more important than ever

Lucy is on a mission to improve your writing, as well as enable diverse voices and characters to rise to the top of the spec pile. 

REVIEWS FOR LUCY V’S WRITING ADVICE: 

‘A timely guide to creating original characters and reinvigorating tired storylines. ‘
– Debbie Moon, creator and showrunner, Wolfblood (BBC)  

‘Lucy V. Hay nails it’
– Stephen Volk, BAFTA-winning screenwriter: Ghostwatch, Afterlife, The Awakening 

‘Packed with practical and inspirational insights’
– Karol Griffiths, development consultant and script editor, clients include ITV, BBC, Warner Brothers 

‘A top-notch, cutting-edge guide to writing and selling, not just practical but inspirational. Lucy’s distinctive voice infuses the entire journey. Quite brilliant. Here’s the woman who’ll help you make things happen.’
– Barbara Machin, award-winning writer & creator of Waking the Dead 

‘Delivers the stirring call to arms that writers must not only write, but take their work to the next level themselves, making sacrifices and taking risks if they want to see their stories on screen.’
– Chris Jones, Filmmaker, Screenwriter & Creative Director at the London Screenwriters Festival 

‘Writing and Selling Thriller Screenplays is a must-read for any writer, producer or director looking to create (or in the process of creating) a thriller production. It could also be immensely useful for those generally curious about the genre or looking to learn more.’ – Film Doctor

‘Lucy V Hay explains what a script reader and editor’s role in filmmaking, tells you to work on your concepts and that dialogue is the last thing to work on in her new book.’ – Brit Flicks

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Search “strong female character” online and you’ll typically get 400K+ results. Audiences want flawed, complex female characters more than ever and it seems *everyone* is talking about them. Audiences – particularly women – are making it clear they’re BORED with “the usual” characters they see on screen and in fiction generally. They’re demanding more varied role functions and representations in fiction for female characters … And what’s more, they’re getting them!

In novels, we’ve been treated to female protagonists like Jane in CL Taylor’s bestseller The Lie; or Jenna in Clare Mackintosh’s Kindle number one, I Let You Go; there’s also uber-antagonist Amy Dunne in Gillian Flynn’s modern classic Gone Girl. Active female protagonists have exploded onto the silver screen such as Ryan Stone in Gravity; Mallory in Haywire; or Luc Besson’s heroine of the same name in Lucy.

Women of colour are finally leading TV drama, such as Olivia in Scandal and Cookie in Empire; plus transwomen like Sophia in Orange Is The New Black and Judy in BBC’s Boy Meets Girl have appeared in comedies, not just “worthy” Oscar bait dramas like Dallas Buyers Club. There have even been TV shows in which the entire storyworld is a matriarchy, like The 100.

So, after an extended period in which female characters were seemingly samey or even sidelined altogether, audiences are finally being treated to the female characters we deserve in movies, TV, novels and more. Whilst there’s still some way to go, it’s definitely a step in the right direction!

Yet even with all this GREAT recent output, writers are still struggling with female characters in their DRAFTS. But why? Well chew on these reasons for size and discover how NOT to write a female character … Enjoy!

Author Bio

Lucy V. Hay is an author, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. Lucy is the producer of two Brit Thrillers, DEVIATION (2012) and ASSASSIN (2015), as well as the script editor and advisor on numerous other features and shorts.  Lucy’s also the author of  WRITING AND SELLING THRILLER SCREENPLAYS for Kamera Books’ “Creative Essentials” range, as well as its follow ups on DRAMA SCREENPLAYS and DIVERSE CHARACTERS.

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My Review

A useful guide that outlines the pitfalls of writing characters – especially female ones – without considering why that character exists and without falling back on clichéd stereotypes. With modern-day references to prove her points as well as her ‘in a nutshell’ summary of the key issues, the author gives us a quick read, worthy of notice by anyone wishing to write a good story with well-rounded characters.

Notably, what I gleaned from reading this, and it’s something the author repeats constantly, is that it’s about GOOD WRITING! Good female characterisation is about the STORY; it includes the emotional as well as the physical, and depends on well-researched information.

This is a quick read, but packed with useful information delivered in a concise fashion, and despite being aimed at female characters, the  advice herein could – and should – be considered when creating any well-rounded, three-dimensional character.

As the author says:

Your female characters can be absolutely anything  you choose – just choose wisely! Not for the sake of politics, agendas, box-ticking or femcrit, but for the sake of your STORY.

Any author – male or female – will take something from this book that helps them to create stronger, more memorable characters. Knowing the pitfalls outlined here will form a great addition to the writer’s toolbox.

As always,

 

 

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Mini Blog Blitz ‘n’ Book Review – Storms over Babylon (incl Giveaway)

Storms Over Babylon

The Time for Alexander Series Book 4

From the scorching plains of Persia to the opulent city of Babylon, Ashley and Alexander continue their sensuous and passionate journey through history.

Alexander the Great is now king of Persia and Greece – but his reign will be short.

Time-travelling Ashley knows when her husband will die. She’s determined to cheat Fate and save Alexander and her children, even if it brings the gates of time crashing down.

Following Alexander on a tour of his new kingdom, she plans her moves and bides her time. She must, however, convince Alexander to abandon his crown and his kingdom.

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Jennifer Macaire lives with her husband, three children, & various dogs & horses. She loves cooking, eating chocolate, growing herbs and flowering plants on her balcony, and playing golf. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. She graduated from St. Peter and Paul high school in St. Thomas and moved to NYC where she modeled for five years for Elite. She met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.

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My Review

This is the fourth book in the Time for Alexander series, and if you still haven’t read any, then you have some serious catching up to do. I’m not kidding, this series gets better with each new book.

I knew that this book dealt with Alexander’s death, and while I so wanted to read the story, I didn’t want to say goodbye to him yet.

But, back to the story, Alexander and Ashley head back to Babylon, The journey is torturous, the heat of the desert kills many, but so do the raging floods that hamper their travel and leave them depleted and low. The descriptions of the landscapes, the ‘unfortunate’ smells, the rituals of the different faiths held by the Persians, Greeks and Egyptians during this trek are vividly drawn, coming to life with every turn of the page.

Ashley has always known this time would come – the time when Alexander would die. As a time traveller, she also knows that should she meddle with history, her own life is at risk. Yet, her desire to save him is strong, despite Alex’s own thoughts on the matter. Their discussions about this resolve nothing, but her determination never falters.

While she might well have suggested not going to Babylon as a way to avoid his death, circumstances demand they go – Alexander’s mother has ordered their son Paul be returned to Babylon also. As a mother, fearful for her son, Ashley knows she must save him too, since Olympias is not to be trusted where Paul is concerned.

When Plexis (her lover and father of her son, Chiron – yes, the morality of those days differ greatly to now, and Ashley fell in with their ways so as not to stand out) is to be married en route to Babylon, the use of his formal name at the ceremony jolts Ashley’s memory and she realises his death is imminent too. She faces losing everyone dear to her. The tension mounts and as the reader I was sucked into Ashley’s world, willing her to succeed.

Events escalate rapidly – Plexis is badly injured, Paul may well be in danger, and Alexander falls ill. Each time, Ashley must decide whether she can intervene to save her loved ones. Her emotions are all over the place, being pregnant does not help. How can she save Plexis? Should she, now that he is married anyway? Will Olympias harm her first-born? How can Ashley stop her from afar? And then when her dear husband falls victim to a virulent form of malaria, she is powerless to help – the things she needs have not yet been invented! Can she accept fate? Well, I’m not saying, suffice to say the storytelling is sublimely clever at this point.

A truly wonderful series, and each time I’ve been left wanting more … this time is no exception. Clearly well-researched as far as Alexander is concerned, yet beautifully merged with Ashley’s futuristic mindset and knowledge. Inventive, creative and totally addictive.

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