Tuesday, 9 January 2018

AUTHOR, GLORIA FERRIS HAS DONE IT AGAIN



 I'm delighted to start the new year off by interviewing Gloria and showcasing this novel.

WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE IMAGES IN THE COVER DESIGN FOR SKULL GARDEN?
Skull Garden is the third in the Cornwall & Redfern Mystery series which is set in a small town with a greenhouse enterprise to which many of the characters have a strong connection. This glass cathedral in the forest has been the scene of attempted murder, illicit plots, and romantic interludes. In Skull Garden, my protagonist, Bliss Moonbeam Cornwall, takes on the task of combing the back roads of the county to locate abandoned cemeteries and document the tombstone data. However, she finds more than overgrown graves in these gardens of the dead. Or, should I say, she finds LESS.

YOU’VE WON AWARDS FOR YOUR WRITING OF LIGHT MYSTERIES. IS IT A CHALLENGE TO INJECT HUMOUR INTO MURDER PLOTS? 
The crimes in my mystery novels are treated with deadly seriousness. I don’t purposefully add humour to the characters or the situations they find themselves in. It just happens. Apparently, it’s my style of writing, so I’ve decided to embrace what comes naturally and roll with it.

MYSTERY AND WICCANS ARE MENTIONED IN YOUR BACK COVER BLURB. WOULD YOU DESCRIBE SKULL GARDEN AS A BLEND OF GENRES?
No, I don’t think it is. The Cornwall & Redfern mysteries are grounded in the real world. The Wiccan secondary storyline that pervades Skull Garden reflects today’s growing interest in earth magic. No one is levitating or casting love spells, but there is a Midsummer ritual which celebrates the return of darkness to the natural world. Bliss reluctantly attends, and this transitions into the pivotal scene near the end.

THE NOVELS IN THIS SERIES HAVE A BOTANY THEME COMMONALITY. WHICH TITLES ARE AFFILIATED WITH WHAT PLANTS?
In her first appearance in CORPSE FLOWER, Bliss can barely afford gas for her motorcycle. Her cousin offers her a generous fee to help him pollinate two Titan Arum (corpse flower) specimens, and she accepts. Only to become entangled in grow-ops, blackmail, and murder.
SHROUD OF ROSES takes place in winter. The greenhouse is filled with exotic flowers, but it’s a withered bouquet of roses found in an abandoned school that sends Bliss and her posse on a hunt for a killer who has re-appeared to strike again, and again …
As mentioned above, SKULL GARDEN refers to the decaying cemeteries hidden within the forested areas of our rural counties – sacred places of disappearing history. 

FANS HAVE COMMENTED ON THEIR ENJOYMENT OF YOUR QUIRKY STABLE OF CHARACTERS. WOULD YOU SAY THIS SERIES IS CHARACTER OR PLOT DRIVEN?
Hmm. Character or plot driven? I would hope both. Authors are often asked this question, but I enjoy reading novels that contain both strong characters and strong story lines. I admit I will occasionally read a thriller by a well-known author where the plot is so exciting and death-defying, I forget that the characters (while heroic and good-looking) don’t jump off the page – they jump into volcanoes, or off mountains, but not into my heart. After one of these action-packed adventures, I’m good for a while, and want characters I can see, hear, feel and, yes, taste. So, I strive to ensure my books contain both plot and characters the reader will love, or love to hate.

IN ADDITION TO YOUR CORNWALL & REDFERN MYSTERY SERIES, YOU CO-AUTHORED A CRIME THRILLER NOVELLA SERIES WITH ME. WHAT’S NEXT ON YOUR WRITING HORIZON?
I’m currently working on a genre-crushing fantasy. I planned it as a serious venture with much battling and blood, but I already know the blood and battles will be accompanied by a sarcastic female protagonist who takes no crap from her enemies, whether human gang members or the supernatural horde at the gates. Her male ally will be strong, handsome, and have muscles up to here.
Now, what else? I have another Cornwall & Redfern adventure in mind. Tentative title: Botanicus Mortus, but that will probably change. Will you and I write a third Blair & Piermont suspense novella? Only time can tell.

Looks like first order of business is to find an assistant. If only. 



 CONTACT INFO

Amazon Author Central Page

SKULL GARDEN LINKS


Universal eBook Link
Link to read 6 free chapters from Amazon:  http://tinyurl.com/ybumd7j9








Saturday, 16 December 2017

STEAL TIME FOR READING


 Pamper yourself when the hectic pace of Xmas shopping and meal planning is put to bed. I'm half-way through a mystery novel by B.V. Lawson, Played to Death, that is masterfully written. This author's polished writing voice and unique and entertaining metaphors has been like a breath of Spring air to this Canadian author.

Wishing you a festive & safe holiday season with
Time for Reading

Donna J. Warner, a Canadian crime thriller author's Charlie Brown Xmas Tree

Sunday, 10 December 2017

THIS THRILLER HAS IT ALL...A CARIBBEAN HOLIDAY GONE WRONG

This book has attracted readers who enjoy a story that can be read in a couple of hours, has many plot twists, suspenseful moments, lots of action, humour, and romantic antics.



Excerpts of a few 5-star reviews on Amazon:
"Great read!"
"Terror in the Caribbean. This thriller has it all."
"A tightly paced thriller."
"A read with elements everyone enjoys."
"You'll enjoy this novella.  I guarantee it."
Link Amazon.com

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

*DON'T FALL INTO THE TRAP OF OVERWRITING*


As an author/editor, I’m always looking for fiction writing and editing tips to share with visitors to my blog (www.djwarnerconsulting.blogspot.ca) and with participants at my writing workshops.  Below is an excerpt from Joanna Penn’s web site that I hope you will find helpful.  She suggests most genre fiction should tell the story in simple terms without ornamentation. A recommendation I support.  To read the full article and many more articles by Joanna Penn, go to:  http://www.Thecreativepenn.com


1.      Go ahead and overwrite to your hearts content in your first manuscript draft;
2.      Take a breather and step away from your work. It takes time to transition from your creative thinking to editing.
3.      Read your manuscript twice before starting to edit. Then convert to a PDF and click on the drop down menu, “Read aloud”.  Listening to someone else read your work will pick up problems you may have missed. I also find it helpful to print a copy and do one edit with a pen in hand.
4.      Look for markers of overwriting:
a.       Language usage that shouts, “I have a dictionary and a thesaurus”. Use these valuable tools sparingly;
b.      Make sure the dialogue is natural for your characters;
c.       Check for overly long sentence structure, paragraphs, and chapters;
d.      Don’t overuse adjectives and adverbs;
e.       Ensure you don’t repeat details, e.g. the eye colour of a character.
5.      Get honest and constructive feedback from beta readers (not only family members and close friends).  Be sure that your beta readers are familiar with your genre.
6.      Edit your manuscript many times. You’ll find things to improve every go through. Seek input from a professional fiction editor on the final draft.

7.      Read your manuscript from the perspective of a reader in case an error has slipped through the many edits. Then, let it go and see if it soars.

Friday, 17 November 2017

PRE-XMAS EBOOK GIFT OF A CRIME THRILLER NOVELLA

 

An Author's Xmas Wish List

If you've enjoyed our Caribbean adventure, Targeted, and/or Death's Footprint, set in Canada's historic Quebec city, please consider posting a short review, saying what you liked about it and selecting a 4 or 5-star rating, on  your country (or our country's)  Amazon.ca or .com page or on my Donna Warner's Goodreads Author Page author page.
If this will be your first posted review, see below for easy steps to follow:
Posting a Book Review on Amazon
By providing a book review with a star rating, you help like-minded readers discover a good read, and provide valuable feedback that may increase an author’s book sales and let them know you appreciate their work. Over 85% of all Amazon Kindle readers rely heavily on book reviews before making an online book purchase.
More reviews get authors exposure to other book review sites, blogging communities, and book clubs. Before you can post a review on an author's book, you need to have an Amazon account that has successfully been charged for the purchase of a physical or digital item. Free digital downloads don't qualify. You don't need to have purchased the book on Amazon that you're reviewing. There's a 48-hour waiting period after your first physical order has been shipped or your digital item has been purchased before you'll be able to submit your review.
How to Submit a Book Review on Amazon:
1) Go to the product detail page for the book listed on Amazon.ca or Amazon.com  
2) Click "Write a Customer Review" in the customer review section
 3) Click "Submit".
Your feedback is truly helpful and very much appreciated.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

A TWO-DAY WINDOW TO OBTAIN THIS ROATAN ISLAND ADVENTURE FOR FREE


Book #1 in our Crime Thriller Series,  "Targeted" available in eBook format, complimentary, during an Amazon.ca Kindle Select promotion on Nov. 10 and Nov. 11, 2017.

The Amazon.com ranking of Targeted's free eBooks at 3 p.m. on Nov. 11 is very encouraging:


This book has attracted readers who enjoy a story that can be read in a couple of hours, has many plot twists, suspenseful moments, lots of action, humour, and romantic antics.


Excerpts of a few 5-star reviews on Amazon:
"Great read!"
"Terror in the Caribbean. This thriller has it all."
"A tightly paced thriller."
"A read with elements everyone enjoys."
"You'll enjoy this novella.  I guarantee it."



Wednesday, 25 October 2017

CO-AUTHORING....NOT FOR EVERYONE



By  PAM BLANCE   (aka one-half of Jamie Tremain)

Writing generally is a solitary occupation. You are in control of your thoughts and meanings. You are responsible for your mistakes but also for the brilliant prose you type onto your computer. The only voice you hear is your own until a publisher or editor has their hands on your masterpiece. 

Not so in a collaboration. When writing with a partner there are a few dos and don'ts.

·         If you Do decide to write with someone make sure it is a person you respect and like.
·         Do set a schedule to meet up and have face to face brainstorming sessions. Being on the same page is important. A fresh pair of eyes can spot mistakes. The brilliant word or sentence you are sure will win you an award will be weeded out by your partner. Do listen to them and don’t get upset. You will be doing the same to them in the next paragraph.  
·         Do follow through with the work if your collaborator is waiting to start the next chapter.  
·         Do trust you partner enough to get on with the story when you are not available. Life gets in the way sometimes. 
·         Do have a shared vision of your finished product. 
·         Do speak up and voice what you don’t like. You can’t move forward if you are not in agreement.
·         Don’t lose your sense of humour.
·         Don’t let your ego get in the way.
·         Don’t be swayed by all the advice and how to you receive from other writers, this list included.
·         DO what works for you.

When you have established how you will work together, this is the time to have a legal contract. My writing partner and collaborator Liz Lindsay (we write as Jamie Tremain) have been writing for many years. Our first book is now published. The Silk Shroud was published in February 2017. After many revisions and back and forth we saw our hard work and our vision of being published authors come to fruition. This way of writing works for us. We work in real time on Google Drive and meet up once a month, as we live in different cities. 

Other collaborators work differently. In our case, we never change anything unless the other agrees. Others make changes when they see a mistake and fix it. If you decide to write with a partner you will find your own flow and set your own rules. 


Liz Lindsay & Pam Blance (AKA Jamie Tremain)
 Jamie Tremain Blog - Mystery/Crime Writers' Blog
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