Thursday, 21 March 2019

BORN TO SHOP?




If you support the motto..."Born to Shop", mark April 14th on your calendar for a day of shopping in beautiful Elora. Visit vendor tables of local artists at the Grand River Raceway (Elora Casino) Grand Craft & Gift Market from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Drop by to chat with Gloria Ferris and I. Our mysteries, thrillers, and urban fantasy books will be on display for purchase and signings. See you there!

Monday, 11 March 2019

THANKS TO ALL ENTRANTS OF THIS AMAZON GIVEAWAY CONTEST.





A shout out of thanks to all the #readers who entered one of two contests for a chance to win a  paperback of "Death's Footprint".  This contest has now ended. Click on this cover on the right side of my blog to purchase a print or Kindle version.



 







Click on the AmazonGiveaway contest for a chance to win a paperback copy of "Death's Footprint", a #crime #thriller. No purchase necessary.  Ends the earlier of Mar. 18 11:59 p.m. PDT or when all #prizes are claimed.

Saturday, 2 March 2019

CHEERS TO STRUCTURING YOUR NOVEL OR NOVELLA



Donna J. Warner, Author of Mysteries/Crime Fiction & a Fiction Editor


Donna J. Warner’s Adaptation of the “Snowflake Method” of Story Design
 

1. What is your thesis statement or elevator pitch? Suggest avoiding character names.
2. Expand on the above statement.  Write a paragraph (5-6 sentences) about the story set up, climaxes, and conclusion. This summary can be extremely helpful to develop your story synopsis for publication consideration.
3. Develop profiles for your characters. What’s their name, storyline, professional history, beliefs, goals, personal relationships, skills, physical or emotional pluses or handicaps? Make main characters memorable/interesting.
4. Create a spreadsheet to plan and review your draft manuscript: a) timing and sequence of events by chapter; b) POV for each scene; c) check for any plot holes; d) compare word length of chapters; e) scene/chapter settings; f) goal for each scene to advance the plot; and f) avoid over-describing character details, e.g., telling readers 3 times that your protagonist has green eyes.

This style of spreadsheet may boost writing energy; help to ensure the story is revealed in proper sequence, and assist you with self editing. Some find adding a column for, "Chapter Goal" helpful. The fourth column is useful when creating a synopsis for your story because it highlights key components of each chapter.

CHAP-TER
SETTING/
DATE/TIME
CHARACTER
DESCRIPTIONS and/or POVs
4-5 SENTENCES TO CAPTURE ACTION, PLOT ADVANCEMENT &/OR CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
# OF PAGES
FOLLOW UP NEEDED (Research/ Remove Filler Words/Repetition) 




















What’s a “Filler Word”?
These are words or phrases that creep into our writing during the drafting stage. They don’t add meaning to a sentence.  Avoid them in your final drafts to create more powerful sentences.  Some examples of these pesky words are: just; very; that; then; but; of; seem; only; slightly; maybe; perhaps; actually; a little; in the event that.


Monday, 11 February 2019

2019 BOOK SALES & SIGNINGS FOR GUELPH AUTHORS

GLORIA FERRIS & DONNA WARNER 2019  BOOK SALES & SIGNINGS

April 14/19, 11 a.m - 3 p.m.: Grand River Raceway Spring Craft Show, Lighthouse Building,(Elora Casino)  Elora, Ontario

May 4/19, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: King George Public School Craft Market, 72 Lemon St., Guelph, Ontario






 
Donna J. Warner, Crime Thriller Author's Interview by Erin FM Radio
Targeted (book #1) takes place in the Caribbean; Death’s Footprint (book #2) in Canada’s historic Quebec City. Donna’s both novellas are featured in the Blair & Piermont crime thriller series co-authored with award winning mystery author, Gloria Ferris.
Prior to being a fiction author (traditional and indie published) Donna was communication and project manager for the Canadian Network of Toxicology Centres, taught college-level courses, and tutored students of English as a Second Language. She is active in writers’ community groups and enjoys mentoring finalists in the annual teen writers ETCH anthology. Donna is a member of International Thriller Writers and resides in a rural community adjacent to Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Amazon Author Page
                                           








Buy Links for Donna's eBook and Paperback Books


 Universal eBook link for Targeted                             https://www.books2read.com/u/mV7dVA
Amazon Universal Worldwide link for Targeted                  getbook.at/Amazonworldwide
Amazon Universal Worldwide for Death’s Footprint           getbook.at/Amazondeathfootprint
Universal eBook link for Death's Footprint                https://www.books2read.com/u/mqZK18

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

A HORROR FANTASY WITH HISTORICAL EVENTS


My guest is Cheryl R Cowtan. She is a long-time fan of Anne Rice and Stephen King and prefers her vampires to be razor-sharp predators with sultry sensibilities ruling over gothic settings.
Cheryl R. Cowtan, Author of  "The Fergus She" Gothic Horror Series & More
 Click to visit: Cheryl's Web Site


Combining the classic genres of horror and fantasy with historical events and the Canadian landscape, Cowtan creates complex stories rich with tension.
Cowtan’s writing has been called “impressive”, “raw and thrilling” and “stunningly beautiful”. Her debut Gothic Horror, Girl Desecrated, is an award-winning novel and book I in The Fergus She vampire gothic series. In The Fergus She book II, Master of Madhouse,she thrills vampire fans with a blood-letting, old-school Dracular in the form of Lord Gräfen.

Cheryl’s novels are for readers who love to unravel fast-paced, evocative page turners; enjoy plot-twists; relate to tragic but resilient characters; indulge in sultry scenes and take pleasure in classic tropes.

If you seek gut-wrenching suspense, this author is for you!



..The reader has no choice but to make the best of the situation, both enthralled and disturbed by this novel’s stranglehold on one’s consciousness. What a gut-wrenching pleasure to read!
 

 A SAMPLING OF 5-STAR REVIEWS OF 'MASTER OF MADHOUSE'

Such a mix of energy, violation, revenge, hate, love, determination, and angst! All beautifully told.  I loved it. Recommended. Amazon UK reader
 
Sure to be a new Gothic classic. A heart-racer of a story, the action never stops.

The story is excellent, no choppy parts, well constructed and excellent Research: language, places, historical placing.

This is a superbly well-written story which captures the imagination of the reader and draws them in with (Cowtan’s) unique storytelling style and enticing narrative on the gothic era, mystery, and intrigue.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and will continue to follow this author – Tanya Writer


PLOT PREVIEW

JANE EYRE meets BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER in this addicting Gothic Fantasy series!

Determined to escape her destiny as host to the beautiful blood-sucking vampire, Scarlett, Rachel wields Scarlett's demon-magic and accidentally launches herself headlong into another century, straight into the arms of Gräfen, Lord of the Vampires.

A two-hundred-year separation has not been long enough to cool Gräfen's desire for his sultry demon-wife Scarlett. So, when Gräfen finds Rachel in control, and Scarlett, the oppressed entity in the body they share, his lust turns into a predatory rage that fuels a campaign of vampiric torment. 

Held prisoner in a Gothic mansion and surrounded by a bedlam of servants, Rachel suffers Gräfen's gas-lighting seductions until her will begins to weaken. Gräfen is sadistic, but alluring, and Rachel's lifelong dysfunction is serving his game. As they begin to connect on a deeper, darker level, Scarlett grows envious.

 Can Rachel rally an army from the macabre mob in Gräfen's serfdom, or will she become eternally obedient to his voracious and unnatural demands?

And if so, will Scarlett allow it?