Friday, November 21, 2014

No Books went to press, or back to press this week:
 


Galleys that went out, are STILL out, or went out again, this week:
 
Anne McPhail, retired pediatrician, shattered by her experience in Bermuda, rents a tiny house in Setenil, Spain, hoping to reconcile what she learned about herself and Thomas after the gunfire in that dark room on the island. But she sees a child on the terrace of the local cafe who doesn’t seem to belong to her minders and then Ari, the Mossad agent who saved Anne’s life, seeks her out with a plan to rescue the child.
 
 

 
ROYAL PRINCESS: WIFE AND MOTHER, Royal Hearts of Mondoverde Series, Vol. 1 by Anna Dynowski  
    Prince Stefano, Crown Prince of Mondoverde, never shirks the responsibilities attached to his privileged position. Born to reign and trained from birth, he accepts his life is not his own and does not complain about his duties to the House of Graziani, at least, not publically. But now he must wed and produce the next heir to the throne. Can he find a woman who is willing to take him on, embrace the public life of a royal princess, and produce the required heir?  

 
 
 REFINER'S FIRE, Sisters in Freedom Series, Vol. 2, by Ann Nolder Heinz
   A life in ruins—and a journey of deliverance...Lizzie Hamilton’s life as a pampered belle in the antebellum South is over.  Alone and destitute due to the disintegration of her family’s fortunes, she makes the mistake of trusting a handsome but unprincipled professional gamble whose silver-tongued promises lead only to disgrace and virtual servitude.
 
 
 
A VANISHING BREED, by Tom Ward, Jr.
    The story of Medic 1260 continues in the second book of the "Volunteer" series.
 

PERIPHERAL VISION, by Joan L. Cannon.
  
   Peripheral Vision suggests to a reader hints of deeper issues than those that comprise the stories themselves. Loss is a recurring theme, but often is approached with sidelong glances rather than only with head-on views.
 
 
DOING DEAD MAN'S TIME, by Matthew L. Schoonover
   From the author who brought you the supernatural thrillers of The Arbiter series and the impossible mysteries of The Tornado Man series comes a new tale of supernatural suspense. Phil Talbot is in the here-after, awaiting judgment. He is given the opportunity to come back to the mortal plane and fix the one mistake that changed his supernatural fate. But there are two conditions: he isn’’t to know what that mistake is, and he is not allowed to come back as himself. To add to this, the ‘‘other side’’ gets a hand in helping to decide his fate.
 
ANNALS OF A DANGEROUS HANDYMAN, by Geoff Geauteerre
   The tale of Henri Chabron, Canadian, American, commercial mercenary for hire, in the business of personal salvage. The fast-moving story story tells how a child, becoming a man in a world of lies, deceit and betrayal, is still able to preserve his soul.
  
 
THE BOY WHO COULD UNDERSTAND ANIMALS: Ancient Magic Series, Vol. 2 by Evelyn Frederick Moll
   It was a normal, hot summer day for Josh about the upcoming school year. Then thoughts of his
Gramps’s Ancient Magic book pop into his head.
 


 
THE KIDNAPPING OF SENATOR ANDY THOMPSON: Adventures on Capitol Hill Series, Vol. 1, by Celine Rose Mariotti.
    Senators Andy Thompson and Hunt Wagner lead the way in a spirited debate on a new health care bill and whether or not to stop President Robinson and Secretary Von Schumann from sending troops to Botswana.
 
Work began or Continued on the following books:   
 
THE LITTLE MORNINGS, by C. M. Albrecht
     Life's all about choices. Every time we turn around we have to make a choice. It's always choices. And most of the time we make bad ones. At least I do. I don't know why, but someway, somehow, I always make the wrong choice. It isn't because I don't know any better or lack sound advice. Time after time people--people who know--point out the error of my thinking and still by God, knowing that, and taking everything into account and admitting they're undoubtedly right, I still have to go and do it anyway.
 
 
THE MURDER OF SEC. JUDD KANE: Adventures on Capital Hill Series, Vol. 2.     by Celine Rose Mariotti
  
   
Do you ever wonder what it would be like to have U.S. Senators who really did their job, got along well, and stood up for what was right? This is not your typical book about politics.  It’s the perfect U.S. Senate!  Throughout the book, there is an ongoing health care debate.  Senators Andy Thompson and Hunt Wagner lead the way with a resolution to try to stop President Robinson and Secretary von Schumann from sending troops to Botswana.  But a real adventure begins when Senator Thompson is kidnapped and Brian Travors, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State is suspected of being involved.  Senators Hunt Wagner and Darius Clemens head a committee hearing to get to the truth.  President Robinson suffers a heart attack and Vice-President Barry Newman takes over temporarily.  This book is a real page turner!  Read it and you’ll have hope for tomorrow!
 
Earthquake in Messina Italy, in the early 20th Century
 
STORYBOOK II, by Elena Dorothy Bowman
      Within the pages of this book are stories that my mother once told me; of certain incidences that she remembered. But mostly it is compiled of the memories that were a part of all our lives.
    There were happy times and there were sad times. It was a time of struggle, of prosperity, of joblessness, of wondering where the next paycheck would come from.  Times when a “breadwinner” didn’t have the money to buy a quart of milk, put bread on the table, or a dime to ride the trolley to work. Even a time when the poor didn’t know they were poor. But always, a family that stood together no matter what problems they were facing.  

 
MINISTER'S SHOES, VOL. 2 by Celine Rose Mariotti
 
   Rev. Castle is back in another cozy mystery.


BLEEDING HEARTS: Killian Kendal Mystery Series, Vol. 1

   Winner of the Stonewall Society's 2002 Pride in the Arts Literary Award in the Whodunit Category!


REAP THE WHIRLWIND: Killian Kendall Mystery Series, Vol. 2,  by Josh Aterovis.
   Suicide, or murder? That's the question in the second Killian Kendall mystery. Will Smith suspects murder when an old childhood pal drowns, and asks his friend Killian for help in solving the mystery.


TRUTH OF YESTERDAY,  by Josh Aterovis

ALL LOST THINGS, by Josh Aterovis


CHANGE  OF WORLDS, by Josh Aterovis


Jack's News!
  by your bookstore cat,  gossip columnist, and feline friend.
 
I'm sure something is going on with SOME of you, but I haven't heard much this week. Please remember to e-mail us with "News for Jack" on the subject line and I will tell the whole world right here.
 
Roger has been practicing the guitar this week, and singing Christmas music. Hey, I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet, but whenever the Spirit moves you, it's time to play! He has a special song he sings, just for me. "How Much is that Mousie in the window?" Sometimes, I even sing along. Just can't help myself.
  
 
If you are going to have a book signing somewhere, 
make a personal appearance, or are 
planning a launch party where you live, 
please let ME KNOW. Just put 
 NEWS FOR JACK, in the subject line, 
and we will be sure your news 
 is included here in the blog and posted on Facebook!
 
Your friend, JACK

Thursday, November 20, 2014

What are the most common writing mistakes

by Eleanor Cross

Teddy Weiss is sick of it all: the jerks who constantly bully him because he is smarter than they are, being poor, and the frustration of being so close to changing lives with an incomplete invention because he is too poor to afford the materials.

When Teddy’s uncle comes into a lot of money, Teddy is nearly able to finish his invention at last, until wrongfully accused, Teddy is beaten severely by those who are constantly bullying him and he seeks revenge.
Question from the e-mail: What are the most common writing mistakes you see in the manuscripts that are submitted to you?

Answer: Quite a few keep turning up. One perennial favorite is mistaken spelling of homonyms.
Spell check will never find those as either spelling is a Real Word.  Here's the basic ones we see the most.

1.    Check homonyms and be sure they are used correctly. Problems often happen with words that sound alike, but are spelled differently. Watch out for words like hear and here, then and than, to (toward), too (more or also), and two (the number), there, their, and they’re, zinc and sink, and check them all carefully in the dictionary  We use the one at www.m-w.com as it's always up to date and gives American, not British, usage.

2.    Poorly formed transitions that don't orient the reader. A transition is when you move the reader from one place to another, or one scene to another, or one time to another–usually the opening sentence in a block of copy or scene. A good transition, like the lead in a newspaper or magazine article, should answer the questions, Who? Where? and When?

3.   Poorly formatted dialogue and mistakes in  dialogue punctuation: Make sure characters don’t waste time on small talk. Punctuate dialogue correctly. Never let two characters talk in the same paragraph. Commas and other punctuation go inside the quotes. And everything a person says at one time (even if they change the subject) goes in the same paragraph. Never let two characters speak in the same parqagraph.

4.  Punctuation of the  speech tags as part of the whole sentences.  When a quote is followed by a “speechtag” as in, ‘David explained.’– the tag that identifies the speaker is still part of the SAME sentence and so the end of the dialogue speech is connected with a comma (NOT a period), and then a close quote. The comma is there to show that the “said” that follows is still part of the same sentence. Dialogue quotes should not end in period when there is a speechtag. Tags like “Responded David”, or “Explained Mary” should never be capitalized as they are not a new sentence.  Use “said” most of the time. Never use animal sounds such as ‘he barked’ unless your character is a dog or a drill sergeant.

5. Action tags get caps as they are a new and separate sentence, but they can still identify the speaker, because the reader will assume that whoever moved also spoke as well. You must be careful there to be sure the person who moves really is the speaker.  If you want to show another character's reaction to the speech, change paragraphs. Treat the movement as if it were a dialogue reply.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Publishing Prize Offered



          
             

  2015 DELMARVA 

BOOK PRIZE GUIDELINES

The managers of the 2015 Delmarva Book Prize for $1000 are seeking books from all categories and genres —fiction, non-fiction, poetry. The contest is open to permanent and seasonal residents of the Delmarva Peninsula (from the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal to Cape Charles, VA).

Note:  AUTHOR must call the Delmarva Peninsula Home for at least part of the year. 

Note:This means any book with a publishing date on the copyright page that will be within the calendar year of 2015. We are already working on some of those.)

The prize will be presented to a book carrying an ISBN number and a first publication date of 2015.

The entrance fee is $25 per submission.

Submit your entry before 11/1/15 for consideration of the 2015 prize. Books with a firm publication date before 12/31/15 will be eligible. To submit your work, contact the prize coordinator at sweeneygf@aol.com.

The announcement of the winner and two finalists will be made in December, 2015.
Board members of the Eastern Shore Writers Association (ESWA) and the ESWA Education Fund are ineligible for the prize. 

By submission, an entrant or legal representative certifies that the entry is legal and that the entrant is the legal owner of the copyright. ESWA will not be liable for illegal submissions.

Any entry not conforming to the guidelines will be disqualified. ESWA will respect the intellectual property rights of entrants and will only use submissions for limited use of the prize.

ESWA reserves the right to reject any entry or change criteria without notice. Submission fees and books will not be returned.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Fiction Theme

Music Mystery Series, Vol. 1

by C. M. Albrecht

Detective Steve Music is a disillusioned cop with problems. Shelly Lambert is a woman who lost her son to a predator eight years ago. Continuing to suffer from grief and feelings of guilt, Shelly works with a coalition that helps locate missing childresn. When eleven-year old Jerry Beakey goes missing, Shelly and Steve join forces in their search for Jerry. That is, until Steve begins to unravel lies about Shelly's past, lies that rip them apart. Now, each separately continues to search for Jerry, but Shelly and Steve have to overcome their own demons if they hope to find Jerry—and catch a murderer.


 Question from the E-mail:  How do I know what the theme is in a fiction story? Does it really have to have one?  Do I have to know what it is, before I start to write?

Answer:  The theme is the universal truth contained in a work of fiction.  Any complete piece of fiction will express a theme by the time it is finished, whether you plan one or not.

Most of my face-to-face students look at me as if I sprouted warts when I say, "Fiction has to hold real truth." and "Nobody can tell your truth, but you." But, basically that's what I believe.

All fiction (yes, even crime novels) must have something to say (i.e. Crime doesn't pay!). The key for you, or any writer, is to figure out what you want to say. That's your theme. Even if you don't plan a theme, there will be one.

How you get it across is a matter of technique, and a matter of telling your shared truth in a way that only you can tell it.  For instance, "Cinderella" says "Love conquers all." I doubt it if really did. But in the story, love conquered all and that can be summed up in one line. If you can't one-line the theme, it usually means you're not focused enough on what the story really says.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Catching UP!


No Books went to press, or back to press this week:

 

Galleys that went out, are Still Out, or went out again, this week:
 
ROYAL PRINCESS: WIFE AND MOTHER, Royal Hearts of Mondoverde Series, Vol. 1 by Anna Dynowski  
    Prince Stefano, Crown Prince of Mondoverde, never shirks the responsibilities attached to his privileged position. Born to reign and trained from birth, he accepts his life is not his own and does not complain about his duties to the House of Graziani, at least, not publically. But now he must wed and produce the next heir to the throne. Can he find a woman who is willing to take him on, embrace the public life of a royal princess, and produce the required heir? 
 
 REFINER'S FIRE, Sisters in Freedom Series, Vol. 2, by Ann Nolder Heinz
   A life in ruins—and a journey of deliverance...Lizzie Hamilton’s life as a pampered belle in the antebellum South is over.  Alone and destitute due to the disintegration of her family’s fortunes, she makes the mistake of trusting a handsome but unprincipled professional gamble whose silver-tongued promises lead only to disgrace and virtual servitude.
 
A VANISHING BREED, by Tom Ward, Jr.
    The story of Medic 1260 continues in the second book of the "Volunteer" series.

 
DOING DEAD MAN'S TIME, by Matthew L. Schoonover
   From the author who brought you the supernatural thrillers of The Arbiter series and the impossible mysteries of The Tornado Man series comes a new tale of supernatural suspense. Phil Talbot is in the here-after, awaiting judgment. He is given the opportunity to come back to the mortal plane and fix the one mistake that changed his supernatural fate. But there are two conditions: he isn’’t to know what that mistake is, and he is not allowed to come back as himself. To add to this, the ‘‘other side’’ gets a hand in helping to decide his fate.
 
ANNALS OF A DANGEROUS HANDYMAN, by Geoff Geauteerre
   The tale of Henri Chabron, Canadian, American, commercial mercenary for hire, in the business of personal salvage. The fast-moving story story tells how a child, becoming a man in a world of lies, deceit and betrayal, is still able to preserve his soul.
 



 
 
Work began or Continued on the following books:   
 
THE BOY WHO COULD TALK TO ANIMALS: Magic Book Series, Vol. 2, by Evelyn Moll
   A young adult story of adventure.
 
Earthquake in Messina Italy, in the early 20th Century
 
STORYBOOK II, by Elena Dorothy Bowman
      Within the pages of this book are stories that my mother once told me; of certain incidences that she remembered. But mostly it is compiled of the memories that were a part of all our lives.
    There were happy times and there were sad times. It was a time of struggle, of prosperity, of joblessness, of wondering where the next paycheck would come from.  Times when a “breadwinner” didn’t have the money to buy a quart of milk, put bread on the table, or a dime to ride the trolley to work. Even a time when the poor didn’t know they were poor. But always, a family that stood together no matter what problems they were facing.  

 
 
THE MURDER OF SEC. JUDD KANE: Adventures on Capital Hill Series, Vol. 2. 
   by Celine Rose Mariotti
  
   
Do you ever wonder what it would be like to have U.S. Senators who really did their job, got along well, and stood up for what was right? This is not your typical book about politics.  It’s the perfect U.S. Senate!  Throughout the book, there is an ongoing health care debate.  Senators Andy Thompson and Hunt Wagner lead the way with a resolution to try to stop President Robinson and Secretary von Schumann from sending troops to Botswana.  But a real adventure begins when Senator Thompson is kidnapped and Brian Travors, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State is suspected of being involved.  Senators Hunt Wagner and Darius Clemens head a committee hearing to get to the truth.  President Robinson suffers a heart attack and Vice-President Barry Newman takes over temporarily.  This book is a real page turner!  Read it and you’ll have hope for tomorrow!

 

MINISTER'S SHOES, VOL. 2 by Celine Rose Mariotti
 
   Rev. Castle is back in another cozy mystery.


BLEEDING HEARTS: Killian Kendal Mystery Series, Vol. 1

   Winner of the Stonewall Society's 2002 Pride in the Arts Literary Award in the Whodunit Category!


REAP THE WHIRLWIND: Killian Kendall Mystery Series, Vol. 2,  by Josh Aterovis.
   Suicide, or murder? That's the question in the second Killian Kendall mystery. Will Smith suspects murder when an old childhood pal drowns, and asks his friend Killian for help in solving the mystery.


TRUTH OF YESTERDAY,  by Josh Aterovis

ALL LOST THINGS, by Josh Aterovis


CHANGE  OF WORLDS, by Josh Aterovis