Worth the Risk Release Date Update

The release date for Worth the Risk has been moved forward to June 13, 2018. This time travel romance with an immortal hero and a modern, sometimes psychic heroine, is shaping up to be my longest novel to date, so it has taken longer than I anticipated to complete. In the meantime, the good news is the pre-order period available in most markets has been extended with the price set to $2.99. Pre-order on Amazon at this price will be made available for a short time before release. I am also considering a box set of the previous books, but until then, the single titles available to catch you up to Worth the Risk are, in order:

The Castle - This novella length story is set in the fantasy world of time travelers and introduces Heather and her ill-fated love with the immortal Eric.

If I Stay - A full length novel, this story is set mostly in Regency England and also the fantasy world of the time travelers. The heroine, Ariana (Heather and Eric's daughter), is a time traveler with amnesia, and her hero is Justin, a Regency duke.

An Unsuitable Entanglement - This novella length story is set mostly in the fantasy world of the time travelers, with time traveling stops along the way! The heroine is Alison, a time traveler who begins her adventures with a hero far less serious than she, the outrageous Lord Percy from Regency England (the best friend of Justin).

Ghost of a Promise - this full length novel is a departure from the world of time travelers, but here, in this romantic suspense story set in a contemporary setting, is where you'll meet Carrie, the future heroine in Worth the Risk. But if you want to jump in here, to this first of the two stories featuring the Riley siblings, feel free to do so! Ben Riley, Carrie's brother, must work out the mystery of his death (yep, it's a ghost story) and save his wife Beth, who is the troubled heroine at the mercy of the worst in-laws a husband could ever imagine.

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Carrie and Eric (aka Nick until she learns his secret) have an epic adventure coming to you soon, I promise!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

My New Invention: The Script Method for Novel Writing (Part II)

I confess. The problem with writing a II or III part blog is that by the time I get back to the next part, I realize my "big idea" is not so big afterall. But I'm committed (or should be!) so here are my thoughts on what I compare to a script method for a rough draft.

It's filled with placeholders - - someone described it as "placeholders on steroids" - - and it by no means quality writing. It is both telling and showing. It is not thinking about dialog tags or pausing for any search for the right word. Ignore your thesaurus. Quick and dirty. Rough. (Oh, that's right I do not write erotica. I forgot. LOL) Nevermind! The idea is simply to get the thoughts down without stalling out on the details.

Using placeholders is not new to me. At the end of my first manuscript I had already started using placeholders to a limited extent. Especially for research or a description, or both. [Add historically correct description of the wedding dress.] But it's this deliberate combination of showing and telling in a rough draft that I find liberating.

Here is an example of what I mean by a rough draft of a scene using the script method.

The telling: [When Beth is asleep, Ben sees the taxi outside his window and goes to talk to Alex (fyi: Alex: the grim reaper taxi driver, Carrie: Ben's sister).]

Bits of showing with dialogue, not worrying about dialog tags:“She can hear me.”

“It appears so.”[pause] “Perhaps she can help.”

“No. I don’t want her involved in this.” [some emotion, frustration, anger] “Did you do this? Make Carrie hear me instead.”

[Ben hears Beth call out his name.] Ben!

[He looks to the house. Dark house, add atmosphere.]

“She’s calling for you.”

[conflit in Ben but he goes to Beth, bypassing the stairs in a ghost like instant and appearing at her bedside. Panic from Beth.]

“I’m here.”

[Relief from Beth] “I thought you were gone.”

[Resignation]“No, I’m a f***ing ghost remember? I can’t go.”

The flaw in my logic of the "script method" is that it, um, takes too much time. *looking sheepish* All those brackets and all. Yes, I confess. There is no method. I am a fraud. LOL

Okay, take away the brackets then. :)

I'm still convinced there is a value in the rough draft, by whatever name you call it. Something to be said for NOT STOPPING until the bare bones of the scene is there. Then flesh it out in revision. Do I need a placeholder for emotion? Do you? Maybe not. But it doesn't hurt. I'd rather have it there then a blank page.

Disclaimer: I reserve the right NOT to have a Part III to this topic. [reader expresses relief] LOL

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