7 Tips for Paranormal Writers

Great article! If you are a writer of Paranormal novels, or you fancy giving it a go — here are some great tips from Jacqui Murray!

Reblogged from A Writer’s Path

 

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by Jacqui Murray

One of my writing gigs is as an Amazon Vine Voice. They send me free books (and other products) and I share my honest opinion. If you go to Amazon, you’ll find a label (Vine Voice) by my name, as you will with all of the other Vine reviewers. It just means we accept the responsibility to share our thoughts as objectively as possible.

When I log into my Vine account, I find a list of a couple hundred books to choose from. I can pick the genre so I don’t end up reading a travel book when I’d prefer a thriller, but, it’s not an exact science. More often than expected, I’ve been surprised. For example, Richard Bausch‘s fantastic new book that I’d consider more brainwork than I normally subscribe to is included under thrillers–which is usually reserved for plot-driven, non-stop action stories.

This is my long way of explaining how I’ve stumbled on and enjoyed several paranormal novels which normally I would have skipped such as Heather Graham’s Krewe of Hunters series and Carsten Stroud’s Niceville trilogy.

WiseGeek defines paranormal this way:

Paranormal stories encompass elements of the paranormal such as ghosts, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, and any sort of magical or otherworldly creatures. This type of fiction often goes beyond fact and logical explanations to speculate about the things that cannot be seen or proved, such as extrasensory perception (ESP) and alien life.

If you’re a paranormal author or reader, here’s what you’d expect out of your story:

  • paranormal is not fantasy, though it may be similar. The characters include ghosts, vampires, psychics–that sort–set in a real-world setting. Here’s a test: If you can remove the paranormal creatures and what remains is a world much like what you see around you, it’s paranormal rather than fantasy.
  • create a solid mythology. It doesn’t have to match what the standard opinion of vampires or werewolves is, but it needs to be believable.
  • include a strong female lead. From what I understand from my paranormal-writing friends, this is the current trend and a popular one.
  • the main character may or may not have supernatural abilities–or they may be hidden–but should include a core of goodness that directs his/her actions.
  • include lots of conflict between the supernatural world and the human world.
  • the villain is likely darker and more powerful than the main character.
  • if you include a romance as a main plot point or subplot, you’re probably writing for the sub-genre, paranormal romance.

If you write paranormal, what would you add to this list? How can I explain it better?

 

 

Guest post contributed by Jacqui Murray. Jacqui is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman  and is the author/editor of dozens of books on integrating tech into education, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, and Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers. You can find her book on her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.  

 

 

 

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Go to my website – www.karenaminadra.com and get your FREE copy of Charlotte ~ Pride & Prejudice Continues!

 

 

Jane Austen’s best-loved novel, Pride & Prejudice continues…

2012 B.R.A.G.MedallionTM Honoree.

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Charlotte19-10-12When Charlotte Lucas married Mr Collins, she did not love him but had at least secured her future.
However, what price must she pay for that future? She once said she was not romantic, but how true is that now after almost one year of marriage?
Mr Collins is submissive in the extreme to his patroness, and his constant simpering, fawning and deference to the overbearing and manipulative Lady Catherine de Bourgh is sure to try the patience of a saint, or at least of Charlotte.
As Charlotte becomes part of Hunsford society, she discovers she is not the only one who has been forced to submit to the controlling and often hurtful hand of Lady Catherine.
She feels trapped and realises her need for love and affection. She is not as content as she once thought she would be. The easiest thing to do would be to maintain the peace and do as she is told. But as Charlotte witnesses the misery around her due to her inimitable neighbour, she must decide to remain as she is or to begin a chain of events that will change not only her life but also the lives of those around her in the village of Hunsford forever.
But…after all, doesn’t every girl deserve a happy ending?

A Bumper Giveaway of Kindle ebooks by Various Authors!

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To celebrate the release day of THE SUITABLE BRIDE I am doing a giveaway competition!!

You can come along to the even too – it’s online and we’ll have lots of shenanigans on facebook! Click HERE to join!

ANYONE can be a part of the giveaway –  all you need to do is click on this link and follow the instructions on Friday 15th July! THE SUITABLE BRIDE RELEASE DAY GIVEAWAY

You’ve got to be in it to win it! 😀

Good luck!!

Karen x

 

 

Prizes include….
Charlotte – Pride & Prejudice Continues book 1 by Karen Aminadra
Rosings – Pride & Prejudice Continues book 2 by Karen Aminadra
Wickham – Pride & Prejudice Continues book 3 by Karen Aminadra
All That We Are by Holly J.Gill
Vigilante of Shadows by Miranda Stork
Reaper’s Deliverance by Miranda Stork
Shadows in the Darkness by Miranda Stork
Conner by Miranda Stork
Her Charming Heartbreaker by Sonia Parin
Her Perfect Mismatch by Sonia Parin
Silence of Scandal by Jackie Williams
The Sweetest Kiss by Marie Higgins
A beautiful necklace with a Louisa M. Alcott quote from Caroline F. Levy
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Listen to me read a snippet from The Suitable Bride!

This afternoon I recorded a little snippet from The Suitable Bride for you to listen to on SoundCloud. I wanted to email it out to my subscribers before I put it up on my blog. After all, you should hear it first, right?

The Suitable Bride is out on Friday 15th July through Amazon exclusively for the first 90 days only – I explain more in the audio clip!

Here’s the preorder link – http://geni.us/FG7vJtl 

Please click this link below to listen to a little bit from The Suitable Bride!

 

(Well done to my subscribers who noticed that I named it The Spice Bride in their email! – oops!)

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10 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block

Ever wondered how to overcome writers’ block?
In this great article, Vincent Mars gives us 10 ways to overcome writers’ block!

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by Vincent Mars

For us writers, few things are more frustrating than to finally sit down at our desks after taking care of real life chores only to be struck dumb by the blank page or the white screen. Writer’s block can be quite disabling, a form of writerly constipation that the harder we try to overcome, the more it aggravates. It pleases me to say that I have not suffered from this writer’s malady for a long time, which I believe is largely due to the conscious defenses against it I have taken. If you have the time, I would like to share these with you.

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Review: Lavender Lane by Christina Jones

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Home is where the heart is…

Bob and Amy Phillips and their four grown-up children run Lavender Cabs in the small Berkshire market town of Appleford.
Everyone is involved.
The business has grown – through three generations – into a thriving taxi and garage business.
But when Bob is taken ill, he and Amy decide to retire to
Devon, but to do this they would have to sell the business which would throw the entire family’s lives into turmoil…

 

 

 

 

51cP-TWLOxL._UX250_Christina Jones is a much beloved and prolific British Contemporary Women’s author. I have meant to do a review on one of her books for simply ages, but never got round to it!

 

Lavender Lane is about the Phillips family…and its extended members. And therein lies my only complaint about Lavender Lane; there are so many characters in the book that it took me quite a while to get my head around who is who, I have to admit!
However, the book is a fabulous read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The sign of a good writer is that they can get you emotionally involved and caring about the characters. So, when Bob was taken ill, despite being warned in the blurb about it, I still cried. Yes, actual tears! She even managed to have me hating a couple of the characters — read it and you’ll know who I mean. I am so glad they had their own ‘happy ending’ to everyone’s satisfaction.
I particularly love the way Christina weaves all the different threads of the tale together, with misunderstandings and arguments galore, but brings them all neatly to a satisfying conclusion too. And that’s how the book ends; in total and utter satisfaction!
I would heartily recommend her novels and I look forward to getting to the next one nestled atop my reading list!

Check out Lavender Lane by Christina Jones HERE.

 

 

Why I am choosing Kindle Unlimited….

KINDLEI have taken the decision to enroll The Suitable Bride in Kindle Unlimited for a period of 90 days.
WHY?
Because of all those readers who actually pay out the $10 each month to subscribe, simply put.

It does not make sense long-term for an author who has many books, like I have, to have all their books for sale only through one outlet. That is not fair for B&N, Kobo, Sony, iTunes shoppers!

But, for the first 90 days — that’s from 15th July until 15th October — I shall have The Suitable Bride on Kindle Unlimited. This means if you are a subscriber to KU that you can read the book for free!! We all love a free book, eh? 😉

For everyone else, I shall put the preorder and the book available for 1 WEEK FROM RELEASE DAY ONLY at 99cents! That way, it’s almost free for you! 🙂 (from Friday 15th July to Friday 22nd July)

I want as many of you to be able to read it as possible. So I have taken this decision, but from 22nd July onwards it will be available through ALL major stockists! Yay! 😉

Karen x

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Why I Write Science Fiction & Fantasy

Read why Kate M. Colby writes Science-fiction and Fantasy novels and what revs her motor!

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If you follow me on social media, you may have seen this month’s exciting announcement: for the second semester, The Cogsmith’s Daughter (Desertera #1) will be taught in a university classroom.

This time, TCD features in a Science Fiction & Fantasy literature class. When I saw the syllabus, I nearly cried. To have my book read alongside such legends is an incredible honor—and one I do not take lightly.

In fact, it got me thinking…what is it about Science Fiction and Fantasy novels (and TV shows, movies, video games, etc.) that I love so much?

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