Most fiction is written in the past tense. One theory as to why is
that early printed fiction included a lot of true crime stories, and
the author was either confessing to or reporting crimes and/or
adventures that had already occurred. Writing in the past tense allows
you to get a character from home to the office in a quick paragraph.
But the same action becomes more difficult in the present tense
because everything that’s happening in the story is in real time. Pick
your tenses wisely, and once chosen stick with that tense throughout
vs. adverbs: Horses don’t run quick - they run quickly. Quick is an
adjective. Quickly is an adverb. Adverbs modify verbs, and adjectives
to modify nouns.
– there, their and they’re are the most commonly known and are often
missed with spell check. It pays to go through your work with a
fine-tooth comb, particularly when using homophones such as complement
and compliment. Understanding usage is key.
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Are you telling
your readers how to feel, or are you asking them to go along with the MC’s
on their journey? Whether you
create a fantasy world, dig into the history of another era, or regale us
with tales about bad boy rockers, every author writes from their life
experience. True, you might not know a shape-shifting wolf, an 18th century
earl, or Adam Lambert, but embedded in your imagination is everything
you’ve learned and believe. It’s natural to color your books through your
emotional and moral prism. But, are you giving the reader enough depth of
character, change of heart, and tension in between for them to wonder where
the story is going? Are you challenging them to ask how will your MC’s get
together; make it through? The hardest
thing for a writer is to be objective. Yes, you created the people, the
town, and the world in which they are living, but when your characters
talk, are they speaking for you? Are they true to their motivations,
disappointments and desires? Are you listening to what they want? Do you
stop when writing dialogue and ask, "Is this what she would say?"
Or, when you re-read a passage, do you mutter, "He wouldn’t do
that," then change the scene? To write the
most satisfying read, pull yourself out of the equation. Be the creator,
then step back and let your characters behave as they will.
Hey guys! I hope that everyone
has a wonderfully magical holiday season full of laughter and love...and
maybe some liquor. This year was truly amazing, and I can't wait to see
what 2018 has in store.
Remember through this magical
season that love makes anything possible.
From my family to yours, may your home be filled with joy and light.
It's been a tough year. So much
has happened and the world has changed, for the worse and for the better.
One thing will always stay true though. The love I have as an author for my
fellow writers, and publishers. The passion I have for writing stories.
The festive season is upon us and I wish you all the best for your
celebrations and for
the new year ahead. May you and your families all stay safe and well,
and let's look forward to 2018 with positivity and hope.
~ Susan Mac Nicol
Happy Holidays to all my fellow
authors and amazing readers! Whatever is beautiful, whatever is meaningful,
whatever brings you happiness...may it be yours this Holiday Season, and
throughout the coming year.
Thank you for the love and support throughout 2017.
Roxanne D. Howard
Happy Holidays from sunny,
not-so-warm Charleston, South Carolina. I hope that you have a very happy,
healthy and safe holiday; whether you travel or stay home. From my family
to yours, we wish you a warm
and joyful holiday filled with love and laughter. We would also like to
send a special message to all of
the troops stationed abroad, thank you for your service, loyalty and
Lots of Love,
I confess that I don’t really
have the holiday spirit as much as many people. I’m more of a Halloween
So it was a huge challenge when Boroughs asked me to do a holiday romance.
Thankfully, my mom was a
Christmas nut, so she inspired the heroine in Metal
Dezra, a death metal singer, loves Christmas so much that her treat to
herself when she gets out of rehab for her
alcoholism is a solo vacation to Yellowstone, where she can have a
Christmas tree, a holiday feast, and enjoy a
winter wonderland. She is shocked when Curtis, a thrash metal guitarist who
she’d met in rehab, is staying in
one of the cabins at the resort. Curt is a humbug about Christmas and came
to the cabins to avoid his family.
Dezra is determined to get him into the holiday spirit. Metal and Mistletoe was a fun book to write and got me into the
spirit as well.
I’m putting up my tree this week and I have some horror movie themed
decorations to hang on it. Then I plan to
curl up by the fire and read all month so I can get inspiration for my next
Hearts of Metal book.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah,
Whatever you celebrate at this
time of year, may your days be filled with joy and your bookshelves lined
never-ending books and happily-ever-afters. Here's wishing you a storybook
season of cheer!
~ Marilyn Baxter
Hello, and Merry Christmas to
all readers and my family at Boroughs Publishing. I’ve been busy getting
for the season, and I’ve also been busy making music, playing Christmas
concerts at street fairs, libraries,
nursing homes and such. Christmas Day will be quiet - just Charles, me and
but we expect family for after-Christmas and New Year’s fun.
Have a wonderful Christmas and all the best to you and yours in 2018,
Sending warm holiday greetings
this wintry season, and wishing you and your family
comfort, joy, and hope this Christmas.
~ Adele Downs
Happy Festive Season
The Love Sabrists would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season.
Hailing from Australia, where
it’s summer, our Christmases tend to be hot. Christmas Day is usually spent
outside, at the beach or
in the pool. So, wherever you are, however you celebrate this holiday
season, we hope you enjoy this magical
time of year surrounded by loved ones. We wish you peace, happiness, and a
little bit of romance,
as well as happy reading for 2018. Keep an eye out for our Love Sabre
anthology out February 2018.
Tanya Kean, Megan Colville, Laura Simpson, Kristine Charles,
Rachael Howlett, Nardia Sheriff and Melanie Coles
May your holidays be merry and
your New Year be bright. Here's to reading books all day and all night.
~ Riley Parks
Brrrr...it’s chilly in my neck
of the woods in Cleveland, Ohio. It’s that time of year when I like to
snuggle under a
warm blanket with a cup of cinnamon tea in one hand and my favorite romance
in the other
(or watch my favorite Hallmark Christmas movie). I hope you have plenty of
reading and relaxing time.
Happy Holidays, my festive
At this time of year, I know we're all busy with parties, planning,
presents, and preparations. (Ha, alliteration!)
Don't forget to make time for yourself. You need to replenish your reserves
for everything that happens in this
season, so take a break, escape, relax; and what better way to rejuvenate
than to disappear into the pages of a book.
My book, Mystic, will lead you on a merry cross-country chase with
adventure, a few chuckles, suspense, and, of
course, romance. Although Mystic is not a Christmas story, it should
leave you with a smile or two. Mystic comes
out December 19, and until then you can count down the days with me by
following my Mystic Advent Calendar
on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GabiStevensfans)
or Twitter (@GabiStevens).
One peek into the book every day until its release.
Until then, Merry Everything, and may all your days be filled with wonder,
delight, and happiness.
Hope this holiday season
there's a Christmas party hop, mistletoe, and some
rockin' around the Christmas tree fun for you.
~ Sheri Humphreys
at Boroughs Wishes All of You a Joyous Holiday Season
& A Happy, Healthy New Year