He’s never studied music, and indeed, can’t read a note. It comes to him down in his soul – a true gift from God…
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For the next three days, if you purchase my debut novel “The Clearing” (Amazon, priced at 99 cents), I will email you a coupon code to get my new ghost story anthology “Restless Souls: 3 dark fables” FREE on Smashwords! All you have to do is email me at “firstname.lastname@example.org” after making your purchase, and I will email you the coupon…
You can feel it, can't you? It's a different feel in the air, an unsettling tingle in the coolness that tweaks the air on your arms, makes you glance furtively at shadows as you pass by empty doorways. Leaves freshly dead scuttle across the sidewalk, the soft scraping of their skeletal flesh sending chills up your soul. A distant train whistle echoes into the night, lonely, isolated. Suddenly, the chill air no longer signals a need for that streaming cup of hot chocolate typically revered for those who worship crisp fall nights. Every nerve is on edge and alert, and a slick of sweat begins to creep through your pores as you glance in all directions. A quick look at the clear night sky reveals a moon two days from full, and you realize: You're alone on the street. What better time to read of werewolves and spirits? Particularly when the reading is done for - well, practically free. Picture this. You breeze over to Amazon, search for Thomas Rydder, find my two books, and click to buy. Almost instantly - and for a total of $0.99 - you have the makings of a creep-filled evening of reading pleasure. By the time your purchase is confirmed, that cherished cup of aforementioned choc-o-late is beeping in the microwave. You sigh into the recliner, the blanket comes up, the Kindle comes on, and you click on "Restless Souls: 3 dark fables", and read -
“Get the hell outa here!”
A boot sailed across the room, bouncing off the wall when the scraggly tabby cat dodged hastily. “Bloody hell. A man can’t even grab a few winks without you wailing for something.” He ran a grimy hand through his greasy, sleep-do hair and staggered over to the mirror to squint at his reflection in the tarnished glass.
“Jesus. Jeremy, how could it possibly get any better than this?” Scratching under his arm, he reached for the baggy dungarees hanging over the chair and pulled them over his bony legs, yanked on the socks from last night, and cursed when he realized he’d have to retrieve his boot from its resting place against the wall. First came a few handfuls of water from the stained sink, then a hasty straight-back comb and a stained, threadbare shirt over the thin, stooped shoulders.
The yellowed, buzzing fridge grudgingly offered green bread, a bag of potatoes, and an apple with one brown spot. Teeth sank into the apple while eyes swept over his kingdom. A sagging mattress and box spring sans frame, one floor lamp with a crooked shade, a dresser with one drawer missing, and three books: “The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce,” John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men,” and a King James version of the Holy Bible. The last was a nuisance. He hadn’t read a page of it, but it had been a gift from mum, and every time his hand had poised over the dumpster out back, a vision of her pitiful face during his last visit to her hospital room came to mind. So it stayed and gathered dust. Even had a couple nibbles out of one corner from a scuttling tenant who lived in that hole behind the fridge.
He yanked open the top drawer of the dresser. A wallet, two watches, a purse, and best of all, an Ipod he’d managed to snatch from some brat at the mall. The kid had sounded like an air-raid siren as Jeremy had pelted away, and he had been so scared he’d not stopped running for 3 blocks. Damn near killed him, but it would be worth it. Ernie would pay good money for this baby – ohhhh yeah. Going to hold that one for awhile, though. Save it for when he needed some smack real bad. The wallet held a Master Card and 15 bucks. Not much, and the Master Card was useless, but he’d eat today. Use the MC and get your mug on a camera…can’t have that. Needed to get a fix, though, so what’s in the purse? Yeaaaaah. A whopping 37 bucks grinned back at him, might as well be saying “shoot that stuff in, baby.”…
I just hope you remembered to lock your door…
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A small town in western Pennsylvania – quaint, simple, peaceful. That is, until The Elder takes up residence. He has an agenda – one that is 1,000 years old, and cannot be denied. One that will change the lives of many – and end the lives of any who interfere.
1. ”Do Unto Others” (short story) - Jeremy is a street hood, lawless and unchained. When he is wronged by a local businessman, it becomes his mission to seek revenge. But his new enemy has friends – ones that don’t take kindly to intruders.
2. ”Colors” (short story) - Harrison Street. attorney, biker wannabe, coward. When he finds the bike of his dreams, it seems too good to be true. It is.
3. “Simona Says” (novella) - Simona has had it rough. Death, disenchantment, and disappointment are all part of her life. She wants to be happy for a change, and she’s willing to do just about anything to find some.
(By Marcy Kennedy, intro by Kristen Lamb)
Writing a stand-out novel involves a lot of individual pieces working together in perfect concert. If there’s no solid plot? Readers get confused, lost or bored. If the plot is great, but the characters are all one-dimensional paper dolls? No one cares. If we butcher grammar, spelling and formatting? It’s a formula for dismal sales or even a long line of one-star reviews from ticked off readers.
Hey, the world may think writing fiction is easy, but we all know differently ;).
One of the best ways to move plot forward with increasing momentum and to create living, breathing characters is by harnessing the power of dialogue. As an editor for twelve years, I can tell you dialogue is one of the single largest components of writing great fiction, and it’s the part that’s most often butchered. The story can be great, the setting, the prose?
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By Bryan Cohen:
Self-motivation is crucial for authors, regardless of which publishing path you choose. Writing a book is difficult enough, but when you add on editing and marketing, it can feel impossible. And I’m crazy enough to have self-published 32 times. How did I do it? I learned a few ways to trick myself into doing work when my brain wants nothing but mindless entertainment.
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By Miral Sattar:
At every writers conference or self-publishing panel the question that almost always inevitably comes up is: “How much will self-publishing really cost me?”
Because the book publishing industry is one of the last industries to go digital, it’s going through a quick transition. As a result of this shift, authors no longer need to go through the traditional gatekeepers to publish high-quality books and are instead moving toward self-publishing. Launching a book is like launching a startup. Putting together a quality book involves not just writing it, but getting it edited, then formatted, designing a cover, and having a marketing strategy around it.
Below, I break down the costs of how much professional services will cost you for a high-quality book.
(For the purposes of calculation we’ll assume you have a manuscript that is 70,000 words.)
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This morning, I (and I’m sure you did, too) crawled out of a warm bed, had a hot shower, and shuffled into the kitchen for a hot cup of coffee.
On this day of rest, we sleep in, prepare a huge feast, and either welcome others into our home, or are ushered into one. At some point or another, you are likely to see a family member who you don’t care for much, and who you do your best to avoid at all costs.
When you feel that evil little devil telling you to run and hide in the kitchen, close your eyes and say a prayer for the 18,000,000 children in the U.S. who have neither parent and are living in orphanages, or in the streets – and who would give anything to have a roomful of aunts, uncles and cousins.
The time has come to share that sumptuous repast, and you gather around the table to pray.
In those prayers, please take a moment to remember the 31,000,000 Americans who live in or on the edge of hunger.
After dinner, the kids go upstairs to play video games, and the “grownies” sit around to catch up on times. You regale your Uncle Pete with the story of how little Bennie broke his leg in football practice, and what a brave trooper he was at the hospital.
Pause in that moment and breath a sigh of relief you aren’t one of the 50 million families without health insurance.
And when the big game comes on TV, and the guest performer clears their throat to sing the National Anthem, please stand. We live in a country who has a military that is willing to sacrifice time, family, and their very lives in order to preserve our freedom. Standing isn’t silly or pretentious – it’s respectful.
We have so many ways in which we are blessed. On this day of Thanksgiving, come correct – bow your head and give praise.
A safe, warm Thanksgiving to you, one and all…
By Maer Wilson:
It’s always fun when friends stop by to visit and today is no exception. Thomas Rydder is the author of the paranormal novel, The Clearing, and his story collection, Restless Souls: 3 dark fables. He’s fun, generous with his time and has a wicked sense of humor. Thomas is always quick with a word of support and encouragement to his fellow writers. He’s one of the good guys.
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