Phases of a Story: The Flowing Liquid of Plot

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Legends of Windemere

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This one might be easier than I expected because we’ve heard the comparison as much as the solid foundation phrase.  So, what is something that comes to mind when you think of a liquid?  Oceans, drinks, showers, baths, streams, rivers, rain . . . I’ll be right back.  *toilet flush and washing of hands sounds*  Didn’t think that list through.  Anyway, most people probably thought of something along the lines of flowing.  I hope because you could also have considered that liquid is wet, takes the ‘shape’ of its container, and a few other things that don’t work for my post.

Authors need to have their stories flow in a way that the reader doesn’t feel like they’re in stop and go traffic.  This goes for word-to-word all the way up to beginning-to-end.  If the story is choppy or so twisty that nothing makes sense then you…

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Cover Reveal for Trinity by CP Bialois

Yep, you heard that right. I’ve got a new book coming out and today I’m revealing the cover.

You want to know what’s really cool about this? It’s my first foray into the erotic romance genre.

This is seriously something I never expected to write, but it quickly took on a life of its own and here we are.

The release date is April 15 (tax day), so what else could you want to spend you return money on but a fun (dirty) adventure. 🙂

I’d also like to thank the awesomely talented R.J. Keith for her incredible work on the cover. If you haven’t, please check her out at one of her following links. You won’t regret it. 🙂

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Now for the reason for all this fluff…

Blurb:

Years of living under her mother’s thumb has taken its toll on Madison. Anxiety is a way of life, and it’s getting so bad it’s nearly killing her. Madison knows things can’t go on the way they are, but she can’t bring herself to do what she needs most: cut the source of her problems off.

Mimi Wambach has seen first-hand the effects of Madison’s upbringing and has become her fierest defender. Madison’s making a few strides, but Mimi knows she’s not going to be enough to heal Madison’s heart.

Will bringing a third person into their lives help Madison heal, or will it end up tearing Madison and Mim apart?

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In the Books featuring Expectations: Bitter Sweet by Andrew Wilkes

Good morning and welcome to this installment of In the Books, featuring Expectations: Bitter Sweet by Andrew Wilkes.

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About the Book: Almost dying to Orvin had afforded her some insight into her vulnerabilities. Her reliance on that little red flower and her inability to fight had been too easily exploited. Five years seemed a fair trade-off for a better toolset, and now she felt ready. Her vengeance had rested long enough, it was time to reawaken it and destroy the men that had slighted her.

My Review: First off, I have to admit that this is the first book in the series I’ve read, so I came into it with a complete ignorance of what had happened previously. While that gave me an unspoiled and unexpected viewpoint, it also took me a couple of chapters to familiarize myself with the characters. It’s no different than reading any novel, and to me, it meant that this can be read on its own as well. If nothing else, it’s a fun introduction to the series and I can’t wait to see what happens next, and before. Lol

The characters were interesting and engaging. The contrast between how Sal views her friends and family and her desire to torture and kill those that wronged her is fun. I enjoyed how the author separated the two views while referencing the other. It’s not easy to do and keep the reader and characters in the moment, but it was successful here.

The sex scenes were fun, but not too extensive and remained organic, keeping the story flowing. It’s an interesting balance to achieve, and I think it was done well.

I don’t give out spoilers, but I have to say the ending surprised me. It was the one I expected the least, and for that, my hat’s off to the author. It’ll be fun to see where it goes from here.

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Author of the 1980’s – CP Bialois

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BIO: A child of the 1980s, CP was born to pretend. He loved to create intricate plots based on his favorite shows. In time, his interests expanded into horror, sci-fi, action, and…

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Story a Day- The Request

Fun little twist. 🙂

Truly's Pillow Book

Patiently she watched as the horde of nights rushed forward as she stepped away from the retinue that had kept her safe in this latest war. “Queen Regina!” Several yelled as she gestured for them to halt.

“There will be no battle here, do not attack the men behind me!” Her voice was clear and stretched much farther than necessary. But ever loyal the group of men each stopped and took a knee before their lady that they had been desperately fighting to rescue for the past 4 months.

Only one stood before he was commanded to do so, Sir Malcom. A lord and cousin to her husband, a potential King in his own right if something were to happen to the children she had left behind. His grey and heavily lined eyes were lit with happiness, “Please my Queen,” He held out his hand to her hope alight, “Let…

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Story A Day- Fun Times

Nothing like a fun little story. 🙂

Truly's Pillow Book

“I don’t cause trouble, I cause fun!”

“Fun! FUN! You call this fun?” His voice broke with the pitch that it reached his previously ghastly face red with rising anger. “We are sitting in the middle of a jail cell and they are threatening to hang us for horse thieving, and YOU are calling this FUN?”

The smile that was the only response was one that he knew well and was the same one that got them into the trouble they were in, in the first place. “What have you got planned now?” He was dubious as to how she planned on getting them out of this now.

“Oh, just some more fun.” She stood and held her hands out to him to help him up to his feet. “And for you darling, I’ll make sure you are very, very happy after this.” The long nails on the tips of…

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Story a day- Parenthood

A fun read. 😀

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John looked over to his son and daughter then back to their mother. Both children were covered in mud from head to toe. His wife’s expression was that of sadness and hurt. “I’m sorry, I fell asleep.” Was all he could manage as she walked up to him and kissed his cheek, two heavy grocery bags in her hands.

“I know,” Her won exhaustion made him guilty for his nearly hour-long nap. “Wash them please, they were down in the mud pit again.”

“Yes dear,” His glare turned to his two dirty children as his wife led the march into the house. Neither of the usually dark hair children could even  look up at him as they hung their chins low and walked carefully to the bathroom knowing that they would get in more trouble if too much mud got on the wood floors.

As the bathroom door closed, he…

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