And have a Spooktacular October! Be sure to visit Tell-Tale Publishing's Halloween Horror Party!
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
And have a Spooktacular October! Be sure to visit Tell-Tale Publishing's Halloween Horror Party!
Friday, September 14, 2018
Thursday, September 13, 2018
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Friday, September 7, 2018
That line is also preceded by one of the lines that always make me laugh: “Look, mister, we serve hard drinks in here for men who want to get drunk fast.” (Read in an exaggerated 40s gangster voice.) It makes me giggle, because, apparently, if George Bailey had never been born, everyone he knows would have turned into an asshole and a caricature of a friendless loser. Everyone his life touched unravels without his friendship or the little acts of kindness he’s done over the years.
The quote popped into my head because I was going to write about what gives a place atmosphere, but I realized that this humorous, throwaway line has some crucial truth to it: Characters are needed to give a joint (or book) atmosphere.
It’s one thing my current WIP is lacking at the moment. I’ve been struggling through it, letting myself write some not-so-great words just so I can at least get words on the page. But so far, I’ve been unable to focus on anyone but the two main characters. There are no fleshed-out supporting characters yet—and there’s very little atmosphere.
Part of the problem with this story is that no one in it is what they seem to be—but no one is fully aware at the moment of their magically altered states. And since I’m a “pantser” who couldn’t write from an outline if one bit me in the ass, I’m kind of stuck fumbling along with my characters in their false identities and delusions, wondering what the truth is, until they figure it all out.
What I think the story needs in the meantime is the development of the characters surrounding the two principals—the friends, the family members, the people with whom they cross paths—and, of course, the villain. Because every story needs its Mr. Potter, after all. (And I’m just assuming you’ve all seen It’s a Wonderful Life a thousand times, like I have. If you haven’t, make sure you sit through it at least once this holiday season. You won’t be sorry. It delivers new things every time I watch it, and I’ve watched it every year for decades. It has layers, and lots of lovely details.) At any rate, my story does have a villain, but for the most part, he hasn’t been on the page. (There are Reasons. But still.)
Going back to George Bailey for a minute, the interesting thing about him is that he did affect so many lives for the better—but he’s not an extraordinary man or a man without flaws. He’s constantly longing for a life he can’t have, no matter how much he’s been blessed in his actual life, and he’s bitter (in my opinion, rightly so) that he’s had to sacrifice his own hopes and dreams to take care of everyone else in his life and give them what they want. And on the infamous Christmas Eve on which he ultimately attempts to take his own life, he’s terrorized his wife and his kids, been verbally abusive to his child’s teacher, and turned on his forgetful uncle, ready to let him go to prison for a stupid mistake—all because something has finally happened that George can’t fix with self-sacrifice.
Strangely, that moment of selfishness and ugliness is what I like about George Bailey. At a critical moment in his life, he’s not a nice person. If he was, there would be no conflict. I’ve been watching a light-paranormal romance series from the Hallmark Channel recently—The Good Witch—and while I’ve enjoyed it, after binging three seasons, I’ve noticed one thing that really bothers me: none of the main characters have any real flaws. They’re always thinking of other people, and they never do anything selfish or mean. They’re classic Mary Sues. My favorite character has turned out to be the “naughty cousin” (shades of Bewitched’s Serena?) who keeps doing things out of selfish motivation—the only character who really does—but even she ends up doing good despite herself. It’s kind of maddening.
So I’m pretty much rambling at this point (it is, of course, the middle of the night, because I can never manage to remember to write these posts until the last minute), but my own rambling has given me food for thought. Are my MCs Mary Sues? I hope not. But they’re going to need some personal conflict and flaws—along with those characters I need to sketch out to give the joint atmosphere. Time to get back to work. (And to stop daydreaming of the holidays. It’s only just Pumpkin Season. Mmmm…pumpkins.)
Jane Kindred is the author of the Harlequin Nocturne series, Sisters in Sin, and the epic fantasy series The House of Arkhangel’sk, Demons of Elysium, and Looking Glass Gods. She spent her formative years ruining her eyes reading romance novels in the Tucson sun and watching Star Trek marathons in the dark. She now writes to the sound of San Francisco foghorns while two cats slowly but surely edge her off the side of the bed.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Make Time for Naps
Forgive and Forget
Eat Dessert First
Size Doesn’t Matter
Have You Learned Any Lessons from Your Pets?
Monday, September 3, 2018
About the Author
Sunday, September 2, 2018
Blogging—love it or hate it—the consensus is that consistent blogging builds interest in your work, adds to your readership, and drives book sales. Unfortunately, blog post ideas often dry up like last year’s eye of newt.
I kind of like blogging when I do it right (which means NOT waiting until the day before, staying up into the wee hours, and sliding the post in sideways well after the deadline.) As we round the corner from Summer to Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, a paranormal writer’s thoughts turn to all things Halloweenie. And thus follows her blog, but after a while, it becomes a ticklish business to avoid repeating yourself. I mean, how many times can you explain patiently what the equinox is and where Halloween comes from?
So I’m looking for topics of interest to paranormal, Gothic, and fantasy readers. Here are a few ideas (feel free to take them and make them your own. We all have unique views on these things—maybe we could even do a series.)
- A list of horror movies—or any kind of seasonal or genre related movie
- A list of paranormal books and/or authors who inspired you
- A list of haunted places you’ve visited or would like to visit
- A list of the creepiest critters in legend
- a list of great paranormal blogs
- How to survive a ghost hunt
- How to find a reputable medium (or extra large—whatever)
- How to read palms, read tarot cards, read tea leave, etc.
- How to find out if your house is haunted
- How to get rid of a pesky ghost
- How to attract fairies
- Haunted bed and breakfasts
- Legendary monsters in your own backyard
- Historic events that inspired a story
Giveaways and Freebies
- Excerpts and free stories
- Serial stories
- Giveaways of something besides books
- Giveaways of books
And, of course, Promotions.I have a Thursday feature on my blog called Novel Magic. This is a guest post by authors who write paranormal, horror, fantasy, or a related genre and who have a book to promote.
I’m adding a straight promo on Fridays called a Book Whammy which is just the blurb, the cover, a little author info and links.
If you’d like to sign up for either or both of these at any time, just drop by my sign-up calendar.
What topics tickle your fancy? What kinds of headlines make you feverish to click the Read More button? Which of those I’ve listed would you be most likely to read?
Drop a comment and let's get this Halloween Party Started!
Sorchia Dubois writes paranormal romance and mysteries from her upstairs office overlooking a piney Ozarks woods.
Her books delve into the occult—reincarnation, psychic powers, mysticism, ancient cultures, and good old fashioned “ghosties and ghoulies and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night.”
A proud member of the Ross clan, Sorchia incorporates all things Celtic (especially Scottish) into her works. She an often be found swilling Scotch at Scottish events. Online, you can find her at www.SorchiaDuBois.com.
Thursday, August 30, 2018
When she’s not busy writing, she’s hanging out with her wonderful hubby of twenty-eight years, their five kids (aka, the nerd herd), and a spoiled Dobie mix pup.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
But there are a few things that aren't so fun. One of them would have to be when a publishing house closes. You've got your works there. You want to keep them out. Most of all--at least in my case--you love your publisher and don't want to see them close. But then it happens. Now what?
I ran into that problem. I have books with a pub that's closed. Many publishers don't want previously published stories. They want new works. Makes sense. New hasn't been seen before. New is shiny. New is...new.
But those old stories aren't bad. Some need updated. Some need help. Most don't have anything wrong with them. They're just stories that have been out already. Some have had large reader bases and some have had smaller ones. Some books just need another chance to get out there and be seen.
That's where I'm at. I've got an entire series that's aching to come out again. So that's what I did. The whole series is coming out in October. Which? The Battle Scarred Series. Yes. I'm thrilled to have them back out again. It's great.
Want to know more about the Battle Scarred series? Here's a little bit about book 1, You Have Me:
Kynan Laing gave up his mortal soul to the will of the Sources, the ancient beings in charge of the universe. With the sensual grace and speed in his vampire form, he serves in his role as a Protector for the Supernatural world. But the impending war between the Supers and Hunters is heating up. The woman he's charged to protect is all grown up and the perfect submissive partner he wants. Can he keep his heart under wraps while keeping her safe?
Alexa Mercury doesn't know why she's supposed to trust the vampire, but she does. Even when she pushed him away, Kynan watches over her. She craves him like no other and wants to submit body and soul to him, even if he is a Supernatural creature of the night. When circumstances beyond her control force them together, Lexa will have to decide whether to offer her heart to the vampire or risk her very soul.
This book was previously released and has been revamped for this edition.