Tuesday, July 4, 2017

What Kind of Fireworks Are You Looking For In a Story?

by Maureen L. Bonatch 
Happy 4th of July (Independence Day) for all those who are celebrating today! On this day, and many other days of the year, people are often looking for a reason to set off fireworks. Whether it’s the loud sound that gives your heart a little jump-start, the threat of an underlying danger, the risk of dealing with such a volatile substance, or the magnificent colors that light up the sky, so many people love fireworks.

But what kind of fireworks are you looking for in a story? You know, not necessarily the genre—because you can mix and match elements of the story with different genres—but more that little something that makes your heart beat a little faster. That essential part that makes you pick up the book in the first place. There’s often something that gives a story the edge that keeps you from putting the book down.

Did You Know…

Fireworks were invented in the 7th century in China and were believed to scare away evil spirits and bring luck and happiness.

Light the Match

There are so many wonderful books available to read. So many that unfortunately we are often consciously, or unconsciously, navigate toward certain elements in a story. When you discover those little things in the blurb, an excerpt, or first pages, you know that you’re probably going to like the book. (And if you’re here, I can only assume you enjoy the paranormal and fantasy in a story as much as we do!)

Burn The Fuse

So you’ve chosen your next book from your TBR (to-be-read) pile. You might love the author’s voice, the characters, the setting, but
often there is one part that you’re waiting for. That something that keeps you hurrying through the pages. You know—the good parts. Nope—I'm not just talking about the sex scenes. The best parts of a story are based upon personal preference.

The Fireworks!

Here come all the Ooohs! And Ahhhs! in the story. I’ll name a few story fireworks, but I’m sure you have more to add to our glorious display.

        Love Scenes
Okay, for many people this is the part they’re waiting for. Their sweet spot is when the hero and heroine finally hook up.

I must admit, in most stories, this is what I’m waiting for. Where’s the magic? The moment when Harry found out he was a wizard? Wow—in my opinion, that’s when the story just got started.

Do you love fishing for those red herrings in the story? Maybe you love lining up the clues and guessing who the bad guy really is.

I have to say, this might come in second for me. I love a kick-ass heroine. It’s nice for the hero to sweep her off her feet now and again, but nothing is more exciting than seeing a heroine landing on her own two feet on her own. Especially since I have two teenage daughters who are avid readers. Those are the kind of women I want to inspire them.

So, Where Do You Find the Fireworks in A Story?

Hurry before the fuse burns out— the .99 cents sale ends is a few days—snag some story fireworks in DESTINY CALLING where you’ll definitely find my two favorite fireworks of magic and kick-ass heroines.

Author Bio: 
Maureen Bonatch grew up in small town Pennsylvania and her love of the four seasons—hockey, biking, sweat pants and hibernation—keeps her there. While immersed in writing or reading paranormal romance and fantasy, she survives on caffeine, wine, music, and laughter. A feisty Shih Tzu keeps her in line. Find Maureen on her websiteFacebookTwitter


Unknown said...

This is great and so very true. I'm always looking for the special something that makes me want to read on. I did know about the fireworks in China. It's really cool.

Maureen said...

Thanks for stopping by, Victoria!

Francesca Quarto said...

Thanks for the fun in your posts, Maureen. I too, search for the juicy tidbits on occasion I must admit. Now that I've attempted my first Paranormal Romance, I found myself enjoying both the magic elements as well as the romantic or spiced-up action. It must be part of our DNA!

Francesca Q.

CJ said...

I love it when the villain goes down - justice at last! But another set of story fireworks I love is when the heroine overcomes her inner demons and embraces herself as is. So empowering!

Maureen said...

Francesca- I agree- it's part of our DNA. CJ- oh, having the good guys win is always a rush! Thanks so much for visiting ladies!

Nancy Gideon said...

And don't forget how these elements work together to create the BIG boom! It takes more than just great sex, kick-assery or jump scares to make a fabulous overall read. While all the individual pops and sparkles are oooh and aaaah, it's that final, satisfying finale that you take home with you. Great post, Maureen!

Diane Burton said...

Love your post, Maureen. Sorry to be late chiming in. My favorite parts are sifting through the red herrings for the true clues, trying to guess who the bad guy is before the author reveals him/her. I love the other parts, too. As Nancy says, the satisfying ending is the best. That ahh moment when everything comes together.

Maureen said...

Ahh yes, the big boom of the story is awesome! oh, and I agree with you ladies in that no matter how wonderful all the pieces are you want them to fit together nicely for a satisfying ending. Thanks so much for visiting!

Alina K. Field said...

Magic and mystery are my 1 and 2!

Kara O'Neal said...

My fireworks has to be the first kiss! Love that moment!

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

GREAT post! I did not know when fireworks were invented but they've sure made a blast all over...even in books. :-)
Good luck and God's blessings

Maureen said...

Oh -the first kiss! That is a great fireworks moment. Thanks so much for stopping by ladies.

Alicia Dean said...

Great post...mystery is definitely my favorite!