Monday, January 27, 2014

Ten Ways to Start a Novel

Jill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms. She writes weird books for teens in lots of weird genres like, fantasy (), science fiction (), and dystopian (). Find Jill on , , , or on her .

The first sentence or paragraph of your novel is very important. It should hook your reader, pull them into the character's mind and situation, set the pace for the story, establish voice, or more. There are many ways to do this. Many more than I've listed below. But here are ten to get you thinking. And keep in mind, you can combine these methods too. The more you can do with one sentence, the better.

Friday, January 17, 2014

An Interview with Ann Hunter, Author of The Subtle Beauty

Looking for a great, easy weekend read?How about a book that, in its first week of release, ranked in the top 20 of Amazon's hottest new releases, outranked the bestselling Leven Thumps by Obert Skye, received a 5 star review on Amazon, and was nominated for a Whitney Award?Look no further than Ann Hunter's The Subtle Beauty!

A cursed prince. A vain beauty. Glory is the seventh daughter of Balthazar, High King of the Twelve Kingdoms. Glory hopes that - of all her sisters - she can escape the fate of a loveless marriage. But on the night she plans to elope with the royal falconer, her world comes crashing down: Her father announces Glory's betrothal to Eoghan of the Blood Realm - a prince no one has ever seen. The prince is said to be a recluse, cursed and deformed by the gods for the sins of his power-hungry father. Yet when Glory is trapped in Blackthorn Keep, she discovers that not everything is what she expected. An insulting gryphon, a persistent ghost, and a secret plan to usurp the prince keep Glory reeling. Can she overcome her vanity to learn that what you want isn't necessarily what you need--and save the cursed prince?