Writing a Mystery Without an Outline

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I used to be a panster. Then I started doing basic outlines, but often ended up not following them. Around the time I started writing my first mystery novel, I was a planster, with no big ties to either camp. Having never written a mystery before, I wasn’t sure how to do it. But I decided to try something kind of different. I knew the basics I wanted for the mystery itself, but not how it would all turn out in the end or who it would get solved. And I was okay with that. Continue reading

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Book Review: Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan

Title: Deadly Proof
Written By: Rachel Dylan
Genre: Contemporary Christian Thriller
Recommended Ages: 15+

Introduction:

I like lawyer novels, but so many of them have content I don’t care for. This book was refreshing for it’s thrilling, but clean content. Continue reading

May 2018 Goals

Happy May! A month ago, I said that April in Wisconsin could mean either temperatures of 70 or we could get snow. Well, we got both. Over 30″ of snow this month, including one weekend snowstorm where we got about 20″! Then yesterday, the temps got to 77 degrees! Talk about crazy weather.

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My goals for April were:

  • Finish Lo, How a Rose (Tales of the East #2) Done!
  • Start and finish Rock of Ages (Tales of the East #3) Almost done!
  • Finish Trust and Obey edits #2-4 and send to proofreaders Mostly done!
  • Send Rachel’s blog tour info and promote it Done!
  • Get audiobooks ready for publication and set publication date Done!

May Goals

  • Finish editing Trust and Obey and send to proofreaders
  • Finish writing Rock of Ages
  • Start editing Lo, How a Rose and send to beta-readers
  • Finish 2 edits of He Leadeth Me
  • Audiobook Release

What goals do you have for this month?

 

Book Review: Marrying Raven by Melanie Snitker

Title: Marrying Raven
Written By: Melanie D. Snitker
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Recommended Ages: 15+

Introduction:

I signed up to receive this book in advance. I didn’t end up getting it finished before the release, but I wanted to review it anyway. And I’m glad I read it!

Characters: 1/1

I haven’t read the first book in this series, so some of the minor characters were unfamiliar, but it wasn’t hard to get into the book despite that. Raven and Heath were both well developed characters who had definite issues to work through. Their relationship developed in a realistic manner which was refreshing.

Dialogue: 1/1

I happen to know the author doesn’t really know much about football, so I was pleasantly surprised how well she knew the lingo. There wasn’t a lot, though, so even if you don’t like football either, you won’t be lost. All the dialogue was well done and realistic.

Plot/storyline: 1/1

As I mentioned above, the relationship developed realistically and the plot was thought out very well. I liked how it all worked out in the end.

Overall writing quality: 1/1

As with all the other books by Melanie I have read, the writing quality was excellent. I didn’t find a single typo and the sentence structure was all very easy to do.

Un-put-down-ability: 1/1

I had a hard time putting Marrying Raven down especially toward the end. Of course, life got in the way, so I was forced to once in a while, but I definitely didn’t want to.

Conclusion: 5/5

If you are looking for a good, sweet, clean romance this is the book for you. I highly recommend it.

Book Review: Dead Drop by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

Title: Dead Drop
Written By: Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick
Genre: Espionage/Short Story
Recommended Ages: Any

 

Review

This story took me by surprise. I didn’t expect the twist at the end. I loved all the kids in the story. Each one had a unique personality. The writing was very good and I enjoyed the story from beginning to end.

I received a free copy with no compunction for a review, good or bad.

Book Review: Hearts Entwined

Title: Hearts Entwined
Written by: Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, Melissa Jagears
Genre: Christian Western Romace
Recommended Age: 15 and up

The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer
This is the best novella in the book. The uniqueness of the plot and the completeness of the story definitely had something to do with it. This novella is the continuation of a series I have read, but even if I hadn’t, I would have been able to understand everything going on in the story. There might have been a few characters I was slightly confused about, but otherwise, no problems. Continue reading

Book Review: You Are a Writer by Jeff Goins

 

Title: You Are a Writer (so start ACTING like one)
Written By:  Jeff Goins
Genre: Writing Helps/Non-fiction
Recommended Ages: Any

Introduction:

You are a writer. You just need to write.

It’s time to kill the excuses and start writing. Time to become a writer again. Not a marketer or an entrepreneur. Not a blogger or businessperson. A writer. A real one.

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