It’s here! The Paladin is here!

I’m so humbled and excited to announce that Book 2 of The Nome Chronicles was published yesterday!

Now that the book is out, I’ll get to breathe a little and blog a lot more. Hopefully =)2017-267 FF John B02

Get your copy here.

I’m starting to hear from readers at different stages of the book and that’s the absolute best! One sent an email on August 9th saying,

I couldn’t wait for the next installment.  This is SOOO good!” – N. C.

So far, the first 5-star review was up within 24-hours of launch and I’m hoping it foretells of good reviews in the future.

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Wish me luck but before that, go get your copy. It’s only 99c or it’s equivalent everywhere. I’m waiting eagerly to hear what you think. And don’t forget to check out the rest of the series. Thanks!

Till next time, (2)

When’s the best time of year to publish my book? Pt 4

I’ve had to break these posts up so that they aren’t too long but to see what I’ve written about earlier, please see Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 for tips on how to find a publishing date for your upcoming book.

Today, I’m mentioning an additional tactic I’m using to choose the publication date of THE PALADIN, Book 2 of The Nome Chronicles series. Continue reading “When’s the best time of year to publish my book? Pt 4”

#writinglessons: Wonder Woman

I recently watched the Wonder Woman movie and …

The movie was very simple – no complex plots to decipher – and it was just long enough. It had action, a tiny amount of romance (you could have missed it if you weren’t paying attention), a big bad and lots of chuckles brought on by interesting characters and situations.

What stuck out for me?

I like that at all times, Diana reacted as expected given the cultural difference between where she came from, Themyscira, and World War I Europe. Her home only has women and warrior women at that, so of course, she’d be confused by having to wear heels and not being allowed to engage in significant discourse simply because of her gender.

And that comment about secretaries?

 

hahaha! No, I won’t spoil it for ya.

That consistent behavior from the character made it easy to stay glued to the story and not get distracted by other aspects of the movie, such as wondering how exactly that truth lasso works. As a writer, I must remember that a character’s reactions must make sense given the surrounding circumstances. They must react to the world and the people around them the way we all expect them to unless there’s a good and digestible reason for that not to be the case. If not, we end up with readers who are unable to suspend their disbelief and enjoy the story.

For instance, a beta reader pointed out that the emotional reaction of one of my characters in The Paladin was shocking and that threw her out of the story.  I therefore had to go through the book and make sure to plant clues that help explain the outburst when it finally happens. Failure to help readers digest such intricate parts of a tale can lead to disappointment and disbelief later on. And when that happens, the reader is more apt to put down my book for another one which is no bueno.

Another part of the movie I liked was how (semi-spoiler alert!) there were at least two obvious big bads but at the end of the movie, they switched things up and it was good. I will say, I suspected the eventual big bad though – the benefit of being a sneaky writer who likes to surprise readers, hehe.

Anyway, this tactic kept viewers (like myself) guessing all the way to the end and that keeps their interest. Obscuring the big bad in the story is a tool I used in THE PURSUAL and it was so rewarding to have readers declare their shock. The surprises were not obvious but made sense. I can only hope I successfully repeat such a feat in another book in the future.

If you are wondering whether or not to go see Wonder Woman, I say do it. Get some popcorn, a fizzy drink and enjoy a good time.

Check out my other posts in the #writinglessons Series –

  1. #WritingLessons from Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens
  2. #WritingLessons from Nollywood
  3. #writinglessons from Independence Day Resurgence
  4. #writinglessons: Mike & Dave Need Dates
  5. #writinglessons: Star Trek Beyond

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Movies, movies & mo’ movies

I know writers are generally encouraged to read but I’m the sort of writer who needs to watch tv and movies for writing inspiration.

As such, since publishing The Pursual, I’ve created time to see a couple flicks.

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LIFE:

I recently saw Life featuring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson & Ryan Reynolds. It also includes actor Hiroyuki Sanada who was on the tv show Helix (Syfy). I had to control myself to keep from screaming at the screen. It was so scary but good! It’s about the discovery of extraterrestrial life on Mars …. then it all goes bat-$#!& crazy! No spoilers here, but if you like a spooky science fiction movie and are curious about how first contact could go down, try this movie. Oh, and the ending … what a brilliant ending (that I knew was coming but only because I’m always thinking of ways to surprise my readers).

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A CURE FOR WELLNESS:

Gothic and creeptastic. It was a real what in blazes did I just watch kind of movie. So much of the film was subtle and it was within that subtlety that the sense of fear was created for me as a viewer. A hot shot Wall Street guy is sent to find a member of the firm at a fancy spa retreat in Switzerland. You’ve got to pay attention to everything in this movie. From facial expressions, or the lack thereof, to the way light, darkness and music are used to amp up scenes. Yeah, I recommend it but if you walk away thinking WTH?, just remember, I told you so.

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GET OUT:

Oh boy. I’d heard about this movie. In fact, I was overwhelmed by this movie before I saw it. Twitter. Facebook. Forums. Everyone was talking about this movie and arguing about what it really meant. All I know is that having finally seen it, I wouldn’t wish the sunken place on anyone. It’s a great discussion on race and the discomfort created around it in certain public spaces. But that’s only a slice of what the movie is about. There’s an additional element that becomes obvious toward the end and I won’t mention it so as not to spoil it for you. Do yourself a favor and watch it. If it makes you uncomfortable at times, that’s good. Think about why. If it makes you belly laugh at other points, grab onto the hilarity. Whatever you do, just watch it!

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Fast & Furious 8:

Yeah, I watched this one too and uh, it delivers what it promises – fast cars, explosions, adventure, deceit and more. Hmm, I don’t have much to say about this one but if you have a nephew, hubby, boyfriend, son or someone in your life who enjoys those sorts of movies, it’s one to take them to. Or you can just wait till it comes out on HBO/DVD/Netflix etc. (Confession: I have watched every single movie in the franchise. =D)

I’ve watched a few more movies that I’ll be writing about next week. Wonder Woman, anyone? And that movie actually gave me a few #writinglessons that I hope to apply in the future.

When’s the best time of year to publish my book? Pt 3

Yup, I’m still on a hunt to determine the best date to publish a book.

In Part 1, I researched when the top 100 books on Amazon’s Teen & Young Adult, Science Fiction and Romance book lists were released. In Part 2, I looked at calendars to discover what major events were upcoming and whether those would impede my launch for THE PURSUAL.

And now, it’s almost time to launch book 2 in The Nome Chronicles Series and I need to find a date. I’d originally wanted to publish in June but April and May were super busy with me marketing THE PURSUAL and THE PROEM, which came out in May. Plus, my research in Part 1 showed that July might not be a great time of year to publish boks like mine. Continue reading “When’s the best time of year to publish my book? Pt 3”

#Writinglessons: Embarrassment – A Storytelling Device

Empire is one of the scripted television shows that I enjoy watching. Check out my post on the shows I indulged in last year. The show is a combination of several things I enjoy watching – it’s got a lot of drama, high levels of family conflict (I grew up watching Dallas with my mom in the ’80s), ratchet galore (uh, I watch LHH and the Real Housewives franchise) and fabulous clothes!

Continue reading “#Writinglessons: Embarrassment – A Storytelling Device”