Book Review: Imagination in Manifestation- How To Create Abundance. 5 Must Read Stars (Spirituality/ Non-fiction) #ImaginationtoManifestationHowtoCreateAbundance #netgallery

AbundanceI’d like to thank Netgallery and the author from the bottom of my heart, for my free copy in exchange for a review! All opinions are my own. This is a wonderful, practical, short, read that I’ve just purchased in paperback too. Packed with great reading and so many practical ‘write with intention’  reflections. Brilliant!

About the Book:

Imagination to Manifestation~How To Create Abundance is a workbook for intention and action. Mitch Cearbhall teaches methods to help you control your thinking and examine your emotional state. You’ll learn how to construct focused intentions and follow through to manifest the reality you have only dreamed of having.

This practical workbook shows how to harness your subconscious—explore your shadow—and develop mindfulness to help you live a self-determined life. Mitch presents ancient and new information on the kinds of self-development practices that lead to success. Using current research in neuroscience, biology, and quantum mechanics Mitch offers a practical guide to living a more fulfilling life.

Whether you’re a beginner or a teacher, there are relevant exercises and activities to give you an opportunity to experience the change and not merely read about it, and to help others in their change process. At the end of the workbook you’ll find a list of resources and activities to help you continue your learning.

 

Kim’s Review- 5 Must Read Stars

As always I scanned over the non-fiction, religion and spirituality section for new reads on Netgallery, this one caught my eye due to the cover, and wonderful title. I love everything about this book. The author does a fantastic job with really getting readers to ‘think’ with intention, not by telling you to but, by actually giving you exercises to do it. As I flicked through the short, sharp, and well written eight chapters I found myself mentally doing each exercise. That’s when I headed straight to Amazon to buy a copy. There’s simply so many useful areas on how to create, achieve, and go for what you want in life. As well as how to remove old ways of thinking or feeling. However by being sure of what you want first, with deep reflection on your path. There’s also some very interesting research to support the points made, and you get an additional free resource to help you do your reflections  (in the e-book), which you can download from the author’s site.

Overall, in a nutshell this is a wonderful book to consider, to help you really decide on where you’re going, or not going, and how to bring abundance into your life, that may not always be financial. In fact, the tone of the book is not focused on ‘let’s get rich really quick’ at all. The author clearly shows that abundance comes in so many different forms, and sometimes it’s good to stop, reflect, recognise and see what abundance really means to you, outside of money. Five must read stars from me!  I recommend this for everyone no one in particular, just everyone.  Even if you feel already abundant in life I do recommend this book, not just if you feel you need to focus on life or where  you’re  going. I can’t wait until my copy arrives.

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Among Gods
Gods and Daemons Book 1
by Quinn Blackbird
Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance
Living in the God’s city among monsters is hard enough. But for Keela, a young woman forever on the edge of death from a mysterious illness that has plagued her since birth, each day she’s ever known is a fight.
Keela yearns for simple things. Marriage, a man to love and care for her, and some pretty dresses—until an ancient and cold aniel plucks her out of the masses to be the object of his deadly favour, and the Daemons come to the city for the first time in centuries.
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Koal: A Daemon, a wicked creature from the Underworld.
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Keela: A sickly mortal who lives on borrowed time.
Keela faces being stolen away from her ordinary life in the Capital. Her health threatens to kill her with every passing day, but she has greater threats to worry about.
A Daemon has claimed her as his mate.
To escape Koal and find the answers to sever their bond, she pleads with Silver to help her. But Silver’s mysterious interest in her blossoms in to a deadly promise. He will take her deep into the Wild Woods to find what she’s looking for if she agrees to return the favour. Only, Silver keeps tight-lipped about the exact nature of this repayment.
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Book Review: Fantasy by RHAYNE 2.5 stars + Giveaway (AA Romance)

All I Ever Wanted
Forbidden Love Series Book 1
by RHAYNE
Genre: African American Urban Fiction,
Contemporary Romance
McKenzie Taylor worked hard building his successful architecture business from
the ground up. Now, after five years of marriage, he is ready to start a family.
Sharon, his wife, feels neglected and doesn’t
agree with him. She feels that a child would only complicate things.
After all, if McKenzie doesn’t have time for her, how will he be
there for his child?
Feeling lonely and craving attention,
Sharon confides in Byron Jefferson, one of McKenzie’s clients. He
seems perfect, giving her all the attention, she’s been longing for
in her marriage. But is the grass really greener on the other side?
As McKenzie struggles to make things right between them, he
notices changes in Sharon and hires a private investigator. To his
dismay, he finds out that Sharon is not the woman he thought she was.
Will he forgive her and salvage their marriage, or will he seek revenge?
Get ready for the thrill of your life. All I Ever
Wanted is like being on a roller coaster, filled with twists and
turns that will give you an adrenaline rush but leave you wanting
more. So, sit back and enjoy the ride!
**On sale for only .99 cents July 13– 18!!**
Fantasy
Forbidden Love Series Book 2
This passion-Filled thriller will keep you entertained and wanting more,
as the drama continues with an unwanted pregnancy, attempted murder,
lies, deceit, and betrayal.
When Destini hires Chloe as her
receptionist for FANTASY-an adult call center, they quickly develop a
sisterly bond. But all of that changes when Destini meets Devin -Chloe’s boyfriend.
From the moment Destini met Devin, she
wanted him for herself. Determined to show him that she is the better
choice, she makes her move. But will she win his heart?
When Devin finds himself in the middle of a triangle affair, He has to make a
decision, whether to be with the one he loves or his baby’s momma.
The wrong choice could be fatal.
Forbidden Love
Forbidden Love Series Book 3
During her twenty-one years, Autumn has experienced more setbacks than most
people have in a lifetime, but when she meets Antwan, a reporter for
LA Times, things are about to change. She finds herself captivated by
his world and wants to be a part of it. When the truth about Antwan
is revealed, her world is turned upside down and their lives will
never be the same.
Chloe and Devin are living the perfect life,
but when someone tries to recover a debt from Chloe’s past,
it could cost her everything.
Belinda is a professional hairstylist
who seems to have it all together, but when she pursues David, a
friend of one of her clients, she finds herself addicted to more than
just sex and is left to pick up the pieces as her life spirals out of
control. Can she recover, before it’s too late?
The relationship between Ana and Ty has gone from love to abuse.
Although it would be easy to leave him,
she is forced to continue a working relationship
with him, which may be dangerous to both of them.
This page turner will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat!!!
RHAYNE is the eldest child out of five. She was born and raised in Georgia,
where she currently lives today with her husband and two sons. She
writes women fiction and is the author of the Forbidden Love series,
which comprises three novels entitled: All I Ever wanted, Fantasy,
and Forbidden Love.
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Kim’s Review – Fantasy Book #2:  2.5 Stars What a Brilliant Idea!

Thank you to Sliver Dagger Tours for my free copy for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I was really drawn to this series of books I wanted to read them all!  By the blurbs of each book and the genres. I started off by reading Fantasy book #2. The blurb and idea are fantastic! As I read I had a lot of questions, around the plot, characters and how developed  they  are. It wasn’t the story or idea for the plot itself that I questioned at all, that is the masterpiece of this romantic thriller– the idea it’s brilliant.  What lacked was to read it transferred to paper, I had doubts about characters and how everything played out. It was  a little under developed for me.

We follow the  brilliant idea of this story a love triangle you could say, between Destini, Chloe, and Delvin. Without giving away spoilers for potential readers Destini and Delvin end up married, because Destini told him she is pregnant. However he loves Chloe and Chloe loves him a classic love triangle. It all starts off from a wild party, they had a four-some two couples had sex. This is where doubt crept in for me as a reader from the start,  I could not see why Delvin and Chloe love each other, there is little romance, they had group sex.  The relationship felt underdeveloped to be believable. I could not see their connection outside sex.

As the plot moves forward Destini is not pregnant, and readers are aware she has a plan though. This is where the plot also felt underdeveloped.  As I read, I felt possibly there would have and could have been in reality, sooooo many more challenges for Destini’s plan. Considering what she was trying to pull off. This girl is nuts! And I loved that about the plot– the main female is crazy. However, the lack of challenges, lack of her crazy-ness made everything fall into place, and caused doubt for me. Killing  the ‘thriller’ vibe with no challenges or tension given what she wanted to do. She’s a little under developed also.  I don’t want to give spoilers for readers. Over the course of her fake pregnancy everything ‘went to plan’ more a less with no challenges.  Because of this I guessed where the story was going,  and what’s up ahead  I got it right! No surprises for me.

I don’t want to put readers off and be too negative, but generally as a reader I felt when I finished that, the idea is genius for the story. I just wished the author smoothed over the gaps  in the plot and main character. This would have reduced my doubt as a reader and ability to guess what happens, and make it more realistic, believable etc. I did not read the other books in time, I can’t comment. However if you  like romantic crime thriller give this  a download it today! I am just one reader, you may love it!  I am sure others will love it to the bones!   I would read more from the author, as I said I was drawn to their work generally. For Fantasy book #.2 it’s 2.5 stars from me, for a brilliant idea.

I wish the author a lot of success and a brilliant readership, who love the books to the bone. Thank you to Silver Dagger for my copy again.

 

Audio Book Giveaway! #audiobook #giveaway

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Giveaway time again guys! Super proud this one is narrated by me, and now on Amazon, Itunes, and Audible in an audio book version. Paperbacks and ebooks can be found on Amazon. To celebrate I’m giving away ten audio books!Just add  your email here to enter, winners picked at random by the system, closes on the 20th. Good luck.

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About the book:

Compared to novel writing, short stories and novellas need special and different skills that every writer should master. Readers love shorter stories! From Kim Knight, the award-winning and number #1 best-selling author of 365 Days of Writing Prompts for Romance writers, The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing writer’s reference is perfect for both seasoned and aspiring writers of all genres. The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing will help you perfect, sharpen, and increase your skills and abilities when writing engaging shorter stories, novellas, or novelettes for both stand-alone and series stories. With detailed and practical steps, the sole aim of this guide is to help writers confidently write within a high demand and well-paid market. With easy-to-engage-with chapters, discover the practical art of short story and novella writing. The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing includes practical exercises to help you master the skills to write your next series of stories:
•Story-telling styles for short stories: how and why it should differentiate from novel writing.
•Character development with limited word count.
•Strengthening themes and plots with limited word count.
•Where and how to start a shorter story to capture reader’s attention.
•Creating compelling stories with peaks and satisfying endings for readers, with a small word count.
•Learn about the market, paid writing contests, and where to submit shorter stories.

Each chapter has a dedicated writing space for every practical exercise, and for plotting your ideas and characters. Writing compelling shorter stories with meaning, and well developed characters is not easy! But, with The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing, you will ramp up your skills set and become a master of the technique. Note: the paperback will allow writers to make notes, carry out the exercises, and throw away the hundreds of note pads us writers have sitting around.

Book Review: Wake Up Grateful by Kristi Nelson ( Non-Fiction/Spirituality) 5 Must Read Stars #WakeUpGrateful #NetGalley

WUGThank you to Netgallery for my free copy, for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This is probably one of the most expensive books I’ve pre-ordered ever, but it’s simply wonderful I’m glad I stumbled on this free copy for grabs. It’s a must for my book shelf at home. I got more than I thought I would.

About the Book:

What does it mean to truly live gratefully, every day? In Wake Up Grateful, Kristi Nelson, executive director of A Network for Grateful Living, unlocks the path to recognizing abundance in every moment, and gives readers the tools to bring this transformational shift in perspective into their daily lives. Nelson goes beyond the proverbial question of whether the glass is half full or half empty, and encourages readers to awaken to the gift of having a glass at all. With questions for reflection, daily exercises, and perspective prompts for appreciating the fullness of life as it is, right now, this book promises profound personal change through the practice of taking nothing for granted.

 

Kim’s Review 5  Must Read Stars

I selected this book as I generally just love these kind of topics, I had no real expectations, based on the subject matter took an interest.  I got much more than I expected from it, before I even reached the end. This is the kind of book that could really help everyone, from those who are in deep need of uplifting, direction, a reason to keep going. And those like me, who just love this stuff! And take an interest.  What I loved about this book right for the first chapter is that, it’s practical so you can apply what  you’re reading.  The book is split in to two main sections ‘from gratitude to grateful living’ and ‘grateful living in the real world.’ The author clearly explains the difference between ‘gratitude’ and  ‘gratefulness’ , I could see the points made well. I had never seen them as different more interchangeable. In my mind once this was established I could clearly see how I could step up my daily practice of gratitude, by adapting the POV the author explains so well with the ‘grateful approach.’

The best thing is, this approach is outlined in a practical way, for example writing out a to do list, with a different mind set. Eg  ‘this week I have to x,y,z’  to ‘this week I am grateful I get to do x,y,z’. When I did this first exercise the burden of my to do list totally felt different! I could see why, how, and where the author’s approach can help not only  me, but also uplift, focus you, add motivation, and drive for us all! This is just one example of the many exercises, practical reflections, and points to ponder in the book.

Overall, this is a very practical guide, and can be used as a reference for what you need to focus on personally, or read from cover to cover.  I feel it  could be highly valuable for a lot of people, and a great companion to have to help set your goals, intentions,  manifest the life you want, and keep yourself in a positive state of mind at all times. I very much recommend it for everyone! Especially if you’re a busy person, with a lot to do, or  you just need a pick me up, or even if  you enjoy subjects like gratitude, spirituality and believe in the power of the Universe. I can’t wait until my copy arrives! 5 must read stars.

Audio Book Giveaway! Closes 19th August #giveaways #audible #audiobooks

Havana Heat Audio

Giveaway time guys! Havana Heat is now in audio as well as e-book and paperback. I have ten audio books to giveaway! Add your details here on this link to enter, closes on the 19th.

About the book:

Overcoming the past is not easy, when the future seems just as scary…

Havana Heat is book one of the Romance Set in Paradise series of steamy, suspenseful, romantic stand-alone novella length stories, set in exotic locations around the world. Listeners are transported to the paradise of Cuba’s capital Havana, following the romance and heat build between Spanish Detective Sebastian Garcia, and London born and bred wedding planner Melinda Jones.

Melinda’s path crosses with the handsome and charming Detective at Casa De Amour Hotel as a guest at her client’s exotic location wedding. Both characters are in search of a slice of paradise, away from their own troubled love life back home. Originally with different agendas, once their paths cross the romance and sizzle begins.

After all hell breaks out at Casa De Amour Hotel, conflict builds over Sebastian’s past, both characters are faced with a decision to take a risk and see out their romance, or walk away. Forever asking themselves what could have been with their chances of love. Sebastian and Melinda both grow as individuals from their encounter in Havana, following a few bumps along the way they find the real meaning of love. Romance, thrills and excitement await in book one of this romance series set in paradise.

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Book Review: ‘Final Hour’ By Dean Koontz (Mystery/Suspense) 3 Stars

DKBelieve it or not, I’ve never actually read a book by this author. But I’m fully aware of how popular he is, his books are always recommended to me on my Kindle. After reading this I can see why! Last night I just typed into my Kindle app ‘short mystery stories.’ I felt in the mood for some kind of anthology, or short, quick, read. Koontz came up!

 

About the Book:

Following LAST LIGHT comes FINAL HOUR, the second of two standalone ebook original tales tying in to ASHLEY BELL, the highly anticipated new novel of dark suspense from #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.

Just by touching others, Makani Hisoka-O’Brien can see the darkest secrets they keep. The troubling talent has made the Southern California surfer wary of casual contact. But while impulsively saving a stranger from an accident, she experiences her most disturbing vision.

With only a good friend to help her, and mere traces of information to guide her, Makani must track down two mysterious women—one of them innocent, one not.

But Makani is stepping into the path of an adversary more dangerous than she can imagine: a brutal predator behind a pretty face, who won’t go down without drawing blood.

Kim’s Review- 3 Enjoyable Stars, but Maybe  Unfinished?

The blurb is what really pulled me in, I loved the idea of following Makani’s journey into this mystery. The story really started off well and I read quickly. The characters were really like-able – the ones we’re meant to like. As for the ‘mysterious woman’, Ursula and her twin, they ‘re the ‘bad guys’ and were well rounded too.

Without spoilers Makani’s ability to read people lands her and her friend, Pogo in hot water. They follow the lady in question and learn what she’s up to, due to Makani’s ability to read her via touch. Right towards the end there was a lovely twist which made me go, ‘wow! Okay, never saw that coming.’ That said once the twist happened it felt like the story was very rushed as I read it. Two people ended up dead, Makani and her friend make it out, but I had soooooooooooooo many unanswered questions it was unreal! I wanted more. I know this is a novella story, but it felt very incomplete how it ended. It was all happy go lucky, beach days, and surfing. However,  no mention of what happened to the ‘mystery’ the bodies, follow up on the mystery or even Makani herself.

Overall, it was an enjoyable, page-turning story with great characters, but the ending didn’t add up or  give a full conclusion  for me. That said, would I read more of this author’s work? Yes as I can clearly see that I would enjoy it, and have downloaded another! 3 enjoyable stars a great intro to a new author to read. I recommend it to all those who like mystery stories it’s a really quick novella read too.

Hot New Short Story Anthology by Michael Darling + Giftcard Giveaways!

Sailing on the Tides of Burning Sand and Other Stories
by Michael Darling
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Short Stories
Ghosts. Monsters. Harry Houdini Meets Charles Dickens in Outer Space.
These amazing stories and more await between the covers of Michael Darling’s first short story collection, featuring all the stories from his bestselling Tales from the Behindbeyond series, including an exclusive new story “The Morrigan’s Sister,” only available in this volume. From humorous to frightening to thought-provoking, these twelve brilliant stories are an enchanting gift from one of fiction’s most inventive new voices.
“A unique, often creepy delight.” – Michaelbrent Collings Bram Stoker Award Finalist and Bestseller
“Michael Darling is a talent, a master of perspective and playful storytelling.” – Johnny Worthen Award-Winning Author of What Immortal Hand
Contents:
“Sailing on the Tides of Burning Sand” – Science Fiction
A man and woman, apparent strangers, sail over a surreal desert landscape on their way to a dangerous and uncertain destiny.
“Temp” – Science Fiction
A young woman, working beneath a futuristic city, learns that some risks are worth taking.
“Two Mock, A Killingbird” – Science Fiction
A defense attorney knows her client hid his girlfriend’s body for weeks in a freezer, but his motive is even more bizarre than the crime.
“Spera Angelorum” – Science Fiction
Harry Houdini and Charles Dickens meet in outer space to entertain a planet of angels, until a demon appears and there is no escape.
“Grandmother Who Breaks the Sky” – Fantasy/Horror
Ray Bradbury meets H.P. Lovecraft as a little boy defies the curse of a mummified Indian princess, prepared to halt the emergence of an ancient god, even if it costs the lives of everyone close to him.
“The Hollow” – Horror
A 19th-century scientist proves his theory that he can scare his wife to death, but when he succeeds, the real nightmare begins.
“Meredith in St. Louis” – Horror
An NSA agent wants to get close to the cute guy on the train until a viral outbreak brings her closer than she could ever want.
“Blank Check” – Horror/Comedy
Hunting demons can be hell, especially when a vengeful ex delivers two demons for the price of one.
“The Mark” – Fantasy
A Behindbeyond Tale. The Irish mob finds out that they’ve not only summoned a Fae from a magical realm to help them with a robbery, they’ve also summoned a more dangerous criminal. Winner of the United Authors Association Grand Prize.
“Lucky Day” – Fantasy
A Behindbeyond Tale. Recounts the adventures of a young Fae halfling as he attempts to fulfill his mother’s destiny. A story that parallels events from the bestselling novel Got Luck by Michael Darling.
“The Morrigan’s Sister” – Fantasy
A Behindbeyond Tale. Erin works for the Miami-Dade medical examiner’s office and gets way more than she bargained for as she uses her magical powers to solve the mystery of the Popsicle Killer. Available only in this short story collection.
“Feasty-Feast” – Horror/Comedy
Tiny predators who live in the wall and feed on memories prove without a doubt that you are what you read. Winner of the Silver Quill award.
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#1 Amazon bestseller Michael Darling has worked as a butcher, a librarian, and a magician. Not all at the same time. He nests in the exquisitely beautiful Rocky Mountains with his equally breathtaking wife, their normal-if-you-don’t-look-too-close children and a very large St. Bernese dog named Appa. Yes, the Darlings have a “Nana” dog. Michael’s award-winning short fiction is frequently featured in anthologies. Got Luck, his first novel, was published in March 2016 and the sequel, Got Hope, in 2017. Book three in the series, Got Lost, premieres in September. He continues to work on this series as well as other projects.
Michael graduated from Weber State University with a degree in English Literature and loves to blend the classic with the contemporary in his writing. His early work included several plays that were professionally produced along with a number of radio programs that aired in 80 markets around the world. Besides writing, Michael also loves to travel, dabble in languages, and cook elaborate meals.

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New Release: The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing+Excerpt + E-book Giveaway!

The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing
Savvy Writer’s Book #2
By Kim Knight
Genre: Self-Help, Writing, Nonfiction
Compared to novel writing, short stories and novellas need special and different skills that every writer should master. Readers love shorter stories! From Kim Knight, the award-winning and number #1 best-selling author of 365 Days of Writing Prompts for Romance writers, The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing writer’s reference is perfect for both seasoned and aspiring writers of all genres. The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing will help you perfect, sharpen, and increase your skills and abilities when writing engaging shorter stories, novellas, or novelettes for both stand-alone and series stories. With detailed and practical steps, the sole aim of this guide is to help writers confidently write within a high demand and well-paid market. With easy-to-engage-with chapters, discover the practical art of short story and novella writing. The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing includes practical exercises to help you master the skills to write your next series of stories:
•Story-telling styles for short stories: how and why it should differentiate from novel writing.
•Character development with limited word count.
•Strengthening themes and plots with limited word count.
•Where and how to start a shorter story to capture reader’s attention.
•Creating compelling stories with peaks and satisfying endings for readers, with a small word count.
•Learn about the market, paid writing contests, and where to submit shorter stories.
Each chapter has a dedicated writing space for every practical exercise, and for plotting your ideas and characters. Writing compelling shorter stories with meaning, and well developed characters is not easy! But, with The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing, you will ramp up your skills set and become a master of the technique. Note: the paperback will allow writers to make notes, carry out the exercises, and throw away the hundreds of notepads us writers have sitting around.
Available in e-book ( $2.99) and paperback ($5.99) , audio version on its way!
Kim was born in 1983 and from London in the UK. She’s a mother to a beautiful little boy, and a proud award-winning author (awarded Best Romance 2017 for A Stranger in France), and #1 Best-Selling Author (365 Days of Writing Prompts for Romance Writers). She’s also a contribution writer at Aspiring Authors Magazine LLC. Kim started her journey as a traditionally published author and later dived into self-publishing also.
As a reader she’s head over heels in love with romance, historical fiction, crime fiction, African- American, suspense and thriller genre books. As a writer, Kim enjoys creating stories with a diverse and multi-cultural line up, within the romance, romantic suspense and general thriller and crime genres. When she’s not reading, or writing stories of her own her other passions include practising her French, astrology, fashion, make-up artistry, drawing, spending time at her sewing machine dressmaking, watching make -up and beauty tutorials on YouTube, letter writing and being a mum.
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Step Four: Where does the Story Start…Really?

 

So, you’ve plotted your story from start to finish, and no doubt included some of the back- story for characters and the plot. Good start. Now it’s time to work out the organisation of your story, and where you will start from. Yes, that’s right, writer! Try to actually focus your story to the section you wish to start from. ‘But hold up, Kim. I just plotted the whole story, now you’re telling me I won’t include it all?’ I hear you say. The short answer is yes, the long answer is yes and no. Let me break it down. With short stories we need to first focus the storytelling style, characters, and plot as we did in steps one, two, and three. Then yep, narrow it down again to where you will start from. I recommend this as no doubt you have some backstory. Here in step four we decide what to do with it, how to tell it, and most importantly where to start with a bang! Literally. The key is to think about how much of the story has already happened, and what you wish to show of that (backstory) vs where to jump in right away.

 

Note: I will break this down into two methods. First, for short stories and flash fiction and second, for works that are slightly longer such as novellas or novelettes. For the purposes of this book, short stories are from 1-12,000 words, with novellas, and novelettes from 12,001-40,000 words.

 

Short Story: Start

 

Start: introduce your characters here as a top tip, rather than start with backstory or even description; place your characters right bang smack middle of all the action. Start your story off active, rather than with lots of description, passive or backstory. This may mean that you don’t start at the start, but you start with a scene…yes… you with me now? Good. I hope you can see the benefit of this. Look below.

 

Example One:

 

Detective Brown had spent the last three hours watching the CCTV footage. Now he’s convinced it’s time to make an arrest. Last night another body showed up. A white female no older than what he assumed to be twenty-five, was found dumped in the canal. He checked his watch, it was already 11.30a.m, the coroner’s report was late. He requested that it be on his desk by 8.00a.m. He sighed, rubbed his temples, then picked up the phone, he pressed  speed dial to reach Detective Smith.

 

Example One: Remix!

 

Detective Smith snatched up the phone on the first ring, “What’s up?” He balanced the phone on his shoulder, while his fingers danced over his keyboard.

“Looks like I’ve got him.”

On the other end of the phone, Detective Brown glanced at mugshots of the suspects pinned on the wall. “Three hours I’ve poured over this footage, I can’t believe I missed it at first.”

“Good, time to make an arrest then, you got the coroner’s report?”

“Nah, not yet, I’m still waiting?”

“What the fuck are these people doing, didn’t you say 8.00a.m.?”

“Yeah, but they’re probably backed up. This is the third body to show up in twenty-four hours.”

Detective Brown sighed impatiently into the phone. “But what I can say is the victim’s about twenty-five, a white female.”

With raised eyebrows, Detective Smith stopped typing, then pulled the phone closer to him. “Was she found in the same place?”

“Yep, dumped in the canal. A dog walker found her.”

“Uh-oh, man this is getting outta control. We need to pin this mutha-fucker down!”

 

You can hopefully see what I mean by starting your story off with action, placing your character in a scene, dialogue, event, or location—something to draw in a reader, as opposed to starting with description and you, the author, narrating. I’ve given you the same information as in example one, but in a better way to help kick start this paragraph. The trick is to, where possible, start off your short story with something happening, work with a lean word count, draw readers in so they feel like they are there too, and keep them engaged. Open with a bang! Shock! And ‘oh, my what’s going on here?’

 

Exercise:  Have a play with the start of your story. Pick a scene or some kind of action and start it off there. Or just write a simple paragraph of fiction as I did, and remix it from example one— narrative and telling, to action and active. What are you waiting for? Let’s write that starting scene.

 

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Behind the Veil: Beauty and the Daemon
Torrid Tales Book 1
by LaSasha Flame
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling, Fantasy Romance
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