Arleen Eagling wrote a Mainstream Fiction story called “Valuable” in Written Across the Genres. Here is an excerpt:
“Now that Robert saw her from the side, he was sure the woman had been there before. She looked different, though. Maybe all the black on her was distracting, or maybe she’d lost weight or something. He took his place behind the register.”
You can read the story to find out who this woman is and why she’s in the store. (Hint, it’s not to buy something.)
I compiled this anthology to give readers experiences in reading genres they normally wouldn’t choose. If you are a mystery reader for instance, you will find a mysterious character in this story, which could help you to consider reading mainstream fiction in the future.
The KDP special changes every two days. The price for my eBook of $2.99 will increase to $3.99 in one more day. Click here to purchase.
Today is the date the KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) discount begins for the eBook version of Written Across the Genres. The price goes up to $1.99, then $2.99, $3.99, and back to regular price $4.99. There’s a countdown on the right of the sales page to remind you about price increases. click here.
If you continue to read books in the same genre, check out Written Across the Genres for samples of a variety of stories in mystery, spy thriller, memoir, romance, sci-fi, historic fiction, western, fantasy, women’s fiction, young adult, essays, poetry and more.
At the end of the book two collaborative mystery stories with the same setting and beginning take off in totally different directions, which is interesting to compare. Twenty people contributed to the stories in a way similar to when we were children and played telephone.
Tell your friends who would be interested and catch it now for this discounted price. Click here.
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Written Across the Genres contains a variety of fiction and non-fiction examples to explore within genre designations. Stories, excerpts, essays, and poems express the characteristics of each category.
- Meet dragons, a child trapped in an ice chest, a pregnant, homeless teenager, talking animals.
- Flee from revolutionary Hungary.
- Time travel to a bridge into the past.
- Share women’s struggles in love relationships.
- Learn about Aloha spirit and try a new recipe.
- Plan a caper with criminals.
- Join a female attorney threatened by corrupt doctors.
- Escape with a Russian expat from Japanese occupied Shanghai and more
If you would like to sample different genres than the ones you normally read, here are several samples. Click here for the 99 cents KDP special tomorrow, Wednesday.
Did you know that having an injury, having surgery, being female, or being overweight can make you more susceptible to developing chronic pain, and this kind of pain is more common in mid-life and older adults?
My colleague, Barbara J. Semple understands the feelings of betrayal by your body when pain is on your mind all the time. You don’t have to be a statistic any longer.
She says you can enjoy living a pain-free and joyful life. You become completely confident in your natural abilities to self-heal and support your health – anywhere, anytime.
Begin now with some straight talk “How to” wisdom by downloading Barbara’s free eBook in which she busts 3 myths that help shift you out of pain, “3 Myths That Keep You in Chronic Pain.”
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This eBook will only be free for a few days, so I encourage you to get the download now.
I’ve received emails from people whose copy of Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans paperback has arrived already.
Judy Lussie included the #1 photo above. Her essay “The Branch of Life” is published in the book. Since the eBook became a #1 Amazon Bestseller, Lussie’s photo brings an extra big smile on my face.
If you missed the details about the paperback launch day, see the post on my other blog: click here.
The paperback is still at the launch day discounted price but will change soon. If you want to order Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans, click here.
While you’re there, check out Judy Lussie’s recently published novella, Lake Biwa Wishes.
My new book, Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans will launch on May 31st as an eBook. It will be a print book next month. On May 31st, it will be $.99. I’d love to get to bestseller ranking so if you want to order, it would help me if you did on May 31st.
You can read about several of the 20 writers featured in the book on my other blog: click here.
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Elizabeth Strout is one of my favorite authors. Olive Kitteridge and Abide with Me have memorable characters and settings that feel as if I’ve been there. Her debut novel published in 1998, Amy and Isabelle, is my favorite. The back cover describes the story: “In most ways, Isabelle and Amy are like any mother and her 16-year-old daughter, a fierce mix of love and loathing exchanged in their every glance. That they eat, sleep, and work side by side in the gossip-ridden mill town of Shirley Falls only increases the tension. And just when it appears things can’t get any worse, Amy’s sexuality begins to unfold, causing a vast and icy rift between mother and daughter that will remain unbridgeable unless Isabelle examines her own secretive and shameful past.” http://www.amazon.com/Amy-Isabelle-novel-Elizabeth-Strout/dp/0375705198/
Alice Munro said of Amy and Isabelle, “A novel of shining integrity and humor, about the bravery and hard choices of what is called ordinary life.”
I met Strout at a reading from her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Olive Kitteridge at Pleasanton’s Towne Center Books. But, I wanted to talk about Amy and Isabelle. I admired her ability to make the mill where the mother and daughter worked so real that when I think about it, I’m there. The heat, the chatter from the female workers, the quality of light, etc. She asked me what I like to write, and I told her about Eva in the Haight but I said I didn’t know who my audience was and I thought my novel wasn’t saleable. She told me not to worry about who would read it or like it. We need to write the story we want to write. I believed her in spite of advice from several writing books that stressed knowing one’s audience.
Another mother and daughter story that ends with a surprise twist was recently written by Ann Winfred on her site, Coming of Age Croneicles. It’s called “Replica” and can be read at http://comingofagecroneicles.com/
I am a fan of TED talks and this evening I found Creative Morning Talks featuring Elle Luna. Here is the link. It’s 30 minutes and worth every second.
If you’d rather read the concept of “the crossroads” the above amazon link will take you to her book.
Let me know what you think.
Verlyn Klinkenborg’s book, Several Short Sentences About Writing, has an unusual format. There is no Table of Contents and the sentences are arranged like a poem. The first page starts with a paragraph with no title.
“Here, in short, is what I want to tell you.
Know what each sentences says,
What it doesn’t say,
And what it implies.
Of these, the hardest is knowing what each sentence actually says.”
“Short sentences aren’t hard to make.
The difficulty is forcing yourself to keep them short.”
“You’ll make long sentences again, but they’ll be short
Sentences at heart.”
“Sentences listening for the silence around them.
Listening for their own pulse.”
Klinkenborg was born in Meeker Colorado in 1952. He is an American non-fiction author and is a member of the editorial board of The New York Times. He has a Ph.D. in English literature from Princeton University.
Time to Write Now will be down for a few days while my website master works on my site. I’m not sure when that will happen, but sometime between late next week and August 12th. A new look replaces the row of books and the green background. The blog’s name and link will be the same and all you wonderful followers will continue to receive notices as usual.
I will add a new For Sale page. I’ve researched how to make packets and modules to sell at an inexpensive price. The teacher in me can’t resist an opportunity to offer what I’ve learned in order to help people in different situations. For instance, one packet is my experience as a Special Education teacher and will include stories and resources for parents of severely medically challenged children. Another packet will be information for writers in lesson formats for beginners and experienced. And, I might take Nina Amir’s advice and have another page to blog a book–probably Lilli, my YA novel.
If anyone wants to make suggestions for other topics that would be helpful, let me know.
Here is the link to Nina Amir’s book: