Join me at the book fair at Cutsforth Thriftway in Canby OR

whispers full cover-001 Join me at Cutsforth Thriftway in Canby OR for a book fair and more!  I’ll have signed copies of Visions and Whispers as well as bookmarks!  See you there!

When:  Saturday April, 27th from 10am until 4pm

Address:  Cutsforth‘s Marketplace 225 NE 2nd Ave CanbyOR 97013

 

Big Hugs for Secret Watchers Fans!

Here is the latest share from a fan!  What can I say… you guys rock!

Whispers Autograph

Perceptions (The Secret Watchers, book four) Working Title

All right Secret Watchers fans.  Here is your chance to get a say on the latest title.  What do you think??? Some great suggestions were made during the Whispers launch party!  Give me your best shot! Please leave a comment!

Please stick with the theme of the books.   whispers full cover-001 Visions Full Cover

Whispers News!

Whispers is available at the Sony Reader Store

Shipped today!

AND….

Paperbacks are for sale at: Mail House Plus at 4230 SE King Rd., Milwaukie OR 97222

The Cuttsforth Thriftway – 225 NE 2nd Ave, Canby, OR 97013 and

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Whispers:  The Secret Watchers book #2

Whispers: The Secret Watchers book #2

Whispers, book two of The Secret Watchers series is for sale at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookStore, Kobo, eBookPie, Indigo, Baker & Taylor and Garden’s!

Please click on the ‘shop’ tab for links!

THANK YOU!!!

Paperbacks will be here soon!  Order your copy today!  $10 + $4 shipping and handling.

email me at: laurenwrites@thesecretwatchers.com

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Hey Goodreads buddies!  Both Visions and Whispers are on several Goodreads lists!  Please VOTE!  It helps to get my books noticed and right now… WE are the marketing team. Thanks so much and big hugs! Goodreads lists with Visions http://www.goodreads.com/list/book/13583266 … Continue reading

Bringing out your inner child for young adult writers

Bringing Out Your Inner Child Catching snowflakes on your tongue and other childish behavior can bring out the child in you!  Sometimes we hear kids say, “You don’t get it” or “You don’t understand”.   Umm, yeah, actually we do.  We’ve been there.  So okay, times are changing and it was a little different when we were there, but you have the same basic problems, just recycled.  We’re looking at your problems through a different lens or lenses if you’re over forty like I am.  (Insert big goofy grin here, with reading glasses of course.)   You’ve heard the old yarn, same tune, different song?  Well, we were kids once; sometimes we just need to be reminded what that was like, but we do understand it.

If you are tying to find your inner child think about the things that you loved to do as a kid.  Trust me, catching snowflakes is just one of the endless possibilities.  Have you read any good young adult books lately?  How about a bad one?  Either way, pick up a YA book and give it a read.  Reading other young adult literature puts you in tune with the young and young at heart.  It also let’s you see what is popular today.  Browse the bookstore and pick up books with amazing covers.  Start reading their backs until you find one that hooks you or go to your favorite eBook retailer and see who the big names and most popular on their lists are.  Maybe check out who has the best reviews instead of the top 100 best sellers.

Sometimes it hurts us to relive our teenage years.  Many times I have been struck by the pain of today’s youth as it echoes what I felt at the same age.  It reminds me of what it felt like to be a teenager.  Teenagers feel deeply and if you look back, you’ll remember that too.  How did you feel the first time someone broke up with you?  Remember your first… kiss, date, time driving?  Revisit your teen years.  Look at some old pictures or your old high school yearbooks.  Yeah, I noticed the hairstyles have changed too!

So what am I saying?  Go play!  Go have some fun.  Spend time with the young people you write for.  Volunteer in a classroom or with a youth organization.  Hang out with your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews or spend some time with a friend who has kids.  I bet you’ll find that inner child and I bet they’d like to come out to play.

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Email:  laurenwrites@thesecretwatchers.com

Mail:  4230 SE King Rd.  PMB 282  Milwaukie, OR  97222

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Happy New Year!

Happy 2013!

Happy 2013!

Big hugs for all fans of The Secret Watchers!  I hope that wonderful things are in store for all of us!  For you avid readers, you can expect Whispers in February and Insights this summer!  Watch here for more!

Happy 2013!

 

Guest Post By Author D.C. McGannon

“Excuse Me, Your Hair Is On Fire!” (And 3 Other Things You Should Always Be Thinking About When Writing)

Thank you to D.C. McGannon for sharing this awesome post also found on his blog!

D.C. McGannon’s main page blog

Here are three things you should always keep in mind while you are writing.

And, oh by the way…

Your hair is on fire!

1. The Hook.

In the first chapter of every book, there should be a hook.  Something that grabs you.  Rips you into the world of the pages and doesn’t let go.  It can be a quote, a newspaper headline, an action, a statistic, a question.  It can be embedded in dialogue or a stand all by itself.

It gives insight into the unfolding conflict.  It may be the conflict itself.

It’s what makes you want to read on.  It’s the attention-grabber.  It leads to the next chapter or scene (especially if you end your chapters with hooks).

It’s what makes you want to listen to your favorite song over and over again.  (Don’t you want your readers to read your books over and over again too?)

*Speaking of favorite songs. Let’s break for a fun activity…  See if you can recognize these famous song hooks and their artists (answers below):

“Hook me baby one more time!”

“Hook it, just hook it.  Hook it, just hook it. Ow!”

“I still haven’t hooked what I’m looking for…”

“Purple hook, purple hook!”

“The hooks, they are a changin’.”

“Shake, rattle, and hook.”

“I’m comfortably hooked.”

“I hooked it through the grapevine!”

I was going to use Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” for this activity, but it just didn’t seem appropriate. Agree?

*OK, Back to our program…

Any book worth its salt employs the hook.

I’m not going to teach you how to write a hook in this post (that will be a post all by itself), but you MUST always be thinking about your hook when writing.

Oh, and do you smell that?!  It smells like…

2.  The Conflict.

It smells like conflict!

Who wants to read about the guy who has everything going his way all the time, and lives happily ever after.  BLAH!!!

Boring.  Forget it!

We want conflict, writer.  The juice.  The fire.  The stuff of legend.  The stuff that brings the legend to her knees!

Conflict is pain, discomfort, struggle.  It’s what your characters must go through, and in the beginning of a book it’s usually pretty bumpy.  Bumpy is good.  Bumpy is real!

Nobody navigates conflict easily. Nobody!  I don’t care if the duck looks like its gliding across the water effortlessly.  What you don’t see is that under the water, those little webbed feet are fighting the water at a hundred-miles-an-hour!

Show your readers what is happening under the water!

Conflict sets the story in motion.  Whether it’s internal conflict (struggles with morality, desire, belief and so on) or external conflict (man vs. man, nature, society, destiny, etc.), conflict reigns!

We relate to conflict.  It’s real.  We experience conflict, both good and bad, and so it’s believable.  We want to discover how this character is going to respond or react to the conflict, so we tune in.

Deeply.  Intently.

I believe every strong character suffers the weight of both internal and external conflict.  This layered complexity draws us in closely and whispers to our soul.

When you are writing, remember, your hair is on fire!  Bring on the conflict!!

3.  The Tension (Emotion).

Conflict creates tension.

If conflict raises the question, tension keeps us wondering what the answer is.

Tension (emotion) keeps us engaged until resolution.  Just like our characters, we will experience the emotion as well.

Make me laugh.  Make me cry.  Make me angry.  Make me pump my fist.  Make me scream.  Make me say, “I TOLD you that was going to happen!”

Whether positive or negative, human emotion drives a story. Your readership is addicted to it.  And like the hook and the conflict, tension needs to rise from the beginning.  Keep your finger on that pulse and keep it tight until you are ready to release it in your resolution.

So, excuse me, your hair is on fire…

Will the fire consume you?  Will the fire go out?  Do you even feel the heat yet?  Is that person standing next to you going to catch fire?

As for writing, I hope your fire burns brightly and keeps getting hotter!

D.C.