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INFUSED (Book 2 of The Pioneers Saga)

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A dead man cannot resurrect himself.

A new and incompetent governor has been named the head of the Polarist Region, and Broughtonhaven is at risk of being Dominated by these cold-blooded neighbors to the northwest.

The Spiritualists plummet into darkness as they struggle to defend themselves from their invaders.

The Alpha Council has refused to intervene, while Caleb, Sarai, and the Pioneers fear for the fate of the mainland. They must discover how to empower the Spiritualists if they hope to keep Broughtonhaven from crumbling.

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HOW TO SPRUCE UP THAT QUERY LETTER

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I’m going to tell you a short story, then I’m going to spruce it up.

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A woman walked down the street, holding her bag of groceries. She smiled at the passerby. She was robbed, and she never got the money back. Continue reading

EXTRACTED

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EXTRACTED — BOOK 1 OF THE PIONEERS.

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THE PIONEERS : EXTRACTED
Book 1
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While on a routine mission in the neighboring province of Broughtonhaven, Caleb Eaves and his squadron are ambushed by a band of assassins.

Left to die in an icy prison, Caleb has not heard from his wife who has gone missing, and he fears that his people have abandoned him.

He must find a way to escape and track down his attackers if he ever hopes to regain the life he once he had.

FINISH THE SERIES??

HOW TO DECIDE IF YOU SHOULD WRITE ONE BOOK OR FINISH THE SERIES

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Should you write the first book and then try to publish, or should you write the entire series first?

This question is a lot more challenging to answer than it seems. I chose to write the entire trilogy before I submitted to publishers. Continue reading

WITH THE STRENGTH TO CARRY ON

HOW TO CREATE A BORN HERO

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Some heroes are made, others are born into it. We are going to investigate the Born Hero today. Notice that we’re sticking with the Mariah Carey lyrics on this one too. Many writers look at this kind of hero as boring or out of date.

I would disagree. I think that this hero just needs to be crafted differently as time progresses. Superman used to be the kind of hero that people wanted to save the day. He had the power, so why not?

These days, we don’t really like people meddling in our business, unless we are under duress. Continue reading

THERE’S A HERO

HOW TO CREATE A HERO

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Mixing the list of villains can be a lot of fun, and it also helps to get a clear sight as to where your story is going. I am about 70% done with the third book in a trilogy which means that I’m about 90% done with the actual trilogy itself!

I say that because I intend to start working on the plans that I have for another series almost immediately after these three books are done, and in order for me to get my villains right, I am going to play around with the mix-and-match approach of the different combinations of villains. Continue reading

EVIL. VILE. LIVE.

HOW TO CREATE A CIRCUMSTANTIALLY EVIL VILLAIN

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The circumstantial villain (the person who is against the main only because of the situation).
The evil villain (the 1-D evil incarnate).

These are the two types of villains that we are going to mix today.
Circumstantial + Evil = CircumEvil.

This is the type of villain who is best described as vicious and evil, vile even. The reader will despise this character, and the other characters will buckle under his power. He kills for a living, and he has no remorse for beheading innocent victims in his plight.

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WHEN EVIL IS VALIANT

HOW TO CREATE A NOBLE VILLAIN

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A nobleman is a man of dignity and sophistication. He is a man who handles business with a professional approach. He is a man who is determined to succeed. Take this nobleman and give him the traits of a villain, and you have created the Valiant Villain.

A VV is the type of villain who has a strict moral code, and only under the rarest of circumstances does he break it. This is the kind of villain whose motives need to be explored. He deserves to be understood; he demands it even. Continue reading

A MERE THOUGHT

HOW TO CREATE A CONCEPTUAL VILLAIN

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The conceptual villain is a difficult antagonist to create. Why? Because the main is always fighting this metaphysical antagonist, but this villain cannot be seen. It is more felt than visualized. Even describing this kind of villain seems limited.

The most obvious conceptual villain is time. Time is often used to push the main forward through the mission. Movies where a bomb has been planted are good examples of the villain of time. Continue reading

THE EVIL WITHIN

HOW TO CREATE AN EVIL VILLAIN

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The most well-known villain type is the “evil for evil’s sake” bad guy. This villain has no motives for his evil. He wants to rule the world, and he wants to enslave all its inhabitants.

This type of antag is comical if you take him to his logical end because the question always arises, “What are you going to do if you do enslave the world?” That said, it doesn’t matter what’s next. The important thing is what’s happening right now.

The evil villain is seen most in epic fantasies since everyone knows that evil is bad. Of course we know of the Sith Lord, Darth Sideous from Star Wars. There’s Darken Rahl from The Sword of Truth. The list goes on with these scumbags. Continue reading