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Hidden Betrayal Soul Crushing
Hidden Betrayal

Shot & left for dead by his partner, betrayal and cynicism has Marshal Linc Jameson ready to turn in his badge until he meets Mikayla, who he vows to protect with his life.
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Soul Crushing

After everything Jace has been through, he has no expectations about his future, and he certainly doesn't expect love, but it finds him and rips him wide open.
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Maggie's Starring Role Mend These Broken Stars
Maggie's Starring Role

Maggie has to secure grant funding to keep the Durango Street Theatre alive, but Kirby is standing in her way, and he’s too damn sexy to ignore.
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Mend These Broken Stars

Blake returns to his childhood home & hires Alex, a local contractor, to make the house saleable so he can flee his past, but instead, he finds his forever.
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Writer's World

Tips & Answers to Qs


Whether you write historical or contemporary fiction, most authors have characters
from different regions of the USA, or write stories set in other countries.
Getting the dialect and/or “sayings” correct is paramount.

Our friends at Literary Devices have identified three different types of colloquialisms:
words, phrases, and aphorisms.

  • Regional differences: One famous colloquial difference in the US is the way a person refers to a carbonated beverage. Regional borders separate the usage of the words “soda,” “pop,” “soft drink,” and “Coke” (used as a generic term not referring to the brand).
  • There are numerous differences between American English and British English, such as “truck”/“lorry,” “soccer”/“football,” and “parakeet”/“budgie.”
  • Contractions: Words such as “ain’t” and “gonna” are examples of colloquialism.
  • Profanity: Some words are considered profane in some dialects of English where they are not at all bad in other dialects. A good example is the word “bloody,” which is a simple adjective in American English, but is an epithet in British English.
  • Old as the hills
  • She’ll be right (Australian English, meaning everything will be all right)
  • Eat my dust
  • I wasn’t born yesterday.
  • Put your money where your mouth is.
  • You’re driving me up the wall.

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From the Editor's Desk

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In the colloquialism department, this question is a favorite. Akin to the US “How are you doing?” the Aussie greeting lends itself to many replies. Be creative.

Language is a writer’s currency. Spend it wisely, and learn how it moves. It is imperative to know the rules and how to do everything properly – grammar, punctuation, verb conjugation, tense, sentence construction, syntax, etc. – so when you tear it apart, you make what you’ve created look and sound fabulous…and effortless. Enjoy breaking the rules after you have mastered them. Become a magician and pull a metaphor out of a hat, or create an allegory from smoke and mirrors. Misdirect your readers while pulling a red herring from up your sleeve. Send your readers down an emotional road from which they don’t think your characters will recover. Saw a relationship in half and put it back together in a way that is believable, yet staggering.

Most importantly, don’t rely on your editor to whip your writing into shape – although you will get assists – your editor’s job is to help make your story better, to delve into your characters’ motivations, voice, dialogue and narrative. Your editor probes the whys and wherefores of plot development, and in a book that’s part of a series, to keep your over-arching theme on track. Your job is to give your editor the best and most polished material with which to work. Your story should be glowing from the shine you buffed into it after having done global searches for “just,” “very,” “eyes” and exclamation points. After you’ve checked to make sure you have no disembodiment (her eyes wandered the room), everyone’s names are the same throughout the story, and that you’re not using brand names when generic is better. After you are certain you have given all you have to give, then, and only then, send your MS on.

If you’re not feeling it, a suggestion: read Brideshead Revisited* to see what extraordinary writing is, and watch it (the Jeremy Irons version) to hear what extraordinary writing sounds like.

*Brideshead Revisited, The Sacred & Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder by Evelyn Waugh