Author Archives: Gordon Kessler

THE Guide to Great Storytelling: StoryMasters

Source: THE Guide to Great Storytelling: StoryMasters – In Print and EBook!

THE Guide to Great Storytelling: StoryMasters

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Now available in print and eBook: StoryMasters–the writers guide every author should have!

StoryMasters for novice to advanced storytellers. It’s a labor of love of over a quarter century writing novels and teaching the craft. An eighth edition of Novel Writing Made Simple, it’s the first major revision since Edition Seven in 2010.

This is one of the most comprehensive reference and resource books on novel writing available, with complex concepts broken down into the most basic of terms.

  • When was the last time you saw subtext discussed in a novel-writing book? It’s in StoryMasters!
  • What about free indirect discourse—have you ever seen that broken down and given in simple terms so that you understood it and could recognize how important FID is to your writing? It’s in the book!
  • Do you even know what psychic distance is? Just sayin’—z’in the book!
  • Need to research a writing concept for the next writers’ meeting? In the book!
  • Having trouble with point of view and need a refresher? It’s in the book!
  • Your characters seem too flat and unreal, and you want to know more about writing 3D characters that will leap off the page? The book is where you’ll find it!
  • Don’t know what direction your story is headed and need help with plotting? Got it right there in the book!
  • Bogged down or completely stuck halfway into your story and in search of a pathway out of the mucky middle (muddle)? Ditto!
  • Want to find out how to make a novel notebook like Storybinder that will keep all your story ideas in one place? Yep—ITB!
  • Want to brainstorm your story in order to develop it more and flesh it out? It’s in the book!
  • NaNoWriMo’s coming up—do you know what StoryStormer is and how it can help you write your story quickly? Check it out in the book!
  • Want to develop emotional subplots to help characterize but don’t know how? Af-firm-a-tive!
  • Want a bang-up opening without a bomb going off? Si-si!
  • Want a comprehensive lexicon of over 500 words to help you understand the craft and business of novel writing? Roger that!
  • Want to read over a hundred quips from bestselling writers and celebrities about writing and entertaining? Of course, it’s in the book!
  • What about Grandma’s recipe for her luscious apple pie—do you think it’s in the book? No, silly! You’ll have to ask Grandma for that … but if you need a clear and effective recipe for writing gripping suspense … you guessed it—it’s in … the … book!
  • What about writing dynamic dialogue, imagery, interactive setting, skillfully shifting tenses, shifting narrative mode and point of view, simple editing techniques, manuscript formatting, an overview of the traditional publishing business and how to query an agent? Uh-huh … need I say more?

Prepare to launch— StoryMasters: Writers, Hone Your Skills! Advanced Notions in Novel Writing.

Find StoryMasters here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014M5Q7S2/

Thank you in advance for taking a look! I’m sure it will help!

—Gordon

Two New Writer Meetups in KC!

Indie Writers Alliance Meetup presents:

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StoryMasters: Advanced Notions in Novel Writing! Things neither your mama nor your writing teacher ever told you that will take your writing and your stories to the next level;

and, THE Master Plan: After “THE END”

After The END

–Will your months of hard work and creativity just die when you’ve typed “THE END” on the last page of your novel? It doesn’t have to!

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Also, Coming Soon: What Lies Beneath monthly writers social! You don’t have to read between the lines to get to know the authors who write them. Go behind the scenes and socialize with fellow scribes.

Kindle EBook: The Nobel Laureates in Literature (1901-2014)—Free Days!

The Nobel Laureates in Literature (1901-2014), newly released eBook by Sam Majdi, is FREE April 18, May 5, May 30, and June 20-21. You can find it here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V9KCUTO/

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00056]This is the third book the author has published. It is a unique collection about the lives, achievements, and works of Nobel Prize winners in literature.

Each recipient has a whole page of biography, with his (her) works and honors (if any).

The comprehensive glossary gives information about a variety of people and sites and contains the short biographies of  all 95 notables. The names index gives access to your favorite prize winner in literature.

The second book “The Wisdom of the Great” is about the lives and works of 450 notables from 50 countries of the world. It contains over 2600 quotations in 3 millenniums (9th century B.C.-21st century). It is a great literary piece and an accurate reference book.

The 1st book “Lovers Paradise Book of 222 Love Quotations” is a collection of short biographies of 111 notables of 17 countries. It contains the names index and a detailed glossary. I hope you will enjoy reading these literary works.

Sam Majdi is a retired teacher of English with over 30 years experience. He is living with his family in Wichita, Kansas. He got his B.A. in English literature.

He has been a member of Kansas Authors Club since 2001. He has been an advocate of human rights all his life.

Please let Sam know if you have any comment or criticism.

Sam Majdi, email: s_majdi@yahoo.com

It’s finally here – the explosive finale of the Deepest Darkness series!

RFTD Front CoverComing July 1st, the third and final novel in the Deepest Darkness series by D.A. Bale: RISING FROM THE DARKNESS.

RISING will be available for pre-order on major ebook outlets starting May 1st with an official release date of July 1st. In the meantime, you can still pick up the first ebook in the series RUNNING INTO THE DARKNESS for free – yes FREE – and PIERCING THE DARKNESS for the low ebook price of $2.99. Also available in print.

For now, enjoy this peek of RISING’s cover and read the blurb below to whet your appetite.

In Rising from the Darkness, Samantha Bartlett has a new mission – and this time it’s one of her own choosing. Armed with information worth killing for, Samantha pieces together secrets spanning generations and uncovers the key to Debrille’s plans, including the horror of his true identity. But will it be enough for redemption? Especially when facing the bridges she’s burned?

Life was once clearly black or white, but now Joe Roberts has a target on his back – and it’s sighted by his boss at the FBI. It’s not just from running off with their primary suspect in President Warner’s murder and then allowing her to escape. No. He’s the Elite’s latest scapegoat. That alone begs the question. Is Sam a cold-blooded killer or a mere pawn used in a global chess game?

World War III looms on the horizon as the Middle East threatens to implode, world alliances are scrapped, and a once tenuous truce with a former enemy collapses – all under President Durksen’s watch. Shadowed by the Elite’s constant and vigilant guard, Durksen must find a way out of the hole he dug for himself long ago. But can he accomplish it in time, or will the United States die like so many nations before it?

Explosions light up the night. Friend becomes foe. Sister against sister. Lives are lost. Sacrifices made. But in order to realize true freedom, evil must be defeated.

No matter the cost.

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DA Bale’s Thriller Is Free On Amazon!

Running into the Darkness

by D A Bale

A thriller unlike any other

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Samantha never intended to kill the President. As a doctor, she swore an oath to protect life – not take it. But that was before he ordered the murder of her family.

Swept from the frigid New York City winter, Dr. Samantha Bartlett returns to the Midwest to once again confront the sting of death – and face those she left behind. But she’s not alone. A strange man she dubs “Shades” haunts her every step as she seeks answers to the inferno which claimed her grandmother’s life, an eerie reminder of her parents’ deaths. The secrets Samantha uncovers forever shatter the image of those she only thought she knew.

Confronted by Shades, Samantha joins a secret underworld known only as the Elite, where a web of power and control is woven deep within governments worldwide. Their sights are set on the seat of domination behind the Resolute desk that is the powerhouse of nations – the presidency of the United States of America. Samantha becomes the Elite’s unlikely key to infiltrating the White House at its most intimate levels.The Hippocratic Oath. All doctors swear by it. But the most despicable deeds must be avenged. The quest for blood swallows Samantha in a veil of darkness and threatens to destroy everything she once stood for.

And from the darkness there is no escape.

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