Cover Reveal and a Special Deal

I was up in Massachusetts last week, and lined up three book signings for All That is Necessary after it comes out in January. We’re still working out exact dates, but right now, it’s looking like I’ll be meeting with the St. Mary’s book club for a signing and discussion, plus doing book signings at The Shire Book Shop in Franklin and Coffee Break Cafe in Quincy. I’m hoping to line up a couple more signings in the region — if you have any suggestions for indie bookstores or coffeeshops that you think would be good, please let me know. I’m especially looking for suggestions from the Grafton area, since that’s as close as you’ll get to putting Exeter on a map.

ETA: And I’ll be doing a signing at The Sacred Circle in Staunton. Thanks, Carey!

While things are on a roll, this seems like a good time to unveil the book’s cover below the fold. Oh, and there’s a special deal below that.   Continue reading

Book Review: Writing 21st Century Fiction by Donald Maass

Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling in Modern FictionWriting 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling in Modern Fiction by Donald Maass

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve been waiting for this book to come out since I first heard about it earlier this year, and Maass didn’t disappoint. After devouring the book the day I got it, I rethought the entire second half of my next novel and rewrote big chunks of it — more than 13,000 words in two days with more to come. Maass knows his stuff and uses examples to drive home his points about what it takes to lift books from ordinary to extraordinary — what he calls high impact.

If you’re a fiction writer, you need to read this book. I’m already planning that once the current book is finished, I won’t start the next one until I work through the dozens of questions Maass poses each chapter to help readers define the best storytelling possibilities for their fiction.

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