via “Twisted”: An Unusual Body Switching Tale 5 star Review by Kaye Lynne Booth
What would you do if you were body switched with the opposite sex? And a different species?
That’s the premise of Twisted, my rendition of a movie favorite turned into a paranormal Fairy Tale filled with vampires, werewolves, and a witch.
Oh, and it’s for ADULTS… cause let’s face it, how much fun can you have in another body?
On facebook, I asked the question, ‘What would you do in the opposite sex’s body?’ The comments ranged from… ‘yanking it all day,’ to ‘asking for a raise.’
So, as I write the next sequel to Twisted, I’m asking you- What would you do?
If you’re writing, you need a story bible. It’s basically a one place catch-all for every little nit-pick that your writing about. If you are planning a series, you have to have one.
Here’s my tabs for Characters in the story for Demise’s Desire, and Death’s Lover, the Queen of the Underworld books 1 and 2 in Scrivner
That’s a lot of characters to keep track of!
Here is one character, the female MC, and her breakdown.
I love Scrivner because it allows me photos. Here is Demise’s breakdown. It will change as the story does. The basic summary should include everything you can think of; age, weight, height, sex, where they are from, where are they now, education and their current occupation, any odd mannerisms, how they dress, pets, etc.
For characters, you might color coat the tabs for MC’s, protagonist, etc. Also, for Fantasy writers include special powers of the characters, (use a wand? mind-read? Their cultural differences? Are they human? etc) Do they use different words? Keep track of those!
The setting. If your characters are in a house/apartment, jot down a quick floorplan. Why? Because if you can see where your characters are going, so can your readers. Have a real idea of the setting, include photos, check the high and low temps, any odd item that might stick out… ie thunderstorms every afternoon, ocean breezes, flowers that bloom, etc. If you have a real-world setting, use google maps and take a walk through.
Fantasy worlds should have a map and include everything above, including moons, suns, sky color, flowers, other inhabitants, etc. No, you don’t have to publish your drawings, but it might help the fantasy reader orientate themselves. I use http://rickriordan.com/extra/map-of-the-underworld/ It’s an interactive Map and really useful. I did change a couple of things for my own purposes, but you can see the map. by Rick Riordan
Setting sketch should include the following for each place.
There’s a whole lot more to a character bible but the basics are the same. Keep track of what you have along with what you’ve written and you’ll know where you’re going and so will your readers.
But the most important aspect of a character bible is to save the writer TIME… yep. Instead of going back and re-reading sections for minor characters, in their character sketch place the page numbers that they appear with a sentence or two *I copy and paste stuff right out of my doc* so if later you need to refresh your memory, you don’t need to hunt for it.
Timeline is next. There is a lot of software for timelines. Pick one or jot down your own. Why? Because if your MC spent July doing something, then six months later you revisit them, don’t have them in the summer… It’s January…
Home means many things to Ramona Barrett and none of them are good.
A family mired in politics and ample amounts of bad behavior have kept her happily far away. Even after her enraged mother escapes, her drunk father sobers up, and her tyrannical grandfather dies, she has no interest in re-connecting to those rotten roots.
A steamy encounter with her childhood friend leaves her swooning like a schoolgirl. He’s become a man who dissolves her logic, foils her plans, and buckles her knees. Too bad he’s engaged to someone else.
And that’s not even the full extent of his secrets.
Can the home she fled be where her new future begins?
If you’re looking for smart, sexy characters in a layered, emotionally-gripping story, Coming Home will take you there. This steamy, standalone contemporary romance has no cliffhanger, but includes characters you will meet throughout the series.
A little about…
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It’s the year 93 O.O., and Dara Adeleye is a student with a bright future and her life figured out. That is, until a chance encounter with a mysterious child changes everything.
Dara lives in a world shaped by the Miracle of Elegua, an intervention by the gods in the fate of an Earth on the brink of collapse decades before she was born. Exceptionally gifted as an artist, her day-to-day attentions are on excelling in school in order to rise above her lower-class upbringing and raise her friends and family out of the dreaded red vanes. But Earth is headed towards the brink again and it may just be the gift she doesn’t know she has that can save it . . .
Kristano Arvelo is a trazer–the term used for the graffiti writers of Dara’s time, a once-slang that originated in her home town of Todirb Wall. The…
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Today is the last day to get Painted Girl for FREE and RedHorse for .99c. Once you’ve read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts on my work.
For the past two weeks, I’ve been locked out of my blog so I have a lot of catching up to do. I’d love to post more photos of Puerto Rico when there’s time. The country is open for business and I’m sure you’d love the beaches.
Today I’m finishing up reading Roseanne Beck – Talk to Me. It’s a romance AND has ghosts, so you know I’ll be devouring it. Catch the Naked Reviewers review on Wednesday!
Poor Sherry Terry, head of The Naked Reviewers is laid up with a broken ankle! Give her some love, she could use a lot of it right now. Oh, and she posted her injury, go check it out on her facebook page. The lady has beautiful legs with a big cast on her foot.
Also, head over to the Naked Reviewers and check out Sherry’s daily questions about your WIP. We’d love to hear what’s going on in your world.
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Moscow, 2138. With the world only beginning to recover from the complete societal collapse of the late 21st Century, Zoya scrapes by prepping corpses for funerals and dreams of saving enough money to have a child.
When her brother forces her to bring him a mysterious package, she witnesses his murder and finds herself on the run from ruthless mobsters. Frantically trying to stay alive and save her loved ones, Zoya opens the package and discovers two unusual data cards, one that allows her to fight back against the mafia and another which may hold the key to everlasting life.
A littled about Ted first:
Ted Cross is from Arizona and has spent the past two decades traveling the world as a diplomat, all the time dreaming about writing fantasy and science fiction. He has visited nearly forty countries and lived in eight, including the U.S., Russia, China, Croatia, Iceland…
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One cup of coffee, one day’s nightmare.
All I wanted was a simple cup of coffee before I started work. Fate, however had different plans for me that day.
A short fiction story inspired by my own personal experience of being stuck in Sydney during the Lindt Cafe siege.
A little about Alex first:
Alex was born and raised in England. When he was sixteen, his family moved to Australia where he learned how to surf, joined a rock band and rode his motorcycle to shows. Alex currently lives with his wife, three beautiful kids, two dogs, three cats, several parrots and a fish tank.
RA Winter’s Review: 4.5-Stars
Batman Clock by Alex Maher,
This was a short read full of emotion and turmoil. Written in an Aussie dialect, it brings you right into the scene. I love Alex’s writing, this is the third short story I’ve read by him, and he always leaves me reeling (In a good way). He does emotions…
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I released my Spirit Key Book 1, Painted Girl on March 15th. I’ve been making videos and ads, and today I’m going to tackle the embedded link so you can get a preview. Free.
Painted Girl is the beginning of a whole new world, one filled with ancient spirits and love. My writing captain, Bailie, has compared it to a paranormal YaYa Sisterhood.
My problem? Figuring out exactly who to market it to. (One of the first things I should have thought about—writing to market.) I took my own road, and wrote to what speaks to me. I should have made it romance, they are so easy to market, but Painted Girl doesn’t contain a happily ever after, it’s the beginning, the long road to love. A love that sticks with the good and the bad. One worth fighting for after RedHorse loses his arm, and can’t have children. Real life dilemmas with supernatural elements.
First, I have to tell you that I spent three hours yesterday making a video, one that turned out perfect… and guess whose internet decided to crap-out the second it was finished online? Yep, mine.
Now, to the sample. If you’ve read it, leave a review for me. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
The Spirit Key Book 1, Painted Girl.