How do we take readers from reality? ENGAGE your audience! @AuthorLynnBurke #WritersLife

The Most Important Aspect of Fiction Writing

Ask any reader, writer, editor, or publisher what the most important aspect of fiction writing is and you’ll doubtless hear a variety of thoughts. Plot. Characters. Setting. Description. Showing rather than telling. Yes, they’re all great answers, but without one key element, one all-encompassing aspect, any story is doomed to fail.

What is it?

Being ENGAGEABLE.

If we as readers aren’t drawn in, our senses engaged on another level – that “DON’T BOTHER ME I’M IN ANOTHER DIMENSION!” feeling, then the book will be placed aside in hopes of finding another that will take us from reality.

So how do we engage our reader’s senses? In all kinds of ways.

1  A gripping plot, one that rolls along with twists and turns which raise our brows or drop jaw hinges wide open. The type of story line that keeps us turning (or clicking) pages way too late into the night hours.

2  Characters we feel empathy for, ones whose own problems may or may not mirror our own. They just need our sympathy, our pompoms waving in the wind.

3  Setting and description go hand in hand as far as I’m concerned. Don’t get all flowery full of words and poetic paragraphs I’ll skip over in search of the good stuff – fill our senses instead. Sight, hearing, smell, heck – taste even! Use precise words, ones loaded with meaning.

Why say he walked across the room toward me? BORING. I’d rather see him…

…swagger with a knowing smirk, one that catches my breath and sends my heart all a flutter. Describe how he smells of wood smoke and the outdoors (YUM!) or that the timbre of his voice sends shivers down the spine.

Ok. Enough of the romance.

Create the scene – the movie – in a readers’ mind. Captivate their attention and make it impossible for them to put your book down. Satisfy their craving to leave this world and enter one of make believe.

THAT is the most important thing you can do when creating a story. Engage a reader and gain a faithful follower, one that will hopefully spread the word of your awesomeness.

~Lynn

 

 

Edits and thoughts, from Raven

Well, it’s me, Raven here today.

And to be honest I was a bit stumped about what to write. Whats going on?

I’m busy with edits, and although I have a book out on 25th, (The Cleaner the last book in the Death Isle series by one of my alter ego’s Kera Faire. Dark romance with a twist, some humour and a HEA I hope.) Plus a YA out on 28th. (Discovered, book one in updated and added to The Shalean Moon series by J Lilley. She’s me as well.) That’s not this week though.

This week it’s edits. Regency, dark romance, YA…you name it, I seem to have edits for it.

Not that I mind. Edits are there to make my story error free (ish) more appealing, and shout to you, ‘read me…’

Now lets hope they do.

I’m not pimping really. Although Discovered is up for pre order on Amazon, The Cleaner, and the Regency (The Duke’s Temptation, out in October) aren’t.

So on that note, I’m going to leave you. Go back to my edits, ponder over my crazy typos, (what a romantic vice he had… which from was he form…who shot the door…to name but a few) and hope my next books are a success.

Oh and next time I might just pimp them to high heaven.

Happy reading,

Love Raven x

Who is now biting her nails for the next couple of weeks.

Have you ever Thundeclapped? #TinaDonahueBooks #PromoInfo

Each day new promo tools become available for authors. For you, that might be Thunderclap. It offers a free and an expanded fee service to get the word out on your titles or whatever you want to be visible to the public. As you create your campaign, you can choose between 100 or more supporters. Each individual can support you on one to three platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr. If you don’t get the required 100 supporters, your advertising message isn’t sent out. If you do reach or exceed the magic number, the campaign ‘tips’ and your message is broadcast on your supporters’ FB, Twitter, or Tumblr platforms – or all three.

Last month I did a campaign that received 350+ supporters with a social media reach of 750K+. Very cool.

Here’s the link to sign up: https://www.thunderclap.it/

This month, I have 3 campaigns going, and I’m asking for your help to get the word out on my upcoming releases.

Simply click on the titles – they’ll take you to the Thunderclap campaigns. There you can support the books on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr with a simple click. That’s it! Thanks!

WICKED TAKEOVER

RETURN TO ECSTASY

SUMMER NIGHTS OF DELIGHT


My Upcoming Releases

WICKED TAKEOVER

Book One Wicked Brand

AMAZON

Print and ebook

Available Now

Blurb:

She’s just inherited a tattoo parlor…and the hunk who comes with it.

Lauren’s in a helluva mess. Not only has she lost her corporate HR job, she’s just inherited Wicked Brand, a struggling West Palm Beach tattoo parlor…along with the virile dude who runs it. Lauren’s full-figured, sorta pretty, and wanting him badly. Dream on. She’s here to sell the place as quickly as possible for some much-needed cash and score a new position in the corporate world.

Dante’s sinfully hot with a killer smile and beautifully inked biceps. He sees the heat in Lauren’s eyes despite her conservative appearance, recognizing the dynamite woman she could be if she’d just loosen up and have some wicked fun. Dominance and submission. Making love in a public place. Having her lush body always accessible to and ready for his.

Unwilling and unable to keep their hands to themselves, Lauren and Dante turn to carnal games and seduction. Until lust turns to surprising need and friendship to something deeper that might just change their futures.

RETURN TO ECSTASY

Book One Her Master’s Pleasure

AMAZON – SMASHWORDS

Available for Preorder Now – Ready to Read August 18

Blurb:

A willing slave to possession, punishment, pleasure…

Dreams of a manor where submission and dominance once ruled draws Faith to hypnotherapist Colin Danes. Potently virile, he’s instantly recognizable as her most cherished master from a past life. Desire smolders in his eyes, proving he’s never forgotten her.

Their carnal dance continues in the present and leads to their past when she was known as Eve. Through hypnotherapy, Colin brings her back to the Victorian era, a hidden estate where she eagerly submits to whatever he and her other noble masters crave. The exquisite discipline of the strap. Being bid on and mounted each night. Displayed and used for the enjoyment of all.

Most will take her. One will try to imprison her. Only he will be her true master in that life and this.

SUMMER NIGHTS OF DELIGHT

by the bestselling, award-winning authors of Romance Books ‘4’ US

PRODUCT PAGE

Coming in September

With the summer months slipping by, the temperature will still stay hot when you read this heart stopping collection of passion and seduction. Brought to you by the authors of Romance Books 4 Us, and written by today’s hottest bestselling authors, there is a little bit of something for everyone in each story. So run, don’t walk, to your nearest online eBook retailer and one-click this compilation of sexy reads which will pull you into… summer nights of delight.

Featuring Make Me Breathless by Tina Donahue – contemporary menage

Blurb:

These rugged cowboys know what they want…the biker chick who just became their neighbor.

When Ally inherits a Texas ranch, she’s not about to trade in her Harley for a horse or a cow. However, she is taken with the McCrays, two deliciously virile cousins who own the adjoining land. Lucas and Colt are a hundred percent male whether they’re working their property or stripping to skin to cool off in the creek. Maybe it’s time to meet her neighbors.

Colt’s never known a woman like Ally, sultry yet vulnerable and totally clueless when it comes to ranching. Hell, what kind of man would he be if he didn’t offer to help? Lucas feels the same. Both guys want to give her some fun, Texas style. Long, hard, and thorough.

Ally’s certainly game for a good time, yet the sweetest surprise is what follows.

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