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Crowned Heart for Excellence Review!

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So excited to receive a coveted Crowned Heart review from InD’tale Magazine!

 

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Choosing the Best Point of View

Today’s guest post by Brigid Amos on Point of View (POV) brought to mind my own evolution as a writer. Mastering POV was vital to my becoming published. To conquer my head hopping habit, I forced myself to write an entire book, Spell Check, from a single point of view. My writing improved dramatically, and Spell Check became my first published novel. Spell Struck, the second book in my Young Adult Teen Wytche Saga, required alternating points of view. As Brigid explains, there is a way to successfully achieve this. My sixth book, the upcoming sequel to The Beltane Escape has been a challenge. Four points of view! Watch for more details on The Viking Mist.

Now please welcome Brigid Amos, author of the newly released A Fence Around Her, a Young Adult Historical novel.

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One of the biggest decisions a writer makes when she begins a new story is choosing a point of view (POV). There are many ways to define POV, but I like to think of it as the means by which the writer guides the reader through the story and what she allows the reader to see, hear, and know. It is as if the reader arrives at a theater to watch a performance, and the writer is the usher who shows the reader to his seat. But the seat isn’t necessarily in the audience. Sometimes, it’s inside the head of one of the characters, sometimes, it is even inside the writer’s head. Where the reader sits will completely affect how he experiences the story. The usher can move the reader around during the performance, but must do so in such a way that he does not get confused and lose track of the story.

When I first started writing, I gravitated toward an omniscient point of view, or so I thought. I wanted to tell the reader what everyone was thinking and feeling, as if I were a camera floating about a scene, but one that could also dive in and out of characters’ heads at will and somehow record their thoughts. I think this tendency to the omniscient POV is very common among beginning writers. For me, it was probably an effect of being steeped in classic literature. But the problem was that I was not writing in a true omniscient POV. Instead, I was “head hopping,” that is, changing POV from one character to another and completely confusing the reader. I learned early on that if I were going to write in third person, I had to stick to one character for an entire chapter or at least an entire section. In this way, I could write in a close third person POV without getting into too much literary mischief.

When I started writing A Fence Around Her, I so strongly identified with my protagonist Ruthie Conoboy, that I naturally switched my usual close third person POV to first person POV. Ruthie tells her story directly to the reader, and when the reader comes to my theater, I seat her right there in Ruthie’s head so that she can look through Ruthie’s eyes and hear with Ruthie’s ears. When I was writing, I felt that I was Ruthie writing the story as if in a journal or diary. People always ask me if I journal. When I was studying for my Master’s degree years ago, I bought myself one of those cute little fabric covered blank books and dutifully filled the pages every day. Then I stopped, because frankly, journaling wasn’t as fun for me as it is for others. The strange thing is that when I write in first person, it feels as if I am journaling, but I’m doing it in character. And when I’m journaling from the point of view of one of my characters, it is most certainly fun!

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Can a girl break free from her mother’s past?

About the book:

Having a mother with a past is never easy. For Ruthie Conoboy it becomes the struggle of a lifetime in 1900, the year Tobias Mortlock arrives in the gold mining town of Bodie, California. Ruthie is suspicious of this stranger, but her trusting father gives him a job in the stamp mill. Soon, Ruthie suspects that her mother and Mortlock have become more than friends. Can Ruthie stop this man from destroying her family?

Having a mother with a past is never easy. For Ruthie Conoboy it becomes the struggle of a lifetime in 1900, the year Tobias Mortlock arrives in the gold mining town of Bodie, California. Ruthie is suspicious of this stranger, but her trusting father gives him a job in the stamp mill. Soon, Ruthie suspects that her mother and Mortlock have become more than friends. Can Ruthie stop this man from destroying her family?

To read and excerpt and more, please visit Ariella Moon Blogspot.

A Fence Around Her is available on 

Amazon:  getBook.at/AFenceAroundHer

iTunes:   https://itun.es/us/qzAQeb.l

Kobo  Smashwords

About Brigid Amos:

Brigid Amos’ young adult historical fiction has appeared in The MacGuffin, The Storyteller, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Words of Wisdom. A produced playwright, she co-founded the Angels Playwriting Collective and serves on the board of the Angels Theatre Company. She is also an active member of Women Writing the West and the Nebraska Writers Guild. Although Brigid left a nugget of her heart behind in the California Gold Country, most of it is in Lincoln, Nebraska where she currently lives with her husband.

Connecting with Brigid:

Join Brigid’s mailing list: http://www.brigidamos.com/mailing-list-signup.html

Like Brigid on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brigidamoswriter/?fref=ts

Follow Brigid on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Brigid_Amos

Visit Brigid’s website:       http://www.brigidamos.com/

 

 

Ariella Moon Book Signing

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Do you think the Desert Writers Expo organizers know about my sugar addiction? Is that why my table for the March 11, 2015 book sale and signing is as far from the refreshments (and entrance) as humanly possible?

I’ll be selling and signing copies of Spell Check, Book 1, The Teen Wytche Saga. (Winner of the Zola Award) Perhaps there was some unease about having a shaman in the house. As the characters in Spell Check know, sometimes magic goes awry. Not that I’d cast hex hives on anyone…

If you are in the desert, (mid-80s!), stop by the Rancho Mirage Public Library and make your way back to the stage area. I’ll have swag, emergency brownies, and of course, copies of Spell Check. I’ll be happy to answer questions about writing, publishing, and magic.

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~Ariella Moon

5 Things You’ll Love Above Spell For Sophia

This week Astraea Press launched Spell For Sophia, the fourth book in my Young Adult paranormal series, the Teen Wytche Saga. There’s a lot for you to love in this contemporary time travel romance. Here are my top 5:

  1. Fan favorites are back! High schoolers Evie, Salem, Aidan, and Ainslie are back. This time the ever morphing spell book has gone dark, and the teens need special help to handle it.
  2. You’ll discover what happened to Sophia. Ainslie’s best friend  disappeared three years ago. Once the smartest kid in class, Sophia made one miscalculation. She trusted the wrong people…her lawless parents.
  3. New Orleans, Ghosts, & Zombies. The story toggles between California and Louisiana. You can’t be in the Big Easy and not encounter ghosts, voodoo, and zombies.
  4. Forbidden First Love. Sophia falls in love with the one boy she can never have – the grandson of a voodoo priestess. Try telling Breaux they can’t be together. He’ll risk his bright future and tumble through time to protect Sophia.
  5. A Paranormal Villain. In Spell Check the teens were up against a real witch of a math teacher. In Spell Struck, the gang faced ruthless gypsies. In Spell Fire, Ainslie fought mental illness and demons. But none of those foes compare to the evil Sophia faces.

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http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/spell-for-sophia-ariella-moon/1120724734?ean=2940150472853

http://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/8187

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Countdown: Spell For Sophia, Book # 4, The Teen Wytche Saga

Great news!

Spell For Sophia, the fourth book in my Teen Wytche Saga will debut in November!

Spell For Sophia is a Young Adult, sweet paranormal romance.
The teens protecting the ever morphing spell book return, and this time they’ll have to deal with a teen ghost, a murderous villain, and voodoo spells.
Two of the teens will time travel to one of the most haunted cities in America.

The editing process has begun, and I am super excited to team up again with my editor, Nia Shay. My publisher, Astraea Press, has promised Amanda Matthews will do the cover. Here are the covers Amanda did for the first three books:

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Did you know you can loan the Teen Wytche Saga books through the library?

Follow the links below to Overdrive, the online library. (Most Astraea Press books can be found there, too.)
https://www.overdrive.com/media/789233/spell-check
https://www.overdrive.com/media/1380061/spell-struck

https://www.overdrive.com/media/1514942/spell-fire

@astraeapress, @overdrivelibs

Be sure to hop over to http://www.ariellamoon.blogspot.com and scroll through the older posts until you come to the giveaway. There is still a little time left to enter the giveaway for a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card.

 Happy reading!

~Ariella

The Romance Studio Interviews Ariella Moon

Holly Hewson from the Romance Studio (TRS) dazzled me with her well-researched interview questions.

Her post is live on the TRS Christmas Party page. http://www.theromancestudio.com/who6.php.

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Hope you can stop by!

~Ariella Moon

 

Creating Your Author Brand

Well before you sell your first book, consider how you want to market yourself. I have a dual career, Young Adult Fiction author and shamanic healer. Before I sold Spell Check (The Teen Wytche Saga #1), I waffled between maintaining two separate websites or finding a way to present both careers on one site. The latter was preferable, but seemed impossible until I realized that the heart of my work was to be a story catcher. Authors catch and translate the stories delivered to them through dreams, inspiration, muses, and observations. Shamans journey between worlds to capture the stories hidden in chakras, past lives, and childhoods. These stories, often flashes or visions, guide the shaman  to the source of their client’s emotional and/or physical wounds. Thus Story Catcher became part of my brand.

Color is another way to signify your brand. Purple is both a healing color and a color favored by many tweens and teens, readers of my Teen Wytche Saga. Also, I wear a lot of purple. So purple became the signature color of my brand. Themes of karma and empowerment play out in my books and in my healing practice. What initially seemed impossible, a single brand for two diverse careers, blossomed once I concentrated on the similarities between my two careers instead of the differences. You can glimpse the result on http://www.AriellaMoon.com

Author Kristin Wallace, Marry Me, has written an excellent How-To article, “Brand Smart – Your Guide to Creating Your Author Brand.” http://savvyauthors.com/blog/index.php/brand-smart-your-guide-to-creating-your-author-brand-by-kristin-wallace/

Happy writing!

~Ariella Moon

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