Friday, 27 January 2017

The Seven Basic Plots To Every Story


Are you worried that your story is so totally awesome and unique you don't even want to breathe a word about your query because someone will take your idea it's just that amazing?

Cool your heels, sister! Chances are your completely original, never-been-seen-before-idea, has already been written.

RELAX.

It's a common belief that every novel is basically a remake and that each story falls into one of seven categories.

1. Tragedy. Where the hero with a fatal flaw meets a tragic end.

2. Comedy. Not necessary a thigh slapping, laugh fest, but always a happy ending, usually of the romantic persuasion.

3. Overcoming the Monster. The protagonist sets out to defeat an antagonistic force (often evil) which threatens the protagonist and/or protagonist's homeland.

4. Voyage and Return. The protagonist goes to a strange land and, after overcoming the threats it poses to him or her, returns with experience.

5. Quest. Ah yes, it is the journey and not the destination that propels the plot forward.

6. Rags to Riches. The poor protagonist acquires things such as power, wealth, and a mate, before losing it all and gaining it back upon growing as a person.

7. Rebirth. This is where the main character has an epiphany and discovers a new meaning of living.

But why do we keep writing the same stories over again?

Probably for the same reason musicians keep writing songs with the same notes that Bach and Beethoven used. And the same reason fashion designers come out with new ways to wear pants and jackets each season.


The theme may be the same, but the characters, settings, and dialogue are different. Every story like is a window display, but it's how you dress up the mannequin makes all the difference.

Let's look at the list again. I've put a classic and contemporary novel beside each one to demonstrate how wonderfully different two of the same story can be.

1. Tragedy. Macbeth by Shakespeare. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

2. Comedy. Emma by Jane Austen. When It Happens by Susane Colassanti

3. Overcoming the Monster. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

4. Voyage and Return. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll. Reckless by Cornelia Funke

5. Quest. Lord of The Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare

6. Rags to Riches. Cinderella by Brothers Grimm. The Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti

7. Rebirth. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.


What theme does your story fall into?
Get any new ideas for your MC?
Will they meet a tragic end or have a happy romantic ending?


Monday, 23 January 2017

Novel Spotlight: In Pursuit of Paradise








In Pursuit of Paradise
by Kate Randel

Can their love survive the storm in time enough to find paradise?







Ship captain Nicholas Becket knows he needs to change his playboy ways. And when he discovers beautiful divorcee Lily Kingston at a job fair for his cruise line, he thinks he has found someone who can reform him.

Lily is looking for a change of her own but she isn’t prepared for Nick and all of his baggage. Not to mention her own scars from the recent past. Although she is fiercely attracted to the handsome and dashing millionaire, an unexpected event threatens to tear them apart forever.

Can this pair of lost souls overcome the stormy waters of life’s ups and downs in order to find their true paradise?

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Excerpt

He looked at her with his stunning blue eyes. “Yes and no. There are fun times, but it is a lot of hard work. I’ve had my share of both. It can be exciting, yes. But you must be dedicated to the job first and foremost. Do you think you are up for the challenge?”

Lily smiled a nervous smile. She was being interviewed again and she didn’t like it, despite the fact that this handsome man in uniform was asking the questions. “Yes, of course.” She was using a much more confident tone than she was actually feeling and she surprised herself, for the second time today. “I have a lot of experience, and I’m no stranger to hard work.” There, she had told him. Then, he smiled at her again and her stomach dropped.

“Good to know. We are always looking for dedicated employees to join the Caribbean Paradise family. Do you live here, near Cape Canaveral?”

“Actually, I live in Orchard Park. But it is not too far away, just over an hour drive from here. Where do you live?”

“On a cruise ship most of the time. But I do have a condo in St. Petersburg, where the corporate headquarters are located.” He glanced at his watch and then frowned. “Well, I would love to keep chatting with you, Lily, but I must get back to my interviews now.”

“Of course.” Lily stood and prepared to leave. She didn’t want to keep him from his work, but she had to admit, she was a little bit disappointed their conversation had been cut short. 
There was so much more she wanted to know about this man, but it just wasn’t meant to be. “Thank you so much for your time. It was a pleasure to meet you.” She held out her hand for him to shake.

Instead, he grasped her hand and brought it to his lips. His kiss was so delicate, she almost fainted on the spot. The touch of his skin on hers was warm, light, and inviting. She imagined how his lips would feel on the rest of her body. What was going on with her? Was she losing the tenuous grip she had on her sanity?

“No, Lily,” he said. “The pleasure was all mine.” He paused for a moment. “Would you like to have dinner with me tonight? Unless of course you have other plans and have to head back home.”

Lily hesitated. She had been on a few casual dates since her divorce six months earlier, but she had never been asked out by a complete stranger. Sympathetic friends, just trying to help her get on with her life, set up most of the one-date-only events she had attended. But none of the nice yet ordinary men made her feel the way she did right now.

Electricity crackled between them. She was certain they had a strong, unexplained connection even if her rational side was telling her it wasn’t a smart idea to get involved with this guy. Despite her misgivings, she found her voice. “No, I don’t have to get back home, so yes, I would like to have dinner with you, Captain Becket.” 

There. She had overruled her common sense yet again, and went with her gut. A warm flush crawled across her face again, but she just didn’t care. This was what she wanted, and she was going for it. There was no turning back now.

“Wonderful,” he said. “I’ll meet you in the hotel lounge, say six o’clock?”

“Yes.” She smiled and hoped she didn’t sound too nervous. 
“See you then.” He let her hand go, and they parted ways. 
Lily walked toward the lobby with a grin on her face and the feel of Nick’s lips on her hand still etched in her mind.

About the Author

After writing more essays than she could count completing her university studies, Kate Randle decided to swap out the world of academic prose for something more exciting, romance novels. 

Her contemporary books encompass many of the things she loves: yoga, the beach, the ocean and of course handsome heroes. Kate lives near Toronto, Ontario with her own handsome hero, her husband Jason and her two children.  Two adorable rescue felines round out her family to keep things interesting and covered in cat hair.

Kate is currently working on a new contemporary romance about an iconic Canadian rock band entitled "The Perfect Mistake" and is very excited about her upcoming releases with The Wild Rose Press and Extasy Books


Connect with Kate!



Saturday, 21 January 2017

20 Things To Be Happy About


Because, once in a while, when the world seems a bit bleak, we all need a reminder of the awesome things in life...



1. Ice cream cakes




2. Sparkly shoes

3. Heated swimming pools



4. French braids

5. Laughing until you cry

6. Making your friends laugh 

7. Homemade bread













8. Singing in the shower

9. Sisters

10. Vintage clothing/jewelry stores

11. Knowing Alex Pettyfer actually exists and is ALIVE somewhere in the world



12. Decorative tea towels

13. Jumping into leaves

14. Snowstorms that shut down the city

15. Kissing!!!



















16. When your favourite jeans always fit.


17. Roller coasters

18. Reading a book on a rainy afternoon

19. Eating birthday cake for breakfast

20. Skating outdoors










BONUS!!!! Dancing in the kitchen



What are some of your favourite things?



Sunday, 8 January 2017

13 Ways to Reuse Old Sweaters

Some of these projects look so fun I just might buy extra sweaters to make them (I love a good thrift store shopping spree). 


1. Make Mittens: from Homestead Survival

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2. Wine Bottle Covers from CreateMyEvent

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3. Felted Sweater Blanket from Recovergirl


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4. Leg Warmers: from createbellacreate


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5. Upcycled Sweater Slipper Boots from Drawings Under the Table


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6. Cup Warmer from Less Than Perfect


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7. Baby Hats made from Old Sweaters from Make It and Love It


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8. An Infinity Scarf


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9. Pillow Cover from Brassy Apple

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10. Cozy Slippers from We Can Re-Do It!


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11. Sweater Macbook Case from the Merrythought


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12. Cable Knit Lampshade from Farm Fresh Therapy


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13. Sweater Wrist Warmers from What Will We Do Today


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Which is your favourite idea?

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Novel Spotlight: INFAMOUS




INFAMOUS by Lori Sizemore


Justine Montgomery, daughter of a divorced beauty queen and TV magnate, is a tabloid disaster after her infamous sex tape. She’s so desperate to help save her family’s home she turns to her deal-making dad. Can she prove to him she’s cut out for a career in television or will she lose it all?

Sawyer has his own past and a successful career is his only goal. Seeing Justine fail would mean the promotion of a lifetime, but things get complicated when he develops feelings for her. Suddenly, the lines between work, life, sex, and love are blurry.

They will have to overcome the bitterness of a rejected ex, the controlling actions of her father, and the half-truths they’re telling one another to forge a lasting partnership both on the job and off the clock.

Pages: 368
Publication Date: December 14, 2016
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Heat Level: Hot (R)




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FROM THE AUTHOR

Infamous came from a pop culture question, imprinting on my brain—what would it be like to be famous for being famous? What would everyday life be like, like buying groceries and paying the power bill? How would one earn money to wear those designer clothes everywhere? And how hard would it be to find someone who loved you for who you are, not what you are?

EXCERPT

A voice in the back of her mind told her she was going to have to practice telling this man no. He pressed her to the wall, sucked at her bottom lip, ran his tongue across it. Heat blasted through her.

Sawyer tugged her through the open doorway. He kicked the door shut and backed her against it slowly. Pale streetlight from outside the window cast them in shadows. The weight of how much she wanted him almost crushed her. They kissed and, despite them both being fully clothed, she felt vulnerable. Naked.

His hands pressed flat against the wall beside her, his breathing as uneven as her own. “Say it.”


“Say what?”

“Tell me you want me. That you think about me touching you, that it keeps you up at night. Tell me it’s not just me.”

“I do.” Her voice came out fluttery.

He ran a hand through her hair, toying with the ends. “I wonder things, like how you sound when you’re excited and…”

She put a finger to his lips, still moist from their kisses. “Stop saying things like that. I don’t want to know because then I won’t be able to stop thinking about you thinking those things.” She tilted her head back against the wall and steadied a hand on his chest. His muscles bunched beneath her fingers. She needed to think. She needed to process all of this and…

He lifted her hand, nuzzling the sensitive skin on her wrist, which sent a quiver down her spine.

When she couldn’t take any more, she withdrew it from his grasp. And Sawyer was there, picking up where he left off, with a leisurely, complete, thorough kiss. And, oh, she kissed him back. How could she not? His kiss, it was everything. Like something in her, that had been off her whole life, snapped into place.

Her heart jittered in her chest and propelled her past the desire, past the panic gnawing inside because she wanted more of him. She wanted to touch him and taste him and be filled by him, but even more beyond that.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Lori Sizemore grew up in the mountains of West Virginia and never quite managed to escape them. Lori lives at home with her husband of twenty-plus years and two of her three daughters. She also lives with two dogs, a cat, and five hermit crabs. Yes, five of them. This menagerie and her family keep her busy. She worked in mental health as a social worker for ten years before making the choice to write full-time.


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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Cover Reveal for THE RIGHT FIT



Happy new year, everyone! I'm thrilled to share the cover for
The Right FitI'm absolutely in love with it, and can't wait for you to hold the book in your hands. 



I'm so grateful Maxine and Antony found a home with The Wild Rose Press. From the editing process to the cover design, the team has been incredibly supportive and spectacular to work with.

Closer to the publication date I'll be posting links to pre-order and of course having contests with extremely amazing prices. So keep your romantic little eyeballs on this site for all the updates.

Please feel free to share the cover online! Be sure and tag me in your post so I can virtually hug you for helping get the word out about the book, and this fabulously swoony cover!

Here's the blurb! You know, the back flap bit that's intended to lure the reader into opening to the first page...

When Maxine Nicholls discovers her fiancĂ© is cheating, she turns to junk food and Dynasty reruns, but her sister has a plan—unbridled rebound sex with a stranger. 

As one of Toronto's hottest players, Antony Laurent tallies scores on and off the ice, but when the chiseled defenseman hits a slump, rumors of a trade to the minor hockey league send him to ambush a managers meeting at a posh club. 

That night a chance encounter ends up as an unforgettable evening of passion. But Maxine and Antony are about to discover a game of casual hook ups can lead to something neither one of them thought they deserved—the right fit.  





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