With the series now ended, much has already been said about the excellence of FX’s Justified . For my contribution to the conversation, I repost here Elmore Leonard’s ten rules for writing:
- Never open a book with weather.
- Avoid prologues.
- Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue.
- Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said”…he admonished gravely.
- Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
- Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose.”
- Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
- Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
- Don’t go into great detail describing places and things.
- Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.
My most important rule is one that sums up the 10.
If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.
oh, my! So lovely – so great!
A Pride and Prejudice Variation
I’m super excited about my new series, Accomplished Ladies – five Pride and Prejudice variations set in the Regency period.
The first story, The Wager , is Mary Bennet’s story.
When Charlotte Collins invites Mary Bennet to visit Hunsford, she accepts, determined to quash her tender feelings for Mr. Collins. But she’s is quite unprepared for the handsome and charming Major Carleton “Carley” Quartermaine, visiting Rosings Park with Colonel Fitzwilliam.
Then Mary is scandalized to discover that she is the subject of a bet among gentlemen ~ well, two gentlemen and one lady, mischief maker Caroline Bingley. Prim and proper Mary would never surrender her self-respect, even if Quartermaine’s smile sends a thrill to her very soul…
You can read the first two chapters at Pemberley Possibilities , and you can borrow the entire book free if you have a Scribd subscription.
The Wager (Accomplished Ladies 1)
I can’t believe the fairy series is coming to an end. It started with Give Me which was just supposed to be a one-off, a fun story I wrote for myself.
But people liked the story and wanted to know more about Lilith and Cade and about Dumnos, the land of mist and rain. And so…
Bride of Fae came about, the story of Cade’s mother, Lilith’s father, and a further trek into the world of the Dumnos fae.
Fever Mist is the appetizer in the middle, a little novella that tells a few big secrets about Max and Elyse.
A Glimmering Girl explains the mystery that brought Cade and Lilith together in the first place. And now Goblin Ball answers the most important question of all: Is the mystic real?
Bathed in the mystic moonlight
On the night of a goblin ball
Look to the moon at midnight
When true love will free us all
Read Chapter One
Isn’t that a great title? I love it! The fifth and final planned book in the Wyrd and Fae (Tethers) series is available for pre-order now!
When Lady Lexi gives a ball at Faeview, Max means to put true love on Cissa’s dance card…
If pricing is my first gadfly in publishing, a book’s cover is my second. In Wyrd and Fae cover news:
I’ve gone back to the original cover for A Glimmering Girl (still 99¢ for a few more days). And here’s the new cover for Bride of Fae :
Advanced Reader Copies for A Glimmering Girl will be ready this week! If you’d like to read A Glimmering Girl before the official Amazon release October 27 and would be able to leave a review, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free Advanced Reader Copy.
I am in love with this one ~ it has a LOT of twists and turns and tons of revelations about the wyrd, fae, and humans of Dumnos.
Trying a new look with the Wyrd and Fae books…
They’re uploading now. Of course, Goblin Ball is “coming soon”…
Psst! Don’t tell…
A Glimmering Girl is now available for pre-order at Amazon.
Read an excerpt here .
Back on track.
Remember: It matters not whether we get turned into a newt. What’s important is that we get better.