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Happy Release Day! FIT FOR A KING by Susan Fisher-Davis!

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Happy Release Day

to my talented client, Susan Fisher-Davis

FIT FOR A KING

is now available at

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobobooks

 

Wade King believes he’s worth nothing, especially in the eyes of the man who gave him a chance to be somebody. When Win’s beautiful teenage daughter kissed him on her eighteenth birthday, he refused her even though it was the last thing he wanted to do. He knew he was not the kind of man her father would want for her. Now she was back. 

Hannah Winston has always loved Wade King, even while she was married to another man. No man could live up to the man who had claimed her heart as a teen. Now she’s returned to Win’s Circle ranch to claim her inheritance only to discover her father had other plans and it involves the one man she tries so hard to hate, but can’t forget—Wade King. 

With no other choice but to work together, Wade and Hannah try to ignore the pull each has on the other, only to fall victim to their desires. Now Hannah wants more but Wade still refuses her. What must a woman in love do to make a hardheaded cowboy understand that he might think of her as duchess, but she’s only truly fit for a King? 

 

My thoughts—Wade is a real SOB but I suspect you’ll love him as much as I did while editing. Hope you’ll read FIT FOR A KING by Susan Fisher-Davis. And yes, I wrote the blurb and I made the cover. Very proud of it all too!

In the meantime, if you’re looking to bring your characters to full life through expert editing, please feel free to contact me and we’ll discuss your success. It’s why I’m here…to help you find success. 🙂

Happy Writing Everyone!

Revisions: Writing Dialogue Part 2

 

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In our last lesson regarding writing dialogue, we discussed simple rules that we can follow to assist us in writing dialogue. Just as writing can be more complicated, so can dialogue. In this next lesson, we’ll up the ante a bit and discuss some of those complications that not only bring our characters to life but might also have you pulling your hair out trying to create such dialogue.

It’s not as difficult as you might think. Let’s begin…

Every so often, your character may pause briefly, interrupting dialogue with a breath or hesitation. There are two ways you can deal with an interruption using dialogue tags and either one is correct. Everyone has their own style according to their voice.

The first is dialogue interrupted by a dialogue tag and continuing the dialogue following the tag but it all stays in the same sentence.
When using this method, a comma will end the first part of the dialogue remaining inside the quotation marks, and a second comma will follow the tag but remain on the outside of the quotation marks.

Example:  “If I could have a moment of your time,” he said, “it’s very important.”

“If I could have a moment of your time,” he said, grabbing Annabelle’s hand, “it’s very important.”

If this is something that doesn’t feel comfortable for you, you might also separate them into two complete sentences. The first sentence will end with a period following the tag, and the second will begin with a capital letter.

Example: “If I could have a moment of your time,” he said, grabbing Annabelle’s hand. “It’s very important.”

Questions in dialogue with no dialogue tags are done the same way as one with a period. The question mark stays within the quotation marks. The same construction applies to using exclamation points.

Example: “Will you marry me?”

“Marry me!”

When using a dialogue tag for a question, the question mark replaces the comma before the closing quotation marks and before the dialogue tag and the same capitalization rules apply.

Example: “Will you marry me?” he asked her.

If you put the tag first, the construction is the same as with a period.

Example: Damien took hold of her hand, and asked, “Will you marry me?”

Now…sometimes dialogue becomes a bit more complicated when your characters are interacting and action interrupts the spoken words. Or even in some cases, a character’s thoughts might interrupt their speaking. If we do it, our characters do it.

Let’s say your character is speaking and another character interrupts him.

Example:  “If I could have a moment of your time,” he said, grabbing Annabelle’s hand, “it’s very—”

“I love you,” she interrupted before she lost her nerve.

The Em dash demonstrates his words as being interrupted by hers. Sometimes, a character may interrupt his own words; the use of Em dashes will play into this construction as well but will be outside the quotation marks to show the action interrupting the speech.

Example:

“If I could have a moment of your time,”—grabbing Annabelle’s hand and pulling her close—“there’s something I need to ask you.”

This construction is very similar when a character interjects a thought within an action.

Example:

Annabelle walked past Damien—telling herself not to look at him—needing to get to the door before her tears fell.

Not sure how to make Em dashes – there are three easy ways to make them, you can choose which works best for you or simply hit dash twice, enter, then backspace but always make sure the Em dash follows the last letter of the word it connects to with no spaces. If you’re using Word, you can try one of these methods:

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Minus (on the numeric keypad)
  2. Hold down the Alt key as you type 0151 on the numeric keypad.
  3. Choose Symbol from the Insert menu, and then select Em Dash from the Special Characters tab.
  4. Simply hitting the hyphen key twice directly after the word preceding the Em Dash then hit Enter then backspace and close the gap.

Sometimes, a character is speaking and will quote someone else’s words, this is easy to deal with and shouldn’t frighten you away from using it.

The entirety of the dialogue is enclosed in quotation marks following the same rules above only you’re going to add some single quotation marks (‘…’) with the dialogue.

When single and double quotation marks are used side by side, put a space between them simply to make them more easily read by the reader.

Example:  “He said, and I quote, ‘To be is not to be.’ ”

“He said, ‘To be is not to be.’ I heard it with my own ears.”

Indirect dialogue for the inner quote also works if you’d rather not use a quote within dialogue.

Example: “He said the line as to be is not to be. I heard it with my own ears.”

Direct and indirect dialogue emphasizes different elements of the sentence, so choose the one, which works best for what you want to convey. It’s your voice and either way works fine.

Next time, we’ll ramp it up a bit more with interruptions cutting off words and just how to make that effective. I hope this helps and if you ever have any questions or wish me to address another issue, please feel free to leave me a question, comment, or request I the comments below.

Happy Writing Everyone! Let’s get you success in the New Year!

Release Day for RILEY, book six in the Men of Clifton, Montana series by Susan Fisher-Davis

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RILEY

A Men of Clifton, Montana novel

by Susan Fisher-Davis

His father’s death may have brought Riley Madison home to Clifton but nothing is going to make him stay in a place filled with so many bad memories. He’s made a life in Texas and not even a beautiful woman with a little girl who melts his heart is going to make him change his mind. He doesn’t do relationships.

Kaitlyn Garrett Parker is happy with her life since her husband’s untimely passing. She and her daughter, Sadie, have a home and family in Clifton. Her brother, her friends, and her business are here so when the man she’s been fantasizing about since her teens returns to town, seduces her, and steals her heart, is she making a mistake not taking a chance on love?

After learning the real reason for his father’s hatred, will the past drive Riley away from what matters most or will the truth open his heart to love and forgiveness?

Congratulations Susan. Great story! I’m so proud of you. xox

Visit Susan Fisher-Davis at http://susanfisherdavisauthor.weebly.com/ to learn more about her fabulous books. It’s a joy to work with her and experience seeing her amazing heroes come to life.

And yes, I created this gorgeous cover for her too. 🙂

Let’s get you some success too. I’ve got August open!

TRIBERR – Tribe Up and Increase Your Reach

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Triberr.com is a social media platform for bloggers that will drive tons of traffic toward your website’s blog. Over the years, Triberr has grown and evolved. It has become a powerful traffic tool. I personally use Triberr and now have a reach of over 530K on Twitter. I highly recommend using Triberr.

Triberr.com, created by two enterprising young men, Dan Cristo and Dino Dogan, assists bloggers in reaching their greatest audience from one site. Triberr is a community full of all types of bloggers, who blog on a multitude of subjects, and carry all levels of experience. These bloggers seek out like kind and join together in groups, known as tribes. Most tribes have a common interest or community, meaning that everyone in the tribe blogs about similar topics. For example, the tribes of which I belong generally blog about books, reading, writing, and publishing.

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You can join tribes, or start your own tribe and invite others to join you – it’s all up to you!

Each tribe member tweets (in addition, they can now post to Facebook and LinkedIn if they choose to do so) other members’ blog posts easily by sliding their cursor over a share button to send the link out to all of their own followers.  The tweet is then scheduled to go out using a frequency that can be changed under the settings tab. Triberr is a place to make new friends, find other bloggers within your community, Reasons to join Triberrnetwork with bloggers of all levels and styles, and help others by spreading the word about them, while they, in turn, help spread the word about you. What Triberr really is, is a community. A meeting place of like-minded bloggers. A place to gain support, advice, and establish both friendships and relationships, while expanding your footprint on the Internet as well as increasing your role as a blogger.

Promoting your blog can become as easy as publishing it, allowing Triberr to pick it up from your feed, having your fabulous Tribemates read it and sharing. In return, you do the same for them. Easy!

Recently, I had a problem with my feed for this blog and was going a little nuts over it. Dan and Dino were quick to respond to a simple tweet with a link to my Bonfire post. Bonfire is the forum used by Tribemates to air problems, seek answers, and find new tribes. Thanks to Dan, my feed was back up and running properly in mere cyber-minutes. Now that’s support you can count on, and knowing I have backup like that builds high confidence that my posts will continue to be seen and shared. My Tribemates are awesome, friendly, caring, and share crazy – I can’t thank them enough for all that they do to help me promote both this blog and my review blog, Unwrapping Romance.

I highly recommend joining Triberr.com, getting involved, and broadening your reach while meeting extraordinary people. So check out Triberr and TRIBE UP!

If you’d like to learn more about how Triberr works, how easy it is to sign up and get started, check out A GUIDE TO GETTING STARTED ON TRIBERR. Also, it’s FREE to join! So what are you waiting for?

Happy Writing and Promoting!

Getting the Most Out of Twitter for Promoting

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So you’re going to try social networks to reach new readers. Yes, I mentioned a few means in the last post and I hope you check some of them out – especially Triberr – but now you might be wondering the best way to go about using them so as not to make a nuisance of yourself.

It’s a fabulous means of getting lots of followers and lots of attention but if you inundate the feed with constant mention of your blog, your website, or heavens forbid, your book, you might as well just shut down now. Using Twitter to get your book, or your blog, lots of attention is why I mentioned Triberr. Using Triberr and with the help of your tribemates, you’ll reach even more people more quickly without having to spam the feed with lots of tweets from your account.

Some tips to using Twitter:

Start following people who might be interested in what you’re about and who might be willing to help spread the word for you.

Talk to these people – I know it’s not easy to carry on a conversation on Twitter but with practice, you’ll learn how to use few words to get your point across and to utilize your CONNECT feed to keep up with those who might be talking about you and to you.

Get involved with bloggers, reviewers, and publishers on Twitter. Follow them. Participate in Twitter Chats, and follow the bloggers’ blogs.

Don’t, and I emphasize this greatly, DON’T constantly push your book on everyone on Twitter. If you do even ten tweets a day about your book, I guarantee you that your followers will start falling away. Try a tweet in the morning, maybe another late afternoon, and another in late evening. You’re going to hit everyone you want to see your tweets. There are morning Tweeters, afternoon Tweeters, and those night owls and folks from down under who will be riding the Twitter feed.

So remember, when using Twitter to promote your book, your blog, or your website, even if you’re telling folks about something exciting – do it sparingly, do it politely, and do it with fun! Oh, and don’t forget about Triberr. It’s a place of promotion magic.

Happy Tweeting!

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