The very talented Robert Grey is giving out free copies of his premier novel The Boy Genius Detective Agency. So if you’ve got a kindle and a kid, or just a kindle and a heart full of whimsy, pick one up because even though it’s aimed at children the book reads fast and is actually pretty fun for adults as well. Or if you don’t want to get it free you can always wait until the promo’s over and fork over the dough. As for me? I bought my copy weeks ago, which kind of makes it a collector’s item. At least that’s what Robert told me…
Finally, as the choo-choo settles into the station, we visit Book Obsessed Human for a story about hospitals in China. It’s funnier than you think. But keep your expectations low anyway.
We got one more stop today, this one at Boom Baby Reviews where I’ll be breaking down the classic three act structure. If you’ve got the characters, I’ll show you how to craft a trio of disasters that will make them pop. And snap. Then crackle. Sorry, I just ate a big bowl of Rice Krispies…
Please to check out the very kind Erin down at The Readers Hollow, where she’s kindly hosting a stop on my Virtual Book Tour, and my article about the big three: Goals, Obstacles, and Stakes. If you’re in the mood for some fiction structure necessities check it out. And if you’re not in the mood for some fiction structure necessities you should swing by anyway, because Erin and Company may call themselves The Reader’s ‘Hollow’, but when it comes to bookish information that site is stuffed. I think that’s called iron, man.
Thank you Tony, I obviously meant irony, man.
If you get a chance please swing by the fourth stop on my Virtual Book Tour, at Readaholic Zone. This time I’m writing about my experiences living and writing in China, which is equally likely to make you to laugh, or get me kicked out of this Middle Kingdom. Or maybe thrown into Suzhou Prison. I’m not sure, but it’s pretty much going to be one of those.
Big ups to my friends at Literary Musings for hosting my article about the flat character arc. It’s what Katniss Everdeen, Harry Potter, and Dane Curse all have in common. So if you want to craft characters who don’t change, but change the world around them, stop by and say hi. Or hello. Or if you’re British; cheers. I think. Honestly, I have no idea what those cats say.
If you’re in the mood for professional book stuff (it’s an industry term) head over to Reading To Distraction where Marisa covers everything you need to know about all the hot titles (mine included) along with book clubs and give-aways. Though today I’ll be chatting with her about action tags, my personal favorite attribution. So head over there if you want to knock your writing up a notch! Or down a notch, depending upon how good your writing already is.
Stop by (why don’t you) at Buttonholed Book Review, where I’ve been graciously offered a guest post by Jeff. I’ll be writing on Proactive vs Reactive scenes, and how they link together to form the cohesive plot in the modern fiction we all love. Meanwhile Jeff will be reviewing literally hundreds of books for you. Seriously, he’s the hardest working reviewer I know. I’ve seen his TBR list. It’s longer than Santa’s