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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

CONGRATS DELIA LATHAM! Queen of the COTT Staff Clash!



Congratulations to Delia Latham for taking the crown in last week's Staff Clash. Two anonymous COTT staffers went into the ring and readers had another hard choice to make. Some said:

  • "This was a cruel choice!! LOL! They were both excellent."

  •  (About Delia's excerpt): "Beautiful words expressing emotion and making the reader want more."

  •  "Intense emotions on both excerpts! Great job!"

  •  "Terrific excerpts!"

  • (About Katie's excerpt): "I need to know Wulf better! I have a feeling he's dreamy."

  • "Awesome clash with two well-written, emotion-packed scenes! Great job, authors!"


Of course, nobody knew at the time that those authors were Delia Latham and Katie McCurdy.
Both are recent additions to the staff. Delia has come on board as a Blog Alliance Correspondent, and Katie is the official Talent Scout. (Looks like COTT scouted some talent when they found these two gems.)
This fun excursion was a great interjection into the usual good times shared at Clash of the Titles. This week sees another fierce challenge with nameless authors nominated by COTT staff. Be sure to head over there and vote now!
And in just 2 weeks, the party begins! Mark your calendars for October 10th and be ready to play for extra prizes all month long as COTT celebrates it's first anniversary. Your vote will determine which of the year's winning authors will receive the ultimate honor: the Laurel Award.







* by Assistant Editor of COTT, Michelle Massaro 

Friday, September 23, 2011

I'm Thrilled to Announce.............

Harbourlight Books ~ The Beacon in Christian Fiction ~
has contracted my novel, Devotion!!

As most of you know, I'm blessed by an extraordinary relationship with White Rose Publishing. Being given the opportunity to share my Christian fiction debut with its 'sister' company, Harbourlight, is a dream come true. I couldn't wait to share the news, plus give you a little information about the story to come - so, here's an unedited blurb:


Temptation enters a marriage not just in lightning strikes,
but in the unwitting surrender, piece by piece, of a precious relationship.




Kellen Rossiter operates at the top of his game. Savvy, confident, charismatic, he’s a music agent representing A-list clients from coast to coast. But years ago, his heart led him from Los Angeles to Nashville, and to his wife, Juliet. There, he set up shop and never looked back, focusing on Christian recording artists, his bride and a faith life that never wavered.

Juliet Rossiter is a beautiful and enthusiastic source of support to her husband. She’s eager to raise a family with Kellen and shares her time and talents with their faith community at Trinity Christian Church and by tending to the life and heart of the man she’s loved completely from the moment they met.

But what happens when their picture-perfect marriage begins to unravel in the face of an unexpected and powerful temptation?

Human frailty, and the pull of the forbidden, creeps into the cracks of their once rock-solid relationship. Kellen and Juliet learn that even in the most Christ-centered relationships, the patina of day-to-day living can dim the shimmer of passion; even the deepest love can fall victim to the call of a relationship full of freshness and exciting allure.

How does the lifelong decision to love stand the test of finding a way back from the ordinary? How does the strongest relationship find a way back to God when its foundation has been rocked—when temptation has dealt its blow to a marriage built on the strongest, most committed sense of love—and devotion?

For more on Pelican Book Group - the home of White Rose Publishing (romance) & Harbourlight Books (Christian fiction), please visit their website: http://www.pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/



I'm so grateful God has opened this pathway for Christian/Inspirational books to reach the world, and equally grateful to be included in their family of exceptional and talented authors!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Happy Anniversary, Clash of the Titles!!!

It's been almost a year since COTT opened its voting-booth doors and invited everyone in. Over the past twelve months, readers have chosen 25 Clash winners and received 48 free books. And along the way, a family formed. That family consists of the voters, authors, staff, and the 25+ blogs who have banded together in mutual support with COTT.

This is cause for major celebration! So COTT is doing it up to the nines.

Clash of the Titles' first annual Tournament of Champions begins next month! Over the course of four weeks, past winners from the previous year will compete in a series of clashes for the ultimate prize: the Laurel Award. The Laurel, COTT's most prestigious honor, is awarded by public vote to a single author among the year's champions.

Voters are expected to turn out in droves to support their favorites and participate in games just for readers. Each week, COTT sponsors—consisting of various authors and staff—will issue fun challenges to readers along with the chance to win gift cards, critique services, a business card design, and more. A dozen sponsors are lined up for the event so far. That's a lot of prizes!

Throughout the month, details and updates on the Tournament of Champions will be shared on the COTT website and featured within the Blog Alliance. To help spread the word, please grab the special Tournament Button (below) to display on your site. Then send a link to your page to: contactcott at gmail dot com to enter the special COTT Shout-About drawing. The drawing will take place during the first week of the Tournament and the winner will receive a Clash of the Titles mug.


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Mark your calendars and spread the word. This BYOV (Bring Your Own Vote) party begins on October 10th!





Thanks to Michelle Massero for the guest post!! And...yes....as you can see by the spanky-cool button on the sidebar of my blog, I'm one of the contestents! I'm thrilled, and urge you to visit the site often and vote, vote, vote!!

*Find Assistant COTT Editor Michelle Massaro on Twitter @MLMassaro, or Facebook. And follow her blog, Michelle's Adventures in Writing.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Congrats COTT Champ Sarah Sundin!

Clash of the Titles' Champ Sarah Sundin is making the rounds throughout the Blog Alliance. Come check out this feature written by Jen Slattery commending her win!

The other day my daughter orally lamented a previous conversation. “I always think of my best come-backs too late.” I know how she feels, although I’m probably on the other end of the spectrum—I often wish I hadn’t said X or Y once the conversation is done. At least in writing we can carefully craft our words, which should make it easier, right? Not necessarily. Writing effective, authentic, snappy dialogue is a skill that must be honed. And yet, when done well, it plunges the reader deep into the story and provides vivid characterization.

This last week two authors threw their “chatty-keyboards” into the Clash of the Titles' ring and although both excerpts were phenomenal, Sarah Sundin, author of A Memory Between Us, wowed readers with her printed banter.





Here’s a snippet of her COTT competing excerpt:


Jack made out Ruth’s shapely figure coming down Northgate Street. She couldn’t afford the new olive drab uniforms some of the nurses wore, but she sure looked smart in the dark blue jacket and medium blue skirt.

Jack stepped back around the corner. He unzipped his lightweight leather flight jacket, made sure his shirt collar was open, and stuffed his hands into the pockets of his olive drab trousers. Had to look casual.

He let Ruth pass, then fell in behind her. “‘One misty moisty morning.’”

Ruth looked over her shoulder and smiled.

“‘When cloudy was the weather, I chanced to meet an old man clothed all in leather. He began to compliment and I began to grin. How do you do? And how do you do? And how do you do again?’”

Amusement crinkled her eyes. “It’s afternoon.”

“Yeah, but it’s misty and moisty. Life in England has taught me what that means.”

“No misty moisty mornings in California?”

“In January, not August.” Jack proceeded down the flagstone sidewalk. “And look, you chanced to meet an old man clothed all in leather.”

***

Gotta love that phrase, “Misty, moisty morning,” an example of great dialogue and fun alliteration!

The story it came from is about a determined soldier on a mission to win a woman’s heart:

Major Jack Novak has never failed to meet a challenge--until he meets army nurse Lieutenant Ruth Doherty. When Jack lands in the army hospital after a plane crash, he makes winning Ruth's heart a top-priority mission. But he has his work cut out for him. Not only is Ruth focused on her work in order to support her orphaned siblings back home, she also is determined not to give her heart to any man.

As the danger and tension of World War II rise to a fever pitch, Jack and Ruth will need each other more than ever. Can Jack break down her defenses? Or are they destined to go their separate ways?

From the English countryside to the perilous skies over France, A Memory Between Us takes you on a journey through love, forgiveness, and sacrifice.



Sarah Sundin is the author of A Distant Melody. Her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England during WWII. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.

Romance, tough, rugged men, and rich history make this novel a must read!

Want to nibble on a few more COTT winning excerpts and win great prizes in the process? Make sure to join us for the ultimate literary challenge where COTT winners go head to head in our Tournament of Champions on October 10th to November 4th! What better way to launch the Holiday season than with a stash of great books won in our tournament give-away?


*Jennifer Slattery writes for Christ to the World Ministries, Samie Sisters, Afictionado, the Christian Pulse, and is the marketing manager of the literary website, Clash of the Titles. She also co-hosts (with five other authors) the Facebook faith community, Living by Grace, a modern-day “meet at the well” experience where believers around the globe can unite, fellowship, and be refreshed. Visit her devotional blog, Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud to find out more about her, her writing, and the ministries she writes for.


And make sure to hop on over to Clash of the Titles to help determine our next literary champion!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Welcome, Annette Irby & Husband Material!

I can't wait for you to meet my next guest here on A Minute With Marianne - Annette Irby.
Annette has a new release with White Rose Publishing titled Husband Material which I really enjoyed. She also has an editing service - AMI Editing. Check it out. Annette has helped edit two of my Woodland Series books - and I can tell you first hand, the woman is just amazing!

With that, let's bring her into the spotlight. Welcome to the blog, Annette! To kick things off, I always like to know: when did you first discover that you were a writer?

As a small child, I would imagine scenarios, but it wasn’t until junior high when I began to type out stories—you know, via an old-fashioned typewriter with a ribbon and two sheets of paper rolled through. Then in ninth grade, an English teacher’s aide assigned a writing assignment, and she gave us a great tool: a character chart. I felt empowered! Though she named the characters for us (I’ll never forget this: one of them was named Oogie) we each got to define these characters and write our own story around them. After high school, I put writing aside until much later in my life.

I've done much the same thing, Annette. It's all about God's timing, right? How did your writing career begin? How did you find your way to White Rose Publishing?

When our middle child was in her infancy, stories began to come to me. The trilogy I wrote then would need a host of editors to fix it, and even then I’m unsure we could shock life into it, but it was great fun to sculpt the stories. That’s when I began to get serious about learning the craft of writing, including attending writer’s conferences. Years later, around Christmas, I was reading holiday novella compilations and thought, “I’d like to write these.” I decided to write a holiday novella. Only, mine would include a married couple finding trust and passion and healing through prayer and communication. Love Letters resulted. But this wasn’t a traditional romance. I had married characters here! So the traditional houses didn’t want it. I shelved it for a time. Then, through the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Association I heard of a new opportunity through White Rose. It sure felt good to see that project through to completion. Many people have told me how the story ministered to them, that they could relate.

After reading Husband Material, I promptly purchased Love Letters and can't wait to read it. What are you working on next?

I liked writing the Dollar Download (Husband Material) and am working on another one with plans for more possibly, following that. I’m also gearing up for an early autumn writers’ conference where I’ll pitch a separate novel or two. I’ve got lots of projects with potential for various readerships. The trick is to hone my craft and prepare as much as possible, which includes lots of prayer.

Prayer is what sees us through--no doubt! Tell us one interesting fact about you that your readers would find interesting, and maybe even surprising.

I love to sing. I began writing songs at age four (before I could “write”). Nowadays, I enjoy serving on my church’s worship team, leading worshipers in lifting a musical response of love and adoration from our hearts to God’s.

There's something so beautiful about music that uplifts the heart and soul. How do you find balance between being a writer and everything else that goes on in your life?

Wow. Great question. I haven’t found it yet, but I have learned a few things along the way. First, just because something’s on the to-do list doesn’t mean there’s no room in the day for other things–like a walk or some gardening, or even a few loads of laundry. I’ve learned that sometimes I have to carve out time to write. That’s how Husband Material came about. I carved out three days a week, two hours each of those days, and went off-site where I simply focused on plotting, planning, writing, and rewriting that story. One month later, I was ready to submit. Still, sometimes I feel overwhelmed. The trick is to keep everything in perspective and be as organized as possible. I also bring my concerns to God in prayer. He’s taught me to live reliant on Him. A very good lesson.

Absolutely, Annette - and what a great reminder of where all of our strength and answers can be found. Thanks for letting us get to know you better!
Now, here's a blurb for Husband Material, from White Rose Publishing!

Wyatt Hansen has no fears about commitment, but only three years have passed since his beloved wife died, and he can't bring himself to break their annual dinner date-that is until he meets restaurant owner, Lara Farr.

Lara doesn't have time for romance; she has a business to run. At least that's what she tells herself so she doesn't have to admit that commitment scares her. But Lara's business is failing, and it just may take a miracle-or marketing analyst, Wyatt Hansen-to save it.

Can Wyatt rescue Lara's restaurant, help her overcome her fears, and prove he is good husband material?

MARIANNE'S REVIEW OF HUSBAND MATERIAL

The future beings today.

Wow. That's such a wonderful lens through which to view this poignant, emotional story. Lara Farr is the owner of the Blue Hyacinth Restaurant in Seattle.

Wyatt Hansen is a corporate trouble shooter as well as a grieving widower. Lara is refreshingly engaging and bright – full of a spirit that can’t help but awaken Wyatt’s affections. Plus, she has a mission for him: Keep her restaurant – which is a community institution – viable and fresh.

Husband Material is a story of second chances and letting go. Sooner or later, we all must face the truth that the past has passed – and that releasing it doesn’t mean you forget it, or treasure it any the less – it simply means you’re embracing God’s plans and loving embrace anew.

Lara and Wyatt’s tale is charming, full of warmth and a tender realism that has already prompted me to purchase Ms. Irby’s White Rose Publishing debut, Love Letters. I can’t wait to read it! Five stars – and bravo, Ms. Irby!

Welcome, Dana Pratola & The Covering


Every once in a while, when new author friends enter your life, a connection builds that's immediate and strong. Such is the sentiment I feel toward today's guest at A Minute with Marianne, Dana Pratola.

Dana is a fellow White Rose Publishing author who has written a book that, quite frankly, blew me away. More on that later. (Hey...rule one of great writing...keep the reader reading! LOL!)

First, all joking aside, I can tell you this about Dana: she's a 47-year-old mother of three. She's been married for 25 years (Congrats, Dana!!). The Lord is her savior, writing is her passion, and publishing inspirational books that show the grace of God is her ministry.

Want to know more? Here's her Facebook readers page:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Dana-Pratola-Author/221067454600043

Now, let's get to know her even better!

Dana, when did you first discover that you were a writer?

I wrote all my life, but until about 15 years ago I hesitated to call myself a writer. I thought I had to live, work or act a certain way to be labeled “writer.” But one day someone referred to me as a scribe because I always had a pen and paper and would jot things down all the time. So I think it mentally stuck, and I realized that if I write all the time, I’m a writer, LOL.

So true! And I can totally relate. How did your writing career begin? How did you find your way to White Rose Publishing?

God. I’ve heard over and over about how useful writer’s conferences are for making contacts in the publishing realm but those that were close enough were far too expensive. So I asked God to help. Not long after, a friend told me about a FREE online conference (Muse Online Writer’s Conference) and I signed up. I scheduled a pitch session with Nicola Martinez, and she asked for the whole manuscript.

How awesome! I love it. Sometimes, the most direct path is the BEST! What are you working on next?

I have 5 novels in various stages of completion and a dozen more stories formulating, but the one I’m focusing on is about a woman named Sophia. At the age of 22 she is suddenly gifted with an incredible singing voice and the book is about the choices she must make and the consequences they bring. Of course there is a love interest – an autobiographer named Cade (possibly to be renamed) who Sophia reluctantly allows inside her life.

Intriguing! Tell us one interesting fact about you that your readers would find interesting, and maybe even surprising.

Before I had a VCR (long time ago) I used to tape Star Trek episodes onto cassette and transcribe them. LOL. I never went into script writing but I learned a lot about pacing and dialogue.

So true! So tell me, how do you find balance between being a writer and everything else that goes on in your life?

I don’t know that I’ve found balance. There are times when writing is all I do. Then there are times when “real life” consumes everything. My husband’s schedule is flexible, which can work for or against my own schedule.

Great interview, Dana. Now, I want folks to learn more about your fabulous release, THE COVERING. Here's an excerpt:

Tessa whirled away from him toward the door.

His hand was on her arm in a second. “Where do you think you’re going?” he asked. The sudden awareness of how slim her arm was in his grasp caused him to loosen his hold.

“I won’t stand here and argue with you,” she told him.

“Then let’s not argue.”

Slowly, he pulled her closer, watching the pulse jump in her neck. She didn’t resist when he lowered his mouth to hers.

Gunnar could have sworn her bones liquefied as she melted against him, into him. This was risky. It should stop. She was like a drug, the feel of her an addiction, and he feared if he didn’t break it off now, there would be no going back. He drank in a few more seconds before levering her away.

His own ragged breathing drowned out the sound of hers, but her mouth opened and closed, evidence that she too struggled to form a coherent sentence. Desire snapped in the air between them, and he turned away before it could draw him back.

What was he thinking, kissing her that way? He wasn’t—that was the problem. He hadn’t recognized how close he was to flashpoint and had allowed emotion to rule. Normally the emotion was anger. It was familiar, safe, he knew how to direct it, what to expect in retaliation.
But this…altogether different. In the short time he’d known Tessa, she had infiltrated his core needs, forcing him to reevaluate his objectives, making him realize he still wanted things he’d long ago dismissed as impossible: a home, children, stability. Consequently, he feared things he hadn’t before: isolation, failure, dependence. It was too much, too soon.

He hadn’t lied to her mother, he hardly knew her. Yet she had already influenced him in ways he couldn’t express. What would happen over time, six months maybe, when he became more attached and unable to let her go?

When Tessa finally realized who and what he was?

“We can’t do this,” he told her, looking back. Tessa stood frozen, catching her breath. “I won’t get us into a situation we’ll regret.”

“But…”

“You’re not ready for this.” The light of battle sparked to life in her eyes, dissipating the haze of longing. “Neither am I.”

“Because I’m a virgin,” she said, disgusted.

“Yes.” He snapped the word out, but hearing the harshness of it, softened his tone. It wasn’t her fault he wanted her. Nor was he pushing her away because of her inexperience—at least not in the way she thought.

“You’re innocent and I’m not. In any sense of the word.”

Tessa crossed her arms. “So it’s your plan to keep turning me on and off like a light switch until when? Until you’re bored or decide to move back to your house?”

“I didn’t mean for this to happen.”

“You want me.”

It was a simple statement. He couldn’t have said why it sounded like a threat. “I do. But it’s not going to happen.”

“Because you say so,” she said with a nod. “Interesting. You didn’t want my mother to treat me like a child, but ten minutes later you’re doing it.”

“This is different.”

“Because you know what’s best? She thinks the same thing.”

Well, what could he say to that?

Tessa raised her chin and went to the door. “Please leave.”

She’d given him his escape from the mess he’d created. But for how long? Until the next time they were in the same room together and the scent of her freshly scrubbed skin snared him? Or she walked past and sent him one of those long looks she probably wasn’t even aware of? The ones that made his heart spasm and his brain misfire? He had no intention of going through this again.

When she reached for the knob, he slapped a hand onto the painted wood of the door.
“I asked you to leave.” Her voice was laced with nerves and heat.

Patience ebbing, Gunnar hissed out a breath, took her by the arm and sat her on the bed.
“What are—”

“Sit there and shut up.”

“Don’t tell me to shut up.”

“Just…please.” Gunnar scraped a hand over the stubble on his head, then jammed his hands in his pockets.

He didn’t intend for things to spin this way. When he came into the house, it was with the desire to grab a quick shower before meeting Max and David at McIntosh’s. Almost at once, he was being lured by the sound of women’s voices singing the praises of a guy named Carter in an overt attempt to interest someone.

Entering the living room, seeing the look on Tessa’s face, it became clear she was the intended mark. She didn’t look interested, but it irritated him to think she might be. Then, to find the jerk’s card with his friendly little message…

In hindsight, keeping her mother and friends here might have been the wiser course. If they were still here, he would be on his way to a friendly game of pool. But jealousy was a newly discovered muscle, and it grew and strengthened when flexed.

He gazed out the window to where the clouds skidded away, revealing a sky of pale blue, in direct contrast to the gloomy gray of his heart. Below was a fenced in yard with thick grass, though browning, and a tall gnarled oak. The kind of yard he would have loved to play in as a kid.

Instead, he’d kept himself occupied in dim hallways and dismal rooms where he’d been forced to wait quietly while his mother entertained her boyfriend of the hour one thin wall away. It was a world away from here. A world away from Tessa.

He glanced at the fresh flowers on the table under the window, a reminder of the kind of woman Tessa was and the fact that she was far, far out of his league. He needed to stop dreaming about what he could never have and end this stupidity now before it got out of hand. And maybe the best way to do it was to force her to see the differences between them.

MARIANNE'S REVIEW - THE COVERING

In The Covering, author Dana Pratola makes a stunning debut in the genre of Christian romance.

Readers and editors always say it: Give me a fresh voice, give me a unique plot and original characters. Pratola delivers on all these counts, telling the love story of Gunnar and Tessa.

On the surface, Gunner strikes one instantly as dark, tattooed, heathen biker until we discover, through Tessa’s eyes, his layers and troubled but beautiful heart. He’s tormented by no less than Satan himself—but Tessa unwittingly has his back. Tessa, who establishes the faith-center of the book, is prayerful and mindful of God's call on her heart.

Little does she, or Gunner know how powerfully God is using her prayers to literally ‘cover’ his life with divine protection.

Worlds collide—literally and spiritually—when these two meet. In a story peppered with demons and angles, salvation and a battle between good and evil, The Covering encompasses a storyline seldom explored in inspirational romance: the idea of demons and angels batting for the soul of a man destined for either spiritual greatness, or the abyss of hell.

There’s nothing clichéd or formulaic in the way Pratola tells their fantastic love story--and at its soul The Covering is a love story. Its power comes in the way she crafts her characters. Her style of writing is compelling, and she is gifted at plotting a storyline that keeps you flying through the pages to discover what happens next.

I highly recommend The Covering, and eagerly await Dana Pratola’s next release! Five Stars.

Here's where you can pick up The Covering:

Available in paperback or Kindle at: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_12?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=dana+pratola&sprefix=dana+pratola OR http://www.whiterosepublishing.com/Dana-Pratola-628?osCsid=8538c8d3b19e913a421bd6606289c9ae

Available in paperback or Nook at www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-covering-dana-pratola/1104473665?ean=9781611161014&itm=4

A Tournament of Champions & Snappy Dialogue





Coming Up at Clash of the Titles, October 10-November 4, 2011


The first annual, Tournament of Champions!


Over a FOUR week period, SIXTEEN previous COTT champs will face-off in EIGHT different mini-Clashes.


Only ONE will take home The Laurel Award.


With Clashes, games, and prizes galore, you won't want to miss this month-long celebration!


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*Guest post by Lisa Lickel


Dialogue lets your characters be heard. It’s their voice; their conversation amongst themselves. It’s how they tell their story. Dialogue is talk. Discussion. Arguments. Jokes. Questions and answers. Foibles. Mystery. Mesmerism. It’s the muscle on the skeleton of the story.

The writer’s ability to conquer natural dialogue comes out of how well we know our characters. The reader’s ability to hear natural-sounding dialogue comes from the depth from which he is drawn into the story.

Using dialogue in a book helps readers see that characters spend time with each other for a reason, even if they’re stranded on desert islands. Tom Hanks had Wilson in the move Cast Away, after all. Dialogue is more than internal mutterings or their revelations to the reader. It needs to be heard, not just read. The words need to translate immediately to sound in the reader’s inner ear, and thus be natural, no matter the setting.


What can we deduce from these two small pieces of the excerpts in this Clash? Are you in time, in story, in the character’s emotions? Can you cheer for them? Figure out exactly what will happen next, or are you eager to turn the page for more?

“Would you mind if I walked with you?”

“As long as we’re not together.”

“All right.” He strode into the street and spread his arms as wide as his grin. “There. We’re not together.”

“Jack!” she cried…. “Get back up here.” Ruth motioned frantically. “Don’t make me fix you up again.”

OR

“Perhaps you cannot wait for the wedding night?”
Her brown eyes simmered. “Why you insufferable cad!” She raised her hand to slap him.

He caught it and lifted it to his lips for a kiss, eyeing her with delight.

She studied him then released a sigh. “You tease me, sir.” Snatching her hand from his, she stepped back. “But what would I expect from you?”


In a novel, talk must have a purpose. A conversation shouldn’t be talk for the sake of filling time or space. Readers have only until the last page to spend with people in a book, so writers must not waste time. Dialogue is meant to reveal something useful, important to the story line—passion, motive, or confession.

Why Snappy? Characters must speak true to their nature. While snappy it might not describe the personality, it implies action, tension, perhaps a slip of the tongue or a revelation that might even surprise the character, but certainly should surprise the reader.

Clash of the Titles hopes you are intrigued by these little snippets of story and want to find out more about the books and authors. Stop by and you’ll get that chance! Meet the authors and leave comments to enter the drawing for a free book.
*Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives with her husband in a hundred and fifty-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. Surrounded by books and dragons, she has written dozens of feature newspaper stories, magazine articles, radio theater, and several inspirational novels to date. She is also the senior editor at Reflections in Hindsight.