MARK’S PASSIONATE HEART is featured on author Susan Buchanan’s blog

Author Susan Buchanan has kindly featured my latest release, MARK’S PASSIONATE HEART, on her blog, which I invite you to check out:

http://www.susancbuchanan.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/introducing-marcia-carringtons-marks.html

MARK'S PASSIONATE HEART

MARK’S PASSIONATE HEART

The post also has an excerpt from the book which I hope you enjoy reading.

While you’re looking at the post, be sure to check out Susan’s blog and read the great array of topics which she covers:

Susan Buchanan, author photograph

Susan Buchanan, author photograph

http://www.susancbuchanan.blogspot.co.uk/

If you would like to find out more about Susan and her books, you can find her interview on my blog here:

http://marciasbooktalk.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/interview-with-author-susan-buchanan/

Have a great Monday, and a happy new week.

Marcia

I have been tagged for the Work in Progress blog tour by author Emma Gray, and have nominated author Mackenzie Brown!

I have been tagged by author Emma Gray for the Work in Progress blog tour, whom I thank very much for the nomination, and chance to expound more about my book MARK’S PASSIONATE HEART. Emma’s book is POWER PLAY, the sequel to PARTY GAMES, and you can find out more about it on Emma’s blog here and it is available on Amazon. Emma can be contacted on twitter here – @emsie1979

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The rules for the Work in Progress tour are as follows:

1) Provide the link back to the post by the person who nominated you.

2) Write a little about and give the first sentences of the first three chapters of your current WIP.

3) nominate four other writers to do the same (this can be adapted for your purposes).

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MARK’S PASSIONATE HEART is an exploration of a man who comes to a town in the height of summer, and affects the lives of two beautiful women forever. It will be released on 15 September 2014, and is the first in a two-part series of romance novelettes. The second in the series, MARK’S RAVISHING HEART, will be released in the second half of 2015.

MARK'S PASSIONATE HEART

MARK’S PASSIONATE HEART

Chapter One: Mark Allan was walking along the esplanade, admiring the scenic sights, and those on the beach.

Chapter Two: “Oh Dana, it’s great to have you back!” Dana’s work associate Estella said to her, as they walked together to the cosmetics counter.

Chapter Three: The next day, Dana was in her department, looking over some sales reports for her section.

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For the Work in Progress tour I nominate author:

 

*Mackenzie Brown @mackbrownbooks Mackenzie’s blog is at – mackbrown.weebly.com 

 

It was great fun participating in the Work in Progress blog tour, and be sure check out Mackenzie’s work on his excellent blog.

 

Marcia

 

Meet Sabrina from SABRINA’S SURPRISE VISITOR

Sabrina has been having a difficult time with life lately – while work has been progressing well, her personal life is a mess. Her marriage has become a shadow of its former self, and she does not know whether it is worth saving. After a tiring day at work, she comes home, and finds an insolent man in her bedroom.

Sabrina from SABRINA'S SURPRISE VISITOR

Sabrina from SABRINA’S SURPRISE VISITOR

Sabrina orders him out of her bed, and her life, but, he refuses to leave. This man will force Sabrina to face some truths in her life, but will she learn something from the experience, or be back at square one with her life, and marriage?

SABRINA'S SURPRISE VISITOR

SABRINA’S SURPRISE VISITOR

SABRINA’S SURPRISE VISITOR is now available on Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, I-Tunes, Txtr, and Scribd.

Can Soap Operas Help Us With Our Writing?

The soap opera medium, and how helpful is it to writing ebook fiction, is a question which has always been on my mind. Can soap operas actually help writers with the mechanics of writing, or, is it a form which is of little assistance to writers?

While soap operas and book fiction are two different forms, with alternative rules, and ways of doing things, they do have much in common. The soap opera is a form that has a beginning, middle, and no end, unlike books, which have a start and finish point. The only similarity may be book series which have several instalments. As soap operas are daily serials, broadcast five days a week, all through the year, a book, on the other hand, can be picked up, and finished whenever the reader wishes, and does not require the same level of commitment. Apart from these, there are some other differences to books that are easily discerned.

With the soap opera, the viewer is presented with the characters and story location onscreen, with little need for them to imagine what the characters look like, where they live, and what they do. In a book, the author creates for the reader the story world, either as a light sketch, or, as a full-blown depiction of the characters and their narrative world.

Another striking difference between the two mediums is the use of repetition. The necessity of this in soap operas is of paramount importance, serving, in a practical manner, to inform viewers of events they may have missed if they have not viewed several episodes. The same does not largely apply for books. If there is too much rehashing of events in a book, it may hamper the book’s appeal to readers, and, also, slow down the action. While there may be much to separate the two forms, I believe that they converge in one main way, which would be very helpful to writers.

As an example of this, I will utilize a vintage clip from the soap opera ANOTHER WORLD to illustrate this. The older clips of soap operas, in my opinion, while longer in time frame than newer episodes, displayed a great attention to characters, their emotions, and their psychological worlds, which is fascinating the watch. Exposure to these scenes would be extremely useful to writers who wish to write intense, full-blooded emotional scenes which explore a theme in great detail. I have attached one such scene from ANOTHER WORLD from 1973 between Jacqueline Courtney and George Reinholt as the on-again, off-again lovers Alice and Steve Frame, which I hope you find both interesting, and helpful.

And, as always, I will end my post with a question in which I would be interested in learning of your opinion; can soap operas help us with our writing?

Cover Reveal: SABRINA’S SURPRISE VISITOR

Beleaguered Sabrina Casey has not had it easy lately; her marriage has been falling apart, and she has become consumed by work to forget the pain. Sabrina finds a surprise visitor in her bed when she comes home from work one day, and is absolutely livid that he has taken residence in her room. Over the course of an evening, Sabrina has a confrontation with this man she never expected to happen, but is forced to endure. Will Sabrina emerge from this experience a changed woman, or be even more confused by her marriage, and life, than she already is?

I reveal to you the cover of my tenth story, romantic comedy short story SABRINA’S SURPRISE VISITOR.

SABRINA'S SURPRISE VISITOR

SABRINA’S SURPRISE VISITOR

SABRINA’S SURPRISE VISITOR will be available to readers from the end of August 2014 on Amazon and Smashwords, with other bookstores to follow.

My Favorite E-books Read From January to June 2014

Today I have the pleasure of presenting to you the e-books I found to be the best I have read in the period January to June, 2014. As with my previous round-ups of favorite e-books, I was in the happy position of choosing these e-books, as there was a quality array of entertaining stories from which to choose. You can click on the book cover for the link to its Smashwords or Amazon entry, and for further information about it. So, here it goes, please enjoy my favorite e-books read from January to June, 2014!

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*THE SNOW GLOBES, by Glenn Gabriel, best mystery short story:

THE SNOW GLOBES by Glenn Gabriel

THE SNOW GLOBES by Glenn Gabriel

*DEATH OF A SAD FACE, by Susan Russo Anderson, best suspense short story:

DEATH OF A SAD FACE by Susan Russo Anderson

DEATH OF A SAD FACE by Susan Russo Anderson

*THE INVITATION, by Mark Stewart, best flash fiction piece:

THE INVITATION by Mark Stewart

THE INVITATION by Mark Stewart

*THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT, by Susan Buchanan, best Christmas-themed story:

THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT by Susan Buchanan

THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT by Susan Buchanan

*CUTTERS VS. JOCKS, by Elizabath Marx, best romance novelette:

CUTTERS VS. JOCKS by Elizabeth Marx

CUTTERS VS. JOCKS by Elizabeth Marx

*NINE LIVES, by Terry Tyler, best short story compilation:

NINE LIVES by Terry Tyler

NINE LIVES by Terry Tyler

*A BONE IN THE THROAT, by Steven Ramirez, best horror short story:

A BONE IN THE THROAT by Steven Ramirez

A BONE IN THE THROAT by Steven Ramirez

*THE NEED IN ME, by Sophie Duncan, best paranormal erotic short story:

THE NEED IN ME by Sophie Duncan

THE NEED IN ME by Sophie Duncan

*RIGHT NOW, by Sarah Baethge, best comic mystery:

RIGHT NOW by Sarah Baethge

RIGHT NOW by Sarah Baethge

*BILL & BEN, by Lawrence Wray, best character study:

BILL & BEN by Lawrence Wray

BILL & BEN by Lawrence Wray

*THE SILVER SHORE, by James Hampton, best fantasy short story:

THE SILVER SHORE by James Hampton

THE SILVER SHORE by James Hampton

*LETTERS OF INTENT, by Angelica Boone and Hayden Voss, best erotic suspense short story:

LETTERS OF INTENT by Angelica Boone and Hayden Voss

LETTERS OF INTENT by Angelica Boone and Hayden Voss

*THE WOMAN WHO LIVES NEXT DOOR, by Amanda Green, best maternal-themed short story:

THE WOMAN WHO LIVES NEXT DOOR by Amanda Green

THE WOMAN WHO LIVES NEXT DOOR by Amanda Green

*MY EROTIC VALENTINE: THE ADVENTURES OF MAXWELL HUNTER, by A. Scott Boddie, best erotic male-male character study:

MY EROTIC VALENTINE: ADVENTURES OF MAXWELL HUNTER by A. Scott Boddie

MY EROTIC VALENTINE: ADVENTURES OF MAXWELL HUNTER by A. Scott Boddie

 

 

Cover Reveal: MARK’S PASSIONATE HEART

Mark Allan is new in town, seeking to make a fresh start after a bad experience in his former hometown. His subtle, sensual nature captures the attention of two lonely, but beautiful women, and their lives are not quite the same after this…

MARK’S PASSIONATE HEART, the first in a two-part series, will be available on Amazon and Smashwords on 15 September 2014, and other bookstores to follow.

MARK'S PASSIONATE HEART

MARK’S PASSIONATE HEART