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Plot Construction 101: Inciting Incident

  Hello, all! Well, it’s time for the next episode in Plot Construction 101, which is basically me summarizing all the stuff you knew, and I didn’t until I started researching it recently because I was having trouble with Ivy Introspective. Today we’ll be talking about the inciting incident. Rising action usually starts with an […]

April Character Studies: Faults

Once again, it’s time for Character Studies! As you may know, it’s hosted by Morgan Dusky at Studies in Character. You can find out more about it here. This month’s theme is Character Faults. I’ll be interviewing George “Jordy” McAllen from The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy. He’ll make an appearance for the first time in the series in […]

Plot Construction 101: Exposition

Last week we talked about the basic construction of a plot, The Great Pyramid. This week we’ll be talking about the exposition. To summarize, an exposition is the beginning – the introduction – of a novel. Here is where you hook your readers. Another word for it is “chapter one.” 😉 Note: exposition doesn’t always happen […]

To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander

To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander A Belle Meade Plantation Novel #2 A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who can help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing for good. An Irish-born son […]

Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason

I know I’m supposed to post reviews on Mondays … but I’m a little behind in my schedule with several reviews and an interview schedules, so I’m going to be posting this one today. Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason Courage to Dream, Book 1 Irish immigrant James O’Leary has spent his life building Irish […]

Plot Construction 101: The Great Pyramid

I’m planning to give y’all a course on plot constructing. Today (Day 1), I’ll be introducing you to The Great Pyramid. No, not that Great Pyramid! This Great Pyramid! 😀 As you can see, it’s sort of more of a great triangle. But, as you don’t want a one-dimensional plot (and as “pyramid” sounds better […]

March Character Studies

Morgan Dusky at Studies in Character, a wonderful blog written almost entirely by the author’s fictitious characters, hosts a monthly character study. You can find out more about it here. This month’s theme is Introductions. And yes. I do realize that it’s April. I’ve been having a crazy week … actually, I’ve been having several […]

Epilogues: Finishing Her Up

Hello Everyone! Some of my images have disappeared from various pages. *clears throat* I, um, accidently deleted them. So … some posts may be missing their images. Including this one. Thanks! I told you about prologues last week, so it makes sense that I should talk about epilogues this week!

To Whisper Her Name by Tamera Alexander

To Whisper Her Name by Tamera Alexander A Belle Meade Plantation Novel (#1) Set at Nashville’s historic Belle Meade Plantation, the most influential thoroughbred stud farm in America’s history, To Whisper Her Name weaves the struggles of real people of the post-war South with the journeys of a man and a woman scarred by betrayal. Olivia […]

Introducing Ivy Introspective

Today I’ll be introducing a new book … Ivy Introspective! . . . Yes, it’s just a remodeled Ivy Inquisitive. Since when are you so insightful? 😀 I’ve figured out a beginning, middle, and end, I have a very good idea of what I want to do with the plot, and I’m going to be writing […]