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By A L Wright, Feb 24 2016 01:49AM

Let me tell you what annoys me. From what I have seen so far as an author, there is no separation, or division, between a Romance and a Love Story. When submitting your book or manuscript to a publisher or to list it on a sales site, they ask you to list the categories it falls under. Most of the time you can pick three, sometimes only one or two. So how do you make your book stand out from the rest of the fantasy world? You pick fantasy romance. Or Urban Fantasy. Or paranormal fantasy.... etc.

Now here's what I don't like, is that there is no way by using the categories you have to pick, to let the reader know that your books main story isn't about the romantic situations and goings on of the couple you wrote about. You have to use your descriptions to do that. But that tag, that category "Romance" is still there, hovering about your book to immediately disillusion your potential reader who just wants to read a good fantasy story. This reader would probably take a chance with the book, if they knew up front that it's a fantasy adventure, with a love story mixed in.

Every story has a love story, right? Okay maybe not every single one, but most do. Even Iron Man has a lady love, and Hawkeye has a wife and kids, and The Vision eventually hooks up with... oh that could be a spoiler if you haven't read the comics or watched the animated series... Point is, a good story makes us relate to the human side of the protagonist, right? That's why we love Deadpool.

But there are those readers who aren't in it for the romance, and may leave a bad review of how they were misled, led to believe it was just a fantasy adventure. Yuck, kissy stuff! And you have to keep in mind if there is any sexual imagery then you have to be up front about the romantic aspect so that young or sensitive readers are warned away.

Tricky stuff, this audience targeting is!

So I guess the challenge comes down to, how do we as authors let our audience know the difference between a Romance and a Love Story? Maybe I just need to get better at my book descriptions.

By A L Wright, Jan 25 2016 01:23AM

The Mansion's Twins is a fun tale that can be read by adults both young and mature. Having grown up unaware of each other, Ellie and Savannah met by chance and suddenly their entire reality changed. You see, they each had a secret they couldn't share with anyone else, but once shared with each other they realized how much they had never fit into this normal world. Between this and the fact that they looked identical, they came to the conclusion that they were sisters, twins in fact, and set of to find out more about themselves.

The Mansion's Twins takes you into an alternate world where magic is the "norm" and you can learn to do just about anything. At the heart of the story is the Mansion itself, which is much more than just a house. The twins must quest through this gigantic structure to find it's very center, and they have all sorts of fun, exciting, crazy and scary adventures along the way.

The author built an entire world that was fairly easy to follow, and the history was pretty complete. There were a lot of characters introduced quickly, which I personally can have a hard time with, but each of them were interesting and developed.


By A L Wright, Oct 24 2015 04:07AM

So remember when I said I wasn't going to force words onto paper? Well I was just so darned close to being finished with Blood Ties and it kept eating at me until I finally made the decision to go on a writer's vacation and just get it DONE.

So I headed up north to lovely Sedona, and spent a weekend there at Sky Ranch Lodge. The place was quaint and quiet and very peaceful. The wine bar was just a bonus. So after some sleep, some wine and a nap.. I fell into an inspired state and worked out the ending of the book.

I'm happy with it! And that says a lot. So the next step was mass proofreading edits. What's that? That is something that Laurence from BooksGoSocial came up with to get that initial MS edit out of the way quickly, so the author can move on to major editing.

Jist of it is, each person (author) who signed up to help got a ten page chunk of the book to proofread and edit. They made their marks and notes and sent it back. Takes each person about 15 to 20 minutes. We had all 200+ pages of the book finished in two days! I'm currently browsing through the edit suggestions and I am happy to see that my constant combing over of the book kept it fairly mistake free. There were some things I missed, of course, but that is the beauty of this system.

So anyway, what's next? Once I piece the suggested edits into the book I hand it over to my editor. I will also be finalising the cover. :D

And hopefully I have it all ready for publish before the end of the year. YAY!

By A L Wright, Oct 3 2015 03:46PM

What am I doing now? Working my tail off, and unfortunately not at writing books. I work for a big company and coming into our Holiday Season we are all super busy with ramping up for sales. So I'm fairly mentally drained every day, and the weekends have been recovery time. Not much writing getting done right now.

So I've decided instead of forcing words onto paper (which never turns out well) I'm going to focus on marketing my current books, collaborating with other authors, and revamping my work space at home.

When I'm not writing I get further and further distracted from my books and my purpose. Which isn't good! So by staying in touch with other authors and being active in supporting them and my current books, it keeps me firmly rooted in what I want to be doing. I am a member of Books Go Social, and they have an amazing Facebook page for authors. I love being a part of this group! I've met so many amazing authors who pour out support for each other in so many different ways. This group changed my whole perspective on writing. It's no longer a totally solo sport for me now! I know I have people to turn to when things get rough, and they understand more than anyone. If you are an author look them up!

My current writing space is in our "office area" which is a very public part of the house. I've decided to cordon off a small section of my bedroom and set up a laptop table, an easel with flipboard papers and a dry erase board. Eventually I will set up a table for a second monitor but for now this should be a great way to really dive into my work. I don't have it all here or together yet, but I'm excited to see how this will work out!

Until next time, and hopefully then I can say I'm working on writing once again!

By A L Wright, Sep 19 2015 11:21PM

This was a fun read! It's a bit slow at first, with some information that you need to absorb. I particularly enjoyed the ending. It's a style a bit in tune with my own. :)


Placed in a dank reality based on the imaginings of a maniacal scientist, FERTS is a facility where “women” are trained to be exactly what men in this post-apocalyptic world want them to be. Or at least how one man in particular thinks they should all be.

No longer even referred to as women, they are relegated down to just numbers as identifiers, and used as often as the male officers wish. All hidden behind the agenda of their “training” to be the ideal woman, and grace the men of the villages with children.

A chilling story told mainly by one woman whose identification numbers her as 201. Being of excellent intelligence, she begins to question everything around her. And then begins to unravel it.

The author does a great job developing the main character, and her actions are consistent with her personality. Her growth throughout the story is easy to follow. The ranking systems used in the facility were well explained and easy to follow.

There are a few things that are hard to imagine being readily available in this kind of world, where resources are bare. That and the break late in the story that switches to another character kinda threw me for a loop, and are the only reasons this is a 4 star review and not a 5.

Take a dive into this alternate reality. It’s a fun read that really makes you think!

Buy it here on AMAZON!

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