Book Review: Mini-Droids and Tea- Seattle by Victoria Bastedo

Here’s a review by Author Rachel Barnard of FVP Featured Author, Victoria Bastedo’s latest book, Mini-Droids and Tea…

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Mini-Droids and Tea- Seattle by Victoria Bastedo

A Romance novel published by Amazon Digital Services (03/04/2017)

Summary:

Poppy is finally independent. She has her own tea shop – Teacozy – and has forgotten about her heart’s nemesis: Colepepper McSimmons. When Colepeppers start showing up in her shop, in the form of the Mini-Droids he invented and produced to look like himself along with a seven-inch tall version of herself, Poppy will be confronted by the past she never quite let go of.

Keywords:

Personal Phone Devices, Mini-Droid, Technology, Tea, Date, Romance, Friendship, Living your Dream, Small Business, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Lost Love

My Review:

This story goes beyond meet cute because the hero and heroine already know each other! They are each other’s heart nemesis and have to reconcile the past in order to make up, move on, and love each other as they should! I really enjoyed watching their romance take shape…

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Writing Tips: From FVP Featured Author, Casondra Brewster

Take this year’s SnoValley Writes! writing class in the comfort of your home or local cafe’ courtesy of FVP Featured Author, Casondra Brewster.

casondra-brewster-author-photoThis year I’m teaching a class called Level Up Your Writing through the writing organization I founded back in 2008, SnoValley Writes! in conjunction with King County Library System (Washington). These free classes take the adult student writers through much of the technical stuff any MFA candidate has to do — the whole deconstruction process as it applies to key components of writing and all the included literary devices any word crafter has in their collective tool box. In addition to understanding all those things, the students have to practice it in their own work.

When FreeValley Publishing asked me to contribute to their blog here, it seemed natural to provide another place where other writers could access the Level Up Your Writing learning track. So even if you don’t live in the Cascade Foothills where SnoValley Writes! is, you can take these lessons and do your own craft mastery workshops.

Level Up Your Writing – Lesson 1

The class starts with picking out a book by an author you admire and a story you love. Anyone who has gone through the MFA process may say this is cruel, but we’re taking a lighter approach than one may experience in a typical creative writing masters course. It’s certainly cheaper this way.

Of course you get out of it what you put into it. So start with re-reading your beloved classic and reading it as if you’re not only a writer but an editor.

Having a book that you own, and can reference as a text, is important to learning to read as a writer. As you read you can ask yourself questions like: How might you have written a scene differently? How might you have changed things up? Where is the writing strong? Where is it weak?

Next, examine the outside of the book. Do a writing exercise on why you picked up the book — introspection is the key to learning the whys of what you do and what that means about your person, in this case your writing life person. Answer these questions:

  •   What enticed you to pick up the book specifically?
  •   If the book was recommended, what appealed to you about the cover?
  •   What part of the book’s jacket copy appealed to you? Are there specific words that pull you in? What devices does the author employ to pull you in via the jacket?
  •   Before reading the book, what part of the story piqued your interest the most within what’s included in the text of the book jacket?

Next think about your own writing. If you have a particular body of work, say a novel, or a collection of poems, or even writings on one non-fiction subject, how would you do the same?

More next time in, Lesson 2: Continuing the DeConstruction Process – Reading like a Writer

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Support Local

FVP Donation Book BasketFreeValley Publishing / FVP Books is proud to support local education with our donation of books from many of our Featured Authors, as well as some great bibliophile-style goodies added by featured author, Casondra Brewster.

This lovely book basket and tons of other awesome items will be available for your bid of support at the 2017 Spring Community Service Scholarship Auction at Si View Community Center on Saturday, March 25th 6:30 – 9:30 (Doors open at 6). The Event is sponsored by NBECA (North Bend Education & Cultural Association and The Festival at Mt. Si.

There will be plenty of entertainment and fun…Come out on Saturday the 25th and support our local youth to excel with greater opportunities!

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Writing Chapter One – Tips

I’ve been following D. Wallace Peach for a while now, and she and her site are just amazing for story, tips, and all around writing inspiration. Today’s post was so helpful, I decided to share…And if you find it helpful too, I would recommend, while you are there, a Follow of your own. -Sheri J Kennedy, FVP editor

Myths of the Mirror

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I’ve wanted to write about first chapters for a while, primarily because they’re so important. After all, they’re the gateway to Chapter 2 and getting a reader to Chapter 2 is a fantastic idea.

I did some research and almost instantly the rule-resistant rebel in me kicked in. She’s the writer who scowls at formulas, who insists that form has to fit the story, not the other way around. She’s the reader who doesn’t want to read the same story over and over with different titles.

Well, I suppressed the first-born smarty-pants part of my personality and learned a few things.

First, I learned that there are actually a number of perfectly legitimate types of first chapters. Writer’s Digest has a great article by Jeff Gerke that describes 4 approaches with examples (summarized here):

  • The Prolog – A prolog is an episode that pertains to your story but does not…

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Time for Camp

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courtesy campnanowrimo.org

#nanowrimo Time! Yes, Camp NaNoWriMo is here and you can join! In case you don’t know, this motivating challenge is similar to its November big sister, National Novel Writing Month, but much more like a retreat than an onslaught.

Set your own goal – including editing hours or number of pages or word count –  and write with the lively support of your cabin-mates. You can choose mates, create a private cabin, or go to camp and be assigned to a cabin of random wonderful writing folks. Pack your writing supplies and go to camp this April!

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A couple of our FVP authors will be participating. You can watch our Facebook Page for updates on their progress and can respond there to let us know how you’re doing out in the woods.

See you at camp!

Writing Tips: Kennedy J. Quinn- Give Me a Blizzard!

kennedy-j-quinn-author-photo-colorIn a mere 15 minutes the other day things went from a normal drive home to near chaos. Not much fun when commuting, but absolutely critical when writing. Creating conflict – putting your characters in peril or moral dilemmas or perhaps threatening their relationships – is key to keeping pages turning.

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Miss Livingstone’s story has been entertaining to me as a writer as well as to readers partly because she seems good at getting herself into jams, and rather creative at getting herself out of them again. Many of my characters struggle with inner angst or subtle conflict, but her circumstances are dire, like suddenly finding herself on the deck of a dirigible, flying through the air, or so far back in time the sheer number of years incites terror.

 

trees-heavy-with-snow-by-sheri-j-kennedy-jan-17The beauty of snowfall on trees is lovely in poetry, but for a story, give me a blizzard!

snow photos by Sheri J. Kennedy – All Rights Reserved

Book Review: Wilderness Rim (Echo Falls Book 1) by Casondra Brewster

Early Reviews on Amazon are looking very positive for this new YA Adventure, Wilderness Rim, by Casondra Brewster. Thought we’d share this Book Review by FVP Featured Author, Rachel Barnard…

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Wilderness Rim (Echo Falls Book 1) by Casondra Brewster

A YA Fiction Novel published by Creative Word Lab (02/06/17)

Summary:

“But you have to realize that you don’t live in a vacuum. Everything you do will affect someone, or sometimes some thing.” (Kindle Locations 2840-2841).
CJ’s mother has been spending so much time at her café, that CJ feels ignored. She can’t find the time for their annual camping trip, but she can always find something for him to do at the café. Underappreciated, CJ decides to go camping by himself. His mother has, after all, taught him how to be independent, like herself. The wilderness isn’t just a fun camping experience when CJ has to use some of his survival skills to get by and he isn’t the only one out there. After stumbling upon a real live Bigfoot and some sketchy looking out of towners. It’ll be up to…

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Writing Tips: Victoria Bastedo on Character Description

Describing a character can be a tricky business, especially if they are a main character and you want to get them just right. FVP Featured Author, Victoria Bastedo shares a tip:

 

Launch Party – Casondra Brewster’s Wilderness Rim

Under the light of a full moon, FVP Featured Author, Casondra Brewster‘s new YA novel, Wilderness Rim – Book 1 of the Echo Falls series was celebrated in true NW style. Cheers!