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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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#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!

Get Your Sasquatch On!

Come and Meet Our New FVP Featured Author, Casondra Brewster, and Celebrate her New Release YA Fantasy, WILDERNESS RIM – Echo Falls! This Saturday at The Black Dog Arts Cafe’ at 8062 Railroad Ave SE, Snoqualmie, WA. This will be a fun event with treats and music…FREE to attend. Sasquatch/NW themed attire encouraged. Come on down!

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