Seriously Write: 5 (Wholesome) Realistic Details to Use in Tween and Teen Fiction by Cynthia T. Toney

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Contemporary secular fiction for ages 12 to 18 shows a disturbing pattern, and it’s not only an increase in adult language and sexual content. 

On the Seriously Write blog today, Author Cynthia T. Toney provides five clean details to include in middle grade fiction.

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Do you have your own tips to add to Cynthia’s?

 

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Historical Flavor: Grit of Teddy Roosevelt

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Rough Rider Teddy Roosevelt was known for his adventurous deeds. It seems he proved his mettle (or was it obstinacy?) on October 14, 1912 when he went to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to give a campaign speech. He was running for a third presidential term against Woodrow Wilson when he was shot. He carried the bullet in his body until he died in 1919.

The following short video provides a glimpse into the story and personality of our 26th president.

For more information about the “bull moose,” check out this article from whitehouse.gov.

What do you think? Bravery? Pigheadedness? An opportunity to “cowboy up”?

 

Seriously Write: Ready, Set—Wait: Three Questions for Writing Success by Gayla Hiss

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When I first began writing, it was as a hobby that I enjoyed on the weekends. Then I decided I needed to be published in order to be successful. However, by the time my first book was released, many years later, my idea of what it means to be a successful writer had changed altogether. 

We’re welcoming back author Gayla Hiss to the Seriously Write blog. She provides three thought-provoking questions you should consider if you want to be a successful writer.

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How are you “embracing the season of waiting”?

 

Book Review: Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl

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Nancy Mehl’s latest, Dark Deception, the second in the Defenders of Justice series, has been out a few months now. My apologizes to Bethany House and the author for posting this review so long after receiving the book, but it was a scheduling matter.

With this book we’re back in Missouri and the U. S. Marshal’s office under Richard Batterson. So, let’s get down to it.

Playing dead was harder than she ever could have imagined.

Great opening line that gets the adrenaline flowing right off the bat for a novel about a serial killer, don’t you think? In fact the prologue heralded a story with nail-biting tension.

Six years ago, Deputy Marshal Tony DeLuca was involved in the case of a twenty-year-old college student who survived an attack that killed her twin sister. Because some of the evidence that convicted the “Blue-Eyed Killer” for the crime was proven to be tainted and the court released him from prison, Tony must find that survivor and convince her to come out of hiding and return to testify again. 

Kate O’Brien has established a new life for herself in the Ozarks. She has a new identity and a restaurant business, but her world is rocked when Tony arrives to take her back to St. Louis, somewhere she isn’t about to go.

Without getting into too much detail, this was a complicated novel with a lot going on from various points of view. At some stages, it was a bit confusing trying to keep everyone straight. There were plenty of twists. While I suspected the villain early on, I can’t say I was completely sure…which is a good thing. However, I had a lukewarm response to the hero and heroine. There were times when I found Kate a little too hard-edged and other times when I sympathized with her. Ms. Mehl gave the hero a quirky “tell” I think I’d find unattractive in real life. I also felt some of the dialog was a little cliché.

But the pace is fast and, overall, I’d give Dark Deception four stars for the action and entertaining suspense. For me, though, it wasn’t as good as Fatal Frost, the first book in the series.

If you’ve read this novel, let me know your thoughts about it.

Seriously Write: Career or Ministry? by Hope Toler Dougherty

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Fiction is pretty cool if it helps people see that God always has possibilities for us. 

Author Hope Toler Dougherty visits the Seriously Write blog today to talk about what her writing journey means to her.

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Is God offering you possibilities you didn’t see coming?