I was really excited to get to host this tour today.
When I read the synopsis I really wanted to know more.
I thought this represented a good book to introduce to
our younger audience…I hope you agree.
From Goddess Fish Productions, we bring
Author Cathi Shaw and
Five Corners, The Marked Ones
We also have a insightful Guest Post today,
so be sure and read through even if you're
not an author, you might find some of
behind the scenes info interesting.
Ms. Shaw is also offering a terrific
so make sure you enter your name,
the more you comment the better your
chances of winning!
Thx as always from PLP.
Growing up in a sleepy village untouched by distant wars and political conflicts, it was easy for Thia, Mina and Kiara to forget such horrors existed in the Five Corners. That is until the dead child is found; a child that bears the same strange birthmark that all three sisters possess. A Mark their mother had always told them was unique to the girls.
Kiara’s suspicions grow as their Inn is soon overrun with outsiders from all walks of life. Strangers, soldiers and Elders who all seem to know more about what is happening than the girls do.
After Mina barely survives an attack in the forest, the sisters are faced with a shattering secret their mother has kept from them for years. As danger closes in around them, the sisters are forced from their home and must put their trust in the hands of strangers. With more questions than answers, Kiara finds herself separated from everyone she loves and reliant on an Outlander who has spent too much time in army. She doesn’t trust Caedmon but she needs him if she has any hope of being reunited with her sisters and learning what the Mark might mean.
"It's not a dream this time, Thia."
- Write every day. I’ve said this elsewhere but I think it doesn’t hurt to repeat it. Do I write every day? Probably not but I at least try to. Some days I just need a break or life interrupts my writing plans. But for the most part I am working on several writing project each day.
- Write down your ideas as they come to you. Ideas rarely come at convenient times. Do what works for you – carry a notebook, download a dictation app, have your laptop with you at all times – whatever it is that allows you to record ideas immediately, do so.
- Revisit your idea log. Don’t just write down the ideas and think you’ve done the job. Be sure to revisit that list of ideas on a regular basis and follow up with the good ones. Some of your ideas might just be garbage and you can ditch those ones but for the most part at least attempt to transform your ideas to writing before discarding them.
- Work on several projects at once. Seriously. Just make sure you do finish them. I find that by working on a few different projects, I tend to stay fresher with each of them.
- Find a place that you are comfortable writing in. Writing spaces are especially important for most writers. That doesn’t mean that you have to have a fancy book-lined study, it means you have to have a place that is conducive to your own writing style. I have a wonderful home office but I almost never write there. I like to write on my living room sofa or at my kitchen table where I can be doing several things at once.
- Discover what it is that lets ideas flow for you. Even when I’m in a good writing space, sometime I hit a rut in my story and I come to a screeching halt. One of the things that kick starts my work when that happens is to take a nice soak in a bubble bath and work out the story that way. Another thing that I often do when I hit a rut is to bake, cook a meal or clean my kitchen – usually talking to myself while I’m doing it as I imagine the story playing out. So figure out what you need to do to get those ideas flowing and then get back to your story and write them down!
- Talk it out. There are times when I just need to talk a plotline out. I’m lucky in that I have my writing friend, Rochelle Dionne, who will listen to any story idea I have and give minimal feedback (minimal because she knows I'm in the creating stage). I also bounce storylines off my 16-year old daughter, Caitie. She has great insight – the only problem is that sometimes she doesn’t want me to ruin the story for her (so for Finding Refuge – the second book in my Marked Ones series – she wants me to not tell her what is happening).
- Don’t wait to hear back from queries before starting the next book. Remember, rejections are business decisions. Rarely do they have anything to do with the quality of your work. It just means that your book really isn’t right for the agent or publisher at that particular time.
I’m sure I could go on all day listing writing tips but these are ones I live by.
BARNES AND NOBLE: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/five-corners-cathi-shaw/1117922571?ean=9781939156242