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5 Secrets of Story Structure: How to Write a Novel That Stands Out (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 6)

5 Secrets of Story Structure: How to Write a Novel That Stands Out (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 6)

K.M. Weiland

Want to take your writing to the next level? Discover the “secrets” of story structure other authors are overlooking!

If you’ve read all the books on story structure and concluded there has to be more to it than just three acts and a couple of plot points, then you’re absolutely right! It’s time to notch up your writing education from “basic” to “black belt.” Internationally published author K.M. Weiland shares five “secret” techniques of advanced story structure.

In the multi-award-winning Structuring Your Novel, Weiland showed writers how to use a strong three-act structure to build a story with the greatest possible impact on readers. Now it’s time to take that knowledge to the next level.

In this supplemental book, you’ll learn:

Why the Inciting Event isn’t what you’ve always thought it is
What your Key Event is and how to stop putting it in the wrong scene

How to identify your Pinch Points—and why they can make the middle of your book easier to write

How to create the perfect Moment of Truth to move your protagonist from reaction to action

How to ace your story’s Climactic Moment every single time

And much more!

By the time you’ve finished this quick read, you’ll know more about story structure than the vast majority of aspiring authors will ever know—and you’ll be ready to write an amazing novel that stands above the crowd.

Take the next step in your evolution as a writer!

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Persecution & Providence (The Lydia Collection Book 3)

Persecution & Providence (The Lydia Collection Book 3)

Lisa Prysock

A faith inspired, “Jane Austen-ish” mail order bride story…
1875, England
Miss Chelsea Careen Stanton is the heiress of Cherrywood Manor and orphaned daughter of a Country Squire. Consequently, she is the ward of relations– relations who have behaved recklessly, placing her inheritance in great jeopardy.

In this tale of social injustice and persecution, Chelsea is faced with few alternatives. Option one–: She can save the only life she has ever known by marrying Lord Thornbridge. Rory, the Earl of Rosevale, offers her security and position, but hasn’t a loyal drop of blood in his body. He’s a rake; a philandering scoundrel; a rogue of the worst kind! Is it possible to reform a rake?

The other option involves just as much risk and even higher stakes. Chelsea, an avid Jane Austen fan, has been dreaming of a future which includes a loving marriage to someone heroic; like Darcy, of course, with or without a Pemberley. Like Austen, she still believes in true love; with a hopeful heart and a resilient tendency to view everything humorously, honestly, and perceptively. In spite of daunting obstacles, she refuses to do less than see her world, hopes, and dreams without faith; and well, sometimes… through the rose colored glasses of romantic novels. With regard to these traits, some might consider Miss Stanton a tad quirky… and quite the risk taker.

Nonetheless, desperate for a possible way out of what she believes will be a loveless match if she accepts Rory’s offer, she responds to an advertisement for a mail order bride to an appealing Irish American clergyman, widowed father, and farmer: a Reverend Braydon McLane. Never mind the fact she can only cook four things, has led a life entirely of privilege, and has no idea what she’s about to walk into…

She arrives in America, believing this new situation is an answer to her prayers, only to discover she is in for far more than she bargained. For starters, and among the least of her problems, Braydon McLane doesn’t recognize her name… or the letters; never placed an advertisement for a mail order bride; and failed to meet her at the train station. She just added being a homeless foreigner to her already lengthy prayer list. Rising to the challenges, Chelsea is convinced Elizabeth Bennet, in the same circumstance, would first have tea; followed by a brisk walk in the countryside; and then perhaps, sit down upon her trunks, amidst hat boxes and satchels, and write a heartfelt letter to someone she could trust with her sentiments. Oh wait… is that the sound of rain? Mrs. Bennet would consider rain and this undeniably unique situation, an opportunity for romance from the very gates of Providence! Chin up, Chelsea girl!

Lisa M. Prysock is a writer of Fiction Christian Historical Romance. She is the author of “To Find a Duchess,” “The Redemption of Lady Georgiana,” “Hannah’s Garden: a Turn of the Century Love Story,” “Abigail’s Melody,” and “Protecting Miss Jenna.” She enjoys sharing her faith in Christ with readers and gives a portion of the proceeds of her books to missions.

A fan of Jane Austen herself, she hopes like minded readers will enjoy this STAND ALONE from ‘The Lydia Collection’ about a hopelessly romantic Austen fan and woman of courageous faith. Married to her husband for 18 years, Lisa genuinely believes that in every good husband, there is a Darcy hero in there somewhere.

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Sell Out (Mercy's Fight)

Sell Out (Mercy’s Fight)

Tammy L. Gray

From the author of the Winsor series and Mercy’s Fight, comes a new tale of love, betrayal, heartbreak and freedom.

Like many elite private schools, Madison High has a legacy steeped in traditions, none of which revolve around learning. Survival is simple: keep your head down, don’t say a word, and never question school royalty.

Cody James, a former victim of Madison’s vicious brand of hazing, wants nothing more than to graduate without breaking the unspoken rules that could land him back in social exile. Cody has breached the elusive inner circle, and he has no intention of losing his hard-earned security. But a beautiful new student shakes up his plan to coast by and causes him question his role as sidekick to the king of the school.

As the only daughter of rock legend Donnie Wyld, Skylar has been homeschooled her entire life. Now she wants normal, and she hopes that Madison High will offer her an escape from her father’s deteriorating health. She never intended on catching the eye of the school’s self-elected king or falling for his confusing best friend. But one look at Cody James, and she is drawn in by his guarded vulnerability.

When an average Friday night party turns into a nightmare, Cody is forced to make a decision—fight or follow. But standing up for the bullied and broken means facing a past he’s long buried and risking the future he’s worked so hard to achieve.

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All I Need Is Jesus and a Good Pair of Jeans: The Tired Supergirl's Search for Grace

All I Need Is Jesus and a Good Pair of Jeans: The Tired Supergirl’s Search for Grace

Susanna Foth Aughtmon

You know the pressure. To have the perfect Christian life and the perfect family. To be the perfect friend. To look perfect in those jeans. To be a supergirl. Instead of feeling good about yourself, you’re left stuck in the gap between who you are and who you long to be.

Susanna Foth Aughtmon knows what it’s like to be a tired supergirl, fighting the enemies of pride, worry, jealousy, busyness, loneliness, and many more. With humor and courage, she lays bare those times in her own life when she found it a challenge to live the life God wants for her. But even tired supergirls have a secret weapon: God’s Truth.

With God’s help, all of us can win the day against the subtle voices of Miz Do Good, Worry Man, Little Miss No Fair, and every other nemesis we encounter.

“Always with humor and style, Susanna captures the beauty of following Jesus.”–Sara Groves, singer/songwriter

“If you’ve ever needed to know that someone–anyone–has the same struggles as you, All I Need Is Jesus and a Good Pair of Jeans is for you.”–Kirk Noonan, managing editor, Today’s Pentecostal Evangel

“Aughtmon’s honesty, trendy humor, and solid supporting Scripture offer encouragement to every supergirl.”–Judi Braddy, speaker, author, It All Comes Out in the Wash

“With tender grace and unflinching honesty, Aughtmon nails all the realities of everyday not-so-supergirls.”–Marilynn Griffith, author, Rhythms of Grace

“Aughtmon’s voice is strong, true, refreshing, and hilarious.”–Rene Gutteridge, author, Skid and My Life as a Doormat

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They're Your Kids: An Inspirational Journey from Self-Doubter to Home School Advocate

They’re Your Kids: An Inspirational Journey from Self-Doubter to Home School Advocate

Sam Sorbo

Is school for your kids a resounding success?

For most of us, education was an uncomfortable process of sitting in stifling classrooms, listening to tedious lectures, struggling over stressful exams, and feeling like we were wasting our time and energy. There were class clowns, ruthless bullies, teacher’s pets, popular kids, and students no one wanted to be around.

What if we admitted to ourselves that the public school system is tragically flawed, instead of blindly relying on the same misguided, decrepit bureaucracy for our precious children?

“Because that’s how I grew up,” just doesn’t cut it anymore.

Our children deserve better than to be institutionalized in an education system developed during the Industrial Age. School shootings, homework, and failing grades are all on the rise. Even school administrators admit that their students are falling farther behind. Politicians throw money at the problem and implement unproven and illogical new “standards,” while the teachers’ unions contribute to their campaigns and protect their own.

Sam Sorbo knows there is a better way…

As a mom of three and the wife of Kevin Sorbo, an actor who travels frequently, Sam struggled with simply relying on the status quo for their young children’s public school education. On an extended trip for one of Kevin’s film shoots, Sam discovered she was playing a role herself, as the “substitute teacher.” Nobody likes the sub! Public school was forming a wedge between her and her young ones. It was this sobering recognition that launched her remarkable journey into home education.

Home schooling provides a safer, sounder, and more spirit-centered didactic alternative, even for busy parents, and it’s not as difficult as our bloated, entrenched education establishment wants you to believe.

With extensive data and many shudder-worthy examples, Sam explores the systemic inadequacies plaguing the public education system. They may leave you wondering why any discerning parent still puts her faith in public school. Once you understand the disintegration behind the classroom door, the solution becomes clear. This book then guides you through implementing a better educational approach for your family, one that is tried and true. Sam’s extraordinary story, her discoveries, challenges, and triumphs, will encourage you to embrace the wonderful benefits and incredible possibilities of home education for your beloved children.

* Concerned for the future of your children?
* Think you can’t home school because you work full-time?
* Frustrated with your child’s so-called teachers?
* Anxious about schoolyard bullies?
* Too scared to even consider home schooling your children?

Be a hero to your children, skip the school drop-off lines and fund-raisers, and enjoy a better kind of parent-teacher meeting – the one in the mirror!

This book can show you how.

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The Contemplative Writer: Loving God through Christian Spirituality, Meditation, Daily Prayer, and Writing

The Contemplative Writer: Loving God through Christian Spirituality, Meditation, Daily Prayer, and Writing

Ed Cyzewski

Writing thrives when our minds are at rest, our attention focused, and our souls receive care. The Contemplative Writer helps Christians writers tap into their rich contemplative prayer tradition that includes meditation on scripture, spirituality practices, centering prayer, and fixed hour prayer (such as morning prayer and evening prayer). These practices offer a deeper connection with God’s love and a peaceful foundation for their creative callings. Those who minister through writing will thrive with the guidance provided by Christian spirituality and reflective Bible reading.

The Contemplative Writer offers 10 simple practices every writer of faith can learn for daily prayer that cover the basics of Christian spirituality, such as how to pray, how to pray more often, and how to find peace with God. Chapters include topics such as:

– Praying the Hours
– Centering Prayer
– Imaginative Bible Study
– Finding God in Silence
– Self-Reflection with the Examen

This book builds on Ed Cyzewski’s previous books Pray, Write, Grow: Cultivating Prayer and Writing Together and Write without Crushing Your Soul by providing direction and application for contemplative prayer that any follower of Jesus can put into practice.

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Budget ($mall Change-Big Reward$ Book 1)

Budget ($mall Change-Big Reward$ Book 1)

Heidi Farrelly

Do you struggle to make ends meet?
Do you see others taking amazing vacations and wish you could afford to do the same? Does money make you depressed, worried or angry?

This revolutionary new book shows you how to pick a budget that suits your spending habits, your needs and even your learning style, and make it work for you and your life.

You probably hate budgets. You hate the idea of them. You hate creating them, and you really hate sticking to them. They’re confusing, restrictive, time sucking and boring. But what if you could bypass all these issues, and learn how to save money WITHOUT budgeting? It is possible and I can show you how.

If you want to spend cash without feeling guilty, and live without money worries, Budget can help you. You will walk away with more knowledge of your money than you’ve ever had before, including:

The secret way to NOT budget and still save money
The problem with budgets (and why most fail)
How to create a personalized budget that really works!
How to stick to a budget – no matter what you’re struggling with
The foolproof method to finishing the week with more money than you started

Budget will give you the knowledge and understanding to create an incredible future for yourself, and your family. The rest is up to you. If you have ever tried and failed at budgeting, if you want to take charge of your finances and stop living paycheck to paycheck, then scroll to the top and click BUY NOW.
Because there is nothing you can’t achieve if you plan to succeed.

Budget comes with a free downloadable workbook available now at www.how2without.com.

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Sorted: Freedom Through Structure

Sorted: Freedom Through Structure

Gillian Perkins

This is your chance to finally break free from clutter.
Whether you realize it or not, your home, schedule, and mind are filled with clutter. Perhaps you wonder why you often feel stressed, even if though your life seems tidy. Why do there never seem to be enough hours in a day?
That’s clutter at work. Clutter is hiding in your home, confusing your schedule, and stressing your mind and body. You need to clear away the clutter and create a more organized life so that you are not constantly being distracted by all that stuff. You need to stop letting clutter waste your time and energy, so that you can instead use these resources to live and enjoy life! It’s time to once and for all reclaim that time as your own.
SORTED is your guide to a beautiful destination: a place where you have the time and space you need to think clearly, discover meaning, and embrace life. SORTED is the detailed system that will enable you to finally achieve order for your schedule, home, and future plans.

SUMMON
ORDER
RECLAIM
TRANSFORM
ENJOY
DETERMINE

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Catherine, Called Birdy

Catherine, Called Birdy

Karen Cushman

Catherine, a spirited and inquisitive young woman of good family, narrates in diary form the story of her fourteenth year—the year 1290. A Newbery Honor Book.

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The Last Word: A Novel (Sophie Trace Trilogy)

The Last Word: A Novel (Sophie Trace Trilogy)

Kathy Herman

When Vanessa Jessup returns home from her sophomore year of college, her mother, Police Chief Brill Jessup, is stunned to see that she’s pregnant—by one of her professors. Brill is glad Vanessa rejected the father’s abortion ultimatum, but hurt that she ignored her upbringing and angry that the professor has disappeared without a trace.

But that’s not all Brill’s got on her plate. One of her detectives has been killed, and the attacker has threatened to come for her next. When a second cop is wounded, public criticism mounts as Brill attempts to stay alive long enough to catch the perp. And she’s trying to find that deadbeat dad as Vanessa struggles to make decisions about her future. The killer seems to be everywhere and nowhere. How can a police chief—and a mother—do her job with her life on the line?

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The Unfinished Gift: A Novel

The Unfinished Gift: A Novel

Dan Walsh

Can a gift from the past mend a broken heart?

Ian Collins is an old man without his son. Patrick Collins is a young boy without his father. On his Christmas list are only three items. He wants the army to find his father. He wants to leave his grandfather’s house. And he wants the dusty wooden soldier in Grandfather’s attic–the one he is forbidden to touch.

Set in December of 1943, The Unfinished Gift is the engaging story of a family in need of forgiveness. With simple grace, it reminds us of the small things that affect powerful change in our hearts–a young boy’s prayers, a shoe box of love letters, and even a half-carved soldier, long forgotten. This nostalgic story of reconciliation will touch your heart.

“One for the keeper shelf! Dan’s book is a fabulous story of redemption and forgiveness. I couldn’t put it down, and it made me cry, which is hard to do.”–Colleen Coble, author of the Rock Harbor and the Lonestar series

Dan Walsh is the author of The Homecoming and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. He is a pastor and lives with his family in the Daytona Beach area, where he’s busy researching and writing his next novel.

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Angels Walking: A Novel

Angels Walking: A Novel

Karen Kingsbury

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes the first in a brand-new series about second chances—a dramatic story about a washed up baseball player, the love he left behind, and the miracles that might save them both.

When former national baseball star Tyler Ames suffers a career-ending injury, all he can think about is putting his life back together the way it was before. He has lost everyone he loves on his way to the big leagues. Then just when things seem to be turning around, Tyler hits rock bottom. Across the country, Tyler’s one true love Sami Dawson has moved on.

A series of small miracles leads Tyler to a maintenance job at a retirement home and a friendship with Virginia Hutcheson, an old woman with Alzheimer’s who strangely might have the answers he so desperately seeks.

A team of Angels Walking take on the mission to restore hope for Tyler, Sami, and Virginia. Can such small and seemingly insignificant actions of the unseen bring healing and redemption? And can the words of a stranger rekindle lost love? Every journey begins with a step.

It is time for the mission to begin…

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Beside Still Waters (A Big Sky Novel Book 1)

Beside Still Waters (A Big Sky Novel Book 1)

Tricia Goyer

Raised among the Amish of Indiana, 18-year-old Marianna Sommer plans to get baptized into the church, marry Aaron Zook, and set up life in the only community she has ever known. But when her older brother chooses the world’s path following his rumschpringe, and a younger sibling begins showing interest in Englisch ways, Marianna’s parents move the family to Montana.

Although she is also in her rumschpringe years and not obligated to move, Marianna makes the journey to dutifully help her mother who is expecting another child. Surprisingly, from strangers on the cross-country train ride to the less rigid stance of the new Montana community, many Englisch influences awaken within Marianna—and even her father—the desire to pursue a deeper kind of joy and love for God.

After an accident, Marianna tells her friend Ben a defining story about the Sommer family, and his response further illumines the active relationship God seeks with His followers. In due time, she learns the move from Indiana was not about losing anything, but finding out who God really is. Despite all the shake-ups, Marianna feels a sweet peace, like still waters, in her soul.

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The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead: A Novel (A Professor and Mrs. Littlefield Mystery)

The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead: A Novel (A Professor and Mrs. Littlefield Mystery)

Diane Noble

She’s Passionate about Solving the Case … with the Town’s Life-Long Bachelor

El Littllefield runs The Butler Did It catering. It’s the perfect cover for her to solve “who-done-its” (nothing too dangerous, please!) in this small university town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. While catering her most important event yet—a fancy retirement dinner for Dr. Max Haverhill, life-long bachelor and history dean—countless guests fall ill, a 200 year-old relic is stolen, and her best friend vanishes. All in the first hour.

As El and Max race to solve the mystery, they discover there’s more to their relationship than simply solving the case. Welcome to Eden’s Bridge—the perfect small town setting for big intrigue, romance, and humor.

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