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The Great Death and other kindle books

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THE GREAT DEATH by dr. ish ism (dystopia/space opera novel)

Eighteen-year-old Phoh Weaver was abandoned in the former United States as a baby. Now she lives with her adoptive tribe along the Great Michigan Desert. Living with her friends and adoptive human family, Phoh negotiates being an alien while trying to hide her supernatural gifts.

The enigmatic Woman in White enters Phoh’s life—bringing a mission. One task. But few tasks are as daunting as hunting—and stopping—the immortal world-killing monster known as the Great Death.

When the survival of Phoh’s tribe is put at risk, she is forced to step into a frightening new world of wealth, lies, and monsters—a new Earth where Shangri-La China is the center of government, finance, and power. “Are you afraid to die?” In Shangri-La, even death has lost its sting thanks to advances in medicine and technology.

Lurking behind it all is the mysterious destroyer of worlds called The Great Death.

With the survival of billions of people forced upon Phoh’s young shoulders, finding out what the Woman in White knows is crucial.

The Great Death is an 86,000-word speculative fiction novel.

Get it here on Kindle: ($o.99 / Free on Kindle Unlimited)

Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, New Adult, Space Opera, Dystopia, Cyberpunk Girl, Afrofuturism, Blerd

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Burned by Magic: a New Adult Fantasy Novel (The Baine Chronicles Book 1) by Jasmine Walt

The first book in the hot new adult fantasy series readers are comparing to Ilona Andrews and Patricia Briggs.

In the city of Solantha, mages rule absolute, with shifters considered second-class citizens and humans something in between. No one outside the mage families are allowed to have magic, and anyone born with it must agree to have it stripped from them to avoid execution.

Sunaya Baine, a shifter-mage hybrid, has managed to keep her unruly magic under wraps for the last twenty-four years. But while chasing down a shifter-hunting serial killer, she loses control of her magic in front of witnesses, drawing the attention of the dangerous and enigmatic Chief Mage.

Locked up in the Chief Mage’s castle and reduced to little more than a lab rat, Sunaya resists his attempts to analyze and control her at every turn. But she soon realizes that to regain her freedom and catch the killer, she must overcome her hatred of mages and win the most powerful mage in the city to her side.

Get it here on Kindle: ($2.99 / Free on Kindle Unlimited)

Genres: Fantasy, New Adult and College, Science Fiction, Mythology
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Morning Star: Book III of The Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown

Red Rising thrilled readers and announced the presence of a talented new author. Golden Son changed the game and took the story of Darrow to the next level. Now comes the exhilarating conclusion to the Red Rising Trilogy: Morning Star.

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender.

Get it here on Kindle: ($13.99)

Advance praise for Morning Star
 
“Multilayered and seething with characters who exist in a shadow world between history and myth, much as in Frank Herbert’s Dune . . . an ambitious and satisfying conclusion to a monumental saga.”Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Pierce Brown and the Red Rising Trilogy

Red Rising

“[A] spectacular adventure . . . one heart-pounding ride . . . Pierce Brown’s dizzyingly good debut novel evokes The Hunger Games, Lord of the Flies, and Ender’s Game. . . . [Red Rising] has everything it needs to become meteoric.”Entertainment Weekly
 
“[A] top-notch debut novel . . . Red Rising ascends above a crowded dystopian field.”—USA Today
 
“Pierce Brown has done an astounding job at delivering a powerful piece of literature that will definitely make a mark in the minds of readers.”—The Huffington Post
 
Golden Son
 
“Brown writes layered, flawed characters . . . but plot is his most breathtaking strength. . . . Every action seems to flow into the next.”—NPR
 
“In a word, Golden Son is stunning. Among science fiction fans, it should be a shoo-in for book of the year.”Tor.com
 
“The jaw-dropper of an ending will leave readers hungry for the conclusion to Brown’s wholly original, completely thrilling saga.”Booklist (starred review)

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Glass Sword (Red Queen) by Victoria Aveyard

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

Get it here on Kindle: $11.99

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Slicing, Dicing, and Splicing Characters – A Writer’s Journey

Still of Uma Thurman in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
IMDB: Still of Uma Thurman in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

I am at an important, although early, stage of the novel. It is still the hacking and slashing stage. But unfortunately, I am at the hacking and slashing moment where it is not safe for characters. I have out my machete. And for more refined slicing, I also have my samurai sword to do some much needed slicing, dicing, and splicing.

Now is the point where characters are being evaluated. I ask questions like:

  • Does this character add to the story?
  • Did this character saying that
    make sense?
  • Does this character’s actions and/or motivations make sense?
  • Are these two characters filling different roles?

If the answer is no, well, then it might be a time to slice, dice, or splice some characters. For my current novel, I have sliced one minor character so far. Slicing just means that one character was split into two different characters. Doing this makes more sense instead of having one minor character who occasionally acts ‘out of character.’

Although in the past I have completely removed characters from a story, I do not think I have ever diced a character. Dicing would be dividing a character into multiple parts… meaning instead of one minor character, I split that character into three or more.

For my current novel, I recently spliced four characters into “two” characters. This, again, made more sense for the story. Splicing feels really awkward at the beginning, but after a few edits all the rough spots are ironed out. But the first round of splicing can feel like I wrapped up three characters into one with duct tape.

I actually enjoy slicing, dicing, and splicing characters. It makes the story flow, it makes it tighter, and it makes the characters stronger. In addition, it’s a fun, creative challenge.

What about you? Do you enjoy slicing, dicing, and splicing characters?