Monday, August 8, 2016

A Frayed Web

A Frayed Web
by Jon Ripslinger
Genre: Thriller/Suspense

Walter Bohannon fears love has blinded his mom. After his dad’s death, she reconnected with an old sweetheart, but Adam Kingsley may not be the same person she dated in high school. Even his teenage daughter doesn’t seem to know him very well.

Probing into Kingsley’s background, Walter discovers some disturbing things about his soon-to-be stepdad. Kingsley has secrets, and he might be willing to kill to protect them. Can Walter convince his mother of the danger before it’s too late?

Author Bio

After Jon Ripslinger retired as a public high school English teacher, he began a career as an author. He has published many young adult novels and truly enjoys writing books for teens. He has also published numerous short stories in Woman's World magazine.
Jon and his wife, Collette live in Iowa. They are the proud grandparents of thirteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
When not working writing, Jon enjoys the outdoors, especially fishing. He waits patiently for the next "big one" to strike.
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Guest Post:
Ten Brief Bits of Writing Advice

1. Are you among the unpublished? Don't sweat it. Keep working. No one was born published.

2. Don't sit down to write an entire novel. Sit down to write the first scene. Then the next one. And the next, until you arrive at the end.

3. An unpublished writer's greatest strength lies not in his talent but in his tenacity.

4. It's reader anticipation after your novel's first couple of paragraphs that hooks him; without it, he won't turn to the second page

5. Want a plot? Create a likeable, vulnerable character with a goal. Create obstacles. Create conflict. Create disasters. Create a resolution. No character, no goal, no obstacles, no conflict, no disasters, no resolution—no plot, no story.

6. The antagonist in your story thinks he's a hero! Give him values and motivations that he believes are absolutely true and worth fighting for. Even dying for.

7. When a reader reaches a chapter's end, don't let him put your novel down. Keep him trapped with a cliffhanger, a surprise, a reversal, a revelation.

8. A great story's climax features a reversal: The underdog wins; the bully loses. The sinner is redeemed; the saint sins.

9. Ask your lead what he learned from his experience in your novel and how has he change: The answer will be your story's theme. Dramatize it.

10. But remember, what a reader wants from reading your novel is a unique, emotional experience. Not a sermon.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Laura,
    Thanks for the post! It's greatly appreciated.