Translating a flash of inspiration into a compelling story requires careful crafting. Nancy Kress addresses each stage of narrative, helping writers hook readers in the first three paragraphs, build drama and credibility by controlling prose, and practice careful revision skills to create a powerful and dramatic conclusion. Dozens of writing exercises keep writers focused and strengthen essential writing techniques.
Ann Aguirre - Perdition
WELCOME TO HELL The prison ship Perdition, a floating city where the Conglomerate’s most dangerous criminals are confined for life, orbits endlessly around a barren asteroid. Life inside is even more bleak. Hailed as the Dread Queen, inmate Dresdemona “Dred” Devos controls one of Perdition’s six territories, bordered on both sides by would-be kings eager to challenge her claim. Keeping them at bay requires constant vigilance, as well as a steady influx of new recruits to replace the fallen. Survival is a constant battle, and death is the only escape. Of the newest convicts, only one is worth Dred’s attention. The mercenary Jael, with his deadly gaze and attitude, may be the most dangerous criminal onboard. His combat skill could give her the edge she needs, if he doesn’t betray her first. Unfortunately, that’s what he does best. Winning Jael’s allegiance will be a challenge, but failure could be worse than death…
Wilson Tucker - The Long Loud Silence
Corporal Russell Gary works as an Army recruiter in a small Illinois town. He is a veteran of combat duty in Vietnam in the 1969 revision; in the original work, he is on leave from service in the Korean War. He awakes from an overnight binge to learn that the city has been almost destroyed by a sudden, mysterious bombing attack. Gradually, over the next few months, after wandering through one deserted, ravaged area after another, Gary concludes that a nuclear attack, accompanied by a deadly plague, has decimated the entire area east of the Mississippi River, extending...
James Herriot - It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet
Lesson number one: When taking a cow's temperature the old-fashioned way, never let go of the thermometer ...Now firmly ensconced in the sleepy Yorkshire village of Darrowby, recently qualified vet James Herriot has acclimatised to life with his unpredictable colleagues, brothers Siegfried and Tristan Farnon. But veterinary practice in the 1930s was never going to be easy, and there are challenges on the horizon, from persuading his clients to let him use his 'modern' equipment, to becoming an uncle (to a pig called Nugent). Throw in his first encounters with Helen, the beautiful daughter of a local farmer, and this year looks to be as eventful as the last...From the author whose books inspired the BBC series "All Creatures Great and Small", "It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet" is a book for all those who find laughter and joy in animals, and who know and understand the magic and beauty of Britain's wild places. 'I grew up reading James Herriot's books and I'm delighted that thirty years on, they are still every bit as charming, heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny as they were then' - Kate Humble. 'He can tell a good story against himself, and his pleasure in the beauty of the countryside in which he works is infectious' - "Daily Telegraph". 'Full of warmth, wisdom and wit' - "The Field".
James Herriot - All Creatures Great and Small
In the summer of 1940, fresh out of Veterinary College, James Herriot joined the practice of Dr. Siegfried Farnon. Times were hard, jobs were scarce and James was lucky to have found a meager assistant’s position in a thriving small-town animal practice. How lucky, he didn’t yet know. But as the story unfolds, his passion for all animal life (both big and small), his love of the Yorkshire, England countryside and even a budding romance with his future wife take shape. All of this shines through in the words of a veterinarian who truly loved what he did.
C. D. Reiss - Burn
Here's how it's going to be, Goddess. Until you surrender yourself to me fully, I will not touch you. Until the world can know you belong to me, I will not kiss you. I'm going to be inches away, at your side. I'm going to whisper in your ear and put my breath on your neck, but the heat of my skin will not feel the shudder of yours until you commit yourself to me completely and without reservation.
Isabel Allende - Island Beneath the Sea
Born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue—the daughter of an African mother she never knew and a white sailor who brought her into bondage—ZaritÉ, known as TÉtÉ, survives a childhood of brutality and fear, finding solace in the traditional rhythms of African drums and in her exhilarating initiation into the mysteries of voodoo. When twenty-year-old Toulouse Valmorain arrives on the island in 1770, he discovers that running his father's plantation is neither glamorous nor easy. Marriage also proves problematic when, eight years later, he brings home a bride. But it is his teenaged slave, TÉtÉ, upon whom Valmorain becomes most dependent, as their lives intertwine across four tumultuous decades. In Island Beneath the Sea, internationally acclaimed author Isabel Allende spins the unforgettable saga of an extraordinary woman determined to find love amid loss and forge her own identity under the cruelest of circumstances.
Jenna Black - The Devil's Playground
Morgan Kingsley, a kick-ass exorcist, can deal with Lugh, the super sexy demon living inside her, but does he have to moan softly during her intimate moments with her mortal lover? Understandably, Brian is reluctant to share the pleasures of Morgan's flesh with a gorgeous rogue from the Demon Realm. But personal matters will have to wait when the opportunistic owner of the Seven Deadlies demon club in Philadelphia enlists Morgan's help in heading off a crisis: It seems that demons have started showing up at the hot spot in alarming numbers and in the unwilling bodies of rough trade club-goers. Morgan is sure that Dougal, Lugh's sworn enemy, is behind this, but why? To find out, Morgan must summon every ounce of power at her command - or risk becoming just another casualty in an all-out demon war.
Lynn Hagen - Rainerio
Taken from a life in the human realm, Dillon must adjust to being surrounded by demons. It's not hard when he has his sights set on one delicious looking warrior. From the moment he first laid eyes on the handsome Rainerio, Dillon knew what he wanted. Rainerio finds the human, Dillon, persistent, pesky, and unrelenting. He also finds him hot as hell. There's only one thing stopping him from taking Dillon up on his not-so-casual offer. He's seen the other mates used as pawns against the warriors, and that's something Rainerio's not willing to risk. Even if Dillon isn't his mate, he won't budge. When Dillon is used to test for a new drug that has emerged, Rainerio must fight to save him. But when the Black River overflows, indicating that the stolen crystal is being used, his problems of protecting the human have just multiplied, especially when he finds out Dillon is, in fact, his mate.
Lynn Hagen - Hawk's Pretty Baby
Hawk Magnar, commander of twelve sentry wolves, never thought he’d discover his mate in a hospital for an anxiety attack. Under the illusion he was going to comfort a young child the alpha’s mate, Cecil, had befriended, he finds a man who needs more protection than even anyone realizes. Treated as a simpleton all his life, Johnny Stone has never had anything to call his own - until he meets Hawk. Hawk must keep his emaciated mate safe from a sadistic brother while teaching Johnny to trust him. Hawk is quickly running out of time to convince Johnny that he isn’t out to hurt him when his mate inadvertently starts the mating ritual. Will Johnny give Hawk the trust he needs to bind them together or suffer the consequences that fate’s wicked sense of humor has unleashed?
Lynn Hagen - Remi's Pup
Drew was a hardworking, straight-A student until the night his ex-boyfriend saw something in him he shouldn’t have. Drew’s secrets led him to a life of drugs and pain, and the road to recovery will be long. Remi is the jokester of the pack, never taking anything or anyone too seriously─until he meets Drew. But Remi’s first days with his mate are spent cradling Drew through his brutal withdrawals. To make things worse, tension runs high as the psychotic wolf, Jackson, still hunts for the mates. Facing up to his true identity could push Drew back to drugs. Can Drew get clean and allow Remi’s love to save him from himself? And can fun-loving Remi stand up to his most serious challenge yet?
Lynn Hagen - Sunshine's Savior
Dakota Amergan, beta of the Brac Pack, is sent on the hunt four states away by his alpha. As he scours the rough streets for a mystery man, he is approached in a dark alley by Blair, a male prostitute who begs to show him a good time. Blair Weston, first abused by his father then kicked out of his home, survives on the streets by selling his body. But when he offers himself to a fiercely protective werewolf, he finds Dakota isn’t the typical john. Dakota, anxious to keep his mate off the streets, will do anything to keep Blair close. But can Blair overcome his self-loathing and let the warmth of Dakota’s love remove the clouds of shame from his mind?
Lynn Hagen - Oliver's Heart
Micah Barak rescued his mate from the clutches of his abusive father, but Oliver was too young to claim. As Oliver lashed out at everyone around him, Micah was determined to protect him, reminding the pack of their mates’ own shortcomings. Now eighteen, lonely, and desperate, Oliver is trying to give up the hatred that’s long claimed him. He longs for Micah’s heart and body, but will his old ways let him truly open himself up to love? One night, driving home, they’re run off the road by wolves out to kill Oliver for thwarting the violent attempts of the Eastern pack’s ex-alpha, Jackson. Oliver, so used to being defiant, is now a target of rogues with no sense of playing by the rules. Will Micah finally claim Oliver—if he can keep him alive—or has the young man’s bitterness gouged a hole too deep?
Lynn Hagen - Stormy Eyes
When Storm Wishfall is sent on an errand for his alpha, he doesn't expect to discover two young Asian men hiding on a boat in fear for their lives. He definitely isn't expecting one of them to be his mate. After encountering the young men’s captors, the alpha devises a plan to rescue the three other men who were kidnapped along with his mate, Kyoshi, and Kyoshi’s cousin, Keata, and the pack must band together to curtail a human trafficking ring before any more innocent lives are ruined. In the meantime, Kyoshi must come to terms with his new life. Storm searches for a way to convince the cynical human they’re destined to love each other, but something lurking deep inside Kyoshi is forcing its way out. Are these two as different as they believe, or can they find a way to share their lives?
Lynn Hagen - Keata's Promise
Young, naïve Keata Kia was kidnapped from Japan along with his cousin and three other young men. Struggling to make a home in America, he discovers the men who took him in are wolf shifters—and one of them is his mate. Unfortunately, Keata’s mate has refused to claim him. If the human remains unclaimed, there is no shortage of eager wolves ready to step in to teach the beautiful and innocent Keata a thing or two about making love. When Keata is kidnapped and it’s discovered the prince of vampires has him, Keata’s wolf goes crazy, ready to kill every vampire in the area. But the wolf's plans change when it’s discovered Keata has a little secret that now has everyone scrambling to protect his life.
Lynn Hagen - George's Turn
George has had enough of men and his old life. As a cowboy, he'd been run off enough ranches for being gay. In his new life as a diner cook, he's more than happy to play it straight. Ladies love his cowboy swagger, he loves his solitary job and his tiny apartment, and all seems to be going well—until his eyes land on a gorgeous man so unlike anyone he’s ever seen. Tank loves all the little mates running around the estate, but the gentle giant longs for his own mate to hold at night. The moment he meets the new cook, he’s smitten. But flowers and candlelight dinners don’t seem to be enough to convince George that giving himself to Tank doesn’t have to mean giving up his manhood. When vampires attack George, Tank must help care for him. Will George finally see that the strongest love just might be between two strong men?
Lynn Hagen - Loco's Love
Laid-back Loco Remeere lets Cecil, the Alpha’s mate, talk him into helping with a harebrained scheme, but this time Cecil’s adventure leads him right to his own mate. Tangee Highland works two jobs to survive, and dating is just a far-off fantasy. Rushing in late as usual for his job at a tattoo parlor, he stops dead at the sight of a gorgeous silver-haired man who attracts him like no other. Tangee quickly indulges his desire for silver-haired Loco’s touch, but mating for life is a bit extreme for a first date. He denies Loco, insisting the relationship move slowly. Everything changes when Tangee’s mother is in an auto accident and the responsibility of his five-year-old sister now lies with him. Will Loco still want him with a kid sister on his hip? Or has Tangee already voided the claiming?
Lynn Hagen - Lewis's Dream
Detective Lewis Keating has had enough of cheating men. When a crooked cop steals a stack of files, it’s Lewis’s job to go through them and close out the ones he can. When a familiar case is found among the files, Lewis decides to question the one person who should be on his list. Evan Triamade was once told he looked like he breathed pain. A control freak since childhood, the wolf quickly loses his handle on things when his aloof mate shows up to question him about an assault that supposedly happened months ago. Their relationship is volatile from the start, and Evan is forbidden to see his mate by Alpha Maverick until their differences can be settled. Evan soon finds that convincing his mate not all men are cheaters is harder than he imagined. To make matters worse, Lewis has a drinking problem. When Lewis is taken by the ex-alpha, Jackson, it isn’t Evan who rescues him but the smaller mates of the house and a tiger. Lewis thought living among humans was hard, but living in a world of were-creatures tests his very sanity.
Lynn Hagen - Mark's Not Gay
Mark Forest decides to sell his tattoo shop after he inherits his granddad’s auto shop. When he glides down the highway on his motorcycle to visit his friends after his granddad’s funeral, he finds himself in a small town filled with shape-shifters. Caden McQueen is only ninety years old and the youngest of the timber wolves, but he holds his own as a sentry who guards the mates residing in Alpha Maverick’s home. Little does he know that Tangee’s very straight friend who blows into town for a few days will turn out to be his mate. After Caden chases his fleeing mate into the city, he’s attacked by rogue vampires and left for dead. Even so, his biggest problem may be how to get a guy so deep in the closet that he doesn’t even know he’s gay to come out.
Lynn Hagen - Nutter Nero
Electronics expert Nero Credence suffers from germ phobia with a touch of ADD. Add a sprinkle of OCD, and then send him to a house full of wolf shifters and watch him go. Gunnar Sadena is the most laid-back wolf you could meet. He laughs a lot and hardly ever gets angry. But Gunnar is baffled when a five foot human shows up at the front door, telling him he’s there to slay Ricky’s dinosaurs. Who the hell is Ricky, and why would he have dinosaurs? Amused, Gunnar allows the nutter to enter his home. Nero turns the pack upside down as his neurosis kicks in. At six foot five, the wolf has a hard time bowing down to this pint-size terror. Gunnar thinks the quirky man is nuts, but he’s also his mate.