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Guest Post: THE QUEEN'S WINGS author, Jamie K. Schmidt [Blog Tour + giveaway!]

Book Synopsis:
Long ago, the Cult of Humanity sacrificed the Dragon Queen, crippling the breeding process.  But now Carolyn hears the voice of that long dead queen telling her that she holds the key to breaking the spell that will free all the female dragons. 
FBI dragon Reed’s disdain for humans can’t mask the magnetic attraction he has for Carolyn, but when she tells him she’s going to shift into a dragon he thinks she’s crazy. A female hasn’t been hatched, or shape shifted, in over a thousand years. 
He’s proven wrong after Carolyn shifts and is named the new Queen on the block. A never-ending line of suitors forms, but she only wants Reed. Too bad he doesn’t want in on the competition. But when the Cult kidnaps Carolyn to sacrifice her in an effort to make the curse against the female dragons permanent, Reed must face his fears—and feelings, racing to save the woman he realizes he can’t live without.
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Ten Books Every Writer Should Read*

Jamie K. Schmidt

I am a writing book junkie. If there is a craft book out there, I want to read it. If there’s a crazy new theory on how I can write faster, better, smarter, I don’t want to take the chance and miss out. So I’ve been collecting writing books for almost thirty years. I started writing before the Internet, when information about publishing was hard to come by and the newest edition of Writer’s Market was my reference library staple. To my inexperienced eye, publishing fiction was as veiled and secretive as any sheik’s harem. But I was able to take an insider’s glance and wrote my novel The Queen’s Wings, with the help of the following books:

1. Stephen King’s DANSE MACABRE. Before he wrote ON WRITING, DANSE MACABRE was a great non-fiction book about the horror genre. But it was also about storytelling and how to build tension. If you can get your hands on a copy – even if you’re not a horror aficionado – it’s a nice behind the scenes look.
2. Anne Lamott’s BIRD BY BIRD – Some Instructions on Writing and Life. The title comes from something the author’s father had said to her when she had to write a report on ornithology. She lamented how was she ever going to get all the information down and her father said, “Bird by bird, Annie.” This collection of essays is funny and honest and had me nodding my head when I recognized myself in them. More of a writing theory book, than an actual “how do I do it” book, it’s still worth a read – if only to realize you are not alone in your writerly thoughts.
3. Blake Snyder’s SAVE THE CAT – The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need. Even if you’re not a screen writer, this book will help you on your elevator pitches, your query letters and synopses. Using popular movies, it breaks down dramatic tension and the “Three Act Story Structure.” If you’ve got a problem with a slow start, sagging middle or dragging ending, this book might help clean it up.
4. Natalie Goldberg’s WRITING DOWN THE BONES – Freeing the Writing Within. This is another feel good writing book, crafted by a funny writer who doesn’t take herself too seriously. It’s been called a spiritual book, but I wouldn’t go that far. I think it gives a good argument for writing every day without expectations and using your journal writing for foundation for stories.
5. Lawrence Block’s TELLING LIES FOR FUN AND PROFIT – A Manual for Fiction Writers. I first picked up this book because it reminded me of Moliere’s quote, “Writing is like prostitution.” First you do it for the love of it. Then you do it for a few friends and finally you do it for money. There are many writing tips in this book and it’s presented in an entertaining way.
6. Writer’s Digest’s FORMATTING AND SUBMITTING YOUR MANUSCRIPT. This is the answer book to what format does the average editor, agent or publisher expect your manuscript to be in. Now, with the emergence of epublishing, you may find that each house has its own set of “rules” on formatting. But this is a great beginner book.
7. Eva Paludan’s ROMANCE WRITER’S PINK PAGES – The Insider’s Guide to Getting Your Romance Novel Published. The market information in this book will be out of date –even if you’re reading the newest version. Check the publisher’s web page for that information. Read this book for the writing tips and the genre tropes. The first time I read this book, the alpha males were rapey and the heroines weren’t as modern as I wanted to write them. However, I learned a lot about the foundations of romance, like what makes a romance a category, and reader expectation. This book is a foundation that a fledgling romance novelist can use to find out why things are the way they are.
8. Victoria Lynn Schmidt’s BOOK IN A MONTH –The Foolproof System for Writing a Novel in 30 Days. What I love about this book is that you can use this as a calendar and a workbook. Go to the section, Week One and dive right in. Of course no book is going to substitute BICFOK (Butt In Chair/Fingers On Keyboard), but this one makes it easier to do it because it gives you a plan to get started. So if you can’t wait for Nanowrimo – this book is for you.
9. Literary Agent Evan Marshall’s THE MARSHALL PLAN FOR WRITING. Get the accompanying workbook too! I love having a plan. This is a 16-step program. When you’re just beginning to write, I find it helpful to get a 3-ring binder and put in it all things novel related. This book helps you get all your character motivations, plot and setting all together in an orderly fashion. 
10. Literary Agent Noah Lukeman’s THE FIRST FIVE PAGES – A Writer’s Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile. OK, so you finished your book (in 30 days), now what? Noah leads you through how to grab the reader and hook them in, and what common mistakes he has seen in the slush pile.

Truly, I can go on forever about great writing books. But for right now, I’m going to leave you with some advice a dear friend of mine said to me: “It’s time to stop reading about writing and start writing.” Good luck!

*I am not being compensated in any way for mentioning these books. I use them. I found them helpful and think you will too.

Author Bio: 
Jamie Kleinkauf-Schmidt has over thirty short stories published in small press and ezines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz in Secondary Education English, which is a fancy way of saying she went to college to teach high school English. When that didn’t pan out, she worked as a call center manager, a Tupperware consultant, a paralegal, and finally a technical writer for a major conglomerate company. She is an active member in the Romance Writers of America (RWA), serving as the PRO liaison for her local chapter Connecticut Romance Writers of America (CTRWA).
When not writing, Jamie relaxes with a mug of hot tea and knits or makes beaded jewelry. She sells her handcrafted items at The Dudley Farm during the summer. A voracious reader, Jamie has a Kindle and is not afraid to use it.

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Tour Run Dates: 5/27-6/6

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1 comment:

Rhianna said...

I am loving this book so much. Wish I wasn't so busy this week so I'd have it finished. If you love dragons you NEED this book!


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