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THE KILLER WANTED HER – from The Khekarian Threat, out now on Amazon.

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“You think I’ll work for you and not for Stephen, is that it?”

“That’s exactly it. I was the one who sent for you. I chose you for a reason. While you are on this planet, you will fit in with Stephen’s work plans and perform the duties assigned to you. When I leave here, if you’re any good, you will come with me. Your time here is a test period.”

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Body Language.

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Dialogue can be difficult and writers can be unhappy with their results, they’ve been inside characters’ heads, they know what they want to say and they say it, then they play with those words of dialogue because something just isn’t sitting right – No matter what they do, something is wrong, something is missing and they just can’t seem to clinch it.

It might not be the dialogue at all that’s causing the issue. It might be something that should be surrounding it and is often forgotten by writers more concerned with the message contained in the spoken word. Communication has many layers, so if you’re having trouble with writing dialogue, have you considered including body language?

People don’t just yammer at each other. They move, they stretch, they raise their eyebrows, smile, laugh or frown, fold their arms, slouch, flap their hands around, or drink, smoke, eat. Dialogue often happens on the move, walking down a street, crossing a shopping mall, or in a car or bus.

Adding body language and movement can fill the scene and give the reader more than dialogue alone. You don’t want your readers feeling they might as well be listening through the wall because they are unable to see anything. You want them in the room, at the table, or out on the street or in the taxi. You want your readers to be there. So, what are they going to see if they were present? Who does what while all this talk is going on?

Naturally enough, you don’t want all your characters flapping and twitching and moving and hopping about, but a touch of it here or there can make a huge difference to a scene. It can bring the scene to life. Not only can it reveal some of what is around the characters talking, it can also reveal attitudes and demeanor.

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COMPETITION COMING SOON – HOW TO WIN!

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Be one of 4 lucky winners to win an autographed paperback of The Khekarian Threat!

I haven’t got the date yet, nor indeed the question (such things are in the hands of my Competition Organizer), but I can tell you that the answer lies somewhere in the first four chapters, which are FREE TO READ RIGHT HERE:

You can get a good head start and won’t have to panic read on the day. Shhh! Don’t tell him I told you!

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Snakes and Writing – TRUE LIFE.

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When you live IN the wild, you live WITH the wild, particularly when you haven’t got a house and dwell in a hole in the ground – my caravan office didn’t give much protection either as it had gaps and holes, and the animals soon moved in there, as well.

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The subtropical Top End (Northern Territory) of Australia has its fair share of wildlife. There are wild boar (dangerous), dingoes (dangerous), crocodiles (extremely dangerous), buffalo (dangerous), spiders (yep, deadly) and lots of snakes (you bet, dangerous). In our camp we met Whip snakes, Death Adders, Black snakes, Brown snakes, King Browns and a host of others, all deadly poisonous. Except for one type, the giants on the block – Pythons.

Pythons are actually good to have around. They prey on poisonous snakes and keep their number low, but they also grow to enormous size (much bigger than these photographs show) and prey on other animals, including small wallabies and young kangaroos. We had pets to look out for, so I learned to handle them and move them well out of camp whenever they turned up.

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A Book is So Exciting – A Series is Even Better!

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Every story takes you on a journey. You will know roughly what sort of journey it will be, although you won’t know exactly where you will end up, nor what surprises await you, just that you are guaranteed a journey – The story and characters both might be bumpy or smooth, with twisty curves and great heights, or dead straight and direct – but whoever you meet and however long your journey is, reading a book and delving into worlds, adventures and situations unfamiliar to you is an adventure to be savored.

That, to me, is what makes picking up a book so exciting. You just don’t know what gem you might discover or what lasting impressions it will leave you with.

If you love the action you were thrown into and the people you encountered, then the adventure is even better if it is part of a series. Yes, you enjoyed the ending, the story closed, but there’s more yet and that’s got to be the greatest thing of all – seeing another doorway offering more to discover.

It won’t be the same journey but a new one, and this time you have a clue what the terrain will be like. This time you will be traveling with friends.

That’s my definition of a good book and a good series.

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Writing Your Book, but it’s Taking Forever!

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So, your story’s not written yet. It’s been years now, and that’s bothering you – Guess what – THAT’S NORMAL!

It takes time to master the writing skill. If you write regularly, you will see your improvement over time, but whether you write regularly or not, improvement will never stop. Growth and development is ongoing and unlimited.

It takes time to get to know your characters. You’re dealing with a lot of people, all of them different from each other. You not only have to discover and portray their personalities but their backgrounds and goals as well. That information will not arrive neatly packaged and at once.

It takes time to get to know your story. As different characters develop and interact, your story evolves. Main areas and scenes might be all worked out, but how they connect and combine adds new flavor and complexity. It takes time for a story to mature and become all it can be.

It takes time to write your book. Deciding or discovering how to express your words, your story, your characters and plot, spending hard time at the keyboard doing it, working it, refining and editing – ALL OF THAT TAKES TIME!

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A Breath of Fresh Air – I Don’t Do Human Hatred!

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In my sci-fi series, I do have wars, I do have contention – I have murder and threats and all the bits that get the heart pumping (a happy-ever-after story that’s happy-ever-after right from the start is nice, but there’s no challenge) Humans thrive on challenge, we want villains to overcome, we want something to strive for that will make us feel like heroes.

What I DON’T have in my science fiction is self-loathing. I don’t have the perverseness of hatred for all things human. I don’t portray the human animal as a blight upon the world (any world), nor human intelligence as some kind of disease.

We are as we are, as God or Nature intended us to be. I don’t do fear-mongering. I don’t do propaganda. I don’t use story-telling to create guilt in my readers. You’ll find my writing racy and fun and exciting. You might even find it a breath of fresh air.

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BLOOD-LUST – from The Khekarian Threat, out now on Amazon.

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The knife was wet with blood, the handle slippery with it, the huge blade dark and crimson. He was splashed with its color, drenched with its odor. The coppery smell, warm and fresh, filled his nostrils and lungs, exciting him.

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IT WAS POWER, IT WAS SEX – from The Khekarian Threat, out now on Amazon.

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They sparred constantly, Aleisha knew without wanting to. It was sport, it was power, it was sex, relentlessly demanding. Both were driven to win, yet neither would tolerate the other losing.

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CAGED IN – From The Khekarian Threat, now out on Amazon.

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The door opened to the Khekarian’s hand and her awesome presence was within the room. Filling it immediately. Owning it outright. An assertive and predatory gaze homed in on Aleisha, leaving her feeling suddenly caged in with a ferocious animal, no escape and no chance of any.

On the job, Aleisha realized. A shudder rippled through her flesh.

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