Monday, January 21, 2019

VBT The Young Adult Writer's Journey by Elizabeth Fortin-Hinds & Janet Schrader-Post

The Young Adult Writer's Journey
by Elizabeth Fortin-Hinds & Janet Schrader-Post


GENRE: Non-Fiction



Finally, an all-inclusive book on young adult fiction must-do, don’t do and how-to. If you want to write a young adult novel, you need to read this book first. Coauthored by an award-winning YA author and an acquisitions editor, both experts on kids and what they like to read, this encyclopedia contains all you need to start or improve a career as a YA fiction author.

From an examination of the market, genre and its sub-genres, to mechanics and the business, everything is at your fingertips. This amazing writer’s resource is written in a relaxed and interesting style, with plenty of contemporary references and examples for clear understanding and easier application.

Excerpt Two:

Joseph Campbell was a professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College, where he worked in comparative mythology and religious studies. He was strongly influenced by Carl Jung's view of myth. In his 1949 work The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Campbell described the basic mythic structure as follows:

A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered, and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man. (Campbell, Joseph (1949). The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

Princeton: Princeton University Press. p. 23.)

His iconic classic deconstructs universal story patterns. In his study of the myth of the hero, Campbell posits the existence of a Monomyth (a word he borrowed from James Joyce), a universal pattern, structure, found in heroic tales in every culture. While outlining the basic stages of this mythic cycle, he also explores common variations in the hero’s journey, which, he argues, is an operative metaphor, not only for an individual, but for a culture as well. Although the stories may vary to suit the needs and beliefs of a specific culture, the underlying universal archetypes remain.

Christopher Vogler used this hero’s journey to write, The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers. He simplified Campbell’s 17 steps into 12, handy in today’s 12-step minded society. What he did that was fantastic is make it more accessible for modern writers, who are not always scholars. There are several similar editions, including one for screenwriters. Women like Maureen Murdock have written books specifically about The Heroine’s Journey. Although the steps may vary, the universal pattern, used in a novel or screenplay, creates a story with themes that resonate across cultures. It is so powerful, creating hit after hit, that it was required reading for Disney executives, a company that knows the importance of creating a hero’s journey to appeal to mass audiences. Using this pattern to construct books in Young Adult novels provides the reader with a satisfying experience.

To illustrate the hero’s journey, it’s easier to understand in the context of a classic young adult book/movie, such as Harry Potter, already used to illustrate points throughout this book. It will be broken down for you according to the different stages in The Hero’s Journey, with particular attention to how the journey relates to a YA hero/heroine, the focus of this entire book. Following are some things you need to think of before you sit down to write your first scene.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Daughter of a Colonel, Janet Schrader-Post lived the military life until she got out of high school. She lived in Hawaii and worked as a polo groom for fifteen years, then moved to Florida where she became a reporter. For ten years she covered kids in high school and middle school. Kids as athletes, kids doing amazing things no matter how hard their circumstances. It impressed her, and it awed her. “How wonderful teens are. They have spirit and courage in the face of the roughest time of their lives. High school is a war zone. Between dodging bullies, school work and after school activities, teens nowadays have a lot on their plate. I wrote stories about them and I photographed them. My goal was to see every kid in their local newspaper before they graduated.”

Janet love kids and horses, and she paints and writes. Now she lives in the swampland of Florida with too many dogs and her fifteen-year-old granddaughter. She started to write young adult fiction with the help of her son, Gabe Thompson, who teaches middle school. Together they have written a number of award-winning YA novels in both science fiction and fantasy.

Elizabeth Fortin-Hinds knows kids well. She spent decades teaching teens and adults to write and improve their reading skills. As a literacy expert and certified coach, she helped both teachers from elementary to secondary and preservice graduate students learn to improve reading and writing instruction. She has taught at both the secondary and graduate level, everything from rhetoric, essays, and thesis statements, to poetry, short stories, and how to write a novel. She has learned to use both sides of her brain simultaneously, but enjoys the creative side the most, learning to play piano, draw and paint, and find time for her own writing since retiring from her “day” jobs.

A “true believer” in Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, mythic structures, she uses that lens when considering manuscripts for Tell-Tale Publishing Group, a company she founded with some friends from her critique group a decade ago.

Interview with Elizabeth Fortin-Hinds

1. Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?

Actually, in my fiction books I am much more of a Pantser, though I love to brainstorm the basic outline for the story with one of my critique buddies so I have a ‘feel’ for the story before I begin. I spend the first chapter getting to know the tone and the main characters and often throw that part out once I get further into the story and the characters have taken on their own personalities, motivations and goals. Frankly, I wish more writers did that—throw out the first chapter and start in the middle of the action.

2. Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.

I feel the nonfiction title, The Young Adult Writer’s Journey, is a must read for anyone who writes YA fiction. A lot of the basics may be no news to you, but I feel that there will be some provocative kernels even a seasoned YA writer can use to enhance their WIP or future stories. The information comes from Janet’s background as an award-winning YA author, and my background as an acquisitions editor, noting what’s missing or doesn’t quite hit the mark in many YA submissions. Both of us have spent years working with kids and getting to know them. I taught kids to read and write and taught creative writing. Reading their Friday whatever you want to vent about journals was often very eye-opening too. Kids can be brutally honest, especially when talking to ‘dear journal’.  I was always stunned when kids told me, “I never knew you actually read those.” Hey, I read the back of cereal boxes.

3. Have you written any other books that are not published?

I have just finished my second collaboration with Janet Post. We are writing a YA series titled Beauties and Their Beasts.  The first in the series, Annabelle and the Jackal, is with the Beta Readers. It’s a dystopian fantasy and naturally a romance.  It should be out in early 2019. We want to launch it at the Tucson Festival of Books in March. The paperback edition to The Young Adult Writer’s Journey will be out before then too. We’ll both be there, so if you’re one of the over 130,000 readers able to make it each year, be sure to say hi.

4. Pen or type writer or computer?

Always computer. I’ve been using one since they were able to actually crash from too much text data input…and yes that happened to me when I was writing my very first novel. Much of that novel has been lost, so it’s never been published, but it was an historical vampire romance set during the reign of Peter the Great. It’s been decades, but I believe the title was: Shades of Darkness. Tame by today’s standards (think Shades of Gray) back then it was really racy and after an ask for more, Zebra eventually passed due to that fact. I’ve never reworked it. At that point, I went back to school and became a teacher and didn’t write more fiction until I retired.

5. Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?

I really appreciate anyone who takes the time to make a comment or take a look at this work. With millions of books published every year, it’s an honor to be one readers notice at all.

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Forever Yours Post featuring author Laurie Winter

Winner Takes All by Laurie Winter

Storm Thompson wants to be anywhere but Liberty Ridge.
Especially since his hometown also contains his childhood nemesis,
Colleen Gardner. With a young daughter and mentally ill mother to care
for, he struggles to simply make ends meet. Every day, his goal of
owning an organic farm slips further out of reach.

Psychiatrist Colleen Gardner has her sights set on
starting a retreat to help veterans suffering from PTSD. She's done
well but her small town fundraisers just aren't enough.

"The Great American Scavenger Hunt" TV show offers a
million-dollar prize, and Colleen and Storm are selected as
competitors. Both resolve to do whatever is needed to win, even using
the other to get ahead. Storm and Colleen compete to fund their
dreams, but their already tattered relationship becomes more strained.
Only one will win the money. But will love prove the ultimate prize?

Great American Scavenger Hunt

Day 1
Storm stood 
on the stairs of the US Capitol Building, and the weight of his travel 
pack dug into his shoulders. Before sunrise, all the contestants were 
bussed seven miles over from their hotel in Arlington. A few other 
contestants started conversations, and his minimal replies made clear 
he wasn’t here to make friends. Colleen ignored him, which was good. 
Her mere presence provided enough distraction.

He had a 
good view of her down at the other end of the line. How could she 
stand upright underneath the weight of her pack? The thing looked as 
heavy as her. He’d bought his at the secondhand shop in Liberty Ridge. 
Colleen probably shopped at a high-end outdoor store that carried the 
latest gizmos and gadgets. Her pack and its contents might cost the 
equivalent of a small country’s GDP.

When he’d 
seen her yesterday at lunch, he almost didn’t recognize her. Her short 
hair looked amazingly sexy. This morning, she wore a tousled look, 
like she’d just rolled out of bed, which she likely had being that the 
clock just struck seven-thirty am.

The host of 
the show, Burt Blackstone, walked before the assembled group. He stood 
medium height, with a trim build, and a head of closely cropped, 
salt-and-pepper hair. Today, Burt wore khaki shorts and an orange 
button-up top. “I want to wish every one of you good luck. We’ll start 
filming shortly. I’ll go over the rules once more, mostly for the 
audience’s sake. Then, I’ll give the signal, and you’ll be off.”

A low 
murmur drifted over the group.

shifted the weight of his travel pack and mentally walked through his 
plan. He held a red envelope, which was identical to the ones given to 
the other contestants. Let’s rock and roll.

"The journey they take physically and emotionally is one
that sucked me and wouldn't let go until the book was done. Thank you
for writing such a wonderful book!" Goodreads review

Author Laurie Winter

Laurie Winter is a true warrior of the heart. Inspired by
her dreams, she creates authentic characters who overcome the odds and
find true love. Fans of Brenda Novak and Debbie Macomber will likely
enjoy Laurie Winter's books as well.
She keeps her life balanced with regular yoga practice and
running. When not pounding the pavement or the keyboard, she's
enjoying time with her family, who are scattered between Wisconsin and
Michigan. Laurie has three kids and one fantastic husband, all who
inspire her to chase her dreams.

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The Thing About Us by Jennifer Domenico

Title: The Thing About Us
Author: Jennifer Domenico
Genre: Contemporary MMF Menage Romance

Cover Design: Wicked by Design
Release Date: February 4, 2019


It was all fun and
games until it wasn’t. Lies, deceit, and jealousy threaten to tear the three of
us apart. We can have it all, but that’s not as easy as it sounds.

Ben: I never thought I’d show my best friend this side of me, but I had to
take my one shot or regret it forever.

Luc: It was only supposed to be one night of something I didn’t understand and
never wanted, but it became so much more.

Georgie: They want me to choose, but I want them both. They just have to
admit they want it too.

The thing about us? We can make it work...even if we have to fight to keep it together.


The three of us pile into the back of the car and before we
barely start moving, Georgie is kissing Ben and pulling my shirt to bring me
closer. I move closer, stroking her hair as she and Ben make out, trying to
analyze my feelings. The whole night has been tinged with sexual tension. Now,
knowing Ben is willing to go as far with this as possible, I have to get on
board or get out. I just can’t understand why watching them is turning me on so
I let my hand move down her body over her hip, then around
the front where I inch my way up to her tits. Ben starts kissing her neck,
freeing her mouth for me to move in. I kiss her as his hands move into her
hair. When Ben starts kissing her cleavage, she moans softly, driving me a
little closer to the edge. Feeling a bit freer, I let my hand grope her through
her dress, and she responds by gripping my dick through my trousers. We’re
interrupted when the car stops and the driver announces we’re back at Georgie’s
place. Ben opens the door and exits the car, but I grab Georgie’s wrist
stopping her.
“Are you sure you want us to come in? Both of us.”
“I’m sure, Luc. Let’s go.”
I tell the driver we’re done for the night and walk up to
the door where Ben is kissing a giggling Georgie on the neck whilst she unlocks
the door. To say I’m in all new territory is an understatement. I’m well versed
in multiple women scenarios thanks to my uni days, but another man? Never. My
best mate? Definitely never. The truth is, I want Georgie enough to give it a

Author Bio

Jennifer Domenico writes contemporary and erotic romances.
She loves alpha males with a soft spot, flawed characters, and strong, sassy
women. Her characters usually have a side of kink and aren't afraid to demand
what they want. The author doesn't apologize for that. She's a sucker for a
happy ending as long as it comes with a lot of heat.

She lives in Phoenix, Arizona but is a Bostonian at heart. The way to her heart
can be reached with a foreign accent, a shot of Fireball, and an unlimited
supply of cupcakes.

She is also known under her alter ego, Jaelyn LaStoria, author of time travel
romances, because why not.

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Bodyguard by Stella Andrews


by Stella Andrews
Publication Date: January 28, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Preorder: Amazon
Hot, cocky and extremely irritating.
He came for me and now I’m stuck with the most insufferable roomie I’ve ever had the misfortune to meet.
Rough, sexy and all man. With the foulest mouth I’ve ever heard and the hardest man I never want to meet.
My Bodyguard.

I was sent to babysit a wildcat.
Long, dark, wavy, hair with curves that beg to be touched. She’s sassy, wicked and answers back. More trouble than a man can stand and would look good bound, gagged and spread out for my pleasure.
But she’s more than that. She’s everything I ever wanted and everything I should avoid. She comes with a target on her back and it’s about to be hit.
Can I save her and stop myself from falling?
What do you think?

About Stella Andrews

I love to write stories where the men are hot and sexy and the women strong and beautiful. I take way too much pleasure in looking at pictures of Hot guys for my covers and looking for hot men in the supermarket aisles. I enjoy the freedom of a filthy mouth in fiction where I am prim and proper with my family. This is my guilty secret. Let’s just keep it between ourselves.

HARBOR by Bethany-Kris


by Bethany-Kris
Renzo + Lucia, #2
Publication Date: February 4, 2019
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance

Cover Reveal Credits: London Miller 


Lucia Marcello is the good girl—or she used to be. The youngest mafia principessa of her family, she's not the one who falls for the man from the wrong side of the tracks, and she certainly shouldn't have run across the country with him.
She'll leave everything behind for him …
Renzo Zulla is the bad guy—society and life labeled him that way. The only person left to take care of his siblings, he couldn't afford the distraction of falling in love with a rich girl far beyond his league, and he definitely shouldn't have her riding shotgun as he runs for his life.
He doesn't want her anywhere else …
Love keeps them together. 
Fear keeps them running. 
Chaos follows them everywhere they go.
How long can they keep moving before someone finally catches up?
The cost of love is always high. 
Never harbor it blindly.
Note: Harbor is book two in a three-book trilogy following the same couple.


The world was prettiest when it was dark. Shrouded in silence, all distractions sleeping for the moment, a person could finally reflect on everything. Their life, and what had become of it. Their choices, and why they made them.
A person could think about anything when it was dark.
Yet, the only thing Lucia Marcello could think about as she watched the dark highway climb ahead of their vehicle was how long they had been driving. She blinked one too many times, pretty sure that the last time she had stared at the highway, there had been a lot fewer trees and more sunlight. The highway had been far more congested, too.
She peered at the clock on the dash, taking in the time before counting back the hours.
“Twenty,” she murmured.
In the driver’s seat, Renzo passed her a look. Despite her confusion, she hadn’t for one second forgot that he was next to her driving like he had been for the last several hours—almost an entire day of driving, now. It was impossible for her to just forget this man was near. Her whole body felt it, like he lit her on fire in the best way possible. All of her little hairs stood on end, and her nerves snapped. Even sitting beside her, he wasn’t nearly close enough.
Or, that’s how she felt.
Strange how that worked …
His brow quirked up, a silent question without him saying anything to her out loud. He wouldn’t want to wake his sleeping brother in the back seat, after all. He’d even turned down the music when it seemed to be making Diego toss and turn more than usual. Always his first concern, Diego took importance.
Lucia didn’t mind.
“What are you mumbling about over there?”
Had she been mumbling?
“We’ve been driving for twenty hours,” she told him quietly.
Renzo nodded, and his grip on the SUV’s steering wheel tightened. “Yeah, I know.”
If he’d been keeping track, too, he hadn’t said anything to Lucia about it. Then again, they had just taken off … they were basically on the run in a stolen vehicle after burning another stolen vehicle. She didn’t blame him for being distracted, and focusing on the things he needed his attention to be on.
How many hours they had been driving probably wasn’t even a blip on his radar. But it was on hers, now. The more she watched Renzo from the side, the easier it was for her to see what he was trying to suppress. His gaze dropped every so often, darting to the clock before going back to the road. His eyes were dimmed with tiredness even if it was hard to see in the low lighting of the vehicle. He kept that tight grip on the steering wheel no matter what, though, but Lucia was wondering how much effort that was taking him to do exactly that.
“Hmm, what, baby?”
She smiled.
He’d said it so absently, like she wasn’t far from his mind now, but he was still worrying about other things. He needed to sleep. They needed to stop and rest, or she needed to drive. Either one would be fine for Lucia as long as it meant Renzo was going to relax for a couple of hours, and close his eyes.
“I can drive,” she said.
“I know you can drive.”
“So let me do that for a while. Pull over, let me drive.”
His gaze drifted to her again, and the edges of his lips quirked up in a smile. “I’m good.”
“Lucia, I don’t even know where I’m going. How are you going to know, huh?”
He did have a good point even if she didn’t want to admit it. What good would it do them if she ended up getting lost while he was sleeping?
“Still haven’t figured that out, then?” she asked.
“Where we’re going?”


Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.
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