Monday, February 17, 2020

HERE BE NEWS for February 17, 2020

Posted by: Dani Harper, Author



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Monday, February 10 
"HERE BE NEWS" - All the latest from the fantasy romance authors at Here Be Magic. Includes links to an interview on Amazing Stories, plus a 99-cent ebook sale.

Wednesday, February 12 -

HAVENPORT RELEASE DAY BLITZ” -  Five authors released five new standalone books today, each set in Havenport, RI. “Heart of the Matter” by Ruth A. Casie is one of them. According to Ruth, this fictional town contains romance, suspense, time travel and secrets shared!

Thursday, February 13 -

WHEN IT'S TIME FOR "NETFLIX AND CHILL” – Sometimes watching a thriller or a fantasy can be a great source of creative inspiration as well as entertainment. Looking for suggestions? Author Deborah A Bailey shares her latest must-watch list on Here Be Magic.  

Friday, February 14 -
"FAVORITE MOVIES for VALENTINE'S DAY" - The authors at Here Be Magic have gotten together to share some of our favorite romantic movies. And we hope you'll tell us yours too!









RETURN TO NEVERWYLDE

The Rim of the World, Book 7


Sci-fi Romance

by Linda Mooney

Things have been quiet on Neverwylde, but everyone has been busy. With a new group of research scientists sent to spend the next six months on the planet, their goal is to learn and document as much as possible to classify the alien world as a 2A planet. But things never go as planned on this still wild and unknown galactic anomaly.


Dox has a one-track mind, but that’s normal for his kind. Being an isotope baby, he was specifically created to be highly intelligent, often found working on inventions, and rarely speaking beyond a couple words. But he’s also fiercely loyal and protective, as well as sweet and innocent, with zero experience when it comes to women. They never even crossed his mind, until now.


Xeno-archaeologist Dr. True Brown can’t wait to get her feet on Neverwylde soil. Having researched everything there is to know of the planet so far, she’s somewhat starstruck when meeting the original crew, but no amount of research could prepare her for the reality of the world, or the feelings the quirky, quiet, innocent tinkerer invokes. She didn’t plan on romance while on this mission, but then again, she didn’t anticipate her fellow scientists turning on them either.


Politics and greed are getting in the way of science and discovery, and may push everyone off the planet for good, wiping out all of their hard work. With months turning into days, the crew scrambles to protect a world filled with endless precious resources and intelligent life.


Once again the greatest enemies may not be the deadly creatures on the planet, but some of their own.


Warning! Contains a borrowed uniform, lessons on love, lost luggage, a purple cavern, a mosaic map, relevant theories, alien watchdogs, low-frequency sound, and a fight to protect others as well as those who are beloved.


Excerpt and Buy link







HEART OF THE MATTER
(Havenport Romance)
by Ruth A. Casie

Digging into the past can be murder. 


Addison Moore, a well-known psychiatrist, is having difficulty coming to terms with the death of her grandmother, Cookie. The woman was everything to her after her parents died in a plane crash over Lockerbie, Scotland. Little did Addy know, an old picture tucked away in the family bible of Cookie with a handsome stranger would lead her to a discovery for which she is little prepared. 


Ethan Taylor is an art historian. He’s lived with his Great Uncle Ben for a long time and would do anything for him. He never anticipated Ben’s dying wish would introduce him to his biggest sacrifice. Neither Addy nor Ethan are prepared for the lengths at which their families went through to keep Cookie and Ben apart. 


As they put the pieces together, they uncover a decade’s old unsolved murder implicating Cookie and Ben. Will Addy and Ethan’s blossoming love be able to stand the strain of finding the truth? Will they be able to get to the heart of the matter?


Grab your copy on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B083VZCF8J


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Friday, February 14, 2020

FAVORITE MOVIES for VALENTINE'S DAY - by the authors at Here Be Magic

Posted by: Dani Harper, Author

We all have them. Those movies we LOVE HARD no matter what the critics, our kids, or our significant others may think about them. These films touch us, lift us, make us smile or make us cry - and sometimes, all of the above!


You don't have to wait for Valentine's Day to watch a romantic movie. But hey, February 14th IS on a Friday this year, so why not break out the popcorn (and maybe the kleenex), kick back and enjoy?

PS - Be sure to leave a comment and tell us YOUR favorites! 
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LINDA -"Somewhere in TimeSo romantic. So damn sad. Fantastic musical score. And I cry every damn time! 
It was also the very first VCR tape I ever bought. Cost me $89.95 way back when!" 
~ Linda Mooney  lindamooney.com
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PG - "One of my all time favorite romantic movies--not a romance, exactly, but very romantic, nonetheless--is Truly, Madly, Deeply, starring Juliet Stevenson and the incomparable Alan Rickman. It's a love story, it's a ghost story, it's a romantic comedy. It's got humor and tears and rodent infestations and ghosts and serenades...and did I mention Alan Rickman?" 
PG Forte www.PGForte.com
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DANI - "An oldie-but-goodie that didn't get the attention I thought it deserved at the time: French Kiss with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline. A romantic comedy that never fails to make me smile. And yes, I sing "La Vie En Rose" for a week afterwards!"
~ Dani Harper www.daniharper.com 



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NICOLE - "My favourite romantic movie is The Princess Bride. I've rewatched it many times. It has so many great scenes and quotable lines. 'As you wish,' will always melt my heart." 

Nicole Luiken www.nicoleluiken.com
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MAUREEN - "This may seem a little odd - but not so much if you consider that I love paranormal and fantasy - but one of my favorite romantic movies is Bram Stoker's 1992 Dracula.

"It's sort of a beauty and the beast concept and shows how love can expand time.  Plus each time I watch it I'm not sure if I'm rooting for Keanu or Dracula to gain the love of the heroine." 
~ Maureen L. Bonatch  www.maureenbonatch.com  

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VERONICA -Ever After with Drew Barrymore and Dougray Scot (1998). I love Cinderella stories and this is my favorite version. I enjoy the way it begins, with an elderly Royal schooling the Brothers Grimm on the correct details of their fairy tale. I enjoy the glass slippers, made by Ferragamo. I love the idea of Leonardo Da Vinci as the ‘fairy godperson’. But most of all I love the fearless Drew Barrymore character, always determined to do the right thing, no matter what the cost to herself. The prince was appropriately handsome and dashing but she’s the heart of the story.


"This is a movie where I always want more – more of the stepsister Jacqueline who was actually pretty decent and her romance with the captain of the guards. More about Leonardo Da Vinci. More of the practical Queen. More scenes between Danielle and Prince Henry…well, you get the idea. Just give me ALL the outtakes and I’ll be quiet and content. I’ve written two Cinderella stories myself, one set in my fantasy world and one set in ancient Egypt and I won’t be surprised if I revisit the trope again!" 
~ Veronica Scott  veronicascott.wordpress.com

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Don't forget to leave us a comment and tell us YOUR favorites! 

Thursday, February 13, 2020

When it's Time for "Netflix and Chill"

Posted by: Deborah A Bailey
There are times when I like nothing better than getting lost in a new movie or series. Not only is it a break away from working in my day job (or on a story idea) but it's also relaxing as well.

Then again, I've lost count of how many times I was hoping to not think about my WIP for a while, and ended up with an idea. Sometimes that thing you're stuck on can come to you when you're trying to figure out a twist in a thriller. Or, when you're hoping the lovers will finally get back together before the end credits roll.

So, it's not really procrastinating, it's stimulating your creativity (at least that's how it's worked for me)! Here are some of the series in my Netflix queue at the moment:

Troy – Fall of a City 

Entertaining re-telling of the epic without being boring or predictable (because, if you’re familiar with the Iliad or the Odyssey, you know how it ends). Surprisingly modern with inclusive casting and new twists on the characters. The settings and costumes give the series a sometimes scruffy (and real) feeling.

The Stranger 

I'd first heard about this series on Twitter, then it popped up when I logged into Netflix (the video auto-play can be a good thing at times, it seems). Based on a book by, Harlan Coben, it twists and turns and reveals a bit here and there about the characters. Starting off with a husband's seemingly perfect life being shattered when a stranger tells him a secret about his wife, events spiral from then on.

I love stories with twists, and this one kept me up past midnight on a Sunday night. (Let's just say I did a lot of yawning on Monday.)

The Ghost Bride 

A paranormal about a girl who has been asked to be the bride of a recently deceased, heir to a fortune. It even has a "meet cute" between her and a heavenly guard, along with some dramatic and amusing moments. Ultimately, she'll have to help solve the mystery of who killed the heir, and there are quite a few suspects. I'm halfway through this one, and I'm anxious to see how it unfolds.

The Witcher 

I haven't started this one yet, but I've seen several interesting scenes on Twitter featuring Henry Cavill (one of the cast) without his shirt. So, I'm going to be sure to get to this one ASAP.

Luna Nera 

Just finished this after binge watching last weekend. It has everything – witches in 17th century Italy, a chosen one, and a mysterious organization that wants access to their magic. Lots of action, including witches who carry swords and free other women wrongly accused of witchcraft.

So far, I don't know if Netflix is giving this a second season, but I certainly hope so. The first season wraps up a major storyline, while leaving the door open for some other developments.

 I Am Dragon 

Not a Netflix movie, but if you have Amazon Prime, it was (for a time) available to members without the rental charge. Based on a Russian tale, this one has a dragon shifter, a very adventurous heroine and nice special effects. They don't have a "meet cute," but I was certainly rooting for them to get their HEA.

 Have any favorites that you've been watching lately?

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Havenport Release Day Blitz

Posted by: Ruth A Casie

Welcome to Havenport, RI a fictional town not far from Newport where you'll find romance, suspense, time travel and secrets shared by five authors in genres you love. Today they are releasing five new standalone books, come check them out and stay for a spell...
  A quick note from Havenport newspaper gossip, Candy Apples.... 
Okay, here’s the skinny. Havenport’s a great town. Perfect for a gossip like me. ;-) I’ve been writing this column for years and never struggle for a story. Easiest job I’ve ever had! We may have started as a small fishing town (stop by our maritime museum to learn more) but we’ve expanded into a thriving hub for business of all sorts. Lots of restaurants, a charming bookstore, souvenir shops, whale watching, ghost tours, even a metaphysical shop (the manager’s a member of our local coven)…there’s never a shortage of things to do here. We’ve got Manor Road, with titans of business known for bringing the money to town—and the drama. I don’t need a shovel to dig up the dirt (or the skeletons) over there. I’m no less busy when I take a stroll down Main Street and eavesdrop—um, I mean, talk to the shopkeepers. They’re a nosy bunch, but they’ve got your best interest at heart. I’ve seen some great couples get together over a drink at Royce’s Tavern or after dropping off a pup for daycare at Wags & Walks. With our close proximity to major cities like Newport, Providence, Boston, and New York City, we attract just about everybody. And, in the spirit of our founding fathers, Havenport welcomes them all with open arms. And when I say everyone, I mean it. Are you looking for a hometown hero to sweep you off your feet? A debonair best-selling author? Is a time traveler from the Roaring Twenties more your style? If you’re looking for adventure or to reunite with a lost love, you’ll find it here. And I’ll report all the juicy details. ~ Candy Apples

Discover Your Next Read 

Heart of the Matter Digging into the past can be murder. Addison Moore, a well-known psychiatrist, is having difficulty coming to terms with the death of her grandmother, Cookie. The woman was everything to her after her parents died in a plane crash over Lockerbie, Scotland. Little did Addy know, an old picture tucked away in the family bible of Cookie with a handsome stranger would lead her to a discovery for which she is little prepared. Ethan Taylor is an art historian. He’s lived with his Great Uncle Ben for a long time and would do anything for him. He never anticipated Ben’s dying wish would introduce him to his biggest sacrifice. Neither Addy nor Ethan are prepared for the lengths at which their families went through to keep Cookie and Ben apart. As they put the pieces together, they uncover a decade’s old unsolved murder implicating Cookie and Ben. Will Addy and Ethan’s blossoming love be able to stand the strain of finding the truth? Will they be able to get to the heart of the matter?
Grab your copy: Amazon | Add to Goodreads
RUTH A. CASIE is a USA Today bestselling author of historical swashbuckling action-adventures and contemporary romance with enough action to keep you turning pages. Her stories feature strong women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. She lives in New Jersey with her hero, three empty bedrooms and a growing number of incomplete counted cross-stitch projects. Before she found her voice, she was a speech therapist (pun intended), client liaison for a corrugated manufacturer, and vice president at an international bank where she was a product/ marketing manager, but her favorite job is the one she’s doing now—writing romance. She hopes her stories become your favorite adventures.
Everything Gage and Dani have been through it all: the struggles of life, exciting military service, rocky relationships, and heart breaking deaths. In twenty-plus years of being best friends, they've never faced as big of a challenge as they do now. Can their friendship and hearts survive the ultimate test of time?

Grab your copy: Amazon | Add to: Goodreads
D.C. “Desi” STONE is a best-selling romance author and full-time investigator. She lives in the northeast with her incredibly supporting husband, two kids, and the ever-growing family of pets. After serving eight years of service with the United States Air Force, she went on to transition into the world of financial and organized crimes and became a lead investigator for many years. Reading has always been a passion of hers, and getting lost in a good, steamy romance is one of her favorite past times. Her writing concentrates on romantic with specifics in paranormal, suspense, and erotica. When she isn’t trying to solve a new puzzle in the world of fraud, she is engulfed with coffee, her laptop, and all those crazy characters. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Hudson Valley Romance Writers, New Jersey Romance Writers, RomVets, RWA Kiss of Death, and the Liberty State Fiction Writers. She served as the 2014 NJRW Vice President and Conference Chair.
Always Brianna Baxter thinks she has the world figured out. She lives a life of privilege and does whatever she wants. After living in New York City, London, New Jersey, and Florida she settles down in Havenport, Rhode Island. As the Christmas holiday approaches, a secret is revealed and she is challenged with the most important decision of her life. Workaholic Simon May gets an unexpected vacation over the holidays and visits family in London. At his childhood home, he finds an envelope that holds the answer to his future. Or does it? He throws caution to the wind and jumps on the next available flight across the pond in search of what he lost. He takes the biggest risk of his life, unsure of what he will encounter once the plane touches down. Will the uncertainty of Brianna’s future steer her in the right direction? Will Simon receive the answer he seeks?
Grab your copy: Amazon | Add to: Goodreads
LITA HARRIS spends her time between New Jersey and the Endless Mountains region of Pennsylvania. She even lived in Alaska for a short time just for fun. Her two rescue dogs are always close by and travel everywhere with her. An avid crafter, unused supplies clutter her basement and attempts at making pottery, jewelry, and stained glass are scattered throughout her house. She also makes candles and homemade soap. With enough books to stock a small library she may need to construct a building to store her literary obsession. She writes multiple genres, women’s fiction, contemporary romance, paranormal, and cozy mysteries.
Rescuing the Ranger Gabe Preston’s been sent on a mission: clean out his beloved grandmother’s house in Havenport and help move her into senior living—or so he thinks. Havenport had always been a special place to visit while growing up, but during this ride into town he finds more than he bargained for. Surviving multiple deployments as an Army Ranger hadn’t ever proved this type of challenging. All Gabe desires is to ride his motorcycle, enjoy his time out of the Army, and figure out his next stop in life. The best laid plans don’t necessarily work out when you’ve got a meddling, matchmaking grandmother. Francesca Montefiore loves Havenport, and her recently acquired florist shop. She’s finally made a fresh start in her life, one stem at a time. When she’s “adopted” by the local Garden Club members she treasures the ladies as family, something she’d been sorely lacking. When her past comes back to threaten her contentment, she’ll need the help of one hunky, visiting Army Ranger, the Garden Club President’s grandson to come to her rescue. But will she be the one doing the rescuing instead?
Grab your copy: Amazon | Add to: Goodreads
NICOLE S. PATRICK is a Human Resources professional by day and romance novelist the rest of the time. She’s a founding partner in Timeless Scribes, Publishing, LLC and crafts contemporary romance stories about military heroes. Former President of New Jersey Romance Writers, she met her business and writing partners at a meeting and the rest is history. Together they created the fictional town of Havenport, RI, where magic is in the air, and love happens with every story. Nicole currently lives in central New Jersey with her husband and two sons who keep her house in a state of constant chaos…but she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Time After Time When Sophia Segarra, the owner of Time After Time Antiques in Havenport, finds a packet of love letters from the 1920s in her shop, she can’t help but fantasize about what it would be like to find a love like the one described in those letters. But even though she’s told the pearl necklace from her Halloween costume will bring the wearer to true love, she never imagined they’d transport her back in time to the Roaring Twenties. In 1928, Liam O’Connell is writing an article on the Main Street Bandits for the Havenport Herald while investigating the disappearance of his brother. He’s not having much luck with either and a trip to Tilly’s speakeasy on Halloween is about to make life more interesting. Liam’s reporter instincts tell him Sophia’s hiding something, and he’s determined to find out what. Will her secret keep them apart, or will they come to realize that time after time, love overcomes all obstacles?
Grab your copy: Amazon | Add to: Goodreads
EMMA KAYE is married to her high school sweetheart and has two beautiful kids that she spends an insane amount of time driving around central New Jersey. Before Scouts and drama club entered her life, she decided to try writing one of those romances she loved to read and discovered a new passion. She has been writing ever since. Add in a playful puppy, two patient cats, and a snake, and she’s living her own happily ever after while making her characters work hard to reach theirs.
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Monday, February 10, 2020

HERE BE NEWS for February 10, 2020

Posted by: Dani Harper, Author



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Monday, February 3 
"HERE BE NEWS" - All the latest from the gang at Here Be Magic, including an ebook sale.

Wednesday, February 5 -

"WRITING ADVICE - CHARACTER GOALS" - Every story needs stakes, every character needs purpose, but did you know that every scene needs a reason? Author Nicole Luiken discusses goals big and small.

Saturday, February 8 -
This week's Bring It Back(list) feature is "HEARTFAST", a Sensuous SciFi Series by Linda Mooney. Scroll below for all the details.







HEARTFAST 
Book 1 of the HeartFast Series 
by Linda Mooney

They are the Guardians, sixteen special men and women with incredible powers who have sworn their lives to the protection of their galaxy, while upholding the laws of their world.


It was a world that, eons ago, had suffered a devastating plague that had rendered more than half its population unable to reproduce. As a result, in order to assure the survival of their species, the HandFast law was enacted. Every month, twenty couples were drawn by lottery. Couples whose sole purpose would then be procreation, the continuation of the species. For the length of one year, two complete strangers would follow the edicts of the HandFast, until the woman conceived.  Once that was accomplished, the couple was no longer bound to each other, and they could go their separate ways while the child was given to a couple unable to bear children.

It was a cold and impersonal law, but it worked.

However, the Guardians were exempt from having their names drawn in the lottery.  The very nature of their jobs, risking their lives day in and day out to protect their galaxy, precluded any thought of bearing children.

Which was why, when StarLight and Master Hunter heard their names called out to be HandFasted, their neat, orderly lives were turned upside-down. Gone was the comfortable companionship they'd known. Gone was the brother-sister working relationship and the friendship.  

Now they would be forced into an intimacy neither had wanted,  nor expected.

Neither would they be prepared for the overwhelming passion they would find in each other's bodies, as well as in their hearts. 

And things would only get more complicated and dangerous. Because their names had been deliberately placed on the lottery, and the drawing had not been a fluke.  Instead, it was the first step in destroying their world and every Guardian living.

BUY LINK: https://lindamooney.com/HeartFast.htm 

PS - During the month of February, all 3 ebooks are just 99 cents each! (Available at all vendors and Linda's website.)



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DON'T MISS THIS INTERVIEW! 

Here Be Magic alumnus Veronica Scott interviewed our own Jenny Schwartz for the Amazing Stories website last week. Here's the link to check it out:

"Author Jenny Schwartz on Space Specters, the Allure of the Galactic Frontier and More


New Release by Jenny Schwartz
SPACE SPECTER
Interstellar Sheriff Book 3 

The Saloon Sector is the Federation’s official frontier, but beyond it lurks the Badstars. Bandits hide there. The Saloon Sector is Sheriff Max Smith’s territory. Since the revelation of his secret identity, life has changed for Max and Thelma. Their relationship is under increased pressure.

Admiral Astyages, newly appointed in command of the Frontier Fleet, manipulates them into joining a Navy expedition to map a safe route to the wormhole on the far side of the Badstars.

Alone in hostile territory and separated from their allies, Max and Thelma couldn’t be less prepared for their encounter with the legendary specters.

But it’s not the specters who’ll betray them.
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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Bring It Back(List) - HEARTFAST, a Sensuous SciFi Series by Linda Mooney

Posted by: Linda Mooney
During the month of February, all 3 ebooks are just 99 cents each! (Available at all vendors and my website.)

HEARTFAST 
Book 1 of the HeartFast Series
 


They are the Guardians, sixteen special men and women with incredible powers who have sworn their lives to the protection of their galaxy, while upholding the laws of their world.


It was a world that, eons ago, had suffered a devastating plague that had rendered more than half its population unable to reproduce. As a result, in order to assure the survival of their species, the HandFast law was enacted. Every month, twenty couples were drawn by lottery. Couples whose sole purpose would then be procreation, the continuation of the species. For the length of one year, two complete strangers would follow the edicts of the HandFast, until the woman conceived.  Once that was accomplished, the couple was no longer bound to each other, and they could go their separate ways while the child was given to a couple unable to bear children.

It was a cold and impersonal law, but it worked.

However, the Guardians were exempt from having their names drawn in the lottery.  The very nature of their jobs, risking their lives day in and day out to protect their galaxy, precluded any thought of bearing children.

Which was why, when StarLight and Master Hunter heard their names called out to be HandFasted, their neat, orderly lives were turned upside-down. Gone was the comfortable companionship they'd known. Gone was the brother-sister working relationship and the friendship.  

Now they would be forced into an intimacy neither had wanted,  nor expected.

Neither would they be prepared for the overwhelming passion they would find in each other's bodies, as well as in their hearts. 

And things would only get more complicated and dangerous. Because their names had been deliberately placed on the lottery, and the drawing had not been a fluke.  Instead, it was the first step in destroying their world and every Guardian living.

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HEARTCRYSTAL
Book 2 of the HeartFast Series

They are the Guardians.  Sixteen special men and women with incredible powers, who have sworn their lives to the protection of their galaxy, while upholding the laws of their world.

For Master Hunter and StarLight, it seems the worst is over.  With StarLight still recovering from her near-death experience with the Ombitra, they are ready to resume their lives as the first-ever married Guardian couple in history.  Ready for a new life filled with love and extraordinary passion.

But there are unknown perils when working in outer space.  There are dangers beyond description--unforeseeable events and catastrophes that can bring nightmares to any sane person.

They had sworn they would share a lifetime together.

The universe had other plans.

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HEARTSTORM
Book 3 of the HeartFast Series

They are the Guardians.  Seventeen special men and women with incredible powers, who have sworn their lives to the protection of their galaxy, while upholding the laws of their world.

With the birth of their daughter, StarLight and Master Hunter prepare themselves for their most difficult mission yet - as parents. Until a person from Star's past intervenes, bringing with him chaos and heartache.

Amid this turmoil, an old foe rises. An enemy the Guardians believed they had conquered. An enemy ready to strike again, now that all of Guardian Command is compromised.























Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Writing Advice - Character Goals

Posted by: Nicole Luiken


Characters need goals. This seems obvious, but it’s a weakness I often find in early drafts (including my own): characters wander around randomly or things happen to them but they never take action themselves.

Characters need large goals. Meaty goals that last the length of a book. These goals don’t have to be complicated. Often they are as simple as defeating the bad guy or staying alive. (Both usually.)

For a reader to invest in the outcome of a story, there needs to be something at stake, something bad that will happen or be lost if the goal isn’t achieved. What happens if the bad guy isn’t defeated? Does the world end? Do two countries go to war? Or is it something smaller, but deeply personal, for example the loss of a job/spouse/child/friend? (Note the loss can be death or something like the dissolution of a marriage.) Ask yourself if you can make the stakes higher.

Ideally, your book should have both public and private stakes. Often at the beginning of the story, the character may not know the full extent of the problem. Stakes may start small and personal, then get bigger. For example at the beginning of Spiderman: Far From Home Peter Parker’s goal is to date MJ. This remains his personal goal, but he’s quickly drawn into saving his classmates and the world from a monster.

Once your character has a concrete goal, they need to start taking steps to achieve it. Often this means breaking their goal down into little steps. In Spiderman: Far From Home Peter’s first small goal is to sit with MJ on the plane.

Characters need a goal in every scene—and the sooner you give them a goal the better. That way the reader immediately begins to wonder: will they achieve their goal or not.

This can be tricky when you as the author have a reason for the scene that is inobvious to the reader. Let’s say you need your character to have a conversation with the curmudgeon down the hall in order to drop in a clue that means nothing now, but will be important later. But your character has no reason to speak to the curmudgeon. How do you keep your reader from being bored and impatient during a random encounter in the hallway? By giving your character a small goal such as, don’t lose his temper or convince curmudgeon to feed her cat while she’s off on an adventure.

Sometimes characters achieve their goals and move onto the next step. Sometimes they fail and have to try again or set new goals. Either way, the hero’s course should become harder and harder as the novel accelerates towards the climax.
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