Month: August 2014

The Worst Advice On Prologues

Sage advice regarding prologues. I’ve never thought the prologue was the author’s best writing but only something that primes the pump. Most prologues can be integrated into the story piecemeal.

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Prologues:

Some people love them. Some people hate prologues. Some skip them. Agents don’t like them, apparently.

Personally, I don’t like prologues that have only tangential relevance to the story, and I don’t like infodumps. Some people love a good six page history lesson. Some people might love tangential prologues too, though I have never come across anyone who publicly stated it.

If a prologue is interesting and relevant, I have absolutely no problem with it. I have even written one or two.

This post is not really about the virtue of prologues. It is about the lack of virtue of a certain piece of advice related to them. It runs something like this:

A writer walks into a bar and says to the barman, “I want to keep my book’s prologue but, if I do, my book will never get an agent. Prologues have gone out of fashion like the letter thorn.”

The barman scratches his head…

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Book Release: Elemental Earth by Harmony Kent

3D-Book cover Elemental EarthToday is the fourth stop of the exciting blog tour week for the release of “Elemental Earth” by Harmony Kent. Take it away Harmony!

HARMONY KENT

On the first and second days of this blog tour, I shared my journey with you, and how I overcame trauma and life-changing injury to become the writer I am today.

On the third day of the tour, I showed some of my writing process, and how my first book ‘The Battle for Brisingamen’ was born.

In today’s post, I would like to continue the insight into my writing journey with an inside look at ‘The Glade’ and how I grew as a writer.

For links to my other blog stops, please check out my author page at 4Wills Author Page.

It took me eight months to write and publish ‘The Battle for Brisingamen’, and six months to write and publish ‘The Glade’. It was then a further eight months until my third, and latest, book was published: Elemental Earth, which happens to be my first Young Adult book.

As I said in yesterday’s post, the ideas for ‘The Glade’ were waiting to pounce on me and hijack my brain as soon as I’d finished ‘The Battle for Brisingamen’. It was in researching geographical information on the Forest of Dean, in the UK, that I came across stories about the ‘Standing Stone’. This immediately caught my imagination, and became the focal point of the whole book. I also found myself researching ley lines and other ‘mystical’ things along the way.

march14 altI did take some liberties with the truth, as anybody who knows the forest will tell you. The Standing Stone is actually situated right next to a busy road, which cuts through the forest. That’s the great thing about making things up for a living: I can get away with murder! (Literally!) In ‘The Glade’, I moved the stone to a secluded area of the forest, away from civilisation. I also linked a ley line ‘cross’ to the spot where the stone stood.

This book is a classic Good versus Evil scenario, with a few twists. I particularly enjoyed writing about one of the female antagonists, who has been described as ‘a memorable villain’, which delighted me. I can’t give her name here, as that would give too much away!

I like to listen to music when I write, usually soundtrack scores (without lyrics). I wrote ‘The Battle for Brisingamen’ listening to The Twilight scores. ‘The Glade’ and ‘Elemental Earth’ were both written to a mix of The Twilight, Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones scores. My best time of day for writing is the evening, or the early hours—when I should be in bed sleeping!

During the writing of all three books, I have had many other things to deal with, both medical and personal. I believe that being able to sit and create helped keep me sane. It also gave me a purpose. If you’re interested in finding out more, please come and find me on tomorrow’s blog stop.

You can find links to my other blog stops here: 4Wills Author Page.

For more on my books, see below:

The Glade Front Cover with BRAG MedallionThe Glade

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense.

You are being arrested for the murder of your husband …You have a secret you can’t tell …The evil is gathering …

The Wenstrops have it all: health, wealth and happiness. But then it all begins to fall apart. Helen is arrested for murder, yet is either unable or unwilling to give a defence. During her detention, vital evidence goes mysteriously missing and tensions are running high. Helen finds herself surrounded and yet alone: not knowing who she can trust or how she can tell her enemies from her friends. Helen has to work through her self-doubts and fears, in order to know whether her suspicions and misgivings are valid or simply products of an overwrought mind. There are those who would like to encourage her confusion, and those who would help her – but how to know one from the other? And then there are those who actively mean her harm. Meanwhile, malignant forces in the forest are gathering power, ready for a final assault. Helen finds herself in a battle of life and death, and faces having to lose everything in her attempts to thwart the evil that has insinuated itself into her very existence – but is she ready to make the ultimate sacrifice?

This sensational second novel by acclaimed author Harmony Kent will have you alternately laughing, crying and gripping the edge of your seat as this roller coaster ride of a plot unfolds. It will keep you guessing through its many twists and turns, and hijack your attention right up until you turn the final page. This book has it all: murder, intrigue, the supernatural, a broken marriage, a love affair, courage against impossible odds, suspense, and high drama.

The Glade is an IndieB.R.A.G.Medallion honoree!

New Cover with new AIA badgeThe Battle for Brisingamen

Fantasy Fiction

There is a World not too Far Away …

Beneath the north sea a land of magic lies undetected. The lives of many are drawn inexorably closer together in a race against time, as both energy companies and evil beings attempt to destroy the magic which is protecting not just this land but all worlds. The unwitting protagonists have no idea of how suddenly and irrevocably their lives are about to change.

It is a race against time to try and recover the lost necklace, Brisingamen, which holds the ancient power of the Goddess Freya, and to prevent the undersea drilling from taking place. Are Aart, Matthias, Gemma and Dirck up to the challenges they now must face?

Here there be Dragons, and all manner of Creatures …

Elemental Earth (Book 1 of The Mysteries)

Young Adult Fantasy Fiction

“You turned the god of gnomes into a garden ornament?”

Sarah looked closely, but couldn’t tell if her dad was annoyed or amused—perhaps he was both …

Whilst 15 year old Sarah may be struggling to regain her feet, after being ripped from her everyday mundane life and ending up in a whole new dimension, she still knows how to have a bit of fun along the way. The Earth Elemental isn’t the only one whose feathers she manages to ruffle, and it’s only been four days. Meanwhile, her best friend is missing, and big trouble is brewing. She soon has a lot more to worry about than what happened to her phone or iPod, or even how much of an idiot Caleb obviously thinks she is.

Elemental Earth is the first book in The Mysteries series, and is aimed at Young Adults. Even if you’ve already reached an age where the young ones might call you ‘old enough’, if you’re still young at heart then you’re bound to enjoy these books just as much as the next—err—younger adult.

Age aside, perhaps we should be more worried about what further havoc Sarah’s antics might be about to wreak on the universe as we know it? We’d probably all be sleeping a lot more soundly if she’d only stuck to applied maths and the odd pillow fight. But no, sadly the lure of the proverbial rabbit hole proved just a tad too much. And now she’s taken the plunge, there’s no turning back.

Look out for tweets @harmony_kent, and follow my blog: http://harmonykent.co.uk to keep up to date with new book releases, promos, cover reveals and sneak peeks. Feel free to connect—I’d love to hear from you.

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