Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Grammar Guru- Using Adjectives

Welcome to Inside the Publishing World. Today I have some more grammar tips for authors from Grammar Guru, Terry Deighton.

The order of adjectives in a sentence. Generally, in English the order is:

Quantity or number
Quality or opinion
Size
Age
Shape
Color
Proper adjective (nationality, other place of origin, or material)
Purpose or qualifier

With all those adjectives floating around how do you get the comma placements right?

The comma rule comes down to the difference between two kinds of adjectives: coordinate adjectives and cumulative adjectives. Coordinate adjectives are adjectives in a row that each separately modify the noun that follows such as heavy, bulky box. You can rearrange the adjectives too as is bulky, heavy box.

Cumulative adjectives don't separately modify the noun. The adjective right before the noun pairs with the noun as a unit. The adjective modifies the unit.

An example- In the phrase "exquisite custom houseboat," "custom" modifies "houseboat." They become a unit, and then "exquisite" modifies "custom houseboat." Here you can't rearrange the adjectives as we did for "heavy, bulky box." "Custom exquisite houseboat" is awkward, and it's awkward precisely because you can't rearrange the cumulative adjectives.

Use a comma if you can put "and" between the adjectives.

About Terry Deighton
Terry Deighton lives in Washington, the state not D.C., with her husband, Al. Their six children are grown and gone, and pets tend to complicate life. When she is not visiting her children and grandchildren, writing and revising, again and again, she works as a substitute teacher.

Friday, November 2, 2018

YA Friday! Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve


Today's YA Friday choice is brought to you because of a movie trailer. Perhaps if you've been to the movies lately you've seen the one about a big city rolling around on wheels? I couldn't help but be intrigued when it mentioned it was based on the book Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve. I'm a sucker for snatching the book up before seeing the film. I downloaded the Kindle copy right in the the theater.

The Story-
Tom is a junior historian in the city of London. It is a thousand years since humanity almost destroyed itself in a sixty minute war, and now all cities are built on huge traction machines that roll over the earth and snatch up smaller traction cities.

Tom is sent down to the guts to look for artifacts after London eats a mining town. While there he is surprised to see his idol, Valentine, head historian and archaeologist of London. Things turn bad when one of the mining town survivors charges Valentine and tries to kill him. Tom runs after the villain, amazed to see that it is a young woman with a scar down the side of her face and a missing eye.

Through different means, they both end up expelled from the city and for the first time Tom finds himself on real ground. Together Tom and Hester try to find their way back to London, Hester to finish her murder and Tom just to get home. However, along the journey Tom learns the truth about his idol Valentine and the ugliness of living in a city eat city world.

My Thoughts-
This book scores points for originality. The idea of an entire city, as big as London, rolling around on traction wheels and getting their supplies by eating up lesser cities and stripping them bare, blows my mind. I honestly would not have been able to picture it if it hadn't been for the movie trailer. Whether it is in any way realistic is another story, but since this is a fantasy/dystopian novel, I'll let it roll.

Let's talk about our main characters, there is actually a quad, Tom and Hester and then Katherine (Valentine's daughter) and Bevis (a junior engineer). Tom and Hester are working their way back to London, discovering flying airships and other mini cities along the way. They also learn of the resistance movement against traction cities. Katherine and Bevis both live in London. Katherine is disillusioned by facts she finds out about her father and Bevis knows the secrets of the engineers and the robots and deadly weapon that are being built. Together they try from within London to stop the insane mayor from destroying the world.

The plot is full of twists and turns and as a reader I was eager to find out what the world was like that Hester and Tom lived in. It was also interesting to see technology from our current day have such an impact in the future. There is great tension and build up and the ending scenes are full of action. I enjoyed my ride through this novel. However, I felt as if something were missing. Tom and Hester are great characters, but there is nothing very special about them. I wanted there to be something that only Hester or Tom could accomplish that would save the city or world. Some type of hidden hero archetype or unknown skill that surfaces. I needed to feel that this same adventure could not have happened to any other two kids.

So, overall I recommend this book for its originality and action and I'm giving it 4 stars!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Grammar Guru- Introductory Phrases

Let's see what Grammar Guru Terry Deighton has to say about Introductory Phrases in this weeks grammar tip for writers.

An introductory adjective phrase has to modify or describe the subject of the sentence. Watch those gerunds (a verb that functions as a noun and ends in -ing)

Wrong- Walking through the woods, the trees were magnificent.

What? The trees were walking?

Right- Walking through the woods, Crystal marveled at the magnificent trees.

About Terry Deighton
Terry Deighton lives in Washington, the state not D.C., with her husband, Al. Their six children are grown and gone, and pets tend to complicate life. When she is not visiting her children and grandchildren, writing and revising, again and again, she works as a substitute teacher.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Dungeons & Dragons: To Catch a Thief: An Endless Quest Book


Welcome to Middle Grade Monday! Today I am reviewing one of the new Endless Quest Books, To Catch a Thief, by Matt Forbeck. Basically, a choose your own adventure book in the Dungeons and Dragons world.

The Story-
You are a young thief in Waterdeep and that night you pick the pocket of the wrong person. Instead of prison, you are given the chance to help find a lost griffon's egg that a Beholder guards. What will you do?

My Thoughts-
This book was classic fun. As a kid I loved choose your own adventure books, and this one is right on par. There are tons of different outcomes and I eagerly went back to the beginning time and again to find the different endings. Because this is written on a child's level, it is a tame version of Dungeons and Dragons, but it still includes well known characters and magic.

I recommend getting the book as a paper/hard copy, because I did it on my Ipad and it wasn't as cool as turning the pages. I'm giving it 4 stars. Though not a lit masterpiece, it is tons of fun and well done.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Your Favorite Horror Novels Revealed



Thank you to everyone for sharing your favorite horror novels. I have to admit I stopped reading horror novels in my pre-teens. I got too many nightmares. Of all that were mentioned the only one I've read is The Stand by Stephen King.

So, here are the contenders:

The Haunting of Hill House
Fun House from Dean Koontz
Stephen King's The Shining
"The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories" by H.P. Lovecraft
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Turn of the Screw
 I am Legend
 It
Carrie
The Terror and Drood, both by Dan Simmons
 "Hop Frog" - Edgar Allen Poe
Dracula

Of all those mentioned the only one that got multiple votes was The Shining by Stephen King.
The randomly picked winner is Whitney M. who submitted I am Legend via Facebook. Congrats Whitney M.

Friday, October 26, 2018

YA Cover Reveal- Analiese Rising by Brenda Drake



Analiese Rising 
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: January 8th 2019
Entangled Teen

Summary:

When a stranger gives Analiese Jordan a list of names before he dies, the last thing she expects to see is her own on it. Not. Cool. Her search for answers leads to the man’s grandson, Marek, who has dangerous secrets of his own. Both are determined to unlock the mystery of the list. 

But the truth is deadly. Analiese is a descendant of the God of Death, known as a Riser, with the power to raise the dead and control them. Finding out she has hidden powers? Cool. Finding out she turns corpses into killers? No, thank you.

Now the trail plants her and Marek in the middle of a war between gods who apparently want to raise an army of the Risen, and Analiese must figure out how to save the world—from herself.


Pre-Order a copy HERE!

About the Author
Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother's animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. With kids of all ages populating Brenda's world, it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical for both younger readers and the young at heart. And because she married her prince charming, there's always a romance warming the pages. Her favorite books are The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Kings Row by Henry Bellamann, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. When she's not writing, she hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. In her free time, Brenda enjoys hanging out with her family, haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or just reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Halloween Book Giveaway!

 What's your favorite Horror Novel?


Tell me what your favorite Horror novel is in honor of the upcoming Halloween Holiday. Just leave a comment. This contest is running concurrently on my Facebook Author Page, FB page, and Twitter page. You may leave a comment on any of them. I will randomly choose one lucky winner to receive their choice of either 1. the book they listed as their favorite or 2. the book that the most people mentioned.

You must be 13+ to enter living in the US or Canada. No purchase needed. Void where prohibited. Contests runs through Friday, Nov. 26 midnight PCT. Winner will be announced Saturday. Good luck!