My catalog now has hardcopy editions

I have released hardcopy editions of my entire catalog. Books included are Pinned! An Injustice in Kentucky, Stains on The Gavel, The Red Road to Hades, The Boy in The Bin and A Cauldron of Spirits. All are available at Amazon.com and Barnes/Noble websites.

New Books at StarShow Publications

Just a quick blog to let you know that I have added 2 new books to StarShow Publications catalog.

A Cauldron of Spirits is a collection of short stories that I have written over the last 30 years. Subject matter includes a little fantasy, a little horror and a little spiritualism.

Awesome Appetizers is the second book in the series ‘Too Good Not To Eat’. This book presents appetizers anyone can make for their social gathering.

I have also released hardcopy versions of my four novels. These include Pinned, Stains on The Gavel, The Red Road to Hades and The Boy in The Bin. Check them both out at StarShow Publications

The need for Dynamic Pacing in a story

Ever watched a movie that was so packed full of non-stop action it left you feeling breathless? Exhilarated, maybe… but disconnected from the characters – unable to learn much about them amidst the constant stream of explosions, car chases and death-defying peril?

Or have you ever read a story where the author droned on for so long about their characters’ thoughts, feelings, family history, and childhood until you thought please… please just let something – anything – happen?

If so, you’ve more than likely encountered a problem with pacing.

Pacing refers to the momentum of a story. There are times we want the reader frantically turning pages because there’s so much high-energy action, and there are times when we want to slow down the story – to let the reader sink into the prose like they would a warm, soothing bath.

Keeping the brain engaged requires a consistent mixture of these – like a rollercoaster ride. Take the reader slowly up to the top and then slam them down the other side, through blinding loops and breakneck corners… and then slow them back down again in preparation for the next dose of action.

A good story has a mix of fast-paced and slow-paced sections. This variety helps us generate tension, build anticipation, develop our characters, insert descriptions, drive the plot forward and— above all – maintain our reader’s interest.