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Are you guilty of Cinema Sins?

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Lately, I have been watching videos on Youtube from a couple of guys that call themselves Cinema Sins. They have a few different types of videos, but the ones I’ve been watching are about what is wrong with movies, along the lines of plot holes, lame characters, lack of logic and believability, and continuity mistakes. They are titled “Everything Wrong With [insert movie title here]”.

You might be wondering why I would want to watch these videos. After all, who wants to see their favourite movies being torn to shreds, right? Well, from an author’s point of view, it can be a very useful tool. In a lot of books and blogs I have read on how to be a good writer, one of the things they tell us is to read some bad stories and watch some bad movies to see what not to do. We need to see where these authors and screenwriters went wrong, so we don’t repeat those mistakes.

So, even for some of the movies that I liked, I watched the Sins being listed. Even some of the best movies have some flaws.

After watching some of these videos, I was in that mindset and started to look to my WIP (work in progress) and could see some things that needed fixing. Just little things. For an example, say your main character is holding something in their hand when something bad happens, like the “bad guy” enters the room and pulls your main character into another room and she responds by knocking him out with a roundhouse kick (or something), you need to make sure that she is either still holding the item, or you have explained where it went.

I haven’t found any major flaws, thankfully, but I think this is a good piece of advice to other authors out there. You need to take an objective look at your work and not be afraid to pick out the “sins” – for your own good. Any flaws or plot holes will only hurt your novel and your sales, so it is better to find them now and kill them.

So, check out Cinema Sins on Youtube.com for yourself.

Note. Some of the “sins” aren’t really sins – they have a bit of fun with it all, like when they say “This scene does not contain a lap dance” and count it as a sin. Also, be warned, they use the “F” word a lot, but beep it out.

I recommend you try this and see if it helps you.

Yoda he thinks he is

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A book that I read recently had a character in it that spoke in that backward way that Yoda does in the Star Wars saga. He was an eccentric wizard who lived inside a mountain and had many quirky characteristics, but the backward speech just didn’t cut it. I think the only being in the universe that can get away with something so annoying is Yoda himself.

I could see where the author was coming from. She was trying to make him more interesting and eccentric, but it just didn’t happen. He was hard to understand and it just made him sound really dumb, when he was a really intelligent man.

My advice to any author who is contemplating this same thing: DON’T. Just don’t.

Revising Tamisan

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I haven’t posted anything on here in a long time. Life has really gotten in the way of everything lately. I’m hoping to change that and put more time into writing and blogging and marketing.

Although TAMISAN is already published, I am revising it and changing it around to be in the first person. I will re-release it as soon as it’s done and will post the news here.

Review for Brightest Kind of Darkness

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By PT Michelle

Unique Ability

Nara Collins is unique. Every night, she dreams what will happen in her life the next day. It is handy to know when you will trip over something or the answers to the questions in an upcoming test. She doesn’t usually do anything major to change things, but when lives are at risk, she can’t just stand by and let it happen. So she saves them.

Then her powers start to fail her and she meets Ethan Harris. He is a mystery to her and her friend is telling her to stay away from him. She needs to find out more about him and if the rumours are true.

This story is one that draws you in and has you wondering about Nara’s powers and what Ethan’s story is, but the thing I loved was the intensity of the relationship between them. And once you think you have him worked out, he does something to throw you off again.

The mystery deepens, even as the book comes to an end, and it will leave you wanting to grab the next book in the series, Lucid. Then you’ll want to get hold of the prequel, Ethan, which tells the story from Ethan’s point of view of when they meet. You can read it before or after Book 1, but I recommend reading it afterwards.

I loved all three of these books.

Don’t worry, the next one is due out in 2013. Destiny is Book 3 in the series and I can’t wait to read it.

It’s available on Amazon right now and the Kindle version is free!

Go to http://tinyurl.com/kbm4gmh

5 out of 5 stars

Excerpt from “Tamisan (Tamisan Book 1)”

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‘“Hi…” was all I managed to say. I was looking directly at Darion, looking straight into his blue eyes, and it was making me come undone. To finally meet him after so long was just so unbelievable. I’d been waiting for what seemed like forever and I was starting to think that it would never happen.

He was smiling. It was harder to see him clearly in the glow from the lamp, but my eyes adjusted quickly to the light and the shadows that were being cast across his face. I could see that it was a genuine smile, like he was happy to see me, too.

He was tall – taller than the other two men that stood either side of him – and fairly slim, but not skinny. He had short brown hair that was kind of messy on top. I managed not to giggle at the sight of them wearing loin cloths with a wide strip of fur that went across the front of their bodies and over one shoulder. I guessed they could probably pass for locals, but if you looked closely, you could see that they were different.

“Hi yourself!” he laughed, and he stepped forward to greet me.

I didn’t know what to do – should I shake his hand or just stand there? I felt nervous, like a shy schoolgirl. What should I do? What was he expecting me to do? I felt silly. I wanted to just fall into his arms, but maybe I should just give him a quick hug or a handshake or should I give him a nod or a wave?

“What took you so long?” he laughed.

“Well, there was this…” My voice trailed off as I realised that he was just joking.

I took another step toward him and we just stood there, looking into each other’s eyes. His eyes were a vivid shade of blue. Such a beautiful colour. I needed to do something, not stare at his eye colour.

I could feel the tension within me. Feel the adrenalin pumping through my body. Even though it was a warm, humid evening, I started to shiver. I noticed that my breathing was shallow and tried to force myself to take deeper breaths.

The other two men stood watching us, though I was hardly aware of their presence. Darion seemed to have forgotten them too.

“So,” he began.

“So,” I said.

“So we meet at last…”

I was a mess. Emotions raged within me, wreaking havoc. I couldn’t speak. What was wrong with me? Why was I just standing and gawking at him like an idiot? I felt like squirming on the spot and it took all my effort not to fiddle or shift my feet in the leaf mulch on the ground. What should I do? I searched for an answer in his blue eyes.

He stopped torturing me and took another step forward, wrapping both arms around me. Relief flooded over me as I fell into them and held him tight. I could feel the tears welling up in my eyes. It was so good to be holding him at last and it was comforting to be in his strong embrace after all that had happened. I didn’t know how long we stood and just held each other. I was a sponge, just soaking him in.

Sucking in long, deep breaths, I realised that I was standing there with my eyes closed, but I didn’t care. I didn’t want to see the jungle anymore anyway. Tears started to roll down my cheeks as I laid my head on his chest.

Then my knees started to buckle and my arms became almost too weak to hold him, but he held me close. “It’s okay,” he whispered.’

– Tamisan is available at Amazon.com and Smashwords.com for $2.99USD.

Description:

This is Book 1 in the Tamisan Series.
They transferred my consciousness into the body of an alien without my knowledge or permission. I woke up like this. Don’t worry, I’m not small and green with large black eyes or anything. I still look human. It’s just that I can now breathe underwater and I have these cool psychic abilities like telepathy and telekinesis.
When I found myself in this situation, I quickly realised that the scientist that did this to me – Dr Starrick – was crazy. I was trapped in an underground base on the planet, Althar 3, so I escaped. Problem was, I escaped into the jungle. Maybe that wasn’t smart, but I had to get out of there. After dodging dinosaurs, I was poisoned by a plant that made me hallucinate and captured by slave traders.
The only one who could help me was a Telepath named Darion. He helped me get rid of the poison in my body using my new abilities, but I had to stay with the slave traders because it was safer than wandering through the jungle alone.
Darion worked in the other underground base on the planet and he was coming to rescue me. The only problem was, I didn’t know where I was, and Dr Starrick was looking for me too.

Approximately 124,000 words. Paranormal/Romance with a bit of Sci-fi thrown in.