Author: Mary Buckham

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Evocative Description, Character, Dialogue, Foreshadowing and Where to Use Hooks - Writing Active Hooks Book 2

Evocative Description, Character, Dialogue, Foreshadowing and Where to Use Hooks
  • Number: B00UO5H1OY
  • Release: 2015-04-18
  • Author: Mary Buckham
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Publishing: Writing & Publishing
  • Publisher: Cantwell Publishing, LLC
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Read this sentence: Kill the puppy.

Do you know what hooks are present? How many hooks? If you don't -- you need this book.

Every story needs hooks. The best writers know how and where to create them to keep the reader turning the pages. Do you? 

Within this book you'll learn:

Four of the most universal of hooks to use, regardless of what you write. How and where hooks MUST be applied throughout your novel. Why, even with a great plot, theme or story, writers miss creating a compelling novel. Where some writers miss the boat by not understanding the power of hooks. Concrete, actions to improve YOUR writing. Great novels don't happen by accident.

Understanding how to compel a reader to keep reading doesn't happen by accident.

Powerful writing--no matter what you write--doesn't happen by accident.

Want to create page-turning novels? If not - ignore this book.


Break Into Fiction® - 11 Steps To Building A Powerful Story

Break Into Fiction® - 11 Steps To Building A Powerful Story
  • Number: B00TKP8VNE
  • Release: 2015-02-23
  • Authors: Dianna Love, Mary Buckham
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Publishing: Writing & Publishing
  • Publisher: Silver Hawk Press LLC
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Getting a book published is hard enough, but what about building a loyal reader base? It’s been said that nothing sells a book – to an editor or a reader – faster than a great story.

Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser (write by the seat of your pants), Break Into Fiction® is the book that will help you find the weak spots (sagging middles, unlikeable characters, slow pacing and more) in your fiction stories. Editing is key to any story, but it starts with the author. Writing fast means nothing if the final story isn’t sound. But the sooner you grasp the power points for a story, the faster you’ll be able to build a strong backlist. Now you have a way to improve your writing one easy step at a time.

Written by a New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelists, Break Into Fiction® is a workshop-in-a-book and the one resource all writers need to master the art of fiction. This book is based on the popular workshops Mary Buckham and Dianna Love taught in the US and internationally to beginning writers, multi-published authors and even a Pulitzer Prize winner.

Their innovative method shows writers how to create stories of depth, excitement, and emotion with:

• Easy-to-understand templates that guide the new writer through building a novel and show more experienced writers how to deepen a plot and take a first draft to the next level much more quickly

• Reference examples from strongly-plotted popular genre films of suspense, classics, children, and romance

• Simple worksheets to build a strong story through Character-Driven™ plotting for any genre

• Troubleshooting tips that reveal how to find and fix holes that weaken the plot

• Insights from best-selling novelists representing a variety of fiction genres

• A bonus dialogue guide that reveals how to make a character come alive through conversation.

Break Into Fiction® is here to help aspiring-to-bestselling authors with a step-by-step guide!


Invisible Journey - Invisible Recruits Alex, #4

Invisible Journey
  • Number: B00TEFXUWM
  • Release: 2015-02-08
  • Author: Mary Buckham
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR, * Romantic Suspense, Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
  • Publisher: Cantwell Publishing, LLC
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The Underworld screws even a good plan and this one didn’t start out good.

Half-witch/half-shaman Alex Noziak must lead two fellow Invisible Recruit agents deep into the Underworld to track a powerful demon who rules his realm with a bloody fist and has kidnapped a teenage Seer. The team faced this demon leader once before and the result was devastating. Now? The odds are far worse this time. Alex and her team must stop the demon before he forces the Seer to open a portal, which will unleash the Seekers to wreak vengeance on humans and take possession of the mortal world. Everyone faces sacrifice, but this time Alex stands to lose.


Invisible Secrets - Invisible Recruits Kelly McAllister, #2

Invisible Secrets
  • Number: B00P3H804S
  • Release: 2014-11-20
  • Author: Mary Buckham
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR, Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
  • Publisher: Cantwell Publishing, LLC
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Kelly McAllister has a chance to uncover her true identity but only if she manages to shield a secret that threatens to destroy her IR team. On a new assignment she and sexy shifter Van Noziak are at cross purposes when Kelly becomes the unwitting protector of a teenage Seer that Noziak has been ordered to capture. Now Kelly faces a choice of protecting Van or stopping a powerful predator determined to manipulate a Seer with the ability to destroy the world.


Action, Emotion, Surprise and More - Writing Active Hooks Book 1

Action, Emotion, Surprise and More
  • Number: B00MU9R1HE
  • Release: 2014-10-03
  • Author: Mary Buckham
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Publishing: Writing & Publishing
  • Publisher: Cantwell Publishing, LLC
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Many writers have heard of hooks, and have heard we should use them in our manuscripts as a tool to engage readers and keep them engaged, but what we’re not told is how to identify what a hook is or where to use them to maximize them other than in that key opening line.

In this book we’ll look at five specific types of hooks. There are more, but these are the most common, and the most universal, which means by understanding how to craft them, most readers will respond to them. Some will resonate more with you than others. That’s true with all readers, too. The important element to remember is to use hooks wisely and judiciously through your manuscript and to understand their intent.

Why? Because hooks help guide your reader deeper and deeper into your book. They are road signs that intentionally entice and direct them to turn the page and keep reading.

The intention of the first line of your book is to get the second line read. The intention of the second line is to compel the reader to read until the end of the first paragraph. The intention of the first paragraph is to get the first page read. The intention of the end of the first page is to get your reader to turn the page and keep going.

But it doesn’t stop there. The intention of the end of a chapter or scene is to compel the reader to keep reading, at least begin the next scene or chapter where you thread in hooks. The intention of the end of your book is to entice the reader to pick up the next book in the series or, if you’re writing a stand alone or single title book, to feel compelled to find more of your books or find out about you as an author.

The strongest hooks raise questions or reactions in a reader. A reaction, whether reluctant or not, is subconsciously drawn that makes the reader want to discover more. It’s not the kinds of questions raised that will take the reader to the end of the book to discover the answers, though some may have elements of that included. No, it’s smaller increments of curiosity we’re raising with our word choices and strategic use of hooks. We’re seeking the kinds of responses that pay off for both reader and author.


Invisible Fears - Invisible Recruits Kelly McAllister, #1

Invisible Fears
  • Number: B00L1UGAQQ
  • Release: 2014-06-16
  • Author: Mary Buckham
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR, * Romantic Suspense, Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
  • Publisher: Cantwell Publishing, LLC
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He’s a preternatural fighting for the humans.

She's a human fighting for the preternaturals.

Kelly McAllister’s Invisible Recruit mission in Sierra Leone is to locate and secure a threat to humans and preternaturals. Van Noziak is also there, with his own secret mission, one that’s on a collision course with Kelly’s. In deepest Africa the race against a deadly bloom reveals secrets, exposes fears, and forces unlikely alliances.


Invisible Fate - Invisible Recruits Alex, #3

Invisible Fate
  • Number: B00ISE8UCA
  • Release: 2014-03-03
  • Author: Mary Buckham
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR, * Romantic Suspense, Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
  • Publisher: Cantwell Publishing, LLC
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Novel three in the paranormal romantic Suspense series, featuring Alex Noziak and the team members of the Invisible Recruits Agency

Forced to choose, will dark magic be the only path.

Hidden from a world unaware of magic, a recently and only partially trained group of operatives known as the Invisible Recruits are the only ones willing to stand between mankind and those powerful preternatural factions seeking to change the balance of power and gain world domination.

Alex Noziak, part/witch, part/shaman, is imprisoned by a powerful Druid bent on changing her into a black-magic portal to release a three thousand year-old demon on the world. By trying to shield a juvenile witch from the Druid, Alex places the lives of her IR teammates in jeopardy.Her relationship with Bran is in turmoil, making him the last man she'll turn to . . . but the only one who can help her. Alex is placed between watching Bran die or saving the world. Choices. Choices.

USA Today Bestselling author, Mary Buckham throws her readers into a world of danger, explosive conflict and dark magic as the team learns to fight the dark paranormal forces out to overthrow the world of humans.


Writing Active Setting - The Complete How-to Guide with Bonus Section on Hooks, Volume 4

Writing Active Setting
  • Number: 9781939210173
  • Release: 2014-02-05
  • Author: Mary Buckham
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Publishing: Writing & Publishing
  • Publisher: Cantwell Publishing, LLC
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Now get all three books of the WRITING ACTIVE SETTING series together, plus a bonus additional section on HOOKS!

Have you tried to take your writing skills to the next level but don’t know where to begin?

Do you dread the thought of writing narrative description because as a reader you skip over it when you read novels?

Or are you a writer who ignores Setting description totally in your novel writing—but know your story needs it? You just don’t know where.

Active Setting, explained in comprehensible bites with clear examples from a variety of published authors can help YOU breakthrough with your writing skills.

Readers usually remember the plot and characters of a story, but setting is every bit as important in creating a memorable world. Novel writing can be enjoyable once you’ve mastered a few of the writing skills necessary to bring a story to life.

If you’re tired of your Setting descriptions being ho-hum and are ready to create a compelling story world, regardless of what you write, or your current level of writing skills, keep reading.

In the WRITING ACTIVE SETTING series you will:

Discover the difference between Ordinary Setting that bogs down your story, and Active Setting that empowers your story. See how to spin boring descriptions into engaging prose. Learn to deepen the reader's experience of your story world through sensory details. Notice how changing characters’ POV can change your setting. Explore ways to maximize the setting possibilities in your story. Learn to use Setting to quickly anchor the reader into the world of your story. Use Setting as movement through space effectively. Explore Setting in a series. Learn the most common Setting pitfalls.

These books go straight to the point, putting theory in plain language, adding examples from authors in a variety of genres, and finishes each section with exercises designed to help you work with your Setting in a way that will excite you. . .and your readers!


Invisible Power - Invisible Recruits Alex, #2

Invisible Power
  • Number: B00E0R3BS2
  • Release: 2013-07-18
  • Author: Mary Buckham
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR, * Romantic Suspense, Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
  • Publisher: Cantwell Publishing, LLC
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If she wins he’ll lose his freedom. If he wins she’ll watch her brother die.

In a world of paranormal activity, dark magic, wizards and witches, sworn enemies and former lovers must hunt the same enemy with different agendas. Alex Noziak, part-witch; part-shaman must save her brother before warlock Bran eliminates the only man who knows where her brother is hidden.

But when Alex has a chance to save her brother and capture the Weres who held him hostage, disaster happens.

This second book in the paranormal urban fantasy series finds the romantic suspense duo of witch-born Alex and powerful warlock Bran in an increasingly dangerous world of demons, Weres, shifters and fragile humans. This tale is taut with emotional relationships between lovers, family, and friends. Paced like a paranormal thriller, peopled with shamans, dark magic, demons and shifters, jump into a story about betrayal, magic and hard choices.


Invisible Magic - Invisible Recruits Alex, #1

Invisible Magic
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: B00BN4K9VC
  • Release: 2013-02-28
  • Author: Mary Buckham
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR, * Romantic Suspense, Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
  • Publisher: Cantwell Publishing, LLC
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Hidden from a world unaware of magic, a recently and only partially trained group of operatives known as the Invisible Recruits are the only ones willing to stand between mankind and those powerful preternatural factions seeking to change the balance of power and gain world domination.

Alex Noziak, part witch/part shaman, anticipates facing dangerous preternaturals out for blood . . not fashion week. But when the rookie agent is sent undercover to find out who, or what, is behind a series of world-wide thefts of top-secret intelligence, Alex tangles with the Seekers.

Seekers hunt gifted human individuals like Alex and her squad whose rare powers can keep the balance between human and nonhuman squarely on the side of the humans. Her simple assignment turns into a battle of survival for everyone involved when she crosses Bran, a mysterious warlock, who might be her only ally or worst enemy.

To save the innocent, Alex must call upon her untested abilities, but at what cost?


Book Library

  • Evocative Description, Character, Dialogue, Foreshadowing and Where to Use Hooks Evocative Description, Character, Dialogue, Foreshadowing and Where to Use Hooks
  • Break Into Fiction® - 11 Steps To Building A Powerful Story Break Into Fiction® - 11 Steps To Building A Powerful Story
  • Invisible Journey Invisible Journey
  • Invisible Secrets Invisible Secrets
  • Action, Emotion, Surprise and More Action, Emotion, Surprise and More
  • Invisible Fears Invisible Fears
  • Invisible Fate Invisible Fate
  • Writing Active Setting Writing Active Setting
  • Invisible Power Invisible Power
  • Invisible Magic Invisible Magic