Thursday, June 8, 2017

Want Perfect Prose? Try Brenda Sparks’ Helpful Solution #AuthorLove

Thank you for hosting me on your blog, Mia. I'm excited to be here. The writing tip I'd like to share is my favorite editing advice.

After I do revisions and a round of copy edits, I do one last step before submitting the story to my publisher. I copy the manuscript into a reading program and have the story read to me. It is amazing how many things you will catch when someone else is reading it. I've found typos, grammatical errors, and even content errors during the reading phase of edits.

There are lots of free reader programs out there. I personally use Natural Reader, but there are many others. Any text to speak program should do. Happy writing!
Brenda Sparks has always loved all things spooky and enjoys incorporating paranormal elements in her writing. She refuses to allow pesky human constraints to get in the way of telling the story. Luckily the only thing limiting her stories is her imagination. Her characters are strong, courageous, and she adores spending time with them in their imaginary world.
Her idea of a perfect day is one spent in front of a computer with a hot cup of coffee, her fingers flying over the keys to send her characters off on their latest adventure.

 Brenda Sparks’ novel, Alpha Lover, a Hot Paranormal Romance, is currently on sale. Here’s its blurb.

Starved for blood, vampire, Nicholai Peterhof is greatly relieved when two tourists, in Russia for the Christmas holiday, decide to grace his restaurant, but one sip from the pretty brunette and his world is forever turned upside down. Juliette Staint-John is everything he could have asked for in a heartmate; pretty, smart, built with curves in all the right places…and totally unavailable.

Juliette doesn’t want anything to do with the handsome, young-looking Nicholai. As if their differences aren’t enough, the acute grief over the loss of loved ones keeps her heart guarded. He may be her fantasy, but that’s all he can ever be.

To get past Juliette’s defenses and in order to keep her safe, Nicholai must prove himself worthy of her love and trust. Unbeknownst to the couple, her personal demons are not the only ones threatening their relationship. Hiding virtually unseen by the vampires, Demon Royalty plots to destroy not only the couple but the entire vampire breed. Luckily, Nicholai will do anything for Juliette—even if it means sacrificing himself.

And here’s the excerpt.

She had only a second to realize Nicholai stood in the doorway before Desmond’s powerful thighs brought him to the door in a single bound.

He grabbed Nicholai’s shirt with one hand, his other made a fist that landed squarely on Nicholai’s jaw.

Nicholai’s head snapped back. Shock took his face. With a mighty push, Nicholai threw Desmond backward across the room into one of the flowery couches. It moved under his weight, crashed into the end table, and the Tiffany lamp tumbled to the floor.

Julie’s eyes went wide. The two men became a blur of motion, bodies flying apart then back together. She had to concentrate to make out the shapes of hard forms in the powerful whirlwind.

Connor pulled, lunging at the whirling mass. His deep growls and barks added to the chaos as the two males swirled around the living room. They spun around the room like a tornado, moving so fast Juliette’s eyes did not register their kicks and punches. However, she heard bones crunch and the slap of skin while the two exchanged blows.

The furniture that exploded when the blurry mass neared evidenced the fierceness of their battle. Julie watched one piece of furniture after the next burst into pieces. First her delicate coffee table, next the end table where the Tiffany lamp had been, then the rocking chair. When the mass moved toward the antique credenza, Juliette screamed.

Her beautiful roses sprayed about the room. Red petals floated slowly to the floor in surreal contrast.

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  1. Hi, Mia. I love your blog! I wanted to stop by and thank you for featuring my story. Even though it is the third book in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone novel. I hope your readers enjoy it.

  2. I'm glad to have you and I'm hoping to interest others in your series.

  3. That's a helpful editing tip. I generally read anything important aloud before I turn it in to an editor, too. It can make a big difference in a turn of phrase.

  4. CountryDew, Thanks. I agree with you.

  5. What a great idea! I haven't tried a reading program, but have tried reading it aloud. I think the program would help me find even more mistakes. Thanks for sharing. :) ~Jess #getsocial17

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