Saving It All – The Finale! (Pt. 13)|Sci-Fi Romance Video Short Story Series

I had so many mixed emotions as I recorded and put together the finale. No more voicing Ariel, Hilda or Hagrid. No more Pat The Cat. What a strange thought after writing this story years ago for a short story competition and deciding to go for it and have fun seeing what it would be like to make a short story video series out of it. Thirteen parts later we are at the finale.

Thank you to those who have been with me since part 1. It means everything to share this adventure with you.

For those joining us for the first time,

Start with parts 1-12 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Jf8PaCYAQE&list=PLsyCFecRhPx0b4snlMltynBu9KaSVUvmc

“Saving It All,” is a second-chance-at-love dystopian sci-fi romance video short story series.

It’s not looking good for Ariel and Hagrid’s marriage and that’s bad news for everyone because the all mentioned in the title is humanity.

It’s freaky in a good way.

Why did I turn a short story into a video series? I did it for love. The love of writing and making videos.

I bet it won’t surprise you to know that I grew up watching Twilight Zone and Outer Limits. There were episodes that touched on romance, but they weren’t the focus of the story. I want more romance with my sci-fi, and that’s part of how this story came about. The rest of it came from my muse who asked, “What would happen if…?” The answers included alternate timelines, testing the strained bond between the couple, and a life lesson we can all identify with.

Are you reading an interesting sci-fi romance? Tell me about your favorites so I can check them out. I’m always up for an enthralling tale.

I’ll end with links to my latest fantasy romance book and where you can find me on the internet.

Universal Book Link for Deep in the Dreaming: https://books2read.com/u/mBr2zy

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ginabrigantiauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/briganti_gina

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Thanks for watching!

Gina

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Romantic Meals To Dine Al Fresco by Sloane Taylor|New Cookbook Release

JUST IN TIME FOR SUMMER!

There are so many tempting recipes to choose from. I’m starting with Oven- Fried Chicken and adapting the recipe to make Oven-Fried Tempeh for Nina.

We’ll also be trying Melon and Nectarine Soup, Lemon Garlic Broccoli, and Cheesy Cauliflower. Adapted to our non-dairy bodies, of course.

I’ll share how it all turns out!

Taylor gives loads of variety in her new book, along with handy conversion charts, and cooking tips. I was very pleased with the first book and didn’t think twice before ordering this one on release day to see what she’s been up to in her kitchen.

She does not disappoint!

HERE ARE ALL THE DETAILS ABOUT THE BOOK.

New from Toque & Dagger Publishing an exciting cookbook filled with recipes perfect for your grill and stove. Romantic Meals to Dine al Fresco, Book 2 in the Meals to Make Together series, is now available in e-book and paperback.

Starry summer nights are ripe for romance and dining al fresco. Enhance the mood with Romantic Meals to Dine al Fresco, candles, wine, and your favorite music. Fire up your grill and share a romantic dinner with your someone special. Then let the night take you away.

Create 45 delicious and complete meals for two that can be cooked on your grill or stove. No exotic or expensive ingredients needed to prepare these 103 recipes. They use everyday products already in your kitchen cabinets. Increasing the dinners is a snap for those fun nights friends or family join you.

Romantic Meals to Dine al Fresco, Book 2 in the Meals to Make Together series, is an ideal gift for a hostess, bridal shower, anniversary, or the couple who craves a fresh flavor in their lives.What People are Saying About Romantic Meals to Dine al Fresco

In our fast food world, it’s nice to have a cookbook designed for you and your significant other to open a bottle of wine and enjoy each other’s company. You can turn to any page in this simple yet elegant book of tasty recipes and not be disappointed!
Paul Kutka, Private Executive Fine Dining Chef

Packed with mouth-watering recipes, easy-to-follow instructions, and helpful suggestions, Romantic Meals to Dine al Fresco is perfect for any cook who loves to serve succulent dishes on their secluded patio or candlelit living room. Perfect for busy couples wanting to spice up their relationships, this fabulous cookbook screams, “Bring on Summer!”
Sharon Ledwith, YA Paranormal Fantasy and Time Travel Author

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced chef, Sloane Taylor takes you on a gourmet journey adding flavour and panache to your meals. This collection is inventive with clear, easy-to-follow instructions. These recipes will become your favourites – I’d happily cook them every night!
Joy Wood, Award-winning Romance and Women’s Fiction Author

Sloane Taylor hits the nail on the culinary head with Romantic Meals to Dine al Fresco, dishes, as she points out, to be made together. I especially like the International fare, because food should also be about adventure. Start cooking with someone special and make your meals memorable. Taylor shows you the way.
Anne Montgomery, Award-winning Women’s Fiction and Young Adult Author

Delicious food prepared from elegant recipes to impress anyone! Romantic Meals to Dine al Fresco is my new favorite collection of no-miss recipes. And I love the cooking tips section in the back!
Suzanne G. Rogers, Victorian Romance AuthorAmazon Black & White PaperbackAmazon Color Paperback – Amazon E-bookBarnes & Noble E-book – Smashwords E-bookKobo E-book

Saving It All Pt. 12|Sci-Fi Romance Video Short Story

Start with parts 1-11 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Jf8PaCYAQE&list=PLsyCFecRhPx0b4snlMltynBu9KaSVUvmc

“Saving It All” is a second-chance-at-love dystopian sci-fi romance video short story series.

It’s not looking good for Ariel and Hagrid’s marriage and that’s bad news for everyone because the all mentioned in the title is humanity.

It’s freaky in a good way.

Why did I turn a short story into a video series? I did it for love. The love of writing and making videos.

I bet it won’t surprise you to know that I grew up watching Twilight Zone and Outer Limits. There were episodes that touched on romance, but they weren’t the focus of the story. I want more romance with my sci-fi, and that’s part of how this story came about. The rest of it came from my muse who asked, “What would happen if…?” The answers included alternate timelines, testing the strained bond between the couple, and a life lesson we can all identify with.

Are you reading an interesting sci-fi romance? Tell me about your favorites so I can check them out. I’m always up for an enthralling tale.

Universal Book Link for Deep in the Dreaming: https://books2read.com/u/mBr2zy

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ginabrigantiauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/brigantigina

Instagram: https://instagram.com/ginabriganti

Video created at http://animoto.com

Thanks for watching!

Gina

“California Can Wait” by Marci Bolden|New in Contemporary Romance

By Marci Bolden

I’m so excited to announce the re-release of California Can Wait with its fresh edits and gorgeous cover. I absolutely adore this romantic novella set in a small newspaper office in Texas and hope you will too.

When reporter Andrea Davidson inadvertently ruins her career over a bad tip, she hits the road to start her life over. She has big plans for a new life in California but fate has other plans. She loses everything when she is robbed in a small West Texas town and has a run in with the editor in chief of the local paper.

Graham Bradley isn’t impressed when a smart mouthed woman tries to tell him how to do his job. At least not until he realizes she is right! But it doesn’t take long to also realize he wants more than just pointers on how to make his paper more successful. The chemistry between them is off the charts in the best possible way.

Starting over will have to wait.

EXCERPT
Graham looked at Andi. “I could use help.”

“Obviously,” she said.

“So. When can you start?”

She leaned closer to him, tilting her head as she looked up curiously, as if she didn’t understand him. “Excuse me?”

“I’m probably going to regret this, but I’m offering you a job.”

She laughed. “I didn’t come in here looking for a job.”

“No, you came in here hell-bent on telling me how to do mine.”

“Somebody had to,” she practically sang.

“I need someone who knows her ass from a hole in the ground when it comes to putting a paper together. I’ve been looking at that layout for almost an hour and still couldn’t get it right. It took you ten minutes.”

“The flag is too big.”

“You also graciously corrected my grammatical errors,” he said, ignoring her criticism. “I need some backup, not just with editing and layout but writing as well. I can’t run this paper alone, not to the standard that I want.”

“You don’t know that I can write.”

“If you can edit like this, you can write.”

She lifted her shoulder and let it fall casually. “I’m just passing through town.”

“How far are you going to get without that cash you had hidden in your suitcase?” He grinned when the defiant look on her face fell. “I was at the diner to interview you about the break-in.”

“Oh, so you don’t normally go around harassing defenseless women?”

“Defenseless?” He laughed. “Hardly. It seems you need the money as much as I need the help.”

The fun of the game faded, as did her smirk. “I’m just passing through, Mr. Bradley.”

Graham stared her down for a moment before he shrugged. “Right. That’s okay. You probably couldn’t handle the stress anyway.”

Andi creased her brow. “What?”

“The demands of publishing a daily paper are pretty intense. It takes someone who can work well under pressure.”

“And you don’t think I can?”

He was playing her with his feigned innocence, but damned if she didn’t feel herself falling for his manipulation when he said, “I’m just saying it takes a special breed to survive in journalism.”

“A special breed?”

“You know, long hours, lousy pay—”

“Constant scrutiny by inept editors,” she added.

Graham nodded. “There is that.”

“I think I can handle the job.”

“Great, so you can start right now by cleaning up the rest of the layout.”

“I didn’t say I was taking the job,” Andi clarified. “I said I can handle it.”

“Of course you can,” he said in a patronizing tone.

She guessed that the fire in her eyes was enough to burn him alive, but he simply smiled in a way that made her want to do nothing more than prove him wrong.

“And I’m sure that if you weren’t in such a hurry to get wherever you are going,” he continued, “you’d have me and this paper turned around in no time.”

“I’m quite confident.”

“But you have places to be. Where are you headed again?”
“I didn’t say.”

He nodded dramatically. “Right. Well, I’m sure you have some great life you need to get back to—”

“I do,” she said, cutting him off. As she did, she wondered if he somehow knew she had nothing. Nowhere to go. No job waiting for her. No welcome party planned when she reached her destination. A destination that she hadn’t really figured out or planned for beyond California. She scoffed, more at her own situation than his words. “I’m sure you can find a preschooler with scissors and a bottle of glue who could use some candy money.”

He covered his heart with his hand. “Ouch.”

Pushing herself up from his desk, she slipped around the wing and headed for the exit before she did one more stupid thing with her life. “Good luck, Mr. Bradley.”

“Good luck to you, Miss…Andi.”AMAZON BUY LINK

As a teen, Marci Bolden skipped over young adult books and jumped right into reading romance novels. She never left.

Marci lives in the Midwest with her husband, two teenaged kiddos, and numerous rescue pets. If she had an ounce of will power, Marci would embrace healthy living but until cupcakes and wine are no longer available at the local grocery store, she’ll put that ambition on hold and appease her guilt by reading self-help books and promising to join a gym “soon.”

Learn more about Marci Bolden on her website. Stay connected on Facebook and Twitter.

“Saving It All” Sci-fi Romance Video Short Story|Pt. 11

Start with parts 1-10 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Jf8PaCYAQE&list=PLsyCFecRhPx0b4snlMltynBu9KaSVUvmc

“Saving It All” is a second-chance-at-love dystopian sci-fi romance video short story series set in present day.

It’s not looking good for Ariel and Hagrid’s marriage and that’s bad news for everyone because the all mentioned in the title is humanity.

It’s freaky in a good way.

Why did I turn a short story into a video series? I did it for love. The love of writing and making videos.

I bet it won’t surprise you to know that I grew up watching Twilight Zone and Outer Limits. There were episodes that touched on romance, but they weren’t the focus of the story. I want more romance with my sci-fi, and that’s part of how this story came about. The rest of it came from my muse who asked, “What would happen if…?” The answers included alternate timelines, testing the strained bond between the couple, and a life lesson we can all identify with.

Are you reading an interesting sci-fi romance? Tell me about your favorites so I can check them out. I’m always up for an enthralling tale.

Universal Book Link for Deep in the Dreaming: https://books2read.com/u/mBr2zy

Blog: https://www.ginabriganti.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ginabrigantiauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/briganti_gina

Instagram: https://instagram.com/ginabriganti

Video created at http://animoto.com

Thank you for watching!

Gina

What “Killing Your Darlings” Means to Authors

EDITS – The Ugly Truth

by Carol Browne

I met with a new proofreading client recently and looked at his manuscript. It needed a lot of work. In fact, he needed an editor not a proofreader. He had no idea what the difference was any more than he knew what an editor does. As I tried to explain it all to him, it took me back to my own beginnings as a newbie author and I remembered what a shock the editing process had been. I had no idea what was involved; writing the book turned out to have been the easy part! So, aspiring writers, here is a brief description of what lies in store for you.

Let’s assume that you were able to construct a fairly presentable manuscript and submit it to a publisher with strict adherence to their submission requirements and that said publisher has agreed to publish the work. Let’s also assume that you have thrown your hat in the air, danced on the table, bought a round of drinks for everyone in the pub, day dreamed about fame, fortune and winning the Booker Prize and now await the next step. Once the excitement has worn off, the real work begins.

This is what happened to me: I was told who my editor was, that they were editing my manuscript and it would then be emailed to me so I could address the editor’s changes and suggestions. I had done a fair bit of proofreading by then but proofreading is to editing what a string quartet is to the London Symphony Orchestra. Straightaway, I was shocked when I saw that most of Chapter One had been removed (“You can condense it into a small paragraph somewhere if you really must.”) and great chunks of the narrative had been torn out. Thousands of words were scattered to the four winds, never to be seen again. Thousands! The book I had given years of my life to was purged and purified. And this is what you call a structural edit.

And guess what … I ended up with a much better book. Did I manage to condense the pruned pages into one small paragraph? You bet I did! It was the sort of exercise that tones up the writing muscle. I learnt how to write more succinctly and move the narrative along without unnecessary clutter. Editors I’ve had since have not been so ruthless, but it’s probably because I have become a more competent writer.

Once the structural editing is done, it’s time for line editing. This is exactly what it sounds like: going through the narrative line by line, addressing punctuation, spelling, typos, syntax and word choice. The editor will often suggest the author uses a better word or adds some description or makes the dialogue more natural. There will be all kinds of errors or inconsistencies in continuity. Have you used the same word three times in quick succession? Perhaps a character does something incongruous and you never noticed? Did you just mention someone, having forgotten you killed them two chapters ago?

You can imagine how long and involved a process this can be, particularly if you have a book as long as mine was. (‘Was’ being the operative word!) But your editor is trying to make your book the best it can be. You may have to lose your favourite metaphor, pluck out padding you enjoyed reading, delete swathes of dialogue that made you laugh but did nothing to further the plot or develop the characters. In the end it is all worth it.

Hopefully it is at this point that your publisher will give their blessing to the final edits of the manuscript.

But that’s not the end of the process, because it‘s then that a proofreader takes over and that proofreader is very often YOU. Having worked your way through your manuscript umpteen times already until you could happily throw it at the wall and walk away forever, it is up to you to read through ALL of it carefully and look for any errors that have been missed.

Yes, the editing of a manuscript is a lot of work: Weeks of daily toil; long hours at the keyboard; chewed finger nails; bloodshot eyes; gallons of coffee. And finally, if you are lucky, your book emerges, all sparkly and beautiful, like a polished jewel!

One more thing – and this is extremely important advice for aspiring writers – you need to familiarise yourselves with the Track Changes function of Word, because you are gonna need that knowledge! I was lucky in that I had a proofreading course under my belt before I started, so Track Changes didn’t come as a complete surprise to me. This is a function that allows many people to edit and proofread a document without the changes they make to that document being lost – hence the changes are tracked, very much like sending a parcel – but Word also remembers the original document so nothing is lost (we can’t always say the same about the mail service!). Delete a paragraph, say, and it will be held in the margin in a sort of bubble. Only when the author accepts that deletion will that paragraph be completely removed from the document.

Well, this isn’t an article about Track Changes! Suffice it to say, as with many things, there are tutorials on You Tube if you really feel this is beyond you. Trust me, it isn’t. If I can manage to use this function, anyone with a modicum of computer skills will have no problem.

So, budding authors, prepare yourselves for the editing process; but don’t worry about it because it’s not all hard work and learning the craft, it can also be a lot of fun.

Godwin’s adventures in Elvendom left him a changed man, and now bereavement has darkened his world.

In another dimension, a new Elvendom is threatened by the ambitions of a monstrous enemy. Who—or what—is the Dark Lady of Bletchberm?

And what has become of Elgiva?

Reeling from the loss of their Elwardain, the elves ask Godwin for help.
Transported into a strange world of time travel and outlandish creatures, will he succeed in his quest against impossible odds, or will the Dark Lady destroy everything the Elwardain fought to preserve?

EXCERPT

His heart thumping in his throat, Godwin took in all the details of the goblin’s appearance. The creature was probably four feet tall at most and was wearing a sleeveless leather tunic and short leggings over his skinny frame. His arms and legs were hard with thin bands of muscle; sinews moved like taut wires beneath the scant flesh. Godwin fancied that the goblin’s skin had a sickly, greenish tint, but in the firelight it was impossible to be sure.

The goblin moved in an awkward manner, not upright like a man or an elf, but slightly stooped and with bent knees, as though on the verge of pouncing. The dome of his head was as bald and smooth as a pebble, and his very long, pointed ears were attached on either side like those of a lynx. His large eyes glittered like wet malachite and between them a long, sharp nose protruded with all the aesthetic attributes of a small parsnip.

The goblin’s large eyes widened as they swivelled in Godwin’s direction, making his stomach curdle in fear and revulsion.

“Only two of you, then?” said the goblin with a smirk. “Not much of a challenge, is it?” He beckoned with his sword and others of his kind began to creep into the circle.

Godwin glanced around. There were six more of them, each carrying a sword of a curious design, the blade like a thin, metal spiral with a very sharp point. A visceral fear welled up inside him at the sight of these weapons, but he didn’t know why.

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Born in Stafford in the UK, Carol Browne was raised in Crewe, Cheshire, which she thinks of as her home town. Interested in reading and writing at an early age, Carol pursued her passions at Nottingham University and was awarded an honours degree in English Language and Literature. Now living and working in the Cambridgeshire countryside, Carol usually writes fiction and is a contracted author at Burning Willow Press. Being Krystyna, published by Dilliebooks on 11th November, 2016, is her first non-fiction book.

Stay connected with Carol on her website and blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

“Saving It All” Pt. 10|Sci-fi Romance Video Short Story Series by Gina Briganti

Start with parts 1-9 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Jf8PaCYAQE&list=PLsyCFecRhPx0b4snlMltynBu9KaSVUvmc

“Saving It All” is a second-chance-at-love dystopian sci-fi romance video short story series.

It’s not looking good for Ariel and Hagrid’s marriage and that’s bad news for everyone because the all mentioned in the title is humanity.

It’s freaky in a good way.

Why did I turn a short story into a video series? I did it for love. The love of writing and making videos.

I bet it won’t surprise you to know that I grew up watching Twilight Zone and Outer Limits. There were episodes that touched on romance, but they weren’t the focus of the story. I want more romance with my sci-fi, and that’s part of how this story came about. The rest of it came from my muse who asked, “What would happen if…?” The answers included alternate timelines, testing the strained bond between the couple, and a life lesson we can all identify with.

Are you reading an interesting sci-fi romance? Tell me about your favorites so I can check them out. I’m always up for an enthralling tale.

Universal Book Link for Deep in the Dreaming: https://books2read.com/u/mBr2zy

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ginabrigantiauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/briganti_gina

Instagram: https://instagram.com/ginabriganti

Video created at http://animoto.com