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My Latest Book: What’s the Story? Building Blocks for Fiction Writing

What’s the Story? Building Blocks for Fiction Writing is the first book in my latest craft-of-writing series, The Storyteller’s Toolbox.

What’s the Story?

Storytelling is an ancient human tradition, something that all cultures throughout history and around the globe share. Stories are a reflection of culture, but they also shape culture. Their importance in society should not be underestimated.

Crafting stories is not as easy as the best storytellers make it look. Numerous elements are woven together to create a believable experience for the reader, from characters, plot, setting, and theme to action, dialogue, description, and exposition.

This book walks you through all those elements of storytelling and more.

What’s the Story? Building Blocks for Fiction Writing fosters a broader and deeper understanding of stories, what they are made of, and how they are developed. Ideal for beginning to intermediate storytellers and designed for personal or classroom use, this book will demystify storytelling for those who want to write compelling stories that will resonate with readers.

Take it for a test drive: the writing exercise “Character Arcs” is available online.

Get Your Copy Today

Are you ready to learn the craft of storytelling? Pick up your copy of What’s the Story? Building Blocks for Fiction Writing.

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I Wrote a Children’s Book — Uma Luma Goes to the Moon!

emmy donovanI recently wrote and published a children’s book under the pen name Emmy Donovan. Please note that in the future, I won’t be posting news and announcements here regarding my children’s books, but you can head over to to see what’s new or sign up to receive updates on forthcoming releases.

The book is titled Uma Luma Goes to the Moon and it’s an early reader (chapter book) for kids ages 6-8. The book is available in both paperback and ebook. I wrote this book as a birthday gift for my niece, whom I love with all my heart. Here’s the description:

Uma Luma can’t fall asleep. Every night, she lies in bed staring at the ceiling. She tries reading, counting sheep, and drinking warm milk, but nothing works. Uma is getting groggier and grumpier every day. She even falls asleep in school!

All Uma Luma wants is a good night’s rest.

Then a special visitor arrives and takes Uma Luma on a marvelous adventure to the moon. Uma learns about the Earth, the moon, and the stars. She even learns a new trick that might help her fall asleep at night.

Uma Luma Goes to the Moon is a wondrous adventure packed with interesting facts about space and science.


Win a Free Copy of Engineered Underground in a Goodreads Giveaway

engineered undergroundFrom today through Monday, August 17, I’m hosting a giveaway on Goodreads for the paperback edition of Engineered Underground, the first book in my Metamorphosis series.

Engineered Underground is about an engineer named Wendy Watson whose life is thrown into upheaval when she comes into possession of extraordinary technology and top-secret information that lures her into a world of military intrigue, government secrets, and revolutionary science.

How far will Wendy and her friends go in order to prevent an act of treason that could have devastating consequences for all of humanity?

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Engineered Underground is Now Available at All Online Bookstores

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Engineered Underground is finally available in all online bookstores. Here’s the synopsis:

Wendy Watson is an engineer working to build a machine that will revolutionize modern medicine. But when tragedy strikes and Wendy comes into possession of incredible technology, she’s forced to make a choice: abide by the rules she’s followed her whole life or risk everything she’s worked for in pursuit of justice.

How far will Wendy and her friends go to stop an act of treason that would have devastating consequences?

Find out by picking up your copy of Engineered Underground at your favorite online bookstore:

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Last Chance to Get Engineered Underground for Free on Amazon

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Special Offer!

This Friday and Saturday (June 12-13), the Kindle edition of Engineered Underground will be FREE on Amazon one last time.

Engineered Underground is the first book in my Metamorphosis series, a science-fiction story packed with action, mystery, and military intrigue. It’s also a real-world superhero origin story!

I hope you’ll head over to Amazon and pick up your free copy.

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