We all know them when we see them. Those great first lines in a novel or a film make us think we're in for a grand adventure. Whether melancholy, humorous, exciting, or clever, a perfect first line can be enticing.
But I don't base my liking of a story on that great first line. Because if that's all you've got, you don't have much. And that goes for a good first chapter too. You've got to carry it. When you start out explosively, you can't drop your reader off in the second chapter and return to brilliant in the fifth or tenth. And it's hard to sustain near perfection for the length of a story.
So how do you feel about first lines in novels? What's your objective when you begin your story?
Lord, you personified a great first line with In the beginning God created . . . Thank you for all the "beginnings". In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
Donald Bellisario's typical season finales end in cliffhangers. If you've been a fan of his various hit TV series, you know this. So. Anyone have opinions on these two season endings for 2012 - 2013 episodes?
Good writers. Good series. Good season finales?
Father, please bless these cast members with the knowledge of who you are. Bless their talents and may they ultimately dedicate them to you. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
As I feared, there are many errors in the Kindle version of The Famous One. I went through every word and page of the formatting, correcting multiple mistakes in the transfer of document types. To no avail. All I can say is I'm sorry. It's not unreadable, but you will find no indentations on some of the dialogue and no separate indentations for some paragraphs causing them to run together. I know Tim made every effort to make the appropriate changes, and I know I have yet to read a Kindle book without seeing many errors. I don't know what to say other than, again, I'm sorry about the errors to anyone who purchases a copy on Kindle.
Lord, there are so many ways to keep us humble. This is just another one. Thank you for the opportunity to have the book on Kindle. Regardless. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
I know: self-promotion doesn't become me. But I must admit I'm excited to announce The Famous One has been converted to theKindle formatting by the ultra-multi-talented Tim Georgeand is now available on Amazon for $4.99! Ta da!
As some of you know, this novel is longer than most novels associated with Christian fiction which is why it's been priced higher than many. Where most novels range between 80 - 100K words, The Famous One is over 141K. Reading like a fictional biography, The Famous One takes an introverted yet passionate character of few words and deep running emotion and puts him into the spotlight of fame where he is hungry for value, substance, and real love but struggles to find them.
Between Tim and I, we've been through every word of this novel to make it work for the formatting. Tim has major computer skills that far outweigh mine, so all I did was go through the novel to help correct irregularities created by conversion. Every Kindle novel I've read has had multiple errors, and I don't know if mine will also possess those typos, etc., but I want you to know Tim did everything he could to make the results turn out right.
Thank you, Tim George! You're a generous friend, and I appreciate you beyond what words can say.
Lord Jesus, I pray your abundant blessings upon Tim and his family. I pray you would open doors for all of his talents and pour out your Spirit upon his writing endeavors. Please continue to provide the stories you have for him to tell, the ingenious ideas he uses to promote others' works, and reveal to others how talented he is. And please bring healing to his body. In the Name, Authority, and Blood of Jesus, Amen.
Five people I'd love to meet. It hasn't changed much in the last several years.
George W. Bush
Father, bless those who follow you in spite of all the hardships, all the persecutions, all the testing and trials. Lord, give them the strength they need to do as you've asked. Help us all not to flinch. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
If you've read some of my posts, you know one of my complaints about Christian fiction is that so often we get more of the same without much variety or imagination. This occurs primarily in the romance and romantic suspense genres, but predictability can show up anywhere. That's why it's so utterly enjoyable to review a novel which is written incredibly well with a fascinating plot that allows for immense satisfaction even if or when the dots can be connected early.
Alton Gansky's latest release aptly titled Wounds and published by B&H Publishing Group is an exceptional crime novel with well-defined characters, two of which are uniquely connected by a single tragedy which has severely altered their lives for nearly 30 years even though they aren't introduced until a murder unites them. Their still open wounds have been festering and healing seems incongruous but an absolute need.
Detective Carmen Rainmondi lost her sister to what she's convinced was a murder many years ago. She's never given up on finding out who took her sister's life although officially attributed to a car wreck. It's a cold case that simmers in her psyche and never cools off. She's walled up her heart to control the emotional breakage caused by the unresolved loss of her younger sister.
Dr. Ellis Poe is shocked and saddened to learn that a student at the seminary where he teaches has been murdered but equally shocking is the deliverer of this news. Recognizing the female detective from a distant past that haunts his everyday existence with guilt and remorse, Dr. Poe must find a way to reveal his secret to Detective Rainmondi and suffer the inevitable consequences.
A series of grotesque murders begins in the San Diego community while detectives attempt to figure out if, how, and why they're connected. A purposeful Dr. Poe visits the police department to see Detective Rainmondi and is literally sickened by the murder board pictures in the room where she agrees to talk with him. Distracted by the heinous photographs, the professor is able to see the one thing that ties the murders together and insinuates there are more to come.
Carmen is an intentionally lonely soul with a hard edge. Dr. Poe chooses his loneliness as a deserved punishment and allows depression to rule his soul. His faith is strong, but his practice of it is shallow and plagued with guilt. In different ways both are pitiable. Their connection proves to be intense and climactic.
The only enhancement to the story, for me, would've been some bona fide spiritual warfare at the end, but it would've been out of character for Dr. Poe's faith so the conclusion works perfectly.
Alton Gansky is a veteran writer of exciting and innovative adventure and mystery novels, and this story joins the mix with outstanding prose which gives his characters a clever combination of wit, sorrow, and tenacity. An interesting story with plenty of tension, Wounds gives lovers of crime novels a genuine treat to read. I loved this book.