Victoria Ray - absurdist fiction, surreal humor

7 Cool Destinations For Your Novel

Guest post by Peter Manley (click to check website) Sure, having interesting characters and a compelling storyline are extremely important, but the setting where your story takes place is equally important, or even more important in some cases. Think about it: if your story takes place in a middle-class home in Virginia with no interesting details about it, your book will more than likely be a drag from the start. Even...

Hagia Sophia – Christ Pantocrator & Co

Research about Hagia Sophia, Istanbul (for my upcoming thriller book)  Built and rebuilt upon countless tragedies, with materials from iconic structures, claimed to have healing and cleansing properties, the Hagia Sophia mystifies the masses to this day. Religious undercurrent, unshakeable construction, this Byzantine behemoth rose like a phoenix from the ashes of its predecessor. Cloaked in a veil of inexplicable mystery, the Hagia Sophia’s resilience is more than good fortune...

Cool cosmic laws

How does the universe work? Is it the same as within our governments, where there are laws set in place to keep things out of whack? In this post, I want to discuss 3 super cool cosmic laws: what purpose they serve and how they are completely relevant to humanity. Law Of Balance No, this doesn’t mean the law of balancing on one leg! Although I guess you could somehow...

You are under arrest! Surrender immediately!

Please, come out slowly from your car… Show me your hands! I can’t see them! What is it? The book? (reading loud) “So A-B-S-U-R-D IT MUST BE TRUE”. Well, this is a WEAPON! I’d like to see your license. Don’t have one? Only Kindle… Put your hands behind the head! GO!  x x x Thank you all for wonderful reviews for my debut book of satire and adult humour – So...

“The Story Grid”, Shawn Coyne #takeawaykeys

What your characters say they are is NOT who they are… What they do is the key. Shawn Coyne 1. Think in 5 principles, the bricks for any successful story:  TIME, SUBSTANCE, STYLE, STRUCTURE, CONTENT. 2. Learn your genre – there’s a great collection (with examples) of differences between each genre. I can’t mention them all (only some), but read further or go, grab the book! 3. Your hero. If...

The value of humanity: does a single life matter?

Guest post by Sami Reed Cleaver – Click to connect Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another. Carl Sagan We worry about the number of reacts on Facebook. The number of followers on Instagram. Buying a house, getting a car, finding love, passing exams – we worry about something ALL...

The anatomy of a thriller

Dan Brown’s masterclass #takeawaykeys  1. The most important stones to build a perfect thriller are: world the sole dramatic question a hero a goal obstacles a moment when a hero concurred a villain 2. Think 3 C’s First C – The Contract That promise you are making with the reader (do NOT break it!) Second C – The crucible Something that holds things together and doesn’t let them escape (fill...

Book Review “Fields of lies”, Sabina Gabrielli Carrara

Writing a book is always a hard job. One is always tempted to limit oneself to dreaming it.  Gaston Bachelard But she did it. From dream to reality is only ONE jump, but it is a damn hard one. Well done, Sabina! The idea of the book:  Cheat – Kill – Repeat…  Just kidding. Here it is: Some people are good at hiding their dark side, and when we like...