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Dr Rayne's Guide To Writerly Disorders - A Tongue-in-Cheek Diagnosis For What Ails Authors (Writer's Craft Book 26)
Do you suffer from Synopsisitis, New Novel Itch, Mad Muse Attack, Reality Blindness or Reichenball Falls Syndrome? If people think your behaviour is weird, this book will convince them that you're perfectly normal for a writer. You are simply afflicted with a Creatively Transmitted Disease. Compare your symptoms, discover the cure (if there is one) and diagnose your writer friends. Compiled by [...]


Horror Writing Prompts - 77 Powerful Ideas To Inspire Your Fiction (Writer's Craft Book 25)
This book is crammed with fertile seeds for fiction that will thrill, disturb or scare your readers. Each prompt comes with a wealth of suggestions for how you can develop it to suit the kind of story you want to write. Plant those seeds into the rich ground of your own imagination, and watch them grow.


Fantasy Writing Prompts - 77 Powerful Ideas To Inspire Your Fiction (Writer's Craft Book 24)
This book is crammed with fertile seeds for fantasy fiction. Each prompt comes with a wealth of suggestions how you can develop it to suit the kind of story you want to write. Plant those seeds into the rich ground of your own imagination, and watch them grow.


Mid-Novel Writing Prompts - 100 Inspiring Ideas For The Fiction Book You've Started To Write (Writer's Craft 23)
Do you want a daily dose of inspiration to carry your novel plot forward? Conventional lists of writing prompts are great for starting new projects, but don't work if you're already well into a story with developed characters and an ongoing plot. This book can help. Whether you seek to boost your own imagination, to rekindle your passion for a book project or to release a creative block, these [...]


Writing Vivid Emotions - Professional Techniques for Fiction Authors (Writer's Craft Book 22)
Do you want your characters to feel such strong emotions that the readers' scalps prickle, their mouths go dry and their hearts thud like they're sharing the experience? Do you want to convey fear or happiness in ways that make the readers feel heat radiating through their chest or cold sweat trickling down their spine rather than the tired 'he was afraid' or 'she felt happy'? Step by step, [...]


Hell's Kitties - and Other Beastly Beasts (Hell's Tales Book 3)
Humorous, Dark, and Heart-breaking stories await you in this anthology. Tales of Cats, Dogs and Birds from the pens of brilliant writers like Rayne Hall, Mark Cassell, Amy Grech, Jonathan Broughton, Carole Ann Moleti, Steven Van Patten, Anya Davis, Phillip T. Stephens, Yurika S. Grant and April Grey


Write Your Way Out Of Depression - Practical Self-Therapy For Creative Writers (Writer's Craft Book 21)
Use your writing talent and your skill with words heal yourself. Author Rayne Hall and psychologist Alexander Draghici show fourteen practical strategies for self-therapy. Do you feel like you're trapped in a dark hole of morass, sinking deeper and deeper, the mud rising to your hips, your chest, your throat? Is despair smothering you like a heavy blanket? Is your own life moving past you like a [...]


Writing Vivid Plots - Professional Techniques for Fiction Writers (Writer's Craft Book 20)
Do you want to give your novel a powerful story line? Do you want to power up a draft you've written? This guide shows professional techniques for developing and structuring your fiction book. It solves plot problems such as slow beginnings, sagging middles and flat endings, and guides you to write specific story parts such as the 'Black Moment' and the 'Climax'. The focus of this guide is on [...]


Writing Book Blurbs and Synopses - How to sell your manuscript to publishers and your indie book to readers (Writer's Craft 19)
Do you want a synopsis that persuades agents to request the whole manuscript? Does your book need a description that entices Amazon customers click the 'Buy Now' button? This guide shows you step-by-step how to create six effective short forms for selling your manuscript to publishers and your indie-published book to readers: * The SYNOPSIS shows the novel's plot structure. You use it to [...]


Writing Vivid Characters - Professional Techniques for Fiction Authors (Writer's Craft Book 18)
Do you want to create compelling characters about whom the readers care deeply? This book reveals professional techniques to invent individuals who are so real that your readers will love or hate, fear or root for them, and so fascinating that your readers will remember them forever.


Novel Revision Prompts - Make Your Good Book Great - Self-Edit Your Plot, Scenes & Style (Writer's Craft 17)
You've written a novel, and the draft brims with promise. Now you're revising it to shape it into a gripping work of fiction readers can't put down. Revising a novel is fun. With each change, you see your book grow closer to your vision and gain more power. In this book, I offer you ideas on how to bring out your novel's full potential. Play with them, experiment, explore where they'll lead. To [...]


Hero & Heroine 2 (Anthology of Short Reads) - Paranormal, Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine
Magic. Science. Love You'll find three novelettes, three short stories, and one novella, across the spectrum of speculative fiction. You'll find everything from Hard Science Fiction to Steamy Paranormal Romance, from Steampunk to Time Travel, from High Fantasy to Urban Fantasy. All the stories, whatever the subgenre, have Happy Endings, or at least Happy For Now endings and although not all the [...]


Hero & Heroine (Anthology of Short Reads) - Paranormal, Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine
Courage & Honor. Exploration & Adventure. Curiosity & Discovery. Romance & Passion. Magic & Science. You'll find four novelettes, four short stories, and one novella, across the spectrum of speculative fiction. You'll find everything from Hard Science Fiction to Steamy Paranormal Romance, from Steampunk to Time Travel, from High Fantasy to Urban Fantasy. All the stories, whatever the subgenre, [...]


Emotional Manipulation - Be the Solution Not the Victim - An Action Oriented Guide to Beat Emotional Manipulation Forever
Do you find yourself scared to say what you think from the fear that it may anger your partner, friend, or family member? Do you feel like your walking on eggshells when you're with your partner? Emotional Manipulation: Be the Solution Not the Victim teaches you how to recognize the manipulator's deviously sly and underhanded malicious measures to take advantage of you and use emotional [...]


PEOPLE PLEASING - SAYING NO AND SETTING BOUNDARIES
Saying No Guilt Free and Establishing Firm Healthy Boundaries! Are you ready to start setting firm and healthy boundaries? Are you tired of feeling like a worn, weathered, and trodden welcome mat? Are you ready to change all of it and become the new you? Then this book is for you! People pleasers are generally the most sincere, kind, and amazing people in the world. They truly think of others [...]


Mental Strength - Mentally Strong Through Personal Growth
READY TO SWEEP THROUGH LIFE'S CHALLENGES WITH POISE, CONFIDENCE, AND EASE? Are you ready to get mentally tough fast? Do you want to be the champion of your own life? This books teaches you how to immediately start building your mental strength - The number one cause of failure is quitting. We all face difficulties in life and sometimes those difficulties seem too much to bear. They aren't. There [...]


Hell's Grannies - Kickass Tales of the Crone
Aging is not for the faint-hearted, yet there is little choice in the matter. You can take good care of your health, your finances, your loved ones and still life will throw a curve ball. In this anthology you will find tales of courage, of women who rise to the challenges of time in many different ways. Some stories are of women aging gracefully but their tales are still kickass because they [...]


Writing Vivid Dialogue - Professional Techniques for Fiction Authors (Writer's Craft Book 16)
Do you want to write fast-paced, exciting, sizzling dialogue? This book reveals professional dialogue techniques to characterise the speaker, carry the plot forward and entertain your readers. This is not a beginner's guide. I assume that you have mastered the basics of fiction writing, and don't need an explanation of what dialogue is and why it matters for your story. But your dialogue isn't [...]


Euphonics For Writers - Professional Techniques for Fiction Authors (Writer's Craft Book 15)
Learn how to touch your readers' subconscious with subtle tricks. Certain sounds have certain effects on the psyche. By using words which include those sounds, you influence how the reader feels. Euphonic techniques are popular in poetry, but seldom used in prose. This guide shows how you can apply them to make your prose fiction sparkle. For the purpose of this book, I define euphonics as the [...]


Writer's Craft Power Pack 2 - Five-Book Bundle For Authors
This bundle contains five guides from the bestselling Writer's Craft series by Rayne Hall: Writing Vivid Settings, Writing Scary Scenes, Twitter for Writers, Why Does My Book Not Sell? 20 Simple Fixes and Writing About Villains. Please note: These books are guides for experienced writers who're ready to take their craft skills to the next level. They're not suitable for novices wanting to learn [...]


Getting Book Reviews - Easy, Ethical Strategies for Authors (Writer's Craft 14)
Reviews help sell books. When browsing online for their next read, most readers are drawn to the books with many reviews. More and more readers glance at what other readers have to say about a book before they hit the 'buy now' button. The more people have read and liked the book, the more they want to experience it for themselves. This is a known psychological factor called 'social evidence', [...]


Writing Deep Point Of View - Professional Techniques for Fiction Authors (Writer's Craft Book 13)
Do you want to give the readers such a vivid experience that they feel the events of the story are real and they're right there? Do you want them to forget their own world and worries, and live in the main character's head and heart? The magic wand for achieving this is Deep Point of View. Readers love it, because it gives them the thrill of becoming a different person. The reader doesn't just [...]


Fiends - Ten Tales of Demons - Dark Fantasy Stories (Ten Tales Fantasy Stories Book 11)
Ten Fantasy Stories by Ten Authors. Of all paranormal creatures, demons are the most dangerous. Intelligent and deceitful, they are masters of disguise and crafty manipulation. They stir evil desires, exploit moral weaknesses, disguise the boundaries between right and wrong, plant convictions in the victim's mind, and persuade humans that they want the thing the demon aims to bring about. Every [...]


How To Train Your Cat To Promote Your Book - Have Fun With Your Feline, Go Viral In The Social Media, And Sell More Books (Writer's Craft Book 12)
"How do you get your cat to pose for pictures like this?" is the question I get asked most often. People can't believe their eyes when they see my social media photos of the cute kitty 'reading' books. When I say that I trained him, the reaction is inevitably "What?!" and "You can't train a cat!" Oh yes, you can train a cat. When I say, "Sulu, shake hands" he places his right paw in my right [...]


Writing Vivid Settings - Professional Techniques for Fiction Authors (Writer's Craft Book 10)
Do you want your readers to feel like they're really there in the place where the story happens? Whether you want to enrich stark prose with atmospheric detail, add vibrancy to a dull piece or curb waffling descriptions, this guide can help. Learn how to make your settings intense, realistic, and intriguing. This is the tenth book in Rayne Hall's acclaimed Writer's Craft series.


Writer's Craft Power Pack 1 - 5-Book Bundle
Get five of Rayne Hall's acclaimed Writer's Craft books in one: Writing Fight Scenes, Writing Dark Stories, Writing Short Stories To Promote Your Novels, Writing About Magic, The Word-Loss Diet. Please note - these books are for fictioneers who have mastered the basics of their craft and want to take their skills to the next level. They are not suitable for absolute beginners.


Why Does My Book Not Sell? 20 Simple Fixes (Writer's Craft)
Does your book sell as well as it deserves? If it doesn't, one of twenty blocks may hinder its sales blocks you can easily remove once you're aware of them. Sell more books! Each chapter reveals one area where indie authors are sabotaging their books' success, and shows how you can free yourself from that trap. Whether you want to sell 100,000 copies or would be happy with just 100, this guide [...]


Cogwheels - Ten Tales of Steampunk (Ten Tales Fantasy and Horror Stories Book 10)
A collection of entertaining, exciting, thought-provoking stories. Explore the relationship between humankind and technology, ponder social issues and enjoy the costuming, etiquette and gadgetry of an age that never was but might have been. To celebrate the tenth volume of the Ten Tales anthologies, this book contains two bonus stories. CONTENTS - TOMMY TALES by Bob Brown - Darkness came first, [...]


Twitter for Writers (Writer's Craft)
Use Twitter to improve your writing, network with other authors, meet fans, build a platform, gain exposure, find reviewers and sell books. Rayne Hall has one of the best platforms any writer has on Twitter - with over 50,000 genuine, engaged followers who enjoy her tweets and buy her books. Here she shares practical advice, fun ideas, step-by-step strategies for success - and even the [...]


Writing Short Stories to Promote Your Novels (Writer's Craft)
A short story is the perfect tool for promoting your novel. Readers who love your story will look for more fiction by the same author. Here are some ideas: post a story on your website as a free read or give it to another writer of the same genre to display it on their website. Publish it as a short free ebook, bolstering your list of published books. Offer it as a giveaway on blog tours. Submit [...]


Hell's Garden - Mad, Bad and Ghostly Gardeners
Sample Story: GUNDA'S GNOMES By Rayne Hall Daffodils nodded their golden heads, tulips stood in waxy splendour, and early hyacinths spread their heady scent across the allotment garden. Savouring the rare sunshine and silence, Gunda polished her gnomes with a soft cloth until each red cap shone. She knew the name of every one, from the conventional store-bought ones who carried watering cans and [...]


Writing Dark Stories - How to Write Horror and Other Disturbing Short Stories (Writer's Craft Book 6)
Learn to haunt your readers with powerful, chilling tales. Make their spines tingle with anticipation and their skins crawl with delicious fear. Disturb their world-view and invite them to look into the dark corners of their own souls. This book gives you a wealth of tools and techniques for writing great short stories. It is part of the acclaimed Writer's Craft series. TABLE OF CONTENTS - [...]


Dragon - Ten Tales of Fiery Beasts (Ten Tales Fantasy & Horror Stories Book 9)
Ten exciting stories - frightening, thoughtful and funny - about dragons by ten authors, edited by Rayne Hall. The stories selected for this book have different writing styles, from tongue-in-cheek humour to exciting frights, and they present ten different kinds of dragon. Some of these dragons are evil, some are kind, and others just want to be left in peace. But they all are dangerous, and they [...]


Thirty Scary Tales - Creepy Horror Stories
Thirty creepy stories by Rayne Hall. This is subtle horror, atmospheric and unsettling rather than violent and gory. Some stories explore the paranormal, others probe into the dark corners of the human psyche. The frights may creep up on you and linger for a long time. This book is a compilation of volumes 1-5 of the Six Scary Tales books. It includes the acclaimed stories Burning and The Bridge [...]


Six Scary Tales Vol. 5
Six further creepy stories by Rayne Hall. Volume 5 contains the following horror stories: Terre Vert and Payne's Grey, They Say, Tuppence Special, Disturbed Sleep, Normal Considering the Weather, Arete. (Please note: two of these stories are very short.) British English.


Out of Darkness (Seasonal Anthology Book 1)
Escape from reality and plunge into a dark world where ghosts reside, the grim reaper takes form, children are taunted by witches, something dangerous lurks in a pit and more... Just remember one thing...don't be scared of the dark, it won't hurt you. Or will it? Read OUT OF DARKNESS, a shockingly good collection. *** Stories included... BLACK WARNING by Vanessa Wester GUARDIAN ANGEL by James [...]


Six Historical Tales Vol. 2
-- Please note: This book is also available on special offer as part of a 2-book Kindle bundle myBook.to/Hist Six historical short stories by Rayne Hall. Terre Vert and Payne's Grey (1850) Captive (Ancient Greece) The Smell of Pancakes (1920) Arete (Ancient Greece) Ten Sixty-Six (1066) Prophetess (Ancient Greece) Most of these short stories have been previously published in magazines, ezines, [...]


Six Scary Tales Vol. 4 - Creepy Horror Stories
Six atmospheric, creepy, unsettling horror stories by Rayne Hall. Volume 4 contains these stories: The Devil You Know, Greywalker, Prophetess, Each Stone A Life, By Your Own Free Will, The Bridge Chamber. The flavour of the horror stories in the "Six Scary Tales" series is suspenseful and creepy rather than violent and gory. However, they contain some graphic elements and may be disturbing. They [...]


Seers - Ten Tales of Clairvoyance (Ten Tales Fantasy & Horror Stories)
Is clairvoyance a gift or a curse? Imagine getting a glimpse of what the future holds, and ask yourself how you would deal with the burden of this foresight. Is it right to interfere with the pre-ordained? Is it your duty to avert the doom, or will your meddling make matters worse? Is it even possible to change the future? What if those with the power to prevent a disaster disdain your warnings? [...]


Writing About Magic - Professional Techniques for Paranormal and Fantasy Fiction (Writer's Craft Book 3)
Do you write fantasy fiction? This book is a resource for authors. Crammed with information, tips, and plot ideas, it helps you create stories about magic and magicians which are believable and exciting. Learn about power-raising, ritual, training, initiation, love spells, sex magic, costuming, equipment, correspondences, magical weapons, healing, protection, miracles, spells, amulets, talismans, [...]


Writing About Villains (Writing Craft)
Create fiends whom your readers will love to hate and can never forget. Forget the cardboard evil-doers with their evil laughter and stinking breath. Your villains will have personality, ideals, feelings and conflicts. They will challenge your heroes, chill your readers, and give your novel excitement and depth. This book is part of the Writer's Craft Series: Writing Fight Scenes, Writing Scary [...]


13 British Horror Stories
Thirteen creepy, atmospheric stories by Rayne Hall, all set in Britain. The horror in these stories is spooky, creepy, unsettling and sometimes disturbing. It is not very violent or gory; however, the stories may not be suitable for young readers without parental guidance. This collection includes: Take me to St Roch's - Seagulls - Never Leave Me - Double Rainbows - Scruples - Through the Tunnel [...]


The Colour of Dishonour - Stories from the Storm Dancer World
Six short stories from the mystical Bronze Age world of the dark epic fantasy novel Storm Dancer: Kin - Greywalker - The Water of Truth - Each Stone, A Life - The Colour of Dishonour - A Horse for a Hero - The stories span the fantasy and horror genres, varying in tone from light to dark, from quirky to disturbing. Some have been previously published in magazines, ezines, collections and [...]


The Word-Loss Diet (Writing Craft)
Tighten and tone your writing style, and use simple revision tricks to slim down your manuscript. Shed thousands of words without changing the plot. Strip away the word fat and reveal the muscle of your unique author voice. This book is short, but potent. It is perfect for - self-editing before you submit your book to agents and publishers, or before self-publishing - - understanding why your [...]


Undead - Ten Tales of Zombies
Welcome to the world of the not-quite-living. While zombies still have physical bodies, their minds are irrevocably changed. No longer governed by a conscience, incapable of reason, unrestrained by values of right and wrong, they often follow primitive instincts. If their new focus is overwhelming hunger, they let nothing get in the way of their urge to feed. Confronted by a zombie, how would you [...]


Spells - Ten Tales of Magic
Ten short story of fantasy, edited by Rayne Hall. The authors of these ten tales have spun yarns based on the premise that magic is real, but it requires skill to harness its force, and abuse brings danger. Suspend your disbelief, and find out what happens when people use magic to gain power, healing, wisdom or love. Some stories take place in fantasy lands, others in the world you know. Some are [...]


Beltane - Ten Tales of Witchcraft
Ten witchcraft stories by ten authors, edited by Rayne Hall - If you meet a witch, will you know if they're the kind or the evil sort? If you hear about someone practising witchcraft, how do you judge if their magic is real? If rumours spread through your neighbourhood or mass hysteria sweeps through your community, will you be able to keep a clear head? If the only way to solve your problem is [...]


Six Historical Tales Vol. 1
-- Please note: This book is also available on special offer as part of a 2-book Kindle bundle myBook.to/Hist Six short stories for different historical periods: Greetings From Jerusalem (Ancient Rome) Scruples (Middle Ages) The Holed Stone (England 1900) The Black Boar (Middle Ages) Beltane (Ancient Britain) Queen of Ithaka (Ancient Greece) Please note: some of these stories have been published [...]


Writing Scary Scenes
Are your frightening scenes scary enough? Learn practical tricks to turn up the suspense. Make your readers' hearts hammer with suspense, their breaths quicken with excitement, and their skins tingle with goosebumps of delicious fright. This book contains practical suggestions about how to structure a scary scene, increase the suspense, make the climax more terrifying, make the reader feel the [...]


Scared - Ten Tales of Horror
Ten stories of spine-tingling suspense, edited by Rayne Hall. In this collection, you'll find scary stories for almost every taste, each penned by a different author with a different writing style and a different taste in horror. This allows you to explore your own preferences. Which story gives you the most delicious frights? The authors have played with "What if" scenarios: What if the safe [...]


Six Scary Tales Vol. 3 - Creepy Horror Stories
Six more spine-tingling stories from the Mistress of the Macabre, Rayne Hall. Volume 3 contains the following stories: Turkish Night, Never Leave Me, The Colour of Dishonour, Beltane, The Painted Staircase, I Dived The Pandora. Click 'Look Inside' (on the top left of this page) or 'send sample now' (on the right) to read the beginning free. About the 'Six Scary Tales' series: These stories are [...]


Cutlass - Ten Tales of Pirates
A story collection with ten thrilling adventure yarns, edited by Rayne Hall. Pirate stories are exciting. They give us a taste of adventure and daring, of freedom and romance. While historical reality was unglamorous and brutal, in fiction, we enter a world of excitement, set sail for a great adventure, enjoy freedoms outside the confines of society and law, fight on the side of righteous rebels [...]


Bites - Ten Tales of Vampires
Do you like the traditional, blood-sucking, dangerous type of vampire? Then this story collection is for you. Ten authors have created creepy, chilling, funny, thought-provoking and scary stories about dark suckers. Are vampires to be pitied for their vulnerabilities, or envied for their powers? How do we know who is a vampire? How do we know what vampires want from us? What if they are [...]


Haunted - Ten Tales of Ghosts
Exciting, spooky and scary stories for everyone, edited by Rayne Hall. Ten authors spin creepy yarns, each with a different writing style and a different way of telling a story. Allow these fantasy and horror stories to haunt you, and see which story resonates most with you. 1. GHOSTS CAN BLEED by Tracie McBride - Ghosts can bleed. Maurice knows, because he is one. 2. DANCERS by William Meikle - [...]


Six Scary Tales Vol. 2 - Creepy Horror Stories
Six atmospheric, spine-tingling, creepy short stories. This collection contains 'Scruples', 'Seagulls', 'Night Train', 'Through the Tunnel', 'Black Karma' and 'Take Me To St Roch's'. Click 'Look Inside' (on the top left of this page) or 'send sample now' (on the right) to read the beginning FREE. Please note: These stories are also collected in the book Thirty Scary Tales.


Six Scary Tales Vol. 1 - Creepy Horror Stories
Six creepy, atmospheric, spine-tingling stories by Rayne Hall. Volume 1 contains 'Only A Fool', 'Four Bony Hands', 'The Black Boar', 'Double Rainbows', 'Druid Stones' and 'Burning'. These stories are more creepy and psychological than violent and gory. However, they may not be suitable for young readers without parental guidance. These horror stories have been previously published in magazines, [...]


Writing Fight Scenes
How To Write Exciting, Realistic Action Scenes Do you struggle with fight scenes? Has your editor told you the novel is brilliant - except for this part? Learn step-by-step how to create fictional fights that leave the reader breathless with excitement. The book gives you: * A six-part structure to use as blueprint for your scene. * Tricks how to combine fighting with dialogue * Information about [...]


Storm Dancer
Dahoud is a troubled hero with a dark past. A former siege commander with more curses on his head than a camel has fleas, and a conscience heavier than a bricklayer's tray, Dahoud will do anything to atone for his atrocities. Under a new humble identity, he builds a life of peace. But the devious ruler has not forgotten his conquering general. He tracks Dahoud down and offers him immense power, [...]


Suspended In Dusk
"Disquieting and at times terrifying, SUSPENDED IN DUSK shows that horror can, and should, have substance." ~ Kaaron Warren, Shirley Jackson Award winner, and author of Slights, Mystification, Walking the Tree. "SUSPENDED IN DUSK offers a delicious assortment of chills, frights, shocks and very dark delights!" ~ Jonathan Maberry, Bram Stoker Award winner and New York Times bestselling author of [...]


The Writer's Novel-In-A-Month Preparation Book - A Practical Workbook
Do you want to write a novel in a month? Has your writer's group set its members a fast-writing challenge? Has your publisher given you a tight deadline for delivering your next book? Are you planning to take part in the next National Novel Writing Month? If so, this book will help you gather ideas, develop a plot, do your research, and plan your project in the days or weeks before you begin [...]


The Writer's Setting Descriptions Action Book
Your personal observations are fantastic material for fiction. Pay attention to the places you visit. Describe what you hear, see and smell. Jot down those little telling details most people don't even notice. Capture your impressions of the atmosphere. Some weeks from now, or even years later, these notes will be a gold mine for a fiction project. When you want to write a scene set in a cave, a [...]


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