M. K. Theodoratus, Fantasy Writer, blogs about the books she reads--mostly fantasy and mystery authors whose books catch her eye and keep her interest. Nothing so formal as a book review, just chats about what she liked. Theodoratus also mutters about her own writing progress or ... lack of it.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Hey, #Writer. Are Your #Plots Too Simple?

When Shadows FallDon't you love a complicated plots with twists, turns and surprises? I know I do. In fact, I turn a deep shade of green when I encounter a complicated plot that works. Why? Because I feel my plots are too simplistic. So, you can imagine my delight after I discovered J. T. Ellisson's When Shadows Fall on the supermarket shelves.

The Prologue indicated it was a multiple viewpoint story  ... and it was: the perp, the red herring, and a medical examiner running away from police work to the safety of academe after a catastrophic case. I grabbed the book even though my to-read pile's growing.

The baffling case begins with a letter announcing the writer's death and gets its first complication when her doorbell rings. The lawyer, of the man who wrote the letter asking her to solve his murder, tells Samantha Owens she is the executor of the estate and is requested to do a medical examination that proves the death wasn't a suicide as first ruled. The murders begin to pile up, but the murder investigation soon entwines with a maze of child abductions, past and present. As I said, a nice, complicated plot line that includes a rogue FBI agent.

How would I sum up the storyline? It's a suspenseful nail-biter embedded in warm relationships and cold chills. Major and minor characters are well-fleshed out, and you care about them. The perp comes across as a person rather than an actor. Even the macabre ending is well foreshadowed. In my humble, pipsqueak opinion, J. T. Ellison is an author to study if you want your plots to be fast-moving and suspenseful.

I'm just one in the chorus giving When Shadows Fall 5*****.


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Blog Tour:
The Ghost in the Closet

Hi ... I commissioned Goddess Fish Promotions to run a blog tour for The Ghost in the Closet. The stops include:
October 6: Deal Sharing Aunt
October 7: Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews
October 8: Bunny's Review
October 9: Queen of All She Reads
October 10: Kit 'N Kabookle
October 13: Room With Books
October 14: It's Raining Books
October 15: Long and Short Reviews
October 16: SBM Book Obsession
October 17: Danita Minnis

They're also organizing a raffle for a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card among the people who comment on my write up. I'm not always the listing at the top so you may have to scroll down. To find the links you can either use a search engine or go to the Goddess Fish page for my tour.

Looks like I'm going to be spending more time on Social Media.

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The revisions of The Ghostcrow,prequel to The Ghost in the Closet continues. I'm about 2/3s of the way done with the revisions. Decided the ghostcrow needed more screen time to do his/her thing. Also solved my dilemma about timing. Once my critique group sees the story, I'll submit it a couple places. Then, probably in January, I'll self-publish.

Oh. I'm putting snippets from The Ghostcrow up on my website now.
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