Mystery Mondays: Carol Balawyder on Subplots

Today I am fortunate to be featured on Kristina Stanley’s blog as part of her Mystery Mondays series. Make sure you check out the other writers who’ve been guest in this series and also to browse through Kristina’s blog where you can pick up some valuable tips from her Write Better Fiction series.
http://kristinastanley.com/?s=write+better+fiction

KRISTINA STANLEY

Welcome once again to Mystery Mondays.

I first connected with Carol Balawyder when she graciously agreed to have me guest blog on her seriesHOW I GOT PUBLISHED.  DESCENT had been published less than a month previously, and I was nervous about guest blogging. Carol’s generous nature made it easy for me, and now I feel very lucky to have her guest blogging on my series.

Carol writes the The Getting To Mr. Right series.

Screen Shot 2016-03-20 at 8.14.27 AMTHE PURPOSE OF SUBPLOTS by Carol Balawyder

Thank you so much Kristina for inviting me as a guest on your Mystery Monday series. It’s a true honor for me to be in the midst of so many flourishing writers.

In my writing, whether it is women’s contemporary fiction or crime genre they both have in common a subplot which deals with the complexity of domestic relationships – specifically, relationships between an adult and…

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James M. Jackson’s Guest

I am getting a bit shy about tooting my own horn.

Still, I wouldn’t want to have you miss out on a fellow blogger’s interesting site and his Seamus McCree mystery series. And I do so appreciate all the opportunities which have come my way. So, for a little bit more about me and a whole lot about James M. Jackson click HERE and HERE.

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The Sunday Show – Defining Moments with Carol Balawyder

For those who are not yet familiar with Sally’s blog I encourage you to go there. You will find a wealth of information and posts which reflect Sally’s generous spirit.
Thank you so very much Sally for including me as a guest on your Sunday Show.

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I am really honored to be among two wonderful novelists! 🙂
Have a look at their books. You can check my review of Julia’s Violinist at http://www.amazon.com/Julias-Violinist-Anneli-Purchase-ebook/product-reviews/B00BI4TH3I/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

I’m looking forward to reading Patricia Sands Book of The Year Award Finalist novel. Bravo, Patricia.
And, of course, thank you, Anneli, for this wonderful series on opening lines. 🙂 I look forward to reading many more.

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Here are three more books and their opening lines.

Assuming the book is in a genre that might interest you, do you want to continue reading after the first lines? The authors hope so. What do you think? Are you interested enough to turn the page? These books probably target women more than men, but we appreciate all opinions.

1. Getting to Mr. Rightby Carol Balawyder

Missi Morgan hoped this weekend would bring the magic back into her marriage with Max. She pictured the resort where they were going with its indoor pool, sauna and Jacuzzi and imagined how relaxed they would both feel, their daily preoccupations forgotten as they focused on the pleasure of being together. She couldn’t even remember their last romantic getaway.

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2. The Bridge Clubby Patricia Sands
“Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright. It wasn’t Christmas, and it’s not about…

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Happy Holidays To All

I wish you all a very joyful holiday and may your new year be filled with wonderful surprises!

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As a Thank You for blogging along with me, I’ve reduced my Kindle eBooks to 99 cents until January 1.

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Getting To Mr. Right: Kindle Apps

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Ah, the perils of self-publishing! I’ve had comments from readers telling me that they weren’t able to download my book on their e-readers.

Kindle does offer a free app for other e-readers.

For iPad users:

 
For Kobo, Nook, Samsong and other readers:

http://www.epubsoft.com/how-to-read-kindle-books-on-kobo.html

Of course, if you have a Kindle you can download it through your Amazon account. Just make sure you check the right hand side to log into your country’s Amazon site.

 http://www.amazon.com/Getting-Mr-Right-Carol-Balawyder-ebook/dp/B00NRQM35O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411558303&sr=8-1&keywords=Getting+To+Mr.+Right

I hope this helps! 

Thanks for your patience and understanding. 🙂

 

 

Getting To Mr. Right: Online Now

I am so proud and excited to introduce my latest book: Getting To Mr. Right. Years ago the book started as posts on my blog A Girl Called Brenda. This evolved into The Dating Club which in turn evolved to Getting To Mr. Right.

 

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The book is available on Amazon. If you decide to download it make sure that you go to the Amazon account for your country.

Don’t have a Kindle? Amazon offers a free app which allows you to download any Kindle book to your e-reader.

Comments on Amazon.com or your own Amazon site, Goodreads, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter and other medium will be much appreciated.

But mostly, thanks for your support. 🙂

 

 

 

Getting To Mr. Right: Choosing a Book Cover

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We all know that a lot of people judge a book by its cover. I the first. Therefore, I did a lot of analyzing before selecting this cover from the several interesting options Miruna Radulescu, a graphic designer, presented to me.

To add to the difficulty, mid way through the process,  I changed the title of my novel from The Dating Club to Getting To Mr. Right. Here’s what Miruna had to say about this:

After you gave the new title, wheels got into motion again and came up with the two other ideas. It’s amazing how a title can have such a different concept behind it!

 Finally, I decided on this cover for these reasons:

  • The image of the suitcase represents a journey of leaving behind the past in order to go towards the future. This is an important theme of the novel.

  • The suitcase also represents baggage which we all carry with us. The novel focuses on father/daughter relationships and its impact on a daughter’s adult love relationships. The stickers on the tattered suitcase are memories of these past relationships.

  • I like that the reader does not see the age nor what the woman on the cover looks like. I felt that this, hopefully, would draw the reader in by identifying with the character.

  • I also like the hilly road, symbolizing the ups and downs of relationships, which is present throughout the novel.

  • Finally, I found the cover had a mood of serenity and optimism to it. Something which I tried to convey in the novel.

As a bonus, which I did not expect, Miruna put Mr. in smaller letters than the rest of the cover title. It’s not that I think a Mr. is not important to a woman’s life. After all, my novel is largely about meeting Prince Charming. But through the novel, these women learn that Mr. Right is merely a cherry on the Sundae of their lives.

Here are some topics I’ll be posting (not necessarily in this order)  that are connected to Getting to Mr. Right:

The Editing Process

Kindle Apps

Book Launch

Father/Daughter relationships

The Setting