Novel Adventures

MN0170Mt.McGown

The Second edition is in process. Due to a number of requests, I’m converting the book to a hard cover copy. The first edition (eBook format) is no longer available. Keep checking back!

Will They Make It in Time?

Mike Braddock, a former hotshot, has settled into a quiet life in Pine Creek. He meets Annie Keener, a writer, new to Pine Creek. As their relationship develops, trouble brews. One innocent morning, Braddock’s best friend Jim Dunlap receives a call that will change their lives. A man named Spider, hell-bent on revenge, tells Jim that he and his boys are coming to town to exact their revenge. The pastoral town of Pine Creek is put on alert based on the threats of a vicious Alabama motorcycle gang. Once in Pine Creek, Spider and his crew kidnap Annie and take her up White Thunder Mountain.

Spider then hatches a devious plan: set the mountain on fire. To save Annie, Leonard Laughing Bear, the local medicine man, must unleash the Great Thunderbird, the guardian Spirit that lives on White Thunder Mountain. Meanwhile, Braddock, Jim, fire crews, and rescue teams must find a way up the burning mountain to save Annie, the mountain, and the innocent residents of Pine Creek.
 

A little romance, some suspense, plenty of action, and the help of Native American spirits come together to create a gripping tale of good overcoming evil.


Book Cover
Now retired but copies may be available on Amazon
 
 
A woman chronicles her experience with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the wake of 9/11. Unable to work, she abandons her job and soon loses her ocean-side condo. The only bright spot is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, who demonstrates how Asian medicines can help her heal. Now homeless, she must learn the ins and outs of the lifestyle. Her problem, she hears again and again, is hers and hers alone. During the frigid New England winter she must sleep in her car; not even a concerned local pastor offers a warm place to rest. When her mother is diagnosed with cancer, she puts hard-laid plans for medical school on hold and she must then make a choice: to follow her destiny or succumb to illness…

 

 

 

Recent Posts

Creating Movement in an Action Novel

wildfire

Source: WSET, Virginia

I don’t know why, but I’ve been fascinated with fire since childhood. The duality of its beauty and danger captivate me; flames licking, eating, destroying; yet warming, inviting, even trance inducing. Many years ago, as the first chapters of Rescue on White Thunder formed in my mind, it was very different from the end result. I suppose that’s where the creativity and individuality of the writer comes in to play. Fire has become a running theme in my books and it is once again a large part of the next installation in what has become a series because I so enjoy the characters I’ve created. (And I’ve already got ideas and a premise for a third.)

For a writer who prefers to write a good action story, movement is crucial and including fire made it easy. Fire provides good movement in a story, whether it’s the fire itself or the characters involved with the fire and what they’re doing with it or to it.

In this excerpt, you can see how the characters move into action as a result of fire:

Braddock was already well above the rest of his crew on the fire line when Jim suddenly yelled, “Wind change!” 

The crew immediately stopped what they were doing and ran downhill. When Braddock and Smoke turned to do the same, a flare-up stopped them in their tracks. It was an unexpected blowup – the southeasterly winds, with pressure from the storm overhead, shifted north and caused crown fires to increase rapidly. Flames raged high and hot and separated Braddock and Smoke from the rest of the team. Braddock turned in every direction, trying to find a way out as the flames shot through the loose underbrush, creating a wall of fire around them. Branches burned off trees fell to the forest floor, spitting burning embers everywhere.

In this portion, the fire itself is the action, providing rich imagery as well:

Fires spread quickly over a fresh, loose layer of humus covering the solid ground. Tree trunks caught fire one after the other as flames overran the surrounding brush and now-dead timbers toppled from last year’s big storm. The crackling roar of the fire amplified and they had to shout to hear each other. Braddock knew they would soon be forced to move to higher ground. Some of the firebreaks held but winds were increasing in strength and velocity, propelling fresh embers to other areas. More trees and small brush ignited, creating walls of flames that nearly licked the upper branches of the tall pines.

You can also have both the characters and the fire creating action where one influences the other:

6:30 am: The explosion reverberated throughout the house. Braddock flew out of his chair at the breakfast table and Jim sprung to his feet, knocking his chair to the floor, both of them spilling their mugs of coffee.

Quite a distance away, they could barely make out a thin grey line of smoke over the trees southwest of White Thunder Mountain. Minutes later, the wail of police sirens pierced the air; honks like foghorns from multiple fire engines interrupted the morning’s serenity.

When it comes to action, you have multiple opportunities to create movement in your story when you include an active subject matter like fire or other extreme forms of weather. Track whether the story flows or if it skips; too many changes between scenes may break up the story’s rhythm. Use whatever tools work best for you; have friends/family read portions for feedback, build a story board on a wall in your home office (or where in the house you write), even sketch out the physical layout of the story’s location (this works for me) to keep timelines and movement in sync.

Remember, movement is life in a good action story.

  1. What a COCKY Thing to Do Leave a reply
  2. Graphic Un-Design Leave a reply
  3. Jack-of-Many-Trades Leave a reply
  4. Stories with a Purpose Leave a reply
  5. Lunch Among Giants Leave a reply
  6. Shakin’ it up…almost there Leave a reply
  7. Shakin’ It Up in the New Year Leave a reply
  8. Survey Says… Leave a reply
  9. From Blog to Book: Turn Your Knowledge into Profit Leave a reply
  10. Book Sales Fraud or Smart Marketing? Leave a reply
  11. Copyright Tidbits 2 Replies
  12. A Lesson in Futility… 1 Reply
  13. Six Tips on finding a Literary Agent, from Bestselling Author Jo Furniss #WriteTip Leave a reply
  14. Talk to Text: A Writing Lesson Leave a reply