49 Writers, Inc. Deb Vanasse | Revision Tips
Revision is a lot like child-rearing, inefficient and unpredictable. The work will get unruly. You can’t let your ego get in the way. Your book or story or poem isn’t you. You have to let it grow up into itself, into the project it’s meant to be.
Rose Colored Glasses: Rose’s Online Plotting Boot Camp
Dates: June 4 – 29, 2018
Last date to register: June 4, 2018
Cost: $50.00—cheap, considering everything you get!
Your DI (Drill Instructor): Delilah Devlin
Offered through: www.rosescoloredglasses.com
What you can expect:
CHARACTER (Strengthening exercises)
CONFLICT! CONFLICT! CONFLICT!
Breaking through the STORY STRUCTURE stronghold
Battling the PLOT LINES
We do more in one month than some people do all year! Get tough! Get motivated! Get plotting!
By Jenna Sutton: Any Resemblance to Actual Persons is Purely Purposeful
April News from Kate White
What I’m Up to This Month
Flitting About: Because of the launch of my new career book, The Gutsy Girl Handbook: Your Manifesto for Success, I’ve been doing a lot of press lately, and also traveling around the country giving speeches, which I always enjoy. I like connecting with other women, and weirdly, one of my favorite pastimes is eating alone in hotel restaurants. I guess it’s because it’s a great chance to detach a little from the world. (Is that something you personally love or hate?)
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Richard Condon Thrillers: The Manchurian Candidate, Winter Kills, Prizzi’s Honor by Richard Condon (Author)
From bestselling, master political novelist Richard Condon comes a collection of three of his most well-known thrillers. His heroes deal with assassinations, greed, and corruption in the fabric of American politics.
The Manchurian Candidate: War hero Sergeant Raymond Shaw is a sleeper assassin, programmed to kill by his former North Korean captors during his time as a prisoner of war. Now he’s been returned to the US, with a mission to assassinate a candidate for US President–and his former commander is the only man who can stop him.
Winter Kills: While riding in a Philadelphia motorcade, an American president is assassinated. This one is fictional, but this story is haunted by the mysteries of the Kennedy Assassination–with a complicated conspiracy that involves movie stars, oil barons, and shadowy agents at the highest levels of government.
Prizzi’s Honor: Charley Partanna is a hitman for New York’s most dangerous crime family–and so is his wife, Irene. When Irene cheats the Prizzis out of a sizeable sum of money, it’s Charley they demand justice from. Now Charley must choose between his employers and the love of his life. A mafia thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.
Call Sign, White Lily (5th Edition): The Life and Loves of the World’s First Female Fighter Pilot by M.G. Crisci (Author)
With Mother Russia under siege, a daring 17-year old teenage girl hangs up her ice skates and heads for the skies. Initially rebuffed as a child in a man’s world, her unparalleled flying skills make believers of even the most battle-hardened Russian pilot.
At the tender age of 18 she becomes the world’s first female flying ace. By the age of 21 she has lived a breathtaking existence, completing 268 missions against Hitler’s vaunted Luftwaffe, recording 15 solo kills, and assisting on countless others. In the process the publicity surrounding Lilia’s exploits make her Hitler’s worst nightmare. She is also shot down four times,falls madly in love with her handsome squadron commander, and still finds time to laugh, smile and read poetry, her other great love.
Lilia’s incredible, and largely unknown story in the West, is set as historical fiction against the background of a devastating war that claimed the lives of as many as 30 million Soviet soldiers and citizens. Despite the difficult times, Lilia’s bittersweet story contains the simple desire of many woman: to have a loving husband that brings surprises, a family full of laughter and love, and a world where peace reigns supreme. For all people, for all time.
Lilia’s only fear was that her sacrifices, and those of so many others, would be lost in time. Sadly, that is precisely what happened. Lilia was lost somewhere over the Eastern Ukraine seven days before her 22nd, and she did not receive her just due for another 47 years!
Call Sign, White Lily is proof positive that life is a destination to an unknown destination.
Lydia Vladimirovna Litvyak (Лидия Владимировна Литвяк, (August 18, 1921, in Moscow – August 1, 1943, in Krasnyi Luch), also known as Lilya, was a fighter pilot in the Soviet Air Force during World War II. With five solo victories and two shared kills over a total of 66 combat missions, over about two years of missions, she was the first female fighter pilot to shoot down an enemy plane, the first of two female fighter pilots who have earned the title of fighter ace, and the holder of the record for the greatest number of kills by a female fighter pilot. She was shot down near Orel during the Battle of Kursk as she attacked a formation of German planes.
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“The White Rose of Stalingrad: The Real-Life Adventure of Lidiya Vladmirovna Litvyak, the Highest Scoring Female Air Ace of All Time.”
Ali in Wonderland: And Other Tall Tales by Ali Wentworth (Author)
Mix 1 oz. Chelsea Handler, 1.5 oz. Nora Ephron, finish with a twist of Tina Fey, and you get Ali in Wonderland, the uproarious, revealing, and heartfelt memoir from acclaimed actress and comedian Ali Wentworth. Whether spilling secrets about her quintessentially WASPy upbringing (and her delicious rebellion against it), reminiscing about her Seinfeld “Schmoopie” days and her appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, or baring the details of starting a family alongside husband George Stephanopoulos, one thing is for sure—Ali has the unsurpassable humor and warmth of a born storyteller with a story to tell: the quirky, flavorful, surprising, and sometimes scandalous Ali in Wonderland.
“Ali Wentworth is funny and warm and crazy all at once. Like Barbara Eden. But on something. Like crystal meth.” —Alec Baldwin
Animal Rites by Michael Panno (Author)
*** Finalist in the Thriller Catagory of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards*** It’s 1995. Frank Noble is a Viet Nam vet and a retired Secret Service agent, living in a stone cabin in the Angeles National Forest, above Los Angeles. A family of bears live close by and Frank takes joy in observing and interacting with them. This all changes when two poachers kill two of the bears and cut out their bladders and remove their paws to sell on the black market. Little did the poachers know, they picked the wrong bears. Frank enlists the help of Marcell, a dwarf and former Circus Performer with his own dark past, who now lives in a cabin close to Frank, and the two of them set out for revenge. It is a journey that leads them into the seedy underworld of Animal parts, child pornography and prostitution.
The Deeds of the Disturber (The Amelia Peabody Murder Mysteries) by Elizabeth Peters (Author)
Back in London after an archaeological dig, adventurous sleuth Amelia Peabody—“rather like Indiana Jones, Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple all rolled into one”—discovers that a night watchman at the museum has perished in the shadow of a mummy case (The Washington Post Book World).
There are murmurings about an ancient curse, but a skeptical Amelia is determined to find an all-too-human killer. Soon, she’s balancing family demands, including the troubles of her precocious son, Ramses (aka Walter), with not just one unsolved crime, but two . . .
Such A Deal: Three Nice Jewish Detectives by Julie Smith (Author), Shelley Singer (Author), Dick Cluster (Author), Patty Friedmann (Author)
An anthology containing one each from THREE top-rated sleuth series by best-selling authors Shelley Singer, Julie Smith, and Dick Cluster, PLUS award-winning author Patty Friedmann’s powerful and emotional autobiographical novel.
Editor’s note: This book contains four complete novels.
The Good Lawyer: A Novel by Thomas Benigno (Author)
INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY.
A young, ambitious lawyer is eager to prove he is better than the mobster dominated family he grew up in. Working as a Bronx Legal Aid Attorney he learns how to twist the system, how to become an unbeatable defense lawyer. But it’s 1982. The Spiderman rapist is on the loose and New York City is a city in fear. When an outraged victim commits suicide right before his eyes, searching for absolution and determined to prove his client’s innocense, he knocks the pegs out from under the prosecution’s case. Digging deeper, horrifying revealations about his family’s past collide with the true identity of the sadistic sociopath behind the real Spiderman’s rampage. In the process, this good lawyer comes face-to-face with his greatest conflict and deepest fear: to win, really win, must he sacrifice every principle he believes in and embrace his family’s mafia past to become judge, jury, and executioner?