Excerpt: Hunted Fate by Jennifer Derrick

Excerpt: Hunted Fate by Jennifer Derrick

Title: Hunted Fate (Threads of the Moirae, #3) 

Author: Jennifer Derrick 
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: July 24th 2017
Genres: Mythology, Romance, Young Adult

Excerpt: Hunted Fate by Jennifer Derrick
About the book:

Alex and Atropos have taken refuge at an abandoned mountain resort compound. Atropos is a wanted woman in hiding, and the downtime with her soul mate is a nice change of pace. But the peace will be short-lived. The authorities are after her for her role in the attack on the city of Charlotte. Zeus has put a bounty on her head. There’s also a war to prepare for—and if she wins, the gods will be deposed once and for all. But first she needs to track down Gaia, and even that won’t be simple. Gaia resides at the bottom of the ocean, and the humans and gods are already hot on Atropos’ trail…
A heart-pounding romantic adventure where Greek mythology and modern-day life collide, Hunted Fate is the third book in the epic Threads of the Moirae series by Jennifer Derrick.


“We need whoever provides security around here. Or Hades. They’re bound to be the ones who can open this. If we can find them, we can drag them down here and slap their hand on this thing to get it open,” Alex says.
         “We need another way,” Sara says, shaking her head. “We haven’t seen a single person since we got here. It’s too time consuming to track them down. And we’ll never get Hades.”
         “Anyone know of any other ways to crack a palm plate?” I ask.
         “Short of finding a valid fingerprint and going through an awful lot of steps to create a fake finger, the only other way is to break down the software controlling it,” Alex says.
         “Are any of you hackers?”
         Alex raises his hand.
         “You can hack this?” I ask. “I didn’t know you were a hacker.”
         “I’m not. But there isn’t a lot to do when you’re stuck at home with a terminal disease or trapped in a crappy boarding school. I taught myself a few things, made a few online friends who were a little shady. Depending on how sophisticated the software is, I might be able to crack it.”
         “Would it be controlled from the computer out front?”
         “It might be. Or it might be controlled from a central server that’s who knows where. No way to know without looking,” he says.
         “That computer is password protected. If you try to force it, you may set off alarms.”
         “Then I’ll have to be careful,” he says, heading back to the lobby.
         We follow and gather around the desk while he works. The keys clack under his fingers as he mutters instructions to himself.
         “Okay, I’m in the system,” he says. “While I’m here, I’m going to shut down those security cameras. No need for everyone to know where we are.”
         The TV feed blinks and is gone.
         He keeps typing and clicking and muttering. The rest of us sit down on the floor and wait. There’s nothing we can do.
         “Huh. That could be tricky,” he says.
         “What?” I ask, getting up and going around the desk so I can see his screen. Not that the gibberish there means squat to me.
         “The system that controls the fingerprint scanners also controls the card locks. Worse, it’s not separated by floor. I’m not good enough to bring down only one piece of the system. It’s all or nothing.”
         “What’s the problem?” I ask.
         “It means that the only thing standing between us and whatever is behind those cell doors is the hope that none of them try the doors. If the inmates figure out the doors are open, then security will be the least of our problems. All of them could walk right out of here.”
         “Do it,” I tell him. “It’s not like we’ll be broadcasting the locks are down. No one will notice. Hopefully.”
         “Okay,” he says and goes back to pounding on the keys.
         After a few minutes, the computer beeps and Alex pushes away from it.
         “Done,” he says.
         The words are barely out of his mouth when a series of small pops echoes around the room. They sound like they’re both surrounding us and simultaneously heading away from us.
         “Aw, shit,” I say. “The locks. We forgot they make noise! We are idiots. Come on,” I say, racing for the doors on the right.
         We slam through the doors and pull up in front of door number four. No one is coming into the hall yet. I’m hoping the inmates think it’s a trap and are too intimidated to try their doors. Either that or they didn’t hear the locks release. Please, just let me get out of here before hell literally opens, I think.


Excerpt: Hunted Fate by Jennifer Derrick
About the Author:

Jennifer is a freelance writer and novelist. As a freelancer, she writes everything from technical manuals to articles on personal finance and European-style board games. Her interest in storytelling began when she was six and her parents gave her a typewriter for Christmas and agreed to pay her $.01 per page for any stories she churned out. Such a loose payment system naturally led to a lot of story padding. Broken Fate, her first novel, earned her $2.80 from her parents.  

Jennifer lives in North Carolina and, when not writing, can often be found reading, trawling the shelves at the library, playing board games, watching sports, camping, running marathons, and playing with her dog. You can visit her at her official website:www.JenniferDerrick.com.

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Guilty Feelings

Guest post by Shelley Shepard Gray

I spent a lot of time thinking about being guilty while I was writing HIS GUILT. It didn’t start out that way. At first, I was simply writing about my hero’s return to his hometown and the many regrets he had about his past. Then-as things often go while writing-I realized he had some things he felt guilty about. Not wanting him to be the only person in the book with a past, other characters started chatting about their guilty feelings, too.
Guest post by Shelley Shepard Gray
And the next thing I knew, I was feeling guilty about some things, too.
Oh, nothing too bad. Some things were kind of silly. Like I would feel guilty that I had eaten that donut for breakfast. Then I would feel bad that I hadn’t walked enough to make my nifty new FitBit happy.
Then, finally, it would all boil down to Eddie.
Eddie is our one-year-old half-dachshund/ half-beagle puppy who I bought up in Amish country during last year’s Girlfriend Getaway. He’s adorable, he’s sweet, and he needs a lot of attention. He also has very big brown eyes that look sad whenever I’m not giving him attention. Yep, he’s got me wrapped around his paw. Anyway, he loves his walks. That means if I’m writing so much that I don’t take him for that walk, he gets sad and I feel guilty.
It seems I’ve become pretty adept at heaping on guilt for a lot of silly reasons. I don’t know if that matters, though that clenched feeling in the pit of my stomach feels the same whether it’s about ice cream or something to do with my family or work.  I don’t think I’m alone in this. I think a lot of us wish we were more attentive, more athletic, more something and happily take the blame for these faults. But it can certainly be exhausting.
Through the course of HIS GUILT, several of my characters learn to make peace with themselves. Their burdens are lighter when they relieve themselves of all that guilty weight. And in its place? Things like gratitude and grace, peace and hope. Much better emotions to carry around, I think! 
I think I’m learning to embrace some of those same things, too. And as for Eddie? Well, I’ve started walking that puppy first thing in the morning. I’m happy, he’s tired for hours so I can write.
So far, so good, which, I’ve learned, is good enough. 

Guest post by Shelley Shepard Gray
Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

Catch Up With Ms. Gray On: Website ๐Ÿ”—Goodreads ๐Ÿ”—Twitter ๐Ÿ”—, & Facebook ๐Ÿ”—!


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Want a literary agent, publishing deal and an option for movies? Then don’t write a book.

Want a literary agent, publishing deal and an option for movies? Then don’t write a book. #Guestpost

Lots of blogs and vlogs focus on writing the perfect query letter. Others focus on creating the perfect book—pacing, tense, style. Some websites will give you the top ten tips when writing a synopsis. And they’re great and very much needed.

But, I’m going to take a bit of a different approach. I’m going to share what worked for me. Maybe it could work for you.

Want a literary agent, publishing deal and an option for movies? Then don’t write a book. #Guestpost
My name is Gareth Worthington. I’m about to have two properties published in the next twelve months and am signed for at least three more to follow over the next few years. All have been optioned for TV or film. I’m represented by Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management, and my Publisher is Vesuvian Books, a company with extraordinary ties to Hollywood.

It all sounds impressive, right? I must have written pieces of literary genius and have all the right connections and an army of people backing me, right?

Not quite.

I’m a nobody. I didn’t grow up rich. In fact, I grew up in social housing in one of the roughest cities in the UK, in a less-than-favourable home environment. My schools actually boycotted grammar as part of the curriculum. I’m not a social media junkie, and I’m no social butterfly. I had no connections.

So, what happened? Here are the top three things I did (or didn’t) do:

1) I didn’t write a book, I created a property.

These days, books are a dime a dozen. Actually, they’re often not even that. They’re given away free. The advent of indie publishing has meant that the market is saturated—with the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. I believe there are more than five million books on Amazon alone.

Agents and publishers are literally drowning in submissions. So how to stand out?

In the 21st century, in the age of technology and multiple platforms for delivery, you have to ask yourself – does the book translate across media? Your potential agent and or publisher is often looking for properties that can be sold as ebooks, audiobooks, converted to graphic novels, and adapted to TV or film. You need to create a property that can be franchised.

To give you an example, my debut novel, Children of the Fifth Sun, will be published by Vesuvian Books on July 25th in print and ebook. It has been optioned for film/TV, is published on the unique Tapas Media platform, and we’re currently working on an audiobook. But, long before I ever queried an agent with the manuscript, I had laid the groundwork. I had already:

·        Created an entire website dedicated to the background research in my ‘science faction’ novel (www.childrenofthefifthsun.com)
·        Joined an online community to pitch the book to Hollywood studios. I even pitched to execs at Scott Free (you know, the guys who made Gladiator).
·        Entered parts of the work into the New York Book Festival contest and won honorable mention two years in a row.
·        Set up my own merchandise line. (And I don’t mean a mug with a pic on it. I scoured the world for the right guys to help create a 3D rendering of something special in my book that could then be printed by a 3D printer and sold).
·        Co-written a script for the movie.

Was my work on par with Wordsworth or Tolkien? No (I’m always striving to improve). Had I secured a movie deal by this point? No. Had I sold millions of items of merchandise? No. What I had was a property that was interesting, well researched, and not hum drum. I had put the hours in and created a package that could be sold and adapted. It was commercial.

2) Once I had my property, I didn’t carpet bomb the agent world

I wrote two query letters and landed an agent. No joke.

Target your property to the RIGHT agent—research what they enjoy. Honestly, I would say contact no more than two agents at a time. They want to have the exclusivity. They don’t want something that’s been round the block more times than the easy girl at your high school.

Also, agents talk to each other. The literary world is a small one, believe me. Ever heard of six degrees of freedom? Here, it’s one degree – at least if you have a good agent. So, if you send it out to every man, his wife, and their dog, you’re already done.

3) When I wrote my query letters, I didn’t pitch myself as an author

Every author is going to write in their query letter that they love books. They read all the time. They love the literary word. It moves their soul.

Your potential agent wants to know they can sell YOU as well as your property. The number one rule in business is: people buy people. If you can sell yourself, you’re half way to getting your property looked at.

Personally, I sold Children of the Fifth Sun on the fact my background and interests feed heavily into the content. My property and I are one. I hold a Bachelors in Marine Biology and have hand tagged sharks. I have a PhD in endocrinology. I now work for the pharma industry and help bring new cancer therapies to the world. I do this completely covered in tattoos while practicing Muay Thai and bringing up two small children. Most importantly, I have more ideas up my sleeve — that’s a biggie. Always have more ideas.

You are your brand.

So, there you have it. A boy from the UK projects, who was never taught grammar, managed to land an agent, a multiple-book deal, and have them optioned for film/TV. Now I have the connections and the army behind me. And believe me – it takes a village.

If I can do it, so can you.

Last tip: always be grateful. As hard as I worked to create my property and sell myself, if my agent Renee C. Fountain hadn’t taken the chance on me, or Vesuvian Books hadn’t decided to publish my debut, 140,000-word behemoth because they saw the multi-media potential, I’d be nowhere.

Good luck finding an agent and getting a publishing deal. One day, you could be the next J.K. Rowling or Stephen King.

Want a literary agent, publishing deal and an option for movies? Then don’t write a book. #Guestpost
Gareth Worthington holds a degree in marine biology, a PhD in endocrinology, and currently educates the World's doctors on new cancer therapies. Gareth has hand tagged sharks in California; won honorable mention at the New York Book Festival 2012 and 2013 for his writing; and trained in various martial arts, including Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, and MMA at the EVOLVE MMA gym in Singapore and Phoenix KampfSport Switzerland. Born in Plymouth UK, Worthington currently resides outside of Zurich, Switzerland.
Visit Gareth Online: Website Twitter Facebook Goodreads
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A Guide to Becoming a Better Writer: 15 Practical Tips

A Guide to Becoming a Better Writer: 15 Practical Tips, guest post by Helen Birk

A lot of people like writing nowadays, and truth be told, in most cases, it turns out challenging process. However, there are those who love writing too much so that they earn a living by composing essays or poems, for example. Still, the road to becoming a specialist and self-motivated writer isn't as easy as it looks. However, there is an available option to read and follow these helpful tricks and tips.

1. The best writers, before they were considered as skillful, were one of the best readers. They read books, novels, poems, and other types of reading materials. They read frequently and vigorously because during reading they get ideas, stimulate their minds and consequently gain more knowledge.

2. It is critical for freelance writers to work as hard as possible. Writers need to build up a high confidence. When authors are confident about themselves, it will show up in their actions, which will result in a high-quality assessment. Try to join various communities where writers critique each other's work and survey constant changes.

3. Make sure you do your research properly and attract a certain type of audience. Before conducting research, you have to target a particular type of people. Whether it is a book, article or a magazine, a text should include a purpose and idea. If it has both qualities, then people will surely be reading it.

4. Start warming up before you write, open up a new document, and just start typing anything. Type for 3 minutes straight, and don't worry about making any mistakes. The warm-up is just for you, and no one else will see it. The point is to give your mind a chance to get used to typing and writing without having to worry about the result. This will help you write your draft with ease.

5. Write in stages, your initial stage is the first draft, where you jot down some quick notes and include a working title. Then you put your article away for a day and refine it later. You may work on your article for several days before you get to the final draft and start proofing a text for grammar and spelling errors.

6. Get to the point; readers are looking for reliable and easy-to-find information. Make your articles short and snappy. State your points as simply as possible. This will especially help you know how to write a good essay.

7. Focus on teaching. Your role as an author is to teach your readers about your niche. You help them obtain practical experience associated with your field. Being a teacher is a perfect skill, especially while experimenting with different tutoring methods.

8. Use short paragraphs, numbered lists, and bullet points; People who are reading content need articles that are formatted to be easy to read. Small paragraphs are easy on the eyes since it can be hard to read big blocks of text. Bullet points help draw attention to the most significant bits of information. A numbered list divides your article into easy-to-read sections.

9. To become a great copywriter, submit what you write. The key purpose of success is to communicate. If you hide your talent in the bottom drawer of your desk and never reveal it, you've effectively cut the lines of communication. Submitting your work is scary. But if you're ready to consider yourself as s writer, then it's time to send your work to someone who doesn't know your individuality or writing style. Send your work out into the world to be discovered.

10. Learn from Rejection; be prepared for being rejected. Even a compelling, page-turning novel of intrigue can face rejection if it does not suit the requirements of a publisher. Thus, if you're going to be rejected, take a benefit from it and learn from your mistakes.

11. For beginners - become persistent. Do you want to become a prominent writer? Never stop reading and writing. Treat your articles as a business plan that should already be in production.

12. Become an expert. Subscribe to newsletters and other resources such as Google Alerts to help you keep up to date on the niche you're in. Your goal is to become an expert.

13. A profound experience about the certain field of investigation is a huge advantage in providing the most thoughtful and authentic material. He will be interested in transferring those experience and skills. He may show how to break down complex arguments into enduring content which can be used for education.

14. For one to be able to communicate the topic effectively, the writer should be able to work within the guidelines of a subject matter specialist who can write documentation for an item and who can assist with any lingering questions. This way, you will not expect any slip-ups whenever an audience or students are referring to your written work.

15. Question/Answer. It is a wide-spread format for everyone who wants their questions promptly answered. Identify your audience's hot and urgent questions, list them and write a short paragraph or introduction about each answer/question. It is an effective way to compose a short article explaining your audience's most vital questions.

If you picked out just a few writing tips and used them in your next article, you would immediately gain required knowledge on how to become a writer. Over time, work on integrating all of these tips into your writing. You'll be amazed when you compare your previous articles with your more recent ones! I hope this article will be helpful in your writing career.

A Guide to Becoming a Better Writer: 15 Practical Tips, guest post by Helen Birk
Helen Birk is a freelance writer, who provides paper writing help for students at new australian assignment help official site. Mrs. Birk is a professional editor with a large experience in the journalistic field. Having a Ph.D. degree in Communications and work experience in different countries around the world, Helen managed to elaborate her own strategy of writing which can be used by modern authors. She is aware of up-to-date programs and resources she regularly consults, and she is always ready to share her knowledge with you.

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