Writing Life Update for Ronda Del Boccio: They All Died Smiling paranormal Romance Coming Soon!

Welcome to 2018! I was glad to put 1 to bed. What about you? Just a rough year overall.

They All Died Smiling Is Almost Here!

Highlights from the latter part of that year included moving They All Died Smiling along its path to publication with The Wild Rose Press. This is a paranormal suspense book with a smattering of romance. I'll put the book descripion below in a moment. First, if you like t his genre and want to read a sample, please go to WriteOnPurpose.com/read to download that and some other goodies.

An unwanted gift...a hypnotic deception...a demonic coercion..

Kassidy Spence thought she was just making a typical Friday night commute They All Died Smiling Front Coverhome. Turns out she was about to dance with the devil. Her unwanted ability to sense demons once tore her world apart and she refuses to let it happen again.

But a hot new self-help book changes everything. Some who read it leave on a mysterious journey only to turn up dead, even stranger, they died smiling. Kass fears the author has sinister intentions, and even worse, a demonic alliance.

Her relentless search for answers leads her down dark demonic paths. Using her gift could save countless lives, but will she risk being brought to ruin?

Cover Art

isn'tmy cover artist amazing??? I am ThRILLED! Quite frankly, I was so anxious about what they would do to my cover. I had some ideas, but I'm no artist, and I was terrified I'd hate it.

Debbie's muse or myt muse or the stars or divinity or my guardian angel or SOMETHING was definitely helping her make the perfect representation for the book. Beyond the cool looks, there's some  hidden  meaning that I won't discuss YET. Just perfect IMO.

What do you think? Does it entie you to want to pick up the book and read the blurb or peek inside?

My 2018 Book Projects

My plate is definitely full t his  year, and that's the way I like it! Here's what's going on for me in 2018.

They All Died Smiling will come innto the world soon via The Wild Rose Press. I inted to speak to book clubs, paranormal groups, psychic enthusiasts, metaphysical bokstores, and similar groups. I'm looking for joint venture partners who can plus what I do so we can all reach more people by working together. This book is the first in the Reluctant Demon Hunter Series.

Hypnotic Deception the sequel to They All Died Smiling in which Kassidy faces down an enemy she discovered in the first book. I am about a third of the way through the first draft of this one.

Diva's Tail: A Memoir of Love and Trust shares  how my gorgeous golden retriever guide dog, Diva, nad I came together. 'll share my experiences at Leader Dogs for the Blind, her prison upbringing, and our early months together. At this point, I have an outline a couple fo chapters

Quick Tricks and Hacks for Authors: Not sure what the title will be yet, but this is a book of a bunch of hacks, reminders, nad time-saving tricks I use to help me, and I'm hoping they'll help authors as well.

Deadly Mist is a fantasy suspense novel, first in a series, about a teenage Faerie who got trapped in the mortal womb while still inside her mother. This tale has many twists and surprises. This book is complete. Right now I'm reading through the hole thing front to back to make any needed tweaks while I send it off to seek publication.

So as you can tell, I'll be a busy writer this year!

Stay tuned for another update on Tuesday, January 16. I'm doing an update the first and third Tuesdays of each month (at least for the winter season) and book reviews on hte other two Tuesdays.

What are your big gals and plans for the year? Let me know in the comments.

Cheers to your #BlissfulLife!

Ronda Del Boccio

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Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best Head shot of Ronda Del Boccioselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She has been mostly blind since birth, but she never lets that stop her doing what she wants to do. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda's books on Amazon.

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They All Died Smiling Editing Woes

The path to publishing is paved with a lot of coffee, eyestrain, and repetitive proofreading. of my entire book front to back AND back to front.  There's an editing department, but SHEESH, it feels like nobody else has put eyes on my book once it passed my content editor except me.

They All Died Smiling: A Paranormal Suspense / Urban Fantasy Novel  Coming early 2018

.An unwanted gift...a hypnotic deception...a demonic coercion...

Kassidy Spence thought she was just making a typical Friday night commute home. Turns out she was about to dance with the devil. Her unwanted ability to sense demons once tore her world apart and she refuses to let it happen again.

But a hot new self-help book changes everything. Some who read it leave on a mysterious journey only to turn up dead, even stranger, they died smiling. Kass fears the author has sinister intentions, and even worse, a demonic alliance.

Her relentless search for answers leads her down dark demonic paths. Using her gift could save countless lives, but will she risk being brought to ruin?

"Galleys"

They All Died Smiling Front CoverGalleys, or galley proofs, represent that stage between the final content editing and publishing. This is the time to work out any weird fomating glitches, find errors, and fix things up so that the book is as clean as possible before it goes live.

I'm on round 2, and there will be 1 last round.

Now it's proofreading time in preparation for publishing, and it's pretty much up to the blind girl. I've found errors. Some I legitimately madeand missed in the gillion times I've gone through this book, and others came from the transmutation process somehow. But I've learned a couple of really useful things.

The publisher suggests reading the book from last page to first in order to catch boo-boos. I did that, and it's helpful, but I've found an even better way to proofread.

I am getting really sick of reading my own book. I'm on my second time going through it BACKWARDS. I've also listened to the speech program read it, read it aloud last page to first, read oit silently last page to first, and now...

Proofreading Hack

Backwards, paragraph by paragraph.

This little hack is helping me find errors I missed when I read backwards by page, so the book will be that much cleaner.

Try it out and let me know how this works for you.

Claim your sneak peek oThey All Died smiling and meet Kassidy Spence, the Reluctant Demon Hunter at WriteOnPurpose.com/read

Cheers to your #BlissfulLife!

Ronda Del Boccio

#1 best selling author and speaker

Award winning author, photographer and artist

About Ronda Del Boccio

Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best Head shot of Ronda Del Boccioselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She has been mostly blind since birth, but she never lets that stop her doing what she wants to do. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda's books on Amazon.

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Book Review of Paranormal Romance Suspense Voodoo Butterfly by Camille Faye

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Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read.Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

This week's excellent read is a paranormal romantic suspense story Voodoo Butterfly by Camille Faye. This is her first book, anhttp://writeonpurpose.com/wp-admin/plugins.phpd it is so good!

Read my 5 star review of Voodoo Butterfly on Amazon.

Here is the book description from Amazon:

Voodoo Butterfly by CAmille Fay CoverWhen twenty-five-year old Sophie Nouveau inherits her grandmother's voodoo shop she knows nothing about voodoo. Or her family's history of Mind Changers, who have the power to change evil people to good. To complicate matters, someone doesn't want Sophie in New Orleans and sends a series of death threats to scare her away from her new enchanted life.

Tipped off by her grandmother's ghost, Sophie realizes her mind-changing spell's been missing one magic ingredient: true love. If Sophie cannot experience transformative love, she cannot make her spell work, and she will be powerless to fight back when confronted by the one who wants her dead.

Fatal Flaw

No matter what genre you may prefer to read, the "ideal" point of view character has both strengths and flaws. Just like "real" people out here in the tangible world.

The most interesting tales feature 3-dimensional lead characters who have a fatal flaw which could keep them from reaching their ultimate desire.

Sophie's fatal flaws are her doubt and her walls. So scarred by her past is she that she is unable to open up to love. And I'm not only speaking of romance, though there is a strong romantic storyline.

As Sophie enters her new life in New Orleans after her grandmother's death, her emotional armor prevents her from experiencing friendship freely given. Poppy, co-owner of the Voodoo shop Sophia inherited, offers her open love and acceptance, yet she is too closed and distrusting to see it.

Sophie's past haunts her and affects current decisions and actions. This makes for good reading, because the reader wants her to overcome those old traumas and embrace her new power.

While her mindset definitely interferes with the budding romance, it also informs her daily decisions.

Author Tip: As an author, if you want to write deeper stories, pour that fatal flaw into every chapter. It adds emotion and intensity to your story. Give your reader something interesting to chew upon even after she finishes the book.

Where to Start Telling the Story

Common wisdom on where to begin a book is right in the middle of the action. I like to say start at the first sign of conflict. You only have a page or two to grab the reader by the metaphorical collar and compel her to keep reading.

For a few months now I have been reading submissions for a publisher, and I have become more keenly aware than ever how important the first couple of pages have become.

Indeed, some samples I have read are so awful that I don't get past page one, or even all the way to the end of it.

Voodoo Butterfly dives into the first conflict fairly quickly, but it begins with the past. The writing is good enough I turned the page, but I thought it was strange to start with history.

The tale began with Sophie's mom's funeral., which is back story, not current conflict  Back story is the stuff we want to learn about as it comes up in the POV character's memory or in some other direct experience.

Beginning with a funeral is tricky business, as the reader has not yet developed any affinity for the narrator. We don't know her yet, so how can we?

If I were to recommend one thing for this book, and it is a minor one, I would suggest making a slight modification to the start of the book.

Not that Ms. Faye asked me, BUT it's my review and my chance to give my own humble opinion while helping authors, so here goes. This is what I would do.

I ould take out the whole section about the mother's funeral and those feelings. THey'll all come up soon enough.

HOWEVER, from that section, I would definitely certainly bring in mom's box of secrets, as it is significant. That box, not the funeral or family oes, pulled me into the tale.

Imagine opening the story something like this:

I just inherited a voodoo shop in New Orleans? Fingers trembling, I read the letter again to review two shocking discoveries:I had an until-now unknown grandmother whom I would obviously never meet, and I now owned her business about which I knew nothing in a town about which I knew nothing. I had never even left my hometown.

Making a small shift to where a story starts can add even more suspense and build empathy. Right after a strong opening, there is time to have Sophie look through her box of secrets, perhaps adding the will to it.

The next thing that happens is the million butterfly march, so that definitely captures the reader's imagination.

Author Tip: Power up Descriptions

Powerful writing does not end with -ly. Power emanates from verbs and imagery. Here are some of my favorite examples that will help you show rather than explain action through the narrator's perceptions:

Describing emotion: Don't write "I was afraid" or I felt afraid." Show the reader how the fear acted and felt. Fiction writing is about the experience through the perception of the point of view character.

Whispers of fear slithered through me as reality settled in. I was lost.

Sadness pinned my heart to my chest.

Describing movement: You can avoid the more simplistic word and make the book more interesting for the reader. Look what word the author described the motion of the monarchs in these three passages.

Millions of monarch butterflies rushed down the street like a tangerine river.

The mass of them actually churned the air, making me feel as if I was in a churning cauldron of steaming stew.

Monarch butterflies crawled over every square inch of the building, making the church come alive The building twisted and turned with the movement of muscles and joints underneath a skin of orange and black iridescent wings.

Transformational Storytelling

Transformational stories are those with three basic elements:

  • Quest:  The hero searches for something important and undertakes a journey of transformation in order to attain it.
  • Tests: A road of trials
  • Loss: A dark night of the soul during which the hero could lose everything
  • Victory (or sometimes not): The hero ultimately wins despite insurmountable difficulties and crushing defeats.

In short, personal growth of the hero is a requirement. Change is what makes people want to read books. Something needs to be different by the end of the novel.

Throw a person into a situation she didn't ask for but ultimately decides to embrace. Add numerous challenges to overcome, including in this case death threats and someone actively trying to lead the Sophie off her path. Include allies and useful tools. And be sure to bring the point of view character to the brink of giving up more than once.

FUll of emotional scars, Sophie inherits a whole new life in a strange town and an innate power she didn't know she possessed when she inherits the shop. Thus begins her journey.

Her own doubts and fears make the various trials and tribulations she faces that much worse. Death threats frighten her, sure, but facing down her own personal demons terrifies her more, especially once she opens enough to truly care about those who care for her.

Personal Power

Voodoo Butterfly is a self-help book as well as a good read in that the reader learns about the power of the mind and heart while reading. There are lots of great mindset teachings threaded through the tale.

That's one of the things I love most about this book. Sophie doesn't merely make choices and deal with challenges. She develops a whole new perspective, and in so doing, the reader may perhaps glean some knowledge to help her develop her own personal power.

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