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 Per Bastet Publications’ Latest Releases a “Dead Giveaway”

giveawaySmall Press Publisher Celebrates Release of Paranormal Mystery, Collection of Local Ghost Stories with “Day of the Dead” Promotion.

Corydon, IN: Just one month after launching their small press publishing company, Per Bastet Publications has released two new titles. To celebrate, they’re holding a “Day of the Dead” book giveaway at the end of October.

The first October release, Ghostly Hauntings of Interstate 65 by Joanna Foreman, was originally published as Ghosts of Interstate 65 in 2008. This new edition features a new cover and an additional story, making it a collection of 13 haunting tales based on fact and folklore from the local area.

The second release is a new novel from Marian Allen, A Dead Guy at the Summerhouse. Allen has been featured in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword and Sorceress and her previous works include the epic fantasy trilogy, Sage. A Dead Guy at the Summerhouse is a paranormal young adult mystery set in 1968 in the fictional town of Faelin, Indiana. While the threat of being drafted for Vietnam looms, a young man takes a job for a wealthy eccentric which might turn just as deadly.

To promote the launch of these two books, Per Bastet Publications will hold a giveaway October 27 through November 1, 2014. Winners of the “Day of the Dead Giveaway” will receive free eBook or paperback editions of Per Bastet books with “dead” (or undead) protagonists. Paperbacks will be available only to winners in the continental United States.

In addition to Ghostly Hauntings of Interstate 65 and A Dead Guy at the Summerhouse, the local small press publisher will give away copies of Sara Marian’s The Life and Death (but Mostly the Death) of Erica Flynn and Chicago Blues, book 1 of the Miller & Peale series by T. Lee Harris.

The contest will be conducted online via their Facebook page ( and Twitter account (, as well as their website (

Rafflecopter giveaway! Yay!

BTW, I’m posting today at Fatal Foodies about what I et at Magna cum Murder.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write about a dead person.


Basic Elements of Fiction #amwriting

There are three basic elements of fiction: Plot, Characterization, and Dialog.

Elements of Fiction

PLOT — what happens and why. E. M. Forster says, “‘The king died and then the queen died'” is a story. ‘The king died, and then the queen died of grief” is a plot.'”

Theme — The central idea behind what happens; the message or moral. If you have one of these, never state it outright.

Setting — Where and when the story takes place. Like every other element of Fiction, the setting should be part of the whole. CASABLANCA isn’t set in French Morocco during World War II just to be colorful. The setting is part of the plot.

Conflict — The material from which the plot is constructed. The central struggle. The opposition of persons or forces. Allen Marple says: “Conflict is the basis of all fiction — physical, moral, or emotional conflict; outside the main character or inside him — and without it we have nothing. If the boy says, “I love you,” and the girl says, “I love you too,” it’s all over. But if her answer is, “I love you, but — ” then we’re cooking.”

Change/Growth — Something should be different at the end –the main character, or the situation, or the reader’s perception of the characters or situation.

CHARACTERIZATION — Making the people in your stories seem real. Rounded characters are revealed by: (1) their actions, (2) their speech, (3) their thoughts, (4) their physical appearance, and (5) what other characters say and think about them. “Flat” characters are only revealed by one or two of these methods. The more important a character is, the more completely he or she needs to be rounded; the less important, the less rounded. Don’t even name the small fry.

Point of view — who tells the story; what “voice” — first person, third person; what attitude the teller has toward what is being told; is the narrator the main character or the main character’s sidekick; is the narrator involved in what’s going on, or on the outside looking in? Is the narrator reliable: Are they aware of everything the reader understands or does the reader see what’s happening more clearly than the narrator; are they telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?

DIALOG — The two purposes of dialog are to reveal character and advance action. Whatever other use you may make of dialog (such as: feeding the reader information about the plot or providing local color), that dialog must also either reveal character or advance the action, or both. How people talk depends on who they are and what they’re doing. It should sound natural, but should be more clear than most real conversation, unless being muddly is part of a character. Listen to people talk. Listen to dialog on TV and in movies. Read your dialog out loud.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Take a chapter of a popular book and/or a book you love and see how these three elements are used.


Mitch Leaves The Refuge #SampleSunday

Be on the lookout for Per Bastet’s Day of the Dead giveaway this coming week. You could win a free copy of A DEAD GUY AT THE SUMMERHOUSE!

Here’s a bit from the first chapter, when Mitch tells his young roommate he’s moving out.

Mitch Leaves The Refuge

by Marian Allen

“You’re leaving?” This time, I heard an edge of almost-panic in the words. I knew how he felt. I’d been at the Refuge my whole life. Every kid who came through the Faelin system found me there and left me there; a kid, like them, but part of the process. Kind of a humanizing element, you might say. Like a camp mascot, only I could talk.

I pulled a dozen comics off the top of the stack. “Here, you can have my duplicates.” I had planned to trade them, but I was feeling weirdly too-old-for-that-stuff right now. “You can have my Enterprise model, too, if you want it.” I wasn’t really into “Star Trek” anyway: the model had been under the Refuge tree in a box marked BOY 10+, and Mrs. Brandt’s fat cousin in the Santa suit had just happened to give it to me. I had always planned to give it to Jimmy as soon as I thought he had drooled over it enough.


Mrs. Brandt’s shoes clicked across the tile floor. “Come to the office when you’ve finished saying goodbye.” Her voice sounded thick to me, like she was trying not to cry. Maybe I just thought that because it was what I was about to do.

“Where’s everybody else?” I asked Jimmy. There were six of us at the Refuge just then, with room for two more.

“Movies.” Jimmy went back to drawing on his shoe.

“Why didn’t you go with them?”

“No money.”

“Why didn’t you ask me? I’d have given you –”

Jimmy stopped drawing and threw the pen at me.

“Go on and leave, then!” he shouted.

“Hey!” I used my deepest, hardest voice. His head snapped around to stare at me. I pointed at him. “Don’t touch my comics. You do, and you die.” I stepped over and ruffled his hair with my knuckles.


And that was goodbye.

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If you can’t wait for the giveaway, here are the buy links:

In Print:

For Kindle: LeavesA WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write a farewell scene.


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