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The Murder Beats: Structure in Genre Fiction

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For many writers of genre fiction, structuring a book is a real pain point.

The Murder Beats solves that problem.

I have taken everything I've learned about structure in genre fiction, through my graduate studies, my own writing, my teaching at the college level, and lectures I've presented at conferences and to writers' groups about the mechanics of writing. In The Murder Beats, I demystify many different ways of structuring a book of genre fiction, focusing on element such as beats, scenes, acts, tropes and universal fantasies. Liberally studded with examples, The Murder Beats can take your nascent manuscript to the next level.

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Paws and Reflect

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From Publishers Weekly: The companionship and unconditional love a dog provides can be of especially great comfort.

Bringing together conversations with more than two dozen notable men, including playwrights Edward Albee and Charles Busch, film director Jonathan Caouette and writers Victor J. Banis, Ron Nyswaner and Jay Quinn, this anecdotal anthology shows how dogs have given men love, confidence and support.

I joined with my friend, dog breeder and journalist Sharon Sakson, to bring together stories ranging from comic to tragic to sappy. The familiar joys and trials of sharing life with a dog are all here, including stories of comfort and "extraordinary lessons in how to cope with loss." The sincerity and warmth that comes through in each of these stories is infectious, and the inter-species relationships they describe provide unique perspective on the interview subjects as human beings.

Sharon is also the author of Brussels Griffons: A Complete Pet Owner’s Manual and Paws & Effect: The Healing Power of Dogs and Paws to Protect: Dogs Saving Lives and Restoring Hope.

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How to Succeed at a Two-Year College

how to succeed cover general 200 Do you have questions about college? What kind of college to attend, how to pay for it, what to study and how to prepare for a career?

How to Succeed at a Two-Year College answers those questions, and more. If you are a high school student (or the parent of one), a veteran, a returning student, or just curious about what a two-year college can offer, this is the book for you.

Too many college websites are confusing, requiring a lot of hunting to find the answers to simple questions. How to Succeed at a Two-Year College brings together all the information you need in a simple, easy-to-read format. Topics include:

What is a two year college?
Navigating financial aid
How to prepare for college
What kind of degrees are typically offered?
Credit for prior learning
Online courses
How to excel in classes
Academic Success and Career Centers
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