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Tag Archives: Young Adult Fantasy
Falcon Flight is launching – only $0.99
Today’s our day!
It’s launch day for Falcon Flight (a medieval fantasy adventure), $0.99 today 5/13, through Monday 5/16, click here. And be sure to grab your ebook copy of the first Chronicle, Falcon Heart, free the 13th – 16th. Click here.
Then my friends Mariella and Ashley’s books (I’ve read them, they’re very good) are a steal. Continue reading
That last book report is easier than you think
A fascinating study of literary adventure by email:
I had the privilege of mentoring a teen student recently. Victoria’s questions about her book report were so well laid out, I thought our talk might be helpful and entertaining to you. At the bottom of our post is a link to a free medieval poem, Falcon’s Ode. Plus a link to Falcon Flight, a young adult medieval fantasy, free 5/13 – 5/16. Family friendly of course. But definitely adventurous! 🙂 Continue reading
Falcon’s Ode: a gift for visitors, reviewers, and readers
Falcon’s Ode, 1st of 10 lyrics, a poem which Kyrin created for her falcon, Samson, in Falcon Flight, sequel to Falcon Heart.
This is my gift to my visitors, readers, and reviewers. You are the best! Especially recently, this is for my reviewers Julia, Ember, and Candace. Thank you so much for the reviews!
This will be the only lyric on my blog. But I will be adding another lyric almost daily to my Reader’s Swag page here, until 5/13/16, when Falcon Flight releases. This Ode is for everyone. Share, steal, squeal at will, pin and let all in! LOL
Please just add the link back so that others can find it.
Thank you, and enjoy the adventure!
A Young Reader or Naked as Ducklings
In Klamath Falls library I met one of my first fans. I was looking at books in the young adult section (my current favorite) when I heard someone call “Azalea!” I turned. Continue reading
Epic YA Fantasy Giveaway
I’m giving away 21 of my new favorite fantasy books to help build my author platform and help a couple friends.
My friends Ashley Maker, Mariella Hunt, and I are making this a team effort to get you epic fantasy adventure. Continue reading
10 epic fantasy quotes for young adults
Click on any of these books for their descriptions or sales page on Amazon.
The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler
“Courage isn’t the absence of fear, Owen. Courage is moving forward even when you’re afraid.” (Check out Jeff’s article on Virtue. A great read! So encouraging.) Continue reading
The YA Fantasy Reader’s Oath
Or a Manifesto of Ten Things YA Fantasy Readers Do Know
- We will never give up our loyalty to a good story well told
- We will not agree Fantasy is evil. A good fantasy is a breath of life. (In it I see things I see nowhere else. Not that facet of truth, that piercing beauty that tells me there is more beyond)
2016 March YA Fantasy Blog Letter
Well, I’m getting on to adventure.
First, a bit of news:
I’m excited and just wanted to encourage you all that our fans really appreciate us taking time to talk to them.
Yesterday I emailed Rachel Neumeier of the Griffin Mage trilogy, The Floating Islands, etc., asking to order a signed copy of her new book Keeper of the Mist that is coming out for my book giveaway that Derek is helping me set up. *Giveaway coming soon.*
5 Signs of a Great Fight Scene in the River of Time Series and Movies
Five Great Fight Scene Signs:
- The fight scene is believable—in the context of the portrayed world
- The fight and the scene are logically carried out
- The fight scene has a good story supporting it
- The fight, conflict, or battle is driven by meaning
- Scene and fight are created by someone with some knowledge of writing and fighting
As a past practicing martial artist and a fellow human who loves a good adventure, I admire great fight scenes.
Some of the best books and movies for fight scenes include: R. A. Salvatore’s The Dark Elf trilogy for sword work; Lisa Tawn Bergrin’s River of Time Series for staff-wielding females; the The Bourne Trilogy and The Last Samurai movie for martial art applicability, prowess, and a glimpse of another world; all with the languages, costumes, and characters true to themselves. And these touch but the tip of the iceberg. And I must add Beyond the Mask, which had some tight, well-played action scenes.
Of course, all of these, especially the movies, are more or less realistic as far as a real fight with various weapons goes. Much depends on the actor or character and the right build of tension and credibility throughout the story around the fight scene. I should add that in my experience the quality of the surrounding story highly impacts the fight scene.
In a story, book or film, there’s a fine ratio between exhibitionism and realism. In books, I especially lean toward realism—in the context of the portrayed world, as I say above. For instance, there’s a large difference between an elf’s swordsmanship abilities and a man’s.
I dislike blatant impossibilities such as the river scene and some of the others in the last segment of The Hobbit movie. They do not strike me as quite true to J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth. On top of that, impossibilities of real bodies in motion yank me out of the story. (I still like The Hobbit, just not as much as LOTR.)
Practicing martial art has given me insights into how to make a fight scene believable. Full contact Tae Kwon Do gives you some idea of guarding, striking, balance, action and reaction: the give and take of forces. It also gives you the experience of falling and how you feel when hit, how it feels to take down and hit someone else, and gives a multitude of techniques for excellent martial art scenes in fantasy adventure stories.
For a fight scene in any medium to be anything more than a brawl, it must have meaning behind it, within it, and ahead of it: a goal achieved by it. The goal “achieved” can be success or failure, depending on how it serves the story. The stakes must also be logically solid, which leads to emotional meaning and characters basing their actions or desired outcomes on the stakes and their meaning.
And someone may know how to fight, but not how to write, or script, or film. I imagine that’s why there are instructors and editors involved in both movies and books. So if you’re trying to write a great fight scene for script or book, take a few martial arts lessons or talk to someone who knows. Study the scenes you love and the ones that fit the five signs of a great fight scene.
So if you’re a writer or reader and you have a favorite fight scene or movie, leave a comment below and let me know. Please share this article with your friends on your favorite social media if you’ve found it helpful.
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