Month9Books Birthday Bash: Guest Post & Giveaway
So first off: Happy Halloween! I hope you’re all out having fun tonight; I know I certainly am!
Did you know that Month9Books is celebrating their birthday today? I’ve read and reviewed several great books published through them, and I’ve been overall pretty pleased with the content they produce. I highly encourage visiting their website and taking a look at what books they have to offer.
So, without further ado …
Welcome to Month9Books Birthday Bash! We’re so excited you’re all stopping by!
This is going to be an awesome event with many tour stops featuring our authors! The full schedule is below and make sure to stick around for the EPIC Giveaway taking place!
Here’s a quick note from Georgia McBride, owner of Month9Books:
Month9Books is turning 2 this year and I could not be happier. We are living proof that if you have a dream to write, create and inspire, you should follow that dream and let nothing keep you from realizing it. Thank you to all the readers, writers, agents, partners and friends who have made this possible. We write for you.
–Georgia McBride, Publisher and Owner of Month9Books
While all of the posts are from our authors that have books out already we also want to look forward to some of the 2015 titles we can’t wait to share with you:
I am pleased to have Pab Sungenis with me today as a guest poster. Pab, take it away …
An English professor once told me that every single word of a manuscript, and every single letter of every single word, should be dedicated to moving your plot forward.
But where’s the fun in that?
My favorite scenes to write are humorous side-steps, where I take my characters out of the main action and throw them into something different and unexpected, the results of which will have little or no impact on how the story ends, but are fun for the reader and lighten the mood when things are getting a little too serious.
Like a cracker or small plate of sherbet served between courses at restaurants I will never be able to afford looking at, let alone eating in, these little side-steps cleanse my readers’ palates of what has gone before and get them in a good mood for what comes up next. This is really helpful if I need to build toward a big emotional moment; if you make an audience laugh before you punch it in the proverbial gut, the shock will have more impact.
These scenes are one of the reasons I especially love writing the Sidekick series, since the nature of the stories I tell lend themselves to these side-steps. When I think things have gotten too serious, or will need to get too serious in a few pages, I can just throw in another battle against a super-villain. Take a few pages away from moving the plotlines forward and just have a little fun.
Creating the villains for these scenes is also part of what makes them so much fun to write. I get a chance to come up with a villain that sounds absolutely ridiculous, but could end up being a real threat if handled correctly. A villain who acts like he’s in one of those old cupcake ads they used to put in comic books back in the 1970’s? Actual threat if his sweet treats explode. Giant squid-like creature bent on destroying civilization? Give him a completely inappropriate name and let the laughs ensue. Have a villain who forms hard-sound holograms that can cause mass destruction? Call him “Doc Bollywood” and make him use those holograms through elaborate vocals and choreography. It becomes a challenge to keep upping the stakes with weirder, funnier, and deadlier villains, and the action in those scenes gives me a chance to keep the readers engaged while they are (hopefully) laughing.
Best of all, while these side-steps may avoid moving the plot forward, they give me a chance to explore my characters a little by having them handle these ridiculous scenarios. I get a chance to take my characters out of their comfort zone (sometimes literally, if the scene involves them being bashed over the head by a stuffed and mounted fish or something like that) and see how they respond to the ludicrosity. Their dialogue and interior monologues in these scenes can let me tell the reader more about them than any expository scene I could drop in as part of the main plot, and the humor of the situation can entertain the reader while keeping me from getting bored and frustrated during the writing process.
So if you’re writing a story and feel you’re getting bogged down, try throwing a monkey wrench at your characters and take them off on a little side-step that has nothing to do with your plot. You’ll enjoy it, and you’ll bring out more of your characters’ true natures. And if you’re reading a book and the characters are wandering off down a side road that doesn’t seem connected to the rest of the story, buckle in and enjoy the ride.
About Sidekick: The Misadventures of the New Scarlet Knight:
Release Date: March 12, 2013
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Bobby Baines is in high school, which is bad enough. When his hero, Scarlet Knight, dies, Bobby is forced to take up his mantel. Only Scarlet Knight never had to deal with eking out a passing grade in math, keeping his fellow sidekicks in check, or stopping a giant squid from bearing down on his school and crushing everyone inside. After all, Bobby Baines is no super hero, he’s a Sidekick!
About Pab Sungenis:
Born in the swamps of Southern New Jersey, Pab Sungenis developed a childhood fascination with cartooning and drew a daily strip for his own amusement for two years before realizing he couldn’t draw. He wound up in broadcasting, worked for numerous stations including WSBU, WOND, WMGM, WSKR, WBNJ, WWBZ, and WKTU. He describes his drawing ability as like that of “a mentally challenged rhinoceros on a Ny-Quil bender”, but thanks to the wonders of photo-manipulation and computer image editing, on February 8, 2006 he found himself creating The New Adventures of Queen Victoria, which has appeared ever since, first on Comicssherpa.com., and now in online syndication with gocomics.com. Pab Sungenis is available for quotes, signings, video or podcast appearances, and all opportunities relative to SIDEKICK: THE MISADVENTURES OF THE NEW SCARLET KNIGHT.
(1) New Kindle with touchscreen (US only) loaded with all our Month9Books titles. US Only.
(1) Paperback prize pack of 5 Month9Books Titles. US ONLY.
(2) eBook Prize Packs of 5 Month9Books titles. International
Meet the Authors and amazing host Blogs!
All posts will be live on October 31st!
Jessica Arnold will be hosted by Read for your Future
Vanessa Barger will be hosted by Pretty Little Pages
Lisa M. Basso will be hosted by In Vogue with Books
Sarah Bromley will be hosted by A Book and A Latte
Steve Bryant will be hosted by Jump Into Books
Brynn Chapman will be hosted by A Backwards Story
Nicole Conway will be hosted by Two Chicks on Books
Scott Craven will be hosted by Books and Ashes
Ty Drago will be hosted by The A P Book Club
Dorothy Dreyer will be hosted by Her Book Thoughts!
Dorothy Dreyer will be hosted by Oops! I Read A Book Again
Jennifer M. Eaton will be hosted by Book Briefs
Kit Forbes will be hosted by Book Lovers Life
Janice Gable Bashman will be hosted by All Things Urban Fantasy
Amanda Gray will be hosted by Aspiring Joy
Kelly Hashway/Ashelyn Drake will be hosted by Book Geek Review
Elizabeth Holloway will be hosted by Tales of a Ravenous Reader
Missy Kalicicki and Abi Ketner will be hosted by Once Upon A Twilight
Nicola Marsh will be hosted by ReadWriteLove28
Georgia McBride will be hosted by YA Sisterhood
Jen McConnel will be hosted by A Dream Within A Dream
Jackie Morse Kessler will be hosted by Dark Faerie Tales
Beck Nicholas will be hosted by The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club
Michelle E. Reed will be hosted by Doodle’s Book Reviews
Heather Reid will be hosted by Bookish Things & More
A. Lynden Rolland will be hosted by Fiction State of Mind
Kristal Shaff will be hosted by Chicklit vs Fantasy
Pab Sungenis will be hosted by Classy Cat Books
Rachel Tafoya will be hosted by Jessabella Reads
Vicki L. Weavil will be hosted by Magical Urban Fantasy Reads