D. F. Krieger

Monday, April 30, 2012

Must Read Monday: Even Villains Fall In Love

This super hero and super villain romance was so much fun to read!

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A super villain at the top of his game must choose between the world he wants and the woman he loves.

If you believe the rumors you know that Doctor Charm, the wickedly sexy super villain, retired in shame seven years ago after his last fight with the super hero Zephyr Girl. The fact that the charming Evan Smith—father of four and husband of the too-beautiful-to-be-real Tabitha—bears a resemblance to the defeated Doctor is pure coincidence. And, please, ignore the minions.

Everything is perfect in the Smith household, until Tabitha announces her return to work as a super hero. Evan was hoping to keep her distracted until after he rigged the 2012 presidential election, but—genius that he is—Evan has a backup plan. In his basement lab, Evan has a machine whose sole purpose is keeping Tabitha hungry for him.

But children and labs don’t mix. The machine is broken, and Tabitha storms out, claiming she no longer knows him. World domination takes a back seat to meeting his daughters’ demands to get Mommy back right now. This time his genius isn’t going to be enough—he’s going to need both his evil alter-ego, and the blooming super abilities of his children to save his wife. But even his most charming self might not be enough to save their marriage.

Editing this book was a difficult job, indeed. Why? Because I kept getting lost in the story itself. I enjoyed this book so much. It was one of the funnest reads I've ever encountered. The main character is a "retired" super villain. Seeing him interact with his little girls as he tries to save his wife made me giggle and tear up.

I can't say enough good things about this book. It didn't have steamy sex, which set very well with the overall feeling. It did, however, leave me turning pages even on the fourth read through. I highly, highly recommend this book to anyone who loves comics, super hero's, super villains, or a fun read. It had a major Megamind meets Despicable Me meets Doctor Horrible combo that made it sky rocket in my opinion.

100% a MUST READ! ~ D. F. Krieger

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Writer Wednesday: R & R's

Today I'd like to discuss the truth behind what is known as R&R's. Yes, the dreaded Revise and Resubmit. Not exactly a no, but certainly not a yes. The problem is, authors tend to take them as a no. Here is my beef, when I send an R&R, I really mean it...On both parts.

Wait, I have yet to really explain an R&R, right? Right. Okay. An R&R letter is something an editor sends when they think the story has a good bone structure, but some things need to be changed before it is contractable. Is contractable even a word? Hmmm...Anyway, so like I said, it's not a YES, but it's not a NO either.

Now, time for my rant. When I send an R&R, I always, always, ALWAYS list why I rejected it and what needs to be fixed. I do it in a bullet style format so the author knows what was wrong. What does this mean? It means, fix the darn story and resub it to me. It doesn't mean, "Here, I threw some reasons at you and I never want to see this again."

The first few R&R's I sent, I never saw a thing again. It was then I realized that authors weren't seeing it as an R&R, but as some form of rejection. C'mon, if I'm going to reject you, I will flat out say, "This isn't right for our press." That's when I got smart, and I started adding the lines "This is not a rejection. Please attend to the following and resubmit your piece."

Strangely, since I started adding that line, I'm seeing authors changing the flaws and resubbing. So here are some thoughts I'd like to throw out there:

*If the 'rejection' contains a list of reasons as to why your manuscript was not accepted, fix them and send them back. The list means the editor liked your story enough to read past the first couple of pages.

*When you read the list, do not email the editor back to argue with them (Yes, this happened to me). If you don't like the suggestions, feel free to sub somewhere else.

*Do not think if you simply wait a couple of days and resend it, that we wont notice you didn't change anything. We do actually read these and your lack of willingness to work with our suggestions just threw you from "maybe" to "hell no."

*If you do not understand a suggestion, please research it. Ask fellow authors, google, something. But don't give up.

*If you get a "Revise and Resubmit" please do not get disheartened. An R&R means you wrote well enough to catch the editors attention, there are just a few things that need to be ironed out.

Now, on a side note, I understand it is an editors job to help fix your story. I get that, I really do. But it is not our job to play babysitter while you half-ass your manuscript. I've received stories in which the errors are so glaring, it's obvious I've been given a rough draft. If you don't want to bother reading through to fix an obvious typo, why should I put the time into it? I get paid, but not that bloody much!  Remember, different editors have different attitudes. Those errors may receive an R&R with some, but with others, the editor may give you a flat-out rejection. It is in your best bet to give your manuscript a pass or two before you sub it anywhere. If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right. ~ D. F. Krieger

Monday, April 16, 2012

Must Read Monday: In Waters Deep

Here is a naughty story based on the nursery rhyme, Jack and Jill. In Waters Deep by Kelly Yeakle.

Only .99 cents!

Jillian Lewis isn’t looking for love. Jack Monroe is a well-known bachelor. But when their worlds collide, which one will take the plunge first?

New at the law offices of Monroe & Monroe, Jillian Lewis isn’t interested in the well-known bachelor and boss’s son, Jack. That’s what she tells herself anyway.

Jack has never been big on commitment, until now. One look at Jillian and he’s smitten.

Can these two move past rumors and their own personal issues to find happiness in each other’s arms?

This story was sizzling and clever. I loved the way the author took a few lines from the old nursery rhyme and weaved an all new tale around it. The conflict between the two characters was enough to make me wonder, how will they ever end up in a relationship?

I also loved the heroine for her attitude. She didn't melt and scream, "Do me!" I love stories where the heroine is strong, knows what she wants, and walks that path despite the adversities it might cause. For being a short tale, this one packed a lot of punch. I highly recommend this for a Must Read Monday! ~ D. F. Krieger

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Writer Wednesday: Blurnopsis

During my time as editor, I've seen many styles of query letters. It never ceases to amaze me how broadly it can range from not only author to author, but story to story. Today, I'm going to talk about the blurnopsis. Yeah, I know, it's not a real word...But I've noticed writers are treating it like it's real.

Blurnopsis is a smashed up rendition of a blurb and synopsis. It's like the author couldn't make up their mind, or maybe had no idea how to accomplish what was in the guidelines. In the end, they threw out this mangled creature and begged it to live so it would give their chance of being published a life.

So how do we solve this? Well, I've pulled on my Mistress gear and grabbed my ruler. We're going to have a lesson today on blurbs and synopsis. You, my darling, are going to learn the difference.

Blurb! *Strikes ruler against her desk with a loud crack* Think the back of a book for those lucky enough to be published in print. This is the hook, line, and sinker to get a reader to open your book. The cover makes them pick it up, the blurb makes them open it. Now, some rules about blurbs:

Do NOT give away the ending of the story.

Do NOT give away the resolution for the story's conflict.

Do describe the conflict, but in a way that doesn't feel like a lecture.

Keep your blurbs simple. If I want the entire book, I'll read the damn thing.

Synopsis! *Glares at classroom, hand on hip* A synopsis is a description of the major plot points in the story. These are never to go in the public eye. They are made of secret and should only be seen by yourself and the editor you are submitting to. Synopsis are difficult to write as an author is often torn between the dilemma of too much and too little. Here are some rules:

NEVER post your synopsis anywhere (blog, group, website, etc). Especially if the book isn't published yet. That's asking someone to plagiarize.

Do NOT give minute details. A synopsis should contain only the major points of the story.

Do NOT end your synopsis with a cliff hanger sentence. A synopsis is suppose to tell us the resolution and end of the story.

Do NOT let a synopsis frighten you.

For most publishing companies, a blurb goes in the body of your query letter. The synopsis is often a separate document. Always check the guidelines of the publisher you are preparing to submit to and see what they want.

That concludes our lesson for today. You are released. ~ D. F. Krieger

Monday, April 2, 2012

Must Read Monday: Afterburn

Here is one of the books I had the pleasure of editing!

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Their love burns hot, but will it stay fueled?

Crystal is an enlisted mechanic with a tragic past. Grant is an officer and a pilot with a broken heart. When faced with a difficult decision, will Crystal choose wisely or lose the best thing that ever happened to her?
The love between them burns hot, but their relationship won't stay fueled if they can't beat the obstacles that stand in their way. Besides breaking the fraternization rules, Grant and Crystal have the difference of race between them…but can they prove to the rest of the world, and to each other, that love is color blind?

Afterburn is about overcoming one's past, not judging others, learning to forgive, and what it's like to be a woman in a "man's world."

Afterburn was a wonderful read that addressed several issues. Some of the issues were ones I was blind to until recently. When I read this manuscript I thought, Oh, this level of racism doesn't still happen. Then I started seeing it around me. 2012 and we're still pointing fingers at mixed couples. It's shameful.

One of the other issues that the couple faces in this military romance is sexual harassment. I really love how the author handled the situation and the emotions. I love the conflict that arises and how it is resolved. What I love most, though, is how the conflict wakes another character up in the story. Stories that make people quit being sheeple are awesome!

This book wasn't about sex, despite the fact sex is in it. It's about real people facing real issues that modern society can't get a grip on. This makes Afterburn a MUST READ! ~ D. F. Krieger