21 SIMPLE WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR FICTION RIGHT NOW

Writing a novel does not have to involve mysterious processes that take a lifetime to understand. After writing and ghostwriting millions of words of marketable fiction, I began working as a copy editor and writing coach. I soon realized I was seeing the same basic errors over and over again in my clients’ manuscripts– errors that were easy enough to fix with a few simple guidelines. Whether you write as a hobby or for publication, you can apply this plainspoken advice to any story. Try one tip and see what happens. You might be surprised at what they can do together!

Meet Janeen O’Kerry

Like many who end up being writers, I’ve worked at many different jobs: riding instructor, horse trainer, computer programmer, and medical transcriptionist. I began my writing career in the early 1980s with articles for several national and regional horse magazines. My friend Hazel wanted to break into writing novels, so together we wrote three: A *Star Trek* novel; a rather spicy romance; and, finally a sweet romance called *April’s Christmas.* April was the one who got us started when Avalon published that book in 1994. After that I sold my own first novel, the historical romance *Lady of Fire,* to Dorchester Publishing in 1995. Today I am a full-time novelist, Kindle ghostwriter, and copy editor, and can often be found doing workshops and panels at writers’ events and conventions.

Daughter of Gold

Niamh, a young and beautiful woman of the fields and forests, arrives with her family at the late-summer Lughnasa Fair. She hopes she might find a husband there and meets Bryan, one of the king’s finest men. But like other young warriors, Bryan is interested in a romance only for the duration of the fair – or, at best, a Fair Marriage lasting just a year. Then the Lughnasa Fair is disrupted by a malevolent puca, a fey creature resembling a black pony and bent on destruction and revenge. It will fall to Niamh to contend with the puca and help Bryan face it, if he can, before it is too late for all of them. Each book in the Celtic Journeys series tells a complete story, so they may be read and enjoyed in any order. NOTE: Battlefield violence. Mild sexual content; no explicit scenes. This book was first published by Dorchester in 2004. It has been given a re-edit by the author, along with a new cover, but is the same story as the original novel.

Meet Janeen O’Kerry

Like many who end up being writers, I’ve worked at many different jobs: riding instructor, horse trainer, computer programmer, and medical transcriptionist. I began my writing career in the early 1980s with articles for several national and regional horse magazines. My friend Hazel wanted to break into writing novels, so together we wrote three: A *Star Trek* novel; a rather spicy romance; and, finally a sweet romance called *April’s Christmas.* April was the one who got us started when Avalon published that book in 1994. After that I sold my own first novel, the historical romance *Lady of Fire,* to Dorchester Publishing in 1995. Today I am a full-time novelist, Kindle ghostwriter, and copy editor, and can often be found doing workshops and panels at writers’ events and conventions.

Goddess of Eire

Parlan has been named High King of all Eire, but first he must meet with the approval of the noble goddess Eriu. By the oldest tradition, if she agrees to pass the night with him then she has found him worthy to be a High King. In the morning, Parlan insists he will make the goddess his queen and boldly states that he would rather give up his kingship than live without her. But this unthinking rejection Eriu’s gift of kingship brings down the Curse of the Black Dragon. Parlan will have to destroy the dragon in order to save his land and his people. Eriu agrees to help him do this, but promises one thing: No mortal man can love a goddess and survive. NOTE: Battlefield violence. Some brief scenes of sexual content. This book was first published by Dorchester in 2006. It has been given a re-edit by the author, along with a new cover, but is the same story as the original novel. Each book in this series tells a complete story, so they may be read and enjoyed in any order.

Meet Janeen O’Kerry

Like many who end up being writers, I’ve worked at many different jobs: riding instructor, horse trainer, computer programmer, and medical transcriptionist. I began my writing career in the early 1980s with articles for several national and regional horse magazines. My friend Hazel wanted to break into writing novels, so together we wrote three: A *Star Trek* novel; a rather spicy romance; and, finally a sweet romance called *April’s Christmas.* April was the one who got us started when Avalon published that book in 1994. After that I sold my own first novel, the historical romance *Lady of Fire,* to Dorchester Publishing in 1995. Today I am a full-time novelist, Kindle ghostwriter, and copy editor, and can often be found doing workshops and panels at writers’ events and conventions.

Maiden of the Winds

The beautiful and accomplished Keavy has turned down all offers of marriage. She cannot forget the golden eagle who came to her in the forest one spring day and made her a gift of three feathers… an eagle who gazed at her with the eyes of a man. Under threat of being disowned, Keavy finally accepts a young druid. They secretly agree to a marriage of convenience and she goes to his distant home. But after the wedding, Keavy learns that here a bride goes not to her husband but to the bed of the king… a king who gazes at her with the eyes of an eagle. NOTE: No graphic violence. Some brief scenes of sexual content. This book was first published by Dorchester in 2003. It has been given a re-edit by the author, along with a new cover, but is the same story as the original novel.

Meet Janeen O’Kerry

Like many who end up being writers, I’ve worked at many different jobs: riding instructor, horse trainer, computer programmer, and medical transcriptionist. I began my writing career in the early 1980s with articles for several national and regional horse magazines. My friend Hazel wanted to break into writing novels, so together we wrote three: A *Star Trek* novel; a rather spicy romance; and, finally a sweet romance called *April’s Christmas.* April was the one who got us started when Avalon published that book in 1994. After that I sold my own first novel, the historical romance *Lady of Fire,* to Dorchester Publishing in 1995. Today I am a full-time novelist, Kindle ghostwriter, and copy editor, and can often be found doing workshops and panels at writers’ events and conventions.

Spirit of the Mist

Muriel is mistress of the sea and of the water mirror, which shows the truth when the full moon shines. In return, the women of her family must marry only kings or lose their magic forever. Brendan is a prince, destined to be king. One stormy night, Muriel’s powers save his life. Soon they are together in what seems the perfect marriage. When Brendan’s true identity is revealed, his kingship is lost. Exiled from his lands, with Muriel losing her magic, they will have to find some new way to live… if they, and their people, are to live at all. NOTE: Battlefield violence. Some brief scenes of sexual content. This book was first published by Dorchester in 2002. It has been given a re-edit by the author, along with a new cover, but is the same story as the original novel.

Meet Janeen O’Kerry

Like many who end up being writers, I’ve worked at many different jobs: riding instructor, horse trainer, computer programmer, and medical transcriptionist. I began my writing career in the early 1980s with articles for several national and regional horse magazines. My friend Hazel wanted to break into writing novels, so together we wrote three: A *Star Trek* novel; a rather spicy romance; and, finally a sweet romance called *April’s Christmas.* April was the one who got us started when Avalon published that book in 1994. After that I sold my own first novel, the historical romance *Lady of Fire,* to Dorchester Publishing in 1995. Today I am a full-time novelist, Kindle ghostwriter, and copy editor, and can often be found doing workshops and panels at writers’ events and conventions.

Darkwitch

After twenty years of oppression, Lea Wylder has freed the Colony, one of the last human cities in the Nordvend, from the wolves. But freedom has come at a terrible cost. Radical forces threaten unrest. Wolf shifters and humans are more divided than ever. Lea’s nightmares have returned, except this time it isn’t her own death she sees—it’s Henrik’s, the wolf shifter she saved the previous fall, who possesses a terrible magic that has marked him as a target among humans and shifters alike. Attacks on the Colony increase by the day. Something lurks out in the dark, frozen woods, just beyond what Lea can see in her visions, and she must discover who is hunting Henrik before it’s too late.

Meet Kat Kinney

Author Kat Kinney lives with her family and two extremely pampered guinea pigs who do not like werewolves, vampires, or falcons and wonder why their human insists on writing about things that like to eat them. When she isn’t writing about things that bite and howl, Kat can be found knitting crazy socks and plotting out future books!

Shattered Souls

Blaine thought being a hero meant saving lives, having bards write songs about his great deeds, and resting easy at night knowing he had made the world a better place. Not being chased across the continent by a monster from another world. A monster he watched crawl out of a portal in his dreams. With the Shard hunting him and his friends, Blaine must go searching for answers on how to defeat the creature. Will Blaine and his friends prevail, or will the Shard continue its rampage? Shattered Souls is the action-packed introduction to a YA epic fantasy trilogy featuring tropes such as the chosen ones, found family, hidden truths, and unique magical creatures.

Meet Emily Huffman

Emily Huffman is the author of The Shattered Trilogy, an epic fantasy series releasing beginning in March 2022. Before becoming an author, she worked in fraud—but now she leaves stopping the bad guys to her characters. If she’s not writing, you might find her cosplaying at various conventions, playing Dungeons and Dragons, or playing video games/board games! Learn more and visit her website at emilyhuffmanbooks.com

Dark

Hayden Crowe fronts an all-girls band down in Austin, Texas. Between tending bar so her sister can stay in school and dealing with the fallout after their addict father skipped town, she hasn’t exactly had time to join the social media freak out over the recent outing of vampires and werewolves. Her world comes crashing down the night she’s attacked in an alley after a gig and bitten by a feral werewolf. Unable to return home for fear of hurting her sister, and with a message scrawled across her arm warning HOSPITALS NOT SAFE, Hayden is left with just one option… Him. Ethan Caldwell doesn’t do relationships. Adopted son of the pack Alpha, he lives a solitary life as a barista and artist. Things three years ago with Hayden Crowe… went too far. By pack law, she couldn’t be told what he was. Ending it was for her own protection. But when Hayden shows up on his doorstep, newly changed and in danger, Ethan defies his father’s orders to stay away. Someone in the paranormal community is hunting her, and hell if he’s going to fail her again.

Meet Kat Kinney

Author Kat Kinney lives with her family and two extremely pampered guinea pigs who do not like werewolves, vampires, or falcons and wonder why their human insists on writing about things that like to eat them. When she isn’t writing about things that bite and howl, Kat can be found knitting crazy socks and plotting out future books!

The Wedding Soup Murder

National bestselling author Rosie Genova reprises her tasty Italian Kitchen Mysteries for a new audience New Jersey Monthly calls The Wedding Soup Murder “a tightly-plotted whodunit” A wedding with all the trimmings—and death as an unexpected guest… Victoria Rienzi came home to the Jersey shore to research a new book and perfect her cooking skills at her family’s seaside restaurant, the Casa Lido. But when Vic’s exacting nonna puts her in charge of catering the soup course for a wedding at the exclusive Belmont Country Club, it’s not long before trouble is simmering in the kitchen. Three temperamental chefs are butting heads, their sous chefs are throwing punches, and the formidable club president, Elizabeth Merriman, antagonizes everyone around her. Elizabeth, aka “The Iron Lady,” has made her share of enemies, including the father of the bride, who was caught embezzling from the country club. She threatens to fire the famous pastry chef in charge of the wedding cake, who doesn’t bother to hide her hatred of Elizabeth. And who is the mystery man in dark glasses, who never leaves the older woman’s side? Though the wedding goes off without a hitch, by the time the happy couple and their guests depart, Elizabeth Merriman is missing. When her body is found on the beach the next morning, it appears that the country club president slipped from the top of the seawall, but Vic isn’t convinced. Did The Iron Lady finally push someone too far? And did that someone push her back—into the arms of death? Recipes included!

Meet Rosie Genova

Bestselling and award-winning author Rosie Genova left her heart at the shore, which serves as the setting for much of her work. The inspiration for her cozy series, the Italian Kitchen Mysteries, comes from her deep appreciation for Italian food, her affinity for the New Jersey seaside, and her love of classic mysteries from Nancy Drew to Miss Marple. A former journalist and teacher, Rosie also writes women’s fiction and suspense. The proud mama of three grown sons, she still lives in her favorite state with her husband and a charming mutt named Lucy.