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Quick Peer Review Page Update

Just added:

AUTHOR: Michael Moller

TITLE:  “God Complex

GENRE:  Comic Fantasy (novel, first chapter)

SYNOPSIS: After the creator of the universe becomes trapped inside an eccentric winemaker’s body, a shy winery employee must save the world from destruction by incompetence.

ISSUES:  This first chapter is a hook meant to foreshadow the first plot point occurring around the twenty-five percent mark.  I’m hoping to learn if it holds the reader’s attention, if the dark humor tone comes across, and how the overall voice feels. All comments are appreciated.

Please visit the Peer Review page to access Michael’s work and that of the other authors who have posted here.  Feedback is good… and we’re all in this together.  The Karma train will stop at your door if you honor these writers with your feedback.

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Update: New Fiction Posted on the Peer Review Page

A Call For Community

Last week we launched the new “Peer Review Page,” where writers at all levels can post their work, and anybody can read it and offer up their feedback.

Feedback is good.  Especially when it comes from other writers. 

It is truly a win-win deal.  Because once you know story architecture — which is the objective here — you can’t “unsee” it.  You recognize it on the page when you do see it (with an appreciation of how it makes the story work), and you miss it when you don’t. 

Those very realizations cement your grasp of what will make your stories work.

And, it should be noted, despite our best intentions we don’t usually see story architecture on our pages the same way others do.  So it’s good to get feedback. 

Confirm or coach.  It’s a gift both ways.

When we launched there were four wonderful pieces posted, and they have received some solid, illuminating feedback.  They’re still here, but now they have company.

Since then other brave authors have followed suit, and now there is a much larger handful of submissions to choose from.  What follows here is a linked menu, including a SYNOPSIS/LOGLINE to catch your eye.

I encourage you to read these pieces and offer your comments.  That’s the engine of this opportunity, so please make a little time and read something you just might find amazing. 

Because amazing is here in these listings.


August 23, 2011

AUTHOR:  Melinda Jones

TITLE: “Try To Say No

GENRE: Adult contemporary fiction

SYNOPSIS/LOGLINE: She should say no. But she won’t.


AUTHOR: Lois Hudson

TITLE: “The Tenth Month

GENRE: Adult Contemporary/Speculative Edge

PREMISE/SYNOPSIS:  What if God closed the womb to get the world’s attention because of our cavalier attitudes toward life?


AUTHOR:   Olga Oliver

TITLE:  “Lizbeth’s Journey” (Mainstream, partial novel)

GENRE:  Mainstream

SYNOPSIS:  What if three secrets are unlocked and give Lizbeth Kelleye her real self.


August 21, 2011

AUTHOR: Jennifer Vaughn

TITLE: “When the Demons Come” (WIP)

GENRE: Mainstream commercial fiction

SYNOPSIS/LOGLINE: Lyla Chandler is pregnant. But when the doctor tells her there’s something very unique about her pregnancy, it becomes the perfect way to escape a nightmare.


August 20, 2011

AUTHOR: Jennifer Vaughn

TITLE: “Echo Valley

GENRE: Adult contemporary mainstream fiction

SYNOPSIS/LOGINE: Single mother hairdresser Bo Carmichael becomes an unacceptable risk when she unwittingly catches a leading presidential candidate in a compromising position.


August 19, 2011

AUTHOR: Luisa Perkins

TITLE: “The Desolate

GENRE: YA/Fanatasy (novel partial)

SYNOPSIS/LOGLINE: Out-of-body experiences? Cool–until your life gets stolen while you’re gone.


August 18, 2011 

AUTHOR: Fiona Mackenzie

TITLE: “Watching Chinooks

GENRE: Women’s short fiction

DESCRIPTION: a story told against a military setting


August 15, 2011

AUTHOR: Martha Pound Miller

TITLE: “Virgin of the Desert”

GENRE: Fiction/novel partial/thriller

SYNOPSIS: When young Sparrow Thibault takes a swim in an Arizona canal, she is struck by lightning and begins hearing a voice in her head: “You are pregnant and will soon give birth to the next messiah.”


AUTHOR: David Monroe

TITLE: “The Get Back Job” (partial)

GENRE: Modern crime noir

SYNOPSIS:  Jocko Myles got outta-the-life of being a bounty hunter for the Mob.  But when sex-slave traffickers’ start kidnapping girls – Jocko goes on the hunt again.


AUTHOR: Jennifer Blanchard (

TITLE: “In the Pouring Rain” (short story)

GENRE: romance

SYNOPSIS:  What if you discovered your new girlfriend’s mom is a woman you not only dated in the past, but are actually still in love with her? 

AUTHOR QUESTIONS/ISSUES (how you can help): Do the flashbacks work or do they make it hard to follow the story? Is the plot believable?


AUTHOR: Donna Lodge

TITLE: “Canary

GENRE: Short story (fantasy/fiction)

SYNOPSIS:  What if a dead coal-miner believes he can save his son from danger by warning him while he dreams?


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