Hey! It’s Amie again. (Duh, who else would be posting on her blog? Oh! Someone might hack in and…) Today, I’m going to update you on my progress with Operation: Green Serpent. According to my younger sister (who is very hard to please, especially when it comes to something I’ve done) says that it’s one of the best book I’ve ever written.
I’m going to introduce two new characters! Oh my! I’m so excited. They aren’t main characters but they’re still really important and needful if you’re going to understand any sneak-peaks I give away.
Oh, and I know Crazy A seems like it’s only a writing blog but November is only fit for writing in, right? Don’t worry, I’ll bring some diversity in a bit. Today, you’ll just have to sit tight and listen to me brag about my book.
Description: Brown hair untrimmed, not well shaved. Overall sloppy look, except in his bright brown eyes.
So, who do you think Beau is? Why is he named Beau? What’s his job in this mystery?
Age: over twenty-five. Closer to thirty.
Description: A well-groomed with white-blond hair that’s well slicked. Very important presence.
How do you like Pates? He’s different, right? Maybe I’m biased. Hehe, I am.
Now, I’m going to make you wait for the sneak-peaks I’m doing. First, I’m going to give some advice for those writing mysteries. (like I have any place to talk!) You NEED a plot. Don’t jump into a mystery. It ends in DISASTER. It does, to be certain.
Also, don’t involve cute stuff in mysteries. That’s just plain weird. Mysteries are supposed to keep you up at night, not make you feel warm and cozy. Don’t add bunnies, rainbows, or unicorns until the very end IF you must have them.
Stick to your plot. I’m way behind it. *Holds head in hands* I’m supposed to be on chapter thirteen but I’m already at chapter seventeen. Sometimes, you just have to expound.
Leave every chapter at a cliffhanger. I’ve been told I’m not bad a cliffhangers and that’s a compliment. Who wants to read a book without any cliffhangers? It won’t keep you up at night or be surprised when your parent’s catch you at twelve drinking tea.
Secondly, make certain catch phrases your readers can trace through the book. You don’t want it to be obvious, but when the reader puts the book down they’ll always remember this phrase. Maybe they’ll even start saying it. Needless to say, the funnier, stranger, or catchier the saying the better.
I’m sure you’ve read a book that you’ll always remember they say something. (Take Aslan for an example. He always says, “Dear heart”.) I’m found to be saying certain things after reading books and my brother will accuse me of stealing it. (What nonsense! You paid for the book!)
Now, ladies, elves, and hobbits, it’s time (oops, I forgot gentlemen! hehe…) for the sneak-peaks!
“She jumped the fence on that there horse,” Zika pointed to Raven, who had come closer. “Then she fell off and conked her head on the ground. It was a lovely landing. I heard it all the way in the…”
Can you make any sense out of that one? Maybe you want a refresher? Go look at the first post right here.
“That didn’t stop you last time,” Benji snickered. Lily looked at him angrily and then took Sunshine’s bridle. “Just ride up there like you know how. Be cute and pretty. Most of all, look like an angel. Nobody every suspects an angel, though, you know, they really should.” Benji meditated. “If I ever see an angel, I’ll highly doubt it’s really an angel.”
“Psst, there’s Chelsea’s car,” Lily tried to snap Benji out of his revery.
Whose Chelsea? What is that there about angels? Why are they using Lily? What didn’t stop her last time?
He walked to her quickly, his eyes huge and strained. “How did you get out?” he hissed. Cam blinked at him.
“Excuse me sir? I’m not sure why you’re here but I didn’t get out of anywhere.” Cam sifted her weight as the horse tried to pull away.
“Oh? I’m sorry,” the man apologized, flashing Cam a white smile. “I got a bit carried away. Perhaps you know where your father is at?”
What? What does he mean how did she get out? This is getting confusing!
She twirled into the woods and ran as fast as her legs would carry her. She tried to talk to her family but for some reason the ear piece wasn’t working. Before she knew what happened, a strong hand and arm reached out and grabbed her.
WHAT? I’m about to give anything for this book! (I have it, hehe!) Okay, are you ready for a question? Would you buy this book if it got published?
The graveyard was empty; neither Eric or Cam was anywhere near. Benji noticed where there was a break through of the under brush. He followed it into the forest until it suddenly ended. There, he found Cam’s wire. It was bent and broken.
Cam’s missing too? What has happened to the twins? I’m dying to know! Guys, this book is turning into an amazing mystery.
“Pinky-pie is our friend, not whoever you’ve been talking about.”
“Pinky-pie is coming with our brothers?”
“Exactly. We can count on Pinky-pie.”
Pinky-pie? What are the girls talking about? Are they just being silly? Am I only asking questions? 😉
“He’s going to his truck,” Benji said, ducking behind a bush. “What should I do?”
“Grab another truck,” Beau instructed.
“Grab another truck? Beau, are you crazy? I can’t drive!”
“And I can’t fly. Benjamin, you have to get the truck.”
Are they breaking the laws? Is that legal, even in emergencies? Guys, this is getting hectic!
“And then you can pretend you’re in a mystery movie and use the glass cups to eavesdrop on the enemy in the other room.”
“Cassy! You’re a genius!” Cam exclaimed, getting up. “That’s just it! We can!”
Cassy? A genius? Cam, I think you’ve been up a little too late. Anyway, maybe Cassy has just suggested a solution to a large problem.
“Sunglasses?” Benji scoffed. “I don’t need sunglasses.”
“You’ll need these,” Beau handed them to Jonathan and then to Benji. Benji grimaced at them but put them on.
“What the? Oh my! Jonathan! Help!” Benji pulled off the glasses. “If I imagined enough, I’d see your underwear, Beau!”
*gravely shakes head* Benji, what will we do with you?
Guys, that was the last sneak-peak. *GASP* I know! I’m so bad, I’ve left you there. I could have left you at an even more nerve-racking place but I was considerate.
Would you buy Operation: Green Serpent if it was published and in print? What would you rate the sneak-peaks?