December 30, 2011

Doing Things My Way

Expanding into the non-fiction biographical genre, Phoenix Tree Publishing is proud to present the story of Melissa and her battle with a brain aneurysm. Doing Things My Way is a great page turner if you know of someone who has battled with a health issue, and stayed true to themselves.

Melissa De La Rosa tells her story of the events that transpired when she was struck with an aneurysm. Her storytelling is very compelling and her storytelling puts you right in the middle of everything going on.
I was diagnosed with a 9mm busted aneurysm located in the ophthalmic carotid artery right behind my left eye. I remember the surgical staff prepping me for it in my room. I remember the anesthesiologist explaining to me how the anesthesia worked at which point I told him not to over do it, because if "I die from too much of your goods, my mother will make sure you'll have hell to pay".
The book is currently only available as a paperback through CreateSpace and Amazon for just $7.00.Publish Post

November 26, 2011

ALL E Book formats of Spy in the House of Fitzwalter are on sale for 1/2 off ($2.99) till Christmas!

Just click on the ebook tab on the PhoenixTree Homepage and use the coupon code: DK43H

The tyrant King John must fall!

September 29, 2011

Fall For Art Reception

Saturday, October 1 · 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Arlington Arts Gallery
5179 Lee Highway

This Saturday, October 1st come view Russ McIntosh's artwork at the Arlington Arts Gallery.

In addition to the reception there will be a raffle drawing for $50 to go towards your purchase of any piece in the gallery.

PMExhibition: Through October Meet the gallery artists and enjoy food, conversation and wine as well as some great art. In addition, fill out a raffle ticket and drop it off at the gallery before 7PM on Saturday, Oct. 1st, for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate redeemable at the Arlington Arts Gallery, 5179 Lee Highway (MAP). The raffle ticket applies only to art purchased at the Arlington Arts Gallery through Oct. 31, 2011. Only raffle tickets delivered in person, not mailed, will be accepted for this special opportunity. No purchase is required and you need not be present to win.
FREE PARKING:Parking is available in front of the Arlington Arts Gallery building, at Preston's Pharmacy and in the surrounding neighborhoods.

August 31, 2011

And the reviews have begun!

Over at Amazon, the reviews have started coming in!
A Gripping Page-turner., August 31, 2011
By Jasmine - See all my reviews

This book will hold you captivated from start to finish. As you meet Robert de London, and his story unfolds, you are immediately pulled into his world of secrets with deception at every turn. As the story switches from England to Mongolia, you find yourself desperately trying to piece together the missing story to connect the two plotlines. The war scenes are realistically bloody and descriptive that will have you cringing and crying in pain, and then just crying in general. This book appeals to all emotions and really draws you in; you'll feel for Robert, laugh at Falmouth's unfortunate speech impediment, and grow to despise King John. I recommend this book for anyone, and I eagerly await the next installment of the saga. Rarely have I encountered a series that has captivated me such as this one. Definitely a delightful read.

August 30, 2011

Me, My Book, and I!

So, here's what the paperback edition of Spy in the House of Fitzwalter looks like!

Now you can order the book from Amazon!

August 25, 2011


1. Voyeurism: Show Don't Tell

Prose that's in a hurry falls flat and lacks emotional impact. She was scared. Whatever. Her head twitched and fingers trembled. Maggots seemed to be crawling in her belly and her knees boiled to noodles. She couldn't think due to the feedback deafening her mind. Poor girl, I remember feeling like that when . . .

2. Let's Chat: Dialogue On Every Page

Even if you're alone all day, at some point you're going to talk to yourself. Tom Hanks' character in Cast Away made Spalding for a reason. While there is little dialogue in Wall E, the robots communicate with one another regularly. Talking humanizes characters and places the reader in a 'you are there' setting. Dialogue, or some other form of communication, on every page expresses and develops character traits, and limits the potential for lengthy sections of narrative; which shifts focus to the narrator.

3. Nobody's Perfect: Character's Need Quirks

Part of what makes us human are our imperfections: foibles, idiosyncracies, nervous ticks, and instinctive habits. If you want characters to be believable individuals instead of cliche caricatures, they need their own physical and emotional reactions to the events happening around them. Think about the last time you were hanging out with your friends and something surprising happened. Did everyone react the same? No? Who covered their mouth with their hand? Who screamed? Who was jittery? Who couldn't stop talking about it? Who thought it was funny? Who thought it was terrible? The more characters react to stimuli in their own unique way, the more believable your writing will be; no matter the genre or topic.

4. Nietzche Was Right: Hurt Your Main Characters

Are you unscathed from the course of your life? No scars, physical or mental, that come with interesting stories? Didn't think so. Readers will sympathize with characters who are hurt and humbled; it forges a bond between them and the reader in a way that is different for every reader. I like reading a book series as much as anyone, but I despise it when characters walk away unscathed from everything that happens to them; its just not realistic. People are not infallible, even if they're really good at something; recognize that in your characters and give them a chance to gain wisdom through painful experiences.

5. That's Confidential: Some Things Are Best Left Unsaid

Everyone has been in a situation where they wanted or needed to share something they know, with someone that deserved that information, but kept their mouth shut. Unshared knowledge is dramatic. Not everything that happens in your story, your character's heart and mind, needs to be narrated. Give your story tension by leaving 'blank spaces' that leaves either characters or readers or both uncertain about something that's rather important. Give your readers the autonomy to stew over a plot arc or a character's emotional dillema; once your story is in their hands, its as much theirs as it is yours. Here's the secret to keeping a good secret . . .