Linda Maye Adams

Soldier, Storyteller

Tag Archives: Action

Publication Schedule — Books for Release


This is a list of my books coming out for the next few months. June 2015 A Writer’s Guide to Military Culture This was from an online class I did for Forward Motion in 2012. July, 2015 Curse of the Cat A Steampunk fantasy short story Layers: A Desert Storm Veteran and September 11 It’s …

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Guest Post: Liv Rancourt on Five Tips For Writing Fight Scenes


Today, Liv Rancourt is going to be guest blogging on Soldier, Storyteller.  Liv was in the same blogging class, We Are Not Alone, that was I in, and she has a  great book called The Santa Drag out just in time for Christmas.  An excerpt is at the end of this post.  Liv was also …

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Just When You Thought it Was Safe to go to Critique Group


Action is fun to read about, but reading has a nice safe distance.  It’s definitely not fun when it intervenes in real life!  Our critique group meets in the food court of a local mall in the evening.  During lunch, a man dropped a Molotov Cocktail from one of the upper floors into the food …

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What Makes Up A Good Action Scene?


Action scenes — good, exciting ones — are tough to write well.  It’s not just a matter of writing short sentences and having two characters throw punches at each other.  Heck, not all action scenes have fights.  That’s be pretty boring in an action novel to just have all fights! There are three key elements …

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The Importance of Being A Title


I just stumbled across a random title generator.  Click the button, and it creates a list of titles from words. Hmm. Titles are the first impression of a book to a reader: I walk past a table, and the book title catches my eye. I scan a website with cover shots, and the book title …

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Hawaii Five-0: Action in Paradise


Hawaii was a great initial reason to tune into the TV series Hawaii Five-0.  It’s a Hawaii 2.0 of the original series which starred Jack Lord.  One of the comments made at the time of the new series premiere was that the original version was an average detective show with Hawaii, a great theme, and Jack …

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Action, Adventure, Earthquakes — 3 Interesting Facts


An earthquake makes a great action scene.  Hollywood’s done a number of movies, including Earthquake and 10.5.  More recently, the TV series Bones had what looked like an earthquake but turned out to be a water main break.  As the shaking starts, Booth says something like, “Washington DC doesn’t have earthquakes.” A year later Virginia was struck by a 5.8 …

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Six Second Sunday


These six sentences are from an action scene involving Olive, one of my characters, in my contemporary fantasy/action-adventure Miasma.  This is the book I’m considering publishing Indie once I finish it in December.  Olive is a military enlisted woman and sidekick to the main character. One sharp pull — both her feet came out from …

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5 Reasons to Watch NCIS


NCIS is one of those television shows that has kept me coming back again and again to watch it, even as it enters its 9th year.  That’s pretty big deal because the writing often starts to suffer after about 7 years.  Each show is like a novel, so that’s a whole lot of novels.  Writers …

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How the Heck Do You Brand a Novel?


Non-fiction writers have been preaching to novelists to get a “brand.”  But when the novelists ask how, the non-fiction writers give examples applicable to non-fiction writers.  If you’re a time management guru, the brand is obvious.  But a novel?  How the heck do you brand that? This is what I think a novel writer’s brand …

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