Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Genie’s Gift - Middle Grade Novel - for free

The Genie’s Gift is a lighthearted action novel set in the fifteenth-century Middle East, drawing on the mythology of The Arabian Nights.
Thirteen-year-old Anise, shy and timid, dreads marrying the man her father chooses for her. Her aunt tells her about the Genie Shakayak, the giver of the Gift of Sweet Speech. He lives high atop Mount Quaf, many weeks’ journey across a barren desert. The way is barred by a dozen dangers and trials. But those few who cross the desert and defeat the guardians of the mountain receive their reward. From that day forward, their words drip like honey from their lips, charming all who hear them, and no one can deny them anything they ask.

Anise is determined to find the genie and ask for the gift, so she can control her own future. But the way is barred by a series of challenges, both ordinary and magical. How will Anise get past a vicious she-ghoul, a sorceress who turns people to stone, and mysterious sea monsters, when she can’t even speak in front of strangers? Will she ever reach the top of Mount Quaf—and if she does, can she convince the Genie to give her the gift?

The Genie’s Gift is available on InstaFreebie for free until January 15. You can download your choice of ePub, mobi, or PDF.

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Chris Eboch is the author of over 40 books for children, including nonfiction and fiction, early reader through teen. Chris Eboch’s novels for ages nine and up include The Well of Sacrifice, a Mayan adventure; The Genie’s Gift, a middle eastern fantasy; and the Haunted series, about kids who travel with a ghost hunter TV show, which starts with The Ghost on the Stairs. Her writing craft books include You Can Write for Children: How to Write Great Stories, Articles, and Books for Kids and Teenagers, and Advanced Plotting.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

#NewYear Resolution: Polish Your Novel for #NaNoEdMo

Did you do NaNoWriMo? Do your New Year’s resolutions include finishing or editing a novel? I’ll be teaching Advanced Plotting: Keep Those Pages Turning starting January 9, 2017.

ADVANCED PLOTTING: Keep Those Pages Turning by Chris Eboch
START DATE: Monday, January 9, 2017
DURATION: 8 weeks (four classes)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Many books and workshops teach the basics of plotting: conflict, complications, and climax. Now learn advanced techniques that will make a decent plot dynamic. Start with a “grab you by the throat” opening to pull readers into the story. Learn how to pack the plot full by complicating your complications. Control your pacing through sentence and paragraph length. And finally, cliffhanger chapter endings ensure late-night reading under the covers. Learn techniques to make any story or book better. Novelists will benefit from these insights, whether they are just starting out or have years of experience.

Here’s what people have said about my previous workshops:

“Your enthusiasm is contagious, and the sheer amount of knowledge you possess is fantastic.” ~ Nancy Partridge

“Your workshop was the one I got the most useful information from.” ~ Donna J. Barland

“Chris had a very detailed and extensive lecture with many great tips.” ~ Paula Yoo

“Chris is hands-down one of the best author-speakers we’ve ever had. The comments on her were full of grateful praise.” ~ Robin Koontz, SCBWI Oregon retreat leader

If you’re interested in ADVANCED PLOTTING: Keep Those Pages Turning, check out the entire schedule and get more information here.