Coryn of Bellsferry: Blood Thieves -Chapter 5: Unexpected Guests

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Coryn Aesthetic!

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Chapter 5 of Coryn of Bellsferry: Blood Thieves is here! Check it out on Wattpad!

“I shivered, despite the summer heat. What if something happened to me? What if the Blood Thieves got to me? What would that do to my daughter, losing the person closest to her? She barely knew Gunner and Dixie. She’d be devastated and scared, and the security and joy of her childhood bubble would burst and she’d be thrown into the dark, confusing maze of this dangerous world. Death was banging on all of our doors, especially mine and Krista’s, and who knew when it’d break through and seize its loot. It could happen tonight…”-from chapter 5

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Coryn Aesthetic!

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SYNOPSIS TIME!

“With long snaking roads enshrouded by dense woodland and only smatters of clarity along the rolling hills, the beautiful countryside of Bellsferry was the perfect place for predators to stalk.” Coryn knows fate when she’s pricked by it–she thinks.

In a world where American law has been overthrown, and wanna-be supernatural, self-made vampires exist–who by the way, are really creepy and demented and have started preying on the small town of Bellsferry–there also exists Coryn, a twenty-three-year-old single mother who’s just trying to survive through life–and give her daughter a somewhat decent one. But when Coryn is taken under her gunslinging neighbors’ wings and something…otherworldly happens, forget decent; she and her daughter’s lives are now even more dangerous than before. Sigh. That’s what happens when you accidentally become the only real nemesis to the deranged psychopaths who have iron-gripped your hometown.

Since before the demolition of law, Coryn grew up surviving through life, but now she has to protect not only herself and her seven-year-old daughter, but their entire town–doesn’t she?

 

Have you been following along? If so, what are your thoughts so far? Got a WIP you’re working on? Are you on Wattpad? Let me know! Happy reading! -Natasha

Writing Craft Wednesday: How to Hook Your Readers from Line One

My article title hooked you–ha! Seriously, your first line is your very first impression. I’m one of those readers that will be ready to tap-out if the first sentence of a novel is not gripping. I am not one for giving such novels, “a chance,” because when I do, I am usually right about the story and/or prose being lame and end up getting quickly let down.

Don’t assume your audience has the patience to stick around till the second or third chapter when things finally start getting juicy. You’re biased; you have patience for your story and can wait until chapter three because it’s YOUR story and you know what’s going to happen! Your readers aren’t prophets, okay? They need to know right off the bat that your novel is worth spending precious time on because reading a book is a very personal investment. If you want your readers to stick around, come up with an enticing first sentence. Here’s some first-liners that hooked me, and the books turned out to be well worth my time, as expected:

“The death alarm sounded, that phantom punch in the gut I always dreaded.”-Reapers, book 1.

“Phoenix, I brought ghosts with me.”-Beyond the Gateway, Reapers book 2.

Bryan Davis’s Reapers books did NOT disappoint. I was a new, sleep-deprived mom who still managed to stay up into the wee hours of the night flippin’ pages and ignoring my serious need for rest because I just had to know what was going to happen next.

Your hook–your book’s first sentence–is extremely important; as important as your cover, if not even more so! Ever browse a Barnes and Noble, pick up a novel with an interesting cover, then read the first few sentences and think, lame, then put it back on the shelf? Exactly.

Don’t let your novel be the book that gets good eventually rather than immediately. More and more, patience is becoming an endangered quality in our society so go back to your very first line and make sure it’ll reel in readers and bring them to checkout.

Happy helping!

What novels have you read with great hooks? Which ones have you put down because of a weak hook? Feel free to share your thoughts in a comment.