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Grey Daze: A Lance Underphal Mystery
by Michael Allan Scott

Kindle Edition published 2015-03-29
Bestseller ranking: 167157

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An IAN Book of the Year Finalist and featured on NBC's Daytime Show, the third book in the Lance Underphal Mystery series is part of a new breed of supernatural thrillers which can be read and enjoyed in any order. Based on real events, this is one of those dark, disturbing novels that keeps you turning pages.
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It's a mystery- Something is wrong. As Lance Underphal pads softly across the cold flagstone, he hears her weeping. She is on her knees, hunched over in the middle of the room, her back to him, facing the dark fireplace. Something is very wrong. Lance wants to rush to her, but can't. In a hoarse whisper, he says, "Callie?" She lets out a mournful wail from deep within as she turns, their infant son in her arms, blue and still. He reels from the blow. How can this be? They don't have a son.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do you often rewrite your works?
« on: Today at 06:58:00 AM »
How often do you rewrite your books?

I am seriously considering touching up my first book. I've just completed book three and am deep into my first murder mystery and my writing has grown so much since the first book and since I'm using it as a reader magnet and it's the first book in my series I don't want to let some of the choppier descriptions keep people from getting to the next books in the series which I'm really proud of.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Your Best Idea
« on: Today at 04:22:48 AM »
Wow, no "Earth Angel" yet? I would have thought someone would have suggested that...or perhaps it's just a affinity for American "oldies" music.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Your Best Idea
« on: Today at 12:32:10 AM »
 ;D "Love From Above", "Heaven On Earth", "Falling in love", "A Beau Down Below"  :P


Writers' Cafe / Re: When Amazon removes a legitimate review
« on: Today at 12:26:03 AM »
You are free to disagree, but what I said was true.

It certainly isn't true. Most authors are well aware that most 5-star reviews are fake and that some one star reviews are fake. But most of us readers NEVER read 5-star reviews and go to read the 1-2 star reviews because these reviews tend to be the most accurate.

Writers' Cafe / Re: When Amazon removes a legitimate review
« on: January 15, 2018, 06:25:50 AM »
Decided against it. Sorry for cluttering the forum.

You are wiser than I. I shall learn from your example  ;D

Writers' Cafe / Re: ways to be less Amazon dependent
« on: January 14, 2018, 09:12:26 AM »
Great stuff here, guys! I'm soaking it all up...I hope. :o

Writers' Cafe / Re: Epic Fantasy Box Set 3d Cover Image mock up
« on: January 14, 2018, 09:03:25 AM »
I am going to make a box set of my sword & sorcery/epic fantasy quartet, and am considering these two images.  The title and font contrast will change, with the individual titles on the spine. This is just a mock-up with my poor photoshop skills, and I will have my graphic designer do it; I just want to know if the images are clear at the size and angle, or if I should just commission a whole new image.

Hey JC,

The first image is cool but a little too busy. The second one is pretty nice. I would slip the question into a mailing list poll and get the reader's feedback, too.

Good luck!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Scrivener compile question
« on: January 14, 2018, 08:22:41 AM »
The first question with Scrivener is always: PC or Mac?

This answer is for PC. It will be similar for Mac, but probably easier and have a whole lot more bells and whistles. (Come on, PC version 3.0!!)

Assuming all your chapters are in one Scrivener binder (visible on the left side of the screen) and are in the order you want them compiled, it goes like this...

--Great Book (you might have set it up with the manuscript icon, as a book icon under the manuscript, whatever. Or no icon, no title. )
--Folder icon: chapter 1 ("chapter 1" being the title you may want included in the compile--I sometimes use em dash/space/1/space/em dash, or "Greatest Chapter Ever Written". Whatever you want to name it.)
--text icon: scene one
--Folder icon: chapter 2
--text icon: scene one

Two different approaches get you to the same place....
Look at the general meta data for each section (chapter folder or scene text). It's in the middle of the column on the right side. If you don't see the column, click on the circled i at the top right of the screen. You'll have 3 check boxes: "include in compile", "page break before", "compile as is".  Click the boxes you need. For me, Chapter folder and scene text both get "compile". Chapter folder gets "page break before", text doesn't. Text usually gets "compile as is" because I had problems with that first paragraph flush left not showing in compile. This solved it.

If every folder and text you want included is checked appropriately, they will appear in the compile. But this really is something you're better off setting up with your template and forgetting.
Second approach, and one you should always check, especially since you have to work in "compile" anyway:
Click on Edit/Compile/Contents

You will see a table listing EVERYTHING in your binder (character notes, research...all of it). It shows the icons and titles of everything and the same boxes from the meta data: compile is called "include" in this view, then page break and as is. Click (or unclick) each entry as appropriate for everything in your binder. If you find compile errors in what's included and how, most of the time the problem will be here, where the category is checked or wasn't checked. Don't click "include" if you don't want it. If that's not clicked, it doesn't matter whether the other boxes are clicked.

Showing titles--to do that, you have to go to "Formatting" under Compile. That shows you the levels and gives you the option of clicking on Titles or not.

Levels still confuse me, but the PC version was finally updated last year to show in color what parts of the binder were at which level. Easy peasy now.  For me, chapter folders are Level 1+, scene text are Level 2+. For Level 1+ the title box is checked, for Level 2+ it's not.

If you don't have all your chapters and material in one binder (big mistake! having them together is what makes Scrivener so wonderful!), just copy them from whatever binder they are in (or import them from a Word file), into the binder that you're compiling, and in the order you want them compiled (so far as I know, there's no way to correct it through the compile function if they're in the wrong order, but that's easy enough to fix by dragging and dropping to where they should be)

Hope that helps. It's not nearly as hard as it sounds, but it does take a little time for the brain to sort the details--it's like learning to ride a bike. Once you can, you can't remember why it was so darned hard when you couldn't.   ;)

Thanks! A lot of good info. I hope I did it right.  =  )

Writers' Cafe / Scrivener compile question
« on: January 14, 2018, 07:14:06 AM »
If I want to compile (into a single file) to give to my editor how do I go about that? I keep getting them as separate files for each chapter but I just want to send one file to the editor...not 40+

HELP!  :o

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do you still consider yourself an Indie author?
« on: January 13, 2018, 10:45:44 PM »
Until I start advertising/promoting I consider myself a hobbyist. :P

Writers' Cafe / Re: Music While Writing
« on: January 13, 2018, 07:39:50 PM »
There's also Brain.fm.

Yeah, Brain.fm is surprisingly good. Maybe I should resubscribe.

Writers' Cafe / Re: When Amazon removes a legitimate review
« on: January 13, 2018, 06:11:41 PM »

I think you are still missing the point. You have no way of knowing it's a "legitimate review". Amazon doesn't explain why it removes reviews (as many authors have attested) and have others have said, Amazon is more likely to watch you after you show such strange suspicion toward reviews.


How can you be certain that I am missing the point? Two of the reviews were by bloggers who received free copies and published legal disclaimers with their reviews. The reviews were legitimate.

Your statement "Amazon is more likely to watch you after you show such strange suspicion toward reviews" makes it sound as though you believe Amazon will put me or anyone else on their radar for questioning their removal of reviews. I don't think it's a "strange suspicion" to wonder why reviews are removed. It's a valid question, and it happens to writers all the time. It would help if there was transparency, which will never happen. The OP had a legitimate question, and so did I and others who have posted.

The only point I can agree with you on is that Amazon doesn't explain why it removes reviews

I never said I was certain which should have been rather obvious from the bolded "I think". Also, as has already been stated by multiple people, you have no idea if the reviews were legitimate because you don't know what the reviewer does with his OTHER reviews. Amazon may have found them monetizing them in a way that violates the TOS. But you seem to be willfully ignoring this possibility because it doesn't fit with how you WANT to see the world.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Music While Writing
« on: January 13, 2018, 10:56:33 AM »
I like sounds more than music usually. Sometimes, I'll put on sounds of a train, or songbird by a river, rain on a tent. For some reason, those really work well for me.  8)

Writers' Cafe / Re: When Amazon removes a legitimate review
« on: January 13, 2018, 07:53:46 AM »
Reviews are not authors' property, but it is legitimate to question why older legitimate 5* star reviews are removed for no discernible reason, such as a review that was posted in 2014. Who removes these reviews and why?

I think you are still missing the point. You have no way of knowing it's a "legitimate review". Amazon doesn't explain why it removes reviews (as many authors have attested) and have others have said, Amazon is more likely to watch you after you show such strange suspicion toward reviews.

I'm still waiting for someone to ask how to remove a 5 star review or re-add a "deleted" 1 star.

Interesting stuff!!

Writers' Cafe / Re: When Amazon removes a legitimate review
« on: January 13, 2018, 12:12:41 AM »
Did I say there was a campaign? Did I even mention such a possibility? And what the heck is 'confirmation bias' when it's at home?

I'm not sure what you mean by "at home". I'm talking about people cultivating and protecting their 5 star reviews and always asking if there are ways to remove the one-star reviews. The reason it seems 5 stars are taken away so much is because the reviewers getting in trouble are often padding reviews for authors which helps drive business.

If you notice, 100% of the time people asking about removing a view are always looking to remove a negative review and when asking about deleted/vanishing reviews it's always about a high ranked review.

That's all I'm saying.

Writers' Cafe / Re: When Amazon removes a legitimate review
« on: January 12, 2018, 11:40:51 PM »
But they never do, do they? They only ever remove the good ones and I've even heard people (authors mostly) declare that they think all 5 star reviews are fake. Very irritating when I know my reviews are all genuine. I did ask one author who said this if that meant she didn't have a single 5 star review that was genuine, but I never got an answer.

That's a form of confirmation bias. There is no Amazon campaign to remove 5 star reviews. It just so happens that there is big money in reviews for paid reviewers and authors want good reviews so indie reviews often tend to skew toward 5 star.

They are fighting this.

Writers' Cafe / Re: When Amazon removes a legitimate review
« on: January 12, 2018, 10:39:10 PM »
As far as I understand it, reviews don't belong to the author. They aren't something authors should be asking about removing or adding. People always try to "add" the 5-star reviews that got removed and "remove" 1 stars that they don't like.

Reviews are an Amazon system to help readers NOT author's property.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How Does One Select Books About Writing?
« on: January 11, 2018, 09:59:50 PM »
Books about writing are another thing I don't believe in. The old saw was: "He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches." Now it should read "... writes about it."

The only truly useful thing written about the writer's craft is Stephen King's adage: "The road to hell is paved with adverbs." Last year I decided to revive my first novel, published long ago by Doubleday and mass-marketed by Avon. It got good reviews in the NYTBR and TNY, and was optioned by a notable playwright (the option died, as most options do). So it was worth reviving, right?

But when I took the adverbs out, there was almost nothing left.

Stephen King also has a book about writing...and many other successful writers so your opinion on this is demonstrably false. Chris Fox is quite successful and his book are helping many of us. Are you claiming he can't write?

Writers' Cafe / Re: How Does One Select Books About Writing?
« on: January 11, 2018, 02:06:10 AM »
Generally, either go with what's trusted (Writers' Digest as a pretty good line of books on writing, or at least the ones I've read have been), get recommendations from others, or first choose what specific part of writing you want to study and look for books specifically on that matter.

I've noticed recently, as I've read more and more books on writing that the usual recommendation of Stephen King's "On Writing" and The Elements of Style is... bad. On Writing will only speak about writing in passing, and mostly about how King does the writing itself, and The Elements of Style is... a manual of style. Which is a great thing, if you have doubts about specific parts of prose writing. Neither book, however, will help you develop a character. Or plan out a storyline. Or tell you how to write a tense scene. Or help you review your own work. Or tell you how to more effectively use third person deep point of view. Or... the list is endless.

So my take? Look for books on specific details of writing. Look around on amazon for their reviews, just to make sure they're good. In my experience WD has great ones (I consider Scott Card's Characters and Viewpoint a master-class in character development, for example), and I've had my editor recommend others that sit in my shopping cart for the next time I order stuff from Amazon. In general, when in doubt trust what other writers say about a book.

Also, kudos for trying to learn more about writing from books on it. These days it seems very few people go for them, and it's too easy to believe you can learn everything just from website articles, when in truth no article will ever be a in-depth as a book on the subject.

The elements of Style never claims to help you develop a character. That's like saying broccoli is bad because it isn't sweet.

But to the OP, it depends on what parts you want to work on. One I just read and found very useful was Story Engineering, but I've also improved a lot through reading Chris Fox's series (which should be available in Kindle Unlimited).

Wow! Check out the sponsored ads for Wolf's book. A bunch of man chest covers :o

Writers' Cafe / Re: More lit fic angst at the The Guardian
« on: January 09, 2018, 04:55:36 AM »
Something came up and went by quickly but I wanted to address it quickly. I spoke with several of the university presses and the people who run literary magazines when they end up housed at a university and it would be a massive conflict of interest for them to publish something by a professor, student, or someone associated in any way with the university. It was made to seem like if you were a creative writing teacher that the university would publish your novel for you through its own press and your stories through their literary magazine. It's sort of the opposite: anything associated with the university is exactly where they cannot ethically be published.

I went a bit deeper and found a few literary magazines who had a sort of "spotlight" slot where students at that university could apply. They were generally creating a wall around that spotlight. But it hurt their reputations, at least when I reached out to other people who ran literary magazines and asked about reputations and "high tier" versus "mid tier" versus "low tier" magazines. So, at least in the people who would talk to me, this is the opposite of how it seems to be working in practice in the United States university system. (I went back through my notes from a non-University affiliated literary magazine and their rules were similar: if you're friends with anyone associated with their magazine, you cannot be published there. They cited cases where a work was published by the wife of someone who had once been in a class with someone who was a senior editor at a magazine and it was a big "to do," but I haven't looked that up.)

In regards to the definition of literary fiction (or the lack of consensus on Kboards about it), my concern is that it becomes a bludgeon. If a romance writer looks at the things that are currently selling, studies their tropes, and writes a solid romance story... no one tells her that her genre doesn't exist, it has no tropes, and what she's writing was created by trad publishing as a wastebin category to try to sell copies. Since literary fiction is a term that everyone has an opinion on here, often conflicting opinions, if an author does the same (either on their own or through an MFA program) and chooses to do literary fiction instead and comes to Kboards, she's going to be told all of those things: her genre isn't really a genre, it was made up to sell copies, it doesn't have tropes, what she learned was all wrong and here's the real definition of literary fiction, etc. While I'm sure it isn't anyone's intention to belittle a literary fiction author, I don't have any trouble imagining one reading this thread and feeling attacked and that Kboards is not a safe place for her as an author.

I'm hoping when the next literary fiction thread starts up like clockwork next month, the discussion will happen in a way where authors don't feel attacked because of the genre they write in. And yes, I realize that not everyone will agree with me calling literary fiction a genre of fiction there, but hopefully my goodwill stands?

Hey Vale,

You aren't addressing the point that we were making. No one was attacking lit-fic we were attacking the apparatus built around it that tries to say it's "higher" than other genres. That's the part that gets on people's nerves. I don't think a single person here was saying it's bad to write these kinds of books. But many of us are fed up by the ivory tower feeling presented by these writers.

We...the writers in other genres get sick of people trying to claim they are high and mighty because they write one way instead of another.

I hope you can represent our arguments more accurately because that's what just about everyone was trying to convey but you seemed to have missed it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: My First Book Trailer
« on: January 08, 2018, 10:25:46 PM »
More of a teaser, but using some colored and animated images from my upcoming novel. What do you think?


Very well done! I like it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The state of a genre in one illustration?
« on: January 08, 2018, 10:17:19 PM »
The short Fantasy and Science Fiction free chart right now.

I'm the only one wearing clothes!

THis has actually been going on for years. Nothing new to see.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Public Domain works...does anything go?
« on: January 08, 2018, 11:05:58 AM »
First, you would have to define "really old."

Shakespeare old? Sure. We're good. BUT, only the original source material. Modern translations of Shakespeare are protected by copyright. And if you have never read Shakespeare in its original format (the number of people under 30 who have only read "modern" versions breaks my heart) you would be surprised how different the original source material is from what you have been exposed to. If you aren't working from source material, you can still end up infringing on a copyright. Dante's Divine Comedy is public domain as it was written in the 14th century...but most English translations you will come across are protected by copyright.

So it isn't just an issue of a work being out of copyright. You have to make sure you are working with original source material and not a translation, abridged version, or annotated version that would be protected.

Well I'm not looking to do any direct quotes. It's like doing another Snow White type story, for example.

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