Are you a storyteller or a storyshower?

Thoughts on ‘Show not tell’ from Misha Burnett.

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If you write fiction you’re a storyteller. Other media–movies and comics, for example, show the audience the story. Fiction tells a story.

The oft-repeated advice, “show, don’t tell” is good for filmmakers and artists, but I have become convinced that it’s counterproductive for fiction writers.

And the examples used to back up the advice don’t even make sense. Because when you write “Alice stomped her feet and snorted” instead of “Alice was angry,” you are still telling the reader what happened.

All you’ve done is switched from a more conceptual to a more concrete description. Both have their place, depending on the mood and flow of the narrative.

Fiction, by its nature, is able to deliver conceptual information in ways that no other medium can. This is why films made from novels so often seem lackluster and dull compared to the source material. All a movie can do is show.

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A Book of Manners, Magic and Mayhem!

Hey everyone how is it where you are? It’s really really freezing in St. Louis this week. Did I ever tell you how much I hate the bad weather? So what better thing to do when it’s cold than stay inside and read?

So how about a bit of Paranormal Victorian steampunk fantasy, with some Gothic horror and a touch of romance. Doesn’t that sound awesome — and it’s FREE from now until Feb 4. I’m going to pick a copy — you should too 🙂

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So what’s it about? Well ….

After her father is murdered, budding scientist Jemima Hardcastle is packed off to boarding school by her guardian and heir to Willow Park, Edward Huntington. When they finally meet again at a house party, four years later, Edward doesn’t recognise his ward and the two share a flirtation that is broken when Jemima confesses her true identity. The murder of another party guest and the theft of a precious gem interrupt any chance they have to resolve their feelings. Edward coldly ships Jemima off once more – this time back to her old home.

At Willow Park, under the chaperonage of the odious Aunt Prudence and meek cousin Milly, Jemima is expected to concentrate on her needlework. Instead, she finds a friend in Edward’s man, Fulton, who shows her the artificial leg his employer built for him. Impressed by this revelation of scientific genius and generosity, Jemima’s esteem for Edward rises and she longs to see him again — but he does not arrive home as planned. When she discovers he has been abducted, Jemima plans a rescue, but unbeknownst to her, Edward is a gentleman magician and his devices have more than science on their side.

She and Fulton plunge into London’s hidden world of dark sorcery as they search everywhere for Edward — in the slums, manufactureys, and even a bawdy house. When they finally find him, Jemima’s life is already on the line.

As Edward struggles with his feelings for his ward, Jemima’s only hope for survival is if he uses one of his devices to revive the vampiric beast, Geneck … but the ensuing havoc could destroy London itself.

Sounds good – download your FREE Kindle copy today.

Winter Giveaways

It’s super cold in St. Louis at the moment, so I decided to run a few Amazon giveaways and a couple of sales to help distract from the cold.

First up I’m giving away two copies of my box set of The P.A.W.S. Saga books 1-3.

Enter the Amazon Giveaway here

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Did you win? If you didn’t you can still pick up a copy from now until the end of January for just 4.99 or Read free on Kindle Unlimited.

Or how about a little Tea and Dark Chocolate to warm you on these winter days?

Enter the giveaway here:

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Or pick up a copy for just 99 cents today.

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Nook, iTunes, Google Play or Kobo

And last but not least – something for the little ones:

Meet the small brown dragon that does big things – ADANA THE EARTH DRAGON

Amazon Kindle Giveaway or paperback sale for just $9.58

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National Puzzle Day Offer

Over on my puzzle blog I have a special deal today for National Puzzle Day.

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Hey Everyone, It’s National Puzzle Day, soooooo – I’ve got a special offer for you. For one day only the PDF of my puzzle book, Paws 4 Logic, which I created together with my son, Joey is just $2.99.

Welcome to the world of logic problems where anything is possible. Theatrical chickens, mouse connoisseurs, musical crickets, and enraged Plutonians all populate the pages of Paws4Logic.

Won’t you come inside?
Debbie Manber Kupfer and her son Joey present thirty-seven original logic problems for your puzzling pleasure.

Click this handy dandy button to get your copy today.

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Prefer a paperback? I can do that too for just $9.99 including shipping to anywhere in the US. All paperback copies include a code for a free PDF so that you can print out as many grids as you wish.

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Somewhere else? Message for shipping cost or find copies on your local Amazon or other…

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The Penguin

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The following blog post was written during my recent trip to Israel after my mother passed away. My mother had spent the last few years of her life in the coastal town of Nahariya.

My father had adored Nahariya and in particular The Penguin, an old German cafe along the main street of the town.

Many years before my mother would live in Nahariya and make The Penguin her favorite restaurant (and always order the salmon) my father used to take the family here whenever we visited.

First though we would stroll alongside the “Mighty Gaaton” – a so-called river that barely runs through the main street of Nahariya.

In later years I’d pass on the Legend of the Mighty Gaaton as I took one then the other to visit my mother in her nursing home in Nahariya.

Nahariya is flat and was good for wheeling my mum around in the wheelchair that she was confined to in the last years of her life.

We would take her to different restaurants but more often than not we’d end up in The Penguin and that’s where I’ve ended up too on what might be my last ever trip to Nahariya. The end of an era.

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Happy Birthday Mum

Today would have been my mum’s 82nd birthday. As I mentioned in my previous post my mum loved birthdays and two years ago for her 80th she was thrilled when folks around the globe send her oodles of cards and well wishes.

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She was also thrilled when in the summer of 2016 I brought her a copy of a little book of silliness, TEA AND DARK CHOCOLATE which I created just for her. You see my mum although she read my P.A.W.S. books was never so fond of the darker themes in the books. But this collection of short stories and poems thrilled her and she read them over and over.

So in honor of my mum I’ve put my little collection on sale this month for just 99 cents for the ebook everywhere!

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Shifted – New Release

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Fans of Harry Potter and Twilight, get ready for a world unlike any other! A secret school for shapeshifters, a monarchy of vampires determined to exterminate them and take over the world, and a coalition of human hunters dedicated to protecting the world from both.

Rule #1: Never go out after dark.
Rule #2: Never go into large bodies of water.
Rule #3: Stay off of social media.

Myreen didn’t think breaking one rule, just once, would lead to the death of her mother. And she never expected to learn she was a mermaid shifter, or that her mother was killed by vampires.

Whisked away in the middle of the night for her own safety, Myreen finds herself in a secret school for shifters. With rumors swirling, mean girls circling, and two incredibly attractive guys tugging her in separate directions, Myreen will need to untangle the web of secrets surrounding her if she ever wants to find out why her mother was murdered.

But as she dives deeper into the mystery, she discovers a truth about herself that no one saw coming—a truth that will change the fate of the shifter world forever.

Now available everywhere! And is just 99 cents!