Hello to all y friends and family. Did you miss me? I've been gone for almost 3 weeks. You don't have answer that.

If you're here for the first time, welcome. If you liked my postings on Facebook, you'll equally enjoy the postings I put here. If you're not signed up to my email list, please remember to do so, so you will be notified when I make a posting.

I thought this week that I would take up some serious issues some people have had with my novel, "Bridgetown High." That being, my characters' dialogs and the ending of my book.

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I guess I can understand why a few people have been put off by the colloquialisms I used in some of the dialog. They either didn't live during the era in which this story is set, or they've forgotten how some people talked back then. Frankly, I've done my best to research the conditions and attitudes of people and tried to mimic the speech patterns of such groups as Italian immigrants, Spanish speaking Mexican immigrants, plus hippie jargon, and the speech patterns of ignorant teenagers who turn out to be dropouts, then the antagonists.

TIP FOR YOU: Speaking of characters' dialog, when writing your best selling novel, do your best to make dialog as realistic as possible. Listen to people -- how they talk, phrases they use. However, dialog can't have all the hms and hums or stuttering as most people do, unless the character needs to be a stutterer for some reason. Make sure your dialog is clean and realistic.

Another issue some people have had with "Bridgetown High" was the unexpected twist in the end. Actually, it shouldn't come as unexpected. All through the book I've lead up to it, and to a few other twists as well. However, all I can say now is, I'm writing a sequel. Keep posted. All will be revealed in due time.

TIP FOR YOU: When writing your best selling novel, make sure all your twists are logical from what has transpired previously in the story. I've read some otherwise good novels that when they got to the last chapter, the twist didn't work, in my opinion. Not only that, but the denouement goes on for several chapters -- wrong too!

With all that in mind, most readers of "Bridgetown High" have loved it and did not find fault with it. Even with a couple of negative ratings, it's still rating 4.3 on a scale of 5 at Amazon, 4.36 on Goodreads, and 4.5 on Barnes and Noble. Not bad, but I need more reviews, even negative reviews will be welcomed. I'm not upset about negative reviews. They only help me to write better and avoid mistakes.

So, until next week,  as always, if you like this blog, please "Share" and "Like"it on Facebook , and "Re-tweet" it on Twitter. Then PLEASE, take five minutes to write a short review of "Bridgetown High" and post it on my author page at Amazon.

Also have you signed up for my email letters on my Blog Site? I would love to see you there and have you introduce yourself and give comments to this blog. And keep in mind "Bridgetown High" is still available at Amazon, Goodreads and Barnes&Noble and several other places I can't remember, both in kindle e'book, and paperback, which I recommend. You can read some GREAT reviews about Bridgetown High on Amazon and Goodreads in case you need more info about it

See y'all next week,
Paul W West, Author
Bridgetown High
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About Paul West

Paul West is a freelance writer and novelist. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Paul claims to be a "Prune Picker," though he now makes his home in Taylorsville, Utah.

You can follower him on Twitter: @PaulWWest

Published: Thursday, October 06, 2016

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Hi, all my friends and followers. Thank you all for your support. If you've read "Bridgetown High" and enjoyed it please "share", "like", and "tweet" this blog entry.
As a friend and follower, I'm going to ask you to try an experiment with me.
I'm sure you would like to see my book succeed in the marketplace, so I figure if everyone of you share, like, and/or tweet, all of your "friends" on Facebook and Twitter will see this and respond in kind. If everyone does this, there's no stopping the success. Just go to the bottom of this page and click on "share."
For those of you who haven't read it yet, here is a synopsis:

Seventeen year old Mark Wilkerson has no memory of the fiery crash that killed his family on the Carquinez Bridge… Living with his grandmother and burdened with guilt, Mark vows to find the hit-and-run driver and take his revenge. The only detail he remembers is round taillights swerving in front of his family’s car, and he’s shocked when he notices the car of the high school’s bully, Jeff Marino, has identical taillights—and a suspicious dent. Now he wants revenge more than ever… Jeff believes Mark is an anti-Vietnam War activist like his cousin Gary—and despises him for it. To make matters worse, when Jeff’s girlfriend Genie Lombardi dumps him for Mark, it kicks Jeff’s hatred for him to a dangerous new level. Lies and threats escalate, until drugs and a shocking death send Jeff over the edge, and his campaign to get Genie back any way he can turns violent. When Mark’s memory begins to return, it leads to a terrifying confrontation. Will he finally prove the identity of the guilty driver? Or will he and Genie become one more tragedy associated with the Carquinez Bridge?
Yes, it's about a teenage boy, but I've found my largest audience is with adults who lived in the 1960s.
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Just a short note today, I just got two new reviews for Bridgetown High. I thought I'd share then with you.

This one by Kim Smith, author of the Shannon Wallas mystery series. "As a child of the 60s I could identify with the characters of this book. Mr. West knows his setting and situates the reader in it like wrapping us in a blanket. The dialog fits the era of the story. And the story, a young adult novel, has everything that teens care about: revenge, regret, young love, and the promise of a future. Mark Wilkerson is a captivating character, totally believable. When his family is killed in a fiery crash on the Carquinez Bridge, his life is forever altered. Will he find out who was responsible?"

And this one by an unknown reviewer: "Love the book. I would recommend it to all my family and friends. It is definitely a page turner."

Short but sweet.
If you have read Bridgetown High and would like to write a review, please go to https://www.amazon.com/dp/1680583093/ref=cm_sw_su_dp and scroll down to a button that says "Write A Customer Review." You can read some of the other reviews my book has received.

I'd love to know what you think.
I'll try to  write my usual weekly blog tomorrow, but no promises. I'm going on vacation for the next two weeks, so stand by. I'll be back -- God willing.
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