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Good afternoon, all my family and friends (yes that means you):

All kidding aside, I told you last week I might be able to do another give-away of my electronic copy of "Bridgetown High" if any of you missed it last go-round. So, I contacted my publisher (Limitless Publishing) doing another one and she informed me they can only do one give-away every three months.

Well, that was a downer. Then, I realized that is through Amazon. However, I have the master electronic (.MOBI) copy file and can give away copies of "Bridgetown High" anytime I want. So, unless I hear from my publisher telling me otherwise, the give-away is on. But I'm not all altruistic, all I ask is that you submit your email address on the front page of this blog. That way you can keep up with me and my musings without having to find these posts through Facebook, Twitter, etc. and be prepared for when the sequel to "Bridgetown "High comes out.

So, again, it is:
So, today I thought I'd talk a bit more from Dean Koontz's advice to would be authors -- well-drawn backgrounds.

For those of you who have read "Bridgetown High," and are familiar with the setting (John Swett High School, the towns of Crockett, Rodeo, Port Costa, etc.) you will realize my descriptions were pretty close to real without detracting from the story. In fact, many of my scene settings actually proved to serve as characters in a sense. For instance, in Chapter 1, Mark is in a mortuary, about to throw up if he had to listen to any more of that morbid organ music. The mortuary, and more particular, the organ served as characters in that instance. Throughout the entire book I tried to make the setting as real as I could, hopefully to add interest to the scenes.

So, how are you doing with your setting scenes? Write and let me know. I may be able to help just like I'm doing with a writer who asked for my help. I won't go into any details as those belong to her, but she does make the cardinal sin of not getting anyone into any kind of trouble and instead does a huge info dump throughout Chapter 1. I have to admit, it took me some time to get into the story, something that would turn many readers off. It's also a sign of an amateur writer.

Ok, 'nuff said. So, So, until next week,  as always, if you like this blog, please "Share" and "Like"it on Facebook , and "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, remember to sign 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.

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, December 15, 2016

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  1. Thanks Paul for the invite. I look forward to reading Bridge Town High. Angela

  2. You're welcome. I hope you enjoy it and let your "friends" know. Thanks.