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Do you know the difference in a prologue and epilogue?

Interesting post about prologues and epilogues via Jeans Writing

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How do you know when a story needs one or both?

My current work in progress (WIP) has a short introduction (prologue.) So, I thought doing a little research on the subject might be in order. After all, I do want the reader to read past the first couple of pages. Right?

Here’s what I learned about the two.

  • A writer can use both to bookend a novel or use just one.
  • A prologue is where you can introduce something important to the story.
  • An epilogue is the cherry on top. The ending after the ending.

What I learned about a prologue.

A prologue should include one or all the three elements.

  1. Setting/fictional world and how the character came to be there.
    • Set the stage with a frame of reference for the reader.
  2.  An event key to the story and a character’s response.
    • Describe with action and suspense, not just adjectives.

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The Curse of Time Book Blitz: Q&A+Review

A lovely blog tour feature and four star review from The Hufflepuff Nerdette for The Curse of Time. Yeah! @@! Yeah

Hello my little munchkins. Sorry I haven’t been that active. I have been super busy this week and this is literally the only free time I have had all week to do this so I hope you enjoy it and don’t forget to read the interview and enter the giveaway.

I hope you are all doing well.


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About Marjorie Mallon:

I am a debut author who has been blogging for three years at my lovely blog home Kyrosmagica: https://mjmallon.com. My interests include writing, photography, poetry, and alternative therapies. I write Fantasy YA, middle grade fiction and micro poetry – haiku and Tanka. I love to read and have written over 100 reviews: https://mjmallon.com/2015/09/28/a-z-of-my-book-reviews/
My alter ego is MJ – Mary Jane from Spiderman. I love superheroes! I was born on the 17th of November in Lion City: Singapore, (a passionate Scorpio, with the Chinese Zodiac sign a lucky rabbit,) second…

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Author Spotlight; Marjorie Mallon

Thank you so much to Gary for the wonderful spotlight as part of my #ABRSC blog tour to celebrate the release of my paperback. Yay!

Fiction is Food

Amelina, age 15 and wanting a functional home life. A best friend locked inside a mirror, a Crystal Cottage holding answer by invite only and something changing people into shadows of their former selves…

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To prologue or not to prologue that is the question… with @Marjorie_Mallon #Sundayblogshare

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Thank you so much to Sacha Black for hosting me on Sunday as part of my on-going Blog Tour for the paperback release of my debut novel – The Curse of Time, Book 1 Bloodstone.

Today I have a wonderful guest on the blog, Marjorie Mallon. I met Marje at the very first ever Bloggers Bash – have you got your ticket yet? Marje has attended every single bash and I am abs…

Source: To prologue or not to prologue that is the question… with @Marjorie_Mallon #Sundayblogshare

For All Cat Lovers

Such an amusing story from Jack Eason about cats. A must read for cat lovers!

Have We Had Help?

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In the world of the domestic cat, the one thing that is guaranteed to get you in trouble in the neighbourhood is the name your human owner gives you.

Hobson opened his eyes, yawned, stretched and sat up before meticulously grooming his fur and licking his battle wounds.

Since he and his human Geoff had moved into the neighbourhood six weeks back, Hobson literally had to fight for his life almost continuously. His battle scarred ears and the missing fur on his back, along with the severely bitten end of his tail bore testament to the daily scrapping Hobson had to endure.

“Breakfast, come and get it,” Geoff yelled above the noise of the food-blender, which was mashing up his daily liquid energy diet before his morning run.

Hobson scampered down the hallway to the kitchen from where he slept on the end of Geoff’s bed. As usual his human…

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The Curse of Time, on #LisaBurtonRadio

Thank you to Craig Boyack at Lisa Burton Radio for interviewing my character Amelina on his blog today (as part of my paperback release blog tour. ) Find out more about Amelina’s plight here…

Entertaining Stories

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Welcome everyone. Turn down the lights, find your silver bells, and possibly a crystal that speaks to you. You might want to light a candle or two. This is Lisa Burton Radio, and I’m your host Lisa the robot girl.

My special guest today is living under some unusual circumstances, but we’ll let her tell us about them. “Welcome to the show, Amelina Scott.”

“Hi Lisa. I’m so excited about this, a chance to tell my story to a robot girl, that’s beyond amazing!”

“I already mentioned that your living arrangement is a bit odd. Can you fill our listeners in a bit?”

“Yeah, my dad disappeared on my thirteenth birthday. Sorry, I find this difficult to talk about. It really hurts. I, I cope by writing my feelings down in poetry. I don’t like to talk about it… But for you I will …

“Dad’s vanishing was the weirdest…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Spring Showcase – Paulette Mahurin, M. J. Mallon, Sharon Marchisello, Judy Martin, Don Massenzio, Melissa Maygrove, V.L. McBeath, Marcia Meara, Shehanne Moore and Adrienne Morris

Sally’s latest book recommendations including little old me!

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome to spring….. and there might be a hint of colour in the garden, as daffodils push their way to the surface, but there is plenty of colour on the shelves of the bookstore that I thought I would share with you over the next week.

If you are looking for you next book to read then look no further than these talented authors and over 600 books currently on the shelves.

Instead of the usual Cafe and Bookstore updates on Friday and Monday.. I will be featuring a number of authors each day with their updated reviews.

I will give you their listing which also includes a link to buy the books but also discover others that they have written but are not listed. You will also find a link to their website or blog to find out more information, and as you can imagine… they write great posts…

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REVIEW: “The Curse Of Time : Book One – Bloodstone” By M.J.Mallon

A huge thank you to Samantha Murdoch for reviewing the Curse of Time and featuring me on her lovely blog today.

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Something a little different today… regular readers might remember a few months ago (Mookaite And Model Cats) Lily did some picture work for the book above, as written by my good friend Marje. I am very pleased to welcome her here to CrystalCats and I was extremely excited to be able to read her book, give it a review and share it with everybody here. ( I must state that I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for a fair review, and all opinions within are my own.)

Cue best china and the special biscuits, as after my review there is a wonderful interview with the author herself, including social media links and an excerpt from the book, featuring Shadow the cat. I hope you enjoy it!

So… where shall I begin? The author has a talent for description, delicate bubbles of imagery that…

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21 Ways to Spring Clean Your Blog #bloggingtips

Lots of wonderful tips from Hugh at Hugh’s Views and News how to give your blog a Spring Clean!

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It doesn’t have to be springtime to clean up your blog.  These free tips can be used at any time of the year.

#bloggingtips #blogging #WordPress

1. Give your blog a brand new theme. WordPress offers lots of free themes, and you can try them out first before deciding on which one best suits you. Giving your blog a brand new theme will give it a fresh new look. However, there’s nothing wrong with sticking with your current theme if you’re happy with it.

2. Customise your existing theme. Press the ‘customize’ button on your blog’s dashboard to see what you can change.

#bloggingtips #blogging #WordPress

3. Change the background colour of your blog. However, be careful when choosing a colour. Ask yourself if you’d be happy reading a blog with that neon coloured background that plays tricks on your eyes. Press the ‘customize‘ button to make any changes.

4. Change the type of font (and…

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Why Get Involved in the Bloggers Bash? #BloggersBash #Testimonials

Some wonderful testimonials for The Bloggers Bash. Come along join in the fun!

I Write. I Read. I Review

WHY GET INVOLVED IN THE BLOGGERS BASH AWARDS?

General-Bash-Logo-e1502828276518The Annual Bloggers Bash returns this May for its fourth year, but the committee don’t run this event just because they fancy a day out in London! Oh no, the Bloggers Bash has grown in size and popularity because of you, the blogging community who attend, engage, and spread the good blogging cheer across the world.

Don’t take our word for it! Here are just a few of the testimonials we’ve received over the years.

‘There was so much food for thought at the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards event in London last Saturday that I came away positively bursting at the seams.

Between the presentations and celebrations of the awards, there were very interesting talks by Suzie and Elena on how to monetize our blogs and make good use of Pinterest. With around four decades of training experience, military and technical…

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