The Deschanel Curse, dormant for a decade, has returned with a vengeance.
Seers across the family are coming together, hopeful the Deschanel Magi Collective can solve this malediction that has plagued the family for nearly two centuries.
But how do you combat the blood oath of a grieving mother?
As the body count rises, it becomes apparent that strength, love, and ancient power provide no protection from destiny's cruel hand.
Top 10: What a Paranormal story should have
1) Compelling characters. Don't expect the paranormal element to make up for lack of character development and progression.
2) Something that tethers the characters and story to reality. Even if you're writing fantasy or borderline fantasy, there should be something, or several somethings, about the world and characters that the readers can relate to.
3) Bring something unique to the table. Whether you're crafting something entirely of your creation, or you're writing a vampire story, make it your own, and unique.
4) A fully developed world. Your rules of magic should be consistent. Your races should more than one-dimensional. What are their politics? Their motivations? Their histories?
5) A clear understanding of how your mythologies work in the real world, or how they interact with it.
6) Craft a notebook full of details about your mythologies, even if you never use it. Understanding your world in 360 degrees will be a task you'll thank yourself for later.
7) If working with languages, be extra sure your words don't translate to something entirely unintended. If using a base language and then creating a derivative, use base etymologies and then work from there. And then ask a native speaker of the base language for a second set of eyes.
8) Similar to non-paranormal stories, your cast of characters should include a solid mix of main and supporting individuals. If writing a series, give the supporting characters enough color that you can use them later.
9) Know your rules! I said this one earlier, but it bears repeating. If you don't, your readers will, and they'll call you on it.
10) Learn how to write a good fight scene/battle. Fighting with magic, instead of traditional weapons, is a whole new ballgame.
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About the author:
Sarah is the author of the Paranormal Southern Gothic series, The House of Crimson & Clover, born of her combined passion for New Orleans, and the mysterious complexity of human nature. Her work has been described as rich, emotive, and highly dimensional.
An unabashed geek, Sarah enjoys studying obscure subjects like the Plantagenet and Ptolemaic dynasties, and settling debates on provocative Tolkien topics such as why the Great Eagles are not Gandalf's personal taxi service. Passionate about travel, Sarah has visited over twenty countries collecting sparks of inspiration (though New Orleans is where her heart rests). She's a self-professed expert at crafting original songs to sing to her very patient pets, and a seasoned professional at finding ways to humiliate herself (bonus points if it happens in public). When at home in Oregon, her husband and best friend, James, is very kind about indulging her love of fast German cars and expensive lattes.