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Keeping Things Consistent

Consistency when writing a novel—actually, when writing anything—is an essential ingredient to creating a strong story. Your writers might get a little frustrated if you spend half the story telling them that your protagonist’s bedroom is the second door on the right and then suddenly start saying it’s the third door on the right, or perhaps you mentioned they have blue eyes at the beginning of your novel and somewhere…
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Choosing the Right Verb

Verbs are an essential part of any sentence, but not all verbs are created equal; there are two categories of verbs: weak and strong. Strong verbs should always be chosen over weak verbs. Strong verbs hold the power to grab the reader’s attention and convey exactly what is happening: creating mood and imagery in just a few words. Weak verbs, on the other hand… well, in a word, they’re boring…
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Shh! Show, Don’t Tell

If you’ve ever taken a writing course or read a book on how to write a novel, you would have been told ‘show, don’t tell’ at least once—perhaps several hundred times. But what exactly does it mean? Telling is when you tell the reader facts: what’s happening, how someone feels, even what’s about to happen next—spoiler alert. Showing, on the other hand, is when the writer draws an image so…
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Setting the Scene

  Setting is one of the key ingredients to creating a novel that readers can immerse themselves in. Without settings, your characters would be aimlessly wandering around on blank pages talking to each other. The reader wouldn’t be able to experience the world the characters were in; they’d be more or less locked out. Avoid white space White space is basically having no setting. The characters may be talking, for…
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Active Voice Versus Passive Voice

As a writer you’ve probably been told at one point or another to use active voice and avoid passive voice—perhaps it was even a teacher’s comment added at the end of a high school essay. If you’re anything like I was before I studied grammar, you probably scratched your head and thought what the heck is passive voice? It’s pretty hard to avoid doing something when you have no idea…
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How to Bring Your Characters to Life

Some people may try and tell you that creating characters for your novel is as easy as selecting an age, gender, hair colour, and goal. But it’s not that simple. If you want your characters to compel readers to care about them enough to read your entire novel, then you have to do a lot better than create a few generic character features. You have to imbue your characters with…
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Readers Favourite 5 Star award winners

Some of Aurora House authors decided to try their luck with the Readers Favourite Book Awards. We have received most of the reviews back and here are the ones who received an award for their book. Well Done! The books were varied in their genre, from autobiography, to historical fiction, to children’s books, and parenting. Below we have listed the books to congratulate the authors. Marion won 5 Star Readers…
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How to Battle through Writer’s Block

You’ve woken up, eaten breakfast, and have sat down in front of your laptop. You open the file titled Best Selling Novel and push open the door in your mind that grants you access to the fictional world you’ve spent the past few months creating. You poise your fingers above your laptop’s keyboard, ready to glimpse what happens next in your story. But fog swirls around you when you step through the door,…
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The Importance of a Manuscript Assessment

Let me guess, you’ve just finished writing your novel after spending the past year pouring your soul into it—writing it, then editing it again, and again, and again. You think it’s perfect, an absolute masterpiece that will be hailed alongside the works of Agatha Christie and J.K. Rowling. There’s nothing left to do now but publish it, right? Wrong. A writer can’t objectively edit their own work because they’re too…
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How to Write a Novel in Five Steps

So, you’ve woken up after dreaming about a dragon who convinces a witch to transform them into a human, and you think wow, what a great idea for a novel. You leap out of bed and dart towards your laptop, eager to put the story forming in your head onto paper. But you need to STOP and take a deep breath because writing without any pre-planning rarely ends well. Writing a…
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Marion Brownlie interviewed on River Radio

Facing Demons author Marion Brownlie is interviewed on River Radio. She talks about her book and what inspired her to write this amazing autobiography. Beating the odds, she was near suicide then turned her life around – she had work to do! It still was not easy, and there were many things she had to sort out, and heal. Her story is one of determination, strength, and courage. She found…
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Benefits of Using a Professional Book Publisher

Have you thought about publishing a book? Do you know how to go about it? Are you thinking ‘Do I use a publisher or publish it myself’? There are many questions to consider when undertaking the journey of becoming an author. … What do I want to achieve with my book? … How do I get my book seen by as many readers as possible? … Do I publish it…
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Tin Baths, Tallymen & Time Travel

Pocket money in the early 1950s was one of life’s unaccustomed little luxuries that parents liked to give their children. My hardworking mother and father were no exception, always managing to treat my brothers and I to one shilling each per week, although sometimes a little less if money was scarcer than usual; this was equivalent to twelve pennies before decimalisation. We endeavoured to find any part-time odd jobs available to boost our weekly allowance. I remember my younger…
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Flames of Rebellion BOOK LAUNCH!

Flames of Rebellion by new Australian author Warwick O’Neill will be officially launched at REaD Cafe, Paradise Resort, Gold Coast, Qld on Saturday 9th April at 6.30pm ALL ARE WELCOME Meet and talk with the author. Find out how he researched his book.    On his release from gaol, all Patrick Flanagan wanted was a good woman, a family and a peaceful life. Then he heard the call that reverberated…
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Online Book Tours!

Have you published a book and its not doing much? Have you promoted your book to the best of your ability? Have you thought of an Online Book Tour? Online Book Tours can get your book in front of thousands upon thousands of people! We have listed some of the more popular online book tour sites. Explore your possibilities! Grab your opportunities! Organise a book tour for your book!  …
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Popular Children’s Author Gigi Sedlmayer interview

Well known and popular children’s author Gigi Sedlmayer interviewed by Uvi Poznansky Who inspired you to start writing and how did your craft develop since then? Surviving cancer and finding myself still alive after two years of just sitting around, but still locked after my two little girls and my husband, Albert, I finally came to my senses again. Since I couldn’t work at a traditional job any longer, I…
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Dogsled Racer Blazes Trail for Visually Impaired Readers and Cyclists

Rachael Scdoris, a 28-year-old outdoors enthusiast, has been a competitive dogsled racer for well over a decade. Thanks to the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a division of the Library of Congress, she’s been an avid reader for the past year. Scdoris was born and raised in the wilderness of Bend, Ore., where she traversed mountains and deserts on the back of a sled with…
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Amanda Starling – Featured Author

Mumma to Be – Amanda Starling Every hiccup and foreign moment I endured I wanted reassurance and peace of mind. From that moment I was prompted to record my journey. My words began, freely, candidly and honestly. Initially I was writing for my baby thinking it would be a great keepsake for when she was older – I’m such a realist thinking so far in advance! Perhaps she will be…
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Wheels of Mizfortunate Review

I have Wheels of Mizfortunate and thought I’d say a few words about it. I think the book was a unique inside up close look into what it would be like if the worst happened to us , an accident or mishap that would be crippling. I recently broke my ankle and was immobilized for just a brief period of time as I read this book. What am ordeal ,…
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No Shelf Required With E-Readers at Your Fingertips

With hectic schedules ruling the day, people often underestimate the importance of taking time to relax and recharge—even if for only a few minutes. To that point, why not do so with a good book? Whether you’re curled up on the couch after work or simply on your lunch break, eReading companies such as Kobo have enough options to keep you interested—and relaxed. No matter what age you are, there’s…
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New Books Released by Aurora House Publishing

Aurora House publishing has been busy. They have recently released five new books – two children’s books and three autobiographies. Look over to the left and you will find them all in Recommended Reading. Each new release is excellent reading. The Faceless Man will take you across Australia on motorbikes, from the east coast to the west. Across the desert with its searing heat, through tropical storms – just becuase…
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New Book Releases

Our new releases are forging their way in the book world! Authors Amanda Starling (Mumma to Be) and Gigi Sedlmayer (Talon series) are making waves!           Aurora House now has the complete Talon series to date. The first four books are brilliant reading for children aged 8-12 years. The bonding between a little girl and her Condor friends has to be read to be appreciated. Matica’s…
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