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Mark Arsenault | It’s All About The Motivation
Uncategorized / October 19, 2009

Storytelling is all about motivation. How do I motivate the reader to finish the book? A fast start helps. In my new novel, Loot the Moon, the reader joins a carjacking in progress on Page 1. A little danger grabs the attention, but to provide lasting motivation, the characters and their relationships must quickly shine. Finding the motivation to write is similar. Nothing jump-starts my motivation like the danger of a deadline, but to tackle a large project I need more. To read the rest of Mark’s blog, and to comment for a chance to win please click here. Visit to learn more about books and authors.

Fresh Pick / October 19, 2009

January 2009On Sale: December 30, 2008Featuring: Mary Bennet352 pages ISBN: 1416596488EAN: 9781416596486Hardcover$26.00 Historical Buy at The Independence Of Miss Mary Bennet by Colleen McCullough Everyone knows the story of Elizabeth and Jane Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. But what about their sister Mary? At the conclusion of Jane Austen’s classic novel, Mary, bookish, awkward, and by all accounts, unmarriageable, is sentenced to a dull, provincial existence in the backwaters of Britain. Now, master storyteller Colleen McCullough rescues Mary from her dreary fate with The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet, a page-turning sequel set twenty years after Austen’s novel closes. The story begins as the neglected Bennet sister is released from the stultifying duty of caring for her insufferable mother. Though many would call a woman of Mary’s age a spinster, she has blossomed into a beauty to rival that of her famed sisters. Her violet eyes and perfect figure bewitch the eligible men in the neighborhood, but though her family urges her to marry, romance and frippery hold no attraction. Instead, she is determined to set off on an adventure of her own. Fired with zeal by the newspaper letters of the mysterious Argus, she resolves to publish a…