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About Beth Barany
Inspired by living abroad in France and Quebec, she loves creating magical tales of romance, mystery, and adventure that empower women and girls to be the heroes of their own lives.
For fun, Beth walks, gardens, and watched movies and travels with her husband, author Ezra Barany. They live in Oakland, California with a piano, their cats, and over 1,000 books.
When not writing or playing, Beth runs an online school, BARANY SCHOOL OF FICTION. helping novelists to write, market, and publish their books to the delight of their readers.
WRITERS, START HERE
For a free course for writers "5-Day Writer Discover Mini-Course" go here: http://bethb.net/discover (Copy and paste the link.)
FICTION for Readers of Magical Tales of Romance, Mystery, and Adventure
Check out her series award-winning trilogy, HENRIETTA THE DRAGON SLAYER:
"Lara Craft meets Lord of the Rings"
HENRIETTA THE DRAGON SLAYER, Book 1
HENRIETTA AND THE DRAGON STONE, Book 2
HENRIETTA AND THE BATTLE OF THE HORSE MESA, Book 3
Check out her Magical Tales of Romance and Mystery, sweet and sensual paranormal romance, in the TOUCHSTONE Series:
Touchstone of Love (Touchstone, #1)
A Christmas Fling (Touchstone, #2)
Parisian Amour (Touchstone, #3)
A Labyrinth of Love and Roses (Touchstone, #4)
A Cupcake Christmas (Touchstone, #5)
"Travel into a novel to come back home to you."
READERS START HERE for a free book: https://author.bethbarany.com/free-books/
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In 2130, at Bijoux de L’Etoile, a high-end casino orbiting Earth, you can get anything you desire.
Newly-hired as an investigator, Janey McCallister wants to solve her first big case—the theft of a priceless gem.
When her case of theft escalates to murder and points to the seedy underbelly of world affairs, Janey has to rely on her new team and trust the mysterious insurance investigator, Orlando Valdez—before a killer escapes into the black.
Into The Black is perfect for fans of J.D. Robb’s Eve Dallas books and Killjoys and CSI. It contains a slow-burn romance, enhanced humans, cool high-tech gadgets, a futuristic vision of the Earth, and a tough heroine with secrets.
Janey McCallister Mystery series
Into The Black (Book 1)
Lured By Light (Book 2)
Gone Green (Book 3)
Red Running Deep (Book 4)
Other Books By Beth Barany
Henrietta The Dragon Slayer YA Adventure Fantasy series (3 books)
Touchstone series, sweet sensual paranormal romance (5 books)
“Beth’s book is like plotting for pantsers!”—Tess Rider, Science Fantasy Romance Author
This book will help you get excited to plan your novel. The tools shared here are designed to spark your muse and give you confidence when you sit down to write your story. Plan Your Novel Like A Pro: And Have Fun Doing It! is for organic writers and pansters who want a roadmap to follow, so that they can let their creativity loose.
Plan your novel, write with confidence, and have fun doing it!
We know that you have other activities in your life besides writing, and that writing your novels is important to you. How can you manage your writing and still meet your other obligations?
Well, you can, in small, manageable bite-sized pieces. Each lesson in this book can be done in as little as 15-20 minutes.
You can plan your novel in a way that fits into your life. We know, because we’ve done it, multiple times!
Based on the popular course, Plan Your Novel: 30-Day Writing Challenge, this book is organized into 4 sections, so that you can do the exercises over a one-month period.
If you're planning to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) or Camp NaNo, this course will get you ready and give you everything you need to write a novel in 30 days.
This book is for you:
… if you have never written a novel, have always wanted to, and still feel lost on how to go from brilliant idea to The End, then you will be stretched in new and different ways.
... if you’re an experienced novelist, with 1 or 2 completed or partially completed novels under your bed, and you’re stuck somehow. You may find this course structured in a way that’s new to you and yet familiar.
...if you have 3 or more unfinished novels sitting in a drawer, and always hit that sagging middle and lose focus or lose interest, this course will help you dream up exciting ways to torture, I mean challenge, your characters all the way to story resolution.
With this book, you’ll be able to:
-- Believe that you can write a novel
-- Step into a sense of satisfaction and creative accomplishment
-- Get excited for NaNoWriMo
-- Plan your novel
FOR AUTHORS WHO WRITE:
• Novels, novellas, and short stories
• Page-turning fiction like mystery, thriller, romance, suspense, fantasy, science fiction, women's fiction, and mash-ups of these
• For Adult, Young Adult, New Adult, and Middle Grade Readers
How this book is organized:
Introduction & Essential Tips
Chapter 1: Essential Character Tips for Fiction Writers
Chapter 2: Essential Plot Tips for Fiction Writers
Week One: Elevator Pitch, What-If Pitch & Short Synopsis
Chapter 3: Elevator Pitch
Chapter 4: The What-If Pitch by Ezra Barany
Chapter 5: Your Story Synopsis
Week Two: Get to Know Your Main Characters
Chapter 6: Interview Your Characters
Chapter 7: Uncover Your Characters’ Core Beliefs And Identity And How They Change
Chapter 8: Your Characters' Secrets
Chapter 9: Draft Your Character’s Emotional Core With The Empathy Formula
Chapter 10: The Character Relationship Map
Chapter 11: Focusing on What to Write
Week Three: Story Plot Points & World Building
Chapter 12: Uncover Your Character's Worst Fears to Discover Your Story Conflicts
Chapter 13: World Building: Questions to Brainstorm
Chapter 14: Your Story’s Structure
A home study coaching guide and workbook
A Hero's Journey adaption with you the author as the hero in your own journey/adventure of writing your book
“Beth Barany’s kind, passionate approach to all things writing is such a refreshing change from others that shout ‘Do This’ or ‘Read My Book’.” -- Sharon Hamilton, bestselling romance author
"It's like having a writing coach at your side." -- Stephanie Beeby, author & coach
Do you have a book inside you that can’t find its way out?
Are you having trouble even getting started on your book writing journey?
The Writer’s Adventure Guide helps you step off into the unknown of a writing project and see it through to its destination -- from the first exciting flash of an idea to that dark moment when you think you’ll never write a decent paragraph again.
This 164-page guide gives you tips and tools for keeping an eye on your inner landscape so you can achieve your goal of writing a book.
In 12 clear, organized steps, find out how you can:
-- Build confidence in your writing instincts
-- Forge a clear path from inspiration to completion
-- Learn how to write the book while living your active life
-- Delight in the creative adventure, both its ups and downs
-- Complete your novel or nonfiction book
What this book is not: A guide to the craft of fiction. Check out Beth Barany's Plan Your Novel Like A Profor help with crafting your novel.
ABOUT BETH BARANY
Beth Barany is an award-winning novelist, master neuro-linguistic programming practitioner, and certified creativity coach for writers. She specializes in helping writers experience clarity, so they can write, revise, and proudly publish their novels to the delight of their readers. Her courses are packed with useful hands-on information that you can implement right away. She runs an online school for fiction writers and a 12-month group coaching program to help them get published. More resources on publishing, book marketing, and novel writing are on her blog, Writer's Fun Zone. When she's not helping writers, Beth writes magical tales of romance, mystery, and adventure that empower women and girls to be the heroes of their own lives.
Other Books in the Writer's Fun Zone Series
Overcome Writer's Block
Twitter for Authors
Plan Your Novel Like A Pro: And Have Fun Doing It!
It’s a quiet day for L’Étoile lead investigator, Janey McCallister, until a young woman runs screaming through the blackjack tables. She looks like a victim of abuse, but when her boyfriend turns up dead the next day, she becomes the prime suspect.
Determined to investigate every angle, Janey searches for clues and uncovers a world of high-priced escorts and human trafficking—a world just like the one that took the life of her best friend long ago.
When Orlando Valdez, inspector for Sol Unified Planets, shows up with a new suspect, Janey isn’t sure she can trust the mercurial man who stopped returning her phone calls. But as the threats escalate and she unravels a deeper conspiracy, Janey and her team will need all the help they can get. If they fail, it could be the end of everyone on L’Étoile.
Lured By Light, the second book in the Janey McCallister Mystery series, is perfect for fans of J.D. Robb’s Eve Dallas books and Killjoys, and CSI. It contains a slow-burn romance, enhanced humans, cool high-tech gadgets, a futuristic vision of the Earth, and a tough kick-ass heroine with secrets.
Janey McCallister Mystery series
Into The Black (Book 1)
Lured By Light (Book 2)
Gone Green (Book 3)
Red Running Deep (Book 4)
Other Series By Beth Barany
Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, YA Adventure Fantasy series (3 books)
Touchstone series, sweet sensual paranormal romance (5 books)
From a writing teacher who has taught hundreds of students in writing classes in-person and online!
Do you have writers block?
Do you wish you could get writing now?
Are you looking for writing prompts and story ideas to get writing?
You can break through your writer's block and ignite your creativity today! This unique writing guide will show you how!
This writers guide was written for novelists, writers, creatives, and artists of all kinds.
Unique Approach to Writers Block
This guide offers a unique approach to writers block. Since I believe we are all creative, and the writing tool is a great way of thinking through problems, the way through writers block is a multi-pronged approach, with
-- writing exercises
-- writing prompts
-- creative writing prompts
**All to help you with your fiction writing and nonfiction writing!
Tools to Spark Your Writing Today!
This 45-page writing guide is chock full of tips, tricks, inspirational and motivational tools to spark your writing today. Derived from many sources, including the author's writing experiences, this writing guide is rich with advice. Whether you are a writer in fiction or nonfiction looking for ways to keep the creative juices flowing, or you are a professional looking to bring in new ways of looking at old problems, this writing guide to overcome writers block, Overcome Writer's Block: 10 Writing Sparks to Ignite Your Creativity, is designed for you.
Ready to get writing? Pick up your copy of Overcome Writer's Block: 10 Writing Sparks to Ignite Your Creativity today.
About Beth Barany
* 40+ Inspiring Articles
The process, craft and business of writing by some of your favorite published romance authors, as well as a few of the industry's leading editors and agents.
* A Complete Resource List
RWA chapters, SFA-RWA member authors, and RWA-approved publishers and literary agents.
* Success Secrets
How to craft a compelling story, find a great agent, and more!
"Writing Romance is not just for the newbie or novice writer, but has something for everyone. One of the few craft of writing books I've read cover to cover." -- 4 hearts, Night Owl Romance
"This compendium... provides ideas and insights on everything from germinating an idea and crafting the story to selling and marketing the book and maintaining industry connections..."
"These are the ideas that a budding writer wants to soak up and learn from..." -- 5 hearts,
--Night Owl Romance
"Without a doubt, Writing Romance is something every aspiring author should have on their desk." --OnceUponARomance.com
Social media book marketing is key to building your author platform and to selling more books.
“In Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers, Beth Barany has created a valuable resource for writers new to Twitter as well as experienced Twitter users. Short, succinct chapters fit easily into a writer's busy schedule. The activities at the end of each chapter help the reader apply the knowledge to his or her own life. Readers will come away with a better understanding of what their goals are for using Twitter and how best to achieve those goals in a time efficient manner. All while having fun!”
—Vanessa Kier, Author of bestselling The Surgical Strike Unit series
For many authors, the idea of sharing themselves with the world through Twitter and other social media platforms can be petrifying.
But in Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers, you will discover simple ways to connect with your audience and potential readers.
In this easy-to-read guide, written by a shy writer, novelist and teacher, Beth Barany, you'll find the confidence and encouragement to step into social media and the how-to steps on what to say, how to find your followers, and how to present yourself in 140 characters or less.
With a focus on Twitter, the author takes you through the principles you need to understand to make this medium useful to your writing career.
Chapters cover such topics as how to:
-- Set up your Twitter profile
-- Get comfortable with Twitter
-- Craft messages to get your potential readers curious
-- Build your network on Twitter
-- Use special tools like hashtags and chats
-- Get examples of what other writers say on Twitter
-- Make best use of your Twitter time
-- Use Twitter to build your author career even before you're published
Delivered in 20 short chapters, Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers is designed to be read and then acted upon, so you can build your audience and your author brand today.
"There are many books on marketing your books out there but this is one of the best... I like Twitter for Authors because it has more content than most of its competitors and takes you right from opening your Twitter account to setting up social and writers networks." -- Richard Schwindt
“The vast majority of people on Twitter are just wasting time. Their Twitter activity is not generating significant new sales for their business. In this one-of-a-kind book, Barany provides tactical guidance specifically for fiction authors, designed to expand their reach and further their careers. This is a 'must read' for fiction writers navigating the often confusing world of social media.”
—Patrick Schwerdtfeger, Author of Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed and Anarchy, Inc.: Profiting in a Decentralized World with Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain
“I believe that Twitter is essential for authors and this quick guide will help remove some of that fear you may have about embracing this powerful social network. If you’re looking for an easy primer for getting started, this is it!”
—Stephanie Chandler, Author of The Nonfiction Book Marketing Plan and Founder of NonFictionAuthorsAssociation.
The mysterious lives of gargoyles.
They don’t just hang out on buildings.
They right wrongs. They wreak havoc.
And they change the lives of unsuspecting people who never see them coming.
Craig knows that Bea is in trouble. But Craig can’t do anything about it—because he’s a garden gargoyle and Bea can’t hear his warnings. When unexpected visitors arrive to help, Craig finds the power he had all along. Now the neighborhood will never be the same.
When a thunderstorm transports software expert Rose Waldman to thirteenth century France, she meets hunky stonemason Julien, who is secretly creating a gargoyle in defiance of his master mason. Can independent gadget loving Rose trust her life and heart to Julien, and can she really never go home again?
And the freak just trying to get along...
Sentenced to burn at the stake for sorcery, Merofled volunteers to help jaded warrior Alaric kill a gargoyle that threatens her village. But Merofled soon discovers the gargoyle is not a monster at all. It’s a misfit just like her. Can she persuade Alaric to spare the gargoyle–and herself?
What if you risked losing your baking legacy by cooking up a love truly special?
Florian MacMillian needs a final job to complete his baking resume—preferably a job where he’s unlikely to blow things up with his unruly magic—before returning to the North Pole and taking his rightful place as Master Baker to all the elves.
Kate Delore desperately needs help in her fast-growing cupcake business in downtown San Francisco.
Florian is a perfect fit, so she brings him on as baker.
For a short time, Florian is happily up to his elbows in batter, and Kate’s business is booming.
But when things heat up between them, Florian wonders if he should risk his legacy to cook up something truly special.
Another Magical Tale of Romance and Adventure by award-winning novelist, Beth Barany
“I truly enjoyed it. I am a sucker for anything Christmas and Santa related which probably didn’t hurt. … Overall the story was light, charming and just right for a pleasant escape from the daily grind, kind of like a good dessert (yes, I love my sweets). I have to say this was my favorite of Beth Barany's romances I’ve read thus far…” — Beth Chapmon (Book Reviewer)
“I really enjoyed this story, it left me with a smile. It made me laugh, smile and feel good! Loved the Santa twist… totally unexpected! A good addition to the Christmas collection!” — Dodie Coe (Writer + Avid Reader)
“Did I feel attached to the characters? Definitely. Kate was cute, smart, and ambitious, cutting herself off and leaving me rooting for her to open up. Florian was mysterious, dark, and handsome and I obviously wanted more about him. That might just be me, though.” — Alex King, A New Reader to Romance
"A Cupcake Christmas is a magical, sexy and highly emotional romance between a human and a Christmas elf." — Marsha @ Keeper Bookshelf
The Touchstone Series
Touchstone of Love (A Time Travel Romance) (#1)
A Christmas Fling (A Christmas Elf Romance) (#2)
Parisian Amour (A Fairy Tale Romance) (#3)
A Labyrinth of Love and Roses (A Fairy Tale Romance) (#4)
A Cupcake Christmas (A Christmas Elf Romance) (#5)
Get the first book in the Touchstone series here:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Award-winning novelist Beth Barany writes magical tales of romance and adventure to enchant readers into worlds where anything is possible.
In her off-hours, Beth enjoys gardening, walking, and watching movies with her husband, thriller author Ezra Barany.
Together they live in Oakland, California, with their cat and over 1,000 books.
A Short Read: A Long Novella or Short Novel
Please note that this is a story of 43,000 words.
If you like your Christmas stories with a touch of myth and folklore, if you like a tasty holiday treat, if you like bit of paranormal in your stocking, then stock up on this lovely s
What if falling in love put the life you cherished in jeopardy?
Dahlia, a Santa’s Elf, has 21 days left before Christmas to create the best toy in the world without using magic or revealing her true identity.
tuck on how to complete the prototype, and working as a temp in San Francisco’s financial district with no time for love, will her Christmas fling get her unstuck, or will she turn her back on her beloved career for her heart?
Liam, an up-and-coming financial analyst, swore off women after getting dumped by the love of his life.
He just found out his ex is going to the company Christmas party with his rival Michael Hendricks.
Up for promotion against Hendricks, Liam has to win the favor of his boss.
His best bet is to invite the vivacious secretary Dahlia to the party.
Will Dahlia be a welcome distraction, or will she turn his life upside down?
"A heartwarming joy to read during a quiet afternoon." -- Wendy Strain
"What I really liked about this story is that, even though it’s a love story, it doesn’t fall into the familiar trappings that typically litter the genre..." -- Chelsey Nichols
"This is a lovely, Christmastime love story and I think anyone who’s looking for something of a different “fairytale” style story would absolutely love this. Strong female lead, interesting love interest – fun characters throughout and a great setting make this a wonderful holiday read." -- LJMiles
READ AN EXCERPT HERE
DECEMBER 1, OAKLAND, CA
Dahlia strolled through the small neighborhood park. It was great fun to think about how the children would enjoy her toy once she was done with it, but she had to complete it first. She only had twenty-two days to fix whatever was wrong with it before returning home. She’d gone over her designs and schematics and taken it apart and put it back together a dozen times, but it still wouldn’t work.
Dahlia left the park and headed down the street toward the detached studio she rented on Miles Avenue.
A dog bark had her look up just in time to almost but not quite avoid getting tangled up in a long leash. A man with the warmest brown eyes she’d ever seen gazed down at her, a half smile on his face.
She smiled back startled out of her daydreaming, but not before she noticed his endearing dimple on one side of his mouth.
She said, “Sorry, I didn’t see you. Thank goodness for your dog. Oh, she looks like a Husky.”
Dahlia shifted her bag to one hip, so she could bend down and pet the dog.
The dog wagged her tail.
Dahlia said, “You must feed her really well. Her coat is so soft and luscious.”
“She’s a Bernese Mountain Dog. Sally. My roommate’s.”
His voice was deep. She had to look up to smile into his deep brown eyes. He was a whole head taller than she was. Almost two meters. She translated into American measurements. Six foot three or something.
“My uncle, well one of my uncles has one—that he uses for work. But I hardly see him because he lives—” She paused. “I’m prattling, aren’t I?”
“Yes, you are, but I like listening to your accent.
Falling in love is timeless. From a sexy medieval stonemason to a big city businessman - Regency England to Napa Vineyards, this selection of Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal and Time-Travel short romance stories is sure to capture your heart.
AUTUMN VOWS. Patricia Kiyono. Contemporary
For 30 years, busy wife and mother Yolanda Murray pushed aside her career for family. With the kids grown now, it’s her turn. But her husband Craig needs surgery, and his worries extend far beyond his health issues. Will this couple survive the changes in the autumn of their lives?
CAROUSEL MAGIC. LaVerne St. George. Contemporary.
For Thomas Martin, feelings don't get in the way of business. As the new owner of an amusement park, he's determined to replace the old carousel with video games. Mayor Ginger Fairchild is equally determined to save the vintage carousel. Can the carousel's magic touch two more hearts?
THE FALL APPLES AND MR. CRAIGSON. Kathy Bosman. Contemporary
Trina knows most men are out for her money, so a fantasy rich husband acts as her shield. She hires attractive Seth Craigson to cut down unwanted trees, certain he won’t discover her secret. As Trina's heart leans toward Seth, he sees past her lie. Does he accept her for herself or see only her wealth?
FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN. Beth Barany. Paranormal/Time Travel
Sexy Medieval stonemason Julien relies on his fiancée Rose to adapt to 21st century life and struggles to find his place in modern times. Holding down two jobs to support her and Julien in expensive San Francisco, software expert Rose has no time for romance. A weekend getaway may provide just the spark these time-crossed lovers need.
A HARVEST OF HOPE. Debby Lee. Historical
After putting away a crooked bootlegger, Meggie and Luke Preston set out for California, hoping for a second chance at life. When their past catches up with them, Meggie must find the courage to face the issues that have driven a wedge into her marriage... or she may lose everything.
RUNAWAY LOVE. Nicole Zoltack. Historical
After harvesting his crops, the last thing Corin Jannings expects is rescuing a woman tossed from a runaway horse. A woman who can't remember who she is. She's highborn, obviously, so it's only a matter of time before someone comes for her. And since she's a lady, Corin cannot dare risk falling for her.
SOFT BURGUNDY NIGHTS. Ruth Roberts. Contemporary
For the first time since she was abandoned, Jessica Rayne has a real home and her dream job as manager of Marchetti Vineyard. After ten years, Rafaele Marchetti has returned from New York, still bitter over his father's mistakes. Rafaele may take away everything Jessica's worked for… or make her dreams of love come true.
THE WITCHING WELL. KristyTate. Time Travel
Celia Quinn holds Jason West responsible for the demise of her grandmother's dress shop, so when she takes a sip of water from the witching well and is transported back to Regency England, Jason West is the last person she wants to see--or kiss.
From the Winner of the California Fiction Writer's Book Contest comes this thrilling adventure of a young warrior on one final quest … against an opponent she swore never to face again.
Henrietta, the legendary Dragon Slayer of Bleuve, can't face the thought of another kill.
She's lost family, friends and home on her rocky road to fame.
But when the young warrior is summoned by a King to retrieve the Dragon Stone from the last dragon in existence, she can't refuse--her mentor lies dying, and the healing stone is all that can save him.
This quest will be her most harrowing of all, for it means facing mysterious assassins, the dreaded choppy sea, and all with a misfit band -- a young witch, a jester and a surly knight. And at journey's end, someone must die … the dragon, or Henrietta.
Perfect for fans of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, Collins' The Hunger Games, McKinley's Hero & the Crown, and Paolini's Eragon. Get your copy of Henrietta the Dragon Slayer today!
Henrietta Dragon Slayer series
Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, Book 1
Henrietta and the Dragon Stone, Book 2
Henrietta and the Battle of the Horse Mesa, Book 3
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING
"...This is a good, fun read for young adults and older adults also who enjoy magic, fantasy, mysticism, dragons, and little to no violence..." -- AAR Reviews
"...I have to say I really enjoyed reading this story. Henrietta is exactly the type of heroine I love to read about...." -- Anastasia V. Pergakis
"... very satisfying to read about a girl heroine fighting the good fight." -- Jeri L., Berkeley