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TRILOGIES; THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY.

by Michael Kinch on December 24, 2013

I’ve read my share of trilogies, and also wrote a dystopian 3-book series–THE BLENDING TIME trilogy. As an author I’ve gotta say I’m leery of a lot of trilogies for a couple of reasons. 1) Sometimes an author writes a really good stand-alone novel, but the editor or publisher thinks the author could continue tail [...]

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REBELS OF NEW SUN (2013) VOYA Review

by Michael Kinch on April 11, 2013

The April 2013 issue of VOYA gives a nice review of Book #3 in the BLENDING TIME trilogy published by FLUX. “The war against the ’gades is at full throttle in this concluding novel to the gritty dystopian Blending Time series. Picking up where the previous novel ended, seventeen-year-old blenders D’Shay, Jaym, Reya, and the [...]

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Ernest Hemingway’s 7 wrting secrets

by Michael Kinch on December 7, 2012

HEMINGWAY’S 7 WRITING SECRETS I’ve always admired Hemingway’s prose. No “10-words”; sparse yett startling sentences. Here is some of his advice: 1. “The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in shock-proof shit-detector.” 2. “The first draft of anything is shit.” 3. The good parts of a book may be only something a [...]

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THE NEXT BIG THING WILL BE . . . ?

by Michael Kinch on October 16, 2012

Okay, YA novels have pretty much saturated certain genres, e.g.:: Paranormal romance; Steampunk;: Dyspopias: Zombies; Vampires; Hot Vampires that twinkle; etc, etc. I think we YA writers are going to have to think outside the box for new topics to grab YA readers. We could, of course, do a little cross fertilization of genres. Maybe [...]

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Cover Reveal: THE REBELS OF NEW SUN

by Michael Kinch on September 19, 2012

THE REBELS OF NEW SUN is Book-3 of the BLENDING TIME trilogy published by Flex Books.  It will be available in late Dec. 2012.  Here’s a peek at the cover:  

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When Boyfriend Meets Parents: Tips from a Parent

by Michael Kinch on June 15, 2012

Here are some tips for you guys when you meet your  girl’s parents. ( Only necessary if you don’t give a rip what the parents think about you).  Girls; get your boyfriends to consider these. 1) Offer the parents a handshake– don’t just stand there and say, “Hey!” 2) Don’t wear your baseball cap backwards, [...]

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“Less” Really is “More” (on Revising)

by Michael Kinch on May 4, 2012

I’ve just finished revising Book-3 of my BLENDING TIME trilogy (working title: THE REBELS OF NEW SUN). One of the things I noticed (besides typos) was that it is so easy to write too much, that is, to hit the reader over the head with a point. Here’s one example of before and after revision: [...]

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Love Triangles vs Star-Crossed Lovers

by Michael Kinch on April 4, 2012

In a recent dystopia discussion on Twitter, people brought up the love triangle in The Hunger Games involving Katniss and her two guys. Some liked the triangle concept, others, um, not so much. In my own dystopias (THE BLENDING TIME; THE FIRES OF NEW SUN; and the forthcoming THE REBELS OF NEW SUN) I prefer [...]

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Blending Time, Book-3

by Michael Kinch on March 7, 2012

I’m going through a “revised” draft of the third book in the trilogy. This one will be out at the end of 2012, but I need to have the final manuscript tidy and to the publisher by May. In the meantime they are working on a cover, title, and publicity. An editor and proofreader will [...]

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