Teaser Tuesday (Mystic 3: Deception)

Before you say it, I know, I’ve been slacking on blogging. I have no excuse save for lame ones, so I’ll spare you the excuses and employ a teaser to win you back. Bwahahaha!

This isn’t a long teaser, but I’m working on a way to bring you even more exclusive and extra content, so bear with me as I align the stars.

Now, without further ado, here’s a teaser of DECEPTION – Book 3 in the MYSTIC series.

♥ Teaser

“I came to see if you need anything,” Finley returned. “Despite what you think, I worry about you and would like to help.”

“Well I don’t want your worry, and I get all the help I need from my family.”

“I can give you things the rest of them can’t. Will you not give me a chance to prove it?”

“No.”

“You didn’t even think about it.”

“I don’t need to.”

“Come on, Layla. Stop being so cold. I’m trying to help here.”

Caitrin’s pipe disappeared as he leaned forward. “She’s told you no, Finley, and she’s clearly expressed she doesn’t want your company, so if you insist on staying out here, you need to find another place to sit.” He waved a hand toward the table, summoning an extra chair. “You’re welcome to our food and a seat, but take them away from my granddaughter.”

Finley stared at Layla for several more seconds, watching her eyes and mouth. Then he sighed and straightened. “I’ll move, but I’m staying on the lawn, so if you change your mind, I’m only a shout away.”

Layla shrugged and averted her gaze. “As long as you keep your distance, I don’t care where you are.”

He took a deep breath as he examined her profile. Then he left the circle and sat on the ground, his gaze aimed at her face.

Copyright 2013 B. C. Burgess

Thank you for reading this teaser of book 3 in the MYSTIC series, due to release in March. Don’t forget to subscribe by email at the top of the HOME page to receive future previews and teasers delivered straight to your inbox. In the meantime, get caught up on the adventure with books 1 & 2 – DESCENSION and IMPASSION. Just click on the titles!

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Write For Your Life Wednesday (Commonly Confused Words Cheat Sheet)

I don’t know everything there is to know about writing, but I’m learning as I go, and what I do know, I’d like to share with those of you who love the craft. That’s why I’m starting Write For Your Life Wednesdays, where I’ll post tidbits of priceless info I’ve picked up from other great authors, bloggers, and the good old fashioned act of making mistakes.

This first Write For Your Life post may be the most invaluable of all, and I’m going to give it to you in the form of a nice and neat cheat sheet. Following is a list of commonly confused words. Some of them get jumbled because our fingers slide along the keyboard trying to keep up with our imaginations and sometimes miss a vital part of the message. We know these words and how they should be used, but once we type them wrong, they can be hard to spot. Then there are some on the list that get mixed up because we really didn’t know there was a difference. I have been guilty of several of these, but no more! Keep this list handy, and once you’re ready to polish your manuscript, do a quick “edit” + “find” for them and voila – you have a much cleaner creation.

Ready or not, here are 26 rules to write by:

1) Effect – noun vs. Affect – verb

2) Counsel – advice or guidance vs. A Counsel – a lawyer or counselor vs. A Council – body of people assembled for a purpose (the members are Councillors)

3) Adverse – usually applies to situations & means hostile or antagonistic vs. Averse – used to describe a person’s attitude & means reluctant

4) Lightening – to illuminate or make less heavy vs. Lightning – bolts of electricity

5) Rack – to strain, as in rack your brain vs. Wrack – an old time form of wreck

6) Compliment – to praise vs. Complement – to complete or make perfect

7) Course – direction or route, to run through vs. Coarse – harsh, vulgar, rough, not delicate

8) Conscience – moral principles vs. Conscious – aware, alert, having active mental faculties

9) Vile – wretched vs. Vial – small container for holding liquid

10) Break – to smash or fracture, to rest or pause vs. Brake – to slow a vehicle, the mechanisms to slow a vehicle

11) Teeming – swarming with vs. Teaming – to join as a team

12) Creak – a squeak vs. Creek – a stream

13) Waist – narrow part of the torso vs. Waste – to wear away, to destroy, to use more than you need

14) Merry – happy vs. Marry – to join, as in man & wife

15) Bear – to hold or support, to bring forth or give birth, to move as in bear north, the ferocious beast or snugly teddy vs. Bare – naked

16) Peak – the top or summit vs. Peek – to peep or snoop vs. Pique – to excite, as in one’s interest

17) Lose – to misplace something or not win vs. Loose – not tight

18) Feet – the plural of foot vs. Feat – an accomplishment or a goal

Time for some annoying easy ones!

19) Your – possessive vs. You’re – you are

20) Their – possessive vs. They’re – they are vs. There – that place

21) Were – was vs. We’re – we are vs. Where – which place vs. Wear – to adorn, as in clothes

22) Its – possessive vs. It’s – it is

23) To – used to indicate a direction, the opposite of from vs. Two – a number vs. Too – in addition, to an excessive extent

24) Then – at that time, next in order of time vs. Than – used to compare two words

Time for two bonus cheats!

25) Always take the S off towards

26) Change alright to all right

What commonly confused words trick you? I’m sure I’ve missed a few, so if you think of more, post them below and make us all better writers.

I hope this cheat sheet helps you polish your work. And make sure you subscribe by email at the top of the Home page to receive future Write For Your Life posts in your inbox.

Welcome to my wacky world!!!

Hello and welcome to b.c. burgess (Find Your Fairy Tale), where fun-loving adults (17+) can hang out and chat about fiction, fantasies and that crazy thing called life. I’ve been writing for years, but I’m new to blogging, so bear with me as I dive head first into the deep end. Many of my posts will relate to the Mystic series, but I’ll strive to throw in some oddball subjects to keep things interesting. I want this to be a safe-zone for my readers and me, so please be kind when commenting, but don’t be afraid to get a little naughty in a nice way. Above all, don’t hesitate to comment. I love chatting with my readers and want this to be a place where everyone has a voice. My name’s on the blog, but this isn’t about me. It’s about connecting with my readers in a long-term and meaningful way, so make sure you subscribe by email so you don’t miss any posts. Together, we’ll find the beauty in life, and when it starts to get ugly, we’ll escape to a world of fantasy and fun. Hey – grownups need fairy tales, too 😉