Author: Stephen Geez

GeezWriter How-To: Outlining: An Author’s Guide to Organizing and Planning to Write Novels, Memoirs, and Narratives

GeezWriter How-To: Outlining: An Author’s Guide to Organizing and Planning to Write Novels, Memoirs, and Narratives

GeezWriter How-To: Outlining: An Author’s Guide to Organizing and Planning to Write Novels, Memoirs, and Narratives begins with an overview of outlining basics. From the efficiency and time-saving advantages to the flexibility in developing one’s own system, this how-to ranges from the basics to the very specific.

Next it details the six stages of outlining while demonstrating with examples of how they save time and greatly enhance one’s skill at weaving complex storylines effectively. Each of the six stages offers its own section explaining and showing how each author can adapt it to fit individual preferences.

This how-to shows how outlining can also facilitate producing supplemental materials needed for cataloging and marketing, as well as how to produce outline-oriented texts such as synopses in response to requests by agents, editors, and publishers. It concludes with two recommended basic practice assignments, then one intermediate and one advanced. GeezWriter How-To Outlining has won countless skeptics to the ranks of avid outliners for writing success. More info →
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Fantasy Patch

Fantasy Patch

Picture This!

Danté Roenik creates ad campaigns, reveling in the fine art of rendering his concepts on million-dollar canvasses financed by big-budget clients. Intoxicated by the sheer power of directing public opinion, he dares wage war against the conglomerate behind a worldwide anti-depressant increasingly associated with sporadic violence. To juxtapose his images with reality, he enlists a mixed palette of business tycoons, his fiancée/attorney, a team of corporate-spy soldiers of fortune, one resurgent news anchor, and the best TV-production crew in Chicago.

But the sharp lines dividing perception from truth begin to blur when the darker motives shaping mass media come to light. Forced to re-examine the ethics of designer pharmacology, Danté is painted into a corner, his future about to be erased as patients die, clients lie, and unhealthy doses of murder prove too hard to swallow.

Too late to whitewash the stain of deceit, Danté must decide who deserves to appear in his picture, the true subject an unfinished self-portrait way past its own deadline.

It’s not what you see, not what you get . . .

But all you could ever imagine.

Let Danté show you how . . .

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GeezWriter How-to Dialogue

GeezWriter How-to Dialogue

GeezWriter How-to: Dialogue: An Author's Guide to Correctly Writing Compelling Story Character Conversations begins with a dialogue-based story about learning dialogue mechanics, a unique way to learn while seeing and getting answers to even the most advanced questions about dialogue structuring and punctuation.

After a detailed practice exercise, savvy authors are challenged to broaden their repertoire of advanced techniques. GeezWriter builds on these skills by deftly exploring myriad approaches for transforming everyday dialogue into compelling story-telling tools, then challenges writers with practice exercises from basic to advanced.

From avoiding amateur mistakes to mastering the traditional methods and many innovative new techniques, writers learn to finesse dialogue that succinctly brings the voices of characters vividly to life. More info →
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Been There, Noted That: Essays in Tribute to Life

Been There, Noted That: Essays in Tribute to Life

Been There, Noted That:

Essays In Tribute To Life

*Observations, Inspiration, Remembrance, & Noteworthies To Share

The simple lives of everyday people in a mundane world prove extraordinary in this collection of 54 personal-experience essays by novelist Stephen Geez. The eclectic mix of memoir, commentary, humor, and appreciation covers a wide range of topics, each beautifully illustrated by artists and photographers from the Fresh Ink Group. Geez catches what many of us miss, then considers how we might all share the most poignant of lessons. Been There, Noted That aims to reveal who we are, examine where we’ve been, and discover what we dare strive to become. More info →
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Papala Skies

Papala Skies

Chicago native Rochelle DuFortier likes to imagine the future, her world a series of picture postcards so vivid they sometimes seem real. When a foolish mistake at thirteen causes her mother’s death, she’s sent to a secluded Hawaiian valley, an outsider “haole-girl” among pidgin-speaking boys who hurl flaming papala spears under the full moon to summon her mother’s spirit. After boarding school and a prestigious university back east, the ambitious young woman is torn between chasing new career opportunities, discovering her mother’s heritage in a remote French village, and meeting obligations pulling her back to Hawaii.

On this island steeped in ancient mythology and modern superstition, Rochelle tests the possibility of sharing pieces of her life with those whose beliefs she barely understands and never intends to embrace. She dives the depths of a pristine coral lagoon, conceals bodies in a subterranean lava tube, and challenges the eruptions of a living volcano, even as she deciphers the truth about her mother’s death and struggles to satisfy new debts born of old betrayals.

Papala Skies is the story of a young woman who makes all the right choices, only to find herself living an unexpected life. It is about the need to belong, and seeking one’s own version of truth amid such differing cultures’ responses to wrenching loss and abiding grief. It is about yearning for a sense of place, yet having to confront new ways to honor the love of family and friends.

Will Rochelle lose what matters most, or might she learn what the smart octopus already knows? More info →
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Dance of the Lights

Dance of the Lights

Frank relishes fast success and early retirement, but struggling to preserve his life’s work thrusts him into a desperate battle to protect the people he cares about most.

Beverly seeks a new beginning in Tarpon Springs—until those she trusts steal control of her destiny, forcing a fight for her very survival.

All twelve-year-old Kevin wants is attention from the only man he respects, yet murder and the wrenching indifference of a callous legal system toward one vulnerable child proves even friendship might never be enough.

Riven by tragedy, consumed by grief, all three must confront the wondrous possibility that our indelible bonds may somehow transcend even death, that a cherished soul truly can find the way back.

Only together might this improbable family dare embrace their own brand of unexpected love, that infinite potential to achieve more than any one person can alone. Through it all, they are teased by the mystery of those dancing lights, a million pinpoints in every imaginable color swirling to form brilliant images of extraordinary lives. More info →
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What Sara Saw

What Sara Saw

A simple pencil drawing, this depiction of a child watching from the reeds of a country pond frustrates and angers Geoffrey, unexpected reactions that stir Phrekka’s lifelong passion for understanding the elusive power artists infuse in their creations.

Their only clue a “Sara” signature, the unemployed graphic designer persuades the enchanting Korean-American curator to help him discover more images by this enigmatic artist. From her world of privilege and mystical spiritualism to his of heartland farms and fundamentalist values, they will cross the country in search of the meaning in Sara’s sketches, an odyssey to divine one extraordinary person’s singular secret for touching people’s souls.

Staggering revelations entangle them with issues of mortality and faith, sexuality and family violence, obligation and responsibility, deception and truth. Only by looking close at the dark and profane will they have any chance of coming together to create a legacy more beautiful than either ever imagined.

What Sara Saw paints exquisitely vivid portraits of two young people who must follow their hearts to recapture that innocent grace long lost to the whims of circumstance and fate. More info →
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Zhasou Pure

Zhasou Pure

How can I kill my own kids? Purple-skinned Sullrob could never imagine taking his loved ones’ lives, be they racially contaminated or not—but others prove all too eager to seize that honor.

Am I risking my children’s future? Peach-faced widower-dad Brog Pawligan tries smuggling to build a better life ground-side for his own “orbiter brats”—but what will happen to them if he gets caught . . . or worse?

“Abig big big peoples an’ li’l peoples,” says big brown-bodied Heilen Hewed about his burgeoning community, “peoples of ev-ree colors, afrom all over th’galaxy!”—but will the lethal aspirations of an interplanetary corporation steal this stellar chance to reclaim his wife and boy?

There where fuzzy weenshuggers sing in the pink light of dual moons, where prejudice and fear threaten to out-kill a deadly global plague, how can the ascension of one squeaky-voiced little Seeliot lad save billions of souls scattered among the stars?

It might just be time for a new breed in myriad colors to transform the ancient Celebration of Life—the recitation, ritual water, and tiniest pinch of pungent sweet granules from the exquisite purple plant that everybody adores served up . . . Zhasou Pure! More info →
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Fresh Ink Group Short Story Showcase #1

Fresh Ink Group Short Story Showcase #1

Disclaimer: Stephen Geez is NOT the author of this title, nor any short stories found within. These are contest entries that he edited. However, he does have full, non-exclusive publication rights.

Fresh Ink Group showcases 42 compelling prize-winners from its literary and genre short-story contests. Eclectic, daring, subtle, provocative, diverse—this wide-ranging collection by authors from across the USA and around the world transcends the limits of single-theme anthologies to explore the best of many styles and bold new ideas.

Travel through time and space, yearn to escape the Dust Bowl, ache with a wounded soldier’s lover, cringe with a boy who fears the mirror’s face, flee a southern farm’s deadly snake, live the obsession of suicidal love lost, laugh at those foibles of politicians run amok, plot to escape a serial killer’s lair, revel in the seduction of sorcerous charms, warn neighbors away from a malevolent house, face inevitable death on the moon, walk with a dead man seeking the one who did him wrong, find light in a Holocaust child’s heart, lament for desire in a life never lived . . .

Discerning story-lovers are invited to listen for the voices of these newly favorite authors in Fresh Ink Group Short Story Showcase #1. Keep turning the pages to discover what unexpected delights beckon next. More info →
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GeezWriter How-To: Point of View: An Author’s Guide to Finessing Compelling Story Character Perspectives

GeezWriter How-To: Point of View: An Author’s Guide to Finessing Compelling Story Character Perspectives

GeezWriter How-to: Point of View: An Author's Guide to Finessing Compelling Story Character Perspectives is the clearest and most succinct guide to mastering POV for vivid characterization, compelling narrative, and powerful reader immersion.

Skill building includes literary conventions and the five fundamentals of POV; then structuring, splitting, rewinding, intrusion, strategic planning, and more. Mastering POV narrative person and voice builds to interpreting other POVs, manipulating author knowledge, and recognizing special exceptions. A detailed “POV-Duh!” lesson trains writers to identify unnecessary POV reminders, then to transform them with innovative creative techniques. Seven practice exercises ranging from basic to advanced explore and reinforce any author’s POV finesse.

With the GeezWriter POV how-to, even the most skilled story-tellers discover compelling new ways to impress demanding critics and captivate discerning readers. More info →
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GeezWriter How-To: Narrative: An Author’s Guide to Finessing Compelling Story Narratives & Styles

GeezWriter How-To: Narrative: An Author’s Guide to Finessing Compelling Story Narratives & Styles

GeezWriter How-To: Narrative: An Author’s Guide to Finessing Compelling Story Narratives & Styles guides savvy writers toward ever-greater mastery of the traditional methods and myriad new possibilities in story-telling.

From the basics of planning narrative person, tense, identity, and listener; through the art of fashioning narrative format, structure, awareness, and innovative variations; this GeezWriter How-to builds your burgeoning expertise with concise examples even as it expands the limitless potential of your own creativity. Next, a series of writers’ tips focuses on developing narrative voices that compel discerning readers not just to hear, but to listen for the ideas in your words. Finally, you may opt to refine your skills with several levels of increasingly challenging practice assignments.

Command a growing audience impressed by the unique narration in your own successful publications. You have stories to tell. Tell them with your best Narrative Finesse. More info →
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GeezWriter How-To: Indie Publishing: An Author’s Guide to Planning an Independent, Subsidy, or Self-Publishing Strategy

GeezWriter How-To: Indie Publishing: An Author’s Guide to Planning an Independent, Subsidy, or Self-Publishing Strategy

Beginning with an overview of the long-standing methods of pursuing literary agents or querying publishers directly, GeezWriter How-to: Indie Publishing: An Author's Guide to Planning an Independent, Subsidy, or Self-Publishing Strategy details myriad new options in indie, self , subsidy, and other innovative publishing models. From print-run to POD to e-platform content packaging and distribution, GeezWriter explores the advantages and risks of each step in developing your publishing strategies.

A thorough cover-design tutorial guides authors and/or their team, whether for working with other professionals or taking complete charge for self-design. A discussion on the critical need for quality editing offers perspectives every successful author must embrace.

You have books to publish, and GeezWriter helps you publish with the plan that’s right for you. More info →
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Invigilator

Invigilator

A Tennessee teen in the mid-1990s, Eugene Weisman enjoys pretending to defend a so-called “alien”—until the game turns deadly and his life depends on what others believe.

Hand-picked to helm Program Invigil, Colonel Chester McGovern takes responsibility for detection, isolation, and eradication—then unleashes enormous inter-military power cloaked in black-helicopter secrecy.

Tiring of the clandestine wet-work biz, soldier of fortune Flynn Durbett settles down to run a weapons-smuggling ring for governments and underground patriots—but then old obligations renew, and his own opinions matter less than standing up for others’.

As Eugene attracts followers who declare him the true savior, McGovern lays siege to American citizens while searching for the missing black box in his obsessive mission to preserve life as we know it.

Do we really need to be protected? And who will deliver us?—the military, or a loosely organized rag-tag militia? Is it all fantasy, or a threat greater than we ever imagined?

Everybody has the right to believe, but only one can be the Invigilator.

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