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Scene & Structure (Elements of Fiction Writing)

Craft your fiction with scene-by-scene flow, logic and readability. An imprisoned man receives an unexpected caller, after which “everything changed…”
And the reader is hooked. But whether or not readers will stay on for the entire wild ride will depend on how well the writer structures the story, scene by scene.
This book is your game plan for success. Using dozens of examples from his own work – including “Dropshot,” “Tiebreaker” and other popular novels – Jack M. Bickham will guide you in building a sturdy framework for your novel, whatever its form or length. You’ll learn how to:
-“worry” your readers into following your story to the end
-prolong your main character’s struggle while moving the story ahead
-juggle cause and effect to serve your story action
As you work on crafting compelling scenes that move the reader, moment by moment, toward the story’s resolution, you’ll see why believable fiction must make more sense than real life.
Every scene should end in disastersome scenes should be condensed, and others built big.
Whatever your story, this book can help you arrive at a happy ending in the company of satisfied readers.

The Scavenger’s Gift

Of all the gods, men fear the Scavenger the most. Wise men and women take pains to avoid His notice.
When Osbert Manns’hillda ventures into the mine called Scavenger’s Gift, the Dark One takes notice. Or does he?
Short story: 5000 words

Scary Old Sex

A woman goes about certain rituals of sex with her second husband, sharing the bed with the ghosts of her sexual past. A beautiful young art student embarks on an affair with a much older, married, famous artist. A middle-aged woman struggles with the decline of her mother, once glamorous and still commanding; their fraught relationship causes unexpected feelings, both shaming and brutal. A man finds that his father has died while in the midst of extra-marital sex and wonders what he should do with the body. And a boy sits in his Calculus class, fantasizing about a schoolmate’s breasts and worrying about his father lying in hospital, as outside his classroom window the Twin Towers begin to fall.
In this stunning, taboo-breaking debut, Arlene Heyman, a practicing psychiatrist, gives us what really goes on in people’s minds, relationships, and beds. Raw, tender, funny, truthful and often shocking, *Scary Old Sex* is a fierce exploration of the chaos and beauty of life.
### Review
What an astonishing collection! I absolutely loved these stories, so stylish, earthy and funny – and underneath them, thrumming away, a sense of our own mortality — Deborah Moggach Perceptive and unflinching … She writes with such verve and kindness about her characters and their sex lives – their fears, phobias and muddles – that you can’t help but smile — Mavis Cheek Raw, tender, funny, truthful and often shocking, Scary Old Sex is a fierce exploration of the chaos and beauty of life * Jewish Chronicle * Scary Old Sex is a collection of short stories that strike to the bone of loving relationships – and to their flesh as well … Women emerging from their forties and men even older will find Heyman’s love-stories enthralling, and reassuring too, as regards long-term sexual zest … The author, Arlene Heyman, is not only a gifted story-teller; she is also a doctor and psychoanalyst. And presumably it is thanks to Heyman’s profession and to its requisite objectivity that she writes with creative imagination, unexpected from a female author, about the man’s position (as it were) in love … Heyman is a witty and intellectually spry 70-year-old … In spite of the book’s title and although many of its tales transpire in bed or near one, they are as much, if not more about the dynamic of long-term companionship — Irma Kurtz * Jewish Chronicle * This sensual and sometimes shocking collection understands and explores how people’s lives are complicated by sex … The author is a practising psychiatrist and writes with such intimacy and precision that she frequently makes you feel like a trespasser in the bedroom — Imogen Lycett-Green * Daily Mail * A bold, hilarious and intelligent debut collection of stories featuring, the peaks and troughs in the (sex) lives of older characters, mostly in New York. Expect illness, decay and belly laughs but also to be moved. Heyman is upfront – no body part or function shied from – and her characters are richly internal — Nuala O’Connor * Irish Times *
### About the Author
Arlene Heyman is the recipient of Woodrow Wilson, Fulbright, Rockefeller, and Robert Wood Johnson Fellowships. Her short stories have appeared in The New American Review and she won Epoch magazine’s novella contest. She’s been listed twice in the honour rolls of Best American Short Stories. Heyman is a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst practicing in New York City, where she lives with her husband. She is currently at work on a novel.

The Scarlatti Inheritance

Her weapons: money and power. Her target: the most dangerous man in the world—her own son. Elizabeth Wyckham Scarlatti has a plan, a desperate, last-minute gamble designed to save the world from her son, Ulster, an incalculably cruel man who is working for the Third Reich under the name of Heinrich Kroeger. If Elizabeth cannot stop him, Ulster will give Hitler the most powerful instrument on earth.

Praise for Robert Ludlum and The Scarlatti Inheritance
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“[Robert Ludlum] has that sense of drama and pace that only the best storytellers have.”—San Francisco Chronicle
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“Gripping . . . Ludlum writes with imagination and convincing authority.”—Baltimore Sun
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“Great, astonishing, the most spellbinding suspense in years!”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
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“Drive and excitement from first page to last.”—Mario Puzo, author of The Godfather

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Identity.

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The Scar

Aboard a vast seafaring vessel, a band of prisoners and slaves, their bodies remade into grotesque biological oddities, is being transported to the fledgling colony of New Crobuzon. But the journey is not theirs alone. They are joined by a handful of travelers, each with a reason for fleeing the city. Among them is Bellis Coldwine, a renowned linguist whose services as an interpreter grant her passage—and escape from horrific punishment. For she is linked to Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin, the brilliant renegade scientist who has unwittingly unleashed a nightmare upon New Crobuzon.
For Bellis, the plan is clear: live among the new frontiersmen of the colony until it is safe to return home. But when the ship is besieged by pirates on the Swollen Ocean, the senior officers are summarily executed. The surviving passengers are brought to Armada, a city constructed from the hulls of pirated ships, a floating, landless mass ruled by the bizarre duality called the Lovers. On Armada, everyone is given work, and even Remades live as equals to humans, Cactae, and Cray. Yet no one may ever leave.
Lonely and embittered in her captivity, Bellis knows that to show dissent is a death sentence. Instead, she must furtively seek information about Armada’s agenda. The answer lies in the dark, amorphous shapes that float undetected miles below the waters—terrifying entities with a singular, chilling mission. . . .

A Scanner Darkly

A brilliant sci-fi novel from one of the last century’s most influential pop culture figures Substance D – otherwise known as Death – is the most dangerous drug ever to find its way on to the black market. It destroys the links between the brain’s two hemispheres, leading first to disorentation and then to complete and irreversible brain damage. Bob Arctor, undercover narcotics agent, is trying to find a lead to the source of supply, but to pass as an addict he must become a user, and soon, without knowing what is happening to him, he is as dependent as any of the addicts he is monitoring.

For everyone lost in the endlessly multiplicating realities of the modern world, remember: Philip K. Dick got there first * Terry Gilliam * My literary hero * Fay Weldon * One of the most original practitioners writing any kind of fiction, Dick made most of the European avant-garde seem like navel-gazers in a cul-de-sac * Sunday Times *
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A Scandalous Inheritance

*Read this classic romance by *New York Times* bestselling author Penny Jordan, now available for the first time in e-book! Originally published as *Fight For Love * in 1987.*
**Marrying the innocent heiress**
Natasha Ames wasn’t surprised that gorgeous Jay Travers was less than pleased to see her at his family’s Texas ranch. Not after she learned that his grandfather had left her half of his property in his will.
Innocent Natasha didn’t know why the shrewd old man had made such a scandalous bequest to a virtual stranger, but she was determined not to leave until she found out.
Though it wasn’t easy living with commanding, ruthless Jay. Especially when he insisted on tying Natasha to him…as his wife!


Scandalous by L.J. Shen
They call him The Mute for a reason.
Hard, cold and calculated, he rarely speaks.
When he does, it’s with disdain.
When he does, his words aren’t meant for me.
When he does, my stomach flips and my world tilts on its axis.
He is thirty-three.
I am eighteen.
He’s a single dad and my father’s business partner.
I’m just a kid to him and his enemy’s daughter.
He’s emotionally unavailable.
And I am…feeling. Feeling things I shouldn’t feel for him.
Trent Rexroth is going to break my heart. The writing isn’t just on the wall, it’s inked on my soul.
And yet, I can’t stay away.
A scandal is the last thing my family needs. But a scandal is what we’re going to give them.
And oh, what beautiful chaos it will be.

Scales of Justice

The quiet village of Swevenings seems a paradise, until the savagely beaten body of a local lord is found near a stream, and the playground of British aristocrats is soiled by murder and intrigue, but Inspector Roderick Alleyn of Scotland Yard may be able to restore the peace. Reprint.

The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers Times Literary Supplement Excellently characterized, Miss Marsh’s best yet. Observer ‘The detection is first class. The whole affair is written with style and distinction.’ BBC ‘The finest writer in the English languange of the pure, classical puzzle whodunnit. Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an Empress.’ The Sun
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Sayings of the Buddha: a selection of suttas from the Pali Nikāyas

SUMMARY: As more and more westerners study and practice Buddhism, reliable modern translations of the Buddha’s teachings are increasingly in demand. One of the main sources for knowledge of the Buddhadharma is the four Pali Nikayas or “collections” of his sayings. Written in Pali, an ancient Indian language closely related to Sanskrit, the Nikayas are among the oldest Buddhist texts and consist of more than one and a half million words. This new translation offers a selection of the Buddha’s most important sayings, reflecting the full variety of material contained in the Nikayas: the central themes of the Buddha’s teaching (his biography, philosophical discourse, instruction on morality, meditation, and the spiritual life) and the range of literary style (myth, dialogue, narrative, short sayings, verse). This edition is the most critically up-to-date and is the only anthology of material exclusively from the Pali Nikayas. For anyone seeking a more direct encounter with the Buddha’s words and teaching, this new translation will prove to be essential reading, rewarding scholars and practitioners alike.


*Power makes you blind,* they say. What a load of bullshit. Power didn’t make me blind. It turned me into a monster.
Well, it turned me into a *bigger* monster.
Samayan, head of the Council supernaturals, asshole extraordinaire, has made it his life’s mission to show me just how strong he has become. I’d lie if I say I’m not scared. And when the one thing that could help me defeat him disappears right from under my nose, I feel like a complete failure.
Running away from problems only to fall right into bigger ones is just the beginning. I’ll either die a murderer, or live long enough to be a savior by the time all of this is over.

Saving the World From the Horrors of the Future

Down the read he caught sight of a tower of smoke followed by the smell of meat cooking. He took out the book and looked up a page that showed a map of the road between
Noy and Edge. His fingered followed the road until it came across a little dot indicating an inn. Bax’s Place the map said. The young man closed the book and smiled, finally some warm food. As the smell got stronger the quicker his pace got until he saw the outline of a building in the tree line.

Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports

In MAXIMUM RIDE: SAVING THE WORLD AND OTHER EXTREME SPORTS, the time has arrived for Max and her winged “Flock” to face their ultimate enemy and discover their original purpose: to defeat the takeover of “Re-evolution”, a sinister experiment to re-engineer a select population into a scientifically superior master race…and to terminate the rest. Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel have always worked together to defeat the forces working against them–but can they save the world when they are torn apart, living in hiding and captivity, halfway across the globe from one another?

Saving Rachel

What if the best morning of your life suddenly turned into your worst nightmare? Sam Case is about to find out. Saving Rachel is the story of what happens when killers force a man to choose between his wife and his mistress…and the one he rejects must die. But wait–all is not as it appears to be. In fact, nothing is what it appears to be!

Saving Rachel is a scary, funny, roller coaster ride through hell, with twists, and turns that will slap your face and suck you in!
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Saving Capitalism

From the author of *Aftershock* and *The Work of Nations*, his most important book to date—a myth-shattering breakdown of how the economic system that helped make America so strong is now failing us, and what it will take to fix it.
Perhaps no one is better acquainted with the intersection of economics and politics than Robert B. Reich, and now he reveals how power and influence have created a new American oligarchy, a shrinking middle class, and the greatest income inequality and wealth disparity in eighty years. He makes clear how centrally problematic our veneration of the “free market” is, and how it has masked the power of moneyed interests to tilt the market to their benefit.
Reich exposes the falsehoods that have been bolstered by the corruption of our democracy by huge corporations and the revolving door between Washington and Wall Street: that all workers are paid what they’re “worth,” that a higher minimum wage equals fewer jobs, and that corporations must serve shareholders before employees. He shows that the critical choices ahead are not about the size of government but about who government is*for:* that we must choose not between a free market and “big” government but between a market organized for broadly based prosperity and one designed to deliver the most gains to the top. Ever the pragmatist, ever the optimist, Reich sees hope for reversing our slide toward inequality and diminished opportunity when we shore up the countervailing power of everyone else.
Passionate yet practical, sweeping yet exactingly argued, *Saving Capitalism* is a revelatory indictment of our economic status quo and an empowering call to civic action.

‘A riveting guide to how our economic and political system has become so badly flawed.’ — Joseph Stiglitz ‘Reich makes a very good case that widening inequality largely reflects political decisions that could have gone in very different directions… Saving Capitalism is a very good guide to the state we’re in.’ * Paul Krugman, The New York Review of Books * ‘One of Reich’s finest works, and is required reading for anyone who has hope that a capitalist system can indeed work the many, and not just the few.’ * Salon * ‘Arresting, thought-provoking… Readily understandable language… Powerful.’ * Publishers Weekly * ‘Like any good teacher, Robert Reich knows that making a simple yet crucial idea stick often takes much time and many presentations of the concept… In Saving Capitalism, Reich drives home a basic fact that, if widely understood, could lift America from today’s destructive political standoff.’ * Chicago Tribune * ‘Reich has both the stature and eloquence to make a compelling case… Highly recommended to all readers… Insightful.’ * Library Journal, starred review *
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Savage Urges

She’s a lone wolf with a cause.As a volunteer at a shelter for lone shifters—the same one that rescued her—Makenna Wray has dedicated her life to finding homes for its residents. And when she discovers that a teen in her care is related to Ryan Conner, the broody, handsome-as-sin enforcer of the Phoenix Pack, she’s eager to help connect the two. She just wasn’t prepared to feel a connection of her own.Lone wolves are loners for a reason—and most of them bad. Or so Ryan assumes until he meets the mysterious Makenna. Quirky and sensual, she seems to enjoy riling him, especially when she refuses to discuss her past. Although there is no mating bond, he’s sure she’s the one. All he has to do is be patient and wait. But when another pack’s sinister Alpha comes sniffing around, threatening Makenna and her shelter, this enforcer is ready to let his wolf off the leash.…
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