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Book Two of the Superstars Trilogy, Vasallus: An Excerpt #10

Homicide Office

Detective Showenstein of the LAPD and his cantankerous boss, Captain Bitters:

He may have had the full resources of the LAPD at his disposal for now, but Sam knew he would not have that luxury for long. Soon the department would start scaling back the overtime, reassigning detectives to other cases, and returning detectives on loan from other departments, all in response to the lack of progress on the investigation of the Chelsea Benning murder. When it slowed down, then resources were taken away. That was the nature of the beast in police work. The rule of thumb in homicide investigations was the forty-eight hour rule. Most murder cases were solved within the first forty-eight hours. Beyond that, the percentages of solving the case went down dramatically. Witnesses changed their minds because they were scared and stepped back into the shadows of their unanimity, forensic evidence deteriorated, suspects slipped through the initial dragnet of momentum when the investigators were first assigned to the case. The ‘rush’ of the first forty-eight hours was critical on many fronts. Investigators assigned to the case were super focused and their instincts were razor sharp because they knew how important the first few days were in the case. Like the evidence, they had a tendency to slow down as the case dragged on. Lack of interest and the excitement to catch the next ‘rush’ wreaked havoc. A good homicide department captain anticipated this ebb and flow and kept his team focused and motivated. Captain Bitters was the best of the best in leading a group of skilled investigators for the LAPD Homicide and Robbery Section. Turning down opportunities for promotion in other sections to stay in Homicide, Bitters became the quintessential leader of the most highly paid group of cops in the force. He chose to accept it and his attitude had improved dramatically ever since. Sam learned to respect his boss immensely and the feeling was mutual and as a result, Sam saw himself turn into a career investigator in Homicide.

Vasallus
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Book Two of the Superstars Trilogy, Vasallus: An Excerpt #9

no sleep

The terror felt by Sam on the revelation of Patrick by his son, Seb:

Sam followed his son into his bedroom, closed the door behind him, leaned against the door frame and waited for his son to talk. He watched as Seb, dressed in sweats and his Clippers basketball shirt, his black curly hair impossible to mess up at the length he always kept it, looked up at him and said: “Dad, I don’t think you need to worry about Patrick waking up.”
Sounding a little confused, he replied: “Why’s that son? Of course I would worry about waking Patrick up just like I would be careful not to wake you up if I knew you might be asleep.”
“What I meant Dad is that I don’t think Patrick ever sleeps. Remember when you dropped me off at school and I tried to tell you? He never slept in all the years growing up when we would have sleep overs as kids at each other’s houses. Now that we’re older and don’t do the sleep over thing anymore, I have been listening to see if he falls asleep since he’s been staying with us and he doesn’t Dad.”
“How could you possibly know if he never sleeps son? I’m sure he has trouble falling asleep like a lot of people and especially now, with the death of his mother, he might find it hard to nod off, but he has to sleep at some point Seb. Otherwise, he couldn’t function and you know as well as I do that it’s impossible for the body not to fall asleep.”
“I get that Dad, but trust me on this okay? Since we were kids, he has always told me he never, ever sleeps and never has. That is why I was always so exhausted as a kid when we would do the sleepover thing, because he would keep me up all night with him. Since he has lived with us, I hear him all night, either singing or beating his drum sticks on the bed frame, dresser, closet door or whatever else he finds in the room that will make a sound.”
“Are you sure Son? I mean, I’ve never heard him. Making that kind of racket at night, your mother or I would hear that. He’s just down the hall.”
“No, he waits until you are asleep. I don’t know how he knows you are asleep because he doesn’t leave his room to check on you, but he knows because he has never woken you or Mom has he?”
“I guess not, but why doesn’t he wait till you are asleep?”
“He doesn’t care if I hear him. I think he wants me to hear him.”

Vasallus
Purchase Vasallus, the paperback, Book Two of the Superstars Trilogy here:
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Kindle
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Word Count – Is there a limit a new author should not exceed?

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I have been criticized in the past that my books were to large, especially for an unknown author. I hate hearing that even though the critics are right. Novels exceeding 70,000 to 90,000 words in length are more difficult to attract a publishing deal. Each of the three books of the Superstars Trilogy exceed 165,000 words. Way too large to appeal to a publisher. What can one do when the story is so big it takes over 500,000 words to tell it? You can do what I did and write the length I needed to tell the story and give this incredible epic the space it needed or trim it down to make it marketable. I chose to tell the story. All of it.

I’m still looking for that publishing deal.

Book Two of the Superstars Trilogy, Vasallus: An Excerpt #8

music-man

Robert Best convincing Avery to manage the career of emerging superstar Juan Jimenez:

“Quite simply, Avery, I know you’re busy and I know you don’t like me so if I can sell you on Juan and his potential, you will look past all the other stuff and do it. You’re the best, Avery, I’m not going to lie. There isn’t anyone any better in the industry and Juan needs the best. His career is going to be that big. That’s the catch. So come on what do you say? Can we be partners?”
“I want full creative control Best.”
“You got it Avery. All I’m asking for is the final say on the production cuts and for Blackstar to be listed as a contributing producer.”
“No, I won’t agree to that. No one gets the final say on the final cuts but me. I want full creative control and that includes from A – Z. I will decide when the album will be released, when and where he tours, merchandise control, everything Robert or you can find someone else.”
Best clenched his teeth, relaying to Avery that he was pissed. Then he looked at him for a few seconds without saying a word, then broke into a smile and reached his hand over the table to shake his and said, “You got a deal Mr. Johnson. You ask a lot but I expect a lot in return so let’s make this happen, shall we? I will have my lawyers draft up the contract within forty- eight hours and it will be couriered to your office for your signature. You will find the financial numbers very generous Avery. I am not interested in doing this necessarily for the money so that will not hold up the deal, I promise you.”

Vasallus
Purchase Vasallus, the paperback, Book Two of the Superstars Trilogy here:
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http://errolbarr.com/vasallus-book-2/

Purchase the e-book here:
Kindle
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Manuscript Outline – A Must Have Book Writing Tool Part 2

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Earlier I talked about the importance of creating an outline to use as your guide or blueprint in constructing your manuscript. In this post I want to talk specifically what I do when create my outline. First of all I sit down and spend approx half a day creating my outline for my new book. Amazingly one can basically put together the entire book, chapter by chapter of a 150,000 word manuscript in just one half day! I already have a good idea of how I want to start and end the book or maybe I don’t. I just begin by taking an hour or two brainstorming the book through and eventually I settle on the opening chapter. I then take the story from there with an end goal in mind. I decide up front how long I would like the book to be (chapters) and the minimum word count for each chapter. I furiously jot down a couple of sentences for each of the chapters allowing myself to feel the story and see it progress in my mind chapter to chapter. Before long, bam, I have typed out the blueprint to a manuscript of 45 chapters!

When I begin to write these chapters I use this outline as a guide and I keep myself fluid and flexible enough to allow the story to move in other directions other than what I originally mapped out. I have found that at the end of the book I have followed the outline fairly closely. It’s incredible what half of a day of focused thought can create!