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Brooke Shaffer

Author, Ski Patroller, and Pasta-Eater Extraordinaire

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New Addition to the Family!

The family of publishing and book formats, that is.

If you were paying attention to the Facebook page, then you may have seen the poll asking for your opinion on sound effects in audiobooks.  In a stunning landslide, 5:2, you voted for sound effects.  To be fair, seven is hardly a fair sample num…

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Writing Historical Fiction: Who

In this installment of WHF, we're going to discuss people, characters and historical figures.

Your first instinct might be to include as many famous historical figures as possible.  Civil War?  Not without Honest Abe.  World War II?  Need me some Churchill and Eisenhower, right?  Not necessarily.…

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Writing Historical Fiction: When and Where

In this first developmental installment of WHF, I'm going to cover the when and where aspect of writing historical fiction.  In elementary school, you probably learned that this was the "setting" of the story.  In the real world, there is so much more to it.

When considering historical fiction,…

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Why Star Trek's No Drama Policy Wasn't As Bad As You Think

So the other day, Adam and I were watching Star Trek on TV (Deep Space Nine and Voyager) and I remembered something about the earlier Star Trek shows that few are probably consciously aware of.

From the beginning, Gene Roddenberry decreed that ST was not allowed to have conflict between cha…

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Cloth Books Retiring

Before you get all bent out of shape, know that it's not as bad as it sounds (except for purists, maybe, but I have no control over this).

So I got an email from my printer today saying that blue and gray cloth is being retired and replaced with digital prints.  What does this mean?  Well, if you…

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Famous Coups, Part 4: England

The last (or second to last, possibly) coup that we're going to cover, is the infamous Gunpowder Plot.  Not familiar with it?  Well, is this familiar to you?

Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot;
I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgo…

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Pre-Orders and Announcements

Good news, all, pre-orders for Stopwatch are now available!  Yay!  You can order them from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

And for those of you who have been paying some semblance of attention, you may have guessed that there may be more awesome things coming down the pipe.  More than just books …

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Famous Coups, Part 3: Ancient Israel

Time to go back, way, waaaaay back, to what may be the oldest verifiable coup in history, from the Israelites.

The account is briefly recorded in 1 Kings, Chapter 16.

Elah Reigns in Israel

In the twenty-sixth year of Asa king of Judah, Elah the son of Baasha began to reign over Israel in…

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Famous Coups, Part 2: Serbia

Continuing the series on famous coups in history, let's look at one which may have actually contributed to the start of World War I.

Serbia gained its independence from the Ottoman Empire in the Serbian Revolution, beginning in 1804 with bloody clashes that would last more than a decade until a c…

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Ellis Island When?

SPOILERS AHEAD: PROCEED WITH CAUTION

So, in reading Windup, if you are any kind of history buff or just a Google guru, you will know that Ellis Island did not open until 1892. Walter arrived in America decades before, yet he still tells Tommen that he came through Ellis Island.

Some might poin…

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Fun Facts About Deserts and Jungles

You might be thinking, "Huh?  But Charleston is in the mountains!"  Well, my little observant reader, that is very true.  However, the majority of Tick Tock does not occur in Charleston, but in a desert and a jungle.  In order to get you excited and a little more acquainted with the conditions, …

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All the updates!

*crawls out of hiding*

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and all that other stuff.  I was busy hiding in a hole trying to survive, but I'm back now.  All is well.

Okay, updates.  Good things are happening.

First, the paperback edition of "Time to Kill" is only days away from being avail…

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