Punctuationg Dialogue

Today I’m going to talk about punctuating dialogue.
First of all, let me begin by defining some terms. I find writers, like many other professions, use their jargon so often they forget that new people may not know them. So here goes.
1. Tags. These are the words used to indicate who is speaking. They are things like ‘he said’, ‘Judith whispered’ and the like.
2. Beats, These are words telling you what someone is doing. e.g. Fred paced to the window. ‘Are you sure she said that?’ he asked.
Here, ‘Fred paced to the window’ is a beat.
Now we’ve got that out of the way, lets continue with our punctuation.

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I admit that when I started writing, I was unsure about this. I did not know what punctuation to put after the speech and after the tag. I learned by reading books and other writers’ blogs. Not a bad way to learn. In fact, a very good way to learn.
The first thing I should note is that US English and British English use quotation marks the opposite way round from each other. As I am British, I use British English, and the dialogue in my books is the British Standard.
In British English, we use single quotation marks for direct speech and double quotation marks for speech quoted within that speech. (Not very good English there. I apologise.)
Mary said, ‘Jaqui, go and see who rang the doorbell.’
and,
Jaqui said, ‘It’s John. He said, “I’ve come to return the book you lent me.” Do you want to see him?’
In American English it’s the other way round. The above would look like this:
Mary said, “Jaqui, go and see who rang the doorbell.”
and
Jaqui said, “It’s John. He said, ‘I’ve come to return the book you lent me.’ Do you want to see him?”
The quotes, either British or US go round direct speech only. If it is indirect, then there are no quotes.
This would be wrong.
‘John said that he came ‘to return the book you lent him’.
Whenever we write ‘he said’. ‘she whispered’, etc, we always separate it from the quote using commas. See the above examples.
Now should the punctuation be inside or outside the quotation marks? That depends on whether it is part of the quotation or not, Here are some examples.
‘How can he return a book’, said Mary, ‘when I never lent him one?’
‘Said Mary’ interrupts the sentence she is saying, which is, ‘How can he return a book when I never lent him one?’ The comma goes outside the quotation marks.
But if the quotation mark is part of what is being said, then it goes inside.
John said, ‘Did you not lend me this book then?’
The question mark is part of John’s speech so it goes inside the quotation marks. If it was a full stop (period if you are in the USA) then, as it ends John’s speech, it would go inside as well.

John said, ‘I’m sure I borrowed it from you.’

The punctuation goes outside the quotation marks if it is not part of the quoted material.

Now, if you have a beat, then that is completely separate.
Susan walked to the window and looked out. ‘Tell John to come in and bring the book up.’
There is a full stop (period) after the beat and not a comma because it is a separate action. I would say that we only put a comma after or before a tag, not a beat.
That’s enough for now, Hope I’ve not confused you.
Please feel free to make a comment of any kind.

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Day 6 and the Final Cover Reveal

Welcome to day 6 of Angel of Shadow’s Cover Reveal event!
And do you know what today is?
That’s right! It’s Cover Reveal Day!!!
Check out this STUNNING cover for Angel of Shadow, book 2 of the fabulous Wormwood series. The first book was dark and brimming with tormented love, and was known for completely sucking readers into the story, only to spit them out again at 3 am. I can’t wait to see what book 2 has in store for us! Angel of Shadow is scheduled for release on January 13, 2018, and if this cover image is any indication of how good this story will be, I honestly don’t think I’ll be able to wait!!!!
The cover:
Cover Reveal, Angel of Shadow, high res

Fun Fact:
Here’s a fun one! I completely visualized this Angel of Shadow cover image while listening to which song? Do you think it’s: Somewhere a Clock is Ticking by Snow Patrol; What I’ve Done by Linkin Park; or Kveikur by Sigur Ros? Write your guess in the comments below to instantly win an Angel of Shadow eARC. If there is more than one correct answer, I’ll select a winner using Random.org. Good luck! ~D.H.
Did you know there are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT facts about the cover, the series, D.H. or her writing process at these blogs listed below? Today, ONE of these fun facts also contains a chance to instantly win an Angel of Shadow eARC! But which one? Let’s support our fellow book bloggers and pop in to say hello!
FUONLYKNEW: http://fuonlyknew.com/
*Electively Paige: http://electivelypaige.com/
Book Hooked Nook: https://bookhookednook.wordpress.com/
The Perfect Honeybee: https://theperfecthoneybee.wordpress.com/
*Dragons Rule OK: https://aspholessaria.wordpress.com/
Seelie Pages: https://seeliepages.wordpress.com/
Fundinmental: http://www.fundinmental.com/
Bookworm Brandee: https://bookwormbrandee.blogspot.com/
And don’t forget about the giveaway!!! D.H. Nevins will be giving away 2 prizes of a physical copy of Wormwood combined with an Angel of Shadow eARC (Advance Reader Copy), as well as 10 prizes of an Angel of Shadow eARC. Enter the giveaway here! http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/55157da22/

The contest wraps up just before midnight on Tuesday, which is the last day the host blogs have exclusive rights to show off this gorgeous cover. All winners will be contacted shortly afterwards.
Remember, Wormwood (book one in the series) is available for free right now. Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/2hOcWbq

If you need to be sure you get a copy of Angel of Shadow, you can easily pre-order at http://amzn.to/2Axgvyi . Price will go up after release.

Thanks so much for joining us for Angel of Shadow’s Cover Reveal event! I hope you had fun. I would love to hear your thoughts about the cover and the event! Have a wonderful Saturday, everyone.

Day 5 of D.H,Nevin’s Cover Reveal

Welcome to day 5 of the Cover Reveal event! This is for D.H. Nevins’ upcoming release: Angel of Shadow, which is book 2 of the fabulous Wormwood series. The first book was dark and brimming with tormented love, and was known for completely sucking readers into the story, only to spit them out again at 3 am. I can’t wait to see what book 2 has in store for us! Angel of Shadow is scheduled for release on January 13, 2018. I can’t wait!!!!
The cover fragment:
Friday

Fun Fact:
Angel of Shadow’s cover artist, Carlos Quevedo, is from Colombia. D.H. Nevins, the author, is from Ontario, Canada.
Did you know there are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT facts about the cover, the series, D.H. or her writing process at these blogs listed below? Each day, ONE of these fun facts also contains a chance to instantly win an Angel of Shadow eARC! But which one? Let’s support our fellow book bloggers and pop in to say hello!
*Electively Paige: http://electivelypaige.com/
Book Hooked Nook: https://bookhookednook.wordpress.com/
The Perfect Honeybee: https://theperfecthoneybee.wordpress.com/
*Dragons Rule OK: https://aspholessaria.wordpress.com/
Bookworm Brandee: https://bookwormbrandee.blogspot.com/
FUONLYKNEW: http://fuonlyknew.com/
And don’t forget about the giveaway!!! D.H. Nevins will be giving away 2 prizes of a physical copy of Wormwood combined with an Angel of Shadow eARC (Advance Reader Copy), as well as 10 prizes of an Angel of Shadow eARC. Enter the giveaway here! http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/55157da22/
Remember, Wormwood (book one in the series) is available for free right now. Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/2hOcWbq
Angel of Shadow can now be pre-ordered at http://amzn.to/2Axgvyi . Price will go up after release.

Thanks for stopping by. Full reveal will be TOMORROW!!!! Are you as excited for tomorrow as I am? I absolutely can’t wait to show you the full cover. You’ll have to tell me if you agree it’s as awesome as we’re saying it is… and I’m sure you will! See you soon!

Day 4 of D.H, Nevin’s Cover Reveal

Welcome to day 4 of the Cover Reveal event for D.H. Nevins’ upcoming release, Angel of Shadow. It’s book 2 in a fast-paced and haunting dystopian series, and is scheduled for release on January 13, 2018. We’re getting so close!
The cover fragment:
Thursday

Fun Fact:
Other facts about myself: I love to act and direct live theatre, I’m a travel addict, an outdoor enthusiast, and I have a motorcycle I’ve affectionately named Grendel. ~D.H.
Did you know there are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT facts about the cover, the series, D.H. or her writing process at these blogs listed below? Each day, ONE of these fun facts also contains a chance to instantly win an Angel of Shadow eARC! But which one? Let’s support our fellow book bloggers and pop in to say hello!
Book Hooked Nook: https://bookhookednook.wordpress.com/
The Perfect Honeybee: https://theperfecthoneybee.wordpress.com/
*Dragons Rule OK: https://aspholessaria.wordpress.com/
Bookworm Brandee: https://bookwormbrandee.blogspot.com/
FUONLYKNEW: http://fuonlyknew.com/
*Electively Paige: http://electivelypaige.com/
And don’t forget about the giveaway!!! D.H. Nevins will be giving away 2 prizes of a physical copy of Wormwood combined with an Angel of Shadow eARC (Advance Reader Copy), as well as 10 prizes of an Angel of Shadow eARC. Enter the giveaway here!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/55157da22/
Remember, Wormwood (book one in the series) is available for free right now. Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/2hOcWbq
Angel of Shadow can now be pre-ordered at http://amzn.to/2Axgvyi . Price will go up after release.

Thanks for stopping by! Full reveal will be this Saturday, but don’t forget there will be a brand new cover fragment and a new fun fact tomorrow. I can’t wait for tomorrow’s piece—this cover is going to be awesome!! See you soon!

Day 3 of D.H.Nevin’s cover reveal

Welcome to day 3 of the Cover Reveal event for D.H. Nevins’ upcoming release, Angel of Shadow. This driving dystopian novel is book 2 in the Wormwood series, and is scheduled for release on January 13, 2018. Yes! That means we’re one day closer!
The cover fragment:
Wednesday

Fun Fact:
The main character, Kali, is named after the Hindu goddess of destruction and death. However, this goddess also represents new beginnings and is thought of as a protector. These elements all came into play when D.H. was creating this protagonist.
Did you know there are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT facts about the cover, the series, D.H. or her writing process at these blogs listed below? Each day, ONE of these fun facts also contains a chance to instantly win an Angel of Shadow eARC! But which one?
The Perfect Honeybee: https://theperfecthoneybee.wordpress.com/
*Dragons Rule OK: https://aspholessaria.wordpress.com/
Bookworm Brandee: https://bookwormbrandee.blogspot.com/
FUONLYKNEW: http://fuonlyknew.com/
*Electively Paige: http://electivelypaige.com/
Book Hooked Nook: https://bookhookednook.wordpress.com/
And don’t forget about the giveaway!!! D.H. Nevins will be giving away 2 prizes of a physical copy of Wormwood combined with an Angel of Shadow eARC (Advance Reader Copy), as well as 10 prizes of an Angel of Shadow eARC. Enter the giveaway here! http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/55157da22/
Remember, Wormwood (book one in the series) is available for free right now. Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/2hOcWbq
Angel of Shadow can now be pre-ordered at http://amzn.to/2Axgvyi . Price will go up after release.

Thanks for stopping by! Full reveal will be this Saturday, but don’t forget there will be a brand new cover fragment and a new fun fact tomorrow. I can’t wait for tomorrow’s cover piece!! See you soon!

Day 2 of Danielle’s Cover Reveal

Welcome to day 2 of the Cover Reveal event for D.H. Nevins’ upcoming release, Angel of Shadow! This driving dystopian novel is book 2 in the Wormwood series, and is scheduled for release on January 12, 2018. I can’t wait!
The cover fragment:
Tuesday

Fun Fact:
D.H. Nevins has extensive notes and details about each of her characters. Tiamat and Kali each have about 5 pages of notes and backstory, which is added to and updated constantly.
Remember to have a peek at some other unique facts about the cover, the series, D.H. or her writing process at these blogs. Today, TWO of these fun facts also contain a chance to instantly win an Angel of Shadow eARC! But which two? Come on… you know you want to look!
*Dragons Rule OK: https://aspholessaria.wordpress.com/
*Carlyle Labuschagne: http://www.carlylelabuschagne.com/
Bookworm Brandee: https://bookwormbrandee.blogspot.com/
FUONLYKNEW: http://fuonlyknew.com/
*Electively Paige: http://electivelypaige.com/
Book Hooked Nook: https://bookhookednook.wordpress.com/
The Perfect Honeybee: https://theperfecthoneybee.wordpress.com/
And don’t forget about the giveaway!!! D.H. Nevins will be giving away 2 prizes of a physical copy of Wormwood combined with an Angel of Shadow eARC (Advance Reader Copy), as well as 10 prizes of an Angel of Shadow eARC. Enter the giveaway here! http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/55157da22/
Remember, Wormwood (book one in the series) is available for free right now. Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/2hOcWbq
Angel of Shadow can now be pre-ordered at http://amzn.to/2Axgvyi . Price will go up after release.

Thanks for stopping by! Full reveal will be this Saturday, but don’t forget there will be a brand new cover fragment and a new fun fact tomorrow. See you soon!

 

A New Offer.

First, a reminder that the offer of The Wolf Pack for only $0.99 or 99p finishes tomorrow, so if you’ve not got your copy yet, head on over to http://mybook.to/TheWolfPack to get it.

 

Now a new offer. From today The Stones of Earth and Air, book 1 of Elemental Worlds is on offer for $0.99/£0.99 until next Sunday, 10th December. This would make a good Christmas present for a family member or friend who loves fantasy novels.

Get your copy from amazon by following this link.

http://mybook.to/EarthandAir

 

A visit from author D.H.Nevins

This week I am hosting D.H. Nevnes all week, and so Tuesday’s epistode of Davrael and Kimi’s story will appear later in the month.

For those of you who have been waiting for it, I apologise.

 

Cover Reveal Blog Posts—Angel of Shadow by D.H. Nevins
Welcome to the Cover Reveal event for D.H. Nevins’ upcoming release, Angel of Shadow. I’m so excited to be one of the exclusive host blogs for this reveal and giveaway. Here’s why:
First of all, the book cover is STUNNING. You’ll have to trust us on this for now… you’ll know what I mean when you see it!
Secondly, did I mention there’s a giveaway?!?

You can get a copy of the first book in the series, Wormwood, for free right now. I suggest you grab one! Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/2hOcWbq
Each host blog has its own tidbit of unique information, which changes every day. My fun facts will be posted just under the cover fragment, along with the links to the other host blogs. Everyone has a different fact, and each day, ONE of these facts includes a chance to instantly win an ebook Advance Reader Copy (eARC) of Angel of Shadow. Remember to check them out!
Angel of Shadow’s Blurb:
D.H. Nevins hurtles you into a world of half-angels, demons and tormented love in this driving, dystopian sequel to Wormwood.

Half-angels, known as Nephilim, have all but destroyed the surface of the Earth. Yet for Kali Michaels, her life is now much more complicated than simply surviving. Grappling with her own powerful identity, she worries her connection to the world of Shadows could destroy those around her.
And what if she hurts Tiamat Wormwood, the Nephilim outcast who has given everything to save her? Tiamat and Kali know they have no future—not when outside forces and Kali’s own power push both the humans and the Nephilim to the brink of extinction.
As she fights to stop the inevitable, she is led to question who her real enemies are, and whether the ultimate threat may actually be herself.
The Cover Fragment:

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Fun Fact:
The first book in the series, Wormwood, has had two different covers. The first edition had a cover which really didn’t resonate with readers, but because I like the look of old etchings, I didn’t realize this and kept it on there for years. Today, one of the other blogs has more background on this first cover, as well as a picture of it. Check it out! 
Anyway, one day, a highly sought-after cover artist (waiting list, only) picked up a copy of Wormwood and read it. He loved the story so much, he contacted me to tell me that he spontaneously created 3 separate covers for it. For free. Wormwood’s current cover is one of his creations. I use the other two images he created for promotional purposes (such as the close-up of a girl’s face with feathers covering her mouth). Isn’t that awesome? ~D.H.

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Remember to have a peek at some other unique facts about the cover, the series, D.H. or her writing process at these blogs. I bet you’re curious, right?
Bookworm Brandee: https://bookwormbrandee.blogspot.com/
FUONLYKNEW: http://fuonlyknew.com/
*Electively Paige: http://electivelypaige.com/
Book Hooked Nook: https://bookhookednook.wordpress.com/
The Perfect Honeybee: https://theperfecthoneybee.wordpress.com/
*Dragons Rule OK: https://aspholessaria.wordpress.com/
*Carlyle Labuschagne: http://www.carlylelabuschagne.com/

And don’t forget about the giveaway!!! D.H. Nevins will be giving away:
– 2 prizes of a physical copy of Wormwood combined with an Angel of Shadow eARC (Advance Reader Copy), as well as- another 10 Angel of Shadow eARCs. Enter the giveaway here! http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/55157da22/
Thanks for stopping by! Full reveal will be this Saturday, but don’t forget there will be a brand new cover fragment and a new fun fact tomorrow. See you soon!

More Thrilling News.

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Starting tomorrow, November 29th and continuing until 5th December, you can get The Wolf Pack, Book 1 of The Wolves of Vimar series for only $0.99 or £0.99;
Don’t miss out on this exciting offer.

The Wolf Pack

To end his apprenticeship and be admitted to the ranks of the mages is all Carthinal wants, so he is excited to travel from Bluehaven to Hambara, where the tests will take place. He did not expect to end up travelling far beyond Hambara on a quest to find the long lost sword of the legendary King Sauvern.

Along with three strangers he met on his journey, the beautiful but headstrong elven cleric, Asphodel, Fero, a dark foreigner from lands far to the south, and a fearless dwarf, Basalt, Carthinal reluctantly sets out on this seemingly impossible quest.

Followed by Randa, the snooty aristocratic daughter of the Duke of Hambara and a very young runaway thief, known as Thad, Carthinal has to decide whether to send them back or allow them to continue on this dangerous quest. There will certainly be fireworks as Randa will try to take over the leadership of the group.

Faced with wolf attacks and near death in the mountains, Carthinal and his friends have to accept help from the least likely sources and face their innermost fears.

But this is more than a simple adventure. The fate of a nation hangs in the balance.

 

There are dragons and magic in the world if only you look for them… V.M. Sang

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