Monthly Archives: July, 2012

Short Story – Hell’s Kitchen


Hell’s Kitchen By Dorlana Vann I watched as a guy in a dark suit dug up Beatrice Beaumont Virgil, April 5, 1965 – August 19, 1998. Funeral flowers still fresh, dirt still moist, Until we meet again her epitaph. I stood in the shadows and dared to watch a moment longer before deciding I would …

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Ninja vs. Pirates Goodreads Giveaway


Hi friends, Click on over to Goodreads and enter the Giveaway for my Children’s Book, Ninja vs. Pirates! Goodreads Book Giveaway Ninja vs Pirates by Dorlana Vann Giveaway ends August 16, 2012. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win Are you Team Ninja or Team Pirate? Step into the hilarious imagination of Riley …

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The Retelling of a Fairy Tale (Dorlana Style)


I’ve been using fairy tales to inspire my paranormal short stories and novels for many years. Instead of a straight retelling of the classic tales, I love using them as a stimulus by borrowing elements, capturing the mood, or using them as a backstory, etc., to write contemporary interpretations. Sometimes I even use a formula: …

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Supernatural Mystery FREE today


Hi Friends, Passage to Queen Mesentia is a Paranormal Egyptian Mystery.  The Kindle edition is free today worldwide.  Here is the blurb: The assassination of her archeologist parents thrusts Lillian Steward from her comfortable life and into a dangerous quest for an ancient Egyptian artifact. The mystery guides her from Texas to Egypt as she follows the …

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Character and Story Exercises


Just last week my writer friend mentioned how she writes side short stories using characters from her work-in-progress. Later on, I told her about how I tried to change my setting (I actually wanted to turn my contemporary YA into a western) and had written a new first chapter and had also brainstormed with my …

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Franken-bio


I know my About Dorlana page, lacks personal. Next to the full synopsis, I find it the most challenging thing to write. As a fiction writer, I write as other people… daring, confident, mean, manipulative, heroic, characters who are way more entertaining than I am. However, I do go directly to an author’s bio when …

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