Expeditious Writing Tips :-)

Vary sentence structure to avoid monotony. Shorter, choppier sentences help draw out suspense and create tension.


Books For The Busy life!

For the avid book lover there is nothing more frustrating than a busy life. You want to read, but you don’t want to miss that soccer game or dance recital. We have a solution…. Anthologies!

These quick reads give you the satisfaction of reaching the end of a good story in a short amount of time. As an added bonus, you can sample the writing style of  several authors or genres like tasting everything on the dessert menu. They also make great gifts for friends and family! Visit our catalog and read a bit from the books to pick your starting point and enjoy the satisfaction of reading again.

  • Capes & Clockworks (books 1 & 2)
  • Dreams of Steam (books 1 & 2)
  • Gadgets
  • Gizmos
  • Clockwork Spells and Magical Bells
  • The Big Bad (books 1 & 2)
  • Luna’s Children” Stranger Worlds
  • Realms of Imagination
  • A Tall Ship, a Star and Plunder
  • Malice In Memphis Ghost Stories
  • Malice in Memphis Bluff City Mysteries
  • Malice In Memphis Elmwood: Stories to Die For


The Cozy Paranormal

chalicexlgDo you enjoy cozy mysteries? Were you enticed by the latest vampire love story? Maybe it’s time for you to try a Cozy Paranormal.

Cozy Paranormal is a new sub-genre of paranormal / fantasy fiction where the gore and tension are downplayed and the characters represent one or more groups of magical creatures like vampires or shape shifters. Here are some things to help you understand the genre.

  • The main character is an everyday person with a charming appeal to the reader. Kimie and her best friend Sydney met in college and instantly shared a “gut feeling” connection that built a special bond between these mischievous best friends.
  • Gore and tension are downplayed.
    Find out why Vampires turn to dust when they die.
  • Magical creatures feel like they could be someone you know.
    Owners of construction companies or gyms, these people are your neighbors.
  • Magic can’t solve everything.
    Life isn’t scripted and like humans, magical creatures can die. Being a vampire has its own laws and life limits. If you are evil, there are consequences.
  • Good must always triumph in the end.
    You have to read the book if you want to find out how the ending happens!
  • Romance, especially in a series, keeps the hope for better times alive.
    Love comes in all forms and takes patience. When humans and magicals fall in love, there are always complications.

Check out Chalice Moon for a good example of a cozy paranormal. This is the first book in the new Chalice Princess series by Pat Sawtelle.


Don’t Forget the Seminar: Finding Your Voice – I Didn’t Know I Lost It!

Nov 16th – Finding Your Voice – I Didn’t Know I Lost It! What is voice in writing and how do you find yours. Learn to tell the difference between voice and style.  Writer’s Block has you stalled – we have tips on getting past them. Don’t forget to check out the weekly DOP Expeditious Writing Tips on the DOP website for additional writing tips.

This Thursday night, November 16th, 2017,  from 7 pm to 8 pm at National College (2576 Thousand Oaks Cove, Memphis, TN).  Space will be limited to twelve (12) people for these first few events. Each seminar will be filmed and set up for viewing online.  Only one reservation per person and the first twelve in is it.  Email your request to service@darkoakpress.com.

Expeditious Writing Tips :-)

Use sensory images, yes all five senses, when describing the setting. If describing a cave, don’t just tell us it has rocky walls and cold air, but have your character touch the wall – is it covered in moss? Is slime flowing in rivulets down the rock to pool on the floor? Is the air dank and musty, choking her? Don’t overwhelm the reader with too much description either, sometimes less is more. Find a happy medium.

New Release! Now on Kindle!

returneasaxlgDeath Is Not Predictable.

Death is losing its hold in the land of Authora. As the dead rise and sleepers awake, the weaving of webs begins and the lines blur between the two worlds as memories fade from one to another. Elsie Lind is slowly remembering and regaining her past, but in doing so, she has become an outlaw and now the most coveted woman in Authora. As word of her return spreads throughout the land, a change has come and not even the dead will rest. The Spider Witch, now free of her prison, will not be deterred from her plans. She will stop at nothing to secure Elsie as a means to her own power. But, who else seeks the benefit of the heir to the throne of Easa? A benefit such as being able to control the dragons could make grand plans more than possible. What evil awaits? What plans have been set in motion?

Who will Return to Easa?