Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Secrets of an Aztec Temple: Guest Post and Giveaway with Paty Jager

Revenge is not always sweet . . .

Isabella Mumphrey can’t leave a puzzle alone. This time she attempts to use her anthropology knowledge to uncover who is stealing priceless artifacts from an Aztec Temple in Mexico City. She believes the discovery will prove her worth to the World Intelligence Agency.  

Tino Constantine is also in Mexico City. He has infiltrated a drug lord’s organization to find enough evidence to not only prove the man’s illegal activities, but to bring him down for numerous deaths. Namely those of Tino’s family.

But when the love of his life, Isabella, strolls into his enemy’s home, Tino is challenged with the choice of saving her or fulfilling his revenge.






Recipe for a Riveting Character
By Paty Jager

Ingredients:
Flaws/Foibles
Likability
Conviction
Believable
Strength (could be underlying)
Inner Conflict
Self-Regard
Wit and Spontaneity
Forgiveness
Self-Sacrifice

Directions:
Create a character that the reader can root for, believe they are capable of the actions you give them, and have a strong goal.

Also make them real with flaws, quirkiness, and weaknesses as well strengths.

A character who faces hardships and pulls through using wit and conviction are easy to like.

Self-sacrifice endears the character to the reader.

Once the character is flushed out and one you want to spend 300-400 pages with, “show” the character to the reader through deep point of view and pull the reader into the story through the character’s perspective of the story. Make the reader live the triumphs and failures with the character.

The best way to make a riveting character is to fully engage yourself in the character and put not only the character’s heart and soul into the story, but a small piece of the writer as well.

Use this recipe when your initial interest in a story wanes or the character isn’t jumping off the page at you. When a writer eats, sleeps, and dreams about a character the character becomes real and that is transmitted on the page.



For every 20 comments Paty is giving away a $5 e-gift certificate to Amazon.


Meet the Author

Award winning author Paty Jager is a member of national and local writing organizations. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it. With sixteen novels and several short stories published, she continues to have characters cavorting in her head.  

You can learn more about Paty at her blog; www.patyjager.blogspot.com, her website; http://www.patyjager.net, or on Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/#!/paty.jager , Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1005334.Paty_Jager  and twitter;  @patyjag.

 

  

Enjoy an Excerpt 
They turned the corner onto Correro Mayor, the street that ran alongside the Templo Mayor plaza. Tino continued his quick pace, not sparing a breath to talk. His right hand rested on the handle of the Glock in his shoulder strap. His left clutched Isabella’s fingers.

A car revved its engine and raced down the street. His senses snapped to take in the shadows, the sound, the smell of burning rubber and high-octane fuel. Steadying his heart, he slowed his pace and dropped his hand from his weapon. As the car drew closer, he pulled Isabella into his arms and kissed her with as much passion as he could while eyeing the car moving by them slowly. He grasped her leg, drawing it up to hook her knee around his hip. Give the gawkers in the car an eyeful and they would eventually move on along.

Her damn vest ruined the image of a chula out for a good time, but he knew asking her to go anywhere without it would be the same as asking her to walk naked down the street. Not a bad image. He deepened the kiss and was rewarded with her hands clutching his overly long hair and returning the kiss, stroke for stroke with his tongue.

The gawkers finally rolled on down the street, and he slowly lowered her leg as she moaned and clung to him.

“Querida, you play the part of a vixen well.” He kissed the tip of her nose and slid her glasses back in place. 



 

26 comments:

  1. I completely agree with your recipe. :) Thank you for joining us and sharing with the readers!

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  2. Love the recipe and excerpt, thank you.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  3. M.K., Thank you for having me here today!

    Hi Ingeborg! Glad you like the recipe and the excerpt!

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  4. Like your recipe. Sure sounds like the ingredients in all my favorite books. Adding Secrets of an Aztec Temple to my wish list, 'cause I know I'm going to love it!

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    1. Hi Karen C. I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe and the excerpt. When you get the book read, let me know what you think. Thanks!

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  5. The recipe is wonderful! Too bad we can't get all men made that way!

    Melissa
    daringzoey@yahoo.com

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  6. My, my, all those ingredients mixed together certainly make for a great book. Thank Paty, I always enjoy following your postings. Judy

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    1. Hi Judy. I'm glad you enjoy my posts. I enjoy visiting M.k.'s blog.

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  7. I love your recipe. I'm going to employ it right away since I'm at a block and can't seem to find my way through it. Hope it works for me. Thanks for the great blog.

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    1. Thanks Cindy! Let me know if the recipe helps.

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  8. I'm nodding away as I read down your recipe. I do want a vested interest in my characters.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Hi Mary. I agree. If I'm spending my precious time reading, I want to love the characters and care what happens to them.

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  9. Love the recipe and excerpt. I can't wait to read.

    bmack31919 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  10. Hey, Paty. Hadn't heard about this book. Sounds great. And the recipe is priceless.

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    1. Hi Charlene. Thanks. This book is one of my newest endeavors.

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  11. Hi, Paty, What a great recipe!! Thanks for sharing. Good luck with sales!

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    1. Hey Diana! Thank you and you're welcome.

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  12. Sounds like a great one!! Putting on my ever expanding wishlist.. Thanks for the giveaway.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Hi Martha! You're welcome. Hope you enjoy the book when you get to it.

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  13. Just stopping in to say you're all awesome! Thank you for supporting Paty. I've read her work and she's a talented author. Enjoy her book!

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    1. M.K., I'm glad you enjoy my books. I have yours on my kindle waiting for me to read.

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  14. Great recipe for a good story character. I love a hero with a sense of humor. When he has that moment of seriousness or reveals something painful, I really pay attention.
    I loved the last line in your excerpt. Beautiful cover.
    I wish you every success, Paty.

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  15. Lyn, A agree. A sense of humor is a must in all my heroes. I don't know way I didn't think about adding it to the recipe. Thank you!

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