Desert Time

The Fiction Works
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Naive but full of dreams, Matilda Beaumont marries a virtual stranger, a man more focused on the call of the New Mexico Territory than the realities of life in 1857 St. Louis. Only her prideful dignity and an all-consuming self-confidence gives Tildy the courage to endure, even when her husband abandons her in the midst of an influenza epidemic.
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The Fiction Works
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Published on
May 14, 2014
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Pages
207
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ISBN
9781581243888
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Westerns
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"The more you know, the more you find out you don't know" is the adage driving this book that can be tackled in an intense 12 week period; as explained by working screenwriter Sally J. Walker. After a succinct review of fundamentals, eleven cinematic concept divisions are examined then exemplified in eleven movie genres. Some areas are the do's and don'ts of plotting, scene structure and sequencing, subplot development, characterization for Character Arc and casting, succinct dialogue, and importance of visuals. The essential needs of the genres outlined include Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Comedy, Juvenile, Horror, Romance, Western, Historical, Action-Adventure, and Inspirational. Exercises are intended to motivate readers to write beyond formula yet maintain appeal to audience expectations. The list of 22 recommended films should be bought or rented to participate completely in the informative process. Are they absolutely necessary? No, but you will short-change your education by not analyzing them with Sally's explanations. Exercises and assignments will allow the driven writer to step-by-step complete his or her own screenplay if committed to the assignments. By the conclusion of the book, readers will also understand the how's and why's of pulling elements from other genres to enrich a story for cross-genre appeal. What the Reviewers say ... "Sally Walker'sScreenwriting Secrets in Genre Film is a comprehensive, valuable resource that can benefit writers of many different levels. There are useful tips, strategies, examples, and recommendations throughout." -Stephanie Palmer, former MGM executive and CEO of Good in a Room "I wish that I had material like this forthose hungry young minds whomoved beyond screenwriting fundamentalsin my previous years at UCLA. Sally hasstruck upon a veryunique process of presenting both concepts and the essence of specific genres then actually pointing them outin exemplary films.She presents both thewhy and the how in a most insightful manner.The wholebookmotivatesthe writerwho truly wants tocreate more than one script. There is not one course or book out there like this, including my own 434.Not only new writers, but the entire film industry needs this book." -Lew Hunter, Chair Emeritus-Professor at UCLA's Film Department, Former NBC Program Director This title is published by The Fiction Works and is distributed worldwide by Untreed Reads."
THE BLOCKBUSTER HIT—A New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller

For readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale comes a “thought-provoking [and] complex tale about two families, two generations apart . . . based on a notorious true-life scandal.”*

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

*Library Journal

If All Arkansas Read the Same Book Selection • Finalist for the Southern Book Prize • Publishers Weekly’s #3 Longest-Running Bestseller of 2017

“A [story] of a family lost and found . . . a poignant, engrossing tale about sibling love and the toll of secrets.” —People

“Sure to be one of the most compelling books you pick up this year. . . . Wingate is a master-storyteller, and you’ll find yourself pulled along as she reveals the wake of terror and heartache that is Georgia Tann’s legacy.” —Parade

“One of the year’s best books . . . It is impossible not to get swept up in this near-perfect novel.” —The Huffington Post
National Book Award Finalist—Fiction

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.

In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.

Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.

Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself.

"The more you know, the more you find out you don't know" is the adage driving this book that can be tackled in an intense 12 week period; as explained by working screenwriter Sally J. Walker. After a succinct review of fundamentals, eleven cinematic concept divisions are examined then exemplified in eleven movie genres. Some areas are the do's and don'ts of plotting, scene structure and sequencing, subplot development, characterization for Character Arc and casting, succinct dialogue, and importance of visuals. The essential needs of the genres outlined include Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Comedy, Juvenile, Horror, Romance, Western, Historical, Action-Adventure, and Inspirational. Exercises are intended to motivate readers to write beyond formula yet maintain appeal to audience expectations. The list of 22 recommended films should be bought or rented to participate completely in the informative process. Are they absolutely necessary? No, but you will short-change your education by not analyzing them with Sally's explanations. Exercises and assignments will allow the driven writer to step-by-step complete his or her own screenplay if committed to the assignments. By the conclusion of the book, readers will also understand the how's and why's of pulling elements from other genres to enrich a story for cross-genre appeal. What the Reviewers say ... "Sally Walker'sScreenwriting Secrets in Genre Film is a comprehensive, valuable resource that can benefit writers of many different levels. There are useful tips, strategies, examples, and recommendations throughout." -Stephanie Palmer, former MGM executive and CEO of Good in a Room "I wish that I had material like this forthose hungry young minds whomoved beyond screenwriting fundamentalsin my previous years at UCLA. Sally hasstruck upon a veryunique process of presenting both concepts and the essence of specific genres then actually pointing them outin exemplary films.She presents both thewhy and the how in a most insightful manner.The wholebookmotivatesthe writerwho truly wants tocreate more than one script. There is not one course or book out there like this, including my own 434.Not only new writers, but the entire film industry needs this book." -Lew Hunter, Chair Emeritus-Professor at UCLA's Film Department, Former NBC Program Director This title is published by The Fiction Works and is distributed worldwide by Untreed Reads."
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