Battle Line Released! / Reaping the Whirlwind Forthcoming / The Black Hole

Okay, so Battle Line was released on Kindle and Nook this past Friday! I’m now devoting all of my writing time to making sure that Reaping the Whirlwind will be about by Christmas. Once again I’d like to assure my readers that in Reaping the Whirlwind I won’t leave you hanging. The book will bring the Spanish Confederate War to an exciting conclusion while at the same time setting things up for FLAGS AND GLORY the first installment of an alternate history series on World War I. I’m very excited about where the story is ultimately going.

There is a special preview of Reaping the Whirlwind at the end of Battle Line. It is Captain Blake Ramsey’s first chapter. I’ve decided to release another sample chapter here on my blog in a week or two. Let me know in the comments which viewpoint character you would like to see featured.

Now lets talk briefly about “the Black Hole.” No I’m not reviewing the 1979 Science Fiction movie (though perhaps one day I will– its one of my favorites) I’m talking about the “black hole” in a good story. This post is building on my previous post. Another term for the black hole might be “crisis point.” When I’ve talked to friends and fellow writers about writing novels the vast majority have expressed the opinion that the hardest part of conceiving and writing a book is the long middle. Its relatively easy to write a beginning. If I could get my old computer from High School working again, it would have over a dozen stories that I started but never finished. A lot of writers I’ve seen have given the advice “write the ending first.” That’s a fine piece of advice. Some writers are architects and plan out and outline their entire story. Others are discovery writers or “gardeners” who just start writing and let the story go where it will. I’d like to think that I’m mid way between the two. I never make a detailed outline just a very brief list of scenes each of which I basically discovery write. But I write with  basic idea of what the ending is but also what the Black Hole is. When I write a story, after I have introduced all the characters and the starting situation I start to work both the protagonists and the plot into a black hole. I try to put them into the worst situation they could ever be in. For those of you who have read Battle Line you know that at the end of that book Jack Thunder is in the Black Hole both personally and (for lack of a better word) militarily. Both the big picture of the story and his own personal life are at an ultimate crisis point. It may seem like there is no hope but remember that this is fiction–dramatic fiction. At the end of Battle Line we’re at the end of the second act and things look dark and grim. The third act is about how (more or less) the characters over come all the odds and escape the black hole.

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3 thoughts on “Battle Line Released! / Reaping the Whirlwind Forthcoming / The Black Hole

  1. Jeff Weber says:

    Mr. Bennett, I’ve been reading your alternative history series and the Starstorm series and have enjoyed them except for some small things that are frustrating. The first is the editing. I’m constantly running across wrong words being used “they dawned their helmets” instead of “donned” for example. This does cause some irritation which unfortunately detracts from enjoying the story.
    The other thing I would like to mention concerning the StarStorm series is that your descriptions of the fighters is rather problematic. For example, you push the throttle forward in an aircraft vice pulling back on the throttle to accelerate. Likewise there is a very good reason military aircraft moved away from the “wheel” and went to the “stick” or even the side mounted “joystick” like in an F-16. It really does give you better control. Final thing I wanted to point out is that since most people are right handed the throttles are on the left, not the right.
    Yeah I know, kind of nit picky but I’m a retired Naval aviator and little things like that kind of bug me. If you are interested you might look online for a copy of CV NATOPS and the CNATRA P-816 CV Procedures (Navy pubs) which will give you some good, and realistic communications chatter that you can toss in there when operating around a carrier as well as some insight into how such ops are performed in “our world”.
    Having said all of that I look forward to the next book in both series and appreciate you taking the time to write them and entertain so many of us.
    Jeff

  2. Dear Jeff,
    Thanks for reading my books, I’m glad your enjoying them. I also thank you for the constructive criticism and advice. I’m honored that a real live naval aviator is able to enjoy my books. Some proto-type Mk II Starswords make their debut in the third book, which will be a perfect opportunity to introduce the changes you suggest. Thanks again for the feedback.
    Sincerely,
    Billy Bennett

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