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Happy Release Day to KING OF FOOLS + Roundup of WBP’s Inaugural Instahop

Your favorite girl gang is back ♠️

37545571.jpgIndulge your vices in the City of Sin, where a sinister street war is brewing and fame is the deadliest killer of them all…

On the quest to find her missing mother, prim and proper Enne Salta became reluctant allies with Levi Glaisyer, the city’s most famous con man. Saving his life in the Shadow Game forced Enne to assume the identity of Seance, a mysterious underworld figure. Now, with the Chancellor of the Republic dead and bounties on both their heads, she and Levi must play a dangerous game of crime and politics…with the very fate of New Reynes at stake.

Thirsting for his freedom and the chance to build an empire, Levi enters an unlikely partnership with Vianca Augustine’s estranged son. Meanwhile, Enne remains trapped by the mafia donna’s binding oath, playing the roles of both darling lady and cunning street lord, unsure which side of herself reflects the truth.

As Enne and Levi walk a path of unimaginable wealth and opportunity, new relationships and deadly secrets could quickly lead them into ruin. And when unforeseen players enter the game, they must each make an impossible choice: To sacrifice everything they’ve earned in order to survive…

Or die as legends.

We’re so excited to celebrate the release of OG contributor, Amanda Foody’s, second book in The Shadow Game trilogy, KING OF FOOLS.

Foody was also the mastermind behind this past week’s 1st ever #WBPINSTAHOP in which several Writer’s Block Party contributors recorded videos (sort of like a Q&A panel) on our instastories.  This week’s topic was on characters. Check out the highlights to see some of the answers to the questions: Akshaya, Axie, Christine, Claribel, Foody, JanellaKat, Katy, Mara, Meg, Melody, & Tara

Monday: What are your strategies for developing characters? When you first conceive of and start to develop your main character(s), where do you start?

Tuesday: How do you develop secondary and minor characters? How do you try to make them memorable and fully formed despite their smaller role in the story?

Wednesday: How can characters’ environments and upbringings affect how they
see the world and make decisions? Or in craft terms: how does world building factor into shaping your characters?

Thursday: How do you go about shaping the flaws of your characters? Does this vary between protagonist/antagonist? Love interest? Male and female characters?

Friday: How important do you think it is to create “relatable” characters? What various factors do you think help readers to connect to a character and their plight?

Saturday: How do you define morally gray characters? Is there anything that’s important to keep in mind when you write them?

Sunday: Do you like killing characters? Why or why not? What do you consider if anything when deciding who and why to kill?

Please feel free to leave comments on what sort of questions you’d like us to answer next. And of course, the #wbpinstahop is open to anyone who wants to join in! Feel free to answer the questions and don’t forget to tag us so we can see it!

praise for king of fools

King of Fools takes up the elaborate, masterfully woven threads Foody crafted in Ace of Shades and spins a mesmerizing sequel that takes this world–and these characters–to the next level. Elegant prose and rising tension beckons readers into New Reynes’ black heart as they follow Levi and Enne’s efforts to make the City of Sin their empire instead of their undoing. Readers, beware–once you start, you’ll be turning pages long into the night.” – Christine Lynn Herman, author of The Devouring Gray

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