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The Calm Act is born in the New Dust Bowl of Kansas.

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  • May 20 2016

Civilly Disobedient

Civilly Disobedient released!

This is another Calm Act Genesis story, with Dee Baker before the events of End Game. Free in exchange for mailing list signup. (You get both stories, Civilly Disobedient and Dust of Kansas. If you don't want to sign up for a mailing list, both stories are available on Amazon.)

I love this cover. This design was a finalist for End Game. I hope to get Project Reunion and Martial Lawless redone by the same designers! I'm just not good enough at the cover design game.


The Storms Before the Calm

Resourceful programmer Dee Baker is getting worried about climate change. Food prices are skyrocketing, the drought out west deepening, and the storms won't quit. When her intrusive Fortune 100 media employer forbids her to attend the escalating riots, Dee defies them to visit a rally, and see for herself what they're trying to hide.

  • Aug 22 2016

Martial Lawless Excerpt

Copyright © 2016 Ginger Booth. All rights reserved.

This is a sample from Martial Lawless, the third full-length book in the Calm Act series after Project Reunion.

Blurb

Martial Law vs. Religion Run Amok

“What God demands of us –” Those were the chilling final words of Major Dane Beaufort, before a mob beat him to death in the streets of Pittsburgh. Beaufort was the martial law Resco assigned to lead the city through the climate change crisis. The punishment for interfering with a Resco is death. The consequences for murdering one have yet to be devised.

  • May 13 2016

Martial Law vs. Religion Run Amok

By far, the hardest couple hundred words of a book for me are all in the blurb. The hardest handful are in the title. Copy-writing, the art of selling with words, is not my genre. But I’m trying to get better at it.

Recently I ran across a fun new concept – the Emotional Marketing Value of words. The idea is that some words are just better at yanking people’s chains than others, and persuading them to buy. Or read. Or whatever you’re trying to persuade them to do. I even found a tool for this, for rating possible headlines:

http://www.aminstitute.com/headline/index.htm

(You need to enter 4-20 words. Pad out with “a” or “the” as needed.)

  • Apr 1 2016

Seeking Beta Readers

Do you enjoy the Calm Act series? Would you like to read the next part early? Please use the Contact link! (top navigation) Beta readers read the non-final drafts, to give input on how well the story works. I do my own copy-editing, and don't bother test readers with that. But I'm also always looking for advance readers. An advance reader gets a free copy early, in exchange for promising to post a review.

  • Apr 1 2016

Plots

Were you ever taught not to talk about yourself? I sure was. To the point that it’s hard to do even when it’s ‘appropriate’, even necessary. Like when promoting my books, or in a job interview. Who me? Oh, I’m uh...not very interesting, really...

End Game isn’t a debut novel. I’ve been writing fiction since I was 7. I still have that storybook, in fact, from second grade. So I wrote, and loved to write. Even published a bit. I have no idea how much nonfiction I’ve written over the years – hundreds of thousands of pages of technical stuff. But in my private opinion, my fiction plots were never quite good enough.

  • Mar 20 2016