Kat Duncan

Biography

Kat Duncan is a creation extremist who is doing her best to identify human creativity and free it from captivity, one student at a time. As a young child, Kat once tried to confess the telling of her stories to her parish priest because she thought they fit the definition the nuns gave for telling a lie. With her lies fully sanctioned and blessed by church authorities, Kat writes stories to entertain and enlighten. She is a Fulbright Scholar who spent a year in West Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Kat has a master's degree in education and over a dozen years of experience teaching students from elementary through college and beyond. Her stories span a range from realistic historicals to quirky suspense. Visit her at: http://www.katduncan.net

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Books

How to Handle Hooks
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Series: A Writer's Guide, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,940. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
What is a hook and how can you use it in your stories? Whether you've never heard of hooks or have been writing hooks for years, this book will take you through the whole gamut of ways to write hooks and use them effectively. You will learn how to evaluate and create hooks for all kinds of uses in your fiction writing, with a focus on hooking readers in the crucial story opening.
How to Handle Story Structure
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Series: A Writer's Guide, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,450. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
This book aims to give you an overview of some plotting methods and techniques. This is not a comprehensive text on how to write creative fiction. In it you will find a discussion of ways to describe your book, figure out what genre your your book fits, help with choosing points of view, subplots and sagging middles. I hope you can use this information to guide your writing journey.
How to Handle Conflict and Tension
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Series: A Writer's Guide, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,650. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
(5.00)
Tension brings out the best and the worst in characters. If you have difficulty plotting novel-length stories, struggle to write scenes where anything of actual story-worthiness happens, worry about the pacing of your drafts, or have a general reticence to put your characters into hot water, this book will show you some techniques for adding tension and conflict to your fiction writing.
How to Handle Grammar
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Series: A Writer's Guide, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,410. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Grammar and punctuation
Learn to identify common sentence pattern types and take full advantage of the way sentence patterns and variety in sentence structure will improve the flow and rhythm of your fiction writing. Topics in this book address fiction styles, the pros and cons of first-person and third-person points of view, dialogue, showing versus telling, figurative language, and other useful fiction techniques.
How to Handle Details
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Series: A Writer's Guide, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,620. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
The look and feel of your story world should include details that can resonate with many different kinds of readers. With the information in this book you can learn more about those important details and how to use them to reflect your theme and message. The examples and thorough explanations will guide you through eye-opening techniques that will build your toolbox of writer's skills.
Into the Pale
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Series: Cumbria Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,850. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2011. Category: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
To season himself as a knight, and test his mettle in holding onto his celibacy, Sir Gilbart of Fellswick accompanies Richard Strongbow's invasion of Ireland. A clever Irish noblewoman challenges not only his prowess as a knight, but his resolve to keep himself chaste.
Ransom's Bond
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Price: Free! Words: 29,870. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00)
Arliss MacDonald is the newest con-man to arrive in the Edinburgh financial district. The inheritance he plans to steal from Marinel Bethune is locked in a land war between two powerful family corporations, the Campbells and the MacLeans. Before Mari will let Arliss steal her fortune, or her heart, she has a few old scores to settle. And Arliss is the perfect man for the job.
A Lady of Worth
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Series: Cumbria Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 94,970. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Sir Ian cannot resist the lovely, fragile lady brought to his care through treachery. His courtly attentions to her tempt him to break all his knightly vows and risk all he is sworn to protect to win her love. Lady Seline only needed to fulfill one vow, birth her husband a male child. Stranded, and fearing for her life, will her attempt to oppose her false husband bring her valiant knight to ruin?
Synapse
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 70,490. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Stalked by a killer bent on stealing her laboratory notebook, Molly Augur is desperate to figure out who she can trust. With the help of co-researcher Bill Banely, she uses DNA technology she invented to prove she can release hidden ancestral memories. In the face of limitless money, what is the value of Bill’s love? Or the value of her life? The answers lie deep within the synapses of her mind.
Sunda Cloud
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Price: Free! Words: 13,850. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
In the new Cold War battlefield of Indonesia, two old comrades conspire to topple the fledgling democracy. The weapons of this war are not nuclear missiles, but a far more deadly weapon. Money. But without the help of capitalist Anton Zelman their plot will fail. Anton's help comes at a price. But who will pay?
Without a Lord
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Series: Cumbria Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 111,420. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
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Denied the lands that had been long promised him, Sir Roger vows to take what is rightfully his, the lands of his own lord, and the lord's new lady along with them. Lady Caille is not the type to run from a fight. Faced with an indecent proposal she must choose between love and honor.
Six Days to Midnight
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 96,940. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(4.00)
The finance mogul thinks Janet Thompson is worth a fortune. The President wants her for revenge. The nuclear arms trader needs her dead. The diplomat is willing to rescue her. And Janet thinks she’s only taking a break from her boring job.
Telling Details, 2nd Edition
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Price: Free! Words: 7,570. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
(1.00)
Telling Details explains the use and misuse of factual information in fiction, particularly in romance fiction. The updated second edition contains several new articles on how to effectively use details in fiction.

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Smashwords book reviews by Kat Duncan

  • The Dewey Boy on March 08, 2013

    This is a wonderfully-written historical fiction of the time period of the early 1800s. The boy, a young George Dewey, later to become the famous admiral, spends the summer on a Vermont farm. If you are looking for a taste of the rural life of the time period, whether for your own reading enjoyment or to give young readers a sense of the time and place, you cannot go wrong with this lovely story.