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Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life

unnamed“A fresh new take on the subtleties of writing great fiction. Mike Klaassen’s guide should be on every fiction writer’s shelf.” -Evan Marshall, author of The Marshall Plan® for Novel Writing

“I like Mike Klaassen’s Fiction Writing Modes a lot. It’s a damn good book.” -James N. Frey, Author of How to Write a Damn Good Novel

“One of the most definitive, well-researched approaches to writing fiction that I’ve ever read. Mike Klaassen has the essential desk reference for fiction writers. Stop what you’re writing; read this book, and get ready to apply his eleven modes before you get back to your manuscript. This book will reinvent your writing.” -James V. Smith, Jr., author of the best-selling You Can Write a Novel.

“Mike Klaassen has taken a creative and original approach in his book about using eleven modes to write stories that communicate effectively with readers. I’ve never seen this approach to storytelling covered anywhere else, and I can see just how practical and helpful it can be to new writers and advanced writers alike.” -Gloria Kempton, author of Dialogue: Techniques and exercises for crafting effective dialogue (Write Great Fiction Series)

“If you’re looking for the tools that will help you create credible, excellent fiction, look no further. Mike’s guide to writing fiction is your light at the end of the tunnel. Stop saying ‘I wish I could write a book’ and just do it! With Mike’s help, you are sure to get there.” -Michael Levin, New York Times best-selling author and CEO of BusinessGhost

“Mike Klaassen has created a valuable addition to the working writer’s library with his innovative book, Fiction-Writing Modes. In it, Klaassen goes beyond most craft books in that he’s not only identified eleven writing modes–several of which will be new to readers–but also defines them thoroughly and illustrates how writers can use them to create effective fiction. Highly recommended.” -Les Edgerton, Author of Finding Your Voice, Hooked and a number of novels and nonfiction works

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Author Mike Klaassen publishes “For Fiction Writers,” a free monthly e-zine.



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Cracks and The Brute are available in paperback through bookstores everywhere, and they are in stock at Watermark Books in Wichita. Kindle Editions are available through Amazon. Barnes & Noble offers a Nook edition.


Five juvenile delinquents on a rampage in the Ozarks of Arkansas. Caves, earthquakes, drugs, wild hogs, knives, murder, and more trouble than anyone should find.


by Mike Klaassen by Abbott Press
Kindle Edition ~ Release Date: 2014-05-14

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A sixteen-year-old goes on a Boy Scout campout in the Flint Hills of Kansas. A tornado strikes their campsite — and then the action begins.

The Brute

by Mike Klaassen by Abbott Press
Kindle Edition ~ Release Date: 2015-01-13

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Mike Klaassen is the author of two young-adult novels: The Brute and Cracks. He has also written numerous articles about the craft of writing fiction. In addition to young-adult novels, his current projects include a novel set during the War of 1812 and three nonfiction books about the craft of writing fiction.
You can learn more about Mike and his novels at www.mikeklaassen.com
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Almost to Freedom

Almost to Freedom by Todd Mildfelt

Book Synopsis:

almost freedom cover1On the night of December 20, 1858, John Brown led two groups of men on a raid into Missouri liberating eleven slaves.  While   Brown stayed in southeast Kansas, the fugitives were taken to several Underground Railroad stops before being hidden in an abandoned cabin near Greeley, Kansas.  Mildfelt’s new book, Almost To Freedom, relates the tale of what it may have been like for one local family when the fugitives were discovered;  should they help them or not?  The freedom seekers remained hidden for approximately twenty-eight days before Brown returned and took them along the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada.




todd vintage porch1About the Author:

Todd is a lifelong resident of Kansas and developed a deep interest in history at an early age.  He has been a special education teacher for 30 years, teaching history and science and currently works for USD 609 Greenbush.  While doing research for his first book, The Secret Danites Kansas’ First Jayhawkers, Todd realized many of the stories would be well-suited for young people and elected to write historical novels for young readers as well.  This led to his second book, Wagon Train To Freedom about an Underground Railroad trip that left Lawrence during the summer of 1860.  In 2013, he published the second book in the series titled, Almost To Freedom, based on the Underground Railroad trip led by John Brown at the end of 1858.  Todd has presented parts of his research at the National Underground Railroad Conference in 2011 and 2013.

Illustrator Kelly Hartman grew up in Wellington, Kansas and is excited to introduce young readers to images from the pages of Kansas’ rich history.

Visit Todd’s website at toddmildfelt.com


The book is available for purchase from Todd from $10 plus shipping and handling.

If you would like to order a copy of the book contact Todd at


The book will be available on Amazon in the near future.


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