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C. S. Lakin is an award-winning novelist, writing instructor, and professional copyeditor who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lakin's award-winning blog for writers: www.livewritethrive.com provides deep writing instruction and posts on industry trends. Her site www.CritiqueMyManuscript.com features her critique services. She teaches workshops and critiques at writing conferences and workshops around the country.

The first six books in her seven-book fantasy series, The Gates of Heaven, are out in print and ebook, allegorical fairy tales drawing from classic tales we all read in our childhood.

Lakin's relational drama/mystery, Someone to Blame, won the 2009 Zondervan First Novel award, released October 2010. Her other suspense/mysteries are Innocent Little Crimes (top 100 in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest), A Thin Film of Lies, and Conundrum. And sci-fi enthusiasts will love Time Sniffers: a wild young adult romance that will entangle you in time!

She also publishes writing craft books in the series The Writer's Toolbox, which help novelists learn how to write great books!

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Conundrum
by C. S. Lakin
A powerful women's fiction novel by award-winning author C. S. Lakin A mysterious death buries painful, shocking secrets for twenty-five years ... A happily married man with three small children decides one day he no longer wants to live. He gives himself leukemia and nine months later is dead. This is the conundrum Lisa...
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Categories: All Women's Fiction; Contemporary Fiction
The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction: Your Blueprint for Building a Strong Story (The Writer's Toolbox Series)
by C. S. Lakin
The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction takes the mystery out of building a solid story and shows you how to go from idea to complete novel in practical, easy-to-understand steps. Build smart! Over and over, struggling writers make the same fatal mistakes in their manuscripts. Even writers who have studied all the best writing...
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Shoot Your Novel: Cinematic Techniques to Supercharge Your Writing (The Writer's Toolbox Series Book 2)
by C. S. Lakin
Want to write a visually powerful novel? Shoot Your Novel takes an in-depth look at cinematic technique for fiction writers. No other writing craft book teaches you the secret of how to "show, don't tell." Best-selling authors of every genre know the secret to hooking readers—by showing, not telling, their story. But writers are...
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Writing the Heart of Your Story: The Secret to Crafting an Unforgettable Novel (The Writer's Toolbox Series)
by C. S. Lakin
Learn the secret of how to write the heart of your story! This writing skills book, full of fiction writing technique, is like no other. Some novelists write with the goal of becoming a best seller, hoping for wealth and fame. Some just want to write novels that earn them a steady income so they can feed their families and pay their...
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The Wolf of Tebron (The Gates of Heaven Series Book 1)
by C. S. Lakin
In classic fairy tale style, we embark on an enchanted journey with a young blacksmith—Joran—whose only desire is to live a peaceful, uncomplicated life in his forest village, a desire shattered by the sudden and bizarre disappearance of his wife, Charris. Later, Joran is plagued by nightmares of an unimaginable sea, where Charris...
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Categories: All Fantasy; All Nonfiction; All Religion & Spirituality; All Religious Fiction
The Land of Darkness (The Gates of Heaven Series Book 3)
by C. S. Lakin
“It is not the land that is dangerous, Callen. The danger lies in your heart. Others have lost their lives searching for the bridge. Are you certain you are prepared to pay that price?” Jadiel is twelve and things couldn’t get much worse—or could they? Not long after her mother is killed in a tragic accident, her father...
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Categories: All Fantasy; All Nonfiction; All Religion & Spirituality; All Religious Fiction
A Thin Film of Lies
by C. S. Lakin
Los Angeles homicide detective Fran Anders gets called to investigate a hit-and-run, but when incriminating photographs arrive at the precinct, it sure looks like murder . . . Fran's latest case throws her into the lives of Mike and Alisa Jepson, a couple whose marriage is disintegrating fast. When leads coming in that point at Mike...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers; All Religion & Spirituality
The Unraveling of Wentwater (The Gates of Heaven Series Book 4)
by C. S. Lakin
When the simple, backward village of Wentwater begins disappearing one word at a time, no one can figure out how to stop it. Not the learned men living up in the Heights nor the superstitious leaders of the village. But those who had attended the baby naming ceremony seventeen years earlier remember the words of the marsh witch, and her...
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Categories: All Fantasy; All Nonfiction; All Religion & Spirituality; All Religious Fiction
The Crystal Scepter (The Gates of Heaven Series Book 5)
by C.S. Lakin
When Pythius, the wicked young king of Paladya, learns of the hidden realm of Elysiel and the crystal scepter that protects that northern land, he journeys to kill the Keeper and steal the scepter. But his defiant act unleashes a terrible curse, and the Seer foretells his death one day at the hand of his son, now a newborn babe. To...
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Categories: All Fantasy; All Nonfiction; All Religion & Spirituality; All Religious Fiction
Time Sniffers (Shadow World Book 1)
by C. S. Lakin
An explosion at a secret laboratory. A rift in space-time. Alien dogs that can camouflage and sniff rips in time with their supervac noses. Be prepared to traverse shifting time streams and deeply entrenched shadow worlds in a wild and crazy fantasy/sci-fi near-future that will make your head spin and your heart pound. Chockful of...
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The Map Across Time (The Gates of Heaven Series Book 2)
by C. S. Lakin
An ancient curse plagues the kingdom of Sherbourne, and unless it is stopped, all will fall to ruin. The King, obsessed with greed, cannot see the danger. But his teenage twin children, Aletha and Adin, know they must act. A hermit leads Adin to a magical map that will send him back in time to discover the origin of the curse. Once back...
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Categories: All Fantasy; All Religion & Spirituality; All Religious Fiction
Intended for Harm
by C. S. Lakin
A powerful family saga like no other ... At the height of the Vietnam War in 1971, Jake Abrams is desperate to leave his oppressive home in Colorado and begin a new life in college in LA, but his dreams are waylaid when he meets Leah, an antiwar protester who pushes him into marriage and family. Jake tries to juggle school, his job...
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Categories: All Religion & Spirituality; Literary Fiction
5 Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing (The Writer's Toolbox Series)
by C. S. Lakin
Don't fall victim to the 12 fatal flaws of fiction writing Fiction writers often struggle to improve their craft And the biggest challenge comes from the inability to see what isn’t working. The prose feels off. The scene isn’t gelling. The dialogue sounds stilted or clunky. But they don’t know why or how to fix it....
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Crank It Out!: The Surefire Way to Become a Super-Productive Writer (The Writer's Toolbox Series Book 7)
by C. S. Lakin
Want to become a successful author? If so, you’re going to have to crank out books. And not mediocre books but high-quality ones. Why? Because that’s what readers expect and want. Regardless of whether you write fiction or nonfiction, if you want to get established as an author, you need to be productive. Highly...
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Say What? Second Edition: The Fiction Writer's Handy Guide to Grammar, Punctuation, and Word Usage
by C. S. Lakin
Finally! A grammar guide specifically designed for fiction writers! Introducing the second edition, with more than fifty new entries! WRITING CORRECTLY DOESN’T HAVE TO BE HARD OR TEDIOUS Great writers write well. Grammatical errors mark a manuscript as unprofessional and the author as sloppy or an amateur. But you don’t have...
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