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    • Thinking Theme: The Heart of the Matter

    • Red Sneaker Writers Book Series, Book 8
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: William Bernhardt
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Why do some books linger in memory long after they are over? Why are some books reread, recommended, shared in the classroom? How can you add your book to this distinguished company? The key is theme, giving your story a dynamic idea that lends it power and purpose. William Bernhardt explains what theme is, how it is best revealed, and how to find the theme that, handled correctly, will distinguish your book from all the others. Plus, in the final chapter, Bernhardt explains how your book can have a positive impact on the world in which you live.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • No, Bernhardt, Ayn Rand wasn't a communist

    • By Brian on 06-16-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Story Structure: The Key to Successful Fiction

    • The Red Sneaker Writers Book Series, Volume 1
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: William Bernhardt
    • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 244
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 206

    "Writing is structure,” William Goldman said, but too often aspiring writers plunge into their work without grasping this fundamental principle. Story structure is one of the most important concepts for a writer to understand - and ironically, one of the least frequently taught. In this book, New York Times best-selling author William Bernhardt explains the elements that make stories work, using examples spanning from Gilgamesh to The Hunger Games.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Book is an Infomercial

    • By Crystal W. Rast on 03-11-15

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Sizzling Style

    • Every Word Matters
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: William Bernhardt
    • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
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    Too often aspiring writers are frustrated by rejection, not realizing that the problem is not the story but the way they are telling it. In this audiobook, best-selling author William Bernhardt brings his down-to-earth approach to the subject of style, revealing everything you need to know to write with the art and craft of a seasoned professional. Bernhardt goes beyond memorizing rules to a fresh approach, a philosophy of writing that will transform your work and take it to a higher level.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I hate this guy. He's an illusions smasher/master

    • By Judith E. Prueitt on 03-19-15

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Powerful Premise

    • Writing the Irresistible (Red Sneaker Writers Book Series, Volume 6)
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: William Bernhardt
    • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 125

    William Bernhardt explains the essential elements of breakout books, stories that reel in readers and attract serious attention. He discusses all the essential elements: originality, high stakes, believability, inescapable conflict, emotional appeal, and others. Plus, in the final chapter, Bernhardt explains how to turn your powerful premise into a winning pitch to attract agents and editors.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Aspiring Writers: You Need This Entire Series

    • By Troy on 07-24-15

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Excellent Editing

    • The Writing Process
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: William Bernhardt
    • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    Why do so many people talk about writing a book but never get the job done? Why do so many start books they never finish? And why is the final product often so much less than what editors and agents want? Because writing is a process, and no steps can be omitted without impacting the quality of the work. As best-selling author William Bernhardt explains, editing begins before you start writing and doesn't end until the book is in print (if then). This book guides writers through that process, explaining what's worth doing and when to do it.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good information with a misleading title

    • By Meredith on 01-20-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Perfecting Plot: Charting the Hero's Journey

    • Red Sneaker Writers Book, Volume 3
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: William Bernhardt
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 218
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187

    Even the most unique and interesting characters will not engage readers if their journey - the plot - fails. In this audiobook, best-selling author William Bernhardt reveals the secrets that will keep readers riveted to the page. He explains the importance of matching character to plot and the key distinction between surprise and coincidence. Bernhardt discusses how to enrich your story by layering three levels of conflict and, in the final chapter, analyzes the primary plot structures that delight readers.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A little vague

    • By Julia on 11-26-15

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Dynamic Dialogue: Letting Your Story Speak (Red Sneaker Writers Book)

    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: William Bernhardt
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 132
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131

    Dynamic dialogue can turn an otherwise ordinary novel into a delightful read, but dull, uninspired dialogue will cause readers to lose interest and try something else. In this book, bestselling author William Bernhardt, renowned for his handling of dialogue, explains his techniques for making characters come to life through their words. He explains the importance of matching character and dialogue, of avoiding dialogue that's “on-the-nose,” and the value of using dialogue to suggest what no one will say aloud.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent advice, brief and on-point

    • By GH on 05-07-15

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Creating Character: Bringing Your Story to Life

    • Red Sneaker Writers Books, Volume 2
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: William Bernhardt
    • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 171
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 165

    All fiction is character-driven, according to William Bernhardt, despite what you might have heard elsewhere. If your characters don’t interest readers, even the most exciting plots will fail. “Action is character,” Aristotle wrote, but what does that mean, and how can you use that fundamental principle to create dynamic fiction that will captivate readers? This audiobook explains the relationship between character and plot, and how the perfect melding of the two produces a mesmerizing story.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Real Meat.

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-21-15

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Hate Crime

    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 104
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      4 out of 5 stars 34
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      4 out of 5 stars 34

    In Tulsa, Ben Kincaid has built a national reputation as a stalwart defense attorney who will fight tirelessly for his clients. In Evanston, Illinois, Johnny Christensen has built a national reputation as a sadistic bigot who beat and stabbed a gay man and left him to die. When Johnny's mother comes to Ben and begs him to defend her son, he has one secret reason for saying no.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great series for lovers of courtroom dramas

    • By Marilyn Armstrong on 06-16-06

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Capitol Conspiracy

    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
    • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 63
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
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      4 out of 5 stars 20

    President Franklin Blake survives a terrorist attack at a ceremony marking the anniversary of the Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City. The First Lady isn't so lucky.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Timely Subject

    • By Robert on 01-21-08

    Regular price: $35.93

    • Yuletide Justice

    • The Ben Kincaid Short Story Series, Book 1
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: Larry A. Brewer
    • Length: 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    In this short story, Ben Kincaid solves a Christmas mystery with his legal assistant, Christina McCall. Relations with Clyde Burris, the owner of the pawnshop next to Ben's law office, have always been frosty, but that doesn't stop Burris from asking Ben to investigate a Christmas Eve theft that turns out to have life-or-death ramifications. Ben soon realizes that solving the mystery is the least part of what needs to be done to set things right during the season of miracles.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Dark Eye

    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
    • Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 91
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 34
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      4 out of 5 stars 33

    Psychologist Susan Pulaski, who has a near-empathic gift for understanding the thought processes of criminals, is a consultant for the Las Vegas police force. When the city is galvanized by a brutal murder case, stemming from the death of a young woman who has been buried alive, Police Chief Robert O'Bannon calls on Susan's services.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome!

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-24-05

    Regular price: $35.93

    • Criminal Intent

    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
    • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 60
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      4 out of 5 stars 18
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      4 out of 5 stars 17

    When a priest with radical ideas and a parish council with traditional values lock horns over the beliefs they hold most sacred, there's bound to be controversy, and consequences. But murder crosses the line between committing a sin and committing a crime, turning a battle over faith into a battle for justice. And smack in the middle of the explosive case is Tulsa attorney Ben Kincaid.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Irritating Reader, Horrible Pastor, Unbelievable

    • By Charles Atkinson on 04-06-11

    Regular price: $37.27

    • The White Bird

    • Poems by William Bernhardt
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: William Bernhardt
    • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Readers can open any page in this book at random and realize that William Bernhardt is a poet of the rarest kind - one who can communicate grace, humanity, and shared experience without the obscurity and obfuscation that sometimes causes people to avoid modern poetry. His everyman approach and direct language draws in readers who might normally never give a poem a second glance.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Rough Justice

    • Three Ben Kincaid Stories
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: William Bernhardt
    • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    This is a collection of three short stories involving lawyer Ben Kincaid and his friends and colleagues. In this short story, Ben Kincaid solves a Christmas mystery with his legal assistant, Christina McCall. Relations with Clyde Burris, the owner of the pawnshop next to Ben's law office, have always been frosty, but that doesn't stop Burris from asking Ben to investigate a Christmas Eve theft that turns out to have life-or-death ramifications.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • What We're Here For

    • The Ben Kincaid Short Story Series, Book 2
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: Larry A. Brewer
    • Length: 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    In this short story, Ben Kincaid handles a personal injury trial for Tess Corrigan, a fashion model whose face has been horribly disfigured in a tragic accident. All Ben wants is justice, but a wealthy doctor and his powerful legal army conspire to block Ben's every move. When the legal system seems unable to deliver justice, Ben is forced to search for more creative ways to give Tess a brighter future.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • After Hours

    • The Ben Kincaid Short Story Series, Book 3
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: Larry A. Brewer
    • Length: 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this short story, Mike Morrelli, Ben's friend, former brother-in-law, and homicide detective, investigates a horrible murder involving twisted relationships, mistaken identities, and the tangled webs of love. When the investigation hits a dead end, Mike is forced to try a desperate gambit that might solve the mystery--and untie some knots in his personal life as well.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Capitol Betrayal

    • A Novel
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: William Bernhardt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
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      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    Kincaid is in a meeting with the president in the Oval Office when Washington suddenly explodes into chaos. Facing an imminent threat to the White House, Kincaid is whisked, along with the president and his advisors, to the underground PEOC - Presidential Emergency Operations Center - built to withstand a nuclear blast, but vulnerable to another kind of attack.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Deeply disappointing!

    • By Wayne on 12-21-16

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Capitol Threat

    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
    • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    When attorney Ben Kincaid came to Washington, D.C., to defend a senator caught in a murder case, he never dreamed he'd end up a senator himself. After his client stepped down, Ben was appointed to complete his term. Now he must advise a Supreme Court nominee during his confirmation. The judge looks like a shoo-in, until he outs himself on national TV. Ben calls a press conference for the now controversial candidate. And then, on live TV, a brutally murdered woman is discovered in the judge's backyard.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Capitol Threat (Unabridged

    • By Sandie on 08-14-07

    Regular price: $35.93

    • Equal Justice

    • The Courage of Ada Sipuel
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: Keira Knight
    • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
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    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • history that needs to never be forgotten

    • By Edward on 07-23-17

    Regular price: $6.95

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