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Fall Into Fantasy ~ Week 9 ~ With James Wymore

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Week 9: Salvation by James Wymore A man wakes on a frozen battlefield when a scavenging couple finds him among the dead. As they nurse him back to health, he is struck with the horrible realization he can’t remember who he is or anything about his past. Taken in by the kind pair, he begins helping with their farm. She even takes him to meet her family, especially her single sister. The ideal life offered in the high mountains of Winigh is shattered when he sees a transport bringing enemy monsters to the shores below. Cut off by high snow on the pass, their fate will soon be the same as the town his company failed to protect in the last battle, if this estranged soldier cannot help them fight off the next wave of invaders. Even worse, the people of the town don’t trust this Selene soldier. He has a strange resistance to their folk magic which some say make him as dangerous as the enemies preparing to destroy them.

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ABOUT JAMES WYMORE

On a lifelong search for fantastic worlds hiding just out of sight, James Wymore writes to explore. With three books and six short stories in print after just one year, he continues to push the boundaries of imagination. Journey with him at http://jameswymore.wordpress.com
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WIPpet Craziness and ROW80 Laziness (Not Really, But it Sounded Good)

Wow! Wednesday already? And half way through October? So much to do, so little time to squeeze it in to.

As usual, I’ll start off with my WIPpet before diving into my ROW80 update. Sorry if this sounds rushed, it is. I’m heading out of town Thursday right after work, and won’t be back until Monday and there’s a long list of All Things That Need To Be Done. It goes right along with the List Of Instructions for the hubby, who gets to farm sit while I’m gone. But I’m taking two of the dogs this trip, so that only leaves him with three. And the sheep. But they’re easy. I just know that even when I write out nice, specific instructions about who gets what food and how much, he treats them the same way he treats any instructions: barely glances at them and carries on how he thinks best. *sigh* Can’t complain too much, though. At least he’ll stay home and hold down the fort while I go gallivanting around the country.

Alrighty then, moving on. For today’s WIPpet I’m going to give you 15 for short paragraphs for the 15th. This takes place the morning following Roe’s discover of the not-quite-dead-guy in the street. Here we get a bit more of a glimpse at the stranger after Roe has taken him to one of her hideouts and seen to his wounds. She meant to stay awake to keep an eye on him but…well…it had been a long day, and she wakes to find herself snuggled warmly under the man’s cloak.

Roe shot to her feet, dagger in hand, the man’s fur slipping to the ground. She found her guest lounging against the chimney, one leg drawn up, his arm resting across his knee.

“If I had meant you harm, you would not have woke,” he said. “Or at least not at your leisure.” He touched the bandage across his ribs. “My gratitude for this.”

“It’s going on the bill,” Roe said.

He nodded. “Just so.”

Roe slid the dagger back into her boot. She studied the man casually studying her. “Do you have a name?”

The corners of his mouth twitched. “Don’t all men?”

“I don’t know,” Roe said, resting her hands on her hip and cocking her head. “I’ve not met all men.”

“Names are a sacred thing, do you know this? To give one is a matter of trust.”

“You talk funny. Do you know this?” she mimicked.

He smirked. “Just so.”

Roe glared at him a moment longer. “Fine. I don’t need to know. Once you pay me for my trouble, I don’t intend to see you again.” She turned away.

“Fader Price,” he said to her back. “And your name in return?”

She angled a narrow look over her shoulder and debated making something up. A guess said he’d done as much. But something compelled her to tell the truth. “Roe.”

“Just Roe?”

“It’ll do for now.”

I haven’t totally figured out if this will be my next ‘real’ project, or if a second Driev tale should take the honors.

Moving on to my ROW80 update–as you can see by my lovely progress meter, I only managed to add a little over 1,000 words to EoD since last week. That was mainly due to being out of town Friday thru Sunday. I don’t foresee much writing getting accomplished between today and Monday either. Argh. But, all work and no play and all that.

Anyhow, now I’m going to go stand on Shan’s blogstep anxiously awaiting her TnT post using my first 10k word.

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Cover Reveal ~ Island of Glass by Ruth Nestvold

Today I’m honored to join in the gorgeous cover reveal for Ruth Nestvold’s YA Fantasy novella: Island of Glass. If you’ve been around on WIPpet Wednesday you may have seen a couple snippets she was generous enough to share, if not, read on for a short excerpt. Then go pre-order your copy. Pronto!

Publication date: October 28, 2014

iofSeventeen-year-old Chiara Dragoni is a master glassmaker of Venice, a position that is both a privilege — and a trap. For the glassmakers of Murano are forbidden to ever leave the islands of the Venetian lagoon.

When Chiara’s uncle is caught on the mainland and thrown into the dungeon of the Doge’s Palace, she must use all her talents, including magic, to help free him. But the gift she creates for the ruling prince of Venice has unintended consequences, and now Chiara must decide whether to give up everything — and everyone — she knows and loves in order to save her dream.

Set in an alternate historical Venice with alchemists, witches and magic, the story uses familiar motifs from the beloved fairy tale “Cinderella” to tell a tale with a very different message.
Island of Glass is a Young Adult fantasy novella of approximately 25,000 words, or 100 pages. It is the first book in The Glassmakers Trilogy.

Now available for pre-order for an introductory price of only 99c!  Amazon

Excerpt:

The prince chuckled, placing the second slipper next to its mate on the gilded side table. “Most young women scheme for the opportunity to be alone with a prince of La Serenissima. Yet here you are, offered the chance, and you turn it down.”

Chiara didn’t know what to say. She could only hope that beneath his smiles and chuckles he wasn’t offended. Her plan to gain the prince’s favor was backfiring badly.

“Talented, beautiful, and unusual,” the prince continued. “And quite rich as well, I presume?”

She could tell from the heat of her cheeks that they must be flaming by now. She nodded mutely.

He raised one expertly plucked, aristocratic eyebrow. “And you want me to free your uncle.”

She almost heaved a sigh of relief at his change of subject. She hoped that was the end of his attempts to flirt with her; flirtation was not one of Chiara’s strong points. “The Fenice Glassworks cannot be run properly without Gianfranco Dragoni,” she said. “Surely the Council of Ten cannot wish for such a situation. The taxes we pay are an important source of revenue for Venice, after all.”

He didn’t answer, staring instead at the matching glass slippers. “I wonder if they would fit me. They look to be my size.” He glanced at her again with a suggestive smile. “As if you knew me intimately, my dear.”

Oh, no, she hoped he didn’t intend to actually try the slippers on! They were decorative, not meant to be worn. If they broke and cut his princely foot, he would probably throw her into the prison of the Doge’s palace right alongside Uncle Gian.

He sank into the nearest lavishly upholstered chair and snapped his fingers. “Remove my shoes,” he said to the servant who appeared at his side.
Chiara watched the proceedings, trying to remain composed, given her panic at what would most likely happen next.

Author bio: Ruth Nestvold’s short stories have appeared in numerous markets, including Asimov’s, F&SF, Baen’s Universe, Strange Horizons, Realms of Fantasy, and Gardner Dozois’s Year’s Best Science Fiction. Her fiction has been nominated for the Nebula, Tiptree, and Sturgeon Awards. In 2007, the Italian translation of her novella “Looking Through Lace” won the “Premio Italia” award for best international work. Her novel Yseult appeared in German translation as Flamme und Harfe with Random House Germany and has since been translated into Dutch and Italian. It is now available as an ebook in the original English.

You can find Ruth on her Blog  at her Web site on Facebook and via Twitter @Ruth_Nestvold

 

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Fall Into Fantasy ~ Week 8 ~ With Mara Valderran

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*Editor’s Note: Mara is the driving force behind the Fall Into Fantasy Tour. I’ve read both of these books and they are AWESOME! Great characters, excellent worldbuilding, and a story that will suck you in and carry you away. You’ll definitely want to curl up with this series this winter.*

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Week 8: The Heirs of War series
Book One: Heirs of War
Book Two: Heirs of War, Crown of Flames
Seventeen year-old Zelene has never believed in magic or been one to trust fate. Prophecies about princesses and long lost families were the stuff of fairy tales and had no place in her life. But then magic-wielding assassins attack claiming she is one of the five Duillaine Ainnir, the next generation of the most powerful women who rule over the worlds. Together, the five girls are prophesized to save the worlds from the war that has been raging for years.

As their enemies strike, the girls are taken back to their world and discover the ties binding them together. Rhaya has always had an uncanny knack for reading people, but can’t seem to unravel the mystery tying her to Isauria, the new friend she bonded with instantly. For years, Isauria has been dreaming of Terrena, a girl living her life on the run in a magical world ripped apart by the tragedies of war, but Isauria is completely unaware that she is psychically linked to the world she was born in.

Zelene views them all, especially the elders, with a distrustful eye, familial bonds or no. When she learns that her long-lost twin Ariana has been captured by the rebels, Zelene’s attitude changes. She doesn’t know what she can do when her own magic is still locked within her, but can she trust the elders to rescue Ariana when it seems their medieval politics are what brought about the war in the first place? With all that is at stake, the answer becomes clear to Zelene.

Screw the worlds. She’s getting her sister back.

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Weeks have passed since Ariana and Alec escaped from Kellen’s dungeon, but danger isn’t far behind them. The guilt of his past weighs heavily on Alec’s shoulders, and his secrets only push Ariana further away. As they travel through unknown lands and encounter multiple threats, their biggest challenge might be trusting one another.

The world appears to be going on regardless of the risks Ariana faces. The Duillaine insist that they are doing everything they can to find Ariana, but their actions betray that claim. Despite the danger and the war closing in around them, all of Anscombe seems to be more interested in the upcoming Imbolc festival and Terrena’s betrothal than rescuing Ariana.

Well…not everyone.

Tired of waiting for the Duillaine to help her twin, Zelene starts plotting on her own and finds a surprising ally in Rhaya, even as the Cynewards prepare to make a move of their own. But Zelene’s plans go awry when she finds herself with a new ability, a mysterious new friend, and more enemies within the walls of Anscombe than she thought.

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ABOUT MARA VALDERRAN: 

Mara Valderran is an author of young adult and new adult books, but she’s more than just a madwoman with a writing box. She is an avid reader and fan of all things sci-fi and fantasy. She loves roller skating and movies, though typically not together. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and demanding cat. She hopes to one day meet Daniel Jackson from SG1, or at least the actor who played him. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, playing video games, or counting down the days until DragonCon.
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Word Games

When I first announced my goal for this round of ROW80, and opened up the door for sound thrashings should I post without having anything to show, Shan Jeniah Burton commented that she’d prefer to offer me incentives over butt kickings. She decided every time I add 10k, I get to reward myself by giving her a word to incorporate into her Wednesday WIPpet Star Trek fanfic featuring the ever smoldering Trip and T’pol. If you haven’t read those, you really need to. As you can see by my lovely progress meter, as of this writing I’m up to roughly 41,849. A total of 10,332 words since my kick-off on Monday. Not all of those are brand new words. Some are ‘reclaimed’ from scenes I had written a while back with no real idea of where they would fit in. Anyhow, 10k is still 10k. I decided the best way to choose a word–when there are soooooooooo many available–was to go to the last page I’d written, close my eyes, and let fate guide my finger. The word it landed on for this 10k is: sardonic. Can’t wait until Wednesday to see what Shan does with that. ;)

 

That’s all I have. Now go cheer on the other ROWers.

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I’ve Come to Chew Bubble Gum and Kick Some Butt

And I’m fresh out of bubble gum. That means it’s butt-kicking time. Oh, I know, I’ve thrown my hat in the ROW80 ring before, listed my goals, did a sorry job of keeping up with them, eventually fizzling and dying and inglorious death. I hang my head in shame, and bear my back for thirty lashes with a wet noodle.

The problem is–book three in The Darkness & Light Series is not moving. Interpret that to mean: progressing slower than a three-legged turtle in molasses in the winter.

Time to take off the kid gloves, release the hounds, batten down the hatches, quit worrying, doubting, procrastinating, second-guessing, and succumbing to multiple disorders of the rewriting kind and just get’er done! I need to put my trust in the story that wants to unfold. Need to relinquish control to the muse, and tell the tale my characters keep throwing at me. After all, you can’t edit what ain’t written. Right? All that good advice I give other people who are stuck has come back to haunt me. “Muscle through to the end,” I say. “No looking back until you write Finis,” I say. “Yes, it will be crap. Yes, there will be plot holes. It’s a first draft, woman. A skeleton. An armature that will need filling out.”

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*deep breath*

Hence, my goal for this round of ROW80 is quite simple and quite singular:

Write the damn story.

As of this morning, my word count for Edge of Darkness stands at 31,518. That is my beginning marker. I am aiming for roughly 120k by the time all is said and done. And all needs to be said and done before the end of the year. I have another 20 or 30k worth of miscellaneous scenes and notes that may, or may not, be incorporated along the way.

I herewith, heretofore, and hereinafter give all those stopping by my ROW80 check-ins to thoroughly thrash me should I post no new word count. Should I whine and whimper and otherwise beg for mercy, you are to look me in the eye and tell me, “Pull up your big girl panties and get busy.”

There. Now, I’m off to buy some of those panties, and add my link to The Official ROW80 Linky. Happy Monday!

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Fall Into Fantasy Week 7 With Eliza Tilton

Welcome to Week 7 of the Fall Into Fantasy Tour, where we are keeping your mind off any end-of-summer blues and welcoming the cooler weather by introducing you to some incredible fantasy reads to curl up with and giving you plenty of chances to win awesome prizes!

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Week 7: The Daath Chronicles
Book One: Broken Forest
Book Two: Wicked Path
Hopeless he’ll never be more than the boy who didn’t save his brother, 17-year-old Avikar accepts his life as the family stable boy, trying to forget the past. But when his sister, Jeslyn, is kidnapped, the thought of losing another sibling catapults him on a desperate quest. With his best friend by his side, and using the tracking skills he learned from his father, he discovers Jeslyn has been taken, kidnapped by one Lucino, the young lord of Daath, a mystical place thought only to exist in fables.

And Lucino has plans for Jeslyn.

His shape-shifting brethren feed off the auras of humans, and Jeslyn’s golden hue is exactly what Lucino needs to increase his power. The longer it takes Avikar to reach her, the more entranced she becomes with Lucino’s world, and the harder it will be for Avikar to set her free.

He failed his family once. He won’t fail again.

Buy it from: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo  Or add it to GoodreadsEXCERPT:The wagons surrounded the site in a semi-circle. Sweat pooled in my palms. I had to take out the guards closest to that entrance. If I failed, so did the mission.Get a grip.
I clenched the arrow in my right hand. Brushfire shifted nervously, sensing my fear. I rubbed her neck. I felt safer with her. She’d been with me since Jimri’s death. At night when the nightmares taunted me, I’d sneak out, riding until dawn forced us home. I’d rescued her from the burning woods, she’d rescued me from despair — today, I prayed both of us would make it out alive.

In Wicked Path: Book Two of the Daath Chronicles brother and sister are forced to opposite sides of Tarrtainya on a fast-paced adventure where the wildlife isn’t the only thing trying to kill them.
 
Three months have passed since Avikar defeated the Reptilian Prince, and he still can’t remember his battle with Lucino. On the hunt for answers, he returns to the scene of the fight and discovers a strange connection between his family’s dagger and the mysterious kingdom of Daath, and it seems only his distant father can reveal the truth behind it all.
 
Before Avikar can travel back home, Lucy assaults him in the market and forces him to flee to Nod Mountains—a place few dare to enter, and even less return from. With Raven and her childhood friend by his side, they must survive the treacherous journey through the pass with a vengeful Lucy hunting them. If they don’t, they’ll never see home again.
 
Jeslyn’s new life in Luna Harbor is the perfect remedy for her confused and broken heart. But when a group of mercenaries kidnap her beloved Grandfather, interrupting her daily routine as his jewelry apprentice, she’s forced to join forces with the one person from her past she tried to forget.
 
And his assistance comes with a price.
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ABOUT ELIZA TILTON:

Eliza graduated from Dowling College with a BS in Visual Communications. When she’s not arguing with excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, again, she’s writing.

Her YA stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there’s always a hot romance. She resides on Long Island with her husband, two kids and one very snuggly pit bull.

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