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Falling Into WIPpet Wednesday

Before I jump into this week’s WIPpet, I need to announce: Fall Into Fantasy banner 1 the brainchild of the incredibly creative Mara Valderran. It’s August, and that means Fall is upon us! To celebrate the cooler weather and keep your mind off any back to school blues, we’ve put together the Fall Into Fantasy Tour. This tour celebrates the wonderful fantasy books that you can dive into–right now!

But what’s a tour unless we are giving away free stuff? That’s right! Each week, we will be giving away some awesome prizes from the author being featured. And to wrap things up at the end of the promotion in December, we’re going to have a huge Facebook party all weekend long featuring these authors and more!

Want to get an idea of what is ahead? Check out the calendar below!

August 25th: The Darkness & Light series by K.L. Schwengel
September 1st: How to Date Dead Guys by Ann M. Noser
September 8th: The Undead: Playing for Keeps by Elsie Elmore
September 15th: The Enchanted Bookstore Legends by Marsha A. Moore
September 22nd: The Curse Merchant by JP Sloan
September 29th: The Ragnarok Prophecies by Ayden K. Morgan
October 6th: The Daath Chronicles by Eliza Tilton
October 13th: The Heirs of War series by Mara Valderran

October 20th: Salvation by James Wymore
October 27th: Strings by G. Miki Hayden
November 3rd: The Shadow Series by Anna Hub
November 10th: Between by Lisa Swallow
November 17th: Darkness Watching by Emma Adams
November 24th: Bound by Kate Sparkes
December 1st: The December People series by Sharon Bayliss
December 8th: The Disciple series by L. Blankenship
December 15th: Evensong by Krista Walsh

Don’t forget to join us at the Facebook party here! And be sure to check out these awesome blogs that will be hosting the tour for us:

Bilbo’s Book Ends
Katie’s Stories
Book Crazy Gals
CoffeyAndBooks
Read Me
Kelly P’s Blog
SW Fairbrother

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  • If you are an author that wanted to take part, be sure to add me on Twitter or Facebook to hear about the next promotion I plan! This won’t be the last. :)

As for ROW80…I pretty much fell on my face. EoD is not moving. That’s not good. After skimming through my assorted plot notes, I decided to start over. Yes, from the beginning – or near enough to the beginning to make no difference. An alternate beginning that I had discarded in favor of the one I have been fighting with. Maybe that will unstick me. Maybe that’s the actual road I should be on. Time to kill some darlings because, at this point, I’ve got nothing to lose.

And just where is Driev, you ask? Whee-ell…he’s been through a round of Betas. Been edited. Been smacked about a bit. And his reward? I’ve decided to try the traditional route with him. Why? Depends which day you ask me. Some days I have no idea. Others, it ranges from a sense of self-worth and validation, to the fact that I don’t have the amount of time needed to properly market The Lightness & Dark series, how can I add The Coinblade Chronicles to that? So far I’ve only queried two agents from the top of my list, my Dream Team. First was a prompt reject based on the query. The second was a request for a partial. HenceAramis is pretty excited that only the melon was blown away. several weeks ago. Although I didn’t totally splat when I received the rejection, I was bummed. As of this writing, the third query is out and I’m slaving away at the dreaded synopsis. I’ll go through my list of agents and then we’ll see…

Okay, on to the real reason for posting on Wednesday…the WIPpet. Today, 20 sentences (plus or minus because that brings us to the end of this section) from How Not To Buy A Dragon. Everything that came before is still here. Last week, if you recall, we ended with talk of golden nuggets, and Janni deciding to invite Dachus to stay for dinner. This week, she continues on with her…planning.

“Sit him between Radorth and Dale.” Better and better.

Fiona waggled a wooden spoon at her. “You’re up to no good, Janni. You should just kill the poor man and be done with it. Hang his nuggets from the rafters as a warning to others if that makes you happy.”

“Much too quick. This will be more entertaining and–” she held up a hand to stop Fiona’s objection “–will hopefully teach him a very valuable lesson. One that he can take back to where he came from.”

“The Proupunua’s private court, I believe you said.” Fiona frowned. “You are familiar with the dangers in poking a bear with a sharp stick, are you not?”

“Pah! A bear is nothing compared to a dragon.”

“And did he poke a dragon?”

Janni wedged her fists onto her hips. “He poked me. One in the same.”

Fiona sighed and shook her head. She turned back to her cooking. “As you will, Master Jannis. As you will.”

Don’t forget to visit the other WIPpeteers to see what they’re cooking up by following the linky in the sidebar. Anyone’s welcome to join in the fun. Come back Monday and join in Fall Into Fantasy.

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Golden Nuggets on WIPpet Wednesday

I am cursed with a brain which, when it can’t seem to make headway on a certain project, veers off and finds new projects. I don’t need any new projects. I have quite enough Need To Get Done Before Anything Else projects on my list right now. Unfortunately, whilst I have been floundering around with EoD, reading Emergence to get back in everyone’s skin (which is actually working), my brain has decided it’s lacking in stimulation and has flipped into overdrive. The little man on his stool that oversees the workings of my grey matter has been scribbling furiously on his new tablet. He has made copious notes, plans, suggestions, and completed much research all aimed toward a new project. I told him to take all that assorted stuff and stuff it until such time as he can also alter time to provide me more hours in a day.

He has, point blank, refused my request.

He can, point blank, kiss my grits.

You see, although I subscribe to the KISS theory, the little man does not. The project he has been pushing on me is anything but simple. It will be labor-intensive. It will consume me. It has–much as it pains me to admit–excited me.

I hate that little man with a passion right now.

No, I won’t share with you what the project is because nothing may come of it. It is writing related, but not writing. That is all I will say. If it nears fruition of any sort, you will be the first to know. I promise.

And now, for the main attraction, another non-project. Continuing on with How Not to Buy a Dragon, we are still in Janni’s POV. For those who asked, and don’t want to read through last week’s comments, anyone who knows her refers to her as Janni. She refers to herself as Janni. Dachus, having no interaction with her prior to his first meeting, knows her only as Master Jannis. So in his POV, that is how she is referred to. Here are your 13 short paragraphs for the 13th day of August. Simple math. Last week, as you recall, we ended with this:

 Fiona’s round, soft face scrunched as she surveyed Janni. “You have that look.”

“Which look?”

Which leads us to this, starting with Fiona talking:

“The one that makes me wish for a cataclysmic disaster instead of whatever put it there.”

“He threatened the Hold with soldiers, do you believe that?”

“He who?”

Janni waved at the window and paced the kitchen from one end to the other. “The grand, imperial, foot licker of the Proupunua’s private court.” She wrinkled her nose. “I give him credit. He’s got a set of golden nuggets coming in here, calling dragons pets, demanding one for a spoiled spawn of a noble, and then threatening to take one by force. Take one, mind. By force. Huge nuggets, or no brain between his ears.”

“I’d opt for no brains, dear. No man has nuggets that large. Would you like some wine?”

“No. I’ve got Reviews this evening.”

“Ah, yes, how could I forget? How many are there this cycle?”

Janni halted mid-step, one foot hovering just above the floor. Reviews. A grin crept across her face. Oh, this would be perfect. What excellent timing. She spun around and Fiona’s mouth rounded.

“I know that look as well,” the cook said. “I think I prefer the other.”

“Set another plate for dinner, Fiona. We have company.”

“The aforementioned grand imperial foot licker?”

Janni’s grin broadened. “Yes.”

“I don’t believe his nuggets will fit in the dining hall.”

As always, read what went before here and visit the other WIPpeteers to see what they’re cooking up by following the linky in the sidebar. Anyone’s welcome to join in the fun.

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Fictional Friday: Cover Reveal for Reunion of the Heart

Yes, it’s Friday, and that means time to delight you with Fictional offerings. Well, offerings of Fiction, to be more precise. Today I have a special cover reveal for fellow WIPpeteer Elaine Jeremiah’s novel Reunion of the Heart. First, the blurb,

After a messy breakup with her boyfriend, Anna is feeling fragile. So when her best friend Melissa suggests the two of them go to their school reunion, she’s reluctant as Anna’s school days weren’t her happiest. The evening is going well until she meets the boy who made her school life hell.

But the grown up Will is different and Anna is surprised by the direction her life takes. The reunion sets in motion a series of events that lead Anna to realise things will never be the same again.

 And because I’m such a tease, a bit about the author:

Elaine Jeremiah has always enjoyed writing, but it’s only in recent years that she’s begun to devote serious time to it. She’s written lots of short stories, one previous novel that will never see the light of day and a novel which has seen the light of day: The Inheritance which she published last year. The Inheritance is available on Amazon.

You can make contact with Elaine via her blog: elainejeremiah.co.uk and Twitter: @ElaineJeremiah

And now…*cue trumpets, confetti, champagne, and flying monkeys* the cover for Reunion of the Heart

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Beautiful, isn’t it? Check Elaine’s blog for all the latest news and official release day (which I believe is coming up shortly).

 

Another WIPpeteer, Xina Maria Uhl along with Janet Loftis have just released The Ruling Elite and Other Stories

Acollection of short fiction that fuses fantasy with history and anthropology. Hidden within the pages are a slave-mercenary struggling to save the life of his mistress, a palace guard defending his city against the destroyer of prophecy, a wanderer who brings more than just past grief into the lives of four sisters, two men who go on a dangerous hunt to kill the witches destroying their village, an outcast trying to outwit the village oracle and get justice for her murdered mother, and a captain who discovers how high the cost is to return the dead to their rightful homes.

Available now for free at Smashwords

And now I have to dash off to the day-job, after that a weekend of camping with family, so I won’t be around much until Monday. Have a great one.

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*splat*

I fell off the face of the earth yesterday. Actually, I did something highly unusual for me: I laid on the couch and didn’t move. It all started Monday evening when my stomach thought it might be feeling a bit wonky. I tried to convince it otherwise. I’m guessing I ate something that would have preferred not to have been eaten. In any case, it kept me up the entire night, making its re-aquaintance with the world about 3:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. I felt remarkably better after that. Where ‘remarkably’ means I could actually sleep. At least for the hour and a half before my alarm went off. At which point I stubbornly dragged my exhausted carcass out of bed, fully intending on heading in to the day job.

As it turned out, that wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had. I made it downstairs before becoming aware of how bad an idea it actually was, phoned in my absence, and went back to bed.

I’m not the best at being sick. I tend to feel I should still be doing something. Anything. Laying around and I don’t really have a long-term relationship. Sure, I give in to it. I relax…usually with a good book, or watching a movie, but spending the entire day napping on the couch and not even venturing near my office, is out of my comfort zone. I must have needed it, though.

So, here I am, bright and early Wednesday, giving a skeptical look at anything food related, (Also against my nature. I LOVE food.) pounding out a WIPpet post, before I head off to work.

Today you get a simple six paragraphs, immediately following last week’s installment, but we’ve now switched to Jannis’s POV.

Janni should have let Tork eat him. She still could. The young dragon hadn’t had his evening meal yet and though the pompous, illiterate son of a drunken noble wouldn’t be more than a mouthful, Janni would at least be rid of him.

“Probably just give him indigestion,” she muttered.

“What’s that, Janni?” Fiona, Dracon Hold’s head cook, glanced up from her dinner preparations. “Who has indigestion? I’ve got a remedy for that, you know.”

“No one. Yet.”

Fiona’s round, soft face scrunched as she surveyed Janni. “You have that look.”

“Which look?”

As always, you can find all that preceded this by going here.

I should have a ROW80 update as well but, sadly, there is nothing to report on that front.

As for my basking of last week…still laying on my rock in the sun…waiting…

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Jam-Packed Fictional Friday

First, I have to say my dinner with Kourtney Heintz made my Monday. Delicious food, delightful company, more than a few laughs, and we found out we share similar views on things other than writing. But there was plenty of authorly talk as well. Yes, I made up another word. I do that.

Now, on to the exciting stuff.

  • I am sooooooooo hoping this actually happens. I’ve been hearing rumors for many, many years. Being a huge McCaffrey/Pern fan (F’nor and Canth are my absolute favorites) I really would like to see Peter Jackson *hint, hint, Powers That Be* take this project over and do it justice. A Dragonriders of Pern Movie May Finally Happen! A Dragonriders Of Pern Movie May Finally Happen!
  • Best Selling Author Devin O’Branagan has released her novella Of The Blood Of Witches .  During World War II, British witch Vivian Eldon works with a network of witches to prevent a Nazi invasion. Assisted by intelligence officer Commander Ian Fleming—the future author of the James Bond novels—and flamboyant MI-5 astrologer Captain Louis de Wohl, the Eldon family becomes the magical force behind the Miracle of Dunkirk. Based on historical people and events, this thrilling tale of courage and forbidden love reveals the secret world of history’s unsung heroes.

    This novella, originally published in the Witch Hunt: Of The Blood anthology, is based on Devin O’Branagan’s bestselling paranormal thriller, Witch Hunt. No familiarity with the Witch Hunt series is required to enjoy this exciting story..

  • Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter is a new release that you can read a bit more about on fellow WIPpeteer Raewyn Hewitt’s Blog. From the blurb: Every Ugly Word follows 17 year old Ashley who is relentlessly bullied at her high school and by her own mother, and his helplessly in love with her best friend, Matt.

    She seeks help by looking to her future self, “Older Me” who supports her through it all and teaches her to love herself. But is she really seeking “Older Me” or is she looking within herself for the answers?

    When Ashley looks in the mirror she can see and talk to her future self. “Older Me” has been her support system through her relentless tormentor’s bullying, her unstable mother at home, and her forlorn love for her longtime best friend. But when Ashley discovers “Older Me’s” betrayal, she is targeted in the worst way and impends her last chance with Matt. She’s done with hearing every ugly word.

  • And, via WIPpeteer Elaine Jeremiah, announcement of another new release.  This one for Mishka Jenkin‘s Prophecy of Stones.The bond of love can conquer all, but only if it is accepted.

    Prophecy states that three champions imbued with the best virtues of the mortal race: heart, strength and soul, will be the ones to save them all from an enemy which threatens to steal the life from their world and those who live upon it.

    These three, along with their scribe, his bond mate, and an overly sarcastic oracle, must set off on a journey which will take them through forest, city, swamp and mountain. On this quest they activate the magical stones which charge the only weapon powerful enough to defeat Tildar and his cult of Dwell.

    Yet the closer they draw to journey’s end, the more it seems that it is not the evil which will be their downfall, but the fear of a champion unwilling…

There, a little something for everyone. And I leave you with this thought…

 

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  • Book signings, release events, quotes, tidbits, industry/indie news etc. etc.? Pass them along.
  • As this is my blog, I reserve the right to not use anything I don’t want to use.

 

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Basking…Or Not…

I’m feeling a bit like this at the moment…

Aramis is pretty excited that only the melon was blown away.

Gratuitous BBC Musketeer shot of Aramis.

…only I can’t really say why…or rather, don’t want to say why. For Reasons. One being that I suspect I may ultimately wind up feeling more like this…

Yes, I’m a bit enamored of the Musketeers. What of it?

But that’s the way things roll, isn’t it? Eventually, one way or the other, I’ll be able to share the reasoning, and I will. For now, I’m going to bask, because I haven’t had cause to in a long while and it feels damn good.

Quick ROW80 update…none. :( Haven’t really made progress on my original goals. Not to say I’ve been doing nothing. Just nothing on that list.

And that brings us right up to WIPpet Wednesday. Continuing on with the Dachus’s tale…which really needs a title *hint, hint*…you get a bonus today, slightly over 30 sentences for the 30th. You’re getting the bonus because of the rare fine mood I’m in, and because this brings us to the conclusion of this section. I also included the final line of last week’s to get you rolling. It is Jannis speaking in the beginning. As always, you can find all that preceded this by going here.

“I suppose I should offer you lodging for the night. Unless you intend to head back today?”

“I told you –“

“Yeah, and I told you. Now, just who do you think has the power around here, hmm?”

“The Proupunua’s power extends to all corners of his realm.”

Her lips curved upwards but Dachus couldn’t really call the expression a smile. Not even a fake one.

“If you care to go home and send the propownow to talk to me in person, feel free. He’ll get no further, I assure you. I’ve given you my best advice. Take it or not. I’m offering you a place to spend the night. Take that or not as well. Your choice.”

“You do realize that I could return with a full compliment of soldiers?”

The stillness following his declaration scared Dachus more than the snapping jaws of the dragon had. He shuffled his feet, ran two fingers under his collar, and waited for death. It seemed imminent.

Master Jannis’s face showed nothing but serene calm. “Did you just threaten the Dracon Hold?”

Even with a loosened collar Dachus had difficulty swallowing. “Of course not.” His voice squeaked. “I just mean to impress upon you the importance of my mission.”

“The fact your mission is important to you, Dachus Branacous, emissary of the Proupunua’s private court, does not make it important to me. What is not important to me, is even less so to the Dracon Hold.”

“Is there no one above you?” Dachus bit his lip. Stop sounding so damned desperate, he chided himself. He clasped and unclasped his hands, patted his thighs, took a deep breath and –

– ducked just in time to miss the bucket aimed at his head. Thankfully it contained only water. That did not miss him. By the time he looked up from trying to brush if off his doublet, Master Jannis had left.

Dachus…*sigh* You are such a flaming idiot.

And with that, I leave you to it.

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Look, I Found My Paddle!

Okay, maybe not. But it feels like it because I’m actually posting a ROW80 update on Sunday. Imagine that. Must mean I found a paddle, or the rock I’ve been under is starting to shift. Either way, I’m happy about that. I’ve been in a funk for the past month or so. Not just on the writing front. Life in general was just not cooperating with me. Or I wasn’t cooperating with it. Hard to say. Maybe, as Kait mentioned we all need to do from time to time, my well is refilling. I won’t question it. Just going to roll with it.

So, my ROW80 update.

  • Edge of Darkness is still fighting with me. That contributes to the funk. But I haven’t actually sat down and given it 100% of my attention. At this point, I think I may need to go back and read Emergence so that I can reconnect with my characters and their story. That will mean stuffing my internal editor into a bag, putting said bag in a box, wrapped in chains, within another box, and so on. Because I can *always* all-ways find things to change, things I missed, things I don’t like. Too late. Move on.
  • Bound in Shadow has met great acclaim from most of my betas. There are still a couple verdicts out there, but I’ve started to tweak and fine tune it based on some excellent input.
  • My third goal was to schedule writing time on days off and weekends and stick with it. Um…that one is hard. We have a small farm with many critters and always something to be done. Let’s not forget the whole training and trialing of the dogs passion. But I’ve got to wedge it in there somehow. Even if it’s just a couple hundred words a day. Social media tends to suck me in. And Pinterest. *shakes fist* And miscellaneous, brainless, resting the grey matter things.

Moving on…I’m excited about tomorrow as I get to meet another on-line writing pal in person. The talented Kourtney Heintz will be in Wisconsin promoting her book The Six Train to Wisconsin, so we’ll be getting together tomorrow evening before her event. I re-posted my review of Six Train on Friday.

That’s if for today. Off to visit some other ROWers.

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