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Write Naked ~ Because Education Should Be Fun

I will admit, I don’t pick up a lot of craft books. Mainly because my reading time is limited and when I’m not reading for pleasure, I’m Beta reading or editing. I have started more craft books than I can name and fully intend to return to them at some point. It’s rare I pick one up and read it cover-to-cover. Even rarer still to find myself giggling through it. Most are, in my humble opinion, a bit dry. Often redundant. Some even read like they were written by a motivational speaker who has gotten into the schnapps.

This book…WritingNakedCovermanaged to be one of the rare ones, and I highly recommend it whether you’re a newbie looking for guidance, a veteran needing some reminders, or anywhere in between. Also, if you have a class to teach, use this book. Your students will thank you. Warning — bring your sense of humor. One of the things I love about Josh Langston’s writing is his sharp wit, and he manages to keep it handy even in the throws of instruction. I mean, come on, people, he titled his book Write Naked (Oh, but Google is going to have a blast with that one!).

As the back cover states: WritingNakedBlurb

Chapters are short and concise, and include exercises at the end — for your writerly brain, not your physical body. I have already dog-eared the chapter on commas. It seems I have an issue with those. Possibly semi-colons as well. Probably because a semi-colon is basically a hyped up comma. Right?

Anywho… I digress. If you enjoy the lighter side of learning, then this book is for you. If you need to brush up on some of the finer points of penning prose, this book is for you. If you just want to be entertained whilst expanding your horizons, yeah, you guessed it. Go. Now. Enjoy.

You can grab your very own copy of Write Naked by going here (or, apparently, by raiding Mr. Langston’s trunk or attending one of his classes — and I can only imagine the fun that would be!). 

I leave you with a bit about the author (and my favorite picture of him):

Josh in stocksJosh Langston writes books which amuse, anger, enlighten and entertain. He regularly mines history for background material that’s little known but reliably fascinating. His plots are complex, interconnected and layered with humor and suspense; his characters are rarely predictable, and even his bad guys tend to be both engaging and diabolical.

A graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism, Josh’s writing tastes quickly shifted away from reportage. His fiction has been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies, and he currently has two short story collections in the Amazon top 20 for genre fiction.

Thrice nominated for Georgia Author of the Year by the Georgia Writer’s Association, Josh has branched out more recently into contemporary thrillers and currently has seven such titles on the market along with an historical fantasy trilogy set in the 1st century BC, plus a handful of short story collections.

The 12,000-year-old Whisper, his latest novel, is set in two worlds separated by a dozen millennia.

Published by Janda Books, Whisper will debut on October 1, 2015.

 

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Not Quite, But Almost

Hello WIPpeteers and other Blog visitors. Okay, let’s not all look incredibly shocked. Also, no running at me with arms widespread, angling for a hug. Not. Gonna. Happen.

*draws large air circle around self* This is my space… *thrust hands palm out to indicate rest of room* … that’s your space. Okay. Just so we’re clear.

I’m not going to say I’m back. I’m not sure. But I did want to duck in to let those of you who have asked, who care and/or just wonder, that I am still here. *insert angelic choir and spreading of clouds*

*fine, insert crash of lightning, Godsmack, and the ground splitting open beneath our feet spewing flames to the sky* Happy now?

I am, contrary to any rumors which may or may not have been circulating, living and breathing. On earth. Nothing catastrophic has occurred in my life. No natural disasters or Zombie Apocalypses (and that last one I’m actually rather ticked about), or huge dilemmas. Basically just busy, in combination with me being my own worst enemy. I’m VERY accomplished at that. I can sucker punch myself better than a boxer wrestling a tight end.

Well, you get the idea.

But, I have been writing and scheming and planning and creating and plotting and breathing and drinking coffee and creating long lists of things without using any commas just to watch the comma people hyperventilate.

To prove it, I give you a WIPpet. Yes, you heard me right. A WIPpet. On this 20th of May in the year 2015 I give you 20 sentences from Edge of Darkness ~ Book Three in the Darkness & Light Series. Yeah, had to type the whole thing out because ZOW! Really?!!? Book three might actually make it before the end of the year?

No context. Take it for what it’s worth. First drafty.

Donovan laughed, the sound reverberating around the room. “Good and evil are abstract concepts, and neither exists as an absolute. Every man has it in him to be both. Every man, at some point in his life, is both. Even your pristine Goddess fails — at regular intervals — to embody goodness, though her followers hold her up as a shining example to be blindly followed. Tell me, if I am evil, is your general good? Does he not lie to suit his purposes? Is he not willfully proud and arrogant? He is reputed to be a ruthless, often violent man, who has killed many. Is that not evil?”

Ciara glared at him. “Bolin’s a soldier. He doesn’t enjoy killing.”

“Neither does he shun it.”

“He does what he has to for the protection of the empire.”

“You have learned that by rote, but do you believe it? You are so quick to label me as evil, yet I struggle to understand your definition of the word. Tell me, do you consider yourself to be good, Daughter?”

“Yes.”

“Truly?”

And I’m going to share this with you as well. Because it’s random. And fun.  The 10 Weirdest Things That People Once Used As Status Symbols.

Okay. Heading back under my rock. Be good. Or just be good at being bad. Or… just be.

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Because it’s Wednesday…

Profoundest apologies for not making an appearance last week on WIPpet Wednesday. I didn’t even make the rounds. Not sure that will change this week. In the midst of a House Project and have an Event this weekend, so free time is at a minimum. Or non-existent. One of the other. But that doesn’t mean I’m not eking out some words, planning plans, and otherwise doing things.

You know. Things.

Anyhow, there are other WIPpeteers to see and other WIPpets to read, so plunder on without me for now. I’ll try to visit this week, but make no promises.

But, just to prove I am still squeezing in some time to make words, I give you a line from yesterday’s handful on Edge of Darkness, just because.

“He had no trouble finding me on his own, I doubt he’ll have any trouble finding his way back.”

Just as I, too, will find my way back.

 

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Cover Reveal for Bloodlore ~ Cadis Trilogy Book One by Krista Walsh

Yes, it’s cover reveal time again! I’m super stoked about this book because, not only is Krista a writer-bud and a phenomenal author, but Venn was one of my favorite characters from the Meratis Trilogy and now she has her very own story. Woot!! Release date is scheduled for the week of May 25th.

First, the blurby bits…

Venn Connell is bored.

When the Andvellian ambassador in Margolin goes missing, she jumps at the chance to find him, but quickly learns the mystery goes deeper than one missing courtier.

With border tensions rising, a man vanishing before her eyes with a relic she believed lost, red-clad soldiers out for blood, and something dark following her from the charred ruins of Treevale fortress, Venn becomes a pawn in an unseen game.

Forced to confront her past and question her future, Venn knows she has to tread carefully. One wrong move and she could lose herself in the shadows, and hurl her country into war.

Now, the stunning cover by artist is Jeff Brown with typography by Colin F Barnes.

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Stunning, isn’t it?

To find out more about Krista, visit her at The Raven’s Quill If you’re interested in how to get your hands on any of her books, go here.
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Unexpected Musings for WIPpet Wednesday

I know, I said I was taking a bit of a hiatus from WIPpet Wednesday, right? But yesterday, for the first time in way too long to admit, whilst working on Edge of Darkness (you know, the infamous Book Three in my Darkness & Light trilogy) I actually felt a little tremble of excitement flow through me. A flicker of, “oooh… I kinda like this.” I tried to be really cool about it, not making direct eye contact for fear of frightening it off. And by the end of the day it was still there. In fact, this morning, it’s still here.

I blame my subconscious. Which after a restless night, left me with a scene that spurred several others and was a missing piece of the puzzle.

Of course, I say this knowing full well that in another day I may well be bemoaning my fickle muse, and once again sobbing in my alcohol infused coffee.

But for now, in honor of this momentous event, I wax poetic.

*climbs onto stage and clears throat*  *a hush falls over the crowd*

*glares*

I said, A HUSH FALLS OVER THE CROWD.

*smiles sweetly*

My poem. Entitled Ode to the Subconscious Mind.

The Subconscious is a marvelous Beast
As problems it solves while fast you sleep.
The Brain it starts whirring,
Thoughts begin stirring,
who cares if your rest is disturbed?
With morning’s light through the window streaming,
you try to recapture your brain’s own scheming,
like dust through your fingers,
it’s gone, does not linger,
leaving you mostly perturbed.

*bows*

*exits stage left*  *err… right*  *um… disappears behind the curtain*

Hey, I never claimed poetry was my strong suit. Also, because I’m feeling so… ahhhhhhhhh… I give you a WIPpet that doesn’t really come from an actual WIP. I shared the opening of this a couple weeks ago. Something I dally with from time to time. Show of hands for those of you who recall Horban and his… arms.

Bravo! Due to some of the comments following that opening, I found and am going to share with you the first time Horban is actually given a weapon. He really is quite inept, as you shall see. Fifteen sentences for the 15th.

Horban caught the weapon out of reflex alone. Fumbled it. Gave a startled yelp when the blade nicked his finger. Fumbled it again, very nearly dropping it straight into his foot. He finally got an awkward grip on it and stared, mouth hanging open, unsure what Kalyn expected.

“It’s a sword,” she said, giving him an encouraging nod, and talking slowly as though to a small child who was having a hard time understanding. “You do know how to use one, don’t you?”

“No.” Horban’s voice rose an octave. “Why would I? I’m no soldier.”

“It’s really quite simple. Pointy end toward anyone besides the three of us that comes for you.”

Horban shook his head, gingerly holding the weapon point down by just a few fingers on the crosspieces. “Take it back.”

And with that, I bid you fond… wait! I leave you with this quite humorous video. Krankenwagon… *snork*


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WIPpet Wednesday

Hey, it’s WIPpet Wednesday, and while I’m sitting on the sidelines this week, other WIPpeteers aren’t. So follow ye yon linky thing —————————–> and see what everyone is up to.

And if you missed it this week, two announcements on the blog. WIPpeteer ReGi McClain has a new project in the works that is oh-so-exciting and needs your help. If you missed that, read about it here.

Also, if you enjoy a good ghost story, then check out the Cover Reveal for K. C. Tansley’s new book here.

 

 

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Cover Reveal for The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts by K. C. Tansley

You know how I love cover reveals. And if you love ghost stories then you’ll want to put this one on your TBR List. It will be available for pre-order May 2nd on Amazon. Aaaaaannnnnddd what would a cover reveal be without a a Rafflecopter giveaway?

First, the awesome cover …The-Girl-Who-Ignored-Ghosts11

And now a bit about the book…

She tried to ignore them. But some things won’t be ignored.

Kat Preston doesn’t believe in ghosts. Not because she’s never seen one, but because she saw one too many. Refusing to believe is the only way to protect herself from the ghost that tried to steal her life. Kat’s disbelief keeps her safe until her junior year at McTernan Academy, when a research project for an eccentric teacher takes her to a tiny, private island off the coast of Connecticut.

The site of a grisly mystery, the Isle of Acacia is no place for a girl who ignores ghosts, but the ghosts leave Kat little choice. Accompanied by her research partner, Evan Kingsley, she investigates the disappearance of Cassie Mallory and Sebastian Radcliffe on their wedding night in 1886. Evan’s scientific approach to everything leaves Kat on her own to confront a host of unbelievables: ancestral curses, powerful spells, and her strange connection to the ghosts that haunt Castle Creighton.

But that’s all before Kat’s yanked through a magic portal and Evan follows her. When the two of them awaken 129 years in the past with their souls trapped inside the bodies of two wedding guests, everything changes. Together, Kat and Evan race to stop the wedding-night murders and find a way back to their own time—and their own bodies—before their souls slip away forever.

kctansleyauthorpicK.C Tansley lives with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, and three quirky golden retrievers on a hill somewhere in Connecticut. She tends to believe in the unbelievables—spells, ghosts, time travel—and writes about them.

Never one to say no to a road trip, she’s climbed the Great Wall twice, hopped on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, and danced the night away in the dunes of Cape Hatteras. She loves the ocean and hates the sun, which makes for interesting beach days. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is her debut YA time-travel murder mystery novel.

As Kourtney Heintz, she also writes award winning cross-genre fiction for adults.

You can find out more about her at: http://kctansley.com

 

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