Author Interview Number Fifty-Six – Diana Wicker – revisited

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I’d like to welcome back author: Diana L. Wicker

Please recap briefly about your books:

The Dreamweaver’s Journey: The Age of Awakenings – Book 1

The first Dreamweaver in three hundred years has come of age. Awakened in the night after a vision, she seeks out the Sacred Fire in the Temple. A voice calls out from the flames, “Dreamweaver, you are summoned.” An image appears of an ancient path through the Mist. The Guardians have summoned her on a quest that will take her to the four Realms of Light within Feyron in search of answers and aid.

The Guardian Child’s Return: The Age of Awakenings – Book 2

The Guardian, Lord Grypos, calls for a journey, offering vision of red desert sands, a land of grey beyond, and a cavern of twilight behind an obsidian wall. “Arwyn and Shyamal are to go there for me to seek out that which was once mine.” A seemingly simple task becomes an adventure with life threatening consequences as they travel far from home to a realm that few even knew could be reached.

What has changed since you last visited? Tell us your news!

 

Let me see.  When we last chatted Book 2 was out for edit.  It has since been released and is available in both ebook and paperback.  I now have a third book out for edit, Legacy of Mist and Shadow.

Outside of my Feyron tales, I had the distinct privilege of co-writing a story with my best friend, Alex Butcher, to place in the Bellator anthology.  This anthology really means a lot to me.  My father was a PTSD psychiatrist for the VA, and this is a charity anthology donating proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Program.

Looking back what do you wish you’d known when you started writing?

 

I’d say – save everything.  No matter how bad a rough draft or story spark seems, put it in a file and save it.  You never know when that sow’s ear might become a silk purse or the inspiration for something new.  And, while you’re saving everything, get yourself a good backup program.  Everything “can” be lost, even cloud storage and online word processing services.  Always keep a backup somewhere.

Most authors like to read, what have you recently finished reading? Did you enjoy it?

 

The last book I read was a beta run for the next book in Mia Darien’s series, Adelheid.  I did enjoy it very much; and, as always, I’m excitedly awaiting the next installment.  I love her series.

Do you read work by self-published authors?

 

I do enjoy reading works by indie and self published authors.  I have several authors that I adore and wait impatiently for their next books to appear; Alexandra Butcher, Mia Darien, Ian Dudley, and Willa Jemhart.

Can you name your favourite traditionally published author?

I think I’m going to have to name two, Janet Morris and Michael Jecks.

When buying a book do you read the reviews?

 

That depends.  If a book is recommended to me by friends or family, I tend not to read the reviews.  If I have found a book through a blog, then likely I’ve just read the review that blogger posted.  If it is a book recommended for my children than I am unfamiliar with, I always read the reviews before purchase.

How important are reviews?

That is an interesting question.  From my perspective as a reader, a well written review can help me decide if a book is the sort of tale I will enjoy (or my children will enjoy) before reading it.

I have read that there are behind the scenes algorithms on some websites that track reviews, likes, shares, and other customer interaction which then determines how a book is shared in suggestion lists.  So, it seems like, for some online book sellers, it is very important to collect reviews and other forms of interaction.

What are your views on authors reviewing other authors?

 

Authors are people, too.  They read books, watch movies, enjoy television, look at artwork, and have opinions on such things. Authors should be allowed the opportunity to express themselves as individuals, just as any other reader of a book can offer their insight and opinion.

What are your views on authors offering free books?

 

I have to say, I enjoy offering free ebooks on occasion.  It makes me feel good to share my work; and, if someone likes it, they may tell their friends or even possibly buy future stories.

What are your plans for the future? When will we see your next book?  Tell us about it.

 

I hope to have my next book out for the holiday season.  I do not have the back cover teaser or marketing summary prepared yet, but let me see if I can pull together a little something for this interview.

The Age of Awakenings – Book 3 picks up where Book 2 left off.  For the first time the adventurers find themselves separated from one another, lost on a World Beyond consumed by mist and shadow.  Many of the previous characters return, and new characters are introduced in this first adventure outside of the Realm of Feyron.

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Author Interview – Bellator – Chantel Boudreau – Sci-fi, Spec-fic, Fantasy

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After my promotional about Bellator, the sci-fi and fantasy charity anthology, I’m delighted to welcome a selection of authors and characters involved with the book.

 

Today I welcome Chantal Boudreau, who chats about her story and tells us about herself.

Bellator story: “A Fly on the Wall” – Carlisle of Feltrey is a stellar mercenary apprentice of the Redsun Mercenary Guild who has come to the end of her term and must face Minerva, the guildmistress, for her final assessment.  But the meeting does not go quite as expected and the results are going to alter the course of Carlisle’s future.

Where are you from and where do you live now? I was born in Toronto but my parents moved to Nova Scotia before I turned two, so I don’t remember living there.  I grew up in an Acadian fishing village called Wedgeport and moved to Halifax for university.  I now live in Sambro, a rural area on the outskirts of the city.

Please tell us a little about your writing – for example genre, title, etc. I write a variety of speculative fiction.  “Palliative,” my first published short story was zombie horror (I’ve published many more since), Fervor, my first published novel (now a series) was dystopian.  I also write a fair amount of fantasy, including my Masters and Renegades series, and I love to experiment with cross-genre tales.  I’ve completed 21 novels to date, 10 of them published, and dozens of short stories

Where do you find inspiration? Everywhere and in everything.  There’s a little something in all my stories rooted in life experience.  If I find something interesting or intriguing, it will work itself into my writing.

Do you have a favourite character? If so why? My favourite character would be Dee Aaronsod, introduced in Casualties of War, Book #2 of Masters and Renegades (I expand on her character in later yet-to-be-published books in the series.)  I relate to her on some levels and admire her on others.  She started off based on a friend of mine but gradually grew to incorporate a part of me and while she stays strong in the face of her struggles, she still has her flaws and her vulnerabilities.

Do you have a character you dislike? If so why? I have several I dislike, mostly villains.  I’d have to say the heroic character I like least is my elfin mage, Finch.  She often acts on her insecurities, is more interested in status than I like and does something cowardly in Casualties of War that almost spelled the end of the people she was supposed to be helping.  However, she followed that act by doing something quite brave, in a way redeeming herself, and fortunately for her, my other characters are more forgiving than I would be.  Dee, however, is the least forgiving and that carries over into later books.

Are your characters based on real people? Many of them are, and those who aren’t often display a few traits from different people I’ve known.

Have you ever used a person you don’t/didn’t like as a character then killed them off? Guilty as charged, although those books have yet to be published.  It’s rather cathartic, a way of dealing with personal demons without actually hurting anybody.

Research can be important in world-building, how much do you need to do for your books? Do you enjoy this aspect of creating a novel and what are your favourite resources? I love researching to add an extra element of realism to my speculative fiction, plus I get to learn new things along the way.  I don’t have one favourite resource.  The Internet is a wonderful tool that lends access to a myriad of resources.

Is there a message conveyed within your writing?  Do you feel this is important in a book? Not one message, no.  I have a few that are recurring, but I don’t think I should limit what a book has to say in anyway.  I do like to offer the idea of substance over style, that strength of character in the face of hardship is important and that friends and family should be a priority.  I also believe in challenging the status quo and doing what is right versus what is popular.  I think you’ll find most of these concepts in the majority of my stories.

Sort these into order of importance: Great characters; great world-building; solid plot; technically perfect. Can you explain why you chose this order? (Yes I know they all are important…) Great characters are the most important to me as a reader, so I have to value them most as a writer.  Trying to rank the other three is a little fuzzy, solid plot is definitely something I look for but I can overlook a few weaknesses for the sake of an entertaining story and a story isn’t likely to be all that entertaining without the flavour great world-building brings, but I’m okay if it’s a little sparse.  I don’t demand technical perfection but if there are too many issues it distracts from the story.  It’s sort of like making a soup.  Characters are your main ingredients, plot is the soup base, world-building is your seasoning and the technical is cooking technique.  Who wants a soup lacking in main ingredients, with a weak base, devoid of seasoning or burnt beyond being edible?  They all have their place.

In what formats are your books available? (E-books, print, large print audio) Are you intending to expand these and if not, what is the reason?  So far, e-books and print (one novelette is only available as an e-book).  I wanted to expand into audio, but there are logistic problems because I reside in Canada and not the US or UK. I’m hoping that will change in future.

Do you self-edit? If so why is that the case? Do you believe a book suffers without being professionally edited? I do self-edit, but I also have others who lend a helping hand who have the educational credentials to serve as an editor, and the small press I work with has their own editorial staff.  I think you always need a second set of eyes.  There are some problem areas in our own work we writers are just blind to.  I think some books suffer more as a result of this than others, depending on the strengths of the writer.

Do you think indie/self-published authors are viewed differently to traditionally published authors? Why do you think this might be? I do, and I think it’s unfair, especially when some self-published writers are going to the expense of paying for professional editing, formatting and covers.  Granted, there aren’t the same “gatekeepers” there are in traditional, but they don’t guarantee quality.  Also, there are plenty of great books with niche-appeal turned away by traditional publishers because they won’t draw in a big enough market.  Without indie/self-publishing, these books would be lost.

Do you read work by self-published authors? Yes, several of my favourite writers are self–published (or started out that way.)  I try to champion them when I can because they don’t deserve the stigma associated with being self-published.

What are your opinions about authors commenting on reviews? How important are reviews? I don’t think authors should comment on reviews even if someone is being unfair because it opens up a whole can of negative worms.  I’m not talking about reasonably written negative reviews, everyone should be free to express their opinion, positive or negative, but rather trollish ones where the reviewer hasn’t actually read the book or attacks the writer personally.  I believe in the adage “Don’t feed the trolls” because all these folks are doing is trying to get a rise out of the author or the author’s supporters.  Reviews can be important because it increases exposure and some readers do base their purchases on the reviews they read.

When buying a book do you read the reviews? No, but I’m a word of mouth buyer.  I tend to buy based on recommendations from trusted friends who know me.  Taste varies.

What are your reviews on authors reviewing other authors? I have a policy that I only review books if I want to recommend them.  While I think people should be able to leave a negative review of a book, there are complications when the reviewer is another author.  For one, it can be considered bad form and can dissuade fans of the author receiving the bad review from considering your books.  Secondly, if the author is in the same genre that you write in (and most authors read books in the genre they write in) it can be viewed as an attack from a competitor – not a good idea from my perspective.  Also, it can incite trollish reviews for your own books as a “counterattack.”

What experiences can a book provide that a movie or video game cannot? There’s a level of personal investment, because of the added component of imagination on the part of the reader, in a book compared to a movie or video game.  With a really good book, the characters become a part of you and never really leave you.

Can you name your favourite traditionally published author? And your favourite indie/self-published author?  I have four favourite traditional authors: for modern fantasy, my favourite is Theodore Sturgeon, for horror/dark fantasy it’s Tanith Lee, for science fiction I prefer Robert J. Sawyer and for fantasy and crossed genre I love Anne McCaffrey.

Do you have any pets? A 9 year old beagle named, Sparky, a fluffy cat named Charleston and a flock of chickens.

Can you give us a silly fact about yourself? My Snowy Barrens Trilogy began as the plot for a comic book (that didn’t get past page 2,) became the foundation for a LRPG session (I have pictures…) and finally ended up three generations worth of novels within a framework format.

Bio: Chantal Boudreau is an accountant by day and an author/illustrator during evenings and weekends, who lives by the ocean in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada with her husband and two children. In addition to being a CMA-MBA, she has a BA with a major in English from Dalhousie University. A member of the Horror Writers Association, she writes and illustrates horror, dark fantasy and fantasy and has had several of her stories published in a variety of horror anthologies, online journals and magazines.  Fervor, her debut novel, a dystopian science fantasy tale, was released in March of 2011 by May December Publications, followed by its sequels, Elevation, Transcendence and Providence.  Magic  University, the first in her fantasy series, Masters & Renegades, made its appearance in September 2011 followed by  Casualties of War in 2012 and Prisoners of Fate, in 2013.  Find out more at: http://chantellyb.wordpress.com

Links:

Website: http://chantellyb.wordpress.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Chantal-Boudreau-WriterIllustrator/107318919341178

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Chantal-Boudreau/e/B004O1FP2E/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/chantellyb13

http://www.scribd.com/chantal_boudreau

Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4446228.Chantal_Boudreau

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Book Review – The Bard’s Daughter – Historical Mystery

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The Bard’s Daughter – Historical fiction/mystery

4 stars

This was fairly short – a teaser for the later novels I believe, but was still enjoyable in its own right. Set in Medieval Wales it follows Gwen – the titular character who must save her father from a charge of murder. Some of the laws and traditions of Wales and the Norman lords appear, albeit with not a great deal of detail but it is a short book. The author covers a little more in an interesting appendix.

The character of Gwen is interesting, for although Wales had more equality for women at that time she is still seen as lesser by then men, but steps up and shows them what she can do. Solving the murder they cannot or will not. A love interest is mentioned, but he is absent in the book, and enough of a teaser is given that the reader is intrigued to find out if they are reunited in later books. Other characters mentioned are based on real figures, and it is obvious the author has done some research into the period and area. Although the scenes only take place around one specific location – a castle – I didn’t feel more was needed.

In a similar vein to the Cadfael books this historical mystery is entertaining – especially without the modern knowledge of forensics, or such like. Recommended as short story for fans of the genre, and fans of Welsh fiction. I shall definitely be reading more by this author.

Coming Soon! Bellator – a Fantasy and Sci-fi Anthology

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12 tales of sci-fi and fantasy – an anthology of warriors of space and magic. Coming August 4th!

To be published as paperback and e-book. Links will be posted when it goes live but should be available on all the main e-book sites.

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Some of you may have seen me promoting this on Facebook – but for those who haven’t I am delighted to announce the forthcoming release of Bellator.   I was very pleased to work with my friend Diana L. Wicker, author of the Tales from Feyron YA fantasy series. Our story – Outside the Walls is a tale of war, love and determination; it is a tale of magic, of wisdom and of inner strength.  It was originally written for something else but as we decided not to use it for that it now fits very well into this anthology. It was such fun co-writing again, and hopefully this partnership will lead to further joint works.  Mia Darien, who is organising this, has done a splendid job, and I’d like to thank her for all the hard work and support. Please see the links below to find out more about her.

All proceeds from this will be donated to Wounded Warrior Project  – a charity supporting those wounded in war. This is something close to my heart, as my father is a wounded ex-serviceman, having being half blinded in conflict. He now lives in an old soldiers’ home in Kent. In a world of strife – especially at the moment, and 100 years after the outbreak of the War to End All Wars I am very happy to support this worthy cause. I’ve posted links below, both to WWP and to the British equivalents – the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.  I am sure there are other such charities in many other countries but I cannot list them all.

So what can readers expect? What are the stories and who are the authors?

01. “SARAH” by Lee Pletzers
02. “The Summoned Rise of the Phantom Knights” by Kenny Emmanuel
03. “Border Patrol” by BR Kingsolver
04. “The Twelve” by Mia Darien
05. “Ghosts” by Christi Rigby
06. “Outside the Walls” by A. L. Butcher & Diana L. Wicker
07. “My Brother’s Keeper” by Raphyel M. Jordan
08. “With Our Own Blood” by Jessica Nicholls
09. “The Connection” by Crystal G. Smith
10. “A Fly on the Wall” by Chantal Boudreau
11. “Slacker” by Doug Dandridge
12. “The Light Bless Thee and Keep Thee” by Mason Darien

About the Author: Lee Pletzers is a displaced New Zealand Speculative Fiction writer living in Japan with five novels, two novellas and over seventy short stories sold. Since 2001 he has made an impact on the genre world and thrives within its limitless boundaries. He still sends his books out to independent publishers, looking for that elusive million dollar cheque.
Connect with the Author:
http://kobefiction.we.bs/
https://www.facebook.com/lpletzers

About the Author: Kenny Emmanuel writes science fiction and fantasy in a style that immerses readers into unique worlds. Then he brings his fictional characters to life with the help of cosplayers. With a background in computer engineering, Kenny enjoys incorporating technology into his vision of post-apocalyptic, dystopian, and medieval fantasy worlds.

About the Author: BR Kingsolver is the author of the Telepathic Clans series (The Succubus Gift, Succubus Unleashed, and Succubus Rising) and Broken Dolls, a paranormal thriller. I grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, among writers, artists and weird Hispanic and Native American myths and folklore. I’ve lived all over the U.S. and earned a living doing everything from making silver and turquoise jewelry, to construction to computers. I currently live in Baltimore and Albuquerque.
Connect with the Author:
http://www.brkingsolver.com/
http://www.facebook.com/brkingsolver
http://twitter.com/BRKINGSOLVER
http://www.amazon.com/BR-Kingsolver/e/B007XDV5OW/

About the Author: Mia Darien is an indie author of speculative fiction, and a New England Yankee transplanted into Alabama clay. No matter her geography, she continues to stubbornly and rebelliously live the life of her choosing along with her family and pets. She doesn’t miss the snow.
Connect with the Author:
http://www.miadarien.com
http://www.facebook.com/author.miadarien
http://www.twitter.com/MiaDarien
http://www.goodreads.com/mia_darien

About the Author: Christi lives in Colorado with her husband, two boys and pets. She is a self proclaimed geek girl and enjoys gaming, online and off, kayaking and writing in her spare time.

About the Author: A. L. Butcher is the British author of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles series, and several short stories in the fantasy and fantasy romance genre.  She is an avid reader and creator of worlds, a poet and a dreamer. When she is grounded in the real world she likes science, natural history, history and monkeys.  Her work has been described as ‘dark and gritty.’
Connect with the Author:
http://libraryoferana.wordpress.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6430414.A_L_Butcher
http://www.twitter.com/libraryoferana
https://www.facebook.com/DarkFantasyBeyondTheStorm

About the Author: Diana lives in the balmy climate of the US south with her husband, two children, two dogs, two cats, and a cantakerous rabbit.  She enjoys reading, sewing (clothing, costuming, and experimental toy making), and RPG games. (She grew up with the old school paper/pencil style of gaming, but has transitioned happily to the highly interactive world of video games.)  Her usual writing venue is YA Fantasy centered around her universe called Feyron, the realm of magic.
Connect with the Author:
https://talesfromfeyron.squarespace.com/welcome
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tales-from-Feyron-The-Ripples-of-Power/421079171274185

About the Author: Jordan spent much of his children writing “graphic novels,”roughly composed of ten to twenty panels of illustrations with dialogue. Conflicts in his adventures became more complex, as did his character development, in due time. He made his first attempts at writing full-length novels without the aid of pictures by the time he was i high school, though he never did finish anything beyond the first chapter.

Then came college, what he considered a personal Age of Renaissance. Jordan learned the basic foundations to creative writing during his first year. When he was 19, he started to write a story about a young alien girl who was drafted into a galactic war. However, unlike my previous attempts at writing a novel, Jordan found himself returning to the keyboard, longing to get to the next scene, and the next, and before he knew it, two years had passed, and a finished first draft to a manuscript was before him. Fast forward three years later, that manuscript became “Prossia,” his first published novel. The rest, as they say, is history…
Connect with the Author:
http://www.raphyelmjordan.com/
https://www.facebook.com/RaphyelMJordanPage?ref_type=bookmark
http://rmj7.deviantart.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4194723.Raphyel_M_Jordan

About the Author: Jessica Nicholls is originally from Northern Illinois.  She lived in the Northwest of England for just over ten years, where she studied and had her children.  Currently she lives in the Middle East with her husband and two school age children.  Running, reading and watching films are her favorite hobbies.  Writing the type of stories she would enjoy reading (anything dark, weird, romantic…or a combination of all three!) is a passion.
Connect with the Author:
http://jessicanichollsauthor.wordpress.com
http://www.twitter.com/JessicaNicholl1
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessica-Nicholls/1414557452090470

About the Author: Crystal G. Smith was born in Doniphan, Missouri.  Although she no longer lives there, she continues to call Doniphan her home.  She is married and has two beautiful children and two dogs who continue to keep her motivated daily.

She currently works as a nurse and loves working in geriatrics.  When she isn’t working, hanging out with her family, or reading, you can find her in front of her computer coming up with or finishing another exciting and more than likely sexy story. She has published roughly 14 novels, novellas or short stories since February 2013.
Connect with the Author:
http://crystalr022.wix.com//sisterauthors#

About the Author: Chantal Boudreau is an accountant by day and an author/illustrator during evenings and weekends, who lives by the ocean in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada with her husband and two children. In addition to being a CMA-MBA, she has a BA with a major in English from Dalhousie University. An affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association, she writes and illustrates horror, dark fantasy and fantasy and has had several of her stories published in a variety of horror anthologies, online journals and magazines.  Fervor, her debut novel, a dystopian science fantasy tale, was released in March of 2011 by May December Publications, followed by its sequels, Elevation, Transcendence and Providence.  Magic University, the first in her fantasy series, Masters & Renegades, made its appearance in September 2011 followed by Casualties of War in 2012 and Prisoners of Fate, in 2013.
Connect with the Author:
http://chantellyb.wordpress.com
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Chantal-Boudreau-WriterIllustrator/107318919341178
http://www.amazon.com/Chantal-Boudreau/e/B004O1FP2E/ref=sr_tc_2_rm?qid=1339427087&sr=8-2-ent
http://twitter.com/chantellyb13

About the Author: Doug Dandridge has been making up stories since he was in grade school, but didn’t get into serious writing until 1996. Doug is a veteran of the US Army and the National Guard, and has always had a keen interest in military history.  He has degrees from Florida State University (psychology( and the University of Alabama (MA, clinical psychology).  He currently has twenty novels published on Amazon, and in less than two years has sold 90,000 books.  His Exodus: Empires at War series, from which Universe his story slacker is drawn, has made the military science fiction and space opera bestseller lists at Amazon, books 3-5 of the series reaching number one in the UK, and top ten status in the US.  Book 6 was launched in April of this year and was also highly ranked and reviewed.
Connect with the Author:
http://dougdandridge.net
http://dougdandridge.com
http://www.twitter.com/BrotherofCats

About the Author: Much of the time, Mason Darien isn’t sure if he’s Mia Darien’s husband or psychiatric nurse. The rest of the time, he’s stuck constructing worlds out of Legos with the kid or trying to decide whether the world of sci-fi or fantasy is more fun to play in.

The charity:

Wounded Warrior Project was founded in 2003 in Roanoke, VA, by a group of veterans and soldiers who wanted to find a way to help the injured men and women of this generation’s armed forces. Seeing a powerful need to help those soldiers who have been injured physically and/or mentally during their time of service; to “foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.”
For more information, you can visit their website: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

(Below taken from site.)
MISSION
To honor and empower Wounded Warriors.

VISION
To foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.

PURPOSE
To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.
To help injured service members aid and assist each other.
To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

British equivalent: http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/ and http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/how-to-give/

 

Bestiarum Vocabulum: Fey-Folk

Originally posted on Lita Burke:

The Bestiarum Vocabulum is the wizard’s encyclopedia of faerie beasties and mundane crossovers living in the lake and forest near Lita’s castle.

Boy-Fey

Boy-Fey

fey-folk[ˈfā fōk]noun, c.1100; OE fǣge and fāh hostile, outlawed < High OGer feigi doomed < ME feye; also boy-fey (masculine), girl-fey (feminine), fay, fah, fae, faerie, fairy, sprite, pixie, imp, brownie, puck, boggart

  1. Denizen of the Clockpunk Wizard world.
  2. A class of diminutive magicians as tall as the length of a human’s hand from the wrist to the tip of the middle finger. Weighs about as much as a heavy thought. Called “fey” for their impression of vague unworldliness.
  3. See fairy, brownie, and boggart in the Bestiarum Vocabulum.

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Guest Author Rayne Hall

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I am rubbish at twitter so I need all the help I can get.

Originally posted on Rosie Amber:

Today Rayne Hall joins us on the blog to inspire you to get the most out of your Twitter platform. Yesterday I posted my review of Rayne’s book “Twitter for Writers”. Here is a link if you missed it. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5vM

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Let’s read Rayne’s advice.

TWELVE TWITTER TIPS FOR WRITERS

by Rayne Hall

1. Aim to attract readers, not customers. Blatant promotions such as “Have you read my wonderful novel [Insert Title] yet? Buy it here [Insert URL] bore and annoy. Instead, entertain your followers. If they enjoy reading your tweets, they’ll become interested in reading your books. Choose topics of interest to your potential readers. If you write Paranormal Romance, tweet about shapeshifter lore. If you write historical fiction, tweet little-known facts about life in your chosen period. Writing interesting posts in 140 characters or less is a challenge, but you can do it – you’re a writer!

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Book Review – Veil of the Dragon

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Veil of the Dragon – Tom Barczak

4 stars Fantasy.

This was an interesting fantasy, and to me at least I haven’t read anything quite like it before. The pace starts fairly slowly but soon engages the reader well enough and the suspense continues until the end.

Revelations abound for the main character, and the reader and the Dragon of the title is both more and less than he, and the reader imagines. To me this is, in essence, a journey – a journey of faith, self belief (or the lack) and and the journey of life and death, which is not clear cut. It is also a journey of good versus evil.

I would have liked a wee bit more background and description as the history of the world is a little sparse. Over all however this is a great read.

I’d recommend this one to my followers and I will certainly be picking up more books by this author. I’d also liked to say I loved the little sketches between chapters. That was a nice touch.

http://www.amazon.com/Tom-Barczak/e/B006SOKHMI

80 (Short) Facts About Being an Indie Author (The Full List!)

eranamage:

An interesting list with some good advice.

Originally posted on Knite Writes:

Regarding Sales…

1.) Your first book will sell 5 copies in its first month. If you’re very lucky.

2.) Your first book will sell 50 copies in its first year, if you’re even luckier.

3.) Your second book will cause your first book to sell slightly better. If it’s a sequel.

4.) If your second book isn’t a sequel, both your first and second book will sell…probably nothing.

5.) You might start seeing an uptick in your overall sales numbers…once you hit book 5 or 6.

6.) More likely, you won’t see any sales increase until you get somewhere around book 10. If you ever see a sales increase at all.

7.) You will see sales when you run ads with certain popular ad sites (like Kindle Books & Tips and Ereader News Today).

8.) Unless all of those sites are Bookbub, the sales tail won’t last but a few…

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173 foreign words and phrases in English language

eranamage:

We use a lot of words in English whose origins lie elsewhere.

Originally posted on Just English:

Over the centuries the English language has assimilated words and phrases from a variety of other languages. In context, those listed here are often printed in italics.

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ab initio

Latin from the beginning
a cappella Italian sung without instrumental accompaniment (literally ‘in chapel style’)
à deux French for or involving two people
ad hoc Latin made or done for a particular purpose (literally ‘to this’)
ad infinitum Latin endlessly; forever (literally ‘to infinity’)
ad interim Latin for the meantime
ad nauseam Latin to a tiresomely excessive degree (literally ‘to sickness’)
a fortiori Latin more conclusively (literally ‘from a stronger [argument]’)
agent provocateur French a person who tempts a suspected criminal to commit a crime so that they can be caught and convicted (literally ‘provocative agent’)
à huis clos French in private (literally ‘with closed doors’)
al dente Italian (of food) cooked so as to be still firm when…

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Book Review: Mad Shadows: The Weird Tales of Dorgo The Dowser by Joe Bonadonna

eranamage:

This is on my to be read list but what I have seen and heard so far looks great.

Originally posted on J.P. Wilder:

dowser

What can I say about Dorgo? He is the Mike Hammer of the Fantasy World?

I love this guy.

I was going to spout something poetic about this book, but I decided that wouldn’t match up with the hard boiled noir style of this fantastic read.

So here goes nothing….

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