Mythic Tales Bundle #Specfic #fantasy

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A collection of tales told in the old mythic style or set in ancient times, with fairies, monsters and daring deeds. From dark fantasy worlds to the legendary past of our own, myths and legends abound.

Book #1: Beneath the Knowe – Anthea Sharp

Book #2: Tales of Erana – A. L. Butcher

Book #3: A Sword’s Poem – Leah Cutter

Book #4: On the Edge of Faerie -Stefon Mears

Book #5: Tales of Erana: The Warrior’s Curse – A. L Butcher

Book #6: Sorcha’s Heart – Debbie Mumford

Book #7: Tales Fabulous and Fairy Volume 1 – Kim Antieau

Book #8: Tempus – Janet Morris

Book #9: Caught in Amber – J.M. Ney-Grimm

Book #10: Warden of Power – Karen L. Abrahamson

Book #11: Beautiful – Barbara G. Tarn

Book #12: Lost: Cinderella’s Secret Witch Diaries (Book 1) -Ron Vitale

Book #13: Tales of the Faie: The Beginning of Days – Diana L. Wicker

Book #14: Angels and Djinn, Book 1: Raziel’s Shadow – Joseph Robert Lewis

Book #15: Magic for a Rainy Day – Alexandra Brandt

Mythic Tales

Check out the forthcoming interviews from characters and authors.

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Review – Compacts and Cosmetics: Beauty From Victorian Times to the Present Day (Women with Style) #History #Women

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3.5 stars.

Kindle Edition

OK let’s start with the good.

The author is obviously interested and passionate about her subject; it’s quite a specialised topic and research has been done. It is not a book which would appeal to everyone but it is a worthy read for people who like make-up and women’s history. Each chapter covers an era and the changing attitudes and tastes. I found the social aspects the most interesting – attitudes changed from women being branded as prostitutes if they wore cosmetics to it being considered odd if they didn’t in the space of a few decades.  The history of the foundation (get the pun?) of some of the fashion houses and brands. particularly the older ones created by and for women was also pretty good.

The author covers everything – a brief mention of ancient cosmetics, to Victorian values, to rouge, compacts, eye make up, hair, punks, yuppies and hippies. It’s interesting to see how looks change, even within our own lifetimes, but also how some of the ‘fringe’ looks and lifestyles cling on (goth, punk, hippy).  The chapter on wartime cosmetics was particularly good – how did women improvise, and harken back to older times with home-made and more natural products.

There is also a good discussion about the downsides of some of the cosmetics – lead in face whitener, hair products that eventually made you bald, and the increasing regulation on cosmetics as it became a really big industry.

Now the bad. This would work much better as a print book. The Kindle version has lots of formatting errors, typos and the pictures are small and hard to see. The errors eventually got really quite annoying (maybe it’s the writer in me).  I don’t usually mark down books for this but there were so many!

I’d recommend this – but only the print version.

Guest Post – How to Get Rich in Indie Publishing: Marketing Tips for Authors – Ron Vitale

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Today we welcome author Ron Vitalie – who brings with him some awesome tips for indies.

How to Get Rich in Indie Publishing: Marketing Tips for Authors

By Ron Vitale

 Catchy title, right?Unfortunately, only a tiny number of indie authors have cracked the $100,000+ club on Amazon. In his May 2016 report, Data Guy reported that “1,340 authors are earning $100,000/year or more from Amazon sales. But half of them are indies and Amazon-imprint authors.”

With millions of ebooks competing for readers’ attention, there is a lot of supply, and demand is hot or cold—depending on your genre. A literary memoir? Probably isn’t going to earn you $100,000. Putting out one military science fiction book every month over the next year, odds are better that you’ll earn money with this strategy (for the short term).

I’ve been an indie author since 2011 and continue to struggle to make a profit off of selling my books. With my full-time day job, I release a book once or twice a year. My strategy has been to slowly build up my backlist and increase my readership over time.

I only know a few people who have struck gold being an indie author and many of them have since left the industry. Fads come and go. But writing good books and learning effective marketing strategies will help you succeed for the life of your author career.

Long gone are the gold rush days of indie publishing. The market has matured and what worked then (free days on KDP select), does not work today. Instead of getting frustrated, you have three options:

  • Adapt and learn new skills
  • Give up
  • Or worse: keep doing the same things and don’t change

 

Write and Keep Writing

The best advice that I can share is for an author to keep writing. This advice is often given, but I don’t know if authors take it to heart. Writing means that: Keep writing books. Devise series, different genres, experiment and allow your creativity to fly free. If the only reason why you’re writing is to make money, well, there are much easier ways to be successful.

Writing novels or short stories is great, but an author also needs to know how to write effective book descriptions, ad copy, email autoresponders and other marketing promotional materials. If you can’t do that, then hire a virtual assistant, learn how to do it or barter with another author.

In my experience, the authors who are doing the best (yes, this is a generalization) are those who are publishing books on a regular basis.

For me, this means that I don’t just write when I feel like it. No. I have a schedule and stick to it no matter what. If I’m sick or something comes up with the kids, I make the time up. To hold myself accountable, I do two things:

1. I tell my family and friends that I’m writing a book.

2. I track all the words I write in a Google sheet.

I used to write when the “muses came to me.” Then I wised up. I don’t go to work at my full-time job when I feel like it. I go because I want to be productive and earn a paycheck to provide for my family.

It took me a long time to understand this and to wrestle with not wanting to put my butt in the chair and do the work. But now I have 8 novels published and 2 more in the works.

 

Writing, like tennis or running, is all about mind over matter. It’s like a mental game.

If you believe you can’t do it, then you’ll fail. But if you work hard, get better, keep plugging away, chances are that you’ll still fail (since few authors earn back the money they put out to make the book), but that’s where marketing comes in.

First step is to write books and to keep on doing that.

 

Be a Unicorn

Now that you have a book ready to share with the world, what do you do?

Write the next book and then the third.

Seriously.

If I could pass anything that I’ve learned to new authors, it would be to think like a marketer.

When I published my first book, Lost (Cinderella’s Secret Witch Diaries), I fantasized that I would release it and I’d be raking in the money. Everyone would love my book. I worked hard, published the book and my dream fell flat. I think I tried to fly without wings and hit the concrete hard. Thankfully, I could still pick myself up, learn from my mistakes and keep writing.

The mistake I made is a classic one: I only had one product to sell. I used my five free days on KDP Select to give my book away and there was nothing else for readers to buy. I didn’t have an email list, I didn’t have autoresponders created, a funnel, an editorial calendar or email strategy that would help promote my brand.

I had none of that.

I only had a desire to write, but no idea how to get there. For the last five years, I’ve read, studied, experimented and watched more training sessions than I can remember. And that learning is never going to end. I need to keep evolving, learning and growing.

I like that because that fits nicely with my personality. I love learning.

 

To succeed, I recommend becoming a unicorn: An author who not only can write good books, but knows how to connect with people and apply that to marketing.

 

Email Equals Love

If you’re looking where to spend your energy, then the choice is simple: Build your email list. I use Mailchimp, love it (though it does get expensive) and I took the time to build out a 6 part autoresponder chain.

Either through Instafreebie or my website, I offer a reader a free book if they sign up on my email list. Once they signup, they receive (over 6 weeks) an email every week on topics related to what my brand is.

My mission (branding statement) is simple:

I believe that, no matter how difficult our childhood, we can use imaginative stories to heal ourselves and lead lives filled with love and hope.

The characters in my books reflect and live that theme. After users receive my emails, I then start sharing my bi-monthly newsletter. Some readers love it and write to me while some unsubscribe. But that’s a good thing because I want to make certain that my list contains people who are into what I stand for and what I write about.

It’s taking much longer than I had expected, but building the list organically is a slow burn.

To start out, ask yourself: What value can you give to readers that will make your emails stand out?

 

Build Trust

How does one actually do that with readers? It’s pretty simple if you stop and think about it.

  1. Ask people what they want.
  2. Provide good and useful content on a regular basis.
  3. Open up to your readers: Be authentic (and sometimes vulnerable)

 

I like to think of things this way: If I meet someone for the first time and they shake my hand and say: “Would you like to buy my book? It’s on sale for $.99.” Well, I’d slowly walk away from that person.

Just because someone gives you their email address doesn’t mean that they want to be spammed by you.

Not only is that type of marketing unsuccessful, but most readers tune that out. Especially in the area of social media, there’s the 90-10 rule:

90% of the time, share content that’s helpful and useful to people. The other 10%, you can promote your own work.

I highly recommend that you sign up to Seth Godin’s email list and read his books if you haven’t already. His marketing style is honest, helpful and is a great model for what works. Every single day I read the short email he sends out. Over time, I’ve come to look forward to his emails because I learn something and find them useful. It’s not just him trying to sell me a book or a class. Yes, he does do that (very infrequently), but he provides not only good content, but writing that causes me to question why I’m doing what I’m doing. He’s upbeat, personable and extremely relatable with his posts.

When I first started my email list, I sent out emails when I remembered. I was scattered, had no editorial plan and no idea what to write about. I’ve come a long way in the last year. I now send an email out every two weeks (I chose this because the majority of my readers picked this option in a survey I had sent to them) and I share updates on my creative process, but have found that the most popular emails are those that relate to my brand—personal stories about my upbringing that I share with readers.

I’ve had people from all over the world respond with their own stories and it allows me to see how interconnected we all are. I’m not alone and neither are those who also went through difficult childhoods. That commonality is a thread that binds us together and by sharing our stories, we own them and can heal rather than being poisoned and trapped by the difficulty we grew up with as kids. That’s a heavy topic to sometimes discuss and share, but it’s also what I believe is needed in today’s world. I was tired of feeling ashamed and decided to talk about my past in a way that was not only healing for myself, but for others. The benefit is that I not only get to connect with people from around the globe, but readers get a glimpse into what my writing style is like and what I write about. It’s honest and true.

 Advertise

I once believed that if I just wrote my heart out that my book would be “discovered” and I’d be selling copies easily. That didn’t happen. Yes, some authors have had success like that, but that’s not happened to me and to thousands like me. The reality is that authors need to juggle multiple hats and not only need to know how to write, but we need to also market our books.

Today we have Amazon (AMS), Facebook, Google, Bookbub and dozens upon dozens of other options out there. Some authors swear that this one technique on this certain platform works. Others say it doesn’t work.

Unfortunately, the only way to know what does (or doesn’t) work for you is to experiment. I’ve not had success with Facebook ads, but know that others have. The possibilities are tremendous because we can target people by demographic, location and interest. You could even send an email to your readers and then retarget them via Facebook, so that they’d see an ad for your book that way as well.

The big question is: How much are you willing to invest in marketing?

And when I say invest, I don’t refer just to money, but also to time. If you have unlimited funds, then you can hire a virtual assistant to run this all for you. And if you have that type of money, you probably aren’t in need of this article.

The biggest benefit is that authors can (and do) help each other. Email swaps, webinars, blog posts with actual sales numbers, there’s more information out there than there is time. I find that to be my biggest challenge. As I learned back in 2015, I can’t work full-time, raise two kids with my wife, be an author popping out books every few months and learn everything I need to know about marketing. I tried that and nearly imploded. I failed because I tried to take too much on. I need sleep, mental rest, time to have fun with my family and friends, and room to breathe. I can’t have every second of every day scheduled for work. That type of commitment nearly broke me and wasn’t healthy for me or my family.

It’s the dark side to being an indie author that many don’t talk about. We read and see all the success stories, but what about the failures? That’s where I come in. I share what I’ve been through because I think it’s important to give a true rundown of what I’ve experienced (and what many others are experiencing as well).

In my book, How to Become a Successful Author While Working Full-time: The Secret to Work-Life Balance, I go into detail about my personal experiences from the last six years of trying to figure out how to be an author in today’s vastly changed publishing landscape. I share it all—the highs and the lows.

Even if you have had success, maintaining that over years and decades will be hard. The challenge is being flexible and continuing to learn.

In 2017, without a sound marketing strategy, I think it’s extremely rare that a new indie author will find financial success. For me personally, I had some success in the early years, but as I’ve needed to grow my business, I’ve had to spend more on services to keep my business running.

Now I need to pay for website hosting, editing, covers, Mailchimp, advertising, and a bunch of other fees. I track how much I spend and how much I earn and there’s no shame in my sharing that I’m struggling. It’s the truth because I’m making choices to invest in my business and those expenses need to be spent or I cannot grow to where I want to be. I’m investing in my future because I see great potential in the long term.

Summing Up

No matter if you’re extremely successful as an indie author or just starting out, all of us will need to adapt and change. Maybe Amazon will change KNEP again or another service will rise up while others go extinct (I see your days numbered, Nook). We have virtual reality, augmented reality and who know what other “reality” is coming down the pike. Change will continue to happen and disrupters (like the Amazons of the world) will continue to affect the publishing industry.

The challenge for us as authors is to hold two incongruent ideas in our mind at the same time: We need to be as creative and inspiring as we can with our fiction but also need to understand marketing and its implementation in the real world.

Sometimes those two ideas will war with each other. I personally don’t believe that we only write to market. Someone will need to take a risk and try something different. Remember Harry Potter? The Twilight Series? Fifty Shades of Gray? Times and tastes change and I don’t always want to be following the herd. I need to write what moves me and inspired me to be an author from the start. The honesty that I write about in my books is what enables me to get up at 5:30 a.m. to write. Sometimes my main characters make mistakes, just like me. I like displaying the truth and complexities of my characters’ lives. But everything can’t just be about creation. I also need to take my author career and treat it like a business. I need to show up, write regularly, publish books and market them well. Having the tension between creativity and selling can be a challenge sometimes, but I choose to see it as a healthy struggle. I hope you do as well. Have questions? Feel free to contact me.

Bio:

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Ron Vitale is a fantasy, science fiction and nonfiction author. He’s written the Cinderella’s Secret Witch Diaries series, the Witch’s Coven series, book one in the Jovian Gate Chronicles, and the Werewhale Saga. His first nonfiction book, How to Be a Successful Author While Working Full-Time: The Secret to Work/Life Balance is also now available. When not writing, Ron loves spending time with his kids even when they beat him in the fun card game Kittens in a Blender.

 

Zweihander Interview – Kerrien and Rithvik #Fantasy #Mythic

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Today we welcome two characters at once – Kerrien and Rithvik

Relationship: it’s complicated

World: Silvery Earth

Books: Beautiful, included in the bundle Mythic Tales or the collection Fairy Tales Revisited

  • How and where did you meet?

Rithvik: In my castle! He found me and awoke me with the sweetest…

Kerrien: Shut up, Rithvik! I’m an adventurer and bounty hunter, and I had followed some bandits to an abandoned castle in the forest. I found him at the top of one of the towers, spellbound, asleep…

Rithvik: And he kissed me awake! *beams*

Kerrien *glares*

  • What is it you like most about the other person

Kerrien: He’s darn handsome, I’ll give him that. And he has kissable lips, darn him!

Rithvik: He is strong and handsome and awesome and he kissed me awake, so we’ll be together forever!

Kerrien: We’re not. You consorted with demons, I will get rid of you.

Rithvik: No you’re not!

  • What is it you hate most about them?

Kerrien: I hate how he sticks to me and tells everyone I kissed him awake.

Rithvik: I hate how he’s trying to get rid of me! We’re meant to be together!

  • Do you work well as a partnership?

Kerrien: Well, he can hold a sword. I guess we’re a good team.

Rithvik: I have a lot to learn, but I’m sure we’ll be the best and everybody will want to hire us!

  • Do you think your partnership will last?

Kerrien: I don’t know. I like to work alone. And I don’t like his past.

Rithvik: Of course our partnership will last! We’re meant to be together anyway!

Kerrien: We’re not!

Rithvik: See why it’s complicated?

  • Describe the other person (max 100 words)

Kerrien: Rithvik is a spoiled prince with a puppy disposition, but he has a nice ass and beautiful emerald-green eyes. And he’s handsome, nobody can deny it.

Rithvik: Kerrien is a grumpy mercenary with lots of hidden scars. He’s like a stray cat, if you get to his heart, he’s the sweetest. And don’t you love his raven hair and hazel eyes?

  • Describe how you think the other person sees you

Kerrien: Great and mighty warrior. *snorts* I’m his caretaker, mentor, assistant and another dozen job descriptions!

Rithvik: Erm… he thinks I’m useless and spoiled and that I spellbound him. I didn’t, unfortunately, or it wouldn’t be so complicated.

  • Tell us a little about your adventures

Kerrien: We wander, looking for treasures, hunting outlaws, looking for Rithvik’s past…

Rithvik: And yours! I want to know everything about where you come from!

  • Tell us about your world – and your part of it

Kerrien: We both live in the north, where the Moren Empire used to be.

Rithvik: The Moren Empire was still there when the spell sent me to sleep!

Kerrien: That was centuries ago. Now we have small kingdoms, city-states and the lands of the barbarian tribes, where I come from.

Rithvik: I think someone mentioned this world is called Silvery Earth and this… continent? Yes, this continent is called Varia.

Kerrien: Where did you hear that, from your demon lover?

Rithvik *rolls eyes*

  • Where do you see yourselves in five years?

Kerrien: Still wandering and exploring the world.

Rithvik: Settled somewhere with Kerrien and living happily ever after!

Book Spotlight – Storm Seed #Fantasy

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Book Spotlight

Storm Seed (Sacred Band Series Book 7) Janet and Chris Morris

Author’s Cut Edition

#Fantasy #mythic #ancient

Hot off the e-presses, the final “lost” volume of the Sacred Band series in an all-new Author’s Cut edition. Travel with the Stepsons to a future undreamed. Meet the changeling son of Tempus and Jihan. Learn what it takes to become a dragon. Bring gods to a godless realm. High adventure awaits in Storm Seed by Janet & Chris Morris.

Dirty Dozen Author Interview – Meaghan Curley

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Author name: Meaghan Curley

*Please tell us about your publications. So far my publications include a poem about how much I hate poetry in the Utica Writer’s Club Poetry volume, a short story titled “the CARF Crisis” in an international humor anthology titled Ellipsis, and my debut novel “Girl: Repurposed” published through Cosmic Teapot Publishers.

What first prompted you to publish your work? To be honest, I’ve been actively trying to get published since I was 16. This was actually the third manuscript I attempted to publish. Somehow I tricked Dylan [of Cosmic Teapot Publishing] into publishing my work haha.

What have you found the most challenging part of the process? Rejection, hands down. I internalized the crap out of all the rejections, especially in the beginning when I was attempting to land a literary agent and it was just nope after nope after nope nope nope.

Are you a ‘pantser’ or a ‘plotter’?  Give me a lightning bolt scar cause I am Harry Plotter [goose laughs]

What piece of advice do you wish you’d had when you started your publishing journey? Check yo self before yo wreck yo’self (translation: figure out what you want out of this literary life before you decimate what little self-esteem you have).

If you could have dinner with any literary character who would you choose, and what would you eat. Dumbledore and I’d beg my mom to make us her chicken riggies [a Utica famous cuisine].

What are your views on authors offering free books? Do you believe, as some do, that it demeans an author and his or her work? Hey, I get the appeal of making writing as gainful employment but let’s be real. Writers should be about the readers, not about the fame or the monetary gain, or being about to show up your enemies with your name on the New York Times bestseller list. If I have to give copies out so people will read something that I’ve been slaving over for years, I’m happy to share. But that’s me. I definitely get why people would be offended by the prospect of selling their book for less than a cup of coffee. It’s insulting to the ego, to think your book is worth less than gold, but hey. That’s the way she goes. Just hope in the end someone will love your work so much, they won’t care about paying $19.99 for a hardcover.

What are your views on authors commenting on reviews? Author’s do that??? That’s news to me. Personally, I’m a firm believer in the fact that the writer doesn’t have all the power that English teachers and Spark Notes likes to believe. The reader, the interpreter does. So if they interpret your book is shit, it’s out of your hands. Best you can do is laugh about it and maybe even learn from the criticism.

How do you deal with bad reviews? I look at it this way, “hey a bad review means they at least fucking read it”.

Sort these into the order of importance:

Good plot

Great characters

Awesome world-building

Technically perfect

I’m going to cheat and say good plot and great characters are a tie, then technically perfect, then awesome world-building.

How much research do you do for your work? What’s the wildest subject you’ve looked at? Depends on the story. Some stories are so intrinsic to the human experience, you don’t need to research it. On the other hand, for my current novel, I read and reread as much ancient Greek literature as I could just so I could put in as much “accuracy” to the Greek mythology as possible. I can’t say it’s the “wildest” subject I’ve looked into would be how komodo dragon mating rituals which was someone I randomly felt was needed for this new project I’m working on (it’s gross by the way).

How influential is storytelling to our culture? Americans loves stories. It’s the reason we invented the 24 hour news day, tabloids, celebrity gossip channels. It’s the reason we have SnapChat stories and we still go to the movie theaters, even though movie theaters suck and we all know it. America is nothing without its stories and it’s storytellers.

What’s the best advice you’ve received about writing/publishing? Toni Morrison said it best: write the story you want to read but isn’t out there yet.

What’s the worst piece best advice you’ve received about writing/publishing? I’ve always had teachers that tried telling me I shouldn’t be so “flippant” in my essays but then would give me A’s on the essays anyway. I learned after that it doesn’t matter the style. You can get away with a lot if it’s good enough (look at James Joyce and his difficult ass).

If you could be any fantasy/mythical or legendary person/creature what would you be and why? A mermaid hands down. It’s always been a dream of mine to see what was at the bottom of the ocean. Also, never getting my period again and punking sailors sounds awesome.

Which authors have influenced you the most? J.K Rowling was the one to show me “yeah you can write and have a sense of humor about it too”. Shakespeare showed me when I was young that you can be smart, make up words and make the occasional sex joke too. As I got older though, Rushdie and Dostevsky influenced me the most in terms of novel writing but there’s a variety of poets and short story writers that I feel have left their mark on me: Kaveh Akbar, Maya Angelou, Alexandria Kleeman, Katherine Ann Porter, Petrarch and a ton of fanfiction writers that I can’t even begin to name. The Internet, like many kids my age, had has a profound influence on my writing hahaha. In good and bad ways.

What is your writing space like? I don’t really have a writing space. I’ve written entire novels in my bed, in my car on my breaks, at work on napkins. I once wrote a poem that ended up winning second place in a local poetry contest at the McDonald’s near my boyfriend’s house because I was waiting for a ride.

Tell us about your latest piece? It’s titled “Girl: Repurposed” and it’s about a young woman who gets tricked into selling her soul to Hades by her salty ass grandmother. It’s got a ton of Greek Mythology jokes, dick jokes, puns, and a scene with Jane Austen fist-fighting Charon, the underworld equivalent of a bus driver (but with a sweet boat).

What’s your next writing adventure?  Right now I’m trying to write a novel about Komodo Dragons Races and America’s Heroin Crisis.

What was the last book you’ve read? Might surprise, like, two people to say this but my favorite genre to read is nonfiction so I’m currently reading Bruce Watson’s Sacco and Vanzetti and Franco “Bifo” Berardi’s “The Soul at Work”.

Is this the age of the e-book? Are bricks and mortar bookshops in decline? Just because storytelling has taken on new and inventive forms (ebooks, YouTube, SnapChat stories) doesn’t mean bibliophiles aren’t out there. Just because the major publishing houses are feeling an economic decline, doesn’t mean there aren’t independent bookstores popping up all over the world.

Are indie/self-published authors viewed with scepticism or wariness by readers? Why is this? Maybe by a handful of literary snobs but not the rest of the world. Just look at Barnes and Nobles has applications for self-published authors to sell their books in stores. There are plenty of companies who are recognizing that traditional publishing houses no longer the monopolizes of “good” literature anymore. Rupi Kaur is an example of a self-published writer who was recognized for her quality work and was able to make something for herself. I personally don’t think people are as apt to look down on the Indie writer anymore. Hell I don’t think they ever did! Jane Austen and Walt Witman were both self-published writers. Maybe people turned their noses on them then but they sure as hell don’t now.

Is there a message in your books? Yeah, fuck Zeus (that incestuous rapist) and if you’re going to trade yourself do it for a job at least. Don’t be like Megara and do it for a dude (sorry girl. You were still the best thing about Hercules)

How important is writing to you? Writing is my everything. It was all I had when I was a child and it’s all I have now as an adult, in terms of therapy. Writing is how I know who I am or how I am doing, it’s how I got through all my traumas and heartbreaks and painful experiences. Writing will always be on the Maslow Hierarchy of Need for me. Tied with the need for water and shelter and love.

 

Bio: Meaghan Curley is a writer from Utica, NY who is convinced, for some reason, that she’s going to die at the age of 27 at an ancient Indian Meth Lab, which sucks considering she’s, as of now, 23. She’s also convinced she’s funny despite antithetical evidence stating the contrary. She’s a published poet, short story writer, novelist and activist. Her debut novel, titled “Girl: Repurposed”, is out now. Her idols include JK Rowling, Harriet Tubman and Sampat Pal, the leader of the Pink Sari Gang in India who beats up rapists with a stick and fights corruption in the police force.

 

Links:

Buy my book on Amazon Girl Repurposed on Amazon -Meaghan-Curley

As well as at Barnes and Noble

Follow me on Twitter and watch me talk to myself Twitter – Meaghan Curley

Follow me on Instagram and watch me be full of myself https://www.instagram.com/meag_a_what/

Curse Breaker: Darkens Blog Tour #Fantasy

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Curse Breaker 2: Darkens

By Melinda Kucsera

Genre: Dark Christian Fantasy

Published: July 28, 2017


Summary From Goodreads:

God’s never had a warrior quite like Jerlo on his side.

That’s probably a good thing since a body and a book are unaccounted for. Both formerly belonged to a vanquished demon, but neither were found when the dust cleared. The question of what happened to them prods Jerlo to seek out the one person he swore he’d never speak to—a man everyone thinks is long dead. Jerlo’s relentless quest leads to the oubliette and a psycho’s cell where shadows of his past take him captive. Jerlo must outwit the dark force rising in his home without magic before he falls under its sway. The life of his ward hangs in the balance. One wrong move and the young man God asked him to protect will end up a mindless automaton, or worse, dead.

In a land where magic is their only hope, can a man of faith triumph?

Find out in Curse Breaker 2: Darkens the action-packed sequel to Curse Breaker: Enchanted. Christian Fantasy meets Dark Fantasy in this fast-paced narrative pitting Jerlo against monsters both inside his mind and outside it. God has never had such a flawed champion on his team. Fans of C.S. Lewis will enjoy Jerlo’s quest to safeguard the young man he wronged. Get Curse Breaker 2: Darkens today!

***Curse Breaker 2: Darkens can be read as a stand-alone book or as part of the Curse Breaker Series. Shh, don’t tell the characters I told you that. We’ll just keep that a secret, okay?


Purchase Links:Amazon

  About the Author: 
Melinda
Kucsera writes fantastic short stories, novels and books when not being
kidnapped by dragons or chased by armies of fictional characters
demanding that their stories be told. She leaves the running of her
newsletter to a cast of loveable characters who are far better at
engaging in magical mayhem than in effectively marketing the books they
star in. They also run her website, https://melindakucsera.com Sign up here to experience their weekly shenanigans: http://www.mkucsera.com/welcomecharacters. Such is the exciting life of this author.

 

Review – 1984 #Audiobooks edition

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1984 on Audible.co.uk

George Orwell – author 

Andrew Wincott – narrator

It’s been a while since I read 1984 – one of the masterpiece dystopian books of all time and I’d forgotten what an excellent, and terrifying book this is.

1984 is dark, it is not a happy-go-lucky read and the audio edition does not make easy listening. That said Andrew Wincott was the perfect narrator for this timeless story. It’s a deep, thought-provoking boo laced with a terrifying dystopian truth, and the narrator really nailed that in his reading. From the contemplative, yet naive Winston Smith to the intelligent and brutal O’Brian he roused emotion in the listener. I found myself transported to the frightening world of Winston Smith and thinking how familiar it seemed in so many ways.

Although set in a futurist 1980s (it was written in 1948), the book has a timeless air. History as the reader know is it very different. In Winston’s world Freedom is Slavery, War is Peace and Ignorance is Strength. Many terms people use regularly stem from this book – Thoughtpolice, Big Brother, Doublethink and many people argue that the surveillance in our own societies is reminiscent of Orwell’s world.

His view of crowd mentality is awfully prescient when one looks at recent events across the world. (When individuals may be harmless people, but as a group they become ‘A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledgehammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one’s will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic.’)
1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four)
Describing the “Two Minutes Hate”, Part 1, Chapter 1.

Orwell’s dark story brings us politics gone insane, the nature of freedom and slavery, thoughts about what we believe history to be, the human spirit to survive, and the human will to power. Winston Smith is, to a great extent, an Everyman; a man of middling, but not great intelligence, in a rather mundane job, unsettled in his life and questioning what is around him, but not really able to understand why things are as they are.

I’d also forgotten the ending – which I won’t spoil but it did make me want to shout ‘No!!!!’ rather loudly.

I Can’t recommend this highly enough. It’s a superb story – which everyone should experience – and a brilliant rendition.

5 Stars to the narrator.

5 stars to the author.

Read 1984 or listen to this awesome retelling – it’s worth the time and it might just broaden your outlook. Read it!

Book Spotlight – Dwarves of the World Bundle

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#Fantasy #Dwarves 

Title: Dwarves of the World

Edited by: Ellen Michelle

Authors: Pat Flewwelling, Lisa Toohey, Dale Long, Brenda Carre, Clay Greene, Brandon Draga, Nicholas Jennings, Vincent Justin Mitra, and Sherry Peters

Genre: Fantasy

Main character description (short). Every main character is a dwarf. Each story has a different dwarf MC that goes through different adventures.

Synopsis: A collection of stories that celebrates dwarves and dwarf culture. Go on an adventure! Stay at home to eat and drink! Forge an axe! Explore what dwarves do or are meant to do, celebrate that and enjoy the culture.

Brief Excerpt 250 words: This excerpt is from the beginning of Sherry Peters’ story: Mabel the Masterful Dwarf

I rubbed my chin. Where just yesterday I felt only smooth skin, patches of short hairs now grew. I pinched the shaft of one between the nails of my first finger and thumb to measure its length. It had to be a record for overnight growth. If my beard continued to grow this fast it would be thick and full before long.

I grabbed my favorite blue tunic and forced it down over my belly. Going up a size of clothing was always a good sign, but this, combined with the beginnings of a beard, was huge. I should have expected it. After all, I was of age. Still, this was a day my best friend Emma and I had talked about all our lives.

I poked my head out my door and smelled pancakes, sausages, and maple syrup. “Max.” I called down the stairs to the youngest of my brothers.

Max, a year older than me, came to the bottom of the stairs, an overflowing plate in hand. Pork fat dripped into his coal black beard as he munched on a sausage. “What?”

“Can I borrow a tunic? Mine’s too tight.”

“Sure.” He handed me his plate while he went into his room.

I helped myself to a thick pork sausage. I licked my lips, savoring the fat and the hint of maple syrup.

 

Why should readers buy this book (50 words max)?

The Dwarves of the World bundle provides 9 fantastic short stories from 9 talented authors that explore the myths and corresponding mythology about dwarves and dwarf culture. Each story deals with a different aspect of dwarf culture with personalities and situations as unique as the humans you meet every day.

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Cover art credit should go to Ben Falco.

Links etc.

https://bundlerabbit.com/b/dwarves-world