Monday, September 30, 2013

Mel Favreaux, Walker’s Run, a Sanctuary Novel: Book One




AUTHOR: Mel Favreaux
BOOK TITLE: Walker’s Run, a Sanctuary Novel: Book One
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
PUBLISHER: MuseItUp Publishing


About me:

I am a single mother to, two very bright, silly kids. A boy and a girl. They seriously bring me to tears on a daily basis from both laughter and rage. They are an incredible source of entertainment. So, I’m a mom and then an author. I love to read, I really have no genre preference other than fiction. I read everything!

I have an unusual sense of humor. If you are absolutely NOT supposed to laugh, I will. Yes, I have been known to laugh at funerals

Latest News:

Walker’s Run, A Sanctuary Novel was released from Muse It Up Publishing on August 30th and the second book in the series Shadow Walker, A Sanctuary Novel Book II is to be released, Spring 2014.

When and why did you begin writing?

I was thirteen and in the eighth grade. A couple of us girls were writing short stories for each other and it was something I really enjoyed doing and just kept it up.

What inspired you to write your first book?

It was the summer after eighth grade. I’d finished reading a book by one of my favorite authors and was so angry that I threw the book and said I could do better. (That first one however, will never see the light of day!) I still so very much love that author and one day I will go back and reread that book. But for now I can safely say it was because of that particular author and book that I wrote my first manuscript and just never stopped.

What do you do when you’re not writing/editing or thinking about writing/editing?

Reading. I read as much as I can and my kids and I read together. I am currently finishing up the Harry Potter series with them, (complete with the accents, yes Mommy rocks with accents) and we are going to start on the Chronicles of Narnia series.

What are your current projects?

I am currently working on books four and five of the Sanctuary Series and waiting to find out if the third one will be picked up by MuseItUp.

What do you plan for the future?

This series is growing and I have a spin-off in the works as well. I am so looking forward to sharing it all.

What genre do you write in and why?

I currently have two very different genres published through Muse. A women’s contemporary fiction entitled Valor of a Woman and a paranormal romance, Walker’s Run, A Sanctuary Novel. Currently I’m working through the series and it’s spin-off which is pnr…but I do have a plan for a sweet romance in the near future. I read everything, so writing it all seems just as natural.

Tell us about the current book you’re promoting.

Walker’s Run is a story about a jaded photographer who goes home to reevaluate her career and the direction she wants her life to go. A camping trip into the wilds of Northwestern Montana had fallen through with her dad and brother, but undeterred she’d gone alone. Casey finds herself in the middle of a twenty year vendetta against her father for killing the Alpha of a pack of werewolves who hold a Sanctuary deep in the mountains of the Cabinets.

In a battle for her life, Casey finds herself falling for the new Alpha of the pack while he shows her how to handle and communicate with her own wolf. When they discover the wolf spirit that chose her was the Mother of all Weres more treachery ensues.

Deep family secrets, a twenty year infatuation, and a two thousand year old murder, would Casey’s link with the Silver wolf be enough to save them all?

What gave you the idea for this particular book?

I’ve dreamt about most of these characters since my teen years and I finally decided to write them when I started reading paranormal romances. I felt it was time they finally had their voices heard.

What comes first: the plot or characters?

I would have to say characters. Usually a general idea of a character will come about then the basic plot. As I flesh out the character more, the subplots appear. I don’t consider it a complicated process, but I am a pantser. I can’t plot an outline because my stories are character driven. They change things up on me ALL the time.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Not letting the secondary characters over shadow the primary ones. A lot of people adore one of the secondary characters and I seriously had to do massive rewrites to tame her. But rest assured, fans of Amber, Shadow Walker that comes out in the Spring of 2014, is her story.

What seven words would you use to describe yourself?

Mom –Because that is what I am.
IPPL –my coined term for Inappropriate Laughter Syndrome.
Insane? –I’d have to be to create some of my characters.
Grumpy –Until I have my coffee…well mostly all the time.
Funny –I’m a deadpan comic…for some reason people love it.
Helper –I really love helping new authors out, brainstorming ideas helping them around blocks.
Bitchy –Meh…right often actually.


What was your most embarrassing moment as an author?

My children are so proud of me being an author, they have no idea the stuff I write borders on erotica (in some cases can be considered). So when we have classroom get-togethers they tell everyone mommy’s a writer! I get crowded by moms and I am…painfully bashful. So when one mom leans over and whispered in my ear, “Any riding crops in your stories?” amidst a roomful of five year olds…I dropped everything in my hands, which included a tray of cupcakes.


How can we find you? Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc.?








           
Excerpt:

“I can’t take any more of this,” Casey Maynard mumbled, watching the model she was photographing turn from the camera to puke in the bucket that had been strategically placed out of the scene.

Dorian Xanthis sighed, pulling another roll of film out. “It looks like this is going to be a long day.”

Casey turned to her assistant and shook her head. “I can’t do this anymore, Dori. I’m done with all of this. Three a.m. shoots with models and actresses who have to be coddled by their handlers. This is not why I got into photography.”

Dori’s eyes widened. “What are you saying?”

Another violent round of wretches came from the make-shift stage. “How much longer do you think it will take this time?” Casey ground her teeth and the model’s handler glared back at her.

“She had a movie premiere last night—”

“I don’t give a sh*t if she did a groundbreaking ceremony with the royal family! This is bullsh*t! My time is just as valuable. But what do I know? I’m just the one that takes these mind-blowing shots to revamp the careers of those who have fallen out of the limelight.” Casey threw her camera at the stage, hearing it break all to hell. She didn’t care.

Turning, she stormed out of her studio into the cool predawn morning. How had things turned into this?

“Casey! Y-you can’t walk out like that,” Dori said running out to her.

“Why? Can’t I act like a superficial b*tch? How many of those have we had to shoot this month? What should have taken two hours tops, turns into a five or six hour fiasco. I’m done.”

Dori shook her head, taking Casey’s arm. “Don’t do this. You’re going to regret it. You’ll ruin your career.”

“Right now, I don’t care. I…I just need to get away for a while. Go home. Go camping with my dad and brother. Get away from civilization for a little bit. I’m feeling caged in.” “A vacation then.”

Dori nodded. “I can postpone all your shoots for a while.”

Casey sighed, looking back at her studio. The very last thing she wanted to do was return to the madness her career had become, but she wouldn’t tell Dori that. She would spare her assistant’s feelings for a while. Out of the three she’d had over the last ten years, Dori had been the most competent and a good friend and confident too.

“Call me in a couple of days and let me know how you’re doing, okay?”

“I’ll try to, but out in the woods there is no signal.”

Dori wrinkled her nose. “I keep forgetting you’re one of those people.”

“What do you mean by that?”

“F*^king hell Casey, you are far more beautiful than those you shoot. The difference is you don’t need an ounce of makeup to make you look good. You’re a natural beauty. And you can rough it and not worry about the essentials.”

Casey scoffed and waived her off. “Yeah.” She sighed, purposefully looking away from the studio. “I just need some time to get back to the basics and reevaluate everything. The crap we’re dealing with is not why I started taking pictures.”

“Just think long and hard, okay? I really like my job.”

Friday, September 27, 2013

Karina L. Fabian, Mind Over Psyche, plus #giveaway




AUTHOR: Karina Fabian
BOOK TITLE: Mind Over Psyche
GENRE: fantasy/science fiction
PUBLISHER: DragonMoon
E-book:  Here’s your chance to win a free electronic copy of Mind Over Psyche.  Leave a comment or question for Karina. (Be sure to include contact info!)


·  Paperback: 318 pages
·  Publisher: Dragon Moon Press (September 13, 2013)
·  Language: English
·  ISBN-10: 1897492685
·  ISBN-13: 978-1897492680
ASIN: B00F5C6NQI


Please tell us about yourself.
Winner of the 2010 INDIE for best Fantasy (Magic, Mensa and Mayhem), Karina Fabian has plenty of voices in her head without being psychic.  Fortunately, they fuel her many stories, like the Mind Over trilogy. Mrs. Fabian teaches writing and book marketing seminars, but mostly is concerned with supporting her husband, Rob Fabian as he makes the exciting leap from military officer to civilian executive, getting her kids through high school and college, and surviving daily circuit torture…er, circuit training.  Read about her adventures at http://fabianspace.com.  

Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?  It really depends on my life.  I strive for full time, but if kids, house, husband, etc. need me, then it takes a back seat.  Sadly, it sometimes takes a back seat to Facebook as well, but that’s a bad habit.  Bad Karina!  Step away from the LOLCat!  I’ve organized many different ways, from strict schedules to word count goals to “just do something.”  The first book in the Mind Over trilogy (Mind Over Mind, also from DragonMoon), was written while homeschooling and raising two toddlers.  My only goal then was a sentence a night.  The kids are older now, but my husband is retiring and we’re moving, so the goal is pretty much “write something!”

I do have a matrix for prioritizing:  1. Am I being paid?  2. Am I on deadline (contract or expectation)? 3. Is there potential for being paid?  4. Does the idea grab me?

What inspired you to write your first book?  I was miffed at my college science fiction professor.  I’d written an essay comparing the society of some short story (whose title is long lost in my memory) with fifth century Athens.  Unfortunately, he seemed to think that meant I needed the main character to be Socrates.  He gave me a B.  We had the option to write fiction instead, so rather than be misunderstood again, I wrote a story about a psychic who escapes to another world and saves the princess.  He loved the story, gave me an A, and suggested I make it a novel.  I spent the next year doing that.  The Miscria was…well, it was a first novel, and didn’t sell to publishers.  I put it away, went into the Air Force, lived life, had kids…  When I wanted a project I felt was doable while homeschooling and raising toddlers, I pulled it out and reread it. 

I cringed.  The character was too cool to live.  Seriously, who suddenly comes into telepathic abilities and stays well-adjusted?  The more I thought about it, the more problems Deryl had, until I had to put him in an asylum for his own good!  That became the first book, Mind Over Mind.  The story was now too big (and too awesome) for a single novel.

What do you do when you’re not writing/editing or thinking about writing/editing?  Playing Munchkin or D&D with Rob and the kids, cleaning house, watching some TV, or enduring circuit torture—I mean, going to circuit training.  I joined a gym in January because I was tired of being the general shape and consistency of Jello pudding in a human bag.  It’s also great for blog fodder, although not nearly as torturous as the first month.  You can catch my adventures with the treadmill and Ryion, Trainer of the Pudding Bags, each Wednesday at http://fabianspace.blogspot.com.

What are your thoughts about promotion?  Have to do it; wish I knew what really worked and what was a waste of time.

What are your current projects? I’m writing Mind Over All, the final book in the trilogy.  It’s been a blast, because the characters are taking this in a whole different direction than I intended.  Alugiac, my villain, is redeemed.  Sachiko and Joshua are having some serious relationship issues.  Deryl gets the bends.  This book has been coming in fits and starts.  I get inspired for 5000 words and run into a logjam.  Sometimes, I have to go back and rework a scene; other times, I just let it mull for a day or two, then wham! Inspiration again.

What do you plan for the future?  I’ll start another novel, maybe Gapman: From the Case Files of DragonEye, PI, although I have several in mind:  Another trilogy, Damsels and Knights, which is a spinoff of the DragonEye books and involves Police Chief Santry; Rosary Club, women’s fic about a bunch of biddies at a Catholic parish who use praying the rosary as an opportunity to gossip; Climax, about a widower coming to terms with promiscuous wife and learning to love again; and another untitled about a scientist who has to go back in time in other dimensions—and in and out of people’s minds—in order to stop all the dimensions from bleeding into each other.  I’ve also been asked to write a novel in the Chronicles of the Ruahim series, which will be a challenge, as I’ve not written in someone else’s universe since I did Star Trek fanfic.  (Except for a couple of short pieces for Avenir Eclectia.)  So, you know, not much in the mental hopper.

Tell us about the current book you’re promoting.

Mind Over Psyche:  Deryl isn’t crazy; he’s psychic.  Desperate to escape the insane asylum, Deryl teleports to Kanaan, a world of telepaths who regard him as an oracle.  But freedom comes at a price.  The Kanaan expect their oracle to teach them to use their powers to wage war.  Meanwhile, he’s falling in love, but to be with her means to share his psyche, which could drive her insane.  Most dangerous of all, he hasn’t escaped the Call of the Master, enemy of the Kanaan, whose telepathic manipulations were why Deryl was committed in the first place.  Now, the Master will forge Deryl’s powers into a weapon to kill all he loves or destroy his mind trying.

What comes first: the plot or characters?  Depends on the story, but usually characters.  I may have an idea of the trouble they get into, but most often, they find it for me.

How did you decide how your characters should look?  I try to be minimal on looks, giving just enough clues to tell them apart and letting the reader fill in the rest.  I’m not a big visual thinker, so I concentrate more on how they feel and act.

Did your book require a lot of research? If so, what kind?  The first book in the trilogy introduced Joshua, a psychiatric intern who was skilled in neuro linguistic programming.  I adapted a lot of case studies I found and also used what I learned to define how he reacted and studied people.  Mind Over Psyche is more in the realm of my imagination, as is Mind Over All, although I’ve had to do some medical research because Deryl gets himself into trouble I wasn’t expecting.

Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you?  Why or why not?  I’m not into gratuitous anything, so all my stuff is low- (or medium-) key for the most part.  I can write violence, but I don’t write sex scenes.  Sex is a private expression of love between two people, real or imagined, and I keep it that way.  These books do, however, have some innuendo and some frank consequences about sex.  Both Joshua and Sachiko had bad relationships that led to abortions, and both will heal throughout the trilogy.  Deryl is mentally manipulated by another psychic, and sex (or at least sexual feelings) will play a part in that.  These books are best for readers 16 and up.

How long does it take to write a book, and what is your process?  I can’t answer this.  It depends on the book.  Some go as quick as three months; one took as long as three years.  I speed up or slow down depending on the state of my life.  (Since this isn’t a money-generating career, my writing priorities go up and down.)  As for process, it varies.  For some cases, I adapt a story plot from elsewhere to the characters I already have.  (Greater Treasures is basically The Maltese Falcon in the DragonEye universe.)  Other times, I have a general idea and some characters and I just sit down, write, and let them go.  Still other times, especially when a book isn’t driving me, I’ll come up with scenes or ideas.  I’ll write and record these in Storylines, a very nice program for keeping and organizing notes.

What are your current books out right now, and what are the books coming up for release?  I have six novels, three anthologies that I edited, and multiple more I have a story in.  Rather than explain them all, go to http://fabianspace.com, pick a genre and check them out.  Mind Over Psyche, release date of September 15, is the latest, and at this time, the only one I know of coming out.

What advice would you give a new writer starting out?  Write. Learn about writing.  Practice. Get critique.  Accept rejection, learn from it if you can, and move on.

What do you look for in a book when you sit down to read for fun?  Entertain me.  Clean fun, characters I care about, romance optional, magic and aliens a plus.

What, if anything, bugs you when you read a novel?  Characters being built up one way, then acting totally differently.  Characters being or saying something stupid or obvious because it helps bring home a point for the author.  Long descriptions. Novels more concerned about Message and Theme than story and character.

Describe your writing space. I have a large rolltop desk I love. It’s a mess—bills on one table under an empty dinner plate, notebook on the pullout shelf, address book on the cat cushion by the screen (yes, the cat has a special spot on my desk, and there’s a cushion under the table for the dog), post it notes on the screen reminding me of things I forget to do anyway, and miscellaneous dreck on the other side of the screen, including tape, phone, keys, notebook and fizzy water.  I’m in the basement, which I don’t like because it’s always too cold and dark for my taste.  When we move, I want a study upstairs in a bright room with windows.

What has been your favorite part of being an author? What has been your least favorite?  Favorite part:  writing stories, because I get to live the lives of my characters and discover new things and have adventures I’d never want to have in reality.  Least favorite:  checking up on sales and Amazon ranks.

What was your most embarrassing moment as an author? I don’t embarrass easily, but my least favorite thing is when someone says, “Oh, you write science fiction?  Have you read…” and rattles off their favorite authors as if my reading them were a qualification of some kind.  Since I’m an eclectic reader of multiple genres and have a terrible memory for names, I don’t enjoy conversations that are primarily name dropping.

How can we find you? Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc.?




Excerpt 1:


Joshua returned to consciousness fully expecting to be in a hospital bed, his slashed throat swathed in bandages, his singing career over before it had started. His hands moved to his throat, found it bare and intact and breathed a prayer of thanks before opening his eyes.
He found himself on his back in a small, tree-lined meadow, but he didn’t recognize the trees.
He sat up slowly, more disoriented than dizzy. Had he had amnesia? “Sachiko?” he called. “Mom? Dad? Anyone?”
He saw Deryl lying on his side, unconscious. Not far from him, near a break in the treeline, stood—
Joshua gulped.
A unicorn!
…or something like a unicorn. Its rhinoceros-like horn and thick neck and shoulders made it a far scarier version than any Joshua had read about in fantasy novels. It stared straight at them.
Joshua licked dry lips. “Easy fella,” he soothed, and reached over to shake his friend. “Deryl, time to wake up.”
Part of Joshua’s mind gibbered that Deryl was really psychic, that he’d teleported them to an alien planet. Another part argued that he was dreaming or had gone insane himself. He told them both to shut up, but he couldn’t stop his breathing from accelerating or his hands from trembling as he shook his friend.
Deryl’s eyelids fluttered, then closed.
He’s drugged. Malachai’s zombiefied him again, and we’re stuck on another world!
He shook his friend harder. “Come on, man! Don’t do this to me. Wake up!”
Joshua heard hoof beats and turned in time to see several unicorns with red-clad riders approach from the trail. He vaguely noted they looked human, before his eyes focused on the swords they drew.
He did the only thing he could think of. He raised his arms, palms open, and said, “We come in peace!”
The warrior he faced, a scowling man with a narrow head, wide-set eyes, and a pocked and scarred face, didn’t understand him or didn’t care. He arched his sword toward Joshua.
Joshua covered his head with his arms and ducked.





Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Richard Whitten Barnes, Luzon




AUTHOR: Richard Whitten Barnes
BOOK TITLE: LUZON
GENRE: Historical fiction
PUBLISHER: Wings ePress, Inc.

Please tell us about yourself.
I am a retired Chemical Marketing Exec. Was lucky enough to have a job that included a lot of international travel, so I have seen quite a bit of life.  I think that helps a lot in my imagery and character development. My university training was technical, so I always had a thirst for history. While I write mysteries, I love the research that goes into historical fiction.

Please tell us your latest news.
My latest BIG news is winning the 2012 first runner-up at the Military Writers Society of America for historical fiction. My latest SMALL news is having Parks Canada sell my books in their bookstore next year when my new manuscript is published.

Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?
I write every day and have for the past five years. This fall I plan to take a hiatus and spend some time on marketing, something I have not been doing enough of.

When and why did you begin writing?
On a lark I took a course in short story writing. A friend invited me into his writers group, and prodded me into turning my short story idea into a book.

What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book published was inspired by my background in chemistry. Oil prices were skyrocketing, and I had the idea that if a chemist found a way to make petroleum products dirt cheap, a lot of bad guys would want to get their hands on it—the makings of a good thriller.

What do you do when you’re not writing/editing or thinking about writing/editing?
Ask my wife. She thinks I do nothing else. Actually I am writing this from our cottage in Northern Ontario where I love to ply my 16 foot sailboat, and thank providence for beauty of the area.

What are your thoughts about promotion?
Like all writers for an independent publisher, I have come to the conclusion that spending money is not the answer. Social networking is what we must learn to do better. I am a slow but dedicated learner. For instance, I do not blog. I know this is an excellent tool and am looking for a niche to write about. (Giving writing tips is way over-done). There are ways to utilize Facebook and Goodreads that I am belatedly getting a grip on.

What was the toughest criticism given to you? What was the biggest compliment? 
The toughest criticism came from my first two editors. Thank god for them! My stories were good, but my form was awful. What a learning experience! My biggest complement came from a creative writing teacher (not mine, but a man I know casually) who read two of my short stories and was most supportive. We writers thrive on positive feedback, and his was an inspiration.

 Did those change how or what you did in your next novel?
Absolutely.

Do you ever have writer’s block? If so, how do you get through it?
I have writer’s road bumps. For instance, in my current MS, I worried how I was going to have my heroine get herself into a crisis predicament, yet make it believable. I spent days worrying about that. I have the same block others do in thinking about a new project, but have not yet experienced the inability to put words on paper.

Did you learn anything from writing your book, and what was it?
As an historical writer, I learn new things constantly. As I said above the research is one of my favorite parts of writing. Even in my mysteries, I researched venues and facts so the reader would feel he/she was there, and my story would ring true.

Who is your publisher and how did you connect with them?
Wings ePress is an “indie” near  Louisville. They put out a good product. Four of my five novels are with them. Like most new writers, I submitted them a script, they read it and sent me a contract. I did have a choice, as a California company was interested, but Wings had been in business longer.

What is your marketing plan?
I’ve bought some books on social networking marketing, and as I said above, my goal this fall is to 1)search for an agent for my current MS, and 2) Practice what I preach about social networking.

What are your current projects?
Another historical novel.  It has to do with the Americans' 1814 burning of Fort St. Joseph which was an outpost in near Sault Ste. Marie to protect British fur trading interests.

What do you plan for the future?
O dear! Stay healthy, cut down on my bourbon, sick to my exercise program, you know.

What genre do you write in and why?
I write Mystery/Thriller and Historical Fiction. Why? Well I told you about the fun I have doing research. I do put a little romance in my stories, but can’t quite get into Romance novels. My wife wants me to do a children’s book, because I used to make up stories for our kids when they were little. I am not a cerebral writer. My forte is believable dialogue, so writing non-fiction is probably out.

Tell us about the current book you’re promoting.
My current book, LUZON,is a story about a first generation Japanese American whose family is interred. He becomes recruited by a beautiful O.S.S. agent to go on a mission to rescue an American officer in Luzon, after the Bataan death march.

What gave you the idea for this particular book?
A Japanese American in my company was used as a coast watcher and spy by the US military in WWII. He would be dropped off on a Pacific island and picked u later. His stories intrigued me.

Do you outline before you write?
Generally no.   

If not, what’s your initial process?
To be truthful, everyone outlines—at least in their head. I have a general  idea about how the story should end—otherwise why write it—but when I start writing the plot more or less takes me along. It is the most amazing phenomenon. Other writers say they experience this. I never would have believed it. My best situations are when the story just takes me there, because it is the logical sequence of events.

What comes first: the plot or characters?
I have done it both ways.

Which of your characters do you love/hate/fear/pity the most and why?
I kind of fell in love with Risa Manceda, my O.S.S. agent.  Smart and beautiful.
My current heroine has a sad demise, so I guess I pity her.
I’ve written a couple of really bad actors in THE FAIRCLOTH REACTION and my current MS.

Which characters were the hardest to develop and why?
Good question. I think developing the villain in my current story was hard. I wanted him to be despicable, but as I got into his head, and wrote of his dismal beginnings, I began to understand him a little.

How did you decide how your characters should look?
My! That is a good question. Really they just pop into my head. I do remember changing a character’s appearance so as not to be too much like another.

What was the process of creating this book from the first idea to the final published book?
Not sure I know the answer to this. I will say that I write in longhand in a spiral notebook. I will use the first several pages to jot down ideas, even a VERY rough outline just to get my thoughts straight. I may write down references for research. For historical novels, I usually have an historical time line to coincide with my fictional timeline. I try to write 500 to 1000 words per day. Sometimes I write zero, on a really good day, I might hit 1200 or more. Then I transfer that into the computer which I consider a first edit.

Did your book require a lot of research? If so, what kind?
LUZON required a great deal of research. Details about the early WWII days in the Philippines, the prison camps, Japanese interment in the USA, The Spy schools, both Army and O.S.S.

Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you?  Why or why not?
Yes, indeed. I have them in all but one of my books. Can’t help think about my daughters reading the stuff! But I do it, if it adds to the story and is a logical sequence of events. In other words I don’t shy away from them.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I think writing about the internment camps was the hardest. It is such a sensitive subject, I wanted to get it right.

How long does it take to write a book, and what is your process?
My last two books were started in the autumn, finished in late spring, edited over the summer, published in the following autumn. So, I’d say it takes me about a year.

What are your current books out right now, and what are the books coming up for release?
THE FAIRCLOTH REACTION
THE CORYDON SNOW
BRINK
BAD MEDICINE
LUZON
As stated above my current MS (FORGOTTEN ROOTS) is out querying for an agent.

What advice would you give a new writer starting out?
That would depend on his/her goals. Writing for a living, or for pleasure?

Certainly I would take some classes. My minimal training in a short story class did not prepare me for what I had to learn by making a lot of mistakes.

One thing, especially for a younger person with limited world experience, would be to READ!  I don’t do enough of it. They say all good writers are voracious readers. But if you haven’t spent enough time seeing how people other than yourself live, you cannot write about them well.

What, if anything, bugs you when you read a novel?
I don’t like the author to expound on a detail he knows a great deal about, but has little to do with moving the story along. I’ve been guilty of this myself, after researching an interesting fact that I thought was cool, but would have bored the reader. This was one of my early mistakes, and I didn’t realize I was doing it until my editor (God love her) called me on it.

What book are you currently reading? What do you like or not like about it?
THE LAST KIND WORDS by Tom Piccarilli. I am only three chapters into it, but I can say he’s a fine writer. Don’t know how the story will hold up.

How can we find you?
Website:
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Goodreads:

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

J.D. Brown, Athena's Oracle, a Web Series







What Is a Book Serial?

Serials are books published in episodes or small chunks such as a chapter. This format allows the reader the unique experience of enjoying the story as the author creates it.


What Is a Web Series?

Web series are episodes that are released on the Internet, usually free for readers to access and enjoy.

Book serials were extremely popular in the 1800s and, thanks to e-books, blogging, and the Internet, the trend is now making a speedy comeback in the publishing industry!

I invite you to check out my online serial book, Athena’s Oracle. Every 1st of the month, a new chapter is added, completely free for your enjoyment, and will continue to do so until the story reaches its conclusion.



About Athena’s Oracle by J.D. Brown:

Leena’s ‘gift of sight’ secures her place as the next great oracle of Athena. Instead of being groomed for wifehood like other girls, Leena spends her days within the walls of the Acropolis, shuffled around by the clergy and doomed to be a virgin forever. Before her ascension, Leena decides to take matters into her own hands. With the help of her father’s book of alchemy, she casts an incantation calling forth her own personal hero. But when that hero turns out to be a rogue vampyre prince with a haunted past, Leena begins to question if her feelings for him are the work of divine intervention, or a love spell gone horribly wrong.

Athena’s Oracle is a prequel to the novels Dark Heirloom and Dark Liaison, also by J.D. Brown. Set in 4th century B.C.E., Athena’s Oracle chronicles the romance between Leena and Jalmari during the very early trials of their immortal lives.





About J.D. Brown:

J.D. Brown writes Urban Fantasy for MuseItUp Publishing, as well as a monthly “how-to” newsletter column for PDMI Freelance Publishing. She graduated from The International Academy of Design and Technology with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts and currently lives in Wisconsin with her two Pomeranians. J.D. loves paranormal characters; from vampires and werewolves, demons and angels, to witches and ghost. She is a self-proclaimed expert in vampire and Greek mythology. Her writings are often a combination of suspense and romance. J.D. enjoys helping her fellow writers and interacting with her fans and leads an active life on the web.

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