Wednesday, 30 April 2014

"Z" is for ... Zzzz

Third day of my blogtour and we've two stops: I'm guest posting over at Scribbler’s Sojourn and Reading by the Book has a review.

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I can't believe it's been over a month since I've had the internet at home. We've narrowed the problem down to two, possibly three, trees that are in the way. The only problem is that apart from our big chainsaw needing service before it'll start, my fiancé fractured his finger the weekend before last during his monthly motorcross crazy so he can't possibly cut any trees anyway.
Top that with it being the second, and final, week of the school holidays, a time where I don't even bother trying to write because ... well, it's hard to write anything when you're bombarded by boardgames followed by more ... joyous ... boardgames.
I feel so unproductive. In fact, I'm pretty sure I've been sleeping for the past three days. Maybe I still am...

Here's to hoping May is merciful and my daughter's birthday plans don't get derailed.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

"Y" is for Introducing

Day two of my blogtour. This time, an interview at Keep Calm & Write On...

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Name: Yardain
Story: The Rogue King
Status: Roguess

I like to think of Yardain as a woman who's seen that many strange things happening in the desert that she's no longer fazed. She would've seen Rogues come and go, likely dictating a few of those passings. And when the Rogue King came along to upset the balance she'd ordered, she still managed to get his giant, lizard ass into line.
Somewhere along the way, she gained a bit of a back-story — and a son who she gave up — that didn't make it into the actual novel. A bit of a pity.


I think I've done about three pictures of this woman, changing more and more of her clothing. I started off with something muted, but most Roguesses are flamboyant things and, it took a bit of fussing through my digital wardrobe to be satisfied that this was something she would wear. And whilst she is old, I figured there wouldn't be too many wrinkles happening when you're covered in scales.

Monday, 28 April 2014

"X" is for eXpelliarmus

And also eXciting, seeing that my blogtour starts today with a Top Ten over at Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews.

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I never thought there'd come a day I'd be doing a Harry Potter post, but my daughter had just finished reading the last of the books, so I guess that's justified. I'm learning about the world through osmosis, including the spells/curses. She's obsessed, first reading one of the books, then spending a weekend watching all the movies, comparing the plot. I've lost count how many times she's watched them.

I could say I have no idea how she turned into a potterhead, but really, I've no one to blame but myself. I had the first two books kicking about, unread, and she was running out of stories to challenge her, so I gave my nearly-seven-year-old the first book and big mouth me told her if she liked it, I'd get the rest.

Honestly, I had no idea how fast she could read until then. I swear, it's me all over again. I don't recall being this frustrating to find suitable books for as a child.

And, boy, does she read, sometimes falling asleep with the book as a pillow. I have proof of this. But it's on my camera right now and that's at home, whereas I'm not (yeah, it's been a month with no net at home, now). With other books being a buffer, it's taken her about a year to finish them all. But I think such a milestone deserves a reward. Like maybe some more books...

I wonder how she'd handle The Hobbit...

Saturday, 26 April 2014

"W" is for Winner

Yes, my giveaway for an ebook of Golden Dawn has finished and that means someone has won!
Who won?

*drum roll*

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congrats, Crystal!

Friday, 25 April 2014

"V" is for Very Big Kitty

So far, I've introduced Charlie & Crumble, FizzyWhip, Cinnamon and Mama ... but that leaves out one cat. Charlie's brother, Simba. The biggest of the lot and the one my three-month-pregnant self almost went down a bank to rescue.

I think he might be half panther

Yes, he's huge. Not full Maine Coon huge, but still a long, solid kitty weighing in at 6kg (about 13lb). Yet, for all his size, he has the quietest voice. Often, all we see is a flash of pink as his mouth opens.
And, boy, is he one longsuffering cat, putting up with my daughter's cuddling beyond what the others will tolerate (he's also the only one she can pick up without objections). And occasionally being used as a pillow.

*ahem* That's not a pillow, sweetie

Thursday, 24 April 2014

"U" is for Uh...

Ever get that feeling when you write? That soggy blankness that envelops the plot you had seen so clearly an hour, even a few minutes, ago?
Yeah. I think we've all been there somewhere along the way. In the past, I referred to it as "writing myself into the corner". It came from not having a clear end goal. I don't get that quite so much now. It's part of the joy of having a basic outline.
No, now I suffer from burnouts. I blame this on writing so fast that I get ahead of myself. Either the characters stop talking first or the background'll fade, leaving me with dialogue and breaks full of [???].

To clear my head, I take a deliberate step back from the writing. Perhaps I'll play a computer game or watch TV or work on something else ... basically anything that get me away from that story. Often, the storyline creeps back into my brain like an ignored puppy pawing at my leg for attention.

What do you do to get rid of a case of "Uh..."?

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

"T" is for Time

Any story has some involvement with timeframes. Most of them, outside of the epics, are quite small. I have a few of those. Dark One's Mistress takes just over a fortnight, whereas the whole storylines of Golden Dawn and Dark One's Bride conclude in a week.

Then there's the middle ground, which I find is the popular timeframe across the genres. I certainly have more here:  Crimson Night, Anubis' Handmaiden, Witch of Morthin, Dragon ... they all take about a year, give or take a few months. Aelfah goes for a little longer. This is, strangely enough, also the area where I struggle. I'm not sure why. Small gaps and big gaps work, but the medium ones ... they take some fiddling to right. I wonder why.

And, of course, I have the other end of the spectrum. Starting with The Rogue King Saga and taking in the timeline of the Godless Series, it's a whopping 54 years. That's not factoring in the backstory, worldbuilding or even novellas. If I did, that'd make the whole thing several thousand years long.


In the past, I kept the timelines straight in my head or laid out in a simple format using Excel. But as I get more stories, I find myself relying more and more on those external sources to keep them straight, especially my epic. And Excel grew too messy when going backwards or weaving other storylines into, so I've moved on to a program dedicated to timeframes.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

"S" is for Introducing...

Name: Shirain
Story: The Rogue King
Status: High Priestess

The first agonist pitied against my poor Main Character, Koral, as well as the catalyst.
Whilst all my other baddies grew worse with every major rewrite, Shirain pretty much stayed as she is now; a fanatical and outright crazy lady (I could go on, but let's not go down that slippery slope).
Even though she's introduced quite early on in the story, I like to think her actions left a lingering presence on my other character's lives. ^_^

I think, if I ever had the courage to load such a prop-heavy scene again, the only thing I would change is her hair seeing as I've now got access to one such model that would have her closer to how I see her.

Monday, 21 April 2014

"R" is for The Rogue King Release

Who loves ya, ya big lizardman?
That's right, I do!
Yes, that's right. All my troubles means it's out a little early! So today is the official release of The Rogue King. After seventeen years of writing, editing and redoing it all, it has been released into the world!
*scream*
I'm totally fan-girling over here.
Can you fan-girl over your own book? I hope so!

The blogtour, hosted by Juniper Grove Book Solutions, will begin on the 28th. And there'll be prizes. So many prizes! Signed paperbacks, limited edition bookmarks and more!

The full blogtour list is here.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

"Q" is for Quietly Cracking Up Over Here

Seriously, I am. Going through 200+ emails once-twice a week whilst sitting in someone else's house is all but killing me. That's no way to read stuff. Trying to drag about logs that are heavier than my eight year old may just finish me off. Although, if this wind keeps up, I may keep my internet for a short while longer.

It really does settle nicely with all the disasters that have happened in getting any of my books out. We had power cuts last year when I got contracts, then my fiancé's car broke down, taking the editing payment with it and, later, my car went out in sympathy, stalling a few other details... we trucked on through all of that. Now to have this... some times you just have to laugh.

So! In order to ensure it was out ... I released The Rogue King on Amazon site several days before I wanted to, for the sole reason I could not guarantee I'll be on the web then. I've been ever so thankful for the schedule feature.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

"O" is for Outlines

I seem to be doing a lot of outlining lately. I didn't used to, but it has become an enormous help when juggling stories. At the moment, I'm a little nervous that Aelfah will morph itself into a duology, but I plan to type the whole story first and worry about that later.
When my internet died three weeks ago, I sort of wandered aimlessly for a while. Then my muse kicked into overdrive and I began tearing Aelfah apart. I've since put it aside to finalise the outline for Dark One's Bride, but not before adding 8,000 new words to the Aelfah tale. In fact, I also seem to be jumping from one to the other.


For now Aelfah is going through some major changes, much like I did when I rewrote Dragon. A lot of the alterations are minor ones: how my Heroine's family interacted, what they both do for a crust. She's left the university setting, going straight into the workforce. On the flip-side, his job didn't change, just twisted slightly.
The bigger changes relate to how the two Main Characters meet and wind up together. It makes their relationship slower, probably more plausible if I'm honest, but it also means the big reveal takes longer. I've a feeling I'm going to need to sprinkle a few hints here and there.
The biggest change is uplifting the whole story to my homeland. Well ... the south island, anyway. Yeah, I have a story based in New Zealand (the first half, anyway). I guess it had to happen eventually. At least Aelfah fits quite nicely amongst the ferns and the tuis.


So while I'm hippity-hopping between worlds, I leave you with the couple from Aelfah.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

"N" is for Names

More specifically, the names in my books. One of my stories doesn't even name where they are. Another one just names the cities. And my epic? Well, just look at this...

For The Rogue King Saga there are a lot of names. I've even named places that, to my knowledge, don't actually appear in the book. And, if they do, they never actually went there.

You've got your two continents: Cynati and Zan. Four islands: Tepol, Jepol, Japek and Loudan. Seas: Kravin Sea, Uncharted Sea and Tymordian Sea. Let's not forget the two main lakes: Teron and Mystic.
You've got your three kingdoms: Mora, Maxia, and Predonia. Then there are the cities: Prewa, Catsckin, Wolka, Contra, Biry, Cyahai, Maxia City, Port Eag, Rapton, Predonia City, Ssstrad and, finally, Mezan.
And the other landmarks: Nomad Camp, Rogue Rise, Meeting Hill, Kamorn Ania (Death Forest), Eternal Storm, Mount Taruthinthe, Flower Canyon, Tooth of Defora.


That's a lot of places. Thank goodness I'm planning on doing two series and a few novellas there.


Now the Dark One’s Trilogy is an interesting beast. I'm not sure what I was on when I decided the names, but I like 'em. The kingdoms themselves do not have names. Purely because I haven't thought of one I like.

In one kingdom you have Everdark, Endlight, Neardim, Darkwood and Port Dank. At its centre is Mount Winding and from there you can see the mighty Murkwater River as well as the Pillars of Endlight. It was meant to sound gloomy.
Whereas their rival kingdom is ruled by the Ebony Court at Ne’ermore with the closest city to their enemy being Q'oth (and I chuckle to myself every time I write that).



Of my Works in Progress ... sometimes they sprout names when I need them, other times, the idea comes fully formed with names attached. Sometimes these get wipes and reattached.

The Mirror Witch Duology has a few still clinging to the plot. Morthin and Awthern have always been what I've called the kingdoms as is The Isles have always been known as The Isles, whereas Pannis, Angur and Fid are a few of the villages sprinkled along the path.

Dragon is set entirely in the kingdom of Kalon. Most of the names mentioned are dragon related, such as Mountain Hall, Great Tree and Hroff Cavern. But the humans have Byron’s Peak and imaginatively named the high mountain range the Dragon’s Spine.

Now Aelfah is set in our time and in my home country, New Zealand, and stays in that town for its time on Earth. But the tale also goes to outer space where we deal in planets with called Kicttik and Falorcan, as well as blackmarket spacecrafts like the infamous Spectre City. Of course, like the kingdoms of the Dark One's Trilogy, I've not settled on a name for the Aelfahian homeworld.


If you're wondering how I keep all these names together... I've several files scattered about the place in various folders. Not very orderly, but I'm keeping them it together, so it must be working.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

BLOGTOUR - Legends of Windemere: Family of the Tri-Rune

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen
Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Legends of Windemere: Family of the Tri-Rune has Arrived!!!

Buy it Here for $2.99!

Book Blurb: The magical adventure continues after Luke Callindor and his friends recover from their battles in Haven. Nyx still has nightmares about casting the genocide spell in Hero’s Gate. Every night her heart is gripped by the sensation of hundreds of goblins dying by her magic. By the request of Lord Highrider and Duke Solomon, she is returning to fix the damage she caused. With Luke Callindor and Sari by her side, Nyx is ready to face the vengeful goblins and opportunistic thieves that plague Hero’s Gate. Yet, there is a darker threat that was born from her violated magic: The Krypters. It is another action-packed, character driven story that will reveal one of our heroes has been lied to for their entire life.


Wondering what you’re in for? Check out the praise earned by the first three installments of this high fantasy series...

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen
Cover Art by Jason Pedersen
 Review Excerpts for Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero: “I greatly enjoyed the vivid characters, the gripping plot, and the refreshingly unique writing style (present tense). ” – kdillmanjones “One of the things that won me over was the bouts of humor. Especially in the beginning. "This is not possible! I am a Paladin!" I thought I was going to die with delight.” – C.N. Faust




Cover Art by Jason Pedersen
Cover Art by Jason Pedersen
Review Excerpts for Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower: “Nyx is such a strong personality. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her and more of the other characters, new and already known, with the rich tapestry of Windemere unfolding in between intense actions scenes and moments of kindness and budding friendships.” – Danielle Taylor “Almost like the Harry Potter series. The books start out so young and innocent, but by the last book - watch out!” -- Momto4Booklover

Cover by Jason Pedersen
Cover Art by Jason Pedersen
Review Excerpts for Legends of Windemere: Allure of the Gypsies: “One of the things I love most about this series are all the characters! They are developed so well that I feel like I know them personally. Even the newly introduced characters fit in immediately.” – BarbBookWorm “Let's talk about action. The author creates interesting action sequences with believable use of fantasy elements. He is very creative. There are also good sections where the characters stretch out and we get to know them better.” – Donald L. Mitchell “Music Lover”






Charles author photo B&W
Author Biography: Charles Yallowitz was born and raised on Long Island, NY, but he has spent most of his life wandering his own imagination in a blissful haze. Occasionally, he would return from this world for the necessities such as food, showers, and Saturday morning cartoons. One day he returned from his imagination and decided he would share his stories with the world. After his wife decided that she was tired of hearing the same stories repeatedly, she convinced him that it would make more sense to follow his dream of being a fantasy author. So, locked within the house under orders to shut up and get to work, Charles brings you Legends of Windemere. He looks forward to sharing all of his stories with you and his wife is happy he finally has someone else to play with.

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"M" is for Introducing...

Name: Ma'at
Story: Anubis' Handmaiden
Status: Goddess

This is the feather of truth, the one Ancient Egyptians believed their Ka was weighed against. Depending on the text the Ka had to be lighter than the feather, whilst others believed it had to be level to grant entry.
Seeing that she's supposed to be the embodiment of all the good things that gets a person into Aaru, I imagine she would have quite the pleasant demeanour. And because she does this task with Anpu and watches Ammut destroy those who don't pass muster, I believed the two would have a friendly, if not downright sibling-like, relationship.


Typically, Ma'at is shown with a white feather sticking into the side of her head (or as her head). I opted to make the feather part of her hair, erect only when doing the weighing and, thus, also wanted to show her upon the scales.

Monday, 14 April 2014

"L" is for a Lucky Mama

She's actually happy here...
Mama came to us eight years ago. She was the lost-looking cat who'd been dumped on the side of the road with her two little boys. I'm not sure what would've come of the three had we not spied her. I've seen some strays around here, mostly kittens and their mothers snacking on road kill who vanish at the sight of us, and I hate to think our trio could've turned out just like them...

As I mentioned last week, Mama has been through some bad times. We seriously thought we were going to lose her a few weeks back. She went through a terrible scary patch involving face swelling, x-rays, blood tests and, ultimately, the removal of an infected tooth. She's still undergoing treatments, but responding well so it seems we're beating the bugger.

*fingers crossed*

Saturday, 12 April 2014

"K" is for Kitten

So out household has six cats and I've already introduced you to three: FizzyWhip, Charlie & Crumble. The youngest of that trio is the Fizz. He turned four in January ... much to my surprise.
But Cinnamon, our youngest addition, isn't even old enough to be spayed (and will be under house arrest until then).

I is a potato now

Unlike the others, she doesn't have a rescue story. This kitty wasn't a side of the road save or from somewhere like the SPCA. This baby was a pet store kitten, bought in a moment of awws. Well, that and several days of thinking about her before cracking and bringing her home.
She's buddied-up with Fizzy. Seeing the pair play is ... funny considering he's twice her size and generally just flips her which annoys the heck out of her.

See, my daughter and I both go to cat shows. We've been going for a few years now. She loves helping out, even if we only go to the shows that take domestic entries. In the past, I've taken my Fizz and she takes Mama.
But we're retiring Mama. The girl's ten now, has been enjoying the shows less and less (unlike Fizzy, who lets himself be admired, then goes to sleep in the cage) and, to top it off, she's just been through some bad times.

So Cinnamon will be replacing her for my daughter. Hopefully, this little kitten will do as well as her predecessor. Either way, she's sure to enjoy the spoils.

Oh, shows = new toys

Friday, 11 April 2014

"J" is for Jessie (and his doggie friend)

Seriously, you've even got a stick in the photo
Along with our six cats, we shared our home with two of the most brainless Border Collies I've ever come across. On paper, they're my father's dogs, but they spend more time with my aunt and myself. Both of them are afraid of our neighbour's sheep and are routinely chased by the kitten.
The oldest is Jessie, and generally mistaken for being female. He is obsessed with sticks and fetch (or as
knows it 'get the stick'). He will actually offer you twigs no wider than his mouth to throw. Twigs!



His playmate is Benji (even though, he's often called Benny). He's
... I suppose you could call it cunning.
Often, when we play fetch, he'll let Jessie go and get the stick, waylay him when he's on his way back, and then runs off only to drop the stick somewhere for Jessie to bring back to the thrower.

On the flipside, if Ben actually gets it first, then Jessie waits nearby for him to drop it.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

"I" is for It's Getting Lonely Over Here

The one thing I like about blogging is being able to meet new people, communicate with them and follow their blogs. I tend to do so as soon as I get a new follower and having my routine disrupted is tearing my hair out. In fact, it's ruined most of my mornings where I used to read blogs whilst breaking the old nightly fast.

So if you've dropped by and started following me any time over the last few weeks. Rest assure I'm not actively ignoring you. Once I've got the internet back at my house (hopefully this weekend), I will be combing through all my A to Z posts and following every person who left a comment via Bloglovin'.


If you would like another follower, now would be the day to give me a shout-out in the comments.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

"H" is for HurryUp&GiveMeBackMyNet!

Seriously. This is getting old. I'm missing reading all the posts...

For those new to my blog, this will be the third week without the internet due to trees blocking my feed. We've cut down four trees so far and trimmed several others. Still no net.

So how am I typing this? How have I been replying to people at all?

Let's just say I'm getting real tired of lumping my computer to my godmother's and back twice a week to collect 200+ emails. At least it's light...ish. It's no laptop, but it is contained within the screen.

On the bright side ... my hiatus has got me typing. Not on what I probably should be typing. *cough*darkone'sbride*cough*crimsonnight*cough* But I do have 8,000 words on a fresh rewrite of Aelfah and some additions to Dark One's Bride.

I just wish I could research a few things using, you know, the NET!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

"G" is for Introducing...

Name: Gettie
Story: Dark One's Mistress
Status: Steward

Although they have nothing in common, Gettie and Sirius appeared together in my world-building. Made sense, seeing that I saw them as both in charge of the citadel.
But where Sirius is meant to give off an air of creepiness, Gettie was to be his foil, the voice of reason. That isn't to say she's wise, because she did end up in the Great Lord's service and... well, no one does that without tripping somewhere along the way.
Just don't underestimate her knife-wielding skills.


I'm quite pleased with how the lighting came out for this one.

Monday, 7 April 2014

"F" is for FizzyWhip

See this cat?


This is my gorgeous boy and he comes to many, many names... Fizzy, My precious little one, My "B", Peep 'n' Squeak, & Vhip being the most used.

His name is actually FizzyWhip. He gets called that, too.

He was gotten as a kitten from the SPCA. He's now four years old and an award winner with several first places under his little kitty belt from the years he's been at cat shows (he's just been in one this weekend gone). When we first got him, the people had named him "Buster".

I ask you. Does this face say Buster?

The answer, of course, is "no"

He has this habit of flicking his tail about when he's happy. In fact, the only time his tail isn't moving is when he's angry (we never get normal animals). On top of that, he makes this sweet little squeak that sounds like "whip". And, naturally, he's just so Fizzy...


He's my FizzyWhip. ^_^

No, Fizzy, no internet for you either.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

"E" was my Equine

I make no secret of me being a big horse fan. Despite that, I haven't seriously ridden since having my daughter. But I've owned a fair few ponies and horses, the former due to outgrowing, the latter ... well, there are a lot of reasons there. Let's put them under the branching term of "not suitable".

The longest time I've ever owned a horse has been seven years and that goes to my boy, Ticket, formally known as Ticket to Ride, commonly called "E".
Boy would've been 28/29 in this picture
He was in his twenties when we got him, bought for the grand sum of $200. He'd a sway back, scarring around his throat where he'd been tied with wire, and a lump of muscle missing from his left shoulder thanks to a bull's horn.
But that didn't stop the bugger from winning half the friggin' games I took him in. If it had barrels or bending poles, they might as well have handed me that first place ribbon at the start. It got easier once I went from English to Western because ... well now ... E was an old rodeo boy. In fact, he used to cut cattle out in the paddocks for his own amusement. Usually chasing our poor pet cow.
I got tons of stories about this old fella. From dragging my winded ass home to stealing a friend's strapless bra right off her back. ^_^
We reckon he must've been pushing thirty when old age caught up to him. 2000 was one hell of a year. I was fifteen then and bawled my eyes out, still tear up now.

So here's to you, Tickey-boy. Hope you're still harassing Cowie in big ol' horse heaven.

Friday, 4 April 2014

"D" is for Dish

The source of my joy and frustration...
As in the thing that my internet needs to well... let me connect to anyone not in my immediate family.

As I said last week, I have limited options for internet. I had run off dial-up for years, but with two connections and three people wanting to use the computers... yeah that didn't work well.

So no landline broadband, bugger all mobile signal, that leads to one thing...

Satellite!

People are still stunned on how much we pay a month to hook up to the web (I'm stunned, to be honest). But yeah... three people, remember? And two of them aren't at home during off-peak time, that's when I go crazy and get my work done before 2PM. Or I would, if I had the blasted internet!

Thursday, 3 April 2014

"C" is for Charlie ... and Crumble

Our household is home to six cats. Except for our most recent addition, all of them have been rescues. Over the month, I'll introduce you to a few of them, starting with Charlie and Crumble...


Crumble came to our house along with my fiancé. He's the oldest at eleven years and came from the Cat's Protection League. It took him a while to warm to his new family, having been just the pair of them for a while. But when he's in sop mode... he's a very plush cat. The type you want to cuddle.



Charlie on the other hand was saved right off the side of the road as a kitten along with his brother and mother. They were the stereotypical cardboard box hurtled onto some bushes. That was a little over eight years ago.

To this date, he still thinks he's the eternal kitten.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

"B" is for Butterflies ... and Books

So the first Wednesday of the month is Insecure Writer's Support Group time ... how fitting it should fall on the second letter for the A to Z Challenge.

I've made no secret about me releasing two books this month and I find myself getting increasingly nervous. I mean seriously nervous, worst than when Dark One's Mistress came out, but then, that sort of popped up whilst I was trying to participate in Nanowrimo and fight off a particularly nasty flu. And I'm strangely okay with Golden Dawn.

It's how The Rogue King will be greeted that's got me more than a little apprehensive.

Throughout the long time I've held this story close - seventeen years now - carefully teasing out the heart until I came to publishing, I've never had a hateful comments thrown at me about it and the cynical side of me waits for them to come.
I try to keep the dreads at bay by going over what I know: several people who have never read fantasy say they didn't expect to enjoy it, but still did. And there was that one guy who said the first few chapters reminded him of a famous (and very much departed) author.
I also know that not everyone will like it. I don't like some of the popular stories so who am I to expect unanimous cheer? I also keep hearing the last small publisher and how they claimed it unmarketable (I also hear they went under, so maybe I dodged the bullet). That last thought brings a strange mixture of rage and anxiety. It was, after all, the final straw that lead me to self publishing.

But have I let it blind me? I didn't run headlong into this decision, it's taken over a year of research and I've run the gamut of editing. Or is it just me letting the butterflies take over?

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Breathless Release and Romantic Flop Bloghop

So, if you're looking for my A to Z post... that's here.

This is Krista McLaughlin's Romantic Flop Bloghop.

The Rules
Share your romantic flop story on your website on April 1st – 3rd. You can tell a real story from your life or you can make up a romantic flop! Be sure to use the blog-hop button and the details about my book release!

Now I've never been much of a romantic. I know, horror. Wouldn't think of it to read my stories, would you? Okay, I'm a terrible secret romantic, but only for certain things and not when I was younger...

This isn't really a flop I attempted. See in college (high school) I was... rather cold to any advances made to me. I'd no interest in romance. I didn't kiss a guy until I was eighteen (having been out of school for two years), and that was my fiancé. Was quite happy like that, in fact. Don't get me wrong.

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This is how it went down...
Science class, after lunch but before the teacher arrives. I've been quietly watching this group of fifteen-year-old boys go around asking various girls if they'll go out with their mate. It's been quietly doing this for a few weeks. I'm the last one. They're not sure what I think of me. Half the school thought I hated boys.
So, picture me: the outsider, the weird one who could pass as a Goth when not in uniform (I liked black, still do). They come over, grinning and shoving each other in some contest to speak first. "Hey, you wanna go out with Steve?"
I sneer at these boys, give their mate a pity head shake, then say "Get back to me when he's a man."

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Yeah. That was it. The sole time anyone at school tried, even in jest. In my defence, my fifteenth year was when I lost three family members. Two of them human. I'd enough going on in my life for extra drama.

"A" is for Introducing...

How nice that the first of April falls on a Tuesday, which is my normal day for introducing one of my many characters. So let's do one for "A"...

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Name: Aleena Vale
Story: Aelfah
Status: Student

It seems like forever since I did a human character for this story. But I've found myself thinking about this story a lot over the last week, so I give you the human half of this story's two Main Characters. Aleena is the one who finds herself forced to leave Earth far behind and inadvertently becomes the catalyst of an Aelfahian coup within the royal family.
I do at times feel a little bit sadistic putting her through a lot of grief before having things go from the proverbial pan to the fire. But that's what you get for getting mixed up with those of the Mark.


This image is somewhat inspired by a scene when my Scen - the other Main Character - walks into his house, flicks on a light and finds this. And after he told her to stay away... Tsk, tsk. If only your mother knew what you planned to do girl...


Can you imagine how long it takes to brush that hair? Okay, it's technically supposed to be at her hips when braided, but still. At least she's got someone to help her.