Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Five for November 21, 2014


1. I'm so close to finishing my third and final D&D novella. I'll get some extra writing time this evening as my son is at a pajama party at preschool. I'll give it that ol' NaNoWriMo push. I have peanut butter cookies ready to be baked in celebration.

2. I had a few short story rejections recently. I have only one left out there in submission. I really need to write some new short fiction to submit. My first project: a Christmas flash piece for my local critique group meeting next month.

3. I don't know if it's old age, but I have developed a habit where I talk to the books I'm reading. Most of the time, I'm alone. I've never done this before. I surprise myself with it sometimes. I always imagined myself as the crazy old book lady. So I guess talking to books is a good start.

4. I ran out of chocolate this week. With all the writing I've been doing, my appetite has soared. My imagination must be getting a major work-out. I wish it translated into actual loss of calories.

5. My son has next week off school and we'll be visiting my in-laws, so it will be a partial vacation from the interwebs for me. Pop on by for an awesome sci-fi book review on Monday and a few D&D teasers on Wednesday. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wicked Wednesday - playing telephone


Do you remember that children's game? Everyone sat in a circle. The first child whispered something into the next person's ear and the next person whispered it to a third child. As the phrase or word was passed on, it became garbled. Usually the message the last child received was nothing like the original. It was a lot of fun.

Things like that happen in our every day adult lives too. A word is forgotten in a text or a bit of gossip is misunderstood. It's a perfect tool to twist your plot. Send your protagonist to the wrong address or cause an explosive fight because of a mixed up message.

It's also a great way to trick the reader. What did the protagonist's lover really mean by that note? If the protagonist thinks the worst, so will the reader.

Simple children's games are a huge part of our fictional worlds. Games we all played as kids like hide-and-seek. A lot of horror stories have someone hiding from the stalking bad guy. Piggy in the Middle will have characters keeping something valuable away from someone. What about Hot Potato? I don't want the cursed ring, you have it. No, I don't want it! You have it. It gets passed back and forth, round and round. When the time is up, poor bloke that has the cursed ring is cooked.

What children's games do you see adult versions of frequently in stories?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Head on over to Untethered Realms

http://untetheredrealms.blogspot.com/

Pssst! Hi.
I'm over at Untethered Realms today with tips on writing The Big Lie.

Did you hear the big news yet? The brilliant authors of Untethered Realms are releasing a boxed set next month!

A collection of nine fantastic, spine-tingling stories. Magic. Mystery. Murder. Heartbreak and Hope. Defeat and Victory. The incredible and Horrific. Fantasy Uprising delivers a heaping serving of the best in fantasy.

Reborn by Cherie Reich: To save a kingdom, a prophetess must challenge Fate.

Fireseed One by Catherine Stine: On a devastated Earth in 2089, the son of a famous marine biologist must travel to a lethal hotzone with his worst enemy who helped destroy the world’s food source, to search for Fireseed One, a mythical hybrid plant that may not even exist. 

Givin' Up the Ghost by Gwen Gardner: In the haunted modern day medieval village of Sabrina shores, indigo eady must help a ghost solve his murder before she And her gang become the next victims.
The Marquis by Christine Rains: A retired demon must become the beast he loathes to save the woman he loves.

The Alpha by Christine Rains: A werewolf hunted by her pack must find a way hide or fight a battle she believes she cannot win.
The Rifters by M. Pax: In a strange wilderness town, a misplaced city gal must deal with a secret organization, a man from 1888, and a head-stealing phantom to save her missing sister.

Neverlove by Angela Brown: A tormented suicide survivor must find the power in her pain or risk the Devourer robbing her of a second chance to live, a first chance at love, and her very soul.

The Fall of Shaylar by River Fairchild: Magic is real. So is betrayal. Rivalry, jealousy, a desperate attempt to grab the magic of Shaylar—all converge to bring about the end of the precarious balance between the Five Kingdoms.

Diamonds & Dust by River Fairchild: Magic is real. So is betrayal. Two heirs. A Kingdom of dust on a troubled world. One might resurrect it. One might destroy it all.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Review for Effigy




Blurb:
The survival of a once-mighty kingdom rests in the hands of its young queen, Haleine CoileĆ”in, as it slowly succumbs to an ancient evil fueled by her husband’s cruelty.

A sadistic man with a talent for torture and a taste for murder, he is determined to burn the land and all souls within. Haleine is determined to save her kingdom and, after a chance encounter, joins forces with the leader of the people’s rebellion. She gives him her support, soon followed by her heart.

Loving him is inadvertent but becomes as natural and necessary as breathing. She lies and steals on his behalf, doing anything she can to further their cause. She compromises beliefs held all her life, for what life will exist if evil prevails?

Her journey leads to a deceiving world of magic, monsters, and gods she never believed existed outside of myth. The deeper she goes, the more her soul is stripped away, but she continues on, desperate to see her quest complete. If she can bring her husband to ruin and save her people, any sacrifice is worth the price—even if it means her life.


My review:
Haleine Coileain's hopes for a happy future are ripped to shreds by her father's loyalty to their king. She's married to a sadistic prince and only sees misery until her husband's greatest enemy, Dana, climbs through her window. No matter how dangerous it is, Haleine cannot help but love Dana, and she agrees to spy for him to help his cause to bring down her evil husband. Yet there is something darker working within the shadows, something eager for death and chaos. Can Haleine find a way to save Dana and her people, or will she be sacrificed to the darkness herself?

My little synopsis of this amazing epic fantasy cannot convey the immensity of the tale. There are layers upon layers, each as thick and tantalizing as the last. Myths, monsters, magic, and mysteries. The world building is incredible. I was sucked into this vast realm which holds great beauty and tremendous horrors.

The cast of characters is large and marvelously diverse. Haleine is an admirable heroine. Forced into a situation she detests, I found myself cheering her on from the beginning even in her most miserable moments. Maddox is a loathsome man, the perfect evil prince, but not quite so detestable as his adviser, Omur. I couldn't stop myself from falling a little bit for Dana, the rebel leader, myself. And then there's Faolan, the wise-cracking mini pegasus. I adored him! There are so many other other great characters to list. Each well written and unforgettable.

There's so much I'd like to say about EFFIGY, but I won't give away any spoilers. There are so many twists and turns in this book, it will have you on the edge of your seat unable to sleep for wanting to find out what happens next. The journey is unlike none other. I highly recommend this book not only to fantasy fans, but to every reader. It will hook you so thoroughly, you won't be able to put it down.


Buy EFFIGY here:

Find M.J. Fifield on her site!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Realms Faire 2014 - Drench-a-Wench event


HUZZAH!
Welcome to the final day of Realms Faire 2014!

The Realms Faire is hosted by our most magnificent Lady Mary Pax.
I can't believe it's the final day already. We've been having so much fun!

There are several terrific events happening. Each host is giving away prizes for their games. Check out the Realms Faire page for all the links.

I'm hosting the Drench-a-Wench / Soak-a-bloke event!



The rules to this game are simple:

1) The dunkee is chosen by committee.
2) I post a link to the dunkee's blog and you click on it.
3) You leave a comment, soaking them with blog love.
4) You are entered into a drawing for a chance to win awesome prizes.

Today's prize package:
A signed print copy of Moonless by Crystal Collier (US only)
An ebook of your choice from Mary Pax

You have until 7:00 pm EST to leave a comment on the dunkee's blog.
A winner will be chosen randomly each day and contacted at the end of the week.

Yesterday's winner is Melissa Maygrove!

One final awesome dunkee to surprise:

http://eseckman.blogspot.com/

Elizabeth Seckman is an amazing romance writer and mom. How she finds time to write at all I'll never know. Now soak her with some blog love!

More Games! More Prizes! Visit other Realms Faire events for more fun and chances to win more prizes: Joust ~ Riddle Me This ~ Dueling Bards ~ Stockade Brigade ~ Phasers ~Dragon Hunt ~ Wisdom of the Creative Realms ~VelociRaffle

Live Performance / Cody Sill: Into Oblivion

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Realms Faire 2014 - Soak-a-bloke event


HUZZAH!
Welcome to Day 4 of Realms Faire 2014!

The Realms Faire is hosted by our most magnificent Lady Mary Pax.
We're nearing the end of the week, but the fun's not done yet.
Have you cheered for your favorite knight? Found all the dragons in the scavenger hunt? Been confused by some riddles?

There are several terrific events happening this week. Each host is giving away prizes for their games. Check out the Realms Faire page for all the links.

I'm hosting the Drench-a-Wench / Soak-a-bloke event!



The rules to this game are simple:

1) The dunkee is chosen by committee.
2) I post a link to the dunkee's blog and you click on it.
3) You leave a comment, soaking them with blog love.
4) You are entered into a drawing for a chance to win awesome prizes.

Today's prize package:
A print copy of Being Human by Patricia Lynne (international)
A digital copy of Thanmir War by Loni Townsend

You have until 7:00 pm EST to leave a comment on the dunkee's blog.
A winner will be chosen randomly each day and contacted at the end of the week.

Yesterday's winner is dolorah!

Today be careful when you surprise this dunkee in his lair:

http://fatherdragon.blogspot.com/

Al Diaz is our beloved Father Dragon. He's an artist, writer, and philosopher. He has dwarves guarding his cave, but I'm sure once you explain yourself, they'll be more than happy to help you soak Father Dragon with blog love!

More Games! More Prizes! Visit other Realms Faire events for more fun and chances to win more prizes: Joust ~ Riddle Me This ~ Dueling Bards ~ Stockade Brigade ~ Phasers ~Dragon Hunt ~ Wisdom of the Creative Realms ~VelociRaffle

Live Performance / Cody Sill: Into Oblivion

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Realms Faire 2014 - Drench-a-Wench


HUZZAH!
Welcome to Day 3 of Realms Faire 2014!

The Realms Faire is hosted by our most magnificent Lady Mary Pax.
She'll be conducting the Joust. Cheer for your favorite knight and win prizes!

There are several terrific events happening this week. Each host is giving away prizes for their games. Check out the Realms Faire page for all the links.

I'm hosting the Drench-a-Wench / Soak-a-bloke event!



The rules to this game are simple:

1) The dunkee is chosen by committee.
2) I post a link to the dunkee's blog and you click on it.
3) You leave a comment, soaking them with blog love.
4) You are entered into a drawing for a chance to win awesome prizes.

Today's prize package:
A print copy of And Then I Smiled by Dean K. Miller (US & Canada only)
An ebook set from Julie Flanders

You have until 7:00 pm EST to leave a comment on the dunkee's blog.
A winner will be chosen randomly each day and contacted at the end of the week.

Yesterday's winner is Michelle Wallace!

Let's surprise another worthy dunkee!

http://underthetikihut.blogspot.com/

Carol Kilgore is a talented mystery writer from San Antonio. She writes crime fiction with a kiss!
Drench her with blog love!

More Games! More Prizes! Visit other Realms Faire events for more fun and chances to win more prizes: Joust Riddle Me This ~ Dueling Bards ~ Stockade Brigade ~ Phasers ~Dragon Hunt ~ Wisdom of the Creative Realms ~VelociRaffle

Live Performance / Cody Sill: Into Oblivion