Monday, May 17, 2021

A Quick Spell release & guest post!

 


Magic.
Myths.
Fantasy.

We are bewitched by what we can't see.

Conjure delight with a fantastical collection of tales. Each story is told in exactly 200 words and designed to delight your imagination no matter how busy your day is.

Will you believe?


BUY THE BOOK HERE!


The challenge of writing short fiction.

You may think writing a 200 word story isn’t that challenging, but it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Some writers may actually say it’s harder than writing a full-length novel, and I know a few who don’t write shorter fiction because they can’t wrap their brains around it. Their muse only works in long form.

Writing short fiction is different from a novel. With novels, you have an unlimited number of words you can use to paint a picture for the reader. Short fiction you have restrictions on word count. You may only have 1000 words. You can even have as little as 50. When you have that limit, you are forced to choose more carefully. Your strokes have to be broader instead of going into minute details as you can with a novel.

The way I approach short fiction is similar to my novels. I just start writing. I figure out the story as I go and when I get to the end, I edit. I edit until the story is at the word limit I’ve imposed. That’s done by cutting descriptive words. The sentence doesn’t need the color of someone’s shirt for example. Thoughts the character has might get axed as well. If it doesn’t serve the basic story I want to tell, it can go.

Sometimes that doesn’t always work. Sometimes the story I’m trying to tell needs to be longer. When that happens, I stop worrying about word count and let it end as a novella or novel. I have a zombie apocalypse story I hope to release in the future that I initially intended to be 100 words. It ended at over 10,000!

Writing short fiction is a great exercise. It makes you think about word choices and their importance to the story. I encourage anyone who enjoys writing to give it a shot.


About the Author


Patricia Josephine is a writer of Urban Fantasy and Sci-Fi Romance books. She actually never set out to become a writer, and in fact, she was more interested in art and band in high school and college. Her dreams were of becoming an artist like Picasso. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head for fun. That was the start of her writing journey, and she hasn't regretted a moment. When she's not writing, she's watching Doctor Who or reading about serial killers. She's an avid knitter. One can never have too much yarn. She writes Young Adult Paranormal, Science Fiction, and Fantasy under the name Patricia Lynne.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.


Social Media Links:

Website: - https://www.patriciajosephine.com

Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/pjlauthor

Twitter - https://twitter.com/pjlauthor

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pjlauthor

Newsletter - https://www.patriciajosephine.com/newsletter.html

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13460894.Patricia_Josephine

Amazon Author Page - https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00UH7GAK0

Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/patriciajosephine

Draft 2 Digital - https://books2read.com/ap/xoOZX9/Patricia-Josephine


Monday, May 10, 2021

Harbinger of Betrayal release day!

 


Meet Siobhan Cross, Banshee and Historian.

Learning you’re a banshee is never easy, but the way it happened to Siobhan? It’s an experience that will never leave her.

Growing up an only child of divorced parents, she lived primarily with her overprotective and controlling mother. Siobhan was homeschooled almost half her life. But on her eighteenth birthday, her whole world was torn apart by tragedy and the revelation of her true self.

Picking up the pieces, she moved on and worked to make her father proud. Then, shortly after graduating college, she received a letter inviting her to Pyreshore, New Hampshire to train for one of the covet positions in The Keepers of Knowledge.

Arriving in the picturesque little town, she meets fellow banshee Ethan Hall, and discovers the depth of her talents. But when the pair is sent to Scotland in search of supernatural artifacts, intrigue ensues and Siobhan must risk her life to help uncover a thief. Will her newfound talents be enough to recover the artifacts safely, or will the secrets of her faction be the death of her?

After all, every secret needs a keeper.

10 books, 10 authors, 10 keepers, 1 shared world.


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The Keepers of Knowledge series is complete!

Find the books here!

Monday, April 26, 2021

Release day for Blood and Stone (The Keepers of Knowledge #9)

 


Meet Zack Mason, Gargoyle and protector...

Having left his small hometown in Arkansas, Zack roamed from town to town and city to city, looking for purpose and a place to put his abilities to good use. While taking a job in D.C., he gets the letter: A literal embossed invitation to take one of the most coveted seats with the Keepers of Knowledge, a faction in the small town of Pyreshore, New Hampshire. Keepers, by their very name, research and defend the artifacts of the supernatural world's histories.

What he finds there is a bit more than just a job. When the town is threatened, Zack finds out how much the strength of his bloodline that flows within him will drive him to not only protect the town, but also the friends he makes and the love he finds.

When the blood rises, only stone can hold back the tide.

After all, every secret needs a keeper.

10 books, 10 authors, 10 keepers, 1 shared world.



BUY THE BOOK HERE!

Monday, April 12, 2021

Curse of the Hunted Release Day!

 

Meet Akila Levesque, Sphynx...

Akila's well-ordered world has fallen apart. Her delinquent brother, Cairo is the only family she has left after their mother's death. When she receives the letter from the High Council of the Supernatural to become a Keeper, she believes this could be a fresh start for both of them.

But the moment Akila presents a family heirloom to give to the Keepers as her part of her initiation, everything erupts into chaos as the cracked Egyptian statuette runs away. Corrupted by its broken aura, the rogue artifact hunts Akila in the ghost riddled seaside town.

It's doesn't help when the gorgeous Chaz Nowiki keeps turning up wherever Akila goes. She doesn't want a gargoyle in shining armor to save her, even when he looks so hot his firefighter's suspenders. Yet even with the help of a powerful guardian, things grow desperate when the relic targets Cairo as well.

Now Akila must risk everything to save her brother. But will that even be enough when she has no idea what it means to be a Keeper or a Sphynx?

"After all, every secret needs a Keeper."

10 books, 10 authors, 10 Keepers, 1 shared world.

BUY THE BOOK HERE!

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I'm so excited to finally release this book to the world. It's been a marvelous experience working on a shared world series with several other talented authors. I've been reading each book as they're released, and I've been blown away by the stories. On of the big thrills was working with Catherine Stine and creating shared scenes between our protagonists. Indigo (her mermaid) and Akila became best friends!

It was also fun writing about a supernatural being I've never wrote about before. I didn't want to go overboard with the sphynxes, but hopefully I've made them unique enough to be interesting.

Enjoy!

Thursday, April 1, 2021

WEP April Challenge - Freedom Morning

 

It's time for Write... Edit... Publish's (WEP) April challenge! WEP is an incredible writing community that supports and encourages writers. Every other month, they do a bloghop writing challenge. For April, the prompt is Freedom Morning by Claude Clark, and the prize will be a 10,000 word critique from me.

If you'd like to participate in the challenge, CLICK HERE and signup. Let the image and topic inspire you and post the piece on your blog/site. All genres are welcome, and please be sure your entry is no longer than one thousand words. Also read the other entries and comment.

I can't wait to read what you all come up with this month!

Good luck to everyone.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Curse of the Hunted Cover Reveal & the Next Keepers of Knowledge Release!

 

Meet Akila Levesque, Sphynx...

And one of the Keepers of Knowledge.

I'm so excited to share with you the cover for my upcoming release! It's purple and blue, my favorite colors. Dark Unicorn Designs created all the fabulous covers for The Keepers of Knowledge series.


Curse of the Hunted is the eighth book in this multi-author shared world series, and it is going to be released in two weeks! Right now, as it is on pre-order, it's only 99c, but the price will go up when it releases.

Pre-order here!


The thrilling seventh book in the series, Ash and Scale released today! Dragons. That's all I need to say.


Meet Dex Long, the last of the dragon shifters.

Or so he thought…

His curiosity piqued when the High Council of the Supernatural summoned him to the quaint little coastal town of Pyreshore, New Hampshire. The secret letter held more than just an offer to become a Keeper of Knowledge, a prestigious title, it held the hope that Dex might finally be able to find others like him. And in turn, a mate.

Being a bachelor wasn’t all that bad on the outside, but it was all a show. With the Council dangling an opportunity for him to learn more about his race, it was hard to ignore. Never did he imagine his journey would lead him to the one woman who could unravel everything, every secret, every hidden treasure, all within her grasp.

In the end he will have to make a choice, hold the secrets, or claim her as his own.

After all, every secret needs a Keeper.

Buy Ash and Scale here!

Monday, March 22, 2021

Silver at Midnight & Secrets of the Mermaid are live!

 The next two books in the thrilling Keepers of Knowledge series are now available!

(Book #5 had a little bit of a technical hiccup. It's all better now!)



Meet Aisling ÓCléirigh, Fae . . .

More specifically . . . a Fae with a secret. And if she’s not careful, it could get her killed.


Once upon a time, a Fae and a human changed the course of the world in ways no one could have predicted. Ways that have left Aisling “Aish” O'Cléirigh with dangerous secrets she’s duty-bound to protect. Her race, her heart, her very life depend on keeping them safe.

Just as Aish begins to think she has everything under control, an invitation arrives at her door. Suddenly, every secret she’s been protecting is in danger of coming to light. The only way to safeguard her skeletons is to accept.

She’s heard whispers about the clandestine society that offers her a position in its ranks, so she anticipates the Cloak and Dagger experience that awaits her in the coastal town of Pyreshore. What she doesn’t anticipate is finding the one person who could expose everything she’s worked to protect.

The stakes are escalating.

Time is running out.

Will her secrets unleash a war that could destroy the supernatural races? Or can she prove herself worthy of being a Keeper of Knowledge? After all, every secret needs a Keeper.


Buy Silver at Midnight here!



Meet Indigo Rain, a beautiful but lonely mermaid.

Regretful of a dark past, she has vowed to remain alone and research ancient merfolk tribes. When she unearths a seabed burial site that even she cannot identify, she shares this with a High Council merfolk historian. But she keeps one shocking secret to herself.

Bay Finley is the flirty, dashing Royal merfolk Keeper assigned to teach Indigo on Pyreshore, a glamoured city of supernaturals tasked with keeping the invaluable knowledge alive. Indigo thinks Bay is a haughty know-it-all. She also thinks he’s dangerously handsome. He’s engaged to Abigail Torrent, a Royal, unlike Indigo. But he’s spending lots of time with Indigo in the lab…

Indigo has three quests:
Uncover the mystery of the burial tablet, resist falling in love, and never, ever reveal her biggest secret, even to the Keepers.

Some secrets heal, some kill. Other secrets change life as we know it.

10 books, 10 authors, 10 keepers, 1 shared world
Books can be read in any orde
r!


Buy Secrets of the Mermaid here!


My book in this awesome shared world series, Curse of the Hunted, will be released April 12th! I'll have a cover reveal coming up soon. I haven't even seen it yet! I'm so excited.