magic

Shameless Self-Promotion

HEY GUYS.

YEAH, YOU.

GUESS WHAT?

I had some extra time/fun today. I made a new menu item on my site that will link you to a free preview of my book, Black & Red. You can find it here:

Preview

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Synopsis: 

“It’s been two hundred and fifty years since Kalan, the most powerful sorceress in all of Eikon, has been banished to endless hell.

Due to the actions of the powerful men of her time she has been forced to endure endless life in a waste land where death is a luxury she cannot ever hope to achieve.

Then one day, a voice pulls her from her hell back into the world where she once lived.

Upon her return she is confronted with the repercussions of the actions those men have had on their descendants and the world that has come after them.

What is Kalan’s part to play in this? Why has she been returned to her native world?

In a fantastical tale of revenge, pain, and suffering, the results of the actions of others will dictate the lives of those in the future.”

Except there won’t be any sparkles on my actual page. Lame, I know.

BUT!

Now you can read an excerpt of Black & Red which is pretty awesome in and of itself.

So I hope your Wednesday isn’t bogging you down. If you’re chained to a desk and need something to do, why not take a read? Who knows, you might like it 🙂

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A Godless World

In a fantasy world, there are times when  the appearance of various gods or goddesses is warranted. I once wrote a story that I may rewrite and polish for publication in a few years that followed such beings.

In Three Abandoned Kingdoms there are gods and goddesses. However, we don’t really see them. The followings are established and the information about the gods and goddesses is well known.

Here’s the gist:

  • The world itself is called Tessera
  • It exists in an almost bowl like formation. There are mountains or oceans that surround the kingdoms. Beyond the mountains are deserts. This may connect with a previous work I had written years ago.
  • There are four kingdoms: Byrnan, Haima, Hieros and Allos
  • Allos was said to have been loved by the gods. Their people were said to have been touched by the goddess and that is why magic came easy to them.
  • During the First Wars it was said that Allos had an incredible power capable of wiping out an entire kingdom. It was also said that power could save an entire kingdom from famine and drought.
  • Brynan has always been a war-nation. Before they were just proud of their prowess with martial arts and strategy. Their main exports before the war were metal, smithing skills, science and martial arts.
  • Haima’s main exports are literature, medicine and science.
  • Hieros has exports of art, music, and silks
  • Allos had exported magic, education, science, medicine, music and arts
  • If you think of Tessera like a box, Brynan is in the top left, Haima in the top right, Hieros in the bottom left and Allos in the bottom right.
  • In the First Wars Brynan breached Allos’s kingdom walls. It was said that when Brynan stole the Weapon the entire kingdom began to crumble. Brynan brought the Weapon back to their labs which sleep under the castle and for the next 500 years they tried to unlock it.
  • It was said in one last act of sadness the gods and goddesses closed Allos off from the rest of the world by causing the earth to shake and break. If you were to come to the border of Allos from either Hieros or Haima you would not be able to enter. There are sheer rock walls that encase it.
  • During the events of TAK Allos is closed off and Brynan has basically conquered the entire world of Tessera. The gods and goddesses are absent.
  • Our protagonists are attempting to retrieve the Weapon, return it to Allos and destroy Brynan.

And that’s all I’ll tell you right now. This is just a bit of back story that will be covered in the book itself. So don’t try to steal it. Everything I post is copyrighted so I will hunt you 😉

I might write up another short since I haven’t done that in a while. Maybe I’ll write one about Allos before the Fall. I haven’t decided yet.

I hope you enjoy what you’ve read so far, even though it’s more like thoughts at this time. Happy Tuesday!logic

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I Entered a Contest! Weeee!

Hey guys! I entered a contest through Inkitt! Here you can find the link to my two submissions. I need votes in order to win! Please read and if it strikes your fancy, vote!

http://www.inkitt.com/stories/12258

http://www.inkitt.com/stories/12247

I’ve never done this before so I’m pretty excited! Especially since I was invited to give a submission. Made me feel special 😀

 

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Shorts!

And I don’t mean the kind you wear.

I’m having so much fun writing the shorts that use characters from my next novel TAK that I haven’t touched the main story at all!

I’m actually quite okay with this though. Writing these shorts is helping me flesh out my main characters more. It’s allowing me to get their ages for certain events down better (ugh. Maaaaaath). It’s also allowing me to get a better feel for why some characters are the way they are.

All the shorts I’ve released so far are in their raw form. I’ve just done some basic spelling and grammar reviews on them so if I do decide to publish them into their own book (who am I kidding? Of course I will!) The final products may change a bit.

My first 3 shorts involved The Charlatan and Kokoro who are the medical support to my protagonists in the main story line of TAK. The latest one gives more background to the dysfunctional family life for one of my female leads.

I’ve already got another one cooking in my head that will involve 2 main male characters. It’ll be called “Project: Ghost”. Keep an eye out!

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Story Two

Well, it’s not really story two since this is the third short I’ve released.

I didn’t have time to do up last night, so here it is!

This is called Kokoro and The Charlatan. It’s basically the same story from yesterday just told from Kokoro’s perspective.

Of course, I should mention again that these are first drafts and not final. Things may change between releasing them now and when they are finally published. There may be some glaring discrepancies which I hope to catch later on. If you notice anything, feel free to let me know!

Happy reading!

Kokoro and the Charlatan

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Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Right?

I am sorry I’ve been like a ghost for so long. I thought I would have more time for writing being a stay-at-home mom but I have less time than I did before! I work in the evenings so when I finally get to be released from watching my little monsters I have to go to work. And then I come home, and I’m tired, so I sleep.

Today I managed to get a few hours to myself so I was able to work on another short story from the world of TAK.

This story is about how Kokoro started coming to work at the clinic with The Charlatan. This story is from Charlatan’s perspective. I plan to write another one from Kokoro’s perspective and put it up sometime tonight. I need to take a break from writing for a bit because:

a) I’m hungry

b) my eyes are hurting from staring at the screen.

So here is the story of The Charlatan and Kokoro! I hope you enjoy it!

The Charlatan and Kokoro

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The Charlatan and The Flower

Ahhhhh……so I finished writing the short story that was overtaking my brain.

I’m going to post more of these, most likely. This will give some readers insight into the world of TAK which will be the stage for my next novel. I like writing these short stories because it allows me to flesh out minor characters and give them more depth. It also allows me to fill in blanks or fill holes in the pasts of major characters that might be alluded to in the main novel.

So here is the first short The Charlatan and The Flower. When I actually put the collection together this will not necessarily be the first story. It’s just the first one I’ve published so far. It’s undergone a rough edit but when it comes time to actually publish it I will be more thorough.

If I were to rate this story, I would say it was M for ‘Mature’ as it involves language and sexual themes. I don’t think any one under 18 reads my blog anyway 🙂

Hope you enjoy!

The Charlatan and the Flower

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The Magic of Fantasy

I want to ask a general question here and I’m hoping for some responses.

When you read a Fantasy story, how do you like things like the magic of that world, if applicable, explained?

One of the criticisms I received about my first book is that the concept of magic was not properly explained.

Do people prefer technical explanations? Or sort of ‘historical flash-back’ explanations? Or something else?

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TAK

So I have decided on the name of my next work and I’ve been reading it over again. I had only written slightly over 100 pages when I went to work editing and dressing up Black & Red.

Now that Black & Red is really out there and there’s not much else I need to do to it, I can focus my attention on TAK. I’ve received some great constructive criticism for my writing style from a few people who have read/are reading Black & Red which will help me make TAK that much better. I know I have a grammar problem and I’m working really hard on fixing that. Since I’m not putting a deadline on TAK I feel like I can take my time and pay more attention to it.

The reason I didn’t do that with Black & Red  is because the fundamental story is something I had written many years ago. The story itself has received amazing feedback and I feel very tickled inside that people like it that much.

I feel I’ve done all I can for Black & Red. Sure, I could go back and fix up the little grammatical things that are nagging, but I just feel like it’s out there now, why do that? Why change something? What about all those people who have bought or read it with those errors? No, I’ve told Kalan’s story and I’ve let the world meet Terentya. They are out there now and I’m not about to change that.

For now, I will focus my writing skills on TAK and the story of Brexton and Aldric. This will be the first time I’ve written a story with two male protagonists. Yes, there were male main characters in Black & Red but TAK focuses mainly on Brexton and Aldric and the adventure they have.

Once it’s out there, I hope you will enjoy it as well! Please look forward to it!

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