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Sci-Fi Author Robin Lythgoe & Children’s Author Diane Mae Robinson

I would like to give a shout-out to two talented authors

Robin Lythgoe & Diane Mae Robinson

Both are fantasy/sci-fi authors that I have come to know; Diane introduces fantasy through multiple award winning children’s books.
Here is a look at their most recent projects.

Robin Lythgoe

Robin Lythgoe spent her formative years in a family of seven readers (including herself). She was immersed in books of nearly every variety: historical and modern romances, mysteries, thrillers, fantasy, historical fiction, westerns, and the occasional horror. Fantasy, with its wonderful worlds and creatures and magic, firmly captured her heart, much to our benefit.

Robin has been dragged across the United States several times and has volunteered for several more trips on her own terms. She spends lengthy visits at museums and historical sites, and still manages to read everything in sight. As if that is not enough, Robin looks up even more interesting facts on her trusty traveling data center.

She graduated from a tiny school with a class membership of a prodigious fifty-one students. Robin even sacrificed part of a grueling summer to study a year’s worth of foreign language enabling her to  graduate early with extra credits.

Her husband calls her a “brown ajah”, which is acceptable when he is referring to dark chocolate (because milk chocolate is a color, not a flavor). She’d “open a vein and bleed,” but she’d get chocolate all over the keyboard.

Although she’s never trained as a thief or ridden a dragon, Robin writes tales about wizards and magic, fantastical places, and extraordinary journeys.

About Blood & Shadow… A vengeful mage. A powerful gift. A naive youth. Sherakai never wanted to become a warrior like his father and brothers. Satisfied with being fourth in line to inherit title and responsibility, he wants only to be Master of the Horse. But on the eve of his sister’s wedding, a terrible gift arrives and Sherakai’s course changes forever.

His magic is the key to secrets he does not know or understand, and he must learn to fight in order to escape a future he doesn’t believe in. Inevitably, he must use what he hates to regain what he loves.

When I asked Robin if there was one thing to tell your readers, what would it be she had two parallel things to offer:

    First, the wisdom inside a Dove candy wrapper: “What are you waiting for?” Interestingly, this came to me at the very same time another favorite quote resurfaced: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

Visit Robin on her Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/Robin-Lythgoe/e/B006K7OFEO

Or her web site at http://robinlythgoe.com/
Twitter @RobinLythgoe

Diane Mae Robinson

Diane lives in a small hilltop castle nestled amongst an old and magical forest. This mystical forest is where she finds inspiration to write children’s fantasy/adventures. Her first three books in The Pen Pieyu Adventures series have won eight international book awards and one prestigious provincial award. Her next book entitled The Dragon Grammar Book – Grammar for The Whole Kingdom is due for release in late 2016. Diane is also an art teacher and writing instructor.

Diane Mae Robinson has been imagining things all her life—imagining stories, that is. By the age of eight she was making plays, casting herself as the princess and her little sister as the prince (who would only participate is she wore her cowboy outfit). They performed the plays in the forest next to their house cheered on by a crowd of clapping kids.

Diane is most known for her multi-award-winning children’s fantasy series The Pen Pieyu Adventures.

The Pen Pieyu Adventures (3 books thus far) is about a precocious princess, Petra, who becomes a knight, and her sidekick, a smart-alecky dragon named Snarls, on their adventures and misadventures. The series is filled with, “zany characters, hilarious situations, wry humor, and titillating prose.”

  • Sir Princess Petra –The Pen Pieyu Adventures (book 1)
  • Sir Princess Petra’s Talent – The Pen Pieyu Adventures (book 2)
  • Sir Princess Petra’s Mission – The Pen Pieyu Adventures (book 3)
  • Sir Princess Petra’s Quest – The Pen Pieyu Adventures (book 4, still in imagination mode)

When I asked Diane if there was one thing she would like to tell her readers, she said: “Never clobber your dragon with a book. Just saying.”

What’s next for Diane?

Releasing any day now, The Dragon Grammar Book – Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom. 

Finally! An easy-to-understand grammar book with fun grammar lessons. The Dragon Grammar Book is the ideal grammar book for kids, dragons, and adults alike.

From multi-award-winning children’s fantasy author, Diane Mae Robinson, The Dragon Grammar Book introduces middle grades through adults to the basic rules of the English language with easy grammar lessons. Featuring the zany fantasy characters in the author’s The Pen Pieyu Adventures series, The Dragon Grammar Book is sure to be enjoyed by the whole kingdom.

Visit Diane at her Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007DKO8SK

Or at her website: https://www.dragonsbook.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/DianeMaeRobinso

Authors Kasper Beaumont & Michael Eging

I would like to give a shout-out to two talented authors

Kasper Beaumont & Michael Eging

Both are fantasy/sci-fi authors that I have come to know.
Here is a look at their most recent projects.

Kasper Beaumont

Kasper J. Beaumont was born and raised in Australia and lives a quiet life with the family in a seaside town. Combining a love of fantasy and a penchant for travel, Kasper started writing at the strong encouragement of friends and family. She enjoys watching readers become immersed in the magical world of Reloria.

“Kasper” is a pen name for a rather shy author who is happy to remain unnamed.

The Hunters of Reloria trilogy is about the magical world of Reloria where halflings and fairies share a bond. Dwarves, elves, knights, and dragons inhabit this country, but their world is about to be invaded by scaly lizardmen and giant Cyclops.

About Fandri’s Adventures… Running away with the elves was supposed to be fun. After Fandri kisses sweet halfling, Emina, he’s chased off the farm by his pitch-fork wielding father and a crazy goat. Accompanied by a fairy, he runs away with knights and elves in search of adventure. After he makes friends with a squire named Varl, they travel Reloria on an elven quest. Encountering magical spells, dragons, deadly pirates, and a fierce bear, Fandri gets a whole lot more adventure than he bargained for.

Fandri’s Adventures is the prequel and great introduction to the popular Hunters of Reloria fantasy trilogy.

When I asked Kasper if there was one thing she would like to tell her readers, she said “Don’t judge a dragon before you meet him.”

What’s next for Kasper?

In a typical Kasper style plot twist, we have rumours of angels and demons paranormal romance. Nothing Is confirmed at this stage, but keep an eye on Kasper’s website for updates.

Visit Kasper at her website 

You can also find her on her Amazon Author’s Page at https://www.amazon.com/Kasper-Beaumont/e/B00DQ2JB22/

Or Twitter @KasperBeaumont

Michael Eging

Mike has wanted to write since he was very young. His earliest memories are of carrying a battered old notebook around full of illustrations and stories from which he would often transpose to white paper with his grandmother’s old typewriter.

While in college, he was inspired by professors and visiting writers to BYU. Literary classics such as Song of Roland and Inferno were often in his backpack, along with Russian textbooks. Chapter 4 of his book Annwyn’s Blood was written during this time as a short story.

Mike is also pursuing his interest in screenplays for feature films with his first option being a medieval epic, Song of Roland. He continues to focus on a variety of script/movie projects, most recently a horror thriller, Feast of Saint Nicholas, and a political thriller, The Prince.

He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Lori, and his wonderful children. He dreams of one day driving in his old Defender to Alaska with his kids and their dog, Marlin.

About The Silver Horn Echoes… As the Frank kingdom prepares for war, Roland, young heir to the Breton March, has been relegated to guard duty until a foreign emissary entrusts him with vital word of a new threat to the kingdom. Now Roland must embark on a risky journey to save all he loves from swift destruction.

And yet, while facing down merciless enemies, he must also reveal the hand of a murderer who even now stalks the halls of power and threatens to pull apart a kingdom that has just been reborn under the greatest of medieval kings, the remarkable Charlemagne.

For Roland to become the champion his kingdom needs, he must survive war, intrigue and betrayal. The Silver Horn Echoes pays homage to “La Chanson de Roland” by revisiting an age of intrigue and honor, and a fateful decision in the shadows of a lonely mountain pass —Roncevaux!

When I asked Michael if there was anything he wanted to tell his readers he explained that the Silver Horn Echoes is based on the award winning feature film screenplay, Song of Roland. Both pieces of work are inspired by La Chanson de Roland, or Song of Roland, the medieval epic. The screenplay was written first and was my first Hollywood optioned work.

What’s next? Steve, co-author of several of Michael’s book, and Michael have a number of other projects in the works, including a horror project entitled Feast of St. Nicholas. In addition, they are working on the sequel to Annwyn’s Blood, their first fantasy novel, entitled Sails of Shadow.

Check Micheal’s Amanzon Author’s Page out at https://www.amazon.com/Michael-Eging/e/B00AGFMLJC/

Or Twitter at @MichaelEging

Authors A.R. Silverberry and Raymond Bolton

I would like to give a shout-out to two talented authors

A.R. Silverberry & Raymond Bolton

Both are fantasy/sci-fi authors that I have come to know.
Take a look at their most recent projects.

I first meet these authors through social media. We were members of FSFNet together before it was closed. Now I follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook. I would like to share a little about these two authors and their novels.

A.R. Silverberry

A. R. Silverberry writes fantasy adventures for children and adults. His novel, WYNDANO’S CLOAK, won multiple awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Awards gold medal for Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction. THE STREAM, his second novel, was honored as a Shelf Unbound Notable Book, and was shortlisted in ForeWord Review’s Book of the Year Awards. He lives in California, where the majestic coastline, trees, and mountains inspire his writing.

About Wyndano’s Cloak… Jen has settled into a peaceful life when a terrifying event awakens old fears—of being homeless and alone, of a danger horrible enough to destroy her family and shatter her world forever.

She is certain that Naryfel, a shadowy figure from her past, has returned and is concentrating the full force of her hate on Jen’s family. But how will she strike? A knife in the dark? An attack from her legions? Or with the dark arts and twisted creatures she commands with sinister cunning.

Wyndano’s Cloak may be Jen’s only hope. If she can only trust that she has what it takes to use it . . .

A tale of madness, friendship, and courage, Wyndano’s Cloak reveals the transformative power of love and forgiveness, and the terrible consequences of denying who you really are.

 Visit AR at his Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/A.-R.-Silverberry/e/B005D5I9LE/
Or his personal web at www.arsilverberry.com
He is also  on Twitter @arsilverberry

Raymond Bolton

Raymond Bolton lives near Portland, Oregon with his wife, Toni. He says his goal is to craft gripping stories about the human condition, whether they are set here or on another world. Raymond is appreciative of reviewers with  praise such as, “Eschewing the more commonly overt manifestations of alien technology and the well toted elements of fanciful magic, Bolton breathes originality into the genre with his singular focus on telepathy.”

Before there was a kingdom named Ydron, before its sixteen provinces were demarked and united under a process we would one day refer to as The Joining, there was a period historians would call The Great Conflict.

About Thought Gazer (2015)… Everyone who touches you transforms you, if only a little. But if you enter their minds, think what they have thought, in effect do what they have done, how complete will that transformation be?

If he had been born an ordinary man, his family would be safe–safe as anyone can be in a land torn apart by war. It is his singular gift, however, that causes his wife and children to be imprisoned and held hostage and him to be used as a tool. Caught up in a struggle between opposing warlords and refusing to play the game, Peniff elects to take the moral high road. This is the story of a man, in all other ways ordinary, rising above his fears to do what he must.

About Foretellers (2016)… In this world where young and old, rich or poor, are at the mercy of armed marauders and the armies of the powerful, a warlord’s wrath forces a mother and daughter to flee for their lives. Despite being prescient, they cannot foresee all that lies ahead. Quickly separated, their every effort centers around reunion and survival. Without losing sight of these goals, one of them foresees that, if she travels to the conflict’s center and lends support to one of the two major powers, she has the ability to influence the final outcome.

About Triad (2017)… Heroic battles are not always won by the mighty. There are times when even the least likely among us play decisive rolls. Less able physically than anyone he knows, but paranormally unique, Bardik is recruited by a pair of psychics in the hope that, by combining his talent with theirs, they can turn looming defeat into victory. In this, the concluding chapter to The Ydron Saga, a young man who has lost the use of his legs—someone whom earthly culture labels paraplegic—agrees to lend his telekinetic talents to the effort to bring down a tyrannical warlord.

These novels are available in an ebook box set and separately in print..

Visit Raymond’s Amazon author page at
https://www.amazon.com/Raymond-Bolton/e/B00HMY0B6U/

Multi-genre Authors Jacci Turner and Cheryllynn Dyess

I would like to give a shout-out to two talented authors

Jacci Turner & Cheryllynn Dyess

Broadening my literary pallet beyond fantasy and sci-fi,
here are two wonderful authors,
both of whom write in multiple genres.

Take a look at their most recent novels.

I first meet these authors through social media. I follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook. Jacci and I have been part of High Sierra Writers group as well. I would like to share a little about these two authors and their novels.

Jacci Turner

Jacci is the author of nine YA and Middle Grade books. The Retreat is her ​first book geared towards adults, The Retreat: A tale of spiritual awakening, ​came out in March with Harper Legend.
She has worn many hats in her lifetime: therapist, school counselor, campus minister, and mom. Her favorite hats are her writer and grandmother hats, which come in wild colors and don’t fit too tightly.
Jacci lives with her husband in Nevada’s high desert. They spend their mornings hiking through the sagebrush with their big yellow dog, Rocky.
 ​
About The Retreat… A week at a retreat becomes a transformational journey of spiritual renewal for a young Christian suffering a crisis of the soul in this poignant, illuminating, and spiritually wise teaching novel.

For her entire life, Amy considered her evangelical Christian upbringing the foundation of her life and beliefs. But when she stands up for her gay best friend, Amy is ostracized and banished from the church she loves–resulting in a crisis of the spirit that causes her to doubt her conservative upbringing as she enters her thirties. Seeing Amy’s pain, a caring friend raises the money to send her on a week-long retreat for contemplative activism, hoping that a few days of quiet reflection will help her rekindle her faith.

At the retreat, Amy meets two women her age–teachers who introduce her to new types of prayer–as well as Celeste, a seasoned mentor who takes Amy under her wing and gently shows her new ways to practice her faith. In the course of just a few days, Amy finds an inspiring and more meaningful view of God–and a new beginning full of hope, compassion, and healing.

 I asked Jacci if there was one thing she would like to tell her readers. She said, “Life is hard, hang in there. We can all make it out if we hold hands and help each other.”
So, what’s next for Jacci? She has  two books I’m currently shopping: a fantasy about a girl that sings to trees and a contemporary fiction about Snap chat gone bad. ​
 Visit Jacci at her Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/Jacci-Turner/e/B006D3187M/
Follow her on Twitter @JacciTurner

Cheryllynn Dyess

 Cheryllynn is identified with  the Teen, YA, fantasy, and paranormal genres, but paranormal and fantasy are her favorites.  She has also written mysteries and thrillers.
Cheryllynn began using her imagination  as early as 1984  when she started writing in junior high. She has nine books currently on her Amazon author’s page. Some of those original works are now coming to life.
She was born in Northwest Florida, was raised in Southeast Georgia, and currently lives in Central Texas with her family. Cheryllynn developed a love for nature and the outdoors that inspires her to create universes with vivid detail. Her hobbies include fishing, crochet, gardening…and, of course, reading.
After working almost twenty years in the health care industry Cheryllynn has returned to her love of writing.

 About Calastan, The Jein’s Journey Series Book 1… Each person has a distinct trait that’s either held in reserve or pursued without inhibitions. For reasons that vary, the latter may seem an egotistic act. However, not for Jein. Taking a path other than the one she believes is right is like betraying her own soul. This book features a young girl who deals with her individuality in admirably different ways. It tells a story of how she accomplishes exceptional feats in a world that draws an unyielding line between men and women. Follow Jein Kyominias, a girl who does not entertain the established roles other females of the upper class take in her land. Her rearing in a matriarchal society has certain paths laid out. She has chosen to be an elite hunter instead of a mere matron. She is unique in her fondness for activities that are specifically bequeathed for men. She decides she will be different—strong and different that is.

When I asked Cheryllynn if there was one thing to tell your readers she said, “Be true to yourself always, that is the only time your soul will truly be at peace.”

So, what’s next? Cheryllynn is currently working on three books and has one in the editing stages. She is hoping to start a clean romance novella series by the end of 2017 and by March of 2018 to have book 4 in the Jein’s Journey Series ready.

Visit Cheryllynn at her website:  www.cheryllynndyess.net
and at her Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/Cheryllynn-Dyess/e/B00AXM8VE2/
Follow her on Twitter @CheryllynnDyess

Fantasy Authors K.C. Herbel and Leisl kaberry Shout-out

I would like to give a shout-out to two remarkable authors

K.C. Herbel and Leisl Kaberry

It is a pleasure knowing these fantasy authors
who are  talented, genuine, and supportive.
Take a look at their most recent novels.

I first meet these authors through the Fantasy-Science Fiction Network and continue to follow them on Twitter. I would like to share a little about them and their novels.

K.C. Herbel

K. C. Herbel spent the first part of his adult life building robotic monsters in Hollywood, but now commits such dastardly acts with a pen. He lives hidden from his torch-bearing pursuers in the woods of Virginia, with his complex wife, a pack of hungry dogs, and a monster.

 

About The Innkeeper’s Son…  It is the first of four novels in The Jester King Fantasy Series. The main character, Billy, cheerfully runs the valley’s finest inn with his father and daydreams of a fantasy life in the distant courts of the kingdom. One night, a murderous stranger from his secret past emerges to take his life and the magic ring that belonged to his mother.

Billy flees home and is thrust into an adventure leading him to the highest courts in the land. But there are perils to such a journey. Monsters, giants, spirits, and brigands prowl the wilds of Lyonesse. As if that were not enough, a dragon wants to eat him! As he struggles to survive and unravel the mysteries encircling his life, Billy becomes aware of a menacing figure lurking in the shadows; a ruthless nemesis that has hunted him his entire life.

When I asked KC what was next, he said that he is finishing books three and four of the Jester King fantasy series. He expects they will be out October 6th and December 1st of 2017, respectively.

Visit K.C at his website:  www.KCHerbel.com
and at his Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/K.-C.-Herbel/e/B002KGXLVC/
Follow him on Twitter @KCHerbel

Leisl Kaberry

Leisl Kaberry said, “I was never going to be a writer… seriously.”

Somehow despite Leisl’s lifelong love for making up and telling stories, she had no desire to become an author. However, after a creative urge spurred her on to write an idea for a scene, the world of Titania was born and she hasn’t looked back.

Born and raised in Australia she has lived in a variety places, including the Australian outback and Montreal, Canada. She currently resides in Kitimat, Northern British Columbia with her husband and four children. She is studying a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, is an amateur theater actor, and enjoys snowboarding during the winter.

Winner of RomCon Readers Crown 2014 for Fantasy.

About Titanian Chronicles – Ormnhi Moon… In the five years since Afeclin, Wolflang, and Lenna crossed the Tebelligan boarder, the Warlord’s presence in Marrapassa has strengthened. His trolls and dark knights have inhabited towns and cities, slavery has returned, and the people are angry and fearful. Adding to their unrest, the Dark Mage has grown in power and will stop at nothing to procure the elusive Merdaicur shells.

Hope rests on the shoulders of a few. The Scorpius Legion and, in particular, the courageous Wolflang are determined to see justice prevail while Afeclin is sent on a quest in order to uncover the truth. Skills and abilities are put to the test and allegiances are challenged as Afeclin learns to hone in his newly acquired gift. An encounter with a gold dragon and mysterious Norvakian Queen could be his undoing. Amongst the darkness and chaos, the sign of the foretold chosen one is upon them.

Titanian Chronicles – Ormnhi Moon

The Diamaar Druid held up his clenched hand, his long slender fingers clasping something small and solid. As he began to chant a ball of fire struck his throat burning his face and igniting his robes. His body was enveloped in a torrent of flames.
Then they saw him.
In a long black cloak with his hood covering his face, he stood before the raging fire.
The Dark Mage.
Zallucien let his gaze fall to the floor as his Window to the World began to darken.
The time was near.

Visit Leisl at her Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/Leisl-Kaberry/e/B00EZWEFHS/
Follow her on Twitter @Lawfabex

Interview with Best Selling Author Jacci Turner

Jacci Turner Interview

Date: May 15, 2016

Jacci Turner image 2016-0515
Best Selling Author Jacci Turner

Jacci, welcome back.

A quick introduction:  You have 10 books on Amazon, including 2 series; you are the Director of Education for High Sierra Writers; you’re an Amazon bestselling author of young adult and middle grade fiction and your book, Bending Willow, was selected to represent Nevada at the 2013 National Book Festival in Washington D.C. Now, your YA book, Cracker, just received a Red Ribbon Award from The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. Have I missed anything?

Answer: Haha! Nope, that about covers it, Dennis.

Tell us about the Red Ribbon Award? What is it?

Answer: The Wishing Shelf Award is kinda cool because it was started by an author, Billy Bob Buttons. He is from the UK and does a lot of work with school kids. So, he gets 16 kids to read each entry and rate the books. Even if you don’t win, you still get the feedback, which, to an author is gold.

How did all that come about? How did you find yourself as an author?

Answer: I think of myself more as a story teller. When I was five I used to charge the neighborhood kids a nickel to come watch my plays. I was in theater in high-school and even have a degree in theater! But, if you’ve ever done a play, you’ll know that they take a LOT of time to prepare and as life got busier, I just couldn’t commit to the rehearsal schedules. So, I thought what can I do that’s creative but doesn’t take all my time? I have always enjoyed writing. I have a book and a screen play that will never see the light of day. But it wasn’t until I turned fifty that I had the discipline to do the necessary revisions a good book needs, so that is when I started writing for publication.

Before we dive into it, what advice would you have for a beginning author? What is the one thing that might be the most meaningful thing then could hear?

Answer: For me, the key is getting into a writer’s group where you can have the support and encouragement of other writers. That is so important. The one I’m involved with brings in monthly speakers and each month I feel like it’s the kick-in-the-pants I need to keep writing. The critique groups we are invaluable. Keep learning, let people read your work, keep growing as a writer and don’t’ give up.

Okay, you write for young adults. Tell us about the genre?

Answer: I love Young Adult, which is for ages fourteen and up. I also write for kids age eight and up, that’s called Middle Grade Fiction. I think what draws me to these age groups is that with kids, anything is possible. They still believe in magic and have incredible imaginations.

Why the YA genre? What motivates you? What inspires you?

Answer: Kids today have to face some pretty rough realities, yet I’m constantly amazed by their spirits and creative minds. I have great hope in the upcoming generations. Those two thoughts are put together for my website tagline which is, “Infusing Reality with Hope.” I want to write about the real challenges of this world, but from a hopeful place, not a dark place.

I read your latest book, Cracker. It has an intense message. What inspired you to write that story?

Answer: My hope is that Cracker will encourage people to have a conversation about race. It is a topic that people are afraid to talk about because it sometimes feels like walking on egg shells, like you might say the wrong thing. Cracker turns the conversation upside down. The white people in the book are an oppressed minority, the black people have power and privilege. This causes white people to experience, through the main character, the micro-aggressions and injustices that people of color face every day. It comes with a study guide to help further the discussion. I think being able to talk about race is the first step in learning to heal the racial divide in our society.

From a literary standpoint, without spoiling it, how did you come up with the idea for the setting twist?

Answer: I was reading Beverly Daniel Tatum’s book, “Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria? And other conversations about race, and I thought, “This is important stuff, how can I get white people to think about it? And the idea for Cracker was born.

If we can, let’s get a little deeper into your messages. You’re dealing with some intense issues. I know in your non-author life you work with hospice and have a spiritual background. Where are you pulling these stories from?

Answer: Well, my spiritual director would say they all come from parts of me, like I’m working out my issues! I guess it’s cheap therapy. But you’re right: I do have a deep faith and I do work with people that are dying and that gives me a unique perspective. I also worked with college students for thirty years and love, love, love them. They keep my mind sharp and keep me up on – you know, technology! J

What are you working on now/next?

Answer: Speaking of technology, I’m working on a book about, “Snapchat gone wrong.” I read this article about how young girls are being objectified by boys on Snapchat as the boys are pressuring them to send pictures of their bodies. If the girls say no, the boy might post a naked picture and say it was her, but if the girl sends the picture, she is labeled a whore. It puts girls in an awful situation. In my research for this book I learned that the average teenager is sending snaps (Pictures) 200-300 times a day! It’s crazy.

Authors develop characters, including odd traits or idiosyncrasies to make them more interesting. If you were a character in a bestselling novel, what is the one thing the author might share to make your character more interesting?

Answer: Wow, that is an amazing question. Probably my stunning good looks and razor sharp wit! Just kidding. I guess I’d like to be the character that is full of surprises. People are often surprised when they know me for a while and then learn something they didn’t know, like that I got my black belt in Karate at age 43 or that I jumped from an airplane at age 52. I love adventure and that would be my odd trait, “The grandma that is full of surprises!”

Anything else you want to share?

Answer: Sure Dennis, I’d like to share that I’ve read both of your books and I’m a fan. I hope you fantasy lovers out there will rush out and buy the Kingdom of Torrence series! Thank you so much for all of your support and friendship.

Jacci, thank you for your time. Can we share your contacts?

Amazon’s Author Page

http://www.amazon.com/Jacci-Turner/e/B006D3187M/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1463279953&sr=1-1

Personal Web Page

http://www.jacciturner.com/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/JacciTurner

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/Jacci-Turner-162842543809329/

 

 

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The Road to Publishing – On the Street (Part III)

Wow! I have my manuscript edited, the self-publishing is finished, and now….  what do I do with my book?

If you are going through a vanity press or other self-publishing service, it is a little easier; they do all the “leg work” for you. If not it is just a matter of creating accounts on the various distribution channels (websites) and uploading the book that the formatting service should have prepared for you. The sites that I am currently using are:

CreateSpace and Ingram Spark will distribute your books to a variety of sales points, including Amazon and Barns & Noble On-line. This is important because, according to one publisher’s content editor that I recently heard speak, Amazon currently sells over 70% of all books.

Once you have your book uploaded it takes as much as a couple of weeks for the cover to appear, but the text and opportunity to purchase the book is quicker.  So, where are you?  You are now on the edge of the marketing cliff. The lake is deep so jump in… you can’t just wade around in the shallow spots.

Marketing P bulletsTraditionally, marketing included product, price, placement, and promotion, but the internet, social media, and spamming ads are changing that approach.  Unknown, image downloaded from Google. I intend to write more on marketing in the future.

 

Everyone should agree, the key is making the connection with readers. It is easy to get lost in the crowd, but you cannot ignore Amazon if the speaker I heard is correct. There is a lot of debate how effective social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, etc, are at 1) reaching readers, and 2) encouraging sales. There are also genre specific author coops like FSFNet.com who specialize in Fantasy and Science Fiction authors/books. Recently, I submitted an article to LeRue Press‘s paper, What’s the Story. Lastly, plan on going to book signings; other than Amazon, getting in front of readers is essential. Word of mouth promotions is always a good thing.

I would encourage you, the writer/author, to use as many of the above channels as possible, time allowing. Keep in touch.

Inspiration

Writers, authors, poets, lyricists, we all get inspiration from a variety of sources. Depending on what I am writing, I may have more motivation when I am sad or angry. I can just sit and pound on the keys, expressing my feelings. I find this particularly true with poetry. At other times, my muse comes to me in the early morning when everyone is sleeping and the house is cool. It is a great time to write until the cat comes and sits on my keyboard, or the dog wants out, or, my coffee cup runs dry. After the small interrupting I sit back down and continue writing, dream of Jerrod, Amanda, and the others while I lay out a story line that I hope will entertain my fans and readers.

One of the most unique moments of inspiration that I had was after struggling with a musician for several weeks, trying to get The Bard’s Song in chapter nine of The Legend of Jerrod. I was driving home from my mundane job, which pays the bills, and started humming a tune, probably about four measures. I went home, downloaded some music software, and composed the music for The Bard’s Song. The instrumental is currently available on this blog for free.

Yet, there is another kind of inspiration, of motivation. Sometimes it is hard to just pick up the feet and move on to the next task. “I don’t wanna go to work” or “I’m sick of dealing with this” seem to plague our lives at times. An author can sometimes push off writing, but inevitably, we all face moments where some additional inspiration, some motivation, is all that gets us through.

One of my fans, who read The Legend of Jerrod with her aunt over the phone, was just such an inspiration for me. She had been confined to a wheelchair for twenty years and struggle daily with tasks I take for granted, such as getting out of bed or brushing my teeth.  In recent years, when the stress of life became so great that I grew frustrated or dismayed, I thought of her challenges. Marie became my inspiration helping me realize what I was facing wasn’t that bad and enabling me to get through adversity.

In Loving Memory

Christina “Marie” Miarecki

May 1965 – May 2015

The Legend of Jerrod Book Trailer Preview

 

Enjoy a preview of The Legend of Jerrod Book Trailer. It should be posted to YouTube shortly, but I wanted to give my fans the first opportunity to see it. Please leave a comment. I would love to know what you think. Enjoy!

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