Wednesday, March 28, 2012

T.W. Fendley Book Party!

 Welcome T.W. Fendley!

T.W. has been hosting the Blog Ring of Power with me for several months. In that time we've become good friends over the web.  I was excited when she told me about what she was planning. So, with the joined effort of many others we have come together to bring all of you her Book Party! 

T.W. Fendley writes historical fantasy and science fiction with a Mesoamerican twist for adults and young adults. Her debut historical fantasy novel, ZERO TIME, was voted Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Novel in the 2011 P&E Readers Poll. Her short stories took second place in the 2011 Writers' Digest Horror Competition and won the 9th NASFiC 2007 contest. Teresa belongs to the St. Louis Writer's Guild, the Missouri Writers' Guild, SCBWI and Broad Universe.

BOOK BLURB:
As Zero Time nears, only Keihla Benton can save two worlds from the powers of Darkness. But first she must unlock the secrets of Machu Picchu and her own past.When Philadelphia science writer Keihla Benton joins an archeological team at Machu Picchu, she learns the Andean prophesies about 2012 have special meaning for her. Only she can end the cycle of Darkness that endangers Earth at the end of the Mayan calendar. As she uncovers secrets from the past, which threaten her life and those she loves, Keihla struggles to keep the powerful Great Crystal from the Lord of Darkness and his consort.
Xmucane leads an expedition to Earth to overcome a genetic flaw that threatens the people of Omeyocan with extinction, but she soon finds herself involved in a very personal battle that pits mother against daughter and sister against sister. With the help of the time-traveling Great Serpent Quetzalcoatl, she leaves the Southern Temples to arrive in present-day Machu Picchu as the expedition’s time-window closes.

Xmucane and Keihla work together as Earth and Omeyocan near alignment with the galaxy’s dark heart for the first time in 26,000 years. They must seize the last chance to restore the cycle of Light to Earth and return to the Pleiades with a cure, no matter what the cost to their hearts.


Sweet!    Alright T, before you go into your contest, I had a few questions for you. 'Cause I'm evil like that. 


E.M.: What characters do you relate to? 
T.W.:  Usually I find Xmucane most appealing because she's a strong leader who listens to her heart.Lately, though, I've been focusing on the Maya calendars (they had many), so Mama Chicchan's been on my mind. I had a lot of fun introducing Maya/Aztec astrology through her. Today Mama Chicchan would advise us to stay at home and not wash or comb our hair because it's the first of five "unlucky" nameless days in the Maya Haab calendar. Instead of having a Leap Day to keep their 365-day calendar from drifting out of sync with the seasons, they added this short "month" called Wayeb. The other 18 months (winals) were each 20 days (kins) long. During Wayeb, the Maya believed boundaries dissolved between the mortal world and Underworld, allowing evil spirits to wreak havoc
 
E.M.: What parts of it would you get stuck in? 
T.W.: Outlining plots in advance is not my strength, so my characters often got trapped in awkward situations. Then I had to find a way out for them that was consistent with the overall story arc. It wasn't always easy. For instance, in the cosmology of ZERO TIME, those who aren't bonded with the Great Serpents must drink Serpent Broth to time travel. When Keihla's father goes to Snake Woman's temple in the past, he only had enough Serpent Broth for a one-way trip.It was also hard trying to decide the right level of detail to make the world and characters seem real without slowing the story down. You have to have enough interaction so readers will care what happens to the characters as the plot progresses.The same is true with setting--it's a very fine line between "enough" and "too much" information.


E.M.: Did you choose your characters by personalities that you knew, or were they all from the voices in your head? 
T.W.: You could say they were in my head, hanging out with other beloved fictional characters. I loosely patterned the relationship between Xmucane and Xpiyacoc on that of Jamie and Claire in Diana Gabaldon's OUTLANDER series (which I love). Both stories have epic scope, with time travel and historical elements, but my characters quickly diverged from the more traditional romantic path I thought they'd take. So much for that! The same is true with the Great and Plumed Serpents. Like the dragons in Anne McCaffrey's brilliant PERN series, my Serpents bond with humans and communicate with them telepathically. But unlike McCaffrey's dragons, which rarely traveled through time when they went "between," in ZERO TIME, time travel is essential to the Serpent race. These mutlidimensional beings have a legacy of their own, separate from humans. They create light from darkness, a process we glimpse when Xmucane and Xchicchan encounter the Mother Serpent.

E.M.: Did you ever feel you were part of your story to the point of almost living it in the back of your head when you weren't writing? 
T.W.: The pull of the story has been strong enough to stay with me since 1997, when I fell in love with the cultures of ancient America while researching short story ideas at the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Workshop. I finished writing ZERO TIME before I traveled to Machu Picchu in 2008, but I definitely viewed the ancient citadel from my characters' perspective. When I got home, revisions began in earnest. I had to invent an earthquake to open up a hidden room so they could see the valley below as they walked between the king's mausoleum and the Temple of the Condor.
Although metaphysical concepts from Edgar Cayce, Gregg Braden, 
Elisabeth Haich and others played key role in envisioning the Omeyocan race, I'm sometimes surprised to find the world of ZERO TIME popping up when I least expect it. Two years after ZERO TIME was completed, I took the Monroe Institute's Gateway Voyage. During meditation, when I reached Focus 15--the Void beyond time--I recognized it as the Darkness I had envisioned years before.
 
E.M.: Was there any part of the stor
y you didn't want to write because you didn't like what happened? 
T.W.: Some of what happened in the final battle between Golden Bells, the Lord of Darkness, Xmucane and Xpiyacoc was difficult for me. It was necessary, but I didn't like it.T.W.: Thanks, Em, for being a Party Host in my Virtual Book Tour Party!

E.M.:  No problem, I'd do it for any of my friends.  I will have to read your book when I shrink my to-read pile a bit, it sounds fascinating! :D



The ZERO TIME 2012 Virtual Book Tour Party is here!
To celebrate, T.W. Fendley is giving away a Maya-Aztec astrology report, a Mayan Winds CD, ZERO TIME tote bag and fun 13.0.0.0.0. buttons. Check out the prizes and other posts on the Party Page.

3 ways to enter  (multiple entries are great!)

1) Leave a comment here or on any of the other PARTY POSTS listed on the Party Page.

2) Tweet about the Virtual Party or any of the PARTY POSTS (with tag #ZEROTIME2012)
Example: Join the Virtual Party for historical #fantasy novel ZERO TIME by @twfendley for a chance to win prizes! #ZEROTIME2012http://bit.ly/x91NgP

3) Facebook (tag @T.W. Fendley) about the Virtual Party. (NOTE: tag must have periods to work)
Example: Join the Virtual Party for historical fantasy novel ZERO TIME by @T.W. Fendley for a chance to win prizes!http://twfendley.com/?page_id=510
  
You can find ZERO TIME at:
Ebook $4.99
Paperback $16.95

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Versatile Blogger Award, I've been nominated.



I recieved a tweet over a week ago, I've been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award.  Well... Whoot! The great and wonderful Kela McClelland had placed me as one of 15 that she named.  I've been busy, but I wanted to thank her for this awesome award. YAY 


I hope everyone jumps over to Kela's blog after you read mine. Leave some comments, show some love.

These are the rules of the nomination


1. Create a post for the Versatile Blogger Award.
Ok, check. 
2. In the same post, thank the blogger who gave you the award and put a link back to their blog.
Check again! Oh and did I mention THANK YOU KELA!
3. Nominate 15 other people for this award and let them know.
This may be the hard part.


4. Post seven random things about yourself.
Will post below


5. Include these rules in your post.

Check again. 


Seven random things about myself.  Hmmmm


1) Ok, I guess I'll start with being a twin. Yup, I'm a twin.  Fraternal, which means not the same egg. We look nothing alike, yet we have the same voice.  It's kinda cool actually. She'll always be my best friend. Even though we look nothing alike, my twin and I have been mixed up before. 


2)My siblings and I are in alphabetical order, I'm the youngest of five. Yup, my mom went down the line A,B,C, my twin D, and mE. I've always loved that we have our names lined up.  It made it easier for my mom to write notes to us when she was working too. (A&B make sure to take out the trash and mow the lawn. C, clean the living room. D&E clean the upstairs and the bathroom, and for the sake of all that is holey, clean that pit of a room!)  Yeah, it was like that a lot.  Sorry mom. ;)


3)You know how my twin and I have the same voice and nothing else.  We would impersonate each other on the phone.  I've talked to her friends, during our teen angst years, just because she didn't want to talk to them. (and I have more patience. shhh, don't tell her I said that.) They never knew the difference.


4) I hate leaving my house.  I love my friends, but I don't want to go anywhere.  They understand.  I'm a pseudo hermit. I like being around people but can't get myself to move past my yard to visit, unless we are playing D&D, or I have to work.


5) Ok, I mentioned it. D&D is amazing.  I am an Uber gamer! I love the table-top game D&D (I tried White Wolf, couldn't get into it) I also like LARPing (Live Action Role Playing games)  I've done several of them.  It's nice to get away from the real world for a weekend, and when you LARP it is an entire weekend of pretending to be somewhere else with many other people. All I gotta say is field battle with over 100 people... you really feel the adrenaline then. (It's one of the only things that will get me out of the house.)  I also enjoy video games like Skyrim, Dragon Age, Final Fantasy 7-8-9&10. I did play WOW but got bored. I also play Magic the Gathering with my hubby every now and then, I'm a bad looser though so we don't play often. He's too good.


6) I am a geek, if you haven't figured that out.  between Anime, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings... to name a few, I can be a happy busy camper in front of the TV


7) Hey look, it's my lucky number.  Um what else... There's that... no that's boring.  Um... you want random right... I LOVE MY KIDS.  Is that random enough? No? ok PURPLE MONKEYS! yup that's random.  I like to say purple monkeys at random, not sure where I came up with it entirely. Some of my friends say that purple monkeys will one day rule the world.  I just say that purple monkeys like wearing pink tutus. *shrug* it's my saying when I don't have anything else to say.  


Ok now for the tagging of other who will be nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award.  Hmm. Well I guess that almost everyone I know has already been named.  So I'm just going to name them again.  If you have already responded to this award, because some one else that is just as cool as Kela, nominated you.  Than leave a comment and I will jump over to your blog to leave a *let's dance you've been nominated* comment on your blog.  


E.F. Jace Yup, she's #1, I hope she doesn't let it go to her head. LOL
D.C. Rich
TBruce
Riley Redgate
Joseph Eastwood
Darke Contuer
M Sinclair
Jemi Fraser
R.C. Lewis
Jean Oram
Joyce Alton
BBC (cause that's Mindy's real name, don't let her fool you)
Breathe... gasp... weeze... almost there
Eveli Acosta
A.D. Duling
Wow I know a lot of bloggers.. te he he one more
Emlyn Chand  I would like to take this moment to thank Emlyn for the epic idea of Author Karma. I've met some great new friends because of it.  Take a bow Em, you rock!

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Island: Ship Wrecked part 2

The waves crashed against her feet, as Melandra coughed wet sand out of her mouth.  Dazed, she lifted her head to look around.  She was alive, but alone.  Debris from the ship lay all around her, along with the crates from the cargo hold.  However, there were no signs of any other survivors. She was shocked to find that all of her items, though waterlogged, stayed with her, reminding her of her determination to hold on to her only protection.  She was dizzy and weak from floating on bits of wood all night.  Hurt but still alive the wind reminded her that she may not remain so if she doesn't get warm, and soon.  The temperature was only slightly warming with dawns light breaking over the pine trees, past the beach.

She searched around but all there was to offer was wet wood. Causing it to be much more difficult to light a fire than it usually was.  She owed it to being so dizzy and disoriented.  Looking around she spotted black smoke rising from up the beach.  With an inability to raise a fire herself, and a worry to what had happened to all the other passengers of the ship, she moved toward it.  Surely she was not the only one to survive.

The trail led to a fire and an interesting assortment of people. She recognized the group as passengers from the broken ship, breathing a sigh of relief she approached them. There was a dwarf, hardy with armor and a sword, in which he was sharpening.  An elf, the same height as the dwarf, pulled out items from a bag to lay out before the fire.  Two human men, on one armor shown bright even with the sea weed that clung to it, the other lay deathly still.

Melandra approached slowly. Watching as the others noticed her.  The armored man moved toward her with a smile on his face. "Greetings, it's good to see another survivor!"

The elf turned to look at her, glared and went back to her duties.  Her long blond hair curtaining over her face.  Melandra had hoped that she would find some solace in having an elf there. She didn't look like her mother, but she was an elf, surely this elf would not be so different from the woman who raised her.  Yet, she had a feeling this one would be completely different.

The dwarf huffed an acknowledgement before returning to his own items.

She had been relieved when she had found them, but now she was not so sure.  Introductions were short and curt.  She didn't like how everyone seemed to be settling on the beach, with no shelter. "We must scout the woods, we need to find a better place to rest for the night."



Lia threw down her soggy back pack and twisted around to meet this half-elf eye to eye.  The half-breed had the nerve to smile at her. Such audacity! "You're going to scout? Alone?"

That childish smile was wiped right off her face. "I... um..." the half-elf breathed before recovering. "I can scout, alone, and be fine.  We need to find food."

"And water!" The husky dwarf pointed out. "Fresh water." He seemed to have as much contempt for the half-breed as Lia did. The elf nodded to the dwarf and went back to tending to her soaked items. Salt water was in everything.  There went her rations, and she could not find her canteen anywhere. Fresh water was a must. They were leaving their survival to a half-breed. Things couldn't get any worse.  She tossed her soggy rations aside and went back to hanging her clothes and bedding.

"Go quickly. Let us know what you find. If you locate shelter of any sort, return so that we may settle in before night fall." The paladin was way too kind, but what else could Lia expect from a human. They were far too trusting. However, being a paladin would make him honorable. That would mean he could be trusted as well. It was good to know.

Lia turned to the half-breed and rolled her eyes. "Well then, get going. We don't have all day. Try not to get killed, since we need you right now." She did not leave any of her contempt hidden of the creature standing before her.

"I'll be sure to come back safe, Elf." The half-breed sneered before she turned on her heel and headed for the thick pine forest. Lia shook her head, what a predicament to be left stranded with such a frustrating creature.



Melandra stomped when she first entered the forest.  That elf was infuriating.  Her mother had never been such a snob, she had never treated her like that.  She could not believe, even though her mother had told her many times, that an elf could be so cold, so cruel. Taking a deep breath, the half-elf scanned the area, quieting down her steps as she looked for animal trails.

She spotted two trails after a time, and followed one deeper in.  She kept herself as quiet as she could, leaving no sound to scare what ever she may be following.  None of the trails had fresh foot prints, but they may lead to water. She followed in, continuing to be diligent in her pursuit till she found herself standing before a large hollowed out tree. The tree was large enough to be a shelter in itself. This is what they needed first, and though the elf had been cruel, she was not so snobbish as to leave anyone stranded.  She headed back to the group.  The time seemed fast but when she broke back onto the beach, the sun was low in the sky, hours must have passed.

"Well, did you find anything?" The elf shouted as she was rolling up her bed roll.

Melandra tried to ignore it as the Paladin ran up to her, concern on his face. "Have you found anything?" His voice was kind and soft, allowing the half-elf to gather her wits and concentrate on what her task was.

"No food or water, yet.  However, I did find shelter.  It's a hollowed out tree, big enough for all of us to fit comfortably and keep away the elements."

"Very well." He said turning back to the group. "Pack everything up. We're headed for shelter."

The others did so quickly, gathering their things as a cold wind bit the skin.

To be continued...

Do you want to see more?  What sort of things do you think should happen to our bickering companions? Do you think they will solve their own bigotry or will they become endangered by it?






Friday, March 23, 2012

Blog Ring of Power: Interview with Darke Conteur

So when the Blog Ring of Power was starting off, not too long ago, I had an idea of who I would ask to come visit and tell us all about themselves.  I had to ask Darke as I've read her work, and yup, LOVE IT. I'm so happy she said yes! She's down to earth and a buddy of mine on AQC (there's that writers place again, hmmm I meet lots of people there... hint hint)  So with a fan squeal and no more delay I give you the first section of Darke Conteur's interview with The Blog Ring of Power.




About You



BRoP: How long have you been writing?


Darke:  Since I was seventeen, so close to twenty-seven years. Wow, that's a long time.


BRoP:  Tell us about your early works—what was the first thing you ever wrote?


Darke:  The first thing I ever wrote was a novel about a teenage girl who runs away and becomes popular. I know, horrible, but teenage angst was all I knew, 'cause I was a teenager. 


BRoP:  When did you first consider yourself a professional writer?


Darke:  To be honest, I don't. I suppose I could think of myself that way, but I don't feel like this is a job. Maybe that's why? 



BRoP:  What genre do you write?


Darke:  I love paranormal and science fiction, so that's what I write. I did write a short erotica piece that was published a few months back, but that was more of an experiment on my part. I'm still not sure if I'll write any more erotica in the future.

BRoP: If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?


Darke:  Probably an ...




BRoP:  Tell us about your route to success – how/when did you decide to self-publish? 

Darke:  I decided to self-publish this series simply because I knew how difficult selling a series is to agents. Plus, the first book The Watchtower, isn't very long. 


His first day of work wasn't what Martin Cunningham expected. A sultry boss, a classy receptionist, the drama-queen foreigner, and a painfully shy techie who prefers hiding to human interaction, was the oddest group of characters he'd ever met. When an assassination attempt is made against his new boss, Martin comes face to face with the stuff of nightmares. 

Now he and his new co-workers must race to prevent another attack, but where do they start? There's very little to go on, and the only solid piece of evidence escaped through the u-bend in the toilet. By the end of the day, Martin becomes one of the privileged few who really understands what lies in the shadows, and what it means to work in THE WATCHTOWER.  






Under the Cover of Wicca
Victims of ritual sacrifices are showing up in one graveyard, and sixteen-year-old sensitive Janet Weiss is the only witness the police have.

With Janet's safety in question, Jezryall enlists the help of Rowan, a Wiccan Priestess and old friend. When followers of dark magic kidnap Janet in a brazen daylight attack, Jezryall and her team make a stand against the continuing threat.

The balance between good and evil is being methodically destroyed, and Janet's unintentional witnessing of the latest ritual may not be by accident. Jezryall and her staff must rescue the teen and stop the culprits before the balance of power is tilted more in favour of evil.

Failure is not an option, or Janet's soul won't be the only one condemned to Hell. 

Thanks for stopping in Darke.  I hope everyone else enjoyed your visit as much as I have.  On behalf of myself and the other members or our Blog Ring of Power, thank you for your interview.

On Sunday April 1st only you can get Darke's books for free! Happy Birthday Darke, and thanks!

This is where you can haunt Darke for her next works. 



Website: 
http://www.wix.com/darkeconteur/writer 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/darke.conteur
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Darke-Conteur-Author-Storyteller/192111757487551
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Darke_Conteur
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5257058.Darke_Conteur
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=104058719&locale=en_US&trk=tab_pro
Blog: http://darkeconteur.wordpress.com/                                                                                                                     



BRoP:  Is your book in print, ebook or both?

Darke:  Right now, both are only available as ebooks, but I am planning on doing print versions in the future.



E. M.: Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with us!


Darke:  Not a problem! It was fun!




For the next part of the interview check out Sandra's blog and follow Darke through the Blog Ring of Power.    

Don't forget to follow all next week as she will be stopping by Dean C Rich's blog, then to T. Bruce and finally to T.W. Fendly's blog.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Lucky 7 MEME

So I was tagged in another Meme, by Dean C Rich and Cherie, which is great cause they're fun. :) And this one is called Lucky 7s. My lucky number. Sounds good so here it goes.

Lucky 7!



 
This one is quite easy, so without any delay, here are the rules:

1. Go to page 77 of your current ms.

2. Go to line 7.

3. Copy down the next 7 lines/sentences, and post them as they're written. No cheating.

4. Tag 7 other victims, er, authors.

I'm going to ask your forgiveness in advance for my pg 77. Though I haven't looked at it, in a while, I'm doing a complete rewrite on my Work In Progress so this may be a bit rough.  
From Second Nature
Her curvy body was dressed in greens and browns of vines to cover her.  The lady’s feet looked like the roots of trees imbedded in the ground.  Nemune gasped in awe.
From one side of Nature came Una and Endoria, from the other came Agasga and Rytharvin. Nemune watched as Dawveed got up from where he lay.  He moved to stroke the fur down the length of Nemune’s back in a slow careful movement. He then walked over to stand beside Una a smile of contentment playing upon his lips. 

*         *      *       *

And there it is. I'ts kind of confusing. So at least it raises several questions. Like who the heck and I talking about and why does Nemune have a furry back, eew. LOL 

Now to tag 7 people. Well, two of my friends have already tagged me and I'm not sure who else wants this so I'm going to go random.  Hmmm

I've met a few friends with Novel Publicity so I think it would be fair to let them join in on the fun. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Blog Ring of Power: Interview with Sue Burke

Sue Burke joins me to discuss the creative process of translating Amadis into English.  Thanks for joining us.

For the BRoP previous interviews about Sue and her writing process check out Terri Bruce and T. W. Fendly's blogs.

For the next section on the technical aspects check out Sandra's blog. To finish it up Dean Rich will be hosting Sue on his blog. Hope you stop by and see just what goes into translating Amadis into English.



This photo of Sue on the city walls of Buitrago de Lozoya near Madrid. 



Sue Burke lives and writes in Madrid. Originally from Milwaukee, Wis., much of her career was spent as a reporter and editor, covering everything from dog shows to politics to crime. She began writing fiction twenty years ago and has published short stories in various magazines and anthologies, as well as poetry and non-fiction. Her current project is a translation of the medieval fantasy story, Amadis of Gaul. 


The Creative Process

BRoP: How is translating a story different from writing? How is it similar?

SB: The goal of a translator is to tell the story the way the author would have told it if it had originally been written in the second language -- a goal that faces many small obstacles. For one thing, the Spanish original is fixed, but second language changes over time. The English translation of Amadis of Gaul from 1596 is almost incomprehensible because English has changed so much. And if I were translating Amadis in 2100, I would write it differently from today because English would have changed.

Another problem is locutions. Often, when someone is fatally injured in a joust or battle, the text says no ovo menester maestro, "there was no need for a master" -- that is, a master surgeon. The original audience understood that refrain, and I usually translate it as "a doctor could not have saved him."

A translator has to start by considering the overall tone of the work, in this case an elevated, literate tone. The author's intent has to be respected down to the sentence and word level. The text uses "vos" and "tú" for "you," the formal and familiar forms. (Modern Spanish uses "usted" and "tú".) I've translated that as "ye" and "thou." I think it's important to preserve the different forms of address because they show important aspects of the story. When King Abies addresses Amadis as "thou" during a battle, it's a sign of disrespect.

And when the narrator in this novel addresses the audience, it's always "vos." This book was popular with kings and nobles, and they merited proper treatment.

BRoP: Do you go for the meaning or are you looking at literal translation?

SB: Literal translations may be good for some academic purposes where the original language is important, but in this case medieval Spanish is too distant from modern English to always be comprehensible if translated literally, especially in word order and sentence structure. I have tried to stay as close to the original as I could to maintain the customs of the time, odd though they sometimes were. For example, at the end of the meal, "the tablecloths were lifted," instead of "the tables were cleared." Table linens mattered more those days.

BRoP: How long did it take to do the translation?

SB: The novel is divided into four books, and it took me two and a half years to translate the first book, that is, from January 2009 to May 2011. I'm translating a chapter at a time, or sometimes part of a long chapter, and posting it every other week on a website, http://amadisofgaul.blogspot.com. I'm now translating Book II, which is shorter than Book I, and at this rate, I should finish it by the end of this year. The whole novel should be done by the end of 2016.

Normally, a full-time literary translator does about 3000 to 5000 words in a day, finishing a book in about one or two months. I'm doing about 1000 words a week, and this is a very big book -- I have a day job and other writing projects, so I work at a comfortable rate for my situation.

BRoP: Do you use critique partners or beta readers as a translator? If so, how is this process similar or different to the critique/editing process for writers?

SB: It's hard to find people who know medieval Spanish and are fluent in English, so I don't have a critique partner. And if I did, all they could do is check my accuracy. The text, plot, and characters are a given, so the translation can't be critiqued or edited beyond mere copyediting. Translation is a humble job, translators are secondary to the original author.

Instead of having a partner, I proofread my work. Proofread, proofread, proofread. Again, aloud. And again.

BRoP: If your book was made into a movie, who do you see playing the main characters?

SB: This movie calls for new, young actors. Amadis becomes a knight in his late teens, and his beloved Oriana is two years younger than he is. For Amadis, we need someone of medium height, strongly built, with curly blond hair, who is the handsomest young man in all Hollywood. Oriana must be the most beautiful young woman in the world, as the book says.



Please let us know where can your readers stalk you:

Blog: http://amadisofgaul.blogspot.com

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Amadis-of-Gaul/112253615569385

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1466475714/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

My personal website: http://www.sue.burke.name

Is your book in print, ebook or both?

In both paperback and Kindle.

Thanks so much for taking the time with us Sue!  See you on Sandra's blog for the next installment. 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

D&D quotes from my favorite games

As many of my readers know, I'm a Dungeons and Dragons player.  Have been for the last 15 years.  I game to escape reality. I game to feel like I'm in another world able to do fantastical things.  I game to gain inspiration. Yet, the REAL reason why I game, is the random things that come out of my friends, and my mouth.

Such as:

"Ah, the very uncommon guard rat, comes now in hordes."

"Everyone get out your D20s, its almost Initiative time."

"Where there's a will save, there's a way."

"I pull out my dagger. I never leave home without it."

"You're about to die, roll for death magic."

"If you're not back by morning, you're probably rat food."

"If you wish to join with the hacking and slashing, come on in."

"Laying on of hands? You just like touching people, I'm starting to feel left out. Damn high AC."

"How much damage do you do to the door with one kick? Roll your damage."

"I roll whatever skill check I need to roll to get this done."

Thanks my friends for another night of laughs.  Just a reminder, don't drink the water from the well.

Thanks for reading, if you remember any quotes from a game or just a random conversation. Please post, I'd love to hear from you.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Blog Ring of Power: Interview with Rebecca Hamilton Part 1


E.M.'s connection to Rebecca:  I met her while looking around the blog-sphere for contests with editors.  At the time she had not yet published and still had the blog: Free Editing for Writers.  I had signed up for her contest and ended up winning her last 50pg edit on the blog.  Her hints and suggestions helped me grow as a writer.  I couldn't help but want to follow her on her own journey.  Once the BRoP was decided and went live, I knew exactly who I wanted to interview and I'm so happy she said yes! 

Rebecca Hamilton writes Paranormal Fantasy, Horror, and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and three kids, along with multiple writing personalities that range from morbid to literary. She enjoys dancing with her kids to television show theme songs and would love the beach if it weren't for the sand. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently.

To learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder, please visit the website below.



About You

BRoP:  How long have you been writing?

RH:  Four years.
  
BRoP:  When and why did you begin writing?

RH:  Four years ago LOL. Why? I just had a story idea and it was on my bucket list to write a book. I didn’t expect to become addicted to writing.

BRoP:  Tell us about your early works—what was the first thing you ever wrote?

RH:  The Forever Girl is the first thing I ever wrote. I think I wrote it 100 times, too lol.

BRoP:  When did you first consider yourself a professional writer?

RH:  Never.

BRoP:  What genre do you write?

RH:  Paranormal Fantasy, Horror, and Literary Fiction. The latter too won’t have any releases for a while, but there are projects written and awaiting my attention.




Sophia Parsons’ family has skeletons, but they aren’t in their graves...
Solving the mystery of an ancestor’s hanging might silence the clashing whispers in Sophia's mind, but the cult in her town and the supernaturals who secretly reside there are determined to silence her first.

As Sophia unknowingly crosses the line into an elemental world full of vampire-like creatures, shapeshifters, and supernatural grim reapers, she meets Charles, a man who becomes both lover and ally.

But can she trust him?

It’s not until someone nearly kills Sophia that she realizes the only way to unveil the source of her family's curse: abandon her faith or abandon her humanity. If she wants to survive, she must accept who she is, perform dark magic, and fight to the death for her freedom.




Contact Information:
Please let us know where can your readers stalk you:
Twitter: @InkMuse
Is your book in print, ebook or both? Both.

For the next intalment of this interview, check out BRoP - Sandra Ulbrich Almazan
and don't for get to check out the rest of the Blog Ring of Power's members for the rest.
Tuesday March 6th Dean C Rich
Wednesday March 7th Terri Bruce
Thursday March 8th T.W. Fendly