Monday, February 23, 2015

Blog Ring of Power Presents: Rebecca P. McCray

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Welcome to Rebecca P. McCray, today’s Blog Ring of Power guest. Her debut novel, The Journey of the Marked, tells the beginning of the epic Miyran Heir story. Currently, she resides in the western US, but has lived in various locations across the US and UK. Her interest in cultural anthropology contributed to the myriad of species and backgrounds incorporated into her new world.

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Section #3: The Creative Process
Where do you get your story ideas?
I have a rather wild and vivid imagination. My story is the culmination of various stories I’ve toyed with over the years in combination with a few items from nightmares. For example, I took a rather horrid creature from a nightmare decades ago and turned it into a positive species (the Thelios) in my series.

 How do you deal with writer’s block?
I haven’t had much issue with this, but sometimes I do need a break. In those cases, I either start a new storyline or work on editing what I’ve written.

Are you a “plotter” or a “pantser” (do you plan/outline the story ahead of time or write “by the seat of your pants”)?
Given the fact that I’m writing an epic series, it may surprise you that I land pretty far on the side of pantser. I was the kid in high school that wrote the paper first and the outline last. With that said, writing an epic series does require some tracking / preparation. I just have a tendency to do it when I have no choice. For example, I kept a few notes and map while writing book one, but nothing substantial. When I finished the first draft, I knew I had to build out the history of the planet. Without it, there was too much risk of inconsistencies. So, I built that out, then backtracked and edited the whole book to take it into account. I’m sure some authors will cringe when they read this, but it’s the process that works best for me. I just can’t work under the structure of an outline.

Do you use critique partners or beta readers? Why or why not?
I have a handful of beta readers that all have some form of writing or grammar skills in their background. They were extremely helpful for book one. For book two, I’ll need some beta readers that are immersed into the story to be my double check on any inconsistencies, which I’m working extremely hard to avoid.

How much time do you spend on research? What type of research do you do?
My story takes place on a different planet with species I’ve created, so some of it comes from my imagination. However, there is a strong sci-fi influence. Therefore, I want things like weapons or rotations of the moons to make sense. Since I started writing my story, I’ve researched enough weapons that I’m certain to be on a Google “watch” list somewhere. You can’t imagine how excited I was to find a You Tube clip showing how to throw bolas… in slow motion, no less!



Section #4: About Your Current Work

Tell us about your new book and when it is out? Where can people purchase it?
The Journey of the Marked is book one in The Miyran Heir series. It’s currently available in print and e-book through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and a number of e-Merchants. I’m working to introduce it to physical book stores, but it’s not there yet. My next book, The List, will be book two in my series and should be published late 2015 or early 2016.

Is there anything new, unusual, or interesting about your book? How is it different from toher books on the same subject?
I find so many stories include “bad” people that are simply that, bad. In reality, I think very few people are all truly good or bad; most people exist in some form of grey. While my story does have one rather nasty character, the leader on one side of the conflict, I want to show the realities of war from both sides and how individuals can inadvertently end up believing in the wrong side of conflict. In the end, you may find you like some of the bad guys as much as the good ones.

Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?
I’ve learned a tremendous amount, not just from writing The Journey of the Marked, but in all my interactions with authors afterwards. If I have to narrow it down to one thing, I’ve learned that you have to believe in yourself. Others might encourage you, but in the end, you need to the commitment and vision to see a project through to the end.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Everyone, every skill, and every unique ability is important. You may not be able to compete with others in certain areas, but everyone can add value in his or her own way.

Tell us about your book’s cover – where did the design come from and what was the design process like?

I developed the concept for the cover, but needed an artist. I searched for days and finally found a talented artist in Australia (http://imaliea.deviantart.com/). Using my broad concept and with some discussion between us, she designed the cover for The Journey of the Marked (and is working on the cover for The List). I chose Eros for the first cover because he’s Human, which I thought was easier. His expression shows concern and the dark forest communicates the tone. Then, we added the red mark because it’s a constant driver throughout the story. I love it.


On a distant planet, Eros thrives in the Human settlement he calls home. Raised to follow his grandfather’s noble footsteps, he studies the details of each species that co-exists here.

But when his sixteenth birthday arrives and he’s called to fight, his life changes forever. Forced to abandon his home and relentlessly pursued by savage hunters, he joins forces with others, including a scrappy, street fighter named Kenrya, who loathes the planet’s self-appointed rulers.

As Eros faces perils that test his training and push the limits of his resolve, he and Kenrya must put aside their differences and learn to work together to survive. Discover this epic, dystopian adventure where an individual’s unique abilities can change the course of the future.


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Resistance by Alicia Michaels Book Blitz


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Title:  The Resistance
Series: The Bionics, Book 2
Author:  Alicia Michaels
Published:  March 10th, 2015
Publisher:  Crimson Tree Publishing
Genre:  NA Paranormal Romance
Content Warning:  Coarse language, mild sexual innuendo
Recommended Age:  16+

Synopsis:

All it takes is a spark…

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The-Resistance.jpgBlythe Sol never would have thought she would become the face of the Restoration Resistance. Yet, that is just what has happened now that the battle lines have been drawn. With the movement sweeping the United States, the stakes are higher than ever as President Drummond continues to prove his dedication to the destruction of the Bionics and all who stand with them.
The flame has been ignited…
As anger and frustration among the American people reaches the boiling point, citizens begin to fight back, many showing their support for the Bionics… despite the personal costs to themselves. As protests turn violent, and people who once cowered in silence begin to fight back, the government continues its practices that fly in the face of the very principles the nation was founded upon.

The time has come to revolt …
Despite the many losses it has sustained, the Resistance stands strong, leading America into revolution and onward toward change. With an unlikely, ragtag family of misfits at its forefront, the Resistance stands, while a girl who lost everything continues to fight for a future that was once impossible, but may now be within her reach.



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About the Author:

Ever since she first read books like Chronicles of Narnia or Goosebumps, Alicia has been a lover of mind-bending fiction. Wherever imagination takes her, she is more than happy to call that place her home. The mother of two and wife to an Army sergeant loves chocolate, coffee, and of course good books. When not writing, you can usually find her with her nose in a book, shopping for shoes and fabulous jewelry, or spending time with her loving family.
How did you start your writing career? 

I published my first novel 3 years ago under a different pen name. It was a historical romance. About nine months after that, I launched the Alicia Michaels pen name to write Young Adult and New Adult. I haven’t looked back sense.

Where do you dream of traveling to and why? 

I can’t really choose any one place. I dream of travelling to lots of difference places to experience lots of different things. Last year I went to both New Orleans and Las Vegas for the first time, and those trips were amazing! Next, I’m setting my sights on New York and California. I hope soon to be able to take my first trip out of the country.

Tell us about your current release. 

The Bionics novels is a dystopian series based in American in the year 4010. Nuclear war has changed our society for the worst, because people who were injured in the war and offered robotic body parts and organs are now being targeted by the government. The Resistance is book 2, and picks up where book 1, The Bionics, left off. The whole story revolves around a group of underground soldiers fighting back against the government for their place in society.

Later this month I’m releasing book 4 in my Lost Kingdom of Fallada Series, Tempest’s Fury. The Lost Kingdom of Fallada is a series of books based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tales.

What is the hardest part of writing your books? 

The hardest part is fighting against my own worst critic—myself. Once I stop worrying over what people will think, or whether I’m doing something the ‘right’ way, or whether a certain plot point is too outlandish … or whatever … then I can get out of my own way and just write.

Is there something unique about your writing style? 

I don’t know if I’d say it’s ‘unique’, but I feel that my M.O. is writing character-driven stories. It’s certainly not something other writers can’t claim, so I wouldn’t call it uniquely mine. I will say that it’s important to me and it’s something I try to accomplish in every story.

Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it? 

Alicia Michaels is, in fact, a pen name. It is comprised of the middle names of two of my children.


Do you listen to music while writing? If so what? 

I do like to listen to music while writing. It really just depends on what I’m working on. For this series I listen to a lot of Imagine Dragons and Fallout Boy. High energy songs about revolution, and anything with a futuristic and sort of electronic sound. Like Ellie Goulding. I also listen to a lot of movie scores and soundtracks. The Hunger Games puts me in a good mood to write this series.


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  • A bookmark swag pack, winner’s choice of any Clean Teen Publishing eBook, and a $15 Amazon gift card.
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    Friday, February 6, 2015

    Moaning about the Banshees

    Fantastical Friday:
     Fairy or Faery addition

    The Banshee is known in modern days as a wraith like woman who moans till her victims come closer and then she turns up the volume and keens till they die from the pain of her sounds.

    This however is a misconception. Original Irish folk lore has it that Banshee means 'woman of the mound'. So in turn may only just mean a female faery.

    Found on http://www.capuletart.com/brian-froud
    Later the meaning of Banshee was lent to a woman spirit who would mourn the soon passing of a family member. She does not cause the death by a curse or her own wailing, merely foretells the coming demise.

    The banshee was later linked to the Washer Woman who did infact kill through her keening cries.