Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Tuesday's Writer's Tip Choosing a Genre #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Genres #Romance #Mystery #Fantasy #Science Fiction #Horror

After the ide for a book comes the decision as to what genre you want to choose. There are a number of different ones out there. Almost any idea can be twisted to fit into any genre. So look at your idea and decide.

Many writers choose one genre to spend their entire career writing. They may take a little venture into one of the subgenres for a time but the main genre is the one they like to write andmay one they like to read. So let's look at what can happen.

Suppose history is your goal. Historical novels come in many packages. There are the ones that are close to realism. There are ones that choos a particular era like Regency, Georgian and many other. There are historical novels that are mainly romance, or mystery or even have a touch of fantasy.

Romance is another large category. Think of the books you've read that are listed as romance. There can be touches of history, ystery and all of the other categories.

The same applies to Mystery, Think of the different ones you've read and see where they fit. Thereare those with a touchof paranormal, or romance or many things.

So when you look at your idea, look at the genre and decide which category and which sub-category you've chosen to write. Maybe even look at how it could fit into one of the other categories. Choosing a genre can be an adventure abd take you on a new path.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Meandering on Monday wit Janet Lane Walters #MFRWAUthor #BWLAuthor #Poem #Cancer Woman #Loyalty

Meander 1 - Poem -- Cancer Woman --

I am the raging sea
Silent crab-like digging from within
Eating pits beneath the shore
Grinding rocks to sand.
Destroying, changing, enshelled.

I am the calm sea
Glassy surface reflecting sun
Underneath rip currents flow
and hurricane
The silent lurking undertow.

I am the life sea
Nurturing love and blood flow times
An amniotic womb
Nourishing frends and breeding
Contractions of birth.

Meander 2 - We've heard a lot lately about loyalty. I wonder what it means to you and to me. Does it mean the only loyal people are those who say exactly what we want them to say. Are those that cover up misdeeds because they're loyal. I don't think so. I do believe loyal people would also tell when their friend or relative is totally out of line and help them change, To me loyalty doesn't mean keeping quiet when a friend is doing wrong.

Meander 3 Writing. Two chapters to go and then I'll get to the final read through and make a few changes in the story. Then it will be off to the editor and I will shout for joy.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Sunday's Book Confrontations Book 4 Affinities series #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Fantasy #YA #Affinities #Earth #Aur #Fire #Water

Confrontations: Affinities by [Walters, J. L.]

In Confrontations by J.L. Walters, a Books We Love Young Adult Fantasy, Ash, Bran, Ky and Jay along with their friends have now mastered their affinities. They now control their ability to use Earth, Air, Fire and Water. The time has come for them to face Dom Senet and He Who Walks with Evil. They have learned a disturbing fact. He Who Walks With Evil is able to exchange an old body for a new one. Dom Senet wishes to obtain the secret and he is willing to sacrifice even his own son to gain this power. The four sets of companions set off to rid the doms and domas of Dom Senet’s bonds and to defeat the two evil men. Can they or will they become pawns to evil?


May 11, 2016
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Awesome world building.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Saturday's Blurbs featuring Books by Kryssie Fortune #MFRWAuthor #Werewolf #Heroes #Soldier



To Wed a Werewolf (Scattered Siblings Book 1)

To Wed a Werewolf – Book one of my Scattered Sibling’s series.


Blurb
Sylvie's more human librarian than half-blood Fae princess and she definitely prefers books to men. Then, she learns her unwanted Lykae fiancée is marrying someone else. If she doesn't stop the wedding, the Fae will resume the border war with the Werewolf nation. A high-handed Lykae security guard blocks her every move, and when her plans go awry, she's kidnapped, stripped, and bound for his pleasure.

Caleb the Cold, King of the Lykae, will do anything to make his younger brother's wedding special--even pretend he's a security guard and kidnap his brother's former fiancée. Punishing her is pure pleasure, until he realizes she's his mate. Now he needs to woo the woman he's tormented to the edge of madness, but is it too late to claim her heart, and make her his?

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Marriage, Mobsters, and the Marine – Book One of MY Heroes of Westhorpe Ridge Series


Blurb
Abigail Montgomery, a small-town schoolteacher with zero self-confidence, dreams of the Dickensian Christmas her family never enjoyed. Each month she attends a masked BDSM club, but her next visit will be her last. If she doesn’t marry within the next year, her brother won’t inherit Montgomery Hall. Desperate, she advertises for a husband.

Jared Armstrong, a former Marine sharpshooter and occasional Dom, needs $125,000 to get his family out of a hole. His solution--to marry Abigail Montgomery for her money. His only regret is his wife won’t accept his spanking lifestyle.

Soon, Abigail dreams of making their marriage real, but she promised Jared a divorce two years after their wedding. Can they share some Christmas magic as their relationship faces extortion threats, a kidnapping, and an attempted murder? Or will Jared walk away and break her heart?

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Submission, Secrets, and the Soldier – My current release and book 4 of my Heroes of Westhopre Ridge Series.  (A Stand-alone romance)


Blurb
Luke Roberts, a former army mechanic, has a new sub. She's shy and inexperienced, but willing. As he teaches her about sensation play, she fears he'll really hurt her and screams her safewords at him. Her reaction causes Luke to have a flashback. Although he's clawing his way back to normal, he suffers from PTSD. Determined to get well, he contacts a PTSD specialist in Westhorpe Ridge.

Kathryn Johnson has visited a BDSM club three times. When she hooks up with Luke Roberts, he unintentionally terrifies her. She swears off spankings and goes home to Westhorpe Ridge. The last person she expects to see there is Luke Roberts.

Circumstances force them to share an apartment. Can Luke protect her when danger threatens? Or is she just a temporary sub in residence?

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Friday - Kryssie Fortune is visiting and Talking About Who She Was Before #MFRWAuthor


What were you in your life before you became a writer? Did this influence your writing?

A working mum. Mostly I worked as a purchase ledger clerk, but my last few working years (Yes, I’m retired) I worked on Emmerdale – one of the UK’s three big soaps. I started out importing scripts onto the in-house program but eventually technology made me redundant. Emmerdale is like a family.  I had the option to stay on and work in other departments. Naturally, that’s what I did. Obviously, I got to read amazing scripts. I think that helped with the dialogue in my books.  

2.               Are you genre specific or general? Why? I don't mean genres like romance, mystery, fantasy etc. There are many subgenres of the above. 

I  I write whatever idea shouts loudest. I love my Scattered Siblings series. It’s centres around  wwerewolves and their mates, but the Fae King is the one looking for his brothers and sisters.
M My Heroes of Westhorpe Ridge series revolves around retired military men building their
 c civilian lives in the coastal North Carolina Town of Westhorpe Ridge. Each fall for a local  woman, but true love never runs smooth. The stories are as much adventure as romance. 
All my books are hot sexy reads 

3. Did your reading choices have anything to do with your choice of a genre or genres? 

I read anything, but I prefer whatever I read to have romantic elements. Maybe because I grew up reading Mills and Boon, or maybe because I’m a softy at heart. Vampires and Werewolves? Bring them on. Is the hero a former soldier? So much the better.

4. What's your latest release? 
Submission, Secrets, and the Soldier. It’s the fourth stand-alone romance in my Heroes of Westhorpe Ridge series. There’s no need to read the preceding romances, but if you have, it’s a chance to catch up on old friends and to make some new ones.

5. What are you working on now? 
My first ever Regency Romance. I’m not even sure which publisher to send it to yet since it’s a niche market. Fingers crossed I find a perfect fit.

6. Where can we find you? 

Kryssie loves to hear from readers. Here are her social media links:

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Blog      
Website   

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Thursday Searches Affinities Book 3 Excerpt #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Fantasy #Young adult


Sydli

Who?
     The question rang in Sydli’s thoughts and brought a gush of fear. Sydli. She answered before she decided whether the voice belonged to a friend or enemy. To muffle her mind, she quickly slammed the barrier her mother had taught her to erect.
     She sank on a chair and covered her face with her hands. Though she had given her name to a stranger, she had kept her location secret. Cautiously, she opened the bond to her twin. Emli. Be careful at dinner tonight. We don’t want Lodar to know which of us can hear his thoughts.
     Emli grinned. He is fun to confuse but I don’t like or trust him. He makes me feel itchy.
You’re right to feel that way. I have listened to him when he sits at Father’s side. Mandir constantly speaks of Wesren and how wealthy that princedom has become. He hints the reason is because no female or halfling can be the ruler. He also argues that as Father’s oldest child, though his mother was never a spouse, he should be named as heir.
     Emli frowned. Father was pleased when Lodar returned. What will we do if he is named heir?
     Sydli grasped her twin’s hands. We will pray spouses are found for us in other princedoms.
If Father does that, we will be separated.
     Sydli caught a hint of eagerness in her twin’s thoughts. Did Emli want to have a life apart? The possibility troubled Sydli. Before their mother’s death, she had asked Sydli to protect her twin. The promise had been sworn. We could have twin spouses.
     Emli laughed. How many high-ranking sets of twins are there? I know of no others. She rose. “Let me be the friendly one tonight. Do you think Lodar knows which of us is the true heir?”
     Sydli shook her head. “Doubtful. Prepare to be charming. I will be nasty.” She finished braiding her hair. They had inherited their pale hair and green eyes from their mother. Their copper-hued skin was like their father’s. Being halflings had held them apart from the people of Nortren.
     The summoning bell chimed. Emli walked to the door. “We should hurry.”
     They sped along the corridor toward the throne room. Sydli paused at the door to catch her breath and to read who was inside. Emli reached for the handle. Sydli’s forehead wrinkled. “Lodar is here. Father’s thoughts show he is pleased. What has Lodar told him?”
     Emli made a face. “Who knows?”
     “I could learn.” Sydli felt a brush across her thoughts. Beware. Shield. There’s a stranger in there who can read thoughts.
     My blocks are tight. Could this stranger be one of our half-brother’s friends or one of our relatives?
     I don’t know.
     Emli opened the door. “Father, we are here.”
     When Sydli saw the tall man whose fair hair hung in a braid down his back, her skin prickled. She pulled her barriers too tight she could barely hear spoken words.
     The stranger rose. His black leather clothes made his skin appear as pale as newly fallen snow. His coloring and manner meant he was from the highlands. Who was he? A miasma of evil surrounded him. Sydli knew he was no friend.
     The man turned to her father. “Pedron, your daughters are as lovely as any I’ve seen.”
     His intense glare made Sydli’s shoulder muscles tense. She clasped Emli’s hand. They crossed the room and curtseyed to their father.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Wednesday Havens Book 2 Affinities More of the characters #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #Fantasy #Affinities

Havens (Affinities Book 2 - Young Adult fantasy, Books We Love)

Join the authors at #MFRWHooks here   http://mfrwbookhooks.blogspot.com  for some great excerpts Mine is a fantasy for all ages and showing more of the characters,

Blurb:
The four teens, led by the mysterious birds they believe are their parents seek a place of safety where they can learn to control their affinities. They find a place of refuge with Doma Jandia, grandmother of their friend Zand. The doma plans to take them to the highlands but news of the capture of two of their friends by Dom Senet, sends them on a rescue mission. Their powers are not strong enough to defeat the evil dom. They must find a way to succeed or their friends will be corrupted forever.
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Excerpts : New Characters
Alizand

Alizand prowled about his bed chamber.  He paused beside the window and pushed the heavy draperies aside.  Another day of confinement.  Since the day his step-brothers had invaded the suite, forcing Alizand to reveal his affinity for Fire, he’d been a prisoner. 
     At least the guards at the door believed he couldn’t leave.  They didn’t know about the hidden sections and the secret rooms and passages to be found beyond the walls.  Though Alizand could slip away, he should wait until night lest his room be checked.  Dom Senet often made random visits during the day.  Only when Alizand’s personal guard appeared could he escape these chambers. The corridors and places he could go had to be kept secret. 
     He was bored.  He even missed the tedious lessons he’d been given by the clan elders during the short time he’d been acknowledged as his father’s heir.  Having his affinity exposed had ended the dream of being deemed fit to become a prince.  No one who could use one or all of the elements could rule the princedom of Wesren


Valcon

Valcon pulled a knit cap low to hide his hair and wrapped a scarf so his mouth and nose were covered.  He opened the door of the stone house and peered across the barren garden.  Only a skim of snow lay on the ground.  The weather had been strange this winter.  The heavy snowfall that had aided his friends’ escape had melted.  Since that day only flurries had fallen.  He’d heard the farms in the northern section of the princedom had experienced one storm after another.  The bitter cold made him shiver.  Leaving the warmth of the house hadn’t been his idea.  Svana’s begging to visit Cook for sweets had finally pushed him to the door.
     He checked to see the little girl was bundled before he lifted the basket of fruit and vegetables that had been gleaned from the growing house this morning.  Svana danced outside ahead of him.
     “Hurry, Valcon.”  She used her heavy stick as a sword.  Finchon and Larkea waited near the wall.  Larkea pressed the stones in the proper sequence and a segment of the wall slid inward.
     “Do you have the list?”  Valcon asked.
     “In my head,”  Larkea said.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Tuesday's Writer's Tip - Looking at Ideas #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Genres

All books start with an idea. Ideas come from everywhere and anywhere. I know I spend my time falling asleep searching for ideas for new stories. It's interesting to figure where the ideas for books occur. I'll give you a couple of ways my ideas have come to me.

I love medical suspense stories and have read many. One thing I noticed was the medical personnel were usually the villains. One night after a shift at the hospital, a very trying one when this idea popped into my head. What if the nurses and doctors wre the victims? That started a quest for a story.

I'm also a great fantasy reader and I dabbled in Astrology. Then my daughter had her fourth child and as I looked at their birth dates, I realized she had given me a Fire, a Water, An Earth and an Air sign. Suddenly things started to coalesce and the four part fantasy series was born.

Writers I've spoken to and talked about where their ideas arrive and have found so many different ways ideas appear. Sometimes it's something heard, a news report, an article, another writer's book. Let's face it the world is full of ideas for stories. All you have to do is look around you and hone in on something. Maybe it's a face seen, a word heard or read but suddenly the idea is there.

How do your ideas for stories arrive? I'd really be interested in hearing.


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Monday, November 11, 2019

Meandering on Monday with Janet Lane Walters #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Coffee Grounds #Writing

Meander 1  Poem -- Coffee Grounds

In the morning,
I always wanted hot coffee.
You never did.
For twenty years I drank alone,
Filled my mug with fresh perked brew.
You stayed in bed until I called.
Aftershave
Blotting my fragrant coffee beans.
Our marriage simmered on the stove,
A tiny flame of twenty years,
Oils and essences losing strength,
Turning bitter in the pot
Until today
I emptied the grounds.

Meander 2 - Doctor's Appointment - Had to take my husband to a gastrointerologist yesterday. He ahd a problem for one such doctor. When we arrived papers had to be filled out. Then we waited. Finally we saw, not the doctor but a nurse practitioner. I thought this was great. My son wondered why we didn't see the doctor. I tried to explain that what was bothering his father while important could have been treated by anyone who could write a prescription.

Meander 3 Writing -- Four chapters and a few hundred words on a fifth and I will be done with the chrrent project. Soon I'll need to start planning the next. I saw a question on Twitter that made me wonder. Do I keep pouring out books and not concentrating on the Great American novel. I don't think so. There are these people I know in my head who think people might enjoy reading their story.


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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Sunday's Book - Searches Book 3 Affinities #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Fantasy #Earth #Water #Air #Fire

Searches (Affinities Book 3 - Young Adult Fantasy, Books We Love)

Having found a safe place in a tower fortress, the four and their companions set out to find what they need to defeat Dom Senet and He Who Walks With Evil. They divide into three groups. The first group seeks the focus stones that enhance their affinities. The second group looks for the remaining artifacts, the swords, the staffs, the flutes and the scrying bowls. The third group sets out to find those with their affinities to round the groups to four of earth, four water, four air and four fire. Their strength will be needed in the final battle


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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Saturday's Blurbs featuring Books by G L Rockey #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor

Boolean Traveler by [Rockey, G L]

BOOLEAN TRAVELER is G. L. Rockey's latest novel- a satire featuring E=MC 2,
and a civilization that has destroyed itself over national lines on a map, killing in the name of religion, and the unanswerable questions, “Who the F… are we?”


FIVE STAR REVIEW, Cloistered walls not for her, twenty‑six-year-old dropout nun, Heather Lynn Lucas, is following her passion as an aspiring novelist. Pen name H. L. Lucas, a first novel written, having no luck finding a publisher, Satan shows up with an offer for publishing fame and fortune. Pondering Satan’s offer, Heather has her novel published as an e‑book. Certain a review in the local newspaper will boost sales, she attempt to contact the prestigious book editor of the top local newspaper, Joseph Hartman.

Other novels are
TRUTHS OF THE HEART, TIME & CHANCE, and THE JOURNALIST. Also, a collection of sixteen short stories, BATS IN THE BELFRY, BELLS IN THE ATTIC; and a family restaurant chronicle, MEMORIES OF A STEAK HOUSE CLAN.

Find his published books at:
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Barnes & Noble
Aaphora Literary Press

Friday, November 8, 2019

Friday G L Rockey is Visiting and Talking About Who he was Before Mystery #Romance #MFRWAuthor

1. What were you before you became an author? Did this influence your choices as a writer?

Wore many hats ‑ By way of Carnegie Mellon Drama Department, I earned a B.A. from Michigan State University and pursued a career in the television industry. From Providence to  San Antonio to Phoenix and cities in between, produced and directed a variety of television programs and managed TV station programming. While program manager at KTSP‑TV in Phoenix, represented NATPE (National Association of Television Program Executives) to Germany. Haves a master's degree from Cleveland State University and taught a course there.
Ran a family Steak House for couple years, total disaster.

2. Are you genre specific or general? I don’t mean major genres but subdivisions or romance, mystery or paranormal.
Like a lady reporter/reviewer once wrote, "He writes in all genres."


4. What are you working on now?
 Makes the World go ‘round . . . two family saga-murder mystery

5. Does your reading choices influence your choice of a writing career?
 no

6. Where can we find you?

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Thursday Havens Affinities Book 2 Excerpt #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Fantasy #Young adult

Alizand prowled about his bed chamber.  He paused beside the window and pushed the heavy draperies aside.  Another day of confinement.  Since the day his step-brothers had invaded the suite, forcing Alizand to reveal his affinity for Fire, he’d been a prisoner. 
     At least the guards at the door believed he couldn’t leave.  They didn’t know about the hidden sections and the secret rooms and passages to be found beyond the walls.  Though Alizand could slip away, he should wait until night lest his room be checked.  Dom Senet often made random visits during the day.  Only when Alizand’s personal guard appeared could he escape these chambers. The corridors and places he could go had to be kept secret. 
     He was bored.  He even missed the tedious lessons he’d been given by the clan elders during the short time he’d been acknowledged as his father’s heir.  Having his affinity exposed had ended the dream of being deemed fit to become a prince.  No one who could use one or all of the elements could rule the princedom of Wesren.
     He stared at the tray on the table.  A maidservant had delivered the food a short time before.  Though he had eaten nothing since yesterday’s midday meal, he had no desire to break his fast.
The back of Alizand’s neck prickled.  Trouble approached.  Which of the many enemies he’d collected in his fourteen years of life came to upset his day?
     The door opened.  Before the guard could announce the visitor, a tall man entered.  His ash blond hair hung in a single braid.  Black leather riding clothes gleamed in the light from candles set in glass-shielded sconces on the wall.  His dark green eyes sought and held Alizand’s gaze.
     A smile appeared on Dom Senet’s face.  Alizand felt like a tabby surrounded by a pack of ratis.  He forced himself to breathe.  How could one man raise such a high degree of terror?  Though Alizand’s legs felt unsteady, he forced himself to remain on his feet.
     “Dom Senet.”  A sense of pride filled Alizand’s thoughts.  His voice hadn’t cracked or risen to a high pitch to reveal his inner quaking.
     The dom stroked the multi-colored gem he wore about his neck.  The gold chain glinted.  “I have questions for you to answer.”
     Questions, Alizand thought.  What kind of trick was this?  He couldn’t relax his barriers or forget his suspicions of the dom.  Was this a new way to fool him into becoming the dom’s puppet?  Alizand needed to respond.  To remain silent would expose his fear.  “What do you want to know?”
     “About your kin, the children of your father’s step-brother.  I have a great need to find them.  Poor lost children who need a home and a guardian.”
     Alizand’s hands clenched.  His friends had saved his life when he’d been injured in the aftermath of the destruction of the henge.  With them, he’d been Zand, a person and not a creature to be used.       “I don’t know where they are.  I told my father I didn’t and I say the same to you.”
     “I think otherwise.”  The dom moved closer.
     Alizand clung to his determination to resist.  He felt icy touches trying to push beneath his surface thoughts and invade his memories.  He pressed his hand against the gem beneath his tunic and strained to hold firm against Dom Senet’s invasion.  “How could I know where they’ve been or where they’re going?  I’ve been a prisoner here for weeks.”
     Dom Senet ran a finger along Alizand’s cheek.  “And I imagine you have no idea how the child escaped the circle room.”
     “What child?”  Though he had released Ky, he didn’t consider her a child.  The pressure in his head built until his vision and balance wavered.  “Is there a circular room in your suite?”  The pressure vanished so suddenly Alizand’s knees folded and he fell into the chair.
     Dom Senet frowned.  “Perhaps someone else is to blame.”
     Alizand looked up.  “Who?”
     “Don’t worry.  I’ll learn.  As for you, your barriers are stronger than they were the last time we met.  I haven’t time to break then now, but be assured when I return, you will answer to me.”
     “Even if I don’t know the answers you want?”  To Alizand’s surprise, though inside he battled hysteria, his voice remained calm.
      “This much I can tell you.  Your friends have left the city and foolishly chose to challenge me.  They gave themselves away.  Though they’ve escaped, they have nowhere to go.  I’m leading a patrol of guards eager to receive the reward your father has offered for the return of his step-brother’s children.  We will bring them back.”
     His laughter sent prickles along Alizand’s skin.  “Will you betray my father by taking charge of them?”

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Wednesday Escape Book 1 Affinities #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #Fantasy #For all ages #Young Adult

Affinities Escape by [Walters, J.L.]

Join the authors at #MFRWHooks for some great excerpts here  http://mfrwbookhooks.blogspot.com   Mine is Escape a fantasy written using my four grandchildren as characters. One is Fire, one Earth, One Air and one Water.

BLURB
Two sets of halfling twins, Ashlea, Brandien, Jaydren and Kylandra sent away from their home by their parents to protect them from trouble, search for mentors to teach them how to use their affinities.

Each of these young teens has an affinity for one of the elements. Ash for Air, Bran for Water, Jay for Earth and Ky for Fire. During the escape, they face many problems forcing them to use their affinities by trial and error. They also meet Alizand, the son of the ruling prince of Wesren. Zand has an affinity for Fire and this will keep him from gaining the rule.

Dom Senet, an advisor to his father, and once a friend of the quartet’s parents suspects Zand’s affinity. He wishes to corrupt the teen and use him to gain control of the four princedoms of the land and of the highlands. The evil dom has all four affinities. The four must reach a secret place and find teachers before the evil man discovers them

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Excerpts: Let me introduce you to the characters and their affinities,

Doma Calanda rose. “Ashlea, to you is the mastery of Air. The flute and this stone are yours.” Over Ash’s head, the Doma slipped a silver chain with a crystal so clear it seemed nearly invisible. “To you the things of the mind, the reading of thoughts carried in the air, the knowing of aromas, the calling of the wind, music to stir the air into patterns to influence others and to open hidden doors.”
     Dom Jonden stood behind Bran. “Brandien, to you is the mastery of Water. The scrying cup and this crystal are yours.” He fastened a blue-white chain holding a clear blue stone around Bran’s neck. “To you are matters of the heart, the reading of emotions and the balancing of fluids within and without. In the scrying cup, you will see images of what occurs in the land. Potions brewed in the cup will gain strength. To you, the ability to balance unstable minds and bodies, to take and feel the emotions of others. You will be able to find sweet water, no matter how deep.”
     The Doma moved to Jay. “Jaydren, to you is the mastery of Earth. The staff of living wood and this crystal are yours.” A green stone dangled on a gold chain. “From beneath the earth and above, you will know when things are right. To you, the feeding of men’s bodies. With the staff, you can enhance the growth of all plants. You can unearth the riches of the earth. Stone, metal, crystals are yours to use for the wellbeing of others.”
    The Dom placed a crystal on a red-gold chain around Ky’s neck. “Kylandra, to you is the mastery of fire. The flame sword is yours to bear. Fire is light and light brings courage. You are action and will know how to fire the spirits of others. You will mesh with all manner of beasts. Fire brings both life and death. This sword can be used for war or for peace. To have one, you must face the other.”

     “Now, children, the time grows short,” Doma Calanda said.


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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Tuesday's Writer's Tip Succinct and Simple Explored #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Writing

What does Simple and Succinct mean. Part of this is in avoidance. Think of stories you've read where the description of the hero, heroine, setting does on for paragraphs and you end up not really remembering what the writer really wanted you to see. A few strong and well chosen words can paint the word picture you want to express.

One of the ways to produce this picture is the use of specific nouns. Think of the word tree. But if you use palm tree, oak, maple what happens. The reader has a specific picture in their head. This goes for any general word like car, baby, child, woman. You get the picture.

Another way is through strong verbs. Instead of saying He heard footsteps, try something like the shuffling sound of boots on the concrete or a heavt thudding stomping foot boded trouble. Strong verbs make what you want to say succinct.

But beware of taking these strong verbs and specific nouns and expanding them until they are no longer simple. Adding adverbs and adjectives until the sentences become long and flowing or more like a river rushing and sweeping all before it's force and removing all sense from the segment.

So when you come to these sections, rewrite. I often do.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Meandering On Monday with Janet Lane Walters #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Poem #Writing #Trick or Treaters

Meander 1 Poem -- Primative Dance --

Shadows of the night surround us bringing fears
From infancy. Terrors of alone existance,
Reach and hold as heartbeats thunder, knock.
Pulse our bodies to their tune and the fire grows
Within sending flames to chase those phantoms.
So we dance upon each other to the rhythm
Of the drums and the flickering flames flare higher.
Heart pound. Drum beat. Flare heat. Flesh step movement.
Pattern grows. Moment passes. Echoes
Silent drums and ashes, remnants of the dance.

Meander 2 Trick or Treaters - Just last week Halloween brought a few trick or treaters. Probably 25 or so. Not as many as other days but the day brought spates of rain. Another thing I noticed. This year there were no teenagers coming at the endof the event and taking away a lot of candy. Has something changed. The costumes were delightful, The set of twins adorable and the tiny on cute. I thought he might be two but he was three. What I noticed this year was the Happy Halloweens and the thank you most of the children shouted as they left. A good night indeed.

Meander 3 - Deadline looms and I still have six chapters to rewrite and eight to type. Then there's the final read through to pick up the errors and missed words or parts that make no sense. Then I can send it off to an editor. The next book seems to be stuck in limbo but I'm sure once this one is done I'll be able to start a new one. One good thing. A numberof my books are on a special sale and so I hope they do well. Also joined this thing to boost my Book Bub people. I wonder if it will help with sales.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Sunday's Book Havens Book 2 Affinities Series #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #fantasy #Yound adult #Earth # Air #Water #Fire

Havens (Affinities Book 2 - Young Adult fantasy, Books We Love) by [Walters, J.L.]

The story continues. When I began the first story, I thought there would be just one book. When I finished writing out the synopsis that was over a hundred pages, I knew there would be more than one book. So I began the second

Blurb:
The four teens, led by the mysterious birds they believe are their parents seek a place of safety where they can learn to control their affinities. They find a place of refuge with Doma Jandia, grandmother of their friend Zand. The doma plans to take them to the highlands but news of the capture of two of their friends by Dom Senet, sends them on a rescue mission. Their powers are not strong enough to defeat the evil dom. They must find a way to succeed or their friends will be corrupted forever.


March 8, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Do not miss this exciting and dynamic series. An escape for young adults as well as adults with a passion for fantasy. Janet Lane Walters creates world like no other writer I know.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Saturday's Blurbs featuring Books by Yvonne Rediger #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Mysteries #Paranormal #Cupcakes



Death and Cupcakes (A Musgrave Landing Mystery Book 1) by [Rediger, Yvonne]

DEATH AND CUPCAKES
Jane Westcott has come home to the village of Musgrave Landing and nothing will be the same again. She has inherited her aunt's cafe and a good thing too. Her personal finances are in a shambles. Jane must make a go of the business and leave her past in Vancouver behind. She plans to run the small cafe by the ferry wharf and bake to her heart's content until her sister receives a letter from their dead aunt, which alludes to finding a key. But where is Jane's letter? On top of this, the mayor has gone missing and an old flame, Jack Birch, comes back into her life. The trouble is, the mayor gets himself murdered, and Jack finds the body with the help of Vimy, a former K-9 from the RCMP. Jack also finds a letter on the body addressed to Jane, and he is worried she was somehow involved with the village's philandering mayor, Tim Stanhope. As the investigation unfolds, it turns out that money has gone missing from the village accounts and an old friend of Jane's, Dirk Ipkiss, might be involved. Then there's the fact that Jack found the murder weapon, and it belongs to Jane.
           


HELL CAT
Some secrets are too dangerous to share… For shapeshifter Helly Cooper, blood is blood. She is returning to Vancouver Island to find her brother's killer. Yes, she has unfinished business, personal business with her old boss, Will Conall. But right now, Will can either help or get the hell out of her way. Especially after she discovers an even deadlier plot involving pack politics, revenge, and twisted magic.


TRUSTING THE WOLF
Charlotte "Lottie" Fistbinder is cocky on the outside and guilt ridden on the inside. With the changes in the hierarchy of the Vancouver Island Clan, her shapeshifter alpha promoted her to head of security, and now the safety of the entire pack is on her shoulders. Trouble is, she's not sure she's fit for the job. She worked alongside a whacko and never knew it until it was almost too late. What other serious threat is she missing? So, she's thrilled when her alpha brings in help to train her and the security team…or is she? Zavier Koering is intrigued by Charlotte the moment he sees her file picture. Meeting her for the first time at night in the woods, and in the flesh, is everything he's hoped for. Especially their first kiss. She's beautiful, feisty, and gives him as good as she gets. But he has a job to do before he can get her between the sheets. Then her pack is threatened, and all hell breaks loose.


Friday, November 1, 2019

Friday Yvonne Rediger is Visiting and Talking About Who She Was Before #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Mysteries


Thank you so much for allowing me to guest on your blog.
Before I was a fulltime writer, I worked as an information technology professional. I started from the ground floor, doing user support and worked my way up to server environment supervisor and finally, solution architect and enterprise architect before I retired. The last to positions I worked independently as a contractor to various clients. I was always self-motivated and disciplined, but working one week on site and one week at home, alternately, sharpened these attributes and are invaluable when buckling down to write a novel. I find it easy to sit down and pound out at least a thousand words in one session, usually more. By nature am a planner and my past work experience has expanded this skill too and comes in handy when writing mysteries. I like to storyboard the plot.
Because I read multiple genres, they influence what I write. Romantic suspense, with a fifty-fifty split between the mystery and the romance. Urban fantasy with the emphasis a three-way division among paranormal romance, the fantasy aspects, and the mystery.
Cozy mysteries are an eighty/twenty division where the bulk of the book is the mystery and there may or may not be a touch of romance. I also like to include some humour and quirky characters in each novel, a pet, and of course food. In the past ten months I’ve release two urban fantasies, and one cozy mystery.
HELL CAT and TRUSTING THE WOLF are both from the VIC Shapeshifter series. DEATH AND CUPCAKES is from the Musgrave Landing series, to be followed next year by FUN WITH FUNERALS, already completed.
Currently, I’m working on a third cozy mystery, CONDO CRAZY, inspired by the mishaps and adventures my sister has had owning a condo and being on the condo board.
I am also working a fourth book in the VIC Shapeshifter series, tentatively entitled MAGIC’S PRICE.
My books are available on all ebook platforms, KOBO, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, iBooks, Walmart, etc. Print books are available, from Amazon or the publisher’s website or by requesting them at your local book store. Over this past summer, I’ve donated many books to libraries.
Where to find me:
Website: http://blackyvy50.wix.com/yvonnerediger book links can be found here.
http://www.facebook.com/vicshapeshifters/
Twitter: @blackyvy
Instagram: @blackyvy50