Story Subscription Details!

Juli D. Revezzo:

Some information about author Jolene Dawe’s new story subscription. She’s a fine writer who’s work has been compared to Catherynne M. Valente among others. If you love fantasy stories, do check it out.

Originally posted on The Saturated Page:

There has been enough interest in this that I’m going to do it! (Really, one person being interested in this would be enough. You guys. You. Guys.) Suddenly, imminent dental work is less scary. You. Rock.

What is the Story Subscription?

It’s basically that. I’m offering a pay what you wish, with a minimum of $5, and in exchange, you receive a previously unpublished short story or story installment of no less than 4,000 words. I am not looking for more than $5 for each installation but because a number of people have suggested they’d be willing to pay more than that, I’m leaving that option open.

edited to add Because people are both opting to pay for multiple installments up front and also opting to pay more than $5 for one installment, please specify when buying multiple installments at once, otherwise I’m going to assume the latter. Thank you!

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Summer Splash hop 2014

I’m taking part in the Indie Writers Unite Summer Splash. There are (or will be) lots of interesting authors involved, so pop by and see them… here.

 

Summer Splash 2014

GRAND PRIZES #1 and #2: Kindle Paperwhite and a $50 Amazon Gift Card GRAND PRIZES #3 and #4:  40 free eBooks gifted by our authors and 15 autographed books

and even more listed on the hop’s main page. Aside from the overall hop prizes, I’m personally giving away a copy of my brand new book CHANGELING’S CROWN and a faery themed goody made by  Kitty Britches Boutiqu. In case you’re curious, this is the fairy wand I’ll be giving away:

 

If you’re curious, here’s the synopsis for Changeling’s Crown:

 When Ianthe began her career as a faery godmother, she stumbled so badly that Snow White will probably never speak to her again. After a long suspension, she’s finally been given a chance to redeem herself…but everything on this latest assignment is going wrong.

But why?

Worse, she definitely doesn’t need an attractive mortal man distracting her from her duties. Of course, needs and wants are two different things.

Briak has had his eye on Ianthe for a very, very long time, but he’s been waiting for just the right moment to make his move. Despite the fact all hell’s about to break loose on his watch, he can’t resist the opportunity to insert himself into her earthly assignment. Can he convince Ianthe of her true calling and thereby win her heart? Or will his subterfuge ultimately cost him her love?

Do you believe in faery godmothers? ;) Leave me a comment with your email address, so I can contact you if you win.

(Addendum: I probably should add: my portion of the giveaway is US only)

Author Gary F. Vanucci chats about dragons, elves, and the walking dead….

Fantasy author Gary F. Vanucci has been involved in the fantasy genre forever. He’s written an RPG along with his multi-volumed high fantasy series Realm of Ashenclaw, complete with elves, magic-wielding soldiers, and assassins! Now he’s sidestepped into the horror/dystopian subgenre with his new release Wake the Dead. I invited him to take time out of his busy schedule to chat with us today.

Hi Gary, thanks for your time. When did you start writing, and who are your influences?

Gary F. Vanucci: I started a science fiction book back in ‘99-2000 or so and never finished it. My father, a pianist, passed away in 2010 and I decided to take the craft a bit more seriously as I felt he died with the music still in him. I did not want to do that. I have always been a huge fan of R.A. Salvatore, George R.R. Martin, J.R.R. Tolkien, Michael Moorcock, Howard and the like, and have always been a huge fan of fantasy, sci-fi, horror and comic books. And so, while laid off in 2010, I began to write a fantasy series. This was inspired by the concept of an entire world that I had begun creating in the late 1980’s and into the 90’s for an RPG which I used as the basis for the Realm of Ashenclaw/land of Wothlondia.

 

I’m sorry to hear about your father but… OMG! Another Moorcock fan. Be still my heart! :) So I guess that answers my next question: What made you fall in love with fantasy novels?

 

Gary F. Vanucci: The escapism it provided and the imagination that it awoke in me. No matter how bad a day, no matter how many real stresses or responsibilities I have, I always found it very easy to lose myself in a fantasy world. The allure is immeasurable.

What can you tell someone who has never read the Realm of Ashenclaw stories about them?

Gary F. Vanucci: Firstly, it has a good deal of satisfying and familiar elements that the genre offers. The tales themselves are founded in a richly detailed world, where an eclectic group of people with varying skill sets, hailing from different lands and upbringings, are handpicked for a very dangerous assignment. They all come together agreeably, but have very different motivations for completing the quest. I like to think that I have put a slight twist on the common fantasy archetypes and such, but it still has very common elements that one would desire in an epic fantasy. I also have some other changes and surprised lined up in the near future for fans of the series.
Of your books, what do you enjoy better, writing the characters, or the storyline itself? Or the world building?

 

Gary F. Vanucci: I enjoy it all! Creating the characters is the most fun, followed by the storyline, and then the world building, though I do put in the effort on all facets. I’d go so far as to say that I take the world building seriously enough to have released a D&D 4th edition compatible supplement that has quite a bit of detail in it, which can be found in hard copy on Amazon/CreateSpace and in digital format at RPGNOW.
Your body of work is quite vast, how do you keep up such a pace?

Gary F. Vanucci: Well, I am actually a slow writer and reader, to be honest. I try to write a certain amount of words per week, and hit the goal at least half the time. :) I do feel that I put in a lot of hours going from one job to the writing on most nights. I watch minimal TV, try to avoid distractions and keep my focus when writing. Also, I do have a close knit support group that makes this much easier to do.

 

Having that support helps a lot. *nodnods* Your new book, Wake the Dead, just released. You’d written zombies before, in Realm of Ashenclaw series, now they’re a central feature and their mayhem affects our world. How did you decide to write this story, rather than return to your secondary-world fantasy realm of Wothlondia?

 

 Wake the Dead by Gary F. Vanucci Gary F. Vanucci: Well, firstly, I love the undead! Secondly, I was having minimal success gaining traction with the fantasy writing and decided to switch it up for a change of pace. While I enjoy the Realm of Ashenclaw greatly, it has not gotten the exposure that I wanted…yet. So, I was inspired to write a no-holds-barred zombie apocalypse novel as I wanted to see what I could do in another genre, using a modern setting as well as write for a strictly adult audience. I was pleased with the results and so far, it has done pretty well for me. I am working on the 5th book of the RoA series as well as a Wake the Dead companion piece, of which there will be more.

 

Will a reader of the Beginnings saga see these heroes (Rose, Ganthorpe, Dinah, etc) again at some point?
Beginnings Box set
 

Gary F. Vanucci: There are always more plot twists and scenarios in my head for future stories in the RoA, not centered around these heroes, so yes! I plan on doing a great deal more in that world over the next few decades, so fantasy fans stay tuned! Unfortunately, I have a full time job already that really cuts into my writing and creative time, or else I’d be releasing 3-6 books a year instead of maybe 1 or 2. Such is the life of a part time writer!
True. What advice can you give to a fantasy author contemplating indie publishing?

Gary F. Vanucci: Be prepared to work your butt off. Fantasy is much harder as you need to create everything from scratch. Magic, the world, its history, the characters, the social and political structures, and so on. It is not for the faint of heart. Of course, I could say that about all writing really, but fantasy and even science fiction are much more immersive. Anything where you need to create more than just characters, you have your work cut out for you! That being said, it is that much more rewarding.

 

I must admit, that’s the part I love the most about writing and reading fantasy! :) And finally, where can my readers find out more about you and your works?

 

Gary F. Vanucci: All of my Realm of Ashenclaw series is on Kobo, Barnes and Noble, CreateSpace, Amazon, Smashwords and iTunes. As of now, Wake the Dead is exclusively with Amazon and will be for a while longer. I can also be found occasionally lurking at any one of these places: WattPad, the Independent Author Network, Eye on Ashenclaw/Ashenclaw.com, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Smashwords and Goodreads, where I am currently hosting a giveaway for two signed copies of Wake the Dead.

(Wothlondia Rising is also free on Amazon, right now.)

Sounds like you are keeping busy. Thank you for taking time out to meet with us! We will look forward to them all. Folks, if you have any questions for Gary, feel free to leave a comment. And I hope you enjoy his works. ;) I think you will!

 

Author Gary F. Vanucci

Author Gary F. Vanucci

Gary Vanucci was born in Pennsylvania in 1968. He enjoys writing, reading, music, art, anything at all that promotes creativity and activities that push the mind beyond conventional thinking. He has spent time as an amateur singer/songwriter and has spent multiple decades creating role-playing scenarios and playing games amongst various genres. Years of reading graphic novels, comic books, fantasy/science fiction novels and the like has led him to discover his true passion—writing!  His education includes a Bachelor’s of Science in the field of Information Technology and an Associates of Arts in the field of Graphic Design. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”  ~Aristotle.

Recharging the batteries…

Yesterday, I had lunch with my girlfriends, authors Marsha A. Moore and Patty G. Henderson. :) I always enjoy seeing them, and recharging my batteries. I feel a little something like this now…

charging cat

I always do love seeing my gals. After our lunch, I’m raring to show you my pretty new cover and book but… Patience, my dears! It’ll be a little longer.  We’ve all got so many new projects bubbling.  Yes, the creation process is the best part but, you know? I also can’t wait to see them all out. I blame it on springtime. :)

In other news… Do you use a Nook? I see Barnes and Noble finally put my paranormal romance novel Passion’s Sacred Dance on sale. If you’ve been waiting for that, it’s available here. It’s showing the $.99 price, but I don’t know for how long.

My friends with Kindles, the sale price is still in effect for a limited time for you all, too. Meanwhile, I’ve got some revisions to do on book two in the series.  I hope to have more news for you on the book’s progress, in coming months. *rubs hands gleefully*

 

(Cat image from LOLshelf)

Discovery: Comes a Dark Heir

Discovery 6: Comes a Dark Heir

Comes a Dark Heir

by JS Eaton

Genre: Fantasy

Comes a Dark Heir is now on sale at Amazon.com in both print and Kindle formats! Dark Heir is the first in a new series set in the Aeonith universe.

Young Stavross D’Vinn is in love with the prettiest girl in his home village of Tomerel. His blind devotion won’t allow him to see anything else. But his love is betrayed, and Stavross is suddenly and permanently exiled from the only home he’s ever known. Soon, he is set on a journey that will change not only his life, but the destiny of all of Aeonith.

Far to the south, Tynaul and his friends search for the elusive sword, Banereaver, lost for centuries. Tynaul and his friends must recover the ancient weapon in order to save the crumbling Arcanian Empire.

In the capital of the Empire, the fortress-city known as Cerasin-Cera, General Kyrar Lysis and his faithful servant Adjunt launch a last, desperate gambit. This scheme involves these two disparate young men, in ways they cannot even imagine.

Comes a Dark Heir is the fourth Aenoith novel, the first in a new series called Arcania Rising. Something from a dark past threatens all of Aeonith, and only the Dark Heir can stop  it!

Come by http://aeonith.webs.com/ to read more about Dark Heir and all the other Aeonith novels.

Also, be sure to check out Tales of Aeonith to read thrilling short stories set in this fascinating world!

Buy on Amazon

As always, thanx and I’ll See You in the Future!

J  S Eaton

My Writing Process

(I think this went live too early, earlier. Sorry folks)

My Writing Process – Blog Tour 
Step one: Acknowledge the person & site that involved you in the blog tour (that’s me).
Thanks, Helena Fairfax for tagging me in this process. Helena Fairfax is a contemporary romance writer and author of The Silk Romance and The Antique Love. You can find out more about Helena’s books and her writing process on her post at http://helenafairfax.com/2014/04/18/my-writing-process-blog-tour/

Step two: Answer these 4 questions about your writing process, at whatever length you wish.
 
1) What am I working on?
I’m about to release my next title, Changeling’s Crown. It’s a lighthearted paranormal romance, revolving around a disgraced faery godmother. :) For fans of my paranormal fantasies,  I’ve been working (slowly) on two follow-ups to Drawing Down the Shades. What with the “slowly” part I can’t say when they’ll be out. I hope to have one of them in my beta readers’ hands by Halloween. *knock on wood* Stay tuned.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I like to take chances, be somewhat different from what readers might expect. For instance, my disgraced faery godmother. :) I mean we all know faery godmothers from the fairy tales. Do you ever remember them fouling up an assignment? Neither do I. Until now, that is. For the Antique Magic series well, my heroine starts out a skeptic, and really gets into what she does. I’ve only read one other book like that.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I’ve always written tales with a magical bent, though I couldn’t really tell you why. I think it’s because I like the work involved in building a world outside the norm. Just setting something in a world that we all instantly recognizes has always seemed boring to me. Tweaking reality is just so much fun!

4) How does my writing process work?

Oh, I get an idea and–depending on the idea–I’ll do a little research or I’ll just start scribbling, I have a good friend (writer Jolene Dawe), who I bounce ideas off when I get stuck (and she bounces stuff off me!), then if necessary, I’ll do more research to fill in the blanks. I build off that until the end, then I’ll let the story or book sit for a week or so, then go back and do my first revision. Fix all the stupid mistakes, fill in with more research if possible.

Thanks for being with me on this journey and thanks, Helena, for including me in the hop.

Three other writers to visit:
Catherine McMaster
Helena Fairfax, of course.
A fine writer S.G. Rogers
and paranormal enthusiast and budding writer Renae Rude.