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Pirate’s Luck: Chapter 13 ~ Laundry Problems

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Pirate's Luck Chapter 13Rastan cleaned his body in the sonic shower, while Arekan stood at the door preventing any of the curious crew from entering. The fact was Rastan, or the alias he used, Pepin, the new crew-member they had picked up illegally, was too pretty for a group of hardened criminals to resist. Arekan worried about this and feared for the day when the riffraff would storm them both. This worry grew the closer they drew to the Kyn border.

Arekan had four causes for worry here. One was the illegal turbo-ramjet batteries that Captain Etharin stored in the engine room. The irony was that the turbo-ramjets made up very little of the ship’s actual propulsion capacity it lifted the vessel off planets but did nothing else. But they weighed heavily on Arekan’s mind. Captain Etharin illegally recharged batteries never meant to be so, and they were extremely unstable. Each time the ship jolted in and out of Null Space, Arekan was sure they’d blow and ignite the fuel in the two large tanks of turbo-ramjet fuel. When they passed the Kyn border, they’d drop out of Null Space, triggering another opportunity for disaster. Read More —>

#Author Interview: r. r. campbell and Mourning Dove

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Campbell's Mourning Dove

Today r. r. campbell, the author of the Empathy series, is here to talk about Book 2, Mourning Dove. Mourning Dove is an evocative, sweeping symphony of love, revenge, and desperation in cacophonous times. It is the second installment in r. r. campbell’s epic EMPATHY sci-fi saga.

Synopsis:

In the aftermath of the calamitous Human/Etech research study, Chandra and Kyra struggle to reclaim the life they shared in a pre-EMPATHY world, while Ty, armed with knowledge of EMPATHY’s programming language, seeks revenge on the Halmans for the harm that’s befallen his friends.

As a North American Union investigation into the happenings on the compound looms, a grief-stricken Peter works to resurrect the memory of his mother from a harvested nanochip, and Heather scrambles to keep her family–and their company–together. Alistair, having abandoned the family business, plots to save his hide and that of his wife while she strives to stay one step ahead of a husband she has no reason to trust.

Far to the north amid civil unrest, a recently retired Rénald Dupont investigates the disappearance of his friend and former colleague, Meredith, despite grave threats from an increasingly skittish North American Union government.

As old and new foes emerge, spouse is further pit against spouse, brother against sister, and governments against their people. In the end, all must choose between attempts to reclaim the past or surrender to the inevitable, an intractable world of their own creation.

How did you become involved with this book and its themes?

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Ooh! A Question about Lexical Density

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(Beth Turnage Blog) What are the possible factors that lessens the lexical density in writing??

A question in a comment? Yes! I was so tickled that I decided to devote an entire blog post to it. And I won’t just tell you. I’ll show you, and to do so I’ll pick on my of my favorite authors Kevin Hearne whose first thousand words of Shattered:The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7 is the perfect case in point.

You: Wait, Beth, you’re not using Kevin’s writing direct from his book, are you? Isn’t that a copyright violation?

Me: Under Fair Use Provision of US copyright law excerpts for the purpose of commentary are perfectly fine especially since I’m using less than 1% of the entire book.

Why did I pick Kevin to pick on? Out of the authors I studied, Kevin, at least for this book, had the lowest lexical density percentage. And what I find fascinating is that Kevin, before he morphed into a full time writer, was a High School English teacher. He taught words to impressionable young minds. Continue reading Ooh! A Question about Lexical Density

For #authors: #launch your #book with #socialmedia~ #DYI part 1

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Social MediaIf you are like me you have a fair idea of how to write a book but nearly no clue on how to market it but there is a time when you have to hitch up your big girl or boy pants to do it. But what to do? Much of the advice on blogs on how to launch your book is nigh useless, sorry to say, and if you’ve signed a contract with a publisher, it is even worse. If you expect your publisher, unless you are an A-lister, to market your book for you in a way that appreciatively moves the needle you are mistaken.

Now, I can’t give you a definitive guide. No one can. The sands of the internet constantly shift and what works today may not work tomorrow. Also, much of the advice comes from people looking to sell their services to you so they will not give away cow because they want you to buy the milk. And if someone tells you can use social media to SELL your book, they are wrong. You can sell a few copies but the numbers you need to break away into top 100? Most likely that isn’t happening. And some of my ghostwriting clients don’t use social media at all but still make money on the books I write for them. That’s a crap shoot too and involves putting your efforts into your mailing list and sinking a ton of money into advertising, and that’s a slippery slope if a competitor puts up a book in your categories that the reading public finds shinier than yours.Continue reading For #authors: #launch your #book with #socialmedia~ #DYI part 1

#Author Interview: #SFF #Writer Lindsey Duncan

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 Anaea Carlisle, raised on an isolated space station populated solely by women, believes the rest of the universe has been plunged into anarchy and ruin by an alien-engineered disease known as Y-Poisoning. On a salvage mission, she helps rescue a hypermental named Gwydion who challenges everything she thought she knew.

Forced to flee the station with Gwydion, Anaea finds herself in an inexplicable, often hostile world, permanently divided between the Galactic Collective and the Pinnacle Empire. She longs for someplace to call home, but first, she’ll have to survive.

I both love and hate Lindsey Duncan. She is just so damned good at what she does that it’s easy to be jealous of her talent. It’s also all too easy to fall in love with her writing. Lindsey releases her next novel Scylla and Charybdis on April 15, 2018. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon. I tell you, if you don’t pick up this book, you’ll deprive yourself a seriously good read. Below is an interview with Lindsey.

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Guest Post: Kayelle Allen & Bringer of Chaos–Forged in Fire

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Thank you for letting me share my new book with your readers. Like many, I’m a fan of the Hobbit movies. More specifically, of Lee Pace, who played Elven King Thranduil. The character so resembled my hero, Pietas, that I delighted in watching Pace portray him. There was one scene where Thranduil puts the dwarf king, Thorin (actor Richard Armitage), in prison. He tells him he can stay there and rot because a hundred years is a mere blink in the life of an elf. I loved that scene and watched it repeatedly. When I wrote the scene below, I saw a chance to pay homage to the scene (and the actors).

THE BOOK–FORGED IN FIRE.

When the immortal Pietas is marooned on a barren world with no food and few survival tools, he knows it could be worse. He could be alone. But that’s the problem. He’s not.Half a million of his people sleep in cryostasis, trapped in their pods and it’s up to Pietas to rescue them. Before he can save his people, he must take back command from a ruthless enemy he’s fought for centuries. His brutal, merciless father. Immortals may heal, but a wound of the heart lasts forever…

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Angst, a little humor, some sweet romance, and a ton of betrayal with plenty of vengeance. Oh, and let’s not forget–one ginormous black panther “kitty.”

INTRODUCTION TO BOOK EXCERPT

In this excerpt, Pietas and the search party sent to find him have become lost and have walked for hours. When he realizes they’re near a summit that will allow him to see the valley they searched for, he heads for it. Joss, the telepath, and warrior he loves tries to keep him from going, insisting she has a better vantage point. Pietas suspects a trick.

EXCERPT

“Joss. The truth this time.”

While she studied him, Pietas remained motionless. The gentle prod of her mind across his shields reminded him she’d seen his thoughts despite his best efforts. Or perhaps she’d allowed him to be aware. In the past, he’d noticed such intrusion during training but not outside it.

“Pietas, if you want to see the caldera from this point, I can’t stop you, but once you see what’s out there, you can’t un-see it. I want to spare you the devastation until you’ve had a chance to see the good side. If I take you in through the pass, you can appreciate the true beauty of this place first. Maybe come up with a way we can make it work here. Survive.”

Devastation.Continue reading Guest Post: Kayelle Allen & Bringer of Chaos–Forged in Fire

#authorinterview: Jonathan Bowerman on Life and Elves

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The Secret Realms of Hidden Elves Today we have Jonathan Bowerman the author of the self-published The Secret Realms of Hidden Elves. Jonathan is a relatively recent and active member of Fantasy Writer.org with an impressive enthusiasm for writing. But he doesn’t tell us much about himself, so I just have to do an interview to uncover the secret realms of Jonathan Bowerman. And I uncovered very cool information.

Tell me a little bit about you. Do you have a day job? And if so, what is it? When did you start writing? What’s your education?

Day job: I am a firefighter in Georgia and have been for nearly thirteen years now and before that, I was in the ARMY for four years, also a firefighter. When I am not on shift, I have a full-time job at home wrestling and otherwise entertaining my three-year-old son. My daughters are at an age where they find other things to do besides requiring their daddy’s attention. 😉 I officially began writing in early 2016 but have many fond memories of writing short stories even as a little kid. My imagination never slowed down and it seems like that has stuck with me through all these years. I have a BS in Psychology focused on Christian Counseling with a minor in Global Studies. At one point in time, I wanted to be a counselor and help those who were hurting. I still desire to help anyone in need but no longer as a counselor. I truly feel my education has been a huge accomplishment and a tool in my toolbox when it comes to understanding those around me and learning to both sympathize and empathize with anyone and everyone. Continue reading #authorinterview: Jonathan Bowerman on Life and Elves

Pirate’s Luck~Chapter Twelve-The New Man

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The slave’s face crumbled into disgust when the hatch of the ship sealed.

“Great gods,” he muttered in Fedeng.

“What?” said Arekan.

“I thought that awful smell came from you,” he said. “It’s all over your clothes. But I see now it’s from the ship.”


Arekan felt a blush creep up his neck. He must have gotten used the stench that first hit him when he walked onto the ship. It embarrassed him to think he carried the stink in his clothes.

“Stop your jabbering, both of you,” snapped Grokin. He sat on one of the crates while he lovingly stroked one of the snakelets.

Arekan snatched the canvas bag back.

“Hey,” protested Grokin.

“Should we not get ready for take-off?” Arekan said.

“That’s right,” crackled the captain over the intercom system. “Grokin, get off that ass of yours and see to it! Thad, bring the new crew member up to the bridge so I can inspect him.”

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Interview With The Author

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Interviewer: We are here today with Beth Turnage, the author of Forced Labor and the sequel No Free Lunch, and the protagonist of those stories Arekan Mor’a’stan. Welcome, both of you, though, I must say it is unusual to have a fictional character sit in on an interview.

Arekan: What the hells are we doing here?

Beth: Behave.

Interviewer scratches head. So Beth, tell me. You are writing a series of books of what you call the Mor’a’stani Universe. How did you decide to develop these stories?

Arekan: She got bored in geometry class.

Beth: Arekan!

Arekan: Well, it’s true. You started writing that first piece of trash in that geometry class and then when you finished that you started on Kelleen’s, that’s my daughter’s, story. Forty years and she’s still not done. Continue reading Interview With The Author

The Craft of #Writing: Brain Secrets of Lexical Density

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Writing is hard. Difficult. Okay, it’s the kick in your stomach when you are working like a demon to scrape the words out of your dissolute soul.The words refuse to arrive like the A-list celebrities you invited to your party. Your characters snottily refuse to talk to you, your descriptions fall flatter than gluten-free pancakes, and your inner world sucks.

W. Somerset Maugham said:
“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

You can construct a plot, get the pacing just right, create compelling characters but if the words on the page are lackluster the story just isn’t going to fly. Continue reading The Craft of #Writing: Brain Secrets of Lexical Density

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