To TWUBS or Not to TWUBS! An Annoying Question

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Okay.  I may have mentioned that I planned on doing a TWUBS chat on Saturday from 8-11 PM EST.  Nobody seemed to notice, which is probably a good thing.  I have to get my parents from the airport and this is the second week in a row where I’m one yawn away from a coma.  Yet the show (in my head) must go on . . . I think.  All I know is that I lose all day access to the desktop after this week and I’ve gotten used to having such a big, pretty screen.  Also it’s faster than my laptop and I’m getting so off topic that it’s ridiculous.

I’m trying to find a day and time that would work for a TWUBS chat after this weekend.  I’m open to suggestions.  Second weekend in June is the only one I can’t do because I’ll be away.  Might still be handling blog comments and retweets, but no guarantee.  So an on-line chat will be out of the question.

In other news:

Ichabod Brooks & the City of Beasts!

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Fantasy Authors Unplugged Featuring Nicholas Rossis

Originally posted on Archer's Aim:

This is continuing feature on Archer’s Aim – Fantasy Authors Unplugged. I hope to frequently share an interview with a fantasy author. If you have authors to suggest and/or questions you’d like to see answered then leave a comment or send me an email. If you are a fantasy author and would like an interview please let me know and we’ll plan one that fits your schedule. Today’s featured author is Nicholas Rossis who, in addition to being a fantasy author, is also a finalist in the 2015 International Book Awards for his children’s fiction, Runaway Smile (book link posted below). Congratulations and welcome to Nicholas!!

Q. What’s the plot of your latest fantasy novel?

cover_bundle_700That would be Pearseus: Vigil, the third book of my epic fantasy series, Pearseus (fourth if you count Schism; the prequel to the series). It continues the story from where Mad Water left…

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Author Submissions Guidelines Updated…

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:

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When a New Hero Joins the Establishment

First Appearance of Gambit in Uncanny X-Men

First Appearance of Gambit in Uncanny X-Men

I posted about debuting characters and introducing new ones to the group.  Various tips and information and jokes.  So I might repeat myself a bit here.  For that I apologize, but I do think I might have missed something.  Now, what can you do when you have a new hero on deck?

  1. It really does help to analyze what you have so far.  Will this new character battle a pre-existing one for the same role?  Will their personality be too similar to another or incompatible with all of them?  You can still go ahead if the answer is yes and work that into the story.  It’s just good to see the conflict in advance.
  2. A new hero doesn’t have to get along with everyone at the beginning.  It can be done, but many people like a little friction when a newcomer appears.  That feels more natural and I don’t mean flat out hate.  A little distrust or forgetting that the person is around.  Everyone has to get to know the new guy, which can take a few chapters or even several books.
  3. With a new hero, you might need a new villain or a connection to an old one.  You want the fresh face to have a stake in the main story.  It can be caused during the initial adventure or prior to the debut, but a hero needs that reason to go the distance in a story.  Otherwise, you just revealed a supporting character.  Not a bad idea, but might not be what you wanted.
  4. If this is a big impact character then it doesn’t hurt to do a little foreshadowing.
  5. Replacing an existing hero is always a possibility. Going back to #2, there will be friction if it’s a blatant replacement.  The others will be hurting and may not welcome the new guy with open arms.  Your audience might be annoyed too if it’s a popular hero.  Personally, I’d avoid doing a carbon copy or anything that could make the reader constantly compare the two heroes.
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Questions About Self-Publishing? Ask them During the Live Facebook Chat – All About Self-Publishing

Charles Yallowitz:

Curious about self-publishing?

Originally posted on Kylie Betzner:

On the 28th, which is this Thursday, I’ll be participating in a live Facebook chat concerning self-publishing. From 9 pm to 10 pm, me and fellow author Rachelle M. N. Shaw will be discussing our own experiences in self-publishing, sharing not only what’s worked for us but also what’s not worked. Participants will be able to post specific questions, and Rachelle and I will do our best to answer them. Rachelle will also be asking me a few specific questions she thinks everyone will benefit from.

The event is open to anyone and everyone who’d like to join. Please visit this link to join. If you’re having trouble please feel free to contact me for assistance or an invite.

Hopefully, I’ll see some of you there. If not, please feel free to share this event with your friends via Facebook, WordPress, and/or Twitter! The more the merrier. Authors helping authors is what being…

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Short Stories Resources and Submissions

Charles Yallowitz:

Very useful information for short story writers.

Originally posted on Nicholas C. Rossis:

As you may remember, I am putting the finishing touches to Infinite Waters; my upcoming second collection of short stories (the first one being The Power of Six, of course). Most of them have a touch of science fiction; all of them have a lovely twist.

However, I have also kept a couple of stories out of it, as I have submitted them or am about to submit them to magazines specializing in short stories. I thought I’d let you know which ones those are, in case you, too, are interested in submitting to those.

Non Local Magazine

You may remember my ongoing collaboration with Dan Dombrowsky of the  33rd Street Press. Dan has kindly already included one of my short stories, Shoot the Devil, in his excellent Non Local Magazine. As he’s now preparing the next issues, he’s always on the lookout for sci-fi shorts.


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Teaser Tuesday: Welcome to Zelacryd

(This is a brief excerpt from Legends of Windemere: The Merchant of Nevra Coil. Hoping to release this book in July or August.)

Windemere BannerDoctor Eltzer walks with a purpose through the wide halls of Zelacryd, the voices of a few screaming patients echoing off the blandly painted walls. The blonde-haired elf has become used to their outbursts, but her keen ears still pick out a few choice phrases that she jots down in her battered notebook. The loud banging of an enraged orc makes her stop at the heavily reinforced door and she hits a silver button on the quivering frame. Rainbow mist slips out from under the entrance before the doctor hears the dull thud of the patient falling to the padded floor. She whispers a small thank you to the gods, the doctor happy that most of her patients are well-behaved and showing signs of recovering from their magic-induced insanities. It is the hard luck cases that tear at the slender woman’s heart and she is on her way to check on the saddest of her charges.

“How are my favorite patients today?” the Elven doctor asks as she approaches the male nurse guarding a shimmering door. She flips her notebook to an empty page, frowning at the sight of an impression from what she previously wrote. “It’s been a week since I last visited them, so I’m well overdue. Do you think the ladies are docile enough for talking today, Nurse Bola?”

“They aren’t acting up, but I’d still tread carefully. You know how these two get when riled,” the deep-voiced dwarf replies. He bangs on the door and listens for the scuffling of movement. “Doctor Roda Eltzer is coming in. Be on your best behavior because I’ll be outside with the foam if either of you start trouble.”

“I’m sure that won’t be necessary, Nurse Bola.”

With a squeak of the hinges, the door opens to a room that is surprisingly bright compared to the bland hallway. Several high windows look out to the smooth mountains that surround Zelacryd, several of the peaks topped with snow. The furniture is perfectly symmetrical with a bed, desk, and wardrobe positioned across from each other. A door in the middle of the back wall has a raindrop emblazoned on the front, a clear sign that it leads to a private bathroom. Plastered along the walls are pictures that range from childish scribbling of monsters to detailed depictions of battles. Doctor Eltzer stops to study a new drawing of a water giant battling a sand creature outside of a walled city. Leaning forward and squinting, the faint form of a woman can be seen inside the liquid beast.

Sitting at the windows are the two patients, both women dressed in the standard white gowns of Zelacryd. Nyx has drawn a rainbow-colored tower on her clothes while Trinity has left hers immaculate. Instead, the chaos elf has painted purple gems on her forehead and palms. The women watch the doctor with a mixture of fear and confusion, neither willing to move away from the window. They whisper to each other while their violet eyes never stray from the doorway where Nurse Bola is standing with a hose. Trinity repeatedly pokes Nyx in the ribs, jerking her head at the doctor to get the half-elf to talk.

“I don’t want to say it,” she hisses to the chaos elf. “You say it.”

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