Character Origins: Raksha and Melanie

Cheshire Cat from American McGee's Alice

Cheshire Cat from American McGee’s Alice

I guess I’ll scream SPOILERS here even though these characters are so minor that Sari’s skirts and Nyx’s eyes are more essential to the story.  People might know Raksha from Book 5 and Melanie debuts in Book 6.  That’s all I’m saying before I make the ‘Read More’ break.  Again, these two are extreme background:

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Yeah . . . I don’t have one of those since I’m still ‘working’.  Anyway, I had an urge to post spontaneously and then things happened.  Now I’m not sure what I was going to write about.  I’ve already pushed back the scheduled post to this afternoon and I’m too ‘blah’ to change it.

I’m starting to realize that constant stress and pressure ends with me feeling really depressed by the weekend.  Just don’t want to be around people and any amount of cheer is kind of forced.  Not sleeping well either, but I think we’ve established that a good night’s sleep for me involves either a coma or death.

It just seems like I’m drowning in a funk that I can’t get out of and I’m at the point where writing about it is the only thing I can think of doing.  This never goes well though because people don’t know what to do with someone who is feeling depressed without an actual target.  We seem to think depressed and sad are the same thing because people have been using them interchangeably for a long time.  Well, they’re different and that will probably be a long post I do at some point after more thought on the matter.  It’s too big and delicate a topic to ramble into here.  All I will say is that the ‘suck it, cupcake’ style comments I typically get when I’m in this mood is not helpful.  These tend to make me either feel worse or want to take how many whacks it takes with a toaster oven to drive a person into unconsciousness.  FYI-  It’s one with a microwave, but only if you take a running start.

One thing that might have me off is the editing and I’m starting to feel like I’m kind of alone here.  I don’t know why.  Maybe it’s that I have nobody to bounce ideas off of because everyone is scared of spoilers.  Maybe I feel rushed or struggling to write in an environment rife with distractions.  Maybe I’ve come so far in the series that I’m in foreign territory.  I mean, I don’t have to do big descriptions of the established characters any more.  By the 6th book, you should know Timoran Wrath is a towering barbarian with red hair and Nyx is a slender half-elf with a love of fire magic.  Their relationships have been established too, so there’s no more ‘get to know you’ scenes.

I’m editing the 7th book right now and it’s definitely got shorter sections and gets more to the point.  And that might be part of the issue.  I keep wondering if there’s a scene missing in here even though everything is tight.  I remember how I added a scene to Allure of the Gypsies after 2 years of reading over it.  I had a sense that something was missing, but this isn’t the same.  Information is gathered and events occur ‘off camera’ here because they weren’t really long to begin with.  I can think of one scene that I might want to add, but I don’t know if I should.  Basically, the Luke/Kira/Sari stuff takes a turn now that all three are in the same place for once.  Yet, I seem to focus more on Sari and the Luke/Kira interactions are talked about after the fact.  Maybe a reason for this is because it’s normal couple stuff with subtle hints that something is off.  Do people really need to see them eat together or making out in bed?  The overall plot doesn’t really open itself up to them doing real couple things either.

I don’t know.  I’m feeling out of it, alone, and coming to some limit.  And I’ve apparently been chosen to take my son to a friend’s birthday party.  Guess I’ll edit and do laundry later.

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New release and review: Fate Accompli by MM Jaye

Originally posted on Effrosyni's Blog:

Today, I’m thrilled to present to you the eagerly awaited debut novel of MM Jaye, Fate Accompli. The book comes in two versions as to accomodate readers to the maximum: clean or spicy. The tour is hosted by Tasty Book Tours. At the bottom of the post, you will find my raving review of the book! I tell you, it’s a miracle I didn’t burn any dinners during the couple of days it took me to devour it! Make sure to enter the rafflecopter for a chance to win a $25 Amazon giftcard.

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Fate Accompli

Aegean Lovers # 1
By: M.M. Jaye
Releasing November 21st, 2014 

Monica Mitchell flies all the way from Boston to Athens, Greece, not to get a tan but a very specific job. Because besides an MBA, this twenty-four-year old has a mission: to prove to…

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Help me help Good Hope

Originally posted on gillswriting:

Today I must ask for help where from wherever it is possible. Today I ask for personal sponsorship of my time in Tanzania, the organisation and its team.  Help me help Good Hope, any help, anyone is able to give will be appreciated beyond words, no level of help is too small.

Living in a world of fairy tales depicts a soft edge to a harsh and brutal social structure. The imagery of the Poverty Dragon fictionalises the reality of the real truth of hungry stomachs and malnourished kids walking to school without any food in their belly, many without even a hot sweet mug of chai before they leave.

But I choose to believe in the fairy tale, because I choose to believe that good overcomes bad, it may take the knights many battles, they may have to travel far to find the magic talisman but they are…

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Final day for the Occasional Soulmates 99 cent countdown deal!

Originally posted on WHAT THE HELL:

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That’s right. If you’ve been fence-sitting on this thing, today’s the day you have to act. Occasional Soulmates is 99 cents until midnight PST.

It’s been a successful promotion, but only thanks to EReader News Today. On its own, a Kindle Countdown Deal doesn’t attract much attention, it seems to me; you need an outside push to ensure that lots of eyeballs see it. Luckily ENT isn’t terribly expensive, like a lot of them, but it’s effective.

To ignite one last flash of interest, I’m reposting here Cinthia Ritchie’s interview with me earlier this week on her blog. Hope you like it. Tell your friends. And, as always, thanks for your support on social media throughout this promotion.


Q: How did you come up with the idea for Occasional Soulmates? Did it pop inside your head suddenly or was it a slow tease?

A: It was a pretty…

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Author Comforts: Music to Banish the Quiet

Many authors need quiet to get work done.  I’m not one of those.  I need some type of noise, but one that I can control.  I can mute my laptop whenever I need to focus more.  I can’t do that to other people no matter how hard I hit the remote button or how many things I throw.  This has been an issue since my childhood.  There’s always been a problem with people talking to me while I’m writing.  It goes like this:

  1. I’m writing on laptop or in notebook.  Focused on my thoughts.
  2. Someone walks up talking as if I’m just sitting there waiting for attention.
  3. I give a look or say ‘working’.
  4. They apologize and either go away or keep talking.
  5. Both situations result in me getting a little derailed.

This is if I’m even the target of the conversation.  When my wife and dad were around the house and I was working in the dining room, they had conversations in the same room.  It was like people were gravitating toward me even if I wasn’t involved.  So the music acts as a deterrent since it makes it hard for people to talk around me or to me.  They need to get through Weird Al, Tantric, Theory of a Deadman, Linkin Park, Queen, Seether, Shinedown, Disturbed, Black Sabbath, and whatever else has crept onto my Pandora station.  The downside here is that things seem to just pop up after a week because they’re connecting to something else.  So it isn’t a perfect system.  Also I don’t always realize when Pandora has stopped to ask if I’m still there, which gives people an opening.

So, is there anything you do that goes against the ‘majority’ of authors?

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Read Tuesday will Launch with Thunder

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Help support READ TUESDAY and make it a great 2nd year.

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Read Tuesday is a Black Friday type of event just for book lovers on December 9, 2014.

Authors can participate for free. Signing up and participating is easy.

Readers and gift-givers just need to browse the Read Tuesday catalog in early December. Find the books you like here, but buy them at Amazon or Smashwords like normal. Except for saving big, of course.

To help spread the news, we have a ThunderClap promotion scheduled for the morning of December 9.

Our ThunderClap currently has a social reach of over 300,000 through 100 supporters (thank you, everyone), with 18 days left to improve these numbers. We have our sights set on a million, and we’re nearly one-third the way there.

What the ThunderClap does is announce the big Read Tuesday sale by synchronizing posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. It’s easy to add your support (see below).

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