Charms of the Feykin Cover Teaser

As of writing this, I’m not sure I’ll be around for most of the day.  Family outing to the zoo before the heat and humidity get terrible again.  So, I’m leaving a cover art teaser for the 2’s of people that wander over.

Also, I’d really like to get some more volunteers for the September blog tour of Legends of Windemere: Charms of the Feykin.  I’m having a lot of trouble marketing stuff right now due to time and money restraints.  So any help would be appreciated with this.  If you want me to write up a guest post then let me know and we’ll figure out a topic that will work.

Hope everyone has a fun day.

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African Me & Satellite TV, on Lisa Burton Radio

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Today on Lisa Burton Radio, we’re on the phone with Princess Sithole, all the way from Zimbabwe. I’m your host, Lisa the robot girl. “Welcome Princess.”

“Thank you Madam Lisa! Mangwanani – although that is good morning in Shona. Is it morning with you?”

“Yes, but I think you’re a day ahead of me. My bio says you’re a cook. That has to be a fun job, creating new things and feeding your family. Tell us a little about that.”

“Yes. I cook. It is not always a fun job. In Zimbabwe some years back, and even now again, there is very little food to be bought. One time it got so bad that all I had to cook with was carrots from the garden and Marmite. Still, I am very, very good at cooking, so nobody complained. I suppose you could call it a job – what I do…

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Calling Indie Horror/Thriller Authors! #IndieAuthors #bookpromo #BadMoonOnTheRise

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For the month of October, Books & Such will again be featuring Bad Moon On The Rise, 31 days of horror/thriller writers!  download (5) If you’re an indie author of horror/thriller books, send me your info.  This is your chance for free publicity, to talk up your book, learn about other authors of the same genre, and hopefully sell some books.  Each post will contain any information you’d like to include, such as a book synopsis, author bio, contact links, buy links and a short interview.

Only 3 spots left!  Email me at tpolen6@gmail.com with your name and title of your book and I’ll send you an info sheet within the next week.

I’d appreciate any help in spreading the word about this, so thanks in advance!

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Champion Revisited: Sari

As stated, Charms of the Feykin focuses on the Delvin Cunningham and Sari adventure from Tribe of the Snow Tiger.  The others are about to discover what trouble their friends have found and it will strain a lot of relationships.  I’ll get into that on Friday, but this also highlights something about Sari.  The character has been difficult to draw out of the crowd for more than a chapter or two, but she still has a central role.  Removing her creates a hole for the others because of the close relationship.  This has pulled me into making her connections to the other champions the focus of her evolution.  There is a secret reason for this that will be revealed later, but it makes things tough.

Don’t get me wrong though.  I love writing scenes where Sari is in full thief mode or messing with Nyx.  Her variety of abilities gives her such versatility that I’m always finding new tricks for her.  It’s just that there is something about her that even I can’t really draw out.  Sari is a character who will put her emotions out in the open, but still manage to keep herself distant.  Almost like she’s purposely keeping herself wounded while focusing on making others happy.  Again, it’s tough to put a finger on and this is the book where a big chunk of her baggage gets handled.

I won’t deny that Sari was going to be rough from the beginning.  Remember that these characters were based on a D&D game I played in college.  Sari showed up, made an impact, started a deep relationship with Luke, and then the player left in the span of 2-3 months.  Normally, one would just remove the character, but the prophecy in the game made that a challenge.  Also, it was my first non-hack & slash game and I refused to believe Luke would get over her death.  So, Sari was put in a coma for a while, but we still needed her back.  I played her for a while, but we kept forgetting her or she’d be sent away for some reason.  Something to factor in is that Kira Grasdon never existed in the game, so it was Sari and Luke Callindor together with no rivalry.

All of that probably made her a tougher character to write than I realized, but I tried to flush her out.  The death of her clan left her broken and I’ve noticed that she’s never done anything to heal.  Sari has proven to be more about living in the now, which results in her past striking whenever she lets her guard down.  In some ways, you get the feeling that she wants to suffer because that emotion is what draws out memories of her clan.  There’s no way for her to think back without feeling pain, so she accepts this.  It really causes trouble with her relationships in that she makes bad decisions, puts others ahead of herself, and has a fear of being abandoned.  Yet, she is still the happiest and most positive of the champions.

I know this sounds like I’m painting a dark picture of her, especially when people see the above picture or think of her mischief in the books.  Maybe this is all in my head and I did a bad job of drawing it out.  The thing is that she isn’t really aware of it, so it’s hard to have this come to the surface.  All Sari knows is that she’s damaged and she kind of leaves it at that.  I’m really hoping Charms of the Feykin can clear her of a few demons because she really deserves it.  She’s been starting to rise out of some pain, but this may end up being a forced cleansing of her soul.

Funny how this was supposed to be a revisit, but I’ve really just gone on about the depth and difficulty of Sari.  Probably because that’s a part of her that doesn’t get explored very often.  You push and she pulls back or finds a way to slip out of the conversation.  Almost like an emotional eel that endlessly wiggles until you give up or it dies.  I will say that out of all the champions, Sari is the one that deserves some peace and happiness.  After all, she debuted in a massacre and things kind of went downhill from there.

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20 Questions with Maria Matthews

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Today we sit down with Irish author Maria Matthews. She shares with us her unique perspective on writing, her inspiration and a bit about her work.

Please enjoy this edition of 20 Questions.


1 nice picture of maria49856 Q1) When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

While I was in Secondary School, about the age of 15 but I didn’t have the confidence to follow the dream then.

Q2) How long does it typically take you to write a book?

I have done the nanowrimo challenge and succeeded each time. But the research and development of the idea takes place before I sit to write the idea down. Truthfully approximately three months to write a novel.

Q3) What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I write as often as I can. However when I have an idea that I am working on I write before going to work, and…

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Summer Jazz – William Price King meets Ella Fitzgerald – The Final Performance

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William and his music

This is the final performance in the Ella Fitzgeraldstory and today it is time to pay tribute to this extraordinary artist by showcasing some of her live performances. William Price King picks up the story in 1986

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Ella’s health had been failing for some time and in 1986 she underwent quintuple bypass surgery. She also required a new heart valve and was diagnosed with diabetes that had resulted in a deterioration of her eyesight. The rumour mill went into overdrive and pronounced that the Queen of Jazz would never sing again.

Ella however, yet again proved what a true performer that she was and returned to the stage with a punishing concert tour. Her last live concert was at Carnegie Hall in 1991 which was the 26th time she had performed at this prestigious venue. In this final tribute to this astonishing first lady of song we are…

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Teaser Tuesday: The Orchard Fog

Have another teaser from Charms of the Feykin.  Getting harder and harder to pick these, but I did set the ones up for September in advanced.  Let’s get right into it:

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