7 Reasons Not to Anger an Illusion Caster

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You might laugh at the gnome making funny illusions in the bar.  Right now, he’s trying to win the heart of a lovely woman.  That’s the mood you want him to stay in.  There are many reasons not to anger a master of manipulating reality.  Sure, you might be able to see through the spells, but can you do it before you’re defeated?

  1. Illusionists may affect the senses, but that can trigger other reactions.  Allergies are one option if you’re going for pranks.  Another is using illusions to physically push a target to the point of collapse.  If you can’t summon ghosts then make some of your own. A dragon might be tough, but you can always have only the head come bursting through the wall.  This is extra deadly if you have a heart condition.
  2. You will never live down the picture of you making out with that Paladin’s warhorse.  I know you thought it was a beautiful elf that was running a kissing booth.  Sadly, that was a lie and you defiled a holy animal.  On the plus side, it’s easy to outrun a man wearing a suit of platemail and swinging a sword the size of a small building.
  3. That is one gigantic army coming at you.  It’s amazing that they can even get through the forest without knocking over every tree.  Doesn’t help that somebody put a mountain behind your own army, which everyone swears wasn’t there the night before.  Probably an earth wizard had it rise because you heard the noise.  That’s all it could be, right?  Not like the mountain is fake and most of the marching army is fake with only a handful of adventurers hidden in the ranks to do the real damage.
  4. Why does everyone look like your ex-wife or ex-husband now?
  5. You’re ready for strange sights, eerie noises, foul smells, and whatever else that illusionist has in store for you.  Nothing will . . . Odd that your fresh coffee tastes like used bathwater.  That chicken tasted a little off too.  Did somebody switch your toothpaste with year old tuna fish?  You’d try to fix it with a cup of water, but it tastes like somebody dropped a dead skunk in the water supply.  Still, none of this will stop you from seeing through that illusionist’s tricks.
  6. You are locked in a state of total paranoia.  Every chair is a potential for an embarrassing fall.  Doorknobs aren’t exactly where you see them.  There’s also that one step at the top or bottom that you trip over.  Every Monday, you leave your bathroom to find that the landlord is doing an inspection and she is never happy to see you with the open robe.
  7. Nothing happens.  You continue adventuring and making a name for yourself.  Marry a beautiful spouse who is wealthy and you get to live a life of luxury.  Kids come and grow up to give you grandkids.  This is the perfect life that you always dreamed of.  Then you learn: ALL OF IT IS A LIE!  You just spent your entire existence trapped in an illusionary world where time works differently.  It’s only been a week, but you remember decades of a life that may never come to pass.  This is why you never piss off an Illusionist.  They will break you.
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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Christmas Update – Angie Dokos, Alyssa Drake and Nicholas C. Rossis

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Welcome to the latest update from Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore. Throughout the year over 120 authors have been promoted weekly on the blog and their books now reside in the virtual bookstore along with their buy links and websites. In the run up to Christmas I will be visiting all the authors in the store and checking for updates and new reviews on their most recent books. If you are in the bookstore and have recently published a new book, received a rave review then please let me know.. Sally.cronin@moyhill.com

My first book was promoted  in the Autumn Reading series and here is one of the latest reviews for Mackenzie’s Distraction by Angie Dokos.

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Mackenzie’s Distraction is a New Adult Romance about a young lady with a rough past and a promising future. Just when her career is within reach, tragedy strikes. A terrible accident…

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Published: In a Small Compass, Vol. 1

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Dear friends and readers,

cover_inasmallcompass_1It has finally happened: My first book, In a Small Compass – Vol. 1, was published on November 30, 2016 as a multi-format ebook by Smashwords. As many of you may know, the book comprises my first 15 (optimised!) short stories. I hope you’ll take time to check it out at Smashwords, where you can download the book for free.

In a Small Compass – Vol. 1 is available at many retailers. Mobi format is available at Smashwords.

Buy/download links:  books2read.com/u/m0zodW

I am looking forward to your feedback and reviews. 🙂

Best wishes,

Karen

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Teaser Tuesday: Day of the Carrier Beasts

Here is another Chasing Bedlam teaser since people seem to be enjoying those.  I wanted to do one for Legends of Windemere: The Spirit Well, but I really couldn’t find anything that didn’t have spoilers.  Enjoy the carnage!

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Smorgasbord Christmas Reading – Glimpses by Hugh W. Roberts

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Delighted to be showcasing the first book of many we hope from Hugh W. Roberts.  Hugh has been entertaining us with his wonderful short stories on his blog and has finally listened to the constant demands that he publish them for a much wider audience.. Here it is.. the long awaited Glimpses available in paperback and Kindle from today. The perfect gift for those who love short stories filled with terror, mystery and humour. 

If you would like a signed copy in time for Christmas then you can contact Hugh directly on his blog to arrange to do so.  Especially if Amazon in your country does not offer the paperback version. https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2016/12/01/glimpses-launch-day-newbook-booklaunch/

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After publishing some of his short stories on his blog, Hugh W. Roberts, who suffers from dyslexia, received numerous requests to publish his short stories in a book. Here, at last, are 28 short…

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The Art of Illusions: An Underrated School

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When you think of magic, your mind probably goes to combat spells or some method of transportation.  Hurling elemental attacks and launching into the air is fun and useful, but not everything.  Maybe you think of transformations or healing, which are complicated and very helpful even in battle.  But I’m betting most people didn’t think about illusions unless the title of this post put your mind there already.  Guess I undid my own opening paragraph there.

A brief explanation of what illusion magic is just in case somebody reading this is thinking of making a coin disappear.  These spells play with the senses to create a new reality or hide something from view.  Perhaps the most common illusion spell is invisibility since it makes a person disappear from sight.  They haven’t really vanished, but those in the area can’t see them, which makes it an alteration to reality.  Other popular ones are hidden doorways, fictitious landscapes, glamours that change your appearance, and the always popular ninja clone ability.  Not only wizards have illusions.

I think one of the reasons illusion magic doesn’t get used as often by main characters is because it doesn’t really have much bang.  You can create a lot of flash, but it’s over once an enemy figures out the trick or wills the spell away.  One of the most common reactions to a problem in Windemere is to see through illusions, which anyone can do.  It all depends on willpower and focus, which makes this a very fragile school of magic.  Still, you can get a lot done with these spells if you’re creative enough.  In fact, I would say imagination and creativity is more essential for illusions than any other type of magic.  Anybody can think up a fire spell and use it.  Only a real genius could trick all five senses to believe that a tree is standing in the middle of a house that is built entirely out of cheese and crackers.  Not to mention a target feels full if they eat too much of the illusion, which is always a fun trick.

A good example of an illusionist character is Sari.  She has her water powers and thief skills, but illusions are another focus for her.  Her cunning and creativity is why she is better at these spells than even someone as powerful as Nyx.  At times, Sari is a better illusionist than Yola Biggs because she has more focus.  An example of her tactics can help here. One of her best tricks is to have one to three fake Saris split off from her body while she turns invisible.  This creates a diversion as well as hiding whatever nasty ice or water traps she’s implanted in the decoys.  Not to mention leaving her free to get a sneak attack.  While the illusions aren’t able to do the real damage, they prove to be an invaluable tactic when is unable to simply overpower an enemy.

I do want to try a story where the main character has illusion powers.  In fact, Clyde might be a powerful killing machine, but he has this ability.  Guess I’ll be making this attempt sooner than I realized.  Though with a lot more violence and viciousness.

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35 Questions to Ask When Critiquing a Novel

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Are you beginning the editing stage of your novel? Did someone ask you to critique their novel or are you asking someone else to critique yours?

Here are 35 questions to ask yourself to dig deeper into that story.

Editing Checklist: 35 Questions to ask when Critiquing a Novel

1. Does the opening of the story hook you? Do you want to read more? Why or why not?
2. What are the conflicts (internal and external) in the story? Is a conflict known right away?
3. Are there too many conflicts happening in the book at once? Or is there not enough?
4. Are all the conflicts important to the story and help drive the plot forward?
5. Is the plot clear and believable from the beginning?
6. Is the plot interesting? Will the readers be able to relate to points in the book?
7. Is the plot resolved at the end of the book? Is the reader satisfied at…

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