A Perfect 10 with Aidan Reid

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Today, I have the distinct pleasure of featuring author Aidan Reid on this edition of A Perfect 10.

Please enjoy this special installment of A Perfect 10

If you want to check out past interviews, you can find them in the following links:

A.C. FlorySteve BoseleyKayla MattMae ClairJill SammutDeanna KahlerDawn Reno LangleyJohn HowellElaine CouglerJan SikesNancy BellNick DavisKathleen LopezSusan ThatcherCharles YallowitzArmand RosamiliaTracey PaganaAnna DobrittKaren OberlaenderDeby FredericksTeri PolenDarlene FosterRobert Rayner, C.C. NaughtonSherry RentshlerLinda BradleyLuna St. ClairJoan HallStaci TroiloAllan HudsonRobert EggletonPaul Scott BatesP.C. ZickJoy LennickPatrick Roland

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Happy Release Day to… N. N. Light’s Book of Daily Inspiration #books #motivation #IARTG

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Release Day NNLBODI

We’re so excited to announce our inspirational/motivational thought book is out in the world! Every release day is special for us but this one means so much more. It’s a compilation of 365 inspiring thoughts taken from this very blog. With over 500 pages of motivation, it’s a steal for only $4.99 USD. Also available in paperback which would make an incredible gift this holiday season. 

NNL Book of Daily Inspiration

Title: N. N. Light’s Book of Daily Inspiration

Author: N. N. Light

Genre: Inspirational, Motivational, Self-Improvement, Personal Growth

Book Blurb:

“Spread the Light and inspire others to do the same.” — N. N. Light

In 2013, we wrote a mission statement and started the Princess of the Light (POTL) blog. We wanted to test a theory. Could one person (or in our case, one couple) use uplifting words to create change?

The answer is a resounding yes! People from all over the world responded…

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Multiple Series in a Single World

Some sci-fi series about balls of space gas taking a trip?

This is something I’ve been planning for a long time and it doesn’t always come across.  In fact, I might have already made a few posts about this ultimate goal or big plan or whatever you want to call it.  The thing is that I’m still not sure people always realize that Windemere is more than Legends of Windemere.  I do mention future series at times and try to note that they’re going to be in the same world, but it doesn’t always come across. Let’s hope I can change that here.

Legends of Windemere will be ending in December and next year will see the start of War of Nytefall.  This series is about the rise of the Dawn Fangs and the ensuing vampire civil war.  On the surface, it looks like it’s a vampire story while the previous series was fantasy.  Yet, they’re both in Windemere and the Dawn Fangs have appeared in my first series.  One of the main characters of the new series even shows up in The Mercenary Prince to . . . get involved.  That’s one of the big tricks that I’ve tried to do over the years.  Peppering some hints and laying the groundwork for the future series is essential for the opener.  Not easy though since people won’t figure out the clues until the new stuff comes out.  So, one could say that this is for me and to build bridges that can hopefully create re-reading.

Talking as a planner/plotter, I’ve had to create tons of notes to make sure I don’t mess up my continuity.  Imagine me writing War of Nytefall, which happens before Legends of Windemere and having Clyde destroy the city of Gaia.  Well, that doesn’t make any sense since it’s a prosperous city in the future and there was never any mention of that kind of destruction.  All monsters need to be described the same way as well as any characters that can cross over.  This is easier when having someone like Mab appear in a series that takes place later.  Even vampires change over time and it makes people curious to find out what turned her into the person she is.  Now, this is only for doing a prequel type series in the same world.  It’s almost like an upside-down tree where you plant the seeds that will grow into the past instead of the future.  The hints and winks I put in ‘Legends’ for ‘Nytefall’ are the after-effect of previous events instead of foreshadowing of the future.  At least in terms of publishing order.

This has all been about the two series with a little tip toward others because I’m going to have series/books that take place before and after Legends of Windemere.  I’ve had to plan and consider what I’m carrying over from other books.  This gets more complicated as I put out more series too.  Having info from one carrying over to another is easier, but then you get to a point in the future where you’re weaving threads between everything.  For example, Gaia will be showing up in a lot of post-Great Cataclysm stories because it’s a big hub.  I have to remember any changes that take place in previous stories, so I need to keep notes or take my time sifting back through older books to get it right.  Characters who survive their adventure can show up or be mentioned in the future, but I have to remember who they interacted with.  Having a surviving champion meet with Darwin Slepsnor can alter them enough that they have a different thought on wandering adventurers when they run into Sin.  Aging is something to consider too in order to forge a wide, tapestry world.

So, what are some tips that I’m trying to keep in my head?

  1. If I doubt my memory on something then I need to check.  My subconscious might be more aware than my active memory.
  2. Continuity is so important that I have to stay vigilant.  One mistake can undo more than one series at this point.
  3. Note everything that I fear I might forget.
  4. Outlines are my friends because spontaneous cameos can cause trouble.  Sudden uses of old locations are okay though since I never know when a scene will work in a nearby location.  At least with prequel-types.
  5. Remember that a change in one series as I’m writing can alter the plans for the ones I haven’t written yet.

Honestly, this is the big dream I’ve had of creating a vast world, so the last 5 years have actually been Stage 1.  Guess you could call The Life & Times of Ichabod Brooks is 1.5 since it’s slight connections.  Nothing like Stage 2 where I tackle another series that will evolve Windemere even more.  That’s a big part of this too.  I’ve always considered the world to be a character, which means it needs to evolve.  Unlike the champions, Dawn Fangs, and other cast members, Windemere will grow with every story and may never come to a true end.  That’s actually a little scary.

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A Perfect 10 with Lorinda Taylor

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Kero’s World by Victoria Zigler Now in Audiobook

Written by Victoria Zigler – and now with an audio edition read by Giles Miller – the “Kero’s World” stories are all about the adventures of my West Highland White Terrier, Kero, who made that journey across the rainbow bridge a little over three years ago. So, read his stories, and see the world from the point of view of a little white dog.

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Book 1 – Kero Goes Walkies

If there’s one thing Kero loves more than going for a walk, then it has to be going for a walk that takes him to more than one place. Today his walk will take him both to the park and to the beach. What will he find there? Who will he see? And what will a little dog like him think of it all?

Buy “Kero Goes Walkies” as an audiobook, eBook, or paperback – in some cases two or more of these formats – from iTunes, Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

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Book 2 – Kero Celebrates His Birthday

It’s Kero’s birthday, and his humans are doing everything they can to make it a special day for him. What will Kero think of all the fuss and attention? And what exactly makes a birthday special for a dog anyway?

Buy “Kero Celebrates His Birthday” as an audiobook, eBook, or paperback – in some cases two or more of these formats – from iTunes, Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

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Book 3 – Kero Gets Sick

Kero isn’t feeling well at all, and that means only one thing: a trip to his least favourite place in the world… The vet! What will the vet do to make Kero feel better? And will Kero think it was worth the trip to the vet in the end?

Buy “Kero Gets Sick” as an audiobook, eBook, or paperback – in some cases two or more of these formats – from iTunes, Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

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Book 4 – Kero Celebrates Halloween

Something strange is going on, and Kero doesn’t know if he’s more confused or frightened. All he knows for sure is that the humans are calling it Halloween. Will Kero be able to make sense of this Halloween thing? Or is it just too scary and confusing for a little dog to understand?

Buy “Kero Celebrates Halloween” as an audiobook, eBook, or paperback – in some cases two or more of these formats – from iTunes, Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

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Book 5 – Kero Goes To Town

Kero’s very excited to find he’s going to town with his humans. He’s sure there must be loads of great things to do there, after all the humans go there all the time. But what kinds of things can a little dog do in town? And will it be as much fun as he thinks it will?

Buy “Kero Goes To Town” as an audiobook, eBook, or paperback – in some cases two or more of these formats – from iTunes, Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

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Book 6 – Kero Celebrates Christmas

Christmas is here, and with it comes snow and Santa Paws – whoever he is. What will Kero think of the snow? Will he be able to make sense of all the holiday activity? And will he be able to stay up long enough to catch this mysterious Santa Paws?

Buy “Kero Celebrates Christmas” as an audiobook, eBook, or paperback – in some cases two or more of these formats – from iTunes, Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

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Book 7 – Kero Crosses The Rainbow Bridge

Kero is sicker than he’s ever been before, and has been for a while now. It looks like it’s time for another trip to the vet. But this time Kero’s human won’t be bringing him home; it’s time for Kero to cross the rainbow bridge! What does this mean? And what will Kero find on the other side of the rainbow bridge?

This is the final book in the “Kero’s World” series, and tells the story of the saddest and very last chapter in the life of a beloved dog, as he goes to the place where all of us must go eventually.

Buy “Kero Crosses The Rainbow Bridge” as an audiobook, eBook, or paperback – in some cases two or more of these formats – from iTunes, Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

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“Kero Celebrates His Birthday” book excerpt:
“Post’s here! Post’s here!” Kero barked excitedly.

But, of course, neither his human nor the postman could understand him, so they had no idea that was all he was saying.

“Hush Kero,” said his human as she rushed down the path to grab the post from the poor frightened postman. “It’s just the postman.”

“That’s what I said,” Kero barked.

But, of course, she didn’t understand him, and just told him to be quiet again, which Kero thought was very unfair.

When his human took the post inside with her, Kero decided to go too. After all, he was always interested in inspecting anything that came in to his territory, so he had to check the post. He felt it was his duty; part of his job as protector of his home and human.

“There’s one for you, Kero,” his human told him as he jumped up on the sofa beside her to sniff at the post she was holding.

Sure enough, she held out something which smelled very much like it contained dog treats.

“Open it! Open it!” Kero barked excitedly, nudging the small parcel with his nose to make sure his human knew what he wanted her to do.

She still didn’t understand why he was barking, but the way he was nudging the package made it perfectly clear to her what he wanted. So, she opened it for him.

Inside was something with pictures and writing on it that Kero’s human said was a birthday card. He sniffed it politely, but was much more interested in the other item in the package. His nose had been right, and there was a pack of dog treats.

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About the author:
Victoria Zigler is a blind poet and children’s author who was born and raised in the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, and is now living on the South-East coast of England, UK. Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, has a very vivid imagination, and spends a lot of time in fictional worlds; some created by her, others created by other authors. When she remembers to spend some time in the real world, it’s mostly to spend time with her hubby and pets, though sometimes to indulge in other interests that capture her attention from time to time. To date she has published 8 poetry books and more than 40 children’s books, with more planned for the near future. She’s also contributed a story to the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II.
Author links:
website, blog, Goodreads, Facebook Author Page, Twitter, Google+.

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A Little List To Blog Better

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I am doing this a lot recently, aren’t I? Post after post filled with advice. How to blog better? How to write better? In reality, what the heck do I really know?

So, I thought of a solution. In case, I’ve been misleading all of you, I’ve devoured the internet (Count ten hours of useless browsing session filled with coffee and heavy metal memes, black comedy and random posts that I clicked) to find some quality content. Content that’ll help you out on the mysterious dark art of blogging.

business; businessman; caffeine; coffee; concept; humor;

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A Week to Forget: More Fraying at the Edges

Scream into the void
Only I can hear the sound
Who else would listen?

The only thing I accomplished was doing the outline and characters for Raven’s Wrath.  No cover for Warlord of the Forgotten Age yet and I’m still not sure what to call the next collection of Ichabod Brooks stories.  I feel like I’ve been forced into a holding pattern because there’s nothing I can do.  At least in the terms of writing, but I might be able to get more into outlining after Thanksgiving.

So, what did happen this week?

With my wife still sporting the broken arm, I’ve been doing all the driving, shopping, and kid work.  My parents have taken over the cooking and taking my son to his martial arts classes.  Things are still chaotic though because he decided that breakfast isn’t going to be a thing any more.  Picked Wednesday of all days since I had to wake up really early to get my wife ready for her cast.  Even with the cast, she can’t carry anything heavier than a cup of coffee with that arm, which means I can’t just drop her off.  It’s been a long week of doing this and driving more often than I’m used to.

Driving is where the craziest part of my week happened and left me exhausted.  I was heading down a road that’s about 6 lanes wide with a 7th in the middle for people turning into one of the many parking lots.  I was on one of the outer lanes with a bus and several cars behind me.  A white van was on my left and stopped with their blinker on, so I figured it was a lane change.  Next thing I know, a woman wearing dark clothes and listening to her headphones steps out from the the front of the van.  My tires screech, the jaywalker who had just crossed all the other 6 lanes against the light looks up, and I pray that it doesn’t end badly.  She finally jumped as I nearly came to a stop and she got bumped by my car as she got to the sidewalk.  Then I hear all the honking cars behind the bus, so I hurry to the nearest parking lot to get out of the way.  It isn’t far and I get out to hurry back and check on . . . nothing.  I looked through the windows of a few buildings and looked around the parking lot.  After that, I just got pissed and scared at the same time while I called my wife to say I was going to be late.  Took a few minutes to get my nerves back in order too because I worried that this woman was hurt, realized the bus could have smashed into my car, and so many other pieces just kept blipping through my stressed out mind.  It would be about an hour and a half later that my shoulders and neck broke out in a dull ache that rose to a sharp pain.  Woke up feeling better thanks to a heating pad though.

Anyway, that’s the big event of the week and it’s left me on edge.  I’m not sure how next week will go considering I’m still driving all over the place for a few weeks.  The main highlight might just be seeing ‘Justice League’ on Friday.  Didn’t look like we’d get to see it in theaters, but our luck might change.

What are the goals?

  1. Work on outlining the next set of Ichabod Brooks stories.
  2. Take care of wife.
  3. Finally make those chicken and cheese enchiladas.
  4. See ‘Justice League’.
  5. Thanksgiving, which is happening twice here.
  6. Possibly work a little on the Sin stories.
  7. Keep watching Samurai Champloo.
  8. Consider that most of my faith in humanity has been lost.
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