Friday, 30 May 2014

Fantabulous Friday: Weekend Romance - A Fair to Remember ~ not just for romance writers


A fantabulous event is coming to Adelaide - it's about romance - it's about writing. Wouldn't you know I'd be involved...

Yes, one of the projects I've been helping out with is the Roadshow event. This is RWA's term for an event that is outside of the national conference program and connects areas that don't get conference, like SA (that's changing with SA - newsflash: conference is coming to Adelaide in 2016!)

RWA and SAWC (SA Writers Centre) have joined forces to present this wonderful weekend!!




If you prefer seeing the workshop blurbs and bios in non pdf format, go to the RWA Roadshow pages.


I'm really excited about the line up. There is such diversity - from people who write historical (romance) adventures like Fiona McIntosh, to those writing rural romance like Tricia Stringer, to Helene Young, who writes romantic supsense, Trish Morey who writes sexy stories, and Keri Arthur who writes dark urban fantasy and paranormal romance! 

Not only that, I think attending any writing event is a fabulous thing. I went to Body in the Garden last year and it's not my exact genre (yeah there's some mystery in my stories, but I don't call myself a crime writer). You mix with other authors, readers, and get to learn something new. Like was said in the movie, 'The Castle' - it's the vibe. A vibe about being around people who enjoy story telling, and writing or reading.


There's certainly a lot of vibe happening with this event!!


While Saturday is full of panels (I'll be chairing the Location, Location, Location panel), chats, author talks, and workshops, the Sunday is purely a workshop event with two streams - one for introductory and one for more mid/advanced. 

While the introductory day long session with Trish Morey (stream A) focuses on romance, you can still use these skills across the board. 

Learning the writing craft is the same in any of the genres - Show, Don't Tell (with Amy T. Matthews). Yep, across the board. Point of View (with Elizabeth Rolls)- yes, the same. All writers want to know about media (with Victoria Purman) and their online presence (I'll be conducting this workshop as my alter-ego). All these can be found in the Stream B workshops.

And let's not forget the fab Quiz Night!!!


It's a fab line up for a great price - hey lunch, and teas are even included!


COST:
1 day* = $130 SAWC and RWA members, $170 non members
2 days* = $240 SAWC and RWA members, $340 non members
QUIZ NIGHT: $20 per head

*Includes lunch, morning and afternoon teas


BOOKINGS: SAWC website or phone 08 8223 7662 or by email admin@sawriters.org.au


NOTE:
ROMANCE WRITERS OF AUSTRALIA MEMBERS - to obtain your discount, please book via
08 8223 7662 during Centre opening hours or email admin@sawriters.org.au.
SAVE $40 when you book for the whole weekend.


Come on this is just sooooo fantabulous!!  So why not come along?


~yia~




Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Writing Buddy Wednesday ~ Erica Hayes


Welcome to another Writing Buddy Wednesday. Today I have my fellow DarkSider, the talented Erica Hayes. Erica writes dark urban fantasy romance, sci-fi, post apolocolyptic romances. 


Here's Erica...



Your most recent release is Scorched. Can you describe this book for us?

Scorched is the first in a new series, about a telekinetic crime fighter named Verity and the trouble she gets into. It has a dark flavour to it – Verity has a few problems with making the right decisions and telling right from wrong – but it's got plenty of action and a twisting mystery plot, and lashings of romance too!

(Eleni: wow, that sounds amazing!)



Please tell us a little about your road to publication.

I first got published in the olden days, before self-publishing took off, and a lot of people were still asking, 'what are these ebook things?!?' So yeah, 2008. I got an agent (whom I still work with) via a query letter, and my first contract was for print books. It doesn’t seem like that long ago, but wow, have things changed since then!

My first series was dark, violent, gory urban fantasy romance. I still love those books! Since then, I've done an apocalyptic paranormal romance series about angels, plus a sci-fi adventure novel. I've also self-published a few short stories and a novel, which was good fun.



What attracted you to the paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres?

Blood.

No, really :) I like the violent, full-on nature of paranormal. I like writing monsters as people, and people who are monsters. I think there's more latitude for darkness and horror in paranormal/UF than in other romance genres. And from that, we've seen the rise in popularity of BSDM and erotic contemporaries - how are these not just vampire romances with no bloodsucking…? But that's a whole 'nother post…

So yeah. Paranormals are fun, because you can go more places. And hey, I like vampires.



Are you a plotter? Pantser? Or somewhere in between?

Plotter. Not even remotely a pantser in any way. If everything isn't plotted out beforehand, I curl up in the corner and cry. And then I get up, and plot everything out :)



What are you working on now?

I've just finished book 2 in the Scorched series, which is due out later this year. Then, it's on to a secret project. I could tell you, but then I'd have to creep around in the dead of night and slaughter the lot of you one by one. No one wants that.

(Eleni - definitely not)



What is your favourite part of the process of writing?

I like it all. Even revising, and writing the synopsis. Seriously, what better job is there?



What are you currently reading?

A non-fiction book called Raising the Dead, about some Scottish anatomists in the 19th century who wanted to bring a body back to life with electricity. A real-life Frankenstein. I kid you not.

(Eleni - I wonder if that's where Mary Shelley got the idea from).


~~~

Thanks so much for coming here today, Erica!

Here's Scorched...


In a world where everyone wears a mask, you can't trust anyone… not even yourself.

Verity Fortune was once Sapphire City’s top crime-fighter, wielding her powers of telekinesis to battle the city’s most despicable villains.

Now, she’s consumed by a single burning desire: revenge. Against those who took away her mask, her memory, and nearly her life.

Having escaped from the asylum they left her to rot in, Verity dons her mask once again and becomes the Seeker, a vigilante warrior for truth.

But when she unwittingly uncovers an evil conspiracy deep within her own family, she’s suddenly on the run, alone and hunted by those she thought were on her side…




Add it on Goodreads 


Buy links




Find Erica 


Monday, 5 May 2014

Musa Monday ~ Celebrate Mom/Mum with Musa Publishing

Musa Publishing are celebrating Mother's Day with some giveaway. Enter the Rafflecopter at the end to win a prize. Thanks, Musa! 







Grand Prize


$10.00 Musa Gift Certificate


6 Paperback Books


Beyond the Third Garden by I.J. Sarfeh


Outlaws by William Wendy


Seducing Kate by Emilia Mancini


Send Off For A Snitch by KM Rockwood


Typical Day by Gary K. Wolf


Unforgettable You by Marci Boudreaux






1st Place Winner


$5.00 Musa Gift Certificate

6 Paperback Books


The Andersen Ancestry by Addie J. King


For His Love by Nya Rayne


Outlaws by William Wendy


Seducing Kate by Emilia Mancini


Send Off For A Snitch by KM Rockwood


Typical Day by Gary K. Wolf






2nd Place Winner


5 Paperback Books


Outlaws by William Wendy


Seducing Kate by Emilia Mancini


Send Off For A Snitch by KM Rockwood


Typical Day by Gary K. Wolf


Wilder Mage by CD Coffelt






Plus


2 new winners are drawn daily. Each one will receive 3 books.






And


All participants receive a download of Cooking with Musa.


All entrants are eligible for Grand Prize Drawing May 10, 2014




Winners announced May 11, 2014




Enter daily to win!




No particular order to the daily drawings for the books below







Baiting the Hook by Mary S. Palmer and David Wilton

3.99 by Richard Satterlie

Amanda's Return by June Kramin

Buried Biker by KM Rockwood

Enter to Win by Kirsten Janey





ICE blue by Susan Rae

Lies in Wait by Donna Del Oro





Love Lies Bleeding by Lainie Giles

More Tomasewski by Del Staecker

Random Survival by Ray Wenck

Runt Wade by Robert G. Rogers





Steeled for Murder by KM Rockwood

Tales of Tomasewski by Del Staecker

Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem by Vera Jane Cook

2012: The Rising by Joanne Hirase

Crazy Greta by David Hardy

The Dominus Runes by Peter Lukes

The Grimm Legacy by Addie J. King

Reunion by Joanna Fay













Winners who reside outside the Continental United States will receive their prize in e-book format.



All must be claimed by May 15, 2014 or they are forfeited. Prizes will be shipped May 17, 2014.





Giveaway begins May 1, 2014 and ends midnight CST May 10, 2014

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Writing Buddy Wednesday ~ Shona Husk's The Court of Annwyn


Welcome to another Writing Buddy Wednesday. Today I will be focusing on fellow DarkSider's Shona Husk and her series, The Court of Annwyn.

I've known Shona for a number of years via the Paranormal loop, and we've also collaborated on cover designs for her short stories and novellas.

Recently, this involved the cover for The Changeling Soldier, a novella set in The Court of Annwyn world. So I asked Shona along to talk about the series.



Faeries feature in the COURT OF ANNWYN series. How did you come to write about them?

The Court of Annwyn came about after a conversation with the kids about mazes and what they could be made of. Glass was mentioned, and I immediately thought what a perfect description that was for a fairy court: to be able to see what you want in the middle but to not be able to straight there. I loved writing the Court intrigue and politics and the way that fairies can be cold and conniving and completely obsessed with power...until they fall in love (which is something that no fairy would actually want to do).


Your upcoming release is an in between novella that you are self-publishing. Why a novella?

I like mid-series novellas. I think they are a way to build on the world and give the readers a little but more between books. The Changeling Soldier introduces new characters but sits at the end of book 2 and overlaps with book 3. Unlike Lord of the Hunt and To Love a King, The Changeling Soldier is set in our world and get to see how the changes in Annwyn affect the fairies living here.




What advice would you give someone thinking of self-publishing?

Think it through first and determine your reasons and make sure you're prepared for the long haul. With self-publishing the author has to pay upfront for things like cover art and editing. Then do your  Research. Don't cut corners just to get the book out, it has to be a professional product.

At the moment I have only self-published novellas. But who knows what the future holds, the publishing industry is changing so quickly.



What's next for the series?

After The Changeling Soldier there is To Love King (October 2014) which is Felan's story. People have been asking about him since book 1! After that I'm not sure, but there might be a 4th book.

(Eleni: yay!)



How do you go about writing a series (you've done quite a few)?

Some times it's intentional and I get an idea and plot out a series ARC (like the Shadowlands or Annwyn) other times the books are linked only by world like the In a Bottle series about genies--the genies never cross paths and there is no series ARC. I keep a note book for each series so I remember
the magic rules and what all the main characters look like and how old they are etc.


Thanks so much, Shona!

Now let's have a look at the Court of Annwyn series...


Book 1: THE OUTCAST PRINCE


Caspian Mort can feel the history in anything he touches, a gift he inherited from his father, the Crown Prince of Annwyn. Devastated over his ex-wife's infidelity, Caspian has withdrawn from human contact except when working as an antiques dealer.

While assessing the contents of the historic Callaway House he encounters the beautiful Lydia Callaway and senses that her home is haunted by a banished fairy. But what does the dangerous exile want? Unbeknownst to Lydia, she's the owner of the last remaining portal to Annwyn--a mirror hidden somewhere in the house. To keep Lydia safe, Caspian will have to divulge the secrets of his heritage, and risk losing his heart again.



Print ISBN: 978-1402280160

Ebook



Book 2: LORD OF THE HUNT

Their love could destroy a powerful reign and change the mortal world forever.

Raised in the mortal world, the fairy Taryn never planned on going back to Annwyn, much less to court. But with the power shift imminent, she is her parents' only hope of securing a pardon from exile and avoiding certain death.

Verden, Lord of the Hunt, swore to serve the King. But as the magic of Annwyn fails and the Prince makes ready to take the throne, Verden knows his days as Hunter are numbered. When Taryn and Verden meet, their attraction is instant and devastating. Their love could bring down a Queen and change the mortal world forever.





Print ISBN: 978-1402280191

Ebook



In-between the books: THE CHANGELING SOLDIER

Her time in the mortal world is running out...
After fleeing Annwyn three centuries ago, Ella built a life in the mortal world making gowns for European royalty and playing in mortal intrigues. Now those Courts are long gone, and she dresses Hollywood starlets. Mortals come and go, but Ella always ends up alone. She longs for the home she left behind.

He's been dreaming of the coming battle all his life...
Isaac Norton is a returned soldier. Now home, he's restless and his recurring dream is becoming more frequent: he's fighting on a snow-covered field stained with blue blood. When he sees Ella, he knows she isn't human. And she knows what he is, a changeling.

Ella can give Isaac the answers he needs, but there will be a price to pay: his soul.


Available for pre-order at:  iTunes | Kobo | Smashwords
It will also be available via Barnes & Noble and Amazon, also be made available in print.

Shona also has a Goodreads giveaway between 3 to 31May. 



Book 3: TO LOVE A KING

To keep the balance between good and evil at the court of Annwyn, Prince Felan ap Gwyn has two weeks to marry and take the crown. But he wants more than just power--he wants love; a love he once had but was too stubborn to hold on to.

It took years for Jacqueline Ara to put her life back together after Felan abandoned her. And she doesn't want fairies back in her life--even if her heart still burns for him. With war in Annwyn looming and death bleeding into the mortal world, Felan and Jacquie will need to heal old wounds for one last gamble. It's all or nothing to save both worlds.

Available October 2014

You can pre-order:

Print ISBN: 978-1402280221




I've read Book 1 and 2, and The Changeling Soldier, and I'm thoroughly enjoying this series. If you love fairies, check out these stories. 


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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Trekking Tuesday - it's back!


I haven't done Trekking Tuesday for a long while. I come across all sorts of information in my day, so this is my way of sharing. :D



JK Rowling will do a Harry Potter play

According to People, the play will be about Harry in his pre-Hogwarts years. Yep, living with his sucky relatives.




Ever wanted to know the difference between a geek and a nerd?
Well here it is...




source: Slackpropagation



A Space 2014 Calendar
A printable calendar brought to you by @chandraxray who is an observatory whose ongoing mission is to study the X-ray Universe.


Five amazing university libraries
Libraries continue to be the hub of academic life (thank goodness). Check out these amazing looking libraries.

Law Library at University of Zurich
Source: TimesHigherEducation





Amazing 3D printing
Wow, this is amazing - In the US, a teenage boy uses 3-D printer at a library to make a hand for a younger friend.



Education not what it used to be
School libraries closed for years in San Diego. This got to me - I lived at my school library growing up and for children not to have access, is such a shame.

source: Voice of San Diego



Librarians still needed
According to the NY Daily News, the Brooklyn library answered 3.5 million questions in 2013. We live in an information age, but it's not always easy for people to decipher the information out there. That's where librarians come in.


Long live libraries!

Stolen book stats
I can't believe how many books that were stolen or forgotten to be returned at the Brooklyn library in 2012. I've not returned one book in my lifetime and I did track down the person who I borrowed it from years later. I must admit I do hold a few books that I've borrowed from friends but it's that 'take your time'. Dangerous with me when my reading pile is a reading mountain range.




Bookmarks 
The Book Depository has a new batch of bookmarks that were chosen via a competition. They're all amazing and different. I love the imagination of this one...



and these two are cute...

 


and this one has an owl in it...


Images from the Book Depository site



Read a novel in 90 minutes
This new App apparently teaches your brain to do just that. We read at about 220 words per minute but this helps get your speed up to 500 wpm. I think you will need to look at the screen for way longer than I did. 250 was comfortable but a couple of words went past me, so 350 and 500 wpm - nope. See what you think. 



Gilmore Girls and books
This one made me laugh as I'm a GG fan. In the series, Rory reads a lot of books. Here's the list of ALL the 339 books mentioned during the series. I thought this would be a good challenge and if you read the article, someone has already started this! Go them. Alas, I have too many books to read but you know that this will be niggling at me to do, right?


Girl power! 
If you don't know about the Stella Awards? They are to help celebrate Australian Women's writing in both fiction and non-fiction. The prize is named after one of Australia’s iconic female authors, Stella Maria ‘Miles’ Franklin, and was awarded for the first time in 2013.

The Stella was to show that women writers can indeed write amazing books as as you will see from this link - reviewers on the whole are biased against women.

See the shortlist here.



Hope you enjoyed the first column back!

~yia~






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