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When Things Are Unclear

Monday, September 28th, 2015

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It’s been 21 days since the night my husband went missing.

 

The circumstances surrounding that night are confusing, to say the least.

 

There are times when the whole thing seems unreal. The irony of the situation cuts deep when others comment that his disappearance sounds like a book or a movie, because though I’m a writer – this is my life.

 

I had to halt editing Dragon Kin as I have been consumed with talking to investigators, and I’m uncertain when I’ll be able to restart.

 

I hope this ends soon, that my husband is found, and that my daughters’ tiny, protected worlds are made right again.

Dragon Kin Blurb!

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

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So, after much hair pulling and helpless, frustrated tears, I’ve finished the blurb and book description for Dragon Kin. Check it out below!

 

 

*A land ruled by the Dragon Queen
*An exiled dragon prince 
*A girl of mysterious origins 
*Division will destroy them

 

Cecily Burns’ world is ruled by Queen Saranyu, the dragon queen, who devoured her father’s leg. Even though Cecily knows the dark side of dragonkind, she befriends Derek, Queen’s Saranyu’s son. Though such bonds between humans and dragons are forbidden, the two pursue their destiny as true mates.

 

Their rebellion has a price — an ultimatum from Queen Saranyu to her son: Cecily and banishment, or the throne.

 

Derek defies his mother and chooses Cecily.

 

The shock of Derek’s mutiny drives Queen Saranyu into a life-threatening coma that leaves her kingdom in turmoil. In the queen’s absence, humans disappear mysteriously as Sahak, her older son, masterminds a treasonous plot for the throne.

 

Cecily suffers horrific visions, and not even Derek’s love can protect her from a transformation that might force dragonkind to retaliate. Cecily must discover what her change means for her and Derek before Sahak steals the throne and eradicates humanity.

The Dragon’s Call – New Cover!

Friday, August 21st, 2015

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Here is the new cover for The Dragon’s Call, Cover art and design by Mihaela Voicu!

 

She’s done an absolutely beautiful job!

 

I’ve also been thinking long and hard about whether or not to split up the story or publish it as one book. As of right now, the entire manuscript reads over 105k words – and I’m still not finished. Because of this, I decided that it would be a better idea to split the manuscript in half, making Dragon Kin and The Dragon Throne into 50k+ word novellas. I wasn’t certain I should do this at first, but at this point the word count is too lengthy to leave as is for a YA novel.

 

There are some upsides and downsides to this – the downside being that some readers might actually prefer the thicker novel of over 105k words. The upside is that I’ll be able to edit and publish Dragon Kin much sooner than I had hoped. I might even have it ready for publishing mid-2016.

 

In any case, Mihaela will also design the covers for the following novellas in the trilogy ^.^

 

So, here it is.

 

Dragon Kin has been submitted to IWW for editing and is running the gauntlet.

 

The Dragon Throne is in the last stages and, like every ending, is difficult for me to write. But I’m getting there.

 

Wish me tons of coffee, patience, and good luck ^.^

 

Beta Readers! #amwriting ^.^

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

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So, I’m looking for beta readers for the first part of the sequel to The Dragon’s Call. I’m in the process of refining the plot and picking out plot holes to correct, so I’m nowhere near finished with editing. This is literally just the beginning. Hopefully this process will go quickly. I’m completing the very last end of the second part of the sequel, and I hope to have it complete soon.

 

The ironic thing, at least for me, is that the end of a book is always the hardest for me to write. Not because I don’t know the end, but because I do. Writing the end of a story is always hardest for me because I’m ending the my time with the characters that I’ve spent so much time with. They become real to me in a way that’s hard to let go.

 

Writer’s block usually hits around this time in a bad way. I know what I need to write. I know what the scenes look like. I know what the characters say…

 

I don’t want it to end, and I know that it has to.

 

So, right now I’m eeking out word by word, scene by scene, struggling to write this and finish it, to end it.

 

Wish me luck.

The Dragon Throne

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

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So, here’s the update! While I do have to apologize for not updating the cover for The Dragon Throne, I do have good news ^.^

 

An awesome cover artist is reworking the feel for the first book The Dragon’s Call which, I’m told, will be completed within the next few weeks! Yay!

 

Meanwhile, I’ve completed over 101k words, and I’m hoping to complete the book in another 5k.

 

Now, here’s the thing. If I’m unable to finish the book completely in 5k words, if I go over into 110k words or more (which I don’t think will happen, but you never know,) I will split the book in two. I won’t know until I’ve finished the book completely, because once I complete the rough draft and go through edits, I’m liable to lose as much as 5-7k words – or gain the same amount. So, I’ll keep updating through completion of the book and edits.

 

Until then, if you’re desperate for something to read – check out some short stories HERE

 

Enjoy!

Dragons and Things

Friday, June 26th, 2015

 

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I’ve passed 84k words in The Dragon Throne, but I still haven’t finished. I am clearing the beginning mark to the last end of the book, though. I have only 7 scenes to write before I hit the very 5-6 scenes at the very end of Cecily and Derek’s story. At least, that’s the plan. Once I’ve completed that, then comes the editing process which takes awhile and is as painful as actually writing the story, if not more so.

 

I’ve been lucky enough to contact wonderful artists over the length of this duology, and I came in contact with another extremely talented artist who seemed interested in redoing the cover for The Dragon’s Call, and creating the cover for The Dragon Throne. Needless to say, I’m absolutely thrilled ^.^

 

Cover creation is an extremely lengthy, time-consuming process, and while I can create covers, and enjoy doing so, time dictates that I focus my efforts on writing and completing the story instead of cover-making. To this end, I’m consuming large amounts of coffee and propping my eyes open with tooth-picks to get this finished. (Ok, only the coffee part is true!)

 

Meanwhile, help yourself to the giveaway below, and wish me luck! ^.^

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The Dragon Throne 5th Installment!

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

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Here’s the latest installment in Cecily’s story! Make sure to check out the giveaway below! Enjoy!

Leaves rustled in the grove, their movement a gentle whisper in Cecily’s ears. She trailed her fingers against the prickly tree bark as she passed. Her senses seemed heightened, aching, sharp – which was funny. She knew she was dreaming. She looked around in wonder as luminous green leaves shivered on the branches, golden streams of light flowing through their veins.

Cecily.

There was that voice again. She whipped around, pushing back the silky ebony tendrils of her hair. “Yes? What do you want?” She stepped forward, the grass a cool, prickly carpet under her bare feet. “Hello?”

The trees darkened, their shadows edging into relief. The wind rustling through leaves and flowers lowered to a gentle murmur, then went silent.

“Hello?” She squinted. The end of the tree grove loomed in total darkness.

Cecily, come.

“To where?” The grove ebbed away as she moved, surrounding her in darkness. “Hello?”

Cecily.

She whirled and was blinded by harsh light. She threw an arm over her eyes, and the light enveloped her, surrounding her before settling into a glowing warmth in her chest. “What do you want?”

To finish what was started so long ago. The voice began to fade along with the light. Cecily, time is running out.

Cecily’s heart began to race as an inexplicable sense of loss washed over her. “Wait! Where are you?”

I can only be found by those untouched, and only in an untouched place.

The brightness dimmed until only the soft glow in her chest remained. Cecily swallowed against a lump in her throat. “But where is that?”

Find me, Cecily.

“Wait!” She stumbled forward, but the light disappeared. Weariness washed through her. She fell to her knees and scrutinized the soft pulsing glow in her chest, slightly above her heart. What the hell was that?

After a moment, she pressed her lips together, stood, and stretched her hands to guide the way in the gloom. Eternity seemed to pass in darkness with only the soft glow coming from her heart to guide her. Cecily stumbled, searching for the way back to the grove. Some time passed before she felt the ground tremble. Her heart skipped a beat, and she picked up her pace.

The tremor increased and she moved faster. What was approaching that would make the ground shake like that?

Soon, the quaking grew until the ground was shuddering. Cecily broke into a blind run, arms flailing in the dark.

A chuckle rumbled behind her.

Oh, no. That voice was familiar. She looked back and swallowed a scream. Sahak.

“You can’t run from me, little mix-breed.” His eyes glowed amber. “You can’t run from yourself.”

Cecily stumbled and caught herself as Sahak tramped toward her, his form morphing from human to dragon. “No! Please!” She swallowed another scream as his jaws opened wide, his entire form glowing red with heat.

“You can’t run from this, little mix-breed.” His voice was guttural. “You will be bathed in fire.”

Cecily screamed as white fire encased her, melting the flesh from her bones.

“Cecily, wake up!” Something gripped her shoulders, shaking her.

She threw her arms out, struggling to run from the fire searing her skin.

“Cecily, it’s okay. Calm down.” Tara’s voice sounded worried.

Tara. That’s right. Tara had spent the night. Cecily shuddered and pushed up on one elbow and rubbed her face. “I’m fine now, Tara.”

“Are you sure?”

No, she wasn’t. The dream had been as bad as any flashback she’d ever had. She nodded anyway, still bleary with sleep and bad dreams. “Yeah. I am.”

“All right.” Tara sent her a concerned look. “I’m going to head down to the kitchen and fix you breakfast.” She moved to the door. “Anything you want? We need to head to school soon. Daniel left early.”

“Yeah. Eggs are good.”

Tara nodded and left.

Cecily shuddered and fell back against the pillow, listening as Tara’s footsteps moved from the room and down the hall. After a second she groaned, pushed out of bed, and pulled on clothes before trudging down the stairs to the kitchen.

Tara looked up from where she sat at the table with two plates of eggs. She pushed one toward Cecily. “How are you feeling?”

Cecily sat and dug into her food. “I’m fine. I just-”

Someone knocked on the front door, and Cecily paused. “Who could that be?”

“Derek maybe?” Tara suggested.

Cecily shook her head, pushed her plate away, and stood. “Derek meets me after school now. He hated scaring everyone.”

“So that’s why he and Tariq don’t attend school anymore?” Tara picked up both plates and took them to the sink.

“Yeah, pretty much.” Cecily walked to the front door and cracked it open.

A man in a dark blue uniform stood on the porch holding two envelopes. “Are you Cecily Burns?”

“Yes.” She swung the door wide and accepted the envelopes. “Thank you.”

He turned away and Cecily closed the door. What could these letters possibly be? The last time she’d used the messenger service, she’d applied to Lymans, the closest university to the Emery Ville enclave. One of the letters must be a response, but why were there two?

She tore open the top letter, read the first paragraph, and her heart lifted with relief. She’d been accepted to Lymans! At least now she’d be able to stay at the university closest to their home. When she graduated, she’d be able to find a dragon-run business nearby so she could keep an eye on Dad. Once Daniel went on to New Oxford, it would just be the two of them. She frowned. But what was the second letter the messenger had given her? She tore open the envelope, unfolded the letter, and read the first paragraph. Her fingers went limp and the paper slipped to the floor. Tara came to her side and sent her a questioning look, but Cecily gave a quick shake of her head.

The soft, shuffling sound of her father’s footsteps paused on the landing above the foyer. “Cecily? Who was that at the door? Is something wrong?”

She stiffened. “It’s nothing, Dad.”

“You sure?”

“Yeah.” She retrieved the letter from the floor, then folded both invitations and stuffed them in her pocket. “I’m sure.”

“Well, when you’re ready to talk about it, let me know.” His footsteps faded away.

“Yeah.” Cecily motioned for Tara to follow, then turned to climb the stairs to her room, thinking hard. She’d always agonized about Daniel getting out of Emery Ville. She’d always worried that with his grades he wouldn’t escape the fate of humans considered unworthy to serve dragonkind. Tender. Earth-worker. She hadn’t wanted that for him. She’d studied hard and worried more for Daniel than for herself, because she’d always known her grades would get her into Lymans.

She’d always planned to attend there because Lymans was close enough to visit Dad. She’d never expected nor wanted to be offered another choice. There was no way Dad could survive by himself. Not just that, what about this new change she had just gone through? She wasn’t even sure what it meant. Who knew if some other weird thing would happen to her? Derek would have to hide her with magic all the time! Why had this letter come now?

Cecily entered her room, grabbed her backpack and books for school, and stuffed the two acceptance letters in her back pocket, ignoring Tara’s curious look. “Let’s go. We’ll miss school if we don’t hurry.”

Tara nodded, seeming to understand that Cecily needed to think.

Cecily’s chest tightened as they continued downstairs to the front door. She’d been invited to New Oxford, the same university Daniel would attend on his sports scholarship on the east coast, a school she hadn’t even applied to.

She didn’t notice as the two letters sticking out of her back pocket caught in the door jam on the way out.

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Interview with Author Kurt Chambers

Friday, June 12th, 2015

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Joining us today on our countdown to the Poems, Lyrics, Psalmos Book Launch Event is Author Kurt Chambers. He graciously agreed to talk about his book Truth Teller  which is available right now for free. Make certain to check out the interview, then head to the event and join in the giveaway below!

 

 

When did you first decide you wanted to write?

 

I have to confess, I’m not one of these authors who wanted to write the moment they were old enough to pick up a crayon. I was in my late thirties when I decided I wanted to write children’s novels. I worked as a volunteer at the time, helping to run a Brownie pack as a member of Girl Guiding UK. Anyone who works with children will know what an inspiration they are.

 

What is your favorite genre to read and/or write?

 

I’m a big fantasy fan. I started reading high fantasy novels at about the age of twelve and became hooked straight away. But I wasn’t that great at reading and sometimes struggled with some of the hard core fantasy novels. When I started writing my first fantasy series, I wrote it in a way I would have wanted to read it when I was a child.

 

Do you have a favorite author?

 

Yes, Terry Brooks is my all-time favourite author. I have read most of what he has written. I admire him as an author. He is just so great at what he does. The Sword of Shannara series was an inspiration for me to write fantasy.

 

What was it like writing Truth Teller?

 

That is a good question! Truth Teller was the first novel I wrote, and I was amazed at what a roller coaster journey it is to write a novel. Well, it was for me, anyway. You put so much of yourself into a novel. It affects your every emotion. Before I ever wrote a novel, I assumed you just write a story, but there is so much more involved than that. You become close with the characters you’ve created, experience all their experiences, the good and the bad. They become part of your real life. To you as an author, they have to be real or you could never convince a reader they are.

 

Is there something you want to write about, that you haven’t yet?

 

I have considered a few times about writing an adult horror story. I like to think I am a descriptive writer and think I could do this very well. At the moment, I only write children’s stories because I love the inner child in me. I love the innocence of children, their most endearing quality. I love showing this side of myself as an author. But if I wrote horror, I would have to show my messed up dark side to a reader. I think I will stick to writing middle grade. It’s way more fun. There is enough horrible stuff in the world without me adding to it.

 

What is one silly fact about you?

 

I am a massive Sponge Bob Square Pants fan! I love the childish sense of humour. My wife thinks that’s pretty silly. How can you not love Sponge Bob? He’s the funniest sponge ever! I was on holiday once visiting a Sea Life centre with my kids. There was a man who had some star fish in a bucket. He invited me and my daughter to touch it while he told us star fish facts. He explained that star fish don’t have brains. I replied, “Is that why Patrick on Sponge Bob Square Pants is so stupid?” He thought for a moment and said, “I guess so. I never really thought about it.” My wife just rolled her eyes and walked away.

 

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?

 

I absolutely love my two main characters in Truth Teller, Charlotte, a ten-year-old girl, and Elderfield, a teenage elf. But I have a special fondness for one of my rogue characters, Blaine, a dwarf Entertainer. He only makes a short appearance in book one, but he has a much bigger part in the second book, The Wrath of Siren. He just makes me laugh. I would have to pick him.

 

Is your writing influenced by people in your life?

 

Yes, I think this is the case for all authors, even if not directly. One of my characters is a real person. The rest are made up fictional characters, but I am sure they all have traits from real life people you meet in the real world. People are a big influence in everybody’s life.

 

Anything you want to say to the readers of my blog?

 

I would just like to say thank you for taking the time to visit and read this interview. The first book I have been talking about, Truth Teller, is free to download on any reading device. Even if you are not a big fantasy fan, I’m sure you would love this heart-warming all action story. Despite being a children’s novel, it has been enjoyed by all age groups from eight to eighty. Who knows, I might even convert you to a fantasy fan.

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Dragons, Dragons, Dragons ^.^

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

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It’s been a long journey for The Dragon’s Call series.

 

As you can see above, the book (poor thing!) went through a couple different looks before I arrived at the cover it has today. The oldest cover  is the gray-tint filtered cover which I created on an old version of paintshop pro. It’s not the best cover, but what I loved most about it was the model (who I wish I had been able to contact to utilize her photo in other cover projects) and Derek’s emerald dragon eyes. Whenever I think of Derek, those eyes on the first cover, are the one’s I see ^.^

The second cover was donated to me by Niina C, a talented cover design artist, and the third and final cover I slaved over for days created and absolutely love ^.^

So, as you can see – Cecily and Derek’s story is no stranger to change. Keeping that in mind, I’m still completing the WIP that was going to be called Dragon Kin.

Unfortunately, as I mentioned in prior posts, while part I (Dragon Kin) was long enough to publish, I wasn’t certain if part II (The Dragon Throne) would be long enough to publish alone. This led to some consternation on my part because I had originally imagined Cecily’s story as a trilogy not a duology.

However, after some editing and rewrites – and attempting to combine both books, I’m at a word count of just over 70,000. Now, although I’ve not finished writing – I still have some key scenes and chapters to write before I’m anywhere near done – any writer can tell you that even 95k words is not enough to split into two separate novels.

So, I came to a conclusion ^.^

The sequel to The Dragon’s Call will be The Dragon’s Throne.

The temporary place cover I had been utilizing will be altered to a finished version that better represents the new title and the story’s completion.

Speaking of which, if you’d like to get a whiff of a couple chapters – check it out HERE.

And make sure to join in on the giveaway below ^.^

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Poems, Lyrics, Psalmos: Wooing Muse

Monday, May 25th, 2015

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With only 5 days left to the Poems, Lyrics, Psalmos: Wooing Muse Book Launch event, and a WHOOOOLLLEEE lot more editing and recording needed for the audio book, I realized – I needed more time!

 

So, because I would like the book launch event and the audio book debut to be fairly close together, I’ve pushed back the date of the event, and extended the date of the giveaway until 7/11/15. This will give me enough time to get the audio completed and out by the time the event occurs ^.^

Whew!

Wish me luck , pick up a limited-time FREE COPY of the book, and make sure to check out and sign up for the giveaway below!

 

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