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Book Review: The Portrait of Géraldine Germaine, by E.M. Epps

Book Review: The Portrait of Geraldine Germaine by E.M. Epps

Have you read The Portrait of Geraldine Gérmaine by E.M. Epps? You should. Really.

I enjoy some fantastic chats with some of my readers—folks who have taken to heart the invitation to recommend books that might be suitable for my Flinch-Free Fantasy reads. I got a wonderfully long list from Dorkas (hi, Dorkas!), who went above and beyond the call of duty when she saw one of her favorite authors had all their work for free on Amazon and quickly emailed me to let me know.

Dorkas said this particular story “fascinates me because of its charm and because I never thought a non-French could capture the French lightness and charm (or what I THINK is the French lightness and charm). It’s a wonderful book to lift you up.”

A peek at the “Look Inside” finished convincing me to download this marvelous novelette. I danced through The Portrait of Geraldine Germaine last night and went to bed smiling. Continue reading Book Review: The Portrait of Geraldine Germaine by E.M. Epps

In the News: SALE and Upcoming Release!

I’ve got TWO exciting pieces of news for you! A SALE and upcoming release!

SALE and Upcoming Release News!To celebrate the new cover and interior formatting for As the Crow Flies, the e-book is marked down to only 99¢.

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My new book, Blood and Shadow, comes out in just two weeks!

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Awesome Sale on Fantasy and Sci-Fi eBooks!

Boy, have I got a treat for you!

On December 21st (one day only!) the Fantasy Sci-Fi Network is having a spectacular event featuring free, 99¢, and bargain e-books from the likes of Leeland Artra, JD Hallowell, AR Silverberry, Ichabod Temperance, Kasper Beaumont, Cheryllynn Dyess, Joshua Grasso — and many more!

Yes, me, too!

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Santa’s Best Fantasy & Sci-Fi eBook Sale!

Merry Christmas, and have fun stuffing those virtual socks!

Blogger Book Fair and Giveaway! Featuring Kayla Curry

It’s the last day of the Speculative Fiction Blogger Book Fair. I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting some of our authors here on my blog. Visit the BBF website for the complete list of authors and giveaways, and then go VOTE in the BBF Reader’s Choice Awards!
Today’s guest is the awesome Kayla Curry, author and blogger, and mastermind behind the Blogger Book Fair.

Where the Carnies Are

Fantasy | New Adult
Olive is having a very bad day. She caught her boyfriend cheating on her, she lost her job, and she stumbled into a portal leading to a secret carnival kingdom which she can’t escape. The good news is she meets an eccentric, but stunningly handsome knife thrower. The bad news is she can’t go home for another two months.
The world she lands in is full of sideshow characters, terrifying amusement rides and her biological parents’ past. She was born a carny, but raised as a normal human. Magic lives in her blood, but it hasn’t reached her heart. To find out who she really is, and why carnies are disappearing, Olive must deceive the king with the help of Alex the knife thrower.
Olive and Alex play a dangerous game with their emotions when they decide to have a fling during Olive’s stay. They both lead very different lives and being together would mean one of them giving up the life they’ve always known.
Tricks and traps are around every corner in this kingdom. Few can be trusted and Olive will need all the help she can get to make it through unscathed.
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Where the Carnies Are Excerpt

I looked around for the nearest sign of life. A faint light glittered from across a field of wild grass. It was far away, but not so much so that I couldn’t get there. Though I dreaded walking through the field in my heels. Sighing, I grabbed my purse, locked the car up, then stuffed my keys into my purse and turned for the light. The ditch was cleared without injury, and I gained a little confidence. The moon was full. The stars shined. I paid more attention to them than the terrain I was traversing. But, who could blame me? I hadn’t seen the stars in a while. The city was too good at hiding them.
The air changed. Traces of music reached my ears. Carnival music? And the smell of cotton candy accompanied it. The music grew louder as I approached and the smell grew stronger too.
After a few more steps, a bright light flashed before me. I was caught off guard, then stumbled and fell, landing face down on a springy, bouncy, flat surface that felt like a giant dodge-ball. Even in the darkness, I could tell that it was yellow. I pulled myself up to a sitting position and gazed at the tall yellow walls to my left made of the same material I was sitting on. I thought I might be in a giant bouncy house.
Panic struck as I realized I couldn’t see my car, or the field I had just been in. What happened? I couldn’t be dreaming. Could I?
That’s when I twisted my head to the right and caught sight of the grandest carnival I had ever seen. Bright lights dazzled my eyes and took my breath away. A large gateway was about 40 feet away with an arch over it that read in lighted letters: Welcome to Crescent Carnival Kingdom!
Crowds swarmed in the distance. No one noticed my arrival, and no one else was on the giant yellow rubber field I sat on. Walking on this would be impossible with heels, so I took them off and shoved them into my purse. Good thing I remembered to paint my toenails. I stood and bounce-walked my way towards the gate. One small step for man, right?
Once I neared the edge of the inflated thing I was on, it sloped down like a giant slide. The slide would take me straight through the gate and onto solid ground. I grabbed my skirt to hold it in place and slid down. The ride down hinted at memories of a younger me.
A giggle escaped me as I tumbled onto the grass. I think it’s the first time I’ve laughed all day.
There were dark admissions booths all around me. I really needed to find a phone or someone who could help me get back to my car. The only people were still at least 80 feet away. They might think I’m insane if I just go tell them I’ve lost my car and somehow landing in the middle of a carnival. I wonder if I fell off a cliff or something. Perhaps the light I saw wasn’t a house, but the top of one of the many rides that loomed ahead. My mind tried to grasp onto reasonable explanations for the sudden appearance of this place.
“A little late to the party, aren’t you?” someone said from the right in an English accent. I turned in the direction of the voice, but I only caught sight of a shadow.
“What party?” I asked.
“It’s only two months until the next season. You’re late getting back.”
The voice came from behind. I spun to try to catch him, seeing nothing again.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” I said. “Where are you?”
I kept spinning until a man’s face appeared so close to mine that I stumbled backward. Before I could fall, he caught me and my gaze. His left arm wrapped around my waist like a swing and his right hand held my shoulder.

Interview

When did you start writing?
I remember the moment I realized I liked to write. I was in a keyboarding class my freshman year in high school, of all places. We had just finished up a free typing exercise and I had used my free typing time to write a short story. When I finished I felt exhilarated. I actually liked to write!
So the next three years of my high school life were spent taking every writing class they offered, and I also spent that time on the school newspaper staff.
What inspires your writing?
Everything. I get inspired by so many different aspects of life it’s impossible to keep track of them. My dreams are a big part of that, but without the things that happen in my everyday life, I wouldn’t be able to make sense of my dreams.
What is the best part about being a writer?
I love learning more about myself through my writing. I also love to improve my writing and I can actually see that I’m getting better at it with each book I write. Pushing myself to take risks everyday and also giving myself limits really keeps things interesting for me.

Author Bio:

Kayla Curry’s creative mind never sleeps. Literally.
As Kayla sleeps, her active imagination keeps up the work by making her dream all night long. It’s those dreams that provide much of the inspiration for her stories.
Her works include Where the Carnies Are, Obsidian (Mystic Stones Series #1), and many short stories.
She lives in North Platte, Nebraska with her husband and two sons and she plans to keep writing and creating for the rest of her life.
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Blogger Book Fair and Giveaway! Featuring Lia Davis

The Speculative Fiction Blogger Book Fair continues! Until November 14th visitors to the participating blogs will find free and bargain ebooks. They’ll also get a chance to enter drawings for Amazon gift cards ($50, $30 and $20). Be sure to read to the end to enter the giveaways, and then go VOTE! (NOTE: Event has ended!)
Next up is Lia Davis—Welcome!

War’s Passion (Sons of War #1)

Fantasy | Adult
After losing her parents in a brutal attack from a monster straight out of her nightmares, Gwendolyn Preston tries to pick up the shattered pieces of her life. Along with her best friend, she moves to a small fishing village on the coast of Maine to find a new life away from the nightmares that haunt her. Just when she believes her life could go back to normal, the deliciously dark and handsome Markus Sullivan disrupts her hopes to grieve in peace.
Markus drew the short straw when it came to being the liaison between his father, Ares—God of War—and his brothers. When he discovers that the earth bound demi-gods, known as the descendants, have banded together to start another rebellion against the gods, it becomes his number one priority to stop them.
That is until he meets Gwen, the granddaughter of Aphrodite, and the next target of the descendants. Together, their path is rife with passion and danger. It might take more than the son of War to win this battle … Gwen herself.
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War’s Passion Excerpt

Markus closed his eyes as he stroked his fingers over the keys of the baby grand piano in the great room. The music flowed and filled the air around him, and twined in his soul. He loved the peace it offered. Each note calmed his inner beast in a way nothing else did.
A shift of energy made him opened his eyes. Releasing a low annoyed groan, he stared into Aphrodite’s sky blue gaze. She wore a white pants suit and her blond hair hung in thick waves around her shoulders. He stopped playing and slammed the cover over the keys.
The goddess straightened from where she leaned over the side of the piano and folded her arms. “Why did you stop? You know I love to hear you play.”
Standing, he gave her his back and peered out the French doors leading to the gardens in the backyard. “What do you want, Aphrodite?”
Glancing over his shoulder, he saw her roll her eyes, sit down on the bench, and cross her legs. With a little sigh, she opened the cover over the keys and smiled at him. “Nothing,” she sing-songed. “I’d thought I would stop by and visit with one of my favorite dragons.”
Markus snorted—the goddess never just stopped by. She always had a purpose for her visits. It usually meant he would have to be involved in something dangerous, annoying, or odd. “Have you seen War?”

One slender shoulder raised in a shrug and she pressed the C key. “No. I think he’s avoiding me.”

“That makes two of us.” Markus studied her for several moments. She seemed preoccupied. Usually she hovered close to him or his brothers when she wanted something and annoyed them in a motherly way in her effort to bend them to her will. Yet, tonight she just ran a finger back and forth over the keys, not making a sound. “What’s wrong?”
Not looking at him, she sighed. “Gwendolyn needs your help.”
Dread hit him in the gut, then crept its way up his spine. If Aphrodite was asking him for help, it couldn’t be good. Usually the gods didn’t give three shits about the demi-gods. “Why me?”
A sad smile formed on her face as she held his gaze. “Because I can’t get involved any more than I already am. Her life is in danger. Besides, she’s the last of my mortal children.”
Blowing out a breath, he ran a hand through his hair. “I don’t know what I can do.” That was a lie. No matter how much he told himself that, he knew what he had to do. Garrick couldn’t be allowed to unlock any more descendants’ powers. The balance of the worlds was shifting.
Aphrodite stood and narrowed her gaze. “Yes, you do. Protect her. Keep Garrick from capturing her.” Then she dematerialized and ended the argument. Playing bodyguard—especially to the goddess of love’s granddaughter—was the last thing he wanted.

 

Author Bio:

Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and three equally special kitties, a wife to her soul mate, and a lover of romance. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!

An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very active imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing is stress reliever that allows her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs.

Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.

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Blogger Book Fair and Giveaway! Featuring Peter Dawes

It’s Day Three of the Speculative Fiction Blogger Book Fair! From November 10-14th visitors to the participating blogs will find free and bargain ebooks. They’ll also get a chance to enter drawings for Amazon gift cards ($50, $30 and $20). Be sure to read to the end to enter the giveaways, and then go VOTE in the BBF Reader’s Choice Awards
 

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Rebirth of the Seer (The Vampire Flynn #2)

Supernatural/Paranormal | Adult

Flynn’s quest for redemption continues in the second installment of The Vampire Flynn.

Condemned by the Supernatural Order and sentenced by their High Council to die, he and his watcher Monica must avoid capture while deciphering a riddle left by Lydia Davies. The mission takes them from Philadelphia to the Windy City of Chicago, with a master seer named Julian nipping at their heels. There, they are joined by wary allies and a cunning vampire who is bent upon exposing the full hypocrisy of the Order.

The hunter becomes the hunted. The villain transforms into a champion. But even as Peter begins to emerge from the crimson shroud of his alter ego as a newly-gifted seer, he finds himself placed on a game board he would have sooner avoided. A destiny trails him, but so does the realization that he has become a country without affiliation, about to be presented with an offer too enticing for him to simply refuse. And while the Order’s band of gifted humans might be misguided, are they beyond redemption themselves?

What remains to be seen is who might be right – the ones who remember the murderous assassin, or the few who believe in the heart of a hero nobody asked for.

Where would your wager lie?

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USA Today Bestselling Author. Writer of the Vampire Flynn Series and Deathspell books, published by the micro-press Crimson Melodies. While primarily a novelist, he has also contributed to the story cycle Red Phone Box, and the short story anthology, Nocturnal Embers.
Always working on something new, Peter leaves it up to the reader to decide if it’s by sunlight or candlelight.
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Blogger Book Fair and Giveaway! Interview with Tracy Falbe

It’s Day Two of the Blogger Book Fair! From November 10-14th, visitors to the participating blogs will find all kinds of free and bargain ebooks. They’ll also get a chance to enter drawings for Amazon gift cards ($50, $30 and $20). Be sure to read to the end to enter the giveaways, and then go VOTE in the BBF Reader’s Choice Awards! My guest today is the amazing Tracy Falbe.

Tracy Falbe is a writer of indie fantasy for people who don’t do what they’re told. She lives between a little lake and a pond. The water is a great comfort to her. She loves both dogs and cats. Writing is her chosen craft, and she’s slowly building a decent little business out of it.

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~Interview~
 

When did you start writing?

I’ve been writing stories since grade school. In my teenage years I wrote two novels, but I never did anything with them. In 1997, when I was 25, I began writing seriously and produced what became my first novel Union of Renegades. Now all of these years later, I am publishing my tenth novel Journey of the Hunted.

What inspires your writing?

I take my thoughts and feelings from what is happening in the world and what has happened in history and express them through fiction. Big issues like war, slavery, patriarchy, and Nature inspire me. I also like to ponder how people deal with difficult circumstances that demand sacrifices.

What is the best part about being a writer?

I’m so happy that I did not wait for the right time to start writing. So many people put their creative desires aside for responsibilities of career and family life. Perhaps I’ve been irresponsible. I know I’ve made significant financial sacrifices to pursue my art, but, at mid life, it feels so good to have a portfolio of novels out there. I can die knowing I did what I loved. I don’t keep things locked inside me. I craft stories and move farther into my creative journey every year.

Is there something special or unique about you or your book you’d like to tell us about?

I was surprised to discover that very little fiction is set in Renaissance Europe. Except for some novels that revolve around Tudor England, there is almost nothing. Renaissance isn’t even a category for historical fiction that I can find. You’ll see ancient, Medieval, Regency, Victorian, and so forth, but no Renaissance.

When you consider how fascinating, transformative, radical, and brutal this era of European history was, it’s a shame more fiction is not set in this period. I know there is a large audience. I’ve enjoyed many Renaissance faires. There is no shortage of people who appreciate this era of history. A good deal of nonfiction is published on the subject, but it deserves fictional exploration as well.

My novels in the Werewolves in the Renaissance series give readers an exciting yet thoughtful way to learn more about this time when our modern institutions were established. Sometimes it’s frightening how little has changed in 500 years!

Journey of the Hunted 
(Werewolves in the Renaissance 2)
Fantasy | Adult
Facing uncertain destinies, Thal and Altea must escape Bohemia. The Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand himself has signed the warrant for Thal’s capture on charges of shape shifting and the killing of Jesuits.
A hefty reward attracts countless bounty hunters into the heart of this 16th century Christian empire. Thal emerges from hiding with his young wife Altea who is barely recovered from torture at the hands of witch hunters. With his werewolf powers, he battles the bounty hunters and begins a daring journey across the Holy Roman Empire.
But more than men stalk him. Servants of Tekax, sorcerer to the Turks, have been unleashed upon his trail.
The werewolf Rotfeng covets the enchanted fur that lets Thal change form at will, regardless of the phase of the moon.
Worse yet comes Janfelter, an undying fext created in the dark fortress of Tekax.
These heartless killers are tasked with stopping Thal from reaching his father Sarputeen, the arch nemesis of Tekax. Thal’s only refuge awaits him in what is left of the Kingdom of Hungary after a Turkish conquest. In the remote castle Vlkbohveza the ancient sorcerer Sarputeen lives untouched despite widespread persecution of magic users and pagans.
Although Thal longs to be with his own kind, he worries about the reunion with his father. It was Sarputeen’s magic that made Thal a werelord, a master of wolves. But what shall the sorcerer require of his creation now that Tekax aims to settle an old score?
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Although Journey of the Hunted is the second book in the Werewolves in the Renaissance series, it can be enjoyed as a stand alone novel. You can pick it up and understand it without needing to read the first book Werelord Thal. I’m creating a complete story within each book in the series, so people can enter the adventure at any point.
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Blogger Book Fair and Giveaway! Interview with D.H. Aire

Today we’re kicking off the Blogger Book Fair, master-minded by author and blogger Kayla Curry. The focus this time is on speculative fiction—Yay!—From November 10-14th, visitors to the participating blogs will find all kinds of free and bargain ebooks. They’ll also get a chance to enter drawings for Amazon gift cards ($50, $30 and $20). Be sure to read to the end to enter the giveaways, and then go VOTE in the BBF Reader’s Choice Awards!

D.H. Aire has walked the ramparts of the Old City of Jerusalem and through an escape tunnel out of a Crusader fortress that Richard the Lionheart once called home. He’s toured archeological sites from diverse cultures that were hundreds, if not thousands of years old… experiences that have found expression in his writing of his Highmage’s Plight Series.

D.H. Aire’s is the author of two novels: Highmage’s Plight and its sequel Human Mage. A number of his short stories appear in Separate Worlds first anthology, Flights of Fantasy, Vol. 1 (available on Smashwords.com and BarnesandNoble.com). His story, Crossroads of Sin, appears in the anthology RealLies (2013).

Highmage’s Plight, upon which Dare2Believe is based, is published by Malachite Quills Publishing. Link to the ebook to read sample chapters at: Amazon. (Also available in print on Amazon.)

The author is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and currently resides in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

~Interview~

When did you start writing?
I started writing as a teenager, but really started writing and sending out stories, which earned me rejection letter after rejection letter while in college. Those rejection letters, even when they came with advice or an encouraging line, hurt. So, I suppose you could call me a “closet writer.” I wrote my stories and re-wrote them, draft after draft, just for myself for the next twenty years before sending one off to a contest, which offered publication in an ezine. I won and ended up serializing two of my books in my Highmage’s Plight Series as well as excerpts from two others (all now published).

The story that earned me that encouraging line with the rejection letter so many years ago (after I don’t know how many revisions at this point) appears in my debut novel, Highmage’s Plight.

What inspires your writing?
I can’t not write. I love stories and always have. So, everything inspires my writing. I’ve found ways to write what I know and that means more than pulling from my own life. I write fantasy and science fiction, but do not exactly live in the future. However, I have always loved learning about history and visiting archaeological sites. I’m fascinated imagining myself walking through the past, overlaying the history I’ve researched or learned. That inspires my writing.

What is the best part about being a writer?
The best part of being a writer is holding your book in your hand for the first time, selling a copy to someone excited to buy it, meeting a reader who loved it. I also like sharing my experiences as a writer, helping others to sell their stories.

Is there something special or unique about you or your book you’d like to tell us about?
I have walked the ramparts of the Old City of Jerusalem and through an escape tunnel out of a Crusader fortress that Richard the Lionheart once called home. I’ve toured archeological sites that were hundreds, if not thousands of years old… experiences that have found expression in my writing of the Highmage’s Plight Series. I am originally from St. Louis, Missouri and currently live in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Finally, I’ve an unusual vision for this series, on a meta level. I don’t see publishing in the digital age as having to let books cease evolving once they are printed on a written page. So, I’m experimenting a bit on a number of levels.

Highmage’s Plight is like many epic fantasy series, up to a point. To learn how it’s different visit Wattpad.com and check out Dare2Believe, where the opening chapters of my forthcoming Young Adult Urban Fantasy novel can be found. Wattpad.com is a free reading site with over 5 million readers.

Reading Highmage’s Plight will enhance reader’s appreciation of Dare (featured here for the BBF). You’ll have even more fun whether you are a young adult or not. Dare2Believe is the first book in a four book series.

The Highmage’s Plight Series: Highmage’s Plight (Book 1) $2.99, Merchants and Mages (Book 2) 99 cents, Human Mage (Book 3) $4.99, and Highmage (Book 4) $4.99.

Also offered for free on Wattpad is my Young Adult science fiction short story, Time Out.

Dare 2 Believe, my friends, Dare 2 Believe.
– D.H. Aire

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Highmage’s Plight (Highmage’s Plight #1)
Fantasy/Science Fiction | Adult

 

Professor George Bradley, computer staff in hand, “envisions” an archaeological site, which could turn history on its head. Then he falls through a ripple in reality.

He enters a world where: trolls think they are human; elves believe humans can’t do magic since they don’t have souls; a child of prophecy is dying of a curse; a shape-changer is bent on killing him; a seeress keeps too many secrets; and an ogre and a boy struggle to defend a keep against the evil ruling it.

This is a world where a starship crash landed, bringing about a war, which led to the laws of magic defeating those of science.

Here a demon rages, intent on destroying all life, its minions intent on killing the human mage from another world.

If that wasn’t bad enough, George’s computer is now rather sarcastic.

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Getting Up Again

It’s been a busy few weeks—months! Moving from one house to another took up a considerable amount of my time, brain power, and emotion. So does “nesting,” as I try to make this new place feel like home. Twenty-three years in the same house bestows a lot of comfort and familiarity. As much as I love the new digs, I still miss the feel of the old one with its well-known walls, much-loved landscape, and years of memories.

Then came the wedding. The first one we planned spoiled me with nine entire months in which to prepare. This time we had two. This time I felt more… disconnected from the process (and a little more panicky!), but it involved an entirely different set of people who worked in an entirely different way. And you know what? Everything worked out and it was beautiful, too. And as a bonus, I got to bring home the biggest, most beautiful bouquet of roses I’ve ever had.

I spent the two days following the wedding feeling like I hadn’t slept in a month, and then I had surgery.
It went well (clearly, or I wouldn’t be writing this!), but I am tired, tired, tired…  I am supposed to be writing, but I’ve achieved pretty much zip. Nada. Zilch. Why? Because I’m so unorganized and because I’ve somehow managed to become stuck. Weirdly, when I am up to my eyeballs in cutting and gathering miles of tulle or hemming my new dress by hand because the darned sewing machine up and quit, I can think of all kinds of things to write about, scenes to develop, plot twists to include.

Then I have one entire quiet day to myself and do nothing but stare at the screen…

Augh!

Even as I sit here typing this my gaze is wandering to the window, and it’s such a gorgeous day outside! How many of those do I have left before the weather turns to miserable snow and freezing temperatures? Maybe I should go out and—

Wait, wait! Gotta finish this post, at least!

So where was I? Ah, yes, looking for inspiration and organization.

National Novel Writing Month is coming right up, and the good folks there always have a great store of inspiration to get writers pumped up. I got in on a TweetChat with author Scott Westerfeld and the on-going #NaNoPrep chat. Lots of good hints and lots of bubbling enthusiasm. I caught some! More resources and a schedule can be found here: NaNo Prep.

Joanna Penn and Joseph Michael did a webinar about using the fantastic Scrivener app for NaNoWriMo, but I’ll confess that the side-by-side chat they had going at the same time distracted the heck out of me. Notwithstanding, I like both of them and you can always learn something useful from them. Check out Joanna’s 8 Ways Scrivener Will Help You Become A Proficient Writer Overnight and keep an eye out for other webinars that Joe is presenting.

Armed with some new ideas for using Scrivener and some excitement for the upcoming November Word Dash, I  discovered one more gem that I want to share with you: Getting Started Again: Writers’ Tips for When You Get Stuck, by Mary Carroll Moore.

Over the years, despite thinking I was the only one, I’ve learned that almost everyone who writes, professional or not, faces a time-out occasionally.  

Time-outs are just the creative self needing a break. Most are useful–they give us time for processing next steps in our writing. We can consider whether it’s going where we want it to go, we can muse over a dilemma that needs heightening or a character that needs fleshing out. Every creative activity needs these kinds of time-outs, what some call “filling the well.”  

But getting started again–that’s another story. 

I’ve learned that time-outs can be OK, but it took a lot of practice to know when to get back to work. Otherwise, my time-out (stall-out) becomes procrastination. And we all know all about that. 

Here are some easy-peasy tips from writer friends that saved me from turning time-outs into book abandonment.

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How do you get unstuck when you’re in a writing rut?

Are you participating in this years NaNoWriMo? Or are you a supporter lending your cheers from the sidelines?

Please come join me on Twitter as the preparations get refined and the real work starts! 

Sci-Fi Fantasy FREAK

Sci-Fi Fantasy FREAK. Yeah!

How would you like a subscription service that caters specifically to the sic-fi and fantasy genres? I know I would. And when founder Matthew Keith emailed me with the news I whooped a gleeful “YES!” and got up to do a Snoopy Dance. (No, there are no recordings. Too bad, right?)

The really cool thing is that I’d just been doing some serious wishful thinking for that very thing. I mean, I enjoy getting announcements the other subscription services, but even though some of them allow you to set a preferred genre, that’s not always what appears in the ol’ mailbox.

Not that I’m discriminating! I enjoy picking up books from other genres to read, too, but I have loved the speculative genre—and fantasy in particular—since I was knee high to a grasshopper. In fact, the first story I ever wrote was about a magic bunny. I think I was about five. It was before I could successfully produce penmanship legible to anyone but myself, but luckily I had a scribe: my big sister, who further encouraged my imagination with wonderful things like itty-bitty yarn dollies (whose necessarily upright hair styles naturally led to fantasy), stories she made up, Tolkien, and her fantastic artistic skills.

But wait, I digress. Here’s what the site is all about:

With so many options available online to book buyers, it makes it hard to find what you’re looking for. Especially if, like us, you only read SciFi and Fantasy. This site has been created to simplify your search. No more wading through “everything else” in order to find the books you want. At SciFiFantasyFREAK, we will never advertise anything that doesn’t fall within those two genres.

SciFi Fantasy FREAK can be found here:
EDIT: Much to my disappointment, SciFiFantasyFREAK had a short life. The service now lists books of all genres and can be found at Betty Book FREAK. 🙁
What do you think? Do you have any other go-to places for your sci-fi fantasy fix?