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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

 

My teaser is from Lakesbridge Spring by Natasha Troop, the first in a four part series. I have books one and two in the series. Three and four are yet to be released. I’m very excited though because I’ve only just started the book and it is fantastic. I love the way the author writes such great flow, easy to read and yet taking something as simple as a moose crossing a road and the most fascinating insightful chapter comes along. Here is a teaser from page 3.

 

This great book is only 99cents on amazon for kindle. Can you say bargain? The Cabin Goddess is giving away books one and two in the series as part of the indie hop ends today so go quickly and get those entries in.

The moose watched the man with the axe walk by through the mist and thought it a good sign that he did not stop and stare or try and approach him. So long as the man did not come near the moose, the moose had no plans to come near the man.

Overkill by Steven Shrewsbury review

Overkill by Steven Shrewsbury is free on amazon today and tomorrow be sure to get a copy.

Steven Shrewsbury has created with Gorias La Gaul a larger than life character. A prequel to Thrall we get to enjoy more of Gorias and his most excellent adventures, be they bedding endless ladies or killing the bad guys in the most spectacular of fashion.

This story is great fun with many laughs, endless action and fantastically well written battle scenes. I found myself cheering Gorias on wanting to know how it ended and gaping in shock that a 700 + year old man had the stamina of a 19 year old. Go Gorias.

Gorias is a character to get to know. One who will charm the pants right off you, or slice them off as the case may be.

This is a great read for those who enjoy action, adventure, sword fighting and a great deal of humor in a story. One to add to the TBR list, I’m already looking forward to the next one in the series.

Deliverance will come… A great flood once wiped clean the earth, destroying everything upon it. Before the deluge, in a time now forgotten, the world was a place of warriors and witches, conflicts between kingdoms, and, until their extermination, dragons. In this world, men may live centuries, fallen angels have begotten terrifying spawn, and sometimes, the best hope can be found in a brothel.

In the land of Transalpina, a new religion spreads, and important men are dying mysteriously, slain by what can only be the fire of dragon breath. Summoned by the Queen Garnet, the legendary warrior Gorias La Gaul returns to the place where he once saved the queen’s young granddaughter from treachery and enslavement. The Princess Nykia is gone, and soon others may try to claim the throne. The queen has little choice but to turn to the only man who ever told her no.

With the aid of one of the queen’s elite guard, the battle maiden Alena, and the young palace servant Orsen, the old mercenary will face pirates and traitors, monsters and foul magic in the quest to find the missing heir and learn the truth behind the disconcerting murders. Deliverance will come for Gorias La Gaul, but for now there are women to love, secrets to discover, and killing that needs doing.

The First Days paperback cover reveal

I adored the As the World Dies trilogy and am very pleased to share the cover of the mass market paperback for you all to enjoy it’s going to be released on October 30th. You can preorder it already. Amazon / B&N

 

Katie is driving to work one beautiful day when a dead man jumps into her car and tries to eat her.  That same morning, Jenni opens a bedroom door to find her husband devouring their toddler son.

Fate puts Jenni and Katie—total strangers—together in a pickup, fleeing the suddenly zombie-filled streets of the Texas city in which they live.  Before the sun has set, they have become more than just friends and allies—they are bonded as tightly as any two people who have been to war together.

During their cross-Texas odyssey to find and rescue Jenni’s oldest son, Jenni discovers the joy of watching a zombie’s head explode when she shoots its brains out.  Katie learns that she’s a terrific tactician—and a pretty good shot.

A chance encounter puts them on the road to an isolated, fortified town, besieged by zombies, where fewer than one hundred people cling to the shreds of civilization.

It looks like the end of the world.  But Katie and Jenni and many others will do whatever they have to to stay alive.  Run, fight, pick each other up when they stumble, fall in love . . . anything is possible at the end of the world.

 

If that doesn’t rock your socks I don’t know what would. The fantastic cover was done by David Frankland

Rhiannon will be featured often I’m sure on the Zombie Queens blog for Zombie Craze go check it out for more zombie book news.

Guest post by author Nathan Burns

Author Nathan Burns is guest posting today. Nathan has been on the blog before for an interview and shared an excerpt. His new book Moment of Kairos is available to one lucky winner so go enter

 

How to Write (and Finish Writing) a Book

Or at least how I did it

by N.J.Burns

I am by no means an expert on book-writing. The only things I can attest to having done that are relevant are deciding to write a book, starting to write a book, and finishing writing that book. One of the most common problems for writers or not-yet writers isn’t inspiration – it’s finding difficulty transforming their idea into the finished form of a book. There were three steps I took that really helped me get through this process:

1. Plan

I used the snowflake method – start with a single line or paragraph of what your story is about and expand. What really helped me was to get a poster-size bit of paper and draw up a grid, then in each box I wrote a small summary of each chapter. On the back I wrote notes or drew diagrams of important plot points, short character summaries, a few rough maps. It was great having the entire story there in front of me on a single document. As I wrote each chapter I started with the summaries I had written in the boxes, keeping them in view the whole time.

Inevitably the story changed as I wrote, some chapters completely, some not at all. Halfway through the first draft I drew up another grid on a new piece of paper of the same size and filled in the boxes with the updated chapter summaries. My first book, Moment of Kairos, was around 75,000 words, so with a longer book I might have repeated the process one or two more times. It’s a good way to check over what you’ve written so far, where you are at the moment and what’s changed since your original plan.

I knew the start and the end when I began Moment of Kairos, and the middle at a high level. Knowing where the story was going and would end up made detailing the middle much easier, because it gave me a framework to roam around in and a clear endpoint that I could stop at. The beginning and end didn’t change at all for me as I wrote, and though I can imagine it might for other writers, it meant I didn’t have to rewrite the middle to fit the new ending.

2. Keep at it

It sounds simple, but that’s really it. Writing can get tedious, particularly writing certain parts of stories. The chapters that step away from the action into a slower, calmer plot can seem to take a very long time to write – but the better the calm, the better the storm that follows. There were parts of Moment of Kairos that I wanted to skip so I could get on to the more exciting parts even though I knew you can’t have constant action; even thrillers and action books need some breathing room, if only to make the action that much more exciting.

Personally I didn’t adhere to a strict schedule. I tried to spend a few hours each week writing and not go more than a couple of weeks without writing anything substantial. I didn’t worry if I did go a few weeks without writing, but kept the story in mind, and ran through parts I hadn’t written yet to better cement them in my head. I would write down any rough ideas I had either on Google docs (where I wrote the majority of Moment of Kairos) or on a Post-It note, and expand on them later when I had more time.

There will be days when you look at what you’ve written and wonder if what you’re writing is any good at all. Don’t give up just because you happen to be perceiving your book badly at that moment – take some time away from writing, then come back and carry on. Making changes is fine but try and avoid changing too much – there comes a point when it’s better to finish what you’re working on now and use those ideas for something new. Also try and avoid being too influenced by current media. There were a number of times when I read a book or watched a movie and seriously thought about including whatever element I’d just seen or read about, however random, just because I enjoyed whatever it had been in. Getting inspired is good – but stick to your guns. In a few weeks you’ll look back and laugh at how ridiculous it would have been to include that thing in your story.

3. Review

When you’ve finished a first draft, or maybe before then, stop creating new chapters and start reviewing your story from the very beginning. You need to review your book so many times that you have the whole thing in your head. If someone says to you, ‘Hey, you know that bit when that thing happened?’, you need to know what they’re talking about, what characters were involved, and when it occurred. Not so you can answer interview questions on the fly (although that’s always useful), but because when you get to that point, you know you’ve thought about your story and reviewed it to a pretty decent standard.

Other people (as long as you’re sure they’ll be critically honest) are always useful – a completely fresh pair of willing eyes on your work is something that you’ll quickly run out of. If possible, don’t share ideas or notes with your friends and family; instead give them a finished product, maybe not a final draft but something they can start and finish. Think about who might enjoy your book and what sort of person you’re getting feedback from. If they’re dead-on your target audience and you know what else they like or dislike, give a heavier weighting to what they say. If they’re not at all the sort of person you were aiming for, listen to them but don’t feel obliged to cater to their suggestions – there is no one book that everyone likes. There are books that most people like, but never all people.

I ended up reviewing Moment of Kairos, every word from start to finish, about four times. First pass was more of a grammar and spelling check, second was a bit of grammar, bit of story, and third and fourth were mainly about the flow of the book. I rewrote a lot of sentences that made sense, but just didn’t quite sound right first time around. I don’t think I would have gotten anything more out of repeating the review process, though you can always check through your work again (and again). Four complete reviews, as well as intermittent shorter read-throughs of individual chapters, were good enough for me.

Summary

You might end up writing a book that no-one likes but you – but that’s OK. Writing a book is something that a lot of people want to do in their lives, and that’s great – technology today makes it easier than ever to get something down, review it and finish it. I would advise against writing in an attempt to create a bestseller for two (though there are many more) reasons: firstly, because very few people get lucky enough to make enough money to be a full-time writer; and secondly because you’ll end up writing too much for other people. This might sound bizarre, given that writing is about creating a finished thing that is completely for other people, but it’s important that you like what you’ve built. Everyone’s got a viewpoint but there will only be one end result; and you, as the writer, have to decide what that is. Better to be pleased with what you’ve created than hope someone else will like it instead.

Overkill by Steven Shrewsbury news

Overkill is the newest release from Seventh Star Press. Steven Shrewsbury’s character Gorias La Gaul from Thrall is off on a new adventure. The book will be coming out the third week of April and can I just say I am super excited. I enjoyed the fantastically written action in Thrall and look forward to what new action and adventures Gorias will have.

Overkill will have a blog tour for it’s release my own date will be the 25th of April but I am included the other blogs taking part below. I think it will be great fun and I look forward to having Steven on the blog one of only two Seventh Star Press authors who haven’t been on my blog. But that shall be corrected.

The art work is brilliant as always. Don’t take my word for it take a look at this.

The Overkill Tour is being hosted by Babs Book Bistro, and will feature 25 blog sites over 25 days, beginning April 20th and running through May 14th . The tour will feature a number of activities, from interviews, to reveiws, guest blog posts, and contests/giveaways.

Overkill is the second novel featuring the iconic sword and scorcery figure Gorias La Gaul, following the debut of the character in the novel Thrall, released in late 2010 from Seventh Star Press. Gorias La Gaul is also featured in two short stories, Author and Finisher of Our Flesh, and Insurmountable, both available in eBook format in the Blood and Steel: Legends of La Gaul collection in the Seventh Star Singles catalog.

The story told in Overkill takes place in an ancient time, before a great flood wiped clean the earth, destroying everything upon it. Before the deluge, in a time now forgotten, the world was a place of warriors and witches, conflicts between kingdoms, and, until their extermination, dragons. In this world, men may live centuries, fallen angels have begotten terrifying spawn, and sometimes, the best hope can be found in a brothel.

In the land of Transalpina, a new religion spreads, and important men are dying mysteriously, slain by what can only be the fire of dragon breath. Summoned by the Queen Garnet, the legendary warrior Gorias La Gaul
returns to the place where he once saved the queen’s young granddaughter from treachery and enslavement. The Princess Nykia is gone, and soon others may try to claim the throne. The queen has little choice but to turn to the only man who ever told her no.

With the aid of one of the queen’s elite guard, the battle maiden Alena, and the young palace servant Orsen, the old mercenary will face pirates and traitors, monsters and foul magic in the quest to find the missing heir and learn the truth behind the disconcerting murders.

Overkill will be released in softcover and Kindle versions during the third week of April. The novel is now available for pre-order in a beautiful hardcover edition that is strictly limited to 75 copies.

The limited hardcover edition will be signed and numbered by Steven Shrewsbury and includes a bonus illustration from Matthew Perry not included in other editions. It will be accompanied by an assortment of collectibles, including a set of glossy art cards, bookmarks, and magnets. The limited edition hardcovers will also be bundled with the eBook version (provided as a direct ePub file for users with Nooks, iPads, or Sony eReaders, and gifted as a Kindle file for Kindle users). Those interested in securing one of the 75 limited hardcovers can place a pre-order at: http://seventhstarpress.com/documents/pre_orders.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 20  Watch Play Read
April 21   SpecMusicMuse
April 22  Splash of Our Worlds
April 23   Edi’s Book Lighthouse
April 24   Sci-Fi Guys Book Review
April 25   Jess Resides Here
April 26   Book Den
April 27   That Book Place Blog
April 28   Urban Fantasy Reviews
April 29   Evie Bookish
April 30   Eva’s Sanctuary
May 1     Azure Dwarf Horde of Sci-Fi & Fantasy
May 2     Darlene’s Book Nook
May 3     Ginger Nuts of Horror
May 4     Ali’s Bookshelf
May 5     The Magick Pen
May 6    Book and Movie Dimension Blog
May 7    The Cabin Goddess
May 8     Bee’s Knees Reviews
May 9     I Smell Sheep
May 10   Once Upon A Time
May 11   Ritesh Kala’s Book Review
May 12   Goatfairy Review Blog
May 13   Fantasy Book Review
May 14   Babs Book Bistro