Holiday #Fantasy Book Sale – #Free and Discounted books

To celebrate the holiday season ~ I am offering two of my books at a discounted price on Smashwords and Amazon – and one totally free through Smashwords, which can be downloaded to any e-reader!

All prices are good through January 1st! 

We will start with my latest work – which I am offering for FREE on Smashwords or for 99 cents on Amazon – links and coupon code below.

THE HEIR TO ALEXANDRIA

HeirAlexandria_ebookcoverBelieved the descendants of the Gods themselves,
The Alexandria line ensured peace,
Until they were brutally murdered.
But rumor spread a maid escaped with the youngest daughter.

Now as the world rushes toward a period of unrest, the nations’ Kings continue their 200-year-long-search for the Heir to Alexandria – the one person who can bring peace and stability through divine power.

Alista has her own search – for the parents who abandoned her as a baby years ago. When her only lead proves to be a dead end, she heads to the capital with a reluctant escort. Grayson is just following his aunt’s order, but he would rather be on one of his solitary scouting missions for the Landa Guard. However, when Alista unintentionally curses a guard in front of the King’s court, everything changes for both of them.

Now forced to travel to Covington for testing, danger lurks at every turn as a secret society strives to prevent the return of the Alexandria line. Are Alista’s visions of the future enough to save herself and those traveling with her?

FREESmashwords – Coupon Code XL57P or on Amazon for 99 cents.

Or get my very first book for 99 cents on either Smashwords – remember you can download the book in any e-book format – or on Amazon.

SUMMONED: Book 1 of The Elemental

SummonedFINALAt the age of four, Lina discovered she could start fires with a mere thought – a trait which had died out long ago. Cautioned by her telepathic cat, Tosh, she kept this Elemental power a secret to avoid being an outcast. That was easy to do growing up in the remote grasslands of Zena.

Now as an adult, she had no plans to leave her beloved homeland. So when a strange urge compels her to travel north to an unknown destination, Lina resists this unnatural feeling. But her plans to stay in Zena are taken out of her control when she is kidnapped by gypsies and wakes in a foreign land. The desire to travel north is as strong as ever. She fears she will have no choice but to give into the compulsion. When a raging fire prevents her return home, she realizes she must find out once and for all what or who is summoning her.

On her journey, Lina befriends an odd assortment of allies. Together they battle mystical creatures and unnatural forces despite the fact that such magic had died out over 800 years ago. Lina reluctantly begins to use her innate Elemental power as she becomes more certain that someone is using magic against her. When she discovers the shocking truth, it will change her life in ways she could never imagine.

Only 99 cents Smashwords – Coupon Code NT82R or on Amazon.

Or get all three books in The Elemental trilogy for 50% off the normal price!

THE ELEMENTAL TRILOGY 

box setGet all three books in the trilogy for one low price. The adventure begins in Summoned (see description above).

Lina’s story continues in Quietus and concludes in Destiny.

Quietus:

In the shadow of Ben Dar fortress, Lina learned she was the center of a thousand-year-old prophecy claiming the rebirth of the Elementals – an ancient race dedicated to caring for the Land.

Now Lina and those with traces of Elemental power train in the mountains of South Point in the hopes that they can defeat this unknown danger to the Land. Will her powers be enough to stop the destruction of her homeland?

Destiny: 

Destroying Quietus should have stopped the destruction to the Land. But it hadn’t. Slowly, the barren areas continue to grow destroying everything in their path. None of Lina’s Elemental powers can repair the damage while the Land remains contaminated by magic.

But there is an ancient scepter created by a Learner that may lift this magical barrier. Before Lina can claim it, the scepter is stolen. Now Lina and Val must race to find the scepter and end the destruction to the Land once and for all.

Reduced Price – NOW $2.99- that’s 3 books for the price of one! – Smashwords Coupon Code: MA33F or on Amazon.

Enjoy the books and have a safe and happy holiday!

A moment to thanks some very important people

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 

Since today is Thanksgiving and I figure many people (at least those in the United States) are gathered around the table giving thanks and eating good food, I thought I would take a moment to thank some very important people.

Thank you…

to those who have read my stories…I hope you enjoyed them as much as I have loved writing them.

Thank you…

to those who have written reviews, hosted me on their websites or supported me on Twitter, Tribber, or Facebook, I appreciate everyone of you!

Thank you…

to those who follow or read my blog. I hope you have found some interesting or helpful information here.

Thank you...

to my family for the love and support in my writing career. I would not be able to do any of this without you!

Now get off the computer (or your phone) and get back to your Thanksgiving Day activities….

 

 

Wanted: Authors for Friday Featured #Author spot

wantedAre you an author looking for some additional publicity for your latest book?

I host guest authors every Friday – any genre, both traditionally and self-published.

The post can take one of three formats: author interview, book excerpt or a guest post on any aspect of writing, publishing, or book marketing.

Sign up is on a first-come-first-served basis, though I do have a few Tuesday openings to accommodate special requests for dates related book tours, book releases or cover reveals. (Click the Featured Authors link to check out past authors.)

I have a few Fridays in July as well as August, September and beyond open.

If you are interested, send me a message along with any date requests, and we’ll take it from there.

Today’s Featured Author – William Delorey

Today I welcome author William Delorey to my blog. His latest book, Hobo’s Revenge, was released this month. (Click here to check out Hobo’s Revenge and all his books on Amazon.)

Interview

Tell us a bit about yourself.

In a former life, after spending a few years cruising around the world on a submarine in the Navy, I designed and built custom homes in California while attending various colleges and universities pursuing an education. I first studied animal behavior because I love wildlife, then journalism and fiction because I dreamed of becoming a writer ever since I was a kid.

That ‘wannabe a writer’ goal always hovered off in the distance until the day I published my first words and photos, an environmental article on water recourses in rural Sierra foothills – then, never looked back.  I quit building, began a second career and fulfilled that childhood dream. I turned away from journalism a few years ago and primarily write fiction now.

Where were you born and where do you call home?

I’ve lived all over the country – Boston, Los Angeles, Hawaii, San Francisco, the Mother Lode in the Sierras, Cape Cod, and we now make our home in Florida when we’re not traveling and photographing the natural world all across North America.

I suspect my birthplace will always remain my true homeland, despite the travels and the variety of ‘home teams’ in my life. It must say something about my heart when I remain a Boston Red Sox and Boston (NE) Patriots fan no matter where our pillows lie at any given moment.

On several occasions, I actually spent a couple of years homeless in a sense (by choice), and lived first in a van, and then in a small RV sitting upon a 4×4 truck. Camping and traveling across Canada, USA, and Mexico was quite an inviting lifestyle for those early years.  Now, we spend almost half of each year traveling the North American wilderness in a 4×4 RV.

How much of yourself, your personality or your experiences, is in your books?

I think all fiction comes alive thru the experience an author brings to the table and shares with readers. Character and story exist as an integral, maybe even unconscious, component of any writer, even if or when that writer distorts the reality of life and its social interactions in order to entertain.

Do you write full-time? If so, what is your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?

Yes, I basically write full-time, but not all the time, if that makes sense. I make time every day to write, or review progress. I carry a laptop everywhere, and spend a lot of time in the wilderness areas camping. So evenings are mostly free …

Most recently, the past few years, I’ve changed my focus from journalism to fiction. I’ve been a nature and wildlife writer and a sports journalist for years, writing and photographing both as work and as pleasure. It’s never a job, and certainly not a chore, more like expressing through words and images the artistic nature of earth and the critters that inhabit it

I’ve spent over twenty years camping and working in the wilderness areas of this amazing country.  In fact, I began “Shuffle an Impulse” (a psyche suspense novel) as short fiction while camping in the Great Smoky Mountains. Sitting by a campfire, I began a tale of about three or four thousand words and planned on adding it to my short fiction collection.

We traveled west through the Colorado Rockies and then northeast across the country, capturing images and collecting data for nature articles. Seven months later, we camped by a lake in Vermont and I realized that short-story contained over a hundred thousand words, and a novel had emerged. I simply couldn’t stop writing.  Quite a surprise.

How do you conceive your plot ideas?

Plot ideas?  Hmmm, sorta emerge off the fingertips though the end often remains elusive. I write in mostly quiet areas, free up my mind, and start developing a character from my own experience, and that of other lives combined with my own.

The character takes me where it wants to go – and often surprises me in its interaction with other characters and its importance to the plot.  Like any life, it simply exists and we have no control over what it does or how it acts. Once a character or a scene finds a home in my story, then I refine it and push it around until it fits in the plot line or supports another more important character.

In my latest novel, a Special Forces veteran missing a foot and living in the hobo camp was initially a very minor character, invented only to flesh out the camp vagabonds. Eventually, he nearly takes over the story, becomes a major influence on both the plot and the climax … and he now supports other minor characters and drives much of the action.

The novel as it exists could never be complete without this minor character growing into a major player and driving the plot to its conclusion.

Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I never outline my fiction.  Each story begins with a single inspiration. Either a scene fills my mind, or a character pops up and starts screaming “recognize me”, “look how odd I am”, or “how unique I am” …  I’m not sure how better to explain it … but once the original character or scene emerges, then action begins filling in around it.

I have no story line when it starts, only a mental overview of a subject and its requirements, then begin ‘peopling’ scenes and adding plot. Same thing happens with short or novel length fiction.

I once saw a mountain lion in the wild, (several actually) and its beauty and its physical presence (majestic comes to mind) inspired a story about that predator — it was published in a literary magazine years ago and now leads my Predators short fiction collection.

Please tell us about your current release.

Hobo’s Revenge: My third novel, a financial fraud thriller. Hobo was/is the most fun to write. The characters – drifters and vagabonds – simply leap off the page and nearly write themselves. Well, that’s me talking, and I hope it happens with readers as well.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

I research facts in every book I write – and that comes from my base as a journalist, I think.  We always fact-check from at least two or more sources for our articles. It’s my nature to verify anything that may become important or even trivial scenes or items in fiction as well.  If an author describes a 1968 GMC classic pickup as stock with a 283ci engine, it better be accurate or many readers will call it out, as will an editor. Same with a weapon or a dance move, or a location – accuracy brings a sense of reality to the stories.

Did you base any of your characters on real people?

No, not directly as a general rule. The main character in “Shuffle an Impulse” (my first novel) is based on a family member and the struggles he endures fighting a mental disorder. He helped me identify specific events and incidents and the mind-set of an athlete who competes in sports events while fighting a mental condition and drug abuse in the psyche-based novel.

But no other character in my work comes from anything but a composite of people in the real world.  A piece of one, a chunk of another, a sense of humor, a dry wit, a grumpy grandpa, a successful friend … they all contribute, even strangers.  Watch how people act, how a person responds to adversity or success. Observation of behavior allows characters to exhibit realism.

What was the most difficult thing/scene to write in this story?

By far, the most difficult scenes are the court and legal scenes and defining the criminal or civil actions in a manner that creates the antagonist and protagonist confrontations. Lots of research regarding financial law and legal complications that push story lines into a conflict that drives interaction between characters.

Did the story turn out the way you planned from the beginning? If not, what change happened that you didn’t expect?

None of my stories follow a straight path to a planned ending.  In Hobo, one of the major “end scenes” simply arrived on the PC screen one night out of nowhere.  It included a minor character, and the scene forced the minor character into a major role in order to conclude the story properly with that ending. It’s never happened before, and was a surprise when it occurred.  But it fit the message so absolutely that it required me to develop that character and assign him a larger role.

If you could meet two authors, who would you pick and why?

The Johns own this one hands down.

My favorite novel – Of Mice and Men:: John Steinbeck, his activist reaction to social values and tragedy enlightens anyone who reads his work.

And – John Lennon. We often forget or ignore songwriters as writers/authors. Novels are sorta like songs with extended lyrics, or maybe song lyrics represent short and to the point novels.

The magic of words convey the artistic sense and vision of any writer, some just take more words to transmit emotions, some less.

Book Blurb

Hobos and High Finance have little in common until the day an investment scammer deceives Gina and Mickey McGee, steals their retirement savings, and forces foreclosure on the family farm.

Evicted along with her grandparents, Ellie McGee drops out of college and ends up homeless, surviving in a hobo encampment amongst a group of vagabonds.

Ellie meets Tick Simmons, and together they plan revenge on the fraudsters that stole the farm and also killed Tick’s twin brother, a resident of the hobo camp. Tick and Ellie team up with the odd-ball drifters, recruit a senator and an Army intelligence agent, and scam the scammers, reversing the fraudulent game plan and engaging a diabolical and ingenious plot to retaliate in an all-or-nothing high stakes gamble.

About the Author

BillAfter serving in the US Navy Submarine Force as a mechanical engineer and scuba diver, Bill returned to California and launched his first career as a General Building Contractor and community development consultant.

Bill received a BA degree at UCLA in Behavior Anthropology [Animal behavior / wildlife survival and reproductive strategies]. He received a Master’s degree in Professional Writing [Documentary Journalism and Fiction] at UMass Dartmouth.

In 1991 Bill changed careers and published his first article in the Mother Lode Monitor – A project that investigated water resources and containment in Amador County, CA. Since then, he’s researched numerous wildlife and cultural interactions across the nation.

His independent and collaborative research with wildlife organizations photographs and documents connections between wildlife and culture, and its impact on the local environment and ecosystems. His wildlife, hiking and camping words and natural world images from across the USA have been published locally, regionally and nationally. He also edited several science books and documentary journals. His specialty is human and wildlife survival behavior.

His words and images appeared in numerous sports venues as well as wildlife and nature magazines.

You can find out more about Bill on his website. You can buy Hobo’s Revenge on Amazon.

#AtoZChallenge Wrap Up

A2Z-BADGE [2016]In April, I participated in the A to Z challenge where each day (except Sundays) you post on a new topic following the letters of the alphabet. So April 1 was A, April 2 was B and so on.

This was my third year doing the challenge. The organizers of the challenge suggest you pick a theme for your writing. Last year I did TV shows. (The first year I had no theme…much easier with a theme.)

This year I picked characters for any “new” days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday) I would be posting and character traits for my normal posting days: Monday – parenting, Wednesday – Quote, Thursday – Writing/Publishing. Friday is my Featured Author spot, so I actually did two posts – the typical author interview or excerpt and then also a short blog that fit the challenge letter. (Any authors interested in being on my Friday Feature, contact me through the About Me section.)

I know many people on the challenge write their posts throughout the month or even the day they are to post. But I picked my topic and planned out my posts beginning in February. I had them all done by the end of March. It was nice not to have to write any blogs in April, which is quite busy for me.  If I left my writing to the day of (or day before), I would probably have ended by the letter F like many of the others who signed up to participate.

Now part of the challenge is to visit other blogs. (You never know when you will find a new favorite blogger.) I noticed that many people couldn’t seem to keep up with the amount of blogging. It is a lot to do to blog six days a week. (Hence the reason I start working in advance. Then again that is typically how I blog.)

I enjoyed the challenge and look forward to doing it again next year.

For any of you who have missed out on my blogs from the A to Z challenge, here is a recap of what I covered.

A is for Alice

B is for Belgarath 

C is for Cautious Child

D is for Dana Scully

E is for Enthusiasm (Quote) and Southwestern Eggrolls (Recipe)

F is for Flaky Character 

G is for Gandalf 

H is for Huckleberry Finn

I is for Independence 

J is for Jason Bourne

K is for Kind (Quote)

L is for Lazy Characters

M is for Merlin

N is for Nancy Clancy

O is for Organized

P is for Puss in Boots

Q is for Quiet

R is for Rebellious Characters

S is for Sherlock Holmes

T is for Thor

U is for Unselfish

V is for Voldemort

W is for Wise (Quote)

Y is for Yoda

Z is for Zeus

Z is for Zeus #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of characters. On my normal blogging days, Monday – parenting, Wednesday – quotes, and Thursday – writing/publishing, I will focus on characteristics. On the other days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I will write about characters from movies, TVs or books.

ZToday the letter is Z for Zeus, the Greek god of the sky and thunder and ruler of the gods of Mount Olympus. He is the youngest child of Cronus and Rhea and has fathered many godly and heroic offsprings, including Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Hermes, Perseus, Heracles and the Muses. Zeus_Otricoli_Pio-Clementino_Inv257He was also married to his sister Hera but was not faithful. He easily fell in love and had many affairs with various women – both moral and immortal.

While some regarded Zeus as wise, fair and just, he also was unpredictable and easy to anger. He wielded a thunder bolt like a weapon of mass destruction. He was respected and awed by all Gods and mortals. Many kings boasted that they were descended from Zeus.

If you missed the other days in the A to Z Challenge:

A is for Alice

B is for Belgarath 

C is for Cautious Child

D is for Dana Scully

E is for Enthusiasm (Quote) and Southwestern Eggrolls (Recipe)

F is for Flaky Character 

G is for Gandalf 

H is for Huckleberry Finn

I is for Independence 

J is for Jason Bourne

K is for Kind (Quote)

L is for Lazy Characters

M is for Merlin

N is for Nancy Clancy

O is for Organized

P is for Puss in Boots

Q is for Quiet

R is for Rebellious Characters

S is for Sherlock Holmes

T is for Thor

U is for Unselfish

V is for Voldemort

W is for Wise (Quote)

 

Y is for Yoda

Y is for Yoda #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of characters. On my normal blogging days, Monday – parenting, Wednesday – quotes, and Thursday – writing/publishing, I will focus on characteristics. On the other days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I will write about characters from movies, TVs or books.

YToday the letter is Y for Yoda. The Grand Master of the Jedi Order is among the oldest of the Jedi in the Star Wars universe. He first appears in 1980’s Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes back as Luke Skywalker’s reluctant instructor in the ways of the Force.

Yoda is one of those characters that you should not underestimate. Even though he is small (and green), he is immensely powerful and knowledgeable in the ways of the Force. yodaHe has spent eight centuries training Jedi. Wielding a green-bladed lightsaber, Yoda can hold his own in combat as he has proved in numerous battles.

Yoda appears in all of the Star Wars movies except Episode IV: A New Hope. (His voice can even be heard in the latest Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.) He also appears in both The Clone Wars & Star Wars Rebels animated series as well as many books that were part of the Star Wars Expanded Universe (or now known as Star Wars Legends after Disney declared the expanded universe as non-canon.)

If you missed the other days in the A to Z Challenge:

A is for Alice

B is for Belgarath 

C is for Cautious Child

D is for Dana Scully

E is for Enthusiasm (Quote) and Southwestern Eggrolls (Recipe)

F is for Flaky Character 

G is for Gandalf 

H is for Huckleberry Finn

I is for Independence 

J is for Jason Bourne

K is for Kind (Quote)

L is for Lazy Characters

M is for Merlin

N is for Nancy Clancy

O is for Organized

P is for Puss in Boots

Q is for Quiet

R is for Rebellious Characters

S is for Sherlock Holmes

T is for Thor

U is for Unselfish

V is for Voldemort

W is for Wise (Quote)