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The WIP Game

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This "Blog Hop" is a question and answer game that some of my writer pals are playing.  Here's some information about my current Work In Progress, followed by links to other writers posting about theirs.  Enjoy!

Q: What is the working title of your book?  
A: CURSE OF THE FALLEN or CURSE OF THE ALBEN, not sure which.  What do you think?  Is CURSE OF THE ALBEN confusing?

Q: Where did the idea come from for the book?
A: Short answer: This is book 4 of my Blood of the Kindred series, inspired by my short story, "Kind Hunter" (which you can read at Book View Café - it's the free sample from the anthology DRAGON LORDS AND WARRIOR WOMEN).

Q: What genre does your book fall under?
A: Fantasy

Q: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
A: Well, Orlando Bloom is the quintessential elf in my eyes, so I'd cast him as Turisan.  For Eliani - yanno, Zooey Deschanel might work!  For Shalár, I think Kaley Cuoco would do a very good job.  And for Luruthin, perhaps Matthew Gray Gubler.

Q: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A: As war with the alben intensifies in Fireshore, Eliani and Turisan return to Highstone, where the Ælven Council must decide the future of the Lost: will they be exiled like the alben, or will they become allies whose aid might tip the balance in the war?

Q: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
A: Well, kind of neither.  Since the series was dropped after book 2 by the original publisher, I have elected to continue publishing it with the help of the wonderful publishing cooperative Book View Café.  Book 3, Swords Over Fireshore, came out in 2012.  Oh, and this book should be out in spring of 2013.

Q: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A: About a year.

Q: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
A: It's my take on a Lord of the Rings type of fantasy.

Q: Who or What inspired you to write this book?
A: Tolkein, of course.  I've been a fan of LotR since I was around 12, I guess, when I first read it.  I especially love elves, so my own stories are about the Ælven.  Also, see question 2.

Q: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
A: The Blood of the Kindred series is my exploration of the question posed in "Kind Hunter," namely:  what if elves and vampires were originally the same race?

Book 1: The Betrayal
Book 2: Heart of the Exiled
Book 3: Swords Over Fireshore

And now, here are some other writers who are playing this game:


Patricia Burroughs http://planetpooks.com/the-blog/

Jeffrey A. Carver http://starrigger.blogspot.com

Katharine Eliska "Cat" Kimbriel http://alfreda89.livejournal.com/661783.html

Steven Harper Piziks http://spiziks.livejournal.com

Deborah J. Ross http://www.deborahjross.blogspot.com/

Laura Underwood http://laurajunderwood.livejournal.com/

Edited to add: 

Kelly A. Harmon http://kellyaharmon.com/work-progress-update-meme/

Cindie Geddes http://cindiegeddes.com/2012/11/29/the-next-big-thing/

Have fun!

IMMORTAL: new ebook!

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Whew!  This spring has been super busy for me.

Today my first original novel ebook came out from Book View Cafe!  First as in the first to come out first as an ebook.  There will probably be a print edition later this year.

coverThe novel is IMMORTAL, an urban fantasy.  Here's the cover, and here's a description:

What do you do if the most gorgeous guy you've ever seen asks for your help?

 

No brainer. Len Whiting is smitten from the minute she sees the stranger's amazing eyes. She agrees to help Caeran find the healer he's been seeking in rural New Mexico. What Len doesn't know is that neither Caeran nor the healer is human: they're immortal ælven, and they're locked in an ancient struggle with the vampires who are their kin. Len wants Caeran’s love, and wants to help the healer find a cure—but first they must cope with the bloodthirsty vampire who's got his sights set on them all.


Release Day!

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HEART OF THE EXILED is out today.  Hurrah!

I blogged about fantasy art at Ninc.com.  Comment about your favorite fantasy artist (on the Ninc blog, not here) for a chance to win a free copy of the book.

Whew!

Cover Art Squee!

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Here it is! Heart of the Exiled

I really love this cover. 

Squee!

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I got a peek at the cover for my next book, Heart of the Exiled (January 2011).  Unfortunately I can't share it yet, so you'll just have to take my word that it's gorgeous.

A new book for Spring...

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Many PathsIt's now a year since my fantasy novel The Betrayal was published. The second novel was delayed because of the financial crisis, and won't be out until January 2011. Naturally, I was very disappointed about that.

I want my readers to have something new this year, so I've put together Many Paths, a collection of original stories set in the same world as the novel. It's an ebook, initially available only through Book View Café.

The stories range from short to novella in length and feature both familiar characters from The Betrayal and new faces. Together they make up a full book-length collection.

Contents: "The First Sword," "A Midsummer's Song," "The Three Veils," "Shades of Joy," "The Eighth Successor," and "First Love."

Available for $1.99 at Book View Café

read a free sample here:

http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Many-Paths-sample
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