Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Guest Post: Excerpt from The Inferiors, A New Story By The Author of From The Ashes, Jessica McKendry!

Hey guys! This week I'm giving the helm to one of the Blogosphere's awesome young writing talents (and a wicked cool skating violinist), Jessica McKendry! She has a new book coming soon, of which she has graciously offered to share a sample of her sequel to her first novel From the Ashes. Congratulations on your new book, Jessica!

I'll step aside now and let you take things from here ...

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Hello lovely people! I'm really very excited, because in a week or so I'll be sending my second novel, The Inferiors, off to my editor! The Inferiors is the sequel to my debut novel From the Ashes. After that, I'll make a few changes and then I'll be self publishing again, which is very exciting.

So, I'll just share an excerpt of Chapter One with you today :)

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I stare blankly at the silver screen, but the words I read don't make sense. I reread the message several times over, hoping there has been some sort of mistake. Maybe they got the name wrong.

Maybe this wasn't intended for me.

It couldn't be for me.

Yet as my eyes follow the strokes of each letter, and the letters that form each word, no amount of lying to myself will blind me from the truth.

Jaina Indera,
You have been selected as a genetic match for Sean Maralo, 22 standard years of age. You shall report to building 21147, room 1217 at 8:00 tomorrow night for the physical compatibility test. Proceed about normalities until you receive further instruction.

I run my fingers through my hair. By the stars, what do I do? I feel lightheaded, and I realize how quickly I'm breathing. Genetic match. They found my genetic match. My heart is racing in my chest and I feel sick.

This can't be happening to me.

Not this soon.

Not yet.

The last few months are blurry. Each day lasts both a minute and a year. It feels like only yesterday we were on Virana. Oblivious to the pain we'd come to endure. The suffering.

If I hadn't entered the Trials, maybe nothing would've happened. Maybe I wouldn't have met Azad. Maybe __(spoiler)__ wouldn't be dead. Maybe I wouldn't have fallen in love.

Dragon. It's been four months on the day since I last saw him. I keep count.

It feels like a lifetime.

I look back at the silver screen and read it all again. Tears fill my eyes. I'm so confused. For so long, I thought I knew what I wanted. I had it all planned out.

But now…

I am so afraid.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Guest Post: Roland Yeomans' The Not-So-Innocents Abroad "Don't You Hate Book Tours" Book Tour!

Hey guys! I've been gone from the blogging waters for so long I'm not sure where to start. All good things, I can assure you. Thankfully, I have a blogging legend here who is willing to take control of the helm for just a wee little bit longer. Please welcome the wisdom and might of Roland Yeomans! What knowledge have you for us?

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the internet waters, here comes another guest post in my
“Don’t You Hate Book Tours?” Book Tour!
A Kindle book is always a live book. A print book withers off the shelf of a bookstore within weeks.

Why do I mention Kindle books? THE NOT-SO-INNOCENTS ABROAD is now available in affordable Kindle format. Isn’t that cooler than the other side of the pillow?

Did you like my A TO Z CHALLENGE series of posts sparkling with the banter between the ghost of Mark Twain and Sigmund Freud?

Well, old Mark’s wit can be seen striking sparks from the likes of Ulysses S. Grant, Sitting Bull, a vampire Benjamin Franklin, 11 year old Nikola Tesla, and more …

What more? Well, there is that incident where Mark Twain, just innocently mind you, finds his hand on the naked thigh of a beautiful alien assassin!

So if you’ve enjoyed Mark Twain in my A TO Z posts, he is waiting for you in THE NOT-SO-INNOCENTS ABROAD …

Along with Samuel McCord, his newly wed alien Empress wife, an insane Abraham Lincoln, Horace Greely, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Captain Nemo, and many more.

Have a book coming out? Are you writing a book? Have you written books already?

It is important, not only that you have them in affordable Kindle format, but regularly write interesting posts on your blog.

You never know when a blog visitor will be so taken with your posts that she or he will want to take a chance on one of your books.
 THE ODDS ARE NOT IN YOUR FAVOR … UNLESS YOU MAKE THEM SO! With Kindle books you can publish new books more frequently unlike traditional print.



After which your books will make fewer waves in the Amazon algorithm.

What this means is that 90 days after you publish a book, it’s less likely to sell.

Some authors have used this cliff to their advantage, by making sure they publish a book every 90 days without fail.

It can be a novella, a short story, or a multi-author box set. It doesn’t seem to matter what you put out, as long as you’re publishing something every 90 days.

Beginning to hyperventilate?  Don’t stress over this.

Simply make sure you’re publishing as often as you can to keep your books higher in Amazon’s rankings.

Still reading this? What are you waiting for? Get to it and write.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Spring Break: Going On A Hiatus All Through April

Hey guys! Short and sweet this time. April is here and the A to Z Challenge is in full swing. It's been fun seeing your entries again. I'm not participating this year. A few good problems have sprung up that I need to levy my full attention to, so I'm taking a blogging and social media break all through the month of April. Maybe in May everything will have settled down and become more streamlined again. All good things, mind you. All good things. Here's to good news in May!

Thank you all for the support and ongoing encouragement.

I'm David, and I'm all out of potato chips.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Guest Post: Alex J. Cavanaugh On Writing a Series!

Hey guys! My series of guest posts continues with the blogger and author super ninja star, Alex J. Cavanaugh, who will tell you about writing a series. This is a nice refresher for me as I'm preparing to continue a series myself. I leave the bridge in your care, Sir Alex!

By the way, Comic Con FanX was a blast! Pictures coming soon.

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Most authors who write series planned for the story to span over several books. Some found new adventures for their characters and kept going. And then some of us wrote the first book with no intentions of going any further.

One advantage I found when writing the second book was the world and main character were already established and familiar. I didn’t need to reinvent the wheel or do a ton of research. It actually gave me more freedom to expand into new areas because I already had a foundation. I liken a book series to a television series. There’s more time to explore and develop characters. People change as they grow older and I could put mine through the same growth. And like a television episode, each book stands on its own but there’s a character arc from the first book to the last. biggest advantage is the built-in fan base. Those who enjoyed the first wanted to read the remaining books. They latched on to the main character and were curious where he would go next. We like to explore, but we also like a measure of security, and that’s what the main reoccurring characters can provide.

Of course, a series comes will challenges. A big one is keeping the stories fresh. No one wants to read the same story twice. I had to make sure what I was doing to Byron was something new and interesting. He couldn’t keep saving his people the same way over and over again.

There’s also the issue of keeping the details straight. It’s easy to forget what was written in the first book when working on the third. (Especially as I don’t read my stories again after they are published.) I did have to check back and make sure I had characters and dates straight. And names! And the greatest challenge – make each book better than the previous one. I knew I was evolving as a writer and getting better every day, but it’s a huge pressure to deliver an even bigger bang. By the third book, I pretty much threw in everything but the kitchen sink.

What really saved me was the length of time in between each story – twenty years. A lot can happen during that time and it guaranteed my main character resided in a different position in life for each book. It also gave me an influx of new secondary characters to keep things interesting. For me, those twenty year jumps kept it fresh.

After all, the dude is getting old now!

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Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design, graphics, and technical editing. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. He’s the author of Amazon Best-Sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, CassaStorm, and Dragon of the Stars. The author lives in the Carolinas with his wife.