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I’m pleased to reveal the cover of a new book, Greenshift, by science fiction author, Heidi Ruby Miller.
Heidi uses research for her stories as an excuse to roam the globe. Her novels include GREENSHIFT, AMBASADORA, and the upcoming ATOMIC ZION. She also co-edited the writing guide MANY GENRES, ONE CRAFT. In between trips, Heidi teaches creative writing at Seton Hill University, where she graduated from their renowned Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program the same month she appeared on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. She is currently an editor at Dog Star Books. You can read about her at http://heidirubymiller.blogspot.com and tweet her @heidirubymiller.
A tale set within the world of Ambasadora.
Mari’s rare eye color makes her a pariah within Upper Caste society, which is why she prefers plants to people…except David, the former Armadan captain who shuttles scientists around on a refurbished pleasure cruiser.
But someone else is interested in Mari and her distinctive look–an obsessed psychopath who tortures and murders women for pleasure.
When the killer chooses Mari as his next victim, the soldier inside David comes alive, but it is Mari who must fight for her own life and prove she isn’t as fragile as the flowers she nurtures.
Cover Art by Bradley Sharp
Foreword by Dana Marton
Space Opera/Science Fiction Romance paperback coming from Dog Star Books in August 2013
I’m pleased to take part in the cover reveal for my friend and Seton Hill classmate, Jason Jack Miller’s new book, The Revelations of Preston Black! See links to reading samples below.
Coming June 2013 from Raw Dog Screaming Press
Cover Art by Brad Vetter
Preston and Katy face a new darkness….
Sometimes a battle between good and evil doesn’t look much like the ones they show in movies. The good guys don’t always wear white, and they don’t always walk away with the win.
And sometimes you’re better off with the devil you know.
The last time Preston went down to the crossroads, his best friend died and he nearly lost his brother. But Old Scratch doesn’t take kindly to fools, especially not those who come knocking at his front door. And before all is said and done, he’s going to teach Preston a thing or two about what it really means to sacrifice.
Read the first 100 pages of The Revelations of Preston Black – http://jasonjackmiller.blogspot.com/p/the-revelations-of-preston-black.html
Pre-order The Revelations of Preston Black at Raw Dog Screaming Press – http://www.rawdogscreaming.com/books/the-revelations-of-preston-black.html
I’m very happy to post this guest blog from the fabulous Lee Allen Howard!
Using Your Day Job in Your Writing
Very few fiction writers earn enough from their creative efforts to support themselves. I don’t—yet. So we have day jobs (or night jobs). Anthony Trollope, one of the most prolific English novelists of the Victorian era worked as a clerk at the General Post Office. Stephen King once labored in an industrial laundry and later taught school while he wrote.
I’ve got a day job, too. Since 1985 I’ve been a technical writer, primarily for the software industry. Although I’ve made a good living at it, writing user manuals and help systems ain’t the most exciting work, let me tell you. But my day job has:
- Taught me advanced use of writing and publishing tools
- Enabled me to work with huge amounts of text (one of my many user guides is 1300 pages)
- Required attention to detail
- Honed my writing and editing skills
- Made me work to schedule and deadline
- Forced me to write whether or not I “felt like it”
On the other hand, all this time working has kept me from pursuing my love of fiction writing full time. Sometimes, after 10 hours of slaving over complicated technical material, I’m brain-fried and have little left to devote to creative pursuits.
But I appreciate the value of my day job (as well as the benefits it provides, like healthcare). And I’ve used it in my writing. In The Sixth Seed, protagonist and family man Tom Furst is a technical writer for a software company.
My technical writing abilities came in handy when researching and writing DEATH PERCEPTION, my latest supernatural thriller tinged with horror and peppered with dark humor. It’s about a young man who runs the crematory at the local funeral home and who discovers he has a gift for discerning the cause of death of those he cremates—by toasting marshmallows over their ashes.
I actually spent an afternoon at a crematorium learning the process. I took copious notes, drew diagrams, and made charts. These notes were invaluable in writing the technical material related to cremation.
If you’re a writer, don’t curse your day job. Use it to fuel your desire to write fiction. And, whatever kind of work you do, you can leverage it to lend realism to your stories. I did.
DEATH PERCEPTION is available in trade paperback, Kindle (.mobi) and Nook (.epub) at http://leeallenhoward.com/death-perception/.
Lee Allen Howard writes horror, dark fantasy, and supernatural crime. He’s been a professional writer and editor of both fiction and nonfiction since 1985. His publications include The Sixth Seed, Desperate Spirits, Night Monsters, “Mama Said,” “Stray,” and DEATH PERCEPTION, available in various formats at http://leeallenhoward.com.
You can keep in touch with Lee on his Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lee-Allen-Howard-author/117844011639457. Follow him on Twitter @LeeAllenHoward.
First a little bio and introductory info and then it’s off to the races…
My name is Rachell Nichole and I am an author of erotic romance. When I put out a call to come visit some blogs, Sally was one of the first to respond. I was so excited to stop by. And Sally gave me carte blanche to come and dazzle you all with my wit (or try at least). So I’ll talk a bit about me, about my book, and then about the craft of writing.
I’ve been writing for a lot of years, though I started my first novel about six years ago. I love books, I love words, and I love creating stories. I just sold my first book, An Affair Across Times Square to Loose Id. It’s due out August 21. Here’s a little tease about the book.
Layla Morgan is tired of getting into trouble, and getting hurt. And she fears her wild nature is going to strike yet again. But maybe this time, she’s finally met the guy that can stand close enough to touch her inner flames, and not get burned. The man across Times Square seems enthralled by her wildness instead of scared in the face of it. He can’t seem to look away as she shows him just how much fun she can have… with herself.
After one glance of silky skin and talented fingers, Tyler Lachlan doesn’t stand a chance of resisting the delicious distraction of the mystery woman from the Marietta Hotel. He’s sure there’s more to her than her sultry voice and mahogany thighs, but he doesn’t know if he’s willing to risk his career to find out.
Could what began as a voyeuristic affair across Times Square develop into something more?
And now for something completely different… A little bit about craft.
An Affair Across Times Square was what we in the writing world call a NaNo book. Every November, writers around the world get together and agree to write 50,000 words in 30 days in the NaNoWriMo challenge.
Nano is all about not stopping the forward momentum, getting words on the page, and writing the damn book. This method really works for me, but it may not work for everyone. But here’s a little more about the method and why it works for me.
You can either pre-plot the book or do a loose outline, or just start from page one. When you do NaNo through their website, you use the site for inspiration, for support, for reassurance and positive reinforcement. As far as strategy goes, the idea behind NaNo is that we can’t fix pages that aren’t written. You have to get the bones of the story down before you can fill them in and layer the complexities.
If you’re interested in NaNoing on your own, or doing a practice run so to speak, you can set aside 30 days and set a goal. For NaNo, it’s 50,000, which breaks down to 1,667 words a day. That’s about five double-spaced pages. I’m not a daily writer, I never really tried to be, because that doesn’t work for me. So normally I would sit and write 3,000-4,000 in a day and then not write for three days, and then do it all over again. If 1,667 words is too many a day, start with a goal of 40,000 words in 30 days and write more like 1,200 words a day.
The biggest benefit Nanoing is that you have to turn off your internal editor, because you can’t get the words in if you have to go back and change things every time you sit down to write. The other benefit of the daily (or every few days) writing is that you stay immersed in the book. They also do a Camp Nano, which is in June and August, if you’re looking for the writing community now. Check out http://campnanowrimo.org/ for more info.
I’m NaNoing a holiday book this time and my deadline is 50,000 by August 15 (I started July 18 or so). If you’d like to join me, pick up your keyboard or your pen & paper. I’ll be posting word count updates on www.Facebook.com/RachellNichole and possibly my blog at www.DivasofDesire.blogspot.com so stop by if you’d like to compare word counts.
Thanks again for stopping by.
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