Fall into Fantasy with Ann N. Noser

Welcome to the Fall Into Fantasy Tour, where we are keeping your mind off any end-of-summer blues and welcoming the cooler weather by introducing you to some incredible fantasy reads to curl up with and giving you plenty of chances to win awesome prizes!

Week 2: How to Date Dead Guys 

Under the Blood Moon series

By Ann M. Noser

College sophomore Emma Roberts remembers her mother’s sage advice: “don’t sleep around, don’t burp in public, and don’t tell anyone you see ghosts”. But when charming Mike Carlson drowns in the campus river under her watch, Emma’s sheltered life shatters.

Blamed for Mike’s death and haunted by nightmares, Emma turns to witchcraft and a mysterious Book of Shadows to bring him back. Under a Blood Moon, she lights candles, draws a pentacle on the campus bridge, and casts a spell. The invoked river rages up against her, but she escapes its fury. As she stumbles back to the dorm, a stranger drags himself from the water and follows her home. And he isn’t the only one.
Instead of raising Mike, Emma assists the others she stole back from the dead—a pre-med student who jumped off the bridge, a desperate victim determined to solve his own murder, and a frat boy Emma can’t stand…at first. More comfortable with the dead than the living, Emma delves deeper into the seductive Book of Shadows. Her powers grow, but witchcraft may not be enough to protect her against the vengeful river and the killers that feed it their victims.
Inspired by the controversial Smiley Face Murders, HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS will ignite the secret powers hidden deep within each of us.

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ABOUT ANN M. NOSER:

My to-do list dictates that I try to cram 48 hours of living into a day instead of the usual 24. I’ve chosen a life filled with animals. I train for marathons with my dog, then go to work as a small animal veterinarian, and finish the day by tripping over my pets as I attempt to convince my two unruly children that YES, it really IS time for bed. But I can’t wait until the house is quiet to write; I have to steal moments throughout the day. Ten minutes here, a half hour there, I live within my imagination.

Like all busy American mothers, I multi-task. I work out plot holes during runs. Instead of meditating, I type madly during yoga stretches. I find inspiration in everyday things: a beautiful smile, a heartbreaking song, or a newspaper article on a political theory. For example, a long drive in the dark listening to an NPR program on the SMILEY FACE MURDERS theory made me ask so many questions that I wrote HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS to answer them to my satisfaction.
I’d love to have more time to write (and run, read, and sleep), but until I find Hermione Granger’s time turner, I will juggle real life with the half-written stories in my head. Main characters and plot lines intertwine in my cranium, and I need to let my writing weave the tales on paper so I can find out what happens next.
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Fall Into Fantasy with K.L. Schwengel

Welcome to the Fall Into Fantasy Tour, where we are keeping your mind off any end-of-summer blues and welcoming the cooler weather by introducing you to some incredible fantasy reads to curl up with and giving you plenty of chances to win awesome prizes!



Week 1: The Darkness & Light Series

Book One: First of Her Kind

Book Two: Emergence

Book Three: Edge of Darkness (Release date 2015)

 

It seems everyone wants to dictate what Ciara does with her life: Serve the Goddess, destroy the Goddess, do as you promised your aunt — all Ciara really wants is to keep the two magics she possesses from ripping her apart.

And that’s not going to be easy.

Not only is her earth magic in complete opposition to her other power, blood ties pull her in divergent directions as well. And then there’s Bolin, the man sworn to protect her. There’s no denying the growing attraction between them, but is it Ciara he wants, or her power?

None of which will matter if Ciara can’t overcome her fear and learn how to use her gifts. No one knows the depths of the ancient power she possesses, or what will happen if it manages to escape her control. Will she lose herself entirely? Or be forever caught between Darkness and Light?

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The battle for Ciara’s power has drawn the full attention of the Emperor and the Imperial Mages, forcing Bolin to put duty above safety and take her to Nisair. It won’t be an easy trip, even with an Imperial escort and a Galysian elder accompanying them. Especially since Donovan has found himself some new allies, one of who wields a dark magic that has literally gotten under Bolin’s skin.

For Ciara, coming to terms with the increasingly tangible manifestation of her power could destroy her. Even if they make it to Nisair–something that grows more unlikely by the day–there is no surety of safety for Ciara, or any of them. Not with Donovan willing to gamble everything to achieve his goals, or Bolin’s uncharacteristically reckless behavior, the result of which is the attention of something that has everyone worried.

Loyalties will be tested, lives will be lost, and no one will emerge unchanged as they find things are not always so clear on the line dividing Darkness and Light.

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ABOUT K.L. SCHWENGEL

K. L. Schwengel lives in southeast Wisconsin on a small farm with her husband, a handful of Australian Shepherds, Her Royal Highness Princess Fiona the Cat, and assorted livestock. Growing up as the youngest of nine children, and the daughter of a librarian, Kathi spent many hours between stacks of books, and secluded away in dusty archives, drawn to tales of medieval heroes and conquering knights. With so many characters and ideas spinning in her head, she had to get them onto paper or risk what little sanity she possessed. She has been penning wild tales of magic and mayhem as long as she can remember, but opted to follow her artistic muse first. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts and spending many years working as a freelance artist, grocery clerk, art teacher, graphic designer, stable hand, advertising account coordinator, dog trainer, and process technician (among other things) she answered the call of her writing muse. When not writing, Kathi trains and trials working Australian Shepherds, still paints, dabbles in photography, graphic design, and anything else creative her assorted muses send her way.

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Contest Doors are Open & Promo Event!

So much going on this week! I missed last week’s post as I made a last minute decision to get out of town, but today’s most will make up for that I hope!
First: some bad news. No short story this week.
Better news: I reached 62,000 on Evenlight and have the rest of the novel plotted out!
Best news: The Meratis Contest is up and running! I’ve already received one incredible submission and hear that a few others are underway. I can’t wait to see more of what you guys come up with. Did you miss the post about the contest? You can find more information here. Forward your submissions to me at theravens (dot) quill (at) gmail (dot) com. I won’t be judging them, but I’d being selfish and checking them all out first!
That’s not all I have for you. Starting next Monday, I’m signed up for a cross-promotional event that will culminate in an awesomesauce Facebook party! Are you a blogger interested in helping host? It’s not too late – shoot me a message for more information.
Keep reading to learn all about ….

 

It’s August, and that means Fall is upon us! To celebrate the cooler weather and keep your mind off any back to school blues, we’ve put together the Fall Into Fantasy Tour. This tour celebrates the wonderful fantasy books that you can dive into–right now!

But what’s a tour unless we are giving away free stuff? That’s right! Each week, we will be giving away some awesome prizes from the author being featured. And to wrap things up at the end of the promotion in December, we’re going to have a huge Facebook party all weekend long featuring these authors and more!

Want to get an idea of what is ahead? Check out the calendar below!

August 25th: The Darkness & Light series by K.L. Schwengel
  
September 1st: How to Date Dead Guys by Ann M. Noser




September 8th: The Undead: Playing for Keeps by Elsie Elmore 

 




September 15th: Shadows of Serenity by Marsha A. Moore
 
September 22nd: The Curse Merchant by JP Sloan
 
September 29th: The Ragnarok Prophecies by Ayden K. Morgan
   
October 6th: The Daath Chronicles by Eliza Tilton
 
October 13th: The Heirs of War series by Mara Valderran
 




October 20th: Salvation by James Wymore

 


 
October 27th: Strings by G. Miki Hayden

 

 


November 3rd: The Shadow Series by Anna Hub
 
November 10th: Between by Lisa Swallow




November 17th: Darkness Watching by Emma Adams

 

 
November 24th: Bound by Kate Sparkes
 
December 1st: The December People series by Sharon Bayliss
 
December 8th: The Disciple series by L. Blankenship


December 15th: Evensong by Krista Walsh
 




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Bilbo’s Book Ends

Katie’s Stories

Book Crazy Gals

CoffeyAndBooks

Read Me

Kelly P’s Blog

SW Fairbrother

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Contest! And Page-a-Day Challenge Week 3: Pier 21

Last week I mentioned a brewing idea for a contest. I was still figuring out dates and prizes, but I think I have it narrowed down.

So here we go: I hereby present THE MERATIS CHALLENGE

I think the nature of this contest is extra fitting considering the trade Jeff enters into with the Sisters in Evensong, which would make any submission from him next to impossible. (Yes, I realise that’s a low blow and right now, he’s giving me the stink eye in the my head. But I stand by my assessment)

The terms:

Submissions of fan art or fan fiction based on the Meratis books/world/characters

Fan art can consist of, but is not limited to art, cosplay, interpretive dance, photography, and baked goods (but only if you share). Video, image, it’s all good! This is your chance to get creative and have some fun.

Flash fiction  can be anything under 1000 words (prose or poetry. Or lyric!), using any character/world elements included in the story. All I ask is that you keep it cleanish.

All submissions to be sent to theravens (dot) quill (at) gmail (dot) com

The incentive …. 

What’s a contest without prizes? All winners will receive a signed copy of Evensong (or Eventide if you prefer. Alas, Evenlight will not yet be ready for release),

1st place – $30 value:  book + $15 Amazon gift card

2nd place – $25 value: book + $10 Amazon gift card

3rd place – $20 value: book + $5 Amazon gift card

Plus a few odds and ends thrown in.

AND all contributors will receive a free e-copy of Evenlight on its release

Multiple submissions are not only allowed, they are encouraged – but you can only win once.

The dates:

Submissions will open on August 15,2014 and the contest will run until October 15, 2014. All submissions will be reviewed by a trio of judges (not me), and the winners announced on October 31, 2014.

I ask only one thing in return: bragging about how amazing your contribution is? Link people here and encourage them to submit! They haven’t read the book yet? Help me spread the word by sending them here! Start the conversation on Facebook and Twitter with #AndvellArt

Questions? Concerns? Leave a message in the comments or send me an email at theravens (dot) quill (at) gmail (dot) com

Ready, set, go!

But the post isn’t done yet. There’s still a short story to be shared!

I have a confession to make. I have not kept up with my page-a-day challenge. I know! It’s only been 3 weeks, Krista, what a lackluster attempt at any sort of dedicated progress.

But here is some news in my defense: The page-a-day challenge accomplished what I hoped it would and I have officially re-started the Evenlight draft. And I’m loving it (most days, over all, except when I want to set it on fire). As of yesterday, I hit 20k, so although the short stories aren’t coming out as quickly, it’s not for lack of words!

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Week 3: #7 – Pier 21

A week can be a lifetime in the downtown core of a city. It couldn’t have been much longer than that since I last walked by this bar on the corner. The name Pier 21 in ye olde font welcoming the pedestrians out wandering the market, the lights over the full patio, live music wafting onto the streets alongside the scent of pub food and craft beer.

Now the building looks decrepit. The paint has chipped over the locked doors, and the yard is overgrown with weeds. I could almost expect the tumbleweed to shuffle past. One sign remains on the wall announcing a live show and all-you-can-eat wings on Tuesdays — or at least that’s what I interpret between the missing letters.

Around the yard, the fence has started to collapse outwards, as though from years of too many people leaning against it. Strings of white Christmas lights still wrap around the spires, looking sad and ignored against the depressing aspect of the abandoned building.

One week to bring about such a change, as if its soul left when the people did.

What does that say about the society that built it?

Page-a-Day Challenge Week 2: Kiss

I’m up to day 10 in this 30-day (or longer) challenge (miss week 1, click here), and I’m both surprised and thrilled to report that not only is it proving easy so far, I find I’m bothered at the thought of not writing. A few nights this past week I’ve come home late and thought only of going to bed – but the story had to come first.

From stories, I started thinking about my Meratis trilogy and how I feel it deserves some love … and you guys deserve some prizes. So I’ve decided to launch a contest. I’m not 100% sure of the dates yet, because I want to give enough time for you to get your creative cells working, but I want to see what ideas Jeff and his perhaps-not-so-fictional characters have inspired in you. That’s right, this is YOUR chance to share in my Andvellian world.

Once the rules and regs are set I’ll have an official post, but for now let it be said that I will be looking for submissions of fan fiction flash fiction (1000 words or less) or fan art (any medium! Art, video, interpretive dance – whatever you can come up with). There will be judges (of which I’m not sure yet if I’ll be  a part), and top 3 winners will get a prize package. Interested? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Now, for this week’s story.

11. Kiss

She closed her eyes and could feel his breath on her cheek. The pressure of his hands slid up from her waist, tracing along her spine, to cup the back of her neck, to tangle in the waves of her hair.

Her heart sped up as he pressed against the length of her, both of them drawing out the moment, luxuriating in every shiver, every tingle.

She had wished so long and hard for his moment. Prayed every day that it could be possible, even when she had sworn that it couldn’t. Fate wasn’t always cruel. Love didn’t always lead a person down the path of pain. Miracles did happen.

She had to believe that.

His lips were on hers. She felt their warmth, tasted their longing and desire, knew in that one moment that he needed this as much as she did.

She wanted him to kiss her forever and hang onto to this sensation of being completely alive. But he stopped.

Disappointed, she opened her eyes.

And saw no one.

 

Page-a-Day Challenge: Week 1

I’ve been stifled. My thoughts have been so full of static the past couple of weeks that I’ve been unable to come up with a single creative sentence or idea. I went on a music-buying binge to clear away some of the cobwebs, and it did jump-start some scene ideas for my Daughter of Time series (which will be my focus after book 3 is Meratis is out in the world), but that’s about it.

Stagnation is brutal. Honesty: It always throws me into a depression that’s difficult to climb out of. I want to give up writing because I start to doubt I’ll ever wade out of the mire.

I’m pretty sure I haven’t written anything solid since the beginning of April when I tried to start Evenlight and half-way through realised everything I’d written was filler. So I scrapped it. 50,000 words. I already posted about that. But I haven’t been able to try anything since then.

For my birthday last week, my wonderful family loaded me up with new journals. I love journals. Journals and Chapters gift cards are the safest presents anyone can ever give me. This year they made me feel guilty. I had nothing to write in them. They would sit unused and forgotten in a desk drawer.

NO! I refused to let that happen. So I gave myself a challenge. Every day for at least 30 days (longer if I can manage it), I mean to fill one page. A short story, a scene, a dialogue exchange. Something inspiring from my day to turn into fiction. Evensong started as a flash fiction piece, so who knows what might be shaken lose with such a task.

To keep myself motivated, I’ve decided to share one of those entries a week on my blog. They won’t all be good. The won’t all make sense, but I still mean to pull my favourite from the week.

So here we go. Week 1. A short store I called “Cake”

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The chocolate pastry sat dead centre on the plate, powered sugar and chocolate sauce shaken and poured over iced and ceramic surfaces. A precise dollop of whipped cream waited on the side, topped by a ripe strawberry sliced down the middle. The presentation was perfect. Strategic. Not a sprinkle of sugar out of place.

I smiled with warm pride.

As it was a special occasion, I carried the plate myself, pushing through the swinging doors of the kitchen in my clean white uniform and hat. A smile pasted on my face as I imagined the reaction of the customer when the first bite was tasted.

Never mind the words that had been exchanged the week before. Never mind the termination notice still sitting on my desk in the back room.

All that mattered was this moment.

I set down the plate. “Bon appetit.”

The restaurant owner took a critical bite.

I continued to smile, waiting for the arsenic to kick in.

A Blog Hop on the Writing Process

A big thank you to Angela Addams for tagging me in this writing process Blog Hop! I love reading about what other authors are up to, and how they get from idea to finished manuscript. Before reading my post, you should head over to Angela’s blog to read her information!

Welcome back.

Now for my process!

1) What am I working on?

This is always a fun question, because it’s never a simple answer. I just released book 2 is my Meratis Trilogy: Eventide. After a bit of a break, I’m just about to throw myself into book 3 – Evenlight. I’m excited about this one, but admittedly a little nervous as well. I’ve been with these characters for a while now. I like them. I don’t want to let go of them. But at the same time, considering the subject matter, they’ll probably be relieved for me to stop messing in their lives.

Never one to work on something without the next goal in mind, I’ve also started brainstorming ideas for the next series on my list. I’ve decided to resurrect my Daughter of Time series, which is the story of the accidentally-immortal sorceress Katerina. It’s such a fun cast of characters, lots of room for historical research, and I’m looking forward to getting back into it.

Finally, a step outside of the fantasy genre, I’m working at a murder mystery novella, very pulpy and fun, set in the burlesque community.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

The Meratis books are pretty unique entities in the fantasy genre, I think. The purpose of the concept was to play with that fourth wall, so it’s steeped in layers of meta fiction – characters aware that they’re characters; an author with no control over his story, losing his imagination and having to rely on the people he created to help him get through it. I did my best to avoid any grim dark themes, keeping the tone light, with as much humour as possible. I had so much fun writing these stories, that I hope the readers have just as much fun reading it.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I don’t limit myself to genre. Everything I write is very character-driven. I follow the voices in my head and see where they take me. I love seeing where they take me – whether it’s to the European Witch trials or a fictional world within a fictional world.

4) How does your writing process work?

I confess I don’t have a set process. I find it changes depending on the project. For the first two Meratis novels, I wrote the first drafts within 30 days and then started edits. So far Book 3 is requiring some extra brainstorming sessions. Brainstorming typically involves mass music buying to trigger scene and character ideas, and then vomiting ideas over every scrap of paper I can get my hands on. I refer to my system as the “connect-the-dots” method. I like to come up with the beginning, the ending, and some random scenes in the middle, but how I get from point to point depends entirely on the characters.

Now I tag my good friend Colin F Barnes, who just released his post-apoc novel Salt, which is a very creative and wonderful read and I highly recommend it!

Bio:

Colin F. Barnes is a full-time writer of science fiction and techno thrillers. He honed his craft with the London School of Journalism and the Open University (BA, English). Colin has run a number of tech-based businesses, worked in rat-infested workshops, and scoured the back streets of London looking for stories and fine ale.

He has three novels out in his cyberpunk technothriller series THE TECHXORCIST. His recent release is SALT: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller. To contact Colin you can email him at: hi@colinfbarnes.com

Or for more information on all his works you go to: www.colinfbarnes.com

Salt_Ebook_Lowres1-200x300In 2014 humanity didn’t stand a chance. A series of fatal climatic disasters struck, entirely drowning the planet. Now, just one hundred and twenty-five souls remain, surviving on a flotilla of damaged ships. But their survival isn’t guaranteed. Facing severe threats to their numbers by a fatal bacterium and increasingly warring factions, they discover a serial killer within their midst.

When the murderer targets Eva Morgan’s friend, her investigations draw her into a deadly mystery and a race against time before the killer’s actions destroy the fragile existence on the flotilla. The further she digs, the more secrets she uncovers, and the truth becomes a pawn in a game for ultimate survival.

With humankind on the brink of extinction, the story of SALT will take you on a thrill ride of intense emotions and incredible revelations.\

Buy now on Amazon