Monday, 29 June 2015
Saturday, 27 June 2015
Welcome to the 27th day of the Magic of Solstice Fantasy Writers' Tour 2015!
The Contract (Prequel to the Fractured Series)
By Melissa Barker-Simpson
Excerpt from The Contract
Saunders' Choice (A Natural Gifts Novella)
By Gina Briganti
Excerpt from Saunders' Choice
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Friday, 26 June 2015
As I mentioned before, I'm going to be doing things a little differently now. Instead of doing the tours and blitz's like I used to, I'll be hosting release parties on my Facebook Page and Twitter (and I'll be throwing things up on Google+ as well, just not as often). I will be running them for about two weeks following the release, so if you're following me and you have elected to receive my newsfeeds, you should be getting them.
This time around I'll be sharing an interview I did with a reader below (and I might do this often so if you love my stuff and want to be interviewed, contact me), little excerpts from Episode 10 each day, a words scavenger hunt, and some other fun stuff.
And now for my interview with Debra Mauldin. Debra has been following my Shadow Stalker Serial from the very beginning.
Hi Debra, thanks for taking the time to do this!
It is my pleasure, Renee
As I said, you've been following the Shadow Stalker Serial from the very beginning. How did you hear about it?
I was working with a group called ‘Dragon Knight Chronicles’ and we did a book tour on Shadow Stalker: The Hidden Truth (Episode 1).
What were your first thoughts when you started reading Episode 1: The Hidden truth? Was it what you expected?
My first thoughts were, “here is a science fiction fantasy that I will thoroughly enjoy’. So far it has been everything I expected, plus more.
Has there been anything about the serial that has caught you off guard or surprised you?
The graphic torture scenes, in what I believe was Episode 8, caught me completely off guard. Until then, the violence had been hinted at, but now it was fully voiced through Auren, no less.
What do you like most and/or lease about Shadow Stalker?
I love the entire story and cannot think of anything I like less.
Is there anything you would change if you could?
I wouldn’t change a thing. I love your writing.
What would you say to anyone who hasn't read the serial yet?
Pick up a copy of Shadow Stalker: The Hidden Truth (Episode 1) and read it. I bet you will want to read more.
Are you looking forward to the Savior of the Serpent Isles novels being released starting next year?
I can hardly wait.
Finally, is there anything you'd like to ask me?
Is it easier, or harder, to write in episodes than chapters?
Wow, that's hard to answer. It's not really easier or harder. It's different and writing the serial is definitely a different skill set to writing a novel. I think writing a serial is a lot like writing a short story in a way. You need to be focused on the main plot and there isn't much in the way of subplots. You also have to be able to leave off with a cliff hanger that will make people want to come back a month later, but not so much of one you'll make them go bald. And you don't want to leave them hanging too long, so you need to work with a regular release schedule so they know when the next one is coming. It's a balancing act that I'm really still learning.
I think writing novels is less hectic and more relaxed, at least for me. I don't feel as much pressure to get it done because until I set a release date, there is no expectation for the work to be done by a certain time.
Anyway, thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions, Debra, and for all the support you've given me over the last year. You have no idea how much I appreciate it!
You are more than welcome. I truly love to read your writings!
This weeks author spotlight is a cover reveal for Melissa Barker-Simpson's soon to be released novel, The Fallen. I'm a big fan of Melissa's work so I'm really excited about this one. Hope you all enjoy the feature and buy the book when it's out. You can also read a novella she's written for this series in a bundle she's released. Info is below! Enjoy!
Melissa Barker-Simpson has been writing since she was knee-high to a grasshopper. Melissa often looks back on those earlier stories, and apart from laughing at the heavy-handed drama, or cringing at her inexperience, she is reminded that she has always lived in other worlds.
Her first novel was published in 2008, and Melissa loved nothing more than working on a new project. The voices inside her head invariably pull her in different directions, so although she tried to work on one thing at a time, those who know her would tell you it doesn’t always work!
She works a full-time job, which does not involve writing per se, incorporates her love of language. As a British Sign Language Interpreter, Melissa gets to translate information between two languages which is (mostly) fun.
She also has two beautiful daughters who bring her great joy. They keep her grounded, otherwise she would be stuck in the clouds permanently!
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After the Demonic War, a battle which devastated the mortal realm, hunter cells were established across the globe to serve and protect every living soul. Maddison Wood is part of an alpha cell in the north of England. But Maddison has a new role now; her responsibilities as Watcher. She belongs to a legion of warriors assigned to serve the Fallen; guardian angels afforded the privilege of residing on Earth.
When Maddison is drawn to the city by an event which resonates hundreds of miles away, she is thrown into the path of a newly fallen angel. But Obadiah is no ordinary angel. He is a Prime, and his presence symbolizes a new threat. There is a war coming, and Maddison must form an alliance if she has any hope of winning this first battle. After all, the Fractured are a formidable enemy; a group of lost souls - powerful creatures of darkness who crave to destroy those who belong to the light.
The Fallen is the first of the Fractured Series written by Melissa Barker-Simpson. She has travelled down many roads as an author over these last few years; genres include fantasy, science-fiction, and crime - all with an element of romance. Melissa currently has four ongoing series, with the Fractured being the most current. This is her journey into a world she has been dying to share for years.
Just a short few weeks ago Melissa released the prequel to her Fractured Series in a double book anthology with Gina Briganti, entitled Changing Worlds. The prequel, a novella she named The Contract, began a tale which will continue on July 30th. This cover reveal is the first step on the road to promoting The Fallen. Stay tuned for her pre-order announcement, which will follow next week.
The countdown to release day begins now! Make sure you don’t miss out by signing up for Melissa Barker-Simpson’s Newsletter. All subscribers will receive a special discount for being part of her mailing list.