Sunday, July 31, 2016

A Teaser From Tale

Hi Everyone! I hope this post finds you happy, healthy and writing. I said last week that I would post an excerpt from Tale and usually I post from the first chapter in my latest work in progress, but I decided this time to tease you with a vision-walk between Stevie and Queen Feya Lune. 

Here's the teaser and if you get a moment let me know what you think.

Stevie’s eyes opened and she found herself in a vision-walk—in the middle of a forest—one she was familiar with. A song in the distance became louder as tiny lights appeared all around her. The Faeries. She knew it was Queen Feya Lune that invaded her dreams.
            She looked around at the trees until she spotted the little Queen morphing from the size of her pinky finger, to a full grown human size. Stevie bowed and smiled as Feya Lune transformed in front of her. “Hello, Feya Lune.” Stevie gazed into the soft gold of her eyes.
            “Ty Greial,” the Queen’s ethereal voice said, her wings fluttering.
            “I have missed you. We haven’t talked in weeks.” Stevie knew this wasn’t just a catch up meeting. Feya Lune never called her unless it was important. “I’m sure there’s something you need to tell me.”
            Feya Lune inclined her head and then caught Stevie’s eyes with hers. “There is much to discuss—I fear for you.”
            “What is it?” Stevie asked. “You look awfully worried.”
            “You not accepted fully, Shylae—Guardian of Phraile Highlae. A few wish you gone. And others begrudge the Hundye who have breached the portal.”
            Stevie smiled. “I know. And in time the people will accept all of us.”
            “Tis true, but take care to be aware of surroundings.” She fluttered around the trees as if pacing, her colors changing from pastel to more vibrant. “There is more, Ty Greial. A prophecy unfolds. Yet there is knowledge not given. A dangerous journey must take place—and one will be sacrificed.”
            “What do you mean, one will be sacrificed? Whose life is in danger?” Stevie held her breath waiting for the answer.
            The Queen shook her head, frustration showing in her hues. “I know not. I see a death, but no face. I see an enemy, but know not who. There is a task that must be conquered to triumph the battle foretold.” Darkness settled across the Queen’s features.
              Now Stevie’s frustration became obvious. “Why do you always talk in riddles? I need answers.”
            The Queen’s song grew louder, filling Stevie’s ears with a trill. She brought her hands to her head, the sound pounding in her temples. “Stop, Feya Lune. I’m not trying to upset you, but I need to have answers.”
            The noise quieted, and the Queen slowed. She now stood in front of Stevie. “You are brave, Ty Greial, but will have to go on—even in the face of loss. I warned you long ago. Now you must continue your destiny.”
            Stevie huffed. “Feya Lune, I had no choice, even if I’d heeded your warning and left, I’d still be in danger. I am ready to face the Rebels, and the Behm. But I am afraid of the Jajing.” Stevie started her own pacing. “I don’t know how to be a leader of a war. And I don’t want to see any of my friends or family die.”
            The Queen began to shrink. “I must leave you now, my powers wane.”
            “You always do this to me. Can’t you tell me before you go?”
            Feya Lune became a tiny Faerie once more. Stevie could hear her voice through the trees. “I will return, Ty Greial. Until then—see with both eyes.”
            And she was gone.

Stevie sank to the forest floor, her head in her hands. Which one of my friends will die? I have to know who needs extra protection.

I hope you enjoyed my excerpt and look forward to the next book in my Lorn Prophecy series, Tale.
Have a great week all and don't forget to get your copy of Lore!  Lore on Amazon

Love, Lisa

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Critiquing Woes

I know it has been a while since I've touched on any of the creative writing skills, but it's been a busy, not to mention, wild summer.

Between moving, and now trying to put our new home together which includes painting, and errands, I've had really little time to just hang out in my office and get things done. I might get caught up at some point, we shall see.

But in the mean time, I have been reading at night before bed. I've read two of my friend's books. One was a fantasy fiction/romance and the other is fantasy/sci-fi. Both are great stories and both have strong character building. And although they have great attributes, they both have to work on certain creative writing skills. 

The first had a few mistakes, nothing major, but the author head hopped here and there. Not a whole lot, but enough so that it was noticeable. 

The other, head hopping all over the place, confusing scenes and a few grammar and spelling mistakes. Strong characters though.

I think both could have been great if only the author's had strong critique partners, and maybe listened to their editors. (I'm assuming their editors said something about these mistakes).

Now, not to say my book, Lore, doesn't have mistakes. I reread the entire novel and found plenty that I plan to go in and fix, but at least I will do that. For some reason you don't see all the mistakes until you're reading your book in Kindle format. I don't know why that is?! But it doesn't change the fact that they are there and I will be working on those and re-downloading in the near future.

I do keep hoping, however, that my message gets across to new authors - no head hopping. It can confuse the reader and makes it look as though you're lazy. 

On a lighter note, Tale, is coming along great! I've written 10 chapters so far and have just sent chapter 4 to my critique partner. Once my life settles down, which should be by Fall, I will be able to go more gung-ho on the book. I'm sure it won't take as long as the last books.

I will post an excerpt from the book soon for those who are interested. Until then, keep on writing, and don't forget to get your copy of Lore!

Love, Lisa

Saturday, July 16, 2016

On A Lighter Note

Trying to figure out what subject to write about in your blog post every week can become cumbersome. So I thought since I've covered most creative writing skills, social media marketing and other off the cuff stuff, that maybe today I would keep it real.

With all the stressful issues we are facing in the world today, one way to get away from it all is a good book. 

Those who have found solace in picking up a great mystery, fantasy, or science fiction know the value of escaping to another world, another life. There's nothing better than to take a trip to your favorite "other world" and enjoy a vacation in your mind. I mean, after all, isn't that where it counts?

To only pay a few dollars and be taken away is worth every penny. Whether you're looking for that perfect man with a romance novel, or a new realm to traverse in an epic fantasy, you can go to new places and a new life, if only for a while.

The good news is, when you're finished reading a book, you can always start a new one. 

We are always looking for a place to escape to. We spend thousands to go to the ocean, or mountains. And although they are lovely places, they're short lived too. Not to mention, probably 80% of you take along a favorite novel to immerse yourself in. 

So for those temporary getaways, buy a novel, or download one from the library. You'll be glad you did. In fact, you'll find yourself wanting to get back to the book as soon as all your errands, work hours, and other extraneous chores are finished.

Reading is not only an escape, but it builds intelligence. In other words, it's good for you. So jump on Amazon and download a book today, or go to your local book store if you like the feel of a physical book in your hands. 

Take my word for it, you won't regret it!

And if you like fantasy, you can start with a free book Free Fable Download!
What's it going to hurt to read a free book?! Try it, you might like it!

 Until next week, have a great weekend everyone and don't forget to relax and enjoy your new novel.

Love, Lisa

Friday, July 8, 2016

Back In The Swing Of Things

As a writer you hear the advice - write every day - easier said than done. With that said - I'm glad to be back in the swing of things. It's been a long couple of weeks and I missed having the time to just sit and work on my next book, Tale.

With the move behind us now, and my computer set up, I can get back to the exciting ideas I have for the next in the series of,The Lorn Prophecy. Stevie will be on a new quest to save Djenrye and the other side of the portal as well. There will be new challenges, new races (that the Djen didn't even know about) and new dangers facing this brave, young teenager.

Well, I guess she is no longer considered a teen, but a young woman coming into her own. Stevie will learn what it's like to be a leader of her people and deal with the conflicts facing her. I'm so stoked! Can't wait to see what happens!

I guess I better sit down and do some more outlining of the book though. When writing a series, you can't write by the seat of your pants (A panster), you have to plan it out (A Plotter). This is especially important for character development and story. 

Your characters will learn and grow as people so you must show the progression. Some will digress since they're the antagonist(s). Using an outline really does help in all phases of your book. From character development, story, plots and sub-plots. It will help you not to write yourself into a corner, not knowing how to get out without doing the ultimate no-no - suddenly making up a new power that was never mentioned throughout the entire book. This won't ring true and will turn off your readers.

So if you decide to write a series I strongly suggest you outlining your story as you go. It will help you in the long run and keep you from having to rewrite your entire book.

Are you a panster or a plotter? I'm interested to find out. 

Until next Friday, have a wonderful weekend and stay cool!

Love, Lisa

Friday, July 1, 2016

A Hint For Marketing Your Books

So the plan is, this will be a good weekend. We finally are moving out of this cold, drafty, ugly rock cabin. Can't wait! 

I've endured this place for nine months, and in my opinion, it was nine months too long. I know some of you are saying, well at least you have a roof over your head, and that's true. I am grateful for that. But this place, as my friend Janet said, is one step up from tent camping. Try sleeping in a tent at 8200 ft through the freezing winter of the Rocky Mountains?!

Anyway, there is light at the end of the tunnel. This move is also the beginning of much needed changes. It will be the start of a new life for us. One that only positive changes will happen. I am bound and determined to turn things around for the better.

Now, it won't be easy, and there will be times where I will want to sink back into the abyss, but my attitude is one of good mojo and is only allowed in this household. What are the major changes? Losing weight, saving money for my hubby's much needed knee replacements, and marketing the books to a point of profit. Oh, and of course, writing my next book, Tale!

What is the abyss? Spending money where it's not needed. Wanting something I don't need. And needlessly spending too much on marketing. Trust me, It can add up quick. 

I know marketing through Facebook can add up quickly, but if you figure out what's affordable for you each month, I believe it will be worth it. A good ad, a great description and a well thought out image make all the difference. If you try three different ads, with three different images, then compare the clicks, you will discover what works and what doesn't. 

Plus a good marketing class doesn't hurt either. Support is critical from friends and colleagues, and writing more books is key to a successful writing career. But make sure your covers and the story are excellent too. Without a good story to captivate and a cover that grabs them, all you hard work will be for not.

So, that's my take on it. I hope those of you who plan to write the next best novel of our time, realize how important a good marketing strategy is. If you would like to know more about the class I'm taking feel free to ask. I will be more than happy to talk to you about it.  

What do you do to market your books? Is it working for you?

Until next weekend, and from my new house,(very excited)have a great one and happy fourth of July! May it be a safe and fun outing for you and your family!

Love, Lisa