Guest Post: Steven Moore

This week I’d like to welcome my friend and fellow Inscribable, Steven Moore.
He’s the superhero artist behind this masterpiece.
(See below for more information about our super group.)

Science Fiction, Fantasy & History—Hand In Hand

I’m currently writing my next Gnome Legends™ Downtime Read™—The Timeless Crystal and have found myself fascinated by how easily science fiction and fantasy can blend with historical events and characters. Though much of the story takes place in my usual fantasy world filled with gnomes and elves, it includes an element of time travel. I wanted to give the future part of the story a bit of a steampunk feel, so I put the “future” characters in the late 1800s. With that I realized there were people perfect in real history for a time travel story—enter Nikola Tesla and his good friend Samuel Clemens. I already had a slight fascination with these men, but a little research showed me that they were ideal for a retro science fiction addition to Gnome Legends.

Fiction is fiction. Once you have an idea and begin to outline it, the story usually writes itself (of course your skills determine how well it writes itself). Though the story uses the crystals which had already been a part of my world as its focus point, it was the “timeless” aspect that quickly took over the story. The time travel element brought in characters that really added a nice layer of reality to my world and gave me a handful of rich characters to enhance the story.

As a reader or a writer, never be afraid to venture a little outside of what you’re comfortable with. If you decide you don’t like what you’re reading/writing, then move onto the next thing. But along the way you’ll most likely find the variety to be refreshing.

Dear reader—thank you for sharing your time with me. And Carrie, thank you very much for letting me be a part of your blog. 

Here’s a little sample of the Timeless Crystal: http://www.grimtrojan.com/timeless.htm

Please feel free to visit my website: http://www.grimtrojan.com. I’d love to have you stop by and share your thoughts.

 

Born in Frankfurt Germany on a U.S. Army base, artist/writer Steven Moore has traveled to several countries and been to numerous states within the U.S., but has lived most of his life near the Gulf Coast of Alabama. He currently resides in Loxley, Alabama with his wife and daughter.

Downtime Reads™ are books written for the entire family to enjoy during their downtimes and specifically written to motivate mid-grade readers and reluctant teen readers to read.

Steven is a proud member of The INSCRIBABLES: a group of successful writers and artists who have teamed up to educate, inform and inspire the creative young. 

Guest Post: MeLeesa Swann

After all the blog hopping I did last month, I’m returning the favor by inviting a few of my writer friends to stop by and share a bit about their stories.
Please welcome MeLeesa Swann, author of the middle grade fantasy series
Legendary Lex.

I Live with Evil Geniuses

With four kids, I frequently just want to run away. Go on a cruise or take some type of luxurious vacation. The endless “I’m hungry”, “He’s being mean”, and “Can we buy this?” is enough to drive even the most patient person insane!

But I owe my career, my dream, to the monsters.

I couldn’t create half the things I do without my little evil geniuses. I once asked my youngest boy to bring me an ice cream sandwich and he brought me a scoop of vanilla between two pieces of bread. My youngest girl recently had a conversation with a dragonfly and declared it the protector of her college campus. My oldest boy never seems to get sarcasm and takes everything so literally. (I’ve never had to be more careful about the things I say.) And my oldest girl is probably one of the most positive people I’ve ever met. (I didn’t think people like that really existed. She’s always smiling!)

Through the four of my little demons (and yes, they all have their mischievous streak) and my loving hubby (who is the king of horrible puns), I am blessed with a large variety of inspirations for the tales I weave.

So, even though I frequently fantasize about escaping to Scotland for a few weeks, I totally love living with my my evil geniuses.

MeLeesa Swann lives with her husband and four children in the lavish land of Imagica. She spends her time teaching her children the ways of the mortal world while showing them the beauty of her homeland. She also burns mystical designs on wooden boxes that allow people to store their secret items while on their journeys. Her hope for all who are touched by her works is that they find a piece of their own magic in their lives. MeLeesa recently published her first book, Legendary Lex: An ODD Beginning. It’s sequel is soon to follow. She is also the local liaison for the Mobile branch of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

www.meleesaswann.com

https://www.facebook.com/MeLeesaSwann/

https://twitter.com/MeLeesaSwann

Blog Hopping

I’ve been all over different websites lately and posting/sharing the links on my social media pages, but in case you’ve missed them, here’s the latest.

 

Book Review:

This post is a review of my historical novel, Fortitude, by MeLeesa Swann, a newcomer in the world of Middle Grade fantasy.

 

Guest Blog Spots:

This one is about seeking inspiration in the world around you, on MeLeesa’s site, including examples I find of Fortitude and Corroded in the world around me.

Then newest is a feature on some of my favorite books featuring Autism Spectrum Disorders on Stephanie Lawton’s blog. (Enjoy contemporary upper YA and New Adult novels, she’s your lady!)

 

Q&A Posts:

Steven Moore hosted me last weekend with some great questions. Check out his website while you’re there. He’s a fantastic artist (“Mr. Illustrator” from The Inscribables, who drew my “Word Rocker” avatar.) If you love fantasy books, games, etc. be sure to browse his offerings.

And I had another stop with MeLeesa Swann (she’s been great to me) to answer her burning questions.

 

Thanks for following my  blog journey and  checking out my literary friends.

P.S.

Be sure to signup for my newsletter because BIG NEWS is coming soon!

Heir of Koradin Blog Tour

As mentioned previously, now that I’m part of the Anaiah Press family, I’ll be featuring some of their Surge (young adult) imprint books. I’m in the process of reading the first book in the Chasmaria series, and it’s a great read. Grit

This month, welcomed the second book of Chasmaria, and here’s what going on with that…

HeirofKoradin
Blurb:
Dagger of Willow and Strike has waited a lifetime to return to the village of his birth. He’s been promised the throne of Koradin, but getting captured by his treacherous sire wasn’t part of the plan. Dagger needs a miracle to turn his childhood dreams into reality—And Grit of Berth and Stone might be that miracle.
Unfortunately for him, Grit’s stuck in the rival village of Thresh, and she’s in way over her head. Having bluffed her way into commanding an army of incompetents, she’s useless to Dagger if her new recruits don’t learn the right end of a sword. To make matters worse, Dagger’s sire seeks Grit’s life, and there’s no telling when he’ll return to Thresh to finish what he started when he killed her dame.
But freedom calls through shifting alliances, and neither Dagger’s disillusionment nor Grit’s doubt can keep the armies of Koradin and Thresh from war.

Release Date: August 4, 2015

Book Links:
Anaiah Press: http://www.anaiahpress.com/Koradin.html

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013C7TWLK

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/grit-of-berth-and-stone-lisa-dunn/1121283483?ean=9780996129756

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/grit-of-berth-and-stone/id970834995?mt=11
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/566000

Excerpt: First chapter available on our website http://www.anaiahpress.com/Koradin.html

ALSO READ The First Book of Chasmaria: Grit of Berth and Stone by Lisa Dunn
http://www.anaiahpress.com/Grit.html

Review Snippets from Book 1: Grit of Berth and Stone:
“Grit does not fit into any of our modern stereotypes and I love that.”
“ Grit’s world is well-crafted and revealed to the reader through the story telling with just enough details to understand the world and story and to keep you intrigued and guessing about what is coming next.”
“This book will definitely keep your attention and your thoughts long after you’ve finished.”

Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/Seq-Fg7M0l4

DON’T MISS!
End of Tour Author Facebook Q&A: Thursday, August 27, 9-10 p.m. EST
https://www.facebook.com/events/1666980863546266/

Rafflecopter giveaway code: Anaiah Press will giveaway one ecopy of Grit of Berth and Stone. Enter via the Rafflecopter below:
EMBED CODE: a Rafflecopter giveaway

or Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d3e9359421/?

Author Bio:
As a child, Lisa Dunn fell asleep to her father’s fanciful bedtime tales and played with her own stories during the daylight hours. She now resides in a small southern town with her husband and four children. Local librarians thank her for their job security.

Lisa Dunn-Author Photo
Website: http://waitingforaname.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScouterWife
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorlisadunn?fref=nf
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/21086727-lisa-dunn

Bibliophile Problems

If you couldn’t tell from my previous posts, I’m a book girl. There are a lot of books in my house. I’m talking more than dozens, more than hundreds, probably a couple thousand. I’ve never counted them all—that would mean math, and me and numbers don’t always get along.

This afternoon, after answering yet another a post on a homeschool page for recommendations for books set in a specific time period (happens regularly, and as a children’s literature connoisseur with a passion for historicals, I have to respond.) This time, it was a call for Civil War books. So, after going to my “favorite author” shelf in the hall, I returned to my desk area to look over my general middle grade collection for more titles. But then I remembered my middle child’s quest for all things military, and that I’ve allowed him to adopt many of my middle grade novels dealing with war, so I had to go check the bookcase in his room.

I circled all around the house to gather information I could have grouped together. What’s a bibliophile to do?

Book project! 100_6855

I’m seriously contemplating putting all my books in chronological order. Even though that would mean splitting up the Katherine Paterson, Avi, Richard Peck, and Laurie Halse Anderson novels, I think at this point in my life (hello, homeschool!) it would be beneficial. But then I’d have to worry about the fantasy, science fiction, and contemporary… where would they all fit? Group the contemporary at the end of the historicals, with books like Bridge to Terabithia (and it’s 1970’s references) toward the beginning of that section. What about classics, like Charlotte’s Web? Do I place it in the era it was written?

The stress!

But it’s a happy, first world problem to deal with. Now I just need to decide if I take the plunge. Photographic journal blog will follow if it comes to pass.

Week of Mondays

It’s only Wednesday, but it’s been a week of Mondays here. And I mean that in the best possible way. I’m one of those people who love Mondays.

Mondays are a fresh start.
Mondays are productive.
Mondays are inspiring.
Mondays are peaceful (usually, in part, because I rarely have anywhere to rush off to, which leaves me to…)
Mondays are pajama days (most of the time—see above.)

This week has qualified as a week of awesome because:
1. FORTITUDE, my debut novel, will be out in one year. (Hooray!) 100_6830.1

2. Europe (Favorite. Band. EVER.) is releasing their US tour dates this Friday. (Hello, bucket list item number one—see Europe live!)

3. The Shannara TV series (first season based on my favorite Terry Brooks novel, The Elfstones of Shannara) keeps releasing cast news and pre-filming has begun (in New Zealand, of course.) 100_6841

4. I finally got to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

5. I’m on schedule for finishing my edits of CORRODED, so I’m closer to sending it back into Query Land.

It’s been exciting in my little corner of the world. What bits of awesome are filling your week?

The Last Stored Release Day

The Last Stored by Sonia Poynter

Surge Anaiah Press

LastStored

Blurb:

After the sudden death of her parents, making it through the day is a
struggle for Amber Megan Peel. In the midst of her grief, an exquisite
bird perches on her garden fence and shows her visions of a vivid
landscape and a dark lord slouching upon a throne. She thinks the visions
are tied to her sorrow. But when a boy flies through her kitchen window to
tell her she’s the Last Stored, she wonders if she’s just lost her mind.

Cree of Din is tasked with one job: Bring Amber home. For seven years,
Cree has trained as her protector and it is the ultimate responsibility.
Failure means Amber’s certain death, and that’s not an option for Cree –
especially since he’s falling in love with her.

The Returning has begun. Now all Amber and Cree have to do is enter Tali,
a world of unimaginable splendor and equally unimaginable horror, and
defeat Lorthis. If they can’t, not only will Tali plunge into darkness,
but so will Earth.

Release Date:

January 6, 2015

Book Links:

Goodreads

Anaiah Press

Amazon

Excerpt:

Cree climbs onto the railing and extends his hand to me. “Your choice,
Amber, you can come or you can stay!” he yells over the roar of the
water.

“This is nuts. You expect me to jump?”

“Nuts? No, merely the door.” He beams with anticipation. He seems fine.
In fact, his eyes sparkle with the moon’s glow.

My heart skips. My choice. I had another choice. I grasp his hand and
crawl onto the railing. My feet slip, and I waver. Cree steadies me with
his hand. The water falls in torrents in front of me. Am I really about to
do this?

“You can’t go back once you enter. Are you ready? You can do this.”

He looks into the raging waters, then back at me. His cloak swirls
around him like Superman’s cape.

“Yes, I can do this!” My heartbeat bangs in my throat. I’m about to
jump off of Lovers Leap with a boy I don’t know, along with two little old
men who have vanished below my feet. This is crazy, but I’m supposed to do
it. Part of me knew it every time my mother and father looked over this
very railing. I’m at the door.

Cree squeezes my hand, nods, and we jump. He howls. The feeling of
dropping over a roller coaster comes on fast. The water rushes by, cold
and wet. I fall.

My chest tightens like I’ve had the wind knocked out of me. I choke and
cough, spitting out water. I see darkness, and I feel Cree’s hand holding
mine.

Then, a bright light shimmers and glows at my feet, reflecting upward.
The sound of the water fades. My lungs fill with sweet air. The light
expands, covering me. Wind swirls and holds me up. I no longer fall, but
glide upward. A light from above warms my face, and the aroma of fragrant
honey hangs on the air. We twist and turn, Cree’s cloak coils around him,
my own clothing flapping in the wind.

I giggle loudly and squeal like a child.

Cree crinkles his face and laughs along. The wind continues pushing us
through a tunnel. I lift my free hand and try to feel the mist forming
around us; it scatters with my touch, only to form again when I retreat.
We have increased our speed. Far above me, Dartlin and Fink’s feet come
into focus, and they’re whooping with joy.

Then we stop.

We stand in a brick wading pool a few inches deep. Stone replaces the
air, which moments before surrounded me. I take in a deep, fragrant
breath.

Cree continues to hold my hand. He looks at our fingers still entwined
and laughs. “You can let go.”

Book Trailer:


 


Rafflecopter giveaway code: USA only Ecopy of Pride

PrideSmall

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Author Bio:

Sonia Poynter grew up traipsing through the thick woods of Kentucky. The
magic of the forest made her want to write. Currently, she lives in the
sleepy community of Pittsboro, Indiana, with the love of her life and God
has blessed them both with three amazing kids.

Authors photo

Website

Twitter

Pinterest

Goodreads

Facebook