November Releases!

I’m excited to announce that I have two releases for November! One for Deb Logan and one for Debbie Mumford 😀

First up, Deb Logan’s newest tale set in Faery.

FAERY UNPREDICTABLE
by Deb Logan
Audience: Fantasy | Teen | Novelette

Claire Murray, a real live faery princess, is spending her first midwinter holiday with her many-times-removed grandfather, the King of Faery. When her best friend Roddy, the Prince of Winter, is accused of stealing the Wyrd Stone, a magical artifact that governs the turning of the seasons, Claire must discover the real culprit before the all important celebration of the Festival of Alban Arthan. Can she clear her friend’s name before he’s banished from Faery … forever!

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Next, Debbie Mumford has a third tale in her Witchling series. Enjoy!

TO PROTECT A PRINCESS
by Debbie Mumford
Audience: Fantasy | General Audience | Short Story

In her role as King’s Wizard, Kaitlyn is charged with protecting King Lorien’s eldest daughter, Princess Melisande as she journeys to wed a foreign king. Upon their arrival, Kaitlyn discovers that the young king has been enthralled by his counselor, a powerful wizard. When her duties conflict, which will Kaitlyn choose to fulfill? Will she witness the marriage her king has arranged, or will she protect her princess … no matter the cost?

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New Collection: Tales of Disastrous Deeds

I have a new collection out! Take a look…

TALES OF DISASTROUS DEEDS
by Debbie Mumford
Audience: Suspense | General Audience | Collection

Take a journey into the realm of disaster, whether natural or man-made, with these five short stories from Debbie Mumford’s Flights of Fantasy.

In this collection you’ll discover a thrilling tale of an ill-conceived heist (“Egg Thief”), a flash tale of natural disaster (“Aftermath”), a moving story of a young man’s desperate struggle to survive in the wilderness (“Silver-Tipped Death”), a short tale of humanity’s quest to avoid annihilation (“Remembrance”), and a Sci-Fi tale of personal loss and ultimate triumph (“New Year”).

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New Release for Deb Logan!

I’m really excited to announce that my alter-ego’s latest short story is now available from all your favorite e-book distributors! “The Worst Summer Vacation Ever” (by Deb Logan) was a blast to write, and based on a real lake house that I visited in NY State’s Finger Lakes region many years ago. Of course, no one died in that house (at least, not that I know of!), but it was fun to set my YA paranormal mystery/romance there.

Here’s the information:

THE WORST SUMMER VACATION EVER
by Deb Logan
Audience: Teen | Paranormal | Short Story

Amanda Baines loves her family. Really. Even her younger siblings, the rug rats. But when her parents take all her carefully crafted summer plans and blow them straight to … well someplace even hotter than Oklahoma in July, she is definitely not a happy camper. Spending the summer at the lake house her father had frequented as a child is SO not what she had planned. Especially not when said house is totally secluded and offers no modern conveniences. Not even an indoor toilet! Will Amanda survive an unplugged summer in a creepy old house that seems to be watching her like a beast of prey?

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In other Deb Logan news, be sure to check out her “Bundles Galore” page for news about TWO StoryBundle opportunities! “Thunderbird is featured in a YA bundle and “Faery Unexpected” is in a Fantasy bundle!

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The Faery Tales Bundle: Author David Miller!

I’m excited to introduce you to David Miller, author of Stone of Destiny, the first book in his Irish Cycle.

Take it away, David!

Where do you live and what does your writing space look like?
I’m originally from New York, but for the past seven years Southern New Hampshire’s been home. I have a dedicated office in my home, but I tend to not write in there much. Usually, I’m either out on the sofa in the living room or at my favorite place to write—when the weather cooperates—in a lounge chair out on my deck.

Why do you write?
First and foremost I write to entertain myself. I have always been a voracious consumer of stories; TV, movies, books, comic books, whatever. So the idea of creating my own stories, stories that I’d want to read, fun for me.

Also because I’ve spent so many hours being entertained by others, by reading what they’ve written, for me to have a chance to do the same, to entertain people, to give them a few hours of enjoyment or escapism, that’s very gratifying to me.

When did you start writing?
Years back, when I was working a corporate job, I traveled a lot, upwards of two weeks per month, so I had a lot of time on my hands; flying, in hotel rooms, waiting around airports. On the Internet, I saw an open call for short story submissions for a Star Trek anthology series called STRANGE NEW WORLDS. I’ve always been a big Star Trek fan so I thought it would be fun to try and write a story for it. It took me eight years but I managed to sell them three stories, and that was it. I was bitten by the writing bug.

Tell us about the book you have in the bundle. How did it come to be?
The book I have in this bundle is called STONE OF DESTINY. It’s Book One in what’s called the Irish Cycle series. The story takes place in modern day Boston where a cop, Sean Regan, teams up with a Celtic warrior demi-goddess from Irish mythology sent to our world to safeguard an ancient mystical artifact. Along the way they encounter supernatural creatures and mythical beings drawn from a mix of mythological and paranormal legends.

I wanted to do an urban fantasy series that would uniquely combine ancient mythological characters and concepts such as those in the Celts, Norse, Asian, and other mythologies, with the supernatural elements of witches, vampires, werewolves, demons, and Satan, to bring them together in a modern setting, in this case Boston.

The Irish Cycle series tells the tale of Sean Regan and his team’s attempts to battle the forces of ancient evils invading our world and preventing an apocalyptic invasion from many Otherworlds. STONE OF DESTINY is book one in that effort.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Oh, there are so many, but the one thing that sticks with me the most is something I heard either Michael Connelly or Jeffery Deavers say about writing crime stories, but I think it applies to any genre. I’m paraphrasing, but here it is: “It’s not about how the detective works the case, it’s how the case works the detective.” In other words, the most important thing about the story is not what is going on, but always how the character is affected by what is going on.

Are you a planner, or do you write into the dark? Do you write fast or slow?
I do outline, but I keep it loose, never letting myself get confined by it. An outline keeps me focused, and from wandering down time-wasting rabbit holes. I write out the basic beginning, middle, and end in a one page blurb, then I do a more detailed breakdown of beats for about the first quarter to half of the novel, leaving the second half rather vague. As I write, I’m thinking about what needs to come next and like a ball of yarn pushed out ahead of me I flesh out the story (the outline) with greater and greater detail, creating the outline as I go. If that makes sense.

I write slowly. 700-1000 words an hour depending on how well I’ve outlined a scene or whether I get into that elusive groove writers all chase. If I can get between 2000 and 3000 words a day done I’m satisfied. That’s three to five hours of writing and then the rest of my time is spent doing the admin and marketing business that needs doing.

Tell us about your most recent book.
I just finished a novella that introduces a new character into the Irish Cycle series. It’s called THE DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS. The protagonist is Sarah Prentiss, a young woman who begins to exhibit unusual powers even as she learns that demons are real.

It’s with my editor now. We hope to have it released by the time this bundle goes on sale.

What are you currently working on?
I’m working on Book 2 in the Irish Cycle series. The working title is GATEWAY TO SHEOL. In it, Sean Regan and his group are in a race to find—and deal with—a Gateway into Hell. It’s scheduled for publication in early fall.

In addition to STONE OF DESTINY, readers might be interested to know there’s another book in the Irish Cycle series, THROUGH THE AGES, available now in eBook and print format. THOUGH THE AGES is a collection of stories featuring Saito Izumi, a 400-year-old Japanese vampire, who’s a prominent character in STONE OF DESTINY.

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The Faery Tales Bundle: Author Linda Jordan

Today I’m delighted to introduce you to Linda Jordan, author of Faerie Unraveled, the first book in her Bones of the Earth series.

Tell us all your secrets, Linda!

Where do you live and what is your writing space like?
I live in the Pacific Northwest, about half an hour north of Seattle. In the woods. I have two main writing spaces. In the cold, wet weather I write at my desk in the kitchen/dining room of a teeny tiny house. My desk closes up because — cats! When I open it up there’s a (small) space filled with lights, and rocks and artwork. It’s very pretty. And pens, lots of pens, even though I use a laptop to write on. I’ve been collecting rocks since I was old enough to pick them up. I haven’t stopped.

In the summer, when it’s not raining, I write at one of the tables outside in the garden. When it’s cooler, I pick a table in the sun and when it’s hot, I head for the shade. We have extension cords stretched across the garden to various tables, so I can plug in and get to work. It’s wonderful to write outside and be influenced by the birds, the wind and other various noises that come into my world. Writing outside is my favorite place, which always makes me wish summer would last a bit longer.

Why do you write?
I’m the kind of person who needs to be creative. I chose writing as that outlet because I was a voracious reader. It seemed the best fit for me. I sometimes make other art — paintings and mosaics, very badly.

When did you start writing?
I started writing when I was in my early 20’s. I floundered around for many, many, many years before I took a writing workshop from Steve Perry, and then went to Clarion West.

What genre(s) do you write?
Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy, Science Fiction and Mystery. There may be others, I always like to try new, shiny things.

Tell us about the book you have in this bundle. How did it come to be?
I was sitting around one spring day, settling in to write. I knew it was time to write a novel, I’d just written a slew of short stories and was ready for something longer. I saw the first scene in my head. A woman walking around the Fremont area of Seattle (where I used to live) in the early hours before dawn. She was watching a coyote eat something, probably a cat. And I knew she wasn’t human. It took me quite a while before I figured out who and what she was. That was the birth of Faerie Unraveled. Which eventually grew into a five book series.

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Oh, there’s so much awesome advice. The best I’ve received recently is to immerse myself completely in the character. Feel what they are feeling, smell what they’re smelling and taste what they’re tasting. And write that. If you just keep following the character, you’ll find your story.

Are you a planner, or do you write into the dark? Do you write fast or slow?
I used to be a planner and plot everything out. But then I never wanted to write the book. I felt done with it, since I knew what happened. So I began to write in the dark and it’s so much more fun. I’m so often surprised by where the story takes me.

I write fast when I apply myself. When I spend more hours in the chair. However, since my life is crazy busy, I don’t get as much time and focus as I’d like. Then I write very slowly.

Tell us about your most recent book.
I have two most recent books. Both published in April of 2017. The first one is the third Faerie book: Faerie Descent. The second is the beginning of a cozy mystery series, Horticultural Homicide.

But let me tell you about my 2nd Faerie book: Faerie Contact – The Bones of the Earth Series: Book 2.

Faerie must find a way to tell humans they exist. The sylph, Skye, goes to Glastonbury as an ambassador. She needs to pass as human to gain their trust.

Just as she begins her work a strange being who threatens Faerie’s existence appears. Skye and her friends must thwart the being’s plan.

Faerie threatens to fall and take our world with them.

An earthy epic fantasy set in contemporary times that provides a welcome breath of fresh air.

What are you currently working on?
I’m currently finishing up a science fiction novel that I must change the working title for, so I can’t tell you what it is.

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Thank you, Linda. It’s always fun to get to spend time with you!

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