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Friday, August 29, 2014

Beggar Magic Promo

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Monday, August 25, 2014

I need an author photo

Warning: this post will appear a little narcissistic because it will be filled with photos of ME!

It isn't completely necessary for me to have an author photo, but I keep finding places where I can enter them. I should probably stick to one, but I keep switching around. Any input as to which I should stick with? Or should I just break down and have a photographer take a fancy portrait for me?

I had my husband take a picture of me in my new Wonder Woman tee that I got (I got a matching one for my daughter who adores Wonder Woman).
I look like me, happy but maybe a bit unhinged:

I  like that this one has my girls in it, but at the same time I don't like that it has my girls in it, if you know what I mean. Plus it was bright out, and I'm squinting:

Here I am, trekking it up. Of course, in the thumb nail version you don't really get the full effect of the Star Trek uniform and there might be copyright issues with the Federation logo.

Then we have my Whovian in a hat photo. 

Then we have sophisticated party me, taken at my grandfather's retirement party. My face is shiny here though.


Or very pregnant, dressed by my toddler:

Or no makeup, bad hat, hipster don't care look.

Three years ago me, with very short hair.
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Bargain Day-Dragon's Debt

Hello, out there, all you lovers of dragons!

I'm running a bargain day for the second book in The Dragon and the Scholar Saga, Dragon's Debt.  Starting August 25th, the book will be available for 99 cents. To purchase your copy, please click the link below. 

Dragon's Debt (The Dragon and the Scholar Book 2)

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Fan Art

C. C.  Rogers rendered this lovely piece of art from Dragon's Debt. You  can follow her on Twitter here and check out her webcomic here.

As always, you can purchase Dragon's Curse, book one in the series, through this link: Dragon's Curse (The Dragon and the Scholar Book 1)

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Why Beggar Magic is different

I write to tell stories, and my stories come from playing around with ideas and asking "what if." Beggar Magic came out of the simple concept of a non-magic user in a magical world. The idea was slightly inspired by our own world's dependency on technology and how we  forget how to do simple things because we are used to having computers and machines do them for us. Not a mind-blowingly original concept, but it opened the door to the world of Beggar Magic.

Once I established that the book would be told from the eyes of a "normal" person in an abnormal world, I messed around with the magic system. I wanted something different and fun, and for some reason I, the most tone death person you will ever meet (seriously, my singing is awful) hit upon music as magic.

The Strains are magical,  invisible forces that exist in the land of Gelia. People can hear and interact with them and coax them into doing tasks large and small. While  everyone can hear their music, only certain people, known as Highmost, can hear their lyrics, the words they speak, and relate to them in a way to get them to do greater magic.

In a "this thought leads to that thought" sort of way, I wondered, well, what would it be like if you  couldn't hear the magic at all. What would that do to your place in a society where audible magic is everything?

So I invented Brick, my first deaf character. I don't want to give away too many story points this early in the game, but I'm a little in love with Brick. He's kind of adorable. He has the soul of an artist and the grin of an unruly child. I can't wait to introduce him to  my readers.

Another step away from my writing norm came when I chose to focus on the relationship between my main character and her best friend, rather than focusing fully on a love story.  I often find that I don't find the "voice" for a piece until I identify the relationship I care about the most. Dragon's Curse got its voice when I realized the main point of resolution involved the estranged brothers. Dragon's Debt got its power from the give and take between Ewan and Shannon as they struggled to find a balance in their out of the norm relationship. Dragon's Rival is very  dependent on the rift forming between Ryan and his father, and the focus on the friendship between Martin and Ewan provides me endless amusement in Dragon's Bride. With Beggar Magic it is all about Zebedy and Kynel and how they managed to become best friends even though their worlds and personalities are polar opposites. (by the way, Kynel's  name is still up for grabs. You can enter for a chance to rename her here).

Then while playing around with the story line I was inspired by the Myst game series. I love the puzzles in this game.

I also love the aesthetic.
I loved poking around in drawers looking for clues.
This series of games is one of my favorite things ever.  If you haven't tried it, here's a link. Buy it, try it, love it.
So drew from that experience and I decided to go Steampunk in the book's style. I looked at Steampunk art and watched short videos and listened to Steampunk music. 

I had an awesome time. I'm not sure the Steampunk influence is strong enough to advertise the book as such, but it definitely had a hand in my imaginings of the world.

So anyway, I played around with a lot, stretching myself as a writer, stretching my characters and my worlds. I'm pretty excited about the results and can't wait to share!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Available for Pre-Order: Dragon's Bride

Amazon has a new policy that allows for pre-orders on KDP eBooks!  That includes my next novel, Dragon's Bride. Click the link below to purchase on Amazon! (As far as I can see, there is no pre-order option for paperback available at this time. You'll just have to wait for Sept 19th to pay for that). 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Baby and the Bacon-FREE DAYS!

My short story, The Baby and the Bacon, a humorous piece based on my toddler's reaction to me making bacon, will be available free for August 16th through 18th.

Click below to download your free copy:

The Baby and the Bacon

Monday, August 11, 2014

Goodreads Giveaway!

Dragon's Bride is now on Goodreads. Click here to add it to your bookshelf.

I'm setting up a Goodreads giveaway for paperback copies. Check out the links below. 


    Goodreads Book Giveaway


        Dragon's Bride by H.L. Burke



          Dragon's Bride

          by H.L. Burke


            Giveaway ends September 19, 2014.
            See the giveaway details
            at Goodreads.

      Enter to win

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First Chapter Tease: Book Four, The Dragon and the Scholar

image via Pinali, Deviant Art


Are you a fantasy reader who likes a little bit of romance and whimsy? Do you love dragons? Have you read the first three books in The Dragon and the Scholar saga? If you answered yes to the first two questions but no to the third, click on the links below and grab yourself a copy of one of my  dragon books. I suggest starting at the beginning, but if you  did that and for some reason didn't continue on, pick up wherever you left off.

Dragon's Curse (The Dragon and the Scholar Book 1)

All good? You've read those three books? Awesome! Because chapter one to book four completely spoils the ending to book three, as well as other surprises throughout books one and two.

Actually, the very title of book four is a bit of a spoiler to  the end of book three. So, you've been warned .  . .

Book four of The Dragon and the Scholar saga is

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Dragon's Bride

Yep, at the end of Dragon's Rival, Ewan finally confessed his love for Shannon and accepted Martin's temporary cure allowing him a short time as a  human again. There was a wedding, and Dragon's Bride picks up a few weeks after this when Ewan and Shannon are trying to get a handle on what their future looks like.
The second half of the scene involves Prince Ryan, who has been disinherited by his father and is still reeling from the discovery that he has a son, hidden from him by his father, King Riley. 

Chapter One
The Bargain

Shannon nestled her head against Ewan’s warm, slate-gray scales and squeezed her eyes shut. She didn’t want to get up. She wanted to dream. His snout caressed the back of her neck, his hot breath stirring her dark blonde hair. She relented, opening her eyes to smile up at him.
Did you sleep well?” he asked.
She nodded and yawned. He withdrew his wing, exposing her to the weak morning sun and crisp fall air. She shivered and pulled her cloak shut about her chest and shoulders.
You could sleep inside, in a bed,” he suggested.
I like to be with you.” She stroked the side of his face, smooth like polished leather. He extended his neck to tower above her. From their rooftop perch on top of his brother's castle, she could see the kingdom of Regone, bathed in morning light. Edmond, Ewan's brother, had designed this special courtyard to meet his brother's unusual needs. He'd set up a red cloth canopy to shelter the dragon from the rain. The open space consisted mainly of cold stone, however, so Shannon had to stay pasted to Ewan's side at night if she didn't wish to freeze in her sleep.
Shannon would’ve loved to sleep a few more hours. She had been lethargic of late. Perhaps it was the overwhelming changes. It had been only two weeks since Martin’s potions had granted Ewan a few precious hours' reprieve from his curse. With him returned to his human shape, they had taken vows and experienced a few blissful hours as husband and wife.
Since then, she had rarely left his side. She needed to prove, to him and herself, that his form didn’t matter. Man or dragon, she loved him the same.
You, of all people, have nothing to prove,” Ewan assured her. “Shannon, if I were going to doubt you, it would’ve been before you risked your life and sacrificed your chance at a throne on my behalf.”
Perhaps he was right, but it had taken him so long to confess his love, she sometimes still doubted this was real. His form had come between them so many times. However, when offered the chance to bind herself to him fully, she had leaped at it. Even now, with him returned to scales and wings, she adored him.
Shannon assumed they would travel again. Ewan’s brother, King Edmond, had also recently married. Up to his eyes in newly wedded bliss, Edmond had no desire for Ewan’s company. Their friend Martin would soon return to the Academy. Nothing held them in one place, and so Ewan’s consistent wanderlust would urge them on. Even now, his keen eyes focused on the horizon, towards the distant blue foothills of the Wilderlands.
Where will we go?” she asked.
Hm?” He glanced down at her.
You wish to journey again. I know you find lingering here dull.” She smiled.
Ah. A bit, but things are different now.”
Not really. You are still a dragon, and I am your traveling companion. It only makes sense to pick up where we left off.”
But is that what you want?” He narrowed his eyes at her.
I have always enjoyed traveling with you.”
A strange feeling of weariness and unease rippled through her gut. Bubbles floated between her eyes, popping madly, and the edges of her vision grew gray. She swayed, closed her eyes, and breathed through it, managing not to faint.
You should get breakfast,” he said.
She nodded but found even the thought of food unappetizing. For a moment she felt hope. Perhaps her one day with him had been enough and she had conceived. However, as a healer she had seen people exhibit symptoms to imagined maladies. Her mind could be tricking her body. She would give it some time. A few weeks would be sufficient.
If it were true, if she had beaten the odds, that would create all sorts of new difficulties.
I would rather join you on your morning flight,” she said.
He hesitated then flattened himself to the floor to facilitate her ascent. Her arms wrapped around his broad neck with only inches to spare, allowing her a steady grip.
Ewan’s wings slapped the air. She closed her eyes and inhaled.
Shannon had never stopped to memorize the smell of him, but now, remembering his scent as a human, the comparison came unbidden. His scales held a different odor than his human skin, not unpleasant but distinct. He smelled of sparks, of stone striking metal, and of fierce, lightning-cleansed air. She rather liked it, though his human scent was more intoxicating.
Now, however, the wind whipped about them, whisking away all odors.
She had not thought to bind her hair, and it billowed around her. Strands of it caught in the corners of her mouth and hid her eyes. Her stomach lurched, but she simply swallowed and pretended such feelings were normal.
Normal! What is normal for the bride of a dragon?
Ewan’s pace slowed. She hazarded one hand free to push her dark blonde hair from her face. The ground rolled beneath them. Ewan cut through a cloud, and her clothes absorbed misted water. They flew blind now. His wings carved the thick white walls into new forms. She sighed contentedly and gazed across the cloudscape, like the purest, untouched field of snow but alive with movement. Yes, she was glad she had chosen Ewan.
Emerging from the clouds, he circled downward and descended towards the ground. His trajectory aimed at Mt. Regone, not the palace. His talons grasped the cliff face as he landed outside the cavern where they had first met.
She scrambled down and looked at him. Why are we here?”
He nudged her gently towards the mouth of the cave, and they stepped into the twilight. He swept his tail about to skim the surface of the hot spring pool. The splash of the water echoed.
I thought you might wish to bathe,” he teased.
She laughed. “You know, we are married now. If you wish to see me undressed, I won’t deny you.”
His ears flattened. Her grin died in her throat.
Not while I’m in this form,” he murmured. “It would feel strange and perhaps wrong. I have memories of you. We will save that for a different time. A better time.”
I am sorry.” She touched the side of his face. “This is a difficult situation, and it didn’t come with a rule book.”
That’s why I brought you here. It seemed the right place to talk.”
He lowered himself beside the water, his nostrils so close his breath rippled the surface. Removing her soft, palace slippers, she sat upon a flat flagstone near his head and dangled her feet into the warm, shallow water.
I remember the first night we spent here together. Everything was so different then,” she said.
He exhaled loudly but did not speak.
Doubt chilled her heart. What if he regretted their hasty marriage and wished to be rid of her? No, for all his difficulties, Ewan was honorable. His moral compass would never allow him to abandon her. Still, she worried. After all, even if he didn’t run away, staying but wishing to leave could be as difficult.
She dropped her eyes to her lap.
He sighed. I wish I could put an arm around you.”
Comforted by this, she cast him a smile.
Martin and I have been discussing my condition,” he said. “I want to consult with Queen Harviss, the leader of the dragons.”
Shannon knew more about dragons than any living scholar, due largely to her time with Ewan, but of the Queen she had heard only vague and imposing rumors. Queen Harviss was an ancient and powerful being. She had overseen the burning of several villages at the end of the War of the Wild Magic. This had been, of course, a reprisal for an attack on her hatchery, but the destructive power of organized dragon-kind had cowed the kings of men. Due to this incident, most kingdoms had outlawed the raiding of dragons' nests.
What would she know of disenchantment?” Shannon frowned. “Dragons keep no written records, and they do not practice magic.”
Aye, but they have long memories. Queen Harviss is the oldest living being on the Continent, born in the days before the Academy, when Wild Magic, such as the dark powers Adonna used to ensnare me, were prevalent and strong. Martin hopes her knowledge of such times will give us insight into what Academy scholars have forgotten.”
Shannon nodded slowly. The Academy had always enforced a bias against folk magicians, untrained individuals who relied on raw ability rather than study and finesse. She could see how those, such as herself, who had studied under its conventions would have a blind spot where the unfettered and unexplained were concerned. Martin, especially, had always harbored a prejudice against such practices and their practitioners.
Will you consult with her alone, or may I accompany you?” Shannon asked.
Neither. I cannot draw you into this, Shannon. The dragons should give us a hearing, but we would still be at their mercy, and they are not fond of humans, to put it lightly. I will not risk your life in that way.”
She frowned, her nose wrinkling. “But you aren’t going alone?”
Martin has agreed to accompany me.”
Her eyebrows hit her hairline. “So you won’t risk my life, but Martin’s you’ll play dice with?”
You would be accompanying me out of love and loyalty. While Martin is my friend, he is also motivated by curiosity. I’m offering him a chance to see things no scholar has ever witnessed, let alone described. He has accepted the risk.”
She squeezed her bottom lip between her teeth. She knew Martin well enough to know he would willingly endanger his physical well-being for the sake of intellectual progress. Still, Ewan was her husband. If he put himself in danger, she wanted to be there.
As if in answer, a wave of nausea gripped her, and she curled forward. Her forehead scraped her knees.
What if . . .
She had wanted a baby for so long, never dreaming she could have a child and Ewan at the same time. Even if she had conceived, there would be no way to be certain, not yet. If she had, she couldn't risk accompanying him on such a journey. One tumble could cost her too dearly.
If she told him, he would stay, but what if she were wrong? Her own disappointment would be unbearable, but to add in Ewan's, no, she couldn't tell him, not until she knew. If he left, she would be able to call him back if needed.
Are you all right?” he asked.
I am fine. I'll miss you, but if this is what you feel is best, you need to do it.
He raised his head. “Really?”
She nodded and straightened.
He chuckled. “I expected more protest. Should I be hurt?”
I would rather you not imperil yourself, but I don’t suppose you can be talked out of this. You are more stubborn than I am, and crying and arguing is only going to draw things out. If this is what you feel you must do, do it.” She couldn’t look him in the eye. The desire to tell him swelled, but she pushed it back.
It is, and I will, but while I am stubborn, I am not a fool. I know it isn’t just me anymore. Unilateral decisions were all well and good for Ewan the bachelor, but those days are over. I’ve weighed the risk. The chance at a full life, of being a man for you, is worth the danger. Harviss once offered me a place in her court. Hopefully that invitation will afford me and Martin some protection.”
She blinked, and tears rolled down her cheeks. Just be careful, please. I love you, Ewan, and would rather have you as a dragon than not at all.” She leaned into his scales and forced herself to stop crying.
Ryan lay on his bed staring up at the rough hewn wooden beams. His Uncle David’s estate held a rustic charm. The rooms, decorated in carved wood and hunting trophies, smelled of cedar. When Ryan was a boy, it had been his sanctuary. Now, with his inability to openly roam Westshire and tortured by the knowledge that his son was somewhere out there, it was his cage.
Immediately following his discovery of the boy’s existence, Ryan was determined to turn Westshire upside down looking for him. His spiteful father, King Riley, had other ideas. Ryan had already been ejected from his father’s kingdom twice. His face was too well known to allow him stealth and few dared to openly defy Riley by sheltering his disowned son.
He had to content himself in searching by proxy. His half-brother, Will, investigated on his behalf. Ryan had full faith in Will but found sitting on his hands maddening.
A knock at the door roused Ryan from his stupor. He rose and attempted to brush the wrinkles from his tunic. He looked as if he had slept in his clothes, which, of course, he had. Perhaps no one would notice.
He opened the door, and his uncle frowned at him.
It is near midday,” the older man said.
Really?” Ryan rubbed his half grown beard. Perhaps he should unshutter the windows.
Aye. You missed breakfast, but I thought I might convince you to join me for lunch,” David continued.
I’m not hungry.” Ryan shrugged.
David sighed. “Ryan, I know your potential, and seeing you drift like a rudderless boat breaks my heart. Your father was a fool to disown you. Westshire needs you as its prince. Eventually he will realize that. In the meantime . . .”
This isn’t one of his tantrums that I just need to wait out, Uncle. This rift cuts both ways. He stole something from me, something irreplaceable, and I cannot forgive that.”
Have you considered that regaining your father’s good graces may be your best chance at finding the child?” David narrowed his eyes with a pointed scowl.
Ryan grimaced but forced himself to listen.
Your father knows where the child is and only keeps you from him out of malice. If you make things right with him, I imagine he will eventually let slip the boy’s location.”
You imagine and eventually.” Ryan snorted.
David shrugged. “Come get something to eat, please. If only to humor me.”
Ryan followed his uncle into the hall and towards the small, family dining room. A platter of bread and cheese and a carafe of red wine awaited them. Sitting down, Ryan poured himself a tumbler of wine and reached for a slab of brown bread. He took a few bites, just to avoid drinking on an empty stomach, then sipped his wine.
His uncle drew his eyebrows together, and one side of his mouth quirked up as if he were working on a puzzle in his head. Ryan knew that look. His uncle tended to plan out his conversations before he had them. He was obviously working out the script for a long, involved talk. Ryan winced but waited patiently for the lecture to begin.
David cleared his throat. “I am not welcome at court right now, due in part to my relationship with you, but I hear gossip. Things are going poorly for your father. He has no recognized heir. Distant relatives are circling his throne like vultures.
Your father is not a well-loved king, merely a greatly feared one. Now, alone and having faced political defeat in Regone, he is vulnerable. Tax collectors have been attacked and robbed on the roads. Royal garrisons are vandalized in the dead of night. Little acts of revolution no one will admit to quietly stoke the fire. Everyone, from the peasantry to his Council, is watching for a chance to strike. While Westshire is not yet in a state of open rebellion, his stranglehold has slipped.” He reached across the table and touched his nephew's wrist. You, Ryan, you are loved. And rightfully so. Tossing you aside is an insult to the people. Not only has the tyrant king trampled upon their lives, but now he has turned on their much lauded prince. Riley cannot hold the kingdom together without you.”
You overstate my importance.” Ryan gave him a wry smile.
No, if anything I understate it.”
Aye, well, it matters not. I am not even allowed to approach my father as it now stands. My best hope is Will. He is a clever fellow, and he has connections.”
Well, I pray he comes through for you, my boy,” David said. “Now, let us eat and drink away our sorrows.”

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Clarice's Book Nook: Cover Reveal!!! The Dragon and the Scholar Book 4:...

The Cover reveal for book four is up on Clarice's Book Nook today. I'll be releasing it over my social media shortly, but for now you can check it out here:

Clarice's Book Nook: Cover Reveal!!! The Dragon and the Scholar Book 4:...: Blurb: Dragon Prince Ewan has promised his beloved, Shannon, that he will become a man again or die in the attempt. Now he will d...

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Would you like a character named after you? An unconventional giveaway!-CLOSED

Giveaway Now Closed!

This is something new and different for me. 

The main character of Beggar Magic does not like her name. Right now it is Kynel Weaver (some other characters in the book are Vickers Buffet, Zebedy Brightly, Brick Webber, all of their names I like). She's 16-years-old for most of the book, looks vaguely like the picture below, has a case of out of control cynicism and occasionally breaks out in sarcasm but is fiercely loyal and protective of friends and family. Practical, put together, and ready for a fight if need be, that's Kynel  . . . except Kynel needs a new name!

So I'm giving away her name.

Or more accurately, I'm giving away a chance to name her. 

I do maintain a little creative control. Nothing silly (no Ivanna Partee or Kissy Butz or . . .you know, anything that sounds like it was invented by a thirteen-year-old boy). If you wish to name her after a person, I may ask your permission to tweak it into something more fantasy sounding, or more feminine if you want to name her after a guy, so Cathryn Smith may become Catryn Smythe or Dan Jones Danna Jonas. 

I also  would like to gift the winner with a copy of Beggar Magic, but since the book isn't due out  until next winter, this will not be delivered immediately. 

So, enter my rafflecopter and name my character!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Kindle Countdown, Promotions Sites, results

My first Kindle Countdown deal was a major success by my standards, but I didn't research or plan it very well, so I thought I'd do a little more promotion and see if I could increase sales. If you're a new self-published author, this post is meant for educational purposes. I hope you can use some of these sites to promote your work.

First off a friend recommended this site: Ereader News Today. There is a bit of a waiting list for this site, so you do have to plan ahead. Also, they do  look at your book on Amazon and take into account your reviews, and you do either have to be bargain (99 cents) or free during the promotion.  I went for the 99 cents option. I'm hoping to run Dragon's Debt through them soon. They only allow a book to be promoted once every 90 days, an author can run multiple books. Their fee depends on how many books you sell during their promotion day (somehow they magically know and will send you an invoice a week after the promotion).

Anyway, I also filled out some forms for various "free to advertise"sites. There is a big list here.

My countdown promotion ran from August 1st to August 7th. I chose the tiered approached where it was at 99 cents for the first half then $1.99 for the remainder of the period. Ereader News advertised my book on the second day of the promotion.

Here you can see the chart from my "Units Ordered" report through that period.

For whatever reason, my promotion had a rough start. The discount didn't go live until about noon. I don't know if it did the same thing the first time and I didn't notice or if something else was up. For whatever reason, I only sold 4 units that day. Not an "awful" sales day but pretty average. I've had days where I've sold four units without any sort of promotion or discount. 

However, the next day my Ereader News promotion kicked in and DANG! I sold 141 units, 137 of the book I had on promotion and a few of my other books. 

The next two days did not hit quite that excitement level. I sold 29 units (across all books) on both days. The day after that my book went back up to $1.99 and I sold 18, then 19, and on the last day  of the promotion 24 books. 

So, for me, those are awesome numbers. My average day is one or two sells. My best ever non-promotion day was like five (until today. I don't have any promotions going today and I've sold six. I like to think they are people who bought Dragon's Curse coming back to purchase the sequels.). 

As I said, the Ereader News charges based on how many units you sold during their promotion. For $137 units, they charged me $11.87. Very reasonable considering.
I'm not sure how much  I got from the other sites I posted to.

So very positive experience over all.

Edit: apparently as of 8/5/14 Ereader News has changed some of their policies. They now charge a flat fee rather than a percentage. The fee depends on the genre, I'm guessing weighted by how many submissions they usually receive in that category. Romance is $25, for instance, and fantasy $15.
Also they no longer have a requirement for you to have 10 Amazon reviews. It now states
While we do not have a minimum number of reviews that are required, we do look at the reviews to get an idea of how well the book has been received by those that have read it.

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Beggar Magic Character Image: Zebedy

Here's some pictures I fished off the web of Zebedy Brightly, one of my main characters from Beggar Magic.


Clarice's Book Nook: The Dragon and the Scholar Book 3: Dragon's Rival ...

First blog review up  (warning contains some spoilers) for Dragon's Rival.

Clarice's Book Nook: The Dragon and the Scholar Book 3: Dragon's Rival ...:     T he dragon/prince, Ewan may no longer be denying his feelings for Shannon to himself, but he is to her.  And he refuses to really spea...

Free Story Day, and this author is losing it

I scheduled a free day for my short story, The Princess and the Soldier,  a couple of weeks ago and fully intended to promote it a little and share it so that  anyone who wanted to could  grab a copy . . . and I completely forgot. Anyway, it is free today (and maybe tomorrow too; I'm hazy about  that). Click on the link below to download a copy:
The Princess and the Soldier: A New Fairy Tale

As I said, I'm hazy right now about a lot of things. I'm at the WORST part of writing, the first round of rewrites, for Beggar Magic. I got my first major outside opinions on the first five chapters or so and I found a few changes to make that are going to be easy to screw up. For one thing, I'm altering the timeline so I need to make sure every  reference to time passing (be it years or months or days) is hunted down and corrected as to the new timeline.  It is easy to miss things like that. 

To  add to the confusion, I have a head cold, and it has left me majorly blurry.

Dragon's Rival release went well.  I need to blog  a little bit about my last Kindle Countdown Deal promotion, because that went EXTREMELY well, and I think other Indie authors (you're out there, right?) would be interested in the promotion sites I used and the results I got out of them. 

The first review of Dragon's Rival is up.  Five stars! Dragon's Curse is now up to 15 reviews, none lower than 3 stars, most in the four and five range (its  average rating is currently 4.6 stars), and I feel a bit like a real author. 

I'm excited to  get book four finished and will be teasing the first chapter in a few days.

So to do list:

  1. Tease first chapter of book four
  2. Order proof and finish final edits of book four
  3. Write post on countdown deal results
  4. Rewrites on Beggar Magic
  5. Continue writing my  dragon and kitten story
  6. Get some sleep and get over this head cold. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Book Four: Cover Image Tease and Release Date Announcement

Having released book three, I'm hard at work prepping book four. I've moved the release date up to September 19th, 2014. My cover artist got me this image.

This book has more dragons, more magic, and many new friends.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Beggar Magic: Character Images

Having released Dragon's Rival (Click link at the bottom to purchase), my plan had been to focus fully on the fourth and final book in the series. However, that is actually almost done. I have some small tweaks and proofreading to do with it, but other than that (and waiting on my cover artist who I gave a NOVEMBER deadline to) it doesn't need much. So my choice is to move up the release date (and contact my cover artist and say, "Hey, you know that project I said I wouldn't need for several months. About that . . .") or distract myself with other projects. The two at hand are writing my middle grade "kitten meets dragon" book (you can listen to the rough draft of the first chapter here) and editing Beggar Magic, my young adult fantasy novel.

I decided to focus on Beggar Magic. My main character has a slightly different look than my usual character. Here are some images I found to help my visualize her. I think the third image is the closest to my actual imaginings of her. Partially because there is a calm impatience to her eyes, like "Why is this painting taking so long?" Which fits her.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Dragon's Rival is here!

You can now purchase Dragon's Rival as an Amazon eBook or paperback. Click the link below to purchase:

Dragon's Rival (The Dragon and the Scholar Book 3)

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