Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Awesome author interview and a giveaway!

This week I'm super-excited to interview J.A. Andrews, author of The Keeper Chronicles (rated a sparkling 4.7* from 69 reviews on Amazon). Psst! Did I mention she writes dragons too ...? Without further ado:


1) What is Noblebright to you?
To me, noblebright means that there is the chance at redemption for every character, and even the world.  There must be a ribbon of hope running through the story, even when the world looks very dark.

2) How do you portray the Noblebright ideals in your work in general and the Luminous selection in particular?
My book, A Threat of Shadows, deals with the question of whether or not we’re forever defined by the worst things we’ve done. Alaric has done things he’d never imagined in an attempt to save his dying wife. And after failing repeatedly, he’s convinced himself that those things are what now defines him.

I think it’s pretty easy for many of us to keep hold of the worst thing we’ve done and believe it has the power to define us. The story is about his path to reconcile who he’s become with who he always thought he’d be, and whether there is hope for his redemption.
  
3) What is your favourite kind of character? I love characters that are clever and fun and not the best at everything. In fact, I like when they’re not the best at anything. They’re the ones it’s fun to root for as they figure things out.

4) Do you have plans for a sequel to your novel included in Luminous? Yes! I am currently writing the second book in The Keeper Chronicles. It is expected to be published early in 2018.

5) What would you like to see more of in Noblebright? I’d love to see morally complex characters for whom choosing to do the right thing is hard, and so when they do, the strength that noblebright needs will be obvious. Because I believe that it takes more strength to choose good than evil.

6) How do you like to write? Longhand (shorthand?), typewriter, computer, blood, nail scratches on the walls? Lol! I usually type on my computer my first draft, but I have to revise with it printed out on paper. And if I just can’t get a scene to work, it’s usually fixed by writing it out longhand. There’s something about actually writing out the words that lets me connect to in more emotionally.

Also, I write notes on the shower door since all my best ideas show up in the shower. 

7) Are you a speed writer, or a turtle writer? I’m pretty speedy when I have time to write. But I’m a mom of 3 and I homeschool, so the quiet hours are few and far between. That means it takes me a short time to write a page, but a long time to actually finish a book.

8) What is your favourite re-read book for a rainy afternoon? My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice. I don’t really love any other of Austen’s books or many other classic novels, but I adore P&P and have read it at least ten times.

9) Tea or coffee? Coffee. With vanilla creamer if I’m home, or froofed up with chocolate and sugar and whipped cream from some place that’ll make it for me.

10) Music or no music? No music. It has to be either complete silence for me to write (one of the reasons I don’t get much done when the family is awake) or I listen to brain.fm which has magical brain-focusing hocus-pocus powers. Whatever happens there, it really helps me to focus on my writing.


Bio:
JA Andrews lives deep in the Rocky Mountains of Montana with her husband and three children. She is eternally grateful to CS Lewis for showing her the luminous world of Narnia. She wishes Jane Austen had lived 200 years later so they could be pen pals. She is furious at JK Rowling for introducing her to house elves, then not providing her a way to actually employ one. And she is constantly jealous of her future-self who, she is sure, has everything figured out.





Discover JA Andrews, writing, and nine more noblebright reads in Luminous… You can also check out the full line-up of Luminous author interviews at http://noblebright.org.

And don’t forget to scroll all the way down to the giveaway!


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Dare to step into lands of myths, magic, and monsters, because there is light to be found in even the darkest of places.

Now, ten fantasy authors have come together to offer this epic boxed set of noblebright fantasy! Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to explore ten unique worlds, fall in love with gallant heroes and heroines, and discover the chinks in the darkness where the light shines through.

What is Noblebright fantasy?
Set apart by a sense of hope, noblebright fantasy includes at least one character who, although flawed, still deliberately pursues goodness. And that goodness has the power to make a difference. In a noblebright story, even villains are not without hope. Their redemption isn’t guaranteed, of course, but it is a possibility.

This boxed set includes:
The Lord of Dreams by C. J. Brightley
When a fairy king grants a human wish, there’s more at stake than dreams.

A Threat of Shadows by JA Andrews
Haunted by his past and surrounded by companions carrying their own dark secrets, Alaric grasps at one last chance to save his dying wife. 

Heir of Iron by J.S. Bangs
Family secrets. Forbidden Love. An empire on the brink of collapse.

The Hawk and His Boy by Christopher Bunn
You can run as far as you can, but you can never escape the Dark.

Chronicles of Steele: Raven: The Complete Story by Pauline Creeden
Just when Raven tries to leave the life of a Reaper, she’s pulled right back in. 

The Firethorn Crown by Lea Doué
After discovering a secret underground kingdom and a mysterious sorcerer-prince, Princess Lily must free herself and her sisters from a dangerous curse or face a lifetime of darkness.

Wolfskin by W.R. Gingell
Sometimes the little girl in the red hood doesn’t get eaten, and sometimes the wolf isn’t the most frightening thing in the forest…

Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani
A street thief with a dangerous secret, Hitomi finds herself betrayed to the dark mage who killed her father.

Rachel and the Many-Splendored Dreamland by L. Jagi Lamplighter
Magic school can be a lot more dangerous—and wondrous—than expected.

The Pygmy Dragon by Marc Secchia
Now, the courage of the smallest will be tested to the utmost. For Pip is the Pygmy Dragon, and this is her tale.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

When the muse is not amusing

Update on Aranya Book 4, me & the muse, and the world of dragons.
I'm the kind of writer and person who is led by the heat of the idea. I love mad complexity and beauty and the poetry of words. That's why my series intertwine and come out haphazardly, because I'm chasing one burning idea - an all-consuming storyline - that simply MUST be written. The muse wakes me at 4am begging for time at the keyboard. I fly dragons whilst washing the dishes and produce at a manic rate. I want to use every waking hour for writing. I splash words on paper at 3-5,000 words per day.
Not so fun when the muse is silent, or at best, misfiring. I'm not wanting for ideas. I have 4 or 5 ideas bubbling at any one time, but as I've been labouring on the 4th book of Aranya, to be entitled "Beautiful Fury", I've been struggling for months now to reach that place where the prose simply flows - where I know I produce my best writing. Partly this stems from a struggle with depression this year, worse than I've ever experienced. Those who've experienced depression or loss will know all too well that feeling of living under a dark, oppressive cloud that may not have any particular reason to exist, but it does and it colours everything.
So I hope you will forgive me, but I doubt Beautiful Fury will be finished this year of 2017. I am crafting a couple of other quirky ideas to be set on the Dragonfriend timeline, however - one called Quickpaws which will feature one of Hualiama's grandchildren, and another book to be entitled "The Dragon Librarian". I've also written 4 chapters on a brand new idea which I hope you'll love ...
We all know there are seasons in life. This has been a hard and deeply frustrating season for me and for my family, who have been brilliant. That said, I'm stubborn. A fighter. So I am determined to chase that next burning idea for all it is worth, because I know that the process of creation and crafting to completion will bring back the joy.
Thank you for reading this post. My wish is that you would experience deep, abiding joy in your life, even amidst the struggles. If you can't find it? Chase it!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Law of Tall Girls!

My heroines range from a 3-foot 11.5 inches Pygmy girl to the Shapeshifter Dragoness, Aranya, who is inches taller than her lanky father, King Beran, to the ultra-tall 6-foot and 7 inches (!!) Zhialeiana of my IsleSong series. Oh, and she's not done growing ... in all sorts of unexpected ways. That's what Dragons of Sea and Sky, the 4th in the IsleSong series and also the sequel to Dragon Thief, will reveal!

Now, I've a treat for you. How's about a contemporary tale featuring a tall girl, The Law of Tall Girls from the always excellent Joanne McGregor? (by the way, it's a #1 Bestseller on Amazon)

When you really stand out, can you ever fit in?


Seventeen-year-old Peyton Lane is a tall girl. So tall, it’s the only thing most people notice about her. 

On impulse, she accepts a bet to prove she can be as attractive and desirable as other girls. Now she just needs to go on four dates (including the prom) with one of the guys on her very short list of very tall boys.

Number one on the list is Jay Young – the new guy that Peyton already likes way more than she should. Because not only is Jay already taken, he’s also breaking her Law of Tall Girls, and he’s determined to discover the awful secret she’s been hiding for most of her life.

Funny and romantic, The Law of Tall Girls is a feel-good, heart-warming read for anyone who’s ever felt different, or like they just don’t belong. 

This young adult contemporary romance will appeal to fans of Kasie West, Stephanie Perkins, Jenny Han, Julie Buxbaum and Morgan Matson.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Dragonstar has Risen!

I'm so delighted to announce the release of Dragonstar, the 4th and final (at this point!) volume in my epic dragon adventure series, Dragonfriend.

"Ancient rivals. Awesome Dragon powers. In the crucible of battle, only the strongest will survive."

Fly Higher


As Hualiama discovers her powers and heritage, she must deal with a range of potent enemies, including Numistar Winterborn and her own mother, the Empress of the Dragon-Haters. But the fledgling Star Dragoness will be plunged into deeper and darker perils than anything she could have imagined. Even with Grandion the Tourmaline Dragon and Flicker, her twice-born friend at her side, this star must learn to shine, or be snuffed out forever.

Purchase your copy of Dragonstar today! (Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited)

I am now working on the 4th volume of Aranya's tale to complete that series as well. Do remember to check out my allied series set in the same world including The Pygmy Dragon and IsleSong.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Summer Sunset Giveaway

Grab some summer sun with a win in the Summer Sunset Giveaway!


The summer sun is setting, and soon it will be time for pumpkin spice and fall colors. So, why not celebrate the changing seasons with a new giveaway? This time FIVE lucky winners will score their choice of a new Kindle Fire or a $50 gift card! That's not all though! In our Summer Sunset block party giveaway, you'll meet ELEVEN fantastic, friendly authors, each of whom has a free book to give you. Check out the color key below to easily find the authors in the genres that fit your interests best, have fun, and may luck be on your side!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

New release - Islesong series

I'm delighted to announce the release of the third volume in my IsleSong series, The Girl who Swam with Whales. For those who know my books, the links and parallels in this series now become clear as the worlds of Shapeshifter Dragons and the oceanic world of Zhialeiana meet.

Purchase The Girl who Swam with Whales here.

I have deliberately kept the exact timelines off my website and public pages so as not to spoil the surprise ending of this trilogy. Further, it will not surprise you that this volume will be followed by another book to be called Dragons of Sea and Sky, but I have not yet decided exactly how the series/numbering will work as this book will link two of my existing series.

I wish you a wondrous journey with a girl and her magical Whales!


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Preorder live - The Girl who Swam with Whales

I'm delighted to announce the forthcoming release of the third book in my bestselling IsleSong series, The Girl who Swam with Whales on July 22nd, 2017.

In this tale Zhialeiana will confront the Sea-Witch - but not all is as it seems! The link between the dragon-worlds of Aranya and Dragonfriend, and the water-world of IsleSong, comes to life in this third volume in a plot twist you will not see coming.

When strength fails, will love prevail?

Betrayed. Hunted by the Whales for the power of her Song. Snatched away from all she holds dear, Zhialeiana must journey to the farthest shores of the World-Sea, where she will confront the ultimate power of the age, the Sea-Witch and her draconic minions.

Forsaking all else to the farewell of life-currents,
My soul’s boundaries expanded,
My grief ne’er sweeter,
Thus, we parted.


Yet, many dark secrets swirl within the life-current of a girl with the power to touch souls. Legends will rise. The darkness will resist. Ten thousand leagues of uncrossable ocean separate Zhialeiana from her destiny. At the end, she will suffer for the crimes of all humanity. Yet what is her true nature? Why are the great mountains riven, and the oceans exposed to the dominion of Dragons? What is the enigma of the ancient Queen of Fire and Eternity?

Nothing is as it seems. Only a journey into the very soul of darkness will reveal all, and in the crucible of tragedy and fate, Zhialeiana’s love will be put to the ultimate test.

Thus the worlds of Islesong and Dragon joined together, and Water and Cloud became one.

Swim with Zhialeiana into a new adventure as she comes to grips with her destiny!

Pre-order on Kindle The Girl who Swam with Whales 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Junicorn Giveaway!


It's June and that means it is time to celebrate the majestic Unicorns. Seven authors from the Fellowship of Fantasy have banded together to bring you this awesome giveaway. What's more, you have double the chance to win because we will have ...

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the other a SEVEN ebook Library including ... 





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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Another day, another new release! The Night of the Hyenas (Shioni #6)

"Down, you mangy curs!" Ah, that has to be Shioni taking on Kalcha's hyena-men in the 6th book of the Shioni of Sheba series, released today! Full of surprises, secrets and the magic of ancient Ethiopia, this is one book you won't want to miss. Even if it comes with scabby hyenas. Available on Kindle to purchase or free on Kindle Unlimited.

Hyenas are of course a classic choice of villain for African stories, for good reason. They slink, they stink, and they are very dangerous indeed. A hyena's bite is over 5 times stronger than your bite. While they prefer their meals dead or at least dying, dining niceties will not stop a hungry hyena.

Kalcha has been busy brewing up a new set of nasty surprises for Shioni and her friends in this 6th volume of my bestselling Shioni of Sheba series, a truly African adventure set in the heart of the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia. Old friends and old worlds collide in this volume as we move closer to finding out who Shioni really is and where she comes from. I think you'll enjoy the surprises I have in store for you in this volume and the next, which is planned to complete Shioni's tale.

Giants? Check.
Dragons lurking? Check.
Adventure? Double-check with strawberry sauce on top.
Magic? Of course!

What more are you waiting for? Saddle up, because I have a story for you!

Purchase or borrow:
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Friday, May 12, 2017

Whisper Alive! New surprise release ...

Announcing Whisper Alive, my new surprise release! Discover the power of a Whisper. When an evil warlock conjures his own nemesis, sparks will fly! Available on Kindle now.
“Malevolence ignited her embryonic awareness. An inchoate, unspoken cry echoed from the depths of her soul: I am alive!” Conjured by the sadistic Warlock Sanfuri, Whisper faces a stark choice. Run with his message, or die. Beaten. Maimed. Bound by the Warlock’s unbreakable magical imperative, Whisper is forced to navigate the tortuous pathways of a labyrinth twenty miles deep, riven by Dragon-infested canyons and scorched by sunstrike. Now, she must use her unique Whisper skills to forge a path across the Sundering’s devastation and blaze a trail to Arbor, the City of Blue – dooming its Human population to the onslaught of Sanfuri’s Dragon army. Dying would solve everything. Or, she could refuse to be silenced, and make Sanfuri regret leaving a Whisper alive. Whisper is a magical enigma of yore, and the last of her kind. Runner. Wayfinder. Saboteur extraordinaire. Snarky defier of evil Warlocks and Dragons. Armed with little but a never-say-die attitude and the quickest paws in the canyons, Whisper chooses to run for her life. For all life. Thus, the legend is born. Whisper Alive!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Ocean fantasy - new release! (Islesong #2)

Pirates, Sea-Dragons and oceanic fantasy!

It's new release time again and I'm delighted to present for your reading pleasure, The Girl who Loved the Whales, the second volume in my Islesong series. Now, please remember that the first volume is in its second edition - you need to read the last 3 chapters of The Girl who Sang with Whales (at least) or you may be confused. Please update your Kindle.

This tale is a journey from darkness into light, a formative and ultimately beautiful revelation of Zhialeiana's background and origins, and features another gorgeous cover from Victorine Lieske.

Swim away with The Girl who Loved the Whales today!

(Sneaky confession: I have already finished drafting book 3 as well - that's coming soon too)

Singer of Sea-Dragons. A terrible secret possesses her soul. Yet, the journey into darkness has barely begun. For the powers of nightsong, of dread and terror and pain, have laid claim upon the life-current of a girl with a matchless gift.

’Twas the current of terror we sailed that daysong,
Like a Sea-Dragon’s heart was its pulse.


Myriad dangers lurk across the long leagues. Pirates. Treacherous Battlecats. A Hunter from the Deep and a city besieged by Sea-Dragons. The combative Bardsong of a mighty War-Titan–what are his wicked plans for her? With strength born of love, Zhialeiana must conquer all.

Now, her journey has begun. Betrayed at every turn, can the Girl who Sang with Whales learn to sing a new Song? Can she save the Whales she loves?


Friday, March 3, 2017

Keepers of the Wellsprings: Guest Post

In today's guest post I am delighted to introduce the work of Missy Sheldrake, an author/illustrator of no small talent, author of The Keepers of the Wellsprings epic fantasy. The artwork is simply gorgeous - here's a picture of one of the characters, Flit:


 
Now, without further ado, let's hear from Missy herself:

I’m so excited to announce the fourth book in my Keepers of the Wellsprings series: Call of Hywilkin, which will be released on Amazon March 3! If you haven’t read the previous books yet, read on for a quick crash course on the series.

On release day, March 3, I’’ll be offering books 1-3 free to celebrate the release of book 4! (Marc says: Over here)
  
When I started writing and illustrating this series, I really wanted to tell a story that was rich with fantasy, but not overly dark or mired with war and violence. I wanted to show the light side of fantasy: the cheerful, magical, uplifting side which I always drink up whenever it emerges in a story, and which always seems to be so fleeting in fantasy tales. I wanted to tell a story that would capture the hearts of young and old alike. Don’t get me wrong, my books aren’t void of conflict and evil. There is mild violence and not-so-mild wickedness, but it’s those moments in my stories which are the fleeting ones. In the pages of my books, you will find fairies, Mages, Paladins, Elves, Dreamwalkers, Princes and Princesses, and even dragons. You’ll travel through a world rich with magic and wonder. You’ll make new, unforgettable friends.

In Call of Kythshire, you’ll learn all about Cerion, a seaside kingdom which has celebrated peace for over a century. You’ll meet His Majesty’s Elite, a guild that is the right hand adventuring team of King Tirnon Plethore, and you’ll join Azi Hammerfel, a young squire who has grown up within the guild’s halls, through disappointments and triumphs. By her side is Rian, her childhood friend, an Apprentice of the Mage Academy. You’ll meet Flit, a fairy from Kythshire, who is as tricky as any fairy you might imagine, but has a depth of character and a sense of purpose uncommon for a typical fairy. You’ll see her world unfold, and feel the evil threat of Sorcery that looms, waiting to destroy it. You’ll learn a little about the Wellsprings, but not too much--their existence and workings are a well-protected secret. (Click here to read an excerpt from Call of Kythshire.)

In Call of Sunteri, you’ll meet the strong-willed slave boy, Tib, who makes his first appearance as he escapes from the grips of Sorcery in the desert continent of Sunteri. He has help crossing the vast oceans to reach Cerion, but he doesn’t realize it at first. A mysterious being speaks to his mind, controlling his thoughts and making suggestions to ensure his own survival. In the meantime, Azi has been given the task of escorting the Prince of Cerion and his wife-with-child to the lakeside Kordelya Castle as the prince faces suspicion and ridicule after the events of Call of Kythshire. But a darker force emerges from the Dreaming, whose wicked intent is to use any means necessary to escape its prison and claim the magic of the Wellsprings for his own. In this book, you’ll see the devastating effects of the overuse of magic, and what it does to the Wellsprings and the creatures who thrive around them. (Click here to read an excerpt from Call of Sunteri.)

In Call of Brindelier, a dark force looms, more powerful and destructive than any threat Azi and her guild have yet faced. You’ll follow Celli, a scrappy street fighter, as she is enticed into the grips of a powerful Sorcerer. You’ll watch Tib come into his own as he sneaks through the streets of Cerion, uncovering the darkness while also working on a mysterious project. You’ll follow Azi on a quest set by Princess Margary to find proof of Brindelier, a city in the clouds which is the key to all of the Wellsprings in the Known Lands. But Margy is not the only one interested in Brindelier. A dark force has been gathering, poised to claim it for their own. Control over the Wellsprings hangs in the balance. (Click here to read an excerpt from Call of Brindelier.)

In Call of Hywilkin, Azi and Rian find themselves on an urgent quest to Hywilkin, a harsh land of ice and snow reigned by heartless men with no trust in kindness or beauty, and a cruel intolerance for magic of any kind.
Lurking in the far corners of the world, the Sorcerers of Dusk threaten their quest, weaving darkness into their hearts and minds. In Brindelier, they lure Tib into their dangerous plots as he investigates the conspiring shadows of the city.Appealing to a Keeper of a Wellspring for an offering is no easy feat—especially in Hywilkin, where access to the abandoned magical Source remains forbidden. The Champions of Light must prevail, or Brindelier’s All-Source and all of the Known Lands will fall forever into the grips of Sorcery. (Click here to read an excerpt from Call of Hywilkin.)

This series is appropriate for all ages, but I recommend 13 and up due to some violent themes. There is no sex, swearing, or excessively graphic violence in the Keepers of the Wellsprings. Throughout the series, you’ll encounter daring sword fights, violent magical moments, and a few quick deaths.

Call of Hywilkin, the fourth book in the Keepers of the Wellsprings series, is now available on Amazon.

About the Author
Missy Sheldrake is an author/illustrator who has been conjuring images of fairies in one form or another since she was very young. The wind in the trees and the rich scent of forest earth are her most treasured sources of inspiration, and on most mornings you will find her wandering the wooded paths, dreaming of the next adventure she hopes to put to the page.
Missy was born in Connecticut and attended Western Connecticut State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Art with a concentration in painting and illustration. Even then, in her free time, she was writing. She moved to Northern Virginia several years ago and lives there now, on the outskirts of Washington D.C., with her true love and their son. She published her first novel, Call of Kythshire, in March of 2015 and intends to keep writing as long as the fairies allow it.

LINKS
Call of Kythshire (Book One):
https://amzn.com/B00UVLQWGY
Call of Sunteri (Book Two):
https://amzn.com/B0187IG3HK
Call of Brindelier (Book Three):
https://amzn.com/B01FM8XR7W
Call of Hywilkin (Book Four)
https://amzn.com/B06WGNWLH9
Snowberry Blossom (Perma-free holiday short story):
https://amzn.com/B0196P041O

Website:
www.missysheldrake.com
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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Valentine's Fantasy Bundle



This Valentine's Day, the awesome authors at Fellowship of Fantasy have banded together to provide an awesome selection of free and discount Fantasy and Speculative Fiction stories. Browse the titles, select as many as your heart desires, and discover your next favorite author!

All Fellowship of Fantasy titles are author rated with a guaranteed content level no higher than PG-13, so you shouldn't encounter graphic sex, gratuitous violence, or excessive language.

As pricing can be subject to the whims of the vendors, please verify that the deals are, in fact, still active before purchasing. Thank you!


Bargain Books (priced at 99 cents)

Fellowship of  Fantasy
Rebirth—Frank B. Luke-Amazon
Seven Deadly Tales—Frank B. Luke-Amazon
The Hidden Level—AJ Bakke-Amazon
To Save Two Worlds—AJ Bakke-Amazon
The Regency Shifter Series—KM Carroll-AmazoniTunesBarnes and Noble
Academy of Secrets—Michael Carney-Author Website
Sunbolt—Intisar Khanani-AmazonBarnes and NobleKobo
Wyndano's Cloak—A. R. Silverberry AmazonBarnes and Noble
The Stream—A. R. Silverberry -AmazonBarnes and Noble
Rainbird—Rabia Gale-AmazonBarnes and NobleKobo
Reality Break—Jennifer Kibble-Amazon
Battle for the Throne—EJ Willis-Amazon
Nyssa Glass's Clockwork Christmas—H. L. Burke-Amazon
The True Bride and the Shoemaker—L. Palmer-Author WebsiteAmazon
Cry of the Sea—D. G. Driver-Amazon
Foxtails—Erica Laurie-Amazon
Eun Na and the Phantom—Erica Laurie-Amazon

Free Books



The Buick Eight—Frank B. Luke-Amazon
Cora and the Nurse Dragon—H. L. Burke-Amazon
Lands of Ash—H. L. Burke-Amazon
Prince of Alasia—Annie Douglass Lima-Amazon
Awakening—Julie C. Gilbert-Amazon
Leandra's Enchanted Flute—Katy Huth Jones-Amazon
Mercy's Prince—Katy Huth Jones-Amazon
Woe for a Faerie—B. Brumley-AmazoniTunesBarnes and Noble
Chasing Lady Midnight—C. L. Ragsdale-Amazon
Jin In Time Part One —Karin De Havin-AmazoniTunesBarnes and Noble
Nyssa Glass and the Caper Crisis—H. L. Burke-Amazon



Fellowship of Fantasy


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Orison of a confirmed Word Nerd

Call me a Word Nerd.

My dictionary not only has dog-ears, it looks like a Rottweiler's chew-toy.

My friends call me Thesaurus-Rex.

I mean, why say blue when you could use azure? Or cobalt, tourmaline or ultramarine? Is the sky the sky, or the peerless welkin? And what, pray tell, may alary be? In that vein, why be a bird when you could tweet like a parakeet?

Far be it from me to metagrobolize thee, dear reader!

Dialogue is not meant to sound how 'real people speak'. Sorry. The way real people speak - including me - is mostly boring and uses a tiny fraction of our vocabulary. Recently, I was accused by an Amazon reviewer of using words of greater than one syllable. Oops! (The good reader has a valid point, if you think about it). Alright, I know it has as much to do with moving a story forward at a good pace, and with style without the distraction of purple prose, but there is just so much fun to be had on the way that the creative mind simply cannot resist. It's like drinking a fine wine. Words are heady. Intoxicating. Malleable.

Exchanges like this make my grey cells fizz:

“You filthy crook,” she grinned, twitching her torso from side to side. “No monk, eh? You certainly aren’t!”
Kal grinned back. “Aye.”
“You unscrupulous, pilfering, snake-tongued old fraud!”
He stretched lazily. “Ah, scurrilous compliments.”
“You’re not some common, out-of-the-barrel thief, are you? You’re absolutely prolific.”
“All the women say that." 

So, yes. I love multisyllabic discombobulations. I resolutely eschew all forms of obfuscation.

I adore that the English language is growing all the time. There are 171,476 words in the current Oxford English Dictionary, 47,156 obsolete words and 9,500 derivative words. I plan to dust off a good number of those obsolete words, create a few derivatives of my own - anyone want to define transmutodraconisation for me? - and above all, have fun! Why not use any and all words that exist in the language? Do we have to 'dumb down' literature for our audience? No!

He pinched his nose between thumb and forefinger. “No fireballs or you’ll turn yourself into a living torch, o piceous paragon of four-pawed pulchritude.”
“Pack the dictionary away and climb aboard, Rider.”

“I was going to use ‘nigritude’ but couldn’t articulate the alliteration appropriately.”

Alright, I confess I go overboard from time to time. You might even twist my arm and make me admit, often. Unusual words and usages can be too much. But would you rather read:

He awoke. It was getting dark.

Or:

When he woke, a volcanic twilight enflamed his world in auburn and gold hues. 

Ah, well, perhaps I will learn the right balance one day. I love to learn. I love the challenge, the sounds, the art of language. I'm sure I drive some readers up the wall or down the garden path, but I continue to gaily dive down philosophical and descriptive rabbit-holes because for me, the English language is there and I love, love, love words. I love a ripping good yarn whether it is told in archaic anachronisms or modern minimalism.

So there you have it. I'm out of the closet.

I'm an unapologetic, obsessive-compulsive wordaholic. I'm a Word Nerd.

I'm proud of that.