Monday, September 28, 2015

The World In-between Boxed

The first three books of the World In-between series, The World In-between, Bow of the Moon, and Secrets of the Sages have been boxed together in preparation for this year’s release of book four, Whispers.

The World In-between Series follows the life of a modern man who enters a portal, discovering the realm of magic where myths, lore, and fairy tales reside.

Book 1: The World In-between

Berty Chase gets caught in the battle for magic, invoking ancient magic that changes his life and the lives of those around him forever.

Book 2: Bow of the Moon

Trying to restore order in the Empire causes Berty to join the race for the legendary Bow of the Moon and its bearer.

Book 3: Secrets of the Sages

Revealing ancient magical secrets begins to unravel the world as Berty knows it, possibly losing everything and everyone he loves.

The World In-between Series Books 1, 2, and 3 box set is only available as an e-book at Amazon

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Poetry Wednesday 16 Sept 2015

“Please Do Not Weep”

From: Breaking The Silence
by Diamante Lavendar

Do not feel
Like a wave that is tossed;

Do not weep
By yourself, so alone;

For I am with you,
Soon you will be Home.

The things of this world
Are transient and brief;

I will be your comfort,
Your ease and your peace;

Notice the good
And perceive not the bad;

Observe what you’ve learned,
The lessons you’ve had;

For everything you’ve been through
Has come at a cost;

There is good in the bad,
You have won and not lost.

I have set you here, love,
And you shall I keep;

Do not lose hope,
And please do not weep.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

I Am a Short Story Machine

Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration.  But, for me, crafting three short stories in one year, while I write a subplot heavy novel, is a triumph of pen prowess.

My latest takes place in the real, modern world.  All That Lies focuses on a woman who has been tossed into the crosshairs of two competing global organizations.  When shots riddle her house and her husband, she discovers her life of lies and needs all the strength she can muster to hold on to the truth.

This story is for Laurel Highlands Publishing’s thriller anthology, Disturbance.  When thinking about what to write for the anthology, I consulted my Story Ideas Folder.

That folder holds pieces of paper on which I have written general ideas, outlines, first lines, skeletal scenes, and other story related stuff (technical term).  After leafing through, I pulled a sheet from the file.  The first story I began writing didn’t want to work within a 3,000 to 5,000 word limit.  It wanted to be longer, so I put it aside.  Then, I started a psychological thriller from another paper.  It needed more inner character development than the word limit could provide.

The third had the whole story sketched on one sheet of paper with characters named guy x and guy y.  When I began to write it, I deviated from the outline.  The middle became the beginning of the story and the ending details changed.

For a while, I panicked, wondering whether or not I would finish after starting thrice.  Once I set down the pen, I celebrated with a little pew, pew, die, repeat on Planetside 2.  All That Lies has returned from the editor with only a few fixes to make, then it’s off to anthology land.

Disturbance is set to release October 27th.  Watch this blog for all the gory details.  I link here from Google+ and Twitter.  Circle and follow!