The Wandering Wizard, By Kristy Carey

An aging wizard, tasked with protecting the world, must find an apprentice to take his place or let the people he has sworn to protect be consumed by darkness and chaos.

The main character is simply known as ‘The Wizard,” and he’s been walking the earth for over two hundred years, trying to keep humanity safe from hungry monsters. I found him a fascinating character study and a really cool dude.
I really enjoyed this book and would give it five stars. It was a short story that nonetheless managed a complete and interesting plotline. I have definitely never encountered a protagonist quite like the wizard before. So if you’re looking for a quick, entertaining urban fantasy read, I’d recommend picking this one up. This is the ideal read for people who love The Dresden Files and Faerie Tales, by Fiona Skye.

At only 99 cents, this short is quite the deal. Pick it up here: http://www.amazon.com/Wandering-Wizard-Kristy-Carey-ebook/dp/B00LWFIO00/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1414472637&sr=1-1&keywords=the+wandering+wizard

Argentum Cover Reveal

Argentum is the thread that binds all magic.

When Merlin fashioned the first shapeshifter charms, he selected silver for his work.

The silver wand, the silver scrying bowl, the silver charms of the shapeshifters.

Argentum Cover reveal

The P.A.W.S. saga continues with

Argentum

Coming soon

l contain the essence of argentum.

If you would like to read the first in the series, it can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/P-W-S-Debbie-Manber-Kupfer-ebook/dp/B00DNJP4UG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414028359&sr=8-1&keywords=P.A.W.S

The Life and Times of a Would-Be Somebody Blog Tour

Evening, folks! Today I have the distinctive honor of hosting the one and only Kristy Carey as she makes her way across the world on her blog tour. She is the author of the awesome new book, The Wandering Wizard. (available at Amazon for only $0.99 here: http://www.amazon.com/Wandering-Wizard-Kristy-Carey-ebook/dp/B00LWFIO00/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1411943051&sr=1-1&keywords=the+wandering+wizard) Let’s give her a warm welcome, shall we?
Kristy

1) You are hosting your blog tour in honor of your brand-new book, The Wandering Wizard. Please tell us about it.
Its the story of a man who�s become something more than he should be, to protect the world against forces it doesn�t understand. He�s the last of his kind right now, a sort of final defense against the darkness. But its also a strain and what we see in this story is his struggle to regain his power and keep fighting.

2) You are not just a writer; you also run a small business making steampunk jewelry. How do you balance your two creative pursuits?
Its not easy. Over the years I�ve often had to focus on one or the other and to be honest, it tore me apart. At that time, I had a blog for Fashion, one for Writing and one for myself. When I picked up blogging last month, I decided to stop dividing myself into pieces and just put it all in one place. I never think of myself as just a writer or a jewelry designer. Instead, I call myself a Creative. There are other things I do beyond just the two listed above. Graphic Design work, flower arranging [silk and fresh], knitting, sewing, weird sculptures with weird things, abstract drawing and even ceramics painting. It just took me a while to find one I could stick with, but I still enjoy the other things.

3) Are you inspired in your art by living in Washington? If so, how?
Yes. My side of the state [the east side] is so freaking green and filled with beauty. Its not always the best place, but the grass is always greener and no place will ever be perfect. For me, its home. There are parks to go sit in and read or write, places to shop and spots you can take day trips too. I�ve made plenty of friends here, while the internet has opened doors to making friends from other places.

4) Who would win in a fight, Batman or Superman?
Batman. Hands down. Sure, Supes has all the special skills, but Bats carries Kryptonite bullets and is prepared to take him out if needed. ~nods~ Batman rocks.

Kristy Carey is an author and blogger with a passion for creativity. With one publication under her belt, she plans to keep the momentum by focusing on the Urban Fantasy genre in future pieces. She is currently splitting her time between writing and steampunk jewelry design. Her passion in both writing and design, is to mix together elements that don’t belong, and make them seem natural. Kristy is currently working on a Superhero story staring The Protectors as they battle both Loki and Kronos.

She can be found here:
Blog – http://wouldbesomebody.blogspot.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/KristyCareyAuthor
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Kristy_C
GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8434902.Kristy_Carey
Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LWFIO00

Review of ‘The Bazaar,’ By Jen Ponce

‘The Bazaar’ by Jen Ponce is an indie book about a suburbanite named Devany Miller. She’s a wife, mother, and social worker at a domestic violence shelter. But all that changes when she steps into a tent at the local fair. The gorgeous proprietor says he’s selling “magic sugar,” but Devany never expects the tent to contain real magic. Even if she did, how would she know magic could be so dark…or so dangerous?
It isn’t long before Devany finds herself inexorably changed. She’s soon sharing a body with a dead spider, a ghostly witch, and a powerful magic battery that every demon in the world would love to get his hands on. But those aren’t the worst of her problems. Her husband, Tom, has more secrets than he’s let on, and Devany finds herself sorting out her new powers while her marriage crumbles around her.
This was a great book. It was a mixture of urban fantasy and horror, entirely peopled by fleshy characters so realistic you could shake their hands. The best part about this book, in my opinion, was the way Devany’s magic and reality seem to slide over each other. Watching her interact with her kids while a disembodied spider commands her to kill is quite the kick. There were some spots where the setting was drawn a little thin for a fantasy world, but the characters were rich enough to make up for it. In short, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and can’t wait to read the sequel (it’s already out, by the way, and called Slip Song.)
If you like a little grit to your fantasy, take a look! http://www.amazon.com/BAZAAR-Devany-Miller-Book-ebook/dp/B00HHJOOOK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1406624397&sr=1-1&keywords=the+bazaar

Writing Process Blog Tour

Hello, friends! Last week my friend, Rob Smales, (http://www.robsmales.com/my-writing-process-blog-tour) invited me to participate in the world-famous Writing Process Blog Tour. He asked me to answer a series of questions about my process and to share them with all of you lovely people. I felt this would be a great thing to share, since beginning writers are so often trying to figure out how it works for other writers. The thing I would like you most to take away from this blog is that there is no right way. Whatever helps you put words on a page is a valid process. So, without further ado:

1. What am I working on?
I am working on two novels right now. One is an urban fantasy called Blue, which is about a young girl with Christ-like powers who runs away from an abusive home and finds out the world is even weirder and fuller of magic than she realized. The second is the as-of-yet untitled third to my Knight of Avalon series, a New Adult fantasy series about a half-fairy girl and her fight for equality on the Island of Apples.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think the most ‘different’ aspect of my work is the way I present the magic. In Urban Fantasy, magic is often hidden from ‘normal’ people. In my work, magic is an everyday aspect of modern life. Avalon is a sovereign nation, the Fey have an embassy in Los Angeles, and there is a customs office on the border between Earth and Faerie. I strongly believe there is magic in everything, and it is plain to see if a person is looking for it. My work reflects that.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I think there is powerful metaphor in fantasy fiction. Fantasy writers are free to comment on the state of our society more openly than other writers. If I make racism and homophobia an Elvish problem, no one feels accused, but he does stop to examine the workings of his own beliefs.
4. How does my writing process work?
I can’t lie; my writing process is deeply inefficient. It starts out with a flash of inspiration. I usually only see a character, or possibly a piece of scenery. For example, with Knight of Avalon, the flash was a wounded Faerie creature stumbling into a YMCA on a stormy night. With Blue, it was a young girl with purple tips in her hair running away from home, and the knowledge that the girl could heal with the touch of her hand. I usually stay up too late on those nights when inspiration strikes, writing on whatever surface I can touch; maybe it’s in a notebook with a pen, maybe it’s on a bunch of coffee filters.
I then hammer out a rough draft. That usually takes me a while, because every time I try to make an outline, I fail miserably. The story is as likely to die during birth as to actually reach draft form if I write an outline. So instead I just write things down until something sticks, pantster-style. That involves a lot of back-tracking and rewriting, a lot of re-reading to get back into the proper mood. It sounds like a bad plan, but after twenty years of writing, it’s what works best for me.
I have also realized that I need constant feedback to stay on track. I belong to two different writer’s groups, and they read every chapter for me. It is usually better if I have something rough before I begin workshopping, so I get as far into the draft on my own as I can. They help me with editing, proofreading, and things I can’t provide for myself.
When I have finished the rough and workshopped the whole thing, I then select a handful of beta readers. They read the whole book, and then when I have their feedback, I rewrite. The re-writing can take a while. I re-write until the book gleams. Then it’s off to the publisher for a professional edit, and I start something else. The least amount of time this process has ever taken is six months, and the most is thirteen years. The length of the work is a factor in the time frame, as well.

If you are still curious about writing processes and how they work, please tune in next week to three more lovely writers:

Dawn Colclasure is a writer who lives in Oregon. Her articles, essays, poems and short stories have appeared in several newspapers, anthologies, magazines and E-zines. She is the author and co-author of twenty books, among them BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL: How We Survive as Writing Parents; 365 TIPS FOR WRITERS: Inspiration, Writing Prompts and Beat The Block Tips to Turbo Charge Your Creativity; Love is Like a Rainbow: Poems of Love and Devotion; On the Wings of Pink Angels: Triumph, Struggle and Courage Against Breast Cancer; and the children’s book The Yellow Rose. Her website is at http://dmcwriter.tripod.com/.
And here is her blog:

http://dawncolclasureblog.blogspot.com/

Author, Ruth J. Burroughs, has been writing science fiction since elementary school after reading Dodie Smith’s, The Starlight Barking, the sequel to the more famous spotted dog story.

After reading poetry in Albany New York’s summer open mike events Ruth was invited to read her science fiction at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s WRPI 91.5. She received an Honorable Mention at Speculation’s Rumor Mill for her micro story, Zombie Bouillabaisse, which was later published on Macabre Cadaver Magazine as a reprint. Her blog is here:http://mareimbriumdowns.wordpress.com/about/

And finally, L.M. David has been writing novels since Jr. High School. Originally drawn to the genre of Science Fiction, she later developed a deep fascination with paranormal/urban fantasy/romance, attracted to the dark erotic world of vampires that sparked a deep interest with the folklore and legends of the undead.
L.M. David is an avid reader and when not writing, she builds computers, quilts, and makes jewelry. She has worked as a legal assistant and now as an insurance medical biller and coder. Although born in New Jersey, her family relocated to California and she now considers herself a Southern Californian. http://lmdavid54.wordpress.com/

Thanks for reading!

Review of Queen Morgana and the Renfairies, By Teel James Glenn

There was a time, long ago, when the land of Faerie and the human realms stood open to each other. Anyone who desired it badly enough could cross. But Morgana, the queen of the Fairies, has had her heart broken one too many times. The best way to protect herself from the pain of loving mortal men is to close the ways between the worlds. If both worlds have grown a little darker because of it, that’s not her problem. A least her heart is safe.
Of course, even a creature as powerful as Morgana cannot close them all—at Renaissance Faires, a place where the Fair Folk are so desperately desired, the ways can be opened by an (un)lucky few. Someone powerful knows it, and plans to use that knowledge to change the worlds forever…
This book was a hilarious mix of film noir and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with a few fun trips to the Ren Fest thrown in and even a little sidetrack into Tijuana for the stout of heart. It was poignant in places but always entertaining. I recommend it for adult fantasy lovers with bawdy senses of humor. Enjoy!
Queen Morgana and her minions are available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Queen-Morgana-And-The-Renfairies-ebook/dp/B0079UVRXI/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
And Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/queen-morgana-and-the-renfairies-teel-james-glenn/1109114228?ean=9781611602340

Review of Watergirl, By Juliann Whicker

Only in high school can a girl be nicknamed based on her phobia of water.
When Genevieve was a little girl she nearly drowned, and she has been dreaming of death under water ever since. Naturally, the sensitive souls at her school call her Watergirl in honor of her greatest fear. But that’s not the only thing about Gen that makes her feel like an outsider: she has a strong, uncontrollable obsession with the school’s handsome quarterback, Cole. Thanks to his constant snubbing and awful girlfriend Sharkie, Gen has decided to move on to some of the more attainable fish swimming in her particular sea. While she’s at the self-improvement, she’s also decided to learn how to swim. There’s a handsome new boy at school named Oliver, and he seems like just the sort of person to help with her backstroke and help her get over her desperate crush.
It’s not long before Gen realizes there’s something unusual about Oliver, as well the swim team’s ice- king of a captain, Sean. Could they have some connection to her ability to sing so powerfully she loses consciousness, or to the monster that lives in the lake and seems to protect her from her own watery death wish? And is Sean’s mother really as murderous as she seems?
This book was full of round, interesting characters and constant intrigue. It was an easy read, without much to make it inappropriate for young teens. If you like (clean) paranormal romance with a twist, this is the book for you!
Watergirl is available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Watergirl-Juliann-Whicker-ebook/dp/B00ESNCWJ2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394219260&sr=8-1&keywords=watergirl
and Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/351358

Announcing…

Hi all! I just wanted to take a minute to let everybody know that The Storm Prince is now available through fine ebook retailers everywhere! This is the second book in the Knight of Avalon series, a companion novella to Lady of the Veils. It can be found on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Storm-Prince-Knight-Avalon-ebook/dp/B00I5ZF7GO/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1393319108&sr=1-1&keywords=The+STorm+prince
At Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-storm-prince-m-l-john/1118427521?ean=2940148133353
At Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/403860
And last but never least, at my publisher’s website: http://www.gypsyshadow.com/MLJohn.html#SPrince

I would love it if you’d take a look. Thanks for reading!Storm-Prince-Cover

The Storm Prince will be released February 1, 2014!

The Storm Prince will be released February 1, 2014!

Beriani Quintinar, the youngest son of Faerie’s High king, is brilliant, beautiful, and spoiled as only a prince of the Sidhe can be. He has committed an unforgivable sin—he has fallen in love with the half-human daughter of a traitor. When ogres conquer Avalon and execute his father, he must convince the treacherous Queen of Summer to give him troops enough to win back his homeland. But if he makes it home, what kind of king can he be when he has already committed treason?

A defiant prince of Faerie fights to retake his homeland and uphold the ideals for which his father was executed. The Storm Prince, by M. L. John, coming soon!

Review of Certainty, by Eileen Sharp

Last Week I read Certainty, by Eileen Sharp. It is a YA paranormal romance about a boy named Ren Tanaka. Ren has just moved from California to the east coast. Though he may seem to be little more than handsome and charming, Ren has a secret he can’t tell anyone-he can see the future. The moment he meets MacKenzie from two doors down, he knows two things about her: she will be his wife someday, and her little brother is in grave danger.
This book was very sweet, more romance than paranormal. The characters were very real to me. I spent quite a few pages crying over their fates. I don’t read a lot of romance, but this made me think of love the way I did when I was Ren and Mackenzie’s age. It felt so full of possibility here, so clean and good. Ren’s powers, when they did come into play, were very realistically used. He is afraid of himself and what he can do, but he still manages to love people for who they will grow in to. I wish there was a way I could see into Ren and MacKenzie’s future the way they see into their own. I know they’ll grow into fascinating people.
The story and the telling deserve five stars, in my opinion, but there were a few things to point out for readers to whom these things are important. There were some continuity errors, like Steve’s name being exchanged for Ryan sometimes. The grammar was good, but in some places this book could have used a second set of eyes. Even so, I am glad I read it and I would recommend it to any person who enjoys a really sweet YA romance.

You can find Certainty at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Certainty-Eileen-Sharp-ebook/dp/B004S7AL96/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1387230670&sr=1-1&keywords=certainty

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