Happiness is…


Sunday Surprise

Hi guys,

I’m Samantha and I come from another world – the original, old Silvery Earth, where people are immortal and never grow up. When I’m not switching bodies at will, I travel to other universes, especially books or movies. That’s how I met Rajveer the vampire, for example!

So, I’m taking over the interviews on this blog! And here I am, meeting people from other books/universes/whatever!

SAMANTHA: Hey, hello you two! My, aren’t we handsome… Beautiful even! *chuckle* Yes, I’m playing with the title of your book.

*Kerrien and Rithvik stare blankly at her*

Mm, okay, let’s get started. You, the tall, dark-haired guy… tell me a little about yourself.

KERRIEN: I’m Kerrien, adventurer, mercenary, bounty hunter. I’m around thirty – not that I keep track…

RITHVIK: He’s awesome! He’s a hero! He…

SAMANTHA: Please, wait for your turn?

*Rithvik pouts, Kerrien scoffs*

Thank you. Where were we? Oh, yes, besides “tall and dark-haired”, describe your appearance in ten words or less.

KERRIEN: *shrugs* Why, there’s more?

RITHVIK: Yes! He’s gorgeous, courageous and has lovely brown eyes!

KERRIEN: Shut up, Rithvik!

SAMANTHA: *LOL* Do you have an enemy or a nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?

KERRIEN: No, I don’t. I don’t put myself in trouble – unlike someone else *glares at Rithvik who smiles innocently* Well, except I awoke a prince who consorted with demons, so I guess eventually I’ll have to fight them…

RITHVIK: And you’ll defeat them!

KERRIEN: Spare me, Rithvik!

SAMANTHA: You two look like cat and dog! So cute! So, Kerrien, where do you live?

KERRIEN: I wander in the northern lands – city states, small kingdoms, whatever is left after the collapse of the Moren Empire. That’s how I found a cursed castle and its doomed prince.

RITHVIK: *beams* And he woke me up with the sweetest kiss!

SAMANTHA: *chuckles* Really? This so reminds me of Sleeping Beauty… So are you two involved in a relationship?



KERRIEN: No, Rithvik, just because you’re my responsibility doesn’t mean we’re together!

RITHVIK: Why did you wake me up, then?

KERRIEN: I didn’t think a kiss would wake you! I’m not a sorcerer!

RITHVIK: No, you are my savior and the most awesome…

KERRIEN: Shut up, Rithvik!

SAMANTHA: Will you two calm down? I see you don’t agree on anything! So, Kerrien, what is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

KERRIEN: Getting rid of Rithvik.

RITHVIK: You can’t get rid of me.

KERRIEN: I noticed. You spellbound me.

RITHVIK: No, I didn’t. I’m not a wizard either.

KERRIEN: Why can’t I leave you, then?

RITHVIK: Because you like me?

SAMANTHA: I think Kerrien is in denial… *grin* Let’s hear Rithvik, then! Who are you?

RITHVIK: I’m the prince of Ker Eziel, but I didn’t want to be king, so I summoned a demon and asked for his help. He made me sleep and wake up when my father’s kingdom was no more and Kerrien was by my side…

KERRIEN: And then he says he’s not a wizard. Who can summon a demon?

SAMANTHA: Mm, yeah, well, it’s his turn to speak now. So, Rithvik, describe your appearance in ten words or less.

RITHVIK: Dashing twenty-two-year-old with green eyes and a dazzling smile.

KERRIEN: *mutters* And a puppy disposition.

RITHVIK: *beams* That too. Thank you, Kerrien. It’s the first compliment I get from you.

KERRIEN: *scoffs* If being compared to a little dog feels like a compliment to you…

RITHVIK: It does, Mr. Stray Cat!

SAMANTHA: What is your role in the story, my beautiful prince?

RITHVIK: Being saved by Kerrien!

SAMANTHA: What is your relationship with him then?

RITHVIK: He’s my savior, my mentor, my caretaker, and he’s teaching me lots of very useful things – like shaving, sewing…

SAMANTHA: *LOL* I bet a prince never learned to do that!

RITHVIK: Right. And I’m teaching him about horses and tournaments.

KERRIEN: No, you’re not!

SAMANTHA: Poor Rithvik, this guy seems quite grumpy, but you’re smitten… what is it about him that you find appealing?

RITHVIK: He’s strong and independent and awesome and… I really need to find out who Braedick is.

SAMANTHA: What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

RITHVIK: Convince Kerrien that we’re meant to be together…

KERRIEN: We’re not!

RITHVIK: We are! You kissed me awake!

KERRIEN: It was a mistake!

SAMANTHA: *turns to you* Well, I guess they are meant to be… *winks* Theirs is a fairy tale revisited, so HEA guaranteed…


BeautifulDTFKerrien prided himself on never getting lost, not even in the deepest, darkest forest. That skill came in handy when tracking someone. It gave him an edge over whomever he was looking for. But he sometimes was taken by surprise by what he found.
Kissing a prince awake might not be the smartest thing Kerrien ever did in his life. Especially since he’s now stuck with the beautiful sleeper with a puppy disposition, and has no idea of who sent him to sleep and why.
Feeling a stray cat himself, can Kerrien put up with the young prince demands? Cats and dogs are not supposed to get along, do they?
A fairy tale retelling, a sweet m/m romance, a Silvery Earth novel.


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Random Friday

Movie and Art Friday! I’ve watched Tale of Tales (which is shot in English with an international cast, but it’s an Italian movie, believe it or not!) and I enjoyed it, even though I’m not familiar with the original fairy tales (but I do know at least one similar to the flea story – except it wasn’t a flea but a louse, and I know it in French).  And I loved watching the extras on how they created the sea-dragon and other special effects. Yes, there’s green screen, but not everything is CG! ;) So, some fantasy-fairy-tale-ish story in tune with my latest writing, LOL!

I’m also reading Fairy Tales Slashed (unbelievably it’s a group read this month, and I’m reading at the same time as the group – I had downloaded the sample before going to Japan, but since it was selected and I’m in fairy tale mood, I thought I might as well read it now) and I’m enjoying it so far, in spite of the typos and bad formatting and lack of sex! ;) Just kisses, but that’s fine – more or less what you get in Beautiful, LOL!

And I’m trying to start on Samantha the Witch and the Desi Vampire… I can tell I won’t be drawing for much longer if I go on like this! Here’s another cover attempt (I will mix the drawings to compose the cover and color them):

newcover_resizeThose remi-realistic portraits? I had a real hard time at drawing the details of the eyes – maybe because I wasn’t at my usual low table on the bed but at work and I couldn’t move the sheet like I wanted… I’m still good with chibi-style, though, since it’s less detailed! ;)

I’ve considered drawing on the computer directly, but staring at the screen hurts my eyes even more. So yesterday I barely colored two new Happiness Is… and a Muse vignette and had to give up and do something else… Leaving you with the Muse vignette and the latest Happiness Is… Have a great weekend!

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Writer Wednesday

Soooo, new title out! And it sold two copies before I even announced it! Wonders never cease…

Kerrien prided himself on never getting lost, not even in the deepest, darkest forest. That skill came in handy when tracking someone. It gave him an edge over whomever he was looking for. But he sometimes was taken by surprise by what he found.
Kissing a prince awake might not be the smartest thing Kerrien ever did in his life. Especially since he’s now stuck with the beautiful sleeper with a puppy disposition, and has no idea of who sent him to sleep and why.
Feeling a stray cat himself, can Kerrien put up with the young prince demands? Cats and dogs are not supposed to get along, do they?
A fairy tale retelling, a sweet m/m romance, a Silvery Earth novel.

BeautifulDTFNew kind of blurb starting with the first paragraph of the story… how am I doing? Does it sound cool? Although the cover by itself gave me a new Facebook fan who asked if it was a standalone… yes, it’s a standalone. And Sadist Author didn’t beat these two lovely male lovers (*ducks to avoid the glares of Ker-ris and Kol-ian who speak for all the other less lucky male lovers of her stories*)! :)

Anyhow, it’s now live on most retailers. And I’m working on another. If this is a male Sleeping Beauty, I’m having a male Snow White. But last night I decided I will make him up instead of having a virtual cast (I mean, Da Muses are still there as the sorcerer and the king, but the prince with white skin, black hair and red lips doesn’t have a corresponding real face).

It might be just a novella, not a full novel like Beautiful, but I won’t know until I reach the end. I put aside the contemporary stories for now, since they’d be sloppy first drafts that would need redrafting if and when I feel like talking about our planet again. I also postponed completing the story of Chandaka and Daya to next year, when I’ll plunge back into the vampire historicals with Kaylyn’s story and write more historical fantasy.

I had to re-order a proof of Rajveer the Vampire (my fault, I changed the margins and forgot to reformat to the end…), but Star Minds Interregnum is now live on Createspace and will soon reach the other retailers – and of course I enrolled it in the matchbook program. Check the publisher’s page for further announcements, thank you! :)

No writerly links this week… except the usual suspects! Just follow Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and you’ll know what I’m talking about! :) Have a great week!

Author of the Week: Barbara G Tarn


Check my interview at Authors to Watch! :)

Originally posted on Authors to Watch:

The Author of the Week is Barbara G Tarn. Welcome, Barb. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I was born in Rome half a century ago and wrote in Italian until the 21st century, when I decided I’d rather explore the English-speaking market. I started with the attempted conquest of Hollywood, feeling it was easier to write screenplays than prose, then by 2010 I went back to my first love, prose, and the following year I started indie publishing, mostly in English.

When did you begin writing?

I spent 8 years abroad in the 1970s – Paris and Geneva, so I grew up bilingual Italian/French, studying English at school – and when I came back I was 13. Not the best time to be uprooted. I hated everything and everyone and started writing stories. I was very prolific and loved to make up stuff (mostly unbelievable and…

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Happiness is…

36He’s still alive (90+) and my biggest Italian fan… will have to give him the latest PODs soon! :)

Sunday Surprise

Words of wisdom, writers on writing, I won’t skip another Sunday this month – hopefully. Enjoy the writerly quotes!

If you don’t read short stories, don’t love them with a passion, don’t bother.

No matter how logical it would seem or how good the business might be of doing them in your series.

Writing anything for money or to game some publishing system is always a fool’s game at best and flat stupid at worst.

Always write for love.

Now understand, I wrote Star Trek, Men in Black, Spider-Man, X-Men, and a bunch of novelizations for movies I loved. I loved all of those. Still do.

But at times along the way, I said yes to projects I didn’t love. I didn’t follow my own advice. I always had my reasons and my reasons were always stupid in hindsight. And usually concerned money.

And those were always the worst projects, the ones that went nowhere. The projects that took far, far too much emotional baggage to deal with.

So this writing a short story a day might look easy from the other side of the screen. But unless you are a fan of short fiction, read it regularly in magazines, have always worked at short stories in one form or another, don’t try this. You will be doomed to failure and more harm to your writing and confidence than you can imagine.

Write what you love and read.

I was told that advice a long time ago and it stuck with me.

And now, over forty years later, that advice has always been the best advice I ever got. I made mistakes and didn’t always follow it. But when I returned to writing what I loved, I was always happier and what I wrote was always better.

Dean Wesley Smith

So the final step in working out what tasks to focus upon lies in identifying those tasks that truly matter. We will never run out of POTENTIAL tasks. We will never run out of people telling us that we “must do” this or that or the other to “be successful in today’s marketplace.” We will never run out of distractions.

But unless we focus on the core elements of our writing goals — the novel, the short story, the poem, the memoir, the song, the life-changing how-to book — we will run out of the things that matter most: our hopes and dreams.

And, of course, our readers…

Moira Allen

The faster I write the better my output. If I’m going slow, I’m in trouble. It means I’m pushing the words instead of being pulled by them.

Raymond Chandler

I believe that you either love the work or the rewards. Life is a lot easier if you love the work.

Jane Smiley

The only thing more tormenting than writing is not writing.

Cynthia Ozick

Trees are trees, mountains are generally mountains, no matter what country you find them and one description may be made to answer for all this reinforcing the old adage among novelists: Never let the facts stand in the way of a good story.

– Bram Stoker

Random Friday

2015-11-10 15.24.15Hello, Priyanka! It was a nice surprise to see your face plastered all over Rome, Italy! ;) Of course I knew what it was all about since Muse H is so proud of you! :D Except I don’t watch TV, and I doubt I can get that channel for free, so I won’t be watching Quantico. If anyone is seeing it, please comment with your thoughts on the show, thank you! :)

On the long distance flights to Japan I watched a few movies and of course I chose from the Bollywood selection! ;) On Swiss (Zurich-Tokyo) I watched only one movie, PK. More out of curiosity for the poster with naked Aamir covering himself with a tape-recorder than because I really really really wanted to see it. I mean, Aamir Kahn is not one of my favorites! ;)

And now I can tell he has only two faces, the serious one a la Lagaan, and the silly one a la PK – and he shows both in Dhoom 3, so I guess he covered it all, LOL! Anyhow, this is a comedy, it’s funny and I didn’t mind it. I might watch it again with my friend who likes him, but I don’t think I’ll buy the DVD…

On the return flight, Lufthansa Osaka-Frankfurt, I had time to watch two, since it was daytime for me and I didn’t sleep much (which made me crash when I got to Frankfurt and I had that six hours layover and I wanted to kill the travel agent who had booked that flight – end rant/digression).

So I watched first Dil Dhadakne Do, since I liked all Zoya Akthar’s previous movies and wanted to see this one too (and Aamir Khan is only a voice, so… very happy not to see his… ears! ;) I’m mean, I know).

It was already on the to-buy list and still is. It’s another family comedy, well, probably dramedy, and I loved it. I see now that I’ve seen two movies in a row with Anushka Sharma! :) I like her, so I don’t mind…

And then I watched Tanu Weds Manu Returns, with double bill of Kangana Ranaut (although I admit at first I hadn’t recognized her… small screen’s fault! ;) Or maybe I was already tired and not paying attention…).

It was another fun movie – well, another dramedy – and I think Madhavan is plump but cute! ;) I will probably add this movie to the to-buy list as well. Whenever I get back to London/Southall, I shall try to email the guy beforehand, so when I get there he has all the DVDs I need! ;)

That’s all for Bollywood randomness! Have a great weekend!

Writer Wednesday

Mighty Editor sent back the latest story proofread, so stay tuned for the next title – a retelling of Sleeping Beauty on Silvery Earth as m/m romance. Not much sex, but lots of cats for a very sweet love story! ;) It’s a fairy tale, so no hard stuff, LOL! Here’s a preview of the cover art (without frame and without lettering)…

I’m writing the short contemporary stories based on the openings I wrote for my online workshop. Two I just keep writing from the assignment, since it was nailed. One I had to rewrite it completely (I wasn’t quite there, so I used a restaurant in Kyoto and rewrote the scene). And the fourth… I’m skipping it for now, since I really don’t know what story could spring from that sentence, LOL!

Anyhow, those are contemporary short stories and they will be published sometimes before Christmas, hopefully. Either with the reprint of other ex-B.G. Hope titles or alone and then in the collection that follows Six Months and Other Love Stories.

I will do a POD version of the contemporary titles when they’re all written. I don’t like thin books, so I’ll probably put them all together. Or maybe not, I don’t know. Today I should receive the proofs for Rajveer and Star Minds Interregnum, so stay tuned for those.

By the way, Createspace now allows direct bank transfer also to Italy, so I’ll finally see those few dollars of the 5 books I’ve sold either on CS itself or its expanded distribution. Very happy I don’t have to wait to reach the 100$ treshold! :)

Writerly links! Can you make a living in comics? – applies to writing too, IMHO. Or any other art form, as Colleen herself points out. I don’t make a living yet, but one day… persistance is the only way, I guess! ;)

Kris Rusch on translations… excellent points. I try to avoid translations when I can, but I liked Gaby Hauptmann novels, and since I don’t speak German, I had to read the Italian version. I have no idea if I missed something or not! ;) And I remember reading the Hitchhiker’s Guide in the late 1990s and wondering how on Earth one could translate Douglas Adams’ crazy prose into Italian… yes, I was reading the original, and I’ve never tried the actual translations!

When I started writing in English, I tried to preserve my “Italian voice”… but then I evolved, as a writer and as a person, so now I think I have a new voice both in English and in Italian! ;) Except I write in English first now and then, when I can, translate it back into Italian… I wish I could quit DayJob so I could split the days into translation-time and writing-time… :)

Have a great week!


Happiness is…

35All the names changed… 5 years later! (except Madison *waves at Madison* and Viv *waves at Viv*) I wouldn’t know who to name this year… but I know you’re out there! :)


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