Happiness is…


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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!

And we have a couple here! Who wants to go first? The tall barbarian or the blond elf?

Joris: I’m a Genn, not an elf.

Whatever… so you go first! Tell me a little about yourself!

K&J4DA_resizeJoris: My name is Joyrise, but this ugly, hairy barbarian calls me Joris.

Kolia *glares* You don’t have to tell everything like that!

Joris: So what’s the point? Try to think of her as our next employer.

Kolia: Really? You’d say that to our prospective employer? And then what, that we’re lovers?

Guys, we’re getting there! Can you please stop bickering? *sighs* Since you don’t seem to want to take turns, let’s make it a joint interview. Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Kolia: I’m tall, a warrior with blue eyes.

Joris: Long blond hair, pointed ears, nothing any other Genn wouldn’t have.

And then you wonder why I call you elf. Maybe you were an elf in a previous incarnation! Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?

Kolia: The Clan Cadwaller. They destroyed my family and threw me out of Caer Nittak.

Joris: No, they threw you in a dungeon, where I rescued you.

Kolia: Whatever, now I’m in exile. But one day… one day…

Joris: Yeah yeah… *rolls eyes*

Would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

Kolia: Definitely! Unfortunately when I tried to fight for my town and my people, I was defeated…

Joris: Don’t look at me! I’m Genn. The Magical Races are non-violent by their very nature!

Where do you live?

Kolia: Currently in Salamar, capital of the namesake kingdom. We’re mercenaries.

You are involved in a relationship – what is it about him that you find appealing?

Kolia: He’s a wizard! And has the longest hair I ever saw! And he saved me! And…

Joris: And he kept saying “I love you” to anything I told him, how could I resist?

*chuckles* What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Kolia: Ryan Cadwaller.

Joris: You’re obsessed with him!

Kolia: No, I’m not. He is obsessed with me.

Joris: Denial, Kolia… our biggest challenge it to take this ugly hairy barbarian back to Caer Nittak.

Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourselves.

Kolia: I’m your average warrior of the northern tribes…

Joris: I actually have a small portion of dark blood. I descend from Belfi, the Immortal Half-blood. And please, don’t ask Kolia about his family. Nine surviving children, can you believe it? These Humans do nothing but breed!

Kolia: Because we’re short-lived, unlike you! Besides, nine survived into adulthood but I don’t know how many survived the Cadwaller take-over, so… I might be the only one left now!

Mm, okay, thank you guys… *shoos them off* I know them… yes, from the late 1990s… Yes! “Kolia and Joris”, the 15-issues comic book fanzine by the crazy author of this blog! Took some adjustments, then… the couple of lucky readers of that comic may recognize the story, though. Hasn’t changed much… *mutters to herself* I really hope this is the last recycled story we see from this darn author!

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Random Friday


Muse Randomness. Last weekend’s brainstorming:2016sevenRADOwipSmallThis week’s vignette – almost a Happiness is, right?35 hug_resize

And it’s because…

I booked the flights and the hotel, so London, I’m coming!:) And I might have time for a trip to Hastings – the battlefield, not the city as well… in less than two months, whoot!😀

Have a great weekend!

Writer Wednesday


I’m going to be slightly telegraphic this week. Writing: one more tale of the southern kingdom written, one last to go. Then I’ll be back to the vampires through the centuries for the long weekend ahead. Jumping on a train Friday night and coming back next Wednesday – which might mean next Wednesday the post will be late, unless I manage to do it from the netbook!😉

Publishing: one more title out, Lovers, revised version of an old comic book fanzine – revised only because Joris was an elf, and now he is a Genn, the elf-like beings of Silvery Earth!😉 And I added a couple of things from Beautiful, since Kerrien is from Caer Nittak and he knew Kolia!😉

And then, since I’m doing the Teams in Fiction workshop, a reminder of the available ones for the coming month:

ONLINE WORKSHOPS

Class #1… July 5th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 5th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 5th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… July 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 5th … Character Development
Class #6… July 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 6th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 6th … Teams in Fiction

I can vouch for Author Voice, Depth in Writing and Teams in Fiction!:) Go book at least one and try it!:) I shall try not to skip Friday’s post… Have a great week!:)

Happiness is…


65It’s actually Createspace now… same old, same old…

Random Friday


Sooo, since my brain is already going mushy from the first summer heat (what happened to spring, huh? Damn!), I’m going to improvise. First, I’m reposting here an announcement I made on my private Facebook profile…

Dear Friends, since FB changed its agloritms again, from now on my blog posts will go directly to my author page. I may or may not share them here, but if you’d like to keep following my blog, you can either subscribe by email on the blog itself (in the sidebar by email or hitting the “follow” button if you’re a WP user) or “like” the author page and follow it from there. Thank you for liking and sharing the author page!

You might notice I took out the Networked Blogs widget from the sidebar as well. And yes, some of my “friends” don’t “like” my author page. Tsk.

Just kidding!:) Told ya I’m not in my best form!😀 So I will turn the keyboard to you. You can

a) ask me questions in the comments, I will happily answer almost anything (except politics and religion)!😉

b) drag your mouse or finger on these old polls, since there are new people coming to this blog, I thought I’d post them again.

Yes, that’s me asking you a question or two. Be nice and answer (usual suspects need not apply).

and slightly revised (but the old votes are still there – it was first set up in 2011…)

Random fact: Friday 17 is bad luck in Italy as much as Friday 13 is for the US!😉 Thanks and have a great weekend!

Writer Wednesday


The second book of Vampires Through the Centuries is now available for pre-order via Smashwords. And as promised, here’s the cover of Kaylyn the Sister-in-Darkness by awesome Shafali Anand.

kaylyn-ref-webAnd here’s the blurb:

Ten years after the return of the crusader, his people know he’s evil and try to get rid of him and his wife. Kaylyn escapes the fire of Baldwin’s manor with Bran’s help and leaves Lincolnshire for good.

A long journey through 12th century Europe allows her to meet other fledglings of her mysterious maker, Bran the Raven. Then it’s Muslim Spain and up to Damascus, where everything started for Baldwin.

A travel journal through the centuries across Europe, North Africa, Asia on the Silk Road, to the court of Kublai Khan and then India for the making of her brother-in-darkness, Rajveer… And it’s only half of Kaylyn’s story.

History and fantasy mix in this standalone book of Vampires Through the Centuries that will appeal to both historical fiction readers and vampire lovers all over the world.

Bonus story: The Return of the Crusader, or the making of Kaylyn.

The book will come out November 2, one year after Rajveer the Vampire. Pre-order price is 4.99$ – it will go up to 6.99$ withing the first week of release, so get it now!  I even set up a Smashwords Series page!😉

Now, for the other news. Currently writing more tales of the Southern Kingdoms to fill volume 2 so that after the summer I can re-issue both books as one volume (Tales of the Southern Kingdoms and More Tales of the Southern Kingdoms) with new covers and POD versions.

Last week I had 4 days when I didn’t write – in between projects – but then I wrote Amrendra part 4 in 3 days, 6600 words. As soon as I get it proofread, I’ll update the document and will announce it, so that whoever bought it on Smashwords can download the new version (I think Amazon automatically sends the new version if there’s significant changes – like 6600 more words?).

I have “trouble” only to start the next story. I usually procrastinate between projects until I finally set my mind on the new story. Once I start, I usually don’t stop until I reach the end – the beauty of writing into the dark, I guess!😉 Anyhow, I have reached midpoint of my yearly wordcount, so I don’t feel pressure if I don’t write for a few days. I know that in October, having three weeks off, my wordcount will drop again, so I better stash up before then!😀

Now I’m going to keep walking on the Yellow Brick Road and stick the following on my wall for the time being…

So my advice to you is ignore what society tells you that you must do, ignore what friends tell you that you should do. Do what you want. So when you get to my age, you might be having as much fun as I am.

Ain’t easy, but it is worth it.

Dean Wesley Smith

Have a great week!

Happiness is…


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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!

Cinder Boy_resizeSo, you must be the gorgeous guy on the cover of the book! Tell me a little about yourself!

Book? *stares blankly at her* My name is Rohan and I’m in my twenties, but they keep calling me Cinder Boy. I supposedly own a manor at the edge of the forest, but my stepmother will never allow me to take my late father’s place!

Oh, why do we always have evil stepmothers in fairy tales? *snorts* Let’s move on. Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

I’m tall, well built, with blue eyes.

Yes, we can see that! *chuckles* Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?

I have my stepmother and my stepbrothers who are doing their best to keep me out of my father’s legacy… they treat me like a servant in my own house!

Would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

I don’t have anyone left. My mother died when I was a child, my father remarried that bitch and then passed away… But if I could, I’d enter the service of the king and do my best to protect the royal family.

Where do you live?

In a manor not far from Ker Noran, a small northern kingdom on the shore of the River Wated.

Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

Unfortunately no. I’m not allowed to go to the castle anymore. I live a very solitary existence.

What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Finding my father’s weapons and armor to attend the tournament for the return of Prince Kurtis, so I can show the world my worth even though I was never officially knighted.

Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

I have found a pond of warm water in the forest. I like to go there and bathe and relax after the day chores. It’s my secret place, so don’t tell anyone.

I won’t! Although the readers can admire you doing just that on the book cover, LOL! But let me get to the next guest… Another handsome young man, trust me! Tell me a little about yourself, my lord.

Prince Kurtis of Ker Noran. I’m twenty-nine, but since I decided I will not get married, my father will pass the throne to my younger brother Ewan.

Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Tall, strong and dark-haired.

What is your relationship with Rohan?

Coming back from Moriana where I’d spent three years, I saw that gorgeous young man bathing in a forest pond very close to my father’s castle. Pity he’s probably just a servant and I’m very busy catching up at Ker Noran, but as soon as things calm down, I’ll claim him.

Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

I wouldn’t mind a relationship with Rohan, he looks very sweet. You might have guessed by now that I don’t want to marry because I prefer men… but so far my relationships haven’t lasted!

What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Finding out who the Nameless Knight is, and then getting to Rohan’s heart.

Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

I have Waiora friends. They’re members of one of the Magical Races, they’re water people. One of them was my first male lover and we’re still friends.

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Random Friday


And let’s make it Art Friday! I did only half of the sheet Sunday afternoon, but here you go, Da Muse’s Greek nose (ain’t he a Greek God, after all?😉 )

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Didn’t really finish the attempts at making a POD version of S.K.Y.B.A.N.D. and a new artbook for Createspace (who already has issues with the temporary file I uploaded, unfinished, haha!), but had to decompress after the intense creative weekend, so I did this in two hours.

And then here’s the main characters in Quests Book 1 and 2 (overlapping): Bellinda, Keneith, Hinrik and non-Human Raykim flying over them. Editor is doing a final pass and I’ll publish them in July. Since I’m not using this illustration for any cover (at least not as is), I thought I’d give a preview here.

QuestsIllustration4_resizeThis weekend I hope to do the other half of the first sheet, plus some edits, plus some writing, since I’ve been NOT writing most of this week – in between projects and brainstorming which tale of the Southern Kingdoms I want to write first and re-reading the already written, including Books of the Immortals – Air (had to rewrite the end of Quests Book 2 to match it).

Have a great weekend!

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