Random Friday


And since not much is going on – again – here are a few writers on writing, words of wisdom and whatnot. Have a wonderful weekend

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When you’re having a bad writing day, a hard writing day, remember that.

And remember too that when you sit down a week from now, or a month, or a year, the days the writing was hard and the days the writing was easy will be indistinguishable from one another. In fact, sometimes the easy days produce worse work than the difficult days. You never know. So don’t let it stop you. Put the bucket over your head and run at the wall anyway.

And remember that all of this is just a draft, that it can all be fixed and changed, that what doesn’t work can be made to work. It can always be made to work with enough practice, with enough blood.

You’re having a hard day of writing, write anyway.

Do it because it’s hard.

Forgive yourself because it’s hard.

Don’t let one bad day be the gravestone for the rest of the days.

Chuck Wendig

Thanks to Quiet by Susan Cain, many writers are happily claiming their introversion. I’m an introvert, which means I get my energy from being alone. I hate small talk and large groups. I’d rather think than speak, and write rather than talk. I rarely answer the phone. I’m INFJ on the Myers-Briggs scale, and many authors fit a similar model. This also means that conferences and events are tiring, so I can’t do too many of them a year. If you’re like me, then we’re super lucky these days, because online marketing suits introverts. We can attract an audience online and connect with readers, while still spending time alone.
Joanna Penn

There’s nothing like studying the bestseller lists of bygone years for teaching an author humility. You’ve heard of the ones that got filmed, normally. Mostly you realise that today’s bestsellers are tomorrow’s forgotten things.

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I’m convinced if I keep going one day I will write something decent. On very bad days I will observe that I must have written good things in the past, which means that I’ve lost it. But normally I just assume that I don’t have it. The gulf between the thing I set out to make in my head and the sad, lumpy thing that emerges into reality is huge and distant and I just wish that I could get them closer.

Neil Gaiman

The proper response to a rejection is to send the story out to a different publisher—not to rewrite the tale. So don’t fiddle with your language. There are times when it might be wise to make a “substantial” revision, one where you change the very bones of a story. For example, you might decide to write a new opening scene, or extend a climax, or something like that. In that case, it’s like re-setting the bones of the story, not applying new lipstick to the face of it. You’re fixing the underlying structure.

David Farland

That’s the kind of writer you want to be. You want to be the writer whose work they buy because they love your work, rather than the writer who distracts them for one weekend and whom they never read again.

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We all want our latest releases to sell millions of copies this year. Most of us—99.9% of us—won’t achieve that. But we will have published a book or two or three, and we are working in our chosen field.

We’re the day-to-day folk who provide the best entertainment possible in a non-special-event kinda way. And that’s what most readers want.

Remember that the next time you see a lot of hype.

And realize that the hype isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be.

Kris Rusch

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Random Friday


Haven’t been doing much, so I’m posting the Words of Wisdom, Writers on Writing, whatever you want  to call them, and happy new writing year! 🙂

Keep your ear to the ground. You can’t just hide out in your writing cave. Remember, the market changes. You need to be able to alter course if necessary, so stay informed of what’s happening in the industry, what other authors are doing, what the book trends are, etc. That doesn’t mean you jump on everything that comes your way, but you need to be aware of it. Don’t be the last one to catch the train.

Pay it forward!!! Support your fellow authors. Buy their books. Review their books. Share their releases and successes with your followers. I can’t tell you how many opportunities have come my way because of friendships with other authors. It takes a village to build a successful writing career, and your fellow authors are your village.

Cara Bristol

I love to write. A lot of you love to write, I bet. But, as with any love, there are days you hate it. Some days, writing feels like endless toil. There are days when writing acts distant for no apparent reason, because writing can be a passive-aggressive jerk. Writing is the sort of lover who breaks up with you, then slinks in naked while you’re taking a shower, like nothing happened. You’ll stay up all night with writing and regret it when you have to go to work in the morning. There’ll even be times when you’re trying to focus on something else, but writing won’t stop talking to you no matter how politely you ask.

Simply put, writing is an asshole. Writing steals your money and spends it on stupid things, like another gimmicky book on how to write better, and then it acts like it bought that book for both of you. Writing will take you to heaven and back all day long, but the next morning it’ll be gone without even leaving a note.
Because writing is love, and love is hell.

Robyn Bennis

Writing is something you do alone. It’s a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it.

– John Green

If you are the kind of writer who can write the same thing over and over again and not get bored, then you might be able to develop the kind of brand loyalty that Child is talking about.

I can’t. I don’t want to repeat myself. So even though I know what he did is very smart, it’s not something I can or will replicate. I have to plan my own brand work around that decision.

That said, I am much more interested in building brand loyalty than I am in building customer loyalty. I didn’t have the words for this until I started this series.

I don’t want people to buy my books because they’re discounted or because I keep offering better and better variations of a good deal. I want people to buy my books because they enjoy my books.

Kris Rusch

Impostor Syndrome is real. Flip the script on it. Don’t let it have power over you. Admit you’re an impostor. Then admit that we’re all impostors — none of us belong here because art and story are forbidden, interstitial places. This thing we do is Buccaneer’s Den, it’s Mos Eisley, it’s a secret moon colony. Not a one of us “belongs” here. We all booked illegal passage through blackest night and sharky waters to get here. We’re not one ship, we’re countless life-boats strung together — a glorious flotilla of freaks.

This is who we are. It’s what we do. And what we do is sometimes hard. It’s hard for me. It’s hard for you. It’s hard for Stephen King. It’s hard for J.K. Rowling. King probably thinks that Rowling does it effortlessly, and Rowling probably thinks King sails through every draft, and the truth is, it’s hard for them, for you, for me, for every penmonkey that ever done monkeyed with a pen.

When a story reads effortlessly, it was not written effortlessly. In fact, the more effortlessly it reads, the more effort probably went into making it read effortlessly.

It took work.

Chuck Wendig

Random Friday


Words of Wisdom, Writers on Writing, whatever you want to call it, here’s the last quotes of the year! 🙂

Write if you’re gonna write.

You’re never too old to write.

And you’re also never too young to start.

But don’t wait. That’s the caution. That’s the danger.

Don’t sit on it. Even if you’re likelier to be more successful later, that later-in-life success is often built on the heaps and mounds of a lot of unsung, unpublished work in your youth. Use that time to build a mountain of glorious failures and fuck-ups. You only get to know what you’re doing by not knowing what you’re doing. You only get to the rarified air of success by climbing that mountain of shit work and fuck-uppery. It’s not a waste of time to write badly. It’s no waste to write in the wrong direction. The path may be circuitous, but the path is still the path. And writing is how you walk it.

The work won’t come to you.

You gotta go do the work.

That’s true whether you’re 16 or you’re 60.

So go do the work and stop worrying about age.

Better yet, don’t compare yourself to others. There’s always somebody out there doing it differently, and doing it better. Always someone younger, older, with more books, more awards, better sales, nicer hair, whatever. What they do isn’t what you do. Who they are isn’t who you are. Their path ain’t your path. Scrap all that worry and write.

Chuck Wendig

As writers, we don’t get a lot of moments like these. Moments where things line up and we get to look back and appreciate what we’ve done, and turn around and look at the future with some optimism. A lot of the day-to-day is loaded with stress, rejection, please-love-me posturing and loneliness. It is not a profession I would suggest to someone who doesn’t take criticism well, that’s for sure. But that’s what makes the good times so meaningful. The times when you realize why you do this, why you sit alone for hours pecking away at your keyboard in the dark, telling a story first for yourself, then for everyone else. We do this stuff because we have to, and I’d probably write books for myself alone if that was the extent of my audience. But it’s nice, hell, it’s essential, to sometimes feel like you’re pushing that boulder up the hill for a reason.

Alex Segura

Now, if we can only get rid of it from the writer side. If we can accept that our assumptions were formed in another century, a century that is stunningly different from ours.

We can write and publish what we want. We aren’t even doing it in the dark.

So, let’s embrace the present and publish our works. Let the future take care of itself, and drop as much of those past assumptions as we possibly can.

And remember—if you find a book that’s spectacular, share the news with someone else. That’s what’ll keep books alive for the next 100 years.

Just like it did 100 years ago.

Kris Rusch

The threat of writers block always looms. It can take a variety of forms from not having an idea to explore, to not feeling like writing, to feeling like you have nothing worthwhile to say. Writer’s block tells us something. Maybe that the story is not ready yet or that the idea is not viable. When I come to a blank page, I spend a lot of time beforehand arming myself. I have research. I have brainstorming notes. I have snippets of dialogue, a rough outline, and description all so that I can avoid any sort of block. My actual writing routine involves preparation the night before: thinking through what I’m going to write, making a plan, mapping out the scenes or chapter. When I’m writing, I might stop mid-paragraph or mid-scene rather than write them to completion so that when I can sit down again, I can slip right back into what I was writing. I may have multiple projects going so that I can switch to another should I get stuck on one. I prepare, prepare, prepare … whatever it takes (whatever works for me) — both in rhythm and habit—to keep putting words on a page. It may not just be writerly angst, but it can be worked around. Your mileage may vary, but give yourself space and time to work your story out.

And be kind to yourself while doing it.

Maurice Broaddus

Now realize I have believed all my work sucks for forty years, yet over 23 million people now have bought my books and more every day around the world. If I took that number in, I would be too “important” to ever write again. But if I believed there was no point because anything I tried would just suck, I would never write again.

So the balance is just creating a space in our own heads. Nothing is important really, but everything should be done the best we can do.

Be a window cleaner. Make the window so clean no one can see the glass and take pride in that and then move on to the next window.

Writing is no different.

We should all take pride in the work, do the best we can, keep learning, and then release and move on.

Dean Wesley Smith

Sunday Surprise


Rocketpack Adventures Sunday Special! Revered Guests, here are eight fearless authors answering six questions about this  anthology, available as ebook and paperback. Get it now!

AUTHOR/CURATOR RUSS CROSSLEY

1. What is it about rockets and/or jetpacks that draws you to it?

I fell in love with the idea of jet or rocket packs in the early 1970’s when I saw part of an old serial on a children’s morning program. Looking back I think it was 1949’s King of the Rocketmen. Then the 1991 film The Rocketeer reignited my interest in this subgenre of fantastic film (a long time love of mine). I now own all the old serials with rocket suited heroes and of course the Rocketeer on DVD. The whole idea is so much fun I decided to compile a collection of stories by various authors to see how other authors might approach the idea. And, boy, did they ever write some clever tales. I hope everyone enjoys these stories as much as as I do.

2. What is your story in the anthology about?

Mine is called Mercenary Knights. It is about rocket pack wearing knights jousting on antigravity boards in the 42nd century. Of course there is danger, action, and peril and a cliffhanger ending as is fitting for this genre with a surprising twist. Great fun to write my own rocketpack story.

3. What inspired your story?

As it happens I have an ongoing series of books about team of mercenaries set in the 42nd century and two of the team love to compete in outrageous, and dangerous sports. It occurred to me why not jousting knights wearing rocketpacks? This provided me the perfect frame work for the story.

4. Do you always write about rockets and/or jetpacks? If not, what do you write about?

No, not much,. At the moment I’m in the process of finishing the seventh book in the Blaster Squad series and have plans to write a paranormal mystery next.

5. What should readers know about you?

My professional writing career started when I sold three Star Trek stories to Pocket Books.

6. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

I have a large collection of Star Trek fiction dating back to the 1970’s. Science fiction has been one of my passions for most of my life inspired by the US Space Program in the 1960’s and the seemingly inevitable goal of peaceful space exploration of my generation.

AUTHOR MARY JO RABE

1. What is it about rockets and/or jetpacks that draws you to it?

The idea of getting away, leaving the solar system, galaxy, or even universe.

2. What is your story in the anthology about?

An efficient engineer builds her own rocket.

3. What inspired your story?

In my Blue Sunset collection I have poems about life on Mars. One of them deals with an efficient engineer leaving Mars in her own rocket.

4. Do you always write about rockets and/or jetpacks? If not, what do you write about?

I write science fiction, some fantasy, and some historical fiction, all with different topics and themes.

5. What should readers know about you?

I prefer to write optimistic fiction with happy endings because that’s what I like to read.

6. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us? I am very amazed and grateful to be in this bundle.

Personal blog: https://maryjorabe.wordpress.com/

Publishing blog: https://teedsgalaxypress.wordpress.com

Website: http://www.teedsgalaxypress.com

AUTHOR LESLEY L. SMITH

1. What is it about rockets and/or jetpacks that draws you to it?

Rockets and jetpacks are super fun. I think it goes back to the ideas of the golden age of science fiction–when everyone was jetting around. I wish I had a jetpack right now!

2. What is your story in the anthology about?

My story “Girl Power” is the tale of a group of girls inventing a wearable jetpack.

3. What inspired your story?

I must admit I’m on a bit of a ‘girl power’ streak this year.  I love the idea of girls becoming empowered–in more ways than one!

4. Do you always write about rockets and/or jetpacks? If not, what do you write about?

I often write about rockets and spaceships, but my stories are really about characters and their relationships in science fictional settings.

5. What should readers know about you?

Readers should know that in real life I’m a physicist, and have worked on a NASA project (so, am a rocket scientist?). 😉

6. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

This particular anthology has been super fun and all the stories are marvelous. For more info, check out my website: www.lesleylsmith.com

AUTHORS/CO-WRITERS JIM LE MAY AND CHUCK ANDERSON

1. What is it about rockets and/or jetpacks that draws you to it?

Chuck- I had never written a jetpack story, and when Russ asked I was intrigued.

Jim – Honestly, I had never thought of writing a story about jetpacks until my co-author, Chuck Anderson, brought the idea up. It sounded like fun to write and indeed was.

2. What is your story in the anthology about?

Chuck – Jim and my story is about a down-on-his-luck hero during the Great Depression who is recruited by a former gunfighter to fight against crime.

Jim – International intrigue in the pre-WWII era, a sexy female Nazi spy, Alcatraz island in the San Francisco bay and a heroic jetpack pilot.

3. What inspired your story?

Chuck – The old television show ‘Have Gun- Will Travel.’ I wanted a character who’s for hire but generally tries to do the right thing.

Jim – Partially, the late ’50s TV show “Have Gun — Will Travel” and in part the ’90s film “The Rocketeer.”

4. Do you always write about rockets and/or jetpacks? If not, what do you write about?

Chuck – I have not written a jetpack story before, and I usually write under a bunch of different areas of science fiction.

Jim – That was my first jetpack story, though Chuck and I might write another. I usually write about future history or gonzo versions of fairy tales and other stories.

5. What should readers know about you?

Chuck – I am a publisher, writer, and an art student, but I used to be a teacher, volleyball coach, and an athletic director. I also have a weakness for muscle cars.

Jim – I write character-driven short stories and novels, most of them set decades or centuries in the future after antibiotic-resistant bacteria has drastically reduced the earth’s population.

6. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

Chuck – I think this is going to be a fine collection of stories, and I can’t wait to read the rest of them.

Jim – Yes. You can access my blog here: https://www.lemaysshadowworld.com/ , find my books at Mad Cow Press (https://www.madcow.press/ ) and Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Jim-LeMay/e/B076MGDHFC ).

AUTHOR  KELLY CAIRO

1. What is it about rockets and/or jetpacks that draws you to it?

Flying. My best dreams include me figuring out I can fly. And it’s wonderful. (Also, as a tourist on a helicopter flight, I was delighted to realize if felt exactly like flying in my dreams.)

2. What is your story in the anthology about?

Without giving too much away, it’s about differences and similarities and communication.

3. What inspired your story?

As a kid, I never understood why anyone would consider creating an all-boy or all-girl school. As, er, not a kid, I do understand the appeal of every single opportunity not influenced by stereotypes. (However, I remain grateful I never experienced the all-girl school first hand.)

4. Do you always write about rockets and/or jetpacks? If not, what do you write about?

Most of my published work is sci-fi — time travel, Star Trek, and steam punk — and paranormal romance. And I enjoy reading and writing anything that offers a twist.

5. What should readers know about you?

I love the idea of helping people through what they read. Whether it’s providing a half hour of entertainment as reading/relaxation time, or providing a perspective on something a reader thinks about outside of the story — that is the fun of story telling.

6. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

For a good time, check out free samples of my Guardian Angel series. It’s paranormal romance, so the stories are under the Lynn C. Kelly pen name, and available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. There’s a complete, free short story written from the point of view of the guardian angel (parallel to the novel), plus a sample of the novel that (I hope) will make you ask yourself, “What now?”

AUTHOR DEANNA KNIPPLING

1. What is it about rockets and/or jetpacks that draws you to it?

I love all things pulp.  I watched a million episodes of Flash Gordon as a kid, that’s probably where it started.  Rockets…well, they’re okay.  Space rockets, they can be great.  But jetpacks are so impossible from a practical point of view that you can only think of them as belonging to another reality, one where all our problems have been, or will be, improbably solved by technology.  Maybe that’s the modern version of a fairy tale, I don’t know.  But I’ve always liked that sort of thing.

2. What is your story in the anthology about?

Jetpacks!  And the fact that a lot of our early rocket scientists were former Nazis that we raided out from under the USSR’s nose.  Maaaybe a little unethical testing went on.  Who’s to say?

3. What inspired your story?

I started on a different story that turned into a 100,000-word novel, or at least it will at some point.  Phooey!  I still wanted to write a story for the anthology, so I borrowed some of the characters from the book and sliced off a smaller chunk of story to play with.

4. Do you always write about rockets and/or jetpacks? If not, what do you write about?

I write science fiction, fantasy, horror, and crime.  A lot of aliens, fae, and monsters.

5. What should readers know about you?

Hahahahaha…that’s assuming they really should know anything.  I like pushing readers’ buttons, so maybe it’s best for everyone concerned if they don’t.  Anyway, my website is at www.WonderlandPress.com.  I’m obsessed with Alice in Wonderland and there happens to be more cannibalism in my stories than maybe there should be.  I live in Colorado.  I am not a direct descendant of anyone involved in the Donner Party, though, in case you were wondering.

6. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

I have a blog series of free flash fiction stories running during October.  This year, the theme is “normal things gone wrong.”  You can find Tales of the Normal here.

My latest release is under a pseudonym, Dean Kenyon, two books in a series of near-future detective thrillers full of sarcasm, serial killers, and self-driving cars.  You can find those here.

AUTHOR AND BLOG HOST BARBARA G.TARN

1. What is it about rockets and/or jetpacks that draws you to it?

Actually, it’s my first story with jetpacks and I had a lot of fun writing it, so I must thank Russ for requesting a story with rockets and/or jetpacks! 🙂

2. What is your story in the anthology about?

It’s one mission of the Lone Wolves Team, a group of solitary people who teamed up to work. They call themselves the problem-solvers of the Star Nations, and at the beginning the team is an enhanced Humanoid, a telepathic assassin, a hacker and a starship pilot. This mission focuses on Hariel and Icy Aya , since they’re the right ones for this job.

3. What inspired your story?

The characters inspired the whole series of short stories about a Lone Wolves Team. They’re all quite introverted (except the starship pilot, Shanell) and I like watching them work together. Other loners will join in future episodes. The Star Minds Lone Wolves Team stories are currently (as of 2018) unpublished except the first mission, Wonder Man – included in Hacker (Star Minds Lone Wolves book 3) and the one in this anthology, the rest will come out sometime in 2019

4. Do you always write about rockets and/or jetpacks? If not, what do you write about?

I write mostly science fiction and fantasy (actually, science fantasy more than sci-fi, but my models are Star Wars and Star Trek, not hard SF). This short story belongs to the Star Minds Universe, then there’s Silvery Earth (secondary world fantasy), Future Earth (just started, including some Post-Apocalypse Chronicles) and Vampires Through the Centuries (historical fantasy).

5. What should readers know about you?

I’m a prolific one-draft writer, and there’s plenty for you to discover at www.unicornproductionsbooks.com or on my blog https://creativebarbwire.wordpress.com. And if you want a glimpse of the artist (I’m a professional writer and hobbyist artist), find me on Deviantart https://www.deviantart.com/creativebarbwire

6. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

I guess I rambled enough. Enjoy this anthology curated by my wonderful writer friend Russ Crossley!

Rocketpack Adventures ebook universal link and paperback.

Random Friday


Words of wisdom, writers on writing, writers’ quotes, call them what you like and enjoy them! Have a great weekend!

There exists no one way to write any one thing, and as long as your writing has a starting point and an ending point, I think whatever shenanigans go on in the middle serve you fine as a process as long as it gets you a finished book heavy with at least some small sense of satisfaction. If you’re not finishing your books, you need to re-examine your process. If you’re not at all satisfied with your work, then again: re-examine that process.

And that’s it.

Everything else is just picking out drapes.

Chuck Wendig

A few weeks ago, I told some writer friends that I’d rather have 1,000 true fans on my mailing list than 50,000 people who signed up because maybe they might get a free book from some contest.

I really value the fans, and the readers. They like my work, they support it. They keep me honest, and they think of things I never would have. They write email, and most importantly of all—

They give up their time and their hard-earned dollars to wander around in my imagination for a few hours.

What greater honor is that? I’m very grateful for each and every one of them. I know how precious reading time can be, and I’m so pleased that they choose to spend some of their time with my work.

Kris Rusch

Being a bestselling author is like being an Olympic medalist or an Oscar winner. After the first time, you are ALWAYS a NYT or USA Today bestseller, whether you make it once in a lifetime or a 100 times. So I’m taking my letters and going home. No more chasing the lists. No more gaming the system. No more losing my mind trying to get the highest possible spot on lists that readers legitimately do not care about. Most of them wouldn’t know where to find the lists online or in the papers. Chasing lists becomes an ego thing. It does not matter to readers. At all.

So I’m putting my ego in a box and sticking it on the shelf. I’m putting my readers first, which is what I should’ve done all along. If they want books on Fridays, I’ll give them books on Fridays. If they want release week contests that last two weeks rather than five days, I’ll give them that, too. After all, they’re the ones who keep me in business, and they need to be more important than my damned author ego or need for validation, which I can get every time I look at my sales dashboard or reader reviews.

Marie Force

Piracy doesn’t harm authors. I have written ample posts about this topic.

Hiring companies to police the Internet, looking for evidence of copyright infringement and sending out DCMA notices, does hurt authors. Lexi had an Amazon link to her website, that even seven years later still gets traffic. Now her link is gone. That can’t be helpful for an author. And I can guess I’m not the only blogger who is getting notices like this. How many writers, thinking they’re combating piracy, are actually limiting their own reach?

Probably a lot. So I’ll say it again:

It’s a waste of time, and money, and also potentially career-damaging, to fight piracy. I say this as someone who has been pirated a lot for over a decade. People pirate me. And I don’t care. And there is absolutely no verifiable evidence that ebook piracy harms authors.

If you’re concerned about piracy, make sure your ebooks and audio are easily available and affordable.

But, as I said, you shouldn’t be concerned. People are going to share files. It’s part of the human condition. Anti-piracy laws are about as successful as anti-drug laws.

The enemy is obscurity, not people reading your work for free.

Joe Konrath

Breaking news: writing is hard. It’s loaded with insecurity, rejection and silence. There are less painful, more lucrative careers that probably require less work. But, at the end of the day, those of us that stick it out and choose to peck at our keyboards daily do it because we love it. Because we’re passionate about the stories we want to tell.

But before I get too close to the Bummertown city limits, let me also say that writing creates some amazing moments. Moments where you think back and say, ‘Damn, I will never forget that.’ Like the first time you get to hold a printed copy of your book, or the first time you signed a copy for a fan or when you found out a teacher that inspired you as a kid is actually a fan of your work. That kind of stuff is rare, and spread out. But it matters. And it feels pretty good.

Alex Segura

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 here we go again! Hello there! Tell me a little about yourself.

“My name is Lilie, and I’m an 18 month old West Highland White Terrier, which is a kind of dog similar to a Scotty dog, just in case you don’t know.”

I’ll freely admit I’m not an animal expert, so thanks! Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

“The cutest little white dog in the world!”

*chuckle* Indeed! Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?

“Of course not! Everybody loves me! I’m too adorable to have enemies. Everyone says I’m really cute, and loves how happy and friendly I am. They tell me so when we’re out for walkies.”

Lucky little one! Glad to meet someone cheerful and careless like you! Where do you live?

“I live in a town by the sea. I don’t know which one though. I just know sometimes walkies happens by the big water the humans call the sea, and wherever we go walkies, there’s lots of people to greet, birds to chase, and scents to sniff, and I love it! Sometimes we even go play in the big water, which is kind of fun too.”

Ooh, the sea! I like the sound of it! What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

“I have to find Noodles! Noodles is gone! He’s my favourite toy right now, ever since the others fell apart – which was totally not my fault, by the way, so don’t listen to anyone who tells you it is – and he’s missing!

I left Noodles on the living room floor when I went walkies with Daddy. I know I did. But he wasn’t there when I got back! I don’t suppose you’ve seen him? He’s a strange cuddly red creature with a squeaker in his tummy, a smiling mouth, two big round eyes, four little stubby legs sticking out from his three-inch square body, and bits of wool sticking out from everywhere, which makes him look like he’s covered in wooly red noodles.”

Mm… no, I don’t think I’ve seen him… *looks around* Definitely not here, no. Do you have a family? Tell me about them.

“I live with Mummy and Daddy. They’re humans. I’m told they have other names too, but I don’t know what those names are, or even think it matters. As long as they play with me, feed me, and take me for walkies, I don’t care what they’re called.”

*chuckle* Totally with you on that! Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

“As I mentioned before, I’m a very friendly and loving dog. In fact, I love everyone so much that I even love the vet. To me, vets are just another chance to go on an outing and get some attention. What’s not to love about that? I’ve heard lots of humans say that’s unusual.”

Book(s) in which the character appears and links

Title: Where’s Noodles

Author: Victoria Zigler

Narrator for audio version: Judith Bareham

“Noodles is a strange red creature with a squeaker in his tummy, who just happens to be the favourite toy of a West Highland White Terrier named Lilie. At least, he is now, since the bushytailed squirrel and cuddly triceratops fell apart while she was playing with them – totally not her fault, by the way!

Now noodles is missing.

Lilie’s sure she left Noodles on the living room floor when she went walkies. But when she comes home and goes to fetch him so they can have a nap together, Noodles isn’t there.

Where’s Noodles? Is he somewhere else, or is he lost forever?”

Where to find the book:

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Wheres-Noodles-Audiobook/B07JKBT76W

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/880958

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wheres-noodles-victoria-zigler/1129141679

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/where-s-noodles

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/wheres-noodles/id1415553711

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/wheres-noodles-unabridged/id1439954293

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1724843222/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1724843222/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/1724843222/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40890298-where-s-noodles

Bio:
Victoria Zigler is a blind poet and children’s author who was born and raised in the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, and is now living on the South-East coast of England, UK, with her hubby and furkids. Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, and describes herself as a combination of Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books: Hermione’s thirst for knowledge and love of books, combined with Luna’s wandering mind and alternative way of looking at the world. She has a wide variety of interests, designed to exercise both the creative and logical sides of her brain, and dabbles in them at random depending on what she feels like doing at any given time.
To date, Tori has published nine poetry books and more than 40 children’s books, with more planned for the future. She makes her books available in multiple eBook formats, as well as in both paperback and audio. She’s also contributed a story to the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II, which is available in eBook only.

Links:
Website: http://www.zigler.co.uk
Blog: https://ziglernews.blogspot.co.uk
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/toriz
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Zigler/424999294215717
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/victoriazigler
Google+: https://plus.google.com/106139346484856942827

Find Tori’s books on…
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/toriz
Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Victoria-Zigler/e/B00BHS9DQ6/
Along with a variety of other online retailers.

Sunday Surprise


And it’s a guest! She was one of my first editors and read all the Books of the Immortals, then we parted ways and lost track of each other, so I’m very proud to have her on my blog again after so many years! Because guess what? Yes, she has a new book out! And it’s not fiction for a change! 🙂 Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Shonell Bacon!

Where do you live and write from?

I’ve been in Lake Charles, LA, since 2001, but was born and raised in Baltimore. Where I write … well, pretty much anywhere. Usually, I am in my “home office,” a space I carved out of our bar room area. But with my phone and tablet and dictation, I “write” while in traffic, at the café, the park. If I have a digital device and my voice, I can write anywhere.

Why do you write?

Because of WORDS. I love them. I love the shapes of letters in words, how words sound in my mouth as they come out, how we can use them to create elaborate stories that touch readers in a myriad of ways.

When did you start writing?

I was about six. My mom had bought me a diary for a quarter at a flea market, and almost immediately, I began writing sports articles for my beloved Baltimore Orioles and for my favorite soap opera at the time, The Guiding Light.

What genre(s) do you write?

Mystery, rom-com, inspirational, non-fiction (on the writing craft)

What does your writing routine consist of?

Most writing routines for me consist of lots of COFFEE and usually some form of meditation, even if it’s a five-minute song to think on and listen to or an actual meditation session on one of my apps. Sometimes, I light a candle to fragrance my space, and then I say a prayer and reread previous writing to get me back in the writing headspace.

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?

Don’t let fear stop you from writing.

Please do ramble about your latest project – what it’s about, how you came up with the idea, anything, really. We want to know about it!

Make Your Writing Bloom is my first project on writing. I always knew at some point I would venture into short books on writing. I’ve been writing articles on writing for over 15 years for various websites. As an educator, and especially someone who has the spiritual gift of “teaching,” helping others do something better is an integral part of who I am. I’ve been an editor for over 18 years, and the biggest joy of editing is seeing writers grow from one project to the next one. I continue that teaching into what I hope will be the first of many projects on the writing craft. Make Your Writing Bloom is the “love” project from me to writers who feel stuck in their writing and who want to get unstuck. From rediscovering their love of writing and favorite writing experiences to understanding why fear and busy lives can kill writing, readers will be taken on a journey that will, hopefully, get them back into their writing mojo.

Any other projects in the pipeline?

Currently, I am working on the Make Your Writing Bloom online class; outlining my second project on the writing craft, 8 Questions for Writers; and playing around with the storylines for my next mystery, FOLLOW, the final book of my Double Inkwell Mysteries series. 

Please add your social media links

Web Page: http://chicklitgurrl.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shonbacon

Twitter: https://twitter.com/chicklitgurrl

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chicklitgurrl/

Random Friday


And from the Sci-fi July Redux bundle, here’s a brand new author (new to this blog, I mean! 😉 ) who shows how this is an international, no, intercontinental! job! I haven’t met him yet, but hope to do so shortly… We even have a cover artist in common, Mighty Marvelous Maurizio Manzieri! And he’s probably even more prolific than me… 😀 Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Sean Monahan!

Where do you live and write from?

After living around the world, I’ve settled back in my old hometown in rural New Zealand. It’s oddly comfortable. I still have itchy feet always, but I’ve been able to set up to write while on the road, even when traveling light (as in carry-on only). Last year I wrote a fantasy novel using a tiny bluetooth keyboard and a cellphone, while traveling through South America.

Why do you write?
I get the feeling that it’s ingrained. It seems as much a part of me as breathing. Some comes from loving stories, and some comes from my school days, when I had poor handwriting (still do). I got into trouble for my bad, unreadable writing and for making little effort. I’m sure that there’s an eight-year-old inside me out to prove something: “I’ll show you! I’ll be a writer!”

What genre(s) do you write?

Science fiction, thrillers and the occasional fantasy. My fantasies are usually without magic, just fantastical worlds. My science fiction can be very fluid with the science (my dream is to write and a story to Analog, where the science has to be absolutely based on fact). I also write some literary fiction, which is fun to come at with my pulp-writer methods – exciting too, to have those stories published by recognized magazines.

What is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?

I would like to do this for my living. Right now I’m slowly getting there, and it’s a real balance of getting better as a writer, and learning the business skills required to get my stories into the hands of readers. I think I’m a fair writer, but a fairly lousy salesperson. I am taking some business and sales courses, I’m slowly updating my back catalogue with better covers and blurbs, and I’m experimenting with advertising. Being in bundles is great too – a nice way to promote my books to readers who might not normally see me. Easy and low-risk for the readers too.

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?

Butt in the chair.

Outliner or improvisor? Fast or slow writer?

Absolutely seat-of-the-pants. I start out with a character in a setting and give them a problem and see how they get out of it. Sometimes I might have some ideas about settings or problems I’d like to play with, but that’s about all. I love letting my eight-year-old’s creative side just go play. I think I write moderately fast – about a half a million words a year for the last seven years. It works out about fifteen hundred words a day. I know writers who write maybe a tenth of that, and others who write three or four times what I manage.

Tell us more about your book in the bundle.

When I set out writing Raven Rising I thought it was going to be a short story, maybe five or six thousand words. But it kept going. Things got worse for everyone in the story. My characters kept trying to sort things out, but set backs cropped up more and more. It ended up as a short novel – about my shortest so far, but it was fun to write and, I hope it’s entertaining to read.

Tell us about your latest book.

Tombs Under Vaile – just came out, and it’s the sixth novel in my “Karnish River Navigations” sci-fi series. Private investigator Flis Kupe left the military to settle back on her home world. Her damaged permanent military implant gives her touble, but sometimes helps out. In this novel, a prison escape forces Flis to make some unlikely allegiances to help capture a psychopath.
Available from various retailers through this link.

Any other projects in the pipeline?

Always! I have a new novel in my “Captain Arlon Stoddard” series completed so it just needs copyediting and promotional material. I hope to have that out before the end of the year. I’m writing a middle-grade sci-fi novel at the moment, which I’ll probably finish up in the next week or so. Then I might write a couple of short stories before jumping into another novel – maybe a thriller, maybe a fantasy. That’s part of the fun of being a “pantser” – just figuring out what I’m writing once I start writing it.

Cover Art Maurizio Manzieri

I also have a new story set in my Shilinka Switalla universe, “Ventiforms”, coming out in the January/February issue of Asimov’s. This is in the same universe as my story “Crimson Birds of Small Miracles” which won the Asimov’s Readers’ Poll, and the Sir Julius Vogel Award for best science fiction story 2017.

Thanks for the interview.

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Find Sean online: www.seanmonaghan.com

Random Friday


Words of wisdom, writers on writing, whatever you want to call it, enjoy these writers’ quotes and have a great weekend! 🙂

Do not make escaping your day job a goal for your writing.

I hear this all the time, but the pressure is too much on the writing because the day job, the “real job,” is what makes everything tick.

But don’t worry, if you keep the writing fun, keep your family supporting you, keep learning, eventually the money from the business side will overwhelm the day job money. And by then you will have gotten help to deal with it all mentally, right?
Just don’t make the writing so important, so special, that it threatens the “real job.” If it does, you will grind to a halt fairly quickly because how we were all raised doesn’t allow threats to what pays the bills.

Dean Wesley Smith

 

You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.

– Octavia E. Butler

 

I think it’s fairly common for writers to be afflicted with two simultaneous yet contradictory delusions – the burning certainty that we’re unique geniuses and the constant fear that we’re witless frauds who are speeding toward epic failure.

– Scott Lynch

 

So, what am I telling you, exactly? Am I telling you not to seek help?
No, of course not.
But I am telling you to trust yourself and your instincts as a writer. Your voice is what makes you who you are.
Sometimes your voice isn’t suited to a particular subgenre of fiction. That’s okay. Genres and subgenres are >marketing categories, nothing more.
Write what you love, and you’ll always do better.
You do need to learn your craft. You need to learn the rules of grammar before you can break them. The same with the rules of storytelling—whatever your culture. (Not every culture appreciates the same storytelling rhythms. Accept that, too.)
You need to keep learning and growing and improving—which is precisely the instinct that caught both of these stupendous indie writers. Because in continuing to learn, they forgot that they already have mastered a certain level of craft.
They also both asked the wrong questions.
Kris Rusch

 

Don’t screw around with history. The study of history isn’t just an exercise in saying where we came from – it is an examination of who we are now. We all of us will see the past through the lens of the present, and if you decide that your past is a shiny one in which busty maidens loved to flirt with sword-wielding kings of justice while happy peasants enjoyed a humble life of shovelling cow-dung, then your world is… in need of a bit of a kick in the nethers, pardon my saying so. Because if you cannot see the past, and cannot see that the act of seeing expresses something about yourself, then you will never know your present.
Screw around with history! I know you put a lot of effort in finding out exactly what kind of throne Suleyman the Magnificent sat upon while holding his divan… however if it doesn’t have a bomb hidden under it, or the secret of eternal youth hand-stitched into the upholstery, it is dull. Atmosphere is not the same as pastsplaining. You’re here to create fun stories full of sound, colour and soul. History is full of stories that can be the starting point for something else – and if it teaches us to see ourselves differently, then permit yourself to see it through the prism of wonder and imagination too.’

Claire North, “Hurrem and the Djinn”

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!

I’m here today with someone I know a certain author looks forward to meet… but she’s waiting a certain date to binge-read this mini-series! 🙂

So, hello there! Tell me a little about yourself (name, age…)

“My name is Enid, and I’m the Spirit Fairy. It doesn’t matter how old I am.”

Of course not. Fairy! We immortals don’t need to tell our age! Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

“Five inches tall with jet black hair, wings, and eyes.”

Pretty little thing… What is your role in the story?

“I’m using my magic to keep my sisters out of the way, and to remind the creatures of the world that there are five elements – and five element fairies to go with them – so they’ll never forget about me again.

At least, I’m trying to. It would be easier if that irritating faerie dragon, Zeena, didn’t keep getting in the way of my plans.”

Ah, yes, the five elements of the aforementioned author’s fake Silvery Earth… but I digress. What is your relationship with the protagonist(s)?

“I hate that faerie dragon!

I keep coming up with excellent plans for reminding the world I exist, and she spoils them. It’s so unfair! I hate her!

I also hate that annoying little pixie friend of hers, who shouldn’t be sticking his nose in where it doesn’t belong.

Stupid faerie dragon, and stupid nosy pixie!”

Wow, that’s a lot of spite in such a small being! Where do you live?

“I usually live in the woods. But I can go wherever I want.”

Great! What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

“I’m trying to remind the world I exist, which is hard enough in itself, without certain faerie dragons getting in my way.

Most people forget there are five elements, not just four. They remember about Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. But they forget about Spirit. Forgetting about the element of Spirit means they forget about the need for a fifth element fairy. That means they forget about me. My sisters always get remembered, but I never do.

I’ve had enough! I want people to remember I exist. I want people to believe me when I say I’m the fifth element fairy. So I’m trying to make sure they’ll never forget me again.

As I mentioned before though, it would be a lot easier to remind them I exist if that stupid faerie dragon would stop spoiling my plans.”

I do believe in faeries, so don’t worry. I’m sure I’m not the only one! And hey, the fifth element is Ether! At least according to that author… Let’s agree it’s five elements and leave it at that! I am aware that you exist or we wouldn’t be talking right now! Do you have a moral code?

“I did, once. But why should I care about others any more? Nobody cares about me, after all. They don’t even remember I exist.”

Fair enough… Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

“I used to have silver-blonde hair, silver-grey eyes, and wings that were white with silver patterns in them.

Their colours changed to black when I reached the point where I’d had enough. My rage at being forgotten blackened my heart, and the change you see is an outward projection of that.

I’m the only creature in the world who has such an obvious change to their physical appearance based on emotional changes.”

Okay… What 2 or 3 questions do you wish I’d asked and what are your answers to them?

“There’s only one thing you probably should have asked: what’s so special about that faerie dragon that makes her able to spoil my plans when others can’t?

The answer is that she’s the only other creature in the world – the only creature besides me, in other words – who can wield the magic for all five elements, and harness the power of more than one element at once.

Zeena can harness the magic of all five elements equally. I’m best with Spirit magic – being the Spirit fairy – but can harness the magic for the other four elements too. Don’t tell her I said she has more skill with the other four elements than I do though. I’d never admit that to anyone, and probably shouldn’t have even told you that.

Anyway, every other creature who can use elemental magic can only harness the power of one element. That’s what makes us special. Zeena being the only other creature as special as me makes her the only one who’s really a match for me, and therefore the only one who can stop me. She’ll need that special magic if she’s going to put a stop to my plans.

Of course, I’m not going to make it easy for her, and she’ll need more than just her magical skills if she wants to completely ruin my plans.”

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Book(s) in which the character appears and links

Written by Victoria Zigler, and now with audio versions narrated by Ella Lynch, the “Zeena Dragon Fae” series tells the story of a faerie dragon named Zeena, a pixie named Saarik, and their quest to save the world from the evil Spirit fairy.

Book 1 – Zeena And The Dryad

Zeena the faerie dragon doesn’t think she’s special, even though she’s the only one of her kind to have mastered the magic for all five elements equally. But when a dryad named Kishi comes to her for help, she doesn’t hesitate. Together with her best friend – a mischievous pixie named Saarik – Zeena sets off to free Heidi the earth fairy, as well as to save the woods and the creatures of Earth.

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Zeena-and-the-Dryad-Audiobook/B07FKWM38K

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/543250

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/zeena-and-the-dryad-victoria-zigler/1121956462

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/zeena-and-the-dryad

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/zeena-and-the-dryad/9781311814449-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/zeena-and-the-dryad/id996128706

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/zeena-and-the-dryad-zeena-dragon-fae-volume-1-unabridged/id1412903618

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Zeena-Dryad-Dragon-Fae/dp/1512360430/

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Zeena-Dryad-Dragon-Fae/dp/1512360430/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Zeena-Dryad-Dragon-Fae/dp/1512360430/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Zeena-Dryad-Victoria-Zigler/9781512360431

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25547463-zeena-and-the-dryad

Book 2 – Zeena And The Gryphon

With their quest to free the earth fairy barely completed, Zeena and Saarik are approached by another creature in need of their help; this time a gryphon named Aquillo. So the two friends set off on a quest to free the air fairy, Ora, and save the mountain dwelling creatures from the goblins.

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Zeena-and-the-Gryphon-Audiobook/B07FWSFTHS

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/575822

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/zeena-and-the-gryphon-victoria-zigler/1122636780

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/zeena-and-the-gryphon

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/zeena-and-the-gryphon/9781310442353-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/zeena-and-the-gryphon/id1038551008

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/zeena-and-the-gryphon-zeena-dragon-fae-volume-2-unabridged/id1418194473

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Zeena-Gryphon-Dragon-Fae/dp/1517472555/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Zeena-Gryphon-Dragon-Fae/dp/1517472555/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Zeena-Gryphon-Dragon-Fae/dp/1517472555/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Zeena-Gryphon-Victoria-Zigler/9781517472559

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26255227-zeena-and-the-gryphon

Book 3 – Zeena And The Mermaid

The adventures of Zeena and Saarik have already taken them through the woods and up the mountains. Now they’re answering a plea for help from a mermaid named Naia. With the help of both Naia’s magic and Zeena’s own magic, the two friends head on an underwater quest to free the water fairy, Lana, and make the ocean safe once more.

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Zeena-and-the-Mermaid-Audiobook/B07G2NTLSV

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/611061

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/zeena-and-the-mermaid-victoria-zigler/1123334828

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/zeena-and-the-mermaid

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/zeena-and-the-mermaid/9781310189609-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/zeena-and-the-mermaid/id1079536281

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/zeena-mermaid-zeena-dragon-fae-series-volume-3-unabridged/id1422133093

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Zeena-Mermaid-Dragon-Fae/dp/1530023521/

AmazonUS: https://www.amazon.com/Zeena-Mermaid-Dragon-Fae/dp/1530023521/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Zeena-Mermaid-Dragon-Fae/dp/1530023521

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Zeena-Mermaid-Victoria-Zigler/9781530023523

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28791585-zeena-and-the-mermaid

Book 4 – Zeena And The Phoenix

After all their recent adventures, Zeena and Saarik aren’t surprised when a plea for help comes again; this time from a phoenix named Uri. But the two friends have more than the freeing of the fire fairy, Tandie, and the safety of the fire creatures who live in the volcano to worry about. An elven village lies near the base of the now very unstable volcano, and the fate of the elves is in Zeena and Saarik’s hands.

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Zeena-and-the-Phoenix-Audiobook/B07GTCPW96

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/zeena-and-the-phoenix-zeena-dragon-fae-volume-4-unabridged/id1434333938

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/637030

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/zeena-and-the-phoenix-victoria-zigler/1123809626

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/zeena-and-the-phoenix

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/zeena-and-the-phoenix/9781311850393-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/zeena-and-the-phoenix/id1114646586

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Zeena-Phoenix-Dragon-Fae/dp/153350556X/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Zeena-Phoenix-Dragon-Fae/dp/153350556X/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Zeena-Phoenix-Dragon-Fae/dp/153350556X/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Zeena-Phoenix-Victoria-Zigler/9781533505569

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30200194-zeena-and-the-phoenix

Author bio & social media/website, etc.

Victoria Zigler is a blind poet and children’s author who was born and raised in the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, and is now living on the South-East coast of England, UK, with her hubby and furkids. Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, and describes herself as a combination of Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books: Hermione’s thirst for knowledge and love of books, combined with Luna’s wandering mind and alternative way of looking at the world. She has a wide variety of interests, designed to exercise both the creative and logical sides of her brain, and dabbles in them at random depending on what she feels like doing at any given time.

To date, Tori has published nine poetry books and more than 40 children’s books, with more planned for the future. She makes her books available in multiple eBook formats, as well as in both paperback and audio. She’s also contributed a story to the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II, which is available in eBook only.

Website: http://www.zigler.co.uk
Blog: http://ziglernews.blogspot.co.uk
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/toriz
Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Zigler/424999294215717
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/victoriazigler
Google+: https://plus.google.com/106139346484856942827

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