Writer Wednesday


Last week I did my 10K  and worked on publishing a couple of titles, so I didn’t have time to do much more. I couldn’t work on the webcomic/flash series either because I have now embarked in a double writing challenge. I’m revising and expanding a standalone fantasy that will not be translated in English, so this week my wordcount is a mix of English and Italian. I wrote that book in 2004 and there’s still some head-hopping to get rid of as well as settings to add.

I also decided where to end volume 1 of the Legends of the Moren Empire so that in April I can write short stories again. It will be 3 volumes instead of 2, but that’s fine. There is quite a lot of head-hopping there too, even though I’m using the 2004 version and not the original (I learned about POVs that year), so I’m trying to limit the POV characters, although it will be a multiple-POV novel like the Quests books.

At least I can finish it by the end of the month and move on. I have fifteen more missions of the Star Minds Lone Wolves Team to write! 😉 The first batch will come out in April – when that KU exclusive title will finally go wide, yay.

Last week I also had to listen to the whole audiobook, two hours approximately, and request a couple of changes. The narrator was very fast and nice, and now I hit the publish button but I’m not sure when it will actually be available. So stay tuned for further links, probably on the publisher’s page. I also did the paperback so that hopefully Amazon will push it up on its recommendation engine because it has all three formats.

The lucky title is Otherside, and The Hooded Man started production. Still waiting to finalize the narrator for the third audiobook. Since The Hooded Man is shorter than Otherside, though, I probably won’t do the paperback. It’s already included in More Tales of the Southern Kingdoms anyway! 😉

And I published Male Lovers of Silvery Earth Volume 3, with cover art by Eleonora Conti. The only new story is the cover story, Water Creatures. And most of the book is Saif’s Story since it’s a novella or short novel. I published the Italian version almost at the same time, hence the busy week, even though I was off Day Job! 😉

And there’s a Kobo sale or two coming… with two of my older titles included. I don’t have a direct link, but the 500 under $5 Sale is in Australia and New Zealand. The March US Price Drop Sale is of course in the US.

Have a great week! 🙂

 

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Sunday Surprise – #8Sunday


 

Hello and Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share excerpts from their work in ten sentences or less. We are now in Rithvik’s point of view and you can see what a struggle it will be for him to overcome Kerrien’s denial. And again, since I have the drawings, here you get your 8-10 sentences illustrated!

***

You’re still used to sleeping like a prince, aren’t you?”

“Well, you could keep me awake…” Rithvik grinned, glancing at Kerrien’s groin.

“Don’t even think about it!” Kerrien warned.

Rithvik sighed. It was going to be a struggle to convince the fierce mercenary to give in to some tenderness.

“Thank you for these boots,” he said. “Much better than my old slippers. What season is it? Will I need a cloak soon?”

 

***

Beautiful blurb:

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.

Get the e-book or the brand new illustrated paperback. Beautiful is also included in Fairy Tales Revisited on Silvery Earth.

Interview with Rithvik and Kerrien. Another interview with Rithvik and Kerrien at Library of Erana.

I’m also on Patreon. Find all my books here.

Sunday Surprise – #8Sunday


 

Hello and Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share excerpts from their work in ten sentences or less. This is the end of part 1, before I switch to Rithvik’s point of view (that you shall see next week). And again, since I have the drawings, here you get your 8-10 sentences illustrated!

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“Then why can’t I leave you?”

“Because you like me?”

Kerrien wanted to strangle him. But he just couldn’t.

He groaned and turned his back to the beautiful prince before he did something he’d regret.

“You don’t like me? Why did you kiss me then? Kerrien!”

“Shut up, Rithvik!”

***

Beautiful blurb:

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.

Get the e-book or the brand new illustrated paperback. Beautiful is also included in Fairy Tales Revisited on Silvery Earth.

Interview with Rithvik and Kerrien. Another interview with Rithvik and Kerrien at Library of Erana.

I’m also on Patreon. Find all my books here.

Sunday Surprise – #8Sunday


 

Hello and Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share excerpts from their work in ten sentences or less. Since last week’s excerpt was so successful, let’s continue with those two. This scene is actually before the last, Kerrien has just kissed Rithvik awake and they are still in the castle. And since I have the drawings, here you get your 8-10 sentences illustrated!

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Finally they emerged in the courtyard and Rithvik gaped as he looked around.

“No more castle…” he whispered. Then he brightened. “No more kingdom!”

He grinned at Kerrien. “Thank you!” He threw his arms around Kerrien’s neck and stamped a quick kiss on the mercenary’s lips.

Startled, Kerrien pushed him away.

“Are you out of your mind?” he protested.

Rithvik kept his arms behind his back and kept grinning from ear to ear.

***

Beautiful blurb:

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.

Beautiful and Fairy Tales Revisited are enrolled in Read and Ebook Week on Smashwords, get them at 75% off, this week only!

Get the e-book or the brand new illustrated paperback. Beautiful is also included in Fairy Tales Revisited on Silvery Earth.

Interview with Rithvik and Kerrien. Another interview with Rithvik and Kerrien at Library of Erana.

I’m also on Patreon. Find all my books here.

Sunday Surprise – #8Sunday


Hello and Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share excerpts from their work in ten sentences or less. This is my first post on this wonderful blog hop, so let’s cut to the chase and start that excerpt from Beautiful. This is Sleeping Beauty revised as m/m romance on my secondary world of Silvery Earth.

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Something was very wrong. He shouldn’t have slept that soundly.

Maybe the kiss had done it. Tied him to that crazy prince. He decided to get away from the tavern without breakfast…

But his feet brought him to the main room where Rithvik joined him with a bright smile.

“I thought there would be a barber in the inn, but nobody is willing to shave me. Will you do it?” the prince asked.

Beautiful blurb:

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.

Get the e-book or the brand new illustrated paperback. Beautiful is also included in Fairy Tales Revisited on Silvery Earth.

Interview with Rithvik and Kerrien. Another interview with Rithvik and Kerrien at Library of Erana.

I’m also on Patreon. Find all my books here.

Writer Wednesday


Last week I wrote 12K and I’ve reached 3/4 of Book 5 while Mighty Editor is preparing Book 3 for publication. I hope to get done by the end of the week so I can revise all three at the same time before hitting that “publish” button (well, pre-order button, with manuscript).

I swear this future Earth keeps changing under me, LOL! But Book 5 completes a cycle, so I’ll take a break before continuing the exploration with other, younger characters. I’ll let Bel and Raj live happily ever after for a few years after their awesome feat! 🙂

I’m sure the Wanderlust Bug will bit Raj again at some point, but Bel is definitely not going anywhere after this journey. She’s fifty and tired of wandering! But Raj is younger and more active, so… he’ll be off again. That story might be quite into the future, though, so things will probably have changed again. Sigh. But that’s the fun of worldbuilding, even if it’s our planet, right? Here’s to the future! 😀

Now switching genres… and author! 🙂

Do you like dragons that can get human shape (much like the Fajrulo of Silvery Earth, I daresay! 😉 )? Then you must back up this Kickstarter. I have read at least one book of Dragon’s Destiny because it was in my first bundle and I highly recommend the series!

Yes, here she is, and that’s the book I’ve read and it ended up in that year’s recommended reading! She’s a wonderful person and I hope to meet her again somewhere out there in the future… so here’s your pitch again, in case you didn’t bother clicking on the link above:

Do you love dragons? Not the fierce “I want to eat you” kind of dragons, but a distinctive race of ancient, intelligent beings. If so, then I’ve got a story to tell you! The last story in a trilogy of books about a family of dragon shape-shifters.

Seriously, what’s not to love? Dragon-shifters! Romance! Danger! Betrayal! MORE Romance! And…

DRAGONS!!

Who doesn’t want to read about (and fall in love with!) DRAGONS?

Make a pledge (and get some awesome rewards!) and help me publish this tale!

Not able to make a monetary pledge? No worries! You can still help fund “Dragons’ Destiny.” Tweet the link to this Kickstarter out to the world!

I really appreciate your support. And so do Luag and Eibhlinn! They’ve been waiting (none too patiently, I might add) for me to tell their story.

And as we all know … it’s never a good idea to disappoint a DRAGON!

To pledge, go here! And happy reading! 😉

Oh, and if you’re an indie or hybrid writer, you might want to back this other Kickstarter – the Intellectual Property Tracker! I will stick to my spreadsheets (submissions, bibliography and wordcount) for a little longer, since I’m still pretty much in the red… but yes, if you’re as prolific as I am, you probably need this! 😀 Have a great week!

Random Friday


I managed to watch all the new DVDs, but I still have a couple on my ToWatch shelf. I was keeping them for when I’ll be able to write the story of my centurion vampire, but maybe I should just watch them and then re-watch them whenever I feel like writing about him – although, I killed him off… mm, one more reason to watch those two Ancient Rome movies, then! 🙂

Anyhow, I saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Just a reminder that I’m NOT a Harry Potter fan – haven’t read the books, haven’t seen the movies. I had glimpsed it on a plane, but then Techie Bro said he was looking for it, I saw it at 5euros (well, 3DVD for 15euro, so I got that one, Deadpool and Suicide Squad) and ended up watching it.

Totally oblivious of where it came from, although I had the vague idea it was based on a book (actually, a guide book, but I digress. The screenplay was written by The JK Herself, so it’s as if) and suspected it dealt with the little sorcerer’s world when I heard Hogwarth mentioned in the opening, but well… it was okay. At least it was a grownup young man, not a child going to wizard school! 🙂

I’m still sorta tired of those special effects that tear down buildings and put them back together, but the creatures were fine. Funny even. And I watched the making of cause I was curious about the effects behind them. So it was okay, I might watch the sequel! 😉

Then I got Black Panther since I was curious. And yeah, it was good fun and another one of the last cameos of the late Stan Lee. Loved all the black characters and of course Michael B. Jordan has grown a lot since Hardball, but I couldn’t watch him in Fantastic Four, so glad I got to see him here! 🙂

I guess that’s all for this year… I’ll watch the last two DVDs next year, they’ve been sitting on my shelf for at least two years anyway, along with the TV mini-series V (1985) that I bought way back in 2008 in London… not in a rush, no! 😀 Have a great weekend!

Random Friday


Random randomness: I’m finally reading my bundles co-authors and at the same time I’m exploring new subgenres. I’ve used the Wikipedia entry for my steampunk short, but do you have any favorite steampunk novel and what do you like about it? Please leave your suggestions in the comments, thank you! 🙂

Also, it’s the Year of Writing Madly, but at the same time I’m thinking of pulling out of the drawer my 12th century historical novel, edited a long time ago (before the craft online workshops) by Nikalee, and decide if I actually want to put it out there or not.

For the new people, it’s a project that had a screenplay version and that I turned into a novel at the beginning of this blog – an 8-year-old bloke, in case you were wondering. If you check the archives, you can probably read about it around 2012.

I guess that after my sci-fi sting, I’ll get back to it and make up my mind about it. Reading about 12th century Europe/Holy Land might help me getting back to Silvery Earth – although the next heroine lives at a time where magic is almost gone and she’s more a renaissance woman than a medieval lady (Angelica de Winter’s story is set AFTER BoI – Earth).

And then I’ll read a steampunk novel for the next book in one of my series. Don’t forget to leave your recommendations in the comments below! Have a great weekend! 😀

Random Friday


I’m afraid this month Fridays will be for bundles only… I should probably rename it Bundle Friday, at least for now! 😉

Anyhow, here’s the latest bundle curated by Russ Crossley. I’m still amazed to be in such wonderful company. Go check the Dragon Tales bundle! You may have read Talwar&Khanda, but you’d miss all the other wonderful dragon tales! 🙂

And next week… Sword Wielders! It includes my Writers of the Future Honorable Mention novella The Hooded Man and 10 other sword wielders! Again in very good company here… And don’t forget that Vampires of the World goes live as well next Friday…

And there will be a sale too, actually two, but I shall announce them next week. This is the month of bundles galore… grab them now! 🙂 What do you mean you don’t have a BundleRabbit account yet? Go sign up right now and don’t miss on the currently over 50 (fifty!) bundles in different genres for your reading pleasure!

And if you’re an indie author, join the fun and upload your books… Have a great weekend! 🙂

Random Friday


And since I’m away, I’m going to introduce you to a guest! I found her through Goodreads and thought you might be interested in meeting someone else! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Claudie Arseneault!

Where do you live and write from?
I live in Quebec City, the capital of Canada’s majority French province. I’ve been here all my life, and English is a second language for me. I love my city, for all of its conservative faults. I think I see myself in a lot of its contradictions.

Why do you write?
Funnily enough, I recently wrote an entire guest post on this topic (it’s not up yet, but keep an eye on Ayah’s wonderful Why I Write series for it!). I won’t repeat all of those words here, but the short version is this: I write because it makes me feel like I belong. Writing allowed me to find my community. Writing reminds me that I am a professional, that I have found my path. Even when it is stressful and hard, writing is like coming home.

When did you start writing?
About ten years ago. At the time, it was a complement to my intense roleplaying habits. I ran games with a single player, and I wanted to write out the scenes between characters he didn’t witness. Then I heard of NaNoWriMo, got a sudden burst of inspiration, and after that first rush of creativity and fun, I could never go back.

What genre(s) do you write?
Fantasy is my main turf, although I tend to play around a lot in the genre. My latest novel, City of Strife, is a crossover between high fantasy and political fantasy, while one of my other projects is… steampunk-fantasy-ish. Without the steam. Kind of falls a lot into the kind of magic/technology mix you’d expect from the Tales of _____ series, or Final Fantasy. I do also write science-fiction, and when I do, it’s absolutely solarpunk—a community-driven, eco-conscious, hopeful subgenre. I love the subgenre enough to edit an entire anthology of solarpunk dragons, Wings of Renewal!

What does your writing routine consist of?
I don’t have one. I write whenever and wherever I can. This means I write on my cellphone in the bus to/from work, I write at a cat café in the city, I write after work on weekdays when my brain is half mush from the day’s labour… anything I can get done, I try to do it. I sit my ass in my chair and try to ignore twitter and social media until I have the strict minimum done. It is not always successful, but that’s okay. (I also do not necessarily recommend it? I have to watch myself because I will overwork myself if I’m not careful).

What do you feel are your strengths as a writer? How have you developed these qualities?
Characters. I have absolutely no qualms stating that: I’m good with characterization. A lot of it comes from all the roleplaying I did, and creating such a wide range of characters over the years. I pay a lot of attention to details when I build a character, and a lot of time thinking of silly things that are unrelated to the story, but that help me nail their personalities.
I also tend to build storylines that have a great many threads, and with practice, a lot of craft-studying, and trial and error, I’ve grown quite good at tying all of them into an epic ending. I like to think the last quarters of my books are the best part—that the payoff is worth it.

Where do you find your inspiration? Do you put yourself in your stories?
Everywhere. This isn’t a question I have a great answer for, really. I draw inspiration from other stories, from history, from things I feel aremissing from what I read. I used not to put much of myself in my writing, but now I do.

Outliner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?
Outline. Gosh, I would have written myself into a corner a dozen times over without outlines. The degrees of precision I put into them varies a lot from one project to the next, but I always have a general outline before I start (typically, the ending is more vague, and I outline it as I get nearer). Although, really, I frequently end up ditching or redoing my outlines as I write, so it’s a little of both. But I never start without some basics down. I’m also definitely a fast writer. Not in terms of words/minute, but it terms of time I can and do put into it, yeah! I get through drafts fairly fast.

final-coverTell us about your latest book
Okay, here is the short version of the blurb:
Isandor, City of Spires.
Bickering merchant families vie for power through eccentric shows of wealth and brutal trading wars. Unspoken rules regulate their battles, but when an idealistic elven lord provokes the powerful Myrian Empire, all bets are off. They are outsiders, unbound by local customs, and no one knows how far they’ll take their magic to dominate the city. Nobles and commoners alike must fight to preserve their home, even if the struggle shatters friendships, destroys alliances, and changes them irrevocably.
City of Strife is the first installment of the City of Spires trilogy, a multi-layered political fantasy led by an all LGBTQIAP+ cast. Fans of complex  storylines criss-crossing one another, strong friendships and found families will find everything they need within these pages.
It is indeed published, and you can find it here on Amazon. The book’s page on my website also contains a list of trigger warnings and all other buy links. This universe has been with me since the very start of my writing, and I’m happy to share it at last!

Indie publishing or traditional publishing – and why?
Indie all the way! I can’t even imagine going a traditional route. First, too much of it is still hostile to wide LGBTQIAP+ casts, and I don’t have time to waste arguing about the validity and existence of my characters, or being pressurized to add a romance. Second, indie publishing allows me to choose my contributors and encourage marginalized freelancers with my money. Third, I like being in control. I like leading projects from beginning to end, and earning every bit of those way-better royalties. I do wish I had a larger marketing reach, but I’m working on that too! I just created The Kraken Collective with fellow indies, a cooperative of QUILTBAG science fiction and fantasy! We share platforms, advice, and skills, leading to high-quality books and great times.

Any other projects in the pipeline?
The second book, haha. The City of Spires trilogy was conceived as a unit, and I want to get the second one out as fast as I can. Spare my readers the long years of wait between cliffhangers (there are some).
I do have another project besides that one, called Baker Thief, which is sort of a fantasy-mystery-romance, except instead of actual romance, you have the slow bound between an aromantic spectrum character and a demisexual one. There’s a lot of me in it—twins, French puns and sentences, a city that draws upon Québec’s history—and it gets quite tropey at times, which I love.

What is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?
Two things: first, I want to provide a large array of stories in which the whole LGBTQIAP+ spectrum gets to play a part and be a hero. This is especially true of aromantic and asexual people, because these are also my stories, and I hope that through the body of work I can give voice to a large part of the spectrum. Second, I would love to earn a living with this? A lot? Hey, we can always dream. So I write or work on my projects almost every day, and I follow and listen to other marginalized voices, and hopefully as years go by things will get better.

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Find the writing advice that applies to you. Seriously, every writer has a different process, and a lot of writing advice disregards that, especially when it comes to writers with disability. So, sure, try out the writing advice out there, but know that if it doesn’t work, it’s not you. You’re still a writer!
One that worked for me was: “open a blank document and rewrite.” This is a follow-up to the more common “your first draft is crap”, but it taught me not to be afraid to start over. My process changes between projects, but for novels, I will often scrap almost the entirety of the first draft. Because I need to reach the end to see the story as a whole. So I tend to rewrite with only a few looks at the first draft, from beginning to end. Even later in the project, I still apply that to entire scenes too. Sometimes it’s better to start from scratch. Scary and long, but better.

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Claudie Arseneault is an asexual and aromantic-spectrum writer hailing from the very-French Québec City. Her long studies in biochemistry and immunology often sneak back into her science-fiction, and her love for sprawling casts invariably turns her novels into multi-storylined wonders. The most recent, City of Strife, comes out on February 22, 2017! Claudie is a founding member of The Kraken Collective and is well-known for her involvement in solarpunk, her database of aro and ace characters in speculative fiction, and her unending love of squids. Find out more on her website!

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