Writer Wednesday


Last week was another 11K week, wrapping up the Lone Wolves Team and adding something to Silvery Earth Kids. Now I’m on Hal the Rogue and probably I’ll add his mother’s story at the end, since, like the other Lone Wolves books, his story starts with the hunt for Mr. H – that’s year 5245 of the Star Nations or 2053 on Earth in the alternative future of Star Minds.

Yesterday two more audiobooks should have gone live, but I will try to provide the links next week. I’m still trying to find the links for Otherside on Amazon and Kobo, way over 30 days since I hit that “publish” button! 😦 If Findaway Voices can’t get me on Amazon, I don’t think I’ll do many more audiobooks with them. Maybe a couple more, because I loved two of the narrators and would love to hear their voices again, but that’s it. And not before the end of the summer anyway.

Next week I’m off DayJob and hope to catch up on paperbacks. Not that I hear anyone clamoring for them, but if I don’t do them, nobody will buy them, right? 😉 And I’ll need some paperbacks if I get a table in the Creators’ Alley at Dublin Worldcon. Booked the flights (even for 20BooksEdinburgh), now time will fly – hopefully. And the summer heat won’t kill me before I get there! 😀

By the way, I will NOT be a panelist in Dublin (my first Worldcon without panels, yay!), so I better start looking for a space in the Creators’ Alley and bring the curated anthologies to that table! I have at least one other author at the con, Fulvio Gatti, he might help sell some! 🙂

Two unmissable posts this week: Great Advice from Joe Lansdale reposted by Dean Welsey Smith and Taming the Critical Voice by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

And since it’s May 1st… here’s the link to the Infinite Bard! The first three free stories are up! 🙂 Go check them! Show us some love! Check all the awesome authors participating, including yours truly!

The Infinite Bard, an international collection of authors who banded together to offer free fiction: epic adventure, spine-tingling action, thrills, chills, romance, humor, mystery. The Infinite Bard launches with three exciting stories. A brand new story will follow every two weeks. Visit the hub at http://TheInfiniteBard.wordpress.com/the-infinite-bard/ to see what’s new, then visit each author’s web site to enjoy each new story as it’s released.

Dive in to the first of The Infinite Bard’s exotic tales of excitement:

Diamond of the Sky by Azure Avians
Blind Spot by Donald J. Bingle
First Command by Chris A. Jackson

And I guess that’s all for now! Have a wonderful week! 🙂

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Writer Wednesday


Last week I was back to almost 13K, so I’m doing just fine. I hope to finish the missions of the Lone Wolves Team by Easter so I can concentrate on the last Star Minds Lone Wolves novel, now called Rogue (instead of New Thief). I have no idea how long that story will be, so I might have to write a couple of shorts to go with it, LOL! Although a long-haired 20-something rogue might be quite inspiring…

And the anthologies are both live! Fantasy Portals eBook universal link and paperback. More Portals eBook universal link and paperback. Check out these great stories of portals! 🙂 And stay tuned for some authors interviews…

Publishing weekend means I uploaded also Legends of the Moren Empire Volume 1, although I won’t be writing volume 2 and 3 until mid-summer. Well, as soon as I finish with the Lone Wolves I’ll get back to it, so it might be June… But I won’t publish them before September anyway.

Anyhow, if you’re up for some epic fantasy, it’s available as eBook for now. I’ll do all the paperbacks for my own books in May.

I have 50 strips of the Silvery Earth Kids, but I’m still in the process of coloring and lettering them. At first they will be available only on my Patreon, but I’ll do a paperback at the end of the first 52 strips (one a week = a year) as well as a version for the visually impaired that will be in eBook form at first, and possibly in audio later – maaaaybe! 😉 And I’ll probably upload the strips to some webcomic site as well sometime next year!

Yesterday I didn’t write because I was brainstorming with my map and my Silvery Earth calendar where and when exactly the story takes place. I had to change a few sentences when I realized that Copperscales couldn’t be the daughter of a first generation Fajrulo (The Golden Goddess meantioned in The Sun Sword), so she’s Bloodfire’s granddaughter instead (he’s a main character The Sun Sword).

So the story is set in Inex, a northern town seen in The Path of Water but fifty years earlier, so it’s still just a big village with a castle, and a small kingdom of its own. And I drew the prince heir of that kingdom, Lambert who will soon enter the strip/webcomic. Here he is in all his plump childhood! 🙂 I wanted to add a rounder child but the only ones who might be overweight at that time could only be nobles or royalty, so…

 

After Easter there’s a series of national holidays for Italy, so I hope to put in some publishing stuff. I need to put the Vampires Through the Centuries on Draft2Digital for when they open the distribution to GooglePlay. I also added the distribution to libraries through them. Still trying to find all the links for the audiobook of Otherside, but still can’t find it on Kobo or Amazon.

And I’ll probably send out a newsletter as well, no longer regular, but it’s been four months and I think I have a few things to say to whoever is still subscribed there! 😉 I guess that’s all for today… have a great week! 🙂

 

Random Friday


Totally random randomness… saw the announcement on Patreon? Change of schedule and new tier? Good! Now you get a preview of Sunday’s post. One of a kind, never to be duplicate again. If you’ve never met me, you’re going to hear my voice. And I’m someone who hates the sound of her own voice. I hate reading my stories aloud, etc.

So I did this little experiment with Voice Recorder and Video Editor on Netbook, since when I went looking for Windows Movie Maker I saw it was discontinued and to use the alternatives on Windows 10 (which is what’s on 1-year-old writing Netbook). So here’s my first attempt at making a video with those two thingies and no music.

Silvery Earth Kids character presentation.

I know, I suck. My admiration goes to the narrators of audiobooks! 🙂 Yesterday was another non-writing afternoon, since I had to check the second audiobook before approving it… and I have made some character sheets for Silvery Earth Kids too! 🙂

And since my post skills on Patreon are still limited (I seem to be allowed one image in the text-only posts and no image in the others), I shall post the character sheet here as well as on DeviantART… Here are our little guys and their friends and foes! 🙂

On a slightly different topic, one of my cover artists, Federica Manfredi, has designed a couple of T-shirts. If you’re looking for ideas, check Alien Puppies (for kids) and Pee-Rex (for men?! Well, adults) on Moteefe (I’m sure you can change the language set on Italian, you’re smart people, you!).

Busy weekend with Romics happening in town, so Sunday I’ll go to the comicon and Saturday I’ve got to make those paperbacks, argh! Hopefully the second antho is already on pre-order as ebook by now… Have a great weekend! 🙂

 

Writer Wednesday


Last week I reached my first 150K and the first three months of the year are not over yet. Although this week it will probably be a veeeery low  wordcount because I am putting together two anthologies and revising Legends of the Moren Empire Volume 1 before sending it off to Mighty Editor. So, just a little meat on what’s already there.

I wrote 17K in English and 4K in Italian on both projects. Now the Italian one is with a beta-reader who will hopefully tell me if I nailed the revisions and if the end is not too rushed. For the Legends of the Moren Empire, I’m sure Mighty Editor will catch any problem. Yes, she’s awesome like that! 🙂

I received my proof of Otherside paperback and decided to resave the cover as CMYK – the RGB version has too strong reds! 😉 So if you get it now, it’s probably going to look better. I might order more copies closer to 20BooksEdinburgh and the Worldcon this summer. Still no links to the audio book, but will post them as soon as I have them. It’s not been 10 business days yet.

Audiobook 2 is under production and I’ve signed the contract for the third narrator. I’m very happy I found ways to communicate to the second narrator how to pronounce certain words (namely, Zindagi for now, since it was the only one that came up in the audition).

I never tried to listen to the Kindle’s text-to-speech after the first attempts, but hopefully the audiobooks will sound more like I wanted the books to sound! 😀 I also had to check the pronunciation of other words for Otherside (namely, the kukri knife, it has 3 different pronounciations and the narrator had used the American one, but she changed it to my preferred version.

All in all it was an interesting experience! I’m glad I have a few weeks before I have to check the next audiobook, though! 😉 Back to ebook and paperbacks for now – the anthologies, and then for that too I can have a couple of weeks break before preparing the next ebook. I’ll probably do all the paperbacks of the books that came out so far in May, though.

Next week I’m going back to Star Minds Lone Wolves. Fifteen more missions of the Team and then I’ll write another Lone Wolf story, so that later this year I can do 3 box sets – the youngsters, the elders and the rest, haha! Also, in April Star Minds Lone Wolves Shorts goes wide at last, yay. KU experiment failed completely – not one download or sale – so no more exclusivity! 😉

Now I better go working to those anthologies,  hoping the publishing drama of authors caught plagarizing, stealing images and going wild ends soon… Have a great week! 🙂

 

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 Kerrien is consulting a mage, hoping to find out what ties him to the beautiful prince. And again, since I have the drawings, here you get your 8-10 sentences illustrated!

***

Veralie sighed, opened her eyes and leaned back.

“No, Kerrien, I don’t feel any magic left in him.”

“But why do I fall asleep when he does and wake up when he does and can’t get rid of him?” Kerrien protested.

Veralie giggled. “Maybe because you like him?”

Rithvik started to like her. Very much. Please make him fall in love with me! Maybe she knew some love spell – but then, he couldn’t ask her in front of Kerrien. He better try to use his old skills again.

***

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 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! 🙂

 

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.

Random Friday


I’ve been thinking of my visually impaired readers who can’t really enjoy a webcomic… and it occurred to me that it might also be a sort of serial flash fiction. Although I’ll have to study how to turn a series of strips into a decent flash fiction… currently I’m still under 1000 words of text, but it’s just dialog, since the panel shows whatever is not said.

So it would need to be beefed up for prose purposes, and probably split into episodes. As an experiment, here go the first five strips presenting the characters with a frame for the visually impaired. On purpose, I’m not reposting my color palette attempts and let me know if you can “see” them.

SILVERY EARTH KIDS

ONE

The five lined up in front of the audience and fussed a little about their positions. Then they started introducing themselves. First came a blonde girl with pointed ears and a floral dress with puffy sleeves. She had pale skin and baby blues and spoke in a soft voice.

“Hello, my name is Goldenberry and I’m a Genn,” she said with a curt bow. “We’re Ether’s people and mainly magic users these days. Once upon a time whe had kingdoms, much like the Humans… But they chased us away and we moved underground, invisible to them!”

She curtsied again and looked at the boy next to her. He wore a short tunic of nacreous fabric and sandals. He had brown hair to the shoulder and water-green eyes. He bowed his head with a lopsides smile.

“Hello, my name is Erwan and I’m a Waiora,” he said. “We’re Water’s people and are normally found in both fresh and saltwater, but we can live on land as well. We can shift shape to dolphins, seals or otters… But our towns are at the bottom of the sea, where Humans can’t go.”

The boy at the end of the line started fidgeting, looking at his booted feet. The next in line was a redhead with freckles and feathered wings the same color of her hair. She wore tight-fitting clothes that left her legs bare and flat shoes. She seemed ready to open her wings and fly off.

“Hello, my name is Winged Ylenia and I’m a Sila,” she said shyly. “We’re Air’s people and live mostly up in the clouds. We eat Clouds’ Nectar more than anything else but we can eat some earthly food. Our nests are on the highest peaks where Humans don’t go.”

She got closer to the copper dragon standing next to her. She had horns and pointed ears and a ridge of copper scales as well as bat-like wings. Her belly was golden and her fangs didn’t look threatening. She was obviously a dragon cub and only the boy next to her looked nervous in her presence.

“Hello, my name is Copperscales and I’m a Fajrulo,” she said. “We’re Fire’s people and the most powerful of the Magical Races. There’s fewer of us, but we can shift shape to look like other races, Magical or not. We love mingling with Humans and passing ourselves off as gods!”

She looked at the blond boy next to her. Clearly Human, he wore tunic and breeches and boots. He looked uneasy in such company and he almost stuttered when he spoke.

“Er… I’m Torik. I’m Human. I have no magic. I’m short-lived. I’m a barbarian to the Magical Races. I’m ignorant. I know nothing of gods and goddesses. I’m scared of dragons.”

The other kids surrounded him and hugged him. They were his friends, they’d never let him down. Yes, he might not be a member of the Magical Races like the other four… “But we love you anyway!” they chorused.

A tear of joy ran on Torik’s cheek. He felt fortunate to have such friends, although he didn’t know much about them. Surely they could have a lot of fun together!

So, what do you think? I could serialize the flash and strips on Patreon at the lower level of 1$ a month… Anyone interested in this? Thanks for any comments! Have a great weekend! 🙂

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!

***

“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!

***

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.

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