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The All Romance Fiasco

If you’ve been following the All Romance ebook retailer scandal, here’s a thorough blog post that gives good information on what’s happening.

All Romance Steals

 

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Merry Christmas

Christmas is almost here in my part of the world. I’d like to wish all of you Happy Holidays for whichever holiday you may celebrate. I hope you are surrounded by good people, happy times and whatever else your heart desires.

Merry Christmas, from me to you!

 

Happy Holidays

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Free 12 Days of Christmas ebooks

Each year there are a few online ebook sellers that gift free ebooks for the twelve days leading up to Christmas. The two I’m watching this year are, All Romance, and Forbidden Fiction.

For All Romance, each book they offer is available for two days, then a new one replaces a previous offer. Just go to ARE’s homepage and click on the moving banner when it shows a free book. You should see two free books. Today’s offer is only one because it’s the first day. Here’s the link to All Romance Ebooks

Forbidden Fiction lists all their 12 books on one page. Each book has a code under the book. When the day arrives for your freebie, click on the book’s image and it’ll take you to the page for that book. Add it to your cart and use the code they provided. Their link is here: Forbidden Fiction 12 Days 2016

If you know of any other generous ebooks sellers gifting books this holiday season, feel free to share their links in the comment section.

Happy 12 Days of Reading!

 

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Pantser or Plotter and How That Fits into NaNoWriMo

To outline or not to outline, that is the question. But where to start? Do I wing it or scribble down an outline for this blog post? And how can I work in info about my own writing process and NaNoWriMo at the same time? Talk about multitasking! Here goes, I’m going to wing it with no outline. Sort of like going commando.

I’m sure many of you have heard of Pantsers and Plotters and the question, which are you? I personally don’t think any writer is 100% either. For myself, I probably lean towards the plotter side, but when I first started writing I thought I was a pantser. That was because I don’t write down an outline. For example, when I wrote Metamorphic Heart with Alexis Woods, I read the prompt request, and conjured up Kase almost immediately in my head. Later I added in Alexis’ poem, and more scenes appeared which I wanted in the story.

I’ve read that some people use cards to shuffle around scenes and some writers use blackboards. One thing I learned while working with Alexis, was that I needed to write down the sequence of events so that the scenes she wrote would let her know what outline I had in mind. I would write the overall general scene with step by step bullet points as to their order and if I wanted certain dialogue, I would also add that to the outline and Alexis would put her spin on it, then we’d discuss it. Things like what we needed more of or what we could take out. Other than when I was in school and outlining was mandatory, that’s the first time in years that I wrote down a plot. I prefer shuffling and moving the scenes around in my head.

One part of a story that I need first or at least pretty quickly before I start writing is the ending and some semblance of a beginning. It’s like bookends on a shelf. No ending, and there’s no stability to the story. No goal to aim for, just a never ending path. I may not have the exact words for the end, but I will have a pretty good idea how it will finish, where the MCs will be, the actions they will be taking, and often the general gist of the dialogue. Which is ass backwards for pantsers since they go with the flow, and enjoy not knowing where the story ends up. That should’ve given me a clue that I wasn’t a pantser.

What does all this plot talk have to do with NaNoWriMo you many be wondering. I wrote a flash fic that I’d like to expand upon. I don’t have a plot, just some vague ideas, but believe it or not, I already have over 1k of the ending written, including dialogue. At the time I wrote the ending, I didn’t have any idea of the characters’ personalities, but it emerged as I typed. So I suppose you could call that pantsering. I had a general idea about the scene, but then the characters took over and wrote it for me. Of course, this ending may not be the actual ending, it might be followed by a short epilogue, which I’m feeling is the right way to go. Now that I have the ending, the story is likely to play out.

While waiting for NaNo to start, I’m checking out some blogs looking for posts on outlining. I’m going to see if outlining can help me, or whether it stifles me. If anyone of you readers knows of some good blog posts that discuss outlining and their techniques, without me having to purchase someone’s book, then please, provide a link in the comment section below.

In the meantime, how about sharing if you’re participating in NaNo and if you’ve got a specific plan for your story or are you going to wing it? Maybe you’re just going to write blog posts everyday, which is also a great way to keep writing. Maybe you’ll write short stories instead of one novel, which is still great. Let me know what you have planned for NaNo.

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Take Flight Today!

front-coverThe 2016 Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction anthology, “Flight”, is here, and I have a story in it! It’s a really cool concept:

A 300-word story should be easy, right? Many of the entrants say it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever written.

Queer Sci Fi’s Annual Flash Fiction Contest challenges authors to write a complete LGBTQ speculative fiction micro-story on a specific theme. “Flight” leaves much for the authors to interpret—winged creatures, flight and space vehicles, or fleeing from dire circumstances.

Some astonishing stories were submitted—from horrific, bloodcurdling pieces to sweet, contemplative ones—and all LGBTQ speculative fiction. The stories in this anthology include AI’s and angels, winged lions and wayward aliens. Smart, snappy slice of life pieces written for entertainment or for social commentary. Join us for brief and often surprising trips into 110 speculative fiction authors’ minds.

The book is available in eBook form (4.99), and will soon be available in paperback with b/w illustrations inside (12.99) and in a special collector’s edition with color illustrations (24.99).


Buy Links

Amazon eBook | Kobo | All Romance | Goodreads


Short Excerpt:

Purrsuasion by K.C. Faelan

Gunnar landed quietly atop the dresser, prey clasped in his jaws. He fluttered his black, leathery wings, and peered down at Trace sleeping on his back, blond hair spread like a halo, faint snores rising from parted lips.

Gathering his paws beneath him, Gunnar launched.

“Oof!” Trace jackknifed upright, snapping his eyes open.

Bullseye. Gunnar hung on, needle-sharp nails gripping the skintight T-shirt.

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Flight

A few months back, the Queer Sci Fi group I belong to, had an open call for writers to submit a 300 word flash fic into their yearly competition. This year the theme for the competition was called, ‘Flight,’ and as expected, all stories had to contain some version of flight in whatever form the writers imagined. The story I submitted was titled ‘Purrsuasion.’ I didn’t win, but all the submitted entries, including mine, are in the book ‘Flight’, from fluffy to horror to everything you can imagine. The stories are short, but the book packed. The winning stories also each have a picture drawn for them and I’m interested in seeing how they turned out. I hope you give ‘Flight,’ a read. It will be available in ebook and paperback formats.

Here are the official details of the book from the Queer Sci Fi group:

Release Date: September 21, 2016

A 300-word story should be easy, right? Many of our entrants say it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever written.

Queer Sci Fi’s Annual Flash Fiction Contest challenges authors to write a complete LGBTQ speculative fiction micro-story on a specific theme. “Flight” leaves much for the authors to interpret—winged creatures, flight and space vehicles, or fleeing from dire circumstances.

Some astonishing stories were submitted—from horrific, bloodcurdling pieces to sweet, contemplative ones—and all LGBTQ speculative fiction. The stories in this anthology include AI’s and angels, winged lions and wayward aliens. Smart, snappy slice of life pieces written for entertainment or for social commentary. Join us for brief and often surprising trips into 110 speculative fiction authors’ minds.

**Print books will be available. There are two versions. A B&W illustrated version will be available for $12.99. A full-color illustrated version will be available for $24.99.

iBooks: http://bit.ly/2cRhbns

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2cRfMxn

ARe: http://bit.ly/2cRfyWR

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ciEa86

 

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Is it Really August Already?

 

Glowing Coals

 

I can’t believe it’s August! July just flew by. I know I mentioned I’d make a post about how I came to write Aligning North back in July, but I got distracted. Instead, I plan on setting some time aside this month to write the post.

The campfire is dying at Camp Nano and I was somewhat successful at attaining my writing goal. I wrote about 8k and my goal was 10k, so I think I did pretty good.

Recently I was interviewed by J. Scott Coatsworth, writer and administrator of the Facebook group, Queer Sci Fi. The group is focused on the discussion and promotion of LGBT sci fi, fantasy and paranormal fiction. Scott posted the interview on his blog today. He had great questions for me. If you go to his blog post you’ll also find a giveaway. It’s for one copy of Aligning North, my M/M summer romance set in Yosemite National Park, so head over to Scott’s blog and post a comment.

Until next time, for those in the northern hemisphere, I hope you enjoy your summer!

 

 

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