Fantasy Adventure For Under a Buck!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00066]From November 17 through November 21, 2015, Vibrations: Harmonic Magic Book 1 is on sale for just 99¢. If you haven’t read the start of the Harmonic Magic series, now’s your chance. See what readers have been saying about the book:

“Most fascinating fantasy/science fiction novel that I have read in a while. Once I started, there was no way for me to put it down.”

“The cast of characters is great. Everyone is fleshed out well…”

“I was initially hesitant but so glad I read this book. So many new ideas and concepts are presented to the reader on this journey of adventure and discovery.”

“Just when I think the bookstore is empty a good book is found.”

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Follow my NaNoWriMo Quest

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Today is the start of the National Novel Writing Month project to write a novel by the end of the month. As I posted a few days ago, I am taking part in this program. I will be logging my word counts and my experiences on this page. If you’re interesting in seeing how I’m doing, check it out. I’ll try to post daily, but can’t promise I can do that for thirty days straight. I’ll do my best.

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Gray Man Rising: Tales of Gythe Has Been Launched

Gray Man Rising - EbookThe prequel novella to Vibrations is now available on Amazon in print and e-book formats. Click on the cover image to see the product page. The e-book is still available for free to members of my PEP News mailing list. If you’d like to join, click here.

The Gray Man’s power is growing. Is there anyone on Gythe who can stop him?

From his fortress lair, the Gray Man, possibly the most powerful user of the vibrational energy called rohw the world of Gythe has seen in centuries, is gathering troops and increasing his strength. The only obstacles to his total domination are the order of Zouyim monks, themselves masters of the rohw, and the women who call themselves Sapsyra Shin Elah, the finest warriors in the world.

In this prequel to the Harmonic Magic series, Rindu Zose, his wife Ylleria, and their daughter Nalia Wroun, protectors of the common people, are caught up in events that quickly spin out of control, resulting in the destruction of the famed Zouyim temple. Will Rindu’s magic and the martial skills possessed by Ylleria and Nalia be enough to combat the Gray Man’s ever-increasing power? If they fail, everything they know and love could be destroyed forever.

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Do You Do NaNoWriMo?

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Did you know that November is the month in which the National Novel Writing Month program takes place? According to the official website (http://nanowrimo.org): “National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.”

The premise of the program is that if you think you have a story in you that wants to come out, the first step is freeing yourself to write as many words as you can without judgment or too much attention to how well the words all fit together. This first draft is the start of a novel and, with edits and changes afterward, can result in a published book. The website gives more detailed information.

The program was started in 1999 to encourage young writers and has steadily grown since then. The complete history is here. According to the NaNoWriMo website, 325,142 people participated in 2014 and since the numbers increase each year, it is expected that even more will participate this year. The community of participants discuss, encourage, and support each other throughout the month, making it a fun as well as rewarding experience.

I have already signed up, ready to start typing away on November 1st. I am a planner, structuring and outlining my stories, but many who participate are “pantsers,” those who allow the words to freely flow from their creative mind to the screen in a “seat of the pants” fashion. Both types of writers are welcome to participate. In fact there is a badge presented for each of the two types of writer.

Would you like to join me and the hundreds of thousands of others who will be trying to create a work of surpassing creativity and beauty? If so, check out the NaNoWriMo website for details, or comment on this post so we can discuss it. I’d love to see you in the trenches!

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Was That Really Necessary?

So, I had a video trailer made for my book Vibrations (you can see it here https://youtu.be/oR9YHbc7CVY). I have received several nice comments about it, but one question is asked more than any other when someone who has seen it comes face-to-face with me: “Was it really necessary to make a trailer?”Video-Marketing

In a word, no. It wasn’t necessary. It may not even have been smart. That remains to be seen. Then why did I do it? I’d like to say that there was some grand scheme, some long-range secret plan, some brilliant method to my madness. I’d like to say that, but I can’t.

The simple fact is that I thought it would be kind of cool. When people ask what my book is about, now I can say, “Let me send you a link and you can see.”
In all seriousness, though, there were other reasons, of course. The coolness factor was a consideration, but maybe not the chief one. I tend to be a visual person, and I try to make my writing reflect that. I enjoy vivid descriptions that allow me to see things in my mind. Not too much detail, mind you, but enough to kickstart the imagination. Being visual, I enjoy snippets of video, clips put together in a meaningful way, but not something that tells me all there is to know. In other words, a movie trailer.

I have recently been guilty of paying way too much attention to the news, trailers, and (dare I say it?) gossip about the new Star Wars movie (The Force Awakens, out next month!). I can’t get enough. All the conflicting views and theories feed my imagination and fuel my anticipation of the film. The trailers give me just enough clips of the movie to whet my appetite and make me hunger for more.

By the way, no, I will not be fighting the crowds to get in on opening day. I have books to write, after all. I’ll see it soon thereafter, though. You can bet on that.

If the ad campaign, along with the gossip circuit that seems to have attained a life of its own, can do that for me toward Star Wars, it made me wonder. Could a trailer for my book generate some interest? Could it reach out and tap those visual people like me on the shoulder and say, “Check this out. You may like it,” perhaps resulting in someone trying out my book who may not have otherwise done so? It’s possible, but I’m not sure how probable it is.

In the end, it seemed like a fun thing to do. It wasn’t to get thousands of book sales, though it would be nice if that happened. It wasn’t just so that readers who have already experienced the story could see the core of the tale related in a general way in a new medium, though that was part of it too. It wasn’t only to try to lure other readers into taking a chance in reading my book, hoping they’d like it, even if I do hope that happens. It wasn’t solely because I wanted to see some actual video representing the story (though not exact scenes), despite the fact that I do get a kick out of it. And it wasn’t even to show it to my friends and family to feel like a big shot for just under the minute and a half it takes to watch it. It was all of these things, and none of these things.

Was it necessary? No, but it was another new thing in a long series of new things I have accomplished this year and I have to admit that I like the results. Sometimes we have to do things just to try something new even if it doesn’t have a potential tangible benefit. It’s the best way I know to grow. In that sense, I guess maybe it was necessary after all.

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