Monday, 18 August 2014

There Be News

It's Monday. At least in the UK it is. It's probably late evening in Australia. I get all confused when it comes to time zones. Anyway, I digress. Make yourself a cuppa and pull a chair. Read from the comfort of your bed, if you're lucky enough to still be in it. It's time for another news round up post.

Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh is hosting another blogfest. I don't do blogfests often, but I always make an exception for Alex. His blogfests are too much fun to pass up.


Pop by Alex's blog to find out more and to sign up.

PK Hrezo has an awesome trailer for Book 2 in her Butterman Time Travel Series, Induction Day.


Here's a brief snippet from Induction Day:

I'm dizzy--faint with wonder from the energy and fashion and decor. I must be dreaming. So much so, that the image of Captain Edward John Smith appears before me.

I blink, then again. I must keep moving about the room.

But it really is him, seated at a dinner table, and he's more debonair than I ever expected. I know so much about this man. My scalp is tingling.

As if caught in a tractor beam, I drift his way, slowly at first, then faster, with purpose. Captain Smith is so close, I can make out the shiny brass buttons on his navy blue suit. His hat is off, his snowy white hair and beard are trimmed to perfection. For a split second, his blue eyes meet mine and adrenaline pumps through me. I could almost swear there's a recognition there. But I know it's only on my part, from knowing so much about him. Still, he studies me with confusion for a few seconds, long enough to fill my chest with hope that next time he will listen to me.

Have you read Book 1, Butterman (Time) Travel Inc. yet? You should. Find PK here.

My writer's group Untethered Realms now has a newsletter. Sign up for updates on publications, giveaways, and upcoming events. There are exciting things happening in the Realm. Several members have upcoming book releases, including M. Pax's The Rifters.



What are The Rifters? I hear you ask. To find out more, and enter a writing competition, click here.

Finally, a writing update. So far, my writing plan is working. I've been making great progress with this month's project - a YA science fiction series. Having worked out a writing schedule in advance seems to have taken away all the worry and procrastination. Long may it last. 

So, how are things with you? Any news you'd like to share?

Friday, 15 August 2014

Stephanie Beerden On Writing YA Fiction (PLUS competition)

Today I have the pleasure of hosting YA writer, Stephanie Beerden. She's stopping by for her The Lost Kingdom Blog Tour. She'll be answering my question, Why YA? Please give her a big *wave* hello.

Over to Stephanie.


The reason I write YA is because I love the genre. And there are so many other genres you can combine with YA. Like Fantasy for example my absolute favourite genre. And I just enjoy writing adventures for young heroes and heroines. It’s just fun to see teenagers and young adults being important instead of the adults all the time. 

I remember having to read books in school that always had adults saving the day and where children, teenagers and young adults were merely side characters and thinking “Why can’t we (teenagers) be the Hero/Heroine for once?”. 

Writing YA makes you believe that young adults ARE important too, and they can have great adventures. And YA also gives you the chance to create such wondrous worlds and stories, without them having to make sense! 

YA also keeps the teenager inside me alive. It makes me happy to write it above all else and as long as it makes me happy, I will continue to write  YA books, and keep making up stories for as long as I desire. 


Blurb

A Prophecy made long ago, announced the arrival of the new Ladies of Elements.


And now almost a millennia later, it finally came true …

All her life Arima thought she knew who and what she was. That is until the day of her sixteenth birthday came and her world is turned upside down, when she’s told she’s not a White Witch but Lady Spirit. And that she is the one that has been foretold, will unite the Five Ladies of Elements once again and save Ilendia and the Other Lands from Ahriman, the Demon King.

At first Arima refuses to accept her new fate, but when Shanums come and destroy her village and kill her loved ones, she has no choice but to flee and fall right into the destiny she never wanted.

As she grudgingly starts her journey into the unknown, she is accompanied by her unicorn familiar Sirrim, Blythe, a Vampire with a dark past and Myrddin, a mysterious Ljosalfar.

And the longer her journey lasts, the more Arima begins to realise that she can’t escape her own destiny and she must learn to control her powers and learn to be a Lady for the sake of the Sisters she doesn’t know and the people of Ilendia and the Other Lands.

However, things get more complicated when Arima comes into the possession of a key. Her instincts compel her to go towards danger when she discovers that the key she holds, can unlock the legendary kingdom of Eléssima, the home of the Ladies of Elements.

She will have to make the choice to follow her instincts …

…or stay on the path that has been laid out for her.


Excerpt

He uncrossed his arms and clapped them together. “So you must be the new Lady Spirit, then?”
He walked up to her and then circled around her, looking her over from head to toe. He stopped right in front of her and looked her right in the eyes . “You’re a lot fatter than I thought you would be.”
Arima sputtered indignantly and ignored Sirrim’s laughter in her head and Myrrdin and Blythe’s choking sounds. She raised her fist and hit the Angel right on the cheek.
Lucien rubbed his cheek and spat out some blood. “Okay, I might have deserved that.”
“You think, you a’zavulter?” Arima hissed sarcastically at him.
Blythe choked on his spit, and Myrddin gaped at Arima when he heard what she had said.
Lucien’s eyebrows rose to his hairline . That was a new one; he’d never been called that before. “My, my —such a temper,” he teased.
“Oh, you haven’t seen anything yet ,” Arima told him. “You say you were a friend of the Ladies? I can’t imagine anyone wanting you around. It’s a mystery to me why they called you friend.”
Lucien just grinned. “Your predecessor thought otherwise, but Lady Fire, not so much. She hit me in the face, too, once. She looked cute with a blush, too.”
“I hope it hurt like hell,” she snarled at the Angel.
“It did,” Lucien admitted. “All right, funny business aside, are you ready or do you want to be stuck here for much longer? I have a lot of work to do, people to see, lightning to deliver. You understand.”


Author Bio

Stephanie Beerden was born on Friday the 13th (no joke, she really was) in a small city called Genk in Belgium. She has always been fascinated with the occult, magic and books. Her childhood and teen years were filled with reading lots and lots of books and imagining what life would be like as a vampire. Until one day she decided that she wanted to try her hand at writing her own books and that was the beginning of her writing adventure.



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It was an honour having you here today, Stephanie. I adore your book covers and your website. Beautiful. I can't wait to get started on The Elements Series.