Monday, July 6, 2020

HERE BE NEWS for July 6, 2020

Posted by: Dani Harper, Author


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Monday, June 29 
"HERE BE NEWS" - All the latest from the fantasy romance authors at Here Be Magic, including flash fiction and reading recommendations.

Saturday, July 4 -
This week's Bring It Back(list) feature is THE MIRACLE TRILOGY by Linda Mooney. Scroll down for all the details.







During the month of July, all 3 ebooks are on sale for 99 cents each.

THE MIRACLE TRILOGY
by Linda Mooney

Book One: ABOVE ALL
Book Two: BEYOND MEASURE
Book Three: MIRACLE OF HOPE

Contemporary/Paranormal/Fantasy/Romance

From ABOVE ALL:

I died and was resurrected, and I don’t know why. 

My name is Casi Clarity. I was 26 years old when I died in 1969. Then I woke up in the 21st century—whole, sane, and unblemished. And at the same age I was when I died.

What's more, when I came back, I brought a friend with me. His name is Coheed. He's a corporeal spirit, and he is also my protector. Against what, you ask? Well, it seems that ever since my return, I've been chased by ghosts. Demons. Ancient evil. Monsters. You name it.

Why are they after me? Because they want to know my secret. They want to wreak havoc on mankind and bring about our ultimate destruction, and the only way they can accomplish that is by being fleshy beings again. To inhabit as many bodies as they can to cause untold horror. They are determined to discover how I returned from the dead, even if it means trapping me, torturing me, and ultimately killing me again to see if I'm resurrected a second time.

My name is Casi.

The undead call me Mouse.

Coheed calls me Miracle.

Warning! Contains a houseboat, explosions, a rain of ashes, invisibility, sanctuary, a forbidden testament, and a love that was prophesied thousands of years ago.

Check it out at: 
https://herebemagic.blogspot.com/2020/07/bring-it-backlist-miracle-trilogy-by.html

Excerpts and Buy Links at:
https://lindamooney.com/Miracle.htm

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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Bring it Back(list) - The MIRACLE Trilogy by Linda Mooney

Posted by: Linda Mooney
During the month of July, all 3 ebooks are just 99 cents each! (Available at all vendors and my website.)

MIRACLE 
Above All, Book 1
Paranormal/Supernatural/Contemporary Fantasy Romance
Word Count:  41.3K

$0.99 e / $9.99 p / $19.95 a



I died and was resurrected, and I don’t know why. 

My name is Casi Clarity. I was 26 years old when I died in 1969. Then I woke up in the 21st century—whole, sane, and unblemished. And at the same age I was when I died.

What's more, when I came back, I brought a friend with me. His name is Coheed. He's a corporeal spirit, and he is also my protector. Against what, you ask? Well, it seems that ever since my return, I've been chased by ghosts. Demons. Ancient evil. Monsters. You name it.

Why are they after me? Because they want to know my secret. They want to wreak havoc on mankind and bring about our ultimate destruction, and the only way they can accomplish that is by being fleshy beings again. To inhabit as many bodies as they can to cause untold horror. They are determined to discover how I returned from the dead, even if it means trapping me, torturing me, and ultimately killing me again to see if I'm resurrected a second time.

My name is Casi.

The undead call me Mouse.

Coheed calls me Miracle.

Warning! Contains a houseboat, explosions, a rain of ashes, invisibility, sanctuary, a forbidden testament, and a love that was prophesied thousands of years ago.


MIRACLE 
Beyond Measure, Book 2 
Paranormal/Supernatural/Contemporary Fantasy Romance
Word Count: 43.1K
$0.99 e / $9.99 p / $14.95 a

Life on the run is hard. Food is limited, and clothes are difficult to come by, but I’ll keep going. We’ll keep going. We have to. The world is depending on us.

My name is Casi Clarity, and there’s a prophecy that says I will be the one to save the world, along with my protector, Coheed. But we don’t know how, or when, or why. We just will.

Our travels have taken us to New Orleans, where the demons are getting stronger, smarter, and harder to evade. With new allies and enemies alike, who can I trust? Is my protector even who he says he is?

I’m in the fight of my life, with or without Coheed, but fighting without the help of my love is impossible to fathom. I’d rather die myself. But if I did, would I stay dead this time?

My name is Casi.

The undead call me Little Mouse.

Coheed calls me his Miracle.

Warning! Contains a special tea, a trailer in the swamp, deception, bitter cold, a lost testament, a new revelation, and the loss of a loved one that tears the heart apart.


MIRACLE 
of Hope, Book 3 
Paranormal/Supernatural/Contemporary Fantasy Romance
Word Count: 37.3K
$0.99 e / $9.99 p / $14.95 a

My name is Casi Clarity and I draw demons to me like flies to honey. They want me dead. Again. If only to see if I am resurrected a second time, and how. All I want to know is why me?

The road to Texas has been a hard one. I’ve seen some ghosts from my past that I thought were long gone, but learning secrets that were kept from me could explain why I was chosen.
I know it’s already been written. Coheed knows, Gilly knows, but apparently I have to figure it out on my own.

According to Coheed, though, what’s not written is exactly where, when, or who will triumph, but I know everything happens for a reason. I was resurrected for a reason. Coheed was sent to me for a reason. I just have to trust in God’s plan, and I do. I also know that if I die this time, I probably won’t be allowed another chance.

It’s time for the final showdown. I don’t know if I will survive, or if any of us will. But it’s God’s will, and we must fight regardless of the outcome.

My name is Casi.

The undead call me their angel mouse.

Coheed calls me Earth’s last miracle.

Warning! Contains semi-trailer trucks, a gold medallion, sleet, discovery of a long-preserved secret, ice cream, answered questions, and a final farewell that evolves into a happy forever after for all eternity.

Monday, June 29, 2020

HERE BE NEWS for June 29, 2020

Posted by: Dani Harper, Author


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Monday, June 22 
"HERE BE NEWS" - All the latest from the fantasy romance authors at Here Be Magic, including a new release. 

Tuesday, June 23 -

"PICKLES ‘N ICE CREAM" - A Sci-Fi Flash Fiction by Linda Mooney. Read it now on Here Be Magic. 

Thursday, June 25-

"BRAVE NEW (AND SOME OLD) WORLDS" - Have your reading habits changed this year? Author PG Forte finds herself leaning into futuristic fiction that doesn't look like the present.









Now Available as an Audiobook:



RUNNER'S MOON
BOOK 2 - TIRON
by Linda Mooney

Sci-Fi  Romance
Word Count:  59.4K
$3.99 e / $9.99 p / $19.95 a

Narrated by Susan Marlowe
Length: 6 hrs, 54 min

Nearly six years ago they landed on Earth--thirty-one aliens, fugitives from a lifetime of slavery and cruelty. Now they were dispersed among the populace, unidentifiable because of their shape-shifting abilities.

Tiron had found sanctuary in Crescent City as “Roni.” But her own self-hatred, beaten into her at the hands of the Arra, had her earning her living as a common street prostitute.

Lieutenant Thom DeGrassi worked vice for the police department. He had busted prostitutes in the past, but nothing had prepared him for what he felt when he met Roni.

Worse, there was some sicko out there getting his jollies cutting up hookers. Now DeGrassi was faced with two impossible situations—keeping Roni off the streets while he sorted out his feelings for her, and trying to find the man responsible for the deaths of four other women.

Warning! Contains too much short and not enough sweet, night court, flowered quilts, tight black pleather, the scent of baby powder, a job interview from hell, and a middle-of-the-night risk that would begin with gunshots and end in a blood-splattered grove.


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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Brave New (and some old) Worlds

Posted by: PG Forte
I'm wondering how the last few months have changed everyone's reading and writing habits. For me, I've found myself leaning into Science Fiction, with its focus on a future that (for better or worse). doesn't look like the present. Which makes today my lucky day, since it's release day for The House That Walked Between Worlds, Book One in Jenny Schwartz's amazing new Uncertain Sanctuary series--something for which I  feel like I've been waiting forever

Check the series out: HERE

I've also found myself retreating to the comfort of Fantasy worlds and Steampunk...pretty much anything but Contemporary. Even my friends who write strictly Contemporary are finding it hard going at the moment, with everything changing on a daily basis and it all being Too Much and Too Soon.

All of which makes sense, of course, because even though fiction is one of the ways we make sense of the world around us, it's also still one of the healthiest ways to escape it. Although I do imagine that Quarantined Together will one day soon become the new Snowed In or Stranded-by-the-Storm. I predict a slew of Hallmark Movies in which Failure to Social Distance becomes the new Cheating Spouse. 

But that's just me. YMMV. I'd love to know what you all think. 



Tuesday, June 23, 2020

"Pickles ‘n Ice Cream", a Sci-Fi Flash Fiction by Linda Mooney

Posted by: Linda Mooney
"Pickles ‘n Ice Cream"
A Sci-Fi Flash Fiction 
by Linda Mooney

        Favan slapped the side of the hovercraft with a sense of relief. “Thank you for letting me know it is ready, and we can put it back into service.” He turned to face the technician. “Program it to run the E7 quadrant. There has been a surge of renewed activity in that area.”
            The tech acknowledged him and left to perform the task. The Andeston turned to go back inside the command center, when his communicator went off. Hitting the button of the device resting inside his ear, he answered the call.
            “This is Favan Ov’Tak.”
            “And this is Dia Malloy,” a beloved voice responded. “I’m just checking in to see when you think you’ll be heading for home.” As it always did, the sound of her reverberated inside his head with warm, soothing tones.
            “Soon. We managed to get another hovercraft functioning again. I need to inform Colonel Vermyzer, then I can leave.”
            “Will you be able to run a quick errand before you get here?”
            “I can. What do you need?”
            “Can you stop by the market and get some ice cream?”
            He stopped in midstride. “Get what?”
            “Some ice cream. There’s a new flavor I just saw advertised called ‘Pickles ‘n Ice Cream.’ You know how much I love pickles, and I’d like to try it. If you can, get the sweet pickle one, not the dill.”
            Favan nodded to himself. “Got it. Pickles and ice cream. That should not be too hard to remember.”
            “Thanks, lover. See you soon!”
            He closed their link and continued for the colonel’s office. Announcing himself at the entrance, he was ushered into the command bay where he found the officer over by the 3D grid display.
            Vermyzer gave him a nod to acknowledge his presence. “I hope you have good news for me, Favan.”
            “The Uman series hovercraft has been repaired and cleared for takeoff. I ordered it to be sent to the E7 quadrant.”
            “Thanks. That’s very good news.” The man checked the chronometer overhead. “You’ve put in an extra-long day. Isn't it time you headed for home?”
            “I wanted to let you know before I left,” Favan informed him. “But I have one more errand to run before then.”
            “Oh?” Vermyzer gave him a quizzical look.
            “Dia asked that I stop by the market and pick her up some sort of brand new dessert.” The Andeston made a face. “I am always amazed by the wide range of culinary treats you Terrans prefer.”
            “We could say the same thing about how boring and unimaginative your people are. I can’t fathom eating roglus every meal every day of your life.”
            “It has every nutritional element we require, it is filling, and it tastes good,” Favan defended with a grin. Andeston were always being teased about their static eating habit.
            “Yeah, well, that may be so, but it’s also boring,” the colonel reiterated with a snicker. “So Dia wants to try a brand new dessert, eh?”
            “Yes. Pickles and ice cream.” A strange expression crossed the officer’s face, making Favan curious. “What is wrong?”
            “Oh, nothing. But there’s an ages-old assumption that the reason a Terran woman craves pickles and ice cream is because she’s pregnant.”
            It took Favan a second to comprehend. “Because she is…with child?”
            Vermyzer chuckled. “If that’s true, congratulations, old man!”
            “Dia is with child?”
            The colonel clapped him on the back. “Go get the ice cream and go home. Have a nice night,” the man halfway ordered, and sauntered off toward communications.
            Favan remained in a daze as he made his way toward the underground tube station. He got off at the market square and went inside to place his order. When the quart of ice cream appeared within the delivery box, he withdrew it and took it over to the payment kiosk.
            A Terran female wearing navigator colors glanced over from where she was checking out. “Pickles and ice cream? Who’s the lucky girl with a bun in the oven?” She glanced up into Favan’s strong face and smiled. “A very lucky girl, indeed.”
            “What bun? What does a bakery item have to do with ice cream?” he inquired, confused.
            The woman’s smile widened. “A bun in the oven. You know. Going to have a baby?” She added a wink, completed her purchase, and left.
            The big Andeston swiped his hand over the screen to pay for the ice cream, wrapped the carton inside a thermal pouch to keep it cold, and returned to the tube station.
            A baby? Was it possible his Dia was going to bear his child? The thought both warmed and excited him.
            A child! He was going to be a father! His lineage would continue!
            By the time he re-entered the transport carrier, he could barely contain his happiness. Spotting another Andeston sitting by one of the windows, he thumped his chest proudly. “I am to be a father! My name will be carried on!”
            The humanoid thumped his chest and smiled. “May your progeny be many!” he proclaimed, giving the traditional congratulations.
            When the carrier arrived at his station, Favan rushed down the tunnels to the wall of lifts that would take him up to the level where he and Dia lived. As soon as he was deposited in front of his doorway, he hurried inside to find his mate curled up on the sofa bed in the main room where she was reading. He dropped to the floor in front of her to take her hands in his.
            “Is it true?” He searched her face, looking for some sign of confirmation.
            Instead, Dia gave him a puzzled look. “Is what true?”
            “The pickles and ice cream!”
            She brightened. “Oh, did you get me some?”
            “Yes, yes! But is it true what they say about your species? About what pickles and ice cream means?”
            It took her a moment to glom onto what he was rambling about. Her eyes widened. “Oh! Are you talking about expectant mothers craving it?”
            “Is it true you are…expectant?”
            A strange, yet sad expression shadowed her beautiful face. Pulling her hand from his, she tenderly stroked his cheek. “No, my beloved. I’m not pregnant. I don’t carry your child.”
            He stared at her, stunned. “But…but two people told me that women of your species crave pickles and ice cream when they are carrying.”
            She managed a small smile. “That may be true, but it’s not the case here. I just wanted some ice cream. That’s all. There’s no other reason for it, and no hidden meaning behind it.” Leaning toward him, she pressed her forehead to his. “I’m sorry, Favan. I’m sorry you misconstrued my desire for pickles and ice cream.”
            He let out a heavy sigh and released her other hand. “It does not matter. It was my mistake, not yours. Forgive me for making the assumption without proof.” Getting to his feet, he picked up the container. “Shall I put some into a bowl for you?”
            “I have a better idea.” Dia arose from the sofa bed. Taking the package from him, she led him into the kitchen and placed the treat inside the cold containment unit.
            “I thought you wanted some pickles and ice cream,” Favan queried.
            “I can have some later,” she replied, and took him by the hands. “But right now, I haven’t seen my mate for almost two days, and I’d rather spend some intimate time with him instead.” She gave him a mischievous smile. “Who knows? Afterwards, I might end up wanting some of that ice cream for another reason.”
            Favan had no objection when she led him back to the sofa bed.
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New!

VEILS
Veils Trilogy, Book 2
Sci-Fi / Time Travel Romance
By Linda Mooney
Word Count: 35.2K
$2.99 e

Griffin and Natalia are still surviving one veil at a time, living life not knowing when another one might make an appearance, or where it may take them. Mountains, desert, summer or winter—there’s no way to prepare, they just take what’s thrown at them. Through it all their love continues to grow, and it’s more than just because of circumstance. They’ve grown to rely on each other. Depend on one another. But they shouldn’t get too comfortable…

They soon learn that with the storms, they’re not only traveling to different locations, but different times as well. How far into the future or past will they go? When will it end? No one knows. All that matters is they have to survive, no matter what. Together.

Do they find strength in numbers, gain new allies, or are they safer with just the two of them? New enemies, old friends, and new revelations of their situation… They’ve developed a theory, and if it’s correct, they could finally end back up where they started, but that could mean losing each other for good, which they vow never to do.

Warning! Contains crocs or gators, a tanker truck, missing livestock, the smell of rotten eggs, a dumpster, chocolate-topped crullers, a windmill and a buoy, gang activity, and the unexpected chance to cement vows of love.

Excerpt and Buy Links         
           
           

Monday, June 22, 2020

HERE BE NEWS for June 22, 2020

Posted by: Dani Harper, Author


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Monday, June 15 
"HERE BE NEWS" - All the latest from the fantasy romance authors at Here Be Magic, including a new release and an ebook sale.

Wednesday, June 17 -

"JUST TELL YOUR STORIES" - Fiction often makes a statement about real-world situations. According to Sci-Fi author Deborah A. Bailey, imaginary characters both human and non-human can resonate powerfully with us.

Thursday, June 18-

"SO MANY BOOKS SO LITTLE TIME" - How do you pick your next great read? Author Maureen Bonatch shares tips on finding and choosing books.








VEILS
Book 2

Sci-Fi/Paranormal/Time Travel Romance
by Linda Mooney

Word Count: 35.2K

$2.99 ebook

Griffin and Natalia are still surviving one veil at a time, living life not knowing when another one might make an appearance, or where it may take them. 

Mountains, desert, summer or winter—there’s no way to prepare, they just take what’s thrown at them. Through it all their love continues to grow, and it’s more than just because of circumstance. They’ve grown to rely on each other. Depend on one another. But they shouldn’t get too comfortable…

They soon learn that with the storms, they’re not only traveling to different locations, but different times as well. How far into the future or past will they go? When will it end? No one knows. All that matters is they have to survive, no matter what. Together.

Do they find strength in numbers, gain new allies, or are they safer with just the two of them? New enemies, old friends, and new revelations of their situation… They’ve developed a theory, and if it’s correct, they could finally end back up where they started, but that could mean losing each other for good, which they vow never to do.

Warning! Contains crocs or gators, a tanker truck, missing livestock, the smell of rotten eggs, a dumpster, chocolate-topped crullers, a windmill and a buoy, gang activity, and the unexpected chance to cement vows of love.



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Thursday, June 18, 2020

So Many Books So Little Time

Posted by: Maureen

 By Maureen Bonatch

I made a resolution about 2 years ago and stuck to it. 

After years of neglecting my reading time due to raising twins, working, writing and whatever else life threw my way, I decided to make reading a priority again. 

There were a lot of good reasons for this besides my love of reading, including helping to make me a better writer, and for stress reduction and well, general happiness! 

The problem is in deciding what book to read next.

It’s a good problem to have and I’m usually continuously accumulating new books in my TBR pile on my Kindle. This has led to a plethora of books and for someone who is usually very organized, they aren’t well organized into what I’ve read or not, or even to remember that I added a book when it’s buried under the TBR pile. (note to self: organize Kindle better so I know what I wanted to read next!).

So how do I decide what to read next, or what I put in that TBR pile?


  • Recommendation: This has been the most common way for me to choose my next book. My mother and two of my sisters are avid readers so we’re always recommending books. Our tastes are similar in stories, so this is usually a sure fire way to know I have a story I’m going to enjoy. I also get recommendations from friends, and fellow authors. This can sometimes allow me to explore something a little out of my usual read. 
  • Reviews: Love em’ or hate em’, I do check out the reviews if it’s an author I’m not familiar with or a book that I’m not quite sure will be my cup of tea. But I will say that I don’t base my decision solely on this because I know each person has a personal taste in their reading choices.
  • Back to Basics: If I’m not sure what I want to read next, or I just want a book that’s comfortable in that I know it’s most likely going to be a good read, then I go back to a favorite author. Do they have something new out? Do they have a book that isn’t new but I have overlooked before?

How to Choose


Sometimes the recommendation or reviews listed above have me diving right into the story no questions asked. I don’t even read the blurb half the time, or at times I’m not even positive of the title. I just know it’s going to be good.

If I’m still on the fence I usually take advantage of the ‘look inside’ feature and read the first paragraph to see if I like the writing style and if the story hooks me from the start.

I asked my Facebook friends how they choose their next book and you can see some of their suggestions right here.

When It Doesn’t Meet My Expectations

I have to admit that I’m stubborn when it comes to a book—which is a good thing for authors. I refuse to give up until I’ve given the story multiple chances to pull me in. It’s very infrequent that I just don’t finish.
  • If it’s an author that I’ve loved in the past, I forgive a multitude of things that might normally aggravate me. One recent book had me wondering just what the genre was for the first third of the book to the point that I had to go back to read the information about the story. I didn’t give up because I usually love this author. It wasn’t his best story, but the writing kept  me engaged and hopeful.

  • Another new author had so much backstory that I struggled to keep moving in the story until I got about half-way into the book. I didn’t give up because a family member recommended this book and I wasn’t disappointed once I got going. It was a great book, which I realized after had received many awards—despite a plethora of backstory and other ‘writer no-no’s’.

  • My daughter recommended a classic that I’d never read. I struggled at first. A lot. The writing was so different than I was accustomed to, but in the end I enjoyed the story and we were able to discuss the book.  

How Do You Pick Your Next Book to Read?


Author Bio: Maureen Bonatch grew up in small town Pennsylvania and her love of the four
seasons—hockey, biking, sweat pants and hibernation—keeps her there. While immersed in writing or reading paranormal romance and fantasy, she survives on caffeine, wine, music, and laughter. A feisty Shih Tzu keeps her in line. Find Maureen on her websiteFacebookTwitter

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Just Tell Your Stories

Posted by: Deborah A Bailey
Years ago, one of my cousins said that she didn’t read science fiction because "it wasn't real." I laughed at that one. Authors take real world situations and use fantastic stories to make statements about the state of things. Or they propose solutions to current world problems. Sure, entertainment has to be part of it. Readers don't want to be preached to. But, writers can share comments on society while drawing readers into rich story worlds.

Looking at classic television, the original Star Trek certainly did that. So did The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits. Social commentary seemed to be easier to get across if aliens were involved.

As a Star Trek fan, I've read a lot about how Gene Roddenberry had to struggle with the network suits about having a diverse crew. But, they didn't like the character of Spock either, considering him to be too "demonic" looking. That says a lot about how narrow the focus is for storytelling when it has to be filtered through a corporate lens.

Spock was, and is, an iconic character, struggling with identity and acceptance. Finally coming into his own by the end of the last movie with the original crew. His influence is so strong that he made an appearance on the first Trek reboot movie. Something about him resonated with viewers over the  decades. And he's a favorite with fanfic writers who continue to expand beyond the canon.

So, yes, we can create characters who are different, but have similar experiences. That's why I think this moment in time is extremely important. As we experience both a pandemic and a global social justice movement, our stories are extremely important. How many classic stories were written during times of great upheaval? How many were pointing out how we could be better, while at the same time not hiding the inequities?

Whether I'm writing a short story about a robot lover finding his place in the world, or a romance between a princess and a shapeshifter, I'm saying something about human beings in this world. And, yes, saying something about my experience as well.

I still remember finding a book by a Black female sci-fi author, Octavia E Butler. Her work is a major influence on me because she showed me I could also be a sci-fi writer. Why? Because she was there and getting books published. I never knew someone like her existed.

Her books, Kindred and Parable of the Sower get cited a lot these days, but her book Mind of My Mind is my favorite. It's part of a series about humans who have developed psychic abilities. They've been bred over centuries by an otherworldly being. Ultimately they claim their own destinies. They learn to turn the powers that were destroying them into a force that ultimately connects them.

Just as with Spock's struggles to define his identity in two different worlds, her characters are searching for the same things. And, as a Black woman in a society where my identities intersect, characters like that are a revelation. Yes, it's a human experience. But, there are different variations and cultural nuances.

As a SFF author I'm bringing my own perspective to my stories. Whether I'm writing sci-fi about corporate-run planets, or fantasy princess stories. There are no limitations.

 What we write will always include elements of what's happening around us. What we've lived through and how we interact with the world. And, that's a good thing. Especially in times of change and uncertainty, our voices are needed. And, so are our stories.

"If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." - Toni Morrison


Monday, June 15, 2020

HERE BE NEWS for June 15, 2020

Posted by: Dani Harper, Author


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Monday, June 8 
"HERE BE NEWS" - All the latest from the fantasy romance authors at Here Be Magic, including something something something...  

Thursday, June 11-
“5 THINGS TO HELP YOU THROUGH WRITING When You’re Not Quite Into It…”  Author Ruth A. Casie offers tips for distracted wordsmiths. 






HUGH
Pirates of Britannia Connected World 
Book 1: Sons of Sagamore 
BY RUTH A. CASIE

Family secrets filled with intrigue, treachery, and a 30-year-old murder must be resolved or he'll lose her forever.

Hugh Talbot is a self-made man who built his fortune one coin at a time. One of the wealthiest men in England, people vie to be his client. He is a loyal man who is instinctive and decisive by nature and bases his business on honesty and trust. An eligible bachelor sought after by every mother with a single daughter, he has no interest in a relationship, until he falls wholeheartedly in love with Charlotte.

Lady Charlotte Eden and her father recently from France have taken up residence at their long-neglected family estate in England. A methodical well-organized archery champion she is introduced to Hugh by a mutual friend. His support of her archery endears him to her, add his honesty and good humor and she is doomed. Theirs is not a budding romance. It is in full bloom.

When Hugh introduces Charlotte the daughter of Lord Miles Eden, the Earl of Sagamore to his family, a decades old scandal filled with intrigue, treachery, and murder comes to light. Hugh’s family is turned upside down when his father announces he is the true Earl of Sagamore who had denounced his title and legacy and that his uncle Lord Miles Eden, was killed in a duel three decades ago.
His world in shambles, Hugh’s loyalty to his family will be tested when he must decide if blood is thicker than water.

Praise for Hugh: Pirates of Britannia Connected World – Book 1 Sons of Sagamore:

“Wow, a great story that will keep you on the edge to find out what is going on and how it will all turn out!! Ruth Casie at her best!” ~ L. Dykes, Goodreads

“I loved this captivating story of unraveling family secrets with twists and turns til the very end.” ~ D. Brown, Goodreads

HUGH is a Kindle Unlimited book and also available as an e-book or paperback at Amazon. The Amazon link is: 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088G2CR9J









BREACHERS - They are the cause of many legends, myths, and fairy tales. And they still live among us.

During the month of June, author Linda Mooney is featuring all 3 ebooks are just 99 cents each!

Excerpts and purchase links:  
https://lindamooney.com/Breachers.htm



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Thursday, June 11, 2020

5 Things to Help You Through Writing When You’re Not Quite Into It

Posted by: Ruth A Casie


In a perfect world, I begin my writing day after eight hours of sleep, a large cup of my favorite coffee, a clear idea of my story, a perfect outline, and an uninterrupted day.

It’s not a perfect world, but you already knew that. The overwhelming reason why my perfect writing day went out the window (or down the toilet) had everything to do with the world around me, quarantine and more recently demonstrations.

It’s been difficult to write these last three months. My focus seems to be everywhere but on the page. Are the kids all right? Jeez, I yearn to hug and kiss them. How can I support the march? I’d be glad to say it’s procrastination, but it’s not. And I still have deadlines to meet. I usually have my work done well before the due date. But now I look at the page, I read the words I’ve put down. I know they need some emotion, introspection but… well, it’s not there. Maybe tomorrow.

Book blogs and writing seminars stress that writing every day is key to sharpening your craft. I understand the rationale. Every day you don’t write makes it easier to not write tomorrow. My point is I try to write, but the more I try, the more difficult it is to focus. My mind wonders, I get caught up in social media, I visit the kitchen, or I just nod off. There is no sense sitting at my desk. I’m not accomplishing anything but watching my deadline loom closer without any progress, which creates more stress.

I needed to figure out how I could help myself. Determined to move forward, I made a large glass of lemon iced tea then sat down to put something on paper. I came up with 5 action items and found that each one helped.

#1 READ

After a few days of not writing I found the intimacy I had with my story and characters was gone. I decided to read my work from the beginning and get back into my character’s head. In truth, after I finish a first draft I usually step away from the story for a few days to get some distance. That way when I edit the story it’s with a fresh eye. Here I read from the beginning to ignite the fire that made me write the story in the first place. I was on my way.

#2 Outline

I write an outline with all my projects. After reading my story (#1 above) I found things to add, delete or move around. I also found I needed to do a bit of research. Rather than put off research, I usually add comments telling me what’s needed, I allowed myself to look things up and in that burst of new information I found a new energy, identifying new scenes, new plot points. My outlines are narrative documents, almost like a synopsis. I don’t worry about ‘show and tell’ or choosing the right verbs. Sometimes I even add dialogue. This gave me a quick view of what needed to be done.

#3 WRITE

Now, I was ready to write. I began by tackling the notes I made. This isn’t usually massive changes, but was enough to get me writing. With my head back in the story, I was ready to move the story forward. I still wrote in short spurts but I felt a sense of accomplishment. Several short spurts were better than none.

#4 WORD COUNT

I keep my daily project word count on an Excel spreadsheet. I calculate when I want the book finished and polished and estimate how long the story will be. I also decide how many days I have to write the story. I take family time and vacations into consideration. From there it is a simple math calculation, number of total words divided by the number of writing days. I enjoy working toward short goals. I was realistic. There was no way I would be writing my usual amount of daily words right away, so I started with a lower than usual daily count and gradually increased my goal.

#5 REST

Sometimes, no matter how much you plan or how diligent you are, your body tells you to stop. I realized that when I found myself asleep at my desk. That was not a pretty sight. Pushing myself was not going to help me produce a good story. So I put a nap into my schedule. The short rest did wonders. I woke refreshed and eager to write.

BONUS

One other thing you can do is keep a journal. Think of it as research for writing under difficult circumstances. Note down how you feel and record how others respond around you.
If you can’t sit at your computer or pick up a pen, think about recording your story thoughts on your cell phone. Plot out your story and when you’re ready to write, it will be there.
I did make my deadline. The story is off to my editor. I’m ready to start book three in the series. I hope you, your family, and friends are healthy and please, stay safe.


New release…

Family secrets filled with intrigue, treachery, and a 30-year-old murder must be resolved or he'll lose her forever.

Hugh Talbot is a self-made man who built his fortune one coin at a time. One of the wealthiest men in England, people vie to be his client. He is a loyal man who is instinctive and decisive by nature and bases his business on honesty and trust. An eligible bachelor sought after by every mother with a single daughter, he has no interest in a relationship, until he falls wholeheartedly in love with Charlotte.
Lady Charlotte Eden and her father recently from France have taken up residence at their long-neglected family estate in England. A methodical well-organized archery champion she is introduced to Hugh by a mutual friend. His support of her archery endears him to her, add his honesty and good humor and she is doomed. Theirs is not a budding romance. It is in full bloom.
When Hugh introduces Charlotte the daughter of Lord Miles Eden, the Earl of Sagamore to his family, a decades old scandal filled with intrigue, treachery, and murder comes to light. Hugh’s family is turned upside down when his father announces he is the true Earl of Sagamore who had denounced his title and legacy and that his uncle Lord Miles Eden, was killed in a duel three decades ago.
His world in shambles, Hugh’s loyalty to his family will be tested when he must decide if blood is thicker than water.

Praise for Hugh: Pirates of Britannia Connected World – Book 1 Sons of Sagamore
“Wow, a great story that will keep you on the edge to find out what is going on and how it will all turn out!! Ruth Casie at her best!” ~ L. Dykes, Goodreads
“I loved this captivating story of unraveling family secrets with twists and turns til the very end.” ~ D. Brown, Goodreads
Hugh is a Kindle Unlimited book and also available as an e-book or paperback at Amazon. The Amazon link is https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088G2CR9J

About the Author
Storyteller  |  Blogger  |  Creative Thinker  |  Dreamer  |  Good Sport  |  Teammate
Hi – I’m Ruth A. Casie and I write historical and contemporary romance. You might be wondering what I’m about. Sit back and let me tell you.
I’m happiest when I’m telling stories either chatting in a group or writing them down. I love to put my hero and heroine in tough situations and dare them to work it out—together, always together. They haven’t disappointed.  Oh, they complain but in the end their love and relationships are stronger than ever.
Here are five things you probably don’t know about me.
1.  I filled my passport up in one year.
2.  I have three series.  The Druid Knight stories are a historical time travel series,. The Stelton Legacy is historical fantasy about the seven sons of a seventh son. This series includes crossover books with the Pirates of Britannia. Havenport Romances are contemporary suspense stories set in a small seacoast town in Rhode Island.
3.  I did a rap to “How Many Trucks Can a Tow Truck Tow If a Tow Truck Could Tow Trucks.”
4.  When I cook I dance.
5.  My Sudoku book is in the bathroom. I’m not saying anything else about that.
My stories feature strong women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. Their stories will keep you turning the pages until the end. I hope my stories become your favorite adventures.
I’m a USA Today bestselling author.
My hobbies:
* counted cross stitch
* ballroom dancing - not just between the fridge and stove
* reading almost anything
* Sudoko - I'm still staying quiet about that

For more information, visit Ruth at https://ruthacasie.com/

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