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Sneak Peek Reluctant Paladin Cover

Here is a sneak peek of the front cover of my middle-grade spinoff novel, Reluctant Paladin. I am in the final round of proofreading, then plan to publish by October 1.

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Reluctant Paladin is nearing publication

One final pass of editing on my middle-grade novel, Reluctant Paladin while awaiting cover art. This novel is a spin-off from my first fantasy novel, The Keepers of Éire. Reluctant Paladin is a coming of age story that blends modern-day fantasy/adventure with the emotional upheaval of dealing with bullies. Here is my back cover blurb, as of now:
 
All Niall wants is to stay out of trouble at his new school, but Thorin, the school bully, has other ideas. When Niall comes home sporting bruises and asking for money, his grandfather’s suspicions grow, but Niall won’t open up about his troubles. To gain Niall’s trust, his grandfather recruits him to help care for Grayson, a newborn, wingless dragonet—himself a victim of cruelty and prejudice. Niall bonds with the dragonet and swears his allegiance to the Tuatha Dragon Clan. Now he must keep the dragon clan a secret.
 
Thorin struggles to care for his six younger siblings while dealing with the death of his mother and the fallout brought on by his father’s grief. Too young to shoulder the burden, he grows more desperate as his father’s destructive behavior puts the family in jeopardy.
 
Niall endures the taunts and physical harassment until Thorin discovers Niall’s unique pendant. Then he is forced to do what is right: stand up to his fears and confront the bully in order to protect a centuries old secret—dragons really do exist!
 
What do you think? Does this make you want to read the book?
Here I am with my muse, Grayson:20140730-232510-84310383.jpg

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Voices of the Valley: Word for Word

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00008]     Tri-Valley Writers published its third anthology, Voices of the Valley: Word for Word, at the end of 2015. I have three pieces in this collection of TVW members’ writings. The first is an excerpt titled “A Faerie in the Glen” from my work-in-progress second novel, The Keepers of Caledonia. The second is “Rescue”, a short story about a brother’s love for his twin, and the sacrifice he will endure to not only rescue his brother, but also himself. And the last is is poem, “The Soul of a Writer.”

Voices of the Valley: Word for Word contains 82 written pieces: essay, memoir, poetry, and short stories. The variety showcases the talents of TVW’s diverse writing community.

I am honored to have my pieces included. Voices of the Valley: Word for Word may be purchased at Amazon.

 

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Author Event

Join me and three of my writer friends (Paula Chinick, Mary Heaton, Elaine Schmitz) as we take you on armchair journeys to Ireland, Greece, and Shanghai without ever needing a passport. How, you ask? At a Tri-Valley author event on Friday, November 6, 2015 starting at 12:30 p.m. at Bay Books in San Ramon, CA. Check out our flyer below. And taste some fabulous desserts from these exotic locales (including my Dragon Guinness Malt Cake).

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Hope to see you there.

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2015 NaNoWriMo

Nano-over-a-typewriter  Yes, I have signed up to take the challenge again this year. I’ll do my best to cross the finish line of 50,000 words, but mostly I wanted to get myself back on track writing every day. While I’m into my 3rd month of a year-long left elbow surgery recovery, the word count isn’t as important as the consistency of writing every day. I know that some days may be better than others.

This year I’ll be working on my middle-grade novel that I promised to Jake R. I’m working from a synopsis and a scene list, much better (for me anyway) than writing by the seat of my pants. While I don’t plot out everything, I do like to follow an outline (not detailed, mind you). I still let my characters go where they feel they need to go—I’ll rein them in during the editing process.

Wish me encouragement! And any other writer that is up for the NaNoWriMo challenge.

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Music Inspires My Writing

As I watch the Library of Congress Gershwin Award for Best American Song presented to Billy Joel (one of my all-time favorites) on PBS tonight, I am drawn into the story of each song. Billy Joel definitely is a rebel-he doesn’t sing what is comfortable in public opinion, but he always tells a story.

It’s not surprising that I write while listening to music (Billy Joel, among others tops my playlist). The cadence, the beat, the rhythm of songs filters into my brain and draws me into my story.

I’ve been privileged to attend two concerts with Billy Joel. And while I can’t sing for all the money in California, I don’t sit meekly at Billy’s concerts. You’ll find me dancing in the aisles and singing my heart out.

Congratulations, Billy Joel. This humble fan absolutely loves you, your songs, and your storytelling!

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Book Club Gathering for The Keepers of Éire

Standing (Left to Right): Diane, Shari, Melissa, and Sharon. Seated (Left to Right): Jordan, Ann, and Sally. Not pictured: Stacey.

Standing (Left to Right): Diane, Shari, Melissa, and Sharon. Seated (Left to Right): Jordan, Ann, and Sally. Not pictured: Stacey.

Saturday evening I participated in my first ever book club gathering. Seven lovely ladies—all avid readers—and I discussed my first novel in The Keeper series, The Keepers of Éire. Ann hosted the event, with Diane, Melissa, Sally, Shari, Sharon, and Stacey. We covered such topics as how I get my inspiration, what part of the book was hardest to write, who I pictured as my characters, how did I feel writing the sex scenes, why I decided to create my own publishing company to publish my first novel, and many more. I told some stories of my writing process and the challenges I faced—and some I’m facing now—in my career change from a technical writer to a fantasy writer. Then, I read part of chapter 1 for the next novel in the series, The Keepers of Caledonia.

In the medium of writing, authors do not get to see the reactions of our audience members when they hear or read our material. Last night was my chance to do just that. I was thrilled when Melissa shouted her excitement over the first sentence of the next novel, and when Diane rubbed her arms and stated that she had goosebumps after just the first paragraph of my reading.

As a new author, I was inspired by these readers’ grasp and enjoyment of my writing, my vision, my love.

Thank you all for participating, for enjoying my work, and for spending the evening with me.

To new friends. Sláinte!

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