Immortal Fear Relaunch

Friends, readers, family: From the bottom of my heart, Thank you. The outcry of support for the initial launch of Immortal Fear has been amazing. This book has been my passion project, and with your help I’ve made it even better. Sunday, I’m relaunching Immortal Fear Free on Amazon for one day only. I know with your help I’ve created a great product, but before others can find and enjoy this labor of love, I need to get it into people’s hands to review. During this free promotion, I want to get it into the hands of five hundred people…

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Top 10 Fantasy Authors

Ever have trouble thinking which Fantasy Authors you need to read? This week on Writers of the Dawn we discussed  J.R.R. Tolkien, Steven Erikson, Brandon Sanderson, Michael Moorcock, and Mark Lawrence in part one of our Fantasy Author list. Fantasy Authors Part 2 In the second segment we discuss Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan, Robert E. Howard, Joe Abercrombie, Glen Cook, Geoge RR Martin, and Ursula Le Guin. When you think Fantasy do you think of epic, unexplored worlds that you’re dying to discover for yourself? All of these amazing authors have something in common – they’re need to bring life to…

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3 Reasons Characters are more important than Plot

Characters

Characters are what drives people to read and to watch. Good characters create spin-offs, book series, and sequels. Plot has to be there to make it to production but with the rise of Hollywood’s distaste for original screenwriting characters are the only thing drawing crowds these days. The characters are who we relate with. Characters are the moving pieces in the story. The plot needs to be character driven in order for people to stay engaged. Character driven plot doesn’t mean that plot is meaningless – quite the contrary – but what people are going to remember are the characters.…

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Personal Update: Mindset, Framing, & Surgery

I just spent the last 30 minutes looking through images of my surgery procedure to get a good thumbnail and ended up making myself sick instead. Turns out I have a severely deviated septum. So much so that it blocks my entire right nostril. I’ve gone through my life with severe allergies and lots of upper respiratory problems so when I found out last December that I had this issue, and it could be corrected, I thought it was a great idea. A deviated septum, for those of you not aware, is the part of your noes that runs between…

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Setting: Story Crafter’s Rule Set – Building your World

Setting is more than just the window dressing for your story. Calling it the environment in which your characters live is even too simple. Setting is an ecosystem. It is it’s own living, breathing character within your story and if you’re not treating it that way, you could be missing out on the incredible depth it could add to your world. We need to build our world. With any ecosystem, everything within it is part of a greater cycle that helps feed the environment. This includes the places and the people as well as the organisms and the clouds –…

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Cloaked in Darkness and Upcoming books to enjoy

The website is still active but there’s been a lot going on that has kept me from updating as regularly as planned. First off – though it isn’t exactly a secret at this point: my debut novella Cloaked in Darkness was released Friday in the Amazon market place. You can find it here. I want to thank everyone so much for the outpouring of support and feed back. It really means a lot to me. If you haven’t picked it up yet, it’s a short read but a great introduction to the fascinating world of Ysillia. You can read the first…

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Pandora’s box

Ana was a simple girl, a sad girl, a subtle girl. Like all of us she was innocent of thought and wanted the best for everyone. She didn’t think she was owed anything but she knew, like most of us, that there had to be something better in the world than what we lived in now. Her Father died just two years back on her eighth birthday. She cried back then, a lot, without realizing that the sadness never truly goes away, just changes who you are. Mother loved her so, and missed her Father dearly but the two of…

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