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Awesome Indies: The Big Book of Post-Collapse Fun by Rachel Sharp

Awesome Indies: The Big Book of Post-Collapse Fun by Rachel Sharp

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page Rachel Sharp is here today to talk about the struggle of being an author and living with a chronic illness. She is a tough lady and that shines through in her writing. I love how she compares her writing to an escape. Thank you for this beautiful guest post! Rachel Sharp As a reader and writer, there is nothing that I cannot do. I can fly with dragons and swim with dolphins. I can score winning goals and cast magic spells. I can even travel through time. As an ordinary person, I cannot climb stairs without assistance. This mind-boggling contrast gives me trouble sometimes, but itÂ’s the life of a disabled author. There are quite a few of us. Some live with the result of serious injury or an imbalance of brain chemistry. Personally, I live with an autoimmune disease, which means that my body is trying to kill itself and my job is to stop it. My doctors have been tremendously helpful. Sometimes it does get a bit old, cycling through various clinics to have blood taken out, vitamins put in, scans scanned, and monitors monitored, but it is orders of magnitude better than going untreated. While I am receiving treatment, I still have both pain and limitations. I canÂ’t go out drinking anymore, although as I close out […]

Posted November 20, 2015 by Emily in Awesome Indie, Uncategorized / 1 Comment
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Awesome Indies: Tick by Allison Rose

Awesome Indies: Tick by Allison Rose

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page I’m thrilled to welcome Allison Rose here today with a guest post. I love Orange is the New Black and I love how it is featured to heavily in this post. OITNB has a ensemble female cast who’s stories are heartbreaking. They definitely fit the bill of Strong Female Character. However, Allison is here today to argue that we are thinking about it in entirely the wrong way. Why ItÂ’s Time To Redefine “The Strong Female Character” I originally intended for this article to focus on the Strong Female Character in literature—as I am a novelist and currently promoting the first book of my YA series—but the truth is, the discussion is not and should not be limited to one medium or another. Also, it may or may not be related to a recent TV-viewing “creative inspiration” binge in which I caught up on the latest Orange is the New Black season. Okay, it is mostly because of that, but the argument stands that I dislike the current arbitrary rules that embody the Strong Female Character. Even though the trope is a growing one, it is still a largely misunderstood entity. This may explain why writers have used the cut-and-paste method in their own stories, taking a previously successful woman and repackaging her with little understanding of what made that […]

Posted November 6, 2015 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 2 Comments
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Awesome Indies: Cloak of Deceit by Gwen Mitchell

Awesome Indies: Cloak of Deceit by Gwen Mitchell

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page Thrilled to have the chance to feature the first chapter of this one. I love Urban Fantasy and this one seems really exciting! Thanks to Gwen for letting me feature it. Chapter One Everyone has a vice — something they know is bad for them, but they do anyway. Since the third grade, mine had been boys. I managed to live up to my motherÂ’s expectations in every other area of my life. I was a star student and athlete, accepted to a prestigious pre-med program, and spent too much time studying and working out to get into any serious trouble. Life was going according to plan, except that I couldnÂ’t get past two dates with any of the duds Mom pre-approved. I had a craving for more edge, and it usually led me to the men that would hurt me the most. The latest example was an on-again, off-again thrill-seeking hellion named Cody. According to my mother, he had a bad track record, bad manners, and no future prospects. According to me, he was exciting, easy-going, and we had wickedly hot sex. So it was really going to piss me off if she turned out to be right again. He had dodged my texts and calls all week. Most girls would hole up in their dorm rooms eating double fudge […]

Posted October 30, 2015 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 1 Comment
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Awesome Indies: Empath by S. Usher Evans

Awesome Indies: Empath by S. Usher Evans

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page I’m so excited to have S. Usher Evans here today to talk about how she finally started writing her ideas down. She also talks about Razia, which is her series about a space pirate. Since she didn’t mention it, I also want to make sure you know about Empath, a fantasy novel. S. Usher Evans Thanks so much to Emily for letting me hang out today! I’m so excited to talk about something that I’ve been wrestling with for a few weeks now – the idea of finally putting pen to paper when you’ve been dreaming about it for decades. My true “novel writing” career began around aged eleven, thanks to some awful middle school bullying and such, I began to disappear into my headspace as a coping mechanism. During the three years at Gulf Breeze Middle, I wrote something like ten different series, all terrible and 90% dialogue. But those characters stuck with me and became my closest friends. Razia, my space opera series, was the last kid to the party, showing up in 2001. I probably wrote and rewrote Double Life eight or nine times between 2001 until 2007, when I graduated college and became an “Adult.” Even though I stuck all my creative stuff on the back burner, sometimes I’d listen to songs that would kickstart the […]

Posted October 23, 2015 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 2 Comments
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Completely Off Topic #2

Completely Off Topic #2

There is so much going on this month! I was trying to figure out how to put it all in one location, then I realized that this feature is the perfect way to discuss everything! Are you on twitter? I’m starting a monthly twitter chat with Sarah at The Book Traveler. Its happening for the first time one week from tonight! I hope you can make it. I will be posting an wrap up here next Wednesday to tell you all about it. There are tons of twitter chat going on all the time! There’s really only one way to be able to know when the next one is going on. You can check the Twitter Chat Calendar! Right here on this blog. Its under Events and Features up on the top bar. This next one is my own personal baby. I’ve been working on it pretty hard the last few weeks. It’s gone through several rounds of revisions. I’m so grateful to my Night Owls, TIka, Bex, Blessie, Ashley, Brittany, Linda, & Nori for listening to me whine about it.  Guest of the Month Club is a way to connect with other bloggers. It pairs people with a different guest poster every month. Topics are provided so you don’t have to come up with anything! I hope you sign up. Finally, I reached 50+ followers on Bloglovin’, so GIVEAWAY TIME! […]

Posted October 21, 2015 by Emily in Events and Features, Giveaway, Special Feature / 0 Comments
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Awesome Indies: Soul of the Blade by Brenda J. Pierson

Awesome Indies: Soul of the Blade by Brenda J. Pierson

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page I feel like Brenda and I would be great friends. She likes RPGs, fantasy novels and camping. We are basically twins already. She has a way of expressing herself that is very down to earth and approachable. I hope you can get to know her and find out about her book with this interview. What were you like in school? It took me a long time to figure out who I really am and proud of that. I had no clue where I fit in school, so I hung around the edges. I was one of those annoying kids who never had to work hard to get good grades. I was the weird one who lots of people knew, who wasnÂ’t hated or picked on, but no one was really friends with either. I was mostly invisible and thatÂ’s the way I liked it. What writers influenced you the most? The first book I read that made me go “I want to write a book like this!” was The Demon Awakens by R.A. Salvatore. IÂ’d always loved books but I wasnÂ’t a huge reader when I was younger, and I didnÂ’t start getting heavily into fantasy until I was almost 20. Once I did I was hooked, and I started reading everything I could get my hands on. It was […]

Posted October 16, 2015 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 0 Comments
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Awesome Indies: Viral Airwaves by Claudie Arseneault

Awesome Indies: Viral Airwaves by Claudie Arseneault

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page I’m happy to have the chance to interview Claudie Arseneault about book Viral Airwaves. I love how she talks about how she connected to her own experiences when she was writing this book. Also, the way she talks about her main character, Henry, reminds me a lot of how Bilbo Baggins is at the beginning of the Hobbit; happy and complacent until forced into an adventure. That alone makes me want to read this book! Author Links Website: claudiearseneault.com Blog: claudiearseneault.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/claudie.arseneault Twitter:  http://twitter.com/clh2oars Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Claudie-Arseneault/e/B00SZ0IGA8/ 1. How do you develop your plots and characters? I always start with characters. Long before IÂ’ll have a book idea, I will have a rich character in my head, with a voice and story and desires. Usually the plot starts to appear when I think about what this character wants, or how he comes into conflict with another character, etc. “How can I ruin this characterÂ’s life?” is a very fun question to ask. I do sometimes have the barest idea of a plotline (in the style of “IÂ’d like to write something where X happens”) but when that happens, the first thing I do is develop the characters involved in X. I find it a lot easier and organic this way, as I really enjoy character-driven stories and plots. […]

Posted October 9, 2015 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 1 Comment
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Awesome Indie: What Lies Within by James Morris

Awesome Indie: What Lies Within by James Morris

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page   Please welcome, James Morris! In this interview he talks about his research style, throwing out a book and starting over and his love of taking pictures of his dog on instagram. I love these kind of interviews because James shows what a funny guy he really is. Check it out! How long did this book take you to write? I try to aim for writing one book a year, most of which is spent just thinking. I spend a lot of time on the concept alone: have I seen it before? WhatÂ’s unique about this story? Why does it need to be told? And what about it will continue to attract me as I climb the Mount Everest of writing, when it is so easy to simply not write, or get distracted by other ideas. So, about a year. Thinking, outlining. But once I actually start writing, itÂ’s about three months. And then of course, the notes, and revisions for another 2-3 months. What was the hardest part of writing this book? Every book is hard, in that they all present the same problems just with different faces. How to make a scene interesting? Am I giving the reader too much information, or not enough? Am I telling the story in the right order, at the right pace? Does the story continue to build, or does it plateau? The hard […]

Posted October 2, 2015 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 0 Comments
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Awesome Indie: You are Mine by Janeal Falor

Awesome Indie: You are Mine by Janeal Falor

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page Find Janeal Falor on Facebook and Twitter I hope you enjoy this excerpt as much as I did. The world sounds intriguing. If you are a fan of Glass Arrow, this is one you might want to check out!   Chapter One My blood will entice warlocks to ask for my hand in marriage, so of course Father wants it spilled. The sooner the magic within it is measured, the sooner he can sell me off. According to the laws of Chardonia, there’s no escaping it. For me that day has come. From the way Father’s bulky frame lounges on the couch in the men’s waiting area as he casually smokes his pipe, one would think my testing doesn’t matter. I suppose it doesn’t, as long as I have enough magic to make him a beneficial connection. The greater the level of magic flowing in my veins, the better the marriage offer will be. And of course, whatever my owner wants, I must deliver. Only, I can’t control how much magic is in my blood. I shift my weight trying not to think about things I can’t change, but it’s hard to think of anything else as I stand in the cramped women’s corner of the testing center. A soft tut sounds from mother. If anyone has reason to be uncomfortable it’s […]

Posted September 25, 2015 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 0 Comments
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Awesome Indie: Doc Graystone and the Red Runes by Nicholas Olivo

Awesome Indie: Doc Graystone and the Red Runes by Nicholas Olivo

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page I’m happy to share this interview with you today. Nicholas Olivo shares some interesting facts about his writing process and his favorite authors. Enjoy! What is your favorite book? The Stand, by Stephen King. When I was in high school they released an uncut version of the book with a bunch more characters and scenes that werenÂ’t included in the original. Each of the characters has a unique personality and motivation and you can tell whoÂ’s speaking even without dialog tags. What writers influenced you the most? Stephen King, Terry Brooks, Jim Butcher and Lester Dent. King for his characterizations, Brooks for his fantastic plots, Butcher for introducing me to urban fantasy, and Dent for the structure I followed when writing the Doc Graystone Adventures. What book are you reading now? IÂ’m listening to the audiobook of The Harvest, by Chuck Wendig. ItÂ’s the final book of a trilogy, and even though I just started, I can tell itÂ’s going to be a heck of a ride. Do you have a set writing schedule that you adhere to? I usually spend a few days sketching out what will happen in a story (or a few weeks if itÂ’s a novel). Once I have the plot and characters established, I write 2,000 words a day, every day, until itÂ’s done. If […]

Posted September 18, 2015 by Emily in Awesome Indie, interview / 1 Comment
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