Archive for October, 2009

I was lucky enough to critique this novella before it went to press. I will be writing up a review of it Monday. In short, I loved it. It was a fun read. I didn’t have a chance today as I spent the entire afternoon at the doctor’s with my son, diagnosis flu of the non-piggy variety.

From Danielle Ackley-McPhail’s entry:

The Halfling's Court: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale

Neal Levin of Dark Quest Books, author Danielle Ackley-McPhail, and illustrator Linda Saboe are happy to announce that the Amazon listing for The Halfling’s Court: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale has gone LIVE! The book will make its first public appearance at Faericon in two weeks, www.faericon.com. In addition, there will be a pre-Launch at Philcon, www.philcon.org, and the official Launch at Arisia, www.arisia.org. Come help us celebrate!
Please feel free to share this information with anyone you feel might be interested.
If you are a reviewer and are interested in reviewing the book please email me a link to your review site and details for submission at greenfirephoenix@aol.com. Currently we only have ebook versions in PDF format available for review, hard copies to come.
In the meantime, check out the book! Here’s the link:
A link to the book’s page on my website:


And here’s the back ad copy:

Better Get Your Bad-Ass On!


Motorcycles meet magic and mayhem as Lance Cosain, the halfling leader of The Wild Hunt MC, protects his turf and his people from attacks ordered by Dair na Scath, the high king of the fae.

Holding his own against rogue fae, redcaps, and the gremlins of the road, all Lance wants to do is settle down with his lady. Instead he goes toe-to-toe with the high king’s champion over an ancient dagger and the claim to a throne.

Who will triumph? The king of the road or the king of the realm?
Either way, the Hunt is on!

Based on the stories “At the Crossroads” and “Within the Guardian Bell” from the award-winning Bad-Ass Faeries Anthology series.


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Cthulhu saysFinding the time to read or write is often difficult for me. This month has been about balance. I think maybe next month needs to be about something similar.

I was working hard to get this story for one particular anthology done on deadline. It took forever to get the pieces together. Once they came together, there really wasn’t much time left to get the story written. The deadline is Sunday. I still need to write the story. I should be excitd to get it out of me as now at least I have a plot to go on, and the main characters are cast. Yet, I am not motivated. Grrr to that. Now what? What is the next step? Do I write the story? Do I move on to the next anthology that I plan to shoot for? Do I dabble in both? Do I go back to my alien story?

I have questions and no real answers.

Instead I have been reading. I have been completely absorbed in Caitlin Kiernan’s The Red Tree. I have several more spectacular books lined up to read. I have a bottleneck of great reading to get lost in. All I want to do is read in my free time right now. That time is fairly limited. Sometimes balance just means making a trade-off.

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valo_queen's Dark AngelYou have to love Loverboy on a Friday. Ok I can really appreciate the song almost any weekday. At any rate, here we are. We made it to another Friday.

Yesterday, I left work early feeling quite poorly. The season change has left me with angry sinuses. Lovely. I did zilch on the story yesterday. Friday is a new day. I am feeling better. The muse and I have a date.

So while I am off playing with my beautiful saint, I need you to do me a favor. I am trying to find some places to visit. I focus most of my attention on LiveJournal. I am looking for some writers’ blogs outside of LJ to begin following. I am also interested in ezines related to fiction and writing that you read and why. If you also check out forums that I could access involving writing, genre or no, please recommend those as well.

I have two reasons for the interest. The first is a little more innocent than the last. I would like exposure to more writers. New writers can learn so much from the writers that are willing to talk about the craft and well their daily lives. This has been my experience on LJ, and I’ve made some pretty good friends in the process.

The second reason is a selfish one. I want to get my name out there beyond the great emerald city of LJ. I don’t intend to do this with an OH HEY LOOK AT ME gesture. I plan to get involved in other places and hopefully add meaningful content to discussions. Perhaps if someone finds something I’ve said interesting enough, that reader will venture here and check out what else I have to say.

So yeah, go ahead. Bring on the links. They can be your personal sites as well. Just tell me a bit about why I should go there.

In the meantime, my muse – she needs a name- and I have a rug to cut and a story to tell. Have a good weekend guys.

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Red Saint, Suzy K.I’ve been working hard on the research for a story I want to write for the Dark Faith Anthology. The more research I involved myself in, the more ideas surfaced. You can get to a point where there are simply too many dots to connect.

I got myself there. I had no point of attack, no way to start the story. Finally during yesterday morning’s commute most of the pieces fell into place. Off and on yesterday, the plot started fleshing out in my mind. I finally have a direction to go in. Whether I can bring this story in for a landing by the Nov. 1 deadline remains to be seen. Wish me luck!

Oh I should also mention that once I knew where I was going with my Dark Faith story, three plot bunnies visited me. “Isn’t that the way they say it goes?”

With thanks to Dave Matthews and Jim Croche today.

Oh oh! I am in love with the two books I’ve started. “The Red Tree” and “Rosemary and Rue.” I can’t wait to share more with you on them.

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This is actually more of a self narrative.

First, start it. Put words on paper. If you spend forever debating the ending in your head, you still won’t know how it will play out.

Leave room, and by this I mean time, for your best first readers to have a go at it well before deadline.

Don’t force the story. Let it breathe as you write.

Look for things that don’t move the story forward. DO NOT DUMP INFORMATION.

Do ask your editor questions. Queries can be a writer’s best friend. Don’t be afraid to get clarification. Also, try not to be a pest.

In the end, follow your heart with your story. Take all of the good advice. Look for common points/problems mentioned. Fix the obvious stuff (grammar, spelling, word choice). Table to rest to get distance.

I plan to come back to this once I pull it back out and revise it.

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Reviews and FTC disclaimer love.

book readerI have updated my reviews with any FTC disclaimer information that I felt be relevant. Please feel free to comment on the reviews themselves if you have questions. I will say that I’d planned to finish reading The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers, but I just couldn’t stick with it. Tim, it’s not you. It’s me. My LJ has the full related post on that. Right, now I am off to beta read/crit a story and then invest some time in reasearch.

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How do you choose the people that will be beta reading/critiquing for you?

I recently sent a story out to several people that I thought would work well in this capacity. When I got the responses back, I knew a few new things. First, I circulated the story to too many people. Call this a newbie mistake. I think I was just happy to have a finished project. Second, I wasted the time of a couple of folks that really should be writing their own stuff. They are leagues ahead of me in terms of experience and talent. I did appreciate their kind consideration though. Third, I identified a great proofreader/line editor. Fourth, I figured out who will always just say that it is great or fine no matter what. Now I need to narrow it down a bit for the next round.

What do you do with the feedback?

I have the story shelved at the moment. I also have all of the input I received from others with it. I did make all of the line edit corrects before stowing it. I will review thei feedback and then look at the story with new eyes in a couple of weeks.

What do you do when you are the beta reader/critiquer?

I am still new at this. I am learning what to leave alone as it is the style of the writer and what to comment/suggest corrections for.

What about you guys?

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