Sunday, March 4, 2018

New Covers and Writing Life

I made new covers for Diaspora Worlds. I was tired of the old ones! I went for romantic couples, and tried to find younger models, since all the characters are fairly young. Also, I need to do something calm, since I am still getting over bronchitis/asthma inflammation. Sitting on the couch seemed like a good idea. 

I also worked on the new Starlander cover, Starlander's Pirate. I decided I should remake Starlander's Myth and am thinking of calling the series Paranormals in Space. That is the fun part of self publishing, you can rethink things and make changes.

Sad times, our little dog Baxter died unexpectedly after a very sudden, short illness. One day he was chasing squirrels, the next he was gone. We got him from my niece when he was a young dog, since she couldn't keep him. He was such a clown!
Our little Chihuahua Monita, a sweet little old lady, spends a lot more time sleeping now.We are looking for a small rescue dog, an older dog would be fine. Casper does not have many small dogs so keep you fingers crossed.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Excerpt from Starlander's Pirate WIP

Long, long ago...

Years ago I wrote what I call a Space Western, Starlander's Myth. I always loved the world and the mix up of SFR, paranormal and fantasy elements. It was obviously Firefly inspired, and oddly enough Firefly still inspires me. I originally planned a trilogy but with all the publishing shuffles that never happened. But I had this idea in the back of my mind... Starlander's Pirate. 

I decided not too long ago to only do writing stuff that is fun so I pulled this out, deleted a scene that muddled too much stuff up, and am pantsing my way into the Black.


“Docking," the guard leader spoke. "We will soon enter the Nalan’s Belle through a lock. You will be housed in a storage bay where you will find bunks, hygiene facilities and rations.”
Soon after docking they were moved through a lock into a huge storage room. The guards pointed out bunks, a privacy wall with showers and toilets behind it, a galley area and storage units full of food packs. To Pansy's surprise, their housing was a corner of a huge, ship long open hold, with large doorways meant for cargo, only partly filled. Tall storage units separated the different section, but they were all connected by a long walkway.
“Find a bunk. We will take off in thirty minutes, use the bathrooms and make sure everyone is harnessed. Your master, the Enforcer, will meet with you at some point in the next few cycles. You are to obey him. Your slave bracelets won't allow you to leave this hold, you are welcome to wander about all you want down here.”
Pansy helped get the kids settled then harnessed herself on one of the top bunks where she could keep an eye on most of the group, other than those directly below her.
“I'm hungry,” one of the smaller children spoke as the engines increased the whir of warm up.
“I'm sure we will eat soon. Try and take a nap. It will be noisy and maybe bouncy, so we need to stay harnessed until ten bells.”
“Take off in one hundred and ninety-eight.” The auto clock started.
The ship took off from the spaceport, easier than the previous lift off from the planet in the transport ship. After an hour or so an auto voice directed them to unharness. Pansy and the other women found the ready made meals and got everyone fed. After eating the children played games in the walkway, reveling in the space to run.
"I wonder how long it takes to travel to Nalon Prime?" Elnora nervously pleated her skirt with her fingers. Pansy wondered if there was yarn around, Elnora found crocheting comforting.
“I wonder what an Enforcer is, and what they need blood for?” Madelina asked. “And how much?” Madelina had been the widow of a top commander, used to luxurious living before he was condemned as a traitor. She’d had an expensive Rejuv so looked younger than her forty years.
"Well." Elnora said. "We have children to protect. And old Shali." Shali was a tiny, elderly woman with arthritis and no money for a Rejuv. Also, a criminal record, though she'd once trained as a teacher. She'd been stuck in with them to help tame the youngsters.

Pansy’s stomach had that uncomfortable tight feeling that came with dread. "Enforcers are some type of super soldier. Like a one man army. The Core Planets use them."

Sunday, February 11, 2018

I need a Hero!

I started world building for a Space Fantasy story/ series starter, the Kingdom of the Seven Moons.

I love my main character, Mercia, a simple seamstress in the bowels of the Palace. I love the world, which is a bit retro-robot, lol. They have some tech from Those Who Came Before, which is so far beyond their capabilities it might be magic

This ancient tech --or magic-- changes Mercia's life. 

Mercia is dragged before the King early one morning. He is furious with the head seamstress for an unfinished garment, but she was not available so they grabbed Mercia. He points his Sceptre, which holds an ancient orb weapon, to turn her to dust in his fury.

Mercia reaches to push the orb away in panicked self-defense, and it leaps into her hand, turning the king and all his guards to dust.

She's the new Queen.

But I don't have a hero yet. The scholarly schoolmaster? The Court Jester? The horned monster who doesn't turn to dust but turns into a scarred man? So far each of them has turned out to be far too knowledgeable about how Mercia should proceed and they try to take over all the action.

Hmpf. I want Mercia to move the story. Maybe I need an anti-hero? 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Cynthia Sax Has Secret!

I am so pleased to host a fine Sci-fi Romance Author Guest! Enjoy learning about what Cynthia Sax loves.

Why I Love Participating In Box Sets By Cynthia Sax

I have a story (Dark Warlord) in the awesomely sexy Alien Alphas box set. I’ve participated in box sets in the past and I will participate in them in the future (if my schedule allows).

Why do I love box sets?

Writers don’t often get the chance to work together. We work with editors and cover artists and other professionals but it is a rare situation where we can work side-by-side with another writer. A box set gives us this opportunity.

There’s often a common theme (like Alien Alphas) but we also want all of our stories to be different. This pushes us to be creative. I knew, for example, someone else would likely do an enemy to lovers storyline. Mine had to be different, a story another writer might not craft.

And it had to be good. Because I’m not only trying to wow reading buddies. I’m trying to wow writing buddies in the box set. I certainly don’t want to let the team down.

This applies to promotion as well as to the story itself. For a box set to be successful, everyone should pitch in, help spread the word. We tend to share what works. I’ve learned more about marketing from participating in box sets than from any other source.

I LOVE hearing the different opinions and insights on everything from the title to the cover to whether or not we should thank reviewers. Alien Alphas has 24 writers participating in it. That’s centuries of combined experience, all of us focused on one project.

Best of all, when I participate in a box set, I know I have release day buddies. Every success is a shared success. Every challenge is a shared challenge. We’re in this together and we all want our reading buddies to be happy.

Have you ever purchased a box set? Why do you like them?

Alien Alphas: 
Twenty-Three Naughty Sci-Fi Romance Novellas

Fierce warriors. Savage barbarians. Powerful warlords.

All ready to claim their mates.

Alien Alphas is a collection of panty-melting sci-fi romances featuring dominant alien heroes, penned by New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors. This decadently naughty box set includes twenty-three ALL-NEW, stand-alone novellas full of hot alien alpha males, breathless passion, and reluctant surrender. Take an exhilarating trip beyond the stars with this limited time only bundle that’s sure to leave you turning the pages late into the night.


Featured authors: Cari Silverwood, Cynthia Sax, Renee Rose, Lee Savino, Addison Cain, Kallista Dane, Maren Smith, Ava Sinclair, Sue Lyndon, Emily Tilton, Ashe Barker, Korey Mae Johnson, Grace Goodwin, Ivy Barrett, Jane Henry, Jaye Peaches, Katie Douglas, Lili Zander, Loki Renard, Maria Monroe, Megan Michaels, Myra Danvers, Sara Fields, and Sophie Kisker


Publisher’s Note: The stories featured in this collection involve MF and MFM pairings. They include spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this box set.

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About Cynthia Sax

USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Sax writes contemporary, SciFi and paranormal erotic romances. Her stories have been featured in Star Magazine, Real Time With Bill Maher, and numerous best of erotic romance top ten lists.

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Twitter: @CynthiaSax

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Reflections on the Holidays and a Gift

The holidays have begun at our house. All the girls are home (well, one is at work and two are shopping). Hubby made cheese dip. Baxter got a blue Christmas Bandana at the dog groomers. We have icy, fluffy snow, frigid temperatures and the pellet stove is ablaze.

I'm doing a bit of self-reflection, which seems more appropriate for me on the shortest day. My mom died on winter solstice, after a nice lunch and harp soloist concert.
 I think she wanted to spend Christmas with our dad, who died a couple years earlier.

I love the holidays, though mostly I love my family being together giving gifts and all the fun baking and cooking we do.

Not sad to say goodbye to the old year! 2017 was a difficult year. Due to a change in prescription drug coverage, I had to find a different job, because diabetic hubby's meds skyrocketed. Due to a change in his meds (to cheaper, older ones) he ended up in the hospital. 

I did find a job with good insurance, though my boss was a problem. She got fired, though, and I got a raise, so that turned out fine in the end. So the job seems stable for a few years to come. Whew.

2018 will be a recovery year. We can move forward with some financial and house repair plans. Two girls will graduate from college(one with a master's) degree.

I have an actual writing plan I think I can complete(2017 plans went out the window). I've been writing for a long time, since the eighties, and that won't stop. I love writing, but yes, the publishing market is insane right now. I'm not going to try to compete with the $500 a month promo crowd. However, I do plan to publish two books next year. 

One is the first of my new Diaspora Worlds Series,  Diaspora Worlds: Starpath. The books revolve around Clan O'Shadow, of Zh Cle'/Irish descent, from the Reservation World Derry. The ancient family legends of Zh Cle' space travel motivated the family to marry colonists and beg, borrow or steal spacecraft from the Terran Colonists. They headed to the stars, searching for the path of the ancients that will lead them home.

The other is a Fantasy Rom in my Lands of Glister world. I have two I'm working on, so we shall see which one!

I have a gift, my book Starlander's Myth actually has  Yule celebration on a distant planet!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Orc in Winter Snippet

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Snippet: Orc In Winter

“Good morning, cousin. We have you safely hidden for now, and Goddess willing, will move you north out of harm's way in a few short days.”
The Orc grimaced. “It was my job to protect you, Tad. Not be coddled like yon babe.”
“You will one day be at full strength and protect me again. This is but for a season.” She raised her eyebrows at him. “If it was a sword wound you would not fuss so much.”
Sherrow scowled. “Honey bread pudding. I was laid low by a sweet.”
Morwenna hid a smile. She did not expect an Orc to sound so much like a sulky child.

Release Day--Orc in Winter!

Orc in Winter released today! This is a fantasy romance novella set in a fantasy world I have been developing for some time. 

As a child I adored the Narnia books, too the point I had pages memorized, just from the frequent reading. My father worked in Canada and bought me the Penguin Paperbacks before paperbacks were available in the USA. They had the gorgeous Pauline Baynes covers and illustrations.

The first story I ever sold, Faunication, was roughly set in a Narnia inspired world--not exactly alike, though, since I had my own made up buntaurs, rabbit-faun-creatures..

I started developing the world in the late eighties for a children's book that never got off the ground. Years later a writer friend and I, both newbies, decided to enter a winter story in an antho. Mine was Faunication, the romance of two young people flung to a magical forest and transformed into faun-like creatures. After that I played with a number of stories, though I only published one more short. It seemed to me that fantasy romance like I was writing, in a world similar in some ways to Middle Earth or Narnia, was not popular at all.

But now it is the end of 2017. The ebook self-pubbed market is a chaotic sea of crazy. So it's as good a time as ever to publish a book in an extreme niche.

I first wrote Orc as an 8k short story, now it is a novella length since I added about ten thousand words. It is still not a long book, but I think novellas are perfect for the winter holidays, something you can finish before bedtime!

The series is called realms of Glister. It involves several countries on the same continent, related by a common magic, Glister, though for many, that magic is historical since their country has lost Glister. Some places still have magic, though. Sherrow, my Orc hero, comes from Hobb, a land with abundant magic. Morwenna, my heroine, has only heard stories of magic. This is a stand-alone romance, though I suspect the Land of Hobb and my couple will make an appearance in another story. I am working on a 4 book series, the adventures and loves of four siblings, who return as young adults to the magical kingdom of Emrysdel to find it in chaos.

I did a video interview with Focus on Fantasy!

And yes, I am that pale. I should have used bronzer, lol.