Awakening Fate

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Awakening Fate is the fourth book in The Chronicles of Elizabeth Fairbairn series and is now available on Amazon as an eBook! If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited you can grab your copy for free!

Blurb:

Elizabeth thought the battles behind her were difficult until some of her past came back to haunt her. She struggles to determine what emotions she is feeling that is real or induced by the amulets of the original witches now when an unexpected person becomes the keeper of Prince Petre’s items. Protecting a friend comes to the forefront of her newest goal while coming up against an adversary she didn’t know existed was troublesome enough, but not to have her powers at her command…that is the true test of her will and strength.

Will Elizabeth be able to accept the new keeper?

Will Sorina and Prince Petre give their blessings?

Can the young witch keep her friend safe as well as herself?

Here are a few teasers to let you get a taste of what’s inside…

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What the Beta readers said: “the made me terribly happy”, “another AMAZING story. …you have an amazing ability to put the reader completely into the story”, and lastly… “this has got to be the best book of the four so far. And that’s saying a lot being as the first three were pretty amazing.” <<<—- these gals give me critical feedback that helps develop a better story and their praise is always humbling!

I’ll be starting book five soon and would love to hear everyone’s feedback and even suggestions on what they’d like to see next in Elizabeth’s story! Happy Reading!

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BOOK REVIEW: Misanthrope Beechworth & The Dustwaste Wellspring written by Jeremy Rodden

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Misanthrope Beechworth & The Dustwaste Wellspring

Blurb:

In Toonopolis: Chi Lin, we meet Misanthrope “Missy” Beechworth, the leader of the Royal Order of Scavengers & Engineers (ROSE). In this novella, learn how a simple toymaker’s daughter began her surprising journey to the top of ROSE. Along with her best friend Rube Silverburg and snobby noble Heinrich von Deutsch, Missy turns a run-of-the-mill scavenging mission into Steamport’s biggest adventure since The Indefatigable went down in the Dustwaste Wellspring a decade earlier.

 

My review:

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This is a fun story and if you want something to get sucked into that is uplifting, fun, exciting…then pick up this story! Highly recommend it!

Get your copy on Amazon today!

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You can also do a little social media stalking (only the friendly kind of course!)

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January Writing Goals

I’ve been working on my writing calendar goals and figured it easier to go month by month, so this is my attempt at doing so. Among writing new words in my soon to be published books I also help admin a group for Fantasy and Sci-Fi authors, put out a newsletter, and work on social media posts all while trying to market my work. None of that included my family or hobbies! With all that going on sometimes its hard to think about writing new words for a story stuck in my head, but each day I try and sit long enough to do just that.

Feather and ink bottle isolated on paper backgroundSo far I’ve written nearly one thousand new words during a quick edit run of my next book, that’s a great start. I have to finish editing the book and get it ready for BETA readers then I can work on another story that has collected dust over the last year…The Forgotten Soul.

My January writing goal is to have both books completed and in hands of BETA readers before the end of the month… Hoping to put out one in February and then one in March. I’ve already got the cover art chosen for book four in The Chronicles of Elizabeth Fairbairn, just have to coordinate with the graphic artist who’ll be doing that work…so that is one stressor off my shoulders.

The Forgotten Soul has already had cover artwork done as well. I feel I’ve created a beautiful piece that will give the book an air of mystery and fantasy!

Those are my ultimate goals for January. Do you have any month specific goals? What would you like to accomplish this month?

 

No Resolutions Over Here

Every New’s Year Eve we see so many of our friends and family set New Years Resolutions only to see two weeks or a month in they have failed at them, this is ONE of the many reasons I don’t set them.

First, if I’m going to set a goal for myself why wait till the end of one year and the beginning of another to do it? Second, a resolution is a statement of what you will do – I prefer to set goals…let me get there at a pace I can handle.

What I normally do at the end of the year is a Year-End WrapUp! This year I posted on Facebook about my author wrapup. Here it is:

“End of Year wrap up and plans for 2019!

Edits for book 4 of the Chronicles of Elizabeth Fairbairn have begun… as well as for my WIP titled Forgotten Soul.

Both will get a lovely twice over and edits, but Forgotten Soul still has at least five chapters to be written.

My creative mind has been going nearly non-stop this year and am proud to say that I’ve published two new works, completed two shorts for anthologies, started turning those shorts into full-length books, and finished four WIPs. I’ve updated all books with current links for everyone to discover me online!

In all, I’ve written around 150K new words this year and I still have a few days to go!

In the Chronicles of Elizabeth Fairbairn, I plan to get another three out in 2019, hoping for February with book 4!

The Forgotten Soul should be completed and ready by March.

I have a story that started as a short titled, Sprites and Strikes, that will be a full-length book and ready for the world around April/May’ish.

Another short I wrote, titled An Angels Defiance, will also be converted into a full-length book – my goal is to have it ready by May.

A new series I’ll be starting is the Elementally Bound – Water, Air, Earth, and Soul – are the four planned in the series so far! I’d love to have at least one ready for the Savannah event in July!

My plan is to put out at least 7 books next year! 🍷 here’s to a great year passed and a great year coming!”

 

In my personal life, things have been just as busy! I traveled to Vegas to help out a friend, El Paso to see my son and daughter-in-law, went to Wisconsin for the time, and made several trips back to Georgia – One was to surprise my Ma on her birthday along with the other girls in the family. I also endured two surgeries! A new arrival in our family made his debut on December 21st and this year announced two more arrivals for 2019!  My husband and I, also, celebrated our fourth year of marriage! We had three new furbabies added in our extended family!  Met lots of new people and reconnected with others. I lost a friend unexpectadly, but came to terms that she is at peace.

This year has been blessed and so many more plans are in the works for the next. Just remember while you are going about your day to reach out to friends you haven’t spoken to in some time. Pick up the phone and call your family. Send a card on birthdays and special holidays. It’s the little things that pick up a persons spirit and change their lives!

Have a Happy New Years everyone!

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New Author Support Group

In the wake of the Fantasy and Science Fiction Network shutting down, many of the members rallied together to create a Facebook-based group for authors, readers, and fans alike to gather around and talk fantasy and science fiction books!

Header for FSFSG fairy glow pink 2- moons changedThe Fantasy and Sci-Fi Readers Lounge is described as, “a gathering place for all those who love the thrill of magic and futuristic adventures! The Fantasy and Sci-Fi Readers Lounge authors created this group as a way to interact with our readers and introduce them to other authors they may not know but would love to read. We want the group to be fun—a place for new discoveries, friendly chats, and a hangout where we can share our love of books.” and “a gathering place for all those who love the thrill of magic and futuristic adventures!”

From January 12th to the 27th we will be having author takeovers in 3-hour increments! The authors taking over the time slots will be members of the Fantasy and Sci-Fi Author Support Group that “has arisen like a phoenix from the ashes of the Fantasy Sci-Fi Network.”

If you are a fantasy and/or science fiction author in search of a friendly and supportive group, swing by Facebook and join us!

If you’d like to join the Readers Lounge, come on over! We have plenty of space on the couch for everyone!

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Changes, they are a coming

So, this past week I decided to make some huge changes in the way I do things…with my sites. If all goes as planned by New Years I will have my business website linked in with this blog!

For me its about simplicity. One place for everything! The blog will still be here and that portion of the site will remain absolutely the same. I will have additional pages where my book related items will be, including my event schedule. No new links to know or new places to visit. For anyone coming to see me, they will type in the usual URL and voila ~ magic! You’ll be at my site and never know I moved, except you’ll be able to see more and access more without having to go anywhere else!

So if you see things moved around a bit, this is why. I am doing some house cleaning and making improvements for both you and I!

Have any of you ever moved sites over and combined domains to make things simpler for you? I’d love to hear about your experiences since mine have already been an adventure I don’t want to ever have to repeat!

I contacted my current domain peeps and told them my plans. Told the tech on the phone, “I don’t know anything about this stuff and have been reading up on it all morning, I need to make sure its done right and effeciently!” His reply, “I have you taken care of.” That was not the case! He had only done half of what he needed, so I was on the phone with them a second time in two days. I’m huge about customer service so when I reached a nice woman this time she said, “Oh my. Yeah he should have done that. Here let me check.” I told her I had already taken care of one issue and needed to make sure it was really ready to go. Well, when changing your domain over to another place you need codes saying you have authorized this and such. I did ask if the previous codes were still good and told absolutely. It wasn’t! I ended up figuring out how to get new codes and now… things are good. It took me 48 hours to accomplish soemthing that should’ve only taken maybe 6.

It’s now confirmed that everything will transfer over and once it does I can start building my pages! But goodness that headache!

Let’s hope the next leg of this adventure goes a lot smoother!

A Final Farewell

Yesterday, an organization I’ve been involved with for five years closed it doors along with the publishing company that branched out from it – both the Fantasy and Science Fiction Network and Azure Fire Publishing.

It has been an adventure and great learning experience working with the authors of the two groups and will forever be remembered.

You can see the farewell notice on here.

Thank you to all members past and current for making it a great run!

Nadja Losbhom interviews me…

Here is a copy of the interview, fellow author, Nadja Losbhom (all the way from Germany) did …

Interview series „22“: Cheryllynn Dyess

„Cheryllynn D. and the orange folder of secrets“

Woot! Woot! A new „22“ has arrived, coming all the way from Texas, USA to sit down and answer my questions. It‘s Cheryllynn Dyess, ladies and gentlemen. Not only does she create fascinating worlds and characters, but also loves nature. But the most interesting thing is, I think, a mysterious orange folder Cheryllynn calls her own. Maybe it contains gardening advice or pictures of weird looking colorful fish she caught? Probably not. Please, Cheryllynn, tell us about the orange folder of secrets! 

Homepage: https://cheryllynndyess.com/

1. Please introduce yourself in 3-5 sentences.

I am an author of young adult / fantasy / paranormal books who loves the outdoors, especially near water, and is very creative. My hobbies include gardening, fishing, crochet, and well reading, of course. I’m a mom of wonderfully blended family and have been blessed with many grandkids, who I call Littles, and love animals. I am educated in the healthcare field but when I moved to Texas was unable to find work and my husband (now he is my husband) encouraged me to write…and so I do. 

2. What is the title of your current book? In which genre does it play and what is the story about?

My next book out is called Multifaceted. It’s a fantasy/supernatural with an alternative history timeline about a sentient diamond that influences the behaviors of the humans who own it and are around it. 

3. How did you get into writing?

I started with poetry and short stories in the 80s. I would scratch out things and tuck it away in an orange folder, which I still have till this day, and then in 2011 my (now) husband read them and asked why I wasn’t writing. One year later, I started writing Calastan, The Jein’s Journey Series book one. 

4. What can you learn about writing and what can you not learn?

I try to learn as much as possible,  I won’t say I can’t learn anything. I know that editing is difficult so I’m thankful for other people.

5. What is your favourite task in the writing process and what do you not like about it (like writing blurbs for example)?

Hmm, my favorite task is writing the story and least favorite would be the blurb. It’s hard to wrap up a books intent in such a short synopsis without giving everything away. 

6. Is there something that drives you crazy regarding the writing/ publishing process?

Commas. JI am a comma agent of death! I never use enough of them and rarely in the right places. 

7. Where do you get the ideas for your books?

Many of books ideas just pop into my head while doing random things. It’s weird because I can’t attribute any one thing to it, except for Born of The Veil – that comes straight from my nightmares. 

8. Which of your written books is your own favorite?

I’d think Born of The Veil would be my favorite. It’s the most personal to me considering I wrote in my nightmares and dreams and experiences into the story. 

9. Who reads your manuscripts first?

My best friend, Charlene, reads all my stories first in whole. She does a run of edits for me and then I get them back to polish them up. 

10. How long do you revise your manuscript before you say, “Now I can share it with others?”

This is tricky. Each book is different. For example, Born of The Veil went out relatively quick with two edit runs and one rewrite/polish run, but Mutlifaceted has been rewritten three or four times and took nearly two years to finish off. 

11. In which genre would you like to write but haven’t dared yet? And in which genre would you never write?

Horror. I love this genre but haven’t tried it myself, I think it’d be fun. The genre I think I’d never write in would be historical romance. I’m not big on romance as it is so I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t write historical romance. 

12. Are there writers you admire?

Of course there are! Anne Rice and Stephen King are two but there are some not as well-known who have made a great impression on as well. 

13. What is a successful author in your opinion?

A successful author, in my opinion, is one who has written a story that touches the hearts of the readers. Fairly simple, but that to me is what we want our stories to do.

14. Regarding your books: Would you do it all over again in the same way? What would you change, if you could?

Oh, this question is good. I would definitely do a lot of things differently. What I’ve learned has been immense and had I known even a drop of it things would’ve been easier. I would never have signed a contract with a print publisher for one, I wasted so much money with them. I would have had things done in a better order as well. I didn’t know a lot of the writing world and what came with it as a self-pub’d author. Social media, newsletters, and reaching the readers are all things I would definitely change, but I’ve worked hard to get where I am and am now on the path I would’ve loved to have started on.

15. What do you say about the competition among authors, especially about the fact that some authors deliberately give bad ratings to others to spite them? Have you ever experienced something like this yourself?

I don’t like competition between authors, I find it petty. Readers rarely read only one author so why compete. Join together and get the hunger readers have for new work sated. I’ve heard of some authors giving poor ratings because they didn’t like them or they didn’t fit in their clique. Personally, I find that worse than high school drama and will have no part of anyone who does this. I’ve never dealt with this one-on-one but I know some who have, its disgusting and only hurts the readers in the end. Readers should be our focus…they are why we write. 

16. What was the worst, most annoying, least beautiful thing that has happened to you as an author and what was the most beautiful thing?

I think the worst would be an event gone bad. I was set up to do a signing along with about 40 other authors and we discovered the coordinator took our money, along with several other events she had set up and never had the venues set up or anything. She had to be reported to the FBI and all. It was crazy. 

The most beautiful thing is when another author helps each other out. I’ve been blessed to have met some amazing authors who are willing to share knowledge and lift others up. This is what this community should be doing.

17. How do you motivate yourself when things don’t go the way you want them to?

Oh, this is the worst! I get in slumps like everyone else and then I get distracted and get pulled even further away from writing. My best motivation is getting away from it all. I love nature and if I can get near water or any kind it typically rejuvenates me. My husband started giving me mini-vacations last year and little trips to help keep my inspiritation going. I must say its worked because I’ve finished two short stories for anthologies, finished one novella in full, finished the first draft of another novella, and polished a story for my newsletter subscribers since he started doing this for me. I guess the everyday stresses at home just piles on and need to get rid of it. 

18. Why do you think some authors make it in the book industry and others don’t? Do you have any advice?

The book industry is hard. There is a lot of work and money that need to be put into it and even more time. Some people I’ve talked to have said that the more books you have out the better you do, others put tons of money into their marketing and that is the reason they did well. Personally, you have to determine why you are here and what you want out of it.

19. Many authors are reserved and shy, especially when it comes to readings and book fair appearances. You got any advice for them?

This is never easy, I’m not one who like to start conversations with strangers so I can empathize completely. For this I’d say, practice what you’d say about your books at home in front of a mirror or someone you are comfortable with. This will make it easier to talk about your work at events. Once you’ve rehearsed it enough you’ll feel more confident and if you mess up its okay. There is always another reader and another chance. 

20. Which authors and books do you think deserve more attention?

Oh wow! I don’t know if I could give a list. That is just too difficult and unfair – I’d never get them all listed. What I would say is to readers…try new to you authors, seek them out and read one of their works. 

21. Which books do you like to read yourself? Which ones would you never read?

I love fantasy / paranormal type stories. I don’t really care for a lot of romance so the less is best for me. As far as never read? I don’t know. If the author attracts my attention or the storyline is good, I may just try anything. 

22. What are you dreaming of as a writer? Is there a wish you would share with us?

As a writer, I just want readers to enjoy a good story. If my story or stories can touch your heart and give you a good read, then I feel I did what I set out to do. The only wish I’d have is to make enough writing to pay for itself. 

Winter Wonderland of Reading Giveaway

Winter Wonderland of Reading Giveaway is happening now! With 84 books, $120 in a grand prize, and 84 prizes to giveaway – Why not enter now?!?

If you’re a reader and love to meet and find new authors, this is a great opportunity to do so! Enter now and find your new favorite authors! 

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My gift to you during this Thanksgiving Holiday!

Multifaceted (fantasy / supernatural)

A transformation that takes the smallest of elements and turns it into a sentient being that influences humans according to their desires.

Will it ever tell it’s secret?

Multifaceted will be free on Amazon for three today – 11/21-23/18!!!

Happy Reading!

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MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR CHERYLLYNN DYESS

What a wonderful interview by Any!! Thank you

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MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR CHERYLLYNN DYESS

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What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?

My name is Cheryllynn Dyess and I write fantasy / paranormal.

 

Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?

For most of my books I have the idea just pop in. I usually figure the story out as I go. I have The Chronicles of Elizabeth Fairbairn series that now has three books in it and I’m writing each one out as a step to the final event I planned out ages ago.

How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?

I have always been fascinated with the paranormal, ever since I was a little kid. I was about 6 years old when I saw my first spirit and from then on I’ve been…

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A Moment of Darkness

Today marks a proud moment for me – my tenth book goes live on Amazon! 

A Moment of Darkness, Book Three of The Chronicles of Elizabeth Fairbairn.

Blurb: 

Elizabeth fought with her father to save the coven with The Veil’s help and succeeded. She secured the peace her coven desired but failed to find her own. Wesley and his family disappeared before the battle and left her feeling abandoned, broken. Her soul rages with emotions and magic she still hasn’t mastered. Living in a world she barely understands, the one person who is there for her is the one she should stay away from. 

Will the lure of the darkness be overcome or will she give in?

Goes live November 15th, pre-order eBook today https://amzn.to/2D4J4V2&nbsp;

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