Out and About Romance University

RU_contributorToday I’m a visiting professor (love that title) at Romance University. Hope you’ll stop by and read the post on comment netiquette. Find out if you are a comment spammer or an etiquette queen.

http://romanceuniversity.org/2017/10/16/are-you-a-comment-spammer-or-an-etiquette-queen-by-helen-henderson/

~till next time, Helen

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Windmaster Behind the Scenes – Carved Doors

Carved in the panels of a pair of ancient wooden doors, the mottos of the trading guild, House of Cszabo, were introduced in Windmaster. Fair Trade – Fair Profit triggered Ellspeth’s childhood memories of when she took trips with her grandmother Rima. Voyages which set the stage for Ellspeth’s own destiny as the bearer of golden bracelets of command. And imbued in her the proper way to treat others. I used gold bracelets to mirror the way her guild implemented the golden rule.

The second guild motto, Kin Above All – But Honor, did more than illustrate Ellspeth’s sense of duty. It sent her on the vengeance path with the Archmage. To her kin meant more than just by blood, it also pertained to any member of her trading house. So the death of her cabin boy and the attempted murder of her entire crew by a kinsman broke the vow both ways.

There were several inspirations for the second motto. Bushido, a Samurai code that places honor above all else. The actual wording of the inspiration for the motto was “Loyalty before all else except honor.” Lt. Vincent Hardy, Striking Distance.

Hope you enjoyed this insight into the Windmaster Novels. Visit the page for more information and buy links. 

~Till next time, Helen

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Inspiration for Writing

I find inspiration in various aspects of the world around me. A verse of music, a few notes of a tune or a photo from some exotic place can trigger an idea. But not all inspiration is the same. Sometimes a dream awakens me in the middle of the night and gives the overall storyline for a new work or a scene unfolds like a scene from a movie.

 

Those are inspiration for a specific item. Then there is the writing inspiration. The music or image that transports you to another world. For fantasy worlds, celtic flute gives me dragon wings or lets me sail with mages.

 

Pictures provide a ground in a setting while the music invites the muse to visit.

 

Sometimes the inspiration comes from the story and the characters themselves. When the end was typed for Hatchling’s Mate there were several characters whose ultimate fates remained to be determined. Their paths could be sealed by vengeance or redeemed by love. The storyline was a new approach I wanted to explore and I took the inspiration from the characters themselves. And the result was Hatchling’s Vengeance.

I hope you enjoyed this insight.
~till next time, Helen

After this week’s challenge was written, I came across a post I had to include. Inspiration by Handsome Hansel

Windmaster

Leaves are changing, a new season is here. Cool days and cooler nights. Time to cuddle up on the porch swing with a good book. How about the book reviewers said will keep you up all night turning the pages – Windmaster.

Not decided?  Click here for an excerpt.

Buy Links:  30% off at Smashwords. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/697506

Ebook and paperback Available At: Amazon / Amazon UK /
List of Ebook selllers

I’m off to rock and read. 

Helen 

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Cover Reveal – First Change: Legends From the Eyrie

Designing a cover. Do you want a tantalizing scene of the fantasy word? Your name is larger print that the title? Or a half-naked hunk?

These are a few thoughts that went into the design of the cover for First Change: Legends From The Eyrie. 

What made things more challenging was that this was the fifth volume set in the world of the dragshi. For those who haven’t followed them, the dragshi are more than just a man or woman, but two beings—one human, the other a  dragon. The pair share one body in space and time and are able to change forms with the other at will. But be warned, a dragon form comes with more than just the freedom of the sky.

Unlike the four full-length novels which recounted the tales of the trader girl Anastasia and the Dragshi Lord Branin Llewlyn, First Change is a collection of several novellas and short stories. None of the tales are related other than they all take place in the world of the dragon shifters. The events take place in a different era, with different characters. 

A cover design could use elements from all the stories or from just one. In the end, Fire and Ice was used as the basis for the cover design. The setting of the Nerelan equivalent of the Far East, a beautiful empress, and the green token that determined her fate were the elements selected. And so without more ado, here is the cover for First Change: Legends From the Eyrie. And thanks to Fantasia Frog Designs for creating it.

http://helenhenderson-author.blogspot.com/p/first-change_7.html


  
For more information on the legends of the dragshi told within First Change, click on the cover.  

And here’s a list of sites where First Change is available for pre-order.
https://www.books2read.com/u/49PMZp

~till next time, Helen

Housekeeping – It’s More than Dust Bunnies

I don’t know about you but I am not a fanatical housecleaner. Growing up on a farm my mantra was clean enough to be healthy, dirty enough to be lived in. Now I don’t’ mean real dirt (although the red clay from the fields loved to be tracked into the kitchen no matter how many times you wiped your feet) it was more of a state of mind. Later, running several businesses while working full time insured the mantra was kept when I became an adult and had my own house.

Writers have a lot of digital housecleaning they need to do. Websites, blogs, backups, promotion schedules.

How often do you houseclean your website or blog? Read a few thoughts in my post at Romance University. The post is at  http://romanceuniversity.org/2017/07/24/housekeeping-tips-with-helen-henderson/

~till next time, Helen