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 /
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I’m off to rock and read. 

Helen 

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Celebrate Romance – No It’s Not Winter Already

When you think romance, usually Valentine’s Day comes to mind.  But there is another month that readers of romance books should keep in mind. August is Read a Romance Month – a time for readers of romance to celebrate the genre.

Read-A-Romance Month was conceived and launched in 2013 by freelance writer and romance advocate Bobbi Dumas after she realized there was no one place where the community celebrated romance all together, at one time, in a concentrated way. She says she picked August was chosen because summer reading tends to be lighter fare, and even eclectic readers tend to pick up more romance.

“Why Read-A-Romance MONTH?! I read romance every day!”
Don’t worry. Think of it more as the month when we come together to CELEBRATE romance! A time when readers and writers can come together and celebrate this joyful, awesome genre.

My contributions to romance this year are Windmaster and Hatchling’s Vengeance. Click on the covers or the title links for more on these fantasy romances.

Fantasy, contemporary, historical and more, it doesn’t matter the subgenre. We all need a little romance in our life. Grab a romance and open the page. It’s Read A Romance Month.

~till next time, Helen

New Book – New Playlist


A scan of authors’ posts show how they use music when they write. It can
trigger a mood or emotion or take you to another place and tiime. It doesn’t even have to be an entire song. Sometimes just a few notes of a reprise brings a character to mind. I admit I don’t always have music on when writing. Jotting notes while at an outdoor concert or sitting in a doctor’s office while waiting for your appointment isn’t conducive to headphones or even worse, playing tunes on a cell phone.

But that doesn’t mean that music is not part of my writing life.

Some of the music that inspired Hatchling’s Vengeance have appeared in other posts regarding the world of the dragshi.

  • Celtic flute and harp always send my mind to a fantasy world where magic rules and dragon fly. On the player now is Celtic Twilight by Gabrielle Angelique.

  • “Desperado” from the Eagles set the title characters, Lord Talann Fitheach and Lady Glynnes Janaleigh firmly in my mind.

  • I couldn’t decide on what song to use for Gynnes as her own. One was Brothers In Arms chosen because Glynnes was as much as warrior as any man… and paid the price. Note, the character featured on the cover of Hatchling’s Vengeance is Glynnes in her alter ego as Glyn, bodyguard to the dragon lord Lady Lexii.

  • One song carried over between books in the series. In Hatching’s Mate, Roger Whitaker’s “The Last Farewell” set the tone for the night before a battle. However, combining it with the “Lonely Man” reprise that was used as the theme for the television series, The Incredible Hulk, brings both sides of Glynnes to mind. The one for the years spent in waiting to be able to love, and the other for the world that threatened to keep her away from him.

Coming up next, the cover reveal for Hatchling’s Vengeance, available for pre-order now. Release date July 15th.

 ~Till next time, Helen

Tuesday Title – The Killing Land

The rugged West, a greedy villain, violence, and true love

Date of Release: Feb. 1, 2016
Genre:  Historic Western Romance
Publisher: Five Star/CengageKillingLandFront (3)

Buy Links:  Amazon   Barnes&Noble

Blurb:

This novel is set principally in the Arizona Territory of the early l880’s where a courageous settler from the East and an aristocratic cattle baron become involved in a love/hate relationship. The two, although attracted to each other, are initially distrustful and antagonistic toward one another. The dangers they face draw them together.

Mary suspects that Cal is responsible for trying to drive the homesteaders and sheepherders off the land cattlemen consider rightfully theirs. When her uncle is murdered, Mary intends to discover who is responsible and why. In so doing, she becomes a person of interest to a vicious outlaw.

Behind the Scene:

As an undergrad I was an English major and a social studies minor. I loved American history in particular. My husband and I are Easterners but we’ve made nine trips out West. We would move there if our family wasn’t located in the East. I enjoy writing diverse types of fiction but always knew I would want to write a Western that was historically well-researched and realistic yet also had romantic elements. I think The Killing Land fits the bill and is a novel that both men and women will enjoy reading.

About Seewald:  Multiple award-winning author, Jacqueline Seewald, has taught creative, expository and technical writing at Rutgers University as well as high school English. She also worked as both an academic librarian and an educational media specialist. Sixteen of her books of fiction have been published to critical praise including books for adults, teens and children.

Her short stories, poems, essays, reviews and articles have appeared in hundreds of diverse publications and numerous anthologies such as: THE WRITER, L.A. TIMES, READER’S DIGEST, PEDESTAL, SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY MAGAZINE, OVER MY DEAD BODY!, GUMSHOE REVIEW, THE MYSTERY MEGAPACK, LIBRARY JOURNAL, and PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. She’s also an amateur landscape artist and loves blue grass music.

Her writer’s blog can be found at: http://jacquelineseewald.blogspot.com

 

Reader’s Favorite Review – 4 Stars for Dragon Destiny

Henderson gives the reader a powerful tale of young love, of holding back, of understanding and of making life work.”

Read the full review at readersfavorite.com/book-review/dragon-destiny.

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If the review tickles your interest, excerpts, buy links, and a free read of the first chapter can be found here.

What’s In A Cover – Pt 5, Hatchlings Curse

I’ve discussed a form for use as a thought tickler, and showed the results of one effort. I do want to stress that the Cover Art Sheet is a tool, to be used as little or as much as needed.

For an author-created cover, the production section provides more use than if using a designer cover. The designer would be the one to track the sources of the images they used. However, if there are attributions that need to be made in the book or restrictions on the images use, the Cover Art Sheet could keep that information close at hand for you.

Just because you filled out a Cover Art Sheet as a means to organize your thoughts, the detailed sheet does not necessarily have to be handed to your designer, a summary of the pertinent items could be sufficient. An example of a precise generated from a Cover Art Sheet is in the sidebar.

And now for the result, courtesy of Fantasia Frog Designs.

Drum roll please.

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Thank you for following this series on creating book cover. And as a final reminder, a copy of a Cover Art Sheet can be downloaded at http://www.joycescarbrough.com/index.html. Just click on the writers resources tab.

And if you want to learn more about Hatchlings Curse, excerpts, buy links, and  free read of the first chapter is found here.

~Till next time. Helen