Lit Genius Extraordinaire! — With The Lovely Ms. P.

A very sincere thanks to the lovely & talented Valarie Savage Kinney for allowing me on her blog to post the A-Z basics of Livian!

Organizing Chaos And Other Misadventures

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Hi there. Yeah, you! Like fantasy? You do? Well, check this out I have a new book. A timeless fantasy. Warriors, death, fear, and everyone seems to dig this blood-thirsty unicorn army. I’ve made a quick A-Z list of keywords that may just pull you in enough to make Livian your next read! Scroll all the way down for information on how to possibly win an ebook of Livian! Here we go…..

Alpha- Leaders of a tribe or race.

Brutes- Name for the strong magical beings known as Elf.

Crawlers- the vast array of spiders that spin mazes of webs in the woods.

Dreamers- The Gods. The Creators.

Elsa- The only female role model Livian has known. She is a tender hearted fairy, sweet on Inennious.

Fairy- Winged Beings known as warriors

Greenery- Nasty meals needed to keep the bowels from exploding, according to Inennious

Healers/Horned Ones- The Unicorns

Inennious…

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A Comic Con, A Man’s Promise, & General Shenanigans

I’ve said it before, so don’t act shocked. I can be a fairly horrid blogger. I know this. I do. But you have to give it to me, when I do blog, very rarely is the dullness content high enough to register. Right? Right.

Literary-wise- So much has been going on. I highly suggest/push/nudge/urge/nicely demand you check out the blog for Twisted Core Press. If I am shady as me it is usually because I am being somewhat sociable for Twisted Core & 7DS Books. This post is a perfect example.

Wizard World Nashville Comic Con 2013.  STOP! Don’t click it now! We’ve just started. Don’t leave me. I’m just kidding. Go. Read it. Yes, now. I’ll wait…

…………………………….waiting..

…………………………………………………..Sings Frasier theme.

……………………………………………………………………….mmmm scrambled eggs would rock right now.

Hi. Welcome back. I know, right? Yeah, it was a blast. Thanks. Yeah. I know. I plan to go back next year. Yes, you can share that blog link. How nice of you!

In other news, as shocking as it seems with all we have accomplished together, Twisted Core Press is almost a year old! What a year! I could go on, but I could also save that for another blog post and look rather blogger-snazzy. Yes. Let’s go with Option B.

Also, along with several new releases lately for our imprints, I have a new short story released in A Man’s Promise. We have some serious talent and a wide range of plots from love, vengeance, parenting, secrecy, and beyond. This is one hell of a collection. Pick it up and give it a read.

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Yes, read this book. Check out the blogs listed below. I shall return. Be prepared. 🙂

Literary Happenings Spring 2013

Two questions I hear more than somewhat often lately: What have you been doing? Where is book two of LIVIAN?

I will answer these in opposite order. Where IS book two of LIVIAN?

Well, some of it is written. All of it is plotted down to the finest of detail. Things have been so busy, life has been spinning my right round, baby, right round- I have yet to even order my own paperback copies of book one. *Gasp* I know, the shame I feel as an author over this horrible confession. I do get thrilled each time I see a photo of someone with a paperback. I want to slow- motion run across an unpolluted beach and embrace them with this “You love me! You really love me!” sort of hug.

I will say, as in love as I may be with LIVIAN– book two knocks MY socks off and I will have it complete soon. I want the public to have it- to love it- but things need to line up just right for me to do so properly.

I will tell you this much. Livian gets her Loci on. Imagine a tribal warrior wooded land of tattoos, belly dancers, fire breathers and one Inennious- loving young steampunker. Throw in some dragons, dwerger and those blood thirsty unicorns and you have the setting for book two, Inennious. And if you think you love Elsa now- just wait.

I will tell you this; IF you have not read Seven Deadly Sins II, SLOTH- Claim Your Fate is a connecting tale of the Dwerger- the clan of “soil sifters” that live just blow the ground of Loci. The series shows them as the bad guys- but everyone is the bad guy in someone’s eyes.

NOW- What have I been doing?

We all know my passion, above my own novel writing, is 7DS BOOKS. I love the art of the short story. I was raised on those twisted tales of fables, foes, rhymes and Poe. Wrapping an entire plot and character building within a limited word count is nothing less than an art.

I love working with other authors. Networking and helping build platforms is a good portion of my everyday. I do not think passion pumps through the veins in other professions as hot as it does in the creation of an artist. Wordsmiths have something about them. To say that they are mere dreamers is an insult. Everyone is a dreamer. An artist creates a world and, in most cases, they strive to create that world- be it on canvas, in words, in mechanics- but so many artists embrace the fact that with enough love and hard work, those dreams can be reality. This makes me feel alive.

Sure, we all say, “I want to be able to quit my day job and do (insert art) for a living. I want to be comfortable. I want to afford the time to do this.”

BUT, that is not the truest of the dream chasers. I get tickled at some people that say this as if they are maybe 10% of the population that strive for this. No. We all want that. The ones that pump me up are the ones that want to change not their world, but the world of other people through their art. Oh, those people make me feel as energized about the literary world as Richard Simmons is about sweatin’.

Thanks to 7DS, I get to work with these people every single day. THAT is my dream come true. Authors and illustrators amaze me. The imaginations and visions they carry every moment of the day; the thriving confidence outweighing the fears to share their heart with the world; The plans they toss and turn all night thinking of to make their dreams flourish- I love them.

And these authors, when I become inspired by them, fall in love with their work as well as their passion, and they accept an invitation to write on a 7DS Book– I know something magnificent is in the works.

We have re-released Seven Deadly Sins as Seven Deadly Sins II featuring new stories by Wolf Scott & Michelle Horst (Wrath & Gluttony). Both have received such wonderful feedback and the collection has a fresh appeal with the addition of sci-fi and angels/demons. I cannot express my gratitude for both of them joining the re-release of this book.

We have also recently released Seven Deathly Soles– seven short stories with the only common connection of death & shoes. Each story is as unique as the author, yet they come together so well in a collection. Beyond running 7DS & working with these grand authors, I also have a story included in this one. The Boot is a southern comedic who-done-it based on a local southern festival.

Coming next, we have Seven Dwarf Stories– These are not your typical kid-friendly dwarf stories. Before living together and before Snow White, these seven small people had their own lives- and guess what? They were dark, morbid and highly entertaining. You will never look at a storybook dwarf the same way again.

We have several more coming, but before I get into too much detail, I want to save those for another blog debut.

Also, a huge chunk of my time is dedicated to Twisted Core Press, L.L.C. I have been blessed with amazing partners and together we have locked in our notch in the ever-changing industry and we are providing something top-notch and brand new. So many houses open up over night and are gone before you can say the name, we have taken our time to secure the proper methods of author publication. We will be continuing the release must-read titles throughout the year from some of the best new and previously published authors around. I will have more on Twisted Core Press in future blogs as well- much more. I love writing. It is in my blood, but publishing is my calling. This is what makes me feel alive in the literary world. If you don’t love what you do, you aren’t living right. Thanks to my partners and these masterful authors, my career path feels like a thousand dreams coming true, every single day.

I do appreciate the pondering emails and chats of what I have been doing and why book two of LIVIAN is not out yet. I hope this answers those questions in a most satisfying manner. I do promise this much: I will show you some of the best authors your will ever discover through 7DS and Twisted Core Press & Inennious will come. Soon. Thank you for your support and interest.

-HBIC

Shelly

7 Reasons to Read THE REBELS (The Empire Series) by Elizabeth Lang

The Rebels Today on the blog, I think I have asked the hardest thing I could possibly ask of an author. I have asked for seven (my favorite number) reasons for YOU to read her book. This is always easier for a reader to answer, holding nothing back. Anyone can write a book but to be able to tell you what it is about these pages that you should stop and take notice, what the heart of the plot is and win you over without comparing their book to a popular selling title,— THIS is what makes any old writer a true author.

Please Welcome Elizabeth Lang as she gives us SEVEN REASONS TO READ THE REBELS:

SEVEN REASONS YOU MUST READ THE REBELS

  1. A powerful story about the choices people make when life doesn’t give you a choice.
  2. These characters are so real they’ll get into your heads, and might even do a little redecorating.
  3. Some people wake up hoping to be heroes, but few wake up wanting to be a villain. This book is an exploration of the reluctant.
  4. A dystopian vision of a future where security has become more important than freedom and being human isn’t necessarily a good thing.
  5. Sometimes you make the choices, but sometimes, the choices make you.
  6. Stew can be a lethal weapon.
  7. An exhilarating action-adventure set in a sci-fi backdrop, full of humour and unexpected twists, a bit of romance and a jaw-dropping ending.

The Rebels by Elizabeth Lang

The Rebels by Elizabeth Lang

Well, I must admit, those were seven pretty intriguing reasons to pick up a new novel. Stew? A lethal weapon? Characters that want to be bad? Dystopian? I love the jaw-dropping endings as well- Makes you wonder if you are going to lay in silence and contemplate the ending or really want to call up Lang and ask her what in the heck she was thinking?  I cannot wait to check it out and review it. 

BOOK BLURB:

With Adrian’s jump gate, the Empire is readying to take the fight to their enemies. The Rebel Alliance takes advantage of this opportunity to expand it’s power and bring down this oppressive regime.

The charismatic Tucker and his second-in-command, Dain, are at the vanguard of this Rebel push, but is everything as simple as it seems? Adrian is once again caught up with factions vying to use his brilliant mind when a bounty hunter recaptures him while Kali and Bryce try to save him. Will they succeed? Are the Rebels their salvation or is there a hidden agenda that will destroy them all? Charles Sester the psychostrategist is back and at his manipulative best, but whose interests is he serving this time?

AMAZON UK            AMAZON US        BARNES & NOBLE          KOBO

Connect with Elizabeth Lang online!

Connect with Elizabeth Lang online!

FACEBOOK    TWITTER    BLOG   OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Thank you, Elizabeth for sharing your work with us and thank you for stopping by this blog.

Readers & Reviewers, be sure to click the links and check this new title out! Also click the links and keep up with author Elizabeth Lang online!

 

7DS- More than Sins

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Seven Deadly Sins..

Yes. This collaboration has done well beyond my expectations. I knew people would love it,   IF they gave it a chance, but I never knew people would give it a chance. We may not be on the NY Times Best Sellers list, but we have had so much Amazon love. Every single time the rankings start to dwindle another spurt hits and we are better than before.

Wow.

I had the chance to talk to a very inspiring author that has graced that good old NYT list and he said so simply, “So what is next? You have this book and you do marketing and publicity, so tell me… What is next?”

My stomach would have knotted and I would have held my head in shame IF I didn’t have a reply. Thank God for a reply and a good friend like A.T. Russell that asked me this same question several months before.

7DS is no longer just a book. Nope. 7DS is an official invitation only collaboration. Several books featuring seven authors and a theme. 7DS.

Lots of books are in the works and luckily I learned so much from the Sins. The next 7DS project I would like to debut to you is………………………Are you ready? Of course you are.

SEVEN DWARF STORIES

Tall tales of the short people that made Snow White what she is today. Who are they? What sort of lives did they live before living in the house together? How did they end up in one house together? This is not your run of the mill fairy tale. Be prepared to be, as one story would show, blown away.

I would like to officially introduce you to the authors of this new 7DS venture;

Stephen Penner– The wonderful author of Wrath (Seven Deadly Sins) as well as the official 7DS illustrator. If you listen to me at all, you already know all about this guy, dontcha?

A.T. Russell– The main man behind Greed and that Thingy (Seven Deadly Sins)- The author that feels like my long lost brother. It wouldn’t be a 7DS without him and his elaborate visions for future 7DS projects.

Everett Powers– Author of Canals and The Mighty T. I heard about him from the two guys above and WOW! I see why others hype this man. He is everything an author should be.

Dawn Jayne– The wild imagination behind the debut novel, Uprising. This woman has a personality to match the electricity of her mind. I had to have her.

Mark Souza- Here is one of those authors that you have to sit down with one day and ask, “How in the world did you ever come up with that?”  Read the synopsis of his debut novel, Robyn’s Egg and you will fully agree.

Michelle Horst– Oh, Michelle Horst, a.k.a. Sunshine is just that. She lights up every virtual room. A fellow fantasy author, she snagged my heart from the start. I’ve never been intimidated by very many people in this world, but this woman, author of VAALBARA: Visions & Shadows, makes me want to be a better everything I can be.

And me. Yes, HBIC returns for another short and I was lucky enough to snag these fantastic authors to join this 7DS project.

Stay tuned for updates on this project as well as the announcement of more 7DS projects in progress.

My First Book Festival. (SC Book Festival)

I attended my very first book festival recently thanks to the wonderful Ring of Fire Publishing. The South Carolina Book Festival, in Columbia, set a standard for bookish events for me.

Highlight: Meeting my favorite monkey. Thanks to Eli for running with me and taking the pic- and AJ for watching my booth!

The interaction with readers was overwhelming. This is not an event to do alone- not that it cannot be handled alone, but there are too many people to have wonderful conversations with for a single person to master. I met some “interesting” people- even a psychic that informed me of where I lived and how many children I had. (creepy) I decided to get smart and ask him what I was having for dinner. “Chicken…and you’re cooking it.” he whispered. What a let down. Well, he was half right. Thanks, Bojangles. I did not feel like cooking.

I loved the interest readers carried in the back story of each book on the Ring of Fire table. The conversations came back to back to back. Seven Deadly Sins was a huge hit right along with Stephen Penner’s SCOTTISH RITE. (Everyone loves that book.)

I also autographed my first book for a non-friend or family member. I don’t know if it is normal, but I will never forget the name. God Bless Kermit- the sweet fella that asked for my first stranger autograph. What a kick-butt name. Kermit. I like that guy.

Above and beyond the wonderful experience with readers, I must mention the biggest factor I see in attending a book event and why you must do it. Networking. Always the number one key- networking.

I made some fantastic connections, including library services, warehousing, book clubs, reviewers, and etc.. But my favorite connections were other publishers and authors working the event around me. I grew rather fond of some of these booth holders. You will see me promote them on facebook and twitter. I would like to especially point out the lovely ladies that spent the weekend across from me. While I was setting up my booth, my first booth ever- these ladies came in like storm troopers. Oh, the swag and set up they brought and put together quicker than Chuck Norris could slap a biscuit from your mama’s mouth. They made me sick. LOL. I would easily say they had the best booth for an author at this event.

Not only did they entertain me better than cable ever could, they taught me so very much and helped. I know my next event will be an even better experience and I will always be truly thankful to them for the insight and suggestions. So, here’s to you, AJ Scudiere and her right hand lady, Eli Jackson. I must do another event near you guys.

Meet AJ and Eli

Reinventing Sin Part 1

I’ve had dreams of having my name on a book since I was an awkward little girl with neon socks and poofy hair. (I was an 80’s child, obviously.) I know most kids pretended to be rock stars, Hollywood idols or sports icons. I spent my time at my vanity pretending to be a famous author. I would pretend someone asked me questions as I replied to my own reflection in the vanity mirror with answers of why I write, who I write about and what I plan to write next. Most of my childhood books even have my autograph in them. (Insert facepalm here.) I knew they weren’t mine to autograph. I simply wanted the practice.

Well, I am in no way a famous author, unless you ask my children, and being fantastic in their eyes- that is living the dream.

March 7th 2012 actually did change my life. It might not be a huge deal to most people, but I have a book with my name on it. Yes, there are six other names on this book. Does that lessen the emotion of having my first book in print? Nope. Not in the least. In fact, I think this will be my favorite book because of those six other names.

I remember having the idea for this book, Seven Deadly Sins. I had just finished reading a book my longest-known friend, Tiffany, sent to me. She knew I had a twisted sense of humor and that book was my cup of tea. (Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk)

I not only enjoyed the book, but I walked away with an Ah-ha moment; A refreshing slap in the face of how I saw the world and my own personal interactions with the other people in this world. I wanted to send out that same kind of message. Give people a highly enjoyable read and throw in a bit of an Ah-ha moment.  What in the world does everyone have in common? This book I finished touched on so much. I didn’t need to touch those topics. Oh yeah.

Sin. The one thing we have in common. All of us, and Lord knows we can name everyone in our neighborhood or church group and label them by their most used sin. In the south, it is damned near a way of life. But…Ah! It is so much easier to pick out sins when they belong to someone else. It is mighty frightening when we spot it in ourselves. Ha.

I wanted lessons. Entertaining lessons. Fables. Not Aesop. Not traditional. I wanted something from different eyes. I could not tackle this alone. I needed people I knew could make this idea brilliant. I debated posting an ad or blog asking for people willing to jump on this train, but it simply didn’t feel great enough to be right. I knew so many authors through twitter and facebook, I wanted to select them. The worst they could do was say no. I spoke to them minimally. A short conversation here and there. Honestly, I was afraid of spilling the beans on my plan and getting sucked into the wrong people. Don’t get me wrong, I know hundreds of wonderful authors. But, I didn’t just want wonderful. I wanted to run this differently than a normal anthology.

I wanted to work side by side with six others. To create this book together. To learn a bit from each and pass it along. I needed six unique strong authors that could stand the heat. I needed this to be solid. And yes, some know- since we have openly posted about this journey- One of the original authors did not stay for completion. I am still saddened by the loss of who was honestly, my first and easiest choice to invite on this project. But I will always be blown away by his words and consider him one of the greatest writers I’ve ever known.

I will be posting more parts of this blog with details about the process as well as the authors. Long blog posts become boring and lots of people won’t read all the way through. What I have to say is pretty much grand and I want your attention. Part 2 coming soon. Until then, check out Seven Deadly Sins, like it, share it- while you are at it, I won’t mind one bit if you buy it.