Guest Post: Eric R. Asher


 

Vesik,
Book 4
An ocean
of darkness lives in the journal of Philip Pinkerton. Ancient things with no
place in our world are rising from the Abyss. Ezekiel, the arrogant, mad god
has called us into battle. Does he think we can’t touch him, or does he know we
can’t? I wish I knew. The world’s only hope lies in a forgotten weapon, the
strength of our allies, and one necromancer of questionable ancestry. Yeah,
this is going to end well.
“When did you learn to scale an
incantation without a modifier?” the Old Man asked. His tone was full of humor.
He wasn’t expecting an actual answer. He already knew the damned answer.
“I …” I stared at the frozen earth,
speechless.
“You didn’t use a modifier, and yet
you clearly used a minas art.”
I looked up at him with wide eyes. “I
could have turned this entire field into an ice rink.”
“And yet, here we are.”
“Crazy old bastard,” Dell muttered as
he stretched out on the rock again. “He could have killed us all.”
“Have you ever seen your master do
that?” the Old Man asked.
“No,” I said. “You and Ezekiel and
Edgar are the only people I’ve seen use non-verbal incantations.”
“You still spoke, but you
internalized the modifier. Even that could be enough to give you an advantage
in a close contest. And the sword.” He nodded at the blade.
I let it collapse in on itself and
stared at the old hilt.
“Admittedly,” the Old Man said, “that
is not likely to damage a demon to a significant degree. There are still times
where a soulsword is your best bet. I would suggest using someone else’s soul
for that.”
“That’s the path of a dark
necromancer,” I said.

 

“That is the path of a man who
survives.”
Eric is a former bookseller, guitarist, and
comic seller currently living in Saint Louis, Missouri. A lifelong enthusiast
of books, music, toys, and games, he discovered a love for the written word
after being dragged to the library by his parents at a young age. When he is
not writing, you can usually find him reading, gaming, or buried beneath a
small avalanche of Transformers.
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Arm Cast Podcast: Episode 27 – Kahn And Knapp


Two great guests this week on the podcast!

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GIFTS OF THE MAGI Countdown to Christmas Ebook sale!


Originally posted on Speculative Fiction Guild:

GOTM COVER FINAL100aSFG Publishing is making GIFTS OF THE MAGI the easy choice in ebook downloads with a Countdown to Christmas Sale starting Thursday, Dec. 18 (That’s tomorrow as we write this).

How’s it work? Simple. You can order our fabulous GIFTS OF THE MAGI holiday short story collection in Kindle ebook from this link as you would normally do, but at a special price as we countdown to Christmas and “count up” to full price.

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What’s the right price for a book?


Armand Rosamilia:

Book Pricing Thoughts from RCC

Originally posted on C h a z z W r i t e s . c o m:

When discussing book marketing, writers often debate free versus cheap versus charging what a book is worth. “What a book is worth” can be a moving target, depending on who you ask and when. Here are some factors to consider:

1. Length of the book.

My friend and co-author, Holly Pop, wrote a novella, Ouija: Based on a True Story. It charted at 99 cents, but since going up to $2.99, it’s still charting and doing well. Short doesn’t have to mean 99 cents. It’s around 8,000 words and people still want it. Pick it up. It’s really compelling.

2. Genre.

Some genres, like epic fantasy or historical romance, seem to have readers who expect higher word counts. They often want more than 100,000 words.

I think many readers are becoming less sensitive to word count. That’s good. What should matter to us, as readers and writers, is providing…

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Supporting Your Author Friend


Armand Rosamilia:

Great advice about supporting an Author

Originally posted on Laura Best:

This post could have been written by my family and friends. It’s all about how to support your authorly friends out there, and since my friends and family have been awesome enough to support me through the publication of two books I wanted to let others in on their tips for supporting an author friend. (I bet most of them didn’t even know they had such tips!) Through the years my friends and family have come up with some ingenious ways to put the word about my books “out there.” I thought I would share these with everyone else out there who would like to know ways to support a certain author but are a bit uncertain about how to do that. Believe me there are plenty of ways, and my friends have done a super, stupendous job.

1. Buy the book-– A lot of my friends bought the…

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Authors Supporting Our Troops #ASOT2015


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We had such a huge success with Authors Supporting Our Troops 2014 (#ASOT2014) that we’re doing it again in 2015 (#ASOT2015) with bigger goals! And you can help!

Let me explain the program again so I don’t have to spend so much time this year telling helpful people what we do and do not need to make this another successful year.

First off, we never really stopped collecting author-signed books, we just haven’t posted too much about it once the official end date of May 15th 2014 came and went. We collected 2,500 books from authors and publishers in the four months we promoted it. I think that is awesome.

Since then we’ve managed about 400 more books and sent out three more shipment overseas to soldiers. The goal for 2015 is to break 3,500 books collected and shipped. We can only do that with your help.

So, what are we looking for?

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Author-signed books.

YOUR books. If you’re in an anthology and want to sign your story, we’ll take it. If you put out a release, sign it and we’ll take it. We don’t want you sending us your dog-eared copies of Stephen King. We don’t want books you weren’t involved in unless you’re the publisher or collecting other author’s books to ship to us at once.

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Books only. 

While we know troops overseas could use new toothbrushes and soap and Dorito’s, we aren’t collecting them. Neither are we collecting eBooks and e-readers. Print books only. There are many other organizations who collect necessities for the troops, but we aren’t one of them. Our modest goal is to put 3,500+ print books into the hands of soldiers in remote areas of the world like Kuwait and Afghanistan. If a soldier is stationed in Germany or San Diego, they can easily buy a book or have access to TV, games, e-readers, etc. This event is for the men and women of the military who don’t have easy access to read. It’s something for their downtime between hostile situations.

A fraction of this year's book donations.

What genre(s) do you accept?

Everything but blatant porn. Nothing taboo or racist, nothing pushing the envelope. Anti-military books might not be so popular. Last year many authors didn’t think their romance books would fit, but they did. Soldiers will read anything if its the only book around. There are also many women in the military. They like to read a good paranormal romance, you know.

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We ship through USPS.

We have a nice and easy system setup for us through Craig and Suzanne at Change Jar Books in Flagler Beach Florida. It gives them some business and they do all of the hard work by setting the boxes with tags and mailing stickers, etc. Last year so many people tried to be helpful and let us know about alternate ways to send books. None of them were as cheap or easy as the USPS. No carrier ships boxes for free. No carrier can get close to the cost we send them through the mail for and the ease we can ship them.  For a box of books (about 50 books per box) it costs us about $25.00 to ship. Add in the ease to ship for me and there is no alternative that makes sense.

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Donations are accepted and welcome.

I am not a non-profit and we are not a business. We are a couple of people who want to help soldiers. We don’t go through the USO or have contact with military groups. I’ve never served in the military but Special Gal (the other half of the team) has a Godson, James, who is serving. it started because she wanted to send him books. This all comes out of our pocket less donations and sales of t-shirts (more on that below). As an example: 3,000 books shipped means about 60 boxes. At $25.00 each to ship. So about $1,500.00 is needed. That doesn’t include buying the shipping boxes and the stickers to place on the boxes. Any monetary donation is accepted and welcomed. We really do appreciate it.

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ASOT2015 T-shirts.

Yes, we will be doing the shirts again in 2015. The first one or two will kick off on January 1st 2015 when the event officially begins. We’ll have several colors this year. We try to keep the price as low as we can so more people will buy them and represent. The small profit from the shirt sales goes towards the shipping cost. Last year over half of the shipping was paid for thanks to the shirt sales. We’ll also do like we did last year and post your picture in the shirt and probably do some prizes and whatnot for those helping us out like give away our brand new bumper sticker we made.

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Can you send books and/or donations now?

Of course. But the real fun will begin on January 1st 2015 when the event is officially open. Just send me an e-mail with ASOT2015 or something similar in the subject line asking about the information. I will not be putting my home address on this post or on Facebook. But I will respond as quickly as I can to any queries. if you have questions, contact me at  armandrosamilia@gmail.com

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How else can you help?

By helping spread the word about the event. Even though we hit so many authors the last time around (about 325 or so) that is such a small blip of the writers and publishers out there. If you belong to an organization, let them know about it. I belong to the Horror Writers Association and the late great President Rocky Wood (R.I.P.) stopped me at a convention and wanted to make sure the HWA was involved with getting me books. You can’t ask for a better comment than that. And the HWA will be a large part of the event this coming year.  Ask your publisher to get in touch. Many of them sent us boxes of books last year, which was great.

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What branch of the military do you send to?

We’ve shipped to all of them. If a soldier is in a remote area, we want to reach out and hand him/her a book. We find one contact soldier in the unit and ask them to hand out the books when two boxes arrive. We also hope they can take time to send us pictures of the troops holding some books. That is one of the best parts to me. The smiles on their faces holding an author-signed book.

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How do you get the soldier’s addresses?

From you. Like we said, we don’t work with a company or the military. We rely on family and friends of soldiers overseas to get in touch with them to make sure they’re interested in handing out the books. Then we need their COMPLETE address (including their name and APO/FPO) to ship to them. That’s it. The goal is 35 soldiers in 2015 or more.

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What’s the Facebook address to stay in touch and see all the pictures?

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ASOT2014/ and also friend me on Facebook so I can tag you in any pictures we post anywhere on Facebook, too!

The 2015 event from January 1st through May 1st will be held at https://www.facebook.com/events/1534524343483468/?ref_notif_type=like&source=1 as well!

We’re hoping the Authors Supporting Our Troops 2015 blows away all estimates. Last year the original goal was to break 500 books. We did that easily. Here’s hoping 3,500 books gets passed by thanks to the generosity of authors.

Armand Rosamilia

Guest Post: Elizabeth Isaacs


 

 The Kailmeyra Chronicles: Book Three—
Following
Nora and Gavin’s defeat of the Dokkalfar, the kingdom has flourished and
brought hope to its people.
But
looks can be deceiving.
Like
wisps of death, darker emotions seep into unexpected places. Now the nighttime
holds fresh horrors for Gavin as Nora’s visions of the future invade her
dreams. Though Nora can’t remember them, she knows Gavin sees her mind as
clearly as his own. Noticing the affects her nightmares have on him, Nora warns
Gavin of the dire consequences of altering fate. But she fears he’ll do
whatever it takes to assure her visions don’t come true—even going against all
he believes.

 

 

 

 

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Rena
entered the chamber, followed closely by Tark and Weylin. Her clipped stride
and scowl made it clear that she wasn’t in the mood for fun and games. Tark
started to catch up to her, but her hand flew up, and he stopped in his tracks.
Rumpled, tired, and more than a little grumpy, she flopped down next to me and
took a long drink from her goblet, setting it down with a thump.
“Having a
good day?” I smiled.
She
raised a graceful eyebrow. “Not really.” 
“What’s
wrong?”
Rena’s
eyes stayed fixed on the group across the way. “That’s the last time I help
with the recruits.”
“Why?”
Her
normally lilting voice sounded low, aggressive. “Tark suggested we put the new
warriors through their paces by using our little gifts.”
“Oh?” The
smile slid from my face. Rena was the Keeper of the Field. She could take on an
army of Dokkalfar. Surely a few student warriors weren’t a problem. 
“What I
mean to say,” she corrected as we she watched Tark glance our way, “is with my
little gift. It seems I was the warm up act before tonight’s main event.”
I patted
her arm. “What happened?” 
Rena’s
scowl darkened. Gavin, Tark, Weylin, and Micah glanced up from their
conversation, pointedly staring in our direction. 
“At
first, all was well. The terrain responded to my call, and I had the young ones
easily contained with vine and loam.”  She jerked her head toward the only
warrior slightly taller than Gavin.  “And then he showed up.”
I
grimaced. “Weylin.” 
He must
have heard his name because he looked over. His turquoise eyes, such a contrast
to his olive skin and dark hair, narrowed. He tipped his head as if to say
hello.
We both
ignored him.
Weylin was
one of Gavin’s oldest friends as well as the leader of the lower guard. He also
happened to be the only one that could pinpoint my weaknesses. Off the field,
Weylin was like a brother—sometimes annoying, other times protective and
sweet.  On the field, he was a merciless brute.
“Yes,
Weylin,” Rena hissed. “It seems his practice with you has given him insight to
exploit my weaknesses, too. And apparently your mate,” she threw an accusatory
glare Gavin’s way, “has given him permission to test not only you but all the
Keepers as well.”
“So what
did you do?”
“What do
you think?” she grumbled. “I lost my concentration, the young warriors charged,
and I was overrun.”
I
frowned. “Having your defenses stripped away stinks, doesn’t it?”
Weylin
had taunted me yesterday until I lost my concentration, and Gavin actually had
to defend me until I found my focus again.
“My lady,
your ability to understate situations is, at times, staggering.”

 

 

Elizabeth is an author, teacher, and publishing
professional who began her career as a national presenter for Resource
Profiles, where she developed teacher seminars designed to foster creative
brain stimulation. Moving into formal education, she helped at-risk students
improve their writing skills as well as created and implemented a creative
writing/blogging program that centered on teaching the 21st century learner.
Works stemming from this initiative were published online and seen in over 40
countries.
Elizabeth receives invitations to speak nationwide at schools and book clubs
about Young Adult (YA) content and writing. She co-founded the popular book
blog, Chirenjenzie, which reaches thousands of people around the world. The
writer support and reader interest group promotes and interacts with followers
on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and various other blog sites. Elizabeth has a
Master’s degree from Austin Peay State University, where she was trained in
classical opera. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a member of the Phi Beta
Kappa Honor Society.

“The Light of Asteria” received Honorable Mention at the New York
Book Festival.


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