Weekend Writing Warriors – 10/13/13

www_bannerWelcome to Weekend Writing Warriors! For those new to this, fellow writers post eight sentences from one of our works. I’ve been revising my New Adult steampunk romance, STEAM ME UP RAWLEY, so I thought I’d share and give the next eight sentences following last week’s where the heroine (Adele) is at a fancy outdoor party, talking to her pet monkey and Claire catches her:

Claire raised her chin and eyed Loki. “Here’s a list of the guests. I’d appreciate it if you talked to all of them. Make sure to include the full menu. No one else has served individual servings of Charlotte Russe in champagne glasses.” She fingered her diamond bracelet. “The cherries were imported from the new state of Washington.” The last said with a bit of smugness.

I welcome all comments, even constructive crits. To join in the fun and see the other wonderful writers, go to Weekend Writing Warriors! Thanks for stopping by!

I’m looking for Beta readers for this story, so let me know if you’re interested!

Interview with NYT Bestseller Darynda Jones + Giveaways

Angela Quarles:

Today on Paranormal Unbound I was extremely excited to interview NYT bestseller Darynda Jones. Come stop by and learn more about her books, what’s coming up, plus 2 giveaways, one of which is an autographed copy!

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Today, I’m excited to welcome New York Times bestseller Darynda Jones to Paranormal Unbound! I first heard of her when reading one of Margie Lawson‘s packet’s on fresh writing, and then this summer Ms. Jones taught a class at RWA University, which reminded me I’d wanted to check her out–so I grabbed her first book in her Charley Davidson series, First Grave on the Right. And, uh, yeah, I chewed, chewed, through the rest of them in some kind of book stupor. I couldn’t tell you what happened in which book, because when I finished one, I popped the next one onto my Kindle and kept reading. I love it when I find an author like that.

So without more dithering, here’s my interview with Ms. Jones, who was gracious enough to allow me to pepper her with questions, especially about the hero Reyes… Oh, and stick…

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Weekend Writing Warriors – 10/6/13

www_bannerWelcome to Weekend Writing Warriors! For those new to this, fellow writers post eight sentences from one of our works. I’ve been revising my New Adult steampunk romance, STEAM ME UP RAWLEY, so I thought I’d share and give the next eight sentences following last week’s where the heroine (Adele) is at a fancy outdoor party, talking to her pet monkey and Claire catches her. Adele has just asked her how she’s liking her party:

Claire stepped forward, her genetically modified parakeet on her shoulder exactly matching the brown locks of her elaborate hairdo. “It’s all right,” she replied in a voice that said it was anything but—after all, she mustn’t look too pleased. From between Claire’s shoulder blades, a lightweight brass bar curved up and outward, topped by a frilly parasol in the same shade as her dress: mustard yellow. So, Claire had adopted the latest fad—typical. A slight hum sounded as the parasol shifted to block the sun.

Adele would never go under the knife for such frivolous enhancements, even if it was how her father made his living. Who cared about keeping up with Claire’s ilk? Adele never had much interest in hobnobbing with Mobile’s best families, though the four tattoos vertically aligned on her neck, each denoting her grandparents’ families, would place her at such a party even without her official role here as the society reporter.

I welcome all comments, even constructive crits. To join in the fun and see the other wonderful writers, go to Weekend Writing Warriors! Thanks for stopping by!

I’m looking for Beta readers for this story, so let me know if you’re interested!

Genre Talk: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Open Thread

Angela Quarles:

Today I’m on ParaUn talking about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Marvel and Whedon fans were a-flutter last week for the premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Did you watch it? What did you think? What were your favorite in jokes? Will you be tuning in tomorrow?

Originally posted on Paranormal Unbound:

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Did you watch ABC/Marvel’s new venture, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D last Tuesday? Not only were Marvel fans anticipating the premiere, but so were fellow Joss Whedon fans as this represents his first return to TV since Dollhouse, as well since his success with the Avengers movie.

Being a Whedon fan I promptly put butt in chair at 7PM CST and was prepared for a treat. Unfortunately, I missed the first 5 seconds or so, which totally threw things off for me. I try not to imbibe any hype, but I couldn’t help but know that Agent Coulson was in the cast–this made me assume the timeline was before the Battle of New York. And since I missed the first bit, I didn’t realize that my assumption was wrong until later and it had me scrambling and confused. From there it made it difficult for me to get into it and…

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Weekend Writing Warriors – 9/29/13

www_bannerWelcome to Weekend Writing Warriors! For those new to this, fellow writers post eight sentences from one of our works. I’ve been revising my New Adult steampunk romance, STEAM ME UP RAWLEY, so I thought I’d share and give the next eight sentences following last week’s (which was the beginning) where the heroine is at a fancy outdoor party, talking to her pet monkey and a woman catches her.

Adele spun around, Loki deftly remaining on her shoulder. “Claire, how are you? Enjoying your party?” As the Mobile Register’s society reporter, Adele was there to cover Claire Chastang’s tiresome gathering.

Oh, how to describe the party’s hostess? Without sounding scornful? What Adele wanted to write for her society column would not do:

Miss Claire was resplendent (resplendently tacky) in her tailored aerophane silk day dress, sporting lace trim and silk flowers reminiscent of an explosion at a haberdasher’s.

I welcome all comments, even constructive crits. To join in the fun and see the other wonderful writers, go to Weekend Writing Warriors! Thanks for stopping by!

UPDATE: I forgot to mention earlier that I’m looking for Beta readers for this story, so let me know if you’re interested!

Weekend Writing Warriors – 9/22/13

www_bannerEgad, I haven’t done one of these in seven months! I’ve missed it! For those new to this, fellow writers post eight sentences from one of our works. I’ve been revising my New Adult steampunk romance, STEAM ME UP RAWLEY, so I thought I’d just start with the first eight sentences.

Early May, 1890, Mobile, Alabama Second Age of Pax Lincolnia “Put that down, Loki.” Adele darted a glance around the outdoor party at Chastang House and replaced the doily on the lawn table, only a tad wrinkled from her monkey’s fist. She smoothed it out. If she could just get through this affair without her normally well-behaved monkey pulling a stunt, she’d appreciate it, thank you very much. “You need to—” “Talking to your monkey, Adele?” asked a feminine voice behind her. “How quaint.”

To join in the fun and see the other wonderful writers, go to Weekend Writing Warriors! Thanks for stopping by!

What We’re Reading: Fever series by Karen Marie Moning

Angela Quarles:

I’m talking about Moning’s Fever series over on Paranormal Unbound! Come join the discussion!

Originally posted on Paranormal Unbound:

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I’m late to the game on this one, but it is what I’m reading and I’m nothing if not literal! I don’t know what made me finally pick up Darkfever, the first book in Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series, but I’ve been meaning to read them, and so I started last Tuesday, and I’ve been chewing through them ever since, now just over halfway through Shadowfever, Book 5.

I love it when a series grabs me by the short and curlies and makes me obsessively have to read the next one, and the next, and the next. It doesn’t happen often, but like the series title, it’s like you have a fever and can’t get much else done, you’re so immersed in the world.

And what a world! Here’s the blurb for Book 1:

When MacKayla’s sister was murdered, she left a single clue to her death – a…

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Subtext in Paranormal Tropes: A Conversation with Jami Gold

Angela Quarles:

I’m on Paranormal Unbound today chatting with Jami Gold about subtext in paranormal tropes. What subtexts do you find intriguing in paranormal romance and/or urban fantasy? I know we only scratched the surface… Any good reads lately where you really enjoyed the subtext?

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SubmarineTextHello, ParaUnbounders! Today we’re talking about a subject I just love to chat about so I was thrilled when I asked if Jami Gold wanted to be a guest on here and I asked her what topic, and she said, subtext!  Jami is one of my Beta reading buddies and she runs a great blog where she writes excellent blog posts on writing craft, but she doesn’t get a lot of chances to just talk about the paranormal genre, so I thought it would be fun to have her on here!

Angela: Hi Jami, welcome to Paranormal Unbound! Subtext always makes a story richer and one of those fun things to play with, or think about when reading any work of fiction. As you talked about recently in your blog, some people would be surprised to know that genre fiction, much less romance, contains subtext. Since we’re on Paranormal Unbound…

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Genre Talk: Is there room anymore for steampunk minus the magic?

Angela Quarles:

I’m on ParaUnbound today talking steampunk–Has the genre bent so much that it has changed the face and expectations of what’s considered steampunk and no longer allows room for kicking it old school?

Do you read steampunk? What are your expectations when reading it? Why do you like it?

Originally posted on Paranormal Unbound:

By Craig Hatfield (Nyah.  Uploaded by Fæ) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsI’m one of those that defines the paranormal genre as more than just creature fiction–anything that is outside of our normal world fits the bill for me, though I know some disagree, and that’s okay.

Being the analyzer that I am, when I set out to write my steampunk romance a year ago, I bought a Kindle book on how to write steampunk, in case I missed crucial elements from the books I’d read or from my appreciation of the cosplay aspect. It gave me some great ideas to work off of, but one thing stuck out for me, and that is, the writer said that one of the elements that needed to be present to be considered steampunk was an element of magic or that appear to be magic. This didn’t jive with what I’d read in the genre, or even with the antecedents in the likes of…

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What We’re Reading: Hunted by Kevin Hearne

Angela Quarles:

Today I’m over on Paranormal Unbound talking about my recent read–Hunted, by Kevin Hearne

Originally posted on Paranormal Unbound:

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A new installment of The Iron Druid chronicles? Yes, please! Hunted is Book 6 of this fun, witty, and intelligent Urban Fantasy series by Kevin Hearne, released June 25 by Del Rey. In case you’ve missed out on the charm that is this series, let me sell ya! Love snark? Love pop culture/geek references? Love mythology? You’ll love this series.

Hearne goes beyond the standard triumvirate of mythological realms (Greek, Norse and Celtic) so you’ll find obscure ones in his series, like Perun, the Slavic god of thunder, or Ukko, the Finnish equivalent, the former returning in this installment, and the latter making a debut.

Here’s the blurb:

For a two-thousand-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt—Artemis and Diana—for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus…

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