Legends of Windemere: Tribe of the Snow Tiger is Live for Pre-Order! #ASMSG #fantasy #Bookboost

And yet another book in this fabulous fantasy series!

Legends of Windemere

Now Available on Amazon for Pre-Order!
Coming to your Kindle on June 1st!

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Timoran Wrath has a shameful secret that is about to see the light of day.

The noble barbarian has always been a constant source of strength and wisdom for his beloved friends. His loyalty has been unwavering and they know that he would never hesitate to lay down his life for them. Even in their darkest hour, the champions know that Timoran will come through and fight to the bitter end. Now they must return the favor as he reunites with his tribe and willingly faces the executioner’s blade.

Is it possible that the honorable Timoran was nothing more than an illusion?

Don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads ‘To Read’ List too!

Excerpt: The Snow Tiger

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Twenty-One Things That Made My Childhood Wonderful

This was inspired by a meme. It made my heart glad to remember.

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  1. Time spent shelling peas with my grandmother.

  2. Picking up pecans with my grandfather.

  3. Digging for bait.

  4. Getting paid twenty-five cents a row for pulling weeds.

  5. Watering flowers for hours.

  6. Walking in the woods alone.

  7. Feeding the cats.

  8. Making jelly from blackberries I’d picked.

  9. Building forts with bales of hay in the barn.

  10. Gathering eggs.

  11. Skinny dipping in the pond with my cousins.

  12. Listening to the night sounds.

  13. Mama reading stories at bedtime.

  14. Leaving on my bike at dawn and returning at dusk.

  15. Vacations at the beach.

  16. Churning homemade ice cream.

  17. Jumping in piles of raked leaves, then setting them on fire.

  18. Chopping and stacking wood till my hands were blistered.

  19. Picking, peeling, and drying apples (fanning for flies) for fried apple pies.

  20. Water-skiing with Daddy in the river from sun up till sunset.

  21. Sewing my own clothes.

Funny, after my list was completed I read it and didn’t see one toy on there, except the bike.

I did enjoy playing video games with my own kids. But I hated playing Barbies with my sister. It felt like punishment.

Watching television didn’t do that much for me either.

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Learning From The Masters

I’ve been trying to get into some new reading material. It’s all good, but there is a little something missing.

I used to read Anne Rice novels on a regular basis. Something I noticed about most all her books is the way she introduces characters.

She starts by telling a story, a brief story that shows the character in action. We learn about the character, not through what she tells us about them, but how they behave, feel and interact with the world around them.

By the time we get to the crux of the story, we feel as if we know that character. We’ve bonded with them and they’ve found a way to touch our soul.

Take the Witching Hour. Rowan is on a sailboat. She sails her boat by herself. Not something many women will try alone. She likes rugged men, whom she sometimes takes out on her boat, firemen, policemen, construction workers. She likes her sex rough, not necessarily romantic. Odd behavior for a woman who is a neuro-surgeon. Not in favor of the clean-cut, super-intelligent sort of guys she’s around all day in her work.

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She likes to be alone, or sometimes with a non-committal partner. On this occasion, she’s alone, and it’s storming, but she sees a man drowning and saves him. She takes him home and nurtures him to health over the course of the next few days. We see her softer side.

We still don’t know she’s a witch. We don’t know she is the legacy holder to a fortune. We don’t know how she works her magic. We don’t know anything at all about her relationships with her family members except that her mother was thorazined into oblivion and sat on the front porch for years because of the way “mental Illness” was treated back in the day.

As the story unfolds, we see her power unveiled in the many ways she deals with situations that arise. We learn the family’s history in bits and pieces. We’re led into the dynamics of this secretive and elusive world in which she lives.

That’s good storytelling.

Often, with contemporary reads, in an effort to get straight to the story, which we’re advised to do, we don’t get enough back story to carry the characters along. But giving the back story can’t be done as a list of the person’s history notes. I’m guilty of this myself. Even though I drop in bits of it, the bits are not as cohesive as they could be.

This is how I like to learn from reading. It’s not the sort of thing you can learn in a writing craft “how to” book.

It’s the sort of thing you learn by reading really well-written work.

This is why it’s important to read.

What are you reading and how is it helping you?

Have you ever read anything and thought, “Wow. That’s what I need to learn to do!”

Tribe of the Snow Tiger Update

Get started on this fantasy series now.

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So, I’ve been dancing around this little tidbit and wondering when I should mention what’s going on.  After all, it’s been a while since I released a Legends of Windemere book and I keep doing my ‘hope to release’ statement.  At this point, I’m just going to say it’ll be released when it does and hope anyone who volunteers to help with the promo is still willing to.  Feel free to volunteer, drop out, or whatever it is you need to do in the comments.

Now for the big news:

I was going to mention this during a cover reveal, but I don’t think it can wait.  Legends of Windemere: Tribe of the Snow Tiger (Book 10 of the series) will be the last cover from Jason.  His schedule is too busy with his tattoo job, which is his main job.  We tried to…

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Author Interviews @sknicholls1 #authors #writers #writers life

I got to sit in the red chair today on Lucy’s blog. A fun place to be. She has a great blog with lot’s of funny stuff.

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Author Interviews

Welcome to my weekly series – Author Interviews.

This is where I interview authors to find out about the person behind the novel. It also gives me a chance to glean some valuable insight on being a writer.

I am very excited because today I have been joined by author and blogger Susan Nicholls (a.k.a S.K. Nicholls).

Hey Susan, welcome to my red chair. Tell me about yourself and the book / books you have written?

Transplanted from Georgia to Florida, my books are colored with regional elements. My first self-published book, Red Clay and Roses is a Romanàclef , factual with a façade of fiction, historically a novel in which real people or events appear with invented names.

The technique was used in magazines and newspapers to tell scandalous stories without revealing who was involved. My story deals with a group of characters grappling with inequality in the Deep…

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