Archive - 2020

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Summer Reading Sale
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Cover Art Draft
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Invisibility
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Exiled for the Sake of the Realm Sale
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Situational Archetypes in the Deveran Conflict Series
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Blood on the Warpath
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Building the World of Devera
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Romance
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Lord Lynden and Lady Alexina: Parents with Purpose
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Bronwyn Traugott — Sweetheart of the Temple Elsbireth

Summer Reading Sale

The World of Devera celebrates the season during the annual Smashwords Summer Reading Sale. Start reading for free with The Edge of Justice, the premier novel in the Deveran Conflict Series. The rest of the books are deeply discounted for the entire month of July. Multiple e-book formats are available. Get yours now! http://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/2081

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Cover Art Draft

I’m not done with this, yet. However, it’s the first draft of a cover for my latest writing project. Let me know what you think in the comments. 🙂 In this version I’ve adjusted the poses for both characters and added a different color of light for the sun. I’ve changed the position of Brenna’s left thumb and moved her hairline. The latter effort makes little difference . . . A lot of little adjustments later, and I’m fairly happy…

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Invisibility

Ideas are invisible. Ideas are intangible, but they have real impact whenever we act on them. I grew up in a deeply racist household. My mother, who came from a little town in Brasil, carried the prejudices of her own upbringing into mine. In my mother’s homeland many people have dark skin. Hers, in fact, is quite a bit darker than mine. My father had a German mother, his father was also quite fair skinned, and I inherited the inability…

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Exiled for the Sake of the Realm Sale

Major discounts on every title in the Deveran Conflict Series are available in multiple formats through the end of May. More than a million words in the series will set you back less than $8.00. Find your copies here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/2081

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Situational Archetypes in the Deveran Conflict Series

While the title of this post may sound a bit pretentious, nothing about the way I write novels approaches the way I compose for a post-graduate class. I don’t start with the archetype and draft a plan. Writing stories is much more organic and subconsciously processed than is the case when I pen a thesis. However, since I actually teach creative writing, the idea for this post arose while preparing lessons for an English class. In my presentation, I encouraged…

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Blood on the Warpath

My latest writing project has been slow to develop. This is mostly because I’ve been spending more time on marketing than writing, and there are only so many hours during the week that I can devote to crafting a new novel. At this point, while I know how the story will end, getting there is very much a work in progress. While I’ve written three chapters featuring Algernon and Bronwyn, I suspect I’ll structure the story in a Part One…

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Building the World of Devera

Mapping a World It all began with a drawing. I’d been working graveyard shift as a telephone operator after graduating from high school and I had a lot of time on my hands. As I drew the outline of the Deveran continent, filled in mountain ranges, rivers and cities, my imagination conjured ideas for the people who would occupy these lands I’d created. World building is a formidable task. It’s taken me many years to flesh out the nations I…

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Romance

We all know the story. In Chick Flicks: Two romantically-challenged people meet, realize they’re destined to be with one another, encounter a series of problems meant to separate them, but in the end, the magical force of love draws them together into eternal bliss. In Romance Novels: He’s a brooding bad boy who doesn’t talk very much. She’s a stunning beauty with grand ideas of her own. Circumstances beyond their control force them to be together. She resists him initially,…

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Lord Lynden and Lady Alexina: Parents with Purpose

Introduction While they are secondary characters in the Deveran Conflict Series, the roles that Lord Lynden and Lady Alexina play are essential in grounding the story’s background, and providing a context into the way that Brenna – in particular – and, to a lesser degree, the Ravenwood siblings view functional family relationships. Their story as a couple begins long before the series starts, as Alexina is 70 in The Long Journey and Lynden is 68. Since longevity is characteristic of…

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Bronwyn Traugott — Sweetheart of the Temple Elsbireth

Early History As the only daughter of her parents, Bronwyn enjoyed a privileged position as a child. The wealth of her family wrought a degree of comfort that not many Tamarians enjoyed, enabling her to experience a carefree childhood. Since her three brothers were all much older, she spent most of her time as a young girl in adult company. Bronwyn developed neighborhood friends to replace sibling relationships, often choosing those who felt isolated and left out as companions. She…

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