Category - Books

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Summer Reading Sale
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Cover Art Draft
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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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Bronwyn Traugott — Sweetheart of the Temple Elsbireth
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Kira and Algernon: Twins of Trouble
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Love Your Audience
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Kira’s Nightmare

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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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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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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Kira and Algernon: Twins of Trouble

Kira and Algernon are exceptionally close, even for siblings. Overview Kira has a foul mouth and Algernon angers easily. Like her mother, Kira has a well-earned reputation for promiscuity that complicates her adult life. Like his father, Algernon is prone to violence. Their character flaws not only define them, but also render them with humility well-suited for spiritual service. At the time that Sylvia Ravenwood became pregnant with the twins, her relationship with Cyrus had soured. She blamed her husband…

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Love Your Audience

I’ve been performing for as long as I can remember.  Standing in front of large crowds and being in the spotlight doesn’t intimidate me.   I can recall singing onstage during a performance of Der Rosencavalier at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, seeing all the faces of a packed house and thinking, “Wow!  All these people are listening to me!  Is this cool, or what?” Before you dismiss this as swagger, understand I was ten at the time…

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