Some News and a Free Book (or 2)

changelingsebookcover-flat4Cue the trumpets! Toss the ticker-tape! It’s finally time to tell you Book 2 in the Changelings series, Changelings: The Rise of Kings, will be available for pre-sale on May 30!  It only took 3 years, 3 job changes and a move to the city, but it’s the best birthday gift I could think to give to myself!

And today – to celebrate (since everyone I meet seems to be fresh out of ticker-tape) and to honor the 101st anniversary of the Easter Rising in Dublin – Changelings: Into the Mist is FREE on Kindle (if you use Kindle Unlimited, it’s always free, by the by!) through tomorrow, April 25.  Three Ghosts, my modern Irish thriller, is also free through tomorrow.

From now through May, I’ll have cover reveals, teasers and a look into the world of the Changelings – and if you’re a blogger and want to participate in a blog hop for Changelings: Rise of Kings, let me know in the comments below, email ktirsh at gmail dot com, or message me on Facebook!

And don’t forget, if you pick up a copy and like what you read, reviews are always welcome!

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Moments to Remember: A bookish addendum

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The books – some of them, at least

A: Before D gets going on his origin story –

D: Of course you would interrupt my glory.

A: I’m not interrupting. This is an addendum to yesterday’s origin story post.

D: Oh, sure.

A: Oi, Druid – you get 2/3 of this 3-part origin story! Besides, I think the germ of you may be among the books I decided I could not live without.

D: Yeah, well, just don’t take too long. Can you do that, A? Can you strive for brevity?

A:  . . . (sigh).

Okay, so Melissa Janda asked yesterday which 30 books I absolutely had to bring to Ireland. Since I took a picture of those books (don’t ask. I love books. I just. . . don’t ask), I was able to recreate some of the list. Frankly, I think there were more than 30, but these are what I could (sort of) see in the picture and recall from what was stashed in my room.

In no particular order:

    1. “I’d just as soon kiss a Wookie” Quotable Star Wars
    2. The Jesus Incident
    3. The Lazarus Effect
    4. The Ascension Factor
    5. Absalom, Absalom
    6. The Russian Revolution
    7. The History of Ireland
    8. The History of Costume & Fashion
    9. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
    10. Gone with the Wind
    11. Mists of Avalon
    12. The Last of the Savages
    13. The Prince, Machiavelli
    14. The Gratitude of Kings
    15. Unnatural Exposure
    16. The Stranger
    17. Heart of Darkness
    18. King Lear
    19. Ireland, A Graphic History
    20. The Folklore of Ireland
    21. Medicine Man, Shaman (Something – too small to read)
    22. Anne of Green Gables
    23. Emily of New Moon
    24. Scarlett
    25. The Witching Hour
    26. Lasher
    27. Taltos
    28. The Feast of All Saints
    29. Cry to Heaven
    30. The Barbarian Conversion

Not all of these books were read, mind. I had been given The Barbarian Conversion: From Paganism to Christianity as a graduation gift, and it sat on that shelf, looking pretty, for a few years.

Eventually, it became my bible – and inspiration when I was writing about the lives of a clan of Picts and the convergence of religious and political strife. I never knew about the Celtic monastic resistance to Rome (Oh, that’s why St. Patrick was sent back to Ireland? To bring the de-centralized monasteries to heel – those same monasteries that had maintained Christianity and the shreds of civilization while various invasions swept across England and mainland Europe? Huh.)

D: Nice rant, A. I could have told you that.

A: I think you did – someone whispered it in my ear and said “This – this is the world I came from. Write me.”

D: Which we will delve deeper into when A lets me write my origin story.

A: Indeed – enjoy your day, folks, and thanks for reading!

Part 1: A’s Writerly Origins | Part 1.5: Bookish Origins | Part 2: D’s Character Origins | Part 3: The Druid himself – an origin narrative

Cover reveal: Illusions of Eventide

The cover for the third House of Crimson and Clover novel is here!

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The Illusions of Eventide will hit retailers on December 14th, 2013.

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Story Overview

Nicolas Deschanel was betrayed by the only two people who matter to him. Their disloyalty stung and an overwhelming sense of loss lingers. Nicolas has lived the high life professing to not have a care in the world, and now this illusion is calling his bluff.

Determined to take control of an existence now devoid of purpose, he sojourns to his family’s holiday home on the Gulf of Mexico. Resolved more than depressed, he plans to privately say goodbye to a world which no longer needs him. Of questionable fortune, he finds a woman, Mercy, sitting alone on the shore at eventide. Nicolas is conflicted between an obligation to help, and annoyance at her intrusion.

Mercy has many layers of secrets. Deepest of all, she cannot tell this Child of Man she is thousands of years old and very powerful. In her presence, Nicolas’ own dormant powers begin to surface, triggering a sequence of events that cause both of their lives to spiral further out of control. When old friends from both sides come to help, together they all learn a painful truth: new life can only begin once you’ve set free what means the most.

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Storyteller spins spooky sagas

D: Where can we get some trumpets?

A: Trumpets?

D: You know, for the fanfare.

A: Why do we need fanfare?

D: For our spectacular tale-telling of course.

A: Our? Are you actually including me in the circle of your glory?

D: . . . maybe. Don’t get used to it, though.

A: Oh, never would I ever, D.

Prompted

A: Frost was this week’s prompt at the Community Storyboard – and once again, you all delivered. Check out these entries.

D: And take a gander at A’s response, Little Jack Frost

A: Not to mention, D’s take on Queen Creative’s Prompts for the Promptless, Johari Window

Halloween Tricks and Treats

Scary-Jack-o-LanternD: and for your spooky enjoyment,

A: A list of the weird,

D: the creepy

A: The haunting

D: The family-friendly

A: And the spooktacular!

D: is that even a word?

A: It is now.

D: Indeed.

 

 

Self Publishing News

A: The state of self-publishing

D: By people who know what they’re talking about.

A: Are you admitting that you aren’t an expert on something?

D: Make a note of this day, A. It will never happen again.

Such a tease…

Prodigy Cover FinalA: Check out Melissa Janda’s teaser of Charles’ Yallowitz’ 2nd Windemere book, Prodigy of Rainbow Tower.

D: And a little bird tells me that the venerable scribe of Windemere will have another book out, just in time for Halloween, as well as the third Windemere book, Allure of the Gypsies in December . . .

A: Stay tuned for more information on that!

The Published Set

D: Did you hear the good news, A? Jack’s book Ranger Martin and the Zombie Apocalypse reached #1 for Children’s horror on Amazon.

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A: I did hear? D, I told you that myself. Weirdo.

D: Oh, right.

A: You were distracted by zombies again, weren’t you?

D: Maybe.

A: (Eye roll)  Right. Anyway –  Congratulations, Jack!

D: Meanwhile, SK Nicholls, author of Red Clay and Roses, has been hard at work revising and editing her book – and the updated e-book is available now on Amazon. If you haven’t looked into this ‘fact-ion’ book yet, now is your chance!

A: Did you just use a made-up word?

D: Maybe.

A: Wonders never cease.

D: It’s Halloween time, A – the veil between the worlds is thin. All sorts of weird and wonderful things can happen now.

A: Speaking of wonderful, not only was the delightful Andra, at The Accidental Cootchie Mama published in Echoes in Darkness but she also has a piece in the latest edition of Precipice. Congratulations, Andra!

Help

A: Help CN Faust get the word out on The Hollow Living!

Read Tuesday

D: Are you ready for Read Tuesday, A?

A: I’m ready to give books as holiday gifts, but seeing as how I’m not published, personally I will not be participating.

D: Well, just because you aren’t participating, doesn’t mean you can keep all the secrets to yourself. Talk about selfish.

A: What?

D: You heard me.

A: Um. . . I’m not keeping secrets – if authors want to know how to get their books on the Read Tuesday catalogue, all they have to do is visit the Read Tuesday site.

D: Oh.

A: Are you okay, D? You’re acting, I don’t know, kinda funny.

D: It’s this Halloween thing, A. And your party . . . I – I’m not so sure I can cope with all the spooks and the ghouls.

A: They’re not real, D.

D: So you think, Miss I-grew-up-in-a-haunted-house.

A: Okay, those are real, but the ghouls? Not so much.

D: I’ve been around longer than you, A. I’ve seen things.

A: I’ve seen things too, and believe me – ghouls ain’t got nuthin’ on me before my first cup of coffee.

D: Huh. Good point.

Wild Weird and Wonderful

A: Speaking of the weird, wild and wonderful, check this out from Time magazine – Alien Earth: Our Planet from Above.

D: We were speaking of wild, weird  and beautiful?

A: Yes. You’re wild and weird

D: Oi—

A: And I’m wonderful.

D: (Eye roll) Indeed.

New to me

A: Mrs. God by Mark Evans. I bought the book but it’s going to have to wait for several others. That said, I’m looking forward to reading it and had to share this new-to-me blog and author.

D: What about new to me?

A: D, you were born in 668. Everything in this time should be new to you.

D: Hmph – everything that’s old is new again, A.

A: Why do I even speak to you? Twisty twisty twisty, D.

D: Twisty?

A: Twisty.

D: Ah, ever the eloquent writer.

A: Goes along nicely with the pedantic character, don’t you think?

D: Touché, A. Touché.

Enjoy the beautiful things in life.

Remember to enjoy the beautiful things in life.

We don’t need to do it all

A: We’ll leave you with this article from Nourished Kitchen – three days in the life of a real-food advocate, writer and blogger. It’s a lovely reminder not to feel guilty for not doing ‘it all’ or doing it the ‘right’ way all the time.

 

Woke up in love this morning

Good morning!

Good morning!

Well, not really – not in the romantic sense, at least.

I had a post all ready to go to A) dispute the Druid and his pompous proclamations, and B) analyze just why I am moping.

Instead, I chucked it out the window. To quote my favorite doppelganger: bored now.  Besides, the Druid is right (don’t tell him I said that – I’ll never hear the end of it if he finds out).

D: I heard that.

A: Oi! This is my spot. Sundays are my day!

D: Yes, but you seem to lose the plot when you start talking all by yourself. I’m just here to keep you on track.

A: Right. . .

D: And to help with the humor factor.

A: I wasn’t trying to be—

D: And that’s why you fail.

A: Oi, D!

D: Yes?

A: Fine, whatever. May I continue?

D: Be my guest, but keep it snappy, A.

A: I was going to say something about following my own advice and not take my characters – or myself – too seriously, but it seems rather beside the point, now.

D: Indeed. I think you need to limit your poignant posts to once-a-month. Any more than that and you might tax your sensibilities beyond their limit.

A:  . . .

D: I’m just looking out for you, A.

A: You’re just looking out for your book.

D: Yes, but for me, A, they are one and the same.

A: RIght, and on that note . . . take a gander at the page, my friends. I’ve added two links at the top. One is for “Other Fiction” and the other is “Defining the Dialogue.” The first is rather self-explanatory, but the second—

D: Why do we need defining, A?

A: You’ve said it yourself, no one else is inside my brain—

D: (Consider yourselves lucky – it’s a tough place to escape).

A: And Defining the Dialogues is a timeline of sorts for The Book. Oftentimes our dialogue centers on passages I’ve written. Decoding puts them in chronological book order –

D: Or as good as, considering it’s a time-travel story.

A: D, you’re not helping. Posts pertaining to Part 1 of The Book have all been listed. I’ll work on Part 2 this week, and since we have yet to post about Parts 3 and 4, those will go live as they happen.

D: You made it live without completing it!? A!

A: It was 2 in the morning, D – I wanted something to show for the insomnia!

D: She really needs to get out more.

A: And stop focusing on word count. Can I just say how happy I am going to be when July is over?

D: You and everyone else, A.

A: Cheers, D – good night all. Lifting a glass to fun snark, from here on out.