Those were the days

Remember ZIP drives and disks? It wasn’t all that long ago that they were the thing in storage media. (Mid-1990s to be exact, and you may or may not agree that it wasn’t “all that long ago.”)

True, the disks weren’t cheap. Each cost about $10 but they could store what was then considered to be a ton of data. Having been on the bleeding edge of technology throughout my career, I got into ZIP media in a big way. Today, I have a king’s ransom tied up in old ZIP disks (see how cleverly I worked in the title of one of my novels?).

Today we have other storage options: CDs and DVDs, inexpensive external hard drives, tiny media sticks that can hold gigabytes of data in a space smaller than my thumb, bricks with terabytes worth of capacity, cloud storage, etc. Before I pitch my extensive collection of old ZIP disks, though, I had to see what’s on them. While I no longer have a computer with a ZIP drive, I was able to get my hands on an external drive with a USB connection.

One by one, I read the drives. Most held complete image backups of CPUs that long ago got e-recycled. I could break into them, but most consist of business files of which I either have another copy or are obsolete.

What made the excavation worth the time, however, were the writings that I found: short stories, poems, early incarnations of novels, and chapters of novels that I don’t remember writing. Some are so old that they were written using WordPerfect. (Remember WP? Frankly, I found it superior to what I’m using now.) Wherever did I find the time to do all this creative writing? I was no less busy then than I am now.

Even more startling is how good my early work is. Early efforts to get it published met with rejection, leaving me to conclude that my writing wasn’t good enough. It so happens that it was plenty good enough. Earlier this year, two stories originally penned in the 1990s were published and well-received by readers and critics.

I also found files for “Fiction Master,” writing software that I don’t remember buying, much less using. Since I did save the exe. file, I may just fire it up one of these days to see what it’s about.

After I sift through the scores (hundreds?) of old Zip disks, I can tackle the boxes of floppies that I’ve kept. Who knows what gems I’ll find? All I’ll need are hours of uncommitted time and a drive that can read ’em.

 

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The complete collection

Nepherium 2Made to Forget

There’s something that lies within my memory. Hidden in the dark. Something that can kill me and those that I love. But I was in an accident, covered in mystery and deception. And my memory…was lost. There are those who want me to remember. I don’t trust them. And those I do trust…are fighting for me to forget.

Elsabetha Ellery wants to get her memory back, even if it kills her.

After waking up in a hospital with no memory, Elsabetha quickly learns those who claim to be her friend are anything but. And those who are her true friends keep themselves unseen.

Stuck with piecing together her broken memories alone, Elsa struggles with having faith in those she trusts and heeding the warnings of the dangers in recovering her memory. Ignoring them, she faces heavy consequences. Ones she doesn’t see until it’s too late, and a life is lost.

Echoes of Memories

Traitor… Liar… That’s what they call me. No one believes me. Not even my team. I know it’s up to me to get the answers. To stop the corruption and unlock my memories. I’ll do anything to get them back. Even if my hands will be covered in blood.

Elsa’s every move is scrutinized. She’s labeled a traitor by those she sought for protection, and kept from her family and team. Regaining memories has been a slow process. Too slow for the Council’s liking, taking matters into their own hands.
The new captain has history with Elsa and operates with a hidden agenda. Even Elsa’s team reacts differently toward her. If only she could unlock her memories. Everything is playing right into Alexander’s hand, even amassing an army with unconventional methods, designed to annihilate the Nepherium—starting with Noah. Elsa will do anything to stop Alexander … even kill.

Forced to Remember

The weight of the world feels heavy on my shoulders. Desperation touches everything. Memories forgotten, truths untold. Humanity is threatened. Their safety granted in exchange for me. But I won’t go without fight.
With strange occurrences taking place in the city, it’s up to Elsa and her team to discover why. But an odd encounter at an abandoned warehouse leaves the team with more questions than answers. Just when the team least expects it, Alexander returns, and he’s not alone or without demands: the world’s safety in exchange for Elsa. They have only one week to decide while the world falls under Alexander’s wrath and his powerful army of followers. Avalon seeks help from every Nepherium that can be spared and hope it will be enough to stop Alexander.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Samantha LaFantasieHailing from Kansas City, Missouri, Samantha LaFantasie spends her free time chasing her three kids and dog named Fido. Writing has always been a passion of hers, forgoing all other desires to devote to this one obsession, even though she often finds herself arguing with her characters through much of the process. She’s primarily a fantasy writer but often feels pulled to genres such as sci-fi, romance, and others.
Samantha became a bestselling author with the Pandora Boxed Set (which included Made to Forget: Nepherium Novella series–Part One) on both Amazon and USA Today.
Samantha loves to take time to enjoy other activities such as photography and playing her favorite game of all time, Guild Wars 2.
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#GoodThingsReveal

 

Good things come from unexpected places…

 

Genre: Urban Fantasy
To Be Released: August 18th, 2016
Good things come from unexpected places…
Magic and mayhem. Vampires and gods. Cops and werewolves. The binding thread of mysticism in the modern world and acts of kindness, small and large, random and focused. Join these ten authors as we travel through their worlds.
All of the author proceeds from the sales of this anthology will go to the Random Acts Organization, sponsoring kindness throughout the world. This is not official Random Acts merchandise, but is a fundraising project under permission from the charity.

 

A. STAR (DIANTHA JONES)

Diantha Jones loves writing fantasy books filled with adventure, romance, and magic. She’s the author of the Oracle of Delphi series, the Mythos series, and the Djinn Order series (as A. Star). When she isn’t writing or working, she is reading or being hypnotized by Netflix. She is a serious night-owl and while everyone else is grinning in the warmth and sunlight, she’s hoping for gloominess and rain. Yeah, she’s weird like that.

 

ANGELA B. CHRYSLER

Angela B. Chrysler is a writer, logician, philosopher, and die-hard nerd who studies theology, historical linguistics, music composition, and medieval European history in New York with a dry sense of humor and an unusual sense of sarcasm. She lives in a garden with her family and cats.

In 2014, Ms. Chrysler founded Brain to Books: the marketing promotional engine and online Encyclopedia for authors. A passionate gardener and incurable cat lover, Ms. Chrysler spends her days drinking coffee and writing beside a volume of Edgar Allan Poe who strongly influences her style to this day. When Ms. Chrysler is not writing, she enables her addictions to all things nerdy, and reads everything she can get her hands on no matter the genre. Occasionally, she finds time to mother her three children and debate with her life-long friend who she eventually married. Her writing is often compared to Tad Williams. Her influences are Edgar Allan Poe, The Phantom of the Opera, and Frankenstein.

 

J. KIM MCLEAN

Kim’ love of reading came after her mother introduced her to Tolkien and the Hobbit, followed by Lord of the Rings. She also lovingly blames her mother for her love of Science Fiction and Fantasy, thanks to being raised on Star Trek. Kim has always had a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until she finished with graduate school (where she earned a Master’s of Science in Geology) that she found she could focus her imagination into creating her own characters and stories. Much of her writing has been for various play by email or forum role play universes, though Kim does hope this will be the first of many more stories she writes for publication.

When not writing, Kim can be found snowboarding, hiking, or doting on her furry beasts.

DARIEL RAYE

Dariel Raye is an award-winning author of powerful IR/MC (Interracial/Multi-cultural) paranormal romance and dark urban fantasy with alpha male heroes to die for and strong heroines with hearts worth winning. Her stories tell of shifters, vamps, angels, demons, and fey (the Vodouin variety). Dariel is currently writing three series: “Dark Sentinels” (wolf shifters), “Orlosian Warriors” (Vampire-like Nephilim), and “Gateway” (a crossover erotic paranormal suspense with romantic elements).

For more about Dariel, follow her blog or visit her website. She also publishes a new release newsletter. If you enjoyed this book, please post a review on review sites. You can also follow her and contact her on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest.

 

MIA DARIEN

Born a Connecticut Yankee in nobody’s court, Mia Darien grew up to brave snow and talk fast. She started reading when she was three and never looked back, soon frequently falling asleep with a book under her cheek. (Something she still does, though these days it?s her Nook as often as a paperback.)

At eleven, she discovered Night Mare by Piers Anthony and entered the world of grown-up fantasy fiction and it was all over from there. She started writing at fourteen, then met vampires as a teenager and the concept for what would become Adelheid was soon born. Epic fantasy remains her first love, but she enjoys writing whatever stories come to mind in any genre.

Now she loves both writing and helping her indie community with her freelancing. A geek till the end, she enjoys role-play by email games and World of Warcraft when she has the time. Married to her very own Named Man of the North, she lives with him, their mini-tank (also known as their son) and pets, who usually act more childish than the child.

 
ABIGAIL OWEN

Award-winning paranormal and contemporary romance author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado, and resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two adorable children who are the center of her universe.

Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.

 

CRYSTAL G. SMITH

Born a small town Missourian, Crystal grew up in a time where reading was used for her escape from the everyday worries of a young girl. She then began developing ideas of how she would write a book and what she would do with her characters. Soon, idea came to typewriter and then thankfully computers.

Her love of reading is not centered on one specific genre, but with her writing, she has a tendency to stay with the romance genre. Whether it be modern day romance or paranormal romance, and a lot of steamy, she enjoys writing a story where characters find love in one another no matter how twisted their lives.

She has written several stories for charity to date and continues to write novellas and novels. She is an indie author with a large imagination and even larger heart. She is married with four children, (even though two of them have four legs). She works full-time as a pediatric nurse and when she isn’t acting goofy with family, you can find her reading or writing.

 
KAT JAMESON

Kat Jameson has been having just plain wicked thoughts for about as long as she’s been writing, so it seemed like a very natural progression that the two would end up together. She is a woman who seems perfectly average on the outside, but believes in a great capacity for the power of love and the joy of sex and thinks constraints should be put on neither so long as everyone involved is happy. So that’s what she writes about.

 
CHRISTI RIGBY

Christi Rigby lives in Colorado with her husband and her two teen boys, rounding out the group is a bernese mountain dog and an old orange cat that can’t seem to sleep in the morning past the need for some kibble at 5 am, then returns to the bed after it has been vacated but the owners. She has written a number of short stories for publication and is working on her first book to be published. When she is not writing at a keyboard she is always writing in her mind, so to say writing is her real life over the job she holds would be a fair representation. An avid guide along the path to geekdom for her children and friends, she is a fan of comic books, any number of Science Fiction/Fantasy television shows and movies, computer and console gaming, and just about anything Scandinavian or British Isles in nature. One day she hopes that her choice to make writing her life will lead to a visit to the Isle of Man.

 

JESSICA NICHOLLS

Jessica Nicholls is originally from Northern Illinois. She lived in the Northwest of England for just over ten years, where she studied and had her children. Jessica still lives overseas with her husband and two school age kids. Running, reading and watching films are her favourite hobbies. She loves spirits, passionate love stories, vampires, shape shifters, mythology and almost anything historical. The most important thing for her is for a story to feel real, something to genuinely escape into. Writing the type of stories she would enjoy reading is a passion.

 

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Best in the world

YOU DID IT!

The RedoubtBook Four of The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam epic historical fantasy series, The Redoubt,  has been voted #35 of The 50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading (2015/16).

Not of 50 books in Port Aransas or in Texas or just the US but throughout the world. This was an international competition. And you, dear friends and readers made it happen. You are the best in the world. Thank you so much for voting and for getting others to vote. This is truly a milestone for an author.

To celebrate, King Bewilliam commanded me to put “The Redoubt” on sale on Kindle and smashwords. Go to https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/607213, pick any digital format you like, and enter SSW50 at checkout to get this winning book at half price. But hurry, the king’s generosity does have its limits.

And did I happen to mention, thank you?

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Fire and Lies debuts

July 2016 Angela B. Chrysler releases her fourth book, Fire and Lies, Book #2 of the fantasy series Tales of the Drui. With more elves, more magic, less Midgard, and more war, Fire and Lies completes the journey Kallan started in Dolor and Shadow. But her trials are far from over. Events, news, and updates are always available at www.angelabchrysler.com;

New Release 1 July 2016!

Fire and Lies (Tales of the Drui Book #2)

Fire and Lies 3D largeBlood waters the fields of Alfheim. War rips across the land of elves and usurped kings. The Fae gods draw near, and Queen Kallan’s strength is tested as she follows King Rune into Alfheim. But the Shadow Beast caged within Rune’s body writhes in hunger, and Kallan’s newest companion, Bergen the legendary Berserk, is determined to end the conflict with her life. As the witch, the king, and the berserk come together, the truth buried within the past resurfaces.

Now, Kallan must master a dormant power or watch her kingdom fall to the Fae who will stop at nothing to keep their lies.

Fire and Lies (Tales of the Drui Book #2) picks up right where Dolor and Shadow left off, concluding one chapter of Kallan’s life as the next chapter begins. Pre-order before 1 July 2016. Buttons (6)

Dolor and Shadow (Tales of the Drui Book #1)

Dolor and Shadow LargeAs the elven city burns, Princess Kallan is taken to Alfheim while a great power begins to awaken within her. Desperate to keep the child hidden, her abilities are suppressed and her memory erased. But the gods have powers as well, and it is only a matter of time before they find the child again.

When Kallan, the elven witch, Queen of Lorlenalin, fails to save her dying father, she inherits her father’s war and vows revenge on the one man she believes is responsible: Rune, King of Gunir. But nothing is as it seems, and the gods are relentless. A twist of fate puts Kallan into the protection of the man she has sworn to kill, and Rune into possession of power he does not understand.

From Alfheim, to Jotunheim, and then lost in the world of Men, these two must form an alliance to make their way home, and try to solve the lies of the past and of the Shadow that hunts them all. Buttons (5)

Broken

Broken by Angela B Chrysler 1600x2500When a young journalist, William D. Shaw, seeks out Elizabeth, an acclaimed author, in hopes to write her biography, the recluse grants him twenty-four hours to hear her story. What unfolds are events that teeter on the edge of macabre and a psychological thriller.

Together, they descend into the bowels of psyche and examine her past filled with neglect, rape, abuse, torture, and pedophilia to explore the psychology of a human being who has lived her entire life without love, comfort, family, physical contact, affection, therapy, or medication.

As William tries to understand Elizabeth’s decisions to embrace an isolated life, he witnesses Elizabeth’s multiple mental conditions that send her spiraling into the worlds of her psyche all while toggling the lines of insanity. Broken takes you inside the mind of a trauma survivor while one survivor relives the memories that resulted in her mental conditions. Experience what BPD and PTSD is like from the inside. Buttons (5)

Amor Vincit Omnia

Amor Vincit Omnia LargeThis anthology starts The Letters: a three part series told in the second person point of view. Each part is found in a separate anthology. To You (The First Letter) introduced a series of letters. Listen as I tell of our love and trials by death, none of which you remember. Buttons (5)

So what is Angela working on now?

Kallan returns with Bergen and Rune in Winter and Ash (Tales of the Drui Book #3) as they journey to Mimir’s Well for answers. But Mimir’s Well lies at the root of the World Tree. To get there, is far from easy.

For You (Second Letter) to appear 18 August 2016 in the anthology Good Things

About the Author

Angela B. Chrysler The Author of Dolor and ShadowAngela B. Chrysler is a writer, logician, philosopher, and die-hard nerd who studies theology, historical linguistics, music composition, and medieval European history in New York with a dry sense of humor and an unusual sense of sarcasm. She lives in a garden with her family and cats.

While writing, Ms. Chrysler fuzzies her cats and survives on coffee, Guinness, and the writings of Edgar Allan Poe who strongly influences her style to this day. When she is not writing, she enables her addictions to all things nerdy, and reads everything she can get her hands on no matter the genre. Occasionally, she finds time to garden, mother her three children, and debate with her life-long friend who she eventually married.

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#IndiePrideDay and #IndieBooksBeSeen

Devorah Fox reads The Redoubt

Devorah Fox reads from The Redoubt

#IndiePrideDay and #IndieBooksBeSeen.

With the U.S. Independence Day just a few days away, the free-wheeling nature in many of us bubbles to the surface and seeks expression.

For authors, independence manifests in going it alone when it comes to publishing. Without an agent or an oligarchical publishing house to tell us what the market does or does not want, we boldly offer up our work the way we envision it. A reader of “indie” fiction, I find that spirit of independence results in writing that’s a little risk-taking, a little trailblazing, sometimes even a bit rough around the edges, but always infused with an earnest energy. As an indie author, I enjoy being able to offer you exactly what I have in mind, the way I see it, the way I want to do it. Your warm reception, your acclaim encourages me to continue steering my own ship even when storm winds blow and the waters prove treacherous.

Brain to Books2016 Summer Book Blast(1)Today, readers and authors observe Indie Pride Day. On blogs, on social media, you’ll find authors shouting to the world, and readers applauding. To celebrate, there will be new releases, discounts, and giveaways. For example, author Angela B. Chrysler is today launching her latest, Fire and Lies. Angela knows how to throw a book launch party so you do not want to miss it. As part of the festivities, I’m taking over Goodreads for an hour starting at noon Eastern Time. Come join me for games, prizes, and surprises.

You’ll also find us indie authors shooting off virtual fireworks all over social media. You’ll find me striking a blow for literary freedom not only on Goodreads but also Twitter and Facebook.  So toot those noisemakers, light up those sparklers, and applaud that spirit of independence.

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Your vote counts

YES!! Thanks to you, The Redoubt has made the Fantasy genre shortlist for 50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading. Woo hoo! It’s a popularity contest so I need votes for The Redoubt to win. I’d be so grateful if you would take the time to pop on over and vote for The Redoubt. They’ll announce the winners in July. You can vote right here
or, click on this link.

In previous years, Books 1-3 in The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam epic fantasy series have been finalists in this contest. Wouldn’t it be great for Book Four to win? You can make that happen. Please vote.

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Putting pen to paper

Increasingly I’ve been writing in longhand first then keyboarding what I’ve written. I did my latest National Novel Writing Month project almost entirely with pen and paper. It’s especially puzzling because my penmanship is so awful that I can find myself in the grocery store baffled by some unreadable entry on my shopping list.

Yet there’s something liberating about curling up in my writing chair with a lined yellow tablet and a pen. Maybe since I’m not at my desk, it doesn’t feel like work?

Come to find out there’s an explanation for this phenomenon Check out this story, especially item #4.

Hmmm … I think I’ll check out those Blackwing pencils ….

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Nominate “The Redoubt”

Nominations for The 50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading close at the end of this week. For whatever reason, the number of nominations is down on the number from last year. So that means your nomination for The Redoubt will very likely get it onto the shortlist. Go here to place your nomination for The Redoubt by Devorah Fox in the Fantasy genre.
Or, just fill out this form:

Then stay tuned for me to shout, “Thank you. It’s a finalist!”

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Less than a buck

Only 99¢ StoriesI’ve opened a new boutique, a discount emporium of short reads. Come check out the 99¢ Stories

Perfect for when you’re waiting for a plane or train, the doctor is running late, or the work on your car is taking longer than expected. Or maybe you’re stuck on hold with Tech Support. Don’t sit there and grind your teeth in frustration. For pocket change you can send your mind off for a quick escape with a short read. They’re all digital so the 99¢ Stories boutique is as close as your Internet connection. Take a break and enjoy!

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