When in Rome… Tell Stories

Need a good read set in Rome? Check these out!

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Growing up in the United States, I was fascinated with Rome and the Romans. I heard about Roman art, literature, architecture, public water works, roads, law, theatre, and of course military prowess. I watched movies with Julius Ceasar, where all the actors had British accents. I saw Shakespeare plays, and Christmas pageants with pretend Roman soldiers. So, I was fascinated to find that some authors are publishing fictional stories set in alternate or imaginary Rome.

In 2003 Robert Silverberg published Roma Eterna, a group of short stories with the premise that the Roman Empire survived to the present time. The stories presented a series of snapshots over a period of about 1500 years, from AD 529 to AD 1970, with most stories involving Roman politics. In 2013 Alison Morton published Inceptio, about Roma Nova, a remnant of the Roman Empire in a mountain fastness in Europe. Founded sixteen…

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Cats, and Tegs, and Wolves – Oh My! Huge 99 cents sale!

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Hey folks, here’s your chance to pick up all three of my Tales from P.A.W.S. stories for just 99 cents. And despite what it says on the ad, it’s available everywhere – Nook, Kobo, iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. You can even request it from your public library.

Check out all the links on my Pronoun page.

But wait, there’s more (a lot more). I’ve been gathering links for a number of awesome YA fantasy titles that are ALL available for just 99 cents this week.

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Look at those glorious covers! Don’t you just want to dive in? Try the fairytale retelling Unlikely Magic by Lena Mae Hill  Check out Marked by TL McDonald. And preorder Second Sight by J.A. Culican.  All available this week for just 99 cents.

How about a complete series – each book for only 99 cents? Try this one by Alisha Klapheke.

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And last but far from least we have THREE box sets – all three of these are on sale this week for just 99 cents each. Should keep you reading the whole summer long!

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Help a robot girl out

Jessamyn was interviewed by Lisa Burton a few months back and so can one of your characters – check it out!

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Lisa Burton Radio exists to help authors promote their books to a new audience. This spot has worked well for over a year now, but we need guests to keep it going. Here is a little data about how it works, and some past posts to browse to see what you’re getting into.

Tell your friends, maybe one of them needs a place to post.

Drop me a line at coldhand (dot) boyack (at) gmail (dot) com. Let Lisa promote your books for you.

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Character Inspiration: People You Know

Interesting post over at YAAR. I too have been known to create characters based off of folk I know. Joey Marks, the animagus kangaroo is based off of my son Joey. And Shirley the camel that will appear in the upcoming fourth installment of P.A.W.S., Londinium, is based in my mother, Shirley 🙂

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Character Inpiration: People You Know by Author Lauren Mayhew

Character Inspiration People You Know - Lauren Mayhew Author - YA Author RendezvousThis one may seem obvious, but I think it’s worth writing about. You don’t have to copy someone that you know completely, as that may be a bit too obvious if they ever pick your book up, but you can take certain traits from them.

For example, my first book ‘Reality is in a Dream’ has two characters that are exaggerated forms of two of my old school friends. Certain events that take place in the book involving the main character, Liliana, actually took place during my time at school. It’s quite funny, because I once had a reviewer tell me that she thought these character’s actions were not believable, and yet it actually happened to me.

Obviously, you don’t need to take their names, you don’t want anyone to be offended, especially if the character is one of the villains…

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The Sunshine Blogger Award – An Interview with Stella the Teg

I’ve been nominated by S.A. Gibson for the ‘Sunshine Blogger Award’, where a character in one of my novels has to answer ten questions about themselves. Stella the Teg demanded that I interview her. For those who do not know she is a crafty green fairy with Welsh ancestry that lives with her sister Morgana in their own Dominion in Umbrae.

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  1. Tell me what your life is like.

Stella lives with her sister Morgana in our own Dominion in Umbrae. We are the last remaining Teg sisters and are as wise as we are beautiful. And our magic is very powerful.

Mostly we relax in our Dominion, counting our silver, or eating at our scrumptious banquets while watching our pretty girls twirl on the dance floor. They have oodles of fun. It warms Stella’s heart to see them so happy.

Of course at the beginning they are angry with Stella for tricking them, but they soon come around.

Occasionally though – when Stella has a fresh body to inhabit Stella spends some time in the above world and has an adventure. That’s a lot of fun, but gets tedious after a while and then Stella’s happy to return to her Dominion and her girls.

  1. Who do you care about the most?

Well silver’s nice – and power – love power! Oh, Stella realizes now you said “who” not what. Ah, that’s more difficult. Morgana, I guess. She’s annoying at times, but she’s the only sister Stella has left, and she guesses it would be lonely if it was only me.

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  1. Who or what do you fear the most?

If someone was to steal my silver. I would hate that, but no one would dare! They fear the Tegs and rightly so.

  1. What kind of work do you like the most?

Work! What do you mean work? Stella has servants to carry out all those troublesome chores!

  1. If you had one incredible power, what would it be?

Just one! Stella already has oodles and oodles of power. But I suppose it would be nice if I knew a spell to make me a little bigger. Tegs are small fairies and sometimes that means folks don’t take our threats seriously enough. Of course from small packages can come great power and they quickly learn the erroneous nature of their assumption.

  1. What is one bad thing, you secretly wish you could do?

“Bad” – Stella’s not bad. Oh, Stella understands that she has the reputation of being evil in some quarters, but truly Stella’s just misunderstood.

  1. What’s is you favorite swear word?

Coc y gath! It’s Welsh of course, as all the best swear words are!

(For a translation and some more interesting Welsh curses check out this link. It is rumored that the Tegs helped create this page.)

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  1. Do you consider yourself a dreamer or a doer? Give an example.

Oh Stella dreams! She does! Stella dreams of a world where everything, above and below is part of her Dominion. Sorry, Morgana, our Dominion. One day the whole universe will bow down to our greatness. You’ll see.

  1. Would you replace your author if you could? Does you author annoy you?

Author? What author? Ah, you mean my biographer, Debbie Manber Kupfer. I think she does a passable job, though it does appear that sometimes she doesn’t fully understand the benevolent motives of Morgana and I.

You should check out her latest volume, Umbrae. It includes a lot of interesting details about our Dominion.

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  1. What type of weather best describes you?

Stella is a gentle green breeze that can quickly become a hurricane if she is irked. So pay heed. And hurry away now. I tire of these questions.

Who’s next?

Part of the chain is to nominate people with your own questions, so here’s mine!

  1. If you could visit any place where would you choose?
  2. Do you have any pets?
  3. Who are your best friends?
  4. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
  5. Do you play any musical instruments?
  6. Favorite genre of music?
  7. Do you like to read? Do you have a favorite book?
  8. Favorite way to relax?
  9. If a genie gave you three wishes, what would you wish for? (No wishing for more wishes).
  10. One thing from your bucket list.

And the Winners Are …

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who participated in the YA Summer Scavenger Hunt and in particular those who took my quiz and entered my humble little contest on this blog. I was truly bowled over by the responses. There sure are a lot of cats, wolves, toads, kangaroos and so much more out there.

Sooo, I’ve decided to start a little club for those who would like to know more about the day-to-day happenings at P.A.W.S. If you would like to be part of it. Hop over to Facebook and join P.A.W.S. People.

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And now for the WINNERS!

Our GRAND PRIZE winner is Donovan a bold eagle who wins a set of FIVE books.

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Congratulations Donovan – you get choose if you would prefer audio books or ebooks for your collection.

But wait there’s more!

As I’ve had so many entries I’ve decided to award 12 runner up prizes – one for each of the P.A.W.S. animals represented in the quiz. Each of these winners gets to choose one of the titles above in either audio or ebook.

The winners!

CAT – Kelly Jean Taylor

WOLF – Kelly Stepp

EAGLE – Michaela

TOAD – Deborah Breedlove

SNAKE – Angela Zhang

HORSE – Melodie Luckett

PIG – Melody

TORTOISE – Elizabeth

KANGAROO – Dianne Piscitelli

TOUCAN – Victoria Van Vleet

CHIMP – Sheila Ames

OWL – Melissa

Congratulations to everyone. Look for a message in your inbox sometime in the next couple of days. Thanks again for playing!

YA Summer Scavenger Hunt #9

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Welcome hunters!

Did you have fun, man?

Visiting Katlyn Duncan?

Did you find the hidden word?

It truly wasn’t that absurd.

Want to win that elusive grand prize?

You going to have to look with your EYES!

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But wait there’s more,

Won’t you try my quiz?

Truly give it it a whiz.

Find your P.A.W.S. animal

And once you know

Post it in the comment box below

For a chance to win a bonus prize.

What will it be?

Well that’s a surprise!

When you’re done with all that

Be on your toes

And follow this link to Meredith Rose!

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