If I was going to compare my action/humor/adventure sci-fi novels to existing works of creativity, which ones would I compare them to?

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So my buddy, Arthur over at http://pouringmyartout.wordpress.com did a fun comparison of his series! I kind of thought of his book like Men in Black with a mix of Star Wars in there. Lol. His description is a lot more lively than mine!! Pay him a visit!

Originally posted on Pouring My Art Out:

That is a really good question. I would have to say that they are like a love-child of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Dr. Who, if you add in a bunch of Monty Python and some Star Wars… and a dash of Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom and a big pinch of South Park. I mean, you know, if I was trying to sell you my books… which are right over there in the sidebar, along with links to where you can get them…

This question was brought to you by my friend, Daisha Korth, over at: http://dkorthbooks.wordpress.com/    She describes her novel series as a cross between Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey. If that doesn’t make you want to read her books, then what possibly could? Oh, and she is also the one responsible for doing that other book over there in my sidebar…

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Downton Abbey Meets Game of Thrones…

I was sitting in the coffee shop a few weeks ago, talking with my editor/publisher/friend at Twisted Willow Press. We were discussing things like merchandise, fun promotional ideas, and the progress of the new and improved “Noble Courage”.  It always helps to bounce thoughts and ideas off of another person and sometimes it can be lonely to be a writer as you have to keep your own secrets. I get tired of talking to myself so my times spent visiting with Jeriann are most important to me.

As we were talking that morning, I came to a realization: The Aspen Series is essentially Downton Abbey meets Game of Thrones. 

When I actually said that out loud, Jeriann sat thoughtful a moment before nodding her head and agreeing with me.

What makes me say that, you ask? How could I possibly compare my work to such amazing treasures as these? Well, I don’t claim to be some super amazing author, by any means. But my series incorporates the raw brutality and a mentally insane antagonist of Game of Thrones but also the romance and elegance of Downton Abbey.

But wait! Those aren’t even in the same periods of history! Well, you got me there. They are definitely not at all similar, but they mix very well indeed!

It is said that those who love Downton Abbey also love the Game of Thrones series. So if they are correct in that assumption, I have a super great series for you… Game of Thrones is only a season long, so you will spend the summer totally bored without it! But at the end of this post, I will give you the link that will save you from boredom! And as you read through The Aspen Series, think of it as a television series, watch those characters come to life before your very eyes, and love it for the story that it is.

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This photo is from spultured.com.

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This photo is from Rob Leigh on mirror.co.uk.

This photo is from Rob Leigh on mirror.co.uk.

EQUALS THIS

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You can find the first five books of The Aspen Series HERE, along with the prequel. The last book, The Key of the Kingdom, is in the works now!

 

 

 

Game of Literary Thrones

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Game of Thrones is like this huge and completely mesmerizing series. My hubby and I love it and hang on every minute of it!

There are few authors in this world who are chosen to have their worlds represented on the big screen. To me, that’s a shame. There are so many great stories out there and all Hollywood has to do is choose just about any book out there and they would have blockbusters like crazy!

So what is it that raises those select few authors to their literary thrones? What games are necessary to win the war of popularity?

If I look at popular authors of our day who are fortunate enough to have been recognized, I see many different aspects to their work. There is definitely action, adventure, love and hate, conflict, adversity, and characters that feel like friends.

Who feels they have that very book? Who wonders why you aren’t entitled to the same privileges as other authors? I will admit to having those thoughts. You know, I can’t count the times that readers have told me that they like my books better than Twilight. So of course, I wonder why is still claw my way to the top.

But my desire to see my work on the screen is not for the fame and wealth, but for the satisfaction and sense of accomplishment. My characters are very real to me, and to many other readers, for that matter. To see them translate on television would be the ultimate joy.

The sad reality is that many deserving writers will never be recognized for their efforts. So how do you take solace in that fact? How do you handle being the peasant forever, watching others equal to you being knighted or even given the throne?

You must forge on. You must write like no one will read you. You must love what you do and empower those who love your work. You must wear your own crown and be the royalty in your own realm. Be good to yourself and love those around you, good and bad. You can’t bask in the light of the positive if you don’t have the opposing darkness also.

So what does your realm look like? Is your crown plain or is it heavily jeweled? What is your throne like? Does it swallow you up or do you dominate that stool? Is it designed defensively or is it warm and welcoming?

My realm is heavily described in The Aspen Series. It has light places and dark places. My crown is modest on design with just enough flair to be impressive. My throne is comfortable more than beautiful. I’ve sat upon it long enough that it has conformed to my body, not the other way around. I have the power in me to embrace my naysayers or to banish them to the dungeons. I can applaud those who bow to my talents and extend my arms around them to show my love. I can become allies with others who rule their own realms. Together, we make up the literary Middle Earth. Own your piece of it!

If you feel so inclined to explore my work, please visit my website for more information!

Each Day is a New Beginning…

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Easter is a very special day for me on many levels.  This last year has held many milestones in my life and it is easy to feel bogged down and overwhelmed with life. As you withdraw from the things you love, it only makes you more sad and detached.

There comes a time for most people when you take time to reflect on how things are, how things have been, and where you want to go. But getting to this point can be slow and painful. This was me. A year full of great joy and equally great sorrow has left me feeling hollow and spent. I had given up on several goals and dreams, and I let others dictate the path I was walking.

Today, that all ends.

This is a day of reflection, at long last. It’s a day where I choose to grow and find my own way in the world. I refuse to allow other people to control the rudder on the ship of my life. I am the captain. I always was, but I let my crew influence how I performed instead of taking charge.

I have discovered what I am best at and what I love…what I am passionate about. This is the year to shine!

So many people feel that New Year’s is about making goals and resolutions. But such a special day as Easter Sunday brings my life into proportion and fills me with a new energy. I don’t strive to be famous or wealthy. I just want to make a difference in someone’s life. Don’t get me wrong, a bestselling novel would be amazing. But I’m content to know that my words and my actions have helped one person in my journey through my life.

So here’s to new beginnings! Here’s to putting together a different strategy for steering my life in the direction I wish to go. I hope you will join me in that journey.

I want to thank a few people for their support, whether they know they were influential or not, I love them all!

My husband is right up there at the top. But those who aren’t close to me physically are Seumas Gallacher, Jeriann Watkins, Cynthia Hepner, Arthur Browne, and several others who graced me with their own thoughts, posts, and books. Take a moment to visit these amazing friends of mine and perhaps they will grace your life as well!

If you feel so inclined, make a quick visit to my Amazon page and my website. I changed my site a little bit and would love observations and suggestions in making it even better! Feel free to comment and let me know what you think!

…open invitation to Authors… come show yer wares here… #TBSU…

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I’m reblogging these sentiments from an awesome author, an Old Jurassic (his own term for himself), and someone in the literary world that I respect. While I’ve taken some time to evaluate my writing as of late, I still read posts from several great bloggers! But alas, I don’t take the time to share them. I need to and I plan to…

Originally posted on Seumas Gallacher:

…yesterday I re-blogged a superb post by my good pal, Susan M. Toy … in it she espoused much of my own sentiments about ‘paying it forward’ … giving a leg up to other scribblers, indies or traditional… arguments may rage in other quarters about the supposed ‘battle’ ‘twixt self-publishing and traditional publishing … to me, that discussion matters not one jot… the essential thing is that all we quill-scrapers share a common bond… we write to be read … the emergence of the Great God Amazon Kindle and other ePublishing channels has produced an eruption of wannabe Nobel Literary Prize aspirants… the proliferation of new titles is an awesome readers’ tsunami… the discussion on ‘free books’ versus ‘paid tomes’ online is also a bit of a red herring too… I believe that discerning readers have no reluctance to pay for books… but good books, interesting books, well-written books, entertaining…

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The Benevolent Light on StoryFinds!

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So a fellow writer, Cheryl Alleway, turned me onto this site for authors called Story Finds. This is geared toward allowing authors to showcase their work to a whole new audience of readers. My books are listed there and The Benevolent Light was chosen to be featured in their Medieval Romance Week! You should visit me there, read the excerpt of said featured book, and watch the trailer!

There is also a poll that will be taking place the 23rd through the 30th of March! Yes, that is next week as well! This is where you can go to vote on a cover to help that author win a little more exposure! So I would assume that all you readers will head over there on Sunday to vote for The Benevolent Light’s cover, right??

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Story Finds is a great way to connect authors and readers. The best way to support an author is to be supportive of events and spread the word. Your word of mouth means everything to starving artists everywhere! The best part about that is it only takes one or two seconds to “share” an author with your friends so you really invest very little time in showing your support! But I guarantee you that it means the world to that person who dedicates hours upon hours to fill your mind with images and stories with their words. A “like” is just not enough, guys. They are appreciated, but that “share” is the frosting on that cake of success.

If you really love an author, your thoughts on the books you have read are vital. Don’t think of it as a formal review. We want your honest, constructive thoughts. Keep in mind that if a book just isn’t your style, don’t just head to Amazon and bash it. You are entitled to your opinion, but being nasty to someone who may not deserve it could ruin their writing career. In any book, you should be able to find at least one positive thought…even if it is that you liked the cover.

Be loving, be kind, be supportive! That is what makes the world go ’round! Don’t forget to visit me on Story Finds!

What Aspen Series Character are You?

So an idea crept back into my head this afternoon and I came home from work to make it! What fun infographics are!! So… By reading the graph below, what character are you? Leave me your comment below!

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