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Emily’s Heart has Arrived!

Emily’s Heart by Natalie Wright
Book 3 of The Akasha Chronicles
Emily’s Heart, Book 3 of the Akasha Chronicles, has arrived!!!!! *happy dance*

Before I share links and all that, I want to send a HUGE thank you to family, friends, followers, fans and readers all over the world who have supported me and my writing! For any of you who are writers, you know what a wondrous yet solitary path the writer walks. And during the novel-writing process, there is always a period of time when the writer is quite certain that the entire novel is a pile of camel dung. When I arrive at the camel dung period in my writing process, my interaction with readers helps lift my creative spirits.

Emily’s Heart was a challenge to write. If you’ve read book 2, Emily’s Trial, then you know that I painted myself into a pretty tight corner! So much had gone wrong. So much to set right. “How will Emily set this right?” readers asked.

That was a good question, and one that I did not have an answer to during most of the writing process. That’s right, I began writing without knowing how it would end! But I trusted that if I wrote long enough, the end would figure itself out. And it did, but it wasn’t without a couple of months of crying, screaming, pouting, ignoring, writing and tossing, many chocolates, and sleepless nights. Then one day, the ending came and life was good again ;-D

Advance readers report that Emily’s Heart is my best book yet. I hope you all agree.

Emily’s Heart is now available on Amazon worldwide and paperback on Barnes & Noble, Amazon and CreateSpace. It will go live on iTunes and Barnes & Noble on February 1. Links for all retail are below.

If you are new to the series, I now have an Amazon exclusive boxed set available which contains all three books in the series. It is 30% OFF of the cover price for the individual titles if purchased separately. Boxed Set on Amazon –

Thanks again and happy reading!

Barnes & Noble – Both Paperback and E-Book
CreateSpace – Paperback. Use Coupon Code 5RW292Y5 for 25% off
Powell’s  Paperback
E-Books at Amazon:
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Teaser Tuesday: Preparation for the Killing Time

This teaser Tuesday is brought to you by Emily’s House, Book 1 of the Akasha Chronicles. This is from Chapter 33, entitled “The Sword of the Order”. Check it:

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Natalie Wright, P.C.





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“That sword
have no owner but was used by last High Priestess of the Order of Brighid.”
and many priestesses before her. Like the torc on your arm, it was crafted by
the Fair Sidhe for the Order of Brighid.”
practiced swinging, thrusting and flying with the beautiful sword in my hand.
It felt like an extension of my arm, like it was a part of me.
Emily ready for next combat lesson?”
I said as I continued to practice my moves.
“For a
true warrior, life is sacred. A warrior with honor never kills unless she must.
But when she must kill, a warrior is prepared to take the life of another – or
to die – if honor requires it. Are you prepared to take the life of another?
Could you kill Dughall if necessary?”
hadn’t thought of that. Up to that point my mission had been a bit abstract. Kill someone? The thought hadn’t crossed
my mind.
not like I’m against a person killing another to save their own life or the
life of someone they love, but I never thought I’d be the one doing the
killing. Doubt crept through my blood like a cold, dark shadow.
don’t know Madame Wong. Honestly, I’m not sure I can kill someone – even
someone as bad as Dughall.”
if it were necessary to save the ones you love?”
scream pierced the air, breaking the icy silence that defined the Netherworld.
A high-pitched scream that was familiar but also seemed like it was from a
long-forgotten dream.

. . .

If you thought that was fun and would like to read more, you can download samples  of Emily’s House at the following stores:
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Teaser Tuesday: A Priestess, An Apocalypse and a Crush

This Teaser Tuesday is brought to you by Emily’s Trial, Book 2 of the Akasha Chronicles. Check it out:

Chapter 1:

Natalie Wright, P.C.





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Apocalypse didn’t start with four horsemen, harbingers of the horror to come.
It didn’t start with a plague, or pestilence, or even zombies rising from the
It came
slowly, and without warning. It crept up on people in the shadows, no more than
a vague darkness that spread like an unseen cancer.
And it
wasn’t set into action by a divine hand. A teenage girl was the catalyst for
the End Times.
I should
know. I’m the one that started it.
I didn’t
plan to. I didn’t want to start the End Times, and I’m not evil.
Madame Wong
taught me to tell the truth, and so here it is. I’m the one responsible for the
Apocalypse. And this is the story of how I unwittingly unlocked the door to the
darkness; of how a Priestess of the Order of Brighid, entrusted with powerful
magic that was supposed to be used for the benefit of all humankind, unleashed
a force that would destroy it instead.
And it all
began with desire.
.     .     .
I know, it’s a short excerpt, but that’s why they call it a teaser!

If you thought that was fun and would like to read more, you can download samples at the following stores:
Smashwords you can download the version of your choice – for Kindle, Nook,
iTunes, Kobo, Sony, PDF, etc. AND, here is a coupon code for 50% off Emily’s Trial at Smashwords: PC28P
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Summer Teen Reading Party with Kate Fuentes

The Summer Teen Reading Party continues! Today I welcome author Kate Fuentes to the party. Kate is the author of the Elements series. I’ve read Elements: The Beginning and highly recommend it. It’s a fun read that combines elements of magic, fantasy and mythology – what’s not to like 😀

Greetings! Thank you for allowing me to be a guest on your site today Natalie! I’m looking forward to having a tremendous time sharing posts and having “Giveaways” on various blogs with the Summer Teen Reading Party event! There will be amazing book titles and fabulous interviews with authors from all genres participating! Be sure to stop by and check it out!

When I look back to when I had less wrinkles and a smaller backside, I remember the excitement of summer! To be free from the confines of school and ready to make memories with my friends over the summer break, but I also recall having time to relax and read a good book. Whether it was on a vacation we had taken to the beach or a lazy afternoon in the backyard, I found the time to sit and experience the fantasy realms of some of my favorite stories. I’m a BIG fan of Greek Mythology and the legendary heroes of yesteryear.  I believe this type of ‘epic adventure’ writing help mold my own form of literary style and created a vast foundation of imagination outlets to pull from when I’m constructing my young adult series ELEMENTS.  I have written and published two books in the series thus far and plan to release the third in the series just before summer begins in 2012.

The ELEMENTS novels follow the lives of fraternal twin brothers Gage and Talon Thorn. They were born from an ancient prophecy and have the extraordinary elemental abilities of fire and water. A wicked underworld emperor is determined to destroy the ‘Brothers of Prophecy’ and claim the earth realm for his own if the brothers don’t learn how to control their gifts and save humanity from the clutches of evil. The twins must experience tragedy, loss and defeat before they try to push forward and live up to what destiny has asked of them. The challenge has been set forth by dark forces and the world must put their faith in a pair of young brothers. The future is uncertain.

To find out more about the ELEMENTS series please visit Kate Fuentes webpage for more details. To order any of these books, click this link.

Elements: The Beginning, Book One

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Elements: Kingdom of Aqueous, Bk 3

I’m also quite excited to include a Giveaway for your readers today! One reader can win an ebook copy of my first book, ELEMENTS: The Beginning, FREE!   Answer a question, ‘like’ the Elements Facebook page and follow me on Twitter to begin earning points! A random winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter! Good Luck!

Also, check back throughout the month of May on the Summer Reading Party site and see if you could win ALL three books!

Thank you for having me as a guest on your blog! I really appreciate having the opportunity to speak with your readers!
Warm Regards,
To contact the author, Kate Fuentes, visit the following social media sites:

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Kate Fuentes
Author Bio: Kate Fuentes

My name is Kate Fuentes, author of a young adult fantasy series called Elements. I modeled the characters after my two sons and created the fantasy realm as a story to read to my children at night. I’m fascinated at the enormity of endless imagination that we humans are capable of having, and enjoy being able to write fiction for others to appreciate as well.

My series includes: Book one, Elements: The Beginning, Book two, Elements: Veil of Darkness, and soon to be released in the summer of 2012, Book three, Elements: Kingdom of Aqueous. I plan to continue the installments and have not decided how many books will complete the series. I, like so many of my author counterparts, aspire to create more books and characters for my readers to enjoy. I have two projects currently in the beginning phases of conception and will release details in the fall of 2012 on my webpage

I attended college in Arizona and transferred to California where I finished my studies in business marketing and advertising while progressively composing short stories in the foreground. Research and development is one of my favorite aspects of writing along with the actual creation of the story from imagination to the novel itself.

I am quite passionate about writing but also enjoy helping those that are underprivileged, forgotten, and oppressed by working in a global reach department during the week in the hopes that I may bring attention to the causes which will, in effect, inspire others to volunteer or champion for those less fortunate both locally and around the world.

On a personal note, I am happily married to my junior high sweetheart and we have two glorious children. We appreciate our time spent with one another and always make sure we set aside a day for family fun night.


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Scurvy Pirates – Aargh!

The topic today is book pirating. I saw two things in the news/blogosphere this past week that piqued my interest in this topic.
First, I saw a news story that Homeland Security has been raiding flea markets across the country to crack down on counterfeiting. They seized millions of dollars of merchandise and shut down, at least temporarily, some flea markets. They confiscated knock-off handbags, shoes and counterfeited DVDs and CDs. 
While on first blush this looks like a good thing – crack down pirates and those that sell their wares – the reality is that the raids have little to do with helping the companies who created the original item and everything to do with tax evasion. Much of the sale of the counterfeited goods in handled in cash so the businesses can avoid taxes. And lets face it, a person paying $20 for a Gucci handbag knockoff probably can’t afford the real deal, so it’s not like the Nikes, Gucci’s and Louis Vuitton’s of the world are losing sales.
I saw this article and I thought, “Where are the crackdowns on digital pirates, huh? Why not go after the pirates themselves?” It’s like busting the drug dealers and showing bales of confiscated drugs on network news. It looks like you’re doing something when in reality you’re going nothing to prevent the illegal activity.
The second item about piracy came from one of my favorite bloggers, Seth Godin. His blog post is titled, “Piracy? You wish.” You can read it here. I rarely disagree with Seth but on this one, I shout a “Whoa, hold on there.”
Seth, in another post directed to publishers, essentially argues that publishers need to allow open DRM (digital rights management) because there’s no piracy problem. Seth says:
“Books are free at the library but there’s no line out the door.”
I’ll disagree with that Seth. There is, often, a virtual line out the door for popular books. I was in the queue to get my hands on The Night Circus for over two months. 
Seth went on to argue that because books take a long time to read and are relatively cheap, “Most of the inputs necessary for a vibrant piracy community are missing.”
I will again disagree. Strongly.
I don’t know where Seth has been hiding, but book piracy is alive, well and thriving.
I should know. I just found two more sites pirating my book, Emily’s House, this week.
Apparently the fact that it’s cheap (most of the time you can find it somewhere for no more than 99 cents) hasn’t deterred the pirates.
Really people, you can buy it for 99 cents! Why buy a pirated copy?
What’s going on here?
I spent some time tripping around the Internet, finding my book on pirated sites, then clicking through. You always end up at a download content site that doesn’t actually create the work to be downloaded but just manages the payment and downloads. And what I think is going on (correct me someone if you think I am wrong on this), is that people can pay a small monthly fee and download as much content as they want.
For about $20 a month, they can download bootleg anything. Movies, music, books. Instead of paying that $20 for one hardcover book, they can get an unlimited number of books plus their movies and music.
So yes, Seth, there is a pirating problem.
Seth Godin also seems to conclude that there’s no piracy problem based on his own experience: “I’ve written several free books and even when I want unlimited piracy, it doesn’t happen.”
I think Seth is missing two points. First, just because it didn’t happen to you doesn’t mean it’s not happening to anyone. I’ve never been raped either but that hardly means that no one has been raped.
Second, Seth must not be aware of how pirated material is actually being disseminated. If he did, he’d see that offering your book for free on Smashwords or Amazon isn’t the same thing as people downloading your work through these sites that offer unlimited downloads of anything. Heck, my book is practically free to buy AND has open DRM (meaning that I have allowed people who buy it to lend it freely as many times as they choose). And, I have offered it for free on Amazon for five days in which I gave away almost 4,000 copies.
None of this prevented piracy.

Personally, I think DRM is bullshit and will do nothing to prevent piracy. DRM only serves the need of the publishers to sell more books and decrease the value of the product purchased by the customer. If publishers could put a lock on the paper copy preventing you from loaning it, they would! It irks me when I buy a digital book and can’t loan it to a friend or book club member to read yet if I spent (sometimes less! – go figure that one out) on a paper copy, I could loan it freely – as many times as I wanted.
But knowing someone is out there selling my book without giving me a penny for it – that burns my buns. And you know the worst part? One one site alone, it showed the number of downloads of my book to be over 8,000.
If you add up all the books I’ve sold AND given away, I’m not even near that number.
The pirates are doing better at marketing my book than I am! Perhaps that’s what steams my muscles more than anything.
If by any chance you, reader, partake in downloads from sites such as I’ve mentioned, I ask that you consider the fact that you are engaged in theft. It’s no different than knowingly purchasing a stolen car. Piracy will end only when people stop supporting the pirates. And if your copy of Emily’s House is pirated, at least go to Amazon and give it a 5 star review.
And if you are a pirate who stole my work and have sold more than me, let me know your marketing techniques.

What do you think? If you’re a writer, have your books been pirated? And if so, what is your reaction to it? Have  you done anything to try to prevent it?

Writer Chat Wednesday: Alisa Jeruconoka – London Calling!

My Writer Chat today is with Alisa Jeruconoka from London, England. Alisa is a YA fantasy writer and author of Unparallel WorldsI had a chance to chat with Alisa recently and I was so intrigued by her description of her story and inspiration, I had to buy the book to read it for myself!

Alisa JeruconokaFirst of all I
want to thank Natalie for this fantastic opportunity to spread the word about
my YA fantasy fiction novel ‘Unparallel Worlds’. The future of the whole planet
depends on the delicate balance of Light and Darkness. Love and Hatred,
Friendship and Betrayal are the keys to open and reveal the ancient secrets.

Natalie Wright: Do you have any news to share about your work?

Alisa Jeruconoka: Having only recently put the book on Amazon I’ve had
5 reviews already and there all great! It made me really happy that people are
enjoying my book and for me this was the first step and although sales are
important knowing that I have managed to write a story that people enjoy is

The other bit of news is that I had a
very talented video maker email me after visiting my site, he said he was
really impressed that at a time when everyone else is writing about vampires
and werewolves in the YA market (and I’m not saying that these aren’t good
reads) it’s refreshing that someone is trying to introduce the almost lost
genre of otherworldly fantasy fiction to this audience. He said that this was
vital to give them the opportunity to expand their minds with such a richly
imagined story (I gathered that he was a fantasy fiction fanatic).

He liked the whole idea of the story so much that he
went on to create a really cool video for me which is now on Youtube and my

NW: I love this trailer for your book so much, I had to include it here for people to see.

NW: What was the inspiration for your book?

AJ: I have always
enjoyed writing and from a young age I found I really enjoyed writing fantasy
fiction. I could never wait to get home from school to read the latest story to
my mum (who’s still my biggest fan) and we would have a real laugh acting out
the characters.
This love of
writing stayed with my throughout college and university where I had many of my
works chosen over others to be performed by the drama students in annual
Like everyone else though when I left University I went
straight into full-time work as a translator/interpreter and because I was
dealing with international clients from very early in the mornings to late in
the evenings my favourite
hobby of writing fantasy fiction was put on hold for several years.   
Then one day I
visited a bookstore with my fourteen years old niece to choose a book and found
that there was a lack of genres for her age group to read (strangely the same
view the video maker I mention above shared). This happened about the same time
I had changed jobs to one which was not so demanding, so all of a sudden I had
spare time on my hands. It was then that I decided I would use this time to
write a book for her age group that was completely different to anything else out
there. The result is Unparallel Worlds.
Whilst writing
London the city I live in also inspired me. I visited my

places in London
to get inspiration. Top of my list were Hampstead Heath where I got most of the
ideas about the forests I write about in my book, The Natural History Museum
and it’s exhibits played a part when I needed ideas about either the
colourful fantasy creatures or the odd and weird
dark creatures that exist on the planet Adriana in my book. 
The Natural
History Museum building was also a source of inspiration with all the carvings
on its walls. This along with the beautiful monuments and

in Highgate
Cemetery gave me inspiration to describe the two great palaces in my
If anyone
reading this has not been to any of the above places then please make sure you
do if you visit London I highly recommend them.
I also got
inspiration whilst writing the book from listening to different types of music
when writing about characters. The main types of music though were classical
and gothic. I would use the melodies of each to create images and
characteristics in my head for the wonderful, weird and odd characters in the

NW: What is your favorite scene from your book and why?
AJ: My favourite
scene in the book is when Aurelia the princess of Light, a main character in
the book, makes her way to the deepest and darkest part of the vast palace
library that has thousands of halls and rooms, a part not many visit. She goes
there to read the most ancient books and also to find an ancient spider, a
guardian of this part of the library that can give her the answers about an
ancient prophecy, which forms the basis of my story.

NW: Which character from
your books do you like most / are most like?

AJ: From all the
and weird characters
in my book, my favourite is professor Norris Wolfidge, a bumbling but likeable
and wise character (almost like Boris Johnson the mayor of London). If only
Zalion the King of Darkness had listened to him, it would have prevented the
mutation in his land on the Dark Side and saved a lot of lives. (but if he had
listened to him then I would not have such an interesting book)

NW: If you walked through a portal to dimension without books, what
three books do you want to take with you?

AJ: This is a difficult question because I have so many
favourite books. But if the portal took me to Adriana then the books I would
take are:
Mark Chadbourne
‘Age of Misrule’ (first three books in one volume)- Just because I love these
Tad Williams
‘The War of Flowers’ – This because it’s about someone who becomes part of a
fairy world in the end.
Martin Millar
‘Lonely Werewolf Girl’- This because it would always remind me of London I love
with a bit of urban fantasy.

NW: Do you have a “day job”?
And if you do, what do you do when you’re not writing?

AJ: In the day I do
freelance translations for large multi-national corporations. This is not as
demanding as my previous job so it gives me enough money to survive but also
gives me the time to write – my favourite hobby.

NW: What is your favorite part of the writing

AJ: I love creating
and developing new characters in my head and then trying to overcome the
challenge of describing them exactly as I want on paper.

NW: What is your favorite movie – the one you can
watch over and over again?

AJ: ‘Hell Boy 2’and
‘The Fifth Element’

NW: What is your favorite band or musical performer?

AJ: Umm, I love good
music and it depends on my mood what I want to listen. I like Vivaldi’s Four
Seasons, ‘Muse’, ‘Cold Play’.

NW: What do you hope
readers will take with them from your writing?

AJ: As I am aiming this book at young teens I hope they realize
there is more genres that just the vampire and werewolf stories out there. I
hope they read my book and really get lost in the fantasy fiction I have
written. I hope that after reading my book their minds are expanded and I
secretly hope my book inspires the next generation of fantasy fiction authors.

United States customers can buy Unparallel Worlds by clicking on this link:

UK customers can buy ‘Unparallel Worlds’ by clicking this link:

Writer Chat Wednesday with Jason G. Anderson, author of Gears of Wonderland

Welcome to Writer Chat Wednesday! Continuing with Steampunk week, I chat today with Jason G. Anderson, author of Gears of Wonderland, a wonderfully fun steampunk tale set in Wonderland. Jason is an imaginative storyteller and I’m so psyched that he took a moment to visit with me. Come back Friday for my review of Gears of Wonderland
Wright (NW): When and how did you become interested in Steampunk? For anyone
interested in reading books in the Steampunk genre, can you recommend some good
ones that you enjoyed?
My initial interest in steampunk came purely from
the visual aspect. The Victorian-but-not clothing, the strange machines, the
bizarre city scenes with airships and other unusual elements in the picture,
etc. Then I read (and watched) various steampunk, or steampunk inspired,
stories, and became hooked.
One book I whole-heartedly recommend is by indie-author SM Reine. It’s a
novella I read over Christmas, titled “The 19 Dragons”. As the name suggests,
the story focuses on 19 dragons, but they all live in a unique steampunk world
that depends on them remaining alive for it to exist. Which isn’t good when
someone starts killing the dragons one by one! The story itself is crafted in a
very unusual way, as it switches viewpoint to each of the dragons in turn to
tell the tale. I loved it, and highly recommend it to everyone remotely interested
in the steampunk genre.
NW: What
inspired you to write Gears of Wonderland?
JA: Back in October 2010 I was getting ready to take part in NaNoWriMo,
planning out the story I was going to write (totally unrelated to Wonderland or
steampunk). Then I saw the SyFy version of Alice, and immediately got struck by
the idea of a Wonderland that had aged and changed along with our world. I
tried to ignore it, and focus on my original story idea, but the thought just
wouldn’t get out of my head. So I began developing the idea further, and it was
the story I wrote for NaNoWriMo.
The two core ideas I had was the Knave of Hearts taking over Wonderland,
and that the land had gone down the steampunk route (since the original stories
were written in the Victorian period). Everything else came later. The final
published version isn’t too different to what I had at the end of NaNoWriMo. I
reworked parts of the first quarter of the story, and added a few extra scenes
throughout the rest, but it didn’t end up changing much at all.
Actually, I lie. The first draft of Gears didn’t have the White Rabbit
in the story at all. That was a real head-slap moment for me when I realized –
how can you have a story about Wonderland that doesn’t have the White Rabbit?
So he got worked into the story during the revision.
Another thing that changed was the title. My original working title was
Wonderland in Darkness, but I figured it was rather uninspiring, and didn’t
convey the steampunk aspect. So I changed it to the current title as I approached
the end of the first draft.
NW: Laura,
James’ girlfriend, is such a — difficult — woman. I was happy when James,
early on, had an opportunity to get a break from her! Is the Laura character
based on any real life girlfriend(s)?
JA: “Difficult” is one word to describe her! No, Laura isn’t based on
anyone I know. Some nasty people have claimed that I must be writing about my
wife, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I wanted the opening scenes
of the novel, with James’s boss and Laura, to show how submissive James was at
this point in his life. He was unwilling to fight for the things he wanted, or
even consider ‘rocking the boat’, no matter how bad their demands became.
Wonderland becomes a chance for him to leave those habits (mostly) behind, and
grow in confidence.
NW: Will you
write a sequel to Gears of Wonderland?
JA: That is my current plan. I didn’t set out to write a series originally,
but I had a lot of fun working with the characters as I was revising the book
into its final form that I’d like to go back to the setting. A few people have
also asked about a sequel, so it seems to have struck a chord with a few
readers at least.
I have a few ideas floating around in my mind on what the sequel could
be about (the fallout from what happened at the end of the novel, and Kara’s
search for her mother), but nothing solid yet. I’ve got to survive my current
WIP first!
NW: Why did
you choose to self-publish? And are you interested in pursuing a traditional
publishing contract?
JA: To be honest, I decided to self-publish because I couldn’t imagine
being a traditionally published author!
I’ve always been a fan of having full control over whatever I create.
Back when I went to university, I wrote software for Apple computers that I
sold online as “shareware” (basically you download the program to try it out
first, and if you like it you buy it from the author). More recently, I wrote
several small roleplay gaming supplements, that I sold as PDF.

Natalie Wright, P.C.




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When the urge to write novels became too large to
ignore, being an indie author didn’t seem much different to what I’d done
before. That’s not to say that I’d never accept a traditional publishing
contract. But they would have to offer me much better than their “standard”
terms to entice me. And whatever they offered would have to not screw over my
current readers (unlike a current indie-turned-traditional author that my wife
was a fan of, who signed a deal that blocks sales of their current & future
books outside of the US).

NW: You live
in Tasmania, which is so far away from so many places! Have you always lived
there? And does your environment inspire your writing at all?
JA: We’re not that far away from the rest of the world 🙂
Yep, I was born in Tasmania, although at the opposite end of the state
(Devonport). I moved to Hobart, the state capital, to attend university. After
I graduated I managed to find a job down here, so I stayed. I also met my
future wife at university, which was another reason not to move back to my
parents place!
I don’t really know that I could say the environment has inspired my
writing that much. I guess because Tasmania doesn’t have the level of
development, or the large cities, that other places have, I tend to think more in
terms of open spaces and green surrounds (which featured in Gears). I can’t say
that it’s helped with my post-apocalyptic short stories though 🙂
NW: Will you
write more books in the Steampunk genre? And/or what other genres do you write
JA: Other than the sequel to Gears, I’m not sure if I’ll write more in the
steampunk genre, at least in the near-future. While it’s not the wisest idea to
spread yourself over different genres, the next few ideas I have for books are
in the sci-fi and urban fantasy genres. Plus I have my Atomic Wasteland series
of short stories, which are all set in a post-apocalyptic world.
It all depends how strong the idea for the story is when it comes time
for me to start a new book I guess!
NW: What are
you working on now? Can we look forward to any new titles from you soon?
JA: I’m currently working on a sci-fi thriller titled “On Ice”. It’s about
a group of scientists who are studying the polar region of an uninhabited alien
planet. They become cut off from the main base of the (planet-wide) expedition,
and have to deal with a situation that goes from bad to worse very quickly. As
people start dying, they begin to realize that there may be a reason the planet
is uninhabited!
The novel in part is inspired by my own work. I work in the Antarctic
science field (as an assistant, not a scientist), and wanted to write about
something that was ice-related. Setting it in modern-day Antarctica didn’t
appeal, but putting it in the future did. I’ve been able to talk with a few
people who have spent time “in the field”, to get a feel of what it’s like to
work in that sort of environment. Hopefully I won’t mess up too much of what
they told me! 🙂
I’m frantically working on the book now, and hope to have it out
sometime in April.

Thanks Jason for stopping by. I’m looking forward to reading On Ice and hope you’ll stop back then to chat about it.

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Jason G. Anderson lives in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia with his wife and several cats. During the day, he helps Antarctic scientists manage the vast quantities of data they collect. At night, he dreams of other worlds and realities much different to our own. His writing interests include sci-fi, urban fantasy, post-apocalyptic and steampunk.

Welcome to Writer Chat Wednesday

Ahh, it’s Wednesday. Hump day. Mid-week slump.

What better way to spice up the mid-week than with Writer Chat Wednesday?

Last week I announced my commitment to bringing you video book reviews on Fridays. I’m also starting a weekly segment called “Writer Chat” each Wednesday.

I’ve lined up some great writers to chat it up with in the coming weeks, including Jason G. Anderson, Addison Moore and Joanna Penn with many more to come.

Stay tuned for writer-to-writer talks (some via Skype) with some of today’s best-selling and up and coming authors.
If you have any questions for the authors I’ve listed above, put them below in comments. Who knows, I may even ask them ; )

Have a great hump day and happy sailing toward your weekend.

I’ll be away this Wednesday so this week I’m reposting a writer chat with Tamara Rose Blodgett that I did last year. I’ll have to chat with her soon to catch up on her newer releases!

I recently read Indie author Tamara Rose Blodgett’s paranormal YA novel “Death Whispers.”  It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read and I was impressed with the realistic dialogue between her main character, a 13 year old boy, and his friends.  I recommend this book to all teens, but especially boys (there is a link below to order from Amazon).
I spoke with Tamara about “Death Whispers,” as well as other stuff.
Natalie Wright (NW): In your novel “Death Whispers,” a young adult novel in the paranormal genre, your protagonist Caleb Hart is a 14-year-old boy.  What inspired you to write a male main character in the first person?

Tamara Rose Blodgett (TRB):  I was a little intimidated to try third [person] POV with my first novel. (Actually, “Bloodsingers,” is my first, but will publish in autumn.) Using a male protagonist was a slick choice for me as I am a mother of four sons…lol! My youngest is almost fifteen, so I felt pretty confident about delivering something realistic. To say the dialogue portions, “really flowed,” wouldn’t cover it!
I got over my intimidation and used third with, “The Pearl Savage.” I was excited to show four different POV’s in that work. The narrative is not so intimate as first, but it lends a degree of depth that is difficult to obtain in first without effort. In my opinion, the novel predicates the POV.

NW:  It seems like most YA books in this paranormal genre have female main characters.  What has been the reaction of readers to Caleb and his buddies, the “Js”?

TRB:  Readers are diggin’ on the J’s! Caleb wants to blend in so bad he can taste it. Readers have liked that Caleb’s familial situation is a positive environment (also atypical in YA Lit), and root for him because he tries to do the right thing. Everyone seems really pleased with the dialogue and I’m super-happy about that!
I am not sure that a lot of readers get “fed” the right “take” on teenage males in a lot of YA literature. Of course, for the writing of DW, I could only offer what I “knew.”  My sons were the catalyst of what made me get serious about writing DW. They thought the “soft” males in books with dialogue that didn’t “ring” true was tiresome. They couldn’t see themselves in the characterization(s) and therefore the work didn’t resonate fully. Of course, there were a few fave books that they’ve enjoyed, but the majority lacked that edge that felt, “real-male.”

NW:  I love your dialogue, especially the banter between Caleb and his friends Jonesy and John.  Do you have any real life inspirations for your dialogue?

TRB:  Thank you Natalie! Ah…see above. Joking! Seriously, that is all REAL dialogue. I’ve used things that I’ve heard through the years and mixed it all up into a colorful and (hopefully) comedic mix predicated on each character’s personality. I “hear” them in my head (that sounds so alarming, I know), and intrinsically understand which teen would say what. It all makes sense. Although I have to admit a profound, “soft spot” for Jonesy who cannot seem to help himself, regardless of circumstance (he is never edited in my work…oh my).  He is fearlessly driven and without a filter. His honesty to be who he is, is fearsome! The diction in this book is regional and there is a lot of slang used that had to be handled in such a way that would make it understood. So far, I think the readers are enjoying it as “fresh.”
NW:  “Death Whispers” is set in the future and you introduce some interesting concepts.  The gadget that intrigues me the most is the “pulse” phone where the characters don’t have to dial a number or even touch the screen to get to the speed dials.  They just think the person they want to speak to, the phone pulses them and then they proceed to carry on a conversation without speaking out loud – only through thought.
What inspired you to create the pulse technology?

TRB:  Oh. This is where I’d like to sound really witty. Huh. Truthfully, the whole concept just came to me out of nowhere. I will say that teens use of cells had to be incorporated in the book because it’s so critical in their social structure. I saw pulse tech. as the viral answer to cells in that era of the future.  Once I understood where I was going with it, I did a couple days of research to get a feel for how viable it would read. Basically, in my thought process, it is a possible future…a viral future. It is a matter of time before brain signatures will be tracked, identified, monitored and incorporated into everyday life. That is how I see it.
In book 2, pulse technology grows and becomes subtly more, and with it, the downfalls associated with its “completeness” are showcased as well. Nothing comes without price.  In “Death Whispers,” the plot centers around a pharmaceutical invention that inoculates (not sure that’s the right word for it) babies to turn on? or ramp up? their genes so that when they hit puberty (at approximately age 12-13), most kids get special abilities and they get expressed during this time.  So you’ve got teenagers that are pyromancers and seers and of course necromancers – like your main character – and other abilities.

TRB:  I totally love genetics and know just enough to be dangerous! The premise revolves around the basis of humans having genetic markers and some having paranormal ones (all of those as different [potentially] as say…green eyes). The inoculation allows the markers potential to manifest. The pharmaceutical moguls were very focused on their profit margin; not on the consequence of what these powers would mean to the power structure between adults and teens.
*Feeling very un-witty* again. The best way for me to describe this is: I get an idea. Then, I mull it over. At some point after the initial idea, I will get a second idea. They collide and mix together to make a story. The whole story forms in my head. Then! I must write as quickly as possible to get it all down. There is no “writer’s block,” (thank you God). I sit down every day, (read the prior days 3K words) and the next scene is there for me to write. It’s like the characters are alive and I just write down what they’re doing/saying. It feels a little like cheating. I don’t know how the process is for other authors at all. My “outline” is a 3×5 card with a few plot lines I need to remember to write about. One thing that I do keep is my character list and a few words after each one that identify them to me. That has been critically important.

NW:  In “Death Whispers,” the main character talks about food a lot.  Were you hungry when you wrote it? *chuckle*  Seriously, some books are filled with descriptions of food, others don’t mention it at all.  Why was it important to you to describe and discuss food?

TRB:  That’s funny that you mention this! Food is totally important to teen boys (not showing their obsession with it in this series would be remiss). I can’t overstate this enough! Those are the meals that my family and their friends have enjoyed. Those are meals I made (written in the book, I thieved liberally from that). Before Caleb has a pet, gets the girl and the complications start, the rhythm of his home life is an abiding comfort for him; the meals, the routine. I hoped to establish that for the reader. I felt Caleb needed a “touchstone” with all the chaos that ensues. Although important still (food remains important until those boys get out of their growth spurt!), in book 2, Caleb has other distractions and food runs a distant third. Of course, he’s a bigger kid in DS! Food is still mentioned, of course. * smiles *
  You self-published “Death Whispers” as well as “The Pearl Savage” (Book 1 of the Savage Series).   What led you to self-publish?

TRB:  I did submit DW to a small list of agents and received mainly rejections but a couple of agents gave me suggestions and one agent said he’d look at the [full] manuscript after I revised it. That one comment gave me the confidence that (maybe) my story was good enough to go forward with on my own. The agents really liked the premise, they thought it was unique. But, in the end, I was like a lot of Indies. I saw the success of Hocking, McQuestion and Locke and thought, why not? I am so glad I did! The potential for people to enjoy your work, artistic control and most importantly, getting your book in the hands of your readers at your own pace is an absolute benefit as an Indie. Not so much with traditional publishing. Especially exciting for someone like myself, who can write a book every three months. Traditional publishing usually constrains that to a book per year! That used to drive me bananas waiting for the next release from my fave authors *rolls eyes*!

NW:  Have you seen any downsides or disadvantages to self-publishing?

TRB:  Editing. It is an absolute bear. It is very difficult to see your own mistakes and they’re usually little things, which make it even harder. I am thankful when a reader mentions an issue, I can go right to my work and address it immediately. With “Death Speaks,” I was very fortunate to finally have three Betas to help with that common issue. It’s critical that my reader receives the cleanest copy I am capable of.

NW:  What are the upsides of self-publishing for you?

TRB:  Like I touched on above: faster publication of novels, artistic latitude (I don’t think I would have gotten away with my dialogue in the laundry wash of editors from the Big Six), and interacting with my readers. I love the relationships I’ve developed with other Indies too. They’re a great lot! Oh! Better royalties!

NW:  Will you continue to self-publish, or are you still looking for a contract with a traditional publishing house?

TRB:  I am open to traditional publishing but very happy being Indie right now. I don’t have an ax to grind, I think a lot of these hybrids are doing well. (An author that sells their own e-books and a publishing house sells their paperbacks, for example.)

NW:  Do you have a “day job” in addition to being a writer?

TRB:  No. I was a journalist for about four years, but gave that up almost three years ago. I have been writing fiction since 2007. I am very fortunate to have a husband who supports me 100%.

NW:  What do you like to do in your spare time when not writing books, blogging, tweeting, facebooking or otherwise managing your writer empire?

TRB:  I am an avid reader and find myself only finishing about two books per week now that I am writing so much. I love to garden too and can be found doing that on every sunny day we have here in Alaska. (Yes, we have daylight for twenty hours right now; insane!). We (the fam) also watch episodes of whatever caustic show catches our fancy each Sunday night while porking through an embarrassing amount of treats. I usually do a fair amount of remodeling at different points of the year. I am an okay finish carpenter.

NW:  What are you working on now?

TRB: I am on final edits with “Death Speaks,” and it’s in the hands of my wonderful Betas right now. As soon as DS publishes mid-month, I will begin a brutal revision on my first novel, “Bloodsingers.” I wrote that in 2007, then put the manuscript away. When I got the idea for the Death Series and finished both DW and TPS, I began plans to revise/edit “Bloodsingers.” I have a projected release of October but it may be earlier if I can get it put together sooner.  “The Savage Blood,” (book 2) should be something I take up after “Bloodsingers.” However, if the characters press too firmly inside my head I will be compelled to begin writing that work at the same time I edit “Bloodsingers.” I am led about by a ring in my nose because of my own creative processes! Ugh!

NW:  When can we expect the next in the Death series?

TRB:  “Death Speaks,” is expected to publish on or about August 15, 2011. “Death Screams,” (Death Series, Book 3) is expected to publish late Dec/early January of this year. I foresee five titles total: “Death Weeps,” Book 4 and “Death Unrequited,” Book 5. Maybe “Death” will go beyond, but at this time, those are the books that I have plots for in my head.

NW:  Can you give us any hints about what’s to come for Caleb?

TRB:  In book 2, “Death Speaks,” Caleb and his fellow AFTD, Tiff Weller, are named “consultants” for the local police in the hope of finding the killer of the innocents from book one. Everyone is in high school now and with that comes a greater sense of adulthood looming with regard to all aspects of maturation. The kids’ relationships evolve and become more, new characters are introduced and loose ends to the minutest detail are wrapped up. There’s [even] more of the following in book 2: romance, zombies, Onyx, Clyde, action, suspense and several new supporting characters are introduced. I notched up the comedy too.
Book 3, “Death Screams,” will feature Jeffrey Parker and Sophie Morris more intimately. And, of course…Jonesy! Jonesy will always have a starring role…

Tamara Rose Blodgett is a “thinking-out-of-the box” paranormal enthusiast who believes there’s a 95% chance zombies do not exist; but loves to write as if they do. I’m from Alaska and have worked as an online journalist in the past. I enjoyed writing, Death Whispers, and am hard at work on book two, Death Speaks, (pub. Aug. 2011). My paranormal romance, The Pearl Savage, published on June 15. In my spare time I’m a [reluctant] serial-re-modeler, project-slave and big time, in-my-pants reader (surprise!). I do a great deal of day-dreaming about impossible scenarios and events, writing books to capture them in stories for you~ Side note: Gnomes should be exterminated.

Here’s how to reach Tamara:

*I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Natalie for graciously allowing me this forum to talk about my books. I would also thank my readers for taking their time to read my stories. 🙂

3 Places to Enter December Book Giveaway for EMILY’S HOUSE

December Book Giveaway for Emily’s House

Contest Rules & Fine Print:

WHAT YOU WIN: A signed copy of the paperback version of Emily’s House: Book 1 of the Akasha Chronicles, by Natalie Wright. For every 100 entries, 1 book will be given away.

HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment here OR on my Facebook Fan Page  OR on my YouTube Channel. In your comment, tell me what special ability or power you would most like to have OR special power or ability that you DO have. You can leave more than one comment, but you will only be entered one time.

WHO CAN ENTER: Contest open to anyone 13 or older. No purchase necessary.

WHEN: Entries closed December 31, 2011 at midnight.

WINNER(S) ANNOUNCED: Winner(s) will be announced January 4, 2012 HERE, on my blog AND on my Facebook Fan Page.

*OTHER RULES: Please adhere to the rules of Facebook, Blogger and YouTube in your comments. DO NOT post obscene or offensive material. Any such posts will be removed and will NOT be an entry in the contest.

5 Things Indie Authors Should Know BEFORE They Self-Publish

My first self-published novel, Emily’s House, just went live on Amazon on November 15, 2011. There were times during the self-pubbing process that I looked this this:

I learned so much – and much of it the hard way! But you won’t make the same mistakes I made because I’m going to share with you what I learned. So brave virgin Indies who dare to walk the Indie Road, I’m here to shine a bit of light your path. If you’re new to Indie publishing, read this now but bookmark it and come back and read it further down the road too. And if you find it helpful, Tweet it, Facebook it, Stumble it and pass it along to your Indie friends and cohorts. Here are five tips and truths you should know before you start:

1.  Being a Writer is a Crazy-in-the-Head Profession to go Into and to Voluntarily Choose to Become your Own Publisher is a level of Nuts Generally Reserved for People with Tin Foil Hats Having Conversations with Invisible People at the Bus Stop. Okay, maybe you don’t have to be certifiably mental to self-publish, but at times you’ll feel like maybe you should be committed for taking it on. In February and March of 2011, Amanda HockingJ.A. Konrath and Barry Eisler were in the news and splashing across Twitter and blogs. And you couldn’t help but be infected by their enthusiasm and stories of how they’d done well – very well – without a publisher, thank you. None of them said it was easy. None of them said it was fast. And all of them were honest about the amount of time, energy, effort and published books – lots and lots of books – that it takes to “make it” as an Indie author. 
Okay to be fair, it is possible to write a book, run a spell check, maybe read it over a few times, do some corrections, then upload the puppy, slap a cover on and Voila! You have a book for sale. It is possible to do this for little to no financial investment and a fairly limited time investment. That is possible.
But you will not be successful if you do it that way.  Let me repeat that: If you put in little time and little money and little effort, you will get little to no return. Period.
There’s a reason that publishing houses have a cadre of people working on putting out each book. It takes a good half dozen or more people to put out a good book! It really does.
And if you are your own publisher, then you will do a lot of the jobs that several people do at a publishing house + you’ll hire people and/or beg and promise food and massages and a signed copy of your “sure to be a hit” first book to people to get the work done. So you’ll have to manage those people and deadlines and review thier questions and drafts and e-mails and sometime pull out a bull whip and crack it on them to keep them moving toward your own deadline for when you want the book to come out (and God forbid you set a date and broadcast it across the known Universe).
If you self-publish, YOU are in charge of the project and the people and it’s not always easy.
For Emily’s House, I worked with six different professionals throughout the course of the writing, editing, and production of the book. This doesn’t count the folks that I worked with on the book trailer. Each of these people have other projects and most have a “day job” and do this whole Indie book thing on the side. They are busy people. It is up to you, dear Indie publisher, to keep them all on task to produce the book that you’ve been dreaming of.
Tip #1 is this:  This is damned hard work and will suck up as much energy and time as a full-time job, if not more, so if you don’t have the time and energy or desire to muck around with all the details and just want to write, don’t self publish.

2.  Choose Wisely Who You will Entrust with Your Precious Baby. Here’s the truth: It doesn’t matter how many books the person has e-formatted or pdf’d or covers they’ve created or manuscripts they’ve edited, they may not be the right person for your project. Research the hell out of this. Don’t just go with the person that created the cover for Josephina Millionseller Bookstar. Look at lots of covers and lots of e-books and Indie print versions of books and decide what you like and what you don’t.  Then approach people who you think have done good work and ask them these questions: (1) How long will it take for you to complete my project; (2) What exactly will you do for me; and (3) How much will you charge and what does that fee include and what does it not include. You may have other questions, of course, but these three are essential. And once you’ve gotten the answers and compared amongst different providers and have chosen who you’ll hire to do the work, then –

3. GET IT IN WRITING! Okay, I’m a lawyer so of course I’m going to say that. But believe it or not, I learned the hard way to get it in writing. And no, I’m not saying that I ran into anyone that was a cheat or fraud or anything like that. Get it in writing because it is extremely important that both you and the person doing a project for you have a clear understanding of what the project is; how long it will take; and the price. Don’t take no or “I trust you” for an answer on this. If the person won’t at least provide you an e-mail detailing the job and ask for your approval of it, then move on to someone else. It’s good business to have a written agreement and bad form not to. And just because it’s in writing doesn’t mean it will happen, so – 

4. Follow Up but Don’t Wait Until the Deadline for Their Work to Be Completed and to You has Already Passed. This one I learned the hard way – more than once! Don’t be such a pestering PIA that your editor or cover designer wants to hurl sharp objects at you. BUT, don’t be afraid to check in with them and see how things are going. If your designer said it would take two weeks and it’s day 13 and you haven’t seen or heard anything, check in with them. Send a short e-mail note saying something like, “Looking forward to seeing the draft of the cover. Do you have everything you need from me?” I had two significant delays (i.e. each time a week which, when you’re on a deadline, can be killer) because I didn’t check in with the person. In one instance, the designer thought she’d already sent me my file and hadn’t. In the other instance, another person was waiting on a file from me and e-mailed me, but it was during a period was I was having a problem with the Cloud (that’s another story) and I didn’t get the e-mail. So there she is waiting for me and here I am (with a cloud over me) waiting for her, and in the meantime because I didn’t want to pester I didn’t have what I needed to move forward. Don’t let this happen to you!
Remember, it’s your proejct. It’s your job to stay on top of it. You don’t need to be an asshole. You do need to be vigilant and keep all the folks working for you on task.

5. It’s Not as Simple as Pushing the Upload Button and There’s a Whole Lot of Crap You Need to do / Should do After You Upload and Your Book Won’t Be Available for Purchase in Every Store in Every State and Country Across the World in 24 hours so Don’t Expect That. I’m not kidding on this one. It takes longer than you think. And until you hit “Upload”, there’s not a big note in bold from Amazon (or Smashwords or CreateSpace) telling you just how long things take (at least not that I saw). And this is important to know so take notes:

Kindle Direct Publishing – Once you upload your files for the Kindle version of your book, KDP says it will take up to 72 hours but generally it takes about 24 hours for it to go live in the U.S. That’s actually amazing when you think about it but I guarantee you it will feel long! But remember: That is for the U.S. Amazon only. It can take 3-5 days for it to go live on Amazon UK, GE and FR (if you choose to sell your book there). So keep this in mind when you are announcing your book to be on sale on a specific date. To be safe, you better plan for at least 5 days for the e-book to be live on Kindle.

CreateSpace P.O.D. – Here’s the scoop on timing. First, you will upload your files and you MUST order a proof copy (only order one because truly it is a proof – it will have “PROOF” written on the last page). You have to wait for this to ship before you can “Approve” your book to go to Review. Once you approve your Proof copy (and please, do take the time to thoroughly review this proof), then your book goes to the “Review” stage. My experience was that this stage only took a few days but they say to allow up to five (at least that’s what it said when I did it).  So if you’re doing the math as you read this, you’ll see that from the time you upload your beautifully produced bestseller-in-waiting, you will need to wait approximately 7-14 days to have your book available on in paperback on CreateSpace. Then, if you want copies to give out or to sell yourself, remember that you have to order those and wait for them to be delivered (mini tip: CreateSpace shipping costs are pretty high and it will cost a fortune to have them rush delivered, so plan on enough time to get your books without rush delivery). CreateSpace is quick at printing and shipping, but still, it takes time so plan for it.

Print Version on Amazon: Even though the paperback version of your book will be available right away on CreateSpace, it will not be available right away on Amazon.  It took a full week for my book to show up on Amazon after it was uploaded at CreateSpace. AND, just because it shows up there doesn’t mean you’re all done (I’ll go into more on that in my next blog post so check back).  My suggestion is that you plan on 10 days from the point that you upload your files to sending people to Amazon to buy the paper copy of your book.

Extended Distribution Channels:  If you upload to Smashwords (which I recommend) to get your book into the Barnes & Noble, iBook store and others, it will take 5-7 WEEKS for that to happen. You read that right. Same is true for CreateSpace paper version. So your book will be available on Amazon in print and as an e-book within a week of you uploading to CreateSpace and Kindle Direct, but your friends and family won’t be able to go to their local Barnes & Noble and order your book – yet. And your legions of Twitter followers and Facebook fans and the rest of the world will have to sign on to Amazon or SmashWords or CreateSpace to obtain your book when it first comes out. Not that that’s a bad thing necessarily, but some people in this world don’t like to buy from Amazon.

Is sweat beading on your furrowed brow right now? Are you having heart palpitations just thinking about it all?

If you are it’s okay. Take a deep breath, bookmark this page, and come back and read it again in a few days after you let it all sink in.  Then follow the links and get started, that is unless you’ve decided that writing query letters is easier after all.

COMING UP NEXT POST: A list of some really great folks that I worked with and can recommend to you as well as other nifty facts you should know before you leap over the edge of the self-pub cliff.