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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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Fantasy Art Wednesday | Allison D. Reid

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Get inspired with this week’s Fantasy Art Wednesday, where fun fantasy artwork is combined with a writing prompt to get your creative juices flowing!

Last week’s image was so peaceful and green. By stark contrast, this valley is completely barren. Nothing grows here…except apparently dragons. You can see them emerging from what seems to be a cold mist. The smell of damp stone, mud, and foul water greets my nose, along with smoke and scorched earth.
Is this narrow place the dragons’ safe haven from would-be hunters, where they have the advantage of a clear line of sight? There doesn’t seem to be anywhere to hide. Perhaps it is only a nesting area for young dragons. They remain here until they are old enough to fly off and settle in distant regions, seeking treasure to hoard.
What is on the other side of the mountains framing our view? More of the same? Burnt countryside? Or green slopes and fields, tended by a few brave souls who dare to live so close to danger? If the creatures are a danger at all. (Your world, your rules.)
Whether these dragons are despised or revered, there is sure to be plenty of lore surrounding this rocky valley. What rumors have you heard in your travels? We’re all waiting expectantly to hear a good tale…
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Into the Shadow Wood (Wind Rider Chronicles) by Allison D. Reid

Once a proud member of the Sovereign’s prestigious personal guard, Einar has lost everything: his home, his Sovereign, and his purpose. Most of his closest friends have either been killed in battle or executed. His friend Nevon died trying to fulfill a dangerous oath…one that Einar disagreed with, but now feels honor-bound to take up in his stead. The quest plunges Einar into the depths of the dark and twisted Shadow Wood, testing the limits of his strength, his beliefs, and his sanity. What he finds in the Wood is far more ominous than anything he’d expected. If he’s not careful, Nevon’s fate might end up being his own.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Renee's Works in Progress

As I mentioned before, I'm still in the process of writing Episode 17 of my Shadow Stalker serial. I'm hoping to have that done this week, and then I'll start on Episode 18.

Once I've got that finished and completely edited, I will start work on Part 4 of theShadow Stalkerserial. I'm hoping to have that completely written before the end of the year.

Early in the year, I want to focus on my novels. I want to have the first three novels in my A God's Deceptionseries finished before I start work on my new serial.

My new serial is going to be about the origins of the shadow stalkers and I'm really looking forward to starting work on that. I've been working on ideas for it on occasion, so I have a general idea of where I want to go with it. UnlikeShadow Stalker, however, I want this one to be ongoing. I'll keep writing it as long as there's an interest.

Also, as mentioned, I'm beginning work on a paranormal thriller series. I've been reading out of my normal genre for a while to sorta broaden my horizons. I don't normally get into vampire stories, but I've been reading a lot of them lately since they seem to be the in thing. They all seem to revolve around vampire romance so I wanted to do something a little differently. Something that shows the true nature of vampires!

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Goblin Horde: Fortune Cookies


Published on 22 Aug 2016
The King and Queen of the Goblin Horde create their OWN fortunes.
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Medieval Monday: Pleasure Gardens | Allison D. Reid

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The last couple of posts have been about summer activities in the Middle Ages, from the hard labor of harvesting crops, to the diversions of games. There was another summer pleasure for those in the upper classes of medieval society; recreational gardens. Not every garden was planted strictly for food or herbs, nor even for meditation as some of the monastic gardens were. Some were kept purely for pleasure, and they were designed “not for fruitfulness, but to delight the senses of sight and smell.”
They were usually walled and had a park-like atmosphere, possibly including a structure meant to be a summer home, where the nobility could go to find relaxation away from the main manor or castle. Very large estates might even have separate gardens, one for the lord or king, and one for the lady or queen.
Pleasure gardens had a diversity of trees, not only for the purpose of giving shade, but also to enhance the aroma of the garden with the perfume of flowers, or of ripening fruits. Winding paths might be edged by sweet smelling herbs, like sage and basil, mixed in with fragrant flowers. There would have been no shortage of things to look at. Vibrant colors were everywhere. Tendrils of vine curled around trees, and up stone walls. Trellises and latticework supported climbing flowers, and formed archways or covered paths.
playing games in gardenWhen one grew tired of walking, or simply wanted to be still and immerse oneself in the surrounding beauty, there were plenty of places to sit. Marble, stone, or wooden benches were common, but turfed seats (excedra) were also a feature of pleasure gardens. They could be made entirely of sod, or as part of a raised flower bed, with outer walls made of wood, brick, or wattle. Tables for eating, or for playing games, would also be available as part of the garden. Eating outdoors in summer seems to have been a popular activity.
medieval garden2Most pleasure gardens also had at least one water feature; a fountain, stream, reflective pool, or a pond stocked with fish. Birds, rabbits, ducks, geese, and other types of animals would have roamed freely. Pleasure gardens sometimes had labyrinths, in which one walked a path in a set pattern, with one entrance and one exit. (This is different from a maze, in which one can get lost, with many paths meant to deceive.)  A labyrinth might be laid with stone, cut turf, or have its edges defined by short to knee-high plants. It served not only as a pleasant diversion, but also helped take up a fair amount of space in a very large garden.
love in gardenLook through manuscripts from the medieval period, and you will find plenty of poetry and lavish illuminations of lovers enjoying medieval pleasure gardens, which were often the setting for flirtatious games and mild horseplay between men and women.

“Under the green leaves, on the soft turf beside a chattering brook with a clear spring near at hand, I found a rustic hut set up. Gontier and Dame Helen were dining there, on fresh cheese, milk, butter, cheesecake, cream, curds, apples, nuts, plums, pears; they had garlic and onions and crushed shallots, on crusty black bread with coarse salt to give them a thirst. They drank from the jug and the birds made music to cheer the hearts of both lover and lass, who next exchanged their loving kisses on mouth and nose, the smooth face and the bearded.”
– Philippe de Vitry, 14th century

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Shadow Stalker: Episode 17 Sneak Peek

I'm still in the process of writing Episode 17, so in the meantime, here's a sneak peek:

I followed Makari into the Brynn Reconciliation Center the following morning. Melan and his second in command, Tamir, flanked me. I kept my head low, but my eyes took in everything around me. Thankfully, all focus seemed to be on the emperor, so I didn't have to worry about drawing attention to myself as I scanned the faces of the people who moved to the side of the corridor and knelt as we made our way through the building.

One of the guides made eye contact with me. Before I could avert my gaze, I saw a spark of recognition light his eyes before his expression turned to a glare. This was not good. I'd have to let Makari know as soon as possible, but I wouldn't be able to speak until we were alone.

It was a good thing the cleansing room we'd be using were on this floor and it didn't take long to get there.

"Let's not waste any time. Auren, get into position."

"Wait," I said and explained about the guide.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Will You Survive the Apocalypse



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Mind Explosion!

Have you ever had so many ideas that you felt like your head was going to explode?

That's how I've been feeling lately. I've had tons of story ideas running through my head it's been hard keeping up with them all. Now I've got Shadow Stalker, which I need to finish up and two novel series that I've been planning.

One is the A God's Deception one I've actually been slowly working on for the last year or so. I'm also going to be writing a paranormal thriller series under a pen name. And I've got at least 10 more ideas that I've had to start writing down.

On top of that, yesterday I asked a friend if I could use her name for a story. I really like her name. Anyway, she said yes, so I decided to take it a bit further. I told her to think about who she would be if she could be anyone she wanted. I don't mean another person, but what attributes she'd want. Then I told her I'd write a story with her as the character.

That should really be a fun challenge. I'm just glad my creative bug is coming back. :-D


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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Goblin Horde: Parenting the Stark Children



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Friday, August 26, 2016

Author Spotlight: The Birth of Death by Joseph P Macolino | Renee Writes

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Welcome to this weeks Friday Author Spotlight! This we I have Joseph P Macolino with his book, The Birth of Death.

When he is not pouring his heart, soul, blood, sweat, and tears into writing good fantasy books, Joseph spends time studying the politics and economics of Earth, and also enjoys studying philosophy from nearly every school of thought; if it has anything to do with social philosophy, he wants to know about it. Through this learning, he admits that most philosophy books are relatively dry in their presentation, but hopes to convey these concepts in a way that people can enjoy and relate to. He looks to accomplish this by providing good epic fantasy books for years to come.

Ultimately, Joseph Macolino built Evorath to be his ultimate fantasy book getaway and wants his readers to enjoy the same luxury.

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Discover the world of Evorath, a magical land with a diverse population of creatures. As you pay a visit to Erathal forest, everything looks nice and peaceful on the surface. With his first fantasy epic, author Joseph Macolino demonstrates that what you see on the surface is not always what you get.

Meet Artimus, the head investigator for the elvish kingdom of Erathal who begins to notice the flaws in his apparently perfect society. As he develops feelings for Savannah, a beautiful elvish druid hiding an important secret, he struggles to separate his personal feelings from his responsibilities to the kingdom.

In a nearby center village, the young warrior Irontail struggles to distinguish himself in a tribe where independent thought is discouraged. When their paths cross, they both discover that their own people’s shortcomings may be the least of their concerns. Putting aside their own personal troubles, they must fight against the clock to ensure the very survival of their peoples. As they work towards this common goal, they find that they each have their own, unique gifts to offer. But, will they be strong enough to survive?

The first tale of many taking place in the world of Evorath, this series gives readers the thrill of a fantasy epic while introducing heroes that probably have more flaws than they do good. One thing is for sure: at the end of it all, nothing will be the same.

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Why did you decide to be a writer?


I kept telling other people to do what they love while I kept looking for another job to pay the bills. Eventually, I decided to stop being a coward and take my own advice. Now, I write professionally for a living while I work to build my name as an author.


What genres do you write?


Epic fantasy. Though I dabble in writing science fiction and other fantasy shorts, as well as poems, I really haven’t invested the time in those, so you won’t find them published out there.


What authors have most influenced you?


This is always a tough question. The two authors that have had the biggest impact are C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. I love the worlds these two built and I always strive to make sure my own world, Evorath, can serve as an inspiration like this to other readers.

What are your goals as an author? Where do you see yourself in five years?


Living off Evorath and writing 2 or more books per year. I actually have quite a few stories ready to go, but right now I struggle finding the time to get it all done. Getting some books to the #1 spot on the New York Times Best Seller’s list would be a good starting point I suppose.

Does your family support you in your writing, or are you on your own?


I am very grateful to have a family that fully supports me in my writing. My parents serve as my first two readers, and they don’t pull any punches. They aren’t afraid to point out if something is wrong with my story and also help make things easier for my editor as they correct some mistakes I miss. My siblings all read my work as well, though I am still trying to get any of them to actually go online and review the book.


What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?


Less is more.


What do you enjoy doing aside from writing?


I love the outdoors, so taking a walk around a state, local, or national park is a good option. I also am known for going on extended “primitive” camping trips. While at home, I spend some time playing video games, namely RPGs like Final Fantasy and Elder Scrolls. Mostly though, I spend a lot of time reading.

How many books do you have on your “to read” list? What are some of them?


More than I can count. I still haven’t read the Game of Thrones books yet and considering their impact on my genre I would be a fool not to. I also have some classics I would like to read that I never got around to as well as many non-fiction books about writing, publishing, philosophy, etc. Right now, I have some indie books I am working through.


What made you decide to self-publish?


I spoke with a couple of traditionally published authors as well as a few indie authors. I also spent countless hours reading articles and forums online about publishing. Though some might still suggest otherwise, the preponderance of evidence points to indie publishing as the future. I don’t need to be stuck in the past with low royalties, lack of creative control, and a bunch of hoops to jump through. I have a world that I want to get out there and readers, so far at least, seem to love it. So, why would I waste time or energy submitting to major publishers when I need to do a lot of the work myself anyways?

Are you a pantser or outliner?


I have an outline written for all of the books I have planned so far in the Evorath series. With that said, I sometimes deviate from the outline. Once in a while, I start writing a chapter and ask “where is this going?” and then all of a sudden I end up somewhere magical and unexpected. While I might edit it down to make sure it adheres to the story, I tend to leave these tangents in there. In fact, I created a character due to one of these “where am I going?” moments in the first book and that character received lots of positive feedback from readers.

Do you ever base your characters on people you know?


No, at least not consciously. If anything, these characters are all based on different aspects of me. Sometimes, like in the case of my major villain, they are influenced by major historical figures.

Do you have anything specific you’d like to say to your readers?


First and foremost: THANK YOU. Beyond that, please take the time after you read to subscribe to my website, leave a review, or even just send me an email. While I write for the love of writing, hearing positive feedback from readers makes my journey that much more enjoyable. I appreciate you all, and hope you continue to enjoy the world of Evorath.


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Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Writer's Edge: Marketing Tips



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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Fantasy Art Wednesday | Allison D. Reid

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OK, I GIVE UP!!! Trying to schedule this ahead (like I do every week) and WordPress is having some kind of meltdown. It refuses to schedule my post, and is just publishing it. So, I guess that means it is Wednesday–enjoy my post a day early.
Get inspired with this week’s Fantasy Art Wednesday, where fun fantasy artwork is combined with a writing prompt to get your creative juices flowing!

Beautiful and solemn, this image draws my gaze upward and makes me feel like I’m in an elven cathedral. I can almost hear the gentle lapping of the water and the sound of the oar being pulled slowly through it. There are a variety of songbirds calling from tree to tree, but otherwise, this is a quiet place. Who is the hooded figure? As the boat approaches the arched entrance, what is waiting on the other side? Are those buildings, or markers? Monuments or grave stones? Light is shining through the canopy onto what looks like a young tree or maybe something more mysterious. At this distance it is hard to tell, but whatever it is, it seems significant.
Could you travel to this place, if only you knew the way? Or is it in another realm…one that only exists beyond life as we know it? Let your eyes explore the intricate swirls of the gateway, and take in the soft, peaceful glow, as your mind explores the many possibilities.
elven cathedral (my title)


Industrial Forest by Remy Hoff

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Self-Editing Tip: Exclamation Points



Exclamation points might be a great way to emphasize emotion in emails and texts, but writers should be sparing with them in works of fiction.

Use exclamation points in dialogue when a character is literally yelling. Otherwise, let a character's body language, word choices, and actions clue the reader in to the strength of his or her emotions.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Great New Review | Allison D. Reid

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Positive reviews are wonderful, especially when they are completely unexpected! I’m reblogging this wonderful post from Elle Bee’s fiction blog. Be sure to check out her other book reviews as well. It’s not too late to add something new to your summer reading list!

REVIEW: JOURNEY TO AVIAD BY ALLISON D. REID

MY RATING: 4 OF 5 STARS

QUOTE-TASTIC & IMMERSIFYING!

51J6aQb160L__SX331_BO1,204,203,200_In a fantasy world where nothing is as it seems, a child is caught in the battle between good and evil, Heaven and Hell. When I began reading, I was immediately pulled in. The elegant writing sang to my soul. The Biblical references intrigued me. I began highlighting and highlighting. I highlighted, “Aviad [the God figure] always takes care of his own. When He calls you, He does so with good purpose, and He will remain with you to whatever end.” A few pages later I highlighted, “true spiritual freedom involves courage, strength of character, and even sometimes sacrifice.”
As I learned about each character, I desired to know more about them. I felt like their history existed just beyond my reach and, surely, if I just continued reading, all would be revealed. As different situations were presented, I went from being enraptured by elegant writing to amused by humorous writing to nervous about a scene conclusion…
Source: Elle Bee

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Into the Shadow Wood


Once a proud member of the Sovereign’s prestigious personal guard, Einar has lost everything: his home, his Sovereign, and his purpose. Most of his closest friends have either been killed in battle or executed. His friend Nevon died trying to fulfill a dangerous oath…one that Einar disagreed with, but now feels honor-bound to take up in his stead. The quest plunges Einar into the depths of the dark and twisted Shadow Wood, testing the limits of his strength, his beliefs, and his sanity. What he finds in the Wood is far more ominous than anything he’d expected. If he’s not careful, Nevon’s fate might end up being his own.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Why Globlin Horde? | Joshua Robertson

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Over the past couple of months, I have been involved in creating a wonderful business to bring nerds together as well as share some family friendly content on YouTube. For your entertainment, please check out our WHY video below and SUBSCRIBE to us! We really, really, really appreciate the support.

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