Congratulations to the 10 winners of the Stolen/Crypt of souls Giveaway on Goodreads! Your books are in the mail!
August 5 (midnight) – September 5 (midnight), 2016:
This giveaway includes the first TWO volumes of the ‘Stolen’ fantasy series (both published by Malachite Quills/Chimera Tales) PLUS the ‘Companion’ booklet, which features maps, documents, family trees, word origins, philosophy and religion, extra history, and more! All three signed by author.
You’ve got a whole month to enter – don’t forget! Follow THIS LINK to the giveaway.
Note: these two volumes are first editions, no longer in print. They include original cover art by Andrae Harrison.
I’m pleased to announce that Cornerstone: The Delving (the sequel to Cornerstone: Raising Rook) has been released for Kindle (click the link). Paperback version should be coming soon; watch here for updates.
Don’t forget that Raising Rook is available for Goodreads giveaway through the 31st AND there’s a Kindle Countdown going on as well! Get your first book free or cheap, then continue with The Delving.
And don’t keep Rook waiting. He’s getting…impatient.
Five copies of the paperback version of Cornerstone: Raising Rook (Book ONE in the series) will be available for giveaway at the link below starting May 15 and ending May 31.
You’ll need to be a Goodreads member or sign up (free). The giveaway is in anticipation of the release of the second book in the series, Cornerstone: The Delving, on May 25th. In addition, there’ll be a Kindle Countdown sale starting the 25th and ending the 31st if you’d prefer the ebook version of Raising Rook – starting at just .99!
The Cornerstone books are modern fantasy fiction, geared for adults but suitable for teens and up, featuring a unique set of circumstances and characters. Reviewers appreciate the fresh ideas and approach. See the description on the book page, and get your name in soon!
This is a bit off my usual topic, but it’s something I’ve been contemplating recently.
First of all, what is ASMR? It stands for ‘autonomous sensory meridian response’. The best I can describe it is as a meditation or relaxation technique focused on using specific sounds to create a specific, enjoyable state conducive to sleep and stillness. There are a lot of sounds that people use to induce this state, including tapping, whispering, scratching, and crinkling. Some people have ASMR, some people don’t. If you’re interested, there are tons of videos on Youtube and you can check it out to see if you do.
I first became aware of ASMR videos about a year ago after seeing it mentioned somewhere, but I’ve had the response since I was a little kid. I remember the sound of my mother sweeping a concrete walkway with a straw broom. I knew as soon as I heard it described that I experience this particular response, and I now view ASMR videos fairly frequently. For me, watching the video helps, as well as the sounds.
Recently I broke my ankle, and it occurred to me to try using ASMR videos for pain control. There isn’t much scientific information out there about ASMR, probably since it’s hard to study and not a well-described response (what actually is occurring, for instance?). So the only thing I could do was experiment. It seems to help; I can ignore the discomfort during the video and sometimes even doze off. I can’t say I notice a lasting improvement, though; it seems to be only a matter of distraction. It’s possible any video that distracted me sufficiently would help.
I’m interested if anyone else uses ASMR for pain control and if so, how it works for you? Let me know, and by all means share your favorite ASMR video!
Here’s a link to more info, too: https://asmruniversity.com/
When I was a kid and attending Girl Scout Camp on a regular basis, there was a song we used to sing to make fun of the nursery rhymes we had only so recently recited earnestly. The chorus went like this, in a sort of sing-song tune:
“The window, the window, the second-story window,
With a heave and a ho, and a mighty throw, (they/she/he) threw it out the window!”
The verses were done by inserting the first three lines of a four-line nursery rhyme, so:
“Mary had a little lamb
Its fleece was white as snow
And everywhere that Mary went
She…threw it out the window!”
Followed by the above chorus. Try it! It works with Jack Sprat, Little Miss Muffin, and Peter, Peter, Pumpkin eater (cruelly), and a number of others.
With that in mind, here’s another teaser from the upcoming sequel Cornerstone: The Delving. It’s a window, though it’s on the third story, not the second. It’s hand-made stained glass, by a central figure in the book. But is she a ‘good guy’ or a ‘bad guy’?
This object figures in Book Two of the Cornerstone series (Cornerstone: The Delving), due out in May or June. Readers may remember it from the first book. In The Delving, it changes hands. Is this ultimately a good thing or a bad? Depends on whose side you’re on…
It’s been a while, but I’ve finally got a draft in hand of the sequel to Cornerstone: Raising Rook (tentatively called Cornerstone: The Delving). After starting off fast, I stalled out, despite having written part of the last chapter and knowing where I needed to go, which is my usual technique. Then I wrote the last few chapters all in a rush when I finally got going again.
While it’s definitely satisfying to have an 80,000 word manuscript, there’s a lot more to do: general editing, consistency, timeline checks, removing parts that don’t fit or are unnecessary, adding new parts, proofreading, re-reading, re-re-reading, re-re-re-reading – yeah. Not to mention formal editing, formatting for ebook and paperback, and commissioning cover art. But it feels like an Accomplishment, and at least somewhat like a relief.
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