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Favorite Fierce Females Characters

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I have partnered up with Ashley from Falling down the Book Whole and a bunch of other lovely ladies to celebrate the kick ass and fierce ladies in both literature and in the real world.  Those who participate in either the Instagram photo challenge, the read-a-thon, or by liking blog post with the #fiercefemalereads tags will be entered into a give away with a litany of prizes that may or may not include my latest book Time of Prophecy, book themed candles, bookmarks, and other wonderful books from fellow indie authors.  Well that’s enough my tagging, let’s get on to the reason why your here.  Here’s my top 5 picks for fierce female characters.  Book or series titles in (_).

 

5. Alanna of Trebond (Song of the Lioness Quartet)

Alanna always dreamed of being a knight but there was only one problem, she was a girl.  Girls learned how to be ladies and married rich lords, not wield swords.  Alanna didn’t let that stop her.  She switched places with her twin brother and disguised herself as a boy.  She earned her shield, often beating boys bigger and stronger than she was.  She worked harder everyday ensuring that she was the best that she could be and earned the respect of the entire kingdom.

Alanna was my first fierce female character.  She inspired me to always try and be the best that I could be and to never take no for an answer.  She didn’t take shit from anyone.  She struggled to balance her knighthood with her femininity, something that she didn’t want to give up.  And eventually found a man who loved all sides of her and wouldn’t try and change who she was.

 

4. Juniper (Wise Child)

Juniper is a witch who lives on the outskirts of a small British(?) village.  She heals the people in the village even though they are suspicious of her.  When Wise Child’s grandmother dies leaving her an orphan, Juniper doesn’t hesitate to take in this lazy, pampered child and teach her the skills she needs to survive and a little of magic.

I wanted to be Juniper when I grew up, and I still do.  She cared for those around her and tried to help everyone, no matter what.  She cared for a leper when no one dared to.  She refused to accuse her friends during a witch trail and saw the good in all people.  She shows that there are different types of strength.

 

3. Feyre (Court of Thorn and Roses) 

Feyre starts off as a young woman who tries to keep her family alive.  Some shit goes down (trying to not spoil) and she ends up stronger than ever.  Feyre destroys herself for those she loves, falls into a dark pit of despair, but comes out on the other side stronger than before.  She faces the dark side of herself and embraces it wholly.  She is willing to fight for what she loves but is not a fighter.  She rather spend her days laughing with her family and painting.

As someone who has depression, Feyre is a character that I can cling to when the voices in my head get too loud.  She’s also a character who is strong without having to be a fighter.  She also isn’t perfect.  She has a temper and tends to lash out.  But her journey out of the darkness and embracing the darkness within is one that I can stand behind 100%

 

2. Lirael (The Abhorsen Trilogy)

Lirael spent her entire life not fitting in with the rest of her family.  She even contemplated suicide because she felt like there was no place for her in the world.  Fortunately someone stepped in and offered her a new path.  She becomes a master magician with a rare gift that could save the world.  She is fierce, driven, but also practical.

I never really felt like I fit in as a kid.  I was tomboyish and more content to read than deal with the drama.  Lirael spoke to me because she too was different and that proved to be a good thing.  She helped me to embrace the things that made me different.

 

1. Fiona Finnagan (The Tea Rose)

Fiona is a simple tea packer with big dreams.  She wants to open a shop with her childhood love.  But all that gets destroyed when her father “dies” and her family descends into a downward spiral which leaves Fiona and her 4yr old brother Seamus the sole survivors.  Her childhood loves makes a huge mistake that forces him to marry another woman.  Desperate and alone, she flees to NY where her only other living family lives, but things aren’t much better.  But she doesn’t cry about it.  She tucks in her skirts and fights tooth and nail to make a life for herself because she realizes that no one will help her.  If she wants something, she will have to make it happen for herself.

I love, love, love, Fiona.  I can’t get enough of her rags to riches story.  She even gets revenge for her family by the end.  Fiona is a perfect example of the strength of woman.  She is smart, fierce, determined, and loving.  The second book in the trilogy has another wonderful heroine, but Fiona is the fiercest of the fierce in my opinion.

 

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Lessons learned from my first book release party

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The infamous, all important book release party.  From the moment I sat down to write my first book, I’ve always wanted to do one.  I used to practice interview questions like I was a famous author all the time like we all do…  No?  Just me?  

Any who.  For my latest book, Time of Prophecy, the epic conclusion to The Lost Guardian Trilogy, I decided to give it a whirl and try to make it happen.  And here are some things I learned, the good and the bad.

 

1. Indie book stores are you friend but you can host anywhere.

Most indie book stores are more than happy to host a book release party for a fee.  They usually have something on their website so check before you ask.  But you can also host release parties at Libraries, community centers, small coffee shops, whatever you like.  All you need to do is ask.  What’s the worst they can say.  If you’re a local, local businesses can be very accommodating.  I did the indie book shop route.  The lovely Page 158 books.

 

2. Ask questions

Especially if this is your first time organizing the event.  You may be responsible for advertising or ordering the books for people to purchase.  I didn’t.

 

3. Don’t be afraid to double check and get confirmations.

If a place is supposed to get back to you about your event and you haven’t heard anything back, don’t be afraid to call and double check to make sure everything is still on track.  I didn’t.  I hate to be a bother and assumed that everything was handled.  It wasn’t.  You never know what’s going on with someone else.  A family emergency will push everything out of anyone’s head.  This is your event, your baby.  Make sure it’s to your liking.

 

4. Stir up interest by a giveaway.

I wish I did this because what better way to drum up interest in your newly released book than by hosting a party for those who can’t physically come.

 

5.  Breathe

It’s scary hosting an event.  I had a mini panic attack over the thought of getting in front of people and talking about my book.  What if no one came?  My books kept falling through.  What if it totally sucked?  What if I came off as stupid or whatever?

Breathe.  Breathe.  Breathe.  And maybe take a Xanax.  Remember you are a bad ass writer who wrote a kick ass story.  People will be amazed just by that feat alone.  Remember all the times you pretended to be interviewed?  Well, you’ll fall back into that mode as soon as the questions come.  You can do this and will feel so good once it’s all said and done with.

 

That’s all I have this time.  Remember, always double check and make sure everything is in place before your event is supposed to take place.

 

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Trying New Things

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It’s hard to believe that January is almost over.  But it also feels like it’s been January for a thousand years.  Any who, nothing really writing related today because I’m in the middle of researching some things.  But I figured that it would be a good time to tell you guys about some new things that I have going on.  

New thing #1: Facebook fan page

After talking to Christina, a long term friend, I’ve decided to give the fan page a whirl.  It will be a place where a few of my various platforms converge.  But it will also be a fun place where my readers and I can mingle.  I will add the link to the page below.

 

New thing #2:  I’m on YouTube

The funny thing about me is that my personality doesn’t really come out when I write.  I’ve sort of trained myself to be neutral.  But when I’m talking, I’m more like myself.  So I’ve decided to give YouTube a go.  Now don’t worry, I won’t get rid of this blog.  They’re gonna run the same content (for the most part) until I figure out which one I like the most.  Each has their own benefits and stresses.

 

New thing #3: New features on Patreon

I’ve completely reworked my Patreon page.  Now patrons get access to a small writing samples every Saturday, first to know story updates and events, a really fun segment called “Control the Writer”, along with a ton of other features.  So if any of that wets your whistle, then click the link below and become a patron today.

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Fierce Female February

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Now that we’ve fully settled into the new year, the ever wonderful Ashley over at Falling down the Book Hole has created the Fierce Female February reading challenge.   You can participate in a group reading and chat on the twitter page.  You can also review books based on the prompts in the first picture.  Or participate on Instagram by taking part in the photo challenges.  Using the link below will enter your name in a raffle where you can win all sorts of prizes and just maybe a copy of my latest book: Time of Prophecy.

So let’s get to reading and celebrate all the bad-ass women in literature and history!

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2019 Writing Resolutions

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With the new year comes promises that we make to ourselves to help us grow throughout the year.  More often than not, we fall off the bandwagon and try again next year.  I know I’m bad about that but I aim to be better.  In addition to some other goals that are personal, I have a few writing goals as well. 

 

Goal #1: To write every day

I got a nifty little planner book from a Scribler box last month and I’m gonna use that to track my daily work counts.  I’m planning on writing 12k word a week.  That would equal out to roughly 36k words a month and give me time to do edits and revisions.

 

Goal #2:  To earn 15 new patrons on Patreon

In case you don’t know, Patreon is a platform where lovely people like you can help support independent creators like me.  For pledging a certain amount of money each month you’ll get perks that aren’t available to the general public.  For me that means you get things like Patreon only content, an opportunity to control a writer, and an extra special perk for those of the top tiers.  Click the link here Patreon Page  to head over and check it out.

 

Goal #3 Take care of my mental health

2018 saw a rise in my depression and anxiety to levels that I’ve never seen before.  I didn’t take care of myself which only made things worse and made it harder for me to write the way I wanted to which, in turn, lead to more depression and anxiety.  See the issue.  So this year I need to take better care of myself, physically and mentally so that I can not only be happier, but a better writer as well.

 

Question time?

Did you make any resolutions this year?

What are they?

 

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Indiecember: A Way to Give Back.

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I hope you all survived Thanksgiving with only minimal scaring.  Now it’s time to gird our loins and suit up for December.  In the spirit of giving, the amazing Megan Tennant has created a reading challenge for the month of December called Indiecember.  Basically it’s a way to help indie authors and give back the community for giving us wonderful stories to read.  I, myself, am a proud member of this community.  

The rules are simple and I will link the main page with full details below.  Play bingo and earn marks for leaving reviews on ANY indie book you’ve EVER read.  That’s right!  You don’t have to spend that much money buying new indie books (although that would be nice) but not necessary.

Here’s a pic of the card with what my books would earn you.  Just to give you head start.  And here’s the rules laid out plain and simple

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winners will get all sort of nifty prizes like free books, free merch, and other delights.  So get out there and leave some reviews on Amazon and Goodreads in support of Indie Authors everywhere!

 

 

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NaNoWriMo: is it worth it?

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For years I’ve heard and seen people talk about NaNoWriMo, which stands for National November Writing Month.  The basic premise of this event is for you to pump out a 50k word story in 30 days.  I’ve never worried about it because that seemed like an awful amount of work that I wasn’t sure if I was ready to tackle.  But this year I decided to give it a go.  I mean what’s the worse that can happen?  My writing has been pretty much non-existent lately so I’m hoping that this will help kick my butt into gear and get me back into the habit or writing a little bit each day.  

So here’s what I’ve learned so far.

Setting up is pretty easy.  It’s free!  The daily goal is 1667 words a day.  But there a ton of resources to help you.  There are forums for any and all topics to help you if you get stuck.  They also have this nifty thing called Word Sprints which is basically a timer that you set and try to punch out as many words as you can within that time frame.  When racing against the clock, you don’t have time to worry over every single word.  Using sprints is a great way to really hit the word count.  You can also join up with your region and gain access to write ins around you.  Write ins are exactly what they sound like.  People participating in NaNoWriMo meet up and write together.  It’s a great way to meet your fellow writers.  The region I’m in has their own open chat room where you can join in on word sprints or ask questions and get help in real time.

It’s only four days into it but I’m going pretty strong.  I just attended my 1st write in it was nice to meet writers near me.  At the end of the month I’ll check back in with you guys and let you know what pros and cons I discovered during this process.

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Book Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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It’s Monday so that’s means that it’s time once again for me to do a book review.  Yea! So here’s how this works. I rate books on a scale of coffee cups….because I love coffee.  Also there will be no spoilers in these reviews.

 

0 cups= I hated it/couldn’t finish

1 cup= did like but finished bc I’m stubborn

2 cups= meh

3 cups= Not the best but interesting enough to finish

4 cups= I really like it.  

5 cups=OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS

Rating:

4 Cups

 

General Overview:

Claire Randal survived the World Wars to only be trust into the past during a holiday with her husband.  Using only her wits and medical knowledge, she does the best to survive in past all while trying to get back to her husband.  But it’s not easy being a 20th century woman in the past and she soon finds herself torn between two worlds, two lifetimes, and two men who love her.

 

My Thoughts:

I have mixed feelings about this book.  It’s great story telling and really grips you and doesn’t let go.  However, towards the end I really felt like the author was just throwing in shit for the sake of messing with characters and the reader.  I ‘ve never read the others but always hear great things from them.  I do like the show but again, haven’t made it past the first season.  I will say this…every woman needs a Jaime.  This book is a mix of fantasy and historical fiction.  I know that there’s elements of science fiction that come into play with later books but I haven’t gotten there yet.  So really,this book has a bit of everything for everyone.

 

Reread factor:

I keep coming back to this book time and time again.  I love it and often imagine what I would do if I was Claire’s position.  I know that my aunt rereads the series all the time.  This is definitely one to keep if you love it.

 

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World Building: Religion

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It’s time for part three of my World building segment.  So far we’ve talked about you country and the people who live in it.  Now it is time to talk about religion.  I know some of you may already be rolling your eyes, but you cannot deny that religion is an important aspect for any people, culture, world.  So without further ado, here’s the five things you need to keep in mind when creating a religion for your world.

 

Do I even need a religion?

Let’s go a head and nip this in the bud.  If your people don’t need a religion then there’s no reason to continue on.  But if your character doesn’t but the the rest of your world does, then you need to keep going and hash it out.  Now I can hear some of you asking….”What do you mean if they need a religion?”  Your world may not need religion.  Are then science driven, then they may not need to have a religion at all.  Think of the Vulcans.  They don’t really have a religion (that I’m aware of) because they value logic above everything.  Religion is about faith not logic, so if your people don’t need faith then you need not worry about the next four steps.

How does my culture and landmass effect the religion.

I took a religion class in collage and one thing stuck with me.  Did the religion have an effect on a culture or did the culture have and effect on the religion.  Religion is an organic thing.  It tends to evolve over time not just with text but with practices.  But it still depends on the people who follow it.  A desert culture isn’t going to jungle goddess.  A people who are matriarchal will probably not have god as the ruler of their gods. Whether you believe the divine is 100% real or archetypes, it has to make sense to the people that are going to be involved in it.  You really don’t have to spend too much time on this just make sure that you do.

What type of gods are there?

This is where it gets fun.  Let your creative juices flow unrestricted.  Are you going to go for an all encompassing singular god/ess?  Or will you create a whole pantheon?  Are all your god/ess good or do you have some trouble makers (looking at you Loki and Coyote).  Are they tied into certain aspects like seasons, trades, skills?  Research the gods of religions past and present.  This should give you a good idea where to start from and let you spend more time on baby name websites looking up cool and unique names for your new gods.  Maybe they just pray to the vast Universe knowing that humans could never fully understand or perceive the divine?  Go crazy and have fun.

Do your people worship something other than gods?

In some cultures families are so important that you pray to your ancestors to intercede on their behalf and in turn the living family provides sustenance for the dead family in the afterlife.  Perhaps your people worship nature spirits.  Just know that there are always options and if you choose to go this route, you can still have fun with it.

How do your people access their gods?

Are there holy text that only a few can read?  Are there sacred sites or buildings?  What are the holy days?  Basically how do the masses practice their faith? This is important because if only a few really understand then that can lead to corruption and oppression.  If it’s open to all then that could mean that there’s less rigidity in the religion.  Perhaps there are holy people who travel and teach?  Maybe there’s holy sites that they only go to at certain times but the rest is handled in their homes?

 

There’s probably a hundred more topics just related to religion but I believe that these are enough to get you started.  But the main thing is to not be afraid when creating your religion.  All religions sound a little crazy when you really think about them.  But religion is something that can either mean a great deal to your people or not.  But in our world there have been plenty of wars waged in the name of religion so it can’t hurt to at least think about it in your new world.  Well that’s all that I have this week.  Be sure to comment below if you have any questions or have points you think others should know.

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Book Review: Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

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Hey guys.  Sorry I missed last week.  I had a family emergency and didn’t think about it.  But I’m here no so let’s get this party started.  I rate books on a scale of coffee cups….because I love coffee.  Also there will be no spoilers in these reviews.

 

0 cups= I hated it/couldn’t finish

1 cup= did like but finished bc I’m stubborn

2 cups= meh

3 cups= Not the best but interesting enough to finish

4 cups= I really like it.  

5 cups=OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS

Rating:

0 Cups

 

General Overview:

The Owens women are cursed.  They have no problem finding love, the trick is keeping it.  Death, rumors, and loneliness are as common as the sun rising each morning.  But Sally isn’t having any of it.  She and her girls will have a normal life if it kills her.  She does everything she can to turn her back on her family’s heritage until the day her sister Jillian returns carrying a trunk load of trouble that can only be solved by being an Owens woman. 

 

My Thoughts:

I’d seen the movie so many times before I read this book.  I didn’t even realize it was a book until many years later and I think that’s why I didn’t like it.  I went in with tons of preconceptions.  The sisters and how they act with each other are completely different in the movie.  The same with the aunts.  The director took plenty of liberties when he made this book a movie.  But all that aside, the writing and pacing are pretty good.  I made it a third of the way through before I gave up.  I kept expecting certain things to happen because of the movie and they never did and I knew that I couldn’t keep on going.

 

Reread factor:

I don’t think I will give this book another chance.  Sometimes if I don’t like a book, I’ll set it aside for later.  Sometimes that helps but sometimes it doesn’t.  I’ve just seen the movie way too many times to separate the two.  I have the same problem with Stephen King and his movies/TV shows. 

 

If you’ve read this book, please comment below.  Maybe I’ll give it another chance.  I felt so bad not being able to finish it.

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