Eclectic Cycle
23Jun/13Off

Zentangle Quail

This might be the most fanciful quail you have ever seen! I had a lot of fun doodling her while writing this week. Ready? Here she is:quail

 

Okay, now that the random doodle of the week is out of the way, let us move onto news regarding my writing. Remember how I said there was some sweet audiobookage heading your way this month? Man, it is not happening, not this month and probably not next month either. While my publishing schedule is not too far behind (more on that in a sec) the audio stuff is waaayyyy behind. Sorry, guys, but there was some poor scheduling on my part. It's a shame, too, because Keplar (my audio/tech superstar) had a soundtrack already written for A Shadow of Lilies

Bummer.

Now, my next book, which was promised at the end of this month, is experiencing some minor delays, which you guys who are older fans knew was coming. I try so hard to keep a production schedule up, but my three year old has other plans (that's right, I, a grown woman, am blaming my poor scheduling on a teeny tiny adorable little girl). It's nothing horrible, but between life getting in the way and general summertime craziness, early July is looking a little more likely. Sorry yet again! I am really excited to hear what my fans think of the book, and every day that publishing is delayed is another day I will not get your thoughts back on the book.

So what else is going on? Hmmm, I have been getting more questions from fans who are aspiring authors, and I have been giving very, very general advice on how to get started via Heinlein's rules of writing. The last rule of his is simply this: You must put your story on the market. Back when he was writing, that meant submitting your work over and over again to different publishers. From what he claimed, the day he got a rejection of one of his stories, he would send it right back out to another potential publisher. Now, if you are interested in traditional publishing, this is pretty much still good advice.

However, if you have been consulting at the oracle of 'R. Moses' for a glimpse of your author future, you know I am indie published and plan to stay that way unless a publisher backs up a truck full of money and unloads those bales of greenbacks into my secret vault.

Yeah, don't see that happening anytime soon.

So, how does Heinlein's classic advice work in the modern world of indie publishing? It works brilliantly! One of the most beautiful aspects of independent publishing is that once you put your ebook on the market, it stays there unless you remove it (or if you have a dispute with your distributor and they remove it, a common occurrence with erotic works especially, though anyone can be bitten by this snake). And if you take the extra step and have your book signed up for print on demand distribution, then your fans can order paperbacks of your work and the book is not printed until they order it. Whoo hoo! So, yeah, once you submit it to the market, you can move on...hopefully to your next bit of writing. Keeping your work on the market is pretty vital to getting sales, and that aspect of writing is so much easier than it was in Heinlein's day.

So good luck, keep writing, keep reading, and have a great week!

 

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2May/13Off

Published “A Fury of Angels” on Nook!

I am very happy to report that A Fury of Angels is published and ready for your explicit pleasure over at Barnes and NobleAmazon & Smashwords. Itunes/Kobo/Sony are all still pending...

A Fury of Angels

A Fury of Angels (Book 3 of The Last Savior Trilogy)

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AMAZON
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25Mar/13Off

Zentangle Unicorn

Hello, fiends! As always, Monday is bringing you fans of dark fantasy a bit of weird, a bite of random, dashed with a little strange sauce.

And today's random weirdness is...drumroll, please...a zentangle unicorn.

I hear the hue and cry raised. WHAT! yell my fans of "The Last Savior Trilogy." Why aren't you writing?! You promised the book would be done in spring! I demand justice! Off with her head!

Relax, guys, relax. Let us keep my humble author head on my shoulders. It is still early spring, after all. Drawing is a part of my writing. People always ask 'how do you write? What is your process?' They think I am going to say I pray to the moon, light four candles to earth, wind, fire, and water, rub my unicorn's hoof for good luck, then dip my quill in ink drawn from a monk's sacred ashes.

Alas, writing is a great deal less mystical than that. I usually start my writing process by doodling. I draw something like the unicorn below and fill it with doodles, commonly called 'zentangle' designs. While I am doodling, I ask myself questions about the book and write a great deal in my head. So that is why I am sharing this unicorn with you! While it may seem silly and random, drawing and thinking about my writing go hand in hand. Some writers sit in front of the computer and just start writing, but that has never worked for me.

So there you go. This is how I start writing. By doodling unicorns and chugging coffee. Mysticism dispelled.

And of course, what everyone really wants to know. How is A Fury of Angels doing? You done yet? I get variations of that email all the time and let me assure you I am writing every day. I am so excited to finish the trilogy so that we all know the fate of Hades, Earth, and of course, our heroine Abira. Well, back to writing!

zentangle unicorn by r. moses

zentangle unicorn by r. moses

 

 

Check out my coloring books at Becca Paige’s Author Page on Amazon. And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest. If you are here for the fantasy book goodness, the R. Moses Author Page is where you can find my writing. Thanks for stopping by!

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10Mar/13Off

Podiobooks Vs. Audiobooks for The Last Savior Trilogy

Dilemmas, dilemmas. I have run into what can best be described as a 'grey legal matter' with the production of the audiobook of "The Last Savior Trilogy." Let me explain lest there is any confusion. I would very much like to have an audiobook through all the major distribution channels. BUT-and to me, this is  a huge BUT- I cannot set the price. The distribution company has the final say on that matter. One of the many joys of being an indie writer is the right to set the price of your work. Based on their calculations, I am thinking that to purchase the entire trilogy as audiobooks could cost anywhere from $24-74 depending on format.

Yeah, no. Heck no! Heck no with fudge sauce and a cherry on top! If I could set the price, I would have the first audiobook free since anyone kind enough to give up their spare time to check out my work should get a no-obligation audiobook. And the subsequent audiobooks? $7.95 apiece for a grand total of $15.90 for the digital file. So as you can see, I am at extreme odds with the pricing structure of the major distributors.

But wait, all is not yet lost! I am currently working with a voice actor to produce podiobooks. They are a little different because they are episodic instead of one long production. Each chapter will be an episode. And this is the awesome part-they work on a donation method. You can donate as little or as much as you want. The podio episodes are free to download, and you make a donation if you are happy with the content. You set the price, which is better to me than some giant corporation telling me how much to charge my awesome fans. The site is www.podiobooks.com and you will see my work up there soon. The short story I wrote, "Demon Draw" is in production and should be released by the end of the month. Oh, yeah, I almost forgot! Another cool thing about podiobooks are the sound effects and music. Traditional audiobooks do not have such sweet upgrades.

So, yeah, this is my tiny resistance against the powers that be. I refuse to be told how much to charge for my work under a seven year contract-and that is the most lenient contract I could find. I really have my fingers crossed that A Shadow of Lilies will be in podio by the end of May 2013. They do take a lot of technical expertise, professional voicework, and time to produce, but I think we will all find it worth it...

Oh, and how could I forget to mention this? I am still writing A Fury of Angels every day, so it should have a spring release as planned. Thank you for your patience, my dark fantasy fiends!

Check out my coloring books at Becca Paige’s Author Page on Amazon. And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest. If you are here for the fantasy book goodness, the R. Moses Author Page is where you can find my writing. Thanks for stopping by!

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3Mar/13Off

Demon Draw

Hello fiends! As always, I will first reassure you that I am busy writing A Fury of Angels every single day. Even Saturday and Sunday so you can get it in your hot little hands soon.

But I have also been a busy bee with other projects. I just published the longish short story “Demon Draw.” Its about-you guessed it, you clever reader, you-demons! I know, shocking and scandalous. Well, it is actually about demons, prostitutes, and the church, so I guess that is a kind of scandalous...

Anyway, here is a 500 word sample. The entire piece is pushing 8,000 words, so it is the longest a short story can be before it becomes a novelette. Look at me, always pushing the edge...

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As Valena feigned sleep in a stranger's bed, she swore that this was the last time she would draw a demon. The incubus she was drawing haunted one of the most respected ladies in the inner quarter, and Valena had been sent by the church to finish it off.

That is, of course, if it did not get her first.

Her muscles were tense and trembling, every one of her nerves wound tight. Demon drawing was finicky business, and the stupid old biddy who had summoned the incubus had realized too late that bringing a demon from the pit was not worth the fleeting carnal thrill. When one dealt with demons, shivers of thrill quickly became squeals of animal terror.

Valena shook, lying under covers that smelled faintly of lemons and age, preparing to risk her life to bind yet another incubus. As she fingered her vial of holy water, she cursed the idiots who had summoned this plague of fiends by opening the way to Hell. She rubbed her other palm against the worn handle of the sacred knife, reassuring herself that it was still there, sharp and deadly, the only lasting defense against an otherworldly attack. She searched both holy items for a tickle of divinity, but found nothing. She reached under the bed and rooted in her satchel, finding the hard and reassuring edge of the binding collar that was hidden there.

A whisper swept over her, and a nervous energy began to strain around the edges of the room, between overstuffed chairs and venerable family portraits. Sweat bloomed under her hairline and a nervous clamp clutched her belly.

If this job had not paid so ridiculously well, she would have bolted at that first whisper. But a greater terror than the fear she harbored for the demon kept her lying there, under the weight of the covers.

So she stayed, trying to prepare herself for the attack.

Then there came a smell—it was of something that was like burning cork, but not quite. It had an edge of rancid decay, of carrion under the baking sun. She clutched the vial reflexively, and braced herself as a discordant crackling assaulted her ears. Sparks and shoots of light burst before her. The air grew stale and chill. Her toes curled, and she stopped breathing.

The outline of the demon's shoulders blazed in the dimly lit room. Valena gulped. This was going to be a big one. The priest had warned her that this was an especially powerful incubus, seductive and beautiful even to one with tastes like Valena’s. The beautiful demons were far harder to resist than the gnarled ones with bulging eyes and needle teeth. Something old and seductive shimmered before her, rising from the thick dark, a shadow in the shape of an alluring nightmare. Such was the contradictory nature of demons.

Then he was there, right there, the single candle by the bed revealing black eyes and gleaming teeth, maggoty skin and white hair...

Here are the links to the rest of the story-if you dare!

Read the rest of Demon Draw at:
Smashwords
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

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18Feb/13Off

Stories for the Wayward and Churlish

Hello, wicked minions! Today is a very special day in which I make a grand announcement: I've been doing editing and writing!

I know, I know, not what you wanted. You wanted to hear that A Fury of Angels was done and done. Patience, my good fans of the interwebz! It is being written, day by day, word by word, the great work is edging towards glorious conclusion, explosive climax, epic battles and lost souls...

Okay, enough of my mindless chatter. I would like to present to you, my most devoted reader, an anthology of short stories entitled Bedtime Tales : Stories for the Wayward and Churlish by my arch-nemis/frienemy/fellow author/husband Dar Qwynd. Yes, the man I stood and made vows with before a Justice of the Peace has unleashed his darkness upon the world!

His style is kind of like Lewis Carroll and H.P. Lovecraft had a really ugly weird baby who grew up to write morbidly charming tales....Download a sample and see what you think!

Bedtime Tales

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

Check out my coloring books at Becca Paige’s Author Page on Amazon. And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest. If you are here for the fantasy book goodness, the R. Moses Author Page is where you can find my writing. Thanks for stopping by!

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