Eclectic Cycle
7Oct/14Off

Next Projects in Writing

Well, guys, sorry I missed last Monday's mediocre blog update. Blame it on October nearing. I always get a special kind of kooky as fall approaches. As for writing updates, working on two different projects, some of which I hope to publish in December. For my 'dark fantasy' and 'horror' fans, I am working on quite a few horror shorts that I hope you will enjoy. I have some semi-big plans for these short horror stories. You want to know what my plans are? You do? Awesome! Here's the plan (of which, knowing my history, half will fall apart before it even gets to production and half will be delayed):

1. Publish horror short stories as ebooks. Duh.

2. Compile into an anthology and publish that (duh again).

3. This is where it gets exciting! I have a voice actor lined up ( the same one who did Demon Draw) to read the stories.

4. Publish audio stories on podiobooks and video channels.

5. Profit!

Yep, that's the plan. For those of you still curious about the shorts, I will give one further clue: they are mostly what is commonly called 'quiet horror.' Shirley Jackson's House on Haunted Hill is a great example of a quiet horror novel. A good example of a quiet horror short story would be The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen. Less gore. More ghosts and the unexplained. H.P. Lovecraft also wrote a fair bit of quiet horror as well.

As for the elf romance, it's still chugging along too!

That's all I got, folks! Have a great day!

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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15Sep/14Off

My Paranormal Journal: Volume Two is Published!

Whoo hoo. Always feels good to get another round of writing out there for my fans. You can find My Parnormal Journal: Volume Two at multiple retailers right freaking now! Here's a picture and a linky link to the great and powerful 'zon:

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Also I would like to make a special note for those of you who buy through B and N, (link) that the cover image is not showing up on the preview page for some odd reason. Trying to fix that but we can't figure out why the image isn't showing up. Sorry, guys!

Well, back to writing stuff. Have an awesome Monday, guys!

 

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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1Jul/13Off

Spurned (The Hither and Nigh Carnival Series) is Halfway Published

...because one of my publishers is lightning fast, and one is so, so slow. The book is available for FREE (whoo hoo) on Smashwords and at Amazon it is $3.99 (I would set it free there, but it is at Amazon's discretion, not mine). But for my fans at Barnes and Noble, Sony, Kobo, and Apple, the book is still not in those shops. It could go through three hours from now...or three weeks. Sorry about the wait!

Here's the blurb, cover and links:

Kara has one burning desire. To free her mother from slavery. But after Kara's father spurns her from his estate, brutally thrusting her into a world rife with creeping evil and dark magic, she must find a new home for safety. And she does.

At a traveling carnival, where the only work she can get is as a pickpocket, luring crowds into shows and then stealing from them. But under the bright lights and gaudy masks hide dangers far worse than Kara ever thought possible. How will she free her mother and keep herself alive?

Spurned is the first book in 'The Hither and Nigh Carnival' series.

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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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28May/13Off

Release of ‘The Last Savior Trilogy’ Omnibus

The Last Savior Omnibus

 

Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Awww, yeah. Here it is, the super sexy omnibus edition! I love the cover, it is all gritty and dark, isn't it?! As I mentioned in a previous post, there is no 'bonus' material within, no extra chapters or author interviews or anything like that. If you already have A Shadow of LiliesA Binding of Demons, and A Fury of Angels, then you are not missing out on anything. This is just one compact package for those who like to buy one edition. The whole series clocks in at a little over 225,000 words, which was more than I thought it would be.

Now, on to other subjects! Still working on the next book, all is well there. No surprises, shocks, delays, or computer failure so far, so hopefully it will be released in June as promised.

Another thing I would like to address in this post is the question I (and other authors) get the most from friends/fans/family (the three awesome f words!). And that question is...

I want to be an author! How do you do it? (Alternate versions include "What is your advice for new authors?")

If this question is asked in person, the person sits back and looks at me like there is one simple, easy answer.

There isn't!

So many authors have been asked this question and have answered, so I do not feel I am contributing any new information/advice. This is just what has worked for me, and since you guys ask me personally, I will try to give my own take on the process. The most classic, overused, yet truest advice is the most obvious:

You must write. Every day if you can.

Well, duh. Of course you have to write to be a writer. But this is often what happens to aspiring new writers: They talk about writing. They join writer's groups. They plot out story. If into fantasy, they draw maps. Many illustrate the characters. They think about writing constantly, doodling notes all the while.

Notice how little actual writing is going on. To be a writer, you must write. And you must write knowing that what you are writing will most likely be scrapped for a better draft later on. You must write knowing that your first book/short story/novella have the odds greatly stacked against it being a best seller-if that is even your goal.

And that brings me to the second aspect of writing. What is your goal? Only you can answer that one. Maybe you just want to write a memoir for friends and family. Maybe you want advice on how your poetry is progressing. Maybe you want to be a best seller and fill up a swimming pool with your sweet, sweet cash. How you write, what you write, how often you write, depends on a clear and concise goal that only you can set.

So that's how I did it. I plotted, then I wrote, then I rewrote (I usually go through about five drafts). I scrapped the first two novels I wrote because they sucked really, really bad. That is normal. I hated to trash them because I put so much love in them. But I knew I had to be better. I have to be better every day to make even a modest living as an author. I want to be as good a writer as I can because my readers deserve that. Your time is valuable. Your money is valuable. It is my job as an author to give you the best I am able! I think that is my personal goal. I hope I didn't fail!

So that is part one of how to be an author. Stay tuned for part two!

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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18May/13Off

Sneak Peek of New Cover Design

I've got a simple little sketch for you guys! While I could change the design on the cover at the last minute, this is what I've got so far. I think it is vaguely creepy yet pretty. Ready, set, go....

carnival-mask-sketch

 

In other news, still have a publication date of June for the book and we are still working on "The Last Savior" omnibus. I really like the cover for that one as well, and I will be showing you guys soon!

Well, back to writing, so see you next week, my dear 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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13May/13Off

So What Is R. Moses Working On Next?

Awww, c'mon guys, I just released a whole 75,ooo word book! Yet you say you want more, so since I am ever your humble servant, I shall give you more. Let's see, what is going on?

Well, the launch of A Fury of Angels went smashingly. Already got lots of positive comments/emails/reviews, thank you all so much for your feedback. For the "Last Savior Trilogy," I am working on an omnibus edition for those of you who like to buy one bundle. The omnibus will not have any new material, just the three books. No bonus chapters or interviews or anything! I am sad to see the series done but I am so excited to be working on the next series...

Speaking of, I do have an update on that as well. A few posts back I said I was going to write a young adult series about a carnival. As I was writing the first book, I realized something...

I have a really hard time writing young adult. Much as I love to read it, I find restricting cursing/violence/sexuality too hard. It's just not my style. So I am not diving into young adult books anytime soon. The next series will be under the same pen name of R. Moses. It will still feature a carnival and is fantasy themed. Do you want a sneak peek? Do you?

Okay, you talked me into it. I have to warn you, it is only a second draft so it is not polished and will likely change by the time the first book is published. Here goes!

Untitled Second Draft of the Carnival Book

Mud and blood filled Kara's mouth.

 Kara tucked her knees under and pushed up. She spit out the blood and mud as best as she could.

 Anna's mocking laughter washed over her. She said, “You have been spurned, dear sister.”

 Kara did not respond. Carefully she found her footing in the slimy earth. She stood up and backed away from her half-sister. Her teeth and jaw were throbbing from where Anna had just hit her. But Kara could not hit back or she would be a fugitive, running from the King's Law.

Anna gave her a mean, little smile. She was dressed in green hunting leathers and metal-tipped boots. She was much taller than Kara, even though she was younger, and towered over her as she asked, “Nothing to say?”

 It took every last bit of Kara's self-control to not rush her half-sister or retort back. Anna was their mutual father's heir, a young noble, and enjoyed the full rights and protection that station afforded. If any commoner, sister or no, hurt her they were fair game for the King's Justice.

 Kara was just a recently freed slave with little rights and no kingly defense. If she hurt Anna and was caught as a fugitive running from the King's Justice, the best punishment she could hope for was having the hand she hit a noble with cut off.

 She did not even want to think of the worst punishment.

 Kara backed away a few more feet, towards the woods. She had to leave now. If she did not, she was going to hurt Anna very, very badly. She said with forced calm, “I am leaving now.” Her jaw throbbed with each movement. She edged a little closer to the woods where she had hidden a satchel full of food and spare clothes.

 Anna was not done with her taunts. She said, “Father may have freed you, but you will always have the soul of a slave.”

 Kara's fingers twitched and jerked towards her throwing knife. She forced them to stop. Nothing would make her happier right now than if the knife was buried up to the hilt in Anna's long neck.

...and that's all you get! Hopefully the book will be out next month. Have a great Monday!

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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29Apr/13Off

A Fury of Angels: Update

Well, the update is I am still on track for early May publishing of A Fury of Angels. No delays! Whoo hoo! We are designing the cover today; fingers crossed that it will rock!

So what else is new? One big thing I am thinking of is my next series, and I have gotten several questions about what I am writing next. I do  believe I will take up a new pen name and write a young adult fantasy series. I like the fast pace and themes of young adult, and I feel those components fit well with the themes. I already have the first 8,000 words or so written out of the series. Here's a fun little hint: the setting is a carnival. Carnivals are all bright lights and dark corners, and of course, you all know I am going to explore the dark corners! There is going to be ghosts and evil carnies! It does NOT get better than that!

The last little bit of news I have is that I finally updated my "About Me" page. I sort of compiled all the most popular fan questions I get and smushed them together. There is a picture of me added too if you REALLY want to know what I look like. So go check out the "About Me" page if you want to know more about me. If you do not want to know more about me, I understand completely. I am the most boring person I know!

Well, back to working sixteen hour days until A Fury of Angels is published! Cheers!

 

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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22Apr/13Off

Delay Number One : Fury of Angels

Oh, my faithful readers. I regret to inform you I got sick on Saturday and the sickness spread like germy wildfire through my household. We are still recovering and now I think A Fury of Angels will be published in early May. It's only a couple of days, but I missed my deadline.

Again.

Sigh.

In the hopes of cheering everyone up despite my utter failings at time management, here is yet another zentangle sketch of a unicorn. I sketched this like five or six years ago then pulled it out of storage and finished it. I rarely add much color to my pen and ink sketches, so this one is a little different. Hope you enjoy!

old-zentangle-unicorn

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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8Apr/13Off

The Audiobook of ‘Demon Draw’ Has Been Released Into the Wild

Hello, fiends! I have something that may be of interest to you... the audiobook of my longish short story, “Demon Draw.” The voice actor/producer who completed this dramatic rendering is also going to produce A Shadow of Lilies. Check out his website, Keplar.net, if your curious about his work. He layers a wide variety of voices and sound effects to make some creepy demons.

Oh, yeah, added bonus to the audiobooks. I got sweet-talked into doing voice-acting, which I have zero training in. I play the voice of Valena. You really ought to listen to my hick accent, it is hilarious. So if you want to know what my voice sounds like, there you go! I really think I sound awful, but I will leave the final judgment to you...

Of course, I have to give an update on A Fury of Angels. No delays-yet. I hold my breath in anticipation for release at the end of the month. I am working on the second draft still-and nothing has gone wrong! Whoo hoo! No delays, no sickness, no sudden emergencies, nothing has impeded me! So you guys keep sending me happy-waves until I publish the book!

And without further ado, here is “Demon Draw.”

Hear the book on Podiobooks.Com!

Listen on YouTube

 

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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31Mar/13Off

Weekly Update on A Fury of Angels and a Zentangle Dragon

Hello, fiends. Hope Easter finds your basket full of eggs and your bunny hopping merrily. The only egg I have for your basket is this: I am done with the first draft of A Fury of Angels and halfway through the second draft! Whoo hoo! I have my fingers crossed for an April publish date on the final book in the trilogy. It still needs to go through a total of four drafts and an edit, and that is a lot of work, but I am shooting for the stars here. I ask you, my kindly and faithful fans, to send me happy waves and good luck cheers. Perhaps if we all join together and ask the universe very nicely, she/it/he will deliver the finished book by the end of April!

Just for my little bit of random, I drew a zentangle sea dragon this week while thinking about writing. There is so much stuff to plan, from marketing to cover design, and this little dragon helped me through it all-him and my ever patient husband. Hope you enjoy! (The image uploaded kind of small so please click on to enlarge. The scales are really detailed and you cannot really see unless  he is enlarged, thanks!)

zentangle-dragon

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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