Eclectic Cycle
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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15Apr/13Off

Zentangle Dragon

Oh, yeah, a zentangle dragon this week. Whoo hoo. I thought he was kind of cute, with big round eyes and a lazy smile. Drawing him helped me think as I finished up the second draft of A Fury of Angels. And trust me, there is a lot of fury! I am happy to report I am still on track for a release at the end of this month but you never know what trials await this haggard writer...keep sending those happy-waves-finish-the-trilogy-already-dang-it-vibes!

I also hope to design the new cover for the book. I want more calligraphy in the typography so the final book will look different from the first two. They are going to have cover redos as well so they should all match up soon.

Anyway, enough of my blathering! Here is the dragon...dun dun dunnnnn....

zentangle-dragon-2

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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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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18Mar/13Off

Demon Draw: Part Two

Hello, fiends! In my neck of the woods, it is a dreary bleary Monday. Good news for fans of "The Last Savior Trilogy" because I have nothing else to do but write A Fury of Angels today (besides blogging, laundry, dishes, entertaining a three year old princess, paying bills, cooking supper-other than those trifling matters!). I hope your day is filled with sunshine and song instead of grey skies and a sudden cold snap.

For those of you who read the first excerpt from my longish short "Demon Draw" here is the second excerpt. Friendly reminder that this is a story for adults. It is violent and has adult scenes. If you are under eighteen, stop reading now. If you are over eighteen and like dark fantasy about demons, enjoy!

"Demon Draw: Part Two"

He towered over the end of the bed, completely nude, beautiful and hideous, alien and unnatural. His features were perfect, but his gaze was mad. He spread his huge fingers and began to pull the cover off, slowly unsheathing his prize.

As the cover slid down, she swore again that this was the very last time. The very last. She would find a different way to earn her living, another cloak with which to hide her shame. But as she tensed herself to act, she knew that the path through the incubus was the only way forward. There was no other path for an old whore like her.

Now that his prey was uncovered, the incubus used his bone-white knee to nudge her ankles apart. He did not try to glamor her with his fathomless gaze, so she knew that this one must like a fight. Most demons did—a lesson she had learned from painful experience.

Her heart hammering so hard that she thought it would explode, Valena kicked out with her bare foot and connected with his rock-hard thigh. The incubus laughed low in his throat, and swatted her leg away as he moved forward again. His laughter sounded like gravel thudding into an abyss.

Holding a scream back, Valena fumbled the stopper out of the vial and threw the blessed waters in his face, hoping to hear his unearthly scream as the waters scorched him.

The water dripped down his chin and onto her bare thigh—and did nothing. Valena swore under her breath, her anger overshadowing her terror for a moment. The priest who had blessed the holy water must not have believed. Or they had sent her out with weak defenses on purpose...

The incubus bared his teeth at her, and she saw a pronounced stirring at the juncture of his thighs.

Water dripped on her belly as he moved forward. She spat out her next defense. “By the Lord's will, I command you—”

His heavy hand slammed across her face and she tumbled sideways, feeling something crack in her jaw. Through the red haze of pain, she felt his influence subtly working its way under her skin and into her groin.

As blood coated her teeth, a deep thrill emerged in her aching breast. She felt a need to be conquered. A need to be filled. Valena found herself weakening to his influence, allowing herself to be rolled over with ease, watching her betraying knees part.

His greedy gaze lingered in the flickering candlelight. He grabbed her hurting jaw, forcing her eyes to meet his. She was being pulled into his world of dark desires and pulsating need, her loins on fire, her fingers loosening, the knife slipping from her fingers—

A buried animal instinct, a flash of her beloved's face, some good thing, some force of right and light made her will break from his. She tightened her fingers around the worn handle of the sacred knife and thrust it upward. The obsidian blade slipped between his ribs and she twisted, her wrist weak, her inner voice screaming work—please work—I have no other defense—banish the demon—WORK—

And that is all you get! If you want to read the rest of the tale, here are the links:

Barnes & Nobles

Amazon

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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