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Website Changes

Posted by Sandie on September 25, 2013 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I've made some changes to the website. In addition to creating a page for Arvanion's Gift, I altered the structure for the books of The Jada-Drau. All the pages are still there, including the map and Character Guide, you just have to hover over The Jada-Drau Trilogy page in the list and the others will become visible, The Jada-Drau page first, then hover over that one to see the others.

I'm looking forward to the release of Arvanion's Gift in November and plan to attend some markets before Christmas. Books always make excellent Christmas gifts!

My Blog Interview with Mary Metcalfe!

Posted by Sandie on May 22, 2012 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Judging by this title, you'd think I was interviewing Mary Metcalfe, but it's the other way around. :)

Mary is a long-time technical writer turned indie author, and has started a blog dedicated to publishing and book promotion, tips, links, stories and interviews. Now is your chance to find out a little more about me! Just follow the yellow brick road! Um...link!

http://​www.lakefrontmuse.blogspot.ca/

Tyrsa's Choice!

Posted by Sandie on March 30, 2012 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

It's almost here! Tyrsa's Choice will be released Easter Weekend, April 7th! We'll see how long it takes to show up at Amazon. Last time it was a week. Unfortunately, it takes time for the books to reach me here in Duncan, so I won't be at the Farmer's Market that day. They should be here in time for the next one, Saturday April 14th and I'll make sure I'm there!

Ebook coming soon!

Ebook!

Posted by Sandie on November 22, 2011 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (2)

The Jada-Drau is now available at Amazon in ebook! Sorry for the delay, but it's here in time for Christmas.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006BFBSRC/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_ask_6HxmC.0PK9473

I'll be at the Duncan Farmer's Market on Dec. 3, 17, and 24 from 10am to 2pm to sell and sign paperback copies. Too bad I can't sign ebooks!

To Market to Market

Posted by Sandie on September 4, 2011 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (2)

So I"m off to the Cedar Market  tomorrow. I'll sit at my table with my books around me handing out bookmarks and fridge magnets. The magnets are new and I'm giving one away with each book purchase.

It may seem boring sitting there for four or five hours, and the first couple times I tried it, it was. Not so much anymore. I'm getting to know people, particularity the regulars, the wonderful bunch of people who bring their fruits and veggies, crafts and yummy food to sell. Just as interesting are the people who've come to spend their money. It's amazing how many people arrive at the market with little or no money. I think they expect to find everyone with debit and credit machines. Some businesses do ahve them, most don't. I would have made more sales if some people had come with money, and when you're sitting out in the middle of a field out front of the Crow & Gate, there's not too many ATM machines. Oh well.

I was at the Duncan Market a few weeks ago when an elderly lady came by to check out my book. It took just one look at her and I knew it wasn't a good fit, but she read the back cover, checked out the front and even scanned a few pages. I told her it was full of action, adventure, romance, magic....and that was as far as I got. She dropped the book like a hot potato, said she didn't believe in magic and scurried off like I was the devil. I watched her go with what  I"m sure must have been a stupid expression. My posters say 'Fantasy' book. What did she think 'Fantasy' was? I sure wish I knew.

Last Saturday I was back at the Duncan Market and a pleasant young woman was back for a second round of checking out the book. I know she wanted it, but I'm not sure she could afford it, inexpensive as it is. I talked to her while she looked at it and then another woman showed up who appeared to be in her forties. She picked the book up and glanced at the front and back covers. 'What's Jada-Drau mean?' she said. The other woman was still there and I don't like to reveal what it means because all that happens in Tyrsa's Choice, book 2, especially with someone else right there who might not want to know. I told her my reason for not telling her and she huffed a bit.  Then she wanted to know what the book was all about. She hadn't perused the back cover blurb long enough to read it (unless she's the fastest reader in the world). I went into my spiel about 'Action! Adventure! Romance!', but she interrupted and said 'Yes, yes, but what actually happens?' I relalized then that she wanted me to tell her the condensed version of the entire book! Once again I didn't want to reveal too much because of the other possible sale and told her she should read it. She put the book down and said, in a haughty tone, "Too much information!"

I think my jaw hit the floor on that one. Too much information? I was trying not to give her any! If there hadn't been another possible reader right there, I probably would have told her more of the story than what I did, but as I said, I didn't want to ruin it for the other lady. As it turned out, the young woman didn't have enough money. I gave her a bookmark and told her it was available at Volume One. She said she'd get it there and off she went. Maybe she did, maybe she didn't, but I wasn't about to spoil the story for her.

I wonder what's in store for me tomorrow?

Changes

Posted by Sandie on August 25, 2011 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (2)

I've had some requests from readers regarding additions to the website. Some people like to read a little of a novel before they buy it, so I've posted Chapter One to The Jada-Drau page.

Others are having trouble pronouncing some of the names in the story. I've added a new page for that list so The Jada-Drau page isn't cluttered too much. Some of the names I thought were obvious, but I've lived with them in my head for so long I could just be used to them. Let me know if you think anyone else, or anyplace else, should be there.

I'm also working on a map of Ardael which will, hopefully, be included in Tyrsa's Choice, the second book in the series.

If there's anything else anyone can think of that they'd like to see here, just let me know. :)

'Gun on the Mantle'

Posted by Sandie on August 16, 2011 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (1)

Strange things come into my mind on the nights I have trouble sleeping. Usually they revolve around the books I'm writing or am planning to write. Not last night. For some reason I coudn't stop thinking about the writing 'rule' that says 'If you show a gun on the mantle at the beginning of the story, you'd better use it by the end'.

First of all, I say 'rule' because thier are no rules in writing, just guidelines. Any of these guidelines can be broken as long as it's done right. I'm not going to get into 'right', because it means different things in different readers' minds. One 'rule' that doesn't seem to get broken, however, at least as far as I've seen, is the 'Gun on the Mantle.'

 

I think maybe it should be broken from time to time. A few years ago, my son asked me how I can predict occurances in so many TV shows and movies. It's because of the 'Gun on the Mantle'. For example, a novel I started reading at the beginning of July takes place in medieval England. One of the characters is shown to have a mole in a discreet place. At that time, moles were believed to be devil's marks, at least believed by those who chose to believe and wished harm to certain people. As soon as it was mentioned, I knew the character, a female, would be accused of witchcraft. Surprise, surprise, I was right. There are a lot of other very predictable occurances in the book and as a result I haven't picked it up in weeks. I just can't get into finishing it.

 

It's stuck in my head ever since. It could be that the book is so very predictable. I love it when books throw me a curve. Show me the gun, but have it misfire or blow up in the protag/antag's face. Have a child pick it up and threaten to use it on a bad guy. Maybe, during a fight, one of the combatants is thrown against the mantle and the gun falls to the floor...and shatters because it's actually made of glass and because of the glass, someone cuts their feet and loses the fight. Okay, maybe I 'm stretching it a bit. But only a little.

 

I will confess to using the 'Gun on the Mantle' myself. In 'The Cairngorm', posted on my Stories page, I use the scottish brooch, the cairngorm, as a 'Gun on the Mantle'. It's shown at the beginning of the story and becomes something quite important. Perhaps that's the difference, it isn't just used as a prop that shows up somehow later in the story to cause a bit of difficulty for the protag. It's a very important part of the story.

 

Baybee, in The Jada-Drau, is different. She's almost a charcter in her own right. The only example of a 'Gun on the Mantle' that I can think of in that book is the outfit and necklace Cenith buys when he thinks he's marrying Iridia. The outfit shows up at his father's funeral. The necklace....well, you'll just have to wait until Tyrsa's Choice to find out.

 

Now that that's out, maybe I can sleep tonight, and dream about something equally silly but hopefully useful in a book somewhere.

My New Site!

Posted by Sandie on August 4, 2011 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (2)

Here it is....my first website. It wasn't as hard to build as I thought. I used Webs.com and my sister-in-law's help. Without her I'd still be floundering around. This is also my very first blog. I never know what to say on these things, so bear with me while I find my proverbial tongue, and my gumption.

I'm not the sort of person who's good at marketing themselves. I tend to stay at home and write, so baring my soul doesn't come naturally, nor does pushing my stories. I have to say, though, that many people have read The Jada-Drau and I've yet to receive a negative comment. I suppose that says something. I really enjoyed writing it and, if you decide to purchase it, hope that you enjoy reading it.

I consider myself a storyteller more than an author. When I think 'author', I think long flowery prose with beautiful imagery and complicated, twisted plot lines. That's not me. I tell stories like the ones told around communal fires for centuries...but a lot longer. For years I thought I wasn't capable of writing a regular sized novel, or a 'short' short story. Then I actually wrote a flash piece - that's a story 1000 words or less. Then I wrote another, and another. Then, wonder of wonders! I wrote a novel and kept it under 100,000 words!

The Jada-Drau was originally 225,000 words long. MMP couldn't print a book that large so I cut it in two. The Jada-Drau is the first book and Tyrsa's Choice, due out in February 2012, is the second. I'm currently working on the third and final book, tentatively titled The Angry Sword.

There you go, a little bit of information and a little bit of baring the soul. Not bad for a first try I think. I think?

Sandie


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