Sunday, February 11, 2018

I need a Hero!

I started world building for a Space Fantasy story/ series starter, the Kingdom of the Seven Moons.

I love my main character, Mercia, a simple seamstress in the bowels of the Palace. I love the world, which is a bit retro-robot, lol. They have some tech from Those Who Came Before, which is so far beyond their capabilities it might be magic

This ancient tech --or magic-- changes Mercia's life. 

Mercia is dragged before the King early one morning. He is furious with the head seamstress for an unfinished garment, but she was not available so they grabbed Mercia. He points his Sceptre, which holds an ancient orb weapon, to turn her to dust in his fury.

Mercia reaches to push the orb away in panicked self-defense, and it leaps into her hand, turning the king and all his guards to dust.

She's the new Queen.

But I don't have a hero yet. The scholarly schoolmaster? The Court Jester? The horned monster who doesn't turn to dust but turns into a scarred man? So far each of them has turned out to be far too knowledgeable about how Mercia should proceed and they try to take over all the action.

Hmpf. I want Mercia to move the story. Maybe I need an anti-hero? 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Cynthia Sax Has Secret!

I am so pleased to host a fine Sci-fi Romance Author Guest! Enjoy learning about what Cynthia Sax loves.

Why I Love Participating In Box Sets By Cynthia Sax

I have a story (Dark Warlord) in the awesomely sexy Alien Alphas box set. I’ve participated in box sets in the past and I will participate in them in the future (if my schedule allows).

Why do I love box sets?

Writers don’t often get the chance to work together. We work with editors and cover artists and other professionals but it is a rare situation where we can work side-by-side with another writer. A box set gives us this opportunity.

There’s often a common theme (like Alien Alphas) but we also want all of our stories to be different. This pushes us to be creative. I knew, for example, someone else would likely do an enemy to lovers storyline. Mine had to be different, a story another writer might not craft.

And it had to be good. Because I’m not only trying to wow reading buddies. I’m trying to wow writing buddies in the box set. I certainly don’t want to let the team down.

This applies to promotion as well as to the story itself. For a box set to be successful, everyone should pitch in, help spread the word. We tend to share what works. I’ve learned more about marketing from participating in box sets than from any other source.

I LOVE hearing the different opinions and insights on everything from the title to the cover to whether or not we should thank reviewers. Alien Alphas has 24 writers participating in it. That’s centuries of combined experience, all of us focused on one project.

Best of all, when I participate in a box set, I know I have release day buddies. Every success is a shared success. Every challenge is a shared challenge. We’re in this together and we all want our reading buddies to be happy.

Have you ever purchased a box set? Why do you like them?

Alien Alphas: 
Twenty-Three Naughty Sci-Fi Romance Novellas

Fierce warriors. Savage barbarians. Powerful warlords.

All ready to claim their mates.

Alien Alphas is a collection of panty-melting sci-fi romances featuring dominant alien heroes, penned by New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors. This decadently naughty box set includes twenty-three ALL-NEW, stand-alone novellas full of hot alien alpha males, breathless passion, and reluctant surrender. Take an exhilarating trip beyond the stars with this limited time only bundle that’s sure to leave you turning the pages late into the night.


Featured authors: Cari Silverwood, Cynthia Sax, Renee Rose, Lee Savino, Addison Cain, Kallista Dane, Maren Smith, Ava Sinclair, Sue Lyndon, Emily Tilton, Ashe Barker, Korey Mae Johnson, Grace Goodwin, Ivy Barrett, Jane Henry, Jaye Peaches, Katie Douglas, Lili Zander, Loki Renard, Maria Monroe, Megan Michaels, Myra Danvers, Sara Fields, and Sophie Kisker


Publisher’s Note: The stories featured in this collection involve MF and MFM pairings. They include spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this box set.

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About Cynthia Sax

USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Sax writes contemporary, SciFi and paranormal erotic romances. Her stories have been featured in Star Magazine, Real Time With Bill Maher, and numerous best of erotic romance top ten lists.

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Twitter: @CynthiaSax

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Reflections on the Holidays and a Gift

The holidays have begun at our house. All the girls are home (well, one is at work and two are shopping). Hubby made cheese dip. Baxter got a blue Christmas Bandana at the dog groomers. We have icy, fluffy snow, frigid temperatures and the pellet stove is ablaze.

I'm doing a bit of self-reflection, which seems more appropriate for me on the shortest day. My mom died on winter solstice, after a nice lunch and harp soloist concert.
 I think she wanted to spend Christmas with our dad, who died a couple years earlier.

I love the holidays, though mostly I love my family being together giving gifts and all the fun baking and cooking we do.

Not sad to say goodbye to the old year! 2017 was a difficult year. Due to a change in prescription drug coverage, I had to find a different job, because diabetic hubby's meds skyrocketed. Due to a change in his meds (to cheaper, older ones) he ended up in the hospital. 

I did find a job with good insurance, though my boss was a problem. She got fired, though, and I got a raise, so that turned out fine in the end. So the job seems stable for a few years to come. Whew.

2018 will be a recovery year. We can move forward with some financial and house repair plans. Two girls will graduate from college(one with a master's) degree.

I have an actual writing plan I think I can complete(2017 plans went out the window). I've been writing for a long time, since the eighties, and that won't stop. I love writing, but yes, the publishing market is insane right now. I'm not going to try to compete with the $500 a month promo crowd. However, I do plan to publish two books next year. 

One is the first of my new Diaspora Worlds Series,  Diaspora Worlds: Starpath. The books revolve around Clan O'Shadow, of Zh Cle'/Irish descent, from the Reservation World Derry. The ancient family legends of Zh Cle' space travel motivated the family to marry colonists and beg, borrow or steal spacecraft from the Terran Colonists. They headed to the stars, searching for the path of the ancients that will lead them home.

The other is a Fantasy Rom in my Lands of Glister world. I have two I'm working on, so we shall see which one!

I have a gift, my book Starlander's Myth actually has  Yule celebration on a distant planet!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Orc in Winter Snippet

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Snippet: Orc In Winter

“Good morning, cousin. We have you safely hidden for now, and Goddess willing, will move you north out of harm's way in a few short days.”
The Orc grimaced. “It was my job to protect you, Tad. Not be coddled like yon babe.”
“You will one day be at full strength and protect me again. This is but for a season.” She raised her eyebrows at him. “If it was a sword wound you would not fuss so much.”
Sherrow scowled. “Honey bread pudding. I was laid low by a sweet.”
Morwenna hid a smile. She did not expect an Orc to sound so much like a sulky child.

Release Day--Orc in Winter!

Orc in Winter released today! This is a fantasy romance novella set in a fantasy world I have been developing for some time. 

As a child I adored the Narnia books, too the point I had pages memorized, just from the frequent reading. My father worked in Canada and bought me the Penguin Paperbacks before paperbacks were available in the USA. They had the gorgeous Pauline Baynes covers and illustrations.

The first story I ever sold, Faunication, was roughly set in a Narnia inspired world--not exactly alike, though, since I had my own made up buntaurs, rabbit-faun-creatures..

I started developing the world in the late eighties for a children's book that never got off the ground. Years later a writer friend and I, both newbies, decided to enter a winter story in an antho. Mine was Faunication, the romance of two young people flung to a magical forest and transformed into faun-like creatures. After that I played with a number of stories, though I only published one more short. It seemed to me that fantasy romance like I was writing, in a world similar in some ways to Middle Earth or Narnia, was not popular at all.

But now it is the end of 2017. The ebook self-pubbed market is a chaotic sea of crazy. So it's as good a time as ever to publish a book in an extreme niche.

I first wrote Orc as an 8k short story, now it is a novella length since I added about ten thousand words. It is still not a long book, but I think novellas are perfect for the winter holidays, something you can finish before bedtime!

The series is called realms of Glister. It involves several countries on the same continent, related by a common magic, Glister, though for many, that magic is historical since their country has lost Glister. Some places still have magic, though. Sherrow, my Orc hero, comes from Hobb, a land with abundant magic. Morwenna, my heroine, has only heard stories of magic. This is a stand-alone romance, though I suspect the Land of Hobb and my couple will make an appearance in another story. I am working on a 4 book series, the adventures and loves of four siblings, who return as young adults to the magical kingdom of Emrysdel to find it in chaos.

I did a video interview with Focus on Fantasy!

And yes, I am that pale. I should have used bronzer, lol.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

I probably did not write to market

Hmmm. I probably did not write to market with this one!

 I was looking through Fantasy Romance on Amazon and saw nothing like my planned fantasy series, Realms of Glister. Nothing reminiscent of Middle Earth or Narnia, my 'world' inspirations. Maybe my inspirations are too old-fashioned. My cover doesn't have the princess in peril look, either. And it is purple and orchid.

My heroine Morwenna isn't a princess. She is a smallhold farmer and mother of an infant, the widow of a soldier who was a King's Guardsman.

She opens her cottage to hide a dying Orc, one of the Queen's Orc guards. The Orcs were poisoned by an assassin, and only Sherrow, who is a half-Orc, transformed from human to Orc by a bite and ritual, survives. For this service, the Queen awards her a fine estate in the north. but they have to travel there, near midwinter, with an infant, a sick Orc and an assassin on the loose.

Orc in Winter will release at Thanksgiving, eek. It is a novella. 

I have several more stories started, some stand-alone novellas, other's are part of a sibling series.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Writing --The Near Future

I will reveal my cover for Orc in Winter this weekend! It will release at Thanksgiving. I may put it on preorder just so I have a set date. I like my original cover but thought I might go for a more romantic look. With a castle.

I started a new Diaspora Worlds book ( I thought) but I'm thinking it won't fit for steamy romance since the most dynamic characters are a bunch of kids. I may decide to run with it as a kid's book. It could also go into the Starlander world. Maybe I'll post it on Wattpad for a while.

Since the market for ebook romance is so crazy, I've pretty much decided to write what I want for a year or so and not worry about sales!

Though I have had a great Free promotion for Her Cyborg Awakes. I put it free on all vendors after a quarter with Amazon KU. Since Oct 8 I have had over 1k downloads and only dod a Fiverr BKNights promo. I generally have good sell-through for free promos, so that was exciting. An old book, too!

Like a good indie writer, I took advantage of a sale and booked edits for June and October 2018. So SOMETHING will get published! I'm too cheap to ignore the deal! I have another book halfway finished in the Orc fantasy world.