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FREE in Celebration of the Horse

In celebration of yesterday’s National Day of the Horse.
TODAY & TOMORROW ONLY – DEC. 14-15 – FREE
LOOKING FOR REVIEWS
IF there is a good number interested then Book II will be available soon.
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NEW Long-Awaited Release

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

I know you will be thankful for this.  I certainly am.  I’ve been waiting all day for them to be posted on Amazon.

You know all those blogs posts I haven’t been writing?  Well, you get this instead.  This is what I’ve been doing every minute I wasn’t asleep.  Writing books is my first priority and when it flows I don’t interrupt the muse except for absolute necessities (yes, some social media is, unfortunately, an absolute for authors).  So don’t think about visiting me right now.  Give me a couple of weeks.

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Here it is, the fantasy for the inner child in every grownup.  Young Adults, New Adults and every other adult of any age thereafter will  enjoy this one, along with those dedicated older readers who are savvy about words (or don’t mind using a dictionary) and love to read.

ONE UNICORN WISH is now available through the publisher at  https://www.createspace.com/4378513. The price is $17.00.  Visit the ebook store page and LIKE it so it will pop up on Facebook.  If you purchase through them it will post an announcement on your Facebook page so all your friends will know.

Also visit its Amazon page (no LOOK INSIDE yet) – http://www.amazon.com/Unicorn-Wish-Judith-Victoria-Douglas/dp/1491204001/   It’s already at a reduced price, but see the posting below for another Amazon discount (its on the Amazon book page).

If you prefer Kindle (it  has the LOOK INSIDE with Prologue and first six chapters!). The regular price is $5.99, BUT for this weekend only, Friday, November 29 to Monday, December 2, it will be free.  http://www.amazon.com/Unicorn-Wish-Judith-Victoria-Douglas-ebook/dp/B00GZ29ZOE  

I hope to get a few reviews from the downloads, but…well…I know people.  I’m too often disappointed.  It would be especially nice if this novel brings about a change. Please consider it. It’s a form of word-of-mouth that helps get the message about it out there.

And illustrators, I’d love to see some of your pictures. I’ll post them on this blog about the images readers have imagined of the characters, places and events. It would be a lot of fun and a great pleasure for me.

I hope everyone enjoys reading this novel as much as I enjoyed writing it. Happy Reading!

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How One Thing Leads To Another

https-::www.facebook.com:bookmastersgroupTitles for a trilogy or series can be tough. For my trilogy every book is titled Where the Horses Run, but with Book I, II, & III noted, and each having their own subtitle–Mass Extinction, Sacred Hills and Ciphers. Since I started it that way, I’ve kept it and only refer to it as the Horses trilogy (H1, H2 & H3), though it’s definitely about more than the vanishing horses. And it’s certainly about more than Elle, the main character, though she’s set up as the books’ writer basing it on her journal notes. It’s been years in the making and a very complex work to keep track of. Hope I never do it again.

To make it more complicated it has a prequel with a totally different name, because it can be a read-alone book. There were parts of the book with past-history back story that had to go somewhere, right? I do have a sequel planned with a different title and, like the prequel, only to be listed as the sequel. I’ll try to make it a read-alone also though it will have some the same characters.  Anyone reading H3 will wonder what the world is like after….so one last story, a thriller with Tommy as MC.

Then there’s the spin-offs. Could I make it any more complicated for myself?  The first is with all the Native American parts of the Horses trilogy put into a separate book from their points of view–tricky work. I was told it was the best part of the Horses stories and should have its own book, so I’m polishing it now as I also do my semi-final edit on Book II — quite a challenge.

The other spin-off is a children’s series, each subtitled The Secrets of Meshyah’s World, but with different titles to each. After the same title on three with similar covers, I liked doing it this way better.  I only have the first out, so far–Tree & Sky.  But  the real Horses series spin-off — of how everything gets set up in Meshyah’s World — is yet  another book. It’s actually the book Meshyah’s story comes from and leads to. You see there will be a journal sent back in time from Meshyah’s World (set in a very different future) to the world of the Horses series and found by secondary Horses series characters who will then be major characters in the new book.  Did you get that?  Hope so.  It’s really been fun to write. And since this involves current Native Americans and the reservation, I have another children’s story  that occurs in the same time period and is affected by the things that happen in the world as they are told in Where the Horses Run.

When I have a character, or characters, whom I like I want to develop them further. Writing them in new stories helped with the character(s) development as I wrote them in the Horses series.  When the write-up sounds good enough, they become new book ideas…spin-offs.

They have all been fun to start, set up, make bookcovers for, and get copyrights on, but if you don’t think having a city’s worth of characters over a span of hundreds of years in your head is easy to keep track of, think again.

You know, I actually only have two books, and two children’s books planned (plus one already done with no distribution plans to date) that are not connected to this first trilogy. Amazing how one idea leads to another. It makes being a writer lots of fun and very interesting, even when it’s hard work and a bit (Did I really say ‘a bit’?) mind boggling.

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The Next Big Thing

It’s been a year since I started developing the internet social media necessary to gain the attention needed, and it’s only just beginning to show tentative signs of becoming a small snowball.  Now to create the hill for it to roll down. This is only one of my first “interviews” for the internet. It’s called a Blog Hop which I think of as a chain letter to keep going so it spreads.  Like a chain letter I added my part and hope it’s interesting enough for seekers of good books to curl up with and enjoy it.

See my note at the end: (The connections will follow this chain if you continue with my friends.  They are authors with their own stories and novels, most having been at this media game much longer than I have.  It should provide a variety to consider.)

The questions only provide the tip of the iceberg so connect with my websites and other blogs. They’re provided elsewhere on this site.  Look at the books published and those in the making.

And don’t forget to go back up the chain to visit with my friend Gay Ingram. Her blog can be found at http://gayingram.blogspot.com ; her website at http://gayingram.webs.com;  and her Amazon page at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008VS6AJI.

The Interview:

1. What is the working title of your book?

Well, the published title of my major novel is Where the Horse Run: Mass Extinction, Book I–the first of a trilogy.  I have three others I’m working on. 

I’m editing Where the Horses Run, Book II, Sacred Hills, and I’m making notes on The Furies of Orestes and Silas Little Bear and the Multi-colored Dragons.  I’m also working on a small child story for my granddaughter, which I don’t plan to make public.  I’m seldom working on one book at a time until I get everything lined up and I’m wrapping it up, which doesn’t include editing.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

Books II of my “Horses” series is a continuation of Book I, Mass Extinction. It’s been in my head for 20 years, but how to write it came to me about six months after my last horse died and it felt as though there were no horses left in the world.  I’ve been working on this trilogy for over six years.  

With many of my stories, if not all, opening scenes come from nowhere and pour out.  Usually they’re very good which is encouraging, but I know I’ll have to work for the rest.  For “Horses”  I had to work for that beginning.  I had to keep backing up in the story for a starting place.

“Furies” started as note of a scene that came to mind after reading a report in Scientific American.  I looked up my working title, “Retribution,” in my thesaurus and found a Greek word referenced that I didn’t know.  I did a Google search and discovered The Oresteia by Aeschylus.  I focused on the third story of this Greek tragedy about the Muses.  It fit with the situation I had in mind, so before I got further on the story I had a title and a cover designed.

“Silas” came about due to my desire to write a middle grade or above story with a young boy as the main character.  My “Meshyah” series have two young girls and a boy as the main characters.  So far, the boy there plays a lesser role.  It made me consider the need for more male characters.  I decided the boy was half Native American spending the summer on the reservation with his Native American family.  With my research for the Native American culture in my “Horses” stories I made this one another spin-off, sort of.  I’m still working out the time period in relation to the “Horses” story and an adult version of the “Meshyah” series, titled DOME, in all caps.

My granddaughter’s story came from a title I used in TREE & SKY.  It came to me long before she was born, but I was determined one day I would write a children’s story for her with the title.  My problem is I’m not an illustrator and I can’t afford to pay someone, so I’m still working out how to do the pictures I want.

3. What genre do your books fall under?

“Horses” is a contemporary Sci-Fi/Fantasy, with a lot of historical fiction in the story.  It’s apocalyptic but not as dark as those type stories usually are.  It’s more of a discovery of what it might mean for mankind if such a warning event occurred.

“Furies” is a psychological thrill, I hope.  I want readers to experience the distress the main characters go through and I want it to have a surprise twist…a puzzle to work out that will only make sense once revealed.

“Silas” is a Sci-fi/Fantasy, set a little bit in the future, but mainly a hero story.  Silas and an adult character, along with the dragons, will have a “testing” they’ll have to go through in order to set the world right again. For Silas it’s part of his vision quest experience.

And the small children’s reading for my granddaughter will be fun, have cooperation and things to learn about.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

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For “Horses”, Kate Hudson and Woody Harrelson.  Other actors are considered for a few other characters, but while writing one of them died.  I didn’t want to jinx the story or the actors so I refused to consider others.

For “Furies” I really don’t have any actors in mind.

For “Silas” there’s only one and that’s for the adult character – Rupert Grint from Harry Potter’s last movie, when he was dressed up with the long brown hair and beard, wearing a long coat.  He wasn’t shown clearly in the movie, but in a deleted scene shown in the special features he was very clear.  I really liked the look.  When Harry said, “I wouldn’t know you if I didn’t know you,” it was very accurate and I saw a value in that character for him.  When thinking about how the Silas story would progress I realized that would be the perfect place for such a character.  Interestingly, Silas already called his pony Rupert, though his name is Blaze.

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5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

For “Furies” I really don’t have any actors in mind.

For “Silas” there’s only one and that’s for the adult character – Rupert Grint from Harry Potter’s last movie, when he was dressed up with the long brown hair and beard, wearing a long coat.  He wasn’t shown clearly in the movie, but in a deleted scene shown in the special features he was very clear.  I really liked the look.  When Harry said, “I wouldn’t know you if I didn’t know you,” it was very accurate and I saw a value in that character for him.  When thinking about how the Silas story would progress I realized that would be the perfect place for such a character.  Interestingly, Silas already called his pony Rupert, though his name is Blaze.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

For “Horses” – a search for how and why the world’s equine species vanished en masse, and what it could mean for humanity’s future — all told from the personal experience of the characters.

For “Furies” – a retired profiler and her friend work together to discover who is killing older woman.  I can’t say more than that for now.

In “Silas” it’s the confronting of a personal weakness while solving a problem, putting together the mystical aspects which represent the changing from one Age’s cycle end to another Age’s beginning.  Silas and this unnamed, so far, adult have to confront two forces in the form of dragons to solve how they should work together to end one Age and begin another.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Book I of “Horses” is self-published, so the second and third are planned to follow.

All the others are expected to be self-published, but you never know what  opportunities may arise.  If it removes the task of self-marketing I may allow it for one of these books, or one in the future, to be represented.  That route is more time-consuming in the wait and my objective is to get all the stories I’ve started over the years completed and out there asap.  I want to inundate the field with my titles and my author name.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About five years for the “Horses” series while the other two were only begun within the last six months.  I’ve had computer problems and social media take my attention away from all my writing, but I should get back to it soon.  I recently feared I’d lost two of the stories in the exchange of information between the computers, but I found the missing ones, much to my relief.  I got sidetrack for a few hours working on one of them, just due to the relief I felt.

8. What other books would you compare this story within your genre?

I don’t know about a  trilogy like my “Horses” series, but maybe P.D. James’ Children of Men because of the change an event caused in the world.

I started out thinking “Furies” might be as intense as Silence of the Lambs.  I hope it is.

The only guide or comparison I have for “Silas” is a short story in a thin book titled Earthquake, but I also keep in mind A Swiftly Tilting Planet and Howl’s Moving Castle.

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

The times we live in for “Horses.”  For “Furies,” the article I mentioned, and for “Silas” it was the desire to have a male lead in a children’s book.  I think they’re in great demand right now.   And I’m trying to make the male in my other female-dominated children’s series a little stronger with more involvement.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

In the “Horses” series there are historical scenes involving Native American life in the past seen in visions and dreams.  Lakota Holy Men come to the main characters as mentors in these dreams and visions, with those from the present also helping, showing how different things are, yet remain the same.  It’s basically a theme of how all things are connected.

“Furies” involves a sleep disorder, twins, psychological problems with hallucinations, stalking and that twist I hope for.

“Silas” involves a boy’s great imagination aiding him.  There’s a point when all the animals can talk to him only; one is his spirit guide and the other is his pony.  The dragons can talk, also.

My sister-site for this one, booksbyjvd.wordpress.com, has all my social connections.   

I have my books listed on Goodreads.com, Shelfari.com and Barnes and Noble.com, and many sites that can be discovered in a Google search — just type in the author name.  I’m on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and BookBlogs. I’ll be adding more.

My books can also be purchased directly from the publisher starting at https://www.createspace.com/3790672, then click the go to and make the rounds until you’re back to the first book.

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For Those Who Love Horses

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Horse and rider in hunt seat attire, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This is a horsey site I was glad to find and this article is worth looking at.  If you’ve ridden hunters or jumpers you will appreciate the attached videos.

My response, if it is approved and appears, should be enough said by me on this subject, except…if you’ve read my previous post about A Special Find and Reminiscing…maybe Buck needs to be invited to the UK to give some lessons.  Nothing beats the horse attacking a man in his documentary, Buck.

 

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Video Trailer for “Horses”

"Running Horses" Sculpture

Geologic time and mass extinction events.

 

I was finally able to upload my video trailer for Where the Horses Run:  Mass Extinction, Book I.  Goto jvdbooks.tumblr.com.  Let me know if it runs smoothly and how you like it.

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