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In celebration of yesterday’s National Day of the Horse.
TODAY & TOMORROW ONLY – DEC. 14-15 – FREE
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IF there is a good number interested then Book II will be available soon.
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The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

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WELCOME to the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop!  This hop is hosted by Judith@Leeswammes (http://leeswammes.wordpress.com – English book blog; http://boekblogger.wordpress.com – Dutch book blog), in the Netherlands, and open between Saturday, November 9, and Wednesday, November 13.  You can hop almost 40 different book blogs, all offering one or more giveaways of books or bookish items.  All books are literary fiction, nonfiction or something close.  Follow the links at the bottom of the post to find the other participating blogs.

MY GIVEAWAY, as part of this blog hop, is a copy of my novel, Where the Horses Run, Book I, Mass Extinction (http://www.amazon.com/Where-Horses-Run-Book-Extinction/dp/147010251X).  This link opens in a separate window if you want to look it over.  The Kindle edition has a “Look Inside” with the prologue and first four chapters, plus part of chapter five for review, because it’s a thick book.

This blog hop giveaway is open to worldwide entries, but remember the book is published in English only.  If chosen the book will be sent directly to you from the publisher, CreateSpace Independent Publisher.

Some lucky winner can be introduced to my idea of a catastrophic world event as told by Elle Whitlock recounting her story from the journal notes she kept.  This is only the beginning as many mysteries are to be solved throughout the trilogy.  Elle must first accept the lose of her beloved species and rediscover her life’s path.  It was lost by her early death in a previous life.  With support from her close-knit family of friends and help (through dreams and visions) from those who knew her in that previous life, she must step back onto her path and complete her life’s task.  She must explain what is meant by the disappearance of all the world’s equine species.  She hopes their findings will help them discover the safe haven where the horses run and how to get there before an expected disaster hits the Earth.

To Enter, Read the Rules:

1. Anyone worldwide can enter (unless elsewhere noted).  You do not need to have a blog .

2. You need a post office recognized address, anywhere in the world, where you can receive a package.  This book is 420 pages thick, so keep that in mind if all you have is a small postal box.  Be sure you will get a notice to pick it up.

3. You do not have to be a follower, or become a follower, although you are welcome to follow if you like my blog.  Following by email is easy, just click on the word “Follow” in the upper right to be given an opportunity to enter your email address.

4. TO ENTER leave a comment below.  All I need is your name, email address or link to an email connection where I can leave a message. For my own curiosity I’d like to know what country you are located in.  You can give a city, state, county, parish or other designated location if you wish, or think it might be hard to find on a world map.  If you should win I will request your mailing address when I notify you, so you don’t have to leave it now.

6. I will notify the winner by email, so be sure what you’ve left in your comment is written clearly and correctly.  The winner will need to respond to my email within 3 days or I will choose a new winner.  Once the winner is contacted and the package on the way I will announce it here, on this page on this blog, as an addendum.  You will have to check back to learn who won and what country they live in, and possibly a little about them if the winner is willing to share.

7. You have from 4 a.m GMT or 11:00 pm Friday, November 8th , U.S. Central Time, until 11 p.m., U.S. Central Time, November 13 to enter.  GMT at 4 a.m. November 9th is  5 a.m. in the UK, 6 a.m. in  Amsterdam, midnight in New York, Friday November 8th and 9 p.m. in California, and November 9th 3 p.m. in  Australia (Sydney).

8. Note that double or invalid entries will be removed, and not considered eligible.

9. My book will be sent directly from the publisher.  I will also notify the winner of its shipping date and expected time of arrival.

GOOD LUCK to ALL and THANKS for playing.  Now start blog hopping for more giveaways. (I’m #10 on the list, and it’s corrected now to get a link.)

PARTICIPATING BLOGS

Linky List:

  1. Leeswammes
  2. Ciska’s Book Chest
  3. Sam Still Reading
  4. The Things You Can Read (US)
  5. Col Reads
  6. Guiltless Reading
  7. Love at First Book (US)
  8. Maurice On Books (US)
  9. Mythical Books
  10. Books by Judith
  11. Bees Knees Reviews (US)
  12. River City Reading
  13. Too Fond
  14. Exurbanis
  15. Curiosity Killed the Bookworm
  16. Book’d Out
  17. Roof Beam Reader
  18. Books Speak Volumes
  19. The Relentless Reader (US)
  20. Under My Apple Tree (US)
  21. Booklover Book Reviews
  22. Nishita’s Rants and Raves
  23. Ephemeral Digest
  24. Julia Crane Author (US)
  25. Melissa Pearl Author (US)
  1. Read Lately (US)
  2. Readerbuzz
  3. Lucybird’s Book Blog (Europe)
  4. The Misfortune of Knowing
  5. Bibliophile By the Sea
  6. The Novel Life
  7. Kinx’s Book Nook US)
  8. Dolce Bellezza
  9. Nose in a book
  10. Book-alicious Mama (US)
  11. Words for Worms
  12. Wensend
  13. A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall (N-America)

ADDENDUM 11/14:  The winner has been picked and an email sent, but still waiting for a reply.  If none is received by 11p.m. CDT, Saturday, November 16th, another will be picked.

I haven’t received an email so I’m assuming I haven’t won any of the books I tried for.  But it was fun to visit all the blogs included and spread over the world.

ADDENDUM 11/15:  Maricris Dimia of the Philippines won the copy of Where the Horses Run, Book I, Mass Extinction.  With the recent disaster there I was worried I wouldn’t hear from her, but today I received her acknowledgement and mailing address.  A book is now on the way to her.  I hope any turmoil in the lives of her friends and family are repaired by the time it arrives.  And I hope she enjoys the book.

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Yes, Roy, Writing is Hard

Though I could also say writing is hard, I have B.J. to thank for making it easier.  Her sudden loss put me on my own after working through that first book with her, Where the Horses Run.  She’d only started the second of that trilogy.   She’s mentioned in the acknowledgments.   I’m still writing, as you know.

I didn’t reach out to a publisher because my point of self-doubt, which Roy mentions, continues to some degree.  That and age put me on a faster track to publication by doing it BookCover4H1myself.  It has given me more jobs to do than I intended and made the work that much harder.  But it’s also been a road of discovery, both of my likes and talents.  And a decreasing budget forced me to take on parts of the requirements for publication I never intended to be faced with.  I have felt all alone though all of it.

We writers crave self assurances to keep going.  I haven’t had the contacts Roy has to keep me going, but keeping on going is what I’ve done.  Why?  Because once something’s discovered inside that has to come out you just can’t quit.

With a deadline of age I am focusing on finishing as much as I can before I can not longer do the work, then maybe I can focus more on the marketing end.  While I do some of that now it is frustrating to have work I’d rather be finishing.

Enjoy Roy’s road to success.  I did and it’s always good to know it can still happen…and to some of the nicest people.

Thank you, Roy, for your easy friendship.  All the best, always.

The kindness of others…

.. Posted September 19. 2013 by Roy Dimond

I’m going to state the obvious  – writing is hard.  But hang in there with me, I might surprise you, as well as myself, and share something insightful.

But first, back to my original premise, writing is hard. When I originally sat down to write my first novel, I had sweet naïveté sitting upon my shoulder.  That carried me for 6 months.  Then enthusiasm carried me for another 6 months.

Into the second year of my first novel, I began having an odd feeling.  I heard it first, then felt it in the pit of my stomach.  It came from over in the dark corner of my writing cave.  I even remember the date, July 6th at precisely 9:40AM when I stopped pounding the old keyboard and said out loud, “Who’s there?”

Silence was the response, so I started again, ready to tap out 2,000 words of great prose.  With 500 done, several of the brilliant variety, well, I had at least a comma that I was fifty percent sure was in the right place, when I heard it again.  It sounded like a snicker, but I knew it for what it was — self-doubt.

That was the day I became a writer — my naiveté had been replaced by doubt.  I took my year’s worth of work and rewrote the entire manuscript.  Another three years singing-bowl3passed and finally, I had my first novel, The Singing Bowl.

Next, I learned about query letters, publishing houses, and agents.  Believing myself to be prepared, I made the leap and sent out my manuscript.  I leaped naked into the great River of No…rejections came and writing was not only hard — it hurt — a lot.  Most rejections were polite, many were form letters, some were encouraging, and one or two had an attitude.  And not the spunky, you can do it ‘tude,’ that would have been so very much appreciated, but a sniffling, looking down one’s nose attitude.

But I love writing, so I started a second book and then one day — THE CALL came — a publisher wanted to see the entire manuscript of my first novel!  Then the follow up… they want it!  Eventually, more book contracts were signed, I found an agent, and the writing world became a little easier — not writing itself, just the world around it…

So here is the insight I promised.  People who are in this profession are REALLY… REALLY nice.

I have talked with dozens of publishers, scores of agents, and writers uncountable, and I can honestly say, the more successful, the more respected, and even revered, the nicer and more approachable they are.

So if you are just starting out, take a risk.  The icons of the industry will try to share the little time they have, they will laugh with you, and they will respect you.  They will freely share their experience, and they will be, most importantly — helpful.

Yes, even in this cold, hard, and harsh world of writing, there is kindness.

Thank you, to all those who have been so generous.  It is sincerely appreciated.  Especially now, as I turn back to the keyboard, and my self-doubt sits patiently smirking in the dark corner of my writing cave.

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You write like who? Part I

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Neil Gaiman bibliography (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When my writer friend, Ann Everett, posted her blog about a site where a sample of your writing can be analyzed and matched with famous authors, I was intrigued.  Visit it yourself for your example –  http://iwl.me/.  It’s fun to find out which great author your writing resembles.

My first thought was it couldn’t be valid, just something for fun.  I mentioned this in a comment before another reader posted a check by entering a classic children’s story and got H.G. Lovecraft as a match.

To find my resemblance to real talent I checked the prologues (where available) and the text of the first chapter.  I matched many writers, depending on the style of the story.

When I immediately clicked on the site I first entered a portion of the novel I am working on at the moment, One Unicorn Wish.  When it was matched with the writings of Neil Gaiman I was really shocked, and excited.  I am a big fan, but no one writes like Neil Gaiman, do they?  Isn’t he a genre unto himself?  Well, I admit I thought this particular story might be similar, and was reading it internally with his voice, but I never would have suspected a match.  I’m definitely going to finish the novel this year.  I’m excited about it anyway, but now…

Cover of "The Graveyard Book"

As for a style of writing Neil is an enigma.  All his publications are different, but so are mine or anyone’s, perhaps.  Gaiman apparently writes best when he writes short stories, putting them together as a novel.   In The Graveyard Book he wrote what is being called a Shnovel.  He admitted at his Newbery acceptance that’s how it was put together.

Okay, I did the short story thing with the three separate stories in TREE & SKY: An Introduction to the Secrets of Meshyah’s World, and will follow with two more stories.  I’m presently doing it with The Citadel series, beginning with Little Duke and the Rat Princess, but I can’t figure out how the first few pages of One Unicorn Wish could type me with this part of Neil’s style.  Besides, with a trilogy where each book borders the 500 page range, all telling the continuing story, short stories are not how all my works are accomplished.

I do agree we both are Sci-Fi/Fantasy authors whose writings are difficult to put into any sub-category of that genre.  And while some say Neil aims to become part of the circle of great literature, I know I would like that for myself.

My best example is the trilogy again.  An apocalyptic vision of our future, its just different from most.  It’s basically a search for the place where the horses have gone in order to be there and safe before the end comes.  It predicts a catastrophe through the character’s evaluation of evidence and clues.  It focuses on science, ancient pre-history and/or mythology while the fact the horses all vanished in an instant all over the world is more fantasy (unless you consider the decrease in their numbers by 2 million since 2005 and the current attempt to ban horse slaughter).

The characters feel it means something serious and they must get over their lose in order to figure out what it is and what to do.  But I’ve had to cut a lot of information due to length.  So, while Neil  leaves out some information to allow the readers to decide I haven’t done it here.  I am doing more of that in more recent works, which may be what the analysis picked up on.

What I find most intriguing about Neil’s work is his rhythm, often almost poetic, but it flows like a melody.  It comes out when he reads his own work.  I didn’t read The Graveyard Story, I listened to Neil read it.  In this sense he is definitely an artful storyteller, as others have said.  In a by-gone age he would have been the storyteller for the children, telling a tale even adults would be captivated by.

When I re-read my work I often use another voice, in my head, to hear it.  It’s really to test the rhythm.  I consider a poetic rhythm, like music, an important essence of the story.  And I’m learning from him.  I don’t like horror (Stephen King) or much of thrill seeking stuff young people are drawn to, but he writes macabre without it being scary for kids, or me.  I’m also learning that disconnected things can be connected in stories.  It’s a reminder of a children’s literature course I started but didn’t quite finish.  I had to pick three words from a dictionary at random and use them in a story.  I vaguely recall something about a light bulb and an elephant, but can’t remember the third word.  It’d be interesting to re-read that today.

So, except for a few superficial similarities I can only be flattered by the comparison without really understanding it.

As far as other works and other matches, only the third of my trilogy, Where the Horses Run, is matched with Dan Brown.  I mention that because of the above description of using pre-history and/or mythology to blend with the plot, which is something he does.  But it also matched me with him for the first chapter entry of Ariel’s Cottage and the prologue for The Furies of Orestes, another yet unfinished.

According to: http://nickmomrik.com/2004/06/11/dan-brown-writing-style/  Dan’s style also includes short chapters and his story takes place in a short amount of time.  I’m not sure what constitutes a short chapter for me ~ three pages?  In one of Brown’s books I read a chapter of one sentence.  Now that’s short.  That my trilogy and most works take place over two weeks may be long by Dan’s standard.   Dan has good character development which is something reviewers have said about my stories.  And he has a lot of suspense.  I know Ariel’s Cottage does, so I’ll agree with this match.

I will leave the other matches for Part 2.  Let me know who you match with on one of your stories or great works of literature.

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