BLANK

Today is the release of Blank, a shieldmaiden’s voice by S.R. Karfelt. I had the pleasure of beta reading this prequel to WOA and S.R. Karfelt does not disappoint.

Some people have a hard time fitting into the world.

dog_tagsAll of her life Carole Blank has been a little faster, a little stronger, and a little uncooperative. The voices in her head want her to follow their rules, and although they’re usually right, Carole doesn’t always listen.

As a Marine, Carole’s unnatural abilities and penchant for fighting are useful. Unfortunately, her inability to follow orders over the demands of the voices gets her into trouble.

Enter Lieutenant Colonel Ted White, a man she is inexplicably drawn to. A man who sentences her to the life of an assassin, while denying her the only thing she’s ever wanted—him.

Follow the journey of a woman born in the wrong world, as she fights for a place to belong and sacrifices everything for those she loves.

BLANK is a prequel and Book Two in the Warrior of the Ages series.

Rarely do you find a story that takes you so deep into a character’s psyche and setting. You will taste the coconuts, feel the grit of sand, flinch at the insult and injury, and beg her to heed the voices. You are going to fall in love with this beautifully written story and heart breaking protagonist.

See my interview with S. R. Karfelt on ObeytheMuse.com

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The Batty Blog Tour

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Blog Tour Extravaganza!  (Insert Swirly Batman Music)

I’ve been invited to participate in a blog tour.  Sounded exciting, until I realized there was no travel involved. Dang it!

So Ashley Fontainne, Author of  Number 75 (soon to be a movie) invited me to answer the following four questions and then in turn invite three of my author friends to tour along with us. 

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So tune into the batty channel as our heroine author (that’s me) tackles 4 questions with 3 commercial interruptions.

1)     What am I working on?

Besides the plate of brownies next to me?  I have 16 books currently in some stage of completion. I am preparing The Keepers Book II of the Holding Kate Series for the publisher. Hoping for a release date in June or July. Edits continue on Book III of the same series. Auditions for the narrator for The Torn audio book are currently being held.  

I am ¾ of the way through The Glory Train, a post-apocalyptic steam punk novel. The Sisterhood of the Sword Saga, high fantasy epic adventure of four heroines in the land of Ampeliagia, will be my next project. It contains five books, of which 3 and ½ are completed, and will be queued up for completion after the Holding Kate Series. I hope to spend some time in Tybee Island this summer so I can pound out the paranormal trilogy that I am currently calling Forbidden (name will be changed). It is set on the Island.  In the fall, my hope is to spend time in Colorado in a cabin working my fingers to the bone to finish the remaining Donnie Dudgeon books: Donnie Dudgeon and the Cherry Street Gang, DD and the Giants of Kazik, and DD and the Mystery Behind Barn Doors (A Heartwork Village Story). The Blood Singer books are on the back burner right now, as well as Scaffold (A Heartwork Village Story), Dragon(A crossover book between Chronicles of Ampeliagia and Heartwork Village Stories.)  >>>>>Click the Ad over there to purchase or investigate>>>

 

I know that is quite ambitious even for an author heroine. But I have a six month break between July and December and I hope to write like a bat out Hades, double time, to get as many stories queued for publishing as possible.

 

 We interrupt this blog tour with the following shameless plug.

Have you heard of the AMAZING Jennifer Bailey, otherwise known as J.S. Bailey? This chick can rock a story! Don’t just take it from me, check out these titles.

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BaileyJ. S. Bailey is the author of Rage’s Echo, The Land Beyond the Portal, Weary Traveler, and Vapors. She is a lifelong resident of Clermont County, Ohio. She is an alumnus of St. Louis School and Clermont Northeastern High School and graduated cum laude from Northern Kentucky University with a degree in Entrepreneurship. Bailey enjoys reading books by her favorite authors. When she isn’t working or glued to a computer screen, she spends time with her husband Nathan in their Southwest Ohio home.

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Now we return to our previously scheduled blog tour.

2)     How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My books carry a heavy allegory, a deeper meaning. Deep emotions, fast pacing, and vivid descriptions characterize my writing style. You can whiz through a book and enjoy the action and adventure, or you can slow down and contemplate the symbolism and allegory. Readers are challenged at many levels while reading my books. You are going to love hating my characters, and hate that you love the romance.

Though I do not write with CBA in mind, my books are clean, emotionally charged, and soul searching.

 

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And now back to our batty program.

3)     Why do I write what I do?

Why do I write about broken teens, dragons, tornadoes, zombies, ghosts, powerful demon hunters, dragon riders, strong female protagonists, evil monsters, love, romance, frail marriages, overcoming bullies, epic adventure and soul scathing stories?  Why not? What’s not to love?

 

I’ve always had an overactive imagination. Stories turn through my head all the time. I just decided it was time to start writing them down.

 

Also, I believe in the power of good over evil and ultimately good wins. However, I believe it is driven by our seemingly insignificant daily choices. Often evil triumphs over good because of a flippant choice in a moment of weakness. My stories shine a spotlight on those moments in fictitious ways to remind us to be vigilant in our own realities.

 

Passion, strong emotion is given to us for a reason. It can be a yellow light, a red flag, a siren blaring at us. “Slow down, think, danger ahead!” Passion rising whether it is anger, love, lust, hunger, pain, is an indicator that we are about to mess up and need to take a breath. Stop. Make a good decision. My books are chocked full of passionate moments that are catalysts to a change in direction.

 

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Mentor in the writing field and dear Blue Monkey, Ragged Edge friend, Stephanie Karfelt aka the glittery one, hosts an irreverent, quirky, and yes quite glittery blog over on  www.TheGlitterGlobe.com

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Wife, mother, novelist (Warrior of the Ages series), and entrepreneur, S. R. Karfelt enjoys spending time with her muse and living outside her comfort zone. She currently resides in the soaring capital of the world.

Stephanie has released WOA and has a new prequel set to release May 15th.

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The startling batty conclusion of The Blog Tour

4)     How does my writing process work?

I sit down at the keyboard and get lost in the story. I don’t think about anything else until the story is unfolded in its entirety, plotted start to finish. That is the best way for me. If I try to pants a story, it usually gets stuck. The exception is the Holding Kate Series. I had no plan, but to set out to write a YA story. I started in early February and completed the first book in a month, then the second book in March and the third book in April. But the idea of Heartwork Village and Kate Wilson were alive in me for years as a nonprofit organization to help teens and children through grief recovery. So even though the books were new, the concept was well plotted.

 

I love to immerse myself in the world I’m creating. I see the tiny grain in the wood of each building. I see the moss growing at the foot of the trees, the iridescent whirl in the eye of the dragon, and callouses on the fingers of the harpist. I hear the tones they sing, the timbre in their arguing voices, the crickets chirruping at night.  I smell the smoke of their fires, the scent of their shampoo, the stench of manure in the stables.  Tasting the leek stew, or blood on the tongue, or grandma’s yeast rolls, I completely get lost in the story.

 

Isn’t that how all writers do it? That is the writing process for me, anyway. The editing process takes much longer.

 

Hope you enjoyed The Batty Blog Tour, now travel onto these other author’s sites and watch for the same bat questions, next week, at the same bat Blog Tour, on their bat channels.

 

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Let My People Go

 

columnsDesert heat broiled the air between the Pharaoh and the stuttering man at the bottom of the polished palace steps. Familiar eyes buried in creased skin and crass beard flashed recognition of the ruler’s inner conflict.

“Let my people go!” His voice was strong. No stuttered phrase, powerful audacious words poured from the intruder.

“Brother,” the Pharaoh stepped toward the man who was once his childhood playmate, sure he could be swayed to reason.  But the quartz in his dark eyes and the shift in his squared shoulders spoke otherwise.

The Pharaoh pressed his forehead to the cool stone of the massive column that supported the vaulted ceiling.  Smoothed with exacting precision and carved with intricate detail, the colossal column had stood for generations, unyielding, unwavering, and indestructible. The very traits of a good Pharaoh, it represented strength and endurance. Its carvings carried the story of his people, the soul of the Egyptians.

What story will I pass down?  Will it be one of power or one of defeat?

He ran his palm along the smooth pepper-flecked red stone of the column, calling through the ages to his ancestors to speak to him through the stately and graceful curve of the Palmimmovable monolith. He dug his fingertips into the trenches of carvings of the gods of his people.  He ran pensive eyes up to the palm that splayed to support the beam of his mighty palace. This behemoth pillar stood firm, the representation of his heritage, endurance.  His mind became as unbending as the granite beneath his fingers.

He snapped black eyes to the insolent man in front of him and spat. “I WILL NOT, let your people go.”

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Can you see the column at the Pharaoh’s finger tips? Did you visualize it as the description poured out?  Did you feel you were standing there stroking the stone with the Pharaoh?

I did.

No, I really did.  I have a confession to make.  I robbed the British Museum in London, England. I walked right in and sauntered right out with invaluable artifacts. Before you call MI-6, let me explain.

The Heist

It was late. The museum was about to close. I had scurried around corners, up endless stairs, trailing behind five nimble teens, who were determined to see The Rosetta Stone, Egypt, Japan, and the Greek marbles before we had to leave. We snapped shots of mummies  and Samurai swords in a blur of activity, then we walked into a room and paused between two enormous stone columns. I looked down at the plaque, gaped in shock then reached out.  I touched the column that Moses stood before as he uttered the famous words. “Let my people go.”  It was a defining moment. The experience ran through the tips of my fingers and planted itself deeply in my soul. I stole away with the magical moment and I am undoubtedly richer because of it.

Experience is the ink with which the writer bleeds onto the page.

Without touching, tasting, feeling, smelling, living in the moment, we have trouble with description. We have to experience things, in order to fill our imaginations with fuel to write.

 

 

The Exodus

How do we capture, then release these experiences into our writing?

Retain

Drop the moment into your long term memory when it happens and rehearse it.

A different process for everyone, some use notebooks to scribble details down as they experience them. Some take pictures. I actively observe and purposely give myself phrases to remember.

Stonehenge LaDonna Cole

Stonehenge
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Fetid stench

the lichen encrusted stones

Swirling iridescent colors

intense longing from a place of depth, l I thought I was being turned inside out

Recall

Recalling the specifics when you get to a desk or computer can be strenuous. We are tempted to just write past the experience and move on with the story.  But if we will just pause, pull up the experience in our memories and ruminate on it a moment, we will begin to remember particulars. Detail is what differentiates a good piece from an excellent piece.

 Pause

             Pull up

                        Perceive

                                   Prognosticate

                                                             Prose

Release

Give your character permission to access the memory and play with it. Have the Pharaoh sink his fingertips into the column. Let your secret spy experience free fall through her own personality. Let the spittle and fetid breath of the gorilla blow back the hair of your protagonist. Give them permission to access your experiences. Let them be free to respond to the input in their own voice. What might have been exhilarating for you may be exhausting to your character.  Let her go, let him experience it through her/his own personality.

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British Museum

Let your people go!

 

LaDonna Cole in front of lichen encrusted stones of Stonehenge.

LaDonna Cole in front of lichen encrusted stones of Stonehenge.

 

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