Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Author Interview: Andrea DiGiglio

Welcome to the Writing world, Andrea. So glad you penciled us in to answer a few questions.

1. Please tell the readers a bit more about you. Born and raised in Michigan, Andrea has always been a writer at heart. Over the last decade she has written, starred and directed in many screenplays. In the last few years she decided to venture back into writing novels and hasn't looked back since. She is very excited to share the worlds she creates with all of you dreamers.

2. What types of books do you write? I write paranormal novels.

3. Who's your main audience? Young adult/Crossover, meaning the older side of YA readers and the younger side of adult readers

4. When it comes to writing- what are your strong points? Story telling I suppose. I can completely get lost in the world I create and I believe that is why readers can connect so well to it.

What are your weaknesses? Though I hate to admit this grammar. 

5. What do you think of this term- Writer's Block? How do you overcome it? I loathe writer’s block. I usually start with taking a break from my work for a day or so. When I return to it if I am still stuck I turn to one of my trusted beta testers who most often can break my writer’s block for me.

6. How many books have you written? I am currently working on my second novel.

7. How many are published? My debut novel comes out February 19th.

8. Are you self published or traditionally published? Self published. All platforms including paperback.

9. What's the hardest part of the writing process for you? Editing. I feel like I am waiting for eternity for my book to return from my editor.

10. What type of books do you enjoy reading? Paranormal anything. YA paranormal, paranormal romance and horror. 

11. Who's your favorite Author? That is the most difficult question but as of this moment I am completely in love with Keary Taylor’s work.

12. What's your all time favorite book? Currently the front runner is Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Will be available to purchase on Amazon, Smashwords and EPubit on February 19th. Links will be on all site listed above on release day.

Monday, January 30, 2012

*INFO* Author Interviews, book reviews, & Author Spotlight

I just wanted to take a moment and update everyone on the awesome changes we have in store for The Writing World. We are going to be doing many Author interviews, book reviews, and we will have an Author Spotlight each week.

The interviews will be posted at various days within the week. The interviews consist of a series of questions given to each Author to answer so the readers can get to know them better. At times, tips may be provided to help those aspiring writers out there in their writing journey.

Book Reviews will be posted each week depending on each book. My goal is to read a book each week and post the review the following Sunday. This means.. I'll be best friends with my Nook over the next few months.

Author Spotlights are to bring some amazing writers/authors to The Writing World over the next few months. The spotlight includes a book review, interview, and a permanent link to the left side that takes our readers directly to the Author's website. Thus, making it easy for us all to locate that book/author that caught our eyes.

I hope you all enjoy these changes as much as I am with doing the reviews and interviews. I've got to know some amazing Author's out there who inspire me and I'm hoping to do the same for all of my readers.

**If you're an Author who may be interested in any one of the events listed in this post, please feel free to contact me via the Questions tab at the top. I'm willing to work with traditional and self published authors. There are limited slots left for February's Interviews/Spotlights. Claim yours now.**

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Writer's Block....

Writer's Block- a situation where an Author seems to loose what to do next within their work. In yesterdays post, I mentioned that I'd be doing a post on this and here it is.

A group I am part of on Facebook called "Writer Unboxed" helped me out on this one. I posted the question "How do you overcome writer's block?" within the group.

Well, today I'm going to share several of those replies in hopes that it'll help you to overcome writers block if you fall into this situation. Several members of the group had some outstanding views on this. I've even decided to use some of their advice within my own writing.

Lisa Janice Cohen : I think you have to know what is blocking you. Writer's block isn't one thing--it can be the resistance to writing, a sign that something isn't right with the current work, you need some time away from the idea, you need to let your creative brain re-charge, or you are not feeling well. Or any of dozens of things going on in your life. For me, writer's block is a signal that I need to take better care of myself and look to my life's balance, more than it being something specific to writing.

Rebeca Schiller: I have several remedies for Writer's Block. The first one is take a hot shower or bath. The hot water and steam always help me relax and I can think more clearly. Second, read something that is not related to your book. I'm writing about two modern-day Marxists who have launched a magazine modeled after the New Masses. The story touches on the Spanish Civil War, the Blacklist, The Tea Party, etc I keep away from those subjects and read historical spy thrillers from authors like Alan Furst or David Downing. Third, I watch a lot of movies just to listen to the dialogue and patterns of speech. My book is very chatty and I want my dialogue to sound natural, but distinct for each character. Fourth, I take a lot of photos for visual stimulation to help me describe scenes better. And these last two go together, exercise and sleep. When I get in a hard workout and a good night's sleep, I feel like I can write just about anything. 

Jo Eberhardt: Writer's Block is every bit as real as Surgeon's Block and Travel Agent's Block, so I do what they would do -- I assess why I'm having trouble with this aspect of my job, where it all went wrong, and then formulate a plan to fix it. (Sometimes I may need a break from the project, sometimes I may need to make adjustments to my project, and sometimes I just need to force myself to write.) 

Kathryn Magendie: I ask myself why I am not writing, because it is never for lack of "words" - there are always words. So, maybe it's fear or whatever I'm avoiding that needs to be addressed. I really don't call it writer's block, more like "get off your arse, Kat, and write the danged book, because that's the fun wonderful part!" 

Some pretty good ideas. (Thanks ladies for you're input). Most important thing I can say is just remember.... rough spots are part of the writing process. Without them, everyone would be writing. (In my opinion)

Friday, January 27, 2012

5 Things I Learned While Writing My First Novel

Some people, well actually, there's probably a lot of people who wake up one morning with the sudden urge to write. Then, there are those people who seem like they were born to write. I would say I fall into both of these. I knew I was a great writer with some talent while I was in High School. My English teacher constantly told me how great she thought I'd do with writing amazing books. This is what inspired me. I began writing Poetry at first. But this didn't seem to scratch that itch for the lack of better words. One assignment I had while in school was to write a short story. This is where I realized that I love to write. Although life had taken me in a different direction, I still wrote when I can. As an example, in a journal.

Several years after writing this short story, I became a mother. One day while my baby sister was visiting, we decided to go through old boxed in my apartment so I could get a little organization within the apartment. She came across this short story and read it. She told me it was really good and that I should continue it into a longer story. This inspired me. This was in 2005.

I begin plotting out a more structured outline for the entire story. Wanting to expand it. While writing it, I've learned some very valuable things during this time that I'd like to pass on to those who are looking into writing more.

So here are the 5 Things I Learned While Writing My First Novel:

1. Never Give Up- This is one thing that I seemed to struggle with at first. It seemed like no matter how much time and how much I poured my heart into it, I had this little voice within telling me I can't do this. I'm not a writer, I only think I am. It sounds crazy but it's true. There were times I felt it was nothing but trash. Did I quit? No! I didn't. I pushed myself to continue and I planned even more. There were times where I hit what they call a "writer's block." There's ways to over come this. I'll be posting these ways a bit later on in another post.

2. Create Deadlines- This is one thing that I had to get used to. I didn't want to be just a writer. I wanted to be a great one. I think that when it comes to writing, deadlines are a must. As an example, when writing, create a deadline for when you want to finish the work your currently doing. This helps with self discipline which is I think is a must within the writing world.

3. Set Goals- This set was very easy for me but it also ties in with number two. Set the goals and a deadline for when you want to meet this goal. Here is a suggestion- "Write (insert number) words per week." This is a goal and it has a deadline.

4. Write, Write, & Write- I don't think I can stress this enough. I think the more you write- the better you get at it. This pretty much talks for itself. But it really doesn't matter where or what you write. As an example, when I feel overloaded by my novel, I turn to my blog. I also take a break from writing and find time for me. This is when I feel the most relaxed about writing and where my best idea's come from. If you find it hard to write, take a break and read. Read anything. A book.. a magazine... a newspaper... anything!

5. Don't let others get you down!- This is, in my opinion, one of the most important. I've had people tell me that my dream of being a published author is crap and I'll never reach it. I've had them tell me that my dream of writing in general is just a front for not actually doing something with my life. Well, these only put more of a desire within me for wanting to reach my main goal. These people don't realize they're not hurting me, they're helping me. Use the negative words for inspiration to write. One thing I feel as a writer you need to learn, is this: Words are words. Do not write to impress. Write to express. If you can understand this, you're off to a great start.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

An amazing and addicting Book.....By Andrea Pearson

Title: The Key of Kilenya
Author: Andrea Pearson

Product Description

When two vicious wolves chase fourteen-year-old Jacob Clark down a path from our world into another, his life is forever changed. He has no idea they have been sent by the Lorkon—evil, immortal beings who are jealous of powers he doesn’t know he possesses—powers they desire to control.

The inhabitants of the new world desperately need Jacob's help in recovering a magical key that was stolen by the Lorkon and is somehow linked to him. If he helps them, his life will be at risk. But if he chooses not to help them, both our world and theirs will be in danger. The Lorkon will stop at nothing to unleash the power of the key—and Jacob's special abilities.


The journey with Jacob Clark is one adventure I loved reading about. I think this story is great YA book. The storyline moves at a nice pace and the reader is constantly pulled deeper into the adventure with Jacob. The Key of Kilenya is an amazingly written story with memorable characters. Each character has a personality of their own that ends up sticking with the reader while making the reader care more about them.  The adventure is well written and the storyline provides readers of all ages with imagination and action packed details.

If you're interested in purchasing your own copy, The Key of Kilenya is available on Amazon. You can read more about Andrea Pearson and her works on her website.

If you're interested in winning you're own copy, simply fill out the easy Rafflecopter form below. The first entry is Mandatory. All others are optional. Giveaway starts Jan. 23 and ends Jan. 30th.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2012!

Well, I've decided that not only will I be doing the Vixen Reading Challenge this year but I'm also joining in with the 100 Books In a Year Reading Challenge for 2012. I think the challenges are fun and help me to push towards a goal.

If you'd like to join feel free to visit the Host of the challenge and read the rules. Then, link up. If you decide to join in, please comment below telling me you've joined. I just want to see how many people join from my readers. Thank you.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

New Book Release- Bonded by Nicky Charles

Last year I did an interview with one amazing writer- Nicky Charles. She has written an awesome series and I actually did a review on the first book, "The Mating." I am happy to say that I got an email this morning from Nicky announcing the release of the next book in the series: Bonded. Here's the email announcement:

Dear Readers,
Finally, after countless glitches, fits and starts, Bonded has been published!  Crashed computers, lost files, 'real life' and even the piracy of some of my earlier stories all kept getting in the way of hitting that little 'submit' button.  But through it all, your support and patience (and prodding) kept me going.
I'm really excited about this book.  It took over ten months to write and edit which is rather surprising.  You see, it was supposed to be a short novella; a means of providing a back story for Damien who you met near the end of The Finding.  But Reno (the main male character in this book) is rather...forceful.  No meagre supporting character roles for him, thank you very much!
Yes, Reno demanded a full length novel and a deeper story line than I'd originally planned.  You see, he's tackling some touchy issues dealing with preconceptions and prejudices both subtle and obvious...  Well, you'll understand as you read the book.
The story is available at Smashwords and Feedbooks.  Some of the Smashwords affiliates (Barnes and Noble, Sony, Apple, Kobo and Diesel) can take a few weeks to update their catalogues.  If you don’t want to wait, go directly to the Smashwords or Feedbooks sites.  There are a number of formats to choose from.  The links are above and of course, the book is free!
As always, I ask that in lieu of paying me for my hobby, you make a donation to an animal shelter or foodbank.  The amount is your choosing; whatever your heart leads you to give.  Of course, reviews and/ or telling others about my books is also appreciated.  They are my main form of advertising.
Am I planning another book in the series?  I really hope so!  I have several ideas but will have to see how my readers respond and where my muse decides to take me.  Damien and Sam need their moment and I know many readers want to hear about Daniel and Tessa.  We'll have to see what ideas develop first.
I'd like to take one moment to point out the amazing amount of time my editor and friend, Jan Gordon, has devoted to this project.  Without her, this series wouldn't exist.  Much thanks, Jan.  You truly are amazing! If and when there are future books, I sincerely hope you are there to prompt and prod me along the way.
If you wish to contact me directly you can do so at nicky.charles@live.ca or go to my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nicky-Charles/217412024968769?sk=wall
This is only my second newsletter and second time using a third party mailing list provider, so please bear with me.  If you were added to this mailing list in error, wish to be removed, or need to change your email address, inform me through my website.  Also, if you receive this newsletter more than once, let me know as some of you contacted me several times from different addresses and I might have you listed twice.
Thanks, and I hope you enjoy Bonded!
Nicky Charles
Here's the links to download the next book:

Author Spotlight- Brian Kittrell.

First I'd like to welcome you all to the first Author Spotlight of the year. Today we have Brian Kittrell with us. Brian is the founder of Late Night Publishing and the author of several amazing books. Welcome and thank you for working with me, Brian.

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Certainly, but first, I must say thank you for having me for the interview. I appreciate the opportunity very much.

I have been writing for quite a long time, but only until recently have I decided to go ahead with publishing my books. I started with a post apocalyptic (PA) series in 2010-2011, but I have decided to pull the electronic editions of those books in favor of making them free and using professional editing for my future for-sale books. Editing can really make your books shine, and I love the help a good editor can bring to the table.

I never submitted to traditional publishers or agents. I did send one letter out to an agent after I had released my third PA book, and still haven’t heard back from them. It was more of a “well, everybody does this, so let me see what it feels like” sort of thing. Not a “I must had a traditional publishing contract to feel validated” sort of thing, not in the least.

When I’m not writing, I’m either taking care of my daughter, spending time with my wife, trying to relax in my off time, or answering 911 calls at my day job. Being a police and fire dispatcher, I hear and work all sorts of situations, but I can’t bring myself to write any crime fiction. Maybe one day…
  1. What do you do when you are not writing?
Oh, dear, I’ve touched on that point a little already. I am a gamer by nature—video games, board games, even role playing games, and I enjoy spending time in those activities with friends near and far. Sorry, though, my preferred medium is still PC. I own an XBOX 360, but it plays more DVDs than video games lately.

Other than that, I have a very active one-year-old-approaching-two, and she keeps me busy most of the time. Every once in a while (usually late at night), we get some time to relax while she sleeps.
  1. Do you have a day job as well?
Yes, I’m an E911 dispatcher/communications officer, and I handle police, fire, and medical calls at my job. It’s high stress sometimes, but I really can’t see myself doing anything else. I’ve worked retail, food, manufacturing, and other jobs before, but my current job is unlike anything I’ve experienced before.
  1. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
My first stories were, like many others, done somewhere around my pre-teen to teen years. Even I didn’t like most of my writing back in those days, but we move forward and forget (read: burn, shred, or otherwise destroy) those old stories.
  1. How did you choose the genre you write in?
As I had touched on before, I enjoy role playing games in my spare time, and that usually involves epic fantasy in one way or another. Sometimes, it’s paranormal fantasy or paranormal horror, but fantasy dominates role playing games. As such, I enjoy thinking of fantastical places well beyond the confines and rules of our little world, and if I enjoy the stories, I find that others have a good time with them, too.
  1. Where do you get your ideas?
Ah, the ultimate question, the question that all writers fear (or loathe, or whichever). The easiest way to answer this is that the basic ideas—and sometimes the best ones—can be spontaneous. I may be walking down the sidewalk and see a scene, and then I might imagine the possibilities of that scene. A tree hanging over a road? What if there was a bandit on the limb with a bow? What if the tree itself was alive and grabbed that car as it passed?

Many of my thought processes and baseline plots begin with such a question. Then, I expand on the scenario until I either exhaust any depth of plot or find enough material worth writing about. The beginning question for The Circle of Sorcerers was: “What if sorcerers and priests—both magic uses, just of a different type—decided to go to war?” Then, that expanded into the protagonist, Laedron Telpist, a young sorcerer beginning his training and how he deals with the war (and everything else) once it begins.
  1. Do you ever experience writer’s block?
In a way, yes. Writer’s block with me is more a motivational issue. Some days I feel motivated to write, and some days I just can’t see to bring myself to do it. Since I write about three novels per year, it’s not a common problem most of the time, but when it hits, it hits hard. I could go two weeks producing 3,000-5,000 words per day, then I can’t write to save my life for a week. It comes in bursts sometimes, too.
  1. Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I do a little bit of both. At the beginning of this book, I just wrote by the seat of my pants. Then, I start taking notes as to where I want the plot to go, what will probably happen to the characters, and so forth. Sometimes my outlines go right out the window again when the characters do something unexpected or lead me somewhere I hadn’t anticipated. Sometimes those spontaneous ideas pop in and just ruin my well-thought-out (and usually more predictable) plot.

Of course, I have some things that I go by that are set in stone, like a world map or character histories; however, once they’re in the book and living their lives, it can be difficult to lead them where I want them to go.
  1. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
One of my favorite books of all time is The Giver by Lois Lowry. I’m not saying that I write anything like her, but it’s one of the books that made me love reading early in my life. To love writing, one should love reading—they are not mutually exclusive; in reality, they are mutually inclusive.
  1. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
Since I self-publish my work, the challenges that I face are getting the editing done and making sure the book is satisfactory between my editor and me. Then, the technical skills are pushed to their limits—formatting for Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, print (a separate process for hardcover and paperback), and audio book. Yes, with my fantasy series, I produce an audio book, also. I’ve been blessed by readers, and they’ve made it possible to release in all of these editions.

The cover design can be very tedious, pressing, stressful, and time-consuming. I could say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but I’d be restating a dead and long-forgotten proverb. People do judge books by their cover, and in my personal, humble opinion, they should. If an author—self-published or not—produces a book, it is their responsibility to be professional, and professionalism demands attention to quality and detail in all aspects of a book, the cover included. That doesn’t mean everyone must love your book, but you should try to make every bit of it appealing.
  1. If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
Probably not, because that would indicate a sense of regret. I’ve made mistakes, that is certain and cannot be denied, but some of those mistakes resulted in wonderful things. Some say that my post apocalyptic books are horrible, but I met a number of readers who enjoyed them, too. The key to mistakes is owning those mistakes and using them to propel yourself forward. If I hadn’t made the mistakes I have, The Circle of Sorcerers wouldn’t have been the book that it is. The next book, Consuls of the Vicariate, wouldn’t be nearly as good and strong as it is.
  1. How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
Promotion is always a problem for anyone without vast budgets and a team. In order to fully understand and answer the question, I must mention the three kinds of promotion: advertising, publicity, and marketing.

I don’t do marketing, not really. Marketing activities fall into the “self-promotion” area along with the more forceful bits of selling one’s books. I’m of the mind that I don’t want to shove my book down someone’s throat. I don’t want to tell people, “Buy my book!” because, for one, that doesn’t really work well with fiction, and two, people won’t die if they don’t read my book. I understand and accept that, and that means I can’t blast it at them with a megaphone—it’s just not in my nature to do so. Some authors have had good luck with marketing and I don’t begrudge them for doing it, but it’s not something I’m terribly interested in doing. Marketing just feels way too imperative for what I’m trying to accomplish with my books.

Advertising, yes, I do some. My advertising budget is a couple hundred bucks a month, and it seems to have a little effect in getting people to check out my book trailer and retail pages on the various sites. It’s one of those little extra things that helps me get through between publicity activities. The one thing to remember about advertising: don’t expect it to pay for itself, don’t expect it to do all of the work for you, and don’t expect every click (or even 1 out of 100 clicks) to be a sale. Play it safe and be cautious in paying for big advertising, regardless of possibilities. Your stories should be fantastical, not your expectations.

Which leads me to publicity. In case you didn’t know, this is publicity. Giving interviews, sending out review copies and making connections with book bloggers, and chatting with people on Facebook and Twitter. All of those are publicity activities, and they’re the things I enjoy most. I enjoy them because I like connecting with people who enjoy books, and if they like my book, even more the better. The thing to remember about publicity is to keep it natural. People don’t like connecting with robots who post the same things over and over again (like “Buy my book!”). Instead, people enjoy connecting with someone real, someone who shares their passions and interests.
  1. Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
With self-publishing, this becomes less of a problem. For those struggling with the issue, even those who have self-published, I could understand the pain and the anxiety. When I first started, I wasn’t interested in traditional deals. They had big contracts, poor advances, and you lose control once you sign up. Yes, you get your book on a shelf, and yes, they’ll help you promote (some), but it’s all about your priorities and goals. My goal was to simply distribute my works, and traditional publishing was the long, scenic way to my goal. Therefore, self-publishing was preferable in every way.
  1. Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
The next book is the next in this series, and it is entitled The Consuls of the Vicariate. It continues the journey of Laedron and his friends in the land of the Heraldan Theocracy, the church lands in the fictional world of the Bloodmyr Isles. It’s sort of a behind-enemy-lines look at how Laedron and his associates deal with restoring balance to the chaos and try to end the war.
  1. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Without real-life experience, we cannot write real characters. As such, everything has a piece of the author attached, like it or not. The gift of a great writer is being able to mask himself through his craft and produce an enjoyable, entertaining story. The author shouldn’t get in the way of the storyline regardless of the point he may be trying to make because it will come across as contrived and empty to the reader.
  1. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I enjoy writing the action scenes the most—particularly, I enjoyed writing the fight between Laedron and Gustav in the first book, and second to that, the character’s perception of their environments. It’s really a balancing act to achieve immersion, good flow, good plot, and good characters all at the same time because including too much for immersion can make the flow drag, making the plot too elaborate can make people roll their eyes, and character development can also drag the flow if what they’re doing isn’t important to the plot or the story whatsoever.
  1. How did you come up with the title?
The title, The Circle of Sorcerers, is the name of one of the organizations to which Laedron belongs, along with all of his mage friends. The Consuls of the Vicariate is named for the priests—who have risen through the hierarchy to the rank of Consul—and the traditional name of the center of the church’s authority in Bloodmyr, the Vicariate.
  1. What project are you working on now?
The Consuls of the Vicariate, and it is due to go into editing by the end of January.
  1. Will you have a new book coming out soon?
Yes, if editing goes well, Consuls will go to publication in February, and the audiobook will probably come out in March. After that, it’s on to book #3 of this series, most likely to be entitled The Immortals of Myrdwyer (but, not set in stone yet).
  1. Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
At some point in the future, I have plans to write a series about vampires, but before you give me funny looks, it’s nothing like Twilight. I’m more of the Anne Rice school of vampires, maybe with a sprinkling of the original Bram Stoker. I will probably stick with fantasy for a while, but I’m keeping that paranormal horror option tucked away in the back of my mind.
  1. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
Being someone who writes and then puts that work out for public consumption isn’t an easy task, not in the least. When criticism is given in a useful, constructive way, I have no problems taking that and running with it. However, there are times that make you question if you’re doing the right thing, and when bad reviews come in, you have no choice but to grunt and bear them. Take what you can and move forward because you have to accept that you’ll be judged in the rawest ways when you put out your books for the public—and, especially, the Internet.

The toughest moment? Your first bashing is always going to be the hardest to take. And they will bash you. Someone will get your book and hate it if you’re doing it right; in other words, if your book is getting into people’s hands and they’re reading it, you’ll find people who hate it. They’ll be vocal, they’ll tear it to shreds. The comments will sting.

Each time after that, it hurts a little less. Someone once told me that to be an author, you have to have thick skin and roll with the punches. On the contrary, I think you have to move past them. The hurt is natural, and if you don’t feel the sting, you’ll never be great because if you don’t experience the pain of your mistakes, you won’t grow. A lack of growth is paramount to the end of your ability to do anything great with your life, so don’t be callous. Don’t block out the pain and anguish because someone didn’t like your work. Take that pain, use it, and become a better writer. All writers get negative reviews. It’s a part of life.

Beyond that, remember that reviews are subjective. You may get a million reviews, but someone, somewhere out there will take your book and embrace it. Someone out there will love it, you just have to give it time and attention. 

The best complement I get comes each new time someone contacts me on Facebook, Twitter, or by email and says, “Hey, I tried out this book of yours. I really enjoyed it! Keep up the good work!” My latest message like that represents my best complement because it means that someone new, someone I’ve never met before, took a chance on my book and liked it, and they liked it enough to let me know that. I cherish such things.
  1. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
After everything I’ve said above, you’d think I’d be out of things to say by now. One last tip, then. When someone points at you and calls your book (or you, in some cases) trash or garbage, remember that you can only be defeated if you defeat yourself. If you give up, your enemies are right, and they win. Writing is an uphill struggle, and your next work will be your best. The next after that will be better. Keep slugging up that hill and don’t let others pull you down, no matter what.
  1. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Yes, of course. Thank you. Thank you, a million times over—no, a billion times over. My readers and fans are the ones who have made everything possible. They ensure that I can keep new material coming, and their encouragement keeps me going when things seem grim. Without them, my books would be just a sitting around collecting dust. Instead, my fans and readers have taken a chance, picked up my book, and the characters, the places, and the stories live in their memories. They bring my work to life in a way that I could never hope to accomplish by myself.

You can find out more about Brian here:


Twitter: @Brian_Kittrell

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Monday, January 2, 2012

The Circle of Sorcerers: Mages of Bloodmyr: Book #1

Title: The Circle of Sorcerers: Mages of Bloodmyr: Book #1
Author:  Brian Kittrell

ISBN: 9780982949528
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Description: When Laedron Telpist's sorcery training is interrupted by a knock on the door, what once seemed a proper profession must now be hidden. In a world where priests and mages vie for the limitless power of the elements and a new Grand Vicar has sworn death to all sorcerers, Laedron is tossed into a nightmare which would see his destruction at every turn.

From the home shores in western Sorbia, through the Cael'Brilland heartlands, and even across the seas to the great city of Azura, Laedron finds himself embracing old friends, consorting with unlikely allies, and confronting potent enemies. As he struggles to train himself in spell craft, Laedron must face that he lives in a time when the utterance of a simple spell could be the signature on his death warrant.

The Circle of Sorcerers takes you on an unexpected journey with it's main character- Laedron Telpist. Laedron is a Sorcerer in the making. During his training, an unexpected event forces him to learn faster then he expects. He finds some great friends and they all go into a journey to fighting. In this world, Priests and Mages go into battle for power. Laedron and his friends are put right in the middle of this battle shortly after leaving home.

I enjoyed reading about Laedron and his journey. The story is packed with adventure and leaves the reader wanting more. The Character's are written in such a way where they stay with the reader even after the end of the book. The end of the book ended rapidly which took me by surprise. I'm definitely looking forward to the second book.

***Orginial post can be found on my main blog: RaeBeth's Corner ***

Sunday, January 1, 2012

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Writing Update

Hey guys,

Just wanted to give you all the small details and updates with my book, Silenced. After 5 very long years, my book is in the editing stage. I'm hoping to have it completed very soon. As we all know, besides writing the book, the editing stage is a very important stage in a books life. There's been so many hours put into my book as well has hard work.

I just want to take the moment to thank all of those who have helped me in the process so far. You're awesome!!!

Until Next time, have a Happy New Year Day. Be Safe.



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