Thursday, December 3, 2015

Merry Christmas to all! Free Christmas Shipping!

December 3 until January 1st

I will sign, wrap and mail all orders made 

here at my World of Tiaera blog.

Free shipping will apply automatically for 

1 - 3 books (in case you want the set.)

Tax is still applied. (Sorry!)

The World of Tiaera trilogy is now available in both print and Kindle.

Nook epub ebooks will be available next week at Barnes & Noble.


Thank you all, dear readers and friends, for a wonderful year so far.
God bless you all and may your holidays be filled with love and blessings.



 


Monday, November 30, 2015

Brochure or Bookmarkers?

Happy Holidays! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving with friends and family. It is chilly out here in Arizona, but I can't complain. I enjoy the cold weather so I can wear my winter clothes without sweltering from the heat. Whatever the weather, however, the business of promotion my newest book must go on.

I have been carrying bookmarkers for the past 5 years, but this holiday season is going to be different. I am also carrying brochures about my books. Have any of you tried using brochures? It would be interesting to find out if brochures are more effective than card bookmarkers. Have any of you tried brochures? Or do you rely only on bookmarkers to market your books? Since I don't have the support of a marketing service, it will be up to me to do some research and make use of the programs I already have for creating these materials.

If you are thinking of using brochures and would like to see what I put in mine, here are a couple of photos you can enlarge with just a click. I print and fold these and keep them clean and undamaged in a manila envelope inside my purse. I hope this inspires you if you are a doing your own marketing.


The outside of the brochure
 These are printed on both sides and folded into thirds. The bluish lines are part of the template and do not show when the file is printed.

The inside of the brochure
I did this brochure on MSPublisher 2010 using one of their brochure templates. This gave me a chance to place my three books in the recommended order for reading. I have a great printer that produces excellent brochures, so I am holding off on having them done by a commercial printer. You don't need MSPublisher to do this. Any desktop publisher program can enable you to make your own postcards, bookmarkers, rack cards and brochures.

What do you use, brochures, postcards or bookmarkers?  If you have any questions about my brochure, feel free to ask in the comment section.

Have a great week and keep on writing!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Legend of Fayre Sea is finally done!

Happy Holiday everyone! It's almost Thanksgiving and I have a lot to be thankful for. I hope the same for you! May you all have a great holiday season with friends and family. Try not to stress out too much. I know. I am guilty of that myself.

It took me over a year to get this book finished, but I am very pleased to announce that it is. I just approved the artwork and print and understand it will be available on Amazon.com and Createspace.com in a few days. Here is the cover:


Here is the link for a preview of the book at Createspace: Legend of Fayre sea
It has been a long journey of rewrites, proofreading and drawing. But it's time to celebrate now on my third book, something I never dreamed I could do. 

Here is the back cover I designed.  



I thought some mermaid scales would be a nice touch for the background. Add an old dirty parchment for the book blurb, some cutlasses to embellish and voila!

Like my other books, I have done some illustrations inside. Due to the high cost of color graphics, I went with grey scale artwork.  More information about my new book is coming. Though I plan to sell them at Amazon and at Barnes & Noble, I prefer to sell my books right here at my blog.  Order them here if you want a signed copy and I will also personally package and ship them to you. This book is just in time for Christmas, so order now!

Now the REAL WORK begins... Book Marketing!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Current Book Drawing Project

For those of you who enjoy artwork, I have a couple of pictures to share. Don't ask me for any information about the character. I ain't tellin'!  It's not finished yet. The completed piece will be going into my next novel: Legend of Farye Sea. I hope to have that novel ready for selling by late September/early October.

I have been working on this drawing since yesterday. My eyes are tired, but I am pleased with the way it's coming along. Going the traditional route, I started out with a pencil sketch then began to ink it.



After inking, I colored it using Prismacolor pencils and Art Loft's Color Pencil Blender. With this blender, the color pencil blends to look like marker colors.





I see my scanner wasn't big enough to get the whole drawing (cutting off her fin "toes") So, I will need to do some Photoshop surgery and final touch-ups before the drawing goes into my book with the others. I hope to have about 8 - 10 illustrations with this novel. Sadly, publishing these graphics in color would be too expensive to sell. If they come in color, because of my work, your best chance to see the drawings are at my blog here or by getting the ebook version. Otherwise, they will all be in Black and white or greyscale in my trade-back published copies.

Happy writing and thanks for your support to my little world of Tiaera. 










Monday, August 17, 2015

New Book Update

I know I have been very quiet here lately, but I have working on proofreading my manuscript with the help of two good friends: Vince and Amanda. As many writers will warn you, it is dangerous to proofread your own manuscript/ebook before having it published. Your eyes will glance over mistakes trying to keep up with your mind. It's always a good idea to have at least one other set of eyes to read your work, someone you can trust. Thus, I have toiled over the second draft making changes here and there to "polish" the story and cut out the "fat" that doesn't belong there.

Hence the graphic I posted here for your amusement. I found this on Pinterest and it was so true, I just had to share this with you. Perfect and painfully true. Thank you, Kathy R. Jeffords. There were many days at my laptop that I wanted to gouge my eyes out, rather than keep working on the same pages, the same parapgraphs and the same words over and over to get them right.

Writing is hard work, especially when it's not really writing, but correcting, cutting out parts, rearrangings bits and deleting the unnecessary. I also had to research sword fighting so I could write about it with reasonable accuracy. Found a lot of good tips from other writers on the web.

Am I done and ready to publish the book? No. I wish I could, but my manuscript is now in the capable hands of my editor, Kelley. She is going to give it one more thorough look and give me some suggestions to improve my story. Once our work together is done, I send it off to be published.

This the third book in this trilogy (even thought it's actually book two in reading order) and I want it to be as clean and perfect as possible. I owe it to my readers to do my best.

I still have illustrations to work on, in the meantime, which will keep me busy. As in the past two books, I intend to draw and use Photoshop to render some of the characters and places in this novel.

Regretfully, Legend of Fayre Sea may not come out until October/November, but at least it will be available for the holiday season fairs and book signings. That season is almost upon us and there is a lot to do to prepare.

Many of you out there who are authors know that, don't you? Are you ready?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Legend of Fayre Sea Update

I'm so happy to announce that my first draft of Legend of Fayre Sea is finally done. It took some work to chain myself to my laptop on the last two days of writing, but I did it. It's very rough though and my proofreader and editor have some work to do. Meanwhile, this is the time I begin making my marketing materials and posts. It's also a good time to do artwork for the book including the book's blurb and cover.

If you want to take a peek at the blurb I have come up with, here it is. I welcome any suggestions and comments. There is so much going on in this book, it was very hard to get it all down in an enticing paragraph or two.  I have about 145 words here.

Does this make you want to read the book or do I need to work on this some more?
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Lord Dalyn Tilden was preparing to end his life when he was captured and forced to become a pirate. To make matters worse, he must take part in Captain Jeryn’s outrageous plan: to raid the merfolk guardians’ domain and steal the legendary treasure of Goddess Astria. Captain Jeryn convinced Quartermaster Felucia and the rest of his crew his plan wouldn’t fail. During their preparations, Dalyn meets and falls in love with a guardian minstrel named Lyrica Tidalfin. When the mermaid helps Dalyn escape the pirate ship, she loses a special talisman in the Fayre Sea. However impossible the task will be, Dalyn refuses to lose his second chance at love, and goes in search of the key to their future happiness. And while all this takes place a deadly menace secretly spreads throughout the Fayre Sea, one that could take over the whole world. 
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Have a great day and keep on writing!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day & Novel Update

I'd like to take this moment to wish every father out there a Very Happy Fathers Day! I'm still lucky to have my dad around and I thank God for having blessed me with such a good man. Dad was and still is wonderful to me and I am grateful. May all you fathers out there enjoy this special day with your kids (of any age) talking and sharing time together. The world needs good fathers!

Now for an update on my current novel. The book covers I revealed on the last post got a lot of feedback. I took the JPGs with me and showed them to friends and family locally and it was pretty unanimous that the chest image suited the story I am writing. The ship cover came in second, but some people had trouble thinking of it as a pirate ship. I guess they wanted something darker in shades of red and black or something. The ship is beautiful, but the treasure chest was the favorite. I am licensed to use this for commercial purposes and will soon be creating bookmarkers, posts and brochures to promote my new book.

Thank you all again for helping me pick out this new cover! {{{HUGS}}}



If you are wondering when Legend of Fayre Sea will be available, I am hoping it will be out this fall.  I'm in the middle of chapter 20 (61,398 words/233 pages) and I have another chapter to do before this first draft is finally done and ready for proofing and editing.

Realmwalkers is 460 pages big, so this prequel is going to be over half the size in comparison.



As you may recall, Realmwalkers (which was co-authored with Jack Shepherd) was our very first book, and we had no future plans to write any more books until I got enough feedback and encouragement from my readers who bought Realmwalkers. My confidence in writing grew during the writing of Realmwalkers. After three years of study, writing and research I truly believed I could go solo for my next book. A story formed in my mind of two characters that "begged" (or should I say bugged) me to write The Priestess and the Ravenknight.


This is actually a novella (a short novel) which is doing very well so far. It's also illustrated and it comes with the first chapter of Realmwalkers to give the reader a glimpse of the epic novel. I have been promoting this novella as book one in the trilogy and now that I am almost done with my third book, the reading order will be as follows.

1. The Priestess and the Ravenknight
2. Legend of Fayre Sea
3. Realmwalkers

Can you read just Realmwalkers without needing to read the other two? YES! It's a complete story.
You can also read The Priestess and the Ravenknight without going any further. The same goes for Legend of Fayre Sea.

I tried very hard to write each of the books so you can read one or all three in order. Hey! If Star Wars and Star Trek can do prequels, why can't I?  Prequels are everywhere these days both on TV, theaters and in writing. It was also done in X Men and Wolverine!

I hope you will bear with me as I work to get this "second" book in the trilogy done and I will be substituting the Realmwalkers sample chapter in The Priestess and the Ravenknight with the first chapter of Legend of Fayre Sea.

If any of you would like to be a beta reader/book reviewer for Legend of Fayre Sea, please contact me by email: EVMedina@dragonling.com.


I hope this isn't too confusing. Remember, I never planned to do three books.
It just happened.

Will there be a fourth?  Never say never. I learned that lesson well. =)  If there is, it will be set in my medieval fantasy kingdom on a parallel Earth (not Tiaera) called The Dark Forest Realm.

It's not in my future plans...yet.



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New Book Covers

Hello all! I hope everyone had a good Mother's Day last weekend. I am still lucky to have my own mother to celebrate with. Ever encouraging me with my writing and books, she is one of my biggest fans. She was thrilled to see my newest creations that I wish to share with you today.

Looks like my book will be entitled "Legend of Fayre Sea".  I decided to cheat a little this time and found a few pre-made images online to use. I downloaded them and took it from there, adding the title, subtitle, name and tweaks to enhance the book for use in my promotions. With the book cover done, I now have the challenge of formatting the pages of my book and making some suitable illustrations for it.

Will you look these over and give your opinion on which of these best fits a story about a pirate and mermaid who fall in love but are separated by significant events regarding race/class discrimination, danger in Fayre Sea, pirates, and an extremely difficult quest. I would classify this story as Medieval Fantasy Fiction Adventure with some romance.

Here is what I have:







I hope you will take some time to look these over and offer me your comments. It's so hard to choose and without a marketing team of experts at my disposal, I need to rely on my friends on the Internet, especially in Google+.  Thanks for your help! Have a great week!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Hello Spring!

The temperatures are rising and the snowbirds are taking their leave for cooler realms. I look around at the lovely flowers here. Yes, there are gorgeous flowers here in the desert and I wanted to share a few of them with you.






As I continue with my walks around our neighborhood, I notice the vibrant colors that seem to challenge me to rush home and draw some of my own flowers and plants for my fictional world.  I may have to do that very soon, certainly before spring ends.  This reminds me of KABAM.


I will be there to promote my two books and talk about the third I am working on. If you are anywhere in the area of Kingman, AZ. Stop by and visit. The weather is usually nice and there is a lot to see. If you aren't an author, but are curious about becoming one, there publishers and artists there who can help learn what to do. There will be an Authors' Tent as well as vendors and entertainment, but you must register first. I am also making a lot of beaded bookmarkers to sell. They have been selling well and a good way to promote my books.  

My current book is about half way done. I do my own illustrations and book layout so that takes a lot of time from writing. I will try to share some graphics in the future to share with you.  Until then, keep writing!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patricks Day!

I went this afternoon to our local Irish pub so I could get some Corned Beef and Cabbage in honor of this fun holiday. When I got home I listened to some Celtic tunes and decided to post something today.  Since Tiaera is not Earth, the closest thing I could find in my notes for a shamrock was this little plant. I call it Naelosian Clover. It is found mostly in Naelos where it is very green and lush. Much of it has been transplanted in many other parts of the world since the fays there like to bring a bit of their homeland with them. Like our own clover, it serves well as ground cover where the weather is damp and cool. The typical plant has eight leaves and is spotted, not very typical of our own clover.


I hope you all have a nice and blessed day wearing green and RPing as Irish folk. Have fun and I promise to post again very soon. Cheers!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Glossary of Geographical Terms from the Middle Ages

Good day! Winter has been mild lately and it has encouraged me to get out for longer walks with my dog. As I wandered into new areas of my neighborhood, it occurred to me that I should post something about land area terms used in the middle ages. Here is a glossary of old terms which include some that are still in use today as they were centuries ago. I tried to use some of these terms in my writings so as to give an old world feel to my stories. Perhaps you can use some of these in your next historical novel or story. I welcome any other words I may have left out of this list to include in my own notes. Please leave me a comment below. Thanks!


Barrow - Middle English bergh - noun - First Known Use: before 12th century
:  mountain, mound —used only in the names of hills in England
:  a large mound of earth or stones over the remains of the dead :  tumulus

Bower - Middle English bour - noun - First Known Use: before 12th century
: a space surrounded by foliage.
: an inner or private chamber, dwelling or retreat 
:  a shelter (as in a garden) made with tree boughs or vines twined together :  arbor

Brake - Middle English thikket - noun - First Known Use: 14th century
: rough or marshy land overgrown usually with one kind of plant

Coppice - Middle English copies - noun - First Known Use: 1534
:  a thicket, grove, or growth of small trees
:  forest originating mainly from shoots or root suckers rather than seed

Coomb/Combe - Middle English cumbe - noun - First Known Use:before the 12 century
:British :  a deep narrow valley
: British :  a valley or basin on the flank of a hill

Dale - Middle English - noun - First Known Use: before the 12th century
: a valley or vale
 Dell- Middle English delle - noun - First Known Use: 13th century
: a small valley with trees and grass growing in it


Dingle - Middle English - noun - First Known Use: 13th century
: a deep hollow
: a small wooded valley :  dell

Eaves - Middle English eves - noun - First Known Use: before 12th century
:  the fringe of a forest; also used figuratively for the edges of a mountain range.
:  a projecting edge (as of a hill) —usually used in plural

Fallow - Middle English falow - noun - First Known Use: before 12th cent.
: Land that is allowed to lie idle during the growing season.
: obsolete - plowed land
: verb to plow, harrow, and break up (land) without seeding to destroy weeds and conserve soil moisture. 

Glebe - Latin - noun -First Known Use: 14th century
: archaic -  land; specifically :  a plot of cultivated land
: land belonging or yielding revenue to a parish church or ecclesiastical benefice

Heath - Middle English heth - noun - First Known Use: before the 12th century
: an area of land that is covered with grass and small shrubs
a :  a tract of wasteland
b :  an extensive area of rather level open uncultivated land usually with poor coarse soil, inferior drainage, and a surface rich in peat or peaty humus

Hollow - Middle English holw - noun - First Known Use:before 12th century
: a place or area (especially on the ground) that is lower than the area around it: valley or basin
: an empty space inside of something

Hummock - Origin Unknown? - noun - First Known Use: 1555
: a small hill or knoll
: a ridge of ice
 
Knoll - Middle English knol - noun - First Known Use: before the 12th century
: a small round hill or mound

Marsh - Middle English mersh - noun - First Known Use: before the 12th century
: a tract of soft wet land usually characterized by monocotyledons (as grasses or cattails)
Synonyms: bog, fen, swamp, marshland, mire, moor, morass, muskeg, slough (also slew or slue), swampland, wash, wetland

Mead - Middle English mede - noun - First Known Use: before the 12th century
: meadow
: a fermented drink

Moor - Middle English mor - noun -First Known Use: 12th century
:chiefly British :  an expanse of open rolling infertile land
:  a boggy area; especially :  one that is peaty and dominated by grasses and sedges

Spinney - Anglo-French - noun - First Known Use: 1594
: chiefly british - A group of trees or small wood

Strand - Middle English - noun - First Known Use: 12th century
:  the land bordering a body of water :  shore, beach

Swath - Middle English - noun - First Known Use: 14th century
: a long, wide strip of land
: an area of grass or grain that has been cut or mowed
:  a row of cut grain or grass left by a scythe or mowing machine 

Thicket - Middle English thikket - noun - First Known Use: ?
:  a dense growth of shrubbery or small trees :  coppice or brake
:  something resembling a thicket in density or impenetrability :  tangle <a political thicket> <a thicket of reporters> 

 Tilth - Middle English - noun - First Known Use: Before 12th century
:  cultivated land :  tillage
:  the state of aggregation of a soil especially in relation to its suitability for crop growth.

Vale - Middle English - noun - First Known Use: before the 14th century
: the valley of a river
: world
Synonyms: dale, dene [British], hollow, valley

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Fantasy World Calendars

Now that the holidays are behind me, I am eager to get back to blogging and working on my next book. I hope you all had a good holiday season and are looking to 2015 for a year of many possibilities and challenges.

Though I wasn't blogging much here, I did have to walk my dog to keep the sugary pounds off, and as we walked twice a day I took that time to listen to some audio books. Most were Christmas romances with a bit of paranormal thrown in. During these walks it occurred to me to consider what my imaginary world would be like during Christmas and New Years.  Tiaera doesn't have Christmas, but it does have a seasonal celebration called Wynterfest and it's mostly celebrated in the snowy countries of Snowfury and Wynterlande. This year, I hope to add more to my fantasy world by adding week days, months and a few holidays.


Since Tiaera is loosely based on Earth during the Middle Ages, I decided to look up New Years at a few websites. Did you know that New Years was abolished during the Middle Ages?

According to Infoplease (http://www.infoplease.com/spot/newyearhistory.html)
"Middle Ages: January 1st Abolished
In medieval Europe, however, the celebrations accompanying the new year were considered pagan and unchristian like, and in 567 the Council of Tours abolished January 1 as the beginning of the year. At various times and in various places throughout medieval Christian Europe, the new year was celebrated on Dec. 25, the birth of Jesus; March 1; March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation; and Easter."

And at History.com (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/new-years-day)
"Celebration of New Year's Day in January fell out of practice during the Middle Ages, and even those who strictly adhered to the Julian calendar did not observe the New Year exactly on January 1. The reason for the latter was that Caesar and Sosigenes failed to calculate the correct value for the solar year as 365.242199 days, not 365.25 days. Thus, an 11-minute-a-year error added seven days by the year 1000, and 10 days by the mid-15th century."

Fortunately, such problems as rulers, religions and politics will not have to concern those of us who want to enhance our fictional worlds. Anyone who enjoys building worlds either for stories or gaming or just as a hobby should think about such holidays. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to look into what's out there for authors, gamers and world-builders who want to add holidays, calendars and seasons to add to their worlds. There are a few good articles and forum threads regarding fantasy calendars. Just Google "Fantasy world calendars" for a list of links. It seems simply enough to get started once you know what to call the weekdays and months, then it's just a matter of either using an app or program to formulate a believable calendar for your world.

Here are a few places that you might find useful:
Donjon: Fantasy Calendar
Masterplan-Adventure Design Studio
Campaign Calendar

Masterplan is free and it does much more than just make you a calendar. I may have to give this program a try and post some feedback on it. 

If you happen to know of any good sites you can recommend, feel free to comment. I am sure others would be happy to get any further help on how to create a fantasy world calendar.