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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Changing Seasons, Dark Tales, And Birthdays

A different change of pace today. I have some announcements on behalf of fellow writers today.

Hunter S. Jones is an author I've gotten to know in the last few months, and she delves into the paranormal genre. Her writing delves into magic, voodoo, sex, drugs, and rock and roll (or as Keith Richards puts it, breakfast). She can be found at her blog, Exile On Peachtree Street, as well as her Facebook page. Thus far she has two stories diving straight into genre available in the Kindle format. Fables of the Reconstruction and Tales From A New Amsterdam can be found over at Amazon. Go on over and have a look.

Hunter is also part of an anthology project due to release their book this month, on the 21st of March. Moon Rose Publishing is releasing A Celtic Tapestry, a collection of short stories by Hunter and several fellow conspirators... also known as writers. Keep an eye out on Hunter's blog, and back here for the Moon Rose Publishing page in the next day or two.

Some information on  A Celtic Tapestry:

The wheel of the year turns, bringing the joy of spring, the warmth of summer, the richness of autumn, and the merriment of winter. But eight Celtic festivals link these seasons together, bringing with them romance, lust, danger, and even magic. From a city under threat from night-time creatures at Ostara, to a selkie caught by the light of the Lughnasadh moon, to a writer caught in the flames of a fiery goddess at Imbolc.
Eight authors have come together to give their own twist on these festivals, weaving each story with a blend of myth, magic, and contemporary telling…to create A Celtic Tapestry

                                                             Livia Ellis
                                                         Hunter S Jones
                                                         Laura De Luca
                                                         Elodie Parkes
                                                          Elle J Rossi

                                                        Miranda Stork
                                                        Carolyn Wolfe
                                                   Tara Stogner Wood


Second order of business. Back In January I mentioned Lorelei Bell's book Vampire Nocturne here. This weekend, Lorelei is doing a special giveaway she's calling Victorian Ball on Beyond the Black Veil. From March 9-11 at her blog Lorelei's Muse, she's giving away four copies of Vampire Nocturne.  Here's the teaser for the book:

Sabrina is becoming a magical creature—not just a clairvoyant with
ring that thwarts a vampire's thrall. In this exciting third installment, Sabrina learns how to travel the ley lines, and travels to another world called Beyond the Black Veil ~ a world where vampires outnumber humans ten to one, and humans are merely blood donors and objects of their sexual desires.

The Dagger of Delphi becomes her weapon of choice. And what becomes of Dante Badheart, whose spirit essences is contained in the stone he gave her when last he spoke to her from the dead, is another mystery that intrigues her.

Sabrina Strong's cousin, Lindee, has disappeared, and when she goes to the last place Lindee was seen, she finds herself transported to another world and century, where vampires rule. While trying to solve the mystery of where Lindee could be in this world, Sabrina encounters Drakulya—the real-life Dracula—a.k.a. The Impaler—who has somehow managed to become a vampire living in this strange world, and rules as King.

Next, some of you might remember the joint venture blog we did for awhile, a small group of writers, which we called Writers of Mass Distraction. We let it go dormant for awhile, but our Facebook page has taken off, with a crowd of thorough miscreants, ne'er do wells, and fellow writers. So we've decided to reopen the Wordpress Writers of Mass Distraction Page. Members of the group will get to post things like cover reveals, book releases, or whatever they wish to. Have a look over at it; we're getting things restarted at the moment, and follow us!

And my partner in crime and dear friend Norma Beishir marked the birthday of her son Collin at her blog Windchaser's Journey yesterday. Head on over and take a look, and wish Collin well. Norma is the one who got me to write, instead of just leaving the ideas I had in the back of my head to some future time. She's the reason the book is at hand. She's been a true friend.

I round things out today with a little game. I Write Like is a website I've seen before, and yesterday I saw it again, reading blogs that are nearly two weeks old (I'm running behind on reading). The idea is copying and pasting some paragraphs for analysis, and the program will tell you who you write like.

I copied in a passage from Chapter 29 of Heaven & Hell, and the program informed me that I write like Arthur Conan Doyle.

Well, that I'll take as a high compliment. Though none of my characters are a socially maladjusted opium addict.

If the program had told me I wrote like E.L. James, that would be the most grievous of insults. I would have no choice but to declare war on I Write Like.


  1. Hey, don't knock 50 Shades! Just 'cause you don't like it doesn't mean it hasn't found its audience!

    And A. Conan Doyle? Hmmm. Not sure if you want to copy his style for today's readers. But his stories were always good!

  2. And to my horror, seems I write like Robert Louis Stevenson. No wonder I can't sell books!

  3. Hmmm, I write like James Joyce. How interesting. I wouldn't have thought...

    Thanks for the shout-out, William!

  4. Hahaha, Jane Austen here! :-)
    Another great post William.

  5. At least it didin't compare your writing to Stephenie Meyer. You'd have to go kick some sparkly vampire butt.

  6. Holy crap! I write like a man. Author Dan Brown.

  7. Me? Jonathan that good?
    Jane x

  8. My cats write like Cory Doctorow!
    Jane x

  9. Now I wish I was a writer ! what a great program. But how awful if one found they wrote like a sparkly vampire. I would be crying buckets of bloody sparkly tears !
    I assume this will not work on haiku.

    cheers, parsnip

  10. That is a huge compliment! You could do far worse:) How exciting about the books, resurrected blog and of course Norma's son's birthday! It's been a good week.

  11. Glad I finally made it! This is what happens when you get a nasty case of food poisoning. I will never attempt to cook again!

    We have some very talented authors at WMD.

    I did the test. Can't recall who I write like....

  12. Cool post with lots of fun information. Happy Birthday to Collin and good luck to Lorelei. I did the 'I like write' thingie once and it said: Stephen King, but I think it malfunctioned that day.

  13. Friends who encourage and are by your side are simply the best when we are so lucky to find ourselves having one. Lucky you xx

  14. Happy Birthday to Collin.

    I write like Lovecraft, but now I wonder what would happen if I pasted in some erotica.

    Matter of fact, has anyone tried copying and pasting their favorite author passages in there to see what it comes back with? :D

  15. @Cheryl: 50 Shades deserves to get knocked!

    @Lorelei: you're welcome!

    @Lucy: thank you!

    @Karla: I would be most displeased!

    @Shelly: I don't think that's a good thing!

    @Jane and Chris: I'm not sure!

    @Parsnip: I don't think it would...

    @LondonLulu: yes it has!

    @Norma: it depends what passage one uses, I think.

    @Eve: I can't recall who I wrote like before...

    @Cindy: thank you!

    @Diane: I co-write some erotica, so I could have a go at some of that... and wouldn't it be just awful if we found out Mark Twain wrote like Stephanie Meyer?

  16. Loved your comment about E.L. James William, I managed two chapters before I couldn't cope with one more HOLY CRAP haha!

  17. I tried I Write Like before. It's fun and I wasn't totally insulted ;) Thanks for the info. Both books sound amazing.

  18. I like the cover of the first one!

  19. @Grace: I don't even want to subject myself to a page of that!

    @Auden: you're welcome!

    @Kelly: it works well!


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