Archive | August, 2012

Goodreads Give-away

25 Aug

I’m giving away five copies of “Shadow of the Horsemen” on Goodreads.  The contest starts today and goes through Sept. 15.  I’d planned to use the first book in the series, “Daughter of the Goddess Lands” for my first giveaway.  But I learned today that only books published in the last six months qualify.  So I hope all my prosepective readers are ok with book two!

Many thanks to good friend and fellow author Jason Stewart for showing me how to do it.  I’m excited about doing this.

 

Guest Post with Mark Steve

19 Aug

I recently blogged about Victorian authors H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, and their contribution to   early prehistoric fiction.  Today, my guest guest Mark Steve looks at their contributions to steampunk–along with a much loved genius we rarely think of as belonging in the steampunk genre.

Leonardo’s Fiction Versus Steampunk Fiction

Science fiction is thought to be the subject Victorian era. During this period, authors like H.G. Wells and Jules Verne fictionalized the futuristic technologies in their novels.  Time machines, space crafts, and many other things, which are invented in the modern times, or which we still see the in dreams are available in the steampunk literature of the Victorian era.

But, do you know that such fictions were started in t!
he renaissance age also? We can take the example of Leonardo da Vinci in this regard. This great man revealed some great inventions of today in his portraits nearly five hundred years ago. The portrait of a flying machine is the best example in this regard. During that era, flying of a human in the sky was thought to be a dream. But, Leonardo fantasized this machine 400 years before the invention of the aeroplane. He also worked on various other things also of the modern technology, like war vehicles and submarines.

However, there is a big difference between the steampunk science fiction and the fiction of Leonardo. The punk fictions are reflected in the form of novels and stories. Leonardo’s works can be witnessed in his paintings and other artistic works. Besides, the punk fiction is entirely based on the steam energy. All the advancements of this fictional technology work on the steam power, as these novels were written in the era of steam engines. On the other hand, there is no such necessity in the Leonardo‘s work. The reason behind this is that Leonardo was an independent researcher and the renaissance age was free from the preconception of steam power.

There is no doubt that geniuses like Leonardo were the torch bearers of the renaissance movement. This movement was based of art and culture, and the constant flow of thoughts was flourished during this period.

Today also, we can witness the people’s interest in that golden period of Europe. The renaissance festivals are the best examples in this respect, which allow you to step back to the medieval time. On the other hand, renaissance costumes are also popular a lot among the people of today. These costumes are in the flamboyant colors and designs. During the renaissance age, people stopped wearing the natural-style dresses, and started wearing the showy outfits. Such dresses are popular today in the festivals and the other themed events.

 

Mark Steve is a Historian, researcher and writer. He regularly write articles, reviews on books and novels on Historical topics related to Medieval, Renaissance, Pirate, gothic & Steampunk themes. If you want to know more about him and his blog, then see:  Renaissance Outfits, The Goth Code and The middle ages.

 

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Guest Post: Writing Inspiration with Jaleta Clegg

13 Aug

Today my guest is fantasy author Jaleta Clegg who address that age old question: “Where do you get your ideas?”

How many authors dread that question? *raises hand* Terry Pratchett explained in one of his Discworld novels that particles of inspiration sleet through the universe all the time. When one of them intersects a brain, the light bulb goes on and an idea is born. I like that explanation.

 

The truth is my story ideas come from mundane sources. Nature documentaries are a favorite for sparking ideas. I’ve got a horror story idea I’m still toying with about pots for containing demon spirits that was triggered by a tiny little article in National Geographic. My favorite question is, “What if?”

 

The plot for Nexus Point is based on the question, “What would a high-tech person do if they were dumped into !
a politically hot situation on a medieval tech world?” Of course, much of that story grew from the character’s personality.

 

Book 2, Priestess of the Eggstone, came from “How can I get her in even more trouble?” She’s being chased by the crime syndicate who runs the company she’s flying courier for. They want the illegal cargo she just stole. The Patrol is after her. She thinks they’re trying to arrest her. But her copilot has an entire species chasing him. He stole their god, the Eggstone. That’s the setup for the book. The story and all its complications grew out of that simple description.

 

Writing is an organic process. An idea is sparked, a story started. As I write, I get flooded with new ideas, new option, new twists and turns. Sometimes, I can see a scene in my mind. I write like a demon to get to that scene so I can figure out how it fits into the overall story.

 

Stories start from a character or a question or sometimes just a setting. The real work of writing is making that character do something interesting, or answering the question in an unexpected way, or figuring out what happened in that setting that makes it worth reading about. Story seeds are in everything around us. Look at the world sideways and see how different it looks. Then write your vision.

 

My last word of advice—Trust your subconscious. When I let mine loose on my stories and let the words flow, the stories amaze me with the twists and turns. The characters come to life. Yes, it’s messy and it drives me insane trying to keep track of everything, but that’s why editing was invented.

 

Where do you find inspiration for your stories?

 

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Jaleta Clegg loves to play with words. Sometimes they gel into stories ranging from space opera epics to silly horror to everything in between. Find more at www.jaletac.com

 

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Priestess of the Eggstone: Pursued by the Targon Crime Syndicate bent on revenge, the Patrol intent on recruitment, and the Sessimoniss who want their god back, the last thing Captain Dace needs is a handsome copilot with romance on his mind.

And Now for the Link…

1 Aug

…which I forgot to include in my last post.  So if anyone wants to go directly to my nook page, click here. 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/sandra-saidak