Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog II Week 2: Torie N. James

This week I am very happy to be hosting my friend and fellow writer Torie N. James, as she is going to talk about some of the most challenging things about her current work in progress.  Take it away Torie!!

Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog, part Deux, Week Two!

Hmmm. The question this week is “In your upcoming works in progress or new releases, what did you find most challenging to write, or what gave you the most enjoyment accomplishing, aside from finishing the writing?”

I’ve found I’m absolutely horrible at writing fight scenes, so the three separate ones in “Timeless Night” has been mega challenging. I’m a pretty non violent individual (unless chocolate is involved) and so it’s hard for me to get into that mind set. In order to get into them, I’ve come up with this insane mix of listening to death metal, re reading some Dark Hunter novels (SK has some intense fight scenes and it’s always a pleasure to go over them for tips), and this may sound crazy, but not drinking any caffeine at all on those days. Lack of caffeine makes me grumpy. Grumpy makes me angry. Anger puts me in a place that I can easily imagine kicking someone’s ass. Hey, I’m a writer…we’re supposed to be a different breed of cat!

Conversely, the scenes I enjoy working on the most is the dynamic between both my male and female protagonist. I love the build up, the anticipation, the flaws and imperfection in them both. They are polar opposites with a shared past, and it’s interesting to see one who’s literally walked the corridors of time for almost a thousand years versus a modern day woman with no recollection of what they used to be to one another. His world is almost alien to her and she’s NOTHING like her first incarnation…except for the stubbornness. She gives it new meaning.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog II Week 1: Stacy Moran

Without further ado, I'd like to introduce you to Stacy Moran, fellow author ... check out her character Tanerk Rau from the upcoming "Blood Myth" series ...
Introducing Tanerk Rau- Blood Myth Series by Stacy Moran
One of my favorite characters in my upcoming series Blood Myth is Tanerk Rau. He is not your stereotypical “bad guy” the usual guy you hate in a series. He is nothing like those soft-edged villains. No, Tanerk is absolutely someone you would not want to meet on the street at night, hell or any time of day.
Tanerk is an evil warlock who killed his own father to obtain leadership in the Rau Coven. Malevolent, Tanerk is sadistic with his rituals, breeding, and sacrifices. The self-proclaimed king of the Rau has an agenda and a one track mind, create more Rau and wipe out the Misr Witches.
Creating and writing for Tanerk is both fun and frustrating. He doesn’t care about anyone and is purely evil. So making him likeable enough that readers will want to keep him around was a challenge. The difficulty comes from the fact that, the further you take him into bad/scary/evil, the less likely the reader is to identify with him. If no one can relate to him, it’s harder to make the Tanerk or any evil character sympathetic or likeable.
The less than pleasant character isn’t always an easy one to sell but they have an enormous amount of creativity. More research went into writing for Tanerk than any of my other characters. He is not bound by social acceptance his methods are different. But that difference is why I love Tanerk. His path is not mapped out or bound by rules making him extremely dangerous and exciting.

 The Creation of the Rau Warlocks

The Rau were created by Angra in the year 1000 A.D. The god of darkness and evil created the Rau because of his wife Baset. The two thrived on playing games and competing with one another. Baset believed all Angra’s descendants birthed from her would be stronger than anything Angra could create.

According to an ancient prophecy, the Rau are a line of evil warlocks destined to destroy the Misr and eventually gain the power to take over the world, handing it to their creator Angra. 

The Rau Warlocks are known for their sacrificing of women after force breeding them in attempts to create more male Rau to help fulfill the prophecy. They are also known for their ability to morph into demonic forms, enhancing their powers dramatically.

Tanerk Rau the self-proclaimed King of the all that is evil in the world has his own goals. He is determined to create heirs from the Misr women. The power from the joining of a Rau and a Misr is believed to be enough to destroy world.

Blood Myth Excerpt

“She is a bit tied up right now but you will see her soon, my pet.” Tanerk smirked and started to move closer. He lifted his head taking in a deep breath. 

“My son hasn’t fucked you yet.” He lifted his hand to touch her skin.

“Don’t.” It was a sharp command even though she did not move.

The room filled with dark malevolent power. Tanerk’s hand gripped her neck, lifting her from the ground as he squeezed tight around her throat. “Don’t?” He smiled revealing perfect white teeth before he leaned into her ear. “I love taking it the hard way.”  His tongue licked the sensitive place behind her ear. 

“Are you a screamer like your sister?” He hissed in her ear.

Sorina knew he wanted to play with her, torment her. “Fuck you.” She spat out.

Tanerk chuckled. “Oh I will fuck you, beauty.” One hand he used to tightened his grip around her throat. His talon like nails bit into her flesh. His other hand skirted beneath her dress. Tanerk’s large hand cupped her full right breast before fingertips found her nipple. He plucked the hard nub. “Are you wet, witch?” His sharp nails ripped into the material at the same moment the door burst open.

The Rau Chant

We were unleashed to rein evil, everywhere we go hell is left in our wake. We were awakened to bring evil, chaos, and take over the world. Death follows with no mercy, bloody and brutally. A creation with evil flowing through our veins, we care about nothing. Except for the blood we shed… We are stronger the death for death it is our minion.

Upcoming Projects by Stacy Moran
Whispers in the Dark – XoXo Publishing release date TBD
Blood Myth- in progress

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Monday, January 21, 2013

The Sisterhood is Coming ... back ...

*I walk in, running my finger across the dusty bookshelf and sitting in the oversized chair testing it out.*  Hello there!  I'm sorry I haven't been around in a while, but as with many of us, December and January are incredibly busy times.  I still don't feel like I've fully recovered from the holidays.

So what's been going on with my partner Patricia Laffoon and I?  Well, we are now over 11,000 words into the second draft of our first novel!  It features our main characters from our two short stories, "Tears of the Mermaid" and "Heart of the Mermaid".  I can also tell you that we've finally settled on a title for the series of which this book will, hopefully, be the first.  The title is "The Realmwalker Prophecy".  What in the world does that title have to do with mermaids and pirates in the 18th century?  Hm ... an interesting question.  You will need to read the book to find out.  But, I can tell you, this book will not be what you might expect.  Of course there will be adventure and romance in abundance, but there will also be twists and turns and hints to the bigger story of which these characters, as they exist here in this first book, are only a small part.

My personal goal is for us to be finished with this book in time to get in published by August, assuming someone will want to publish it.  I'm hoping to go to the Romance Novel Convention that month and it would be awesome to be able to say we have a published novel and aren't just working on one.

And so now for the announcement - Patricia and I are joining once again with several other writers for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog Tour II.  Starting on Wednesday, we will have guests blogging here and we will be guest blogging elsewhere!  Our first guest is Stacy Moran, and the first week's topic will be, what characters from our works do we most want you, the readers, to meet and why?  So please stop by and see what all of these great writers have to say, and join these other blogs which will be part of the tour starting Wednesday, January 23, and running every Wednesday through four weeks.

Amy Kessler
Ashley Nemer
Johanna Marie Rae
L. S. Broomfield
Sherrie Henry
Stacy Moran
Torie N. James
Tracey Steinbach