First Chapters – Retread Shop by T. Jackson King


Originally posted on Ch'kara SilverWolf:

Today’s First Chapter is from Retread Shop by my friend and fellow author T. Jackson King.

Retread_Shop_Cover_for_KindleDESCRIPTION Retread Shop–an alien-controlled galactic bazaar of unimaginable wealth, rigid caste systems, and ancient cutthroat rivalries. Young Billy McGuire, its only human, was unwanted, scorned, and forced to steal for his living. But now he has a patron, a mysterious alien trader and a new ambition–to become the Shop’s first human merchant no matter what the odds!  

 CHAPTER ONE

“Caught you, little thief!”

Billy looked up at the alien whose tentacles firmly gripped his fruit-laden right hand. He saw a forest of blue-green cords sprouting from a three meter high fleshy green trunk. The trunk stood on hundreds of small, wiggling, worm-like toes that apparently could move the shop owner very quickly. No face was visible on the giant anemone-like alien. He didn’t recognize the species.

He was hungry. His last few…

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First Chapters – Retread Shop by T. Jackson King


Originally posted on Ch'kara SilverWolf:

Today’s First Chapter is from Retread Shop by my friend and fellow author T. Jackson King.

Retread_Shop_Cover_for_KindleDESCRIPTION Retread Shop–an alien-controlled galactic bazaar of unimaginable wealth, rigid caste systems, and ancient cutthroat rivalries. Young Billy McGuire, its only human, was unwanted, scorned, and forced to steal for his living. But now he has a patron, a mysterious alien trader and a new ambition–to become the Shop’s first human merchant no matter what the odds!  

 CHAPTER ONE

“Caught you, little thief!”

Billy looked up at the alien whose tentacles firmly gripped his fruit-laden right hand. He saw a forest of blue-green cords sprouting from a three meter high fleshy green trunk. The trunk stood on hundreds of small, wiggling, worm-like toes that apparently could move the shop owner very quickly. No face was visible on the giant anemone-like alien. He didn’t recognize the species.

He was hungry. His last few…

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Grant Me Courage


Originally posted on Witches Of The Craft:


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Gods, grant me courage
To face what lies ahead
And deal with the challenges
In the best way possible.

Earth, lend me strength
And make me strong and grounded
Air, blow fear away And keep my head clear.

Fire, burn away doubt
That would sap my will
And water, calm and soothe me
So I might go with the flow

Spirit, burn strong within me
That I might be brave
In the face of difficulty
God, grant me courage
Goddess grant me courage

So mote it be

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First Chapters – Have Frog, Will Travel by Will Macmillan Jones


Originally posted on Ch'kara SilverWolf:

Today’s First Chapter is from Have Frog, Will Travel by friend and fellow author Will Macmillan Jones.

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“Tolkien Meets Spinal Tap!” More speculative fiction from The Banned Underground collection: Grizelda the off-white witch is forced to speculate about her future in fiction when the Dark Lord tempts her with his cookies, and threatens her with eviction from her cottage if she doesn’t join The Dark Side.
Tempted, Grizelda sets off on a journey of self-discovery, but whatever is she likely to find, apart of course from a few frogs?

Is it Good to be Bad? Or is it Bad to be Good? Or could there be a Third Way? Frogs, Vampires, and assorted Witches all have a different view on her predicament; and the only certainty is Grizelda’s uncertainty … and the usual stream of gags, one-liners and slapstick jokes provoked by her thoughts on philosophy.

Red Kite…

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FREE BOOKS from Rebecca Stroud


Originally posted on Ch'kara SilverWolf:

My friend and fellow author Rebecca Stroud has two FREE books up for grabs at the moment. Devil’s Moon which I have read and could not put down until I finished, and  Do Unto Others.

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REVISED EDITION:

Sure, Jane Wilson had some problems. As in, she disliked her job and her stepson disliked her. Yet, for the most part, she couldn’t complain too loudly. Her new husband, Sam, was a wonderful – and gorgeous – man; her beloved – and ugly – old dog, Devil, was weathering his age well. So, with all that in mind, Jane was looking forward to the holidays. Then along came Bambi…

And Jane was not prepared for the deplorable and depraved vindictiveness soon to befall her at the hands of her husband’s unstable ex-wife. For Bambi had decided that the Christmas season was the perfect time to begin her psychotic destruction of…

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First Chapters – Stormcaller by P.L. Blair


Originally posted on Ch'kara SilverWolf:

Today’s First Chapter is from Stormcaller, book two in the Portals series by friend and fellow author P.L Blair.  This is a fantastic series and I highly recommend it.

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Tlaloc, worshipped by the ancient Aztecs as a god of rains, storms and disease, has come to Corpus Christi, Texas, with an ultimatum: He will be worshiped as in times past, including Human sacrifice, or he will destroy the Texas coastline with a hurricane. It’s up to Police Detective Kat Morales, her Elven partner Tevis and the rest of an elite team headed by the Wizard Arvandus to stop Tlaloc before he makes good on his threat. The adventures that began for Kat and Tevis in Shadow Path continue as they race against time, and between worlds, to defeat the Stormcaller.

Chapter 1

Kat pounded for the third time on the door to room 47 of the Drop…

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New Release – Xaman by Simone Beaudelaire and Edwin Stark


Originally posted on Ch'kara SilverWolf:

 Xaman  is a new release, and is by two very talented authors Simone Beaudelaire and Edwin Stark.  I was privileged to read it before release and all I can say is do yourself a favour it’s a terrific story.

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In the jungles of Belize, an ancient power lurks, and American grad student Rachael Monroe is about to come face to face with it. But is it a monster from a long-dead empire, or something far more dangerous? And who is Xaman, the mysterious local man Rachael finds so inexplicably fascinating?

Seeking answers to these questions will lead Rachael deeper into the heart of a centuries-old mystery that might reveal to her a love that can surpass even death… or her own gruesome end.

LINKS

Amazon US:  http://www.amazon.com/Xaman-Simone-Beaudelaire-ebook/dp/B00MVQSZE4/

Amazon UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Xaman-Simone-Beaudelaire-ebook/dp/B00MVQSZE4/

SIMONE BEAUDELAIRE

Web/Blog:                 http://simonebeaudelaireauthor.weebly.com/

Twitter:                     https://twitter.com/SimoneBeaudelai

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The many stages of updating a story


As I finished up Escape and sent it off to beta readers it was time for me to pick another tale to work on. In the reorganization of my files i did last week I realized that I had an almost completed novel sitting and waiting for me to notice it. Or I should say what I thought was an almost finished novel.

The first problem is that this story had first been put up on the net fifteen years ago. Yup, one of my older pieces. Jasla and Sterin is a novel that was written as a shared story with a close friend of mine. I have been given the okay to update it for sale so I thought, okay I will just combine all the separate chapters and it should just need a tweak here or there.  No so!

The first problem was that the text files were just direct copy and pastes from the html files. Yes, I said HTML. so once I got all seventeen files into one word document I needed to spend a day removing all the html tags that were buried in the text. Once I finished that I had to go through and remove the hard carriage returns that had been put on every single line. EVERY ONE. That was a joy. As I was removing those carriage returns I I noticed that for some other reason every single line had a space put in at the beginning. Not natural spaces, but extra ones. So had to remove them all too. So far two days just spent on fixing formatting issues just so I could actually work on the file.

The next step was to run spell and grammar check from inside word to catch the worst of the typos and mistakes and let me tell you there were a ton! Another half a day spent just doing that. Okay now the file should be all clean right? After all I wrote this and put it up for reading, it should be good right? NOPE!

As I have shown before, a writer evolves as they continue in the field. This particular story, tentatively titled Jasla and Sterin, till I get a better on that is, was written by two of us. There are tense switches and style switches that I obviously did not catch back when. And to be honest, while my friend is an amazing artist, he needs work as an author.

So now I have to dive in and do revisions. Like a lot of authors this means going line by line and fixing errors. Removing things that don’t work (or in this case are icky!) and fleshing out parts that are rushed. This novel is a very erotic paranormal/fantasy romance with werewolves, werecheetahs, fairies, vampires and a Unicorn (no the unicorn is not in the erotic parts!)

I have more practice at writing good erotic scenes now and I find myself shaking my head over some of the very clumsy bits that we had put into this novel. In all this file is currently over 63K words and will probably top out as one of my longer works once I have reworked the whole thing.

All in all it is a very different thing from Escape, which is a space opera with a couple of (I hope) tastefully done erotic romance type scenes and lots of space ship battles. Yes this is more in my traditional wheelhouse of fantasy creatures on a quest of sorts, but it is the mixing of the sex and the fantasy that is a twist. While Angels was a paranormal romance, I only had a couple of elements from fantasy and it was more a paranormal.  This is an erotic fantasy romance.

Later today I plan on putting together a teaser cover for the little bits of this book that can be put up to tease an audience over on WattPad. No, I will not post anything erotic, that I can promise, but the first chapter has a nice build up to it.

So with all the rambling I have gotten off topic here. Experienced writers are always telling new authors that you need to write, edit, revise, edit, review, edit, send to beta readers, edit and revise and then edit again. In most cases I don’t need some of this because i do the edit/revise/edit as I am writing. I think I understand a bit better what they are talking about now.

As for the formatting issues, may you never have to do so but if you do, remember this. Don’t toss out old files because you have switched systems. You can always find a program that will let you copy them out to a doc file. Once there, with a little diligence you can go back to working on what might end up being your best seller. (or so I am telling myself) Every story you write is worth working on. They may not make it far in the publishing world but there are readers willing to read anything. You just have to complete your work and look for them.