Warrior Pledge is almost here! It'll be released on Monday, 3 October by Dreamspinner Press. I can't wait. I'm celebrating all over the place during the week. I've written blogs for several sites--they're all different, and there's a competition for each of them.
So come along and find out how the world of Thalazar was built. What's special about the Mafdeti and the norrgel. How did Beattie die? Finally, at the end of the week, you'll have an exclusive excerpt to read.
The list of stops is below.
When the two moons of Thalazar cross orbits, the Warrior Pledge must be completed or the cat-shifting Mafdeti nation will face annihilation. There are four who can save the people and their land: the Silver Shining from Rock, the Great Heart Farseeing, the Changeling, and the Pure. They must find each other before time runs out.
Silver-eyed Checa is Captain of the Guard for the Mafdeti. Thanks to the friendship and loyalty of Heath, son of the Mafdeti Matriarch, Checa has survived and thrived after a childhood of horrific abuse. He knows Heath is his Bond-Mate but refuses to bond with the younger man because he feels he isn’t worthy. Nor does Heath’s mother approve of her son bonding with a lowborn warrior.
Together they face deadly wing-strikes from carnivorous birds, earthquake, betrayal, ambush, and an enemy invasion, only to be confronted with the possibility that the Warrior Pledge will bond Checa and Heath to others. If Checa is to complete the Warrior Pledge, he must overcome the belief that he doesn’t deserve Heath’s love, and fight for the one man who can make him whole.
Dreamspinner Press, 3 October
My Fiction Nook, 4 October
LoveBytesReviews, 5 October
Open Skye Book Reviews – 6 October
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I have some very good friends I don't see very often. They're coming to visit this weekend. I've been anticipating it for weeks. Now we're down to the wire and I've realised a few things:
So what do I actually have time for before they arrive?
Good grief. I think I'll be ready--at least ready enough to ignore everything else and enjoy their company.
If I'm quick, I might even get some writing time in before they arrive. I've been working on the sequel to Warrior Pledge. The beginning has been causing no end of problems because I couldn't get the characters motivations right. I spoke to a friend of mine this week and she asked all the hard questions. I've cut the first three chapters and rewritten the new first chapter, that used to be chapter four. The story is much stronger already. Much of what I've cut will probably be dribbled back into the story at various times in different settings. It's good writing; it just wasn't working where it was.
Of course, none of this will happen if I stay here...
Saturday mornings is usually reserved for writing my blog post. Yesterday I did my tax instead. My cousin came over, sorted papers and read numbers--in short, he made it easy for me to complete the spreadsheets so I could take it all to my accountant next week. He's a gem.
Now I have one less thing crowding my brain and I can put something else into that priority basket.
Something tells me it had better be my next book. My writing lately has been very patchy. I'm happy with the results, just not the volume. I have two weeks now to spend some quality time with my computer and get something written. I just have to make sure I don't let myself get distracted.
That about sums up my mind lately. It's been very cluttered, a million things tugging at me all at once, and I've struggled to achieve any of them. Getting my tax done is a huge relief. It's one of the big things that bothers me every year at this time.
I have plans during the week to find somewhere quiet that I can be uninterrupted for several hours at a time. That will, hopefully, help me clear the rest of my mind so I can focus on my story again.
Just as an aside: it's only two weeks now until the release of Warrior Pledge. I'm really excited about this one. It's totally different to anything you've seen from me before and has some really fun elements in it: voluntary gender changing, dragons with a sense of humour.
I have a dilemma and I'm looking for help. I have several blog stops booked for the upcoming release of Warrior Pledge and I have to write unique content for each of them. I have a free hand on topics. Writing the content isn't a problem, but choosing different topics for each of them is.
So here's the deal. I want you to help me choose blog topics for five of the stops. You can choose one from the list below, or suggest one of your own. I'll choose five topics to write about. The (up to) five winners will each receive one ebook copy of any book on my backlist. Check the Books tab on this website if you're not sure which book you'd like.
Here's the list I have so far (shamelessly adapted from one provided by Pride Promotions in 2014). You're welcome to choose one of those or suggest something completely different.
I love that everyone is different. I love that I know a lot of different people too, because everyone finds different things important. This is a snapshot of some of the different things people I know think are important.
At the gym, there were people whose life revolves around their exercise schedule. Staying fit and flexible into old age is, for them, the most important thing. I can see their point. There was one lady there who was at least 20 years older than me, who ran rings around me. I kept up with her for less than 20 minutes then had to slow down before I collapsed.
This morning I spent time with a friend. His important this morning was how Bali is different since the policeman was killed. He's grateful for the local friends he's made there over the years. Without them he might not have felt safe.
I spent the afternoon with a group of people who think preserving our local history is of vital importance. Today's presentation and discussion revolved around the development of the railroad in the area.
I know people excited that the football season is working towards its culmination, with the final rounds being played before semi-finals and then finals. Of course, some of the people I know are excited because it's the finals! They're the ones who believe there are only two seasons: football season, and waiting for football season. Others are excited because it's the finals! and football is finally nearly over for another year.
I watched a 14 month old little boy for a few hours and noted the things that were important to him: putting a plastic bag in the bin (several times) for all the 'dirty' things; bananas; climbing the stairs, over and over until he was so tired he could barely stand; cheese; bath time with toys; using a fork to spear food, even though he didn't actually eat it; putting different shaped blocks into the right holes; milk; cuddles; reading books; singing songs; more sleepy cuddles.
Through all this, I've been more an observer than a participant, so I began to wonder what's important to me. The short answer is: all of it. The long answer is: these people are important to me, so whatever is important to them is also important to me.
E E Montgomery
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