Sunday, July 28, 2013

Angel In The Flames Now Available

Now Available for Download





Little did Castel, Prince of Lior, know that the woman he'd help free from the castle dungeons would lead to the country being run through fire and sword all because of her and the secrets she'd sealed within her own identity. 

Castel believed the biggest problem he had to deal with was his parents forcing upon him a betrothed he'd rather have none of; until he met the spitting image of the missing Silean Princess, Rosaline. 

On the run, she has no idea that the secrets she's trying to deliver bring with them the death-toll of an entire nation and that the cover she's veiled herself in becomes the undoing of her own heart. 
   
As the Cyanese bear down upon them, the only way to survive is to fight but to fight, they must first survive…
 
Available at Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/341731 ($3.99)

Print Edition Coming Soon!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Story Bible For Your Novels

 Novel Bible


I never thought I needed one when I first started to write but eventually I realized that since I was writing serials, that it was becoming harder to keep track of bits of information that I'd made up years ago when the ideas were first flowing out of my head. I also realized that it was a much easier way to not only keep track of story information, but of character information as well. After researching how to create one, I made one of my own. However, whereas others have created one for each story they've created, I built my first one solely around one world.

Why did I do this? I did this because a number of my stories interconnect and the characters repeat themselves along the way. I did this for my own sanity. Later, I may break it down further, separating the serials from the stand-alones that happen in the same world. For me, this one bible keeps track of the entire world, which encompasses eleven continents and the information inside is repeatable and truthfully, I don't feel like writing out the same thing for every single novel bible. However, my approach may not work the same way for you. These are some ideas to help get you started, both for stand-alone and serial/sequential novels.

Basic Supply List:


Binder (I think mine is a 2")
Loose Lined Paper (You know the packs I mean that you get for $1.50)
Pencils (I prefer mechanical when it comes to writing things. The reason for the pencil is because you can easily erase and make changes unlike with pens)
Permanent Marker (Preferably Fine Point)
Snacks and Beverages (You may be at this a while)
Patience (It takes some time so take breaks if you start to get frustrated)

Additional Supplies:


For my binder I needed a little something extra than your basic dividers, so, I created my own using Card Stock and Post-It's Hanging File Folder Tabs. This was needed to help me just divide the sections for easy access.

I also use Sticky Index Tabs to label my pages further. I did this first before even doing the dividers, but then again, I've a tendency to do some things out of order, lol. 


Now that you've gathered your supplies, including snacks, it's time to start putting it all together.

I've seventeen different parts to my binder under two different indexes:

Index One

Part One: World Information
Part Two: Trade and Resource Information
Part Three: Magic
Part Four: Divines
Part Five: Kingdom Information
Part Six: Legends and Lore
Part Seven: Creatures
Part Eight: Languages
Part Nine: Settings
Part Ten: Outlines
Part Eleven: Timelines
Part Twelve: Maps

Index Two

Part Thirteen: Character Appearances
Part Fourteen: Main Characters
Part Fifteen: Secondary Characters
Part Sixteen: Tertiary Characters
Part Seventeen: Family Trees

You'll notice that what I have may not necessarily apply to you. For instance, I have a languages section because in my world some of my countries have their own native names for things and thus why I need to keep track of it.

However, the most essential are:

Parts One through Seven, Fourteen and Fifteen. Those are the bare bones to any bible. Some more information as to what's involved:

Part One: World Information


This section contains all your basic information on the world you've created. This includes all the continents and cities involved in your novel. Under each heading you'll have a short blurb about the kingdoms (if it's a fantasy), general location and a very brief statement on its history, allies, rulers and enemies.

Part Two: Trade and Resources


In this section, you'll list the resources available in your country. For help with this, it's recommended that you research countries with similar climates to yours to see what they have in real-life to give you some insight. Next you'll be able to figure out what the countries lack and what trade resources are being imported and exported.

Part Three: Magic


In most fantasy novels, this is a very large section. You've different types of magic systems for different species and classes. Or, you've very simplistic magic that is based on more scientific realism. Either way, it will take a bit to write it out if you have it.

In science fiction, this section can be replaced by Science and Technology, making real your new advances in science and working them out here can make things a lot easier down the road.

Part Four: Divines


This is the home of all your deities and their powers. Write down just enough detail on who they are, where they live and the powers they possess to get by while working in the novel. Sometimes they may end up being more detailed that you'd originally believe, especially if they have such crucial roles in the novel but that's okay; write it down.

Part Five: Kingdoms


This is where the most detailed information on your countries and their kingdoms lies. Everything from it's history, to it's rulers and how they came to rule; the culture and religions. Everything that makes up this place goes here. Depending on how many their are, it can be quite extensive, especially if there's many key players in your novel.

If you're writing serials, it's a good idea to keep track of the events that will happen in this novel as it will come in handy when writing the next one or five that come along. If it helps, you can sub-head the changes that will occur as the story progresses into each different chapter in the kindgom's history.

Part Six: Legends and Lore


This is where you detail out the major events that precursors the start of your novel. Important events that happened in the past, especially those that may elude to events in your novel. Prophecies are included in this section as well should their be any.

For science fiction, this section could contain any Armageddons that have occurred before the start of your story.

Part Seven: Creatures


If you're making up beings of imagination, this is where you list them. Write out the details of the creature, their names, characteristics, powers, traits; just like you would a human only with your made-up beasts and ghouls.

Those writing science fiction can list their alien species here that your travelers may encounter. 

Part Eight: Languages


If you've a culture that's using a different language, this would be the place to work it out. For me, I've Amazonian and Cyanese languages. I may have an additional language in one of my other continents but it's not yet known.

This section is especially useful for science fiction writers with varying species that have their own languages. Some may have complete syntax whereas some of us may just have a few native words or phrases we use in place of English.

Part Nine: Settings


Here you can write down the descriptions for the major and minor settings. This comes in handy when your characters start off in one place and don't return for a time. You can easily reference what the places looked like when your characters return or if you've a random thought about it before you're characters are ready to get there.

Part Ten: Outlines


A place to reference story outlines. They're easy to locate and don't get lost.

Part Eleven: Timelines


Keep track of the time your characters spend away or in any given place. Timelines are easier to do as you write the story rather than after you've written them. Add to them every time a major length of time passes.

Part Twelve: Maps


If you've drawn maps of your worlds, put them here to reference at a moments notice.

Part Thirteen: Character Appearances


I find this part useful when writing serials and sequential novels because its a quick reference guide as to who is appearing in which book. Using the novel heading at the top, I list the Major, Secondary, Minor and Tertiary characters in the novel. If more come along, then I list them as well.

Part Fourteen: Major Characters


This is where I list and complete all the biographical information on my major characters. Their ages, genders, eye and hair colour, personalities and birthdays. Fill out all the relevant information, including if they have pets or horses.

You can also list any familial relations, professional groupings and religious affiliations the character may have or belong to.

Major Secondary Characters also belong in this section as well. Even though they aren't the main protagonists, they are important to the story. You may also list your antagonist here as well depending on how relevant they are at the time.

Part Fifteen and Sixteen: Secondary and Tertiary Characters


Same information as with the major characters but you don't need as much information as they lessen in importance the further away from the major characters they are.

Part Seventeen: Family Trees


Family Trees help you to see the familial connections between characters. If they've an ancestor who is an important historical figure or did something that effected the present which your character lives in now, then it's fun and nice to see where they are connected and how.

Now, using my sticky index tabs, I group together my information within the major index dividers. Using permanent marker, I would write on one colour the names of the continents involved in the World Information. With other groupings I would write: Magic - Fae, Magic - Quandhai, Magic - Shamaness; all of these are connected under the Magic heading but they are different categories within it. It makes for much quicker and easier referencing when writing.

Next I created my divider headings to group the smaller indexed groups together into their collections. Once I know what headings are within my two main indexes, my world separated from my characters, I list what's under each index and what's within each category. It gives me a quick glance view as to what's inside my bible in case I'm unsure if I have all the parts that I need.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Coming August 2013

August 2013



Little did Castel, Prince of Lior, know that the woman he'd help free from the castle dungeons would lead to the country being run through fire and sword all because of her and the secrets she'd sealed within her own identity.

Castel believed the biggest problem he had to deal with was his parents forcing upon him a betrothed he'd rather have none of; until he met the spitting image of the missing Silean Princess, Rosaline.

On the run, she has no idea that the secrets she's trying to deliver bring with them the death-toll of an entire nation and that the cover she's veiled herself in becomes the undoing of her own heart. 

As the Cyanese bear down upon them, the only way to survive is to fight but to fight, they must first survive…

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Parting Glass Released

New Book From Indie Author Katherine Lampe

Katherine Lampe's new book, "The Parting Glass," is a must read as the latest addition to her Caitlin Ross series. 
Transpiring before the events of Katherine's previous works, it tells the tale of how Caitlin and Timber first came together and how the supernatural crime-fighting duo solved their first case together. It was an awesome read I couldn't put down...as Katherine can attest to, lol. 

https://dwtr67e3ikfml.cloudfront.net/bookCovers/96fe4c5a7e74c08c1b2dc6544fad592b8baaed28   
"Caitlin Ross is content with her life as the owner of a metaphysical shop in Boulder, Colorado. And although she doesn’t advertise her arcane abilities as a witch, she isn’t averse to applying them in good cause. When a Lakota medicine man with a drinking problem begs for Caitlin’s help, she has reason enough to get involved. But before she can do anything, he vanishes, leaving Caitlin with nothing but questions.

Soon after, a stranger from Scotland appears on Caitlin’s doorstep, seeking news of the missing shaman. His insistence and his refusal to share any information about his purpose rouse Caitlin’s suspicions: is this Timber MacDuff what he seems? Or does he represent the very dark power the absent shaman was trying to avoid?

For anyone who has wanted to hear the story of Caitlin and Timber’s first encounter, this is the book you’ve been waiting for. "

Go now and read it! 

Monday, October 22, 2012

My Interview by Pat Bertram

While conducting research before the release of Angel in the Flames in January, 2013, I came across Pat Bertram's website. Pat introduces authors, newly published, or those who've been in the game a while to the world. It's a fairly simple process with Pat; basically you go to the questionnaire, choose 10-15 questions from the large list there to answer and follow the instructions to have the interview posted. Here's mine:

Keri Dudas, Author of “Angel in the Flames” (Interview)


 

What is your book about?
Angel in the Flames is about a prince named Castel who believes that he’s stumbled upon the missing Silean Princess, Rosaline. None of the main characters know that’s she’s actually Rosaline’s cousin, Persephone, who’s running from a Cyanese Tribe Leader who blames her for the death of his wife.

Tell us a little about your main characters. Who was your favorite?
I’ve four main characters who come together in this book. The prince, Castel; his friend and faithful knight, Pelinor; the femme in disguise, Persephone; and the Latriana (Queen) of the Astra Amazon Tribe, Dulcea.

It’s truthfully a tossup between Castel and Persephone. With Castel, he’s fallible; he’s his faults that messes him up at times that shows his humanity. But with Persephone, she’s a strong conviction to finish what she set out to do but, at the same time, her duty makes her question herself a lot which is something that most of us, as humans, do.

How long did it take you to write your book?
The initial draft took me all of two months to hand-write. Another month, give or take, of typing it up and editing and about a month’s worth of final polishing – which is what’s happening now to get it ready for its release in January.

How much of a story do you have in mind before you start writing it?
A floating, vague notion of wanting to write a love story…which the characters quickly took ransom of and spit something else back at me. I honestly had no idea what it was going to turn into until it was all over and I was staring at it with two other story ideas in my head.

How (or when) do you decide that you are finished writing a story?
With Angel in the Flames, the characters stopped talking at the end and said, ‘That’s a wrap!’ Their stories weren’t over, but that one was. With the others that I’ve finished, it’s a similar concept. They basically sit down, call a masseuse over and tell me to move on.

What are you working on right now?
Easier to ask what I’m not working on right now.

I’ve the Aurora Borealis short stories that I’ve been writing and publishing up on Smashwords; once I’ve a few of them I’ll out them into a collection.

But, the big novel that’s been pressing in my mind lately the most has been Princess of War. In this one, the Relic of Ares – the key to Ares’ immortal powers – has been stolen. He is sent across the Veil into the modern world where he must convince an archaeologist, Belle Tracey, that he is the God of War and persuade her to help him find it before the Moirae’s scissors begin to snipe away at his thread.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?
No, not always. At first I wanted to be a veterinarian, then a manga artist and then a lawyer. Writing was just something I did to pass the time, to escape from my perils social life of playground bullies that grew into Edward Scissor-Hand Barbie dolls. Did I always have the imagination, yes, it got me into quite a bit of trouble when I was younger but I’d never had thought to be a writer until 2009. That was when I decided to step out of Fanfiction and drive head-first into the worlds I never even knew existed in my head.

What is the most difficult part of the whole writing process?
Condensing x-number of pages down into a synopsis blurb. I’m sorry, but I swear I’ll have an easier time fitting my toosh into a pair of size 0 skinny jeans than I ever will condensing my work into a blurb.

What is the easiest part of the writing process?
Writing the novel. Sure, I hit writer’s block, who doesn’t? But listening to the character talk and writing out the story as it unfolds is easy…especially if you trick your writer’s block into only blocking up one work-in-progress.

What one word describes how you feel when you write?
Free.

Writing has always made me feel free; free to escape reality when I need to, free to get lost in the worlds inside my head, free to be more myself. I feel more at ease writing than I do most anything else.

What do you wear when you write?
Usually my pajamas; they’re the comfiest.

Do you have mental list or a computer file or a spiral notebook with the ideas for or outlines of stories that you have not written but intend to one day?
I do, and it just keeps growing and growing and growing. I keep them organized in an expandable portfolio with the book title at the top and any information pertaining to the story in the pocket. I’m horrible for scribbling down ideas when I’m in some random location or when I’m in-between the lull of asleep and awake and one of my characters prods me awake going, ‘Write this down or you’ll never sleep.’

Do you keep a pen and notepad on your bedside table?
If you can call it a table…more often than not what’s next to me is the stack of notebooks I’m writing in and then there’s a pen on top of it all, like a small, spiral notebook castle.

How many stories do you currently have swirling around in your head?
Let’s see, there’s the second prequel and the sequel to Angel in the Flames; Song of the Heart and Memory of Roses. The Realm Trilogy, the first of which I’m starting this November for NaNoWriMo. Then there’s seven additional stories not including the various short stories for Aurora Borealis.

Have you written any other books?
Aside from the Aurora Borealis short stories, the only other completed manuscript at this time is for Shadow of the Stars. It stars Dulcea before the happenings of Angel in the Flames.

Where can people learn more about your books?
 
My Personal Website lists all the projects I’m either working on or will be working on shortly: https://sites.google.com/site/keridudas/
My Blog: http://goddessofworlds.blogspot.ca/
My Smashwords Author Page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/keridudas
Angel in the Flames set for release January, 2013 at: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/keridudas

 Here's the link to the interview on Pat Bertram's website where you'll also find find new author's and books to love:

http://patbertram.wordpress.com/2012/10/20/keri-dudas-author-of-angel-in-the-flames-interview/ 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"Aurora Borealis: Caught" Now Available

Hot off the E-Publishing Presses!!!

 


"Caught:" Immediately following the events in "Heated Arguments," the crew of the Aurora infiltrate a Commi ship in search of answers that may help their Captain. However, the mission leaves them with more questions than answers.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Awesome Book Cover! ^.^






This super fabulous awesome cover was created for me by Thai Braddick. Thai is a 15 year old (man they teach them younger than even I was to use photoshop nowadays) free-lancer who has been creating covers for NaNo participants for their NaNo novels. The kid's a genius, that's all I've really got. Hopefully, I'll be able to have the other two Realm novels covered by him as well as then they'd match and not look all o.O 

Check out Thai's website and portfolio here: http://funkelnpartei.tumblr.com/