Thursday, December 14, 2017

Winter-time, business, and about that newest release

Not saying we have it as bad as those of you getting snowed on but WOW did the temps drop this weekend! (And we're already--slightly--warming back up).

And I finally got  Draft2Digital figured out. Their support was wonderful. :) So if you're an indie author and looking for a way to go "wide" I'd say give them a try.

Also, For those of you who don't know, this worked well for my  new freebie short story ( No Such Thing as Dasher. ) Which, if you don't know about it, its synopsis is as follows:

coverideatestblondegirlsnowFor Avery, her holiday duties as a forest ranger oftentimes involve tracking revelers who have lost their way in her wilderness domain. After a camper clashes with a reindeer, however, Avery is shocked to discover the creature is defended not by Santa, but by the formidable, yet gentle, shapeshifting Lord of the Forest.

Can the magic of the forest bring together a ranger and a supernatural being, or is Avery destined to celebrate yet another Christmas alone?

An enchanting fairy tale to celebrate the magic of the season!
It's available FREE at Amazon*. Also, it's free at Kobo, Google Play, Itunes (thanks to the aforementioned Draft2Digital), and  Barnes and Noble.


Please note, there are some Amazon stores at which the story might not yet be free but I'm hoping they will come in line with the others before New Year's. If it's not free where you are, please check back.

Anyway, it has been a freakin' nightmare to get it set FREE. (Cause you-know-who wants us to use only You-Know-What, I think. And Someone Else Has Their Own Bee up their Backsides about, well...all competitors.) I did not think it would take a month and having to switch providers to get a simple free story out to all my readers. If I had, I would've ...I don't know. put up an "order here, and forget THE BIG THREE providers"...or something. But that would've been even more work.)

But, it's over. Or at least mostly. Some Amazon's venues might still have a price on it, but for the most part, there t'is.

At any rate, I hope you enjoy this little freebie short story, and have a lovely Christmas!


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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy novels DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE, FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Naughty List



Got this from Raven Rose:


THE RULES
1) Provide a brief description of your novel before beginning. NO MORE THAN 5 SENTENCES.

Novel: Passion's Sacred Dance

Synopsis:
Unless Stacy Macken can stave off her creditors, she may lose her renowned history center. Yet she knows in her heart that the center is sacred and what a catastrophe losing it would be. How much of a catastrophe, she hasn't a clue.

Until Aaron Fielding arrives with his tales of magical guardians and the Tuatha dé Danann, sworn warriors from Celtic legend who protect humanity from a wicked enemy seeking their destruction.

Is the end of the world imminent? What can she, a modern woman and her warrior lover, possibly have to offer when a long-prophesied druidic mythic battle explodes around them?

Bonus: Includes brand new flash fiction piece, "About A Warrior"

(Just FYI, the ebook and paperback of this one are on sale right now for your Christmas gift-giving pleasure!)

2) If your cast is fewer than 15 characters, you can’t use the same name more than twice. If your cast is larger than 15 characters, you can’t use the same name more than once.

THE QUESTIONS
1. Which character is SO into the holidays, they nearly cause a street-wide power outage from all their Christmas lights?
Stacy's mother.

2. Which character attends the office new years party with ONE date…and goes home with someone else?

Maybe Erika, (Stacy's right hand woman)

3. Which character is more than happy to steal Hanukkah gelt from poor, unsuspecting children? [Note: Hanukkah gelt = chocolate coins]

Balor (boohiss!)

4. Fill in the blanks: I saw ____[character]____ doing a whole lot more than ____[verb]____-ing Santa Claus. They were full on ____[action]____.


I saw Erika doing a whole lot more than eating cookies with Santa...They were full on...wrapping presents!

5. One of your characters decides to pregame before church and passes out in the middle of the Christmas service. Which character is it?

None of my characters really like drinking, these days. They had their fill of mead throughout the ages and prefer tea more than anything now.

6. Which character hasn’t been seen since winter began because they refuse to deal with the snow?

They're all pretty much Floridians now.:) And thankfully, this year, no snow!

7. Which character completely forgot about the holidays and ends up regifting to everyone?

Isaac. He's been way too busy at the hospital, lately.

8. Which character has such crappy luck, they only discover their potato allergy after pigging out on latkes?

Laurco--muwahaha!

9. The Krampus has arrived to punish your very bad characters. Which character is kinda into it?
Balor. Knowing him, he'd filet Krampus and eat him for dinner!

10. One of your characters should be on the naughty list, but has convinced Santa to clear their name. Which character is it, and what was their means of persuasion?

Cyreth. Probably offered to introduce him to a cute druid, knowing her.

And that's my list...Writers friends, feel free to vik this for your own blogging Christmas fun!

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Word counts....Do they really matter? #writerslife #bloggersblast


Do word counts really matter?


Ah, that divisive topic!

For readers, depending on their/your favored genre, they/you may prefer 800,000 word monsters.

Publishers will spout the same "blah blah random book should be this long", demands.

Writers? Meh. You know what? I don't think we care all that much beyond if it the word count of a story meets a specific publisher's call. 

Nanowimo (which we all just bashed away at) insisted for years on 50k to "win"; thankfully, they've relaxed that a bit. 

And then, you have us indies over here that say "Stuff all that we gotta get on with this..."

(er, sorry. Don't know how Pink Floyd slipped in there** er, slightly edited. Warning if cursing offends you don't click that link and check out the song/video).

But really. I've had this conversation with countless writer friends and that's pretty much where we're split: What are you going to do with it? 

While I used to try to plan on making a book x-amount of words long, now, I just go with what the story demands. You know. I've everything from flash fiction to whoppers out there. I even have one manuscript sitting in the trash bin, er, footlocker that came in at (ready for this?) 300,000 words in it's original form. 

And you wonder why I suffer carpal tunnel. >;) And why I have to choose typing a book over typing multiple blogs a week.It's because I used to obsess over word counts, daily, weekly, whatever. add to that the typing that takes place on the internet, and boy do I go way over the Nanowrimo 1600 a day. Yikes! (To be honest, I was doing 2000 or 3000 this November on the best of days so, you can see why I've tried to stay off the keyboard after that.

*Yes I've thought about using that Dragon thing/program; no. From what I've heard about it, it's too wonky to suit my needs. I'll just write what I can when I can.

As far as book length that I look for when I'm buying a book? While I have a collection of 700-800 page fantasy novels on my shelf, these days. I prefer around 45,000 to 55,000. For instance, even when I read classics--(like Tess of the d'Uberville I mentioned the other day), I've found myself thinking "gee this would've been shorter if he'd cut out...whatever it is that seems too much.

So, do word counts really matter? Depending on what you're going to do with it, maybe but for me? No.. As long as the story is told, who cares how long it is or how many words you type per day?


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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy novels DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE, FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

My 10 favorite movies inspired by books #bloggersblast #writerconfessions

Here's the next in the blog prompt list I'm following.


What are my favorite movies inspired by books?

This could be a long list so I think I'll just try to come up with 10. If I can even manage that, we'll see. because Hollywood does tend to butcher and change novels, when they get hold of them, don't they?

1.Vanity Fair (2004).

This is the theatrical version of William Makepeace Thackery's novel, Vanity Fair, and though the screenwriter changed a lot, the essence of Becky and crew is still pretty much in tact.

2. Fellowship of the Ring
3. The Two Towers
4. Return of the King.

Let's face it, Peter Jackson did an awesome job with these movies. Yes, he left out the epilogue, yes there were other changes but all in all these three movies are fantastic.


5. True Grit (2010)
Ditto. While some of the best lines aren't there--or the best lines are in the movie, but not in Charles Portis' novel, it's a faithful-ish reproduction of  his book.

6. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

The movie doesn't cover everything that happens in Ann Brashares' novel, but it does a pretty good job of translating it to screen.


7. Cold Mountain (2003)

There are a few scenes that got changed, that in my mind, were actually done better in the book, but I enjoy this movie (and its book) immensely.

8. Queen of the Damned.

*I know,I know. Anne Rice hated this version but ...I think they did an okay job with it. It could've been much worse, and maybe I like it better because of the bar being lowered so far with the travesty that is Interview with the Vampire (apologies to Brad Pitt).

9. Silence of the Lambs 
(Again, it's been a while since I read the novel but I seem to recall the
screenwriter did a pretty good job with it).

10. House of Mirth.
As mentioned yesterday, I lovelove Selden, and ...it was nice to see him finally on screen. It was a little more abbreviated than I wish it was (from what I remember. It's been a while since I read the book), but I think it was fairly well-done.

11. To the Lighthouse
It sort of follows what happens in the novel. I don't want to say it follows the plot because TTL is more complicated than that. It doesn't have a plot, really. But the film version takes an idea: a boy wanting to go to a lighthouse, a mother wanting the best for her children, and focuses on those, more than...the stream of consciousness form in which Woolf wrote the novel. But they did okay considering how hard it might've been to translate her words to theatrical film. Don't believe me? Watch the movie, and listen to the way Professor Mount reads the opening of the novel here.

I'd love to put Cloud Atlas on this list, but unfortunately, as many times as I've watched the movie (10?) I haven't yet (*ducks*) had a chance to read the book. My husband did and he approves, so...there? I'm also currently reading Tess of the D'Urbervilles, which had a movie back in the '70s (that I first knew about via cable); alas, I've never seen. I'm sure I'm going to want to now, despite the spoilers I found looking it up! *grr*
And those are mine. What are your favorite book-inspired movies?

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy novels DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE, FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

My Ideal Romance Hero #authorconfessions #bloggersblast #writerconfessions


My Ideal Romance Hero

The next in the blog prompts was "what's your ideal romance hero?"

Oh boy, this oughta get me in trouble. :) Because, guess what? My idea of a hero doesn't seem to fit any of the styles you'll see in your typical modern romance novel. 

What is my ideal romance hero? I like the poets, the musicians, the artists (obviously). The sensitive thinking men, the ones who use their minds and intellect to get out of sticky situations. The ones who work with the heroines rather than the kind that say "Step aside, honey. Let the man deal with this."

 I'm sorry? I understand where it came from (*cavemen) but I prefer ladies who deal with their own hardships, Princess Leia types rather than the "hay-elp hay-elp!" heroines. 

But that's off-topic, isn't it?

I like the heroes like Alcott's Laurie, Woolf's Septimus or Jacob, and  Edith Wharton's Lawrence Selden (left) far more than the typical romance alpha males. The smart ones, the reasonable ones.The ones who recognize, like I said, that maybe women aren't all looking to be "saved".

(Though whether or not Lily Bart actually needed saving is a totally different question altogether that we won't go into here.)

In fact, I can say honestly that I think the heroes in my  romance novels and stories are far more Selden than they are or will be Darcys. :)

How about you? Who's your ideal romance hero?


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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Making me laugh.... #BloggersBlast #writerslife

Well, I thought it high time to add another blog for y'all. I'm sorry I haven't been around much. Nanowrimo has had me  writing, editing and with the PlentifulEarth prompts, I dropped the ball on these other prompts. Oh well. There's still time to get back to them. So.

The next question (I think) after where I left off was: What makes me laugh out loud?

Oh, gosh. I've never really thought about that. We have what some people might think of as  a weird sense of humor, in my family, so some things might make me laugh that wouldn't others.
Just take a look at my favorite movies and you can see that. I've always like some comedic movies (Abbott and Costello were a favorite growing up),
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and I've enjoyed various other movies--LA Story, Groundhog Day, Blues Brothers, Princess Bride and a host of other movies whose lines I can quote that make us smile). I love some authors that mix humor into their books (Meg Cabot, Suzanne G. Rogers Grant Naylor's Red Dwarf [which made me laugh out loud just reading through the first chapter again now. :)]) and more. 



I also love Bloom County (I miss it!) and Mark Tatulli's Lio, from the comics page? (There's that quirky thing again). 

Conversations can make me laugh, depending on what we bring up.

Big Bang Theory. I'm not a huge fan of Sitcoms, but this one is relateable. (Fandom, and Star wars and Star trek jokes? Love 'em).





:) And just random things.... What makes you laugh?


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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy novels DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE, FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Annie Douglass Lima Interview about her #newrelease

Today, I have a treat for you, we welcome back our friend, Fantasy author Annie Lima Douglass, who has a new release in her YA fantasy series Krillonian Chronicles.


Hi, Annie. Thanks for joining us today. For readers who've never met you can you tell us a little about yourself, so my readers can get to know you?


Annie Douglass Lima
Annie: I was born in Southern California but raised mostly in Kenya.  After college (in Southern California), I spent a year teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Indonesia, which was an incredible experience.  Shortly after returning to the States, I married my husband Floyd, and the two of us lived in California for several years.  Eventually all the pieces fell into place for us to move overseas together, and now we’re serving at Morrison Academy, an international school in Taiwan.  I’ve been teaching fifth grade here for over ten years now, and I love it! 


Wow. So you are a world traveling-writer! Cool! I've always wanted to do that.  And I suppose this undoubtedly had an influence on your writing. When did you get started?


Annie: I’ve been writing for as long as I can recall.  When I was seven years old, I had a sudden inspiration for what I thought was an amazing story and decided then and there that I was going to write a book and be the world's youngest published author.  I ran to my room in great excitement, found an old notebook and a pencil, and started in.  Well, that first novel was never actually finished, let alone published, but it got me started.  After that, I can't remember a time that I wasn't working on at least one book.  Prince of Alasia, which I began in college, was the first one I finished that I thought was worth trying to get published.


My first serious attempt came in college too. Where'd you go then?



Annie:  I looked into traditional publishing and spent a long time trying to get an agent, but to no avail.  Finally I learned about Kindle Direct Publishing and did it myself the indie way, eleven years after I first started writing the book.  A few months later I added the paperback edition.  It was quite a thrill for me to finally fulfill my childhood dream! Now I’ve published a total of fourteen books (three YA action and adventure novels, four fantasies, a puppet script, a coloring/activity book, and five anthologies of my students’ poetry).


Nothing beats the feeling of adding to the oeuvre. I love holding a new book in my hands. :) Speaking of new books, care to tell us a little about your novel The Student and the Slave?


Annie: Warning : spoilers ahead for anyone who hasn’t read the first two books!


The Krillonian Chronicles are not technically paranormal suspense. They’re set in a world almost exactly like our own, except for a couple key differences, such as the popular martial art known as cavvara shil.  The main difference, however, is that slavery is legal there. 

The Krillonian Empire rules much of the world.  An emperor governs from the capital city, Krillonia, on the continent known as Imperia.  Eight separate provinces (independent nations before they were conquered) can be found on nearby continents.  Each province, plus Imperia, is allowed to elect its own legislature and decide on many of its own laws, though the emperor reserves the right to veto any of them and make changes as he sees fit. 

In recent months, the province of Tarnestra became the first to outlaw slavery. As you can imagine, this history-making event sparked hope in the hearts of slaves throughout the empire, and for many, dreams of escape suddenly became a real possibility. As a result, in addition to freeing all its local slaves, Tarnestra has recently seen an influx of escaped slaves from Imperia and other provinces. 

These changes have had unfortunate effects on the economy, since many businesses cannot afford to hire as many employees and have had to shut down or cut way back. (The accepted salary for enslaved workers – paid to their owners, of course – is two-thirds what free workers earn.) Tarnestra is now dealing with huge numbers of unemployed and homeless people.

In the midst of all this, former enslaved gladiator Bensin arrives with his little sister Ellie and a couple of friends, after a harrowing escape at the end of book 2. Steene, the coach and father figure who rescued him, sacrificed himself for the rest of them and has been sentenced to a life of enslavement as the penalty for his crime. Now, Steene must adjust to living as a slave under the bratty young boy who is his new owner while trying to find a way to escape and join his loved ones in Tarnestra. This task grows more complicated when he starts to grow attached to said bratty owner. Meanwhile, Bensin searches desperately for some way to arrange (and pay for) Steene’s freedom remotely while he tries to find a job in a province where there simply aren’t any available. Though he’s looking for safe, legal, and ethical options, he discovers that the local street gangs are willing to pay top dollar for combat training from a former gladiator.

And so Steene and Bensin both find themselves facing some difficult choices.


I would say so. What inspired the story of The Student and the Slave?


Annie: Well, it’s book 3 in a trilogy, so my direct inspiration was the ending of book 2. I had left the characters in a tough situation and needed to get them out.


I hope they do! It sounds intriguing. Is there anything you haven’t yet achieved in your career—or any specific thing you haven’t written about yet—that you dream of doing some day?



Annie: It would be great to be able to make a living from my writing. But I wouldn’t quit my day job anyway (I’m a fifth grade teacher, which I love), so for now I’m content with just bringing in a little extra on the side.


(We hope it's more than a little. :)) What's on tap next for you? Any new manuscripts in the works, currently?


Annie: I’m working on a final book in my Annals of Alasia fantasy series, called King of Malorn, which should be ready to publish in the next few months. And I’m in the editing stage of Heartsong, a stand-alone young adult science fiction novel.


Ah, cool. I know fans will looking forward to that. :) Folks, if you'd like to know more about The Student and the Slave, here's the synopsis:


Is this what freedom is supposed to be like? Desperate to provide for himself and his sister Ellie, Bensin searches fruitlessly for work like all the other former slaves in Tarnestra. He needs the money for an even more important purpose, though: to rescue Coach Steene, who sacrificed himself for Bensin’s freedom. When members of two rival street gangs express interest in Bensin’s martial arts skills, he realizes he may have a chance to save his father figure after all … at a cost.


Meanwhile, Steene struggles with his new life of slavery in far-away Neliria. Raymond, his young owner, seizes any opportunity to make his life miserable. But while Steene longs to escape and rejoin Bensin and Ellie, he starts to realize that Raymond needs him too. His choices will affect not only his own future, but that of everyone he cares about. Can he make the right ones … and live with the consequences?




Excerpt 23
In this excerpt, Raymond prepares to compete in the final round of a tournament that Steene’s freedom is riding on.
When the emcee announced that the final rounds were about to begin, Steene went over to remind Raymond to warm up and stretch once more. 
Raymond peered across the ring to where they could see Gus doing the same thing. “I can’t believe they’ve put me against that slave again.”
“They didn’t put you against him. He earned his way to the finals, just like you did. But you’re a better fighter now than when you faced him last, so don’t get discouraged before you start.”
“I’m not discouraged. I’m mad. I mean, slaves have no right to even be involved in cavvara shil.”
“Oh, really? So you’ll be setting me free, then, will you?”
Raymond shot him an irritated glance. “You know what I mean.”
Yes, I do. You’re jealous of Gus’s skill and afraid it’s better than yours. But this wasn’t the time for a lecture.
“Everything depends on this match.” Raymond reached for the jump rope, glaring in Gus’s direction, as the whistle blew and the girls’ final match began. “If I don’t win the tournament, my dad will never let me compete in Jarreon.”
And I may never get free. “Like I said earlier, you can’t dwell on that right now,” Steene told him. “Just focus on fighting the way I’ve taught you.”


Will Raymond win? You'll have to read to find out. And folks, if you'd like to check out more of The Student and the Slave, you can find it at the following Amazon locations:


Amazon (US) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076ZN944F/

Amazon (Canada) https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B076ZN944F

Amazon (UK) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B076ZN944F

Amazon (India) https://www.amazon.in/dp/B076ZN944F

Amazon (Japan) https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B076ZN944F

Amazon (Mexico) https://www.amazon.com.mx/dp/B076ZN944F

Amazon (Australia) https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B076ZN944F

And if you'd like to put it on your Good Reads To Be Read shelves, you can do that here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36368413-the-student-and-the-slave


Readers are welcome to connect with me:

Blog: http://anniedouglasslima.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnieDouglassLimaAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/princeofalasia
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnGoodreads
Google+: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnGooglePlus
Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/AnnieDouglassLimaOnAmazon
LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnLinkedIn




Enjoy, and Annie, thank you again for being with us today. And good luck with The Student and the Slave.


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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy novels DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE, FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

For this Thanksgiving. I'm #ThankfulFor



...you...my readers and friends! Wishing you all...



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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy novels DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE, FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, "No Such Thing as Dasher" (Christmas Paranormal romance)  among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

New release and podcast news


How have y'all been doing this week? I'm okay. Writing, like usual. I'm not as far through my Nanowrimo piece as I'd hoped to be (only 15,569ish words--I say "ish" because there's some I haven't typed up yet). And of course, making all the plans for Thanksgiving is cutting into the usual time, today. Which leaves me looking at this blinking blogger cursor thinking, "Blogging? Who has time?"

So before I get off on a tangent let me get to the subject... You may see it there in my sidebar. :) Yes, the release of a new novella! :). The thing is, it's not quite up properly everywhere it should be yet, so I don't have complete links for you. However, if you'd like to check it out, it's titled No Such Thing As Dasher.

No Such Thing As Dasher, Juli D. Revezzo, paranormal romance, Christmas Romance, free read, free ebook, holiday ebook deals

Synopsis:

For Avery, her holiday duties as a forest ranger oftentimes involve tracking revelers who have lost their way in her wilderness domain. After a camper clashes with a reindeer, however, Avery is shocked to discover the creature is defended not by Santa, but by the formidable, yet gentle, shapeshifting Lord of the Forest. 

Can the magic of the forest bring together a ranger and a supernatural being, or is Avery destined to celebrate yet another Christmas alone? 

An enchanting fairy tale to celebrate the magic of the season!

It's available FREE at Amazon (US, Canadian storesAustralian stores only, so far. (ooh! It's free in Italy, France, and  in Brazil this evening! ;)) Hopefully the price change will trickle into the other worldwide AZ venues soon). Also, it's free at Kobo.

Which some of you may recognize the title from something around here about roughly 2014, but this is a greatly expanded version from the title you may or may not recognize. I think you'll like it.

Note: Itunes, as usual, is still lagging about getting it up--as is Barnes and Noble. It'll be in both stores soon-like, I hope! (We wonder if they shut down for the weekend or at least start drinking heavily or what? *lol*) For those of you who use Itunes and Barnes and Noble, I can only apologize for their slow-pokeyness. Hopefully the novella will show up free everywhere by Monday. :p As soon as I have links for both places, I will update this post, and my book pages everywhere. *taps nails impatiently*

In the meantime, my Itunes friends, you can get the epub at Smashwords). I hope you enjoy it. And yes, as ever, reviews are welcome!

Next, if you're around tonight about ... I'm going to be guesting on the Pagan Musings Podcast again. You can find the show here at 8PM EST (7pm Central).


And finally, a sale!




Fantasy author Alesha Escobar is holding a holiday ebook fest. Several fine books are involved in the sale (including my Celtic fantasy romance novel Passion's Sacred Dance as well as titles by Emma AlisynAngelique Armae, and more.) find all the great deals here! (Or you can click the banner.)

Also, there's a giveaway involved. So you'll want to scroll to the bottom of her page to find it.
Holiday Ebook Deals

And my husband is, er, inquiring about something regarding the short Thanksgiving week, so I must skeedaddle, again. Have a good day, and hopefully, we'll talk tonight on the Pagan Musings Podcast! :) Enjoy!

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy novels DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE, FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Sunday news update for the first week of November

Hi, everyone. I hope you had a good week. I was looking over my blog posts this week and I can't believe it...wow. I put up 3 in one week! Will wonders never cease?   I hope you liked the Reign of Tarot story. The stories never stop, do they? :)

I've been working on something new over the last week, sortakinda for Nanowrimo, sortakinda not. The weekend and something I wanted to update threw a wrench into it and then, I had to stop my writing program to open up a photo editing program. You'll see why later on. ;)

But, I don't really have a goal for Nanowrimo this year beyond the usual: just to have a semblance of something workable by November 30th. I'm goal-ed out, right now. (10 months straight of editing seems to do that to me). Yes, I say that now, we'll see what becomes of the rest of the month!

Also, I got a fine new review for Druid Warrior Prince. If you've read the novel and enjoyed it, please post a review at Amazon (and good reads, but Amazon is most important).

Let's see....as to reading I finished the audio version of Jessamyn's Folly by Suzanne G. Rogers. Enjoyed it (and Stevie Zimmerman's narration very much. :)) I've been reading ...mainly non-fiction this week as I picked up something for research from the store last weekend. How to Be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman. This one, I got in paperback. Just because, well, if Kindle ever goes to pot, I want to be able to reach for my research. (That and, it was on the physical store shelves and I had a card, so why not?)

I also got Marked by Fate: A Young Adult Science Fiction Collection
The MacLomain Series Boxed Set  by Sky Purington
Tower of Thorns (Blackthorn & Grim) by Juliet Marillier (which seems to still be on sale)
and Hearts Across Time (The Knights of Berwyck: A Quest Through Time Novel ~ Books 1 & 2) by Sherry Ewing
and lately, Evangeline and the Alchemist: A Novella: Mystery and Mayhem in steampunk Melbourne (The Antics of Evangeline Book 1)

Blogger tip 
I don't usually add this kind of thing into my posts, but I thought it might be helpful to share. You see, I made a gaff in one of my posts this week, but you know what? I learned something. Those of you on blogger, did you know if you unpublish a post, fix a mistake in the title, then republish it, it fixes it in the resulting url too? I did not, and found out that exact thing this week! That was a neat find. I know some of us can occasionally misspell a *cough* guest name *cough* so this means no, we don't have to go completely remake those posts. Woohoo! (Well, it was something I didn't remember about Blogger, anyway)

Did you catch my last few posts? I hope you enjoyed them. If you missed them, here you go:

Barrie Hill Reunion by Lisette Brodey
Thrifty Shopping ideas for Samhain
Would you rather be transported 500 years in the past, or 500 years into the future? #authorblog
What lurks on that horizon?--Druid Warrior Prince snippet #2---Weekend Writing Warriors

Aside from all that, I've been trying to write something so, not had a whole lot of time to read--beyond research reading. So, yea? :) For someone like me who loves writing, it's a yea.

Anyway, that's me. I hope you all had a good week too!

Sunday Post was conceived by Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy novels DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE, FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Barrie Hill Reunion by Lisette Brodey #newrelease #literaryfiction @LisetteBrodey


Hi folks! Well, for my new followers, (or those have only started following me in the last year) I have a little treat for you. A fellow author and friend has a new book coming out and so I offered to let her stop by to tell us a little about it. Please give a warm welcome to author Lisette Brodey.



Hi, Juli:

Thank you for inviting me to your blog to talk about my seventh novel, Barrie Hill Reunion. I am a multi-genre author with books in women’s fiction, chick lit, coming-of-age, YA paranormal, and literary fiction. Barrie Hill Reunion is in the literary fiction genre. It’s an emotional drama, rife with tension, anger, confusion, angst, love, and secrets.

I’ll let the synopsis below tell you more.


Eight people. One weekend. Eight lives forever changed.

In the mid-1960s, at an elite college in the quaint town of Barrie Hill, Connecticut, a group of literary-minded students met regularly off-campus at the Vanessa Grand Hotel. Often late into the night, they would discuss the day’s news, analyze literature, philosophize, trade barbs, and socialize.

Twenty years after graduation, in 1986, the group’s founder, Clare Dreyser, organizes a weekend reunion. Seven former Barrie Hillers and one guest get together, eager to re-create an extraordinary time in their lives and reunite with old friends.

From the outset, and baffling the group, Leah Brent displays a brash, condescending attitude for nearly everyone and everything. To the chagrin of actor Bart Younger, Leah immediately lays out the unwelcome mat for his wife, Aimee. No one, not even Leah’s husband, Colin, is immune to her wrath, but Leah is relentless in her bizarre and cruel quest to bring down her primary target: Clare.

As the reunion progresses, the Barrie Hillers strive to enjoy their time together as they become enmeshed in personal dramas, struggle with matters of ethics, and weather escalating uncertainties that threaten to destroy their lives. By Saturday night, the second day of the reunion, karma makes a surprising and shocking visit. As the Barrie Hillers’ time together draws to an end, each is changed forever.


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To give readers more of an idea about my motivation for this novel, I have written a blog, Barrie Hill Reunion: The Very Long Birth of a Novel, which tells the story of how I was inspired to write this book after a visit to the Algonquin Hotel in New York City many years ago. Upon learning about the Algonquin Round Table who met there from 1909 - 1919, inspiration took hold of me. But decades would pass before a novel came to be. This post on my blog  tells a very short version of a very long story.

Barrie Hill Reunion is available in both Kindle and paperback editions, and is free to read for those in the Kindle Unlimited program.

 Folks, if you'd like to learn more about Lisette Brodey, check out her sites below:

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:








AUTHOR BIO:
Lisette was born and raised in Pennsylvania. After high school, she moved to New York City where she attended Pace University and studied drama. After ten years in New York, several of them working in the radio industry, she moved to Los Angeles for four years where she held various positions at Paramount Studios in Hollywood and CBS Studio Center in Studio City, CA. 

Back on the East Coast, she worked for many years as a freelance writer, specializing in PR and the entertainment industry. In 2010, she returned permanently to the Los Angeles area.

She’s the author of seven novels: CrookedMoon (General/Literary Fiction); Squalor,New Mexico (Coming-of-Age/Literary Fiction); Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! (Women's Fiction/Chick-lit), The Desert Series: Mystical High; Desert Star; and Drawn Apart (YA paranormal), and Barrie Hill Reunion (Literary Fiction).

In addition to her seven novels, two of Lisette’s short stories are published in an anthology: Triptychs (Book 3, The Mind’s Eye Series.)

In January 2013, Lisette edited and published a book of her mother's poetry (written 50 years earlier): My Way To Anywhere by Jean Lisette Brodey.

Her eighth book, due in 2018, will be a collection of short stories in the literary fiction genre.

In addition to her writing, Lisette also works as a SAG background actor in Los Angeles.

 This sounds intriguing, doesn't it folks? Thanks so much for stopping by, Lisette, and good luck with Barrie Hill Reunion, and all you do!
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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy novels DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE, FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A Hallowe’en Promise--Flash Fiction in the Reign of Tarot universe #new #Halloween2017



Here's something special for my readers for this Halloween. A new bit of flash fiction set in the Lady of the Tarot/Reign of Tarot universe! What can I say? I was inspired.


A Hallowe’en Promise

 (A Reign of Tarot addendum)

 by
Juli D. Revezzo


 London, 1797


“Come to my lair
And be my love
And we will all the horrors prove
That midnight screams
And endless death
Is nothing but a ruse.

There will we sit
Upon our tomb
And see the lovers dance

In summer’s day
and midnight thick
to songs of loving death.”*


As Linton finished butchering Christopher Marlowe’s fine poem, Emilie clapped her hands over the baby’s ears. “Mon dieu, Linton! Must you say such things in front of our daughter?”

He kissed her cheek and laid down a tarot card. “Such things as what? I was just having a little fun.” He tapped the little girl’s nose. Emilie had dressed her up in a costume similar to her own, but she made a prettier shepardess, Emilie thought.

The light of the lanterns and Eugene’s best port softened the crowd, and many of the women filling his holiday party stopped by Linton’s tarot table for a reading.She suspected, though, that the darling babe drew them far faster than any other spirit.

“We might have more than enough to overdo on both her Christmas and birthday gifts, at this rate,” Linton said.

“I’m sure.” Emilie scanned the ballroom. Sinjon was here somewhere, and so far, he hadn’t said a word against Linton putting his skill to use.

The baby squealed and made a mess of her father’s pile of cards, until she paused and plucked out the one showing Death.

Linton blinked at the card, then at her.

Emilie knew they shared the same thought: Why could she not have pulled The Sun, or the nine of Pentacles?

The card headed straight for the girl’s mouth. 

“Besides,” Linton said as he reached for it, “she’s already got your brother’s sense of humor.”

Emilie snatched it away before the baby could drool on it. “What am I to do with you?”

“It could be worse.” Linton tucked the card into the pile, rose, and swooped the baby out of her lap. “I could let her run around dressed like a ghoul, all year.”

“Perhaps it will confuse said-ghouls that we’re stopping by the cemetery tonight.” She planned to leave a bit of cake near her grandmother’s grave. Her mother had done so for her own departed family members, long before Paris’ troubles. Emilie thought it might be a nice gesture to revive her tradition. “They won’t follow us home.”

Something scratched at the window, and they both peered into the dark night, wide-eyed.

Emilie’s heart banged in her chest. But nothing ugly screamed and clawed its way through the leaded panes. 

Linton kissed her temple. “We’ll do all the scaring tonight. Nothing evil out there will get you, I promise.”

She knew. She’d seen proof of his devotion in abundance.

Emilie let out a relieved breath and followed along with her little family as they proceeded to enjoy the Hallowe’en night’s party.

~THE END~

*With apologies to Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)

copyright 2017, Juli D. Revezzo, Raven Queen Publications

art in header: "At the Masquerade" by Charles Hermans (1839 - 1924) 
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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy novels DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE, FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Thrifty Shopping ideas for Samhain

I wanted to do a little something for Halloween, this year, but alas, I'm late. I haven't had time to decorate the castle, or get my fangs cleaned.... Certainly no time to cull everything for the spells me and the girls had planned to drop in the cauldron (joke). 


What I did find was a friend suggested some nifty ideas for decorating for the holiday. From there, I found a few other things. Alas, has anyone else noticed that the retail chains seem to have dropped the witch theme? *sigh* How is a witch to dress properly? I ask you.


I hope this mask will do.

From  Lady Spiderwitch:
Thrifty Shopping ideas for Samhain
Good article,  Lady Spiderwitch!


Also, you might want to check out John the Pagan's video: How to Save money on Witchcraft Supplies--which (see what I did there? :)) can also apply to Samhain.


If you're into DYI, this site suggests painting up boxes in Halloween colors. :) That's kind of a neat idea.


And Witchy finds at Walmart. (by the way, Samhain's usually a great time for finding witchy stuff there. But like I said, for some reason, the t-shirts are lacking this year. Feh. )


And some Tarot spreads I found that might be interesting to try, if you read tarot.


Of course, there are a ton of books on sale for the holiday.  Well, one of mine is: Passion's Sacred Dance is on sale for the holiday. And Suzanne G. Rogers has two. Tournament of Chance (fantasy) and her historical romance Grace Unmasked.


And a few of my friends have put theirs on sale too. You can find them all here.
And here are a few more I've found.
Paranormal romance
fantasy
historical romance
Mystery/thrillers
Cozy Mysteries



Blessed Samhain (a little early).


Oh and if you want a little more fun, I'm taking part in a Halloween themed Facebook event this week, October 30 at 6:00-10:00PM.  I'll be on at 6:00OM (That's EST). You can find the event here.



Excuse me while I got pull out the skeletons from their closet, dust off the tarot cards and Cauldron, and dip the candies in...er, some witch's brew. ;) Happy Halloween!

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Images in composite header via Pixabay. Pumpkins by Larisa-K/Pixabay; Haloween Poser woman: DeeDee51 /Pixabay; masked woman: Andreie Kiselev, Dreamstime.com

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy novels DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE, FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Juli's Books

Available at now at Itunes:
Bicycle Requiem

Amazon. Some also available at Audible, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and Createspace and now Google Play
Bicycle Requiem by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, zombie fiction, novelette, Amazon kindle, Itunes, Google Play
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Passion's Sacred Dance, Celtic Stewards Chronicles, book 1 by Juli D. Revezzo, fantasy, romance, pagan paranormal romance, read free with Kindle Unlimited
free with Audible trial, Watchmaker's Heart by Juli D. Revezzo, Steampunk romance, Victorian romance, audiobook
New audiobook @ Audible
Frigga's
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Victorian romance, historical romance, Juli D. Revezzo, historical romance, read free with Amazon Prime, Kindle UnlimitedThe Artist's Inheritance, Antique Magic book 1, by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fictionCaitlin's Book of Shadows, Antique Magic book 2, by Juli D. Revezzo, short fiction, free ebook, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fiction
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Drawing Down the Shades, Antique Magic book 3, by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fictionLady of the Tarot by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic romance, historical romance, tarot
House of Cards, Reign of Tarot book 1, by Juli D. Revezzo, pagan paranormal fiction, witch fiction, tarot-themed fiction, Gothic fiction, supernatural horrorSing a Mournful Melody by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, Vampire fiction, short storyChangeling's Crown by Juli D. Revezzo, New Adult, fantasy, romance, pagan paranormal romance, Google Play, Itunes
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