You might not know it, but I’m actually showing up on a whole bunch of blogs this week. Take a look at some of the stops and there’s of course another Rafflecopter giveaway—so if you want to up your chances on some truly awesome prizes (including a prize candle that could have a prize worth $5000 in it), sign up now! The book tour bloggers are kind enough to post reviews, excerpts (two different ones), the book playlist, an interview with me, a silly video I made, and some things you may not know about Forbes and Oliver. See you there!
|—||Anne Lamott (via makethemdream)|
a massively extended version of ruthlesscalculus’ post
- Joss Whedon’s Top 10 Writing Tips
- Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone
- 34 Writing Tips that will make you a Better Writer
- 50 Free resources that will improve your writing skills
- 5 ways to get out of the comfort zone and become a stronger writer
- 10 ways to avoid Writing Insecurity
- The Writer’s Guide to Overcoming Insecurity
- The Difference Between Good Writers and Bad Writers
- You’re Not Hemingway - Developing Your Own Style
- 7 Ways to use Brain Science to Hook Readers and Reel them In
- 8 Short Story Tips from Kurt Vonnegut
- How to Show, Not Tell
- 5 Essential Story Ingredients
- How to Write Fiction that grabs your readers from page one
- Why research is important in writing
- Make Your Reader Root for Your Main Character
- Writing Ergonomics (Staying Comfortable Whilst Writing)
- The Importance of Body Language
- 10 days of Character Building
- Name Generators
- Name Playground
- Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test
- Seven Common Character Types
- Handling a Cast of Thousands Part 1 - Getting To Know Your Characters
- Web Resources for Developing Characters
- Building Fictional Characters
- Fiction Writer’s Character Chart
- Character Building Workshop
- Tips for Characterization
- Character Chart for Fiction Writers
- Villains are people too but…
- How to Write a Character Bible
- Character Development Exercises
- All Your Characters Talk the Same - And They’re Not A Hivemind!
- Medieval Names Archive
- Sympathy Without Saintliness
- Family Echo (Family Tree Maker)
- Behind The Name
- 100 Character Development Questions for Writers
- Aether’s Character Development Worksheet
- The 12 Common Archetypes
- Six Types of Courageous Characters
- Kazza’s List of Character Secrets - Part 1, Part 2
- Creating Believable Characters With Personality
- Body Language Cheat Sheet
- Creating Fictional Characters Series
- Three Ways to Avoid Lazy Character Description
- 7 Rules for Picking Names for Fictional Characters
- Character Development Questionnaire
- How to Create Fictional Characters
- Character Name Resources
- Character Development Template
- Character Development Through Hobbies
- Character Flaws List
- 10 Questions for Creating Believable Characters
- Ari’s Archetype Series
- How to Craft Compelling Characters
- List of 200 Character Traits
- Writing Characters of the Opposite Sex
- Making Your Characters Likable
- Do you really know your characters?
- Character Development: Virtues
- Character Development: Vices
- Character Morality Alignment
- List of Negative Personality Traits
- List of Positive Personality Traits
- List of Emotions - Positive
- List of Emotions - Negative
- Loon’s Character Development Series - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
- Phobia List A-L (Part 1), M-Z (Part 2)
- 30 Day In Depth Character Development Meme
- Words for Emotions based on Severity
- Eight Bad Characters
- High Level Description of the Sixteen Personality Types
- How Not to Write Female Characters
- Writing Female Characters
- How to write empowering female characters
- Why I write strong female characters
- Red Flags for Female Characters Written by Men
- Writing strong female characters
- The Female Character Flowchart
- Eight Heroine Archetypes
Tips for Specific Characters
- Writing A Vampire
- Writing Pansexual Characters
- Writing Characters on the Police Force
- Writing Drunk Characters
- Writing A Manipulative Character
- Writing A Friends With Benefits Relationship
- Writing A Natural Born Leader
- Writing A Flirtatious Character
- Writing A Nice Character
- Fiction Writing Exercises for Creating Villains
- Five Traits to Contribute to an Epic Villain
- Writing Villains that Rock
- Writing British Characters
- How To Write A Character With A Baby
- On Assassin Characters
- It’s Not What They Say…
- Top 8 Tips for Writing Dialogue
- Speaking of Dialogue
- The Great Said Debate
- He Said, She Said, Who Said What?
- How to Write Dialogue Unique to Your Characters
- Writing Dialogue: Go for Realistic, Not Real-Life
Point of View
Plot, Conflict, Structure and Outline
- Writing A Novel Using the Snowflake Method
- Effectively Outlining Your Novel
- Conflict and Character Within Story Structure
- Outlining Your Plot
- Ideas, Plots and Using the Premise Sheets
- How To Write A Novel
- Creating Conflict and Sustaining Suspense
- Plunge Right In…Into Your Story, That Is
- Tips for Creating a Compelling Plot
- 36 (plus one) Dramatic Situations
- The Evil Overlord Devises A Plot: Excerpt from Stupid Plot Tricks
- Conflict Test
- What is Conflict?
- The Hero’s Journey: Summary of Steps
- Outline Your Novel in Thirty Minutes
- Plotting Without Fears
- Novel Outlining 101
- Writing The Perfect Scene
- One-Page Plotting
- The Great Swampy Middle
- How Can You Know What Belongs In Your Book?
- Create A Plot Outline in 8 Easy Steps
- How to Organize and Develop Ideas for Your Novel
- Create Structure in your novel using index cards
- Choosing the best outline method for you
- Hatch’s Plot Bank
Setting & Worldbuilding
- Magical Word Builder’s Guide
- I Love The End Of The World
- World Building 101
- The Art of Description: Eight Tips to Help Bring Your Settings to Life
- Creating the Perfect Setting - Part 1
- Creating a Believable World
- Character and Setting Interactions
- Maps Workshop - Developing the Fictional World Through Mapping
- World Builders Project
- How To Create Fantasy Worlds
- Creating Fantasy and Science Fiction Worlds
Creativity Boosters* denotes prompts
- *Creative Writing Prompts
- *Ink Provoking
- *Story Starter
- *Story Spinner
- *Story Kitchen
- *Language is a Virus
- *The Dabbling Mum
- Quick Story Idea Generator
- Solve Your Problems By Simply Saying Them Out Loud
- Busting Your Writing Rut
- Creative Acceleration: 11 Tips To Engineer A Productive Flow
- Writing Inspiration, Or Sex on a Bicycle
- The Seven Major Beginner Mistakes
- Complete Your First Book with these 9 Simple Writing Habits
- Free Association, Active Imagination, Twilight Imaging
- Random Book Title Generator
- Finishing Your Novel
- Story Starters & Idea Generators
- Words to Use More Often
Revision & Grammar
- How To Rewrite
- Editing Recipe
- Cliche Finder
- Revising Your Novel: Read What You’ve Written
- Writing 101: Revising A Novel
- 20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes
- Synonyms for the Most Commonly Used Words of the English Language
- Grammar Urban Legends
Tools & Software
- Tip Of My Tongue - Find the word you’re looking for
- Write or Die - Stay motivated
- Stay Focused - Tool for Chrome, lock yourself out of distracting websites
- My Writing Nook - Online Text Editor, Free
- Bubbl.us - Online Mind Map Application, Free
- Family Echo - Online Family Tree Maker, Free
- Freemind - Mind Map Application; Free; Windows, Mac, Linux, Portable
- Xmind - Mind Map Application; Free; Windows, Mac, Linux, Portable
- Liquid Story Binder - Novel Organization and Writing Application; free trial, $45.95; Windows, Portable
- Scrivener - Novel Organization and Writing Application; free trial, $39.95; Mac
- SuperNotecard - Novel Organization and Writing Application; free trial, $29; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable
- yWriter - Novel Organization and Writing Application; free; Windows, Linux, portable
- JDarkRoom - Minimalist Text Editing Application; free; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable
- AutoRealm - Map Creation Application; free; Windows, Linux with Wine
Some awesome links to FREE writing resources on the internet. As a writer, I’m always trying to craft a better story. If my next book isn’t better than my last, then I feel I have failed my readers in dome way. I want to be constantly learning and growing in what I do.
I thought there might be one or two of you out there like me. :)
Love, love, love Fat Cat Art http://fatcatart.ru/my/?lang=en
I am so pleased to host Lex Chase and her brave new world of non-sparkly vampires! When Lex first approached me about guesting, she warned me that the vampires in her novel Chasing Sunrise published by Dreamspinner Press are not the ones in current vogue. But as a horror chick from way back, I am happy to see some blood flow with this new breed. What sealed the deal was her incredibly generous offer to donate all the presale proceeds to the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center’s Domestic Violence Service. I’ve already bought my copy. You need to hurry and get yours too! Oh! I almost forgot—there’s a Rafflecopter giveaway as well—make sure you enter.
Were…what? Meet the Shifters
by Lex Chase
Hello everyone! I’m Lex Chase and I want to thank Aidee for letting me drop in today for the Chasing Sunrise Blog Tour!
Last Sunday, over on Jaime Samms’s blog I introduced readers to my take on the vampire mythos with the aisa. These guys are causing a bit of a stir! You can read more about them and see a rather intense excerpt over here!
Well, now that we’re acquainted with the aisa, lets talk about something a little more fluffy. Well. By fluffy, I mean the shifters. Because they have fur? Bad joke is bad!
The shifter races are as varied as the species that populate our planet. You name it, it’s there. From avian races, to reptiles, to aquatic shifters, to insect shifters. My guilty pleasures are the weresharks and the werejellyfish.
Yes. Were. Jellyfish. Trust me. You never knew you needed them in your life.
The windigo live in an alternate realm called Priagust, and has been modeled loosely around ancient Rome. They are definitely a pre-lightbulb culture. They are considered the backbone of the shifter races.
Quite possibly the most interesting aspect of the windigo is their very healthy view about sexual relationships. They are an omnisexual people, and are very open about gay, lesbian, bi, trans relationships and every other color of the flag. Gender fluid, asexual, intersexed? No worries! Come on in!
In fact, windigo boys and girls when they become sexually mature are expected to experiment with both other boys and girls. If boys discover they prefer men, and the girls prefer women? That is a-ok! If a man learns all about a man’s touch but marries a woman and has children and still likes men? Not a problem! Readers meet just such a windigo couple with Kaltag and his wife Mirabelle. They have a litter of children together (yes a litter!) and both husband and wife are bisexual.
They also stick to the highest rules of intimate relations. That means no means no under any moment and any circumstance. Something we’re still struggling with in our reality to this day.
It is the submissive (for lack of a better word) in a relationship that has all of the power. All of it. From daily lives, to intimacy. Their dominant (for another lack of a better word) respects their wishes at all times and it’s expected of them to do so. Even in the act of making love, they cannot begin until the submissive says so, and they agree they want to. If the submissive demands they stop in the middle of it? No questions asked. The dominant respects that, no harm no foul, no argument. Instead an apology and a discussion of what went wrong and how to correct the issue.
The windigo may be werewolves, but they are anything but monsters or savages.
Genre: Vampires, Werewolves/Shapeshifters, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fantasy
Series: The Darkmore Saga: Book One
Published: July 25, 2014
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pre-order: Paperback or eBook
Blurb: Chasing Sunrise The Darkmore Saga: Book One
On the Coastal Bend of Texas, a hidden kingdom called Darkmore lies in ruins, and King Sevon Maraté is trapped. Using Sevon as a mouthpiece and a scapegoat, Lord Dominic rules from the shadows. Sevon copes with the unrelenting abuse by dressing in women’s finery and casting an image of graceful nobility. Born of royal verkolai blood and as beautiful as he is lethal, he possesses the ability to part the Veil separating his world from hundreds of others. His gift is his chance to escape, but Dominic refuses to relinquish his tool for power. Dominic forges an ambitious plan to invade the prosperous land of Priagust. Only a select few know the mythic kingdom of shifters exists. Sevon is out of options for his people’s survival, and cooperating with Dominic is his only chance.
On their foray into Priagust, Dominic’s men kidnap and interrogate a shifter named Jack. Even under torture, Jack’s loyalty to his kind never wavers. But as Jack’s knowledge about Darkmore’s king and its history unsettles Sevon, a curious bond begins to form. Despite Sevon’s mistrust, Jack is determined to tame Sevon’s wild heart and perhaps earn his freedom. As invasion looms, Sevon wonders if trusting Jack will lead him into another trap or if he should forget about chasing the sunrise and remain Dominic’s compliant prisoner.
100% of the presale royalties of this book will go to Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center’s Domestic Violence Service.
Chasing Sunrise Excerpt“By Diana!” the familiar voice of Kaltag’s wife gasped three feet behind Sevon. The litter of young children rushed from behind their mother and excitedly gathered around him.
Jack and Kaltag exchanged glances, smirking to each other.
Kaltag grinned. “Beja’s home.”
Mirabelle made a shrill squawk of fright. “And you didn’t tell me Louis’s child is in my house!”
“What did I tell you?” Kaltag murmured to Jack and finished his wine.
“You’re really pretty,” Kaltag’s small daughter Ayla told Sevon.
Kaltag’s other five children toddled along behind Sevon like a row of happy ducklings. Mirabelle brought up the rear, stiff shouldered and horrified. Her onyx waves drooped in her face like a petrified banshee.
“Kaltag,” Mirabelle gasped, like she’d swallowed something unfortunate.
“It’s fine, my lady,” Sevon said to Mirabelle with a demure dip of his head. “You have a… lovely home,” he said, considering the primitive décor. Sevon tugged the blanket closer.
“Can I touch your hair?” the middle boy of the litter, Maxim, asked. His chubby fingers reached toward Sevon’s exposed thigh.
“Maxim,” Mirabelle growled, and her dark skin bleached with anxiety.
The little boy frowned and poked his fingers together bashfully.
“Why are you naked?” the eldest girl, Cessily, blurted out, and her siblings oohed a long, conspiratorial note.
Sevon clapped his hand over his mouth to keep from openly laughing. He stooped to their level, meeting each set of amber eyes. “I think your mother wants you guys to go pick her flowers and make the biggest bouquet she has ever seen.”
“Okay!” the children yipped in unison and scampered out into the backyard.
Mirabelle swallowed and the color returned to her features. “I am so… sorry,” she apologized again to Sevon.
Sevon shook his head and smiled. “It’s okay, your… pups are beautiful,” he said, testing the term.
Kaltag puffed his chest and boldly announced, “We’re expecting another litter this spring.”
Mirabelle swatted Kaltag in the shoulder, and Jack punched him in the other one.
About the Author:
Lex Chase once heard Stephen King say in a commercial, “We’re all going to die, I’m just trying to make it a little more interesting.”She knew then she wanted to make the world a little more interesting.
Weaving tales of cinematic, sweeping adventure, epic love—and depending on how she feels that day—Lex sprinkles in high-speed chases, shower scenes, and more explosions than a Hollywood blockbuster. She loves tales of men who kiss as much as they kick ass. She believes if you’re going to going to march into the depths of hell, it better be beside the one you love.
Lex is a pop culture diva and her DVR is constantly backlogged. She wouldn’t last five minutes without technology in the event of the apocalypse and has nightmares about refusing to leave her cats behind. She is incredibly sentimental, to the point that she gets choked up at holiday commercials. But like the lovers driven to extreme measures to get home for the holidays, Lex believes everyone deserves a happy ending.
Lex also has a knack for sarcasm, never takes herself seriously, and has been nicknamed “The Next Alan Moore” by her friends for all the pain and suffering she inflicts on her characters. She is a Damned Yankee hailing from the frozen backwoods of Maine residing in the ’burbs of Northwest Florida where it could be 80F and she’d be a popsicle.
She is grateful and humbled for all the readers. She knows very well she wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them and welcomes feedback.
You can find her on those social media things at:
Find her blog at http://lexchase.com
or drop her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chasing Sunrise Tour Stops:7/13 - Chris T. Kat - The Power of Androgyny
7/17 - Michael Rupured - Whispering for Help: Chasing Sunrise Goes Viral
7/19 - Lily Velden - Don’t Lose Your Way
7/20 - Jaime Samms - Screw Sparklepires! Meet the Aisa
7/22 - Aidee Ladnier - Were…what? Meet the Shifters!
7/24 - Grace Duncan - Walking the Runway with Sevon
7/26 - Shira Anthony - When Disaster Strikes: Natural Disasters in Fiction
7/25 - Chasing Sunrise Release Day!
7/29 - Dreamspinner Twitter Takeover with Charlie Cochet
7/30 - Live Your Life, Buy The Book - “I loved you before Nazareth.” Meet Bianca and Chaney
8/2 - Chat at the Dreamspinner Press Facebook Page
8/8 - Charlie Cochet - The Catharsis of Lovers Shirts
8/13 - Gay List Book Reviews - The Necessity of Brutality
8/16 - Tali Spencer - The Shape of Things to Come: Glass Moon
Another stop on my blog tour for The Break-in!
Come visit me at Cup O’Porn where I talk about how dreams influence my writing.
And as with all stops on my blog tour, you can comment and get another entry to my Rafflecopter giveaway. I’ve got some seriously cool prizes including a freaking adorable kitty cat USB drive.
See you there!