Saturday, January 24, 2015

Delicious Characters

Blog Day 5 for Master of Lies (Chronicles of the Half-Emrys, #1)

Well, it seems I became so caught up in the momentum of revisions for the second book that I have slipped behind in my blog posts. Book Two, The Two Masters, is moving right along. But now for a fun blog day with attractive pictures.

Who did I base my characters on?

Well, my initial basis for my Emrys was the LOTR elves. Alas, my Emrys do not have pointy ears. I needed immortals with a flowing, graceful form, strong, lean bodies, and creamy, unblemished skin. Tolkien's elves were a perfect reference.

I pictured the tall, thin frame of Legolas and his mysterious charisma. In the beginning, he was my Aneirin. The constantly furrowed look of Aneirin's brows are exactly how I pictured him in this picture.

Galadriel was my Meinwen. The way she moved with grace and her ethereal air was exactly how I pictured my High Emrys.

I stumbled across a “real life” Disney picture of Jane of the jungle. I knew I had found my Ahnalyn with her green eyes and her tiny nose and innocent look. Adorable. But with a hidden determination.

Okay, the next character is my villain. Caedryn. He is actually quite handsome, though evil. Can you guess who? Pale skin, dark hair. Witty. Follow the link here to be surprised.

My real gem. When I found my Catrin, I knew it was her. And readers will be pleased to learn more about Catrin in book 2. She moves center stage as a main protagonist in book 3. 

Gemma Ward. She played the lovely role of Tamara in Pirates of the Caribbean 4.

Some readers will be shocked when they read Brenin's story line. I really love this character. So brave and fearless. Absolutely devoted. His broken heart is captured in this picture. This portrait is of our charming Hugh Dancy, who played in Ella Enchanted and the T.V. series Hannibal.

And a little secret. Stop reading if you haven't read Master of Lies yet.

Brenin will not be a loved and lost character.


Oh, you're just going to have to read book 2.

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Die waiting for The Two Masters, to be released this summer.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Music is the Best Motivation . . . or is it Pointy-eared Elves?

Blog Day 4 for Master of Lies (Chronicles of the Half-Emrys, #1)

Are we having fun yet? Hang in there. Three more days to go. Catch Day Three here if you missed it.

Where did I get my inspiration from?

I started writing this book back when I was doing a Lord of the Rings marathon. I even based some of my characters off of Tolkien’s. (See my next blog post for my character’s inspirations.) I imagined the rolling hills of Middle Earth for the Realm of Terrin and the murky swamps of the Dead Marshes for Rolant. The torturous snow peaks of the Misty Mountains could be my Eirwen Mountains, where the entrance to Gorlassar is hidden. And when you enter Gorlassar and fly to the capital Emryn city called Mared, I imagined the majestic music from when the Fellowship entered the great hall in the Mines of Moria.

But scenes and characters aside, I think that is where the similarities stop. My writing is nothing like Tolkien’s.

I would have to say music is what carried the feeling in my book. I mentioned the music from the mines of Moria scene. I did listen to the LOTR’s sound track quite a bit in the early phases of my free writing. But I took any music that uplifted or motivated me, from Evanescence’s Fallen CD to the Piano Guys. I think Twilight’s various sound tracks for all of their movies was a major inspiration for me. Evenstar (LOTR) was my inspiration for the final scene before the epilogue in my book. See my previous blog post, Magical Woodlands, for that story.

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Stay tuned for a Kindle Count Down sale the week before Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

No sparkly vampires or LOTR elves here.

Blog Day 3 for Master of Lies (Chronicles of the Half-Emrys, #1)

We’re up to day three. Catch the posts you missed here: Day One and Day Two.

So where have we left off? If you haven’t read my book yet, you might be asking:

What’s in my book?


Not like sparkly vampires or LOTR elves. My immortals are called Emrys, which means immortal in Welsh. Fun fact, Merlin was also called Emrys. And no, there are no wizards in my book. Sorry, Harry Potter fans. (But there is magic. So I might say: If you like the magic that is in Harry Potter, you will love the powers in Master of Lies (Chronicles of the Half-Emrys, #1).

What else is there?
Dragons and magical dragon stones
Magic and magical creatures
Light vs. darkness
Good vs. Evil

“Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...”

Just kidding. (That line is from the Princess Bride for all you people ignorant of one of the best movies ever.)

But I can finish my list with: Revenge.

And a happy ending. Right. That’s what you wanted, right?

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

A New Book for the New Year

Blog Day 2 for Master of Lies (Chronicles of the Half-Emrys, #1)

Happy New Year! Want a great new book to start off your new year? Check out this one.

Welcome to day two of getting to know Master of Lies. If you missed day one, find it here. Five more to follow on a weekly basis. I will keep them short and sweet. Enjoy!

What type of Readers will like this book and why?
Master of Lies is written for a young adult audience. I find it suitable for ages 14 and up, only because there is a romantic element that I would not want younger readers to read. They don’t need to have romantic, gushy notions in their heads. It would only give them cuties. But the reading is engaging enough for all other ages.

It is a smooth read, with no excessive, “drawling” descriptions. (Here is where I say: If you like the LOTR, the Hobbit, and Eragon but would like a lighter read, you will like Master of Lies (Chronicles of the Half-Emrys, #1).)

My books share the same elements of magic and new worlds, as well as, elements of mystery, fun through rambunctious dragons, romantic tension, hope in the face of tragedy, desperation and longing to know who you are, revenge (can’t have a good story without revenge), and forgiveness.

Fantasy and romance readers will enjoy this novel. 

Check out the back cover blurb and see what you think:

Mastering the lies is easy if you don’t have to wrestle against your own darkness . . .

Unaware of her immortal heritage, the truth concealed from her, Ahnalyn learns she’s a child of two worlds—a half-Emrys with the ability to wield the light and the dark power. Aneirin, a Son of Light, has his own reasons for leaving the immortal dragon realm. Defying the High Council, he risks exile—risks being tainted by the corrupt mortal world Ahnalyn is a part of.

As Aneirin’s life becomes entwined with Ahnalyn’s future, he is certain of one thing: Ahnalyn belongs with the immortal Emrys. But doubt and fear shroud Ahnalyn as the painful truths of her past unfold. Succumbing to the darkness lurking inside her is the easy, simple path. But under the dark power, Ahnalyn would be forbidden to enter the immortal realm and would be lost to all those she loves—forever.

Master of Lies is the first book in the Chronicles of the Half-Emrys, a high fantasy novel.