Patrick Hodges has a new Fantasy Book!

Patrick Hodges has just dropped a new prequel fantasy book to his popular Wielders of Arantha series and I’m told it’s the BOMB!

Deets below!

On the planet Elystra, the all-female Ixtrayu tribe have thrived, hidden from their world’s male-dominated societies for eight centuries. Thirty-five generations of Protectresses have safeguarded their sisters from the men who would destroy them for the Elemental power they wield. But how did it all begin? . 

Seeking riches and power, a band of vicious slavers steal twenty girls from their homes, as well as the Agrusian Stone, long fabled for its beauty and pricelessness. Among the abducted is Sahria, an eighteen-year-old novice, determined to free herself and return home. When the Stone unexpectedly imbues her with her god’s divine power, she realizes freedom for herself and her sisters is within her grasp … but to save them all would mean leaving behind everything she’s ever known. 

With a slaver’s market looming, Sahria must make a choice: escape and return to the safety of her Order, or embark on a far more dangerous path, one where mere survival is only the beginning.

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Author Bio:
I currently live in Arizona with my wife, Vaneza. After years of writing for several different entertainment-related blogs, I have found new life and vitality by writing fictional stories about young teens and preteens that are entertaining for ALL ages.

I was bullied badly in middle school and high school, and I am of the opinion that not enough books are written on the subject, and those that are come off as preachy or heavy-handed. It was my goal to tell a story that a young person could read and enjoy, a story that would not only entertain them but given them a perspective on a touchy and relevant subject that they may not have had otherwise.

I make it a point to bring an empathic view to all my books, to give readers a view into what it’s like for kids at that age when they just start to mature into young adults. For me, it’s all about the characters. I love creating characters that jump off the page, that feel like real people no matter how old the reader is. Because without great characters, you really don’t have a great story, do you? If you have a question or comment, feel free to contact me on any of my social media sites! TWITTER, FACEBOOK

DAYBREAKER PRE-ORDER IS LIVE

Daybreaker is live on pre-order for Kindle – click HERE for the link! Need a signed print copy? Titcombs Bookshop here on Cape Cod handles those and they ship :) HERE is their store!

The book comes out March 10th!

Assault Rifles Need to Go

APTOPIX School Shooting Florida

I’m rarely one to post anything like this on my author page, but I have kids. I have a teenager in high school. And MY READERS are teens and parents. And yes, I fully believe in the right to bear REASONABLE arms, but not assault rifles.  And I know what it’s like to see the police, with dogs and riot gear, swarming the area of my daughter’s school because there was a kid hiding nearby with a gun.

So, don’t tell me I don’t know. I KNOW – we were just lucky on that day several years ago that the rifle turned out to be a pellet gun. Because of the way this country’s gun laws are set-up, it could’ve easily been an AR-15. After all, in the good ol’ USA, you can shoot before you can drink.

This blog post is from a Army Veteran and I think it’s the best op-ed to date I’ve seen regarding the AR-15s. God bless those who lost their lives in Parkland this week. Let their murders not go in vain.

 

F*CK YOU, I LIKE GUNS by Anna

America, can we talk? Let’s just cut the shit for once and actually talk about what’s going on without blustering and pretending we’re actually doing a good job at adulting as a country right now. We’re not. We’re really screwing this whole society thing up, and we have to do better. We don’t have a choice. People are dying. At this rate, it’s not if your kids, or mine, are involved in a school shooting, it’s when. One of these happens every 60 hours on average in the US. If you think it can’t affect you, you’re wrong. Dead wrong. So let’s talk.

I’ll start. I’m an Army veteran. I like M-4’s, which are, for all practical purposes, an AR-15, just with a few extra features that people almost never use anyway. I’d say at least 70% of my formal weapons training is on that exact rifle, with the other 30% being split between various and sundry machineguns and grenade launchers. My experience is pretty representative of soldiers of my era. Most of us are really good with an M-4, and most of us like it at least reasonably well, because it is an objectively good rifle. I was good with an M-4, really good. I earned the Expert badge every time I went to the range, starting in Basic Training. This isn’t uncommon. I can name dozens of other soldiers/veterans I know personally who can say the exact same thing. This rifle is surprisingly easy to use, completely idiot-proof really, has next to no recoil, comes apart and cleans up like a dream, and is light to carry around. I’m probably more accurate with it than I would be with pretty much any other weapon in existence. I like this rifle a lot. I like marksmanship as a sport. When I was in the military, I enjoyed combining these two things as often as they’d let me . . . READ MORE via “Fuck you, I like guns.”

Daybreaker is Coming!

DAYBREAKER UPDATE:

While I had hoped to get Daybreaker out in January, life got in the way.

The book (which includes character art, a four-chapter epilogue, and a 5,000 word bonus scene as well as a 20 page glossary) will be coming out in late February, early March (I am simply waiting on a date from Titcombs Bookshop, which ALWAYS carries signed stock on the shelves).

So, hang in there – I’ve been told by my Beta team that this particular book is worth the wait and a few are calling it their favorite installment of the entire series. I’m crossing my fingers that you will love it just as much as they do.

It’s time to bid Eila and her crew a fond farewell in one wild, final ride.

Wanna get on the list to snag a signed copy the day the books come out? Call Titcombs and get on their waitlist! The store is here: http://www.titcombsbookshop.com

Teen Writing Class for February

 

This free winter program is open to all talented writers ages 12-18 at the Cape Cod Writers Center’s Young Writers Workshop.

Held from February 19-23 at the Osterville Public Library for five mornings, writers from grades 7-12 from Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts will have a fun and exciting opportunity to improve their writing. Popular author K.R. Conway* and teacher Jeff Carter* will help students advance their literary skills in fiction and nonfiction.

During the sessions, students will form friendships with writers from other schools, receive individual help for their work and learn what it takes to be published today

The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 12, 2018.
The Cape Cod Writers Center will notify students of their acceptance soon after their application is received. they have submitted their application.

To get your application:

Visit our website at http://www.capecodwriterscenter.org and download our application OR email us at writers@capcodwriterscenter.org for an application.

*Students may request an instructor based on writing needs and storytelling style.

Writing Tips from the Trenches

Writing Tips from the Trenches

Recently, I was asked how I write my characters and what is the trick I use that makes them “live beyond the book.”

Honestly, I kinda got stumped when the question was asked of me.

At first I wanted to blurt out, “Uh, I’ve no clue” and to be fair, that’s true – I don’t know why I hear them speak so clearly, or why I see them move in my mind. I’ve always been a vivid daydreamer – I literally won’t see reality in front of me anymore. Instead, I see what my imagination is sending me and the effect is so absolute, that I am no longer in the present. It’s so extreme that daydreaming, for me, is just as good as watching a movie or reading a book. I can live in my imagination as if I’ve stepped between dimensions.

The same thing happens when I’m writing – I no longer feel the keys under my touch, nor see the screen. When I’m writing, I’m in another world and it plays like a film strip across my field of vision. In this new reality, I am both the actor and the director.

I think that’s the key to being a character writer – you must be BOTH the director and the actor. You have to live, intimately, in the skin of the character, while at the same time, dictating the world and the way the camera swings and pans. You have to “body-hop” from one character to another. You have to know when to zoom in on the smallest detail and when to pan-out on a grand scale. For me, such “intense” character writing is not always possible in the first pass of any given scene. I mean, yeah – I’m nuts – but I’m not quite crazy enough to flow between multiple characters and their quirks at the drop of a hat or the strike of a key. Someone once called the way I write as “method writing” not unlike “method acting” which, I guess, is true (and kinda scary).

So how do I do it? How do I write real characters, maintain their voice, and then have them all arguing in a given scene while maintaining their own distinct personalities?

Easy – I read through that chapter over and over FOR EACH character.

Even if a character only has a few lines in a given scene, I still must know what they are doing in the back of my head. More importantly, when I write for a character, I literally feel the clothes they are wearing against my own skin – I see the world through their point of view and how the waistband of a worn pair of jeans rubs against a hip differently than a new pair. I FEEL the sole of a sneaker bend to the flexing of a foot twisting around a desk leg, and I can hear the sound of a metal hanger clang when a heavy jacket is pulled from the closet. I feel the tentative touch of a hand trailing the line of a v-neck collar, and how a fingertip dips and rides the collar bone under a lover’s skin with every breath.

I LIVE inside the character.

I immerse every sense I have into every moment or every scene of every character.

At the end of the day, I know I’m striving to create an intimate affair between the person holding the book and the characters spilling across the pages. If I’ve done my job, then the reader is no longer reading – they are living inside the story, just as I live inside my daydreams. The reader is forgetting her life, and the demands of the typical day and the worries that plague her reality, drift away. If I’ve done my job, if my characters are living, breathing, realities, then the reader escapes entirely into MY world. And if I’ve done a really good job, then the reader won’t be able to put the book down, and if they do, they daydream of my characters in the real world.

I don’t know how else to write. I don’t know how else to live.

Bleed onto the page, my fellow writers. Drown in the characters and the world you create. Give yourself no excuses for poor writing or shitty lines. Vow to bring only real characters to life and make them work hard for the love of the reader. Make them unforgettable, re-readable, and living in the dreams and nightmares of book addicts. Demand nothing less, of your own imagination and of the words on the page.

Write on and write fierce. 

First born child, Eila Low, was named after character Eila Walker by her Las Vegas parents, Bethany and Adam. Rock on, E! Show the world your fearless side!

 

Irish fan, Siobhan, rocks her 3rd Undertow inspired tattoo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daybreaker cover is here!

Undertow, Book 5, is the final book in the Undertow series. It will debut in January 2018 and include a full glossary of characters, creatures, places, etc.

To hold you over, here is the Daybreaker cover :)

 

Titcomb’s Bookshop the Brave

      Back in 2013, before Undertow officially launched, I wandered into Titcomb’s Bookshop in Sandwich Massachusetts and happened to come face-to-face with owner Vicky Titcomb. I was hoping the fabulous, barn-like bookshop would take a chance on me – a self-pubbed weirdo from the Cape who wrote one YA novel on a sleep-deprived whim. At the time, Undertow wasn’t even out yet and barely had any reviews. I had only just sent ARCs to the Cape Cod Times and Barnstable Patriot editor, Kat Szmit (more folks, who I can never thank enough for their enthusiasm over the series and the fabulous publicity they’ve thrown its way over the years).

      For whatever reason, Vicky said she’d take a few of my Undertow books on consignment that day. I don’t think either one of us could’ve ever guessed how popular that insane little book (based on Lia Farrow‘s house) would become. God love her, Vicky Titcomb took a chance on me and helped launch my career as a teen novelist. For this, I am endlessly grateful.

     This coming weekend, I am signing the Undertow series at the little bookshop that started it all. While I know everyone has super busy lives, I’d ask you to please come say “HI,” grab some books or toys (OMG, the toys at Titcomb’s are EPIC), and show your support of Vicky and her crew and their wonderful, quirky little bookshop on Rte 6A.

Celebrating Indie Authors at YABC

MUST HAVE BOOKS!

Dying for some great Young Adult books? Look no further than the Around the World in 30 Days project happening at Young Adult Books Central!

In the course of one month, YABC will features dozens of indie YA authors and their books. What’s even cooler is that these books often fly under the radar, unable to compete with the traditionally published “big houes” books. These are the “little guys” and let’s face it: don’t we all want to root for the little guy??

When you buy an indie book, you are directly supporting the author. It doesn’t filter through a major publishing contract with many mouths to feed, but often goes right into the hands of just one, faithful writer (who is often tucked into a coffee shop somewhere, writing on a lunch break from full time job).

So cheer for the little guy, check out these titles, and enter to win a MASSIVE haul of paperback books! The writing within these pages is brilliant and the stories are grand, yet they are the underdogs in the publishing world. It’s time to let them SHINE!

 

 

What is YABooksCentral.com?
YABC is your first stop for all things book-related! Founded in 1998 by (now author) Kimberly Pauley as a basic stopover for people looking for information on young adult books, YABC has since evolved into one of the largest professional book recommendation sites targeted towards tween and teen readers. You can read book reviews by our staff or write your own! Join discussions about your favorite books and enter to win more in our monthly giveaways. Keep up with all the latest book-related goodies on our blog and interact with authors in our Twitter chats. 

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