31 July, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (87)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Rules for participating:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week, my teaser is from Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. Again. Have I mentioned it's 891 pages long?

This, gentlemen, is the genuine detail of my tragic story; consider, therefore, and judge whether or not, I have sufficient cause to heave more sighs than I have vented, utter more complaints than you have heard, and shed more tears than have flowed from mine eyes; and when you shall have deliberated upon the quality of my misfortune, you will perceive how vain all consolation must be; as the disease admits of no remedy. I only ask whether you can, and ought to grant, namely, that you would inform me where I can pass my life, without being harassed by the terror and fear of being found by those who are in search of me.
-p. 240

You know, at first the rambling sentences weren't a problem. I like extended sentences. But hundreds of pages later, under a constant torrent of awkward semi-colons and strange comma placement, not to mention the formal language, they begin to grate. Also, now I have the urge to talk and write in the same style. LOL.


What are you reading? Or if you're not reading anything currently, what was the last book you finished?

-----The Golden Eagle

27 July, 2012

WINNER of the Gravity Trilogy by Cherie Reich

I am pleased to announce the winner of Tuesday's giveaway, which was part of Cherie Reich's book cover reveal for her trilogy Defying Gravity, Fighting Gravity, and Pull of Gravity.

So, without further ado:

Congratulations, Aldrea! Cherie has been emailed and you should receive a message soon.

-----The Golden Eagle

25 July, 2012

Stopover At The Backworlds' Edge By M. Pax

The sequel to The Backworlds is now available. Craze and his friends continue their adventures in Stopover at the Backworlds' Edge. See what role chocolate plays in the galaxy this time.

The interstellar portal opens, bringing in a ship that should no longer exist. A battleship spoiling for a fight, yet the war with Earth ended two generations ago. The vessel drops off a Water-breather, a type of Backworlder thought to be extinct. She claims one of Craze’s friends is a traitor who summoned the enemy to Pardeep Station. A betrayal worse than his father's, if Craze lives to worry about it.

Available for all ereaders from:
Amazon / Amazon UK / B&N / Smashwords
iTunes and Kobo will be available shortly.

If you haven’t read The Backworlds yet, it’s available as a free read from many outlets. See HERE for links.


About the Author:
Inspiring the words M. Pax writes, Mary spends her summers as a star guide at Pine Mountain Observatory in stunning Central Oregon where she lives with the husband unit and two loving cats. She writes science fiction mostly and has a slight obsession with Jane Austen. Mary blogs at http://www.mpaxauthor.com/blog/

Have you read The Backworlds or Stopover at the Backworlds' Edge? Do you know Mary?

-----The Golden Eagle

24 July, 2012

Gravity Trilogy Cover Reveal

Three alien couples in three space fantasy novelettes fall in love in the Gravity trilogy. After a couple months, Cherie Reich decided that her novelettes needed a new cover. She spoke with her cover artist, Aubrie Dionne, and the new covers for Defying Gravity, Fighting Gravity, and Pull of Gravity are now ready to be revealed.

Homesick upon the SS Perseid, Linia, a young linguist, thinks she signed up for a mission of peace, but her crew members have another plan: attack the planet Medusa.
   Bored with his dying planet, Alezandros, a space cruiser pilot, joins the Medusan Army in his quest for adventure.
   When the SS Perseid clashes with the Medusans’ space cruisers, Alezandros and Linia’s lives intertwine. Sucked through a wormhole, they crash upon a post-apocalyptic Earth and are captured by cannibals. In adjacent cells, Alezandros and Linia cast their differences aside for a common bond: escape. But when romantic feelings emerge between them, they might do the unthinkable because for a Medusan and a Persean to fall in love, it would defy gravity.

Forced into executing Aresia’s people, Phoebus escapes the Aresian Guard by flying his spaceship through a wormhole.
   The only single woman of marrying age, Marissa flees town instead of becoming a third wife.
   When Phoebus’s spacecraft crashes upon an asteroid-ravaged Earth, he is captured by a rogue Earthling youth and thrown into a cellar. Marissa stumbles upon the spacecraft, but it explodes before she can find any sign of the alien. When she awakens, she discovers the alien’s whereabouts and vows to help him. But Phoebus’s Aresians have landed and are searching for him. Phoebus and Marissa must battle against their despair and their peoples in a quest for their freedom. And through it all, an Earthling and an Aresian will find it easier to fight gravity than their love for each other.

   A no-nonsense Earthling corporal, Nike accepts a mission to destroy the winged-people of Cupidis to give her race a chance at a new life.
   A spoiled Cupidian prince, Edonys gets whatever he wants until his dying father tells him he must choose a mate and take his rightful place as king.
   When Nike’s space cruiser lands upon Cupidis, she’s taken to the royal palace where she crosses paths with Prince Edonys. His arrogance leads her to believe her mission of domination will be easy. Edonys refuses his father’s last request to fall in love, but Nike isn’t anyone. She’s bold and different than any Cupidian female. When he shows her his planet’s delights, Nike and Edonys realize they must discover another way to save their loved ones because it will be easier for an Earthling and a Cupidian to ignore the pull of gravity than the pull of love.

Forthcoming end of July/early August!

Cherie is also giving away the complete trilogy. I'm using Rafflecopter--there's a Facebook login option, but you can also just use your email. There are several extra entry options as well.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

About the Author:
Cherie Reich is a writer, freelance editor, book blogger and library assistant. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her e-books include Once Upon a December Nightmare, Defying Gravity, Fighting Gravity, A to Z Flashes of Foxwick, and The Best of Raven and the Writing Desk. She is a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Valley Writers and placed third in Roanoke Valley's BIG READ writing contest.
   A self-proclaimed bookworm, Cherie received her bachelors of the arts in Classical Antiquities at Missouri State University. She currently lives in Virginia with her family and four adorable pets: Cinderella the cat, Romeo the cat, Abby the guinea pig, and Dash the goldfish. Besides working in a library, she is surrounded by over 1000 books in her room at home. Can anyone say bibliophile?

-----The Golden Eagle

23 July, 2012

Guest Post by Angela Ackerman: What To Do . . . If You Believe Social Media Isn't For You

Hello, blogosphere. Today I have Angela Ackerman from The Bookshelf Muse (and co-author of The Emotional Thesaurus) here to talk about social networking. Take it away, Angela!


Everywhere you look there are blog posts, webinars, online courses and websites all shouting the same message: Join Social Media! Engage! Connect! Network! Build Your Audience! Everyone says that in this new world of publishing, authors have to navigate the social waters to be successful. Is this true?
   Unless you happen to be a celebrity or are gifted with a giant promotional push from a publisher...then yes.
   And herein lies the problem. Many writers are introverts. They like having the computer screen between them and the world, thank you very much. They don’t want to get involved in every newfangled social media platform, or blog with no idea what to say, or try to find an 'in' on a site when it seems like everyone knows each other already.
   When it’s been decades since you’ve hadto walk the playground and make friends, the idea of entering a giant onlinecocktail party can be hive inducing. So what is a writer to do when they feel they are not suited for social networking or are simply terrified by the idea of it?

Stay In Your Comfort Zone
If the idea of social networking is overwhelming, pick something contained and more likely to be in your comfort zone. Writing Forums are much less intimidating than the biggies of socialization like Twitter, Google+ or Facebook. In a forum, rather than being bombarded by hundreds of people, interaction is more intimate. Joining conversations in a forum will put you together with only a few people at once, and the topic is focused. You can learn, share and make friends at a slower pace. Some incredibly friendly writing forums are The Critique Circle, My Writer’s Circle, and if you write for Children or Young Adults, Verla Kay’s Blueboard.

Become a Lurker
Rather than be pressured into jumping into the fray, do some lurking. Visit writing blogs (I have a great list here) and blogs on topics that tie into your books. Read the comments so you can understand how people engage. Check out how other writers interact on Twitter by searching up some hashtags like #writersroad #amwriting or #writechat. See what they share and click on some profiles to find people who interest you. Run searches for your interests. If you like cycling, you’re not alone. If your book is for dragon lovers, search for Dragons and you’re sure to find fans. Hang out on Google+ and run a search for writing or writers. Or again, choose a keyword that ties into your book. Put a few people that have interesting profiles in a circle--remember, you can follow them without engaging if you chose to. Or, if you have a Face Book account, check out a few groups! Writer’s Support 4U is one of the most active and friendly ones, but there are many others.

Dip Your Toe In...On A Trial Basis
If you did some lurking and found a social networking medium that seemed like it could be within your comfort zone, then step in, slowly. Reach out and share a bit--it can be things that inspire you, what you find funny or something about writing if you want to connect with other writers. Friend or follow a few people and comment on what they share. If you’re looking to connect with your direct novel audience, then share content that you know they will enjoy that ties right in with your books. Soon, conversations will start and you’ll be off to the races. If you find you enjoy it, great! And if not, then you can walk away, wiser for trying.
There’s a new place for all artisic types that I really would like to give a shout out to, and that is WANA Tribe. This new space is not only for writers, but all Creatives. The mission is collaboration and knowledge sharing and is part of WANA International, the brainchild of Kristen Lamb and Ingrid Schaffenburg.
   Social Networking can seem intimidating at first. Some worry it will chew up all their writing time and that they need to be everywhere to be successful--Twitter, Blogs, Facebook, Google+, Tumblr and more. Know right out the gate that it is much better for you to choose one or two of these and do them well than scatter yourself across all networks! And if you do find you enjoy it and are worried about your writing time, just remember YOU are in control. Engage as much or as little as time allows. Writing always must come first!

Are you leery of Social Networking, trying to decide whether (and how) to jump in? Or have you decided to give it a try? I would love to hear your experiences, good or bad, and whether social networking has changed things for you as a writer or author!

About Angela:
Angela Ackerman is a Canadian who writes on the darker side of Middle Grade and Young Adult. A strong believer in writers helping writers, she blogs at the award winning resource, The Bookshelf Muse and is co-author of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression. Angela is represented by Jill Corcoran of The Herman Agency.  
   The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression is a writer’s best friend, helping to navigate the challenging terrain of showing character emotion. This brainstorming tool explores seventy-five emotions and provides a large selection of body language, internal sensations, actions and thoughts associated with each. Written in an easy-to-navigate list format, readers can draw inspiration from character cues that range in intensity to match any emotional moment. 

-----The Golden Eagle

17 July, 2012

Interviewed At Magpie Bridge! + Teaser Tuesday (86)

I've been interviewed (again!) by Paul Tobin at Magpie Bridge about my blog and my website, The Eagle Directory. I answer questions about the idea behind the site, how I put it together, and why I like eagles in the first place. Check it out!*

*If you want to, of course. And if you do, be sure to take a look around Paul's blog: There's poetry, writing posts, other interviews, all kinds of interesting and well-written content.


And now, for Teaser Tuesday. This is a weekly--and, of course, bookish--meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Rules for participating:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week, my teaser is from The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene. This is the first book I've read by him (though I did watch The Fabric of the Cosmos on PBS a while back, which he hosted--there's also an Elegant Universe TV series) and it's really good. I find his explanations of important concepts in physics easy enough to grasp without feeling like it's significantly dumbed down for the people who don't happen to be theoretical physicists like, you know, Greene himself.

Einstein found that precisely this idea--the sharing of motion between different dimensions--underlies all of the remarkable physics of special relativity, so long as we realize that not only can spatial dimensions share an object's motion, but the time dimension can share this motion as well. In fact, in the majority of circumstances, most of an object's motion is through time, not space.
-p. 49


Reading any good non-fiction these days? How about fiction? Got any teasers to share?

-----The Golden Eagle

13 July, 2012

Spotlighted At The Kelworth Files

Dropping in to say that Chris Kelworth from The Kelworth Files has spotlighted me on his blog as part of a series of short interviews of writing ninjas.

Hope you'll check it out!

-----The Golden Eagle

10 July, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (85)

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. It's a weekly, bookish meme that is the lifeblood or the killer of TBR lists, depending on how you look at it, because it's usually hard not to find a new and interesting book to add.

Rules for participating:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week, my teaser is from The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury since it's the next book in my library TBR list, and I've already posted a teaser from Don Quixote, which I'm still reading.

Mister Iii was a tall, vaporous, thin man with thick blind blue crystals over his yellowish eyes. He bent over his desk and brooded upon some papers, glancing now and again with extreme penetration at his guests.
-p. 30

(Would you believe my browser thinks "Iii" is a word? *irritated muttering* . . . I give up trying to figure out what dictionary it's using. At least it has good taste in literature.)


What are you reading? Got a teaser from it?

-----The Golden Eagle

08 July, 2012

Candle Dark And First Wolf By Carole Anne Carr + Website News!

Hello, everyone. A mix of stuff in this post today: Free books, and an update on my website The Eagle Directory.

First, the free books, because I'm sure that's all what you're really interested in ;).

Candle Dark by Carole Anne Carr is free on Amazon through the rest of today, July 8, and her book First Wolf will be free from July 12-13.

About Candle Dark:
Joshua was nearly eleven and he’d worked down the Blists Hill coal pit since he was seven and a bit. He hated it down there. He hated working in the dark, he hated the rats and the stink of the tunnels, and he especially hated it when the mine flooded and his wet boots rubbed his feet raw.
   Then on the day that Bradley the horsekeeper gave him another beating so bad he ached all over, he made up his mind to run away and find work on the Severn trows. But what would happen to poor Drummer, left behind in the dark? What would happen to his mum and sisters if he left them to the mercy of the evil Isaac Whitlock? And how could he sail to Bristol, when his dad had been set to work in the most dangerous part of the mine?
   Afraid of the river gangs and worrying about his dad, Joshua must decide whether to run for his life, or to stay in Coalport and try to protect his family.

On  www.amazon.com
On www.amazon.co.uk

First Wolf links:
On www.amazon.com
On www.amazon.co.uk


Since I announced the launch of my website, I've made a couple changes.

Mostly, though, there's a search box. It crawls text and images, so you can see the pictures of all of the different birds by searching for "eagle" and clicking on the tab to the left and below the search box. Hope that helps those who wanted a method of looking up eagles by picture and not just name. Also, it allows you to search for specific attributes of different species, e.g. "stable population", "live in Europe", "eat fish", etc.

Furthermore, I've done a little fiddling with the design. Nothing big (it should look the same as it did when it first launched) but I think it'll work better on smaller screens. So far as I can tell, however, I need to either a.) Create a mobile site or b.) Completely overhaul some elements to make it work on mobile devices. Right now, the previews I've checked indicate the ED is terrible on anything below around 600-800px. Brainstorming to do . . .


How's your weekend been? Is the heat wave smothering your area? Will you be downloading Candle Dark or First Wolf, or have you already?

-----The Golden Eagle

04 July, 2012

Happy 4th of July! + IWSG

To the other bloggers in the US: Enjoy your holiday!

Now, for the Insecure Writer's Support Group (IWSG). This is a monthly event hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh.

From his blog:
It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic.

Because I've rambled about my own problems for almost every post since I joined (and that's far too often) I thought I'd actually offer some support this time around. If you haven't seen this commencement speech by Neil Gaiman yet, you should; it's quite good. I almost didn't watch it, figuring that it was a.) Too long and b.) Wouldn't inspire me much, even if it was Neil Gaiman. But while it's still kind of long, I heartily recommend you see it. Make good art, people. Even if the cat explodes and your husband runs off with a politician, as it were.

Have you been inspired by anyone's words recently?

-----The Golden Eagle

03 July, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (84)

Since the dawn of time, MizB at Should Be Reading has hosted Teaser Tuesday, a weekly, bookish meme. Okay, maybe not the dawn of time, but as far as I can tell it's gone on for years and that is a long time in the virtual world.

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week, my teaser is from Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. Last year I read War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy; the year before that I read Moby Dick by Herman Melville; and the year before that I read Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I'm trying to read the major classics, basically. This summer I'm planning to read both Don Quixote and Anna Karenina, which may or may not be too much to chew; we'll just have to see.

In the first book of this history, we left the valiant Biscayan and the renowned Don Quixote with their gleaming swords brandished aloft, about to discharge two such furious strokes, as must (if they had hit their mark) have cleft them both asunder, from top to toe, like a couple of pomegranates; and in this dubious and critical juncture, the delicious history abruptly breaks off, without our being informed by the author, where or how that which is wanting may be found.
   I was not a little concerned at this disappointment; for, the pleasure I enjoyed in the little I had read, was changed into disgust, when I reflected on the small prospect I had of finding the greater part of this relishing story, which, in my opinion, was lost: and yet it seemed impossible, and contrary to every laudable custom, that such an excellent knight should be unprovided with some sage to undertake the history of his unheard-of exploits; a convenience which none of those knights-errant who went in quest of adventures ever wanted, each of them having been accommodated with one or two magicians, on purpose to record not only this deeds, but even his most hidden thoughts and amusements.
-p. 65

Short sentences are not to be found in Don Quixote. Though I do like the book so far (currently on page 107).


So, what are you reading? Got a teaser to share from it?

Have you ever read Don Quixote? If so, what did you think? If not, what's your favorite "classic" book?

-----The Golden Eagle

01 July, 2012

Book/Graphic Novel Review: CO2: The Mendoza Files (Preview)

Title: CO2: The Mendoza Files (preview of complete book)
Author: Paul Tobin
Artist: David Morris
Publisher: Corvus Press
Publication Date: N/A
Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller
Rating: 4.5

My expectations: High. I'd read some of the author's posts about CO2 and was quite intrigued by them. Graphic novels don't always agree with me, but if done well they can offer more than your usual all-text book.

I can safely say those expectations were surpassed.

About the book: Kudos to the creators of this graphic novel preview. It is unique and unusual, particularly due to the setting and format. Instead of the comic-style panels and speech bubbles, this is presented in colorful pages that contain police files, magazine articles, photographs, and illustrations of the characters that add further visual details to the writing.

The writing itself is clear and the style changes appropriately to fit the different contexts mentioned above. If the writing and graphic design weren't as good, I suspect the format would have been a problem, since it jumps around so much--but the preview maintains its integrity through visual continuity and a strong setting.

And the setting is fascinating. There are seven parallel worlds in CO2; furthermore, history has been so dramatically altered that "the Church of the Holy Footprint" is taking over the world and, during the time period that the preview takes place, conquering "the Dragon Empire", i.e. the remains of China. The perspective on sweeping social/global change (and its contrast to today's world) is very interesting.

Characters and plot did not seem to be the focus in the preview, and I assume that's due to its length (it is, after all, only a preview). However, there were brief and interesting glimpses of individuals involved in certain cases that provided further insights into the world and the different kinds of people in the universe.

Content: Some swearing; references to prostitution; violence.

Other: Disclaimer: I received this preview free from the author. That did not in any way affect the opinions expressed in this review.

Do I recommend CO2? I haven't read the entire book, but based on the preview, I would definitely recommend checking it out once it is released.

-----The Golden Eagle