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Feed Your Imagination with Fantasy

Join Champagne authors Rita Bay, Graeme Brown, L.T, Getty, and R.J. Hore in our Feed Your Imagination with Fantasy Book Tour from March 31st through April 25th. Through our tour host, Juniper Grove Book Solutions, we’ll blog, interview, and visit with book lovers across the internet. The schedule for the week is listed below. Our tour central page contains the full schedule and blurbs, excerpts, and buy links for the tour books HERE.

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Our tour sponsor, Champagne Book Group (Champagne Books and Burst Imprints), is offering up five ebooks at the end of the tour. Enter to win at the bottom of the tour central page HERE . I’m offering two ebooks (Into the Lyons Den and Finding Eve) each week in a drawing to readers who comment on my blog (two winners each week). Extra entries (one for each) for following me on Facebook Twitter or following my blog .

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Check out where we’ll be this week.

Mon, April 7

Laura’s Review of Rita Bay’s Finding Eve at Trip Down Imagination Road
 

Tuesday, April 8

R.J. Hore’s Guest Post at The Cheshire Cat’s Looking Glass

Graeme Brown’s Ten’s List at Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews

Wed, April 9 Jaidis’s Interview of Rita Bay at Juniper Grove
 

Thur, April 10

CCAM’s Interview of L.T. Getty at Mythical Books

S.M.’s Review of L.T. Getty’s Tower of Obsidian at S.M. Bysh Author

Friday, April 11

Laura’s Review of Graeme Brown’s The Pact at Trip Down Imagination Road

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Writing Process Blog &Tag

Thank you to Celia Breslin (http://celiabreslin.com/blog/) for the tag. If you haven’t checked out her vampire series – The Tranquilli Bloodline – which begins with Haven, and you’re into vampires, I can promise one of the best reads of the year. it’s available HERE M y answers are a tad complicated, but please read on.

1. What am I working on? I’m a few days from completing the final story in my shapeshifter trilogy, Lyons’ Tales. Tentatively titled The Alpha’s Prey, this hot novella completed the story of the Lyons’ Family. All questions are answered and all conflicts resolved. In the planning stages are the first of a series of erotic mythology novellas, tentatively titled Cupid’s Back in Town.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? As you can see from my books on the left, I’m writing in several genres. So far, I have paranormal (shapeshifter and vampire), historical, contemporary, fantasy, and mythology books published , including M/F and M/M from sweet to erotic romance. I plan to write a space opera later this year, a couple more historicals, and a Christmas Regency story called the Twelfth Night Queen. I like to do a LOT of research and incorporate it into my books. All of my books have a humorous element also. You can click any of the gold icons on the left to read the blurb and excerpt with a buy link.
3 Why do I write what I do? Because I have to? I would be SO bored writing in one genre. I haven’t quite found which genre I like the best. Maybe some day. The only essential elements in my writing is the need for a happily ever after with a bit of humor mixed in.

On short notice, I only have two authors to tag – both paranormal/fantasy authors. Both are well worth the visit this weekend:
Graeme Brown http://www.graemebrownart.com
L.T. Getty http://ltgetty.wordpress.com/
Thank you for visiting. BTW, Graeme, L.T., and I begin a huge multi-author book tour next week with loads of gifts from us and out publisher, Champagne/Burst Books. Join us at any of our webpages.

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Meet The Fantasy Folk

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The Fantasy Folk, a group of fantasy/scifi authors published with Champagne Book Group, debut all day Saturday at the Latte Lounge at Coffee Time Romance. (I know it says 8 – 9 pm but we plan to play all day.) Join us for book talk, world-building, and giveaways. Click the icon above to visit us at CTR. Later, Rita.

 

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An Author’s Desk: L.T. Getty

Today’s guest at An Author’s Desk is Leia Getty who writes historical fantasy as L.T. Getty. Leia’s debut novel, Tower of Obsidian was released this month by BURST Books, the SciFi/Fantasy imprint of Champagne Book Group. Leia used her knowledge as a paramedic and her training in kendo to create realistic battle scenes for Tower of Obsidian which was her 2010 NaNoWriMo project which she’ll explain later. Leia’s peripatetic desk that wanders with her at will is after my own heart. The treats beside it from The Daily Grind are full of love and sparkles.

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My writing area is a reflection of who I am – basically, I pick up and go and write anywhere! I’ve never had a ton of support with my writing, so basically I write when people are moving around me, I stop and do chores, and I adapt to any environment.

WritersDeskAs for my process of ‘when I write’ – once again, it’s reflective of my pick up and go lifestyle. The only time I had a set amount of writing time was before I graduated High School – I had to watch my younger sisters and make dinner, so I usually wrote for an hour and a half after school until I got a job that took place after school, so then it was when I could fit it in – I wrote on the family computer and I wasn’t usually able to use it whenever I wanted. When University changed things, I was using floppy disks (remember those, kids? Didn’t think so) until I bought my first laptop – an old military unit my dad got me at a deal from his base (I can’t remember how much I paid – I just remember paying more for a battery the following year) which I used until it died. I much prefer the new laptop – even though once my fellow students were making fun of how big the screen was, the teacher included – things get corrupted, but I remember the absolute horror of a disc crashing and losing everything. (And using the family computer without a backup asks for trouble!) I now work as a Paramedic, so now I’m on a pager for four days – there is no ‘I need to get this down, then I’ll come save you’; when the pager goes, we go. We get a lot of down time in the office to chill out and relax, so that’s usually when I’m researching or editing via pen and paper, but when it’s go time we might be gone for an entire day, so while I can jot down an idea or something on a piece of paper, there is no set time for writing. I do it when I can, and down time always comes after I restock the ambulance, any station duties, do my paperwork, and harass my colleagues a little. (Just kidding – I can edit and delight with my terrible puns at the same time).

As for my process of how I write a given manuscript, it depends on how I start – usually I have an idea for a plot or an image, but sometimes, I just sit down and start describing a scene and I let the world build until I know where I am and why it’s different then our here and now (my here and now last week was -43 C with the windchill, if you’re interested). How long it takes me to draft a story depends on how much time I have and how long it is – Tower of Obsidian took me less than four months to draft, but out of 115,000 words, 52,000 were written in the month of November for 2010’s NANOWRIMO, and the only reason I kicked it into high gear was that I was aware that book publishers were going to be coming to a conference in May, so I basically was finishing and editing with no time to spare.

SparklesUsually while I’m drafting, that’s when I do my research, but my trump card for Tower of Obsidian was that I’d gotten flack for a previous novel that wasn’t ‘historically accurate’ so I’d done my research on medieval customs and history, and was quite familiar with Norse and Celtic Mythology so I had enough information to start me off. My trick for getting that NANO while I was a student/working was that I always had a pen and paper for ideas – a notepad in my apron, another notebook just ‘for stories’ when everyone else was out smoking during break. I was roughing out different endings of scenes during lunch break or doing character sketches or hashing out background information. I tend to write the scenes I see most vividly in my head first, and then I piece them together. Usually, I’m co-writing two sequences at once, so if I get writer’s block and I’m stuck as to what happens next, I’ll go back and work on a scene for the events leading up to it – at some point, I’ll have the plot in my mind down pretty solid, so I’ll hash out a loose synopsis (which, usually still surprises me while I’m writing it) just to give me focus, and then I’ll write out linear (for the most part – I find that, when I write, I usually have to write the beginning after I’m more or less done the novel because I like action and I need to lead up to it – in my mind, at least, I think I end stories stronger than how I start them). This approach is great for learning about your world – but I’ve also written scenes that don’t make sense later or needed to be scrapped and rewritten.

Usually when I’m about 15,000 words into a novel, I give the first chunk, print if I have the time (email if I don’t!) to my beta reader, R.J. Hore – basically we got paired up via the Writer’s Collective because we were the only sci-fi/fantasy writers, and we just switch work back and forth. When I was a student, I went to various writing circles and groups for feedback, but Hore and I kind of like the same stories and have different strengths and weaknesses so the editing is more focused than if I’m trying to make a table of people happy. We swap whatever amounts we want –usually an entire short story or, if it’s a manuscript we go in order, between 20-100 pages a month, but I’ve given him a short story in the middle of a novel with a ‘the contest is due in two months’ kind of deadline.
After Hore looks at the story – if I don’t have to send it anywhere quickly (I didn’t write it for an anthology or whatever) I like to let the entire story sit for at least a month, and start working on something else from a writing perspective – I draw and paint, but I find that writing is a special beast that requires distance. If at all possible, I like to read a story as a reader, and then I start to go through the manuscript. Usually around this phase, I write out a synopsis. I usually draft three separate versions of a synopsis, and see which one I like the best. If this is for a contest, I usually revisit the publisher page and try to cater the story more towards them if it’s appropriate. After I go through the pages as an edit, I leave it alone for a while, and then try to come back to it with fresh eyes for what I consider a whole, unifying edit – and I use the synopsis to make the manuscript come into focus.

Usually around this point I start looking for publishers – I keep Excel sheets on what story is out where, and some relevant (and sometimes irrelevant) data as well – how long of a response, what kind of response (generic vs. personalized), and I keep track of the comments as a whole – but I don’t agonize over individual rejections unless they specify ‘Add some X and send it back’ or whatever, so long as I feel that I’d still be true to the story, then I usually edit the way they request and send it back.
So basically at this point I let my little manuscript into the world, with only a tracking of Excel to tell me it’s out. I kind of forget about it at that point, because, as said above, I’m already working on the next project and that’s usually the one I’m the most excited about at the time.
That’s pretty much from me – thanks for having me, Rita! As of February 4th, I was officially an author!

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CLICK TO READ EXCERPT OR BUYWhen Kale mac Tadhg is betrayed by his Lord’s men, he is sent on an impossible quest: slay a witch in a tower, and end a people’s curse. Both Kale’s best friend and brother-in-arms Aaron Smithson and former betrothed Aoife of Westgate set out to rescue him, but their journey takes them into the uncharted waters and Northwestern Nordic colonies, to a land cursed and all but forgotten. They begin to realize that there is some truth to old legends.  Kale’s rescue comes at a price—for by the time Aaron and Aoife know where to search, like so many before him, Kale is bound to the ancient tower’s fate.
Thank you so much for visiting Leia. Click on the cover of Tower of Obsidian to read an excerpt or buy. Visit Leia at her [WEBPAGE] (where you can read about growling deer) or email her at leiagetty@shaw.ca
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