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AUCTION: Signed Copy of Many Genres

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Auctions

Bid on a Signed Hardcover of MANY GENRES ONE CRAFT

We are offering a signed hardcover copy of MANY GENRES, ONE CRAFT in the huge fundraising auction to benefit writer and artist Terri Windling. There are so many awesome prizes to bid on from great writers in the industry like Cory Doctrow, Cherie Priest, Elizabeth Bear, Catherynne Valente, Holly Black, Tamora Pierce...and many, many more!

You can bid on items and find out more about Terri and the support she has been receiving from her fellow writers and artists at the Magick 4 Terri LiveJournal page. Just follow this link:

http://magick4terri.livejournal.com/32552.html

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Georgina Morales

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX


Georgina Morales

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
From all my finished stories definitively Lilibeth from Perpetual Night. I’ve always thought that God made me poor and powerless because inside me there’s a dark side that threatens to rise under the right circumstances. Lilibeth is my attempt to explore that dark side. She’s the quintessential good girl who, deep beneath it all, hides a monster waiting for the moment to seize control.


2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?

4. What else can you do besides write?
That depends on who you’re asking. In the words of my lovely five-year-old, I know, and can do everything…will have to remind her of that when she turns fifteen. If you ask my teachers from school, math truly wasn’t made for me. I concur. And my husband has no opinion on the matter, just ‘cause he loves sleeping in a warm bed and understands the true value of a homey meal. ;)


5. Who are you reading right now?
Connie Willis’ Blackout. …

SFFS: Snippet from GREENSHIFT #1

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SFFS Snippet


TALES FROM THE AMBASADORA-VERSE: GREENSHIFT

Greenshift is a novel set in the Ambasadora-verse one month before Ambasadora begins.

DESCRIPTION: David Anlow, a fleet captain forced into early retirement and jaded by an ex-lover, now spends his lonely days shuttling around a group of scientists for hire.

Boston Maribu, Mari to her friends, is one of his passengers, a young botanist who is as beautiful as she is naïve and innocent. When Mari asks David to teach her about more than just piloting the Bard, nights on their ship heat up and their feelings for each other mature into a relationship neither expects. But a suspicious new client shows up with wicked plans for Mari, and the soldier inside David comes alive, ready to fight for the young woman who stole his heart.

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SNIPPET #1:
"David's a better pilot than that last guy," Mari said, gripping the handle of a knife from the galley. She'd been nervously trying to engage Sean in conversation as they stood at …

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Clare Dargin

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Clare Dargin

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Marius Zenward... I love my male leads. I always think they are so sexy!


2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?

4. What else can you do besides write?
Hmmm that's hard 'cause there's not much else besides loving my dogs (I have two) and my pathetic attempt at gardening.


5. Who are you reading right now?

6. Pop culture or academia?
A little of both 'cause I think it keeps me well rounded. That along with a brownie on occasion. Okay enough about me needing to be on a diet.


7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
The toughest scene to be honest is the final fight scene in Zenward's Magic. It was hard because I was trying to keep it seamless. And it's hard when it's a paranormal thingie going on there.


8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
From my imagination mostly and some things in everyday life.


9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sport…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Charles E. Gannon

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Charles E. Gannon

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
My favorite is a character is also the epicenter of my Tales of the Twenty-Second Century series of both novellas, and soon, novels. I like this character (Riordan) for a lot of reasons, but from a "fun to write" standpoint, the two key features are that he is:

1) a genuine polymath

2) a guy who tells the truth--even when that's not at all good for his long-term prospects ( or immediate physical wellbeing.)

Riordan ultimately becomes a very capable soldier and statesman, but not without some initial reservations—which resurface to haunt him at highly awkward moments. That all makes him FUN to write. But he’s my FAVORITE because he’s also my bow to the true “citizen soldier.” About which I’d like to make a delicate but important point.

The soldiers who went off to fight World War II were the last of a certain breed of American warfighter: they were everyday persons who were either drafted o…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Braxton A. Cosby

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Braxton A. Cosby

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
William Derry is one of the main characters from Protostar. He must ultimately make the decision between love and duty. He is the Prince of the Torrian Alliance and also a bounty hunter. He’s a complicated character to write because he has lived this very structured, pristine life with everything he wants at his fingertips. Yet, he decides to venture out on this crusade to salvage his family name. The strength of his character is that he has strong convictions and he is very accountable to his actions. His moral ethics are a big part of the dilemma he must face when ultimately making his decision.


2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
I’m a milk guy. Chocolate, preferably. But I will take a white chocolate mocha from Starbucks every now and again.


4. What else can you do besides write?
I’m a gamer and a physical therapist by trade. Been gaming longer than treating, so I guess I’m somewhat of…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Sara Creasy

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Sara Creasy

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?

4. What else can you do besides write?
I can make an exceedingly realistic washing machine out of a cardboard box and bottle tops. My 17-month-old daughter thinks it’s awesome.


5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?

9. Food you could eat everyday.
Crepes all crisp around the edges, with lemon and sugar. Vanilla bean ice cream and strawberries on the side. A Twix bar on the other side. Followed by apple and rhubarb crumble with hot custard.


10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
Absolutely not, in any respect. I am allergic to watching sports, and exercising makes my brain rot with boredom.


11. What kind of music speaks to you?

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
I’m an obsessive outliner be…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Linnea Sinclair

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Linnea Sinclair

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
That can vary based on what I'm writing but probably Philip Guthrie. Wounded, cranky, stubborn, sexy-as-all-get-out. He was a somewhat antagonist in GABRIEL'S GHOST, morphed into a supporting protagonist in SHADES OF DARK, got his own story in HOPE'S FOLLY. It was fabulous watching a character grow.


2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Pu-erh tea (the best is from Bana Tea Company) or double espresso coffee


4. What else can you do besides write?

5. Who are you reading right now?
MEMO FROM THE STORY DEPT. : Secrets of Structure and Character - Christopher Vogler and David McKenna


6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?

9. Food you could eat everyday.
Apples and peanut butter. That's my usual lunch.


10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?

12. Do y…

GIVEAWAY: Ambasadora for Reena Jacob's Giveaway Hop

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GIVEAWAYS



You could win Ambasadora or other great books, as well as an Amazon gift card this week (Nov. 8 - 11, 2011) during Reena Jacob's November Giveaway Hop, co-hosted by I am a Reader, Not a Writer and Tristi Pinkston. Go to this link to enter:
http://reenajacobs.com/blog/2011/11/giveaway-blog-hop-nov-8-10-2011/

Many Genres One Craft: One of 10 of This Year'sTerrific Writing Books by The Writer

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I'm so happy to announce that Many Genres, One Craft:Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction (Headline Books, Inc.) was named #5 in "10 of This Year's Terrific Writing Books" by The Writer Magazine in their December 2011 issue!

Congratulations to my co-editor Michael A. Arznen and all the contributors for making this truly the only writing guide you'll ever need.

Giveaway: Ambasadora for Literary Stuffing

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Many Genres One Craft: Finalist for USA Best Books 2011 Awards

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I am very happy to announce that the writing guide I co-edited with Michael A. Arnzen, Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction, was an Award-Winning Finalist in the Business: Writing and Publishing category of The USA Best Books 2011 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News.

Many Genres, One Craft (Headline Books, Inc.) gathers the voices of today's top genre writers and writing instructors affiliated with Seton Hill University's acclaimed MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction.

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"Speaking from experience, I can tell you there isn't a muse and if there is, she's already dating someone else." If there isn't a muse, as you'll read in this invaluable book for writers, MANY GENRES ONE CRAFT is surely the next best thing. No matter what you want to learn--from choosing the point of view for a scene, from getting the most out of a critique group to fine-tuning your final draft, from approaching a literary agent to promoting your published book…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: John Edward Lawson

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John Edward Lawson
1. Which of your characters is your favorite?

2. Tell me about your travels.
Some years I do too much traveling around the country for publicity and feel a bit like Jack from Fight Club; you can go to every metropolitan area in the nation but end up just seeing airports and hotels. But I have been lucky enough to get in some recreational travel outside the USA. I think Costa Rica might be the most beautiful place on Earth. Going to the Monteverde cloud forests, standing at the top of the mountain where you can see the Pacific on your left and the Caribbean on your right…just awesome. Canada is for sure the most civil and friendly place around. Toronto is my favorite city, or at least it was when the exchange rate was better! England is great, too, and not just London. Hanging out with fog-obscured skater punks in the Roman structures of Bath is fun.


3. Coffee, tea, or milk?

4. What else can you do besides write?
I have heard it said that we should b…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Jack Wallen

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Jack Wallen

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
That's such a tough one...but I have to go with Shero. Why? Shero stands for everything that SHOULD be right in the world. Shero is a transgendered superhero that not only has to concern himself with fighting crime, he also has the court of public opinion to take on. The first book (the second one should be out in the first couple of months of 2012) allows the reader to see how the scorn of ignorance can be so painful and how a very brave and proud man can overcome. Shero tells a very good story and does it looking fabulously.


2. Tell me about your travels.
Can I talk about the travels in my head? They are much more exciting? The majority of my travels were done during my career as an actor. I never left North America but I've toured throughout the country and had a wonderful time. My single most favorite place I've lived was Boulder Colorado. It's magical.

I do long to travel to Australia and Ja…