New Publication: A Short Story

My short story, Wanakufa, is now available from eLectio publishing. Download it from their bookstore for .99!

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Here’s the blurb:

In the impoverished village of Kakamega, Kenya, seven missionaries from Colorado arrive to dig wells, pray, and share the culture of the indigenous Luhya tribe. Along for the ride is Julia, a senior in high school hoping to leave her own mark on the world through her service in Christ’s name. Little does she know, she will bring more to this trip than she will ever realize.

 

She is Wanakufa. Dying.

Cassandra by Starlight Blog Tour Stop!

About Cassandra By Starlight: 

Falling in love makes Cassie Wallace’s everyday and normal life much more complicated that she’d ever thought it could be.

Being an independent and somewhat unconventional woman, she?d never intended to fall head over heels for a handsome, charming and younger man, one who lived a life she?d only ever imagined before on the big screen.

But Bennett Saville, up and coming star of theatre and film and filthy rich to boot, was one such man. From the tips of his shiny Armani loafers to the auburn curls on his head, he turns Cassie’s world upside down. From their initial tragic meeting to the dangers that threaten them both as their relationship grows more intense, Cassie finds herself a willing participant in Bennett’s world. She learns about a life in show business and living with a man who is constantly on show to the world – not to mention having to face the fact that women throw themselves at him with regular abandon.

Cassie embraces the challenges as only she can, in her usual feisty fashion, lending humour and compassion to their developing relationship. And when violence and fear comes calling for them both, it takes the two of them to hold the dangers at bay and face the events together.

An Excerpt from Cassandra By Starlight

About the Author, Susan Mac Nichol:

Susan Mac Nicol was born in Leeds, UK, and left for South Africa when she was eight. She returned to the UK thirty years later and now lives in Essex. Her debut novel ‘Cassandra by Starlight’, the first in a trilogy, has recently been published by Boroughs Group Publishing in the US.


Sue has written since she was very young, and never thought she would see herself being a Romance writer, being a Horror/Psychological thriller reader all her life. But the Romance genre is now something very close to her heart and she intends continuing the trend.

 

 

 

Why You Should Care About Cassandra by Starlight:

The book deals with the issue of female on male rape as well as schizophrenia. It’s primarily a romance but does have a dose of suspense in it. There are two lead characters-Cassie who is deeply in love with Bennett, the other main character. Bennett is an actor and is stalked and raped by a fan. The author did extensive research and has been credited by a well-known male rape survivor/activist who has had to deal with a lot psychological effects and ridicule since the attack.

To view the author’s explanation about Female-on-Male rape and her inclusion of it in her debut novel, see her post about it here  on Evolved World. I personally welcome awareness of the fact that rape is a crime that can happen to anyone, and encourage fiction that pushes for more recognition of male victims alongside female victims. Having known both males and females who have been sexually harassed and/or raped by other females in my own life, I would love for all critique of rape culture to recognize the evil of every form of rape, be it gang, date, female-on-female, female-on-male, male-on-female, or ‘stereotypical’ stranger in the alley rape. I support the attempt by the author to bring this taboo subject some more light in a way that can truly resonate with the lives and intellects of her readers.

To enter the giveaway for a free copy of Cassandra by Starlight click here. You can even win entries for commenting on this blog post!

 

About Reviews

March is now over, and so is the book blog tour. I would like to extend a very huge ‘thank you!’ to all the blogs that participated- we had thirteen different stops, complete with guest posts, author interviews, and character interviews. As a new author with a new book coming out of a small press, I’ve got to say that I was absolutely humbled by the large amount of support shown by my hosts and their readerships, and I was very glad to have had this opportunity to get to know some of the bloggers better, and to be able to interact with a new audience in ways that I had never really dreamed of going in to this.

If you ever want to go back and look through the tour posts again, please feel free to look for the ‘March 2013 Book Blog Tour’ category in my posts, they will all be cataloged there.

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If you’ve visited my site lately, you’ll notice that I’ve changed the front page- I’m now displaying reviews! Currently, on Goodreads  the book has a five-star rating, along with two reviews from winners of my Giveaway from the beginning of the book tour. I’ve also got another review on Amazon and Barnes & Noble- bringing me to three unique reviews!

As a new author, even the smallest amount of reviews are exciting, because reviews tend to be important. I know that when  I am looking for a new book to read, the first thing that I do is ask around my group of friends and see if they have any recommendations. Reviews on sites like Goodreads, Amazon and Barnes & Noble act as a kind of internet word-of-mouth process by which books gain a better chance of being picked up because someone else has shown that the book is worth a read.

If you’ve gotten your copy of ‘Till the Last Petal Falls, I would urge you to please take a couple of moments to review it.( In fact, I would suggest that you do this for every book that you read, especially if they are by a newer author or some from a small press. )The most helpful way for you to do this would be to point out two specific things you liked about the book (characters, imagery, plot twists- without giving too much away!- or moments) and one place for improvement (language, typos, level of violence/swearing, or pieces of the work that were less strong than others). Even just three or four sentences touching on these things are better than nothing! You can add this reviews directly to the product pages on Amazon and Barnes & Noble as well,  or to Goodreads if you have an account, so it’s not too much of a hassle.  It’s the greatest way that you can really give back to a new author, and ensure that they will be able to continue on to create even more works for you to love! And hey, who knows- if I really like your review, you might find it on the homepage of my website!

Thank you for all of your support thus far- I am now twenty-four chapters in to the first draft of To Dwell in Dreams, and am excited to only have six more chapters left to go before the manuscript gets sent to my beta readers for some well-needed peer reviewing and initial editing!

Book Blog Tour: The Power of Stories

In one of the last stops of the tour, I take a moment on The Lindsay Show  to talk about the power of re-tellings specifically, which may give you a glimpse at how I finally decided on re-telling Beauty and the Beast as my first serious project.

Blog Tour Kick Off: It’s In the Details!

My, my- look how the time flies! Here we are in the last week of February- only two more days left of my Goodreads Giveaway and the first copies of ‘Till the Last Petal Falls are due in my hands by next week!

So why not kick off my Blog Tour right with a wonderful blog dedicated to the support and encouragement of new authors? At ‘It’s All In the Details’  blogger Michelle Hauck posts inspirational guest pieces about how and when other authors ‘got the call’ to publish. (Something she’s no stranger to, as her own YA epic fantasy is slated to be published here in the Spring!). Why not check out her blog and see where I got my ‘call’ to publishing?

Gender-Bending Fairytales: Sub Rosa by Mia Darien

Since ‘Till the Last Petal Falls is a sort of re-telling of one of my favorite fairy-tales, the Beauty & the Beast, I thought it might be nice to talk to other authors who had taken on this classic story. Here to tell us about her version, Sub Rosa, which features a male ‘Belle’ and a female ‘Beast’, is Mia Darien, author of more than seventeen titles in Sci-Fi, Romance, Mystery and Thrillers.

Elizabeth Rose: Tell us a little bit about the title of the book. What does it mean? 

Mia Darien: Roses are a prominent theme in both the original “Beauty & the Beast” and my own. The phrase ‘sub rosa’ is Latin for ‘under the rose,’ which has come to mean secrecy or confidentiality. (This is according to Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub_rosa.) As a beast under a magical spell in a castle hidden in the woods has something of a secret going on, and many a tie to the rose, it seemed appropriate for the title of the story.

 

ER: What made you decide to switch the genders of the main characters?

MD: I like mixing things up, and it hadn’t been done before. At least, I’ve yet to see it or find it, so I figured… Why not?

 

ER:Is there any special difficulty writing with an opposite-to-author gender character?

MD: There always is, to some degree, but I’ve been told that my female characters tend to be a little more masculine, so I guess not as hard for me as for some. *lol* I’ve always had a bit of the tomboy to me, so that helps when trying to write guys. And I always try to have some male beta readers to help make sure my guy sounds like a guy. I think if you write enough, you would really hinder yourself to only write characters of your own gender.

 

ER: Without giving the story away, what do you think is the main thing that really changes in the story when the roles are flipped? 

MD: The Beast, I think. In most of the versions, the Beast is more angry and aggressive. This is a typical male reaction. I tried to make my Beast different than that. I find she is sadder and a little more melancholy.

 

ER: Who was your favorite character to write? 

MD: I liked writing Beast, but through Beau’s eyes. I think it was more fun to do that than to try to write from her perspective. That’s the standard for a Beauty & the Beast tale anyways, but with the new genders, it felt like fun.

 

ER: There are many different versions of Beauty and the Beast, even just as the original tale, floating around. Which version would you say most inspired you to write your version?

MD: I grew up watching the Disney version, so that one probably did it. I don’t know that it actually “inspired” me so much as I just liked the story.

 

ER: What, in your opinion, is the hardest part about writing a re-telling?

MD: Trying to be true to the tale and still original in some way. For this one, I tried to stay closer to the original story than I plan to in the future of the series.

 

ER: It says that Sub Rosa is the first Turnabout Tale. Could you tell us more about the series? Where do you plan on going with it, do you have any more installments in the works? 

MD: My plan is to take all the fairy tales that strike my fancy and turn them on their ears, more so than I did with Sub Rosa. The story of Rapunzel is next, which will feature a Female/Female romance, and then Sleeping Beauty, with the same gender swap as Beauty & the Beast. But aside from their themes, they won’t be interlinked at all — characters will not cross over or carry through different stories. Each one will be independent, just linked by their mixing-it-up.

 

 

                      Mia Darien has lived in New England all of her life and knows that no matter where she goes from here, New England is always going to live in her. Presently, she still lives in the land of snow and fast talkers, with her husband, her son and her pets. She writes a bit of everything genre fiction (horror, romance, mystery, fantasy and science fiction) and thinks it sounds like an odd joke: a unicorn, a space monster, and a pair of zombie lovers walk into a murder investigation…

 

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