Writing Amidst Doubt

Like any writer, I face doubt. Not often, as I choose to focus on my work and what I'm doing and contributing to literature (not much lol), but as of late, the doubt has crept in and is, for the moment at least, here to stay.

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I Realize I Never Did A Cover-Reveal On My Own Blog

He captured all the nuances of each book beautifully, and his attention to detail to character is astounding. I'm extremely happy with them.

Just so no one's confused, however, I will say that these books follow a group of characters, as such there are scene dividers and threads of everyone's story as the series progresses.

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Bloodline Inheritance by Lindsey Sablowski: Cover Reveal

Dyanna Carpathia has been a runner her entire life. A handsome man offers her love and a new beginning, but the war could change everything. Now her dreams of leaving behind magic and living as a human seem unrealistic. The magical war demands strength and focus, but Dyanna is haunted by a dark secret. Who will save her from a potential downfall?

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Repost from S.C.Parris.com: Bloody Work

Bloody Work

February 10, 2015

When you're a writer, especially a writer who is vampire and fantasy-inclined like I am, you often find it...trying to sit down at your desk or couch or wherever your wandering inclination for tea takes you, and simply...write.

I had numerous occasions to write The Two Swords when I wasn't attending school, and did I write? Here and there, flittering aimlessly through the 'where are these characters taking me?' to the ever-present, 'oh damn I should just start this all over and make a story that makes sense!'

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Thankfully, none of these things truly won out and now with school, work, keeping house, reading acquisitions for Burning Willow Press, making Blood Talk videos, and thinking of my story when not writing (which is far too often I'm afraid), I've finally set aside the time to just write - and that is all - most - of what I plan to do today. Get the story at least half-way complete.

I'm writing this blog post because it is long overdue, and to remind myself that I have something to talk about, that I have something to share (because I often think I don't), and to keep my goals in-line with everything I've done so far.

It's not having a book out that makes one a writer, it's actually sitting down and taking the time to write.

After all, the book is the end product which makes you an author, the work itself, the time it took to write the thing, to always come back for more, is what will always make you a writer.

With Blood and Love,

P.S. What other amazing inspiration is there for writing ones book besides another mock cover?

Isn't it wonderful? Thanks, again! R. A. Moore!

Repost from S.C.Parris.com: So Excited! New Blog Posts Every Tuesday!

Quick little post:

 I'm happy to have this website up and running. I'm going to start writing blog posts here every Tuesday.

 Be sure to look out for them.

 Edit:

 I came home from a class tonight to a great surprise! Long time friend and something of a mentor to me,Ronald A. Moore, author of one of my favorite vampire novels, Nocturn, made a mock cover for The Dark World: Book 1:

 I teared up when I scrolled down my Tumblr dashboard, just in awe. At first I thought someone else had a book with the same title and then I saw my name and let out a half-laugh/shriek sound that ended with a snort.

 Beautiful way to end the day. Don't be scared to click the links above and check out Ronald's work - I'm still holding onto my physical copy 'till the day I can get him to sign it.

 And you can check out more fanmade things dealing with the series on my Tumblr Page as well. Who knows, you may be inspired to create something. ;)

With Blood and Love,

Cover Reveal: Thicker Than Blood by Lindsey Sablowski (EDITED)

THICKER THAN BLOOD is the third novel in the Magician's Series by Miss Sablowski. "Alaire Sencler is not the man he used to be. He left behind a foul and bloody past to be with the woman he loves, but the memories never allow him to forget what he did. While the White magicians rise an army, their leader hides his true reasons for going to war. Meanwhile the Dark magicians seek out a new haven, one that might keep them hidden long enough to prepare for the war that is raging on outside their doorstep. Though Alaire has a unique gift and the woman of his dreams by his side, he has yet to come to terms with Esmour's death and what the future holds for him. New faces and the revealing of the fifth Dark magicians offers hope, but only the strongest will survive in the final battle. Whoever said "blood runs thicker than water" never knew what it is like to be a part of the current."

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coverreveal2The Magicians Series is the series of YA novels centered around Dark and Light Magicians.

Teaser: (Note: This scene is told from Alaire’s POV and includes Alaire, Léal, and Rostland.) We followed the noises and passed by more trees until Léal was in our sight. He performed a spell which hit the tree in front of him. Rostland held me back and gestured he would advance first. Slowly stepping forward, Rostland said, “Léal, you need to stop before you hurt yourself.” He turned around and glared, but sweat covered his face and ran past his neck. Léal replied, “You knew her for one year; I knew her for five. She kept saying time and time again she was on my side, and I never once believed her until the end.” Rostland took another step forward, but Léal raised his hand. I considered moving closer to help if anything spun out of control, but I was confident in Rostland. “Do you plan to kill me again? Come now, you’re making a fool out of yourself,” Rostland said in a firm voice. Léal whispered a word and cast a spell, causing a ice shard to strike through Rostland’s chest. Every muscle in my body tensed, but Rostland quickly ripped the icicle out and threw it on the ground. The icicle broke apart into pieces, and the two men stared at each other.


 

Lindsey R. Sablowski, a good writing friend of mine, and has been hard at work on the third book in the Magicians Series. It centers around Alaire Senclar, unlike the first one, CURSED WITH POWER, that centers around a young woman, Celestria Hale and her fight with White Magicians - she is one of the last Dark Magicians.

All in all it's a riveting tale for YA audiences.

"Celestria Hale learns that she is one of the last living Dark magicians. Upon leaving her hometown, she searches for others like herself to find out what has happened to her kind. She meets Alaire, another Dark magician with a dangerously sinister past. Through their travels, Celestria and Alaire come face to face with their enemies. The White magicians plot against them, developing a conspiracy that will overtake the last of them. While struggling for survival, Celestria must also come to terms with her sister's death. But is her sister dead? There's no way out. The battle's already begun, and only the most powerful force will prevail. Everyone shows a longing hunger in their eyes, but their greed for power is only the beginning of a war raging between darkness and light. With the war approaching to determine the fate of magicians, Celestria fears for her and Alaire's existence. Destiny may find them, but will it be enough?"

The next book in the Magicians Series is SHADOWS AND EMBERS.

"It's 1569 in Transylvania; Léal Irvine has committed to a powerful man all for the sake of revenge. Handsome, young Irvine is a high-ranking magician working for Esmour's organization, Destin, which is composed of Dark magicians from around the local areas. However, one by one magicians vanish or die, and suddenly the world of magic is not as safe as it once was. One of the members and Léal's best friend, Nicia, betrays the organization before the downfall. Unfortunately no one realizes the act of treason might have saved her life. A year later Destin has fallen, and Léal sees the world through icy blue eyes. With only five Dark magicians alive his survival is constantly threatened, and he has no great leader or trusted allies to turn to. After infiltrating Belsgar and killing a member of the Magic Council, a war between darkness and light is no longer something anyone can walk away from. A new villain rises with a secret that could be deadly; meanwhile Nicia works to prove her loyalty to Léal while trying to revive their friendship. Sides will be chosen, relationships will be at stake, and in the end the balance of the magical world will depend on the outcome of the war. When you're walking on a thin line between revenge and forgiveness how do you choose the right path without stepping too far over the crack?"

I gotta say I'm feeling cover envy for the later two books in the series. Perhaps its because Lindsey sought out a cover designer instead of being assigned a cover designer like she was when she was published with Old Line Publishing. She has since self-published the next two books in the series. I currently own SHADOWS AND EMBERS on my Kindle, but I haven't gotten around to finishing it - I'm busy writing my own series - by all means it is an interesting tale of a world filled with Dark and Light Magicians - and the Light Magicians are the bad ones.

About the Author: 

Lindsey R. Sablowski is a fantasy author who lives in Maryland with her boyfriend and two cats. Lindsey has always adored reading and writing. Some of her favorite authors include John Greene, Phillipa Gregory, Michael J. Sullivan, Tamora Pierce, and Mary Stewart. Her two published books, Cursed With Power and Shadows and Embers, are part of the Magicians series, consisting of a total of five books. The third installment in the series, titled Thicker Than Blood, will be releasing in August 2014. To stay updated with her progress in upcoming books and to learn more about the Magicians series, you can follow her blog at: www.lrenees-fictionalwriter.blogspot.com

If magic and witches and a consummate tale of 'good and evil,' are your bag, be sure to pick up book one of The Magicians Series - or pick them all up! They're available for all formats, as far as I'm aware. Print and ebook.

The Magicians series: Cursed With Power (book 1) Shadows and Embers (book 2) Thicker Than Blood (book 3) Book 4 coming 2015

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I'm off to write my own tale filled with Vampires and other Dark Creatures.

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I'm off to write (on Chapter 4 of Book 3) - plan to hit Chapter 16 by the end of this year - ta ta and

Keep your bite!

-S.C. Parris