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

Playlists

I've seen the number of writers who admit to having a writing playlist or a special playlist to help with their scenes, characters, writing out emotions, or even dialogue. And as of late, to me anyway, it's become this...thing. As though creating a playlist just to write or having one is absolutely beneficial to writing. And I know for some people it is, but when I get asked if I use a playlist to write and my response is in the negative, I get questions, like, "Why? Do you just write with no music?" As though music is some grand thing I find disgusting to my tastes. But it's not like that at all, for me. I just simply don't designate a set of songs when writing any work, The Dark World or no. I do, on occasion, listen to music while writing, but quite often my songs are on shuffle and the songs never (rarely) match up with the emotional intensity of the scene or what have you, and I find I write pretty damn good scenes for the context of the story (whatever it is) without that music to "put me in the mood" as it seems to do for so many people.

I guess I used to be like that. Needing something external to evoke a reaction out of me, more often in the emotional range, but with writing, as I began to do it seriously (and more frequently), I realized writing was not some sacred act that required I wait, sometimes for months at a time, before the "muse" visited me in my sleep or at the most inopportune time to write. I found I could sit here and dish out whole chapters, letting this "muse" work through my words, even if I didn't feel it at first. That's when I knew writing was a job, just like anything else, it had to be worked for, especially if one planned to make a career out of it.

Time must be made  to write, and sometimes, yes, laziness does have to take a back seat. If your characters are not moving in a direction you want them to go, find a new direction. It is truly just that simple. Playlists, by all means, can help this, I'm not saying they can't, but to have to have one in order to write is when I start ringing my absurdity bell.

If you truly wanted to write, be a writer, whatever you want to call it, you'd be doing it. And you'd eventually force yourself to do away with the "muse" or the "need" to have a playlist and you'd just - do.

That said, I'm just about wrapping up The Immortal's Guide, and even with nature's set backs, I've stuck to my outline (that's another post in itself), and have fully accomplished every thing I set out to do with this novel (and most of that was writing two whole chapters a day/night, what have you).

So, no I don't need a playlist to write, I find I can carry a scene if the characters are actually speaking to each other, and wholly invested in what they are undergoing at the moment. For me, it's all about actuality. "Why is this person upset?" And just how long will they stay that way if this other person says something to further upset them?

I try not to force anything in my writing. That is quite obvious, I believe, when things are forced, if they don't tie in with the nature of the story.

That said, playlists aren't for me - I prefer to play things by ear, as I've had to with Hurricane Sandy. (Why are they calling it a SuperStorm?)

The Immortal's Guide releases November 30th, of this year. And there's a giveaway for one free pre-release copy.

Keep your bite.

-S.C. Parris

Expanding Outlets and Individual Facebook Pages

So I'm on Goodreads (finally),

I've updated my Amazon Author Central Page,

and I've added separate Facebook pages for The Dark World,

Judgment,

and soon to be The Rather Depressing Tales of Patricia L. Bordeaux, and The Immortal's Guide.

I'm expanding and making former maybe ideas into something much more concrete! If you're on Goodreads, add me as a friend and maybe send me a message? I love to talk to fellow writers and people in general!

Keep your bite you lovely Creatures!

-S.C. Parris

Update.

The Immortal's Guide is coming along well and as the deadline fast approaches, I'm inclined to step back and reflect on my journey writing The Dark World, how far I've come, and where The Immortal's Guide takes my characters, and the apparent (and not so apparent) themes that have undoubtedly sprouted up in the time of writing both books. I'll be frank, I had no clear direction or outline while writing The Dark World, and to be honest I thought I'd never create one, but for The Immortal's Guide, an outline of some sort had to be kept in mind. Themes became more apparent as the story went on, and characters, their ties became much more apparent as everything developed.

Still writing, I find myself quite busy with college and work as I mentioned in my previous post, but my love for the art has not waned in the least. I'm still writing, I'm still working, and I'm still moving to turn out the best work (to date) that I ever have.

I desire nothing less.

Keep your bite.

S.C./Sheron Parris

The Dark World: A Delacroix Novel

Hershey Park / Book Covers / Book Sales

Taken with my iPhone at Hershey Park's Zoo yesterday. Had no idea Eagles were so incredibly large! Their wing spans can reach up to 7 feet across! Needless to say my mind was blown. Moving on, I'm back in New York, and I returned home to some amazing news. Another happy customer, tagged me in a Facebook post, showing me they received their copy of my book at last.

Quite quite lovely. I was in the car when I signed onto Facebook on my phone and saw the post. Gave me a nice jolt of pleasant surprise (I often forget I wrote a book at all).

Just really nice to see that others are supporting me and believe in my work.

As of today I've gotten another person greatly interested in my work and she begged for the link to the book, which another friend of mine happily obliged to give her. It's amazing what following your dreams can do. Read more about my latest happenings, including updates to my website, and an artist agreeing to create the cover for a new novel: The Tales of Sinner Sharpe

So a friend of mine has agreed to create the cover for The Tales of Sinner Sharpe. We're discussing the idea of the novel and many other things as we speak. Creativity is indeed at an all-time high. I suppose high-speed roller-coasters were exactly what I needed to get myself back on track. ;)

As for my website, I've updated it a bit more, including fan pictures on the front page of those who have brought my book (though it just those who've taken pictures of themselves with my book; there are many more who have not), and an updated to the forums and my author page where I also showcase my books. I've also included a Links page where I post my other websites and the websites of other authors or artists that I enjoy.

Keep your bite, authors. We're in this together.

-S.C./Sheron Parris

Deleting Work

I have a love/hate relationship with the infamous "delete everything, abort mission" stance we writers sometimes take in our work. When I was writing the first draft of my first book, I deleted almost everything I wrote (and lost whole chapters by accident, oops!), daily. But I made sure what came after said (mass) deletion was even greater than what was just there.We're not perfect, oh no, we're not. If we were our characters would all be billionaires with no problems and so would we! Conflict, strife...imperfection, perceived or otherwise is ultimately what makes us what we are, writers first, human beings second. If you're like me, you live to write, to create, to give metaphorical birth. All the human trappings of the world, are a clear and distracting second. They teach one how to write with spunk and anguish, oh yes, but they are mere distractions to the act of writing themselves. That is why I think it necessary to backspace, to delete, to erase. For as much as we create, we can surely destroy, no?