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My Thoughts on Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

My Thoughts on Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

 

A long time ago, I watched a couple movies set on the Disc World, “Color of Magic” about a tourist, who sells insurance back home, and “Hogsfather” about a holiday very similar to our Christmas in most respects.

Ever since then, “Color of Magic” has been on my reading list, and recently it finally reached the top.

 

I was not disappointed.

 

In fact, pending on what I think of some of the other books set on Disc World, Death may become a new favorite character of mine.

 

But enough about that, concerning Color of Magic.  The story follows the adventures of a tourist, who is viewing the world away from home for the first time with his eyes wide open, and enjoying the adventure without ever really realizing how much danger he stumbled into.

It was a delightful story with multiple twists and turns, and many close encounters with Death himself.

 

I enjoyed it a great deal, and look forward to the next book set in Disc World that reaches the top of my reading list.

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JQM Thoughts on Newsletters

The Burning Embers Theme for October is Newsletters, and I was preparing my post for that blog, I thought I would share my thoughts with you as well.

To start off with, I don’t much about newsletters (NL). I have a NL that I send out monthly, but I am no expert on the subject.  But all the same, here are my thoughts.

Why I send out Monthly:

There are authors who send out newsletters monthly, weekly, bi-weekly, or whenever they feel like it. I chose for consistency sake to send mine out monthly. A monthly newsletter is not too difficult for me to create, and is easy for me to remember to schedule. As a reader, I think weekly or bi-weekly newsletters are too frequent, and anything less than monthly is too inconsistent.

What Email Service I use:

I chose MailChimp. It is not the easiest service for me to navigate, but let’s be honest, there is not an email service that would be easy for me to navigate, and a few friends recommended that I use MailChimp’s free service, so there you have it.

What Type of Content I Share:

It is very important to remember that as an author you have a brand, and you need to share only books and content that fit within your brand. I write YA, Children, and Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction that is clean in content, so I choose to only share books and join group promotions that fit within my genre and audience.

I also choose to share at least one personal tidbit about myself. It is usually something that has to do with whatever I am working on, either personally or in my literature, at the time that I am writing the newsletter. For instance, I am fan of the University of Florida Gators Football & Basketball teams, so when they are doing well, or when they are not doing not so well, I either share my frustrations or excitement with my NL subscribers.

What are NL Swaps, and Where to Find Them:

A Newsletter Swap is where Alicia Scarborough and I agree to share one another’s books with our newsletter subscribers. So I will post something about Potion of the Hound, Mystical Mishaps Book 1 on my NL, and she will in turn post something about The United, The Realm of the Light Book 1 on her NL.

There are a few places to find NL swaps, Facebook, MeWe, Prolific Works, etc, but the place most user friendly for me to coordinate all my NL swaps and Group Promos are in Story Origin. If you don’t use Story Origin to coordinate NL swaps, Street Teams, Group Promotions, Audiobook reviews, and the like, I highly recommend it.

I use not 1 but 2 reader magnets to draw people to join my Newsletter.

First, is Jackalopes: The Real Story, a fun short story about two couples camping in the wilderness and encountering Jackalopes and other mythological creatures.

Second is Viscount of Sternboard, A Realm of the Light Novella.

Cyrus McCreed returns home from serving his country abroad to discover that life is not as simple as he hoped. Viscount of Sternboard is a Historical Fiction novella, the Titanic Story on the Realm of the Light.

To show they are free gifts to NL subs, I have this image I use:

If you are interested in joining my NL, follow THIS LINK.

If you have any further questions about Newsletters, you can either post your question in the comments, or shoot me an email at jqm.serv@gmail.com. I am not promising I have the answers, but I may be able to connect you with someone who does have the answers that i lack.

Have a great day!

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Deston J. Munden

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Deston J. Munden

 

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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

Hello! My name is Deston J. Munden, author of the Dusk Orbit Blues and Dargath Chronicles series. I’m an African American fantasy and science fiction author from the Outer Banks of North Carolina with a major in Game Art Design and Graphic Design. My hobbies include competitive and role-playing video games, dungeons and dragons, reading, sketching, fashion, and cooking. I’m also a bit of an old samurai film dork who enjoys collecting samurai memorabilia. I also might be an orc.

 

 

 

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

I’ve always been inspired to write both science fiction and fantasy. Video games were the major influence. When I was young, the first game I ever beat on my own was Final Fantasy 6. From there, I’ve just been in love with the idea of telling stories. From there, it has grown into tabletop games as well. Dungeons and Dragons has become a huge part of my life lately and I’ve been incorporating what I have learned there in my writing. Reading also has helped a bunch. When I was young, I wasn’t a huge reader. I was bad at it. That was until I realized that fantasy and science fiction was what I was into. Dragons, swords, magic, laser beams, space ships, that was the worlds that I wanted to visit. Turned out, it was the beginning of me developing my worlds.

 

 

 

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Joe Abercombie, Jonathan French, Nicholas Eames, Gareth L. Powell, Sean Grigsby, Deck Matthew, James Jakin, Emmet Moss, Rob J. Hayes, Robert Jordan, and V.E Schwab.

 

 

 

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

Kings of the Wyld and Bloody Rose, Grey Bastards, Varkas Chronicles, The Shattered Kingdom Series, Wheel of Time series, Stormlight Archives, Children of Bone and Blood, First Law series, and Six of Crows duology. This is a small portion of my list.

 

 

 

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

Logen Ninefingers, Neville Longbottom, Nina Zenik, Mat Cauthon, Jackal, Vin Mistborn, Jack Bloodfist.

 

 

 

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

I hope that you enjoyed learning a little bit about me. If you’re a fan of high fantasy or space operas, please give me a go. My two books are available on Kindle Unlimited as well as ebook and paperback.

 

 

 

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

You can visit my website: www.djmunden.com or follow me on twitter at SrBuffaloKnight.

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Random Thought

So, today I don’t really know what to post, but I do have a random thought concerning my fantasy universe, the Rai Saga.

I personally do not believe that the existence of our souls ends after death. Nor do I believe that we all become shifters after we die (for those of you who are unfamiliar with the Rai Saga, after you die in the Dominion of Rai you are reborn as a Creature of Rai, an immortal being who can shift from calling form – animal form- to natural form – human form). However, I do believe that after we die, our souls continue to exist, and we have a purpose.

I tried to fictionalize that belief through my Clans of Rai.

Why am I thinking about this right now? Well, there are a few personal things happening in my life, and in the life of my family, that has guided me to think about my own personal mortality and the mortality of my loved ones.

I do not fear death, I embrace it as the next stage of existence. And while I do not know what exactly lies beyond the grave, I choose to believe that there is something, some purpose, for me to serve. And while I truly wish that I will have the ability to shift into a volkrog in the afterlife, I believe that such wishes are best left in the realm of literature.

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Notna by J.D. Cunegan

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Notna by J.D. Cunegan

 

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FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

Next to writing and reading, my big passion in life is auto racing.

 

 

 

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Contemporary fantasy, 16+

 

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WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

Jack Corbett, the main character, was the first original character I created when I was still in high school. Over the years, as my genre fiction tastes grew from simple superhero comic books to such stories as Spawn, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Tomb Raider, Notna grew accordingly. A high school friend, Anton Kromoff, collaborated with me on this story, offering suggestions on new characters, story ideas, and the like. As thanks, the book — and the mystical gem upon which it’s named — are named in honor of him (Notna is Anton backwards).

 

 

 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Archaeologist Dr. Jack Corbett is this generation’s Chosen One, the new host for the Gem of Notna as foretold by the prophecy in the Narazniyan Scrolls. Blessed with extraordinary powers, Jack now finds himself thrust in the middle of a centuries-old war between the Divine and the Underworld for the fate of the world. Seraphus, ruler of the Underworld, sees the gem as his way of turning the tide in the war. Jack must protect the gem and defeat Seraphus, with the help of a diverse cast of characters — including a young woman serving as a mystical conduit and a young warrior brought back after centuries of rest.

 

 

 

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

Amazon (Kindle and paperback), BN.com (Nook and paperback), Kobo, Apple iBooks https://books2read.com/b/478dlg

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My Thoughts on Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

My Thoughts on Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

 

I admit that I only read “Black Beauty” by Anna Sewell because it is one my daughters favorite books, and I thought it would be nice if I read it, and we could talk about it.

For everyone not familiar with the story, it is told from the point of view of horse, as he talks about his experiences in mid- to late-nineteenth century England.  He spent some time in the country as a riding horse, some time pulling carriages, some time in London as a cab horse, and eventually back on a country estate as a riding horse.

Some of his owners were kind and considerate to horses, some not so much.

Black Beauty was great story, well told, and fantastic character development.  But what I enjoyed the most from the whole experience was being able to sit down with my daughter and talk about one of her favorite books.

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Newest Published Titles

The update solo release of I Am Master Serv & A Family of Poets (a collection of poetry from my daughters & myself) make

12 & 13 of 20 published titles by Dec 2022!

I hope you have time to check them out, and drop a review on Amazon, Goodreads, Bookbub or wherever else you leave reviews!

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Maxina Storibrook

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Maxina Storibrook

 

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

Ever since she had been seven years old and living in the rural Tennessee countryside, Maxina Storibrook has been working toward her dream of becoming an author. Her parents believed in raising her inside of an environment encouraging constant learning and creativity, resulting in exceptional academic performance both inside a classroom and at home. Her father served in the military, and so she also grew up traveling the world while being homeschooled. When she obtained her high school diploma at just 16 years old, she already had 23 college credit hours to her name. However, this is only the beginning of Maxina’s countless accomplishments. Understanding how important a quality education is for her chosen career, Maxina attended college and graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English at only 19 years old. Still not satisfied, she enrolled in Full Sail University. Due to her academic achievements in the classroom, she received four Course Director Awards; each one is a distinct honor reserved only for a single student in that particular class who distinguishes themselves from their peers by demonstrating an in-depth understanding of the course material beyond the instructor’s expectations. At age 21, she graduated as the Valedictorian of her class with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing for the Entertainment Industry. Finally possessing the knowledge to tell her stories the way they were meant to be told, Maxina immediately began working on her debut sci-fi fantasy series called the Danarko Quartet. She published the first book in the series, Danarko, a year after graduating from Full Sail University in October 2016; she followed up Danarko with the second book in the series, Ecalain, only 11 months later in July 2017 with even more positive feedback from her fanbase. The third book in the series, Carni, is due out in Summer of 2018. Due to her extensive list of qualifications on top of her astounding ability to create exciting stories in such a short amount of time, Maxina decided it was time to give back to the writing community and created the beginning of the From Inkling to Ink series, a writer’s toolkit called Scratchpad. This workbook not only contains Maxina’s very own secret process for developing and writing her stories, but it also includes templates used and created by Maxina herself during her writing process. Maxina is currently making her living by selling her books and products while attending various conventions and events. She once again goes above and beyond to help aspiring writers by being a guest on various writing and story-related panels at the conventions she currently attends. With plans for multiple new novels in various genres already in the works, Maxina is just getting started! She is growing into a prominent inspirational figure for not only those who share her dream of being a writer, but also to those who dare to dream of making the impossible possible.

 

 

 

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

I enjoy sci-fi and fantasy the most, and I love telling new stories in the genres I love.

 

 

 

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Tamora Pierce, Reki Kawahara, Julie Kagawa, Lynn Flewelling

 

 

 

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

Sword Art Online Series, Song of the Lioness Quartet, Iron Fey Series, The Bone Doll’s Twin

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

Alanna from Tamora Pierce’s stories and Ash from The Iron Fey Series.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

I love character development and seeing the characters grow and learn from their mistakes. Choosing these favorite characters was hard for me because in these books I love, I actually love all of the characters. The authors go above and beyond to bring them to life and make them human.

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

Www.maxinastoribrook.com

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Danarko by Maxina Storibrook

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Danarko by Maxina Storibrook

 

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FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

I graduated valedictorian with a masters degree in Creative Writing for the Entertainment Industry at 21 years old.

 

 

 

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

YA Sci-Fi Fantasy

 

 

 

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

I came up with this book when I was seven years old; I had been watching a lot of Studio Ghibli. It grew up with me, though, morphing into an intricate story.

 

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Five years after her father’s death, Mara believed everything was going great. Her mother had a wonderful boyfriend, Bryce, and Mara was getting used to small-town life. Her world is turned upside-down when she comes home one day to find Bryce trying to kill them and an old family friend mysteriously appearing out of nowhere. Injured, Mara passes out only to wake up with a strange new power called Source, supposedly originating thousands of years ago from a biochemical called Voyana. She has to learn how to harness it before she hurts someone by accident. However, not everyone wants her to master her Source… Will she be able to control her Source in time to keep it from being used against herself and those she cares about?

 

 

 

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

Available In Kindle and Audible on Amazon, as well as signed copies for my website. Digital: https://www.amazon.com/Danarko-Book-One-Quartet-ebook/dp/B06W559SFQ

Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/Danarko-Book-One-Audiobook/B074PD85JC?qid=1587976544&sr=1-1

Signed Copies: Www.maxinastoribrook.com

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES JE ROWNEY

JQM Literary Chat Welcomes JE Rowney

 

Tell us about yourself:

I was one of those people who thought, “One day I will write a book”. I loved writing from when I was a child, but I never actually started to work on a novel until ten years ago. I started writing my first novel when I had a job that involved a lot of time commuting from Yorkshire to London by rail.

 

 

Tell us about your book:

My new novel, “I Can’t Sleep” is a psychological thriller that I describe as “Shutter Island on sleeping pills”. It’s the story of a young student called Becky, who is plagued by insomnia after being involved in a car accident that killed her brother. She is trying to get her life back on track, but instead, she seems to be losing her grip on reality.

 

 

What influenced you to write your current genre?

I have read a lot of books from this genre over the past year, and I love exploring the workings of the mind. I wanted to write a book that was exciting for me to write – then I knew that readers would find it equally as exciting!

 

 

Who are your favorite authors?

I read across a wide range of genres, but my favourite thriller author is Gillian Flynn. I loved “Dark Places”. I enjoy books where I can’t predict the ending until I get there.

 

 

What are your favorite books?

My favourite book is “The Secret History” by Donna Tartt. I first read it soon after it was published and I have reread it many times since. I love the characters and the story. I recently read “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara, and I loved that too. I don’t think it is a book that I want to reread often, as it is very emotionally challenging, but despite it being a very long book, I didn’t want it to end.

 

 

Who are your favorite literary characters?

One of my favourites is Patrick Bateman from “American Psycho”. There is so much about him that is terribly dull and banal, and yet he is also a fascinating character. Unreliable narrators are always interesting to me.

 

 

Is there anything you want to share with potential readers?

“I Can’t Sleep” is a dark and sometimes disturbing book, but there are also elements that you may be able to relate to. If you have ever suffered from sleep deprivation, you may understand how insomnia can affect your mind…and this book could definitely keep you awake at night.

 

 

Where can we go to learn more about you and your literary works?

I have a website at http://jerowney.com/ where readers can get updates on my work, and sign up to my mailing list. I am also on social media as jerowneywriter. Come and join me!