New Release: The Dubious Heir – Fantasy Romance

The Dubious Heir is releasing early on Amazon Kindle! November 5th, but you can pre-order this ebook now.

Excerpt:

The waitress clapped her hands together, delighted to have the best patrons of the night. “Leg of lamb, goat cheese, boar’s head, and plum pudding bread will be right out. Do you want your regular along with that? The jug of mead?”

“Aye, lassie, a large jug of mead will be good, and a romp with you later.” The Captain reached out and smacked his hand gently against the goblins rump and gave it a provocative rub. She let out a quick giggle and hurried away into the kitchen to gather the fixings for her patrons.

“How can you carry on with a goblin?” Hurley asked as soon as the waitress was out of earshot.

“Easy,” replied Tyler, a deck hand, “put a sack over her head and turn out the light.”

The table sounded with hand slaps on wood and bold laughter.

“Aye, what makes you so sure it will be that goblin I will be taking up with later?”

“Well.” Hurley mimicked the captain’s hand movement on the goblin’s arse in the empty air beside him. “What else am I to think?”

The crew laughed again.

“Go ahead and laugh. You see that one over there?” The captain pointed to a young maiden elf tending another table across the room. She did not look happy with her patrons, a group of king’s men. “She will be my mark for tonight.”

“That we’ll have to see.” A voice announced directly behind the captain.

Heads turned, the room went silent.

“Duke Ellington, what a lovely surprise. What brings you in this neck of the woods?” Hurley asked pleasantly.

“Why, it’s your captain.”

“Oh? What is it that you need of our Captain?” Hurley asked.

Duke Ellington opened up the scroll and read: “Captain Pellesi, you are hereby ordered under arrest by the King of Luxonbulm for piracy. Guards seize him.”

Checking on The Dubious Heir’s First Draft

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Halloween and NaNoWri Mo is right around the corner, along with the first draft of The Dubious Heir.

Fall tends to be my most productive time of the year. I don’t know why, but many times the words just seem to fall into place. I’m not sure how many edits this book will be subject to. So far, my December release deadline still sets.

I’m getting pretty excited too. Not just about the release date, but also by how this story is coming together. I was having a little bit of trouble with it in the beginning, but after I had let the story stew for a little while, I had my ah-ha moments. I love the ah-ha moments when the story line seems to fall flat and then I suddenly think up a curve ball for the characters.

I keep trying to think Game of Thrones while writing this. Not to copy the story line, just to remind myself that when writing fiction, anything can go. And the old adage – everyone wants something. That includes bad guys and good guys. My goal is to see if I can help everyone achieve or gain that which they want – or get what they deserve.

Karma =

Killing

Annoying

Rulers

Maliciously

At-will

 

I’m not sure if that was what George Martin was doing while he was writing his series, but it seems to have worked for me.

So for now on, if the character is annoying, then consider them to have a big target on their back saying kill me…

Speaking of Pirates

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I know there are a lot of writers out there that hate seeing their books sitting on a Pirate website. They go nuts when they discover their book has been posted unknowingly for everyone to buy. It is funny to think that the site is going to sell that many copies of their eBook to make a significant dent in their overall book sales.

Granted it isn’t nice of the company to help themselves to your book but really? Do you really think they are going to sell the same amount of books as, say Amazon?

Nope – most likely not.

It is like how many of the self-publishers are expecting to sell oodles of book at their local bookstore and they go frantic trying to figure a way to get their book on the shelf. They hold book signings and bring their own copies of their books only to discover, no one shows up. Huh?

Self-publishing is not that easy. It is hard work. It takes even more work to make sure that book of yours is fully edited. It doesn’t matter how many times you pour yourself over that book. There is going to be an elusive typo or error that is going to sneak by each time. This is why you need to spend even more time editing your books.

Marketing – leave that for the pirates to do for you. It is called free advertisement. If your book is that good that the pirates feel they are going to make some money off of your books, then you should feel honored.

Did you know that music sales ranking is now, also being rated by pirated downloads of mp3 files?

That is how they are discovering who the most prominent music artist is out there at the current time.

Back two years ago, or more, I remember when, I think it was Pink or Madonna, who gave away one of their newly released cd’s on Amazon. Talk about popular. They crashed the site. It was down for hours. Now that is a marketing ploy for you. If you give it away, then the pirates will definitely not make any money off of you.

Cheers to marketing and keeping the pirates busy. May the edits always be in your favor J