Wednesday, July 1, 2015

IWSG: We Have A T-Shirt!

Welcome to the Wednesday, July 1st meeting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Check out the IWSG website for weekly posts and resources HERE. To visit other participants, click HERE.

Our July 1st co-hosts are:

http://eclecticali.wordpress.com/ Allison Gammons

We have a new t-shirt! You can purchase it HERE.

Here it is July 1st and I'm pleased to say that my Galaxy Nomads: Chronicles of the MacKenzie Clan book tour was a complete success. To all those who participated I give a hearty thank you! Without friends and fellow bloggers our books wouldn't be seen by others.

Sometimes, in the middle of all the social media, I begin to feel overwhelmed and have a sinking feeling that makes me want to hide. But thanks to the support I've received I'm not afraid to get out there and put myself in the middle of things. I especially want to thank my sister, Retta Stephenson, at Art By Retta, who not only did my book cover but has given me pointers about using social media. The fear lessens when you begin seeing results. Thanks to everyone!

Monday, June 29, 2015

My Sister Tells About Me!

My sister, Retta Stephenson, at Art By Retta, has spilled the beans on me! She includes an old time photo of our younger days and tells what we were like. If you have siblings then you know it can't all be good. But my sister tells the nitty-gritty, both good and bad. Go HERE to read about it.

Retta is an accomplished artist who designed more than one of my book covers. She designed the cover for Medieval Muse, Destination Earth and Galaxy Nomads: Chronicles of the MacKenzie Clan. Actually, on Destination Earth, she re-worked my attempt at creating my own cover.

Retta has work on her website HERE that is fantastic! She uses color to paint a scene that inspires my writing. I love looking at her paintings and her mascot VEVIE, who is in many of her Virtual Paintout Tour pictures.

I was delighted to reminisce with my sister and remember times that were days gone by. It's important to re-visit those days as a writer so I can have a feel for different ages in my stories. Thank you, sis, for bringing back the old days!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Dragon Tempest Available For Pre-Order









The Dragon Tempest is here for pre-order!

This is the anthology that has my short story Damian of the Gods included in its pages. I won third place in a writing contest at Dragon Knight Chronicles.

Available July 9th!


Synopsis:
The Dragon Tempest offers a collection of short stories in a variety of fantasy genres, including dark, light, adventure, and epic. Creatures from all worlds abound: dragons, angels, centaurs, witches, gods and goddesses, and those lurking below the water’s surface. Whether you’re moved by tales of battle and bloodshed, suspense, humor, or enlightenment, The Dragon Tempest will leave you craving more from each author. Such a diversity of great fantasy tales to enjoy will leave no room for disappointment.

Pre-order:

Amazon

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Making of a Book Cover

I'm excited to announce that my sister, Retta Stephenson, at Art By Retta is showing how she made the book cover to Galaxy Nomads: Chronicles of the MacKenzie Clan on Friday June 26th. You can discover this fascinating process by going to her blog. CLICK HERE.





Retta is an accomplished artist who has pictures at Fine Art America. She spends hours making her pictures by hand, instead of digitally, as is the current fashion. Her balance of colors is wonderful and I'm amazed at how she chooses her subjects. Retta has her collection posted HERE, which is her website.



I am encouraged by her spirit and enthusiasm when she decides to do a project. One person once described it as a bulldog. She bites down and doesn't let go. Her work is phenomenal and inspires me in my writing. There is a quote on her website that is one of my favorite:

"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." ~~ C.S. Lewis

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Galaxy Nomads Tour Continues!




Galaxy Nomads: Chronicles of the MacKenzie Clan is visiting Yolanda Renee's website DEFENDING THE PEN. I'll be there Wednesday June 24th. Read an interesting interview that touches on parts of my life that I haven't shared before. To go there, CLICK HERE.

Coming up Friday: A look a how my book cover was made at Art By Retta. Follow the fascinating process of how a cover is designed and created. Amazing!




Galaxy Nomads
Chronicles of the MacKenzie Clan

The MacKenzie clan is forced to flee from the devastating destruction of a supernova and is challenged to a ruthless game of survival. When all seems hopeless, a new generation arises to battle their worst enemy in a unique battle of wits. Will the MacKenzies survive betrayal, pirates and wormholes to the outer quadrants? Here they find a new race of people on the Patchouli planet where the female is Alpha. They learn wisdom from the mystics and seers on their jaunt through the universe and from across the galaxy two brothers are reconciled to each other. They experience love and hate in the Merridian sector when a prince is abducted and must be rescued before a cruel cousin steals the throne. An epic read that will send you spiraling at warp speed through all the MacKenzie generations.

Available at:


Friday, June 19, 2015

Galaxy Nomads: On Tour











I'm pleased to announce that the Official Launch of Galaxy Nomads: Chronicles of the MacKenzie Clan was a complete success!

I was thrilled to receive a 5 star review which detailed many of the salient points in the book. Sorry, no spoilers! You can see more about that at Retta Stephenson's blog Art By Retta.

In the near future I'll be visiting Yolanda Renee's blog, Defending The Pen, with an interview about me. I chose questions that will answer things about me you've never heard before, so be sure to watch for the date. I'll be announcing it soon!

I also want to thank Mpax for the shout-out on her blog. Her book Precipice is on tour right now. You can find it on her website HERE.

This time has been a whirlwind for me, but in the middle of it I've been able to work on the outline for the sequel, Gemini: Chronicles of the MacKenzie Clan. It's the story of the next generation of MacKenzies, two seventeen year old twins who find themselves in a lot of mischief. You'll be hearing more about this book as it progresses.

I'd like to give a big thank you to all those who have supported me and left comments to encourage me during this launch. I appreciate the encouragement and congratulations! It means a lot to an aspiring author to know she's not just chasing windmills. Thank you very much!



Galaxy Nomads
Chronicles of the MacKenzie Clan

The MacKenzie clan is forced to flee from the devastating destruction of a supernova and is challenged to a ruthless game of survival. When all seems hopeless, a new generation arises to battle their worst enemy in a unique battle of wits. Will the MacKenzies survive betrayal, pirates and wormholes to the outer quadrants? Here they find a new race of people on the Patchouli planet where the female is Alpha. They learn wisdom from the mystics and seers on their jaunt through the universe and from across the galaxy two brothers are reconciled to each other. They experience love and hate in the Merridian sector when a prince is abducted and must be rescued before a cruel cousin steals the throne. An epic read that will send you spiraling at warp speed through all the MacKenzie generations.

Available now!


Smashwords

Do you need to download the Kindle App to read my e-book? You can get it HERE

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Official Launch of Galaxy Nomads: Chronicles of the MacKenzie Clan









Today is the official launch of Galaxy Nomads: Chronicles of the MacKenzie Clan!

Join me at MPax's blog for an interview with Ryder MacKenzie that shares his unusual traits.

Cover Design by artist Retta Stephenson HERE.


Or you can get your copy of this ebook at Amazon or Smashwords today!





Galaxy Nomads
Chronicles of the MacKenzie Clan

The MacKenzie clan is forced to flee from the devastating destruction of a supernova and is challenged to a ruthless game of survival. When all seems hopeless, a new generation arises to battle their worst enemy in a unique battle of wits. Will the MacKenzies survive betrayal, pirates and wormholes to the outer quadrants? Here they find a new race of people on the Patchouli planet where the female is Alpha. They learn wisdom from the mystics and seers on their jaunt through the universe and from across the galaxy two brothers are reconciled to each other. They experience love and hate in the Merridian sector when a prince is abducted and must be rescued before a cruel cousin steals the throne. An epic read that will send you spiraling at warp speed through all the MacKenzie generations.

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Genre: Science Fiction/Adventure

Word Count: 95,410

Cover Art: Retta Stephenson