Book Pipeline Review of Healer’s Touch

I know I’m kind of flogging an old, sick horse by now, but I still get excited about generally positive reviews of Healer’s Touch, so I hope you won’t mind if I share it. Also, maybe, just maybe, someone new might decide to pick it up because of this review.

Progress on Warrior’s Touch is currently out of  my hands, and I can’t, as yet, give you any further details about when it will come out, but do have faith that it is working its way through the system and will hit the market… sometime, probably in the next year, or two.

Progress on Magician’s Touch is… slow. I’m doing my best. But, two young children, and a severe shortage of both time and money means that writing time is extremely limited. And then there are the things I’m learning about my muse (it doesn’t like hormonal birth control)… It is getting written, but it’s glacial speed at the moment, with a high likelihood of needing major re-writes…

Anyway, I’m here to share this review.

TL;DR: I can write good (:oP), and I had some original ideas here, but it’s a little bit too similar to other fantasy stories.

In other words, if you love fantasy and want more of the same, but different, then Healer’s Touch might just be perfect for you! Or it might not be…

“So, what is Book Pipeline?” you ask.

Book Pipeline is a competition run by Script Pipeline where you can submit a book to see if it might get selected to be shopped around to movie executives, giving you the ever-so-slightly decent chance of seeing your book turned into a movie.

Book Pipeline Logo

HT failed. But in the process I got this pretty cool review that I’m allowed to share with you and so I shall. I’m going to bold the bits I like (o:

The Review:

The author very clearly knows their craft and also knows how to write up a compelling opening teaser that immediately captures the attention of the audience. The premise of this story is also fairly unique to the fantasy-genre in that it highlights our main protagonist (Llew) as one who is able to draw life from plants and people close by in order to heal herself and, in some extreme cases, bring herself back to life. However, overusing her ability can result in the accidental death of those around her. The nature of Llew’s gift is compelling for a main character and as mentioned, the writer certainly is skilled in staging a very vivid and engaging environment early on. Despite these qualities, the primary drawback for this narrative is the unfolding plot and the structure in which the story proceeds as it feels, at times, overly predictable in its execution and almost derivative of a large majority of fantasy-based stories that overuse the “hero’s journey” in their design. Still, the dark tones and gritty depiction of the fantasy world is very compelling and the nature of Llew’s ability has potential for some dire consequences as the story unfolds. It is possible that producers and studios might find a dark, unusual fantasy-adventure such as this appealing on some level and add weight to the narrative’s adaptation potential.
 
Your submission was also selected for the second round of judging, or top 100 appx., but fell short of semis during the second or third review.
Just like any number of other authors, I often fall back into feeling like I’m no good at this writing gig and what makes me think I can put a book out there and expect anyone, let alone many anyones, to waste their time and money on it. So, I’m going to be re-reading some of the lines in this review because keeping them in mind is going to help me forge ahead and complete Magician’s Touch.

Was the entry fee worth it?

In this case, I think so.
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Healer’s Touch in Audio

Hi all.

Book and Headphones, as in audio bookLong time no blogging. That would have a lot to do with having a baby and a 5-year-old, as well as moving house.

As always, I’m tired, so this will be brief.

What I would like to share is that I am currently listening to voice actor auditions for reading the Healer’s Touch audio book. There are a… few… to get through, so it may take some time. That’s not to say I’m not keen to hear some more. Auditions have been open for over a year, but audio books took a backseat for a while there. You see, not only am I raising children and doing other work to bring in a penny (actually, right now I’m fully off working a day job, but we won’t be able to maintain that for too much longer), but so is my publisher and many of my fellow authors. We do this because we love it. Don’t get me wrong, we all dream of our writing supporting itself, but we do it regardless.

That’s one of the exciting things about delving into audio. It opens up a greater audience and, yes, a greater potential income stream.

The other bonus is that an over-tired mum can listen to auditions. It’s way easier than editing. That being said, editing Warrior’s Touch is still my number 1 priority when the stars align. And even when they’re just, kind of, almost approaching alignment. It makes me feel as if I am achieving something when I otherwise might not.

Anyway, if you happen to come across this and happen to be a voice actor, feel free to put in an audition and I’ll see if I like it. It’s hard to put a deadline on it at this stage, but I would say it’s drawing close. Perhaps in a week or two I will have narrowed down the current choices significantly. So, if you want to get in there, get in quick.

And to all the voice actors who have already put in an audition: Don’t be offended if I don’t pick you. I’m having to put on my super brutal judgy pants to do this, otherwise I’d never pick. It’s amazing hearing all these beautiful voices. Some I love for how smooth they are. Some are quite sultry. Some are wonderful at taking on a different ‘voice’ for different characters (they do get my attention). All are appreciated for the time and interest you have taken in my debut novel. As always, I feel blessed.

Did somebody say Free?

Grimbold Books has gone cra-azy again, offering one of its titles for free… and this time it’s… it’s… MINE!

Giveaway BookYou read that right, HEALER’S TOUCH (digital editions) is once again FREE for a limited time (February).

Where can you get this FREE book from? All the usual places.

To be honest, I think the most helpful place to get it from is Amazon US (‘go the monopoly,’ she says with absolutely no enthusiasm whatsoever) because it would be awesome to get into the top 100 free books on there… maybe even the top 50… top 10? Maybe…

But you can also go to:

Otherwise… I guess I had better get back to whippin’ my muse into action on the next book.

On that, I feel the re-write is going well. Still question marks over my first chapter, but I have two options available to resolve that, so it’s well fixable. The rest… well, I’m getting more and more excited, which is a good thing after several months of “I can’t do this! I suck! Apparently I can write, but I just can’t do story! I suck! I suck! I suck!”

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If you enjoyed this post, you can vote for it over at Springfree Family Times and help me win a trampoline for my family!! (Just picture me jumping on a trampoline – glee – yeah… now you wanna help me win, eh?)

Blog Hop

What a fab way to finish the year: With a re-cap/where-I’m-at post as part of an Author Blog Hop. So, here goes.

A brief run-down of 2013 from me: My book, HEALER’S TOUCH, was released at the end of January by Kristell Ink (part of Grimbold Books). I think it’s done not too badly for a debut novel published by a small publisher. My understanding is that Kristell Ink are really taking off, so I feel privileged to have got in on the ground floor. It’s all up, up, up from here.

We hit a bit of a snag when we split from Holland House to become Grimbold authors, but that’s all done and dusted now, all smooth sailing (Gosh, look at the cliches! Just look at them!).

As far as the rest of life goes, my son turned 3 in September and finally moved on from his terrible twos soon after and is becoming quite a pleasure to have around (phew!). And work has just seemed to get busier and busier. I’m sure it’s all very positive, but we (my husband and I) are stressed a good deal of the time (we work at the same company). Not super great for our parenting and my writing, but we’re managing. There are positive moves being made at work that may lead to reduced stress… or more, who knows?

Anyway, back to the Blog Hop. I was tagged by Elaine White. You can also see what she’s up to on her Facebook Page, Twitter and Goodreads profile.

Here’s how a blog hop works. Elaine tagged me, so I answer the four blog hop questions in my blog, which I will link to Elaine’s answers to the same questions on her blog. Then I will reach out to five random authors to continue the hop!

Read on to find my answers to the blog hop questions.

What are you writing?

I am currently (still) working on

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Awkwardness… – #8Sunday

So here I am again, sharing eight lines of WIP for the Weekend Writing Warriors’ #8Sunday.

“Welcome” to new readers, and “Thanks for coming back” to returners.

Sorry to those who were looking for a little more explanation to last week’s entry. I’m going to have to remain tight-lipped on that one… too much spoilery information for HEALER’S TOUCH… But I love this bit, so I hope you will, too…

To set the scene for this one: Jonas and Llew have just attended a funeral for someone dear to them and have headed out for a walk to reflect. Jonas complimented Llew on her speech… and Llew brushes him off like so:

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Llew reached the fence and turned to look Jonas up and down.

“I didn’t say anything.”

“Well then, what you didn’t say, it was real nice.” He

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Round, round, get around, I get around…

I think I’m getting better at this interview thing

On another note… I was struggling with making progress on WARRIOR’S TOUCH over the past couple of weeks. Then last night, I had a thought about a scene that was OK, but just wasn’t quite doing it for me… Write it from another POV! At the moment, the scene is in Llew’s POV, but I’m going to have a go at Jonas’ later today. As soon as I had that thought, a whole lot of new dialogue came flooding in, and even a whole new scene! I had thought I’d keep WT in Llew’s POV, even though the story is more about Jonas’ issues because, as a reader, I get quite attached to reading through a particular character’s eyes. But I think it’s going to go a little closer to 50/50. There are a couple of Braph POV scenes again, too. And a new POV…

Oh, and I crossed the 60,000 word mark last night. Yeah, na, I’m not 50% through the story…

Book Spotlight: Darkspire Reaches by C.N. Lesley

I know that if you hang out around my blog you probably like reading, or maybe music… hopefully both. In the spirit of encouraging the former, I’m going to shine my spotlight on fellow Kristell Ink author, C. N. Lesley’s recently released title Darkspire Reaches.

Here’s the good stuff:

Darkspire Reaches coverHer birth mother left her as a sacrifice to the Wyvern, believing a second born twin had no soul.
Her foster mother thought Raven possessed the magic of the First born. She believed she raised a slave.
The emperor of all the lands believed she knew the secret of his birth and that he must silence her.
Her tribe thought they could trade her for safe passage out of the emperor’s lands.


The Wyvern knows better. He is coming for her. His fury has no limits.

Raven always knew nobody wanted her: Her own mother abandoned her as baby for a wyvern sacrifice. Saved by a local witch to a hard life of labor, Raven always fears a wyvern would hunt her. And when one does he takes her to the mountain aerie of Darkspire Reaches, where she encounters the mighty Drakken lord. Apart from being handsome and powerful, Connor is the most arrogant, self-centered, difficult man Raven has ever encountered. Instant power battles ensue leading to a sparkling love/hate relationship.

A few buy links:

Amazon Kindle (US)
Amazon Paperback (UK)
Smashwords

Of course, don’t forget to look out for it from your favourite vendor!

About the author:

Elizabeth Hull, writing under the by line of C.N.Lesley, lives in Alberta with her husband and cats. Her three daughters live close by. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth likes to read and to paint watercolors. She is also a keen gardener, despite the very short summers and now has a mature shade garden. Once a worker in the communications sector, mostly concentrating on local news and events, she now writes full time.

Trivia.

The by line comes about because there is a very nice lady fantasy writer already published who uses Elizabeth’s legal name.

All Elizabeth’s cats are rescue adoptions. Her current boy was days away from being euthanized, as he was deemed too sick to adopt. The cat recovered within hours of being brought home.

She was senior managing editor of FlashMe Magazine and now is assistant flash fiction editor for Abyss and Apex.  http://www.abyssapexzine.com/

Elizabeth can be found here: http://cnlesley.wordpress.com/

Book Review: “Siren Snow” by Victoria Barrow

Siren Snow Cover
Available in print & digital

Title: Siren Snow

Author: Victoria Barrow

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Description:

I’m borrowing the blurb from Amazon, because it also gives you a taste of the author’s voice:

“Winter is not exactly the ‘season of the witch.’ It’s cold in Washington: everything is covered in snow; EVERYTHING. But it doesn’t bother Lucilla Sinclair, the Witch-Warden for Washington state. She’s perfectly happy performing minor enchantments at her little arcane shop in Redhaven, an old fishing town turned tourist attraction. She has Mishal, her tall, dark-skinned elemental guardian to keep her warm; and Irwin, her raven familiar to pass the time. Magickal mischief in the cold, quiet state is slow for the most part, but when a freak winter storm lands a half-transformed Siren on her front porch, Lucy’s life becomes increasingly strange. Her dreams are suddenly assaulted with visions of a beautiful demon man, and her waking hours are spent warding off a cadre of mysterious shadow creatures. With the life of the Siren in her hands, Lucy must trek through the snows of Canada in a race against time. Her mission: to find the one person with enough knowledge of forbidden black magick to fix the broken Siren Melusine before her seven days on land are up. This is gonna be a rough week.”

Plot: As described in the blurb, this story is about a Witch. And not just a Witch. A Witch-Warden – someone tasked with protecting us lowly humans from the things that go bump in the night… and day… all the time, really. They’re busy people. I liked this idea of a Witch whose job it was to protect us all. She wasn’t the only one. Each US State has its own Warden… and I presume other places around the world do, too…

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Mood Killer – #8Sunday

So here I am again, sharing eight lines of WIP for the Weekend Writing Warriors’ #8Sunday.

This week, I’m actually carrying directly on from last week’s entry… If you recall, Jonas and Llew were getting a little bit cosy, and Jonas had just told Llew that should anything happen to her, he would heal her (which would result in him being drained) and she would be so grateful she’d make love to him immediately… He continues…

“I’m afraid I would be at your mercy, weak as I’d be. But I’ll forgive you.”

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Yummy – #8Sunday

So here I am again, sharing eight lines of WIP for the Weekend Writing Warriors’ #8Sunday.

As always, trying not to be too spoilery…

Here’s a little by-line that should give you a clue about what’s going on here…  Llew has a gift. Her body heals itself from any injury – but at a cost to anyone she touches.

“I mean, what would you do if something happened to me right here, right now?”

“First of all,” he said, pausing to

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