Co-Writing A #Book and Other #Pirate Tales – Amber Wake Style

amber-wake1Since I was a bit occupied with my day job, my family, editing, beta reader feedback changes, rewrites, more editing, more rewrites and then even more editing, as well as formatting for both Kindle and Paperback, then uploading, rechecking errors, fixing errors and re-uploading AMBER WAKE, I didn’t really have much time to build a blog tour. (Poor pitiful me, right? LOL)

Therefore, I give you a blog tour in a loot bag, right here on my own blog! This is my first installment.

Ready the guns lads!

First, in true pirate fashion, I’ve stolen a few of the same questions my co-author of Amber Wake answered, just for fun and to see how our answers differ.

What is your book about?

Amber Wake is about Gabriel Wallace; a young, honorable Captain in the Royal Navy in 1705 London. He’s thrust unwittingly into a delicate and ultimately dangerous situation when an Admiral’s young and lovely (as well as untamed) wife is caught carousing with a young, dashing lieutenant, who just happens to be the newest officer on Gabriel’s crew. As a result of the young Captain’s innocent involvement, he is implicated in the murder of the Admiral and court-marshaled. However, he isn’t about to take this, nor the more intimate retaliation against him lying down. He’s prepared for a fight he’s been waiting for and in a navy filled with sheep, he’s a lion about to roar.

Consumed with vengeful purpose, he goes on a rampage, hell bent on making the Admiral who plotted against him pay in every way possible for his downfall. With his loyal crew, his closest friend Miles Jacobs, and that naughty new lieutenant, Maddox Carbonale, he takes his navy ship, the Majesty’s Venture, on a wild ride into a focused and deliberate maelstrom of payback…the old fashioned way.

What made you start writing it? 

Quite simply, my co-author, Ronovan Hester, came to me with an idea for a back story on my character, Rasmus Bergman, who was one of the main characters from DEMONS & PEARLS. I was still writing JADED TIDES at the time and I really liked Ron’s ideas, even though at the time they were still pretty basic but they fit in well with answering the question as to how and why Rasmus got involved with piracy. I ended up working that back story into JADED TIDES when Rasmus finally pours his heart out to Ivory and confesses his past life. I was grateful he’d shared his ideas for AMBER WAKE with me since that was such a game changing chapter of JADED TIDES.

Ron sent me several drafts. I was very distracted at the time, as I was in the editing and publishing stages of JADED TIDES, as well as working on a prequel novella, IVORY DAWN, for DEMONS & PEARLS. I would read some and then along would come another version. However, once the idea had settled in of the basic story and I began the initial stages of working on it, I was beginning to “feel” the tale, which is something I have to do before I will invest my time in something…especially a story I didn’t create. The most important reason I did this was I loved the story. The other reason was because I knew how much Ron had invested in it and how badly he wanted to be published. Before I knew it, I was all the way in and the rest as they say, is historical fiction. 😉

Do you see a possibility of a sequel to your book? 

At some point I’d like to continue Rasmus’ story. He’s one of my favorite characters. Most of the apprehension I had of even writing this book with Ron was my attachment to Rasmus. Allowing someone else the privilege of taking one of your beloveds and using them to create a new story is terrifying. I know Rasmus better than anyone. I created him for goodness sake’s and Maddox Carbonale as well. These characters are a part of me. It’s a big line to cross but I knew Ron read my books and was very familiar with both of these characters. I also knew, even if in Ron’s final draft (the one I worked on and beat the crap out of) either of them didn’t feel right or I felt they were too different from the men I created, I’d have the freedom and right to make adjustments and keep them true to who they were in my other books. Gabriel, however, was evolving into Ramus so regardless of who I know Rasmus to be, in the beginning, he was different, as he should have been. It took a series of life altering events to bring Rasmus to the surface.

I must say I also love a few of the characters Ron brought into the story. Adam and Gimby to be specific. I’d also like to get to know William Asperson more. He seems like such a gentle and innocent soul who unfortunately didn’t come into the story until near the end. I’d really like to get to know him better and push his buttons a little. I’m very good at pushing buttons and flinging my characters into situations to see what happens! After all, real people have flaws and faults and are far from perfect. Perfect is boring. Part of my passion for writing is digging out those hidden demons and watching them fly around a bit.

(Now one of my own)

What’s it like to co-write a book? What was your formula?

Having never co-written anything with anyone, there was no formula. As I said above, Ron wrote the bones and guts, and I stitched on the muscle and flesh…kind of like building Frankenstein’s monster and believe me when I tell you, I am not the easiest person to work with. I don’t have much time to write. I have to schedule my writing time around a very and I do mean VERY busy life. I work a full time job. Including myself, there are seven people and a cat living under my roof. Those seven people include three little granddaughters, all under the age of six. I babysit them in the evenings while my daughter teaches dance classes. I cook. I clean. I do the laundry and most evenings I don’t even sit down until 10:00PM. If I’m working on a book and I open my laptop to work, I work. Yes, when I’m in between books, I Facebook, play around online and relax but when I’m in work mode, I’m a force to be reckoned with and I make no apologies for that. I can be very unsympathetic to excuses or nonsense but I am in no way a Diva. When you only have so many hours in a day…most stolen from a night’s sleep, getting down to business is top priority. Unfortunately, sometimes that can translate into other things.

The simple answer is co-writing a book is challenging to say the least unless you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. Fortunately Ron and I laid out the ground rules from day one. I loved the story but I would absolutely need to make changes. I would need to make revisions based on beta feedback. I would need to inject my voice in order to keep this book in line with my others and above all, since I was handling all of the nuts and bolts of the project, I would have the final say as to those changes. To some it may sound harsh but this is a business, not a hobby. Ron did an excellent job writing this book; the research, the story line and the characters were formed well and the drama was tight. I like to think of it this way: Ron brought the people to the dance floor and I played the music to make them dance. Together, we had one hell of party.

Mission accomplished I’d say for Captain Wallace – Bergman. Mission accomplished for Ronovan Hester and P.S. Bartlett as well.

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My #Interview With Fellow #Pirate Loving #Author Alonna Williams!

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Introduce yourself:

My name is Alonna Williams, I’m the author the Pirates of the Lost Cove series as well as The Last Borns series both to be released in 2016. 
What made you want to become an author?
I personally feel like being an author isn’t much of a choice. I have a huge imagination that needs to be set free!
What is your favorite thing about writing?
Creating worlds where good prevails and creating characters that can whisk you away from the dreads of our present reality. Also, it’s an amazing way to express any kinds of feelings
Did any books, movies or music etc inspire your writing?
I can’t really list the inspirations; music is usually the thing that gets me writing. Many different songs have been the reason behind my works 
What is your favorite book and why?
Probably Alice in Wonderland; I’ve always been a curious girl and so I really relate to Alice sometimes 
What are the scariest things about writing?
I think it’s really how people will react to it; I know that a lot of my characters have feelings related to mines and so I’m basically sharing my fears with the world
Any advice for aspiring authors?
Write what you love! And never write just for money.
Who is Trevor Henderson?
Trevor is a tricky work. He’s a spoiled teen with many unpleasant traits. My goal with Trevor is to make him grow into a more like able character as the series goes on. He’s different from most protagonist’s in a sense where he’s spoiled, unthankful, selfish, rude and many other bad things, but as you get to know him; you realize why he acts that way and what he’s really like 
Tell everyone where to find you and your books: 
Pirates of the Lost Cove books one and two will be available on the first of February on Amazon.com and many E-book platforms. I’m hoping to release The Last Borns in the Spring time. 
Find me on the Internet at:
Twitter: @alonna_williams
Instagram: alonnawilliams

C.S. Boyack’s Assistant and Spokes-Model, Lisa Burton, is on the #Blog With Me Today to Chat About Will O’ the Wisp

I am so thrilled this morning to have on my blog, a young lady who although the lead character in C. S. Boyack’s first novel, also serves as his personal assistant and the spokes-model for his blog, Entertaining Stories.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Lisa Burton.
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Hi, Peggy. Thanks for having me over today. I love getting out in the Fall.

It’s my pleasure, Lisa. I must say I’ve never chatted with a robot but you’re so, genuine.

I’m here to talk about Craig’s book, Will O’ the Wisp. This one is about a teenage girl named Patty Hall. She has a mild handicap that requires her to wear corrective leg braces. Her first day of high school goes just about like you might think.

Ooooo…tell me more!

She’s in love with all things related to space, and science fiction. One night, while stargazing, she and a friend spot something called a Will O’ the Wisp. Amazement turns into fear as it attacks a college student before their eyes.

Patty jumps to the wrong conclusion, and wastes a lot of valuable time trying to find a science fiction explanation. It turns out to be part of an ancient curse that’s been targeting the Hall family for generations. Patty is next on the list, and if she doesn’t figure it out soon, she’s on her way to the Hall family cemetery plot.

I love suspense and ancient curses!

Craig really put this poor girl through the ringer. I didn’t think she could hold up, but she’s a main character worthy of the title. It isn’t bad enough dealing with the curse, she has normal issues too. She watches her friends start dating from the sidelines. She has to deal with an overbearing mother, but finds an ally in her stepfather.

The whole story is set in the mid 1970s. Craig said he did this to avoid easy access to information. No cell phones and no internet equals more tension waiting for clues. If nothing else, I had a great time doing all the research into the era. Did you know there was a time when nobody had microwave ovens?

I’m sure there was but I’m too young to remember those days. <Winks and blushes and watches Lisa roll her eyes>

There is a review out there that says, Will O’ the wisp is like The Wonder Years meets The Exorcist. Craig took great glee in that remark.

I brought you a piece of art we’re using to promote the book. It’s me sitting at Patty Hall’s roll-top desk and staring at the Will O’ the Wisp.

I love art and this cover is so mysterious and spooky!

Thank you so much, Lisa, for bringing Will O’ the Wisp to my blog today. I love hosting other authors. I truly appreciate you coming on behalf of Craig. It’s been lovely speaking to you! Please give Craig all my best for much success! By the way, I love your outfit!

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Time to Begin Plotting a New #Blog Tour for Jaded Tides. Would You Help Me Out and Be a #Host?

My fourth book in the Razor’s Adventures Pirate Tales series will be launched next month! 

I know it’s kind of hard to believe I’m doing this again but I can’t seem to get off this ship of dreams so I’m asking for your support and invite you to come aboard for this voyage!

If anyone would be interested in being a blog host, do a book review or an interview, I’d greatly appreciate it! As always, I offer my services and my blog in return to host you as well.

Now that I have parted ways amiably with my publisher, I am solely dependent upon myself in order to make this book launch the best one yet but I know I can’t do it without support from my writing friends in our community.

So, with that being said, if you’d be interested in participating, please either leave a comment below or email me at suzyM45 at aol dot com. I’d love to work with you!

I’m looking for anyone who blogs, is a writer, an author or who loves to read and review books.

Thank you so much in advance!

Peggy

JADED TIDES:

After finding love in the most unlikely of places, Ivory’s life appears to at last be falling into place. Having proven herself a force to be reckoned with, she has at last set sail for the first time as a pirate. The only problem is she’s a woman and must disguise herself in order to set foot on a ship. Being in love with her captain isn’t helping matters either and whole new set of obstacles are presenting themselves at every turn. Her brash style and tenacity, however, could prove to make her, her own worst enemy.

With a sword in her hand and her new found love at her side, Ivory Shepard is about to embark on a   mission to rescue and return every young woman she can who has fallen prey to the jaded tides of the Caribbean sex trade. Armed with a secret log book she acquired from a pirate captain—who also happened to be an evil smuggler, she believes herself well prepared for the task. As she’s already learned the hard way, pirates always prove to be unpredictable and ruthless. Unfortunately for them, so is she.

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P.S. Bartlett on Tell Me a Story – Blog Talk Radio Today at 1:30PM EST

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How I’ll be spending my lunch break today! I hope you can join me! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/themagichappens/2015/03/06/ps-bartlett-on-tell-me-a-story

PS Bartlett on Tell Me a Story

 

Uncharted Secrets – My Chat With Mason Bentley and My Review

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Mason Bentley as Hannah describes him: His stunning green eyes, which stood out like emeralds in the sand against his golden skin. 

Mason in his own words:

1. What is your name?

The Name’s Mason Bentley.

2. What is your hair color and style, eye color, and skin tone?

My long hair is a light brown color, my skins golden tan, but I got these green eyes that make the wenches fall faint beneath my gaze.

3. What is your current job title / social station / rank?

I’m a buccaneer captain. Not a pirate. Not a privateer. A buccaneer. The war we wage is strictly against the Spanish, but I bow to no king and any man from any race who tries to take me freedom won’t be living to tell the tale.

4. How much pride do you take in your appearance?

Ah, I never had much while growin’ up, but me grandfather used to say, “If’n ye ‘ave but one schilling it ought to be shiny and if’n but one coat ye better keep it clean.” Now I’m rich as a damned king so I dress as well as one, but I’m better armed than a knight of the roundtable.

5. Who has been your greatest influence (parent, friend, idol)? Why?

My grandfather, Sterling Bentley. He taught me how to stand up for what’s right, to fight for what I believe in, and to protect those unable to protect themselves. I owe him for every bit of sense I carry around in this big ol’ head of mine, and I wouldn’t have fared so well in this wicked world after his passing had he not raised me to be the man I am.

6. Where did you grow up? How do you feel about it now?

I grew up on me grandfather’s farm in the English countryside. It was nice. Hell, I still think about the breeze blowing across those grassy fields when me mind needs a moments rest.

7. What is your worst habit / vice?

Women. I could lead me crew of bawdy buccaneers through the gates of Hell if’n I had to, but those pretty little female creatures tend to throw me good sense out of the porthole and hang me better judgment from the yards.

8. What is the driving force / motivation in your life?

First and foremost, it is freedom, which unfortunately seems an item that can be bought, and Spanish gold is my preferred method of currency to cover the cost.

9. What secret would you feel the most vulnerable sharing with anyone?

The reason I turned to the sea.

10. Does anyone know this secret?

If so, who? How do they feel about it? Only me and the Devil know that, and how he feels about it is of no concern of mine.

My Review of Uncharted Secrets:

FIVE STARS!

I’ve just finished reading this book. I started it last night but I was exhausted and fell asleep with it on my chest. That’s exactly where it belongs…close to my heart! I couldn’t wait to get back to it this evening and once I did, i knew I couldn’t stop until I was done!

Hannah was dealt a horrible hand. After finally escaping her miserable mother, a horrid night at sea threw her even deeper into a hellish nightmare that pushed her to the brink of death until she found herself in the midst of an even more uncertain future. Concerned only with survival and coping with more pain and loss than she could have dreamt in her worst nightmare, her instincts were to fight or flee.

Love wasn’t an option but in once again finding herself and making that discovery through what she believed the most unlikely source…one she wanted to dispise, a sea of change and a Sunrise of unlikely colors may just paint her future for her. When she learns to embrace her gifts, only then can she see past the horizon and stop denying her true nature and her true heart.

As an author myself, I appreciate and dare I say fall in love with stories that are not only well written but get into my head and my heart. This author and this story have captured me but I am a willing prisoner. I was lost in this story and the emotion, the scenery and the almost flesh and bone characters felt so real to me. I highly recommend this book and cannot wait to find out what happens next!

Now…to make time for the next book…and believe me when I tell you I will make the time!!!

Get the whole series here! 

Meet My New Sister of the Sea – Author Cristi Taijeron – Part I

Ever since I wrote The Blue Diamond – The Razor’s Edge, I’ve been sailing all across the internet in search of the treasure that is all things pirate.

From web sites to Facebook pages dedicated to the history and lore of pirates, I’ve pillaged and plundered information and along the way, I’ve found the most interesting and generous lot of mates you could ever hope to discover.

I recently became friends with one of the most knowledgeable and seasoned authorities on pirates and buccaneers I’ve ever met and now, after a few weeks of chatting and the past week of intense discussions on all things pirate as well as reading each others books, I think we’ve found a kindred spirit in each other. That person is Author Cristi Taijeron of the Endless Horizon Pirate Stories.

Imagine two modern, twenty-first century women, both writers, both fascinated with history but who also enjoy nothing more than spilling blood and guts all over the decks of pirate ships, and who revel in discussing ship parts, notorious pirates and seventeenth century weaponry. Yep, that’s us.

Our conversations range from the struggles of publishing and marketing to writing romance and intimacy from a man’s point of view. As we read each others books, we discuss each chapter as if it actually happened and share both our love and disgust with our own characters. Being able to read her first book this week and start on her second, all while discussing my own book as she reads it, has been a treat that I can hardly put into words. Cristi is a treasure and getting to know her like this has enriched my writing and I feel in a very short time, my knowledge and inspiration has doubled.

Although our writing styles are different, our passion is the same. Sadly, I see so many authors within the same genre who compete with each other. Neither Cristi nor I feel this at all and if anything, we are constantly encouraging each other and bouncing ideas off of each other so that we can both improve as well as expand our audiences and perhaps even join forces to bring the best and most historically accurate pirate stories to the public within our genre.

In this two part series, I want to bring you Cristi and her books, as well as a fun and interesting interview with one of her characters, who I personally adore. First though, let’s get to know the beautiful Cristi a little better:

Author Cristi TaijeronAuthor Bio:

My name is Cristi Taijeron (Better known by the pirates as Ivey Taijeron) Other than writing pirate stories, I’m a stay home mother who also does the bookkeeping at the auto shop my husband and I own. I enjoy off-road adventures through the desert as much as I love building sandcastles at the beach, and at home I have a flower garden I tend to. Though I have been passionate about drawing, painting, and writing for most of my life, it has always been my greatest dream to publish a novel.

In her own words:

1. What inspired you to write your current book?

Uncharted Secrets was inspired by a mysterious character mentioned in my Justified Treason series. In those books, Sterling Bentley tells us that he never knew his mother, Hannah, and though his father, Mason Bentley, spoke very little of her, Sterling was well aware that Mason loved Hannah for all of his days. When I began writing Justified Treason, Hannah was as mysterious to me as she was to Sterling, but as the tale unfolded I found myself wanting to know more about her. So I decided to ‘investigate’ her tale. The surprises I found hiding in the pages gave me no choice but to write this book, which turned into a series of its own.

2. Do you do a lot of research for your novels and if so, what kinds of sources do you use?

I do a ton of research! I read as many books as I can about the history of this era, but I also like interviewing the experts. For weaponry I have a blacksmith I talk to. I know a few pirate historians who I can ask about specifics of pirate life. I’ve talked to sailors about their adventures on the tides, and I have gone out to sea and boarded a few tall ships to get the feel for my settings. For injuries I have a trauma nurse I can ask questions to, and I have a warrior who helps me to emphasize the realistic frame of mind for my characters during battle scenes. Oh, also, one of my best friends has a degree in psychology so she helps me to keep my characters emotions realistic throughout their adventures.

3. How important do you think book covers are?

Being an artist myself, I must admit that I do judge books by their covers, so I put a lot of time in to my cover designs. I like for them to not only fit the title, but to also display the feel of the story, and hopefully allure the readers to want to know more of what lie within the pages.

4. What publishing road did you take and why?

I am self-published but these books are far from a self-made product. I have an amazing editor, a fabulous cover artist, and a reliable team of beta readers, not to mention the many people who help supply the information I listed in the above question. When I started writing it never even crossed my mind to reach out to a publisher. I might consider “Going on account” with a one if the right deal came along, but being the pirate I am, I am weary about the concept of allowing someone else to take reign over my art and will most likely continue to do things my way—the hard way.

5. What is the highest goal that you desire to meet as an author?

To be able to take someone’s imagination on a journey they will forever remember like a memory of their own is honestly the greatest reward in this line of work, but it’d also be nice to sell enough books to get me down to the Caribbean again, preferably for a big pirate party.

6. Do you have an idea for your next book?

I have so many story ideas swirling around in my head it’s a wonder I get anything else done in my daily life! There will be five books in the Uncharted Secrets series, five in Justified Treason, and last month I accidentally started a series based on Mason Bentley’s life story. It will be the King of my Nightmare series and will mostly likely end up as five books as well. Not to mention the fact that I also want to write westerns one day. Endless Horizon Western Stories has a nice ring to it, wouldn’t you say?

7. Name three of your favorite books of all time:

James Michener’s Hawaii is one I often think back on, but Treasure Island is the one book I have read multiple times. Also, I recently read Flint & Silver by John Drake (A prequel to Treasure Island). I was utterly astounded by his writing style and the masterful way he lived up to the beloved classic.

8. Do you watch television and if so, do you have any favorite shows?

Normally, I do not watch TV—unless you count the few times I turn my head from a book to see what in the world my husband is watching—but I have been following Black Sails! I absolutely love their realistic display of the brutality of the era, I adore how they mixed true historic pirates with the characters from Treasure Island, and the unique way they combined all of these elements into a unique plotline atop of the beautiful Caribbean setting has me craving for season two.

9. Do you have any other talents besides writing?

I am an artist. I paint, draw, write, and decorate, and on my website you will also find some of my artistic creations. Inspiration is everywhere and with all the daydreams swarming in my mind there is never a dull moment in my world.

Cristi’s Amazon Author Page

Cristi’s Web Site

On Facebook

On Instagram – pirateivy

Tomorrow…

Meet one of her characters and I’ll post my review of Uncharted Secrets.

Uncharted Secrets