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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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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Follow Craig and see what he’s up to!

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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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Is the world ready for a deadly #Pirate – #Ninja Alliance?

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Is the world ready for a Deadly Pirate-Ninja Alliance?

Is Kindle Ninja having a case of Pirate-envy?

Did they really get along?

Read on…

EXT. PORT ROYAL. DAY.

The skeletal remains of two pirates clad in their filthy buccaneer garb still hang from the gallows. There’s room for two more.

Down below:
A snarling brute puts KINDLE NINJA on chokehold.

A GUNSHOT.

The brute hits the ground.

KINDLE NINJA turns around and sees IVORY SHEPARD.

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We should stop meeting like this, black-clad warrior.

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It’s Kindle Ninja, but Kindle won’t be invented until 2007… BEHIND YOU!!!
IVORY ducks.
A shuriken hits the would-be assailant right between the eyes.

KINDLE NINJA (CONT.)
You’re welcome!

IVORY
Let’s cut to the chase. Why are you following me?

Read the rest HERE!

Demons & Pearls #BlogTour Has Begun!

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Tomorrow is the BIG DAY!

DEMONS & PEARLS will officially set sail!

Please check out the fabulous Bloggers below who have signed on to help me christen this ship!

Break out the champagne…uhhhh…I mean RUM and let’s get this party rockin’!

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https://vashtiqvega.wordpress.com/ 4/13/2015
http://tometender.blogspot.com/?zx=3f47bc15730bf020 4/14/2015
http://scvincent.com/ 4/14/2015
https://jaxjill.wordpress.com/author/jaxjill/ 4/15/2015
http://www.chkarasilverwolf.com/ 4/16/2015
http://www.mcsimonwrites.com/ 4/17/2015
https://olganm.wordpress.com/ 4/17/2015
https://mbarkersimpson.wordpress.com/ 4/18/2015
https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/ 4/20/2015
http://silverthreading.com/ 4/21/2015
http://kindleninjareviews.blogspot.com/ 4/27/2015

I also have several bloggers interested in reviewing the book and will update with that information later as well.

There are still a couple more I need to add but I want to shout out a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has signed up to participate!

Less than 24 Hours to go!

 

Book Launch! I’m Looking for Blog Hosts for My Book Tour

Finally, after some deep consideration and consultation, I’ve decided to go off on my own in this great big world of publishing and fly solo.

Demons & PearlsYep, you read me right. I’m going to self publish my latest novel, Demons & Pearls.

Of course, no one can do anything alone and be a success so I’d like to thank everyone who has helped to guide me with advice as I travel down this road.

My life has turned upside down lately with the new addition to my household of one grown daughter and three granddaughters but I can’t allow anything to slow me down. After all, I do this not only because I’d go crazy if I didn’t but also because I’ll never make writing my full time job if I don’t dedicate myself to it whole-heartedly.

So without going on and on because to be honest, I’m bloody exhausted, If you’d be interested in hosting my new book on your blog, please email me at SuzyM45@aol.com or simply respond in the comments below and I will contact you ASAP.

Thank you so much to everyone who is interested and willing to share my book!

HAVE A HAPPY EASTER!

 

Echoes of Narcissus in the Gardens of Delight – Book Launch

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Donna thought there was something wrong with her. That she was suffering from a mental illness that has caused her husband to despise her, distance himself from her, and cheat on her. She blames herself for the desolate, miserable thing that is her marriage and her life. Then she comes across a book that will change everything for her, and reading it, she discovers that there’s nothing wrong with her mind at all, but that there is something very wrong with her husband instead. Marco, she realises, is a malignant narcissist. A text book case. He has a real and documented mental disorder, and that he’s been controlling, manipulating, and abusing her for decades. The sudden full knowledge of all that he’s purposely done to her enrages her. Not sure how to leave after thirty years of what she finally knows has been intentional mental and emotional abuse from him, and believing that she has nowhere to turn, being so physically isolated, she bides her time.

Then she meets and befriends a group of unusual people who share her passion for gardening, and so begins her journey to escape. She joins her new friends in their project to assist elderly people in old age homes care for their small gardens, as well as secretly supplying those suffering from painful and terminal illnesses with medicinal herb and plant remedies, including illegal plants such as cannabis. As weeks go by, she delves into her memories, relearns what it is to be respected, liked, and loved again, and slowly she formulates a plan to safely leave her dangerous husband. But unbeknownst to Donna, Marco is in serious trouble, and has desperate plans of his own, and absolutely no regard for her safety.

** This is a work of fiction, but malignant narcissists really do exist, and it is a recognised mental illness. Unfortunately, many people never realise that they are involved with a narcissist, because their actions are so demonically bad as to be unimaginable and unbelievable, and so they spend their lives in misery, depression, fear, and isolation. If only by the accidental reading of a fictional story, I hope that this book will help even one person, unknowingly suffering narcissistic abuse, to realise that they don’t have to, and that it’s never too late to start over, be happy, be fulfilled, to love and care for yourself, and be truly loved and respected by others.

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Available now from AMAZON

Jo Robinson very recently returned to her homeland, South Africa, after having lived in rural Zimbabwe for eighteen years. Her obsessive affection for the African continent, most humans, and all creatures feathered and furred are what inspire her writing. She is the author of African Me & Satellite TV, the science-fiction/fantasy series Shadow People, and a couple of short stories, which will be free to download from Amazon from 26 to 30 December, Fly Birdie and The Visitation.

To win eBook copies of Shadow People and African Me & Satellite TV, send Jo a message from THIS page.

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