Monday, June 23, 2014

Meet My Character Blog Tour

This tour highlights a main character from one of the WIP (works in progress), recently published, or soon to be published works of the authors tagged. A week ago, I was tagged in this event by Alexandra Butcher. Here' are her bio and links:

"A.L Butcher is the British author of fantasy series The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles in which "a beautiful young elven sorceress flees for her life in a dark world where magic is forbidden and elves live as slaves." Her books have been described as: "Dark" and "gritty" and that "The story is very much a romance at heart, with plenty of steamy graphic sex to keep erotica fans happy." She also has several short stories published in fantasy and romance anthologies."

Amazon author page:


Now it's my turn...

1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

“My character’s name is Jinx. Jinx is a pixie; a pixie rogue, to be exact. I’m not going to get in to a debate as to whether or nnot pixies exist, but this particular pixie is fictional. Jinx is based on a combination of my own opinions on what pixies should be, and how they’re portrayed in the Pathfinder roleplaying system (which I used to help me design the character and decide on his skills and abilities).”

2) When and where is the story set?

“I suppose, if I have to pick a time and place, I’d have to say that the story is set back when forests and woodlands were less frequently visited by people, and that it’s set in one of those woods, as well as in a cave on the edge of that wood. Beyond that, I can’t really tell you when and where it’s set, since there’s no clearly defined date or location for the story, and both the woods and the cave are pulled from my imagination.”

3) What should we know about him/her?

“Jinx is a charming and kind-hearted pixie really, but – like most pixies – he’s fond of tricks and mischief. Unfortunately for everyone around him, Jinx is more fond of these things than your average pixie, and is always causing chaos wherever he goes; sometimes just because he’s bored and thinks it will liven things up a bit. He’s also very fond of exploring, and having adventures.”

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

“Jinx’s little sister, Ayla, is always trying to get him to behave, and constantly warning him that he’ll get in to serious trouble one day. As far as Jinx is concerned, she’s just jealous that he has more fun than she does, and he finds her constant reminders of possible danger annoying. There are also the goblins who live in the cave Jinx and his faerie dragons want to explore, who add an element of extra danger to his thirst for adventure. Not that Jinx is concerned, since he never takes the possibility of danger seriously.”

5) What is the personal goal of the character?

“Jinx’s goal is to fit as much fun and as many adventures as possible in to his life, despite his little sister’s constant warnings.”

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

“The title of the story is ‘Jinx And The Faerie Dragons’ and I’ve mentioned it a few times in posts and interviews lately. It’s already pre-released, so Smashwords and any other ebook retailers that already carry it have the synopsis listed, as does Goodreads. Also, you can read a sample of the first 20% of the story on Smashwords via the link mentioned below.”

7) When can we expect the book to be published?

“The book is already pre-released, and is scheduled for official release on July 1st 2014. The Smashwords link is (for other sites, such as Barnes And Noble, you’ll have to go search for it, since I don’t have the link).”


I'm only tagging one person today, and the person I'm going to tag is Rita Lee Chapmen. Here are her bio and links:

"Rita Lee Chapman was born in the UK and migrated to Australia in her early twenties. It was only when she retired that she wrote her first novel Missing in Egypt a romantic travel mystery. Her second book Winston - a Horse's Tale is for horse lovers from teenagers upwards. Told by Winston himself it relates his life experiences in Australia, as well as those of other horses he meets along the way. Rita enjoys playing tennis, reading, swimming, walking and the theatre."


Don't forget to check out Alexandra's post from last week to see which character she was talking about. Also, remember to check out Rita's website next week to see which character she'll be telling us about.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Writing news - June 16th 2014

'Jinx And The Faerie Dragons' is completed at last, and pre-released too! It's scheduled for official release on July 1st 2014. It took a bit longer to get done than I planned for it to, but I enjoyed writing it, and I'm pleased with it, so I don't mind. I hope everyone who reads it enjoys doing so as much as I enjoyed writing it.

So, what's next?

Well, next is officially 'Wyrd Worlds 2' (the collection of fantasy and sci-fi stories I'm contributing to). But since I've completed and submitted my story for that several weeks ago I don't need to do anything for that right now. Because of that, 'Cubby And The Beanstalk' is next. I mean, I will be working on other projects too, since I've always got at least two writing projects going at the same time. But 'Cubby And The Beanstalk' will be the one I focus most of my energy on.

Actually, 'Cubby And The Beanstalk' is about half written already.

I'll tell you more about both 'Wyrd Worlds 2' and 'Cubby And The Beanstalk' closer to their publication dates.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day 2014

Today is Father's Day.

Now, I'm not sure if my Dad will see this, and I'd be very surprised if my Father-In-Law saw it, but I wanted to post it anyway.

On behalf of Kelly and myself... Happy Father's Day to both our Dads!

Also, happy Father's Day to all the other Dads out there.

Friday, June 13, 2014

My Dad's birthday 2014

Today is my Dad's birthday, and I just wanted to take a moment to wish him a happy birthday. So... Happy birthday, Dad!

Monday, June 09, 2014

Grandma and Mom's birthdays 2014

Saturday (June 7th) was my Grandma's birthday, and today (June 9th) is my Mother-In-Law's birthday.

I doubt either of them will read this, but I wanted to take a moment to say "happy birthday" to them both. Or, "happy belated birthday" in my Grandma's case.


Happy birthday, Grandma and Mom!

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Random ramblings - June 1st 2014 (FD)

I asked this on Facebook yesterday, but thought I'd ask it on here too...

If your sleep schedule has you sleeping in the day, do you call the meal when you get up breakfast or dinner?

Some people on Facebook say it depends what you're eating, some say it depends what others you're eating with call it, others say it's breakfast either way, because it's after you break your fast for sleep. Kim Harrison, in her 'Hollows' series of books, uses that last one, referring to the meal between noon and roughly 2:00pm as lunch for humans and breakfast for inderlanders (witches, werewolves, living vampires, etc) because humans get up in the morning, but inderlanders have a sleep schedule where they get up usually between noon and 2:00pm (unless they're undead vampires, in which case they don't usually get up until sunset). Kim Harrison used this rule even when the lunch and breakfast in question was burger and fries from McDonalds.

But, what do you think?


Kero's scratching got really bad again, so we spoke to the vet. He's on pills again; the same ones he had last time. He started taking them yesterday, and has already calmed down a bit on the scratching.


The degus and gerbils have noticed each other properly now and are trying to make friends through the bars. Jacob actually keeps trying to jump out of the degu cage when we have the top open to feed them or whatever. Well, I say "trying" but he's managed it at least twice, and was grabbed while standing on top of the gerbil cage, right beside the door on the top of the cage, squeaking to be let in. He wasn't too happy when he was picked up and returned to the degu cage, LOL!


I'm done writing 'Jinx And The Faerie Dragons' and am currently working on editing. The plan is to publish it in a month, which gives me plenty of time to do the editing and get it set up to publish. It should also have plenty of time to get listed on Barnes And Noble for those people who usually grab it via that site.


The weather is beautiful today. It hasn't been every day this week, but it is today. It's nice and sunny and warm, but without being hot. Plus, there's a nice breeze coming up from the sea.


Hope you're enjoying your weekend, however you've been spending it.