Life Reader & The Bibliophilic Book Blog

Today is a celebration because Life Reader earned 4 out 5 stars from Star, blogger of the Bibliophilic Book Blog! Huzzah! Reviews by people who enjoy reading my books always make me purr.

In other good news I’ve gone back to writing Enchanted, book two of King Arthur and Her Knights. Enchanted seems much more determined to be written than Enthroned was, which sounds a little weird. What I mean is that this book is coming together very easily and everything (and everyone) is co-operating. Right now I’m sitting close to 10,000 words, which means I’m almost a third through writing it. That doesn’t sound very impressive, but I had to take a week off to fix Ahira and another week off to edit Enthroned.

That is all for today, it is a super short post but I will make up for it on Friday. I’m planning to post some writing tips for all of you aspiring authors. Thank you for reading, Champions, and enjoy the rest of your week!

Life Reader VS Page Turner

Today’s post I’m taking the opportunity to illustrate to you how different a book becomes through rewrites, using Life Reader as my example.

I finished the first draft of Life Reader eight years ago. Back then it was called Page Turner, and instead of going undercover as a preppy girl, Raven went undercover as a mousy teenage boy. Isaac Eastgate did not exist, Daire Eastgate was the library’s teenage director, and the Errësi were called the Facade Squad. (Yeah, I know, dorky.) I edited it, but then it sat on my computer for approximately 5 years. Back then the plot of the story was Raven was after a (fictional) artifact called the drops of pretense. Bluntly put the plot was horrible.

I took another look at it and decided that the teenage boy front wasn’t working very well, so I switched it to the pretty chick masquerade you all know of today. I also realized the drops of pretense bit was really awkward and really stupid, so I switched the artifact to a (fictional) music box. While that created a major overhaul for the entire story, I didn’t change much else.

Again Page Turner sat on my computer for about a year and a half. I took another look at it and followed some advice, booting Daire out of his spot as the teenage director. I added Director Isaac Eastgate and Alison–the children’s librarian. I also changed a ton of the name schemes–the lame-o name of Facade Squad was one of the first to go–I removed William from the line up of hired page turner employees and made him a trainee due to his age, and I deleted two characters: Raven’s dog and Raven’s little brother. Neither the dog nor the little brother served much of a purpose. I thought I would have to do a major rewrite of all family scenes since the little brother was gone, but I was shocked to discover he was only in three scenes total, which means I made the right decision to give him the axe. I took out two side characters–they were not completely deleted as they will be appearing in the next Life Reader book–and I finally redrafted the plot so Raven was chasing after Macbeth’s Cauldron.

This final rewrite of Life Reader got rid of all traces of Page Turner. A few snippets of dialog remain from the original rendition of Page Turner, and almost all of the characters are still in the story, but none of the scenes and actual writing remain from Page Turner. Essentially the two are different books. That is how radical rewriting a book can be.

Not all of my books go through this extensive rewriting process. Red Rope of Fate was never rewritten, just edited. The books I rewrite tend to be books that are longer, more complex, and have a lot of characters. Life Reader is my most elaborate example of a rewrite. Princess Ahira was rewritten as well. It went through one major overhaul, which changed the last third of the book. Characters and names remained intact, the biggest point of the draft was to tighten up the writing and to radically change the end of the book.

I’ve decided to suck it up, dispose of my pride, and provide  a small sample of the original Page Turner for you, Champions. This sample will show just how important the rewriting process can be. (The writing? Yeah it’s bad.) Thanks for reading, and please have a good laugh.

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Life Reader Book Trailer

Before I reveal the book trailer, this is just a reminder that I’m looking for two to four people to pre-read Life Reader (I will send you a copy for free) and review it by June 1st. For more information click here!

Finally, allow me to introduce the premier of the Life Reader book trailer!

The trailer was made with Adobe After Effects and Sony Vegas Movie Studio. I used Magix Music Maker to create and produce the music, and the sound effects were downloaded off the internet, or, in some cases, came with Sony Vegas Movie Studio. Like it, share it, and tell all your friends, please!

Life Reader: Character Sketches

Today is the last set of Life Reader character sketches. I want to go on the record of saying: I know there’s a lot of guys! I do have female characters as well, but when it comes to the plot Raven and these guys are the important pieces. I assure you this is not going to be one of those sappy stories where everyone falls in love with the heroine. Just about everyone I’ve listed in the character sketches starts out by hating Raven. When I start releasing sample chapters next week you’ll get what I mean.

Daire

Name: Daire Eastgate IV
Magic Element: Sand
Personal Slogan: My decisions are the law
Six words that describe him: Paranoid, prideful, rule follower, brown noser

Daire Eastgate IV moves through life with a stick up his butt. He religiously believes in order, rules, and power, and as an entitled prat from a rich family he has high ambitions and goals. His only redeeming quality, as most girls see it, is his handsome face and high intelligence. He is not above bribery and sucking up to get what he wants, and things always go his way.

Jeremiah

Name: Jeremiah Tanner
Magic Element: Water
Personal Slogan: Hello Princess
Six words that describe him: Carefree, light hearted, deceptive, intelligent, flirt

Jeremiah Tanner is a flighty, flirty guy who fancies himself a prince and God’s gift to women. He is cheerful and friendly, although he can use his smiles and seemingly low intellect to deliver insults to those he dislikes. Jeremiah is ever the sympathetic crusader for girls—all girls—but does whatever work is asked of him in a timely manner.

 

Isaac

Name: Isaac Eastgate (Library Director) Aka The Tyrant
Magic Element: ?
Slogan: Sit down and shut up, idiot
Six words that describe him: Crabby, powerful, testy, workaholic, reserved,  all knowing

In the universe of Saint Cloud, Isaac Eastgate is the sun. He is rarely seen and is known mostly for his insults, steep disciplinary actions, and general tyranny. He never smiles and is expressive as a stone unless he is angered. It is generally agreed upon that he doesn’t like anybody at all, and is always in a bad mood.

Life Reader: Character Sketches

Today is Day 2 of Life Reader character sketches. These next two characters are more mild mannered and tend to slink around in the background. (In fact they may be the only library employees who actually do anything.) But don’t let that fool you, Royce and Brannon are too observant to lay low for long.

royce

Name: Royce Stephonson
Magic Element: Plants (this includes trees and wood)
Personal Slogan: Howdy!
Six words that describe him: Cowboy, calm, follower, swordsman, friendly, open

Royce sticks out like a sore thumb in the spotless shelves of Saint Cloud Library. He wears a Stetson hat, talks with a drawl, and can always be found at the sign-in station for computer usage. He is sweet tempered, although he can be judgmental, and has the reflexes of a fencer. Out of all the library employees Royce is undoubtedly the most normal.

brannon

Name: Brannon Dougal
Magic Element: Earth
Personal Slogan: Touchdown!
Six words that describe him: Football player, enthusiastic, happy, athlete, trusting

Brannon is a sports enthusiast and a fantastic football player—a skill that unfortunately has him missing a fair amount of shifts at the library thanks to games and practices. Built like a small yak, Brannon is as cheerful as they come and completely void of guile. He loves Saint Cloud and takes great pride in his work, and he is surprisingly skilled at hacking computers.

Life Reader: Character Sketches

Welcome to Day One of Life Reader Character Sketches. Today, Wednesday, and Friday I am revealing the eight main characters of Life Reader. These profiles will also be available on a second page, which will be up by Wednesday at the latest. Today I’m featuring the heroine of the story, Raven Wishmore, and two of her co-workers, Asher and Aron Montamous.

 raven

Magical Element: Ice (and the ability to read things to life)

Personal Slogan: Don’t judge me by my cover

Six words that describe Raven: Mysterious, sarcastic, liar, secret keeper, warrior

Raven can generally be described as “an unobtrusive presence,” but this is mainly a ploy she uses to screen her dark secret—her ability to read things to life. Constantly weighted down with the knowledge that her life will be over if anyone finds out about her magic has nurtured in Raven a sarcastic, secretive outlook and personality. She has an unmatched passion for libraries and books, and is greatly jealous of those who are able to use their magic or natural physical abilities to protect themselves and others. She would generally prefer to be silent and get her work done, but this new mission she’s been shoved into by her father has placed her alarmingly out of her comfort zone and more in the limelight than she ever feared.

twins

Magical Element: Fire

Personal Slogan: It’s only illegal if you get caught.

Six words that describe them: crafty, deviants, loyal, loners, talented, creepers

Asher and Aron are identical twins with a penchant for breaking and entering…anything. They’re extremely talented in magic thanks to their connection as twins, which allows them to swap and share power. Their daily activities include playing video games, loafing, and spying on other library employees. They are mostly friendless but are playful and affectionate with those they deem worthy.

Page Turner?

To start off, remember, you can get a free, extra chapter of Red Rope of Fate by reviewing it on Amazon and emailing your review to me. For more information scroll down to the next post or click here!)

Whew, I have a few fun announcements! For starters, The Page Turner is being renamed. The most likely title is The Life Reader but I’ll keep you posted. Secondly, I’ll be posting several free chapters of The Life Reader on Text Novel and Fiction Press. The first chapter will be released May 12. Ish. (I say ish because I am a procrastinator , fickle, creative and timelines change.) I will be releasing a minimum of 3 chapters.

One thing I also wanted to mention, The Life Reader is going to be priced at $2.99. This does not reflect a pattern I’ll be following in the future, it reflects the length and complexity of the story. I spent a month writing Red Rope of Fate, and roughly half a year writing both of the Robyn Hood books. I have spent years writing The Life Reader. Pushing that aside, the main reason for the increase is that The Life Reader is double the length of the above stories. I will always keep my shorter books priced at 99 cents, so do not fear the price increase!

It’s a short update for today, but I’ll have lots of new things to reveal and talk about next week so hold on to your hats. Thank you for reading, and please stop by again!

New Book: The Page Turner

Red Rope of Fate is officially launched, and as I type this Princess Ahira is available for free. (Remember, you can get a free, extra chapter of Red Rope of Fate by reviewing it on Amazon and emailing your review to me. For more information scroll down to the next post or click here!) Released books and free stuff always makes me excited, but I’m dedicating today’s post to the next book I’ll be releasing, The Page Turner. (As usual, the title is pending.)

The Page Turner is a young adult urban fantasy novel, and it will probably be the last YA book I’ll be releasing for 2013.  It’s a heckova lot longer than the stories I’ve written (The Robyn Hood books were about 45,000 words each. The Page Turner is 105,000.) and is set in modern times. The official description is posted below.

This story is near and dear to my heart as a great deal of it takes place in a library. (For once my position as an official Library Creeper worked to my advantage!) I might not be able to release it as soon as I was originally planning, but stay tuned to hear more about The Page Turner.

The Page Turner

15-year-old Raven Wishmore is all that stands between a rare artifact and an organization of magic abusers. Her only hope is her magic—the ability to read things to life—which is so unnatural even her enemies are afraid of it.

When Raven’s father—a spy for Kingdom Quest, the secret society devoted to protecting magic and punishing magic abusers—is charged with finding a valuable artifact, Raven is coerced into joining the investigation. She goes undercover at the Saint Cloud Library, the supposed location at which the artifact—a cauldron—is being guarded.

Raven is expected to win over the part time staff of teenage boys and locate the cauldron. But Raven is no spy, and she struggles to maintain the ditzy, popularity obsessed persona she is forced to adopt.  Plus her feet are killing her from all the high heels.

Thanks to a security leak the magic abusers know the cauldron is at Saint Cloud, and they are waiting for Raven to find it for them. To make matters worse the library is ruled by a tyrant library director who has declared all book sections closed.

Throw in a set of mischievous twins who specialize in breaking and entering, combine it with Raven’s magic, and the library and cauldron are as good as saved. Too bad Raven is too terrified of her magic to use it.