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#Writing Workshops for August

RWA’s Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Chapter is offering two workshops in August. Descriptions, sign up links, and other details are below. Reminder: If you are a writing instructor who would like to teach a class for FF&P, please consider submitting a proposal. We are currently scheduling workshops for the first half of 2015. For more information, please contact me.

LAYERED PLOT TECHNIQUES

We all want to tell a compelling story. We all want our books to be un-put-downable.

When we study a number of plotting techniques, we discover they’re all similar, and different enough to seem discordant. It is possible to make that discord work for us. This class will show how to create a synthesis of techniques that will translate into strategies we can use to make our stories richer, deeper, stronger.

Layering Plot Techniques  focuses on synthesis and assimilation, starting with three of the instructor’s favorite plot techniques/structures: Christopher Vogler’s Hero’s Journey, Michael Hauge’s six-stage structure and the W diagram.

At the end of the class, you’ll have a deeper understanding of plot than any of the techniques could give you alone.

Instructor Bio

In her previous life Terrel Hoffman studied physics, researched superconductors and wrote documentation for engineers. In her current incarnation, she writes paranormal romance and steampunk fantasy,  and teaches writing topics like this one. In addition to her degree in Physics and her educational forays into math and technical writing, she has trained to be a life coach. She is a certified guardian ad litem, has mentored at-risk kids on probation and has served as a CASA (court appointed special advocate) for children in dependency. She holds memberships in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and RWA National, as well as several regional RWA chapters in the Pacific Northwest where she lives. The two cats who share her home assure her she is their property and treat her accordingly.

Cost: FFP Members:$25.00/Non-Members: $30.00

08/04/2014 – 08/31/2014

To sign up for this class, click here.

GAME OF HISTORICAL THRONES

USE THE PAST AS YOUR GUIDELINE FOR CHARACTER MOTIVATIONS, PLOT DETAILS AND WORLDBUILDING

This brilliant idea strikes! You know it’s a winner! It’s got everything you love in a story and you’re rarin’ ta go on it. Then reality strikes back. You have no idea why certain things happen, what should happen next, and there is this scary world building to deal with yet. What to do!!!!???

Head to the past, that’s what. People are people (even aliens from other planets and dimensions and parallel universes are people) and that means the sort of elements you need have been played out before…and will play out again and again and again over time.

In fact, using George R. R. Martin’s GAME OF THRONES as an illustration, see how he might have done just this!

In this 4-week workshop we’ll begin harvesting ideas from the past to recreate in our own special ways to fill the gaps in the brilliant idea waiting to be birthed. We’ll look at how these elements can be used in a contemporary tale or a historical story unrelated to the inspiration we’ll use or how it can show up in something you spin that takes place in the future.

And we’ll do it quick, getting ideas on where to go and what to mine as that brilliant idea evolves into a complete manuscript in your very near future.

Your brilliant idea can lean more toward romance, incorporate mystery, or be totally convoluted fantasy, so come one and come all!

Instructor Bio

Beth Daniels currently writes as Beth Henderson and J.B. Dane, though she answered to Lisa Dane and Beth Cruise in the past as well. She has worked with editors at Berkley, Zebra, Leisure, Harlequin/Silhouette, and Simon and Schuster’s Aladdin Paperbacks, done e-books for a now defunct company (not her fault, she says), and began her writing life with hardcover books slated for library use with a publisher that got out of the romance business (again, not her fault). More recently she’s had a number of articles about writing picked up by e-zines, saw a short story published in a mystery and suspense magazine that turned up its toes the next year (really, really not her fault), and has a story in the MOTHER GOOSE IS DEAD anthology from Dragon Moon Press. For over a dozen years Beth taught college level composition, both in the classroom and online, and a credit course on Novel Writing. Five of her former Novel class students are now published. Twenty-six of Beth’s manuscripts have appeared in print or e-book format. These have been historical romantic adventures (6), romantic comedies (10), romantic-suspense (3), and young adult romantic comedy (7). Her titles have appeared in 12 different languages in over 20 countries. At the moment she is working on various manuscripts and collaborated with another RWA member on a contemporary/fantasy/romantic adventure. She also ventured into self-publishing to keep her out-of-print backlist in print.

Cost: FFP Members:$15.00/Non-Members: $20.00

08/11/2014 – 08/18/2014

To sign up for this class, click here.


Are Authors Allowed To Play Favorites? Susannah Sandlin Picks her Top 5 Scenes from ALLEGIANCE

Today’s guest blogger is paranormal romantic thriller writer Susannah Sandlin, who is urban fantasy author Suzanne Johnson’s alter ego. She’s here to dispel the myth that’s it’s not ok to play favorites… at least when it comes to books, characters, or scenes. She plays favorites and she shares five of them below. She’s also sponsoring a great tour-wide giveaway, including eGift Certificates and books. Details are at the end of the post. Welcome, Susannah!

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Scene It: Five Favorite Scenes from Allegiance

by Susannah Sandlin

Authors are supposed to be like parents. You know, loving all our children equally. Not playing favorites with characters or books or scenes.

Horse-puckey. I will swear to this day (and often have) that my mom likes my brother best while I was a daddy’s girl.

And so it is with authors, if we’re forced to admit it. I have favorite characters, favorite books, favorite scenes within books. Today, since Allegiance is out this week and fresh in my mind (never mind I’ve written three books since I actually wrote this one—such is the bizarre schedule of an author), are my five fave scenes from the newest book in the Penton Legacy series, in order…

#5… Mirren learns that feeding from a shapeshifter isn’t quite like a human. Every member of the Penton community is bonded to one of the Penton master vampires, right? So it’s no big deal for newcomers Nik and Robin to be bonded. Aidan bonds Nik and Mirren takes Robin…only Nik is human and Robin isn’t. If you’ve read the series and wondered if Mirren Kincaid, known in his mercenary days as The Slayer, ever gets scared, well the answer is yes. It’s a fun scene—well, for everyone except Mirren and Robin. The two most fearless characters in Penton get a little freaked. Okay, a lot.

#4… Cage is caged. The hero of Allegiance, Cage Reynolds, was last seen in Penton with a maybe-something-relationship developing with Melissa Calvert. Since Robin Ashton came to town, he’s become fascinated with the feisty little shifter. (Don’t worry, it’s really not a love triangle.) But Cage gets caught in a little cat-fighting, so to speak, when Melissa and Robin finally meet. It doesn’t help that Melissa is possessive and Robin is wearing a sweatshirt tied around her waist…and nothing else. Cage is totally out of his league as the women snark it out, and his discomfort is really funny.

#3… “The wreck.” There’s an automobile accident in the book—although it was no accident—that literally changes things for every single character. The aftermath of it was emotional and gut-wrenching to write. It might not make you tear up, but it did me.

#2…The prologue and the final scene in the book. They dovetail really well to start and finish the book and, of course, I can’t exactly say what they are because then you’d have no need to read the book, right? Let’s just say the ending scene as it plays out against the opening of the book is dramatic. It’s both incredibly satisfying and incredibly sad, and maybe unexpected.

#1… Robin Ashton’s first appearance in the book. It’s a solemn occasion, and the petite little eagle shape-shifter wanders out of the woods without Mirren or Cage having a clue as to who she is. Her first lines to the 6-foot-8 Mirren (and note that she’s 5-foot-2) is to get in his face…er, sternum…and announce, “I’m your worst f*ing nightmare.” The scene pretty much degenerates from that point onward. I had a blast writing it, and it still makes me laugh.

Which scene do you find most intriguing? Do you generally remember the dramatic scenes in your favorite books, or the funny moments?

More About Allegiance

From award-winning author Susannah Sandlin comes the fourth book in the smart and steamy Penton Legacy series.

British vampire psychiatrist and former mercenary Cage Reynolds returns to Penton, Alabama, looking for a permanent home. The town has been ravaged by the ongoing vampire war and the shortage of untainted human blood, and now the vampires and humans that make up the Omega Force are trying to rebuild. Cage hopes to help the cause, put down roots in Penton, and resolve his relationship with Melissa Calvert. The last thing he expects is an attraction to Robin Ashton, a trash-talking eagle shape-shifter and new Omega recruit.

Meanwhile, as a dangerous saboteur wreaks havoc in Penton, the ruthless Vampire Tribunal leader Matthias Ludlam has been freed on the eve of his scheduled execution. But by whom? And to what end? As war and chaos rage on, love is the last thing Cage is looking for, but will his attraction to Robin distract him from the danger living among them?

Susannah Sandlin/Suzanne Johnson

Susannah Sandlin/Suzanne Johnson

More About Susannah

Susannah Sandlin writes paranormal romance and romantic thrillers from Auburn, Alabama, on top of a career in educational publishing that has thus far spanned five states and six universities—including both Alabama and Auburn, which makes her bilingual. She grew up in Winfield, Alabama, but was also a longtime resident of New Orleans, so she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of SEC football, cheap Mardi Gras trinkets, and fried gator on a stick.

She’s the author of the award-winning Penton Legacy paranormal romance series, a spinoff novel, Storm Force, a standalone novelette, Chenoire, and a new romantic thriller series, The Collectors, beginning with Lovely, Dark, and Deep. Writing as Suzanne Johnson, she also is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series. Her Penton novel, Omega, was nominated for a 2013 Reviewer’s Choice Award in Paranormal Romance from RT Book Reviews magazine. Absolution was the winner of the 2013 Holt Medallion in Paranormal Romance.

More About the Tour-Wide Giveaway

Susannah is giving away these prizes at the end of her tour:

  • 1 $50 Amazon gift card
  • 2 $10 Amazon gift cards
  • 2 Author swag packs (books, swag)

To enter to win, click here for the Rafflecopter form. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. 18 or older. For my complete giveaway rules, click here.

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So, how about you? Do you play favorites? Which scene of Susannah’s above did you find most intriguing? Do you generally remember the dramatic scenes in your favorite books, or the funny moments?

Susannah, congratulations and best wishes for Allegiance. Thank you for guest blogging today!


RELEASE DAY PARTY: WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE! (author chat, excerpt, contest)

Ok, you knew this post was coming, right? This is the post I’ve been working toward for… well, a year now! :-D

Release Day Party at Bitten by Books going on RIGHT NOW! => Click HERE.

The Bitten by Books contest ends at midnight CDT on 5/31/14. I’ll be over there all night and then will be checking in periodically until it closes to answer any questions and/or respond to comments. (There have been some good ones! Come add yours!)

And, probably the last time I’ll be posting/emailing these links to you for a LONG time (although they’ll be up everywhere else, of course)… Here are White Heart of Justice‘s BUY LINKS (Yay! Exciting! Buy links instead of pre-order links. Depending on where you live, you could start reading WHOJ tonight!)

Now is also a good time to thank everyone who has: been following the blog tour (resuming tomorrow); already stopped by the release party; shared, posted, tweeted or RT’d a link or sneak peek tweet; or pre-ordered the book! I appreciate the support and well wishes. Terrific participation and feedback so far. You guys are all awesome! THANK YOU!!!

urban fantasy, dark fantasy, fantasy, White Heart of Justice, Noon Onyx, Jill Archer, cover reveal, cover art

Since Lucifer claimed victory at Armageddon, demons, angels, and humans have coexisted in uneasy harmony. Those with waning magic are trained to maintain peace and order. But hostilities are never far from erupting…

After years of denying her abilities, Noon Onyx, the first woman in history to wield waning magic, has embraced her power. She’s won the right to compete in the prestigious Laurel Crown Race—an event that will not only earn her the respect of her peers but also, if she wins, the right to control her future.

However, Noon’s task is nearly impossible: retrieve the White Heart of Justice, a mythical sword that disappeared hundreds of years ago. The sword is rumored to be hidden in a dangerous region of Halja that she is unlikely to return from. But Noon’s life isn’t the only thing hanging in the balance. The sword holds an awesome power that, in the wrong hands, could reboot the apocalypse—and Noon is the only one who can prevent Armageddon from starting again…

Have a great night, everyone! Hope to see you at Bitten by Books!


Bitten By Books Blogaversary! (Great #Giveaways)

Bitten By Books is celebrating its 6th Blogaversary, which means a bunch of authors (including me!) donated prizes for the big event. Below are the links to get you started if you are interested in joining the celebration and putting your name in to win. Now is also a GREAT TIME to remind you that I’m having a RELEASE DAY PARTY at Bitten By Books on May 27th (next Tuesday, all; circle the date!! :-D ) I put a fun, little post together for the event with a separate giveaway ($50 Amazon eGC). More details later… In the meantime… Here are the links to Bitten By Books awesome blogaversary celebration and giveaways:

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DAY ONE CONTESTS (major prizes: Kindle Fire HDX 7″ tablet + original artwork by Lisa Falkenstern, who did the artwork for V.C. Andrews’ books – pretty darn neat, huh?)

DAY TWO CONTESTS (major prizes: $50 Amazon eGC + set of 5 signed Keri Arthur books/ARC and swag)

Congratulations and Happy Blogaversary to Bitten By Books!

Happy Tuesday to all of you!

 

 


#Writing: May FFnP #Workshops — How to Build a Super-Heroine and Book-to-Film Adaptations

Last chance to register for this month’s FF&P workshops: HOW TO BUILD A SUPER-HEROINE and HOW BOOK-TO-FILM ADAPTATIONS WORK. Details are below. FF&P is RWA’s Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Chapter. A couple of months ago, I volunteered to help them with their workshops. 

Are you a writing instructor? Do you have experience offering workshops to writers? If so, I’d love to hear from you! Send me an email (archer at jillarcher dot com) with the proposed workshop title and description, as well as an instructor bio or you can just send me a link to the classes you offer so I can take a look.

Other ways to get involved? Consider joining FF&P or let me know if you’ve taken any awesome workshops lately. Hope everyone’s writing is going well!

HOW TO BUILD A SUPER-HEROINE

Developing your characters can be a delightful task or a painful one, but when those characters are of the super-powered variety, you’ve got an even bigger challenge. In this workshop, Eilis Flynn will examine how super-heroes, and in particular super-heroines, are a little different from other characters you’re creating. What do you have to look for, what do you have to beware of, what do you have to know in order to make the strongest, most memorable super-heroine you can? Using suggestions about powers, weaknesses, origin stories, and personality from the workshop attendees, we’ll build a sample super-heroine to inspire your own stories and super-heroes.

Instructor Bio: Eilis Flynn has spent a large share of her life working on Wall Street or in a Wall Street-related firm, so why should she write fiction that’s any more based in our world? She spends her days aware that there is a reality beyond what we can see … and tells stories about it. Published in finance, romance, and comic books, she lives in verdant Washington state with her equally fantastical husband and the ghosts of spoiled rotten cats.

Cost: FFP Members:15/Non-Members: 20

Register here.

HOW BOOK-TO-FILM ADAPTATIONS WORK

Do you have a novel you think would adapt well to a screenplay?  Have you ever watched a film version of a favorite book and come away annoyed at the changes and deletions?  This 8-session workshop will teach you the steps of adaptation necessary to transfer one medium into another Sally Walker has learned that landed her several adaptation contracts.  One session will be the analysis of the two successful adaptations that motivated her, THE EAGLE (2010) and THE LUCKY ONE (2011).

Instructor Bio: Born to poor farm folk in the little rural community of Exira, Iowa, Sally attended many schools in western Iowa and the Omaha, Nebraska, area.  She eventually graduated from Papillion (NE) High School then nursing school at the University of Albuquerque and, eventually received a BFA in Creative Writing back at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  That degree was accomplished while working full-time as a Critical Care/ER nurse and raising a very active family of three daughters with her engineer husband.  Adeptly juggling family, nursing, civic and Episcopal church responsibilities, Sally founded in 1985 and has conducted the weekly meetings of the eclectic Nebraska Writers Workshop to feed her own hunger for in-depth knowledge and skills. The Workshop has grown from a few tentative to over 50 confidently publishing and produced writers. Her own goal-oriented writing ethic has resulted in a vitae packed with novels, short stories, poetry, magazine articles, stage plays, screenplays and a variety of writing seminars.  In 2000 she was hired as part-time Editorial Director at The Fiction Works and Script Superviser for the affiliated Misty Mountain Productions. After retiring from her nursing career of over 30 years, she was elected President of the prestigious Nebraska Writers Guild, serving 2007-2011.

Cost: FFP Members:30/Non-Members: 35

Register here.


Sabrina Benulis, Author of the Books of Raziel Series, on Gothic Angels

Paranormal fantasy author Sabrina Benulis is releasing the second novel in her Books of Raziel series COVENANT on April 1st. She’s here to share a bit about why angels fascinate and inspire her. She’s also giving away three print copies of ARCHON, the first book in her series (US only) to celebrate her release. The Rafflecopter link is at the end of this post. Welcome, Sabrina!

Sabrina Benulis, paranormal, fantasy, gothic, angels, Books of Raziel

Don’t Be Afraid

Almost every author I know does research when they’re writing a fantasy novel. Of course, I’m no exception. Years ago (this makes me feel oddly old) when I first started writing The Books of Raziel series, I knew as much about angels as any other Catholic school girl or Hallmark devotee. Angels were always depicted much the same: typically a woman or androgynous figure with wings stuck to their back and an inviting smile. These angels weren’t scary or intimidating. They held hands with cherubs and sometimes you could catch them carrying bunches of flowers.

But I was always fascinated by what I remembered from my Religion classes. They were the stories of St. Michael fighting Satan, the harrowing accounts of Catholic saints being beaten up by demons, and the memory that when an angel appears in the Bible, the first thing they typically say is “Don’t be afraid.”

That last sentence intrigued me.

I knew when I sat down to write this book series that I wanted a different feel to whatever angels I put in the story. They of course needed to be beautiful, and enticing, and fascinating. But the more I researched, the more I wanted them to also reflect the true image of angels that our sentimentality has dismantled over the centuries. Those angels are perfect, but they are also alien. They’re simply on a different plane, and if you want to get technical, from another dimension. The human beings in the Bible instinctively sensed this and tended to shiver like idiots when a good angel appeared to them. I’m not sure I want to know what someone’s reaction would have been in front of a fallen angel.

Anyway, it was this sense of ‘otherness’ that I found irresistible.

The Books of Raziel series presents angels not merely as symbols of pure good or pure evil, but as a species separate from humans that shares the same gray areas. They are living beings, yes. They are people. But they are also above us. Their loves and losses are on a grander scale, and their world is something we can recognize, but also regard with fear and awe. What to us is supernatural, is natural to them. Their powers seem like magic, but as ever, anything that’s beyond our human abilities feels like grasping at stars.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that angels have become a popular subject in fantasy fiction in the past few years, and there are many authors who have taken the theme and run with it–for good reason. In a culture where science is everything, people need an escape. As an author I’d like to offer you one more vision of these incredible beings in my own personal fantastical flavor. Sure, it’s a gothic one, but there are plenty of cathedrals out there to match.

Don’t be afraid of angels?

Well, you probably should be. But that doesn’t mean you can’t also enjoy the thrill.

In closing, I’d like to thank blog owner Jill Archer for hosting me as a guest, and of course, visitors to the site who have been kind enough to share this glimpse into my writing adventures. Happy reading!

More About Covenant

The haunting gothic tale started in Archon continues-a mesmerizing work of the paranormal in which a young woman discovers that she is caught in a labyrinth of intrigue where angels, demons, and all the creatures between Heaven and Hell will stop at nothing to possess her.

A year ago, Angela Mathers, a talented artist with a tortured soul, enrolled at the Westwood Academy and encountered the angels who haunted her dreams. Then she discovered the dark truth … she is the Archon, a being of supreme power who will determine the fate of the universe. But with such power comes great danger, and for every force seeking to aid Angela there is another burning to stop her. After a scheming demon kidnaps the Book of Raziel, Angela must find her way through a nightmarish game and enter the Door to Hell to rescue her only friend before it is too late.

The perilous fate of both Heaven and Hell rests on her success.

More About Sabrina

Sabrina Benulis

Sabrina Benulis

Sabrina Benulis graduated with a Masters in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She currently resides in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania with her husband Mike, and her spoiled cockatiel Caesar. COVENANT is the follow-up to ARCHON, her first novel.

Click here to enter to win one of three print copies of ARCHON, book 1 in the Books of Raziel.

So how about you? If you met an angel and they told you not to be afraid, would you believe them? Do you like books that feature angel and demon characters? (If you follow my blog, I’m betting you do! :-) ). Do you think that angel and demon archetypes can be used in myriad ways, serving as inspiration for all sorts of different otherworld stories? (I do! :-D ) Congratulations, Sabrina, on Covenant’s release. Thank you for guest blogging today!

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Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Chapter of RWA #Writing Workshops March 2014

Check out FF&P’s

upcoming workshops:

CONFLICT OF MYTH

03/03/2014 – 03/16/2014

Myths have been called collective, shared dreams, and come to us from virtually all civilizations which have existed for the last 7,000 years.  This workshop, influenced by the philosophies of Joseph Campbell and Manly Hall, will focus on selected Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Celtic, and Native American myths to understand their esoteric themes and conflicts, which still ring true to the modern heart.

We’ll first look at the structure and components of myths and their meanings.  Then, we’ll compare classical mythical conflicts to contemporary movies to develop a better understanding of how these ancient conflicts can play out on a modern stage.  Finally, we’ll study how to incorporate these conflicts into our current work to resonate more deeply with our modern readers.

About the presenter, Susan Sipal

S.P. Sipal is published in fiction and nonfiction through articles, short stories, and a novel and is an editor at Musa Publishing. Best known as an analyst of the Harry Potter series, she’s spoken at numerous fan and writer conferences at the national, international, and online level.  Her most recent release is a short story entitled “Lighting the Sacred Way,” set in ancient Ephesus, and included in Journeys of Wonder, volume 2.

For more info, click here.

DRAGONS ALONG SILK ROAD

AND BEYOND

03/03/2014 – 03/16/2014

Here, there be dragons! No matter where you go in the world, take a look at the folktales and the myths in the culture you’re in, and more likely than not you’ll find a mention of a dragon or two. Some of them will be described as green or gold or red, some of them will be described as having wings and some won’t, some of them will be described as having five claws, some four, some only three, some even have more than one head. The details don’t matter, though, because it’s clear that there are legends of dragons wherever you go.

Ranging from the dragons that play an important part in Chinese culture all the way to the legend of Quetzalcoatl found in Central American culture, they are all around us, whether or not we recognize them by name. Stories about dragons have been around as long as human society itself, and they reflect the society in which they reside. The term “dragon” itself is of Greek origin, meaning “a serpent or python,” and it can also mean “to see clearly.” Wherever the legend of the dragon appears, they represent society, culture, and wisdom (thus the “seeing clearly” part), since dragons are often referred to as having spiritual qualities.

Join Eilis Flynn and Jacquie Rogers as they take a trip around the world in search of dragons. Whether you make use of the legend of the dragon in your own stories doesn’t matter, because you’ll find that examining the legend of the dragon up close is really an examination of yourself and your story.

About the presenters, Eilis Flynn and Jacquie Rogers

Jacquie Rogers’ first burning desire was to be a baseball announcer, but that didn’t work out so she decided to write romance novels. Her latest novel is the third in the Much Ado western romance series, Much Ado About Mavericks. Faery Merry Christmas is her latest fantasy release. Jacquie is owner of Romancing The West, a popular western blog, and teaches online classes on various writing topics.

Eilis Flynn has spent a large share of her life working on Wall Street or in a Wall Street-related firm, so why should she write fiction that’s any more based in our world? She spends her days aware that there is a reality beyond what we can see … and tells stories about it. Published in finance, romance, and comic books, she lives in verdant Washington state with her equally fantastical husband and the ghosts of spoiled rotten cats.

For more info, click here.

To see FF&P’s full workshop schedule, click here.

To propose a future workshop, please contact me.


Are you a #writing instructor?

I volunteered to be the new Workshop Scheduler for RWA’s Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal chapter — FF&P. This means that I’m the person who will be scouting out neat, new workshops for FF&P to offer to members and non-members alike.

What is FF&P looking for?

We are looking for workshops that will appeal to fiction writers in general, not just writers who write in speculative or romance genres (e.g. craft, business, inspiration, writing life, research… character development, worldbuilding, three act structure, GMC… online marketing, social media, self-publishing, traditional publishing, hybrid options… designing your own covers, hiring your own editors… querying, submitting, conferences… fan conventions… book signings, personal events… etc.!) but, of course, we also love workshops that are geared toward our favorite subgenres: fantasy, futuristic, SFR, PNR, UF, steampunk, time travel, and young adult fiction with speculative elements.

If you are an instructor who is currently offering workshops, please consider submitting a workshop proposal to me (use my “Contact” page or email me: archer at jillarcher dot com) and include the following:

  • Your name and online contact information
  • The title and duration of the workshop
  • A brief description of the proposed workshop
  • Whether you’ve taught the workshop before and, if so, where
  • Your bio

If you’re interested in seeing what type of workshops FF&P currently has scheduled, check out the line up here. (I’m also going to do a second post today listing a couple of March workshops that are being offered).

Finally, even if you aren’t an instructor, please let me know in the comments or send an email if you have any fantastic workshops to recommend.

Please forward this post to anyone who might be interested.

Thanks, everyone!


Fun Valentine’s Day Giveaway: Author Imogen Rose and alt-folk-punk group She Said Save Me release the album PORTAL

I interviewed Imogen Rose right before Halloween last year. She had just released her paranormal YA novel Uprising, the second book in her Bonfire Chronicles. She also writes a related series (the books share settings) called the Portal Chronicles. She recently teamed up with the acoustic, alternative, punk group SHE SAID SAVE ME from Toronto to write lyrics for an album to support her Portal series. Since I love the idea of artists teaming up and bridging creative mediums, I wanted to hear more about how their partnership came about. Imogen’s story is below. Bonus! => To celebrate the album’s release, she’s offering a chance to win 10 Signed CDs of PORTAL, 10 Portal Album Necklaces, and 5 Fridge Magnets. Welcome, Imogen!

She Said Save Me Portal Sountrack

 The Portal Chronicles

Soundtrack Single!

About a year ago, when Imogen Rose, author of the cult bestselling series, the Portal Chronicles, was surfing YouTube she stumbled upon a song, “If We Fall” by SHE SAID SAVE ME, and instantly fell in love with both the lyrics and the male vocal. She put the song on her writing playlist and looked up the Toronto-based band on Facebook… and liked their page. A while later, Imogen received a PM from Joe Vercillo, saying that if her books were ever adapted for film or TV she should feel free to use his music. She had no idea who he was, but looked him up. Imagine her fan girl squee moment when she discovered that he was the lead vocalist for SHE SAID SAVE ME! Imogen and Joe have been Facebook friends ever since.

The Portal Chronicles starts off with a serendipitous meeting in a London pub, which propels the lives of the characters into a time warp of what-ifs. During the prologue, which is the key to the story, Rupert is humming a song in that London pub where Olivia and he seal their fate. Imogen Rose always wondered what he was singing. Until late one night, when she closed her eyes and “heard” it. Imogen wrote the lyrics and SHE SAID SAVE ME put it to music. What better day than Valentine’s Day to release this song that defines the romance that is PORTAL?

Portal Single Release Giveaway

Joe Vercillo – vocals, guitar


Randy Lee – violin


Mike Olsen – cello


Ryan Granville-Martin – producer, engineer, arranger


Mastered by Nick Rawson


Lyrics by Imogen Rose

PORTAL

Tonight you wished upon our star
I had this feeling
Releasing dreams into the dark
Starlight revealing
A shooting star of promises
No delusions
Fades into the lights below
A spark of illusion

It’s fantasy, unwritten destiny
A portal to a secret wish
Is this real, or is this just a midsummer night dream’s what-if

Is this a dream of you and me
Is this a dream of you and me
Is this a dream of you and me

What if you’re not real, just hallucination?
An imaginary fixation
What if we escape to a new dimension?
Through a time warp in a broken constellation

It’s fantasy, unwritten destiny
A portal to a secret wish
Is this real, or is this just a midsummer night dream’s what-if

Is this a dream of you and me
Is this a dream of you and me
Is this a dream of you and me

For Soundcloud free download link, click the album cover above or here.

For i-tunes link, click here.

Imogen Rose Links:

SHE SAID SAVE ME Links:

PORTAL BOOK LINKS:

Click here for the Rafflecopter link.

Click here for my October 2013 interview with Imogen.

Interested in more Valentine’s Day links?

Check out my 2013 10 Things to Do or Give for Valentine’s Day list

Or click here (SWAK, Part I) and here (SWAK, Part II) to read about the legal consequences of sealing something versus the romantic consequences of kissing someone. :-D

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Thanks to Imogen for the great giveaway!


Interview: Imogen Rose, Author of Paranormal YA Novel UPRISING

The plan was to post an interview of Imogen Rose today but I totally screwed up and didn’t get her the questions on time. So I’m doing a spotlight for her, which I normally don’t do. Big apology to Imogen! But you all get a chance to read about UPRISING, her latest paranormal YA novel, which is book #2 in her Bonfire Chronicles. You also have another chance to win her great tour-wide prizes, which include a $50 Amazon gift card, 10 Kindle copies of her novel INITIATION, and 10 Kindle copies of her novel PORTAL. The Rafflecopter link is below. Hope everyone is having a nice weekend! [Saturday afternoon update: Check out Imogen's Q&A below. Her birthday is on Halloween. Pretty neat, huh? Anyone else have a Halloween birthday?]

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Interview with Imogen Rose

Jill Archer: You have two different series, the Portal Chronicles and the Bonfire Chronicles. It looks like the two series can be read together. Do they share characters or settings?

Imogen Rose: They very much share settings, and the Portal Chronicles eventually blends in with the Bonfire Chronicles. I always tell my readers that the books are best read in the order that I write them (Portal, Equilibrium, Quantum, Faustine, Momentum, Initiation, Integration, Fusion, Uprising), though the two series can be read separately.

JA: Can you tell us a little bit more about UPRISING? Who are the main characters? What’s the Bonfire Academy like?

IR: Uprising is the fourth installment in the Bonfire Chronicles. The book is divided in four parts, and the story is told from two POV’s—Cordelia and Faustine. And the rest of the Bonfire favorites are back, as are some characters from the Portal Chronicles. The Academy is a dangerous training ground for the offspring of the elite global supernaturals.

JA: Love those names — Cordelia and Faustine. So, in addition to being a writer, you’re also an immunologist. It sounds like fascinating work. Do you use things that you’ve learned on the job in your books?

IR: I guess it was an inspiration for aspects of my first novel. I use what I learn from every part of my life, from being a mom to my love of shopping, in my stories.

JA: I agree that inspiration can be found almost everywhere. Speaking of everywhere, you’ve lived in some diverse places — Sweden, London, and New Jersey. I read in your bio that London is one of your favorites. What do you love about it?

IR: I felt like I spent my formative (as a new adult) years in London. It was where I landed my first (apart from vacation work) job, bought my first house, and really laid down roots. It felt like home.

JA: Are you dressing up for Halloween this year? If so, what’s your costume?

IR: It’s my birthday on Halloween, so I fight the cute neighborhood monsters and princesses with Chanel. My younger daughter is now at an age that she’d be mortified if I dressed up. Wait! Now, there is a thought…

JA: lol. Sounds fun. Best wishes for a terrific birthday. Thanks for the interview!

More About Uprising

The global infrastructure that allows humans and supernaturals to coexist is under threat. A breakdown of this carefully maintained system erupts into worldwide chaos and could eventually lead to Armageddon.

Code Uprising is activated.

The power of the supernatural world shifts from the city councils to Bonfire Academy and the other elite paranormal preps. Now, the staff and students must follow the code, however deadly the ramifications, to return power to the city sovereigns in order to prevent an apocalypse.

UPRISING is available for purchase here:

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More About Imogen

Imogen Rose

Imogen Rose

Imogen Rose is the author of the bestselling series, the Portal Chronicles, which has attained cult status within indie literature and become a favorite among teens and adults alike. An immunologist by profession, Dr. Rose published her first work of fiction in 2010. She now writes full time and is currently working on her second teen series, the Bonfire Chronicles. Imogen was born in Sweden and has lived in several places, counting London among her favorites. She moved to New Jersey in 2001. A self-confessed Hermès addict, Imogen freely admits to being obsessed with Kurt Cobain. She enjoys shopping, traveling, watching movies, and hanging out with her family, friends, and Chihuahua.

Imogen can be found online here:

If you would like to enter to win the $50 Amazon gift card, 10 Kindle copies of her novel INITIATION, and 10 Kindle copies of her novel PORTAL, click here. Thanks to Imogen for the chance to win some awesome prizes!

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