Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Plain and Simple. Mission Accomplished!

What I loved about finding Writer Un-boxed Un-conference was the ideology that the entire week was based on the craft of writing:  

Strengthening your writer’s voice.
Ramping up your characters and plot while learning about yourself. 

That is it!  Plain and Simple!  Mission accomplished!
     What I received that I didn’t expect was meeting with like-minded people and sitting with them to discuss and share my WIPs.  It was better than being showered with Christmas gifts.  I made friends who are writers that I can connect and share with.  It is such an invaluable thing.  It is tangible.  I have an un-critique group to lean on for support.  I have been alone through my entire writing experience/self-publishing.  No one within my realm of friends and family does any creative writing.  They are supportive but are not really helpful.

What surprised me was attendees that shared that they considered themselves introverts.  I didn’t find that was the case at all.   Every meal I shared was chock full of lively, interesting conversation.   I would not have guessed that anyone at the conference was an introvert!  Thinking back on it I realize it is probably because everyone felt safe enough to share about their work, lives, and what it means to them to be a writer.

Imagine how boring the conference would have been if no one shared.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Quin Goes On A Date: Wounded World, Ariele Sieling

My Name is Ariele and I Write Books: Quin Goes On A Date

Hello, Amy’s followers! My name is Ariele and I write scifi books. Of course, being a scifi author doesn’t stop me from adding a little romance every now and then. In fact, in my most recent book, The Wounded World which I am promoting today, my main character, Quin, has a little romantic encounter himself with a woman named Meriym.

The book takes place (in part) on the planet Sagitta, where Quin, a tall, dark, and silent man employed by the local military, returns home to find that his father has disappeared. He also discovers that his father has left behind a mysterious and dangerous Door which can take you to nearly anywhere in the universe. Accompanied by his close friend, John, Quin sets out to find out what happened to his father. Along the way he meets the beautiful Meriym.

This entry is designed to give you a taste of Quin and Meriym’s relationship - post-novel. You can find out more about me and my books by visiting my website, going to my Facebook page, or following me on Twitter.

A little background: The main characters of this snippet are Quin and Meriym. John is Quin’s best friend, Wolf is a mutual acquaintance of Meriym and Quin, Kip is Meriym’s son, and Melissa is a coworker of Quin and John’s who works at the Globe. In addition, giving leaves is a symbol of affection in Meriym’s culture, as opposed to flowers in ours.

Quin and Meriym Go On A Date

He stood patiently on the curb, awaiting the arrival of Meriym. Wolf was due to drop her off at this spot, two hours before sunset. He thought that perhaps he should feel nervous, but there were a lot of things that should probably make him nervous and didn’t. Besides, Meriym had explicitly told him not to be nervous, and he was good at taking orders.
At precisely two hours before sunset, Quin heard a cough. He turned his broad shoulders and bald head to the left to see Meriym and a very hirsute Wolf striding towards him. Meriym was stunning, in a dark red dress with intricate embroidery around the hems. Her hair was piled on her head, and she wore sparkling sandals on her feet.
Placing a small smile carefully across his lips, he nodded at them. Wolf scratched the ground with one foot, and then leaned forward and slipped a leaf into Quin’s hand.
“Thanks,” Quin said, and pulled an entire bouquet of leaves from behind his back. Wolf nodded in approval, grunted once, and disappeared into the nearby bushes.
“How sweet!” Meriym exclaimed, taking the bouquet from him.
“I picked a safe restaurant,” Quin explained, leading her down the street. The venue, only about a block away, was famous for its Marbresian Bird Delight and potato salad. She seemed to like just about everything; and if she wasn’t a fan of the menu, he would take her somewhere else. In fact, he probably should take her somewhere else, he mused, so John wouldn’t know where they were going to eat.
The restaurant featured brick walls adorned with unusual feathers from various species of birds. This probably had something to do with their most famous dish. Small lights were hung in strings across the ceiling, which Quin quickly scanned for security cameras. There were eight in the front lobby, and probably countless others in the dining areas. Many high-level government officials ate here on a regular basis, which meant that John would be able to keep an eye on this date from every angle.
The hostess, with a feather necklace and a strange feather headdress - really, they were taking this whole bird theme a little too far - led him and Meriym to a table. It was secluded, as Quin had requested beforehand, but not too dark. There were still four cameras pointed at the table.
He scanned the room. A couple sat at a table on the far side; a family of four dined at a larger table by the windows. A lone man read a newspaper a few tables over. Quin frowned. A lone man at this restaurant? It seemed odd, but he put it out of his head.
He turned his attention back to Meriym.
“How was the trip over?” he asked.
“Oh, fine,” Meriym replied. “I was surprised by how close you are! It only took us about fifteen minutes to get here, even though Wolf said we were travelling thousands and thousands of miles.”
“Doors make everything a lot quicker,” Quin agreed. “I’m excited about the ramifications of the new Door especially - I think sharing culture is going to be a fun and interesting challenge.”
“We already do it on Path,” Meriym agreed. “And it seems to be working out, now that everything has pretty much stabilized. I feel so lucky that you were the one that came to rescue us from imminent destruction.” She looked down, her long eyelashes dark against her cheeks.
A cough sounded from the man with the newspaper. Quin ignored it, and stared at Meriym instead. How could he tell her that, in fact, he was the lucky one?
“How is Kip?” he asked instead.
A smile played across Meriym’s lips. “He was very jealous and wanted to come with me. I promised him that we would set up a playdate with John sometime soon.”
Quin chuckled, and then silently berated himself for not thinking of that sooner. That would have been the perfect strategy to prevent John from spying on Quin’s first date in many, many years.
“How is John, by the way?” Meriym asked.
“Oh, I’m fine,” came a voice from the other side of the room.
Quin closed his eyes and took three deep breaths. When he opened them, the man with the newspaper had risen from his seat and now stood next to their table.
“It’s lovely to see you!” An enormous grin plastered his face.
“I thought you were going to play with your ringworm tonight,” Quin stated calmly. He thought that maybe he should be angry, but really, hadn’t he expected it? Expecting John to mind his own business was a bit as realistic as expecting John to grow up.
“Good news! Stacy cleared up my ringworm with a little bit of Doctor Miracle’s Miracle Lotion!” Nodding excitedly, John slipped into the seat next to Meriym. “Mind if I sit down?”
Quin shrugged and leaned back in his seat. Only a few more minutes - then John would be gone.
“I was just telling Quin that we should set up a time for Kip to come see you!” Meriym said to John. “He really wants to see your lab, and you told him once that there might be some exotic animals for him to visit.”
“Oh yeah!” John was practically vibrating from his excitement. “I thought I would show him the lab, and the zoo, and the observatory! And then possibly, we could go get pretzels. Can he eat pretzels?”
“Those are doughy pastries with salt on them?” Meriym asked.
John nodded enthusiastically.
“Of course he can!”
“Speaking of the zoo,” Quin said. “Did you hear the news earlier?”
A frown slipped across John’s face and he shuddered. He turned to Meriym. “Do you know what a tarantula is?”
She shook her head.
“It’s a giant, evil, eight-legged, disgusting piece of nature that should rightfully be completely obliterated from the universe! And it escaped!”
Quin shook his head. “It’s a spider.”
“Oh!” Meriym exclaimed. “Poor thing! It must be so scared!”
“Poor thing? POOR THING?” John leaped to his feet. “How could you even say such a thing? I can’t believe… you…?”
At the next moment, someone shrieked on the other side of the room. Quin turned his head. A table of people were rapidly pushing their chairs back and rushing to get out of the way of a young woman heading towards their table.
“John!” the young woman exclaimed, beaming.
“Melissa?” A horrified expression crossed his face. Melissa worked in accounting and finance at the Globe. She and Quin had known each other for quite a long time.
“Good news! We caught poor little Fetch. He didn’t actually run away at all - one of the school kids tried to give him a new home.” She held out her hand.
John shrieked. “YOU BROUGHT HIM HERE?”
“It was right on the way back,” Melissa explained. “Quin said you might be here.”
Quin felt a grin growing across his face.
“You… you…” John stuttered. His face was deep red. “How dare you!” He looked back and forth between Meriym and Quin rapidly. He took a deep breath and scooted around Melissa, keeping as far away from the spider as he could. Then, he ran from room, calling over his shoulder, “You two deserve each other!”
Looking across the table at Meriym, Quin let his smile grow even wider. She returned it with a smile of her own.
“I’ll just leave this here,” Melissa said, winking at Quin. She bent down and set the rubber spider on the table. “You two enjoy dinner.”
“Thank you, Melissa,” Quin said, smiling, and then turned his attention back to the beautiful woman sitting across from him. “Shall we eat?”
“We shall,” Meriym replied, reaching out to take his hand. “And I think I’d like to try Marbresian Bird Delight, if you don’t mind.”
“That sounds perfect.” Quin nodded. And it was.

If you’d like to read more about Quin and Meriym, you can get a copy of my book on Amazon. You can also try reading the first chapter by visiting Zoe’s blog, or learn a bit more about John, Quin, and my universe by checking out H.S. Stone’s blog!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Survival Horror in Today's Entertainment

Survival horror is consuming entertainment society. In a world where computers and electricity are a part of every facet of the human day, even making a simple couple coffee involves a high-tech piece of equipment. The fascination with survival shows and video games, along with reality TV has upped the ante on our ability to face a primitive world.

The survival genre manifests a deep concern for our own ability to exist in a world that is free of technology and/or infested with an unknown we cannot control. Government, morality, or even ourselves are replaced with Maslow’s fundamental principles of needs. This genre creates a sharp look into a savage existence in which the most fearful predators are other people.

The Walking Dead, The Last Ship, and Revolution are fictional television shows that are taking a step beyond man versus animal, like in Dual Survival, and raising the stakes to man versus man. Money, status, and leisure are replaced with a resurgence of a lost age, the dawn of man. The vast development of humans over thousands of years has changed the stakes by fueling this new generation of primitive survivors with sagacity. 

Knowledge is a key ingredient for traversing a foreign society that rises up from destruction. What never changes and can never be defeated are the innate qualities that rear their heads, greed, malice, and lust for power.  These traits surface and complicate the most basic task of finding food.

The ultimate question that survival horror poses is “Would you survive?”  And that promotes supplemental questions of what you are willing to do, what ethics would or could you sacrifice, and what lengths would you go to?  It is easy to ask these questions when not faced with the situation only looking at it through the fictional eyes of survival horror writers.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Warrior Mine Anthology!

Cover Reveal! ***WARRIOR MINE Anthology***Meet six HOT alpha warriors and the women who tame them! Box set includes six novels by six amazing authors. Get ready to swoon over sexy SEALs, Soldiers and Marines! Release Date: Veteran's Day, November 11th!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Silencing Joy 99 cents on Amazon!

"Rachiele has a very personal and personable writing style. She tells a vividly raw and shockingly real story that you can’t help but get caught up in. This story is very emotionally charged. It’s cool & disturbing all at the same time. Her descriptions, as well as her storytelling, are understated yet won’t let you go. The story itself had me captivated. It’s vivid without being over the top.

Rachiele flips perspective between a variety of characters. With some you’re vey engaged and caught up in the tale. With others, it’s like you’re standing on the sidelines. This adds an extra layer of complexity to the tale. You get to know all of the characters in the story without leaving anyone in the dust.

Overall, this story was exhilarating, thought provoking, & thoroughly enjoyable. I didn’t ever want it to end." ~ Jonel, Canada

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Shrapnel's Kiss by Amy Rachiele November 4th!

RELEASE DATE: November 4th

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It’s love and war!

If I don't tell the story now, no one else will be able to tell it for us.  Some people believe in fate, that no matter where you are in the world your soul mate will find you, or you them.  I have to believe that fate wouldn't be as cruel as it seems to me now.

In a war torn Afghanistan, Junie signs up for a Peace Corps assignment involving recently orphaned children.  She wasn't expecting a lavish experience.  She knew it would be primitive and dangerous, but it turned out to be way more difficult than she could have imagined.

Captain Tyler Alexander, U.S. Army, Infantry: Mission first and mission ready is his motto, but he realizes it all has a deeper meaning when he meets Junie--a Flower-power Peace Corps volunteer.  Can they have a relationship in the midst of terrorists and firefights?