In Search of Perfection

“I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.”  Michael J. Fox

Humans seek perfection in all things. We seek it in the products we buy and the services we use. We expect others to behave in a manner that meets a set of clearly defined ideals (whether we recognise this or not). Interestingly, everyone has a different set of values and behaviours that we deem perfectly acceptable. When we judge someone’s behaviour as being bad or wrong, we are doing this with a mindset of perfectionism. (Think about this for a minute!)

Surprisingly, we are seldom able to provide that same level of perfection we seek in others.

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At first you may think this is a little extreme but it isn’t, let me explain…

When we buy something, we want it new and shiny and we expect the item to perform perfectly. Fair enough if you’re buying a car or a new fridge. However, we also expect this with lesser-valued items and we even expect the box and packaging to be without blemish, even though we will throw the box away as soon as we get home.

We expect our lawnmower/gardener person to trim our lawns with deft precision, leaving neither weed nor blade of grass behind.

Extreme perfection

And imagine if your accountant made an error! Soon enough the taxman would let you know that he performed less than perfectly.

We expect our teenagers to make perfect choices (choices we approve of), we want our celebrities, and rock stars to always appear perfect and behave like model citizens. They are, after all, society’s role models. The truth is we actually have higher moral expectations for others then we do for ourselves.

When it comes to creative and artistic endeavours like writing books – we demand perfection. Once you have read a few book reviews you will discover just how many readers expect perfection. (Sometimes even beyond what is normally expected or humanly possible.)

It is not unusual to read a book and discover a mistake or two, or sometimes, many. Mistakes appear in both traditionally published books and independently published books. But does a missing comma, a misplaced full stop or a misused adjective really affect the enjoyment of a good story. Usually not.

Remember that a novel writer has around 100,000 opportunities to make a mistake.

I like a book where you can feel the author’s passion for the story and their characters. Sometimes stories are well written and sometimes not, but if the passion is present then a few mistakes are forgivable. (Lazy writing, unedited manuscripts, endings rushed to meet deadlines or books uploaded to Amazon for profit alone, are a different story.)

Often there are bigger mistakes, like the use of shudder and shutter (these words are not interchangeable… they have different meanings! Look it up.) Or continuity errors, where car models change or eye colour varies throughout the story. And while errors like the misuse of shutter/shudder make me want to scream, they (usually) don’t make the story less enjoyable.

I am not perfect, and I know that I often make mistakes, in writing and in life and I am quite happy to accept a blemish or two, a dented package or a missing comma.

Perhaps it’s time to be less harsh in our judgement of others (not just writers); perhaps we should seek perfection only when we can offer it ourselves. (This is highly unlikely so don’t even try).

I know this doesn’t apply to all of us and it isn’t something we do all of the time, but it does apply to most of us, a lot of the time. I do realise that we don’t want to buy inferior products or to be surrounded by crappy broken things but there are many times when ‘stuff’ just doesn’t matter!

So next time you think J Lo’s butt is a few inches bigger or smaller then you’ve come expect or the book you’ve just read has too many missing commas… stop and say, “Does it really matter?” Then get over yourself and your sense of perfection and have a great day!

Cover of "The Back-Up Plan"

Cover of The Back-Up Plan – I think this is the movie poster where they made J Lo’s BUTT bigger… because that’s what audiences expected to see!

I thought I would search Google to find suitable images for this article. I thought I would have trouble, but guess what? I didn’t. There are hundreds of articles and images on the subject of perfection. Here are some you may find interesting…

http://imperfectaction.com/blog/2009/06/01/personal-development/stop-chasing-for-perfection/
http://www.ghostwoods.com/2012/08/perfection-1500/
http://creativewithkids.com/myth-of-the-perfect-parent/
http://ryanwiancko.com/2011/02/16/embrace-the-darkness-embrace-the-perfection-embrace-the-happiness-of-the-moment/

The Case of the Disappearing Reviews (on Amazon)

They say that independent reader reviews are important to Authors. That’s a reasonable statement and one I have always accepted as true.

I often read reviews, but it doesn’t always determine whether I actually purchase a book or not. This really only happens on Amazon, because when I walk into a bookstore, I purchase books for different reasons. Maybe it’s the cover; often it’s the blurb on the back; rarely it has to do with publishers hype and it’s almost never is based on the book’s reviews.

Buying from Amazon requires a different approach than buying from a bookstore. Amazon publishes (and sells) hundreds and thousands of books by Indie Authors and the only way to identify a good story is to read some of the reviews, often a good story will shine above the rest because of the nice things their readers say (but not always).

This doesn’t always work because you can’t base your purchases on another person’s tastebuds.

Recently Amazon decided to remove some of its Authors reviews. There has been a lot of talk about why this happened but no one seems to know for sure. They did update their review posting guidelines but there doesn’t seem to be anything in the new guidelines to justify removing the old reviews.

Basically, you can’t pay a person for a review (among other things). This doesn’t include giving away a copy of your book to a reviewer because this is how the big boys work – sending out review copies of books to readers and bookstores to gain reviews and establish a prepared market ready for release day.

When I took my book into a local bookstore they asked for a ‘free’ review copy, in fact they expected it and demanded it. I originally purchased five books for this purpose and passed them around locally so I was happy to offer them one of these copies. Every time I ask a store to stock my book, they ask for a review copy. It seems to be the accepted norm with in the publishing industry.

Now, this is all fine and dandy but when Amazon reviewed their policy and removed the offending reviews, they took away over half of the reviews that had been posted on the Amazon page for Tomorrows Child!

I imagine a computer program did the work because I doubt that Amazon has the staff to read each offending review. Unless they have employed 1-million literate Lemmings to censer book reviews.

I assume they did this to all authors but I could be wrong, perhaps they just targeted indie authors. When the Lemmings went to work, they left me with three reviews! When they censored the reviews of EL James – Fifty Shades of Grey, they could have taken away 10,000 reviews (who really knows) but that still left her with over 13,000 reviews! (based on the +50% reduction rule they used for my book!)

I still don’t know why my reviews were removed and they didn’t appear to have broken any review laws… but who knows. Only Amazon and the Lemmings can tell us what really happened.

Anyway, I have decided to publish a review page - A central place to store my reviews should Amazon decide to remove the remaining three!

Reviewers go to a lot of trouble to write and post a review. They read your book, take notes, write thoughtful reviews and then go online and post them – usually on multiple sites. This is time consuming and even if I do give them a free copy of my eBook – they will earn themselves a whopping $2.99 (in virtual products). (I am sure we have many, very rich reviewers out there!)

Indie Authors need reader support so if you still want to leave reviews for Authors you love, please do. Post the review on Amazon and any of the other sites that promote the work of Indie Authors.

If you’d like to write a review for Tomorrows Child, post it on Amazon or Goodreads or wherever you purchased my book, but I would be most grateful if you also send the review to me so I can post it here on my website.

See the Review Page for Tomorrows Child

To be or not to be… a real author!

It’s 5am and I have just sent my 11-year-old son off to camp. Each year the school takes the Grade 7 students to the Gold Coast for a week. I probably shouldn’t be worried – he is smart, independent and brave, but it’s the first time he has been away from the family for more than a day or two and his first time in a big city – so I am a little worried.

But I guess I am worried about all of them – 30 country kids in the big smoke! As if a visit to Brisbane and the Gold Coast isn’t amazing enough, the V8 Supercars is on this weekend on the Gold Coast and about 200,000+ extra people will attend.

I can’t imagine 200,000 extra people on the Gold Coast; in fact, I can’t really imagine 200,000 people anywhere. Last weekend our school celebrated 100 years and about 1000 people showed up for the Centenary event – this I can imagine. Actually, 1000 people together in a hall is not all that difficult to imagine because people gather in groups this size every day.

Still, living in a country town means that things are small – groups of people, schools, traffic jams (??), waiting lines… everything is small and compact.

And this brings me to books, in particular eBooks -small, compact and portable!

Recently, I setup a stall at a local festival, signed copies of my book and gave away eBooks. It was pretty successful and lots of fun but one person commented about the value of eBooks and the validity of Authors who publish them.

I can’t offer an exact quote, but he said something about not being a ‘real author’ - one book doesn’t make a person successful and publishing eBooks doesn’t really mean you’re an author.

At the time, I didn’t know what to say and while I was paused in shock… he said that if I ever publish a second book (that achieved good sales), it would establish me as an ‘Author’ and he might consider reading the first one. Personally, I don’t care what he reads or what he thinks but it got me thinking about ‘Real Authors’ and the validity of eBooks and publishing through Amazon and Smashwords.

So what is an Author – according to the dictionary an author is someone who writes a book or other text, literary work, article or report; a creator of something; a person responsible for the final form of a book, report or text.

Interestingly, in the definition of an Author there is no mention of actually publishing the written work – simply the act of writing makes you an author!

If this is the case than I have been an author for years – having written and published dozens of reports and hundreds of articles, quite a few booklets and several newsletters, but I didn’t consider myself to be an author until I had actually published my book.

EBooks may still be considered to be the poorer cousin of ‘real books’ but anyone who sells eBooks via Amazon (or any other outlet) knows that eBooks outsell paperbacks by about 100 to 1. Even for ‘not real authors’  like myself, this is true.

The truth is that eBooks are amazing – they have created an opportunity for anyone with stamina, patience and desire to ‘publish’ and after publishing an eBook, I bet most people would consider themselves a ‘real author’ regardless of whether the book is good or not!

Success is an entirely different matter. I felt I had achieved success when the manuscript was finished. I mean who is going to say that writing 100,000+ words isn’t an amazing achievement. Oh that’s right – that feller at the markets!

Success is personal and measurable by your own goals and expectations. If my goal was to write the next Harry Potter Series, draw in millions of fans like the Twilight Series or create the hype of Fifty Shades of Grey, than I would have fallen well short of the mark but this was never my goal or my expectation.

Success could be measured by book sales but selling one book to a complete stranger was enough to create a feeling of success and achievement (I guess I am easily pleased!). So while some stranger may not consider me or other indie authors who publish eBooks to be ‘real authors’ or even successful, I would have to disagree.

Gothic Angel Book Reviews

This will be a short post because for some reason wordpress just lost the beautiful post I prepared to thank Keren. I try again tomorrow. But I just wanted to let you know that Keren at Gothic Angel Book Reviews has put together an amazing post in support of our blog tour.

Check out the details at Gothic Angel Book Reviews

I will fix this tomorrow and make it all pretty and thank Keren again!

Interview with Grace from Paradox The Angels Are Here

This interview was first posted on Julie Crane’s Blog

Let me start out by saying that Patti Roberts is one of my favorite young adult authors. Not only is she a phenomenal writer, she is truly a giving person. She is always friendly and willing to lend a helping hand. I’m not sure how I stumbled across the first book in her series, but I’m glad I did. I fell in love with Patti’s writing and her characters. The below interview takes place with one of the main characters from the Paradox series at the age of 14. In book two—which I just finished—Grace is now 16, and I am anxiously awaiting the third book.

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Good morning Grace, it a pleasure to have you with us today

Thank you, it is nice to be here.

 We know it’s been difficult for you and your mother Kate, since your father died. How are things going now? Is Kate eating and sleeping normally? 

Oh mum is fine now, we both are.  At first I wasn’t sure if either of us was going to make it – or if we even wanted too.  I was so young, eleven, and I felt so lost without my dad.  But with the help of my amazing friends Josh and Angela, life has been, well different, but good.  And I never thought I would be able to say that.  I know that mum  is really grateful that Wade has been here  – for the both of us.  He is like a surrogate dad.  My dad would really have liked him.  When I was little, I used to close my eyes and pretend that my dad was still there.  That Wade was my dad.

 

Angela has become your best friend and you admit she is a bit odd. Have you ever talked to her about her strange behaviour? And do you ever feel frustrated by the things she says? 

 At first I did – not that I had any friends to compare her with!  Other than Patrick who died so young, Angela was my first real friend.  Then of course Josh came along… He had a huge crush on Angela – he still does!  I was never frustrated by Angela.  Surprised, yes – often!  Angela has this special way about her that makes it impossible for me not to want to be around her.  And Josh, well he is just like a brother.

Do you think your match making efforts with Angela will ever work? 

Okay, well that is frustrating!!!  Here is this great guy who just adores her to bits and it’s like she just doesn’t get it!  I would do anything to have a boyfriend that loved me like that!

 Tell us a little more about Josh? 

Josh is adorable – I could hug him to death.  Mum calls us the three musketeers’, Angela, Josh, and I.   Josh is so great, he would make a wonderful knight in shining armour.  And he always makes me make me laugh.   Not Angela though.  But then no one can make Angela laugh…  Dad would have called her an old soul in a young body.

 Most children and many adults want a Guardian Angel or an imaginary friend. So I was shocked to learn that you sent Hope away when you needed her the most. Hope was part of your life for over three years; do you still remember her? and do you miss her?  

Hope was just a dream, an imaginary friend.  I know that now.  Mum needed me.  She used to say that I just made Hope up when I was little because I didn’t have any real friends.  Hope sure felt real at times though, and dad even used to play along.  He made us both swords when we used to play dress-ups for one of my favourite movies The Lord Of The Rings.   I would love to have a real Guardian Angel, that would be great!

 Eleven is very young to have to care for an adult when your mother should have been caring for you. We understand she was grieving, but you were so young, do you feel robbed of your childhood because of the way your mother reacted after your father died? 

 It was a sad and weird time.  I missed dad so much but I was more afraid of what would happen to me if mum died too.    I used to have such vivid dreams about losing both my parents. So just having mum there, in any condition, was good enough for me.  And then there was Wade, so…

 The visions you have are certainly intense, how much of these do you remember and can you see a connection to your current life?

At the time I have my visions or dreams – I’m really not sure what they are – but they always feel so real – like they really happened.  But I don’t think they are connected to my real life.  I read somewhere that dreams are just your mind trying to make sense of random thoughts you have throughout the day.   Maybe I just have a vivid imagination.

 What is Darwin like? I

have always wanted to visit but it seems like another world away.  Darwin is really great.  I like living here.  Not that I have ever lived anywhere else.  It will always be my home too me.  Some people don’t like the heat and the rain that much.  Well okay, it does get hot sometimes but I don’t mind, I’m used to it.  And the rain, well that can be smothering at times but I really love the thunder storms – they are kind of amazing and scary but at the same time they are powerful – energizing!  That does that sound weird?

 Wade has been very helpful and supportive. Do you think he is falling in love with your mother? 

 When I was little things like that never crossed my mind.  My mother wasn’t capable of loving anyone other than my dad.  But now, well sometimes I think it would be kind of cool.  She shouldn’t have to be alone for the rest of her life.  And sometimes Wade reminds me so much of my dad that they could be related.  Like they are brothers or something…

 Are you still a vegetarian?  

Oh yes, ever since I saw those cows being slaughtered at the abattoir I have never been able to eat red meat ever since.  It was just so horrible, and the smell…  I feel sick just thinking about it.  I really like fish though.

Thanks for talking with us today Grace,

Thank you, it has been fun.  Easiest homework ever…  Well kind of homework.  Everyone starting high school has to do these interview type assignments for the new student councilor, Miss Siena Cintra.  She is so pretty and I wished I had hair like that.

About the Author

Name Patti Roberts

Location Cairns Queensland Australia.

On any given day you can usually find me sitting at my desk in front of my laptop pounding away at the keys writing another chapter in the Paradox series. That would be a run of the mill kinda day for me!

A packet of Cruskits and a water bottle, that is now at room temperature, is sitting on the desk beside me. There is also a mass of USB cables, notepads, bills to be paid, bills to be filed a bunch of pens and a printer that is forever running out of ink. Sound familiar.

On most days I have to remind myself to eat and drink. I Should be thinner!!!

I am sure my housemates are very thankful that I still manage (usually at some ungodly hour) to bathe, brush my hair and clean my teeth.

I don’t know about you. But I am usually mortified when visitors just pop around, only to find me sitting at my desk and still in my PJ’s. I don’t even want to broach the hair situation! Did I remember to put last nights dishes away???

Now, they say to be a good writer, you must read, read, read. Then read some more…

Thankfully, due to the invention of the electronic reader (I have a kindle and love it) I get to read more these days. Correction… I have my kindle read to me! The only thing is, I have so many great books on my kindle that it is so hard to know where to start. So many choices.

A little more about me… And how you can contact me.

Born in Brisbane Qld Australia.
Grew up in Darwin in the NT.
Now living in Cairns Qld.  Where the Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Paradox-Series/150822348341990?sk=wall

Blog: http://theangelsarehere.wordpress.com/readers-questions-answered/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/PattiRoberts7

Thank you to all those souls that have read my book – you make my day!

PS: If you are thinking about popping a round for a coffee, that might be nice. But please give me a quick call first so I can brush my hair and smear a bit of colour across my lips.

Interview with the Teens from Arazi Crossing

This character interview was originally posted on Talk About Authors
I have the privilege of sitting down with the teens today from Arazi Crossing as they take time from their busy schedules to answer a few questions for me.
Natalie: Hi everyone, so glad you can be here with me today. So tell me, have you all had a chance to have a bit of a rest now that Quinn’s quest is done?
 
Quinn: Well, with everything that’s going on with the Arazi Royals, our trip back home to visit with our families was cut short. And for me, I feel the pressure of finishing my Ace training before the next quest.
April: Yeah, I’m kinda tired but excited about getting to the next quest.
Juina: I was bummed that my quest was moved but I understand why. At least I will get a bit more rest this way.
Janus: I’m cool. I just want to get on with it, you know? The Royals really need our help.
Maya: I’m glad for Quinn. He did really great with his quest. I hope I can do as well with mine… when the time comes.
Natalie:  Ok, so there are five of you from all different parts of the world, how is everyone getting along together, was it hard when you all first came together with the different personalities?
April: When we first met at the parallel coliseum, I was so freaked out. Like, first I had to get over the shock of finding out who Mister James really was! Then it took me a long time to even want to get to know the others, but now that we’ve traveled back in history together and helped Quinn get his quest, I feel really close to these guys.
Janus: Yeah, it was hard, being one of only two guys for this thing, but these guys are awesome and I know they will be there for me… no matter what is thrown our way.
Juina: I agree with April. At first, I hated being torn from my family, my home and thrown together with a group of kids I’d never met before. But now that I know why we’ve been brought together and I’ve witnessed just how great they are, these guys have become my new family and we are solid.
Maya: I had a lot of drama going on when all of this started, but Quinn’s a great leader and all of these guys ‘brought it’ in Scotland. I’m proud to have been chosen to be one of the next Arazi Royals and I’m proud of all of us for what we’ve been through.
Quinn: As you know, I’m an only child. I couldn’t have asked for better ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’. These guys rock!
Natalie:  Quinn, your quest was first, were you scared going into your quest and was it what you had expected or the total opposite from what you thought it would be like.
Quinn: Oh yeah, I was scared. I don’t mind admitting it. I mean, in the first place, traveling to Arazi Crossing with Miss Charlotte, these guys and the other Luminares was a trip in itself but to realize that Arazi Crossing is an actual place in the Earth’s mantle and that magic and sorcery are real? That was crazy. My quest was unbelievable. To go back in history and meet William Wallace in person was the coolest thing ever. To be able to change history like that gave me a real sense of purpose. My sense of kinship with my country is also way stronger now. I am prouder than ever to be Scottish.
Natalie:  How were the rest of you while helping Quinn, do you think it helped you better prepare yourself for your quests as they come?
Janus: For sure. At least now we have a sense of what traveling back in history is like. I know I can count on these guys to be there every step of the way. It was really hard getting used to the old ways of life in Scotland. Luckily our Dune rings helped out with our being able to speak the language. It was scary to be put in the midst of the fighting at Crawford’s farm, but somehow me, Maya and April managed to find the courage to fight with the rest of them.
April: My quest won’t be for a while yet, but I’m ready to help with the other quests. I feel really good about my part in Quinn’s evolution. It was awesome to be part of an old-fashioned Scottish wedding!
Juina: I was fine in Scotland until Quinn and I had to travel to Robroyston with Malcolm Wallace and the other men. When we were in the middle of battling the English, I thought I would have a heart attack! I was so glad they didn’t have guns back then. As for being prepared for my own quest? I hope my mind will overpower my heart if I have to send one of my ancestors to his or her death. I mean, I know these people will die at some point, but I’d rather it not be directly by my own hand.
Maya: I hated being April’s ‘servant’, but the rest of Quinn’s quest was cool. April really surprised me in Scotland. She was great! I also loved the wedding – it was so romantic – something I will never forget. I’m ready for my quest – no question.
Natalie:  Can you guys tell me a bit more about Arazi Crossing and the Royals, they all seem so nice.  
Maya: If you close your eyes and think of a royal family who mean something to you, like from your own country, then you can imagine the Arazi Royals.
April: Yeah, if you think of your grandparents or some really kind people in your own life, then that feeling you get when you think of them would describe how great the Royals are. Even though they are Aces, powerful sorcerers… they are so down to earth.
Janus: It was the place that drew me the most. Even though the castle is made of diamond and it’s laid out like the Roman coliseum in Italy, it’s warm and inviting. I really feel at home there.
Juina: When we first arrived in Arazi Crossing, I thought I was losing my mind. The logical side of me kicked in and I dismissed everything around me as not real – just a fantasy. But as soon as the Arazi Royals welcomed us with that beautiful song, my heart opened up and my imagination let them in. It’s still hard for me to talk about the Royals without getting upset. I felt a real connection to Matthew. I don’t know why… really, but a part of me hurts now that he’s gone.
Quinn: Arazi Crossing is a world of its own. The castle, the gardens, the training grounds… even the lake seem like home to me now. As for the Royals, well, they are my family and I felt an instant connection with them as soon as we arrived. Like Juina, my heart aches for Matthew and Emma Jane, but I know they are with the Spirits now and that they are together and safe from Evil.
Natalie:  What was it like travelling to Arazi Crossing for the very first time?
Quinn: Oh… I’ve got this! The chariot? That thing owns! It’s the coolest ride ever! To be able to tunnel down through the earth like that? It was awesome!
Janus: Yeah, to ride along, looking out the windows at all the little creatures and everything? It was sweet!
April: I like the fact that we each got our own sfera. The marbles run the chariot and that’s totally cool. I can’t wait until we get to use them again.
Maya: To find out that there is a diamond-studded tunnel weaving down through the earth was amazing. I had no idea what that part of earth was like.
Juina: As an artist, I hope I get the chance to paint the world below. It was a beautiful journey.
Natalie: What can you share about your Mericotta bracelets?
Maya: Now… I’ve got this! As you know, having anything attached to my left wrist is the most incredible thing for me. When we accepted our destinies and joined the Arazi Royals, our little gifts transformed into Mericotta bracelets. The more we get involved with Good and our destinies, the more our bracelets become part of us. Quinn can explain the rest.
Quinn: During my quest, I could feel my bracelet almost melting into my skin. It didn’t hurt… just tingled and sizzled at times. Once my quest was over and I had my Ace ceremony, my bracelet fully attached itself to my wrist and now it looks more like a tattoo.
April: Yeah, but it works! It’s full of magical powers, right? And mine will too, right?
Quinn: Ha, ha… yes April, yours will too.
Natalie:  Ok something fun for each of you, what is one of your favorite things to do?
April: Shop… hands down the best! Ha, ha.
Maya: I love music. I hope the Royals will let me bring my fav songs to Arazi Crossing.
Janus: Play soccer. I’d love to conjure up my own team of awesome players… that is, when I become an Ace, like Quinn.
Quinn: Collect things. I already have a box full of stuff from Paragon Pyxis, and now I’m hoping with my new life that I will get to travel all over the place, collecting cool things.
Juina: Like I said, I really love painting, so I’d love to paint a few huge murals on the walls inside the Arazi castle.
Natalie:  What is the next step for you all? Whose quest is next and is there anything you can tell us about it?
Quinn: Well… it was supposed to be Juina’s, but Evil has gotten in the way of that plan. King Frederick and Queen Louise talked it over with the Proteziones and decided it would be best to change things up.
Juina: Yeah, I agreed with their choice for the next quest. Something bad is going on and the sooner we get our quests over with, the better for Arazi Crossing and for the Good of everyone.
Maya: We can’t get into details too much since we’re not sure if any members of Evil will get access to this interview.
April: Yeah, sorry, but we have to keep a few secrets until we are almost finished the next quest.
Janus: What I can say is that you won’t be disappointed in the choices that have been made. Remember… we are on the Good side now. It’s time for us to help the Royals kick some Evil butt!
I wish you all the best of luck with each of your quests and I hope we get the chance to sit down again sometime soon.  Thank you for being here with me today and taking time from your busy schedule.

About the Author – Carolyn Hockley

Biography
A resident of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Carolyn is the founder and executive director of the Young Writers’ Society of Nova Scotia, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing guidance and resources to young people. Carolyn enjoys a busy life as a single parent of two children, girlfriend to her biggest ‘fan’ and ‘mommy’ to their spoiled German shepherd. Carolyn began seriously writing YA fantasy novels two years ago. It was time for her to zero in on the age group she loves the most; teens. Her books reflect her understanding of their vitality, humour and wit. Her stories aim to match their constant desire for adventure.
Marked, in ink, with the beloved Mericotta bracelet symbol on her left wrist, Carolyn pushes forward with continuing the Arazi Crossing saga as she works on book two; Carolyn is thrilled to be launching Arazi Crossing Book One: Quinn’s Evolution.
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Interview with Justice from The Fallen One – Sons of the Dark Mother

First 5 Chapters – Volume 1 Blog Tour

This post was originally posted on Ritesh Kala’s Book Reviews

Character Interview with Justice from The Fallen One – Sons of the Dark Mother By Lenore Wolfe

JUSTICE, WHO IS THE PRINCE OF FIRE

Justice was cloaked with Fae glamour at a young age to keep the world from knowing his secret. He is the Prince of Fire–one of the rare Starborne of the Jaguar People. When he and his sisters were very young, their parents became side-tracked, suddenly not paying the attention to their kids that they had been. But the kids didn’t learn why for many more years to come….

At 14, Justice is forced to shape-shift, much too young to handle such a power. After that, he becomes hunted–until he becomes the hunter.

They learn that the ancient vamp, Constantine, is the one hunting them. He wants control of all the humans think they control. He wants the humans period. And he wants the Jaguar People, the ancient vamps and Fae armies brought to his feet–to heed his rule. Most of all, he most certainly does NOT want to follow the laws of ancient vamps–the ones who were NOT turned–but learned how to live once more–through the intake of life giving blood.

Constantine has learned to rule through the fighting–and the winning–of many battles. He is a legend who believes he is not bound by ancient law.

Justice and Dracon, who is the Prince of Air, the Prince of Water and the Prince of Earth, as well as the Sisters of Three, and Justice’s own sisters–along with the Alliance and Fae armies–must fight Constantine and his rogue factions of vamps to save Mother Earth from the certain destruction of Constantine’s rule.

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Ritesh: I thought it would be very cool to have Justice come over and chat with us. He was very nice and took some time out to come and talk!

Interview with Justice from 

Lenore Wolfe’s The Fallen One

Justice

Ritesh: Hi Justice! Good to have you with us today and thank you for agreeing to answer some of my questions. We humans know very little about your people and any information you give us will be extremely helpful.  I will try to not keep you away for too long from your responsibilities. So, let’s get started.

Ritesh: I’ve always wanted to ask, who is a Starborne and what can you tell us about the Jaguar People?

Justice: The Starborne are 5 ancient races of people who brought the original races to Mother Earth many thousands of years ago, when they brought the original stones and the original temples of the people. The Jaguar People were one facet of these people.

In our people there exists a prophesy of one will be born, who will be the Prince of Fire, He will be of white hair and violet eyes, and he will remember the ancient teaching that were forgotten with the fall of Atlantis.

This prophesy also says that he will unite with the Prince of Air, The Prince of Water–and the Prince of Earth to save our Mother Earth from certain destruction, when the Dragon rises up to devour her. The factions of rouge vampires, who are led by Constantine, seek to rule our Mother. Should they succeed, our people would be laid at their feet, along with the Air People and the Water People. And the Earth People, who are brothers of the Fae, would be their slaves–but the humans would become as their cattle–as food–to supply their never-ending thirst for their life blood.

Ritesh: Can you tell us about your childhood? What is the most memorable memory you have?

Justice:  During my childhood, I was cloaked with glamour and made ready to rule. I and my sisters spent our childhoods being taught the ancient way. And we spent many hours in training for war.

But during any idle time, I would always try to be around Jes. If I were to recall a memory, it would be of her laughter as she played with my sisters on a swing set at a human playground.

She was the sweet sunshine of my youth.

Ritesh: How many siblings do you have? Who is your favourite among them?

I have three sisters: Jasmine, Mia and Ophelia. And I love the three of them with all my heart and being. But I was able to spend most of my time with Jasmine, when we spent many years at a time separated after our parents disappeared. So I am probably closest to her.

Ritesh: You were forced to shape-shift at a young age of 14. Can you tell us what happened? How did you handle it?

Many times we were met by human gangs on our way to school, and I was responsible for our younger sisters. I had beat them back, time after time. But they always came back for more. And on that day, they came back with too many for me to beat down. I was slipping into the world beyond–when I felt the change.

My people are not supposed to tap such power until we reach our majority. But I had tapped into my power by touching my death.

On that day, they met their own deaths–and I met the monster inside of me, who was capable of killing….

Ritesh: Can you tell us a bit more about your world, the one we humans do not really seem to know about? Also, can you tell us about all the various beings in this world?

There is a whole world amongst the humans, and yet, the humans remain unaware. We walk among you, work with you, and even try to guide you. But the children of the Earth, the ones who are human, and not Fae, must awaken soon–and take their place beside us–or all will be lost.

The others are the races of Her Waters, the races of Her Air, and the races of Her Fire. To find us–you need only to allow yourself to remember who you are.

Ritesh: You’ve had a tough life thus far. What can you tell us about Constantine and the ancient vamps?

Constantine is an old battle vamp–who loves war. He originally commissioned the writings of your human bible–but he was buried as a Pagan. Yet, many kept secret that he yet lived. The Dark Cloth, the dark forces that hide behind the human governments, seek to control Constantine. Yet, he remains a power unto himself. He seeks only his own power and his own gain. He lives–to find those who can challenge him in battle.

Constantine lives to have war. There is not a battle he does not know–or a strategy of war he has not used personally. He fights only to win. Ruling over humans, and the rest of us is merely a secondary treat for him.

Ritesh: I hear you’re the Prince of Fire. So, what does that mean? What powers do you have? Also, can you tell me about the other princes? How was the Alliance formed?

The Alliance has existed for as long as we have been on Mother Earth. So, too,  has–the Dark. The Alliance was shattered to the corners of Mother Earth by the fall of Atlantis. But slowly, she was rebuilt. Now the many races have been working to bring all of our people back together, and we await the human race.

I have the power of fire–and my shape-shifting abilities. But we have only just brought the Princes of Mother Earth back together–we are only just learning what that means–and what powers that will bring–so stay tuned human–you might learn something yet.

Ritesh: How is the battle progressing? Tell me the truth; do I have something I should be worried about?

We have been working hard, Constantine was only a small portion of what we face as the children of Mother Earth, the Children of Atlantis. Constantine is NOT the Dark Cloth. All of her children must awaken, now! We are at the cusp of a new millennia, but we must be diligent, or all really could be lost….

You have only to worry if your race remains asleep while we battle. There is much to do–talks of which the humans should be taking part. As long as you remain oblivious to the Dark Cloth, they keep you cloaked in your ignorance.

Ritesh: Finally, one last question. How can I contact you if I want more updates about the war and to find out if all of you are fine?

You can write to lenorewolfe@gmail.com. She will know how we are all doing. Or you can simply remember who you are, and you will know yourself.

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About The Fallen One by Lenore Wolfe

An ancient race and a prophecy foretell of four dark princes, the sons of the dark mother, who will rise up with a nation of old vamps to stop the rogue factions from ruling over mankind.
Justice is the first in that prophecy, from the ancient Jaguar People. He is the Prince of Fire. Jess is one of the three sisters of the Jaguar witches who must help him to stop these factions of rogue vamps–or none of their lives will ever be the same.
To know more about the Fallen One, you can visit:
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About Author Lenore Wolfe

Lenore Wolfe grew up in Montana, and Alaska, and currently lives in central US. She holds a BA in Sociology, from the University of Northern Colorado, with a minor in writing, and she is student of the Shaman path.

Lenore writes dark fantasy, paranormal romance, fantasy, historical romance.

Blog Tour ~ First 5 Chapters – Volume 1

Come join us on tour and talk to your favorite characters on this three day blog tour event!! You will be able to follow the characters as they are interviewed!

On the third day, join these characters on Twitter! Ask them questions! Celebrate with them! Come join the festivities!!

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Calling all book bloggers!! (Blog Tour ~ 1st to 3rd April)

We are having a Blog Tour and need bloggers to sponsor the First Five Chapters and post character interviews on your blog! This book features not one but 6 great paranormal authors. We will be tweeting with these characters on the third day!!

Come join the fun!!

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6 Authors - 5 Chapters

First Five Chapters

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6 Authors - 5 Chapters

Recently, I was invited to take part in a promotional eBook publication involving six  authors.

The idea behind the book is to offer the first five chapters of our story for free to readers. This offering will give readers a taste of story and our writing style. Readers are then able to make an informed choice whether they buy our story and keep reading or if the story is not for them.

I was honoured to be included in this publication.

Volume 1 of First 5 Chapters has been released and is available for free from Smashwords and Amazon (currently listed at .99 cents but should be ‘free’ very soon).

Here is the books decription from Goodreads:

This ebook will give you the opportunity to discover & read the first 5 chapters from 6 talented new Authors in the very popular YA – Fantasy – Paranormal genre.

On behalf of all the 6 Authors featured, I hope you enjoy the read. Your reviews and feedback are warmly welcomed and appreciated.

The Authors featured in this volume.
Carolyn Hockley – Arazi Crossing
KaSonndra Leigh – When Copper Suns Fall
Patti Roberts – Paradox – The Angels Are Here
Mary Ting – Crossroads
Starr West – Tomorrows Child
Lenore Wolfe – The Fallen One

You can learn more about the authors by visiting the following links

Carolyn Hockley – Arazi Crossing
KaSonndra Leigh – When Copper Suns Fall
Patti Roberts – Paradox ~ The Angels Are Here
Mary Ting – Crossroads
Starr West – Tomorrows Child
Lenore Wolfe – The Fallen One

When you visit the Goodreads authors page be sure to become a fan and send a friend request. You cna then leave a comment and say Hi.

I’d like to thank Patti Roberts and Lenore Wolfe for all their hard work putting this eBook together and the support they give freely.

Read an eBook Week

Read an eBook Week

“Read an eBook Week” promotion between March 4-10!

This week I will be participating in ‘Read an eBook’ Week

You can download my book by visiting http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/128184

Download Code is RE100 (You must use the download code to get the Copy for Free)

While you’re at Smashwords, check out eBooks by other indie authors that have enrolled in the giveaway. The code is the same for all books enrolled in the FREE promotion. Other codes are RE25, RE50 and RE75 depending on their percentage discount. I chose 100%  so my book is free.

If you have ever wanted to read an eBook there is no better time than now!

If you don’t own an ereader device like a Kindle, ipad, Nook or Kobo you can download a reader program to read these books on your computer. It’s a bit more difficult and a lot less comfortable than using an ereader but it will give you an idea of how eBooks work.

Here are some eReaders you can download:

Mobi Pocket Reader for PC – http://www.mobipocket.com/en/DownloadSoft/ProductDetailsReader.asp

Mobi Pocket for other devices – http://www.mobipocket.com/en/DownloadSoft/default.asp?Language=EN

Kindle for Mobile Devices – http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=sv_kinh_1?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771

Kindle for PC – http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=kcp_pc_mkt_lnd?docId=1000426311  (kindle uses Mobi Files)

ePub – http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/

FBReaderhttp://www.fbreader.org/

eBooks are also available as a PDF

You can read about the history of read an eBook week

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-coker/the-story-behind-read-an_b_487343.html

http://ebookweek.com/

I will always love paper novels, but eBooks are the future, whether we want to believe it or not. While there are some books, I just love to own and hold in my hands, there are others, I am just as happy to read as an eBook.

I like the fact that I am saving resources…

  • no paper used in production of an eBook
  • no poisonous ink
  • no books pulped when the publisher’s sales deadlines are reached (what a waste!)
  • Instant delivery
  • Cheaper to buy and no delivery costs!

I am happy to have other Authors post links to their books in the comments section below.

(Be sure to add the link to your book page so readers can find your eBook easily)