Sunday, 1 January 2017

I moved to Wordpress!

A new Year is coming and a new blog for The Illustrating Words is already out, at Wordpress

 
Hope to see you there! :)

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

My Happy Holidays message to you + FREE read

 

Hmm... I don't have anything fancy or elaborated to say, really... I just started some free days from client work and I am still mentally tired (mild way to say mentally impaired or brain dead!), so I will go direct to the point.

Hope you all fellas have a PRECIOUSSSS Christmas and even more PRECIOUSSSS New Year! That you have fun, that you enjoy the best the season has to offer, accompanied by the most awesome people in the universe that are your family and friends. Eat the good stuff, celebrate with great music and get cool gifts! HAPPY HOLIDAYS, GUYS! And thanks a lot for your support!!!

But there is a dark side to the season too... People missing those who passed away (like me), people who had a financial setback (like me) or missing their family too far away to meet them in person (like me).

So, despite me having a foot on the dark side, I also have a foot on the bright side, because I have by my side a wonderful companion and his PRECIOUSSSS family! :D

But that's it, in a nutshell, X-mas and New Year are a season of mixed feelings, good and bad, happiness and sadness for me in particular.

Hope that you are more on the bright side than I am... And why am I telling all this here?! Because behind the author/illustrator, there's a human being who has problems and has to deal with life like everybody else ;)


And that's all, folks!
See you in 2017!

UPDATE: And I forgot to add: Eleanor's Gift, a Gothic short story is now available on Wattpad - with original sepia illustrations!!!


You don't need to be logged in to read it there, just browse it as visitor :)

Monday, 12 December 2016

Follower's giveaway: 1 signed Hardcover *proof copy* of As Cold As Thorns

UPDATE:  And the winner is....

Lyans" @ GoodReads

Congratulations! You have  until 4th January to claim your prize.
(Send me a private message with your shipping address. If I don't hear from you until 4th January I will pass the prize onto another winner.)

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I have one brand new hardcover with dustjacket PROOF COPY of As Cold As Thorns in spare to giveaway, SIGNED and with dedicatory, together with a Norwegian chocolate to a follower.

Will you be the lucky one???

Before you think about entering the giveaway, I need to stress that this is a PROOF COPY - it means it is a version with a few glitches and not the final version out for sale, however, it is very close to the published editions, apart from the few glitches.

Here are the rules to participate:

1. Must be a follower on GoodReads OR  on Twitter OR Pinterest (if you are a follower on the 3 channels... Wow! You rock!)

2. Leave a comment/reply on the giveaway thread on my GoodReads author blog - if you are participating via GoodReads
https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/14383014-follower-s-giveaway-1-signed-hardcover-proof-copy-of-as-cold-as-thorn

3. If you participate via Twitter or Pinterest: must retweet/repin the giveaway post/pic
Tweet: https://twitter.com/tragicbooks/status/808270555577196544
Pin: https://no.pinterest.com/pin/398146423292840902/

4. Must be from one of these locations: Scandinavia, Europe, UK

The winner will be announced  on 20th December!

A lucky and awesome follower will be picked at random, I will contact the person to get his/her shipping address and send the package. :D Thank you for the amazing support! ;)

 
 
 
And here is the view from the window I took the book snapshots today! A beautiful winter day in Vuttudal, Norway.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Interview & Spotlight with indie author Tabitha Vohn


Tabitha Vohn writes Poetry and Fiction (genre crossover with literary or literary). I across her work a few years back via GoodReads. I have also read and reviewed two of her books: Tomorrow is a Long Time and Requiem for The Fallen.

Here you can read a mini interview we did together and check out her newest book and the winner of the Indie B.R.A.G. Prize! 

1 - Tell us more about Only for a Moment. When did you get the idea to put together a Poetry book and how was the process?

Last year I was "stuck" with two sophomore classes to teach, after four years of having only senior classes. I was a bit put out at first, but then I decided to have some fun with it; doing lessons that I normally wouldn't have the chance to do with senior classes. One of the those ideas was Poetry Friday. We'd watch slams and then my kids would write poems on a proposed topic and those who spit their verse would receive extra credit. It turned into this remarkable family of poets every Friday. A lot of laughter, tears, and finger snaps. During that time I started writing poetry again, along with my kids, and it rekindled the love of poetry in me. Poetry was my first love in terms of writing.

This past summer I worked on my next novel but wanted something to publish in the meantime. I decided to put together a collection of my best poems and--with the help of a dear friend and remarkable artist who did the cover and interior illustrations--Only For a Moment was born.

I filtered through the past nineteen years of poetry that I've written and picked the best ones. I tweaked many of the older ones along the way. They all sort of naturally coalesced into certain themes or thematic topics so organizing them in the collection was an organic process.

2 - What do you like writing most, Fiction or Poetry and why?

To be honest, it depends on the mood I'm in. I like the more instant gratification of poetry and the cathartic release of it, as it's more personal and confessional for me. But fiction is an escape into other people's lives and loves and adventures and heartbreaks. Sometimes I need that escape, and I often grow to love my characters like friends.

3 - Are you working on a new book or have plans for one? What will it be about?

I'm currently "sitting" on a novel called "A Different Path", which you can check out on my website (www.tabithavohn.com). It's my best work thus far, and I'm waiting until it's properly edited before it's published. Editing isn't cheap so....thus the wait.

I'm also working on a novel called "Walking Man's Road", which is sort of a dual exploration into antiheroes and obsession.

4 - What is your biggest wish or dream as a writer?

I wish most for a steady following of readers. They are hard to come by without that anomaly "breakthrough" that all writers dream of. I also hope that my work improves with time. And as long as someone is being moved or inspired or--at the very least--entertained by what I write, then it's not all for naught :)

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SPOTLIGHT

Title: Only for a Moment
Genre:
Poetry

Synopsis:
Poetry is an act of survival. A cry to everyone and no one. Intensely personal, shamelessly honest, and oftentimes an admission of inner ugliness, Only for a Moment chronicles nineteen years of the author’s life. It explores ideas of transience, transition, and redemption through the battlegrounds of metamorphosis from young girl to woman. Each poem presents a snapshot; a puzzle piece of what ultimately becomes a collective consciousness. A road map to trace back through the labyrinth of people and experiences that define us.




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SPOTLIGHT

Title: Tomorrow is a Long Time
Awards:
Indie B.R.A.G. + AIA (Amazing Indies Approved)
Genre:
Literary / Romance / Time Travel
 
Synopsis:
Cal Morrison is a Midwestern farmboy who was thrust into fame during the Old Hollywood era. Now, at eighty-five, he sees his life as wreckage. At the mere age of twenty-four, Eileen has seemingly little in common with Cal, except that she fell in love with him on screen.

When Cal and Eileen meet by chance, she discovers that her feelings for him are not without merit, and he sees in her a chance for true love and, more importantly, for redemption.

A controversial experiment offers the key to them both. With the help of a German scientist, Eileen will enter Cal’s memory and, together, the two will create an alternate reality within the realm of dreams. Replacing the memory of his first wife (his leading lady in his most controversial film, The Last Tomorrow), Eileen will step into the 1960’s and discover whether love can exist between her and Cal, and whether loving him unconditionally will be powerful enough to alter the course of his destructive future.

But there is one thing that neither has fully considered: what happens once they wake?

Tomorrow is a Long Time asks the question of how powerful one person’s influence can be in our lives, the lengths we go to for love, and whether it is worth it.


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AUTHOR BIO 

Tabitha Vohn is a pen name. Her creator is a certified bookworm, thanks to the countless fairy tales, Bible stories, and nursery rhymes she was read as a child, and the Gothic, Romantic, and Contemporary novels she enjoys today.

She has earned a B.A. in English and a M.A. in Teaching, and currently teaches high school English.

On Writing, Tabitha says, “I strive to write the type of stories that I enjoy reading. Ones that question those blurred lines between love and lust, between good and evil. Ones that make us question human nature while simultaneously seeing the beauty in it as well.”

Tabitha has published three novels, Requiem for the Fallen and Finding What Is, and Tomorrow Is a Long Time, (which received the AI Badge of Approval). She is currently writing her fifth novel and is in the process of publishing her fourth.

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Monday, 28 November 2016

As Cold As Thorns - Release date - Out now TODAY!

 

I am really happy to announce that AS COLD AS THORNS is now OUT for sale on Amazon, iBooks, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble and other indie shops worldwide! More info + book preview HERE 
The e-book and paperback are available, while the hardcover with dustjacket may take a few days more to be out for sale. 

Do you like Gothic classics? As Cold As Thorns may be a story for you!
Do you like character driven stories? You may want to read this guest post about The Many Faces of Henrique, the lead @ Whispering Stories Blog


Buy it/Look Inside @ Amazon.  
Buy it at an indie shop worldwide 
Add to your shelf on GoodReads

Now, I am really curious to know how people will react to the story...

Friday, 25 November 2016

Interview & Spotlight with indie author Jessica Hernandez

I've came across Jessica Hernandez work and Blog via GoodReads. She is an indie author and helps promoting others like me through her blog as well. So, of course, I invited her for a spotlight around here and I invite you to join and read her interview as well as get to know her books of Hawk of Stone duology. Are you ready?

1 - How was the writing and publishing process for your first novel, "Capering on Glass Bridges"?
Capering on Glass Bridges was born from an idea that I had while in high school. Over the succeeding years, I developed this idea considerably, and I often spoke with my mother about the fantastical world that I sheltered in my mind. It was she who encouraged me to write about it. As the end of my final semester in college approached, I made the decision to do as she suggested; I told myself that, upon graduation, I would finally pen the novel that had been floating about in my head for ages.

The publication process proved to be an overall positive experience. It’s in my post-publishing journey that I’ve encountered one of my biggest obstacles to date—which I’ll discuss in further detail when I answer question three.

2 - How did that process evolve when you worked on book 2, "The Yesterdays of Tomorrow"?
Initially, I did not create an outline for book one. I sat down in December of 2014 to “pants” my way through Capering on Glass Bridges. After writing about seven thousand or so words, I realized that I didn’t like how the story was coming out, so I discarded it and left the project alone for a few weeks. In March of 2015, I sat down at my desk and created an outline of my story. As I’m sure you can imagine, the writing process went a lot smoother thereafter. Hence, with my second novel, I created an outline before writing a single word. In my opinion, the outline has a function akin to that of a compass; it helps one better understand the different directions in which a story can be taken. My outlines, however, are rather skeletal. That is, I make sure to leave sufficient room so as to allow certain aspects of the plot to evolve as the story progresses.

3 - What is your biggest challenge as indie writer?
Overcoming obscurity. When you’re starting out as a writer, not only do readers shy away from your work simply because they perceive you as an unknown, but—often times—you are invisible to most of them as a consequence of the sheer number of writers out there. I’d love to get to the point where I have a loyal audience—be it of one person or of a thousand—to which I can present my writings.

4 - What are you working on at this moment and/or future plans as author?
I am currently working on my third novel. It takes place in Acu—the same fantastical world wherein Capering on Glass Bridges and The Yesterdays of Tomorrow are set. This book, however, is unrelated to my first two titles. Readers will be introduced to a new kingdom and a new cast of characters. I’m very excited about this project! Though it’s a work of fantasy, it’s imbued with a few elements characteristic of mystery and psychological thriller novels. Needless to say, the writing process is proving to be immensely enjoyable, and I look forward to sharing the finished product with readers.

5 - How do you keep inspired and who are your fav icons on books, arts, music?
I am inspired by too many things to name. I’ve learned that one needn’t be exposed to something new in order to be inspired. One simply has to endeavor to view the familiar from a different angle.

C.S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors. Lewis’ prose is exceptionally colorful. His writing style is such that readers can visualize the events unfolding in the narrative without any difficulty. I can still recall flipping through the pages of The Magician’s Nephew when I was younger and being in awe. The world that Lewis had created was so rich and so detailed that it felt extremely real to me; it felt organic. As a writer, I actively strive to emulate this effect. I want my readers to feel as though they’ve been transported to Acu—the fictional realm in which Capering on Glass Bridges and The Yesterdays of Tomorrow are set. I want them to feel immersed in this world.

6 - What do you think of social media and how do you make it work for you?
I’ll admit, I’m not too active on social media. I’m trying to change this, though. Social media is invaluable in bridging the formidable gap which exists between new authors and readers. It enables the two to connect and open up a dialogue with one another. (Which is pretty awesome!) I don’t know if I’ve succeeded in making social media “work for me,” but I’m certainly laboring towards this goal.

7 - Your biggest wish or dream?
I’m a bit of a chocoholic. I kid you not. I have memories of returning home from school as a first grader and running to the kitchen to stuff my face with chocolate chip cookies. For this reason, were I granted one wish, I’d request that chocolate be made as healthy—in terms of nutrition—as broccoli. I’d spend all day eating chocolate lava cakes. Yum!

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SPOTLIGHT

Title: Capering on Glass Bridges
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: The Hawk of Stone #1

Synopsis: The Utdrendans have spoken, and everything has changed as a consequence. People normally avoid the fog surrounding the cursed Kingdom of Mar, but now they are asking sixteen-year-old Kaia Stone to venture into it. The Utdrendans implied that there is something special about Kaia. They claimed that she could help free the land; she need only carry out their instructions and deliver a message to the Marian king.

Mar, however, is a land in which dark secrets abound, and many will stop at nothing to ensure that it remains forever cursed. Determined to work against Kaia, unfriendly forces have already begun to gather.

Will Kaia choose to abandon the only life she’s ever known—perhaps indefinitely—in pursuit of the greater good…in pursuit of her purpose?

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Purchase links of CAPARING ON GLASS BIRDGES

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Learn more about the Sequel or Final part of the duology

Title: The Yesterdays of Tomorrow
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: The Hawk of Stone #2

Synopsis: It’s been a year since Kaia’s first encounter with the turned ones. Every day since then has been fraught with uncertainty. Most in the Kingdom of Mar prepare for a life wherein they will be free. Kaia, however, knows that even if the curse should be lifted, the Marian people will not be unburdened in the near future. King Sol promised them a war with Darlbent, and a war they shall have if the fog dissipates. Swords have already been thrust into the hands of every man in the kingdom, filling Kaia and her friends with trepidation. Things have changed in Mar, and Kaia worries that it is only a matter of time before some blades are turned against them.

The moment of truth is approaching. Soon, it will be known whether or not the curse was meant to have an end. If it wasn’t, can Kaia and the others learn to make lives for themselves in a forsaken land like Mar? Will they ever truly know safety there?

To further complicate matters, Kaia has Ruelena to contend with…

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AUTHOR BIO

Jessica Hernandez was born and raised in the beautiful, sunny state of Florida (USA). She attended the University of Miami, where she spent more time than she cares to admit daydreaming of a faraway land called Acu. Upon graduating with a degree in English and Political Science in 2014, Jessica put pen to paper and brought Acu to life—so was born the Hawk of Stone duology.

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