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Sneak Peek Scenes from The Chateran Series: Book Two

Sneak Peek Scenes from The Chateran Series: Book Two

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And then a loud, deep noise that shook the earth suddenly thundered out from the direction of the eastern wall of the city, blocking out all the less-than-supportive replies the crowd doubtless intended to give. “The horns! The horns of warning!” Shouting burst out in the crowd again, but this time, Carrick only nodded grimly. “Ardbaine is under attack!”

 

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Reading Addiction Blog Tour Kickoff for Becoming the Chateran

Reading Addiction Blog Tour Kickoff for Becoming the Chateran

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Today beings the 30-day blog tour for Becoming the Chateran hosted by Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours! There will be several guest posts written by yours truly about writing, editing, and character creation, as well as interviews, scene excerpts, book reviews, and a lovely giveaway! Click the banner to visit the kickoff post on Reading Addiction’s website, and learn more about the giveaway.

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Dreaming of Lupisaurs

Dreaming of Lupisaurs

When the compound home of an old man and his grandson, Genry, the only inhabitants of deserted planet Demeter IV, is threatened by a massive sand hurricane, their only hope of escape is to repair the compound’s damaged teleports and follow to wherever Genry’s parents disappeared to.

Check the skies – they may be falling. My friends, I have managed to not only write full-on science fiction for…

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Beowulf - Book Cover

Beowulf – Book Cover

This one was fun to create. I have only recently learned about gamut schemes (a type of hue scheme used to convey a certain mood for a piece of art/film/anything visual), and happily employed one in creating this cover. If you’re curious about gamut schemes, or anything to do with painting and color, for that matter, I highly recommend Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painterby James…

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Author/Illustrator Interview: Jenny Dolfin and ‘Darkness Over Cannae’

Author/Illustrator Interview: Jenny Dolfin and ‘Darkness Over Cannae’

Today I am quite pleased to introduce to you all Jenny Dolfin, an artist and writer I’ve admired for quite some time. I stumbled across her work on DeviantART, and she rapidly ascended into the higher ranks of those who influence my artistry. Her illustrative work is beautiful and expressive, with delightfully rendered watercolors being her dominant works, and she writes with passion, humor, and…

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Peace Between Kingdoms?

Fooled For some reason, I’m starting to ship Rhea and Rûd, the antihero from The Chateran Series. Other than the fact that they’re both stubborn royals, I think they’d make a great pair. Ohnferead may get angry about it, but really, he should get over it. Love is something the grouch never understood, anyway. Everyone who’s read Becoming the Chateran, please don’t hate me for my new canon pairing. Dec…

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Book Review: How To Train Your Dragon

Book Review: How To Train Your Dragon

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As the Hope and Heir to the chiefdom of the tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, young Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III has his work cut out for him: become a hero and prove your place in the tribe. Unfortunately, Hiccup isn’t your typical future-hero. He’s scrawny, enjoys the ‘geeky’ pastime of dragon-watching, and is a letdown concerning the first test that would initiate him into the Hairy Hooligans…

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Unveil a New Becoming the Chateran Illustration!

Unveil a New Becoming the Chateran Illustration!

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Click on the image above to add your comment on Facebook for the chance to unveil a new illustration of your favorite Rhea/Paladin quip!

In other news, the 30-day, official blog tour for Becoming the Chateran will be starting in just about three weeks! There’ll be a plethora of interviews, guest posts, and reviews, and a giveaway! You won’t want to miss it.

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xo, Stacia Joy

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You Live But The Once - Free Lyrics + Sheet Music

You Live But The Once – Free Lyrics + Sheet Music

It was one of those scenes a writer secretly polishes their fingernails on their shirtfront and snaps their suspenders over – the moment when genial merchant Borboe came waltzing into the pages of Becoming the Chateran. Originally, I did not intend him to do any singing whatsoever, but he thought this idea was ‘Complete bosh, what?” and stubbornly shouted out a song to set the stage for his…

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Shev and The Snow Child

Shev and The Snow Child

Shev and the Snow Child

I have wanted to draw this for quite some time. Now that my spring break has finally arrived, I finally have time. This is the first scene of Catrío’s past that is important – Shev finding her out in the snow, alone. I want to color this, and probably will in the style I recently did Paladin in. The more I work on The Phoenix Thief, the more I realize that I am writing it as an artist as well…

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Big Red - Book Cover & Jacket

Big Red – Book Cover & Jacket

Big Red (Jim Kjelgaard) was one of my favorite books when I was little. It’s full of wilderness escapades  and warm friendships between dog and man, and just thrilling enough without any of the edgy danger popular with pre-teen and teen books being published today.

My book-sale-find copy still stands in a place of distinction in the boyish adventure section of my bookshelf, between Kidnapped(Robe…

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Aether Sneak-Peek

 

 

Well, the rumors I started a few weeks ago are coming true. I’m going to make a webcomic, Aether: Laser Guns, Lost Dogs, and Long-Lost Frenemies. It will probably be several months, if not a year, before I begin publishing it. The goal is to make it a full-color, single-page weekly update. The page below was from the illustration-class assignment that sparked my hope that I actually could…

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The Athenian Character Prompt

The Athenian Character Prompt

Athenian Characters

Legend says that Athena, goddess of wisdom and war, sprang fully grown from her father Zeus’ head – the ultimate brainchild. But what has this to do with characters, and, most importantly, what has this to do with helping you create them?

It’s hard to make up unique, compelling characters, I know. But since taking up writing seriously seven years ago, I have discovered a somewhat weird exercise…

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