Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author R. K. Bentley


Leave a comment on today’s post and you’re eligible to win this author’s giveaway. Each day in November that you comment gives you an entry into the Grand Prize giveaway at the end of the month! (Print copies to US residents only, please. If you live outside the US and win, you’ll receive a digital copy of the book.)

 

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Where Weavers Daire is my answer to Star Wars minus the whole heroes’ journey arc that Luke Skywalker goes through. Instead, the main character, Melinda Scott, already knows what she’s capable of, and it got her into so much trouble she was banished from her home world of Stuk’s Hollow.

The crooked Powers That Be said ‘enough was enough’ and banished her to a Gunna Space Station. For the last ten years her family has been reduced to salvage reclamation experts. It’s a job that kept her out of trouble until one day, while the family is out on a salvage job, the world she was kicked out of pulls Melinda back in.

Necromancer Spence MacGregor joins her on this journey and with Liches nipping at their heels along with assassins not far behind they must figure out who to trust while their options dwindle one by one.

The universe that Melinda lives in is equal part Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon 5, and Firefly. It has Houses of Technology on one side, Houses of Magic on the other, and the Houses of Man in the middle. The Houses rarely agree on anything but when something threatens them all, they call a truce and find someone who can take care of the problem, namely Mindy.

This book took seven years to write and while it may not be perfect I think it’s a fantastic addition to the space opera genre. It has colorful characters, adrenaline pumping action, and in the end it’s a fun read.

If Where Weavers Daire were an ongoing television series, it would be on SyFy or FX with a rating of PG-13 for swearing and mild violence.

This is book one of an ongoing series and book number two will be out in 2019.

RK Bentley

R. K. Bentley was born and raised in New England on a steady diet of Monty Python, 80’s cartoons, Tom Baker’s Doctor Who, Babylon 5, Star Trek, Star Wars, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, comics books and movies. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Graphics and Multimedia Web Design from the New England Institute of Technology.

When not writing, R. K. enjoys reading, photography and traveling. Where Weavers Daire is his first novel. His mailing list can be found on his blog at http://www.rkbwrites.com

R. K. is giving away a print copy of Where Weavers Daire!

Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 at the RI Author Expo!

Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Tabitha Lord


Leave a comment on today’s post and you’re eligible to win this author’s giveaway. Each day in November that you comment gives you an entry into the Grand Prize giveaway at the end of the month! (Print copies for US residents only, please. If you live outside the US and win, you will receive a digital copy of this book).

The End of the Line: On Writing the Last Book in the Series

Any day now I’m going to finish the last sentence on the last book of my first series, and I have to say, I have mixed emotions about the whole thing. I’ve spent the better part of six years playing in this world of my imagination and spending time with these characters. They are far more real to me than I ever expected and I’m going to miss them when their tale is finished.

It’s also bittersweet because the HORIZON series was my professional writing debut. So far, it’s won seven indie awards, which is thrilling, yet I still waver between confidence in my abilities and an absolute conviction that I’m an imposter, not a real author. I’ve heard this feeling never really goes away! I’ll let you know…

As sad as I am to end this part of my writing journey, I’m also really excited to think about starting something new. I look forward to turning my attention to a different story, creating a different world, and getting to know different characters. While it’s strange and a little scary to be working on this ending, the next step feels very much like a beginning.

If you haven’t read the HORIZON series yet, here’s an invitation and an overview!

HORIZON (Book 1)

Caeli Crys isn’t living—she’s surviving. On the run after the genocide of her empathic people, she witnesses a spaceship crash near her hidden camp. When she feels the injured pilot suffering from miles away, she can’t help but risk discovery to save his life.

Commander Derek Markham awakens stranded on an uncharted planet. His co-pilot is dead, his ship is in ruins, and he’s only alive because a beautiful young woman is healing him with her mind.

As Derek recovers, Caeli shares the horror of her past and her fear for the future. When Derek’s command ship, Horizon, sends rescue, Derek convinces Caeli to leave with him. But his world is as treacherous as hers—full of spies, interplanetary terrorist plots, and political intrigue. Soon the Horizon team is racing to defend an outlying planet from a deadly enemy, and Caeli’s unique skills may just give them the edge they need to save it.

INFINITY (Book 2)

In the second installment of the award-winning Horizon series, Dr. Caeli Crys returns to her war-torn world to fight for those she left behind.

Almagest, Caeli’s home, stands on the brink of revolution. Long hidden from the rest of the galaxy, the once-peaceful planet suffers under a regime that grows more violent and oppressive by the day. Marcus, Almagest’s dictator, is building an arsenal of alien weaponry by selling empathic children into slavery. A resistance has risen, but they are outmanned, outgunned, and in hiding.

Joined by Commander Derek Markham and his elite squadron of operatives, Caeli embarks on a dangerous mission to find the Resistance, rescue her captive people, and save her civilization from destruction.

EQUINOX (Book 3)

Coming Spring 2019!

Tabitha

Tabitha’s HORIZON series has won seven independent book awards, including the prestigious Writer’s Digest Grand Prize in 2016. She has short fiction published by World Weaver Press, Electric Athenaeum Magazine, Grimbold Books, and more. Tabitha is also a partner and senior writer for Book Club Babble, and a managing editor for the Inkitt Writer’s Blog. She lives in Rhode Island and is married with four independent-minded and creative kids, two spoiled cats, and lovable black lab. She holds a degree in Classics from College of the Holy Cross and taught Latin for years at the Meadowbrook Waldorf School where she now serves on the Board of Trustees. Visit Tabitha at www.tabithalordauthor.com.

WIN! Tabitha is giving away a signed print copy of Horizon – just leave a comment to be eligible.

Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 at the Rhode Island Author Expo!

 

 

 

It’s #RIAuthor Month! Meet Tabitha Lord


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On Writing a Sequel

I’m often asked whether it was easier or harder to write the second book in my series, and my honest answer is – it was both! I’ve grown so much as a writer in the time between the first book and second that, from a craft standpoint, it was easier. I’ve learned to recognize my own bad habits and correct them. I know the places where the plot might be dragging and I can add tension before my editor hits the scene with a red pen. I’m able to dive deeper into character development, and I’m willing to take more risks, knowing that if something doesn’t work, I’ll have the time and opportunity to fix it. With writing the second book, I had confidence in the process.

On the other hand, my first book, HORIZON, received some prestigious awards including the Writer’s Digest Grand Prize for Self-Published Fiction in 2016. While it was gratifying to win that award, I definitely felt like I had a lot to live up to, and I felt the stress of it when writing INFINITY. But even without the award, I’d left the first book with an ending that promised a sequel. My newfound readers and fans had an expectation that the story would continue, and I didn’t want to disappoint them. When the early reviews for INFINITY started coming in, and they were actually better than HORIZON’s, I was filled with relief!

As I begin writing the third installment in the series, I’m still working to improve. I’m writing some short fiction, which I find helps hone my skill at creating tension and crafting tight, crisp scenes. I’m guest blogging and writing material for my own web site, because any kind of writing helps keep my creative energy flowing. And I’m reading a lot. My goal as a writer is first and foremost to tell a good story. But I also hope that each book I write will be better than the last!

Tabitha

Tabitha currently lives in Rhode Island, a few towns away from where she grew up. She is married, has four great kids, two spoiled cats, and lovable black lab. The house is noisy and the dinner table full! She holds a degree in Classics from College of the Holy Cross and taught Latin for years at an independent Waldorf school where she now serves on the Board of Trustees.

Her debut novel, HORIZON, won the Writer’s Digest Grand Prize for Self-Published fiction in 2016, and was named a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the Indie Excellence Awards. The sequel, INFINITY, was released in June 2017. She also has short fiction published and soon-to-be published by World Weaver Press, Grimbold Books, and Belanger Books.

You can visit her author blog where she hosts guest bloggers and discusses favorite topics including parenting and writing craft, and check her out on Book Club Babble where, as a senior writer, she posts author interviews, reviews, and more. Follow Tabitha on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

Meet over 100 local authors on Saturday, December 2! The Fifth Annual RI Authors Expo

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