A to Z Challenge, Day 24: X Is For X Marks the Spot

In pirate stories, there's a map where X marks the spot of hidden treasure.  Just like those pirates, writers have to find their own buried treasure - or, in this case, imaginary worlds in which the story occurs.  Even if it's a real place, like Chicago, the specifics are unique to the fictional story taking place.We talked about map-making earlier in the A-Z Challeng...
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A to Z Challenge, Day 20: T Is For Truffles

Those of you who are paying attention will know that this is a picture of a cat, not a truffle - but, and this is important, it could be.  That's the joy of worldbuilding.I just spent time trying to find pictures of a cross-stitch that I did of a modified elephant.  We changed the color scheme from elephant grey to truffle browns, shortened the nose and made the ...
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A to Z Challenge, Day 18: R Is For Rik

The main character of "Seeking Hearts," our short story for the Torquere Press 2013 Charity Sips Blitz, is at home in his body and comfortable with his own sexuality.  It's fun writing a character who has very little angst, because then the angst has to come from the storyline itself - in this case, a mystery intruder.But first, when we introduce Rik, we got to have a litt...
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A to Z Challenge, Day 17: Q Is For Quill

Senior Hunter Quill Mayer, our hero in Emerald Fire, is a scarred man.  Forced to witness the destruction of the town where he grew up, he is raised by his father.  His life partner is killed by a sandcat in the Great Valley.  He finds happiness with Emerald Keeper Teeka.We are hard at work on the sequel, Emerald Keep, and hope to have it done shortly here (as in...
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A to Z Challenge, Day 12: L Is For Llamu

Yup.  Llamu.  Nope, it's not a typo.  Llamu, or the plural "llamu," (yes, it's the same), are an indigenous animal on the planet Persis, where our book EMERALD KEEP is set.  See, here's how it happened.The settlers that came to Persis generations ago traveled with livestock embryos so they could, when they found a hospitable planet, have a source of food and...
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A to Z Challenge, Day 10: J Is For… Jay!

We talked a little about our short story with Torquere Press, "Taking a Chance," last week when it was time for "C."  Today it's time for Jay, the hero of our little tale - and we decided to share a little teaser:"Scott, what are you mad about?" Dr. Jacob Davison rubbed his stomach and fought off the queasiness. "I texted you that things were running late. And I apologized...
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A to Z Blogging Challenge, Day 5: E Is For Emerald Fire

Emerald Fire is our first novel with Torquere Press.  We wanted to play with traditional romance tropes and create a world of our own a'la Anne McCaffrey's Pern series.  She kept a lot of realism in her books, despite having dragons and other fantastical elements; each one was explained in the context of the books and made it feel very real. On the desert world of Per...
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A to Z Blogging Challenge, Day 3: C Is For Chance

There’s not much in life that Chance can’t have, and for that reason, he’s bored with the ordinary. In Jay, Chance sees a chance to have some fun and to feel young again. When he finds out that Jay isn’t as young as he first thought, and that he will stand up for himself, he realizes there may be more to this twink than he first thought."Taking a Chance" is available from Tor...
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A to Z Blogging Challenge, Day 1: A Is For Aardvark!

Let's face it:  aardvarks are funny-looking.  A cross between an armadillo (Texas speed bumps) and an anteater (my alma mater's mascot - Zot!) (U.C. Irvine, silly!), they aren't the most attractive of beasts.So of course, Rachel and I had to use them as the basis for our fantasy animal, a truffle.What's a truffle?Glad you asked!  It's a cross between an aardvark ...
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Seeking Hearts, a Charity Sip from Torquere Press

Our Bloghop Starts Here: Torquere PressHappy Autumn!  I know, I know, it's a tiny bit early.  But the bite of Fall is in the air and that brings us to the best part of all - the release of this year's Charity Sip Blitz by Torquere Press!  In 2013, all profits will benefit OutServe, which seeks to assist service personnel and the families affected by Don't Ask, Do...
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