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October 3rd, 2011

Mind Sieve 10/3/11

The sieve is on!

 

 

 

 

 

Lynn Kelly asks "How Perceptive Are You?" Check out this pic then go to her blog post to see what this is about.

 

 

 

EruditeOgre shared a link to a 1906 book at LibraryIreland.com called Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland. The whole thing is there for your legend seeking pleasure.

 

 

FansOfMovies shared the 2nd preview for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I wasn't sure before, but I definitely want to see it now!

 

 

 

EW.com shows us the first major look at the cast for the remake of Dark Shadows!

 

 

From BuddyTV - 'LOST' and 'Supernatural' Creators Team Up for a Revolution on NBC.  This could be fun!

 

From PetaPixel - Time-Lapse of the Auroras From Above. This is way way cool!

 

 

Weird Al's Polka Face video. Too darn funny! Heh heh. (Not Youtube so can't share directly.) The Womanizer section blew me away! lol. Too cute and insane.

 

Kate Wood talks about Warrior Goddesses - The Morrigan, Sekhmet, and Athena. Some nice info.

 

Worldly Wednesday - Bring Out Ya Dead by Ellie Ann where she shares info on several different ways other cultures deal with death.

 

Weird preview of a movie called Norman.

 

 

 

 

KimberlyRPauley passed on a link where you can play a Javascript of Wolfenstein 3D! Talk about a flash from the past! Won't work on IE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Twuth - Facebook Launches Twit + by Kristen Lamb.Looking at some of the new features of Facebook, like the subscription feature.

 

Also from Kristen Lamb - WANA Wednesday - Meet the Maven - We're Here Whether You Want Us or Not.They help get the word out and flood you with info! Yay!

 

The Gremln Guide to Facebook's New Timeline by Clayton Smith - more changes are a coming! Oi!

 

From Penny at AME - The 10 Deadly Sins of Website Design: A Checklist to Help You Avoid Them! Some definite things to think about in here. 

 

Roni Loren gives us 5 Ways to Guard Your Brand. Definite food for thought here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest blog over at The Writer's Forensic Blog by Jodie Renner where she gives us 18 steps for Revising and Polishing Your Novel. While I super duper agree with step 1, I totally disagree with step 2. I don't think you should be sending the novel to beta readers until you've at least gone through it one more time. Why torture the beta readers with something that RAW? I would wait till step 8. (If I was one of your beta buddies and you sent it to me that RAW, I would go insane. I'd be doing red and notes everywhere. Noway you need to send it that soon.) Just my opinion, of course.

 

From Kristen Lamb - The Doctor Is In The House - Novel Diagnostics. Your first 5 to 20 pages through the eyes of an Editor. Great Eye Opening Post!

 

Researching the Historical Novel part 2 by WritersInTheStorm.  Oooo! Very nice! Great tips and sources!!!! (Thank you Gene Lempp for mentioning it!)

 

From Rachel Caine - Dealing With...Bad Reviews (And How to Learn from them!)

 

25 Things Writers Should Know About Theme from Chuck (NSFW) Wendig.

 

Why You Should Only Querry 6-8 Agents at a Time by Chuck Sambuchino. Makes some very valid points, ya'll! 

 

Writers Must Kill Self-Doubt Before Self-Doubt Kills Them by Chuck (NSFW) Wendig. Halleluyah! You tell 'em, brother!

 

 

Okay, that's it for this week. The eyes are screaming. Happy reading!

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

Novels


JEWEL OF THE GODS

(2015) Fantasy

The King is Dead! Long Live the Undead King!


Excerpt:
"What are you implying?"

The magister glided forward and scrunched down beside him.

"That in order to bathe, you must first actually get into the bath."





INNER DEMONS

(2014) Urban Fantasy

It took everything from her, except revenge!


Excerpt:
The muscles in my right arm jerked from tension as I tried to make it move and it resisted. A shrill scream inside my head insisted I didn't want to do this. That if I did, there'd be no way to take it back. "I...I'm afraid."



THE PRICE OF MERCY

(2011) Young Adult – Fantasy

Which is worse…the monster without or within?


Excerpt:

Home—family—the two things he would never have, the two things forever denied him…because of her.

Anger welled inside him, the heat of it suffusing him to the core, gurgling with seething emotions the total opposite of the coolness splashing down from the fountain nearby. Before he realized what he was doing, Jarrin stepped inside the gazebo.




CROSS-EYED DRAGON TROUBLES
(2007) Young Adult – Fantasy
“Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern”

Excerpt:

“Do you need any help?” she asked. “Just tell me what you want me to do. If you prefer, I’m sure I can round up at least a few people to come over and give you a hand.”

Kel slowly shook his head. “It’s all right. Thanks anyway.” His voice lowered to where she almost couldn’t hear it. “This is all part of my punishment.’

She frowned, not understanding what he meant. “Punishment?”

Kel cocked his head in Clarence’s direction. In a flash, she understood. None of this was an accident. Clarence had landed there deliberately, hoping to make Kel pay for all he went through in the past month. She shook her head, not wanting to believe this, but what the dragon said next took any doubts right out of her head.



WILLING SACRIFICE
(2008) Young Adult – Fantasy
“To save the world she must DIE! Or must she?”

Excerpt:

Panic and fear filled with utter helplessness made her dizzy. She knew what would be done with her, she knew what they planned. But there was nothing she could do to stop any of it.

Sharp gasps echoed in her ears as she felt the room’s cold air caress the Eye.

“You were right. She is the one.”



IN THE SERVICE OF SAMURAI
(2002) Adult/YA – Japanese Fantasy Adventure
“The Last Samurai meets Pirates of the Caribbean”

Excerpt:

Laying the blade on the floor before him, Toshi parted his kimono until his stomach lay exposed. He tucked his sleeves beneath his legs to hold him upright if he should falter. Ignoring Asano, he took up the blade. His shoulder flared with pain and he tried not to flinch, as he grabbed the blade with both hands. He turned the wakizashi until its sharp point was aimed at his belly, the residence of his soul.



VASSAL OF EL
(2004) Adult/YA – Fantasy Mystery
“He tried to forget his past, but his past wouldn’t forget him”

Excerpt:

Torren took a step back a sudden shudder racking through him. It was as if he’d never left, as if the boy he’d been would be coming back-though the one who’d loved this room and all these things was long, long dead. That boy died when he’d watched his father’s blood pour forth from his mouth, the end of a sword protruding from his abdomen. That boy died when he survived while everyone else lay dead.

Info, sample chapters, and free reads at www.gloriaoliver.com

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