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May 7th, 2012

Mind Sieve 5/7/12

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From the Huffington Post - Cute or Creepy? 9 Animals Which Could Be Aliens. Eek!

 

 

Solar Cells Must Emit Light To Attain Perfection, Research Suggests - article by James Holloway. Not the first thing I've heard of that must go counter intuitive in order to work.

 

Cool Kickstarter Project Called Steampunk Holmes. They've reached their goal, but got excited just watching their video. This could be a lot of fun! 

 

Birth to 12 Years in 2 Minutes and 45 Seconds from Hosmeester. Fascinating to watch her age through the years. 

 

Storm Trooper Shuffle - Star Wars Parody (Everyday I'm Shuffling) by Scifi 3D.com

 

 

NASA - Dawn Reveals Secrets of Giant Asteroid Vesta

 

 

NASA - Rubber Chicken (Camilla) Flies Into Solar Radiation Storm. (I met her! I've met Camilla! I have a pic of her in a Steampunk outfit! lol).

 

 

 

Designing From Bones - Heaven's Monasteries from Gene Lempp. So want to visit that place! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author Blogging 101: Listening by Joel Friendlander. Definite food for thought!

 

A Conversation over at Chuck (NSFW) Wendig's Terribleminds - "Let's Discuss The Nature Of Book Promotion" - comments galore.

 

The One Thing You Should Do To Sell More Books by Nick Thacker. (I need clones! Clones, I tell you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips For Critiquing Other Wirters' Work by Melissa Donovan. Great advice!

 

From Jami Gold - What Does "Writing Is Subjective" Mean? Some definite wisdom here! Tell it, sistah!

 

And more Jami Gold - Why Does Feedback Hurt So Much? (Even without the "I suck" factor it can hurt. lol. The better I feel about a story, the more I know it's going to get blasted! Heh heh heh.)

 

 

Have a great week everyone!

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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