Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Re-branded and Re-released: Fairy Trilogy Gets an Overhaul




 One of the things I meant to do when I started all this "writing stuff" was to be prolific, to keep writing until I had a solid backlist of books to manage. For the most part, I've pulled that off. Along the way, I learned some lessons about focus and publishing, and most significantly about crafting a good story.

So when I look back on that very first published novel it's with  mixture of affection and trepidation. The writing, well, it's changed since then. There are certainly story things I would have done differently, but most obviously there are ways I would have put the words together now versus how I thought it worked then.

Which made it a mixed blessing when I got my rights back for the Changeling Race trilogy. These characters are my oldest and dearest friends. I didn't want to change their story. It felt somehow like erasing their history. But I did want to fix the writing. Boy did I want to.

And thankfully, choosing to publish them myself has allowed me that option. The process was a bit of an eye opener, and not always easy, but the trilogy has been given a bit of an overhaul, language-wise, and is now re-covered and ready to go out into the world and cause all sorts of fairy msichief.

I hope it has a heck of a time.

~Frances

A  Moth In Darkness


https://draft2digital.com/book/228254

The Fly In Paradise

https://www.amazon.com/Fly-Paradise-Changeling-Race-Book-ebook/dp/B06XRN1PTZ

Spiders From Memory

https://www.amazon.com/Spiders-Memory-Changeling-Race-Book-ebook/dp/B06XVHMWC4


Friday, October 7, 2016

Furry Reading Challenge

In case you haven't jumped to the challenge of Furry Book Month yet, I've got some reading suggestions for you. They are very broad, you'll find, because the genre is broad. Also, I suspect you'll see some familiar titles on the lists. Find an old favorite perhaps, or snatch something new that looks interesting, and give books with bite a try!

For my part, I'm still reading Gods With Fur. Nearly done now, in fact, and this month I've also read:

The Necromouser and Other Magical Cats, which I highly recommend, and also Stormfront, a well-written military space opera short.  All great reads.

If, however, you'd rather attempt this toe tipping into new territory for free, I have even more suggestions.

Possibly the best short story I've read in years is free for reading. It's also just won the short story Coyotl for 2015 -- The Analogue Cat can be read here; https://www.sofurry.com/view/956867 and it's brilliant, so please go read it.

I also have two furry serials available for free online as well as a few short stories as follows:

Much Ado About Bluebottles
The Earth Tigers

Beast (horror/scifi)
Live Cargo (humor/scifi)

I'm going to be linking to some lists and articles about furry-lit as well, but before I post that, here's a short list of furry stories I consider must reads. :) (Which Just means they're my favorites)

Wind in the Willows
Black Beauty
Call of the Wild
Algonquin
Bambi
Animal Farm
The Island of Dr. Moreau
The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Blue Bear
Cat's Eye (Andre Norton)
Iron Cage (Norton)
The Jungle Book
Barsk: The Elephant's Graveyard
Watership Down
The Book of Night with Moon (Diane Duane)

And if you still can't find something you love to read, I suggest this list: http://dogpatch.press/2015/09/25/the-well-read-furry/

which has an update addendum here as well:

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Read Something A Little Different Month



In celebration of Furry Book Month, I will be posting (probably a lot) info, history, recommendations and excerpts from some anthropomorphic fiction including both my favorites from well-known authors (read: Andre Norton folks, you know me.) and some of my own work. :)
Today, here's the low down on the event. Enjoy!!




 
October 2016 is Furry Book Month

This October, we're raising the profile of anthropomorphic literature and bringing furry stories to a wider audience.

The Furry Writers' Guild has joined forces with some of our fandom's great authors and publishers to offer special deals during the month, from free shipping and discount codes to free books.

If you don't read furry fiction, take advantage of the special offers and try a furry book in October.

Already a reader? Give a book to a friend, try a new author, or write a book review. Reviews on Amazon and Goodreads needn't be long, and really help authors. Got lots to say? Submit a review to Flayrah, Dogpatch Press, or Claw & Quill.

What will you do this Furry Book Month? Spread the word on social media using #FurryBookMonth!

Visit furrywritersguild.com/furry-book-month/ for the list of offers.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Go For Launch.... PARTY

https://www.facebook.com/events/1226177067415915/?active_tab=posts

Good morning, boggy reader! If a few of the titles above look familiar, it's because I am relaunching the Heartstone Series, (originally the Princes of the Shroud books) with new covers, formatting and some additional edits and polish.

In celebration, we'll be having a humongerous (it's a word, really) party on Facebook with a ton of free books, fun games, and a seriously nice lineup of guest authors. To put date on your calendar and make sure you get in on the goods, hit the event page here:


Here is our amazing line-up of Scheduled guest authors!
2:00 Jaleta Clegg
2:30 Heartstone Series
3:00 S.M Schmitz
3:30 Danielle Arnett
4:00 Trish McCallan
4:30 Siana Wineland
5:00 Prizes!
Times are in PST and guest author bios and such will be coming as we wait for the big day! Please make use of the share/invite buttons. The more the merrier!

 In addition, anyone looking for a review copy of a book in the series can contact me here or on Facebook (or anywhere you can snag me) and there will also be a big 'ol blog tour courtesy of 
Coffee and Characters.
I love them.


And of course, the first three Heartstone books are already available for pre order on Amazon! 


Here's hoping we'll see you on Sept. 1!! 

~Frances 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Gods With Fur Anthology


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Gods With Fur, Edited by Fred Patten, Cover by Teagan Gavet
Dallas, TX, FurPlanet Productions, $19.95 (453 Pages)


Fred Patten’s newest anthology, Gods with Fur, will go on sale at Anthrocon 2016 at the end of this month. Published by FurPlanet Productions, the trade paperback book contains 23 original stories by Kyell Gold, Mary E. Lowd, Michael H. Payne, and more, featuring the gods of anthropomorphic worlds and the anthropomorphic gods of our world.

You may know about Egyptian mythology’s jackal-headed Anubis, but do you know about wolf-headed Wepwawet? You may know about China’s Monkey King or the native North Americans’ Coyote (well, they say they’re gods), but do you know about the Aztecs’ 400 drunken rabbits?

Here are historic gods, the gods of their authors’ series (Kyell Gold’s Forrester University; Heidi Vlach’s Aligare, Kris Schnee’s TaleSpace), and totally original gods:



“400 Rabbits” by Alice “Huskyteer” Dryden
“Contract Negotiations” by Field T. Mouse
“On the Run from Isofell” by M. R. Anglin
“To the Reader …” by Alan Loewen
“First Chosen” by BanWynn Oakshadow
“All Of You Are In Me” by Kyell Gold
“Yesterday’s Trickster” by NightEyes DaySpring
“The Gods of Necessity” by Jefferson Swycaffer
“The Precession of the Equinoxes” by Michael H. Payne
“Deity Theory” by James L. Steele
“Questor’s Gambit” by Mary E. Lowd
“Fenrir’s Saga” by Televassi
“The Three Days of the Jackal” by Samuel C. Conway
“A Melody in Seduction’s Arsenal” by Slip-Wolf
“Adversary’s Fall” by MikasiWolf
“As Below, So Above” by Mut
“Wings of Faith” by Kris Schnee
“The Going Forth of Uadjet” by Frances Pauli
“That Exclusive Zodiac Club” byichael Fred Patten
“Three Minutes to Midnight” by Killick (Tom Mullins)
“A Day With No Tide” by Watts Martin
“Repast (A Story of Aligare)” by Heidi C. Vlach
“Origins” by Michael D. Winkle

Gods with Fur will be on sale at Anthrocon 2016 on June 30 – July 3, at the FurPlanet table in the Dealers’ Den, and on the FurPlanet online catalogue later in July.



Fred Patten
Pre-Order on Furplanet

Friday, May 13, 2016

New Release: Elvin Romance

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FL4SCGI

A sorcerer, a rebel, and a whole kingdom under fire...


As the sorcerer's new apprentice, Kia's fiery temper is bound to get her into hot water. Evander is obnoxious, arrogant, intolerable, and undeniably the most beautiful elf alive. Even if she passes his relentless testing, working at his side just might kill her.
Worse, her master has powerful enemies inside the palace. When their attacks turn personal, the sorcerer's apprentice becomes the perfect bait in a deadly trap set to destroy the man who has become far more than just her boss. 

Two lost souls must defend their world, but even if they save the kingdom, they risk losing each other forever. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Among The Living

I have very few delusions about any regular blog readers, but it did occur to me for a breath this morning, that there might be one person out there thinking, is she still kicking?

In other words, the guilt monkeys pointed out I hadn't blogged this century.

So here is the state of things, and a reassurance to my own guilt. I live. I write. Sometimes, I do both at the same time.  It turns out that's a lot easier than it sounds.

The current book in my Scriv binder is Sky Dragon, the third Kundalis dragons novel, and it is well past the midpoint and racing for home.
The third Princes of the Shroud book is with typesetting etc, and should be a real live launched book late this summer.
The second Corduroy County Coven book is begun and in the queue to finish as soon as the Kundalis novel is awaiting edits.
Speaking of awaiting edits, I should have The Elf's Apprentice back from the proofreader soon and we'll have an indie launch on the schedule.

Farther out, I'm afraid, the final Dogs of War books will still be coming soon... (seems like the soon is a bit too much, there huh?) As will the next Kingdoms Gone title, Powers that Be. That series has a lot more coming from it, and I hope I can keep the releases at least to a bi-annual sort of pace.

In the "new business" category, I am working hard to lay the groundwork for my next series, Hybrid Nation, which I'm only half jokingly calling "Divergent meets Zootopia." For a sneak peek at that one, there is a short story in the current issue of GoAL that has to do with my protagonist's origins.
Not for the faint of heart thought, that particular short has a horror edge to it.

Should be a lot of shorts coming, in particular in that world since it's haunting me and I can't quite get to it in earnest yet.

Both the web serials are still available for free reading as well. Just follow the bouncing links.
 The Earth Tigers
Much Ado About Bluebottles

Thanks to anyone/everyone who is still reading. It's been a helluva a year, a lot more awesome than the last on so far. Health is good, new critique group is appropriately kicking my arse, and the convention season has gotten off to a bang of a start.

Here's hoping everyone out there is having as much fun as I am!
Best,
Frances

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Why My Favorite Miyazaki Film is the One Where Nothing Really Happens

I'm a big fan of movies about writers. I'm an even bigger fan of anything by Studio Ghibli or having anything at all to do with Hirao Miyazaki. Well, who isn't really?

But instead of the painfully cute Totoro, the adventurous Laputa and the ever-adored Howl, my favorite of all is Whisper of the Heart. The which of the what? I know, I know. It's not exactly the best known either.

What Whisper of the Heart is, is a delightful, soft, tender first romance that could probably be considered sickeningly sweet. But don't write it off yet! There's a lot to love in there. Trust me.

Why it's my pick.
#1- Writer movie. Okay, that's an easy win for me. I'm a writer. Like many of my kind, I'm a bit obsessive, slightly narcissistic, and always a fan of a film about my favorite topic. So... onward.

#2- The cat returns...FROM Whisper of the Heart. Didn't yall wonder where the cat returned from? Well, he makes his first appearance, and a ton of his back story here in Whisper of the Heart. If you love the cat... this one is a must watch too.

#3- Parenting. A lot of the Ghibli films, and anime in general, give me fits about the parenting going on... or more importantly NOT going on. The father in Totoro needs a visit from CPS. Seriously, how long was little Mae running about in the yard and he has NO IDEA where she is? The kids wander the countryside, go on adventures, and I'm having an anxiety attack on the couch the whole time. But... the parents in Whisper of the Heart do something that I find extremely wonderful. When the little girl confesses that her studies are failing because she has this great dream to write a book... the father thinks a little, smokes a lot, and then says, go for it. Dreams don't come along every day, if you don't try it, you'll never know. Parenting win.

#4- The moment.This is really the reason I love Whisper of the Heart. There is a moment in the movie that every author knows intimately. It goes like this: Girl wants to write. Girl is possessed with the obsession to write. She fills her head with the idea of being a writer. She dreams. She writes like mad, like a bat out of hell. She knows it's good. It's what she's meant to do. It's her opus. She clutches said masterpiece to her chest and rushes out to share it with someone. They read it. While they read it she paces, whimpers, pulls her hair, dreams some more. And then they're done.
How was it? she asks. Well? WELL WELL WELL?
and they guy says, basically.... well, yer no Hemingway.
CRASH.
This moment is so deliciously portrayed it hurts. It's the moment that every writer's life turns upon. This is the second when you discover if you're a writer or not.
Yer no Hemingway... yet.
Will you take up basket weaving or keep trying? Will you give up? Are you going to stand there and take that or are you going to pick the pen back up and show them what you can really do...?

I love this movie, for the sweet, the cute, the cat and the romance, but its THE MOMENT that makes it so special.
So personal.
So brilliant.
 My favorite. :)

~Frances


Secret reason #5- John Denver Karaoke!!!! WIN.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Black Dragons: Guest J.M. Scheirer

Please welcome J.M. Scheirer to the blog today! She is celebrating her first solo release, a short story titled, Black Dragons. 
Welcome J.M.!



We've always called it the Cluster of a Thousand Suns. Are there truly a thousand stars with inhabited worlds within the cluster? Perhaps, but I doubt anyone has made it a point to count them all. We much rather prefer the romance of the name to its reality.



Still, as we look to the night sky, and all those points of light, we have to wonder about the worlds that surround us. What are those other people like? What stories do they have to tell? A thousand planets means billions of possibilities...

The Thousand Suns Saga's story begins almost 15 years ago. Inspired by Star Wars, my partner, Tim, and I started by creating a couple of imaginary worlds where magic and technology lived side by side. Almost every day, we've added something new, building on the lore and mythology.

When asked to write a story with assassins as the theme, my mind immediately flew to the cluster's most notorious band, the Black Dragons. But what tale could I tell to best reflect their nature?

"Black Dragons" deals with the struggles of secrecy, of duty, and of failure. Does our heroine manage to overcome her hurdles, or is she destined to become one of the deceased herself? Find out for yourself, if you dare.

As the most feared group of assassins within the cluster, the Black Dragons rarely have reason to worry. When their reputation is threatened by outsiders, it's up to Selena Olian, prostitute by day, Viper by night, to stop them. However, she discovers that even the most talented of assassins sometimes fail...

Buy link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B019AM2YRA

Webpage: www.jmscheirer.com

EXCERPT:

The door was the same non-descript metal as the others that dotted the stone hallways. Selena pressed the access pad on the side and waited for the distinct “chink” of it unlocking. The door slid to the side.
Master’s office was a good-sized room dominated by a large, dark wooden desk near the opposite wall. The only real decoration was a stiff black rug beneath the desk. It extended out to rest beneath the two chairs on the reception side and the few weapons of the trade that hung on the walls. Master himself sat in the more comfortable executive chair behind the desk. He wore the close black outfit and mask of the order, so she could never make out much about him except that he was shorter and stockier than her. He looked up from the datapads scattered over the surface of his desk when she approached.
Viper.” He greeted her in quen’nare, the modified voice low and grumbly. “Please, come in and sit down.
Selena approached, offering a bow before she sat. “How did you know it was me?
 “I would not be a very good leader if I did not recognize those under me… And Fox called to let me know that you were here. Now, what can I do for you?
The imposters are getting bolder, Master. I had one openly brag that he was a Black Dragon when I saw the bad replica of a tattoo on his skin.
I assume you took care of the problem.
Selena dipped her head. “He will not be making that claim again.
Good. The imposters need to know that we will not tolerate them besmirching our name. Our profession may not have the most favorable impression, but we have a long, honorable history and a reputation that we have well earned. I will not let that falter under my watch.
Selena nodded. Everyone in the surrounding systems knew about the Black Dragons, and she had heard their name spoken in both fear and awe even before she joined. If you wanted someone dead, you went to the Black Dragons. “I understand, Master.
Master sat back in his chair, draping his covered arms over the armrests, and sighed. “See if you can find out where this imposter was inked. If you do, do not kill the artist. See if he or she inked others, and make it very clear to this person that further marking will not be tolerated.
Selena nodded again. “Of course, Master.”
I am very pleased with your work, Viper. I do not regret welcoming you into our Brotherhood.
Even though I am a Sister?” she smiled back.
Master waved it off with a hand. “There is a reason we keep our sun lives separate from our moon lives. Do you know how many people would be all too happy to arrest us, even kill us if they recognized us?
I imagine it would be quite a few. I understand the reasons for all the precautions we take.
Of course you do, Viper. Is there something else you need to discuss with me?
Selena shook her head. “I came here right away to let you know. I did not think it was something that should wait.
No,” Master agreed. “We operate on information. You have done well, Viper.
She dipped her head to him. “Thank you, Master. By your leave.”
Master waved a dismissive hand at her before returning his attention to ’pads in front of him. She stood, bowed, and turned to leave. It wouldn't be easy to track down the tattoo artist, but she was a Black Dragon. If Master wanted it done, it would be done.

J.M. Scheirer:
 On a cold day on Hoth…er…in Eastern Pennsylvania, in the depth of night in the year of 1978, J.M. emerged into the world.  She moved to Endor…er…Southern Maryland as a young child, where she began the process of creating worlds and stories about them.  As an adult, she moved to Tatooine…er…Eastern Washington to spend the rest of her life with her soulmate (aka Tim).
There’s not enough time in the day for everything she tries to fit into her life.  On any given day, you can find her reading and/or writing and/or playing video games and/or watching TV shows and movies and/or sewing and/or baking.



Sunday, December 6, 2015

In Which I Try Something Different

Today is the launch of the Kindle Scout Campaign for The Elf's Apprentice.

https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/X1REXGY7PXNL
The first two chapters are uploaded and available for preview on the campaign page here: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/X1REXGY7PXNL

If you like what you see, please NOMINATE the title for publication (in the sidebar) or save it for later consideration. If you help get the book to publication, there's a free copy for everyone who nominates the title. 

So, if the story seems like something you think others would enjoy, sassy, humorous, irreverent fantasy romance. Sexy elves and smart-ass apprentices, magic, sword fights, true love, etc. :)
Please spread the word! 

Thanks so much to every last person who has help or will help with The Elf's Apprentice's long journey.

Best to you all!

Frances

The Elf's Apprentice

by Frances Pauli 

 A sorcerer, a rebel, and a kingdom under fire

As the sorcerer's new apprentice, Kia's fiery temper is bound to get her into hot water. Evander is obnoxious, arrogant, intolerable, and undeniably the most beautiful elf alive. Even if she passes his relentless testing, working at his side just might kill her. Worse, her master has powerful enemies inside the palace. When their attacks turn personal, the sorcerer's apprentice becomes the perfect bait in a deadly trap set to destroy the man who has become far more than just her boss.