Saturday, November 26, 2016

October Reading Wrap up and Book Haul

Here's my October wrap up and book haul, sort of late as usual :P NaNo has made me very busy this month!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Mid NaNoWriMo Pick Me Up!

So we're halfway through NaNoWriMo 2016, so don't flag yet! Here's a little pick me up to help you get through the rest of the month if you're flagging. Or even just to keep up your mojo!

What to do if you're stuck?

Maybe you had a super awesome idea for your story and now you're thinking…not so much.

Well, there's a couple of things you can do now. Maybe try something totally out of the blue, completely change up the storyline! Add those Nazi zombies after all…(not that I've gone that far, but you never know) Or if it's really terrible, perhaps you should just try a totally different story! That way you'll still make the 50,000, it just might not be one whole novel.

How to stay on top of your game.

Well, some sleep every once in a while would be a good idea. Seriously, despite what you may like to think, humans are HUMAN and not sleepless immortal vampires. We do need to sleep. Otherwise:

Doing a few stretches before you sit down to write is also a good idea, that way you can avoid being so stiff after you finally realize you've been sitting there for five hours straight.

Maybe your story is great but your characters are giving you problems:

This definitely happens. So many times I have sat down to write a book, and the hero doesn't want anything to do with the story, the villain wants to tell the whole thing, and a random character you threw in is apparently way more important to the storyline than you ever thought.

First off tell your villian to shut up. They will get their time, and whatever you do, do not promise to write them their own book. Or…you could. After all, whatever gets you to 50,000, right?

Oh yeah, and then there's those characters you thought were dead? Urg, yeah, those pop up too. Maybe you should just roll with it.

Sharing your writing (when people wonder where you've been all month):

You may be excited to share your writing with other people, and sharing with fellow writers is totally okay and may actually be able to help you. But sometimes sharing it with non-writers can be a bad idea mid-NaNo. No matter how happy you are about your story, the reactions you get will probably give you writer's block. Especially those overly literal people who shouldn't even read fiction to begin with.

So, maybe not the best idea to share your writing until the end of the month. Then you can just give copies of your book away as Christmas gifts and people won't be able to say anything bad about it!

Just Keep Writing!

But mainly, the key to getting to the end of the month is to JUST KEEP WRITING! Seriously, stop looking at the internet, stop going on Pintrest, get rid of your subscription of Netflix for the month, just write. In fact, what are you still doing here? Get off the internet and get back to writing!

No, seriously, go!

Gif credits:  
Get 8 hours of coffee again:
 Loki finish your writing:
 One does not simply explain writing:
 Stupidist idea:
 Writing is hard:
 Don’t ruin story with logic:
 Pay attention to me:
 Bet you’ve thought seen the last of me:

Monday, November 14, 2016

An Earthly King Blog Tour: Final Day and Book Playlist

It's the final day of An Earthly King's blog tour! First off, thanks to everyone who hosted, followed and took part in this! I had a great time hearing from readers both old and new :-) I am really happy to hear so many people are excited about this series!

Today, I wanted to do something a little different for the wrap up of the tour and share my playlists from both Blood Ties and An Earthly King. Below are the lists for each book. Eventually, I plan to make playlists on Youtube but I just didn't have the time right now. I'm sure some of the songs will not make sense to anyone but me, but I hope you enjoy them all the same :-) Let me know if there's any you think should be added.

Blood Ties

An Toll Dubh- Runrig
An Sabhal Aig Neill- Runrig
Moving- The Secret Garden
Rocky Road to Dublin- The Countdown Singers
The Kilburn High Road- Flogging Molly
The Blood of Cu Chulainn- Jeff and Mychael Danna
The Return of the Eagle (The Musical Priest)- The Eagle Soundtrack
Devil's Dance Floor- Flogging Molly (This was the one that, if this was a movie, would play during the cage fight without a cage scene ;P)
Na Fianna Battle Song- (I can never find the artist for this one)
The Stamping Ground- Runrig (This is the one that, if this was a movie, would play at the end credits ;-)

The playlist for Blood Ties was kind of a mix of traditional Celtic soundtrack pieces and some more modern style folk songs. Runrig's Gaelic tracks may be technically Scottish Gaelic, but the sound of them lends to overall feel of the story and the world in my opinion. The soundtrack for An Earthly King was a little different, between some folk songs and other alternative songs that I felt went along with the story. Still completing that one, but I hope you like the selections so far.

An Earthly King

Tam Lin- Fairport Convention
Slow and Steady- Of Monsters and Men
Fairies Stole My Keys- Emerald Rose
Brother- Needtobreathe
Safe and Sound- Electric President
Battles- Al Lewis
Samhain's Eve- Damh The Bard
Reilly's Daughter- The Clancy Brothers (This is the song Proinsias sang for karaoke night)
The Ballad of Tam Lin- Steeleye Span

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Monday, October 31, 2016

An Earthly King Blog Tour: Character Interview with King Eamon

To kick off the Earthly King Blog Tour, we have a character interview with High King Eamon O'Brian! (Special thanks to Abigail & various siblings for coming up with the questions for me)

If not a king, what profession or interests would you pursue?

Well, I have always loved books, so maybe I would like to be a librarian. It's not something I've really thought of before, since growing up as a prince never really gave me many options for a change in career.

Which other king or queen do you like best?

Well, certainly not Proinsias (Paunchias). Most of the other rulers aren't that bad though. Queen Niamh isn't too bad though, and at least she usually seems to see things rationally.

Would you rather be buried in the ground, cremated or buried at sea?

Um…that's an…interesting question. Hopefully not prophetic. I will be buried in the family crypt with the rest of the O'Brians.

What is your least favorite task as king?

Council meetings. Those are horrible and long and annoying.

What is your favorite season and why?

Well, after certain events, fall is no longer my favorite season (though you'll have to read the book for that!) I think spring is a nice season. It starts to get warmer and the flowers in my mother's garden bloom.

What is your favorite animal?

I am rather fond of Irish wolfhounds. I grew up with them around the Hall.

If you could, what would you change in Ireland?

Well, as of now, since we've made a few peace treaties, it's been pretty much changed for the better. Of course, I would love to insure that war never happened again. I think I would also like there to be less council meetings.

Are you artistic or scientific?

Hm, I'm not sure I'm actually either. I'm not really scientific, nor am I really artistic. I'm a bit of a scholar, more of a historian and whatnot.

What is your pet peeve?

Just one? Council meetings. The council telling me what to do when it doesn't even make sense. Many things.

What was your favorite thing to do as a child?

Well, Killian and I got up to all kinds of stuff at Tara Hall when we were kids, like hiding in the kitchen cabinets and scaring the cooks. But The best times I had were when Killian, Aedan and I went out into the woods and pretended to be rebels and warriors.

What is your favorite book?

My favorite book is a collection of stories about Cu Chuilain that my father read to me as a child.


Don't forget that today is the day the first day you can download Blood Ties free from Amazon Kindle! So definitely go and download it if you haven't read the series yet. Then if you like it, you can get An Earthly King! :-)

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

An Earthly King Blog Tour!

It's time for the second book in the Modern Tales of Na Fianna series to make its appearance! Since the book is featured around All Hallows, I thought Halloween season would be the perfect time to bring it out.

Join up for the Earthly King blog tour, to read excerpt and interviews I did with bloggers about the book. Also, definitely enter the giveaway, as you will be able to win a signed paperback copy of BOTH Blood Ties and An Earthly King and get some swag as well (buttons and bookmarks!)

Also, I'm running a deal on Kindle from November 1st-5th so you can get an e-copy of Blood Ties free, so you can have a chance to read it before you take a crack at Book Two! Check it out here

Here's the list of tour stops so you can follow the tour!

November 1st-- An Introduction Post and character interview with Eamon O'Brian here at Character Purgatory
November 2nd-- An Interview at The Reading Hedgehog
November 3rd-- An Interview at The Overactive Imagination
November 4th-- A Review at The Road of a Writer
November 5th-- An Interview at Rawls E Fantasy
November 7th-- A Book feature at Allison the Writer
November 11th-- An Interview Words and Books
November 12th-- A Guest post The Great Raven
November 13th-- A Book feature However Improbable
November 14th-- Wrap up and fun here at Character Purgatory

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

10 Halloween Reads

Hey everyone! I made this video to share some of my favorite Halloween reads with you. Let me know what your favorite creepy reads are!