I’m sure was I was smoking some serious drugs when I wrote the second novel, Bindings & Spines. There is just so much… rambling. So much that needs to be cutdown to size. It makes the going tedious. Trying to sift through the gravel to retain the nuggets of gold, dump the rest, then integrate those nuggets int one flowing chain – then repeat. These edits are taking more time than I expected, which means my dedication to doing them is being tested. I’m trying to stay resolute and confident that the end result will be worth it.

I continue to add a few hundred words to the fifth novel, pushing it slowly to a conclusion. Yet while I do, the fear that I am making the same mistakes in it as I did Bindings & Sines haunts me. I have no other way of working though. I don’t edit or censor myself as I write – I simple release the words. Hopefully, it will be purer than B&S.

The new short story is also coming along. I am not in the least bit worried about word count with this one. I’m calling it a short story but if it turns out closer to a novella – so be it. If this one works, it will have a special place all of it’s own and won’t have to fit any guidelines. Which is good , because I’m finding it harder and harder to keep Jonathan Alvey’s stories under seven thousand words.

I’m basically done with the edits for Charon’s Obol – the White Dragon Black short for Xchyler Publishing’s fall release paranormal anthology. It’s sort of cool to be in this one, as it feels like a cycle coming round. Jonathan’s  first time in print was last years anthology – Shades and Shadows, ShadesAndShadows_Cover_full-reswhich lead to Tomorrow Wendell being published and now, Charon’s Obol, sees his return to print in another short story.TomorrowWendell_Spread What is also satisfying is that, in a way, this short story is a follow up to the novel.

On a completely separate note, I’m think I’m going to start trying to make attending Toronto’s Ad Astra Con an annual event. I haven’t gone to even one yet, but it is a con for writers and fans of sci-fi and fantasy, that is as close to my back yard as I’m going to get. And it does have a good reputation and has been running for a good number of years.

Cover Reveal From Amelia James!

Posted: August 23, 2014 in Writing

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Today I have not one but two gorgeous covers to expose.

The first is for my upcoming contemporary romance, Tell Me You Want Forever.

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Bestselling romance Tell Me You Want Me gets a steamy sequel….

Notorious heartbreaker Austin Sinclair vowed he’d never fall in love, but all that changed when he met his Janie. They’re living their happily ever after… until an unexpected threat tears them apart.

Austin is desperate to get Janie back, but fails miserably. He’s said ‘I love you’ so often Janie doesn’t care anymore, and getting her in his bed to prove it seems impossible. His old life beckons. Could he be that guy again?

Jane scored big when she landed Austin, but now she faces a temptation she never expected—one that makes her question what she really wants from love. Staying in a relationship with him requires all the strength she has. She’s tired, and giving in to someone else would be so easy.

Each hopes that something will change, that the other will give in, but it’s going to take both of them—together—to overcome this obstacle. Can they make their love last forever? Or has their fight been for nothing?

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The second is a new cover for the previous book, Tell Me You Want Me.

The original cover is beautiful, but in recent months I’ve been seeing that couple on dozens of other books. I want to stand out, so I’m doing something different.

Both new covers and the original were designed by Mallory Rock.

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Title: Forest of Whispers
Author: Jennifer Murgia
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Expected Publication Date: September 9, 2014
Blurb:
Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago… and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting.

Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon learns of a legacy she is bound to–one that is drenched in fear, witchcraft and murder–a birthright that stretches beyond the grave to the trees where Rune is no longer safe.

 

 

Jennifer Murgia photo 1384944_10200610144198229_370165092_n_zpsbcfb015a.jpg Jennifer Murgia has long loved the dark and speculative — and it’s from these dark places that she weaves fantastical stories, often hoping to find truth in them. Her Young Adult novels include the upcoming Historical Fantasy FOREST OF WHISPERS (9/9/14 — Spencer Hill Press), BETWEEN THESE LINES, ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE & THE BLISS. She is the co-founder and coordinator of YA FEST and currently resides in Pennsylvania.


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From a Face book Vaping support site.
An open letter to the mayors, councillors, and health units in Toronto and Aurora.

As you consider bylaw changes to effect bans on the use of electronic cigarettes, please be aware that more than 25% of your residents are smokers, many of which have chosen electronic cigarettes as an alternative. While I understand there is nothing whatsoever you can do to prevent the use of hardware already controlled by federal regulations, your considerations are based entirely on the eLiquids that are used in those devices.

Nicotine is a federally controlled substance and the electronic cigarette industry is already complying with those laws.

There are basically three ingredients used for electronic cigarettes. All of these ingredients you are already personally using and consuming on a daily basis. And you own equipment and inventory these ingredients for the benefit of the municipality.

To be legal, a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes means that you will also have to ban their equivalents:

1. The fog making machine used at some municipal events, arenas, and commercial properties will also have to be banned anywhere tobacco cigarettes are banned. You see, they use the same Propylene Glycol to generate the fog … the same Propylene Glycol that generates the vapor in an electronic cigarette. You will have to ban McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets and a list of 14 other of their products that contain Propylene Glycol. You’ll have to ban a bunch of products from Burger King and Wendys too — and a ton of other restaurant’s dishes. Plus, many grocery stores will have emptier shelves after your ban too. Quite a few bans coming, Propylene Glycol is also used in cake mixes, soft drinks, popcorn, food colourings, fat-free ice cream and sour cream. It also protects food from freezing and helps as a preservative. It’s used extensively in toiletries and cosmetics too and a considerable number of household items (like room deodorizers, cleaners, sanitizers, and other products labelled as “non-toxic”.

2. Vegetable glycerin is a simple polyol — a sugar alcohol — used extensively in foods as a thickening agent and a sweetener. It’s also used in low-fat and diet foods. So, anything with icing on it (like muffins, cakes) should be banned as well. So would most cough syrups, toothpaste, mouthwashes, and skin care products. Shaving cream, hair care products, soap, and personal lubricants as well.

3. Flavorings. Oh my … I don’t think there is a single product you eat or drink that doesn’t contain flavorings. Flavorings are not just for consumption, but most aerosol products also contain flavorings to enhance scent and odor.

And, we’re back to nicotine. The only ingredient you can really sink your teeth into. But you have a problem here. Many users of electronic cigarettes do not use nicotine. That’s the goal for us vapers: go from the stinky tobacco sticks that contain over 4000 chemicals and more than 70 carcinogens to a healthier life style. Some of us choose electronic cigarettes as an alternative. It’s certainly proven (and documented in studies) to be more effective than other alternatives. Yet, it isn’t a smoke cessation product and no one claims it is a cure for any health issues.

If it is a cure for anything at all, it’s a cure for the financial drain on the public purse that cancer and other diseases caused by smoking. It is a cure for absenteeism due to these health problems that smoking causes.

Don’t ban it, gheez, encourage it.

The “proof” you are being offered to consider is flawed. It is based on anecdoctal news reports and selected research studies. All of these have been debunked. There are a considerable number of reports available that offer the real story of electronic cigarettes. Second-hand vapour is safe. Propylene Glycol is safe. Vegetable Glycerin is safe. Flavorings are safe. And while nicotine is addictive, it is also safe — it does not cause cancer, digestive diseases, or other lung issues. About the only negative thing proven about nicotine is that it constricts blood vessels — but then again, so does that cocktail or beer you enjoy.

The lobbying efforts to have electronic cigarettes controlled as a tobacco product make very little sense. The only common element between tobacco products and electronic cigarettes is nicotine. Electronic cigarettes also produce a vapour that simulates tobacco smoke.

A ban will be challenged, of that I have no doubt. For example, there is absolutely nothing you can do legally to prevent an electronic cigarette user from vaping anywhere he wants when the eLiquid he is using contains no nicotine.

As a former smoker, I may also be your next former supporter. And so might the other 25% of the residents you are targeting with your proposed changes.

By: Andy Prevost

 

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Tessa Marie Conley is an eighteen-year-old orphan from Austin who earns a scholarship to study abroad in London, viewing the trip as a chance to embrace change. Together with Bree, her best friend, the trip is everything Tessa hopes for, complete with a short-lived summer romance with a charming Scotsman. But on her last day before the return home, she finds Librorum Taberna, a bookstore with a gargoyle holding the sign out front. Tessa loses track of time and is locked inside after dark where she encounters the gargoyle from the storefront alive. From that point forward, her life would never again be as it was, nor as she thought it was. Now, a human during daylight hours and a gargoyle by night, Tessa is swept into a world of magic and betrayal, friendship and terror in an exciting and terrifying original dark tale of urban fantasy and thrilling mystery.

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Amity Green grew up in the mining town of Victor, Colorado. As a teen, Amity raised horses and developed a love of fauna and flora of the Rocky Mountains. She worked as a raft guide on the Arkansas River in her home town and later worked as a truck driver at the mine in Victor. Amity resides in a Victorian neighborhood in mountainous Manitou Springs. She started writing at the age of 19 and is now a published author of urban fantasy novels and several anthologies with fellow horror and fantasy writers. Her novel SCALES, which was created when she studied in London, wins 5 Star reader reviews. Amity’s current work in process is PHANTOM LIMB ITCH, a companion novel in her gargoyle series about Tessa Marie Conley; the Austin teen who was trapped in a world of dark magic in the United Kingdom.