Shifter Born Cover

October 29, 2009

Shifter Born is the first book in a series of tail tales that will be released on December 31st, from Red Rose Publishing.

I just got the cover art and love it! Theresa McKinney is the artist and has done a marvelous job. Shifter Born


A trio of tail tales, my new shifter stories will be released soon, from Red Rose Publishing.  And since I’m going to be really busy this coming month with NaNoWriMo, I thought I would share an excerpt.

Shifter Born

[Excerpt Rated PG]

The movie was just okay, pizza with the other couple was fun and finally, they ended up alone in his car. They made out for a few minutes and then, he pulled back. His face, in the moonlight, was troubled.
“What’s the matter, Roger?”
“You know, I really like you and I’m really happy you’re with me. Right?”
“Yeah… and what are you getting at?”
“Saph, I get the feeling you’re not really here. That you’re really tense and worried and… I dunno… Maybe I’m doing something wrong.”
She sat back in her seat and looked away for a moment. “I’m sorry. I know I should relax and try to be sexier, but I just don’t feel it.”
“Is it me? My looks… Or am I doing something you don’t like?”
“I don’t know. I enjoy your company but I just don’t feel comfortable for some reason. I’m sorry. Maybe you should find another date for the prom.” As soon as she said it, she knew he was both hurt and pissed.
“Yeah. You’re right. Maybe I should.” He started the engine and drove to a nearby convenience store.
“Why are we stopping here? You want a drink?”
“No. I’m fine. Just fucking fine. My girlfriend just dumped me two weeks before the prom and I’m just fucking fine. Get out.” He hadn’t raised his voice, but the tone scared her.
“Hey! We’re five miles from my place. Just take me home and we can talk about it tomorrow.”
“No need for any more talking. You’ve been teasing me for the last month and I’ve had enough. Just get the fuck out of the car. You got a phone. Call your mom. I’m heading back to town.”
She was close to tears. “Come on, Roger. I know you’re mad, but this is the middle of nowhere. It’s not the best place for a girl to be alone at eleven at night.”
He got out, came around to her side, and opened the door. “Get the fuck out, now!”
She stood up beside the door and placed a hand on his shoulder. “Please don’t do this.”
He grabbed her hand and yanked her out of the way, and slammed the door.
“Ouch! What the hell was that for?” Suddenly, she wasn’t as hurt as she was angry.
He swung around and slapped her face, his arm returning for a backhand when she stepped aside, grabbed his wrist and yanked. Roger stumbled forward, banged his chin on the roof of the car and her elbow caught him hard in the rib cage. With a yelp, he stumbled away from her.
“You fucking bitch!”
Stepping away from the car, she balanced herself just as he reached out again. She slapped his hand aside and his face took on a mask of pure fury. He rushed in, punching at her face and she spun his attack aside, snapping a kick to the side of his knee as he passed. He yelled and tumbled over the rough gravel. When he got back up, his face was bloody, the shoulder of his shirt was torn and he was limping. Muttering obscenities, and without waiting for another round, he stumbled around the car, got in, hit the door locks and almost ran over her toes backing away.
She watched him peel out, scattering gravel. Then she heard someone clapping softly behind her.

Last time, I spoke of the process I find useful for larger projects. Since NaNoWriMo is getting closer, I’ll share a few of the details.

I’m planning a Steampunk theme tale with the working title of “Cloud Dancer” that is a bit of alternate history combined with a bit of romance in a war novel. A brief back story starts in the glory days of the British Empire and the Victorian age. The main body of the tale will cover the early days of WWII on the south coast of Australia.

Let’s take a look at the characters. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve Been Thinking Again

October 20, 2009

I know, I know, that’s a sure sign that you should run for cover. The fact is, NaNoWriMo is sneaking up on us and since I won’t start writing my great novel until November first, I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept, the characters and how I’m going to market it.

Yep, you heard me correctly, I’ve not even written the dang thing yet and I’m already looking at ways to grab your attention and get you to read it. I had thought I was alone in this when I was introduced to another writer’s blog, where she discusses the exact same thing. Debrah Riley-Magnus wrote:

“You know I’m a writer, but I’m also a publicist. When I write, I let the concepts for the book’s future flow through me and onto a cool little note pad I keep to the side. Those thoughts are vital, they will plot the road to success. I’m receiving those thoughts because they are elemental to the creative project at hand.”

Let me tell you where I am right now, with my NaNoWriMo project. This is how I start most of my longer tales.

I have a basic document template in .DOC format that has all my basic settings pre-configured. That gets loaded and then Saved-As in a new folder with the working title of the story. In this case, the working title is Cloud Dancer, so my filename is Cloud_Dancer_Notes.doc.

The first thing I did was start a very rough, stream-of-consciousness series of notes. This includes scenes, technology, locations and situations that I want to include. The next thing I did was generate a list of character names. Each name had a paragraph of two, describing their appearance, personality and relationship to the other characters.

And finally, I have been surfing the web, doing research on the time, place and major personalties that my characters might encounter.

As we progress, I’ll share some of these notes. Keep in mind that once the tale starts to unfold, things are expected to change as the characters take over. I so love it when that happens.

The notes file also gives me a place to add promotional ideas. Cloud Dancer is going to be a steampunk tale,  so it will be told with the Maker spirit and attention will be paid to device descriptions and operation.

It will take place in the area around southwest Australia, in the late thirties.

Stay tuned now, more to come!

New Series Coming Soon!

October 18, 2009

My new urban fantasy series will be coming in the next couple of months!

I’m overjoyed that Red Rose Publishing is going to release Shifter Born.

My editor is working on it now and as soon as the edits clear, I’ll have some excerpts to share.

I’m also working on some new audio files which should be ready during the holiday season.

Thanks for all your support emails. These are exciting times, indeed.

A Halloween Tale

October 17, 2009

The spirits of this spooky season overtook me this past weekend and I wrote a short story. My good friend and favorite editor, Stephanie McGrath was kind enough to give it a once-over and it is now ready. Since there’s really no time to submit it for formal publication before the eve of the feast of all hallows, we thought we would share a simple story of Statuary for free.

To save the PDF file to your local drive, Right-Click and Save-As this link.

Natually, we would love to hear what you think of this little tale.

email: MasterAnthonyStevens [at] gmail [dot] com

Real Steam

October 12, 2009

This past weekend, I was up in Kinzer, Pennsylvania, at the Rough and Tumble Harvest Festival. Since I’m going to be writing a steampunk novel for NaNo, a little real steam experience seemed in order.

Here are a few freebie wallpapers for your collection:




Steampunk Maker!

October 5, 2009

Passing the Hat?

October 4, 2009

Amanda Palmer asks an interesting question. Are the changes we see in the media publishing world going to mean that all artists will soon be passing the hat to earn a living? It might be one of the options as things shake out.

Is Patronage the answer? Is one question discussed on Futurismic.

A similar question is whether authors should get paid more now that we are doing more of the work. M.J. Rose thinks Publishers Must Change the Way Authors Get Paid.

And here’s a series of essays on self-publishing that also generate some good questions.

What do you think?