Please take Abdul and put him in the dungeon.
See to it that he gets a doctor. Stir with Horse Feather. Apply to blank surface with artist's brush. Speak incantation over painting to materialize. Bring to life, what I think. Make it real, what I draw. According to this spoken law. Speak incantation over Teapot to enchant.
Heat to boiling to activate. Come and sup with me tonight. Waters three have I for tea. Brew a tempest now for me! In presence of Creature, speak incantation over skull. Fire and Brimstone leave thee numb. Purity bind thee like a chain. To do what 'ere I now ordain!
Dayton Matthew Genesi Michael D. The coin bears the seal of Daventry and King Graham's noble face. Everything has been washed away except for one coin of Daventry. He decides not to put it back in the box. It must have washed ashore with the other ship debris. Apparently, the island Alexander is standing on is part of a chain of islands. Underwater currents tug at Alexander's legs. It pulls ferociously at Alexander's legs. The shifting sand vanishes from beneath his feet!
Against his best efforts, he is dragged out to sea! No doubt it once belonged to Alexander's ship. It must have slipped from his finger during the shipwreck. Fortunately, it was not lost in the sea. Do not print this! Comment msg only! A path leads north into the lush green island. An occasional breeze rustles the nearby foliage. Anybody there? If there are people on this island, they must be too far away to hear Alexander. A few white clouds accent the bright blue. Allaria and I must go gather our allies and form a plan. Make sure she comes to no harm. We will return as soon as we can to take back all that has been stolen from us.
Your love for our daughter must be deep indeed for you to have undertaken Death itself for our sakes. May we succeed in what awaits us, and live long together as a family. For a moment, he is too dazed to remember how he got here. The shipwreck Just as he had seen his men safely into the life boats, a gigantic wave picked him up and tossed him overboard, into the churning sea.
Debris from the shipwreck is scattered along the shore, but of the life boats and his men, there is thankfully no trace. Removed this line. Then he pulls himself together, remembering his mission For that matter, where is HE? And how will he ever find Cassima now? The ship is beyond help. It has nothing further to offer Alexander. I'm Prince Alexander of Daventry, and I'm the one you'll be leading around on this quest.
The success of my search for Cassima depends on you, so I thought I'd show you how to run things. For mouse users, move your mouse cursor to the top of the screen. For joystick, press the right or 'B' button. Key 5 on your keyboard's numeric pad cycles icons the same way. Key 0 or Ins on your keyboard's numeric pad does the same thing. Got it? Let's try a few. Use the WALK icon to move me from location to location in the game. Select the WALK icon and press it where you would like me to move. Like this:" 0 0 0 16 2 "LOOK. The LOOK icon triggers a printed message about objects and locations on the screen.
To look at something, select the LOOK icon, and click it on whatever you want to look at. Glinting objects are always a good idea to check out. Let's LOOK at it and see what the game has to say about it:" 0 0 0 18 99 Alexander's royal insignia ring lies abandoned on the sand. My royal insignia ring, eh? That might come in handy, don't you think? I'll show you how to get it with the next icon. The HAND icon means 'manipulate object' and can be used to pick up things, open things, close things, move things, search things, and so on. Select the HAND icon and click it on an object that you want to manipulate.
Select HAND and click it on the ring. The ring is small, so be careful to click the tip of the finger on the HAND icon right on the ring, or the game will think you are trying to manipulate the sand. Messages help make my actions more clear in most cases. From here you may select game options. You can also see your current score.
This lets you try something dangerous and have a way to get back to where you were before you tried it. That way, if I should happen to You may restore any one of the games that you saved. If there was a sequence that you particularly enjoyed, you may view it again and again. Remember that if you restart, the current state of the game is lost. It would probably be a good idea to save before you restart.
It will give you information about this game and the King's Quest series. Look at one or both if you're having problems figuring out what to do. If you feel that the game is running too slow, you may turn this down. Superfluous animation will stop. This is a help on slower machines.
This is only applicable for certain sound cards. This will not work on the PC internal speaker. It will not affect any other animation in the game. You don't want to clear any messages you haven't yet read or you will most likely miss important clues! Have fun and remember--take your time and really explore. There are a lot of details in this game. Take the time to look around and savor everything. I'm fascinated. I know all this stuff already.
To exit this demo, press any key or click a mouse button when a text box is NOT on the screen. The inventory window shows you all the items you have. Right now, all we have is a ring. More icons! These are really similar to the icons on the icon bar, except these icons operate on the items in your inventory window.
For example, the LOOK icon here is for looking at an inventory item. Let's LOOK at the ring. Try this with everything new you get. HAND does different things, depending on the item; it can let you read something, eat something, open something, and so on. Let's try HAND on the ring. Although most inventory items will have nothing to say, a few can get downright wordy! Let's try TALKing to the ring. If there is more than one page of inventory, clicking on the MORE button will work on either page to flip between the pages.
That item's icon will then appear on the icon bar in the CURRENT inventory icon window and be one of your active cursors when you cycle cursors. Your cursor will now become the selected item. The RING icon or cursor looks like a ring. Every inventory item in the game has its own icon that looks like that item. To use an item, click the item's icon on an object on the screen. That means; try to use the item on the object. It has great sentimental value to him! Let's try it with the ring. If there is no color outline around a particular icon, it is disabled and you may not select that icon at the current point in the game.
Disabled icons will become available to you again after you finish with the current scene or inset. The TALK icon lets you talk to objects in the game. You can try TALKing to anything, although only speaking creatures will generally talk back. Select the TALK icon and click the icon on the object or person that you would like to talk to. There's actually no one here right now, so let's try talking to the ocean. Just over that hill behind me, you'll meet some people you can talk to. Try the TALK icon on them.
It's a good idea to use the TALK icon frequently. The other characters in the game usually know more about what's going on than I do, and they can give you lots of important information. Right now, the window is empty--but we'll fix that by going into inventory. The nightingale just looks at him curiously. Greatly in your family's debt, Cassima 5 5 0 3 99 Alexander's hand trembles as he reads the note.
For the first time in his long search, he has heard her voice again--if only in writing. Is anyone in there? One branch heads northeast towards a distant castle and one leads northwest into a small village. Could it be? Could it possibly belong to Cassima herself? The bird must have taken Alexander's ring to someone who sent back this ribbon in return. Could it possibly be?
Dare he hope that the someone is Cassima herself? To the left, he can see a village. To the right, a castle. From the south, come the sounds of the sea. Is anyone about? The nightingale just looks at Alexander curiously. She sings the most beautiful song Alexander has ever heard.
Perhaps to Cassima? Where might she be taking it? She delivered it to him! He can only trust that Cassima is the recipient of his tokens, rather than some nest in a tree! The ring is the one thing he has that might alert Cassima to his presence on the isles. Surely, Alexander doesn't want to get repetitive this early in the courtship! What can you tell me of my love? Of what do you sing? What a lovely tune you sing! The real nightingale in the tree cocks her head and listens intently. She flutters off her branch and drops a piece of parchment at Alexander's feet.
She flutters off her branch and drops something red at Alexander's feet. Could there be something wrong? Or does Cassima simply not welcome his attentions further? Alexander wishes he knew what happened to his message of love. Besides, he would destroy the delicate trust he's established with the little nightingale.
Besides, he would frighten away the nightingale and miss its lovely song. He ducks into the little hut to put on Beauty's clothes. Imagine if Cassima saw him like this! You're late! Get a move on before the vizier sees you! Besides, they are too prickly to examine closely.
It only does as it's told. Step away! No strangers may enter the Castle of the Crown! He'll have to find someplace where there aren't any guards. Its marbled walls and delicate inlaid mosaics are unlike anything Alexander has ever experienced before. His own home, though lovely and dear to his heart, seems rough-hewn compared to this delicate beauty. Whether they are part of this island or another is impossible to tell from here. Quit wasting my time! Stay back, stranger!
Only authorized persons are allowed to approach the Castle of the Crown! Perhaps this will convince you. We have no interest in anything you carry! You are not welcome at the castle! It bears a Daventry mint. This proves nothing. Then you must take after your mother. I see no resemblance.
Alexander always thought he was the spitting image of King Graham. Perhaps you would be interested in it? We're not interested in your petty treasures, stranger. Only authorized persons are allowed into the castle, and we'll not be bribed by the likes of you. The Castle of the Crown is not open to the public today. Alexander decides NOT to try to force his way in. They look quite fierce and have the stiff, blank expression of soldiers on formal duty. With all of his papers lost in the shipwreck, it is the only possible 'calling card' he can think of.
I'm Prince Alexander of Daventry. I'm an acquaintance of Princess Cassima. If you could just inform her that I'm here, please. So everyone says. Let me just look at that ring. Prince Alexander Wait here while I go see what Captain Saladin thinks of this. Captain Saladin speaks with a voice that is gentle but reflects a will of iron. I'm afraid I'm unfamiliar with your country, but I'm sure Vizier Alhazred will want to meet you--if indeed, you are a friend of the princess. With all of his papers lost in the shipwreck, it is the only possible proof of his identity that he can think of.
It is the royal insignia ring of Daventry. I'm sure. Just let me look at that ring. It's just that princes are so uncommon in these parts. Let me get Captain Saladin. I am Prince Alexander of Daventry, and I would like He's the one, Woof! We've been warned about you! But I haven't even met the vizier! You're on our list of 'undesirables,' and will not be getting into the castle--today, or any day. Now off with you! I've been traveling for months to see Princess Cassima. I would like an audience, please. Particularly not strangers. I was cast upon this island in a storm, and I'm a little confused about my location.
Could you tell me what place this is, and who lives in this castle? What is that you say? A castaway? A likely story! We haven't had any foreigners in this part since Alhazred arrived.
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He is not asking for any secrets. The royal family resides here. Or, rather, what is left of the royal family. But tell me, am I anywhere near the Land of the Green Isles? The Isle of the Crown is the main island, foolish boy! The princess is indeed our treasured jewel to guard--and we consider it an honor! I really must see the princess.
You're not welcome at the castle, Prince Alexander of Daventry! We have our orders, and they are quite clear! Could I please speak with someone in charge? I'm a prince of Daventry and a friend of the princess. I see. And I am Lord of this dusty path! Step aside! You'll not be getting into the castle without some proof of your claims! Perhaps the guard dogs have an occasional use for it, but it looks empty now.
A branch of the path leads off to the northwest, as though going around the castle. Two guard dogs bar the way into the castle. The path from the crossroads leads to the castle entrance. The entrance is being guarded by two dog-like creatures. There's plenty of work afoot today. No time to dawdle! Cook has about driven himself mad, I hear, worrying over the wedding preparations. What a celebration there will be today! Wine will flow like a river of red! More serving women!
The castle staff is certainly busy today! There's plenty of work left to do before the wedding! I trust you'll respect his wishes and not return. Good day, m'lord. It must lie just on the other side of this wall. Alexander's hands would give way long before the wall did. A doorway! Just what Alexander was thinking this wall needed! Besides, the paint is all gone. Maybe Alexander is better off out here after all! Unlike the well-guarded castle entrance, this area is deserted. Perhaps the guards are confident that the wall itself is impregnable enough to stop any would-be intruders.
There's no one here to talk to. Comment MSG only. Bring to life what I think! Make it real, what I draw! According to this spoken law! The door has magically solidified! This one has a shop on the street level and a private dwelling up above. Steps lead up to the shop door. The door is just a plain door, open to the public. Alexander can just enter the shop. It's probably full of plain earthenware. Besides, they probably wouldn't fit him--nor go with his green tunic.
An old lamp! And what a nice traditional design too! Take your pick of my new lamps. Choose your lamp, son. He offers a variety of lamps, all neatly lined up on a long pole. If you would like to get one of my fine new lamps, I'll need an old lamp in trade.
If I had a genie, I'd be richer than a king! Besides, there's always a roaring business in antique illuminaries. Have you an old lamp for me yet? Here is your new lamp. Another dud!
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Its spout is only decorative, unlike Alexander's lamp, and is plugged with brass. It's open at either end like a lantern, and is made of flowered blue paper. The handles on either side of the lamp remind Alexander of a sugar bowl. There are six new lamps on the pole. Each is shining with newness and each has unique characteristics.
I'm going to keep my lamp for now. A shattered crystal ball A cracked wand A fake thumb You never know when a small bottle will come in handy. It's currently empty, but a few scraps in the bottom indicate that it is used as a dump site on occasion. Alexander doesn't remember that sign being on the wall before. He decides to take a closer look. If he doesn't do something soon, Cassima will be another man's wife! If he didn't do something soon, Cassima would become another man's wife! It reads: "Citizens Rejoice! For reasons of security, the wedding will not be open to the public.
Long live the new king and queen of the Land of the Green Isles! This one houses a pawn shop at the street level and features rough wooden supports accenting the roofline. What an interesting-looking shop! There are open shops to his right, a hard-packed path beneath his feet, and palm trees waving over his head. To the north, a key-shaped arch leads to another part of the village. Is anyone here? Perhaps he should find someone specific to talk to. They perhaps hold wine or water to be kept cool.
They seem a busy, if somewhat subdued, lot. I wouldn't know what to do with that. She has no need for a riddle book. My stepmother might hear you and call me inside. She's too far away. My stepmother has lamps aplenty. The girl is dressed in a long, plain, orange robe with a thick headdress. From the appearance of her clothes and from a skittish, fearful look about her, Alexander gets the strong impression that she is a servant--or even worse, a slave. She looks at Alexander shyly, but no longer seems to fear him. He wishes there were some way he could help her.
His heart belongs to Cassima, and he doesn't want to give the girl the wrong idea about his intentions. Alexander decides to keep the map. It might help ease your way. I couldn't accept something so valuable. I'm only a poor serving girl and would have no use for such things. He decides to bring up the subject of Beast with her. The Isle of the Beast is an enchanted place. There's a path running through a deep forest. The path crosses three magic blockades, set to keep all visitors away. At the center lives a tremendous beast.
Magic blockades? How exciting! What kind of a beast? Is it very terrifying and ferocious? It speaks with the voice of a man. But Moshe Dayan, the venerated Israeli defense minister who won the battle, soon voluntarily relinquished control of it to the Waqf, a Muslim administrative body. As a result, the Temple Mount is one of the most explosive tinderboxes on earth. A visit to the site in September by Ariel Sharon inflamed tensions that soon erupted into the second intifada.
To evangelical Christians, the Mount is an elemental part of messianic theology, because a complete restoration of the nation of Israel, including the rebuilding of the Temple and the reclaiming of Judea and Samaria, is a prerequisite to the Second Coming of Christ. Likewise, to Orthodox Jews, nothing is more important to their messianic vision than reclaiming the Temple Mount and rebuilding the Temple—yet no single event is more likely to provoke a catastrophe. No one knows this better than Yitshak Fhantich, an independent security, protection, and intelligence consultant who spent 28 years in Israeli intelligence, many as head of the Jewish Department of Shin Bet.
From to , he was the man in charge of investigating right-wing extremists, many of them strongly religious, who posed a threat to the Temple Mount.
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The hard core among them will go to any extreme. They are ready to do anything—from killing Yitzhak Rabin to blowing up the mosques at the Temple Mount. Indeed, in , Fhantich and his team of 25 Shin Bet members assisted in the arrest of 26 Jewish terrorists for planning to blow up the mosques on the Temple Mount in an attempt to disrupt the peace process with Egypt, and in hopes that the Jews would then rebuild the Temple so that the Messiah would come. And in , Fhantich personally warned Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin about the danger he faced from militant groups outraged by his agreement, as part of the Oslo accords, to relinquish the West Bank and Gaza territories to the Palestinians.
On November 4, , Rabin was assassinated by a young Orthodox law student named Yigal Amir, whose activities Fhantich had been monitoring for more than a year. In the 90s, Fhantich says, Israeli intelligence began watching Christian Evangelicals. You have to be prepared minute by minute. These Christians, they believe what they are doing is sacred. If something happens to the Temple Mount, I think these American Evangelicals will welcome such an act. After all, religion is the most powerful gun in the world. Moreover, a potential attack on the Temple Mount, as disastrous as it would be, pales in comparison to the long-term geopolitical goals of some right-wing religious groups.
Taken to its literal extreme, this belief obliges Israel not only to retain control of Gaza and the West Bank but also to annex all or parts of Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria. Such a campaign of conquest would be certain to provoke a spectacular conflict. The Carter Glass Mansion, in Lynchburg, Virginia, is a handsome manor house that serves as an administrative office for Liberty University and offers a magnificent view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Recently recovered from a respiratory illness, Falwell, 72, is as serene and self-confident as ever, answering questions with the disarming candor that has enabled him to build personal friendships with even his fiercest ideological foes, from the Reverend Jesse Jackson to pornographer Larry Flynt.
The special political relationship between the Israeli right and Evangelicals dates back to , when, after three decades of Labor rule in Israel, Menachem Begin became the first prime minister from the conservative Likud Party. A romantic nationalist and serious biblical scholar, Begin pointedly referred to the lands of the West Bank by their biblical names of Judea and Samaria, and he reached out to American Evangelicals at a time when they were just coming out of a political hibernation that dated back to the Scopes trial of and Prohibition.
There should be an understanding between us and them. In , Begin presented Falwell with the prestigious Jabotinsky Award, gave his ministry a private jet, and shared vital state secrets with the televangelist. In the early days of his ministry, Falwell, like other Evangelicals, had made a policy of not mixing religion and politics at all—much less on a global scale. Supreme Court had decided to remove God from the public square, beginning with the school-prayer issue. Then, in , the Supreme Court had ruled 7-to-2 in favor of abortion on demand.
Several years later, Falwell got a call from Francis Schaeffer. An electrifying Presbyterian evangelist and author, Schaeffer is probably the most important religious figure that secular America has never heard of. Widely regarded by Evangelicals as one of their leading theologians of the 20th century, Schaeffer, who died in , was to the Christian right what Marx was to Marxism, what Freud was to psychoanalysis.
Wade that Evangelicalism could no longer passively accommodate itself to the decadent values of the secular-humanist world, now that it had sanctioned the murder of unborn babies. Almost single-handedly, he prodded Evangelicals out of the pulpit and into a full-scale cultural war with the secular world. Schaeffer shattered that world of isolation for me, telling me that, while I was preaching a very clear gospel message, I was avoiding 50 percent of my ministry.
When he visited San Diego, Falwell was impressed with how LaHaye had organized the pastors to confront the state government on moral and social issues. And so, in , Falwell launched the Moral Majority with LaHaye and other leading fundamentalist strategists to lobby for prayer and the teaching of creationism in public schools and against gay rights, abortion, and the Equal Rights Amendment. Courtly, genteel, and soft-spoken, LaHaye hardly looks the part of a ferocious right-wing culture warrior.
In public or in private, LaHaye is understated, the antithesis of the fire-and-brimstone preacher one might expect to deliver prophecies of the apocalypse and Armageddon. Yet even Falwell has said that LaHaye has done more than anyone to set the agenda for Evangelicalism in the U. Then the pastor pointed to the sky and the sun unexpectedly came out. From then on, LaHaye was entranced with Rapturist theology, which was popularized in the U.
A proponent of a prophetic branch of theology known as premillennial dispensationalism, Darby asserted that a series of signs—including wars, immorality, and the return of the Jews to Israel—signal the End of Days. Once the end is nigh, all true believers will be raptured to meet Christ. After that, Darby taught, the world will enter a horrifying seven-year period of Tribulation, during which a charismatic Antichrist will seize power.
For 25 years, he served as pastor at Scott Memorial Baptist Church, in San Diego, transforming it from a congregation of into one with 3, members. Along the way, LaHaye avidly read Francis Schaeffer. The Renaissance was all about the centrality of man. The Reformation was all about clearing up the ways the [Catholic] Church had mucked up Christianity—and getting back to the centrality of God. Life, LaHaye argues, has always been a battle between good and evil. In truth, while tens of millions of Americans might accurately be called secular humanists, very few characterize themselves as members of a humanist movement.
But to LaHaye that only proves the deviousness of the humanist project. Instead of openly advocating their point of view, he writes, humanists have used the mass media and Hollywood, the government, academia, and organizations such as the A. As a result, LaHaye argues, good Evangelicals should no longer think of humanists as harmless citizens who happen not to attend church. If you really believe in End Times, you are constantly looking for agents of Satan. What decent person would compromise with evil?
So that removes it from the democratic process. LaHaye wants to roll back the Enlightenment. Presbyterian televangelist D. In , LaHaye took up the challenge, resigning his pastorship to devote himself full-time to building the Christian right. He began by meeting with moneyed ultra-conservatives including Nelson Bunker Hunt, the right-wing oil billionaire from Dallas, and T.
His trainers, mud-caked from that morning's eight kilometer run, took up the space where her heels should have been. He had almost forgotten the way she used to toe her shoes off, always sliding the left one off first for some inexplicable reason. The wall was cold and hard against his back, the Scotch smooth and warm. There was no other choice. He'd made his decision two years ago.
It was time. Tomorrow, he would commit murder. Welcome to the Visiting Authors blog today, Liv! I used to write stories at school for fun, but I never thought anything would come of it. So, I did a degree that had nothing to do with writing and started a full-time job in the finance industry. My mum encouraged me to do a creative writing course at RMIT. I loved every moment of the class and ended up doing three short courses. The teachers were so inspiring, and it was great to speak to like-minded people.
I work-shopped my stories in class and continued with them after the course finished. Diana Carlisle, who was my editor and cover artist is so talented. I love being involved on my vision for the cover and giving ideas. It should be out roughly late this year. Vanessa Lang is thrilled when she lands her dream job at investment company, Stone Corp.
But when her kleptomaniac mother is on her last strike and faces a criminal record, Vanessa accepts a deal to find evidence of insider trading on her new employer. Determined to save her mom, however, she spies and gathers information about his business. But there's one small problem—she starts to fall in love with him. How far would you go to protect the ones you love?
Have any words of advice for fellow writers in the trenches? Savvy Authors does great online workshops. About Liv…. Oxford comma, yes or no? Yes Ice cream favorite flavor? Rainbow Coffee or tea or wine? Herbal tea What does your desk look like? A mess Describe a perfect writing day. A stopwatch What do you like to do when not writing? Sleep Beach, lake, or mountains? Beach Morning rooster, night owl, or midday lark? Night owl Favorite childhood book?
Enid Blyton books Favorite book of all time? Harry Potter. I would love to hear from you! Contact me on: www. Welcome, Mike! I write full-length action and medical thrillers. I believe I was born a storyteller. The process of writing has always been a way for me to express my imagination. I put those thoughts aside for a career in medicine, but that desire never left me. When I decided to stay at home for my kids, I revisited my earlier life goals and writing reached out to me once again. My series shines a light on a little-known issue with the kidnapping of American children by one parent and taken to a foreign country against the will of the other parent.
In , a small consortium of countries adopted the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child abduction. Only about half of countries worldwide recognize the status quo child custody arrangement existing before an unlawful removal of a child from their home country. I wanted a hero that brought justice to this real-world problem. I have two boys at the breech of their teenage years. Cole Haufner is a rising superstar in the professional mixed martial arts world. At the peak of his success, Cole suffers a horrible personal tragedy.
His grief grows further when his brother, Butch, a Delta Force team leader, goes missing during a mission. I needed some professional eyes looking things over, and I really wanted to know what I needed to work on both in the story as well as my own writing knowledge. A few months after that, I pitched my newly awarded manuscript to The Wild Rose Press, a smaller traditional publisher out of New York, at the Colorado Gold conference. After a request for a full, I was quickly put in touch with a senior editor who pushed the book through their committee at light speed.
The communication along the way was outstanding, and I had that gut feeling I was in good hands. A great start to my career. I have two in the hopper. I also just submitted a short story for an anthology set to release in Short stories are hard work! Write your own ending. The most difficult part was the North Korean characters. It was also fascinating to imagine their mindsets and motivations. Their way of thinking is so different than our own, and I had some mental fun crawling into their heads.
Ten squirrels fighting over one nut In an alternate reality, what would be your dream job besides author? So far, London. So far… You have a time travel machine: past or future? If you could meet one famous person, living or dead, who would it be? Milky brown color called Backstory Barf. No one wants to see that. What are you known for? Original member of Zydeco band Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies Morning rooster, night owl, or midday lark?
Night owl Favorite book of all time? Where can you find Mike? Welcome, Tena! Each story is written by a different author and share scenes within Willow Springs, Vermont centering on The Deerbourne Inn and its cast of quirky characters. What a great series so far! After reading all the original information set out for the multi-author series The Deerbourne Inn, Mercy and Sil began chattering in my mind.
They claimed the setting was perfect for their story. Once I did the character worksheets I always do before starting a story, I discovered they were right. I love writing small town stories and putting a paranormal twist on them. I had to research the process of making Sugar Maple sap into Maple syrup, so I would know the equipment used, the buildings used and the time of year.
Did you know sugaring season for maple syrup is from early February through late March? Fun Facts: It takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of pure maple syrup. Pure maple syrup contains antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and amino acids — making it good for your health and a great alternative to refined sugar in moderation of course.
Buy extra! It will never freeze solid. Always keep your open bottle of syrup in the refrigerator. Vermonters take this stuff seriously! Tell us one unique thing about you many might not know. It was a fun job, the perks of attending the rock concerts and meeting the bands rocked, but the pay sucked! It was an experience I enjoyed. Yes, but not willingly. Coffee or tea or wine? French Vanilla Tea In an alternate reality, what would be your dream job besides author?
Well paid DJ. Mountains If you could meet one famous person, living or dead, who would it be? Steve Jobs Morning rooster, night owl, or midday lark? Night Owl What comes first, character or plot or other? Character Now for an excerpt…. About Tena…. Welcome, L. Ryan Storms! Your bio is pretty diverse. How did you end up writing? I guess it took me longer than most to realize storytelling was my true calling. As a result, I worked in pharmaceutical microbiology for years. I loved it! I am a huge science nerd. But I found I still needed to fill that creative void and writing was the perfect outlet.
In fact, I have to give some credit to the pharmaceutical industry for steering me towards writing. It was the first time I really learned how to piece together large documents on a regular basis and realize that I could jump around to fill in pieces as I gathered them. As the years went on, I started to feel more at home with my writing and finally decided to take the plunge into indie-authorhood this year. One of the best parts about being an author is bringing to life so many different kinds of characters.
I love the diversity of it. I really enjoy the challenge of writing a character who has the brains to figure out how to take on the problems around them. That said, one of the most difficult things to write is a character who is a whole lot smarter than you are. Quinn was probably one of my favorite characters in A Thousand Years to Wait because of the way his mind works. It was lots of fun. It was always my intention to make A Thousand Years to Wait the first of a trilogy.
In fact, early versions of the book alluded to more prophecies and additional troubles. I am a huge fan of trilogies, but I love a first book that can stand alone. I hope to write the second book this year. I get too muddled and lose my way.
Authors who can hop back and forth between projects with no problem are my heroes. Where can we get our hands on A Thousand Years to Wait? My goal is to have the second book of The Tarrowburn Prophecies released sometime in late Why did you go the self-published route? I think there comes a point in your life where you have to be comfortable in your own skin and with your own skills.
Publishing is extremely competitive and a lot of writers call it quits long before getting to publication. That said, beta-readers and critique partners are gold, and I would never, ever, ever publish without having multiple eyes and edits on my work. On the flip side, there are a ton of self-published authors whose work is better than many traditionally published authors. The Martian was self-published. Still Alice by Lisa Genova is another self-published success story that made it not only onto the NYT bestseller list, but also onto the big screen.
There was a time when I pursued traditional publishing methods and queried a whole lot of agents. It was actually the responses of several agents that ultimately made me comfortable with the prospect of self-publishing. When agents compliment your world-building, your writing, and the story, and tell you to touch base with them for future projects? They are. But when an agent compliments your writing?
That encouragement gave me the courage to take the leap. How did you get into writing Young Adult Fantasy? And why Young Adult over Adult?
I love the young adult age category. I have always loved it. I wish it had existed when I was in middle school and high school, but back then there was a giant void between middle grade and adult fiction. Teens face a lot of unique problems that really only happen at that time in our lives. Teens are in a really unique place in life where they can act like kids or act like adults, where they can process information in a way adults might not, see solutions adults might miss, and embrace change in a way adults might vehemently refuse to do.
The sooner they learn and accept that, the sooner they can get on with being amazing individuals and making an impact in the world. Always Seriously, say it in a Snape voice. Peach tea.
Or water. Lots and lots of water. What desk? My lap is my desk. My laptop. My handwriting is atrocious and my brain works far faster than my hands can keep up. Typing is the only way I can write. What are some of your go-to methods for writing? Just do it. One way or another, I sit my butt in the chair and write the words.
She is an amazing photographer!! Bryce Canyon is high on my list. This is tough. Beaches are relaxing in a let-your-muscles-unclench-and-sip-a-tropical-drink kind of way. Night owl, possibly midday lark at times. Definitely, definitely not a morning rooster. Character and setting.
Welcome, Peggy! What do you write? I write adult suspense novels, YA fantasy and Pulp Fiction. When I was getting to the end of my career, I wondered what I would like to do with my spare time when I retired. I tried photography but it was not my calling. I started writing and joined a local writing club and then a state-wide club. After that I never looked back. I love to make up stories. I chose Halloween because I thought most writers would choose Christmas. With Halloween, I could add a little fantasy to my writing.
I found Halloween mixed well with the setting. I love to travel, and I want to write about the places I visit. I love the water and it normally shows up in my manuscripts. Penny Winters flees to her birthplace in Vermont to consider the marriage proposal she left behind in Salem. Complicating her already difficult decision, she is smitten when she encounters handyman Liam on the porch of the quaint Deerbourne Inn. A modern-day wiccan, Penny intends to contact her distant great-grandmother, who died on the cliffs when Willow Springs held witch trials. Penny needs advice, and the best time to connect to her ancestors is on Halloween.
But she is not the only witch in Willow Springs, and they both have their eye on the same man. And who is the old woman who keeps appearing, telling her to go home? Penny comes to the cliff to seek Grandma's advice. But Halloween is an important holiday for a witch, and she is not alone on the cliffs that night. Penny will have to battle not only for Liam's attention, but for her life. I am published by one independent press, Airship 27, who publishes my pulp fiction. I currently have one novel with them and another on their desk awaiting publication.
The world tells you what to do all the time. It opens up the soul. I looked up the Salem Witch Trials and it was frightening just how far people will go because of fear. All of them What does your desk look like? A mess What is your writing vice or must-haves e. A few hours of quiet, I write directly into the laptop and seldom print out my work.
Getting involved with a critique group is a must. I love the ocean What do you like to do when not writing? Garden and travel Beach, lake, or mountains? Caribbean Blue — I love the water What comes first, character or plot or other? Nancy Drew mysteries Favorite book of all time? Classic novels. How we crazy authors interject our real life in our books.
We all do it. Authors insert our own lives into our books. Things we love. Food we hate. Life experiences. People who irritate us. It works its way through words into our novels. And he even talks! And in Not for Me, my cute-as-anything Bullador, or as we affectionately refer to him, Da Beef makes an appearance. A bit about Manda…. And now for a teaser with Harry:. Excerpt: Women should meet men at balls, not bars. Oh no! The sixth-floor hottie! Today I will form words! Hold up! He knows what floor I live on?
No worries. He dropped something. Also by Kat de Falla:. Thanks for the invitation to appear on your gorgeous blog to talk about my new release Forever in a Moment , my addition to the Wild Rose Press Deerbourne Inn series. A Stormy Encounter…. Can a vivacious city girl find forever with a reclusive farmer? Will her secret keep her from trying? Why did you write this particular book?
Forever in a Moment was born with no epidural, I barely made it to the hospital in time! Sam is forced out of her comfort zone. In Willow Springs she slows down, regroups and gives herself a chance to think about the direction of her life. How rare is it after college that we get that time to reflect? Most of us, like Sam, have to have introspection forced upon us. I loved watching Sam meet Jed, a soft-spoken farmer who is all wrong for her but yeah you guessed it, oh so right.
There are some rom-com moments and some angsty emotional ones too. Sam is reminded people are the same everywhere. And life is short. Do you ever put any part of yourself in your characters? Urban woman, lawyer former. Quite a memorable experience for a city kid. Speed Round! Coffee or Tea or Wine : Coffee! I can get up as early as the next person but I need lots of coffee if I have any hope of forming a sentence. And yes wine. Manuscript Playlist? Beach, beach, beach any time of year. What an interesting question. Find Charlotte:. Salem, Massachusetts witnessed horrific and shameful events in that haunted the town for three centuries.
Accused as witches, nineteen innocent people were hanged and one was pressed to death. In , Nicholas Noyes choked on his own blood and died. Every generation after the judge continued to lose Hathorne land and money, prompting the rumor of a family curse. By the time his great great grandson Nathaniel was born, they faced poverty. His novels and stories explore his beliefs and fears of sin and evil, and he based many of his characters on overbearing Puritan rulers such as Judge Hathorne.
When Nathaniel first met Sophia Peabody, they experienced instantaneous mutual attraction. Sparks flew. He rose upon my eyes and soul a king among men by divine right , she wrote in her journal. He had his reasons, none of which made sense to Sophia. Sophia suffered severe headaches as a result of childhood mercury treatments. She underwent routine mesmerizing sessions, a popular cure for many ailments. Spirits sometimes came to her when mesmerized, and as a spiritualist and medium, she was able to contact and communicate with spirits.
She knew if she could reach Sarah and persuade her to forgive Judge Hathorne, Nathaniel would be free of his lifelong burden. The Old Manse, the Hawthornes' first home as newlyweds. Sophia sensed his presence every time she turned the brittle pages and read his words. Living on opposite sides of Salem in , Peter and John wrote in vivid detail about how the Salem trials tormented them throughout their lives. Nathaniel finally agreed to announce their engagement, and married Sophia on July 9, Wanting nothing else but to spend the summer enjoying each other, we became Adam and Eve, alone in our Garden of Eden , Sophia wrote in her journal.
As success eluded Nathaniel, they lived on the verge of poverty. After being dismissed from his day job at the Salem Custom House, he wrote The Scarlet Lette r, which finally gained him the recognition he deserved. But the curse he believed Sarah cast on his family still haunted him. In the book he asks for the curse to be lifted.
Sophia urged Nathaniel to write a novel about the house, knowing it would be cathartic for him. The Gothic novel explored all his fears and trepidations about the curse. I felt it physically leave me. And I have you, and only you, to thank. Sophia invited renowned spiritualist John Spear to The Gables. She explained that she needed to complete one final step to convince Nathaniel the curse was lifted. Why I wrote For the Love of Hawthorne :. In my spare time, I bicycle, golf, play my piano, devour books of any genre, and spend as much time as possible living the dream on my beloved Cape Cod.
Visit Salem www. Click here to see their book about the house. What a fascinating story both the historical one of Nathaniel and his ancestors, and of Sophia and his romance! How about we end with an excerpt? You get the idea for how often we can use the adjective. It seems to me to be over-used, and in some cases is completely opposite from what the word actually means. Patricia Holmes asks us to consider beauty in its purest from. She describes a man who has an obsession to own and possess beautiful things so badly it leads to six cases of murder. During a meeting with homicide detectives where she delivers the profile of the man they are hunting, she nicknames him Gordon.
She urges the men to think of him that way: an ordinary man, not a master criminal or Serial Killer. The bodies of six young girls, each of them the epitome of beauty when they were alive, have been found in a cave system in the South of the State. Malnourished, dehydrated, and showing no signs of violence, they appear to have wasted away until death overtook them.
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Then, they were interred in the caves, each with flowers left with them, at an average of once every year or so. She describes how she believes Gordon had a hideous life since childhood; that he was born a gentle, caring, artistic child who was treated abysmally by one or both parents. They stifle him, yet he is too downtrodden to resist or even speak up for himself.
Instead he develops his passion for beauty in things like gardening and collecting things which to him signify true beauty. He will collect things like African Butterflies, postage stamps, or porcelain dolls, paintings — anything which allows him to forget how ugly his real life is. He lives in a fantasy world, far removed from his real life. She goes further, by saying Gordon tried to escape when he married, but being so meek and mild he would have attracted a dominant woman, and for him, it would have been a case of out of the frying pan, into the fire.
She will be even worse, she predicts, than his parents were, and she forbids the beauty he craves which is denied him. And so, Sgt. Rick McCoy, with Patricia Holmes and the rest of the task force hunt a man addicted to beauty. They believe when he came across each stunningly beautiful young girl, he had to own and possess them, to capture the very essence of them, to idolize them. But when they were imprisoned, they were no longer free, and they ceased to be what they were before he took them. They slowly lost the one thing that he craved from them: their beauty.
Meanwhile Rick and Pat are each fighting their own cravings. They are married, yet the more they work together, the more they are attracted to each other, and the more they want to take the irrevocable step, from friendly, flirting work colleagues, to lovers. But if they do, what will the effect be on their relationship, and their marriages? Solving the beautiful deaths will be the least of their problems.