On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

Personal notes on writing techniques, writing a novel, my writing career and threading your way through publishing a book.

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RITA Award Winning Author -- that's like the Oscar, folks! Futuristic/Fantasy Romance and Fantasy with Romantic Subplots.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Celta Thursday Cut Scene from Heart Legacy

Heart Legacy Cut Scene (too many people, too much politics): This will be for those of you who know the books very well. This is in the FirstFamilies Council Chamber after the poisoning attempt on Marin Holly:

"Loridana Yew has no power-hungry wish," Draeg stated.

"And we only have your word for it," T'Ivy, a former Captain of the Council said.

Spearing him with a look, Draeg said, "I think a few of you are allied with the Traditionalist Stance?"

"No," T'Ivy snapped, his mouth pulled down. "They go too far."

"They challenged your leadership of the group?"

"They did not listen to us FirstFamily conservatives."

"Of course not, they want power, and will never be able to match the power we have in Flair, not in this generation, and I do not think their group will last through the next."

"The lower nobles and the middle class commoners are becoming stronger in Flair," D'Grove said comfortably.

"But the Traditionalists are correct that if we continue with the current qualifications for noble, we will have many Commoners becoming noble," T'Ivy stated.

"As a people we're all growing in Flair, and in wealth," T'Hawthorn, who wasn't that much older than Draeg, and knew all about wealth, said. "I consider that a good mark of a society."

"We got rid of the old Downwind slums," T'Ash said. "And none too soon. We have homes and jobs for those who cannot support themselves because of weak brains or bodies." He stood and stretched, Draeg heard pops. "Those who do not fit in our society have mostly left the city to carve out a living of their own on their own land. That's good, too." His bright blue gaze swept the room.

"We care for our own, an' harm none. That is how it's supposed to be. Every individual should be prized on Celta, 'cuz we could still die out here."

Draeg said, "We still have thieves, in the cities and preying on the merchant caravans."

"Will always be evil people, too," T'Ash said. "As for me, I don't think the mind behind these attacks belongs to an eighteen year old girl. If young D'Yew is involved, she's taking orders from someone else, and Zanth thinks not."

Draeg just stared. "Zanth. What does Zanth know about this?"

T'Ash's white teeth gleamed against his olive toned skin as he smiled. "Zanth still prowls the alleys of Druida. He sometimes meets other cats. And other cat Fams." Then the powerful man set his hands on his hips, scrutinized every person in the room. "What we all need to think about is how we will evolve. Not only the society around us, and how we might be able to shape our culture through rituals for the good of all as we have since our ancestors landed, but how we FirstFamilies as a group should evolve." He grunted. "That's my thought for the evening."

He slanted Draeg a look. "Can't you figure out how to bring young D'Yew to me to Test her?"

"Not great T'Ash," Draeg said. "Maybe a roadside peddlar, or low-class shopkeeper."

Now T'Ash's eyes gleamed, he tipped a hand in Draeg's direction.

"That might be fun." Then he teleported away. Draeg thought that Zanth might not be the only one who missed a little rough and tumble in the alleys.

Draeg wouldn't let them interrogate her. Not only would that blow the whole original scheme out of the water and reveal him being undercover – which he wasn't ready to explain until he found the right words – but he didn't know of anyone who'd react well to being hauled in and questioned by very powerful strangers. He'd pointed that out.

She might very well just shut up. She could even demand an advocate, and if she did, Draeg would request SupremeJudge Ailim Elder, a telempath, who would not be pleased with the FirstFamilies intimidating a young, naieve woman.

Nobody liked that idea.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Celta (etc.) Thursday

Celta (etc) Thursday: Working on my Biography (again!) for Lost Heart. So here's a list of my work (Celta in Reading Order), if you have questions, ASK, of course.
:) :
Celta HeartMate Series, in Reading Order
**Hearts And Swords (story collection, the first story, Heart and Sword, takes place on board the generational starship Nuada’s Sword)

Heart Thief
Heart Duel
Heart Choice
Heart Quest
Heart Dance
**Hearts And Swords (story collection, Heart Story)
Heart Fate
**Hearts And Swords (story collection, Heart and Soul)
Heart Change
***Free Short, short story ZANTH AND THE TREASURE
Heart Journey
***Script of the Heart novella, Coming Autumn 2016
**Hearts and Swords (story collection, Noble Heart)
Heart Search
Heart Secret
Heart Fortune (Glyssa Licorice and Jace Bayrum)
Lost Heart (Coming Spring 2016!)
Heart Fire
Heart Legacy
Heart Sight (Coming 2017)
* * *
Feral Magic, a Contemporary Paranormal Romance E-Novella
* * *
The Ghost Seer Series
Contemporary Paranormal with Romantic Subplot (featuring ghosts of the Old West)

Ghost Seer
Ghost Layer
Ghost Killer
Ghost Talker
Ghost Maker (Coming October 2016)

The Mystic Circle Series
Contemporary Fantasy

Enchanted No More
Enchanted Again
Enchanted Ever After

The Summoning Series
Average American women are summoned to another dimension to fight hideous evil…yes, flying horses!

Guardian of Honor
Sorceress of Faith
Protector of the Flight
Keepers of the Flame
Echoes In The Dark

* * *
The Road to Adventure (contemporary paranormal romance novella),
in What Dreams May Come, with Sherrilyn Kenyon and Rebecca York

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Celta Thursday - Lost Heart novella print cover

We (I) am inching closer to getting Lost Heart published. The novella will be in ALL EBOOK FORMATS! For those of you who want print, here is the first look at the cover. The print will be darker or the background lighter. We (my cover artist and I) are thinking of a specific graphic to indicate it is in the Celta HeartMate series. The final manuscript still needs to be copy edited by Final Eyes, then I'll see a sample print book, then uploading and everything else. Advertising is AFTER that just because this is my first effort and I have other obligations, too. Though I do hope all you who read me will help me.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Celta Thursday, Lost Heart Cover Copy

Yes, I think the last piece of work I needed to do was the cover copy for Lost Heart before it's ready to solidify the final formatting. So here it is:

RITA(c) Award Winning author, Robin D. Owens’ first Celta novella!

A magical society rife with telepathic critters with attitude, hiding their own agendas and secrets in their furry little paws.

Barton Clover, Chief of Security for his large and noble family, is deeply aware of his responsibilities. But two young relatives have left the family and disappeared. He's determined to find them and convince them to return. He has no time or inclination for love . . . but is presented with an ultimatum that his life is unbalanced. He must visit a matchmaker or be removed from his position.

Enata Licorice, a revered librarian has been spending time in a mysterious vault, and suffers from odd blanks in her memory. Desperately lonely, she yearns for a good husband and attends a matchmaking session of her own.

It's love at first sight for Barton and Enata, but they are crucial members of their families who demand their time and attention and both feel torn.

While trying to resolve their issues, Barton discovers Enata's secret and they must work as a couple to resolve the puzzle that includes Barton's missing family members, if they dare. And if they fail, they lose their lives, and others' too.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Celta Thursday: Heart Quest Cover story and pics

Celta Thursday, Heart Quest cover story and pics. First, the idea of Heart Quest was given to me by one of my critique buddy's during our reading of Heart Duel. "If I knew I had a HeartMate, I'd go door to door and try opening them!" So thanks to Anne Tupler. I bought several keys and sent various images to my editor. The cover is shiny, and a little too pastel for me. I wanted something more in keeping with the Black Magic Cult story inside so I changed the color of the font (I am NOT artistic), but, as usual at that point of time in my career, they didn't listen to me.

Below see a mockup I did with the red font, and also a pic of MidClass Lodge I made.

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