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Character Art – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS

I’ve always liked art. I love to go to museums and  see all the different paintings. I especially love the old art from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Michaelangelo, Raphael, Da Vinci, Monet, Manet, Rembrandt, etc.are some of my favorite artists.  Art History class was one of my favorite college classes. But when it came to actually drawing and painting things myself, I’ve never really been all that great at it. Animals and objects I can do ok, I think,  but drawing people is something I’ve always had a bit of a hard time with.

To give you an idea of what I mean, let me show you a few character sketches I did years ago when I was writing my first Fantasy book, Kismet and Tell. These are sketches of Marissa “Riss” Cobalt, the main character (and also the main character in Chronicles of Riss), and one of the other lead characters, Fiore.

As you can see, they’re not all that great. I wish I could do better, especially with the anime/manga style, but I really believe my artistic talent lies more with writing than it does with drawing.

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This post is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “art”:

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS July 30/16

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Indie Pride Day 2016 #IndiePrideDay #IndieBooksBeSeen

Today is Indie Pride Day, a day for indie authors to share their pride – and their works – and to support each other. As an indie author myself, I thought I’d share a photo of me with my first book, the fun Fantasy novel Kismet And Tell.

 

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Kismet and Tell and it’s “prequel” short story collection, Chronicles of Riss, are both available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other fine online book retailers.

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Chronicles of Riss – the “official announcement”

Ok. I know I posted about this yesterday, but I’m going to call this the “official” announcement of its release since I have links to all sites now. And so, without further ado…

Chronicles of Riss, the  short story collection “prequel” to my book Kismet and Tell, is now available!

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Confronting evil sorcerers. Fighting monsters. Dueling metal golems. Searching for a sea monster. Hunting lost treasure. Finding a missing show dog. Competing in talent contests. Helping lost children. These are just some of the widely varied exploits that the young mercenary sorceress Marissa “Riss” Cobalt shares in this secondAdventures in Sorcery book. Riss reveals how she ended up as a mercenary and chronicles some of the many adventures, ranging from fun to serious, that she’s had prior to the events of Kismet and Tell.

 

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It’s Done

I’ve submitted my short story collection, Chronicles of Riss, and it should be live soon. Remember, it’s a “prequel” to my one book, Kismet and Tell. Anyway, it will be available soon on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Scribd, Kobo, Tolino, and Pagefoundry. I’ll make another post once it’s live.


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Kismet and Tell Sampling

I don’t recall if I’ve shared a sampling of my one published fantasy book, Kismet and Tell, or not. If I have, it’s been a good long while and I’ve gained a lot more followers since then. So I thought I’d share a sample with you all. In the meantime, I’m still working on getting the “prequel” short story collection out. Hopefully I’ll have it ready for you all soon.

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I awoke with a groan. My head felt as if someone had lodged a battleaxe in it, it hurt so much. I decided to try a Healing spell to get rid of the headache, but my hands wouldn’t move up to my head. Why? Belatedly, I realized my predicament. Someone had tied me to a stake on the shore of the clearing’s lake. What the…? I struggled against the ropes tying my hands behind the stake. Nope, too tight. I couldn’t budge them. I could barely move my numb fingers and feel the tingling sensation of circulation loss.

I craned my head around the sides of the stake, looking for Fiore. I found him to my left, tied to a stake as well and unconscious. His shirtsleeves were torn, and he had some cuts and bruises on his face and arms. On what I could see of them, anyway. His head drooped, his chin lying against his chest, and his ponytail of flame-red hair hung down his right side. And his sword was back in its sheath on his back.

I called out to him, trying to wake him up. After my fifth call of his name, he finally came around with a groan. The first thing he did, once he realized his dilemma, was to try to free his hands – which he couldn’t do, to my great disappointment.

Riss?” he called out. I heard worry and helplessness in his voice, along with a tinge of hope.

Over here.”

He turned his head to look at me, and the expression of hope on his face disappeared. “Oh, great. He tied you up, too.”

He? Fiore, what happened?”

Well…”

He started to tell me, but at that moment the person responsible for our being trussed up materialized before us. Actually, I shouldn’t say person, because it was in fact a Demon, and a really ugly one at that. It towered over us, as tall as the surrounding trees. Its brown skin looked like tree bark. The afternoon sun glinted off the row of bony spikes growing from its spine.

That explains the sneak attack,” I observed wryly. Demons have the ability to attack this realm from the Spirit Realm, before they’ve taken on a full physical presence here. “But what do you want with us? Why attack us? We have no quarrel with you.”

Its three ruby red eyes stared at us, unblinking. It spoke in a deep voice that resonated in the clearing, but its fanged mouth did not move. “Lord Yangul ordered it. I’m glad you finally woke up. It wouldn’t be any fun to kill you in your sleep.”

Kill us? Why would Yangul want us dead?”

Actually, Marissa Cobalt, he only wants you dead.” It pointed at me with one of its sharp claws. “Your friend there is just an added bonus.”

Ok, so why would Yangul want me dead?”

Does it matter? You’ll be dead as soon as the lake dragon wakes up for dinner.”

If I’m going to be dead soon, why don’t you tell me anyway? Consider it my last request.”

Well, if you must know, Lord Yangul doesn’t want the prophecy to be fulfilled. Now shut up and die like a good girl.”

Whoa! Hold on! Wait just a minute! Prophecy? What prophecy? And what do I have to do with it? I opened my mouth to ask the Demon to explain what it meant, but Fiore chimed in with his own question.

You’re going to feed us to a lake dragon?” he asked. “Why not use your Demon powers and kill us quickly?”

I closed my eyes and shook my head. If my hands had been free, I would have covered my face in them. Sheez, I thought. Could he be any more naïve? He seemed to have totally missed the important point. But then again, his question was valid. Why wouldn’t the Demon use its powers to get rid of me quickly?

Because watching you being eaten by a lake dragon would be much more entertaining,” the Demon answered. “Dragon, awaken!” Then it vanished.

The lake began to churn, and a whirlpool formed in the center of it. We struggled to loosen our bonds, but to no avail. After a couple of moments, a blue dragon’s head and neck appeared above the surface of the whirlpool. Slowly, the huge reptilian head moved towards us, and as it did, more of the dragon’s blue body surfaced. We watched in terrified silence for a moment. Then Fiore spoke.

Riss, what are we going to do? We can’t fight a dragon like this.”
“Don’t worry. I’ll get us out of here. I’ve got a plan.”

Good. At least one of us does.” He looked at the dragon again. “Well, whatever you’re going to do, Riss, do it now. That dragon’s getting closer and it looks very hungry. And I really don’t want to be dragon food.”

In total agreement with that idea, I closed my eyes and mentally activated the amplification magic of the emerald on my gold circlet. I pictured the runes for a Teleportation spell, modified slightly to allow me to take Fiore along with me. Thankfully, we were close to each other and only our arms were tied up. I stuck my left leg out towards Fiore. “Fiore,” I called out, “stick out your leg and touch mine. Hurry!” He did so, then I quickly chanted the incantation and activated the spell with a cry of “Teleport!”

A blinding white light surrounded us. When it faded away, we found ourselves standing, unbound, on the street outside the inn we had stayed at the night before.


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Jeanne Owens

Author Bree Vanderland has kindly spotlighted me on her site 🙂

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Jeanne Owens is a Fantasy and YA author, though she has dabbled in other genres.  She has been writing since high school, but only started thinking about publishing in the last few years. She has one self-published book at the moment, the light fantasy novel Kismet and Tell. She has a collection of short stories that is a “prequel” to it that she is in the process of publishing. Along with that, she has a WIP fantasy novel she hopes to have done soon and has plans for some other books. She is also an animal lover, an avid reader, and a proud geek.

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Updates

Hi all. I’ve not gone anywhere. I’m still here. Things got kinda busy with the holidays and all, and I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. Just thought I’d drop a line real quick to give a couple of updates.

I’ve finished getting the short stories together for my collection and have read through them. Now I just need to work on the publishing aspect and get them out. Hopefully I can get that done soon, and then get back to working on my WIP book. I’ll keep you posted on how things are going with getting the short story collection out. Oh, and I had a nice comment on a Pinterest pin of my one book, Kismet and Tell. The comment said that “I’m not really into fantasy, but you’ve got me interested.”  To me, that means a lot, that someone not really into fantasy novels finds the blurb for my book interesting.

One of my Christmas presents was a rechargeable batter pack for my Wii Fit balance board (actually, I got 2 battery packs). I charged one up the other day, so now I have no “real” excuse not to use the Wii Fit (and especially not with 2 rechargeable battery packs). So now with the holidays over, I think I’ll start using the Wii Fit again. I’ve probably gained back some if not all the 10 pounds it said I’d lost.

Things are going really well on the dating front, also, and I’ll be starting to meet some of my boyfriend’s family soon. Next weekend will be a double date with his daughter and her boyfriend.