Newest Published Work and other News.

 

untitled (11)My short story , Jingle Jars, ( My Story title is featured on the cover and I am ever so flattered that it is!!!)  was recently published in a collection along with many other great short stories. All awesome ‘AWE’thors in this collection are members of a great Indie writers group on Facebook. The book was published by Plaisted Publishing House, and I thank them for the great opportunity to be involved in a project that involved so many talented, proof readers, editors, writers and administration people. The group put together two anthologies of Dark and Light Holiday themed stories. My story ended up in the Dark Volume , as you can see by the photos above.

I have not yet read every story in its entirety , however I have read some and though I m not reviewing the book I will say this; It is chock full of some very good Dark Holiday shorts. The Light Volume also, is full of many great stories by authors from around  the globe.

Both books, The December Awethology: Dark Volume and the December Awethology: Light Volume  are available at most online bookstore platforms. The eBook copy is a free download and the print version is $6.00. I myself am the proud owner of every version of each book that I can find! They are just that good. Having read many of the authors books/stories before I feel completely confident in saying that this is a collection you do not want to miss out on.  I will include a couple book links below. Support our indie authors and download or buy a copy today.

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Here’s a bit of a blurb from my story Jingle Jars:

Sneak Peek of Jingle Jars by Jennifer Deese (short story from The December Awethology: Dark Volume by The #Awethors.)

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Sid could sense the arrival of something. Then suddenly he began to make out a shape approaching in the distance through the open door.  As he strained to decipher what it was that was approaching he caught the scent of sulphur and rot. The odor grew stronger as the shape in the swirling snow drew closer. Sid felt his heart quicken as his senses told him something about this was all wrong. As he watched, frozen in place, he saw that the quickly approaching figure was adorned in what looked to be a very tattered and dirty Santa Claus outfit. “What the hell!”, Sid thought as the figure stepped onto the porch and stood face to face with him. The stink was even more intense and the man’s eyes were obsidian black. Sid stepped back as the man came through the door shutting it behind him. As the door shut the noise from the jingling jars abruptly stopped.

Sid knew he was in the presence of something sinister, dark and evil, and in a rare moment of honest introspection he almost wished things had been different in his life, normal even. He watched, frozen in place as the Santa clad demon walked to the wall of jars. With his heart pounding Sid asked, “”Who are you.” Smiling demonically, the visitor ran his dirty clawed fingers along the jars, causing them to jingle eerily in the dead silence. Sid could feel the noise deep in his brain, it caused a blinding pain that brought him to his knees next to the dead fire. He felt  his body wanting to give in, wanting to shroud him in the promise of death, but he wanted to live! As the thought of asking for redemption ran across his mind the demon turned toward him and whispered, “Tssk Tssk, my loyal human, I’m here to show to you your jars, your jingling jars.” ***

 

Read  more of this story and a slew of others now ; Get your copy today. Free eBook download and $6.00 print versions.

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So grab your copy today and cozy up for some not so merry Holiday tales from The Dark side. And don’t forget to check out the Light Volume as well…for those who don’t wish to indulge in a few nightmare inducing short stories by yours truly, and all of The Team DArk #Awethors

For those on your Holiday gift list …Why not grab a Amazon gift card and allow them to browse the all the genres and great books and gifts. Great stocking stuffer too!!!! //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=towrisri-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=BT00DC6QU4&asins=BT00DC6QU4&linkId=FLNNW6YZ2GPJVTZS&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true

Grab a copy of my first book here. also available n EBook format here:

 

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Thank you all and have a great Day!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Way I Write…Hey it Works for Me.

I imagine that as writers we all have our own little habits and routines..I Certainly do!! I suppose its just one of those instances where if it works for you then do it and keep doing it.

My way of writing is not completely routine however, there are some things that I do with every story I put to paper.

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Today I thought I would share my way of writing with my followers and readers in hopes that some of you will share yours with us as well. Great way to get to know a little bit more of the person behind that book, blog, article, poem your reading…don’t you agree?

Now of course, I am in no way what-so-ever promoting the kind of reader devotion Stephen King gave us in Misery. Annie Wilkes truly sunk herself into the books she read & I am sure Sheldon wasn’t to keen on how well she got to know him or his writing habits.

I mean, I know we love meeting and visualizing the characters existing wthin the pages; and of course that is simply one of my deepest loves for reading. But…what do we know outside the brief bios on the covers of the person who brought them to us?

For instance, I more often than not like to write  with music in the background at a pretty high volume. A variety of edibles at hand along with a beverage ( type varies) are always present. Something about munching on a stick of celery slathered with cream cheese while working out a plot snag really helps me work it through. 🙂

Another of my habits is to write …read what I wrote…
…write…read what I wrote…write…

So what are some of your habits or writing routines?
Please share some of them in the comments section below…either your writing habits, someone else’s or if your not a writer feel free to share some if your reading idiosyncrasies.

Another The Fading Light Blurb…

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“It’s a wondrous sight to behold.” Cora startled and turned to find Eldon standing behind her with a quirky smile upon his face. “The beauty of this place never ceases to impress me”‘ he said. Clearing her throat to cover the fact that he had startled her Cora smiled.

“It is one of the prettiest places I have ever seen”‘ she replied. She couldn’t help but notice the way the sun glinted in his eyes and just how attractive he really was. With that realization, the thought occurred to her again that he was from Earth. On her last visit to Osipia, when she had been given the chance to save her soul, she had met no other Earthlings or even inhabitants of Osipia: just Sol. Now here before her stood another person from her own world, another traveler. What did this mean, she wondered.

<STAY TUNED FOR MORE BLURBS AND UPDATES AS I GET CLOSER TO COMPLETING THE FADING LIGHT>

What lies ahead in Cora’s second journey to Osipia? With the light fading and the flora and fauna in danger of destruction will Osipia survive? Will Earth fall into chaos? What is Eldon’s part in all this? Will the Devallian army win? And exactly how is Cora to help in this battle? She possesses no military prowess, she has no battle experience in this kind of situation…What is her part and how does it tie into Eldon’s presence here?

Book two is sure to take you deeper into Osipia, its magic and those that call it home.

I thank all of you for your patience while I write and re-write these pages so that I can get them as prefect as I can. this story turned in a direction I did not expect but I am going with it and I am sure those of you that liked book one , The Orchid Keeper, will enjoy the longer length and the deeper story I deliver in The Fading Light.

Blessing to you all and happy reading/writing to All as well.

Sincerely, Jennifer Deese- author8bdce55a19cc1d872a8042d7ea1fd513

The Fading Light Blurb. (book 2 in The Osipian Stories)

Hi Folks,

Just a quick update on book 2’s progress. After recently being released from the writer’s block demons I have been working away at getting book 2, The Fading Light done so that we can get it on the market before Spring’s end.

This book, the second in a series of five, (book 1 is The Orchid Keeper) can be read alone or you can read the first book before this one. Each book contains a storyline of its own …but they all do have common ties and references back to previous books.  I myself prefer to read a series of books in order but I know many to whom it doesn’t matter if the story is good alone.

Below you will find a little blurb about The fading Light, book 2 in The Osipian Stories. Below that blurb there will be links to my book pages that will take you to places that the Orchid Keeper can be purchased

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THE FADING LIGHT >>Coming Soon

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What Happens when the light on magical Osipia fades out completely?

When the light begins fade in the magical world of Osipia Cora sees Sols fingerprint again. Once there she meets another Earthling and reunites with Sol.

Things in Osipia are beginning to darken and it ripple effects our Earth.

Creatures of the dark have broken a long standing treaty and are destroying the orchids connected to human souls. Throwing Sols world into increasing darkness and killing the special orchids they feed off of the Soulinium…what remains when these orchids die.

On Earth the population begins to crumble into bitterness, despair, depression and crime. Cora’s daughter contemplates taking her own life as her new husband turns dark.

Can Cora, Eldon, Sol, Osipian foot soldiers and the other Keepers bring back the light and save both planets or will this be the end?

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If you like magical realism and urban fantasy you will love The Osipian Stories. why not start today with already published book 1, The Orchid Keeper? Get to know Cora and Sol from the very beginning of their journey’s together. Its my debut novel and has gotten great reviews thus far. Feed your appetite with The Orchid Keeper while waiting for the Fading Light by Jennifer Deese.

links for The Orchid Keeper pages and places of purchase. (price recently reduced on all platforms)

AMAZON

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCUQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FThe-Orchid-Keeper-Jennifer-Deese-ebook%2Fdp%2FB00MYNGIBG&ei=Oo4dVfPSNcymgwSi2ICABA&usg=AFQjCNGKpRROiwHx20Q8Gx6sfY8otumWhg&sig2=hmOzuLKzVfBwRdD_9r9n8g&bvm=bv.89744112,d.eXY

BARNES

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-orchid-keeper-jennifer-deese/1120162760?ean=9781632639189

BOOKLOCKER

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JENNIFER DEESE ON GOOD READS

http://booklocker.com/books/7591.html

also available on the majority of your favorite online bookstores. actual physical walk in book stores will order the book for you if your looking for the print version.

Genres..So Very Many

Genre:: a particular type or category of literature or art.http://i.word.com/idictionary/genre

Now I that’s easy enough to understand, right? But as time rolls forward the plethora of sub-genres grows almost daily. For instance 20 yrs ago I would have quite simply said that my first book is fantasy. That’s it, fantasy…and at that point I’m  sure that would have covered it. Now we have so many different types of fantasy, Sci-fi, horror etc.

I recently, discovered on a website that my book was listed under magical realism, a fantasy sub genre. I had truly never heard of it however, as it is described my 1st book fits it perfectly.

Magical Realism::a literary genre or style that incorporates fantastic or mythical elements into otherwise realistic fiction 

http://i.word.com/idictionary/magical%20realism 

Below I have put together a list of horror and fantasy, sci-fi sub-genres. If I missed any please share them with us in the comments. If your a writer please feel free to share with us your titles, links and their genre.

Fantasy:

**Definitions for fantasy genres are from  Copyright Lee Masterson. All rights reserved. @ http://www.fictionfactor.com/articles/fsubgenre.html

Arthurian Fantasy = Encompasses stories about the wizard,  King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table , Excalibar and any story set in that time. 

Epic Fantasy = Generally tales of a young nobody, thrown unexpectedly into a massive “Good vs. Evil” struggle, where he must learn to uncover his own latent heroism to save the day. Often also includes a “grail-finding” quest – regardless of whether the ‘grail’ is an icon, a person, a magical talisman or any other form of symbolic token. Usually involves a very large cast of characters and spans a vast area of a fantastical world.


Comic Fantasy = Tales designed specifically as spoofs of other serious fantasies, or containing humorous elements to a light-hearted tale. (Anthony Pierce work is a great example, in my opinion)

Dark Fantasy = Encompasses the nastier, grimmer side to the usual fun of the fantasy genre. Dark fantasy includes the nightmarish, darker side of magic, creatures, evil and demons


Fairy Tales and Mythology = Fairy tales are not just for kids! The original versions of many fairy tales and myths were often violent stories set in mystical lands, sometimes with strange creatures and sometimes even stranger heroes

Heroic Fantasy = Fantastical worlds with an almost ‘middle-ages’ feel, peopled with wizards and sorcerers, communing with dragons and riding pet unicorns to tame a battalion of wild orcs and goblins. Heroes are generally muscle-bound sword-wielding types, determined to rescue a true damsel in distress. Magic is an accepted part of life, although the workings of such are usually left unexplained within this sub-genre.

High Fantasy = High Fantasy is the type of fantasy that most people expect when they regard ‘fantasy’ as a genre. Includes lords and ladies, medieval styles and settings, kingdoms and castles, and dragons and knights. High fantasy, while generally rooted in classical mythology and medieval European legends, focuses its themes on Good versus Evil. Sometimes called “Epic fantasy”. Often plotted to encompass three or more books. (Similar in my opinion to Authurian fantasy) 

Magic Realism = Stories where magic is an accepted part of the system and of the culture. There must always be consequences to the use of magic, or involve some form of ‘prop’ to get the magic working, like an amulet, potion, talisman or incantation.

Modern Fantasy = Tales of magic and wonder set in modern times. (Another that my book falls under)

Sword and Sorcery = Good old-fashioned ‘Sword & Sworcery’. Rollicking tales of high adventure in almost medieval settings. Designed to follow the exploits of the ‘hero’ as he battles to overcome all the bad guys by use of his trusty sword and some really huge muscles. 

Sci-fI: This list is so very expansive that i am just listing the names of each sub genre of sci- fi and providing  a link at the end for your mote in depth browsing of specific definitiins.

Hard SciFi

Soft SciFi

Military

Robot (I believe Robo Cop falls under this heading)

Social

Space Opera

Steam punk

Biopunk

Cyber punk

Nano punk

Super Hero SciFi

Voyage SciFi

Scientific Romance

Gothic

Mundane Sci Fi

http://www.scifiideas.com/writing-2/writing-advice/a-guide-to-science-fiction-subgenres/

All the above types of sci fi explanations and definitions can be found at the link right above. Thank you SciFiIdeas.com

Please feel free to sound in in the comments below SciFi writers and readers. Is there one I missed?

Horror: I’ve done this list just as the list for SciFi was done.

Comedy horror

Teen Horror (Teen Wolf with Micheal Fox is one I remember from my younger days)

Monster Horror

Slasher Horror

Supernatural Horror ( one of my fhorror (Tucker and Dale is a prime example, and funny as all get out too!)

Zombie Horror (Shaun of the Dead is a good one)

http://thescriptlab.com/screenplay/genre/horror#

The above list of Horror genres is from the link right above! Thank you Scriptlab.com

I believe there are two other types of  fiction writing that should be mentioned and any of the above can also fall under these…

Utopian fiction: creation of an ideal society, or utopia, as the setting for a novel

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Dysotopian Fiction:  (often called apocalyptic literature) is the opposite: creation of an utterly horrible or degraded society that is generally headed to an irreversible oblivion, or dystopia

In closing,all I can say is that with the myriad of genres out there that its no wonder the world if literature has gone to the heights that it has. Happy reading and writing to you all…Always.

 

And The Winner Is…

The winner of the photo-prompted fantasy flash fiction contest is (insert drum roll here☺) Emily Livingstone!!! Her entry , Play Date, spun a scenario based on the provided photo that nailed it in my opinion! 

Being able to present an entire story, that creates imagery and emotion in less than 300 words is no small endeavor. Emily Livingstone has shown a unique and very adept talent in doing  just that! Just check out the photo prompt ( belbelowiw the runner ups entry) that was provided for the contest and I am sure you will agree.

Emily Livingstone

Contest Entry – 296 words

Blog: http://emilylivingstone.wordpress.com

Twitter:  @Emi_Livingstone

 

Play Date

Mama pointed out the window. 

“Don’t look at that building, or that one.  Close your ears to the street noise.  Stop seeing blinking lights.”

Jake leaned in, listening.  

“In your dream, you’ll go to a field, way far away, with tall, golden grass swaying in the breeze.  There’s this tree, right in the center, so beautiful, with a light glowing behind it.  That’s where you’ll play, by the special tree.”  

Mama tucked him in.  

“Maybe I’ll meet you under the tree tonight.”

Jake had never dreamed of the tree in all the nights Mama had told the story—until tonight.  Now, Jake stood underneath, gazing up at the strong black branches that twisted into feathery nothing in the sky.  

The glow was there, too.  

“Mama?”

Something walked forward from the glow and put a hand on the tree trunk.  

“Jake?” a boy’s voice asked.

“Carlos?”

“Hey, yeah, it’s me,” Carlos said.  

They hugged in a quick, child way.  They played hide-and-seek in the golden grass.

The moon set, and Carlos stopped.  

“Guess you better go.”

“Guess so,” Jake said.  

Carlos climbed up into the tree.  Carlos grabbed at knots and branches like he’d climbed trees a million times, but Jake knew this wasn’t true.  Carlos was a city kid, too.  Jake wanted to climb, to try it, but Carlos looked down and said,“Jake, you gotta go!  Hasta mañana, man!”

Jake laughed, because “hasta mañana” was something Carlos had taught him.  He said it back.  Jake walked away, and his mind grew fuzzy.  

When Jake woke, he remembered. 

“Mama!” 

She came in.

“I saw the tree, Mama!  Carlos was climbing it.”

Mama laid a hand on Jake’s arm, and the hand said “shush.”  Mama’s voice said, “Honey, Carlos was in an accident.  You won’t see him anymore.”  

Congratulations Emily Livingstone! Reading Play Date was a pleasure. Your first place win is well earned for sure!!!

I’m sure when you see the photo used in the contest you will agree! Great job and a pleasure to read.

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Our runner up in this very close contest is Karen Mossman with her entry of, I Am Alive!!! Congratulations, Karen on your writing talent and your 2nd place win! 

I Am Alive

By KarenMossman

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-J-Mossman-author-writer/1518090468464294

http://scribblerscornerkazzmoss.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Standing in front of the tree I stared up as the mist swirled around it. I had escaped. I was outside in the real world and it had been too long.

Breathing deeply, the dampness assaulted my senses, but I liked it. My bare feet were cold on the early morning grass and I liked that too. The sky looked huge and went on forever. Touching the bark it was hard and damp under my fingertips.

I was alive. I had left my home on the promise of work, in fact I was promised many things when I came to this country. They were all lies.

I had done terrible things without choice, I learned things about myself that I didn’t know, that I didn’t want to know. But most of all I learned I could endure.

I never lost me and vowed one-day I would escape the dark house with closed curtains and the men I entertained. I hadn’t realised it would be so long, I feel old before my time.

Running my hands over the bark, it felt rough with the smell of rich bark. I sat down resting my back against it, and looked out across the field and saw the men were coming for me.

It was sheer chance that I found that coalhole in basement. I couldn’t believe it opened. So I waited until the early hours to make my escape.

I climbed the tree, my feet sore and bleeding. I fought my way up the branches as high as I could go. The men approached, shouting. I looked down on them and smiled. I was free. I raised my hands and jumped.

Karen conveyed the very intense emotions of her main character with finness!

I hope you have all enjoyed both Emily and Karen’s winning entries as much as we did! And thank you ladies for sharing your work!

The Orchid keeper NOW READY To Purchase!!!

Hello Fellow writers and faithful readers,

The Orchid keeper (TOK) book one in the Osipian stories series is now available worldwide in print or Ebook formats. Links below will take you to purchase sights. Enjoy and as usual I love the feedback please feel free to comment.

http://www.kalahari.com/ for Purchase made in south Africa

http://booklocker.com/books/7591.html Booklocker purchases

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/new-releases/books/9045831011

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