Catherine MacKenzie interviews Diane Lynn McGyver at the Writing Wicket

Today I’m at the Writing Wicket as Diane Lynn McGyver, my alternate ego who writes fantasy novels. Catherine MacKenzie interviews writers every Wednesday on her blog, so if you’re interested, drop her a line.

You can check out my interview here: Writer Wednesdays – Diane Lynn McGyver.

Also, since it’s my birthday, I made all my Castle Keepers Tale short stories free for the day. These short stories tie in with my fantasy novels, Shadows in the Stone and Scattered Stones.

Catriona Wheatcroft

stars in Destiny Governed their Lives

Destiny Governed their Lives short story fantasy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bronwyn Darrow

stars in Blade of Truth

Blade of Truth fantasy short story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alaura of Niamh (pronounced ‘Neev’)

stars in The Pledge

The Pledge short story fantasy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to write a killer book description to attract readers

Lessons in Self-publishingDuring my Sunday morning reading, I came upon a podcast by Libbie Hawker posted by Johnny Walker at Author Alliance. Hawker spoke about writing book descriptions.

I loved the way Hawker broke down the process into five easy questions. I recall a similar discussion on promoting books last year by someone else. It’s so simple anyone can do it.

At the moment, I’m writing, revising, tweaking, second-guessing and editing the book description for my next novel, Scattered Stones. It’s an epic fantasy story, so I have to have an epic description.

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Virtual Book Launch Winners

Book LaunchYesterday I launched Fowl Summer Nights on Quarter Castle Publishing’s Facebook Page. Anyone who shared the event, Liked the Quarter Castle Publishing page, Liked a comment or left a comment had their name entered into a draw.

The first name drawn won a paperback copy of Fowl Summer Nights.* The winner was Cathy MacKenzie.

The second name drawn won an eBook copy of Fowl Summer Nights. The winner was Pat D’Entremont.

Congratulations Cathy and Pat. I’ll be in touch.

If you were not a winner and would like another chance to get a free copy, check out the Goodreads Giveaway. The deadline is April 11, 2014.

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Book Sale – Craft Show December 7th and 8th

I’ll be at the Craft Show in Middle Musquodoboit next weekend. I’ll have the following books for sale:

Shadows in the Stone by Diane Lynn McGyver

Pockets of Wildflowers by Diane Lynn McGyver

Nova Scotia – Life Near Water by Diane Lynn McGyver

City of Light and Shadow by Sheila McDougall

Authors Jayne Peters and Mindy George will also be there selling their children picture books.

Marketing 2013 Mus. Craft Show

 

NEW: Smashwords Interview

SmashwordsA short while ago I received an email from Smashwords announcing Author Interviews. I didn’t have time then to investigate, so I put it off until tonight. Now I have an interview ‘published’ at the eBook distribution site to allow readers to discover a little more about me.

If you are published on Smashwords, you too can post an interview and share a little about yourself to your readers. All you have to do is visit the Manage Interview page to read the instructions and then clicked the link to Proceed to Your Interview.

The next screen is self-explanatory. All you need to do is answer the question or choose another question. When you’re done, click preview, read it for mistakes then click PUBLISH.

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My Other Venues…er interests

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This blog—Diane Tibert, dreamer—doesn’t get updated as much as it used to. That doesn’t mean I’m not working behind the scenes, writing posts, reading, writing fiction and nonfiction or doing other things. It simply means this blog doesn’t get the attention it usually received, back when I was writing the marathon.

There was a time when I’d post two or three times a week to this blog, twice to my Roots to the Past blog and once each to Diane Lynn McGyver and Moon Meadow (the blog about my homestead).

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I’m at Chompasaurus Reviews Today!

Author InterviewThe weather is cooling a wee bit, giving me chills. Over the past week, my body has slowly adjusted to the sizzling temperatures of 30, 35 and (Eek!) 39. It’s currently only 18 degrees Celsius, a far cry from what I’m used to. I feel as if I need a sweater.

The cool temperatures are a wonderful way to start a week. Appearing on someone else’s blog is another awesome way to start the seven-day cycle. But first, let me explain the name.

Chompasaurus: According to Annie K. Johnson, it’s a nickname for her pet rabbit. This rabbit chomps on everything, including books, making it a perfect ‘mascot’ for a book review blog.

Annie has graciously posted an interview of me on Compasaurus Reviews. You can check it out here at Interview with Diane Lynn McGyver .

While you’re there, have a look around and check out book reviews and interviews of other authors. Enjoy.

Darlene Foster Interviews Diane

It’s a hot Saturday morning in central Nova Scotia, and with the temperatures expected to reach 35 or better, it’s a good reason to sneak away from outside work and check out Darlene’s Foster’s blog.

Darlene is a writer with two young adult novels published, Amanda in Arabia and Amanda in Spain. The next book in the series, Amanda in England – The Missing Novel, will be released in August. Darlene is currently working on book number four: Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone.

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Ebook Giveaway with Shadows in the Stone Launch

I’ve finally heard word from Smashwords: Approved!

That means Shadows in the Stone, the first book in The Castle Keepers series, has passed inspection and is now available for purchase through Smashwords’ website.

Smashwords offers several ebook formats of the fantasy novel, so you’re bound to find the format most comfortable for you. They include formats for Nook, Apple iPad/iBooks, Sony Reader, Kobo, home computers and a few others.

If your favourite reading device is Kindle, visit Amazon.com to purchase Shadows in the Stone.

Within two weeks, the book will appear in catalogues specific to these devices (Apple, Barnes & Noble, etc).

And now for the giveaways.

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And the most popular cover is…

I had a lot of feedback on the sample book covers I posted yesterday through comments and messages. I also printed off the samples and showed them to everyone I met in the past 24 hours.

One suggestion was to lose a fantasy novel and add Debut novel by a Nova Scotia author, so I applied that advice. A few people said they liked this background and it fit well with the theme, but the text needed to be more dramatic. Of all the images, this one was favoured by the majority.

Taking the suggestions and comments into consideration, I’ve created a new cover. It’s a mix of the samples plus a bit more.

Below is the almost official cover for Shadows in the Stone. I’m certain I’ll tweak it here and there, but not too much.

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Which Cover Works Best?

Things aren’t always what they seem to be in a small town in the Land of Ath-o’Lea. Magic creeps in the shadows, waiting to pounce…

Corporal Bronwyn Darrow vows he’ll never fall victim to love again after the woman he adored betrays him. He directs his energies to rising in the ranks of Aruam Castle, aspiring to one day command as captain of the guards. Although he treasures his home and family, he is blinded both by his desire to succeed and a mysterious magic lurking in the shadows of the ancient castle.

Alaura of Niamh, a half-breed enchantress with a deadly past, takes refuge in Bronwyn’s hometown. When the two meet, the spell which binds them is stronger than their fears of falling in love. As Alaura’s secrets threaten to separate them forever, outside forces attempt to shatter the security of Aruam Castle and eliminate Bronwyn. When an orphan weaves their lives together, they embark on a journey destined to either destroy or deliver them to the passion living in their hearts.

Above is the back cover blurb I’m working on for Shadows in the Stone. Below are several book covers I designed this week. Which grabs your attention the most? Do you like one image but prefer the font of another cover? Please, share your thoughts.

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Penning a Name

I’m having an identity crisis.

My birth certificate states: Dianna Lynn Tibert, but am I really that person recorded many decades ago? Shouldn’t a name give a hint of personality, of trade, of origin?

“Aye,” you say, “a surname tag gives the origin.”

That’s only one-fourth correct. A surname at birth gives only the origin of the father’s father’s father’s father. It completely ignores the father’s mother and the mother’s family lines.

More than four hundred years ago, when surnames were becoming standard, people wore names of their profession—Baker, Fletcher, Crofter—and their father—M’Donald, McIsaac, O’Brien—and their surroundings—Forrest, Glen, Field—and their locations—Glasgow, Paris, Lomond—and countless other things associated with their lives. There was great pride to be known as Joe the Fletcher or Matilda of the Meadow.

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Forget the Shoes; Climb into their Pants

You’ve heard the old expression, To really know someone, you must walk in their shoes.

This expression reminds us to not judge people before we get to know them and to not assume we know what they’re thinking and feeling. This expression holds true for the people in our life as well as the characters in our stories.

Writing about someone without knowing them first makes them flat, uninteresting and possible unreliable. When I begin a new story with new characters, I often stumble my way along, wondering if my character will go this way or that. If they are faced with a challenge, what will they do? Turn and run? Or stand and fight?

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Interview with Diane Lynn McGyver

Recently, I shared a cup of tea and cranberry muffins with author Diane Lynn McGyver. We discussed the coming year and her current projects. Below is the meat of that conversation.

TIBERT: I read your short story Mutated Blood Bonds on Smashwords. It intertwines the mysteries of the ending of the Mayan calendar and the grid lines criss-crossing Nova Scotia. What do you think will happen in December 2012?

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“The end is near!” cawed the crow.

About twenty-five years ago Penhorn Mall in Dartmouth was a hopping place with many unique stores. I loved shopping there: park once, walk a spacious mall with no stairs or escalators, be protected from the weather and pick up everything from groceries and alcohol to boots and tires. Woolco was on one end, Sears on the other and Sobeys was stuck midway. For a mall, I found it very relaxing even on Christmas Eve. Sure it was busy, but the people who shopped there were the neighbourhood-kind of people.

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