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As I began working on my Minstrels of Skaythe novellas, one aspect I focused on was the underlying conflicts of this world I was building. Now, I’m sure you all remember how they teach conflict in English classes. Supposedly, there are three basic conflicts in any story. 1) Person vs. Person. 2) Person vs. Nature. 3) Person vs. Themself.

For Minstrels of Skaythe, I was really trying to step up my game, and I wanted to have layers of conflict at play. There are not just human antagonists who stands in the way of my characters. I’ve also had giant animals — badgers in The Tower in the Mist and wasps in Dancer in the Grove of Ghosts — reflecting nature as a foe. And of course my characters question themselves or are tempted in various ways. But that would be true of any story, honestly. A POV character who never got worried would be pretty boring.

More than that, I’ve set forth that Skaythe is a world ruled by dark sorcery. A cruel elite, mages, oppress the common people. This oppression has been so successful and complete that every part of society regards it as right and proper. When my Minstrels do good deeds, they truly are renegades.

So below the “big three” conflicts, I have another: 4) Person vs. the World. I’ll get more into what that entails in my next post, on Wednesday.

Also, I have some exciting news! Last month I submitted an essay about Minstrels of Skaythe to a big-name blogger. I’m thrilled to say that my essay will appear on Cat Rambo’s site, Kittywumpus! That’s scheduled for December 19th, and you can best believe I’ll post a link once it’s live.


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Return from all those blog visits, that is. Self-publishing includes a lot of effort besides the actual writing. Promotion and many other factors are part of it.

Thanks to David, Alden, Charles and Craig for hosting me. Having such great friends really lightens the load.

Now I suppose I’ll have to think of other things to blog about!


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Tomorrow, December 5th, I’ll be stopping by the blog Entertaining Stories for another turn on Lisa Burton Radio. Author C. S. Boyack hosts these fun “radio shows” where his favorite character, Lisa Burton, interviews characters from other stories.

In my case, Lisa will be chatting with Tisha, one of the two main characters from Dancer in the Grove of Ghosts. Tisha is one of the good guys, unlike Zathi, the character who visited Lisa from The Tower in the Mist. This somewhat balances the scales, and I like that.

But what I’d really like is for you to hop on over this Thursday, December 5th, and join in the fun of the radio show. I’ll be answering everyone’s questions, so I hope to hear from you there.


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My sojourn today is with Alden Loveshade of the Loveshade Family Blog. Our topic is “What if the Good Guys Won?”

For those who have read my Skaythe novellas, you know that part of the setting’s history is that the evil wizard Dar-Gothull succeeded in taking over the world. My characters try to resist his regime without resorting to his own weapons of terror and violence.

I hope you’ll come join the discussion at Loveshade Family Blog.


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Today I’m visiting author Charles E. Yallowitz at his blog, Legends of Windemere. Our topic of discussion is “When a Fellowship Fails.” I hope you’ll come by and check it out.


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Today I’m visiting with David Lee Summers on his blog. The topic is fantastic settings. I hope you’ll join us there!


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Dancer in the Grove of Ghosts continues the Minstrels of Skaythe series. In a world of dark magic, the minstrels seek to restore a forbidden power — hope!

Book cover for Dancer in the Grove of Ghosts

Dancer in the Grove of Ghosts

“He’s dead. He just doesn’t know it yet.”

Mortally wounded, Cylass is abandoned on the battlefield by comrades who would just as soon have him out of the way. But as he waits for death, a strange savior appears. The dancer, Tisha, heals him with her forbidden magic, but also draws the wrath of his cruel former lord.

Soon guardsman and renegade mage are on the run. Will Cylass help Tisha, as she helped him? Or will he do the smart thing, and turn her over to the vicious Count Ar-Dayne?


Now that the book is live, I hope you’ll consider the modest $5 purchase. I am still seeking opportunities to blog about Dancer in the Grove of Ghosts, and or course, all reviews would be much appreciated!


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This is something I mention every year, and it’s coming around again. Fall Folk Festival is a celebration of folk music, dance, and other arts. The festival is this weekend, November 9th and 10th, starting roughly at 11 am and going until the folk dancers can’t dance any more.

“Lucy D. Ford” attends to read from her contemporary fairy tales. In previous years, they’ve had me on the children’s stage on Sundays. This year I’m on Saturday. I feel like that’s a promotion.

In any case, I’ll have books to sell at the festival store, bookmarks to give away, and so forth. I’m really looking forward to the weekend.


Meanwhile, I did get Dancer in the Grove of Ghosts set up on Amazon and Draft2Digital. Click on the image in the sidebar to pre-order from Amazon, or get your other formats from D2D.

Naturally, my next thing is that I need to make a few blog appearances to support the latest book. If you have an opening in your own blog, or you can recommend someone who’s looking for interviews, please let me know!


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The Minstrels of Skaythe saga continues with Dancer in the Grove of Ghosts. Take a look at my radiant cover!

Book cover for Dancer in the Grove of Ghosts

Dancer in the Grove of Ghosts

“He’s dead. He just doesn’t know it yet.”

Mortally wounded, Cylass is abandoned on the battlefield by comrades who would just as soon have him out of the way. But as he waits for death, a strange savior appears. The dancer, Tisha, heals him with her forbidden magic, but also draws the wrath of his cruel former lord.

Soon guardsman and renegade mage are on the run. Will Cylass help Tisha, as she helped him? Or will he do the smart thing, and turn her over to the vicious Count Ar-Dayne?


Since the cover copy is an essential selling tool, I’m interested in your comments. What intrigues you, what might confuse you, all of that. Please tell me what you think.

My projected release date is November 15th. I hope to have a pre-order link up soon. Never fear, I’ll tell you when it goes live!


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