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Writing a #Deaf Thriller

Me and my wonderful interpreter at St Joseph's School for the Deaf

Me and my wonderful interpreter at St Joseph’s School for the Deaf

I’ve been asked by many people “why did you write a book with a deaf main lead character?” At first I found it tough to answer this question because “I didn’t” write a novel with the intention to write about a deaf main character. This young boy formed in my mind and he just happened to be deaf. The only real intention I had was to make sure this boy’s deafness was never a disability and his family all learned sign language so that they could communicate with him.

Now, before we go further I need to do a shameless plug. I’m launching Book #2 in this series and it’s called FLYING TO THE FIRE and I’m hosting a Facebook online event on August 30th. What is an event on Facebook? It’s when, for a day, I do my own event “tour” – you don’t have to live close to me, or go anywhere – it’s all online. People join up, by simply clicking on the link and during that day I simply update the site with questions to win prizes and tell you interesting things about the series. I’m hoping it’s REALLY FUN and I have a lot of prizes and swag planned and a fantastic UK deaf retailer, Talk With Sign Books has offered up a £10 voucher to their store for one of the prizes! So come on over, there will be signed books & goodies just by commenting and interacting, so please, please, please join here: https://www.facebook.com/events/669594469785008/ (ok, shameless plug over)

Now, back to comments. Another more provocative one I received more than once was “Who are YOU to write about a deaf character if you’re not deaf?” Well, to answer that I explained that I was always interested in Deaf culture. I first studied ASL when I was in college. I took a class with a wonderful teacher who was the first deaf person I ever interacted with (save for side glances at people who were rapidly speaking ASL with each other that I’d see in restaurants or other places.) After the first year I learned enough to be a teacher’s assistant for him the next year. But then, having no one to practice with I didn’t get to use it for nearly 20 years. What many people might not know about me, (but will now say, “OH that’s why she can’t hear me sometimes”) I also am hard of hearing in my left ear to the tune of between 40%-60% hearing loss (I need a checkup). As a kid, I had three surgeries in that ear and it left a lot of scar tissue. I can obviously still hear, but it is very difficult at times when there is background noise and I’m trying to concentrate on someone either calling me from upstairs, or speaking to me when they’re not facing me.

I really think people will like this series. It was originally with a publishing company, who unfortunately folded right before FLYING TO THE FIRE was going to come out. So then I got a great agent who tried to hustle them for nearly a year. When he couldn’t, he suggested I change the covers and self publish them. So, now I’m the one hustling!

I did a lot of press on the first book and was written up on many wonderful sites in the Deaf community. Sharon Pajka, a professor at Gallaudet, wrote the novel up on her blog “Deaf Characters in Adolescent Literature.” You can read the interview here: http://pajka.blogspot.com/2012/03/interview-with-flying-to-light-author.html The second book is on its way to her momentarily.

Book #1 was even showed at The Deaf Unity Event in London, so I was asked to make a video. I got an interpreter to help me and I put in captions. I had only days to do it, but this is what I was able to come up with. I am speaking REALLY slowly because I’m looking into a mirror and I can tell when the interpreter is catching up with me! 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWIpJrOfwlA

I am planning on a 99 cent sale of FLYING TO THE LIGHT on August 13th and August 14th. (my blog followers here are getting this information first!), so grab your copy then. If you just can’t wait and want to nab it earlier, FLYING TO THE LIGHT is available on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/1u6xwpV Book #2 in the series, FLYING TO THE FIRE will be available August 30th.

Book #1 & #2 in my Deaf Thriller Series

Book #1 & #2 in my Deaf Thriller Series

For those who have already read the book – if you could leave a review on Amazon it would be so appreciated! And… there is a Book #3 in the works. It is tentatively titled, FLYING HOME, and it will tie up the trilogy. Love to hear your thoughts and come join the event! 🙂 And also, don’t forget to check out Talk With Sign Book’s website in the UK for some amazing products for the community. http://talkwithsign.com/

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Day #7 Fantastical Blog Hop

fantasy event 1Today is Day #7 of the Fantastical Blog Hop and things are going GREAT! Up today is author Joseph Lallo for his novel, The Rise of the Red Shadow.

Check out this great recap:

Every story must begin somewhere. For the warrior who would come to be known as the fearsome Red Shadow, the story began in a forgotten glade deep in the land of Tressor. It was there that a pair of trackers, eager to retrieve a lost slave, instead found an orphaned malthrope. Had it been a human, it might have been treated with compassion, but in the eyes of human society a malthrope was a monster, a mix of fox and man believed to be a murderer and thief by its very nature. The beast was to be sold for a handful of silver, but fate intervened in the form of an old blind slave named Ben. Under the learned hand of the one human who believed in his potential, the young malthrope would instead be given the wisdom to take his first steps on the long journey to his destiny.

The Rise of the Red Shadow chronicles the early life of one of the most mysterious figures of the Book of Deacon trilogy, the creature called Lain. It tells of his years working and learning on a Tresson plantation until a dark day of vengeance and bloodshed finally set him free. From there you will follow as he finds his place in the world, learning what it is to be a malthrope, and turning to the purpose that will guide him for the rest of his days. It is a story of love, hate, and lessons hard-learned, revealing the painful choices one must make to become the hero the world needs.

Check out these reviews:

“I absolutely loved all the Book of Deacon series, and this one was just as wonderful.”

“Rise of the red shadow was truly an amazing book, it was impossible to put down!! I loved how the author thought out every detail on how events can change.”

And the book trailer for the series…

To purchase the novel please click here: http://amzn.to/1lEtwbO

If you’d like to join the event on Facebook, please do so here: https://www.facebook.com/events/205889079615386/

This has been a great event for me so far. If you’d like to purchase my novel, THE HUNT FOR XANADU and take advantage of the sale price, please feel free to link to it here: http://amzn.to/MslDH3

Lastly, I’m also doing a goodreads giveaway for THE HUNT FOR XANADU. Please feel free to enter that here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20297588-the-hunt-for-xanadu?from_search=true

Day #6 Fantastical Blog Hop

fantastical reads stripToday is Day #6 of the Fantastical Blog Hop and on the hot seat today is author P.L Blair for Shadow Path.

Here’s a recap:

Magic and crime. Agatha Christie meets J.R.R. Tolkien in “Shadow Path,” the first book in the new Portals series by author P.L. Blair. An Ogre murdered with a rune-inscribed sword is just the beginning as Kat Morales, a very human detective on the Corpus Christi, Texas, police force, and her Elf partner Tevis McLeod follow a blood trail that leads to Pixies, necromancy and Magic of the Blackest kind … to its climax in a stronghold Between worlds, where Tevis must duel spell for spell with a former lover who wants to see her old flame extinguished permanently.

And some really wonderful reviews:

“A well developed and written book. P.L. takes an older genre, “crime/police stories”, and twists it into a unique tale with fantasy and magic. It is an enchanting blend!”

“SHADOW PATH is a combination fantasy, suspense novel that I fell in love with from the very first line.”

Check out the great book trailer here:

Please click here to purchase the novel:http://amzn.to/1keOmgv

If you’d like join the event on Facebook, please do so here: https://www.facebook.com/events/205889079615386/

This has been a great event for me so far. If you’d like to purchase my novel, THE HUNT FOR XANADU and take advantage of the sale price of $2.99, please feel free to link to it here: http://amzn.to/MslDH3

Lastly, I’m also doing a goodreads giveaway for THE HUNT FOR XANADU. Please feel free to enter that here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20297588-the-hunt-for-xanadu?from_search=true

Day #5 Fantastical Reads Blog Hop

fantasy event 1It is Day #5 of the Fantasy Blog Hop and my author promotion day was yesterday. I had so much fun, interacted with a ton of people, did a giveaway and sold some books. Overall, it was such a great success! And now, today is a new day, and the author in the spotlight is S.L. Wallace, writing CANVAS SKIES.

Here’s a recap:

Greed. Power. Class division. Resistance.

The Terenian government has worked hard to divide the haves from the have-nots. Guy Bensen, Elite bachelor of the year, wants a better life for everyone. Thief/hired killer, Keira Maddock, hungers for equality. Together, they might be able to change society.

Meanwhile, due to tragic events caused by the Divide, Keira’s younger sister, April, has left her baby in the realm across the sea. Now she returns to Terene. With the arrival of two very different men, her life becomes complicated. In order to be safe, April must hide her identity. In order to live, she must open her heart.

Check out these great reviews:

“The world building is wonderful, the characters are likable, and the writing is done well.”
Regina Ryals

“It’s fast and keeps you flipping the pages (or swiping your screen) till the very end.”
Andrew Augustine

Her book trailer is here:

To purchase Canvas Skies click here: http://amzn.to/1fNZEUF

If you’d like to join the event on Facebook, please do so here: https://www.facebook.com/events/205889079615386/

If you’d like to purchase my contemporary fantasy thriller, THE HUNT FOR XANADU, and take advantage of the sale price of $2.99, please feel free to link to it here: http://amzn.to/MslDH3

Lastly, I’m also doing a goodreads giveaway for THE HUNT FOR XANADU. Please feel free to enter that here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20297588-the-hunt-for-xanadu?from_search=true

Day #3 Fantastical Reads Blog Hop!

fantasy event 1It’s day #3 of the blog hop and so far it’s been loads of fun. Lots of swag was given out – T-Shirts and Mugs… books have been purchased, reviews have come in… today’s author of the day is the amazingly prolific, R.K. Ryals who has written TEMPEST. This is the second book in her Scribes of Medeisia series – the first book is FREE (so feel free to go grab that, too!)

Here’s a recap of Tempest:

We must overcome and prevail …

King Raemon of Medeisia is slaughtering tattooed scribes and mages, forcing them into hiding. All marked and those associated with them are destroyed. The people are desperate. Months after challenging Raemon, the marked rebels of Medeisia must rise against their bloodthirsty king or chance being annihilated.

Sixteen year-old Drastona Consta-Mayria is the prophesied phoenix of peace, desperate to be a leader for her people despite her reservations. Following the lead of a scarred and forgotten prince, Drastona will embark on a journey with an unlikely band of rebels and a dragon across a cursed desert to bring down a king and save a kingdom.

And some reviews:

“I absolutely love the characters and the how the story line is developing and while these are YA books, the story line and characters make them enjoyable for all ages.”

“Oh, where do I go from here….this is a great read and the end of the second book makes me want more. I have to know how this ends and soon!!!!”

“R.K. Ryals is one of the greatest storytellers I have ever read. The world she has created in the Scribes of Medeisia universe is dark, fierce and beautiful. There is nothing else like it.”

Here is a great book trailer about the series:

To purchase this novel, please click here: http://amzn.to/1fnrlC7

If you’d like to join the event on Facebook, please do so here: https://www.facebook.com/events/205889079615386/ (HINT! I’m giving away a free signed copy of my book, THE HUNT FOR XANADU tomorrow – come join the event and get your chance to win it!)

If you’d like to purchase my contemporary fantasy thriller THE HUNT FOR XANADU and take advantage of the $2.99 sale price, please feel free to link to it here: http://amzn.to/MslDH3

Lastly, I’m also doing a goodreads giveaway for THE HUNT FOR XANADU. Please feel free to enter that here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20297588-the-hunt-for-xanadu?from_search=true

Day #2 Fantastical Reads Blog Hop – Running until 2/8

fantasy event 1The Fantasy Blog Hop has begun and it’s going strong. Eight fantasy authors have come together to do a special promotion. We have lowered the prices of our book for a week, (none are over $3.99) we have author interviews, reader polls, sweepstakes, give-aways and lots of swag. And, hopefully everyone will find some great new authors to put on their e-readers.

M.E. Lorde, the wonderful author of Tolomay’s World and The Pool of Light, is highlighted today.

Check out the recap:

Years before an apocalyptic event, a new means of travel is discovered. The modern technology comes just in the nick of time. Though none can return to a past-time in order to fix what men have destroyed, some candidates can now move forward to begin anew.

Highly intelligent, Tolomay Ramey was trained since birth to do one thing… to lead others into the future of the ‘clean earth’ where both nature and mankind are given a fresh start. Leaving the pod community behind, she arrives as the only living ‘Original’ from the first team of candidates. The clean world, abundant with plant and animal life, is covered in green for the first time in hundreds of years.

Unfortunately for this young girl and despite the beauty of the replenished earth, nothing she experiences from the moment she arrives is as expected. Alone for three years, until others finally join her, she learns to survive off the land, but that will not be what she finds most challenging. What will happen when a strong-headed young man arrives with the mindset that he should have been the first in this paradise? Can independent Tolomay and fiercely confident Kenter meet in the middle? Can the clean world become what it was intended to be for the new community, or will all thoughts of peace be left a thousand years in the past?

Fifteen 5 Star reviews!

“A story of intrigue and a passion for the truth”
“Science fiction, fantasy and second chances – loved it”

Check out the great book trailer:

If you’d like to purchase the novel, please click here: http://amzn.to/1dhTU15

If you’d like to join the event on Facebook, please do so here: https://www.facebook.com/events/205889079615386/

If you’d like to purchase my contemporary fantasy thriller, THE HUNT FOR XANADU, and take advantage of the sale price, please feel free to link to it here: http://amzn.to/MslDH3

Lastly, I’m also doing a goodreads giveaway for THE HUNT FOR XANADU. Please feel free to enter that here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20297588-the-hunt-for-xanadu?from_search=true

Day #1: Fantastical Reads Blog Hop – Check out some Great Reads 2/1-2/8.

fantasy event 1Hi everyone! I’m so excited to participate in my first fantasy blog hop. What is that, you might ask? It’s when a group of authors come together and do a special promotion. We lower the prices of our book for a week, (none are over $3.99) we feature author interviews, have reader polls, sweepstakes, give-aways and lots of swag. And, hopefully everyone will find some great new authors to put on their e-readers.

This is Day #1 of the event. All the books here are participating in the event and they’re all successful fantasy novels with great reviews. As you can see, my novel, THE HUNT FOR XANADU is there as well. I dropped the price this week to $2.99. So far, I’ve gotten 14 fantastic reviews, so please feel free to check them out here: http://amzn.to/MslDH3

Now, each day I’m going to blog about the event and showcase certain authors. I’m so excited to start with YA author, Elise Stokes, who has written the Cassidy Jones series and I want to tell you about Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula. My 12 year old son is 45% in and thinks it’s really good… “even though I normally don’t like fiction with girls, Mom.” I started it as well and it’s great – the writing is sound and you have to love books with strong female characters.

Here’s a recap:

One Girl. One Accident. One Incredible Superhero.

Cassidy Jones is your typical fourteen-year-old– that is, until a seemingly harmless accident in the laboratory of a world-renowned geneticist turns her world upside down.

Discovering incredible strength, speed, and enhanced physical senses that defy logic, Cassidy embarks on an action-packed adventure that has her fighting for answers…and for her very life.

And some great reviews:

“Brimful of danger, secrets, a bit of romance and fun, this debut author’s entertaining plot and well-drawn characters not only is all it promises to be, but will leave readers looking for more..” — Gail Welborn, Examiner.com

“Elise Stokes ranks up there with other YA masterminds!” — Kitty Bullard, Great Minds Think Aloud

Please check out her amazing book trailer discussing the series!

If you’d like to purchase this amazing book, please click here: http://amzn.to/MHEH4a

If you’d like to get other links or join the event on Facebook, please do so here: https://www.facebook.com/events/205889079615386/

If you’d like to purchase THE HUNT FOR XANADU and take advantage of the sale price, please feel free to link to it here: http://amzn.to/MslDH3

Lastly, I’m also doing a goodreads giveaway for THE HUNT FOR XANADU. Please feel free to enter that here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20297588-the-hunt-for-xanadu?from_search=true

Lastly, here is a rafflecopter giveaway for the event! Why not give it a whirl and win some swag? a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy Reading!