Fantasy Dreaming!

Remembering dreams has never been a problem for me. At the age of 14 I taught myself the art of lucid dreaming. This came about after a few years of constant nightmares and a day off school watching TV, but I digress, that’s a story for another time. Over the past few months I’ve had, what I can only describe as, a voyeur of my dreams. I have become slowly aware of being watched! Too many Stephen King novels, I hear people say. You can never read too many Stephen King novels so I kicked that idea right out of the water.  Anyway, I’ve not had much time to read as of late so I know that wasn’t the answer.

Instead of being frightened of this visitor I was very curious. He became more visible over time or maybe my awareness of him gave him more substance? I can’t see his face yet I can feel the pull of his personality. At first I thought it was my husband as he shares personality traits with him, one of which is how he watches me, taking in what I do. It sometimes maddens me how I think he’s not paying attention but he is. It’s as if I’m the centre of his world and he needs every memory of me to store away for when we are not together. That’s how intently this figure watches me but he’s sad, disappointed and sometimes he walks away into the shadows of my subconscious.

This has gone on for over a month, not every night as a lot of the time I don’t dream. However, every time I do, he’s there. One day last week I noticed he wasn’t alone. Others had come along with him. I couldn’t make out who they were. Some were nothing more than dark shadows, some I could tell if they were a man or woman but never a face, only the feeling of loneliness and disappointment. They never conversed with each other, they simply watched. If I approached they would walk away and out of sight. Until the other night!

You know how odd dreams can be, flitting through one scene to another in the blink of an eye. Yep, the usual stuff. I couldn’t put my finger on anything specific until I found myself heading towards the people on the periphery of my mind. Their now familiar feelings stuck to me like mud, slowing my movements and collecting a heavy fog around me. I remember shaking my head and saying out loud “no”. The lucid dreaming trick I learned all those years ago began to work and my dream drifted back to the random flicking through my thoughts.

I must have gone into a deeper sleep because the next thing I was aware of was someone gripping my wrist! I was in a dense forest. The sun, somewhere up above gave a week glow through the trees and mist. The callused and weather worn hand gripped mine hard. For a fleeting moment I was afraid to look. His hold slackened and he stepped back. His dark clothes gave nothing away; I didn’t look up but followed his hand as he pointed to the trees. Amongst the spooky trunks and twisted branches I could see the people again. I felt I had been given an invitation to figure them out so I looked closer. I began to recognise them, not family as I had first supposed, no. Their clothing was straight out of a fantasy book! My fantasy books! I looked back at the man who had grabbed me. I knew only one such character who would have the audacity to do that to me.

He stood tall, over six feet, his wavy blond hair fell over his shoulders, his cloak hid his clothing but I could see the hilt of a sword, one I had written about many times. He said nothing as he stepped away towards the trees and waiting figures. It was Stewart, the warrior I had created to support Lynwen in Dark Magic Rising. His story was not yet compete. I looked closer at the figures in the trees. Sash’ha dropped her sword on the floor, her expression burning into me! I know her pain, I know the significance of the dropped sword and I knew the answers, they were written in pen, still waiting to be typed up! Faces of other characters drifted through my subconscious; Ayva, a young Clah’hen sister, Faith’hane of the Royal guard and Rosh’hane! The first figure I’d seen had been him, a key character in Your Embrace and the Alhanassa Chronicles. He tilted his head and pleaded with his eyes. His quiet but compelling personality once again hit me hard! I’d left his story half finished. I knew how his story panned out. I knew of his trials and his accomplishments, his joys and the heartache he so often felt. Just like Kohinora, I began to fall into the depths of his green eyes.

I woke with my heart pounding in my chest. I sat in the dark thinking of the people I’d created, their back stories and their future. I felt responsible for their well being! Turning the light on I sat and thought of what I’d seen and felt.

Since the release of Dark Magic Rising I’ve given my attention over to many other projects and only now and then choosing to visit the world I created. Why was I not writing? The main reason is simple. I had lost my voice! Or so I thought… But it’s not my voice I need to write about; it’s the characters I created and their lives, their future! I hope the next time I see them in my dream, they will be smiling.

Vamping up the Facebook page!

 

Yes, it’s that time again. The seasons are moving on and it always makes me want to change things. I’ve been busy with work and the family over the summer holidays and now it’s time to get back into my writer head!! Here is the link to Tales of Alhanassa facebook page, feel free to drop along and like it 😉

https://www.facebook.com/Alhanassa/

We have a great new banner on there that shows off the covers of my books. You may notice a change or two leading up to Christmas. I’m having both the covers looked at and revamped. I am aware the images look a little fuzzy on here but on facebook they look fine.

Suzanne Maguire – A Lady With a Mission!!

 

Here in the UK June is MND/LS awareness month and to help raise awareness as well as money author Suzanne Maguire is offering to donate all proceeds from this months sale of her books; Spellbound Chronicles – Bloodline and Witches Revenge, to  research into this deadly disease.

In 2003 Suzanne was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease and given around 5 years to live. With two small sons to think about, Suzanne put her mind to something she could leave her children other than memories.

Suzanne commented. “Having grown up with a mother writing and enjoying making up stories for children, writing a novel was the obvious choice. With the help of my mother ,Eve, Spellbound Chronicles was born. Now, almost 14 years on I am grateful to still be here and continuing to writing the sequels.”

Suzanne and her mother Eve, write magical children’s stories that will transport the reader through time on epic adventures. With beautifully written imagery and plenty of action there is something for everyone, regardless of age.

Last year (July 2016) Suzanne’s son Lance paid tribute to his mum in The Telegraph news paper.

“I remember the first time the severity of what she has hit me. I was about twelve and I Googled ‘MND’ and found all these pictures of Stephen Hawking.  No offence to him but man, that got me depressed. MND really hit hard and fast.  Seeing him in his wheelchair and with the whole computer for a voice and everything … it completely freaked me out.  Mum’s symptoms had been so gradual, it wasn’t until that moment that I think I fully grasped that MND is a hard-core muscle wasting disease that weakens you until it kills you. Looking at him and thinking that could be mum soon … I lost the plot a bit.”

You can read the full article here. My mum. the MND survivor

Here are Suzanne’s books. I do hope you check them out and find it in your heart to purchase one or even both. Finding a cure for MND and raising awareness is a cause close to my own heart. I wish Suzanne, her boys and Mum all the best for the future.

Spellborn Chronicles – Bloodline:-

A dark mass slowly descended out of the star strewn sky and hovered menacingly above twenty-three and a half Vulcan Mews, Doncaster, the home of the unsuspecting Gorry family.

Two figures sauntered into view, their footsteps crunching on the gravel. They stopped across from the Gorry house and stared hard at the spectre on the roof. Almost immediately the air began to crackle with electricity. Caught in the electrical current and unable to sustain its shape or position a moment longer the black mass angrily began to disperse.

The watchers braced themselves for they knew what was to come; then moved on.

Buy links

Amazon UK: http://tinyurl.com/y74xq47f

Amazon.com: http://tinyurl.com/y95ulzft

Spellbound Chronicles – Witches Revenge

TAP TAP TAP … An evil warlock’s wand is desperate to escape its tin prison and find a new black arts master …

Siblings Larna and Aron Gorry are once again pulled through time into a future magical Sherwood Forest where a terrifying new archenemy is waiting for them. Their friend Tiblou, and gothic fairy Violet are there to help and hopefully protect them. But, will they be forever trapped in the Kingdom of Ice; or imprisoned in Tophet the under Sherwood colony with the stinking Boggrets?

Will they have enough strength to fight and conquer more than one deadly foe and survive long enough to return to the safety of their own time?

Buy Links

Amazon UK: http://tinyurl.com/y6v76j7j

Amazon .com: http://tinyurl.com/yc94asvy

You can also order copies of these books from Waterstones books stores.

If you would like to connect with Suzanne here is her facebook page: http://tinyurl.com/ybe3fgpb

MND Links

MND Association: https://www.mndassociation.org/

MNDA’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mndassociation/

MND Awareness, fighting for a cure: https://www.facebook.com/mndawareness2011/?hc_ref=SEARCH

May Day Bank Holiday Sale. 

✨MAY DAY SALE PRICE OF £0.99/$1.27 TILL 7th MAY✨
☆‿➹⁀☆*Dark Magic Rising – The Sisterhood Trilogy – Book One*☆‿➹⁀☆

BUY FROM :-
Amazon UK – http://tinyurl.com/mtto6rm

Amazon .com – http://tinyurl.com/loxb2v6

Smashwords- http://tinyurl.com/n6r8nyn

Kobo – http://tinyurl.com/z6klywl

B&N – http://tinyurl.com/h3vpu3a

IBooks – http://tinyurl.com/zej833m

Follow Lynwen and her colleagues as they try to unfold the mystery of the one who allegedly, will reunite the divided nations. They discover the fallen god who plans to wreak havoc on their world. Lynwen fast realises that magic is no match for this new foe and the reunifying of their people will have to wait. Romance flourishes amid a battle for their lives as the beasts created by the fallen god tear their newly formed trust apart and send them hurtling into a trap. Will this new found unity be enough to save them all?

Work Smarter Not Harder!

Today I was given this advice by a friend who helps me and several other indie authors to promote our work – she said “We need to work smarter not harder – We can do it.”

For a while, probably since the release of Dark Magic Rising, my concentration levels have been low to none existent!! I’ve lost count of the hours I have squandered away watching pointless TV. I used to spend a lot of my spare time reading but haven’t had the enthusiasm for it. Mind you, I have thankfully got over that phase and found several new authors and enjoyed reading their work.

From today I am making a new start. My first step was to move my laptop. I’d got it in a handy place so I could curl up on the sofa and use it while watching TV. This was bad for two reasons the first being lousy posture!! Sitting with my legs under me and the laptop resting between knee and sofa arm was the cause of several bad cramps and dead legs!! Second reason was the TV distracting me from what I was supposed to be doing.

So the laptop is now back on the desk where it belongs. My nice expensive keyboard is plugged and the elevated position of the screen (laptop is on a raised base) makes for a much more comfortable and hopefully productive session. Apart from a few photos, a couple of desk lamps and the much needed candle holders, I have all my notebooks and ‘stuff’ at hand. We don’t have the luxury of having a room we can turn into an office. One of my children still at home would have to move out for that to happen.

From being a teen, I would schedule my time to get the most out of my day. I’ve been called a control freak plenty of times for trying organise others, however, the past few months, probably since Christmas, I’ve stopped doing it. Nothing other than the essentials have been done. I needed a swift kick up the arse and my friends dedication and advice today has given me that.

If I leave it until Monday this new schedule will not get done. Procrastination is going out of the window and getting replaced by determination and smarter work ethics. I have some ideas I want to do with this blog and I need time to research and put it all together. Putting time aside for study is an important step I want to add. Figuring out how to market my own work should be at the top of my list, along with getting my head around all the social media that is out there!

SO…. here’s a huge thanks to my friend and her kick up the arse. She has worked tirelessly to help promote Dark Magic Rising and Bodelia’s Anguish, made promo images and pimped the hell out of them on Facebook and Twitter. Every so often she would send me a link to a book blog that was looking for authors to interview and even got me an author takeover on Whispered Thoughts Book Blog. That was so much fun to do.  Having someone that dedicated to YOUR work while you sit back on your arse isn’t fair on them or you….

I can’t believe it’s almost here!

It’s the 29th of March already!! Where did the first three months of 2017 go? There’s only two days to go until Dark Magic Rising is released on Smashwords! We have a fantastic facebook party planned. PLEASE feel free to come and join us. We have some lovely prizes to give away and some awesome guests lined up.

Here’s the link 🙂  To our release party.

And the preorder links:-

Preorder available at:-
Kobo – http://tinyurl.com/z6klywl
B&N – http://tinyurl.com/h3vpu3a
IBooks – http://tinyurl.com/zej833m

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Dark Magic Rising – Available For Pre-order.

Preorder available at:-
☆‿➹⁀☆In the mean time, enjoy the introduction to the series with a FREE E-copy of Bodelia’s Anguish! It’s a short story containing a little over 4,000 words. It also contains a teaser for Dark Magic Rising. ☆‿➹⁀☆
Download Bodelia’s Anguish from:-

My Editor and I! An update on Dark Magic Rising.

We finally have a release date for Dark Magic Rising, which we will share with you very soon. My editor and I have been working very hard and now feel we can work to a deadline.

Dark Magic Rising’s original release date was back in November last year (2015). After undergoing surgery on my spine in May of that year, my editor and I decided to push the date back but never gave ourselves a new goal. This year my editor was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, which gave a reason to some of the health issues she couldn’t overcome. Things started to make sense, however, her health has not improved and due to fatigue and brain fog the editing was at times very slow.

Working alongside someone with fibromyalgia  has taught me patience and a little understanding into living with a chronic illness. I could have taken the work elsewhere for a quicker result. But it’s never been about the speed and is more about the relationship I have with my editor. She not only puts me right when I forget about punctuation or get the words to a sentence muddled up and so on, she injects something into my work that wasn’t there before. We are a team that works well, even if I nag her a little when she is having a low week.

We are planning on hosting a cover reveal within the next few weeks and have decided to put the book up for pre-order from the cover reveal event. This was a huge decision for us and in some sense is a little daunting. We aim to put our best foot forward and simply do the best we can because this is about supporting someone and not just looking them over because they don’t fit in with your time table.

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☆‿➹⁀☆COMING MARCH 2017
*Dark Magic Rising*, the first book in The Sisterhood Trilogy. ☆‿➹⁀☆

Follow Lynwen and her colleagues as they try to unfold the mystery of the one who allegedly, will reunite the divided nations. They discover the fallen god who plans to wreak havoc on their world. Lynwen fast realises that magic is no match for this new foe and the reunifying of their people will have to wait. Romance flourishes amid a battle for their lives as the beast created by the fallen god tear their newly formed trust apart and send them hurtling into a trap. Will this new found unity be enough to save them all?

☆‿➹⁀☆In the mean time, enjoy the introduction to the series with a FREE E-copy of Bodelia’s Anguish!
It’s a short story containing a little over 4,000 words. It also contains a teaser for Dark Magic Rising. ☆‿➹⁀☆

Download from:-
Smashwords: http://tinyurl.com/hm7hbds
B&N: http://tinyurl.com/hytrcqr
Kobo: http://tinyurl.com/hd4aydh

☆Connect with SD Stevens☆
Facebook Profile – http://tinyurl.com/qfoc9bt

Facebook Page – http://tinyurl.com/ho2o6oa

Celebrating Nicky Charles

Nicky Charles is my favourite independent author and I am lucky enough to call her my friend. After reading her second novella, The Keeping, some years ago I started to follow her on Facebook (then went back and read her first book in the Law of the Lycans series, The Mating).   She would often interact with her fans and appeared friendly and approachable. As she wrote more and her popularity grew a fan page on Facebook gave her readers another way of interacting with her.  She always joins in the discussions and the fun stuff that Law of the Lycans page organise.  I was invited onto Nicky’s street team about a year ago and enjoy letting others know about her books.

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Nicky has been very busy lately reediting her books and preparing them for paperback and hardbacks. The Law of the Lycans series books have new covers and look amazing in physical print…. I know because I’m lucky enough to have the full set of paperbacks of ALL her books, gifted to my by Nicky and Jan Gordon (Co-writer to In The Cards and Nicky’s editor).

To celebrate the release of the physical books Law of the Lycans page are throwing a party!! There will be a chance to win a signed copy of Nicky’s books. All you have to do is come along to the event and join in.  So click HERE to join in and meet Nicky Charles, Jan Gordon, the lovely ladies that run the Law of the Lycans page and Nicky’s Lusty Lycans (Street team).

Here are the buy links.

PAPERBACKS:

TM link:
https://www.createspace.com/4718119
TK link:
https://www.createspace.com/6170696
TF link:
https://www.createspace.com/6170714
Bonded link:
https://www.createspace.com/6170723
Days of the Rogue link:
https://www.createspace.com/6159001
Road to Redemption link:
https://www.createspace.com/4714295
For the Good of All link:
https://www.createspace.com/5457616
Forever In Time:
https://www.createspace.com/4668842
In The Cards:
https://www.createspace.com/6018772

HARDCOVERS:

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/NickyCharlesHB
B&N: http://tinyurl.com/nickycharle

Here’s a little note from Nicky about buying her books.

If at all possible, please buy paperbacks through Createspace. Here’s why:
Createspace sets the minimum price I can charge based on production costs plus the profit margin they want. Amazon then adds on their profit margin. Other stores, such as B&N, require a discount (between 30-50%) before they will carry the books. In the end, I earn about 3% royalties (e.g., 50 cents) on books purchased from B&N or other stores, 15% on books bought at Amazon and 30% royalties on books from Createspace.