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Nine years ago, something happened in my life. For most people, they’d wonder why a D&D character would make any sort of impact in real life. Perchance I was a bit TOO connected to her. The thing is, that group of friends had been meeting every single Saturday for about 2 1/2 years. We too these characters from game infancy (level 1) to fully fleshed out characters with personalities.
 
When the group wrapped up, in rather unexpected and bad ways (we were all killed or imprisoned), we mourned the loss. We were bitter, hurt, and felt cheated.
 
Out of that experience, my muse was unlocked. I finally started to write ‘Daughter of Hauk’. And I got encouragement from friends and family that gave me the confidence to keep at it.
 
Without that party wipe, I wouldn’t be writing now.
 
As such, I’ve got a certain fondness for The Raven Chronicles and Arwenna’s story. That was my character, after all. I invented her, borrowed (with permission) other people’s characters from the group. Threw in a few of my own imagination. Changed a few things so the makers of D&D wouldn’t sue me. And used writing Arwenna’s story as a way to deal with some of my own issues.
 
So, yeah, it hurts when it goes months without a sale. Because it’s more than a good story. It’s my baby. I’ve written other stories that may be better told, or more engaging, but that trilogy will forever be my favorite. For very personal reasons.
 
What makes things nice is that the wait and patience is paying off. I’ve seen pages read or sales for all 3 books for 3 months running now. Even the fan fic has gotten some love.
 
Will it ever be on the NYT best seller list? Probably not. But my baby’s getting a little bit of love right now from readers. And I’ll take that.

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My first book. The one where my muse woke up and demanded attention. And I listened.

“Daughter of Hauk” will forever hold a special place in my heart. If not for this story, I wouldn’t live the life I do now.

Enjoy.

         “Arwenna, honey, wake up.” There was urgency in her mother’s voice. Sleepily, she sat up and rubbed her eyes. It was still dark, her mother’s face barely recognizable. “Honey, we have to leave right now. Hurry and get some shoes on.” Lyssa stood as if ready to run at any moment.

            Arwenna slowly got out of bed and put her shoes on. Before she had time to grab a cloak, the house lit up with a reddish glow. Looking out her window, she saw the house next door explode into flames. The roar of the explosion made her cover her ears.

            Lyssa grabbed her hand and began to run out of the room as more explosions went off.

            Outside there was confusion and panic. The air was thick with smoke and screams. Arwenna shrank in horror as she saw creatures beyond comprehension attacking all around her. Her mother pulled her along the back side of a barn, trying to shield her. Arwenna bumped into something and looked up, screaming.

            It was tall, at least as tall as a grown man. The legs were more like an animal’s, with hooves and knees that bent the wrong way. The skin was grey, as if death itself had touched it. A massive chest and pair of arms that looked like they could tear a person in two made her eyes go even wider. The face was nothing but a contorted snarl of hatred, with tusklike teeth. Red eyes looked down at her.

            Lyssa turned swiftly and shoved Arwenna behind her. She was holding a short sword in the manner of one well versed in self-defense. “Run, Arwenna!” She glanced back for a moment at her daughter. “Run! Now!” Arwenna stumbled, then obeyed the command of her mother and began to run blindly.

            She did what she could to dodge arrows streaming her way, as well as the bodies of the fallen. She stopped behind a wagon and looked back to see if her mother was following. Her eyes widened in terror.

            The creature had Lyssa in his grip. Her feet dangled off the ground as he pulled her up to face him. It ignored the sword buried within its shoulder. With a roar, he broke her in half and tossed the pieces aside like kindling. Arwenna screamed, but the creature did not hear her.

            More villagers were being slaughtered; others were being corralled into the center of the village. Most of them were her playmates. A lone horseman approached them. The visor of his helmet was down, but she could see wisps of smoke coming out from the bottom.

            “Is this all of them?” a voice demanded of one of the creatures. The voice was inhuman and grated down Arwenna’s spine like a hot knife.

            “All we can find, Lord Corse.” The beast sounded worried that his report would be found lacking.

The creature on the horse looked at the group of children, searching. He dismounted and started to examine the faces of the children. With some, he pulled aside the neck of the tunic as if searching for some kind of mark. He finished his examination and mounted his horse again.

            “The child is not here. Kill these, and keep searching.” He turned his mount and walked away, oblivious to the screams of the dying villagers.

            Arwenna turned away, unable to watch the slaughter of her friends. After a moment or two, she scrambled towards the fields in front of her. The corn was tall; it should hide her at least for a while. She ran blindly, tears streaming down her face. It seemed like an eternity before she reached the main road on the far side. She collapsed in exhaustion and grief behind a group of boulders.

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Good morning, everyone!

I’ve got a confession to make. I haven’t written my 500 words for a good week. It’s been too hot. Yes, I know it’s a relative term. This area doesn’t see the blistering temperatures other parts of the U.S. do, but we’ve been warm. And, when you rarely see temps in the 90’s, air conditioning isn’t a high priority on your home comfort needs. Except for the days where you end up doing the laundry and dishes after the sun goes down. Cook things that don’t require the oven (the microwave and our grill are our friends). And stay off the computer because it’s just one more thing giving off heat.

I have, however, been working! ‘Arine’s Sanctuary’ is done with editing, and moving towards being able to give you guys a release date. Here’s the great cover!

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As a lead up to release date, I’m going to be holding a contest on my FB author page. It’s not quite ready to start yet (hoping it will be by next week), but be sure to start following my page to have a chance to win! https://www.facebook.com/pages/KateMarie-Collins/217255151699492

The contest is going to be super easy to enter. When I do the post, you simply have to like the post AND leave a comment. That’s it. The only restriction is there needs to be at least 10 entries by the end of the contest or there won’t be a grand prize winner. I’m putting up a lot of stuff for one lucky reader to win!

The grand prize will include:

Print copies of ‘Daughter of Hauk’, ‘Son of Corse’, ‘Mark of the Successor’, and ‘Challenges Met’ (signed to a person of the winner’s choosing)

A tote bag with the cover of ‘Fin’s Magic’

A t-shirt with the cover of ‘Daughter of Hauk’ on the front and ‘You’re tough, you can take it’ on the back.

Signed postcards and business cards.

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So, head on over to my FB page and hit the ‘like’ button! And I promise to work on another book once this heat goes away!

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The holiday threw me off a little. Should’ve posted this then, but was too busy with family stuff.

Everyone welcome V. M. Lopez!

1. What’s the title of your latest release? Link?

Journey to Tattva is my latest fantasy release. It can be found at: solsticepublishing.com/tattva-journey-to-tattva/

2. Why do you like writing in this genre?

I like writing fantasy and science fiction because there is more freedom of imagination. If something doesn’t make sense logically, you can just make up a reason why it does and people will usually accept that. I also like to imagine myself in my own books as I am writing them, and there is just something about the way the stories make me feel that compel me to keep writing them.

3. What do you like to read?

I love to read a lot of dark fantasy, mostly Anne Rice. I do adore the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich though as well.

4. Favorite movie?

This is a toss up between “Say Anything” with John Cusack and “Ever After” with Drew Barrymore. My movie selections are typically opposite of my books selections for some odd reason.

5. What are your writing habits? Music or silence? Daily regimen or spurts of creativity?

When I first sit down to write, I typically start out by staring at the wall for the first 10 minutes. I just sort of zone out and reach deep into my mind, putting myself into “the zone” where I can tune out everything else around me. For some reason, old Motown ballads help me to get the creative juices flowing. When it’s too quiet, I tend to get scatterbrain so I need the music to relax.

6. What was the most surreal moment you’ve had as a author?

My most surreal moment is when Journey to Tattva was picked up by Solstice Publishing. Although I think the book is wonderful, I was having a heck of a time getting even my own family to read it. I really began to doubt myself.

7. How can readers find you?

Readers can find me on my Facebook page at facebook.com/V.M.LopezBooks or on Twitter @VictoriaLopez84. I also have a page on Amazon, amazon.com/author/vmlopez, where you can find info on my other books, reviews and events.

8. What do you know now about being published that you wish you’d known before submitting?

I don’t think there is anything in particular I could say I wish I knew before submitting. I had contemplated submitting for a while and done my fair share of research, so I pretty much knew what to expect. If anything, I wish I had known how simple Solstice made the entire publishing process because I would have submitted things a lot sooner!

9. Favorite snack/drink while writing?

I always have a large cup of coffee close by when I’m writing. As the day progresses, I try to switch over to water, but that is easier said than done!

10. Look at your writing area…what’s the item you keep to inspire you (piece of artwork, figurine)?

My writing area itself is what inspires me. I sit at a very old, very beautiful dining room table that I inherited from my Great Great Grandmother. There is a certain energy that illuminates from it and it uplifts and motivates me. It is sort of like a pat on the back from beyond; encouragement to keep on going.

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Morning!

Five Solstice Shadows titles are on sale this week…including ‘Daughter of Hauk’!

Better grab a copy while it’s cheap. The price is going to slowly go up over the rest of the week until it’s back to full price.

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What would you do, if you found out your life was a lie?
After you were dead?
Arwenna Shalian spent her life in loyal service to a God she was never meant to serve. Tricked by her fellow priests, she betrayed a man she thought she loved by binding a demon to him. One that would send him to the brink of madness.
Can she find a way to forgive herself? And what of Hauk, the God she was Marked to serve? Will He find her and give her the chance to undo what she’s done, or leave her at the mercy of the creatures that torture her soul?

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