Sunday, May 29, 2011

MuseItUp Publishing: The Muse Blog Conference

MuseItUp Publishing: The Muse Blog Conference: "Beginning June 1st until the 30th , Muse authors will be hosting a month long Muse Blog Conference. Free and on-line.

You can get great info from experts for free at the conference. Don't forget to drop in here for Magical Mystery Month.


Starting on June 1st with a full month of mysteries, a touch of romance, and a dab of science fiction. Sometimes all genres mixed together in the same book. In any case, there is definitely a book here you'll want to read. The authors will tell you all about their books.
6/1 Roseanne Dowell - Double the Trouble

6/3 Ginger Simpson - Beside Myself

6/5 Larriane/Larion Wills - It's Still Tomorrow
6/7 Lisabet Sarai - Exposure

6/9 Arlene Webb - Ashes

6/11 Lorrie Struiff - Gypsy Crystal

6/14 Anna MacLean - Louisa and the Missing Heiress

6/15 A.R. Norris - Duty and Devotion

6/17 A.M. Roelke - The Space Station Murders

6/19 Pat Dale - Crossed Lines

6/21 J.Q. Rose - Sunshine Boulevard

6/23 John Roseman - Dark Wizard

6/24 Ellie Burmeister - How to Get an Agent in Two Murders or Less (*NEW)

6/26 Frank Scully - Dead Man's Gambit

6/28 Heather Haven - Wedding to Die For

6/30 L.J. Sellers - Dying for Justice

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Dreamer's Perch Interviews Me

I'm interviewed on Dreamer's Perch blog about my middle-grade, young adult fantasy, The Tales of Abu Nuwas.

Only 99 cents on Amazon right now.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Vallar (Science Fiction) by Cindy Borgne

by Cindy Borgne



(Q) Tell everyone a bit about your books including buy links.

Vallar is a character driven science fiction novel.

Sixteen-year-old Ian Connors works for Marscorp, using his psychic ability to give the organization an advantage over other groups angling for control of the embattled planet. The people of Earth have abandoned the colonies of Mars due to a dwindling of their own resources. The leaders of Marscorp believe that by pooling the planets assets, they will be able to gain enough power to force their way back to Earth.

Ian's job is to use his visions to locate smaller organizations in order to plunder their valuables and incorporate their masses. But a disturbing vision and a horrible loss cause Ian to doubt his loyalties to a corrupt, dictatorial admiral.

Unwilling to be a pawn in the Admiral's dangerous game, Ian must find a way to escape and protect a girl he sees himself with in the future. His only hope may lie with a new organization known as Vallar - an alliance of rebel organizations willing to fight for their survival.

NOTE: Only 99 cents. A great bargain for this book.

(Q) Where did the concept for the book come about?

It was a combination of two things. In the story, the main character Ian, has the ability to foresee the future. So I put him in him a situation where he uses his ability for the wrong reasons, but he doesn’t realize it at first because he’s being manipulated. When he doesn’t realize it, he has to get away from the people using him for their own greed. The second reason is in the beginning of the story Ian sees himself with a girl he’s never met. I enjoyed experimenting with his desire to be with her based on a vision. It’s also is a forbidden type of love, and I had fun writing it.

(Q) How long did it take you to finish, from concept to final product?

About a year.

(Q) Which authors have most influenced your own writing?

Some of the usual big names in science fiction such as Frank Herbert, Orson Scott Card, and Connie Willis. I love Orson Scott Card’s books on writing. I also like Wilbur Smith for historicals and have used some of his methods.

(Q) Do you have any favorite place where you feel your Muse is more apt to come and play while you write? Or perhaps you listen to music? If so, what do you listen to?

I have a nice easy chair in the living room where I’m most comfortable for writing. My muse is always best in the morning. I like to have something on in the background either music or the television. I think this is because I grew up with the TV on most of the time. It’s sort of like having company that doesn’t interrupt my writing.

(Q) As a writer, what is your greatest fear?

I always worry that something in life will take away all my writing time. Recently I’ve been looking for a full time day job, and I worry that between that and my kids it will be difficult to get any writing done.

(Q) What normally occupies your desk while writing? Pencils? Coffee mugs? Breakfast crumbs?

Pencils, pens, stapler and always a glass of water. I’m sort of addicted to water. At least it’s a harmless addiction.

(Q) Do you have any new projects that you are working on? If so, what are they?

I’m working on a sequel to Vallar. I’m only about 20K words into because I keep changing the beginning.

(Q) What tip would you offer to a new writer who is just beginning their submission journey?

Join a critique group, participate, and accept advice. Build up your online networks through blogs, facebook and twitter before you’re published. If you want to be traditionally publishing read the Query Shark’s blog all the way through and keep re-writing your query. If you’re self-publishing, get several reviews of your book before you publish.

(Q) What research was involved in writing this book?

There was a good deal of research involved. I studied the book “A Traveler’s Guide to Mars.” This book has the best detailed description of the various areas of Mars that I could find. I also have a geologist/engineer critique partner that helped me with some of the technical aspects. I studied any map about Mars I could find. Google Mars is a good resource. I also studied all the environment on Mars in depth.
(Q) How about an excerpt to tantalize the readers?

This is something from the end of chapter 5.

The vessel teetered on the edge of something. Outside, a thick mass swirled, making it impossible to see. My heart beat out of control. The hull became like a cage with narrowing walls. A crack formed on the front shield and grew in short spurts with every movement.

A few others slowly stood up. Nate’s feet barely fit on a small ledge. Another man hung onto the wall opposite of him. I looked back and forth between Nate and the cracked front port, which threatened to depressurize the vessel at any moment.

“Nobody move,” ordered the captain.

“I’m slipping!” Nate yelled.

“The port is about to go,” I said. “Those men have to come down here.”

Everyone argued at once.

“Nate!” I yelled over the talking. “Try to come down slowly.”

“No, don’t move. You’re going to knock us over.”

“He’s right. We have to come down,” said a panicked voice. The man opposite Nate crawled down, but he went too fast.

“Stop!” the captain ordered.

The vessel swayed and slid, threatening to fall at any instant. The crack streaked across the window like a lightning bolt. I held my breath. The large transparent shield bowed outward and exploded. Clear particles flew outside and blended into the churning heap. Men screamed as the craft depressurized.

“Somebody help him!” I yelled.

Nate’s hands slid off the wall. His arms flailed about as he tried to grab something. Two others flew into him and pushed him out the front port along with them. Nate disappeared into the churning dust.

“Nate!” I screamed as the vessel tilted and slid downward.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Tales of Abu Nuwas - Book Trailer Up for Vote

Please vote for my trailer at You Gotta Read Videos (click on the title to go to the link).

My book is #1. Alas, that's only the position in the poll. As for votes, I'm getting none. Like American Idol and Dancing with the Stars, this is a popularity contest and has little to do with actual quality. Okay, so my trailer is an amateurish piece of junk. That doesn't stop you from voting for it. Here's the trailer so you don't even have to scroll down to find it on the site:

Friday, May 20, 2011

Magical Mystery Month (June) Line Up

June on this blog will be busting out all over with ... mystery writers! Well, mystery, suspense, thriller mixed with a bit of romance and a dab of science fiction.

6/1 Roseanne Dowell - Double the Trouble

6/3 Ginger Simpson - Beside Myself

6/5 Larriane/Larion Wills - It's Still Tomorrow / White

6/7 Lisabet Sarai - Exposure

6/9 Arlene Webb - Ashes

6/11 Lorrie Struiff - Gypsy Crystal

6/14 Anna MacLean - Louisa and the Missing Heiress

6/15 A.R. Norris - Duty and Devotion

6/17 A.M. Roelke - The Space Station Murders

6/19 Pat Dale - Crossed Lines

6/21 J.Q. Rose - Sunshine Boulevard

6/23 John Roseman - Dark Wizard

6/24 Ellie Burmeister - How to Get an Agent in Two Murders or Less (*NEW)

6/26 Frank Scully - Dead Man's Gambit

6/28 Heather Haven - Wedding to Die For

6/30 L.J. Sellers - Dying for Justice

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Good Book Alert: 4 Stars for TALES OF ABU NUWAS

Good Book Alert: 4 Stars for TALES OF ABU NUWAS:

"TALES OF ABU NUWAS by Marva Dasef

A girl with her own genie is interesting enough, but a girl with a difficult genie adds an interesting layers of charm and humor. Abu Nuwas tells a tale of Setara and her endless amount of granted tricky wishes. These wishes take her to places where demons, so-called vampires and fire breathing horses become friends and foes. Setara finds she often has to think her way out of trouble...."

Friday, May 13, 2011

June is Magical Mystery Tour Month

I'm lining up a spectacular month of posts for mysteries. This isn't all out of the goodness of my heart (well, I am a nice person), but because I have a mystery coming up for release in July.

I still have days open for YOUR mystery/suspense/thriller or crossover book that has a touch of mystery in it. For example, I've got a request for a science fiction/fantasy/romance where a mystery drives the plot. That's good enough for me. I'd like to fill the month with as many authors as I can fit.

I'm updating the authors and dates in the right-hand sidebar. Just look over there>>>> to find out who and when. Want to add your name to the list? Drop me an email with your info at mgdasef (at) gmail (dot) com.

Alt.Fiction Conference in the UK

Eternal Press has a page in the Alt.Fiction Program Book. The conference will be held at the end of June.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

UPDATE: Mixed Bag II Now in Print

It's pretty easy to make a print book. Not many people buy them, and I don't spend time advertising them, but as long as ereaders aren't owned by everybody in the world, there will be a reason for printed books.

I got a fairly decent cover for the print version out of CreateSpace. It's the first time I used their cover creator. I thought it quite flexible and even the artistically challenged, such as yours truly, can whomp up a nice cover.

Matter of fact, I liked it enough, that I've put in on my ebooks of the same book content.

It will be a few days until the print edition is available, but I can already show the cover to the left. Click on it! You don't have to buy, but it might earn me a penny or so just for having you click. That's how this monetizing thing works. The more you click on my blog (including those adverts you see over in the right column), the more I can earn.

A little science fiction, a bit of fantasy, plenty of humor, and some really shocking horror. These are tales to suit any mood. Most stories in this book were previously published in on-line or print publications. The author is re-issuing the stories since an editor somewhere liked them enough to publish them in the first place.

Fish Story - Science Fiction
The Vision - Horror/Fantasy
Chilpequin 22 Miles - Fantasy
Coward - Horror
Heather's Pain - LitFic
The Delegate - SciFi
No Deposit, No Return - LitFic
Taxman - Humor
The Country Faire - Horror
Fair's Fair - Fantasy
If You Could See Her - Romance
Ma 'Yote and Her Cubs - Nostalgia LitFic
Invasion - Horror
The Cursed Valley - Fantasy
Shasta Lake - LitFic
Big Bessie's Place - LitFic
The Hunter - Horror
The Great Writing Competition - SciFi
A Good, Honest Dog - Non-fic
A Visit to Potter's Field - Fantasy
Extraordinary Rendition - LitFic
Jonathan Swift Finds Nemo - Alterate History
Lemons - Children
Neighborly - LitFic
A Grab Bag of Drabbles

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Polishing Your ms. A Waste of Time.

I hear a lot of advice for writers to follow. One that always annoys me is to edit edit edit your work over and over. I disagree. Write, clean up the typos and obvious gaffes, then leave it be.

Heinlein's writing rules make sense to me. Thanks to


1. You must write.
2. You must finish what you write.
3. You must refrain from rewriting, except to editorial order.
4. You must put the work on the market.
5. You must keep the work on the market until it is sold.

These rules appeared in the 1947 essay "On the Writing of Speculative Fiction."

We believe that they are as true today for all would-be published writers, whatever the field, as they were for writers in the golden age of science fiction magazine pulps.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Seriously, though...


In a sub-genre of Urban, Epic, Chosen One, Quest, Paranormal, Euro-centric, Contemporary, Otherworldly

About Demons, Angels, Vampires, Werewolves, Ghosts, Magicians, Sorcerers, Witches, Warlocks, Humans

When the main character is human or non-human or half-n-half (like coffee creamer).

And the secondary character is a hot human, non-human, or half-n-half

And the villain is an insane, megalomaniacal, just-plain-evil, human, non-human, or half-n-half.

Class, your assignment is to provide a few more sub-genres. Also, name some additional Abouts, main character types, secondary character types, and villain types.

When the list is complete, look it over and write some kind of fantasy that does not fit in the lists above.

Already written? Then provide the title, author, and a link. Explain how this book isn't using the same old tropes.

Extra Credit: Explain how the posted book that claims not to use the same old tropes still uses the same old tropes.

Can we come up with even one absolutely unique fantasy book?

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Publish or Bust: May's Featured Writers

Publish or Bust: May's Featured Writers

I'm one of the featured writers, so please visit the blog to find a coupon for a free copy of "Mixed Bag." It's in the comments.