Love of the Game with D K Dunn

May 18, 2015

My name is D K Dunn and I’m thrilled about the release of Linemates, which is my first novel. Linemates is a contemporary romance about two hockey players with a past who are forced to play together after a trade lands them on the same team.

They say write what you know. I’ve been a hockey fan for twenty years so I felt comfortable setting my first novel in the world of the National Hockey League. I love the sport and the guys who play it. Hockey players are warriors. If they get cut during the game or lose some teeth, they’ll get patched up and head back out to finish the game.

I’ve been to countless games and have had the pleasure to meet several NHL players. These athletes were friendly and down to earth. They put the toothless, goon, hockey player stereotype to shame.

I’ve had the opportunity to get a peek behind the scenes in the world of the NHL. I’ve toured the Detroit Red Wings locker room, skated on the ice at Joe Louis Arena, and sat on the players’ bench as well as in the penalty box—all have helped me get a feel for the atmosphere of the arena. Some NHL specials were helpful for getting a taste of how the players interact off the ice. I’ve also had the opportunity to observe some players out in the wild after a game. I used all this knowledge to create my fictional NHL universe, which I feel is just as important as the love story in my novel.

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One of the challenges I had writing the book was dealing with the hockey terminology. I’m so used to all of the jargon associated with the game, but a reader who isn’t a hockey fan might not be. I had to find a way to describe some of the terms while trying to keep it as authentic as possible since my story is told in the first person. I hope I pulled it off!

I have a couple of ideas for my next project. I’d like to continue Derek and Trevor’s story. I also have an idea for a young adult novel. Right now neither are speaking to me. Hopefully this will change soon, so I can get my butt in gear and start writing again.

Having a novel published is a dream come true for me. I’ve enjoyed writing since I was in elementary school and have been writing on and off ever since. After some encouragement from my cousin and friends, I sat down and wrote Linemates.

I’m still pinching myself because it doesn’t feel real yet. I think it will hit home once I get my copy of the book. I can’t wait to get my copy of it!

May is a busy month in the world of sports. We’re in the midst of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, the NBA Playoffs, and Major League Baseball is ramping up. The playoffs are a sweet mixture of excitement and torture if your favorite team is in them. I tend to get superstitious during the playoffs. One year I had to eat popcorn during every Red Wings playoff game. Another year it was a certain meal for dinner or a special shirt. The whole ritual can get exhausting. Is anyone else out there superstitious during the playoffs or am I the only crazy one? Let me know how you deal with cheering on your favorite team.

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My blog is at dkdunnwriter.wordpress.com

WRECKED Blog Party – Post 4 – The Quotes

May 16, 2015

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In my final post, I want to talk about the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. When I first started writing WRECKED, it was after visiting the Key West Shipwreck Museum in Florida. I was so fascinated by this intriguing pocket of history that I began reading everything I could about the era. While doing this, I found all of these awesome quotes like this one:

Key West is a little village of hardy seamen undisturbedly reaping a rich harvest from the enormous losses of commerce on the Reefs.” —Gov. William P. Duval; 1st civilian governor of Florida, 1832

Does the name Duval ring a bell?

Well, if you’ve ever been to Key West then you probably walked down Duval Street…..one of my favorite things is doing the Duval Crawl! Those are some of the best times I barely remember. LOL #goodtimes

But on a serious note, while I was reading these great Key West specific quotes, I decided that I needed to find a quote to open each chapter. I was also in the process of reading the books that my hero Mathew would have read, like Moby Dick…aka The White Whale in 1858 when my story takes place. And yeah, I read it! That is where I got my favorite quote from the entire book:

Friendship at first sight, like love at first sight, is said to be the only truth.” —Herman Melville; an American novelist, 1819-1891

One of my favorite quotes of all time (which did not end up in WRECKED) is this:

There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.” —Jane Austen

What about you? Do you have a favorite quote that touches you in some way?

~D

THANK YOU so much DREAMSPINNER for hosting me this evening! I had a great tme and I hope everyone piks up their copy of WRECKED and enters to win one of the two copies of WRECKED
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Blurb from WRECKED:

Off the Key West coast, Rief Lawson works as a wrecker, salvaging ships and their cargo. Exiled to the outskirts of society because of his mysterious gift of sight, Rief’s only respite from his loneliness is painting an unknown blond man. When a merchant ship wrecks during a violent storm, Rief rescues a drowning victim and comes face-to-face with his destiny.

It is the man from his art!

Heir to an English barony, Mathew Weston entered the merchant trade with his greedy father and soon-to-be father-in-law. Dominated by his father and smothered by the people around him—including his sweet but tiresome fianceé—Mathew is terrified to follow his true desires. Marriage and obedience seem safer than a life of secrecy and possible prison.

After the daring rescue, a fire ignites between the two men. Powerless to resist his desire, Mathew learns what it means to be a man in Rief’s arms. With this newfound confidence, Mathew teaches Rief through gentle touch that he deserves the affection he’s long been denied. Yet their affair is doomed from the start. Two desperate men, wrecked in heart and mind, must find a way to salvage the chance at love fate has given them.

 

Deanna Wadsworth might be a bestselling erotica author, but she leads a pretty vanilla life in Ohio with her wonderful husband and a couple adorable cocker spaniels. Her fascination with people and the interworkings of their relationships have always inspired her to write romance with spice and love without boundaries.

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WRECKED Blog Party – Part 3 – The Cover!!

May 16, 2015

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Yeah, are all of you in love with this book cover Paul Richmond made for WRECKED? I know I am! And I just ADORE seeing the stages of creation he goes through to give me the masterpieces he’s done for my other books! #love

When Paul asked me to fill out the form for what I envisioned, I attached a bunch of vintage eighties romance novel covers—you know the ones with Fabio and ripped bodices? LOL I explained that I wanted an epic, classic romance novel cover. When Paul first sent his sketch, I almost FREAKED out, I was so excited. I mean, even in the black and white sketch, he NAILED it, right?

So why did I want a vintage style cover?

Well, firstly because, old school covers like this are few and far between. Rarely do you see them in gay romances. But mostly, I felt it really expressed the mood of WRECKED. This book is a 96K read full of wanting, romance, love, surprise and a dash of gypsy magic.

Magic, you might say?

Yes, like my awesome cover artist Paul Richmond, the hero of WRECKED Rief is also an artist. And when things got bad in his life he turned to his art. And what his mind’s eye created was a beautiful blond man, someone who did not judge him and always made him feel safe.

What Rief NEVER expected was that one day he would rescue that very man from drowning at sea!

Will the real man be someone that Rief can trust? Or, like the oil and canvas, will Mathew become nothing more than a memory, gone before Rief ever has a chance to heal from his broken past?

Well, I guess you will just have to read WRECKED to find out!

While Rief uses his art to cope with stress and depression, what about you guys? What sort of things do you do when life gets to much? What is your escape which brings you peace?

Mine is reading with a glass of wine. Or perhaps a hot bath and a glass of wine… maybe all three if it’s really been a bad day!

~Deanna

 

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Deanna Wadsworth might be a bestselling erotica author, but she leads a pretty vanilla life in Ohio with her wonderful husband and a couple adorable cocker spaniels. Her fascination with people and the interworkings of their relationships have always inspired her to write romance with spice and love without boundaries.

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You can also find her young adult alter ego, K.D. Worth FacebookTwitter

Buy Deanna’s books at Dreamspinner Press, Decadent Publishing or at any reputable eBook seller

 

WRECKED Blog Party – Part 2 – Sexy Excerpt

May 16, 2015

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Thank you for joining me, Deanna Wadsworth, for my blog party to celebrate the release of my historical romance WRECKED. Earlier I was talking about inspiration and where I got the idea for WRECKED.

Now I have a question for you….

What is your favorite era in American history to read about?

The Wild West? Revolutionary War? Civil War?

I’m a huge American history fan, so I like all the eras because it feels like my history. J

If you don’t know the setting for WRECKED, here is a quick peek at the blurb:

Blurb from WRECKED:

Off the Key West coast, Rief Lawson works as a wrecker, salvaging ships and their cargo. Exiled to the outskirts of society because of his mysterious gift of sight, Rief’s only respite from his loneliness is painting an unknown blond man. When a merchant ship wrecks during a violent storm, Rief rescues a drowning victim and comes face-to-face with his destiny.

It is the man from his art!

Heir to an English barony, Mathew Weston entered the merchant trade with his greedy father and soon-to-be father-in-law. Dominated by his father and smothered by the people around him—including his sweet but tiresome fianceé—Mathew is terrified to follow his true desires. Marriage and obedience seem safer than a life of secrecy and possible prison.

After the daring rescue, a fire ignites between the two men. Powerless to resist his desire, Mathew learns what it means to be a man in Rief’s arms. With this newfound confidence, Mathew teaches Rief through gentle touch that he deserves the affection he’s long been denied. Yet their affair is doomed from the start. Two desperate men, wrecked in heart and mind, must find a way to salvage the chance at love fate has given them.

 

Now would you like a quick, naughty excerpt? Please leave a comment about what era in American history is your favorite for a romance novel and then check out the naughty excerpt from WRECKED! I mean, if any of you read EASY RYDER or A CUPID’S WAGER, you know that I like to write some steamy stuff!! And don’t forget to enter to win your own copy WRECKED!

~D

 

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EXCERPT for WRECKED:

With a soft moan, Rief clung to him for a moment. Then he rolled over. “Take me again before you go.”

Mathew groaned when that ass brushed against his cock. Already pretty stiff from being so close, his groin throbbed at the sight of such submissive posturing.

Sideling up to him, he brushed Rief’s mussed hair off his face before cupping it possessively and kissing him. An intensity of emotions roared inside him knowing Rief trusted him enough to share his secrets. It made Mathew want to protect Rief’s heart while bringing every pleasure to his body he had ever been denied. He would give anything to this man, anything to make him heal and to prove, more than any drawing, Mathew would give Rief peace. Their time together would surpass any joy Rief experienced while painting him.

He would be immortalized, not on a canvas, but upon Rief’s very soul.

Drawing back, he asked in a pant, “Where is the oil?”

Rief found it and poured some in his hand, passing it to Mathew to coat his cock. He stared, enthralled at the indecent pleasure on Rief’s face as he plunged his own fingers into his ass with expert precision.

“Please,” Rief begged, lying on his side and raising one leg.

Never before had Mathew heard a more rousing word, nor seen such an erotic sight. He’d first believed buggering was something done to a woman or someone less than a man. Perhaps doled out as a punishment.

How foolish he had been!

This morning, he saw everything so differently.

To all outward appearance, Rief was the heartier of the two. Big and masculine. Yet pleading for a cock inside him did not make him less of a man, nor did it render him weak or feminine. His need to release all control, to be vulnerable before Mathew, made him incredibly enticing. Mathew had been living in fear most of his life, but when they were in this bed, he was empowered. Bold and courageous, just as Rief painted him.

There was no greater or lesser between them. Being connected this way made them both whole.

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WRECKED Blog Party – Post 1 – Inspiration

May 16, 2015

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Hello, everyone!

My name is Deanna Wadsworth and my newest book from Dreamspinner is called WRECKED. If you love historical romances then this one Is for you! At a full 96K, this one is is definitely a book you can get lost in all afternoon.I brought along a Rafflecopter giveaway so you can enter to win a copy!

I was inspired to write WRECKED on a trip in 2009 when my husband and I went on vacation to Key West, Florida. One afternoon we decided to tour the Key West Shipwreck Museum. I thought we would see some relics from under the sea, but I never expected to be inspired to write this book…..let alone find the name for my hero Rief in a video of a salvaging operation in the 80s, LOL.  I wonder what that guy would think? LOL

Did you know that in the 1850s Key West was the wealthiest city per capita in America? Yeah, neither did I. That money was brought in by salvaging ships wrecked on the Florida Reef, a dangerous occupation which was sanctioned by the US federal courts. These hearty sailors had a reputation as pirates in some circles, and rumors abounded that they tricked mariners into hiring them, or even had a hand in wrecking the ships to begin with. When a merchant wrecked his ship, the wreckers were always there, ready to hire out their services to salvage ship, cargo, and survivors.

I had just finished reading My Name is Asher Lev, by Chaim Potok and was in an artistic mood because of it. So I began thinking….what if a wrecker was out on patrol and he saves the life of a person he’s been painting his entire life?

Whoa! That sounded like the kinda book I liked to read….historical, romantic, and with just a twist of paranormal.

Thus WRECKED was born! You can check out an excerpt here: http://deannawadsworth.com/archives/463

It took me six years to see it in print and my box of author copies came in the mail on my birthday #BestGiftEver

I always come up with a new book idea when I take a vacation, even if it’s just a camping trip in Indiana.

What about you? What kind of inspiration do you get from vacations or travel? I would love to hear from you!

~Deanna

 

Blurb from WRECKED:

Off the Key West coast, Rief Lawson works as a wrecker, salvaging ships and their cargo. Exiled to the outskirts of society because of his mysterious gift of sight, Rief’s only respite from his loneliness is painting an unknown blond man. When a merchant ship wrecks during a violent storm, Rief rescues a drowning victim and comes face-to-face with his destiny.

It is the man from his art!

Heir to an English barony, Mathew Weston entered the merchant trade with his greedy father and soon-to-be father-in-law. Dominated by his father and smothered by the people around him—including his sweet but tiresome fianceé—Mathew is terrified to follow his true desires. Marriage and obedience seem safer than a life of secrecy and possible prison.

After the daring rescue, a fire ignites between the two men. Powerless to resist his desire, Mathew learns what it means to be a man in Rief’s arms. With this newfound confidence, Mathew teaches Rief through gentle touch that he deserves the affection he’s long been denied. Yet their affair is doomed from the start. Two desperate men, wrecked in heart and mind, must find a way to salvage the chance at love fate has given them.

 

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Deanna Wadsworth might be a bestselling erotica author, but she leads a pretty vanilla life in Ohio with her wonderful husband and a couple adorable cocker spaniels. She has been spinning tales and penning stories since childhood, and her first erotic novella was published in 2010. When she isn’t writing books or brainstorming with friends, you can find her making people gorgeous in a beauty salon. She loves music and dancing, and can often be seen hanging out on the sandbar in the muddy Maumee River or chilling with her hubby and a cocktail in their basement bar. In between all that fun, Deanna cherishes the quiet times when she can let her wildly active imagination have the full run of her mind. Her fascination with people and the interworkings of their relationships have always inspired her to write romance with spice and love without boundaries.

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New Releases: May 15th, 2015

May 15, 2015

Sultry Sunset by Mary Calmes

 

Despite the circulating rumors, Hutch knows Mike is straight and looking for the right woman. But his friends disagree.

Mangrove Stories

 

Hutch Crowley is well-liked in the small resort town of Mangrove—he’s got friends in his new neighbors, he’s the owner of the town grocery, and he’s building a community center—but he’s still unlucky at love. Every man he’s attracted to is either taken or simply not interested, including his best friend, Mike Rojas.

 

When Mike came to Mangrove two years ago, Hutch gave him a job and a place to stay in his guesthouse, where Mike has remained ever since. Despite the rumors circulating about them, Hutch knows Mike is straight and looking for the right woman. But his friends disagree, and after some hints to the contrary, even Hutch finally has to admit that maybe the rest of the town sees something he’s been missing. If Hutch wants to spend each sultry sunset with the man of his dreams, it might be time to figure out what’s going on with his best friend’s heart.

 

Length: Novella (78p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: May 15, 2015

Buy as eBook ($3.99 ISBN: 978-1-63476-151-2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starting With the Unexpected by Andi Van

 

Zachary’s been dumped via text by a girl named Marian who he’s never met. What is her relationship to Marcus, the waiter Zach’s crushing on?

Zachary Blaise is having a weird week—even by his standards. Though he’s gay, the radio personality has been dumped via text by a girl named Marian—and he’s never even met her. On top of that, he’s developed a massive crush on Marcus, the new waiter at his favorite diner. His best friend thinks the whole thing is hilarious.

 

Marcus’s week hasn’t been his best either. He’s been betrayed by those closest to him, and although he isn’t the guilty party, Marcus is the one getting harassed.

 

Impossibly, things are about to get even weirder. Marian has secrets, and those secrets are going to make some serious ripples in Zach’s life. When he discovers that the girl called Marian is actually the man named Marcus, Zach stumbles down a rabbit hole of abusive ex-boyfriends, psychotic relatives, and revelations from his own past. If he can survive the chaos, the journey might prove worth the effort.

 

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: May 15, 2015

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-927-3) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-926-6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time Waits by C.B. Lewis

 

Displaced WWII soldier Janos Nagy and temporal agent Dieter Schmidt must stop a rogue time traveler from risking the past—and the future.

Badly wounded and on the run from his WWII Hungarian brigade, Janos Nagy stumbles through a temporal gateway to the future. Suddenly stranded in Manchester, England, 2041, Janos wants answers about a crazy world he doesn’t recognize.

 

Dieter Schmidt, flamboyant historian/linguist for the Temporal Research Institution has those answers, but the TRI is a neutral entity, set up to verify historical events under a strict code of noninterference. That doesn’t stop Dieter from taking Janos under his protection. Trust doesn’t come easy to Janos, who came from a time when revealing his secrets could get him killed, but the two men slowly build a tentative friendship with a possibility for more. But Janos’s continued presence in the future and Dieter’s persistence raise questions about the limits of the noninterference policy.

 

Since the rules have been bent once, one agent sees no reason why he can’t push them further, and he travels back to 1914 to make a few changes of his own. Under Janos’s guidance, Dieter must leap back in time to stop the rogue agent from changing the past and risking everyone’s future—if he can survive history.

 

Length: Novel (330p.) | Genre: Time Travel, Historical European, Science Fiction

Release Date: May 15, 2015

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-853-5) | Buy as Paperback ($17.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-852-8)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrecked by Deanna Wadsworth

 

Wrecker Rief Lawson meets his destiny when he rescues English aristocrat Mathew Weston from drowning. Can they salvage a chance at love?

Off the Key West coast, Rief Lawson works as a wrecker, salvaging ships and their cargo. Exiled to the outskirts of society because of his mysterious gift of sight, Rief’s only respite from his loneliness is painting an unknown blond man. When a merchant ship wrecks during a violent storm, Rief rescues a drowning victim and comes face-to-face with his destiny.

 

It is the man from his art!

 

Heir to an English barony, Mathew Weston entered the merchant trade with his greedy father and soon-to-be father-in-law. Dominated by his father and smothered by the people around him—including his sweet but tiresome fiancée—Mathew is terrified to follow his true desires. Marriage and obedience seem safer than a life of secrecy and possible prison.

 

After the daring rescue, a fire ignites between the two men. Powerless to resist his desire, Mathew learns what it means to be a man in Rief’s arms. With this newfound confidence, Mathew teaches Rief through gentle touch that he deserves the affection he’s long been denied. Yet their affair is doomed from the start. Two desperate men, wrecked in heart and mind, must find a way to salvage the chance at love fate has given them.

 

Length: Novel (286p.) | Genre: Historical Americas, Paranormal| Release Date: May 15, 2015

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-656-2) | Buy as Paperback ($16.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-655-5)

Time Waits Blog Party – Post 6

May 15, 2015

 

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So, ladies, gents, and everyone else, we have reached my final post of the blog party for Time Waits (click the title for links). Thank you for your time and your interest. If you want to keep up with what I’m working on next and potentially see missing scenes or character discussion, please feel free to drop by my tumblr.

And if you pick up this little morsel of mine, and if you enjoy it, here’s a sneak peek of the story which will potentially be the sequel:

At first, everyone assumed it was a burglary.
The postman was the first on the scene. He’d arrived early in the morning to make a delivery to the house in question, and found the front door wedged open. No one answered when he rang the bell, so he called the police. The two constables arrived to investigate, and they were the ones who found the body.
It escalated after that.
Not even noon, Jacob thought grimly. Hell of a way to start a Monday.
His autopod shuttled along, wheeling off from the main highway and into the more rural roads. As much as he missed manual controls of old-fashioned cars and early autocars, he appreciated the driverless function of the pod, because it gave him the time to skim through the images from the crime scene en route.
He knew he wouldn’t get a feel for the scene until he got there, but the images at least gave him an idea of what he was about to walk into. There were signs of a struggle in the room where the body was found, and plenty of blood, but the rest of the house seemed undisturbed.
“Control to Delta Seven. ETA to destination?”
He leaned forward and cleared the images from the display on the windscreen, bringing up his location on the map. Beyond it, he could see the country roads through the glass.
“ETA Fifteen minutes, control,” he replied, then muttered under his breath, “Into the backside of nowhere.”

Thanks again, and happy reading!

Length: Novel (330 pages)
Release Date: May 15, 2015
Genre: Sci-fi, historical, futuristic

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-853-5) / Buy as Paperback ($17.99 ISBN:    978-1-63216-852-8)

Time Waits Blog Party – Post 5

May 15, 2015

This will be my penultimate post about Time Waits (click the title for links), but I’m hoping you’ll enjoy the book as much as I have enjoyed writing it.

I also hope that you will forgive Dieter his somewhat… colourful turn of phrase. He is one of my special cupcakes. He started life as an experimental character more than six years ago, and like Janos, he was just waiting for his time. Linguist, historian, nerd, and gutter-mouth, Dieter was, is, and ever will be one of my favourite characters that I have created.

I can’t tell you how strange it is having the faintly-sketched templates of two characters, and watching them turn into fully-developed people before your eyes. Janos was interesting, but Dieter… Dieter was something special. Other writers, you can back me up on this – you go in, expecting a character to do one thing, and then they act and react in a way that sends the story spinning and it’s amazing. Has anyone else had this happen? Because it really is a mind-boggling experience, when a plot unfolds before you that you didn’t even realise you’d written.

This was certainly the case for Dieter. Trust me when I say that because of him, this story went very differently from the way I originally expected. I very rarely plot the details in advance, but I always have an end goal. Whether I reach it as intended or not is another story. Thanks to this fella, I ended up taking a wild journey that I never saw coming.

And so, I hope you like my wayward boy as much as I do.

Length: Novel (330 pages)
Release Date: May 15, 2015
Genre: Sci-fi, historical, futuristic

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-853-5) / Buy as Paperback ($17.99 ISBN:    978-1-63216-852-8)

Time Waits Blog Party – Post 4

May 15, 2015

Still me, still waving my little flag for my new novel, Time Waits (click the title for links)

Janos Nagy, one of the main characters in Time Waits, has been in my character library for several years. I can barely even remember where I picked him up, but he has always been one of my favourite and most contradictory characters. I always knew that he was a gay Hungarian soldier in World War II, even if I didn’t have somewhere to put him. When I started working on Time Waits, when I needed a character from the past, it seemed like all the stars had aligned at once, and finally, I had a home for him.

janos This photo certainly didn’t hurt as inspiration, when I went looking for Hungarians from the era in question :)

The trouble was that while I had his general background, I didn’t have the details, which meant it was time for an epic research party. Conveniently, Hungary is one of my favourite countries to visit in Europe, and I have invaded way too many museums, which gave me locations, clothing, even work tools and vehicles he might have used.

Once I started getting more of a feel for what the country and the people would have been like, it was possible to start padding out the character, giving him a family, a home, a role in his community, even places where he would have spent time while growing up. It’s always something special when your character goes from a loose template to fully-formed and three-dimensional.

It also meant that I was able to spend time around Hungarians who were kind enough to speak in English, rather than trying to understand my pidgin German. While I really try to steer clear of writing accents phonetically, I like to use sentence structure and word choices to give the character an accurate voice. With Hungarian, it meant focusing on how native speakers use tenses, which is one of the most complicated elements of the Hungarian language.

Hopefully, you’ll enjoy the character as much as I have (and maybe even see him in the sequel :D )

And I have to ask, have any of you done anything like this in the name of research? Or just in the name of finding a place that you saw mentioned in a book that one time? Because I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one ;)

Length: Novel (330 pages)
Release Date: May 15, 2015
Genre: Sci-fi, historical, futuristic

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-853-5) / Buy as Paperback ($17.99 ISBN:    978-1-63216-852-8)

Time Waits Blog Party – Post 3

May 15, 2015

So I’m here to wax lyrical to you about Time Waits and answer any questions you might have :)

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With the time-travel element of Time Waits, I had an awful lot to deal with. Rather than making it a contemporary story, where time travel has existed all along, it made more sense to me to nudge the story into the not-too-distant future. The world would still be familiar, but different enough to be exciting and new.

The only trouble is that when you have a story that is both futuristic and historical, balancing the new and the old is pretty complicated. Add to the mix a character who comes from a third point in time, bringing with him a different set of experiences, and things get interesting. And by interesting, I mean sitting in the corner of my room, eating ice cream and crying into my research.

The main part of the story is set around 30 years into our future, so technology that is being developed now made a good springboard for the changes that might occur: driverless cars, research into teleportation, even more advanced computers. A lot can change in 30 years, but equally, a lot can stay the same. For example, we don’t get have hover boards, despite Back to the Future promising them. I remain disappointed.

Still, in fifteen years, we’ve gone from a computer the size of a table, to a computer/camera/telephone/music player/television you can carry in your pocket. And on a futuristic note, for a chance to win a copy of the eBook to read on your new-fangled pocket-computer, what’s your favourite technical innovation of the last thirty years and why? :)

All things considered, designing a future was easy compared to working with two very specific and very different periods in the past. There are moments in history that are iconic, for good or ill, and the World Wars are two of those incidents. Most people have images they associate with the World Wars, whether from films or books or even family history.

In some ways this made things easier, knowing that most people would be bringing their concept of the conflicts to the book with them, but it also meant being accurate, and above all else, being respectful to the people and the history I was using.

Length: Novel (330 pages)
Release Date: May 15, 2015
Genre: Sci-fi, historical, futuristic

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