The Unseen Around Us

There are those people who walk through life with the philosophy that ‘Seeing is Believing’.  I tend to find those people boring. Roald Dahl said it best:

“Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

For those of you who are wondering, Roald Dahl was the genius behind such beloved classics as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and The Witches. All of which have been turned into movies. In Charlie’s case, more than once. (The talents of Johnny Depp are endless). One of my favorites was The BFG.

But back to my point. If you wait for magic to be proven, you’re missing the whole point. Magic is the unexplained. Magic is never having to ask how or why but simply accepting that it is. The same can be said of religion and God, but we aren’t here to debate that. (not touching that one with a 100 foot pole!)

Fairy houseLife is so much more fun if you let the child in you out to play and accept that the improbable may be all around you. When you hear a rustling in the bush, don’t let your rational adult no nonsense side tell you it’s a squirrel or just the wind. Perhaps it’s a white rabbit with time management issues, or a territorial fairy warning you away. Maybe it’s a directionally challenged leprechaun waiting on a rainbow. Next time a child points out the impossible don’t set them straight with logical and scientific facts, play along. You may just find a little fun in a world that is sometimes far too serious.

If you’re one of the ones that think I’m crazy and the only good book is non-fiction or biographical – keep on with your boring Vulcan lives. I’ll be over here, knocking to see if any fairies are home.

 

Excerpt from Andromeda Rising – The Troll Market:

When I looked around I was stunned by what I saw. The ceiling was at least thirty feet high and was as wide as the two-lane human street somewhere above us. In some spots, glass blocks acted as skylights to the world above and would allow natural sunlight in during the day. “Can’t the humans see though the blocks?” I asked.

“They work like a one way mirror. From above they look like pavement, but from below they’re transparent blocks. The humans have no idea this place exists,” he explained in a low voice.

Red brick-walled shops with ornate arched doorways lined the cobblestone street, but it wasn’t like any street I had ever been on before. Trees were growing in two even rows down either side and had flowers that glowed brightly, which cast enough light it was like the street lights on the human streets above. How they grew in the subterranean environment was surely magick. There were no cars, only the occasional rickshaw that seemed to move around on its own; the whole place was a hive of activity.

A low hum of noise rose around me from the multitude of beings walking the street. The Market was as busy as any human mall. Fairies flitted about from tree to tree, going in and out of what looked like large bird houses. I realized that the fairies had a market of their own in the tree tops. Colorful birds perched in the trees; short, stocky men that looked like Dwarves wandered by, crossing paths with a Centaur; and a couple of little men that looked just like the gnome in Mrs. Jamison’s garden bickered while eating some kind of black bread.

There were others that looked human except for the beaks they had in place of their nose and mouth. Some were cloaked and deeply hooded like me, while others were dressed in fine silks and brightly colored linens. Some beings were beautiful and graceful; others were the stuff horror movies were made of, with leathery wings and twisted forms; others still, looked completely human like me. All were welcome here and seemed to co-exist peacefully.

Additions – Writers I Enjoy!

A new addition to the Writers I Enjoy includes an author from across the pond!

Dan Sams is currently a mid-20’s geek looking for a purpose in this world, this book became his purpose. As a long time fan of anything sci-fi and or superhero/comic book orientated, he wanted to give something back to the genre that made him feel at peace within all lifes up’s and down’s. He understands that characters are the most important part of a story, and with each character he created, he gave them a life and purpose of being too. Each one of them has a voice and a story to tell.

His new book is available now on Amazon.com Stop by and take a look!

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Fantastic Fan-made Pic!!

A reviewer and recent fan of Andromeda Rising made this for me and mixed it in the middle of a truly amazing review! I immediately fell in love with it as it completely captures a facet of Mateo’s personality!

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Thank You KiraLyn!!!!! I LOVE this so much!

Kira says: 

Ramsey’s debut novel is a fun read…[Her] cosmology is much broader and incorporates all manner of supernatural and mythological beings. She incorporates just the right level of detail and world-building to leave you in a state of wonderment and wanting to learn more.

Andromeda Rising is a very entertaining debut novel and a refreshing change of pace from typical Urban Fantasy fare.

Read the full review here.

 

 

PAPERBACKS Now Available!

That’s right people. The projected release of the paperback editions went live sooner than predicted!

Available for purchase from Amazon now. At 300 pages it’s not a quick read but a full length novel.

 

AR PaperbackI should have been paying attention. Growing up on the run from religious fanatics gave me more than a few good reasons to be careful, but I was just too tired to be as vigilant as I should have been. My mind was occupied with my latest case—a missing nine year old girl. I was usually good at my job, but sometimes I needed a little extra help from magick. I always managed to track down a cheating spouse or the occasional runaway, but now it seemed more children were missing from the streets of Seattle and nothing I did worked.

A cat jumped on my shoulder and jerked me from my exhaustion induced stupor. I spun into a defensive crouch only to see the cat had landed on the sidewalk behind me.Time seemed to stop for a moment when the cat spoke.

RUN!”

My name is Jocelyn Matthews and if I live through tonight, I’ll tell you all about my life as a witch.

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For the past ten years, Jocelyn has been living as a closet witch in Seattle. When the Inquisitors that have been after her from the time she was nine finally manage to find her, Jocelyn is thrust into a world she never guessed existed. From talking cats to Dark Elves, she’ll have to do something she’s never done before: trust someone other than herself. If she wants to find the children that have been going missing all over the city, she’ll have to open her eyes to the bigger picture and find her place, not only for her safety but for the city as well.

 

Surreal

So you have this little hobby. You like to write stories. You have characters in your head that have conversations, go on adventures, fall in love and sometimes have troubles. After dabbling a bit in poetry or short stories or fanfiction you decide to get serious and actually sit down and write a book. At this point who knows if it’s going to be any good, but you write what you like and make small considerations for marketability.

Research, hours of mumbling out loud looking like a mental patient as you work out believable dialogue, long nights and even longer mornings, four am bolt-from-the-blue waking-out-of-a-dead-sleep ‘aha!’ moments, and finally you have something resembling a manuscript. Then you find an editor (if you don’t you should!) and proudly send it off with a madly beating heart. Will they like it? Did I miss something?

What if it’s BAD?!

You get it back – broken and bleeding, oozing blood from every sentence. Your grammar was horrible, punctuation was embarrassing, and why were there spelling mistakes? Doesn’t Word catch these things?

You are far harder on yourself than your editor has been. While you are horrified at the literary disaster you seem to have emailed them, they say, “It wasn’t that bad.”

If it wasn’t that bad why is it dying of exsanguination? And the notes! You’re mentally facepalming over the obvious plot holes you’re surprised you didn’t trip over, the style of certain concepts is all over the place and they’re (your editor) is completely right, a whole new first chapter does sound like a good idea.

So you start the painstaking process of editing what you thought was a completed manuscript. More changes go back and forth until you are so sick of reading your own story you think, “Why did I decide this was a good idea?”

Once it’s actually done, your editor has no more notes, there are no more mistakes and the grammar and punctuation are as perfect as someone who is not a robot can make it – now what? If you’re as lucky as I am, you have an editor who kindly, but gently (like being shot from a cannon), get steered in the right direction. There is such a thing as professional formatters? Who knew.

Formatting, cover designs, posting, blog tours, promotions, reviews, release dates, sales figures…it starts to feel a little like it is all happening to someone else.

Until that day.

AR Paperback

The day the UPS guy arrives on your doorstep and you are completely confused. Who could be sending you a package? You open the box and a dream comes true. Who knew dreams could come in boxes?

I opened that little cardboard package and inside was my book.

MINE.

I did it. I had tons of help, but every word, every image, every character, came from my head. Somehow knowing people were reading and reviewing my e-version on their readers and tablets didn’t feel half as real as having three hundred pages of actual bound paper in my hand.

The beautiful formatting, the smooth texture and smell of the paper under my fingers, flipping to the back cover to read about the author and seeing my picture. My name.

Crying a little when my husband says, “Think of how proud your grandpa is right now.”

My grandpa who owned a bookstore for most of my life. The guy who loved to tell his friends at the Elks Club about his granddaughter the figure skater. The one who was at every competition, tears in his eyes as he hummed and swayed along with my routine and gave me a standing ovation every time (even when I didn’t always get to do my best). My self-professed biggest fan who loved to see my face as he gave me new books for my birthday or Christmas.

Yeah, he would be very, very proud of me right now. Even if no one ever buys it, even if I don’t ‘make Harry Potter money’ or have TV series based off my books, even if I only ever sell one copy to my mom – Grandpa is somewhere, tears in his eyes, still my biggest fan and he’s proud as punch right now.

This one’s for you Grampy. I love you.

Book Review: Andromeda Rising by James Ramsey

Kira Lynn Blue has my undying devotion for her outstanding review today. It was an unexpected but completely welcome surprise. One of the best reviews I have ever had on any story I have written to date. She has very likely gained a stalker in me.

Please read her words and get her take on Andromeda Rising.

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Andromeda RisingBook: Andromeda Rising

Series: Celestial Series #1

Author: James Ramsey

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Rating: 4 Spellbound Squirrels

Plot: Joceyln “Joss” Matthews is a private investigator who specializes in finding lost things, especially children. She’s also darned good at it thanks to her skills at witchcraft. Her current case brings her up against something even more sinister than an isolated kidnapping, though. A fanatical religious group is abducting multiple children off the streets of Seattle, the same group who has been hunting Joss since she was 10 years old.

When her life is saved by the shapeshifting Mateo, Joss learns there’s much more out there in the world than just her unusual magical abilities. The two team up to find the missing children and, hopefully, stop the threats on Joss’s own life.

Kira’s Take: Ramsey’s debut novel is a fun read. I was a little worried in the early chapters that…

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Must Have New Release – Andromeda Rising

A fabulous review left by a new fan. Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to leave such a well thought out review!

The Girl Behind the Red Pen

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I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t give books more than a page to suck me in. Ramsey nailed it right away, from the summary to giving me action on page one. We get an instant sense of the type of character Joss is. Joss always does the right thing, even if it puts her in danger. One of her most redeeming qualities is also her biggest flaw. She’s been on her own for a while and lives under the radar, for reasons that become apparent as the story progresses, but even from the first chapter Ramsey has carefully added enough mystery behind these Inquisitors to force us to go along for the ride.

The care that the author takes with describing the setting and and vivid details of the world she’s created not only makes for an enjoyable reading experience but it allows your imagination to run…

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