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Write a Story with Me #76: When the Sparkle Fades by Danielle Ackley McPhail

Write a Story with Me is a group endeavor just for the fun of it.  A different writer adds a new 250 words each time.  It is the ultimate Flash Fiction Challenge!

If you’d like to sign up, come on over.  There’s always room for more!

Here’s this week’s excerpt.  We hope you enjoy!

76 – Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Morath settled the babe in the crook of the Gleaming Tree. She watched him, her brow furrowed but her lips tipping upward in a faint smile stronger than even her worry. He was a bonny boy and deserved a life of joy and discovery, not intrigue and deceit, and yet her farsight revealed much turmoil ahead for them all, and most assuredly for the son of Yoran and Natalia.

“Feel your power, little one, know it in your heart,” she murmured over his fretting form. “Mother’s arms will wrap around you soon, but first you must take this step to safeguard yourself.” Morath regretted the need to spark the little one’s magic at so young an age, but she could do little else to ensure he come to no harm in the days to come. The Gleaming Tree now recognized him as one of its own and no matter how far events might take him away, the seat of all magic would rally in his defense should any raise force against him.

With an amused burble, the child thrashed his legs and stared in wonder as the swirls of magic swaddled him, nuzzled his cheek, and settled a fae sparkle deep within is babe-blue eyes. When all but the sparkle faded, the Fae Queen swept the boy into her arms and descended from the Tree’s branches, taking the boy to her chambers to await the arrival of his frantic mother.

Want to read more?  See below for past excerpts.

If you’d like to sign up, come on over.  There’s always room for more!

Parts One – Sixty-five Click Here

Part Sixty-Six – Joe Owens

Part Sixty-Seven – Shayla Kwiatkowski

Part Sixty-Eight – Anmol

Part Sixty-Nine – Norah Jansen

Part Seventy – Shannon Burton

Part Seventy-One – Vanessa Jane Chapman

Part Seventy-Two – Susan Rocan

Part Seventy-three – Kate Johnston

Part Seventy-Four – Richard Leonard

Part Seventy-Five – Kai Damian

Part Seventy-Six – Danielle Ackley McPhail

Don’t forget to stop by next week to see what happens next.

Norah Jansen — TAG!  You are “It”

Write a Story With Me Contributors

shayla kwiatkowski gryphonboy Jennifer M. Eaton Vanessa Chapman
Siv Maria Sharon Manship shanjeniah Vikki (The View Outside)
Danielle Ackley-McPhail Richard Leonard susanroebuck Jenny Keller Ford
aparnauteur kaidamian Eileen Snyder Elin Gregory
Joe Owens anelephantcant mysocalledDutchlife Nicky Wells
norahdeayjansen Julie Catherine Ravena Guron
Anmol     jiltaroo 4amWriter mywithershins

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The Proper (and easy!) way to Market your Novel #1

Okay… Now this manual says to…

Oh!  You are here.  Yes, Jennifer M. Eaton is still tied up.  Yet you still return?  Come, foolish humans… I am still taking bribes listening to pleas to release Jennifer M. Eaton.

Her fate will be decided tomorrow, so click here if you would like to save her and maybe win a copy of her Make Believe Anthology In the meantime… this little book says I can find one of her posts and set it up… Here!  I have found it!

My writers group was recently treated to a visit by Author and Editor Danielle Ackley McPhail.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Danielle, she is the author of The Literary Handyman: Tips on Writing From Someone’s Who’s Been There, Yesterday’s Dreams (The Eternal Cycle), The Bad Ass Faeries Series, and tons of other stuff.

Danielle is open and friendly, and I would encourage any author to make the effort to attend one of her appearances if you are able.

A fellow writer asked her about authors marketing their own books.  As expected, Danielle said that no matter where you get published, you will be expected to market your work.  My eyes breezed across the crowd, and I smiled as they fell on the pale, trembling faces of my counterparts.

Everyone hopes for a magic wand to tap them on the head.  “Bing!  You are a best-selling author”.  Sorry, guys.  It’s not going to happen.  At least not with a magic wand. (And if it does, pray that it’s not one of Danielle’s Bad Ass fairies.  That would not be pleasant at all.)

The main thing I have been worried about is turning into the “Amway Salesman.”  (Not that there is anything wrong with Amway.  I am sure their products are great— **Wink**)

I think many of us have been through a friend or family member who got caught up in a get-rich quick scheme, and every time you saw them they tried to sell you something.  It gets annoying.  And in the end, you don’t want to see that person anymore so you don’t have to deal with it.

Well, that is NOT the way to market your novel.  Danielle made a great comment.  It struck home for me, and I hope this helps you out, too.  Are you ready for the secret?  Are ya?

Well, I’m going to make you wait until next Friday, because this post has gotten to long, and I need time to think up a new Friday Series… but when you see how easy it is, you will smack yourself in the head.