Saturday, April 26, 2008

Switching Gears

Attention. You are now leaving Mennelsohn Space for the Draxian Universe.

...and this blog is about to become active, once more. :)

I'm in the process of getting out of P2PC mode and getting into Draxian mode (again) as I begin major edits on my almost-completed and about to be brutally slashed epic slipstream Sci Fi Fantasy Rom novel (how's that for a genre-bender), Draxis. Not an easy thing to do after spending the last year immersed in the world of Sair, Drea and company.

The Draxian Universe lives by different rules, and must I.

Draxis is not about ships and flying about the universe. Though it does have an array of futuristic vessels and one very unique starship, these aren't essential to plot development and are more backstory than environment. Where P2PC centers on the passengers and crew of a particular spacefreighter (a not-so-mundane cargo ship with a startling secret) and its role in a monumental struggle the MCs are embroiled in, Draxis is about the two MCs coming to terms with their differences, and the ship(s) are merely a form of transportation.

Draxis is about a culture shaped by ancient laws and taboos--a culture one of the MCs is expected to embrace, but instead gives it a pretty solid head butt. This stirs controversy that leads to an empire examining its very foundations. In the midst of all the struggle is what I hope will be--like P2PC--a love story that readers will never forget.

Sorry, again, for the somewhat vague teasers, but I must stand by my proclamation: No spoilers! (You may thank me someday when you pick it up to start reading. :) )

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Interview with Barbara Elsborg

An interview with debut author Barbara Elsborg is posted on the Toasted-Scimitar. Barbara discusses the steps that got her first novel, PERFECT TIMING, to the point of being e-published. (Release date April 30th.)

Some good information here for aspiring writers. Be sure not to miss it. :)

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Draxis is Dark While We Party on STARS

My friend, co-blogger, IP (Indispensible Peer) and fellow romance writer, Barbara Elsborg, has a debut novel on the verge of release. April 30th is the big day. Ellora's Cave (e-publishing) is the publisher.


Until then, we're having a little Countdown Fest over on one of my other blogs, Take It To The Stars, where Barbara is a co-blogger. I may be a bit quiet there, but please feel free to join us there.


I'll also be posting an interview with Barbara Elsborg on Tuesday, April 22, on The Toasted Scimitar blog.


I'll be back soon with more articles, commentary and updates.

Oh yes, and don't forget the release of Lisa Shearin's ARMED & MAGICAL on April 29th. ARMED & MAGICAL, the second book of the Raine Benares Fantasy Series, has received a
4-1/2 STAR RATING (the highest) from Romantic Times! In addition, the first book of her series, MAGIC LOST, TROUBLE FOUND has just been nominated for a Compton Crook Award as best debut novel of the year by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society! (See the reviews of both novels on this blog. Look for the labels with links on the lower right sidebar.)


Lots of exciting things happening this month!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Lisa Shearin's Debut Novel Receives Nomination

Draxian Trilogy has been dormant for a while, but that's about to change as I roll up my sleeves, fire up the revision machine, and get back to work on scrubbing my next marketing project. What better way to kick off the reactivation of this blog than to post a major news item.

By now everyone knows what a huge fan I am of Lisa Shearin's Raine Benares series that started with MAGIC LOST, TROUBLE FOUND and continues with the April 29 release of the second book in the series, ARMED & MAGICAL (see previous reviews and articles on this blog).

Lisa just shared some great news:

This is what I've been waiting to tell everyone!! *HUGE GRIN* Since it's been announced over on Science Fiction Awards Watch I can officially announce it myself:

Magic Lost, Trouble Found is one of five finalists for the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Memorial Award for the best debut novel of the year. The award is voted on by members of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society and will be awarded at their annual convention (Balticon) on Memorial Day weekend.

Needless to say, I was thrilled and amazed to be included in such great company. Check out the other nominees -- WOW!:

The Blade Itself, Joe Abercombie (Pyr)

The Outback Stars, Sandra McDonald (Tor)

The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW)

Magic Lost, Trouble Found, Lisa Shearin (Ace)

One Jump Ahead, Mark Van Name (Baen)

Fabulous news, and I know of no more deserving author.

Congratulations, Lisa.

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