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It’s finally here!! Allegories of the Tarot

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Allegories of the Tarot

Who hasn’t been fascinated by the mysterious Tarot, writer and reader alike? For centuries, fortune-telling by the Tarot has caught many an imagination, but nothing like what will be presented here.

22 cards… each an individual splinter of the human psyche.

22 writers… honing each splinter into a story of triumph and decay, arrogance and humility.

Stories of the brightest lights and the darkest corners of the weirdest minds.

22 cross-genre worlds.

22 portals into the Universal.

Only one way to get there.

Come with us. Cross the portals. The Universal awaits.

About the book

Once upon a time, there was an editor with a fascination for the Tarot. She was struck one day by a crazy idea. “Hey,” she said. “What if twenty-two writers each wrote a story about the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana of the Tarot and were fashioned into an anthology?”

The idea would not leave her alone.

And thus, the Allegories of the Tarot was born.

Crowdfunded by a campaign on Indiegogo with the help and support of an amazing group of writers, twenty-two stories were crafted around the mysteries of the Tarot. The group includes a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Pulp Ark nominee, a former Bigfoot researcher, a journalist, an award-winning YA author, and a Rhysling Award winner. Professional writers, new talent, and a range of genres boggling the mind: Horror, Speculative Fiction, Bizarro Fiction, Erotica, Mystery, Humor, Paranormal, Epic Fantasy, Literary, Romance, and Historical Fantasy.

What has emerged is an outstanding collection of fiction, unique and mysterious. Stories that will make you cry, make you laugh, and make you think. Stories that make you feel the touch of the Universe.

Dare to step through the portal to shadowy realms and emotional journeys.

Early readers have fallen in love with the Allegories of the Tarot

Allegories of the Tarot Anthology is a magical book. Magic that will keep you turning the pages. There are muses, demons,  psychics, evil,and more! I shivered, I laughed and I even cried. Magic, I tell you. Magic.” -Julie Affleck

“Reviewing an anthology is slightly more difficult than discussing a book or comic because the tone varies from author to author. However, Allegories somehow flowed together as a well-matched whole. The project ended up feeling like several beads strung together to form a beautiful necklace that were more amazing for being paired together.” -Jodi Scaife

“All twenty-two stories in this volume are, in a word, superb. I found myself scouring the Internet as I read it; every story made me want to go find more work by its author. The ultimate compliment I can give Allegories is to say that when I finished it, I thought how I envy those who haven’t read it yet.” -Lisa Millraney

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Calgary Expo – SUCCESS!!

Such an amazing weekend.  Wil Wheaton signed a couple things for me.  He remembered me from my email of last year asking about self-publishing (which he replied to in 45 minutes).  I offered him a book which he gladly took – insisted that I sign it for him as well.  And we talked publishing for about 5 minutes.  Awesome start of sunday.

Then Norman Reedus .. after a lot of effort .. I finally got to see him.  I unrolled the poster infront of him and asked him if he could sign it.  He looks, looks again, points and said “Is that me!” I told him “Yes.  It’s a character in a book I wrote and published that I based on you.”  He said “No way!  Are you serious!”  a couple times.  then came around the table and down off the stage to give me a hug.  Then back on stage he kept saying “wow, this is so cool” and took a picture of it.  He happily accepted a book AND a deck of playing cards with my book cover on them.  He was just tickled beyond belief.  He is such a great guy.

So that was my weekend.. what did you do?

The poster of Mkai - signed by Norman Reedus.

The poster of Mkai – signed by Norman Reedus.

Me telling Norman Reedus about the poster and the character of my book I based on him

Me telling Norman Reedus about the poster and the character of my book I based on him

He just came back around after giving me a hug, digging for his phone and totally stoked about the whole thing.

He just came back around after giving me a hug, digging for his phone and totally stoked about the whole thing.

Norman Reedus taking a picture of the poster, stoked about having a character written for him

Norman Reedus taking a picture of the poster, stoked about having a character written for him

Signing the poster.  He kept the 2nd poster I brought just him as well as a book.  He was totally stoked.

Signing the poster. He kept the 2nd poster I brought just him as well as a book. He was totally stoked.

Wil Wheaton!  Signing as Fawkes from the guild.

Wil Wheaton! Signing as Fawkes from the guil

Finally!!

Finally the day arrived!  I sent my manuscript to my publisher.  After almost a year of editing it was ready to go.  It should take 2-4 weeks to go through their formatting process and then it’s off to the online retailers.  That should take another 2-4 weeks.  Which means… end of April should see my first book available online.  In hardcover, paperback and ebook formats.

To say I’m excited doesn’t even come close.

Here is the book cover – I am so very happy with it.

final cover

New year, new posts

It has been a while, sorry about that. Life, editing and life again has kept me busy and away from here. I plan on changing that for 2013.

So what’s new since my last post?

Well I’ve had some more concept art done – 3 pieces based on 3 main characters and the actor/actress that I envision playing them.

I’ve finished writing, and editing, book one (Thank you Annetta!!!). It will be sent to my publisher this month (within 2 weeks I hope) – and should be available by the end of March or middle of April. And I can’t begin to explain how excited and awed that makes me.

I can feel book two pushing to the front of my head so I will start on that soon.

Samples:

As'hame - Paul Betany

As’hame – Paul Betany

Ti'raon - Milla Jovovich

Ti’raon – Milla Jovovich

Ro'molr - Adam Baldwin

Ro’molr – Adam Baldwin

Concept art

I’ve had over 20 artists contact me interested in the project.  I’ve had a couple concept art pieces already sent in.  It’s quite exciting to see my characters come to life.

 

Editing

I am realizing that the editing process is much more difficult then I figured. Finding mistakes and errors in my writing is relatively easy as it turns out. But figuring out where and what to add to flesh the story out is much more difficult. Factoring that I have to literally double the size of the book completely… It’s a rather daunting task. One I’m up to of course, any that know me know that I do like to talk. But I just have to stop thinking about it too much!!

Tagline

Hell has a new ruler and she is pissed. Demons have come raging out of Hell to corrupt and steal the souls of Man. Their goal – an Army. The target – Heaven. An order of Angels, fled from Heaven because they would not fight, are all that stands against them. Their ancient Vow to protect Man against all Evil takes on a deeper meaning than they ever expected.

Editing

I’ve been going through blogs and articles in editing and I’m starting to plan out the steps for the whole editing process. It is rather daunting now that I’m starting to plan it out. I still want to reach my goal of finishing it by my 40th but it’s definitely going to be a task and a half.

Can’t decide whether I’m looking forward to it or not lol

Completed

I did it.  I completed the first draft of book one and I still can’t believe it?

 

It’s rather amazing I think, a small thing in a way but a huge thing in another.  I realize I have a lot of work left to do, I have to flesh it out, almost triple the size actually, and then proof reading and of course editing.  But it’s done, the entire model, the plot and flow of the first book is there… And I love it.

Getting so close

I am so stoked.  I finished chapter 12.  That leaves chapter 13 and 14 left.  And as I have the end of chapter 14 already written (As the tie in for the last chapter) and I know how and where it’s going… I can feel the end.

Well.. not really since after that I have the hours of editing, of proof-reading, and more editing and more editing and more editing.  I will have to approximately double the current size to get to a regular novel size.  And I know what you’re thinking, it’s not the size of the book, it’s how it’s written.  And yes that is very true, and I wouldn’t sacrifice the story for the sake of adding length to it, but a minimum length is a fact of life.  But, as any of you who know me can attest, one thing I do not have a problem with, is making a small or short story.. seem very very long… I’m part welsh and I like to talk .. it’s genetics I tell you!!

But all that aside.. did I mention I am ALMOST DONE!!  So totally floored by that fact.. me.. I have almost finished writing a book… editing needs aside, the story, from start to finish is almost done..  the rest is just filler, the over all flavor, if you will, is there.  And it tastes amazing!!