Free Ebook 11/06/16

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Yes it’s true. Realmscapes: a science fiction and fantasy anthology is free today 11/06/16 on kindle.

https://www.amazon.com/RealmScapes-Science-Fiction-Fantasy-Anthology/dp/1938499174/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1478452792&sr=1-1&keywords=realmscapes

Don’t have a Kindle device? Download the free Kindle app for ios, android or PC.

Just don’t like ebooks? The paperback edition is less than $8 plus you get free shipping if you order $25 worth of books. So you know buy four and give some as gifts to your book friends.

Whichever version you choose don’t forget to leave a review on Amazon. Feel free to rave about the awesome story on page 57 ;-D. Seriously, it’s pretty awesome. Okay you can rave about the awesome stories on all the other pages too.

NaNo Anouncment

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It is official. This year I am writing a novel for the month of November. I even registered, and have a Nano profile. If you Nano too, you can follow my progress at Nanowrimo.org.

I am writing under the user name dolphin18cb, naturally.

I have had this story brewing in my head for a few months now and I told my self I wouldn’t commit to it unless I have a solid ending, a decent villain, and a hero with realistic flaws. I think I have all of those so I took the leap and the rest is with God.

Right now it is untitled, but it will be a steampunk story.

The Hero: Jay Becket isn’t concerned with the underground resistance movement. He just wants to keep his younger brother Myles safe. He has absolutely no interest in claiming the throne that could have been his.

The Villain: His great uncle, Robert Nuklare is not so sure. Ever since he led the coup that deposed his niece, Robert Nuklare has not stopped looking for the missing boy that could bring it all crashing down around him.

I won’t tell you how it will end, because honestly it could change while I write the rest of it.

But here’s some back cover copy to get you interested.

The blurb:

Jay Becket longs to be an airship pilot. He would love nothing more than to soar above the mountain ranges that surround the kingdom of Victorica and leave it all behind. The only problem is, a royal can not leave the kingdom.
As the illegitimate son of the deposed Queen, Jay certainly doesn’t qualify as a prince. With his adopted brother, Myles, to watch out for Jay also has little interest in the resistance movement trying to reinstate the queen to her throne.

Rumors start circulating that the queen is close to winning and that she is looking for her lost son. Followed closely by rumors that his Great Uncle Robert Nuklare is close to wiping out the royal line for good. But the rumor that Jay is most interested in is the one about a cure for the genetic curse that keeps him trapped within the kingdom’s boarders.

Secrets have become the glue that hold the fragile government of Victorica together. When the truth gets out, it all starts unraveling.

So would you read it? Let me know in the comments and send some encouragement my way.

Realmscapes is out

Yes I know this post is almost a month over due. In fact this blog is very over due for any update whatsoever. So here it is my latest publishing brag:

My Realmscapes

I have one story inside. Raised in Captivity can be found on page 57.

It’s the story of Brad who was raised by Earth’s alien conqueror’s. When Brad’s eyes are open, he’ll have to choose, comfort or freedom.

You can purchase the anthology at Amazon.com: Here.

There are no reviews yet so if you purchase a copy can you please leave a short review.

And if my name alone isn’t enough to make you by this awesome spec-fic anthology here are a few of the other awesome authors featured within:

Kat Heckenbach Of Toch Island fame.

A.C. Williams author of the Morningstar Trilogy.

Grace Bridges author of Mariah’s Dream

The center piece is a novella by Rebecca Minor. It’s part of her Windrider Saga.

Those are just a few of the authors inside, I am running out of time to search and link author pages. For the full list please buy and review the anthology.

 

Have yourself a merry little guest blog.

Hello,

I know it’s been awhile.

You may be wondering where my usual Christmas post is about now. Well I did write one it’s just not here. I wrote a blog post for the Thinking Thoughts blog run by my friend Emilie Hendryx. You can read my post Christmas post here:

http://eahendryx.blogspot.com/2015/12/cathrine-bonham-spread-christmas-joy.html

In summery it’s about the Christmas spirit and how it’s not really a thing.

Anyway enjoy the post and please check out some of the other great posts that Emilie has featured throughout December.

Science . . . just is

I’m going to talk a little about my novel in progress. It’s about a teenage genius who is super into science. I am not a teenage genius. So I actually needed to look stuff up, which I am good at.

But now I stand on the edge of a divisive canyon. Should my science based book be religious?  I do not agree with evolution, this theory has no place in my philosophy or my novel. But does that mean that I have to have an overly creationist message? Am I going to write to my beliefs and sentence my YA novel to the uncertain audience of Christian publishing. If I just have my main character say he doesn’t agree with evolution, will that turn off secular publishers?

It finally dawned on me that it didn’t matter. I can talk about science without mentioning either Creation or Evolution. Because true science is about the way the world is.

The sun rises every morning due to the rotation of the Earth in it’s orbit around the sun. Plants use the rays of the sun to make food, through a process called photosynthesis. The water evaporates into gas and causes precipitation.

Atoms make up everything, regardless of where they came from. Water always has two Hydrogen atoms for every Oxygen atom. Humans breath in the oxygen atoms and the hemoglobin in our blood takes in the oxygen, it distributes the Oxygen and takes in waste atoms called Carbon dioxide. We release this waste when we exhale.

All of that science and not once did I mention Creation or Evolution.

Something has been lost in the eternal battle between Creation and Evolution.

The Science.

I watched the much publicized debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye. I was disappointed in how little science they used. It was a battle of religions not of facts. That is why there was no winner.

Science is facts. Not opinions.

Evolution is not a fact. It can not be proven through experiments or observation.

Creation, I hesitate to say, can also not be proven through experiments or observation.

Anyone who tells me that I have to add either one or the other is no longer talking science they are advocating religion.

To the Creationists, just because scientific facts back up Biblical accounts does not prove the existence of God to an unbeliever. Science can make people think. But people who want to believe God is a myth will always find an argument around it.

To the Evolutionists, nothing I say will make you change your mind because you are a very faith based religion.

But I will say this. If Creation is true then that means that God created this thing we call science. This wonderful, predictable, observable thing. It’s patterns and cycles and numbers. It’s real, it’s now, it’s provable. We haven’t even managed to understand it all yet. New discoveries are still being made. And my God thought it all up. He numbered the electrons on the atoms, he set the orbits in motion. He twisted the DNA into a helix and established the rate of decay. God is the ultimate world builder. The original genius. Yet he didn’t feel the need to spell it out for us. He left it for us to discover, through experimentation and observation. Why?

Because if we can accept the unbelievable wonder of the universe without bringing religion into it, then maybe we can accept that a deity made himself mortal, lived a human life, died, absorbed all of our wrongs, rose back to life, ascended beyond our dimension of existence and is coming again, without bringing science into it.

To the Realm of Makers and Back Again

I am back from another year of Realm Makers, the only place to go if you are a Christian, fantasy and science fiction writer.

But, before I tell you more I’m going to update you on my last post. The Escape anthology contest is over and I can now tell you which story was mine.

I wrote the one titled “Raised in Captivity.” It was number eight on the list. I did not win the readers choice award but thank you to anyone who voted for mine. “Raised in Captivity” will still be published in the anthology so it’s all good. The publishing industry is not for the impatient, however, as the anthology publication date is almost a year from now.

The conference was last weekend, August 7 & 8, 2015, in St. Louis, Mo on the UMSL (University of Missouri at St. Louis) campus. This is the same place it was held in 2013.

The Keynote speaker was Robert Liparulo author of the Dreamhouse Kings series. He gave inspired talks. The first one was about the need to, stop worrying about what others think, and to stop doubting that you’re good enough. The second one was the opposite, GO was the message. Go start writing, go do what you need to do.

I did not have time for any sightseeing this year because the conference tried something new, an extra workshop on Thursday afternoon. The Irresistible Novel: by Jeff Gerke. In this class he talked about the brain chemistry of the reader and literally how to make your writing addictive. All this to plug his new book, of the same title; which naturally, sold out. I loved it, Jeff Gerke is an engaging speaker, and he writes exactly how he talks. Every author should have a collection of his books.

Beyond that though, this Early Bird class really helped to extend the Conference experience. It felt like three days instead of two and a half.

This year continued the tradition of the Splickety critique pre-party. During which I was mortified when my submission was read aloud. Some of the feedback was helpful, but 500 words isn’t really enough to get a good critque.

Another new feature this year was the addition of a third track of classes. Though I like having options I will always miss that first year with only one track, everyone went to the same classes and you didn’t have to worry about missing anything. This year featured three main tracks: World building, Editing, and Marketing. In addition to the main tracks there were also electives that also ran in groups of three and ranged in topics from book cover design to dealing with magic in Christian fantasy.

I feel like Editing is where I am in my writing Journey so I chose this course. David Farland was an entertaining speaker, who was very informed on his topic. He even threw in a lecture on what to do when your book is optioned for a movie. However, his anecdotal teaching style made it hard for me to take notes. This is a course where I think I will benefit from purchasing recordings. (Yes recordings are new this year too.) Also I missed a lot of his talk because I was busy attending mentoring appointments.

The highlight, for me at least, was meeting Donita K Paul the author of The Dragonkeeper Chronicles. I love her books so much, that I spent most of my one on one meeting with her, being star struck. I understand that the mentors set aside time in their schedules to talk to me about my writing, but it’s hard for me to talk about my writing, even with people I’m close to. Put me in front of someone I admire and whose own work has been a big part of my life, I freeze up.

One option I am glad I took advantage of was the opportunity to have a mentor critique the opening of my novel. It was an extra fee but worth every penny to be able to sit down with someone who already had feedback for me. I selected L.B. Graham for my mentor, and I would recommend him to anyone looking to do this next year. He is easy to talk with and his critiques were all very constructive, not to mention, absolutely right.

Every year there is a costume/ awards diner on Friday night. This year I dressed up as a Hogwarts student. I had to stand up front when they announced the winners of the anthology contest. You can imagine how uncomfortable I felt.

Saturday night there was a game room in addition to a Nerf war. I chose the game room. It’s easier to talk over games anyway. This was also the night I went around trying to get the rest of my books signed.

My Realm Makers tradition is to always buy more books than I can afford but never as many as I actually want. Sometimes I just have to say maybe next year to a certain book, or author. But yeah, if the Author is there, why not get it signed? In previous years actual book signings had been held. But this year was a giant game of stalk the author.

Thoughts on the conference experience:

After three years you’d think this would be easy for me, but I am very introverted, and I get crowd anxiety. So the first year was great for me, it was small and easy to navigate. The second year was also good, more people but still manageable. This year, attendance exploded. I am happy for the conference but I felt overwhelmed most of the time. Thank you to everyone who was ok with standing in out of the way corners with me.

I always feel torn, I enjoy the experience and I learn a lot, but honestly I feel better after I get home and start reading all the books I bought. I also like the after conference motivation. I have all this feedback to work with, and ideas to try. The hard part is keeping that drive going. I started my novel after the first conference. I finished the first draft after the second one. ( They were less than a year apart, so it’s not as bad as you might think.) After this one I am going to try for a presentable second maybe third draft before next year. My goal is a book to sell at conference five. Ok, maybe conference six.

Finalist in Ream Makers Short story Contest.

Hello,

I am letting everyone know that I’m a finalist in this Short Story contest.

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Me and Thirteen others will have our stories published in an anthology published by Brimstone Fiction.

Each story has the theme of Escape.

But there’s more, one lucky author will win the readers choice award. That’s where you come in.

Please go to  https://realmmakers.wordpress.com  and read the thirteen story excerpts. They are not very long, just the first 10% of each story. Then vote for the one that you like, or the one that you most want to read the rest of.

Sadly, I can not tell you which story is mine. This way you have to read them all and actually vote based on the merit of the writing and not who has the biggest social network following.

I’ll find out the winner at this years Realm Makers conference (August 7-8 in St. Louis, Mo.).

I want to thank you in advance for taking the time to read and vote, even if the one you pick isn’t mine.

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