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Weekend Writing Warriors 2/8/15 #8sunday

horseSo far this year I’ve been posting from the first book in a series of retold fairy tales. The first story is Beauty and the Beast.

Brandulfr, the leader of an army, has just come into MC Nyah’s village. Last week he told the villagers nothing bad would happen if they cooperate.

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“And if we refuse?” Wynne called out. I cringed; did he not know the threat these men posed?

Brandulfr’s smile no longer reached his eyes. “Perhaps then I should give you an incentive.” He scanned the crowd, then charged.

Villagers scattered amidst screams. I grabbed tightly at the hand of Payton, my younger sister. Not tightly enough, however, as the warrior swooped in, hauled her across his saddle, and galloped away.

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And the winners are…

I just finished up a big contest to celebrate launch week, giving away two signed print copies and 3 ebook copies of my novel, The Lone Wolf. The results are in:

Print winners: Naomi and Sarah

Ebook winners: Heather, Heidi, and Becky

Congrats to the winners! And thanks so much to everyone who participated – now that you’re connected to my updates somehow, you’ll have a competitive edge the next time a contest roles around. 🙂

If you’d like to get even more insight and prizes, consider joining the Evolved Publishing Street Team. In return for spreading the word about EP, you get sneak peaks on upcoming novels, special giveaways, and the ear of your favorite writers. Win-win all around!

The Lone Wolf launch!

Yesterday was the official launch day of my women’s fiction novel, The Lone Wolf.

After her husband’s infidelities are revealed, Kasey Sanford just wants to rediscover who she is. After an abusive childhood and years as a career soldier, Andrew Adams just wants someone to tell him that he’s doing the right thing with his life. When their paths cross, Kasey and Andrew embark on a tumultuous journey that demonstrates just what they’re willing to do to save the ones they love.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who’s helped me along the way; I definitely couldn’t have gotten this far by myself.

The book is available, in print or as an ebook, through AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

Or win a copy by entering my giveaway! And thanks again for all your support!

Weekend Writing Warriors 12/1/13 & Giveaways! #WeWriWa

My women’s fiction novel, The Lone Wolf, launches tomorrow!

After her husband’s infidelities are revealed, Kasey Sanford just wants to rediscover who she is. After an abusive childhood and years as a career soldier, Andrew Adams just wants someone to tell him that he’s doing the right thing with his life. When their paths cross, Kasey and Andrew embark on a tumultuous journey that demonstrates just what they’re willing to do to save the ones they love.

Andrew tends to blame himself for all the bad stuff that’s happened to those around him – his stepdad abusing his mom, relationships with women gone wrong, fellow soldiers dying in combat, and now not able to help Kasey with her marital problems. In this scene, his PTSD is flaring up pretty badly, and Kasey is trying to console him.

“Let me help you.”

 

“You’re fighting your own battles,” he said, looking through me as if he’d had this conversation a hundred times already with a hundred other women. Maybe he had. “And you and I are so different, I don’t know how you could help me. You don’t know what this is like.”

 

“No, but I still want to help you if I can.”

 

“I don’t want to hurt you, but I’m going to, Kasey. I’m going to hurt you bad, and I don’t know how I’ll live with that.

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And make sure to enter my giveaway for a free copy of The Lone Wolf!

 

Weekend Writing Warriors 11/24/13 & Giveaways! #WeWriWa

Just one week until my novel launches!

After her husband’s infidelities are revealed, Kasey Sanford just wants to rediscover who she is. After an abusive childhood and years as a career soldier, Andrew Adams just wants someone to tell him that he’s doing the right thing with his life. When their paths cross, Kasey and Andrew embark on a tumultuous journey that demonstrates just what they’re willing to do to save the ones they love.

Kasey and Andrew have been finding excuses to get to know each other at a local bookstore and coffeeshop. Last week, Andrew playfully put Kasey in time-out during a heated discussion. This picks up where we left off.

“Think you can behave yourself now?” His face revealed no hint he’d done anything out of the ordinary.

“I think so,” I said, equally earnest.

“Good, because next time you misbehave you’re getting a spanking.” Still the straight face as he went back to his magazine.

My eyebrows shot up, and a shiver of warmth permeated my body as I said, “Excuse me?”

“You heard me.

“Guess I’d better be good then.”

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And make sure to enter the two giveaways I’m currently running!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Lone Wolf by E.D. Martin

The Lone Wolf

by E.D. Martin

Giveaway ends December 01, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Six Sentence Sunday 11/4 #sixsunday

This week’s six are from a story I started writing for an anthology about a machine that tells people how they’ll die.  I of course missed the deadline, because I’m horrible with deadlines, but maybe I’ll finish this in case they decide to make a third anthology.

Adam finds out that his girlfriend has had her death told.

Two weeks later, he came home to find her packing. A slip of paper lay on the table: “Boredom.”

“I love you, Adam, but the machine is right,” she told him.  “If I stay here, with you, I’ll die of boredom. I need to see the world, find someone who’ll let me have some fun. I’m sorry.”

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Stories based on songs

Ever since a Scribophile writing contest a year or two ago, which asked us to write a story based on the song “The Riddle” by Nik Kershaw, I’ve developed a bit of a crush on the guy and his music.  I’m not sure why, exactly – everything I’d heard by him was early 80’s pop, which isn’t the most remarkable music.  And let’s not even mention his hair.

As I listened to more of his songs – really listened, paying attention not just to the sound but the lyrics and themes – I decided it would be fun to write a story based on each one of them.  Maybe stick them in their own collection someday.

I mentioned it in my writing group, and the other day I received an email about the project:

I was wondering if you would be able to give me some answers re writing stories based on songs.

You said in a thread not too long that you’re currently attempting to write a story for every song Nik Kershaw has ever released. (That’s so cool, btw). That’s something I’ve been intrigued by (with?) for quite some time and I’ve also attempted something similar for NaNo 2010. So, the questions:

  1. What about those songs that don’t tell a story you can use or don’t inspire one? Do you just keep listening to the song until you think of something?
  2. Do you listen to the song while writing the story? 
  3. In your opinion, how much does the song has to affect the story? For example, a story having just the same theme/atmosphere as a song… would that qualify? 

Rather than just email him back, I thought I’d share my answers here.

  1. I planned to listen to each song multiple times, write a story, and then move onto the next song.  I started with his first album, The Riddle.  I listened to “Don Quixote,” and I wrote a story.  Then I moved onto the next song, “Know How.”  I had an idea for a story, and characters, but not enough of a plot.  So I stopped listening to that album.  Then the car adapter for my iPod died and all I had to listen to was the same songs on the radio, or the same songs on his 15 Minutes album.  A couple songs gave me ideas right away, and others after listening several times.  Some I’m still not sure about.
     
    As this is a project that’ll probably take forever to finish, and there are over 100 songs to listen to, I think it’s better to just write as inspiration hits, since forcing myself to write results in crap.
  2. I have a hard time writing when I don’t have complete silence, which is why I tend to do most of my writing late at night when no one’s awake.  I’ll listen to the song several times before I start writing, as well as look at the lyrics.  And it might take me several times of listening before I get a story idea.
  3. The first story I wrote, “Wise Men Fold,” was based on a song that Kershaw admits makes no sense.  So for that one, I just pulled out a few pieces.  For “Don Quixote,” the second one, I tried to stick with the theme of the song – a guy who considers himself a hero but is actually pathetic.  And I threw in details from the song.  For another I’m currently writing, “Billy,” about a guy who’s been emasculated by his wife, the story is what happens after his drinking buddies convince him he’s whipped.  Another, “God Bless,” pulls out just one line – “Praise be this coffee machine” – to become a satirical prayer to the almighty coffee god. 

    I think with over 100 songs, there’s a lot of room to change things up.  And, of course, the fact that no one I know has ever heard of Nik Kershaw, let alone his songs other than maybe “Wouldn’t It Be Good.”

Have you ever written stories based on songs?  Any tips you’d like to share?

Guerrilla acts of kindness contest

I’m sure most people are familiar with the concept of random acts of kindness – you unexpectedly do something nice for someone, like help a little old lady cross a street, or hold the door open for someone (which good manners dictates you should be doing anyways), or give a ride to that kid you always see waiting for the bus in the morning.

Related to that is paying it forward – you pay for the coffee of the person behind you, who pays for the coffee of the person behind him, who pays for the coffee for the person behind her, etc.  Or you give a kid $20 to spend on any charity he wants, and he spends it on stamps for letters asking for donations to a homeless shelter and ends up collecting $1300 worth of stuff.  And then you make a movie about the whole concept starring Kevin Spacey and that kid who sees dead people.

Well, I’m introducing a new concept – guerrilla acts of kindness.  This is where you do something nice for someone, without them knowing about it, and you feel really good in part because you know you did it to help someone and not for the recognition.  This happened at Christmas this year at K-Marts all across the country, when anonymous strangers paid off people’s layaways so their kids could get Christmas presents.

To raise awareness of guerrilla acts of kindness, I’m going to have a little contest here on my blog.  The grand prize will be a critique of a work of your choice (either short story or novel chapter), up to about 3000 words.  Or someone else’s work, if you want to continue the guerrilla acts of kindness.  🙂

Here’s how it works:

  1. Leave a comment on this post about the best guerrilla act of kindness you or a “friend” has performed, or that’s been done for you, along with your email or other way to contact you.  Or email me at edmartin(dot)writer(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll post it for you.  Entries are due next Sunday at midnight CST.
  2. Next Monday, January 16th, I’ll read through them all.  The one I find the most inspiring will win the crit.  And who knows, if there are several awesome ones, there might be several winners (hey, it’s my contest and I can give out as many prizes as I want).
  3. Please be honest.  Obviously there’s no way I can verify if the stories are true, and I know that as writers we like to exaggerate details some time.  If you want to tell me about something big, please go do it first.  This isn’t just about winning a crit; it’s about making the world a better, cheesier place (and yes, I realize having a contest rewarding anonymous acts kinda takes away the anonymity part, but again, it’s my contest 🙂 ).

So, that’s it!  Good luck to everyone!

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