About my upcoming book Fire and Water and new cover

After a dozen+ revisions, I think I finally completed the final cover to Fire and Water. The photo is Aedre, princess of the Water Kingdom, which is controlled by water elementals called Undines. Like the photo, she’s blue with greenish hair and green eyes.

The red in the background represents two things. Fire, hence the title of the story. Her lover is  Keegan, a merchant from the Fire Kingdom, which is controlled by fire elementals called Salamanders. You can smell trouble already, with opposite elementals falling in love, don’t you? That brings us to the second thing the red represents, which is the destruction of Aedre’s kingdom at the hands of the Salamanders — in part due to the taboo love affair even if the root cause is paranoia, racism, espionage, etc between the two races of elementals.  

To give you a better idea of what they story’s about, here’s the book description that I’ve worked up so far:

 

Keagan is bethrothed to Ashbel for an arranged marriage of convenience. Aedre, the princess of the Water Kingdom, is at constant odds with her mother over the policy of continual war the nation of her taboo lover. The love between the opposite elementals is such taboo that they both risk execution for it. Indeed, physical love is fatal and the slightest caress is a heady combination of pleasure and pain- not that the risk isn’t worth illicit liaisons.

Imprisoned and sentenced to death on false charges by the Water Queen, Keagan believes he must prevent the mutual destruction of his and Aedre’s worlds as genocidal war looms. But the choice is not so simple. As the worlds race headlong toward destruction, can Keagan to prevent war and ultimately genocide, while remaining true to Aedre. Will Keagan and Aedre’s hateful and bigoted worlds force the lovers to abandon them to their fate?

 So, without further ado, here’s the cover. Notice it’s slightly different from the one I posted on Twiiter a little while ago. I made the title font a little prettier.

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Fire and Water

Fire and Water

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June 9, 2012 · 12:03 am

Possible book description for Fire and Water

I spent last night coming with a book description for Fire and Water. This is what I came up with so far.

Keagan is bethrothed to Ashbel for an arranged marriage of convenience. Aedre, the princess of the Water Kingdom, is at constant odds with her mother over the policy of continual war the nation of her taboo lover. The love between the opposite elementals is such taboo that they both risk execution for it. Indeed, physical love is fatal and the slightest caress is a heady combination of pleasure and pain- not that the risk isn’t worth illicit liaisons.

Imprisoned and sentenced to death on false charges by the Water Queen, Keagan believes he must prevent the mutual destruction of his and Aedre’s worlds as genocidal war looms. But the choice is not so simple. As the worlds race headlong toward destruction, can Keagan to prevent war and ultimately genocide, while remaining true to Aedre. Will Keagan and Aedre’s hateful and bigoted worlds force the lovers to abandon them to their fate?

Naturally, I came up with revisions even while blogging this. I tried to keep it under 150 words, and barely succeeded, at 147 words. Of course, I also tried to avoid giving away too much of the plot. So what do you think?

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One woman’s escape from human trafficking – Tuesday, April 3, 2012 2:01 a.m. – Las Vegas Sun

This is a truly inspiring story that appeared in the Las Vegas Sun, one of  our local dailies.

Lauren came under the sway of a charming man, who she thought loved her. She was very wrong. The sad fact is that he trafficked her as a prostitute and a sex slave. As Lauren puts it, he used her like “a human ATM machine.”

 She was abused by him and arrested many times. Simply put, there seemed to but one destination for Lauren: the grave.

With the help of her youth advocate, she escaped that life. He took her to the library to study and she was able to get her GED from the College of Southern Nevada.

People tend to think of human trafficking as a third world problem, something that happens in Cambodia. But it happens right here in the US. As the article points out, the problem is even worse in the city that prides itself on glitz and glamour. Sin City, indeed.

 

The full story can be found here:

One womans escape from human trafficking – Tuesday, April 3, 2012 2:01 a.m. – Las Vegas Sun.

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I Was Eyewitness to a Bust

I intended tonight’s posts be just a nice little account about tonight’s writer’s group meeting. I really did. I even planned to joke about how proud I was to have managed to avoid ordering dinner twice (scroll down a few posts for that.) Fate had other plans for me.

 

A few minutes before 11 pm, I heard helicopter noises. This wasn’t so unusual, since I live close to the airport and the Strip (there’s place where tourists can pay stupidly large amounts of money for helicopter rides.) So that was just a minor annoyance, at first. It soon became apparent that the helicopter was circling the neighborhood. I let this go on for a little while until curiosity got the better of me.

 

I stepped outside to find a police car blocking one end of the street.  Now what?  After turning to my left, I spotted two cop cars parked in front of the neighboring apartment complex with their lights flashing and additional police K9 Units in SUVs were pulling in. So, using my amazing writer’s judgment,  I walked toward the commotion for a better look. It turned out that there were more police cars cars than I initially thought, for a total of four, plus the SUVs. What is happening here? Oh my God! In retrospect, I supposed I should have been afraid that bullets would start flying, but I wasn’t. Instead, I had to find out more, but my view was limited from this angle.

 

Not wanting to make to obvious to police that I was watching the whole thing, I walked around the block to see what was happening from from every direction. I stopped at the 7-Eleven for Slurpee for two reasons. The first reason was that I was hot and thirsty. At 11 something at night, the temp had to still be in the 80’s and secondly, as I pointed out in my real time tweets of the incident; I didn’t want it to be too obvious to the police that I was snooping.  While I was at the 7-Eleven, I was able to confirm my suspicion that it was a drug bust – although the source might not have been reliable. This was no surprise, since this area is overflowing with meth and crack; two of the worst things one can do to one’s body to “feel good.” This is a digression, but I’d feel remiss if I didn’t say that if anyone does have those habits, go get help – NOW.

 

Back to the report. For the other side of the excitement, I  could see that there were actually four K9 SUVs instead of two, in addition, a paramedic truck was pulling in. What happened? Did somebody get shot? No, because there were no gunshots. Maybe arrestee OD’ed? What the hell? A few minutes later, the ambulance arrived. This was not looking good; if it had been an OD and the person was still alive, the lights and siren would have been blaring. If a cop had been shot or stabbed, or injured in some other way, I sure the hell expected lights and sirens. I did see what was very inappropriate for a bad situation, four or five cops standing and laughing. This ruled out a cop having to be taken to the hospital or worse.

I casually walked by the cops, attention deflecting Slurpee in hand.  It was a little amusing to watch cars pull up, only to find their way blocked by the police vehicles. Seriously? You didn’t see all the flashing lights from a mile away?

 

From my porch, I didn’t see anyone arrested or taken to the hospital, but it’s still possible that police SUV’s blocked by view. Little by little, the emergency vehicles began to leave, starting with the paramedics. The ambulance left last, still in normal driving mode.

 

Sorry that it didn’t have a dramatic ending, assuming everyone survived the incident. But I wasn’t going to embellish what happened, just report it straight.

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Does it run the family?

Last night I was eating Easter Dinner with my family when my little 10 year old nephew Michael announced that he wanted to be writer.  This was a little of a surprise, but not completely because he greatly enjoys the Captain Underpants series of children’s books. All writers start off as readers, and hopefully continue reading after they make that career choice. Needless to say, this is very exciting development.

Michael’s announcement got me wondering if the writing bug runs in the family? It seems very possible. Sidney Sheldon’s daughter ,Mary, became a novelist.  A better known example would be Christopher Rice, the son of Anne Rice. Christopher’s aunt,  Alice Borchardt, is a noted writer of historical fiction, fantasy and horror.

 

I know this list isn’t very extensive, and I’m sure is far from being all inclusive, however researching the children of all notable authors all night is sure to make me feel like somebody is drilling a hole through my skull and I’d  be crossed-eyed before task is completed. (I can’t be accused of being anything but honest here…) It does, however, begin to show that the writing blessing/curse may well run in families. Alice Borchardt said that a library card at the age of seven was the best gift she ever received. Perhaps a library card was the best gift will prove to be the best gift Michael received. Time will tell.

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The Ten Most Revealing Psych Experiments

These experiments provide some rather disturbing insights into human nature and include a real-life Lord of the Flies.

via The Ten Most Revealing Psych Experiments.

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