Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The 'Mark of the Chosen' writers playlist

Before I even sat down to write Mark of the Chosen I could see several scenes clearly and vividly.  I knew that The Unknowns would be a world filled with hierarchies and a myriad of ploys and schemes including jealousy, sabotage and lust.  I also had some idea as to how the different world aspects would impact the main character.  But in order to really flesh out the story, I needed the perfect soundtrack.  With this in mind I created a playlist to fuel my progress on this perilous tale.

These songs inspired several scenes of Mark of the Chosen.  I hope you enjoy the story and the soundtrack. 

Mark of the Chosen:
  1. Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
  2. Counting Stars – One Republic
  3. My Songs know what you did in the Dark - Fallout Boy
  4. E. T. – Katy Perry
  5. Royals - Lorde
  6. Titanium - David Guetta
  7. Lights – Ellie Goulding
  8. Roar – Katy Perry
  9. Wild Ones – Flo Rida
  10. Demons – Imagine dragons

  Originally posted 01/17/2014 on Book Lovers Life

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Mark of the Chosen - Excerpt


The conference goers were brimming with anticipation as they poured into the auditorium. It was an event that attracted all kinds. So Kao grabbed a program and dove into the sea of growing people. He smiled and shook hands like any other attendee waiting for the conference to officially begin.
Kao was still focused on finding his prey, as he made his way to the platform adorned with a podium and a row of tables and chairs beneath a large projector screen where his quest pulled him to the backstage area. There nervous assistants made last minute preparations and event organizers fluttered around with papers in hand against the ticking clock.
Speakers and “personal encounter experts” organized speaking points while gauging the rumbles of the growing crowd. All of which worked together to create the right balance of organized chaos Kao needed to gather intel.
“Dr. Freeman,” a woman’s voice called.
“Please, call me Allisa.”
The exchange drew Kao’s attention. He settled into the shadows of a small corner occupied only by a bookcase with his program as a prop to in his attempt to appear to be another nervous speaker preparing his lines.
“Allisa,” Sara corrected. “The session should be starting soon. Everyone is buzzing about you joining the panel discussion today.”
“Hopefully I won’t disappoint.” Allisa offered a smile before continuing. “I have so much I want to share.”
“I’m sure you’ll do fine. Just pay attention to the monitors near the stairs leading to the stage so you can hear your queue during the introduction,” Sara instructed.
Allisa nodded. Her shoulders relaxed, and her heart rate slowly calmed as her fleeting moment of composure escaped with Sara’s departure.
Kao watched Allisa mouth the words on her note cards.  Though he was a few feet away, her anxiety churned away, working as her undoing washed over him like a pure adrenalin shot. A small stream of stage fright rapidly developed into an overwhelming, fast-rushing waterfall of fear.
Kao fed on her distress, which strengthened him and increased his certainty of conquering her. This is gonna be too easy.
Allisa’s trembling hands almost jugged her note cards. Shutting her eyes, she took a series of deep breaths, and closed thoughts and emotions that were clearly working against her.
“I invited fear in, and I can command it to leave!” she uttered to compose herself.
It was a simple reminder that had never failed her, and in this instance, it caused Kao’s indulgence in her unrest to be short lived.
So focused on taming her unruly nerves, Allisa hadn’t even noticed the rumble of the sound monitors.
“…Dr. Frederick Weiss, Parapsychologist.” CLUNK- CLUNK-CLUNK.
She opened her eyes just as another panel member trudged up the stairs and onto the stage. Apparently, her personal pep talk had come just in time.
“…And last, but not least, please join me in welcoming Religious Studies expert, Demonologist, and author of ‘Calling on Your Inner Archangel’- Dr. Allisa Freeman, to today’s panel discussion.”
Allisa took one last calming breath before climbing the stairs towards the barrage of applause calling to her.
Kao emerged from the comfort of darkness that had rendered him invisible. Like any good hunter stalking his prey in its natural habitat, his eyes locked on Allisa even as she settled into her place. Although still not evenly matched, the margin of her weakness steadily declined.

The task, previously considered menial, now so much more. Was he being set up to succeed or to fail? Whatever the answer, he had clearly underestimated his opponent…all of them.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Learning to love thinking outside of the box!

So this weekend as I was forced to rest, I caught up on some homework and reading of a few blogs I follow.  It was great!

As I caught up on the tips and tricks of authors who have made it to where I’m trying to go, I was both excited and encouraged when I read “Sameness does not sell. Original work sells and builds fans and readers.” on www.deanwesleysmith.com.  It was so simple, yet very impacting.

That was just the ember I needed to get out of the “-but this has never been done…” slump that I have been stuck in.  In fact that coupled with some other tips from Dean that I yielded from is book Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Publishing, have really encouraged me to fight off the obstacles that have been holding up my writing progress.

It’s funny, when I first starting trying to get my work published, I was uncertain, and felt unequipped  to go it alone (traditionally or the indi route)  so I read, took classes, did workshops searched out mentors…the works.  But then I got to a point where I was discarding a lot of the information I was digging up and paying for; not because it wasn’t good information, but because it was good or right for me.  And guess what…the world didn’t collapse, my stories aren’t perfect (but what story is), and I’m beginning to love writing again.

So the best formula for me is just that…the best formula for me.  It is not a set in “stone process” that I MUST follow in order to be creative or get my vision out to people who may enjoy it.  And my process is not one that I hold as a standard and tell new writers they must follow if they really want to “make it".  In fact it is kind of an organized chaos that seemed to work, right up until the time I decided that it shouldn’t because someone else said it shouldn’t or wouldn’t work.

So in a semi- soapbox-hypocrite moment, my advice to every writer, dreamer or individual who is fighting the urge to think outside of the box is simple:

Regardless of what your "it" is, grant yourself the freedom to do it however you envision it! ~TWC

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Cover Update: "The Secret Lives of a Shoe Thief"

Check out the updated cover!


"If the eyes are the window to the soul, the shoes are where shattered souls find rest."