Worlds of Fire: Metamorphosis
by Deborah A. Bailey
GENRE: Romantic Fantasy
On the Floating World when two Alchemists fall in love it can be...complicated.
Asira is a member of a high-ranking family of Alchemists who exert control over the libraries that store magical texts. Jaydon, an unconventional but powerful teacher of transmutation at the university, is from a gargoyle shifter group known as the Gigun.
Asira finds Jaydon frustrating and too fascinating for her own good. But she desperately needs his help when she becomes the target of a classmate's dangerous use of forbidden magic. With Jaydon's assistance, the two of them uncover a conspiracy that threatens the well-ordered world of the Alchemists.
Struggling with his growing attraction to her, Jaydon is called on to use his knowledge of the magical Books of Fire to determine Asira's fate. And depending on what secrets the books reveal, he may be forced to make a life-altering decision that will either bind them together… or permanently force them apart.
Jaydon picked up his stylus and shoved it behind his ear. Continuing to study her, his brows furrowed as though he was having an internal conversation. Thinking things over with himself and not sharing his conclusions with her.
Sure, she was used to intense stares from the magisters. They used them as an intimidation tactic. It was part of their mystery to be imperious and detached, to only associate with others on their level or from a specific Order. You were either in the Court hierarchy or you weren't. Even the most advanced students didn't have that kind of clout, no matter what Aurum family they belonged to.
"Are you sure you don't want to see my papers on the topic?" Sitting there while he watched her was unnerving. Not that he was bad to look at, because he wasn't. His features were finely sculpted, and his wavy shoulder-length black hair framed his face so that his almond-shaped eyes and full lips were accentuated.
He shook his head in response to her question, his gaze still fixed on her.
A noise outside caught her attention. There was chirping coming from the open sliding glass door that led to the balcony. Another perk of magister mentors. Private offices and balconies overlooking the spice gardens.
A small yellow bird flew in and perched on a shelf above one of the desks. It chirped and then turned its head to study her. Another chirp, then a turn of the head to the left and to the right.
"What do you think?" he asked.
"No, I was asking her."
"You were what?" She looked at him, then at the bird again, then at him. "Does she talk?"
"What does she say?" She would go along with it for now. She'd be done and then hopefully get picked by a mentor who was more serious and less messy.
Topic: What advice would you give to new writers today?
Years ago, my cousin introduced me to a friend of hers who was a professional writer. When I asked him for advice he said, write every day. I already had been writing every day while I was in school, so this wasn't new information for me. Though I appreciated it, I wasn't sure how it would help me. What more should I do so that I could be better at my craft?
What I've learned is that yes, writing every day is important. But if you don't, for some reason or another, it doesn't mean you can't be a good writer. So, what do I recommend?
For one thing, you should read books. Read books (and short stories) in your preferred genre and books in other genres. Reading in other genres exposes you to different modes of storytelling. And when you write, you'll bring those other modes into your work.
Read books by other types of authors, whether that means reading different races, cultures, genders, etc. You'll get different perspectives and points of view, which are essential if you want to reach different readers. (And, those different perspectives will help you to grow as well.)
Take writing classes when you can – and I'm not only saying that because I present writing workshops! It's important to learn different techniques. For years I took classes – in person, online and at conferences. Those classes exposed me to different ways to tell a story.
When writers are starting out, they might not realize the difference between an original idea and an idea that has become a cliché (because it's been used and used and used for years). To be honest, there probably aren't any original ideas at this point. But there are different ways to tell a story. Different twists and turns that we can add to the familiar.
Get a writing mentor if you can. Or join a writing group. Or find a way to get your work critiqued. Be willing to take criticism (when it is constructive) and be willing to evolve. As you learn, you'll become a better writer and you'll learn to trust yourself.
And, if you want to be a professional writer, understand that being a professional writer is a business. Whether you want to be traditionally published or indie published, you'll have to find a balance between the business and creative sides.
Always be willing to learn. Never think that you know it all. You can't grow and evolve if you believe you have nothing to learn. Writing can be rewarding whether you do it professionally or as a hobby.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Deborah A Bailey's Romantic Fantasy, Science Fiction and Paranormal Romance novels include suspense, a bit of mystery and a lot of romantic heat.
Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers' Conference and have been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun and are included in, Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales.
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Thanks for featuring my book! If anyone has questions about the story, I'll check back to answer them!ReplyDelete
This sounds like an interesting read.ReplyDelete
That's great to hear. :) Hope you get to check it out!Delete
What time of day do you find it easier to write or why?ReplyDelete
My times for writing tend to change depending on how I feel. Sometimes I write during lunchtime and other times in the evenings. When ideas come I like to get them down as soon as possible. Thanks for your question!Delete
The book sounds fantastic. Love the cover!ReplyDelete