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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Blog Tour: "Fate War: Alliance" by E.M. Havens (Guest Post/Promo/Giveaway)

Welcome to our Virtual book tour stop of "Fate War: Alliance" by E.M. Havens brought to you by Reading Addiction Blog Tours.
My Writing Process 

I like to think of my writing process, like growing a plant…except for the fact that I can’t grow anything. I’m like a famous serial killer to plants. They fear me. But that is neither here nor there. Writing is like growing a plant.

A story starts as a seed. I get an idea, or a scene. and I tuck it away and go on with life. If that little seed grows and gets bigger as I day dream or go about my life, I give it a little attention. Once the story has developed in my mind...we might say sprouted, I start an outline.

An outline is a trellis of sorts to support the blossoming story. As ideas, scenes, and interesting facts come to me, I’ll add them to the outline to keep them straight. I have to remind myself that an outline is just a guide though. Once I start writing, a story can take on a life of its own.

If I feel I have a good beginning, middle, and end, plus I’ve filled in all the main characters and their growth, I will start writing, cultivating if you will. This is the intensive part. It took me three months to write the first draft of Fate War: Alliance, and I spent more time on it than I should have. The story just needed to get out!

After the first draft is written I go into rewrites…um, pruning. This is where I share the draft with critique partners. I rewrote Fate War: Alliance four times. This stage can be frustrating, but the results will yield good fruit.

HA! I did it. I made that analogy work. And you had your doubts.
Fate War: Alliance
by: E.M. Haven
Publishing Date: 2/25/13
Genre: Sci Fi Romance / Steampunk

Prince Cole meets Samantha when she walks down the aisle. Though she seems like the polished women he is familiar with, there is something different. She is complicated and full of mystery. Her dowry comes with a promise of air ships and mech capable of defense against their common enemy and for his country to survive, he must unravel her secrets. It is only when each accepts their destinies can they save their people from the plans of the Fate Sovereign.
Family Breakfast
“King Arnold, a pleasure.”

Samantha curtsied low, holding the layers of her blue, lace trimmed dress up from the floor. The handmaid had done a tremendous job of tightening her corset. Multi-colored stars popped before her eyes with the movement.

“None of that now. We’re family.” The King’s kind voice and hand guiding her back up put her at ease. He stood in the doorway of her and Cole’s bedchambers. Images of him in red coattails flashed into her mind, and she pushed them back. Today, he wore a grey morning coat, complete with a red striped waistcoat and ascot. The ruby eyes and toothy grin of a gold dragon head peaked at her from the crook of his arm where his cane rested.

He took her hand, kissing the gloved fingers, then wrapped them around his elbow to lead her to the balcony. “And how are you this morning daughter-in-law?”

“I’m well. Thank you for asking, King Arnold. And you?”

“Doing well, my dear.” He patted her hand as they reached the balcony where Cole stood, fidgeting with his tawny waistcoat. Under her fingers, Samantha felt the King tense. He and Cole nodded to each other, but no words were exchanged in salutation. Cole pulled out her chair, and both men helped her settle for their family breakfast. As the men took their seats, they continually eyed each other, like one expecting a tame tiger to turn man eater at any moment.

Thankfully, the servants began uncovering today’s dishes, and the men were distracted by bacon.
Blog | Facebook | Twitter - havensem 
Who is E.M. Havens? I’m a lot of things. The word that seems to define me most at the moment is mom. It can be all consuming. Not only am I a mom of three (one of them is a teenager…pity me), but I also home-school (pity me more). I share this awesome responsibility with the love of my life, best friend, and soul-mate husband. 
Add to that, the twenty-five chickens, twelve turkeys, ten guineas, nine pigs, three barn cats, two Great Pyrenees guardian dogs, a Chihuahua, a house cat, and a goose, it makes for one crazy, full, and certainly entertaining life. 
Somewhere in there I find the time to write. I started out young writing poems, then moved on to songs. I actually have a Bachelor in Music with a secondary in Science because I can’t stand English. Yes, the writer hates English. I like to read the story for the experience of reading the story, not to nitpick each letter and comma. But I digress. 
I eventually found blogging and really enjoyed sharing my life that way. When an unfortunate turn of events separated me from my music equipment, I decided to use my overactive imagination, my love of reading, and my new found hobby, prose writing, to release some of my creative energy. I wrote my first novel and loved the experience. Fate War: Alliance is actually the second novel I wrote and the first to be published. Now I’m working on my third and several sequels to Fate War! 
So that’s pretty much me, sitting in the Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma, reading, writing, collecting eggs from the coop, and being a schoolmarm. It’s a pretty great life.
The Author is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card and 3 eBooks. 
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Virtual Book Tour March 25 - April 25

March 25 - Reading Addiction Blog Tours - Meet and Greet
March 26 - Wintry Words - Guest Post/PROMO
March 27 - Enchanting Reads - Guest Post/PROMO
March 28 - Two Fantasy Floozies - Guest Post/PROMO
March 29 -  Logikal Blog - Guest Post/PROMO
March 30 - For The Love of Film and Novels - Guest Post/PROMO
March 31 - Paulette's Papers - Guest Post/PROMO
April 1 - Mallory Heart Book Reviews - Review
April 2 - Feed My Need for a Good Read - Interview/PROMO
April 3 - Book Lovin Mama's - Guest Post/PROMO
April 4 - The Book Faery Reviews - Guest Post/PROMO
April 5 - Waiting on Sunday to Drown - Review
April 8 - My Reading Addiction - Review
April 9 - Words I Write Crazy - Review
April 10 - Fictional Reality - Review
April 11 -  A Bibliophile's Thoughts - Review
April 12 Mythical Books - PROMO
April 15 - Author Ever Leigh - Review
April 16 -- Andi's Book Reviews- Interview/PROMO
April 17 - My Cozie Corner - Reviw
April 17 - Queen of All She Reads - Review
April 18 - Booked and Loaded - Guest Post/PROMO
April 19 - Shelf Space Needed - Review
April 20 -Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews - Interview/PROMO
April 22 - Gimme The Scoop Reviews - PROMO
April 23 - Wormy Hole - Review/Guest Post
April 24 -RABT Reviews - Review
April 25 - Frankie Blooding - Guest Post/PROMO


Anonymous said...

Explaining your writing process with your 'growing a plant' analogy was a great idea. I'm also a planner and will have a stack of notes and outlines and stuff before I dare to start Page 1. :)

Awesome excerpt, as well! That sounds like a great book!

Unknown said...

Thanks Tina!

I actually wrote my next book without an outline and I'm regretting it. Too much clean up work. Lol!

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