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Time is on your side

August 22, 2017

This is apropos of absolutely nothing. But I learned something new today and it was so clever that I just had to share it.

I had a quartz battery replaced in one of my watches. As the jeweler returned it, he said, “To save battery life, power off the watch when you don’t need it. Just pull out the stem.”

He did that and sure enough, the watch stopped ticking. He pushed the stem back into the normal position and the watch started ticking again.

Of course, if you power off the watch, it won’t keep time. Once you power it back on you’ll have to reset the time.

Since I have about 15 watches and wear only one at a time, I will definitely start doing this. Once I get all the dead batteries replaced. Thanks, Steve’s Custom Jewelers, for the tip.

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Dragonblood Throne: Legacy

August 4, 2017

Inky, my pet dragonMy pet dragon, Inky, thinks this one sounds like an interesting read:

 

 

Dragonblood TrhoneDRAGONBLOOD THRONE: LEGACY

Orphaned as a young child and growing up alone in the forest, Delina lives a life of isolation; her only companion a saber-toothed panther. Her strange eyes frighten those she occasionally encounters, so she keeps to herself, until a young, wounded warrior ends up at her doorstep. As she nurses him back to health, she discovers she is more than just a young woman with unusual eyes, she is a dragonblood, destined to become the ruler of Almar.

Now hunted by the dark sorcerer who murdered her father, usurped his throne, and killed all her kin, she must find out how she can release the essence of the dragon inside her to defeat him. Everything depends upon her willingness to embrace her legacy and reclaim the Dragon Throne.

Excerpt from Dragonblood Throne: Legacy, by Tom Fallwell

Copyright © 2017 by Tom Fallwell – All Rights Reserved

Ignoring the two scribes fidgeting nervously behind him, Kargoth anxiously watched the cosmic tableau of the moons unfold in the darkened sky from his balcony. The rare, lunar eclipse was only moments away from its apex, the new moon phase of Tibel almost centered within the bright ring of Sianor behind it.

While he would never admit it, not even to himself, Kargoth was fearful as he waited to see if the prophecy was true, if there would be a sign indicating a dragonblood still lived in Almar. The words of that prophecy played continually in his mind as he waited with bated breath.

Ring of the heavens,

Ring shining bright.

Darkness the lesser

Than greater moon’s light.

When the ring glows bright

As the moons above turn,

Blood shows the sign

Of the dragons return.

A dragon reborn

From an innocent child.

The power will grow

As emotions run wild.

The dragon will rise

When all hope seems lost.

All evil will pay

The dragonblood’s cost.

The dragonblood comes,

The darkness will die.

The dragon wings spread

And the dragon will fly.

“Here it comes,” Kargoth said, never removing his gaze from the moons. “Now we’ll see if there is any truth to this prophecy.”

The scribes trembled, fearing their High Lord’s wrath, as Tibel firmly centered itself in front of Sianor. The light in the night lessened momentarily as Tibel covered much of Sianor’s full and bright splendor.

The slim circle of light around Tibel began to burn brightly, becoming a brilliant glowing ring in the night sky. For a moment, the scholars hoped that perhaps the prophecy was false, but a red glow began to fill the darkness of Tibel. It was as if some celestial being had poured a bowl of blood into the mold of the darkened Tibel, now glowing with a red, unearthly light. The eclipse became a white circle filled with a blood-red glow.

The prophecy was true! It was a sign of blood! Of dragonblood!

The scribes slowly backed away from the balcony in fear, anticipating the wrath of their lord. They could almost hear Kargoth’s rage brewing inside him as he suddenly turned on them, his steel eyes boring into their souls.

“It’s true! That beast, Jeraldin, had another child!” His anger turned on the two robed figures. “You should have known this sooner! You impotent cretins!”

He raised both hands in front of him, palms outward. The terrified scribes turned to run, but it was too late. A dark fiery energy streamed from both his hands, as jets of black, searing flame engulfed the two men. Their horrifying screams of agony echoed throughout the chamber and into the halls beyond as their bodies were consumed by the deadly power Kargoth had loosed upon them. Within seconds, only smoldering piles of ash remained on the floor.

Dropping his hands in frustration, a deep and tortured frown peeked from the shadows of his hood. Kargoth stormed toward the throne room door. “Guards! Guards! Get my generals! Now!”

Whoever this dragonblood was, Kargoth had to make sure they never lived long enough to be a threat to his power. He would scour the entire kingdom and find this dragonblood. He couldn’t allow one of their kind to live.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Early in life, Tom Fallwell discovered a love for fantasy and science-fiction, delighting in the wonderful escape into realms undreamed of. Weaned on the greats like J.R.R. Tolkien, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert E. Howard, Roger Zelazny, Robert A. Heinlein, and Michael Moorcock, just to name a few, Tom’s imagination was forever inspired by those marvelous tales.

One day, he discovered a simple book of rules called ‘Chainmail’, by Gary Gygax, and found a new love: the love of creating adventures and stories of his own. ‘Chainmail’ evolved into ‘Dungeons & Dragons’, and Tom played consistently with friends as both a player and a dungeon master (DM) for decades. Such activities helped him develop his ability to create worlds and stories for other players to enjoy.

Now retired from his long career as a software developer, Tom writes all the adventures and characters that constantly fill his mind and shares them with the world.

Website: http://tomfallwell.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTomFallwell

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Tom-Fallwell/e/B00IV2JSJI

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/11303749.Tom_Fallwell

Rangers of Laerean Series: https://www.facebook.com/RangersofLaerean

Dragonblood Throne Series: https://www.facebook.com/DragonbloodThrone

Where to buy

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073SYDP68

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/735008

 

 

Hot and getting hotter

July 3, 2017

I don’t know what the temperatures are like where you are. Here it’s hot and getting hotter. We’re in a weather system that will bring us dangerously high heat. Heat indices today are between 105 and 109. By dangerous, that means, don’t go outside unless you have to. We’re warned that

Residents with outdoor activities as well as and vacationers not accustomed to these high indices are urged to drink plenty of water, wear light weight and light colored clothing and take frequent breaks from the heat. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.”

Well, what to do? Stay inside with a tall cool drink and read a book.

Need another reason? How about a sale? Several of my titles are half-off. See?

Detour, A Big Rig Thriller

Get it? Half off? OK, anyway, You can get these books for $2:

Just click on the linked book titles to get these books at the bargain price. Now isn’t that cool? But, like this heat wave, this sale won’t last so grab up those books now.

Hot bargains

June 12, 2017

It’s officially hurricane season. The temperature and the humidity here have already risen and we’ve had some serious rainstorms. Meanwhile things are heating up on the book front.


June Free for All

Cozy mystery fans, from June 12 through June 16, you have  a great opportunity to snatch up a bunch of reads for FREE. Click here to see the selection.

One of the titles in this giveaway is my One Bad Apple. It’s a “techno-cozy” (I just made up that subgenre) with the intrigue set in the workplace. If you’ve ever worked in an office, you know how treacherous that can be!


Also in June, another Giveaway


My Murder by the Book is one of several great reads that you can get for FREE in the Indie Academy Giveaway, June 15 through June 30. You can see that you have a great variety of genres to choose from. Click here to see what other books you can get for FREE.

Reviewers gave Murder by the Book 4 and 5 stars and asked for another story with heroine Candy Wadsen. So guess what? #amwriting one. Dying to Get Hung is shaping up to be a longer work. With over a half-dozen suspects, the mystery keeps gets knottier. I hope that I can figure out whodunit. Here’s a peek at the cover.

Recently I had a lot of fun with this new work-in-progress on Facebook. I needed to provoke a car accident in a scene. I’m not much of a mechanic so I asked my Facebook friends to suggest scenarios. I got lots of great suggestions. I had no idea that my friends are so diabolical!


Thrills

Thriller fans, you won’t be left without a book bargain. Click here  to check out this promo. The thrills range from action to suspense to post-apocalyptic and psychological, but the stories all have one thing in common: a 99¢ price tag. That includes my Detour, on sale for this promotion June 12 and 13.


Feeling Lucky?

You can grab Before the Luck Runs Out, Book One in this series by TJ Muir, for 99¢. Book Two, Between Luck and Magic, is on its way.

BEFORE THE LUCK RUNS OUT

Caught with his hand on the So’har’s purse, a hungry beggar is sure his Luck has failed him. But Karrahk pays Jedda to work for him, making demands that test his hazy morality. Failure will mean death, unless Jedda’s Luck can save him.


Coming Soon

Later this month, I’ll clue you in about the relaunch of a mash-up series that combines the paranormal with intrigue and espionage in a historical setting.
In late July, I’ll be facilitating a Fantasy Writing workshop. The students will be teachers pursuing professional development during their summer vacation. Usually, summer programs for teachers are focused on their teaching practices, but the organizers want to focus on their writing practices. I was tapped to teach either of the genres in which I write (Fantasy and Mystery), and I picked Fantasy. Bring on the dragons!
Last, I’ve been invited to contribute to a Fantasy Sampler anthology slated for publication late Fall. I’m working on a “low fantasy.” That’s a Fantasy story in a contemporary setting.

Fantastic Shorts

May 10, 2017

It’s time to stock up on Fantastic Shorts. No, I’m not talking about a hot new style in summer wear. They’re Short Reads: stories that are not novel length. Just like your cut-offs, despite their abbreviated length, they cover the essentials: riveting plots, engaging characters, and vividly-imagined settings.

From May 10 through May 12, you can grab these mini reads at mini prices: FREE and 99¢, including my own, eagerly awaited Lady Blackwing, which one reviewer called a “fresh and fun” light fantasy that left her wanting more. It launches officially as one of the Fantastic Shorts.

Lady Blackwing
by Devorah Fox


Lady Blackwing, A Fantasy/Sci Fi Mini, Kindle edition

epub and other digital formats

Universal link

Launching: May 10, 2017 | ASIN B0724Z27VM: | 11 Pages | Price: 99¢

Mercedes is just trying to make her way through life: taking classes, working her shift as a barista, and writing short stories that she never seems to finish. After a minor accident, she finds herself imbued with startling powers. She projects future events and rewrites the past, with disastrous consequences. Her first attempts to use her strange talents incite a zombie attack and bring an Egyptian goddess to life. Stunned by awesome abilities that she can’t seem to control, Mercedes wonders if she’s been cursed. Can she be cured? And if she can’t, what then?


You may have a holiday weekend or vacation time coming up soon. This is your chance to fill up your reading device with bargain books to keep you entertained.

 

It’s a Free for All

May 8, 2017

May Free for AllIt’s the May Free for All. Find a new favorite cozy mystery author or download them all. They’re FREE.

Murder by the Book by Devorah FoxBe sure to grab Murder by the Book. Like all the other Free For All books, it’s free for a limited time, a way for us authors to thank our loyal readers. Plus, you’ll want to take this opportunity to get to know Candy Wadsen, because there’s a new adventure featuring this feisty amateur sleuth coming soon.

And enter to be in the draw to win a $25 Amazon gift card just for subscribing to our newsletters or following us on social media.

Not sure what a cozy mystery is? It’s a mystery story wherein the violence and sex are downplayed, or treated with humor. Cozies are usually set in a small, socially-intimate community. In Murder by the Book and my other cozy, One Bad Apple, the small, intimate community is the workplace, and you know how “cozy” that can get!

In her review of Murder by the Book, Laura of fuonlyknew.com stated that “I thought I had it figured out pretty early, but then I shifted to another suspect, and then another. The author kept me on my toes and the final reveal in this whodunit was a good one.” So give it read, for FREE. And don’t forget to enter that giveaway.

It’s #MysteryWeek

May 1, 2017

#MysteryWeekIt’s #MysteryWeek. Do tell, why do you like to read mysteries?

And, if you’re looking for a mystery to read, several of mine are available for a mere 99¢. Detour, A Big Rig Thriller by Devorah FoxMurder by the Book by Devorah FoxI invite you to try Detour, A Big Rig Thriller. Or, Murder by the Book, a Mystery Mini.