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Keeper of Fire now available!!   Leave a comment

keeper of fire

The sequel to BLADE OF LIGHTNING is now available on Amazon!

“I am a Blade. I was born in the deep desert of the Honshara, and raised by sunlight and moonlight. My feet walk the sands.”

Keira ken Tatake, Blade of Lightning, once left her home in the Honshara desert. Her family lost, her honor tainted, she had not even a name to call her own.

“I am the desert fox, fleet of foot and sharp of mind.”

Now her honor and her name are returned to her, and though her lost friends can never be replaced, a new family has claimed its place in her heart and soul.

“I am the stooping hawk, with eyes that see, and talons that kill.”

But the Fire has claimed its place as well, and the flames that once chased her out of the Honshara desert now force her back. For the Fire of Akashi and the Blade of Lightning are one, and the desert that gave life to the young Blade may well be the death of the Keeper of Fire.

“I walk the sands, and this night I ask to walk with thee.”

As Kei and Secchi escort Cato Dunai to his trial of the Way, more than one firestorm is ignited. Zhyiana ken Prien, one-time Blade of Death, fights demons that can’t be seen; a man once honorable fights the face of dishonor he sees in his own reflection; and Kei, Secchi and Galari are all that stand between Dunai and the whole of Akashi, with no hope of survival.


First draft is done!   Leave a comment

Well, to be quite honest, (and one should always be honest!) it’s the fourth and a half draft, of the second Keepers of the Way, KEEPER OF FIRE. It’s now going into the editing stage, so I may still be done before the end of the year, as I’d hoped. Though I’d hoped to be done long before this. Fingers crossed.

a dragon….   Leave a comment

A collection of short stories….
The answers to the questions everyone is asking: Should you skip dragon-killing class for a Star Trek convention? What really happened in the house of the three bears? What makes a wizard a wizard? Includes five short stories: A Dragon By Any Other Name, Where Do Wizards Come From?, The House at the End of the World, Goldi Freaking Who? and Please Press Star.

Posted February 28, 2012 by Fran LaPlaca in dragons, fantasy, publishing, short stories, wizards

Rich and Famous – yeah, not so much   Leave a comment

# of short stories written – 25

# of short stories published – 6
# of novels written – 3
# of novels published – 1
# of times each novel submitted to publishers and/or possible agents – too many
I don’t think the books suck. They are quite good, IMO. I was told by two or three (major) published authors that I know that were this 15 years ago, I would have been snapped up by a major publishing house ages ago.
But this is not then, this is now. With the internet, everybody and their granny can call themselves authors, and quite legitimately. Many of them are good, some are really good, and some are brilliant. None of them are published.
Published. By a major publishing house. Random House, Scholastic, Penguin, DAW. 
Since I write genre fiction, fantasy and science fiction, that narrows it down. DAW, Baen, Ace/Roc, Tor…those are the biggies. And they just don’t take new authors in general unless you have an agent. 
Agents. Ah. Agents won’t take you  unless you’ve been published. Can anyone explain this to me?
So I have decided to try the route no self-respecting author will go. Self-publish. 
I know what you’re thinking. “Yeah, your book sucks. That’s why no one wants it. You’re just no good. They will take new authors if they’re good enough, and you, loser, are just not good enough.”
Sez you. 
I don’t want to be famous. (well, yes, of course I do) And I don’t want to be rich. (ummm….that’s a lie as well) But what I want more is to be READ. I want people to read my books. I wrote them so that people could read them. No one can read them if they sit in a box in my closet, and in a file on my computer. So what the hell, I’m putting them out there. If that discredits me among the “real” authors, so be it. If that means a “real” publisher is guaranteed to never look at my name on a manuscript in their slush pile without immediately tossing it in the nearest trash bin, well, hey. That’s what they were doing anyway.
So. If you’re interested in the process, you can find lots of blogs and such about how to self-publish. I have chosen to go with Smashwords for now. Sadly, that means breaking out the damn Microsoft Word program, as I need to format the files in .doc and nothing else. Which I am about to do. 
Look for my books. Buy them. (They’ll be cheap!) Enjoy them. Love them. Like them? At least don’ t hate them.

Posted February 6, 2012 by Fran LaPlaca in books, publishing, self-publishing