Guest blog post: Patricia Josephine talks about the archangel Michael and her new release

Today I’m turning the blog reins over to author Patricia Josephine to discuss her new release, “Michael,” Path of Angels book one. She shares some info about the book and some interesting facts about Michael’s name.

perf6.000x9.000.inddBlurb:

There is only one path.

Born mortal along with his three brothers, Michael is an Archangel with a specific role: hunt fallen angels and send them back to Hell. He is determined in his mission, never straying from his appointed path, until he meets Lake Divine, and discovers there may be more to his beliefs than blind duty.

But Lake is not who he seems. Offspring of a human and a fallen angel, a Nephilim, Lake must choose his own destiny: give in to the coldness and embrace the dark, or seek the light and rise above the sins of his father.

Two paths lay before them, but only one has the potential to destroy them both.

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UGKD2AO

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24836590-michael

About the Author:

PatriciaLynneAuthorPicPatricia Josephine never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was all about art. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it and she hasn’t regretted a moment. She writes young adult under the name Patricia Lynne.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow, and an obsession with Doctor Who.

Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/plynne_writes

Website: http://www.patricialynne.com

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108938106639683446081/posts/p/pub

Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/user/patricialynne07

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13460894.Patricia_Josephine

What’s in a name?

A character’s name can be important. It’s not always random. Sometimes there has to be a meaning behind it. While Michael is the common name to pick when writing about archangels, there is a reason behind it.

Michael

Angel of Miracles

Michael is an archangel who strengthens the spirit during difficult times or dangerous situations. His name means “he who is like God” and he is the chief over the dominion order of virtues, angel of repentance, righteousness, ruler of the fourth heaven and conquerer of Satan. It is commonly believed that Michael was the angel that Moses communicated with in the burning bush and that he also saved Daniel from the lion’s den. He inspires truth, patience and love in the human heart. In Roman Catholic tradition, Michael is considered to be the patron angel of policemen, guiding and guarding them as they protect us. He is also thought to be the one who gently leads our souls to heaven. (source: http://whisperingworlds.com/angel/angelnames_m.php)

In Path of Angels Michael is the leader of his brothers and the one who took Lucifer to Hell after the rebellion.

ROW80 Round 1 Wrap-Up

It’s hard to believe that the first round of A Round of Words in 80 Days is over and that March has almost flown by. But here we are in late March. Green is returning to the landscape, birds are singing, and all of the snow has melted—at least here in Virginia.

Overall I’m pleased with my progress in Round 1. I didn’t write every day Monday-Friday, but on the days I wrote I usually hit my target word count of 1,500 words, so I’m pleased with that. I also changed how I track word count midway through January so that I can keep track more accurately when revising.

ROW80LogocopyHere’s what I accomplished in Round 1:

1.) Wrote the second draft of a novella, “Stolen by Magic.”

2.) Wrote the first draft of a novelette, “Be True.”

3.) Started the first draft of a novel, “The Phoenix Feather.”

4.) Read three books on the craft/business of writing: “Beginnings, Middles, and Ends” by Nancy Kress, “How to Market a Book” by Joanna Penn, and “Let’s Get Digital” by David Gaughran. I’m also taking a workshop in writing new-adult fiction that ends later this month.

What about you? How are your goals, writing or otherwise, coming along? Are you participating in A Round of Words in 80 Days? If so, how did the first round go?

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Sunday Summary

I took the beginning of last week off to do some traveling and visiting with family, which means I didn’t blog at all last week. I only wrote two days, so my numbers weren’t huge, but I’m consistently writing 1,500 words a day when I write, which seems like a good pace to me.

I attended the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday and had a great time listening to writers talk about the craft. Authors talked about writing strong heroines in paranormal romance and urban fantasy and gave advice on writing happily ever afters in modern romance. The weather was beautiful and the speakers were wonderful. It was a great way to spend a Saturday.

Lastly, a Sunday ROW80 check-in…

Writing goals

1.) Make measurable progress on one of my WIPs. Wrote 3,141 words in “Be True.”

2.) Read three books on the craft/business of writing. 3/3.

3.) Do morning pages in journal Monday-Friday. Met for two of five days.

Social media goals

1.) Check in on Twitter or Facebook daily. Met for Thursday and Friday.

2.) Blog twice a week. Not met. One of two.

3.) Comment on three-five blog posts daily, Monday-Thursday. Goal not met.

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WIPpet Wednesday: Prince Neal

It’s time for another installment of WIPpet Wednesday, the blog hop that gives writers a chance to share excerpts from their works in progress. The only stipulation is that the post must somehow relate to the date. Click here to cheer on fellow WIPpeteers.

I’m keeping it short this week. Here’s today’s math: 1+1=2. Here are two paragraphs from “Be True.” Prince Neal has found himself torn out of his world and pulled into ours thanks to a spell with unexpected consequences.

It was cold. That was Neal’s first thought as he woke up. Snow flakes drifted gently down, covering his chain-mail and the sleeves of his black tunic.

He was sitting on a bench in a grassy area surrounded by black roads and strange-looking buildings with large windows.

Midweek ROW80 check-in

Writing goals

1.) Make measurable progress on one of my WIPs. Wrote 2,873 words in “Be True.”

2.) Read four books on the craft/business of writing. 3/4. No progress. I’m thinking of revising this down to three books instead of four to give myself more time to focus on the new-adult workshop I’m taking this month.

3.) Do morning pages in journal Monday-Friday. On track to meet this goal.

Social media goals

1.) Check in on Twitter or Facebook daily. Met for Wednesday, not for Monday or Tuesday.

2.) Blog twice a week. On track to meet this goal.

3.) Comment on three-five blog posts daily, Monday-Thursday. Goal not met.

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WIPpet Wednesday: “No harm ever came from reading a book.”

One of my favorite movie lines is “No harm ever came from reading a book,” from the movie “The Mummy.” Of course, as anyone who’s seen the movie knows, a great deal of bad can come from reading a book, as the characters soon learn. Today’s WIPpet is in the same spirit: an old book, a curious mind, and impending chaos.

Here’s an excerpt from my WIP “Be True.” Abbey Travers is cleaning out her great aunt’s attic when she finds a book of love spells. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, she toys with the idea of attempting a little harmless magic.

For those who aren’t familiar, WIPpet Wednesday offers writers the chance to share excerpts from their works in progress (WIPs) on their blogs. The only stipulation is that the snippet must relate to the date in some way. Today’s math is simple: four paragraphs for March 4.

Click here to read other WIPpeteers’ work.

From “Be True”

It was insane. But then, it was only for kicks, Abbey told herself. What could a little spell hurt? She’d have her fun, have a good laugh, get some entertainment value, and then allow the spell to find its completion in her story, bringing Anastasia and Prince Neal together for good.

She grabbed a butterfly bookmark and marked her page, not daring to dog-ear the well worn, slightly brittle paper. There was a new-age shop in town, run by a woman who claimed to be able to read tarot cards and tea leaves. Tomorrow, Abbey would stop by and pick up the ingredients. Then she’d stand barefoot in the Massachusetts winter in mid-February and perform the ridiculous spell.

Just for kicks, she reassured herself.

She lay awake for hours, thinking about her story, wondering why her aunt had bought such a strange book. Picturing the chivalrous Prince Neal, his dark eyes gazing into hers.

A midweek ROW80 check-in…

Writing goals

1.) Make measurable progress on one of my WIPs. Wrote 3,593 words in “Be True.”

2.) Read four books on the craft/business of writing. 3/4. Continued rereading “Plot and Structure” by James Scott Bell.

3.) Do morning pages in journal Monday-Friday. On track to meet this goal. These pages are quickly becoming a vital part of my creative process.

Social media goals

1.) Check in on Twitter or Facebook daily. On track to meet this goal.

2.) Blog twice a week. On track to meet this goal.

3.) Comment on three-five blog posts daily, Monday-Thursday. On track to meet this goal.

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What about you? What’s your favorite movie line? How are your projects, writing or otherwise, coming along?

Sunday ROW80 check-in

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I’m ready for spring—ready to go hiking, to play tennis, to attend outdoor concerts and spend my mornings writing in the sunshine. I’m planning to grow geraniums and basil, among other things, in the small container garden on my balcony. I’m ready for fresh air, green leaves, and summer thunderstorms, ready for bare feet and iced tea and trips to the farmers market.

What about you? Are you looking forward to spring? What’s your favorite part of the season?

Lastly, a Sunday ROW80 check-in…

Writing goals

1.) Make measurable progress on one of my WIPs. Revised one chapter in “Called by Magic.” Wrote a plot outline for “Be true.” Wrote 1,722 words in “Be True.”

2.) Read four books on the craft/business of writing. 3/4. Started rereading “Plot and Structure” by James Scott Bell.

3.) Do morning pages in journal Monday-Friday. 4/5.

Social media goals

1.) Check in on Twitter or Facebook daily. Met for every day except Monday and Wednesday.

2.) Blog twice a week. Goal met.

3.) Comment on three-five blog posts daily, Monday-Thursday. Met for Tuesday and Thursday, not for Monday or Wednesday.

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Cover reveal: “Torn” by Kate Sparkes

Please join me in welcoming to the blog Kate Sparkes, for a cover reveal of her upcoming release, “Torn.”

Torn (Bound Trilogy Book Two)

by Kate Sparkes

torn_fullAren Tiernal knows that safety is an illusion, that his cruel and powerful brother will never forgive his betrayal. Still, returning to Tyrea to challenge Severn for the throne would be suicide. It’s not until Severn himself comes to collect what’s owed to him that Aren decides to risk everything in an attempt to bring down the most powerful Sorcerer Tyrea has ever known. The mission seems doomed to fail, but it’s Aren’s only chance to save himself, his country, and the woman who thawed his heart.

Rowan Greenwood has troubles of her own. Though she should be a great Sorceress, years of being closed off from her magic have left her unable to control her incredible power. When a pair of ominous letters arrive from her home country, Rowan has to choose between her new life and a chance at saving her family—and just maybe changing an entire country’s beliefs about the evils of magic.

Torn apart by separate quests, Rowan and Aren will have to discover untapped strengths and confront their darkest fears in order to overthrow a ruler determined to destroy them both.

(Mature YA Fantasy)

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON.COM

Release date: March 31, 2015

Limited time launch price: $2.99

Cover art by Ravven

Disregard the Prologue (blog)

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