Fairy Wisps

June 24, 2016
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Fairy Wisp 5″x7″ acrylic on canvas © Dawn Blair

While out dreaming one day, I hadn’t realized that it had gotten so late. Maybe I had fallen asleep to take a nap. As the sun started to drop in the sky, I realized how late it had gotten and figured I probably best be making my way back. As I rose, I saw a little fairy coming out of the bushes. Quickly, I made a wish.

The painting is currently available for sale on Etsy.

Or on my Zibbet store if you prefer.

 

 


Make Me an Offer

June 21, 2016

I’m trying to clear out some older artwork to make room for new art. That means you can get a good discount on some of my older work. Currently on eBay:

Tree of Life #2

Tree of Life #2 8″x10″ on canvas Dawn Blair ©2015

 

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Comet on the Skyline 8″x10″ acrylic on canvas Dawn Blair ©2015

 

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#4114002 10″x 8″ acrylic on canvas Dawn Blair ©2014

 

Yes, there is a list price of $75-$85 on these if you want to make sure you get your desired piece, but you can also make a lower offer if you wish. I will accept reasonable offers.

Get in there now because if someone comes along with a decent offer, your artwork might vanish.

Trust me, as someone who kicks myself for not buying a college student’s dragon painting I saw several years ago, wishing you owned a piece is nothing but a false dream.

More pieces will be added soon. I am even tempted to auction off some of my larger pieces.


Tongue Twisters

June 14, 2016

I never imagined myself being able to say the “She sells sea shells down by the sea shore” tongue twister very well. I always preferred “Rubber baby buggie bumpers” myself. I’ve even started to make up a few of my own: “Ghastly green goblins gagging on ghosts,” “Saint Steigan’s sword standing,” and “The only girl in the world for Arlyn.”

So what’s the point of all this?

I’ve been busy recording The Three Books as an audiobook. I’d love to say that I was nearly done, especially since I’ve now recorded the book three times (a prophecy in the title maybe?) and partially gotten through it I don’t know how many times but at least two more. I thought I had a good recording when I was done with it the second time through, then I discovered this wretched hum over the top of the vocals and trying to get rid of it just mangled the audio. I never imagined that I’d learn so much about audio engineering.

It was supposed to be simple: record the audio, edit it to clean out bad phrases to make it follow the book, and upload it.

Wrong.

Now I’ve never been one for perfection, but cleaning up mouth clicks is a booger. Sometimes I think I push it too far. I’m learning to let go. Let’s just say that I’m to a point now that I can step in my booth, say my tongue twisters, and record a chapter without any hesitation. Editing cleanup work later is the part I’m starting to dread. It takes so long.

Okay, enough of my complaining. I really just wanted to let you know that I’m still working on the audiobook and that it is coming along, just not as fast as I would hope. If I could just keep my tongue from getting all twisted and making all sorts of weird sounds. You just don’t notice them until you attune yourself to them. I recently bought some Thayer’s Dry Mouth Spray. I haven’t yet listened to any of the chapters I’ve done with the spray, but I hope it helps. The dry mouth spray came as a recommendation from Eric Stuart at Anime Oasis. I’m so glad he took the time to answer my question as well as to hear about my silly little project. When you’re doing everything right but still having issues, it’s time to get additional help. Now I dread having a recording so good and so clear in those last few chapters that I decide to go re-record the earlier ones before the throat spray. How many times through would that make?

Yeah, recording an audiobook when you’re not a profession is not an easy thing to do. It takes time, patience, research, and perseverance. I feel like the universe keeps asking me, “How badly do you want this?” Badly! I want to be able to do it myself too, because once I have my small backlist done, I want to be able to keep up, preferably on a daily basis. That thought alone probably qualifies me as insane. Here’s to hoping.

If I don’t lose my mind on this first book.


Going in depth with The Gladiator & The Guard

April 25, 2016

Because Annie Douglass Lima shares so much of other people’s work, including mine, I really wanted to do something extra to help her out. In the past, I have shared other artists with you. I want to share writers as well.

The Gladiator & The Guard

A few days ago, I shared a blog on Annie’s new book. Now, I invite you to check out her world as she herself describes it in her Realm Explorers post on her blog. While you’re there, look around and check out other great authors she has featured. Happy exploring, discovering, and reading.

 


The Gladiator & The Guard by Annie Douglass Lima

April 23, 2016

A couple of weeks ago, my Sacred Knight series featured on a blog from Annie Douglass Lima. While working with Annie on this, I learned that she had a new book coming out. Since Annie and I have met and started chatting, it’s been fun getting to know her and her work. I started reading her novel, Prince of Alasia, and loved it, or as much of it as I’ve read so far. When I heard about her new book, I knew I had to help her out with launching her new book.

Imagine my excitement when I learned she was working on a blog tour! This way, she could get her work featured on many different blogs. I am overjoyed at being able to offer her my space now.

So, without further ado, here’s Annie:


I’m excited to announce that my young adult action and adventure novel, The Gladiator and the Guard, is now available for purchase! This is the second book in the Krillonian Chronicles, sequel to The Collar and the CavvarachThe Gladiator & The Guard
First Things First: a Little Information about Book 1: 

The Collar & The Cavvarch

 

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire’s most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie’s escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time.  With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?

 

What is the Collar for, and What is a Cavvarach?

The story is set in a world very much like our own, with just a few major differences.  One is that slavery is legal there.  Slaves must wear metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious to everyone.  Any slave attempting to escape faces the dilemma of how and where to illegally get their collar removed (a crime punishable by enslavement for the remover).
Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil.  It is fought with a cavvarach (rhymes with “have a rack”), a weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from partway down its top edge.  Competitors can strike at each other with their feet as well as with the blades.  You win in one of two ways: disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.

Click here to order The Collar and the Cavvarach from Amazon 

for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through April 28th!

 

And now, The Gladiator and the Guard, with another awesome cover by the talented Jack Lin!

The Gladiator & The Guard

 

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is just one victory away from freedom. But after he is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he is condemned to the violent life and early death of a gladiator. While his loved ones seek desperately for a way to rescue him, Bensin struggles to stay alive and forge an identity in an environment designed to strip it from him. When he infuriates the authorities with his choices, he knows he is running out of time. Can he stand against the cruelty of the arena system and seize his freedom before that system crushes him?

Click here to order The Gladiator and the Guard in Kindle format from Amazon

for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through April 28th!

Click here to order The Gladiator and the Guard from Smashwords (for Nook or in other digital formats)

for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through April 28th!

 

Annie Douglass Lima (2)Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published twelve books (two YA action and adventure novels, four fantasies, a puppet script, and five anthologies of her students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.


Connect with the Author Online:

Email: AnnieDouglassLima@gmail.com

Blog: http://anniedouglasslima.blogspot.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/princeofalasia

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnGoodreads

Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/AnnieDouglassLimaOnAmazon

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LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnLinkedIn

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Wow! I hope you enjoyed hearing from Annie as much as I did. I’m glad she added how to pronounce the cavvarach — I’ve been pronouncing it way differently in my head. Hint: her way is so much easier!:)

I’ve been reading The Collar and the Cavvarach as quick I can, trying to get it read before the next book comes out. I’m nearing the end and can’t wait to see how it turns out. The sequel sounds good too, so I can’t wait to read it.

Thank you, Annie, for your guest post and best of luck to you and your newest book!


Is your life sad?

April 18, 2016

Last week, I was talking to a reader who is very excited about the next books in each series and was wondering when they were coming out. She asked me how I find the time to write while also working full-time. I laughed and told her it was because I didn’t have a life.
She looked at me and said, “That’s sad.”
Suddenly I was taken aback. I could see how someone might consider that a sad condition.
The truth of the matter is that we all get 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are no “do overs.” And, there is an expiration date on the package and none of us can be exactly sure when that will be. But when you and your neighbor each have 168 hours in a week, the two of you can spend that time in radically different ways.
Now as I stood there in this moment, I realized that yes, there are some choices I make consciously so that I can have the time I need to create. I quickly explained that there was nothing I’d rather be doing than telling stories. I trade the hours of my life to do that so that I hopefully can bring joy and entertainment to people. If that means I miss out on many of the things that other people do, I can live with that. All I’ve ever wanted to do was to tell stories. Even when I was younger, I was trading all my “free time” to do that. I was always writing.
Now my stories have expanded into other mediums when I have the time (here I’m talking about painting and drawing mostly, but I am trying to also squeeze in time to produce my stories as audiobooks — yes, it really is happening!) and I am grateful that in do so I’m chasing other dreams I had as a child but that I didn’t realize I’d had until I was older. That could probably expand into more explanation, but I’m going to keep it short and sweet here. Suffice to say that art and audiobooks aren’t on orbits far out from what I was thinking about when I was growing up. The more I review my life, the more links I see.
My challenge really is getting all the tracks of my life to line up rather than being like LEGO pieces scattered all over the floor. I’m still working on getting it all snapped together, but each day I feel closer.
So how do I find the time to do what I do? Fifteen minutes a day on some projects. Deciding to make time for others. And lately, a calendar to make sure I really do make the time. You do only have those 24 hours in a day and you have to know how you will spend them. If you don’t decide, someone will decide for you whether it’s a spouse, your children, your TV, Facebook, etc. It is your life. Do you really want to hand the reins to someone else? When you reach the end of your life, will you be happy with what you traded your days for? That’s a question only you can answer.
For me, dedicating my life to my stories, to my creativity, to my imagination, is the most valuable thing I can do. I love every moment of it.


Discover the World of Sacred Knight

April 11, 2016
SK Cover complete 72 dpi

The Three Books (Legend #1 of the Sacred Knight series) Book & painting by Dawn Blair ©2011

I was recently interviewed by Annie Douglass Lima about the world in my Sacred Knight novels as part of the Realm Explorers feature on Annie’s blog. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about what the story is about or go in-depth into my world, now is your chance.

As a special benefit, Annie and I wanted to do something extra special to get more readers into the Sacred Knight series, something I could share with my readers and hers.

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For this week only, the first three books in the series are on sale with reduced prices starting at $0.99 for the first book and $1.99 for the other two. I rarely put Manifest the Magic and To Birth a Destiny on sale so please take advantage of it while you can. With Kindle Countdown deals, the price increases over time, so the sooner you take action, the more of a discount you’ll receive off the list price.

I hope you enjoy the Realm Explorers interview on Annie’s blog. If you’d like to know more about my world, please feel free to leave your questions. I’ll answer the ones I can (but I won’t give out spoilers).  I hope you enjoy.

Go now to read Annie’s post.


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