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03 May 2017

Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death & Life | IWSG Anthology Release


The Insecure Writer's Support Group (IWSG) is a place to share and encourage, where writers can express their doubts and concerns without appearing foolish or weak. It's a great place to mingle with like minded people each month during IWSG day.

Every month there's a question which may prompt folks to share advice, insights, a personal experience or story. Some folks answer the question in their IWSG blog post or let it inspire them if they're struggling with what to say.
Check out how people have answered this month's question, as well as the other insecurities and writing topics they may have shared by visiting the IWSG sign-up list here.
 
I don't know what this month's question is because I'm out sailing in the Bahamas just now and have limited internet access. 


Actually since I wrote this post in advance, I can't be sure that I'm sailing just now. I could be marooned on a deserted island. If that's the case, hopefully I have my Kindle with me to keep me occupied and enough water and chocolate chip cookies to last me until I'm rescued.

The reason I scheduled this post in advance was to let you know that today is the big day I go from being an insecure writer to being an insecure author. Eek!

That's right - my fantasy short story, The Silvering, is being published in the IWSG anthology >>Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life<< today, along with stories from eleven other wonderfully talented folks. 



So here's the scoop on my short story. It's about an ordinary fisherman, Caestu, who disobeyed the principles which guide his people's way of life. Fortunately, the mark of disobedience is hidden beneath his glove. Unfortunately, others know what he has done. Now he must decide whether to stay with his people or leave to search out others like him. 

Could the gift of silvering become a prison for those who possess it? What if Death himself wanted to die? Can deliverance be found on a bloody battlefield? Will an ancient warrior be forever the caretaker of a house of mystery?

If you want to know the answers to these questions, then check out the anthology.
 



Delving into the depths of the tortured hero, twelve authors explore the realms of fantasy in this enthralling and thought-provoking collection. Featuring the talents of Jen Chandler, L. Nahay, Renee Cheung, Roland Yeomans, Elizabeth Seckman, Olga Godim, Yvonne Ventresca, Ellen Jacobson {that's me!}, Sean McLachlan, Erika Beebe, Tyrean Martinson, and Sarah Foster.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these twelve tales will take you into the heart of heroes who have fallen from grace. Join the journey and discover a hero’s redemption!
 
You can pick up a copy of  >>Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death & Life<<  at any of the following online retailers:

Amazon (US)
Amazon (Canada)
Amazon (UK)
Barnes & Noble (print book)
Barnes & Noble (ebook)
iTunes
Kobo

Fantasy (FIC009000) Freedom Fox Press
Print ISBN 9781939844361 eBook ISBN 9781939844378

You can find out more about the anthology and authors at our website and blog. I'll also introduce you to my co-authors over the next several weeks, giving them a chance to answer important questions like what their favorite kind of cookie is. Mine's chocolate chip, by the way, but you probably already knew that.

Thanks to everyone for their support. I couldn't have transformed from an insecure writer into an insecure author without your kind words and comments here on the blog, on Facebook and via email encouraging me to keep on writing.

What's your definition of a hero? Who's your favorite hero and why? 

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34 comments:

  1. Big congratulations to you and the other eleven authors! Yes, you are an author now. Welcome.
    Hopefully your muse doesn't show up demanding those cookies...

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    1. Thanks so much for your support and encouragement :-)

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  2. Congrats to you and the others. You all did a wonderful job with your stories. Enjoy a couple extra cookies in celebration.

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    1. As luck would have it, I made a few cookies to celebrate :-)

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  3. I'm so happy for you, Ellen. What a fabulous achievement.

    Have a wonderful day. ☺

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  4. Well done! Congratulations to you and to all the authors! :)

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  5. Congrats and if you are marooned, make sure to write your next great piece.

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. Hopefully, I'll have my computer with me too to write a story on :-)

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  6. Yippee! The Bahamas sound great about now. I'd love to be there right now with you. =) But since being on a boat would make me ridiculously sick, I guess it's better that it's you and not me. ;) I'm looking forward to reading the anthology. Soon.

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    1. Yeah, probably not a good idea to be on a boat if it would make you seasick, especially now for you :-)

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  7. Hooray for you! I'm excited to read your story as well as the work of others. If you are stranded, I hope you have cookies.

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  8. I think I'd take the lack of internet for a bit of Bahamas! Hope you're having fun and grats on the release!

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    1. We've actually been lucky and had internet a good chunk of the time we've been there :-)

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  9. What an exciting day for you, Ellen! I'm ordering the anthology as soon as I'm two days away from home. I look forward to reading your story. Happy and safe travels to you!

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    1. Wow - thanks so much for ordering a copy!

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  10. Congratulations again, Ellen. This is incredibly exciting and fantastic! And, you went from insecure writer to author very, very, very fast. Such a great feat. Cheers to your current and future successes! Wouldn't it be nice to be able to fund your cruising lifestyle by wriitng stories?? :-)

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    1. Somehow I think funding our cruising through writing just isn't going to happen, but a girl can dream :-)

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  11. I hope you are safe at sea with your cookies and your kindle!
    Loved The Silvering!

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  12. Happy sailing Ellen! I hope the waters glitter with smooth possibility :)

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    1. Ooo..."glitter with smooth possibility" - love that line!

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  13. We should have all sailed away with you to celebrate the launch of the anthology!!

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    1. Now that would have been fun - a launch cruise!

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  14. Congratulations to you and all the other authors! Have fun on your cruise. Those are the things I'd require being temporarily stranded on an island too. :)

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    1. Yep, I think I definitely have my priorities down for being stranded on a desert island :-)

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  15. Just bought the anthology and looking forward to reading your story, Ellen - and the others.

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  16. Congratulations, Ellen!
    No need to be insecure...your story is FABULOUS!

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  17. Congratulations, Ellen! I'm so excited you made the anthology!

    My definition of a hero is someone who does the right thing, even when it's uncomfortable or inconvenient.

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We'd LOVE to hear from you! If we're out on the water cruising, our internet access will be limited and it may take a while before we're able to respond to your comments and pay a return visit to your blog, but please know that we will once we can get connected.