Selkies' Skins

Selkies' Skins
Current book in series Temple and Skinquest. Enjoy Castle and Well from Amazon, B&N and Smashwords while waiting for that and the prequel's audiobook "Pearls of Sea and Stone: Book of Seals".

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Happy 21st Birthday to Elizabeth Buckley, author of "The Beast, the Hope, and the Only Sun" (Updated w/ Kindle link)

It started as her senior project for high school. The collection of poetry was written to chronicle the path through depression for herself and her characters. It blossomed from there through faith, perseverance, and mindfulness about the balance of dark and light.

I still remember that day that I was asked to help her by publishing this work, where she showed me her poems and the cover design. I remember very well being taken by surprise by the power of her emotions within the pieces. It is with pride in how she made her journey and shared it so beautifully that I present this, as a reminder for everyone currently going through the Dark that the Sun is still there.

Available on
Createspace, Barnes & Noble, Lulu, and possibly other stores. 

You can also direct order from me and tell me which format you are interested in. Bookstores, schools, and libraries will be offered small discounts.

Don't forget to leave reviews where you purchase and/or on Goodreads (so I can point them out to her).

Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Last Templar by Michael Jecks: Some Cover Musings

I recently started on a mystery novel I have been waiting for the time to enjoy reading. Michael Jecks' "The Last Templar" grabbed me from its cover the very first moment I saw it.

I like it, I like it!Makes me think of Medieval tapestry.
I love to read a multitude of genres, not just fantasy. Historical mysteries are things that I like having in my reading shelves, right along with books on world religions, fantasy, folklore, sciences... However, I must admit that this is one of those books where I did judge it first by the cover. Now if only I could find a Templar with a unicorn... How would a story like that turn out?

Bad me.

What's that saying again? "Don't judge a book by its cover!" Luckily, so far the book is as good as the cover. What grabs me about the cover is the medieval stylings. I have fond memories of books illustrated in the older styles, and it always felt right to me to have book art match the time period. I like knights, and have no beef with pictures taken from men posing in armor of the time for covers. For a novel like this though, it's got to be illustrated.

Not bad, really. Just doesn't "do it" for me.
It's...just more like something I'd expect for a movie...
Another thing that grabbed me was that, as the title shouts, it's about what happens with the Templars. The prologue was a vital part of the story since it sets us in the time period and provides vital details that most won't be getting in their school classes. I got to read a bit more about the Templars than I had previously in my World History class for university, but that section I had been wishing covered much more. So here we have another good fit for me as a reader.

Looking in the back to check out the author I found out that he left the computer industry to study medieval history and to concentrate on his writing. That explained for me how he was able to get the scenes so clear and knew what details to emphasize for those that might have no idea that back then a trestle was what you sat on, or how often one ought to be changing the floor rushes (or that there was even a debate about it).

I'm not very far in. I'm only at page 54 out of 374, and I'm going back and forth between reading this and another book (that's even longer than my school text was), but I'm looking forward to the rest of the story (and will pick up the rest of the series as I can). I just wanted to point out how a different cover will grab different audiences for the same book.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

An update on "Stories of Spirits" by Teresa Garcia in audio

Sketch from Heartland Studios says that Jacquelyn Wyer's recording of the first 15 minutes for "Stories of Spirits" will likely be uploaded tonight. Jacquelyn will be bringing her Japanese accent to some of the characters in these short stories, a product of her upbringing by a Japanese mother. I feel that this should greatly enhance the reading... as the spirits should all be thought of as having one (whether the tale is one set in the ancient past, or one where the spirits are bubbling into modern experience).

I am looking forward to hearing this.

The cover art for the audio version is done, and will be matching that of the book. When designing the cover, a whole tama (spirit, jewel) was a very important consideration since the stories are all meant from the spirit point of view. Ancestors especially, but there are stories where the living character could be interpreted either as an incarnated spirit... or a woman possessed... depending on the filter used. That state is actually one that I found very interesting to write since I had to hold the dual frame firmly in mind as it needs to be left up to the reader as to which view they take. That story will be particularly interesting to hear whether or not I managed, and if the narrator captures it.

What do the different colors mean? That's for you to figure out.

stories of spirits audiobook cover 
Meanwhile, it's currently available in text.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

New Audiobook: Stories of Sprits by Teresa Garcia

The collection of short stories in "Stories of Spirits" is in production through a partnership between THG StarDragon Publishing and Heartsong Studios. The producer expects to have the first 15 minutes ready to be approved by this weekend, which is exciting. A month has been scheduled to have the completed production done within, so a few week after that it should be hitting stores.

Stories of Spirits explores the spirit world on a few levels. In "Ancestors" we find a grandmother overhearing the conversation between her daughter and grandson at her gravesite. "Dragon Dance" centers around some Japanese dragons and their big lesson on the importance of dance. Some stories explore the possibility of a being that was once a mythical spirit being born into the world of man, and the possible ramifications.

As short stories, they are intended to be standalone stories, although some characters do appear in other stories, and they are tied by a common theme.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Dragon Shaman: Taming the Blowing Wind Cover News

The cover artist just showed me a couple preliminary sketches on the new cover from Dragon Shaman Book One: Taming the Blowing Wind. I am so looking forward to seeing it completed, and of the two options it was the second that will be continued.

Victoria Davis even picked up on a detail for Ryu that was not outright stated in the book... but I won't point out what that is until the cover is done and revealed. ;) I will say though that I obviously did my job correctly since she picked up on it. Also, the expressions are great!

Monday, May 6, 2013

AyaMayA's promo is over

AyaMayA's free Kindle promotion is over, and it is back up to $3.99. A grand total of 268 downloads of the promotion copy were picked up on, 31 at the UK site, 9 in Deutschland (Germany, really?), 2 in France, 1 in Spain, 1 in Italy, and 5 all the way over in Canada. That is excellent distribution and so exciting to see people in so many countries showing interest. Yesterday it was ranked #7 in Religious Studies, and #1 in Comparative Religion for the free books. Thank you all for your support of Mr. Abraxas. Having it rank up so high in the list is, frankly, astounding.

Don't forget those reviews, they really are so important to help out an author. I know it will take a while to get through the whole thing, and it's quite a lot to chew on. I know that I certainly had to take some time to process while I was editing, and there are areas that were discussed that I will go into further research on just for my own edification. I would not mind adding some other non-fiction books to the catalog in the spirituality section.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

AyaMayA and Selkies' Skins


Since midnight May 1st to this current point AyaMayA has enjoyed a total of 227 downloads and is sitting at number one in its niche. That is pretty pleasing, and has gone up since I mailed Mr. Abraxas about it. Thank you for supporting his work like that, and don't forget that tomorrow will be the last day of the promo pricing. I'm looking forward to when the reviews start coming in on it.

I'm pretty happy with the amount of promo copies out there, and looking forward to the reviews. This one was the most difficult for me to go through, in order to make sure that the particular English variety was proper in spelling, punctuation and grammar for that variety. Layout of the print version had me working hard as well so that it would look its best.

Kindle: $3.99 normal (current: FREE till 11:59 p.m. May 5, 2013)
Amazon Paperback: $12.99
Createspace Store Paperback: $12.99

Selkies' Skins

The second part of chapter 23 (Pay Better Attention Kirsty) is available for your perusal. What happens after breakfast fights back? It's a good thing for Kirsty she is where she is, depending on your point of view...

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

To clear up some confusion about the name...

The THG in front of StarDragon is actually an important part of the name of the publishing company, as is the capitalization. The proper name is "THG StarDragon Publishing" and that is how it is written on official paperwork.

THG are my initials from the time that I started going public with the enterprise, so those went in to differentiate my enterprise from any other StarDragon out there. Star and Dragon are symbols very important to me, thus they also went in.  Thus, THG StarDragon Publishing.

I don't know why those three first letters sometimes disappear.