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Character Madness: Amos from Carriage Interviews Grona from Evil Never Dies

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Amos interviews Grona  from  Evil Never Dies  by Rick Haynes





Amos peeks into the cottage and sees that no one is there. 


“Empty. Just the way I like it.” He lights the candles and opens the file sitting on the table. He is doing our interview today, because he understands hate, unlike Jena’s other characters. He’s still angry over his brother’s survival. He spent good money to knock him off. He turns the page, and reads.
The Maxilla are a peaceful clan but when rumours of dark magic arrive once again, can they survive the latest threat from, Myracadonis, the shaman? Tarn is ordered to lead the Maxilla into battle for the first time, but a man with the mark of greatness will always have enemies. Grona hates everyone, including his son, Tarn. Both are destined to be heroes yet only one can stand before the gates of hell and win. The gods are always watching, but whose side will they ultimately favour?

Finally someone who understands hate. Amos smiles as Grona hammers on the door.

“It’s…

Character Madness and Musings Presents - A Virtual FantasyCon Blog Hop Event

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Hi I’m Jena Baxter, author of The Carriage, Veiled Memories, Pretentious, and Reflections, and I’m your host for this stop in the tour.


This is your post for the ACOA Scavenger Hunt and I am pleased to be hosting 
AR DECLERCK 
In her post you will find a number, not in written text, but as a numerical number. Write it down and collect them all as you visit every post along the way. Good Luck!




“Life is generally unfair, God of Fortuity. Take this, it's cold in Alfheim.” She handed him a blue scarf.
Gage frowned but took the scarf. “You really think the answer is in Alfheim?”
Lisa shrugged, unrolling a new ball of yarn.  “I think that we should explore every avenue to save Lavinia. The best and brightest sorcerers are loup, and in Alfheim.” She tapped his leg with her needle. “Be careful, Gage. She's powerful in her own right, and any number of underdogs would love to have her power at their disposal.”
He growled, hands tight on the scarf. “Well, I can't let her die.”
Lisa&…

Character Madness and Musings Blog prompt- How Artwork Affects my Stories

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I feel like I've written this one before, but maybe that's because I send out blog prompts on tumblr, and have a board for fantasy prompts on Pinterest.




I've mentioned many times that everything is a blog prompt for me, but music and images have a special place in my heart. Here are a few reasons why.

The first is that I'm crazy about color and color blends. I think colors represent specific things to all of us, like yellow for the sun, orange for fire, red for blood, and blue for water. Color always speaks a variety of things to me.

The second is that if you send an image to a hundred storytellers, they will return to you a hundred different stories. This has always amazed me. I wish I had the chance to read some of the stories to the prompts I've sent out.

The third is the content. Abstracts make the mind reach for a story, A dragon blowing fire might be preparing the hearth for a maiden to cook a meal, or roasting it's next dinner. Mermaids might be playing …

What I love about Valentine's Day

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Happy Valentine's Day Everyone.

I see so much negativity about this holiday. After all, lovers should be lovers all year long, right? I know this to be true, and the commercialization of it all is also true, but any holiday is what you make of it. You don't have to buy into the commercial side of things if you don't want to, How to avoid it? Here are a few simple thoughts ...

Grow your own flowers or special plant.
Make your own card.
You're going to make dinner anyway, so what's the problem with setting the table and digging out a few candles?
Most people dress up for a date on any day of the year, so why not this day?

I don't have an issue with the commercialization of Valentine's Day, but I like boxes of See's chocolates, teddy bears, and cards. I used to love creating romantic candlelight dinners, but I haven't done that in a long time. Realizing that led me through the things that have changed over the years and why.

I never needed a holiday t…

Blog Prompt - Share a character's backstory

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I've been behind on my blog prompts for a while now. I know, it's a bad habit and not uncommon, but sometimes life unwittingly catches up with me. Here is one I started, but hadn't finished.
share a character's backstory Colovere




This is tough because there are always a few spoilers involved. I decided to introduce, the wisdom character of my Reflections novel, Colovere.

Colovere is the King of unicorns, and his subjects love him, some of them enough to live in the magical world he's been confined to while his brother Petaire rules in his stead. He was tricked by the witch, Zylphia, who made him believe his missing mate is waiting for him in her world behind the mirror. He follows her, only to realize he's been deceived when he arrives.







He loves his mate Ophelia, with all his heart, but Zylphia gave him her horn, to prove her death. Now he is trapped, and rebuilding his life with his friends.

Tolor, a bear shifter

Selene, a female centaur
 And a herd of unicor…