Giveaway/Guest Post by Linda Bell Brighton, author of Wolgast Castle (Sidonia The Sorceress Series #1)

Publisher: EIE Publisher, Inc.

Publication Date: July 27, 2013

Synopsis: Forced to attend Princess Maria regent's celebration at Wolgast Castle, 1560 Germany, Sidonia von Bork, fears her magical abilities will be discovered and she'll be burned alive as a witch. When she discovers she is actually a member of an ancient shape-shifting race and the prophesied Golden One, she must face her destiny: to save the multiverse from the daemons determined to destroy all humans, and stay alive in the process. 

Sidonia The Sorceress series: Wolgast Castle (1)

Author Bio: Linda Bell Brighton fell in love with myths, magic, and monsters at an early age. On a thunder-storming day in the Keys, her father—in his bass reading voice—brought The Hound of the Baskerville to too-vivid-life. From that day forward, Greek and Roman myths merged with Wonder Woman and Super girl. 

After studying medieval and Renaissance literature in college, she now combines her loves by writing an alternate history of the Witch Burning Times that she calls magpunk: real history with myths, magic, monsters—and daemons, too.

Guest Post: A Scene Tarot Spread By Linda Bell Brighton

If you’ve done the spreads in From The Bootheel Cotton Patch, All Fantasy Worlds, and Nicki J Markus, and Vonnie's Reading Corner, you have your characters and overall plot. Now for the scenes. But you’re going to help design your own.

First, the basics: the writing books say you should have 1) POV (Point of View), 2) Goal, 3) Motivation, 4) Conflict, and 5) Disaster.

Let’s say this is exactly what we want in the spread. We see that three of the cards are related. It’s the POV character that has the goal and motivation. So have these three cards touching each other, perhaps in the center. The Conflict is dealt horizontally over first 3 cards. Now Disaster. This gets a tad tricky.

Where do you or the card want to go? Just hold it over the conflict card and wait for an “urge” to set it down. Or me, if the Disaster is “No,” the card will go below and to the right of the conflict card. The further down, the worst the disaster. If the Disaster is “yes-but,” the card goes vertically over the conflict card. If the Disaster is “no-and-furthermore,” the card is above and to the right. But that is how I see that part of the scene in relationship to the rest of the scene. If you see it differently, then the card goes how you think it should be (and that applies to all cards and spreads.)

Since the Sidonia The Sorceress Series is in first person, I don’t use the POV card. Instead I consider it the Setting card. Different intent, different card, different interpretation.

Maybe you want to know the other person in the scene. Then interpret card 4) as Conflict Character. Or deal 2 cards.

What else do you want in the scene? More conflict? Sometimes more than one card “pops” when I shuffle. Then I take and put those cards up and to the right. If the scene is toward the end and more than one card doesn’t pop, I may shuffle again, thinking of the scene until another pops. If another card doesn’t pop, I move on. More backstory? This is usually in the conflict card, but if you know your character is having problems with his “ghost,” then deal another cross card over

4) Conflict.

You can be more intricate. If you like to have opening and closing hook, deal a vertical card before and after the Conflict card. There’s no end of things you can add to the spread to be sure you have what you want in a scene.

Giveaway Information: 

Linda is giving away prizes, including an e-copy of her book at each blog stop on her tour AND three Grand Prize Giveaway of one Travel Mug, one T-Shirt and one Custom Jumbo Tote Bag with your choice of fan art, chosen from here, shipped to anywhere in the world!

1) To win a book: Leave a comment on this blog post on what is your favorite mythical creature to be entered to win a book. Be sure to leave your email address in the comments so we can contact you if you’re the lucky winner. This giveaway ends October 8, 2013.

2) To win the Travel Mug or the T-Shirt or the Custom Jumbo Tote Bag with Linda’s fan art of your choice, click the link to go to Linda’s website here and enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the page. The three lucky winners will be selected by October 7, 2013.


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