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Friday, August 19, 2016

World Photo Day

original post: http://karenjcarlisle.com/2016/08/19/world-photo-day/

Today is World Photo Day as well as Photo Friday - so it deserved two photo posts.
What is World Photo Day?
World Photo Day begain in 2009. It celebrates photography - preserving visual memories through techonology. It was on August 19th, 1839, the French Aademy of Sciences announed the daguerreotype - a photography technique developed by Louis-Jaques-Mandé Daguerre. You can read more about it on the official website.
And to celebrate, here are some of my favourite photos:
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Photos:©2016 Karen J Carlisle. All Rights Reserved.
If you wish to use any of my images, please contact me.

Photo Friday: New Covers and Events

oringal post: http://karenjcarlisle.com/2016/08/19/photo-friday-the-new-covers-and-events/

It's all happening. My plan cannot fail - as long as file submissions go through without a hitch and parcels don't get lost in the mail (my first book had a two week holiday in Hawaii before the post finally decided to move along). Sigh.
I celebrated finishing up my manuscript with sticky bun and tea. Then celebrated again (with my fantastic editor, Sharon) the next day. Chocolate cake, of course!
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What is the plan?
In the grand tradition of villian monologues, I shall spill it: the second Journal will be published as two separate eBooks and a paperback (complete)
  • eBook #1: The Adventures of Viola Stewart #3: Three More Short Stories
    published July 
  • eBook #2: The Adventures of Viola Stewart #4: Eye of the Beholder
    to be published late August
  • Eye of the Beholder & Other Tales: The Adventures of Viola Stewart Journal #2
    pre-book launch 11th September,
    official book launch 17/18th September.
And here's the official cover reveal for Eye of the Beholder eBook (#4) - Mummies. Curses. Madness...?
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And the cover for the paperback, Eye of the Beholder & Other Tales: The Adventures of Viola Stewart Journal #2:
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And some giveaway bookmarks:
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There's also a new event in my calendar: Halloween Comic Con. What better way to celebrate than with Jack the Ripper and cursed mummies?
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Photos:©2016 Karen J Carlisle. All Rights Reserved.
If you wish to use any of my images, please contact me.

Monday, August 15, 2016

eBook Giveaway

http://karenjcarlisle.com/2016/08/15/ebook-giveaway/

Only three days left to sign up to my newsletter and get a free eBook of Viola's newest short adventures, Thre More Short Stories.

All of Viola'as plans have gone astray. Has Henry forgotten Viola's birthday or are there more nefarious things afoot?
The Men in Grey return - with plans for Viola. Can Polly save the day?
Will the lure of technology seduce Viola or will Henry lose her forever?

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Power of Words

original post: http://karenjcarlisle.com/2016/08/14/the-power-of-words/

It's been a fantastic week. A little rain for the garden. Some sunny days for my enjoyment. No significant pain. I finally feel like I have shaken off the effects of the anaesthetic. I've rewritten and edited scenes and almost caught up on the months lost to pre-surgery health hiccups...
The final words loomed. I just had to type them. Just two words.
A wave of relief swept over me. It's done. My fingers hovered over the keyboard. Twitch. I hesitated.
A voice niggled at the back of my brain. Months of research, a year of writing, rewrites, editing, chasing up translations... With two words my story, and my beloved characters, would no longer be my own. They would belong to the world. To my readers. I had bared my soul. What if I could do better? What if they were rejected?
What if...?
Have you ever had one of those anxiety dreams? You know, like the one where life is fantastic - right up until you find yourself standing stark naked, transported suddenly into a crowded room and suddenly every single person turns and stares at you?
And there's nowhere to hide.
My fingers trembled.
And the penny dropped.  There was one thing more terrifying than baring my soul and risking rejection: facing a blank page.
My heart sank. What if I can't come up with another story? What if this was it? The... <gulp> ...end?
Another voice whispered in my ear:
Fear is the enemy.
I can't let it define me.
The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
I had to turn the fear into courage or I would never succeed. I had to finish my story. I had to face the next blank page and new possibilities.
I took a deep breath and pressed the keys: T-H-E E-N-D.
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Friday, August 12, 2016

Photo Friday: Cheering Up

original post: http://karenjcarlisle.com/2016/08/12/photo-friday-cheering-up/

What I've been doing:
I needed cheering up. I ventured out into the sun and managed to get out of the house twice! (If you don't count a walk to the letterbox.) Oh, the excitement. Wedged between several chilly days of rain, thunder and hail, have been a few sunny gems. (Thursday was a corker.) The rain has brought life to dusty old Adelaide. It is glorious to behold.
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What I've been writing:
This week I'm finishing up final rewrites on Eye of the Beholder. The end is so close now. (excuse the typos)DSC_1365_20160811143626111
What I've been wearing:
My moustache necklace always cheers me up.
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Photos:©2016 Karen J Carlisle. All Rights Reserved.
If you wish to use any of my images, please contact me.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

August's Tea & Tidings Newsletter Subscriber Bonus!

original post: http://karenjcarlisle.com/2016/08/09/9197/

Get your free copy of  the latest of Viola’s short adventures:
The Adventures of Viola Stewart #3: Three More Short Stories (eBook). 

Sign up for my newsletter/email list before 18/8/16 for free copy of Viola's newest short adventures.
More information HERE.
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Viola Stewart's Next Set of Short Adventures - Out Now!

original post: http://karenjcarlisle.com/2016/08/09/viola-stewarts-next-set-of-short-adventures-out-now/

Viola Stewart is back in a new series of short stories!
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All of Viola’s plans have gone astray. Has Henry forgotten Viola’s birthday or are there more nefarious things afoot?
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The Men in Grey return – with plans for Viola. Can Polly save the day?
Mars Ascending
Sir Archibald has invited Viola and her friends to a dinner party, followed by a viewing of Mars with his tracking telescope. Will the lure of technology seduce Viola or will Henry lose her forever?
Viola is a widowed optician with a penchant for detectiving, who stumbles upon a secret Society of Men in Grey. This Victorian Mystery series is set in a steampunk fantasy world and has a gaslamp flavour - with a hint of romance.
(This compilation totals over 12,500 words. .)

The Adventures of Viola Stewart #3: Three More Shorts is now available as eBook from Smashwords and Amazon