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As his face changes, her fate unfolds. The Mirrors of Fate: Out of the Past (Book 1 to The Mirrors of Fate Trilogy). Click on the pic for e-outlets.

Monday, 28 February 2011

The Mirrors of Fate: Out of the Past hits smashwords tomorrow


“The Mirrors of Fate: Out of the Past” COMES OUT TOMORROW March 1st.
 
Be sure to grab yourself a copy! This debut novel is close to my heart because I wrote it when I was about the same age as the protagonist (18, and I'm 23 now by the way) and my editor and I polished this sucker, so I hope you’ll check out our hard efforts. ^_^ If you’re still in the dark and have no idea what the Mirrors of Fate: Out of the Past is, it's a Contemporary Paranormal Romance about a high school student who becomes entangled in a dangerous web of fate after she meets a stranger tied to her past. It is book 1 in a 3-part series. Trust me, you'll want to keep going with it. Book 2 is even better, and I kid you not. 
  

The mystery begins with the trailer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KldidJiZ3k0 It's important to check it out because it gives you a little sneak peak of the book's ending.

Go to my website http://www.cindilee.com for more information or check my first post on this blog. The info is all there. If you get a laugh, shed a tear, get a chill, have a “What the heck just happened?” moment, feel like jumping into the book even once to say, “Look behind you!” then my job is done. I hope you all enjoy it when it drops March 1st. People are already taking in the sample. Read it at http://www.issuu.com/cindilee/docs/the_mirrors_of_fate_out_of_the_past_sampleto2 or my website or here http://www.cindilee.com/read_5.html


See you March 1st!





Sunday, 27 February 2011

Writer's Folly #1


Overcomplicated verbiage does not a good novel make.


Some believe that being a 'serious' author means using complicated, or even beyond that, overcomplicated language. I believed this once. Today's authors, especially some critically acclaimed American writers, use language that might baffle the living daylights out of the average reader, or at least bore them to tears. But some press on with reading, anxious to pull through their friends' recommended read or at least prove that they are a 'serious' reader by getting through a piece of critically-acclaimed work.
 
Today, we assume that the language must be hard and a paragraph perhaps provoke hours of thought in order for a book to be considered 'literature'. When I really started to study English in high school I had the same view. As our growing minds were exposed to books by some of the English greats, your impression was that anything good had to sound a lot more refined and elevated and witty than you'd normally say it. Anything else with easier language was hogwash, despite their popularity and despite how excited you were to just read a book and 'get it' immediately.

But, despite what you've been told, overcomplicated verbiage does not a good novel make. Award-winning authors like V.S. Naipaul by many accounts is considered great for his precise, direct style. So now we get to an important tip when you're writing. If it doesn't make sense when you or someone else reads it aloud, and you've tried everything you can think of to rearrange words and shift this and that to keep the profundity of the sentence, throw the entire sentence out. Sometimes it's better to keep things simpler, and your reader will thank you.

One tip I try my best to follow nowadays is 'When in doubt, throw it out.' It's one thing to sound witty and intelligent; it's another thing entirely to confuse or bore your reader. You don't want to risk losing exactly what you intended to communicate simply because you were intent on 'stepping it up too many notches'. Simpler language isn't necessarily 'ineffective language'. Sometimes the most direct path has the most profound effect. This doesn't mean we as writers don't challenge ourselves to present ideas and thoughts and situations in clever and new ways that'll grasp people and get their thought-wheels turning, but if you use 'when in doubt, throw it out', you'll find yourself eliminating a lot of the fluff and getting to the bones of the matter.

It may be hard, but you can do it.

Saturday, 26 February 2011

This Jack of all Trades would love to learn...read to find out

Departing from book promotions for a minute (*cough cough* check first post), ^_^ my inner fearless child and perhaps inner Angelina Jolie bad motha-shut your mouth version was totally excited when it saw this youtube video. Yes, you see a bunch of cars in the still of the youtube video posted below. But it's what the cars are DOING that's important. When you click play, don't press stop. You MUST watch until the end otherwise you'll miss SO much.








O_O Did you see it? I know, right? Why don't we see more of that kind of stunting in the movies? Can anyone say "Transporter 7" or "Fast and Furious: We Be Driving Again Ya'll"? This Jack of all trades would love to learn car stunting like that. Unfortunately I haven't even parallel parked since my driving test, so I think I'll leave this to the professionals. But hey, you never know. I'm game to try and learn if I had the time, the wheels, the teacher, and the space to do it. And I hope that's not just me. Now let's just make sure the average criminal doesn't know how to drive this way ;-) or at least when in hot pursuits behaves a little more like this...


Friday, 25 February 2011

My debut novel "The Mirrors of Fate: Out of the Past" coming March 1st

^_^   I guess the best way to welcome people to my blog is to talk about part of what defines me. I'm a writer (but if you see typos here, you still can't hold them against me), and my debut novel The Mirrors of Fate: Out of the Past, book 1 to my 3-part series The Mirrors of Fate will be coming out March 1st. It shall be released as an ebook to a site I truly love, smashwords.com. ^_^ Right now I'm in promotion mode, so excuse me while I be a bit shameless in this post.


Youtube trailer for "The Mirrors of Fate: Out of the Past"




My website http://www.cindilee.com will give you some of the regular ol' author information.
This is my smashwords profile. Look out for the book March 1st!  http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/CindiLee
My page here http://issuu.com/cindilee/docs/the_mirrors_of_fate_out_of_the_past_sampleto2  will let you read a sample of The Mirrors of Fate: Out of the Past, or you can just check it out here below. See how I've got your back with all the direct links and the info ;-)


You can read Prologue to Chapter two of book below:





That's all for now folks. Thanks for stopping by.