Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Falling for #SpecFic: 2015 Realms Faire | Wattpad Wednesdays: Reborn Chapter 31 | Writing Update | Awesome Giveaway

The fourth annual Realms Faire is coming up November 9-13, and we have loads of events and prizes for you to participate in. Here are a few of the events coming up during the Faire.

So what does becoming a knight and jousting entail?
1. Spots are limited reserve your slot today! Click HERE and check off 'joining 4th annual joust as a knight. Huzzah!' or email Mary at
2. When you get an email from Mary, send her the name you'll joust under and 3-5 book covers. She'll send you the nifty badge and 3 magic words. The magic words are how you'll score points during the joust.
3. Send her 2 excerpts, or 2 stories of your knightly feats, or one excerpt and one story of your feats.
4. Send your friends and followers to this blog Nov. 9-13th and tell them to leave comments using your magic words. You're allowed to post exactly what they copy and paste. You're allowed to bribe. Prizes will be awarded to commenters daily on the site.

Evil is afoot. Chronos has accidentally created a vortex while cleaning his hourglass, plunging a few unfortunate souls into Lucien’s Bar, gateway to the Underworld. Now they are trapped. Lucien wants to keep them but will give each hapless victim one chance to earn their freedom. His condition? Enter a contest of skills with an Immortal opponent of his/her choosing.

Do you think you can survive a swordfight with War? How about wend your way through a carnivorous garden to get to Gaia’s treehouse? Or weave a portion of the Great Tapestry of Life while avoiding Atropos’ giant pair of life-ending scissors? Perhaps you’re brave enough to challenge Death to a peanut-eating contest? Or whip up a batch of punch with Jezebel, the Master Poisoner? Do you have what it takes to win your way out of Lucien’s grasp?

Your mission: on the day you appear in the contest you will post on your own blog or gather together your Facebook and/or Twitter friends and provide a link to this blog, pleading with your loyal supporters to come to your aid at and cheer you on to victory. Their comments will decide your fate. River will provide you with a few magic words to bolster the power of your minions. Plead well, for you will need their strength to endure. Others might seek to cast their votes with the Immortals.

Rewards? Yes! Besides winning your freedom (hopefully), each volunteer (that would be you) who is locked in the struggle will receive an Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. In addition, a few lucky commenters will be picked at random to receive a gift card at the end of the Faire.

Interested? Sign up at or email River at

Here at House Geek, Christine is happy to be hosting a marvelous event called Drench-a-wench or Soak-a-bloke, depending on whether our dunkee is a lovely lady or handsome lord.

The rules of this event are simple.
1. Dunkees are chosen by the Untethered Realms council. None of the dunkees know they have been picked. The fun is in the surprise, after all!
2. Christine will announce a new dunkee each day of the Faire and include a link to their blog.
3. Participants will go to the dunkee's blog and soak them with blog love in the comments of their most recent post. Anyone can participate.
4. Everyone who participates is included in the daily giveaway. Oh yes, my fine friends! There will be a new giveaway every day.
5. Visit the other esteemed hosts of Realms Faire and have fun with their games. Enter to win even more prizes.

House Waibel is hosting the Stockade Brigade. Warrants of arrest have been issued for select authors accusing them of witchery and wizardry. The pillory has been erected and the trial dates set.

Good people of Realmsdom, Mary calls upon you to bear witness to these trials and offer your testimony for or against the author's crimes.

Points will be awarded for wordsmithing a comment in your best Olde English afore 8 of the clock in the Eastern time on the following scale:

5-Ye speak as one from the days of Queen Bess.
4-Ye could pass muster as a Ren Faire cast member
3-Ye could pass as a Ren Faire attendee
2-Ye wouldn't be foolin' yer mother
1-Ye stand out like the sun in a cloudless sky

An e-book will be given every day to the witness who scores the most points. Fear not, your daily score will be accumulated and the person with the highest score shall receive a special prize at the end of the week. So, brush off your Olde English and prepare to testify.

Hero's beware! Here at the House of Hero's Dilemma, a new cliff-hanging adventure will dangle new heroes above the depths of destiny or despair. In 100 words or less, a hero will face a danger in story form.

Each day, the people of Realmsdom will decide the fate of these heroes in three sentences or less. If fateful endings are giving answer in poetic form, an extra entry for prizes will be awarded.

Daily e-book prizes will be awarded via random name-pulling from the entries. Everyone is invited to participate.

People of Realmsdom, you have the power of storytelling might to decide the fate of the would-be heroes. Will they die in glory or shame, live in victory or defeat? It is up to you.

And, after you have decided the fate of the Hero's Dilemma, try your hand at the other Realms Faire Events for more fun and prizes!

House Bookworm - Riddle Me This
I am a book so popular they made a movie of me. Within the what if realms I lie. Horror? Fantasy? Or am I Sci-Fi? A riddle every day during the Realms Faire for you to take your best guess and have a chance to win a prize most splendid.

For your guessing pleasure, visit Cherie Reich's blog (here!) every day November 9-13 to make a guess and be entered for a daily prize.

Twitter Hashtag - #RealmsFaire

Read Reborn from the beginning or Chapter Thirty-One.

Happy Wednesday! Since I'm taking a few days off next week (August 26-28), I've decided to go ahead and post my writing update and September's goals. My next post after this one will be the #IWSG post on September 2.

Writing is going well. I'm keeping to my primary and secondary goals, even if most days I only get a chance to write the bare minimum (15-20 minutes in Marked and 7-10 minutes in The Mission). I'm over 20,000 words in Marked (The Fate Challenges #1.5) and over 10,000 words in The Mission (The Gaia Project #1.1).

As for editing, I hope to start the final proofread of UR's anthology Mayhem in the Air this week.

Here are my September goals:
Primary Goal = write 20-25 minutes a day. Once I finish Marked, Forged (The Fate Challenges #2) will move into the primary spot.
Secondary Goal = write 10-12 minutes a day. The Mission is currently in this spot. Once I finish the first draft of The Mission, "On Day 168" will become my secondary goal.
Finish final proofread and formatting for Mayhem in the Air.
Edit a novel for a friend.

What are your September goals?

2015 Stats (1/1/15-8/18/15): 47,192 words written and 1,176 pages edited

TBMs giveaway 2 
Each month, T.B. Markinson plans to give away awesome books by wonderful authors and a $5 Amazon Gift Card. It’s her way of saying thank you to all her followers and fans. Some may wonder why she is giving books away that aren’t hers. The answer is simple: She loves to read and she loves to help fellow authors promote their books. The giveaway is easy to enter via Rafflecopter. At the end of the month, one winner will be selected randomly and will receive an e-book copy of all the books below plus a $5 Amazon Gift Card. Good luck! Here are the incredible books for August’s Giveaway. My novel Reborn is one of the awesome books in this month's giveaway!

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Enjoy your break!
I'm all signed up for the Vortex.

Heather R. Holden said...

Glad to hear writing's been going well for you! Will keep my fingers crossed that the words continue to flow, so you can make some great headway with your September goals... :)

Crystal Collier said...

Wahoo for the giveaway! And I'm looking forward to the Faire. Every year I say I want to participate, but it's usually around book release time for me--which as you know is insanity. What's my excuse this year? The baby. Hey, I'll get old one day and have the house to myself. ;)

Christine Rains said...

Yay for writing and the giveaway! The Realms Faire is going to be huge this year. :) My September goals... um, revise the Paramours and get them ready to query. I hope!

Anonymous said...

Have fun on your break. I suppose I should plan my September goals soon because August is flying by.

M Pax said...

The Realms Faire will be great! The joust is all full now.

Enjoy your break. Husband Unit wants to take two days off next week, which stresses me to no end. Aaaa.

I have a book to finish and edits for my short will be in soon.

Nas said...

Yay! Great that the writing is going well for you.

Liz Blocker said...

I love the Realms Faire! It's always so much fun!

Unknown said...

so glad your writing is going well! and enjoy your break! :)

DMS said...

I hope you have an awesome break. Sounds like your writing is going well. Yeah!

I always enjoy the Realms Faire- feels like fall. :)

Anonymous said...

That's great about the writing going well. Good luck on your goals. Have a restful break.

Tonja Drecker said...

Wow, Realms Faire looks amazing this year! Congrats to flowing words. May they continue to do so this next week!

Cathy Keaton said...

Yay for the writing going well! It makes a difference when it's a regularly scheduled thing, doesn't it? ;)

Misha Gerrick said...

You're doing great! See you when you're back. :-)

Unknown said...

Enjoy your break :) And I am super excited about Realms Faire, it should be really great.

alexia said...

I'm super excited about Realms Faire! Do you go to each of the Houses, or do you pick one, or what? I'm not quite sure how to go about joining in...

For September, I'm finishing final edits and formatting on Martinis with the Devil (very early in the month hopefully), and then I'm going to break into something new and try some travel writing based on my trip last month, and start subbing some stories and articles for that.

Catherine Stine said...

Realms Faire sounds awesome! Enjoy your break.

Tyrean Martinson said...

I love your doable, timed goals, Cherie! You always inspire me by moving forward. :)

And, wow, awesome post for Realms Faire!

cleemckenzie said...

Sounds like you have excellent goals and how great that you're getting a break. Enjoy. Great giveaway!

TBM said...

I hope you're enjoying your break. Sounds like a lot of fun is planned for this year. Woot! Thanks so much for mentioning the monthly giveaway.

Ellie Garratt said...

I hope you're having a fabulous break!

Mark said...

Those titles are great. Learning to joust and to drench-a-wench sounds fun:) Also, sounds like you've got some good writing goals ahead:) Best of luck!

Nas said...

Glad to know all going well with you!
All the best!

Romance Book Haven said...

Thanks for the giveaway!