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Whistle Down the Wind
Book One The Mystic Moon Series – Featuring the Glyndwr sisters
Genre: Historical romance with paranormal elements
Publisher: Moon Valley Publishing
Page count: 360
Publisher: Moon Valley Publishing
Page count: 360
Escaping from the persecution of the European witch hunts, a beautiful witch with the power to control the wind joins forces with a handsome Cavalier on a mission to save the King of England and the colony of Virginia.
Catlin Glyndwr is a tenth generation Mistress of Elements — a hereditary witch who can call upon her elemental spirits for assistance in casting spells.
Accused of witchcraft in seventeenth century England, she faces the hangman. Even though she took a vow never to hurt anyone with her magic, if her true powers are revealed, she’ll be executed.
Sir Griffin Reynolds is on his way to the colony of Virginia, on a secret mission to locate Puritan rebels intent upon seizing the throne of King Charles II. When his best friend becomes deathly ill while interrogating a beautiful Welsh maiden accused of using magic to attack a local official – Griffin is forced to strike a bargain with her in order to save his friend’s life.
When Catlin and Griffin travel together on a voyage to the American colonies, they try to resist the pull of erotic sensuality that flares between them. It is a temptation they both soon crave. But danger lurks aboard ship and evil haunts Catlin. She must learn how her destiny is linked with that of the man who has vowed to protect her.
In a dangerous and unexplored world, where superstition exists along side the new discoveries of science, powerful elemental spirits are capable of assisting the magical adepts. But there is always danger in harnessing magic and a price to pay when one calls to the spirit world for help.
While Griffin tries to deny his attraction to Catlin, she works her own special magic on his heart and he discovers he cannot resist falling under her sensual spell.
Together, Catlin and Griffin learn that a journey of the heart requires courage, trust and the ability to believe in the astonishing gift of love.
Tagline: A beautiful witch discovers there’s more then one way to be wicked!
Mapping Your Way to Success: Goal Setting
For many writers, the challenge to reaching their career goals begins with learning to set goals.
What is a goal? Something you want to achieve within a specific period of time. Based on what YOU can do, not based on the actions of outside people. Goals help you organize your time and stay on track.
Example: I will sell my book to a Big 6 publisher.
You don’t control this
No specific timeframe
Measureable only if you do or don’t accomplish it, no possible revision
Better Goal: I will query 6 agents about my completed manuscript (XX) by June 1, 2012.
A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the SMART mnemonic. While there are plenty of variants (some of which we've included in parenthesis), SMART usually stands for:
S - Specific (or Significant).
M - Measurable (or Meaningful).
A - Attainable (or Action-Oriented).
R - Relevant (or Rewarding).
T - Time-bound (or Trackable).
List Method – What do I want to accomplish in 10 years? 5 years? In 2012?
Career Plan for Authors – What do you want and how will you know when you arrive at your destination? What factors influence this goal?
MindMap – A drawing of your goal and all the “baby steps” you need to take to achieve it.
Journaling – Keep writing down things you want to do/accomplish as you think of them over a week. Then organize them into goals.
Prioritize Your Activity
Choose (3) main goals and work on those. Too many goals = too many distractions.
Be realistic, what can you accomplish in the stated period of time?
Performance, not outcome. What factors do you control?
You MUST write your goals down.
Create a monthly goal chart, then weekly, then a daily To Do list. This breaks your individual tasks into manageable bits. And you can always move things around.
Schedule a regular review of your goals.
What do you need to achieve your goal?
Beware the Fear Monster! Fear of failure or success can be the biggest roadblock to achieving your goal.
Figure out what works for you, and then keep using it.
Sibelle Stone is the pseudonym for award winning historical romance author Deborah Schneider. Sibelle writes sexy steampunk and paranormal stories, filled with magic, mad scientists, dirigibles, automatons, and creatures that would scare the panties off Deborah. In her spare time Sibelle enjoys dressing up in Victorian ensembles, modding play guns into something that looks a bit more sinister and wearing hats.
Author Bio: Deborah Schneider
A lifelong love of American history led Deborah Schneider from teaching high school to writing novels. Her first book, Beneath A Silver Moon won the Molly award for “Most Unsinkable Heroine” from the Heart of Denver chapter of RWA and was later a finalist in the New Historical Voice Contest in 2000. Her most recent release Promise Me won the 2011 EPIC Award for Best Western Romance. Her first steampunk story, No Ordinary Love was published in fall 2011. Deborah is employed by the busiest and best library system in the U.S. She’s received the “Open Book Award” from Pacific Northwest Writers and was named “Librarian of the Year” by Romance Writers of America in 2009.