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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Alone "Teaser"

Alone


(This story is told from two different point of views, River and Gale)

"Below is a blurb from Gale's point of view"


Stepping out of my jeep as the final infected falls dead to the ground I search for the girl that had just ran right in front of me.
My brother, Evan, exits the jeep along with the two sisters, Abby and Alice, which we had just found a few days before.
“Where did she go?”He questions.
I shake my head as I search for her, or the five infected chasing after her.
I was really hoping that they hadn't caught her.
“I don’t know.”
“Do you think she ran into the trees?” Abby questions while coming up beside me.
Looking in that direction I nod.
She had to have gone into the woods.
Reaching back into the jeep I produce another hand gun with an extra clip and my favorite shotgun.
I was determined to find the girl.
I couldn't leave until I knew whether or not she had gotten away.
So few people had survived the first wave of infected, most died days after being infected, they were the lucky ones.
Some turned into the savage infected that roamed the deserted streets for a meal.
And some, like my brother and I, were immune to the virus that had taken over. Both of us had been bitten within those first days, and both of us were lucky enough to survive.
Those that were left were few and far between, numbering less than a few thousand for the entire continent of North America.
The odds of surviving were against us since the infected far outnumbered the still living.
If I could help at least one survivor out, I would.
And right now she needed my help.
“You’re not seriously going after her are you, Gale?” Alice questions.
“I am. I would have done the same for you and your sister. I have to at least try to save her from being eaten alive.”I state as I glance over to my brother who nods as he reaches for his weapons.
I knew he would have my back no matter what.
“Did you even see that girl? She looked as savage as the beasts chasing her.”Abby whines grating on my nerves for the last time.
It had been nonstop since we had picked them up.
The sisters wanted to sit around and do nothing while my brother and I waited on them hand and foot.
I was tired of it and their selfishness.
“I’m going. I don’t care what you do.”I nearly growl out.
“But who’s going to protect us if the infected come back?”She whines.
I scrub my hand over my face feeling as if I was wasting precious time with her.
She had no concept of life and death.
Just as I open my mouth to say something that I knew would have been nothing less than vicious my brother steps up to my other side and places his hand on my shoulder.
“I’ll hang back here with the princesses. If you need any help just yell and I’ll be right behind you, okay?”
“Alright, I’ll try to hurry.” I walk away. “Make sure you keep an eye on the road.”
The road was a dangerous place to be stopped, but on the road we were on I didn't worry so much about having someone else run into us.
Out of the other people that we had run across that weren't infected less than half had been friendly, the others were dangerous, ruthless, and deadly.
My brother and I had barely escaped some of those people.
Heading into the trees I only hoped I wasn't going to encounter more than I bargained for.

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Thanks for Reading.
Raven K. Asher


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

5 Random Tips for Writers

5 Random Tips for Writers


Five tips I've come up with for writers, or at least five of my favorite tips that I've learned really quickly in my career as a writer. They are tips that I believe every writer should know and follow.

1.) Do not under any circumstance every contact or react to a negative review in any way. I had to put this one first because I've witnessed so many new writers and some older, fail to stick to this tip/ unspoken rule. Trust me it only ends with you looking bad. Now, you might be tempted to want to tell that person off because you feel it was an unjust review, but it's best just to laugh it off and go on with your day. (My little secret to get past those kind of reviews is to dissect it, laugh about it ,and when possible learn from it.)

2.) When the world seems against you keep on writing. We've all had those days where you stop and ask yourself "do I really want to do this, do I still want to be a writer?" To get past those days you just have to look deep inside yourself and ask "do I love writing, is it something worth giving up?". For most of us writers the answers to those questions are yes and no. We love writing above all else and even if no one else sees our writings it's still important to us. So, just keep on writing if that's what your heart desires. Don't give up on your dreams just because one day (or many days in some cases) seem like the worst day of your writing career.

3.) Never judge yourself to someone else's works. If you do this you're just building yourself up to fail. No two works will ever be the same, and you can't hold yourself up next to someone who has worked hard to get where they are. You need to learn that it takes time, patience, and lots of hard work to get where most of these other authors are. And while sometimes it seems like some just have a natural talent and they rise quickly, it doesn't mean your not good, it just means you have to work that much harder.

4.) Take some "me" time. This applies to those of us who can't seem to put the laptop away and live life. I've failed at following this rule and I've had a few mini break downs because of it. It's all been in the name of needing to get a story out. Yes, it's hard to sometimes take a day off, especially when a release date is nearing, but in the long run a day off, an hour here or there, will work wonders. You and your mind will work better with a little rest and distance from a story. Don't be afraid to step back and watch a little TV, or read a book. (Heck, take a relaxing bubble bath with some fine wine.)

5.) You can't please everyone. Simply said, but yet hard words to take in. No one is going to make something everyone will love. No matter how hard you try you will fail at this. There is always going to be that one person who will hate it. They will despise it so much that yes they will leave you that nasty little review. (Now, refer back to tip #1) The ones who love it will hopefully also leave a review,  but it's more likely that you'll get the bad before the good in many cases. Like I said before laugh it off, or better yet don't read them. When writing you do it for yourself, do what makes you happy, write what you love.

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Thanks for Reading.
Raven K. Asher




Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Writing Playlist

My Writing Playlist


I've come up with a list of the songs that I listen to while writing my books. The list is a bit short considering I sometimes find myself placing one song on repeat for the entire time I'm writing. I have a wide range of songs that I use and I'm always looking for that next song to spark my imagination. The weekly free singles are my favorite place to find new songs every week along with others I hear on TV shows or just some from back when I was still in high school.


All Time Low - Lost In Stereo

Avril Lavigne - What the Hell

Avril Lavigne - Forgotten

Awolnation - Sail

Banks - Begging For Thread

Breaking Benjamin - Follow

Breaking Benjamin - Polyamorous

Carrie Underwood - Blown Away

Conner Youngblood - Monsters

Deana Carter - Strawberry Wine

Death Cab for Cutie - Summer Skin

Dev - In the Dark

Digital Daggers - Aquarius

Digital Daggers - The Devil Within

Digital Daggers - Out of My Head

Digital Daggers - Bad Intentions

Evanescence - The Change

Evanescence - My Immortal

Fall Out Boy - I Don't Care

Fitz & The Tantrums - Break the Walls

Imagine Dragons - Radioactive

Imagine Dragons - Bleeding Out

Laura Welsh - Break the Fall

Lorde - 400 Lux

Lorde - Glory and Gore

Lorde - A World Alone

Lorde - The Love Club

Milky Chance - Stolen Dance

MisterWives - Vagabond

Muse - Supermassive Black Hole

Phantogram - Nothing But Trouble

sElf - Runaway

Sia - Elastic Heart

Skylar Grey - Coming Home, Pt. II 

Skylar Grey - Invisible 

Tove Lo - Got Love

Volbeat - Fallen

Volbeat - A Better Believer 

Volbeat - 7 Shots

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Thanks for Reading
Raven K. Asher




Monday, October 20, 2014

10 Quotes to help you write

10 Quotes to help you write.


Here are ten of my favorite quotes that I find myself repeating over and over while I write.

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"No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader."  
- Robert Frost

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"I am the commander of these words. I am the king of the story. I am the god of the place. I am a writer, and I will finish the shit that I start. Amen."
- Unknown

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"You are a writer. Own it. You are a writer. Claim it. You are a writer. Believe it."
- The Reluctant Sojourner

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"Don't be a 'writer'. Be writing."
- William Faulkner

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"The faster I write the better my output. If I am going slow, I'm in trouble. It means I am pushing the words instead of being pulled by them."
- Raymond Chandler

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"Everyone who tells me they don't have time to write, I just say, 'One scene a night for three months, and you'll have a movie - you can even use the weekends'. It's possible to be a writer if you want to be a writer, even without all the time in the world..."
- Bruce Joel Rubin

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"Novels begin not on the page, but in meditation and daydreaming - in thinking, not writing."
- Joyce Carol Oates

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"Three words for a writer: Make me care."
- Buffy Andrews

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"A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it."
- Samuel Johnson

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"Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual."
- Ernest Hemingway

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Thanks for Reading
Raven K. Asher



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

When Worlds Collide & Stars Align

When Worlds Collide and Stars Align


My name is Phoenix.
I’m your average kind of girl, long brown hair, medium height, and large brown doe eyes.
Yeah, yeah, I know you’re thinking to yourself that there’s nothing special about me, right?
Wrong.
I’m currently living in space on a far off, unknown planet with my ex- boyfriend and his best friend.
What I really find strange is all of the planets and creatures out here.
Think of every myth and legend that you've heard of as a kid.
Now, erase that because they aren't so much actually myths or legends, they are very real.
Angels and Demons are an everyday occurrence.
Instead of heaven and hell they have their own planets, their own worlds and that is just the surface that I have scratched.
And if you think things can’t get much stranger, you’re wrong again.
Thanks to my bond with my intended mate being broken I now have a split personality, and that my evil side wants to kill everyone around me.
Oh, and don’t let me forget to mention that I’m also in love with my dead mate’s brother.
Yeah, I know it sounds like a crazy story, but it’s all true.
 Who would have thought that on my eighteenth birthday that I’d be kidnapped and taken away from the only home I ever knew.
I really miss Earth and my family, but over the past few months I've come to find that home is where you make it, and that love will pop up in the most unexpected places.
Even though I’m millions, if not billions of miles from home I’m learning to live this life I've been thrown into. I’m going where few have ever even dreamed of going.
And there is so much more that I have yet to learn.
I am Phoenix Mason, and this is my story.

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Info about Book:
Categories: Angels, Demons, Worlds, Aliens, Romance, Drama, Science Fiction
Roughly 261 pages, 51,171 words

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*** Intended for Mature Audiences ***
Contains Mild Sexual Scenes and Some Adult Situations

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Available for purchase at the links below.

Amazon: $0.99


Barnes&Noble: $0.99


Smashwords: $0.99


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Thank You for Reading.
Raven K. Asher



Thursday, October 9, 2014

Writing Eden One

1 Day Left!!


The Writing of Eden One
(Into the writer's mind)

     First off, let me admit that Eden One came to me as just a title first. I randomly generated the title and absolutely couldn't get it out of my mind. (I do that quite often)

     Days went by as I mulled over what I wanted to write.

     It wasn't until I talked to my husband that I decided to write, Eden One, about space, (we both love movies about space) but then the next thing was what I wanted the story to be about. I knew I wanted to write a novella series and I thought this would be perfect time to try my hand at it.

     So, it went from there, but I still wasn't sure what to do. That is until I woke up from a dream, a bizarre dream, but the beginning dream that breathed life into Eden One.

     From there, I came up with a background story by just imagining what life would be like in the future, or at least what I hope life will be. I imagined us exploring space and planets. (I'm a firm believer in space exploration, and the need to expand ourselves into the universe)

     With that, I just dreamed of what life could be like living on a space station and what life would be like on a random planets, and the ideas just kept rolling from my fingertips.

     This story has really taken on its own personality and life as I explore more into the world I've created in my mind. I mean, it's awesome to be able to create and entire world on your own. I can make anything anyway I want.

     That's he best part about being a writer.

     I get to explore my own mind every day.

     And trust me my mind can sometimes be jumbled full of different worlds just screaming to get out. Eden One is by far my favorite world that I've created though. And even after season one ends I plan on taking the series farther.

     There is so much more to explore and other characters I want to create. My plan is to explore the other space stations, and follow a new set of characters each season.

     There are so many plans, but not enough hours in the day to write. One of the many writer woes. But I wouldn't trade this career for anything, it's been a dream come true.

Thanks for Reading
Raven K. Asher


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Eden One, Character List Part 2.

Just 3 more Days!!!
I am getting so excited.

Here is a continuation of the character list that I started Monday.
These characters are all native to Eden One.


Fox - aka. Duine King
Fox is the second Duine she encounters but the one she can't seem to get over. He also shares a strange bond with her old flame Cash that resulted from the previous time Cash had escaped Eden One. Fox is a one-of-a-kind fire Duine who can manipulate fire in many different ways.

Ash - aka. Plant Duine
Ash is a healer and a Duine that can manipulate plants and nature. He is a right hand man to Fox and is often a voice of reason for all.

Riker - aka. Water Duine
Riker is a big part of the beginning even though you wont know it, i'll leave that all a a bit of a surprise. But he does fall for Kenzie and he does anything he can to keep her safe.

Dax - aka. Gealtach Hunter, Catcher
Dax is one of the dark beings on Eden One. He is feared by the Duine as a bringer of death. When sent on a mission with his two brothers he's surprised when a little human makes him second guess his entire career as a hunter.

Jett - aka. Gealtach Hunter, Leader
One of Dax's brothers, also their leader.

Nixon - aka. Gealtach Hunter, Tracker
Nixon is another of Dax's brothers, and their tracker when on hunts.

Shade - aka. Gealtach Hunter
Shade is a hunter sent after Kenzie and her group to bring her back to Aden but his loyalties lie with the highest bidder.

Other minor characters
Mira - Plant Duine, and Ash's sister
Ella - Duine princess

I know there are other characters I haven't listed yet and there are more to come so I'll post another character list in a few weeks as I end this series.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Eden One, Character List Part 1

Since Eden One is going to be released this coming Friday, October 10th, I'm planning on all of my blog posts to have something to do with this new novella series.

There's going to be insights, teasers, and a possible giveaway before Fridays release. So, stay tuned so you don't miss these posts.

To start off the week I'd like to share a character list and short description of the characters you can expect to find within this novella series. This list is an introduction into the first episode, so I haven't added all of the characters to it yet. I will add another list within the week of others you can expect from the ground on Eden One.


Mackenzie Frost - aka. Mac, or Kenzie
Mac, is the main character for Eden One. Kenzie is a young girl who is brought up in a mostly male world upon the military space station. She is a commander, the only female commander, in fact. That status alone has placed her in a rough position. She's constantly having to defend herself but with the help of her squad, or teammates she can overcome anything.

Max Dunn - aka. Mad Max
Max is Mackenzie's best friend and her second in command. He's a character that takes a lot of time in the background but he keeps Kenzie going when things seem hopeless. He does make a more prominent appearance later in the episodes.

Grey Dixon - aka. Grey, or Dixon
Grey is a self-proclaimed ladies man and one of Mac's team. He's also a voice of reason and comedic relief for everyone around. He doesn't say much but when he does its either something funny, sarcastic, or completely serious.

Dash Brooks - aka. Dash, or Brooks
Dash is a very quiet character, mostly standing in the background listening and learning. Nothing gets past him.While Dash doesn't make many appearances in the beginning of the novella series he will become a important character and source of strength for Mac. 

Maddox Weaver - aka. Maddox, or Weaver
Maddox starts out as a bit of an enemy on Mac's team but it quickly turns when she learns that he actually likes her. Even though things don't go the way that he would like he sticks by her side and helps her through some of her most trying times. He is a main prominent character being some part of every episode. He never wavers in his faith to his leader.

Killian Wolfe - aka. Killian, Alpha Killian, Alpha
There's a love/hate relationship between Kenzie and Killian, but it's mostly hate on Kenzie's part. But all is not what it seems with Killian. Being an Alpha he is a leader, and a son to the evil Alpha Aden.

Cash
A love of Kenzie's and also the commander who trained her, Cash is one of the first groups to be sent to Eden One. He had been the only one to return to the military space station, but he didn't come back unchanged, he came back with red eyes. Without him in the beginning all would be lost on Eden One.


Extra and minor characters from the first Episode

Commander Frost - aka. Kenzie's father
Markus - Council Leader
Cato- Council member
Aden Wolfe - Alpha, and Killian's father
Silas - Commander on Military ship
Jace - Commander on Military ship
Clark - Commander on Military ship

Addie Lake - Farmers station
Demi Baker - Breeders station
Nova Star - Engineers station

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Thanks for Reading
Raven K. Asher












Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cover Reveal for "Alone"

Cover reveal for "Alone"

Here's the new cover for my new and upcoming post-apocalyptic book, "Alone". I couldn't wait another moment to share it with everyone.


I think this is the simplest book cover I've done so far, but it really represents the book well. I cannot wait until this story is ready for release.
I'm halfway through writing it and with a little luck, today, I hopefully will get closer to finishing it.

I expect it to be ready for release by December if not sooner.
I'll release dates as I get closer to the end.

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Thanks for Reading.
Raven K. Asher


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Author Interview

Here's some Questions and Answers from my author interview from Smashwords : )

What motivated you to become an indie author?               
My two little girls and my husband are my biggest motivators. Without my husbands support I would never have even written my first book which easily led to the next and created a strong passion for writing all of my other books so far.
               
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is having a stranger fall in love with a story that you, yourself, have written and have fallen in love with. There is no greater joy than knowing someone out there has been touched by your story.
              
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me, if I could I'd give every last one a great big hug for just liking my stories. Without them I wouldn't be where I am right now, in front of my computer, writing.
What are you working on next?               
Right now I am working on three different stories. One is a futuristic space, romance, novella series called Eden One. The second one is book two for The Angels Evermore series. And the third is another apocalyptic story called Alone, which is my favorite genre to write.
              
What is your writing process?
My writing process is unique considering I don't plan my stories. I come up with a title and characters, and from there I allow the story to flow from my mind to my fingertips. I find it easy to write this way, and it's also more enjoyable for me because I never know the life the story will take on. Sometimes I'm left staring at my computer screen asking myself if that really just happened. I like the freedom it gives me to change my characters and where the story might end up. And as much as I have tried to plan out books, because that's the way I thought writing should be, I just couldn't do it. I found myself growing bored with the story and I would eventually just scrap it completely.
              
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Ah, yes the first story I ever read, it was Fallen by Lauren Kate. This book and it's series quickly led me into reading well over 500 books within a few years time, and it ultimately gave me the first push into wanting to become an author.
               
Describe your desk
I don't really have a desk, my desk is literally my lap, while I sit on my couch with my writing buddy Daisy, the beagle, with my kids running around and normally with the TV turned to My Little Pony. My husband is currently working on converting one of our extra rooms into an office though, so hopefully I'll have my own space soon enough.
               
When did you first start writing?
For as long as I can remember I've been writing stories. I would make them up as a kid and write them into small books that I would staple together for my grandparents to read. as I grew up I wrote short stories and poems. It wasn't until just shy of a year ago that I took writing seriously and completed my first book, No Where to Run (The Story of Alexis Rose).
               
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I remember my first story, I even have it packed away in a memories box, laminated from my first grade teacher. It was about a farmer and his horses. It was a cute story and I even did all the illustrations myself (which actually looked close to what they should considering I was in first grade). I was so proud of that little five page story.
              
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I'm being a wife of an amazing husband, and a mom to two very smart little girls. I also hobby farm, raising animals such as pygmy goats, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, and any other critters my husband will allow me.

I hope you enjoyed this little insight into my life, feel free to ask me any questions.
Thanks for Reading :)
Raven K. Asher