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Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday Freebie

Black Friday Freebie

Eden One, Episode One

(Get it today, Free, on Amazon)

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What do we do when the world as we know it ends?
What will we do to survive?
Only we can decide the answers to those questions.

Now, fast forward 237 years into the future.

Earth is no longer livable, and only seven space stations hold the keys to our future.
Each station has its own special reasons, and each has a certain group that will be able to travel to any new planets they find and begin life anew.
The stations consist of the farmers, the engineers, the scientists, the breeders, the doctors, the military, and the alphas, or also known as the future leaders.
Mackenzie was lucky enough to be born on the military station, and  is quickly following in her father’s footsteps to becoming a leader of her very own squad, a squad that would someday be sent down to a whole new world.
They were the future.
As their future soon becomes reality Mackenzie and her team are tested to their limits. Mackenzie has to choose whether her lifelong enemy, Killian, will become their Alpha as her and her team are chosen to finally start a new life.
But when her old flame shows up out of nowhere will she be able to choose?
She has to fight her emotions and do what's best for everyone, but will it be enough?
Will it keep them all alive when they finally reach the ground?


Thanks for Reading
Raven K. Asher

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Just stopping by to say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

I know this day is a day to give thanks for all of things we have and I'd like to give thanks for my awesome little family, I don't know where I'd be without my husband or my two wonderful little kiddos. 
I'm also thankful for the opportunity that I've been given to follow one of my biggest dreams, writing. Ever since I was a child I had a passion for storytelling and to have the chance to actually sit down and put words to pages is a dream come true.

We should all give thanks on this day and also say a little prayer as we sit around our tables and enjoy our families and food for there are many who are not as fortunate as others. And there are many who are serving in our military who cannot make it home for the holidays, so don't forget to say an extra thanks for them as you enjoy your day.


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!

Raven K. Asher

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Break Time (Origami Modular 5-Point Star)

Origami Modular 5-Point Star

Alright, so I did this and I have to be honest I will probably never tackle this one again. (I'm just not that good at this stuff early in the morning, I guess.) Anyway, this took way too much time too. Nearly an hour.
But if you wanna give it a try please have at it.

I found step-by-step instructions here:

(I love how the link states "easy")
It was far from easy, especially with the thicker book paper, it probably wouldn't have been so bad with thinner paper.

Here's a picture of my finished project. 

While it's good for my first try I'm a bit of a perfectionist and it drives me crazy that I didn't get it perfect on the first try.
But I'm moving on.
This is a cute idea if you want to make it a bit smaller than I did for Christmas tree ornaments.

I may (big on the maybe) try this again but with unused pieces of wrapping paper, I think that would be worth a try. If I do try it I'll post pics.

Good Luck!!


Have a great day.

Raven K. Asher

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cover Reveal "A Touch of Frost"

"A Touch of Frost"
Cover Reveal

I couldn't wait any longer to share this cover. It' honestly the best work I think I've done cover wise and I couldn't be any happier with the way it turned out. Again, this is one of the many things in the process of writing and self-publishing that I'm growing in. I've also decided on a title for the series which I decided to keep simple. "The Winter Fae"

Hope you all enjoy the cover.

Thanks for Reading.
Raven K. Asher

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Break Time (The Origami Heart book marker)

Craft Time

Time to step away from that laptop.
Come on, I know you can do it.
Just step away and take a deep breath.
Now, relax and take a break.

As a full time writer I can get lost in my work and sometimes it's hard to just step away for a moment so I've come up with some small crafts to take my mind away from work for just a little while.
These crafts I'll share with you are all book related and will only take a small amount of time to accomplish so we can all get back to what we do best.

The first craft I would love to share with everyone is the Origami heart, corner book marker.

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This is my finished product made from a page from a book that unfortunately met its end with a cup of coffee. I couldn't just throw it away so I've been searching for new ways to give it life again.

You can use pretty much any kind of paper to create these, so get creative.

This book mark only took me about 15 minutes to create.

Here's the link I used for instructions for this little project. It gives an easy step-by-step video of how to create this book mark.


Here are step-by-step instructions.
(This works best if your using a paper with a pattern on one side and plain on the other.)

These steps can be found with pictures at the link below.

Step 1
Cut out your patterned square from the printout (6 in x 6 in). Fold diagonally in half in both directions. When you open it out flat there should be a cross of creases. With the pattern triangle furthest from you, fold in half with the white side up. Fold flat again.

Step 2
Push in the sides of the square so that you are left with a smaller triangular shape. The patterned area should be at the back.
Step 3
Fold the small patterned triangles at the front in towards the center and back out again.

Step 4
Now fold them in on themselves so that all the patterned area is hidden.

Step 5
Fold this top flap up towards the top and flatten out the patterned area inside.

Step 6
Now fold the flap back down again.

Step 7
Fold the bottom half of the flap towards the crease line.

Step 8
Snip from the edge to the crease line, following the cut already there. Do not cut through the pattered triangle at the back.
(This step is slightly different than the one in the video)

Step 9
Fold the corners of each of the tabs in towards the middle to create two points.

Step 10
Then, fold the points upwards. Turn the flap over and voilà! A heart-shaped bookmark!

Tip: To turn the bookmark into a heart shape, turn the bookmark over and fold the ends of the triangle in towards the inside of the opening – it should now look like a square.


Alright, now that break time is over you can get back to work with a smile on your face knowing that you just created an awesome book marker.

Feel free to share your creations and how they turned out.


Thanks for Reading.
Raven K. Asher

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Getting to know a Character

Character Questionnaire

Here are some great questions to ask yourself while developing a character for your story, or just to get a better feel for your characters.
These are just some of the questions I use for every one of my characters, whether they are the main character or just a minor one, these questions can help make the character feel more 3 dimensional.
There are many more questions you can ask to also make your character come to life, and there are tons of blogs and topics covering these kind of questions online, but these are the basics that I've plucked out to use for myself.

1.) What's your characters name?

2.) Does your character have a nickname?

3.) What's your characters hair color?

4.) Eye color?

5.) What kind of distinguishing facial features does your character have? Does your character have a birthmark? Where is it? What about scars? How did he get them?

6.) Where was your character born? Where has she lived since then? Where do they call home?

7.) Who are your characters friends? Who does she surround herself with? Who are the people your character is closest to? Who do they wish they were closest to?

8.) Where does your character go when they are angry? How easily do they become angry? What makes your character sad? What makes them happy?

9.) What is their biggest fear? Why are they afraid?

10.) What's your characters most treasured possession? What is the one thing your character couldn't live without?

11.) What makes your character laugh out loud? What makes them cry?

12.) Does your character have a secret? Why don't they want anyone to know it?

13.) Has your character been in love? Had a broken heart?

14.) Does your character have any siblings? How many? Brothers? Sisters?

15.) What kind of relationship does your character have with their siblings?

Ask yourself these questions and watch as your character slowly comes alive. Watch them grow and add your own personal questions to the mix to add even more layers to your characters.
Don't be afraid to dive deeper and ask more personal questions, don't be afraid to pry into their lives to understand them better.
The deeper you dive the better you will know how a character will react in different situations. Will they run away from conflict or will they dive right into it and solve the problem. 

I hope you find some of these questions helpful. Like I said earlier there are some really awesome blogs and sites that share even more ways to question your characters and add more questions to your questionnaire.
Use your imagination and let your characters be unleashed. Have fun doing it, that's the most important part, have fun.

Thanks for Reading.
Raven K. Asher

Thursday, November 13, 2014

My First Year

My First Year

It's been a year now since I first took that leap into the world of writing, and I wouldn't change anything I've experienced for the world. It's been a roller-coaster ride of learning, but I as an author have grown leaps and bounds.
I was an emotion mess when I placed that first book for sale on Amazon. I remember not sleeping at all that first night that it went live. 
And I'll admit I cried when it didn't sell at first.
Then that first sale came and I jumped for joy, and then that first amazing 5-star review came from that first stranger who enjoyed my story.
I mean, that is an overwhelming joy to feel. It's the best feeling in the world, you're on cloud nine that someone out there really liked what you wrote.
Someone was awesome enough to leave a review even.
Then that dreaded bad review comes, you always expect it but never really expect it to just show up one day.
That's the day you question everything you've done.
You ask yourself do I really want to continue writing?
That was the point I almost gave up, and again I cried, oh did I cry.
The next day though I re-read that review, and then I read it again.
And guess what, I learned from it.
And that was the first step to becoming a better writer, a stronger writer.
I learned from my mistakes and I went back to fix those mistakes.
My books grew as I did.
Now a year later, I look back and wonder how I made it this far, but then I think and wonder why I ever wanted to quit in the first place.
I love writing, I love this job, and right now I'm happy with what I'm doing and that's what matters most.
Am I still learning? Yes, and if I said I wasn't I wouldn't be a good writer.
I would be lying to myself and I would be doing a great injustice to my readers.
As a writer you should be constantly learning, refining your craft.
I hope to learn more every single year, day, and hour, after this first year. I can't wait to see how far this next year will take me, and I can already say I'm excited to see what I will accomplish.

Thanks for Reading.
Raven K. Asher

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Release Date for "Alone"

"Alone" Release Date

Is going to be on February 2nd, 2015

Alone is going to be book one of  the Among the Dead Trilogy.

I'm choosing to wait to release this until February since that was the very same day that my first post-apocalyptic series was released and I thought that this would be a cool way to celebrate that.

It's even better since this is also another post-apocalyptic series

I know it's a long time to wait considering I just announced that I had finished writing the story but I have so many new stories on my plate at the moment that editing has gotten placed on a back burner for now.

Setting this date will give me more time to work on these other projects and will give me more than enough time to edit and refine the story before it is released, not to mention allow me to get through the holiday season without too much stress.

I will be giving sneak peeks and insights into the story over the next few months though so you'll get some ideas of what to expect.

Thanks for Reading.
Raven K. Asher

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Five Inspirational Quotes for Writers

Five Inspirational Quotes for Writers

"If we don't risk it all, we may as well not write at all."
- Anne Stuart

"And what, you ask, does writing teach us? First and foremost, it reminds us that we are alive and that it is a gift and a privilege, not a right."
- Ray Bradbury

"Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on."
- Louis L'Amour

"A one-page breakthrough starts an avalanche."
- Nancy K. Haddock

"There is no perfect time to write. There is only now."
- Barbara Kingsolver