Saturday, February 10, 2018

"Hearts on Fire :Draconia Rising" Update

Hello everyone and Bright Blessings. It's been a few minutes since I was here last, and I come in to report some great news. "Hearts on Fire: Draconia Rising" is currently at 40 pages and slightly over 15,200 words as of this writing. I am quite in love with my new writing program LibreOffice 5, it makes writing so much easier to get done.

To give you all a tiny glimpse of my newest work, here is a snippet from page 7, where Tristan McKinley adopts for his daughter, a very unusual kitten...

"Thirty minutes later, Tristan pulled into his driveway, and parked in the massive three car garage. His daughter was literally bouncing up and down on the deck, as apparently grandpa had broke the news about a special present was on its way. He barely had time to get out of the car and go towards the passenger door, when an excited squeal greeted him and a tiny weight collided with his knees. Lily stared up at him with anticipation and asked “Can I see her, what does she look like, can I hold her yet?! I missed you tons, it was lonely with just Anna and Grandpa, sometimes. Anna doesn’t like to play games, and Grandpa had to work, Grandma wanted to spend all her time going to tea times and shopping. I was so bored!” Tristan grimaced at that, the poor kid hated having to sit through tea time, and shopping with his mother, he felt the same exact way.

Tristan was flabbergasted at how Lily fired off questions and seemed to not even noticed how he had changed and that he looked different. His internal questions were answered, as she looked up at him more intently and said “Did you eat a ton of vegetables and grow again? Your hair has grown out, I like it!” Lucan sniggered at the vegetable remark, and prompted him to tell her that yes he had ate tons of spinach, and wanted to try a new hairstyle. Lily was fine with that answer, and then her attention was averted, by the sight of two odd colored eyes and a patchwork coat of fur. Tristan opened the passenger door, and introduced Lily to her new protector and best friend. Tristan bit his lip, as Mischa was probably hugged a bit too tightly, and carried haphazardly towards the front door. He was glad that his mother was not home now, and she had went out with Mrs. Hammond, as he could do without having to listen to a screeching tirade for a few more minutes."


And another little teaser... from pages 19-20, where Tristan and Serena's lives change once again, leading to a rather "heated" moment...

 “My Beloved Tristan,”
“I wanted to tell you how proud I am, that I have had the honor and privilege of being your father. You have worked so hard, and become  an excellent example of our family’s legacy. Out of all of my sons, you and only you, proved to me that you are worthy of the gift I am to bestow upon you today. Please take the paperwork to our attorney tomorrow. I knew that the events that transpired today were coming, as your mother has not been herself these past few weeks, and I hurried to make sure that all that I have worked for did not come to ruin. I will return in a couple of days, as I feel that your mother may not be able to come home after her episode, therefore, I have other arrangements to be making. Please give Serena my best regards, and I hope to meet her upon my return.” 
                                                                                                                 Love Always,
                                                                                                                        Dad

Enclosed in the envelope, were the deeds to both his father’s home, and his entire business, transferred entirely to himself and Serena. Tristan had to sit down, his knees felt slightly weakened right then. At Serena’s quizzical stare, he silently handed her the letter and the paperwork, and watched her eyes grow huge, and her mouth make a silent “O” of astonishment. She and Tristan had just been given total ownership of a million dollar home, and a business that had a revenue of nearly a billion per year. All of this, on top of their royal duties, was rather the shock to take in. Serena made a point to not look directly at Tristan, while he dabbed at his eyes with a napkin. Men considered tears a bit unmanly, and most did not want to be caught showing a profound emotion.
She sat beside Tristan, laying her hand on his heavily corded arm, and asked  “You are Ok aren’t you?” Tristan silently nodded, a wavering smile touching the corners of his beautiful mouth. 

Tristan wondered what his father intended to do, now that he had relinquished his rights to everything he owned. Surely he would not just leave the country, and spend his days being a sedentary old man on a beach somewhere, like most retirees did? Either way, Tristan’s work was now definitely cut out for him. Lucan spoke up and said “ I think between all of us, this can be easily managed, you will  be surprised what having a dragon inside you will do for the stamina and ability to get things done in record time. We will find a way to streamline your work with a little boost of magic. think now would be a great time to ask the High council, about designing some extra special business equipment and management software applications that run on a totally different energy spectrum

Serena thought about her tablet idea that she had presented to the High Elder awhile back, and said “Yes, those crystal tablets, and some other things, would make running our new business a breeze, we could have more designed, and have them set into the different departments of the business, and have them set up to run on autopilot, they can be  magically programmed to all but take orders and place shipments, and do payment information for you, all you need to do is check it once in awhile to see that the information is correct. Imagine if we introduced a product like that to the tech world, how damned rich we would be literally overnight?” Tristan had to admire his new wife’s business sense, and her ingenuity with creating innovative business solutions. Without hesitation, he tipped her heard back to where she could look into his eyes, and said “ I love you Serena.” and proceeded to kiss her soundly, that proved to be something he should perhaps have thought about first, as electric heat zinged between them like something untamed, and primitive. Serena melted like an ice cube under his kiss, and had to steady herself slightly against him, when he pulled back, she saw smoldering heat in his eyes, that made her insides feel like warm jello.  She would never get enough of his mouth, she dared not imagine the rest of what would eventually transpire, seeing as they were now married."

End of snippets....


Readers that might be pondering what has happened before all of this, need to pick up a copy of Hearts on Fire and start there, as the second book will make no sense unless you read the first. I am slowly but surely building a story arc here, with book two being the rise towards the peak of the story between Tristan, Serena, and Lucan. I'm leaning towards the 100+ page mark for book 2. It's very hard to fit a year's worth of story and dialogue into a neat 100 pages and make it appear seamless. for the moment though, I have to breeze back out, as this book isnt going to write itself. I hope to have it at least finished by the end of this month, although I hate to even contemplate a potential release date. Have a great upcoming week and I will be back soon! 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

"shadows in the Night" is published!

Hello everyone and Bright Blessings! I came in to announce, that I started the new year with a new book being published...that's right,"Shadows in the Night" by S.M.Phillips, is LIVE on Kindle!  Don't miss you chance to get one of the newest books of 2018! The Paperback is coming soon, when the files are done being reviewed. I will post an update as soon as I get clearance. I have to go fdor now, gotta get this shiny new book promoted to the masses!

Book Description: " What exactly is a ghost? Have you ever looked at someone who was acting rather oddly, and felt they just might be possessed? Do you need help with removing unwanted entities and energies from your home and life? This handy little novel has all the information you need, to protect yourself from negatives, summon and communicate with benign spirits, herbs, gemstones and other curios associated with spiritual properties, and tools and tricks to get you started on exploring the spirit world and gaining a deeper understanding of those unknown things that go bump in the night." 


Thursday, December 21, 2017

A New Book Is Almost Completed!

Hello everyone and Bright Blessings, once again it has been too long since I have written here, and there isn't a good enough excuse or reason that I can give, that would really justify the simple fact that I have been missing for too long. I have been rather busy, but really I should make more time for my posts.
So... to update, I will announce that I am around 20 odd pages away from completing a new book. This book has been a rattling ghost in the recesses of my mind for over a year now. It was originally going to be a new "Darkened Path" installment, however I decided to change course, and make this book a stand alone novel. Somehow the content for this novel did not seem to fit in with the other "Darkened Path " books and the story arc. I need to create another biographical book for "The Darkened Path" series, as there have been some rather dramatic changes in my life that are worth writing about. So without further ado, I present the cover art for "Shadows In The Night" by S.M. Phillips...

"Shadows In The Night" concerns itself with the world of the Paranormal. I won't go into too much detail about what exactly is inside, as I want everyone to be "haunted" with the urge to find out! What I will tell you is this is a nonfiction work, and I have spent a whole year researching information and adding in my own bits and pieces of knowledge.
In other writing news, the second installment of the "Hearts On Fire" series is on hiatus. For the life of me, this book has become a stagnating pool of unwritten words stuck in my head, and I have started to type the first chapter several times, only to sit here and stare at blank word space, seemingly unable to get the words flowing. This book has so many ideas that making them flow together and appear seamless has proven to be quite a challenge. Perhaps after I get Shadows In The Night finished and published, I can start on the next book. I regret this is such a small update, but I really do have alot of other work to be finished. I shall return soon with hopefully what will be news about the newest publication date. Until then, have a blessed week!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Hearts On Fire is Finished! 9/11/2016

Hello Everyone and Bright Blessings! I came in to finally update y'all about the latest news... "Hearts On Fire" is finished and is in the editing process, and will be published by this weekend, if not sooner! I am working on editing the paragraphs so that they look accurate on Amazon's KDP  Previewer. I originally uploaded the files and then went to preview the manuscript, and found gaps, spaces, and cut off sentences all over the place which really got on my nerves, so the whole file got transferred to my old Windows program, which has always worked fine in the past. I do not like the Word Online program, it does not give me the right size of page layouts and it is a pain to work with.
So get ready to see the inferno start in the Romance and Fantasy department of Amazon, when Hearts On Fire makes it debut, as it is my intention to set the world on fire with my new book! This is a short post, meant to just be an update. I have my final college exams to do this week, and after Sept. 13th I get a break from coursework. So I will have more time to write, and do other things. Until Then, Have a great week everyone, and I will return soon.  

Sunday, August 7, 2016

A new era is coming... 8/7/2016

Hello everyone and Bright Blessings, I have fantastic news to report. The first installment of "Hearts On Fire" is "this close" to being finished! Last night I made it to page 196, with a robust 64,697 words written so far. I will not go into details per se, but let us say the merging between Tristan and Lucan was a rather brutal scene, it was actually hard to write and I even got a bit emotional while typing out the particulars, as that sort of thing isn't really up my alley of things to write about. However, the resulting scene that came afterwards was really uplifting, and Serena Drake has just gotten herself a jaw dropping eyeful of one drop dead sexy, newly merged Dragon God, but she is not too sure she likes the new and improved Tristan all that well just yet. How I wish I could somehow procure a picture of what that might look like, but when you all read the slick details you will get the idea. Oh, and the previous plans of Lucan and the High Elder have been unveiled in a very unconventional twist of events. In the world of Dragons and Humans, nothing is conventional and nowhere near "normal".

The world of Draconia and the human realm is set to be dawned upon a new era, as Dragon and Human worlds merge together, and it all begins with the birth of a Princess,who is unlike anything the society of Draconia has seen for centuries. The Dragon Goddess will come into her own, and when the love of Twin Flame Mates reaches it's full manifestation, it will set the world of Human and Draconia ablaze. The question is, will two destined hearts burn with passion, or will they scorch everything to ash? I will leave you all to chew on that bit of fat, and also to gaze upon the new cover art for the second book, here ye go....


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Closer To Completion...

Hello Everyone and Bright Blessings! I said I would return soon with a more fleshed out update. Well as of yesterday, "Hearts On Fire" is up to 157 pages and 51,641 words thus far. A new mystery character by name of "Darius", has  recently had his secretive identity revealed. There's a bittersweet story behind who he is, but I am not allowed to tell you that here, you'll have to read the book to find out! Serena has suffered a potentially debilitating setback, and situations at the current moment are rather harrowing for the cast and characters of Hearts On Fire.
I have decided to split the story into two books, as there is suddenly so much flaming hot new material to add, that trying to cram it all into one book would mushroom this into a 500 page behemoth, if I were to keep on writing. I am already looking at over 200 pages, and that is really stretching out a romance story into what to some might be considered a rather long read. I got carried away, scenes transferred over to the fingers, and fired up the keyboard, the muse was dancing on her bed of coals and chanting like a siren in my head, so now I have a lot of material that I need to pare down a bit. Hmm...maybe a lot... either way, if I continue on the current writing trend, I just might have this book finished and published by August (?)... I don't want to sit here and possibly jinx myself by predicting a published-by date just yet... The next title to the ongoing story will be "The Dragon Goddess", and I am itching to get a cover image created for it, however I have five written assignments, and two quizzes for Business Management classes, to have turned in by midnight on this coming Tuesday, so any other artsy endeavors are going to have to wait.
I have done a hand numbing amount of writing this last few weeks, the college assignments have to be at least 800 words a piece, and by the end of this midterm, I will have written another book's worth of nearly 64,000 words on average, in just written assignments! Now times that by the next 23 months.... that will be at least 368,000 words, if not more, and that translates into nearly six books worth of assignments written by the time I graduate. Imagine if I actually save all those written assignments, and create books from those? Now there's a thought... I am going to have to go for now, those assignments are not going to write themselves, and the muse that dances on the bed of hot coals that has become "Hearts On Fire", is calling my name again.