Sneak Peek

Hello, everyone!

Today, I want to share with you a excerpt of my upcoming book, Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon. Hope you enjoy it. =)

Chapter One

“Mr. Delango.” Mrs. Blaine’s voice sliced through the air, jarring Joshua out of his thoughts.

He jumped to his feet. “Yes, ma’am.” All around him snickers erupted as each of his classmates stared at him. Joshua stifled a groan. Judging by their reaction, he had missed something important.

“Perhaps you would like to elaborate on our topic?” Mrs. Blaine motioned to the blackboard.

Joshua winced. He had been staring out of the window and had no idea what she had been talking about.

His best friend, Neil, shrugged. With his skin the complexion of milk and Joshua’s the complexion of chocolate, Neil always said together they were two halves of the best drink ever to have been invented.

But now he shook his head at Joshua. “I tried to warn you,” he mouthed.

Joshua cleared his throat. “You are doing such a fantastic job at explaining this, Mrs. Blaine, I can’t elaborate.” He punctuated the remark with a smile meant to charm her.

“I think you can.” Mrs. Blaine pointed to the board. “Why don’t you come up and fill out this diagram?”

Joshua bit back a comment and made his way to the front of the classroom. The walls were white, and though Mrs. Blaine had set a plastic, potted tree in the corner, there were no posters or papers on the walls . . . just a blackboard where Mrs. Blaine wrote her lessons . . . not at all like the other teachers’ classes with their motivational posters and charts plastered all over the walls.

“No distractions for wayward thinking children,” Mrs. Blaine had said the first time someone remarked on the lack of decoration.

Joshua took the chalk from her and approached the blackboard. Empty spaces in the diagram she had written mocked him, but the words, “Planet/Celestial Body” and “Guardian” were written in separate columns at the top. At least Joshua knew what she was talking about now—the solar system and its Guardians.

“Fill it out.” Mrs. Blaine smirked. “Unless you aren’t smart enough to goof off in class and still retain the information.”

Again his classmates snickered.

Joshua took a deep breath and studied the diagram. Then he raised his chalk and wrote:

Planet/Celestial Body Guardian
Sun Helio
Chern Maro
Marte Cero
Melíne Alandri
Geon N/A
Geon’s moon Lumina
Arion Lucin
Jants Junen
Rindt Rin
Nuardt Urin
Plútz Plandte

Once finished, he faced Mrs. Blaine. “Is that correct?” He held out the chalk to her.

No one snickered now . . . well, except Neil. His face had surged red with the effort of stifling his laughter. To date, no one had bested Mrs. Blaine at her game to humiliate students who weren’t paying attention. In fact, Mrs. Blaine herself stared at the diagram Joshua had written with her mouth set.

Her eyes narrowed. “Go sit down.”

Joshua shot a smile at her as he went.

“See me after class,” Mrs. Blaine said.

Joshua winced. One smart gesture too far.

“The rest of you, commit this chart to memory.” Mrs. Blaine tapped the blackboard. “It will be on the test next week.”

“Dude, are you crazy?” Neil leaned over to him as Joshua sat. Joshua had to bite back a smile. His friend acted like he had been the one called in after class. “She’s going to hate you now.”

Joshua shrugged. “I’ve got more important things to worry about.”

“Like what?” Neil whispered, copying the diagram.

“Like . . .” Joshua stared full into the sun. “I think the sun is off by two minutes.”

Neil paused in his writing. “What?”

“The sun.” Joshua glanced at Mrs. Blaine to make sure she wasn’t watching. “It should be a little to the right. It’s in the wrong place.”

“Have you been moon-bathing or something? You’re as batty as a night-person.”

Joshua scowled at his friend. “Don’t say that.”

But Neil went on, ignoring Joshua’s annoyance, or . . . more likely . . . not noticing it at all. “The sun can’t be in the wrong place. It’s impossible.”

“Maybe.” Joshua could overlook his friend’s oversight. After all, he didn’t know how offensive the saying was. “But I’ve done the calculations over and over—”

“Done the calculations?” Neil snickered. “What do you know about calculations like those? There are smart people in the capital whose job it is to watch the sun. Don’t you think they would have said something if the sun was in the wrong place?”

“I guess . . .” Joshua faced the front of the class where Mrs. Blaine continued her lesson. He wrote the diagram down, more to get his mind off of the nagging feeling in the back of his mind than because he needed to remember it. Neil was right; Joshua had to be wrong. After all, Helio, the Guardian of the sun, was the epitome of precision. The sun would never drift out of position on his watch.

Still . . . a feeling, like a stone sitting in his stomach, told Joshua something was amiss. He had seen the sun doing strange things before. The other day he thought he saw it flickering, and the day before he was certain its rays were less intense than they should have been.

Joshua swallowed the knot rising in his throat and resisted the urge to fiddle with the gold necklace he wore hidden under his shirt. If something was wrong with the sun, he had more than filling out diagrams and studying for tests to worry about.

They all did.

Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon releases Feb. 20, 2018, but pre-orders are available here.
 
-*heart* M.R. Anglin

Peek into the Mind of an Introvert

My book release date is coming up which got me thinking about book release parties. I’m not a party thrower.  I always thought that I didn’t want to throw a party because I was afraid no one would show up. But today when I thought about what to do for my book release, I had a revelation! Here’s a peek into my thought process:
 
Me: My release date is coming up. I should do something to celebrate!
Positive Me: Great idea!
Me: Maybe go to a kinda pricey restaurant and splurge on a huge dessert.
Positive Me: You can post it on FB live. Or better yet, invite people on FB! It’ll be a blast!
Me: I can do that!
Anxious Me: But what if no one comes?
Me: . . . !
Positive Me: Don’t listen to her. Now, when should we have it?
Anxious Me: I’m serious. We’ll be humiliated.
Positive Me: What if people do show up? Ever think of that?
Anxious Me: Yes. Then we’d have to *socialize*!
Me: O_o
Positive Me: . . .
Me: Yeah, I’m not doing that.
 
And that, my friends, is why I don’t throw parties.
-*heart* M.R. Anglin
**Don’t forget Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon releases Feb. 20, 2018.**
 

My First Blizzard

I’ve been in New York for a few months, and I return home tomorrow. To commemorate my leaving, Winter Storm Grayson dumped about 13″ of snow on Thursday.

Here are some pics.

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There are supposed to be some stairs there.

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The snow stopped me from getting out the back door.  Later on, I went out again and . . .

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Yyou can see how high it came up. Crazy.

Throughout the day, I went outside to see what it was like in a blizzard. My pictures aren’t great–partly because my phone is old and partly because I’m a lousy photographer, but it’ll do.

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You can see how high the snow came up to my feet. That’s up to my shins!

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In the midst of the storm.  Within five minutes all that cold and wind and snow whipping around leaves you so breathless. I couldn’t stay out very long. Not that I wanted to, anyway.

After the storm ended, my sister and I went out to get something to eat. The roads had started to get plowed but hadn’t been salted yet. So there was a thin layer of ice over the roads. We were fine until we got to the drive through (Shout-outs to Taco Bell being open) where we nearly got stuck–tires slipping and us not making any progress. But my sister got us through! It was dicey for a minute there.

And today, I was shocked at how much snow accumulated on the side of the streets. Some of it nearly reached neighborhood windows.

I had a blast experiencing my first blizzard but as I told my sister, I had so much fun because I had a warm, safe place to stay. My thoughts traveled to those who don’t have a warm place to be. Especially since the temperatures will plummet over the next few days.

In any case, tomorrow I travel back to sunny Florida. Good-bye, NY. Thanks for the memories.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

Updated Publishing Schedule

Once again, I am updating this list of releases. I recently found out that the anthology Dogs of War Vol. 2 will release the end of this month. Here’s the cover from FurPlanet’s website:

Dogs of War Volume 2: Aftermath

My short story, “My Brother’s Shadow” is included in this volume. The story stars Cortraire, a minor character in my Silver Foxes series and is Marviot’s brother. Sick of being in his brother’s shadow, he has to decide if he will handle the assignment he’s been “given” the way he would or the way his brother would. It takes place between the past scenes of Prelude to War.

In my experience, FurPlanet likes to make their anthologies available first during conventions  before making it available to the public on amazon, etc. Apparently, it will be available sometime late Dec. 2017 or Jan. 2018. I think you can make pre-orders now which will ship Dec. 26, 2017 (according to their website).

So here’s my updated publishing schedule:

  • Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon releases Feb. 20, 2018
  • Extinct?, an anthology that contains one of my stories, will release on Nov. 17, 2017.
  • Dogs of War Vol. 2, another anthology containing my work, will release to the public around January 2018.
  • Planned re-release of Silver Foxes #1 May 2018.
  • Planned release of Six Weeks (Silver Foxes #7) late 2018.

I hope you will check my books out.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

A New Release

Last week, I shared with you the publishing schedule for my work next year. This week, I got an update on when one of the anthologies featuring my short story will release. So here is the updated schedule:

  • Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon releases Feb. 20, 2018
  • Extinct?, an anthology that contains one of my stories, will release on Nov. 17, 2017.
  • Dogs of War Vol. 2, another anthology containing my work, will release ( I think in January, but I’m not sure).
  • Planned re-release of Silver Foxes #1 May 2018.
  • Planned release of Six Weeks (Silver Foxes #7) late 2018.

The anthology Extinct? releases this year (actually next Friday) instead of in June. I hope you will all check it out.

Here’s the summary.
Extinct? Cover

What if those ancient creatures so beloved in fiction, myth, and science had not disappeared? What if they were real? What might have been developed to handle them, and how might man have felt about the thundering giants in yesterday’s, today’s, or tomorrow’s worlds. 

Imagine a sanctuary established for dinosaurs that displaces humans. 
What if Raptors were used on a distance planet as scouts for the new colony? 
Could Dodo birds have left a record about what happened to them? Dragons helping settlers? Inconceivable! 
A conqueror learns a hard lesson from a goddess and two children create their own ‘monster’. 

Lovely, unique, tales of lumbering giants of old, ancient rulers of the skies, and many others once thought to be myth or legend appear here in Extinct?

Pre-orders are available! Just click on the book image to be sent to amazon.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

Publishing Schedule for 2018

Every once in a while I get so discouraged about my publishing journey I seriously consider quitting. It’s a lot of work for not a lot of pay. I see people around me succeeding in their respective fields (and in life), and I wonder what’s wrong with me or think maybe people just don’t like my books. Eventually, after a good, long cry (and prayer), the clouds part, and I can see clearly what seemed so obscure a few moments ago.

I had one of those days this week but then received an email that made me realize that maybe my publishing journey is not going as badly as I think. With that in mind, here’s what’s upcoming in my writing life next year.

  1. Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon releases Feb. 20, 2018
  2. Extinct?, an anthology that contains one of my stories, will release on or before June 30, 2018.
  3. Dogs of War Vol. 2, another anthology containing my work, will release ( I think in January, but I’m not sure).
  4. Planned re-release of Silver Foxes #1 May 2018.
  5. Planned release of Six Weeks (Silver Foxes #7) late 2018.

So you see, I have a lot of things going on. Maybe I should spend more time focusing on what I do have instead of what I don’t.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

Fire and Ice-Cream Book Review

I don’t read as many books as I should, but I plan to change that in the upcoming weeks. Not all will end up with a review, but I just read this book and thought I would share. (This is also me putting off my writing for the day, but I digress).

Here’s my review of KM Carroll’s Fire and Ice-Cream.

 

Fire and Ice Cream (The Draconic Mysteries Book 1) by [Carroll, K.M.]

 

Tianna Tokala is starting a new life in Carefree, Arizona, working in an ice cream parlor. She also has the magical ability to turn into a small dragon called a drake. All she wants is a quiet life where she can make ice cream with her wonderful ice breath.

But when her manager is found dead with a bowl of Tianna’s Rocky Road ice cream beside her, Tianna springs into action. With a knack for observation and her enhanced drake hearing, she delves into her manager’s smoky draconic past.

Aided by a secretive drake, a single mother, and a four-year-old dragon shifter, Tianna must unravel the web of lies that surround this dragonic death … or there may be more fire than ice cream.

A cozy mystery with dragons and ice-cream–who could want more?

I really liked this book. The writing was as smooth as (dare I say it?) freshly churned ice-cream, and the world-building was phenomenal! You can tell the author took the time to think about these characters and how the shape shifting mechanics worked. I could actually imagine a place in Arizona where dragons and drakes are flying around somewhere.

My one criticism is that the mystery seemed to take a back seat in the first half of the book. I found myself more interested in the characters and their backstories and not really caring much about the mystery. The stakes didn’t seem high enough–maybe this is normal for cozy mysteries, but it struck me as odd.

During the second half of the book, however, the action, stakes, and mystery ramp up! It all culminates to an exciting clash that wrapped things up satisfactorily.

Here’s hoping the author comes out with book 2 of the series soon. When it does drop, I aim to pick it up.

4.5 stars.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

Exciting Updates!

Sorry about the silence . . .

I made it through Hurricane Irma A-okay. Right now, I am in New York for a few months which puts most of my writing work on hold. But I have a few projects I plan to be working on while I’m up here.

One project is the Silver Foxes comic that I’ve been drawing. I took a little break from it, but plan to pick it back up while I’m away. I don’t have access to a scanner or anything for the moment, but I can at least get a lot of penciling done.

My second project is a bit of a secret right now, but I hope I can get it done by the new year.

Project three is working on marketing. I’ve been taking a class, and got some really good ideas about how to market my books. So far, I’ve learned about Facebook ads, how to leverage a Facebook page to make maximum impact for those ads, and BookBub ads and featured deals. Can’t wait to try out what I learned.

But the most important project is getting ready for my book, Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon. You see, when I was sent the galleys from my publisher to review–about 2 weeks ago–I overlooked the most important sentence of the e-mail. I have a RELEASE DATE! And what is it?

***Feb. 20, 2018!***

That’s when my book will be released. I am so excited! I’m going to spend the rest of September finalizing what I’ll do for promotions and then work on it from October onward. Look for posts involving crafts inspired by the book or character profiles or things like that in the near future.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin