How to Write the Perfect Author Bio – Written By C.S. Lakin

on Live Write Thrive:

One of the important marketing tools a writer needs is an author bio. This descriptive bit of writing informs readers, in few words, who you are, what you write, and what makes you unique. It’s the marquee announcing your author presence in the world of publishing.

Think about your author bio as your “elevator pitch” that sells you rather than your book.

It may seem odd and uncomfortable penning your own biography, and writing about yourself in third person (which is what you need to do) can makes it feel even weirder.

To compound matters, most of us don’t like to toot our horn and share glowing praise about ourselves. We know how off-putting it is to hear someone brag about themselves and their accomplishments. Yet … we authors need to do just that—with at least modicum of modesty or humility, along with professionalism.

All of this in just a few lines.

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Early 2022 Writing Process


At this time, a significant change is going on in my life. I’ve been in constant turmoil since early January. For the past three weeks, since mid-January, I’ve been so overwhelmed with changes and preparations for changes I have had a little time to type in my new book, but I had no time whatsoever to write anything new.

In November 2020, I started writing a new book in my ‘The Council of Twelve’ series… the story started wonderfully, and I have so many ideas about how the story is supposed to continue, but at this moment, with everything going on in my life, I can’t write. I don’t have the capacity. At this point, I’m consciously using the word ‘capacity’ rather than ‘time.’

I have been initiating, preparing and, finally following my plans for the significant changes, and I don’t have anything to complain about. But with everything coming up, with some things being a bit more complicated than others, I’m at my limits right now.

I have parts of the story in my head; I love the characters…. I would love to continue typing in my book outside the series, getting it to the editor…

I would love to send my two prepared books in the series to my copyright lawyer, and I would love to continue writing my new story. I would love to see this excellent novel grow, be finally written black on white, becoming a part of ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series.

Here I am now, having my story, preparing for it, mentally getting ready to write it down, and still being unable to do so because due to the current circumstances, I can’t write right now. I can’t write, even though that’s one of the things I love doing most.

So, what am I doing in that situation? Yes, I’m preparing mentally, for the time I have a specific capacity back that is now taken by something else. The current situation won’t stay forever… it’s temporary. But it does need my time, dedication, and efforts, and I have to go through it. It’s not even bad… but it’s unusual, and I’m not used to being unable to write whenever I feel like it.

What am I supposed to do in that situation? I love writing; I love my books; I love knitting stories, creating characters… that’s what I do. I don’t want to become depressed.

Have you ever been in that situation? If yes, how did you handle it? Let us know in the comments.

 

Author Spotlight – Bobby Nash

Welcome!

Please introduce yourself.

Hi. I’m Bobby Nash. I write novels, comic book, audio scripts, screenplays, and whatever else pops into my head. I work in multiple genres, but most of my work falls in the thriller and crime fiction camp.

1.            When did you start writing?

I dabbled in writing and drawing comic book stories as a kid and into my teenage years. I also write and drew for the high school newspaper and yearbook. I also supplied comic strips to a local magazine that ran for twelve years. I turned my family into comic strip characters. That was fun. Eventually, I realized that while I enjoyed drawing, my art was not up to professional standards, so I focused on writing and eventually sold my first story to a publisher. In my 20’s, the idea for a novel hit me and I tried it. I finished a story, and it was awful, but I enjoyed writing it, so I did another, which wasn’t horrible. Eventually, it found a publisher. Evil Ways debuted in 2005 and I’ve been busy ever since.

2.            What motivates you to write?

Part of my motivation is to tell the stories. I do enjoy coming up with characters and plots and seeing how they work out, solving problems, and getting to know the characters. That’s what motivated me to start and it is still part of me. Now that writing is my job, deadlines motivate me. Deadlines are a huge part of my daily routine. When writing was a hobby, I could wait for the muse to strike, but as a career, I have to put my butt in the chair every day and write, even on those days I don’t feel like it.

3.            What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

I am lucky in that I have been able to play in multiple genres. I like writing sci-fi, horror, super-powered characters, action, adventure, pulp, westerns, and more. Most of what I write falls into the crime fiction and thriller category. I love these types of stories as a reader and writer. I also integrate action into my stories. That’s just fun.

4.            What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

A few years ago, writing became my “day job” and I am fortunate to be able to write for a living. It’s not a wildly luxurious living, but I get by. I have many goals. I set attainable goals. Some are simple like “finish this story on time” while others are more long term like “I want to be a New York Times Bestselling Author” one day. Another goal is to reach more readers and introduce them to my work. I do a lot of things to try and reach new audiences.

5.            Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

No. I almost always know what I need to write. There are times when I get stuck on a story point, but that’s not writer’s block. When that happens, I jump over to another story while my subconscious works the problem on the other story. What I do run into from time to time is that there are days when I just don’t feel like writing. Like any other job, there are days you’d just rather do anything else. That’s not writer’s block, but it is a hurdle I have to overcome. I schedule days off because we all need to rest and recharge. I can’t take off too many though. Those deadlines are still hanging out there and need to be met.

A friend once said of writer’s block, “Plumbers don’t get plumber’s block. Drivers don’t get driver’s block. Painters don’t get painter’s block. So, why should writers get writer’s block?” In any job, you can’t just stop. I agree with him. You have to keep working.

6.            What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

First and foremost, I always stress that you should have fun with your writing. If it’s not fun, you’re going to end up resenting it and stop or your work will suffer because you aren’t enjoying what you do. That’s step one.

Determine where you want your writing to take you. Not everyone wants to write for a living. Some are happy to write as a hobby. Others do it as a side hustle. Once you determine the path that is best for you as a writer, set attainable goals to help get you there. Goal #1 can’t be “become New York Times Bestselling Author.” You need to have other goals like finish a story, finish a novel, write X number of words a day, things like that. Then, when you meet those goals, celebrate them. They are a big deal.

7.            Please, tell us about your work.

I write a few different series that come out at varying intervals. My crime fiction/thrillers from BEN Books are my main series.

Snow is an action/thriller about a former undercover government operative turned p.i. There are currently 6 novellas in the Snow series. They are also collected in 2 collected editions. There are also 7 Snow Shorts, $.99 ebooks available as well. More to come in 2022. I’m currently working on Snow Hunt, book 7 in the series.

FBI Special Agent Harold Palmer headlines Evil Ways (my first published novel) and the upcoming Evil Intent (January 2022). These are suspense/thrillers. I’m already planning a third book for 2023.

Homicide Detective John Bartlett and reporter Benjamin West don’t really like each other, but their jobs keep bringing them together against cold-blooded killers looking for their time in the spotlight. Deadly Games! is their first action/thriller. They return in Deadly Deals! later in 2022.

Tom Myers is the sheriff of Sommersville, Georgia, a growing county east of Atlanta. Evil Ways and Deadly Games! took place in Sommersville and now the sheriff and his deputies have their own series at last. There are currently 2 books in this mystery/thriller series: In The Wind and Such A Night. Book 3: Standing on The Shadows is slated for summer 2022.

Other ongoing titles include the pulp/action of Lance Star: Sky Ranger, the comedy/horror of Hunter Houston: Horror Hunter, and more. I also write the occasional media tie-in work, which is always fun.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

My pleasure. Thanks for having me. This was fun.


Meet Bobby:

Bobby Nash is not a man of action, a detective, or a hero, but he loves writing about characters who are all those things and more. Bobby is an award-winning author of novels, comic books, short stories, screenplays, and more. He is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers. On occasion, he acts, appearing in movies and TV shows, usually standing behind or beside your favorite actor. From time to time, he puts pen to paper and doodles. For more information on Bobby Nash and his work, please visit him at www.bobbynash.com, http://www.ben-books.com, and across social media.


Connect with Bobby:

www.ben-books.com

www.bobbynash.com

http://www.abrahamsnow.com

http://lancestar.blogspot.com

www.facebook.com/authorbobbynash

www.twitter.com/bobbynash

www.instagram.com/bobbynashwrites

www.patreon.com/bobbynash


Bobby’s Books:

Author Spotlight – Marjorie Mallon

Questionnaire for authors:

Welcome!

Thank you so much Aurora for the kind invitation to visit your blog.

Please introduce yourself.

I am a YA paranormal fantasy author who also writes poetry, flash fiction and short stories in multiple genres. I blog about a variety of topics, and review books at my blog: https://mjmallon.com

1.            When did you start writing?

I published my first book about four years ago but have been blogging for about seven years. I think… I lose touch! Lol. I need that reminder from WordPress when they say Congratulations you have been blogging for …. years.

2.            What motivates you to write?

Writing takes you out of yourself. It makes you a much more perceptive person. I like that, I like to see the world in a new light and that fascinates me.

3.            What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

I am primarily a YA Fantasy author but I write in multiple genres including horror and ghost short stories, poetry (all types,) and flash fiction (In which I’ve even tried a touch of murder! )

4.            What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

To entertain and my goal at the moment is to grow and develop and hopefully get some accolades along the way. Recently, I was delighted to receive two awards from Amazon Influencer and book reviewer N. N. Light who awarded the first book in my Curse of Time series Bloodstone with a finalist in the Fantasy category. She also awarded me finalist in International Author, which was a nice surprise and a welcome one.

5.            Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

Rarely, if anything it’s more of a case of trying to stem the flow of ideas from getting too out of hand! But I reckon a good brisk walk using mindfulness techniques – being in the moment – and a touch of eavesdropping does wonders for writer’s block.

6.            What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

Stick with it! It is easy to be disheartened and overwhelmed by it all. There’s so much to learn and not just writing wise. Marketing is the worst part for me but with the help of my friends I hope to overcome that. Word of mouth goes a long way, as it does in any marketplace, books are no different. So, big piece of advice make lots of author/blogger and book reviewing friends!

7.            Please, tell us about your work.

My most recent release is the 2nd in The Curse of Time series published by Next Chapter Publishing. 

Golden Healer is The 2nd in The YA Paranormal Adventure Series – The Curse of Time.

I didn’t think my life could get any weirder, until the dreaded rollercoaster…

Amelina Scott’s destiny is to be a Krystallos: a magician of light, chosen to learn the ways of crystal magic on her 16th birthday. Located on a river pathway in a mysterious part of Cambridge, the Crystal Cottage is guarded by mythical beings.

Unfortunately, there are those who seek to harm this haven of light. Learning of Ryder – a Shadow Sorcerer with hypnotic powers – Amelina discovers that her own magic is now threatened, and that the Curse of Time might be unleashed again.

As secrets abound and the creatures of the Chronophage come alive, can Amelina become the true magician she needs to be?

A unique, imaginative mystery full of magic-wielding and dark elements, Bloodstone is a riveting adventure for anyone interested in fantasy, mythology or the world of the paranormal. NOTE: this book contains mention of self-harm, mental health issues and alludes to the potential dangers of sexual attraction, which may trigger younger/sensitive readers.

It is a two part series but I may write a third… I’ve left the ending open for that possibility.

Next Chapter Publishing

Golden Healer (The Curse of Time Book 2)

Buying Link:

https://books2read.com/u/mgjY67

Bloodstone (The Curse of Time Book 1)

 Buying Link:

https://books2read.com/u/bOyrgW

https://www.nextchapter.pub/books/bloodstone

 

Kyrosmagica Publishing

Mr Sagittarius (Poetry, prose and photography)

http://mybook.to/MrSagittarius

This Is Lockdown (Anthology/Compilation

Kindle: http://mybook.to/Thisislockdown

Paperback: http://mybook.to/Thisislockdownpb

Lockdown Innit: Poems About Absurdity (Poetry Collection)

http://mybook.to/Lockdowninnit

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/M-J-Mallon/e/B074CGNK4L/

Contributor to:

Writing Skills Anthology

100 Ways to Write A Book compiled by Alex Pearl: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09PHHC2YX/

Chasing Driftwood’s A Year of Writing Through Lockdown: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stay-Home-Writing-Through-Lockdown/dp/B09JF88YHW/

 

Short Stories in Anthologies:

Bestselling horror compilations

Nightmareland edited by Dan Alatorre

Scrabble Boy (short story)

Spellbound edited by Dan Alatorre

The Twisted Sisters (short story)

Wings & Fire  edited by Dan Alatorre

The Great Pottoo (short story)

 


 ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

My alter ego is MJ – Mary Jane from Spiderman. I love superheros!

M J Mallon was born in Lion city Singapore, a passionate Scorpio with the Chinese Zodiac sign of a lucky rabbit. She spent her early childhood in Hong Kong. During her teen years, she returned to her father’s childhood home, Edinburgh where she spent many happy years, entertained and enthralled by her parents’ vivid stories of living and working abroad. Perhaps it was during these formative years that her love of storytelling began bolstered by these two vivid raconteurs. She counts herself lucky to have travelled to many far-flung destinations and this early wanderlust has fuelled her present desire to emigrate abroad. Until that wondrous moment, it’s rumoured that she lives in the UK, in the Venice of Cambridge with her six-foot hunk of a rock god husband. Her two enchanting daughters have flown the nest but often return with a cheery smile.

M J’s motto is to Do what Your Heart Desires.

And her favourite genre to write is fantasy/magical realism because life should always be sprinkled with a liberal dash of extraordinarily imaginative magic!


Connect with Marjorie:

Authors Website: https://mjmallon.com
Authors Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/M-J-Mallon/e/B074CGNK4L

Buy Link Bloodstone (multiple platforms): https://books2read.com/u/bOyrgW

Next Chapter Publishing Author Page:https://www.nextchapter.pub/authors/mj-mallon
Twitter: @Marjorie_Mallon – https://twitter.com/Marjorie_Mallon 

Authors Bloggers Rainbow Support Club on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1829166787333493/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17064826.M_J_Mallon

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/m-j-mallon 

Author Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjmallonauthor/

Bookstagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjm_reviews/

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

Thank you so much Aurora, I really appreciate it.

Author Spotlight – Welcome Back Allan Hudson

It is a very special pleasure for me to welcome you back on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’. In your former visits we learned about your writing, your writing process and asked for some advice. But there are so many more questions to ask!

Allan Hudson

Let’s see what you can tell us today:

  • Would you please describe your writer’s spot?

My writing spot has changed since my last visit to your popular website Aurora. Previously I had converted my garage to office space to write in. Having sold our house and moved back to the city, I have a separate room where I write. I have all I need, my computer, favorite books, reference books, printer, scanner and I’m close to the coffee pot.

  • Is there a particular plan or schedule you follow with your writing?

I’m much like most folks, a creature of habit. I like writing in the morning. My day starts early and after answering emails and doing the social media thing, I write for several hours almost daily. I like quiet and I find mornings the most productive.

  • Do you think writers often are ‘introverted’ people, preferring to be alone rather than in company?

An interesting question, Aurora. Because writing is a solitary exercise, we are often cast as being introverted and there may be something to the idea. Myself, I enjoy my own company and am not worried about being alone. However, I do like meeting people and my previous career in sales and self-employment meant being extroverted and mingling with folks. I don’t think all writers are introverted.

  • Do you publicly speak or have readings, and if yes, do you have any advice for beginners?

I have participated in readings and I do enjoy such events. With Covid, readings now take place on Zoom or other similar avenues at which I am not comfortable with but I look forward to live events as soon as possible. I do enjoy public speaking. Beginners face the uncertainty of being accepted or their stories liked and it’s normal. My advice is to look for opportunities and it is never as bad as you imagine. Most crowds are warm and receptive.

  • There are so many scams out there for writers and upcoming authors. Did you ever have experience with any of it and do you have advice on how to not get trapped?

This makes me sad. There are so many unethical people wanting to take advantage of our hopes and dreams and a person has to be extremely careful of the idle promises. The best advice here is to befriend another author or writer or through an association of writers and get advice from someone experienced. Don’t make any moves until you do so.

  • Do you have a particular marketing strategy for your books?

It is my one weakness when wanting to sell books. I’m no marketing guru nor do I have a bottomless pile of money to promote my book. I stick with a website, FaceBook, Amazon, and Twitter. I try not to badger my followers with just “buy my book” but inform them of my writing journey and the stories I have to offer. Nothing glamourous, other than neat websites and fellow authors who make an effort to share others’ work. Like you, Aurora. Thank you for this.

  • Did you publish more of your work since your last visit here? If yes, please tell us about it.

Since then, I’ve published the second book in the Jo Naylor series – Shattered Lives. The third book in the Drake Alexander Adventure series – Vigilantes. I’ve been involved in an anthology – Autumn Paths – which was a lot of fun. I’m humbled to be part of the anthology alongside authors I admire and respect. I recently released my latest novella – Father. Based on true events, I changed names and settings. It has been the most fun to write. There has been a terrific response to date and I am anxiously awaiting paperbacks.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

Thank you, Aurora. So much fun being here.


Connect with Allan:

www.southbranchscribbler.ca

https://www.facebook.com/southbranchscribbler/

https://www.wattpad.com/user/allanhudson


Allan’s Books:

(Click on the cover to read more or buy)

THE BEST OF WRITER BEWARE: 2021 IN REVIEW – Written By Victoria Strauss

For quite a while now I kept re-blogging warnings of scams and fraud in the literary world, most of them written by Victoria Strauss in the ‘Writer Beware’ blog. I thought it a great idea that she posted a review of 2021, and I decided to share that post too. It might help some of us to escape a trap or two.

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®


Ah, 2021. The year that was supposed to deliver us from the pandemic, and instead delivered…well. You know.


At least one expectation didn’t change: scammers gonna scam. Writer Beware was ready. Below are highlights of a busy year of scam hunting, scheme exposing, contract analyzing, and just plain crazy stuff.
IT CAME FROM OVERSEASI know I’m kind of a broken record here, because I’ve written so many posts about them…but the tsunami of publishing/marketing/fake literary agency scams out of the Philippines really is one of the realest and most present dangers for self- and small press-published writers, who are almost exclusively these scammers’ target.


Scam Alert: Chapters Media & Advertising and Its Stable of Imaginary Literary AgentsThis was one of the more elaborate of the Philippines-based scam efforts: the creation of a large roster of fictitious literary agents, complete with fake resumes and/or websites. The “agents” are fronts for referrals to paid services.

CONTINUE READING HERE

A Special Day To Celebrate Me

It’s January 7, once again. And, as usual, I’m 29 years old today. It’s 2022, and I planned to start this year with a trip down a new road, and I’m pretty busy packing up and starting a new adventure. This wasn’t prepared for long, but I’m intensely working on getting everything done because I’ll be on the road next week.

I will take my time and enjoy the drive into the future, looking at it as a symbol for a new start. I’m convinced this is a time full of wonders, miracles, and, finally, happiness.

I’ll start my trip, together with my kitties, and I will enjoy every mile of it. I will look into that adventure with a smile, and I won’t care about the 29th birthday because this year will be my year, and I’ll experience interesting, thrilling, and exciting things! You will find out. But first, I’ll be on the road for a while.

Picture courtesy of Greenplanet.com

But for the moment, maybe you can help me celebrate my birthday by sharing my books? I’d really appreciate it if you could share them, whenever and wherever you can. As a birthday wish, this is huge for me!

SOUL TAKER

After long years in the line of duty as a ‘Soul Taker,’ Kate is worn out.

When she gets a new job offer from the ‘Powers Above,’ she accepts her new job as a Guardian gratefully without knowing that her teacher is one of the most powerful beings in existence, the Archangel Raphael.

Along with Raphael, she takes on her new task and the connection between them grows.

Raphael helps, protects and supports Kate, but suddenly, she becomes a target for the Demons of Hell.

Raphael realizes that Kate means more to him than he expected, which causes him to fight furiously against danger. If he fails, Kate’s future will contain eternal darkness, Evil, and torture.


SUNDANCE

Sundance is a promising young Warrior Angel, the first in centuries to join the Divine Army. With the help of one of the most powerful Archangels, her skill and talent develop, allowing her to master some of the most difficult tasks that face her kind.

Sundance, under the supervision of the ‘Council of Twelve’, seeks to prove that she deserves her unusual gifts in the eternal fight between good and Evil. Follow her adventures as she discovers love, fights the good fight, and finds herself in the heat of battle trying to keep her wings from being singed.


DEMON TRACKER

Zepheira is the best Demon Tracker working for the Good side. With her unusual looks, her phenomenal sense of smell, and her bravery, she quickly draws ‘The Big 7’s attention to her talent. They hire her to find one of them. Leaving her familiar surroundings and regular work environment unsettles Zepheira at first. But the challenge to prove herself and to increase the reputation of her infallibility tempts her. She is convinced she will be a great asset to ‘The Big 7’. Little does she know she will be a much greater asset in Heaven’s fight against Evil. Zepheira suddenly becomes more than a hired tracker. She finds herself an important pawn in the game of love, heat, and fire. Will her courage and sacrifice be sufficient to dance with the flames?


Bounty Hunter

When Centriel roams the Earth in a dark mood and atypical despair, in a mountain clearing, far from humankind, he unexpectedly discovers a runner, followed by a petite hunter. The way the woman treats the giant fugitive amuses the Archangel, but he quickly learns that neither of them are what they seem to be.

Simin Arnatt is an extraordinary woman. Her occupation as a Bounty Hunter takes her all over the world, as she follows her prey to the most unusual places. She would have never expected to meet the famous Centriel while on a hunt. When he offers to help her, she feels the enormous attraction, but she knows, with the secret she holds, she could never dare to hope for love.

Neither of them could guess that with her next assignment, Hell is breaking loose…


That’s one of my wishes… to bring my books to the reader’s heart.

I would love to hear how you like the stories around ‘The Council Of Twelve.’

Thank you for making this day special for me.

Picture courtesy of Google.com

Promote on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’ – in 2022

It’s 2022 and ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’ is seven years old.

I am very proud to have this blog up and its success and progress grew significantly. I thank all followers and readers for making this such a pleasurable experience and a great adventure for me.

There is, however, one thing that I’d like to extend even more: The chance for many other writers to use “Writer’s Treasure Chest” as a promotional platform.

  • Do you feel like trying how it is to publish blog posts?
  • Do you have anything important to say?
  • Would you like to show up on this blog?
  • Do you have a book to promote?

Use “Writer’s Treasure Chest” and contact me for

  • a Blog Tour
  • a “Featured Author Interview”
  • a “Guest Post”

So many things are possible, and I’d like to give you a chance to introduce yourself and your work here!

For once I used the contact form within a blog post and hope you will use it!

Generally, ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’ does have a contact form on the right side, as a widget.

It is always there! Check it out and contact me, I’ll be delighted to work with you on your plans, your guest post, your blog tour, or send you the sheet with the interview questions!

I will be proud to have you as a guest on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’.

Books As Christmas Presents – The Council Of Twelve Series – By A. J. Alexander

It’s Christmas Time!

Books make the best presents!

Picture courtesy of Google.com

A. J. Alexander’s Books

SOUL TAKER

After long years in the line of duty as a ‘Soul Taker’, Kate is worn out.

When she gets a new job offer from the ‘Powers Above’, she accepts her new job as a Guardian gratefully without knowing that her teacher is one of the most powerful beings in existence, the Archangel Raphael.

Along with Raphael, she takes on her new task and the connection between them grows.

Raphael helps, protects and supports Kate, but suddenly, she becomes a target for the Demons of Hell.

Raphael realizes that Kate means more to him than he expected, which causes him to fight furiously against danger. If he fails, Kate’s future will contain eternal darkness, evil, and torture.


SUNDANCE

Sundance is a promising young Warrior Angel, the first in centuries to join the Divine Army. With the help of one of the most powerful Archangels, her skill and talent develop, allowing her to master some of the most difficult tasks that face her kind.

Sundance, under the supervision of the ‘Council of Twelve’ seeks to prove that she deserves her unusual gifts in the eternal fight between good and evil. Follow her adventures as she discovers love, fights the good fight, and finds herself in the heat of battle trying to keep her wings from being singed.


DEMON TRACKER

Zepheira is the best Demon Tracker working for the Good side. With her unusual looks, her phenomenal sense of smell, and her bravery, she quickly draws ‘The Big 7’s attention to her talent. They hire her to find one of them. Leaving her familiar surroundings and regular work environment unsettles Zepheira at first. But the challenge to prove herself and to increase the reputation of her infallibility tempts her. She is convinced she will be a great asset to ‘The Big 7’. Little does she know she will be a much greater asset in Heaven’s fight against Evil. Zepheira suddenly becomes more than a hired tracker. She finds herself an important pawn in the game of love, heat, and fire. Will her courage and sacrifice be sufficient to dance with the flames?


Bounty Hunter

When Centriel roams the Earth in a dark mood and atypical despair, in a mountain clearing, far from humankind, he unexpectedly discovers a runner, followed by a petite hunter. The way the woman treats the giant fugitive amuses the Archangel, but he quickly learns that neither of them are what they seem to be.

Simin Arnatt is an extraordinary woman. Her occupation as a Bounty Hunter takes her all over the world, as she follows her prey to the most unusual places. She would have never expected to meet the famous Centriel while on a hunt. When he offers to help her, she feels the enormous attraction, but she knows, with the secret she holds, she could never dare to hope for love.

Neither of them could guess that with her next assignment, Hell is breaking loose…

Silent Night – A Christmas Song

Picture courtesy of Amazon.com

A few years ago, the globally best-known Christmas song was determined. Of course, there was a long list of excellent, famous songs, like ‘Feliz Navidad,’ or ‘White Christmas’ to choose from.

But even though Bing Crosby’s song was the most successful, it wasn’t the best-known song.

Also, ‘Last Christmas’ by Wham was very successful and often streamed. But despite it being played almost too often around the world by uncountable radio stations, the song isn’t the best-known Christmas song in the world. However, some people are convinced it’s the most annoying Christmas song.

The best-known Christmas song, translated into 320 languages and dialects, is ‘Silent Night, Holy Night.’

In 1818, in Salzburg, Austria, curate Joseph Mohr wrote the words as a poem first and then searched for a composer who could vitalize his rhymes. Franz Xaver Gruber found the correct intonations and wrote the melody down on paper. (That particular paper was found in Salzburg in 1995).

The song was declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2011.

‘Silent Night’ was recorded and sold by numerous singers globally. And here we are, meeting Bing Crosby again. His version of Silent Night was sold over 30 million times.

Even though the original text contained six stanzas, the Silent Night is often sung with three stanzas: the first, the second, and the last.


SILENT NIGHT

English lyrics

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ the Saviour is born!
Christ the Saviour is born

Silent night, holy night!
Son of God love’s pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth

Kelly Clarkson, Trisha Yearwood & Reba McEntire (2013)

German lyrics

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht
Alles schläft; einsam wacht
Nur das traute hochheilige Paar.
Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar,
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht,
Hirten erst kundgemacht
Durch der Engel Halleluja,
Tönt es laut von fern und nah:
Christ, der Retter ist da!
Christ, der Retter ist da!

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht,
Gottes Sohn, o wie lacht
Lieb’ aus deinem göttlichen Mund,
Da uns schlägt die rettende Stund’.
Christ, in deiner Geburt!
Christ, in deiner Geburt!

Stille Nacht, by Peter Alexander, a famous Austrian singer, 1926 – 2011

Silent Night has always been mine and my Father’s favorite Christmas song. I remember very clearly with how much passion he sang this Christmas carol and how much he loved it. Even though he passed away 24 years ago, until this day, I cannot sing Silent Night anymore without being forced to give up, choked by tears.

I still love to hear it, year, by year, by year, that beautiful song, filling my heart with hope and peace.


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