Name a character

Here’s a contest folks can get behind. For those of you who have read “Perfect Trouble,” you know that there are two shorts at the end of the book. One of those shorts takes place a short while after the story ends and the other short fills in what happened to Dusty while he was off doing his own thing in the book. Now at the end of Dusty’s story we get introduced to a new character which at that point has no name. Here’s the contest, I want a good name for the new character. He will be in the supporting cast for the next book “Perfect Aim.” If you haven’t read the book yet, that’s fine, go out and get it. I’ll keep the contest open until August 31st, since I won’t begin actually writing this one until September, due to other things I’m writing at the moment. So post up your comments and give me ideas for names. It will be fun.

Here’s the link to the E.S. Peters books.

If your the first person to suggest a name and I choose that name, you’ll get a copy of the ebook once its published later this year.

 

Blog Hop results

Hey folks, just want to tell everyone thanks for stopping by during the Independence Day blog hop. You guys left some great comments, and I know that myself and everyone around Colorado appreciate all the great energy everyone is pouring down on us right now.

The winner of the contest for the ebooks is Christine Eagles. Thanks for participating Christine, hope you enjoy the books.

For folks who have already bought their copies of “Perfect Trouble” Check back here next week when we will be announcing a contest that will revolve around the next book in the series “Perfect Aim.”

Community

Sorry this post is running so late for the blog hop, the world around here has been crazy for a couple of weeks. If anyone has been watching the news, they know that here in Colorado we’ve had a series of major wildfires. So far I’ve had a couple of them impact me on different levels, but they have helped me find a topic for the 4th of July blog hop. Community.
When you stop and break down the word community, it’s an anagram of common and unity. In my mind it’s coming together for the common good. That is one of the basic principles that this country of ours was build upon. During times of great tragedy we still see it in our fellow Americans. When the going gets tough, Americans, people…humans band together to make it through the rough spots.
Two weekends ago, while at work nearly two hours from home, we got the call that we might need to evacuate due to a wildfire that had sprung up a couple miles from home. We made sure that the critters would be taken care of if the call to evacuate came before we got home. When we arrived home my father in law’s horse trailer was gone, but all the horses were still on the property. He was out helping neighbors that had to evacuate get their horses to safety. Later that evening when he’d done all he could he came home and told us about everyone else who was in the lines at the summer camps and ranches around the area helping to make sure the horses and other critters got out. Over the next week or so we noticed that places that were not in the path of that fire suddenly had new horses, cows, llamas, and other critters on their property. This fire, named the Springer fire, luckily went north and didn’t impact as many people as they were afraid it would. We were informed this past week it is out.
Last weekend, again while at work, we found out about the Waldo Canyon fire. Although this fire was further away from home, it had a much bigger impact on us and our friends and family. Again Bob, my father in law, responded to the call to help get critters out of the way of this very destructive force of nature. We know several families that were forced from their homes as the fire roared into Colorado Springs. Through talking with friends this past weekend, we found out that people we know peripherally actually lost their homes. The amazing thing through all this was watching the reports on the news and hearing from friends about how the community came together to help one another.
Over the worst time of the fire, so far…it’s not out yet and it till it is, it’s not over, there were some 36,000 people evacuated. During this time rarely were there more than 300 people in the emergency shelters. Most of the evacuees found refuge with friends and family. In a world where on a day to day basis we humans appear very self absorbed, this is touching to me. People stopping to think about others and care about others enough to open their homes to them in times of need. And the food banks and other outreach organizations are reporting record donations to help those people displaced by this dramatic display of nature’s fury.
Our country was built on the idea of community and working together for the common good. As we stop and look at how the folks here in Colorado and other parts of the country are working together to make things better in these desperate times, it is good to see that the founding idea that helped us fight for our independence from England over two hundred years ago is still alive. It gives me a hope for the future of our country, if people can just work together and continue to build upon what those founders started those many years ago. Stop looking at the ways to make yourself better, look at how to make everyone around you better. Find the power in the people and lift everyone up, wither it’s in a time of need or just every day. Those are the ideas that this great country was founded on, and those are the ideas that we have shown we can still embrace. Happy Fourth of July folks.


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Interview with Tricia Stewart Shiu

Please enjoy this interview with Tricia Stewart Shiu, author of the paranormal YA novel with a literary bent ”Moa”. Then read on to learn how you can win huge prizes as part of this blog tour, including $6000 in Amazon gift cards, a Kindle Fire, 5 autographed copies of ”Moa”, and 5 autographed copies of its sequel, ”Statue of Ku.”

 

1. The Moa Book series has a metaphysical theme. Do you have any expertise in this area?

I am an energetic intuitive and have a talent for creating powerful healing essential oil blends and gem elixirs. The unearthing of these talents occurred as I embarked on a metaphysical journey, which included studies in mediumship, pagan and Huna rituals as well as an energy healing technique called “Crystalline Consciousness Technique.” I also studied a variety of shamanic clearing methods and healing rituals.

You get pretty heavy into the metaphysical. Are you, in fact, a witch?

Like, Hillary, I question who I am on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis. For centuries, women have been persecuted and even killed for being labeled a witch. I have studied many forms of healing rituals and magic and discovered that I have talents for using essential oils and crystals for the highest good. Others, who have witnessed the results of my practices, have called me many things: healer, shaman, and yes, witch. I choose not to accept any of these names but to embrace all of them as one growing changing name—wishealer or heshitch—to coin a phrase…or maybe not. As I discover more talents, gifts and unique parts to myself, this unusual word is sure to undergo a metamorphosis and may grow to the size of Moa’s real, and quite lengthy, Hawaiian name.

3. What are your favorite books and how have they touched you as a reader?

Albert Einstein said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” The books/stories that touch me most echo the theme of humanity and self discovery and include a sense of adventure and wonder. Ray Bradbury’s short story, “Frost and Fire” is a shocking, but tender story about a boy’s journey into a world where people only live eight days. James Joyce’s “Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man” inspired me to unleash my inner censor and allow my truth to shine though my writing. If I could wish anything for those who read my books, it would be the gift of self acceptance and self acknowledgement.

4. How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?

Good question. I went back into my notes and discovered that it took me exactly three months and ten days to write “Moa” from beginning to end. That seems to be my average writing speed, three months. My aunt Rebecca Gummere is my editor extraordinaire. We have developed a comfortable and productive working rhythm that balances creativity and structure and brings such joy and enrichment to the work.

5. Who designs the covers for your books?

The brilliant and talented Sydney Shiu took the cover photos when she was six during a trip to Hawaii. Scott Torrance brought his years of experience in photographic art and design to the layouts.

6. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The time between stories is the most challenging for me. When I am inside a story and writing I am filled with peace and joy. When I finish and have to leave that world, I mourn the loss of this comforting place–the same is true when I finish reading a great book. Nevertheless, I believe that this sadness brings with it a great opportunity and depth of creativity and I wouldn’t change a thing about the process.

7. Any take-away message you want readers to grasp?

Each of us has at least one divine gift to remember. The moment we wake up and retrieve the memory of who we are and what we are here to do, that’s when the adventure begins.

8. When did you first consider yourself an author?

I was in middle school and read James Joyce’s “Portrait of an Artist” for the first time. About an hour later, I was overcome by an urge to write, an impulse I readily indulged. Time stood still, I still can’t quite remember what happened during that frenzied period of first creation. All I remember is coming to with pages upon pages filled with words in front of me. It felt incredible to express myself so freely. I’ve never looked back.

9. Did you start out writing novels?

No. I started out writing short stories when I was young. Then when I began acting, I wrote one-woman shows and plays, eventually combining my efforts of performance and writing in a piece called “Doing Lunch” which made it’s way into a short film trilogy directed by Hal Trussel. That film won “Best Dramatic Short” at the Houston Film Festival.

10. What was your main source of inspiration for the “Moa” book series?

When I was five, I was visited by a vision. I’ll never forget it, I was running down the stairs and the entity, a girl with dark hair, stopped me in my tracks. The spirit said that I would go through a deeply challenging time in my life, but would resurface, later in life, with unimaginable joy and fulfillment. That vision stayed with me. In middle school, I would sit quietly at my desk adding up the years to figure out exactly when my life would turn around.

And then I forgot. I got busy, my work and the stress of family life took over and I was completely overwhelmed and in desperate need of a vacation. My husband, daughter and I decided to go to Hawaii.

When the plane landed in Honolulu, I remember feeling the difference in the atmosphere as I disembarked. The air made me somehow, remember that there was a part of me that knew…something…what was it?

Never mind, I was in Hawaii it was time to see the sights! So, I sped off to see Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach and then headed home for an afternoon nap before an evening luau. As I drifted toward sleep, I heard my name being called. In my mind’s eye, I saw a beautiful young woman with dark hair, who said her name was Moaahuulikkiaaakea’o Haanaapeekuluueehuehakipuunahe’e—Moa for short.

And then I remembered.

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About Moa:  Eighteen-year-old, Hillary, anticipates adventure as she embarks for trip to Honolulu, but gets more than she bargained for when Moa, an ancient Hawaiian spirit, pays her an unexpected visit. Get it on Amazon.

 

About Statue of Ku:  The second book in the Moa Book Series, “The Statue of Ku” follows Hillary and Moa as they jet to Egypt on the Prince’s private plane to reclaim Moa’s family heirloom, the inimitable statue of Ku. Get it on Amazon.

 

About the author: Tricia Stewart Shiu combines her addiction to the written word with her avid interest in the healing arts and all things metaphysical in her novels ”Moa” and “Statue of Ku” and looks forward to finding new ways to unite her two loves. Visit Tricia on her websiteTwitterFacebook, or GoodReads.

Blog Hop winner

Just to let everyone know, the winner of the free ebooks for the Hop Against Homophobia is Yvette. She will get ebooks of “Perfect Love” and “Perfect Trouble.” I’m working through the final edits on “Perfect Trouble” and it will be out next month.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the hop. It was a lot of fun and hopefully we got a positive message out to everyone about how wrong homophobia is. Keep up the good work everyone.

Acceptance

Today I’m taking part in the Hop against Homophobia. As we try and bring about more understanding in the world please share links with your friends and family to this blog and others on the hop. Help get the word out. Help us open more minds. Follow the link in the image below to the complete list of blogs participating in the hop.

Acceptance can be one of the hardest things to find, either in ourselves and or other people. I suppose I’m one of the lucky ones as most people I’ve known have accepted me warts, glitter and all. This is not to say that I haven’t faced my share of homophobia, but it’s not something that I face on a daily basis. As a very masculine man with a nice butch husband, most people don’t realize that I’m gay, unless I say something, or until I tell them. I like it that way.

Years ago, when I was just coming to terms with being gay, I had a very good friend who helped me through my self-acceptance and helped shape me into the well rounded person I am today. For several years, she was like a second mother to me. She explained something that she called the green monkey syndrome, which today I can think of other more appropriate terms for it, but we’ll stick with her terms. The green monkey syndrome is this. Monkeys will kill any of their own kind that they deem as different than themselves, but the catch is, monkeys are color blind. So, until a monkey comes out and says they’re a green monkey, all the monkeys will think everyone is brown. Unfortunately once the green monkey makes their presence known, the other monkeys jump on him and kill him.

Unlike racial differences, for the most part being gay is an invisible minority that is only noticed when we draw attention to ourselves. I use this to my advantage. Folks can’t spot me as gay either by my appearance or my actions. I mean things such as, I don’t like to do auto repair , but can get my hands greasy when I have to. But I make it work. Most folks get to know me before they find out that I’m gay. And by getting to know me they love me. I make a point to be the best person I can be. I avoid being stereotyped in any way. Although some of my friends like teasing me about “every so often the gay just shines through” This is fine.

As a writer, I like to carry this mentality over to the characters I write. I’ve had some “formula” writers tell me there’s not enough drama in my gay couples, that real people have more personal conflict than I portray. My reply there is that I’m trying to give a good example of what gay couples can be. I want to show stable, loving couples. I’ve received several reviews thanking me for showing men who are obviously gay, but not going overboard in the drama or sexuality, giving them a read closer to their own lives. That’s the point of my writing, and my life, quiet acceptance, one friend, or reader at a time. Slow quiet acceptance in the end gets better results than massive change forced on people. Spend more time showing people how you are the same as they are as opposed to how you are different. Build relationships on understanding and likeness, then your differences simply add spice to life and you’ll be surprised how people react. Over time, I’ve only lost a couple of so called friends when they found out I was gay. Because in the end they know me for who I am, and what I am doesn’t matter. Some people are surprised that my lover’s father, a hardcore cowboy/mountain man accepts us, but he knows who I am, and loves me like his own son. We’ve often discussed how if I were a stereotype flaming gay, that wouldn’t be the case. Blending in can be very important to finding acceptance. Don’t stand around screaming about how you’re different, join in and show how you are the same, and you’ll be surprised how quickly people’s minds change. Fight for acceptance one person at a time. If we all do this, pretty soon homophobia will a thing of the past. I hope everyone enjoys the blog hop and does their part to help bring about acceptance.

Leave a comment for a chance to win a set of the E.S. Peters Investigation E books. “Perfect Love” is out and “Perfect Trouble” will be out in June.

 

Zipity Do Da, Zipity Yeah

My oh my what a wonderful day.

Today is one of those awesome springtime days here in the beautiful mountains of central Colorado. I had planned on writing something really cool for my final blog post in the A to Z blog challenge and today is just so pretty I can’t bring myself to stay inside another minute. So I encourage everyone, if the weather’s nice, get out and enjoy the day. The wildflowers here are beginning to bloom, if they’re doing it here then she should be doing it other places too. Get outside folks. Enjoy the nice weather, and smell the flowers.

Have fun and happy blogging. We’ll do a review of the challenge in a few days. Now its time to rest the tired brain and enjoy the great outdoors.

 

The Yellow Sky Coven

So for Y today, I decided to give everyone a little bit of background on the interesting characters that make up the Yellow Sky Coven, at least those that show up in “Blood Moon, Yellow Sky.” I’ll save other folks from other books for later posts.

Geraldine, Geri, Beggay is the leader and teacher of the group. During her youth, spent as a teacher’s child out at a home for troubled youth, she met an old Cherokee shaman who, building on her natural aptitude, taught her magic. She found out about the Coalition for Magical Creatures when her teacher applied for membership. Unfortunately, he failed his test. Geri decided at that point, to go on with her life. During the ensuing years, she worked odd jobs, which occasionally included assisting the police with crimes that were outside the mundane realm. Over time, she became the magical sheriff of the Texas panhandle. She stayed active in the magical community and through that, eventually found her own students.

Alex Carlson was one of her first students. He found Geri in his early twenties. They quickly hit it off and she agreed to take him under her wing to teach him more types of magic than he could find in readily available books. Although he came from a magical family, most of which possed at least some psychic or magical skills, he was always looking to expand his knowledge. Alex owned the local independent bookstore, the Halfling’s Hideaway, and attracted a good number of young folk who had a natural aptitude for magic to the shop. Several other members of the coven were people pulled into the shop by the forces of fate.

Stan Belsario was one of the people that found their way into Halfling’s Hideaway. His military family traveled extensively when he was growing up. In each new place, he got out and explored everything he could of local culture. Over time, he was experienced many different types of magic, sometimes not the most savory of sorts. With a youth spent often running in the shadowed streets of third-world countries, he became an accomplished thief. By the time he reached Yellow Sky, the authorities kept watchful eyes on him. After meeting Alex and Geri, and coming under their calming influence, he turned his skills toward helping keep the magical peace that Geri demanded in her territory.

Charles Colfax met Alex in high school. Even though Alex was a couple years older than Charles, they became best friends. Soon after Alex began studying under Geri, Charles and his twin sister Bernadette managed to worm their way in to the group. Like Alex, they came by their magical talents naturally. Both having an affinity for fire, they adopted the magical nicknames of Char and Burn.

Terry and Larry Holloway are the sons of a police officer that Geri worked with on a regular basis. Their father actually recommended them to Geri. They had an interest in the occult and he didn’t want them wandering around on their own and getting into trouble. The Holloways aren’t as strong as some of the other members of the coven, but they bring their own unique flare to the group’s dynamic.

Finally there’s Janie Miller, like the Holloway brothers, she isn’t as strong magically as some of her friends, but she’s very close to Bernadette. The two went to school together and over time, fell in love. She is Burn’s shadow, often a balance to her fiery lover’s temper.

Other members of the coven came along over time, all drawn to the magic teachings that Geri had to offer and the general camaraderie that so many young folks need in their lives. Many things happen to them as a group and as individuals, some of these things are good, some not so good. As we see in “Blood Moon, Yellow Sky,” Geri follows in the footsteps of her magical teacher and applies for membership to the Coalition of Magical Creatures. This leads to the group’s meeting with Tal O’Duirwood that changes all of them forever.

To find out more about Geri and her crew, read the various Yellow Sky books, novellas, and short stories.