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Friendly reminder:

1. Please only post Self-Promotion for your books on weekends.
2. If you post a blog entry, please post a question for discussion.
3. Please follow these rules so we don't have a community full of links with no discussion. Links are cool, but discussion is much cooler.

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I hope that wasn't me! I sometimes get my groups confused. :)
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Henry Lion Oldie

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The cover picture for H. L. Oldie's fantasy cycle "The Abyss of Hungry Eyes".
Art by Vladimir Bondar (Ukraine).
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Henry Lion Oldie

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The cover picture to the one of the Russian editions of H. L. Oldie's fantasy cycle "The Abyss of Hungry Eyes".
Art by Vladimir Bondar (Ukraine).
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Gary Davies

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***FREE epic-length FUN EBook!***
 
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At iTunes previews:
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Also read its exciting FREE prequel “Secrets of Goth Mountain”
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Joe Machney

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For a limited time,  until June 1st, the second book in the Legend of Zyrah series, The Doors of Dawn, will be on sale for $0.99. If you enjoyed the first one, the second one explores the fantasy island and the spiritual growth of the people who inhabit it further. http://www.amazon.com/Doors-Dawn-Legend-Zyrah-Series-ebook/dp/B00VNCIA2O
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Find The Black Swans: A Tale of the Antrim Cycle by N.W. Moors and thousands of other book samples only on BookDaily.com
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Steve Boysko

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I'm having a hard time cutting off my "root" of my world.

By that, I mean... I have a magic system.  Hero is learning it.  How does hero learn it? Another man who once practiced it.  How does he get info? A book...a Tome...  How did first man write the Tome? Where did that info come from?  A magical intervention, a divine moment of chance.  Where did that moment of chance come from?  Why did it happen then, to that person?

In other words, it's like trying to go back in time and explain where the Force came from.

Or, in Sanderson's work, where the Stormlight came from.

Or, in Wheel of Time, who discovered the One Power first, and why it works.

These authors/movies never explain the cause.  Like in a creation vs. evolution debate... "where did your god come from," or "where did your first energy come from?"

Prophecies seem old and tired. Trying to avoid that.

Seems endless.  The more backstory I come up with, the more I drift away from the core story.  Advice for cutting off this Original Root obsession?

Thanks.
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There is always the accidental discovery route as well. A guy is making soup and discovers a cure for boils. He continues experimenting and documenting his findings which evolves into the definitive work on the subject. Something along those lines.
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Frank Winters

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I just posted "Chapter One - The Trial Begins" for my story "Valenhearth: Trials of Tristan". #fantasy
http://w.tt/1EVkQBB
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Ben Schmitt

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Most writers over-describe every second of a fight sequence. Never focus on detailing a step-by-step fight. It’s far too intricate for the reader to easily visualize.
Do you include a lot of action in your fantasy writing? 
The man sitting on the mat across from me was far too calm. Not a speck of worry in his eyes. Only a smirk tempting his lips. He dug his knee into my stomach, pinning me to the ground. His sharp fo...
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Hi Renee. That clears it up for me. Thank you for the example, I enjoyed it! I thought you were suggesting to confuse the reader a bit, but I'm tracking with you now, and yes, that is an effective trick now and then! Good insight =) 
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Lilo Abernathy

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AUTHORS
Why you should be retweeting your book bloggers!
BOOK BLOGGERS
Why you should use common book blog hashtags!
Authors, Chances are you have quite a few book bloggers on your Twitter feed that you have been neglecting. Instead, I suggest that you support your book bloggers, especially those who blog books in your genre. I'm not talkin...
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Fantasy Writers of G+ Community Rules: 1. Keep self-promotion to a minimum. Members who are only using the community to promote their own books or blogs will be banned. 2. Do not post links without commentary, explanation, or a discussion question for the community. Repeat offenders will be banned. 3. It is fine to link to an article on your own blog, provided that it is pertinent to fantasy writing. When doing so, be sure to include a discussion question for the community. 4. Self-promotion of your books is limited to weekends only. Such posts must be in the Self-Promotion category, and must include commentary or explanation. 5. Please make posts in the appropriate categories. Posts that aren't in the correct category will be deleted. 6. Treat each other with respect. Rude, hostile, or argumentative behavior will not be tolerated, and the offenders will be banned.

Sean P. O. MacCath-Moran

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+C.S. MacCath has kicked off a new "Dispatches from the Word Mines" blog series in which she interviews writers about the craft of writing. In this first offering, she asks Rebecca Buchanan a few probing and compelling questions about her processes and projects, and it's a worthy read for anyone interested in the art of writing. =o)


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Frank Winters

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Frank Winters originally shared:
 
Here is the second chapter to my short story based in my slowly building roleplaying game. As I take breaks outlining my game, I practice writing with these short stories. Writing them as helped me envision what I want my project to become. Criticism is…
Here is the second chapter to my short story based in my slowly building roleplaying game. As I take breaks outlining my game, I practice writing with these short stories. Writing them as helped me...
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Marc Tassin

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Champions of Aetaltis is an anthology of heroic fantasy adventure stories I'm assembling! It features some amazing authors, like David Farland, Lucy Snyder, Larry Correia, Cat Rambo, Michael A. Stackpole, Bill Willingham, Elaine Cunningham, and more.

We're doing  great so far, but we could use your help. Check it out. If you like it, please share this post! Tell a friend! Email them the link! Share on FB! Tweet! Perform an epic poem at your local tavern touting the greatness of the project! Help us make this project a huge success! Thanks! http://kck.st/1JU5guj
Marc Tassin is raising funds for Champions of Aetaltis: A Heroic Fantasy Anthology on Kickstarter! An anthology of heroic fantasy adventures featuring all new stories from some of the best authors in the business.
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Thank you! We're all pretty excited about it!
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Matthew Olney

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Check out my blog post on publishing house Firebound Books, a group set up by Rob May, me and others smile emoticon ‪#‎books‬ http://msolneyauthor.com/2015/05/24/firebound-books/
I've mentioned this a few times but now things are coming together nicely! Me, Rob May and a few other writers have joined forces to create a new publishing house which focuses on Fantasy and Scien...
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Majesta Miles

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Lots of very pertinent advice. Thanks for posting.
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colin rutherford

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#Free  on #kindleunlimited  
Book One of the Tales of the Neverwar #series  
Do you like #Scifi   #Fantasy  and #Romance ?
Well, it's all here.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/CJ-Rutherford/e/B00NJ0G8I6/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
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Henry Lion Oldie

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The 1st black-white illustration by Alexander Semiakin to the fantasy novelette "Peter and Death" by H. L. Oldie.
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Peter-Death-Songs-Sliadek-Book-ebook/dp/B00WULAWDC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430376611&sr=1-1
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/539114
Historical adventure and poetic fantasy; Medieval Europe. 10,010 words, $0,99 only!

The lutenist Peter Sliadek meets Death (or the Player in Gray). Death offers Peter a new lute and new life. In exchange, the lutenist has to forget his current lute and himself. What is the end of this lethal game?

PETER AND DEATH is the last, 12th novelette from the book “The Songs of Peter Sliadek” by Henry Lion Oldie. The entire novel consists of 12 novelettes. The book received the "Sigma-F" Grand Prize at "Sigma-F Conference" in Moscow, Russia, in 2005. 8 hard cover editions are in Russian! Now for the first time in English!

Book trailer: http://youtu.be/TrN0I7KoPNQ

H. L. Oldie's official English WEB-site: http://oldie-worlds.com/news.html

Welcome!
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Matthew Olney

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Heir to the Sundered Crown just 0.99 cents in for US readers from May 21st to May 28th 
Kindle Link - http://ow.ly/yB6J0
Kobo Link - https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/heir-to-the-sundered-crown

A realm torn asunder will give rise to a hero.
The winner of the Wattpad's Write Awards is available to buy on Kindle now!
The Kingdom of Delfinnia is in chaos. After assassins kill the king and his family, greedy self serving men battle one another for the crown. Unknown to them is that one heir yet lives, a baby boy now hidden and protected.
In the mage city of Caldaria is a boy named Luxon, a young mage who will discover his past and his powers. For he will one day become known as the Legendary, the wizard who would break the world, the man who would embrace death and live and the hero who would give a realm its greatest king.
Sent on a quest to find the one responsible for the King's assassination Luxon teams up with Ferran of the Blackmoor the legendary Nightblade and hunter of fell beasts, Sophia Cunning the land’s greatest witch hunter and Kaiden, a noble knight sworn to defend the world from darkness.
Together they find the answers they seek, but the truth is far worse than anyone could possibly imagine.
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Antonio del Drago
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World Building  - 
 
Have you used a familiar setting in one of your stories? Did it help you complete your story quicker or was it a hindrance?

http://mythicscribes.com/world-building/write-a-compelling-story/
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I started my novel in the middle of winter, so my character is introduced, traveling in the middle of winter.
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Lilo Abernathy

General Discussion  - 
 
AUTHORS
Why you should be retweeting your book bloggers!
BOOK BLOGGERS
Why you should use common book blog hashtags!
Authors, Chances are you have quite a few book bloggers on your Twitter feed that you have been neglecting. Instead, I suggest that you support your book bloggers, especially those who blog books in your genre. I'm not talkin...
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