The Next Big Thing
Thoughts / December 20, 2012

The Next Big Thing is a questionnaire going around the author community. Diana Anderson tagged us, so now it is our turn. Participants answer, and then tag five more authors to participate. Our answers are short, this will apeal to some and others may want more. Feel free to ask for more. What do you want to know? 1. What is the working title of your next book?   Demesne’ Challenge – this is the fourth in the series 2. Where did the idea come from for the book? A comment was made about a couple of characters, and that got us to thinking how we could do it. An idea formed and expanded from that. 3. What genre does your book fall under? Fantasy Fiction 4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition? This one is tough. There are so many good personalities that would fit. 5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? A challenge is issued, and accepted. The results changes the lives of more than the combatants. 6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Self-Published 7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript? We…

Demesne’ New Beginnings teaser 2
Book Teasers / December 14, 2012

Demesne’ New Beginnings teaser 2: Jira is almost to the trees when several more dark ones come running out, and she skids along the ground and turns, heading off to the side, trying to run around the side of the cottage when several dark ones come around the corner. She skids to a halt, turns, and flings out a hand and a wall of fire springs up between her and the ones from the trees. Turning, she whips her hand in front of her and a wind blows through those on the side of the cottage, scattering them into the building and off to the side. She dashes between them and heads through the old garden and towards a new tree line. Just before she makes it to the trees, she is struck in the back, a cold tingling washes over her as she stumbles and then falls to the ground. The knapsack leaves her hand and lands next to a tree. She rolls over, looking behind her, and then her hands come up and a ball of fire streaks from them towards the group coming at her. Most scatter, but one stands his ground, and raising a sphere, the…

Demesne’ New Beginnings teaser 3
Book Teasers / December 11, 2012

Demesne’ New Beginnings teaser 3: That night, Jira watches the young man discreetly as she and Brodie are sitting around the campfire. I know I have seen him before, I just can’t place him. She takes a sip from her cup. He is not exactly handsome, but he is cute and so polite. I suppose I could make our return trip faster, maybe jump to the castle now that I know exactly where I am. It just might work this time. But then I would not have the pleasure of his company. She takes another sip and looks around and sees the other man standing slightly away from the campfire like a guard on watch. This Brittle, he is a quiet one, always wary, but relaxed. He moves a lot like Devon. I think it is going to be interesting to find out what his story is … both of their stories, actually. “You are quiet this night, Miss Jira,” Brodie says softly. “Do I trouble you so that you need to constantly watch me?” Jira startles and blushes, thankful for the darkness. “Oh dear, have I been that obvious?” “Not in the least,” he says warmly as he looks…

Demesne’ New Beginning teaser
Book Teasers / December 6, 2012

Demesne’ New Beginning teaser: Guards she thinks, and moving around to avoid being seen, she gets close enough to the camp that she might be able to make out those that are near the fire. She concentrates and her sight returns to normal. She almost gasps out loud as she recognizes those around the fire. Dark ones. Better not hang around here. She shifts her sight back to the grayness and sees other glowing bodies moving slowly in her direction. She carefully and quietly slips back into the deeper darkness and away from the campsite. Skirting the camp, she moves more carefully now and soon comes upon a small cottage and a burned out barn. In the gray of her vision, everything looks cold and unused for quite a while. Oh no! It’s Gretta’s cottage. I am near Haulden. Great! I have to sneak past a whole bunch of bad guys to get to the western entrance of the valley, she thinks to herself as she examines the cottage. Better not stay in the cottage, just in case the dark ones are checking out the buildings. Though they’ll probably just leave this place alone. It shouldn’t have any more interests…

Teaser of the latest Demesne Book
Book Teasers / November 9, 2012

Time for some fantasy with magic, a special hawk and an unusual horse, not to mention the different races of two of the two legged kind. New Beginnings is the third book in the series, published September 12, 2012. Here is a teaser from that book. I might even put another in tomorrow until the whole book is read. mmm thought about that, Don’t think it will happen. Have fun with it Teaser: She looks up at the sound of running footsteps and a child’s words echoing down the hall just before the energetic little girl bursts into her room. “Miss Tera! Miss Tera!” Beth exclaims as she runs in and slides to a stop near her desk. “Miss Tera! Mama says that he is coming, he is coming back!” Beth watches impatiently as Aithera’s eyes glaze over, for she knows that Aithera’s mind is searching elsewhere when she gets that faraway look. Then Aithera’s eyes clear and she smiles down at Beth, who huffs and urges her, “Hurry, Miss Tera, hurry!” With a flare of her skirt, Beth spins and dashes out the door, her words echoing down the hallway. “Miss Jira! Miss Jira! …” Aithera chuckles softly and picks…

A blog about blogs
Thoughts / October 28, 2012

Ok, I was sitting here writing my last blog and was thinking, do I send this off to the editor to have a look see? NO! And I know some out there in media land would say, “You are a fool, you have to have your blog edited. How are you going to be taken as a serious author if your blog is “grammatically full of errors.” Well guess what, I have some good spell checking programs that do a pretty good job of telling me my grammar sucks. As well as my spelling. If I were to have my blogs checked, re-checked, and checked again. Then it would be other people’s work and not my work. Oh, the overall concept would be mine, but the wording would be changed to fit into what is considered the norm or “the professional look.” I may be old, but I do not live in the past. This is the 21 first century. A lot of the “norms” that “those in the know” like to tout, are governed by concepts and rules that have not changed in a hundred years. Sorry folks, I do not ride a horse to get to the next…

How Demesne’ The Challenge got started
Thoughts / October 28, 2012

A couple of statements were made, from the ending of the last book. The New Beginnings of the Demesne series. “I would have liked to see character ‘A’ do a transformation. With the character’s background I thought that might happen.” “It would have been nice to get more background of some of the supporting characters.” So there we have the input from the third book. So we sat down and said, “OK, that might be doable. So how would we show a transformation? And what would lead up to it happening?” So we put our heads together. Thunk. Ouch. And a bottle of aspirin later, we had a nibble of an idea. After talking over the character’s background, motivations, actions, and where the character was at, at the moment. A transformation would not be in the characters make up. So, taking a cue from the comics, an external source would be needed. How about if this happened, and then something else would happen, and in short order. BANG. The big scene formed and firmed up quickly. So now we had the scene to take care of the transformation. But it is ‘the big scene’, what the story will need to…

Thoughts / October 27, 2012

What a conundrum we are in, in a world where joint accounts are going to the wayside and the word “I” is used more than “we”, Steve and I find book promoting online is sometimes difficult. We are a duo, a team, most of what we do are joint ventures. How do we answer the questions asked? What is your name? “We” are Steven and Detra Swem What is your gender? “We” are male and female What year were you born? Do I really have to answer that? Before 1970. Is that alright? (hey I just showed my girly side) There are generally other questions asked that are directed to a single individual. Steve is writing “our” bio and not having an easy time doing it. I gather we are a wee bit unique these days. After 30+ years together, being we, ours, and going places and doing thing together seems rather everyday goings on. We have been up and we cling to one another for support when thing go terribly wrong but as long as we can draw on one another we will survive. We enjoy our joint venture into this writing world, even with the occasional heated discussions….

Reviews of Demesne’ New Beginnings
Book Reviews / October 22, 2012

Reviews of Demesne’ New Beginnings Found on 5.0 out of 5 stars demesne new beginnings, 6 Oct 2012 By cliffy – See all my reviews  Amazon Verified Purchase(What is this?) This review is from: Demesne’ New Beginnings (Kindle Edition) Aithera is off with her friends on another adventure,3rd book in the series. I am not normally into fantasy dragons and magic but i absolutely loved these books, it takes you away from ‘normality’ for a while. the story has some great twists to it, pulls on heart strings a little too. 🙂 Its good the way it it all comes together at the end, maybe a little open ended for another book?? Lets hope so!!! Thats my opinion, hope it helps, go on, its not an expensive read so worth a risk! ———————————————————————————————- This book is still fairly new on the market so not many reviews are available. Hope this one is helpful to you.

Reviews of Demesne’ Valley of Mystery
Book Reviews / October 22, 2012

Reviews found on 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful 4.0 out of 5 stars Getting pulled in., September 9, 2011 By Steven Swem (Puget Sound WA)  This review is from: Valley of Mystery (Demesne) (Kindle Edition) During editing and looking at the physical layout, I kept getting pulled in and started reading the story. I know the story, but ended up many time catching myself just reading it. I hope others find it as compelling as I did. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful 5.0 out of 5 stars Magical, September 1, 2011 By Princessofmars – See all my reviews  This review is from: Valley of Mystery (Demesne) (Kindle Edition) I really enjoy the characters and their interaction. The plot line is fantastic. I’m a big fan of magic and mystery and this has a little of everything. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting, September 24, 2011 By Linda McDonald – See all my reviews  This review is from: Valley of Mystery (Demesne) (Kindle Edition) I feel to often we ‘label’ a book, mystery, sci fi, and so forth. If you choose to not read a book because of that, this is one you would miss out on. From the very…