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…

Reviews of Demesne’ Aithera
Book Reviews / October 22, 2012

Amazon US and UK Reviews of Demesne’ Aithera 4.0 out of 5 stars Aithera (Demesne) 19 July 2012 on By cliffy Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase Bought this book after reading snippets on twitter, although not my usual read thought I would give it a go and enjoyed it so downloaded the next one too. the story gets better the more you read into it and now cant wait for the third book. 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 5.0 out of 5 stars Aithera (Demesne) 13 Sep 2012 By Linda McDonald – Published on Format:Kindle Edition Again the authors have managed to have you engaged in the story by the end of the 1rst page. The characters in Aithera are richly developed and enchanting. So far this trilogy has kept me anticipating the next book. A wonderful surprise is how easily each book stands alone also. So excited to read book 3, Demesne’ New Beginnings. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 5.0 out of 5 stars great read. could not put it down 31 May 2012 By Lo pow – Published on Format:Kindle…

Interviews with S.F. Swem
Thoughts / October 18, 2012

Thought I would pop in and put a blip in. Here are links to Interviews with S.F. Swem. It has been suggested that we put links to the interviews here and/or on the voldamar site proper. We have decided I will put them on both places for easy access. Here are the two out so far: Tuesday, 15 May 2012 Reading, Writing and Learning – Voldamar Voldamar is the home of the books and blog of Steven and Detra Swem. Steven writes the majority of blogs, so I posed my questions to him. A Chat With Steven Swem; Author of Demesne Series Posted on 02/10/2012 (October 2, 2012) And there I was, nonchalantly strolling through the Dragon Back Valley trying to reach the gates of Dragon Back Castle. My goal was to be nearby at a convenient time to be asked in for supper. Some miles away, I bumped into Steven Swem. I’d been hoping to interview him for ages and ages…

What to read and how the choice is made
Thoughts / September 26, 2012

You want a new book to read: 1.  Do you go to the book store down town, or shop on line? When searching your choice of shopping:  Do you pick up the latest trend or head for your favorite read? What is your favorite? Fantasy fiction, Science fiction, Modern fiction or something that has an ancient feel? So many choices. Growing up I read a lot of Victoria Holts historical romances. There was so much more to them than boy meets girl. Most had a mystery going on in the background. A teacher introduced me to Walter Farley and the Black stallion series of books, then I read anything that had horses in them. I have owned and taken care of horses. Rode with the Old Spanish Trail Riders for a summer and my horse was a stallion. In the 70’s the Texan’s told me “girls don’t ride stallion’s”, I did. When not wearing my western boots I was wearing 3 inch fashion boots. I have always been shorter then those around me, the heels gave me hight. I have been studying other writers. Who does what and when. The consensus is, the reading we have done through out our…