Author Archives: Rebekah Turner
Farewell 2014! What a year you were. Many things happened of the writerly kind. I wrote a YA, a novella, finished an new urban fantasy I’d been kicking around for a while and then subbed Chaos Broken (Book 3 in the Chronicles of Applecross) to my publisher. The YA novel is in the publishing ether and for the novella, I’m thinking of venturing into the self-publishing world. Chaos Broken will be published in April 2015, when I shall put on my book promo underpants and shove it forth for everyone’s attention. Maybe even before, as those underpants sure look comfy.
Many other things happened int 2014 as well. I went on a writers retreat with my fellow Sisters of the Pen, and we did strange writer things and ate strange writer food.
I also went on my first marathon Hen’s Night, involving…
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Woo ho! So, it’s release day for Chaos Bound, book 2 in my urban fantasy series, Chronicles from the Applecross. Yays! Chaos 3 is underway, with the tentative title of: Chaos…Baby? Okay, maybe not.
Official blurb for Chaos Bound below…
Lora Blackgoat — mercenary and smuggler — has only just recovered from the last threat on her life and hasn’t even begun to sort out the mess of having both a nephilim warrior and a reborn hellspawn as potential lovers. Work should be a refuge, but a job finding missing persons puts her in the crosshairs of a violent gang and a merchant with a taste for blood sport.
Reluctantly, Lora turns to the two men in her life for help. Roman — the nephilim — professes to be her soul mate and turns to her when he feels the darkness of nephilim madness descending. But though Lora is drawn to Roman, it is Seth, ex-lover and reborn hellspawn, who Lora must ultimately ask to protect those she loves. Can she trust Seth to save Roman and her adoptive family, or will this be a fatal mistake?
I had the lovely opportunity to meet Whitney K-E at the 2012 Romance Writers Convention. Her book, What Happens In Ireland, was contracted by Secret Cravings Publishing and is out now. I decided to ask her what all the fuss was with these Irish men…
Haha, what can I say? The Irish charm got me haha. What Happens in Ireland was inspired by my trip to Ireland. Or rather, my anticipation of it. I was so excited to travel there but I had a two year wait. And that two year wait was the perfect amount of time to start my Irish series. Based on my research, I wrote the draft and edited it when I travelled to Ireland itself. But as for why Ireland? Well, who doesn’t love an Irish hero?
Did you know that Michael Fassbender is Irish? And would you agree his hips are too narrow, but he is generally hot anyway?
I didn’t even know who Michael Fassbender was. But! Thank you for introducing us 😛 haha. Generally hot, indeed. He looks good with a ginger stubble haha.
What is your writing process like?
Hmm, a little unorganised and sporadic. But sometimes it can be quite the opposite. I started off as a pantser (I’ve moved over to the plotter side however) and the ending for What Happens in Ireland was the first scene I wrote! So, sometimes it’s a little all over the place.
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
In What Happens in Ireland, it was the conflict. But as I said earlier, I became a plotter and learned to make sure I avoided these potholes which were marring my road to publication.
What was your journey to publication like?
A journey I have learnt much from. Sometimes it got a little rocky, but now I know I am ready for anything. I’d rather know what to expect in my future career than go in completely blind to the complications that can occur in the publishing world.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Confessions of a Romance Writer, haha.
For the impending zombie apocalypse, what will be your weapon of choice and why?
Oh, god. I don’t know anything about zombies! Umm… does an Iron Man suit count as a weapon? Hehe. I reckon one of those world work haha.
Best advice for beginner writers?
Never give up. Treat every milestone in your career as a lesson and work hard every day. Only you can make your dreams come true.
What are you working on next?
I’m currently editing Deceive Me in Ireland (the second novel in my Irish series) and Fixing Fences, a standalone single title rural romance I wrote last year.
Whitney’s Novel: What Happens in Ireland
Ever wondered what happens in Ireland?
When Australian, Kate Barrow, meets a handsome Irishman in a Dublin bar, she has no idea that he’s about to turn her world upside-down and inside-out.
In Ireland to take on a position on a thoroughbred stud, Kate is shocked when her manager-in-co reveals himself to be the same man she’d met in Dublin.
Jack is drawn to Kate. The problem is, she won’t have him. But Jack has always loved a challenge and the intriguing woman from Oz is one he cannot resist.
Harbouring the sting of another man’s betrayal, Kate is certain she wants nothing to do with love and nothing to do with Jack O’Reilly. But when naked torsos, Mother Nature and dysfunctional umbrellas start plotting against her resolve, she realizes the charms of an Irishman are going to be hard to resist.
You can check it out here!
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More About Whitney
Whitney K-E is an Australian author writing for Secret Cravings Publishing. Always a lover of the Romance genre, it was no surprise that she one day began to type her first story of love. Now, three years on, she’s contracted her first novel What Happens in Ireland and bringing reader’s tales from the Emerald Ireland to the Sunburnt Country. What Happens in Ireland releases on the 26th of April, so prepare yourself to be charmed by her story and by her characters.
If you’d like to find out more about Whitney or her novel, you can connect with her on:
I’ve just returned from a trip to Bundaberg, where my grandparents own and run Jo’s Roadhouse. The holiday came after Redbeard’s work sent him to do some damage assessment to houses effected in the January floods. So I thought it a good opportunity to tag along and visit family.
My grandad, grandma, aunts, and uncle, are all hard working souls who get up a few times a week at unholy hours to bake bread, pies, sausage rolls, cream donuts and so on. The roadhouse is located on a long stretch of road between Bundaberg and Seventeen Seventy (a small coastal village with beautiful beaches), and sell petrol, groceries and fresh caught seafood.
My grandma and grandad’s house is not far from the roadhouse. I stayed there for a couple of years when I was a little girl and have many fond memories of running wild around the dams and pretending to drive rusted out tractors that…
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Or…Redbeard tries to convince Rebekah How Cool Sci-Fi is…
Redbeard: Hello, Redbeard here, hijacking Bek’s blog. I’ve had quite a bit of success in life. Wonderful healthy kids… beautiful talented wife… a determined nature to change things around me for the better…where I have continually failed though is to get Bek drawn into the science fiction genre, as opposed to trashy 80s/90s action/horror movies. So here I am today, listing out the best sci-fi has had to offer on TV is recent years and why I think it Bek should watch them.
Rebekah: I’m only sticking around for this lesson because I got a compliment in the first paragraph.
Redbeard: On to our first example. Stargate SG-1. A show of contradictions, I intensely disliked the original movie, these days I find it ‘passable’ for Daniel Jackson if nothing else.
Rebekah: I can’t believe you are dissing Snake Plissken. Kurt Russell is awesome-pants.
Redbeard: SG1 brought…
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Today I asked the author Ainslie Paton some writerly questions. Ainslie’s book Grease Monkey Jive was one of the five launch stories for Escape Publishing. It’s been recommended as a great holiday read on the USA Today website and is receiving wonderful reviews on Amazon. I give you….the interview….and yes, I know, the questions are a little vanilla, but WHATEVER.
1. Hi Ainslie, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Ok, ok, that was just mean, but you told me this would be fun. Try this. At the moment I have hip dysphasia and a bad case of neuralgia. Oh, wait. That’s not a serious question. You don’t really want an answer. It’s the interview equivalent of ‘G’day owyagoin’’.
I’ll try again.
Nah. You know what, I can’t do it.
See the thing is I’m really boring. I’m the most boringist person. I have witnesses. Except on the page where…
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So, after my fun with Wolverine, I decided perhaps it would be timely to check out any equally memorable female comic book characters and their development. Redbeard, perhaps miffed at my treatment of poor Wolvie in my last blog, told me to google “Women in Refrigerators.” I did, and thus was born an INDIGNANT RAGE MONSTER.
“The term Women in Refrigerators was coined by Gail Simone in 1999 to describe a plot device that she noticed as being particularly common in superhero comics. This plot device uses the victimization of a female character in order to advance the dramatic arc of a male character. The female character may be raped, killed, de-powered or otherwise injured; the male character then takes over the story and uses her tragedy as motivation, usually for broody manpain, violent revenge, or simply to become the best hero he can be
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What makes a man manly? What makes him sexy as hell? Giant man tits? Chiselled jaw? I know that sure as hell worked for me when I was a teenager and mooned over Dolph Lungren.
The Husband, otherwise known as Redbeard, is a comic book collector. He’s been collecting since the late 80’s. They are all stored lovingly in plastic sleeves in funny long boxes that are currently taking up way too much space in our house. If we ever have to move, it will be because his comic books need their own room. So he knows a bit about interesting males characters, their origins and complicated love lives. Which all can lead to most sexy angst (I’m looking at you Michael Fassbender). I thought I’d ask Redbeard about popular characters, their origins and what makes them so appealing. Specifically, I thought we’d talk about…Wolverine.
Redbeard: Okay. Let’s talk about what makes a great character.
Rebekah: That’s sex appeal, right?
Redbeard: No, it’s not. Let’s talk about Wolverine.
Rebekah: Yes. Let’s talk about Hugh Jackman.
Redbeard: No, let’s not. Wolverine was introduced in an issue of Incredible Hulk in the late 70’s. Typically in an ongoing series, there would be half a dozen characters introduced over the course of a year for any of the major comics. Most of these would never been seen again or perhaps brought back a decade later to be killed off for emotional impact in another story. Was Wolverine different? No, not really. He was a feisty Canadian with metal claws (probably originally meant to be part of the costume) that went a round with the Hulk and wasn’t killed outright. Where he gained prominence was a year later when Chris Claremont assembled a new team of mutants for his ‘All-new, all-different’ X-men.
The X-men at this stage was a failed comic venture. From the time it was first published the comic had never had the success of Spider-man or even the other team books like the Fantastic Four and The Avengers. From issues 66 the comic was effectively cancelled with no new stories being produce, it was relegated to a bi-monthly schedule with stories being re-printed. Chris Claremont relaunched the series with ‘Giant-size X-men’ effectively introducing the next generation of the team, he broadened the cast with a new team with an international flavour African, Native American, German, Russian, Irish and a little known Canadian mutant with animatistic tendencies and a healing factor.
Rebekah: It’s not sexy when you put it like that.
Redbeard: Wolverine was introduced as a character in his mid-forties, cynical, prone to berserk rages and from all indications had a past that was fifty miles of bad road. The revelation early on in this run was that he himself didn’t know much about his past, in many ways he was a blank slate and the only thing he knew about himself for sure was that he was a killer. Physically he was short and squat, had an excessive amount of body hair and smelled of bad cigars and cheap booze. The closest they came to this with Hugh Jackman was when they introduced the character in the first movie.
Rebekah: Aw, come on. Short and squat? In need of waxing? You’re killing the fantasy.
Redbeard: In the 70’s when new comic characters introduced, they didn’t just have ‘troubles’ they had psychosis. This was an era where America was inundated with movies such as Death Wish and Dirty Harry. Tough guy characters doled out their own justice as an indictment on the system and the self-gratification of the viewer/reader.
Marvel capitalised on this with characters like Blade, Ghost Rider, The Punisher and Wolverine. Wolverine was probably the most human of these new characters mostly because he displayed a desire to grow (he spent many years in Japan training as a samurai to try and master the animal inside him), to try and escape the river of blood that was in his past, although he would also embrace this darker side to met out justice if he deemed it necessary. This dichotomy of the character became his trademark and he became known for his contradictions. Both a berserk animal and a man, someone who bound themselves to the strict samurai code of honor but would break most other rules he came across. A loner who was desperately trying to find meaning in a family with the X-men. A psychotic killer who was also a role model and father figure for the younger team members.
Rebekah: Wha-? Like most psychotic killers should be??
Redbeard: What we have now is a basis for a great character. One of the marvel editors in the 80’s, Jim Shooter, was a big fan of the saying ‘conflict develops character’. Not only was Wolverine in conflict with most other characters he came across but he was usually in conflict with himself. This combined with his distinctive feral look and a set of half a dozen nine-inch claws, gave him a threatening but engaging appearance. The last item that resulted in Wolverine becoming a classic was his power-set. The keen animatistic senses would give him an excuse to fall into his berserker rages but by giving him a healing factor his body would be able to resist the most brutal of attacks. Finally, an unbreakable metal bonded to his skeleton would mean that whatever damage occurred to his body it would typically be a flesh wound. The healing factor did not make him immortal, so there was still a significant element of danger to the conflicts he was in. Additionally while he had a healing factor to save his life he did not have a pain suppression factor so a major wound could still take him out of the fight.
A threat of death/danger is essential to a character. No matter how much of a killing machine or ultimate bad arse they may be they will cease to be interesting without the risk that they may be killed, that their sacrifice may not be total.
Rebekah: Nice. Now, what was Wolverine like in bed?
Redbeard: Early on in the development of Wolverine’s character he was written as a potential love interest for Jean Grey, one of the original X-men. Jean had been the love interest of Scott Summers, Cyclops for most of the history of the X-men and it’s debatable about the true intentions of the writer with regards to this relationship. Cyclops was the leader of the X-men was Wolverine’s interest in his lover anything more than an Alpha Male sniffing around to show that he was top dog, given that a similar love triangle had formed in Alpha Flight (Canadian super team, like the Avengers… but Canadian) my opinion is his affection for Jean was quite superficial, it’s been brought up several times now over the years and in many ways Wolverines interest in her is more of an obsession. When his origin story was expanded in the early 2000’s it was shown a young Irish girl, Rose, looked after him not long after him mutation first exhibited itself. Jean looks very much like Rose and Rose is probably the reason why there has been a trail of red-heads through his history.
Rebekah: You’re not answering the question. I know you know it.
Redbeard: The love story that defines Wolverines character is Mariko Yashida. Their on again off again marriage was in the best tradition of soap opera. Mariko was always shown in traditional Japanese dress but her sensibilities were quite modern, specifically defined by her wanting to run her father’s business empire. The first hurdle in their relationship was her father’s reappearance after being missing for many years,he demanded that she honor a debt for him and submit to marry another man. As honor is prized above all Wolverine respected her wishes in the matter and stayed distant until he found her husband was regularly beating her. After taking care of the husband, he accepted a challenge from her father to a duel to prove his worthiness. The duel was with wooden swords, being a sword master Lord Shingen(Mariko’s Father) was able to efficient wound and hurt Wolverine to a point where he lost control and popped his claws. This lead to Mariko’s rejection of him as a man who embraced the animal inside of him, a man without honor who was not worthy of her.
Later once her Father’s links to organised crime had been revealed Wolverine took his revenge, bringing down the empire and eventually having round 2 with Lord Shingen, this time Wolverine kept the beast in check and the duel ended with Mariko walking in on them just as Wolverine killed her father. Having thought this would make the breach between him and Markio irreparable, Wolverine was truly surprised at her acceptance of him, given the dishonor her father had brought to the clan. Within weeks the invitations went out for their impending wedding.
Naturally the wedding didn’t eventuate, as drama is better than ‘happily ever after’. After years of dancing around each other and having their relationship impacted by ‘honor’, Mariko was poisoned by an enemy. In her final moments she begs Wolverine to end her life and spare her anymore pain… I’m not sure if she was referring to the poison or the yo-yo relationship.
Rebekah: Sounds like this interview. TIME FOR EYE CANDY.
Redbeard’s Recommended reading list:
Wolverine Limited Series #’s 1 to 4 – Chris Claremont & Frank Miller
Weapon X – Trade paper back – Barry Windsor Smith
So, I’m writing, writing, writing. Am hacking my way through book 2 of my urban fantasy series. Hacking, I tells you. Limbs are flying. Structural edit ahoy! I can’t see the light yet, but I know it’s there. I’m at the point when another project beckons to you like a siren, crooking her finger sweetly, saying, hey, come over and work on me, I won’t be as hard. Well, I’m NOT FALLING FOR IT BIKIE WEREWOLVES IN TASMANIA. I shall soldier on and finish this project first. Book 2 of the Chronicles of Applecross is going to be most awesome, I can smell it in my keyboard. Or is that last nights popcorn…
I’ve met some amazing writers through the experience of getting published with Escape Publishing. My website is up and people have been lovely in their congratulations. I’m reading some of the other launch author’s books and they are pretty damned good. I had a most cool write up in the paper, including a saucy excerpt of Chaos Born, which my grandmother read (yikes) and promptly showed my grandad (double yikes). And don’t talk to me about my hair in the shot. Why I didn’t flat iron it is beyond me. Whatever! Still delighted for any publicity of Chaos Born.
To inspire me in my quest to finish and polish book 2, I’ve discovered a cool new trailer soundtrack artist, Zack Hemsey. Behold! Click here to listen to some of his awesomeness. And here is another one (Please note, I still like this song, but after watching the video clip, I felt like jumping off my roof. Surgeons Warning: Don’t watch if you’re feeling a bit blue).
On that note, I’m off to
hang the washing out write.