Author: Mysti Parker
Series: Tallenmere (stand-alone)
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Melange Books
Release Date: June 3, 2013
Somewhere, hidden in the waters of the Southern Sea, lies an island unlike any other. Within the amber glow of its pyrogem-laden cliffs, legend says the very heart of the dragon god Drae keeps the island, and its occupants, alive.
Loralee Munroviel, daughter of Leogard's High Priestess Arianne, had no idea what she would face when she arrived by boat ten years ago and was left alone in exile. All she knew about Draekoria's inhabitants was written in one tattered notebook. Now, her life revolves around keeping Drae's descendants happy. Never in her life did she imagine being a Dragon Keeper.
Captain Igrorio Everlyn, known as Sir Robert to his unit of Holy Paladins, has faced his share of hell, battling the evils of Emperor Sarvonn's tyranny and the dark god Tyr's abominations. But none of that compares to the ten years of hell he's been without Loralee, presumed dead.
One freak storm changes everything. Now the two of them must fight to re-establish the delicate balance of the island before the dragons take things into their own hands. Through it all, they discover the secrets that kept them, and their hearts, exiled for a decade.
Co-Writing: Yes, Maybe, or Never?
The concept of two or more authors combining their efforts to write a novel or other piece of literature is not a new one. Sometimes it’s an equal, yet separate endeavor, as in the case of short story anthologies. I’ve contributed to a few of these myself:
Sometimes the co-writing is rather unequal, with someone serving as more of a contributor, while the other person does the bulk of the writing. You’ll find this in a number of biographies and commentaries.
Other authors have found creative ways to combine their efforts, as in the case of Zoe Archer and her husband Nico Rosso, who take turns writing the books in TheEther Chronicles Steampunk Romance Series.
Or there’s the case of Ian Hall and April L. Miller, who alternate writing the chapters in their VampireHigh School Series.
The possibilities of co-writing are nearly endless, so the question remains as to whether I would consider teaming up with another writer(s) for other projects or not.
My answer is: Maybe.
In fact, three authors and I turned over an idea for a time-travel romance and even started a rough draft. We planned on each of us writing ~20,000 words for each of our parts, separated by 100 years, but I suffered from a terrible case of depression and writer’s block and also had a third book in an already contracted series to write, so we never quite got the project off the ground.
Will we get back to it? Maybe.
I did love the concept, so I will never shoot down a co-writing idea. At this juncture of my life, raising three youngsters while trying to write, challenges my focus and productivity. With patience and practice, I hope to develop even better time management and focus so that I can more readily jump at co-writing opportunities or any other projects that come my way.
Until then, my goal is to keep my three progeny happy and healthy for the rest of the summer and devote my writing efforts to the projects on my plate. Everything else is a big ol’ maybe…
Mysti Parker (pseudonym) is a full time wife, mother of three, and a writer. Her first novel, A Ranger's Tale was published in January, 2011 by Melange Books, and the second in the fantasy romance series, Serenya's Song, was published in April 2012. The highly anticipated third book, Hearts in Exile, has already received some great reviews. The Tallenmere series has been likened to Terry Goodkind's 'Sword of Truth' series, but is probably closer to a spicy cross between Tolkien and Mercedes Lackey.
Mysti's other writings have appeared in the anthologies Hearts of Tomorrow, Christmas Lites, and Christmas Lites II. Her flash fiction has appeared on the online magazine EveryDayFiction. She has also served as a class mentor in Writers Village University's six week free course, F2K.
Mysti reviews books for SQ Magazine, an online specfic publication, and is the proud owner of Unwritten, a blog voted #3 for eCollegeFinder's Top Writing Blogs award. She resides in Buckner, KY with her husband and three children.
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