The Eye Dancers

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What happens when you start dreaming about a girl with haunting blue eyes?  Or your friends are dreaming the same dream?  In The Eye Dancers, we read about a group of boys that are taken out of their reality into one where they are trying to solve the mystery of the blue eyed girl.  Readers find themselves questioning where exactly the boys were taken to.  Are they in a parallel universe?  Are they all dreaming the same dream?

The book causes readers to question what reality really is, and understand that hope can come even in the most dangerous of times.  We explore areas such as quantum mechanics, and learn some history along the way.

The book constantly had me questioning what was going on.  It make me laugh at parts, cringe in terror, and shake my head in puzzlement.

For a great young adult science fiction/fantasy read, I would highly recommend checking out The Eye Dancers.  I give it five stars.

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Building Map on Photoshop

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Well, I think that the ebook will be ready to go out within the next week or so.  I’ve read through it thoroughly, taking consideration of everyone’s comments in my revisions.

The next stage of the process is building a map of Evindoore.  That will be interesting, since it will involve photoshop again.  I hope it turns out good!

I’m going to read through it more, but I think it’s getting there.  I hope to have it out soon!

Announcing Book Cover and New Blog!

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I am happy to announce that my book cover is ready.  Each of the elements on the book cover relate to the book.  There is a good fire scene close to the book’s ending.  The eye relates to the Blue Witch, and the hourglass relates to the elf Skylar.  This is the book cover that I will publish on Amazon.

Also, I have started up my new author blog at Mystical Pages.  This blog will not replace Amy’s Fantastical Writings.  Instead, it will be my professional writing blog devoted to my novels and book series, including the Evindoore series.  Any posts about writing or young adult fantasy will go on both blogs.

Check it out, and happy reading!

© 2013 Amy Burney

Revision Updates

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Well, I’ve gone through my entire story and cut out 8,000 words of description.  That’s right.  Just description.  Before, I had whole blocks of paragraphs where nothing happened.  It was just description.

Now, I still have description, but I weave it into the plot more.  I talk about what the house or the lake looks like as the person sees it, or as the person does something.  I believe that I’ve cut out…what’s that word?  Infodump.  I don’t think I just dump off information into big paragraph blocks.  I’ve worked it in.

Now I’m working on making the dialogue seem more…fantasy-ish.  I’m cutting out modern references and making the dialogue flow better.

I still want to add another chapter in the beginning where Lady Adell traps Nakendra in her sandstone cage to add backstory where it’s needed.  I’m working through comments from people, and tweaking out minor words, phrases, and plot inconsistencies.

I would have to say that the revision process takes just as long as the actual writing.  It can also be a little harder because you’re having to concentrate on problem areas that you as the writer haven’t seen before.  You have to force yourself to look at your own writing with a reader’s eye vs. a writer’s eye.

I’m expecting the story to be done soon.  The cover is almost ready for the release.  I will also be starting a new blog soon devoted to the Evindoore series.

Well…back to more revisions.

The Silent Spy Box Cover Art Revealed!

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From the Her Interactive product page:

Defuse a Toxic Plot and Reveal the Truth Behind Kate Drew’s Death!

Nearly a decade ago Agent Kate Drew left home to neutralize a biochemical weapon in Scotland. While her assignment was a success, Kate died in a car accident. Or so we were told. Now the echoes of a similar plot reverberate and it’s up to you, as detective Nancy Drew, to thwart the sleeper cell and expose the truth about your mother’s tragic demise.

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Sesla…The Enchanted Planet Book Review

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit another planet and solve crimes?  Would you be interested in a science fiction novel involving private investigators?

Sesla…The Enchanted Planet, written by J.A. Ireland, takes you to the planet of Sesla.  We see qualities that make this exciting planet unique, including the sport of Mesnuk, the sea doxer, and genetic engineering in the Qashlet Lab.  We are also introduced to areas such as the desert territories and the wet lands.  The natives of this planet, or coteries, are separated by which area of Sesla they live in, as well as their prestige and occupation.  The Coteries of Sesla interact with each other in cities, newspapers, and the media.  One type of Coterie, the detective, solves crimes on Sesla.

In Sesla…The Enchanted Planet, Detective Maxx Zeqster is hired to investigate the disappearance of one coterie, Leqtus Kin.  However, the local media and police department believes that he cannot effectively solve the case.  He soon discovers that his explorations take him deeper into the relations between the Coteries than he previously knew.  Along the way, the reader questions what is actually going on with this foreign planet.

I found this book to be an interesting read because I don’t normally read a lot of science fiction.  I loved the fact that crime solving was brought into the novel.  I would have never imagined teaming science fiction with private investigators.  That proved to be quite enjoyable.

I found that the character of Detective Maxx Zeqster evolved dramatically throughout the novel.  We are introduced to Detective Zeqster when he is at the lowest point of his career.  Through the process of his investigation, his self-confidence deflates, then begins to soar.

Finally, my most favorite part of the book was the sea doxer.  Because I have a heavy background in science, I found the story of the sea doxer evolution, as well as doxer fever, to be quite intriguing.

Overall, Sesla…The Enchanted Planet, is a great read.  I loved learning about Sesla, the newspapers and media, and the different issues facing the Coteries.  Detective Maxx Zeqster’s character changed dramatically through the story.  I would highly recommend the novel if you would like to read science fiction with a crime solving twist.

Sesla…The Enchanted Planet is now available on Amazon Kindle and Kindle PC for $.99.  Amazon Prime members with a Kindle ca also borrow it from the Kindle Lending Library for free.  You can read J.A Ireland’s blog at at Detective Maxx Zeqster’s Creepy Crawly Amazing Adventures.