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Free Wednesday AND Thursday . . . . Books One and Two in the High Priestess Trilogy:

FREE today, Book One (novella) – amazon.com/Memories of Magic


Even witches have to keep up with the times, so Emily was thrilled to be attending her first conference: The International Code of Conduct for Witches.

Unfortunately it was just as uninspiring as its title. But her boredom quickly turns to fear when she overhears a conversation that puts her in danger. While trying to elude the menacing glares of two rogue witches, Emily walks straight into the solid chest of Jake Wheeler.

She doesn’t know it yet, but as the best witch doctor in the country, Jake might be the only one with enough power to save her.

Memories of Magic is a 15,000 word novella and Book One in The High Priestess Trilogy.

FREE today, Book Two (novella) – amazon.com/Hunter’s Heart

After delivering the prisoners to the High Priestess, Lochlan assumed Isisa was out of danger. He wanted nothing more than to collect his payment and get some shut eye after the long drive. But when he discovers that the threat against her may still be very real, Lochlan vows to protect the High Priestess…even if it means denying his growing feelings for her.

A bounty hunter who loves his solitude, Lochlan finds himself in unfamiliar territory as he desperately tries to control his desire for the beautiful red-head…who happens to be the most powerful woman he has ever met.

The Hunter’s Heart is a 16,000 word novella and is Book Two in the High Priestess Trilogy.

Under Pressure

I’m a big fan of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) which takes place every November. Chris Baty started it back in 1999. In its first year only 21 people participated. I saw a poster for the 2010 event while enjoying a coffee at Starbucks. I signed up immediately. By November 2010 there were over 200,000 people from around the world taking part.

I’ve written my little heart out each November for the past two years and in doing so discovered that I love the pressure of having to write 50,000 original words in 30 days. It’s like having a fire under my butt for a month…but it’s far more than that. My soul starts to get very excited right around now. Possibilities start coming at me from every direction. My imagination explodes! I take notes. My brain starts firing on all cylinders.

This is not to say that by the end of each of those Novembers the 50,000 words I had managed to push out through my fingertips were all well written pieces of beautiful prose—because they were not. But they were written with enthusiasm and passion, hope and eagerness and the type of energy usually reserved for sprinting to the finish line.

It’s a gruelling competition between me and…me. This November will be my third annual NaNoWriMo. I have the confidence I can complete the challenge because I have my two previous “winners” certificates proudly on display in my home office.

But knowing and doing are not even in the same arena. Usually around the middle of October the enthusiasm that has built up since the previous November takes a small detour into the murky waters of What If? What if I can’t finish it this year?…What if I crumble under the pressure?…What if all of my writing is crap?

And here is the beauty of NaNoWriMo. It doesn’t matter.

Sure in NaNoWriMo Land you can have a lively competition with anyone anywhere in the world, but there is no medal for the winner. This is not some kind of NaNoWriMo Olympics where there are any losers. In my estimation anyone who even attempts the insanity of NaNoWriMo is a winner—certificate or not.

So to all of my fellow NaNoWriMo writers and especially those of you contemplating it for the first time; I raise my pen and salute you!

Enjoy the rest of your summer. Prepare yourself for the dismal weather of November where each grey and miserable day feels like the perfect day to write!

http://www.nanowrimo.org/

Post-It Notes

You can always find fun, bright coloured pads of post-it notes poking out of the inside pocket of my purse. I keep those handy, sticky little pieces of paper everywhere because you never know when (or where) inspiration will strike, or when I’ll need to remember something important, really important.

I’ve loved post-it notes for a long time, but my passion for them has become borderline obsessive since I turned 40 a few years ago. Now I get nervous if I have to go somewhere (anywhere) without them. And it’s not like I don’t have room for them; I’m one of those women who lugs around a big purse, big as in small luggage—which means lots of room for everything including books and post-it notes.

There are times when they cause me separation anxiety.

I was out with my boss the other day. We were on location for a job with a client (no I don’t write full-time . . .yet). We had to take a helicopter to the resort we were going to (which by the way, if you haven’t done, you should do. Go right now and add it to your bucket list or simply jot it down on that handy little posit-it note beside you then go back to reading my blog). Anyway, the pilot took my purse away! He just nonchalantly grabbed my bag and tucked it in the back of the helicopter like it was no big deal. I have to admit my heart did a little jump.

What about my post-it notes? What if I need to remember something our client, or my boss, wanted? What if while I was soaring over the tiny little islands off the west coast I was struck by a brilliant idea for one of the characters in my book? What if both of these things happened simultaneously? I wouldn’t even allow myself to think of it! Instead I tried to push the thoughts out of my head and focused solely on the view and the experience. Which I’m glad I did.

The helicopter ride was 50-minutes of I-Live-In-The-Most-Beautiful-Province-Ever!  Nobody had anything that needed remembering, we were all too busy looking out the window. As soon as we landed and the pilot handed me my bag, I pulled out the sticky little memory pad and wrote…must find a reason for character to ride in helicopter.

I didn’t really need a post-it note for that one. But I did it anyway.

5 Star Review

Okay, I’ll admit it….I love Oprah. I love the “what I know for sure” column in her magazine because it makes me think about what I really do know for sure and I have to tell you there are days when I’m not really sure about a lot. But not today.

Today I’m sure that I absolutely love writing. I’m also sure that I can’t please everyone. For a long time I hoped everyone would read my stories and love them, but I know that’s not the way it works—in writing or life. You just can’t please everyone…and how exhausting to even try!

I know for sure that not everyone will love my stories or the way I tell them and because of that I’m always thrilled when someone tells me that they do—love my story. Of course, that’s not why I write, but it sure helps to keep me going.

What I know for sure is that I write with the reader in mind, but it’s the characters running around in my head that I’m most true to. It’s their story I have to tell. I let them take me away on a fascinating adventure I’m always grateful to be part of.

I’ve received several reviews for my first novella “Memories of Magic” but I’m always looking for more so I asked the Paranormal Romance Guild to review my book…and they did. I’m very excited to share their review below. If you have read either of my books I would love to hear from you too, either by email or by posting a review on amazon.

So…what I know for sure is that a 5-star review always puts a smile on my face and has me racing to my laptop to get busy. Now I’m off to get busy…

Please visit the Paranormal Romance Guild link below for more reviews

5*****Stars

 

Novella:  Memories of Magic

Series:  The High Priestess Trilogy, Book 1

Author:  Paige Stone

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Publisher:  Amazon Digital

Rating:  Adult

This is book one of the High Priestess Trilogy Novellas, and I, for one, look forward to the next two.

Emily has decided to attend a convention in Santa Monica, California. She is bored by all the speeches until she overhears two men discussing a new creature, the Mowart, part vampire and part chimera.  She realizes that these men are aware that she overheard them, especially the part where they discuss overthrowing her aunt.  In her rush to get away, she runs into Jake Wheeler, a famous Witch Doctor.  When the two see each other there is instant attraction.

These two men are rogue witches; Jake is enlisted by the High Priestess to find them and put an end to the creation of these new creatures.  But Jake finds himself dealing with more than finding these men.  Problems arise with Emily.  What happened to her?  Will Jake be able to find the rogue witches and, as a doctor, help Emily?

This is a short story but I did not find myself disappointed.  I have read a great deal of short stories and some are not satisfying, too much is left unanswered, not so in this story. Anyone who likes paranormal romance will like this book, I know I did.

 

Reviewed by:   Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

http://www.paranormalromanceguild.com/reviewspaigestone.htm

Here It Is! My First Interview!

Here is my interview with Fiona Mcvie from Inspiration Forum:

Our Interview with Paige Stone:

Name: Paige Stone
Age: 43

Fiona: Where are you from:
Paige: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Even with the rain, it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world!

Fiona: Tell us a little about your self, i.e. your education Family life etc:
Paige : I’ve been married for fifteen years. My husband and I have two cats that allow us to share the home with them. All of our family lives close, which is great, but it would be really nice if they lived in some far off land so we would have an excuse to leave town for a visit somewhere exciting.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Paige: I’m working on the last novella in the High Priestess Trilogy which will be out later this year.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Paige: The when is easy, I started writing poems and little stories when I was in elementary school, maybe grade four or five. As for the why, I think I’ve always felt that writing was the easiest way to express myself.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Paige: Hmmm….Good question. I think once I completed NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) a few years ago and actually finished 50,000 words in 30 days and had the beginning of a novel I could actually work with, I thought maybe I was a writer. But it wasn’t until I began treating my writing as a part time job a couple of years ago that I started calling myself a writer (out loud).

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Paige: I think I’d have to say NaNoWriMo. Even though the first book I actually finished will be my fourth book published, it was because of NaNoWriMo that it got written at all. It might not have been the inspiration, but it was what catapulted me to write the first book.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Paige: I don’t think so. I like stories that are fast-paced with a bit of suspense (and romance) so I think that’s how I write. I’m never completely sure where the story is going, I like to let my characters tell me.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Paige: I find it really hard to come up with titles. I grappled with all of them for a quite a bit, but eventually one just feels right.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Paige: Well, it’s a paranormal romance so I don’t know how much of a message there is, but I do like to believe that we are all far more powerful than we give ourselves credit for. There are lots of heroes out there, and it has nothing to do with magic and everything to do with courage.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Paige: I think perhaps the love story. I’m a big believer in the power of love.

Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Paige: No, not really, although I think there is always at least one element of myself in each character….I just can’t tell you what element that is.

Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Paige: I love trilogies and love sagas. I love Nora Roberts, Constance O’Day Flannery, LaVyrle Spencer. I would read their books until 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning and show up to work blurry eyed. Now, that’s the sign of a good story!

Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Paige: Nora Roberts. She is a prolific writer and can write any kind of story and as I’m sure you know, she also writes under a pen name. She has enormous reach, a huge fan base and immense talent.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Paige: Oh so many. Fifty Shades of Grey (of course, who isn’t reading it?), I just finished Nora Roberts’ latest book¬—The Last Boyfriend (now I have to wait for the third installment to come out later this year), Amanda Hocking’s—Switched and Stephen King’s— On Writing.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Paige: I belong to an online group called MasterKoda that is filled with amazing new writers including: Martin Crosbie, Natalie Star-Kroll and Ella James.

Fiona: What are your current projects?
Paige: I’m working on book three in the High Priestess Trilogy as well as the full length novel that these three novellas will have been the back story for. I’m having a lot of fun with these characters! I’m never lonely in my head.

Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Paige: I think I’ve been really lucky, because I work full time and my boss is very understanding and supportive of my writing. She’s always been very encouraging. And, of course, MasterKoda is very supportive of us newbies.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Paige: Oh definitely! I hope it takes off and turns into a career, but I’ll be writing regardless. I’ll be cranking out stories—whether I’m working full time at it is another thing, but I’ll still be writing.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Paige: I don’t think so. I really enjoyed writing the novella length stories. I hope the readers feel the same.

Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Paige: It’s funny, I really don’t. I just remember always wanting to write and always using it as a means of expression, but I can’t say there was an Ah Ha moment that defined me as wanting to be a writer.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Paige:  Well, let’s see . . . Book One introduced us to Emily and Jake, a witch and witch doctor along with Lochlan, a bounty hunter and Isisa the High Priestess. Book Two gives us a deeper look into the relationship between the bounty hunter and the High Priestess and Book Three introduces Kate, a witch and shifter (who had a cameo in Book One) along with a new character from Wales. There’s a hint for where the location of the full length novel will take place!

Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Paige: Time—I need more hours in the day! Working full time gets in the way of my writing time—but it also pays the bills, so it’s hard to complain.

Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Paige: Oh, I have way too many to list. The ones I mentioned earlier, I love their stories. I love the journey they take me on and always appreciate how they make me fall in love with their characters.

Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Paige: No, unfortunately not. Hopefully one day. I’d love to get over to Ireland, Wales and Scotland, especially since that is where some of my stories will take place!

Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Paige: I got the artwork from CreateSpace

Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Paige: Letting go. As wonderful as it was to write, and as much as I wanted (hoped) others would enjoy it, it was difficult to let go and release it into the real world.

Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Paige: Yes, I discovered that my characters will let me know where they want to go. I have a general idea of what I want to write when I start, but I work better without an outline, when I allow the ideas to just flow and see where I end up.

Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Paige: Never, ever, ever give up! I’ve taken lots of classes, workshops, gone to conferences, read books on writing by other others…just always learning. I try and keep an open mind because there are so many great writers out there to learn from.

Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Paige: A big THANK YOU for picking up my book(s). I hope you enjoyed the stories and the characters I’ve created and I hope you enjoy the rest of the journey.

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Paige:I’d be working with animals in some capacity.

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? if so what is it?
http://paigestonewriter.wordpress.com
email: PaigeStoneWriter@gmail.com
Thank you, Fiona for helping to promote my book and getting my name out there.

Second Novella Published!

What an exciting day! I just published my second novella on Amazon. Below is the story’s synopsis.

After delivering the prisoners to the High Priestess, Lochlan assumed Isisa was out of danger. He wanted nothing more than to collect his payment and get some shut eye after the long drive. But when he discovers that the threat against her may still be very real, Lochlan vows to protect the High Priestess…even if it means denying his growing feelings for her.

A bounty hunter who loves his solitude, Lochlan finds himself in unfamiliar territory as he desperately tries to control his desire for the beautiful red-head…who happens to be the most powerful woman he has ever met.

The Hunter’s Heart is a 16,000 word novella and is Book Two in the High Priestess Trilogy.