Blade Singer by Martha Well and Aaron de Orive – Guest Post + Giveaway


Blade Singer Wall PaperBlade Singer by Martha Well and Aaron de Orive
202 pages
Manuel “Manny” Boreaux, a troubled adolescent from Texas, is magically transported into the body of a goblin pickpocket in an alternate world inhabited by faerie creatures. Manny must quickly adapt to the danger all around him and try to find a way to get back home, a feat complicated by the pickpocket’s association with a notorious gang of thieves. But when Manny uncovers a plot to assassinate a young king, he must enlist the aid of an elf cavalier and a cat burglar to thwart a Sidhe witch’s scheme to ignite a civil war between humans and the Fae.

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Writing Aides

Writing is hard, so writers need every tool available to facilitate the process. I write in my office, with the door closed, sitting at my PC. Sometimes I write in the mornings after my daughter has gone off to school. Other times I write late in the evening after my wife and daughter have gone to bed. Those are the times of least distraction for me. But even with minimal distractions, sometimes inspiration takes a holiday. So I have a few writing aides to help kick start that fickle beast.

1. A sweet drink. I always have to have a drink on my desk. And it must be sweet. In the mornings, it’s coffee sweetened with a flavored creamer. My favorite is International Delight’s Irish Creme Cafe. In the evenings, it’s a tall glass of iced water flavored with my favorite MiO water enhancer, cherry blackberry. If there is no sweet beverage at my desk, there are no new words on my word processor.

2. The sound of rain. I’m a pluviophile (that’s someone that loves rain), which is unfortunate given that I live in a region of the country that is currently plagued by drought (Central Texas). Fortunately for me, there are websites that offer the soothing sounds of rain whenever they are needed. My current favorite is (it has a nice visual of rain as well if I need a break from staring at my WIP). The sound of rain really helps when my muse is being lazy.

3. Music. When I’m not listening to rain, I listen to music for inspiration, especially if I’m writing an important scene. The music must be instrumental as I find lyrics terribly distracting. Since I collect movie soundtracks, I have a very large selection from which to choose. Depending on whether I’m writing an emotional scene, a scary encounter, or an action-filled sequence, I pop in the appropriate score from a similarly themed film and I’m ready to go. Some of my favorite composers are Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Danny Elfman, and James Horner. If you’ve never tried writing with a good movie score playing in the background, you absolutely must.

4. A cool room. I don’t like the heat. Summer is my least favorite season. I’m definitely not a sunny beach sort of man. (Shocking coming from the pluviophile, right?) I’m much more of a fog-shrouded, cobblestone street kind of fellow. So my office must be cool. 70 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal, although I could stand to go a few degrees colder. (My wife calls me a polar bear.)

5. A pleasant scent. I like the smell of cinnamon, pumpkin, and sandalwood. Not all together, of course. Well, maybe some of them together. Incense is usually too strong so I prefer a scented candle on my bookshelf. Sandalwood especially puts me in the mood to write. It always makes me think of lush deep jungles, or cool shady forests. Those are some places where I could definitely write. If you use candles make sure you put them where they can’t accidentally ignite anything nearby.

About the Authors:

A graduate of the University of Texas’ film program, Aaron de Orive began his professional writing career in the video game industry, serving as a lead or senior writer on Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided, Tabula Rasa, Anarchy Online, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. He is also the creator of the fantasy role-playing game SHARD: World of the False Dawn. Blade Singer is his first novel. Aaron lives in Austin with his wife, daughter, and two very spoiled terriers.

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Martha Wells is the author of a number of fantasy novels, including The Cloud Roads, The Siren Depths, The Wizard Hunters, Wheel of the Infinite, and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer. Her YA fantasy, Emilie and the Hollow World, was published by Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry in April 2013, and the sequel, Emilie and the Sky World, was released in March 2014. Two collections of Books of the Raksura novellas will be published in September 2014 and Fall 2015. She has had short stories in Black Gate, Realms of Fantasy, Stargate Magazine, and Lightspeed Magazine, and in the anthologies Elemental, The Year’s Best Fantasy #7, Tales of the Emerald Serpent and The Other Half of the Sky. She has essays in the nonfiction anthologies Farscape Forever, Mapping the World of Harry Potter, and Chicks Unravel Time. She has also written media-tie-in novels, Stargate Atlantis: Reliquary and Stargate Atlantis: Entanglement, and a Star Wars novel, Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge.

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14 comments / Add your comment below

  1. It sounds like he needs to live in the PNW, there’s quite a lot of rain here! Movie scores really are SO inspiring!
    Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop!

  2. Loved the writing aides… I am a pluviophile too :3

    Am redecorating the apartment so as to make it more comfortable not only to sleep, work, but also to read/ write xD

    Also, thanks so much for the giveaway and the chance to win <3

  3. The tale of Manny Boreaux’s unexpected journey into an alternate world filled with magical creatures is a riveting adventure reminiscent of the captivating narratives crafted by the talented Aaron’s War book author It promises an enthralling blend of fantasy, intrigue, and suspense, making it a must-read for fantasy enthusiasts.

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