Friday, October 18, 2013

Guest blog and Giveaway with SI Hayes



Caution Author has Deer in Headlights reaction to the Guest Post....

I have little experience in writing for other people as to their blogs. I'm sure it shows as in actually mentioning it, my novice shines brightly. But I figure fuck it, you can chock it up to being part of my charm.

So here I am sitting at my computer with a Wildhorse Cigar and a big honkin' French Vanilla Iced Coffee from my local D&D set to run my mouth about.... Gimme a min, I'm sure it will come to me, as I am rarely at a loss for words....

Okay, I think I've got something for you, a little look into my writing process and character development for one of the more dangerous obstacles from In Dreams... The Solitary Road. The Echoes.

In the series they serve as one of the many dangers in a world that indeed resembles our own, because it is ours. 250 million years from now, when the continents have shifted to the point that a new Pangea has been formed, my characters walk the roads.

Large parts of the land are covered in Ice, as the earth left above sea level has again traveled northward. I had to do some extensive research into Continental Drift Theory to get my maps, but it was wild to read while I did.

This hellish environment got me to thinking and the idea of humanoid creatures re-evolving and branching out into different types just sent my imagination into over drive. Thus creating a character to serve as a real danger to my Protagonists.
Those poor unfortunate souls who think to take refuge from the hostile snows that surround the mountains soon find that the artic winds would have been the kinder death.

On two separate occasions my Protagonist Amara Dagon encounters what the Raepuwa call Echoes. Creatures that dwell within the Icy Caverns of The Braithorian Mountains. Slithering, humanoids with a taste for any flesh that crosses their territory, they use their telepathic voices to confuse and turn their hapless victims round and round in the  caverns until either the cliffs take them or exhaustion lays them flat on the icy floors.

At no point are they described in the tale as Amara never sees them, only hears them as they torment her with whispers and primal snarls deposited directly into her mind. As if that isn't creepy enough. Later they have a scene where they drag off some charred remains to what purpose one can only guess.


When I was working on the scenes I decided that to give a description of the creatures would be to tell too much, as they reappear through out the early books with in the series. You see I never write anything to simply fill my pages, every character no matter how minor they may appear eventually gets their 15 mins of fame. The Echoes are and will be no exception. If you would like to see them in action, do be a darling and pick up a copy of In Dreams... The Solitary Road. I don't believe I will disappoint. 

In Dreams... The Solitary Road
S.I.Hayes

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: S.I.Hayes

Date of Publication: October 1, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1491092118 
ISBN-10: 1491092114

Number of pages: 206

Word Count: 45k

Cover Artist: S.I.Hayes and Eri Nelson

Book Description:

Dumped in a treacherous Arctic land, Amara Dagon must master her spell craft if she is to survive a year in exile, but fear, doubt and the loss of her family threatens to take hold. Can Amara gain control of her magic or will she succumb to it leaving her people in the hands of a dangerous tyrant?


About the Author:

I am the Co-Author to Awakenings: The Wrath Saga, a paranormal drama likened to Big Brother meets The Real World, of the Preternatural.

I'm currently working on the sequels to In Dreams... Due for release in 2014.
I have a mind that is easily distracted and prone to wandering. Tangents are my forte, and if you think my characters are going to fit a cookie cutter shape of any kind, think again. They live, they love, they eat, sleep and fuck. I believe that people are inherently sexual creatures and my characters be they human or something all together else are no exception.

I don't adhere to a single genera, I toe the line on several and wouldn't presume to be a master of any. So I suppose you could call me jack-of-all-trade-paperbacks.
I am a truth seeker, in my life, in my work. I’d apologize for it, but I kinda can't help m’self. It's my best and worse personality trait, well mostly, being Bi-Polar I guess you could say that is the worse. But I believe that the disorder has made me, well... Me.

I have taken this life and twisted, carved, shaped and molded it in to the worlds of my characters. Albeit with a chainsaw, and it has made all the difference




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