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Friday, July 6, 2012

A Giveaway & A Teaser with Grinelda Markowitz


Hyukking It Up In All Seriousness
By Grinelda Markowitz

So, what do you do when, on a lark, you’re moved by ennui to write a book just because you kinda sorta think you can? Let’s not mention its being a slightly naughty book at that.

Well, you go with it just to see where it leads. Of course!

I did and the wonderful city of Kalaydan and its inhabitants evolved from the tip of my pen onto the pages it anointed. I was also introduced to the ever-present erotic and sensual energy of blue chi. I guess this is where I should also mention I’d never written a book before?

I was blessed early on by a virtual interaction with Peggy (or so I’ll call her), a seasoned writer, who was gracious enough to take the time from her busy schedule to read my first clumsy efforts and offer advice and feedback. That was the best thing anyone could have done for me. The wonderful thing is her response took a constructive tone and was in no way diminishing of my efforts. Instead, it encouraged and recognized positive elements while pointing out those things which didn’t work and why. What was even more wonderful about this interaction was Peggy left it up to me to use or not use her advice as I saw fit. I’ve come to see this person as a mentor and most definitely a friend.

In the multiple runs through of my book, I engaged in hand-to-hand combat with grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and spelling. Believe it or not, I live to tell the tale. I still struggle with these skills and probably always will throughout my writing career no matter how short- or long-lived it may be.

Along the way, I was encouraged by Peggy and several other writers to continue my efforts. They all confirmed to me in one way or another that my readers would appreciate the tedious and painful process of construction, deconstruction and reconstruction with which I labored. “It’s necessary,” they agreed. By the way, the afore-mentioned process is more commonly known as editing and proofreading.

So, as I come away from my first serious venture as a writer, I have acquired greater skill and ability with quill and ink (and blotter). This will serve me well as I embark on other writing projects in the future. I’ve already started on book two of The Kalaydan Chronicles which is titled, The Training. I’m also working on a shorter story, “A Ghostly Tale”.

I recommend the following to the novice writer. I expound on these things on my Wordpress page.
1. Seek out and utilize available resources.
2. Invest in a writer’s tool box and keep it well stocked.
3. Acquire and hone basic skills.


Excerpt:
Meanwhile, in the Jewelers’ guild household, in the Metal Smith’s district of the city, the essence of pawpi rode the breeze through the bedroom window of a young man with dark, curly hair and a forest green crystal about his neck. The beauty of the stone was in the yellow and silver veins which flowed from one end to the other.

He shifted in his sleep and murmured to himself

“Who are you?” He asked the sylphlike woman. She had silver-white dreads and alabaster skin which sparkled like crushed crystal in the silver moonlight.

She smiled with a mouth full of sharp teeth. Her eyes flashed with a blue and silver fire.

“What do you want from me?” He asked her as he appraised her tall, graceful body with two breasts like round, ripe fruit laden with nectar; each was adorned with a nipple the width of a pinkie-toe. She swayed gracefully as she walked towards him then turned suddenly to walk away. Her ample bottom was divided evenly between two wide hips.

She turned again to face him then was suddenly standing there in front of him. She reached out to him just as the breeze, upon which the pawpi fragrance traveled, ceased and his dream faded.

The delicate fingers of one of his strong hands cupped his throbbing cod-baby; surrounding it with warmth.

“Soon,” he whispered in his sleep, “soon.”


About Grinelda Markowitz
Grinelda Markowitz writes erotic fiction. The Moon-Kissed Chi is her first epublished book in the genre of erotic fiction.


Blurb:
In the City of Kalaydan, Arrinay and Bezhyanya, the senior members of the ruling family, are faced with the early maturation of their daughter, Gayadnae. She must start the training. It’s Kalaydan law. Their daughter has other ideas. After concocting a plan to avoid responsibility and almost succeeding in carrying it out, Gayadnae’s life takes an unexpected turn.

Grayt, the ever-present serving woman to Arrinay, fills many roles and has her fingers in a number of pies. There’s definitely more to her than is apparent on the surface. Besides coordinating activities in the Main House, keeping the young mistress in line, and talking to horses, Grayt seems to have a more secret mission along with a few more grave responsibilities.

A hint of trouble on the horizon and other darker activities weave their way through the backdrop of this delightful tale of the city of Kalaydan.


Giveaway:
I will give away one copy of The Moon-Kissed Chi by random drawing. Please comment in a reply to this post with your email address and state your desire to enter.


Links:
Wordpress: http://grineldamarkowitz.wordpress.com
Email: grinelda.markowitz@gmail.com
Blogger: http://thepearlydropletstocum.blogspot.com
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/grineldamarkowitz
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Grinelda-Markowitz/e/B007ZJZU1I/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1



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I'd like to thank Grinelda for joining us today. We'll announce her winner on Monday, June 9th.



Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~
http://www.jenniferlabelle.com

12 comments:

  1. Hi Grinelda,

    Fantastic! I'm reminded of Mark Twain's A Pen Warmed Up In Hell, but I like your angle on it better.
    Stephani

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    1. thank you. i appreciate your comment. i'll have to add that to my list of things to read. oh, and btw, if you're planning to enter for the drawing don't forget to include that in your comment. :D

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  2. Loved the background and the excerpts. I'm reading Moon-Kissed Chi now and it is great.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by to comment. I'm glad you're liking TMKC. I had a lot of fun writing it. Book II is already in work.

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  3. This is a fine article about the writer's journey. Like any trip, if you don't want to wander around aimlessly, you have to have a plan. I think you have a good one going. Best of luck.

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    1. thank you. appreciate your stopping by and commenting. mostly, the journey has been enjoyable.

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  4. Great post! It looks like a fantastic book and a very nice excerpt!

    Michelle V
    romanceinreview AT gmail DOT com

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    1. thank you for stopping by and commenting. glad you liked the excerpt. some of the scenes which flowed from the tip of my pen and/or fingers surprise me still.

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  5. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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    1. you're most welcome. thank you for entering. i'll announce the drawing sometime on monday.

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    2. Tore, I've sent you the copy of the book. You'll rcv a copy of the Amazon.com edition. :D

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  6. Great! And, the winner is. . . . . . . . . Tore. Congratulations! Thank you to everyone for commenting and entering. Don't forget to visit my blogs and face book page. Tore, I'll get your copy of the book to you soonest.

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