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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

About the Story: The Races: Nuance

*sigh* I say that I'm going to do a post "tomorrow," and what do I do? Post it weeks later... :P

Well, here's a bit about the abilities of the races that (as far as I am aware ;)) are going to be active in the series. Not all of it, of course, but the main stuff. ;) Otherwise this would be a very, very long post.

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Nuance:
Dragons:

Dragonlings
Their special abilities include manipulation and storage of magic...They are born in dragon form, and discover their human form during dragon adolescence (around 50 years)...
Once at the age of adulthood (around 150 years), their dragon forms are not bound to one size, but can shift freely from the size of a garter snake to the size of a two story house. If they gain enough experience with this ability, they can become even larger.
The human form is always regulated. It can be no smaller than 5’, no larger than 5’ 8”, and is set at the first shift...
If a human happens to fall in love with a dragonling, and the dragonling returns the sentiment, they can marry.  No sacrifice of dragon abilities is required by the dragonling.
Their children have some dragon traits (tough skin, enhanced senses, and the like). Unknown if the traits pass beyond the second generation.
Scavengers
Can speak directly to one’s spirit. The first encounter with a Scavenger is jarring, and leaves one with a dramatic sense of insecurity. Can only be seen during a half-moon.
Seekers
When they choose to become visible to their human charges, they can take any form. Usually, a large dog or young human form is chosen. These cannot be affected by the physical world unless they so wish.
As far as is known, cannot be killed, but can be trapped.
These speak only to their charges, and occasionally to dragons.
Vampires
As Children of the Night (see Types), these have incorporeal forms, and cannot go about in broad daylight. Go into a form of sleep during the day. During this sleep, their buildings and work are visible, but they themselves are not. As the shadows about them increase, one has the sense of being watched.
A few have the ability to go about during the day in their vaporous forms, if the sunlight is sufficiently hampered. These can shadow-travel.
In the light of a full moon, Vampires become corporeal. Have the appearance of humans, though paler and with sharper teeth.
Are masters of metal-craft and sleight of hand.
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So, there it is. Questions, comments? Let me know what you think! :)

Monday, June 1, 2015

Five Something-Something Reveal!!

I've been waiting--forever, it seems!--to see what the next Rooglewood Press contest was. NOW I GET TO HELP REVEAL IT! :D
Which basically means that I've been staring at the beautiful cover for about a week and squealing to myself when no one is around. Because, you know, we're sworn to the utmost secrecy when it comes to stuff like this... ;)

Without further ado, Rooglewood Press is delighted to introduce their third fairy tale novella contest—

Five Magic Spindles
a collection of “Sleeping Beauty” stories

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The challenge is to write a retelling of the beloved fairy tale in any genre or setting you like. Make certain your story is recognizably “Sleeping Beauty,” but have fun with it as well. Make it yours!
Rooglewood Press will be selecting five winners to be published in the Five Magic Spindles collection, which will be packaged up with the phenomenal cover you see here. Maybe your name will be one of the five listed?
All the contest rules and information (how to enter, story details, deadline etc.) may be found on the Rooglewood Press website. Just click HERE and you will go right to the page. Rooglewood Press’s first collection, Five Glass Slippers is available for purchase, and our second collection, Five Enchanted Roses is scheduled to launch on July 27, and is currently available for pre-order. Be certain to get a copy of each and see what previous winners did with their wonderful retellings.

So head on over to the Rooglewood Press page using the links above--or click the little blog button to the left--and check out the rules for the contest!
Also check out the other two books. Five Glass Slippers was amazing (so many Cinderellas!), and the stories for Five Enchanted Roses sound spectacular. I, for one, can't wait to read them. I also can't wait to participate in this one! It's going to be fun! ^.^

Cover Illustration Credit:

This cover illustration was rendered by Julia Popova, “ForestGirl.” You can find out more about this gifted artist on her website: www.forestgirl.ru