Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Restless Spirit, the latest Tipsy Fairy Tale Release from E. Chris Garrison, Available Today!

Seventh Star Press is proud to announce that Restless Spirit, the 2nd Book in the Tipsy Fairy Tales from E. Chris Garrison, is available today!  With a blend of the paranormal, thriller elements, humor, and contemporary fantasy, Restless Spirit will delight readers who enjoyed the first book in the series, Blue Spirit! This release also includes 2 new illustrations by Anne Rosario! Direct links to eBook and print versions are below the cover art here:

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Synopsis: When Skye McLeod is asked by her pal Phil Jenson if she wants to cosplay at his game company's booth during Big Con Weekend—and get paid for it—she jumps at the chance. Besides, Skye’s hit a rocky patch with her girlfriend Annabelle, who wants her to stop drinking and act more responsibly.

Then Skye gets a call from paranormal detective Rebecca Burton for another job; something big is going on at the convention, and she needs Skye to be her eyes and ears there. So now Skye’s getting paid to have fun—twice!

Then The Night Duke, a creep from Skye’s live role playing days, shows up and uses some weird mojo, seemingly turning pretend zombies into real ones. After barely escaping an attack, Skye learns the fairies and trolls within the magical realm are getting restless, and her old friend, the Transit King, is in the middle of it.

Skye decides to once again enlist the aid of her fairy companion “Minnie.” For Skye to enter the magic realm, she needs to get tipsy. Then she’ll just have to control the powers within her and contain the outside forces that threaten to spin into chaos. How can she possibly screw this up?

Book Two of the Tipsy Fairy Tales Trilogy

About the Author: E. Chris Garrison writes fantasy and science fiction novels and short stories. She used to publish as Eric Garrison, but has since upgraded.

Her latest series is Trans-Continental, a steampunk adventure with a transgender woman as its protagonist. Chris’s supernatural fantasy stories include the Road Ghosts trilogy and the Tipsy Fairy Tales published by Seventh Star Press. These novels are humorous supernatural fantasies, dealing with ghosts, demonic possession, and sinister fairy folk.

Her novel, Reality Check, is a science fiction adventure released by Hydra Publications. Reality Check reached #1 in Science Fiction on Amazon.com during a promotion in July 2013.

Chris lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with her wife, step-daughter and cats. She also enjoys gaming, home brewing beer, and finding innovative uses for duct tape.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Elements of Storytelling—Symbolism, Redux (or how to get it Right)

Handling symbolism in fiction can be pretty tricky. But when done right, it can enrich your fiction in wondrous ways. Throwing it in just to have it in there can be done, but I don’t recommend it. If a certain line from a famous poem keeps showing up, then it better damn well have a connection to the story’s plot or theme, or to a main character. Otherwise, it’ll just be redundant and annoying. 

You also have to avoid the danger of getting too esoteric. After all, it’s pointless to fill your book or film with hidden messages if it goes over the head of the majority of your audience. But then again, if even one person in the theater during a showing of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen jumps up and yells “Jesus Christ has chrome!” when Optimus Prime is brought back to life, then maybe you did your job right after all…

Symbols are also good for foreshadowing later scenes. Like the old saying goes: if you show a gun on a table in Act I, then it better get used by Act III—or something like that. The point is symbolism needs to be more than just symbolic; it needs to fit within the overall structure of the story. Otherwise, all you got is useless fluff. And nothing in your story should be useless—ever. If you like useless, then go write literary and call yourself an aaaaaahhhhtist. Or better yet, learn how to write a real story so you don’t have to.

So yeah, symbolism is cool (Hehehehe, yeah! Cool!). But only when it isn’t overdone and only when it actually matters.