“Ah, I thought. That explains it. The Cosmic Library series is one that keeps the conflict on a juvenile reader’s level while exploring interesting ideas. There are no cars and trucks exploding, nor people massacring their families and then setting themselves on fire. The series shuns violence, and instead choses to focus on the importance of choosing the path of positive thinking over that of negative (if you’ve ever taken a yoga class, you’ll know what I’m talking about)…”

Read the full latest review of Kadamba of Gentle Humilaith, second in the Cosmic Library Series by Mirti Venyon Reiyas, on Liz Winn’s Young Adult Book Review site:

villagebookreviewya.blogspot.com

 

 

The Making of a Book Trailer

November 16, 2012 — 2 Comments

I finally got a book trailer too!  What’s the purpose of a book trailer?  They’re fun to watch, pretty much in fashion nowadays, and websites that display only book trailers are springing up – like this one:  http://www.book-trailers.net/

How did I get mine?  Melody Simmons of ebookindiecovers.com, who designed my book covers, did it for me.  She asked me how much I would like to be involved – if I wanted to write the script, choose the images and video footage, or choose the music.  I did choose the music, a clip from an online stock site, but said I had no time for the rest.  She said in that case she would have to read my book in order to make the trailer for me.

About a week later she sent me a list of possible lines to use to make the trailer – short sentences that would capture the essence of the book and entice readers.  I made some alterations and corrections.  We had twenty-three lines in total, but in the end we selected only fifteen, and of those she still dropped four as the trailer was becoming too long.  I wanted each line to be displayed slowly and clearly as nothing annoys me more than a trailer that goes so fast that I can hardly see the words.

After just two more days she sent me the file – in MPEG-4 format, for upload to Youtube – which I just did.  You can view it here below.

You might wonder how much it all cost.  We used mostly Medium-sized stock images and Medium-sized (Standard Definition) video clips.  All 10 images, 2 video clips and one music track cost me $150.  I Paid Melody’s fee which was $300.  She did read the whole book and spend several days on this!  And here you go – my trailer for $450.  It’s about two minutes long.  I know – many trailers are just 30 seconds or 1 minute, but I wanted the mood to be a bit slow and meditative.

I must say the image quality seems to have decreased after uploading to Youtube…the original is clearer.  The other thing is I did not use large images or high definition (HD) video…if you use that, the footage cost will triple.

What do you think?  Comments welcome!

Becca Chopra is an inspiring spiritual fiction author too – and I am honoured and happy to have a review from her!  Click on the image to go to her blog read her opinion of Ephemerine Tree, the first book in my Cosmic Library Series:

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Whilst over at her site you can also read about her inspiring Chakra Secrets and Chakra Diaries books…

Ephemerine Tree on Amazon

As you may know my books are very different from mainstream popular ebooks, so it is always exciting and interesting to see what readers and reviewers think of them!  To me they feel a bit like meditational journeys or voyages into higher realms…Here is a new review I just received from Liz Winn over at her Young Adult Book Reviews site.  I am happy to see that she felt the appropriate age for this book is 16 – 18, as I intended for the book to be for audiences around 17 and up, including adults who like a light afternoon read.  I am also appreciative that she found my created universe to be a “believable universe” as this is such an important aspect in fantasy – to be able to create a credible world and characters.  I am also pleased that she correctly assessed that this book is not for a wide audience, but for those with spiritual interests.  I think Lizz Win is an excellent and perceptive reviewer, even if she didn’t give me five stars!  Thank you, Liz!

Please click here to read her review!

Here’s an interesting series on eBook Covers over at Karensdifferentcorners.  Read about other authors’ covers, how they made or obtained them, and get lots of tips and contacts for cover art. You will also find out how my ebook covers were created!

Judging A Book By it’s Cover Part 3 Five More Covers.

Novels without Conflict?

September 12, 2012 — 10 Comments

It wasn’t until recently when someone pointed it out to me that I realised fully how different my novels were.  I always thought they were quite full of suspense, but a shocked reader informed me that she found the absence of the “normal elements of fiction” unpalatable – referring to the near-absence of a villain and conflict in my first novel, Ephemerine Tree.

I started thinking about it and comparing my novels to others in the top ebook lists.  It dawned on me that main characters in novels nowadays do not only have to go through growth and transformation, but also through intense conflict and severe trauma, and especially violent trauma.  They have to wake up in a pool of blood without any memory of what had happened to them, later to discover they are the victim of an ancient supernatural enemy, in order for a book to be popular.

Then I did a bit of research on the internet on conflict.  Here are some of the headings I found:

“No Conflict, No Fiction.”

“Writing Conflict – Understanding the most important part of fiction.”

“Without conflict there is no purpose to fiction.”

Ah, now I recalled how we were indoctrinated in school from a young age to believe there is a set of rules regarding literature that needs to be followed, and that it always involves conflict.

Who made the rule?  And who benefits from this rule being diligently followed?

It never ceases to amaze me how people desire to have peace on the planet, yet they WATCH and READ CONFLICT all the time!  How can we expect peace on the planet or in our own lives if we are constantly creating thoughts of conflict?

You may not immediately see the results of your thoughts – you may not read about a murder tonight and end up with a knife in your heart tomorrow.  Thoughts do not manifest that way.  They gradually accumulate and attract similar frequencies, and finally they may manifest in the distant future, perhaps only in a next life.   They may manifest in a similar but related form.  You may end up just cutting your finger instead.

The earth we live on now is the result of our past thoughts and the thoughts of our ancestors.  I will not say too much about thought manifestation here, but will include one quote from a New Age book just for those interested in this topic:

“Every time you think a thought, you are leaving a morphogenetic imprint within the frequency bands in which your consciousness was stationed.  You will run into that thought pattern, in combination with others from the collective consciousness, as a manifestation in physical reality.  Morphogenetic fields are the form-holding patterns through which matter forms and events manifest.  When a morphogenetic field is created, it begins to draw frequency patterns into itself, expanding, accreting, and “fleshing itself out into matter.”  Have you ever considered where thoughts go once your attention has left them?  Part of what appears to you as manifest reality now, from your D-4 station of attention, represents your thought-forms, and those of the collective masses, that were left behind as morphogenetic fields when your conscious focus of attention was stationed in the dimension below your present focus.”

–          Voyagers II, The Secrets of Amenti by Ashayana Deane

Enough said about thought creation.  Yes, my novels contain very little conflict, but there is some tension and definitely a change and growth in the main character(s).  My novels are supposed to be a part of positive co-creation.  I am not planning to change that.  There are already thousands of novels out there that cater for every type of adrenalin rush you may feel you need, my novels are an endeavour to write on a different frequency.  I am not saying better, just different.

“But how can one experience or know joy without experiencing sorrow?” you may ask. Well, you don’t need to be tortured in a pool of red stuff by unsightly dark beings in order to appreciate joy.  The energies on our planet are not balanced at the moment.  Think about it.  How many things can you do to your little finger to give it pain?  I can write a lengthy list:

Bang it in a door.

Bite it.

Hit it.

Put it under the car tyre.

Feed it to a vicious dog.

Slice it into pieces.

Burn it.

Prick it with a needle.

Tap the blood out of it.

Use a hammer to drive a nail through it.

Pour acid onto it…

I’m sure you can come up with more imaginative suggestions, especially if you are an author. How many pleasurable and loving things can you do to your little finger?

Lick it.

Kiss it.

Rub it.

Tickle it with a feather?

The negative suggestion list is far longer, isn’t it?  It’s also easier to think of gruesome ideas to add to that list.  Why?  Suffice to say there is an imbalance of energies on our planet, and more conflict-free, positive, inspiring (but not boring!) novels are welcome.

The last point is important too.  They should not be boring.  No moralistic sermons.  A challenge, isn’t it?  Can you create fun, interesting but light-hearted, positive fiction?  Do you think my novels are successful examples of this rare genre?

Mirti Venyon Reiyas

All three books in the adventurous metaphysical Cosmic Library Series are now available in paperback format from Amazon.com, just click on the image below to be redirected to their page.  To read a summary of each book, please go here.

Note:  Each book is a standalone book and the stories are NOT DIRECTLY related.  You can start with anyone in the series.  They are connected by a common cosmic structure and other elements, but the characters, setting and plot are completely different. Reading them in order may be more enjoyable…or not…let me know what you think!

Tired of those dark dystopia violent killing vampire fantasy stories?

Try The Cosmic Library Series for a difference!  Light, joyful and inspirational, yet enticing, mysterious and thought-provoking…

A trilogy filled with characters and places from different Domains, Realms and anti-particle universes!  The stories are adventurous and fast-paced, balanced by an underlying positive and thoughtful philosophy.  Clean and inspiring!  Characters visit extraordinary corners of the Cosmos as they aim to complete quests and life missions.  They remember higher parts of themselves and reignite romantic relationships along the way.   Themes of animal communication, natural healing and environmentalism are interwoven into the fun-filled story lines.

The first two books in the trilogy are NOW AVAILABLE from Amazon and Smashwords!  Click below for a direct link to their locations on these channels:

Ephemerine Tree on Amazon

Kadamba of Gentle Humilaith on Amazon

Ephemerine Tree on Smashwords

Kadamba of Gentle Humilaith on Smashwords

Adrienne:  You have written three Fantasy Books – Ephmerine Tree, Kadamba of Gentle Humilaith and Sryd of Werth, Books 1 – 3 in what you call the “Cosmic Library Series.”  Could you tell us more about the three books and what makes your series unique?

Mirti:  All three are fantasy books that take place within a certain Cosmic Structure.  Bits and pieces of the Cosmos are revealed in each subsequent book, and here and there information is given about the workings of this Cosmos.  Unlike most fantasy books the emphasis in my stories is on the light side.  The dark side exists, but it is not explored in depth.  There is also a strong romantic slant in the books – the third book, Sryd of Werth, is probably the most romantic.  That is natural as it takes place in the watery domain, and water is a very emotional element.

Adrienne:  Do the three books form a trilogy?

Mirti:  I did not intend for it to be a trilogy.  The books just naturally developed – as soon as I had one finished, another manifested in my mind.  I may still add more books to the series, though I have also begun a second series now, called “The Cosmic Games Series.”  I also have great ideas for a “Cosmic Romance Series.”

Adrienne:  Do your stories take place on the earth with supernatural characters added to it, or have you created an entire fantasy planet?

Mirti:  The stories never take place in just one planet or one place.  The stories are all written at a pleasurable fast-pace, though not too fast, and often jump from one time vector or dimension to another.  Earth does feature in there somewhere.

Adrienne:  Are they just fun adventure stories then, or is there any deeper meaning to them?

Mirti:  They are both fun and full of deep philosophical meaning.  They are based on New Age, New Thought, Quantum Physics and Environmentalist ideas, but without being preachy or judgmental.

Adrienne:  Tell us more about your characters.  Are your lead characters male or female?  What ages are they?  What type of people are they?

Mirti:  The first and third books have female characters in the lead, and the second book’s main character is male.  I call the “people” in my books “beings” as they are not all people, sometimes they are mixtures of humans and animals, or a host of other possibilities.  Most of the characters are joyful, spiritually-inclined and very mindful, though they have issues and struggles to deal with also.

The characters are all young – ranging between 12 to 27 years of age.  The books are for all ages though, as we are all young at heart.

Adrienne:  I notice in your book that you don’t use the term “animal” or “human.”  You use “animalinne” and “hominidial.”  Why is that?

Mirti:  The animals are sentient beings, and “animal” sounds too mundane and gross.  “Animalinne” sounds more elegant.  “Human” is too reminiscent of those beings found specifically on the earth planet, and “hominid” or “humanoid” have some robotic overtones.  I prefer “hominidial.”  I make up some words for my stories, but keep a careful balance.  Too many unfamiliar invented words can distract from the reading pleasure.

Adrienne:  What were some of the main challenges you experienced when writing these stories?

Mirti:  I realised that some experiences from higher dimensions just cannot be translated into words here.  Our language is a linear, time-specific one.  The mere fact that we have three basic tenses, and that our world and languages here are pretty much based on duality (hot/cold, good/evil), really does place some limit as to how much one can express in a book about higher dimensional worlds.

Adrienne:  What is the expected release date for the three books?  In which formats will they be available?

Mirti:  Ephemerine Tree will be in ebook as well as audiobook format.  In fact, as soon as the audio is ready, everything will be released.  It is being professionally recorded by Red Planet Audiobooks.  The other two will first be in ebook format only.  I will consider print format too in future.  It should all happen somewhere in August 2012.

Adrienne:  Do you have an email address where readers can contact you?

Mirti:  Yes, I’d love to hear from readers.  The address is:  mvreiyas@gmail.com

My other address, mirti.venyon.reiyas@gmail.com is reserved for book reviews that I do for other authors only.

Adrienne:  Thank you and good luck with your writing!

SUMMARY OF BOOK 1 IN THE COSMIC LIBRARY SERIES:

When the butterfly-winged light being, Rainyun, descends from the Ephemerine Realm into the Density Domain to assist in shifting a planet into a more positive probability vector in a higher dimension, the young teenural girl, Eda, is swept into a fast-paced adventurous quest that involves strange planets in the past, an anti-particle universe, her reciprocal twin, her higher Consciousness Field and especially, trees.  Join Eda as she discovers parts of herself in Realms, Domains, healing stations and flowers, whilst Rainyun guides her along, deftly dealing with motorbikes, duck pond portals, hotel bills, interplanetary travel, camping, an ancient yogi, canyons and supporting Matt in regaining his incarnational memory, all in her usual simultaneous multi-task style.

Can they plant the seed before the planet runs out of its potrilion resources?  Can the peace between the unitruvials and binurals be preserved?  What will the magnificent Ephemerine Tree look like and what changes will it initiate on planet Artea?

A fun-filled but thoughtful fantasy book, incorporating  New-Age, Law of One, Positive Thinking, Law of Attraction, Environmentalist, Hidden History and Quantum Physics ideas.

 

TIME MANAGEMENT AND THE BIG QUESTION

“Where to get ebook covers?”  Type this question into the search box and a host of software advertisements appear, all promising that you can easily learn to make an ebook cover yourself.  Yes, of course you can, but if you are a writer and you are busy, you know, writing, it is just more time-effective to get someone else to do it.  Usually it looks much more professional too. You spent those hours, weeks, months, writing the book, and you want it to look great!

TWO OPTIONS

There are two options:

  1.  Get a professionally designed digital art cover.  Graphic artists design images from scratch, exclusively for you.  In my experience, prices start from minimum $600 for this.  Be ready to pay as much as $2000 or more.
  2. Use a digital image rendering designer instead.  They use photos and vector images purchased from standard stock photography sites, and usually they combine two or three images, add borders or other special effects, plus interesting text fonts.

For this option you can get an already pre-made cover, to which they will add your own title and details of course, for anywhere between $40 – $100. Sometimes on a sale you can get a cheaper cover, but in my experience anything below $40 is not such super quality.

If you order a custom design, expect to pay between $80 – $300.  Sometimes it depends on the cost of the source images they use.

Here is a list of ebook cover designers that follow this method:

Note:  I have, obviously, not ordered covers from all of them and cannot testify to their services, but these are the sites that display really classy covers.  Some sites cater for specific genres only, others for all.

www.ebookindiecovers.com  (Got my covers for my new fantasy novels that will be released soon here)

www.razzdazzstock.com  (simple but cheap)

www.fantasiafrogdesigns.wordpress.com

www.graphiczxdesigns.zenfolio.com  (You can get some stuff for the fantasy genre here, good quality)

www.dreamscapecovers.com (stylish and elegant)