(New Release) My Soul to Give

When Celina Leviet escapes the brutal home invasion that kills her husband, she’s left with a bullet in her gut and vengeance in her heart. An alluring demon, Mekaisto, offers an irresistible deal—in

exchange for her soul, he’ll let her live long enough to get her revenge, but she must hunt and kill the murderers herself.

After sealing the contract, Celina digs into her husband’s past for clues about his murder, and what she uncovers makes her question everything she thought she knew about him.

His company never existed.
His family history was a lie.

And he was involved with The Lumen, a shadowy religious order whose members know too much about demons. As the life she thought she knew crumbles around her, Mekaisto’s charms become harder to resist. Forced to face a horrible truth, Celina struggles against her late husband’s betrayal and the dark seduction of the devil she knows.

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Her breath came faster, and he could smell what she wanted before she even knew what it was. “Please, Kai—I’m yours. I want more. I want everything you can give me.”

The wave of lust heating his body could have burned a city to the ground. “Well, now,” he whispered in her ear as he stood, lifting her up with him, “I need to oblige such begging with a reward.”

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About Magali A. Frèchette

I’m passionate about writing, reading, photo manipulation artwork, animals, anime/manga, video games, the fandom world of TV shows and movies, and stuff like that. I’m a proud Ravenclaw: I’ve always been sorted into this house, but the recent Pottermore sorting placed me in Gryffindor―I don’t care since the Sorting Hat couldn’t consider my choice, so I identify with Ravenclaw, and that’s where I’ll remain!

I have two main hobbies: writing and creating book covers. I’m also a gamer (Diablo, Zelda, Final Fantasy), enjoy listening to music (and always singing along to Disney), have a passion for Japanese culture, and adore reading. I love anime/manga, Japanese Dramas and consider myself a proud fan of many different TV shows including Buffy, Supernatural, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Merlin, Game of Thrones, Outlander, etc.

I wrote my first story when I was 12 years old (and we’ll never talk about that story), but started writing three years later. Since then, I always write, and this particular novel is my 19th story. It’s always been a dream to be a published author, and I can happily say I’ve reached that goal―I plan on continuing writing and publishing for the rest of my days.

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Visual Novel: The Nonary Games

(For a general description about Visual Novels please  read our About Visual Novels page.)

Maybe not a visual novel in the purest sense, but I will take every opportunity I can to push this game series. Released for Playstation 4, Playstation Vita, and on Steam, The Nonary Games is a 2-in-1 combo. The first game is the 2009 release of 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors released for the original Nintendo DS. The second game is the 2012 release of Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward released originally on the Nintendo 3DS and Playstation Vita.

Both games play the same way. They are divided into two different modes: Story Mode and Puzzle Mode. The story mode plays everything like a regular Visual Novel. You read the story, complete with beautiful visuals and music, and you are forced to make choices. Each of these choices will lead you down various different story branches, some branches not unlike until you have read through other story branches. Both games features complex story flow charts so you can easily jump in and out of timelines as desired.

Punctuating the story mode is puzzle mode. As the story progress the player will find themselves locked in complex Escape Rooms that they must escape by solving a series of puzzles.

The story is not for the faint of heart, featuring blood and death, and frequently references and delves into metaphysical sciences. While not all story elements are strictly true, most are. Kotaro Uchikoshi is a popular visual novel writer (he wrote my personal favorite visual novel Ever17) and frequently ties in such sciences into his stories.

999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors follows the protagonist Junpei, he wakes up to find himself locked in a replica of the famous ship the Titanic along with eight other people. Each of them wears a bracelet with a number on it. The villain Zero tells them they are playing the Nonary Game. There are nine doors for the players to get through within nine hours. If the players fail, bombs inside the bracelets will explode and kill the players.

Virtue’s Last Reward follows protagonist Sigma who is captured and forced to play The Nonary Game: Ambidex Edition. Same principles, bracelets that will kill and doors that require puzzles to be solved. What’s different is that in order to get through the final escape door, the players must gain points in the game… by allying or betraying other players. Those players that reach 9 points can open and escape, but the door only opens once, and any players who reach 0 will be injected with fast-acting poison.

And I can’t mention these two fantastic games without also giving a nod to the third game, Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma. Released 2016 for Nintendo 3DS and Playstation Vita, it has also been released on Steam, and has a Playstation 4 release late 2017. A game that nearly did not happen. While the Nonary Games received outrageous reviews here in America, it unfortunately did not receive such great praise in Japan, which almost killed any potential for the third and final installment. But the fans persisted, launching Operation Bluebird to raise  support, and finally at the 2015 Anime Expo Aksys Games announced development had resumed.

(Upcoming Release) Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character

Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel? Want to know all the secrets of surviving the dreaded plot twist?

Or maybe you’re just really confused about what “opal-tinted, luminous cerulean orbs” actually are?

Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, a “self-help” guide (with activities–you always need activities) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love.

As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody overcomes to detail, among other topics, how to choose your genre, how to keep your love interest engaged (while maintaining lead character status), his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and how to make sure you secure that sequel, all while keeping his hair perfectly coiffed and never breaking a sweat.

Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me by Carrie DiRisio is a book that I’m looking forward to reading. If you are a Twitter follower I highly recommend that you check out Brooding YA Hero @broodingYAhero. Created by Carrie DiRisio @writer_carrier. Snarky, broody, and egotistical the wit in each tweet succeeds in capturing ever male teenager trope in the industry.

Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me was recently announced and is slated for release October 3, 2017. It will be released on all major devices and in hardback. And, as announced on her Twitter feed, Carrie RiSio is promising a very special bonus for those who preorder.

 

Mythical Beasts: Pookah

The pookah is a creature found in Irish folklore. There are many different variations of the spelling for its name: puca, pooka, and puka are just a few of the most popular. Sometimes considered a fairy, this creature is primarily a shape shifter. As found in research most concede that the common shape this fairy shifts into is a horse, but a rabbit is how I know this creature. But it’s also been depicted as goats and, in more modern depictions, a shapeless orb and other more common animals and pets. If the pookah does appear as a human it is always with an animal characteristic, rabbit ears for example, or a cat tail.

There are conflicting stories about whether these creatures are benevolent or malevolent. Farmers tend to believe that these creatures were helpful and aided in growing crops and milling. Some stories are very reminiscent of the fairy tale with the Shoe Maker and the elves that came to make his shoes at night – pookahs would come into the mill at night and do the farmer’s work.

However pookahs were also blamed for harm that befell unwary, or lost travelers, and were used in typical bed time stories to ward children away from unfavorable locations and actions.

According to Wikipedia these creatures have also been featured as blood thirsty, vampire-like monsters, or just hunger after human flesh – but I’ve honestly never seen these examples. But the pookah has appeared in a multitude of stories and legends, especially in popular culture, particularly in video games.

Odin Sphere is probably the best example. Featured as fluffy rabbit creatures who have been cursed by the fairies. They also appear as see-through colored orbs in Etrian Odyssey 4.

In movies, if the 1997 animated film Anastasia, the main character finds a dog that provides the sign that she seeks when determining which road she’ll take. She affectionately names the dog “Pooka.”

Name of the Month: Leia and Brendon

Writing is hard work, but perhaps the most stubborn part can be picking a name for our characters. We have to create stories and personalities, you would think picking a name would be the easiest part? Am I right?

I happen to have a great devotion to names after a bit of personal history with my own. Names can not only be beautiful but they can be meaningful, not just in what they literally translate into, but also the people or characters in the world that have bored them. So, let’s get started. Girls first!

Girl Name: Leia

You’d have to be living under a rock if you’ve never heard this name. Princess Leia of the Star Wars franchise has made this name a legend.

When I first researched this name I was disappointed to learn that the name was Hebrew and translates into the word “Weary.”

But Princess Leia is hardly anything but “weary.” Did George Lucas choose this name because of some original plan he had for Leia, or was it just a choice made with no regard to the meaning. It hardly fits and you might wonder why I brought it up at all. To prove one thing. Names can transcend beyond their humble meanings. If you were to give your character this name you would doubtlessly be considering only as a Star Wars tribute and the representation of Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia.

And that’s ok. There are many names that, if you were to look up the meaning, you would find only a  reference to an historical figure that bore the name, not the meaning of the name itself. And that perhaps is even more powerful.

Boy Name: Brendon

An Irish name that means “Prince.” A name that I myself frequently use as a placeholder for my characters – afterall it’s better than saying PRINCE everywhere in the first draft. Used it recently in my current work in progress The Mana Runner, and, haha, for good or bad it is now stuck in the story. I literally can think of no other name for my character.

 

Embrace the TROPES: The Puzzle Plot

A rare and a daunting trope, the Puzzle Trope requires just the right storyline. As its name entails, the Puzzle Trope is a series of puzzle pieces. The writer feeds the reader mere crumbs of the story and its actual facts, never giving the reader a full picture. Or in the worst case scenario (or best, depending how you view it) the writer gives the reader just enough of a picture that the reader makes incorrect assumptions. Plenty of mind-screwing potential here. The best writing is when other puzzle pieces are laid bare for the reader but are missed in the complexity until the final reveal.

When played out to its best, this offers the book and/or novel series re-readability. I guarantee that a second reading of a series that utilizes the Puzzle Trope will not read exactly as the first. You will see the puzzle pieces that the writer gave as well as the pieces that the writer left hidden along the way.

Fan theories are often plentiful, and this trope works ridiculously well in series formats. Not just relegated to the Mystery genre, I feel that the best novels that utilize this trope are those outside of the Mystery genre. Perhaps the best example would be Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy. I promise, reading this series a second time through will leave you wondering how you did not notice some of the details.

Examples in other popular media forms include video games Kingdom Hearts and Bioshock. In TV series there is the ever popular Once Upon a Time, Lost, and Heroes.

Write What You Know

“Write what you know.” This is an easy concept if you are a non-fiction writer, writing about yourself, or maybe some historical person that you know a lot about. But for fiction writers these words might seem to not necessarily apply to us. After all, who of us have ever been to a city of elves or ever taken up swords to fight in a battle? (Geez, do I wish.)

But this isn’t true. These words apply to us, too, perhaps even more than they apply to a non-fiction writer. We must write to our strengths and our knowledge. If you write about what you know it gives you a chance to bring something to the table that no one else can replicate.

Case in point: The Martian. Whether you have read the book or watched the movie, you should know the premise. A man gets left behind on Mars after his crewmates thought he was dead. Obviously no one has been to Mars, least of all the author Andy Weir. But guess what – the science checks out, at least most of it, according to known knowledge (check out this video for proof). Weir wrote to what he knew. I could never write something like this. I don’t have the knowledge of that sort of science. Whether he already knew it or he did that sort of determined research, it was something he understood and the concepts were things that he knew.

Impressive, sir! Even the parts that maybe aren’t scientifically accurate, Weir still knew enough to be able to fake it and pull the wool over our eyes. (Who cares about the wind – to me this was a minor plot point anyways. SOMETHING got Mark Watney stranded. It’s the science of how he survived and got back that I admired.)

Monsters don’t exist (at least none that have been proven) but I know a lot about them. I know the stories and the mythologies. I enjoy studying them. I’ve read Greek and Roman mythologies, Norse mythologies, Irish mythologies, to list a few. It’s this knowledge that prompted me to start writing my current work The Mana Runner, where my fourteen year old is forced to enter the territories of various monsters. It gives me a chance to mix the mythologies that I know and love and create a world that few could.

And have you ever just picked up one of those books about the Natural History of Dragons. The book is so outrageous detailed about the anatomy of a dragon that it can make you believe that someone has performed an autopsy on one of these mythical beasts. I guarantee you that whoever put the book together had advance knowledge on animal anatomy that s/he was able to convert and use to put together that book.

The point is, fiction writers, don’t sell yourself short. Maybe you have never been in a sword fight. But do you know about swords? I know several types of blades over several different cultures (when I’m not studying monsters or mythologies, I happen to be a big sword-buff, haha). Maybe there’s some sort of story you could put together using that knowledge. “The search for the 100 blades.” (I swear this is not a reference to my favorite game Muramasa… almost).

And even if you have never met an elf, you can easily read stories that were written in history to give yourself a nodding respect to the old stories that you can use to create your own story. Sarah J Maas pulls this off beautifully with Court of Thorns and Roses and fairies. Even if the fairies were not the same from those pulled out of old mythos, she uses the old names and pulls in the cauldron lore. Fabulous and elegant. I might not have liked the story, but I respect the level of knowledge and/or research that she poured into the writing.

Addressing My Mother’s Death

August 26, 2016 my mother, Penna Lynn Fischer, passed away. She had heart complications and though it was sudden and unexpected that night, we knew that it was in the air. She would have sudden attacks of her heart filling up with fluid. She served numerous attacks, but the last one finally took her.

My intention of writing this post is not to garner sympathy or even be depressing. I just want to address it. So let’s take care of the big question. Am I ok? Yes. No. Yes, I am plowing along. I have a fear of depression (my mother suffered from it her whole life) and the last thing I’m going to allow myself to do is to let the sadness stop me from my daily activities including my writing. No, because there are some days that the sadness catches up and I realize how much I miss her.

How has my writing been? Well, it’s been great, actually. One of my biggest fears was that the writing would stop. I hear stories about it all the time. A person loses interest or ambition. No. I don’t want to lose this. I can’t say my writing was very good but it was actually cathartic. I got to escape into my imaginary world and things felt normal while I was in the flow of writing.

Do I feel like it’s changed my writing? It’s only been three months, but I hope not. Of course there’s no way to tell. My ambition has not changed. If anything, I’m more determined. I’m so sad my mom will not see my first book published, but I am going to get one published.

It does taken a toll on the days that I feel like writing. Some days it’s just too hard to sit down and think. Some days that I am depressed. But I have my excel sheet and I keep careful track and make sure that there are not that many 0s per day.

It did impact my drive for blogging. Talking about myself, putting myself in the open, has not been something I’ve wanted to do for a while. But it’s a new year and it’s time to push the grief to the side and do what I need to do. My mom would not appreciate hearing that I let her hold me back.

Thank you and here’s to a much better 2017!

Mythical Beasts: Spriggans

sprigganOriginating from Cornwall, England, Spriggans are a malevolent form of fairy. They are grotesque in appearance but their magical powers are fairly limited to nothing more than tricks and maybe some weather-tampering and illness. They are also said to be able to shift their size, appearing either diminutive in stature, to the size of a giant. They make their homes typically around barrows and crypts, but also around cliff sides and old castles.

Said to be particularly nasty to those that have slighted them, their threat level to humans is high, if not deadly. Similar to Will-o’-the-Wisps, they are more commonly known for leading foolish travelers astray into swamps or off of cliffs. But they have also been blamed for natural catastrophes, such as draughts and bad weather, as well as illness within humans and livestock. Also, in typical fairy tradition, they are said to kidnap babies and leave behind Changelings in their place.

Ancient beliefs vary about the origin and purpose of these fairies. Some believe that these fairies are the ghosts of deceased giants, while others believe that they are the fairy guard of the more diminutive race of fairies. Similar to Leprechauns Spriggans are said to have hordes of gold hidden away, and that they could be tricks out of this treasure.

Until they were featured in Bethesda’s Oblivion and Skyrim, these creatures appeared very little in popular culture. They made brief appearances in the Shin Megami Tensei game series. Probably their more well-known appearance was in a Steven King short story “Crouch End” that later became an episode in the television series Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King.

The most popular and well known tribute to this fairy is a sculpture by Marilyn Collins. Located along a disused railway line in Crouch End, England, the Spriggan appears to materialize through the wall. It is this statue that is said to have inspired Steven King’s short story.

Name of the Month: Elvina and Juwan

Writing is hard work, but perhaps the most stubborn part can be picking a name for our characters. We have to create stories and personalities, you would think picking a name would be the easiest part? Am I right?

I happen to have a great devotion to names after a bit of personal history with my own. Names can not only be beautiful but they can be meaningful, not just in what they literally translate into, but also the people or characters in the world that have bore them. So, let’s get started. Girls first!

Girl Name: Elvina

Pronounced: “el-VEE-na”. Meaning: (multiple) elf, blond, noble friend, lively. Variations include: (male) Alvina from Russia, Elvia from Italy, Elvira from Gothic languages. Depending on which nationality you choose changes the name.

Not a very common name, but I think it is very beautiful. I can’t help but think of an energetic princess whenever I hear this name. Probably that true friend type you would find as a side character – part of the action, but not quite in the spotlight. For the nickname I can help but want to call her “Vi”.

Boy Name: Juwan

Meaning in Hebrew: god is gracious, just. Also it features as a female Muslim name that translates as “perfume.”

Not a very popular name at all, which seems to be the theme this month. I happened across it in my 2016 Baby Names book. Pronounced “ju-WAUN”. Sources seem to vary about its originality, but most seem to agree that it is purely American – one of those randomly created names. Because it is rare there is little information on which nationalities use it, but again most sources agree with African-Americans.

Regardless, I can’t help but think of a Muslim jeweler. One of those people with their own store filled with beautiful rings and bracelets. I put him in a suit and tie every time. It’s a name that I hope gets a little more notoriety and I would love to come across anyone that has this name.