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Picking up momentum…

We have entered the final month of 2016, mentally preparing for the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holidays, while gazing longingly into the distance at a promising New Year. NaNoWrimo November is a wondrous bonding moment between authors, but we writers know the writing doesn’t stop on the first of December. Oh no, we have only begun!

I have personally completed two short stories in the Thrice Nine Legends Saga (to be released shortly) to bridge the gap as the third and final book of The Kaelandur Series receives its final touches. That is right! Maharia will be hitting the shelves in early 2017, completing the tale of Branimir and the legendary copper dagger, kaelandur.

In the meantime, I am sharing the first book, Melkorka, on Wattpad for readers to enjoy. I will be uploading a chapter or two each week. Please consider checking it out on my WATTPAD, and leave me your thoughts. Also, if you have your own story, I would love to check it out.

Lastly, we would like to personally thank the outstanding readers and fans who have subscribed to the Weekly Fantasy Fix over the past year. The numbers of our newsletter have ground tremendously, and we are touched to have your support in our lives. Please feel free to contact myself, Allison, or Renee, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions as we approach the new year.

Joshua Robertson, CEO
Crimson Edge Press, LLC

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Writing for a Cause

Writers are a passionate bunch. We spend years of our lives dedicated to writing, re-writing, editing, re-editing, and marketing our stories, with little expectation of a significant financial return. We love it, even though at the end of the day most of us are probably making about two cents per hour! We write because we just can’t contain our imaginations, and the worlds and characters welling up inside us need a place to go. It gets unbearably crowded in there otherwise. Sometimes writing is our best form of self-expression, too, and through our stories we learn how to deal with our own internal conflicts.

There are also times when we write for a greater cause—a meaning that extends beyond our creative passions and into the real world. For the past year, 10 writers have been working hard to put together a fantasy book called The Realms Beyond, hoping their stories will help raise money for the June E. Nylen Cancer Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

The project was envisioned by a young, upcoming author, KJ Hawkins, who had just lost her grandmother to pancreatic cancer. When I asked her how the idea for the book came together, she replied, “In many ways I felt like I needed to do this to help with my grief, but realized that my grammy would have wanted me to use what I was good at to leave a mark on the world. And I couldn’t think of anything better than to help those families fighting for their loved ones by putting together a book with the sole purpose of bringing them aid.”

When KJ Hawkins asked me if I’d be interested in participating, I was happy to say yes. My own grandfather died of pancreatic cancer, and other members of my family have been cancer survivors. I can imagine that all the participating authors share this connection in one way or another, and that many of the readers will too. Today pre-orders for the book have started, with the official release date scheduled for April 2017. It’s a project I’m thrilled to be a part of, and I hope that through it many lives will be touched in a positive way, readers and beneficiaries alike. Ten of us have come together to write for a cause—you can help too by reading for a cause. All of the proceeds from the book will go to the June E. Nylen Cancer Center.

realms-beyond-coverParticipating Authors and Included Works/Sub-Genres:
Allison D. Reid — Into the Shadow Wood (Christian Fantasy)
Ali Cross — Blood Crown (Sci-fi/New Adult)
Artemis Crow — Leona’s Descent (Fantasy)
D.B. Mauldin — The Chosen One (Young Adult/Fantasy)
Fiona Skye — Tools of the Dragon (High Fantasy)
KJ Hawkins — Half-Blood Academy Short Story Collection (Young Adult/Fantasy)
Melissa Barker-Simpson — Badge of Honor (Adventure/Fantasy)
Renee Scattergood — Makari’s Mission (Dark Fantasy)
Samantha Bryant — The Good Will Tour (Superhero/Fantasy)
V.L. Holt — 97 (Young Adult/Paranormal)

 

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