Seressia Glass

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5-star review from Affaire de Coeur

Posted Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
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Check out my five star review from Affaire de Coeur!

Veteran author Seressia Glass turns her considerable talents to urban fantasy with this compulsively readable tale. The use of an Egyptian pantheon–Kira is a follower of Ma’at, Khefar a follower of Isis–gives the story a firm foundation, and the plot, with danger and darkness, but also a hint of romance, should surely satisfy. Bring on more of these characters.

I likey!

Shadow Chase Cover and Blurb

Posted Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Here’s the cover and blurb for Shadow Chase, the second book in my Shadowchasers series, releasing July 27th: (I’m continually blessed by the cover gods)

Shadow Chase cover

As a Shadowchaser, Kira Solomon has been trained to serve the Light, dispatch the Fallen, and prevent the spread of chaos. It’s a deadly job, and Kira knows the horror of spilling innocent blood. But now she has a new role, as the Hand of Ma’at, the Egyptian Goddess of Truth and Order, and an assignment that might just redeem her.

A fellow Shadowchaser has gone missing, and so has a unique artifact imbued with astonishing magic. Unless the Vessel of Nun is returned, it will cause destruction beyond anything the modern world has seen. Kira’s got a team at her back, including Khefar, a near-immortal Nubian warrior who’s already died for her once. But as complicated as her feelings for him are, they’re nothing compared to the difficulties of the task she faces. And the only way to defeat the enemy is to trust in a power she can barely control, and put her life—and her soul—on the line.

Workshop: EMPOWERING CHARACTERS' EMOTION

Posted Saturday, February 6th, 2010
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*********PERMISSION TO FORWARD*****************

This course is designed for writers of ALL GENRES, published or unpublished.

You do NOT need to be a member of PASIC to join.

You’ll work at your own pace, on your own level.

EMPOWERING CHARACTERS’ EMOTIONS (details below) — a PASIC exclusive (will not be offered again this year).

Presenter: Margie Lawson

Cost: $20.00 PASIC members, $30.00 non-members – payable by PayPal

Deadline to Register: February 27, 2010

TO REGISTER, GO HERE: http://pasic.net/class_lawson_032010.html

CLASS INFORMATION:

Would you like to learn how to:

  • Capture emotion on the page?
  • Hook the reader by eliciting a visceral response?
  • Analyze your scenes?
  • Fix scenes that don’t work?
  • Increase micro-tension?
  • Add psychological power to a good scene and make it stellar?

This power-packed on-line class covers the following topics and more:

  • The EDITS System
  • Deep Editing techniques
  • Four Levels of Powering Up Emotion
  • The Full Range of Body Language: Facial expressions, Dialogue Cues, Proxemics, Posture, Gestures, Avoidance and Deception Cues
  • Fresh Visceral Responses
  • Cliché-busting
  • Motivation Reaction Units
  • Ideomotoric shifts
  • Subtext Power
  • Emotional Authenticity
  • Backstory Management
  • Emotional Hits
  • Rhythm and Cadence and Beats
  • Carrying a Nonverbal Image Forward
  • Projecting Emotion for a Non-POV character

About the Presenter:

Margie Lawson—psychotherapist, writer, and international presenter – focuses her analytical skills on writing craft. A former adjunct professor, Margie taught psychology courses at the graduate and doctoral levels. Applying her expertise

in the writing world, she developed innovative editing systems and deep editing techniques. Her deep editing tools are used by all writers, from beginners to multi-award winners. She teaches writers how to edit for psychological power, how to immerse the reader in the fictional world, how to write page turners.

Margie developed six on-line courses she teaches once per year. The lectures from all her courses are available as Lecture Packets through Paypal from her web site.

  • Empowering Characters’ Emotions
  • Deep Editing: The EDITS System, Rhetorical Devices, and More
  • Digging Deep in to the EDITS System
  • Defeat Self-Defeating Behaviors
  • Writing Body Language and Dialogue Cues Like a Psychologist
  • Powering Up Body Language in Real Life: Projecting a Professional Persona When Pitching and Presenting

In the last six years, Margie presented full day Master Classes for writers fifty-four times, sharing her deep editing techniques with over four thousand writers. Last year Margie was brought in as a guest speaker to present full day Master Classes in Melbourne for Romance Writers of Australia, and in Auckland, for Romance Writers of New Zealand.

To learn about Margie’s 3-day Immersion Master Classes, full day Master Class presentations, on-line course schedule, Lecture Packets, or newsletter, visit: www.MargieLawson.com.

Read what graduates of Margie Lawson’s courses and master classes say:

Randy Ingermanson, Ph. D., author of WRITING FICTION FOR DUMMIES, award-winning fiction author, creator of Snow-Flake Pro, in-demand writing instructor:

In the twenty years I’ve been writing fiction, two teachers have astounded me with their insights and taught me something radically new: Dwight Swain and Margie Lawson.

After reading Margie’s material on nonverbal communication and empowering characters’ emotions, something clicked in my brain. Margie taught me a new ways to empower my writing.

Karin Tabke, Bestselling author:

I had so many epiphany moments Saturday my head was twitching. It’s still twitching! I wish I had attended Margie’s Empowering Characters’ Emotions master class earlier. My writing is stronger, more vivid, more emotional. The effects of the workshop were immediate. I highly recommend if you have the opportunity to take Margie’s workshop in person, do it.

Colleen Coble, CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and Bestselling author:

The workshop I went to last month was the best I’ve ever been to, bar none. And I’ve been to plenty. Margie’s workshop was so awesome, I’m going over my notes from what she taught before I start my next book. She’s a genius, pure and simple.

Melanie Milburne, Bestselling, Award Winning author:

I just sold my 31st title and my editor loved the book. She thought I had written a really sophisticated story with powerful emotion. So thank you Margie!

I have worked my way through Margie’s Empowering Characters’ Emotions, and Deep Editing Lecture Packets, and found them wonderful. Her deep editing techniques have really lifted my writing. It’s so exciting working on each new novel now knowing I have these amazing techniques to engage the reader in a more emotionally satisfying way. Thank you again, Margie!

Cheryl Wyatt, Award Winning author:

I LOVED Margie Lawson’s class. WOW. WOW. WOW. Wish I would have discovered her sooner. Fabulous. My writing will soar to the next level. She’s an incredible teacher and such a fun teacher. Great lady. I plan to take all her online courses.

Jeri Smith-Ready, Bestselling author:

I owe it all to Margie Lawson (and my editor) for helping me whip my books into shape. I used her Empowering Characters’ Emotions and Deep Editing lectures as my bible for my final drafts. I am so grateful I discovered Margie’s editing expertise. I can’t say enough about what a difference it makes to have Margie’s ‘voice’ pushing me to make each word count and each sentence pop!

Linda Warren, Award Winning Best-selling author:

I’m thoroughly enjoying your Deep Editing lectures. And learning. I feel as if I’ve been writing in the dark. All of a sudden you’ve turned on the light and my weak and dull writing is transformed into powerful and fresh. I love it!

As an author I get tired of the “thumping” “pounding” heart. “Lifted” “raised” eyebrow, too.  After your full day Empowering Characters’ Emotions master class at NOLA Stars, I wrote this line: “She cocked her eyebrow with the power of a .38 special.”

As I told you in Shreveport, I’ve never taken a workshop because getting around is so hard for me. I’m glad I waited for a Margie Lawson Master Class to begin to learn about the power of words, the power of writing. You’re brilliant.

CJ Lyons, Award Winning author:

Margie’s Empowering Characters’ Emotions and Deep Editing classes not only helped me to get in touch with my characters’ visceral reactions, they also showed me ways to use my characters’ emotions to drive my plots in compelling and evocative new directions!

Lyn Cote, Bestselling, RITA nominated, author:

I love a teacher who knows how to break down the individual skills and content in order to put into practice what is being taught. I’ve taken Margie’s Character Emotion and EDITS classes and have used them ever since.

Margie’s lessons are always practical and make such a difference! If you haven’t taken them and implemented them, YOU SHOULD.

Deadline to Register: February 27, 2010

Creativity: A Family Thing

Posted Thursday, February 4th, 2010
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USA Today has a great article in the Life section about Jerry Pinkey and his family. He, his wife Gloria, their son Brian, and his wife Andrea, all have been published. Their other son Myles and his wife, create picture books. The family name, the article says, graces the covers of 175 books. Their other two children pursue art and creativity in other ways: Daughter Troy is an art therapist and son Scott is a fine-arts painter and creative director of a Toronto ad agency.

Jerry Pinkey didn’t do well in school. He had dyslexia, though it wasn’t diagnosed back then. But he loved to draw. A bit of serendipity happened as he was working at a newsstand at the age of twelve. A patron complimented Pinkey on his sketches. That patron was John Liney, who illustrated a comic strip called Henry that ran for thirty years. Visiting Liney’s studio inspired Pinkey, made him realize that people could have careers doing what he loved to do–make images. He got a scholarship to the Philadelphia Museum College of Art and went on to become an illustrator of works such as Rudyard Kipling’s Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.

Sometimes it works like that. I had a love/hate relationship with English classes, especially diagramming sentences. But I loved to read. That love of reading became a love of writing, but I didn’t take it seriously until I was 29, working part time in a bookstore, and met a group of ladies who were having a signing. Real live authors, y’all. Those ladies were part of Georgia Romance Writers, which meant they were local. Then they told me that they meet monthly to talk about writing and publishing. People do that? I went to a meeting, and the rest, as they say, is history.

But I digress.  This story is truly inspiring on multiple levels, and I encourage people to read it. You’ll find a variety of axioms lived out by this family, and you may even see yourself (or learn a few things) in them. For example, Gloria Jean Pinkey was always a storyteller, but she was a talker, not a writer. It wasn’t until she reconnected with long-lost relatives that she decided to put her story into words. So, you see, it is never too late to bring a dream to the light of day.

The family nurtured creativity:

“Wherever we lived, we created a common space with art supplies and work tables and no TV. The kids could do what they wanted.”

Which for Brian became books on black history, on which he collaborated with his wife Andrea, who also writes teen books and edits for Scholastic. For Myles and his wife Sandra, that means picture books including Read and Rise, which has a forward by Maya Angelou. Seems like marrying a creative person was almost inevitable for these siblings.

Leonard Marcus, a historian of children’s literature, who wrote about Jerry and Brian Pinkney in his 2007 book Pass It Down; Five Picture-Book Families Make Their Mark, says no other family matches the Pinkneys’ “depth of involvement” with books.

Marcus also says Jerry Pinkney “came along at a time when the U.S. still wasn’t quite ready to acknowledge the multiracial nature of our society in the books it gave its children, and he has played a pivotal role in changing that situation for the better.”

Grimes says that in the Caldecott Medal’s 72-year history, Pinkney [who won the award last month] is the first individual African American to win. Leo and Diane Dillon, a multiracial couple, won in 1976 and ’77.

To which the poet adds, “It’s about time.”

The Fascination with Fantasy

Posted Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Hi all. SHADOW BLADE  has been out for a week, and I’ve got gifties for you.

I’m guest blogging today at Petit Fours and Hot Tamales on my Fascination with Fantasy. Stop on by for a wee bit of an excerpt, a count of some of my favorite authors, and a sneak peak at the cover for the second Shadowchasers book, SHADOW CHASE, coming in August!

And, if you comment, you’ll be eligible for a signed copy of SHADOW BLADE!  Go forth and get your comment on.

Also, I’d just like to give a tip of the hat to Stacia Kane, who said some very nice things on her blog Tuesday about me and Shadowchasers. She’s one cool chick, and if you ahven’t read any of her stuff, you’re totally missing out.

Shadow Blade: 1st Chapter download

Posted Sunday, January 31st, 2010
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If you’d like to read the ENTIRE first chapter of my brand new urban fantasy book, SHADOW BLADE, go to my page on the Simon and Schuster website and read it there, or click “Browse Inside” to explore the book or print the entire first chapter.  Enjoy!

Shadow Blade RT review

Posted Monday, January 11th, 2010

I finally got a copy of the February RT, and flipped to see my color ad (back cover, yea!) and the text of my review.  I thought I’d share it with y’all since I rarely toot my own horn but this sure made me giggly:

“Glass’ latest seizes the reader’s attention and holds it captive. The author cunningly and masterfully injects details about gods who supervise and/or orchestrate what happens in the lives of humans, immortals and beings in between. The suspense is almost overwhelming, the intense action palpable. Glass creates a story you’ll want to keep reading, even when there are no more pages.”

The next high moment will definitely be holding the book in my hot little hands.  (insert evil laugh)

Shadow Chase cover

Posted Sunday, January 10th, 2010
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Thanks to Google alerts, I found Risingshadow.net who has the cover (in grayscale) of book two of the Shadowchasers series, Shadow Chase. You can see the cover here.  Soon as I get the full size color version, I’ll be sure to post it here.

I’ll also be posting an excerpt and further information as soon as I can.   Meanwhile, head on over to Risingshadow.net and check out the gorgeous cover, and check out the back cover copy below:

In a job like this, one mistake can cost you everything.

As a Shadowchaser, Kira Solomon has been trained to serve the Light, dispatch the Fallen, and prevent the spread of chaos. It’s a deadly job, and Kira knows the horror of spilling innocent blood. But now she has a new role, as the Hand of Ma’at, the Egyptian Goddess of Truth and Order, and an assignment that might just redeem her.

A fellow Shadowchaser has gone missing, and so has a unique artifact imbued with astonishing magic. Unless the Vessel of Nun is returned, it will cause destruction beyond anything the modern world has seen. Kira’s got a team at her back, including Khefar, a near-immortal Nubian warrior who’s already died for her once. But as complicated as her feelings for him are, they’re nothing compared to the difficulties of the task she faces. And the only way to defeat the enemy at hand is to trust in a power she can barely control, and put her life—and her soul—on the line.

That Cover

Posted Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
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The person responsible for the Publisher’s Weekly cover and tagline “Afro Picks!” offered up a defense that many will recognize as an attempt to derail the true issue. Say it with me: “It’s not about the photo.” It’s not about the book the photo is in, or the artist, or any of that.

The photo says quite loudly and strongly that this issue isn’t for everyone. It’s about THE OTHERS. And when you make it about the Others, you instantly categorize it as not for mainstream. It instantly becomes marginalization.

Given that the article it illustrates the tough climate for black authors in publishing today, the photo is a doubly bad choice. We authors are trying to make a living from our writing just as non-black authors are. We want to appeal to the widest possible audience, to show that our words are for everyone who loves a good story.

The photo is beautiful, illustrative of a time when the African American community truly needed to be empowered and take pride in itself. But in case you didn’t realize it, Calvin, African American literature isn’t stuck in the 70’s. The publishing landscape isn’t the same, and the world sure as heck isn’t. We are a global community, and I think it’s high time that black authors join it.

My Starred PW Review

Posted Monday, December 14th, 2009

Here’s the text of my PW review. And yes, it’s in this week’s PW with the Afro picks. Glad and sad to go get a copy tomorrow:

Shadow Blade Seressia Glass. Pocket/Juno, $7.99 (352p) ISBN 978-1-4391-5679-7

The heart-pounding first in Glass’s Shadowchasers urban fantasy series piles on the twists and turns in a supernatural Atlanta where everyone has a hidden motive. The Gilead Commission discovered Kira Solomon’s gift for psychometry when she was 12 and trained her to fight Shadow Avatars. Now 25, she mostly tries to focus on her day job as a freelance antiquities expert. Her former mentor, Bernie Comstock, brings her a 4,000-year-old Egyptian blade to authenticate, and one touch tells her it belonged to an immortal Fallen from the shadow world, who’s still seeking it. When a demon murders Bernie, Kira confronts the immortal, now disguised as a young man, but she can’t deny that the dark blade calls to her, as does its handsome owner. Kira’s personal battle against the forces of chaos will keep readers riveted. (Feb.)

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