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VICES & VIRTUES: An Anthology of the Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Dark Virtues

Because sometimes, the virtuous are as frightening as the sinful…

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Sierra Simone’s New Camelot Series

Back in the fall of 1989, I entered my sophomore year of college. I claimed my major that fall, multiple subjects and English literature, and put together a plan to finish my degree in under 4 years. I registered for an overload of units because I was nerdy that way and driven by the desire to seek the knowledge before me. I registered with excitement in taking British Literature, Medieval Literature, Linguistics, Art for Children, Intro to Poli-Sci, and Math for the Elementary Teacher. Yes, I was a little insane in the course load and the copious amounts of reading I’d signed on for, but this is where I fell in love with old, middle, and modern English. The stories which were laden with social taboo and hidden messages became an obsession for dissecting them with each word and line subjected to scrutiny and purpose.

Arthurian legend was always an interest, but the semester I turned nineteen changed this curiosity to a die-hard research project. We didn’t have Google back then, and the librarian became my best friend! I traveled to neighboring college libraries in search of all things surrounding Camelot and the whispered airs of the Pagan rituals and the strength of women during the times of monarchy and courtly love. The twisted tales of secret love, adultery, incest and homosexuality so swiftly swept beneath the rug yet printed in words in such a way that only the super sleuths were able to uncover the hidden messages of love, and its entangled webs it wove throughout the early to middle ages, soon shut down with the Protestants and the hush of rituals in Catholicism and the Church of England.

But here I sit, twenty-eight years later, in awe of the prose unfolded before me in the New Camelot Series, by Sierra Simone. I spent the last week reading each book of the trilogy, American Queen, American, Prince, and American King, with my eyes hungrily eating up each word, each plot device, each figurative language infusion, and most of all each well-crafted allusion to the tales I’ve loved so dearly. Simone captures exactly the sentiments of this time and the coveted secrets sprinkled in the works of Malory, Chaucer, De amore, Bradley (a more recent view) and so many others. Each of these works alludes to polyamorist relationships and the roses which are threaded with thorns in the public’s eye of these heart-wrenching love triangles as well as the politics of leadership and commitment.

Ash, Greer, and Embry pulled at every angle possible and then some. There was no stone left unturned. The infusion of the entire tale exploded within the trilogy and there were moments of dramatic irony to which I was hoping would end any other way than what had already been divulged either through knowing so much about the legend or through the prophecies penned before my eyes. But to her strength and beautifully written tale, Simone keeps the legend alive and well with each well-structured event and brick by brick transition from medieval to modern times. The stabs at organized religion, the unconventional being looked down upon by the public, and yet the sweet desire of true love and a capacity to care for others in a world that is so cruel it hurts when opened and yet eats one alive when hidden in the shadows. I’m excited as much as torn down in living and breathing the world of Greer, Embry, and Ash. Now, here I sit knowing I’ll miss the journey as much as relish what these characters have given me in reigniting a love for the legend. This is quite the tribute to a time which I find both fascinating and frightening.  

Yet in the end, I think Simone got it right. Despite the outward view of women of the time, they were/are stronger than most expect. Some could be/are ruthless and power-hungry while others sought to strengthen and partner to build the empires which were long-lasting. These women were and are not simple. They remain complex in nature able to snap the attention of the men who were/are their complementary partner. In some cases, the trio was/is stronger than the duo, and for those who find that piece which makes them whole, it develops a force which was/is unbreakable despite the narrow views of others. In the end, the rise to true power had nothing to do with financial gain but emotional fulfillment encompasses the ultimate freedom.

A thank you to Sierra Simone, from the bottom of my heart, for reawakening my love of Arthurian legend. There is nothing more sacred than reawakening the things that have laid dormant as life moves forward and priorities change one’s path. But for today, I sit and think about the history and the parallels of Camelot played out time and time again and enjoy reopening that piece of me which has lain dormant for so many years.

 

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Vices and Virtues coming November 14, 2017

 

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VICES & VIRTUES: An Anthology of the Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Dark Virtues

Because sometimes, the virtuous are as frightening as the sinful…

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✮ ✮ Featuring stories by ✮ ✮

Stacey Broadbent
Amber K. Bryant
Cyril Bunt
J.M. Butler
Lenore Cheairs
Alana Delacroix
Chris Farmer
Lisa Goldman
Trinity Hanrahan
Kristen Jacques
Rebecca Nolan
Tammy Oja
Aria Peyton
QT Ruby
Maggie Jane Schuler

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Sins will weave you into their webs. They become the Vice you’re unable to shake. There are the values, taught from birth, which ride a razor’s edge. They turn into Dark Virtues, a twisted mockery of their true meaning.

Pride, envy, lust, gluttony, anger, greed and sloth all have their place in the tapestry of life. They are the Vices who lost sight of the Virtues: charity, temperance, forgiveness, humility, kindness, chastity and diligence.

Enter the worlds where the tales of the most sinful of Vices and the darkest of Virtues will entice and intrigue you…

…for even among the most devout there is a dark side.

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Temperance Blanco served to bring order to her family and small town. She thought if she practiced her craft and lead the immoral on a path to restraint, life would be perfect. What she didn’t count on was her intense draw to her employer, the handsome new nightclub owner—Raiden Spellman. She thought she had tricks up her sleeve until she found herself captivated by Raiden and unaware of her place in the Cards of life.

Book+Main Author Fireside Chat

Gather ’round author, dear author friends. Let’s chat about Book+Main for a few. I know many of you are wondering, I signed up for a Book+Main Author Account … now what?

Well, let me be one of the first to say, welcome to Book+Main, fellow author! We’re excited to have you onboard and look forward to getting your account verified.

If you haven’t already taken a few minutes to read through my How to Use Book+Main post, I would recommend doing that first to ground you in the below content. And I know that it’s long, but it’s worth the read if you’re considering the platform.

But before I start talking about the ins and outs and perks of being an author on Book+Main, there are a few very important things to keep in mind.

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Vices and Virtues Cover Reveal

I am proud to be included in this anthology due to release November 14, 2017.

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Because sometimes, the virtuous are as frightening as the sinful…

Available November 14, 2017

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✮ ✮ Featuring stories by ✮ ✮

Stacey Broadbent
Amber K. Bryant
Cyril Bunt
J.M. Butler
Lenore Cheairs
Alana Delacroix
Chris Farmer
Lisa Goldman
Trinity Hanrahan
Kristen Jacques
Rebecca Nolan
Tammy Oja
Aria Peyton
QT Ruby
Maggie Jane Schuler

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Sins will weave you into their webs. They become the Vice you’re unable to shake. There are the values, taught from birth, which ride a razor’s edge. They turn into Dark Virtues, a twisted mockery of their true meaning.

Pride, envy, lust, gluttony, anger, greed and sloth all have their place in the tapestry of life. They are the Vices who lost sight of the Virtues: charity, temperance, forgiveness, humility, kindness, chastity and diligence.

Enter the worlds where the tales of the most sinful of Vices and the darkest of Virtues will entice and intrigue you…

…for even among the most devout there is a dark side.

Avenues Ink Series – Poet

 

Kieran O’Connell is the purest of the O’Connell boys. He lives with his own hidden secrets but provides a strength to the family that is waiting to be cracked and he needs the inspiration.

Melissa Trujillo has spent the last five years rediscovering how to live. She has settled into a pattern which suits her addictive personality well, until she comes face to face with a guardian angel—her soulmate. IF she’s not careful her new addiction may just become the piece that fills her addictions and then some.

 

AM. Johnson proves once again why reader’s love the O’Connell boys. They are not the perfect family filled with six figure salaries and golden spoons to boot. The O’Connell boys are real men, with real lives, with real struggles. Johnson’s ability to craft the Avenues in Ink boys as flawed heroes with an incredible capacity to love and persevere through the thick of things is a gift she weaves well into the construction of the trilogy. Kieran is the youngest of the bothers who’s internalized his families stresses and dysfunctions because at heart he is willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good of the family. In his pursuit of stability he sought the priesthood, but life had other plans for Kieran. Johnson blends his faith nicely with his desire to please and keep the family he loves on track after the tragic death of the matriarch who held it all together. His chance meeting with Melissa, a young lady repenting for her sins, creates the beauty of what a fulfilled life should look like. Johnson’s weaving of poetry and prose ultimately creates a work of beauty in Poet.

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Melissa Trujillo knows suffering. She’s tasted it, touched it, injected it. Sobriety is a gift, but it isn’t enough to wash away her secrets.

Kieran O’Connell knows sacrifice. He’s owned it, held it between his fingers, and felt it in his knees. Words are his freedom, and they’ve begun to fade.

Two different worlds, one moment and the Earth shifts—granting them a path.
His eyes meet hers. Her hand fits his.

Kieran finds his muse.
Melissa finds her new addiction.

But, when sin meets virtue, angels fall, and the truth, it becomes a blade. Together they’ll walk the sharp edge, and if her lies cut too deep, not even his words could save her… save them.

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Possesion

Kingdom

 

Up to Bat

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I’ve planned well, studied hard, and dreamed of my future. It keeps me alive, ignoring the things from my painful past. The thing about life is that it can throw a curveball into your path that you can’t anticipate, and plan accordingly.

But life’s cruel. It offers both good and bad, and no time for the right reaction.

My junior year of college should be one of the best but my chance run-in with a loner freshman that harbors deep secrets soon pulls me into her mysterious world. Unfortunately, her omissions of truth find me in a dangerous place.

Then, I meet Blake Angel. He is one of those curveballs of life…easy on the eyes, and every time we touch, sparks fly. But I can’t. I won’t. I have a game plan, a play-by-play for my future.

Before I realize it, everything has changed. The hidden secrets and lies only confuse me more. Worse, I may not be able to save myself, Samantha Sawyer, from those that now hunt me—and I have no idea why.

 

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I’ve planned well, studied hard, and dreamed of my future. It keeps me alive, ignoring the things from my painful past. The thing about life is that it can throw a curveball into your path that you can’t anticipate, and plan accordingly.

But life’s cruel. It offers both good and bad, and no time for the right reaction.

My junior year of college should be one of the best but my chance run-in with a loner freshman that harbors deep secrets soon pulls me into her mysterious world. Unfortunately, her omissions of truth find me in a dangerous place.

Then, I meet Blake Angel. He is one of those curveballs of life…easy on the eyes, and every time we touch, sparks fly. But I can’t. I won’t. I have a game plan, a play-by-play for my future.

 

Before I realize it, everything has changed. The hidden secrets and lies only confuse me more. Worse, I may not be able to save myself, Samantha Sawyer, from those that now hunt me—and I have no idea why.

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Noticing the Change and Liking What You See!

In second grade Eldest made this ball field for his 100 days in school project. He lived and breathed baseball. He learned to read because he needed the stats on his favorite teams and players. He watched the ESPN highlights before school to keep up with all the news surrounding baseball. Of course, he played the game, it was the one thing he found that grounded him.

He played baseball up until college. He made some decisions based on his future rather than immediate gratification, and things didn’t quite play out how he thought they might. Regardless, he missed the team atmosphere and joined his college rugby team. The team won the small college national rugby championship that year. The team became a brotherhood he had never expected, and it is a journey he still continues traveling as he ties up his senior year of college.

Two weeks ago he texted me and asked me if I could proof a paper he wrote  for one of his classes. I figured it was another engineering paper with tons of information I’d know nothing about, but English is still English and I can proof those things which apply to written language.

However, this turned out to be a paper for his third required university course work classes. All students must take three semesters of a continuing education course which involves morals, ethics, personal growth, and an examination of you as an individual as well as on a global scale. The first two are required in your first year (even for transfer students) and the last in your second to last semester before gradation. This paper was something beyond what I expected and those words from my parents and grandparents rang so loud while it read it, “He’ll grow up and surprise you one day, just be patient.” The prompt itself surprised me a bit:

I teach public school and the pressure is on us to make kids keenly aware that argument writing is the main focus in college. But between my two sons I have found that they write far more narrative and informational writing. This still rings true into Eldest’s senior year.

When I read his paper I was taken aback to say the least. He wrote about how his life had changed through many avenues one being the obsession he had with baseball and the change he found overtime through rugby. Another was his major influences; one influence being my mother and another his own father which were ideas based around always giving it your all on the field no matter where the chips may lie.

“[my grandmother an Olympic 2 time gold medal winner, and my father an NCAA decorated athlete] Together they raised me to be graceful in victory and humble in defeat, but always a dedicated hard worker providing the best performance throughout the game.”

But his academic and career pathways were founded on both his father and me placing an emphasis upon his academic skills rather than his extra curricular activities, as well as placing rules and regulations upon him and his siblings that required him to be an active member in our family. He placed family meals and our free-flowing conversations about our days, our thoughts, and our own disagreements as one of the top reasons he has found success outside our home.

“In retrospect, my parents were right and I am thankful for their guidance.”

Then he ended with the part that pushed me into tears:

“I am traditionally a word minimalist, but I do make it a point to have the words I do say be meaningful and important. This reserved part of my personality may be here to stay, but through the foundation built by my family, close friends, professors, and coworkers I strive daily to become a better man and have set goals to make a positive impact with my future endeavors.”

It was all so true, and I know him so well, that he did write from the heart for the assignment and it is the first one I did not feel like I needed to stamp the BS sign and send it back to him!

All of these things were insightful to read because as a parent you never know if what you are doing is right. There are no manuals, no self-help books, no cookie cutter models or recipes to follow. It is the great experiment which every parent sets sail on and hopes beyond all reason they do the job successfully, because you only get one chance and if you mess it up it is something you cannot get back.

Flash forward to yesterday and he called me early in the morning on his way to rugby practice. I teased him and asked what I got on my senior paper. He laughed but started into the things he feels would make kids far more prepared and successful in college and where public education fails students.

  1. Student should write more narratives and have freedom of choice based on a topic rather than a pre-scripted format. His college professors axed the pre-scripted five paragraph essay day one and refused to read anything that was submitted that way.
  2. Students should be asked to create lab reports based on an outcome and they need to be able to construct the experiment themselves. Students must know how to fail and be able to write why things failed and what should change in the future to meet the objective. He understands that lab equipment is expensive, so the cookie cutter experiments in all subjects are affordable and achieve the correct outcome. He noted three things he did in his public school career that had the most impact:
    1. He was asked to build a bridge that could handle a specified payload with only toothpicks and glue.
    2. He was asked to find physics problem and provide a solution to help promote something in the future. He wrote a paper with physics calculations based on the new bats [at the time the baseball bats for high school had just changed over to a new material and the adjustments for both pitches and hitters created a strange playing field]
    3. In his IB course work he was afforded the time and research to write on anything that was plaguing the political arena either nationally or internationally. He chose to research, report, and create solutions for campaign finance reform.
  3. Finally, he noted that families in general are failing students. He knows there are extenuating circumstances that surround families and how they raise their children, but if the student has no support at home why do they care to do well in school if that is not made a priority. As a culture we need to change that family component if we want to change the course for future generations.

At the end of his diatribe I sat silent on the end of the phone. Most of this is stuff we’ve never discussed, because I am often too busy handling the immediate issues of our family and what each offspring might need or the husband. I don’t very often share my own philosophical pragmatic views of education overall with them. I was waiting until they were older if the topic came up. But he hit three areas right on the head and most of which I actually work very hard to teach in my 180 days with students each year.

Inevitably, the point I see happening here is that Eldest is turning out to be a man [that term itself is shocking for a momma] who actually has some depth of character. He thinks about things in a far less self centered way over the last four years. It also reinforces, for both Mr. and me, that we didn’t mess up so bad along the way while raising him. I am certain he will need therapy in some way for things we completely FUBAR’d, but for now, I feel a little more secure in his ability to spread his wings and make some solid decisions for his future. it should also make me worry a little less about where he might head after he graduates in May. [or not!]

Up to Bat New Cover Reveal Soon!

 

Maggie Jane Schuler is back with her second novel, Up to Bat.
This is an edge of your seat suspense romance.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This storyline is filled with suspense, mystery, intrigue, secrets, twists, humour, and romance.” —Wendy Livingstone

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Ms. Schuler is the newest member on the list of authors trying to KILL ME, and will be hash tagged #EVILWHORE FOREVERMORE!” —Jennifer Peirson

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Schuler has a unique writing voice that caught my attention right away. —Lizzy L

 

Buy Link:

Amazon: myBook.to/AmazonUptoBat

TBR: Goodreads

http://bit.ly/MJSchulerUptoBat

Blurb:

I’ve planned well, studied hard, and dreamed of my future. It keeps me alive, ignoring the things from my painful past. The thing about life is that it can throw a curveball into your path that you can’t anticipate, and plan accordingly.

But life’s cruel. It offers both good and bad, and no time for the right reaction.

My junior year of college should be one of the best but my chance run-in with a loner freshman that harbors deep secrets soon pulls me into her mysterious world. Unfortunately, her omissions of truth find me in a dangerous place.

Then, I meet Blake Angel. He is one of those curveballs of life…easy on the eyes, and every time we touch, sparks fly. But I can’t. I won’t. I have a game plan, a play-by-play for my future.

Before I realize it, everything has changed. The hidden secrets and lies only confuse me more. Worse, I may not be able to save myself, Samantha Sawyer, from those that now hunt me—and I have no idea why.

 

Cover Design: Mr. @ Maggie Jane Schuler

Editing: Underline this Editing, Librium Artis Editorial, Spell Bound

Formatting: CP Smith