Brain To Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo – Round Up

B2BCyCon2018A Brain To Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo – Round Up

The Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo is over for 2018, and I wanted to do a round-up of all the events that happened under the Fantasy Genre. (This post is definitely longer than my usual posts).

As the B2BCyCon Fantasy Genre Manager I’d like to thank all the authors who took part in the various events, which were a lot of fun to arrange and manage. A lot of emails and Messenger discussions went on during the build-up to the weekend, and everyone involved made my job a lot of fun.

20+ authors came together to create:

  • 2 blog tours, exploring why we write fantasy, and what elements define fantasy for us as writers. (links to the stops on each blog tour can be found below).
  • 3 panel discussions covering creating worlds, what creatures define a story as fantasy, and how to mix genres. (links can be found below).
  • An ongoing story on Goodreads, where multiple authors have contributed to the story.
  • 2 tournaments, one pitching covers against each other, and a second pitching characters against each other.
  • And an author showcase, giving potential readers a chance to find them and learn more about their work.
  • I also had the pleasure of joining Joe Compton and over on the GoIndieNow coverage of the weekend.

In the interest of showing just how readers voted on the two tournaments I provided the votes for each round.

Blog Tours

Here are the links for the two blog tours for the fantasy genre. I’d like to thank all of the authors for contributing their views, and personal reasons for writing fantasy.

B2B Fantasy Blog Tour #1 - Header B2B Fantasy Blog Tour #2 - Header

Discussion Panels

Three discussion panels were recorded over the space of two days, and I had the pleasure of being joined by 7 different authors in various combinations. Those authors included Tom Fallwell, Aziza Sphinx, Anita Stewart, Ed Ireland, my wife (and co-writer) Sandi Bateson, Rebecca Carter and Angela B. Chrysler (Mrs B2BCyCon herself).

Each of the participating authors took as much as two hours out of their day to address our topic of discussion. I loved doing these events, because there were many points on which we agreed, and others where we disagreed, making for some interesting conversations.

#1 – Do You Need Dwarves, Elves, and Dragons For A Story To Be Considered Fantasy?

Hosted: Timothy Bateson
Panelists: Angela B. Chrysler, Tom Fallwell, Sandi Bateson, Anita Stewart

#2 – World Building

Hosted: Timothy Bateson

Panelists: Angela B. Chrysler, Tom Fallwell, Aziza Sphinx

#3 – Mixing Fantasy with Other Genres/History

(AKA: “What Happens When Author Muses Lead Them Off Topic” or “Shut It Scribe!”)

Just a warning, this discussion started on topic, and then went COMPLETELY off topic…

Hosted: Timothy Bateson

Panelists: Angela B. Chrysler, Anita Stewart, Ed Ireland, Rebecca Carter

Fantasy Character Tournament

A total of 146 votes were cast over three rounds, and here’s how those votes were cast.

 Round 1 (8 Entries)  Semi-Finals (4 Entries)  Finals Winner
Brackify Entry - Felix The Fox - Assaph Mehr

Felix The Fox

Assaph Mehr

11 votes

 Brackify Entry - Felix The Fox - Assaph Mehr

5 votes

    Brackify Entry - Delina - Tom Fallwell

17 votes

B2BCyCon2018 - Fantasy Character Tournament Champion

Brackify Entry - Fire - Ed Ireland

Brackify Entry - Leilana Erovina - Shakyra Dunn

Leilana Erovina

Shakyra Dunn

4 votes

Brackify Entry - Delina - Tom Fallwell

Delina

Tom Fallwell

13 votes

  Brackify Entry - Delina - Tom Fallwell

8 votes

Brackify Entry - Captain Rafe Morrow - A.F. Stewart

Captain Rafe Morrow

A.F. Stewart

5 votes

Brackify Entry - Never - Ashley Capes

Never

Ashley Capes

10 votes

  Brackify Entry - Never - Ashley Capes

7 votes

    Brackify Entry - Fire - Ed Ireland

34 votes

Brackify Entry - Ember Oheada - Dove Winters

Ember Oheada

Dove Winters

5 votes

 

Brackify Entry - Fire - Ed Ireland

Fire

Ed Ireland

9 votes

  Brackify Entry - Fire - Ed Ireland

11 votes

Esterios Dyaus di Nyssa - Mary R. Woldering

Esterios Dyaus di Nyssa

Mary R. Woldering

7 votes

Fantasy Cover Wars

A total of 505 votes were cast over four rounds, and here’s how those votes were cast.

 Round 1 (16 Entries)  Round 2 (8 Entries) Semi-Finals (4 Entries)  Finals  Winner
Brackify Entry - The Breathing Sea_Burning - EP Clark

The Breathing Sea: Burning

EP Clark

7 votes

Brackify Entry - The Breathing Sea_Burning - EP Clark

7 votes

Brackify Entry - The Unborn Hero of Dragon Village - Ronesa Aveela

38 votes

Brackify Entry - The Unborn Hero of Dragon Village - Ronesa Aveela

101 votes

B2BCyCon2018 - Fantasy Cover Wars Champion
Brackify Entry - The Unborn Hero of Dragon Village - Ronesa Aveela

Brackify Entry - Lady Blackwing - Devorah Fox

Lady Blackwing

Devorah Fox

3 votes

Brackify Entry - The Last Sea God - Ashley Capes

The Last Sea God

Ashley Capes

3 votes

Brackify Entry - The Unborn Hero of Dragon Village - Ronesa Aveela

16 votes

Brackify Entry - The Unborn Hero of Dragon Village - Ronesa Aveela

The Unborn Hero of Dragon Village

Ronesa Aveela

6 votes

Brackify Entry - Descent - Tiffany Apan

Descent

Tiffany Apan

1 vote

Brackify Entry - Arising - Sarah Kennedy

21 votes

Brackify Entry - Arising - Sarah Kennedy

22 votes

Brackify Entry - Arising - Sarah Kennedy

Arising: Prophecy of Hope

Sarah Kennedy

15 votes

Brackify Entry - The One Left Behind _ Magic - Shakyra Dunn

The One Left Behind: Magic

Shakyra Dunn

3 votes

Brackify Entry -Ember of the Planet - Dove Winters

5 votes

Brackify Entry -Ember of the Planet - Dove Winters

Ember of the Planet

Dove Winters

10 votes

Brackify Entry - Murder In Absentia - Asaph Mehr

Murder In Absentia

Asaph Mehr

5 votes

Brackify Entry - The Dream Walker land of Mystica Series Volume one - Michelle Murray

5 votes

 Brackify Entry - Dragonblood Throne_ Legacy - Tom Fallwell

22 votes

Brackify Entry - Flower Shields - C.A. King

94 votes

 Brackify Entry - The Dream Walker land of Mystica Series Volume one - Michelle Murray

The Dream Walker: land of Mystica Series Volume one

Michelle Murray

7 votes

Brackify Entry - The Last Ranger of Sarn - Ed Ireland

The Last Ranger of Sarn

Ed Ireland

4 votes

Brackify Entry - Dragonblood Throne_ Legacy - Tom Fallwell

18 votes

Brackify Entry - Dragonblood Throne_ Legacy - Tom Fallwell

Dragonblood Throne: Legacy

Tom Fallwell

9 votes

Brackify Entry - Ghosts Of The Sea Moon - A.F. Stewart

Ghosts Of The Sea Moon

A.F. Stewart

7 votes

Brackify Entry - Flower Shields - C.A. King

19 votes

Brackify Entry - Flower Shields - C.A. King

29 votes

 

Brackify Entry - Flower Shields - C.A. King

Flower Shields

C.A. King

9 votes

Brackify Entry - Children of Stone_ Opener of the Sky - Mary R Woldering

Children of Stone: Opener of the Sky

Mary R Woldering

11 votes

Brackify Entry - Children of Stone_ Opener of the Sky - Mary R Woldering

7 votes

Brackify Entry - Tested - Connie Cockrell

Tested

Connie Cockrell

1 vote

Don’t Forget To Pickup Your Copy Of The Second Brain to Books Anthology

Book Dreams Vol 2Here, Brain to Books presents the second collected talents of assorted artists. In this collection you will find short stories, excerpts, and poems that encompass the hidden treasures of today’s uprising authors. May their words influence you as much as they have influenced mine.

Authors Include: A.M.Nestler, Angela B. Chrysler, Ashley Capes, Debbie Manber Kupfer, Ed Ireland, K. Matt, Maaja Wentz, Renee Scattergood, Roxanne Greening, Sandi Bateson, Tiffany Apan, Timothy Bateson

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Book Spotlight – “Conquest: A LitRPG Novel” by Aleric Elos

Overview

A primeval darkness threatens to destroy mankind…

The world’s largest gaming platform in the entire industry is led by a man with many secrets. The popular game DarkForce features the World of Zion which has been plagued by the destructive will of the Leviathan for centuries. What gamers don’t know is that the World of Zion actually exists, and the Leviathan has fed off of the souls of men and his fodder has become scarce. He now turns to Earth with an insatiable hunger. Only a woman from Earth who levels up to discover a divine inner power can challenge Earth’s Apocalyptic Fate.

Where To Buy:

AMAZON

From the Author

Aleric Elos is the Award-Winning Author of The SciFan™ Universe series. Known worldwide as the “Godfather of SciFan”, he likes to play MMORPGs, and since he doesn’t have the software engineering experience to develop his own games he decided to express his creativity in LitRPG form.

Links

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B2CyCon might be over, but the fun doesn’t stop!

I just got done with a huge online event (#b2bcycon2017), which I use for networking with readers and authors every year. I’m a three year veteran at The Brain to Books Cyber Convention, and I’m always trying new things.

Trying New Things

My latest experiment was a Fantasy themed scavenger hunt, where I challenge participants to match the first lines of books to their covers. It uses the Amazon “Look Inside” feature to encourage people to actually look at the books featured, and explore the first few pages.

What Were The Results?

It’s proved to be an interesting experiment, because a lot of the participants have agreed to sign up for author mailing lists, and indicated they would do similar quizzes in future.

The event can be found here, for those interested in having a look, and will be available until Saturday 15th April, when I draw the winners

Midweek Mumbles: Guest Post “Interactive Fiction” by Felicity Banks

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Now, I don’t do guest posts very often, but when I do, I like to think it’s more than worth it. So today, I’m closing out a short series of posts with yet another entry from the amazing Felicity Banks.

If you read my Book Spotlight on “Heart of Brass”, and the Author Spotlight on Felicity, you’ll know that she mentioned interactive fiction a number of times. As a childhood fan of the old “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, I was intrigued enough to ask her to write a post about it.

Writing these kinds of stories takes far more planning and work than anything I have ever attempted, so I was interested in what her process was.

I hope you enjoy reading what Felicity had to say about this type of story, and there are a lot of links that you can check out.

What is interactive fiction?

Choice-based interactive fiction (as opposed to Parser interactive fiction, which has puzzles) is exactly like a normal story except the reader gets a say in where the story goes. That can be as minor as choosing how to feel about an event (does the hero panic? Do they worry about their friends? Do they wish they were stronger or smarter?), or as major as traveling to a completely different country for part or all or the story.

A lot of choice-based interactive fiction is similar to Choose Your Own Adventure novels, except modern interactive fiction is usually 100% digital and released as an app rather than an e-book. This has led to a culture in which a lot of IF lets the reader choose their own name, gender, and even sexuality. Suddenly every character is a strong female hero!

When did you realise you wanted to write interactive fiction?

January 2015. My health was declining and I realized I wasn’t going to be able to go back to work in child care. A friend told me about Choice of Games offering a $10,000 advance based on an outline, so I sent them my writing CV. We sent my pitch and outline back and forth a few times before they rejected it—but by that time I’d already written most of the book!

I finished Attack of the Clockwork Army, and Choice of Games put it on their Hosted Games label, meaning that I’d get royalties only. No-one had heard of me and I’d never sold an interactive story before, but it earned me about $2000 anyway. I was stunned that there was such a market for interactive books, and I had an excuse to write more. I now work for Tin Man Games, which is a truly fantastic and internationally-famous Australian game company. They’re also a lot of fun to work with.

Subscribe To Felicity’s Interactive Fiction…

apple (subscription to either story gets you both)

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/choices-and-the-sun-went-out/id1004909104?mt=8

android (you buy or earn Story Passes that you spend on either story)

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.tinmangames.choices&hl=en

Do you have a favourite author of interactive fiction?

I like Brendan Patrick Henessy (Birdland), Eric Moser (Community College Hero 1), Kevin Gold, (Choice of Robots), and anything by Emily Short (except for Galatea, which is probably her most famous work).

What advice would you give beginners to interactive fiction?

If you’ve written a few novels and you want to earn money, start by sending your writing credits to Choice of Games. If you’re fascinated by the form, jump into Twine and have a play (Birdland was written in Twine). It’s free and takes about ten minutes to get started. If you’d like to test the waters, try entering a contest: The Windhammer Prize entries have to be both short and printable rather than digital. Introcomp is specifically designed for unfinished games. The Spring Thing welcomes beginners (they even have a “Back Garden” so critics know to mind their manners and be gentle with new people). The IF Comp is so huge a large number of reviewing blogs organize their year around it.

Be warned that the IF Community has an extremely deep (sometimes bruising) tradition of reviewing. It’s normal for even the best games to draw both praise and criticism, and for some games to be roundly condemned (especially in the IF Comp). On the other hand, I placed 7th in the IF Comp in 2015, and was offered three different paid jobs as a result!

If you want to learn about the world of IF, then read blogs and games (most of the competitions above are publicly judged, so go play!)

Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?

Choices: And Their Souls Were Eaten is a serialized story that releases a new section each week (the first week is free, and continuing the story costs a few dollars). Readers can choose to turn the music and sounds on or off. If they have an apple watch, it can play a crucial role in the story (spoilers!) or they can switch off that function.

The main character has the magical ability to carry the souls of the deceased (a form of magical last rites). They have a duty to face dangerous training, which they’ve avoided for some years. The story begins when the main character is on the cusp of adulthood. A powerful woman guesses they have magical talent, and demands their help. At the same time, an immortal white bear is stalking them. One way or another, they have to face their fears. Their life changes forever as a result.

They’re soon swept up in an international war between the living and the dead.

It’s a steampunk story set in the same magical steampunk universe as my novel Heart of Brass, but without any overlapping characters or plot (so no spoilers). Choices: And Their Souls Were Eaten is set in a steampunk 1830s Europe, when Queen Victoria was a teenage princess and the power of steam was changing everyday life forever.

Any upcoming book secrets you’d care to reveal?

Hmm… let’s just say that roughly two-thirds of readers will accidentally kill someone important.

For More About Felicity Banks, and her writing…

Check out her blog @

felicitybanks.wordpress.com

Brain To Books Cyber Convention Character Tournament – Quarter Finals!

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The Brain To Books Cyber Convention Character Tournament Has Entered The Quarter Finals!

Two rounds have gone by, and now we’ve hit the quarter final stage. That means 21 hopefuls have already been voted out of the tournament, and 8 remain.

I regret to say that Richard Parsons was defeated by the reigning tournament champion, Ian Troy… But there’s no shame in going out to such a strong contender on your first time out…

So let’s hear it for the defeated hero!

About Richard Parsons

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Role: Protagonist

Character’s Breed: Shapeshifter (Lupine Breed, human-to-wolf only)

Character’s Role: Paranormal investigator

Character’s Physical & Psychological Description:

Richard is 5 foot, 10 inches in height with a wiry build. His dark blonde, shoulder-length hair frames his hazel eyes in waves. Richard was abandoned by his father, when he discovered Richard was a shapeshifter. His mother died saving Richard’s life when he was only twelve. He grew up as a member street gangs, hiding his abilities out of fear of rejection by the few who accepted him. His only adult influence was the pack alpha of Seattle. Like his mother, Richard took to drinking to hide from his problems, and it brought him to the attention of the kind of people who watch the supernatural community. Now he’s reluctantly working for those same people.

Character’s Tagline:

“The ability to see the world with the eyes of the wolf is not a curse. The curse is in not using that gift wisely.”

 

Richard Parsons is the unlikely hero of the “Shadows Over Seattle” series

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Brain To Books Cyber Convention Character Tournament – Round Two (Update #2)!

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A Handful Of Votes Can Determine The Victor – VOTE NOW!

Ian Troy (“Crown of Stones” by C.L. Scheinder) – Reigning Tournament Champion

  • Role: Protagonist
  • Character Breed: Shinree (Magic user)
  • Character’s Role: Ex-soldier turned bounty hunter
  • Character’s tagline: “I’m not a hero. I never was.”

Richard Parsons (“Shadows Over Seattle” by Timothy Bateson) – Newcomer

  • Role: Protagonist
  • Character’s Breed: Shapeshifter (Lupine Breed, human-to-wolf only)
  • Character’s Role: Paranormal investigator
  • Character’s Tagline: “The ability to see the world with the eyes of the wolf is not a curse. The curse is in not using that gift wisely.”

Who Will Walk Out Victorious?

Only your votes can decide the victor…

16 Heroes and Villains will enter the arena

Only 8 will gain enough votes to continue into the Quarter Finals!

The voting for Round Two ends at 2:59am EST on April 9th

Cast Your Votes Now!

 

Brain To Books Cyber Convention Character Tournament – Round Two (Update)!

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It’s Magic vs Nature in Round Two

It’s Ian Troy vs Richard Parsons – “The Reigning Champion” vs “The Newcomer”

Ian Troy (“Crown of Stones” by C.L. Scheinder)

  • Role: Protagonist
  • Character Breed: Shinree (Magic user)
  • Character’s Role: Ex-soldier turned bounty hunter
  • Character’s tagline: “I’m not a hero. I never was.”

Richard Parsons (“Shadows Over Seattle” by Timothy Bateson)

 

  • Role: Protagonist
  • Character’s Breed: Shapeshifter (Lupine Breed, human-to-wolf only)
  • Character’s Role: Paranormal investigator
  • Character’s Tagline: “The ability to see the world with the eyes of the wolf is not a curse. The curse is in not using that gift wisely.”

Who Will Walk Out Victorious?

Only your votes can decide the victor…

16 Heroes and Villains will enter the arena

Only 8 will gain enough votes to continue into the Quarter Finals!

The voting for Round Two ends at 2:59am EST on April 9th

Cast Your Votes Now!