Tuesday, June 01, 2010

The Pixie Warrior

The cover of Pixie Warrior, a bewitching story by Rachael de Vienne from Drollerie Press. She is also, with collaborator B.W. Schutz, the author of a non-fiction work of serious and painstaking scholarship, Nelson Barbour: The Millennium's Forgotten Prophet.

Those of you who frequented Miss Snark's blog during those glory days may remember her better as Sha'el, Princess of Pixies, who often posted highly entertaining comments from Bill E. Goat.

She still blogs at Who Said Pixies Were Rational Creatures? If you take the time to read her archives, you will be enchanted. She often posts pictures of fantasy artists's work, historical photographs of street scenes and people, and old post cards, some naughty, always nice.

And the particular reason I mention this is that the Pixie Warrior has weighed in on my side in the promotional war and invited me to guest blog on her site today.

Out of the blue she emailed me. Once more, the numinous unites with the mundane.
Here I go with the exclamation marks again!
After lurching off to a doctor's appointment, then to physio, I staggered back just in time to hook up for a Live Meeting with Carina--and learned that Dark and Disorderly will be one of the first five Carina Press books to be made into an audio book by Audible.com. in July!
!! and !!!


Anonymous said...

Ooo, awesome news about the audio book! That seriously rocks!! (Yes, I used two exclamation points. Maybe three. ! I'm not apologizing.)

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, that really is exciting! Do you get to hear the reader before it all goes live?

sex scenes at starbucks said...

Much good news! Of course I remember Pixie! How awesome!

Bernita said...

You will get no complaints from me, Jason!
!! and !!!

Alex, I have no idea. Didn't even know it was in the works until this afternoon!

Really, really lovely of her, Betsy.

Barbara Martin said...

Great news, Bernita. Now you're rockin!

Uranus in Aries is making magic for everyone.

Bernita said...

The more magic for everyone the better, Barbara!

sylvia said...

Hurray! And I shall keep an eye out for Pixie Warrior as well, I remember her from Miss Snark's comments too.

Oh my, so many books, need more time.

laughingwolf said...

oooooooooeeeeeeeee an audio book i can handle! will get it asap! :D

also gonna look at your guest blog :)

Anonymous said...

that is fantastic, bernita!!! three in a row, jason!

anne frasier

Bernita said...

She's an incredible person, Sylvia.

LW, I am so glad!

Anne,dear Anne!!! I needed a hoist for my jaw after I saw it!

fairyhedgehog said...

Oh yay, Bernita. This is where being a nice person as well as a good writer pays off!

Bernita said...

Fairy, thank you. I certainly meet the nicest people!

BernardL said...

I know this is discriminatory but if I see a book title with Pixie, Fairy, Elf, or Leprechaun in it, I walk on by. :) Oh yeah... zombie too.

Bernita said...

Lillie doesn't care for leprachauns either, Bernard.
She considers them degraded little beasts...
Er...I hope you don't mind if the odd creature, such as a zombie, shows up briefly as a minor character within a novel.

BernardL said...

No, I don't mind a brief visit. Oh yeah, and that is great news about the audio book. Those are really taking off in the sales department I hear.

Bernita said...

That is good to hear, Bernard. I need all the help I can get!

Sha'el, Princess of Pixies said...

Ohhh you said such nice things about my books! Thanks, bernita.

Pixie Warrior is in audio. I had a hard time getting used to the voice choices made by the voice-over artist because I heard my characters in my head. But Maggie did an excellent job, and I hope she does Pixie 2 (no real title yet) when it's ready for audio.

You can hear a sample on audible.com

One thing that helped with Pixie Warrior was lots of interchange with the reader. Maggie checked on pronunciations and attitudes. The really lovely bonus was she turned a pixie song into actual song. She has a lovely singing voice. She sings for a dragon too. Just lovely. ... I think I used that word already ...

Hi, Sarbucks ... Hi, Sylvia ... HI all old snarkieites ... umm snakrlings. and Hi everyone. Come visit my blog. ... Oh, and I'm always open to guest posts. If you're interested let me know.

And if you haven't read it yet, go read Bernita's post!

Sha'el, Princess of Pixies said...

And dear BernardL,

Pixies are not what you think. They're not Tinkerbell. In they mythology, they're small fae of human ancestry. Based on the reputed pixie houses in England, they were about four feet tall. They have a reputation for inventiveness and for cleverness in war against fairies.

In Pixie Warrior, they're almost exclusively female, seeking mates among the fully human. This makes for interesting adventures.

You ignore Pixies, fairies and other fae and you miss out on L. K. Hamilton's books and E. Moaning's books. Your loss.

Bernita said...

Sha'el, thank you. This whole audio business is entirely new to me.

Ho, Bernard...She's a lady, but she's a warrior too.

BernardL said...

Sha'el, I hope you sell a million copies. Unfortunately, we can't all be Pixie and Fae fans. :)

Sha'el, Princess of Pixies said...

Dear Bernard,

Pixies can write non-pixie things:


raine said...

Wow, I can't keep up with you, Bernita! Every time I come here, there's more great news! :)

That's wonderful to hear. I'm not surprised they'd want to put your fabulous prose into audio form.
(yes, I used two...my editor would scream...) ;)

Bernita said...

("fabulous prose"
Thank you, Raine! Always generous, always encouraging.
The process isn't new to you, an already well and truly published author, I know, but for me it's new and exciting--and scary. Praise like yours keeps the panic at bay!