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[sticky post] Books Entry [Nov. 17th, 2012|11:33 am]
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November 23, 2016



Warning, this book came from rage, so anvilicious you should probably wear a hard hat. Please take advantage of the ability to read the first few chapters before buying.

The war between Aldance and Amnisa has been dragging on for three years, and it is past time Aldance put a stop to it. The Aldench have their chance when they learn that the secret to the Amnisans' endurance is their bokra grounds, a rare soil that enhances the health of soldiers, crops, and livestock. Knowing that stealing these grounds will crush the will of the enemy, the military picks a team to perform that task. Edana Carver, charismatic and brash, has never led an expedition before, but such a simple assignment is the perfect opportunity for her to gain some experience. Manis il Havoc, with the ability to crack locks and get into places she shouldn’t be, is bitter over her recent demotion, but no one doubts her intelligence. Damohn Niles, young and pretty, is a talented medic with something to prove. Frayne, the foreigner, is a wonder on the battlefield and a little too secretive. Together, they were more than capable of striking deep into the heart of Amnisa, taking what they wanted, and destroying anything that got in their way.

Available through all amazons, Barnes&Noble, ibooks, Kobo, and other e-reading companies. Also available at smashwords through all e-readers: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/684224


October 20, 2015

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Alcina Noatak had grown up knowing she would one day be the High Scribe of Gydnerth, but that day was not supposed to arrive so soon. Responsible for drafting the laws that rule her country, Alcina must navigate intrigue and danger no one could have expected her to anticipate, and one wrong move could blow apart not just her life, but the lives of everyone around her.

Available through smashwords, which can accommodate any e-reader and provide pdf downloads, here https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/586346 and through amazon. I'm providing the US link, but you can get it at any Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Scribe-Shadows-Book-1-ebook/dp/B016V14S6I/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1445342152&sr=8-2&keywords=scribe+in+shadows

Chapter One online: http://moiraj.livejournal.com/391110.html

Chapter Two online: http://moiraj.livejournal.com/391300.html



AVAILABLE APRIL 23, 2015

Catherine is a happy novelist, but a little strapped for cash, so the six-week job at computer software company Create and Conquer is a welcome chance to make some extra money. She meets the CEO, Lance MacCallan, on her very first day. He’s gorgeous, rich, admired by all around him, and a total bully.

But it’s not the attacks on her competence or the threats to fire her that have Catherine rattled. No, it’s when the CEO starts trying to convince her to go out with him that things get really unpleasant.

Available through Smashwords. The book can be downloaded to a variety of e-readers, including kindle, and can be downloaded as a pdf to your computer. $2.99 US. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/537568

Available through Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/CEO-Can-Drop-Dead-Romance-ebook/dp/B00WIV6GE8/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1429882909&sr=1-3&keywords=moira+moore

A portion of the author’s royalties is donated to organisations working with survivors of abuse. Currently, the organisation is the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres. Please follow the link to see the kind of work they do. http://www.sexualassaultsupport.ca/




Shield Dunleavy Mallorough and Source Shintaro Karish have lived in Flown Raven for five years, protecting its residents from natural disasters and enjoying the lack of interference from both the council of the Triple S and the Emperor. When they are unexpectedly summoned to Shidonee’s Gap by the council, Lee and Taro learn that while they have been living at their isolated post, there have been a lot of changes in the world, changes that will drag them into unimaginable duties and unprecedented danger.

E-versions are available through Smashwords and can be downloaded to a variety of e-readers, including kindle, apple i-pad, personal computers, i-phone, sony, kobo, android, and others. If you don't have an e-reader, you can download it as a pdf file. You have the option of getting it for free or paying if you want. If you choose to pay, you can pick any amount you want. It's here:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/262941

You can get it on Amazon for anywhere from 80 cents to 99 cents, depending on the day and time. This is the amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Heroes-Reward-ebook/dp/B00BAVQD6S/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1360016786&sr=8-14&keywords=moira+j+moore

The list of short stories in the Triple S world is here: http://moiraj.livejournal.com/128007.html
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Heroes Short Story Master List [Oct. 22nd, 2020|10:56 am]
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I've put most of the stories in a single pdf document. If you'd like a copy, send me an email at moirajmoore@yahoo.com

NEW STORY APRIL 8, 2014.


I'm organizing the stories according to the timeline of the world, not in order of my writing them. The link to the most recently added story with be in bold.

SHORT STORIES MASTER LIST:


A bit about the world’s history taken out of book one
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/48737.html#comments

Matching from Taro’s point of view
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/73322.html#cutid1

Tiny little snippet taken out of book one
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/55007.html#cutid1

Taro, early book one
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/123958.html#cutid1

Taro, early book one
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/261293.html

Taro, between book two and three
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/286990.html

Taro, book three
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/288686.html


Aryne: First Day at the Source Academy (during end of book three)
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/125736.html#cutid1

Aryne: Second Day at the Academy (during the end of book three)
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/128920.html#cutid1

Aryne: Five Weeks at the Academy (during end of book three)
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/134724.html#cutid1

Taro: Early in book five
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/130004.html#cutid1

Triple S council, meeting, near the end of book five
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/132757.html#cutid1

Lee, shortly after book six
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/163976.html

Letters to Lee and a story from Tarce's POV, between books six and seven
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/131034.html#cutid1

New One-Off Characters, between books six and seven
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/135972.html

New One-Off Characters, between books six and seven (other new characters
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/152499.html#cutid1

Lee, immediately after book six THIS STORY IS NO LONGER CANON COMPLIANT
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/124898.html#cutid1

Willa Newscomb, Lady Green, shortly after book six.
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/126573.html#cutid1

Decisions Part 1, Lee's POV, shortly after book six
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/156618.html#cutid1

Decisions Part 2, Taro's POV, shortly after book six
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/159387.html

Letter from Mika to Lee about two years after book six
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/125661.html#cutid1

Roshni Radia, Wind Watcher, 3 years after book six
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/127883.html#cutid1

Another Dinner From Hell - scene cut from Heroes' Reward, Lee's POV
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/191568.html
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Writing [Feb. 15th, 2017|09:14 pm]
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By the end of the heroes series, I was kind of burnt out with the idea of romance plots. Part of it was because I was required to give the romantic plot more prominence in the sixth book, and that's probably why I gave so little attention to the romantic aspect of the Lee/Taro relationship in the seventh book.

But also it just feels like there is always a romantic relationship shoe-horned into every story. I was reading a mystery where the male cop got a female partner, and I was thinking, ugh, another romance, but then they didn't sleep together and I was happy. Then they did sleep together and I wasn't, especially as the sex ruined everything, which is probably realistic, but I loved their platonic relationship. It seemed a waste.

Watching Downton Abbey, I was worried that once Tom and Mary lost their spouses and developed a close relationship, they would be matched up. I was relieved they didn't, and loved their platonic relationship.

I hated the romantic plot in A Knight's Tale. It didn't even make sense. Jasmine spent all that time talking about how she wanted a man who spoke to her instead of caring only about her beauty, but almost all of her conversations with Will were about her looks. I loved the other characters and their relationships and didn't think the romance plot was necessary.

I'm not saying romance isn't a valuable, worthwhile subject, just that I don't think it needs to be everywhere. I'd like to see more friendships that are the most important relationships in the characters' lives. More band of brothers stories where the sexes are mixed, and not just one female character who is pining after the guy in charge. A gay character with a straight character and neither one tries to "convert" the other.

So my last three books don't have any romance in them. It wasn't like I'd banned romance, just that I didn't feel like putting any in the books. But in Ottawa 2027, I've thought of introducing one. I had an idea that would make it fun. I don't know if it'll make it through the first draft. I guess I've found enough books and shows that don't have romance that I've cleansed my palate.

When I was younger, if the story didn't have romance, I wouldn't read it. There was a book written by a writer I enjoyed, but I didn't like it because of the lack of romance. I recently picked it up again, thinking I'd like it better this time around. No. Still boring.
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It Appears That Canada is Just as Determined to Make Sure No One Goes to the States as the Americans [Feb. 12th, 2017|04:46 pm]
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The liberal party has introduced, and will therefore pass, a bill that gives American border guards in airports that enable pre-clearance very broad and, at the same time, ill-defined powers. I've read the bill, and it appears that the border guards can detain Canadians while on Canadian soil, with the reasons for doing so poorly defined, can strip search under vaguely defined circumstances, and can use force that causes grievance bodily harm and even death if they deem it justified. I've seen nothing about having a right to a lawyer. While we all know that Muslims, and those suspected of being Muslims, as well as people of colour, will be the primary targets, no one is really safe once the bill is enacted. Here's a link to the bill:

http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&DocId=8380353
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Am I Being Paranoid? [Feb. 12th, 2017|03:50 pm]
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I had someone over last night who mentioned a business called lease busters. I had never heard of it before and have never searched for any services like that. For the first time, an ad for lease busters showed up on my Facebook page. My laptop was in the room but turned off. Should I be worried?
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Wow [Feb. 7th, 2017|01:00 pm]
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I'm doing a project that involves checking out every lawyer in the city, mostly to determine what areas of law they practise in. This is made more difficult by the fact that a surprising number of lawyers around here don't have websites. Time to join the 21st century, guys. It's just a good thing that I live in a relatively small city.

When there's no website, I google the name to see what I can find online about them. So I search one particular guy. The first link goes to another kind of list of lawyers, with his picture. The third link leads to an article about a lawyer with this guy's name being the first lawyer from this city to be disbarred for sexual assault. He assaulted a client. And the picture for that article is the same picture that's on the other list.

Just to make sure, I confirmed that, yes, he's still practising. I went to the law society website. It states that his licence was revoked.

Holy cow.

I reported him, of course. It takes some serious brass to continue to work after being disbarred in such a way that it was reported in a regular newspaper, without even moving to another city. What's up with all of the other lawyers in this city? Did every single one fail to see the case about this guy?

So this is a lesson to google any professional before hiring them. You never know what might turn up.
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I Have a New Idea for a Book [Feb. 4th, 2017|05:50 pm]
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I hate motivational posters and inspirational quotes, because a lot of them are sanctimonious crap. They often involve shaming people with mental illnesses for taking medication to treat their medical conditions, claim all you need to do to be happy is to choose to be happy (even typing that made me roll my eyes), scold employees for failing to give their all for a job in which they will be treated like crap by the employers, or are stupid opinions given respect simply because they came from famous people.

The only place of work I endured which sported motivational postures was one of the worst jobs I ever had. It was a bookstore, and the owners were vicious people who violated employment law. Seriously, they called one employee a week before Christmas and told them not to bother coming in again. No warning, no notice. Illegal, but what was a minimum wage worker going to do? They thought I was stupid enough to agree to be transferred to one of the locations that was far out of my way, demanding an hour commute each way, in which I would get no breaks because I would be working alone with no one to relieve me, with no raise in pay. I think I was supposed to think it was some kind of compliment. I said no.

One of the most ridiculous quotes given respect simply because of who said it was the following:

"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing." - Theodore Roosevelt

I have mentioned this quote before. I think it's ridiculous to claim the wrong thing is better than doing nothing. The wrong thing is, by it's very nature, going to do damage. That's why it's the wrong thing. Damage may result from doing nothing, but at least it's not a certainty. It's kind of like talking. If what you're going to say is a valid contribution, say it. If all you've got to say is a lie or needlessly destructive, don't say it. Say nothing. You won't look like an idiot or a jerk, and you won't damage anyone else.

Anyway, I can't be the only one to feel this way. So the book would have a list of these "inspirational" nonsense and a rant about why they are, at best, useless, and, at worst, destructive.
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TV 2 | All That We Share - A Video That Made Me Tear Up [Jan. 31st, 2017|04:23 pm]
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Under "Writing Advice Can Sometimes Be Awful" [Jan. 28th, 2017|12:16 pm]
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The other day I was talking to someone who is writing a novel. She told me about some advice she'd gotten from the spouse of a published writer. So, someone who wasn't actually a writer but felt qualified to give advice about writing because her husband was.

I can't remember all of the horrible advice this totally-not-qualified person gave my friend, because there was so much of it, but two things leaped out. The first, to strive to have as little dialogue as possible. Why? Because, she said, dialogue did nothing to develop the characters or move the plot. The second, never have any of your characters swear. Ever.

Did I mention my friend's novel takes place in the military, and she served in Afghanistan?

I was horrified and told my friend to dismiss anything the other woman told her, because it sounded more like a description of her personal tastes than an objective view of good writing.

Fortunately, my friend is reading a bunch of novels that use military characters and has seen that not only is there a lot of dialogue, but there is a lot of swearing. That's why people need to read books and not just rely on advice. There's a lot of BS out there and reading will tell new writers how to recognise bad advice.
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Nearly a Month Since Last Post [Jan. 21st, 2017|03:45 pm]
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I haven't felt inclined to write. I've been doing stuff, but have been feeling kind of blah about everything.

I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but I have very recently started volunteering for the Victorian Order of Nurses, a non-profit organization that provides a lot of services for senior citizens. I prefer doing office stuff, because I'm a bit of a geek who enjoys organizing information, and they like that because apparently few volunteers like working in the office. So it works for everyone. What I'm doing now is typing out interviews that were taped. It's taking longer than I expected. The first interview was particularly challenging as the interviewee didn't speak very well. I had to listen again and again and again to try to decipher what she was saying, and in some places I just couldn't. A 24 minute interview took me days to type.

Before yesterday, I hadn't worked on my book for about two weeks or so. I was stuck and, again, not inclined to work on it. But I got an idea while walking and wrote about a thousand words yesterday. I came up with a really silly idea that I'm keeping unless, at some point in the future, and editor says I MUST take it out. I have a new idea for a subplot. I was worried that because I won't be self-publishing this one, and it is highly unlikely a traditional publisher would take it, I might have lost interest in writing altogether. I am happy to be able to say that this is not so.

Speaking of self vs. traditional publishers, I looked up Canadian publishing companies to see if the industry had become less snobbish. Because the book takes place in Ottawa, a Canadian company might be interested in it despite the fact that it's not literature. What I found was a confusing list that included traditional and self-publishing companies in a confusing manner. Obviously, I have nothing against self-publishing companies as long as they're not trying to rip off the writers, but on this list, some self-publishing companies looked as though they are traditional. Someone with experience can spot the nature of those companies, but a writer without experience could easily be misled. Scummy.

And speaking of scummy, one of the traditional companies on the list is. They want all rights, including movie and audio and other rights usually left to the author. They also wanted world rights, not just North America or whatever. Advance royalties to be negotiated. It's appalling.
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