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

JUNE 17, 2015. New writing website at moirajmoorewriter.com


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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


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:


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:


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]

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


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.


A bit about the world’s history taken out of book one

Matching from Taro’s point of view

Tiny little snippet taken out of book one

Taro, early book one

Taro, early book one

Taro, between book two and three

Taro, book three

Aryne: First Day at the Source Academy (during end of book three)

Aryne: Second Day at the Academy (during the end of book three)

Aryne: Five Weeks at the Academy (during end of book three)

Taro: Early in book five

Triple S council, meeting, near the end of book five

Lee, shortly after book six

Letters to Lee and a story from Tarce's POV, between books six and seven

New One-Off Characters, between books six and seven

New One-Off Characters, between books six and seven (other new characters

Lee, immediately after book six THIS STORY IS NO LONGER CANON COMPLIANT

Willa Newscomb, Lady Green, shortly after book six.

Decisions Part 1, Lee's POV, shortly after book six

Decisions Part 2, Taro's POV, shortly after book six

Letter from Mika to Lee about two years after book six

Roshni Radia, Wind Watcher, 3 years after book six

Another Dinner From Hell - scene cut from Heroes' Reward, Lee's POV
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Rodent in the Ceiling [Sep. 27th, 2016|09:02 pm]
Have I mentioned there was a rodent in the ceiling? There is a rodent in the ceiling. At first I thought the people in the apartment above me had bought a puppy, because I heard small paws skittering about as though it was very excited about its new place. It is possible to hear that sort of thing. But it never barked, and I noticed the sound stopped when I turned on the kitchen light and resumed when I turned it off. Then I noticed the hole that had been chewed into the ceiling panel right over my bed. Creepy.

As far as I can tell, it hasn't actually entered the apartment, but it is disturbing nontheless.
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Ark Encounter Update - Sorta [Sep. 26th, 2016|09:22 pm]
I don't plan on posting anything more about how badly the ark is doing, because it'll feel like kicking a puppy, but I am watching it, and came across this on their blog:

"God created a perfect world, but our first parents, Adam and Eve, chose to rebel against their holy Creator. Their sin brought suffering and death into creation, and since all people are descendants of Adam, all have inherited a sin nature set against God. Furthermore, all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). We live in a fallen, sin-cursed world where men love darkness rather than light."

What a horrible view of the world.
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Isn't Panic Fun? [Sep. 26th, 2016|02:16 pm]
The last thing I have left to do to get my degree is defend it, successfully. The actually defending part is not what has me twisted up in knots.

I didn't get the dissertation finished before the end of August. That's my fault. The fact that the date of defense was the date of Every Deadline in the School was the professor's fault. He had a month to read over the last draft, which had few changes from the former draft, and plan the panel. Two weeks after he got it, after initially saying he would get back to me in a couple of days, he sends me an email to apologise for not responding yet and he'd get to it in the next couple of days. I reminded him that I was hoping to be done in September, and suddenly the revisions are good enough and he makes up a panel.

Because of this date, I might be on the hook for paying a lot of money that I really shouldn't be paying. Today I've been to three different departments and emailed another, which was closed when I was on campus. The three people I met with were trying everything they could think of to make sure I don't get hit with the bill for a full term of tuition and fees, but it's all "maybe" and not a sure thing.

And the best part? Best being not so best. It turns out that the supervising professor is known for not taking his responsibilities seriously. I got the feeling from the beginning that he didn't think highly of the teaching profession or students, and suspected he didn't have much respect for me, but I thought that might be just me being overly sensitive. But no, one woman I talked to today believed me one hundred percent because of the supervisor, and one of the people she was going to contact on my behalf also knew of the supervisor's reputation. So, great. I knew our relationship wasn't what it was supposed to be, with regular meetings and stuff. I didn't really care except I wasn't getting the kind of advice that I should have been getting, and now I'm paying for it.
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Contest [Sep. 25th, 2016|10:03 pm]
I am having a sort of contest giving away copies of Heroes at Risk, Heroes Return, and Heroes at Odds. Send me an email telling me which, if any, you would like, by Hallowe'en, and I'll pull names out of a hat. Limited to Canada and the US. (Though mailing to the US is stupidly expensive, too. It's just a line on a map, people!) moirajmoore@yahoo.com
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Ark Encounter Update [Sep. 24th, 2016|05:27 pm]
I'm actually starting to feel sorry for this guy. He is, in general, an unlikable figure, given he got tax benefits for a commercial endeavor and refused to hire anyone who wasn't his kind of Christian, but he's just so desperate that it's sad. This photo shows about twenty people in the Ark restaurant that was designed to hold 1,500.

I don't know when the photo was taken, but if that's today, yikes.

Then this photo of the front of the restaurant with no one in the shot and no one reflected in the glass doors.

I hope none of the employees left decent jobs to work at this place.

ETA: For the sake of fairness I am adding this picture, which shows considerably more customers. However, I don't know when it was taken. It was posted on Sunday morning before the Ark was opened for the day.

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Update on Canada's Version of the Ark [Sep. 23rd, 2016|01:25 pm]
I got info about this ark from another source, so I guess it's really a thing. According to this article, the inclusion of the ark to the park was a surprise to the government that gave out the original licence, and the licence doesn't cover that. Also, a Chinese newspaper apparently states that the cost will be $40 m, not $1.2 m.

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Oy, When Canadians Imitate Bad American Ideas: The Ark Encounter [Sep. 21st, 2016|09:06 pm]
So this guy Ken Ham, who believes stuff happened in the real world exactly as it's described in the Bible, has constructed a boat-shaped building, a "replica" of Noah's Ark, that is apparently based on the specifications in the Bible. He says it's the largest timber-framed building in the world. I don't know why anyone would care about that, but people like different things. I'm sure there aren't many who would be as excited as I was to see a 1300 copy of the Magna Carta.

Of course, the ark can't be built exactly to the specs in the Bible, because building laws won't let it, so it's got steel and concrete. It was built with construction machinery. I have read that the shape of the bow was invented a lot more recently than six thousand years ago, and also that a wooden boat of that size wouldn't be sea-worthy. Inside are a bunch of stuffed animals, some human figures, a lot of guesstimations about how the animals were fed, what was done with the waste, and what Noah's family were like. Really deep stuff like that one of the wives enjoyed looking her best and dressing up. There are also attempts to explain creationism with science-esque language. Outside is a petting zoo and a ... zip line? There are future plans for a Tower of Babel, a town along the lines of what existed pre-flood, and something else I can't remember right now. It cost $100 million to make. Parking is $10 and the fees are $40 for adults and $28 for kids, which I think is scandalously high.

Why it's a bad idea: I really don't care whether this thing flops or not, but it seems that it is. While Ham is claiming that there have been more than 300,000 visitors since the boat opened in July, there is no photographic evidence to support this. There were something over 5,000 on the first and second day, but Ham and his supporters keep using the photographs from those first two days as evidence of high attendance since then. This picture is from the first day, and a lot of those in attendance were press. http://www.afterthealtarcall.com/2016/09/21/check-out-a-life-sized-version-of-noahs-ark/ By the way, that picture is part of a post that was put up today, but the post doesn't make it clear the photo was from that first day.

Also, notice that big water stain near the bow of the boat? And then that discoloration? That can't be a good sign.

The parking lot is massive. Someone sent a drone over it, and I read that it was meant to accommodate 4,000 vehicles. Ham has a very close photo showing a few hundred cars, and he keeps using that photo to demonstrate ongoing attendance. If that parking lot had a lot of visitors, he would use a longer angle. Most photos and videos show maybe a dozen or so vehicles. Also, the area where tickets are to be bought has one of those mazes in front of it to organize the visitors, and every picture I've seen has only a few dozen at one end and all the rest of the lanes left empty. Every video on youtube, including from those who support the ark project, show very few visitors. One guy spent two minutes showing different parts of the building and in that time only one other person crossed the screen. Things may pick up, except we're heading into winter, when people are less inclined to travel. Many who have visited the building say that, while it was nice to see once, it's unlikely to be something people will visit more than once. Ham seems to believe that the boat will draw in non-religious people and convert them, but I can't really see atheists or agnostics being willing to fork over that much cash to look at a building and a bunch of stuffed animals. They certainly wouldn't go more than once.

Anyway, that was a very long introduction to the Canadian bit. Because of course there is someone who has sought and gotten approval to build an ark theme park or whatever in Saskatchewan. (Big flat prairie province in the middle of Canada.) Without waiting to see if the Ark Encounter in Kentucky is even going to work. The person behind the scheme is described in the headline as a Chinese merchant, and he apparently has built a similar park in China. This article, however, involves only Marc L’Hoir, the manager of a nearby cemetery. He thinks the park will be good for business for the cemetery. Seriously.

The article is kind of hilarious. L'Hoir claims that this park will be one of the biggest attractions in Canada. Canada just doesn't have as many Christians, on a per capita basis, as the States has. Far fewer of them are literalists. In my life, I've met a single Christian who believed the world was only 5,000 or 6,000 years old, and I was a kid then.

The plan involves bringing in Chinese people, from China, to build it, because there's nothing as good for a business as pissing off the locals by giving all the jobs to foreigners.

I have not found any other sources that support this story, so it may be satire. It certainly looks like satire. I kind of hope it is. But some Canadians do get starry-eyed over American ideas, as long as they can do it on the cheap. (The estimated cost is $1.2 million.) That never, ever works. http://leaderpost.com/news/saskatchewan/biblical-theme-park-proposed-for-moose-jaw
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Bad Advice? [Sep. 10th, 2016|09:51 am]
Book sales for Scribe in Shadows and The CEO Can Drop Dead have always been bad. I didn't really expect much for CEO, but still, when I came across a list of suggestions on how to increase the sales of self-published books, I took a look.

What was disappointing was that I already do most of the stuff they suggested. What jumped out at me as odd was the suggestion that one unpublish the book - take it down from Amazon or smashwords or whatever - rewrite it, and publish it under a different title.

I don't want to do that because I don't wanna to do that. Ultimately, the things I'm trying to say with these books are more important to me than sales. If I were going to rewrite them and use a different title for the purpose of trying to sell more copies, I would try to publish them through an established publisher.

But aside from the act being unappealing to me, it also strikes me as dishonest. The writer is re-using old material from books they have already sold. To rewrite a book, presumably with a lot of the original material intact, seems like double-dipping. And it also would open the door to legitimate attacks from readers who had read the first version of the book and then, thinking it was a different book, paid for the second version.
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