A New World

Every time I start a new book,  it means a new world. A place to play,  a backyard for my characters to flex their muscles on new situations.

It’s 2056 in the world of Wolf. Nano-tech, newly acquired by the world through the efforts of the main characters father is just getting out. Software is becoming adaptive. Medical knowledge and warfare is advancing into gene therapy techniques.

The U.N. has power and flexes it to keep the world running on oil while it slowly turns over to alternate power supplies. 3D solar cubes that use any ambient light. In our world, this tech was invented by a twelve year old boy.

Organic L.E.D. lights, cheap and cost effective.

Houses that are grown through genetics. Not a new concept but one that has promise in our world, and sooner than you might think.

Power that uses with hotspots in a home so plugs and wires become obsolete. Charge a battery off a magnetic plate. Got an Ipad, Iphone, Ipod, anyone. Rechargeable batteries are done the same way.

Sodium batteries, not that I mentioned it in Wolf, but there’s always room for a world to change and grow. Like our world.

The tech I use in my worlds comes from ideas in this world. Real life extrapolated into something new and wonderful.

Hug your family, dog, lover, or any of the in between that makes your world rock.

And have a good day.

 

An Excerpt From Wolf

She ran into the clearing in front of the house and stopped. Trembling. Faelon’s pink skin turned silver under the moonlight, as if an ethereal force drove her, like magic catching fire. Michael waited. He had the feeling that something should have happened. That Faelon expected it the same way she breathed in the night air. As if the night should shimmer with enchantment, or the world shift into another realm, like his books told of—but it didn’t.

And then she cried into the night, lifted her voice to the moon and the saddest sound he had ever heard pierced the still cold air.

His heart broke, like glass, shattering over ice.

The Next Big Blog Roll

Jay Allan Storey

http://www.jayallanstorey.com

Jay is a writer friend. He has the courage to write in different genres and try new things, I respect him for this alone. He’s also a good writer. Look for him in the future. He’s the tag behind me in this The Next Big Blog Roll.

 

Here are my answers to the Blog Roll:

1. What is the working title of your book?

Wolf: A Military P.A.C. Novel

            2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

Wolf came out of a picture, from my mind, the image of a wolf caught in a trap and when discovered, became human. What did it mean? How did this come to be? A lot of concepts come to me in this manner, and often become the start of a story. since i think in pictures, this seems appropriate.

            3. What is the genre of the book?

Wolf is Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance. It could even be called Military Sci-Fi, so it crosses a few genres.

            4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Hard to say, Michael is almost six eight, and black. A Denzal Washington type comes to mind. For Faelon, I like Angie Harmon.

            5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Micheal Scott finds a women in his trap line, she’s beautiful, and feral; now they’re fighting enemies on different fronts, as their world’s collide over a piece of military hardware that could save them both, if it’s not destroyed in the process.

            6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency/publisher?

Wolf: a military P.A.C. Novel is currently available on Kindle and Smashwords.

            7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

For Wolf it was approximately a year.

            8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I’m not sure about books, but authors: Jim Butcher, Kim Harrison, Ilona Andrews, all write books in this genre that remind me of my work, stories that grab ones attention and don’t let go. Or that’s the hope for my work. reviews tell me my opinion about my work is right.

            9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I write for several reasons, need, desire, even to help, but my heroes have always been the authors that write great heroes and heroines. That comes from my mother and father who were true hero’s and rescued me and my family from a fire when we were young. We all survived.

            10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Wolf has, at it’s heart, the Navajo mythology as it’s religion and new tech that changes the world it lives in, like ours, and a sense of obligation to the environment we live in. New ways to look at things. So it covers a lot of ground and emotion for people to think about.

Laura Kostur is the next tag in this blog roll game of tag: she is an author of extraordinary emotion and depth. Her interests are varied and her perspective, unique. Look for her, she will be great in this field.

You can find her here: http://composeconceivecreate.com/about/

 

Just So Cool

Some one told me they had read my book Wolf, and liked it, and that they’d consumed it in two days. I wrote that! So cool to hear.

Previous Reviews of Wolf

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy meets technology November 7, 2012
By Teressa
This story hooks you from the beginning, never sure what to expect next as Mabbs leads you headlong into his adventure. The combination of fantasy, Navajo lore and tech makes it a must read for a diverse group. The personal relationships have a quality about them that make you feel you as if you are peeking through the keyhole at private moments. His descriptions are well written without being excessive. You can almost smell the forest and feel the cold, the tastes and textures as they are described to you. There is humor and fear, joy and pain. All in all I say, “Well done”. I eagerly anticipate the next one.
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story November 19, 2012
By Tami
Interesting story line. It needs better editing but the way the story moves and evolves it keeps your interest. Will keep my eye on this author.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wolf: A Military P.A.C. November 9, 2012
By AAP
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
WoW! This is really a good read. It kept my attention so well I couldn’t put it down. Nice job Mr. Mabbs!

A New Review for Wolf

A new review for Wolf

A Military P.A.C. Novel

From the beautiful and dangerous female human/wolf character to the tough military guy with his heart on his sleeve and a battle to win – I loved this book! Very fast-paced, definitely engaging from the start, and full of detailed characters. I honestly couldn’t stop reading. Storyline was great, and the characters were so real I was there with them in every scene, whether they were fighting or loving. I hope this author provides us with a sequel… And regardless, can’t wait to see what comes from Mabbs next. I’m hooked.

Process

It took me months, a year, at least to write Wolf. Somewhere in between, I met Larry Brooks and his Story Engineering concepts at a work shop. That put a stop to my writing for a while as I processed what it meant. I thought, being an organic writer, that fitting my writing into the box that was structure would ruin what I wrote.

I was wrong. It made it easier. I wasn’t searching for story by doing rewrites. Oh I still rewrite work, it’s just not ten different times to find the plot and the ending. I still can’t plan or plot a book, not in an organized way that others might. I get a lot of plot from planning in my head, but that comes after writing for a time, getting involved in the concept of what I’m writing.

But, the point here is that I can find my antagonistic force by working the concept through a beat sheet. A layout of the major structure points of a story. And all stories have them and in certain places along the arc of the story. Watch a movie, a TV show especially, the structure points come at the commercials for the most part.

So when I got back to Wolf, I looked at the structure, really looked. In some ways, I had it right, in others, I was lost. So I used the beat sheet, and I shifted the structure points around, the ones that needed it and looked again. What I found was that it helped with pacing, and execution. It let me find themes that needed to be threaded throughout the story. It added action, and got rid of lackluster areas. It moved the story to greater heights. And guess what, I didn’t have to rewrite it ten times.

That’s progress.

Hug a friend, a dog, say hi to a stranger. Even if it’s yourself.

Wolf book cover

Wolf cover websiteThis is the cover for Wolf.

I love it, the picture is brilliant. The feeling implied, the theme, the aspect of what a wolf is, I find it stunning.

Wolf: A Military P.A.C. Novel is available on Amazon Kindle and Smashwords.
A preview is available at both sites.

Permission to use this photo, kindly given by Monty Sloan of wolfpark.org

Friends

I have friends that have done something for me that has left me speechless.

They believe in me, and my writing. And they are proving it on such a grand scale.

I’m overwhelmed.

Truly.

Thank you.

First Reviews

So, I’ve gotten some reviews from my work out in the wild. They have been favorable. I’m pleased about that, and the criticism shows that the story is good, though some have questioned the style I use, and I think I know why.

I use sentence fragments in my work, not with everything, but Wolf has that style. Some people don’t mind it, and their reading pleasure isn’t affected by it, others, well it worries them. I’d like my stories to reach as many people as possible, so I need to think about that.

I’m currently rewriting an old work that someone is willing to look at. Falling into an old mindset, the one I had when I wrote the book wasn’t difficult. Getting out of it, is a different matter. I’ve rewritten part of it twice, and I’m on the third rewrite now. I’ve finally found a flavor and style that feels right, I’m sorry I had to search for it in the manner I did, but I’m an organic writer at heart, even though I agree with Larry Brooks and his advice on writing. Using his knowledge and tools though has helped an incredible amount. Look him up if you get a chance. I believe he’s brilliant when it comes to craft.

Hug someone or something that can hug you back, and have a good day.