Breaking news: Absolutely Wild! whimsy to benefit emerging writers

What do you get when you combine the talents of two creative entrepreneurs, add a little whimsy and perhaps a sprinkle of magic, with the intent to support an important cause?

Why, of course, some very special hand-crafted faerie portals with Faeries’ Tales, and some lovely news coverage for Absolutely Wild! Enchanted Faerie Portals & Other Whimsy in Gilbert Woman magazine!

We’re so excited and honored to be featured on page 8 in Srianthi Perera’s beautifully written article (anyone who knows me as an editor, realizes what this means to me).

Such visibility moves us toward our goal of supporting emerging writers through organizations such as Young Authors of Arizona and 826 National. As our whimsical business grows, we plan to offer internships, mentoring, scholarships, and other opportunities for young authors. You can join us by subscribing to our e-newsletter or clicking “Like” on our Facebook page.

Abolutely Wild founders Cherie Scott and Ann Videan
Fae Environmentalists Cherie and Ann kick off
Open Mic Night with a chat about faerie whimsy

 

Also, this month, AW founders Cherie Scott and Ann Videan, showcased their Absolutely Wild! products at Open Mic Night at Dog-Eared Pages Used Bookstore in conjunction with the Arizona Consortium for the Arts. You can see what a creative blast we shared from the photos posted by Elena Thornton, founder of the consortium.

 

P.S. You can still find a hidden Absolutely Wild! mini faerie portal among the books at Dog-Eared Pages. If you find it, it’s yours, along with one of our Faerie’s Tales about the tiny creature who lives inside!

Join us for an Absolutely Wild! event to help local art and writing

A warm-hearted invitation for you…

Dog-Eared Pages’
Open Mic Art & Culture Talks
with the Arizona Consortium for the Arts,
featuring

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On Dog-Eared Pages’ Art Wall, we will showcase Cherie Scott’s faerie portal sculptures and Ann’s accompanying Faeries’ Tales, along with photos of the portals “in the wild” and other Fae whimsy. We will also talk about our plans to support young writers and local art.

cfp-001-aunties-d-insetbklt2Come get a free hug, some refreshments, and share in our art, Faeries’ Tales, novels, coloring books, notecards, photos, and drawings.

Th., Dec. 29, 2016, 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Dog-Eared Pages Used Books
16428 N. 32nd St., #11
Phoenix, AZ 85032

 


P.S. Save the date for our  Absolutely Wild! Artist’s Reception

Th., Jan. 12, 2017
4 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Readings, goodies, art, and more! Our work will be on display from Th., Dec. 29, 2016, through Th., Jan. 26, 2017.

Learn more about Absolutely Wild! Enchanted Faerie Portals & Other Whimsy.

Musical, fantastical novel debuts: Song of the Ocarina

IMG_0550Today, the post brought to my door a large box filled with copies of my new novel—Song of the Ocarina, book 1 of the Delfaerune Rhapsody series. I experienced an absolute, glorious, Back to the Future George McFly moment! (You remember the character receiving his box of books in the 1985 film?)

That moment… opening the box and lifting out your creation… well, it’s an indescribable. Definitely worth a movie score subtext… if only!

You can currently find my music-filled, fantastical, new-adult novel on Amazon—in both paperback and Kindle format, but…

You may want to consider purchasing it in-person between noon and 4 p.m., Nov. 1, 2014, at the Author Palooza Book Signing Release Celebration at Dog-Eared Pages in Phoenix. [She grins, hoping to see you there. C.L. Gillmore, a wonderful author friend, will also participate with her book A Friend Request, which I edited.]

I’m also staging a one-day “Amazon Rank-Up” sales event, probably on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Watch my Facebook page and this blog for more details.

Another amazing image of secondary characters Axyl Thorne and B'rook Turehu as envisioned by Stacy Lefevre.

Another amazing image of secondary characters Axyl Thorne and B’rook Turehu as envisioned by Stacy Lefevre.

So, what’s it all about, you wonder?

My Song of the Ocarina manuscript won a Top Five Finish award, in the “Realizing The Dream Contest” at the RWA Desert Dreams Writer’s Conference in April 2014.

A great start for something I began writing during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in 2010, even before I self-published my first novel Rhythms & Muse.

Four years later, here I sit with a new book and great gratitude for input from:

  • Seven critique partners
  • Three beta readers
  • Three Maori/New Zealand expert resources
  • Two Fae culture creative consultants
  • Three vegetarian recipe providers
  • Nineteen song aficionados
  • One content editor
  • One generous production designer
  • Two brilliant character illustrators

In a companion post, I list the names of all these contributors… Many more lovely people helped make this book possible. A humble thank you.

About the Novel

Desperate to understand her place in the world, teenage musical prodigy Lark Tūrehu unwittingly follows her handsome music teacher Noel Stone into the parallel realm of Delfaerune. With her extreme height and long, silver-white hair, she already considers herself a freak in her Queenstown, New Zealand university, so how can she possibly deal with the added burden of her role as the Noble Fae’s leading musical spell caster? Not only must she retrieve and master the Kura Ocarina to earn the title of the realm’s “Maestra,” but the faefolk expect her to use the ancient wind instrument to save the human race from extinction at the hands of the Dark Fae.

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In Delfaerune, you’ll discover a lush world where music joins with Earth energy to conjure balance among all creatures, extinct and mythical creatures talk and live peacefully, and the Dark Fae pattern themselves after burned-out human rock stars.

Explore the Playlists

Song of the Ocarina is filled with music. Listen to and/or watch videos of all the songs mentioned in the novel on my YouTube or Spotify playlists.

Praise for Song of the Ocarina

“Ann N. Videan’s writing, descriptive and engaging, pulled me into the imaginative story she created with all my senses. Lovable characters, vivid descriptions, a truly magical, musical world. I eagerly await the next installment!”
—Jennifer Hartz, author of The Future Savior Series

“Teens and adults alike will find Videan’s story and characters appealing. I enjoyed the Fae musicians’ original lyrics, the animal personas—kiwi, moa, even the dragon—and the New Zealand flora and fauna enhanced the narrative.”—Sara Rebennack, bookseller

About the Author

Ann at Carmel's Cafe in Phoenix, AZ

Ann at Carmel’s Cafe in Phoenix, AZ

I live in Mesa, Arizona, with my awe-inspiring husband and two college-age children. As a Literary Architect, I book-shepherd authors through the writing, editing, self-publishing and word-of-mouth marketing of fiction and non-fiction titles

My women’s fiction novel Rhythms & Muse, along with its complementary soundtrack of five original songs inspired by the story, debuted in 2011. I now create fantastical adventures for new adults in my Delfaerune Rhapsody Series.

A professional writer since 1981, I opened my own award-winning home-based marketing firm, vIDEAn Unlimited, LLC, in 1996. I have served as an editor for corporations, visionary entrepreneurs, and national publishers.

My most joyful moments involve filling pages with words, exploring music, documenting memories in photos, gathering people around me with a cup of green tea in my hand, and rolling smoothly down new pathways on my in-line skates.

Explore blog posts about writing, my books and music CD, and my writing community here on this site. You can always contact me at avidean@videanunlimited.com.

So, could you possibly want to know anything else? I doubt it but, just in case, feel free to ask away!

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Write on!
Ann Narcisian Videan
Write • Edit • Self-publish • Word-of-mouth

Arizona Dreamin’ readers’ event redux

Thanks to Kris Tualla, I just experienced Arizona Dreamin’, one of the most fun conferences ever!

Held June 4, 2011, at the InnSuites in Tempe, the gathering of romance authors and readers was designed as a conference for readers in the off years between the bi-annual Desert Rose Romance Writer’s Association authors’ conferences.

Kris, the organizer, did a bang-up job bringing together talent, fun, and an opportunity to share great ideas and stories.

As one of the 24 featured authors (with my Rhythms & Muse novel and music CD), here are a few of my favorite moments:

  • In the Book Club meetings, readers like these flanking paranormal romance author Gini Koch all met up for an informal chat.    ©2011 ANVidean

    Sitting around in various hotel-suite Book Club meetings to hear readers’ love of reading, their pet peeves, comments and questions.

  • Building relationships with booksellers, publishers, authors and readers while hanging around the conference hospitality suite and book store.

    Authors Tara Quinn, Erin Quinn and Cathy McDavid talk about their writing at the dinner discussion. ©2011 ANVidean

  • Listening to the author panels fielding questions about their stories and craft while we all enjoyed a yummy buffet dinner.
  • Jimmy Thomas took the time to snap photos with attendees like me. ©2011 Liz Muñoz

    Learning about ebook publisher Sapphire Blue Publishing, a finalist for the Ariadne Award for Best Publisher 2008; and Dog-Eared Pages, a homey northeast-Phoenix used book store that managed conference book sales.

  • Watching the romance-cover-photo-model and marketing mastermind Jimmy Thomas comfortably work his magic as the only male among scores of females. (Sometimes puns sneak into my writing even when I don’t plan them. 😀 )
  • I’d be remiss in not mentioning, also, I was quite happy to sell several of my novels and music CDs.

Attendees felt so enthusiastic about the conference, Kris is already putting together next year’s, now annual, event. Check out the June 1, 2012 Arizona Dreamin’ event blog. If you want to get up close and personal with authors and to hear about new their books, I highly encourage you to attend.

Were you at Arizona Dreamin’? Please share your comments.