Hello everyone! It’s springtime!

Time has a way of slipping by so fast!
It’s already spring and the trees and flowers are blooming. We are approaching Easter and new life is appearing everywhere. May this season bring hope and joy to you.

I have now completed and published my second novel, Sheffrou Betrayed: The Color of Treason and the response from the readers has been great! They absolutely love it.
Book 2 in the Sheffrou Trilogy is an edge-of-your seat sci-fi romance thriller. You can now enjoy this marvelous adventure today.
It is currently being promoted in a special group of Mystery and Suspense.

Get yours now at the special introductory price. Just click on the link below.

https://books.bookfunnel.com/mystoversusp/bwz1zvea99

Book 1, I Am Sheffrou: An Alien Love Story, is available as an ebook for free this week only. For those of you who haven’t had the chance to read it, you can snatch a copy this week. The promotion is called SFF mega Promo and features close to 50 sci-fi novels all free.

Click on the link below to get yours.

http://sffbookbonanza.com/freebooks/

This promo is open to everyone. Don’t forget to tell your friends about it!

Enjoy your readings !

Cami Michaels,
author

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all well!
I can’t wait to share with you all the exciting things that have happened since January!

First, Book 2 of the Sheffrou Trilogy, my science-fiction romance thriller, has a new title!

Sheffrou Betrayed: The Color of Treason
Can an Earth woman and an alien male save a dying race from extermination?
Follow Tamara Walsh as she and Sheffrou Maashi, her alien friend and lover, struggle
to find the one responsible for the attacks on the night of the Great Eclipse Celebration.

The ebook is available now for preorder. Just click this link:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09Q68859R
and the ebook will download automatically on March 31 on your Kindle. So easy!

Second, the paperback will be published on April 5. Just around the corner!
I will share with you the link to the paperback as soon as it’s available.

Also Book 1 one the Sheffrou Trilogy, I Am Sheffrou: An Alien Love Story, a science-fiction fantasy romance, now has over 85 reviews with an average rating of 4.5/5 /stars!
Thank you so much to all those who have contributed to the reviews!

Here are the links for book 1.
ebook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08D51Z8KN
paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08D4VRLVM

Have a great day everyone! Life is short. Carpe diem!
Enjoy your readings!

Cami Michaels,
scifi author.

Hello everyone!

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Happy and Healthy New Year to all!
2021 has been a year of intense activity and writing. Thankfully, I was able to complete my second novel in the Sheffrou Trilogy. The final revisions are being done and the book will be out in March.

I am proud to announce that ” Betrayal “,The Color of Treason, Book 2 of The Sheffrou Trilogy is now available for pre-order as a ebook. Launch date is planned for
March 31st 2022 at a special introductory price of $0.99!

Amazon link: https://tinyurl.com/2s9v933z

Hurry and order yours. This special won’t last long!

Can an Earth woman and an alien male save a dying race from extermination?

It’s been six months since Tamara fell through a wormhole and landed in an alien world. After being seduced by a powerful Sheffrou, Lord Maashi, she resigns herself to the fact that this fantasy world is her new reality. The more time she spends with her alien lover, the less concerned she is about finding a way home.

Then everything changes. Enemy attacks leave Tamara’s new alien friends dead, kidnapped, and fighting for their lives. The ones left behind risk falling victim to a deadly plague. The best hope for everyone’s survival is Sheffrou Maashi. If only they could find him….

Tamara joins forces with Maashi’s allies and an alien with a shady reputation to find the missing Sheffrou. Can Tamara and her companions expose the traitor and save Maashi and his offspring before it’s too late?

“Betrayal” an edge-of -your seat thriller is the second book in The Sheffrou Trilogy.

Escape into this sci-fi adventure today!

Best wishes and happy readings in 2022!
Thank you all for your support,

Cami Michaels

Holiday Wishes

The Holidays are just around the corner. The twinkling lights, the glossy decorations, and a multitude of smiling red-faced Santas with dancing reindeers are everywhere.

This year, many families will be able to reunite for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Hanukkah. They will celebrate together, enjoy each other’s company, and hope for better times.

But sadly, many will be separated from their loved ones who have left forever or separated by distance or even old grudges.

In this time of gaiety and good cheer, find it in your heart to reach out to a friend you haven’t spoken to, an acquaintance that lives alone, or a neighbor recovering from sickness. Share your feast if you can or share your thoughts or sympathies. Show them you care.

Happy Holidays to all,

Cami Michaels
author of “I Am Sheffrou”, An Alien Love Story, first book of The Sheffrou Trilogy

Website: CamiMichaels.com
Facebook: Cami Michaels
Twitter: @SabbaghCamille
Pen Name: Cami Michaels

World building in Science-fiction and Fantasy

“If you write sci-fi or fantasy, world building can make or break your book.” ProWritingAid.

World building is harder than you think. It is difficult and takes time. Many details need to come together in a cohesive fashion to produce a believable world.
You can be creative and design your own world from scratch or use time-honored tropes like elves, fairies, vampires, dragons, etc..
A good way to start is to use a familiar trope and change three things about it. For example, a dragon who likes to swim, is tenderhearted, and is a vegetarian. Create a plant or an animal with different characteristics and give it a new name so the reader will not be confused with the original species.
Deciding on how many worlds you need for your story as also important. Some writers get carried away with extensive world building. Consider limiting your efforts to the characteristics of the world you need for your story. It takes less time and effort and you can concentrate more on the story and the characters.

Three main rules of world building.

  1. New worlds imply you have to decide everything about the geography, ecology, geology, and its society, laws, religion, customs, etc.. You must also think about the characters. Where they live, what they look like, what they eat, their type of clothing, body decoration or jewelry, etc..
    Even if you’re writing in other genres, like historical fiction, or time travel in sci-fi, you must pay attention to details and the setting will need to be accurate for the time period and location. Also, if you change one fact in history, you must consider all the possible repercussions this will entail for your characters as well as the world you have created.
  2. Use other author’s worlds to inspire you and help hone in your skills. Analyze favorite sci-fi movies like “Blade Runner”, the first “Dune”, “Avatar”, or apocalyptic worlds or series like “The Twelve Monkeys”. Read sci-fi and fantasy novels for your enjoyment but also to learn how they develop their worlds. Take notes and adjust your own creations.
  3. Don’t get so wrapped up in world building that you can’t see “the forest from the trees”. The most important part of your novel is the story, not the world. Your readers must focus on the story and empathize with the characters not the world. This is how you will keep them reading.
    Don’t over complicate your world building. Adding tons of interesting elements is tempting but if they don’t move the story forward, you will loose the interest of the reader.

Species, monsters, and gods How do you distinguish between a monster and a new species?
The basic difference is a monster doesn’t communicate, has no language, and you can’t reason with it. If there are many monsters as in a group, they become more like a species and you have to give them a name and describe their behavior in the group.
New species and monsters can add spice and excitement to your story. ProWritingAid (PWA) has important recommendations about using species developed by other authors. For example, elves are ok to use but Hobbits are the property of Tolkien, same as Vulcans and Klingons are for Star Trek.

New species
If you do add a new species, you must not only consider its physical characteristics but you may need to define their natural habitat, and envision how they would survive in other habitats. This means you must add some backstory to make it look real.
Details of physical characteristics, language, customs, weapons, etc. in the case of an intelligent species, must be noted and weighed carefully if the author is writing a series. You can’t easily change a new species in book 3 of the series. Please refer to PWA for details.

Monsters
Try to avoid the cliche horrible-looking creature which has an insatiable appetite and kills constantly. Your monster may look horrible but may kill to protect its young or retaliate against previous attacks. It also may have a weakness that brings about its undoing.
Sometimes the monster looks human but behaves like a monster. For example, think of the series “Dexter”, the serial killer.
Make sure your monster is a tool to bring the story forward otherwise it will only distract the reader and make your story weaker.

Gods
All cultures on Earth, past and present, have gods. Therefore, incorporating gods in alien cultures is a logical step. Science doesn’t exclude religion and gods can be an interesting addition to your story.
Think outside the box. Gods may help or hinder the characters. They may be benevolent, malevolent, or vengeful. They may change forms and take human form. They may look human but have incredible powers like the supreme being in the delightful fantasy set in a futuristic world, “The Fifth Element”.
Relationships between gods and between gods and humans may be complex. They may have children, may be immortal or become mortal in certain conditions. Think of the complex story “Circe” based on greek and roman mythology by Madeline Miller. For a more in-depth analysis of gods in sci-fi, please refer to World building 101 by PWA.

A great tool to help your world building
PWA has included a great tool in the last chapter on world building: the ultimate world building questionnaire, a detailed, well thought framework to help in your world building endeavor.

Source: ProWritingAid World building 101.

By Cami Michaels, author of the sci-fi fantasy romance novel “I Am Sheffrou”, first book in The Sheffrou Trilogy.
Cami Michaels is a retired physician who loves reading sci-fi fantasy, photography, and traveling. She is currently finishing her second novel book 2 of the trilogy, “Betrayal” which will be published fall 2021.