Updates and Release Dates

Today I thought I would swing by with a little update on out Works in Progress here at Tyree Tomes. With so much going on everywhere, we are just getting around to setting deadlines and release dates (ok, ok I am just getting around to it…the other 3 don’t much care if we set dates or just release when we’re good at ready).

Dr. Wilson Jay Tyree

Current WIP –  A commentary on the Biblical Book of James. His favorite book. No eta on this one yet, he has been lovingly and slowly working on it for months now.

                        Weekly newspaper articles. You can find his new articles every week in the Alva Review Courier

 Classes – Dr. Tyree teaches  Biblical studies courses at North Western Oklahoma State University (Ride Rangers Ride). This semester they are using his books Paul on Paul and  What 3000 People Believed 

Available Works – To find more of his available works, search amazon.com for Dr. WIlson Jay Tyree

Binky Bo/Monkey/Princess Power Nap Tyree (She has many pseudonyms and cannot decide which to use)

Current WIP –  The Little Monster official release date October 1, 2015

She is currently making up two more little stories but, since she’s 3, I don’t know if these will hold up or not! Keep a weather eye on the horizon and we’ll see what we can do.

Available works – None, though I did finish the third book in the Stone Dragon Saga while pregnant with her so she is trying to say that she helped write that ;D

Becky Tyree (Teeto Tyree, Artist for the Tomes) – 

Current WIP – This poor woman is being worked to the bone right now! Her current WIPs include: The Little Monster (bringing Monkey’s drawings into focus), Leonard the Lemur, The Stone Dragon Saga (re-doing the covers, creating artwork for inside, etc), Paulonious Punk, AND Whatever Dr. Tyree needs her to do.

Elizabeth S. Tyree – 

Current WIP –  Leonard the Lemur – Official Release Date – November 13, 2015 for pre-lease Christmas Sale. Then off again until Spring.

Paulonious Punk – Still very much new and only half-way written, release date most likely in 2016

Dragons in the Deep – First draft is so close to finished that I could taste it if I wanted to take a bite. Release date probably in early 2016…but I’m aiming for December 6th, 2015.

The Toe Book – I have it all written and the pictures ready, I just haven’t put it together yet. Release date…when I have time to put it up I suppose. Let’s aim for September 4, 2015

The Wish(bone) Tree – This is an incredibly new and exciting (for me anyway) Children’s Picture Book idea. Almost a retelling or modernization of a fairy tale…or even possibly a sequel to one 😉 No release date on this one yet because I’ve only got the first part set up. More on this when I get it all worked out, I promise!

Available Works – Ready to see what I have to offer or wanting to read the first 3 in the Stone Dragon Saga before “Deep” is released? You can find me on amazon.com by searching Elizabeth S. Tyree

There you have it! The Works In Progress, Tentative Release Dates, and a teaser or two for good luck. Remember, you can always find more out by going to http://www.facebook.com/TyreeTomes and/or leaving us a message (here or there).

I am also working on webpages for everyone involved. I have a new author’s page alaynabellesmom.wix.com and will be working getting Binky Bo, Becky, and Dr. Tyree’s pages soon.

Plot Twists

Here’s one for you…I was working on Book 4 (Dragons in the Deep) and discovered a little inconsistency with two of my characters. You see, they showed up in a pivotal moment of the story and we were bopping right along when I though, well these two are either amazingly adept or not who they seem because they appeared on a ship in the middle of the ocean. Things just might not be right here…I polled my friends as a formality but I knew where we were headed. The next question is…do sea sickness medications work the same on fairies as they do on humans? Their DNA sequences must be fundamentally different, right?

Here I am babbling it all out again, but that’s what I love. The chase, the babbling, the researching and wondering and frustrating blockage that gives way to the AHA moment.  After all, I think I know what happened. But I might not…I enjoy the uncertainty and jolt of recognition that mind tumbling research and sudden realization create. And, as one friend put it, when I ask them for opinions it becomes similar to those ‘choose your own ending’ books we used to devour as kids, waiting in the book department for our parents to finish shopping. We loved those books!

Just a ‘little’ teaser

This is an excerpt from the recently written new chapters of The Stone Dragon Saga Book 4: Dragons in the Deep. In this section we are dealing with a problem of significant proportions…Anna’s new and unwanted (yet BEAUTIFUL) butterfly like wings. This section sets us up for at least two interesting adjustments (alterations really) in the story, and one amazing, astonishing, REALLY BIG secret to be revealed…

“Fascinating…” Z circled the box, staring through lime green edged, thick goggles. “Some type of phosphorescent maybe? There are some types of se life that grow in deep waters even though light doesn’t reach to their depths. Maybe…”

Her mumbling railed off as she continued to round the glowing box, clipboard and 3 pens gripped tightly as notes and measurements were swiftly and meticulously taken.

Seizing the opportunity found in Zoey and company’s excellent distraction, Jane grabbed King Ferdinand’s arm and dragged him out into the empty walkway.

“We have a problem!”

“I know,” Ferdinand interrupted distractedly, “There’s no way Jemas and Bernard are in that little box. So what’s in there? They have an orange tinged glow, according to the information we’ve gathered, so what is THIS?! Could it be a trap?”

“Ferdinand!” Jane’s sharp reprimand brought the Fairy King’s attention back to focus. “That is NOT our biggest problem right now!”

“Anna still won’t come out huh?” Ferdinand patted her arm in the typical, ‘oh poor child thinks she has a big problem’ manner that adults seem to naturally inherit as they grow older (and he had had a LOT of years to practice!)

“Nope,” Jane smiled sarcastically, “But that’s probably because she HAS WINGS!”

“Huh,” Ferdinand held up a finger and dazedly shuffled back into Zoey’ research cabin. “Sorry to interrupt everyone, but Joseph is needed for a conference with our bosses. Thank you.”

“Our boss—umph!” Ferdinand yanked Jo out of the cabin and down the walkway, one hand under the artist’s elbow as they marched past Jane and led the way until their small group had made it back to the relative ‘safety’ of their own ship; Joseph grumbling and questioning the entire way.

“Now Janie,” Ferdinand spoke very slowly, enunciating every word. “Tell us again.”

“AGAIN?” Joseph sputtered, “You never told me the first time! What…”

“Hush.”

“Ok,” Joseph quieted sullenly and sat down, finally taking the hint.

:Now then Jane,” Ferdinand raised perfectly arched eyebrows at the girl. “You may proceed.”

“Ok, woo,’ Jane took a deep breath and released it quickly, “Franme’s light show gave Anna big beautiful butterfly wings.”

“Oh,” Joseph rubbed at his ears. “You may have to tell me again, there’s a sudden buzzing in my brain.”

“I know the feeling,” Jane agreed sadly, “And I have no clue how to fix it.”

“Excuse me,” Flynn’s voice cut through the fog of magical tension like a whip, startling and scaring all involved.

“Flynn,” Joseph stumbled over his words as he tried (and failed) to stand quickly, “What, uh, what can we do for ya today Captain?”

“WE just came to make sure everything was ok,” Garron answered slowly, ducking out from behind his twin. “When we saw you racing across the decks, we got a mite bit worried.”

“We’re fine,” Jane tried to lie, Ferdinand and Jo nodding like bobble heads beside her.

“Ok then,” Flynn smiled calmly, “So tell us about Anna’s wings.”

“Oh.”

A beautiful set of wings any half-fairy lady could be agitated by!

WELCOME TO 2015

I resolve to be more like the Minions – Happy and Sassy. Wait! They’re mutated slaves…lets think about this for a minute.

I don’t know about your friends, but most of mine tend to make fun of the traditions involved with New Year’s Day and making resolutions…especially as they, themselves, are in the process of resolving to be/do/see/or say something differently in the coming year.

This is a trend I’ve noticed more and more on television, radio shows, magazine articles, and social media…the ‘I’ll make fun of anything, even while I’m in the middle of trying it’ syndrome. Exercises, diets, clothing and hairstyle trends, and resolutions all get the same treatment. But why is that? Are we really so afraid to leave the pack that we cannot stop ourselves from this behavior? Are we, as what passes for adults, really so wrapped up in everyone else that we don’t have our own voices? Or are we just still living with the high school mentality that making fun of everything somehow makes us seem cool?

Honestly, I have no idea. But I do know that I actually saw two resolutions all the way through the end of 2014, and it felt GOOD! I don’t actually think that I’ve made it all the way through before. But this year I followed through on both getting a job (I’m a teacher…what what!) and writing at least one short story a week! (Ok, so I didn’t always get them posted on time, but I did WRITE them..which was my resolution after all).

So let’s get down to the brass tacks: What are THIS YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS?

Here a few from me, and I would love to hear from you!

I resolve…to make strict and followable goals instead of vague resolutions! Because “I’m going to try to get healthy this year” does nothing but sit there on the paper while I eat chocolate and flip channels!

1) I will realize that just because the New Year has begun does NOT mean that I automatically change. I must WORK if I want to see the changes!

2) I will eat at least 2 meals a week that are meatless but full of hearty vegetables (This does NOT include the meal of chips and salsa I try to sneak in once a week or so)

3) I will continue to write on an (almost) daily basis but try to remember that if I miss a day or two it is not the end of the world. Life interferes and that is the normal way of things. (grr)

4) I will attempt to be more loving and patient with my child, my family, and my students. Really I will!

5) I will get a planner and USE IT for more than a month or two at a time. (last year’s planner was used for January, February, July, and October) This also goes into a whole big thing about organization. Baby steps people, its all about baby steps.

6) I will learn to knit. Those slippery non-hooked needles will not get the best of me!

7) I will do my best to do my best, even on days when I don’t feel it in my core. Fake til you make it and all that jazz. (Nerdy quotes help people succeed, remember that!)

Happy New Year! May 2015 be blessed and full of love, success, and inspiration beyond your wildest dreams.

Anchors Away

I love the symbolism of an anchor and that love has only grown over the past year and a half as I researched and began writing my 4th Stone Dragon Saga novel (Dragons in the Deep). As I continue to not only research marine symbols, but also art, quotes, and whatever else I can get my little hands on, I keep coming across tattoos.

I love tattoos when done “correctly” (to my mind at least). What I mean by that is that I believe that tattoos are supremely personal and need to have a longevity that will probably not peter out when you hit a certain age. I have two such tats and one that I keep finding (on Pinterest of course) that holds a certain level of meaning is that of the anchor and quote ‘I refuse to sink’. We’ve all been through something(s) that make us think “I’ll never go there again!” or “I’ll never be that low again!” or “I will never go back there again!” and to me ‘I refuse to sink’ is a great reminder that you didn’t sink then and you won’t sink now. You are stronger than all of that, don’t go back!

I have a little addition though, if I’m to ever get this ink (honestly, as much as I would love to, I probably won’t ever get it but…). I think it should look a little something like this:

I REFUSE to Sink;

even DRAGONS can fall into the Deep

I suppose that, for now at least, I should probably just focus on actually WRITING the books and worry about designs later…although this might also make a great canvas to hang up in the Loft, or part of the back cover…hmm. Now where did I put that illustrator at?