Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Character Sketches | Part 2 | Phantom's Daughter | Hands Of Time series #2

Hey ho, #HandsOfTime series peeps! 

Last week I shared some character sketches for book one in the series, Present History. Today, I will be continuing in revealing some character sketches, but this time it will be from book 2 in the series- Phantom's Daughter! 

Let us begin with a summery of this book...
Ebony Hunter has been an outlaw for as long as she can remember. Her memory, however, doesn't go back more than a few years. Some event erased her memory- she has no idea who she really she got tangled with the outlaw gang called Phantom- or ended up on the wrong side of the law. 
When she discovers her pursuer, U.S. Marshal Ethan Fellows is someone from her mysteriously shrouded past, the clock is ticking. Can she escape Phantom before her life is claimed in the process? Who is Ethan, and why does he know her past but will reveal nothing to her- save his intentions to lock her away or see her swinging from the hangman's noose? 

Setting: Oregon 1895

Ebony Hunter North (Hunter) 
Location: Oregon, USA (1895)
Age: 23
Occupation: Outlaw & Co-Leader of Phantom
Hair Colour: Dark Brown
Eye Colour: Brown
Height: 5'7''

Ethan Fellows
Age: 28
Occupation: U.S. Marshal
Hair Colour: Light Brown 
Eye Colour: Blue 
Height: 6'2''
Character Comments: Ethan doesn't discriminate...he just hates everybody. Just kidding ;) He's actually a very nice guy, but his history has made him a little rough around the edges. 

Jackson James Dewar (Jack)
Age: Unknown 
Occupation: Outlaw
Hair Colour: Blond
Height: 5'11''
Eye Colour: Green
This guy has made an appearance in book 1 (under the name James Dewar), now book 2- so if you're wondering about his contemporary-ness, don't worry, he was fully 21st century in Present History. How he makes it around from time period to time period is a mystery that will be slowly unraveled as time goes on. 

Terrence North 
Age: 42
Occupation: Phantom's Leader & Famous Outlaw
Hair Colour: Dark Brown
Height: 6'
Eye Colour: Ebony
Character Comments: Ebony Hunter North's father. 

Dan Heeler 
Age: 37
Occupation: Outlaw
Height: 5'11''
Eye Colour: Brown
Hair Colour: Ash Brown

Howie Robertson
Age: 45
Occupation: U.S. Marshal (Scottish)
Hair Colour: Brown 
Eye Colour: Green
Character Comments: Howie is a supporting cast member in Present History (book 1), as you'll know if you've seen Present History's Character Sketches! He originally hailed from Oregon in 1895, so that's why he's another supporting cast member in this story. He and Ethan work together as U.S. Marshal's. 

There we are! Now you have a basic idea of the main characters. What'd'ya think? 
Below are more story inspired photographs I found searching on pinterest and tumblr :)

Read a SNEAK PEEK of Phantom's Daughter on Wattpad, here's the link. Make sure to comment on how you liked it & also vote- it helps me get more exposure and new readers :) 

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Monday, 29 February 2016

Character Sketches | Part 1 | Present History | Hands Of Time series #1

Today I will be introducing to you the characters from Present History! Wahoo! I've gone hunting on pinterest for actors/models who look similar to those I've written about, and I create storyboards with them in mind. So, without further ado, let's get started. 

Book 1 in the Hands Of Time series...
Excerpt: Seeking refuge in Canada after her police officer father is killed in action, fictitious characters begin appearing in her house...characters from her books, from history. 
A Scottish U.S. Marshal, a battered Civil War soldier whose identity is not what it seems, and a hardened criminal with a grudge, determined to silence Ellie before his secret gets out, all come calling to her lakeside cottage.  
Setting: Present Day
Location: New York City

Ellie Daniels
Age: 22
Time Period: Present Day
Hair Colour: Brunette 
Height: 5'2''
Occupation: Author

After her father is killed, she takes some much needed time off, where she goes to Canada to stay in a childhood vacation home. A cottage, in British Columbia. 

Tom Holt

Age: 28
Time Period: Present Day
Hair Colour: Dirty Blond
Height: 6'2''
Occupation: N/A 

Character Notes: 
Tom's good humoured personality is readily seen, but a secret loss clouds his world from the day he and Ellie meet. 

Ethan Fellows
| Marshal |
Time Period: 1895, Oregon

Age: 28
Hair Colour: Light Brown 
Height: 6'1''
Occupation: U.S. Marshal

Character Notes: 
This hot-tempered Marshal has a personal dislike for...basically everyone on planet earth. His past has been riddled with loss and hardship, thus he is obsessed with serving justice- especially to the infamous outlaw Terrence North, and his son, Hunter. 

Justice Hudson
| Lieutenant | 
Time Period: 1865, USA (Civil War) 
Age: 20
Hair Colour: Dark Brown 
Height: 5'7''
Occupation: Union Sharpshooter 

Character Notes: Enrolled in the Union Army, disguised as a man, when she was 16. Has a personal history with slavery and injustice, making her moral convictions run deep. 

Howie Robertson
| Marshal | 
Time Period: 1895, Oregon
Age: 42
Hair Colour: Dark Brown
Height: 5'11''
Occupation: U.S. Marshal

Character Notes: Initially came from Scotland (has a thick accent). Works with Ethan Fellows. 

 Jonathan Dreggs 
| Colonel | 
Time Period: WWI
Age: 33
Hair Colour: Light Brown 
Height: 6'
Occupation: Colonel in the British Army

Hannah Buehler 
Time Period: 1800's 

Age: 64
Hair Colour: White
Height: 5'3''
Occupation: Town Healer & Herbalist

Jackson James Dewar (James)
Time Period: Unknown
Age: Unknown
Occupation: Assistant to Literary Agent, Marg Lindle
Height: 6'
Hair: Blond

Here are a few more pictures I've used as inspiration and to depict some scenes...

If you'd like to give the first few chapters of Present History a read, check them out here
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Thursday, 25 February 2016

How to write a book (video)

Hey guys, so today I am going over the method I use, to write books. I hope some of you find this helpful!

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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

10 Misconceptions About Canadians by Ashley Nikole

Hey ho! Today I have a video with people top 10 Misconceptions about Canadians. Watch on and enjoy! If you have any other questions or stuff you think Canadians do, leave them down below- and I'd love to do part 2! 
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Monday, 1 February 2016

#HandsOfTimeSeries Writing Update

It's time to update all ya'll with what's going on in the writer's pod department.'s the scoop. 

For those of you who don't know, I'm writing a time-travel-type series called Hands Of Time. In book 1, it follows the story of Ellie Daniels, an author, whose father is killed in the line of duty. She leaves the city to visit a childhood vacation spot (a cabin) to grieve and figure out her life. While she is there, characters from her books start appearing in her house. Alive and from out of history. 
Each book coming after Present History, follows the characters who time travelled, when they go back to their own time. 
Present History is Contemporary. Phantom's daughter is set in 1895, and Justice Hudson during and following the Civil War. If you want a full synopsis on each book, click the linked title for each. That way you can read an excerpt for each one, and also the first few chapters that I have uploaded for you guys as a sneak peek. 

Book 1 - Present History 
This one is all written and I've done a ton of editing on my own. That being said, now I'm on the hunt for a professional editor, and the budget to pay them- which is hefty, but worth it.

Book 2 - Phantom's Daughter 
For Hunter & Ethan's story, I'm about 98% done writing the rough draft. It's taken me a while to get the ending, (writers block hit me the last few months, hard and BIG) but in the last few weeks I got a second (or millionth) wind, and so I'm typing the ending up. 
I'm definitely looking forward to having the rough draft finished, so I can begin plot re-working, deconstruction and reconstructing ;) and all the good stuff that comes along with getting lots in edit-land. 

           Book 3 - Justice Hudson (No title besides the MC's name as of yet, stay tuned) 
I'm just past the halfway mark in writing this one. Although, strangely enough, I've skipped ahead and am writing the 3/4 of the way through, part. 
I have a beginning, partial middle, no substantial middle, and a wicked climax. The ending isn't written yet, but I'm enjoying pulling this plot together differently than I normally do. It is such an emotionally intense book. It's all guns blazing- on all fronts, people. It's intense business. 

I have a handful of idea's for Book 4- following Captain Jonathan Dreggs' story from WW2, (he was one of the characters that time-travelled to the year 2015, in Present History) and all that whatnot, but I absolutely must finish Phantom's Daughter first, and proceed a bit more on Justice Hudson. Then, then I will begin writing book 4. Eek! 
By the time I get published, I might have all 4 books in the series written, personally edited and ready to go! Planning ahead ;) 
I've spoken with an editor and agent, gotten some advice and quotes from them, so I roughly know what the next step to take is. This publishing/editing process is taking longer than I first expected it to, but I know it will happen in good time. I cannot wait for these books to get out to the public, I'd go banana's over them myself, even if I hadn't written them. 

If you want to follow along with little tidbits of writing and smaller updates, check out my IG @ToAshleyNikole . I use the #handsoftimeseries hashtag to keep all the series writing posts in order. 

That's all for now. I'll keep you posted on what's coming next for me in the writing, editing and publishing world. 

Peace out!