On The Horizon

On The Horizon

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Author, News, Protector Series, The Nova Chronicles, Writing |

There is a ton of stuff happening over the next month. Tomorrow is the cover reveal for Endure, which, if you haven’t noticed, I’m beyond excited about. I had to make some changes in operations this time around with cover artists, and I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t been nervous about it. As you’ll see tomorrow, that nervousness was not necessary. Parajunkee Design, the talent behind this entire website, has put together my absolute favorite book cover in the series. I’ve had it for a while now and even still, I look at it and it just feels right. It’s the perfect cover to wrap around what has become my favorite book in the series as well. This entire journey feels surreal right now. Knowing that on June 5th I’ll have published the final book in my first series is…well, overwhelming is one word that comes to mind. As tomorrow is May 1st, and the cover reveal, I won’t be posting my Blogger/Author alerts until May 2nd and 3rd. This month I have two pretty great people coming at you, but this month is also going to signify some change as well. Starting in June, I’m changing the process. Rather than spotlight one author and one blogger for the entire month, I’m going to do either or, and alternate them. The reason being is that I tend to make the  interviews a little longer, and often times I leave them to the last minute (no matter how many times I tell myself I won’t do that again). I’m really trying to focus on writing my new series, and since I like to invest a fair bit of time in my interviews, it makes more sense right now to have one of them each month rather than two. So to recap, this month you get a blogger and an author, but next month it will be one or the other, and we’ll mix it up from there. This Saturday I’m off to a writing workshop with Donald Maass, and I have to tell you, I am very excited. I started reading his book, Writing 21st Century Fiction, and it’s pretty awesome. I’ve stayed away from reading book on writing, for no other reason than I’d rather be writing, but I wanted to prepare myself for his workshop, and I’m very happy that I’ve taken this on. I’m already mentally developing all kinds of advances in my upcoming series, The Nova Chronicles, that might not have been put into place without his book. It’s going to amplify my ability to tell a story, of that much I am certain. In 36 days, Endure is officially going live on all online sales outlets. This is the book. The way it all comes together. The story funnelling down into a single climax of epic proportions. I hope that with your help, this release can be a huge success....

Read More

Tell A Story Day Part 2

Tell A Story Day Part 2

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in Author, Blog Events, Writing | 3 comments

Today I’ve been invited to take part in Tell A Story Day, where a group of authors has come together to tell a group story in small increments. Two authors will be adding to the story each day with their own creative spin, picking up where the previous author left off. Today I get to continue on with the story as the second contributing author. To read the first part, check out M Todd Gallowglas’s site. When the next part of the story get’s posted online, I’ll post the link at the bottom! And to see if everybody involved, go here. ****  “How about now?” The Elf asked. “Not yet,” the Lawyer said. The Android stepped forward, this time with a new approach. There would be no shoving, but perhaps he could appeal to the Troll’s more reasonable side. “That seems rather prejudicial,” the Android said. “I fail to see how his profession has any effect on whether or not he can, indeed, consume a drink within the tavern. He is clearly not working at the moment. The entire situation seems rather trivial if you ask me.” “Well, ain’t nobody asked you!” The Troll’s eyes widened, huffs of white mist spilling from his nostrils as he snorted. “Keep ‘em fancy words to yourself. That lawyer, or solicitor, or whatever he wants to be next can’t come in. He reeks of evil only ‘em lawyers can conjure, and this here tavern is for non-evil patrons. Don’t like it? Go suck rocks.” “Now?” The Elf asked impatiently. The Lawyer looked up at the Troll and sighed. He smoothed out his suit and buttoned up his jacket. “Are you sure you won’t reconsider?” The Troll leaned down, drops off saliva running of his weathered tusks. His breathing became heavy, a breeze of snot and phlegm shooting from his nose and splattering across the Lawyer’s face. “For somebody with all that edemucation, you sure are stupid.” His jabbed a stubby finger against the Lawyer’s chest. The force sent the Lawyer stumbling back, but the quick reflexes of the Elf caught and stabilized him. “Now?” The Elf asked, his wide eyes pleading. The Lawyer glanced back at the Troll, then to the Elf. He shrugged and stepped out of the way, inviting the Elf forward with a single hand gesture. “I suppose there is no other way.” The Elf’s grin was wide. He stepped forward, but he didn’t Update: Get the next part of the story...

Read More

Endure Update

Endure Update

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in Author, News, Protector Series, Publishing, Writing | 7 comments

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about the last book in the Protector series: when is it coming, is it really the last book, etc. So I’m going to take a few minutes to give you an update on all things Protector series and a few other tidbits. First, when is Endure coming? Endure is running a little behind schedule. I don’t have anyone to blame for this but myself. I didn’t stay very disciplined while writing this book. I started it in November of 2012 and then took all of December and half of January off. Once I got back to work, I found it very difficult to stay focused. I’d write for part of a day and then accomplish nothing for a week. Now that the book has been written, I feel a lot of that was due to it being the final book in the series. There was stress involved, a lot of fear, major lack of confidence, and I needed to get over all that while trucking along at a slower pace. The good news is that the book is done and I’m flying high with excitement. I’m currently waiting for the last few betas to get back to me and although I won’t say much, but based on current response, I will say you can be damn excited too. Second, is this really the final book in the series? Yes and no. As far as I currently have planned, I won’t be continuing this exact story arc. Endure closes off the story I intended to tell, however, it’s not the end of the Protector world. I plan to write some prequels that follow your favorite characters: Willy, Tiki, and Vincent. As it stands right now, they will only be standalone novels or novellas, but there is some series potential in a few of them. All of them will take place before The Protector series and will be more than likely entitled “The Protector Beginnings.” There has been some interest via my Facebook Fan Page about other characters like Marcus and Rayna. I had never actually considered a book from Marcus or Rayna’s POV, but now that I see some demand for it, it’s piqued my curiosity. I have had a few ideas to write two other prequels as well. One revolving around Chase and his life growing up in the Circle up until his exile, and one that goes way back and shows how it all really started: The Great War between demons and humans and the rise of the Circle of Light (the birth of the hunters). Those are just ideas right now and I’m not planning on moving forward with them with any kind of certainty. With all that said, I’m not going to be working on any of these stories yet. I’ve been writing The Protector for four years now and I want a...

Read More

Book Update

Book Update

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Author, News, Protector Series, Writing | 4 comments

Yesterday was an intense and wonderful day. Not only did I break my record for most words written in a day, I finished Endure. In case you don’t follow me on Twitter or my Facebook Fan Page, it took over five and a half hours, but I tapped out 13,333 words. What does that amount to? The first draft of Endure is officially done. I am excited, to say the least. This book has been hard to write. I started it at the end of November, wrote about 20,000 words, and then didn’t touch it until the middle of January. After that it was a lot of start and stop. Write 11,000 words one day and then not write for a week. Write for two more days and add another 6,000 words, then stop for a week. I’ve known how this series was going to end since I finished writing Exiled. I especially had the last scene in mind. It’s true some things changed over the course of the book, and even now having just written The End, some things were altered from my original vision, but it left me wondering if I’ve known how this was all going to happen, why did it take me so long to write? I mean, in reality I only spent about seven weeks of actual writing time, but this book has been in progress since November. What gives? The truth is, I think there are a lot of things involved in this. The first being that I had all the major scenes planned out, but not the transitional scenes. I became stuck in some of those for quite some time, and rather than write through it and fix it later, I waited it out and wanted to get it right the first time. I don’t know if I successfully managed that, but I’ll know when I go through my first round of revisions. The second reason for this was that it’s the last book. I think it was harder than I expected to close it off and let it all go. I’ve been working on this series for four years and it’s been one hell of a journey, both good and bad. Part of me, I think, wasn’t ready to say goodbye. That, and I’m terribly nervous about it. It’s the last book! I don’t want to disappoint any of you. Of course there are other reasons involved as well, but in the essence of saving time, we’ll save those for another day. I’m going to be jumping straight into revisions later today, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how this all comes together from a reading perspective. I’ll be reading the story from beginning to end, cleaning it up as I go along, and changing/adding some stuff that I missed putting in the first round. This revision could take a...

Read More

Author Alert – Tiffany King

Author Alert – Tiffany King

Posted by on Mar 5, 2013 in Author, Author Alert, Publishing | 2 comments

Today is a pretty special day. Not only do I have a bestselling author for March’s Author Alert, but I have one of the kindest, most supportive people I’ve met in the industry yet. Tiffany King is a one-of-a-kind type of person. She’s a great writer and is entirely supportive of all the authors around her. It isn’t a competition; she truly wants to see everyone succeed. In an industry that sometimes seems far more competitive than it really is, Tiffany is a diamond in the rough.   Tiffany was one of the first people I met when I joined Twitter, and she immediately became my friend. She was fun, open, caring, and supportive with me right from the get-go, and she is one of the most active authors I know with her fans. She reaches out to any who might contact her, she does some fun random giveaways through social media, and since 2011 she’s been making a kick-ass name for herself. Today I shall subject Mrs. King to my 11 Questions of DOOM, and show you just how great she is. The Interview 1. You’ve been in the self-publishing game for two years now and surely you’ve been through a rollercoaster of experiences. With everything you’ve learned so far, what are three pieces of advice you would give to any writers out there considering getting into the industry? Anything specifically you wish someone had been able to tell you? The first piece of advice I would give is to create a brand for yourself and stand by it. Secondly, write what you know, and let your passion for that subject shine through. Finally, no matter what, never give up. You will have your highs and lows. Some will love your writing, and others will hate it. People can be cruel, but you have to believe in yourself. Overall, the ride will be the most exciting one of your life. I was extremely lucky. I met some wonderful people at the beginning who were always willing to help when I needed it, and I always try to carry that forward to anyone that asks me for help and advice. I do wish someone would have shown me the perks of Facebook way sooner though. LOL. 2. Although all your books have some level of romance, you started out writing books with more of a Fantasy edge to them, later transitioning into more coming-of-age style novels with a similar romantic flare. With your most recent release, Jordyn (A Daemon Hunter Novel Book One) you’ve come back to Fantasy. Do you have a genre preference, or does it really vary per project and what mood you’re in?  I enjoy both. Paranormal is tough because while you are writing about a made-up world, the story still has to have a continuity and believability to it. My husband and I often bounce ideas...

Read More

Me, My Shelf, And I: 25 Things You Might Not Know About Me

Me, My Shelf, And I: 25 Things You Might Not Know About Me

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Author, Blog Events, Blogger, Random |

Amber and the team behind Me, My Shelf, and I have started a pretty cool event. They’re hosting a new blog theme where each guest tells you 25 things about them you might not know. Today it’s my turn, and they’ve put it all together in a gorgeous post. Want to know what I do three or more times a day? Or perhaps why I’d lock myself in a room with a hungry grizzly bear? Be sure to check it out and find out....

Read More