I have been writing, revising, and editing like a madwoman on Grave Touched. It is due to my fabulous Turtleduck Press editor, Siri, tomorrow. Yikes!
It’s been a wild, crazy ride. I am happy and relieved that it is almost done. This book has been almost 2 years in the making! Tentatively we’re looking to release it on April 1, 2014. Stay tuned!
What’s next for me? First and foremost, I’m going to enjoy the holiday. I won’t think about writing (well, not much, anyway!) and I’ll give my brain a rest. I have a few ideas about what I would like to work on next, but I’ll need to start book 3, Ever Touched, relatively soon so we can slot it in for a future release. I’ve got a few revisions/rewrites that are calling my name, and I haven’t made any firm decisions on it yet. Although Pirouette, the dark fantasy book I set aside for almost 2 years, is the frontrunner so far. But I have so many! How ever will I choose?
Hopefully next Wednesday I can begin the WWW Wednesdays again. I’ve missed it, and I’ve read so many books since it went on hiatus!
Happy holidays to everyone.
A DETERMINED GIRL…
Dindi can’t do anything right, maybe because she spends more time dancing with pixies than doing her chores. Her clan hopes to marry her off and settle her down, but she dreams of becoming a Tavaedi, one of the powerful warrior-dancers whose secret magics are revealed only to those who pass a mysterious Test during the Initiation ceremony. The problem? No-one in Dindi’s clan has ever passed the Test. Her grandmother died trying. But Dindi has a plan.
AN EXILED WARRIOR…
Kavio is the most powerful warrior-dancer in Faearth, but when he is exiled from the tribehold for a crime he didn’t commit, he decides to shed his old life. If roving cannibals and hexers don’t kill him first, this is his chance to escape the shadow of his father’s wars and his mother’s curse. But when he rescues a young Initiate girl, he finds himself drawn into as deadly a plot as any he left behind. He must decide whether to walk away or fight for her… assuming she would even accept the help of an exile.
Blue-skinned rusalki grappled Dindi under the churning surface of the river. She could feel their claws dig into her arms. Their riverweed-like hair entangled her legs when she tried to kick back to the surface. She only managed to gulp a few breaths of air before they pulled her under again.
She hadn’t appreciated how fast and deep the river was. On her second gasp for air, she saw that the current was already dragging her out of sight of the screaming girls on the bank. A whirlpool of froth and fae roiled between two large rocks in the middle of the river. The rusalka and her sisters tugged Dindi toward it. Other water fae joined the rusalki. Long snouted pookas, turtle-like kappas and hairy-armed gwyllions all swam around her, leading her to the whirlpool, where even more fae swirled in the whitewater.
“Join our circle, Dindi!” the fae voices gurgled under the water. “Dance with us forever!”
“No!” She kicked and swam and stole another gasp for air before they snagged her again. There were so many of them now, all pulling her down, all singing to the tune of the rushing river. She tried to shout, “Dispel!” but swallowed water instead. Her head hit a rock, disorienting her. She sank, this time sure she wouldn’t be coming up again.
“Dispel!” It was a man’s voice.
Strong arms encircled her and lifted her until her arms and head broke the surface. Her rescuer swam with her toward the shore. He overpowered the current, he shrugged aside the hands of the water faeries stroking his hair and arms. When he reached the shallows, he scooped Dindi into his arms and carried her the rest of the way to the grassy bank. He set her down gently.
She coughed out some water while he supported her back.
“Better?” he asked.
She nodded. He was young–only a few years older than she. The aura of confidence and competence he radiated made him seem older. Without knowing quite why, she was certain he was a Tavaedi.
“Good.” He had a gorgeous smile. A wisp of his dark bangs dangled over one eye. He brushed his dripping hair back over his head.
Dindi’s hand touched skin–he was not wearing any shirt. Both of them were sopping wet. On him, that meant trickles of water coursed over a bedrock of muscle. As for her, the thin white wrap clung transparently to her body like a wet leaf. She blushed.
“It might have been easier to swim if you had let go of that,” he teased. He touched her hand, which was closed around something. “What were you holding onto so tightly that it mattered more than drowning?”
Initiate is free everywhere except on Barnes and Noble (where it’s $0.99). You can download a free .epub version via Smashwords.
I’ve already grabbed my copy; this book sounds amazing.
It’s WWW Wednesday time again!
1) What books (s) have you recently finished reading?
Remnant by Kate Hansen – I liked this one a lot. Very different take on the post-apocalypse. My only issue is that while things were somewhat resolved, there was never an explanation as to why things happened. Got a sequel in the works, Ms. Hansen?
Blaze of Secrets by Jessie Donovan – Another book for review. Great book, thrilling, interesting and really unique. I love the idea of elementals and an institution keeping humans safe from them.
Kitty Goes to Washington by Carrie Vaughn – I warmed up slowly to this one. It seemed like it would be kinda boring, but things heated up and it really got good. A worthy sequel methinks.
2) What book (s) are you reading right now?
Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione – This series has been on my radar for a long time, and I finally sat down with this book. ZOMG I think I have another favorite series. The series is about demons and a demon hospital, zomg, and the writing is out of this world. There’s a lot of hot sex, hotter guys (demons), and and and — don’t take my word for it. Check them out.
Gates of Rapture by Caris Roane – I’ve been following her Ascension series since the beginning and have loved each book. So far, this book is amazing.
3. What book (s) will you be reading in the near future?
Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn – Naturally!
Sever by Lauren DeStefano – I swear I’m gonna read this one soon, although I have mixed feelings as this book ends the trilogy.
Phoenix Overture by Jodi Meadows – Can’t. Wait. To. Read. This.
What are you reading and enjoying right now?
Last night, I crossed the finish line. I have been worried about this revision taking longer than I thought, and maybe having to frantically finish it like I did with Fey Touched at the end (lots of rewritten scenes, oh my!), but I’m happy to say that I think I’m gonna be okay. What I finished last night was the first pass of the revision. Should have be the final pass, but I ran into some problems that need fixing before I call it done. Which necessitates another pass. I believe (*crosses fingers and toes*) that this will be it.
My deadline is December 1st.
So, today it begins. Today, it will begin its transformation from a wee little inkling of an idea to an epic, thrill ride of a novel that will leave you breathless. (Okay, I’m being dramatic here. But I am hoping to take it from here to where I visualized it all those months ago). Also, I have been working on this book for going on two years. On and off. By the time it’s published, it’ll be just shy of two years. That’s how long this story has been in my head.
I have also firmed up the entry point and circumstances for Fey Touched book #3, Ever Touched AND I have the last book figured out, too. Might have a book in the middle. Not sure yet.
As for future projects, I might shift gears to either Flamebound, which needs a rewrite, or Survivor, also in dire need of a rewrite.
And Covenant has been niggling at me, too. So many stories, so little time…
Siri Paulson, a great friend and great writer, nominated me for the Liebster Award, and I’m thrilled. (Hush. I’ve never been nominated for anything, much less an award.)
So, here are the rules:
1. Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them.
2. Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
3. Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 400 followers.
4. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.
Okay, so here are Siri’s 10 questions for me to answer:
1. Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Trek all the way, baby!
2. What’s your favourite item of clothing? Why?
My hoodie. Because it keeps me warm when the office is really, really cold.
3. What do you like best about blogging?
I love being able to just be myself, write about what comes to mind. And it’s fun.
4. If you could live in another country, which one would it be?
Ireland for sure. (I’m Irish. It’s been my dream to visit Ireland someday).
5. Tea or coffee?
Neither! I’m a Coke Zero girl.
6. Oceans or mountains?
7. What are you reading right now?
Gates of Rapture by Caris Roane and Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione.
8. Tell us a memory from when you were a kid.
My grandparents lived in a house that was three doors away from the corner, and the corner ice cream shop. And across the street was an empty field where a school used to be. I have so many memories of playing in that field with my sister and cousins and going to get ice cream from the shop. And that shop is still there (we’re talking at least 30 years). Our family was together, my grandparents were still alive…nothing really mattered, you know? It was jut us being kids, living and loving life. I would love to be as carefree as I was back then, but I grew up. Things are different now.
9. Who’s your favourite superhero (or supervillain)?
Spiderman. Even though I’m terrified of spiders. He’s just that cool.
10. Vampires, werewolves, or zombies?
Vampires will always be #1 for me, followed by werewolves and zombies.
Okay! Nominees! I don’t know anything about their blogs, so I’m just gonna choose some cool people:
1. Ana Ramsey
2. Kendall Gray
3. K.A. Rundell
4. Page in Training
Annnd…that’s all I can think of at the moment. (It’s 12:30am. Me tired).
10 questions for you guys to answer:
1. What is your favorite book of all the books you’ve written?
2. Plotter or pantser? Or both?
3. Have you ever participated in NanoWriMo?
4. Have you always been a writer, or did it just fall into your lap?
5. Do you have any unusual hobbies?
6. Do you believe in ghosts? Why or why not?
7. What piece of jewelry do you always wear?
8. Do you speak any foreign languages? What are they?
9. Are you a java lover or a cola lover?
10. Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and what are their names?
Okay, time for me to hit the hay. Thanks Siri for nominating me. I feel special.
Okay, here is this week’s edition of WWW Wednesday!
1) What books are you reading right now?
Remnant by Kate Genet - This one is really interesting. It’s about a girl who wakes up to find everyone gone. I’m about halfway in, and so far I’m intrigued.
Wide Awake and Dreaming by Julie Flygare - This a memoir written by a woman with narcolepsy. I was almost diagnosed with it myself, so I’ve always been fascinated by it and dream/wake states. It is a great book so far.
2) What books have you finished recently?
Oaths of Blood by SM Reine - #2 in her awesome Ascension series, about a possessed werewolf. Very, very cool and very unique! And utterly un-putdownable.
The Forever Contract by Avery Sawyer - This one was too short! It’s about these people who sign this Forever Contract and upload their consciousness to a virtual reality system. Their bodies are kept alive but are in a coma-like state…and there’s some nefarious stuff going on. Just when it was getting good, it ended! But great up till that point.
Possess by Gretchen McNeil - I liked this one, but this was another one of those fallen angel good vs. bad situations, and I think it’s been a bit overdone. BUT it was somewhat unique, so I can forgive a bit of cliché. I might pick up the next book (if there’s a next book…not sure if it was a standalone or the first book in a series).
The Living and the Dead by Todd Travis - Short stories featuring the living and the dead! Very well-written. I actually enjoyed the short novel at the end a bit more, though. Maybe because there was much more to it.
Bullets, Teeth, and Fists by Jason Beech - I just finished this one, and it is for review. Short stories. Very well-written.
3. What books will you be reading soon?
Blaze of Secrets by Jessie Donovan - This is also for review, and the premise intrigued me.
Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock - Been wanting to get my hot little hands on this forever. And now I have it!
So, it’s your turn! What are you reading and enjoying (or not) right now?
Yep. Thought it was time for an update, so here goes. I’m on page 86 of 257 pages. So far, I’ve rewritten the bulk of it from scratch, and I believe I might be almost done with that. And then it should move quicker. I hope. My deadline is December 1st. Which is approaching quickly. We’re pretty much into fall now. Soon, it’ll be November and Thanksgiving and my deadline.
Health-wise, I’m doing okay. I have good days and bad days with my eye. I have an appointment with my neuro next week, so we’ll see what he wants to do. I’m also a bit sleep-deprived these days because I had to change my schedule at work which requires me to get up at 6:30am. Yeah, not real fun.
Been reading like a fiend. Will do another WWW Wednesday soon.
In anthology news, I’m just shy of 50 downloads. It is still free, and will remain free indefinitely. The link is here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/349458
I’ve also been giving some thought to what project comes after Grave Touched. I want to say Darklight, cuz it’s the most logical one, but I promised myself a whack at both the Flamebound Rewrite and Survivor. And there’s Fey Touched book #3, Ever Touched. I’ve also been thinking about how many books I want to write for the Fey Touched series, and I think I will cap it at 5 at the most. Because that’s about 5 years and it’s a good run. And I don’t want to beat it into the ground.
Covenant has been tugging at me, as well as Queen of Wolves (formerly Alpha Female). It’s just a matter of finding the time and getting it done. And that’s only a sliver of my Priority List on projects…
Also been trying to relearn French, which is something I challenged myself to do. It’s been going pretty well, for someone who was really fluent in it, lost about 90% of it, and is older and it is sticking a lot slower than when she was young. Um. But it’s been a lot of fun. I’ve been immersing myself in it — free classes, apps, games, podcasts, an audio course. I think it’s really important to keep the momentum going, so I decided to do some type of studying every day, even if it’s just going through flash cards or verb conjugations. I’m still working on present tense.
So, that’s what’s up with me. How about you?
In Flames, my first flash anthology, is on Smashwords for FREE. All the time. No limited period here.
Grab it here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/349458
This flash fiction anthology – my first – consists of six flash fiction stories, as well as an exclusive four-chapter excerpt of my debut novel, Fey Touched, book 1 of the Fey Touched series.
The flash stories are the following:
Blindsight – A cancer patient takes an experimental treatment, but the side effect is horrific…or is it?
The Stranger – A grief-stricken widow has her husband resurrected – except there’s a slight problem…
In Flames – A pissed off angel sentences everyone to hell, but refuses to see the truth.
The Beautiful Woman – A deformed man is suddenly attractive but the woman he wants isn’t what she seems.
Marionette – A serial killer finds he can control every victim except one…
The Last Kill – A rehabilitated murderer faces madness when her victims become voices in her head.
Check it out. And if you enjoy it, please consider leaving a review. We indie writers need all the exposure we can get.
Okay, it’s that time again!
1. What book (s) are you reading right now?
Lethal Inheritance by Tahlia Newland - This is one for review, and I’m really enjoying it. It’s fantasy and has an interesting world and an intriguing heroine and did I mention I’m enjoying it?
Kitty Goes to Washington by Carrie Vaughn – Next book in her Kitty Norville series. Not too far into this one yet, but I’m enjoying it so far.
What book (s) did you recently finish reading?
Wake by Amanda Hocking – I forgot to mention this one a few weeks ago. It was amazing, about these girls who are actually sirens who pull the MC into their inner circle. Really, really good. I think I read it in a day or two.
Magic Without Mercy and Magic for a Price by Devon Monk – ZOMG, these books were utterly amazing. They were the perfect end to the series. There were no deux ex machina endings, no cop-outs, no perfect happily-ever-afters. It was true to the story and the characters. I really love Allie Beckstrom as a heroine — she really shined in both books. I’m sad to see it end, but am anxiously awaiting the spin off series in November.
Lilith by Victoria Limbert – Another book for review that I really liked. The premise was cool: a human woman is sharing her body and mind with a demon. That’s not something I run across very often and it was well-written and very intense and un-put-downable.
3. What book (s) will you be reading next?
A few. ~winks~
Sever by Lauren DeStefano – the conclusion to her Chemical Garden Trilogy. I’m a bit apprehensive to see how she ends it, and I’m afraid it’s gonna be sad.
Dawnbreaker by Jocelynn Drake – book 3 in her Dark Days series. Looking forward to this one.
Possess by Gretchen McNeil - I’ve been intrigued by this book since I read a synopsis on it quite some time ago.
I think that does it for this week’s edition. Got any books you’re reading now? Any that you’ve finished that wowed you? Let me know in comments.