Love and the Dark

Hey there, cats and kittens! Guess what. It’s new book time! That’s right after several delays due to me, the thing is done; the thing is available. And it’s free, unless you have some extreme attachment to Amazon. It’s 99 cents there.

Sooo, it’s a sort-of romance inspired by the relationship between Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren, only my actress is into her director. I say it’s sort of a romance because there’s other stuff going on. People are getting murdered. The mafia is running around being charming, and there are the Hollywood people, some of them being equally charming. I liked this one a lot, and I think it shows.

It’s only available in ebook form at the moment. I’ll get the print edition out later this year when I try to get all of that biz cleaned up. I’ve got some old editions that need to go.

Anyway, stop reading this, and go read the book. It’s free (except for on amazon). If you like it, I hope you’ll leave a review because those are important to us wordslingers.

 

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Amazon

Barnes and Noble, Nook

Kobo

Scribd

Inktera

a sad garage door and assorted shenanigans

The last couple of weeks have been crazy and not in a good way. I won’t go over it all because nobody likes a whiner. Let’s just sum it all up with this picture of my garage door from this morning.

sad garage door

Uh, yeah. That’s about right.

The garage door is fixed now. Yay! As for the rest of it…time heals, I guess.

I have a book that’s 99.9 percent ready to go. I’ll probably put that up this weekend. If you’ve been following along for the last month or so, it probably looks like I write really fast. HA! No, no. I just put the finishing touches on these two things at times which were very close to one another.

Once I settle on the description, I’ll slap it up on the internet. If you want to see the cover, it’s on my brand spankin’ new facebook page. Here’s the link to the page. The book is called Love and the Dark.

What else is going on. Oh, the book pages on the blog (above) are under construction. I’ve been doing a lot of clean-up as far as getting things on various websites to match and rearranging.

You might notice that I now have one page for grown-up books and another one for kid books. I have a middle grade title or two that I might get out this year, so that’s why those are there. I actually have one finished, but I’d like to release two at the same time. Hence, the delay.

Current AnnaBeth word count is 35380. I’ve been a little slower lately due to various distractions, but I am feeling better now, so we move onward!

Ladies of Hollywood

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Okay, I know this news thing is kind of old, but my annoyance has been eating away at me for a while and I want to post about it, so I am.

Earlier this month, Dakota Johnson commented on ageism in Hollywood, asking why her mother (Melanie Griffith) and her grandmother (Tippi Hedren) can’t get roles in Hollywood, that they’re great actresses, etc. I don’t doubt their acting ability, and I don’t doubt the claim of ageism.

I even believe this bit that Dakota supposedly said – “No matter how tough you are, sometimes there’s the feeling of not being wanted. It’s absurd and cut-throat.”

What I don’t get is why these skilled ladies with fantastic resources sit around and wait for someone to hand them something. Seriously, if no one offers you a role, make one for yourself.

Hell, these days, there are kids with webcams slapping stuff up on youtube and making fairly large amounts of money. And most of them don’t have rich, artsy friends.

So here’s my unsolicited advice to the ladies who feel undervalued. Don’t talk about the problem and hope that things might eventually change. Get off your butt.

Team up with your undervalued lady writer friend, your undervalued lady director friend, and your undervalued lady actor friends and make something real. Pool your resources, because together, you are stronger than the people who disregard you.

Make an indie film. Slap it up on the internet if you have to. The internet is free worldwide distribution, baby.

I will also mention that my writing services are almost always available, and my older lady characters kick ass in their own unique ways.

Here’s the link to the article.

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jan/05/dakota-johnson-brutal-hollywood-ageism-fifty-shades-of-grey-melanie-griffith-tippi-hedren

Things and Stuff

Hey-o! I have all of this stuff I keep meaning to post, and then I get distracted by book writing or gaming or job hunting, etc, and then the stuff does not get posted. So today, I am posting stuff.
I have a couple of things. The Blood of Guardians is up on Wattpad in its entirety. It is also in a variety of other places: iBooks, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Scribd and so on and so forth for free.
You can also find it in the Kindle store, but I’m not allowed to make things free there, so it’s 99 cents, which is the lowest price they allow. However, if enough people report the price difference, they might make it free. Know what I’m sayin’?
Another book will be out soon. I know I said it would be out before this. Things always take longer than I think they will. I should really just estimate time and add like 3 months. I like the next book much better than Guardians. It’s different in a good way.
Whiplash-inducing subject change – I have a cover redesign for Pestilence Rising! I was digging through a cabinet full of books a couple of weeks ago and a copy of it fell out. I picked it up and looked at the cover and decided that the design didn’t fit the book at all. It looks like a Sword and the Stone knockoff or some other kind of medieval business, and that’s not what it is AT ALL.
So, yes. I screwed that one up. It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last.
Here’s the old cover.
Pestilence Rising jpg cover

Here’s the new cover.
new PR cover
Much better. I have only updated the Kindle version so far. The print version and the other digital versions still have the old cover. I will work on updating those another day.
I am also working on a Facebook page for my books. I created it and set up the cover photo. I need to add some stuff to it, because it’s pretty much empty. I’ll post a link to it when I make it public.

I think that’s it for now. Oh, quick writing update – last AnnaBeth book rough draft is up to 22000 words. I think the last 2 were like 70,000 to 80,000 words.

Smell ya later.

Mo Chapters on Wattpad

Two new chapters of The Blood of Guardians are up in Wattpad! I also found a completely butchered spelling of “camaraderie” in the first chapter, so that’s fixed now. Apparently that was a word that I could not spell, but I can now. YAY!  :D

Oh, if you haven’t read the first story, What the Dead Fear is on there too. Here’s a link. The second one will probably make more sense if you read the first things first.

In other very quick news, I’m writing a new thing!!! I haven’t written anything that wasn’t a rewrite in over a year, so I’m really excited. It’s the last AnnaBeth book, so if you’ve been waiting for that, I am officially working on it. I noticed the other day that the previous installment of the trilogy came out 4 years ago. 4 years!!! I did NOT mean to wait this long to finish it! I’m about 10,000 words in.

 

New Stuff on Wattpad

Okay! I know this is probably the worst week ever to post stuff, given that Christmas is in like 2 days, but ready is ready.

Chapter 1 of The Blood of Guardians is available for reading on Wattpad. That is the sequel to What the Dead Fear.

If my proofreader EVER finishes, I will publish it elsewhere. Hint, hint, nudge, nudge, proofreader. Get thee hence and finish.

Here’s the link to the story on Wattpad – https://www.wattpad.com/story/57838817-the-blood-of-guardians

You can also get it in the mobile app. I’ll let you know when I update it. Oh, and I changed my mind on the covers for both What the Dead Fear and Guardians.

These are the new ones.

Quick Update

Hey there! I thought I’d drop by and offer an update on the writing. Okay, so Juniper 2 is in the hands of the world’s slowest proofreader for a final read-thru. He shall remain nameless, but he knows who he is, and if he’s reading this right now, he’s reading the wrong thing!!

I’m thinking about, since the release is so much later than I wanted it to be, putting it up in Wattpad just so the people who are really waiting for it can read it.  Then I’ll do a wider release later, like on Amazon and such.

I have a couple of covers. The dimensions for the covers currently look weird. They’re formatted for Kindle and I followed the directions on Amazon’s website, but they look too wide to me. I might have to make adjustments to that business when uploadin’ time arrives.

covers for the blog

The first is a revamped cover for What the Dead Fear. The second cover is for the sequel, The Blood of Guardians. My goal with the covers was atmosphere, and I also wanted them to sort of match.

I feel kind of meh about the covers, but I’m really ready to be done with all of this Juniper business. I might do a couple of simpler covers and use those instead. Either way, I need to move on with my life.

I’ll post an announcement when the book is somewhere publicly accessible.