Working, Whistling, Cough-Shouting

I’m still alive, I promise. I’ve been getting a lot of work done. Work on my books, work on books by other people. It’s like a work extravaganza! I do have a brief rundown of stuff that should be out and available before the end of this year.

Desmond Winters and the Ghosts of Arbolettis – release date – approximately November, possibly December, possibly near the end of December.

Beneath Oceans of Sky – another middle-grade book – by the end of October or sooner.

Iyrico audiobook – hopefully by the end of September so I can get in on the people looking for ghost stories in October.

Destined for Darkness audiobook – Around the first part of November. I’m not actually doing this one. I have a very talented narrator on ACX working on it.

I’m cutting audio on Iyrico this evening which is one of my FAVORITE tasks (NOT). I found this lovely soundbite in which I was trying to clear my throat and what came out was this strange combination of shout and cough that sounded like a demon briefly invaded my vocal chords. I’ll save your ears, but here’s a picture of the sound levels. Normal speaking voice on the left, demon cough-shout on the right.

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The whistling part of the post title was actually a lie. I can’t whistle…like, at all.

 

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Tonight in the Sea of Words That is my Life

The obsession is real and true, my friends. One of the most difficult parts of this whole book writing thing is letting go.

I’m currently driving the CreateSpace people crazy. I’m also driving myself a little crazy with the upcoming book release. Tweaking it has become a kind of habit. I try to let it go, and then I find something to adjust and again, I tumble down the spiral of obsessive compulsive checking and rechecking and scrolling through 300 pages of words, and I can’t trust myself because nothing is ever perfect.

But the book will be out on time, the ebook, at the absolute very least.

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Preorder is Up

Hey, hey! The ebook for my upcoming middle-grade fantasy, Desmond Winters in the Realms of the Caged Sun, is now up for preorder on Amazon at this link. The preorder is up a tad later than I wanted it to be but that’s okay. The book officially comes out on 2/28. The paperback should be out on the same day, but there’s no preorder for it. There will also be a hardcover, but I’m not sure if that will be out the same day.

This project has been a huge deal for me, and I’m really excited about it! I’ll have a lot more info in the next couple of weeks, so be sure to stay tuned.

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Ravens & Roses

The eBook version of Ravens & Roses is out today! It’s the last part of the Annabeth trilogy, so no big fanfare, just book.

I also updated the first 2 books with some minor changes and updated cover art.

These should be the final versions. I have a tendency to want to change things, but I’m done with these now. I had fun, but I’m really ready to move on. Here are the new eBook covers. They all match with the last one being a kind of mix between the first 2. The book is a mix of the first 2 in a way, do this makes sense, and it’s right, and it all clicks together nicely.

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Here’s the link to the new book on Amazon.

Print copies of all 3 will be out soon.

Love and the Dark is now available in print on CreateSpace and Amazon. Boo yah!

Here’s the link to CreateSpace.

The to-do list is rapidly shrinking! This pleases me greatly.

A Broken Car, a Flooded Basement, a Dead Tree Book, and a New Kitty, But Not in that Order

The last few days have been crazy and weird, good but not all good. Over the weekend, we adopted a new kitten, had a car break down, and our basement flooded. The flood and the car weren’t too bad. The car issue was quickly resolved. The basement flood was not. We still have some very wet carpet.

And it’s still raining, so my whole life feels a little waterlogged at the moment. Drive to work in the rain, listen to the rain all day, drive home in the rain, worry about wet basement when I get home. Rain, rain, rain. I think I need an ark.

The new baby is very sweet. We picked him up from the animal shelter in Indy on Friday. They were overcrowded and having a special. We have been thinking about getting a new cat anyway, so this was a good opportunity.

Here he is.

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His name is Bleu. He is very, very sweet. As I was trying to pet the cat in the cage diagonal from his, he was reaching through the bars for me.

He is  also very, very energetic. He bolts from one side of the house to the other and climbs furniture and jumps on tables and knocks things off. He’s a curious boy and currently gets into everything. We haven’t had a kitten in over a decade, so having him around has required some adjustments.

Sneaker, our grouchy, old lady cat, is not handling his presence very well. She should be used to having another cat around because she lived with Max for so long. Apparently, she does not have the same patience for a baby. We’ve had a lot of literal hissy fits.

In other news, Love and the Dark is now available in print through CreateSpace. Click here if you would like to see and/or order it.

I’ll have some copies available at an upcoming author fair I plan to attend in September. I’ll post a link for that soon.

 

 

 

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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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.

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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.