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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Free for the Moment

Hi! I thought I’d pop on to share a thing. I was in the process of inputting book information somewhere and I saw that Love & the Dark is currently in the top 100 in one of its categories. Hooray!

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Here’s the link if you haven’t read it yet. 

I’m thinking about putting a price on it if Amazon will let me do so after the fact. Part of me regrets offering it for free in the first place. I did it to attract new readers, but I don’t think a free book offers the same level of exposure it used to. Now it just kind of feels like a waste when I could be advertising it and possibly making some money.

We’ll see. In the meantime, you might want to snatch it up if you haven’t done so already.

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 Special Delivery and Some Random Updates

A few minutes ago, I was getting my favorite evening beverage, a glass of water, from my refrigerator. I pushed the button and received part of a smarties wrapper with my ice. I thought that was weird, but I was like okay, whatever, maybe it flew in. I picked it out of my glass and with the next round of ice, part of a sucker came out. The children are not currently home, but once they are, inquiries will be made.

 

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Exhibits A & B

 

Last night was the first Halloween in over a decade and a half that I didn’t have to take a child trick-or-treating. The boy is 13 this year, so he pretty much aged out. We handed out 5 pounds of candy in less than an hour, and then we watched a creepy movie called “Jessabelle”. I didn’t really miss walking around the neighborhood. I don’t think the boy did, either. It was a good time.

The updated print edition of Love and the Dark should be available in the next few days. I have one last tweak (I totally just typed that as “twerk”), and it should be all good in the hood. Woo! One down.

The digital version of the last AnnaBeth book should be out next week. The print copy is a week or two out, but that’s in the final stages. Between that and the matching editions of the first two books, I’m a tad tired of dealing with formatting.

And on top of that, I have 2 print editions to put together for the middle-grade book that’s coming out at the beginning of 2017.

I’ll feel a lot better about my to-do list once all the print business is done. These are not my favorite stages of the publishing process. I love the end result, of course, but this part, formatting and making it all somewhat pretty, is drudgery. The software often betrays me.

I’ll post announcements when the various things are up and running.

Smell ya later.

 

 

 

Random Things Lumped Together in One Blog Post

Guess what comes out tomorrow. Guess! Destiny Rise of Iron. I’ve had it preordered for a while now, so I am really, really excited to finally get to play it. There will be no evening walk or other physical activity tomorrow. If I do make dinner, it will probably be peanut butter sandwiches, because my fat butt is going to be plopped in front of the television, zoned in on a video game like the grownup child I am. YES!!!

In other news, Bleu, the new kitten, is a giant jerkface. He’s a wonderful, sweet, crazy cat child, who bolts from one end of the house to the other. He climbs the furniture and leaps from one piece to the next like it’s all his personal cat playground.

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I really forgot what having a kitten is like. I got so used to older cats, who know manners and commands, that I took all that for granted. This week, we’re working on not scratching faces because scratching faces is bad and also not sniffing visitors’ crotches. I thought that was just a dog thing. Apparently not.

We’re also working on NOT BITING CORDS. He has officially broken one mouse and the cord on a really nice pair of headphones. Luckily, the headphone cord is replaceable.

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Sorry for the blurry picture. He’s hard to catch.

I do love him, though. He is SO sweet when he isn’t running amok.

Rapid subject change. I forgot to mention the other day that I put a copy of Love and the Dark in a Little Free Library. Here’s a pic.

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Again, sorry for the crappiness of the picture. I was not on my photography game.

If you don’t know what the Little Free Library is, it’s a network of outside book boxes and people put books in and they borrow them and, hopefully, bring them back when they’re done. I plan to leave more books in other boxes, but it’s just this one for the moment.

I also got this really cool book at the library (the regular library) called A Burglar’s Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh. It’s pretty interesting. The parts that I’ve read so far have been about burglars in history. Reading it has made me decide that one of my future book characters is going to be a thief. She was going to be a journalist, but a thief posing as a journalist is way more interesting, I think.

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That’s all the randomness I have for you today. There will likely be more in the future but not tomorrow, because tomorrow is Destiny day.

Aaannd Bleu just jumped on and then knocked over the kitchen trashcan.

 

 

 

 

 

Bookstravaganza

I’ve been deeply immersed in a book extravaganza the last few weeks. It has been great, and I think I really needed it. These are some of the books I’ve been reading and listening to:

Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
Behemoth, Scott Westerfeld
Goliath, Scott Westerfeld (started listening to this one today)
How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy, Orson Scott Card (haven’t finished this one yet)
Part of an unreleased book by a friend

I think that’s it. Oh, and I’ve been reading through the 2nd AnnaBeth book that came out in 2012. I wanted to fix a couple of typos I knew were in there and make sure the story in book 3 (not yet released) lines up properly.

My writing style has improved since then. There’s actually a lot about book 2 that I don’t like. I know I probably shouldn’t say stuff like that if I want to sell books, but it’s true.

If I wrote that book now, it would look very different, not so much the basic story or the characters. I’m okay with those. And I’m not going to offer specifics about what I don’t like because I don’t want to color anyone’s opinion before they even read the thing.

I won’t worry about trying to fix too much of it now, aside from the typos and small things. I do wish I had written the 3rd book sooner, because the writing is different.

So, next up after this little read-through is the 3rd book, which I would like to have out by the end of the year.

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The Errant Book Child

Hey! How are things? Well, I hope.

I finished another rough draft of a book, well, almost. I have a scene or two left, but more or less, it is done. It’s a short, middle-grade book that I thought would be an easy project.

Turns out, it wasn’t. Writing it was like dealing with a kid that just won’t go to sleep, and when you finally get them to lie down, they do so somewhere weird, like the bathtub.

I’m a big believer in letting a thing be what it wants to be, but in this case, I need to use a heavier hand, which makes me worry about the book as a whole. I think the concept and the bones of the story are okay.

The execution just lacks the level of emotion and detail it needs to be good. I’ve been going through some stuff lately, so my emotional and mental energy have probably been affected. I need to find a way to recharge, and that’s going to involve a somewhat significant break from writing. If I’m not at my best then I’m just creating more work for myself down the road.

So, yeah, new writings are on hold for a while, at least a month, except for maybe some blogging. 

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