My Stories

I write adventures for those in search of a good story. My novels fall in the Fantasy genre, but many people consider them Sci-fi too. Each story is written with what I look for when I read a book: action, adventure, twists and turns, love, heroes, vicious enemies, fighting (weapons and hand to hand combat). I write because I want to share the stories that are inside of me. I hope you enjoy the adventures as much as I love writing them!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Project 21

Title for my newest book is:


Project 21


And, the cover is almost done! Woo Hoo!!   Or, at least, I hope it is. I'm hoping to have the book uploaded to Createspace and ordered (the proof, that is) by the end of the week. Once I get the proof, I'll know if it works and if I'll have it for the Romeo Craft show (which is at Romeo High School) on November 11th!   Once I am happy with all that, I will post the cover art! 
The release date for this book will be in December. (Yes, that means you can get a pre-release copy at the craft show!   ) I'll have a better idea of a date in a couple of weeks when I get the proof of "Project 21"!  

Sunday, August 27, 2017

A new book at Copyright!

You'll be happy to know that my newest story is at Copyright.   Woo Hoo! Which means I have a title. (Amazing!) Cover art... not so much. I'm hoping to have this in paperback for the Romeo show in November, but it all rests on whether or not I have a cover. Ha ha ha    No pressure.  πŸ˜‰

It has been a great summer, not as productive as I would have liked, but I guess that's what happens when your kids take priority.  Now, not as productive doesn't mean stagnant.  I have finished and titled story 21.  I will be sending story 16 to my editors soon.   I've also completed book 2 for "Rise of Ansea", which still needs a little bit of work but the story is done.  And recently, I've been re-visiting story 3, which can I just say, how impressed I am with everything I've learned.  I'm not saying my writing habits are perfect, but it blows my mind how much I have improved.  Story 3 as of write now is 155,000-ish words.  My longest story so far.  It obviously needs work, but when all is said and done, will be even longer.   "The Shadow Dragon: Darkness" is my longest book published so far - coming in at 144,000-ish.  To be able to sit still and write so much is crazy to me.  To have done so six years ago, insane.  Back when I was in school a teacher would say write a 5000 word essay and I'd be lucky to get out half that.  And I had quit writing by the time I graduated.  I feel very humbled to have not finished story 3 so that I get the opportunity to see just how far I've come.  It is a wonderful feeling.  

Anyways, just wanted to let you know that I haven't fallen off the edge of the world.  I'm still writing, and still loving it!  And, I am hoping to get two more books out by next summer for you to enjoy.   

Friday, May 19, 2017

A couple of things going on this weekend

Rise of Ansea has officially released!!!  



And I will have it at the "Crafts Along the Creek" at the Heritage Festival downtown Rochester, MI. at the Municipal park.  I will be there both Saturday (5/20) from 11am until 6pm and Sunday(5/21) 11am until 5pm.  I will also have copies of:


"Taken" books 1 & 2
"Solace" books 1 & 2
"The Shadow Dragon" books 1,2, and 3
"Not Human"
"Heart of the Emperor"

I hope to see you there if you're in the area!  

Monday, May 1, 2017

Rise of Ansea - Chapter one

Can you believe it's May already!!  There's a lot of things I love about May: Spring flowers (specifically the Bearded Irises bloom), Memorial Day (remembering those who have fought and died for our freedoms), Crafts Along the Creek (where I will be selling and signing books), my birthday... And this year Rise of Ansea is going to be released - on the 19th!!

I've added the tab for Chapter One to the rest of the first chapters above!   I hope you like it!

Oh and here's the blurb for the book.   You know, in case you're curious 😊:


AJ’s life before arriving at the United Forces base with her sister lays dormant in her mind, surfacing in flashes that she hasn’t been able to piece together. In her efforts to satisfy her desire to protect and help defend the galaxy from the Zang, AJ excelled in her training as a cadet. The end of her formal training only months away is cut short when she takes a personal interest in one of her sister’s instructors. 

As their relationship deepens, AJ finds herself thrust into the middle of a battle which no instructor could have prepared her. With the discovery that an unexpected enemy has infiltrated the base, her reality becomes forever changed. This presence unravels her sense of self, revealing a part of her forgotten past and putting her in danger of a more deadly enemy than the Zang - a Trozan General who has been hunting her.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Price

You can purchase Rise of Ansea: The General's Mark for $2.99 now until May 18th-ish and then it is going to be selling for $4.99. 

Just a heads up.  All of my books are going to bump up to $4.99 by Memorial Weekend - if they're $4.99 they'll be $6.99.   I'm letting you know so that if you want to purchase them at the $2.99 price you have almost a month to purchase what you want. πŸ˜‰

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Release Date!

May 19th, 2017

Yep, that's the day that "Rise of Ansea: The General's Mark" will be released! That is only one month away!! So Excited!!!  :)
I changed the font color for the cover because when I received my paperback proof, you could hardly see the blue.  : The dark vibrant blue had significance to the story, but this is much easier to see - and looks nice too.  


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Crafts Along the Creek - May 20th and 21st

Received the confirmation yesterday that I will have a spot at "Crafts Along the Creek" (also known as the Heritage Festival) in Rochester, MI.  This year it will be the weekend before Memorial Weekend.  So excited to get to be there again!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Cover for new book (Story 13)

Here is the cover art for Story 13 (as you can see has been titled "Rise of Ansea: The General's Mark") which is coming out in May! I am very excited about it. Not only was I able to breathe life into one of the ideas I had for this book, but I was able to bring in 16year old R.E.J. Kaiser's artistic skills. She gave me the foundation I needed to do what I do so I could accomplish the task of creating a skull worthy of the this story.  Woo Hoo!!!  





Friday, February 10, 2017

No I haven't given up on my dream...

I know it has been a long time since I have written on here.   I just wanted to let you know that I still writing.  A lot, actually.  I'm hoping to have Story 13 out this May.  I'm really struggling with the title (as you can tell) and cover art.  I also have 2 more stories that are almost done.  Both of which I'll be having someone else read shortly.  I'm in need of feedback on the story lines.  One is definitely close to done and the other has the story line completed, but I'm not sure if they are in need of more story.  I enjoy reading them, but I'm worried readers will need more information than what I've written.  Although, I could just be suffering from self-doubt.  So we shall see.  However, I'm pretty excited with the possibility that within the next year I'll have three new books out.  And I have a second book in the works for Story 13 (yep the one coming out in May) - I have the beginning, quite a bit of the middle, and most of the end finished.  I've also been working and tweaking a couple other stories because they're making it hard for me to focus on the stuff I want to get done.

Anyways, I am very hopeful that soon I will have new stuff for those of you who have read everything else I've written!  And with any luck, the story coming out in May will be sold at the Heritage Festival in Rochester during Memorial weekend.

Hope you are all having a wonderful winter!  πŸ˜Š

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Well I am very happy with my book sales at Romeo High School's craft show.  I love the people I get to talk to there, both other vendor's and the people shopping.  It's always a wonderful experience to meet people who love to read and people who love to write.   πŸ’ž   Talking with these people keeps me excited about writing!  I can't wait to do another show!

Yes, I have been doing a lot of writing and revising.  I have one book (Story 13) being looked at by a final editor, and then I get to figure out when the book will be out.   I also have two other stories almost ready for the editing process.  One is definitely closer (story 16)  than the other (story 21), but they are both done... done as in I'm only adding information so the reader will have a better opportunity to be able to see what I see and the characters are getting more depth, but both stories have a beginning, middle, end.  So with any luck I'll have three stories out over the next year or so.  Yeah!!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Selling books in November

Just wanted to keep you posted.  I will be here on November 12th:


I am so excited!  I had so much fun last year!





Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Shadow Dragon (Book 3): Darkness

Darkness was released today July 31st!  This makes it my tenth book published.  I never imagined when I started writing Taken that I would ever publish anything, and here I am 10 finished books later!!  So excited!

I just checked, and it is at iBooks, Amazon, Smashwords, and Kobo, but not Barnes&Nobles (I would expect it to be up soon - not everything can go smoothly).  Anyways, here's the description:

I thought I understood the difference between good and evil, and that my knowledge of the sword would keep me safe. However, my eyes have been opened to those who want to rid the world of me, and nothing is how it seemed. I never could have imagined that there was more to fear than Ceeaira and Marty, but in the wake of Aleksertac’s vow, the dangers have increased ten fold. The Ancients, the Dark Forces, the dragons, and all who want a piece of what Aleksertac now covets are becoming bolder, and alliances are being made. My skills and determination have already been put to the test. How much longer can I really survive in a world with creatures that contain abilities I have never imagined? Aleksertac has been crucial to my survival this far, but will his power be strong enough to fight against them all? Will my spirit have the strength to survive the power that resides within him? I want to believe we can survive, but how long can Light endure Darkness?

Friday, July 1, 2016

Cover for "The Shadow Dragon (Book 3): Darkness"

 There appeared to be one truth to having a dragon by your side: nothing was as it seemed.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Darkness

Have you read The Shadow Dragon: Orbs of Fire

How about The Shadow Dragon: Aleksertac

Why do I ask? 

On July 31st, 2016, the long awaited book three will be released!!!  (I may be a tad bit excited)  I know this is a year later than I had originally hoped, but I am much happier with it.  What's the title you ask?


The Shadow Dragon (BOOK 3):



Okay, yes, I am very excited... and nervous. 

Have you ever seen Disney's Tangled?  You know the part when she leaves the tower for the first time, where she's ecstatic one moment and anxious the next?   



I did not come up with the above pic, but wow, does it depict me pretty much every time I release a book... or finish a story... or write...anything.   

Anyways I hope you have enjoyed the The Shadow Dragon so far and love this next book!   

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Selling my books Memorial Weekend


So excited!  I am once again going to be selling my books at this event:

“Crafts Along the Creek”
39th Annual Festival in the Park Greater Rochester Heritage Days


Memorial Day weekend (May 28th and 29th, 2016) Rochester, Michigan
Saturday 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. and Sunday 11:00A.M to 5:00 P.M.


 Rochester’s Annual Heritage Days is an outdoor event with a long tradition in the community. The show is held in Rochester’s scenic municipal park, providing a pleasant, family atmosphere. The festival can attract over 20,000 visitors and includes the Art and Craft show, musicians, family fun, car show and a variety of other activities. RAIN OR SHINE. 


Monday, March 21, 2016

Facebook

I realize that I am horrible at blogging.  It seems the best way to see what I am up to is to check out my Facebook page (Click here).  I will still post here, but as you can see I don't update often, but on Facebook I can just post a picture, or a something quick.  Here I feel obligated to write more than a few lines.  So if your interested, that's where to find me.  You can post on my posts or send me messages, I love hearing from people.

I am currently doing what I hope is the final read through for The Shadow Dragon book 3, and have been editing Story 16 (this story is almost done as far as getting ideas out).   The last couple of weeks have been anything but normal for me so I haven't done as much work as I would have liked.   As soon as I finish fixing the revisions from my editors, my niece who is almost finished reading Aleksertac (for the first time) is going to read through it and if she and my son approve then I will send Book 3 to copyright and it will be out this summer.  I still want to split the book up (it is currently 138,901words), to me it seems like it should be and not just because of how long it is.  However, that is a question I am posing to them as well.  So I will keep you updated on that.  Either way it should be out this summer  (I know, finally!)  With that being said, I am going to get back to that story!!  

Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  I hope 2016 brings you many adventures and smiles!  I am pretty excited about this year. 

In my writers world it is looking very promising.  The Huntsman's Daughter has had a wonderful first month... Not JK Rowling awesome, but for me awesome!  I finished story 10 on New Year's Eve!  It's not done, but it has a beginning, middle, and end.  As of right now, it is at 112,254words.  I am hoping to get Book 3 (The Shadow Dragon) published soon. I know - it was supposed to be published last summer.  Once I get the edited manuscript back it will be my top priority.  I also have 2 other stories which are very close to being finished.  So that would be awesome if I can get those done soon too.  I am looking forward to selling at more craft shows.  This has become my favorite way of selling books.  I really enjoy meeting people and hearing their stories of why they love to read, their hopes of becoming an author, or how happy they are to be speaking with someone who is doing what they love.  It is so cool to see peoples eyes light up when they are talking about their ideas and thoughts that they hold dear to their hearts.  

I think my favorite part of January is the optimism of the coming year.  I know the year will have times that will drag me down, but I don't know them, I don't feel them in my soul.  I just know that, right now, I am excited about what I can accomplish for my health, my family, my friends, people I haven't met yet, the books I can finish, the anticipation of stories I haven't yet created, the places I will go...       

And yes I am so very excited about the movies coming out this year!  So many hero movies!  Woo Hoo!  


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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

This last month has zoomed by.  I had a great time at the St.Louise craft show.  I love personally selling my books.  It's so much fun to talk with people about how much they love to read or how they've always wanted to write a book.    

The Huntsman's Daughter came out in ebook on the same day and it has been doing pretty good!  This, in case you didn't know, is an adult book because of the situations that occur.  I am pretty amazed that I wrote it, and actually published it.  Ha ha ha...  I don't read those type of books but I thought why not write one.    This book like all my others is still action packed, it twists and turns, has an adventure, and of course has a love story pulling it all together.  

My daughter finished reading the "The Shadow Dragon: Orbs of Fire", which she confiscated from me a while back because she's been wanting to read one of my books and I kept telling her she wasn't old enough yet.  So, she's been reading it, along with her required readings for school, while she sits next to me.   She enjoyed it so much that she wrote a little Q&A on it for school.  My favorite part was how she answered the question of why she liked it:  "It was unpredictable and it's about a strong hearted girl."  As an author, I loved hearing that she liked it. (Granted I knew she enjoyed it because she laughed and would tell me about the things she liked.) As a mom, I was proud of why she like it.  Okay the author in me liked that part to!

The Shadow Dragon Book 3 is still in waiting process.  One of my editors has had life happen and hasn't been able to get to it.  So I apologize to those of you who are still waiting for me to publish it.  I don't want to publish a disappointing story.

I have started and have almost finished another story.  I still have to write the ending and a small bridge, but its almost 90,000 words and I am almost done fixing my revisions of the first draft onto my computer.  This story took me by surprise.  If you read my writing, you know I don't swear a whole lot.  However, I am writing a character who does like to swear.  My brain naturally wants to think of some other way to say it, but the character refuses.  (It's as strange as it probably sounds.)  I've finally relaxed and given him the freedom to say what he wants.   ;)

I've also been finishing up Story 10.  It's almost done.  I have to go back and do some re-writing since I woke up one morning realizing that it's all wrong, because certain characters wouldn't do what they did.  It's not horrible, actually helpful I think, because it was near the end and I was getting stuck, I'm pretty sure when I go back and fix it the story will come together nicely.   This story is currently at 108,695words.   Hmm... I wonder which of these two stories will be done first.  

I must say that I am very unhappy with the lack of snow this year, it's almost Christmas and it's going to be 60 degrees - and it's only snowed once.  If I wanted a warm winter I wouldn't live in Michigan.  Come on, and snow already.     The walks in the woods are not nearly as pretty as they should be.  Although, we've had some pretty foggy mornings with heavy frost which were pretty awesome, but that's all gone by 10am.   

(I apologize for any fragments or, more likely, run-ons in this blog.  I've woke up at 4am this morning and my brain is going 100mph-ish in a hundred different directions.  And for some reason, I thought now would be the perfect time to blog.)  

I hope you have a wonderful day today!  

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Woo Hoo!  I'll be selling and signing my books again on December 5th!




Friday, November 20, 2015

2 weeks until The Huntsman's Daughter!

Two more weeks until the release of "The Huntsman's daughter!  I've added chapter one to the menu above!   The first chapter is not Adult only.    It might just be the first Chapter One I've written that I absolutely loved from the moment I wrote it.  I really can't wait for its release!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Romeo, Mi

I will be selling my books on November 14th in Romeo, Michigan!  Here's the information if you'd like to come and say hi!     If you have any questions let me know.



Friday, October 16, 2015

The Huntsman's Daughter

The Huntsman's Daughter (aka: Story 9) will be released on December 5th!  I am very excited and nervous.  This is my "adult" story, which means I will not allow my kids to read it.  It's a Romance Novel...sort of.  It's still my usual Fantasy/adventure/love story, but with risquΓ© scenes.  Here's the description:


One kiss evokes desire.  Desire leads to passion.  Passion will create a mark.  A mark which proves that a woman belongs to one man, no other will ever create pleasure within her.  

Sasha had always been careful to keep her friendship with the princes a secret, as well as their adventures in the forest.  Blinded by her drive to be the best archer, she made a bet with them.  It shouldn't have meant anything - they were all too young.  Instead it turned her longing for adventure into a twisted nightmare that she could not escape.


One perfect arrow to his heart was all that she needed to get her revenge against the man who destroyed her world, robbing her of her innocence.  When the obsession finally brings her face to face with him,  his touch arouses a searing desire she cannot ignore.  Torn between the fiery passion he has awakened and her need to have vengeance, secrets from the past arise, promising a new future.   Is it possible that he actually wants to protect her or is he just trying to claim her?  How will she survive the opposing powers gathering around her and the desire which threatens to overwhelm her senses?   Is it too late?


The Shadow Dragon Book 3 is in my "Editors" hands so hopefully it will be out soon as well!  I will keep you up to date on that.  

I've also been obsessed with Story 18, when I opened it is was only 22,000 words.  2 weeks later it's at 50,500words.  I haven't backed up or reread it, and it's not at the end yet either!  So exciting!   I love it when a story comes together.  It amazes me that the ideas just flood out as though I'm not making it up at all.  

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

9

Ha!   I sent Story 9 to the Copyright office three days ago.  (Took me longer than I would have liked to decide it was ready) and I just noticed that not only is it Story 9, but it will also be the 9th story I publish!   I realize if you don't know me, you're thinking "that makes sense", but in my world it's a crazy coincidence.  See, I have published Story 1 (Taken) and it's sequel, story 6 (Solace) and it's sequel,  story 5 (The Shadow Dragon) and its sequel, story 8 (Not Human), and story 11 (Heart of the Emperor).   So it is amusing...umm... to me.     :)   Okay back to writing.  

So hopefully this book will be out before Christmas.  The cover isn't going as well as I would have liked, so that will be the deciding factor.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A quick update

Today has been a good day in my Writer's world.

Story 9 is finished and will be going to Copyright shortly.  I have a title and cover in mind, but not sure just yet.  Hopefully though in the next 3months I'll be releasing another book.  Woo Hoo.

The Shadow Dragon book 3 has finally been given the "this is a good book" status.  This means I am going to fix the errors and then hand it to my editors.  I'm feeling a lot better about this book!  Yes, I am going to make it just one book instead of two.  So now I also have to decide on a title and a cover.

Story 13 is giving me problems, but hopefully I'll have it out shortly after I get The Shadow Dragon done!

Okay, sorry this is short, but I have lots to do.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Another day to sell!

Woo Hoo!  I will be selling my books at another event!  Here are the details:


2015 FALL ROMEO BAND ~ CRAFT & VENDOR SHOW ~ (Michigan)
 Saturday, November 14th
 10am to 4pm


I am so happy that I get to do this!  I had so much fun at "Crafts Along the Creek" in Rochester!  I will be selling the first book of each "series" again (and I'll bring a couple of the second books too, since I had a few people who wanted to buy the sets last time).   Don't worry, I will remind you again as the date gets closer!  

I finished my read through for book three, and the first half is practically done, and the second half (what I had hoped to be book 4) still needs some work, but it was better than I had expected.  When I am done writing this I am going to transition the revisions I made in the printed manuscript to the computer.  Hopefully this will be the time my editors like it!   And I re-read Story 9 which I am almost ready to send to the Copyright office.  (Yep, still needs a title.  You would think this would be the easy part after creating a book that is 104,600 words.)  I also picked up my 3rd person book earlier today and decided I'm not ready to work on that.  I'm torn with working through the mess I made and just starting over.  So there is much to look forward too!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

I know,  I know... I'm not doing a great job, not even a good job, at keeping up to date on my blog.    I always sit in front of this screen and my mind goes blank.  It doesn't seem fair.  I can write 60,000word novels in a couple of weeks, but I can't think of anything to write when I want to blog.   So I decided this evening I would just start typing and see what happens.   I am proud to say that I printed off a 133,740 word manuscript for the Shadow Dragon series.  It's actually the mostly finished book 3 and the getting close to finished book 4.  I'm going to read it as one book and see if maybe that is what it's supposed to be.  My longest published book is 116,600ish words, which translated into 488 pages in paperback.    I'm both afraid and excited to see how it all plays out.  Once I finish this, I'm going to pass it back to my "editors" and see what they think.  I'm waiting a little bit to start reading the manuscript because I don't want the story fresh in my mind when I revise it.  In the meantime, I have been working on my attempt at 3rd person.  It is quite a challenge for me.  Seems strange that it would be hard.  Although I guess it's like doing something right handed when you're left handed or attempting to do something backwards when you're very familiar with doing it in the other direction.  It's not impossible, just takes some getting used to.  First person came so natural to me.  I didn't even have to think about it.  I had hoped third person would be the same, but boy was I wrong.  The original draft, I flipped between 3rd person and 1st person without even realizing it.  With the second draft I wrote it 3rd limited.  That was horrible.   I'm on my 3rd attempt to write it and I am trying 3rd person omniscient.  This is a much better attempt, but still not as easy as 1st person.   However, I love the story so much I am not able to shelf it and say "I can't do it."  and it won't work 1st person.  I've also been trying to come up with a title and cover for my "adult" book.  Ugh.  I have come up with a couple of ideas for the cover art, but the title remains elusive.  I also have been brainstorming on book 2 of story 13 (Yes.  Also in need of a title.)  I wrote 20,000 words, but it's not true to the main character so I have to back up and re-write it.   Something similar happened when I wrote Solace: Lost, and that ended up turning out wonderfully!

On top of all that I am enjoying the summer.  It's great having the kids home all day.  Although everything is changing because they're getting older, we still spend time doing things together just us.   I've also discovered my knew favorite place to write and revise down at the park.  The last time I was there I found a perfect spot on a bench by the river.  My legs are too short to reach the ground so they just swing back and forth while I type.  The scenery is perfect: not too close to the river or the playgrounds, I can glance up from my computer and see trees, feel the breeze and the warmth of the sun.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Added a FAQ tab above

I just added a Frequently Asked Questions tab up with my "first chapter" tabs.  It's not very long, but I get asked a lot of the same questions and thought why not!  Feel free to let me know if there is something else you would like me to add to it.  Email: aschmidtbooks@gmail.com

Monday, May 25, 2015

Me on Memorial Weekend

I did it!  I put me (my dreams, my heart, my soul) and books out in the real world!  I had such a wonderful experience on Saturday and Sunday at the Heritage Festival.  


I met wonderful people of all ages.  Some young people who loved to write.  Some older and some my age who had written books, but haven't taken the jump yet.  I met people who loved to read and were happy to check out my books.  Everyone was intrigued by the blurbs (which made me happy since I've always wondered if they were any good) and loved the artwork on the covers (Yeah!!!).  I was selling a book an hour until a gentleman bought two books and then the selling moved up to two books an hour which continued into Sunday!  I sure hope he enjoyed those books!  I actually sold almost twice as many books as I was told I would, which was half of what I brought (making me all smiles)!   Thank you to all who purchased a book or two from me this weekend, each sale made my dream feel more alive!  


Friday, May 8, 2015

Memorial Weekend

So excited!  In two weeks, I will be selling paperback copies of a few of my books!  
Which ones?  These ones:


Taken: Marks of Satrii 
Solace: Uncharted Territory 
The Shadow Dragon: Orbs of Fire 
Not Human 
Heart of the Emperor


 I also made this banner which will be displayed.






  So if you're in the area Memorial Day weekend 
you should come by and visit me!  


38th Annual Festival in the Park ~ Rochester Heritage Days 
Which is located in Rochester's Municipal Park
608 Seventh St, Rochester, Michigan 48307


Saturday, May 23rd 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. 
Sunday, May 24th 11:00A.M to 5:00 P.M.


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Exciting news!

Woo Hoo!   I am very excited to say that it's official!  I will be selling my books at:


“Crafts Along the Creek”
38th Annual Festival in the Park 
 Rochester Heritage Days


Memorial Day weekend (May 23rd and 24th, 2015) Rochester, Michigan
Saturday 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. and Sunday 11:00A.M to 5:00 P.M. 


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

So much going on

Okay, so it's been much too long since I've been on here.  However, I am happy to say that things are as crazy as always.

The Shadow Dragon:
I have handed book three to my editors.  I am still hoping to have it out this summer.  I am now working on book four.  I am almost halfway through it.  The story keeps growing and evolving into more than I had expected.  I have also updated the cover for Orbs of Fire and am posting its new look today.  I am super excited with how it turned out.  I finally figured out how to create fire, allowing me to make the orbs of fire appear the way they had in my mind.  I did add a bright yellowish/white line down the center which is not part of what I had envisioned, but it created a more powerful appearance.




Also, I have pulled The Shadow Dragon series from Smashwords to put it in Amazon's KDP Select program. (Which means it isn't on Barnes&Nobles, Apple, or Kobo.)  Why?  Because I'm curious.  My plan is to leave it there for the contracted 3months, and then take it out of the Select program and put it back on Smashwords, but still leaving it at Amazon.  This is an experiment, so I'm not sure of the outcome yet.

Story 17:
I just finished reading through the first manuscript.  And although a little frustrated, I have a better idea of where the characters are headed.

Story 15:
I had rewrote this story, limiting it to two points of view.  I was so frustrated because the story had lost its heart - it felt disconnected.   I had been ready to cry, because the story is really good, but I was having a hard time telling it in 3rd person and it won't work as 1st person.  Then I remember there were two types of 3rd person, limited and omniscient (aka: head jumping).  I read up on omniscient and my heart leapt with joy.  This is how my story is supposed to be told!  And crazily enough that was how I had originally started.   So I have to go back and start from scratch, but at least I am a bit more confident about what I am doing.

Story 12:
I printed off the manuscript and am reading through it when I have time.  I woke up a week or so ago realizing where I had gone wrong in that story and now I know what needs to happen.  It sits in my car so when I'm out and about and know I will have some waiting to do I can bring it with me.  For example: picking up the kids, doctor offices, boring time during sporting events, and so on.

Solace:
My kids brought home a nasty virus and I couldn't focus on my writing for a couple of days so I adjusted my covers for the Solace books.  There isn't much difference on book one, but I made book 2's cover look more like book 1's cover. I will be changing those on here also.





Story 9:
My friend just got back to me on this story (which is my attempt at an adult book). I gave this manuscript only to two people out of fear that it was awkward. My one friend gave it to me with honest feedback. She loved the story, but there were some parts that needed some touch-ups. So I fixed a few things and exchanged copies with my other friend (who normally edits for me) who hadn't started reading it yet. She just finished today and said it was really good. I asked "not hokey or stupid?" She said "not at all." I of course asked about the "adult" parts? She said "even those were really good."  smile emoticon  No, it won't be considered Romance because my one friend told me it doesn't really fit in that genre. So it will be Fantasy still, but not for everyone.  Hee Hee.  Still one more story almost ready to be published!  Of course there's still the title and cover... Ugh... Nope. That's not going to bother me, I will figure it out like always!

Well I think that's everything in my writer's world.  I hope you are enjoying your adventures too!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A beautiful winter

So instead of talking about my writing I thought I show you pictures from the hikes I have taken this winter.  Views that keep me inspired.  The first five are from a 14.2 mile hike on the west side of Michigan.  My cousin and I were the first ones out on this section of the North Country Trail after a snowfall.  We hiked through about 4inches of snow.  It was absolutely beautiful.   I forgot my camera so these were taken with my dumb phone.  I was so frustrated because the pictures could have been so much better.  As we walked, I kept thinking how other-worldly the Earth looked.  








These next photos are from hikes in the woods near my home that I take when I have a hard time focusing, the dog needs a walk, or I just need to be outside.  They were taken with a point and shoot camera. (I bought it because it was Amanda proof - it could be dropped, it was waterproof, works in below freezing temperatures, and could be ran over by a car.  At the time it was a great purchase, but now, since I've been writing, I see so much more beauty in the world that I wish I could capture.)











These last two are my favorite with the last one being a place I love the most in the winter.  I love how the branch is curved over the trail like a doorway and the way the snow accents the beauty of it all.  They cut the fallen tree this past summer so that it doesn't block the trail which kind of made me sad - I loved to sit there.  It's still an amazing place though.  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

"I Lived" by One Republic

Last year the song "Best Day of My Live" by American Authors grabbed tight to my soul. I listened to it everyday, never tiring of it. For the most part I accomplished what I set out to do. I strived to make each day the best day.  It's pretty amazing how one song can speak so much in only a few minutes.  As I flipped through my photos I have taken over the year, I was throughly impressed at what a great life I had in 2014.  Granted not everything was the best, but when I lacked optimism and strength, God made sure there was someone to help me through it.  Sometimes it was just a smile, sometimes an unexpected hug, sometimes my children laughing, or compliment I didn't think I deserved. I can honestly say that 2014 was a wonderful year.  I may not have finished as much as I wanted in my writer's world, but I never stopped, I never gave up, and in 365 days I did something for my writing everyday.  Whether it was writing, reading, editing, revising, promoting, brainstorming,  at the end of the day I can say I accomplished another piece to one of my stories.  The conclusion was a resounding: being a writer is not option.  It is part of what makes every day the best day of my life.

Moving into 2015, "I Lived" by One Republic has rooted itself in my soul:

"Hope when the moment comes you'll say:
I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived..."

I hope this year that each day I will make sure I do something that makes me feel alive. I hope that even when things are bad, I'll believe there's better things to come.  I hope I'll always remember that I am blessed because I made a positive difference in someone else's life. I hope at the end of each day I'll swear I lived.  

This video is pretty awesome. I find One Republic pretty inspirational in their music and lyrics.  And their last couple of videos have left me glad that I watched.





What to expect from me in writing?  Definitely the Shadow Dragon book 3!  I am very excited with how this story grew.  It started from a dream I had while I was camping a few years ago.  Something about a girl and a guy who couldn't be together because of what might happen - and he knew it wouldn't be good, but he couldn't not love her.  Of course the rest of that dream is nothing like the book.  It was just an idea.  When I was writing it, I had only expected it to be one book, but it turned into two.  And now it looks like it's going to be four books!  It's so amazing how that happens.

I'm also hoping to get Story 13 published.  On a side note: I read through my list of stories that I have started (it's a sheet of paper with the story number,  the main characters, and how many words have been written) and realized I totally forgot that I finished Story 9.  However my friend still has it.  (I'll have to see if she's even taken a peek.  I mean if I forgot about it, what's to say she hasn't.)  So hopefully that one should be on the published list this year too.  Which makes a definite 3 books published in 2015 with the chance there will be more.  My brain never stops, which means the possiblities are abounding!  

One thing stands out to me with this song being my inspiration for the year: I am looking forward to the adventure that awaits!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

"The Shadow Dragon" on Amazon

The Shadow Dragon both Orbs of Fire and Aleksertac are now on Amazon.  The link to the right will take you to the page or you can click the blue text and it will take you directly to that book.

Three of eight books on Amazon!  The Taken series will be next, and will most likely be out in January.

What else am I doing?  Well, I've started re-reading Taken.  I'm revising story 14 (almost done with doing that), and I started another story (I won't know until I revise the manuscript, but this might be my 1st short story). Writing this one has been strange.  I woke up one morning about a week ago and just wanted to write. (I won't knountil I revise the manuscript, but this might be my 1st short story.)   I had no idea about what, but I started writing - wrote 5000 words that day.  Each time I sit down to work on this book it's like  that.  Brainstorming for this book has been just about zero, well consciously anyways.  I'm at 19,000 words and I really haven't given it the time I normally give a new story, but still I'm impressed.   It's when I'm writing it that I get ideas of what to do or what I should have done.  Normally a new story takes up my waking hours (if I'm not writing then I'm brainstorming about the story - constantly), and this isn't even the one that has been whispering in my head.  Perhaps with everything that is going on in my life and writer's world there just is no more conscious thought available.  Ha Ha Ha...  Maybe.  I won't know until I revise the manuscript, but this might be my 1st short story.

Now that The Shadow Dragon series is on Amazon that will open up some time to get what I am currently working on done.  As soon as I'm done revising Story 14, I'm going back to The Shadow Dragon book 3.  Those thoughts are starting to yell at me.  Which is a really good thing since I want to get it done in the next 3 months-ish so I can publish it in the summer!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I'm writing often, just not here. Sorry.

You would think if I can write +50,000word stories, that writing a blog should be so easy that I could do it daily.  However, I finding the shorter the writing is supposed to be the harder it is for me.   Thus my loathing of titles, descriptions, 2 page essays, and the impossibility it seems for me to write a short story.  I mean I can write a short story, but it's not good.   By the time I fix the "short" story so that I like it, it's about 50,000words with room to grow.  Anyways, there are a few things I wanted to let you know about.

First!   After much debate, I have begun the process of putting my books on Amazon.  It wasn't as horrible and difficult to understand as the first time I had attempted it.  As of last night, Heart of the Emperor is now selling at Amazon.  I have added the link to the right, under "Where to find my books (ebooks)".  Or you can click here!  I am re-reading each of my books and touching up the stories.  Only because I know I've (finally) learned a lot about sentence structure, flow, the over-use of certain words, and patience.  After I re-read each book, I'll be formatting it for Amazon (Ugh.  Not hard, just tedious and time consuming - that hasn't changed.)  Also, my books will continue to stay at Smashwords, Barnes&Nobles, Apple, and Kobo, so if you don't care to shop on Amazon that's not a problem.

Second.  I have The Shadow Dragon re-read and am almost done with Aleksertac.  Those obviously will be the next books to go to Amazon.  Which is important since I want to publish Book 3 summer of 2015.  Re-reading them has been awesome.  I was surprised with how much was set up for the sequel books, because when I wrote Aleksertac I did not know that the series would continue.   Just one more thing to add to my amazement of my writing abilities.

Third. I am making revisions to Story 14 and am very happy with it's progress.  Granted I haven't gotten to the part that needs rearranging yet, but I am adding more details and I like that.

Fourth.  New voices have made their presence known.  They have moved passed the whispering stage, but they are not consuming my mind yet so I am diligently working on the things above with hopes of finishing them before these new voices begin to yell and I cannot focus on anything but them.

I saw this the other day and downloaded it because it made me laugh at the truth of it:



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Not Human cover

I am such a work in progress.  Working on new stuff, working on older stuff, writing, creating... love learning all about being a writer and author.  I had posted a link to Not Human in a writer's group I belong to and it was pointed out to me that the cover needed some TLC.  The picture in the link was so blurry, it was quite embarrassing.  It looked fine in my pictures, or so I thought until I redid it.   So with some advise and opinions, I was able to clean it up.  Having a better graphics program (with tons of tutorials) makes all the difference in the world.  So very happy right now!








Friday, October 17, 2014

One of the best things about fantasy!

One of my favorite parts about writing is seeing different worlds.  Sometimes it's just the environment and sometimes its the people who share a planet but belong to different "worlds".  With The Shadow Dragon the world has an Earthy feel to it, but you know by the end of Chapter One that it is not.  There are creatures and realms that my mind invented, and as I continued the story I created more - I'm blown away by what I come up with.  And it's totally awesome how vividly I see everything.  I think that's one of the most challenging pieces for me - to see it so vividly and forget the reader isn't there with me.   Although that is why I have three people read the stories before I publish it.

Now I know I don't go into great detail, but that's only because as a reader I don't appreciate a lot of detail.  I love reading stories that give me information without making me feel as though I don't have an imagination of my own.  Unfortunately sometimes I think I err too much on the assumption that everyone has a wild imagination.  (I'm a work in progress and I know it.)

With Taken, I move between two worlds one that is mine and one that we all know - Earth.  In Not Human I stay on Earth.   A friend asked me if I ever wrote stories on Earth and so I thought sure I can do that, but of course the scenery in that story isn't crucial to the story.   It's not that I don't write with Earth as the backdrop because I don't like our planet.  I very much love this planet we live on, nature never ceases to amaze me.   However, I love the ability to see things differently and so I write new worlds to allow my imagination run wild.  I loved writing the planet the Langiro (from Taken) lived on.  It was the first time doing that since I was in 7th grade.   And writing Solace was great because although the story starts on Earth, it was just the beginning.  The Middle of Nowhere, as Karissa called it, created itself as I wrote it.  I had no vision of it beforehand.  It simply evolved as I created events for Karissa and Creature/Jack to survive.  It would have been simple for either of them to survive, but to do it together I knew I had to get creative or the reader would get bored.  And then creating the Zarran world in the second book created itself from Karissa's capabilities.  It was spawned from the first couple of chapters in book one where she sees the military men on the cliffs and knows that the cliffs of the Stronghold wouldn't slow her down because of her agility and that her body was built for that terrain.  In Heart of the Emperor, the story starts on a world that is beautiful, but I didn't want it to be just a place that everyone would want to live.  It needed to be both beautiful and dangerous.  And here is the world the Heart of the Emperor begins:

"X5401 had a beautiful landscape. There were tall mountains that were forested in the tall, thick plant-life which amazingly enough was able to grow in the rock-hard soil. Gentle, rolling hills led to the edges of steep valleys, giving the planet a tranquil ambiance between the mountains. From space the planet appeared a soft lavender because of the soil. However on the planet, everything varied in color from pastels to deep vibrant colors. The patches of green grass were the exact opposite of the soil and covered the ground sporadically over the planet, except on the mountains.
The air stung your nose and lungs, but it didn’t kill you, well not right away. A person’s body would adapt within ten minutes. With that being said, a person could be out in the open air for a day or two, three at the most. It was common within the first day to suffer from nose bleeds, headaches, and/or severe dry skin. By day two, most would lose their sense of direction, some became sterile, others lost their inhibitions, and a few have gone crazy. If a person was found by the end of day three, they were dead. Everyone who lived here has pushed their limits with the air at one point or another. I had suffered the nose bleeds, headaches, and lost my wits and inhibitions. Luckily though, that was only temporary - for some people it has been permanent."


From there Matix is taken to a world that, to all outsiders, is just as horrid to look at as the environment is.  As stated in the description for the book it is a world where the sun never shines.  I loved writing this world of rock and lava and how beauty really is all perspective.



Thursday, October 9, 2014

Candy Corn

Okay so those of you who follow on Facebook have already read this.  However for those of you who don't, I wanted to share this with you.  I was taking a break from what I was working on, yes while eating Candy Corn, and decided to jump on Facebook and just simply post "I love when Candy Corn is in season".  Well my brain didn't stop there, it continued with this:

I love when Candy Corn is in season! The ground is a colorful array of different shades of orange, red, and yellow - sometimes the leaves still holding a piece of summer's green. The crisp cool air in the morning that hasn't been captured by winter's freeze, allowing droplets of water to sparkle in the rising of the sun. There is something uniquely beautiful in the bare branches that reach for the sky. Cloudy or not, their darkness that marks summer's end contrasting the brightness of the sky holds me in awe of the nature that surrounds. 

~ Amanda Schmidt



I do love this time of year, and the candy corn always taste the best - I often wonder if the bags I find at other times of the year are leftovers.  I will sit down with a bag of candy corn and eat until my stomach aches.  But does that deter me?  Not a chance.  As soon as one bag is gone, the next time I'm at the store I buy another - it's a vicious cycle really.  I am a Michigan girl.  I love each and every season and as one draws to a close, I anticipate the weather of the next with a smile.  

I hope you also are enjoying the season... and the candy corn!  Hee Hee

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Still writing! (As though stopping is an option.)

Okay so a large amount of time has passed yet again.  I am proud to say that it's because I have been lost in my writer's world.  I am aiming to have The Shadow Dragon book 3 published next summer and book 4 with in the next month or so.  Lots of work to be done there but not too much.  Plus, (like I've previously said) I already have the titles and cover ideas!   What am I doing now with the books? I am currently reading the printed manuscript for book three.  I've already re-read books 1 and 2 to make sure I am keeping everything straight - I even took notes.  There was only a page front and back and a half.  Pretty happy about that.

Story 13 is pretty much done, except it was brought to my attention (as though I forgot) that I can't publish it without the next book being close to done.  So I've started that.  The story really does need more.  The story doesn't leave you hanging, not really, but at the end you know there is definitely more to come.  So I am working on that.  I can't tell whether it will be a book 2 or I'll just add it to what I have.  Only time will tell.  Plus, I can't publish it because I do not have a title or cover idea, ugh.  (I know big surprise, right.)

I have also been working on Story 14, and that was going really well until I realized that I wrote a section wrong.  Gotta love when characters decide that the story you've written needs to be changed.  So, I printed off a manuscript to restructure it.  (This is when I want my "Ironman" computer.  You know where the elements are up in front of me, tangibly, and I can grab and move things around and throw the other stuff away).

With all that going on I ended up having to work on story 12 too because it kept waking me up in the middle of the night.  I am happy with the way that story is moving along too.  Turned out that I had tried to put an event to close to the beginning, so once I moved that the story has been moving smoothly.

It is so amazing to me how each world I create keeps itself straight in my mind.  I only have to read one sentence and everything becomes clear and my mind starts up right where I left off as though I had just been working on it.   I feel truly blessed!