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!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Update on publishing my book

I told you I'd update you on my book progress so here it is:

Oh gracious. I now know why authors wish that a big company will publish their book.  It's a lot of work, and I already have most of it done.  Just let me say:  I love smashwords for formatting my books in all the different formats for me!  Formatting is just the beginning of the tedious task for publishing an actual book.   The cover art is just as time consuming if not more so, and my cover is basically done.  Granted I have learned a lot in this process and I do realize the first time is almost always the hardest.   Two things kept running through my mind as I put hours and hours into this project.  1) I could be writing right now!  2) I am doing this!   I love my mind for being able to find the good when all I see is bad/frustrating.  Some situations are harder than others, and sometimes the good doesn't compare to the bad, but good is good and I will always take it.  So with all that being said, it's still not done.  See, after all the hours I've put into the formatting, they found errors.  They were willing to print them, but I am not ready to allow them to do that.  Not after I worked so hard on it.  So I tweaked it, spent all morning on it, and now I have to wait upto 48 hours to see if I am satisfied with the way it looks.  Then I will get a hard copy spend more hours making sure that it is ready and then... hopefully it will be ready to sell! 

On a completely different note, I happen to see the trailer for the new Superman movie: Man of Steel!!  Christopher Nolan - the man who made those AWESOME Batman movies - has his hand in it!  We are huge fans of DC Comics' super heroes over here with Batman and Superman being tied at number one.   Yes, this means we are also estatic that Green Arrow has a TV Series: Arrow.  And that they've done a great job with Green Lantern: The Animated Series.   Oh and Young Justice!!  (My daughter is in love with Robin, I think)   Anyways, just wanted to share a bit of me along with what has been an intense amount of time I didn't spend writing.  So now I'm going to allow you to click here to see the Superman Trailer if you want to see it and I am going to head back to doing what I love...writing.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Woo Hoo!  Solace(book2): Lost will be out in approx. 3 months!  I cannot wait to share this book with you.  If you haven't read Solace:Uncharted Territory you should, because Lost will not be a disappointment.  I have three people who have read this, and all three are avid readers who like different types of fiction and one of them actually prefers non-fiction, but they all were impressed with the story.  Which makes me even more excited about its release!  (Sequel books always make me nervous because I've set up an expectation from my readers and the last thing I want to do is let them down.)  I love this book even though I had to put it aside for so long because I had become stuck.  I had most of the book written and the ending came, but I couldn't write the section to bridge the ending to the rest of the book.  That alone hinders the self-confidence, but I fell back on what works for me.   Prayer.  It always makes a difference.  Not always on the timeline that I would like but sometimes a reminder in patience is important. (And honestly, it wasn't like I didn't have other things to do, but I love Jack and Karissa's story.  Plus, my son kept asking when's the story going to be done.) It was crazy how it dawned on me that I just needed to change the music.  I changed up the music I was listening to and wrote an amazing scene!   What comes next?  The cover, which I am almost done with.  I have just a few things that are in need of tweaking, and then I will post it in the next month or so. 

I am waiting on the return of the edited book 8, so that I may complete the final revision and prepare for it's release also!   I am also working on three other stories, while preparing Solace to become a print on demand book.  So much going on and I'm still finding time to prepare for Christmas and all that comes with everyday of life! 

 I hope you are all having as wonderful of day as me!  

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Finished Story 8 and handed it out too my "editors"!  I have a title for it that I am quite confident about, but I'm waiting on feedback before I post it!  I also have a cover mostly done.  I finished a few weeks ago, but I (as with most things I do) put it aside to look at later to make sure I like it.  Sometimes I get really excited about something I've done/created and feel that it's perfect.  However after  I leave it alone for a few weeks and go back to it sometimes I decided that it's really not that great.

Right now I am going through the comments and correction I've received from my "editors" for the 2nd book for Solace and then off to Copyright it goes.  So it should be out end of February/beginning of March.  I cannot wait to start a new count down clock! 

I'm also looking at getting my ebooks made into books.   It's an easy, but time consuming job.    The company that I am looking at does soft covers only, but it helps keep the cost down.  I'd like to sell my books at the same price I sell my ebooks. but it just isn't feasible - which makes sense when you factor in paper and ink, the company's cut and the seller's cut.  But this is still a process - an idea that is really growing on me.  It's one of those ideas that sits in the back of my mind and instead of disappearing it stays there and reminds me most every day. Meaning that I've pretty much made up my mind. (Not to mention, it would be awesome to add my books to "my favorite books" book shelf!)  So, I'll keep you updated on that as things progress!