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!
Thursday, December 12, 2013
What people are saying about Not Human:
"I will start by saying, this is not my usual type of book. I'm not much for action or science fiction. But there were good relationships that developed, and especially the middle part of the book was very good. The action scenes were pretty intense too, it's just not the kind of thing I get into. If you like a story with heart AND action, give it a try."
"Great book and story! Read all of this up and coming authors books, and she never lets me down! Very creative story. Sci-fi at its best! Real page turner, I highly recommend."
"This book may not be for everybody, but it's great entertainment for the price. The author does a great job of "painting" the picture in your mind, you can't help but root for Rose and Zatak - be ready for twists and turns, the ending will surprise you!"
"I enjoyed the book as a whole, the writer adds plenty of energy. The beginning of the book was so filled with excitement. The middle dragged a bit for me and then the ending came back with a punch. As with all the books from this writer I was not disappointed."
What people are saying about The Shadow Dragon: Orbs of Fire:
"I couldn't put it down. Loaded with adventure, the character's so unique a story so worth reading. I look forward to the next book, which I watch for.The writer has a wonderful imagination."
"I READ BOTH BOOKS AND LOVED THEM. I WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE..Great story this has been my favourite from this writer so far. I have read all her books and enjoyed them all."
"This book kept me wanting for more. I could not put it down. This author really has a talent for capturing the readers attention and taking them on a mind gripping ride of suspense, danger, fantasy, and love. I highly recommend."
Monday, December 9, 2013
Yeah!! Finished my revisions on Story 13!! It is just over 85,000 words. Now I have to print it and get it to my "editors"! Another new story almost ready for copyright. Next year should be a good year for me as far as publishing goes. I already have three in the waiting "to get through the Editors" stage, and tomorrow - hopefully - I'm going to start on The Shadow Dragon series, and I still have several stories to finish up and the ideas for othe books are brewing again too. Plus I have The Shadow Dragon (books one and two) and Not Human almost ready to be in Paperback.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
I know, not a lot to report on. It seems life sometimes slips the rug out from underneath me and I have to work hard to get back up. One of my favorite lines is from Batman Begins: "Do you know why we fall? So we can learn to get back up." My daughter asked me this morning about life (in general). Is life great or does it suck. I smiled to myself and replied, life is as great as you want it to be. It all comes down to how you're going to perceive it. Your attitude will decide if life sucks or if life is great. She replies (with her big toothless smile and her sparkling eyes), "Well I want life to be great." While I was out for a hike today my mind reflected on that conversation. I have to agree with her, I want life to be great. I'm not where I would like to be (physically, emotionally, financially, nor locationally) and lately there seems to be a lot that wants to pull me down. I've always seen my daughter as my wake up call in my life and once again she has caused me to re-evaluate. Not my goals and dreams, quite the contrary. What is it about aging that causes us to lose our optimistic perspective? Sure we're more aware of the bad in the world, but why do we, ourselves, falter? I, obviously, don't have the answer. However, I am going to hold onto my dreams and strive to continue to be a positive influence for all those around me, especially my children.
Things have a funny way of working out. :)
Thursday, November 21, 2013
I'm a big fan of black and whites, and to me this is beautiful. So as far as my paperbacks go, I will hopefully have Not Human and The Shadow Dragon books 1 and 2 out in paperback in the new year. Shortly I'm going to order the proofs of all three, make sure that I love them and then they'll be selling in paperback at amazon and createspace, which means I will have them on my book shelf! (Yeah!) Everything else is very slow going, since I am using the computer at the library it limits the time I have. It would be great if I only had to write my books but such is not life, and of course the library isn't a 24hour facility. I have picked up Story 3 again. I think I'm going to cut it into a few smaller books. With the learning and growing I've done as an author I think I can get this adventure off the ground. I haven't actually looked at this story in over a year, but it's been whispering to me so I know I had better take a look. Now that I have time in the evening with no computer I can read the printed manuscript. I am still working on Story 13 and it is still growing. The Shadow Dragon books have been simmering in my mind so as soon as I finish story 13, I will be working on that. Unless of course I get Story 11 back from my busy friend - that will take precedence over everything.
I am doing the best I can with what I have, and hopefully the books will keep coming so that no matter what I can put another story out there for you to enjoy!
Friday, November 8, 2013
My least favorite parts of writing a book are the title and the description. These two things should be easy after all the work I put into the rest of it, but they're not. I know I've complained about this in other blogs, so I'll keep it to a minimal. I sure hope one day I laugh real hard about this. I do laugh now, but not as heartily as I should (it's more of a "this is just ridiculous" laugh followed by "Grrr..."). I still have a little while because I'm still waiting for the third edited copy, but I seriously have no idea what to name it. And yes, I'm stuck on the description too.
Me brainstorming the description:
"What's the book about?" Sadly the first thing that comes to mind is: it's about a girl. Ha ha, right? A little humor: It's like in the first Spiderman movie when he says "every good story is about a girl." Anyways, Story 11 is an adventure in space, obviously in the future, and nowhere near Earth. The main character's name is Commander Emma Matix. She takes on a mission, as a favor, to transport a deadly Kamtra prisoner. She is led to believe that she is there for diplomacy, only to find that she's supposed to be a translator, but as things go awry, she's not sure that is the truth either.
See. Ugh. Lots of work still needed. Well you've read my other descriptions, and they're not bad. Granted I've had to change a couple of them because they were...not so good, and I'm certain that they're still not great. Except maybe Taken's description since it is still my most downloaded book by a long shot. The sales for that book have stayed consistent, and when I did the promo, it did over 3 times better in two weeks than it had done in a month a year ago May.
Enough with the babbling. At least now you know I have a cover and you know a little bit about the story. It won't take me long to finish the writing process once I can sit down with my three edited copies. It will take at least three months after that though due to the Copyright process, but at least when I finish the edits I will get to change my countdown clock! Yeah!!
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Scary things of the day. 1) Today is the last day to send me an email and get a free book! Follow this link for more info. 2) I can't paint my daughter face or make it pink because of silly school rules. (There was a lengthy list of no-no, and they only get to wear their costumes for a couple of hours. Which I realized was very funny, because Kindergartners, middle schoolers, and high schoolers get to wear them all day. 3) My oldest wasn't interested in dressing up. Wake up call, again that he's getting older. 4) My computer will not allow me to work on my books so I only get another hour before I have to go and do other things to prepare for the rest of Halloween. 5) It's raining. It's actually a beautiful rain that's wonderful for a lot of things (including hiking, running, soccer, dancing...) except for Halloween costumes. I didn't say my list was a list of horrific things just scary... to me.
Story 13: started reading it again last night.
The Shadow Dragon: Fixing the stupid errors in Aleksertac so I can put it and Orbs of Fire in paperback. When I finish that, I will fix the revisions in the next book/s and then continue writing on that. The thoughts are brewing and I am looking forward to having time to work on it!
Story 11 still waiting on my busy friend. Hopefully though that will be ready for Copyright very soon. Well once I get a title for it, of course. Titles...Grr...
Story 9 has the same issue. Which I guess is good, since I only have so much time at the library. Ugh.
That's all I'm working on right now. Story 10 and 12 are simmering in the back of my mind. Story 4 frustrates me every time I try to sit with it. Story 7 hasn't even interested me since I became sidetrack with with Story 8 (Not Human) I also just realized that i have a book started that actually has a title and not a number it should have been 12, but umm...oops.
I guess that's all for now. I do want to work a little bit more on Aleksertac before I leave and take a walk in the beuatiful, warm rain.
Monday, October 28, 2013
I am also just over halfway through the next The Shadow Dragon book. It's better than I had thought it was and I'm very certain that it is going to be two books. There is a lot of room for me to grow my newest character while still building the story's main characters. I have to admit though, the pressure of not letting readers down sits a little heavier with each sequel. I've read plenty of series books where I was disappointed with each book that was released. I am trying to keep the adventure up, throwing in what I hope you won't see coming, while in other places letting you be happy that you knew what was coming. This book/s is going to take a little longer to get out since I am not the fastest reader out there. However reading a physical copy helps me step away from the fact that I wrote it. This allows me to ask more questions about what is going on, notice discrepancies in the storyline, and see the overall ability of the action/adventure to keep me interested.
Just a reminder. October 31st is the last day to take me up on my offer to buy you one of my books. Want to know which books and how to get one follow this link!
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Taken:Marks of the Satrii: Ava's day started out just like every other. She had no idea that when her best friend, Ashley, told her they were going out for a "girl's night" that her very normal life was about to take a turn that she never saw coming. She runs to the woods to escape the reality that she doesn't want to face, only to be hunted by shadows that shouldn't be there.
The Shadow Dragon: Orbs of Fire: When I was a child Alex took me to a Tournament, and ever since then I have been driven to become the greatest swordsman in all of Lord Vertas’ land. Alex taught me that to be a noteworthy swordsman I would have to train every day and endure the adversity of the world around me. However when orbs of fire make their presence known to me, my eyes are opened to a world that I didn’t know existed. A world where there are more than just mortals attempting to influence my future. Now, I must discover what is really important…if it’s not too late.
Not Human: In my fight for survival, my attempt to fit in, my desire to not become a horrific person I discovered that there are truths to my past that had been hidden from me, secrets that I was never supposed to learn. They thought they could manipulate me by preying upon my human weaknesses - my compassion, my need to belong, my desire to be loved. They expected the betrayal to cause me to kill for them.
My name is Rose Tronst and as my father once stated: A rose is delicate and beautiful, but when not handled with care will make you bleed.
Solace:Uncharted Territory: (This book is a FREE book) When Karissa is sent to Earth, she finds a creature named Jack. She is confident he will be the key to her freedom. In her hasty attempt to bring him before Omatha, she winds up in a tailspin of cataclysmic events that hurls her into uncharted territory. Could it be true that what she believes to be evil will be the one thing that saves her?
I hope those of you who have recieved a free book are enjoying the adventure!!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Unless of course, you want to shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Then you have until the end of October to get it for FREE! You've already read Taken, but would like a copy of The Shadow Dragon: Orbs of Fire, Not Human (which is a stand alone book), or Solace: Uncharted Territory (Actually this book is FREE everyday). All you have to do is send an email to me before November 1st, let me know which title of the above listed, and format (or e-reader, I'll know which format). I'll send you a copy and you will get to enjoy the next adventure! Not sure which adventure to start. A link to Chapter One for each book is above. I look forward to hearing from you!
I'm about halfway through my revisions on Story 13 and am very happy with myself. I did start writing a section that I had left blank because I didn't have that piece of the story, but I do now. Have I mentioned that I love the revision process! This week has not been the greatest for being able to write, but I am doing the best I can - trying hard to not get frustrated, because we all know how that only makes things worse.
That's it for now. Back to working on Story 13!
Monday, October 14, 2013
Now onto the updates:
I am now fixing my edits/revisions for story 13. I have to admit I was pretty happy with the story for getting it written in two weeks. There's quite a bit of red ink, but it's mostly just me adding more to the story. Which is fun! Seriously. I really enjoy this part (wish there were more hours for me to do it, that I could type faster). Don't get me wrong it would awesome to write the story perfectly, but I do enjoy developing the plots, changing how it is that my characters find out crucial information, creating the love story. There is something really awesome to watch the story grow and develop with each reading until finally I read through it and go I can't believe I did that! Then of course I hand it off and anticipate getting the comments back from my editors. Story 13 is at 61,300 words already and I've only revised 6 chapters.
When I'm not at the Library I've started re-reading The Shadow Dragon book 3. I think I've already commented on this, but I'm hoping that it will develop into books 3 and 4. I'm only in the first chapter of this book, but I know my manuscript has so many ideas in it that I have a ton of expanding to do, which is why I think it will become two books - but we shall see.
I've also read my adult book again., and decided to let my other friend read it for a second opinion, knowing that there are a few things I have already changed due to the feedback of another friend. I told her to be mean, give me honest feedback, and any ideas or wording that would be better. It's a really good story and if it fails again, I might just try to clean the story up and stick with that. My friend whom I'm waiting on has a pretty busy life so this book is still kind of on the back burner.
Story 11 is still waiting on one last editor to get it back to me. However, it looks like it will be complete after I fix the errors and address the opinions that they have on the story!
All in all, I'm still making progress...just slower. I am blessed that the library isn't too far away and that I have the time to get here (even if it is only for a few hours). I am blessed that my friends and family are still supporting my dream, that my readers are still enjoying my books and passing the word along. I am blessed that the stories and ideas continue to flow.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
So, in honor of this awesome occasion I am going to do to two things:
First: I have made Taken: Marks of the Satrii FREE. You'll be able to pick it up at any of the links to the right. (I did this today so you may have to keep checking back at your particular store, but it should show up in the next couple of days if it hasn't already!) This is a limited time offer. Two weeks after it is FREE at Barnes&Nobles and Apple, I will put the price back up to $2.99
Second: For the month of October, if you would like to read the first book in any series that I've written let me know and I will send you the ebook for the e-reader of your choice! Just email me your email address, which book you'd like (my email is email@example.com), and I will send it to you within a couple of days! Yep, that easy! The titles are:
Taken Marks of the Satrii
Solace: Uncharted Territory
The Shadow Dragon: Orbs of Fire
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Now at the top you can read a chapter to my books.
To the left is still the cover art, below that are different ways you can follow this blog: email, RSS feed, and/or signing up with Google to follow this blog.
On the right is where you can find my links to my Ebooks, my paperbacks, information about if (your curious or want to shoot me a message you can also find my email address), my books at Smashwords (because they deserve a special place on my blog since they gave me the opportunity and help I needed to share my stories with you), a link to my facebook page, twitter, blog archive, a way to share my post with others, and books I've read.
I hope you enjoy the brighter look. If you have any ideas - things you'd like to see on my blog - let me know I'm always open to opinions!
Monday, September 23, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Monday, September 9, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
I had woken up one morning with the beginning of Not Human in my head. But it was while I was practicing Tai Chi later that the book really came to life for me.
While I was on vacation, I practiced on the shore of Lake Huron. This particular morning, I was up before the sun. I do this sequence of movements 3 to 4 times in a row usually in the morning and always after a good workout. This video consists of 42 movements at sunrise. Although, I'm not prefect in this video, it was too amazing not to share. I wish my camera could have picked up the red hue of the sun that morning because then you'd see the true color of Zatak's eyes (or at least how I see them). Tai Chi is a huge influence in my life and my writing. It is the balance in my hectic, sprinter-mentality life, and has helped me through some of the most stressful moments of recent events in my life. I hope you enjoy this.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Hope you are enjoying your summer too!
Friday, August 2, 2013
Also, I am 42,000 words into The Shadow Dragon(book 3). I am very excited about this since I have not written the end nor have I revised it. I hope to have the guts written by the end of next week. I am going camping soon and am looking forward to taking the manuscript, sitting back, and making this story even better!
Story 11 is still with my editors, but I've been told that it too is a good story! Which of course makes me smile. I'm always worried that they'll tell me that it needs work (and they're not talking about my grammer) or that they were disappointed.
Once I have these two books done or they come to a lull, I am anticipating working on my adult book(Story 10), story 9, and story 12 .
Sorry that this post is short. I've been super busy, but I wanted to let you know that I am still working hard to get more books out.
Friday, July 12, 2013
Woo Hoo!! Not Human is now selling at Smashwords.com. Within the next two weeks it should be everywhere. The seventh book I've published. I can't believe that just a few years ago I couldn't even image being able to write a book, let alone publish one! Taken was published in October of 2011 and now in July of 2013 I have published my 7th book!! I just cannot contain the excitement for this book! I really hope you enjoy this story! I still cannot read it and not get sucked in!
Thursday, July 4, 2013
2) Ha ha! I left the post title blank and a warning came up to tell me it is required and must not be left blank. Ugh! I shouldn't be required to title my posts, it seems silly. It's supposed to be my blog, and it just so happens that titles are a stress factor for me...although perhaps having to title my blogs will help me with my books...not likely, but possibly. Okay I should be sleeping right now but I have so much I wanted to share with you that I decided to blog instead (so bear with me).
3) Not Human is all set. Just waiting on the Copyright office to close that file. The paperback is going to have to wait though because I'm having issues with the color. I sure wish I had the time to learn more about computer graphics along with the money to buy an awesome program. Anyways, I have the book all formatted for Smashwords.com, the cover ready, and well I am super excited about this book. I know I'm excited about every book I publish, but you can't blame me for that. I picked up Taken earlier today, just for fun, and I honestly cannot believe that I wrote it. Not Human is my favorite book so far, and you all know how much I like all my books. I can't quite put my finger on why that is. I just know that every time I read it, I think man I wish there was another book to this story, but I really don't think there will be. (I know, I wrote it.) Right now, to me, it is complete. But I did not put "The End" on it because honestly I never know what will happen. One thing is for sure, Not Human will be released in less than 2 weeks! And you will get to follow Rose on an adventure that is unlike all my other stories.
4) I have finally finished my newest book (Story 11). No, no title yet. Hopefully it will come to me after my editors read through it. I do however have the cover mostly figured out. This story was an interesting write. There is going to be a flower on the cover. Why a flower? Well, it was what inspired the story. My daughter had to have this sparking pink flower and as she held it in her hands, I smiled. I couldn't stop thinking how it would make an awesome cover. Of course I needed a story for it first. And that was how Story 11 was started. (I keep telling you inspiration is everywhere.) But that wasn't the most fun part for me. I was talking with a friend awhile back, telling them how excited I was to finish it because I wanted to know who the bad guy was, it could have been anyone but my mind had not shown me who at the time. And honestly I had to write the ending twice because when I re-read the book, it wasn't right. With a slight tweak, I was happy with the outcome. Now I have to wait to see what my editors think... summer is a little slower for getting my books edited. Which is fine, because if I've learned one thing, it is things never go as planned - for example I had hoped to have two more books out before Christmas (this one and my adult book which has been placed on the back burner due to my friend pointing out a problem that I hadn't noticed when I wrote it). Now it doesn't look like I will accomplish that.
5) On the up and up side, now that this Story 11 is done, I can focus on The Shadow Dragon book 3! The images and ideas (which includes the subtitle "Eternal" - maybe) for this book made it very difficult to finish my revisions on Story 11. So as you can imagine I am very excited to get started, but I wanted to update you on what I've been doing.
6) One last thing, Smashwords.com is having their annual Summer/Winter sale (because it's summer here and winter on the other side of the planet). I have made The Shadow Dragon:Orbs of Fire free for this sale. (Click here to get to the page) There is a coupon code which on the page, and it is only free at Smashwords.com. I'm not sure if I'll keep it free all month so you should check it out (along with books from other IndieAuthors)!!
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
I am still working on getting Story 9 finished (which as much as I want to say it's done it's not). I read it for revisions and then ended up reading it as I fixed the revisions on my computer ,and well....I've add more details. Not just a couple of details, more like the story went from 60,000 words to 87,000 words. So now I am going to read it again. Story 11 which is my attempt at an adult book is still in the hands of my friends. So neither of those stories are going to be done as soon as I had hoped, but I'd much rather put out a good story than a partly good story.
For those of you still waiting on the third Dragon book I am still working on that. Not as much as I want to, but I don't want to just throw it together to get it out. Thank you for your patience on that one. The Paperback for the first two Shadow Dragon books is in the works. I'm having trouble with the orbs of fire on the cover (it should have been so easy. It's the simplest cover I've ever done, and yet it is giving me all kinds of issues - with pixels. Grrr...)
Anyways, I hope you enjoy the first chapter to NOT HUMAN!
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
Today I decided to share how the Tamisa was created that is in the 2nd book of Solace. I was driving to Stoney, listening to a CD I had copied from my playlist when this song played through. I could feel everything. The air around Karissa, the energy that moved tried to envelop her, Karissa's curiosity that she didn't want to listen to, her untrusting nature. However as the rhythms began to play she allowed the music to move through her. I could visualize the way the universe would thrust her away from those that would never give her the answer she sought. (Of course I replayed this song over and over getting a little more of the scene that I was about to write) Visualizing the others around her, the way they disappeared, the way they fade but didn't disappear as they avoided the shadows around them. I could sense Karissa's fears, and beliefs, how they all faded from her as his hand slid onto her side. Her tears as she refused to believe what she knew deep inside her to be true. As the music continued to play through I saw Astaza move herself closer to him and how he looked away from Karissa. Then as I allowed my CD to play into the next song the scene continued as Karissa ran from him, from what she wouldn't allow to happen. Tears that ran down her face. How she couldn't understand how the universe did not see that he would die if he continued to stay with her. How could the universe want him dead? He was all that was good, the opposite of her. The music brought his gentle touch, her refusal to let him be close to her, the fight that she began against him. She needed him to live. His arms embraced her and he explained how he felt, forcing her with gentle words, to see the truth.
Here are the two songs that inspired the Tamisa scene in Solace: Lost. (Click on the titles if you want to hear the music.) The first song is Santa Maria by the Gotan Project. The second song is Secrets by OneRepublic.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
As of right now I've published stories: 1, 5, 6, 8 is at copyright, 9 is going to a couple of people, and 11 is almost ready for my editors. So what about all the missing stories. Okay well 2 is actually book 3 of Taken. I've only written about 10,000 words for that one. Story 3 is my longest written story and isn't finished (because I will not be able to Ebook it since I haven't found a way to work with a third font style that doesn't leave the reader confused. I had put it on the back burner since at the time I hadn't decided to publish paperback) but I am very excited to get back to this story, Story 4 was almost done when my computer decided to erase most of it, I about cried. I was able to scavenge a chunk of it, so I've been working on it a little bit here and there until I get frustrated with what had happened, Story 7 is only about 10,000 words and hasn't taken on a life of it's own yet. Story 9 I really like, but just haven't had the time to keep working on it. Story 12 is also waiting for my time, and Story 13 is my latest endeavor, lots of idea but not much of a story...yet! I am also working on The Shadow Dragon (book 3).
So what do I do with my spare time, or not so spare time, I write. I write because I love it, because I know that people love to read a good story. I write because I want my children to never forget how important it is to see outside the box, to believe that anything is possible. I write because one day I woke up and realized that I had lost my dream, and now I get to share with people everywhere, people who yearn for adventure, who want to get lost in someone else's world for a little bit. In just over 2 months Not Human will be released. I will have published 4 stories (7 books) since October of 2011. I have already done more than I thought possible, and I am truly blessed to be able to continue!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Now about the story, I've already given you a little piece but here it is again:
Not Human is still fantasy/adventure mixed with love story. It is set here on Earth, but not as we know it. After things go very wrong, the inhabitants of the planet belong to one of three groups: the Iron Fist, the Syntai , or the Family.
Now who are these groups. Here's a taste of who they are:
- The Iron Fist is a group of people that use to comprise the Global Government, along with those that have accepted to live by their rules.
- The Syntai are a group of people that were not born here on Earth, but had contributed to society in a positive manner - very similarly to most humans.
- The Family is the people who do not fit into the two groups already listed. They are trying to survive, fighting for the world that once was worth living in.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
So hopefully in the next six months I will publish three more books! This means that I will have 6 stories, of the 12 that I have started, published - which (with the sequels) will make 9 published books all together!! It's crazy because I've had a couple of other story ideas too, but until those ideas become overwhelming they will simmer in the back of my mind.
I do apologize for the lack of updates lately, but life sometimes overloads my time, plus as I mentioned earlier, I have been really focused on these three books, plus I'm getting The Shadow Dragon ready for print. That ended up being a bigger project than expected, not so much the formatting, but getting the cover to look good. It's because I went into it thinking "this will be so easy." You think I'd learn by now. And to top it off my computer has been having issues - I was ready to start going to the library everyday. You know what though I didn't give up getting what I wanted to get done (and three books are almost completed), soccer season has begun, and the weather can only get better (although that might not be a good thing for me to stay seated to write.) The third dragon book is my next focus as soon as I get these three books off to their next destinations.
Monday, March 18, 2013
This is a whole other story, which means it doesn't belong to any of the three other titles. This book (Story 8) is still fantasy/adventure mixed with love story. It is set here on Earth, but not as we know it. After things go very wrong, the inhabitants of the planet belong to one of three groups: the Iron Fist, the Family, or the Syntai. I already have the cover done (well mostly, it needs a few touch ups). The story is complete (115,675 words - it will probably be a little longer when I finish my final revisions). And amazingly enough I did not struggle with a title for this book!
Monday, March 11, 2013
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
I am so excited about being able to share Solace: Lost with you that I decided to make Solace:Uncharted Territory a FREE ebook! This way that you can get it and read it before the second book is offically out! So take me up on this and download a FREE copy (there are links to the right that will take you to my books)! As of this post it is marked FREE at Smashwords, Barnes&Nobles, Apple, and Kobo. And Solace: Lost is only at Smashwords (it has been distrubuted to all the other stores, but usually takes a couple of weeks for it to get on the ebookshelves.) I hope you enjoy Karissa and Jack's adventure!!
Monday, February 18, 2013
Also I've been revising and reformating both Taken books and Solace: Lost for paperback. Taken: Marks of the Satrii should be selling shortly at CreateSpace and Amazon (paperback only). Taken: Blades of the Ytinu Srebas and Solace: Lost should be selling in paperback within the next month!!
I'm holding off on the Shadow Dragon series because I'm writing a third book (I have the first half of the third book done), and I want to be able to focus on just that story when I start refomating it for paperback. And right now I'm too busy with my "Adult" book, Story XII, and I'll be picking up Story VIII from my "editors" this week - which I am most excited about. Story IV has been asking to be worked on (I wake up thinking about it, and when I'm out hiking it drifts through my mind), and I really really want to work on Story III (this will only be available in paperback - for now), but alas, it has to wait until I have more time.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Someone asked if I liked Solace more than Taken. At first I wanted to say yes, but that wouldn't be accurate. Then when I tried to analyze why (something I've found myself doing a lot in the last few years) I realized that they are different enough from each other that I don't compare them. I mean they are both an adventure/love story with a touch of sci-fi (there's no getting around that), but the other qualities are different in each story. As it should be. I really enjoy writing adventure/love stories (and I haven't been inspired to write anything else), but I definitely do not want them to be the same story with a different background. Life is full of variety and it makes things interesting and exciting, and that is what I try to keep alive in my writing.
One last thing before I get back to working on my books. Now that I have Solace:Uncharted Territory out in paperback. I have begun reformatting Taken: Marks of the Satrii to become a paperback as well. Hopefully, with already having done one book, this process will move along quicker. Plus, it helps that Tammy did the cover for me because she had everything that was needed: the idea, good graphic programs, and not too mention she is amazing. I am truly grateful, because I was able to use the time to work on other things: such as getting Solace into paperback, reformatting Solace: Lost for paperback (still in the works), writing on a story(that I now almost have the guts done), tweaking a few other stories. I will keep you up to date as my books slowly enter the paperback world.
Friday, February 1, 2013
Woo Hoo!! Solace: Uncharted Territory is now for sale as a paperback! The cost is $9.99, which is more than I wanted to sell it for, but the costs of making a book played big into the price. So much so that the idea had to simmer in my head for a long time. I don't get to keep much of that price, but what I do keep is the same as I do for the ebook (that logic worked for me). That, plus I've had a lot of requests for my books to be in hardcopy form. The ebook still sells for $2.99 - that won't change. To purchase the paperback click here.
On a personal note, this is super exciting! I can now put my book on my "favorite books" book shelf! All the hard work, effort, and time can be placed where I can see it everyday, reminding me that it was all worth it, that the rewards are great, that I have achieved something that others never thought I would. Most importantly, I believe in my dream and it keeps becoming reality. Now, back to writing!
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Solace: Lost is still on target for the March ebook release. I will eventually put this story into book form as well. I hope by the end of the year to have all my books in book form, mostly because I want to put them on my shelf reserved for books I love to read. I still fall in love with the characters when I read my own books just like the other books that are among my favorites. Perhaps that's because I can't believe that the story was written by me. You would think that with the amount of time I've put into reading and re-reading to get the story the way I want it that I wouldn't want to look at it ever again. But it's just not the case, I love these stories. I love the adventure, and the relationship that grows between the characters.
My editors still have the next book that I will have a release countdown for. I am really excited about this book. I don't know what to tell you about it... other than it took a life of its own after an idea I had while I was practicing Tai Chi. It wasn't really a story idea, but here I am with a book that as of right now is 115,575words (again research says a novel is about 60,000words). So, we'll see what happens after my editors get a look at it.
I have also finished the guts to an adult story, which means my kids will have to wait until they're 18. If I decide to even publish it. I have a friend who is going to take a look at it for me and make sure it isn't as bad as I'm afraid it is. Not that I don't like it - the story is great, but maybe I shouldn't try to go into the adult playground - it is still in it's roughest form, none the less I've never written a bedroom scene. Whatever possessed me to try, I have no idea. So we will have to wait and see what happens with that.
I guess that's covers my author news. Life is a whirlwind right now and I'm just trying to keep up, keep smiling, and keep loving each and every blessing in my life.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
As of recently I've been recieving emails from people telling me how much they have enjoyed one of my books. I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate those emails. Writing in itself fulfills so much in my life, but to know that my stories are keeping people entertained is far beyond what I could have expected. For those of you who have been reading my blogs or know me, you know that taking the step to put my first book out there was a giant step for me, and I really didn't expect much (but I did hoped that others would read it). Starting my first book was just going to be journaling a dream I had, but then it took a life of its own and I ended up with two books (Taken). Once I started book two, I began another story that I worked on at the same time (this is the book that will go straight to soft cover), and from there I haven't been able to stop writing. I am always in awe that I have been able to put together these stories. When I read them, I honestly cannot believe that I wrote them and I thank the Lord for blessing me with the courage to try and the talent to continue.
So for the new year, I hope that this blessing of writing continues to flow. I hope that I will compete the stories I've started and begin new stories for all to enjoy. I hope that my children will continue to be proud of what I have accomplished, and learn to never give up on their dreams.