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!
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
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
Friday, November 20, 2015
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Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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
Sunday, June 28, 2015
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
Monday, May 25, 2015
Friday, May 8, 2015
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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.
I just finished reading through the first manuscript. And although a little frustrated, I have a better idea of where the characters are headed.
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.
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.
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.
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
Thursday, January 1, 2015
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.