Category: Books

Enchanted Storms Cover Reveal

Enchanted Storms Cover Reveal

When I revealed the cover of Tattered Heart, I had a whole story behind it. The images that eventually became incorporated into the cover were such an inspiration and focus while writing the novel that the final cover would have seemed incomplete without the story. It wasn’t the same with Enchanted Storms. I came across […]

February 8, 2016 | Posted in Enchanted Storms
things of 2015

things of 2015

If 2014 was the year of traveling, 2015 has been the year of author events. I discovered, somewhere along the way that there’s a lot of great book community activity around me and I jumped into the middle of it. Even made a new friend on New Year’s Eve. The other part of this year […]

December 14, 2015 | Posted in Arizona, Enchanted Storms, Life, Tattered Heart
the 80 percent rule

the 80 percent rule

I have an 80% rule when writing. It is the supporting caveat to all my other writing rules. You could say, though I call them all rules, that it turns them more into guidelines. Because the 80% rule is that I only follow all my other rules 80% of the time. The thing is, writing […]

October 22, 2015 | Posted in Craft, Story Courses, Tattered Heart
The Making of a Map

The Making of a Map

Maps are about recording discoveries. One thinks of Lewis & Clark or Magellan stepping out into places in the world few had traversed; exploring untamed frontiers and sketching everything they saw, everything they learned. Redefining the shape of the world. Fantasy worlds are perhaps the closest we have to frontiers in a day and age […]

September 26, 2015 | Posted in Books, Enchanted Storms, Tattered Heart
Top Ten Quotes from Books

Top Ten Quotes from Books

I can’t resist a good quote post. And The Top Ten Tuesday topic from The Broke and the Bookish today is Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books. So, yeah, this is happening. But the subject is a lie, really. I love quotes. I have a database of quotes from movies and tv shows and books […]

April 14, 2015 | Posted in Books
things of 2014

things of 2014

Initially this post was a filler, just a way to space some things out. But once I started writing it, I realized it’s actually a year worth remembering. I published my first novel, Tattered Heart. That should have been a clue right there that I should write something about this year. It was exciting and […]

December 15, 2014 | Posted in Life, Tattered Heart, travel
when words toy with you

when words toy with you

I have a fairly robust vocabulary. I’m pretty sure it’s from reading so much as a kid without any concept of “reading level.” And I love nuance in words. Maybe that comes in part from my vocabulary and maybe it’s just a part of my personality – I don’t know. But the subtle differences in […]

December 8, 2014 | Posted in Tattered Heart
The 777 Challenge

The 777 Challenge

While I don’t often jump into meme/tag/sorts of things, I came across this at Tracey Neithercott‘s blog and couldn’t resist. Out of curiosity I looked up page 7 of my second novel. And counted 7 lines down in the word doc. Hence the 777 bit of the title, well the thrid 7 is coming. Anyway, […]

October 27, 2014 | Posted in Enchanted Storms
Tattered Heart pronunciation guide

Tattered Heart pronunciation guide

The thing about fantasy worlds is that they require a bit of a new language; at the very least new words. Or familiar words with unfamiliar spellings. When I was writing Tattered Heart I selected and created words to evoke the culture of this story. I didn’t really consider the pronunciation of these words because […]

October 6, 2014 | Posted in Tattered Heart
Review copies of Tattered Heart

Review copies of Tattered Heart

Dear book blogger friends, I made the decision this morning not to send out review requests for Tattered Heart. I know it’s what you’re “supposed” to do: email bloggers – send them a copy – get them to review your book – watch your sales skyrocket! But I don’t want to. I addressed this to […]

August 9, 2014 | Posted in Tattered Heart