Category: My Books

Tattered Heart is an audiobook

Tattered Heart is an audiobook

At long last, the Tattered Heart audiobook is available! First things first, you can get the Tattered Heart audiobook from: AmazonĀ , iTunes andĀ Audible. I’ve written this post a couple of dozen times over the past year, some more eloquent than others and now that I sit down and finally get to type it out, I can’t remember any of the heartfelt or charming things I was going to say. Through this, I’ve learned an immense amount about the process of recording and publishing an audiobook. It’s been fun and tiring and frustrating and incredibly rewarding. Without fail, however, when I think about the process or when I’m asked, I always […]

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#AmCurrently

#AmCurrently

I’ve decided to occasionally do update posts that aren’t just for the entire year. I stole my #AmCurrently format from Cait at PaperFury because it’s so shiny and versatile. She has agreed to forgive me as long as I feed her lots of cake. Nothing! I almost feel horrible about it, but not quite. I’m supposed to be writing Arizona which is the book I intend to query with agents and traditional publishers. I worked through the landmarks a few weeks ago and have been meaning to sit down and start getting the draft I have into that shape I just… haven’t. There are reasons I haven’t and they are […]

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Enchanted Storms is now available

Enchanted Storms is now available

Sometimes being straightforward is so boring. But it’s true, Enchanted Storms is now available in paperback and kindle formats. I’m listening to the playlist because this is likely the last time I’ll listen to these songs in this order… it’s all coming to an end. And at the same time, it’s all beginning. The launch party was this past Saturday which gave readers their first chance to buy a copy; to hear the opening section; to ask questions about fairy tales and writing and not about Enchanted Storms at all… yet. It was a fun evening with a short reading and a chance to share Enchanted Storms and talk to […]

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Meet the characters of Enchanted Storms

Meet the characters of Enchanted Storms

Inspired by Erin Bowman (for Vengeance Road) and Susan Dennard (for Truthwitch), I decided to create character cards to give you a chance to meet the characters of Enchanted Storms. While it was fun to play around in Pinterest looking for great images that fit my characters, I found it somewhat difficult to create the banners. How to give enough information to intrigue but not so much as to give anything away? Especially knowing that sometimes the secrets characters keep are the most interesting thing about them. There’s also one fairly significant character not represented. As I was going through Pinterest, I couldn’t find any images that were good representations […]

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the peril of proper names

the peril of proper names

It all started with pimchie flowers. The Blue Sword is one of my favorite books and a few years ago I finally got it into my bookclub for everyone to read the wonder that is Robin McKinley. And for about 20 minutes at the beginning of our discussion, they could only talk about pimchie flowers. McKinley mentions them a few times in the opening chapter; nothing I would have considered over the top. We all understood she was trying to create this world with some nice, specific but foreign thing that said this wasn’t our earth. But my book club didn’t care about pimchie flowers and if it had been […]

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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 the images for Tattered Heart. I would have had to search for Enchanted Storms. And it felt like if I had searched, I would have somehow been defining the story by those images; making it fit into their frame and scope. Something in me needed to let this story be whatever it needed to be; […]

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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. Writing is not the domain of the perfectionist. You will never do everything in any story 100% of the time. You will use adverbs. You will need boring dialog tags. You’ll need an extra “that” to make the sentence flow or a passive verb just to get the point across. I will absolutely have fragment sentences (ask my editor). […]

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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 meaning and the different emotional connotations of words that mostly mean the same thing are what make language fun and interesting to me. The result of this, however, is an on-going joke in my family about my proclivity for big words. Because sometimes the right word is a little more obscure than the common word […]

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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, it was the beginning of a brand new paragraph – which didn’t need a lot of context to understand – and was exactly 7 lines long. It was too perfect to pass up. So, on the eve of Sci-Fi November when I will actually be posting once a week (I know, you can hardly believe […]

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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 I knew as I formed the consonants and vowels how they sounded. In my head. And then my words were read by fabulous actors for my audiobook…. and they butchered them. It was brilliant and hilarious and suddenly I had to consider that not every reader would automatically know the correct way to pronounce Bion. […]

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