Category: Tattered Heart

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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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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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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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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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 book blogger friends for a reason, we’re friends. I know how big your TBR piles are. I would feel guilty more than anything else asking to throw another book on the fire (wait, don’t burn books!). Which is a big part of why I’m gladly choosing to forgo this marketing strategy. That being said, I […]

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the Summer Solstice

the Summer Solstice

I have this idea that solstices are more interesting than the equinoxes. But that’s probably just because I like the word so much better. A solstice is one of the few days of the year that feels like it has magic inherent in it; that possibilities are more wild and freedom is more tangible. Because when the world is in transition, it is not a hard and fast thing. And if the world itself is malleable, perhaps our reality is too, just for a moment. Of course, they usually end up being pretty much like every other day and by the time 11am rolls around I’ve completely forgotten it’s the […]

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adventures in audiobooks

adventures in audiobooks

I hadn’t planned on doing an audiobook. I hadn’t really planned on much of anything. When I first decided I was going to self-publish Tattered Heart it was just going to be an ebook for who knows how long. Then, maybe, something hard copy. And that was it. But I got a request through goodreads to record an audiobook. By then I’d figured out that print on demand was going to make the whole hard copy thing super simple. And I was (admittedly) pretty confident in my ability to format the ebook. Not to mention, I already had a trip to LA planned where there are facilities for that sort […]

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Tattered Heart is now available

Tattered Heart is now available

I was going to use a more interesting subject – something along the lines of “no going back” or something else I thought of one day and have since forgotten but then I decided the smart marketing move would be to just say you can read Tattered Heart now. It’s available in paperback and kindle formats. Since I’m currently trying out the Kindle Select program, for the time being those are the only places, other than signed copies available directly from me. It would help tremendously if you’d leave a review (anywhere really but here’s some quick links: amazon, goodreads and more to come when the delays are finished) since […]

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the fall of Camelot

the fall of Camelot

I just finished the 5th season of Merlin. It’s one of my favorite shows because I love the characters and the mythology and the actors are great and the story is fun. I’ll only allude to how it ends, but you won’t be surprised since it’s based on Arthurian legend. I mean, if you don’t know the story the title of this post has already ruined it. sorry. I knew when I watched the first episode how it would likely end. I didn’t want it to. I hoped, somehow, they’d change the story; bring a new angle; conjure a happy ending. But of course they didn’t. Because there is no […]

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