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Strange Brew Video Review by Fangirl Musings





Now, if you’ll pardon me a moment …

Okay! Let me start off by giving a massive thanks to Fangirl Musings (you can subscribe to her youtube channel here) for her many kind words and making my head explode! I certainly wasn’t expecting this when she said she’d purchased Strange Brew a few months ago, but I’m definitely glad she enjoyed it enough to feel it warranted one of her spiffy, awesomesauce video reviews! (No, really, you guys have no idea how hard my mind was blown by this!).

I also wanted to take the time to comment on something she suggests because it almost feels as if she was reading my friggin’ mind! Glowing praise aside, she mentions in her critique that the romance between Troy and Aislinn didn’t actually seem entirely well developed and suggests it may be due to the 5 day time jump after their first meet up. I found this extremely intriguing because! During the process of writing Strange Brew, I’d contemplated that time jump more than once. I recall thinking specifically, “Okay, you’re kind of glossing over the period in which this couple sings, “Getting to know you, getting to know all about you. Getting to like you, getting to hope you like me!”

I’d agonized over this and tried to think of any way I might be able to add some story there that would flesh things out a little more thoroughly without bogging the rest of the book down. That time period is described as Troy and Aislinn bickering a lot because, well, he won’t leave her alone! Werewolf wants his woman and doesn’t understand what she’s going through at that point! In any case, the word count for all of my books is 100k words (typically industry standard) and as I proceeded to write the rest of the book, I reached this word limit, and also couldn’t think of much to add that wouldn’t bog the story flow down anyway. (Whenever writer’s say the story has a life of its own and takes them wherever it goes, they’re not just whistling dixie!).

So ultimately, it stayed the way it is now (though I did find amusement in the fact that Troy decided it would take two-three days tops to convince Aislinn, and then it’s like a week later). Anyway, I wanted to mention this because it’s just really weird that I had that insight and then she mentioned it in this video! GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE! <3

In any case, I'm so, so glad the book was enjoyable overall! If for no other reason, you guys should watch this because it's LOLtastic! But if you're into romance, I'd suggest subscribing to her channel because she reviews a LOT of romances that you might wanna read!

And, if this video interests you in Strange Brew, click here for more information!

Cheers! :D

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Hunter’s Moon Excerpt

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I’d been considering an excerpt to share for a while now, and finally decided on something I thought might be entertaining, particularly to those who’ve read Blue Moon and mentioned an interest in seeing Cade’s siblings getting their own stories. So here it is, the first excerpt from Hunter’s Moon, and please note: This story is a work in progress, and all excerpts are subject to change before the book’s release! (Like always lol :) ).

The moment Emily exited Blue Moon’s parking lot in her sedan, all thoughts of her brother were forgotten. Instead, her focus centered on the drive to her temporary home with a guy who was making her crazy.
For as confusing as Evan’s behavior had been that afternoon, her brother didn’t hold a candle to Caleb Hodgins, who had to be the most difficult man she’d ever tried to understand. It was easy to admit that she was liking him more with each passing day. He had a great sense of humor, and his devotion to family was extremely admirable.
But his reactions to her was the baffling part.
As it stood, there seemed to be two different Calebs, one who was attentive, and the other dismissive. Sometimes, while she was talking, he’d look at her in a way that suggested she could go on forever and he wouldn’t complain. Additionally, she felt so comfortable during their conversations that she rarely held back, and got the feeling he knew ten times as much about her life now as she did his.
But there was never any judgment, just questions and the occasional teasing.
Caleb had also taken an interest in her photography, and seemed genuinely impressed by her skills. While babysitting Taylor on Monday, Emily was sorting through the photos taken during her first day of work to decide which were the best quality, and he’d sat next to her with the baby bundled up against his chest, offering to help.
But that was the attentive Caleb. In contrast, the dismissive one usually closed up completely and walked away without a second look—and it always felt as if he couldn’t get out of her presence fast enough whenever he did.
Coincidentally, this usually happened in a moment when she thought they were getting closer, or he was showing more than just friendly interest. So yesterday, Emily did a little snooping by asking Joslyn more about his past. Of course, her best friend tried to tease her into revealing her motivation for knowing, but Emily managed to avoid the subject by promising she’d talk the moment she actually had something to talk about.
Thankfully, Joslyn relented, and then informed her of some important news; apparently, Caleb’s heart had been broken before, and Joslyn wasn’t convinced he’d gotten over it.
But she didn’t offer the details, feeling Caleb should be the one to fill in the blanks, and Emily agreed, unwilling to let her snooping go so far that it took her to a place she didn’t belong.
Still, she had to wonder if this history was affecting their current standing, or if they even had a standing whatsoever. Caleb had admitted to having a number of flings in the past few years, so maybe commitment was the problem, and he didn’t want to get hurt again, or just lead her on.
Pulling up the long drive up to his home, Emily considered the possibility, and found herself wondering for not the first time that week if she should make an actual move and see how he responded. The only reason she hadn’t yet was all of the mixed signals. Did Caleb find her interesting? Or even attractive?
She wasn’t sure, and only knew a spark had been lit on her end. So all that remained to be seen was whether it would fizzle out, or make it to the fireworks. And I definitely wouldn’t mind some fireworks, so why not take the chance?
Emily wasn’t the most straightforward woman alive, but she was comfortable enough to put herself out on a limb, and besides, she’d be going back to the duplex soon anyway. Conner and Joslyn had informed her of their decision to return the previous night, and with them around, staying in her apartment would be much safer.
This meant she and Caleb wouldn’t have to be around one another for too much longer if her advances somehow messed things up. Continue reading “Hunter’s Moon Excerpt”

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Timelines

I’m going to be frank here; nothing confuses me more when it comes to writing than timelines.

Jumping right into this topic, I’ve had to work out the timelines in my stories before to make sure everything fits together. Fallen Hearts was really difficult to keep track of because…er, no spoilers, but if you’ve read the ending, you know what I’m talking about.

Even still, I’ve never actually needed to make an info graphic to keep track of everything–until now.

I found myself going through one of my books today to fact check and make certain everything I’m planning for my next book is in place. The thing is, timelines aren’t even mentioned in my series very often, but I’m unwilling to hear from someone, “Hey, how could this happen then when they said in this book that it was X amount of years ago?”

So yeah, I’m a stickler for details no matter how much is explained in the actual story, and as you can probably tell from my description, my next book is going to center heavily on a previously established storyline. I’d love to tell you more now, but instead of letting any cats out of the bag, I’ve decided to do something a little more fun (and maybe pointless lol) which is to let everyone guess! :P

So take a guess at who the next book is about (and I promise this isn’t some trick where the character isn’t actually listed here)! I’ve been thinking about running a type of contest using one of these polls anyway where the winner gets like a 10 dollar egift card to amazon, too. What do you think?

Cheers! :D

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The Final Calling is Now Available!

tfc_med I’m a little late at posting this, but The Final Calling is now available at the following retailers:

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Kindle
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Smashwords

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Synopsis: Prophecies, tyrants, assassins, and exiled royalty aren’t the things Edith Walsh thought she’d be dealing with when her training as a mage apprentice began. Her main focus is becoming an enchantress by completing the Final Calling—a grand scavenger hunt all apprentices undertake to gather items needed to craft their coveted staff and gain eternal life.

This challenge can prove lethal if care isn’t taken to watch one’s steps. But making matters worse, Edith has also been marked for death by the Steward of the Perosian Empire, a tyrant named Rothario, all because of a pesky prophecy made centuries before her birth foretelling his demise at her hands.

So what’s a mage to do? Simple; accept the assistance of a sexy Perosian who’s dealt with Rothario’s minions for as long as he can remember. Yet Isaac wants far more than Edith’s safety—she’s his mate, and his fiery gaze, wicked tongue, and shameless seductions inflame her more intensely than she’s ever known.

Convicted of murdering the imperial family of Perosia, Isaac’s spent centuries as a fugitive hunted by a homeland he doesn’t recall. But his ruthless talent for survival serves him well, and there’s nothing he won’t do to protect Edith from the forces threatening her life, even if it means sacrificing his own.

Under the cut are a few thoughts from me. I wouldn’t say they’re anything spoilery, but just in case, click with caution :P! Continue reading “The Final Calling is Now Available!”

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An Exciting Time to be a Writer, or…?

When I first started writing this post, I’d stated that I’d been having a hectic time of things lately, though it wasn’t one of those “hectics” that bowls you over and leaves the smears of your remains staining whatever surface was unfortunate enough to bear the brunt of impact, and that I was more or less confused by things.

Man, did that turn on a dime! =|

Still, I think I figured some of it out, but I’m still piecing together the leftovers. PROMOTION! That’s the key! Or so they say, and I actually haven’t had as much time to promote the release of my next book as I’d hoped. Again, life comes atcha fast, as in, approaching warp speed! And before I know it, The Final Calling will be out and I’ll be making announcements for the release of my sixth book. Have I already written five? Wow, just wow.

So now I’m here, making note of how crazy it all is, but no matter which way the wind is blowing in that department, this is actually an exciting time to be a writer! I mean, isn’t it? Cause I’m kinda confused there, too … !

For example, the internet, which has revolutionized our entire way of life, has most certainly changed the way the writing/publishing world works. Maybe it took a little more time for that change to occur, but it’s happening everyday. I’ve read article after article now about the newer methods of self publishing and its impact on the market, and whether or not you believe that impact is beneficial, it’s turning the tide, particularly with how traditional publishing houses function on the whole.

Whenever I think about the course of these events, I usually end up imagining the traditional publishing houses as being a dam. Basically, it used to be that they were the ultimate say in what got put on a shelf and what should be left to gather dust. They were quite literally the concrete structure holding the larger lake back from flooding the valley, and regardless of right or wrong, what they stamped with a big thumbs up in approval was what we got to read–and very rarely did you ever get a book that was released by alternative means.

Then KDP came along like a giant wielding a club, and the giant hit the dam with a destructive slam whilst proclaiming, “Me give new way to publish books!”

So writers started forgoing the publishing houses, opting against waiting for acceptance or rejection in favor of putting their works up all on their own. Not only had this new method of self publishing broken the dam holding back the waters, when the lake spilled over, it created a hundred rivers leading to either new opportunities, or … they just sent you falling off a cliff.

All it took was traversing the river and seeing where it would lead, and this is a trip I think many authors are still on. Myself included.

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Where’s the paddle for this boat, anyway?

Some of these rivers are long, after all. Amazon long. Oh my god, it’s a pun. Anyway, the point is that, ever since the dam burst and the ebook gold rush of 2009-2013 has passed, things are really, well, in a mess. Some of the floods have started to recede, and we’re surveying both the positive outcomes of this change, as well as the damages done (and we all know there have been some damages). Attempts to reconstruct the dam and make it better are underway, and even the giant is all like, “Okay, I need to work at controlling my impulses.”

I’ll admit, I’m not 100% certain how far those efforts have come. We still have giants and dams, and it feels like there’s a struggle going on between them that isn’t really getting anyone anywhere. While they’re fighting, a number of authors are just sitting in the background looking for ways to get their material into the hands of readers, resorting to networking on social media, sending requests to review blogs, and paying places to advertise. Basically, anything that might put a flashing neon light around their manuscript saying, “LOOK, LOOK, IT’S A BOOK!” Or something more simple like, “READ ME, SEYMOUR.”

I’ve tried all of the methods listed above, but I haven’t seen any significant results. Maybe I’m advertising in the wrong place, or maybe my networking skills aren’t up to par (like many writers, I don’t have all day to sit around looking for people to talk to). Or perhaps I lack the education needed to know exactly where to go and how to pitch my materials. But damn it, Jim, I’m a writer, not an advertiser, and while I can certainly develop marketing skills (I believe anyone can do anything they put their mind to), or just assemble a street team to spread the word for me, it gets kind of impossible when you’re already promoting, writing, editing, designing, and working a day job all at once (not to mention kids and whatever else might require your time).

And one place I think traditional publishing houses have the self publishing venue beat is in marketing.

After all, KDP and other places like it don’t actively promote your work. That’s not their job … is it? Their purpose is to publish it, but without seeking exposure for yourself, or getting 50+ reviews on Amazon, you’re not going to see your books listed anywhere unless you put it there yourself. This is really what puts the “self” in self publishing. Sure, you’ve written, edited, and done the x, y, z stuff all on your own, but your job doesn’t stop there!

Still, the more I think about it, the more I wonder if promotion shouldn’t also be a part of the self publisher’s job description. I mean, they are making money whenever someone buys our work, so you’d think they’d want to profit, and some do, but are they really going about it the right way? For example, there’s Kindle Scout; basically, KDP’s way of finding self published authors and offering them a type of traditional publishing contract. But isn’t this a step back? Returning to the ways of the dam that’s keeping the lake from flooding the valley? Or … do we need that to return?

I’m skeptical. With all of the changes that have occurred, it just doesn’t feel like this is a very practical way to capitalize, and if I’m being honest, I’ll say that I don’t believe either the giant or the dam is really working to change their models to suit the industry in its current state, or to suit the author’s needs to keep those of us working our asses off to put out quality works actually, well, doing so?

I’m not saying I wouldn’t write the best book I could possibly write just because I’m barely making sales or seeing any activity. Not. One. Bit. Writing is my passion, and I’ll keep doing it regardless of the sales I see. But sometimes, it does seem like the publishers (both traditional and self) are ignoring the little guys in favor of figuring out how to get ahead and make the most dough as soon as possible, and that maybe us authors don’t really matter all that much.

I could be very wrong (and I wouldn’t be surprised if I am). But what is everyone’s take on this? Are my fellow authors happy with their lot right now? Or are they feeling used/overlooked/frustrated with the way things are shaping up? Should self publishing platforms start offering more along the lines of promotion? Should the traditional publishing houses start accepting more manuscripts that were previously self published? It’s definitely something to discuss, so let me know in the comments!

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Isaac Sketch

isaacsketch I’m not sure if I ever posted about this here, but I know I mentioned it on facebook. Anyway, the same artist I’m commissioning to draw Chandra had drawn a sketch of Isaac several weeks back (to the left) and UGH. I am floored. Just completely floored by this image.

She calls it a WIP, but I was too happy not to ask if I could share the image, so behold, a very accurate Isaac sketch that makes yours truly giddy with excitement! It’s all too fitting that I’m posting this on Friday the 13th too because that’s probably Isaac’s favorite day of the year.

Speaking of which, it’s May 13th, and The Final Calling is coming out June 3rd. GO PREORDER BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE! LoL :P

Anyway, the artist sent me a “colored” image of this as well, but when I say “colored”, I mean she’d blotted some basics down, so I decided to simply share this line art. And then comment on how talented she is. No, really, you can see the talent. IT IS VISIBLE IN THIS IMAGE. And I can’t get over how wonderful a surprise this was when she sent it to me! Thank you, Jo!

Speaking of surprises, I’ve finally posted an image of myself up on my about page. Why did it take so long, you ask?

For one, I’m camera shy. For another, it’s not easy getting a decent looking picture of one’s self when they’re camera shy.

Lastly, even when I have decent pics, I’m extremely picky. =|

So yeaaaaah, it took me forever to get an image to share. But I’m sucking down my shyness and posting it here. No one gasp or anything. “Oh a brunette chick with blonde streaks and glasses, whoopdy doo.” Yeah, that’s me, one in a millio–er, I mean, like every 5 women? LoL

In any case, and before I get going, I thought to mention here (for anyone who may be interested and uses facebook) that I was planning on doing a biweekly giveaway (or maybe weekly, we’ll see) involving my books. And potentially some Amazon gift cards from time to time. But the deal is this; I make a post, and entrants like/comment to be entered to win one of my books (winner’s choice). I haven’t hammered the details out yet, but hey, FREE STUFF!

Everyone likes free stuff, amirite?

Let me know what you guys think! And I hope you all have a marvelous weekend! Cheers! :D

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The Final Calling Now Available for Preorder

tfc_med The Final Calling is releasing on June 3rd, and is now available for preorder at the following retailers:

Nook
Kindle
iBooks
Kobo
Smashwords

Excerpt #1
Excerpt #2

Synopsis: Prophecies, tyrants, assassins, and exiled royalty aren’t the things Edith Walsh thought she’d be dealing with when her training as a mage apprentice began. Her main focus is becoming an enchantress by completing the Final Calling—a grand scavenger hunt all apprentices undertake to gather items needed to craft their coveted staff and gain eternal life.

This challenge can prove lethal if care isn’t taken to watch one’s steps. But making matters worse, Edith has also been marked for death by the Steward of the Perosian Empire, a tyrant named Rothario, all because of a pesky prophecy made centuries before her birth foretelling his demise at her hands.

So what’s a mage to do? Simple; accept the assistance of a sexy Perosian who’s dealt with Rothario’s minions for as long as he can remember. Yet Isaac wants far more than Edith’s safety—she’s his mate, and his fiery gaze, wicked tongue, and shameless seductions inflame her more intensely than she’s ever known.

Convicted of murdering the imperial family of Perosia, Isaac’s spent centuries as a fugitive hunted by a homeland he doesn’t recall. But his ruthless talent for survival serves him well, and there’s nothing he won’t do to protect Edith from the forces threatening her life, even if it means sacrificing his own.

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Formatting The Final Calling

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So, I’ve made the final edits on my newest manuscript and I’ve gotten it formatted and uploaded for release on June 3rd! I’ll have a list of links where you can preorder it in an “official” announcement post soon, but for now, I wanted to comment a little on the editing process.

My poor genius scenes! They had to be cut! :( LoL This is typical though, I haven’t written a single book where I’ve been able to keep all of the scenes that made me laugh or frown or think “this is really good!” That’s just the way writing goes. But there was something I had to cut from The Final Calling that I really wanted to be able to include. It’s not a scene exactly, and the reasons I had to cut it were numerous, for example, there was simply no where to include it in my book.

Some people may disagree with my decision to cut it, and say that it was necessary in order to give substance to the story. So before I get on with it, let me tell you what it was; the prophecy itself. Naturally, if you haven’t read Light of Dawn, you’re probably lost on what I’m talking about. For that reason, I’m going to cut the rest of this to prevent “spoiling” people! :D Continue reading “Formatting The Final Calling”

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Updates R Us!

Man, do I have a lot of updates to throw at everyone. So watch your head or something, don’t wanna accidentally hit someone lol! :) In fact, I think I may do this in bullet point form, so here goes:

The Final Calling is already available for preorder from iBooks!
• My blog has a new banner wee (see below)!
• The Final Calling has also been listed on Smashwords!
• I’ve commissioned art of Chandra from Reellifejaneway!
• Website updates have been made accordingly!

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So, everything’s going smoothly as far as getting the manuscript on The Final Calling finalized, I’m just waiting on more beta reader feedback before I go in and do any last edits to the story. As for that commission I mentioned above, it’s going to take some time to actually get the art done because the artist is facing a hard time right now, but I’ll be back along to report updates once I get them!

BUT SERIOUSLY. CHECK OUT HER WORK! She is totally freaking amazing and I can’t wait to see what she might come up with for Chandra! <3 <3 <3

Thanks again everyone and I hope you're having a great day! I'll be sure to get a post up with preorder links for The Final Calling as soon as they're available!

Cheers! :D