Fated Fortunes · Strange Brew · The Crucible · Writing

Name Error in Fated Fortunes and Flash Fridays!

So, before I get into the actual fun stuff, I have a report to give, and a confession to make. Actually, the report is about the confession, which is pretty simple: I’m durpy–and here’s why:

I’ve been going over some of my book notes recently, and in turn, scanning through certain scenes to fact check. In doing so, I came across a glaring error in Fated Fortunes that I think needs to be called out. For that reason, I’m going to give a SPOILER ALERT! because I’ll be digging into a few things from both Fated Fortunes and Strange Brew here. So let me share the scene in Fated Fortunes where the error is contained.

The captain, an older man with long, stringy white hair and a bushy beard, stepped inside, holding the door for a middle aged brunette passenger following him.
“I know it’s an inconvenience,” the human stated, “but Lydia’s condition is delicate, and I can offer a higher payment.”
“It’s going to take a much higher payment, Mr. Rowden,” the captain returned, never once spying the elf standing next to the open door because her pendant had rendered her invisible.

And there you have it. I’m pretty sure people reading this are scratching their heads wondering what gives, but let’s just say the name “Lydia” is the one that’s inaccurate, and there’s a longwinded reason for it. But first, I’d like to mention that those of you who’ve read Strange Brew might recognize the name of “Mr. Rowden”, and wonder whether the person in question is Derrick Rowden, Aislinn’s estranged father.

I’ll confirm it here and now; it is, in fact, Derrick, and the name Lydia should actually be Sylva–as in, Sylva Abbott, the ghostly specter who possessed Aislinn in Strange Brew to open a magically sealed doorway into an old alchemy lab where a powerful tome was stored away.

I fixed the problem as soon as I found it, which was thankfully pretty easy to do considering her name is only mentioned once throughout the entire story. Still, I thought it would be a good idea to post a lengthy description of the issue if only because I know quite a few people have read Fated Fortunes now, in addition to Strange Brew, and would probably appreciate the clarification.

But why, oh why, did I call her Lydia from the start? And why did it take me so long to catch the error? Well that, my friends, stems from my development of Sylva Abbott and her backstory. My readers already know that Sylva was one of The Abbott Sisters, three witches in the 17th century who formed a coven called The Trine to protect others like themselves. What the story doesn’t mention is all three sisters’ names, being Sylva, Myra, and Lydia.

The reason gets a little more complex in terms of editing Strange Brew, but let’s just say, for brevity’s sakes, that I’m constantly getting Sylva and Lydia mixed up, to the point that even though I read that passage at least a million times while editing Fated Fortunes, I still didn’t catch the problem. Even when my beta readers went through it, it wasn’t noticed probably because I was referring to Sylva as Lydia aloud. UGH!

So! There’s a little clarification on this scene which I now realize must’ve seemed out of place to anyone who’s read the entire series. But yes, we’re getting closer to finding out what happened to Derrick and Estelle after they escaped at the end of Strange Brew, and I’m reeeeeeally sorry for all of the confusion (and my durpiness!).

With that said, I have one other thing to make an announcement on. For the past several weeks, I’ve been having Flash Friday’s over on my tumblr blog, which is a pretty simple thing, but also pretty cool for anyone looking to take a risk on a “new” book! So here goes:

Every Friday, I pick a book in my series at random, and offer a coupon to get it for free from Smashwords! The coupon is only good for 5 redemptions, however, so it’s first come, first serve! At some point in the future, I may increase the number of redemptions, but that all depends on how much interest is generated!

So feel free to follow my tumblr blog if you’re currently using it!

Thanks so much everyone! Cheers! :)

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Fallen Hearts · Personal · Romance · The Crucible · Writing

So Many Ideas, So Little Time

I’m not a big fan of Sundays, I’ll admit. Ever since I was a kid–and Sundays always seemed worse back then than they do now–it’s simply not been my favorite day of the week. A part of it might be the whole stigma of “back to work/school tomorrow!” but there’s also a sense of boredom to the day that plays into the affair, and to be honest, I’ve never been 100% sure why. If I sat here long enough, I could probably throw out a few reasons, but the point is; I’m just bored!

It’s a strange thing to complain about when life’s been on the hectic side lately, and I definitely don’t mind having a little downtime to sit around in my PJ’s, play video games, and/or watch some 90s sitcom on youtube while I eat the Sunday dinner my grandmother always cooks for us. Naturally, I’ll be working on writing projects at some point as well, especially when Fallen Hearts has now been sent to my beta readers and I’m hammering kinks out of the last ten chapters before going into a “post-beta edit mode” as I like to call it.

The finish line is in sight!

But this phase of writing a story always feels kind of like Sunday to me. It’s a little on the boring side waiting for the new work week to start, being work on the next book in my series of course. The only difference is that I’m really eager to start working on that next book. I’ve been through this one a million times, I know what happens in it, and I’m looking forward to sharing what I have now and moving on to newer things, which makes it somewhat difficult to buckle down and keep my mind from wondering over ideas for future stories.

And boy, do I have so many ideas. It’s actually a little on the annoying side. Some of these ideas have been kicking around in my head for years now, since before I even put Blue Moon on the shelves. I always want to come here and discuss them, too, but I can’t because I’m not in the business of handing out spoilers! :)

Sometimes I imagine my characters sitting around in a waiting room, just listening for their names to be called out. I probably pissed a few of them off when I didn’t call anyone for Fallen Hearts, too. But their day will come, and I’m excited for when it does!

So I hope anyone who follows me and happens to be a writer is having a good time working on their craft, and if you’re simply a reader, I hope this post satisfies whatever sense of curiosity you might have about how long the wait will be for Fallen Hearts to be released, because it’s close now. Very close!

Cheers! :D

Blue Moon · Romance · The Crucible · Writing

Blue Moon is now on Smashwords!

As promised, Blue Moon has (finally) been published to Smashwords, and will soon be available on Nook, iTunes, Kobo, etc.! :) For all versions of this book currently available, check out my website!

With Light of Dawn and Strange Brew being published next week, you guys may just see some type of book sale coming up in the next few days, so keep an eye open for it!

Cheers! :D

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Light of Dawn Now Available for Pre-Order on Smashwords (Release: 08-21-15)

So! As you can see, Light of Dawn is now up for pre-order on Smashwords! Same price as the Amazon Kindle version, but with more availability for people who may not own a kindle ereader, or don’t prefer it as their reader of choice!

Now, I know some of you might be asking, “But Angela, why put up the second book for preorder before the first!?” Well, you’re in luck because I have an answer! :)

I’d explained some of this when I made a post mentioning that a sale I’d planned for Light of Dawn had to be canceled, and the reason was the KDP Select program that Amazon offers. All of my books were enrolled in this program, and enrollment periods last for 90 days during which you can’t offer your books through any other outlet besides Amazon. So, long explanation short, Light of Dawn is the first book to come off of it’s 90 day enrollment period, and Blue Moon is still exclusive to Amazon.

I realize this probably sounds complicated, and I apologize, but never fear! Blue Moon is going to be added to Smashwords, as is Strange Brew, but only once their enrollment periods end.

So to make things simple, here’s when you can expect to see each of them on Smashwords:

Blue Moon: Sadly, pre-order won’t be available for Blue Moon because it’s going to be the last book to come off of its enrollment period. That said, you should* see it up for grabs on Smashwords on August 6th, 2015.

Light of Dawn: Available for pre-order now and releasing August 21st, 2015! :D

Strange Brew: Will be available for pre-order after July 27th with a release date roughly around August 28th, 2015!

I’ll definitely make updates here as they come, so feel free to check back anytime! Additionally, if you want to cut out the middleman and just go straight to the source to see what’s available, check out my Smashwords profile or just visit my website! :D

*: I say “should” with the thought in mind that I have this innate ability to flub things up, such as formatting and whatnot, and wanted to make the dates approximate because of my own ineptitude! :D

Thanks so much again, everyone! I hope you’re having a great week!

Cheers! :)