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Writing

Throughout the entire writing process my family has been very supportive. I think in the beginning, some of them thought it was a passing faze, but when I announced a few months ago that it would actually be published, they all cheered and asked when could they buy it. My father, who I was afraid to tell what kind of books I wrote, has turned out to be one of my biggest fans.

When Keira first popped into my head, I knew she would be a human living in a world full of amazing creatures. I just had to figure out where she fit into everything. I knew I didn’t want her to be a damsel in distress, but could mostly take care of herself. And I knew I wanted her to have an animal that was her tattoo, but could also become real and fight by her side and be her closest friend and confidant. I achieved that with Rya, and I must say she is probably my favorite character. She’s smart, snarky, and loves Keira unconditionally. What more could you ask for in a partner? Then Sally and Sam came into the picture and I knew I had everything Keira needed to accomplish her ultimate goal, even though at the time, I wasn’t sure what that was. Now I do. Throw a vampire named Léonce Trevelyan into the mix, and well…you’ll have to read it to find out.

With Blood Cure’s official release day fast approaching, the thrill and excitement of it all makes me want it even more than I already did. I hope everyone who decides to purchase a copy loves reading about Keira, Sam, Sally, Rya and Leo as much as I have loved writing about them. The second Keira book, Blood for Blood is already started. I hope you enjoy!

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Just finished reading…

I recently finished reading Frostbound by Sharon Ashwood, Book 4 in her Dark Forgotten series. I absolutely loved it. She effortlessly balances a great story, lovable characters, and romance. Lore is to die for, even if he is a hellhound. He’s loyal, takes care of his pack, protects the weak, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s hot. What more could you ask for? And Talia is every bit his equal. You want them to be together from the very beginning…or at least I did. I’ve read several stories where the two love interests just suddenly fall for each other, almost like the author was in a hurry to get that part over with, and it felt fake, but in this book it happens naturally. I highly recommend the whole Dark Forgotten series to anyone looking for wonderfully written urban fantasy with some romance tossed in to heat things up a bit.

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Book Release Party

Book Release Party Announcement!

another chapter bookstoreIt’s official! I met with the PR lady, Jessica, at Another Chapter Bookstore in Owasso today and we have officially set the date and time for my release party. Blood Cure’s official release date is February 7th, and the release party will be held Saturday, February 11th at Another Chapter Bookstore from 11am until 4pm. Come on out and pick up a signed copy of Blood Cure, say hello, enjoy some refreshments from the coffee shop, and check out the bookstore. The address is 9455 N Owasso Expy, Owasso, OK 74055. It’s in the shopping center next to Cracker Barrel just a few doors down from Los Cabos Mexican restaurant. Come out, support a local author, and a local bookstore! It’ll be lots of fun!

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Book Release News!

Book Release News!

Hey everyone! I’ve been working really hard on getting Blood Cure ready for release, and it’s almost completely ready to go. The release is scheduled for early February, and as soon as I know the date I’ll post it here.

Plus, I have some really good news…two of my local bookstores – Boarding House Books in Claremore and Another Chapter Bookstore in Owasso – have agreed to carry my books! For a first-time, self-published author this is HUGE!!! I can’t tell you how excited and nervous I am. I’m meeting with Another Chapter’s PR person next Saturday to discuss having a release party for Blood Cure with other local authors that would not only help me and the other authors get our names out there, but would also help the bookstore since they’ve only been open six months. When I know the date for the release party I’ll let you guys know in case anyone would like to come out and grab a copy or just stop by to say hi and cheer me on!

P. S. I’ll need all the support and cheering I can get!

 

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Reading and Writing…

I just finished reading Green-Eyed Demon by Jaye Wells, the 3rd book in her Sabina Kane series. It’s a really good series so far. This book started off with some good action, but then slowed down quite a bit. It ended with a bang though! I love the sexual tension between Sabina and Adam, and Giguhl is the perfect side kick, even if he is a demon. If you haven’t tried this series, I would highly recommend it.

Right now I am reading Out for Blood by Kristen Painter, book 4 in her House of Comarre series. In my opinion, it is by far one of the best urban fantasy series out there. If you haven’t tried it yet, you are definitely missing out.

As for me, I am back at it after the hustle and bustle of the holidays. My proof copy of Blood Cure has been gone through twice now. My wonderful husband helped out by reading it to see if I missed anything, and sure enough, he caught something everyone else missed…even my editor didn’t catch it!! I’m double and triple checking everything and then it will be ready to release in early February. I’m so excited!

I am also working on my current project, Searching for Death – A Death Maiden novel. I’m diving back in to all the characters psyche and plowing forward…16,000 words and counting! So I’m off to write some more, just wanted to say hello and let everyone know what I’ve been up to. Enjoy whatever you’re reading. See you soon.

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Quick Hello!

quill and inkI just wanted to say a quick hello to everyone, and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I love the holiday season, and look forward to it every year, but I’m always so glad when it’s finally over. The presents have been given, dinners have been cooked and eaten until we’re all so stuffed we can’t see our shoes! The family members have all gone home, and now it’s time to get back into writing. There never seems to be enough time to do it all! See you soon!

 

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Book Reviews

To review, or not to review…that is the question.

writing As someone who has read books for years, I’ll admit I didn’t always leave a review. Sometimes I’d think I was too busy, and sometimes I just didn’t think about it at all. I figured, I purchased and read this author’s book, surely that’s enough. What else do they want from me?

But now that I am on the other side of the fence and will be published soon, I realize my mistake. Authors live and die so to speak by the words written in a review. A great review will most likely lead to other people purchasing the book and reading it, and a bad review can deter a lot of potential readers. Every book I read now gets a review from me.

I try to be honest and fair. I have to really dislike it to give it below a 4 star rating (I don’t think I’ve ever given a 1 or 2 star rating), and I never give away spoilers – if someone is reading my review to see if they want to read this particular book, why would I put in the major plot points or even the ending of the story as I’ve seen some people do…I just don’t get it.

A few things to keep in mind: If there was something you really didn’t like about the book, don’t rant it out in the review like you’re having a fight with your mother-in-law. Politely state what it is, and then maybe point out something you did like about the book. Remember, this author more than likely has spent years (I know I have) writing this book and getting it ready for publication, so it means an awful lot to them. Words really can cut like a knife. Put yourself in their shoes for the five or so minutes it takes you to leave a review. And if you just absolutely hate a book, perhaps it’s best not to leave a review at all. Remember, it’s called the Golden Rule for a reason.

So I say to you, please take the time to rate and review any books that you read, and do your best to be fair. Have a wonderful day, and enjoy whatever book you’re reading today!

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Plotter or Pantser?

When it comes to writing, most authors are either plotters, or pantsers…

PlotterA plotter is someone who plots out their story from beginning to end. They have journals, story boards, or notes galore where they jot down their story’s beginning, middle, and end. They know exactly what will happen and when, before they ever sit down and type out the first words. It is normally very organized and well thought out.

A pantser writes by the seat of their pants so to speak. They have a general idea of what will happen, but they figure out all the details and the sequence they will happen after they start writing. This is sometimes also called organic writing because it happens naturally, and can be less restraining than the plotting method, if a little more messy.

What am I you might ask…well, I’m more of a plantser. I live somewhere between the two. My process starts by taking the idea I have, and writing down the major points. Then I take my major points and break them down: why the main character needs to do this or that, what drives the story, who the bad guys are and why, and so forth. Then I start writing, and the rest of the story fills in as I go. I can’t tell you how many times where I thought I was going in a story took a completely different path and ended up somewhere unexpected. But how is that possible? I’m the one writing the story, I should know exactly where each part of the story is headed and every detail right?

Yes, and no…as a writer, there are times when I think, “the next logical step is…” and I try to take the story in that direction, but I hit the dreaded brick wall that is writer’s block. For whatever reason, the story just doesn’t come to me any more. After fighting with it for a while, I’ve learned to sit back, reread it and write down the first thing that comes to mind, even if it isn’t necessarily the next logical step of the story. Nine times out of ten, whatever I jotted down will spark my creativity and get me rolling again, and it’ll be in a different direction from where I was initially trying to go.

If I try to follow a plotting strategy too closely, it’s as though my mind gets bogged down and the creativity stalls out. If I try to be a complete pantser, my story seems to unravel in spots and fall apart. It needs that structure plotting provides without the restriction. So I happily live in the middle of these two worlds as a plantser…and I’m proud of it. It’s what works for me. Are you a plotter or pantser, or are you a plantser like me? Leave me a comment to let me know.

Happy plotting, pantsing, or plantsing!!

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Just finished reading…

One of my recent book reads was by an author that’s new to me. I wish I had found her sooner, but now is better than never.  Live Wire: Book 1 in the Blue Eyed Bomb series by Amber Lynn Natusch is about Sapphira, a young woman whose powers have gotten the better of her. Here’s the blurb from the book:

livewirefinal-ebooklg-1Sapphira is a ticking time bomb.

Two years ago, she lost control of the unstable energies within her and caused a horrific supernatural incident. Since then, she and her family have lived in constant fear of another – and her freedom seems only a distant memory.

In Huskers Grove, Iowa, a darkness looms. A great and faceless evil. An evil that wants Sapphira. Can she master her abilities to save the ones she loves or will she fall victim to the enemy that seeks to take what is rightfully hers?

I read a lot of urban fantasy, and this was something new and fresh. I was a little startled by the beginning of the book, how Sapphira deals with the horror of what she did in Little Church, Colorado years ago. But as the book progressed, I found I liked Sapphira’s character more and more, and I LOVE her bodyguard TS (Gabe isn’t bad either). The book is well written, and the characters are well developed. I rooted for Sapphira once I understood why she behaved the way she did in the beginning, all the way to the end, and I can’t wait for the second book Kill Switch to come out.

Now that I’ve found out about Miss Natusch, I can’t wait to read her other novels. If you’ve already read it, or read it based off what I’ve posted here, leave me a comment to let me know what you thought of it.