Friday, January 29, 2016

My New Favorite Book

I'm a shitty blogger. I never write blogs just like I never Tweet or Facebook, but every now and then something will catch my attention in which I feel I have to share something, even if nobody reads it. It's about a book, and no, not mine. I do read on occasion, and after chipping my library fee away enough to where I could actually rent books again, I've been reading even more.

I don't know if it's gone out of style yet, but I still do the thing of picking random books off the shelf in search of new authors. I did this with three books, all generic covers and names. I only liked one. In fact I loved it. When I read it I didn't want to read anything else. It's called Annie's Song by Catherine Anderson. I'd never heard of Catherine Anderson before, but if she ever reads this I want her to know she has a new fangirl.

First off, the book is copyrighted 1996, so it's not new. The book is set in 1890 Hooperville Oregon, so it's hardly contemporary either. Despite what I write I generally don't read any book set before the 1900's, so this was right up my alley. In short, the book is about a man who takes in a sweet "idiot" girl whom his younger brother raped, marries her, and forms a deep attachment to her.

This book had so much substance it made me question just what the hell I'd been reading over the past two years. It isn't very often I read something where the two leads genuinely connect. Writing sparks-flying-off-the-page chemistry is freaking hard, even harder to come across, and when I do it makes me cry. This book made me cry. There was nothing exploitative in the dialogue or the sex, and that was GREATLY appreciated. I am not an idiot reader and I demand more from my books than even I realize. This gave it to me, and then some.

If you want to read something in which two souls connect, try Annie's Song. Make sure you have a box of tissues next to you when you read it.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Roots of Danu

Done with Third Witherheart book! Yeees! Official name Roots of Danu. I had to do some intense research on Ireland in order to write the last half of it. As of 11/8/15 I set up a pre-order on smashwords, as the book itself will be released on November 14 2015, On Saturday by the end of the week. My intention is to get it out before Thanksgiving and most definitely before Christmas.

Now working on a new book. There are a lot of references to Greek gods in terms of beauty, so I thought "Why not just make a book featuring Greek god?" Putting him in a modern setting gives an opportunity for humor in a fish-out-of-water sort of way. I'm enjoying writing about something other than vampires and withcraft. Compared to all that other stuff Greek gods are tame in comparison.

While I'm doing that I intend to follow up with that "Bundle Love" package. I'll have to work on formatting all three books into one workable file. With that I should be able to release all three to Amazon. There are complications there since the first book is free, and Amazon doesn't allow for free books outside of KDP Select.

When Roots of Dauu publishes to smashwords I will have a new update for you.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Bundle Love

Third book in the Witherheart seies is almost done and I'm so happy! I've been working like a dog (if dogs could write) and am loving it. It needs some serious reworking, but the direction is solid. I should have it out by the end of December or a little bit after (I might miss Christmas, though I'm trying my damndest).

I haven't put any of my Witherheart books on Amazon yet, entirely because Witherheart #1 is free, and Amazon doesn't condone free books.Right now they're available through Smashwords and their distributors (ibooks, B&N, Kobo, etc). I'm thinking about putting all three books out together as a bundle (though I'd rather not do that) as soon as the third one has been cleaned up. I'm looking forward to this Christmas!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halfway Through #3

It's been a while, I know, but I am still working. The third book in the Witherheart series is halfway done and I'm so happy to be working on it. The third book gives heavy focus to Kegan and the other boys since Anjette is captive and searching for a way out. Kegan is struggling with his change which I find to be one of the most important features in this installment, and something I want to see unfold for myself, as it will dramatically affect his relationship with Anjette.

The other books I've published are up on smashwords, but the Witherheart series is not on Amazon.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Second Witherheart Done

The second book in the Witherheart series is finally done, and I'm so happy. I just got through with my third or fourth editing. I need a cover and a title, and then I can post, though I've been busy doing technical research (bus schedules, formulas, etc), not to mention I went and re-edited the first Witherheart. I fixed some very minor grammatical errors and changed a few words, but other than that, I left it pretty much the same. I can't afford to change it too much--not without a proper editor.

Look forward to the new one.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Almost Done--again

I am so happy to earnestly be working on the second book in the Witherheart trilogy (or at least I'm aiming to make it into a trilogy). Work and so many other things have been getting in the way, and for a long time my motivation and inspiration was nowhere to be found. It's so hard to write effectively in that state of mind, but I thought about it every day. The second book (I've yet to come up with a working title) is a lot more brutal and plot oriented than the first one, the trails much harsher with severe consequences. Zachary comes back in this one. His attachment to his cousin grows and morphs, which has been fun and exciting for me as the author to develop. A new boy shows up who becomes very important. Writing his character gives me flashbacks of the Mortal Instruments series because his personality is snarky and egotistical, but he's also a fighter.

The book is fast on it's way to ending. I have it planned out already and am very much looking forward to writing it. If only I didn't have to sleep! I've been rereading Dracula in whatever spare time I have, and Steven King's On Writing, which I haven't touched in Lord knows how long. Reading is just as fun as writing, and when I'm doing one it always makes me want to to the other. A glutton is what I am.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Doing a Giveaway

I'll be doing my first giveaway near the end of the week. I'm so excited! I just finished doing my FINAL revision of Witherheart for this purpose. It kind of doesn't make sense because not only is Witherheart already free, but Dragons of Witchcraft is the series with multiple books. And it's finished. I should do a giveaway for that book, and I promise I will be, that is if Goodreads will allow it. If not, I could just do a giveaway on my blog. That'd be nice.

Witherheart 2 is fine in the making. It's being written in bits and pieces so it's hard to keep track of, but I wait anxiously for the day when I can start piecing them together to make a finished project. The story so far is quite different than that of the first Witherheart. Cane has actually trapped Anjette in his "manor." He holds her captive in a cage to keep her from the world, and himself. She doesn't know where Kegan is or if he's alive, where her friends are, her family, or her mother. She doesn't have a clue as to how she'll escape, or if she'll even be able to before Cane loses it and kills her.


Did I just unconsciously write a blurb?