Muse Monday: Try Everything

First I want to apologize for my lack of response and posts lately. Life’s been crazy and I’m still playing catch-up with everyone.

Recently I was making a new playlist for the book I’m working on and admittedly, I’m not sure if this song belongs on it or if I just put it on there for my daughter. Playlists end up getting burned to CD and then into my vehicle they go.

Anywho, I bought my daughter Zootopia for her birthday and she’s been in love with it so I get to hear this song frequently enough that it gets stuck in my head:

I keep asking myself if it belongs on the playlist in question. I still can’t honestly answer, but maybe it needs to be there while I’m editing. Or I need to hear it for myself.

In any case, I thought I’d switch gears and try something fun for a change. Figured I should also keep it light to start.

I’m curious how many others build playlists for what they are working on. Do random things just seem to end up on it?

It’s here

Twisted Magics has officially launched today. I hope you guys that have purchased a copy enjoy the story. From here on out, I’ll stop being annoying with my weekly advertisement posts.

So, a few things before I wrap this up…

I posed this question a while back that no one decided to take a guess on: Why did I choose June 21st as the release date? Answer: It’s Ketayl’s birthday. Why did I choose June 21st for her? Well, seeing as she doesn’t remember what her actual birth date is, I went with one of the days that the Summer Solstice falls on. Or rather, I suppose Lindale chose that date for her.

Now I start to wonder if other writers have made calendars with the birthdays of their characters.

Also, print copies are now available on Amazon, though I will continue to sell them through my online store for at least a while yet. Still waiting on word from my local independent bookseller if they’ll carry it in their store. And likely I’ll still keep selling copies out of the back of my vehicle like some creepy door-to-door sales person.

I hope that all of the print preorders have made it to their destinations by today. Unfortunately, USPS still fails me with their tracking. Though I was trying to keep an eye out for everyone in case something happened.

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And now the information on how to get a copy of Twisted Magics!

Ebook versions are available for pre-order through Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, iBooks, and Kobo.

Print copies are available through both Amazon and my online store. If you order it through my store and would like me to sign/write something inside the book, please mark it in the special instructions.

Twisted Magics – almost there

Twisted Magics will be available in 1 week on June 21st. In the meantime, I’ve linked to several places that pre-orders can be placed below.

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Still hadn’t cleared off the table from game night.

I closed pre-orders through my online store yesterday, but after some debate, I’m going to keep taking orders through there, though I won’t be able to guarantee the book will arrive before the release date. Granted, even with sending out the pre-orders later today, I can’t guarantee that the postal service will not screw with me.

For local people in the Treasure Valley, I can easily get them to you (schedule conflicts pending). I’ll probably start keeping a box in the back of my vehicle.

So I spent a small bit of time yesterday signing and getting copies ready to go out the door. It was a quiet party of one more or less – I had a certain soon-to-be 4-year-old overly curious.

Twisted Magics will still make its way to Amazon and I’ll post a link when it becomes available. International may take a bit longer to show up depending on where you are.

3D Mock Up

And now the information on how to get a copy of Twisted Magics!

Ebook versions are available for pre-order through Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, iBooks, and Kobo.

Print copies are available through my online store. If you would like me to sign/write something inside the book, please mark it in the special instructions.

For my own entertainment

Not long ago, I was asked if I tried to pair my characters up to real life people. I don’t normally do so unless it strikes me as that person pretty much walked out of my head, but according to my character notes I’ve done that once.

I do, however, build them in video games as closely as I can. Why? It amuses me and I can run around as said character.

Let me shoKetayl Travere 06/08/2016 09:11:24w you my main. She might look a little familiar to those who have had the chance to critique/beta Twisted Magics. Don’t mind the pose too much – I was going a
little screenshot happy (finally figured it out on the PS4, though I usually play on PC) with the new patch and grabbed this from a cutscene.

Gear is usually the worst in trying to manage and I don’t get too picky about it. It changes often enough and I’m too lazy to try and build my perfect set through glamours (referring to specifically FFXIV here).

Hair styles are another one. I swear I’ve seen a bun on another race, but they haven’t given it to the female Elezen yet. The ponytail has been the hair style on her since I was able to get it. Occasionally I try something else, but always end up going back.

Why not a better shot? I haven’t taken one. At least not one that won’t spoil some of the story that my husband has yet to catch up on it at the time of this post. For now I get to sit back and rub my hands in anticipation of watching his reaction to the new story. [insert evil, maniacal laughter here]

Have I tried designing my characters in other video games that will allow it? Yes. FFXIV has gotten me the closest so far and I didn’t think to screenshot those at the time. Or if I had, I don’t remember where I hid the screenshots.

All in all, it’s just a bit of fun and purely for my own entertainment.

Twisted Magics

Twisted Magics will be available in 2 weeks on June 21st. In the meantime, I’ve linked to several places that pre-orders can be placed below.

Just as a note: I will be taking print pre-orders through my online store until the end of day on June 13th (which is pretty much when I give up playing games and writing/editing and go to bed). All print pre-orders will then be shipped on June 14th. Don’t worry though, print copies will be available through Amazon within a week after.

Now, to add to the fun, I will be taking questions from comments that I will answer in my post next week.

This past week, I called it good on completing the first draft of book 2. Now for the editing…

Other than that, I’m going to be enjoying more story to my favorite game today. Well, as much of it as there is, but the people in charge of Final Fantasy XIV have not let me down yet.

Yes, I play the game for the story, though blowing things up is fun too. The main scenario story line has had my attention since day 1 and has not let go. Especially with this expansion (now on patch 3.3), though I am still mad about what happens at the end of the Vault. They know how to hit me hard in the feels every single time and it doesn’t have to be a major event either – the quieter moments are just as impactful.

Given my quick overview of the patch notes, there will be also side story quests that I’m sure to enjoy as well. Most of them I’ll easily fall into – Hildebrand I usually need to prepare myself for. It’s one of those I want to enjoy the silliness and not be thinking about how stupid this questline is. Either way, I love that my character is a part of all of this story, shows up in cutscenes, makes the same facial expressions that likely the player is also (this aimed especially at Hildebrand) and is portrayed as the heroine that she is.

I hope everyone doesn’t mind that I deviated a bit today about gaming within a writing post, but I really am a sucker for a good story. I’m slowly working my way through a book I started way too long ago (keep getting distracted) that’s actually quite good, but I don’t want to talk about it yet. Eventually I’ll finish it, but hopefully before I go too heavily into editing mode.

3D Mock Up

And now the information on how to get a copy of Twisted Magics!

Ebook versions are available for pre-order through Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, iBooks, and Kobo.

Print copy pre-orders are available through my online store. I will begin shipping these on June 14th. If you would like me to sign/write something inside the book, please mark it in the special instructions.

It’s becoming real #IWSG

As I attempt to wrap up the first draft of book 2, Twisted Magics will be coming out later this month. To say I’m nervous would be an understatement.

I’ve ranged from wondering if anyone will enjoy it (which is stupid because my critique groups and beta readers have) to questioning myself if I can keep writing an interesting story while fighting with book 2. Yesterday I dropped off a copy for review at my local independent bookstore and will spend the next few weeks twiddling my thumbs in hope that they decide they like it enough to want to carry it.

I’m not sure what I’ll do once it is out in the world. I’ve been lurking on forums, hoping to find answers and getting conflicted information. I guess for now I’ll just roll with it and see what happens. I should have enough on my hands with trying to get book 2 in some sort of order to keep me busy. At least it is in better shape now than a month ago. Loving some of the interactions between characters.

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