It’s that time of year again… #IWSG

Oh, hey, I remembered to do an #IWSG post this time. The last couple of months have been a bit crazy and today starts off another level of insanity with NaNoWriMo kicking off. And the fact that this is my 11th year participating doesn’t make me sound any more sane.

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IWSG Question of the Day: Win or not, do you usually finish your NaNo project? Have any of them gone on to be published?

Initially I didn’t finish my projects if I didn’t win (usually gave up somewhere along the line because life) and I still have them kicking around somewhere. And honestly, even in their incomplete state, they have served a purpose – I’ve taken ideas from them for other projects.

My wins I’ve completed within the month. It’s a hot mess, but I have the story from beginning to end. Actually, I want to say Shattered Illusions wasn’t finished, but it technically was – I ended up scrapping the ending and extending the book out more.

The last few wins have gone on to be published. Currently only Twisted Magics and Shattered Illusions are available, but Twice Cursed will be out next summer.

However, that leads into my insecurity for the month. I’m writing book 4 in the series for NaNoWriMo and I haven’t been this blank on a book since I meandered my way through the first version of Twisted Magics.

I’m not a planner by any means. Tried it once and ended up ignoring my outline, but I usually have a better idea in my head of key moments I want to hit. What if this one doesn’t work out? What if I have to delay my schedule? Is it possible to keep up this momentum?

Granted, if you saw me wrestling with Shattered Illusions, then you know I’ve been through this before. Doesn’t make it any less stressful. There may be hair pulling and copious amounts of chocolate.

And if anyone is interested, I finally started a newsletter. It also pushes to my Facebook and Twitter accounts. I’ll have some fun stuff coming out later this month.

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Books are in!

 

Mock Up OneI now have physical copies of Shattered Illusions available. $9.99 each or get both Twisted Magics and Shattered Illusions for $17.99. And if you’re local in the Treasure Valley, go ahead and select pick-up and I’ll get in contact with you on where and when to meet up.

Both books are still available on Amazon and currently Rediscovered Books also carries Twisted Magics.

Countdown to Shattered Illusions

The release of Shattered Illusions is only a week away! To have some fun, Twisted Magics is on a Kindle Countdown Deal.

Here’s the breakdown for Amazon.com (all times listed are PST):

  • $0.99 June 14th 12:00am – June 16th 7:59am
  • $1.99 June 16th 8:00am – June 18th 3:59pm
  • $2.99 June 18th 4:00pm – June 20th 11:59pm

Here’s the breakdown for Amazon.co.uk (all times listed are GMT):

  • £0.99 June 14th 12:00am – June 17th 11:59am
  • £1.99 June 17th 12:00pm – June 20th 11:59pm

It’s a great time to pick up the first book if you haven’t already and get to know my crazy cast of characters before they get into even more trouble. Also both books are available/soon-to-be-available on Kindle Unlimited.

Sadly, I will not have physical copies available for pre-order through my site. Being wicked sick these past few days really threw my tight schedule for a loop. I will post when I have copies available, but feel free to check out pricing and the bundle package I have ready for when I get physical copies in.

Crunch time #IWSG

Shattered Illusions is up for digital pre-order on Amazon. Working on getting the physical proof in (and obsessively checking the mail for it) so we can go through it quickly and I can get pre-orders started. Setting up other sales for Twisted Magics. And the list continues. I might be found tugging my hair with everything going on and worrying about how the second book will be received.

Though this month’s IWSG made me stop and think about where I am. Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?

I’ve given up on projects. Just stopped working. Stopped writing for a while and eventually something brought me back. There were a number of years in a row I attempted NaNoWriMo and got maybe a few thousand words in before getting frustrated at my current life situation and simply dropping it and walking away. Kept thinking I was never going to finish anything.

I actually was about to give up even attempting the challenge when I got pestered to join for another year. Figured why not? It’s a day and a half before it starts and I have half of a concept. Found a great group of people in my area also participating and I just plugged along doing my thing.

Suddenly, this world I fought with for years came to life and I had a horrible mess. But there was something in that mess. Eventually it turned into Twisted Magics and well, I’m still writing that series and loving (sometimes frustrated at) the crazy things my characters get into.

What changed that made everything finally click? I changed which character I was trying to write from and went back in time. Sounds weird, I know, but having something (even when that something was a huge steaming mess) gave me the boost I needed to get back to writing.

Now I have these two with a third being edited (and more in planning):

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Shattered Illusions cover reveal

If you follow me on my Facebook page, you have already heard that I’ll be at Boise Book Fest this year. That was the first of a few announcements coming up.

Next is the cover reveal for Shattered Illusions!

A few people have gotten a chance to see me running around with mock-ups. Again, amazing work by the talented J Caleb Design.

Pre-orders are now available for digital copies on Amazon. I don’t have an estimated date yet for physical copies, but I’m going to try and have them in time for the June 21st release date. I will post as soon as I know.

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A belated thank you

A belated thank you to everyone who stopped by and said hi at Rediscovered Books this weekend. There are still signed copies of Twisted Magics on sale there. I also want to thank the folks at Rediscovered – they are the nicest, sweetest people who have a huge passion for books.

And my daughter might be mad at me for not bringing her back a book, but she would have been more annoyed at not getting to pick it out herself. I see another trip down there in the near future.

2017-03-09 10.27.24As for my delay with this post, things kind of went sideways recently. Earlier in the week my daughter’s preschool cancelled for the rest of the year without warning so I’ve been in a bit of a scramble to figure out what to do to fill that void. And I thought kindergarten registration this afternoon (yikes!) was going to be my weird point for the week.

Trying to figure out a new routine now, but still holding onto what we can.  I’m still staying on target for an early summer release for Shattered Illusions. Still trying to teach her the basics of archery. Thankfully she’s happy with just the block for now.

It’s been a long time since I taught archery – I think it’s as much of a reminder for me as it’s lessons for her. Haven’t broken my own bow out yet since I need to focus on her while we’re there.

Guess we’ll just have to roll with what we’ve been dealt and see where it takes us.

Busy time #IWSG

Oh gosh, I feel a little guilty taking time away from all the things I need to do to write this post. But first, some fun news: Rediscovered Books in downtown Boise is now carrying copies of Twisted Magics. I’m so thrilled to be working with them. I’ll also be doing an event there on March 4th from 11-1 so if you happen to be in the area, come on down and say hi!

I’ve still got some work to do for them before the event. I swear I’m trying! On top of that I’m working on the final edits for Shattered Illusions and gearing up for the run to put it all together and get it out. Still aiming for an early summer release.

Then there’s all the other normal stuff, but no one wants to hear about that. XD

This month’s IWSG question is a little ironic given that it has been something I’ve been thinking about over the last month or so: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

I kind of have 2 modes: writing and editing. If I’m in editing mode, I’m being hyper-critical and I generally try not to read for fun (at least nothing large) because I’ll be picking it apart instead of enjoying the ride.

I think I also posted about this semi-recently in that I’ve found a difference in my beta readers. Some are just readers and tend to have different views on things than the people who I have who are say part of critique groups. Sometimes it’s polar opposites and it makes me wonder if I still get hung up anyway on things even outside of editing mode. It also makes me confused as to who to listen to.

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