Story Unlocked: Against Our Better Judgment

I’m pleased to announce that my Instagram followers have just unlocked a new story!

Against Our Better Judgment

It sounds like the beginning of a joke: A vampire and a werewolf meet in a New Orleans graveyard to settle an old score. Then things go horribly wrong. When their scuffle is interrupted, the two are forced to put aside their differences and try working together for once. The results are a mixed bag of action, deception, and a sprinkle of humor.

Read the new Story Unlock: Against Our Better Judgment

Story Unlocks

Congrats to my Instagram followers for unlocking the first story in my Story Unlocked series! Check out the link in my Profile page to read it. 💖

What happens to stories that are lost or forgotten? Sometimes they can be picked up in a reprint anthology, but most writers will tell you that unless you are a huge name, that is not common. For those quirky stories that don’t fit cleanly into those anthologies, they get lost to time. Out of print means that the book isn’t even printed on demand any longer, and the only sellers are the ones who have copies of their own to sell. So the price goes up, and the chance to read those stories goes down.

I don’t like that. I want my work to be accessible to as many as possible. Even my older stories which may not be as refined, but are just as fun. What about if I mixed it with new stories, ones that are homeless and don’t quite fit what editors are looking for? That’s when my Story Unlocked series was born. The more milestones I hit in Facebook and Instagram (my main hunting grounds), the more stories I’ll post. What are those milestones? That part is a secret. You’ll know once they get hit. 😉

Part game, part unearthing, part sparkly and new, I hope this series is as fun for my readers as it is to put together. Eventually I’ll probably collect them into an anthology, but who wants to wait for that?

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Narrator for SWoK!

Y’all know I’m a huge fan of audiobooks. I’ve listened to several of them on my commute this year, from Stephen Kong’s IT to The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. So I was super pleased to find out that my awesome publisher, Radiant Crown Publishing, wanted to publish The She-Wolf of Kanta in audiobook format too!

I’m happy to announce that Kyra McFarland will be narrating the audiobook, and I honestly couldn’t be happier! She has a wonderful voice and does excellent voices to match the sound of the characters. I’m looking forward to hearing her bring my characters to life.

To learn more about Kyra, check out her website at: http://www.kyramcfarland.com/

Kanta Can Be Beautiful

The first of my maps have been revealed for The She-Wolf of Kanta (April 17, 2018) and it’s so beautiful! Radiant Crown Publishing has truly outdone themselves with the quality of these maps and I’m so excited to be able to share them with you!

Here’s just a short snippet of what it looks like. Click to see the full history and map!

The History of Kanta:

Kanta used to be a small city with big hopes and dreams. The people pushed back the wilderness and claimed the land for their own, creating a haven amid the old forest…

See the full map and history of Kanta!

 

The power of coffee and doughnuts

I finally finished editing my weird western novel, now with a brand spanking new title of: One Way Down. It’s still the same western adventures, still the same empathetic werewolf, and the same saucy vampire; but just a new title. Like a new wrapper color for your favorite deodorant, you won’t really notice much has changed. This is truly my final draft before I start shipping it around, and I’m excited to see where my baby goes. Here are a few statistics…

  • Total word count: 86,500 – a hefty increase from the 60,000 it had on the first draft
  • First written in Summer 2012
  • Lost track of how many editing passes I made…
  • Many werewolves were harmed in the making of this book
  • Many people too
  • …and a horse

I still have to figure out the query letter and the synopsis. Those are arguably the most daunting parts right next to deciding on character names, city names, and book titles. For now though I’m just happy to be finished. It’s amazing how coffee and doughnuts can boost your Saturday writing performance.

Oh and if you’re curious, here’s the Pitch Madness tag I used a few months back:

Werewolf and Vampire buddy cop detectives must solve a string of disappearances & murders in the Old West.

 

Of Novels and Werewolves

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted an update of my writing progress. Mostly because when I’ve been getting my writing in, I haven’t had much time to do blog updates (Aka I get lazy). Lots of fun home improvement stuff has been going on lately though, which has been a ton of fun. We got the flowerbed all planted and even got some compost, soil, and mulch spread. It’s simply that time of the year again, you know how that goes. Plus we’ve picked up a ton of home improvement stuff the last couple of weeks. Everything from artwork to curtains to bits of furniture. I guess we just get in the mood to update our abode, oh, once every year or so.

I’m not quite happy with my ending on Madam Cloom’s Garden, but it’ll work until I end up revisiting it for edits in the not-too-distant future. For now, it’s done, though I predict that I’ll end up adding in at least a good 10k words onto it by the time it’s officially done. I’ve got lots of areas to streamline, others that need more description, and I have a ton of character backstory to iron out. Especially if I’m going to be continuing it in a sequel soon. Here’s the final report:

Madam Cloom’s Garden:

In the meantime I’ve been working on a werewolf short story. It’s kind of a feminist werewolf tale with hunters and crazy entrepreneurs: a steampunk dystopia perhaps? It’s tough to nail these stories into genres sometimes. Either way it’s got some disturbing themes and some tense action so far. I think I’m about 2/3 through it right now.

Untitled Steampunk Werewolf Tale:

I’ve done some planning for Camp NaNo in July, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to work on a YuGiOh! fanfiction. I’ve been watching a lot of Battle City lately and I’ve had a long fic knocking around inside my head for a few months now. Plus it’ll be a nice break before I tackle the original pieces that are wanting some heavy duty editing. If they still allow a custom word count, I’m probably going to try for 30k cause my July is going to be SO BUSY. My sister is having a wedding, plus there’s a vacation, plus a Coursera class I’ll be taking. When did my summers get so busy anyway?

In other news, I’ve caved and created a werewolf board on Pinterest. I know, I’m surprised I didn’t do this earlier too. It includes this gem:

 

 

Total Word Count for 2013: 65,203