Freaking gorgeous

I’m so excited guys. This cover is freaking gorgeous. I just finished confirming the maps that’ll be included as well. I know it’s still 8 months out before this gets officially released, but there’s no stopping the hype train now.

Here take a look so you can get pumped too!

 

Did I mention there’s a giveaway going on too?? I know, the good news just keeps on coming!

Enter to win an advanced reader copy of this very novella! You can also get a $5 Amazon gift card too, but that’s not as cool as getting to read about werewolves, a mad scientist, and a strong female protagonist, is it? 😉

Here’s the link to the raffle, you can enter via Facebook or with just your email.

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/1000e4f1245/

 

The Huntress Becomes the Hunted

Mercy has always dreamed of becoming a werewolf trapper like her father. In Kanta, one must learn how to survive one way or another. A dark-skinned, blue-eyed young beauty, Mercy understands that she brings out the beast in monsters and men. When a routine werewolf delivery turns into a vicious assault from a pair of human traffickers, Mercy’s life changes forever. Somehow she must endure in a dangerous city where women and werewolves are hunted.

A YA novella… with werewolves!

I’m thrilled to be able to share some good news since this week has been pretty terrible for a lot of people. My novella, The She-Wolf of Kanta, has been picked up for Radiant Crown Publishing’s Legion imprint!

Commence the happy dancing!

Not only will it be available in ebook and eventually print formats, but it will also be published as an audiobook.

I’m really loving how much RCP is letting me involved in the process too. It’s been a real treat to work with them so far, and I’m looking forward to moving forward! This will be the first book that will be published in print and only have my name on it. This will be the first book that will be on audio!

Okay, I’m done flailing – for now! Don’t worry, I’ll post more updates as I go, including a cover reveal soon. 😉

Curse of Beauty Now Available!

It’s the beginning of May. Do you know what that means?

The end of spring semester for many exhausted college students?
Yep!

It’s time for convention season to go into full swing?
Quite possibly.

The new Game of Thrones season came out, filling up my Facebook feed and tempting me with spoilers I’m trying desperately to avoid?
Oh yes!

You know what else it means? It means my story, Curse of Beauty, is now available on Heroic Fantasy Quarterly! It’s been included in their 28th issue and even features some beautiful artwork from Kat Scarber.

All of these stories are free to read, so why not drop by and take a look?

Heroic Fantasy Quarterly – Q28

If you enjoy them, please share them around! Make an artist’s day! 🙂

How Far We’ve Gone

The first draft of this novel was written back in April 2013 during Camp NaNoWriMo. After a few months of letting it sit and then doing a re-read I realized how the entire thing had to be scrapped and re-written. That’s a pretty tough decision to make, but I realized too how much planning would be needed to write the story that I wanted to write.

I took months to plan. I read through the old draft and made notes about ideas on what I wanted to change, characters I might add, plot arcs that should be changed, themes I could pick up on. From these notes I made a detailed outline, at least for 2/3 of the story. The last section I wasn’t entirely pleased with, but I thought I might have a better idea of what to do with it once I finished the next draft. I knew how I wanted to end it, I just wasn’t sure how to get from the midpoint to the end. Sure enough, while I was writing this next draft it came to me around 5:00 or so in the morning during my pre-work writing time. I grabbed a notebook and sketched out the back and forth perspectives all the way to the end. I’ve been using that as my guide for these past few weeks as I grappled with the ending and what was going to happen to certain characters & plotlines. Is it set in stone now? Of course not, but it’s a scaffolding I’m happy with.

This being a second draft, there’s going to be a ton of cutting later on. Several scenes I wrote knowing that I wasn’t going to keep them in the published version, so this is way longer than it will be after a visit to the cutting floor. Of course other scenes will likely need more detail, cause I’m bad about that. Still though, this draft is FINISHED. Time to put it on the back-burner and turn my attention to other writing projects!

 

Here’s the progress on my YA other-world fantasy novel about urban explorer Shaleigh Mallett who is whisked away to the Land of the Fae. Along the way she encounters living statues, friendly minotaurs, and a backstabbing ruler. When she gets tangled up in a love story that can’t possibly end well, Shaleigh finds herself forced to make a difficult choice that could change the future of this new land, and prevent her from ever getting home.

Project: Madam Cloom’s Garden
FINAL Word Count: 108,151
New Words Written:
12/2/14 – 143
1/27/15 – 321
1/28 – 512
1/29 – 872
2/1 – 386
2/3 – 1,279
2/5 – 1,827

Commentary: Ending it on an adrenaline-pumping note. Some questions are answered, some closure is found, but the journey is hardly over.