Thursday, October 27, 2016

I Voted!

I don't like to put political comment in my blog, but this election is a doozy.

Please vote!

Regardless of who you are voting for, I think it is essential that everyone go out and vote.

I voted early here in NC.

Fingers crossed for my choices!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

What's Coming Up...

First of all, let me remind you that Gleanings is discounted to 99cents through October 25th. So grab your copy now!

I am going back to my Space Opera series to work on book 2, the sequel to Facade. I am shooting for a spring release on that. I've stolen big chunks of text from a previous incarnation that all need serious editing, so that might shorten the writing time. Or not. Depends on how much rewriting is needed.

As a complete departure, I am also working on some high fantasy. This is another story that's been kicking around the back of my brain forever. In fact, I think it's several stories. It might turn out to be a book for each character all in a shared world. But it's so old that I need to get to know the characters all over again.

I'm also playing around in a map-making site for the fantasy. It's a blast. I have been a cartophile my entire life. Being able to make one is frosting on the cake. For the moment, I am just using it for my own reference. When you invent a world, you have to know when everything is!

And I am also thinking about book 4 of A Changed World. Even while I'm working on other stories, thoughts creep in about Wisp and Tilly, Angus and Martin... I write them down and keep them in a folder until I'm ready to jump into that world again.

Now it's time to get back to writing!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Gleanings on Preorder!

Gleanings, book 3 of A Changed World is now available for preorder at 99cents.

Release date is October 19.

On October 25 it will go up to full price so grab it now! Click here to buy one.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Map Reveal and Free Books!

Here it is...

The cool map that I promised you. 

For people who haven't read all of the books, there might be a little more information than you need. But here are the main locations and train lines. I think this will help people visualize things.

Lethal Seasons will be free starting tomorrow, 10/14,  through 10/18. So if you haven't started the series yet, get the first one for free.

Gleanings will be released on Wednesday, 10/19 at a special price of 99cents. Grab it fast because that price only lasts til 10/25!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sometimes You Need to...

...put your feet up.

Ah the kitty's life, where decisions come down to where to sleep--on the comfy chair or the comfy bed or the comfy couch...

Meanwhile, in the human world...

I've been working on a couple of stories at once this month. Sometimes that happens when I finish a big project. My creativity goes in six different directions. Gleanings is in the middle of line editing, so I'm right on schedule for the October 19 release. Outlining the next book in the Transmutation series went faster than I expected. So I switched gears into a little fantasy story that I've been trying to write for years.

I've dabbled in this world a lot and racked up a bunch of half-finished/half-started stories. I plan to add it to my yearly round-robin of series once I get the other two a bit more established. I started writing this for myself when it was just something fun to fill my time. (Mostly the years I didn't own a TV and pre-internet.) The writing is badly done, but I created an intricate world while I was messing around. That provides me with excellent groundwork to get started.

Sometimes it's really hard to rewrite a story because you are so entrenched in the previous mindset. For Transmutation, I changed the main characters names. That was all I needed to re-envision them, and the story took off from there. The names weren't as crucial in the other work. I wasn't as tied to them. But I needed a jolt to change things up. So I made the main character a woman. In my mind, it had always been a man. And that was what the story needed.

I've started with a prequel novella that may or may not see the light of day. Partly this sets up the character and how she got to where the real story needs to start. And partly it gets me back into this world so I can remember the people and places and magic system and gods and...whew. I really meant it when I said intricate.

Just a reminder that Facade is still 99cents thru Saturday. Grab a copy here.

Monday, October 3, 2016