Shadows and Embers: 2nd edition

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The 2nd edition of Shadows and Embers is now available. Here’s everything you need to know for how you can get your hands on the 2nd edition!

First off, I will no longer be making the original 1st edition available for sale online. This is to ensure there is no confusion, and so that new readers starting the series will buy the newest editions of the books. This will be the case for the entire series. All the original editions will not be available for sale after the 2nd edition releases. So if you want the original cover art –buy them now while they’re available.

As for the 2nd edition of Shadows and Embers, you can buy it now. The ebook is live on Amazon. I will be updating the website, as well as other social media with the purchase links, but most of them won’t become available until the paperback is live as well.

As for the paperback, I have ordered a proof. I always do this to ensure nothing looks wrong with the paperback before I release it to the world. The proof is on its way –and Createspace is usually great with shipping– so I expect the paperback to be available by next week at the latest –unless of course there are unforeseen issues that arise.

I’ve bought new beautiful stock images you’ll see floating around later tonight. And I still have a lot of updating to do on the website (in terms of what’s going on with the Magicians series). I have also fallen behind on writing again and am determined to force myself to write no matter how terrible it is. I saw so many stock images for Clara and Ezra that now I’m feeling motivated again.

Last but not least, this Saturday is my book signing. If you’re in or near the MD area, please come out and support your local author. I’m very excited and can’t wait to share pictures and so forth with you all. I have a bunch of books at my home just waiting to be signed!

That’s all for now, but I’ll be returning later on to add more to the website (you might notice changes and updates on the “books” page and so forth).

Thank you all for your patience and support!

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Cover Reveal: Shadows and Embers

As promised I re-releasing the entire Magicians series one by one. And next up on the list was the sequel, Shadows and Embers. This book follows Léal’s story as he struggles with seeking revenge and finding peace. 

Thanks to Hell Yes Design Studio for the AMAZING work.  

Once I have the interior design I will be setting a release date. I’m thinking this will release before the end of the year! 

But without further ado…


SUMMARY:

It’s 1569 in Transylvania; Léal Irvine has committed to a powerful man all for the sake of revenge. Handsome, young Irvine is a high-ranking magician working for Esmour’s organization, Destin, which is composed of Dark magicians from around the local areas. However, one by one magicians vanish or die, and suddenly the world of magic is not as safe as it once was. One of the members and Léal’s best friend, Nicia, betrays the organization before the downfall. Unfortunately no one realizes the act of treason might have saved her life.
A year later Destin has fallen, and Léal sees the world through icy blue eyes. With only five Dark magicians alive his survival is constantly threatened, and he has no great leader or trusted allies to turn to. After infiltrating Belsgar and killing a member of the Magic Council, a war between darkness and light is no longer something anyone can walk away from. A new villain rises with a secret that could be deadly; meanwhile Nicia works to prove her loyalty to Léal while trying to revive their friendship. 

Sides will be chosen, relationships will be at stake, and in the end the balance of the magical world will depend on the outcome of the war. When you’re walking on a thin line between revenge and forgiveness how do you choose the right path without stepping too far over the crack?

Stayed tuned for the release date. And thank you so much to everyone who’s been helping with the 2nd editions of these books. 

October 14th book signing info

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I wanted to post some additional information about my upcoming book signing. So if you’re planning to attend the event or thinking about doing so, please read this.

When: Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 1-2:20pm

Where: Greetings and Readings

118 AA Shawan Rd

Hunt Valley, MD 21030

The books: Cursed With Power, Shadows and Embers, Thicker Than Blood, Bloodline Inheritance, Clara and Claire

Payment types: Any –see cashier (Greetings and Readings is handling the money aspect at the signing, so when you have your book signed and ready to go, head on over to the cashier and check out)

I’ve ordered books based on how many people I believe are coming and how many books I am hoping to sell. The majority of copies I will have available for purchase will be for Cursed With Power (the 2nd edition) and Clara and Claire. This is my first signing with Clara and Claire, so I am trying to come well prepared. As for the remainder three books in the Magicians series, I am bringing less copies (unless you message me and tell me otherwise) because I don’t know how many people want the original 1st edition of the books. Books 2-4 are all being re-released with new covers and interior designs, so this will be the last book signing where I show up with the originals as they are right now. If you’re interested in buying them before the 2nd edition please let me know so I can make sure I have copies for you.

I will also be bringing bookmarks, business cards, and a teaser for Clara and Ezra with me. The teaser you will get when you purchase any of my books, but the rest of the goodies at my table will be free for the taking.

So if you’re planning to buy a book I’ll be at Greetings and Readings from 1-2:20 to sign them for you. If you already have a book and want that signed, I will be available for that as well. It’s a free and open event, so feel free to bring anyone else you think might be interested.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Vacation

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I will be on vacation from September 14th to September 17th. During this time I will be away from my laptop –and yes, away from my writing (unless I get the urge to handwrite something while I am away). This is a much needed and long awaited vacation, so I hope to return well rested and ready to get back to work.

I will be returning home on the 17th. I have taken the 18th-20th off from work to allow some more days of relaxation and quiet honestly the plan on those days is to get some serious writing done as well.

Just wanted to post a quick announcement. Thank you for all the support, and here’s to hoping this vacation gives me lots of inspiration for when I return!

Cursed With Power Audiobook

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BIG NEWS: Cursed With Power is being turned into an audiobook. Thanks to ACX I’ve found a narrator, and she and I are more than thrilled to start on this new adventure together. Finally Celestria’s voice is literally coming to life.

All those people who always tell me “oh, but I don’t like reading” –well, we’ve got you covered now! Wherever you are, whoever you’re with, now you can bring Celestria’s story along with you and listen at your own pace.

Bringing my books into audiobook format has been a dream and goal of mine for years now. Recently I decided to make that dream and reality. Cursed With Power will be the first of my books to be released as an audiobook. The rest will be worked into the mix later on. There’s a lot going on right now as far as book releases, this audiobook, and working on Clara and Ezra –so all in due time. The rest of the Magicians series will be worked into being released as audiobooks after their re-release.

As far as the audiobook for Cursed With Power, we’re looking to be done by December 1st. My narrator and I will be working hard to make it possible for CWP‘s audiobook to be ready and for sale by the time Christmas and other holidays hit.

I’m excited (and still in shock), and I hope you’ll all join me in this new adventure we’re taking Celestria on. I’ll keep you updated with our progress!

Goal: hit 50k

This month as far as writing goes has been extremely stressful. I think the problem being that I set goals for myself that were unrealistic. I started writing Clara and Ezra at the very end of June. It’s only August. So having a goal where I finished the book this month was a bit extreme, considering that would have been the fastest I’ve ever written a first draft.The problem we face as writers when we set ourselves up with unrealistic goals is that it brings upon more stress than necessary. I found myself so stressed out this month and, if I’m being honest, disappointed in myself. All of which could have been avoided if I had set goals that I knew I could achieve. And then if I crush those goals and go above and beyond that’s a nice little bonus.

There are only two days left to August. My original goal was to finish this month at 70k words. Now my goal is to finish with 50k. If I hit over 50k even better, but realistically speaking just finishing at 50k will be enough for me.

As far as a completion date for this book, which a lot of people have been asking me, we’re looking at September. Clara and Claire was around 90k, so that’s the goal I’m aiming for with this book too. So I’m aiming to finish the book in September and by October start editing (aka rewriting).

I usually write 1k daily on the days that I do write. Admittedly, as you’ll see tomorrow, there have been days where I didn’t write at all. There have been days where I did not reach my 1k goal. But 1k daily is a realistic goal for me. I’ve done it in the past, and I know I can continue doing it.

I’ve gotten back into using my word count app, Wordly, to track my progress. I’ll also share pictures of that tomorrow as well. And I am still using my calendar with the stars to show what days I reached my goal and what days I did not.

I’d like to make September a more successful month. I would like to learn from my mistakes. Set realistic goals, and remember every now and then I’m going to need to breathe.

I’ll post a more detailed post tomorrow. I know I still am slacking as far as blog posts go, and I’m in the process of working on that too. So please be patient with me, and remember if you follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat you can get daily updates!

Writing Desk

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A writing desk. It seems like common sense that if you’re a writer, regardless of if you’re aspiring or published, you should have a writing desk. However, for me I’ve gone my whole life without ever having a desk of any kind for my writing. Sure I had a desk when I was younger, prior to pursuing my dreams as an author, but once I got serious about writing I never had a desk. The majority of my writing over the years has been done either in my bed or sitting on a couch. Not ideal.

Last night with the help of my parents and a close friend of mine, we set up my writing desk. This is the same desk that many, many years prior had been a desk my parents bought me when I was a girl. It’s real wood. So when I was looking into having a writing desk my dad offered to repaint the desk black (of course, what other color would I want). And once he repainted it I fell in love all over again.

I still have a lot of ideas of things I want to add to my desk. Quotes, pictures, and other gimmicks I want to place in that space. I bought the knobs for the drawers, and since the desk was repainted to a color I favored, it really does feel like a whole new desk. It feels like it’s finally my desk.

I’m not sure why for years now I’ve gone without a desk for writing. And I know I’m not alone in this. It amazes me just how many of my fellow authors are without desks. (Shoutout if you’re fortunate enough to have an entire office dedicated to your work). My desk is not huge, but neither is my room. In the grand scheme of everything it is still a small space, but it’s a corner dedicated to my writing. It’s the place where I plan on finishing Clara and Ezra and many future books. 

If you don’t have a writing desk, I highly recommend one. Dedicate a space to your writing, even if it’s a small space. If you’re able to, dedicate a larger space to your writing –this gives even more opportunities. It’s not only motivating but it also helps with focusing. Sit down, get to work, and then when you leave that space you can do things outside of writing (or writing related material). 

If anything my goal with having a desk now is to really work on focusing. I get easily distracted. Sometimes after I’ve been writing for a while I need a break, and sometimes that break turns into countless minutes on Facebook or Pinterest or messaging someone. These breaks are okay, but it’s important to know when to break and when to get back to work. One of the things I want to purchase for my desk is a timer, so I can set a specific time for how long I’ll write, and then when I hear the buzzer, take a break for x amount of time. I don’t have all of the details worked out, but I’ll keep you updated.

 

I’m not going to lie. August is proving to be a difficult month. I am behind. Most days I am panicking over this first draft. But I am trying to get back into a schedule. I am trying to get back to be consistent with my writing. And one of these months, whether that’s this month or next or two months from now, I want to get into the schedule of writing daily and consistently. Not having long periods of time with 0 words written. I don’t want to keep feeling guilt for my lack of writing. I want to write, get the work done, and then go about my day. That’s the goal here. It’ll not only help me get books done but it will help with releasing books sooner. More on that later, but for now fingers crossed this desk will help me get back on track.

Where do you write? Post a picture of your writing space in the comments; I’d love to see.