Divided is now available as an audiobook! I’m so excited to share this with you. Tanis Parenteau, the narrator, did such a fantastic job with it. I love it so much, and can’t wait to get started on Ravaged. (No date yet, it’s not yet in my schedule…but it will happen.) Below are the links where you can purchase it. Please share with your family and friends, and enjoy!
Hey everyone! Burning Darkness was reviewed in the Farmington Daily Journal this past weekend! Check it out! Thanks so much to Renee Bronaugh, whom I met at St. Louis Comic Con, for the great review!
I’m busy working on my next book, Deceived. This will be the third book in the Elena Ronen PI series. Release date will be December. 11.
The audio book for Divided is nearly complete. I can’t wait till I can share it with you all – it’s amazing! The narrator, Tanis Parenteau, is so wonderful! I really hope she’ll do Ravaged when I’m ready to do audio for that as well.
That’s all for now – my next scheduled appearance is at the ToyMan Toy Show on September 28, and the following weekend I’ll be at Archon. Check out my Events Page for all the details.
Finally, if you’re looking for some help writing your own book, check out my coaching services – I can help you through every step of the process, from idea creation to self-publication. If you know someone who could benefit from this, I’d appreciate if you tell them as well. I’ll end you a free eBook of your choice for each referral who books a session with me.
That’s it for now! Until next time, happy reading!
Last week I mentioned something exciting that I was working on. Well, it’s ready to go and I can finally tell you about it. I meet a lot of aspiring authors at the conventions I go to, and I love doing panels to help you. But I want to be able to help more of you! So I’ve launched a book coaching business, Dominate Your Dream: Write and Self Publish Your First Fiction Book. I have several levels of coaching packages to fit whatever you need help with. So head on over there and check it out!
Don’t worry, I won’t spam this site with advertisements for my coaching business. But since I know a lot of you are aspiring authors, I wanted to let you know this is available now. I also have a few limited specials going on to celebrate the launch, so head on over to my services page to check them out.
Not ready to get started writing your novel just yet? Why don’t you join the Up & Coming Writers Group over there? You’ll get my free guide, “7 Ways to Tell if Your Idea can Become a Full Length Novel” and weekly writing and self publishing tips. Feel free to tell your friends too – the more the merrier!
Hey there! It’s been a busy couple of weeks! Burning Darkness was released on June 5. I’m having a contest right now for it – the first 5 people who leave a review on Amazon, and send me a link to that review, will get an 11X17 print of the cover signed by myself, and the cover artist! So hurry while they’re still available! You can purchase Burning Darkness here.
Here’s a video of the reading and Q&A I did at the signing at Subterranean Books.
I also spent this past weekend at Cosplacon in Jefferson City, MO. It was a last minute appearance, but totally worth it! (Even if I did come down with con crud afterwards!) I met so many new people and had such a fantastic time! I highly recommend you go to this con next year – it will be even bigger and better! I’ll definitely be there!
Production of the audio book for Divided is still in progress. I’ll let you know when I have more updates.
Finally, I’m working on something BIG that any aspiring authors out there are going to love! I love doing panels at conventions and get some really great questions about writing and publishing, but never have enough time to fully answer all the questions. And some people want more personalized help. So stay tuned…details will be unveiled soon! You do not want to miss this!
Johnny and Sean are going to spend 30 days showing every moment of their writing process, from story inception to publication. They collaborate – Sean write the outline (what they call story beats) and Johnny writes the story itself, then Sean polishes it. They’re going to share every single story meeting, ever word of the rough draft – before edits! – and every word of the finished story, and show every step along the way. I’m so excited about seeing such in depth details of how other writers work. I’m sure it will help me improve my process.
Why am I spreading the word about this when they’ve already reached their goal? Well, they have some amazing stretch goals planned, and I want to see these happen! A free copy of Scrivener? Yes please! Sure, I already have it, but I’d love to spread the love to friends who want to write but are flat broke at the moment. And I want to see what else they have planned. I know it will be mind blowing!
So check out the Fiction Unboxed Kickstarter and if you can, support it. Even a dollar helps, and you’ll get a $4.00 book as a thank you for that donation. You won’t be sorry!
Oh, and if anyone wants to donate to the $5000 level in my name, I’d love a trip to Austin, TX, for a workshop with these guys. Just sayin’ 🙂
What a weekend! I had so much fun at Kawa Kon. Thanks so much to Katrina for inviting me to be there and host some panels. I can’t wait for next year! I’m uploading video from the panels I hosted right now, but it will take a while, so I’ll post links once they’re all available. Thanks to everyone who attended my panels – it was my first time doing them, and I think they went really well. Friday I hosted a panel about Creating Believable and Engaging Characters. Saturday was Life Happens: Finding the Time to Write. Sunday was National Novel Writing Month Basics. I didn’t get video of that one though.
I met lots of great new people. *waves* Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table and talked to me, asked me questions about writing (feel free to hop over to the contact form and ask me more), and of course thanks to everyone who bought my books. Thanks to everyone who started reading Divided the night they bought it, and told me how much they were already loving it. I truly appreciate your kind words. Thanks to those who said my books remind them of the Dresden Files. Wow! What a compliment! And to the gentleman who said my books reminded him of Kat Richardson’s Greywalker series, again! Such a huge compliment! Seriously, those comments made me feel like a million bucks!
This is the third convention I’ve sold my books at, and each time I learn a bit more about how to make it a great experience for everyone. I always have so much fun, though I have to admit it’s a bit exhausting. Being an introvert, spending 3 days straight talking to people wipes me out. But don’t get me wrong – I wouldn’t trade it for anything! I love love love meeting people, talking to people who have read or are reading my book, talking to other authors who want to talk about the writing and publishing process. I love it! It’s an experience unlike any other, and I’m so thankful to be able to attend conventions and meet everyone. I just need to take the Monday after off work so I can recover. Even so, I already can’t wait for the next convention.
So thank you again to everyone at the con for being so incredibly awesome and making the weekend amazing! YOU are the reason I do this!
I hope everyone had a fun and safe new year. I brought in 2014 surrounded by new friends, and it’s so far been off to a wonderful start. I cleaned my house today and started working on Burning Darkness. I’m aiming to release it May 22, so it’s time to get my nose back to the grindstone. I wrote the rough draft for NaNoWriMo 2012, so I started reading it today and making minor tweaks, then I’ll really get down to business with editing. This one is a standalone, but don’t worry – Elena will be back late this year (tentative release date November 20.)
I have a crazy busy 2014 ahead of me. I still have my full time day job, and I’m also working to become a Mary Kay Sales Director by June 30, along with releasing 2 books this year and attending several conventions. Not to mention exercising and eating healthier, and attempting to have a social life (aka fun) in between all that! Phew!
Right now, the most important thing for you to know is that I’m a dark fantasy writing guest of honor at Kawa Kon 2014! The convention takes place February 7-9 at the St. Louis Airport Marriott. I’ll be selling my books all weekend and will be doing 3 panels. So stop on by, learn some stuff, buy some books and have some fun!
Friday Feb. 7, 6-7 pm – Creating Believable and Engaging Characters
Saturday Feb. 8, 1-2 pm – Life Happens: Finding Time to Write
Sunday Feb. 9, 12-1 pm – NaNoWriMo Basics
Life has been insane lately, some good, some bad, all of it leaving me little time to sleep or be on the internet. I realized I hadn’t even sent out an update when Ravaged was available, which was over two weeks ago. If you made it to the signing, thanks so much!
I had a friend staying with me for 2.5 weeks from Norway, so between that and spending last weekend at Archon, I’m playing catch up this weekend and trying to clean the house. So I’ll leave you with links to where you can buy Ravaged – this time it’s available for Nook as well!
Life has been crazy lately, to say the least. BUT! I got the shipment of books to sell at the launch for Ravaged on Thursday! So excited to have these in my hands at last and ready to get them to you!
I was also interviewed on Brothers on Whatever podcast yesterday. Check it out here. I had a great time on the show with Nate, Brandon and Donnie and look forward to being back sometime down the road.
If you’re in St. Louis, come out to Subterranean Books on Delmar Thursday night at 6:00 for the reading/Q&A/signing. I’d love to see you there! If you can’t make it, check out amazon.com to get Ravaged in ebook or paperback.
I sent Ravaged off to my editor, Shawn Mihalik, tonight. We have a consultation scheduled for tomorrow night. I’m interested to see what that entails since I’ve never worked with a professional editor before. The book is getting closer and closer to being ready for publication, and September 26 is creeping up! I can’t wait to get this in your hands!
Speaking of September 26, don’t forget about the reading and signing at Subterranean Books that night at 6:00PM. All the details are on my Events page.