Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘come the shadows’

Today is my birthday. I like gifts, but I can never decide what I want so this year I’m going to give! Today only, my first book, Come the Shadows, is free at the community website Worldliterarycafe. To access the gift you simply need to complete a free registration on the site. Enjoy!

Actually, I am also going to ‘gift’ something to myself. For several reasons, I have been unable to write in nearly a month. It’s not writer’s block – in fact I’m at the BEST part of book 3, just before the climax. My gift to myself is that this weekend I *will* write and I will get ever-closer to finishing that first draft. I had hoped to bring the third book out at the end of March but that’s not realistic now. New goal is the end of April, early May at the latest. I’m more than ready to have this trilogy complete and start the next book, which is actually the FIRST book I started, two years ago. The plot of which is very lightly referenced in Come the Shadows… ๐Ÿ™‚

Read Full Post »

Today is a special TeaserTrain Thursday – the WLC is hosting a SUPERSONIC TeaserTrain where you can check out all the books at once. Be sure to also search the #teasertrain tag on Twitter to see all the books and links to their excerpts, including my excerpt from COME THE SHADOWS and the one I hosted here – Sheila R. Lamb’s ONCE UPON A GODDESS.

Enjoy the reads! If you decide to purchase some of the books there are special offers to receive some free books too!

Read Full Post »

For awhile I’ve wanted to break into the top 5k books on the Kindle (or Nook) store and lo and behold…..COME THE SHADOWS went all the way to 724 yesterday ๐Ÿ™‚

And, this morning, I saw the UK store:

So now the book is rightfully an ‘international bestseller’ and I am a ‘bestselling author’. I love this feeling!

Thank you to the Kindle 3 books Facebook page Kindle Lovers for giving me that wonderful push!

What should I shoot for now? ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Read Full Post »

I am happy to announce I am participating in a new feature on Thursdays – the Teaser Train!

Please check out Shelia R Lamb’s blog to read an excerpt of COME THE SHADOWS.

Other authors featured today :

AR Silverberry – WYNDANO’S CLOAK – @ Howard Hopkin’s blog

TM Souders – WAITING ON HOPE – @ Kellianne Sweeney’s blog

Follow the #teasertrain tag on Twitter to keep up with all the great excerpts!

Choo Choo!

Read Full Post »

Red Sky Warning Cover Art

It’s here! Last night we finalized the cover art for the next book in the Campbell Creek Mysteries: Red Sky Warning.

Only 3 weeks to go!

We also tweaked the original just a little. This is a 3-part series and the covers all work together. It’s a learning process. When I put out book one the most forward-thinking I could go was just to get it done and out and available. In retrospect I would have punched up 1 even more so 2 and 3 could get the same treatment but at this point I think it’s more important to not flip number one on it’s head with a brand new cover, and to keep them consistent. I want people to look at them and recognized they go together as a series. I have so many books rumbling around in my head, and some will involve the same main characters more than once, but these are the three that truly are linked.

I also know the title of the last book already but am no where near having the cover art done. We were going to go ahead and start it but found out the picture I had is unsuitable. Back to the drawing board…

One last note:

The image from Come the Shadows is 100% mine. The image on Red Sky Warning is courtesy my mom, who has been incredibly supportive of my writing.

Read Full Post »

I’ve been connecting with a lot more people on both Twitter and Goodreads lately. Social media is such an important part of the new Author Paradigm, as Karen Baney pointed out here recently, and it comes with pleasant surprises and support.

Author Norma Budden took the time to pick up my book and give a very nice review of it on her blog and on Amazon. We also had a chat and she has posted an interview of me today.

Back to the edit/rewrite closet I go ๐Ÿ™‚ This week is devoted to writing 8 chapters (mine are all 3-5 pages) that were not in the first draft. I’m the backwards lady that always has to add…. ๐Ÿ™‚

Read Full Post »

I’ve read multiple lines that all say the same thing:

The second novel is much harder to write than the first

I breezed through the first draft of my second novel, Red Sky Warning, spending almost one less month writing it than I spent on the first book, Come the Shadows.

Great, right? Commence back-patting.

But the hip-hip-hoorays were short-lived. Only when I dove into the editing did I see the true nature of the idea that the second novel is harder than the first. Writing is more than just the first draft. It’s a process with many stages, layering onto the piece everything that makes it a good read in the end, and frequently ripping out a bits – large and small – in the process. In those changes the work truly takes flight, but it’s work, plain and simple.

I am finding that, contrary to what I hoped, editing the second book is far more challenging than the first. Come the Shadows was an inspired idea while Red Sky Warning is a much more cerebral exercise of continuing that story. I knew how I wanted book two to end but not exactly how I wanted to get there.

I took a few other ideas and added them in. Some of them I am now having to take out. The overall story has worked out very well, and I think it is a great follow-up piece, but it needs…refinement… that the first book did not need, or at least did not require to the same degree.

So yes, I must agree with the statement that it is much harder to write the second novel than the first, but what an experience! I know my craft grows and with challenge comes improvement. It will only get better (even if it won’t get easier) from here.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »