Progress is Progress #ROW80 #AmWriting #Mourn #KansasBeatitude

I feel like I can add the tag #amwriting this week because I did actually do some writing, even if it wasn’t a lot. I managed 1700 words on Thursday before I headed off to work, and while I’d had intentions to write on Friday and Saturday, it just didn’t happen.

I spent Sunday afternoon cleaning. Isn’t that a fantastic way to round out the weekend? hahaha, but it does need to happen. This story is constantly on my mind, which is a good thing. I think it means I’ll actually finish it, and seeing as how I’ve had several short stories that I’ve started and not completed lately, I’m aiming for finishing it.

I think I also had an idea for the first short story, Poor in Spirit, in the Kansas Beatitude series. It’s based off something happening in my world right now, and that’s probably why I couldn’t think of writing it before I had admitted it to myself.

Again, I have high aspirations and goals for this round of ROW80, but my true goal is just to finish at least one short story. I need to start writing novels this year soon enough anyway. I have to write De-Termination (Quarter Life #2), which I had to ask my publisher to extend the date on it, and I have to write the next book for Grace. If I could fit in a sweet romance in there too, I’d love it, but that’s not my focus.

There’s also a great debate as to whether or not be an ML come November. There is not a lot of ML support where I live, and I absolutely loved doing it in Texas. I’m just very concerned about time and baby and family and life and adjustments that will be happening right about then at work and all that jazz. I only have 6 more days to decide, so I best get deciding soon.

I’ll stop rambling now =P

Here are my goals:

SHORT STORY TITLES: Poor in Spirit, Mourn, Meek, Hunger & Thirst, Merciful, Pure in Heart, Peacemakers, Persecuted.

DATES TO FINISH BY: July 14, July 24, Aug 3, Aug 13, Aug 23, Sep 2, Sept 12, Sept 22 (if I counted correctly)

TOTAL WORD COUNT:

Goal                —           Actual
120,000         —           4271

 

Lower Education cover reveal A. M. Leibowitz @AmyUnchained #MM #bisexual

Lower Education
By A. M. Leibowitz

Publisher: Supposed Crimes, LLC
Publication date: November 1, 2014

Synopsis:

Phin Patterson is an educational consultant dissatisfied with his job and his life. On a mission to complete one last assignment before escaping his unfulfilling career and figure out what he wants, he accepts a commission from Donald Murdock at the New York State Education Department. Suddenly, he finds himself on his way to evaluate a tiny school in New York’s Southern Tier, not far from the town where he grew up. Now his only goal is to get in, do his job, and get out before anyone from his past remembers him.

That turns out to be easier said than done. Dani Sloane, the sharp-witted administrative assistant to the principal, learns the truth about why Phin is really there. With the help of her friends, she sets out to unmask him and force the local board of education to stop the plans that could ruin their school. Discovering that her sometime-lover is an old business associate of Phin’s only complicates both the situation and their relationship.

Meanwhile, Phin, who has committed himself to keeping his emotional distance, can’t resist the charm of the town and its residents—especially the school psychologist, who turns out to be an old friend he hasn’t seen in over twenty years. While Dani works to take him down and save her school, Phin wrestles with learning how to do the right thing, including telling the truth to the man with whom he’s already falling in love.

 

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Excerpt 1:

Alex spun around and threw his hands in the air. “Why are you still here? Go find someone else to bother.”

“What if I think the information you have is more valuable?” Phin crossed his arms and tilted his head, jutting out his chin.

“And what if I think you’re wasting your time? I have nothing here that would be of interest to you.”

The corner of Phin’s mouth curled upward. “I would say you’re mistaken. There’s plenty here for me to take interest in.” His gaze traveled downward slowly, making Alex feel exposed. Heat spread across his face, followed by a surge of anger. Placing his hands on the table and leaning toward Phin, Alex replied, “I don’t know what kind of game you’re playing, but it won’t work on me. Is this how you’ve handled your other clients?”

“I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

“Yes, you do.”

“All right, you got me.” Phin chuckled softly. He moved in closer and lowered his voice. “I once signed an entire multi-year textbook contract on my appeal alone.” His smile faltered, and he looked away briefly. He snapped his attention back to Alex and narrowed his eyes. “You’re not the most difficult client I’ve ever worked with, though it’s close.”

“I’m not your client. There’s no reason for your behavior.”

Phin licked his lips. “I didn’t make a mistake in the bar the other night.”

Teasers:

 

 

 

Phin closed the gap and kissed him

Make US feel good steamy

Purchase Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lower-Education-M-Leibowitz-ebook/dp/B00NCA48TE/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/473664

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lower-education-a-m-leibowitz/1120325979?ean=2940046149760

Author bio:

A. M. Leibowitz is a spouse, parent, feminist, and book-lover falling somewhere on the Geek-Nerd Spectrum. She keeps warm through the long, cold western New York winters by writing romantic plot twists and happy-for-now endings. In between noveling and editing, she blogs coffee-fueled, quirky commentary on faith, culture, writing, and her family.

Find me on the Internet:

Web site: http://amleibowitz.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amymitchell29 (personal profile); https://www.facebook.com/UnchainedFaith (author page)

Twitter: https://twitter.com/amyunchained (@amyunchained)

Playing with words #WIPpetWednesday and #ROW80

Let’s do ROW80 update first today.

 

1. Fallen from Grace: write 1 chapter a week (moving week excluded)

FINISHED!! Cue the chimes! Ring the bell! Throw the confetti!! I’m FINISHED!

2. Promo: Answer three interview questions a day until done
3. Promo: Write out a guest post a week until done

4. Lovely, Dark, and Deep short story needs to be written/plotted 2k a day due Aug 31st

Time to get cracking on this.

5. Paranormal Romance short story 2k/day due Aug 9th

Since I’ve finished most of my goals for this round, I’m going to make new goals.

1. Lovely, Dark, and Deep short story needs to be written by Aug 31st. 2k words a week.

2. Post-Apocalyptic/Zombie short story needs to be written by Sept 27th. 2k words a week.

3. Editing Fallen from Grace. 3 chapters a week.

yayayayayayayayayayayayayay!

Also…

Today is cover reveal day for Ashes Fall! I’ve already given a bit of a preview of it, but I’ll post it and two teasers I made up.

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This book will be released on September 1st!

Okay…now onto WIPpet.

I was told last week, after I had posted last week, by my beta reader that I needed to post this excerpt. If you get the reference, you get bonus points for the day! Today I give you 13 short paragraphs from chapter 12.

She fired up her computer as she sat outside the house with her lights no longer on. Opening a new report, Grace filled in all the appropriate information before clicking “Report Complete” at the bottom of the screen. Her stomach growled as she put her cruiser in drive, and Grace decided to hit the diner for lunch before it closed. Not being one for driving while talking on the phone, Grace put her car back in park and called the top number on her favorites list in her phone.

“This is Ruby’s.”

“Hey, Sueanne. I wanted to place an order for pick up.”

“Go ahead with it.”

“I’d like a healthy dose of hash and scrambled, dry. Also two sides of toast, white with not butter, and four packets of strawberry jelly.”

“Grace?”

“Yup, that’s me.”

Sueanne giggled. “I should have known it was you. I’ll have them put in an order for chocolate milk too.”

“Thanks!”

“Total is seven o’ nine.”

“That’s it?”

“It’s a special.”

Grace smiled, said her thanks and hung up. She would have fifteen minutes before it was ready to be picked up, but that wasn’t a long way. She drove through the neighborhood to give it a quick check before heading over to the diner to pick up her meal. She’d eat in her car, not wanting to talk to more people than necessary.

Sigil Fire by Erzabet Bishop #authorcorner #lesbian #urbanfantasy

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Sigil Fire by Erzabet Bishop
Paranormal erotic urban fantasy/romance
Pairing: f/f
Published by Ylva Publishing, June 2014
104 pages
Multiple 5 star reviewssigilfirecover

Where there’s smoke there’s Hellfire.
Blurb
Sonia is a succubus with one goal: stay off Hell’s radar. But when succubi start to die, including her sometimes lover, Jeannie, she’s drawn into battle between good and evil.
Fae is a blood witch turned vampire, running a tattoo parlor and trading her craft for blood. She notices that something isn’t right on the streets of her city. The denizens of Hell are restless. With the aid of her nest mate Perry and his partner Charley, she races against time before the next victim falls. The killer has a target in his sights, and Sonia might not live to see the dawn.

For a sample read: http://www.ylva-publishing.com/excerpt/excerpt_sigil-fire_erzabet-bishop.pdf
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sigil-Fire-Erzabet-Bishop-ebook/dp/B00KVJ2EDQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1402695150&sr=1-1&keywords=sigil+fire
Are: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-sigilfire-1546955-182.html
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/447478
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sigil-fire-erzabet-bishop/1119695707?ean=2940046007749&itm=1&usri=sigil+fire

Excerpt:
Blood pounded in her temples, and Sonia’s feet hit the pavement. Tears blurred her vision as the reality of what almost happened sunk in. He was the killer, and he knew where she lived. He was a fallen angel.

Turning the corner, she saw the tattoo parlor and picked up her pace. The shadows mocked her from every angle. He would be out there waiting. His oily presence oozed unholy joy at her panic, and she stumbled, almost losing her footing on the uneven sidewalk. Footsteps echoed on the street behind her, and in her panic, she couldn’t distinguish between friend and foe.

The glass doors loomed large, windows covered with posters of the latest trends in piercing and ink.

Pulling maniacally on the door, Sonia let out a howl of frustration to discover it locked. “Son of a bitch! Oh Goddess! Open up!” Tears ran down her face, and she tore at the door, hoping for some weakness that would allow her entry. Something. Anything.

She bit back a sob and staggered backward. It was over. He would find her in moments.

The street had become too quiet and the echo of sinister laughter crept along the edge of darkness. The bastard was playing with her.

Fear shot through Sonia’s body, numb and cold, causing her to yelp as the doors rattled behind her.

The sound of a barking dog came from the interior of the shop.

A voluptuous dark-haired woman leaned out, the bluish light illuminating her features with beams of icy radiance. “If you’re looking for a corner, succubus, you’ve picked the wrong one. Move it along.”

Sonia stepped closer to the door, turning her head into the light. “I’m here to see Fae.” She wrapped her arms around herself, shivering. The T-shirt and jeans had been warm enough earlier, but the air had turned chillier.

“Red?” The woman’s eyes grew wide. She assessed Sonia’s every movement.

Sonia shook her head, tears pricking at the corner of her eyes. “Do you know me?

The barking of a dog sounded closer, and the dark-haired woman drew back as the little body pushed past her.

Sonia leaned down. “What are you doing here?”

The little dog barked furiously, wagging its tail and whining. Its furry little face searched Sonia’s, and it jumped against Sonia’s leg, licking her hand.

“Hey there. Glad to see you made it home.” Sonia reached down at petted dog’s head.

Snorting, the dog rubbed its head against Sonia’s hand, letting out a delighted sound.

“Your dog knows me.” Sonia searched the dark-haired woman’s face. “I saved it. In the alley yesterday. There was a demon trying to take it.”

“Jellybean, what have you been doing?” Fae returned her gaze to Sonia and stared hard. “You saved her? How?”

A frustrated snort came from the dog, and she growled at the shadows.

“You’re lucky that you have a hellhound to watch over you. Someone must have loved you a lot.”

The woman’s face softened. “My mother. Jellybean was the last gift she gave me before she died.”

“Can you please let me in?” Sonia glanced behind her. The shadows grew longer, and the temperature continued to drop. The street was deserted now. “I need to see Fae. Monty sent me.” Sonia hated that her voice shook. She couldn’t help but notice the woman who blocked her path was intoxicating. The stranger’s dark hair rippled in the cold light of the shop, and her tight fitting shirt revealed far more than it chose to conceal. Her eyes burned black in the darkness, and despite her fear, Sonia felt herself falling inside them. They were safe. Familiar somehow. It didn’t make sense.

“Why the hell would Monty send you here?” The woman straightened, and the illusion of a simple shop owner vanished.

Jellybean barked. The dog’s body tensed, and she stood in front of Sonia, protecting her from the darkness beyond. The energy on the street grew malignant. The dog’s eyes flashed red and power radiated from her.

Sonia and the woman stared, momentarily speechless.

“Well, I’ll be damned. Come on.” The woman grinned as Jellybean jumped up and down. “Get in here.”

Dark laughter echoed down the street and Sonia flinched.

Jellybean growled, the hair on the back of her neck standing straight up.

Sighing deeply, the woman held the door open. “Come on then. Jellybean’s vouching for you and I’ve been looking for you myself.”

“Thank you.” Sonia scurried through the door, tears of relief brimming on her lashes. She blinked, but the tears still managed to fall. She was an immortal. Fear was not something she was used to living with, and it made her angry. Her head and soul were still spinning from everything that had happened in the past hour. She staggered. Her life was about to change even more. She could feel it.

Q&A:

How did you come up with Sigil Fire?

This story began as a writing prompt that didn’t make it into the anthology it was originally intended for. After much more work, I sent it in to the Ylva Halloween anthology and the amazing and wonderful Astrid believed it could be so much more. What was a nine thousand word story became a nearly thirty thousand word novella.

Will there be a sequel?

Yes. Charley, Perry, Sonia and Fae will be back for book two, which has already begun.

Favorite dessert?

Chocolate. Any kind. Anywhere.

Do you have a pet?

Yes. My husband and I have a pack of furry canine children that constantly keep us on our toes.

Favorite place to relax?

That would have to be in bed with a good book, my puppy Tadpole by my side.

Who are some of your favorite urban fantasy or erotic authors?

There are so many! I love Kim Harrison, Lisabet Sarai, Jaye Wells, Red Phoenix, Cari Silverwood, DL King, Alison Tyler, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Rhavensfyre, Patricia Briggs, Laura Antoniou…the list goes on and on. If I could be sealed in a room for a year I would never be bored reading these fabulous authors and more.

What are you working on now?

I have several works in progress. I write for the serial, Club Rook and have just finished the last two episodes to finish out the first season. There is also a CYOA for Silk Words, a twisted fairy tale for Decadent and a Halloween tale for my wonderful friends at Ylva. Not to mention the second book in the Sigil Fire series and two urban fantasy tales…

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Here is a blurb for the first episode of Club Rook.

Demons. Angels. And strippers… Oh my! Enter the exclusive world of Club Rook, an erotic women’s club… built over a portal to hell. Demons walk the streets but angels do, too, and which is which may surprise you. No other 500+ page novel is released in weekly installments of 10,000+ words each accompanied by a music video and original EDM/dubstep song. Watch and listen every Monday at http://clubrook.angelsofanarchy.com or buy the soundtrack now at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K2DM7SS/

An erotic hybrid of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Lost Girl,” “Club Rook” is drenched in secrets, sex and monsters. Hunter Echo Abeje may own the Rook, but witch/seer Shanti sets the wards; alchemist/dealer Jules brews the potions, and musician/dominatrix Heather is a fierce fighter. And don’t forget Temperance Ruiz, the newest dancer at the Rook, and so much more.

All Angels of Anarchy serials are published weekly in a television-like format (with an ensemble of characters) written by a team if writers each in charge of her own characters. Check out all our serials at http://www.angelsofanarchy.com and read them weekly or in complete season editions of twelve episodes each.

 

Dive into a new episode of “Club Rook” and immerse your senses — read, watch and listen.

We are currently looking for reviewers for the first three episodes, so drop me a line at erzabetwrites@gmail.com if you are interested in checking out this great new series.

http://www.amazon.com/Club-Rook-Episode-Temperance-Dancing-ebook/dp/B00K8H6IQU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1404018228&sr=1-1&keywords=club+rook

Genre: Paranormal erotic urban fantasy/romance

Pairing: f/f and polyamorous

Format: Serial

Publisher: Angels of Anarchy
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Another new release is my choose your own erotic adventure Fetish Fair. You, the reader, get to choose your path to romance and adventure. Floggers, ménage, sexy corsets and more. Check it out!

http://www.amazon.com/Fetish-Fair-Erzabet-Bishop-ebook/dp/B00LLGAY3K/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1404826061&sr=1-1&keywords=fetish+fair

Blurb:
Kari’s BFF tricks her into attending a fetish expo, promptly losing her as they arrive. She can find her friend or maybe, just maybe find the secret to her own heart’s desires? Only a choice can open the door. If she dares.

 

SilkWords LLC is the go-to source for interactive women’s fiction. Blurring the line between fiction and gaming, SilkWords.com offers high quality romance and erotica that allows individual readers to choose how stories proceed. Two formats are available: branched fiction (“pick your path”) and linear stories that are produced with reader participation. Future phases will focus on development of a SilkWords community by adding more levels of interactivity for both authors and readers. SilkWords is a place for smart, busy, adventurous women to unwind and have fun. To learn more about our unique reading experience, visit http://www.silkwords.com.

Genre: Erotic choose your own adventure

Pairing: multiple

Format: CYOA

Publisher: Silk Words

 

Thanks for having me on the blog today! I hope to see you around Facebook and hop over to my author site to sign up for the newsletter.
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About the author:
Erzabet Bishop has been crafting stories since she could pound keys on her parents’ old typewriter. She has only just learned that it is a whole lot more fun writing naughty books. She is a contributing author to the Silk Words website with her Fetish Fair choose your own romantic adventure stories, Elemental Passions, Potnia, A Christmas To Remember, Taboo II, Club Rook: The Series, Sweat, Bossy, When the Clock Strikes Thirteen, Unbound Box, Milk & Cookies & Handcuffs, Holidays in Hell, Corset Magazine: Sex Around the World Issue and Man vs. Machine: The Sex Toy Issue, Smut by the Sea Volume 2, Hell Whore Volume 2, Can’t Get Enough (upcoming, Cleis), Slave Girls, The Big Book of Submission (upcoming Cleis), Hungry for More (upcoming Cleis), Gratis II, Anything She Wants, Dirty Little Numbers, Kink-E magazine, Eternal Haunted Summer, Coming Together: Girl on Girl, Shifters and Coming Together: Hungry for Love among others. She is the author of Lipstick (upcoming), Dinner Date, Tethered, Sigil Fire, The Erotic Pagans Series: Beltane Fires, Samhain Shadows and Yuletide Temptation. She lives in Texas with her husband, furry children and can often be found lurking in local bookstores. She loves to bake, make naughty crochet projects and watch monster movies. When she isn’t writing, she loves to review music and books.
Follow her reviews and posts on Twitter @erzabetbishop.

Links:
Wix: http://erzabetwrites.wix.com/erzabetbishop
ARe: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=Erzabet+Bishop
Ylva Author Page: http://www.ylva-publishing.com/ylva-verlag-e.kfr.–erzabet-bishop.html
About Me: http://about.me/erzabet.bishop/#
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/erzabet.bishop
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Review Blog: http://erzabetsenchantments.blogspot.com/

Light and Sweet by Felicia Starr #authorcorner

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The sisters of the Sacred Hearts Coven are at it again…

This time sister Maiden Esmeralda asks her sisters to help her cast a spell to help friend and café patron Lilly fill her heart with something that lasts more than one date.

Lilly has spent the better part of a year going on one blind date after another. Esmeralda think she knows the perfect guy for her. The only problem is that she doesn’t want to set them up on another blind date. If only she could get them to meet in the coffee shop they both frequent on a daily basis.

When things don’t quite go right with Esmeralda’s spell, she doesn’t know what to do. Will some enchanted salted caramel syrup be enough to heat up Lilly’s love life, or will it lose steam? Her heart’s desires might only be a cup of coffee away.

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Light and Sweet
Sacred Hearts Coven #2

Genre:
Paranormal Romance
(Extra Steamy!!)

Publication Date:
June 10, 2014

Goodreads

Publisher:
Vamptasy Publishing
Previous Books in the Sacred Hearts Coven Series

Dark And Stormy
Sacred Hearts Coven #1

Genre:
Paranormal Romance
(Extra Steamy!!)

136 Pages

Goodreads

 

 

Giveaway
To celebrate the release of Light and Sweet, author Felicia Starr is giving away a magnet set for each of her books and an ebook copy of Dark and Stormy (Sacred Hearts Coven #1)!
CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

 

About Felicia Starr
Felicia Starr Author PictureAuthor Felicia Starr lives five miles from her favorite Jersey Shore destination with her amazingly supportive family. She loves to spend time creating special memories with her husband and two young boys.

Everyone expected her first publication to be a cookbook, but her love for writing has surpassed her love for cooking.

Felicia graduated magna cum laude from Kean University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a post baccalaureate in elementary education. She is a licensed real estate sales person, a certified yoga instructor, and most importantly, a stay-at-home mom.

 

 

 

 

Connect with Felicia Starr
Facebook | Twitter | Website

 

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Following Your Dreams Guest Post by L. Dean Pace-Frech #authorcorner

Follow your own inner moonlight, don’t hide the madness ~ Allen Ginsberg

 

Thanks for having me on the blog today, Adrian. I am new writer, L. Dean Pace-Frech, and I want to write a little bit about following your dreams.

 

In 2006, a co-worker shared with me that one of her bucket list goals was to write a novel. That comment awakened a desire in me that had been buried since I was in the fifth or sixth grade. After a visit to Pea Ridge National Military Park near Pea Ridge, Arkansas, my characters and their story revealed themselves to me and I started writing.

My first novel, A Place to Call Their Own, was set in 1865-1866 the end of the Civil War. After working on that manuscript for four years, instead of working on the planned sequel, I felt the need to move to a different time period, country, and set of characters. Leander and his story in Disappear With Me was the second novel I wrote and published last year.

From there I went on to write a third manuscript, The Higher Law, that is in the hands of beta readers right now. I hope to have it accepted by my publisher and released later this year. Taking a break from my historicals, I am working a fantasy merman story set in the early 1800s called Sartin.

Once I found my first story, I jumped right in and started writing. I didn’t know a lot about fiction, other than reading it, and definitely didn’t know very much about the publishing industry, much less all the changes going on in 2008. But I didn’t let that stop me. Along the way I’ve learned how to write, craft stories, create blog posts such as this as well as maintain my own, and promote my novels.

No matter what your dream is, whether it’s writing a novel, getting a new job, excelling at your current job, jump right in and start working toward it. Like Ginsberg’s quote says, follow your inner moonlight, don’t hide your madness and eventually you’ll get there. Look what I did in just a short amount of time.

Thanks for having me!

 

About Dean:

New bw headshotWith inspiration from historical tourism sites, the love of reading, and a desire to write a novel, L. Dean Pace-Frech started crafting his debut novel, A Place to Call Their Own, in 2008. After four years of writing and polishing the manuscript, he submitted it for publication and Musa Publishing offered him a contract in early 2013. Disappear With Me is his second novel.

Dean lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his partner, Thomas, and their two cats. They are involved in their church and enjoy watching movies, outdoor activities in the warmer weather and spending time together with friends and family. In addition to writing, Dean enjoys reading and patio gardening.

Prior to novels, Dean did some technical writing in his career. He plans to write sequels to both A Place to Call Their Own and Disappear with Me and is currently working on a merman fantasy story.

Blog: Dean’s Web Site

Facebook: Dean Pace-Frech, Author page or send me a friend request Dean Pace-Frech.

Twitter: @deanpacefrech

Google+: +deanpacefrech

Goodreads: L. Dean Pace-Frech

Pinterest: Dean Pace-Frech

 

Buy Link: Dean’s Amazon Page

For excerpts: Dean’s Page at Musa Publishing

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When the War Between the States ended in 1865 many Americans emerged from the turmoil energized by their possibilities for the future. Frank Greerson and Gregory Young were no different. After battling southern rebels and preserving the Union, the two men set out to battle the Kansas Prairie and build a life together. Frank yearned for his own farm, away from his family—even at the risk of alienating them. Gregory, an only child, returned home to claim his inheritance to help finance their adventure out west.

Between the difficult work of establishing a farm on the unforgiving Kansas prairie, and the additional obstacles provided by the weather, Native Americans and wild animals, will their love and loyalty be enough to sustain them through the hardships?

 

 

 

 

disappearwithme-510Love is greater than hope or faith, but can Reverend Leander Norris convince a jury that the love he shares with another man is natural?

In 1910, the United Kingdom was in turmoil. King Edward died after only nine years on the throne. The social class system that upheld British society for centuries was being chipped away by social, political, and economic unrest across the Commonwealth. Amidst this backdrop, Reverend Leander Norris is accused of sodomy. After discovering his own self-worth and unconditional love, Leander finds the courage to stand up for what he believes is right and pleads not guilty to the charges. Throughout the trial, Leander’s past is revealed, including the temptations that bring the accusations against him. By the end of the trail, Leander is once again reunited with a romantic interest from the past by the end of the trial; it may be too late to rekindle any love that might remain, given the circumstances of the era and Reverend Leander’s likely sentence.

 

For by Grace COVER REVEAL #authorcorner

Today is the cover reveal for my newest novel For by Grace. This is the start of a new series called Spirit of Grace. I can’t believe it’s going to be released in one month. And I can’t believe how hard it was to wait to reveal this cover to everyone. It should be available for pre-order soon.

I hope if you’re a big part of the book world that you see this cover multiple times today!

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Being a Sheriff’s Deputy is not all about saving lives and arresting criminals, and each day Grace wonders if she’ll make it home.

While kids at the schools Deputy Grace Halling visits see her as the knight in blue-cotton armor, people involved in the cases she is dispatched to have a different opinion. She has every confidence in her ability to do her job and arrest criminals. She easily takes down a knife-wielding woman and a drunken combatant teenager without hesitation. Everyone—victim, suspect, or witness—has a story to tell or to lie about, and Grace is never perturbed by their tales.

That all changes when she looks down the barrel of a gun. She loses confidence in her ability as a deputy, she loses trust in herself and fellow officers, and she struggles to stay afloat as shift after shift passes. Grace cannot find her rhythm of being a deputy again. And when the Police Chaplain unexpectedly barges into her life, her personal and professional lives are flipped upside down. Grace struggles to find her even ground, worrying that the next time she stares a murderer in the face will be the last.

There is a rafflecopter giveaway for this reveal too!

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Lesbian Erotica #authorcorner with Terry Birchwood

Lesbian Erotica

 

No matter how refrained from sex we wish to be, most of our bodies ache for stimulation at some point in time. Many of us are sexually aroused through all of our senses, triggered by a well of emotions. Whether the spark is between people of the same gender or opposite, it can lead to amazing encounters.

While the primary goal of my books is to explore what people are willing to do for love and hate, sexual scenes take a prominent seat throughout the book series. As intently as I explore sex, I also delve into professions, relationships, hopes, fears and many other elements that comprise our beings. The stories are lesbian erotic thrillers where the lead characters are lesbians; and we follow their lives filled with families, friends, lovers, and coworkers. Lives tear apart and some mend while love, lust, and betrayal take center stage. Through soft and hardcore sexual content, I explore heterosexual and homosexual acts to capture real life situations. Most straight people know at least one gay person, and most gay people know many straight persons so why not mix their tales in a book? I could not think of a reason to avoid the challenge. Guess what? Many have sex.

In my books, I heavily incorporate lesbianism and eroticism due to the controversy surrounding the topics. I believe we need to free ourselves of the discontent people associate to attractions and acts that are not of their belief, especially when no one is being hurt and the participators are willful. If you want spinach, and I don’t want any, I am not going to bash your head in or cuss you – I will simply avoid purchasing spinach. If you like to engage in soccer and I don’t like it, I will not try to enact a law to ban soccer. I think you all get the point. We need to stop the nonsense of trying to run the world around one system of preferences. I can’t imagine we were all put here to follow one of us.

In closing, why lesbian erotica? There’s a saying about writing about what you know – I am a lesbian who loves sex and mystery. “I wanted so badly to throw caution to the wind, go to her home, knock on the door, walk in, and begin a delicious tasting of each other, no words uttered. However, sense and sensibility had to stay in control.” Enjoy the books. Terry Birchwood

 

 

Ghostwriter

This is a tale that explores what people are willing to do for love and hate. The main characters, Tabby and Star, thought they would be together forever. Time told a different story. One has moved on and married; the other refuses to let another person spend the night in her bed even after fervent lovemaking. Even though apart for years, they cannot erase the memory tattoos of one another. Surrounded by friends and family, each woman faces the consequences of the choices that she has made.

 

Tipping Over

 

In this second installment, your favorite lesbians, Star and Tabby, continue to share their lives with you. A crime has been committed and the circle is seeking an assailant while defending one of their members from wrongful punishment. Who is dead and why? Most importantly, what does this have to do with our favorite couple, if anything? Will Tabby and Star realize that they belong together or apart? Will their decisions drive their choices or outside forces determine their relationship? As they challenge their feelings by taking on new mates, will any of the relationships survive?

 

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Terry Birchwood has been writing books for two years. Right now, the focus is on exploring what people are willing to do for love and hate. That exploration surrounds engaging lesbian erotic thrillers that keep you flipping the pages and wishing you had more to flip when you reach the end of her tales. With an eternal tango between her left and right brains, Terry enjoys many creative outlets based on writing, art, and music. To soothe her right brain, she focuses on providing companies with business solutions to improve online and offline processes

 

LINKS

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#authorcorner Interview with Erik Schubach

I’m so excited to have Erik on my blog today! He’s a fantastical unicorn. =P

Tell us about yourself.

Not a lot to say. Born in England, raised in the USA. I’m pretty convinced I’m either an alien or a unicorn. Given the choice, always be a unicorn!

My primary language is sarcasm, which I speak fluently. English is my secondary, which I still don’t have a full grasp on as my grammar in my books can attest to.

I love reading, and writing, and working with wood.

There most likely isn’t a person out there as geek-centric as I am. I can quote just about every SciFi/Fantasy/Paranormal show I have ever 10155221_865803850103228_9160434149441726022_aseen. No power in the ‘verse can stop me.

Given the choice between a Delorian and a Police Call Box, I will always choose the Call Box.

What is one thing not in your bio, something totally random that only a few people know?

I have a huge vintage technology collection that I hope to use to start a vintage gaming and computing museum. I have dozens of game consoles like the Atari 2600 and the Vectrex, home computers like the Commodore 64, and dozens of handheld and tabletop electronic games like the Coleco Pacman game.

What made you decide to write? If it even was a decision. And what kept you at it?

It was a complete accident. I have always said that one day I would like to write a book but I never actually sat down to do it. I have always liked strong female characters in books like Honor Harrington, or Killishandra Ree. My nieces are openly gay and so I have been very very cognizant of the severe lack of LGBT characters in mainstream media unless they are the stereotypical quirky gay friend that a main character always seems to have.

So one day I thought of a cool storyline that combined strong female leads with an LGBT storyline. I sat down on a Saturday morning to write an outline for the story so that I wouldn’t forget it. By the time I was done laying it out on Sunday night I had a completed the 75k word manuscript. I believe my exact words when I realized I had just written a novel was… “Huh.”

I researched self publishing and though I find it way as pie now, I had to battle my way through formatting the document correctly for submission, assigning an ISBN, licensing a photo for the cover and getting my book listed on all the major retail sites.

I was seriously expecting to sell a total of 5-10 books to friends and family who would feel obligated to buy it and never read it. Imagine my surprise when dozens sold, then hundreds then thousands. I would have considered it a success if just a single stranger bought my book to read it.

That first book, Music of the Soul, is now part of a nine book (and growing) series.

The rest as they say, is history. (Who is this “they” anyway?)

Who has been your biggest inspiration and support in writing and in publishing? Doesn’t have to be an author or anything, and yes, it can be your mom or dad.

I’d like to thank the Academy for… oh wait… wrong speech. My Wife v1.0 of course (that is always the right answer). But seriously, yes, my wife. She is an aspiring author as well. She put up with me when I started writing. She puts up with my bad grammar, punctuation, typos and spelling. She put up with me after the books started selling well. And she put up with me when I quit my full time job at the beginning of the year to become a full time author.

Why is it that you are an independent author? What prompted the decision to publish with a small press publisher, and how has that experience been?

I am an independent publisher because I have heard all of the horror stories about the big publishers and how an author’s cut is tiny. Being an Indy, I get from 60-70% royalties from day one and have 100% rights to my books. I want to put out eBooks, no problem. I want to put out paperbacks, no problem. I want to put out audio books, no problem. Since I own the rights I have the flexibility.

I figured my manuscript wasn’t a genre the big publishers would be interested in anyway, F/F lesbian romance, since I have not seen much from them in the genre except token books. They have shown that they are close minded and try not to stray off the path of what they perceive as accepted.

I am so relieved that I went the self publishing route now. I have seen returns beyond my wildest speculation.

Tell us a bit about Drakon: Awakening, without spoilers of course.

Drakon is a new paranormal/mythical action romance series I just started. Drakon is Greek for dragon. The main character, Myra, is a researcher who is studying myths, legends, and folklore, to see how they have influenced the modern world. One day she discovers that she is actually one of the legends she is researching.

Then all hell breaks lose. Myra and the woman assigned to protect her, Special Agent Quinn Trask, have to fight for their lives and the lives of the people of Denver against a madman bent on obtaining immortality. A different kind of relationship spawns between the two women as Myra learns to awaken the magic within.

Only the dragons can stand against the evil that threatens us all.

If you could meet one character in real life from Drakon: Awakening—would it be and why?

That’s an easy one. Myra. She is an intelligent red headed Irish woman with a quick temper and sharp wit. It is easy to see what Quinn sees in her.

What do you do when you get stuck in your writing? What happens when that nasty writer’s block sets down and refuses to budge—if you believe in writer’s block that is?

Well, please don’t kill the messenger, but I have never experienced writers block yet. So far the closest I cam was with my last book in the Music of the Soul series, Progeny. It was the first book that I have written that had a predetermined beginning and end with no wiggle room. So it took me a tad longer to write.

Most of my books I juat start writing and the story flows out of me and it develops as I go along. Then when I am done telling the story, I am done.

I have always professed that I am a story teller, not an author.

Would you mind sharing some of your ups and some of your downs about writing and about publishing? Any advice to new and upcoming authors?

So far I have been blessed with good experiences. The only pitfalls come from mucking my way through the mire of self publishing for the first time. Once I navigated that, I feel comfortable and confident in the process.

My two biggest pieces of advice are… One, Don’t just publish the book and expect people to buy it. You have to let them know it is there. Social networks are the easiest way to accomplish this. Make yourself seen on FaceBook, Twitter and the like. Build a blog. Socialize with potential readers on the various forums online. Befriend your readers! Respond to their emails and posts. Respond to Amazon reviews.

Two, don’t limit yourself to one venue or format. Don’t just publish your eBook on Amazon. Hit all the major retailers like Barnes and Nobel, Kobo, Smashwords and the like. Try to find niche specific sites like AllRomanceEbooks.com to list your books on. Even if each site you list on only brings you a couple hundred dollars each… combined they bring in thousands. And by all means, use resources like CreateSpace to make printed copies of your book and ACX (Audible) to make audio books. Once again, the more formats you have the more sales you will make.

Here’s a more serious question. What is it like to write in the LGBT realm of craziness that we all support? What’s it like to dip the toe into the rainbow through writing and publishing?

It has been a total and complete joy. It was rough at first, people saw a male writing lesbian romance and their minds automatically shoot to the gutter. But once people found that my books are not smut nor even erotica, only romance stories about two people in love, then my reputation grew and I have some of the best loyal readers and fans an author could ever hope to have. I concentrate on the emotion and the love in my books.

Why focus on the LGBT genre? What are the pluses and what are the minuses of doing so?

The main reason is that, as I stated before, my nieces are gay and I saw a disparity in the publishing world when it came to LGBT characters.

The pluses are many. Not only do I get to share stories with a wonderful group of people, but I also have made some genuine friends in the community. I have increased the pool of books available in the genre and hopefully have made a little bit of a difference getting the genre more recognized.

The minuses? There is the shadow of being a straight male that hangs over me and taints the legitimacy of my books in some people’s eyes.

QUICKIES!

1. Dog or Cat? Dog (Why is platypus not an option?)
2. Favorite color?
Orange… unless you ask me on a Thursday, then it’s “ORANGE! Hellz to the yeah!”
3. Favorite junk food?
Chocolate Eclaires (They is da heaven)
4. Favorite musician?
The Veronicas (Which becomes apparent in my books… I heart them)
5. Favorite curse word?
Kroth! (A made up cuss word I created in my Valkyrie Chronicles books, now I use it all the time)
6. Favorite quote?
“It’s only impossible until someone does it.” ~ Erik Schubach (Doh! Does that count if I said it?)
7. Rolaids or Tums?
Huh?
8. Short or Tall?
Short
9. Favorite body part?
Lips
10. Favorite holiday?
Halloween

 

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Author Bio

My writing style may not be the most professional nor grammatically correct, but I never profess to be an English major, just a person that wants to share a story. I maintain that my primary language is sarcasm.

Each of my books features strong likeable female characters that are flawed. I think that flaws and emotional or physical scars make us human and give us more character than simply conforming to some “social norm”.

 

 

 

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Mandy Harris, the rock world’s bad girl, has lost her sense of self. Turning her back on the music she once loved, she returns to her hometown.

After a chance meeting with Anabella, a deaf girl with a unique appreciation for music and life, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to her. Finding love, pain, and a new sense of self. Their passion gives them the strength to heal both of their pasts, and start again.

 

 

 

 

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Doctor Myra O’Connell is researching myths and folklore. In a strange twist she discovers that she is one of the legends she is researching.

Then all hell breaks loose. Myra and the woman assigned to be her protector, Special Agent Quinn Trask must fight for their lives, and those of the people of Denver and the world, against a madman bent on obtaining immortality.

Only the dragons can stand in his way.

 

 

 

 

Socail Media Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Erik-Schubach-Author/438534946240951

Twitter: https://twitter.com/erikschubach

Blogspot: http://erikschubachauthor.blogspot.com/

 

Buy Links

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Erik-Schubach/e/B00CZE31UA/

Audible http://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_pd_Fictio_c2_1_auth?searchAuthor=Erik+Schubach

Barnes & Nobel http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/erik-schubach

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/erikschubach

All Romance eBooks http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=Erik+Schubach

Rainbow Con 2014

Hello one and hello all!

I do realize that normally I’m supposed to be posting a WIPpet, as it is Wednesday. However, I’m not going to do that this week because I’m traveling to Tampa, FL for the first annual Rainbow Conference. I’ll be attending as an author, so that also means, this is my first ever conference as an author.

I have to skip out a day early to be back for Easter, but I still expect this trip to be amazing and awesome. I have books for purchase and bookmarks to give away. I hope to see lots of new faces and get to know some old friends even better. I’ll be attending with WIPpeteer Sarah Hart and Carolyn Gray.

As I write lesbian fiction, I’m thrilled that I’m on at least one lesbian panel–the only one they have dedicated to f/f. I hope to suggest they do more of that in the future, btw.

Here’s my schedule of events for anyone there who wants to catch up with me.

Thursday — Author Q&A 4:45-5:15 in Salon B
Thursday — Sex Toys in Erotic Fiction 10pm Salon C

Friday — Author Reading 2:45 Salon C
Friday — Anatomical, Please! 4pm Salon A

Saturday — We <3 Pussy 2pm Salon C

I hope to see lots of people there and come back with some good information about publishing and marketing and basically just making friends in the writing business!

If you’re curious as to what else I’m up to, I’m looking for people to join in two cover reveals. The first is on May 1 for my lesbian crime fiction novel For by Grace. If you have the date open and would like to join in, you can sign up right over here. The second cover reveal is for S. A. Snow’s debut novel Across Worlds: Collision! It will be on June 14. The book is sci-fi erotica with mixed gender thrown in there. If you would like to sign up to help out a new author, you can do that right here!

Thank you all so much and talk to you soon!

#authorcorner Interview with GEONN CANNON

Welcome everyone!! Today we have an interview with none other than Geonn Cannon. I know Geonn through fandom and twitter. We both have a strong love of Amanda Tapping and writing!

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Geonn Cannon, I was born in Oklahoma, and my original plan was to be an actor. I took a half-semester of Creative Writing and four years of Drama (theatre class) so you can see where my priorities were back in those days. We had a project senior year to write and film something, and our group decided to do a Saturday Night Live-type thing. I wrote most of the skits, and it turned out I enjoyed that much, much more than acting in them. Plus writing seemed much, much less constrained and I had more freedom to do what I wanted with a story.

What is one thing not in your bio, something totally random that only a few people know?

I like my bed to be as cold as possible when I get into it. So much so that I will move my pillows and blankets if I have to sit on the side of the mattress for any length of time. I know it’s supposed to be the other way around, it’s supposed to be a nice cozy cocoon, but I prefer warming it up myself.

What are you currently writing?

At the moment I’m working on revisions for my official Stargate SG-1 novel, “Two Roads.” It was such a huge honor getting the opportunity to write for the series. I credit Stargate with jumpstarting my writing career. Before taking a trip to the Pacific Northwest for a Stargate convention, I had never really thought of it as a place to set stories. I was randomly putting everything I wrote in Chicago. But once I was there, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. I think On the Air might have been as popular if it had been set somewhere else, but it wouldn’t have been the same story. Would it have been snapped up by the publishers if Nadine was a disc-jockey in a small Chicago suburb? Maybe.  But I wouldn’t want to find out.

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Geonn Cannon, I was born in Oklahoma, and my original plan was to be an actor. I took a half-semester of Creative Writing and four years of Drama (theatre class) so you can see where my priorities were back in those days. We had a project senior year to write and film something, and our group decided to do a Saturday Night Live-type thing. I wrote most of the skits, and it turned out I enjoyed that much, much more than acting in them. Plus writing seemed much, much less constrained and I had more freedom to do what I wanted with a story.

What is one thing not in your bio, something totally random that only a few people know?

I like my bed to be as cold as possible when I get into it. So much so that I will move my pillows and blankets if I have to sit on the side of the mattress for any length of time. I know it’s supposed to be the other way around, it’s supposed to be a nice cozy cocoon, but I prefer warming it up myself.

What are you currently writing?

At the moment I’m working on revisions for my official Stargate SG-1 novel, “Two Roads.” It was such a huge honor getting the opportunity to write for the series. I credit Stargate with jumpstarting my writing career. Before taking a trip to the Pacific Northwest for a Stargate convention, I had never really thought of it as a place to set stories. I was randomly putting everything I wrote in Chicago. But once I was there, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. I think On the Air might have been as popular if it had been set somewhere else, but it wouldn’t have been the same story. Would it have been snapped up by the publishers if Nadine was a disc-jockey in a small Chicago suburb? Maybe.  But I wouldn’t want to find out.

Who has been your biggest inspiration and support in writing and in publishing? Doesn’t have to be an author or anything, and yes, it can be your mom or dad.

My best friend in high school, Robert, was a big influence on me in terms of giving me confidence in myself and my abilities. It wasn’t the usual motivational situation where he gave me a pep talk or rallied me to put pen to paper. We randomly started writing a story together that highly exaggerated our lives, sort of like South Park meets… some highly self-indulgence thinly-veiled bio pic. We were the heroes, our least-favorite teacher was the villain, Bruce Willis made a cameo if I recall. We would alternate chapters, with me writing one and then he’d respond. That went on for a few weeks until he finally said he wanted to stop because my chapters were always so much better than his and he couldn’t compete. But he wanted me to keep writing until the story was done because he wanted to see how it ended. So that’s the lesson here, kids. If you rage-quit, you may just inspire your friend’s entire career.

Why write lesbian fiction?

I won’t lie and claim there’s no “lesbians are hot” component, but that’s not the reason. I realized early on that I always preferred the female characters in fiction. Who cares what Riker is doing, what is Troi up to on the bridge? Can we see some more of Dr. Crusher, please? When I started writing I went the traditional route with a male protagonist who had several women in his life (and yes, one of them was a lesbian). The story never felt complete, never felt right, and I’ve written and rewritten that novel so many times that I honestly have just given up on it. After that I thought, “Well, I like writing the female characters so much more… why don’t I just put as many of them as I can into a story? And if there needs to be a romance, I’ll let them romance each other.” Not to mention the fact the world is overstuffed with male protagonists. Let the women run the show for a change.

What do you think about authors who continue to write both fanfiction and original fiction? (This seems to be a constant debate/conversation to me.)

I don’t really have an opinion on it. I think fanfiction is a great way to hone your skills, using a ready-made template of characters and universe rules so you can focus on the actual process of telling a story without the extra work. It’s like a self-taught class in How to Write. That said, in my experience, once you start focusing more on original writing, the less you’ll be inspired for fanfiction. I wanted to build in my own worlds and play in my own sandbox. Plus every day spent writing fanfiction is a day you can’t spend writing a story you could sell.

Tell us about Girls Don’t Hit.

It started as just a two-word reminder in my notepad: “female hitman.” I thought it would be a good action-y, thriller story to fill the void Riley Parra left when that series ended. After that I started building the world, figuring out who Joss/Jocelyn was, what her motivations were, and I realized this would be one of my least-loved characters ever. Which is not a bad thing! Everyone who has read it so far says that they would cross the street to avoid Joss, but they were also oddly drawn to her. I think that’s the intriguing thing about her. She’s cold, heartless, methodical, and unapologetic. She’s a sociopath, really. She observes other people for clues of how she should react in various situations. She may be unlovable, but she’s certainly one of my more intriguing characters.

What do you do when you get stuck in your writing? What happens when that nasty writer’s block sets down and refuses to budge—if you believe in writer’s block that is?

I really don’t believe in writer’s block. I believe in bad days, out of the writing mood, uninspired, logy… everyone needs a weekend/vacation/mental health day. But since writers can decide when and how we get those days, we feel guilty taking them and we have to call it writer’s block. When a story isn’t coming or the words are like pulling teeth, I usually just decide it’s an off day and catch up on Netflix or reading. Odds are the inspiration of someone else’s fiction will put me back on the right track.

I know you love Radiation Canary, tell us why?

First and foremost, I wrote it for an extremely dear friend of mine. She introduced me to Brandi Carlile, and almost immediately said, “You need to write a book about a singer!” I was utterly uninterested and kept putting her off, but then I buckled down and thought, “Well, what would that look like?” Secondly, because of the scope (the novel takes place over ten years), I was able to toss in a few things that might not have gotten covered in an ordinary novel. I had relationships that started and ended, I had Karen growing from a nervous and awkward outsider to a proud band member. I really, truly love all my characters, but the band feels even more special. They’re my girls! As I was writing them I found myself falling in love with all of them in different ways, and I’m so proud of how they turned out.

What does your dream writing location look like?

A wood-paneled room with a window looking out at something Pacific Northwest-y, a desk and a comfy couch (I’d do most of my writing on the couch, I’m sure, because the desk is facing the window and much too distracting) with one wall of bookshelves. Not too big, just enough room to pace around if necessary.

Would you mind sharing some of your ups and some of your downs about writing and about publishing? Any advice to new and upcoming authors?

Writing is so slow and frustrating. I remember way back when William H Macy was on Leno, promoting a movie he had written. Leno, in his infinite obtuseness, mentioned that it must have been fun to relax and write instead of having to act. Macy quite seriously said, “No, writing is not FUN. Writing SUCKS.” The act of writing, creating characters, is one of the most fun things you can do. Actually crafting and polishing that into a readable story can be one of the most frustrating things. My advice to anyone who wants to write is to write. I’ll steal Stephen King’s advice: “If you want to write, then you have to write a lot and read a lot.” It’s brilliant and very true. Don’t get discouraged when you realize how tedious editing can be, don’t throw in the towel when you finally get paid for a story and you can deposit that seven bucks directly into your account. Writing is one of the few jobs you can get by just showing up every day and getting to work.

What is your best memory from the whole writing and publishing process?

The night I got an email from P.D. Publishing telling me they wanted On the Air. My best friend/supporter/current publisher was just about to leave for the night when I got the news, so I was able to celebrate with her. Afterward I went for a walk and it was cold, and it was drizzling, and I was just so thrilled that I couldn’t stop smiling. Someone wanted my book! I was finally a professional writer. You never forget your first.

QUICKIES!

1. Dog or Cat? Cat
2. Favorite color? Blue
3. Favorite junk food? Donut Sticks
4. Favorite musician? Josh Ritter/David Bowie (depending on my mood)
5. Favorite curse word? Shite. It just sounds so refined and classy.
6. Favorite quote? “You are all better than you think you are. You are just designed not to believe it when you hear it from yourself.” – Community
7. Rolaids or Tums? What’s the generic?
8. Short or Tall? Short, I guess.
9. Favorite body part? Dangerous question… But I’ll say my head. In high school I hated getting haircuts so it would get so long and unruly, and I’d have to wash the whole mess, and comb it and ugh. When it started to fall out, I said, “Screw it,” and started getting it cut as close as I could without shaving. Then I went whole hog and my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner. I really like how my head looks. It’s a good shape for baldness. I seriously sometimes even catch a glimpse of my shadow and think, “Yeah, that’s a good head shape. I approve, skull.”
10. Favorite holiday? I don’t really have one. It’s a bit narcissistic to say my birthday, because that’s all about me, but I don’t really like any one holiday above another.

Books

 

OTACover

 

Nadine Butler is a popular disc-jockey at KELF, the classic rock station in Squire’s Isle, Washington. She’s currently in the closet with her girlfriend and she thinks she’s happy that way. And the end of a bad day, Nadine goes to a Town Hall meeting to take sides in a book-banning debate and manages to out herself in front of the town. Desperate, under pressure and under siege from the startled, family-oriented advertisers and the station’s unsupportive owner, Nadine does one last show. With help coming from some unforeseen corners, she decides to make the most of her last time on the air.

 

 

 

 

 

RCCover

 

 

Karen Everett isn’t looking to join a band the day she loses her notebook of poetry. She plays the cello and is unsure about what she wants in life, but she’s pretty sure it doesn’t involve being a professional musician. But a crush on the band’s beautiful lead singer Lana Kent, along with the desire to have her poetry shared with a larger audience, leads her to throw caution to the wind and play an audition that leads to her being invited to join the band at gigs. After a spur of the moment decision lands them a spot on national television, Karen and the band find themselves riding an unexpected wave of popularity.

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BIO
Geonn Cannon is the author of 20 novels (and counting). He was born in Oklahoma and spends his free time thinking up cool and exciting things to do. Then he creates fictional characters and has them to all the cool and exciting things for him, since it’s much easier than actually going outside himself. He is currently writing an official Stargate SG-1 novel for Fandemonium and working with Tello Films in an effort to bring Riley Parra to life as a webseries. Contrary to popular belief, he does sleep. Usually every day.

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Geonn Cannon, I was born in Oklahoma, and my original plan was to be an actor. I took a half-semester of Creative Writing and four years of Drama (theatre class) so you can see where my priorities were back in those days. We had a project senior year to write and film something, and our group decided to do a Saturday Night Live-type thing. I wrote most of the skits, and it turned out I enjoyed that much, much more than acting in them. Plus writing seemed much, much less constrained and I had more freedom to do what I wanted with a story.

What is one thing not in your bio, something totally random that only a few people know?

I like my bed to be as cold as possible when I get into it. So much so that I will move my pillows and blankets if I have to sit on the side of the mattress for any length of time. I know it’s supposed to be the other way around, it’s supposed to be a nice cozy cocoon, but I prefer warming it up myself.

What are you currently writing?

At the moment I’m working on revisions for my official Stargate SG-1 novel, “Two Roads.” It was such a huge honor getting the opportunity to write for the series. I credit Stargate with jumpstarting my writing career. Before taking a trip to the Pacific Northwest for a Stargate convention, I had never really thought of it as a place to set stories. I was randomly putting everything I wrote in Chicago. But once I was there, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. I think On the Air might have been as popular if it had been set somewhere else, but it wouldn’t have been the same story. Would it have been snapped up by the publishers if Nadine was a disc-jockey in a small Chicago suburb? Maybe.  But I wouldn’t want to find out.

Who has been your biggest inspiration and support in writing and in publishing? Doesn’t have to be an author or anything, and yes, it can be your mom or dad.

My best friend in high school, Robert, was a big influence on me in terms of giving me confidence in myself and my abilities. It wasn’t the usual motivational situation where he gave me a pep talk or rallied me to put pen to paper. We randomly started writing a story together that highly exaggerated our lives, sort of like South Park meets… some highly self-indulgence thinly-veiled bio pic. We were the heroes, our least-favorite teacher was the villain, Bruce Willis made a cameo if I recall. We would alternate chapters, with me writing one and then he’d respond. That went on for a few weeks until he finally said he wanted to stop because my chapters were always so much better than his and he couldn’t compete. But he wanted me to keep writing until the story was done because he wanted to see how it ended. So that’s the lesson here, kids. If you rage-quit, you may just inspire your friend’s entire career.

Why write lesbian fiction?

I won’t lie and claim there’s no “lesbians are hot” component, but that’s not the reason. I realized early on that I always preferred the female characters in fiction. Who cares what Riker is doing, what is Troi up to on the bridge? Can we see some more of Dr. Crusher, please? When I started writing I went the traditional route with a male protagonist who had several women in his life (and yes, one of them was a lesbian). The story never felt complete, never felt right, and I’ve written and rewritten that novel so many times that I honestly have just given up on it. After that I thought, “Well, I like writing the female characters so much more… why don’t I just put as many of them as I can into a story? And if there needs to be a romance, I’ll let them romance each other.” Not to mention the fact the world is overstuffed with male protagonists. Let the women run the show for a change.

What do you think about authors who continue to write both fanfiction and original fiction? (This seems to be a constant debate/conversation to me.)

I don’t really have an opinion on it. I think fanfiction is a great way to hone your skills, using a ready-made template of characters and universe rules so you can focus on the actual process of telling a story without the extra work. It’s like a self-taught class in How to Write. That said, in my experience, once you start focusing more on original writing, the less you’ll be inspired for fanfiction. I wanted to build in my own worlds and play in my own sandbox. Plus every day spent writing fanfiction is a day you can’t spend writing a story you could sell.

Tell us about Girls Don’t Hit.

It started as just a two-word reminder in my notepad: “female hitman.” I thought it would be a good action-y, thriller story to fill the void Riley Parra left when that series ended. After that I started building the world, figuring out who Joss/Jocelyn was, what her motivations were, and I realized this would be one of my least-loved characters ever. Which is not a bad thing! Everyone who has read it so far says that they would cross the street to avoid Joss, but they were also oddly drawn to her. I think that’s the intriguing thing about her. She’s cold, heartless, methodical, and unapologetic. She’s a sociopath, really. She observes other people for clues of how she should react in various situations. She may be unlovable, but she’s certainly one of my more intriguing characters.

What do you do when you get stuck in your writing? What happens when that nasty writer’s block sets down and refuses to budge—if you believe in writer’s block that is?

I really don’t believe in writer’s block. I believe in bad days, out of the writing mood, uninspired, logy… everyone needs a weekend/vacation/mental health day. But since writers can decide when and how we get those days, we feel guilty taking them and we have to call it writer’s block. When a story isn’t coming or the words are like pulling teeth, I usually just decide it’s an off day and catch up on Netflix or reading. Odds are the inspiration of someone else’s fiction will put me back on the right track.

I know you love Radiation Canary, tell us why?

First and foremost, I wrote it for an extremely dear friend of mine. She introduced me to Brandi Carlile, and almost immediately said, “You need to write a book about a singer!” I was utterly uninterested and kept putting her off, but then I buckled down and thought, “Well, what would that look like?” Secondly, because of the scope (the novel takes place over ten years), I was able to toss in a few things that might not have gotten covered in an ordinary novel. I had relationships that started and ended, I had Karen growing from a nervous and awkward outsider to a proud band member. I really, truly love all my characters, but the band feels even more special. They’re my girls! As I was writing them I found myself falling in love with all of them in different ways, and I’m so proud of how they turned out.

What does your dream writing location look like?

A wood-paneled room with a window looking out at something Pacific Northwest-y, a desk and a comfy couch (I’d do most of my writing on the couch, I’m sure, because the desk is facing the window and much too distracting) with one wall of bookshelves. Not too big, just enough room to pace around if necessary.

Would you mind sharing some of your ups and some of your downs about writing and about publishing? Any advice to new and upcoming authors?

Writing is so slow and frustrating. I remember way back when William H Macy was on Leno, promoting a movie he had written. Leno, in his infinite obtuseness, mentioned that it must have been fun to relax and write instead of having to act. Macy quite seriously said, “No, writing is not FUN. Writing SUCKS.” The act of writing, creating characters, is one of the most fun things you can do. Actually crafting and polishing that into a readable story can be one of the most frustrating things. My advice to anyone who wants to write is to write. I’ll steal Stephen King’s advice: “If you want to write, then you have to write a lot and read a lot.” It’s brilliant and very true. Don’t get discouraged when you realize how tedious editing can be, don’t throw in the towel when you finally get paid for a story and you can deposit that seven bucks directly into your account. Writing is one of the few jobs you can get by just showing up every day and getting to work.

What is your best memory from the whole writing and publishing process?

The night I got an email from P.D. Publishing telling me they wanted On the Air. My best friend/supporter/current publisher was just about to leave for the night when I got the news, so I was able to celebrate with her. Afterward I went for a walk and it was cold, and it was drizzling, and I was just so thrilled that I couldn’t stop smiling. Someone wanted my book! I was finally a professional writer. You never forget your first.

QUICKIES!

1. Dog or Cat? Cat
2. Favorite color?
Blue
3. Favorite junk food?
Donut Sticks
4. Favorite musician?
Josh Ritter/David Bowie (depending on my mood)
5. Favorite curse word?
Shite. It just sounds so refined and classy.
6. Favorite quote?
“You are all better than you think you are. You are just designed not to believe it when you hear it from yourself.” – Community
7. Rolaids or Tums?
What’s the generic?
8. Short or Tall?
Short, I guess.
9. Favorite body part?
Dangerous question… But I’ll say my head. In high school I hated getting haircuts so it would get so long and unruly, and I’d have to wash the whole mess, and comb it and ugh. When it started to fall out, I said, “Screw it,” and started getting it cut as close as I could without shaving. Then I went whole hog and my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner. I really like how my head looks. It’s a good shape for baldness. I seriously sometimes even catch a glimpse of my shadow and think, “Yeah, that’s a good head shape. I approve, skull.”
10. Favorite holiday?
I don’t really have one. It’s a bit narcissistic to say my birthday, because that’s all about me, but I don’t really like any one holiday above another.

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WIPpet Wednesday!!! January 8, 2014

Whew! it’s been a long time since I’ve been around for this. Through struggling with depression and three trips last month, and advent at church and reading for a one week intensive course of which I’m currently taking, it’s no wonder I didn’t get ANY writing or editing done! But now I’m back!

I mentioned the class I’m taking. It’s really an intensive course. Try smashing one whole semester into a week and then having the topic we’re studying be very emotional. We’re talking about war and moral injury. I bring this up all for a reason, so bear with me. Moral injury is the type of injury an individual receives when their moral codes are forced to be broken. This is often seen in the military with soldiers who are forced to kill (adults, women or children), forced to participate in prisoner abuse, forced to participate in a war they don’t think is just, and those who feel betrayed by their government. It’s a conflict of conscience.

My end of the “year” project for this class, my final basically, has to do with moral injury, but we’re allowed to be very creative with it. Since I worked alongside the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and because I have an affinity for police officers and writing them, I have decided to write a short novella. This means that my WIPpet Wednesday’s will consist of this novella that I’m working on. I have until the beginning of March to come up and write the first draft of this piece. It’s going to be outside my norm, and it’s going to be focused on a male officer experiencing moral injury and the recovery process necessary to feel as though one is human again.

Since I’m smack dab in the middle of this insane course right now, I’m just going to write for 8 minutes to see what I come up with for the beginning of this story. I do already have an idea in my head, so we’ll see how it goes. If you would like to join in WIPpet Wednesday, it’s open to everyone and the rules and very simple. Write a post with your current WIP (work in progress) that in someway correlates to the date. It can be 8 sentences, 1 word, 14 paragraphs. And feel free to get very creative with the math. Once you’ve made the blog post, head on over here and link it up with everyone’s. Then go out and read as many posts as you can. Don’t forget to comment, because we’re all comment whores!!

Thanks to MyRandomMuse for hosting this event each week!

Now…for the start of this Moral Injury Novella

The gun didn’t feel right in his hands. They weight felt off, and the handle wasn’t quite warm enough. He slid his fingers back and forth along the barrel, feeling the oil from the cleaning he had just done. He should do it again. Biting his lip, Shayne Laurence started the whole process over.

Carefully, he took apart each piece, cleaning them to perfection. Then slowly he put the weapon back together again. The room was dimly lit, and by the end of the second cleaning, he had to squint in order to see. The alcohol flooded his brain, making him fuzzy and his world so narrowed that he could see every piece of it. It looked like a 9 mil.

Reaching over blinding, Shayne picked up his warm long neck and glugged the rest of it back. He didn’t sigh and he didn’t release a breath as the alcohol flooded down his system and into his stomach. Instead he felt his body churn and protest the liquor as it flowed through. Once again, Shayne lifted the handgun and held it carefully, the oil making the rough skin of his palm softer than it had been before.

He moved his hand up and down, once more testing the weight. It still wasn’t right. It wasn’t his service weapon. Shayne shook his head and leaned back in his chair. Reaching over to the side, he pulled up another longneck from the case he’d bought and hadn’t bothered to put in the fridge. It’d all be gone and drunk before it would have had a chance to get cold anyway.

A sound upstairs made him stop. Shayne shot his head up and looked toward the stairs to his basement as he listened intently for the sound again. Nothing happened. The refrigerator made a buzzing sound and the wind outside howled through the windows. The light flickered as if it was going out, but when Shayne reached over and tapped the metal head to the desk lamp, the light became fixed and brighter.

He listened for the creak and groan of wood that would tell him someone was walking through the living room of his house. He listened for the shuffle of footstep that would tell him if the person was male or female. He listened for the stumble and the fall as they tripped over the chest he’d left in the middle of the hallway in the pitch black house in order to stump the intruder before they reached him.

Shayne let out a breath when after thirty minutes of listening there was nothing there. It was the first time he truly remembered feeling in danger since that evening. Shaking his head, Shayne went back to his weapon and started rubbing the soft cloth over the metal, removing any excess oil that might still be there.

For any of you interested, on Monday I had a guest post from Francis James Franklin about being straight and writing LGBT and the whole slew of messiness that labeling means. There’s also a giveaway going on with two of his books and one from author Jaye McKenna, who will be interviewed next Monday. PLEASE oh PLEASE! go and sign up to win the books. =P why not? they’re free and they’re from awesome people!

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WIPpet Wednesday! September 18, 2013

Good morning everyone! After a night of fun and games that involved bowling to the best of my ability and laser tag, in which I had the highest accuracy rate, I come to you with writing. This weeks WIPpet comes from Emma’s story–the one that still hasn’t been named. I was finally able to find a small amount of writing time this week.

This excerpt comes from Chapter 11 and is 9 paragraphs long. Emma and Joel have just escaped a botched kidnapping event and are just getting home to the lovely Molly. My math? It’s pretty simple… 1 + 8 = 9

Molly heard the crash and felt the building shake. Standing up from her desk, she raced to her parapet and tried to figure out just what had happened. She looked down and saw the bed of the red truck along with smoke drifting away from it. Gasping, she ran down the stairs to the garage where it was implanted in her home.

“Caroline! Joel!” she shouted as she tried to get around the vehicle to see if her people had any damage.

Stepping over the wreckage of the bumper that was lodged in the wall, half on the truck and half on the floor all at the same time, she slipped and twisted her ankle. Cursing under her breath, she ducked down and moved around to get a better look.

Caroline was leaning against the driver’s side window, her eyes shut and her breathing shallow. Joel was slumped under the seats of the car, his foot wedged on the gas pedal. Molly reached for her ever-present radio and called to her old friend and Amelia for their assistance.

Molly went to the passenger door and leaned in, pulling Joel’s foot off the gas pedal. She stretched to pull out the keys to the ignition and found none.

“What the—”

Caroline started to cough and Molly lost all train of thought. Joel looked far less injured than Caroline herself, although he looked to be severely drugged. Amelia ran into the room, her boots squeaking on the cement as she tried to stop her momentum.

Amachon showed up with two stretchers, one pushed in front of him and one pulled behind him. Amelia ran over and dragged one over, tugging Joel out of the vehicle and hefting him onto the stretcher. Caroline was still writhing and moving, her leg once again bent at an awkward angle. Molly whimpered when they started to pull her out of the vehicle.

“Careful…” she ordered as they gently rested Caroline’s head on the stretcher.

If you would like to join in, write a post with an excerpt of your current WIP (Work in Progress) that somehow correlates with today’s date. Then post it, link it up here, and go read everyone else’s posts! It’s great fun. Thanks to MyRandomMuse for hosting this every week.

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Side note (now that I’m more awake): I’m doing a blog tour for my release of Dying Embers in late November. If you would like to join in, go to this link RIGHT HERE and then sign up. I’ll be contacting you in early November with more information.

Grammar Wednesday: POV–1st person

I’ve decide the next group of grammar goodness will be about persons in writing. There are typically 3 persons, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd! Go figure, the numbers go up.

First person, at least from what I have seen, is becoming far more common–that might just be because I’m seeing it more, not that it actually is becoming more common. I might have ignored it, since I don’t like it. Apparently a lot of people like it. What I’ve heard is that it gives more insight to the character, but it is harder to write because the MC has to be in every single scene (this is assuming there is only one POV in the novel). There are ways to have multiple first person POV’s in one novel. Check out Jodi Picoult. She has a lot in her books.

Example of first person:

I shuffled my foot against the sidewalk as my cheeks burned with fire. Mom scolded me like I was a two-year-old who had just thrown a temper tantrum at the grocery store–I can assure you I did no such thing. I refused to look up at her as the hot sun beat down on my shoulders and the top of my head. Waves of embarrassment floated through my body, grasping on to ever available surfaced and licking my wounds with vinegar, causing them to burn even more. I meant to steal the candy bar. She thought it was an accident, that I had simply walked out without paying for it because I forgot. But that’s not how it was. I had carefully chosen which chocolate bar I wanted to eat and I slipped it into my hand, keeping it in my fist. I didn’t put it in my pocket or one of the grocery bags–I was going to walk out of that store with it in my hand where everyone could see it if they wanted to. I had dared them to approach me. They didn’t. Mom had caught me though–right when we got home.

So that’s first person! I really like it in memoir or autobiography, but that’s about it. I highly doubt you will ever see a novel or short story from me that is fiction and in first person. It’s not my thing! Have fun and have a great day!

Grammar Wednesday: ACTIVE PHRASING

Hello everyone! I know some of you were sad that I missed last week’s Grammar Wednesday, but I didn’t miss it. I was in Guatemala–no interwebs for a whole week! I started to go into withdrawal.

Here’s your Grammar Wednesday! It’s about active phrasing and passive phrasing. I apparently used to write passive phrasing, and if you read FOREVER BURN, you’ll see it all over the place. *head desk* yup, but I learned. I just had to have someone point it out to me a couple dozen million times.

This is how it goes–in the easiest form. Look for the “was.” It’s mostly overused and the “have been.”

She was walking down the road.
She walked down the road.

She was leaning down to pick up a rock.
She leaned down to pick up a rock.

She had been having weird thoughts lately.
She had weird thoughts lately.

Get it?! I hope so. There are a lot of other ways to see passive phrasing. You can always go into MSword and turn it on. It’ll underline other passive phrases. In most of the fanfiction that I beta read for, and even some of the original fiction, I find a lot of passive phrasing. Not only are you writing it in a more concise sentence structure, but you’re writing it in a way that makes it more realistic and stronger.

Beta-reading

Today I am working on editing. And not my own stuff.

I finished up a Twilight fanfic (yes, I beta it…no I do not write it, nor have I read the books or the movies, so sometimes beta’ing can be quite interesting). I beta for a website called Project Team Beta, which takes on a few fandoms and original fiction. It is also where I have found my wonderful beta’s for my novels throughout the past.

I’m about to embark on a new adventure. I was approached and as to copy-edit (professionally, I might add) an erotica novel. To be sure that the individual and I work well together, I requested a chapter be sent to me (free of charge, of course) so that I may copy-edit it and send it back before any commitments have been made. It’s quite a process. If this edit goes well, I’ll have my second official copy-editing job ever.

And on that note–later on today, after these first two edits and before writing group, I will be copy-editing a novel titled “Stuck on Pause.” I’m about a fourth of the way through the novel and will absolutely have it completed by June 1st. This copy-editing stuff takes a very long time, but it’s so much fun. I quite enjoy it.

I remember when I was little and reading novels that I would point out mistakes in them to my mother but still enjoy the novel itself. She told me a few times that I should become a professional editor. Well, God had different plans for me, but doing it on the side is still great fun and joy (and a way to earn some extra cash). I never honestly thought in the past year that I’ve been beta’ing or copy-editing for people that ANYONE would actually pay me for it!

Beta-reading can be a tricky matter. There comes into play grammar, process, plot-lines, subplots, authorship, cranky authors (which I might be one of them), stubbornness and the intense need to be able to multitask. I have to be able to look for many things in a novel at the same time…that or suffer a third or fourth run-through, looking for different things each time. Grammar is all-out one of the most important things, but so is story flow. If the story is not there, I can edit the grammar endlessly and the story will still not be good. I’ve had a couple of those. But I’ve also had fantastic stories that are so poorly written in the grammatical sense that no one would ever read them. My job, as I see it, is to make the story read better, to give a hand up to the author toward a path of completing their story/novel etc. It’s not my story; it’s there. So, what they do with it after I send it back is their own prerogative.

The Failure of Time

I wanted to share this blog and the struggles that I have been dealing with for the past “little” while. It seems over this past week to me that each person’s story and struggle is important to understanding who they are and where they come from. It is also rather therapeutic for those who are doing the telling. I hope this story doesn’t seem too personal, or that you think I’m revealing far too much about myself in it. However, I do believe in honesty and truth, and in not hiding in the shade.

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It’s so hard for me to put this into words that make sense. The closest I can come to is that I feel like a failure. While there are a few things in my life that are not going right at the moment (work, school, the pursuit of happiness), the one that would be relevant to this blog is my novel and my writing. FOREVER BURN came out March 1st of this year, and while I have sold copies of it, I feel inadequate in the amount that have been sold and the entire process.

I’m sitting here thinking that it needed another round or two of editing. That it needed a better, more formed, stronger publisher, who works harder (or at all) on marketing. Don’t get me wrong, I do love my publisher, she’s great and sweet, but I’m starting to see some downfalls and thinking that I may have made a bad choice.

When it comes to marketing, I feel as though there is only so much that I can do by myself for free. I certainly can’t afford to hire a publicist or even pay $50 to end up on a blog tour or to have my book reviewed. I’ve been unemployed since December of 2011 and the toll on me has been taken. I live off of about $900-$1000 a month (3/4 of that if not more goes to rent). That is considered poverty, yet here I stand (or sit, actually), living off my mother who can barely afford to live as is. It’s a constant struggle. When is writing and taking this time not worth it anymore?

When will I reap the benefits? I did get my first royalty check at the first of this month. I was ecstatic even though the dollar amount was measly (under $20). What do I get for it? I spent hours upon hours, money on ink to print and edit, money to mail stuff out to the publisher, cover artists, editor, and formatter, I put so much time and energy into it and all for what? I know that I’ll get more later on, but what I’m debating right now is whether or not it’s even worth it to try again.

Such is the life of a writer, I suppose. But so is the life of a student, a daughter, a volunteer, a copy-editor, a woman, a young adult, and a human.

I am someone who likes to see quick results, who can look and know that there is an end, a resolution, a pinnacle point somewhere in the near future. Maybe that’s not what happens with writing; maybe I need to be patient for yet another three years and still struggle to make any ends even come close to meeting; or maybe I should just give up. Not writing. I’m not sure that I could ever give up writing as a whole, but maybe I should give up the idea of publishing in this world, of sharing my stories in anything other than an online format for free for anyone who happens to stumble upon them. Maybe this just isn’t the time.

Time is an interesting subject to study. After spending a week in Guatemala and small towns where time just seems to slow down, where there are seconds and minutes in each hour that can be counted because they are each working toward the survival of time’s occupant; perhaps this is what I need a reminder of. I need to let everything slow down and come to ripen with the seasons.

Fanfic mistakes and pleasures

My time for writing originals is certainly not over, but I have been working on fanfiction, toying with the plots (which involve mostly sex) and characters. I know that there are quite a few people who do not agree with fanfic, who think it’s a complete violation of the rights of the owners/creators of the originals. I agree that it might be a violation, but I am in no way seeking monetary compensation for writing fanfic.

I write in four or five fandoms. I have to say that after working on an original story and spending all that time editing, writing fanfic is a massive relief to me. I don’t have to worry about character development or location description or creating something other than the plot. The plot is all that matters when writing fanfic (AU excluded, but I tend NOT to write those, or read for that matter). The plot is where all my creativity is focused, and it’s so relaxing.

While most of my fanfic plot does involve “smut” or “lemons,” as they are called in the fandom world, it is infinitely more relaxing to write this than original fiction. Original has more reward at the end, but it’s not as instantaneous. So, perhaps when I’m feeling shitty about my writing abilities, I happen to on occasion write a fanfic one-shot, solely for the fact that I know I will get instant and supportive feedback. I think it’s my own prerogative.

I am currently writing a series for the shows The Closer and Major Crimes, which will span the entirety of both series, beginning before the series begins and perhaps even after Major Crimes ends. I am also working on, and will finish today, a one-shot for Battlestar Galactica (2003). I’ve been avoiding writing for a new fandom, but the characters called and I felt a scene was missing from the show, so I’m writing it in.

One of the biggest debates with fanfic, are those people who turn fanfic into original stories and then sell those stories for profit. *cough* 50 Shades of Grey *cough* I don’t necessarily disagree with selling it. It is an original story, the plot is all there and not in Twilight by any means. However, there are many issues with 50 Shades of Grey that happen, which occur ALL over the place in fanfic.

1) Lack of research
2) Lack of writing skill
3) Lack of editing skill
4) Not knowing that in American English “gray” is spelled with an “a” not an “e”

I beta fanfic all the time. I work with authors who write Twilight fanfic (among other fandoms: BSG, Stargate (all), Sanctuary, Supernatural, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Closer, Major Crimes, Law and Order (all), Star Treks (all)). I have plenty experience in knowing who of those writers is an actual writer and who just wants to play around (and nothing is wrong with just wanting to play around). First off, getting a beta usually means they’re pretty serious.

While I assume that E. L. James had an editor of some sort, there seemed to be a lack of learning or desire for improvement. An editor or a beta is not just supposed to read and placate the author. We are supposed to provoke and get the author to think. To look at grammar, sentence structure, spelling, over usages, story flow and structure, continuity, research, fact-checking–it’s a huge order for just one person to do.

That’s why I have at least two people go through all my novels before I even think about sending them into an editor or publisher. I want these to be the product of the best of my ability at the time that they are sent out. In about an hour, I guarantee that I could go back and rework it and make it even better. That’s the gift of being a writer–there is always, always, ALWAYS something to learn and room to improve.

“The Coin”

Check this little novella out! Sarah has written a truly uplifting story. I had the pleasure of reading it before it was published, and I have to say it is well-written and an amazing read.

Here’s her blog post on releasing “The Coin” booksbysmiles

and HERE is the link you can use to purchase it!! Amazon

Sarah also did an interview about her release. You can check that out here.

Just giving a shout out to another indie author who needs a hand up. So do her a favor and check her and “The Coin” out.

The Brick Wall of God

I have been asked so many times in the past few weeks why I’m still in school studying to be a minister if my passion is obviously in writing and writing only. The answer is that I have many passions, and that God told me to be a minister. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried it, but saying no to God is oft times like talking to a brick wall. Once God has made a decision for your life, you better get on board because the train is leaving with you on it whether you want to be on it or not.

I’ve had many discussions with my mom about this, because she’s wondered the exact same thing. I get thrills out of writing, and I enjoy it like no other hobby I have ever had. But to me that is all it is. I have no desire to become a professional writer where I spend days upon days writing and only writing (I’m sure there would be some editing in there, too). It’s not what I want to do with my life. I want to be a minister, to spread the good news that Christ is Risen and that God is in our land and that the Spirit loves us with all that she can. This is my passion for life, for living, for being who I am.

Well, that was a bit of a side note, but it leads me to this. My mom (whom I adore and love) forwarded me this email today. Scott Hedegaard writes daily devotionals that he sends out in a mass email. This was today’s.

Check out Isaiah 44:24-28.

God makes some strange choices sometimes. God chooses Abraham, who at the beginning of the story is pretty nondescript. Abraham’s grandson Jacob – a deceiver and a cheat – is chosen over his brother Esau. Moses, a murderer, is elected to be the one to bring Israel from slavery to freedom. David the shepherd boy is considered the ideal king.

Still one can imagine the people in exile, upon hearing this announcement, saying, “Who? Really?” God calls Cyrus a foreign warrior, someone not even of the people as the one to shepherd Israel, the one to bring them deliverance, the one by whose command the Holy City will be rebuilt.

But we know how that goes. God called us too. And I suspect with a lot of us (me especially) people around us said, “Who? Really?” We may have even remarked that ourselves. Yet we are chosen and we are called and we are sent. And it is not by our own power that we are able to fulfill God’s calling. No, God gives us what we need to be messengers of grace and rebuilders in the city of God.

Send us out, Lord; give us power. Amen

It’s just something to think about the next time you have the reaction of “Who? Really?” Do not doubt what God had set in place and in motion. Breathe in and accept that God’s work is at hand in the moment.

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