Friday, June 16, 2017

Writing From the Heart

Hey, all! I think it's some time for some real talk. I think writing just for money and prestige is wrong. I believe writing should flow out of your heart and soul and be the essence of who and what you are because I feel that writers are truly pulled into their craft and chooses them rather than the other way around, and I've read some writers who can use language well but left me feeling empty or bereft of any emotions because their writing is clearly for the money. Do I want money? Of course. Do I want prestige? It would be nice. It's not my only reason for writing, though. I want to enrich and heal the world and help people as my favorite writers have done me. I want to give people worlds and realms of solace where they can swim or jump into on a hot summer's day, fall in love with over and over again on a rainy spring day, enjoy near a warm fire in winter, and sit beneath a tree with in autumn.

I am not a media mogul or famous person who has people working media and promotions for them constantly so they can come out with a book one day and it be on the best seller's list the next. I am a struggling, independent writer trying to make her dream of relying solely on her writing to make ends meet because I have bills to pay just like anyone else. I would love to be comfortable so my family didn't have to worry me and to be able to spoil my friends and family and give more than a measly few bucks to charities or go fund me's every once in a blue moon when I can afford to. I want to make this world a better place and at the same time have the world be a better place for me, too.

I hope that in time my writing only improves and improves and ages like fine wine (oh, and let's be honest I hope my body does, too).

Here are the links to my books: Blood & Magic, Dragons & Magic, Centaurs & Magic, and Corvids & Magic. I also write poetry, short stories, reviews, essays, etc. So please leave me reviews, buy my books, promote by word of mouth, wish me well and pray. I really just want to make it. I'm struggling so hard to make my dream of being a full time writer a reality. Sooner or later, I will get there, but I rather it be sooner than later. So if all you can do is leave me a review or give me a word of encouragement, I will take that. There have been so many negative words said about me and my books and not all of the positive things I've heard from what my friends are saying are in reviews to combat them so trust me - any kindness, at all, is appreciated. Thank you all and if you're reading this, thank you for being here. Have a wonderful day.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Please Give Me a Review? I Would Appreciate It.

Hey, all! I'm asking for reviews for my books. Some people have told me they enjoy my books, but reviews help me get seen and let my publisher know that you enjoy my books, also!

Here are the links to my books if you are not yet acquainted with them: Blood & Magic, Dragons & Magic, Centaurs & Magic, and Corvids & Magic.

Corvids & Magic was released March 2017. It has no reviews yet which saddens me. Of course, it's better than having five negative reviews, but still...I have three books to go on this journey. I really don't want to lose my voice because of lack of perceived interest so please keep sharing my links if and when you are able should you be interested and give me some reviews if you enjoy what I do! I really, really appreciate you.

Thank you for being here.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Book 4, Blog Tour, Reviews

All right, everyone! You can pre-order my book Corvids & Magic. The pre-order is for the kindle version of the book only. I had erroneously thought since I had gotten my paperback copy of the book already through Createspace that the book was already "out". Clearly, it isn't supposed to come out until June 5th. So I'm sorry for any confusion this may have caused, but I'm sure my publisher had a method to her madness.

However, I do have a form that you can fill out here if you would be interested in being a part of my blog tour. This is for anyone who blogs books and authors on a regular basis. Feel free to sign up, the more, the merrier! I would truly appreciate it.

Also, reviews! Please review, review, review! I cannot stress that enough. If you know a friend who has enjoyed my books then please encourage them to review. It's the only way I'm going to be seen as I'm an independent writer and this series is my first to be published. Book 4 out of 7. It's pretty exciting, but I would like to continue. Please show my publisher that there is interest in my books. Thank you all!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Guest Blog Post & Other Things

Wow! I hadn't realized that I hadn't posted anything in January, I'm sorry about that! Well, if you guys didn't already see on FB I had a recent Guest Post about my novel Centaurs & Magic which some may find beneficial. It talks about my thought process when making the novel and what I was trying to achieve.

Also, I had another recent review for Blood & Magic. It was four star review so I appreciated that. I know that my book clearly isn't everyone's cup of tea, but it is nice to know that some people are enjoying it enough to leave me reviews. I do appreciate the good reviews. The bad ones are always disheartening, but I know that there's no making everyone happy.

I hope everyone has a good day, and if you want to check out my books feel free to do so! That would totally make my day. If you have a review that you'd like to write - leave that, too. I do enjoy positive input and criticisms as long as they are constructive and not just rude.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Last Day of the 99 Cent Book Sale & Close of the Year

Today is the last day of 2016, and thank goodness for that! This year has been really rough on all of us. Today's also the last day to get my books for 99 cents apiece. So be sure to grab your e-reader versions of my books: Blood & Magic, Dragons & Magic, and Centaurs & Magic if you haven't already.

Also if you've read my books and enjoy them, please leave me a review. I would really appreciate it. So far I have four reviews for the first book, one review for the second, and one for the third. I would love more input. Also would love to see more people that actually appreciate my work.

Just so you're aware the fourth book in my Magic Series Corvids & Magic is slated for an August 2017 release. I'm super excited about that! I cannot wait as the fourth book is my favorite even if you're not supposed to have favorite books for your own series. I do love them all, but there's just something about the fourth one. You'll have to see for yourselves this August. ;)

In other news...I really wish I could stir up some more interest in my series. I have thought about commissioning artists to do renditions of my characters from the series and posting the pieces along with a tag to the artists social media on my facebook and instagram, but I'm also I'm not sure how well that would work. Besides, many of my favorite artists don't accept commissions. So I'm feeling a bit bummed out about all of that. But I'm hopeful for the future, and I can't wait to see what 2017 brings. It's going to be better than last year. I can't have another repeat of 2016. It was too emotionally and physically draining on me. I'm also going to try to explore some of my other talents because I have an interest in photography, modeling for fantasy photo shoots, acting, and singing in addition to writing. Something's gotta give because I feel I have far too much artistic talent to be stuck in a sub shop making subs for ungrateful people for the rest of my life.

Monday, November 21, 2016

99 Cent Deal For All My Books on E-reader & Some Other Tidbits

I have a new book out if you haven't heard: Centaurs & Magic. It's a horror, dark/fantasy novel that takes place in an Atriel pre-Lucille era to provide some insight into the awful character of Evan (a villain that is part of Blood & Magic). This third book of mine is a prequel and comes before all the other books in the series because my friend asked me for some insight into Atriel's past (which ironically comes more to light in Corvids & Magic which is set directly after Dragons & Magic), but I digress.

If you would like to purchase Centaurs & Magic you can do so by going to the following link: Centaurs & Magic.

Also, just so you're aware my publisher is having a sale for all the e-readers which means you can get the whole set of my books for $3 on your kindle. So head on over to Amazon and you can snatch up: Blood & Magic, Dragons & Magic, and Centaurs & Magic. If you're like me and prefer the paperback copies you can also purchase those if you have not already. For some reason the paperback version isn't showing up on Amazon for me for Centaurs & Magic so you may have to go to Createspace to get a copy there like I did.

Also, I am pleading for reviews. I hear sometimes that someone has enjoyed my books, and that makes me happy, but my publisher doesn't have that information unless people post reviews. I'm sorry if I sound like a broken record but if you enjoyed my books PLEASE, PLEASE leave a review. It is so important. I think you need 20+ reviews on Amazon before your book becomes recommended to people so please help me out, if you could!

I've only gotten one review on Centaurs & Magic and it's a little disheartening as it's a 2 star review. I'm hoping that people enjoy it or will continue to buy it to form their own opinion and aren't scared off by this one, at all. Just to be clear racism and sexism are not key "themes" as this person noted they were. The reason that sexism and racism run so rampant in this story is because it's told from Evan's perspective and he's a villain. I just wanted to clarify that. It's listed as a horror/dark fantasy so I'm not quite sure what this person was expecting, but clearly it wasn't their cup of tea. Trying not to let it get me down, but it really is; so if you could leave me a review that you enjoyed something I wrote it would make my day! Thank you so much, friends. :)

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Centaurs & Magic - November 10th release!

I can't believe it! November 10th is looming ever closer, and my book Centaurs & Magic will be out! It's available for pre-order on kindle editions only. I'm super excited, though. It's the 3rd book in my Magic Series and the only one that breaks sequence. This book happens before Blood & Magic and Dragons & Magic (and all the others, to be perfectly honest).

Why would I do that? It wasn't intentional. I intended on making the series in chronological order. However, a friend of mine asked for more of Atriel's history and backstory so Centaurs & Magic came about. Ironically, there's more history in the 4th book which is set directly after the events in Dragons & Magic, but I tried. Ha ha.

My Magic Series is an ensemble piece that centers around my character Lucille Roddingale because even if she doesn't happen to be the main character of the book she is always present in the books. She's a big part of Atriel. Even in this book where she plays a "small" part.