Defining Character

“What they didn’t know is that I am the monster that lurks in the shadows. I fear the spark of the flames that scarred me. I am the true beast, but most people do not know it…”

-Vynasha

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Setting the Scene

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“The first thing she noticed were clusters of berries, gleaming like drops of blood in the snow. Dead shrubs stood valiantly against winter’s harsh grip, lined out in symmetrical rows and mapping out a strange pattern around the open garden. A frozen fountain sat at the garden’s center and pathways extending from it had been dusted to unveil the hidden, ice-coated earth. Snow fell over their heads in gentle waves and when she looked back over her shoulder, she realized the castle was keeping the high mountain winds at bay. High into the sky it arose so the tops of the uttermost towers were masked by lazy clouds that hid the face of the sun. Even though they were standing in the castle’s shadow, it was brighter than anything she had grown accustomed to during her stay.

- Vynasha, Part One

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The Impossiblities

I’ve begun a new post several times. Each one failed to meet my standards to the point I did not bother to save the drafts for a later upload. To try and tell you how I’ve been this year so far is a long story. If you want the prose version, you can skip on over to my book blog for a gander. But suffice to say that never in my life have I found more inspiration through pain. I’ve written multiple story ideas down, often late in the night when sleep evaded me. I came up with three separate and complicated contemporary romances. The outlines were fun enough to write I might actually take a stab and flesh them out one day soon.

I found time to work on Vynasha as well, that long-lost manuscript that’s been in “production hell” for more than a year now. I am happy to say that it is fleshing out nicely and I hope to bring the fully realized version to y’all sometime this summer. (I know I said that last summer, but we can hope for the best, yeah?) Re-writes weren’t too difficult. I mostly just changed the timeline a bit. Instead of the story’s events taking place nine years after the fire that killed Vynasha’s family, now it has only been four. With her nephew still alive, V has more reasons to go after a most likely impossible cure. In the initial draft, her character had already lost most of her will to live. She was more of a husk than flesh and blood. Now she is not so keen on remaining imprisoned.

In other news, I’ve been on constant lookout for ways to change my game, writing wise. I’ve looked into everything from serialized novelizations to Kindle Singles, etc. I  can’t say for certain which route I’m willing to go. Once I figure things out I’ll care to share ;) I’m still fairly new at this, as most of you know. I’ve got a few titles to my name and each one of them has been a huge learning experience. As I go back to school and hone in my craft, I’m hoping y’all will hang in there with me. It’s going to be a long and bumpy ride. But I know we will get there eventually. Thanks for supporting and encouraging me so much, all of you. You’re the reason I keep writing, keep updating and keep dreaming…

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ ANNOUNCEMENT

I’m very excited to share Melissa Wright’s newest release with you, “King of Ash & Bone”. I’ve been a huge fan of Melissa’s work, ever since I picked up the first of her Frey Saga. She has a gift for wit and characterization, and manages to suck me into her fantastical worlds every time.

While her first series took place in a very magical Middle Ages, and her second in the fast-paced fun of Urban Fantasy, this time she digs more into modern fairy tale roots. KoA&B combines the fast-paced action of the Descendants Series, with the wit and fun of the Frey Saga. It’s the first installment of a series you won’t want to miss.


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When monsters break through the veil separating their worlds, Mackenzie Scott has nothing left to lose. Her brother is marked, her future has vanished, and all that remains is a desperate need for revenge. After discovering the breach the monsters used as a gateway, Mackenzie devises a plan to stop them, whatever the cost. It isn’t exactly luck when she finds an injured stranger in the street, but he just might be the key she needs to succeed. What Mackenzie doesn’t know, is that this stranger isn’t the helpless boy he appears to be. He’s one of them. And he’s got plans of his own.


You can read a teaser here.

Melissa Wright is the author of the Frey Saga and Descendants Series. She is currently working on the next book, but when not writing can be found collecting the things she loves at Goodreads and Pinterest.

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2015 Book Challenge #1

Read So You Can Write

If you happened to read my post on my book blog, then you might have an inkling on what I’m about to say. But I thought it might be another way to keep me accountable to y’all and myself, in my latest challenge.

I realized after completing my Goodreads reading challenge for last year that I barely read thirty books. Just thirty in a year! That may sound fantastic for many of you. Life can be busy and it’s easy to let things slip away from us. But this last year I barely wrote as well. I looked at the past couple of years and saw a pattern. Because in 2012, when I was writing Qeya, Silver Hollow and Stay, I read 80 books. And at the time, it wasn’t a hard feat whatsoever.

So here’s my challenge: 90 Books in a Year. And even though I typically only post book reviews on my book blog, I’m going to make an exception. Every couple of books or so I’ll post my reviews here to keep on track. Hopefully I’ll read so much that I’ll find fresh inspiration and excitement to share my own stories.

Feel free to leave comments with suggestions or to share your personal challenges for 2015. Let’s make this new year a brilliant one!


#1) Flukes” by Nichole Chase

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Review: This isn’t my first introduction to Nichole Chase’s fabulously fun writing. “Suddenly Royal” won me over with a dreamy landslide of imaginatively fulfilled girlhood fantasies, and “Flukes” was no different. Every little girl dreams of being a mermaid at some point and “Flukes” painted a fantastical picture of what happens when you grow up a sea monster with human parents. The additional island setting with its marine center offered a slightly more exotic but imaginable fantasy. While in my opinion there wasn’t enough time devoted to understanding the whole mermaid mythos, along with its rules and such, the author provides enough to leave you wanting to know more. I enjoyed the romance, which wasn’t too cheesy or over-the-top, while being just wonderful enough to add warmth and heat to the story. The characters are all interesting and enjoyable and I look forward to the next story penned by this author.


#1) Finding Cinderella” by Colleen Hoover

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Review: In the same vein as “Hopeless”, Colleen Hoover takes us once again along the road to redemption and offers us hope. “Finding Cinderella” is a novella in the same world as the aforementioned novel, and while it is shorter, it possesses the same quality and natural, gritty beauty you can expect from this phenomenal author. Hoover has a true gift for young and new adult romances, and each of her stories are markedly different in the best of ways. “Finding Cinderella” is told from the refreshing, crass and irreverent point of view of Daniel, a teen with a penchant for nicknames. His quest is to find his long lost Cinderella and, of course, he has to give up before he can truly find her. While I had a clear picture of where this novella was headed, I was pleasantly and shockingly surprised by the turn of events. Furthermore, it solidified my opinion of Colleen Hoover having the freshest voice of her genre.


13568903#3) Thorns” by Kate Avery Ellison

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Review: I dove into “Thorns” quickly after finishing “Frost”, first installment in Kate Avery Ellison’s “Frost Chronicles”. And after, quite unceremoniously, it was lost in my to-read list. I’m very happy that I picked it up again earlier this evening. I was quickly drawn back in by Lia Weaver and her extraordinary family. I am a huge fan of Ellison’s gift for world building and strong female characters. She isn’t an author afraid to go deeper, to portray various kinds of strength and courage. Questions from the previous story are explained further in this installment, as well as revelations that will have your head spinning at the possibilities. You might have already guessed that I just opened the next in this fantastic dystopian series, “Weaver” and look forward to unwinding the tapestry the author has woven for us.

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Happy Almost New Year!

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$.99 Christmas Sale!

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Merry Christmas peeps!

Today I’m reminded how even though this year has been tough for me and my family, that we have always had what we needed and always been cared for. In this world today, that’s the most anyone can ask for, I feel. Thank you everyone for making this year wonderful!


Now to fun tidings!

For a limited time, Silver Hollow is only .99 on Amazon! You won’t want to miss this sale, or Amie’s wild and wacky adventure into a castle lost in time.


Click on the pic to follow the link and own your copy today!

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Synopsis

Amie Wentworth writes paranormal romances, not because she is looking for a degree in ectoplasm, but because she’s got bills to pay. Ever since her parents’ car crash, she has trusted books more than people. Not even a letter from her long-lost uncle, begging her to visit, gives Amie incentive for anything other than ire – until she is stabbed in an alley and brought back to life by a mysterious stranger.

Being a believer in the corporeal, she is determined to root out the logic behind the unexplained. Never mind the possibility she might be a part of it, or the fact her dearly departed dad left her with an inheritance she can’t return. To make matters worse, the man who saved her life keeps turning up and her would-be-murderer is still at large.

Soon Amie is dragged into the very sort of tale she is used to selling. Silver Hollow is a place of ancient traditions and supernatural dangers, where everything is the opposite of what it seems and few escape sane. When she comes face to face with the ugly truth, will she too be sucked into her father’s madness? Or will she discover that madness is just another name for honesty?


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A raw blog post.

A raw blog post.. : A.K.A. MOST Amazing Dream Story EVER

Colleen Hoover is a success story, but that’s only part of her tale. She’s a dreamer and a wonderful, passionate author and I’m proud to say I read her first novel, Slammed, before it made it to the “big time.” She has remained one of my biggest sources of inspiration. Keep it up Colleen! And thank you for sharing your dream with us.

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FREE TITLES :D

Merry Early Christmas, peeps!

Great news! For a limited time only, you can purchase both Heaven’s Edge novellas for free on Amazon Kindle. Click on the pics below to follow the links:

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Short Synopsis

Qeya: Heaven’s Edge #1

Qeya has spent her life set to drift on heaven’s edge.Forced to lead before she is ready, Qeya must find a way to put aside ancient prejudices so they can all survive. Old enemies must form new alliances if they are to last the night. For no one knows the secrets of the new world and only a few can survive the living nightmares at heavens edge.

Ohre: Heaven’s Edge #2

Ohre has never given into his wild nature while living on board Datura 3. Plucked out of a lonely existence at the bottom of the ocean as a boy, he struggled to learn the ways of the land dwellers. He never asked to live with the heaven sailing miners. To keep out of trouble, he stuck to the things he learned, mining and working on his latest invention. But when his adopted clan’s ship is attacked and only he and the Royal children are left alive, he must give into the instincts he long fought against.


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It’s been a while since I mentioned anything about Heaven’s Edge, or the third installment in the series, Tamn. Real life and other concerns kept me from finishing this series, but it is by no means finished. If you’re a fan of the books, please shout out and let me know! The more incentive I have to write, the sooner you get to find out what happens next…

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What Is Urban Fantasy?

In my mission to better understand & hopefully tackle the Urban Fantasy genre, I present you with wise words from fantastic authoress Jeannie Holmes,


“Urban fantasy is often defined as having supernatural/paranormal elements layered over our recognizable modern or near-future world. The setting is a large city such as Los Angeles, New Orleans, or St. Louis. Often the main character is female and the story is told in first person point of view. The story can have elements pulled from other genres such as science fiction, mystery, horror, and romance and woven together in a cohesive manner with varying degrees of emphasis placed on each of these genre elements. Primarily, the plot will consist of a mystery to be solved or a problem to be corrected before some great calamity strikes. Romance, if present, is usually a secondary plot. Character and story arcs often carry for multiple books. These are “The Rules” of urban fantasy.”

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My response? All these traits certainly seem to have a pattern in this sub-genre. And I’ll certainly be keeping them in mind as I work on my new series. If you want to know more about Jeannie and her expertise, visit the links above.

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