You can never have too many pairs of ruby slippers ;)
You can never have too many pairs of ruby slippers ;)
After two years of discovering the underground world of Indy publishing, and meeting some stellar authors, bloggers and readers, it’s happened. A few weeks ago, I signed two of my series with a brand-spanking-new publishing company called 4wordpress!
A few months ago I toyed with the idea of going “traditional” as they call it. But needed a starting point, somewhere to launch out. I didn’t know whether to go agent or no agent, big pub house or little house. And like most of my experiences with this would-be profession, the answer was right in front of me all along.
To learn more about what’s happening, click on the pic below and follow the link! Oh, and of course don’t forget to share with your circles! I wouldn’t have made it this far without y’all and I like to think that we’ve become our own little literary family. :)
If you saw my Facebook post recently, I hinted at the many exciting things that are soon to come!
Some might say there is no excuse to not update a website in nearly a month, but I can offer solid proof otherwise.
Exhibit A being that I’m getting married very soon.
So you can imagine the mad world I’m in right now, for any of you have been involved in or participated in past weddings. They are a creature of pure unadulterated chaos, no matter what anybody says. But I do seek to enjoy the little moments. Like hunting for cake toppers…
And trying to find the way back through Hobby Lobby Wonderland…
Meantime I’ve been trying to get a handle on real life changes, besides the matrimonial sort. Such as reading entire novels. Have I mentioned lately how wonderful it is, finding time to actually read??
Keeping up relationships with family and friends has, in some aspects, never been simpler. Especially when you get texts and calls relating to aforementioned matrimonial plans. ;p But that’s what this experience has taught me more than anything, this is a family affair. And that means we all get to revel in its mad-wonderful moments!
So how does this affect writing? Well, like I said earlier, my Goodreads goal is getting a fine catch-up. I don’t know if I’ll make 60 books this year but if I can keep this up I might make it! I’ve always heard that to be a prolific author or authoress, one must immerse themselves in the written word. Some snobs might only count “literature” in that quota. But I like to read books that stir my imagination and creativity. That’s one of the best gifts authors can give one another, I think, like passing on a torch of inspiration.
Here’s a few of my recent finds:
Last but not least, if you’ve visited my Amazon, B&N or Smashwords pages, you might have found a few titles lacking. I can’t tell you the reasons why at the moment, but I promise they’ll appear again, brighter and polished to glimmer this time!
So from the land of weddings, work and writing, I bid you another temporary farewell. This time, however, I won’t be quite so far away. And who knows, I might seek y’all out the closer the big party looms…
Never would have guessed a year ago in my singleness that a year later I’d spend this day watching The Notebook in an old theater with my own Noah.
To all you single gals who never thought it would happen and still don’t believe.
Here is living proof.
Love you all!
Stay was inspired in greater part by my love for the sea. My best friends, the twins, and I would draw and paint mermaids when we were younger and give them different back stories and different oceans to live in.
We often played like we were mermaids in their swimming pool an some of my fondest memories are combing the sands as a child.
That’s the beautiful thing about stories. They come from deep places inside our memories and our imaginations and if we’re lucky, meld into something worthwhile.
What is it that inspires you? I hope you seek it out and find it. We’re our best when we allow ourselves to do not only things that challenge us, but things we love.
If you fancy, you can buy prints of these on another one of my favorite sites, Deviantart.
Next time I’ll share with you about Naj and how I discovered her brilliant talent. :D
“She had seen the almost-human Orona, who was orphaned and alone in the world, a woman whom Cain had plucked off the streets and fallen in love with. What she didn’t see was the undead creature Cain barely knew, the foolish human girl who fell in love with the caretaker of the seas. She hadn’t seen me stand up against a hurricane or keep a cave from crushing two lovers to death. She hadn’t seen me throw myself over the ones who would have turned to ashes when the volcano erupted, or made water appear from the sands to the dying in the desert. She did not know I was both savior and destroyer to so many souls.
Pg. 161, “Stay”
When I started writing “Stay,” I didn’t have a good title for it. I called it “Love Story” for the longest time. Here’s the song that gave me the idea. If you aren’t a Roswell fan, this vid won’t make sense. Beware of spoilers!
No, not a love song written by Taylor Swift. I’m talking about my novel, “Stay.” It’s your typical formula. A girl and a guy fall in love. Obstacles arise and you are left to wonder if they will triumph in the name of love, or fall like Romeo & Juliet.
This month, I’m going to be posting little snippets about my journey writing this love story, and how it ties into my personal love story. I hope you tag along for the journey. Not only are there going to be goodies and swag but a general bearing of souls ;) It’s my hope you’ll join in. For now, enjoy the synopsis and awesome cover by Najla Qamber Designs!
Rona believes love is nothing more than a myth, a tale for little girls. As the oldest daughter, she knows duty and family honor as well as the difference between salt and cinnamon.
Until the immortal ruler of the seas appears from thin air and she is swept into a dark and dangerous affair. What was formerly myth soon becomes part of the everyday. And Rona believes when Seid tells her they will be together forever.
But forever is a long time and after she betrays him, what was supposed to be an eternity in paradise becomes an eternity in hell. Now she is cursed, unable to feel human emotions except through the couples she is led to save.
Two thousand years is an awfully long time to live alone. And the business of love saving isn’t what it used to be. By the twenty-first century, love has become an illusion as grandiose as magic and Rona’s ready to give up. Until the night she is seen by a human. Deep in the underbelly of the city that never sleeps, she recognizes him instantly. He may dress differently and have gained a few new scars, but she would recognize the face of her former lover in any lifetime.
Trouble is, he seems to have no memory of her and he and his ex-girlfriend are the ones whose true love she’s meant to save.
But when he starts to fall for her, she is forced to learn what it means to be human all over again.
Past and present come full circle in this tale of love, forgiveness and woe.
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