People kept mistaking my first book, Marilia, the Warlord for a YA novel. While some young adults (particularly older high school students) could certainly get something out of it, it wasn’t specifically intended that way…and the rest of the series even less so. I thought maybe the cover helped give the wrong impression, so here … Continue reading Marilia, the Warlord has a (slightly) brand new cover!
At least, a draft is. It still needs editing, and a title. The former of which can be expensive, so that might hold the process up a while! But at least there’s an ending… Continue reading Chrysathamere Book III Finished
Looking for some other great reads beyond the Chrysathamere Trilogy? Here are some of my favorites, randomly selected in no particular order! The Land Beyond the Sea by Sharon Kay Penman Does anyone remember that kind of cringe-ey movie from Ridley Scott–Kingdom of Heaven–where Orlando Bloom plays a Mary Sue blacksmith who is somehow an … Continue reading Some Great Books
Nothing is ever truly original, isn’t that what they say? All writers steal from somewhere. I always find it fascinating to learn about what inspired a given work, so here I am, sharing–this is the list of some of the influences readers may find in the Chrysathamere Trilogy, from the obvious to the less obvious, … Continue reading Influences on Chrysathamere
And so it goes again. Amazon decided that the name Empire of Ghouls was potentially misleading due to its similarities to some other work, which (based on my own research and guesswork) appears to be some kind of Dungeons and Dragons campaign called Empire of the Ghouls. Imagine having so little faith in your readers … Continue reading Ah, the many joys of Kindle publishing…
Book II of the Chrysathamere Trilogy, Empire of Ghouls, will be out this August! Meanwhile the first book, Marilia the Warlord, will be free wherever ebooks are sold (or, at least, most places they are sold) to coincide with the new release! Continue reading Empire of Ghouls–Coming Soon
My first cover was professionally designed by the wonderful ebookLaunch team, and, while I loved it, it cost way more than I could consistently afford for each new release, especially with the economic downturn. So I took a gamble, found an amateur artist on a website a friend told me about, Fiverr, for Book II … Continue reading Amazing new Cover for Empire of Ghouls
Empire of Ghouls (the Chrysathamere Trilogy, Book II): Chapter One Annuweth lay on a bed in a Tyracian villa. The sheets smelled of dried sweat, of the coppery stench of his own blood. It was a smell that not even the garden breeze through the window could hide. Inside, his body raged, at … Continue reading First Look at Empire of Ghouls (Chrysathamere Trilogy, Book II)
So, I was playing this game, Horizon Zero Dawn. It was a really good game, with compelling character dynamics, a heart-wrenching loss, petty rivalries between bitter teens, and a sinister cult. And then…it turned into something else. Something we’ve all seen before: a story about evil robots trying to destroy the earth, and wouldn’t you … Continue reading Who Wants to Save the World?
When I was trying to find a literary agent, there was one number I obsessed with: word count. Blogs, writers’ conferences, online message boards, everyone said the same thing—if your word count is too high, you’re book will not sell. So I cut and cut and shifted my book around until I got it…well, still substantially … Continue reading When Age Isn’t Just a Number: My Not-so-Wonderful Experience with the Publishing Industry