Happy Advent!

Sorry, first it was NaNoWriMo, then it was Thanksgiving, then it was Christmas shopping. And now, finally, I have time to put up an update.

NaNoWriMo: completed something like 56,000 words, but still need to finish the actual storyline. I am hoping to get that done before moving on to…

Ancestors of Jaiya: the editing and polishing phase which has been on the back-burner all these months.

Dictation experiment: this worked out really well for the first half of November, but a bad cold and a bad mood set me back in the middle of the month, and it took me a bit to get back on course. I am definitely grateful for this book. ignore the author’s “Go Go Dragon Naturally Speaking!” attitude and insistence on recording his dictation and having the computer transcribe it; his method works fine with live dictation and Windows Voice Recognition. The main point to the transcription process, according to the author of Fool Proof Dictation is to keep you from freezing up when you see your words appear on screen; turning away from the screen while you dictate works equally well.

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Dark Nights & Book Delights: A New Freebie Giveaway

Happy Thanksgiving to all who will be celebrating it! Urban fantasy writer N. K. Vir is hosting a giveaway on Prolific Works (the new name for our old friends at Instafreebie). She’s pulled together a huge number of paranormal books of every length, from sneak previews and short stories, to full-length books. From mystery to romance to fantasy to horror, there’s something to entertain everyone on these long, dark evenings!

She was gracious enough to include the sample chapter from my first novel, Marrying a Monster, in her giveaway, but there’s lots more to choose from-just click here or on the link in the first paragraph to see the complete list of freebies.

Rough Drafts of Jaiya Prequel Series are Done!

Yesterday, I finally finished the rough draft of Saving a Queen, the second of four books in the Ancestors of Jaiya series and the last one to be written. I was trying to take it slow and save my wrists by dictating it, and of course I’m not nearly as experienced with that as I am with typing. I’ve done some editing on the first book in the prequel series, but I still have quite a bit of work to do, to polish up these four books. I am currently planning to release all of them together sometime in first quarter of 2019, but it would more likely be March or late February than January.

In the meantime, Marrying a Monster, the first book in the main Jaiya series, is free on all major vendors in a number of countries. I’ve been informed that it is not free on some of Amazon’s non-US stores but I haven’t been able to get this sorted out yet. My priority right now is preparing my space opera concept for NaNoWriMo2018.

I hope to draft some posts about the writing process-about dictation, about the NaNoWriMo project-and schedule them to publish, but we’ll see how that turns out.

Writer Milestones

I am slowly but surely making progress on the Ancestors of Jaiya series (prequel to the main Jaiya series). On Memorial Day (US), I finished the rough draft of Scapegoating a Hero, book 3 in this prequel series. I first began work on Hero in January or February of 2017, so this is the longest I’ve ever spent on a book I actually finished.

Hero is like the other books in both series in that it’s about a man and a woman with supernatural powers who fall in love while fighting evil together. But it has more Continue reading

Now Available on Googleplay

Not much to report on the writing front, still working on the late stages of Scapegoating A Hero.

But I have interesting news about my releases outside of Amazon: all three books in the Jaiya Series are now up on the Googleplay store. Marrying A MonsterWaking The Dreamlost, and Loving a Deathseer are all there now-just click on their titles if you want to purchases them to read on your Android-based device.

A World Within a Page…Instafreebie Giveaway

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Hope you’re staying warm this winter! (Or staying cool, if you live south of the Equator!)

Rebekah Dodson is hosting a new giveaway of fantasy novels and excerpts on Instafreebie, which runs until February 6, 2018. You probably already have my contribution to the giveaway, which is the sample chapter for my first novel, Marrying A Monster, but there are plenty of other options to check out. Be sure to click here to check out all the freebies!

New Year, Belated New Resolutions

Hello there! Hope you had a great Christmas and holiday season. No, I’m not dead, or even UN-dead. Last year was…complicated in a bunch of ways. I’d hoped to get more writing done over the summer, but instead did a bunch of traveling with family. Then NaNoWriMo 2017 turned out to be one of those years where I didn’t come out with a usable first draft. Instead, I came out with a much better idea of what I needed to do for the second book in the Jaiya prequel series, and a few thousand more words for the third book in the prequel series, the one about the notorious Commander Rijal.

My plans for this year are to stay away from the news media and news commentary sites, because all they do is drag my mood down and distract me from my writing, finish the third book in the prequel series and write the second book, and then edit all four of them and release the whole series together in late 2018 or early 2019.

Not sure where I’m going from there; I have an interesting space opera/romance idea but it needs to stay on the back burner until the Jaiya prequel series is completed.

Have Yourself a Magic Little Christmas!

MagicalNeed a little magical reading on your Kindle this holiday season? Victoria at Magic Book Deals has just the thing: she has put together a promotion showcasing ebooks in a wide variety of magic-themed genres, including paranormal mysteries and romances, and urban and paranormal fantasies. The best part is that they are all either $0.99! Just click here to be taken to the sale page, where you can check out all the great deals available.

Sale on Asian-themed SFF!

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One thing to be thankful for this year is that science fiction and fantasy are constantly trying to explore new ideas and new settings. Fantasy author J. C. Kang has set a promotion up showcasing science fiction and fantasy novels with Asian-inspired settings, just $0.99 each on Amazon, through Sunday November 5. Because the country of Jaiya, where my books take place, is loosely inspired by India, Marrying a Monster is part of the sale. Just click here or on the image above to be taken to the sale page, where you can check out some stories that are a bit different from everything else out there!

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Another interesting promo is running on Instafreebie: a giveaway of science fiction/fantasy novels and short stories, overseen by Patty Jansen. You can click here to check it out!