Journey to the country of Jaiya, in a world not quite like ours. Here the humans wield magical powers and fight against an Empire which seeks to enslave them, but they share their world with insect people and trollfolk, and stranger things lurk in the shadows…
Vanti would be happy to spend her life in dance and choreography, but her family chooses her as their champion in a deadly gladiators’ tournament. To save her country from enslavement, she must defeat King Obiar the Conqueror and his magical powers. But will the brooding trainer named Gurion be her guide in the battle to come…or a dangerously handsome distraction?
Hope everyone had a great Halloween! Mine was fun but busy.
I just published the Ancestors of Jaiya series, the prequel series to my Jaiya series of urban fantasy/paranormal romance novels. The Ancestors of Jaiya series starts out nearly two hundred years before the events of Marrying a Monster and the other books in the Jaiya series, and ends about 35-40 years before the Jaiya series starts. Book 1 in the series, Slaying a Tyrant, is now free on all the major ebook stores, including Amazon, Nook, iBooks, Kobo, and Google Play.
Over the next month, you will also see some posts from me discussing the other books in the Ancestors of Jaiya series, approximately on a weekly basis.
We got a long ways to go, and a short time to get there:
I am going to try to do a lot of dictation this year, because my word goals are extremely ambitious, so I thought I’d link to a few books I’ve found helpful. One caveat: everyone’s hardware and software needs are different, so don’t take anything any of these books say as gospel in terms of exactly what you need to buy to make it happen. Everyone recommends Dragon Naturally Speaking, for instance, but I have so far stuck to just the existing speech-to-text option in Windows 10.
Dictate Your Book, by Monica Leonelle: This one offers a lot of good, basic advice on the nature and process of dictation. One of the more interesting exercises has you practice with public domain texts, like excerpts from Alice in Wonderland, to get more comfortable with the punctuation commands for your software of choice.
On Being a Dictator, by Kevin J. Anderson and Martin L. Shoemaker: Anderson goes hiking and talks out his books as he walks, while Shoemaker dictates into a microphone in his car on his daily commute to work. Between them, they offer a lot of insight into figuring out how to work dictation into your daily routine, and what kind of equipment and software (or human transcription services) you might need, without insisting that you need to buy exactly what they use or do exactly what they do.
Fool-Proof Dictation by Christopher Downing: The best book I’ve found on the process of training yourself to tell your stories out loud. Some of the training exercises are a little out there, but you can stick to the ones that work for you if you prefer.
When I sat down to write the books in my upcoming Ancestors of Jaiya series, I was mostly interested in tracing a particular family through several generations of the country’s history, before their descendants appear in the main Jaiya series, and I wasn’t thinking too hard about the themes of the books. I knew love and romance would be major themes, because all the Jaiya books are clean paranormal/fantasy romances at heart.
Continue reading “Love and War among the Ancestors of Jaiya”
My project this year for Nation Novel Writing Month is my most ambitious to date.
The Novel: one space opera, in the same setting I used last. Four POVs: Continue reading “Plans for NaNoWriMo2019”
It’s getting to be that time of year, with National Novel Writing Month only a few weeks away. Last year’s NaNo project turned out to be one of those experimental attempts that don’t produce a complete story, or even something I managed to turn into one.
This isn’t that unusual for me. To give you some numbers here, I have completed NaNoWriMo 13 times, Continue reading “Retrospection and NaNoWriMo”
Well, finally starting to see some progress here. I have the first two books in the Ancestors of Jaiya series available for preorder, with a release date of October 25, 2019. I am done polishing Book 3 in the series, and am halfway through the process of converting it into a Word document with a linked table of contents. Still to do on Book 3: writing a blurb, creating the print cover, and setting up it up for preorder.
The best case scenario is that I will somehow have all four books ready for release by October 25, 2019, and the first book in the series set to perma-free by October 28, 2019. In a worst case scenario, Book 4 may release later than the others: either early November 2019, assuming I am mostly done with it by the time NaNoWriMo starts, or sometime in December 2019, assuming I don’t manage to get a finalized copy in Word document form assembled by October 31, 2019.
On an unrelated note, I changed my website’s WordPress theme. I am pleased with it, but open to suggestions.
Well, it’s been a shade under two months since my last update, and now the rewrite on Slaying a Tyrant (Ancestors of Jaiya, Book 1) is finally done. A few thoughts on the process: Continue reading “One Rewrite Done, Three to Go”
I am almost done editing Slaying a Tyrant, the first book in the Ancestors of Jaiya series. I had hoped to be much further along in the process of editing this series by June, but family commitments and health issues have slowed me down. At this point, I am aiming for a late 2019 release for the Ancestors of Jaiya series.
My space opera is also going forward very slowly. I hope to have it finished by September, so that I can work on preparing for NaNoWriMo2019.
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Just Heard About a Cool New Novel!
Cassandra lives in a world where you fall in love at first sight—or not at all. Too bad she’s blind, and being blind makes her not only immune to love, but also a criminal. She must now live alone or face being sentenced to a life of slavery.
Though she’s grown accustomed to her solitude, everything changes when Cassandra stumbles across a mysterious man in her domain….
Continue reading “Just Heard About a Cool New Novel!”