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 “Writer Milestones”

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.

Light Urban Fantasies On Sale! Plus An Instafreebie Giveaway!

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Do you like your urban fantasies on the lighter side? Less grimdark, less harsh language? Maybe with a bit of romance, maybe without? Regina Welling, author of twelve books across three series, has put together a promotion showcasing a number of books in that “vein,” all on sale for $0.99 on Amazon. My latest novel, Loving a Deathseer, is part of the promotion, but there are quite a few other books available as well. Just click here if you feel like checking out the sale!

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Steampunk writer Dean F. Wilson has also put together an Instafreebie giveaways of free novels, short stories and sample chapters in the science fiction and fantasy genres, running until tomorrow (October 15). You can click here to check out the giveaway page.

SF&F Books On Sale for 0.99!

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Happy Halloween! The Science Fiction writer Patty Jansen has pulled together a hundred books on sale for $0.99 in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres, from across all the major ebook stores.

My latest novel Loving a Deathseer listed under Fantasy Romance. This sale starts today and continues through tomorrow. Some of the books are at $0.99 for the long term, but others are only on sale for these two days, so click here to check them out!

Loving a Deathseer is now live

As a servant, Erno spends his days rushing around while his wealthy employers bark orders at him. By night, he cases out his employers’ homes and sells the information to his burglar friends. He has only three rules: don’t get close to anyone, don’t let anyone get hurt, and don’t let anyone get framed for the crime. But his latest job will plunge him into a world of political intrigue,and test his rules to the breaking point. His only chance at redemption lies in the love of a persecuted young woman, with the power to foresee his death….

Hello there! After several months of hard work, I am pleased to announced that my third novel, Loving a Deathseer, is available online now. The heroine of Deathseer is the cousin of the two brothers who were the heroes of Marrying a Monster and Waking the Dreamlost and all three books are set in the country of Jaiya, in a world not quite like ours.

You can find Deathseer at major ebook stores all across the internet, such as AmazonNookiBooks, and Kobo.

If you haven’t gotten the chance to read Marrying A Monster, the first book in the Jaiya Series, it is available at all the same vendors as Deathseer. Just click here to be taken to the vendor of your choice, or here to download a free sample chapter. If you would like to read Waking the Dreamlost, click here to be taken to the vendor of your choice, or here to download a free prequel story.

April Showers Bring Instafreebie Giveaways!

As you may know, steampunk writer Dean F. Wilson is currently hosting a group giveaway on Instafreebie, of free science fiction and fantasy books, short stories and sample chapters. You can find a sample chapter from my first book, Marrying A Monster, as part of the giveaway. There is also a page for related works on sale, just $0.99 apiece, and Marrying A Monster is there too. Just click on the links above to check out all the books you can get for free or for $0.99!

More Music To Write Novels By

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Winter Is…Continuing. MLK Weekend Is Coming. I am finally almost recovered from all the excitement of NaNoWriMo and the holiday season, so I’d like to write about the trickiness of soundtracking my last NaNo project.

The prologue and first chapter is basically about people gearing up for a party on a major religious festival, most of them unaware that an invasion is looming over their heads. From there, their world turns into a warzone, kind of a cross between Casablanca and Hotel Rwanda, and then turns into a mystical adventure in the spirit of Raiders of the Lost Ark, or at least the third act of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

So, I worked my way through the pre-invasion parts with no problem, using a variant of my standard writing playlist discussed here, and then a funny thing happened. As the story got relatively darker and sadder, the  Gothic but bouncy vibe of my Castlevania playlist stopped working for me.

Usually it has just enough energy to help me power through the sad stuff without spoiling the mood, but somehow all that swagger and melodrama started to grate on me. It seemed disrespectful of what the characters were going through. I tried my outlining/problem-solving playlist, and although that helped to some extent, it didn’t seem quite right.

So I turned to the playlist I had thrown together for my 2015 NaNoWriMo project (the gladiator/MMA fantasy project mentioned here.) When I had been prepping NaNo2015, my standard playlists hadn’t seem to fit it terribly well, until I threw together an unlikely mix of Ennio Morricone and Jerry Goldsmith tracks:

-From Morricone’s Red Sonja: Main Title and Varna’s Death.

-From Goldsmith’s Rio Conchos: Main Title and Where’s the Water.

-And then the whole of Goldsmith’s Medicine Man soundtrack.

That had worked great in 2015 and it worked fine for the remainder of the warzone scenes and also the mystical adventure scenes as well. The funny part, which I didn’t really notice until I was mostly done? Well, the mystical adventure subplot hinges on a tree-themed religious symbol, and the question of whether it is a real thing or just a philosophical concept.

And if you’ve seen Medicine Man, or even skimmed the track listing for the music, you know that the story revolves around a fictional tree species from the Amazon rain forest.

I hadn’t chosen the playlist with that in mind, but it was an interesting coincidence.