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.

More Books On Sale, Hosted by Dean Wilson!

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Dean had the clever of idea of doing a followup sale to last week’s Science Fiction/Fantasy giveaway on Instafreebie. A number of authors, myself included, have taken the books associated with last week’s giveaway, and set them to 0.99 on Amazon. The sale runs through tomorrow (October 22), so click here for the full list!

Meanwhile, back on Instafreebie, Oliver Cohen has organized an interesting giveaway for clean romances, which you can check out here.

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.

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.

Happy Third Day of Christmas! Instafreebie Romance Giveaway!

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Who doesn’t love freebies, especially at this time of year? Author Roz Marshall has organized a romance-themed giveaway on instafreebie, with a wide variety of sneak peeks, short stories, and full-length books. I volunteered the sample chapter to Marrying A Monster to be part of this giveaway, but there are many other freebies to choose from. Just click here, where you can check out all the great freebies available.

Free SF&F Books on Instafreebie

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Happy Holidays! Steampunk writer Dean Wilson has hitched up his eight tiny reindeer, and loaded up his sleigh with a bonanza of  Science Fiction/Fantasy books of every length, from sneak previews and short stories, to full-length books.

All free, all available on Instafreebie! He was gracious enough to include my short story, “Lost in a Dream,” in his bag of goodies, but there’s lots more to choose from-just click here or on the picture to see the complete list.

Black Friday Sales at Amazon and All Romance ebooks!

fb-x-promo-christmas-40booksIf you like buying print books as gifts, Amazon has a great offer for you, running through November 28: buy $25 or more worth of print books (not ebooks) and get $10 off by using the coupon code HOLIDAYBOOK. Not sure what to buy? Scottish author Roz Marshall has put together a Paperback Matchbook promotion, featuring over forty books in all kinds of genres. Buy the paperback to give as a gift, or just to flip through at home, and get the ebook free to read on your preferred device. Marrying A Monster is one of them, but there are lots more to choose from, so click here to see them all! The promotion starts today and runs through December 10.

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All Romance Ebooks has a special Black Friday sale, today only, with over 25,000 romance ebooks listed at 25% off. Marrying A Monster is one of them, available in epub, mobi, and pdf format. To see the rest of the romance deals, just go to the main site and search under “tags” for #AReBlast.  Hope you find something you like!

Happy Thanksgiving! Just Got Done with NaNoWriMo 2016!

Finished my novel-as in, finished writing the whole plot-with a total of around 52K words yesterday, about 11:30pm. This was not the easiest year I’ve ever done this, nor was it the hardest, but it was one of the less melodramatic. I went through some setbacks in terms of wordcount and stuff distracting me from my project, but I didn’t spend as much time being huffy and upset about it as I sometimes get, and I didn’t end up hating the novel project or the characters the way I sometimes do.

This was a prequel novel to the main Jaiya series; dealing with the parents of Vipin, the hero of Marrying A Monster. I enjoyed writing it, and right now I feel good about how it turned out. Catch is, now I have to polish up and publish the second and third book in the Jaiya series and write, polish and publish two more prequels before anyone gets to read this thing I just wrote.

Lessons learned: I need to not plan on being able to write ~4000 words per day on my days off from work. I can do that under exceptional circumstances, but I can’t do it on a consistent basis, and the times when I did it were the only times my wrists and elbows really protested.

I didn’t do as much dictating as I hoped, and the Windows Dictation tool proved to be very squirrelly. I used it for a couple of scenes early on. One scene I just found difficult to write because of what it was about (not ‘triggering’ or anything like that, just difficult), and in that case I found dictation helpful because it forced me to focus on getting the computer to understand what I was saying, half a sentence at a time, instead of getting hung up on the things about the scene I found difficult. The other section involved a lot of description of military hardware, and it was handy to have Google Images open on one screen (I use a dual screen setup)  and Word open in the other, and just talk out loud about what the hardware looked like to me and what it would be like to use.

Something which was amazingly helpful was the integration between OneDrive and the new version of MS Office I picked up over the summer. Save the main NaNoWriMo doc to OneDrive, open it up in Word just like any document on my hard-drive, and write away at home. Commute to work in the carpool, write between 80 and 200 words in Office Mobile using the same main NaNoWriMo doc on OneDrive. When I had free time at work (not that often), I’d try to fit in a Write or Die timed writing session, copy the results into a document on my work computer, email it home in the evening, copy/paste the new bits into main document. Those little niggling bits of writing really helped a lot on the days when I didn’t have time or energy left to write at home.

To those of you who also made it: congratulations! To those of you who are still plugging away: You can do it! And let me leave you with what were for me this year’s NaNoWriMo theme songs: Half The Battle, and Eastbound And Down.