Well a lot has happened in the last few weeks. I've turned thirty-five, one of my daughters turned four, and I've managed to reach fifty thousand words in Blood God. That's over halfway finished. Even though I really wanted to be done by now, I think that the book is already going better because I decided to focus on it at a slow and steady pace.
The Blood Rain book tour is over now. I enjoyed the experience. I really enjoyed answering all of the questions provided for me. It made me really think about my inspiration and what I was experiencing at the time I wrote the first novel. It's interesting to think back about where your ideas come from. Sometimes it even teaches you a little bit about yourself.
Currently, while I'm working on Blood God, I'm also getting ready for the blog tour of the second book of the series Blood Moon. Hopefully, by the end of the second blog tour I should be almost finished with Blood God and can start the marketing campaign and begin the tour for it as well. One thing at a time, though. I'm hoping at the latest that Blood God will be done by the end of summer.
One of the reasons I want to finish Blood God before fall is both because I want to finish it as soon as possible for those waiting on it. The second reason, though, is that I've made a very important decision. I've decided to self publish my mid-grade horror series. I haven't had much luck finding an agent, and now that I know that I can sell the e-books and sell print copies, I think I might be more successful doing it on my own. (That, and the fact that my target audience all have ipods for school and might enjoy having an e-book copy.) I think it would be nice to publish the first one around Halloween, and barring a cover design, it's ready.
I also know now that the more novels I get out there, the more exposure I will get and eventually something will catch on. For those of you who are fans of my series, or of my writing in general, and want to help I would really appreciate it if you would write a review on amazon after you read the book. The more reviews I have, the better. Even one sentence and a star count is enough.
Well, I guess that's about it for now. I'll keep you posted on the Blood Moon blog tour progress and my current word count in Blood God. Well, back to the writing. Wish me luck.
Hi everyone! I just wanted to drop in real quick and let you know that my upcoming blog tour now has a schedule. I'm very excited about the blog tour and can hardly wait to see what people think of Blood Rain. Here are the tour stops.
Hi everybody! Just wanted to let you know that I'll be kicking off a blog tour for Blood Rain
starting on March 15th and ending April 15th. This is all thanks to Enchanted Book Promotions
! I'll keep you updated on the blog stops. Follow me on Facebook
to get my most up to date information on appearances and book signings!
Just wanted to let everybody know that starting TODAY (Feburary 8th, 2017) and ending February 12th, 2017, you can get a free ebook copy of Blood Rain,
the first novel in the series. So if you like books, ebooks, and fantasy, there's no reason NOT to get a copy! Who doesn't like free stuff? Just click on the picture or HERE!
I just thought that I would update you on the status of my novels. Both Blood Rain
and Blood Moon
are print to order on Amazon! Hooray! I have to admit that it's a nice feeling to be physically holding them. Even though I'm not opposed to e-books, I like the feeling of a book in my hand. Also, seeing my novels in print is kind of surreal.
Many thanks again to J.M. Lee for his awesome cover art. We tried to pick the right type of cover to do the pictures justice. At first we went with matte finish, but we ended up choosing glossy because the colors are more pronounced. We also did some work on the margins and we think we're pretty satisfied now. Many thanks also to my husband, Joel, for handling the format changes.
Long story short, both books are available print to order if you would prefer a print copy over an e-book. The e-books have also been updated to include any important changes. (Mostly, I fixed the grammatical issues that my editors found, and I added a few days here and there to travel times. This doesn't change the story, but it makes the world a bit more realistic and it satisfies my perfectionist tendencies.)
I probably won't make my goal of finishing book three by March 22nd, but we'll have to see. Progress is slow, but I feel like the story is going pretty well. I'm going to take as much time as I need to make sure that the last book is as good as it can be. I'll keep you updated on the status of Blood God
as I write it. Currently, we're at 35,000 words. Wish me luck.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy Blood Rain
and Blood Moon
on e-book or in print, whichever you prefer. Thank you for your time and for reading my rambling. I hope you enjoy the novels!
I have some good news. I know I said I would have to push the date back, but my editor was nice enough to work through her illness and finished editing Blood Moon. Despite illnesses in my household as well (including the flu), I've finished making the changes and Blood Moon is available for purchase on Amazon.
Manhattan Book Review gave my novel Blood Rain
five stars! I still can't believe it. The reviewer isn't a fan of science fiction or fantasy, but she loved the book anyway. I feel that's probably the best compliment I've had on my work. If someone who doesn't enjoy the genre still likes the book, it means that I've accomplished my goal. I wanted the characters to win over a wider audience. I'm starting to think this series has that potential. One of the things she said was she loved my flawed, dynamic characters. I love them too, despite the fact I torture them so much.
Here's a link to the actual review.Manhattan Book Review Blood Rain
I really don't know how to react to that kind of praise, but it does give me encouragement to keep writing and I'm very humbled. I never even imagined that two professional literary journals would enjoy my stories so much. Now, I just hope that more people start to read it.
Recently, I sent my manuscript, Blood Rain
, to Portland Book Review
to see if it was well received. And it seems that they really liked it. They gave the book four stars and were honest about its shortcomings along with the things that they liked about the story. I've very pleased with the review. They talk a great deal about the themes of the story and seemed impressed with the world that I created even though the young adult market tends to be saturated with fantasy.
Anyway, the review is out, and I'd really appreciate it if you would have a look at it. You can find it HERE
. If you like what you hear and haven't read Blood Rain
, please go to amazon and pick up a copy of the e-book.
Hopefully I'll be selling print-on-demand copies soon. My goal is to have my edits complete by the end of December, and I'll be selling the print copies then. As I mentioned on my previous blog, there are some travelling discrepancies with my world and some overlooked grammatical mistakes, but nothing that will take me too long to adjust.
For those with e-book copies, you should be able to update to the newer version for free. From what I understand these small mistakes don't detract from the story too terribly much, but I want to give my readers the best experience that I can. So, read the story now, enjoy it, and update your e-book when I have finished with my edits for a more polished version.
In other news, I mentioned in my last blog that I intended to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this time around. While I was involved with NaNo this time, to be honest, I didn't actively pursue it very much. One reason was that real life got in the way. This has been a rough couple of months for me personally from unemployment to illness. Things could be better. It makes it difficult to focus when there is a lot on my mind.
Also, when I got started, my goal was to finish Blood God
by the end of the month. I think I owe it to my readers to try to write the best novel I can, especially since Blood God
is the final novel of this series. So, even though NaNoWriMo had spurred me on to work on it
again, I'm not going to rush it.
In the meantime, between writing, reading, and real life, I'm also editing Blood Moon
. I hope to be done with those edits by the end of December as well. So, if you're interested in this series, Blood Moon
is the second book and will be available very soon. It picks up almost exactly where you left off at the end of Blood Rain
. I hope you like it.
Just a few announcements. First of all, Blood Rain
is still on the Amazon store for those of you who would like to purchase it. I'm telling you this because, I'm pleased to announce, very soon the second book of the series,Blood Moon
, will be available. Also, if you purchased Blood Rain
and enjoyed it, please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.
Yes, to my few fans who are interested, I am currently working on the third and final book of the series, Blood God
. I'm hoping to be finished at the latest by Christmas, but we'll have to see how inspired I feel and how much time I have to write. There's a possibility I might be done before then, but I'm hoping to make Christmas my deadline. (If I take longer, rest assured it'll be to make the book better.)
I have to include a huge thank you on this post for my artist and friend J. M. Lee for doing such a wonderful job on the cover art of the first and second book. I've included the cover art here to make your search for the novels easier and because I think, whether you are buying the book or not, you need to see this artwork. He has done a wonderful job and I highly suggest you check out his website to see the other types of work he does through his company Wolf &Fox Design Studio
I guess that's it for now. I'll keep you posted on the progress of Blood God
. Thanks for reading. Here's the cover art for Blood Moon. Isn't it beautiful? I love it.