Treat yourself. You deserve it. Grab a cup of your favorite warm beverage, fill up the kindle with some of these amazing reads (for free or .99), and relax. We still have time to wrap presents. Of course, if you get these as presents—then you don't have to wrap them! https://artofthearcane.wordpress.com/Holiday-SFF-Bargain-Sale Absolute Darkness is listed... Continue Reading →
What a weird feeling to click the enter button on an email that says, "Dear publisher, Attached you will find the final manuscript for When Darkness Begins..." May I always feel an awe for the task completed and feel so small in disbelief. I can't tell you a time when I wasn't working on a... Continue Reading →
Here is an excerpt (NSFW) from my next #thriller titled A Dark Drink. No paranormal stuff this time. No time travel. Just a gal—Jude—trying to make a drink for her YouTube/Facebook channel/page when it all goes horribly wrong. Last year I did #Nanowrimo. But I could only write for two-and-a-half weeks and not the whole month.... Continue Reading →
I've handed the manuscript for "When Darkness Begins" (part of the Darkness series) over for its first alpha read. My goals for these next few weeks are to: 1) Add in a time indicator to show where each chapter is in time - a graphic of sorts that will keep the reader oriented. Of course... Continue Reading →
If you need more vampires, witches, and werewolves in your life look no further than this bargain list of dangerous reads: https://mailchi.mp/3ed48a5e118d/demons-werewolves-vampires-and-witches-bargains On that list is my novel, Absolute Darkness. I don't play up the vampire aspect of Absolute Darkness. It is so much more than your normal vampire story. It is exquisitely unique. What... Continue Reading →
"In this new novel a dirt-caked ankle wrapped with clacking vampire teeth anklets stepped into view. The SHAMA (temp name) appeared out of nowhere and she let me know that this was her clan and her timeline and before the end of the book she announced that the universe was hers as well. All of... Continue Reading →
All books .99 or less!! Stuff that kindle—it doesn't need a beach body this Spring Break. But you need some good reads. Get your kindle fat here: http://artofthearcane.com/March-SFF-Bargain-Sale This week, my sci-fi/fantasy/thriller/with a touch of a paranormal love story (seriously)/ and lots of caving, Absolute Darkness, is listed along with many other books in this SciFi/Fantasy... Continue Reading →
Authors. Be thankful for every review. The good and the bad. Someone took the time to read your work and send a hug in the shape of a review back to you. Thank them, if you can, as well. That feedback loop is important. For me, I adore reading new author's books and leaving reviews.... Continue Reading →
This had me in absolute tears.
I write in a lot of different genres, from true crime to sci-fi to military history. Over the years I have accumulated a lot of experience in being an author. This list covers a pretty wide variety of those genre’s. It is intended for my author friends out there to give them a moment of self-indulgence. As such, I present the following:
You know you are a writer when you…
…carry on conversations in your head (or out loud) with people that are either dead or who never existed.
…hate math but when you look at your Amazon author’s ratings you want to get into full algebra mode to try and figure out your book sales, ratings, etc.
…delete more words than ever appear in print.
…begrudgingly admit when an editor catches something you missed.
…wake up in the middle of the night with a brilliant idea…and in the morning…
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Have you ever gone back and re-read an author from your early adult years? Recently, I picked up a book of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's that I had not read before. I have not read more than a handful of her books, actually, though she has profoundly affected my writing. In my early years, I read... Continue Reading →