If I Had a Writing Genie

I know that wishes from genies usually blow up in your face, but I think about it from time to time. The Three Wish Mermaid really inspired me.

Let’s assume the genie gives me three wishes. I’m pretty sure that is in the standard genie contract anyway.

  1. Writing books via telepathy. I would love just to think things and have them turn into novels and short stories. I use dictation, which comes pretty close. But, if I could just think something and have it magically appear fully written and edited, I would love it.
  2. The ability to write a book every week. I know that technically I could do this, but it might kill me. It depends on the length of the book too. If I could write a book a week without needing two weeks of recovery time, that would be amazeballs.
  3. Instaformatting. While trying to format some of my books into proper paperback settings, I realized how terrible formatting is. TERRIBLE. You might not know this, but setting a book up for print and ebook are no fun at all. There are ways around this, like Style Sheets.  I am still learning how to use them properly. So, a wish would be easier.

Those are my three wishes. What would you wish for?

Do You Love Pinterest? I do!

If you haven’t seen my little widget on the sideline, you might not know how much I adore Pinterest. I don’t even know if adore is a strong enough word.

I started out on Pinterest just like everyone else. I looked at outfits, hairstyles, and recipes. Life was good. All was well in the world.

Then I started looking at cool art and weird facts. My world exploded! How did I live before this?

Now, I have over 4500 pins. I even discovered interests that I didn’t know I had like abandoned places. For some reason, I am drawn to them. Asylums seem to be the coolest. I can’t lie, I’m a huge chicken. I don’t think that I would ever go in to an abandoned anything, but a girl can dream.

I also have boards for different stories that I write. My writing is inspired by cool images and strange news. You will find all of that on my boards. I also have boards dedicated to series inspiration. Check out my Hell and Earth board to find out what inspired me to write those stories.

I pin something new every day. I can’t seem to stop.

Do you use Pinterest? We should follow each other! Find me here.

New Release: Half Sight

OK. You got me. Technically, it’s more of a re-release. Some of you may remember that I was in a boxed set called Rebels and Runes. It was my first boxed set and it was a great experience!

Once the publication came down, I could publish it myself. So, here it is! As always, this amazing cover was made by Emely at Broso Book Covers. I love it!

I posted a snippet on a previous post, which you can find here.

It’s $0.99 on Amazon and FREE on Kindle Unlimited

Half Sight: Part of the Hell and Earth Series (Tales From Earth Book 3)

Cover Update: Stumbling Through Time

 Isn’t she a pretty one?

I was making merchandise for a short story in an anthology called Phoenix Galactic.

The story is called The Gift of Time. It’s about Reva. She is the one who gave Laveau the bloodstone in Stumbling Through Time. It’s a little bit of her back story mixed with her encounter with Laveau from her point of view.

As I was prepping some merchandise to promote the story, I came up with the photo concept you see on the cover. I fell in love with it, and my fellow Phoenix Prime authors liked it too.

Then, I started thinking. That’s dangerous because I can get carried away.

I made the cover of Stumbling Through Time in January. Since then, I’ve learned my way around cover design a bit more.  I also have a better idea of how to translate what’s in my head to the page.

It was fun. I hope you like it!

I’ve Risen from the Ashes

The competition of Phoenix Prime has come to an end. If you’re not familiar with Phoenix Prime, I wrote about it here.

It was supposed to last for four months but ended up being closer to six. It was an intensive workshop that taught me about writing, marketing, contracts, and a million other things. There was a competitive aspect too, but that is a blog for a different time.

I’ve met amazing writers, authors, editors, and beta readers. Not everyone made it through to the end, but everyone involved has grown. I’m even outlining now. I never thought I would see that day, lol.

Since January, I have written over 90,000 words. That’s more than I’ve written in my entire life! I feel like I’ve been run over by a truck, but in a good way.

I am in the process of writing Reign with Dick and Jane. I think it will be the final book in the Hell and Earth series. No promises. I have at least one story set in that universe coming out in the next few weeks.

So, what now? I’m glad you asked.

I have stories coming out in 10 anthologies this summer. I have 4 more series planned that cover approximately 45 books. There will be some audio book versions of these books, and ones that I already have published. I think there a few cookbooks in there too. I don’t know if I’ll get them all published this year, but I’m sure going to try!

When I put up The Raving Ones for free about a year ago, I just hoped someone would read it. I’m proud to have come so far.

Phoenix Prime has changed my life. I can not thank our mighty dragon, Kat Lind, enough. Special thanks to TS Paul, the Ds, and all the rest of the people who have helped me shape my ideas into something magnificent!

Time for a Freebie!

Hello Musers!

You remember Jane, right? The main character in Hell With Dick and Jane? Good.

When I was writing that story, I had to come up with some background for Jane. I had to build up her life before she went back to Hell to help her father.

So, I wrote My Life as a Teenage Demon. It was a lot of fun. I happen to have a some experience as a teenage girl. I was a normal, human teenage girl, but it helped enrich my writing just the same.

It’s short, sweet, and free! You can find it on Instafreebie today!

Snippet Time! Hell With Dick and Jane

I have finally reached the point where I’m ready to publish the main  book in my Hell and Earth series. I came up with the idea while working at my day job one day. It was a classic what-if scenario. What if the devil had a daughter with a witch? That’s how we I discovered Jane. Enough of my typing. Here’s your sneak peak!

After our meeting, I hopped on the highway and headed for Jersey. If I was going to visit as a regular old demon, I had to take the Demon’s Gate. Based on the smell, I could tell I was getting close. It smelled like rot, with a thick layer of sulfur. A lot of people thought that the smell was just Jersey. Others thought it was a nearby landfill. All of them were wrong. A hell mouth is a foul-smelling place.

I headed for the oldest graveyard. Our doorway was hidden in one of the crumbling crypts. There were no gargoyles or statues on the outside. It was gray and weather worn. The crypt unkempt, with ivy snaking up the walls. There was no lock on the door, but one of the large stone doors hung on the frame at an odd angle. It threatened to fall on anyone who passed beneath it. If the look and the smell of it weren’t enough to keep trespassers at bay, there was the silence.

Anyone coming within five feet of the crypt was enveloped in a suffocating silence. All other sounds faded away. It was so silent that I could hear my heartbeat. I pushed the broken door as it groaned and creaked in protest. It was pitch black inside, but I had been through this often enough to know where I was going. I walked straight about ten paces. When I stretched out my hand, I touched the back wall of the crypt. It was hot to the touch.

I reached under my jacket and pulled my dagger from the holster. A girl could never be too safe. I quickly sliced across the palm of my right palm. I grimaced at the pain, but it would be short-lived. I wiped my dagger on my jeans before placing it back in the holster. I cupped my hand to get a decent pool of blood, then dipped my fingers from my left hand into the blood and made the sigil for Lucifer on the wall.

The sigil began to glow, illuminating the crypt in red light. Then cracks began to appear, splintering out from the sigil. The cracks spread over the entire wall. The room began to shake. Pieces of the wall began to break off, falling back into an ever-widening red hole. When the entire wall had fallen away, black stairs heading down appeared. Dad always did have a flair for the dramatic.

I whispered a quick healing spell and watched the cut in my palm stitch itself back together. That would be the last of my white magic for a little while. I focused on the seed of evil that I was born with, and felt small horns push through my braids. I could change them depending on my mood. I chose a modest short black style to contrast with my shoulder length auburn braids. I took a deep breath and walked back into Hell.

Check out Hell With Dick and Jane (Hell and Earth Book 1) on preoder now!

Story Spotlight – A Tale of Magic and Sorrow

For my first Story Spotlight, I went with A Tale of Magic and Sorrow by Lee Hayton. Lee is a fellow Phoenix Prime author. Which means she is a great writer too. The story is a bit dark, but in the best possible way. She has such a way with imagery. By a way with imagery, I mean to say that she is a magician. One of my favorite short snippets:

As she fell silent, Nolan stared at the magic’s light. Each heartbeat sent crimson ripples out in waves, like a stone thrown into a pond. The blue wasn’t just blue, but indigo, violet, teal, and green. The gold formed a shimmering accent, pinpoints moving in set patterns like a sped-up night sky.

After I read it, I wanted to know more. As writer, I love to know how people come up with their stories. As I reader, I am nosy. I reached out to the Lee to get more information about the story. Below you will find her response. Anything in bold is from me.

I came up with the main character for this story when I was writing the description for the (now) second book in the World War Magic series, Bitter Magic. In that, I described true magic as being… “deep, dark, and dangerous. The stuff your great-great-grandfather fought against in blood-soaked battles to eradicate from the earth.” [See what I mean? Great writing] As soon as I wrote that down, I wanted to know more about the type of man who would fight a battle to eradicate magic from the world. Voila! Nolan Helmond was born.

The story was written as part of the Inanna’s Circle Game [brought to you by the creator of Phoenix Prime], where a series of snippets, settings, and character descriptions are provided by the organizer and at least one of each must be included in the story. For my setting, I chose the meadow that seems peaceful, but which on closer inspection has skeletons tangled in among the long grass and an inn run by a husband and wife. [She is not kidding about this. However, it came across as really beautiful to me.] They both fit in with my ideas at the time, and helped the story to grow and change. It went dark, man. I think this is the grimmest thing I’ve ever written, and my first two novels are about dead children. Yeah. Grimmer than that. [Grim in a good way for me.]

I’d like readers to take away a better sense of what to do when presented with a choice between the easy way and the right way. Nolan Helmond is a dickhead, people. Don’t be like Nolan. [Seriously, don’t.] Do, however, buy the next installment in the World War Magic series and embrace your inner grimness. You think this one is dark? Hoo boy. You don’t know what’s coming for you.

A Tale of Magic and Sorrow (World War Magic Book 1)
Exclusive to Amazon and FREE to read with Kindle Unlimited

 

Bitter Magic (World War Magic Book 2)

Exclusive to Amazon and FREE to read with Kindle Unlimited

 

Caged Magic (Part of the Rebels & Runes Boxset)

Exclusive to Amazon and FREE to read with Kindle Unlimited

 

The Last Magic Man

FREE to read as part of the Lee Hayton Starter Library

https://books.bookfunnel.com/leesstarterlibrary

 

Check out her stories!

Busy Busy Busy


Hello Musers,
I don’t know about you, but the last month has been a busy one for me. I have been writing and editing like crazy. If you want to see what I have in the works, check out my WIP page.

As you already know from this post, I am in the middle of the Phoenix Prime workshop and it has me working overtime! It is challenging, but I love every minute of it. The obvious results are my publications.

Last month, I was working on the Hell and Earth Series. Some of the stories are still in edits, and some are already published. Stay tuned for those new arrivals.

This month, I’m working on the Final Witch Series. It’s based around Linda from the Hell and Earth Series. She is a police detective who uses her witchcraft to solve crimes. I love weird and unsolved crimes, so I think this will be tons of fun to write.

Do you know of any strange crimes, or unsolved mysteries? Let me know in the comments! If I use it, I’ll thank you in the acknowledgments and name a character after you!