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December Updates

Hi all! Here are some December updates!

First off, happy holidays to everyone! I hope all my readers have a wonderful winter holiday.

Second, I’m hard at work on a new novel. It’s not part of the Aligerai series. Its working title is Eleanor and Elizabeth, though I’ll be looking for something a little more exciting further down the road. I’m about halfway done with this one and plan to release it early next year. As for the Aligerai series, I’m still about halfway through the third book and I’ll be working on that some more soon. I plan to release that one in late 2015, tentatively around September.

Third, I’m creating an email newsletter! You should all sign up for it. Why? Because you’ll get extra stories, deleted scenes, and access to newsletter-only giveaways. I plan to release a newsletter only once a month or when I have something to update, so I wouldn’t be inundating you with emails. The signup form is here and takes you to MailChimp: http://eepurl.com/3mLh9

Last, I’m mostly busy on finalizing the paperback versions of my first two books! When I’m finished, they’ll be available through Amazon. I hope to do some shows and appearances next year and I would also have the books available at shows for a show-only rate, but since I have no idea where or when I would be doing said appearances just yet, the paperback versions will be available online only.

I think that’s it for now. So don’t forget to sign up for the email newsletter to get cool extras! And happy holidays everyone. =)

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It’s Ready!

The day is finally here! A Shadowed Soul is releasing TODAY!

It is available on Amazon and Smashwords for $2.99.

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Shadowed-Soul-The-Aligerai-Book-ebook/dp/B00KQPYGHM

Smashwords link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/444651

Here’s a blurb of what is A Shadowed Soul all about:

Enemies old and new circle around the Aligerai, waiting for a fatal mistake. One of the Aligerai’s own remains trapped in the Chaos world of Metanoia. And the threat of the soul-eating demons and the end of Cora looms ever closer . . . Sita and her friends Ariene and Roxanne must stay one step ahead of their enemies and find a way to track and defeat the demon Pur.

So quick, go check it out! Tell me what you think or leave a review, or share with your friends!

Thanks to all the readers who have been waiting patiently for me to finish finalizing and formatting. It took most of the day today just to format for Amazon and Smashwords (they have different formatting requirements, so I don’t format once, I have to do it twice).

All links and info will be posted on the series page here as well.

Thanks again and I hope you all enjoy!

Writing Process Blog Tour

For a second when I was writing the title for this post, my brain thought I’d written “Writing Princess”! Oh, goodness.

Anywho, I’ve been a terrible author friend. I was supposed to get my post out this past Tuesday. Unfortunately, I hurt my back while helping my mom move a bunch of furniture and boxes, and I forgot a lot of things this week due to my predicament. I’m all better now (well, mostly), so I’m sitting down to write my post now! Only a couple of days late . . .

Two weeks ago, I was asked by T. J. Alexian if I wanted to participate in a blog tour. It sounded easy and fun, so I agreed. This is the Writing Process Blog Tour, which is a series of linked posts by various authors about their writing process. T. J. says the tour originated with fantasy author Heidi Garrett. The idea is that each author answers four questions about their writing process and then begs and pleads with other authors to join the tour the following week and link back to everyone. So in theory, you should be able to follow the link of the previous authors to trace the tour all the way back to the beginning.

A big thanks to T. J. for thinking of me and asking me to participate! I’m just sorry I wasn’t able to get it all together as planned. =(  Who is T. J. Alexian?

T.J. Alexian lives in Attleboro, Massachusetts in a renovated green Victorian, along with seven ghosts and his long-time (and long-suffering) partner. He also has three kids and one spiritual kid, and their stories and their spirit form the heart and soul of his novel, Pictures of You.

A profiled author in the Writer’s Digest book Writer with a Day Job and an award-winning communications specialist, Pictures of You is Alexian’s first novel, although he has two more being prepared for distribution: The Late Night Show and Confessions of a Diva Rotundo.

And you can find his blog/main website at: http://snapshotsfromeldredge.blogspot.com

And now for the questions! DIG IN!

What am I working on?
Well, right now I’m working hard to put the final touches on A Shadowed Soul so it can be released TOMORROW!! I am so excited for that. It’s taken two years since Rise of the Aligerai to get the second book in a state of readiness, and I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family and friends and one fantastic beta reader (ahem, Kylie, that’s you!).

After that’s finished, I’ll be working on book 3 of the Aligerai series as well as a novel I started for Camp NaNoWriMo in April this year. The working title is Eleanor and Elizabeth, though that is definitely going to change. This one is not set in the same universe as Aligerai and it’s going to be very different from my debut series. I’m actually very much looking forward to finishing this one and getting it out because I’m so excited about what I’m writing! I hope to finish the first draft of E&E this summer and maybe, if all goes well, release by the end of the year.

With E&E, Elizabeth is a merchant’s daughter and Eleanor is the princess of the realm. The king comes up with a contest to win his daughter’s hand in marriage. But when the royal courier delivers an incomplete message and Elizabeth hares off on an adventure for fame and fortune, she thinks she’s going to win a prince’s hand! What happens next is sort of a comedy of errors with a twist at the end.

And then I’m working on and off on another novel set in the Aligerai universe, but focusing on a young woman named Jaelyn Cythri who is a member of the Tainted . . . a story of tragedy, sorrow, and danger.  This one has been difficult to write and so it’s going rather slowly. But anyone who reads A Shadowed Soul will find out more about the Tainted, so be sure to check it out!

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My series differs from others because my characters are in college and pursuing a college education. I see a lot of books set in high school (or a high school-like setting) or after the main education years, but very few in which the characters are in higher education and dealing with the different sets of problems that college poses. Throw magic into the mix and you’ve got an almost explosive situation.  I’m not sure why college isn’t explored more in fantasy, but I have seen it only rarely used. I can think of only one other book that sort of uses college as a backdrop.

As for my other book projects. . . I can’t think of a good way to talk about their differences without giving something away, and I definitely do not want to reveal spoilers before the books are even out! I will say that I do my best to focus on female characters and write characters that could be real people.

Why do I write what I do?
I find it interesting.  I like to ask “what if” and I think that works its way into my imagination and things go from there. Fantasy is one big What If playground.

But I’m also deeply interested in mythology, and have been since I was a kid. I can remember devouring books about Greek and Roman mythology in elementary school and for the rest of my life I’ve been hooked on myths and legends. They’re fascinating. It’s not a big leap from reading mythology to writing fantasy, and I think mythology has had a very big influence on why I write fantasy instead of another genre.

How does my writing process work?
It tends to vary depending on how I’m feeling on a particular day. But usually an idea pops into my head. I write the idea down in a notebook or in my Ideas doc on the computer. Sometimes I’ll get whole scenes written down based off that one idea and then I just let it sit.

Sometimes the idea goes nowhere. I have about fifteen ideas sitting on my flash drive and they may never get off the ground. But other times, the idea turns into a bigger idea and I start living in that world when I close my eyes. I start fleshing out characters, or characters come to me.

Personally, I think most authors start to sound insane when they talk about their process, especially when they talk about how their characters are formed. It’s like the characters are real people and take on a life of their own. Sara Douglass, an Australian fantasy author, used to say that she felt like her characters were real people and she sometimes imagined them sitting around looking over her shoulder as she wrote. They would go off in a completely different direction from where she intended, and whenever she was about to kill off a character, they would say “Oh no, not again.”  I loved reading that because that happens for me sometimes, too. [I paraphrased what Sara said. To my great sadness, Sara Douglass passed in 2011 and her website is no longer active.]

I’ll either write longhand in a notebook I keep specifically for writing or I’ll type on the computer. I’ve recently started using Scrivener and have used it for Eleanor and Elizabeth. I’ve found it helpful and like a lot of the features.

Then I just take it from there. I try to write every week, since some days I have too crazy a schedule to write daily. I try to participate in NaNoWriMo since it’s a great motivational tool.

The next author . . .

Unfortunately, the folks I contacted either weren’t available or weren’t interested in participating. I haven’t found anyone to pass the torch on to! Eeek!  If you’re an author and you think you’d be interested in doing the next post, contact me. I’m not sure that’s really how it’s supposed to work, but since I couldn’t find anyone in time . . .

Happy reading!

Cover Reveal for ‘A Shadowed Soul’

Here it is! The cover art for the second book in the Aligerai series, A Shadowed Soul. Check it out below!

Back, front, and spine of cover art

Front cover

Cover Design and Photo: Regina Wamba of www.maeidesign.com
Cover model: Kimberly Tallman

So what do you think? Leave comments below!

What’s Coming Next?

Eager to know what’s coming up in Book 2 of The Aligerai series? Here’s a working draft of the back cover summary:

Enemies old and new circle around the Aligerai, waiting for a fatal mistake. One of the Aligerai’s own remains trapped in the Chaos world of Metanoia. And the threat of the soul-eating demons and the end of Corá looms ever closer . . .

Sita and her friends Ariene and Roxanne must stay one step ahead of their enemies and find a way to track and defeat the demon Pur. But each of the Aligerai faces their own internal battles. When their enemies strike too close to home, the Aligerai must decide whether to stay together . . . or splinter apart.

I’m still working on the title, but I have a couple of ideas. I’ll post my ideas soon and let you all vote!  Also, if anyone wants to suggest an idea based on the summary, please do!  (Hard to do, I know, but you never know what creative people will see or come up with.)

Don’t forget to keep up with the Facebook page. I post updates there as well!

Feedback

Hi all!

I’m looking for feedback on Rise of the Aligerai. If you’ve read the book, please let me know what you think! I genuinely want your feedback! I want to know if you have any suggestions, or thought something was weird, or if you really liked it and want more.  Tell me if you think a character is funny or the plot is goofy or if you ship any characters.  And I want to know if you thought it was bad, but if you think it’s bad, I do want to know why so I can improve my writing and storytelling.

Rise of the Aligerai is free.  You don’t even have to buy a copy to read it!  Just read and send me an email or private message or find me on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, or Shelfari.  I really do want feedback from readers, it would be the highlight of any day!

Link to the book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rise-of-the-Aligerai-ebook/dp/B00ANTA7Z6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356228141&sr=8-1&keywords=rise+of+the+aligerai

Reading in 2012

I read a lot of books this year, but sadly I only kept track of what I read from about July onward. The following list only includes the books I’ve read since the summer.

A lot of these were rereads, but there were some new ones on the list. Probably my favorite new reads were The Book of Deacon and that trilogy, and Grave Witch and that series. The Book of Deacon was an excellent self-published series that is now out in print, and I highly recommend it. Grave Witch was fantastic and so good that I can’t wait to read it again, but I should mention it is NOT a series for young adults. A number of the books on the list are by Tamora Pierce, who is one of my all-time favorite YA authors. The last three books on the list, Freedom’s Gate and so on, are part of a trilogy (obviously) by Naomi Kritzer. I enjoy these books and revisit them from time to time. They’re very inspiring, in my opinion, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend them for young adults either.

So that’s what I’ve read this year. Currently I’m working through Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for about the millionth time.

What have you read? What are you reading? Are you looking forward to any new releases in 2013?

    Released!

    Rise of the Aligerai is now available for purchase! You can buy at:

    Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/264936

    It will be available on Amazon, but their process is a bit slower and it’s still in review. Sorry about that–I didn’t realize it would take as long as it is on Amazon! But it’s on the way and will be up soon! I’ll post the link as soon as I have it.

    Enjoy!