Fiction Friday, Healthy Living, Writing

When will body positivity meet literary diversity?

Diversity is shaping up to be the word of the decade. From the White House to the Oscars to literature, it’s a hot topic. As it should be.

As both an author and reader, I’m taking steps to curb the gross bias against non-white, non-hetero, and disabled people in our literature. I’m reading more diverse (especially diverse authors) and being far more conscious of the diversity in my own writing than I ever have before, because I have come to see how much REPRESENTATION MATTERS.   Continue reading “When will body positivity meet literary diversity?”

Artwork, Books, Fiction Friday, Fun Extras, Rain of Ash, Shameless Self-Pimping, Skydancer Series, Zyne Legacy

Premier: Rain of Ash Trailer!

I’m so proud to finally unveil the book trailer for RAIN OF ASH!

Video produced by Margaret Kurniawan, who was an absolute joy to work with.

What people are saying about the book:

 “A compelling and exciting story that mixes urban fantasy with delightful dark angst and wring-your-heart-out romance.”

“Mitchell has once again created delicious and well rounded characters that leap right off the page.”

Paperback and eBook (Kindle Unlimited) available here.  Audiobook is about to drop!

Announcements, Books, Skydancer Series, Updates, Writing, Zyne Legacy

Winter Writing Update

I took a much-needed vacation in mid-November and once I came back, it was as if the wind had gone out of my sails. Not in a bad way! Actually it would be more accurate to say that instead of the hurricane frenzy I left in, I came back riding a nice subtle breeze.  So rather than try to gear up for a big push at the end of the year, I decided to just relax and let things flow.

It seemed the universe was trying to force that decision anyway, because there have been several delays in my slated writing schedule–some of my own making (hello, Bookstagram!) and some out of my control. So, here’s the scoop:

Currently Writing

Skydancer Book 2, Veil of Thorns (50K/100K words).  I crossed the halfway mark and hit a big momentum shift in the story and then paused to do some more detailed outlining, but hopefully writing will speed up now that I’ve laid down all the groundwork and can dig back into the action.  Then I usually do one round of rewrites/revisions, and my editing process is thankfully pretty quick after that. (On a side note, I LOVE this book. I hope you will too.)

I have some other small tidbits (Lilly & Peter spinoff from TTAWH) brewing as well–extras for my newsletter and faithful friends–but I still have a Halloween story I promised that is only half-written, so I’ve decided not to promise anything.  I wish I could be one of those authors who could provide a steady stream of fresh content, but that’s not really feasible while I still work a day-job.

Once I’m finished with Book 2, I’ll launch immediately into book 3 and try to wrap up the trilogy by the first quarter of 2018.

Release Schedule

  • Rain of Ash Audiobook (in production) – January*
  • Rain of Ash PAPERBACK (finally) – January
  • Wild Heart PAPERBACK – February/March
  • Veil of Thorns (ebook/paperback) – April*
  • Cloak of Deceit (new adult UF romance) Audiobook/Paperback – May
  • Crown of Stars (Skydancer Book 3) – July*
*tentative

I haven’t yet decided everything else I plan to write in 2018, but there will definitely be some free short stories and potentially a novella (set in Zyne Legacy universe) coming.  I have two other Zyne Legacy romances planned, but whether I devote time to those may depend on how the other Zyne books do.  I have been itching to get back to my dystopian vampire steampunk world (this book will be shopped to agents instead of published) so CROWN OF STARS could be my final release for 2018.

I really hope I can make all these goals.  I’m going to buckle down and do my very best to make it happen!  Thank you for sticking with me this far!

Book Reviews, Books

2017 Reading Wrap-Up

I got back in touch with my bookworm roots this year and it feels so damn good! I completed my Goodreads challenge of 50 books (54 total).  Aside from reading a ton, I also got hooked on audiobooks this year and am going to include that as a format I use routinely, AND I happened to stumble upon my online tribe: #bookstagram .  I am so thrilled to be welcomed into a community of readers who love to share and chat.  It brought so much joy back into reading and has been a personal & writing inspiration too.

MY TOP 5 READS OF THE YEAR Continue reading “2017 Reading Wrap-Up”

Magic & Witchcraft, Real Life, Writing

2018 Intention: Your Focus Determines Your Reality

When I started ruminating on what my intention should be for the coming year, for the first time since I embarked on this journey, I came up blank.  I tried on a lot of different intentions and goals, but none of them resonated the way it has in the past when I find the right one.  I took that as a good sign, that I didn’t have some blaring need or imbalance to address.  But still…I needed my touchstone going forward.  I need an intention.  It is the idea that I use to filter all my other plans and goals: “Does this fit my intention?” If yes, proceed.  That’s what I did last year with PRODUCTIVITY, and it yielded amazing results.

I considered that–maybe–this meant I should just stick with productivity.  Who says you have to have a different intention every year?  And then, it hit me.  Most years, what I am seeking is right there waiting for me to pluck the word out of the ether.  This year was more difficult because it was about what I DON’T want. Continue reading “2018 Intention: Your Focus Determines Your Reality”

Writing, Writing Wednesday

Writing Wednesday – Pay it Forward

Congratulations to all NaNoWriMo finishers!!  

It’s been a couple of weeks, so hopefully the dust has settled and you have caught up on sleep and real life and everything you let slide while you were furiously typing away.  And maybe you’re asking yourself, “Okay, I finished a book…now what?”  Or maybe you’re a veteran and already working on rewrites.  Either way, you would be crazy not to take me up on this. Continue reading “Writing Wednesday – Pay it Forward”