Writing, Writing Wednesday

She’s a B*tch, She’s a Lover

With Wonder Woman dominating the box office this past summer and all of the AMAZING female protagonists we have in the mainstream and blowing up the fantasy genre, I thought it a perfect time to revisit a post I wrote back in 2008.  It’s heartening to see that in less than a decade, women in fiction have come so far. Little girls have so many female heroes to look up to now!  

(PS: my money is STILL on Daenerys to rule Westeros #teamfireandice #motherofdragons ) 

But writing a “kickass” heroine can come with some pitfalls.  Make sure you watch out for them! Continue reading “She’s a B*tch, She’s a Lover”

Books, Real Life, Writing

How can readers and authors fight white supremacy?

I’ve struggled with how much I should say about politics on my author platform.  But sometimes, some things are too important to worry about how they will be received.  I’ve felt called again lately to say something.  Do something.  Anything.  It will be imperfect, I will probably stumble through it, but I will try. I’m going to broaden the topic to include diversity on the whole (sexual, ability, etc.) because this has been a hot topic in the publishing industry the past few years and what I will say here applies to that general conversation.
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Books, Updates, Writing, Zyne Legacy

A Very Bookish Summer Update

Wow, this summer is flying by!

Maybe that’s par for the course when I have a new release, and I’m kinda digging that I’m staying so busy (it helps keep me focused) but also a little worried as my deadline for my next book is approaching a lot faster than my word count is growing (eep!).  But, I have had a LOT of stuff going on, and August is going to be a writing month for me, with as little distractions as possible.

Quick Summer Re-Cap:  

  • Wild Heart had a fabulous release, and spent over 30 days on the top 100 list for my category!
  • Rain of Ash got a new cover and also spent some time on the top 100 lists
  • Signed an audio deal for Rain of Ash – I’m so excited to share more soon!!!
  • Discovered #Bookstagram (and spent at least a weeks pay on books and props)
  • I’ve read at least 3 books that are review/recommendation worthy (will post those soonish)

Still to Come: 

I have some pretty exciting plans for this fall too, but I’ll save those for another post.  On to ALL THE BOOKS…  

What is #bookstagram? you may be wondering.  Or, if not, I’m still gonna tell you.

Bookstagram is an online community of readers who are connected on Instagram.  Basically, we take pretty pictures of pretty books, fandom merch, and other bookish things, and discuss books with each other.  So, two of my favorite things, really.

I was made for this. 

Once I discovered it, I instantly felt like I FOUND MY TRIBE.  Bookworms…I knew I was one, I just didn’t know where the super-secret clubhouse was.  There is always something to see, share, or participate in, and the community is so welcoming.  I’ve even already made some local friends and right now I’m doing a BUDDY READ… did you know a buddy read was even a thing!?!?  I didn’t.  But, it’s basically a one-on-one or small group book club for introverts (no leaving your reading nest).  Like I said, these are my people!  The bookstagram community is also extremely generous.  There are tons of giveaways, follow-trains, challenges, and shout-outs.  

And. The. Merch.

So much merch.  I had no idea.  I’ve been on the author train for a while, and I knew that most authors print up bookmarks or postcards, but it seemed like the sort of thing you only hand out at conferences, and thus a waste for me.  Not so.  Bookstagram is all about fandoms and collecting as much bookish stuff as you can and then displaying it.

I’m so inspired by all the bookish merch and fandom goodies and all the amazingly talented creativpreneurs I’ve discovered on Booksta.  In fact, I have some plans in the coming months to put together some of my own giveaways, including custom-made Zyne Legacy merch that I am so frickin excited about.  So, stay tuned. rubs hands in glee

If you’re curious about Bookstagram, check out the following hashtags, or FOLLOW ME and some of my favorite accounts linked below.

#bookstagrammer  #booksofinstagram  #bookish  #booklover

Follow: @paperbackbones  @acciomysticmoon  @anovelescape  @bythebooks  @find.me.in.fairytales  @lulumoonowlbooks

I hope you have an amazing rest of your summer–happy reading!

 

 

Artwork, Rain of Ash, Shameless Self-Pimping, Skydancer Series, Updates, Zyne Legacy

Skydancer Series – New Covers!

It’s my hope to release books 2 and 3 of the Skydancer series in the next 9 months, so I decided to order the covers in bulk, and that means Rain of Ash got a gorgeous new facelift just in time for its 2-year birthday.  I’m SO THRILLED!  Once again, the folks at Deranged Doctor Design knocked it out of the park.  I’ll be doing the cover reveals for books 2 and 3 as we get closer to release.

Sigh… I could look at it all day. 😀

Rain of Ash Cover

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Real Life, Updates, Writing

2017 Intention: Lighting the Creative Fire

Photo Credit: Sheri Hall

This year, as compared to last, my holiday season was back to the normal crazy. I much prefer it the way we did it last year — a 5 day escape to the winter wonderland that is Whistler, BC. Instead, we hosted family in our new home this year, which was its own kind of special. Especially with the flu hitting us hard the week of Christmas. So, I didn’t have time to do my traditional solstice ritual and meditation. And yet it still came to me, as soon as I was nestled in bed on Solstice night. Whispered by the voice deep within, which I’ve admittedly been remiss at listening to lately. Continue reading “2017 Intention: Lighting the Creative Fire”

Real Life, To Tame a Wild Heart, Updates, Writing

Fall Writing Update – Through the Fog

fog-rocks-oceanIf you’ve been following along, you know that my next book is way beyond past due. I was planning to have it ready in June, July, August, and September (at which time I had to give up the ghost and accept it was going to be longer). There were too many other things going on that needed my attention this year, and my focus and energy were just sapped. The last several months have felt like a dream, and not a particularly good one. And yes, I’m talking about the election. Continue reading “Fall Writing Update – Through the Fog”