NaNoWriMo 2016: Did the Chicken Come Before the Egg?

Books are complicated beasts. A good book needs a stellar plot and intriguing characters. It needs to be able to capture the imagination of the reader–and the writer–and lead them down the rabbit hole. NaNoWriMo isn’t about writing a good book. It’s about writing a book, period. Some books written during NaNoWriMo are good. Some are great. Most are steaming piles of horse dung. That’s all right. Really, it is. For those of you who have never written a book before, now is the time to write a book. It doesn’t have to be good. It just has to be. You can make the book good later, I promise. The hardest part of writing a novel, especially for someone who hasn’t done it before, is figuring out exactly where to begin. It’s a chicken vs egg situation. Do you create the plot first? How about the characters? Then there’s that tone…

Kindle Scout Campaign for Water Viper, A Jesse Alexander Novel, is now live!

My Kindle Scout campaign for Water Viper is now live! This is your chance to give Amazon a helpful nudge in the right direction. Like my books? This is a free, easy way for you to tell Amazon you think they should give me a publishing contract–and if Amazon selects my novel, you get a copy of the book for free when it launches. Here’s how it works: You’ll click this link, give the book a look over, and if you like it, click “Nominate me.” (You may need to sign in with your amazon account to do this!) You can nominate up to three books at a time.) At the end of the 30 day period, Amazon will tell me if they’re selecting the book. If not, sadness happens, but I publish the book anyway. Nominate, share, and tell your friends. Ask them to nominate. Worse things that happens?…

NaNoWriMo 2016: Preparing for Hell on Earth. (Don’t worry. It’s just your novel bursting out of your chest.)

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is just around the corner. In a little over a month, a bunch of stressed, psychopathic authors are going to band together and attempt to write 50,000 words in thirty days. Every year, I give a lot of my blog space over to sharing my tips, tricks, and general advice to surviving the intense writing marathon that is NaNoWriMo. For my opening post of NaNoWriMo 2016, I’m going to talk about what NaNoWriMo is all about, the things you may (or may not) need to participate, and what to expect. Old hands at this probably won’t get a whole lot out of this post, so scroll down to the bottom. There will be writing challenges for you to think about including in your NaNo project! How NaNoWriMo Works Starting November 1, you will write 1,667 words a day for 30 days. The official rules are…

Tales of the Winter Wolf, Vol. Six has released!

After a slew of delays, Tales of the Winter Wolf, Vol. Six has finally arrived! My apologies to those who were expecting it sooner. Life happened. Unlike the other volumes of the Tales of the Winter Wolf set, this takes place after Winter Wolf. Nicole Thomas, once Nicolina Desmond, managed to save her sister and family from the plague killing the Fenerec. However, there’s one life she’s touched most of all—Richard Murphy’s. This is his story. A common question I’ve had about Winter Wolf involves why I ended the book where I did. This story (written in three parts) is the reason why. I’ve always though the next part of their story, as a couple, belonged to Richard. While there is a section written from Nicolina’s perspective, everything is centric to Richard, who he has become, who he was, and a glimpse of who he will become. People have also commented…

Life Strikes Again

On Sunday evening, my mother-in-law passed away. Rose was a wonderful person, and I was honored to have known her. My husband and I got to see her several hours before her death. We were among the last people to talk to her, hug her, and tell her we loved her. We bury her on Thursday. On Sunday evening, one of our closest family friend’s father died. Technically, he was our friend’s step father, but in all things of importance, Geoff was his dad. Geoff was good people, and I was honored to have known him, too. His family buries him on Friday. We were in North Bay, Ontario, when we received word about Geoff’s death. Several hours later, we received the call Rose’s condition had worsened. We turned our car around and headed back. We didn’t make it in time, but we didn’t expect to; not when we were…

Sneak Peek at Water Viper: a Jesse Alexander Novel

For those who know me on facebook, I’ve been talking about Water Viper a lot lately. It’s an urban fantasy of sorts, where magic and limited technology blend. Thanks to Starfall, a meteor event in the upper reaches of Canada, Earth has been flooded with magic. Technology involving combustion is unreliable at best, but humans have found a way to blend the mystic and the mundane. With power in the hands of many, governments around the world rely on mercenaries to keep the peace and take on the jobs their police and military can’t–or won’t–do. Jesse Alexander isn’t just a mercenary. A single impulsive decision exposes her identity as the Water Viper and plunges her into the dark and murky world of Charlotte’s politics and intrigue. If she plays her cards just right, she’ll escape with her life. With the deck stacked against her, time’s running out until she finds herself on…

Life, Writing, and Stuff

I make such dignified post titles. So descriptive. Much elegant. Things have been busy lately. I’m juggling several client edit projects, I’m working on a play project, and I hope to have Tales of the Winter Wolf Volume Six out sometime next week. The first Tales of the Winter Wolf omnibus will be available in print in the next few weeks, too. Since I’ve been hard at work on some client editing projects, my writing work has gone to the wayside a bit. I should be working on Silver Bullet, but instead, I’m playing with a project called Water Viper. I’m also putting together ideas for an anthology called Guardians, which features the Guardians of the Rift and the Rift King. Yes, there will be at least one Kalen/Breton centric story, and there will be a lot of hopping around the Requiem for the Rift King timeline. Some stories will…

Tentative Upcoming Releases Schedule (Late 2016, Early 2017.)

Disclaimer: This is a tentative list and is subject to change. August 2016: Tales of the Winter Wolf Volume 6. This set will include three ‘After Winter Wolf’ stories. The stories will take place almost a month following the conclusion of Winter Wolf. September or October 2016: Rider of the Sun Horse & Silver Bullet. I am approximately halfway finished both books. I’m hoping for a productive August. If things work out, you can expect these books to release in late September or October. (Note: if my husband’s Visa application is approved, this will be shifted to a November or December 2016 release.) February or March 2017: Chameleon and the Hound, Dae Portals 3. (Writing as Trillian Anderson.) I will be writing the novel in November as my NaNoWriMo, and I’ll finish drafting it in December. Unknown but Upcoming Releases: Wolf Hunt & Memento Mori. Wolf Hunt is a continuation series…

Paperbacks of Beneath a Blood Moon, Pack Justice, and Shadowed Flame available!

As of today, three Witch & Wolf novels are back in print! Later this year, expect the three volume omnibus including Inquisitor, Winter Wolf, and Blood Diamond to hit the shelves in addition to Silver Bullet! For now, please enjoy the print editions of Beneath a Blood Moon, Pack Justice, and Shadowed Flame! The covers were designed by my cover artist, Holly Heisey. About the Books Matia Evans has it all, except for one thing: she can’t see color. With an adopted family who loves her, a company she helps her father run, and more prospects than she knows what to do with, she’s in no place to complain that her world is limited to shades of gray, black, and white. Her inability to perceive color isn’t the only strange thing about her: all souls have shadows, and she can see them. Unfortunately, there are humans who are worse than monsters.…

I’m Playing Pokemon Go, and I regret (everything) nothing!

I’ve been playing Pokemon Go for several days now. I regret everything nothing. Those who know me understand my poor relationship with exercise. Normal people can go out, pick a direction, and start walking, and some sore legs later, they arrive with no issues. People with asthma probably understand what it’s like to be me a lot better than others. I have hefty issues with my endurance. This manifests as asthma-like symptoms as my body struggles to figure out how to provide oxygen all over the place. It’s a multi-fold issue. If I get my heart rate up, bad things can happen. So, I can’t afford to do that. Those who understand how to get in shape are probably cringing, because it involves getting your heart rate up so your body triggers all the fancy things to build your circulatory and respiratory systems. I can’t do that. Elevated heart rate is bad for…

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