Ebook Giveaway! Enter Now!!

In celebration of my home state’s centennial birthday (Arizona) I’m going to hold a drawing..

Two winners, winners will receive free copies of both of my Kitsune stories: Change, the novel introducing the Kitsune, and Escape, an erotic short story in the Kitsune world. 

Entries will be closed on Feb 13 and the drawing will be held on Arizona’s birthday (Feb 14th 2012 for those who don’t know.) Winners will be announced here on the 14th.

How to enter?

Just leave a comment on this post..

For additional entries:

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Share the contest on your Facebook or Twitter (click on Share at the bottom of this post!)

Post an additional comment for each additional entry!

It’s that simple. Good luck!


Steps

I’ve gotten Escape all ready to be published, I’m just waiting for the time to be right.

I’m back to working on the sequel to Change. I already had quite a bit of it done, as I started it back in July, shortly after I finished Change, but I  set it aside in October to focus on what I was going to work on in November for NaNoWriMo. I spent all of November focused on my NaNo project, and all of December recovering from November… Oh, and doing the Christmas thing with the family.

The hiatus did a couple of things, it let me and my characters rest. We were all tired from the push to finish change, and heading straight into it’s sequel. By the the first of January, when I started the final edits on Change, Nickie and Devon were coming to me in that space between awake and asleep and telling me it was time, time to continue their story. By the time I got finished with Change and Escape and could get back to the book, they had come to me several times, telling me bits and pieces of the story yet to come. Leaving me a bread trail on where to start.

Now, I’m back at it, and things are going great. I have scenes I know exactly what happens I just need to get them down, and others that I know vaguely what will happen but when I sit down to work on them they grow, expand and take on a life of their own. This is one of my favorite parts of writing. Not having to struggle with what to do next, but the characters telling me, using me as their conduit to get their story told.


Now Available!

Change is now available on Amazon and Smashwords! It will be available through Ibooks and Barnes and Nobel soon.

 

Also, Escape, a short story of the Kitsune world will be available soon!


Relaxing Evening.

I spent last night with the family, we were all home and didn’t have other engagements or plans, we just spent time together. It was great.

After the House Apes were in bed, Monster Man and I watched the Netflix disc that had come in the mail earlier in the day. We settled in on the sofa, my knitting in hand, and prepared for some together time.

We watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It was far more drama and though provoking than I had expected, and not my usual preference. I admit it, I’m partial to shoot-‘em-up (or even hand to hand combat style) action films.

That said, it was a good movie. They took an intriguing story and made a well made, well performed movie. I was a little turned off by the foreboding sense of ‘this is where we are headed,’ feeling I got, but I still enjoyed the film.

I recognized several faces, John Lithgow from so many things, James Franko from the Spiderman movies, Brian Cox whom I remember most from the X-Men movies, and Tom Felton, aka Draco Malfoy. I’d really love to see Felton in a roll where you liked his character for a change, I think he would be very likable if he were to play a good guy for a change (if he has played one in the past,  I haven’t seen it.)

All in all, I thought it was an okay movie, nothing to rave about but not a total waste of time either. This morning, the disc is already in the mailbox, hopefully I’ll like the next movie better… In the mean time, I’m off to rearrange my queue, and then maybe finish my edits.


How do you write?

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve only been writing seriously for a few years… So I don’t have nearly the experience of some of the major name authors out there, but I still get asked some of the same questions.

How do you find time to write?  Well, I make it. It’s a priority for me. If I didn’t make the time to do it I wouldn’t be able to manage it. I set aside time to write, re-write and edit. I also steal minutes here and there. by doing both I’m able to get things done.

How do you write? When I joined a local writing group I started hearing this more. They weren’t meaning style or how I find time, they were asking about basics. Do I write long hand or type? When I told them I use a computer for 95% of my writing the question that immediately followed was this:

What software do you use? Well, in the beginning I used Word for all my writing, and it worked, though it was a bit generic for what I was doing, and difficult to manage for the way I write. But last year I found where the developers of Scrivener  were working on developing a version for Windows. I joined in on the Beta testing and I’ve never looked back. I love the way I can outline, move things around, and write in a non-linear manner and it’s easy to keep track of where every thing goes and what’s still missing.  I know there are other programs out there for this, but this is the one I’ve found and fallen in love with. Plus, it’s very affordable. I do all my drafting and story writing in Scrivener, then I compile it into a Word document and do my final edits. It works for me.

Another question I’ve often been asked is Why do you write?  This is a question that the answer is going to vary by the author… Personally I write because the people in my head won’t leave me alone unless I do. They’ll haunt my dreams, talk to me in quiet, and not so quiet, moments. They generally drive me crazy to get their story told.

Do you have any questions you’d like answered?


Writing and Music

I’ve learned in the few years that I’ve been writing seriously that music seems to help the process. Different types of music help in different ways, but they all help.

Up until this last summer I’ve listened to country music almost exclusively, but with some of the life events I found that I needed to change things up and I started asking friends for suggestions. Since then I’ve really expanded my music selection, and I’ve found that I have a fondness for music much harderthan I’ve ever listened to before.

While I still listen to artists like Jason Aldean and Christian Kane, I’ve discovered a love for Theory of a DeadmanGodsmack and Five Finger Death Punch to name a few.

I’ve also discovered that how you listen  to the music makes a difference. For some reason, headphones work better for me than speakers, even if I’m the only one in the house and it’s blasting louder than I would set my headphones.


Making good progress

on editing Change. I should have absolutely no problem making my projected publication date (Jan 31st.)

Things will move much more swiftly once the kids are back in school on Monday.


Facebook, Goodreads

I can now be found on Facebook, look for me here.  And I can be found here, on Goodreads. Both links can also be found over here –>


Heading for publication.

Making progress on the final edits on Change. Hoping for a Jan 30th publication date.  As soon as Change is up I’ll start working on Escape‘s edits, then I’ll be back to work on Fight. I haven’t done much on Fight in nearly three months already and I’m chomping at the bit to get back to it.

Stay tuned as I get all my accounts set up. I’ll post links to them all as they are established. Watch the sidebar –> for more permanent links.


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