Having to do with stories, articles, etc, posted online
To say my train had gotten derailed would be an understatement. This is equally true of biting off more than I could chew. What I thought was going to be an easy to stick to writing schedule was a much like the cake; a lie. I first got mixed up with which story was supposed to be undated when. Then I became overwhelmed as more projects landed in my lap, some of which I’ve been working on for some time plus some family situations which included taking Zidane to the vet. Don’t worry, he’s fine outside of being angry with having to take medication everyday which requires for him to get picked up which he hates, but he’ll get over it. So the new schedule is by the end of this month for next Sunday’s update will be the long awaited chapter 11 of Hidden Mystique posted on the JukePop Serials site. I will also unveil a new cover for the serial which I totally love and can’t wait to share.
So, thank you for your patience. It’s been difficult trying to get the stories moving again, but I will succeed. The characters just have to be pushed along a bit.
As you can see, we are back! So far this year has kicked off with lots of deadlines, goals, and of course work. I had to tack on 5K more words to Frozen Reflection for the Amazon Novel Breakthrough Award Contest. It was tricky, but the additional content has improved the story overall. I’ll be updating the story in the relaunch this Spring/Summer. I have also achieved making the 50K for NaNoWriMo last November. It was a tremendous feat that I am still quite shocked to have succeeded in.
A Taste of Something New…
I had announced several months ago that my serial fiction story, Hidden Mystique was now live on JukePop Serials. It is currently up to 10 chapters since that last post. I have included a page under my stories for it. Please show your support by starting a free account and reading and voting for the chapters. Unlike the stories on this site, each chapter has a beginning, middle, and end kind of like a television episode. I’ll still be working on A Tail to Remember and Spark of Vengeance. The schedule is posted on the main page.
In Other News…
Zidane the furry one now has a new friend. Siegfried has joined our happy home so now I have two chinchillas to keep me amused by their quirky antics. In the middle of the month they will begin their introductions to see if they would like to share a cage or not. I’m crossing my fingers that they will completely love each other and be best friends for life!
My cross-genre/urban fantasy serial, Hidden Mystique is live now exclusively on Juke Pop Serials.
It’s a story about Becca Alexander and Kassie Madison, two cousins who are as different as night and day. The college roommates thought their bickering was the worst of their problems. They were wrong. After a series of events the cousins soon find themselves caught in a web that leads them racing across the country in search of answers. Their only aid is a mysterious benefactor who holds a rather pricy debt over the girls’ heads. They discover nothing is as it seems. Even themselves.
Any fans of the paranormal TV show, Supernatural might enjoy this. (If you ever wondered what it would have been like if Dean and Sam were two girls, Hidden Mystique has a similar premise that deals more with fantasy rather than paranormal. I even personally refer to the chapters as episodes. The chapters in fact run just like a television episode with a beginning, middle, and end.
Please check it out and give it a vote! Also feel free to comment. I’d love to have any feedback you wish to share!
Book 2 of my young adult series, The Crystal Garden is now available for purchase at Amazon.com and at Smashwords.com for $4.99. This one is the tale of Cybele Lockely, a girl who has spent most of her life in isolation thought the only way she would experience adventure was through her story. One day she makes a choice that sends into a world where she must face her greatest fears in order to put an end to an evil that threatens her new found freedom.
Check out the new Crystal Garden Saga page for links the teaser chapters for the first two books here!
If you missed the first book, Frozen Reflection you can still get it for half off for the month of September only!
I have also created a Facebook Page specifically for this series. You can visit it here.
I’m still chipping away on my projects which include helping Doris with the anthology as well as editing/revising Quaking Tower as well as getting a head start on the next chapter for my serial that will only be available through JukePop.com, Hidden Mystique.
With that said, the new update for A Tail to Remember is a bit late but still here. I’ll be posting more information once I have more breathing room.
Yes, I am still alive. Doris and I are still pushing to get the anthology ready to be published by the end of the month. It has been a lot of work, but it’s getting there. I’m also getting my second novel of my YA series The Crystal Garden Saga ready for September. Needless to say the convention may be over but my work is far from over. We are still planning out stuff for this year and the next. Be sure to keeping following us for even more awesome news.
In the meantime I have a short chapter for Spark of Vengeance for you to check out. Next week will be another one for A Tail to Remember. Until then!
A big thank you to everyone who had submitted a short story to us. We’ve seen many truly exceptional entries! Any last minute submissions received prior to the closing at 11:59pm EST last night will be reviewed over the next few days. If you wished you could have submitted something but didn’t have enough time, don’t worry. We will be announcing open submissions for a new anthology shortly after Shadows of the Mind has been published so keep an eye out!
With the anthology deadline looming in the distance my workload has increased drastically. Due to this chapter updates for A Tail to Remember and Spark of Vengeance will be on hold until the 19th of August. From there I’ll be back on schedule once again. I apologize for the delay, but as content editor I have my work cut out for me.
In the meantime, feel free to check out the first novel, Frozen Reflection of my YA fantasy series, The Crystal Garden Saga available for purchase in ebook and in print. It’s an adventure story involving a girl who begins to question her identity and reality as she is sent on a quest to break a curse. Here is the latest review for Media Hindsite:
Bianca Flynn expects her Sweet Sixteen to be a quiet celebration with her stepmother who she doesn’t much like, but when strange things start happening, Bianca realizes this birthday will be anything but ordinary. So begins a magical journey between two worlds with a lead character who is not only strong, but also very likable. The fantasy world created in this novel is vivid and beautiful. With a fast pace, the author moves us seamlessly between two worlds putting a new spin on an old fairy tale, which is at times charming and at times chilling. The story moves at such a good pace, you won’t want to stop reading. Truly enjoyable with twists that keep you guessing all the way through.
At Smashwords the ebook is 50% off until August 1st! Use the coupon code SSW50. Get it for the sale price while you can!
Ancient City Con was a blast! A big hello goes out to those of you we meet at the con who are visiting us for the first time! Ancient City holds a special place in our hearts since the second one was our first con where we made lots of awesome connections. It continues to grow each year and this year was no exception. Special hellos to Kevin A. Ranson, author of The Spooky Chronicles, and Kevin Coryell, and K. M. Asano of DraxisWeb Productions, thank you for joining us for our panels. You all made great additions. To Henry Livingston and Chris Gabaldon, thank you for having us. The con was awesome. Thank you also for all your help. You guys are awesome! Coffee Roasters, thank you for existing. You may have been the sole thing that kept Doris and I going despite the lack of sleep. Everyone else we talked to at the con, you know who you are. Having you there made the experience even better. We hope to see you again next year!
Please forgive the ramble; I’m in recovery from the weekend and my mind is still in a blur. I call this Conventionitis. Additional sleep should fix the problem.
Still Have Signed Copies Available!
For those of you that would like a signed printed copy of Frozen Reflection the first book of my YA Fantasy Series, the Crystal Garden Saga, I still have copies available. For a signed copy they are $8.99 + $2.99 for shipping and handling (a total of $11.98). Please send me an email with “Book Purchase” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. I am currently unable to accept credit card payments but I can take PayPal, money order, or check. Supplies are limited so its first come, first served.
This Week’s Chapter…
Chapter 12 has been posted for Spark of Vengeance, the epic fantasy I’ve been writing with Tricia Sparks. Next week will be a new one for A Tail to Remember.
Don’t Miss Out!
If you have a disturbing short horror story you want to submit to us for our anthology, Shadows of the Mind, please send it to us by 11:59pm EST on August 1, 2012. Please refer to our guidelines at Trinity Gateways Submissions Page for more information. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at email@example.com. Be sure to include “Question” in the subject line. We look forward to reading your stories!
We are now four days away from heading off to Ancient City Con where we will have a table in the Creator’s Alley with our books available for purchase as well as hosting our own panels! At this point we only have a few last minute details left to take care of. If you plan on attending, be sure to stop by and say hi! We’d love to meet you.
Better Late Than Never…
I apologize for being late on posting the new chapter for A Tail to Remember. There has been a lot going on with convention prep, finishing the second book of my series Crystal Garden Saga, and prepping the anthology, just to name a few things.
Speaking of Anthology…
We are still accepting short story submissions for our horror anthology, Shadows of the Mind. If you are interested please visit our submissions page HERE. Deadline is August 1st, 2012.