Wednesday, December 23, 2015

12/23/15 - This Week in Writing

I have to say, as far as writing goes, it's been a good week. I finally finished the first draft of Wildfire. I'm letting it set for a bit until after the holidays, where I intend to tackle it with edits. My intent is to have it published in print and for Kindle by the end of February.

I have also created a new WIP. Technically, it's not new. It's my NaNoWriMo project from November 2015. I didn't finish the challenge, but I did get halfway through. I like the premise of the novel, so I have a blurb and fancy cover art for it. I intend to work on it and the second book of the Elementals Series, Free Fall. Release dates for these books are still up in the air, though I hope to have Free Fall finished and out by April or May.

I also updated my website to reflect some of these changes. All in all, not bad for me.

This may be my last post before the holidays and the New Year, so have a great one and be safe.


Monday, December 21, 2015

Introducing--Ghost of a Chance




Ghost of a Chance - Coming Soon

Blurb:

Genre (s): Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, LGBT (Lesbian)

Her death was deemed an accident but Erin knows the truth–she was murdered by something sinister, something she and her sister awakened with an Ouija board one ill-fated night. Now a ghost haunting the house, Erin tries to warn her family of the dangerous entity, but how can she reach out to the ones she loves when they can’t see or hear her?

When her grief-stricken family moves out, leaving the home for sale, Erin has a new challenge–to warn the new owners about what lurks in the shadows.

Enter Grace, a charismatic and talented medium who sees and hears Erin. Grace is unlike anyone Erin has ever met before and a whole new problem presents itself… Can she keep her from harm and earn her love? Can there be love in the afterlife?

If there’s even a ghost of a chance, Erin will take it.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Novellas VS Novels

In this day and age, everything happens so fast. People rush about, always distracted or focused on one task or another. Because of this, I've found myself drawn more and more to shorter books--in both reading and writing.

Novellas are fast sellers online, and I believe most of that is due in part to short attention spans people tend to have these days. Shorter book equals less time in reading.

On the other hand, I love novels. I love a huge, thick volume full of plot, details, and many many characters. The trouble is finding the time to sit down and read. It might take me months to read something so long.

For me, it's a toss up as to what I prefer. I like both. What about everyone else? Do you like novellas more, or novels?

Monday, December 14, 2015

Music for the Writer

Everyone has their own style when it comes to their writing. Their sentence structure, their words, their thoughts--but how does a writer get there? For some, music is the key to their inspiration. Many of the writers I have talked to stress the importance of having music on in the background as they settle in to create their work.

Some, on the other hand, prefer absolute silence so they can concentrate.

I fall into the former group. I love having music. During a dramatic scene, I love hard-hitting, fast-paced songs. For romance, I like the slow, smooth sounds. For fight scenes? Oh yeah, I love me some metal.

What about the rest of you out there? Do you prefer music or silence?

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Reading to be a Good Writer

To be a good writer, you need to be a reader. This doesn't just apply to reading books in your selected field. No. You need to read everything. Writing is a constant process, whether or not you actively have a pen in your hand or you're sitting at your keyboard. Every day, every chance you get, read something. Expand your horizons. Learn something new. Then, apply it to your writing. Believe me, it helps.

Monday, December 7, 2015

My Thoughts on Self-Publishing

Since I was a child, all I wanted was to write and have a book published. I didn't really care how. I just wanted it.

As I got older, I realized there was a lot that goes into publishing a book. There's the writing of the book, the editing, the searching for an agent or a publisher, the numerous rejections.

In 2006, I was lucky enough to find a publisher with Samhain Publishing. My first novel series, written under my pen name Rose Marie Wolf, was contracted with them, and I was able to make my dream come true. However, I found that there was much in the way of contracts and rights and what I could do and what I couldn't do, and who had the final say.

Honestly, I felt like I had very little control over my own work. I lapsed from writing and publishing for a while, and finally came back to it when I found the means to self-publish. It sounded simple, easy, and I liked the idea of having control and the final say so of my books.

I am proud to be an independent self-published author.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

For Want of Something Better to Say

Yes, I have neglected my blog for far too long. Life has been crazy, and I haven't found the time to write anything worthwhile. Anyway, here's an update of what's been going on.

I participated in NaNoWriMo this last November. I made it to the halfway mark, before things became too hectic before I abandoned it. I do plan on finishing it, but I probably won't do any serious writing until after the holiday season.

My husband's grandmother has been ill and most of my time has been spent helping take care of her, as well as my five year old daughter. They come first.

Very little progress has been made on Wildfire. It's still a work in progress.

Unearthed is now available in print at Amazon.

My goal for 2016 is to regain my focus on writing and have Wildfire and the sequel to Caution to the Wind, Free Fall, published that year.