New Release: FANGED KINDRED (FANGED, #3)

Ha! Bet you guys thought I’d never publish this thing, right? I admit there were times when I worried, but now Haddie’s third adventure is out in the wide world!

With her brother kidnapped, at least Haddie and her inconveniently unliving mother want the same thing—sort of. Even with it clear that Madelyn and the Huntsmen are fair game, Haddie needs all the help she can get. Now hunted by her father, the human authorities, and possibly whoever took Damian, it’s not exactly a time to be picky.

Forming an uneasy partnership, Haddie is quickly dragged from the vampire dominion into the werewolf territories where Damian has been taken. With the Huntsmen out of reach and even her father’s enforcers too scared to follow, it’s setting a new precedent for risky plans. Between age-old blood feuds and questionable allies, it looks like Haddie will get to prove just how much she’d risk for family.

The Kindle and Nook versions are live (as you can see) with the Apple and Kobo versions on their way!

(Psst…and don’t forget to post your reviews, no matter what you think! 😉 )

Beautiful People #21 // September Edition

Cait over at Paper Fury has this really cool link up and blog post and I thought I’d join in! Today I’d like to cheat just a tiny bit and introduce you to both my NaNo WriMo protagonists for this year.

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How did you come up with these characters?
Think a genderswapped Lancelot and Guinevere story. Melora is a Knight in service for her sister, a Priestess, who has arranged a marriage to a young dragon shifter in order to secure her power. Melora is charged to deliver her sister’s bridegroom safely and a forbidden romance ensues. Melora was also named after the only female Knight of the Round table. I wanted to toy with a world where women hold the power and men are the oppressed, so came about the concept of dragon shifters whose magic can be taken.

Have they ever been starving? Why?

Blythe has lived an incredibly sheltered life as the son of a powerful Priestess, but Melora has gone hungry more than once during war time.

And what did they eat to break the fast?
Melora would have most likely gotten food in the form of hard army rations. Like I said, Blythe doesn’t know what it’s like.

Do they have a talent or skill that they’re proud of?

Blythe is insecure, but he is very wise and far more intelligent than he’s ever been given credit for. Melora is a competent, skilled warrior and a great leader. She also knows it, but tends not to advertise the fact.

middle-ages-1434434_1280List 3 things that would make them lose their temper.
Blythe loses his temper at one point over being treated like a child and another time over someone being killed unnecessarily. Other than that, I think cruelty would most offend him. Melora cannot stand incompetence or people who won’t accept responsibility for their actions. She also does not tolerate hypocrisy and gets into a shouting match with Blythe in one scene because of it.

What is their favourite type of weather? Least favorite?
Melora likes the rain because it reminds her of her husband’s homeland. She dislikes bright days because her father was murdered and her husband committed suicide both on bright days. Blythe likes all weather and finds something to love in all of it. Although the humidity irritates his skin and makes his body want to shift.

What is their Hogwarts house and/or MBTI personality?
Blythe was actually written with the INFP/Healer personality in mind–kind, introspective, and prone to daydreaming. Melora is written as an ENTJ/Fieldmarshal.

Are they more likely to worry about present problems, or freak out about the unknown future?
Melora tends to address the present with thoughts of the future, but she doesn’t really…freak out. Ever. Blythe focuses more on the present because that’s his personality. He’s good for Melora that way.

sunset-691995_960_720What is their favourite thing to drink?
Blythe would be more of a coffee addict, I think. Melora briefly sank into alcoholism after her husband’s suicide, so I guess she likes anything that won’t tempt her off the wagon.

What is their favourite color? Least favorite?

Melora has no favorite color, but she prefers sensible, utilitarian colors. Blythe on the other hand loves greens and blues as they remind him of the forest.

What is a book that changed their life?
Spoilers. 😛

Would you like to join in? Answer the questions below for posting on your blog and add your link here!

  1. How did you come up with this character?
  2. Have they ever been starving? Why? And what did they eat to break the fast?
  3. Do they have a talent or skill that they’re proud of?
  4. List 3 things that would make them lose their temper.
  5. What is their favourite type of weather? Least favorite?
  6. What is their Hogwarts house and/or MBTI personality?
  7. Are they more likely to worry about present problems, or freak out about the unknown future?
  8. What is their favourite thing to drink?
  9. What is their favourite color? Least favorite?
  10. What is a book that changed their life?

Argetallam Saga Playlist

With The Secrets of the Vanmars new edition just out, I thought I’d finally unveil my series playlist! While I don’t listen to music while I write (I have concentration issues), I have been known to compile playlists and rock out to them while working through writer’s block. Here are a few song I find inspirational for the Argetallam Saga.

 A New Day Dawning ~ Celtic Thunder

 

This our land, this is where we belong

And here we are destined to be

This is our land where our fathers have spilled

Their blood and their sweat and their tears

We’ll drive the invader back over the sea

Again and again and again and again

Ignore the oceanic reference and this might as well be Brevia’s national anthem. The talk of fighting off invasions, generational love of kingdom and country all fit perfectly for the people of Brevia.

Because of You ~ Kelly Clarkson

 

Because of you, I never stray too far from the sidewalk

Because of you, I play it on the safe side so I don’t get hurt

Because of you, I find it hard to trust not only me but everyone around me

Because of you, I am afraid

I first heard this song years ago when I started work on the earlier books. It makes me think of Janir and Lucan talking about their father and all the ways he’s ruined their outlook on the world—especially Lucan.

Young and Beautiful ~ Lana Del Rey

 

Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful?

Will you still love me when I’ve got nothing but my aching soul?

When I heard this, I couldn’t help think of Janir and Saoven. In my mind, this is their official song and it brings to mind their struggles with disproportionate lifespans and their sweet, innocent romance.

Look at Me ~ Celtic Thunder

 

Look at me! I’m bold and I’m charming, debonair, and disarming!

That’s me to a “t”!

Cocky and overconfident. It kind of reminds you of Karile, doesn’t it?

Hail the Hero ~ Celtic Thunder

 

Hail the hero—strong and true!

Fought the fight and saw it through

Swore he’d never be a slave

And gave his life

Our land to save

Everything about this makes me think of something the Argetallams would sing on patriotic holidays and celebrations. Very martial, lots of drums, and brimming with a sense of ethnic pride. (Yes. I listen to lots of Celtic Thunder.)

 

Real and Not Real: People who ended up in the Argetallam Saga

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Why would I picture my family members as fantasy characters?

When I started working on what would become the Argetallam Saga at the tender age of eleven, it was easier for me to transpose people I knew into my fantasy world versus trying to write wholly original personalities. Over time, this changed and many of them are no longer readily clear, but the fundamentals are still there.

Karile, the quirky, redheaded enchanter who is responsible for about half the plot in The Key of Amatahns was a fictitious representation of my oldest brother. Though Karile is a much more over-the-top version, to this day I associate him fondly with my brother and the many childhood misadventures we shared. Not to mention that particular brother has allowed me to bounce ideas off him more than once—he kind of deserves a character.

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Such a mystery…

The Argetallam Saga’s Zebulun River and Gideon Mountains were named after my youngest two brothers (and if you met them, you would know how very suitable that is).

My mother has made a habit of turning up in my books whether I mean for it to happen or not. Her fictitious counterpart was deliberately placed in the Argetallam Saga under the guise of Aryana Caersynn, Janir’s mother. Looking back, I see that all my stories have some personification of my mother. Considering she was the one who taught me to read and fostered my passion for literature, it does seem fitting.

But it doesn’t stop with family. One of my former coworkers makes an appearance as an Argetallam in the later books. An old family friend has been accidentally reincarnated as Sir Marserian, Karile’s father, while my own father was inspiration for both Armandius and the Lord Argetallam .

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Perhaps we’ll never know.

The more I write, the more I find myself coming up with new characters who hold little or no resemblance to people I actually know. In some ways, I feel like this means I’m becoming a “real” writer. Even those I intentionally patterned after real people have evolved unexpectedly into their own personalities and quirks and that just might be my favorite part of all.

Delayed cover reveal for The Secrets of the Vanmars (aka Elisabeth is a liar)

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions and if that’s true I’ve got enough bricks to build a freeway.

When I announced last week that I would be hosting a cover reveal this month, I meant it. I completely meant it. At the time, I had no idea that my sparkly redesigned cover would be pooped on by CreateSpace or that my new new cover designer was sick (and I feel terrible for her, but it still sucks for me). Hence I didn’t know that I would have to hire a new new new designer. Thankfully, my new new new cover designer (the fourth one to date) is available the first week in May, so we will be able to get this crap sorted, but this means no cover reveal this month. In fact, I’m thinking I may not do one at all and instead just focus on the last bits of copyediting and starting work on book 3’s polishing.

However, all is not lost. We’re still on track for a May 24th re-release if no more calamities befall. I am determined to get THAT done one way or another.

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Writing Update: April 2016

Writing this blog post is, in great part, a procrastination tactic for the arduous task of blurb writing. What blurb, you ask? Why, the blurb for the sparkly new, remade cover edition of The Secrets of the Vanmars. After more than a year, it is at last making its way into the world. Cue the celebratory dancing!giphy2I’ve been working on this baby covertly off and on for the past few months weeks. I just didn’t want to announce anything until I was sure I would be releasing it. But as soon as I get a workable version of the blurb, TSOTV mark 2 is off to the printers for final proofreading. The revamped cover reveal is April 22nd of this month and assaulting shelves May 24th. I am consuming semi-toxic doses of caffeine and writing like mad to make sure this happens.tumblr_nk306n7l7o1qdjpm4o1_500The third book’s re-release (and first-ever print release) should be emerging around late July (cover designer’s schedule permitting). If  everything works out with the designer and if I don’t drop the proverbial ball, I will get the fourth book out in December. (And yes, I know that’s the one you all actually want.)giphy5Daindreth’s Assassin is now officially querying to agents (yay), but the Fanged Princess novellas are on hold for the moment. I wanted to have the fourth novella at least partially drafted before I released the third, but Haddie is not being cooperative. Ideally, I’ll be releasing that third novella before the end of the year, too. (Yeah, yeah, I know you’re thinking “she said this last year.” Kindly don’t remind me.)giphy8It only seems fair to tell you the whole truth of why my writing has been so slow lately. Is this not the girl who boasted 3k quotas per day? The fact is that between my obsessive workouts, day job, school, and taking care of the clan, things have been pretty rocky. Also, I’ve been struggling for months now with some icky emotional stuff that I won’t whine about here, but that’s been a huge part of my slacking. And come fall, I will be moving out on my own for the first time (into a dorm, but still) and with that comes the impending student loans along with the realization that I’ll be 21 this year. giphy7So that’s your update. Now back to that damnable blurb and my latest Creative Writing essay…

The Key of Amatahns is on sale with a fantastic giveaway to match!

TKOA sale banner01For the first time ever, you can grab The Key of Amatahns for your Kindle at just $0.99, that’s 75% off the sticker price. To celebrate, I’m sponsoring a giveaway for a signed copy along with a $25 Amazon giftcard! So enter for a shot at the prize and don’t forget to download your eBook. Come Saturday, this baby goes back to regular price, so hurry and snag it while you can!

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