I got an interesting phone call the other day. I won’t say much about it, but it made me do a premature happy dance (no, my shoes did not fly off). If even greater news comes out of it though, I’ll be sure to share.
So what’s new? Well I’ve been doing a lot of “thinking about writing” and then some actual writing, which is great. The last book I wrote was The Benson and that was a shorty, so it’s taking me some time to ease back into the writing game. But I have big plans for this year in terms of what I’m writing — lot’s of fun stuff coming down the pipeline. You just need to take that first, tiny, but very important step.
Don’t worry, On Demon Wings is still coming. Judging by the comments and reviews I’m getting, I think I’d have to fear for my life if I didn’t deliver.
There’s also some news about Darkhouse — it went through a professional edit and is getting a new cover next week which I will reveal here. Personally, I do like the current cover and I would love to have that option available if people prefer that cover over the new one. But I know what direction the future covers will go and I’d like all the books to look the same. As for the edit, even though Darkhouse was edited a million times by moi and beta readers…it’s not enough. It never is. And while I can write, editing my own stuff is damn hard. I suck at it. So I extended the courtesy to that all important first novel (Dead Sky Morning and Lying Season have been professionally edited), because I want to be proud of it and I want readers to be happy. Anyway, I’ll talk more when I reveal the new cover next week, but just a head’s up.
I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately. It’s vital as a writer. Though I’ll never be a book reviewer (I don’t write very good reviews and there are lovely reviewers out there who do a much better job than I ever could), I do like to read and compare notes.
This is what I got from the library this month:
The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson(I’m a BIG fan of Daphne Du Maurier, so I know I’ll love this)
The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross (First foray into Steampunk)
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (Obviously I like ghosts, want to see what the fuss is about)
This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel (Canadian, FTW)
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (I read a bit of Lisel and Po, think she’s an amazing writer)
The last few months I’ve been buying Kindle books if they are a good deal or free. But I don’t have a Kindle.
Well, until I discovered the Kindle app for my iPhone. Suddenly, all these books appeared in my phone! Man, I sound like my mother when she discovered the internet.
Anyhoo, I decided my wee phone would be the perfect place to try out a lot of self-published works, cheap books, or books I’m unsure of. I LOVE buying books and putting them on my actual shelves, so if there is a book that I love, I will buy the paperback. But it’s good to try it out first. One thing I’m finding with Kindle as I wrap my old-fashioned brain around it…I can’t spent over $5 on a book. Sometimes you have to if it’s Kindle only, but if I’m going to pay over $5 for a novel, I want the physical object in my hand. I want it to occupy my home. I want to look at it forever. Funny, that.
Here’s what I have on my Kindle — I really want this to be the place where I read a lot of GOOD self-published work that might be overlooked. It’s actually quite fun discovering the indie gems:
Hollowland by Amanda Hocking
Withering Tights by Louise Rennison
Descended by Blood by Angeline Kace
Everblue by Brenda Pandos
Ethereal by Addison Moore
Telsa — The Covenant Keeper by Lani Wendt Young
This — A Vampire Cure for Forever by Shaun Roundy (really not a vamp fan but love the title! Please cure us all!)
Stained by Ella James
Daimon — A Prequel to Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
A Job From Hell by Jayden Scott
Dirty Blood by Heather Hildenbrand
Jenny Pox (The Paranormals) by JL Bryan
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Angellfall by Susan Ee
Entwined by Heather Dixon
Jessica’s Guide to Dating the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
In other news, I AM BANNED FROM BUYING MORE KINDLE BOOKS.
You can follow my half-assed reviews at: GOODREADS