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Writing Inspiration Wednesdays

“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”
– Jane Yolen

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A Tale o Two Airships Release!

Fans of An Airship Named Desire have been waiting 4 whole years for this shit! TODAY AT LONG LAST, THE SEQUEL IS OUT! Book two of Take to the Skies, A Tale of Two Airships! Plus, if you want the whole picture, check out Stolen Petals, the inbetween steampunk romance!

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Bea and the crew of the Desire are back, and there’s one fierce storm brewing on the horizon. When Isabella’s old clan delivers a letter that sends their crewmate into a funk, Bea’s suspicious. However, when they’re intercepted by gypsies on the way to their meetup for the next smuggling job, her suspicions switch to pissed off. Yet none of that compares to the rage that ignites after Bea and their recon team return to the docks to find the Desire missing. Stolen. By those goddamn gypsies from Isabella’s old clan.

Which leaves Bea and her four crewmates stranded in Shantytown, home of redcoats who want them dead and Morlocks who want them deader. On top of that, she has no clue if her crew aboard the Desire is still alive. And once the Morlocks spot them in a bounty bar and put a price on their heads, if Bea doesn’t find a way to the skies and fast, they’re screwed six ways to sailing day with their home flying further and further out of reach.

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Music Monday- A Tale of Two Airships

Today’s Music Monday is featuring A Tale of Two Airships, the long awaited sequel of An Airship Named Desire which releases this Wednesday! (Though is currently available for pre-order HERE!)

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1. Outlaws- Delta Rae

This was a band I discovered while working on this book, and their music quickly became the top of my playlist, especially while editing. There’s a desperado/western feel to a couple of their songs that it with the themes and vibe of Take to the Skies so so well, and this song definitely nailed a couple scenes for me.

2. Hold the Line- The Clockwork Dolls

You can always count on The Clockwork Dolls for stirring, emotionally intense music. I had a really heartbreaking scene to write in this story, and this was the song I put on repeat to get through it. A lot of times when I’m writing a scene that’s taxing emotionally, I really need to immerse myself in the scene, which involves the right musical accompaniment.

3. Tarantella- This Way to the Egress

This is an Take to the Skies book, so of course there are bounty hunter bars on the seedy side of town and plenty of fighting. And with This Way to the Egress’s jaunty, vaudevillian music, it’s easy to envision the sort of bars Bea and the crew are sauntering into as they go to stir up trouble.

4. Delta Rae- Chasing Twisters

This song has such a stirring melody behind it that I can’t help but want to take to the skies. Or ride a horse into town to bust up a saloon. The western vibe is powerful, and the song itself is intense, like the building to a rising battle, which works perfectly for Bea and the crew, since the entire book builds to the final confrontation at the end.

5. First Aid Kid- Silver Lining

My husband found this song for me, and the first thing he said was that it reminded him of Airship. And I wholeheartedly agree. I can’t think of a song that emotionally captures Bea and the crew of the Desire better. They live a fast and furious life, free yet weighted by all the life lost, and all the tragedy they’ve dealt with. No matter what obstacle they face, they ‘keep on keeping on.’

Book three, The Airship Also Rises, will be on the agenda for 2017, though it may not release until the following year. As with this book, shout it loud enough and I may be persuaded to work a little faster–enthusiasm is infectious!

For more news on the Take to the Skies series, or my other popular series, the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles, check out my Facebook, or follow me on Twitter! To those looking for more fun reads, check out my author Amazon page or friend me on Goodreads!

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Weekly Word Count #62

Word Count: 5,530

What story I’m working on: Rising for Autumn! And I’m starting to hit a groove with it at last, so I’m thinking I can probably get these next 20k words out in the next two weeks. WE SHALL SEE.

What I’m editing/marketing: Was editing a Tale of Two Airships and marketing the shit out of Scrying for Summer. WHY? Because Scrying for Summer is OUT, and A Tale of Two Airships is up for PRE-ORDER! WOOOOOOO!!!!!

Line of the week:

Despite all the sins he’d committed, she deemed him worthy of forgiveness, and wasn’t that just life? The one person he couldn’t have was the one he’d fallen for.

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Philadelphia Coven Chronicles Progress!

Hunting for Spring kicked off this awesome series!

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Conor and Brenna introduced the whole magical world inside of Philly teeming with nasties. And by the end of the story, their lives got tethered to the Coven, which is the recurring organization throughout the series, hence the name!

Now Liam and Jev get to tell their story in Scrying for Summer, and they continue the tales of the Order of the Serpent causing problems throughout Philly. And introducing more new, awesome characters!

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Currently I’m working on a necromancer and Order of the Serpent filled story with Alanna and Sam at the helm. Book three is underway, Rising for Autumn!! Hurray!

Stay tuned either here or on Facebook for updates!

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A Tale of Two Airships Release!

Celebrate with me, folks! Book two of the Take to the Skies series is OUT! Get your copy here!!!

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While you could read this adventure standalone, I would recommend going back and reading An Airship Named Desire first! And for even more fun background fill-in, Stolen Petals is a quick and breezy novelette with some familiar characters!

Bea and the crew of the Desire are back, and there’s one fierce storm brewing on the horizon. When Isabella’s old clan delivers a letter that sends their crewmate into a funk, Bea’s suspicious. However, when they’re intercepted by gypsies on the way to their meetup for the next smuggling job, her suspicions switch to pissed off. Yet none of that compares to the rage that ignites after Bea and their recon team return to the docks to find the Desire missing. Stolen. By those goddamn gypsies from Isabella’s old clan.

Which leaves Bea and her four crewmates stranded in Shantytown, home of redcoats who want them dead and Morlocks who want them deader. On top of that, she has no clue if her crew aboard the Desire is still alive. And once the Morlocks spot them in a bounty bar and put a price on their heads, if Bea doesn’t find a way to the skies and fast, they’re screwed six ways to sailing day with their home flying further and further out of reach.

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Intro to Liam!

Hurray for Scrying for Summer‘s release today, where you get to meet Liam O’Reilly, one of my favorite heroes!

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I’ll be the first to admit, when I started writing Hunting for Spring, I never thought Liam would’ve transformed into the fantastic complex character you see in Scrying for Summer. And holy hell, his slick cockiness is ridiculously sexy. He’s selfish yet selfless at the same time, a character that appears callous and superficial but has some wonderful depths to uncover. Writing his character was an adventure in and of itself, and I hope everyone enjoys him in this book!