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Journey of A Reflection of Ice

Wistful notes spoke of loneliness, as solitary as the final birdsong of autumn or the trill of summer_s last cicada before the wintry freeze.

So, some stories leap out of you for seemingly no reason, and this was one of them. It was the middle of summer, the weirdest time to have a mythical exploration into a remote, wintry fairy tale. Except this story came roaring out of me in the span of two weeks, this slow sense of creeping fear that had me watching the mirrors as I walked around the house.

Except, after I wrote it, edited it, and kind friends beta read it for me (and then I edited it some more) the submissions were just hitting a blockade. I submitted it to place after place and accumulated a massive pile of rejections in the process. This was back in 2015. Last year, I started working with After Glows Publishing, and they opened Opal Moon Press, their YA imprint. A Reflection of Ice popped into mind, of course, but there was one problem–their minimum word count was 30,000, and the original story was 20,000. However, I hadn’t touched the story in a couple years, and my writing has changed drastically in that time, so I figured it was worth retooling.

I went through the entire manuscript, fleshing out weaker sections, honing the word choice, and really just bringing it to life. When I finally submitted it to Opal Moon Press and got the acceptance, I was thrilled. And now, three years later, this book is finally coming out today. Every story has a different journey and a different purpose, and I’m just so happy that this bone chilling tale is now out to the public!

Buy your copy of A Reflection of Ice today!

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Weekly Word Count #142

Word Count: 425

What story I’m currently working on:

Boo, the Wanderers is over, and I miss it so much! However, that also means I have 3 manuscripts in the editing backlog, so I switched gears completely over to editing Airship. I’m making really solid progress, and I’m about halfway through. I started writing the fae story for the Legends of the Veil anthology that is coming out in August! It’s got a leprechaun lead!

What I’m editing/marketing: It’s now March, and I’m anticipating some line edits…which will bring A Reflection of Ice and Of Tinkers and Technomancers that much closer to release! The Take to the Skies short, One Shot For the Sky is submitted to the anthology coordinator, so you can enjoy that in May in the anthology Corsets and Cogs! Given a straight week of working on Airship, I’m actually about halfway through the edits, both content and line. I’ll definitely have this book ready for an editor by the end of the month! Also, Gaslights and Graves is now available for pre-order! Nab a copy now!

Oh, and for those folks who want exclusive sneak previews, pictures, and a whole plethora of rewards, check out my Patreon!

Teaser of the week:

Candace brandished a pint glass at the ready. Ale could soothe most of these ruffians, and she_d become adept at taming tempers.

Line of the week:

My entire life, I’ve been told I was lucky.

Around me, folks find a crisp hundred dollar bill on the ground, get a run in blackjack, or end up comped their meal due to a chef’s error. So, I’ve never had a shortage of people who wanted to keep me around, even though I wouldn’t necessarily call them friends. And for all the luck I exuded, none of it circled back on around to me.

In fact, my life had been a series of bad events that spiraled out of control a year ago.

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Patreon for My Books!

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So, I decided to join in on the Patreon wagon! Mostly because I LOVE sharing my creativity with people, but my bills are also not paid on dreams alone! This is the link for my Patreon if you’d like to come and support: HERE!

I have 7 different levels of patronage, starting at Sleepy Kittens!

Sleepy Kittens

Access to sneak-previews of my latest work, plus cat pictures! (Who doesn’t love cat pictures?)

The later levels include awesomeness including TEA and SIGNED PAPERBACKS, but there are limited quantities of those tiers, so check ’em out fast!

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2017 Accomplishments

So, anyone who has talked to me realized that this was a rocky year. On a professional note, I’ve never charged harder. However, the problem is, when you aim big and get close, the fall hurts that much more. I always have my big career-moving goals, but I set a couple realistic ones this year too. My goal was to have 3 books come out, and to get 3 new contracts.

What did I achieve in 2017?

Well, I had four new books come out:

Rising for Autumn (February 2017)

Waking for Winter (July 2017)

Forged Alliances (September 2017)

Captured Memories (October 2017)

I finished my first series, with all four books of the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles out!

I also got 5 contracts this year:

Waking for Winter, Forged Alliances, Captured Memories, A Reflection of Ice, and Of Tinkers and Technomancers

 

Now, unfortunately with Loose Id closing in 2018, I have to find new homes for my Philadelphia Coven Chronicles, and my plans for the Tribal Spirits series have been put on hold, but I’ll push forward with them next year.

 

On the writing front, I wrote A LOT this year.

Outlier Heir (80,000 words)

Forged Alliances (60,000 words)

Forged Decisions (60,000 words)

Of Tinkers and Technomancers (33,000 words)

Captured Memories (43,000 words)

My currently untitled YA Fantasy (80,000 words)

and I’m almost 60k into the final Airship book

That’s 416,000 words in total this year. Yay!

 

As for editing, on top of the comprehensive edits I did on all of the above projects, I also re-edited and found a home for A Reflection of Ice, a story I originally wrote in 2015, and I re-edited Chasing Fate this past month.

So, even though I faced a lot of setbacks this year, I wrote a hell of a lot and I fought a hell of a lot. I might not have made the drastic strides I wanted to, but I think I came closer than ever before, and I haven’t given up yet. 2017 did its best to crush my spirit into the ground, but I’ve got an amazing support system, from my friends and family who always listen when I get beaten down, to a group of author friends who helps build each other up as we all try to rise.

After the beating I got in 2017, I’m ready to face 2018 with new armor and new drive, having learned a lot from the past year about what’s holding me back. Let’s make this new year a great one.

 

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Loose Id Closing

“You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.” –Mary Pickford

So, one of my big goals from 2015 to now was writing and completing a whole series. I accomplished that this year with the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles, only made possible by my amazing publisher Loose Id. They saw me through a lot of different firsts–my first advance, my first individually assigned editor (a lot of other publishers assigned editors on a rotation basis), and I really, really treasured them for it. So, you can imagine when I got the news late Friday night of Loose Id’s decision to shut down in May, I was devastated–I still am.

Honestly, a lot of this year has taken me to the brink and caused me to take a hard look at why I’m really doing this, and how much rejection and defeat I’m capable of withstanding. Apparently, a lot.

I’m not going to sugarcoat things–this hurts. It slices me to my core, and I know the blow will linger for some time now. However, I’m an author, setbacks happen, and I need to keep dusting off my pants and moving forward. So, I will carry the hurt and the lessons with me, and even though the plan I had just got shattered, I will form a new one.

Just a bit ago, I spoke heavily of more in the Tribal Spirits series coming out next year. In fact, that was going to be my main focus. Unfortunately, the rights for the first book don’t revert back to me until May, and then I’ll begin trying to find it and the completed second book a new home. Once that happens, I’ll pick up that project again. So, what does that mean? A wide open slate for 2018? Not in the slightest. It means a readjustment.

I had been reworking my rockstar fae book, Captivating Melody, which after a bunch of rejections from the big leagues I set on the backburner. I’ve decided to put my time into that, shine that bad boy up, and start submitting it to other publishers. And of course, I still have A Reflection of Ice coming out with Opal Moon Press next year, as well as Of Tinkers and Technomancers with After Glows.

The other big focus for 2018 will be the Take to the Skies series. I plan to have The Airship Also Rises finished by January, so then I can begin the editing process. From there, I hope to have it released August 17, 2018, which will mark another completed series.

For those concerned about the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles, and the Tribal Spirits series, don’t worry. They’ll still be available for sale until May, and as soon as the rights are released on June 1st, I will work on finding them the best new homes possible, and hopefully be able to have the books you love back out and available in a newer form. This change is a massive overhaul, I know. And I’m going to miss working with MT, Allie, Treva, and my editor Tamzin, so, so much. However, I will not let this setback ruin me, nor this defeat steal my drive, even if it leaves its marks along the way. As always, I will continue moving forward.

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Plans for the end of 2017 and beyond!

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While I do weekly updates of what I’m currently working on and what my future plans are, I usually have things a lot further mapped out than I detail in there! I figured I’d share a little bit about what to expect for the rest of the year as well as next! Surprisingly, I already have quite a bit lined up for next year, and all of it is exciting.

So, first off on the agenda are the definites:

Of Tinkers and Technomancers, my steampunk novella, is contracted with After Glows Publishing, and is set to release late 2017/early 2018. It’s got my trademark snark but with more historical language than I normally play with–I really clung to the Victorian era on this one.

A Reflection of Ice, my young adult fairytale, is contracted with Opal Moon Press, and is set to release early 2018. It’s incredibly creepy and whimsical, and I hope everyone enjoys it, because I loved writing this story.

Next are my projects I’ll be finishing this year:

Forged Decisions, book two in the Tribal Spirits series, is finished in the writing stages, and now I’m going through the large edits on it. I’ll be attempting to finish those edits and submit the book by the end of November, so hopefully you’ll be seeing it hit the e-shelves at some time in early 2018!

The Airship Also Rises, the final book in my Take to the Skies series, is just beginning, and I’m going to try to put a major dent into it during NaNoWriMo in November. The plan is to finish it by December/January, and for symmetry’s sake, I’ll probably try to release it on August 17th, the same date the other two released. With that book, the Take to the Skies series will be complete, and I’m so excited about having another completed series under my belt.

As for my writing schedule next year?

A lot is nebulous and I purposefully leave it that way. However, I will be working on another of the Tribal Spirits books, Forged Contracts, guaranteed. That series will continue to expand! Depending on if I have the time or not, I’ve debated on doing a follow up to Of Tinkers and Technomancers, as well as another Cupid’s Cafe book. I’ve got concepts for both, and they’re short novellas that would be excellent ways to flex my writing skills.

The reason I leave things so nebulous is because of my ‘dream’ projects, the young adult manuscripts I write that I try to submit the traditional route. I wrote one earlier this year, Outlier Heir, which is a YA LGBT Arthurian space opera, and I’m currently writing a YA LGBT heist fantasy. I find that working on these projects really pushes creative boundaries for me, and while I may not always find a home for them, they’re my big attempts, ones that I hope will eventually find their way out to the public.

I also have a lot of these full manuscripts I’ve written that could use a polish or rewrite and years have passed, enough that it’s time to redo them and try again. I’m a big fan of nothing is wasted, and beyond learning from the experience of writing, I think manuscripts can be reshaped, can transform into something better. Even A Reflection of Ice is a far different novella from what I’d written two years ago and needed rigorous rewriting to bring it up to date.

Obviously, many of these plans for next year can change, but the ones contracted are guaranteed, so I hope you stick with me for the adventure!

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New Steampunk Romance Contract!

Of Tinkers and Technomancers, my steampunk romance, is contracted with After Glows Publishing!

When technomancer Theo Whitfield’s sister goes missing, she’s forced to work alongside an arrogant prat she’s long despised, the tinker, Silas Kylock. Her sister nicked his clockwork doll, and she needs his help to track the stolen merchandise and by proxy, her sister. However, the more time they spend together, the more she sees Silas as the man she’d run through the streets of Islington with and not the insufferable gentleman he’s become. And Theo’s not the only one afflicted. Silas never forgot the loyal, stubborn woman whose temper he can’t help but spark. As their search grows more dire, her dedication to her family inspires him to make sacrifices of his own for the technomancer who’s captured his heart.

As the hunt brings them to a deadly confrontation with the gangs of Islington, both Theo and Silas find their lives and hearts on the line.

Add it on Goodreads HERE!