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A Reflection of Ice Cover Reveal

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Lyra plunges into the woods for refuge, leaving the discovery of her stepmother’s affair and the woman’s ensuing rage back at the trailer park. However, a mysterious ringing in the forest leads her to a different sort of sanctuary, a castle of ice with a lonely prince living in his solitary kingdom.

While the castle holds haunting ballrooms, vast gardens, and rooms filled with more treasures than a museum, the cobwebs in dark corners whisper a different story. The longer she stays, the more she yearns to return to her rusty old home. Yet once she uncovers the secret of the ice prince in his castle, if she doesn’t find a way to escape soon, she never will.

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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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A String of Pearls by Hans Christian Andersen

The railroad in Denmark still extends only from Copenhagen to Korsör; it is a string of pearls. Europe has a wealth of these pearls; its most costly are named Paris, London, Vienna, Naples. And yet many a man will point out as his favorite pearl not one of these great cities but rather some little country town that is still the home of homes to him, the home of those dearest to him. Yes, often it is not a town at all, but a single homestead, a little house, hidden among green hedges, a place hardly visible as the train speeds by.

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This is the fairy tale my Beyond Fairytales story was based on! I’ll be perfectly honest, the story itself is quite dull. However, it provided the images, setting, and groundwork for Soul Solution, so I was happy to take it from there and liven things up!

Soul Solution comes out July 24th! Don’t miss it!

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What’s on the Horizon?

Well, let me tell you, I haven’t been slacking. I’m working hard right now on lots of new stories for folks to enjoy! While Stolen Petals hit a snag with Breathless Press closing, I’m submitting it out, so hopefully the story will hit e-shelves before the end of the year!

As far as other guaranteed stories on the way, Decadent Publishing will be releasing Soul Solution as part of their Beyond Fairytales collection. Thus far, the release date is TBA, but as soon as I find out, so will you!

However, apart from that I’m working on some fun stories. I just finished and started submitting a coming-of-age sci-fi romance short story, and I’ll be plunging into edits on my urban fantasy story revolving around hunters and fae, set in Philly.

And right at the moment I’m writing a winter fairy tale, which is turning out way creepier than anticipated.

“Lyra climbed under the blankets and slumber encroached, only the sharp prickle of surrounding ice tickling her nose, and the saccharine taste on her tongue lingering before the darkness claimed her.”

Stay tuned!

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Release Day: Poisoned Apple

Today’s the release day for Poisoned Apple, my latest novella with Decadent Publishing!

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Snow White’s a goth and Prince Charming’s a jerk.

On Neve’s eighteenth birthday, her stepmother kicks her out. A group of diner rats offer her refuge—including Brendan, who offers his couch for her to crash on. But the more time she spends with him, the more he confuses her. One second, he’s kissing her. The next he’s pushing her away.

Believing her life has reached rock bottom, Neve struggles to ditch her “damaged girl” label. But when she uncovers the truth about her life, she’s rocked to her very foundation. Will Neve be able to hold on to the good things coming her way, or will her bad luck poison everything?

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Excerpt:

Neve knew this day would come. She’d been dreading it the past year, wondering what would happen and, for the life of her, unable to hazard a guess as to where the future would take her. After spending the past weeks worrying and hours in front of her computer screen talking to Internet strangers who had given her little useful advice, she’d grown wearier each day. At last, it had arrived—her eighteenth birthday.

Tugging at the spiked collar around her neck, she stole a glance at the front door of the house she’d grown up in. The peach siding created a gorgeous contrast to the stucco walls and the dark-brown roof tiles—a fairytale house in a fairytale suburban neighborhood. She rolled her eyes. Too bad life had been anything but.

She’d never wanted any of this, but such was life. Her dad hadn’t asked when he’d ditched. No, he’d pranced out of the closet and ran off with his lover, leaving her with Veronica.

Her neck itched from too much sun. She’d been out here two hours, pacing around her cul-de-sac one hundred thirteen times since she’d returned from her shift at the café and, so far, had accomplished nothing. Her stomach clenched with the stark hollowness of what would happen the moment she walked through that door. Inside, Veronica would be waiting. As much as she hated confrontation and knew in her gut trouble was brewing, she’d have to deal with her stepmother at some point and was better off handling this mess without a bad case of sunburn. Neve let out a weary sigh then trekked up the paved walkway to her front door. Time to face the beast.

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Letter to Poisoned Apple

This is included in the book, at the very end–a love letter to the joy of rewriting–and getting it right this time.

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Poisoned Apple holds a dear place in my heart, because I recreated it from the wreckage of one of my earliest manuscripts I wrote. My earliest works were my exploratory phase where I learned the basics, but trust me when I say, it wasn’t salvageable. I stripped the story down to the barest elements and rewrote everything, from characters to the ending. I wanted Neve to be goth with a bitter attitude and cynicism that stemmed from her bad past. And I changed Brendan around completely, from a sweetheart, to someone damaged as well, because I didn’t think Neve could relate to someone entirely good and whole considering how shattered she began and becomes through the story. The story that bloomed from that old manuscript became so intense for me and one I completely fell in love with. So, here’s to hoping you enjoy reading Poisoned Apple as much as I enjoyed writing it and to other writers out there: writing is never a waste—the important themes and stories will always find a way to surface.