Word Count: 1643
What story I’m currently working on:
I hit 2k on Forged Redemption, which is picking up speed for me! I’m hoping by next week I’m edging a little closer to my normal stomping pace. I just started Drew’s POV, and it’s going to be as raw and rough as I expected. I’m thrilled to have him as my final hero and Ally as my final leading lady for this series.
What I’m editing/marketing:
Damn, so I knocked out Forged Futures, and will probably have some neeeeews about it soon! What this also means is that the brunt of edits-palooza is over and I get to start writing again! However, there are still some edits on the horizon, as I’m doing some overview edits on Scrying for Summer, Rising for Autumn, and Waking for Winter to turn in to my editor at Soul Mate Publishing. Next on the horizon is Of Tinkers and Technomancers, which goes up for pre-order next week! Oh, also, stay tuned, because The Airship Also Rises will be out in audio book any day now!
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For Drew, devastation had become a familiar sight.
During his time in the Landsliders, he’d seen bombs lit, fields razed, and packs ruined. He’d participated in all of it, even as the bile rose in his throat, even as his mind screamed. His hands were stained in so much blood that he could do good works the rest of his life and never scour all of the taint away.
Today I want to talk about journeys.
Six years ago to the date, my first book was published: An Airship Named Desire, through Hazardous Press. Back then, I had submitted it around to the big leagues with no luck and hadn’t even considered smaller presses, until I ended up giving it a try. An Airship Named Desire got picked up, and funny enough, that choice paved the way for me becoming a romance author. I was determined to write scifi/fantasy until my fingers bled, but when my publisher mentioned they were looking for paranormal romance submissions if I had any, I decided to give it a shot. …that ended up becoming By the Sea, which was published by Decadent Publishing two years later.
Life is weird and unpredictable that way. You never know where the path will lead you. And over those years, I dealt with a couple publishers closing, including Hazardous Press, which gave me the option to continue the series on my own. I continued working with other romance publishers and found myself writing more and more in the genre, completely falling in love with it. But a part of my heart will always belong to Bea and her ragtag crew of misfits aboard the Desire.
Their journey has taken me from never-before-published, to next year when I’ll have reached twenty books out. Six years, an explosive amount of growth, and a whole lot of memories and lessons along the way. When it came to writing/publishing, I took Bea’s approach the entire way. I’ve submitted even when I’m terrified, I’ve collected so many rejections I’ve drowned in them, I’ve gotten so, so close to goals I’ve only dreamed of just to plummet to the ground. Yet, I’ve continued to get back up. I’ve continued to slam my head against that wall until one day I’ll break through the damned thing. Bea and her crew taught me a little about resilience back then, and I’ve carried that lesson with me the entire way.
So I seriously hope you enjoy this final entry into the Take to the Skies trilogy, because I adored writing this series. However, even though it’s the end to Bea and her crew’s tales, I have so very many stories to share with you, and I hope you’ll stick with me for the adventure.
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!
One of my favorite ways to push through writer’s block and attract some inspiration is through music, and I’ve taken to making playlists. That’s why I wanted to start this feature–to find out what songs served as inspiration for some of your favorite books!
Today let’s welcome Marilyn Baxter onto the blog to discuss Picture This:
Most of my writing is done to instrumental music playlist because if it’s a song I know, I’ll end up singing instead of writing. And on that playlist is music by Enya, Secret Garden and Ennio Morricone (whose Cinema Paradiso soundtrack is nothing short of pure heaven). I also like Alan Silvestri’s soundtrack from the film Romancing the Stone because it’s good music, it has both soft romantic tracks in addition to more intense tracks, and the heroine of that movie is a romance novelist! I had a few specific songs that really fit this book at certain parts of the story and they are:
So Close (from the movie Enchanted) fits when I’m at the black moment because the characters are so close to reaching that famous happy end. But they’re still so far – until I kick them in the backside and get them to happily ever after.
Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N Roses fits on two levels because when the hero sees the heroine’s face she takes him to a special place. And they’re having a baby together – their sweet child.
Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler actually fits every book I write because what woman isn’t holding out for a hero? Doesn’t she toss and turn and dream of what she needs?
Open Arms by Journey worked during part of the book because the hero and heroine sailed on together and then drifted apart and now he’s come back with open arms though she’s not quite ready to take him back.
At Last by the inimitable Etta James – I listen to this at the end of every book because at last the hero or heroine’s love has come along and the lonely days are over. And at last I’ve written “The End!”
My as-yet-untitled WIP involved the sister of PICTURE THIS’s hero, a forty-something woman with two disastrous relationships in her past. Then she meets a cute, hot, smart, talented guy who is obviously interested in her, but can she get over the last two guys who hurt her AND the eight-year age difference between the two of them. Stay tuned for further developments. I can already tell one of the songs on this playlist will be Make You Feel My Love by Adele.