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Throwback Thursday: A Reflection of Ice

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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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Weekly Word Count #146

Word Count: 5,216

What story I’m currently working on:

Thus far, I’ve been really good at staying true to my promises! The fae novella IS finished and out with beta readers! It ended at around 21k, so I just blasted through the rest of it. Of course though, that leaves this big open hole of WHAT DO I WRITE NEXT? However, I think Cupid’s Cafe answered that question, as I started putting the first couple lines down on Lex and Tessa’s story.

What I’m editing/marketing: TOO MUCH. So, this week, my editor actually got the Airship edits back to me AND I turned them back around. OMG. So of course, I’m continuing to stampede through the Wanderers edits as well AND MIGHT EVEN HAVE THEM FINISHED BY NEXT WEEK. Ahhhhh. But that’s not all, folks. My young adult fairytale, A Reflection of Ice came out on Tuesday, huzzah huzzah. And then literally a day later, Corsets and Cogs hit the e-shelves!!!! Now is definitely the time to buy, as it’s only going to stay 99 cents for a week! And of course, the other steampunk boxset I’m in, Gaslights and Graves, is available for pre-order!

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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.(1)

Line of the week:

Some days, Tessa managed to keep the flames to a minimum, but others, that inferno raged out of control. Today classified as grade A dumpster fire with an extra splash of gasoline.

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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!

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A Reflection of Ice Release Day!

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Get your copy of this dark young adult fairytale HERE!

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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Weekly Word Count #145

Word Count: 7528

What story I’m currently working on:

Hopefully, next week I’ll be reporting in that the fae story is finished! I had a little bit of a slowdown with the push for finishing Airship, so I switched to that until I finished. I’m having so much fun with this paranormal romance though, and the end of it is all plotted out and I’m already at 16k, which is already past the 15k minimum. This is the fae story for the Legends of the Veil anthology that is coming out in August!

What I’m editing/marketing: GUYS! Next week, A Reflection of Ice is coming out, and it’s already available for pre-order! I managed to fulfill my ballsy promise from last week, since the Airship edits are finished, and I turned my manuscript in to the editor! It was a massive, intense push though. I also cried again when I did the final pass on this book. It’s giving me all of the emotions. If you’re looking for a steampunk read before August, Gaslights and Graves is available for pre-order!

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Teaser of the week:

“They shot one of ours.” The lines deepened around his grey eyes. “I_d waste the whole army for spilling a drop of my crew_s blood.”(1)

Line of the week:

“What are you, the mayor?” Jason asked as they reached the parking lot for Oberon’s Inn where his BMW waited for them. He clicked the locks open and slipped into the driver’s side, Kelsey taking the passenger seat. The sight of her there jarred him—for so long, it had been Sadie in that spot, but after that spin of vertigo, his world righted again.

“A little politeness never killed anyone,” Kelsey sniffed as she leaned back into the seat. “Besides, most of them are regulars at my café.”

“That’s it—the siren’s call of coffee,” he responded with a grin as he pulled out of the parking lot. “So are you just going to navigate the way there?”

“Yep.” She showed teeth with her smile. “Get onto the highway. And technically, it’s the undine’s call of coffee in this case. Let’s not give the sirens any extra credit.”