Wednesday, January 30, 2013

BETWEEN by Kerry Schafer:
Extended Excerpt

For Writer Wednesday, I'm celebrating this week's BETWEEN blog tour from fellow urban fantasy author, Kerry Schafer. First, big thank you to Heather Webb for making the introductions and telling me about this awesome debut book. When I read the blurb and excerpt, I immediately added BETWEEN to the must read pile. I hope you feel the same way after reading this...

Vivian’s life is finally on track. She has a job she loves as an ER doctor and has just met – literally – the man of her dreams. But when her eccentric grandfather is murdered and designates her as his next of kin, she discovers that she is the last of a race of beings known as dreamshifters. It is her task to guard the doorways between waking and dreaming, which have already begun to unravel, spilling dangerous creatures from dream into the waking world. When she sets out to close the open doors and protect her town and the people she loves, Vivian confronts dragons, intrigue, and the dark secrets of her own family history. In the end, she comes face to face with a sorceress seeking eternal life and ultimate power. Vivian must find a way to stop her, or reality will be forever altered.

Kerry Schafer
Price: $7.99
Publication Date:  January 29, 2013
ISBN: 978-0425261149
Pages: 305 Pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy


 Extended Excerpt:

Jehenna reached again into the bag and pulled out an envelope, laying it on the table on top of the will. It had been sealed and then neatly sliced open. Vivian’s name was written in a spiky black hand.

“You’ve opened it,” Vivian said, taking the envelope and drawing out a single sheet of loose-leaf paper.

“It was left with Mr. Smoot with instructions for him to get it to you at once should Mr. Maylor pass on. Mr. Smoot thought it best he should understand any bequests so he can offer you his best assistance.”

The note was written in the same bold, black hand as her name on the envelope:

Dear Vivian:

You are young yet, and I had hoped to save you this moment for reasons beyond the scope of this note. If you are reading this now, it is because I am dead. You are my only heir, which makes you a Dreamshifter, and sadly, the last of them. I have done what I can to help you, little as it is. Unfortunately, it is not safe to write more, lest it fall into the wrong hands. Be careful of doors, they can lead to unexpected places. Edwin Smoot, my attorney, will explain more to you. TRUST NO ONE until you have time to talk with him.

George Maylor

Vivian reread this missive twice, then folded it and put it back inside the envelope.

“He says his attorney is Mr. Smoot.”

“Mr. Smoot was unavailable,” the smooth voice answered. “Your grandfather’s death was sudden. Mr. Smoot believed it would be best for you to know at once.”

“He might have called.”

“He felt a face to face would be more productive and has scheduled you in for Tuesday next, if you will be available then? In the meantime we had promised to deliver the bequests immediately upon Mr. Maylor’s death.”

“I really think I’d rather wait and talk with Mr. Smoot.”

“Ms. Maylor, you are being stubborn. Mr. Maylor was getting old—he had a hard time accepting that times change. When he was young, Mr. Smoot would have been available to personally deal with all of his needs. Now Mr. Smoot himself is aging. He also runs a busy and successful law firm. He must use his staff, or he cannot get his work done. Mr. Maylor did not understand this, but I’m sure that you will.”

The wide eyes were serene and steady, but Vivian felt a growing unease. Memory ghosts swept her mind with cobwebby fingers. She had seen this face before, feared it, somewhere, in Wakeworld or Dreamworld.
Jehenna set a package on the table. It was wrapped neatly and precisely in brown paper, corners creased and symmetrical and secured with clear packing tape. Vivian’s name was written in the same black hand as the envelope and the letter.

Time slowed as she put her hands to the paper—smooth beneath her fingers, except for the places where it had once been folded; here there were little ridges, the edges of the tape snagging on the skin of her fingertips. When she tore the paper away, everything in her world came to a sharp focus.

This moment. This act. In the middle of the torn paper sat a wooden box with dragons carved into the top, dark with age. A box big enough for secrets, small enough to carry with you. A box she had seen once before.

Kerry Schafer

Kerry Schafer lives in Colville, Washington, with her family, which includes two cats, a rescue fish, and a preternaturally large black dog. A self-styled perpetual student, she earned an RN from Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta; a BA in English (Honours) from York University in Toronto, Ontario; and an M.Ed. in counseling psychology from Washington State University.

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How do you like the extended excerpt of BETWEEN? Ready to read more?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Freaky Friday: MAMA

Guess who is on the blog today? It is Super Agent, Jenn! Woot! She has a doozy of a review for you on the new horror flick in theaters now...MAMA. If that's not enough, she stayed off the caffeine to write this post, which personally, I think deserves a medal...and coffee reward! Now, here's Jenn to give us the scoop...
As a frequent viewer of horror movies, I went to MAMA eagerly anticipating a fast paced, well written movie with a horrifying evil presence. I got a fast paced movie with a horrifying evil ghost lady called MAMA, by the other equally horrifying small child called, Lilly. Seriously, she was creepier than MAMA.
Perhaps it’s the agent in me but I couldn’t get over the weird mess that was the opening of the movie nor could I get over the fact that Annie, played by Jessica Chastain, is an emo-rocker chick who has a heart but is trying too hard to be an emo-rocker. Not believable. And having Jaime Lannister as Uncle Luke was pretty cool however [Spoiler Alert: Highlight with mouse to see] he is incapacitated quickly by MAMA, which was not that cool.
Authenticity, man. Genuine emo.
MAMA had great scares but too many minor plots that got in the way and screamed THIS IS IMPORTANT PAY ATTENTION I’M SO OBVIOUSLY CONNECTED TO THE MAIN STORY! Really turned me off of the movie.
ATTENTION! We will now show you something important!
And finally the ending was atrocious. Don’t get me started, lots of spoilers! [Spoiler Alert: Highlight with mouse to see] Uncle Luke is sent on a mission by the ghost of his dead twin brother and nothing comes of it. At all. But yet, he ends up exactly where Annie is with her Scooby Van. And the creepy children are on a mountain and the family kind of crumbles and MAMA doesn’t play by ghost rules and it gets so ridiculous that you are laughing while friends are shushing you.

RATING: All in all I give it a C. Only redeeming quality was the acting by the small child Lilly, and the first few scares brought on by MAMA.

Thanks, Super Agent Jenn for that awesome review! If you'd like to learn more about Super Agent Jenn, be sure to check out Literary Counsel website here.

Have you seen MAMA? What do you think about the flick? Yay or Nay?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Team Ninja's Pitches!

Pitch Wars is here! Pitch Wars is here! The agents are bouncing around today to look at the awesome picks and alternates. Since I'm SUPER proud of Team Ninja, I'm featuring their pitches and beginnings on the blog today!
Ninja Usman
Contemporary Thriller

Ninja Kristin Ninja Jason
 Contemporary Suspense Urban Fantasy

NAME: Usman T. Malik
TITLE: Lord of the Dance
GENRE: Contemporary Thriller

PITCH: When Dara, an immigrant Pakistani symbologist, receives a mysterious call from his estranged cousin, he's brought into a world of superstition and chaos he thought he left behind. Now, to save a possessed teenage girl, he must solve the cryptic symbols written in her blood, while facing his past and the family he abandoned.

What is it about a dying girl that calls to you, no matter who you are?

Dara wet his lips. He stood motionless, head cocked, watching the snowflakes tumble and swirl outside his apartment window, following the flicker of their pale shadows with narrowed eyes.

Ghost shadows. Restless shadows.

“Will you at least take a look at the symbols?” she said.


Zareen Apee fell silent.

Dara’s ear ached. He shifted the cellphone to the other side and, when the hot metal touched his flesh, he grimaced. “How’d you find me?”

“I didn’t,” Apee said.

“I don’t understand.”

“The campus newsletter. That review article had your picture at the top. You literally showed up on my desk.” She paused. “I won’t lie, it gave me a nasty jolt at first, but I took it like a champ.”

That article. That damn article.

Dara gritted his teeth and said nothing.

Minnesotan winter groaned and thumped against the window, and a gust of wind drove the snowflakes mad, flurrying them around the glass in a dervish dance.

 “A kid, Dara. A seventeen-year-old kid,” his cousin was saying. “An American girl found sick in northern Pakistan and brought here. She’s sick. Really sick. Dying slowly but surely. Don’t know why I didn’t think of you before. Maybe we were too stuck on the pathological stuff more than the--”

Dara hung up.

NAME: Kristin Kisska Mehigan
TITLE: Purple Shadows
GENRE: Contemporary Suspense

PITCH: When UVa student Megyn Quill discovers she’s a pawn in Thomas Jefferson’s scandal—alleging he fathered his slave’s children—only the secret society, Purple Shadows, can help her unravel the truth, before history is rewritten.

The December draft chased her up the concrete stairwell as she fiddled with the damned key. Already wanting to pull her hair out, Megyn couldn’t take one more setback. A last jiggle and the lock to her dorm room clicked open. She dumped her backpack on the desk.

Diving onto her bed, she screamed “He’s a freaking slave driver!”

“Bad day, Megs?” Alison, her roommate, walked out of their shared bathroom brushing her teeth and took in the scene with a quizzical smirk.

Megyn looked up, embarrassed to find she wasn’t alone. Though she struggled to contain her emotions, a renegade tear paved a hot trail down her cheek. “Sorry you saw that, Al.” She wiped the tear away with the back of her hand. “Someone in the history department has a sadistic sense of humor. Not only was I reassigned to the visiting professor, but I can’t even score a meeting with Van Balen! He pawned me off on his TA-groupie, James.”

“Not James Stavros!” Alison shuddered. “There’s something warped about that guy.”

Megyn clutched her pillow to her chest. “Apparently, Mr. High and Mighty reviewed my thesis and said it was worthless. I’ve been working my ass off on it for two years! New hot-shot professor rips it apart and can’t even tell me to my face. I don’t get it! How could any thesis based on Thomas Jefferson be irrelevant?” Megyn broke into sobs. “I’m screwed! What the hell does Van Balen expect me to do?”

NAME: Jason Nelson
TITLE: Free Agent
GENRE: Urban Fantasy

PITCH:  Marissa Locks’ contract with the Fairy Godfather saved her sister’s life, but left Marissa his unwilling agent. Now, trapped between warring fairies, she’ll fight for a happily ever after of her own.

The New Year’s Eve Countdown told me I had five minutes until the ball drop. That gave me six minutes until somebody got killed. I spotted the shoplifter in line at the theater, and worked my way across the street, through the teeming crowd. She had no idea what she was wearing, which made her both stupid and dangerous.  Stupid was dangerous enough by itself. 

“Marissa, I might remind you of the time,” said a man’s voice.  came right out of the store window beside me, the dry voice with its not quite English accent. He watched me with critical eyes. 

“I got it, Grimm.” I walked along the theater line, head down. 

His image followed me, reflecting from the windows and even the brass banister knobs that held the velvet rope. “I’ll believe that when you actually do.”

Call it women’s intuition, or maybe the slippers tipped her off, but she turned and looked right at me. Our eyes met, and she knew why I was there, if not who I was. As the crowd surged forward, she ducked into the theater, disappearing into the throng.

“God Damsel-it.” I spat out the faint taste of soap. “Doesn’t count, not a real curse.”

“Watch your language, young lady. Only proper women live happily ever after. Now, go get those slippers back.” Grimm appeared in the ticket window, beckoning me on.

If I had enough Glitter to buy a happily ever after, I wouldn’t have spent all day chasing a thief.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Freaky Friday: Grave Encounters

I love the Travel Channel's GHOST ADVENTURES--although, it did take time to grow on me--and thought it would be perfect to do a horror movie based on the show's concept. The idea is a team of paranormal investigators, while staking out a possible haunting on their "lockdown", get much more than they bargained...a haunting of the horror movie kind.
GRAVE ENCOUNTERS beat me to it. The creator has obviously watched the show. The main actor, Sean Rogerson, nails Zak Bagans--the lead from Ghost Adventures--so well, he made me rolling from the start. The mannerisms and over-the-top personality are very similar. Ghost Adventures claims all the material they find as real and try to debunk anything to help with legitimacy. Grave Encounters, on the other hand, shows the lead Lance Preston (played by Rogerson) paying off a gardener for a ghost tale and then stating his skepticism. They also bring in a "psychic" who makes up all sorts of nonsense which they laugh over.
I see B-Class films in your future!
The movie starts like the show by explaining the location and interviewing locals and experts. They also explain different types of paranormal "evidence" such as EVPs (electronic voice phenomena), EMF meter (changes in electromagnetic fields), full spectral apparitions (ghosts), and psychic energy (self explanatory but "psychic" claims he feels energy--see above).
Before you watch the film, I would advise these two requirements: 1) Watch Ghost Adventures first. It is the only way to appreciate Rogerson's straight up hilarious impersonation of Bagans. 2) Be a fan of the found footage genre. If you're not, the shaky cameras and nonstop zooming will probably drive you nuts. Then again, even if you are a fan, it'll probably still drive you nuts, so fair warning.
The best part is you get to see some stuff the team can't. For example, when they take pictures or face the camera they can't see behind then, but the audience can. As J. Hubs said it's like a Where's Waldo of supernatural goodness. And a lot of fun!
As the lockdown comes to an end, things get more and more twisted. It soon becomes clear the team is not escaping any time soon. The first half is better than the second. Too many over the top scares takes away from the effect. If they had kept is subtle it would have been a much scarier and intriguing film, but still worth a watch.

Rating: C

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Need Help Getting Your Love Scene On?

Love, love, love is in the air with Valentine's Day right around the corner. Need some help with that love scene? Well, this Writer Wednesday post is for you! My writer friends and I are on the job. Introducing another fabulous workshop by our contest and workshop guru, Brenda Drake.

All the gooey details...

Love scenes can be in any category and genre. Yes, middle grade, too, especially upper middle grade. In some middle grades there can be a budding relationship and 'love' scenes may be more about the characters not sure what's happening with those hormones that have been dormant but are awakening as they approach puberty. Think more of a friendship confusion thing. YA, NA, and Adult, well, anything goes as long as it's PG13.

Yes, we're keeping this PG13 people, so stop before you get to 3rd base. The scenes are limited to 300 words max. It can be any love scene in your manuscript that you want a critique on. We'll take 35 entries. Critiques will go live February 12-28

Sign up on the linky at Brenda's blog HERE for a chance to win a spot in the workshop and to learn about all the awesome critiquers from January 14 through January 20. We'll post more information about formatting when we post the winners on January 21.

How do you feel about writing love scenes? Love 'em? Hate 'em?

Monday, January 14, 2013

Cover Reveal: The Dragon Empire
by Heather McCorkle

I'm celebrating this week's The Dragon Empire cover reveal from author, Heather McCorkle. Today, I get to share the details for her first upcoming Epic Fantasy Novel. And if you haven't checked out her fantastic YA Fantasy - Channeler series, now is the time. Stop by Heather's site to learn more.
The Dragon Empire by Heather McCorkle
February 2013 / Compass Press

About The Dragon Empire
On Yacrana, dragons stand at the top of the evolutionary ladder instead of humans. Such an advanced species is not without its issues though.

There's trouble in the Dragon Empire, the kind that could start a war between dragons and the races of people. Hidden factions of dragons believe they should rule the lesser races, not simply stand aside and allow them to develop as they will. Having lived so long in peace, the Emperors turn a blind eye, many oblivious that such attitudes even exist.

Despite being only an architect class, emerald dragon, Grendar is willing to risk banishment and death to stop that which his rulers refuse to see. The hope of peace lies not within the scaled breast of a dragon however, but within the hands of a group of people. But if the hidden factions have their way, these people won’t live to fulfill such a destiny. With a reluctant seer at his side, Grendar must leave his precious Empire for the outside world to save those that will one day save his kind. 

Author Bio: Heather McCorkle
I am an author of fantasy, in all its many sub-genres. Living green, saving endangered species, helping other writers, and supporting fabulous authors are a few of my passions. I am also a volunteer for the IS Foundation which works to make the world a greener place. When I'm not volunteering, writing, or surfing my social networking sites, I can be found on the slopes, the hiking trails, or on horseback. As a native Oregonian, I enjoy the outdoors almost as much as the worlds I create on the pages. No need to travel to the Great Northwest though, you can find me here, on my blog, and Monday night's on Twitter where I co-moderate the #WritersRoad chat.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Drafting from a Plotter's Point of View

Pantsers don't run away screaming how outlines stifle your creative freedom. Let me tell you a little secret first... I don't outline everything. EEEP! My plotter cover is blown. Well, maybe not. Here's the quick back story: a few months ago in a #Writersroad chat, I revealed my strategy for drafting a novel, and I've been asked to write a blog post on it ever since. So, here it is in all it's gooey glory.
Before I begin that first draft, before one word of the story hits the computer screen, I create an outline. It's not a play-by-play of the entire book. Instead, it includes the basic structure of what the novel might look like. Think of it like a skeleton. There's no meat, no muscle, no blood, just the bare bones. Heck, it's not even a complete skeleton. A foot there, a hand here. Nothing is holding it together...yet.
This bare bones outline includes a working title, a one sentence tag/pitch line, a brief background of the story (3-5 lines), any creatures (if it's paranormal), a plot synopsis (a paragraph or two), the reveal or climax (usually this idea hits me first), the ending or epilogue (where it may end up, emphasis on MAY), and the conflicts (including main and sub; think of common tropes). Now, this sounds complex, but when you start to fill it out, you'll see it truly is only the basic components of a story. To start adding on the meat, you need...
Say what now?
Character sketches. The plotter kicks in. Biting and clawing, she says, "Don't start that draft without knowing your characters." Don't fret, pantsers. We're not talking about an in-depth heart-to-heart, I-can-blackmail-you-with-everything-I-know relationships, but the basics help. Think about your character's physical traits: eyes, skin, height, weight, hair, etc. Then, go deeper. What's their fears, hopes, dreams, family life, enemies, friends, personality? And how do those things play into one another? My favorite thing is to hold an interview with the character and answer in that character's voice. It helps me get inside their head and know them better. Now, the trick is, I will NOT fill out this character sketch completely. I'll fill in more as I write and get to know the character better through the story's events (and that's the muscle of our skeleton, in case you were wondering). But, this rough sketch gets me started.
What a pretty sketch. I'll color you in later.
Finally, you'll need the blood. That's the chapter outline. It gets the plot pumping. Some plotters will construct a chapter-by-chapter breakdown of the entire novel before beginning the first draft. That's cool for them. I don't do it. I consider what I know about the characters from my sketches, and what I know about the plot from the bare bones outline, then I write notes--about 3-5 lines--on what I think will happen in the first chapter. Then, I continue these notes for chapters two through six. After I've written anywhere from 18-30 lines of outline on the first six chapters, I start drafting.
Ah see! Tricksy, I am. I love chapter outlines because they are my road map. The help me see where the story can go. However, I am not bound to them. By sketching out my characters and six chapters at a time, I allow my story to breathe. Sometimes, I'll discover a snake in the grass or a sharp curve for the next set of chapters. Other times, I'll discover a nuance of my character's personality I didn't know before, and I'll change the chapter outlines to reflect that revelation.
The most important part of outlining for me is the ability to be flexible. I am a planner, a thinker, an organizer. I don't jump into the water without trying to deduce what might be on the bottom. But, once I do jump, I allow myself the opportunity to adapt, to kick my feet, and swim to shore, all the while knowing that what I thought was under the surface might be something entirely different.

Are you a pantser or a plotter? How do you keep the story flowing and flexible? What have you discovered through writing?

Thursday, January 3, 2013

I Forgot to Pick a Winner...

The appropriately named title above shows my current state of mind. I'm in spinning-head mode and completely forgot to pick a winner for the Winter Wonders giveaway. I'm SUPER sorry. And to make up for it, I've decided to giveaway TWO copies, instead of one. So, without further adieu, the winners are...

Congratulations and THANK YOU so much for participating in the contest! I hope you both enjoy the anthology.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

All the News: 2012 Recap

Here's a look back at the 2012 year in review.

December 2012

I'm editing a new revision for CODE BLACK, beta reading for my Pitch Wars mentee, working on "secret project" with co-writer Yelena Casale, writing the last third of RED ALERT, and plotting new novellas. The WINTER WONDERS charity anthology also had its book birthday this month, so I'm actively marketing for that project. Oh and the holidays are here. That means family, friends, and food! It's a great--and busy--time of year. Wishing you all Happy Holidays!

November 2012

All is quiet here, except for these two words...Pitch Wars! I am the Mentor Ninja. Check out the news here.

October 2012

After light saber threats in August, I convinced...cajoled...bribed agents with let me revise CODE BLACK just one more itty bitty time. The good news, I actually feel like it's really done this time. This will probably last for another month or so, before I get the itch to revise again. But for now, it's the last edits. Really. I swear. Why are you laughing?

In other news, it's October AKA The Month Long Candy Consumption Celebration! My absolute favorite month of the year is here. And I couldn't be happier. So, Happy October, everyone!

September 2012

YAY! I know, crazy right? Most people bemoan the start of September because it marks a new school year (for themselves or their kids; neither for me, though) or the end of summer. However, I LOVE September because it means Autumn is coming and Halloween is right around the corner! I'm a HUGE Halloween buff. In case you need a reminder, my posts from last year about costumes are HERE, HERE, and HERE;  decorations are HERE; and top ten horror flicks are HERE. Yeah, Halloween is kind of my "thing". The Freaky Friday posts might have given you a clue. *wink*

The best part of September, however, besides it leading into October and Halloween, is the summer publishing lull comes to an end. Yes, many people in the industry will say that it doesn't exist or it's an urban publishing legend. Maybe it only "feels" like a lull, but somehow September brings a new energy that transcends to all parts of the industry. So, I'm cheering it on and crossing fingers on some good news this Fall.

August 2012

Wait, August? Are you kidding? Nope. I refuse. Turn back the clock, reset the calendar, I need a do over. The summer is half gone and there's no way to stop it. *Sigh*. The month of August is known as the "dead zone" in publishing. I'm not sure that's true as deals are being made every day and conference season is in full swing. However, a definite slow down does seem to occur with...well everyone. It's time to take vacations, hit the beach, and party. Unfortunately, I've done none of those three. Oh well. Onward and upward.

July 2012

Summer! Summer time in the city! And it is...HOT! Ugh. I hate the heat. I'm more an Autumn type of girl. Summer means hot miserable walks to the train, rush hour commutes with tons of sweaty people, and longingly looking for a trip to the beach...but, never having time to go. Not fun. Summer was much better as a kid. As an adult, not so much. Anyway, enough complaining.

A TOUCH OF DARKNESS has gotten a facelift and new life injected between the pages. CODE BLACK is done, done, and more done. In fact, I do believe one half of the Super Agent pair threatened me with a light saber if I revise it anymore. :) There may be a record of said occurrence on Twitter, somewhere. And this is why I love her. I need someone to stay STOP, or I'd revise forever.

Words are slowly proceeding on RED ALERT and VALHALLA CITY. And Secret Project has also passed approval by the Super Agents, so Yelena and I are diving into outlining, plotting, and most importantly, writing. More news to come.

All and all it's a hot summer, but starting out strong.

June 2012

Well hello summer, how are you? So much going on this month. BookExpo America, known simply as BEA, is taking place in NYC the first week of June. I'll most likely be attending on that Thursday as part of professional development training for my job, and also, cause it looks like so much fun!

RED ALERT, has been a bit of a slow process, but I'm churning away at it. Yelena and I have also decided on #secretproject and need to write the first few chapters and run them by super agents. News to follow soon. Lastly, VALHALLA CITY is at the bottom of the "to do" pile, but still getting some attention every now and again. When I finish the first project, I'll jump into this one full force, most likely toward the end of the year.

May 2012

*Stomps feet* It cannot be May. I am protesting. This year is zipping past and I can't catch my breath. But, since Father Time seems insistent on ignoring me, let me tell you the news... CODE BLACK is done! YAY. *Happy dance* Final edits are being completed the beginning of this month. *Bats eyes at super agents* I'm also working on the sequel, RED ALERT, dabbling at newest project VALHALLA CITY, and trying to figure out #secretproject with Yelena. Speaking of which, there may be a blog post about that very thing the first week in May... *trails off mysteriously*

April 2012

April, really? Oh, 2012, why do you continue to fly by at this pace? Well, I decided to start another novel. Why? It wouldn't leave me alone! This idea has been humming around my mind for the past two months, so I finally decided it couldn't wait. My newest novel is entitled VALHALLA CITY, and while, RED ALERT will take precedence, I'm going to work on this new project in between...everything else. Ah the life of a writer. :)

March 2012

I officially declare 2012 as moving way too fast. Hope you all are doing well. I'm hard at work on the sequel, RED ALERT, while running through revisions of CODE BLACK.Yelena and I are writing a sequel, lovingly called #2, as well as outlining an additional project together that is covertly called, #SecretProject. We'll be tweeting about both works-in-progress as we write, so if you're on Twitter keep an eye out for the hashtags.

February 2012

Why hello, February! Where did you come from? I started working on RED ALERT. I admit this took me some time to jump into. Although, Yelena believes I needed the break. Ha break, what's that? She was probably right. The editing process can be draining, but now, I'm back into drafting mode, and trying to not get distracted by...oh look shiny new ideas!

January 2012

Happy New Year! I can't believe 2012 is already here. It seems each year flies by faster than the last. 2011 featured several great steps up in my writing career. I finished CODE BLACK, and signed with my wonderful agent. Yelena and I went on sub. I attended two conferences, entered a few RWA chapter contests, and won one. All in all, not a bad year. I hope that 2012 proves as fruitful.

Currently, I'm awaiting feedback from betas on CODE BLACK, then it will be off to the agent. I'm also working on a sequel with Yelena, and another individual project. I hope to have two individual novels finished along with the collaborative project for a total of three books completed this year. Wish me luck! :)