From my family to yours, wishing you peace and happiness during the holidays and throughout the New Year. Thank you for your amazing support this year. It means so very much, and I'm looking forward to all the new adventures in store for 2015! ♥
Wow! It's done! There were many days over the past few months when I didn't think I'd ever be able to say that. Now that I can, it's time to celebrate! What better way to show my appreciation for such amazing readers than with a bargain price. Pre-order An Oath of the Kings on Amazon today and get the ebook for .99 cents before the price officially goes up on 10/17.
Hope you enjoy!
**A quick update regarding ISB4** Regrettably, I am unable to schedule a slot with my editor until the last week in August. (Followed by edits, another round of proofreading, and more edits!) Self-publishing is not for the faint of heart, I can assure you! Yet, these steps are absolutely crucial to delivering a quality product and I will accept no less. I THANK YOU for your understanding and patience.
Keep those Kindles & Nooks clear for an epic read as the saga of our favorite island shifters, Beck, Kiernan, Rogan & Airron, continues this Fall!
My very best always,
Yes, you know what it is. Typo. Like most authors, I take enormous pride in the quality of my work and a single comma out of place is enough to keep me up at night. Despite numerous rounds with proofreaders, a few minor typos in Angels of the Knights were recently brought to my attention and, as a result, I had the books re-edited. If you purchased any books in the series before 6/12, please make sure you download the digital update. Amazon claims they have an automatic updates feature but it doesn't (and never has) worked. Customers must do this manually. For those who purchased print copies or ebooks from retailers who do not provide updates, simply send me a message on my contact page and I will send a new error-free book.
Thank you, dear readers, for your understanding. Truly. I know how distracting it can be to a great story to come across typos while reading, so my sincerest apologies to all.
Then, again, I suppose it could always be worse.
Hi folks! After giving my last post more thought, I decided that the Knight/Princess idea for my next book will feature Airron Falewir's daughter from Island Shifters.
When we last saw Izzy in An Oath of the Children, she was having a bit of a rough time battling the enemy Ellvinians. (No spoilers in case you haven’t read it.) Three years later, she makes an appearance in An Oath of the Kings, and I’m finding her a spectacular character to write about. She’s the daughter of one of the most well-known and powerful shifters on the island. She carries the weight of trauma from her experience in Children. And, she’s a teen. A young lady coming into her own and dealing with all of the angst that journey entails.
In Feral Princess, she will be a few years older yet enabling me to address a more mature plot between her and her Knight. The story will take place off the island of Massa to give a fresh take on this familiar character that you will have watched grow from a young child over the series.
At least, that’s the plan right now. Still have two other books to finish first!
Much more later...:)
Wow! There's so much going on, I don't know where to begin. Let's start with Island Shifters - An Oath of the Kings (Book 4). The writing is going extremely well and I'm pleased with how it's shaping up. I can only be so fortunate if you do, too. ;)
After that, I’ll be working on a book called Eden’s Creatures. I’ve been collaborating with a new illustrator and will have a cover to reveal within the next few weeks. It’s contemporary fantasy, but not sure if it will be YA, New Adult or Adult yet. Depends on how the story fleshes out. Projected release date TBD.
Next, I will start on a historical romance tentatively called Feral Princess. At this point, I don’t have any concrete story ideas. I just know that I want to create a rogue Knight in a medieval setting (or possibly even Massa). He's a loner. A hard-as-nails bad ass who does not tolerate the company of people very well. That is, until he meets a beautiful, but willful, runaway Princess who manages to get under his skin. Projected release date TBD.
In between all of these projects, I may try to relax a bit and build some real-life memories. You know, read a little, laugh a lot, and enjoy a great summer with family and friends. I wish you all the same. In the meantime, please send me your comments. I can never get enough.
My very best always,
For those interested, a few tidbits about ISB4. The story takes place three years after ISB3 (An Oath of the Children). Kiernan, Beck, Rogan & Airron, now in their early forties, are enmeshed in their own lives. Soon, deadly political games bring the old friends back together again just to tear them apart in a powder keg of intrigue where no one is safe. Lifelong alliances are questioned, battle lines are drawn and tragedy strikes. Twice.
Of the children, Kenley is away on humanitarian travels. Kellan, Kane & Reilly are at Mage training for most of the story, but Jala and Izzy play prominent roles.
Readers are introduced to a rogue male Draca Cat named Regus who prowls the borders of Iserlohn. Enormous and powerful, Regus is unique in his capacity to summon a primordial element of his dragon heritage—fire breathing. But, due to his inability to control the magic that rages inside, he shuns his fellow Dracas. When an innocent life hangs in the balance, will this fierce loner do what he must at the price of his freedom? Or will he walk away?
Even I’m not sure yet. ;)
Nikki is now available on Amazon (both in print and ebook) a few days ahead of schedule. B&N, Kobo & Apple releases will be available within the next few weeks.
Working on Island Shifters 4 now. I'll have more information regarding another novel I plan to write after IS4 tentatively titled "God's Creatures".
Thank you all for your support! Keep those comments coming!
The Angels trilogy just received a facelift! I found a great new graphic artist, Deanna Dionne, who made a few tweaks to the covers in the way of an accent color and new fonts. I also made some edits to the books. With Nikki now finished, I took the opportunity to go back through Fallon and Blane to ensure consistency with the plot, and the process allowed me to make edits and add foreshadowing that didn't exist before. I'm excited about the changes because I know that they will enhance the trilogy as a whole.
So, if you already have digital copies of Books 1 & 2, make sure you retrieve the updates for your e-reader. (Fallon has already been uploaded and Blane will be uploaded by Tuesday.) And, let me know what you think of the new covers! I would love to hear your thoughts.
Look for Nikki to be released this Valentine's Day! If you are a Goodreads member, click on the button below for a chance to win signed copies of all three books in the trilogy. Other exciting giveaways will be posted soon. Good luck!
2013. Wow, what a year! It’s 5:30 am on Christmas Eve. Presents are wrapped, cookies are baked, family is still in bed. Seems a perfect time to reflect on the year. No matter who you are, twelve months cannot pass by in this adventure we call life without experiencing both highs and lows. In a journey riddled with hills and valleys, one day we struggle with an uphill climb and the next we're running with childlike abandon down the other side.
Still, the exact route we travel is uniquely our own. No two are alike. Sure, there are footsteps all around—some in front or back or right alongside. Several walk with us for a time and then branch off in other directions. A few disappear completely and we're forced to plod ahead without them one step at a time. The path forward is often shrouded in shadows and filled with unforeseen battles, but how we choose to fight through is up to us.
My weapon of choice? I try to be a hero. Now, don’t laugh. There’s no cape or mask involved. I don’t shoot sorceress lightning from my fingertips (well, unless the kids are fighting). No, my heroic powers are much more subtle. It’s there, in the way I interact with my sons. In making an effort to embrace the positives and not dwell on the negatives. In giving back to others (even if it’s a gesture as simple as a smile). I don’t always succeed, of course. I’m not perfect. Sometimes the battle weighs on me and I get tired. My sword arm grows heavy, my patience wears thin. But, I keep trying because I know that if I fail one day, I'll still have a chance to get it right another.
Life. Is. Hard. And, it’s one of the reasons I so love writing heroic fantasy. We all need heroes. That symbolic proof that good trumps evil. The knight in shining armor. The superhero. Or, someone closer to home. The parent who chases away monsters that lurk under beds. The soldier who sacrifices all that is dear to keep others safe. The stranger who lifts people up with a random act of kindness. Heroes inspire. They keep our fears at bay. They allow us to believe in magic, even if for a short time.
This quote sums up the power of heroic fantasy for me.
“She'll kill me if she finds you in here. Can you climb trees? Tell me you can climb a tree!"
Patch grinned, "I can fly.”
― Becca Fitzpatrick, Hush, Hush
Be a hero in 2014. Fly. I'm guessing that people who think they are heroes can change the world. I know that I couldn’t fly without all of you. Writing is such a huge source of joy in my life. Your comments, your reviews, and the fact that you read my words provide the wind that keeps me in the air. Thank you for allowing me to soar this year.
Happy holidays to you and yours!
Hello folks! Just wanted to pop in and give you an update. If all goes well, Nikki should be finished within the next two weeks. Then starts the editing phase which usually lasts around four to six weeks. Expect a published book by early to mid February. I will be announcing some giveaways around the first of the year to gear up for the release.
After that? My spring will be consumed with finishing Island Shifters Four. Very excited about that.
Thank you so very much for reading my words. It's appreciated more than you know.
I leave you with the quote of the day. This one by Kade. In this scene, Blane races up to Fallon and Kade preparing to fight a Black Knight from Mordeaux.
Blane got out of the car and sprinted toward Fallon and Kade. Blood dripped from Kade's face, but he had somehow managed to find a metal rod that he hefted back and forth in his hands, apparently gauging its damage potential.
“Tyras” from Angels of the Knights – Nikki. I started this book despising this character, the epitome of all that is evil in the world, but he is proving more complicated than that.
A shout out to the incomparable Nick Deligaris for bringing him to life.
[Insert hard brake sound effect here]. I had a change of mind that I hope won't upset too many people. But...I'm shelving Island Shifters - An Oath of the King to finish Angels of the Knights - Nikki. Why? Two reasons.
First, when last we left off in Book 3 of Island Shifters, everything was buttoned up very tidy. No cliffhangers, no teasers, no cursing or clamoring. Perfect. Just the way I like it. Since Book 4 is going to be the start of a brand new adventure, there is no sense of urgency (at least no one has indicated as such to me).
Second, and simply put, more people want Nikki. Issues are unresolved. The fate of a certain character is unknown. It's the last book in a trilogy. Urgency is higher.
So, onward with Nikki. I'm really excited to explore her story. I will post an estimated release date within a few weeks when I have a better idea.
As always, I welcome any and all comments.
Thanks for reading.
For some reason, I have spent more time than usual on knotty, little paragraphs that exist purely to drive me insane. I cut and paste and twist and turn, but sometimes the writing just doesn’t flow exactly right. If I read the chapter back and keep stumbling at the same spot, I know something is off and it prickles at me like a sore tooth.
Sort of like a Rubik’s Cube with one column the wrong color. Everything around the offending little horror is lined up perfectly, but that one area draws the eye and makes it, well…not perfect.
I have often compared writing to puzzle solving. With both, tiny tidbits of information must be gathered and meshed together to create a beautiful whole. All imperfections stand out and the process is often frustrating and seemingly impossible to solve. But, in order to see the beauty underneath, you keep at it. You analyze and pick and prod until all the pieces fall into place. When they finally do...when all those squares line up, it’s a rush like no other.
Not that I’ve ever solved a Rubik’s Cube, mind you. I don’t have the patience for that kind of thing. I prefer the conundrum of constructing Book 4 in a 400,000 word epic fantasy any day. Call me weird or call me a writer. Either fits.
I don’t know about you, but summer is slipping through my fingers like melted butter and as a result, I haven't been able to accomplish all of my goals. I had hoped to have An Oath of the Kings 75% complete by now, but I am currently at 25%. Angels of the Knights - Nikki is supposed to be fleshed out and outlined. Nope, not done. Sorry.
I blame the children. To lodge a complaint, email addresses are available upon request. ;)
That said, I promise that I will try to wrestle August into submission and get some work done. More updates soon. Until then, enjoy your summer, stay safe, and keep reading.
Island Shifters is going on a Book Blast Tour hosted by Goddess Fish. Stop by the awesome blogs listed below to win a copy of Island Shifters books 2 & 3 and a $25 gift certificate.
June 10: The Wormhole
June 10: Long and Short Reviews
June 11: Sandra's Blog
June 12: Kay Berrisford
June 13: Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
June 14: Deal Sharing Aunt
June 17: Out of the Lockbox
June 18: Penny For Them...
June 19: Crazy Four Books
June 20: Fantasy Powered by Love
June 21: Musings and Ramblings
Airron Falewir, Melania and his manservant, Quincy (yes, the same Quincy that tried to bar Airron from seeing Melania at the end of Book Two) are discussing the fact that King Thorn has been murdered by an alleged Mage.
“I’m afraid I have devastating news, my Lady.” Quincy turned toward Airron and wiggled his nose in distaste. “My Lord.”
“Out with it, man. What's happened?” Airron asked, planting his feet and crossing his arms at his chest.
One of the soldiers behind Quincy stepped forward. “King Thorn is dead, Lord Falewir. Murdered in his private gardens this morning.”
Melania let out a squeal of disbelief.
He nodded. "The Gladewatcher on duty claims a sorcerer appeared out of nowhere and attacked them in the gardens. The Mage tangled him up with a spell and then killed the King. A few moments after the assassin left, the spell dissipated, but it was too late.”
“A Mage?" Airron mused out loud, running a hand through his long, white hair. "That’s impossible. Beck assured me that the Dagarmon are marked.”
“Can we believe him?” Melania asked quietly.
His gaze snapped to hers. “Of course, we can believe him! I’ve known Beck since we were children. He’s like a brother to me, Melania, as you very well know. Come now, the bloody man carried me across his back for leagues once to save my life!”
“That was many years ago.”
Violet eyes narrowed to slits. “What are you suggesting?”
“I am just pointing out that people change, Airron. Certainly, you don’t expect Beck to be the same as he was back then just as you are not the same man you once were.”
Airron rubbed his jaw. Her point would be well taken if they were talking about any other man. But, this was Beck Atlan. “If Beck says the Dagarmon are marked, then they are marked. Regardless,” he said moving toward the door, “this unconscionable act must be taken up with the Council of Kings. We cannot—.” He stopped suddenly as the implication of King Thorn’s death sank in. “Wait, if Thorn…that means…”
“Yes,” Quincy muttered dryly and dropped to one knee, “you are now the King of Haventhal. Dear Highworld, help us all.”