Saturday, November 25, 2017

Orc in Winter Snippet

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Snippet: Orc In Winter

“Good morning, cousin. We have you safely hidden for now, and Goddess willing, will move you north out of harm's way in a few short days.”
The Orc grimaced. “It was my job to protect you, Tad. Not be coddled like yon babe.”
“You will one day be at full strength and protect me again. This is but for a season.” She raised her eyebrows at him. “If it was a sword wound you would not fuss so much.”
Sherrow scowled. “Honey bread pudding. I was laid low by a sweet.”
Morwenna hid a smile. She did not expect an Orc to sound so much like a sulky child.

Release Day--Orc in Winter!

Orc in Winter released today! This is a fantasy romance novella set in a fantasy world I have been developing for some time. 

As a child I adored the Narnia books, too the point I had pages memorized, just from the frequent reading. My father worked in Canada and bought me the Penguin Paperbacks before paperbacks were available in the USA. They had the gorgeous Pauline Baynes covers and illustrations.

The first story I ever sold, Faunication, was roughly set in a Narnia inspired world--not exactly alike, though, since I had my own made up buntaurs, rabbit-faun-creatures..

I started developing the world in the late eighties for a children's book that never got off the ground. Years later a writer friend and I, both newbies, decided to enter a winter story in an antho. Mine was Faunication, the romance of two young people flung to a magical forest and transformed into faun-like creatures. After that I played with a number of stories, though I only published one more short. It seemed to me that fantasy romance like I was writing, in a world similar in some ways to Middle Earth or Narnia, was not popular at all.

But now it is the end of 2017. The ebook self-pubbed market is a chaotic sea of crazy. So it's as good a time as ever to publish a book in an extreme niche.

I first wrote Orc as an 8k short story, now it is a novella length since I added about ten thousand words. It is still not a long book, but I think novellas are perfect for the winter holidays, something you can finish before bedtime!

The series is called realms of Glister. It involves several countries on the same continent, related by a common magic, Glister, though for many, that magic is historical since their country has lost Glister. Some places still have magic, though. Sherrow, my Orc hero, comes from Hobb, a land with abundant magic. Morwenna, my heroine, has only heard stories of magic. This is a stand-alone romance, though I suspect the Land of Hobb and my couple will make an appearance in another story. I am working on a 4 book series, the adventures and loves of four siblings, who return as young adults to the magical kingdom of Emrysdel to find it in chaos.

I did a video interview with Focus on Fantasy!

And yes, I am that pale. I should have used bronzer, lol.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

I probably did not write to market

Hmmm. I probably did not write to market with this one!

 I was looking through Fantasy Romance on Amazon and saw nothing like my planned fantasy series, Realms of Glister. Nothing reminiscent of Middle Earth or Narnia, my 'world' inspirations. Maybe my inspirations are too old-fashioned. My cover doesn't have the princess in peril look, either. And it is purple and orchid.

My heroine Morwenna isn't a princess. She is a smallhold farmer and mother of an infant, the widow of a soldier who was a King's Guardsman.

She opens her cottage to hide a dying Orc, one of the Queen's Orc guards. The Orcs were poisoned by an assassin, and only Sherrow, who is a half-Orc, transformed from human to Orc by a bite and ritual, survives. For this service, the Queen awards her a fine estate in the north. but they have to travel there, near midwinter, with an infant, a sick Orc and an assassin on the loose.

Orc in Winter will release at Thanksgiving, eek. It is a novella. 

I have several more stories started, some stand-alone novellas, other's are part of a sibling series.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Writing --The Near Future

I will reveal my cover for Orc in Winter this weekend! It will release at Thanksgiving. I may put it on preorder just so I have a set date. I like my original cover but thought I might go for a more romantic look. With a castle.

I started a new Diaspora Worlds book ( I thought) but I'm thinking it won't fit for steamy romance since the most dynamic characters are a bunch of kids. I may decide to run with it as a kid's book. It could also go into the Starlander world. Maybe I'll post it on Wattpad for a while.

Since the market for ebook romance is so crazy, I've pretty much decided to write what I want for a year or so and not worry about sales!

Though I have had a great Free promotion for Her Cyborg Awakes. I put it free on all vendors after a quarter with Amazon KU. Since Oct 8 I have had over 1k downloads and only dod a Fiverr BKNights promo. I generally have good sell-through for free promos, so that was exciting. An old book, too!

Like a good indie writer, I took advantage of a sale and booked edits for June and October 2018. So SOMETHING will get published! I'm too cheap to ignore the deal! I have another book halfway finished in the Orc fantasy world.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Diaspora Worlds Going Wide!

All my Diaspora Worlds books are working their way into all the digital bookstores! I decided to take them out of KU and set book 1 to Perma free on all vendors. 

It has taken a long time, but I have decided where I am going with the Diaspora Worlds. There are a few secondary characters I would like to revisit, but I think those will be short stories at .99 or free.

My next miniseries will be built around a group of Zh Cle' space freighters who discover a type of dimensional space travel(fantasy space element, the Zh Cle' have an established history of unusual powers).

While the Brothers from New Prague were planetary royalty, my new series will feature people who were raised on Reservation Worlds and face racial prejudice throughout the Terran Alliance. I'm excited to explore the Diaspora Worlds through this lens. My goal is to have the first book of four out in March.

In the Fantasy Realm, Orc in Winter revisions are almost finished, then to the editor, then to readers at Thanksgiving! For some reason I have been having writer-ly fun and enjoyment doing these revisions. 

Perhaps I am better able to compartmentalize my actual acts of writing from the current market craziness, which is difficult for so many writers right now.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Long and Whiny Road to Autumn

I love autumn and tend to want to look over my year, to start preparing for the new one.

This past year has had challenges for sure. I thought I would publish a fantasy rom novella and an SFR, but, life. Which has been the story of my life for the past several years!

In February we got very bad news about our health insurance plan changes, which left expensive meds hubby and I both take off the plan. A financial crisis, there. We tried to get that fixed but finally, I was forced to look for a new job. I'm 60, with mobility issues, so needed all desk/computer. And good insurance. And a little money! So that consumed time, energy and all my focus on writing fled. 

I finally found a job the end of April. It wasn't ideal. Insurance and money were good, the boss was demanding and scolding, and it involved more walking than I would be able to do during bad times. So I was still in job hunt mode.
Did I mention I live in a small oil boom town that has hit a huge depression due to the oil crash? Yeah...

I soldiered on. Became obsessed with kidlit and Harry Potter fanfic, lol. Comfort reads, I think. Plus, free, since the medication bills set us so behind. And some are very creative in a What If sense. When not writing, I am a book a day reader.

A little writing going on. Did some fun beta reads. 

A writer friend I knew online for years passed away so suddenly of an infection. My age. She had a stomach ache one day, went to the ER, and died the next day.

Thirty fanfics later, hubby burned his delicate, diabetic neuropathy feet, 2nd degree burns over 90% on one foot, 50% on the other. He is disabled due to his feet, so this was another crisis, the type that could lead to amputations (a 365 fanfic download situation).  Six weeks of bedrest with three dressing changes a day. Happily, I have lovely, helpful daughters who leaped in to help.

Finally, some good news. Scoldy boss got fired for scolding, I left the daily hike behind, and I got a substantial raise! I quit job hunting, since they seemed to want me to stick around. Hubby got off bed rest but needed to regain strength. I cut back on the fanfic.

I got back a beta read on a short story that opened it up for me. I revised, knowing where I was going. Writing was fun, right now. Set for a Thanksgiving release, Orc in Winter is a winter holiday fantasy romance set in a high fantasy world.

I have a scifi story that is eating my brain, but it starts with a pack of kids. Set in the Diaspora Worlds, though. An adult couple is just around the corner. We'll see if I can wrestle it into a Diaspora Worlds romance, or if it will need a new setting and become YA. Hmmm. Early days, still.