Getting Closer: A Month Out!

As of today, we are one month exactly out from the release of my next novel, The Thing About Apples. Funny how those things creep up on you, isn’t it? In the next couple of weeks we will be working on the final touch ups, getting everything formatted correctly, and (my favorite part) finalizing the cover image.

It’s been hitting me randomly throughout the past couple of weeks, in between the house improvements and wedding planning, that my third novel is almost published. That I will have three novels under my belt before the age of 24. Before legally changing my name. Before having kids. Things I had never really imagined happening, if we’re going to be totally honest. I might not be the most prolific, or most talented or even sell the most copies. But it’s a start, and I fully intend to keep on building up and out on that.

That being said: now is the time to contact me if you’d like to host a week of my blog tour, occurring shortly after the release of the book. If you’d like to see me do a physical release party in Colorado, I’m also up for that. If you know of any bloggers looking for more books to review, I will have some review copies on hand for those purposes. I’ll be having at least one semi-private release party and am working on more events as we go forward. Essentially, if you have an idea on how to get this latest novel out into the hands of more readers, I’m all ears.

For the next month I’m going to be buckling down regarding The Thing About Apple’s release- so wish me luck, send me some good vibes and lift up your prayers. I can’t wait to share this with all of you!

Women’s Fiction No Longer

I never really thought I’d start my writing career with ‘women’s fiction’. My favorite author was Terry Pratchett, my favorite mangaka Kaori Yuki and I loved magical girl animes and Princess stories. When I wrote my first sixty-page novel in fifth grade, it was a dragon story. In high school I became fixated on vampires and the occult, and recently went into a fascination with faerie lore.

But the story I got out first was women’s fiction- a story laid out in the ‘real world’ that revolved around a female character and some major events of her life. Even as a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, I intentionally left out magic because the story I wanted to tell involved how fairy-tale relationships would play out in real life.

Now with two books in that series published, and the third coming out this July, I’m beginning to wonder why ‘women’s fiction’.

Not ‘why write this instead of fantasy’ but ‘why women’s?’. And not ‘why write female characters’ but ‘why not just say you write general fiction?’. When I was convinced as a child that I was going to start right out the gate with dragon stories with big heroines, I didn’t think of them as ‘women’s fantasy’ just because the characters are female and might, on the off chance, appeal to women more. So why shortchange myself as a writer now?

Sure, the Once Upon A Reality series focuses on women. And it sometimes focuses on primarily female issues, such as childbirth, and female puberty. But so what? I spent many years in high school reading male coming of age stories or mid life crisis regarding manhood and those were never designated ‘man’s fiction’. And i learned from those stories, regardless of the fact that I was born female and identify as a woman. Men and women alike can find something to learn from Jolee, Lyn and Ann. Both men and women can relate to the likes of Adam, Gage, Phillipe and Hunter.

So I’m done personally designating the installments of the Once Upon a Reality series as ‘women’s fiction’. From now on, I will refer to them simply as ‘fiction’ and welcome all kinds of readers to delve into my characters’ lives.

And don’t forget- when you read, leave a review for me on Goodreads or Amazon, or email me or comment on the blog. I love to hear from my readers, no matter who you are or what you have to say!

Release Date Chosen!

Alright, everybody, get pumped: The Thing About Apples will be released on July 5th, 2016! That’s a little over four months from now, which means I’ve got a lot of work to do between now and then to make sure that I’m helping my publisher release the best version of this work for you possible. In the coming months I’ll be posting a lot of updates regarding how the process is going (I’m always excited when it comes time to see the cover! eLectio does an amazing job with those). Don’t forget to get your copies of the rest of the series in time to catch up!

Acquisition Notice: The Thing About Apples

Sorry about the day-late post, but I figured that this would be more exciting than anything I could have drudged up yesterday: My third full-length fiction novel, The Thing About Apples, has been accepted for publication by eLectio publishing! We’ll be getting a release date set very soon, and I can’t wait to share it with you. Thank you for all of your support and well-wishes during this time!

Remember, you still have time to get your copies of the first two installments in this series, ‘Till the Last Petal Falls and To Dwell in Dreams, in paperback or in eBook format. Since it’s an installment series, each book is a stand-alone novel, but characters from previous books reappear in the subsequent novels, and it’s always fun figuring out how these very different stories end up being connected.

Progress: The Thing About Apples

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I’m sure celebrating, though not just for the holiday. After a rough writing period, I have finally finished The Thing About Apples. This draft has taken me the longest to complete, considering its length, and is in the most need of a thorough edit. I’m glad I pushed through it, though, as it’s easier to move forward with shaping this raw material than it is to try to bang it out right the first time. 

The schedule for now is that I’m going to leave the project for a week while I’m in Ireland, and then print out the typed draft to begin editing chapter by chapter. That’s thirty chapters to edit, many of them needing either a good bit more fleshing out or, in some cases, a complete overhaul. My plan is to finish the first edit by the summer, leave it for about a month, and then either edit it again myself or give it to my editor to see what edits he thinks should be made. Also waiting on my beta readers to finish their once overs on the project to add/act on their recommendations. So optimistically I should have The Thing About Apples ready for formal submission around the end of summer or beginning of fall. Wish me luck! 

Though I’ll be taking a break from this series after finishing this third book to work on more fantasy projects, I do have the next book planned. It will be a Cinderella story based around a teen mom, tentatively titled Walking on Glass.

What do you hope to see from either of these titles, readers? I’m always open to suggestions!

Five Star Review: “I Loved This Book”

Looks like I got a five-star review on Amazon and I didn’t even see it! Amazon reviewer TheBookPrincess writes that:

I loved this book.

I was afraid that I wouldn’t at first, because I found myself having a strong distaste for the heroine right away. But a few chapters in and I was hooked. I could not put down this book, and I loved the elements of fairy tale interwoven with the story set in the present day. It was an engaging, disturbing, and absolutely riveting read.

Thank you for the review! Remember, if you’ve read To Dwell in Dreams that I always appreciate any and all reviews whether they are posted on Amazon or Goodreads. If you haven’t read the second installment of the ‘Once Upon a Reality’ series yet, you can still get your copy and start the year off right with a good read by ordering a copy from Amazon, direct from the publisher, or you can always e-mail me to special order a signed copy.

Goodreads Giveaway Complete: The Winners

Thanks to all four hundred and fifty eight people who entered my recent giveaway of my second novel, To Dwell in Dreams

The five winners are:

 

S. Steinbruegge, of Mexico, MO

Jenny Villavicencio, of Calabasas, CA

Anna Langford of Plansfield, IN

Alison Sumprer of Nanuet, NY

Micelle Carter of Wilmington, DE

 

Congratulations! Your signed copies of To Dwell in Dreams will be in the mail shortly.

Don’t forget you can still get your copy from Amazon, from the publisher (who, if you buy a paperback copy, you will recieve an electronic copy for free) or you can contact me for a signed copy directly from me for a limited time.