Category Archives: My Books

Pre-order Demonstruck, a Prequel to A Song of Dreams and Demons

Wondering what Rynlee’s life was like before she was reunited with Jeynen? Now you can find out!

This story is set during Ryn’s very first year as a Purator. There’s a hidden darkness in the school, and Ryn is kind of failing one of her classes!

See how she gets from there to the powerful demon hunter she is in A Song of Dreams and Demons by pre-ordering the prequel, Demonstruck. This novella will be available on April 7th, and it will be a higher price. If you want to get it for only 99 cents, preorder now.

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Book Re-Launch!!!

I published Rynlee’s Song exactly one year ago.

Then I took it down, and it took me months to find a good editor. If any of you are looking for one, you can hire her from here.

Today, my book is back out on the market, with a new title, updated cover, and the same story – just a lot more polished :)

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Here’s the new cover, guys!!! I’m so excited to share this new edition with you.

Writing Processes

A writing process is kind of like pregnancy, each person’s experience is different, and even with the same woman, each pregnancy (or book) takes different techniques, coping methods and ways of working.

Now, I’ve never been pregnant, but I have written several books.

Whether you’re writing your first book or your tenth, you’re still figuring out a process. You never have to *stop* trying new writing things or settle on one process for the rest of your career. The beauty of writing is that it is different for different people, situations and books. Your needs will change, and your process can change to reflect that.

Here’s a bit about my basic process:

  1. I like to spend a few weeks brainstorming, gathering a playlist, writing snippets of scene ideas or character bios, and just playing with the story
  2. I write a few sentences of summary for major scenes and then a brief outline or list of ideas for in-between scenes
  3. Depending on my schedule, I like to leave that outline/brainstorming document for a while and work on something else
  4. For the first draft, I write almost every day, with word count goals and a self imposed deadline (that I don’t usually make, to be honest)
  5. Then I like to leave the book for at least a month while I either outline or edit another project
  6. One round of editing myself
  7. I send the book to my beta readers while going back to another project (usually the same one as in step 5)
  8. I make the changes from beta readers and do other edits if I’ve found more places in my novel that need the help
  9. After that, my novel goes to a professional editor for a line edit
  10. I make her suggested changes
  11. Then my editor and I proofread it together, and viola! Finished book.

I’ll put more detail about each step if a future post if you guys want to know more. I highly suggest checking out this book. It really helped me with my first novel, and while I don’t need to be as immaculate with my outlining anymore, I still reference it from time to time.

I’d love to hear about your writing processes in the comments!

Why I Love Writing

This past week I got very stuck on a WIP I thought I loved, titled Ghost Hours. I really didn’t want to write it and found any excuse not to work on it. Even though the characters intrigued me and I had it all outlined and ready to write, it was hard to do. Partly this is because after writing three chapters I realized the story better fit first person present tense, so I slowly went back and changed everything. That really made me doubly not want to write any more chapters. I’m sad that I’m so stuck and I have no desire to continue this story, because I think it’s awesome and needs to be told.

Here’s what I did. I pulled Clockwork Angel off my shelf (my #1 favorite series by any author EVER) and flipped through it, wondering what made me love it so much. It, and all my other favorite books, inspired me to write a list about why I love writing. What is it that makes me fall in love with characters and want to tell their stories? After writing this list, I realized there were a lot of things Ghost Hours didn’t have enough of and that’s why I was having such a hard time with it. I wasn’t writing the kind of book that I’d want to read! DUH.

I encourage all of you to write your own list and whenever you have a new WIP, run it through the list. Make sure this is a book you’d die to get your hands on if you hadn’t wrote it yourself, and then you’ll never lose your passion for writing it. This is everything I look for in a good book to read, so I want to write with it in mind from now on. Here’s my list:

  1. Very strong emotions – sad and happy
  2. Swoon-worthy romance, kisses
  3. Magic, fantasy and otherworldly elements
  4. The moments that make life worth living
  5. Redemption, forgiveness, faith, trust
  6. Real characters that make my heart ACHE
  7. Killer romantic tension
  8. Making hard choices

Post your lists in the comments, I’d love to see them!

WIP Update

As of today, my editor is very close to being finished with her second round and I expect to be getting Rynlee’s Song back soon. I still don’t want to say a specific publication date, because I’m not 100% sure how long it will take me to make corrections from the editor’s notes and get all the files prepared.

Also, today I finished the re-outline of a WIP I’m calling Ghost Hours. Woot! I wrote this book in February but there were a lot of things wrong with it, because I just pantsed the entire thing. It’s waaaaaay more fascinating, fleshed out and just overall better now so I’ll be starting to write draft 2 tomorrow :)

I have about 25,000 words done on the sequel to┬áRynlee’s Song, which is called Rynlee’s Father, but I want to finish Ghost Hours first – aiming to publish it right before Halloween. I’ll be doing a cover reveal probably in August or September.