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The Burning Chaos is here!

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I’m very happy to announce the ebook of THE BURNING CHAOS has arrived! You can get it at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The print will be following shortly and I’ll post again when I get those links!

Curious about the series, but haven’t read the first book yet? Well, you’re in luck because THE FADING DUSK is on sale for just 99 cents! You can also find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Here’s a peek at the first page of the ebook. Don’t you love the dragon? It was illustrated by my talented friend Merritt!

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Nobody’s Lady is here!

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Nobody’s Lady, the second book in the Never Veil trilogy, is here! The second book in Amy McNulty’s series picks up right where the first one left off, answering all of your burning questions! I really loved this one. It was interesting seeing how the villagers act now that the curse on their village has been broken. For some of them, it’s like meeting entirely new characters altogether! Impossible to put down, you’ll find yourself racing through the pages. But watch out for that ending…

You can find the ebook of Nobody’s Lady on Amazon! (And you can also preorder the paperback!) And if you’re completely new to the Never Veil world, now is the perfect time to buy the ebook of Nobody’s Goddess, as it’s on sale for 99 cents!

Happy Reading!

Fun Fact: I helped come up with the title for this book (and book three, Nobody’s Pawn!). 🙂

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Cover Reveal: Nobody’s Lady

I’m so excited to share the cover for the next book in Amy McNulty’s Never Veil series, Nobody’s Lady! I think I love this one ever more than the first one. Take a look and tell me what you think!

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Gorgeous, right? I love Noll’s expression!

For the first time in a thousand years, the men in Noll’s village possess the freedom to love whom they will. In order to give each man the chance to fully explore his feelings, the lord of the village decrees all marriages null and void until both spouses declare their love for one another and their desire to wed again. What many women think will be a simple matter becomes a source of village-wide tension as most men decide to leave their families and responsibilities behind.

Rejected by the lord and ashamed of her part in the village’s history, Noll withdraws from her family and lives life as an independent woodcarver. This changes when her sister accuses her of hiding her former husband Jurij from her—and when Jurij eventually does ask to move in. Determined not to make the same mistakes, Noll decides to support her male friends through their new emotional experiences, but she’s soon caught up in a darker plot than she ever dared imagine possible from the men she thought she knew so well. And the lord for whom she still has feelings may be hiding the most frightening truth of them all.

I’ve read this one and it’s fantastic, folks. Mark your calendars; it’s out April 12th. That’s not too far away!!

Add the book to your Goodreads page!

You can also preorder the paperback (and hold that beautiful cover in your hands and drool over it)!

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No, I haven’t forgotten about this blog.

WHAT? AN UPDATE? HOW CAN THAT BE?!?!

Yes, I’m fully aware that I pretty much suck when it comes to updating this blog. This is what happens when I’m writing and editing. I tend to forget about things like my blog or my Facebook page. It’s bad but it’s also good because it means I’m busy!

So what have I been up to? Earlier this year I wrote the second book in the Smoke and Mirrors series (I really need to reveal the title of that soon!). It, sadly, was not perfect (not that I expected it to be, but that would have been nice!) and required a bit of editing/deleting/rewriting and all that fun stuff. I wrote the ending three times before I got it right, but guess what? I might go back and change it again! Why? One of the things I like to do to get to know new characters is write short stories from their POVs. In the Smoke and Mirrors series, I introduce new characters in book 2 and even MORE new characters in book 3 (which is still an outline at this point!). Sometimes it’s hard for me to throw a character in the middle of another character’s story (in this case, Irina’s story). I want to know who this other character is, but it’s hard to get inside of their head when I’m writing strictly from another character’s POV. So that’s why they get their own short stories (Phil’s story in A Promise of Magic is a perfect example of this. I wrote that story BEFORE I wrote The Soul Healer, even though it takes place AFTER that novel! It really helped me get a feel for both him and Kain, which is why I didn’t have any trouble writing them in The Soul Healer. I already knew, for example, that Phil was a picky eater and that Kain liked to say foolish things.). I decided in October to write a story from the POV of  a character that will make her first appearance in book 3. It started off as a little project, but now it’s evolved into this much bigger story that’s given me a ton of new ideas for book 3. The only problem is I now have to go back and tweak some things in book 2. I don’t think it’ll be too many changes, though! It’s just a lot of work during the craziest time of the year. I’m hoping once things calm down in January I’ll be able to wrap everything up and polish the short story so it’s ready to be shared soon after I publish book 2. And then I’ll get to work on book 3, which I actually cannot wait to start writing, all because I decided to write this short story.

So that’s where I am, writing wise. I’d been hoping to write two novels this year, but I’m happy with one novel and one short story (which will hopefully not be THAT long, but who knows with me). I can’t make any promises about no longer neglecting this blog and I want to thank everyone who’s still sticking around to read my random rambles. You’re awesome.

Also, The Fading Dusk went on a blog tour! If you’re interested in reading my interviews, some excerpts from the novel, and all the lovely reviews that were posted, then check out this link!

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Guest Post: Erin Latimer and FROST

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Today I’d like to welcome Erin Latimer to the blog! Erin’s book, FROST, released last week, and she’s here to discuss how mythology has inspired her writing.

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There’s something about mythology that really starts the ideas flowing. Maybe it’s the ability to build on top of this awesomely complex world that’s already been created. You know, sort of like fanfiction. But your source material is a heck of a lot older.

Maybe it’s because so much of it involves magic, and that’s always been what stokes the fires of my imagination. Magic is something that gives your story an “anything could happen” vibe, because really, nothing is off limits as long as it stays within the rules of that made up world.

I’ve enjoyed both writing and reading about Greek mythology (Percy Jackson, anyone?) as well as Egyptian and now…obviously, Norse.

For me there’s something special about Norse mythology. Maybe it’s the thought of the Vikings drinking and carousing and telling one another tales about Thor and Loki, passing stories down from one to the next. I’ve always had a soft spot for Vikings. Even if the real Vikings never wore awesome hats with horns on them. Yes, I know. That killed a little piece of my soul when I learned that, but think of how impractical that would be in the middle of war. Or just…y’know, getting through doorways.

Maybe Norse mythology is so great because people recognize a lot of the names now, (thanks Marvel) so you get people going, “Oh, right. Loki!” rather then, “Who’s this now?” and sometimes that’s a good thing. Of course, sometimes that’s a very annoying thing, since a lot of people seem to think anything you write to do with Loki or Thor is actual fanfiction. That’s another post for another time though.

It might be the fact that, in spite of the passing familiarity a mainstream audience may have, there’s so much left untouched, even by the comic books. It leaves you loads to work with and so many ideas to toss around. Greek mythology is sort of the meat and potatoes of mythologies. It’s great, and I love it, but it’s been done a lot. So when I started researching Norse, it was fresh and new and exciting.

And there’s no copyright on that stuff, it’s been around for too long. So you can play with it, build on it, mold it, command it to do your bidding. You’re a giant kid with a playdough castle and you’re the king, you can squish those little suckers into any shape you like.

Of course, keep in mind you’ll get feedback on your newly shaped creations. I’ve had people tell me I was ruining it. I’ve had yelly emails from staunch mythology enthusiasts who don’t want me on their playground. And that’s okay, because angry yelling over a piece of art is not a privilege, it’s a right. Once you fling your story out into the world it’s not really yours anymore. They do what they wish with it.

As for me, I’m going to keep using mythology for inspiration. I’m going to keep taking from it. I’m going to keep playing with it and changing it and yes, probably screwing it up.

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Erin Latimer is a young adult fantasy writer who was born and raised in Victoria, BC and recently moved to Vancouver. She writes books, makes silly vlogs about writing and reads excessively.

Her book FROST was released by Patchwork Press on August 25th, 2015. FROST is a YA fantasy based on Norse mythology, about a teen who accidentally freezes the first boy she kisses and discovers her family tree is weirder than expected.

 

For more about Erin, check out: http://www.erin.patchwork-press.com/

Buy FROST today!

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Megan Walker’s touch has turned to ice. She can’t stop the frost, and the consequences of her first kiss are horrifying.

When her new powers attract attention, Megan finds herself caught up in an ancient war between Norse giants. One side fuelled by a mad queen’s obsession and an ancient prophecy about Ranorak, the other by an age-old grudge. Both sides believe Megan to be something she’s not. Both sides will stop at nothing to have her.

Fire or frost. It’s an impossible decision, but she’ll have to act soon, because the storm is coming.

You can also try to win a copy of FROST! Check out this amazing giveaway here!

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Sign Up for My Blog Tour!

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I’m very excited to announce that THE FADING DUSK will be featured in a blog tour from October 26th to November 13th! YA Bloggers, if you are interested in hosting me and my book, please visit Xpresso Book Tours and fill out the form at the bottom! There will be a giveaway too, which I’ll post about when it gets closer to the actual tour.

Thanks in advance to everyone who signs up! I can’t wait to visit your blogs!

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The Fading Dusk is here!

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THE FADING DUSK IS HERE!

Introducing my brand new YA fantasy adventure! THE FADING DUSK is the first of four (I think? Still working on that!) books in the Smoke and Mirrors series. It’s something I wrote a few years ago, in between THE SIGHT SEER and THE SOUL HEALER. It’s very different from the Silver Moon Saga, but I love it just as much. I’m excited to finally share it with all of you, and I hope you will love it too!

The book is sooo pretty! First of all, there’s a map drawn by my good friend and amazing artist, Merritt. I’ve always wanted to publish a book with a map, and thanks to Merritt, this dream has come true! She also draw a lark (you’ll understand why there’s a lark when you read the book!) for the chapter art, which the amazing Nadege of Inkstain Interior incorporated into the chapter headers when she formatted the book. It’s really gorgeous, and I’m so thankful to these talented ladies. And let’s not forget Regina Wamba’s amazing cover! I really can’t wait to see the print version in person (as always, as soon as it becomes available, I’ll share the link here! It should be up next week.). I will probably end up petting it a lot.

Like I said, this is the first book in a series. You will be happy to know that there’s no cliffhanger of doom this time. I’m trying not to be an evil author with this series. And before anyone asks, I do not know when book two is coming out, but right now I’m aiming for the spring of 2016. But that can change, so don’t hold me to that!

Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest in my newest book. I hope you enjoy it!

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Sign up for the cover reveal of THE FADING DUSK!

Exciting news! The cover reveal for THE FADING DUSK is set for May 21st, and if you have a blog and are interested in joining in the fun, you can sign up here! Regina Wamba from Mae I Design designed it and it’s absolutely stunning. I was completely blown away the first time I saw it. She captured the essence of the city of Dusk perfectly, and I cannot wait to share it with everyone!