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Title Reveal for Book 3!

Hello! I have some exciting news today. It’s time to reveal the title of the third book in the Smoke and Mirrors series. Are you ready?

Book three will be called…

THE WHISPERING ECHOES

What do you think? I’m rather fond of this one, and I think it goes nicely with The Fading Dusk and The Burning Chaos.

So, I really can’t tell you much about the book. I’d share the blurb, but I need to finish writing it it’s full of spoilers. Here’s what I can say about The Whispering Echoes:

  • It starts off right where The Burning Chaos left off.
  • Claudette and Emile from By the Morning Light are indeed in this book.
  • You might need tissues…

You can go ahead and add The Whispering Echoes to your Goodreads to-read list. And, as always, there’s a Pinterest board!

The Whispering Echoes will be released in 2017! Stay tuned for an official book release date and a cover reveal!

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Title Reveals!

Last year I published THE FADING DUSK, the first book in the Smoke and Mirrors series. This year, as long as everything goes to plan, I will be publishing the next book and a novella. Today I’m happy to announce the titles for each one!

First off, the title for the second Smoke and Mirrors book is:

THE BURNING CHAOS

Do you like it? I’m going to wait to share the blurb when I do the cover reveal in May (as it contains spoilers for book one!), but I can tell you that this book features more magic, murder, and mystery as Irina’s adventure continues in the city of Dusk. Look for it in July, and add it to your Goodreads to-read list now! You can also visit my Pinterest board for some hints as to what the book is about!

Next up we have the novella’s title:

BY THE MORNING LIGHT

I’m not going to lie; I really love this title. It fits with the other Smoke and Mirrors titles, but at the same time it’s also slightly different. Which describes BY THE MORNING LIGHT perfectly. Set in the same world as the other books, this novella features a whole new cast of characters in an entirely different city. While this is a prequel story, I feel it’s best if it’s read after THE BURNING CHAOS (but you can read them in whichever order you like. Neither spoils the other!). Both THE BURNING CHAOS and BY THE MORNING LIGHT set up book three (which does have a title, but I’m going to keep that to myself for now!), which I will be drafting soon (can’t wait!). I’m about 90% sure BY THE MORNING LIGHT will be out in September, but that could change. For now, you can find it on Goodreads! Also, don’t forget to check out its Pinterest board, which I’ve spent many hours staring at. I will definitely talk more about BY THE MORNING LIGHT in the upcoming months. It’s a story I wasn’t planning on writing, but one that I’m glad I did.

What do you think of the titles? I hope you’re as excited about these books as I am!

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Goodbye 2015 and Hello 2016!

I can’t believe it’s almost 2016! Where did this year go? I know I say that every year, but it seems like it was just yesterday that we were dealing with an endless, brutal, snowy and cold winter, and now we’re about to start that fun all over again (I hope not! It’s been pretty mild here so far!).

2015 was the year the Silver Moon Saga ended with The Shadow Stealer. I was very sad to see those characters go and I still think about them often. But 2015 was also the year I got to introduce you to the characters from The Fading Dusk! I’ve been hard at work on the Smoke and Mirrors series this year, between publishing the first book and writing the first drafts to the second book AND a novella I had no idea I was going to write until late this year. I’m currently editing the novella, and once that’s done, I’ll get to start the first draft of the third book in the series. I’m super excited to write that one!

In 2015 I managed to read 100 books! (Okay, no, technically I’m at 99 but I’m going to finish number 100 after I write this blog post.) I finished a few series, started a few more, read some books that I’ve been meaning to read for a few years now, and even managed to read a couple of 2016 releases. My favorites were Six of Crows, Queen of Shadows, Things We Know By Heart, A Darker Shade of Magic, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Saint Anything, Walk on Earth a Stranger, Fans of the Impossible Life, The Wrath and the Dawn, Wolf by Wolf, and This Monstrous Thing. Have you read any of these? What were some of your favorite 2015 reads? What are you looking forward to reading in 2016? I already have a list of books I can’t wait to get my hands on, but I also need to get through books that have been sitting on my shelves for years. I need to avoid the libraries if I ever want to make a dent in my TBR pile!

I also went traveling for the first time in four years! I’m not a huge fan of flying, and it got so bad that I didn’t go anywhere for the longest time. But this year my friend told me to come to Texas in September, and I did it! And I’m glad I did because I discovered flying isn’t nearly as horrible as I originally thought. It was a lot of fun seeing another part of the country, even if it was super hot and humid most of the time! And then after I came back, I went to Boston for the weekend! That was a great trip as well, and I’m so glad I went. As for 2016? Well, my plan is to go to BEA in Chicago in May. I’ve never been to Chicago, so I’m excited for that. I’m not sure how I’m going to fit all the books in my luggage, though. 🙂

So that was my year. A little bit of reading, a little bit of writing, and a little bit of traveling. If my 2016 contains all of that, I’ll be happy.

Have a wonderful 2016!!

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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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A New Series!

So I’ve been sitting on some news and I wasn’t sure how to share it, so I’m just going to go ahead and blurt it out:

I’m releasing a new book later this year!

Everyone, I liked to introduce you to THE FADING DUSK, the first book in the Smoke and Mirrors series. It’s YA, it’s fantasy, and it has magic, action, romance, and, of course, a little bit of humor sprinkled in.

So, what’s THE FADING DUSK all about? Lucky for you, I have a blurb:

            In the gritty city of Dusk, seventeen-year-old Irina makes her living as the street magician Bantheir’s assistant. The job isn’t glamorous, but she loves the crowds, the shows, and most of all, the illusion of magic. But Irina’s world is shattered the night she is arrested and charged as Bantheir’s accomplice to murder—murder by magic.

            Real magic, the kind that’s been forbidden since the old wars.

            Irina finds the idea of flashy showman Bantheir using actual magic to kill someone laughable, but she’s the only one who sees how ridiculous the claim is. But how can she convince everyone Bantheir is innocent when they’ve already made up their minds? Desperate, Irina must decide who she can trust to help her win her freedom. Is the surly, handsome Captain Leonid telling the truth when he says he believes Irina is innocent, or is he just using her to get to Bantheir? What about Aden, the sweet soldier and longtime fan of Irina’s who claims he’s on her side?

            Irina said she wanted to know the truth, but when she stumbles across a dark secret that changes everything, will she be strong enough to survive?

And for a visual aid, check out my Pinterest board! Not only are there photos of the characters, but you can also get a feel for the city of Dusk itself. Like the blurb says, Dusk is gritty, but it also has parts to it that are beautiful and mysterious. I’m really, really excited to introduce you all to this world. And the characters! I cannot wait for you to meet Irina! She may not be as sassy as Gabi, but she’s definitely just as fierce.

It’s on Goodreads, so you can go ahead and add it to your to-read shelves! Right now it’s set to release in July, but that might change. Please be patient with me. There’s going to be a lot of fun things included inside the book (a map! Chapter artwork!) that will make the wait worthwhile, I promise. And yes, this is the first book in a series. I actually started the first draft of the sequel (which I’m calling Dusk2 for now) yesterday. I’m very excited to dive back into this world and continue Irina’s story.

So that’s my news! There will be a cover reveal in a couple of months and all that fun stuff, so make sure you keep an eye on this blog, my Twitter, and my Facebook page for any news regarding THE FADING DUSK!

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Another month, another update!

Have you visited my Facebook page recently? I have a little contest involving the title of the second Silver Moon Saga novella happening right now. Each day I’m revealing a letter of the title, and the first person to unscramble them and guess the title wins a $5 Amazon gift card! Definitely check it out if you can.

I also have an Ask the Author feature on my Goodreads page! I’d love to answer your questions, so don’t be shy!

In writing news, I am just about done with the second novella, which is very exciting. Even more exciting is I read through THE SHADOW STEALER for the third time, made a few more changes, and sent it to my beta! This is a big deal. I’ve been working on this since November, was rather unhappy with it for awhile, but I’ve finally come to the point where I’m able to let it go. Of course this is not the end for it; I’m sure I’ll have to make some more changes, but I’m happy that I’ve taken one step closer to finishing it. Although finishing it means I’m done with the Silver Moon Saga, and I’m not quite ready for that…

I’ve also been trying to read more. Because I’ve been writing and editing so much, I haven’t had much time for books this year, but in July I was able to read a whole bunch! I hope to keep this up for the rest of the year; I still have piles of ARCs to get through!

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Another month over.

So June is over. When did that happen? I was holed up in my writing cave and didn’t even notice the days flying by.

But I’m happy to say I finished writing the second Silver Moon Saga novella! Have I talked about the novella here? Maybe not. Let’s pretend I haven’t. The second novella was not something I planned on doing. I thought about it, yes, but I didn’t think I had enough material to fill a second novella. One story was written (I actually wrote it before I wrote The Soul Healer, and it’s about two characters who show up for the first time in that book! And the story takes place after The Soul Healer! Because that’s not weird and confusing at all.), and at the beginning of this year I had an idea for another story. But I was busy writing the final book, The Shadow Stealer, so I couldn’t work on that shiny new idea. Around that time I was convinced that yes, we needed a second novella, so I kept that idea in mind all these months. The more I thought about it, the more I realized it was going to be a heck of a lot longer than I originally anticipated. I decided to put it on hold once more and work on the third story for the novella, which is a short but sweet Gabi and Rafe story. With that finished, it was finally time to work on what I now refer to as Evan’s Not So Short Story.

 
Evan’s Not So Short Story (it does have a title, which is also going to be the title of the novella itself, but I’m keeping that a secret for the time being) is a prequel story, but it should be read after you read The Soul Healer. That sounds weird, but trust me, it works better that way. Originally I thought it would be maybe twenty pages long, but as the days went by, and the word count kept growing, I realized that wouldn’t be the case. It’s about the length of a novel now (add the other two stories, and yes, it’s definitely novel-length), and I regret nothing. I read it over this weekend and I love it immensely. I really can’t wait to share it with the world (January 27th!).

So that’s the novella. Three stories, two short, one humongous. It’s all written, and now I’m just working on edits. After that, it’s back to The Shadow Stealer! I haven’t read it since I heavily revised it, and I’m curious to see if my changes work or not. I’m actually going to make more changes based on things that came up in Evan’s Not So Short Story. It seems daunting right now, but I hope it’ll go smoothly. Final books are hard, you guys, but I’m going to work hard to give you the best possible ending!

June was all about writing, and July will be all about editing.

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BEA 2014

Happy June! According to WordPress, this blog turned two. I can’t believe it’s been two years already!

I also can’t believe that another BEA has come and gone. Yep, for the third year in a row, I was over at the Javits Center surrounded by books and book lovers. I ended up with forty-eight new books (that’s the same amount I got last year!) that I can’t wait to read. Want to see what I got?

day1Day One-I thought my arms were going to break carrying all of this! (7 of these are signed)

day2Day Two-9 of these are signed!

day3Day Three-Just one signed this time

I’m excited because a lot of these are YA contemporary, which I’m definitely in the mood for right now! There’s something about the summer that makes me want to read contemporary novels. But what do I read first? Usually I pretty much grab whatever book catches my eye and go from there, but sometimes I have a hard time choosing! I’ve seen my friends make lists of what to read during which month, and I’m going to try that method out. I’ll let you know if that works for me! I hope to get through a large chunk of them this summer since I’m in a huge reading mood and haven’t had a chance to read much this year, but it all depends on how my writing and editing goes with the final two books in the Silver Moon Saga! Last week was spent writing the last story for the second novella, and after I finish that, it’s time for another read of the final book. I have my work cut out for me, but I hope to be done by the end of the month or early next month!

It’s always sad when BEA is over, since I pretty much spend the entire year looking forward to it. But after three days of trekking to the Javits center, dealing with crowds, and carrying bags stuffed with books, it was nice to come home and relax! Now I’m literally surrounded by books (my bookshelf is full, so I have piles on my desk and dresser) and it’s amazing. I love it.

By the way, I joined Instagram, so feel free to follow me to see more BEA pictures. And dessert. I like posting pictures of desserts!

I will probably be quiet again, especially with all the writing and editing I have planned, but I do make an effort to update both my Facebook author page and my Twitter on a daily basis.

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And even more revisions.

So. Once again, I’ve been neglecting this poor blog. And I apologize for that, but I’ve been so busy with revisions and revisions and oh yeah, more revisions, that I haven’t had much time for anything else! But now I can happily say that I finished revising the second draft!

I’ve been working on THE SHADOW STEALER, the third book in the Silver Moon Saga, since November. I finished the first draft in February, took some time off, and then started revising. Unlike the last two books in the Silver Moon Saga, this one got ripped to shreds. Hey, it happens. I knew as I was writing it that I wasn’t happy with certain scenes, but I told myself to get to the end, and then work on fixing it. Which is what I did, and I’m glad I did it that way. I didn’t completely change every single page, but there were a lot of changes. I even cut 10,000 words in one shot. That did make me sad, but I knew none of those 10,000 words were important (there was a very cute scene that I hated to get rid of, but I made sure to replace it with an even cuter scene!). Despite all these changes, the word count only grew 5000 words, which is good, since this one is long. Very long. But it’s the final book in the series, and I wanted to make sure my characters and the story got a proper ending, which means more words. Hey, we all like long books, right? (Please say yes!)

So what comes next? While I wish I could send THE SHADOW STEALER to my beta, it’s not quite ready yet. I still want to read it over one more time to make sure my changes work. But because I’ve been focusing on this book since November, I want to spend some time away from it so it’s fresh when I reread it. In the meantime, I have a second novella to work on! I’m really excited to start working on a certain someone’s back story. I started it a few months ago, just as a random, fun exercise, and now I’m ready to add to it.

There is, of course, other things going on. May is a busy month with birthdays and vacation and BEA! I’m so excited for BEA. I’ll definitely post more about it as we get closer (maybe I can do a survival guide?). I’m also looking forward to the summer and WARM WEATHER. I can’t wait to sit outside and read! My to-read pile is obnoxiously huge; it’s time to get through some of these books!

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The Soul Healer is here!

Talk about a crazy release day. The Soul Healer was scheduled for April 11th, but when I got up early that morning, it was no where to be found! All day long I received messages from people asking where it was, and by the evening, I wasn’t sure if I should continue with the release party or postpone it. It’s weird having a party without the guest of honor! But in the end we decided the party must go on, and about a half hour into it, The Soul Healer arrived on Amazon! I have no idea why it decided to be a diva and make us wait, but it definitely makes for an interesting story (ironically, The Sight Seer released a day earlier than it was supposed to!).

The party was a blast; we ended up having so many contests (thanks to donations from very generous authors!) that we had to extend it for another hour. We played games, talked about the books, and I revealed two exciting pieces of news:

 

novella

shadowstealer

There will be five chapters to the Silver Moon Saga! Three full length novels, and two novellas. I wasn’t sure about the second novella, but I already have one story written, another one partially written, and an idea for the third one, so I’m going for it. And The Shadow Stealer (yay, I can finally call it by it’s proper title, instead of just “book three”) is in the process of being revised. The first two months of 2015 are going to be crazy, and I just can’t wait.

Happy Reading!