Twisted Magics

Twisted Magics will be available in 3 weeks on June 21st. In the meantime, I’ve linked to several places that pre-orders can be placed below.

To add to the fun, I will be taking questions from the comments that I will answer in my post next week.

I suppose I can also give an update to the next book (yeah, I know, the first one isn’t even released yet). I’m still making a mess, but it’s definitely in better shape now overall. Still haven’t fully settled on the title, but the one I’m currently using seems to have stuck. I’ll give it a little longer before officially announcing it. At least I’ll let Twisted Magics be released first.

 

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And now the information on how to get a copy of Twisted Magics!

Ebook versions are available for pre-order through Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, iBooks, and Kobo.

Print copy pre-orders are available through my online store. I will begin shipping these on June 14th. If you would like me to sign/write something inside the book, please mark it in the special instructions.

This is why we can’t be evil.

Weekly, or at least when our schedules allow, a group of us get together and play Pathfinder (still use stuff from D&D 3.5 with it). Sometimes life gets in the way and we’re missing half the group.

So we’ve come up with a solution: we’ll run Pathfinder Society (PFS) modules and scenarios when we’re short and others still want to get together and play something. A few of us are contemplating going to PaizoCon next year and it would be nice to have some leveled characters to be able to take part in the higher tier adventures.

Since it was a last minute idea, I suggested we play We Be Goblins. It would be fast and easy as I have the module and it came with pre-generated characters. Everyone chooses a little evil goblin to play. They each come with their own song if you want to sing it and a questionable mix of items. Someone carried their dead, squashed, former lucky toad.

And it went downhill from there. In the most hilarious way possible, but I think there’s a reason that most of us generally don’t play evil characters. We totally lookout for ourselves and will happily stab each other in the back for a laugh. Or since I had Chuffy (the rogue) this time, steal from party members. Our healer kept getting taken down and I’d jab him with his stick (wand of cure light wounds), most of the time not passing the check to make it work. Then we’d pour a potion down him and let him take off into battle again.

Good times had by all. We did complete the module and succeeded in our task, but not without showing repeatedly why we should probably never be allowed to have an evil campaign.

Going back to the normal campaign, I have a few characters in books that I have played at the table first. I couldn’t resist using some and others I purposely brought to the table to try to figure out their personalities and abilities.

Has anyone else ever tried bringing their character to life in a roleplaying game?

Twisted Magics

Twisted Magics will be available in 4 weeks on June 21st. In the meantime, I’ve linked to several places that pre-orders can be placed below.

To add to the fun, I will be taking questions from the comments that I will answer in my post next week.

And now to answer some questions from last week…

Are there any songs that you find inspiring to your works? Do you have playlists, even if you can’t write with music playing?

Yes, and the songs that I can get attached to for a character/story tend to vary so greatly that anyone that tries to listen starts to wonder about my tastes. The next book actually got it’s title revised after listening to a particular song on repeat for long enough to annoy my husband. The only reason I haven’t officially released the name is that I’m still trying it out to see if it sticks.

With Twisted Magics, I was still trying to make character playlists rather than one for the book. I’m trying to make them for the stories now – I’ve just been incredibly lazy.

Do you ever pair up real people with how the characters look inside your head?

I’ve tried, but I haven’t had much success with it. Blame it on my gaming and the ability to try and build characters in games?

What would be the root inspiration that sent you down this path with Ketayl?

Um…barely a concept a day and a half before NaNoWriMo started one year?

The first version was honestly that. I had actually planned on not attempting NaNoWriMo anymore after 5 years in a row of not finishing the challenge when my friend Lyndsey convinced me to join her again that year. I had no hope and no plan. I picked this character that I had not tried to write for before (and she’s my oldest character, go figure) and let her unfold the world for me. I had a horrible mess of I think roughly 53K words, but within it was something that I really liked.

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And now the information on how to get a copy of Twisted Magics!

Ebook versions are available for pre-order through Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, iBooks, and Kobo.

Print copy pre-orders are available through my online store. I will begin shipping these on June 14th. If you would like me to sign/write something inside the book, please mark it in the special instructions.

Hit the ground running

I don’t talk much of non-writing things here. Perhaps I’m simply not that interesting. I certainly have other interests, but those things have taken a backseat lately.

The past week or so has been hectic between my meetings, my husband’s meetings, and our daughter’s activities/events. She had her dress rehearsal a week ago and then her dance performance the next day. I’d post a picture, but I don’t want to give anyone cavities. Just imagine a half a dozen 3 and (recently turned) 4 year olds trying to stay coordinated enough to dance to “You Are My Sunshine.” And singing along with it.

She’s had other events also, but that was the big one. The one that came with the sparkly yellow dance dress and a tiara. The rest of the month is winding down, but I’m wondering what the next year will hold as I gear up for her birthday next month.

Maybe I’ll finally get some reading in soon? If I can stop editing in my limited time.

June is coming fast

Twisted Magics will be available in 5 weeks on June 21st. In the meantime, I’ve linked to several places that pre-orders can be placed below.

To add to the fun, I will be taking questions from the comments that I will answer in my post next week. I didn’t get any questions last week. /sadface

So I’ll talk about some other stuff.

What have I been doing since completing this project? Working on book 2. I’ve reworked the ending to something I’m more content with, though there is still a long way to go. I’m also working on a shorter piece that would be a good backstory for book 2 (actually, I wrote it to work out the events and how these characters interacted back then), but is way too big to end up as a prologue (I wouldn’t do that to you guys).

I’ve also been working on critiques for the past few days. I can spend quite a bit of time on a particular document and sometimes I wonder if I’ll be heard. It also follows to when I was recently asked about speaking to a group about my indie publishing experience. I worry that the particular audience will not be willing to listen to what I have to say. Now, let me clarify – I don’t expect anyone to follow exactly what I say. I am not any type of authority on the matter, but I’d like to have what I do say considered.

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And now the information on how to get a copy of Twisted Magics!

Ebook versions are available for pre-order through Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, iBooks, and Kobo.

Print copy pre-orders are available through my online store. I will begin shipping these on June 14th. If you would like me to sign/write something inside the book, please mark it in the special instructions.

Stick to the plan

Back in February/March, I sat down and set up a schedule to deal with getting Twisted Magics ready for publication. This included my desire to try and get work done on the second book during Camp NaNoWriMo in April.

I decided everything would be done by the end of April so I could enjoy May as a month of reading. That plan has been shot. Repeatedly. By a highly trained firing squad.

Now, I realize the month is far from over, but a good chunk of it is gone and my reading list is continuing to grow. I managed to sneak in a book at the end of last month (mostly because I needed to return it to the library), but nothing so far and I don’t know where to start. Do I try to finish books I’m currently reading? Read some short stuff first? Get the reviews done and out of my head?

Except that my attempts to finish book 2 have overridden all of these questions. I’ve also been trying my hand at a couple of other projects. I have come to the conclusion that I don’t know how to write short. A particular project that I started to help me out with details in book 2 has started on its path to becoming a novella. The other one…I don’t know yet, but I’m fairly certain that it won’t stay short either.

Predominantly on my list for reading are stories by friends and local authors. I have a few others and a list of recommendations that rivals most short stories (I know, it isn’t that long mostly because I’ve been lax about jotting things down). Hopefully I’ll get what I really want to write finished soon and start enjoying the outdoors with a good book.

Let the countdown begin!

Twist3D Mock Uped Magics will be available in 6 weeks on June 21st. In the meantime, I’ve linked to several places that pre-orders can be placed (including print copies now) below.

To add to the fun, I will be taking questions from the comments that I will answer in my post next week.

Ebook versions are available for pre-order through Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, iBooks, and Kobo.

Print copy pre-orders are available through my online store. I will begin shipping these on June 14th. If you would like me to sign/write something inside the book, please mark it in the special instructions.

Twisted Magics cover reveal!

Twisted Magics ebook versions are already available for pre-order through Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, and some others that I can’t remember. If you have a different preferred company for ebooks, feel free to ask and I’ll check if it is up. And yes, I am listed on Goodreads already (I really need a new profile picture).

The release date is June 21st. Why? I’ll let people start formulating theories. And those of you that know, shush. No spoiling it for the others.

There will also be a printed copy available through Amazon. I’m currently working out the logistics of pre-orders for that.

So without further ado…

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Admittedly, I’ve been running around with a couple of proof copies to show people in person before this. The final version I decided to go with really looks and feels nice. Keeping it out of the hands of my husband has been difficult. J Caleb Design did an amazing job with the cover.

Any questions, feel free to ask.

…and now back to working on book 2.

 

Chain reaction #IWSG

The first chain reaction was glancing at my feed this morning and realizing that while I had planned a post for tomorrow, I totally forgot about #IWSG.

The one I actually want to talk about is a short story (well part of one since I can’t seem to stay short) that I have up for critique tonight. I’ve more or less grown thicker skin with receiving critiques. For some reason though, this one has me nervous and thinking that everyone will hate it. This then extends to that everyone will also hate my book once it releases.

This isn’t helpful while I’m struggling with book 2. I’ve got some gems in there that I plan to keep, but I’m doubting my progress.

It’s a very complicated position that I’m in currently. A couple of days ago, I was asked by a different group if I would consider submitting something for critique. This is a group that I haven’t sent anything to for a while. There’s one person who takes over and kind of ruins everything. Makes me not want to volunteer anything.

I agreed though and will be reworking this piece for them after tonight. What has me confused is that the person that approached me called my MC by name. I told her I didn’t think anyone remembered my work (it has been probably close to a year and I rarely submitted). Then she told me that I’ve grown a number of fans.

Wait, what?

I haven’t yet mentioned that Twisted Magics will be available on June 21st. Yes, you heard it here first. I guess I’m still trying to process that and all of the people my husband has convinced to buy the book. This isn’t counting the few people that I’ve mentioned it to offhand and they’ve also pledged their support. It’s overwhelming and I am extremely grateful, but I’m scared that I won’t live up to their expectations (there’s also the chance that I could offend someone badly that I care about).

Just like I won’t live up to the expectations of the group tonight.

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