One day, Sam will move to the beach…

Killer and the Queens

If you’re on the mailing list, you got your free copy of Killer and the Queens last week when A Very Wilde Christmas was released. If not, though, you can still join the mailing list and get the short story about Killer’s second Christmas dinner.

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I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.

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A Wilde Update!

Hey guys, it’s been a while since I’ve posted about this, so I just wanted to update you.

First, the Wilde Love Christmas stories will be out soon. They’re essentially an epilogue to the series, a short happily ever after for each couple in the series. (I’ve got a little extra surprise for mailing list subscribers, too!)

Second, yes, the main series story arc is done. There are two more books I’m still considering writing in the Wilde Love world, but they will be completely stand-alone. So if you’ve been waiting for the end to read, feel free now!

Next up is The Rowan Harbor Cycle! In a world that looks just like ours, but where the supernatural lurks just beneath the surface, the series starts with Devon coming home to Rowan Harbor after spending his life running away from himself.

With werewolves, magic, hints of Celtic myth, and a an epic quest that will save not only their town, but possibly the world, The Rowan Harbor Cycle is going to be lots of fun! I hope you’ll join me for it!

Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.

-Mark Twain

NaNoWriMo Again!

I’m sure the idea that I’m taking part in National Novel Writing Month is shocking for everyone, but I’m just going to take a minute to sing its praises.

There are a few haters here and there who complain that a lot of bad novels are written during November, but they’re one hundred percent to be ignored. A lot of bad novels are written every month, but so are a lot of good ones, and the only way to know which yours will be is to write it.

Inside of NaNo, there are debates about word counts. There are a few people who, through copious application of coffee and a lack of concern for their sanity, write the whole fifty thousand words in a day or two. On the other end of the spectrum, there are people who couldn’t write fifty thousand words in a month if their lives depended on it. Maybe I’m being too optimistic, but I think both have the potential to write excellent finished novels, as long as they keep going after the end of November.

As writers, we’ve spent a lot of time being trained to compete with each other, from the idea that a higher or lower word count makes a better author, to the notion that only a precious few books will ever be published. There are only so many books a publisher will choose, they tell us. There are only so many writers who can ‘make it.’ If someone buys that writer’s book, this logic tells us, they won’t buy ours.

That’s a lot of nonsense. People spend millions of dollars on books every year, and if your books are good, people will buy them, whether they’re the big five, small press, or self published. Maybe you won’t be the next J.K. Rowling, but you’ll never know until you try.

The thing that NaNoWriMo gets to the heart of, which too many of us forget, is that writing a book isn’t about author vs. author. It’s about author vs. self. No other author is holding a gun to your head, telling you not to write. (I hope.) You need to get past the idea of competing with anyone, and just sit down and write that novel. NaNo helps remind us that the only thing stopping us is ourselves. The other authors? We’re in the same boat as you, fighting against ourselves to write the best book we can write. So maybe instead of fighting over who gets the best oar, we should all grab one, sit down, and row this thing together.

I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.

-Mark Twain

Saint and the Sinner Cover reveal!

Okay guys, I sent it off to my mailing list earlier this week, and I think I’ve been sitting on it long enough.

Here he is: Mickey.

Saint and the Sinner cover

I’m sure it surprises precisely no one that Natasha Snow made this, and it’s utterly stunning. While I know a book cover isn’t required to be an exact representation of any character therein, this? Is perfection. I don’t think there could have been a better picture to show him off.

Now I have to go put him everywhere.

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.

-Kurt Vonnegut

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.

-Oscar Wilde

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

-Henry David Thoreau

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