I didn’t want another several months to go by without updating you on life and books and work and such.
SO. What have I been up to?
Progress on Lady Pirates is slow… but it’s progress nonetheless! I’m doing my best to puzzle out the plot with the aid of a 5-subject notebook, and I’m sharing teasers from said progress over on Instagram:
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Translations of Threats of Sky and Sea are officially in the works! Look out for a Spanish edition first and an Italian translation after that. Other translations (hopefully!) to come!
I’m finally wrapping up production in the next couple of weeks on the fabulous Elodie Nowodazkij’s One, Two, Three. It’s taken me a while to get this out after doing the narration of prequel One Dream Only (between bouts with depression and simply not having recording time/space), but I’m very excited that listeners will be able to see what happens to Elodie’s tortured ballerina Nata, who is fighting like hell after an accident that took both her father and (possibly) her ability to ever dance again.
Also wrapping very soon: production on S. Usher Evans’s Alliances (Book #2 in the Razia series). You may have noticed that I narrated Book 1, Double Life, and I’ve so enjoyed reuniting with Lyssa and other familiar characters in Evans’s sci-fi piracy world and I think listeners will love it as well!
Look out for both of these on Audible soon!
I visited my second state of the year! In a happy coincidence, I visited Wisconsin for some 4th of July fun the same weekend that my best friend since childhood moved to the state. We managed to meet up for an all-too-brief lunch, during which I got to meet her new baby.
Hey there, reader friends! It’s been a minute, hasn’t it?
I’ve had to step away from the internet a bit in the past few months. Anxiety and depression are A Thing that I deal with sometimes and, unfortunately, it was exacerbated a bit in the past several months by things like the Twitters and– well, keeping an authorly social media presence in general. Not fun and in ways I missed it, but stepping away for a while was what I needed. I’m feeling pretty okay these days though, so I’ve got a bunch to update you all on!
-You may remember that last year, I wrote a mini-episode for The Bridge Podcast, which is a fantasy audio drama podcast, of which my lovely CP Alex is one of the creators and showrunners. I’ve got my hand in a couple more upcoming episodes there, so make sure you subscribe!
I’m working on ticking off some of those 2017 goals that I mentioned in my last post! So far, I:
ran my first 10K!
visited 1 new country: the U.K., where I had an absolute blast– I saw Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and did a ton of fascinating historical tours, one of which inspired a plot point in the book I’m working on… and another of which was a tour of Shakespeare’s Globe, which has been a dream of mine for some time now
visited 1 new state: Illinois. I had my first Chicago experience, complete with deep dish pizza, “the bean,” and a visit to the Hancock to see a breathtaking view of the city, as well as an architectural boat tour of the buildings Chicago is famous for. It was a great trip, and it’s a city I’d like to go back to one of these days. 1 new state down, 3 to go.
Hello, 2017. I hope you’re good to us, 2017, because 2016 was a shitshow overall– I’m looking very pointedly at you, World at Large. But it held some high points for me: I published the conclusion of my YA fantasy trilogy That conclusion was voted one of the 50 Best Indie Books of 2016 I had my best sales months My romance novel was mentioned in a Huffington Post blog I voiced a minor character in an audio drama podcast I wrote an audio drama podcast minisode I visited 3 new states and 1 new country I accomplished the Goodreads reading challenge that I set for myself I became a godmother I trained for and ran 2 5Ks for the first time I went to Disney quite a bit I found a new gym that I love, which is […]
Hi all! If you didn’t already know, Fall of Thrones and Thorns made it to the FINALS of the 50 Best Indie Books of 2016! Today’s the last day to cast your vote– you can vote twice in each category and I would so appreciate the help in getting a little extra exposure for my work! You can vote on readfree.ly (If you’re redirected to the main site, here are are some step-by-step instructions to get you to where you can vote!) Hover over “The 50 Best Indie Books of the Year” on the top menu Select “Nominate the Best of 2016” from the drop-down Choose “Fantasy” from the genre choices Scroll below the book covers to find “Fall of Thrones and Thorns,” choose the box next to it, and and hit “submit!” You can vote twice, as well as vote […]
So. The election happened. There’s no changing the results, but God, I hope we can change some things going forward. So this is where we are. We’re here. Where do we go now? Well, a lot of people a lot smarter than me are telling us what we can do now, so I’m taking their advice. For example: In the book world: You can buy and boost #ownvoices books. You can donate to We Need Diverse Books. You can signal boost. You can report trolls when authors who are marginalized or who dare to speak up are viciously attacked. Here is a piece detailing the small hope that Democrats can take back the Senate majority, due to a run-off race in Louisiana. You can donate to this campaign. You can volunteer for it. If you live in Louisiana, you can […]
I read… kind of a lot this past month and I often miss book blogging because I miss talking about my reading! I don’t know if I’ll do a reading wrap-up every month, but I read some really cool stuff in October that I just had to yammer on about a bit. Here are my October mini-reviews of the books I read last month. Fiction YA Fantasy Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas Throne of Glass is possibly my favorite on-going series. Possibly my favorite series. I’ve been in deep love with these books since reading an ARC of Throne of Glass. And Empire of Storms doesn’t disappoint. With each installment, Mass draws her readers further into the intricate world she’s created, unfolding more and more plot and whirling us around the twists and turns the story takes. I […]
Hey, friends! Here’s a very quick post to let you know that I’m going to be participating in NaNoWriMo 2016– also known as National Novel Writing Month again! I’m planning to write a total of the usual 50,000 words, but I plan to do that between drafting two short stories and starting the first draft of my next novel. You can follow along with me by being my NaNoWriMo 2016 buddy! My profile is here. Good luck, fellow Wrimos! I’ll see you on the other side~
Happy Halloween, my friends! This year, I’m participating in Treat or Treat Reads, hosted by Patricia Lynne. What does this mean? It means that books are the candy this Halloween. There are a bunch of authors giving books away for free, including me! If you’re in the mood for some light New Adult romance, Now and Again is free. Or, if you want a YA fantasy short, you can grab Sisters of Wind and Flame. NA Romance Available exclusively on Kindle YA Fantasy Short Available exclusively on Kindle Sale ends November 1. Grab more books for free! Keep hopping around the Trick or Treat Reads linky, below:
Pretty much all of the writing I’ve done has been prose– that’s how most of you know me, right? Former fanfiction writer turned novelist (with a couple of short stories thrown in for good measure). But recently, I tried something new. You see, one of my critique partners, Alex Brown, co-created an audio drama podcast called The Bridge that I am O B S E S S E D with. And The Bridge has a few mini episodes that stand apart from the main story arc. Alex invited me to write one. I was intrigued– because hey, this was sort of an opportunity to write canon fanfiction for a thing I love! But I was also nervous. I’d never written any sort of a script before. Still… I’m rather happy with how it turned out! You can listen to the […]