I have been out of the blogosphere (is that still a word?) for a very long time. VERY long time. You may have noticed. BUT! I have big news!! Last night, I finally finally finally completed my rough draft and I am entering the editing phase! I’m thinking that I’ll be ready for a summer release! Whaaaaat? Super excited about this. Like, I can’t even tell you how excited.
So in honor of this major step in the process, I’m ready to do a cover reveal! My AMAZING cover artist, Leslie, has had this ready for me for quite some time and I feel like I’m finally living up to my part of this. 🙂
Oh! I just realized this is a title reveal too! So here’s the scoop on that…
I was pounding my head against a wall trying to come up with the title for my sequel to Drawn In. I was completely stuck on the idea that I wanted all 3 books to begin with “Drawn.” It just made sense. But a dear friend of mine interceded and compelled me to keep pushing for something stronger. I ignored her for a while. But then I realized that she was right. I was boxing myself in in a way that didn’t need to happen. And so I went back to square one and started re-imagining what it could be if I let myself out of that box. And I went back to the Prophecy in book one…
Hair of Fire, Eyes of Ice,
With her family she’s all alone.
She’s been drawn in to a time forgotten
But paper dreams will lead her home.
And there was my title. And I love it. It feels right, and it feels specific, and it feels like mine. And so I give you… the cover of A Time Forgotten.
I’m in love with it. My favourite part is the small patch of starry sky shining through in the corner. SO beautiful! And do you notice the Spiral Spire there on the Citadel? And who is this reaching out, inviting you to join? Is this Alex? Is it Seth? Someone new? Hmmm…
Feel free to comment! I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Okay, here’s the thing. I’ve been absent for quite some time, and I’ve hinted at a new “project” I was working on. Well, that project was ME. In July of 2015 I underwent Weight Loss Surgery and my life has been forever altered. I’ve lost 112 pounds and I feel like I can fit in my own skin now. It’s an incredible feeling.
It’s not for everyone. It’s controversial. Some people think it’s “cheating” or taking the “easy way” out. (It’s neither of those, actually, and I truly don’t understand that mentality. Cheating what? The billion dollar weight-loss industry? Okay! I’m good with that!) But I did it and it’s been life-changingly wonderful for me.
And so, I wrote a book. Cos that’s what I do. So here it is… partially story of my own journey, partially a workbook to help people decide if it’s right for them (or simply to learn what people go through with this tool). If you’re interested, you can click on the photo of my cover above, or you can click right here to get to the Amazon page. Right now, only the e-book is available, but the paperback will be out next week.
This is a personal journey, made less personal by putting it on Amazon. It’s a vulnerable experience, especially for an introvert like me. But I’m hopeful that it can help someone else going through the same journey. If that’s the case, then it’s worth it all.
And yes, book two of Drawn In is still happening, and it’s nearing completion. I promise. 🙂
I haven’t been updating my blog lately… well, at all really. But I had to post today. it’s Thanksgiving Day and beyond the turkey and the pumpkin pie and the cranberries, beyond the football and the shopping and the tryptophan-induced naps, there is family. There are friends. There is love. I am so very grateful for everything and everyone in my life. What a beautiful world we live in, and it is full of grace and love and blessings. It is full of all of these things… if you choose to see them. Choose happiness. Choose to be thankful. Choose to be blessed. Today & every day. Happy Thanksgiving!
I keep seeing reading challenges pop up on different sites and blogs, and I love the idea so much, I thought I’d create my own version! I tend to pick my next book based on mood or recommendation or what’s handy at the moment. So I hope that having a list like this will inspire my 2016 reading a bit, and maybe focus my TBR pile some as well. I’m going to make it a fairly short list though, so I can leave myself lots of room for reading what strikes my fancy along the way. Fair enough, right? So here goes…
A book set in a foreign country
A retelling of a fairy tale or legend
A book with a season in the title
A book based on a true story
A book that’s about to be made into a movie
A debut author
A book with a colour in the title
A classic that I’ve never read
A book with water of some kind on the cover
An indie author
A book featuring a MC from a different culture
A book with a music theme
A book with a one-word title
A book with a title of at least six words
A retelling of a Shakespeare play
A book with a holiday as a central element
A book with a purple cover
A book set in space
A book released in 2016
A sequel to a book I read more than a year ago
Okay, I think that will do it. I’m excited to have a list to cross things off of! Anyone else challenging your list this year? Let me know, we can compare notes!
Yes, I am absolutely still working on book two, so let me get that out of the way first. BUT I also have ideas for short stories / novellas featuring Rennie and the gang, exploring some prequel material and some alternate points of view. All of these would be very spoiler-y so they would only be intended for those who have already read Drawn In. But the bonus is that I can work on these simultaneously with book two (with quicker results to getting them out to YOU!). So I’m curious which idea you as a reader would most like to see… help me out, wouldja?
For ease of use, I’ve narrowed it down to four options… leave your vote in the comment section here (or on Facebook if that’s easier for you), or message me if your answer is more involved.
I already have a plan for a prequel short story that will take place after book two, but even the short version of that description would be spoiler-y so you’ll just have to trust me that it’ll be fun. Whether or not that sways you in any way towards or away from the prequel option here, I thought it was only fair to disclose since it’s already partially in the works.
Okay, that’s it. Go vote!
(PS – if you have a different idea or a twist on one of the above ideas, lay it on me! I’m always open to suggestion.)
We have a winner! Goodreads told me last week that we have a winner for the giveaway, and the book has been sent out… all the way to the UK! Can I tell you how excited I am that the winner was a Brit? Silly of me, I know, but I just can’t help myself. I opened the contest up to the US, Canada, and the UK. The last time I had a giveaway through Goodreads, I did the US and Canada and had one winner in each. This time was just ONE book to give away and the Anglophile in me was secretly hoping for a British winner. Why? Maybe it’s the Doctor Who references in my book that I’m hoping will go to someone who says, “Yes, I get that.” Or the fact that I put a British character in my book for the sheer joy of ‘hearing’ her accent in my head as I read/write. What can I say? I’m just wacky that way. Anyway, congrats to my book winner… and here’s hoping that she’ll pass along the good word to her lovely YA-loving, UK-living friends! 🙂
Update on book two and perhaps another book one giveaway coming in the new year. Stay tuned!