Tuesday, November 26, 2013

New Book Has a Title

The cry-write-cry book now has a title. Or at least a working one. I'm going with Bright Stars, Broken Compass. I think. I've never written a book with so much of me in it. Friends and family may recognize themselves- one of the hazards of knowing a writer. And places and events will definitely resemble real life. I've got a good start, and for right now, I'd like to post a teaser and maybe even a blurb sometime over the holidays. Hopefully I'll be able to project a release date by the first of the year.

I'm loving on this book. I think about it when I fall asleep, and lots of other times when I probably shouldn't, like when I'm driving. I want to buy it presents, like unspoiled notebooks for scribbling, and different colored Sharpies for color-coding of various kinds. I even see poster board in my future. For maps and sketches and such. And online widgets like a word count meter. And the playlists! I really must get on Spotify so I can share these with readers, because I am cluttering up the sidebar in iTunes with my BCBS playlists.

I feel itchy when I don't get to work on it. Like now. I'm even kind of dreading the holidays, because most of the household will be underfoot, and that will throw off my flow. I've been commanded to eat Thanksgiving at a family friend's, which is weirdness for me, because I am used to being the Turkey Queen of my little corner of the universe. But it will be nice not to cook, I suppose. We're going to do a delayed Thanksgiving dinner for the Iron Bowl. Don't know about the Iron Bowl? Well, for many Southerners, it is Sports Christmas, New Year, and win-the-lottery-day combined. And all I want for Christmas is an Auburn win.

The Angel's Edge books continue to sell well. I feel like I should have taken a lot more screen shots and done a lot more crowing- for several days I was on a bestseller's list with Neil Gaiman. !!!. But I feel a lot more mellow about it this time around. The first time I had a bestseller on my hands, I hit the refresh button on my stats several times an hour and generally freaked the hell out. Now, not so much. Sales and rankings are starting to feel less like the end goal and a lot more like just part of the process. This is good. Once, I thought that "must sell, must make money, or else I will starve and never be a real writer" feeling would never stop driving me. But it is ebbing. Three years (????) or so, four novels, two novellas, and a couple of anthologies later, and I'm finally gaining some perspective.

Who would have thought?

Hope everyone's Thanksgiving prep is going well. And if you have to venture into Walmart these next few days (I was there yesterday), carry a big stick. My prayers are with you!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A Damn Fine Day

This blog was originally entitled "Holy Shit." But, having come down just a bit off my new book high, I thought better of it. And now I'm just kind of tired. And incredulous. Because:

Gifts of the Blood peaked yesterday at #643 Paid in the Kindle Store.

This happened yesterday. And I didn't even know it at the time. I actually didn't find out until I woke up this morning to an email from my publisher asking me if I had seen my rankings yet. I was covered with banana oatmeal and baby slobber and hadn't had my second cup of coffee yet, so no, I hadn't. I checked, and almost fell over when I found myself in the 800s. I mean, hot damn! But more sleuthing (and coffee guzzling and a change of clothes) later, and I realized I had missed my pinnacle by one day. Why?

Because Amazon is a fickle mistress.

But also because I spent a good part of yesterday hiding in my bed, crying.

I am writing a new book, you see. One that is ripped from the depths of my soul as no other has ever been. Yesterday went like this: Sit down at computer. Write some words. Cry. Get up. Tend baby. Sit down with baby at the big computer and play New Book Soundtrack. Settle baby in bouncy/rocker/hanging toy thingie. Sit down at computer. Write some more words. Cry. And lather, rinse, repeat.

It's shaping up to be one hell of a new book. This kind of writing, coming on the heels of my brand new release, which doesn't even have any reviews yet so it could still totally suck, has made for an interesting couple of days. But mostly I am grateful. I feel blessed. I have an incredibly supportive network of friends and family and live in the greatest universe of all: the book world, and today, even though I envision many more days of cry-write-cry, I wouldn't trade it for anything. Thanks ya'll.

Monday, November 18, 2013

On Authoring a Trilogy

Just saw the news that all major e-tailers have all three Angel's Edge books available. All. Three. And so I

find myself the author of a trilogy, and I'm thinking of why. Why did it have to be three? Admittedly, when I wrote the first book, I didn't have a concrete plan for the entire series. I had no way of knowing how popular the first book would be, how much pressure there would be to write more, or how much Whitfield would evolve all on its own. And now there are actually four- the trilogy and a stand-alone- because Whitfield won't leave me alone. But as to trilogies- they were kind of The Thing when I started Gifts of the Blood. So maybe I kind of had that ion the back of my head. But now that they're done, I can honestly look back and say it just took that many words to tell the story. Two wouldn't have done it and four would be too much. And I'm glad to have created a universe I can keep playing in. So, that's three down, one more to go- look out, Daughter of Glass!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Angel's Edge 2 Cover Reveal!

This is it, my lovelies! The cover of my dreams....
Hard to believe release day is only a few days away. Check out the cover reveal over on my publisher's site; they are running a contest over there. And if you like it, please consider sharing. Spread the love!

The first book, Gifts of the Blood, will run in BookBub at a low introductory price. It will either be free or 99 cents- not sure which- to coincide with Susan Ee's release. So it's going to be a good month for angels.

Stay tuned for the next cover reveal of Blood Redemption, the highly anticipated sequel and final book. Can't wait to show it to you. And, as always, thanks for stopping by!