Monthly Archives: April 2016

Music Monday: Source-Fixer Playlist

Another Music Monday and a new project means it’s time to make a new playlist! Part of the fun of working on a new novel is putting together a playlist for it. I wrote the first draft of The Source-Fixer without really having a playlist in mind, but now as I’m planning the revision, it’s started to come together.

The Source-Fixer (this may graduate from working title to actual title) is about two people in the middle of life (Kaniev is forty; Fransisa won’t admit to her age but, just between you and me, she’s also forty) who lose everything that’s given meaning and purpose to their lives up until now, then find new life and hope in a place they never expected. And yes, it’s a fantasy-romance (I am who I am), but kind of different. So with that in mind, here are my songs for the book:

  • “Story of My Life,” Social Distortion – Kaniev’s song
  • “Magic Man,” Heart – A little out of my usual listening. Could work for Fransisa and Kaniev, but I actually chose it for the villain, Ardavos, and his lover Sivael.
  • “Twist of Fate,” Visions of Atlantis – “It’s never too late,” kind of the theme of the book.
  • “Diamond in the Rough,” Social Distortion – Kaniev doesn’t make a good impression at first, but he cleans up well.
  • “The Secret,” Visions of Atlantis – A theme of finding love after losing everything
  • “Kiss Me Till It Bleeds,” Nina Gordon – Fransisa doesn’t really want to be falling in love with Kaniev, but she kind of can’t help it.
  • “The Golden State,” John Doe – This is also on the Sarya’s Song playlist. Perfect for two lovers who get on each other’s nerves but still can’t live without each other.

For your listening enjoyment, here’s the playlist on Spotify.

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April Progress Report

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Finally surfacing for air after recovering from getting For the Wildings ready to release and diving into the next projects on the list. It’s still hard to believe that Daughter of the Wildings is complete and published (except for the paperback; I’ve just started working on that). It started as just an experiment about 4 1/2 years ago, then that one book turned into a 5-book series, then 6 books, and turned into a story that I felt absolutely compelled, driven, to publish. There was a time, a little over two years ago, when I was honestly afraid I might not live to finish it, but the problem turned out to be relatively mild and self-correcting and *knock on wood* I hope I won’t have any more similar problems for the foreseeable future. I do need to try to get back to the better health habits I was working on before.

Anyway. So, yeah, Daughter of the Wildings, the project of my heart, my obsession for the last few years, is out there now, and it’s time to move on to other things. Next up is The Source-Fixer (still trying to think of a different title, and not having much luck). I’m nearly done with the triage phase of the first big revision. This book started out as a project I abandoned many years ago, then I figured out how to finish it and wrote the first draft during NaNoWriMo in 2014. Now that I’m reading through it, I’m seeing things I love about it and also some major issues. Nothing unfixable, though.

I’ve also initiated the process of getting cover art for Source-Fixer and Heir of Tanaris, and a new cover for Chosen of Azara. Since these are all set in the same world, I want to re-brand Chosen with a cover to match the other two books. I love getting new cover art, and I’m so excited to see how these are going to look!

In other news, as a result of my commitment to write 1000 words a day/250,000 words this year, I have a bunch of short stories waiting to be published. I’ll be releasing the first collection of five soon (finishing up the final edits on them). Email subscribers will have the opportunity to get the collection for free 🙂

And also, as part of writing 1000 words a day, I now find myself nearly 7500 words into book 2 of the follow-up series to Daughter of the Wildings. I finished the draft of book 1, then was wondering how to get to the next major plot point in the series story arc, and realized what I needed was a range war! So I did some reading up on range wars in the Old West, and book 2 just kind of came together. Daughter of the Wildings may be finished, but I’m not done with the world or the characters quite yet.

Last month I planted some vegetables in my new raised gardening box. Let’s check in on how my little green things are doing:

Picture Snow peas – looking good!

Picture The mixed lettuce is doing pretty good too.

Picture Broccoli, not so much, but there’s a few of them coming up.

A reminder: if you read For the Wildings, don’t forget to go to the link at the end of the book to download a free Silas and Lainie short story, “A Good Example”! The story has major spoilers for the book, so don’t read it before you finish For the Wildings 🙂

Finally, since it’s Music Monday, I’ll leave you with the video of Insomnia from Kamelot’s album Haven.


For the Wildings now available!

Now Available!
ebook only 99 cents through April 3!
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In the conclusion of the Daughter of the Wildings series, Silas and Lainie recover from their ordeal in Granadaia, while knowing that an evil is at work that threatens the freedom of the Wildings and that this peaceful interval is no more than a brief illusion. Then the unthinkable happens, the battle begins, and Lainie, the daughter of the Wildings, and Silas, the man she has claimed for herself and for the land, have to draw on all their power and strength – and on the life of the land itself – to protect their beloved Wildings and the people who make it their home.

Daughter of the Wildings books 1-3 box set on sale

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Through April 3: To celebrate the release of the 6th and final book in the Daughter of the Wildings fantasy-western series, the box set of books 1-3 is on sale for only $2.99 through April 3. You can read the first three adventures of Silas Vendine and Lainie Banfrey, magical bounty hunters, as they hunt renegade mages and other evildoers while trying to stay one step ahead of the law themselves. Magic, adventure, and a dose of romance in a fantasy world inspired by the Old West.

Available in ebook format at the following retailers:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo | Smashwords | OmniLit | DriveThruFiction