Monday, August 8, 2016

Soul of Arial and Other News

Hello World!

Sorry it's been so long since my last post.  Been busy with writing and life and whatnot!  For those of you who know about The Soul of Arial series, you'll be happy to know I've been hard at work on the manuscript for the third and final book of this series!  The characters have a lot to say and even more to do to bring this fantasy to a close, so hopefully we'll get it all written and polished before summer's over.

While you're waiting for this particular book to be released, be sure to check out Vivication (Annals of Ellie #1)!  It is now available on Kindle, Nook, and in paperback on Amazon and CreateSpace.  So what are you waiting for??

That's about all I've got for now.  Still dealing with back issues that prevent me from writing as much as I would like to.  But I'm stubborn, so this manuscript and others will get done!  I hope everyone has had an amazing summer and if I get a chance, I'll be sure to post about my awesome two-week cross-country road trip I took in July with my Muse!  Got some amazing pictures to share with you guys!

Take care and happy reading!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Vivication is LIVE!!!

Morning, Peeps!

Vivication (Annals of Ellie #1) is LIVE!!!  You can find it on Kindle and Nook.  Or if you prefer the paperback version, you can find it on Amazon or CreateSpace!  So be sure to spread the word and get your copy today!!

And one other thing: Please consider leaving a review after you've read Vivication.  Reviews help others consider whether they'd like to check the book out or not.

Thanks and Happy Reading!

Sketching is one thing, drawing is something totally different. That is if you are Ellie Marshall. Ellie loves to sketch, to escape to a place of peace in her mind. Away from her modern, mundane, bible-belt foster homes. But when her mind decides to draw, it takes over everything. It demands immediate attention – as in Draw. Right. Now. And what her mind draws is of future events, of things yet to happen. Then one day her mind drew a creepy medieval castle…

Monday, April 25, 2016

Time is Flying... Me, Not So Much

Good morning, Peeps!

It's been a chaotic month or so since I last posted.  I went through the Kindle Scout Campaign program, I've begun work on the next book in two different series, and I've been dealing with a back issue that has yet to resolve itself.  Fun times!

So, first off, Vivication (Annals of Ellie #1) was not selected to be published through Amazon's Kindle Publications.  But because of the awesome response I got from individuals showing their support over the course of the campaign, I will be publishing Vivication through Cressen Books LLC.  The release date for it is this Wednesday, April 27th, and it will be available for purchase on Kindle, Nook, and in paperback through CreateSpace and Amazon!  Just as a reminder of what Vivication is about, here's the cover and synopsis:


Sketching is one thing, drawing is something totally different.  That is if you are Ellie Marshall.  Ellie loves to sketch, to escape to a place of peace in her mind.  Away from her modern, mundane, bible-belt foster homes.   But when her mind decides to draw, it takes over everything.  It demands immediate attention – as in Draw. Right. Now.  And what her mind draws is of future events, of things yet to happen.  Then one day her mind drew a creepy medieval castle…

 



Second, I have been working on the fourth book for Galactic Dynasty and the third book for The Soul of Arial.  I'm actually a little further along in Arial simply because those characters have been in my head lately.  I'll be sure to place a progress bar here on the blog so those of you interested can monitor my progress.  I'm hoping to have both of these books done and ready for publication by the end of this year, so I'm crossing my fingers I can meet that goal!

And lastly, the back issues.  I've been having what feels like a pinched nerve and muscle spasms in my back since the middle of January.  Everything the doc has had me do so far has not helped, so I'm now seeing a neurosurgeon and a pain management specialist to try and pinpoint exactly what's causing the pain so we'll know how to alleviate it.  Because of this, I've only been able to sit in front of the computer for short periods of time and some days are worse than others, causing me to not be able to put my full focus on any project I'm working on.  So, writing has been sporadic to say the least and this does not make me a happy camper.  But hopefully a resolution is in sight.

So, that's been my world as of late.  I'll be back on soon to post links for Vivication.  Until then, I hope everyone has a wonderful week!
   

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Vivication's Kindle Scout Campaign is Live!!!

Good morning and Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

I wanted to let everyone know that I've submitted Vivication (Annals of Ellie #1) to the Kindle Scout program and the campaign has officially gone live!  The way Kindle Scout works is that readers like you awesome peeps get to NOMINATE books that you think would be great for publication.  If the book receives enough nominations, it will be seriously considered for contract with Kindle Press.

So, help an author out here... please take a moment to visit the campaign's page and check out Vivication.  If you think it's worthy enough, click the Nominate button and you're done.  If the book is published through Kindle Press, then each person who nominated it will receive a free e-copy of the book!  Awesome, right?

Please let all your friends and family know... spread the word and let's see if we can make this happen!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Reading, Writing, and Back Problems... Oh My!

Good day to you lovely readers!  As you can see, I've already managed to slip into near non-existence on this site only because I've been busy with edits and beginning new writing projects.  Oh, and I've managed to pinch a nerve in my back that has actually prevented me from being able to be at the computer as much as I normally am.  Sigh... getting old is not fun sometimes! lol

So, first, an update on Vivication (Annals of Ellie #1).  The manuscript is completely edited and ready for publication.  However, I'm going into a bit of an unusual route with regards to publishing this latest work.  I've decided to check out the Kindle Scout program and see if I have what it takes to be selected.  Since I'm still in the process of coming up with a synopsis, I've not yet uploaded this manuscript to Kindle Scout for consideration.  But as soon as I do, I'll be back on here with a link and a pleading request that each of you go check out the link and put in your nomination for the novel to be chosen for publication through Kindle Scout.  More on that in the coming days.

Second, I've begun the manuscript for Book 4 in the Galactic Dynasty series which I co-author with my Muse and husband, E. M. Lohr.  The first chapter is complete and it's already taking on an intense feel that I'm really liking.  Death, intrigue, and aliens abound... yeah, it's going to be a wild ride and we're eager to get the manuscript written so we can bring this latest installment to our fans!  I'll be posting a progress bar on this site so you can keep up with how we're coming along and I'll also drop the occasional updates as more is written.

As for the pinched nerve... yeah, I've not been a happy camper these past couple of months.  This happened in early January and I've been fighting with it ever since.  I've been on drugs (the prescribed kind ;)), I've done physical therapy, and still having issues.  So my next step is a neurosurgeon... hopefully I'll be seeing one in the near future so I can find out what to do now to get this nerve to calm down already.  I'm hoping it won't lead to surgery, but one step at a time.  Anyway, because of this, I've been limited to how long I can sit in front of a computer.  And in fact, I've literally had to move my office to a new location in the house to help with posture and whatnot.  Long story!

Anywho... that is what's happening in this author's life right now.  I hope everyone's having a great new year and reading lots of awesome books.  I've been in a James Patterson and Sue Grafton kick lately, plowing through the Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club, and Kinsey Millhone series like a madwoman!  Fortunately there are a ton of books in each of those series, so it's going to take me quite a while to read them all.  And that makes me happy!

What books are you reading?  Have you read any of the books I mentioned?  Feel free to comment away below... I love hearing from you guys!

Monday, January 18, 2016

It's A New Year Already?

Where in the world has the last several weeks gone?!  One minute it's Thanksgiving and the next we're in a whole new year! lol  I guess the saying is true that time does fly when you're having fun!

So, I wanted to pop on here since it's been quite a while and give an update on the  writing project I'm working on.  In an earlier post, I mentioned a new writing project that was temporarily going by the name Dark Hollow University Book 1.  Well, since then, the manuscript is finished, I have a cover for the book created, and it has a new title along with a title for the overall series.  Still haven't come up with a synopsis, but as soon as I do, I'll be sure to post it.  As for the manuscript, it's in the final editing stages. 

What is the book title?  Vivication  And what is the series title?  Annals of Ellie  Oh, and you'd like to see the cover too?  Not a problem... just keep in mind that the cover is subject to change or at least receive minor tweaks in the coming weeks, so this might not be the final rendition:






So, now you know what I've been plugging away at since my last post.  I'm hoping that I'll be a bit more diligent in posting on here, but we'll see how this new year progresses.  I think I make a mental resolution every year to post more on this site and sadly, every year, I fall a little short of that goal.

I hope all of you are having a great start to your 2016 and I'll be back on again soon with more updates!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: Lord Loss




Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!





This week's teaser comes from Lord Loss (The Demonata #1) by Darren Shan:

 Seriously, jokes aside, I'm frightened. They're sharing a secret, something bad, and keeping me out of it. Why? Is it to do with me? Do they know something that I don't? Like maybe... maybe... (p. 14)
Apparently I've been in a Darren Shan kick lately.  That and I found a ton of his books at my local used book store which makes me very happy! lol Anyway, this story, just like his others, has started off in such a way to keep me turning the page and feeling bummed when I have to finally call it a night and get some sleep!  Fortunately I'm not the type to have nightmares based on what I read or watch, otherwise I don't think I would be reading this or any of his other novels right before going to sleep!

What's your teaser this week?
Leave me a link below and have a great Tuesday!