Tues. June 5, 2012: Writing and Excerpts and PR

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Last Day of Full Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Rainy and cool

Brrr! It’s chilly. I had a busy workday yesterday, flat out all day. Read 150 pages of one of the manuscripts in the swap, worked on PR for my upcoming classes, HEX BREAKER PR, wrote two book reviews, ran errands, paid bills, worked on a couple of short stories, got some submissions out.

This morning, I did the postcards for the “Taste of Tarot” workshop and dropped them off at NIrvana. I’ve got to get more PR for the upcoming workshops out today.

I’ve been watching the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. As a writer (especially one who writes about monarchies in fantasy), the pagentry is fascinating.

There’s a new excerpt on A Biblio Paradise for HEX BREAKER — different than the ones on the website, in the media kit, or on Billy Root’s blog — so go read it. Then go buy it! 😉

Busy writing and reading day ahead of me — juggling a bunch of short stories on deadline, trying to keep on top of the PR, trying to hustle some more freelance work. Never a dull moment. There’s been some coastal flooding, but we’re fine where we are — unlike in NY, where it was always about trying to stay one step ahead of the flood waters.

I love playing with the sci-fi story. I’m pleased with the way that’s coming along.

Tessa is grumpy this morning — not sure why. It’s been raining for the past few days, so I haven’t taken her out with me — maybe she’s getting cabin fever.

I’m putting together an interesting series of workshops for mid-July, that will mix online and live possibilities. I’ve been approached to do some ghost writing — if the money’s okay, I’ll do it. I don’t usually ghost write, but I’m going to make an exception in this case.

I can’t believe it’s June! The heat’s still on. However, I’d rather be wrapped up in sweaters than suffering from heat prostration.



HEX BREAKER, $2.99, from Amazon Kindle and Solstice Publishing.

Wed. May 30, 2012: HEX BREAKER released!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Sunny and warm

It’s here! HEX BREAKER has released, available from Solstice Publishing and on Amazon Kindle for only $2.99. If you read the earlier version — this is juicier and better. If you’ve never read it, I hope you join me for this journey. HEX BREAKER is a personal favorite of mine. The book got excellent reviews in its first incarnation — if you read it and like it, I hope you’ll post a review on Amazon or some such, and if you’d like me as a guest on your blog, let me know — I’ll send you the media kit. I’d love to stop by! If you want to read an excerpt, there’s one here.

Solstice contracted the second book in the series, OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, a few months ago, and I’m under deadline pressure to get them the third book, CRAVE THE HUNT, as soon as I can. All seven books in the series are in writer’s rough outline.

“Town Crier”, a short story tie-in to the series, will be available for a free limited download the second week of June.

I’m busy updating my sites, and, this weekend, will launch the PR campaign (since I wasn’t expecting it to release yet and had no advance notice).

Of course, this is all while I’m prepping for Saturday’s one day seminar on Setting Up Your Submission System. I’m looking forward to it — I hope the students can learn from the mistakes I’ve made before I came up with a streamlined way to make it easy to put together and get submission packages out the door. Information and registration here. It’s the only time the course will be offered this year, so I hope people take advantage of it.

Spent time with students. Managed 35 chapters of the second pass of HEART SNATCHER. I’ve still got to wrestle the ending, but it will be ready for the critique swap on the first.

I’ve got to buckle back down with CRAVE THE HUNT then, next week, and polish some short stories.

Company’s coming today — good friends from Philadelphia. I’m looking forward to it. We can celebrate the book’s release.

Mowed the front and the side yesterday and got some weeding done. The meadow is my mission for the rest of the week. I haven’t managed to deadhead the rhodies yet, and I’m battling the ants again.

Always something, right? But this is release day for HEX BREAKER, and I choose happiness!