Friday, November 27, 2020

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales!

I hope y'all had a great Thanksgiving, and those of you who are doing NaNo are on track to win! Also, officially time for Christmas music! Though I'll admit, I started listening sporadically to Christmas music before Thanksgiving...

Anyway, it's time for the yearly clean indie Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale! Dozens of ebooks for under $1, some even free! A handful of authors are also offering discounts on paperbacks. Some of my favorites, like Ilyon, Firmament, and Acktar are a part of this sale! Make sure you check it out!

Visit sale site!

Here are the specific deals I'm running.

I'm also participating in a couple other group sales! Be sure to check them out! (Note: I haven't read the other books in these promos, so I can't vouch for worldview or content.)

Children's Books Holiday Sales

Monday, November 16, 2020

NaNo Update


Yeah, I was definitely crazy to think I could pull this off. But hey, I'm 6 chapters ahead of where I was before, which puts me closer to the end of this draft. And maybe, just maybe, I'll somehow pull it out and finish draft 2 of Acktorek 2: The Vanished by the end of the month.

Honestly, I'm still not super happy with it. The plot is solidifying itself, but Emma's back to her shutting-me-out antics. 😛 Oh, Emma. Mitchell's fine, but since most of the emotional aspect of this book plays off of Emma, it's a roller coaster, and not in a good way. But this is why I rewrite and rewrite and rewrite until I get it right. And hopefully it won't take too many more drafts before it's right and y'all can continue Emma and Mitchell's story!

Now off to get more words...

Monday, November 2, 2020

It's NaNo Again, and I Might Be a Tad Bit Crazy

So a couple months ago, it was taking FOREVER for library books to come in at the second library I use. I was putting a few on hold every week, thinking they'd trickle in eventually, and well, I might get to read such and such book in a few months.

Well, then they mostly fixed the problem that was making it take so long (though I've still got one that's been in transit since AUGUST), and a BUNCH started coming in. So now my account summary looks like this:

Also, a few months ago, I decided to preorder the Royal Ranger book that comes out tomorrow. Because I've been anxiously awaiting it and scouring the internet for news about it long before it was even announced. Will and Maddie are going undercover as jongleurs! I'm so excited about it! And hoping it'll actually come today. Sometimes preorders do that.

I also put a book on hold at my main library. Which is currently sitting unread because I've got others that will be due sooner.

And then I decided to do NaNo. I need motivation to actually sit down and finish draft 2 of Acktorek 2. I fully intend to finish this draft (estimated 40,000 words) by the end of the month.

I committed to two sign waving shifts on election day, and then remembered, hey, that's during NaNo.

There'll be Thanksgiving later on this month.

I'm participating in Black Friday sales again this year.

And there are a lot of changes going on at work.

But I fully intend to get all these books read, finish this draft, fulfill my sign waving commitment, and keep up with work and teaching (I mean, I have to do that), and watch The Mandalorian every week 😉, so I very well might be crazy.

And if I'm barely around the internet this month, I'm not dead, I'm just swamped with things to get done because I'm crazy.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Acktorek Blog Tour Wrap-Up

 It's Mandalorian day!

Just had to get that out of my system. 😉

Anyway, time to recap the blog tour. (and wait to watch The Mandalorian until this evening when my whole family can watch it together...)

It's been a good week with lots of fun interviews, but I know what you really want to know about is the giveaway.

First prize, a signed paperback goes to: Penny
Second prize, an ebook, goes to: Liz K.

Congratulations! I'll be emailing you with prize information! And hopefully it won't take too long for my author copies to get here.

In case you missed any of the posts this week, here's a recap.

Book Reviews

Author Interviews

Character Interviews

Book Spotlights

Interview With Carla

I have an interview with Carla today! Again, questions courtesy of my mom.

What is the thing you remember most about your early childhood? 

Spending time with Emma. *laughs* That’s still probably what I do most. But when I was little especially, Emma read to me all the time and played lots of music for me. I wouldn’t let her stop. She never liked fairy tales, but they were my favorites when I was really little. I especially loved Cinderella. Then when I was four and Emma and Grace were eight, Grace got Emma to read me A Wrinkle in Time. I was probably a little too young for it then and I didn’t understand it very well, but I loved it. Emma didn’t, but she still read it to me over and over again, and A Wind in the Door too. *sighs* Emma really would do anything for me, and she always has. I just wish I could do more for her. 

What is your favorite song to play on the piano? 

Ooh, that’s a hard one. Grieg is one of my favorite composers, since he wrote “Morning Mood” which was what made me fall in love with music. But I can’t really play Grieg concertos yet. I can’t wait until I can play his “Piano Concerto in A Minor,” though I’m not likely to get to perform it with a full orchestra. Right now, I’m working on Debussy’s “Le Petit Noir,” which is a lot of fun. There’s a lot of staccato, with your right hand directly underneath the left for part of it, and it’s just so fun. I like more than just Romantic and Impressionistic music though. I also like playing more modern music. I have my own arrangement of “Let It Go” and of “King of Love” by I Am They too. 

Do you enjoy hanging out with Grace…either with Emma, or alone? 

Grace is fun, but she and Emma argue a lot, so it’s usually more fun to hang out with just Grace. Grace read me Narnia and she finds me all sorts of musicals and film score to listen to. We have a good time. I just wish Emma would be more willing to have fun and not be so serious all the time. 

What do you do for fun? 

Listen to stories and play music mostly. Sometimes I’ll hang out with other kids from school but Mom doesn’t like that and I’m not as close to them as I am to Emma anyway. I spend a lot of time on the piano. I do work really hard at it because I want to be a concert pianist someday, but I also just really like playing. Music is amazing. There’s so much emotion in it, and it can tell a story too. I’ll improvise music for my favorite stories sometimes. Once I pretended I was composing a soundtrack for The Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. It’s one of my favorite series. And if Mom’s having a good day, sometimes she’ll play duets with me. I like it when we can do that. She likes to play “The Planets” by Gustav Holst and she’s created her own arrangement of it too. 

If there was one thing you could tell Emma (that you haven’t already told her) what would it be? 

I really can’t think of anything I haven’t told Emma. I tell her everything. I’d tell her again she needs to learn how to have fun, but I’ve told her that a lot, and so has Grace. *sighs* She’s always had too much responsibility since Dad has to spend so much of his time taking care of Mom. Emma deserves some time off.

Check out today's other tour stop!
Book Review at Tricia Mingerink


Enter to win a signed copy of Acktorek: The Void! Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Interview With Emma


I have an interview today with Emma Edsel! My mom gave me some questions for her, and, well, we had a conversation about them. This is a peek into my writer mind. Conversations like this have happened before, sometimes while I'm working at the library...

I promise I'm not crazy!

Anyway, I'm in bold, Emma's in regular. Enjoy!

What was the hardest thing about growing up in your house?

*stares incredulously* You really think I’m going to answer a question like that? For all the world to see?

Well…your story is about to be published in a novel…

*awkward silence*

So that’s why you wanted me to talk to you…

Um, yeah. But I promise the most personal stuff won’t be public knowledge. That’s just to help me understand you better.

*glare intensifies* What’s your definition of “most personal”?

*shifts uncomfortably* …Probably slightly different from yours.

*stands up, arms folded across chest* That’s it. I’m done. I don’t know why I finally talked to you at all.

Vannie may have had something to do with that. I think she yelled at you a few times for giving me such a hard time.

That girl needs to learn to keep some things to herself.

Can’t argue with that one. But please, Emma, answer a few questions? Easier ones?

*huffs, but sits back down* Make it quick. And it better not be invasive.

This one isn’t. What is your favorite subject in school?

Science. I like biology and chemistry best, and I wish high school science would go deeper into biochemistry and molecular biology. Physics is okay. And math is dependable.

Science is pretty cool. And math is way better than foreign language. I hate foreign language. Mostly because I’m so bad at it. But I’ve always liked English and history the best.

See, this is why you don’t understand me.

I’m trying. Cut me some slack. Here’s another question. Has Grace always driven you crazy, or did this just happen in high school?

*snorts* Has Grace ever not been annoying? There’s always been one thing or another that gets on my nerves about her. I can’t get rid of her, and believe me, I’ve tried. But she has gotten worse since she and Brian started dating. She thinks all my problems would be solved if I just had a boyfriend. Stupid.

It’s not that she thinks a boyfriend would solve your problems so much as it’s that she thinks healthy relationships with someone other than Carla would be good for you. Especially if it was a relationship with someone who would take care of you. You need that. That kind of leads into the next question. Is there anyone besides Grace that you can talk to (like an adult role model)?

Really? Who would I talk to?

Grace’s mom would probably be a good option.

Not a chance.

Why not?

*glares* Because no one would understand, that’s why. And they all let you down.

What basis do you have for that statement? Has Grace’s family ever actually let you down, or are you so afraid they will that you don’t even ask? It’s hard for people to know you need help if you don’t ask for it.

I’m not going to answer that.

At least think about it?

Maybe. If you’ll stop bugging me.

Well…Just one more question and you can go.

You mean until you make me talk to you again?


You really don’t know how to leave a person alone, do you?

It’s kind of hard when you live inside my head.

Talk to Vannie. Leave me alone.

I do talk to Vannie. Problem is, she’d rather talk to me about how great it is to be married to Kyle than about what it took to get them to the place where they could get married, and that’s not helpful. But can I ask you the last question?

Fine. But I can’t promise I’ll answer.

It’s one I hope you have an answer for, but I kind of doubt you do. What do you do for fun?

*blinks* Um…I walk in the woods to the stream sometimes?

*sighs* You need a hobby.

Now you’re sounding like Grace.

Well, she’s not wrong.

I don’t have time for a hobby. Can I go now?

I guess so. Goodbye.


Check out the rest of today's posts!


Enter to win a signed copy of Acktorek: The Void! Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Acktorek: The Void Is Here!

Today's the day! The sun is shining! The tank is clean! And we are getting out— The tank is clean!

It's my thing. Deal with it. 😉

Acktorek: The Void is HEEEEERE!!!!!!!!! I'm so excited to finally introduce this book to the world. These characters are my babies and I put them through so much and it's been a long, hard journey to get to know Emma (and get her to not hate me), and now you can meet them properly!

I've got a small blog tour going on with reviews and author interviews and character interviews and a giveaway, so check it out!

Tour Schedule

Monday, October 26
· Tour Announcement at Morgan Elizabeth Huneke
· Book Review at Living Outside the Lines
· Author Interview at Isamonkey Reviews

Tuesday, October 27
· Book Spotlight at Jaye L. Knight
· Author Interview at Living Outside the Lines
· Interview with Emma at Morgan Elizabeth Huneke

Wednesday, October 28
· Book Spotlight at The Music of a Story
· Interview with Mitchell at Living Outside the Lines

Thursday, October 29
· Book Review at Tricia Mingerink
· Interview with Carla at Morgan Elizabeth Huneke

Friday, October 30
· Tour Wrap-Up at Morgan Elizabeth Huneke


Enter to win a signed copy of Acktorek: The Void! Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.