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Gangland CoverMy temporary thrown together cover for April’s Camp Nanowrimo project, which I’m hoping to be able to write around everything else happening in my life. Here’s the description I have to go with it.

When Keith and Beth moved their family into a new home, they were promised a near perfect community. A place seeming almost too good to be true.
A year later, Keith wakes up in a nightmare which drags him down into the secrets behind the seeming perfection. It appears not everyone is happy with life as it is. Keith is asked to aid the investigation and ends up learning far more about the truth of the world he lives in than anyone else would believe.

Yes, it’s another science fiction, set on another human colony world. I’ve actually had the beginning of it, about five thousand words, for several years now. The goal next month is to finish it.

In theory, I should be working on a massive overhaul of Dragonsbane, Kingsbane, but my brain doesn’t want to work on Kelli right now. So back to Cemen I go for more material which may or may not ever see the light of print.

In the meantime, the three books for the trilogy set to be released August 2016 are being formatted for print, so I’m hoping to have the proofs next month. I’m looking forward to seeing them printed.

In the meantime, Hunting the Dephlendar and Of Friends & Family will be officially released in just over a week. As of today, The Price of Devotion and More of Friends & Family are available to pre-order. Links can be found on my publisher’s website, Howling Wolf Books.

Expectations

Lexa Cheshire:

From the Archive

Originally posted on My Own Little Universe:

This is where all those insidious shoulds come from. The the (mostly) unspoken rules we ‘should’ follow in our lives. The roles we ‘should’ fulfill. And the more we allow to rule us, the more they expand to take up every corner of our lives.

There is always someone expecting something of any given person. We can never completely get away from that. But which expectations are truly realistic? Because some are.

The clearest example I can think of is in the relationship between parent and child. In becoming parents (intentionally or accidentally) we are expected to be there to raise our children. Newborn babies are incapable of anything other than complete dependence on their caregiver. (I don’t understand how anyone can even think otherwise.) Failing to live up to that expectation of parents, regardless of the details of any given situation, is going to result in less than pleasant…

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Over and Over

Lexa Cheshire:

From the Archive

Originally posted on My Own Little Universe:

I’ve heard it said that life will keep teaching the same lesson over and over until we finally learn it. I can’t begin to recall where I heard that or who said it. Seems to be true, at least in my life.

Maybe I’m beginning to learn whichever lesson life is trying to teach me right now. Some days I have a hard time telling.

I have learned a lot about myself and my life in the last year. Maybe more than in the previous thirty. Am I anywhere near done? I seriously doubt it. I still feeling like I’m seeing the same things over and over. Rehashing the same issues over and over.

I want to move on to new lessons. I really do. I just feel like I’m struggling to find the right steps. To learn the lesson and make the change which will move me forward.

Growth.

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New week and new month, but due to lack of concentration, my writing has defaulted to a never ending, possibly never to see the light of day project on the colony world my brain spends the most time on. Well, some of it has seen publication, but nowhere near the full extent of what I’ve written. My publisher has a ‘no plot, no publication’ thing going.

I’m mostly set for Camp Nanowrimo next month. I know which project I’m going to attempt to add another fifty thousand words to. Now to see if my concentration returns to a point where I can pull it off.

On the editing front, the trilogy I just finished writing needs some attention. The first book has gone to a beta reader. The second has undergone the first round of edits. Time to take another look at the third book. Again, once I can concentrate better.

The second edition of Beneath the Waves is officially released for sale today. Howling Wolf Books has links to both print and ebook, but it could take a few days for Amazon to list it.

For those who want ebooks, Smashwords is currently hosting a major promotion. For this week, March 1-7, my short stories are free and my longer releases are 50% off. Just follow the link. Smashwords accounts are free and grant you access to thousands of ebooks across all genres.

Aside from some issues with preschooler and cat, I think this year was my best birthday in quite a while. I had my day more or less my way plus some new music. Also, beautiful spring weather instead of the usual February deep freeze and hip deep snow. (Or active blizzard.)

On the writing front, last week I finished the third book in the trilogy I’ve been writing. I also left myself a prologue for a new piece on the same world featuring new characters.

On the editing front, I’m working back through the second book of the trilogy, seeing just what kind of mess I left myself. Hopefully it won’t need the major overhaul the first book did.

There are currently three books available for pre-order:

Only one more week for the second edition of Beneath the Waves. It’s officially out next week.

The third edition of Hunting the Dephlendar is now available along with the second edition for Of Friends & Family. (Now to see how quickly Goodreads fixes whatever issues it’s having with the new book information.)

And, of course, the two books now available for purchase: The Twice Abducted Princess and Kedri Dancer.

For This Week

I know I haven’t blogged about my life recently. Mostly just too many things are up in the air right now. The only thing of note is me trying to figure out how to survive my birthday this year.

On the writing front, I’m almost finished the first draft of the third book of this trilogy. Hopefully, I’ll be finished before the weekend. It’ll be nice to have this one completely written out.

On the book proofing front, my publisher thinks I still have to do something more about A Sprite and Her Dragon. It would help if said sprite were currently speaking to me. Maybe once I’m finished what I’m writing.

Just a reminder, the second edition of Beneath the Waves is available for pre-order for another two weeks.

Kedri Dancer and The Twice Abducted Princess are available to purchase in print and ebook. If you don’t like the links from Howling Wolf Books, they’re available on Amazon in the US, Canada, UK, and Europe.

More Happy Dances

Mostly because of the first review posted for The Twice Abducted Princess, which can be found here.

Also because I’m making progress on the third novel of the trilogy I’m currently working on. As of last night I’m thirteen thousand words in, but also now have the world map so I can actually see where in their world my characters are going.

Not so thrilled with the proofing process right now. My publisher is happy with one piece, but bounced the other for more work. It would be easier if the character in question were speaking to me right now.

Also super happy because one of my favourite authors is finally releasing her pirate novel this month. Princess or Pirate by B. Heather Mantler is set for release February 21st. If you go here, there’s a chance you could win a copy.

Something I’m curious about: What in a book or series makes you (the reader) want to know more about the characters and their world?

On Saturday I finally finished the second book of the trilogy I’m working on. Or at least the first draft. But since the first draft is always the hardest to get through, I’m happy.

As for the rest of what I’ve been up to:

Currently writing the third book of the trilogy… and trying to write myself into corners again. Well, hopefully I’ll have the first draft finished by the end of this month.

Finished my share of the proofing for next August’s release. Now it’s up to my publisher to catch any typos I left in my wake and generally prepare it for release. Here’s the updated description.

A sci-fi twist on nine traditional fairy tales where the damsels aren’t necessarily in distress and sometimes the princes are the ones in need of rescue. And happily ever after doesn’t have to mean married.
Including the short story Magic Gone Wrong
In the aftermath of a disastrous court ball, Zariah’s fairy godmother offers her ‘everything a princess could ever want’ and Zariah accepts only to find herself separated from her family and caught in a situation more nightmare than dream. Now Zariah must take her fate into her own hands to reverse the spell and reclaim her life with her family.

Beneath the Waves is currently on pre-release and can be ordered in both print and ebook via links on my publisher’s website.

And Kedri Dancer is now available in a new edition. Again, links are on howlingwolfbooks.ca.

Is approximately what I added yesterday to book two of the trilogy I’m working on. I’m hoping to have this one finished this week. But after that, I’m thinking book three will have to wait until I’m finished proofing next August’s release. I read the printed proof to my husband last week and I’m thinking it needs just a little more work before it’s ready to go.

Eight thousand words in a day is a full days writing for me. I guess some authors shoot for more daily. I usually get less because of everything else which eats into my day. People want to be fed and “Mommy, watch this” or “Mommy, I need…” and the cat won’t quit lurking under my desk, just waiting to break my concentration.

Also reading. I finally found books to read I can actually concentrate to finish. Starting with the first of a trilogy by a YA author and artist I follow on Facebook. Also some of the freebies I’ve been downloading from Smashwords because I might as well do something useful when I log in there.

Currently writing: The second book in a trilogy tentatively slated for release Summer 2016. My publisher wants to release all three books at once, so the official date is dependent on my ability to get the second and third books finished this year.

Proofing: The proofs for my next two books arrived this morning. Now I need to go through them and ensure they’re actually ready for publication.

Old Tales Retold – to be released August 2015

The tales of Rapunzel, Beauty and other fairy tale princesses or princesses-to-be retold from a modern-ish, science fiction perspective. Not a damsel-in-distress in sight and none of these young women need rescuing. Somewhat to the chagrin of the men they encounter.

A Sprite and Her Dragon – to be released January 2016

The bad: The item companions Pix and Gor had taken from the dragon’s hoard was paid for in stolen gold. Bonus: Pix couldn’t resist also taking the metallic egg she found in said same dragon’s hoard.
The worse: Not only are they now wanted for theft and murder, their unsavoury employer is using the item they retrieved to revive ancient, feral dragons. And civilization as they know it is under attack.
But not all hope is lost… if a trio of unlikely companions can manage to survive long enough to unravel the mystery of the ancient dragons and the even older evil driving the destruction of their world.

Currently listed for pre-order:

Kedri Dancer: Second edition including the short story Dance With Me – February 2015

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/504279

Beneath the Waves: Second edition including the short story To Rescue A Hero – March 2015

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/512121

Print editions of both of these will be available, but until my publisher gets her bookstore up and running properly contact information is on her website.

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