Friday, October 18, 2013

What A Week!

     Rane's Giants is Still being accepted by my lovely readers! I am geeked.

Maybe I should not share this information, however, I feel that my disclosure will perhaps inspire new Author's in a small way.  You see, I sent Rane's Giants to another Publisher, And it was rejected. Yes, even a book as good as Rane's Giants was rejected by one publisher.  I decided to self publish the book because I believed in it. I knew it was a good story and the rest of the series will be just as good.

    I shipped it to a few people I trust to tell me the truth, just in case it was a case of self delusion. No one could figure out why the book had been turned down, in fact I was gratified and humbled by the positive response I received. I was pushed and shoved to submit the book with a very few "tweeks" to JK PUBLISHING.  Primarily I must add by Mary@menagereviewer.

   I finally gave in and talked with Jana Leigh CEO of JK Pub. and thoroughly enjoyed the conversation. Rane was submitted and I signed the contract.  I cannot say enough about the support network this Publisher has in place for their Authors who are fortunate enough to write for them. Where I was used to e-mail only contact, I received personal phone calls and instant messages. I have been treated as one of the family of Author's and support staff. If I have a question, I get almost instant answers.  How Cool Is That????

The Authors that have joined this elite group have been very helpful and offer advice as needed, there are no Diva egos in this company. The support these people give each of their peers is unheard of in most publishing houses. I have to say I am proud to be one of this group of Amazing people.

The point of this disclosure is, do not give up on something you believe in, if one door closes, kick in the next or make your own doorway.  Waiting for someone to justify your hard work and love for writing is a waste of time. submit it or self publish it.

Coming Soon!

  My next book is a Christmas themed short story. Featuring some of my favorite people, WereWolf Shifters!  I Waited For You is the title of the book.  It is a short read at 24,450 words, but a tale of tragedy that culminates into lost love being rediscovered. I must caution my readers, this book contains violence and graphic retribution.  It also contains a beautiful scene of a Christmas miracle or two. I hope you all enjoy it and embrace my characters as much as I have.

   Hawk's Nest, Tremble Island is coming along nicely!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Loving my readers !!!

   I am overwhelmed with the show of support from my readers. You all are the greatest people in the world!  Rane's Giants has been enjoyed by a few hundred people to date and you have no idea how pumped I am to follow the book up with one just as good as Rane.

   The next book will be finished by Christmas, so save that Christmas money and gift card for January or February's release of Hawk's Nest.  I put a small snippet from Hawk's Nest at the end of Rane's Giants.

Here is the snippet. I hope you enjoy it!

Hawk’s Nest
Tremble Island

It had been six months since Hawk received the title of Lord Hawk, Overlord of Hawk’s Nest onTremble Island. He was appointed by the Lord of Tremble Isle himself, and he understood the importance of being the caretaker of one of the twelve Halls of Care.

In that time, he had settled the villagers and shifters into a daily routine of living without fear of their overlord. He had first asked for volunteers to join the guards and soldiers for the hall, its surrounding village, and countryside. The men were understandably wary and few stepped up to fill the need. Lord Tremble had thoughtfully left ten of the castle’s soldiers with him to get the hall in order. Three of them, all shifters, decided to stay and make lives in this place. The others would be leaving for the castle within the month. Forcing men into service to the Hall was not something he wished to do.

Families that had escaped from the hall before Lord Tremble attacked and won the battle for control, were being repatriated and should be returning within weeks. The lack of soldiers would bring the entire force of Hawk’s Nest to ten. The low number was unacceptable. Hawk’s Nest was a large holding with several hundred people within its scope. Ten soldiers would be a mere laugh should the hall be attacked.

Now there were five women standing before him requesting his indulgence in their wish to become soldiers. Two of the five were human, the other three were wolf and owls. The three shifters were sisters and were not willing to bow to another despotic overlord. The human women seemed harmless until he told them that he feared they might be weaker than the men they would fight against. Where the shifters could take flight on silent wings, the humans would be direct targets. He was surprised when one of the women held out her hand to him. When he took her hand, she curled her fingers over his wrist and somehow yanked him over her shoulder. He was left sitting on his ass in the dirt with her boot at his neck, as her counterpart grabbed his balls in her hand with enough pressure to assure him that she could damage his chances of fathering children. He actually had no reason to exclude the women from service to the hall. He had put each of them separately through their paces and found them to be extremely intelligent and eager to learn to fight and defend. He could imagine the teasing he would get from his peers about this, but he was desperate, and they were competent.

“You have all displayed proficiency and a willingness to defend this hall, and its entire people. Perhaps taking you on as soldiers will set a trend on the island. You will train with the forces from Tremble Castle until further notice.” Somewhere in the back of his brain, a plot was hatching. A force of women would be one element of surprise that no enemy would be expecting, no matter the gossip. No male wanted to do battle in a harmful way with a woman. Especially if they were trained secretly, under the cover of darkness and moonlight. The humans would need to hone their senses, but the result would be worth the pain they would feel from being attacked unaware. Any man that wanted to join the ranks out of ego, or spite, would have to best the female’s best fighter after they were trained. They would need a healer, and more women, many more women.

Any man, other than the ones who had already stepped up for service, would be assigned to a female as her second. If the men of this hall wanted to play the coward, then they would assume the role that had been given to women in the past. He found himself rubbing his hands in anticipation. “I have made a decision. Each of you are to come back tomorrow morning before sunrise with two other women that might wish to join. I want no females with toddling children, nor any women under the age of sixteen years. We will require the services of a healer or witch woman too. Older, less limber women can assume a support position if they choose.”

The females nodded to his decree. Some had small smiles on their lips and others eyes werenarrowed in thought. He knew they wondered what he was about. He wondered if he would be able to see this wicked plan through. There would be only one way to find out.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Time has flown

     This summer has been crazy busy.  If I want to think about it, the entire year has been busy for me, both as an Author and personally.  This year alone I have three new books with Siren Publishers.I am waiting to hear if Siren will pick up my Christmas book for the Tall Pines shifters series that began with Not Bad For An Amateur.  That book contains some very graphic, violent, scenes that are in keeping with the nature of Shifters.  Either way, I plan to continue the series.

And Next week,  October 8, 2013, I will have the first book of my new series,Rane's Giants, Book 1 of  TREMBLE ISLAND published under the tender care of JK Publishing. This is a new venture for me. 
    Tremble Island is an entire new world.  An unspoiled place where evolution is taking place and a Spaceship crashes on the planet that they call ECHO.  Tremble Island Is filled with evolving beings, Some have only one shape, some are talented with two, and some, hybrids, if you will, are gifted with more shapes. In this first book, the Lords of Tremble are each gifted with many animals to call to shape and nature.  

    I have not forgotten those gifted with Second sight, Witchery, and other powers that have evolved through the years. Rane is a Healer in the village, She has many natural gifts and uses them selflessly in her work. 

She may be little, and the villagers might want limited healing only contact with her, ( after all she IS a Witch) when Giants begin to appear in the Hall at Droildorf, her true calling becomes known.
  I love this story, and I love the next one that I am working on now to follow Rane's Giants. 

  Now that I have an entire planet to play on, I will run wild for a while, writing about the various new places to found on ECHO.  I am also writing the backstory of the humans that were sent into space to seed other worlds. The Scientists are a collection of Off the chart IQ's.  Like all scientists, they range from the analytical to the downright Bizarre.  ~SIGH~

   So many possibilities, and such a clean tablet to write on ! I had planned to self publish Rane's Giants, then, several people pointed me in JK publisher's direction and I am glad they did!
   I promised myself that I would work on and finish the numerous Works that are in Progress - WIP's, By the end of the year. That is still the plan with detours along the way. There are four stories waiting for my immediate attention. And probably four more that will take more time and thought to build into what I want them to become. 

   I hope you enjoy my new world as much as I have enjoyed building it. Please let me know how you felt about Rane's Giants when you are finished. I would love the feedback from verified readers.  Your opinions are important to me.