Do you have a writing quirk? It’s come to my attention that I do. As I was finishing up the first draft of Worlds on Edge, I had an odd number of chapters and added one to make it even. Now I added another and am back to odd and feel as if I’m daring fate. I just might have to even that up again. Do you have a quirk like that?
The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear now in Audio!
The audio edition of The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear is now for sale on Audible! Thank you to the mega talented Kristie Ann Foss for narrating and for a fantastic product. Working with Kristie Ann was a blast. I told her I’d love for her to read The Rifters if I decide to go audio with it.
The journey into adulthood is stranger than she expects. A new adult science fiction fantasy.
Hetty Locklear lives in a nerd girl fantasy where she is the savior of a dying ancient galactic race. When she’s not role playing in the exotic game world she created, she dreams of being the new It Girl with suave clothes, hundreds of friends, hunks galore falling at her slippered feet, awesome parties, and a job to make every person in the cosmos drool.
Instead she’s stuck at the convenience store wearing stretchy clothes to fit over the paunch formed from a steady diet of donuts and coffee and with a social calendar as empty as deep space. In her whole life she’s only acquired two friends — a cousin, who barely counts, and her best friend since grade school.
Hetty is banking on graduation from community college to transform her into a full-fledged woman. It doesn’t. It gets her an unflattering coffee stain down the front of her gown and an invitation from her parents to visit. Estranged since they went gallivanting off to fulfill their dream of working the Renaissance Faire circuit, Hetty isn’t eager to see them. However, this trip is the best chance she has to repair their broken relationship.
A steamy romance with her boss or the handsome stranger she met at the coffee shop would cure her doldrums, but she’s stuck with the annoying Sir Gnat and is stalked by a ghost. The invisible stranger leads her to a reality she finds hard to believe. It also leads to love and a better relationship with herself.
Available on Audible.com!
Headhunters Race by Kimberly Afe
And I’m really excited to tell you all about this new release from the awesome Kimberly Afe.
Sixteen-year-old Avene was sentenced to prison at thirteen for a crime she didn’t commit. Now she has a chance to win her freedom back – if she enters the Headhunters Race. Second prize isn’t so bad either, an upgrade to the Leisure Prison if you make it to the finish line. To win either prize, Avene and the other prisoners must navigate one hundred and fifty miles of dense forest, desert, and worst of all, cannibal territory.
With a mechanical collar timed to strangle the prisoners if they’re not back in nine days, Avene allies herself with seventeen-year-old McCoy, another prisoner that insists on helping her at every turn and a boy she’s trying hard not to fall for. Together they battle nature, other prisoners, and the timed death collars to win the coveted prize. But when Avene is tested with one deadly conflict after another, she realizes there is more at stake than winning her freedom – first she has to survive.
Kimberly is the mother of two awesome kids, wife of the nicest man in the world, and her dog’s best friend. She works by day and writes middle grade and young adult science fiction and fantasy novels in her spare time. She lives with her family in the beautiful Sonoran Desert.
More to gnaw on
I’m going to be giving a workshop on April 5th. I’m not sure what exactly I’ll cover. It was suggested that I do hooks and hangers and making the first chapter sing. However, the workshop in February is doing hooks, and I feel it overlaps. So I was thinking of switching to some writing structure basics – stimulus/repsonse thing + simultaneous events + characterization – a sort of maturing your writing and taking it to the next level sort of thing… writing more like a pro.
When you were starting out, what did you wish you knew? What would pique your interest more for a workshop coupled with a critique in which you work on what you learned on your WIP?
I decided to quit uploading directly to Kobo. I didn’t get any more sales by uploading direct to them than I did through Smashwords. So I’ll distribute through Smashwords again. I deleted my account from Kobo and my books are down temporarily on Kobo until they filter through from Smashwords.
Yeah, the first draft of Worlds on Edge is done. I’m taking a wee break before I start on the revision. I have plenty to keep me busy – bookkeeping, a short story due in March, reformatting, getting farther on The Rifters.