The secret series title reveal for my 2023 writing project is here!
She doesn't know which vision people hate more—the tale of six lords falling from the heavens and bringing balance to the world, or the accompanying warning that three other-worldly goddesses want to see the mortal world turned to ash.
Either way, stumbling across the very men she had been seeing for years in her dreams changes everything. A powerful prophecy is now in motion—a prophecy that could doom them all.
Can the lords from Nariah's dreams stop the destruction she so fears?
Or will their very presence bring about the end of her world?
Six lords are in hiding.
Three vengeful goddesses seek conquest.
And five mortal women rise to change the fate of their world.
About this series:
-5-Volume Dark Epic Fantasy
-Romantic Side-Plots (Fade-to-Black)
-Filled with court intrigue, adventure, magic, and battles
~All Five Volumes of this Series are Scheduled to Release in 2023!~
I have some big writing decisions to make in the coming weeks.
A couple weeks ago, my newsletter subscribers got a sneak peek at a big project coming in 2023.
This project has huge implications for me as a writer, including:
-Branding decisions (what genres I have found myself in love with and wanting to write the most in over the coming year)
-Release schedule decisions
-Decisions about whether to self-publish or traditionally publish, primarily
-And decisions about how I am going to balance my life with my writing in general.
I plan to publicly announce more about my secret project in late October/early November 2022, but if you'd like to stay in-the-know early (and hear more writing news), come join my newsletter HERE. I'll send you a free book for signing up, and you'll be one of the first to know what big writing decisions I end up making.
Thank you all for being a part of my writing journey!
The dreaded one-to-two week period after a new release where the weight of this career comes crashing back down on you.
The moment when you judge your success (and often your value as an author/creative) based on little ticks and sales charts, or the lack of those little ticks and sales.
It's in those days following a release that you breathe, you try to celebrate, but an undying question of "will readers connect with my work?" "will they like my work?" "was it worth everything I just went through to put it out in the world" comes crashing down on you.
"Am I worth it?"
"Should I keep writing?"
"Why am I doing this?"
Publishing books is not about the money for me. It never has been. I edit for a living, and I adore my job. I could edit books for years and never tire of the excitement of cracking open a new book and helping a new author bring their world to life.
No, I'm looking for something more.
To find my "tribe", as it is.
When you cross the publishing finish line, which you've been pushing for like a marathon runner up hills in the blistering heat, there's no relief. The finish line moves. It drags you along to the next book, the next project - the next step in a staircase that will only end when you walk away.
But I don't want it to stop. Not really.
If you're reading this as a fellow author looking for a reassurance that this is normal and it will pass, here is your encouragement. It is normal. It does normally pass. But you have to make your "why" front-and-center. You have to keep writing for you.
Money comes and goes. So can fame. But the joy of knowing at least one other human being on Earth read your book and said, "yes! This is what I've been waiting for." is enough to make it all worth it.
If you think of me this week, a note of encouragement means more than I can ever say.
Dear Readers, thank you for reading my books. Thank you for making my journey one worth taking. I would happily go through a hundred slumps just to share my worlds with you.
P.S., if you'd like to see which books I should be finishing right now instead of fighting the Slump, check out:
-The Slayer Queen
This week on YouTube, I'm sharing a week in the life of a full-time editor/author!
Day one's video is already up HERE.
Life as a full-time editor, a mom of two toddlers, a writer, a Reedsy Reviewer, and a wife keeps me on my toes, but I love it. I can't wait to share a glimpse with you!
Subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE for notifications when new videos pop up throughout the week this week, and feel free to drop me questions on those videos or in the comments here on this post.
Now that my second year as an indie author is officially rolling, a new chapter in my writing journey is here.
When I began this journey in October 2020, my mentorship with Lindsey Teske from Of Ink and Pearls Publishing set me on my path and gave me the tools to make it where I am today. To say Lindsey's advice was invaluable is a gross understatement. I truly believe that without her foundations, I would not have had the success I did as a debut Epic Fantasy author.
Once The Vow That Twisted Fate launched, though, and Lindsey and I parted ways, I found myself riding the waves that are the highs of a book release and the lows of imposter syndrome.
Self-publishing isn't necessarily easy.
Who am I kidding? It's downright challenging.
But it's the most rewarding thing I've ever done as an author.
With that being said, after 7 months of trying to find my place in the indie author scene, of writing multiple novellas and participating in interviews, live chats, and more, I am ready to move into a new chapter in my writing journey.
I have signed an Elite Mentorship contract with Dragon Realm Press!
One of the most important lessons I've learned as an indie author has been to be humble and teachable. There are always new things to learn, always ways to improve, and being open and eager to learn from those who have achieved what I myself wish to achieve is the key to growth.
How does this affect my book/publishing schedule?
For already-scheduled books, it doesn't affect the schedule.
-The Slayer Queen is still in the works to be included in an anthology this summer
-Angel's Abdication (April 9th) and Angel's Ascendance (August 9th) are both still on schedule for release as planned
-Splitting Dawn is still a part of the Realm of Darkness box set, which comes out in October
What this new chapter does mean, though, is that I will be learning how to better share my work with the world, and how to make the most of the non-writing time I have. I am ready to be more intentional with my time, and move beyond 'coasting'.
I am excited for this new step into potentially becoming a full-time author in the future! My hope is that this means I will have more books for you without the long waits, and that those books will find homes on new shelves, too.
Thank you for joining me on my writing journey!
If you're an aspiring author or indie author who'd like to hear about some tools/tips that have helped me make it this far, check out my YouTube series (the March schedule can be seen HERE ).
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The January schedule for Indie Author Behind-The-Scenes 2022 is here!
As we launch into the new year, and I receive more and more questions about being an indie author, I could not be more excited about starting this YouTube Live series.
From writing references/research to self-editing and self-publishing, and everything in between, I'll be touching on some key aspects of the indie author life I wish I'd had more information about when starting my own journey as an indie author.
And the good news about these being Lives is that I can chat with you guys and answer your questions real-time! (Don't worry; they're also recorded to view later if you can't make the live.) So hit the bell on the future ones to get a notification from YouTube when the live begins.
Here is the January schedule for Indie Author Behind-The-Scenes 2022:
I hope to see you on the lives!
Do you have a question about one of these topics, but can't make the live? Drop it in the comments here in advance and I'll try to include the answer to it.
And if you have questions about other aspects of being an indie author, feel free to drop those here as well. I'll be checking in on the comments for ideas for future videos in the series throughout 2022.
It's launch day for Down Falls The King: A Splitting Worlds Novella!
In what seems to have been a whirlwind six months since Down Falls The Queen (the first volume in Rei's duology of Splitting Worlds novellas) came out, it's so exciting to see this chapter of Rei's story shared with the world.
The story has honestly taken me by surprise in many ways. I cut and re-wrote my entire ending a month before release (thanks to superb editors). The ending you will read is so much better!
There's also a light hint at the special relationship between Rei and Natius (the Demon King), which has wormed its way into her heart as the beginnings of a romance which respects who she is at the same time (no steam is in this book).
Since it's launch day for Down Falls The King: A Splitting Worlds Novella, anyone should now be able to grab a copy exclusively on Amazon HERE.
Want to know where the Splitting Worlds series is headed next?
-Check out the cover reveal for Angel's Ascendance on Instagram HERE.
-Be the first to hear more about the upcoming Angel/Oracle duology of novellas in the Splitting Worlds series by signing up for my newsletter HERE.
-You can also receive a free copy of Splitting Dusk exclusively through my e-mail list; it isn't available anywhere else to purchase.
I look forward to sharing more of this world with you! Thank you for celebrating launch day with me!
-I edited A LOT of books for other people for work
-I reviewed some books for Reedsy Discovery
-I attended several lives with amazing writers
-I did a reading live for Down Falls The King
-I celebrated the one-year anniversary of publicly sharing my writing journey
And those are just the highlights!
If your writing is a long-term part of your life, you never really "cross" your finish line. Instead that line gets pushed back again and again and again.
So remember to be kind to yourself.
Show yourself the same care you show others.
And allow yourself to be human.
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