Almost at 20,000 leagues under the sea

Lately, I’ve been working away on A Raven’s Revenge. The experience has been quite different from A Raven’s Touch and I can only assume it’s because I have somewhat of a plan. When I say somewhat, I mean that very loosely, but it’s better than nothing.

A Raven’s Revenge takes Justice, Moira, Tom, and Darien through the various levels of Hell. I did a heck of a lot of research and it’s somewhat overwhelming how many Dante’s Inferno versions there are out there. I also did watch an animated movie based on a video game of the same title, and it was really quite entertaining.

I’m just at 18,350 words at the moment. That’s not bad considering I started seriously in June. I like to think that’s pretty darn good. I’m not one of those writers who churns out a thousand words per sitting. I just can’t. I am lucky enough if I can get out 300 words a session. I find often I’m humming and hawing over what to do next. I had a serious debate to introduce Darien’s sister into the mix. I do love her, as she is a little nuts, and that type of character is hard to resist for any writer. Maybe Seliki has a sibling? Maybe Tom has a bad elf in his family? Who knows what will happen?

The element of the unknown is truly astounding for me. That’s partly what makes writing so difficult. I don’t know where I want to go with this because there are so many opportunities for ANYTHING.

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Well, it’s really anyone’s game, but I have to drive this bus somewhere. Oh, mixing metaphors. So much fun.

How deep is your love?

Back in the day, and I mean way back, artists had patrons who paid for their livelihood. Things are rather different these days. Now, artists have day jobs and most don’t have someone paying them to do their craft.

However, there is something an artist can do to help spread the word. I started a Patreon account and offer a few ways people who love my writing can support me. Self-publishing is VERY expensive. While writing A Raven’s Touch I spent at least $1,200 on: editing, cover art, and formatting. This doesn’t even touch the marketing campaign I ran on Facebook and Google Ads.

Check out the details on how you can get in on this fun and help a writer out.

How does it work?

Here are your patron awards:

Pledge $2 or more per A story

I will make you a personal postcard and handwrite whatever strange thing pops into my brain.

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You will get an EXCLUSIVE digital copy of ONE micro stories that don’t belong to an exclusive genre.

Plus, the post card if you like.:)

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You will get an EXCLUSIVE digital copy of FIVE micro stories that don’t belong to an exclusive genre.

Plus the post card if you’d like.:)

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You will get an EXCLUSIVE digital copy of FIVE micro stories that don’t belong to an exclusive genre.

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PLUS: I will create a personal handwritten greeting video just for you.

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You will get an EXCLUSIVE digital copy of FIVE micro stories that don’t belong to an exclusive genre.

Plus the post card.

PLUS: I will create a personal handwritten greeting video just for you.

PLUS+ I will create a physical Chapbook with the micro stories delivered to your door!

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Pledge $30 or more per A story

You will get to read one unedited chapter of my new novel, A Raven’s Revenge, as I write it.

PLUS the remainder levels of patronage:

You will get an EXCLUSIVE digital copy of FIVE micro stories that don’t belong to an exclusive genre.

Plus the post card.

PLUS: I will create a personal handwritten greeting video just for you.

PLUS+ I will create a physical Chapbook with the micro stories delivered to your door!

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I realize this is going to take some time, but hey, you have to start somewhere!

Don’t fret about my progress on A Raven’s Revenge. I’m going to hit 20,000 words this weekend and I intend on chipping away at it every day. I may not be a fast writer, but I am writing.

Thank you so much!

RESULTS re: Keep Calm and Love Books Newsletter

Hi everyone! I wanted to keep all of you up to date with the newsletter and how things went.

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I sent the first (Romance) newsletter on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 10:00 am. Here are the numbers:

18 Subscribers
38.9% Opens
16.7% Clicks

Not too bad really, but I was hoping for at least 50% open rate. Either way, yay for new beginnings.

Currently, Romance is the only category with over 10 people. I’d love to do this for other categories, but it has to be worth my time since this is taking me away from my own writing time. Can you all share these sign up links for READERS and WRITERS to participate?

Horror & Paranormal Writers List
http://goo.gl/forms/7NcfTXw6i4z43F5L2

Horror & Paranormal Readers List
http://goo.gl/forms/tmMpGxa6LLCZgYgq2

Romance Writer List
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http://goo.gl/forms/RgX9g2Gg4BTzKf4J2

Fantasy Writers List
http://goo.gl/forms/ls6FsKo9YpEwGn5p1

Fantasy Readers List
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Thriller/Suspense/Action Reader List
http://goo.gl/forms/UvUYUpfC0P48ZZFq1

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Science Fiction Readers List
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Science Fiction Writers List
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Please do share this around so we can get people up and in front of readers who want to know about them.

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Thank You!

Thank you so much to everyone who said Happy Birthday to me. I cannot express how full my heart was yesterday. You’re all so lovely and sweet. I couldn’t believe how many notifications I was getting all day. My phone alert is, of course, a Sailor Moon ring tone. It’s the sound before she turns into Eternal Sailor Moon, and it going off every 15 minutes. You’re just so fantastic. I couldn’t stop smiling all day.

Just to let you know what I did. There’s this coin turn style machine that had Sailor Moon cards and I’ve known about this box for 20 years. I should have done this so much sooner, but yesterday I went to this box and spent $60 worth of quarters to empty that machine out! You wouldn’t believe the satisfaction I had doing that. The lady at the store was also excited. She was like this is better than watching someone gamble because you win every time. Haha. The best part was I had exactly enough to empty the machine. The cards I got were the original 1994/1995 Bandai prism cards and these other mat looking cards.

I can’t even tell you how much fun it was to turn the dial each time to see what would come out. This mall also used to have the VHS of the Japanese episodes. Let me tell you I saved up to buy some each week. Back in 1994, I travelled an hour and a half each way just to get downtown to this store. Now, I drive there in 20 minutes. Amazing what a difference a car makes.

I also had a pomegranate bubble tea slush with lychee coconut jelly. bubble tea

Totally delicious! I couldn’t have had a better day. Everything worked out and the weather was beautiful.

Thank you again to everyone. You’re so dear to me!❤❤

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Since my birthday is coming up this Thursday, June 30th, I decided to give everyone a special surprise. I’m making A Raven’s Touch $1.99 from now until July 5th.

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If you haven’t had a chance, now is the time to grab this 5-star rated YA/PNR/Fantasy.

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