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Which shelf? (Your opinion wanted!)

So I’ve been struggling with the Soldaris Saga lately.  I’ve been trying to decide if I want it to try to sell it as romantic fantasy or fantasy romance, so I can point the last of my rewrites and editing in the right direction.

Some of you might wonder what the difference between romantic fantasy and fantasy romance even is.  Basically, romantic fantasy is a “standard” fantasy novel with a bigger plot than just the two characters getting together, but they’re a major part of it.  Fantasy romance focuses on the story of the hero and heroine and their happily ever after, using the rest of the plot as a backdrop.  The first goes in the fantasy and sci-fi section at the bookstore, the latter goes in romance novels.   Yes, it actually matters, if I’m going to sell it, because that also determines where I submit.

I have outlines for both ready to go.  Both outlines lead to the same ending, just told in different ways with the focus on different plot elements and subplots.

I have to admit that I’m curious what my audience would rather read (although if I start on one of the outlines and it doesn’t feel right, I will no doubt move right to the other).

Weigh in in the comments, would you?  ❤


So that just happened.

So the good news first:  One of my stories managed to garner an honorable mention in the Writers of the Future contest!  I’m still super-excited about that, and I have one submitted for last quarter, and one I’m working on to get submitted for this current quarter.  I have a few other stories I’m working on for other anthologies as well.  I feel like I’m so very close to making that leap into published territory and I am stoked.

The not so great news:  I am out of school for the foreseeable future.  I don’t care to go into all the reasons.  They’re multiple and complex and y’all are no doubt tired of hearing me talk about my stupid health.

But what does this mean?  This means that since my last classes ended a week ago, I haven’t gone a single day without writing at least a thousand words or some sort of outlining/pre-writing activity.  It means that I’m deciding to take this as a sign from the Universe that I am supposed to be pursuing a different path than finishing my university education at this point in time.   It means, basically, that this is the time to push forward on writing and do awesome things.

Now that I have time to write without feeling guilty about what homework should be getting done… there are going to be a lot of awesome things ahead.

Keep me in your thoughts, and wish me luck.  (And of course, buy my books when they come out! :P)

Help wanted: Beta readers!

I am in need of beta readers.

For those of you who don’t know what a beta reader is, it’s someone who reads your draft before you’re ready to submit and offers feedback.

I could force things on my usual fall-backs:  my mother, for example, or my ex-boyfriend, my friends from high school.  But I’m asking for help because I want to a) give them a break from “here, read this!”, b) give other people the opportunity to see what I’m working on, and c) get new perspectives.   (That doesn’t mean that if you’re one of these people and you’re reading this and WANT to be a beta reader that I’ll exclude you.  I do love you guys, after all.)

I need about five beta readers to feel like I’m getting adequate feedback (I can go with more to a certain point, and I prefer not to go with less).  This is an unpaid position, although if my book gets published my beta readers will all get autographed copies for sure.

I have a few things that I am looking for in a beta reader, and a few things that I’m not asking.   (more…)

I want to be

I took a few days off after winning Nanowrimo to enjoy Thanksgiving and having my cousin and her family in town.  I’m still feeling pretty pleased with myself for managing to accomplish all 50k words.

One of the admins on the unofficial Nanowrimo facebook group posted a prompt today that got me thinking.  “I want to be the kind of writer…” and we were supposed to fill in the blank.  I was surprised by how easily my answer came to me.

  • I want to be the kind of writer that can write full-time and pay my bills doing what I love.
  • I want to be the kind of writer that treats her fans well because I’ve been treated very well by some of the finest authors in my genre and it’s done wonders for my confidence.
  • I want to be the kind of writer that helps other writers.
  • I want to be the kind of writer that brings hope to people like me, and enjoyment to all my readers.
  • I want to be the kind of writer who makes a difference.

Answering the prompt really didn’t require much thought on my part because over the last two years or so I’ve done a lot of thinking about this very subject.   I know what sort of writer I am and want to be, because it’s who I am.  Every other job I’ve ever taken, every other hobby I’ve pursued, it all comes back to doing and being THIS in the end.   I am and always have been a writer.

Now I just want to be the kind of writer that gets paid.

The query letters are in the works.

Soon.  Very soon.

Just a reminder

I just want to remind everyone, in case you might have missed it, that I do have a story up on Amazon.   I realize that I neglected to give you guys a good idea of what it’s about when I posted it at first because I was just excited about getting it up!

The product description:

When a dragon makes a deal with her kingdom to stop attacking villages if he’s given one virgin from every village in the district as a sacrifice, an orphaned young woman finds herself on the wrong end of the truce. However, thanks to her cleverness, she finds her life spared and a new adventure with an unexpected companion beginning.

It’s for Kindle only, but there are several free Kindle apps available so that you can read it on your phone, tablet, or computer if you’d like.   It’s a strong story that stands on its own, and I’d love if more people took the time to read it.   I promise that the title does not guarantee lots of kinky sex.  (A detracting factor for some, I know, but maybe laying the fears of others to rest.)

Also, if you have read it,  first of all, I really want to thank you!  It’s very gratifying to know my work is appreciated.   I would be doubly grateful if you could leave a rating or even a review.  My goal in life is to become a famous author, but to do that, I need more readers!  If you enjoyed the work, please don’t hesitate to pass it on to someone else.  Good books were meant to be shared.

Thanks again, everyone!

Would Virgins Taste Better?

Thank you!

I want to thank everyone who bought  a copy of my story yesterday.

I want to thank everyone who made yesterday the biggest day I have ever had on this blog.

And I want to thank all of you for being here for me through the very trying last few weeks.

I feel like I’ve taken a step forward into something that I can’t step away from now, and it’s a very good feeling.    There will be more struggles, without a doubt, but I’ve moved just one step closer to doing what I’ve always dreamed of doing.   I’m already working on my next project, and I can’t wait until I can share it with everyone.

If you’ve read the story and you liked it, please consider leaving a review on Amazon?  This will help me continue to grow and will allow me to share my stories with even more people.  🙂


Good news, everybody!

What better way to break my hiatus than with news like this?

As of something like two o’clock this morning, I am officially a self-published author.   My first offering through Kindle Direct Publishing is the (longer) short story that got me my most awesome rejection letter ever.  It’s called “Would Virgins Taste Better?” and it’s a tale of a young woman and her dragon by yours truly.

It can be found here:   and I will also be putting the link up in the side bar.

I would really appreciate it if you would all go purchase a copy and support me in being able to continue writing while the search for a more traditional job keeps wearing more and more thin.  If you like it, please consider telling your friends about it or leaving a good review!    I’m very excited to finally be getting out there into publishing world, and I could not have done it without the support of all of you.  Thank you very much for making this possible, and I look forward to being able to produce more to share with everyone!



If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download a number of free Kindle apps for various devices through this Amazon page.

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