The time has come—
Purity is upon us!
Caitlyn is a bright, headstrong girl with a twisted past she unconsciously smothers into lost memories. When she is only eleven, she is kidnapped by her father’s business rival in hopes of giving up much-needed information. Refusing to talk – and knowing nothing of use – she is placed in the Silver Room, a desperate man’s sinister torture chamber, where she meets the monsters who inhabit her nightmares.
A lifetime later, on an innocent summer vacation to her paternal relatives in Romania’s notorious province Transylvania, these memories return in a flood when she meets strangers with an aversion to sunlight and bloodstained smiles.
As prisoner to a condemned prince, Caitlyn becomes privy to an underground world where myth and nightmare are all too real, and where at every turn, a new threat emerges.
With dogs waging war and men bent on bloodshed, Caitlyn must team up with the unlikeliest of people to save what is theirs, while standing on the precipice of destruction.
Are vampires your thing? Werewolves? Dark magic, mythology, and a world only dreamed of? Heroines out of their element, brooding heroes, and allies who toe the line; blood and bones and an internal struggle; business and politics, scheming and plotting – Purity has all this and more.
Postscript: Final formatting for Apple Books, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble will happen over the weekend, and she will be for sale in those places sometime next week. Keep your eyes peeled for further updates!
I’m so excited I can barely function right now 😀
OCTOBER 25, 2013
A friendly reminder to all that it is only 3 days until Purity is released on Amazon. Once it’s prepared for release on Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords, I’ll let out another announcement. Friday is the day, people. We’re coming up quick 🙂
I missed it. Like some kind of forgetful man.
Yesterday was my second anniversary blogging here. How time flies when you’re having fun, right?
In writing news, Purity is just finishing up the very last dredges of editing and will be published at the end of the month, as per my last post. Abomination is just about 150 000 words in, and aside from a writer’s block I’m currently weathering, still going strong. I planned out the next few chapters (which is terribly rare for me) and it looks as though it’s going to very easily overcome Changeling’s 180 000+ word count
that being said, Changeling could have easily gone longer, but I thought I should probably end it at some point. The Of the Arbour rewrite is about 17 000 words in and things are really kicking off. So things are happening, albeit a little slowly. Purity is my first priority right now, naturally.
What better way to celebrate an anniversary than with a publication?
but less tentative than before release date for PURITY has been decided upon:
OCTOBER 25, 2013
or so before Halloween, Purity will be released and available on AMAZON. At a later date will come Apple Books and Barnes & Noble admittedly because I am fresh and new at this self-publishing thing and don’t want to overwhelm myself. Judge me not.
I am eternally blessed to be able to show my passion to the world. Though, if I’m going to be perfectly honest, I’m a very odd mixture of terrified and over-the-moon excited to do this. Maybe because I’m still technically editing her. But no matter.
In two weeks, Purity will be available on Amazon.
As you may have seen with a previous post, I’ve begun writing a rewrite for Of the Arbour. It started out strong and feverish, but now that the initial excitement has worn down a little, it’s become as plodding as the other stories I’m working on
not that I’m slow, per se, but I’ve been weathering a slump as of late. I’m very pleased with the direction it’s going so far, despite being only around 15 000 words in. I’m still really excited to get to some of the major plot points coming up. Sage’s final year at the Arbour is only just starting where I’m at, and with it come strange dreams, a permanently crippling injury or two, and a life-shattering revelation. I’m also very excited to get past his time at the Arbour, and touch over his time spent as a mercenary before leaping into his meeting of Maia and Stride, rediscovery of old friends, and the beginning of the main plot’s manhunt. I plan on this being a lot darker and more violent than the original, which was fairly violent to begin with. Lots more descriptions of how bleak and grim of a place Hailstone is.
Not a lot of note has changed since the original, save a few minor things touched on in a previous post.
- Carol’s name has changed to Thalia
- Sage has more friends
- but is more reviled by his classmates
- He doesn’t deal with this well, and gets into more fights than the original (in which he got into a lot of fights; 15 000 words in and he’s already been hospitalized 4 times) as his way of dealing with it
- He knows virtually nothing about his parentage (he used to know a little about his father)
- He’s self-conscious about his appearance—despite being a strapping young lad in my head—and especially his height (he towers a head over most men)
- Kell, a friend two years younger than he, has become a major character quite without my meaning her to. She’s a fiery redheaded giantess (she’s taller than Sage by an inch or two) with a foul mouth and a hairtrigger temper. Which actually ties in with the second part of this post:
I noticed something the other day as I was writing a scene between Sage and Kell in which she harasses him about his sex life. While he fumbled about in true, head-to-toe blushing, awkward Sage fashion, she sat there with a wolfish grin and watched him squirm. She talks in slang and is considered foul and uncouth by other characters.
In other words, she’s a redheaded Sophia Henson.
For those who might be unaware, Sophia is a minor character in Changeling, who grows up to become a major character in Abomination. She’s 10 in Changeling, a precocious raven-haired girl who has a penchant for swearing, getting her way, getting in scraps with boys—who also happens to be the daughter and only child of Vincent Henson, the pirate king of Canton. In Abomination, she’s hitting 30, has become powerful in her own right, keeps daggers on her person at all times, is known for her brutal war over Canton (during the first year of which she never bathed, so the people would see that she still wore the blood of her enemies), and uses such phrases as:
- old whore’s cooter
- meat shield
- calm your balls
- son of a cock sucking whore
- for fuck’s sake
- what in the holy shit
- witching slut Continue reading
I was doing so well for a while there, too.
But let me list excuses why I’ve been neglecting you
- James was back in town
- I had one health crisis—
- —followed by another
- On my two days off this week, I played probably 24 hours total of Dragon Age: Origins
- and got no writing done whatsoever
- Star Trek TNG
- Preparing for Halloween
I sometimes have a social life
- I played a lot of Dragon Age
So I’m going to try blogging on a regular basis again, and pick my lazy ass off the floor. I’m also going to try to push past this strange laziness of putting off Abominatino, and I’m going to go hard editing Purity, because I still intend to release her around Halloween, and that’s coming up soon. September and October are going to be busy months, so I’m going to be sporadic, but less so.
After some prompting from Elisa Nuckle, I’ve created an email newsletter. It won’t be much at first – maybe once a month, depending how I’m feeling – but it will give people a head start on release dates, on sales, and will probably include special fiction every once in a while. These are things that will all reach the website eventually, but if you want to see them first, you’ll need to be on the mailing list. I promise I won’t spam. I’m way too lazy for that.
This week has been all about the online presence. I’m here already, but getting my name known in the world of the internet is vital, at least a little, before the publication of Purity and Changeling.
So sign on up for the newsletter, errybody. And thanks for the incredible support.
Ah, progress. She is sweet.
And procrastination is a son of a bitch, let me tell you.
Maybe the problem is that I’m trying to do too much at once – rewrite Of the Arbour, write Abomination, edit Changeling and The Time Between, edit Purity, write When Gods Descend – or maybe it’s because the STEAM SUMMER SALE just started and I’m a sick human being.
In one day, I managed to buy everything on my wish list: Mass Effect 1 and 2, and the Sims 3 Seasons and University expansions. Mass Effect and the Sims have been dominating my life for the past week; I bought them last Saturday.
That being said, ME is a really good source of inspiration, if only for When Gods Descend (which, by the way, if I forgot to mention, is the working title of the sci-fi story I started).
Writers, though, generally speaking, are an anxious bunch riddled with self-doubt and pitiful isolation. We have a tendency to get caught up in our own worlds and this has a tendency to shut down our brains for a while. Hence, writer’s block. I don’t necessarily have that at the moment – I technically know where I want everything to go – but I’m so distracted by other things I’m having a hard time getting there.
I think my best option would be to cut myself some slack and only focus on one project at a time for a while. Picking one will be hard (probably Abomination, though) and just ignoring all else but that for the time being. Jumping around between so many is getting impossible.
Writer problems, amirite?
Does anybody else have this problem? It’s always so tempting to start something new, and so easy to bail partway through when life gets in the way.
Not every author or every manuscript will need this, but many people have been subject to the horrors of rewrites, myself included – I’ve rewritten Purity three times including this most recent copy, and I might have to rewrite part of it again.
Rewrites are hard. They are beyond the realm of editing and in a world of their own – to take a finished manuscript and basically scrap it in favour of a more updated version is to cut up part of your soul and your logic, because who really in their right mind wants to do something like that.
Starting a rewrite is an exciting prospect. Later, once you’re elbow deep in your own guts and gore, is when you get exhausted with the whole procedure. But starting is exhilarating.
I just recently started the first
and hopefully only rewrite of Of the Arbour. While I adored the characters and the story, I felt that the style could age up. I’ve grown plenty in maturity and style since originally writing it what was it, at least four years ago? How time flies so a rewrite was necessary.
An update on my little vampire ditty, Purity:
Though she is still in the process of being edited, I have tentatively decided on a release date. If everything goes to plan, she will be for sale to the public a week or so before Halloween 2013.
Around October 20 or October 24, Purity will be available for purchase.
So hopefully everything goes according to plan. Once I have a more concrete idea when exactly the publication date will be, I will inform you all.
I’m very much looking forward to this, especially with that gorgeous cover.