When characters name themselves

After months of working on my upcoming novella, The Blood Legion: Oracle. Today I finally reopened The Dark Chamber ready to tackle it and immediately ran into one problem. Lukas. More appropriately Lukas’ name. You see, when I was coming up with names for the characters in Legion (this is what I call the The Blood Legion book in my head) one of them wanted to be named Luca, which is a very similarly sounding name as Lukas. I tried to tell Luca that Lukas already had that name, but he turned out to be stubborn and refused to change his name.

I let it go, writing the story, letting Luca become who he became, but now that I’m back to working on Chamber I can’t help but wonder if I didn’t try hard enough to find a different name for Luca. Or do characters name themselves and once they choose their name there’s no going back?

Rainbow Con!

I will be attending Rainbow Con this weekend! My first writer con. I ordered some swag to take to the con. Nothing big, just some business cards, bookmarks and 5 proof copies of my paperback story collection, A Dash of Daube. Say hi if you see me!

I’m very much looking forward to it.firstswag

The Circle part of iBooks promotion

Story-THOG1-TheCircle-FINALWow! Got an email that The Circle is part of an iBooks FIRST IN A SERIES FREE promotion. That is amazing O.o

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WANTED: Beta Readers

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Looking for betas and/or feedback readers for The Dark Chamber. I will request signing an NDA (non disclosure agreement). Novel is 16/21 chapters finished. Sequel to The Ivory Prison. YA Futuristic Sci-Fi. Over 50,000 words. Volunteers will receive a free copy of the final version of the book, my eternal thanks, and their names in the book as a thank you.

Blurb (contains spoilers for first story)
Gabriel finally knows what he is. A creature that can become others. A shifter. An ability hard learned from fear and the scar of a bullet.

The ivory prison Gabriel grew up in is not so bleak anymore. He is no longer confined within those four walls. He is no longer alone. He has Dr. Mercier, the facility’s second in command, the first person to show him kindness, and he has Lukas, the only other shifter Gabriel has ever met.

Gabriel has healed from his almost execution, he and Lukas have spent the last few months preparing for what they were created. Now the time for training is over and the people that made Gabriel and Lukas demand that they work. These demands cannot be refused. Gabriel knows that he can survive anything as long as Lukas is with him, but every day is a struggle because Lukas, the one person Gabriel trusts in the world, keeps pulling away, and the promise Lukas made Gabriel, to never let the people that kept them in cages tear them apart, is no more than a memory.

Free Prologue

Warm fuzzies

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I find it funny how days can differ from one to another so quickly. Just yesterday I had a horrible day at my day job. I literally sat in my car and cried because I didn’t want to be there anymore. Felt better after being home and watching some Black Butler (man is that show good stress relief). Then today I wake up and find an awesome awesome review for The Circle from ‘the other Ash’ :P Ashlyn Forge. You can read it here or here or here! It made my day in the first five minutes since I woke up (I have ‘the first thing you do in the morning is check your phone’ disease). Didn’t matter that I woke with no voice when my day job depends on it. Didn’t matter that people at my day job did not care at all! It was a good day!

*happy* I can’t wait to be an author full time. The Circle has remained so under the radar since it was published back in August that this makes me very happy to know it’s still being found.

TDC Excerpt

“When my entire world consisted of white walls, time was nonexistent. I lived day after day not knowing the concept of hours and minutes, I only knew who would come into my room, how long they were going to be there, and what they were going to take from me. My blood, my peace, my humanity.”

The Dark Chamber – Chapter 1

I’m equally happy and terrified of releasing the first chapter of The Dark Chamber. I’m new to this self published author thing, so I honestly have no idea what I’m doing or what is the right thing to do (if there is such a thing). Either way I want to do this because this story has been cooking for so long there are parts of it I can’t see clearly anymore. This first chapter specially. I’ve gone from ‘this is a good intro’ to ‘what the hell did I write’. I no longer have any perspective so I need outside eyes. So enjoy this first look of The Dark Chamber, which I’ve been writing since The Ivory Prison came out and I’m still working on. And if you can leave a comment, suggestion, good, bad, anything, I would appreciate it. Maybe it will give me that last push so I can finally finish this book.

Many thanks to Jessa and Kynthos for betaing this story when all I have to give is more story. This story would not be the same without you!

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The Dark Chamber Chapter 01

 

 

Best of 2013

Some of my favorite things in 2013 and a happy 2014 for everyone!

Best song: Holding on to You by Twenty One Pilots

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Best band I discovered: Black Veil Brides

Best CD I had on loop:

 

Best TV Show: Finally started watching Doctor Who. Though I think I’m all doctor whoed out since I watched the 6 seasons that were on Netflix in less than a month.

Best Video Game: Gyakuten Saiban 5 closely followed by Assassin’s Creed 4.

     

Best Movie: Pacific Rim

Best Book: Night by Elie Wiesel

The Dark Chamber Update

My plan was to finish and release The Dark Chamber before the end of the year, but I’m not going to be able to do it. I still had hopes until my day job got crazy during December, hearing I may lose said job next year just when I’m hoping to finally stop renting, completely killed my writing. I haven’t been able to work on the story since late November. I’m just disappointed with myself overall that I wasn’t able to do it.

The first five chapters are done and in editing mode. Six and seven are very close to done and on their way to editing mode. There are so far 15 chapters in some stage of existence and 35,512 words total. My word goal for the sequel was 20,000 words so I’m way past that. I want to release the first chapter, cause honestly at this point I’ve reread it so many times I don’t even know what to think of it anymore.

Kobo has coupons

I was made aware that Kobo had some very nice coupons going around so I decided to give them a shot even if I’ve never bought from them before. Got myself:

Cinnamon - $2.50 (75%off)
Need - $3.40 (50%off)
Prisoner - $1.60 (80%off)
Bound by Blood – $3.00(50% off)

The codes I used were:

75off (one item use)

80Nvbr (One time use. Thanks Heather)

unlimited50 (good until Nov 25)

Not too shabby and already tested them all on the Kobo app. I may buy one or two more. Any recs?