The Princess is here – what’s next?

It feels like it took forever to get The Princess Prophecy out into the world. From the idea to it finally being live was almost three years. And it’s not a long book. Procrastination isn’t my middle name for no reason. Of course it was the fear that made me do other things instead of the writing I should have been doing. Anything else was so much easier than getting words on the page and revising those words. No matter how many times I told myself the books can’t make money if they’re just sitting on my hard, I still put the writing off. Oh, I did some here and there. Wrote short stories for anthologies. Made notes on other stories. Plotted stories. Printed and reprinted manuscripts so I could go back and revise. But I still wasn’t doing the work I should have been doing to release works under my own name. Releasing under a pen name, that only a select four know, is so much easier.

But I did it! The Princess is finally out there on major retailers. The audio book is underway and hopefully will be up by April. I can’t wait to hear what my narrator does with the story. Luckily, she loves the story and her characterizations are great. And I’m not just saying that because she’s my friend. She’s very talented.

Now that I have one project off my plate, there are a whole lot more on there that need work. So next up is Almost Normal, book one in one of my urban fantasy series. That one has been done for ages too but it’s a lot messier than The Princess Prophecy was. This new one was written out order, before I started doing outlines. I don’t know what’s missing, what makes no sense, what scenes need to be added. But I’m slowly getting through it, making notes, revising sections, fixing the time line. It feels good to be doing actual work again and I know revising is work. However, I’m looking forward to writing new words, on a new book so that one can be finished too. Before that can happen I need to get Almost Normal off my plate.

Forgot what The Princess Prophecy was about? Here’s the blurb again and finally a buy link! It takes you to a page that lists everywhere the book is so you can pick your preferred store.

The Princess Prophecy

An ancient throne. An unknown prophecy. A reluctant princess controls the fate of the world…

Sophie thinks she’s a typical college freshman. She spends her days making friends and coping with classes, until her whole world changes forever. A group of strange men try to kidnap her, and the only thing that saves her is a long-lost friend who’s sworn to protect his princess…

Nathan tells Sophie that she’s not only half-alien, but she’s royalty on another planet. To make things more complicated, she’s forced to go to that planet to take the throne… or her entire kingdom will suffer.

As Nathan helps her train for her second life, she can’t help but fall for him. But when their ship comes under attack, she wonders if any of them will survive the journey.

Available at the major retailers: https://books2read.com/theprincessprophecy

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Countdown to a prophecy

My first step to starting the year right was to send my book to my editor. After a nail-biting week I received the file back and to my relief she liked it. There weren’t major changes and the story was pretty solid. I accepted the grammar changes and fleshed out scenes she thought needed a little bit more. The file is back with her and my wait started again.

In the meantime I created a Facebook cover photo featuring the book. Also updated Twitter with a cover photo. Once it goes live I’ll post everywhere I can think of. I will be so happy once it’s out in the world, finally. It’s been a long time coming.

I first conceived the story in July 2015. Yes, almost three years ago. Why did it take so long to actually write it and get to a point where I can release the story? Fear. I’m releasing it under my name. If the story is horrible, if people hate it, they’ll know I wrote it. For my other stories it didn’t matter because they’re under pen names. No one will know it’s me if they don’t like them. I have twenty of those out there. But I vowed to stop hiding behind those names and release stories under my name. Start advertising them, tell family and friends, and hopefully at some point be able to do this writing thing full time.

The cover I posted before is now the old cover. I’ll keep it for something else perhaps. Maybe something that is more romance than science fiction. Or maybe I’ll add a spaceship to the cover and use it for a different scifi romance. I have a new cover! It’s below with the blurb again!

The Princess Prophecy

An ancient throne. An unknown prophecy. A reluctant princess controls the fate of the world…

Sophie thinks she’s a typical college freshman. She spends her days making friends and coping with classes, until her whole world changes forever. A group of strange men try to kidnap her, and the only thing that saves her is a long-lost friend who’s sworn to protect his princess…

Nathan tells Sophie that she’s not only half-alien, but she’s royalty on another planet. To make things more complicated, she’s forced to go to that planet to take the throne… or her entire kingdom will suffer.

As Nathan helps her train for her second life, she can’t help but fall for him. But when their ship comes under attack, she wonders if any of them will survive the journey.

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Mission accomplished – Sort of

The key to having a successful year in 2018 meant I had to start the year off right. I hung out with my husband and our cat. It was low key. Partiers we are not. We watched TV, had a drink, and totally missed that it was the New Year until six minutes after the hour. For me it was perfect.

In the morning I got down to business. My first goal of the New Year was to get my science fiction romance, The Princess Prophecy, to my editor. Releasing it on target (January 18) hinges on me getting it to her on time. I still had revisions to key before sending it to her. I found some errors I missed during the first two passes. But, I finally got it sent! Now I wait nervously to get her edits back and hope she didn’t hate the story or find huge problems that will take me more than a week to fix.

I thought that would be the last thing I needed to do. After all, I had the cover done ages ago. Or did I? I love the cover I have for it but I think it screams romance and only whispers science fiction. I’ve been thinking about redoing the cover. Given the short description below and the current cover, what do you think? Go with this cover or get a new one? Keeping in mind future books in the series will still feature the same couple.

The Princess Prophecy

An ancient throne. An unknown prophecy. A reluctant princess controls the fate of the world…

Sophie thinks she’s a typical college freshman. She spends her days making friends and coping with classes, until her whole world changes forever. A group of strange men try to kidnap her, and the only thing that saves her is a long-lost friend who’s sworn to protect his princess…

Nathan tells Sophie that she’s not only half-alien, but she’s royalty on another planet. To make things more complicated, she’s forced to go to that planet to take the throne… or her entire kingdom will suffer.

As Nathan helps her train for her second life, she can’t help but fall for him. But when their ship comes under attack, she wonders if any of them will survive the journey.

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Prepping for Publication

One of my promises to myself this year was to release books under my name instead of hiding behind secret pen names. Having books out under my name have the added bonus of me being able to market them, talk about them, show my parents I am actually writing and publishing. To that end I am preparing a book for publication! The Princess Prophecy will be the first of many releases for this year if I can stay on track and get all the work done.

The obvious first step was writing the book (novella actually). Check. Finished writing that last year and of course procrastinated doing anything else with it because releasing it into the world under my name is scary. To prepare for publication I am working on revisions. I’ve read through the story, noted where things don’t work and I’m in the process of keying those changes into Scrivener.

The next scary step is to send it to my editor. She’s super busy so I might not be able to release the story by the end of April like I’d hoped but that’s okay. Once it’s in her hands I know I will be releasing it as soon as I make the necessary corrections.

Other preparations for publication include Facebook ads to gain mailing list subscribers. To increase visibility I will also be attempting the A – Z Blogging Challenge again this year. Since my April release is science fiction romance my theme for the challenge will be speculative fiction. Why not science fiction? Or science fiction romance? Because I have a lot of releases planned and most fall into the broader speculative fiction category.

And now I will do the cover reveal for The Princess Prophecy!

 

I will be back later with the description. Right  now I wanted to show off the cover. There will be other stories in the series that I can’t wait to work on.

What do you like to see from authors leading up to a book launch?

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I have a new story out in an anthology! The Newcomer has twelve science fiction short stories from authors across the globe.

From a young couple struggling to look after their baby to a new captain’s reluctance to take command of her ship, and from a sun-addled stranger’s appearance in town to the emergence of a sentient AI, the twelve tales presented here explore the central theme of an arrival by someone or something new. There’s even an alien puppy.

The stories are:

Tithe by Griffin Carmichael
Exodus by Alec Hutson
First Bonding by Tom Germann
Ice Dreamer by J J Green
The Nanny by Cindy Carroll
Right Hand by Jonathan C Gillespie
What Make is Your Cat? by Richard Crawford
Kaxian Duty by Cherise Kelley
Lessons Learned by J Naomi Ay
The Humra by Laura Greenwood
The Hawk of Destiny’s Fist by James S Aaron
Repulse by Alasdair Shaw