Release Day!

Today’s the day! Book two of the Hawk of Stone duology — The Yesterdays of Tomorrow — has officially hit virtual shelves everywhere. (The physical book will be available soon.) For those who aren’t familiar with The Yesterdays of Tomorrow, allow me to share its blurb with you.

TYOT Book Cover copyIt’s been a year since Kaia’s first encounter with the turned ones. Every day since then has been fraught with uncertainty. Most in the Kingdom of Mar prepare for a life wherein they will be free. Kaia, however, knows that even if the curse should be lifted, the Marian people will not be unburdened in the near future. King Sol promised them a war with Darlbent, and a war they shall have if the fog dissipates. Swords have already been thrust into the hands of every man in the kingdom, filling Kaia and her friends with trepidation. Things have changed in Mar, and Kaia worries that it is only a matter of time before some blades are turned against them.

The moment of truth is approaching. Soon, it will be known whether or not the curse was meant to have an end. If it wasn’t, can Kaia and the others learn to make lives for themselves in a forsaken land like Mar? Will they ever truly know safety there?

To further complicate matters, Kaia has Ruelena to contend with…

Well, my current mood is most accurately captured/illustrated by these gifs:

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Lol! Yup. I am both extremely excited (the duology is now complete, after all) and ridiculously nervous. Wondering which of the two emotions is the dominant one? I think they’re taking turns holding that distinction. Isn’t that nice of them? 😉

Moving on…

I am pleased to announce that The Yesterdays of Tomorrow has been reviewed by Lindsay Marie Miller; she’s the author of Emerald Green, the Jones series, Jungle Eyes, S.I.N.G.L.E., and the soon-to-be-released novel An ArrangementClick here to check out Miller’s thoughts on my new release.

Interested in obtaining a copy of The Yesterdays of Tomorrow? You can do so by clicking on any of the links down below:

Thanks for reading! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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Book Two of the Hawk of Stone Duology

TYOT Book Cover copy

BLURB

It’s been a year since Kaia’s first encounter with the turned ones. Every day since then has been fraught with uncertainty. Most in the Kingdom of Mar prepare for a life wherein they will be free. Kaia, however, knows that even if the curse should be lifted, the Marian people will not be unburdened in the near future. King Sol promised them a war with Darlbent, and a war they shall have if the fog dissipates. Swords have already been thrust into the hands of every man in the kingdom, filling Kaia and her friends with trepidation. Things have changed in Mar, and Kaia worries that it is only a matter of time before some blades are turned against them.

The moment of truth is approaching. Soon, it will be known whether or not the curse was meant to have an end. If it wasn’t, can Kaia and the others learn to make lives for themselves in a forsaken land like Mar? Will they ever truly know safety there?

To further complicate matters, Kaia has Ruelena to contend with…


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TBT — Writing Your First Novel’s First Draft

Since Thursdays are the designated day of the week for throwing it back, I thought it fitting to look through some of my older posts, pick my favorite, and share it with you all. The following post appeared on my blog when this site was still in its infancy — just ten days after it went live, to be exact.

Hope you all enjoy!


*DISCLAIMER: The following article was created for the readers’ entertainment. For the sake of brevity, it condenses the process of writing a novel to a mere twenty steps. This gross simplification of an otherwise complex and nuanced undertaking is not intended to offend those who required double or triple the amount of steps to complete their first draft. Again, the focus here is on entertainment. Thank you. 🙂

1.  The idea is born.

epiphany

2. You casually break away from whatever you’re doing, pull out your phone, and take note of said idea.

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3. You read your notes back to yourself and think: “This is it. This is the one. A book it shall become.”

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4. The succeeding days see only giddiness from you. Not a force in the world could soil your euphoria.

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5. You sit down to start writing.

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6. And…

nothing

7. Zilch. Nada.

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8. Lack of productivity soon gives way to despair. You start to wonder where went the inspiration.

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9. Breathing exercises ensue as you begin to fear the worst: your brilliant idea is actually a rather hollow one from which nothing of substance can be derived, hence the writer’s block.

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10. A most unhealthy amount of chocolate is consumed.

eating chocolate

(Or booze.)

wine

(Or both.)

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11. The decision is made to outline.

brainstorming

12. Writing is attempted anew; this time, words begin to flow.

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13. You’re back on track, and you couldn’t be happier.

happy dance

14. Friends and family start to ask questions regarding your project; they want details. You manage to skillfully avoid answering all inquiries.

dodgeball

15. Eventually, you relent and decide to reveal your story’s particulars to a select few. Regret instantly overwhelms you upon being met with this reaction from your confidants:

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16. You consider setting your manuscript on fire.

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17. You decide against it and continue writing.

crazy writer

18. Steps 16 and 17 are repeated…numerous times. (For GIFs, please see above.)

19. After many sleepless nights and countless hours spent staring at the ceiling, you type your story’s concluding sentence, thereby heralding your first draft’s birth.

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20. The celebrations are short-lived — time to start editing.

frustrated sigh