Thursday, June 22, 2017

Update

Stopping by to leave a quick update and an explanation as to why I've been missing for the past 6 or so months.

First off, I'll apologize for not getting this up here sooner. Even though I have hit a huge stumbling block in this chapter of my life, I've had time to get a post up, but it felt like I was opening a can of worms. Regardless, it should have been done, but was not. I am only human, as I'm reminded of far too often.

This stumbling block has forced me to choose how I spend my available time, and that meant having to turn away from my blog and social media presence in favor of working on my books. Even though I can't always keep to the schedule I set for myself, rest assured that I am still devoting time to my stories.

The Walk will be a three book series. The first draft is finished (for the entire trilogy), and I'm currently working through chapter 71 of the 108 chapter manuscript. This has been an undertaking I gravely underestimated. However, having a completely finished story has made the continuity easier to work with, which is an element I often struggle with in The Phoenix Curse.

And working with Edy and her girls in The Walk has been far less painful than putting the words down on paper that will end Dreamland.

So there is my quick update. I cannot promise that you will see me here more often, but I can promise to try.

Happy reading, folks, and in case you missed it. Dreamland - Part Two is now available in paperback through Amazon.com.


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Reveal


Finally.

The news you've been waiting for.

Just in time for Christmas.

Dreamland - Part Two coming December 22nd.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

WHAT DAY IS IT?

Oops.

I feel like I've been here before, but this post should have been up YESTERDAY. I guess eating all that turkey has killed off some much needed brain cells. Oy!

I hope everyone had a wonderful and fulfilling Thanksgiving! I was exhausted by the end of the day, but satisfied. The handle to my measuring cup broke off in my hands, half the eggs had gone bad (how does that happen?) and the dough flat refused to rise, but all in all, everything turned out wonderful. I was surrounded by family and loved ones, and that's what I am thankful for. I love my holidays, and Thanksgiving is one of the best.

Oh, and I'm thankful for stuffing. The stuffing this year was AMAZING! So good it was all gone by Friday, and I made more on Saturday, cuz why not?

Anyway, NEWS! I have news today instead of a review, although I did finish Hero and shed many tears cuz it was the five-star book I've been needing from Salvatore for a while now.

But NEWS!

First topic. For the whole month of December, the ebook of After - The Complete Book One is on sale for only $0.99!! This is an amazing deal, so if you haven't started the journey yet, DO IT NOW. That's all three parts of After wrapped up in one very large $0.99 ebook. Make sure to grab it before the end of the year!

Next topic. Those nifty cover updates! I'm really loving the uniformity of them and can't wait to reveal the Dreamland - Part Two and Part Three covers. (Yes, Part Three!)



 And here is the 'reveal' for Dreamland - Part One. I say 'reveal' because it's actually been live on Amazon for some time now, but I haven't updated it on my website yet, nor officially announced it.


Bam! And what can you expect next Tuesday? The cover for Dreamland - Part Two!

This book has been so long in coming, and this month has been super hectic. I know my editor is currently on chapter nine of ten, so I should be getting all those wonderful words back to correct and polish, and (FINGERS CROSSED) get out by the end of the year! Yes, I'm still optimistic this can be done!

And the reason why November was so hectic? I once again faced the NaNoWriMo mountain and succeeded in ascending all 50k words to complete the challenge for 2016! As promised, all of those words went into Dreamland - Part Three, so I have a good chunk of the first draft under my belt. However, along with that came some more rewrites I didn't even know I needed for part two, but that makes for a better book.

Man, this year went by fast. Only one month left to go! I will have more news for you soon, so check back next week. I might even be able to sneak another review in before the end of the year. Until then, Happy Reading all! Stay safe and get those Christmas lights up! The holiday season is well underway, now!




Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween review of Rise of the Horde, By Christie Golden

Okay. So I know I promised to review Maestro by R.A. Salvatore as my next review, except... Problems happened. Ya see, Hero just released and I jumped right on that, and shortly thereafter realized I remember precisely two things about Maestro.

Baubles.
Gromph Baenre touching himself.

Yeah. That last scene stuck with me. My daughter also reminded me of Jarlaxle's internal monologue quipping about his relationship with the dragons. That was gold. There was also a big demon that needed taken care of, Yvonnel up to something nefarious, yada, yada, ect, ect, but the book was split. One half followed Catti-brie while the other half followed Drizzt. It was not my favorite book of the series, but it wasn't the worst, either. I am, however, extremely disappointed that Salvatore did not let us know if the carpet matched the drapes, ya know... referring to Gromph and the state of the Dark Elves. Do they even have carpet? I don't know. Perfect learning opportunity missed if you ask me. For science!

 I think Grom needs a snickers. 
Anyway... On to a book I can remember because I just finished it Saturday. Oy, my mind is split up into too many worlds as it is. Ferelden, Faurun, Tamriel, Westeros, Randland, Azeroth.. just the tip of the iceberg. It's no wonder I can't keep track.

Rise of the Horde by Christie Golden is not currently available in ebook. I think this is the reason why I put off reading it for so long. I stumbled across a copy a few months ago, so figured I'd give it a go. Took a while for me to get hooked, as it normally does, then somewhere a little before the halfway point, I was sucked in, did my obsessive read-it-all in one day thing, and the verdict? The book is fucking depressing, and I loved it.

I'm actually a huge Warcraft lore fan, and this is not the first Warcraft book I've read, but after some research, I decided to start my journey chronologically. I'm surprised it's taken me this long to actually start 'at the beginning' since I've been a fan of the franchise since '95 when the first game I purchased was Warcraft: Orcs vs Humans. Oy, feel old now. Moving on.

Rise of the Horde is mostly told in Durotan's perspective, son of Garad, Chieftain of the Frostwolf Clan. He is an orc who loves and cherishes their traditional way of life, but he's caught in a tide of destruction he's unable to fight against when Kil'Jaeden begins to manipulate the orc leaders. He must obey or risk his loved ones and clan members being murdered for his disobedience. The near complete genocide of the Draenei that follows is absolutely heartbreaking.

Of course, going into the book, I already knew the fate of the Draenei, as well as what's in store for Durotan down the line. That didn't change the emotional impact the text had on me once I was absorbed. It was a great start to this journey. I've already got my copy of The Last Guardian ready to go. Not sure when I'll be able to pick it up since...

NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow!!

My 5th year of writing furiously. I think all my TPC fans out there will appreciate what I've chosen as my NaNo project for 2016. Dreamland - Part Three. Yes! I'm shooting for the next installment to be released early/mid 2017, and I have my last year's NaNo project ready to be edited. I am in total love with that book and can't wait to get it ready to present to you all!

One thing at a time, though. Priority still being Dreamland - Part Two, but now the majority of the project is  resting on my editor, BUT NO PRESSURE. He has had some real life shenanigans jump in his way as well. Oh real life. Quit being so silly.

Countdown to the Dreamland - Part Two cover reveal starts tomorrow, so if you aren't currently following me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you can keep an eye on the webpage. Thar be changes ahead, soon!

http://www.thephoenixcurse.com/books
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Happy reading, everyone!


Friday, September 30, 2016

Bound by a Dragon, by Linda K. Hopkins

It's about time for another review! I think I'm behind... Well, when am I not, but I actually forgot to get my review up for the last Drizzt book, Maestro, and the next book in that collection is coming out next month! I'll get a review of Maestro up before the next book is released, I promise. Man, there were some memorable scenes from that book, and I actually can't wait to cover it.

Okay, so onto Bound by a Dragon, by the lovely Linda K. Hopkins. 
This book was a solid three stars. I didn't dislike the book, but there wasn't much of the book for me to fall in love with either. It's a very mild book. The highs weren't high and the lows weren't low. However, I still enjoyed the story and the characters and would recommend this to a younger reader who might want to get started in supernatural romance. 

As I said before, despite the title, this book is very mild. Could I have possibly been hoping for a good ol' Kathleen E. Woodiwiss bodice ripper? Perhaps. It's been awhile since I've indulged in a steamy, medieval romance and those were always my favs. I did not find it in this book, but the characters still managed to worm their way into my heart. With the book being such a lite and quick read, I will probably pick up the rest in the series at some point. 

Man, I am super behind on my reading this year. Maybe I shouldn't have binge watched all of Fringe and two seasons of American Horror Story. And Daredevil. And Lucifer. And Once Upon a Time... and the list goes on. Oh well. A good story is a good story however it's being told. I realize the 'good' part of that is relative but leave me my vices. 

It's the last day of September and the original deadline to have all my chapters turned over to my editor, but I knew that goal was smudged a while ago. However, things are still progressing well for me to finish before November, but I have a lot to get done before NaNoWriMo. October is going to be busy busy busy!

I'll be back soon with a Maestro review, and until then, here is a snippet of Bound by a Dragon.

Happy reading!!



Wednesday, September 14, 2016

American Horror Story

It's time for season six...

AND I'M SO EXCITED!

I just finished binge watching Freak Show and Hotel, so I'm ready for this to get started! It amazes me how different the characters are from season to season, and nothing beat Dennis O'Hare in Hotel. Just amazing performances all around, but I terribly missed Jessica Lang in Hotel. Gaga was a fantastic addition to the cast, though, and I can't wait to see what season six has in store!

A short book update... Things have gotten slowed down lately due to the day job. Unfortunately, I lost two weeks worth of editing time for Dreamland - Part Two, but I am now back on track. I wanted to be finished by the end of this month, but that doesn't look like it's going to happen. Chapters are still going out to editor number one as I finish them, so hopefully it won't take me much longer to finish than I originally planned.

Short update, I know, but I needed to get something up here! I'm still reading the Harry Potter books, so I'm not sure if I should review per book or after the series is done? I'm only on book two right now, so I'm still undecided!

Also, we have a new Drizzt book coming out next month as well, so another thing that's making me all jittery!

Man. All these new shows and new season. This is my favorite time of the year!