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Saving Beauty: A new fantasy fairy-tale retellings series!

I have spent the morning and early afternoon editing my Saving Beauty book, the first in a series of fairy-tale retellings that take place in the Kingdom of Asteriae. The first book takes place during the Great War of the land, as the kingdom fights to push back the dark and evil forces of an enemy determined to destroy them.

This story focuses on a Captain and Singer (a fierce archer with enhanced fighting skills)—our Beast in the retelling—who has been fighting in the War for fifteen long years, and on Orabelle—our Beauty—who is violently uprooted from her village home and forced to join the War under his command.

A four chapter excerpt can now be found at the provided link below, giving you—dear readers—the opportunity to get a taste of the story and characters and add your own comments and ratings! It also includes a preview of the official licensed cover as well.

I look forward to your feedback.

READ THE EXCERPT HERE.

Another Dragon Down!

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Or, maybe he's just wounded. I still have 2/3rds of the book left to write to actually complete Ella and Alaric's story. Still, despite a bit of floundering and some set-backs in daily word count goals, I got myself across the finish line in one piece with the first 50,000 words!

Now, I let the story set for a bit while I go back to finishing the final edit of Saving Beauty (The book where Alaric is first introduced as the young Boy King). That excerpt should be coming soon.

No, I don't read my NaNoMail and I confess I don't read the pep talks either. No time! Gotta keep writing.

Onward!

Week Three (Conclusion) : NaNoWriMo 2015

More and more scenes are piling up in my head and I'm working to sort them out and put them in proper order. I've passed 35,000 words as of yesterday. The enemy is closing in and once again, sides are being chosen. A new danger will shape the kingdom of Asteriae for better or worse.

I'm excited to be able to dive into more of the history of the kingdom and to see a character who was hardly more than a boy in Saving Beauty become a man of destiny and purpose in Chasing Cinders through the power of a decades' old vision and promise.

The War may be over, but there are still monsters hiding in the darkness. And they won't hide forever.

I've had days where I've lost my momentum in my word count. Not for lack of ideas. There are always plenty of those. Life has a way of derailing the best of intentions and other times, the words just failed to materialize. Still writing, and so far the word count it holding strong! I'll continue writing this story after Novem…

Week One (Conclusion) : NaNoWriMo 2015

Well, we are approaching the conclusion of week one of National Novel Writing Month. My Chasing Cinders novel is coming along at just over 16,000 words. I'm hoping to give myself another boost tomorrow at the write-in I am hosting to jump start week two!

I have been writing every chance I get. During breaks at work, in my head when I'm away from the computer or trying to sleep, typing away late into the evening (later than I should be up for a work-day night)....

I woke up this morning with several ideas of where I can go next in the story rolling around in my brain. As you may know, I am not the plot-and-outline kind of writer. I have an idea and I generally know a beginning and ending, but wherever it goes in the middle I won't know until I have written it. And sometimes the ending is altered based on that. Nothing is set in stone until the book is sent off to the printers.

I am discovering the characters just like meeting a stranger and becoming friends. I don't kno…

Day One : NaNoWriMo 2015

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Well, it is day one here in NaNoWriMo land of 2015, and I am taking a short novel writing break to write this blog post. No, I will not be including this post in my daily word count. So, I'll keep it brief. Time is money—er, words, in this case.

I have a good start, coming on 4,000 words out of the needed 1,667 for the day.

The clock struck midnight and twenty minutes later I hit my first blockade when a character needed a name and I hadn't chosen one yet. Thankfully, this name didn't take two weeks to decide, unlike my main character who—though came onto the scene in Saving Beauty—only had a title to call him by. If this new character's name was that complicated to decide, I would have gone with Bob just to save myself the time.

No need. Five minutes later, I had a suitable name and continued writing. No more distractions except a few hours of much needed sleep and the time it took to grab breakfast this morning and write this blog post... and a couple rounds of the t…

Another November; A New Series

For the last few years I have been working on a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. The first scene came to my head and was scratched out on paper, not even taking up one single page. I didn't know where the story would go from that scene or even what the book was about. I left it alone for a time, and then picked it up again while out at the fairgrounds one sunny Sunday afternoon. A few more scenes later and I felt I had something to work with and somewhere to go. And "Saving Beauty" was born.

A few months later, I was invited to join a group of writers online who also participated in NaNoWriMo (That's "National Novel Writing Month") to produce 60 handwritten pages in the month of August. Just because. No prizes for the winners except bragging rights and the satisfaction of meeting the goal.

At the time, I was working at a place where most of the time I was standing still with nothing to do. In order to keep my brain from slipping into a fog, I would doodle…

Web of Time: The Final Installment

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These last few months have been a whirlwind for me. I started a new job in March. I was maid-of-honor in a very best friend of mine's beach wedding in May (a chilly, foggy day but the weather held off for the lovely outdoor service). And.... drum roll please.... I have finished writing my Web of Time book series! Celebrate!

For those of you who hoped to read an excerpt, I apologize for the empty link as I have been working on a revised, 2nd Edition to books #1 and #2 (previously published). A new excerpt for Awaiting the Dawn (#1) will be available for your reading pleasure.

And finally, it's time for pre-orders! You can get a Limited Edition Gift Set that includes all 4 books and a themed journal and bookmark book-quote charm (while supplies last!) or pre-order each individual book HERE.

"Time-traveler Kate McKinley travels across time in search of her home and family. What she discovers along her journey is faith, friends, and love. And courage to face the darkness and …

We Are the Heroes of Every Day

I was sitting in the movie theatre the other night with some friends. Opening night.. or pre-opening night? The theatre was packed to capacity. There was excitement and anticipation. The teenagers were hyper and enthusiastic. The popcorn was being eagerly devoured while everyone waited for the screen to light up. And there were cheers when it did and the opening soundtrack began.

I wondered for a moment about how eager people are for adventure. For imagination. To find a place where they can leave reality at the door for a few hours and immerse their minds in a fantasy. In a story that we all know isn't real, and yet affects us and pulls us in anyway.

But telling a story is more than that. At least, it is to me.

I reached a point growing up where I grew tired of the same stories recycled over and over again. I got tired of those fake worlds with ideas written in the sky; in places where we don't live. We lose ourselves in that world only to come back down to earth afterward an…

Edits!

Well, I've done it at last. Completed my first edit of Web of Time: When Shadows Gather, the third book in the Web of Time series. Now, I turn my attention back to book four, pulling up the manuscript from the NaNoWriMo clutter of this past November.

Editing isn't always the worst thing to being a writer. Some people enjoy it, some people don't. I fall somewhere in the middle. Despite its challenges, I do find it strangely therapeutic to mark up the manuscript pages with a red (or blue, or whatever color I can find at the time) pen. I don't enjoy fixing grammar or punctuation. If I could leave that to someone else and ignore that aspect entirely, I would do it gladly. However, I *do* enjoy rearranging scenes and dialogue to make it better.

These next couple months will be busy ones for me as I prepare to release the new Web of Time book cover series along with the final two books of the series. I will be sure to post when and where you can preorder your copies, so keep…

Captain's Toy Box

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I hope everyone is having a good start to the New Year. I thought I'd take a break from my writing/author posts to share a little about life with my Captain buddy.

My Bengal-mix cat, picked up as a stray by my cousin in the dead of winter after nearly being run over by a truck at 8 weeks, has an (perhaps) unhealthy obsession with hairbands.

He can sniff out one of my hairbands from a mile away like a well-trained bloodhound and I have too often caught him digging through my shower bag or my suitcase or investigating my bathroom shelf or bedside table in search of yet another hairband. No matter where I have one, even if it's a top shelf out of his reach, he knows and he dedicates all his effort to reaching it. I don't know where he stashes them once he has them, but by this point I am certain he has more hairbands than I do.

He has a few other toys, as all pets must. A "mousy" (also missing wherever the hairbands went) has been his favorite choice since kitten-ho…