Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Cover Reveal! Feast your eyes...



Here's another amazing cover in my The Order of the Wolf series coming soon at Samhain. This is book #3, Wolves' Bane and is my first FULL length (90K) novel to be published January 2015. I am so excited! I think this cover is awesome and fits so well with the others. Where the first two novellas are told from the werewolf perspective, Wolves' Bane is told from the other side...the Hunter/Huntress perspective. I can't wait to invite you all into my world. The Order of the Wolf series starting in July 2014 with Cursed.



And then Wolf Slayer



Friday, March 21, 2014

Cover Reveal: Wolf Slayer Book 2 of The Order of the Wolf


Book 2 in my soon-to-be-released series The Order of the Wolf is called Wolf Slayer and it features super sexy Jaylon, bassist and total badass werewolf.

I present you with yet another fantastic cover....feast your eyes....



In other news...in case you didn't see my tweets and status updates, Cursed is available for preorder! Yippy! (This is ridiculously exciting for me.)

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That's it for now...better go get some writing done ;-)


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Some Great News!!



I have some super awesome news, folks! I've accepted my fourth contract from Samhain! This is the 3rd novella featuring my werewolves but the fourth book in the Order of the Wolf series.



My first release date is coming up soon (Cursed -- July) so keep your eyes open for some contests!

I can't wait to introduce you all to my beasts and Hunters.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

In Praise of Editors



I am a life-long learner. I quest for new learning opportunities, especially when it comes to writing.

Edits: to some a hellish five letter word, to me, yet another learning opportunity. Another way to improve my craft...but only if the editor is good and knows his/her shit.

Now, I'm not talking about the kind of edits that you might be thinking...grammar, punctuation, repeating words, etc. Don't get me wrong, that kind of stuff is important, every good editor should be able to catch those things. What I'm talking about are the things that we writers miss because we're too busy rolling out the words, making sure the plot arcs in just the right way, helping the hero connect with the heroine with enough angst and turmoil to make it worth it. I'm talking about when we writers get lazy and do things sloppy, take the short cuts. The editors who whip us back to our writing program (word, scrivener, whatever) and tell us to smarten up and FIX it, those are the editors who I learn from. Those are the ones you want to look at your stuff and riddle it with track changes and comments, paint your ms RED with corrections (or whatever color track changes is).

Trust me, I know. I've been lucky enough to have super-fantastic crit partners who are like this, and now I have a super-fantastic editor at Samhain who is like this too. Simultaneous actions? Whaaaaat? I'd never heard of it before...but now I see it everywhere. See? I learned something...that means my craft is going to improve. Win-win.

As writers we must continue to learn, to hone our craft, to practice. Editors, good editors, are the ones who have the whip in hand and make sure we do.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Guest Post: The Amazing Krista Walsh with a Cover Reveal for Evensong!


My friend, author Krista Walsh has a novel coming out on February 10th Evensong - the cover is totally awesome! Can't wait to read this one, folks!




Blurb: 

Author Jeff Powell wakes up to find the impossible has happened. He is within his own novel—summoned into the fictional world of Feldall’s Keep by a spell he didn't write. One the House enchantress hasn't figured out how to reverse.

When the villain he's been struggling to write reveals himself, unleashing waves of terror and chaos, Jeff must use more than his imagination to save the characters he created—and the woman he loves.

Trapped within a world of his own creation, he must step outside the bounds of his narrative to help his characters defeat an evil no one anticipated, even if he must sacrifice his greatest gift. In the end, he has to ask: are novels really fiction, or windows into other worlds?


About the Author:

Known for witty, vivid characters, Krista Walsh never has more fun than getting them into trouble and taking her time getting them out. After publishing a few short stories and novellas in various anthologies, she has now released her own anthology, the serial collection Greylands.

When not writing, or working at her day job, she can be found reading, gaming, or watching a film – anything to get lost in a good story.

She currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Gutter Brain and My Two Worlds


As some of you may know, I have a day job...meaning, I don't write full-time. My day job is one that requires I keep my writing life somewhat secret. Especially the erotic component of my writing life. Now, for a while this was an easy balance to maintain. At the beginning, I spent way more time on my day job and less on my writing job which meant that I could separate the two worlds with a neat little boundary marker. On one side was the proper, professional, quiet (shocking, I know) Angela and on the other side was the raunchy, gutter brain, who swears a lot Angela. I've noticed, however, that lately I've had a harder time keeping those two worlds separate.

For example, the other day I was in the lunch room eating and a male colleague came in, caught sight of my friend and announced: Hey Steph (not her real name), you're on my to do list! Right away my mind went straight into the gutter and I snickered...which lead to the male colleague then tsking me and saying, "Now, Angela, you have a dirty mind. I'm going to have to keep my eyes on you." O_O Which made me giggle....and then he said, "You're making me get all hot." I'm sure he meant embarrassed but holy crap...that was the end of any control...I started laughing...as did my friend (who also has gutter brain) and the poor man slinked out of the room and has not made eye contact with me since.

My writing world is becoming a  more prominent feature in my life and in my thoughts.  I'm not entirely sure my day job world is going to be able to handle any more slips like that. But how do I suppress the persona when the persona is really me?

I guess we all have closets of various shapes, sizes, and depths. I wonder what will slip out of mine next?

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Patience is a virtue? Usually, almost always...


I saw a tweet somewhere this week where an author was contemplating the need for a beta crit (basically another set of eyes on a manuscript) or pushing through to publication without. It got me thinking about the role of patience in this crazy publishing way of life.

 Before I got into seriously pursuing publication I don't think I would describe myself as a very patient person. I was more about instant gratification. If I wanted it I got it, did it, whatever.

Publishing demands a slower approach. It demands that you take the time to write a good book, that you work through plot snags, that you develop your characters and that you edit carefully, multiple times. I was very lucky to be included early on in a writing group with folks who already understood the value of honest critiques and another set of eyes on your work. That didn't stop me from rushing through things at the beginning, from posting work that wasn't in any way ready for another person to see (even for editing) and worse, I sent out work that I felt was "done" to perfection without having taken the time to properly edit and revise with a crit from an UNBIASED reader. (I stress unbiased here because I really don't count mom, dad, cousin, husband, bff or anyone close to me as an unbiased reader.)

I learned through rejection that waiting is vital. Patience really does allow for your best work to be polished and presented. I've been down a long road that beat patience into me in other ways too. It took me a full year of querying to get my first agent. Three years with my second agent to get a ms revised. I've been through a roller coaster of waiting for editors to make decisions, waiting for queries to get read, waiting, waiting, and waiting some more. Some might say that it was time wasted, and depending on the day I might agree with them. Not today though. Today I'm thinking that during all that time waiting, when it felt like I was treading water, I was working on my craft, and I was actually moving forward. I was developing my skill, my VOICE, and my ideas.

Now, there are times when patience is actually an excuse for avoiding the hard decisions. When you give it one more day or one more month because you don't want to send that email or make that call or publish that story. I've been there too...those close to me know what I'm talking about. That's patience motivated by fear. And although I think being humble and understanding your areas of need is vitally important as an author, being scared is very damaging and shouldn't be an excuse for delaying decisions. That's where your gut comes in. Where you need to listen to your gut feeling and do what needs to get done, otherwise you are wasting time.

Patience is a virtue usually, and I've learned that no matter how excited I am to get my work out there, to let everyone see what I've done, it's almost always better to take a step back, breathe deeply and let the steps unfold as they should.
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