Apparently I’ve been posting only to never have them go through

I’m not sure if it’s the phone app or my complete lack of being in the real world as of late, but apparently I’ve been scheduling posts and they’ve never actually posted. Most of them are irrelevant at this point but do I get points for trying?

Title reveal

I did made a promise that I was going to do a title reveal and I will stick with it.  The development of this book has been a slow and bumpy progress due to life kind of getting in the way tremendously but I can assure you I’ve been back to work and have a lovely assistant, we’ll call her Moon Baby because it’s an awesome name and I won’t embarrass her this way, who has been prodding me back into the driving lane toward my own goal.  It’s quite hard to wrangle me sometimes so I completely appreciate everything she has done for me and for sticking by my side.

As time goes on, more information about book two will be coming at you in many different forms so be on the look out for it.  For now…..title reveal.

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 I will do my best to not spoil it for anyone who has not read the first book, but I can’t promise I won’t reference something as I give teasers for the future.  For now, I just want to say that I came up with this title because it is going to focus on many characters, both of darkness and light, good and evil.  You’re going to learn more about the path’s set for not just Tessa but her family and foes.  This book will focus on their journey’s as well and how each action intertwines with another because as you haven’t already figured out by reading Rise of a Queen everything happens for a reason no matter how dark it is.

So think about the title, go back and look at the synopsis of the story here and get the gears turning on what will be coming at you in the near future in The Vampire Realm.

Welcome to ‘The Pen Is . . .’

Charles knows what is entertaining yet somehow we all want that case of pens

Legends of Windemere

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Welcome, good customer, to The Pen Is!  Why do people keep laughing at our name?  It’s part of a great saying and fits what we do here very well.  Do we sell pens?  Of course, but that’s only part of our merchandise.  Yes, they come in different colors and we have various sizes of notebooks.  You think it’s all paper, ink, and words?  There’s a lot more to writing than the physical pieces and that’s what we have to offer.  Yes, we had books on how to write and I’m getting the feeling that you’ll need at least three of those.  Come with me and we’ll give you the starter pack.

First, you’ll need to purchase a reason to be an author.  Trust me when I say ‘because I wanna’ won’t cut it if you get any attention.  What?  Don’t go too far with a parent’s dying…

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Vacation 2.0

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The time is here!  I get another vacation….sort of.  Although my main goal is to be there for my brother from another mother (we’ll say uber close friend but honestly intended family is probably more accurate) and support him at his wedding.  I’m delighted that I get to meet his intended, she seems awesome.  So technically it’s a family function, but you know it’s going to be a 4 day weekend for me, right outside of DC, and take place at a WINERY.  So much win in all of that.  The bonus?  The weather is going to be NOTHING like my trip to NYC. I’m completely looking forward to this!  It’s been many years since I’ve been up in the DC area and the last time I went I had an awesome time.

Next week I’ll be announcing the name of the sequel to Rise of a Queen if anybody is interested.

The announcement I hope you’ve been waiting for…….

I’ve been asked numerous times what the second book to The Vampire Realm will be about.  It’s been a long time coming but here it is:

The rise of her empire came at a cost.

Tessa’s vision of a future where vampires and humans lived united had all but disappeared. Her family torn by the wars that ravaged her land were taking it’s toll, each side fighting for the opposition, her sister and Emma with the rebels, and Jason growing into his future by Tessa’s side. Emma’s struggles with her own choices, as Jason moves forward towards a life of service to his aunt, neither one sure of the outcome. This journey that the family takes will force the evolution of life as a vampire to the forefront, forever changing her perspective on the world Tessa thought she knew.

Can Tessa survive another daunting war while ensuring the future of the vampires? Will Jason and Emma make the right choices and not be swayed by the childhood they once knew? Can either side of the war overcome what stands in there way, even when what they love is what they will lose? Or will there be a new beacon of hope, shining brightly in the world that has fallen so dark?

 

You can view the Instagram of it here.….and I think it’s a great start for what will be the back cover of the book.

Next reveal……….Can you guess what the title will be?

 

Hear ye! Hear ye! An Announcement of upcoming Announcements

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How else am I supposed to grab your attention?  Yes, I’m being vague because I’m pretty good at it.  I’ve got a lot coming up and I just wanted to give you a little heads up.

How many of you have been chomping at the bits to know about the follow-up to Rise of a Queen? Curious to know what Tessa has been up to? Dying to see how she fares as a strong leader to her Lev Empire?

Coming up very soon I’m going to do a name reveal and kick out the synopsis of the next adventure that await in The Vampire Realm, so stay tuned. Keep a close watch on my Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and of course this blog for announcements, clues, and even a few Easter eggs here and there.

All I can say is that I am completely excited to move forward with this project and am glad that you’re along for the ride.

 

Inaugural Instagram

I’m riding the train from Connecticut into New York City.  I think that it is so wonderful that I’m reconnecting with Tessa from my Vampire Realm series and beginning to crank out some awesome stuff.  I’m not sure why but being on a train threw me into a frenzy of literary proportions but it did.  My aunt caught me at a true thinking moment. 
The first picture was not cheesy at all and is a great start to my journey over the next few days
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Inspiration Vacation

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So as we go along with this reemergence thing I’ll announce a new little trip I have coming up.  Those who’ve been following me on Twitter and Facebook will probably feel like this is old news, but it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t tell it straight from the blogs page.  I’m taking a vacation and it is going to be bloody awesome!  I’m heading up north to visit with an aunt I haven’t seen since college and she’s going to take me to New York City.  The most I’ve done regarding The Big Apple is visit the Statue of Liberty when I was lovely little band geek for one of our trips and drive through on my way to Connecticut the last time I made a visit to my aunt.  Needless to say I am completely looking forward to this.  So much so I’ve decided to open up an Instagram account to share in the new adventures of a more exposed me.  Go me right? I’ll make sure to blog when I’ve shot the inaugural picture, which I hope will be more profound and less cheesy (I don’t choose the goofy life, it tends to choose me). I’ve had my wheels spinning lately and with some help I’m feeling much more confident and can feel the inspiration hitting me just thinking about it.

I can’t wait to share with you all the wonderful and exciting adventures that I happen upon (or at least some cool pictures because I can’t promise I’m 24/7 kind of entertaining).

Things are changing…..and that’s a good thing!

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So here I am starting fresh and new. Spring has opened up the petals of my hibernating soul and soon I will blossom once again for the world to see. What does that mean exactly? It’s an answer that is beneficial to you, my readers and fans, and to me regarding inspiration and communication.

For you all I have decided that I am going to attempt to communicate more. This means those things I fear most, Twitter, Facebook, anything social media I will be more vocal on. So pull your boot straps up because this chick is going to start to talk. I’m really excited about my upcoming work and I am making a push for completion. I want to interact with all of you more on any level that I can. We thrive on the interaction of each other and nothing would make me happier than to be talking to you! I might be an introvert at heart but I love to socialize. I do see the irony in that. I like to socialize but I don’t know how to deal with social media much.

What’s going to happen with me is that I am going to show more of my process. The steps that I’m taking, I’m not going to hide away as a deep dark secret. Maybe that’s what has been holding me back. What I do know is that I am working hard to connect with the inspiration from the world and with the reality that it takes work to get things done and not just hope that it will settle itself. I want to blog more, I want to express my process, I want to share the human part of me while trying to push the too-humble persona out of the way and be a bit more hands on with everything involving my work. Everyone knows that I write because I love it and without it I don’t feel complete. The thing everyone DOESN’T know is that I also write for people, the fans, and without fans(you) I’m only doing a portion of what I love and cannot feel complete.

Finding the right balance between everything will be tricky, but I’m sure that it can be done with help all around. So I will be seeing you soon and you will no doubt be hearing more from and about me. Let’s embrace this spring change together and go for a very wonderful ride.