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Monday, May 18, 2015

Umm, is it May already?

I'm a little amazed at how long it's been since I posted. Time seems to get away from me and then before I know it, it's been something like a decade (or over six months) since I wrote a blog post. What's sad is that I hear constantly that keeping up with a blog is a must if you want to promote your books and draw readers and followers. I've also been told that Twitter and Facebook are hugely important to an author for marketing, connecting with readers, and encouraging success. Apparently, I'm really lousy at all those things. But it's not because I don't care. Honestly, I care deeply about my readers (I always answer emails!) and to those that have given my books a chance and actually enjoyed them, I'm truly grateful and somewhat in awe. But when it comes to putting out mass messages, tweeting about whatever awesome/hilarious/brilliant thing I read, thought, found, or created, and clogging up the Facebook feeds of those kind enough to click "Like" on my author page, I cringe a little. Or a lot.

So, I'm popping in to say I'm still here and I'm still writing.

Aylen and Sai's story continues. So does Faema's and Haji's and Lirig's. And there is more to come. Much more to come, actually. But the truth is I've needed to step away from their world for a little bit even though their stories are complete in my head and fully planned. I have to admit, "Heiress" exhausted me- it was a bit emotional for me to write for a few reasons and my inability to market both books exhausts me the most. 
In the meantime, I've thrown myself into another story as well that I want to see completed as soon as possible. Luckily, it's a stand-alone, though there will be the possibility of a second and third story and maybe even a fourth story (or a novella prequel at least) to come after I finish the Sea Dweller series, each stand-alone novels as well. I'm still deciding if I want to try and find an agent for this latest project or if I want to skip the querying and put it out there for people to read. I plan on posting snippets of this latest project as well as the title soon, and yes, it's another young adult fantasy not set in our world. 

In the meantime, as I write and work on getting my next projects out and available to read, I'm going to make a couple book recommendations. 

This is one of the most lovely, beautifully written, painfully underrated young adult series I've read in a long time. Check out "The Princess in the Opal Mask" and its sequel, "The Opal Crown" by Jenny Lundquist. I can't sing the praises of this story enough. It spoke to my heart, the characters stayed with me for weeks after I turned the last page, and though I had the first book on my kindle, I had to immediately purchase both in hard copy for my bookshelf. They beg to be read over and over again and lovingly shared with kindred spirits. I'm hoping I can someday interview Jenny and post it on this blog because she's just that awesome. 

Also, a wonderful writer I know has published two books through Clean Teen Publishing and if you like paranormal, edge of your seat types of YA literature, you're going to love Amanda Strong. Her first book, "The Awakener", has been out for a bit, is a great read, and its sequel was just recently released. Her latest book, "Hidden Monster"  kept me reading from the moment I picked it up. It's an awesome book. Check her out!

And to kindred spirits, friends, and wonderful readers, I'm still writing and hopefully I'll have something to offer very soon. Thank you for hanging in there with me.

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