Sunday, February 7, 2016

Cover Reveal: The Ice Queen (Four Kingdoms, #2)

I've had the Four Kingdoms covers finalized and sitting on my computer, collecting virtual dust, since last year. I figured I needed to release them out into the world soon, so now's as good a time as any, right?

The first book's (The Warrior Queen's) cover is already out in the world. Has been for some time. I don't have a release date scheduled yet, not with my hands being tied up with When the World Ended and We Were Invaded serial (which, by the way, is coming out soon; if you wish, you can sign up for my mailing list to be notified of its release), but if I push myself harder than ever this year, I'd love to release The Warrior Queen in late fall/early winter. The rest of the series would follow as my projects in 2017.

Okay, now, on to the reveal...

I give you The Ice Queen:

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Brief Hiatus

I haven't been on here since the end of October. Eek! Sorry about that. Between the holidays and finishing up season one of When the World Ended and We Were Invaded, I've had my hands full. Rest assured, *Arnold Schwarzenegger voice* I'll be back...soon-ish.

Friday, October 30, 2015

10 Writing Prompts for Epic Fantasy Writers

The sole purpose of writing prompts is to stir your imagination and make you want to finish them. Here are ten writing prompts for Epic Fantasy writers:

1. A wizard witnesses something terrible inside his/her magical Gazing Pool. What did he/she see?

2. A necromancer villain becomes an unlikely hero. A sorcerer hero is made out to be a villain. Write a story about this mishap, then have them switch back to their original roles.

3. A shaman and a druid face-off as enemies, but are then forced to work together to battle a much bigger foe if they want to save their homeland. Will they remain friends, or go back to hating each other?

4. A king needs a precious, magical stone stolen from his enemy in order to save his kingdom from ruin. He enlists the help of a local thief from the village. The thief embarks on a perilous journey. What dangers will he face along the way?

5. Bickering among high-ranking Elven officials leads to a split in their community. Half leave their homeland behind to start over, becoming a newly-named race of Elves. Two best friends/lovers are forbidden to see each other after the split, but, against all odds, they continue to do so anyway. Write a story about their friendship/love affair.

6. A paladin investigates the creation of artificial magic in a different land. Who is behind this magic, and what role will the magic play in helping them conquer other lands?

7. In a world where magic is forbidden, a mage is trying his/her hardest to conceal his/her powers. Will he/she be caught?

8. Storm giants rule the vast plains of this world. Magical beings are tired of hiding and living in fear. They plot to destroy the storm giants once and for all, so they can be free. But how?

9. Titans have long hated humans, and they won’t hesitate to kill them. A rebellion stirs. Humans are tired of being treated like dirt. Will they build an army big enough to destroy the titans, or will they be the ones who are destroyed?

10. A monk and a priest are forced to make an epic journey. They can't stomach being around each other for longer than necessary. What will they discover along the way?

Happy writing!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

So, You Want to Write a Book? Here’s My Advice in 5 Steps.

If I had a dollar for every time someone told me they’ve always wanted to write a book, I’d be filthy rich. Usually, they tell me this after they learn I’m an author. The conversation plays out like:

Them: “Oh, you’re an author? That's cool. I’ve always wanted to write a book.”
Me: “Really? Why haven’t you?”
Them: *fumbles over response* “I, uh, don't know. Just never got around to it, I guess.”

Let’s be honest, the majority of these people have never really intended to write a novel—they just think it sounds like a cool idea. When you’re a writer, that talent is something you’ve always had, something that’s never going to leave you. Something you're so damn passionate about, it's as important to you as the air you breathe. These people who fantasize about writing a novel typically aren’t writers. That’s not to say you can’t pick up writing at any given point in your life, pump out several books, and hit all the bestseller lists. But I am saying that most people who fantasize about writing a novel do just that—fantasize. They make excuses instead of plans. If, by chance, you are one of these people, then:

Stop procrastinating. Start writing.

Here's my short disclaimer to you before you get started: writing a book is hard work. It takes a lot of time and effort, and there are so many factors that go into creating a full-fledged story from beginning to end. Sometimes, it takes authors years to complete one story. For others, it might only take a couple of weeks. 

So, how do you do it? Keep reading to find out.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Cover Reveal: When the World Ended and We Were Invaded: Season 1

For anyone wondering what the heck this series is about, I briefly discussed it in this blog post. The gist:

A zombie outbreak is only the start of the apocalypse. Follow several different people through America's South as they face death and destruction head-on. And just when they think there might be some semblance of hope, they discover they're wrong. Dead wrong. Because they're about to face an even greater enemy, one who hails from the sky--and a different galaxy.

It's basically The Walking Dead meets Falling Skies. I haven't worked out the final summary just yet (I'm waiting until I finalize season one), but you get the idea. Right now, there are anywhere between four and seven points-of-view. I plan on adding more in future seasons. Also, I only have three seasons planned, but that could increase to four or five (or more) in the near future. It just depends on the storyline. I don't want to stretch it too thin.

Anyway, there will be eight episodes in the first season. I plan on making the first two episodes perma-free, with the rest being available for $0.99. The bundle (all eight in one) will be $4.99.

Fair warning: aliens don't show up until the end. Season one mostly focuses on the characters, and how they interact with the zombies. I don't want anyone buying this and thinking, There aren't aliens in this! I got gypped!

Season two, however, will be INSANE. I can't wait. :)

Finally, here is the cover for the complete first season:

Are you excited to read this series? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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