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Physics major Dieter Lindemann is perfectly content living in a world where the Shadows he sees and hears are nothing but figments of his imagination. But when one attacks him, he’s forced to confront the fact that the Shadows are not only real, but dangerous.

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Pirates, dragons, mermaids. Embark on a coming of age journey that will leave you breathless.

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A lady-in-waiting’s job is to follow orders. For Rowen, it is to execute her stepfather’s plan to elevate the family’s station by an advantageous marriage to the crown prince.

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In the DarkWorld the things that go bump in the night are most likely true. And the problem is they are probably not sticking to bumping around in the night. They are everywhere. Your work colleagues, your teachers, even your friends. They’ve been living that way for a long time. And you haven’t noticed because they don’t want you to.

You’re much better off not asking any questions.

Mel Morgan is a Master Teleporter. She can move through the Veil into the otherworldly planes. A handy skill when looking for missing people. It’s a lonely job, but with her gargoyle partner she’s never minded lonely.

Until a certain super-hot Djinn walks into her life. He needs her help to find someone he loves. And Mel can never say no to someone in need. But the road to helping Saleem is fraught with secrets better left uncovered.

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Demon Kin (A SoulTracker Novel #2)

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When a business tycoon hires Mel Morgan to find his missing daughter, the SoulTracker is thrown headlong into twists and turns of unexpected deaths and unusual killers. But to find the girl in time to save her, Mel she has to first understand the killer. Demonic or human killers? Mel can’t decide which will be worse.

Things get a little complicated when she has to help find both a Panther Alpha’s mother, and a reluctant Djinn Queen. Add to the mix an evil spirit plus her mentor Samuel sending her terrifying messages in the Ether. Save him, or else.

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Delphinium Release Date!

I’m going to take the risk and announce my ~release date for Delphinium: A Necromancer’s Love–

June 20th, 2014 ❤

KDP Select ends on Larkspur the 21st, and so for the last two days (20th and 21st) I’m going to have Larkspur set to FREE. By that point I want there to be a link in the back pointing to Delphinium (which will NOT be in Select). After the 21st I’ll put both books on to other platforms like Kobo and B&N.

I’m writing this post for two reasons- hype, and motivation. The only reason I managed to get Larkspur done is because I set a publish date and *had* to stick to it. So I’m going to do this again with Delphinium, knowing there are at least a few folk who are waiting for the release.

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Summertime work

Everything is done! Now I have.. one week until things get hectic again.

Plenty of time! (No, I am not saying Delphinium will be out in a week. Writing it asap, but don’t have a date set yet.)

Today I listened to more of the self-publishing podcast, and made the cover for book 4 – Regalis. Yup, the Larkspur Series is not a trilogy, it’s actually six planned books. Though I suppose the two halves are different enough that you could call them a duo of trilogies. Here’s the cover:

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(The more covers I make, the more I love them. I think Regalis is my favourite. Going from a ‘blood in the painting’ to ‘blood on a photo’ sort of theme.)

Regalis is actually a fairly common species name. There are many plants, insects and such that are called ___ regalis. Consolida regalis is one of them- the field larkspur.

Now, how about Delphinium? Well, I am writing it. It should be 30-35K, more than double the first story. Far more plot threads are appearing, the rest of life is starting to crowd Pierre’s time and privacy. There is more revealed about magic, the land, even some of the neighboring places as well.

I have tea, I’ll be up tonight writing and maybe get into more details in another post.

Ah, and I’ve also decided on a subtitle. At first ‘A Necromancer’s Romance’ was just a subtitle for Larkspur so that people would know about the content. I thought I would eventually take it off and just call it ‘Larkspur’ (and I usually just refer to it as such). But I’m starting to like the explanatory phrase, it’s rather like old exactly what it says on the tin titles. (Warning: TV Tropes link)

Book II is therefore Delphinium: A Necromancer’s Love

(Yes, I’m still using necro-mancer. It’s easier, everyone knows what I mean even if it isn’t the in-universe term. Pierre might just do a little bit of necromancy so I can call it that without feeling bad about breaking canon.)

Summer

My final final is tomorrow. Essay due before 4pm. Meaning, after 4pm I am free. For a little while. I have summer classes (all online) and my boyfriend will be in town for two weeks (we’re long distance, haven’t seen each other in person in 3 years). But aside from that… summer gets devoted to writing.

I will plot out and find a reasonable deadline for Delphinium. It will be done this summer. How early or late in summer depends on how quickly I get my ass in gear, but it will be this summer. I’ve started the writing thing, no more dragging and breaking deadlines for months at a time. It’s a job now. An amazingly fun and awesome job, but a job.

Now, stories: There is  Famula, the side-novel about Ophion and Eglė, which has been a little sketched out. And I want to start a series in Ibella and probably Astrarctia soon as well. Going to try and not juggle a thousand works at a time, but I’ll be busy. I want to get to where I can write at a stupidly fast pace and just let my worlds and characters finally be.

Cover Reactions

So, because I love my shiny new covers, I went around and asked what other people thought. Since the usual reply to my earlier covers was “the font looks off, but I like it” I assumed, with the font fixed, it would be “oh, awesome!”

It.. wasn’t.

Mostly I was told they weren’t right for the genre. That it was neither romance-y, or fantasy-like, enough. That I needed people, a face. Maybe I should have been more clear that I meant gothic?

Now I’m bummed. I don’t know what to think. I could certainly change the covers to a London-y background with a guy in a top-hat and a woman with a parasol.. but that isn’t what I think Larkspur is. I like the flower-paintings with the red so strong that it reminds you of blood. Larkspur has it spattered on the wall, Delphinium’s table looks soaked in it, and if you look closely the vase in Consolida is filled with blood and not water. It’s the frail loveliness of a flower contrasted with blood– and the realization that the flower itself is toxic and just as likely to do you harm as any blade.

Maybe I’m reaching too far. I know the meaning, but that doesn’t mean a lot of other people do.

Ok, again with new covers, but I had help and they are awesome

A wanting-to-remain anonymous source helped me fix my covers today. Specifically the text, which always looked a little wonky. I don’t know enough about photoshop (yet!) to get the text to blend in well. He also sent the photoshop files of the redone images, so I’ll be able to work on learning these things on my own. Super hyped and thrilled. Here are the new covers for the first three books in the Larkspur Series. Still working on covers 4-6, but expect the same template. (Also writing Delphinium, that’ll go into full gear in three days after I finish all my finals stuff).

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Elaboration on the Change in Plans (and a new cover).

Larkspur was initially just Pierre and Lizzy’s love story. It went from being just the first part, as a stand-alone, to maybe two or three books depending on where I ended. After that I planned to start something completely different. Maybe in the same realm, maybe 50 years ago, or 50 years in the future. I think in that sort of dis-continued way, and thought I could manage it with self publishing. Stand-alone-connected-adventures and such.

I still plan to do something like that, but not in as great or abrupt a scale. So the Larkspur books are now going to be both a little more broad than just Pierre-and-Lizzy’s romance (which is also true in Larkspur as well), and continue on for longer in terms of the time I allotted this set. I started thinking about theme as well, and how I was mixing two different themes together when one title referenced a flower, and the other a card game. So I’ve separated those. The next book in the Larkspur series will be Delphinium– a genus where one can find Larkspur, and occasionally just another term for the flower in general. The other titles will follow in this manner.

I’ll still write a bit out of order. The story about Ophion and Eglė seems to be staying put at just one book, and I’ll make that a stand-alone tale. Or if it turns into a series, I’ll sketch it out as a series and we’ll go from there. But I’m putting more time and thought to each set being.. allowed to be its own set. Before it was sort of ‘write random stories out of order’ and now it’s less.. insane.

Ah, and here’s Delphinium’s cover. Yes, another alteration of one of Henri Fantin-Latour’s Larkspur paintings. He has several. Yes, I plan to use most of them.

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As far as stories in other realms- I am working on those too. After Delphinium is finished, and book 3 started, I’ll try and start the first book of another series. I can bounce from one to the other that way and show off more of Noctuina. But I don’t want to just start one series and immediately another.