Happy Holidays, everyone. It’s been a while since I last updated my blog. Life has been very strange in 2020, and keeping this site up to date has been on the backburner. However, I wanted to make a short update regarding Small Business Saturday!
From now through December 1st, you can receive a free bookmark and custom drawing when you purchase a physical or kindle copy of The Art of Falling. If you’ve already purchased my book before, you can still claim this offer!
To do so, send me a DM on Instagram or on Facebook with your proof of purchase – whether it’s a screenshot of it in your Kindle library or a order confirmation e-mail. Pictures of you with your own physical copy also counts! From there, we’ll smooth out the details for shipping your bookmark and custom drawing.
As always, reviews and sharing is welcome! The best way for an author to get their book out there is through the reader. Thank you for all of your support over the years!
Happy Day 19 or Quarantine! Lately I’ve been playing a lot of Minecraft, watching docuseries on Netflix, bullet journaling, and cleaning my house in an attempt to procrastinate at writing. Yet between all these introverted activities, I neglected my love for sitting down with a good book. I’m hoping I’m able to find my next bingeable series in Lilith Mercury, Werewolf Hunter, by Tracey H. Kitts.
I’ve already downloaded the first book in her seven book series on my phone and started giving it a read. I’m only one chapter in and I’m curious to learn more about her world of lycanthropes. I will admit, it’s a bit slow-going at first (most likely from me having a hard time with first person stories) but I think it’s got the potential to really pull me in.
If you’re looking for some extra spice in your reading without going all the way, this New Adult Paranormal series might be up your alley. Fair warning, it is a reverse harem so there will be a lot of suitors to fall head over heels for. Plus, the ENTIRE SERIES (not just book one – ALL SEVEN) books are on Amazon Kindle for FREE. It really can’t get better than that. So why not get them all and spend the next month stuck in your house reading?
Back in 2016, I drafted up my “finalized” playlist for The Art of Falling. Of course, nothing is ever final when you’re constantly tweaking your work. So, while working on the sequel I was able to fine tune my playlist to become what I currently believe is the final playlist. Some songs were removed and replaced with new ones. Others moved to a different chapter that better suited it. The mood and lyrics are as perfect as I can get to describing the story correctly. Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions.
It’s time for another book review and swap. This time, I’m featuring Sorceress Awakening, by Lisa Blackwood, yet another veteran Urban Fantasy author who has published several works for her series A Gargoyle and Sorceress.
This swap and review is special, because all revenue from the first three books of the Gargoyle & Sorceress series will go to purchase seeds and supplies for the propagation of tree seedlings to help combat climate change.
While reading the free sample of this book, I found it hard to turn off my editor/writer brain and let myself enjoy reading. There were a lot of moments where I had to pause and think of what I would change to “improve” the story. Please do not take this as a negative or as a reason to not give this book a chance – it’s worth the read! But I have a lot to say and won’t hold back on my honest thoughts and opinions. So, without further ado, I will dive into writing style, world building, and characterization.
It’s the first convention of the year! I’m excited to say that I will be attending the first ever Waycon held at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. The convention is FREE to attend and will be held on Saturday, March 7th from 10AM to 6PM.
As usual, I’ll be selling signed copies of The Art of Falling, commissions, prints, and buttons. I will also be selling brand new bookmarks feature Regal and Keir! They are sold separately, or provided free with the purchase of a my novel.
Learn more about the convention schedule here! I hope to see you there!
It’s been a while since I last posted, thanks to a crazy start to the year. Lots of changes at work have made it tricky to balance my own hobbies. D&D has taken up a large part of my free time thanks to the creativity and social aspect of the game. However, I am slowly making progress on The Art of Falling Sequel when the inspiration strikes; writer’s block has been strong lately. I’ve also started a bullet journal to keep my creative juices flowing! Keep track of that and the rest of my life over at my Instagram.
That being said, I have been missing the relaxation of picking up a good book. I’ve recently joined an Urban Fantasy Writers Facebook group to not only keep me fresh with what’s releasing, but to also get some good reads in. This week, I wanted to share with you a swap that I did with fellow Urban Fantasy author Percival Constantine. He is a veteran who has released several books for his Luther Cross series. However, his newest release Lucifer Rising was the one I was interested in shouting out.
I will preface that I wasn’t able to read nearly as much as I had intended. See: “crazy start to the year” and “D&D has taken up a large part of my free time” as reasons why. However, I did get the chance to read the free sample on Kindle and intend on purchasing the full novel. At this time, my review will be limited to the first few chapters and will focus on character, world building, and writing style. So let’s get into it!
Next week is Youmacon, and for the first time in a decade of attending, I will be selling my work in the Artist Alley! Come visit me at H19. I’ll be selling signed copies of The Art of Falling, on site commissions, watercolors, digital prints, and buttons. I hope to see you all there if you’re in the Detroit area.
It’s the end of an era. After a very long wait, this is the final session of Neebs and Associates. Will we succeed in defeating Lucifer, or will we perish trying? Either way, it will be bittersweet to resolve this three-year long adventure.
Ciaran (LVL28) and Basile (LVL30)
Alkaid (LVL 30)
Kass (LVL 30)
Rhaegar (LVL 30)
Before the team goes to the castle of Lucifer, an undead Lorn approaches Basile to tell him that the plans he and Lorn made to defeat Alexander Willard need to change. Basile, who is used to Lorn’s weird magic, is confused and doesn’t remember making a plan. Undead Lorn tells Basile that he has a scroll in a hidden shoulder pocket and to throw it away. He then makes a new Lorn holding an urn and tells him that this simulacrum will follow Basile’s commands. Basile is to make sure the simulacrum is delivered to Alexander Willard. Undead Lorn then turns the simulacrum invisible, and makes it so Basile can permanently see invisible creatures. When Basile asks if the true Lorn knows the plan, Undead Lorn winks and vanishes.
Biff has also prepared a heroes feast and gave everyone witches reservoir to use as during the fight.
Lorn regurgitates a purple boulder, and hands it to Marven. “I made you a gift. I hope it will power you through the castle.” Marven is confused, and Sbeen is jealous and tries to throw up a rock. Lorn explains that it’s 2 years worth of goodberries (438,000 berries.) Marven cries and smashes the goodberry boulder.
The party then ventures out to the castle. As they approach the gates, and the signs of Lucifer on them flash to open them. The castle is made of bone of the god Infernus is built upon. They enter the foyer and find an ostentatious and elaborate room. Standing in the center is a handsome human who the party recognizes as Alexander Willard. Next to him is Caasimolar: an old man with a flaming combover, red eyes and horns, and a forked tail. Around them are ten pitfiends waiting to attack.
“Have you come to offer yourselves to the Lord of Darkness?” Alexander Willard asks.
Hey everyone! With Michigan Comic Convention only a week away, I can happily say that I will be at booth F27 selling signed copies of The Art of Falling, on site commissions, prints, and buttons. If you are in the Detroit area this summer, please stop by the convention and say hello at my booth! I would love to get to meet you all in person.
I have been attending Youmacon for the last decade, and this year I decided to give the Artist Alley a shot. I had always wanted to participate and sell my work, but never had the chance to do so. After a long wait, I can confirm that I will be a part of Youmacon’s Artist Alley for 2019!
This is a huge moment for my author career, and as a fan of the local convention. Getting into the Artist Alley is difficult – hundreds of artists and vendors apply, and this year there was a juror process PLUS a lottery for those who passed the jury. I am humbled to have gotten through to share my work at the convention that started my love for cons.
So save the date! I will be selling more signed copies of The Art of Falling. Youmacon is held at the Renaissance Center and Cobo Hall from October 31st – November 3rd. Keep an eye out for further updates!