Halloween is here again!

I had a fabulous in-costume picture from a recent trip that my husband insists he doesn’t want me to share. Since I’m about a year behind on Halloween pictures, you’ll probably see it next year…

Halloween is here again, and I’m thrilled as always. This year’s costume may be more recognizable to most classic Disney movie aficionados than last year’s (pictured) rushed-home-from-work-to-get-ready-for-a-Halloween-party. However, I loved getting to commemorate such a historical character for Halloween. In my neighborhood, there are enough people who aren’t familiar with American pop culture and American history to recognize her, but my clue to you is “We Can Do It!” Let me know in the comments if you figured it out.

I love that T doesn’t want to be a princess: her favorite show is “Jake and the Neverland Pirates” and she was determined to be the one with the “Green Hat, Red Feather.” I’d rather she was a swashbuckling adventurer than Cinderella any day. While D doesn’t usually have too much of an opinion about these things yet, when he got his little Jake costume on, he was just as pleased as any two-year-old could be.

Call for Beta Readers

Of course, Halloween brings with it shades of NaNoWriMo. While I’m not planning to participate this year, it’s because I’m feverishly working to wrap up my edits to Book 2 of “Sea Deception.”

Titled “Sea Rivals,” it follows the story of my heroine four years after the conclusion of “Sea Dreams.” And that first book is completely finished and ready for beta readers and formatting: I don’t plan to touch it again to make any further changes. Edits all in doubled the word count, and I couldn’t be happier with how the story has turned out. If you’re interested in being a beta reader, sign up to the mailing list and indicate or update your preference.

So I’ve been hard at work scribbling…as soon as I knock out my first-pass edits to Book 2, I’ll send it to my editor for her feedback. Then I’ll get to the business of writing the first draft of the final book, whose title is still not completely decided. That last book is fully plotted out, and I just need to find the time to sit still and write the story. I even have a thought for a bonus book following related characters, so let’s see how this series plays out.

But first, Halloween!

(Then beta readers)

What costume do you have planned?

Back to Goals

This month has had me refocus my energy on my writing projects. While I’m still trying to get back to my social life, I’ve found some solace in my virtual scribbles. So what have I been working on?

Redeeming the Demon’s Daughter

This retelling from the Hindu epic, the Ramayana, tells the story of a mermaid who falls in love with the monkey god, Hanuman, but must resolve her feelings for him against her loyalty to her father, the demon Ravana.

I’m really excited to share this short story, which allowed me to account for a character forgotten by the epic. We know what happens to Ravana, to Hanuman, to every other character connected to them, but other than their love story, no one knows anything about Suvarnamatsya (sometimes Suvannamaccha). Her voice was so clear in my head, and her story so needed a conclusion.

Right now, the story is done and awaiting cover art: I’ve got an awesome artist painting me a cover, focusing on Suvarnamatsya and the choices that dictate her future. As soon as the cover is finished, I’m going to get the story up on Amazon, free for the first month. If you’re interested, be sure to sign up for my newsletter to get an email once the story is released so you can get it for free.

I’ve got a Saturday Snippet coming up for Redeeming the Demon’s Daughter coming soon too. You can take a look at the difference in the opening scene between the first and final drafts.

Sea Deception

I got editor feedback for Novella 1, Sea Dreams. She was incredibly helpful, offering me suggestions to make sure the transitions are solid and that the main characters equally claim the reader’s attention. There were some opportunities I missed that she identified, and I look forward to making her suggested changes and adding her suggested scenes or feelings to really pack the right punch.

On the bright side, she LOVED the characters and couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. Luckily for you, you will not have the same problem once you start reading it: I’ll be releasing the entire trilogy back-to-back-to-back, probably with pre-orders.

Which brings me to what else I’ve been writing: Novella 2, Sea Rivals, is getting close to being wrapped up, too. I’m going to take some time off Sea Rivals to polish up Sea Dreams, but I’m getting pretty close to another finished draft for the trilogy.

And in case you missed my tweet, I finally finished naming a major character, “Kai Sterling.”

Blog Stuff

I’ve made a lot of promises for upcoming blog posts and just haven’t finished writing them all yet. The next one might just be a general compilation of “Why Engineers Shouldn’t Watch TV” in combination with what else I’ve been watching.

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