Book Review Request Queue

I am slowly but surely plowing through my queue of book review requests.  There are hundreds.  I’ve dropped it down under 200 now, and will hopefully be sending out requests for ebooks soon.

That being said, I have changed the form for Book Review Requests.  It is simpler, so it’ll take less time for authors to submit requests.  I am also hoping that it will make it faster for me to weed out a good deal of the review requests of people who didn’t bother to read my criteria, as many of the requests are for books that are not the correct genres.

I just finished clearing out by genre.  Nearly a third of requests were set aside due to being the wrong genres.  It has taken me hours just to get this far.  It took more time than I would even care to consider to just add all the book review requests to Goodreads.  I was up until nearly 2am that night.

As always, I encourage authors to submit listings to IndieGalley as well.  IndieGalley takes all genres while I do not.


What I’ve been up to…

So, I know I’ve been a little lost lately, but I’m getting better.  I’ve finally started writing in Seize again. No more writer’s block, and I know how the rest of the book will go, so I suspect it won’t be long before I’ve finished the first draft.  Soon I’ll be posting the rest of the story on Wattpad.  You can find it, Mila’s Shift, and other stories on my Wattpad profile.

I’ve gotten enough reader comments for Mila’s Shift, so I’m going to be started the next draft soon.  Got a lot of useful comments, and I look forward to working out all the issues that were presented.  Mila’s Shift will soon be better than ever.

I plan on Mila’s Shift being the first book I publish now.  I’m hoping to publish it this year, budget allowing.  I made a new Wattpad cover for Mila’s Shift.  Isn’t it pretty?  I would love to be able to publish it in time to be a part of this year’s Comicon in Durham, but my life has been so crazy, I’m not sure if I can put together the funds by then.

I’ve lear...


Chapter Length: What length is the RIGHT length?

book-91058_640It might seem like on odd question, and one most people wouldn’t even consider when writing a book, but it a surprisingly important one.  Of course, this isn’t a first draft sort of consideration.  All you should be worrying about at that time is the story itself.  But in later drafts, you should seriously be considering it.

Are your chapter lengths too long?

Are they too short?

You might find this as a bit of a surprise, but frequently, the answer depends on the types of scenes you’re writing.  So, if your scenes are full of suspense, tension, and mystery, where the readers are on the edges of their seats, longer chapter lengths are just fine.  But if your story is going through a slow period, or maybe the entire story is a little slow to build, then you might want to reconsider how long your chapters and scenes are.

Why does it matter?

Did you know that the average person’s attention span is only about six minutes?  That means if you don’t somehow reset their attention in tha...


NaNoWriMo is officially over! #nanowrimo2014

Participant-2014-Web-BannerIt’s December 1st, and many of us (me included) are coming off that month-long frenetic obsession called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, FYI).  My goal had been to write 50k by Thanksgiving (which was the same goal as last year), since family has this way of absorbing all your time.  Alas, I didn’t reach my 50k until November 30th, but I made it!

NaNo was really kicking my butt this year.  Between family who don’t seem to understand the meaning of the word “No” to other commitments that just happened to decide to start in November rather than being good and starting in December (cough-bowling league), it was certainly a challenge. 

I was pleasantly surprised when I managed to write 10k the first weekend, even though I had to visit my parents.  And I managed to write quite a bit while at work on some days, which probably had something to do with my success.  I had a lot of slow days, though...


Writing a Blurb

In the past, I’ve had trouble writing blurbs or book descriptions.  When writing one for Forever After, I had the hardest time, finding myself completely stumped.

Sure, I’ve found plenty of resources giving suggestions on how to write effective blurbs, but that was never the problem.  The problem seemed to lie in trying to describe my book.  I couldn’t do it.  Not to save my life.  I’ve frequently found I couldn’t summarize my book if asked.  My mind just comes up blank.  There’s too much going on.  Where do I start?

It wasn’t until I think last year’s NaNoWriMo that I actually came to a sort of epiphany.  I am actually quite good at writing blurbs–when I have no idea what the book is actually going to be about!  I wrote the blurb for Mila’s Shift before I’d even gotten halfway through the outline, maybe much much less.  I barely had any clue what the story was about, but I managed to write a fairly good blurb.

I realized that that was the perfect time to write a blurb for...


Patreon – Another Form of Crowd Funding

Recently, I’ve been rather intrigued by a site called Patreon.  The site, like with IndieGoGo and KickStarter, are intended to crowd fund, only Patreon works on a smaller scale.  Patreon is intended for content creators like web comic artists, musicians, writers, etc that create regular content.  Patrons, the content consumers, pay either per piece or per month, depending on how the content creator set up their page.  Like I said, I was intrigued and it seems rather promising.

So, I made myself a Patreon page.  The setup process was fairly simple, relatively easy to understand, but I felt it was decidedly lacking in “How To’s”  I found an FAQ, but that didn’t answer my questions entirely.  For the most part, the site seems to be pretty straight forward, though I did have a challenge with one of my “creations.”  When I tried to add an attachment to a creation, I ended up with this weird page with nothing on it.  I’ve emailed Patreon, and hopefully they can tell me what I did wrong...


Being a lazy bum…

Yes, I know, I know.  I am a bum.  I keep trying to be good, and I’m not.

I’ve been half heartedly working on editing Forever After.  Once done, I intend to post the edited version to Wattpad for a limited time in advance of proper publishing.  They have a service that features works on there if they’re in good shape, so I want to do that once I go through the current edit, then post it to Wattpad, send it off to a proper editor, and move forward with publishing it.

I am completely in a standstill on Seize.  I seem to know what I want to write, but can’t seem to get motivated.

I have been coming up with plenty of ideas, though.  For lots of stories.  Maybe I need to start writing some short fiction – flash and short stories.  Get the creative juices flowing a bit.  Might get me in the mood.  I did discover a promising site called Patreon that I would like to try out...


Science in Fiction: Arteries vs Veins

science in fictionI read a lot of vampire fiction, so I read a lot of stuff about fangs puncturing femoral arteries and carotids.  I thought I should clarify some about the difference between arteries and veins (and how it affects you paranormal writers in the audience).


Arteries generally contain oxygenated blood, meaning the blood flowing through those suckers tend to be a bright red.  Arteries are under high pressure, varying between peak pressure (systolic) and low pressure (diastolic), depending on which part of the heart pumping cycle you’re on.  This causes your pulse.
There are generally very few arteries in a given area, meaning that any damage to them can be catastrophic.  Arteries tend to be harder to find, deeper.


Veins are under low pressure, and are abundant.  Where an area (e.g. your arm) might only have two arteries, you’ll have a broad network of veins.  This, all in all, makes veins a better choice to puncture...

King Tomb by Scarlett Dawn

So sorry that I haven’t managed to post lately.  My life has been positively off kilter lately.  I haven’t read, blogged, edited, wrote.  Nothing.  But I’m started to get my life back together again, so hopefully, you’ll be hearing more from me in the future.


And on to the topic at hand – Yeah, I can’t wait.  And, drum roll please….

It’s scheduled to release on October 1, 2014!!!  Yeah, super exciting.


I couldn’t decide which picture to post… so I posted both.  Enjoy.

Portrait of sinister cultist in hood with book

Beautiful woman posing in gothic clothes


WeWriWa/Snippet Sunday 02/16/2014 #8sunday #snippetsunday

new seize smSorry about last week.  I started a new job this past week, and I realized last weekend I had no clothes!  Yes, so I spent a better part of the weekend clothes shopping, which I hate. And ended up completely exhausted, and probably partially brain dead.  I kind of forgot about this until Sunday…

On the plus, I got a new phone!  Gone is my LG POS.  Hello iPhone 4s!

And, yeah, here’s the next eight…

As we got closer, the details of the carvings because clear.  The doors were a collage of wolves.  Some slept happily curled up in a ball.  Others leapt and played, roughing each other up like puppies were wont to do.  Finally, the largest carving in the very center of the doors was of a wolf standing over his defeated foe, staring menacingly out the doors as if ready to kill any who threatened to take its prize.  I half expect it to growl.

Two guards stood outside the doors and, as we approached, they swung into action, pushing the doors open, then waiting for us to pass before pu...