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Why Bellica is $4.99, and why my other books will be too

Friends! Romans! Countrymen fellow indie authors! We are in a crisis. We have been selling ourselves short. Pricing our books at $0.99 just so we can get the impulse buys, driving the market down, forcing our fellow authors to do low prices as well just so they can compete. This is all wrong. If you’re publishing your book via Kindle… Read more »

Apologies for being AWOL

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It has been a weird month or so. Very busy, like a bee, if bees are busy. Haven’t had a chance to do any SFFSat, as much because my laptop, where my WIPs reside, has been acting up, as because I’ve been busy. I’m in the process of backing it up and taking it in for repairs; may not see… Read more »

Reviews for Bellica!

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So I’m pretty excited about this — I have two really great reviews for Bellica from friends Robin A. Sams and Mary Malinski. Quotes from each review: Katje’s character development is fantastic. She feeds details about the characters (and there are a lot of them, but don’t let that intimidate you!) in just large enough doses to keep you on… Read more »

Technique Tuesday: Just write, dammit!

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I really need to learn to take my own advice. I have been struggling with just writing for weeks now. It’s only partially my fault, though. (No, really!) My laptop is on the fritz, so I’m trying not to overuse it while I work on backing up all my files from my external harddrive so I can re-format it for… Read more »

SFFSat: will Yarrow survive?

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Welcome to Science-Fiction Fantasy Saturday! Here we have the final snippet of Yarrow’s fate on the slopes of Mt. Impri. Read snippet one here and snippet two here. The shape came closer, and she saw six legs – no, wait, now two legs and four arms as it moved to trot upright, large iridescent wings behind it for balance. It… Read more »

SFFSat: wherein AHH ANIMAL ATTACK

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To read the first part of this snippet click HERE. The thought was half-formed in her mind when the sound became a high-pitched keening scream. She tried to clamp her hands over her ears but stood paralysed, rooted to the spot. Out of the darkness came a lumbering white shape, galloping towards her with deadly purpose. It continued to scream… Read more »

SFFSat: wherein Yarrow walks up Mt. Impri

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In this snippet from Bellica Yarrow is walking back up the mountain after her hunting trip. True to her pessimistic prediction, the sun had set by the time she reached the treeline, and she laboured up the rocky, snow-sprinkled slope in the dark. Soon the moons rose and cast their silver light, giving an eerie shine to the rust-coloured rock… Read more »

Happy Beltane!

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Today is May 1st, making it the traditional day for Beltane, a Pagan festival. (Or, okay, well, my traditional day for Beltane.) In the Neo-Wiccan Wheel of the Year, Beltane is one of eight sabbats (solar festivals; the others are the solstices, equinoxes, Imbolc, Lughnasadh, and Samhain). It is based off older traditions from various parts of Europe and the British Isles,… Read more »

Happy Beltane!

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Today is May 1st, making it the traditional day for Beltane, a Pagan festival. (Or, okay, well, my traditional day for Beltane.) In the Neo-Wiccan Wheel of the Year, Beltane is one of eight sabbats (solar festivals; the others are the solstices, equinoxes, Imbolc, Lughnasadh, and Samhain). It is based off older traditions from various parts of Europe and the… Read more »

Sunday Seven: Yarrow and Jules discuss the skeleton in front of them

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As promised, here is the rest of yesterday’s little snippet. “Who’s this, then?” she asked into the long silence. “Beats me,” Jules said, face earnest. “I’d hazard a guess and say it’s the last Queen who was exiled to here.” “Thanks, Chief Officer of the Obvious,” she said sardonically and explored the rest of the room. Finding nothing of interest,… Read more »

SFFSat: Yarrow and Jules explore Mt. Impri further

Hello! I’m finally back for SFSat, and this week I have two snippets for you — one today, one tomorrow. I know, I know — I’m awesome. This week’s Bellica snippet follows Yarrow and Jules’ adventures on Mt. Impri — after safely navigating past the first door, they explore what seems to be an ancient, long-abandoned city within the mountain…. Read more »

Ultimatums to myself

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So back when I was still traveling, and I believe it was when I was in Salem, OR, specifically, I set a goal for myself. An ultimatum, even. I told myself I was going to finish The Jade Star of Athering by April 28th. I was giving myself 10 days after my final exam (the 18th). I figured that I’d… Read more »