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Crimson Hollow Book 1 Cast + Summary; NaNoWriMo 2018!

So, I posted this on Patreon a while back, and figured it was time to share it here as well.

I, like many authors, like to cast my characters. I find it provides a nice template for describing how they look, and it's always fun to imagine my books being turned into movies or TV shows with my dream cast.

So, as a little sneak peek, I thought I would share the cast and character names for Book 1.

Elric/Alex - Lee Pace
Eveline - Hayley Atwell
Marcus - Mehcad Brooks
Parker - Zac Efron
Lily - Arden Cho
Ian - Tom Ellis
Senara - Aja Naomi King
Marina - Lana Condor
Pearl - Sabrina Carpenter
Adelaide - Jenna Coleman
Delilah - Lily Collins
Arabella - Nicole Beharie
Rosalind - Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Kahina - Uzo Aduba
Godric - Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Arthur - Daniel Radcliffe
Petronella - Emily Baldoni
Elisabet - Helena Mattsson
Robert - Gary Oldman

I've also decided to participate in NaNoWriMo again this year, working on Crimson Hollow Book 2! You can read the summary and a brief excerpt on t…

The world is quiet here

Not too much going on here. Still taking a bit of a writing break, but I'm hoping to dive in to Crimson Hollow Book 2 soon. In the meantime, I've been having a bit of a craving for historical drama (perhaps all the flashbacks in Book 1?), so I've just finished watching The Tudors, and I'm about to start Game of Thrones (which, yes, I know isn't historical, but it's got the vibe I want).

There is a little bit of book news to report, however. After having her website bookmarked for probably over a year by now, I've finally commissioned Agata over at Bukovero to make a new cover for No Safe Place. I've been admiring her covers for a while, and finally decided to bite the bullet. I'm hoping to use her for the Crimson Hollow series covers when the time comes, but I figure it's best to start small and work my way up. (Also, I can barely afford one cover right now, it'll be some time before I can afford a whole series XD)
I'm so excited to see …

Progress!

I finally finished Book 1 of the Crimson Hollow series and sent it off to my "editors," yay! Of course, in the grand scheme of things, this doesn't mean a whole lot, since I still have three books and two novellas left to write, but considering I didn't think I'd finish Book 1 until the end of the year, I'm counting it as a win.

Fortunately, Book 2 is already started, and I'm hoping to dive into that soon. I'll probably take a small break, as I usually do after I finish writing something big, and I've also got a fairly substantial editing gig that I'll hopefully be able to get started on soon-ish. I'm hoping to take the money from this editing project and put it towards getting a new cover for No Safe Place (and possibly Finding Home Again, depending), and doing a bit of a relaunch of the book.

In non-writing news, I'm going to see Taylor Swift in Tampa on August 14, which I'm super excited about. I'm also staying that Wednesda…

How To Support Your Favorite Indie Authors

There's a misconception about published authors that continues to linger, that once a writer is published, they've made it; they must be rolling in money. It's a very weird misconception to me, but I can kind of understand it, since there's a lot of mystery surrounding books and what goes into publishing them.

Some authors make it big. They're the names you hear all the time: Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, James Patterson, just to name a very small few, but they're the exception to the rule. As much as a lot of us would like to, we can't yet quit our day jobs to write full time.

I had someone send me a message once, saying they were intimidated by me because I had a book published, and I sat there like, ...what? For me, publishing a book was no different than posting a piece of fanfiction online; it just took a little more time and effort, and a small amount of money, and I was charging for it.

I have three books out now, and I'm certainly not rolling in m…

Short Story: Her Secret Ingredient

Hey, all, this is just a little idea that popped into my head earlier this week. Considering it's going to be some time before I have anything substantial to share with regard to Crimson Hollow, I thought I'd post this here! I hope you all like it, and who knows, maybe I'll come up with more things like this to share. (Some may only be available to my subscribers on Patreon, so consider clicking the link at the bottom of this post and becoming a Patron!)

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The dirt is cool and soft under her hands as she digs her fingers into the soil, releasing a delightfully earthy aroma. They tell her she ought to wear gloves for this – they usually tell her that a lady shouldn’t do things like this at all – but she likes the feel of the dirt, likes being on her knees in her garden as she tends to her roses. They – the society ladies, the gentlemen callers, the old women at church with their black lace gloves who sneer when they see dirt lingering under her nails – tell her to hire …

In the name of research

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So, as you may or may not remember, I was planning a research trip to Virginia for Crimson Hollow purposes. Well, I went last week, and got home Saturday, and I'm definitely glad I went. We stayed in Newport News, as it was sort of centrally located to a lot of the places I wanted to visit.

Sunday we ended up checking out Endview Plantation (it was set during the Civil War era, which is later than the time in my flashbacks, but it was still very useful for me) and Rosewell Plantation (which is actually a ruin, so that was kind of cool).

Monday we went to Smithfield, largely known for its ham (though we skipped the meat processing plant...), but also with a very neat historical area that has now become the model for Barstow, the fictional town in the series.

Tuesday was spent at Historic Jamestowne, and this was probably my favorite place we went to. There's very little I can find online regarding American history, specifically history in this part of Virginia, before the 1700&…

Goodbye, Kindle Scout

As some of you may or may not know, Amazon has decided to end the Kindle Scout program. I will admit, I'm a little saddened by this, because I'd hoped to submit the first Crimson Hollow book to Scout, but I also realistically knew that by the time the first book was ready, it was unlikely Scout would still be around; I just didn't expect it to end this soon.

Kindle Press is still around, though, and many Scout-chosen books are still with the imprint, mine included (though I still owe a little less than half my advance, so I don't really have a choice). I hope that maybe with a shift in priorities, Kindle Press will start doing more to promote the titles it has, including No Safe Place, but it's still too soon to say.

I am, of course, still plugging away on Crimson Hollow. Books One and Two are in various stages of progress, and though I'm not writing nearly as much as I would like, progress is still progress.

My trip to Virginia is coming up in just under two w…