Happy new year and a 2015 writer’s wish list

Happy new year! I know a lot of people who are more than happy to see the end of 2014. There were plenty of both good and bad things for me. I was really hoping to finish Thief of Destiny, but fate seemed to conspire against me and instead I ended up re-releasing and self-publising Thief of Hope. I think that will end up being a good decision. It came out in early December and that month has been the best I’ve had in terms of sales in a long time. I’ll be self-publishing book 2 and that means once I finish, the book will come out much quicker.

Here’s my annual writer’s wish list. Some of them will be repeats of last year.

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1. Better time management

I’m determined to write more and waste less time on the internet. I have little enough time as it is, so no Facebook until I’ve written a page. Doable? I think so.

2. Finish book 2

All right, I think this is the third writer’s wish list and this item is still lingering. It will NOT be on the 2016 wish list. I’ve been telling people late spring. Fingers crossed I can stick with it. I have almost half of the book written, it just needs a bit of rewriting and then the big push to finish. I even have some ideas for the ending.

3. Blog more

I’m hoping to have a lot more to post about this year. Exciting things are coming. Plus I know a bunch of people with new books out that I’d like to feature. And hopefully more of those to come during the year.

4. Attend more author events

I went to Balticon last year, but that was about it in terms of events. With my book in limbo for a while, it made sense to hold off attending events and plan for 2015. I have a list of events in mind already.

5. A copy of Adobe Create Suites

I broke down and signed up for the trial copy of Photoshop and InDesign so I could do some basic graphic design and marketing materials, but I really need to invest in a good design program.

6. Enjoy life

It’s easy to get caught up in work and family and chores and putting one foot in front of the other just to get through each day. I want to take more time to truly appreciate life, even–or especially–the little things.

That’s it for now. Wishing you much success and happiness in whatever your endeavors may be!

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Thief of Hope free for Kindle 12/26-12/28

ThiefOfHope _editedThief of Hope is currently free for Kindle! If you don’t have a copy of the newly revised version, now is a great time to get one for your e-reader: http://www.amazon.com/Thief-Hope-Cindy-Young-Turner-ebook/dp/B00QGBFWHS/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_img_2. Limited time only, though, 12/26-12/28! After that it goes back to the regular price of $2.99.

Thief of Hope blurb:

Sydney, a street urchin and pickpocket in the town of Last Hope, has managed to evade the oppressive Guild for years, but there is no escaping fate when she’s sentenced to death for associating with the resistance.

After she’s rescued by a wizard, Sydney is forced to accept that magic—long outlawed throughout the Kingdom of Thanumor—still exists, and the Tuatha, a powerful faery folk, are much more than ancient myth and legend. When the wizard offers a chance to fight the Guild and bring Willem, bastard prince and champion of the Tuatha, to the throne, Sydney embraces the cause as a way to find her own redemption.

But Sydney’s fear of the Guild, distrust of authority, and surprising connection to the Tuatha threaten Willem’s success. Can she untangle the strange threads that entwine her life not only to the fate of the kingdom, but also to Willem himself?

 

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Teaser Tuesday

Now that Thief of Hope is back out in the world once more, I can finally get back to finishing book 2 in the series. I’m thinking I will do a regular posting of some teasers to let you know what’s coming. Be warned, though, the book is still in progress and whatever I post here is by no means final!

Thief of Destiny teaser:

“You have no idea how dangerous they can be.” Tam’s voice returned to a whisper. “They’d control me if they could. I know who you really are, Sydney. I know what you are. We are alike, you and I.” He leaned across the table. “The shadows. You’ve seen them, haven’t you? They haunt your nights and your days.”

The room suddenly grew cold. A dozen questions flashed through her mind. “What do you mean, we’re alike? Have you seen the Shadow Folk?”

“All the time. If we don’t—” He stopped and stared at the marble in her hand, then stood abruptly. “I can hear them. They’re watching you, just like I warned you. It’s not safe for me to linger here. Remember what I said. Beware the faery folk. They will destroy you if you’re not careful.”

 Copyright © Cindy Young-Turner

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Thief of Hope is back!

ThiefOfHope-web_newI’m happy to announce that Thief of Hope is once more available! You can get the ebook for just $2.99 on Amazon and the paperback is available as well. You can also get the prequel, Journey to Hope, a short novella, for only $.99. Thanks for your support and your patience.  Now I’m back to working hard on book 2!

Links:

Thief of Hope: Kindle | Paperback

Journey to Hope: Kindle

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Sorrow’s Edge blog tour

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I’m excited to be hosting a blog tour stop for Sorrow’s Edge by Danielle DeVor. Keep reading to find out more and for a fun author interview. And be sure to enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card!

sorrowsedgecoverBook Blurb:

Finding the truth can sometimes be harder than exorcising a demon…

Jimmy Holiday, defrocked priest- turned- exorcist, is trying to make sense of his life. With his on-again-off-again witchy girlfriend moving in, Lucy- the spirit from his last exorcism hanging around, and a secret organization of exorcists hounding him, Jimmy is feeling the stress.

When a stranger calls in the middle of the night asking for help with a possession, Jimmy is puzzled. Especially when the dude on the phone says he got his number from Jimmy’s old mentor. Too bad his mentor has been dead for several years.

After a mysterious silver flask arrives at his doorstep, Jimmy is left with two options: either ignore the phone call and the flask, or listen to Lucy and travel to Arizona to solve the mystery before all hell breaks loose- literally.

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Series: Book 2 of the Sorrow’s

(Also check out Sorrow’s Point, Book 1 in the series)

DeVorauthorpicsmallAbout the Author:

Named one of the Examiner’s 2014 Women in Horror: 93 Horror Authors You Need to Read Right Now, Danielle DeVor has been spinning the spider webs, or rather, the keyboard for more frights and oddities. She spent her early years fantasizing about vampires and watching “Salem’s Lot” way too many times. When not writing and reading about weird things, you will find her hanging out at the nearest coffee shop, enjoying a mocha frappuccino. Visit her at danielledevor.wordpress.com.

Buy Link for Sorrow’s Edge:

http://amzn.com/0990882705

Links for Danielle:

Twitter: @sammyig

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/danielledevorauthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/DanielleDeVor

Website: http://danielledevor.wordpress.com

Blog: http://ddevor.weebly.com

Author Interview

Q: Where were you born? Are you the kind of person who likes to move around a lot, or do you prefer to live in one place?

A: I was born in Morgantown, WV. I did move to Baton Rouge, LA, for awhile in 2000, but I ended up moving back home. Guess you can’t get the mountains out of this girl. LOL

Q: What sparked your interest in writing? How long have you been writing?

A: I think it kind of happened organically. I do remember being in elementary school and there being a weekly prize for the person who wrote the best poem. I was really proud when my poem finally got picked. But, I think I dabbled in tiny stories and things prior to that. So, I’ve been writing most of my life.

Q: What provided the inspiration for Sorrow’s Edge?

A: My father is a huge cowboy buff, so when I was trying to think of an interesting setting for the second book in the Sorrow’s series, Tombstone immediately popped into my head. That, of course, left me open for Jimmy to have something to do with his ancestor.

Q: How would you describe your path toward publication?

A: Rocky. I thought I would write on book, get a literary agent, then get a contract with a big publisher. That, of course, is not how things worked out. Now, that is still my goal, but I’m fine writing for small presses too.

Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

A: Make sure that you don’t get ahead of yourself. Beta readers are wonderful things. Use them. Polish your book to the point that you can’t do anything else with it. That’s when you start submitting places.

Q: Name a few authors who have inspired you and describe why.

A: Anne Rice- she started the modern movement of “likeable” vampires in the 1970’s.

Stephen King- Horror wouldn’t be the same without him.

Richard Matheson- Gave us I Am Legend which is IMO one of the best vampire books ever written.

Q: What are you currently writing?

A: A sci-fi vampire book, currently entitled, “Maw”. If you lumped the films, The Warriors, Lifeforce, and Event Horizon together, you will get Maw.

Q: Coffee, tea, or hard liquor? (or all three?)

A: Definitely all three. But, the hard liquor tends to be once in a blue moon sort of thing.

Q: What books are you currently reading or on your to-be-read list?

A: I have a Sci-fi book on my kindle by Sergei Lukanyenko that I need to read. I also plan on re-reading Prince Lestat soon.

Q: And now for the bonus fluff question: If you could be a character in your one of your favorite novels, which character would you be and why?

A: Oh, totally Lestat. I love Lestat. He is just so damn cool, ya know? I mean, why wouldn’t you want to be “The Brat Prince”?

Love your answers, Danielle! And I am also a huge Lestat fan! 

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