Remembering Majyk

Today, my amazing CP drops her latest novel!

Horray, Valia Lind!!

Before I introduce you to her work, let me tell you about Valia. She and I met via CP matchmaking hosted by Maggie Stiefvater. We hit it off right away, sending each other our works in progress.

We are very different. While I write horror, with lots of swearing and other naughty things, Valia is more sweet and reserved in her fantasy and contemporary stories. She is the most amazing person and writer friend a girl could have. 

Wiht all of that said, I am super excited today to help her celebrate the release of her self-published fantasy, REMEMBERING MAJYK. This book is special. With this story, Valia has entwined her Russian roots with an age old fairy tale.

Have I piqued your interest yet? Well, how about this…

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36461301-remembering-majyk?ac=1&from_search=true 

Purchase on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Remembering-Majyk-Skazka-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B077YZ61H2/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1516148062&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=remembering+majyk&psc=1

Calista Faulkner never believed in fairy tales…until she is thrust into one.

While attending a college party, she’s attacked by terrifying creatures straight out of a modern day Dr. Frankenstein’s handbook. Fleeing for her life, she discovers that her human memories are a lie and nothing is what it seems.
Calista becomes a target and her only chance of survival is to trust the mysterious Brendan Parnell. He seems to know all of her secrets, even those she doesn’t remember herself.

Together they must fight to protect the most important part of their inheritance, the Relic of Knowledge. Unfortunately, Calista has no memory of her magical life and no idea where she hid the relic. As her memories begin to resurface with bone crushing agony, Calista must face the facts: she is a Volshebnitsya of the High Realm of Skazka and it is her duty to stop the Glava, the masters of Shadowlands.

The world around them begins to falls apart. Plagued by storms that are destroying cities and torn by the sinister monsters of Russian lore. The secrets locked deep inside her mind are her destiny and her undoing. If both worlds are to survive, Calista and Brendan must face the darkness around them—and the darkness threatening from within.

 

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Happy New Year!

My post might be a little late, but I’ve hit the ground running.

BTW, this is a joke. If you know anything about me and running–let’s just say my saying is that there’s no reason to run unless you are being chased.

No one is chasing me, except me. And this year I am all about chasing my dreams. This includes submitting VtMH, embedding myself further into the world of publishing, learning more about becomming an agent, and beginning my very own editing business.

Most of these items will take time, hence the not running part. I am taking my time to do things right. To take care of myself, friends, and family. To be good to those around me. I’ve hung back long enough. It’s time to take on the world.

So look out.

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Violet the Monster Hunter is FINISHED!!

Yesterday, I wrote the last words on the pages of my YA paranormal romance. Talk about relief. This has been a work in progress for about 1 1/2 years and I am so excited that it’s finally done.

As a writer, I know that this isn’t the end. THIS is just the beginning.

So what’s next?

  1. Revise the dreaded query letter for the 100th time. Yay!
  2. Edit the synopsis. Again.
  3. Wait for the #PitchWars submission window to open tonight at midnight.
  4. Submit to #PitchWars.

Once all of that is completed, it is time to move on. Yes, I’ll be waiting to hear if VtMH is chosen by one of the 4 mentors I’ve picked to submit to. And yes, I will begin the submission process to agents if I don’t move on in #PitchWars. But moving on means writing something new. I have a few irons in the fire and can’t wait to see where the journey takes me next.

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Welcome 2017

Happy New Year!

I have been offline a lot in 2016, but that doesn’t mean things haven’t been happening. Last year brought HUGE life changes for me. Ones that were not easy to make and that took me away from social circles and writing.

This year, I’m back at it!

I’ll be back to posting on a semi-regular basis, so watch for updates coming soon…

 

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A New Beginning

I think I may have finally gotten my shit together. Okay, not really. But enough that I’m being productive and writing again. Every morning after I take care of the dogs, I plant my butt in the chair to write.

After some feedback on my previous WIP, I’ve decided to shelve Violet the Monster Hunter for the time being. There’s something not gelling with it, so I’m taking time away. But, that means I can move on to another new and shiny idea.

This time, I’m working through my issues. No, this WIP won’t become one of those “issue books”, but it will help me deal with a few things. I don’t think I’m the only writer out there who does this. We write to tell a story and sometimes it hits closer to home than others. Unless you know me and know everything I’ve been through in the last year, nothing in this story will hit you over the head. It’s small nuances and one liners that will get my point across and help me to move on.

And if you’re wondering if I’m angry about something, the answer is no. I’m not angry. Or sad. Maybe a lot confused, but this also isn’t going to be a hateful story. In fact, it is about love. Secret love. Love that knows no bounds until the very end. It’s something I’m in search of and hope to find one day.

So this horror writer is working on a YA contemporary romance. I know. There is a serial killer piece in the works too, so don’t write me off yet! Lol.

For those who like to get a little tease…here is the opening paragraph…

“And what would you say if she were here?”

Knowing I only want to gather her into my arms and convince her to love me like no other before, I lie. Lie straight through my teeth, because to do or say anything other than, “You stupid, stupid bitch. I hate you.” would make me look weak. And I cannot afford for anyone to know how she makes me jelly in the knees.

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Happy New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

2015 has been an exciting year for me and although I’m sad to see the year end, 2016 is full of possibilities.

My Year in Review

  1. I published my first novel–The Bleeding Heart. What a learning experience this has been. I’ve become better for all the bumps in the road and know that this is just mile marker #1 for me.
  2. I had a short story published in a horror anthology–Until now, I never wrote a short story before. This one came to me quickly and I wrote it in about an hour. I’m not sure that I’ll ever be able to recreate this ease again, but it was fun.
  3. I became an intern for Entangled Publishing–this has been an exciting and exhausting new venture. I am learning A LOT!!
  4. My CP–Valia Lind–moved to New York City!!
  5. I was lucky to meet a few of my blogger friends in person. I am surrounded by people who love the very same things that I do and love meeting them IRL. Priceless.

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Brooklyn is a talented artist with an obsession for blood; one that she satiates at her uncle’s tattoo shop. It’s here at The Bleeding Heart that Brooklyn practices the art of dispensing pain onto others. Yet, nothing can dull the desire running through her veins, especially since the man she really wants to torture rots in jail for murder.

When Daniel comes into her life, Brooklyn’s obsession with tattoos and blood quickly turns into desire for him. She dreams about getting him on her tattoo table as her first official customer, marking him as her own. But Daniel has a different idea as to what they should be doing with their bodies.

As Brooklyn spirals out of control, her sanity begins to slip right along with whatever is left of her humanity. Daniel may be the only one left to save her, if she lets him in. In the end she will have to choose between exacting vengeance, staying alive, or loving Daniel.

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Graveyards, spirits, witchcraft, black cats, candy, and haunted houses.
Strange things happen on Halloween. All Hallows Eve is the single night where the veil between the living and the dead is opened. And now spirits, monsters, and candy will collide!

Seventeen authors and illustrators set out on a horrific journey to set the record straight. What really happens on Halloween night? Trick or Treating is not all fun and games. There are more tricks than treats scattered through these pages. Sure, All Hallows eve can be a scream. But sometimes, it’s straight-up murder.

Halloween Night: Trick-or-Treat is a middle grade and young adult horror anthology that takes place on Halloween night.

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Cover Reveal: Halloween Night

I never thought I’d be able to write a short story, let alone get one published…but I did! Just a few days before Halloween, the anthology Halloween Night: Trick or Treat, will be live on Amazon! I thought I’d share the cover and a little about the stories that will be included. And BTW…I’ve seen some of the artwork and it is AMAZING!!!

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Book Genre:

MG/YA horror anthology

Book release date:

10/27/15 from Hocus Pocus & Co.

Blurb:

Graveyards, spirits, witchcraft, black cats, candy, and haunted houses.

Strange things happen on Halloween. All Hallows Eve is the single night where the veil between the living and the dead is opened. And now spirits, monsters, and candy will collide!

Seventeen authors and illustrators set out on a horrific journey to set the record straight. What really happens on Halloween night? Trick or Treating is not all fun and games. There are more tricks than treats scattered through these pages. Sure, All Hallows eve can be a scream. But sometimes, it’s straight-up murder.

Halloween Night: Trick-or-Treat is a middle grade and young adult horror anthology that falls on Halloween night.

Read if you dare! You’re in for a scare!

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Stories & Illustrations Include:

Big Brother Zombie by Evan Purcell

Give Us Something Good to Eat by Rie Sheridan Rose

Halloween Ritual by Amy Giuffrida

Haunter by Ryan Bartlett

Hello Annie by Tiffany Morris

It’s All a Bunch of Hocus Pocus by Violette Ulalume

Knock, Knock by Jennifer Moore

Ms. Holstein’s Special Halloween Treat by Chad P. Brown

Night of Monsters by Matthew Wilson

Something Good to Eat by Patrick Hueller

The House of Sam Hain by Betty Rocksteady

Sweet Nothing by Julie Hutchings

The Ghost by David N. Smith and Violet Addison

The Peeping Trick-or-Treaters by Kevin Lewis

Tricks and Treats, and Chicken Feet by Shawn Anderson

What Lurks in the Darkness by Kathleen Palm

More from the Publisher

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Hocus Pocus & Co. believes in in all things scary. We are a small publishing house that wishes Halloween was all year long and loves what goes bump in the night.

Hocus Pocus & Co. is headed by Jolene Haley, who noticed that horror was an unrepresented category in MG, YA, and NA and is working hard to change that!

Hocus Pocus & Co. on the web: http://hocuspocusco.com/

Hocus Pocus & Co. on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hocuspocusco

 

Join the book buzz using hashtag  #HocusPocusReads

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