My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ill Wind is the kind of book I love to read: sassy main character, interesting fantasy aspects, a sprinkling of romance. Unsurprisingly, I inhaled the book, and really enjoyed it.
In general I thought Caine’s characterizations were brilliant. Jo is fun and independent, just enough girl power but not over the line into ridiculous. I adored David. There are a bunch of great side characters, Lewis, Star, Paul, and Bad Bob.
The world building was just right for me. Enough detail to make things clear, but not so much that I feel like I’m wading through info-dumps through the first half of the book. There’s a lot I really like about this world and I can’t wait to read more.
I was a little irritated about why all the Djinn were so circumspect when they didn’t have to be. The cop out answer, of course, was that’s just how they are, but I didn’t really buy that. Why not just tell her what she needs to know? Arg!
The second book in the Broods world first draft has been officially completed. The title is now Marked by Odin. It’s currently in the very capable hands of my editor, Lynn McNamee of Red Adept Publishing. It came in at right around 59,000 words. I expect that to grow a bit in the second draft. Unlike most writers I generally add in each subsequent draft rather than remove. I think Broods fans will be happy with book 2, I know I am. I’m still targeting November 20th as the official release date for this one, the one year anniversary of the Broods release. There will be a really exciting giveaway associated with that release. I have a bunch of swag that I’ve been stockpiling for occasion, so keep your eyes peeled here for news about that.
Some other random writing news:
If you haven’t yet, go on over to the eFestival of Words website and sign up. The fun begins August 17th. Giveaways, panels, Q&As, and so much more, including a Scavenger Hunt designed by me! I also encourage you to go vote for the Best of the Independent eBook Awards in a variety of categories. *cough* You should definitely check out the Best Thriller category.
I’m diving into my next project, Songbird’s Lament, now. That’s the one I’m writing in a shared world with four other writers. I’m supposed to have that done for the middle of September. Not sure if I’m going to make it, we’ll have to see how the next few weeks goes. I have quite a bit of it outlined already, so hopefully it will come easily.
I also have an idea for a subsequent book that’s been kicking around for a couple of months and is finally taking shape. I’m really jazzed about this one. It’ll be a contemporary paranormal story concentrating more on magic than anything I’ve done so far. Also featured will be demons, a hot tattooed guy, and a surfer. Go ahead, try to figure it out, I dare you.
The thread title says it all. I’m giving away five copies of Elements on Goodreads until August 4th. Use the widget at the bottom of the post to sign up for a chance to win one!
Hmm, while I’m here, I might as well give a few more pieces of news. I know I’ve been lax in posting lately, but that’s because I’m working my butt off trying to finish the second Broods book. There are a lot of surprises in store for book two, things I didn’t even know were going to happen until they flew out the ends of my fingers. I am just about done now, just putting a final polish on the last few scenes before it goes off to my editor on July 30th. Right now I’m shooting for November 20th as the publish date to coincide with Broods’ one year anniversary.
Both Elements and Broods are on sale at Smashwords for 50% off for the month of July. Use coupon code SSW50 at checkout.
Don’t forget to sign up for the eFestival of Words in August if you haven’t yet. Prizes, Panels, a Scavenger Hunt (hosted by yours truly) and more great books than you can possibly read this year!
I’m very pleased to announce the release of my second book, Elements of Rebellion. Elements is a stand-alone fantasy novel set in a primitive, barbaric world. If you’d like to read an excerpt, click through to the website for the book. I am still sending out review copies, so if you’d like to request one just use the contact form on the About page.
Here’s the description:
After spending most of her life an unwilling captive in a brothel, Sindari is sold to Lord Devin, a man with a reputation for unspeakable cruelty. In the arms of this man who must pretend he cares nothing for her, Sindari finds compassion, making the journey through her barren homeland all the more perilous. Along the way she discovers she can channel elemental forces that compliment Devin’s ability to manipulate fire.
Harnessing this power, she battles the Dominion, an unrelenting foe that has broken the spirit of the Eldari people through twenty years of savagery. Trapped by the brutal empire that has enslaved millions, Sindari and Devin fight against hopeless odds.
Warnings: Graphic Violence and Sexual Situations
It’s been a long road, and I’m just so glad it’s finally at an end.
I’ve written around 30k words so far this year. My goal was 300k for the year. Clearly I am no longer going to make my pretty aggressive goal. That’s fine. I’m not even going to worry about it. Those of you who know me even a little know that’s not true, but let’s suspend disbelief for a moment.
What have I done right? I’ve gotten 2500+ words on the board every month, which is better than last year. I got my second book ready for publication. Announcement very soon on that, I promise! I finished a novelette that I’ve been trying to finish off for about a year now. All of these things are great. I’m jazzed by what I’ve gotten done and I’m thrilled at the prospect of the exciting projects I have ahead of me!
I’ve decided since whatever I was doing was clearly not working, I’m going to start this year over. I’m not going to worry about words anymore. I’m going to worry about projects and the commitments I’ve made. So, to that end, let’s look at what I intend to accomplish: (more…)