Aconite Cafe: Author Survey

What genre would you like to write in one day? Historical Fiction – I’ve always wanted to write a story set around 700 CE, but I’ll need to read more history books to pull it off well. Do you read your book reviews? No Does your family support your career as a writer? 100% How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one? 6 years and counting What does literary success look like to you? Paying my bills from my royalties, and waking up every day with an email from a fan. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? 10+ Do you Indie Publish or Traditional Publish? Explain if you’d like. Indie Publish Describe your perfect day. I’ve managed to write 5,000+ words, discovered a new coffee blend, and spend the night with my family cooking. Coffee or Tea? Dirty Chi Describe your writing […]

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Perfect Cup of Espresso

Perfect cup of espresso

If you’re like me, the only thing you appreciate more than reading is an excellent cup of coffee or tea. I start my day with an espresso while afternoons are for tea. I will note that when I curl up with a great book, I prefer a cup a tea to coffee. For some reason coffee doesn’t relax me into the world I’m reading the way tea will. It took me several years to transition from drip coffee to French press, and ultimately espresso. But it was worth it. As you can see the general trend has been less volume, stronger flavor, and more prep time with each method. The major reason I swear by espresso as the only way to drink coffee in the morning, is the ritual of making it. It’s a way to start my day almost like a meditation, but better because there’s caffeine at the […]

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How I Got Here: Writing Journey

How I Got Here: Writing Journey

In the 6th grade I started my first novel – an epic fantasy – where a farm boy discovers his ability to speak with wolves, and a wise wizard comes to guide him. I’m particularly proud of those first five chapters, and that my twelve-year-old self realized the project was worth abandoning. That first book fueled my desire to be a writer and spurred me onwards.   My first love of reading happened with Harry Potter, like many other children of my generation. However, Eragon gave me the hope I too would become a writer one day. When I learned Paolini wrote the first draft as a teenager I thought I could too. Even today I’m in awe of his abilities. I was not a prodigy, but I dedicated myself and kept at it.   In college I took my writing endeavors serious and finished my first novel. Thankfully, I […]

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3 Days Left Until: Discovery of Light

Discover of Light Countdown Day 3

As of last week, I’m now the main instructor for my daughter. Brandie and I had planed her education path together, but she was the main one teaching our daughter. However, after three years Khaos (our daughter) hit a wall where she didn’t want to learn from her mother. We noticed a major problem with reading in particular. Khaos refused to focus and was being obtuse. It was nearly impossible to tell what progress she made. If any. Words she previously could read she’d claim she didn’t know, and new words she could sound out only part of the time. We took her to an optometrist who fit her for a pair of glasses. Brandie has worn glasses since she was a young girl, so we thought that might have been the issue. Alas, it didn’t solve the problem. The original plan had always been for Brandie to teach Khaos […]

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5 Day Left Until Discovery of Light

Discover of Light Countdown Day 5

  Don’t get me wrong, I love writing, and I’m thrilled about publishing this series. I’ve talked about nothing else for months with my friends and family. However, all the work that goes into launching a new book is wearing on me. I can understand why so many new authors say they want to go the traditional route. Having a large publishing house handle all the small details would be great. Yet, the cost of giving up over 75% of the revenue in exchange doesn’t seem worth it. I’d rather work my ass off and keep the extra money. For the past eight months, I’ve quietly plugged away to prepare for May 17th, 2018 – Discovery of Light goes live! I’m grateful to my girlfriend for all her help; she is the light in my life. If it hadn’t been for her support these long years, I don’t think I’d be at […]

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Writing Process Guide – 15 Steps From Concept to Publication

15 Steps From Concept to Publication

I’m getting ready to relaunch my series, and I’ve been working through what all needs to happen, and what the steps are to get the next books in the series done. Therefore I made myself a 15 step guide with actionable sub-steps. As I work with this and tweak it, I’ll update this post, or even make a whole new guide. Implement your process an always be tweaking for success based on data.  Writing Process Guide Concept Generation and Flesh Out Character Evaluation Decide on POVs (Part of Story Lines) Model characters off people I know Decide on whom and what mixture World Building & Setting Design Free write about the world for 1 hour Find images for major setting and character Resolution Decide where each POV will end up Define their Need & 1st Desire Backwards Plotting Seven Key Story Steps 22 Plot Points Scene Weave Incorporate A, B, […]

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Free Ebook: Binding Magick by Debbie Cassidy

Free Ebook: Binding Magick by Debbie Cassidy

Binding Magick: an Urban Fantasy Novel (The Witch Blood Chronicles Book 1) by Debbie Cassidy Amazon Blurb Being left behind to hold the fort every time the world needs saving, sucks. For Carmella Hunter, a witch blood with practically no magick, being surrounded by powerful friends has taken its toll. For once it would be nice to be the one doing the saving. Stuck in a dead end job in Piccadilly’s favourite bakery, Carmella spends her days making cinnamon rolls and her evenings feeding the homeless, all the while dreaming of making a difference. One huge pastry order for the Covens annual meet and an attack of flu germs leaves Carmella delirious with a fever–too delirious to avoid a fateful bargain with a djinn named Paimon. Bound to do his bidding, his seductive voice in her head and his infuriating arrogance make the partnership a trying one. With Paimon, Carmella gets […]

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Free Ebook: The Keepers by Donna Augustine

Free Ebook: The Keepers by Donna Augustine

The Keepers (The Alchemy Series Book 1) by Donna Augustine Amazon Blurb Two days ago, Jo Davids was a waitress by night and a college kid by day, with the unnerving problem of objects floating around her. One Day ago, Jo’s sexy boss, Cormac, noticed her for all the wrong reasons when she witnessed a man transform into a monster in the basement of his casino.  Today, Cormac ordered her shot. If he’s real lucky, she won’t die. Because if she does, all hope is lost. Enter Here – Giveaway August 21st – 31st

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Free Ebook: Sorceress Awakening by Lisa Blackwood

Free Ebook: Sorceress Awakening by Lisa Blackwood

Sorceress Awakening (A Gargoyle and Sorceress Tale Book 1) by Lisa Blackwood Amazon Blurb When Lillian finds herself facing off against vampires and other mythological impossibilities, help comes from an unlikely source—the stone gargoyle who has been sleeping in her garden for the last twelve years. After the battle, Lillian learns the humans she thought were her family are actually a powerful coven of witches at war with the demonic Riven. Lillian is something more than human, a Sorceress and Avatar to the gods. Gregory has been her protector for many lifetimes, but when she was still a child troubles in their homeland forced him to flee with her to the human world. However, Gregory fears something from her childhood followed them to this world—he suspects Lillian is host to an infant demon, one capable of evil greater than even the Riven.  Extra complications arise when she realizes she’s concealing a […]

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