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Sometimes you’re the bug

HOLY WINDSHIELD BATMAN!

I’ve been gunning 220, and likely had my hair on fire more than once this month, trying to get so many pieces into the mix…but I’m out of steam. The home office deconstruct-reconstruct officially wiped me out about 36 hours ago when I nearly dropped a 4-drawer filing cabinet down the steps trying to move it. The back is out, the bones are weary, and the mind is heltar-skeltar.

That said…because of the crazy, I’ve decided to hold off the last cover reveal for July until the last day of the month…so you’ll get to see it here on release day instead of waiting. YAY.

I think I’m going to take a day…not that I really have one…but, take a day, enjoy a few Godfather’s. ((sooo yummy///blended scotch with Amaretto over ice) and get my composure back. There’s far too much to do to be down for long.

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The Fine Line Between Picky and Obsessive

I have always been one of those readers who will find an error in the story I’m reading. It could stem from my OCD, which I thought had eased up a bit the past couple of years. Whether it’s a typo or the wrong spelling of a word, it tends to take on a life of its own on the page, glaring at me, daring me to call it out.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m far from perfect. My two novels have their fair share of errors. I still cringe when I think about them. Why didn’t I catch them if I’m so observant? Good question. One reason is time constraints. When you’re working against the clock, you don’t have the time to make corrections and still make that deadline. Those errors you learn to let go. The others… I’m human. I try to catch as many as possible, but I have a feeling there’s always going to be a few that slip past me.

I also have a pet peeve. Well, it used to be a pet peeve. Since I’ve gotten older, it’s gotten worse. It drives me up the nearest wall when I see a word that has the incorrect spelling. The word is right, the spelling isn’t. Not a big deal, I know. I realize what the author is saying. I get that. But what does it say if the author doesn’t know he’s using the wrong spelling? That’s where I trip over that line. Especially since I’ve started writing myself. You PORE over a book, you POUR water out a pitcher. You guide a horse by the REINS, a king REIGNS over his subjects. I go through numerous books in the course of a week on my Kindle. Errors abound, and I cringe every time. Authors depend on beta readers and editors to find and fix errors. I know, no one is perfect, and I’m being obsessive. Did you read the title of my blog? I know, I have issues.

Don’t even get me started on the difference between a muzzle and a snout. That’s a whole other can of worms. 😉

Till next week,

~Madison

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Recharging your imagination…

I admit I haven’t been very productive this week, at least as far as writing goes. Instead, I’ve immersed myself in the world of movies. I think I’ve seen every movie that peaks my interest going back to 2005. Every action, adventure, fantasy, and sci-fi movie made. Ask me, I can probably tell you about it.

While I didn’t get words down on paper, I did get ideas. My imagination got a swift recharge. With a little creative juggling, I added names and places to my ongoing list for future stories. Paying close attention to details of creatures and monsters, I noticed the length and curve of the teeth of the Tei Tao in The Great Wall, and marveled at the characters and cities in Warcraft. I watched the expressions on the actors faces as they dealt with difficulties. All these little details serve as inspiration. I absorbed it all; to review and morph to fit my needs.

My mind is reeling with current WIPs to be completed, and ideas for future works. I know what I need to work on first, then get back to the others. So many stories, so little time. Guess I better get busy.

Till next week,

~Madison

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When it’s Broken… Fix it.

I recently sent my third installment of The Kindred series to my last beta reader. I trust this person’s judgment and value her opinion. She called me the other night, probably to prepare me before I received the manuscript in the mail. To be honest, I’m glad she did. There were more than a few things wrong with my story. She was afraid I would either get angry or hate her, or both. She couldn’t be further from the truth.

No one likes to hear they did a less than stellar job. But one of the first lessons I learned about writing was to put your ego in your pocket. No one is criticizing you to make you feel bad. They’re telling you how to make your story a better read. This is exactly what my friend did for me. She pointed out flaws, all of them obvious ones.

It’s embarrassing to be called on something when you knew better in the first place. Yeah well, me and hindsight have never been the best of buds. But, I do learn from my mistakes. Now I have quite a bit of rewriting to do. It’s not the end of times, and it’s not like I’m on a deadline. I have the luxury, for once, of time on my side. I can fix what’s broken, and do it right. All I have to do is shift gears and get my head back into the story. On that note, I’ve got a LOT of work to do.

Till next week,

~Madison

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Covers, covers…everywhere!

Posting on Mondays is odd sometimes…especially when covers are revealed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays. This past week, my PA started a promo/review tour for me that includes the cover reveal for Book III in The Custos Series – Book of Mysteries. Soon, I’ll be able to share the story – but for now…here’s the blurb & the cover, graced by a good friend of mine, Eric Jacob.

Book of Mysteries The Custos Book III

Release Date – September 2017 Pre-Order coming soon

Twins Poppy and Bergie share everything, including an ability to read the mysterious book that Bergie gets Mardi Gras Day when the Muddy Graws debut in the big parade. Not to be left behind, Poppy inserts herself into the twisting turn of events when she takes the book from its hiding place and changes everything, shifting the balance between light and dark.

Sebastian Winder has his hands full. The new Keeper has a twin who knows more than she should and is being actively recruited by White Diamond. Fearing the worst, the Custos guardian asks for an assistant. Who he gets is as green a Custos as there ever was, fresh from the Farther Fields, Ramsby Roth.

In this third installment of The Custos series, it might take every one available to keep the book from the wrong hands as the odds are stacking against them. Just when they think the end is in sight, World War I erupts, Bergie is sent to serve, and Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans are cancelled.

How can they keep the book safe now?

Only the book knows.

NEXT WEEK – I have ANOTHER cover reveal for Imposs-i-Bella. Sadly, unless you’ll be joining me at Writers on the River in Peoria this Saturday, you’ll have to wait 2 weeks to see it here since it comes out on Wednesday…

 

My Need to Read

I’ve always been a dreamer. That’s not to stay I shirk my responsibilities. But when things get really rough, I escape… sometimes a movie, but mostly through books. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have books in my life. From the time I was small, I was always surrounded by them. The stories enchanted me, taking me to wonderful places I would never get the opportunity to go in real life, or teaching me things I would never learn in my everyday life. They were my portal to the unknown and the fascinating. To this day, they hold that power over me. They are my escapism, my center when life gets too crazy to deal with.

The past couple of weeks have been like that for me. Trying to learn something new, but no one has time to answer questions. Someone close to me suddenly pulled the rug out from under me. Figuratively, thank goodness, but it still hurt. A lot of little things mount up. I’m strong, up to a point. My mask is firmly in place, hiding the insecurities of a lifetime. I’m not as thick skinned as people think. I hurt, I retreat.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading. The bright side is that I found three new favorite authors. I finished their first series, and have all intentions of delving into their other works. I love finding a story that I get caught up in. The characters become my friends, and I live in their world for a brief time. When the story ends, I find myself at a loss. I don’t want to lose my new friends. I’m sure you all know where I’m coming from. Last night, I finished the last of a four-book series. That makes eleven books in less than a week. I find myself at the intersection of What’s the Next Book? and I have Work to do.

Play time’s over, time to get back to work. I have my own story to write.

Till next week,

~Madison

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A Little Fun, A Lot of Work…

I hope this finds you enjoying your summer. Living in south Louisiana I find days where the humidity matches the temperature tend to keep me inside, more often than not. I’ve never been much of a summer person, preferring the cooler temps of Autumn and Winter.

This past weekend I did get out, though. I attended Author’s Day at the South Lafourche Library in Cut Off, LA. I wish I could say it was a rousing success, and I met a lot of new readers. It might have happened, but the library management fell short on promoting the event, sadly to say.

Not to say that I didn’t have a good time, however. I made a few sales, and I did meet a few readers, enjoying the time to chat with them. It also gave me the day to meet the other authors. I got quite a bit of networking in, and hopefully made new friends. Unwinding at a local Mexican restaurant afterwards with most of the authors was fun, and the conversation was lively.

Future plans were made with authors Genevieve WilliamsEm Shotwell, and Danielle Dauphinet. Hopefully things work out, I would love to see them again. There’s talk of getting together for signings at other libraries and craft shows. One of the authors, Neal Bertrand, did a small video interview on each of us. You can catch it on YouTube HERE.

Other than that, I’ve been honing my formatting skills. The one thing I learned quickly is that I have a long way to go before I can say “I’ve got this.” There are a zillion details, and distractions are a definite deterrent. Details aren’t a problem for me. I’m a stickler for them… the distractions, well, that’s another story. Even though I turned the project in under the deadline, I found out that what I sent didn’t get to the publisher the same way. How that happened is beyond me, so it seems I have a lot more work to do before my next project.

Other than that, not a whole lot is going on right now. I’ve been trying to finish up some short stories that were started awhile back, and I’ve got an idea for a new book. The new guy is definitely going to have to wait, though. Too many unfinished projects tend to make me antsy.

On that note, I’m going to end here, and get back to work. Enjoy your summer, and make the time to read a few books. There are worlds waiting to be discovered!

~Madison

Moi, June 2017

 

Cover Reveal, Pre-Order, and a SALE!

Guess what! The Veiled Path to Destiny is up for Pre-Order and Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams is on Sale!

If she had never been at a crossroad before, Daria found herself at one now.

With one foot in the distant past, the other remains firmly entrenched in the present. Daria tries to come to terms with the memories of her previous life as they inundate her mind on an endless loop. Can she deal with the past and find a way to walk the path that is laid out for her future? Is she brave enough to face her destiny, or will she walk away?

Iauron has his Queen back…or does he? His is aware of Daria’s lingering doubts about him as she tries to retain her humanity in the face of remembering and accepting who she once was. Though the main threat to her life is temporarily incapacitated, he knows it cannot, and will not, remain that way forever.

Not fully Verisiel nor Daria, is she strong enough to meet the coming threat head on? Can she come into her powers and stand by his side? Can he let her go if she cannot accept the whole truth of her situation?

Big questions remain with few answers in sight, and time is running out.

Things are not always simple or what they seem.
Daria McClaren is content. She has her dance school, her cousin Celine and the man of her dreams. Literally.

Iauron is uneasy. As the High King of the Fae, his chosen Queen Verisiel is calling to him, but he cannot find her. The court insists that she has crossed over. He is not so sure that is the case. He has searched every realm looking. Every realm, but the human one.

The race is on. Beyond the veil lie truths waiting to be revealed. Which one will have the courage to look? Will they be in time?

Until next week…Happy Reading! 

Shifting Gears

This week I’m switching up on things. I did manage to get some writing in on one of my short stories. There’s also a new story brewing in my head, but I’m trying to put that one on a back burner for now.

Yesterday, I began formatting a book for one of the house authors. I’m excited to be taking it on, because I’m learning a new skill. I also feel like I’m contributing to the house in a productive way. It’s giving back to the publishing house that took a chance on me. Now, all I have to do is fix a few glitches… 😉

Today, I have a book signing at a library in one of my neighboring towns. While these haven’t always resulted in a lot of sales, it’s a chance to catch up with local authors, make new friends, and meet a few readers. It’s still a win in my book. I’ll let you know how it goes next week.

Till then, enjoy your summer and read a good book or three. You can go anywhere within the pages of a great story.

~Madison

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Back in the Saddle

And… I’m on a roll. Okay, it’s a small roll, maybe just a dinner roll, but it’s a start.

I finished my short story.

I finished my novella.

A Destiny Denied has come back from three of my four Beta readers.

Checked my folder of Sully and Larke short stories. Six files are in there; three are completed and three need to be finished. If I compile all six short stories into one volume, I can actually wrap up my book about Sully and Larke’s adventures.

I’m thinking to myself that things are looking up. All that would be left is editing, cover art, and then formatting and publishing. With luck, I’ll find a job soon and will be able to cover the expenses. Three more books published in the coming year. Goals!

I can sit back, and take my time finishing up Blindsided.

I had lunch with a friend of mine yesterday. He’s a writer too, and madly creative. When I told him about the progress on my stories, he looks me dead in the eye and says, “I’ve got one for your Sully and Larke stories. You see, there’s this succubus…” *headdesk* Guess I’m not quite done, after all.

Until next week,

~Madison

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