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Month Seven as a Full-Time Author

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Ah, July, my old nemesis. You did not get the best of me! Well, mostly not. I mean, I got a few things accomplished. Despite all your efforts to thwart me.

 

 

Wins:

  • Released Spoiled Gambit, the very last novella in my Jagged Scars series
  • I blogged every week
  • I finished New Vision (New Sight book 3) and sent it to my editor.
  • I put quite a bit of time into my next series. YA Space Opera. You’re going to love it!
  • I helped three friends out by reading their books/novellas as a beta reader
  • It was my birthday, and for my birthday I asked for 43 reviews on Fractured Memories by the end of the month. That worked out! (Unless Amazon takes some of them down, which it does sometimes.)
  • I hit triple digits in sales for the second month in a row!

Not so much wins:

  • I will be at FanX (the event formally known as Salt Lake City ComiCon) in September. In order to receive hard copies of the last book of my New Sight series, I had to have it out to the editor this past weekend. This whole process—coupled with several other things going on—left me with a two week long migraine that still hasn’t quit.
  • Marketing flew out the window. Like a bird.
  • I broke my Flash Fiction Friday streak last week, because I was spending 10 hours a day working on New Vision.

I knew July was going to be tough going in. Between family stuff, holidays, vacations and some community service that I do every July, I only had something like fourteen writing days to work with. Considering twenty or so is the usual amount, I started out in a bad spot.

Still, I got some things done. I didn’t get other things done. Thus it is in the life of Author Jo.

 

Stay tuned this month (or early next month) for a few things:

  • New covers for New Sight and New Powers
  • The release of New Vision—the third and final book in my New Sight series
  • The release of Fractured Sea, a collection of five Little Mermaid retellings in which I have a super fun one-part high school anime and one-part Harry Potter story called The Academy. Several people that have read it have already have asked when the next one will be out. My lips are sealed…

Don’t forget, Fractured Sea is on pre-order for $0.99 until the release date of August 31st.


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Happy Birthday to Me!

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I’m turning 43 this month!

For my birthday I want 43 reviews of Fractured Memories by the end of July!

Reviews are super important to authors. The book is free on Amazon and several other places.

What’s in it for you?

If I get 43 reviews by the end of the month, I’m going to write the scene where Jeff sees and meets Wendy for the first time from HIS point of view. Was it love at first sight? You’ll never know unless I get 43 reviews. 🙂

So if you haven’t reviewed Fractured Memories yet, do it this week! And if you have, get another friend hooked on the series and have them leave a review.

I do have to say that I have the coolest friends ever!

Because they love me, and they know me so well, they made this for me.

Why yes, that is a Millennium Falcon bing-bag toss game. And yes, those are little Star Wars bing bags to toss.

Be jealous. It’s okay.

It’s awesome and super fun and the hubby and I have already played it. Sort of. What actually happened was that we tried to look cool and failed miserably.

 


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Spoiled Gambit is Here!

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The very last novella of my Jagged Scars Series, Spoiled Gambit is out today and will be $0.99 for one week only!

Pick up your copy now!

 

Cal screwed up. He trusted the wrong guy. Wendy almost died and Shelter fell. In an attempt to assuage his own guilt, Cal joins a dangerous mission to lead the Primate’s people away from the survivors.

While laying a false trail for the Primate’s Skinnies, Cal discovers some old friends, but he also finds an enemy even more dangerous than the Primate. Now the group must decide if their objective has changed. Cal will do anything to prove to the others, and maybe himself, that he’s not a traitor. But will it be enough to keep his friends safe?

 

Three-and-a-half years ago, after I finally finished a good draft of Fractured Memories, I did as I always do, and sent it to my beta readers.

Beta readers get a version of the book that is good, but not great. No matter how long I work on a draft, it still has problems, and that’s why I bribe my beta readers to help me out.

Well, they came back with a few comments about the characters in the book.

Now I thought my characters were fine. And they were, in my head. But on the page a couple of them fell flat. One beta reader even asked, “Why is this character here? She doesn’t do anything.”

Okay that hurt. I loved the characters, but I had somehow missed making them shine on the page. After a few minutes of pouting, I pulled out the book I often turn to when I’m struggling with characters, and I flipped through it until I found what I had been missing.

The side characters didn’t have wants and needs. Most of them weren’t really struggling with anything, they were just there to accent my main character.

Well, I decided I could fix that.

You know that scene in Fractured Memories when the teenagers talk about their dreams and ambitions? How Arie wants a piece of the council and Cal is in love with movies? Yeah, that wasn’t in the original draft. Neither was the fact that Kev is dyslexic (which I never say, by the way, but it’s shown throughout the series) and Arie loves art. None of that depth was there, and I’m so glad that my beta readers forced me to put it in. Each of these factors play through the entire series.

While it makes me sad to leave these characters behind, I’m excited to be moving on to a new project.

 

 


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Combo Time

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It feels so strange to be finished with this series. There is one more novella, and that’s it. I’m both excited and a little sad. The final novella-a little story about Cal-will be out next month.

Broken Worlds, the last novel in my Jagged Scars Series, came out a few weeks ago.

Now, for your convenience, I’m releasing the boxed set of the series!

It’s a little less expensive than buying each book individually. So If you haven’t picked up my Jagged Scars Series, today is the day.

Click HERE to find it on Amazon

Tainted crops killed millions.

 The Skinnies ate the rest.

Sixteen year old Wendy never knew the world before the Starvation. She’s learned to put her trust in her knives, and her confidence in her fighting ability.When Skinnies destroy her compound, she is the lone survivor.

With a broken body and a shattered mind, Wendy is rescued and nursed back to health by mysterious strangers. But trust has never been one of Wendy’s strengths, and suspicion soon leads to evidence that these people want something that only Wendy can find. Something they killed her entire family for.

Unfortunately revenge will require Wendy to make friends. She’d rather face a hoard of Skinnies than listen to other teenagers prattle on about their problems while she mourns the loss of all she’s ever known.

If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead and Divergent, love stories about friendship and sacrifice and adore great characters this series is for you.


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