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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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Broken Worlds is Here!

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The fifth and final installment of my Jagged Scars series is live!

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Wendy has watched too many of her friends and family fall prey to the Primate. Thousands have died at his hands, simply because he deemed them unworthy of life. With her newfound allies, who possess more information on the Primate’s vicious plans for domination, Wendy urges her weakened people to strike. 

Outnumbered and outgunned, Wendy and Jeff lead a group into the heart of the Primate’s city. When they find technology that could wipe out what is left of the world to make room for the Primate’s believers, they each must decide what they are willing to sacrifice to keep their friends safe. Even if that sacrifice means losing each other.

 

I can’t even tell you how excited I am that this book is finally out, although this pictured begins to express my feelings.

Yes, I’m a dork.

I had a signing on Monday, and I got to put the whole series together in a bundle. (Minus the novellas)

I must admit, that felt pretty great!

For all of those who have taken this journey with Wendy, Jeff and the rest, thank you for sticking with it. I hope you find the finale of the series even better than the previous four books!


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Gratitude

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Negativity is like a drug. It’s all too easy to get caught up in a complaining fest either in our minds or with someone else.

Gratitude, on the other hand, is more difficult to focus on, but when you do, the world is a totally different place.

In light of me finishing Broken Worlds, I wanted to express my gratitude for everyone who has been involved.

The hubby: He’s listened to hours and hours of me ranting about this book. He deserves much more than a hug and a kiss.

My beta readers: Who read the horrible version of Broken Worlds before I finally came up with the final story. They didn’t even judge me.

Family: My family and my in-laws have all heard about this book too, and everyone has been encouraging.

My writing buddies: Who are probably going to be really glad to hear about something other than this book.

My fans: You never know when an excited email about a book to an author can save their sanity. I have a few people on my review team that have been asking for Broken Worlds for quite a while, and their notes to me have come at moments when I wanted to rage quit.

Heavenly Father: I don’t normally share much about my religion, but I’ve felt more than one comforting, spiritual pat on the back as I’ve agonized over this book. It’s nice to know there’s someone at the top routing for me, even when I eat an entire pan of brownies in protest of having to rewrite the middle of the story…again.

Other things I’m grateful for:

Computers (because copy/paste is a wonderful thing)

Movies (to distract me)

The internet (okay, this is a love/hate thing)

Other writers who have shared their struggles with me

Diet Coke

Sonic Onion Rings

Ice Cream

My kempo class (because nothing is better for writers block than punching and kicking things…trust me on this)

The Indie publishing movement (if not for Indie publishing, I wouldn’t be the author I am today)

So if you’re discouraged, take a moment to come up with a few things you’re grateful for. Whether it be people or things or circumstances. I promise it will brighten your day!

 


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