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Awesome Things are Afoot

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I have several very cool things to share with you. Here they are, in no particular order:

First

Check this out! On the very last day of July, I finally got 43 reviews on Fractured Memories! Yay!

That means that next week I will write the first time Jeff meets Wendy from HIS point of view. I’ll put a link for it in an upcoming blog and in my newsletter.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. You guys are the best!

 

Second

My New Sight Series has been through a lot. It started out in traditional publishing, where it hit rock bottom all too quickly. Then I got it back and self-published it. Well, this month, in preparation for the release of New Vision—the third and final book in the series—I’m giving New Sight and New Powers a bit of a makeover. Both books are available in Kindle Unlimited! Click on the images to go to Amazon.

 

Third

I also have the cover for New Vision! The last book in the New Sight Series will be out at the end of this month! If you’re local and coming to FanX, then I’ll have paperback copies of all three books with their new covers there!

 

Fourth

I mentioned this last time, but Fractured Sea is still on pre-order for $0.99 until the official release on August 31st.

Here’s the blurb for my story:

The Academy, by Jo Schneider: Ariel thought going to The Academy would rid her of the shadow of five older sisters, but school isn’t all Ri dreamed it would be. Between a grouchy mage of a roommate and sisters who won’t mind their own business, Ri finds solace in a chance encounter with the human prince. He too lives in a shadow, and they become quick friends. But when he starts asking probing questions about Ri’s kingdom, she must find out what the prince is really after.

Check out the others HERE.

Thank you so much for the reviews and the continued support. Without the kind words or excited reviews, being an author isn’t nearly as fulfilling.

 


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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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Potential Cover Reveal and Excerpt

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Ta-Da!Here we have the cover for my next novella!

This one is about Brady, a character in my New Sight Series. He’s the funny, geeky, overprotective one. I had a great time writing this story.

Alfred Stringer did the design fort the cover, including the rune for touch. Cool, right? The story is with my editor now. It should be out in a few weeks. Until then, check out this excerpt. You know, to tide yourself over.

Brady had only been out to the countryside a few times in his life. Ancient, scratchy hedges rounded the patchwork of fields that rolled as far as he could see. It reminded Brady of something he’d learned in school. If Britain had to, they could support everyone in the country with the food that they grew. He liked that.

He also liked to remember that while the British Isles were small, they’d moved the world more than once.

And now he, Brady Moore might be the first, real-live superhero. Ever.

How awesome would that be?

But he’d read enough to know that it wouldn’t be easy. He had to figure out what he was dealing with before he got too excited.

The two mile run took its toll, and he ended up walking the last bit. A light drizzle started, and he was glad he’d brought a jacket.

The glade he’d chosen for his experiment came into view. He looked around and smiled. No cottages in sight and no roads to speak of. There were two other trails, but once he was in the trees, he’d be almost invisible.

He jogged the rest of the way, eager to start.

Once within the safety of the trees, he shed his pack and his jacket. He took a swig out of a bottle of water and set it down. Where should he start?

Right now he didn’t feel any different than he had a week ago. No strange powers. No extra senses.

He walked around and took a few deep breaths, calming his nerves and letting his body relax. These things always worked better when the hero was relaxed. Or, in the Hulk’s case, very angry. Brady hadn’t been angry the other times he’d felt the power, so he was pretty sure it wasn’t that.

He’d hoped that the run would start something. The first time he’d felt the power had been while he was rushing forward to save that little kid. Apparently speed had nothing to do with it.

After a few seconds of breathing, he started to pace. He touched the trees, hoping he’d be able to feel them differently. Nothing.

He jogged in and out and around the trees, taxing his body. Nothing. He tried pushing the trees as well as climbing. Still nothing.

Brady kicked a rock and grunted.

Maybe some pushups.

That didn’t help either.

By the time he finished, his efforts at a shower had been fully erased. He shook his head, spraying sweat everywhere.

“Come on,” he said under her breath. “Just do it.”

Naturally, nothing happened.

Brady rubbed his face with his hands. “What isn’t happening?”

Okay, physical exertion hadn’t done it, maybe meditation would work. Finding his center, or whatever. He sat down on the damp earth and closed his eyes.

Brady had prepared a couple of meditation exercises he’d found online. He pictured himself sitting on the top of a mountain. Breathe. In, out. Fill the lungs, let it go. Try to think about nothing. Instead, everything popped into his mind. Super heroes, the woman on the train, his mother, Chan…

After five minutes—longer than he usually focused on anything besides a video game or a comic—he didn’t have anything but a lot of extra oxygen to show for his efforts.

Frustration took over, and he grit his teeth. He sighed and threw himself back on the ground.

The moment his shoulders hit, he felt it.

It was almost exactly like those moments in a movie when the main character touched something and saw a whole different world. Brady’s senses expanded, and he could feel in a way he’d never done before.

 

 

 


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A New Start

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Welcome to my new website!

Yes, I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and gone and done something new in January. What can I say, I give into peer pressure. Especially if there are cookies involved. But most of you already know that about me, don’t you?

Things in my writing life are about to get crazy. It’s my own fault, but that doesn’t make it any less insane.

I found out a week or so ago that I got a table in Artist’s Alley at FanX in Salt Lake City in March! Yay, my very first time having my very own table. I’ve bribed people to come help me sell books, and I hope to see all of you there.

When I got this news, I looked at my published books as well as my upcoming releases. It took me a little while to decide that I didn’t want to rush the last book of my Jagged Scars series in order to get it out by then. Instead, I’ve decided to go back to my first series, New Sight.

The first book isn’t a problem. I’ve written the second book, so I thought that wouldn’t be a problem either. Easy to do some quick edits and get them up before FanX.

And then I read book two.

Ugh. So horrible. I’ve obviously come a long way as a storyteller in the past two years, since I first wrote it. I can’t believe I thought it was finished. I can’t believe I sent it to my publisher like that! But I did, and they rejected it. I now have rights back for the whole series, including book one. So look for new covers and book two before the middle of March!

I’ll keep you posted on my progress, because what I thought was going to be an easy project of a few edits has just exploded into ripping the story apart, rewriting large swaths of it, and putting it back together before I can tie a bow on it and sent it to my editor.


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