Alex Bledsoe and I talk about our novelette, Hisses and Wings, at SF Signal (#SFWApro)

This is just going to be a real short redirect post to let you know that Alex Bledsoe and I have an online conversation about our novelette, Hisses and Wings, over at SF Signal today. So if you're curious about how we came up with the story and characters, here's your chance to find out a little bit more. In other news ...

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Looking back at 2014: I know I have been quiet ... (#SFWApro)

But I'm still here, recharging my batteries and making nefarious plans for more stories. 2014 was full of new experiences and busier than I originally thought. It was a year of writing, and, discounting blog posts, there were a lot of words. A few of the highlights include:

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Earning out, awards, and it's the end of the year and I feel fine (#SFWApro)

Advances and royalties for Miserere were split between Skyhorse and Start when the two publishers acquired Night Shade Books' backlist in 2013. Miserere earned out its advance with Skyhorse in 2013, and this past August, I got the news that Miserere had earned out with Start as well.

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The Indalo Man in Hisses and Wings (#SFWApro)

Last week, Alex and I were posting teasers about our new novelette, Hisses and Wings, on Facebook. We were looking for pictures that tied into the actual story itself, and one of the pictures that we used was that of the Indalo Man. He intrigued enough people that I promised I would blog about him and tell you a little more about what he represents and why he is in the story.

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Cover reveal for Hisses and Wings: a story of the Tufa and Los Nefilim (#SFWApro)

I've long been a fan of Alex Bledsoe's novels, so when I was offered an opportunity to work with Alex on a short story, I jumped at the chance. We bounced around some story ideas, and the one thing that seemed to click with both of us was that Alex's Tufa used music in their magic, and I have a series, Los Nefilim, whose magic is also based in music. 

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A story with Alex Bledsoe and another picture of my cat, because work (#SFWApro)

I know I haven't been around, but I have a very good reason: Alex Bledsoe and I have been working on a short story together, and if all collaborations were this much fun, I'd be emailing every author I know to work on one. As it stands, different  writing styles can sometimes suck the fun out of such a collaboration, but not in this case. Alex and I have been rolling the story back and forth between us for the last few weeks and I read over my final edits this morning and sent them back to him.I know I haven't been around, but I have a very good reason: Alex Bledsoe and I have been working on a short story together, and if all collaborations were this much fun, I'd be emailing every author I know to work on one. As it stands, different  writing styles can sometimes suck the fun out of such a collaboration, but not in this case. Alex and I have been rolling the story back and forth between us for the last few weeks and I read over my final edits this morning and sent them back to him.

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Updates and such ... In Midnight's Silence and a project with Alex Bledsoe (#SFWApro)

Usually my Octobers consist of quietly preparing for winter around my house. The hectic summer pace slows, and I'm able to relax when the time changes, because the sun is not up until midnight. Unlike my usual Octobers, this year, October turned into a wild month for me. My beautiful daughter married a lovely young man and they moved into their own place. My husband and I had some vehicular issues (all totally beyond our control) that required our full-time attention, most of which fell to my poor husband to deal with. I don't know what I'd do without him.

And now, finally, November is here and we're all settling in.

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the million dollar bookshop

One of Miserere's themes was how a child can change our outlook and make us want to be better people, not so much for ourselves, but for the child. I know my daughter did that for me. Unfortunately, not all children start out in the best of circumstances, or with parents who want to change their lifestyles.

Charities for children abound, but most people don't think about giving unless prompted by someone else. Mark Lawrence is prompting. He has created a website called The Million Dollar Bookshop where authors can purchase advertising space for their novels AND contribute to the children's charity of their choice. It's a great two-for.

I didn't have to think too long as to which children's charity would get my "advertising" dollars. This past summer, my friend Alex Bledsoe joined several other authors with Novel Tees to donate the proceeds from all sales to Protect and The National Association to Protect Children. The National Association to Protect Children works to protect children from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. That was an organization I could get behind.

So I matched my summer donation to Novel Tees with advertising dollars to Mark's Million Dollar Bookshop and sent another $25.00 to The National Association to Protect Children.

If you are an author who needs a little advertising space and wants to donate money to the children's cause of your choice, step over here to find out how to participate. You don't have to give tons of money. Every little bit helps.