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New Publication Launch Dates!

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Greetings and salutations to all!

I had a dilemma. I’ve been working hard on getting book three of The Crystal Palace Chronicles going for several weeks now but I wasn’t getting much cooperation from the characters. I couldn’t figure out why that is. While I’ve experienced writer’s block in the past, this was something else. I knew what I wanted to say and how I wanted the story to go but it just wasn’t happening. Then suddenly they all turned and screamed out in unison. The reason I couldn’t get book three going was because books one and two still needed my attention.

My records indicate thousands of you downloaded Heroes and Hearts and Descendants of Quendaris since their release earlier this year. Many of you have posted reviews online and contacted me expressing how much you love the story and characters and can’t wait for more. Others however have indicated disappointment in some aspects of the books. Believe it or not, these critiques did not upset me. As a writer and avid reader I know you can’t please everybody, not everyone will be fans of my work and negative feedback is perfectly normal. In fact authors who have nothing but positive reviews tend to come across as sketchy. Even books and movies appreciated today as classic literature and masterpieces had their share of critics and seeing nothing but positives tends to make they buying public wary, as it probably should.

What’s my point? Ok here it is in a nutshell. I appreciate all my readers and their feedback. Without you I’m just another poor schlub posting a block of words on the internet. I take into account every interaction I have with my readers, both good and bad, and the negative feedback I have received have two glaring issues in common.

#1 The books are too short. Happily I can say people haven’t complained about not getting their money’s worth but they are complaining that the stories end too soon. While I understand the old adage “Leave them wanting more” I’m hearing this complaint way too often.

#2 Isabel, the heroine of Heroes and Hearts, is too accepting of all the craziness happening around her in the other realm. While this issue did come up during the publishing process and I had made efforts to add scenes and dialogue to circumvent this, many of you are expressing that I just haven’t done enough and it still seems to be an issue.

Both issues have nagged me throughout the writing and editing process and I know them in my heart to be true. So, I am announcing that as of August 5, 2013 Heroes and Hearts will be pulled while I work to improve and expand the story. Prince Alaric, Isabel and the others are extremely happy with this turn of events and the words have just been flying from my pen. It is my intention to have a larger edition of Heroes and Hearts available for sale in both ebook and paperback form by October 2013 under a new name!

Of course, I’m not doing this in an attempt to please everyone and I won’t be continuously pulling the books off the shelves to revamp every couple of months. This action is simply because as a writer and reader of fantasy and romance, I wasn’t entirely happy with the end product but figured it was the perfectionist in me screaming to get out. We are, after all, our worst critics. However, as so many of you echoed dismay with the same points that I myself wasn’t happy with, I feel a revamp is due. Once the new version of Heroes and Hearts is out I’ll start working on expanding Descendants of Quendaris into a full sized novel as well and hope to have that version ready by the end of the year. Once this task is complete I anticipate placing my full attention on Book 3 and hope to have that novel ready for release by January 2015.

So, long story short (too late) if you’re interested in seeing the changes between versions you have two weeks to download a free copy of Heroes and Hearts. Updates on publication dates will be forthcoming. Enjoy the rest of your summer folks! 😀

Writing Playlist

In conjunction with a featured post on Me, My shelf, and I here is a list of just some of the songs I listen to while writing in no particular order.

Sweet Lullaby – Deep Forest

Die Without You – PM Dawn

Children – Robert Miles

Icarus – Mythos

Live at the Acropolis album – Yanni

Sadeness Part I – Enigma

Why – Annie Lennox

Aquaria Album – Diane Arkenstone

Clair de Lune – Debussy

Moonlight Sonata – Beethoven

Charlie Brown Christmas Album – Vince Guaraldi Trio

Now We are Free – Lisa Gerrard

Put Your Records on – Corrine Bailey Rae

Island in the Sun – Weezer

Violator album – Depeche Mode

Over the Rainbow – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole

Jashn-E-Bahaaraa – Jodhaa Akbar

Bad Mama Jama – Carl Carlton

Enya (too many to name)

Erykah Badu (too many to name)

Book Review: Angel by Johanna Lindsey

Today we head to the Old West in Johanna Lindsey’s Angel.

Cassie Stewart is a professional meddler. Having caused havoc at her childhood home of Wyoming she heads down to visit her estranged father’s ranch in Texas where she manages to make a feud between two families even worst when she convinces the daughter of one family to fall in love and marry the son of the other family. However, unlike the famous Romeo and Juliet, the two star-crossed lovers don’t commit suicide together but get yanked apart by their respective families before turning their venom on Cassie and give her a deadline to get out of town or face her very own Texas BBQ.

Break out the weiners, ma!

With her father out of town and the mother who usually cleans up her messes still in Wyoming, Cassie doesn’t know what to do except she has a strong desire to finish what she started for once and sends for a man known as the Peacemaker. Unfortunately, the Peacemaker gets badly injured in the line of peacekeeping and sends a man who owes him a favor in his stead. This man is the tall dark and silent gunslinger known throughout the West as the Angel of Death! After Cassie gets over her initial terror she tries throwing her weight around and ordering him to leave first because she tells him the problem he came for was already solved and then because his presence will only make things worst. Angel won’t budge and over the coming weeks Cassie gets to know the man behind the legend and finds him to be warm, sweet and sexy while he comes to the realization that the woman who drives him absolutely insane has also managed to steal his heart.

Angel is action packed with likable characters and tame but sweet love scenes. I’m not crazy about the meddling empty headed heroine often portrayed in romance novels (it’s my biggest peeve about Jane Austen’s Emma) but Cassie’s ability to defend herself and her loyalty to her family and friends compensates for any irritability I felt about the character. Angel reminded me of a cross between Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef so I couldn’t picture him being attractive or sexy but the man’s sense of honor and his restraint not to kill as many challengers as he could have earned my respect for him so I was glad to read their HEA. There’s also a pretty cool little twist at the end but I’ll leave that for you to discover.

All in all it was a nice enjoyable read that has put me in the mood to hunt down more Romance Westerns:) PS look out romance fans, this book was published in 1992 so we’ve got a few turgid things puckering throughout the story.

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And now a quick update. To celebrate the launch of Descendants of Quendaris, my first book Heroes and Hearts will now be FREE for a limited time! Witness Isabel’s rise to greatness and her smoldering love affair with the Prince of Calfragor before journeying with the couple as they join forces with Queen Valeska and King Iskander save our worlds from the forces of evil!

Huzzah! And the peasants rejoice!

At last, the day you’ve been waiting for is here! The sequel to Heroes and Hearts and book two of the Crystal Palace Chronicles is now available for sale on Amazon/Goodreads:) As the days and weeks go by Descendants of Quendaris will also become available on iTunes, Kobo and Barnes and Noble. Don’t forget to check out my page on Authorgraph to get your ebook signed by yours truly free of charge and finally RABT Reviews wraps up our virtual book tour for Heroes and Hearts. I hope you had fun and will keep coming back for further adventures in romance, fantasy, writing and cooking. Have a great weekend!

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She was no one’s pawn!

Groomed to be the perfect Southern belle, debutante and trophy wife her entire life, Nancy Harrington refuses to marry her intended, prophecy or no! Still, would being bound for all eternity to a gorgeous man so devoted to his people be such a sacrifice?

He has a duty to his kingdom and his people!

Always the kind ruler, loyal to the needs of his people, King Iskander always has the good of his kingdom in mind even if it that means taking a wife he doesn’t love in order to fulfill a prophecy. So when his future bride, a completely unsuitable firebrand, refuses to marry him why is he not relieved?

Deep within the dark depths of the earth an ancient enemy awakens from his slumber…

determined as ever to conquer the world and only an ancient and powerful magic can defeat him. Do Nancy and Iskander have what it takes to lead the Crystal Palace Alliance to victory, reveal a traitor, and bring peace to Otherealm once and for all?

Descendants of Quendaris 

Crystal Palace Chronicles: Book Two

 Available May 3, 2013