Friday, March 27, 2015

Hello again...

Oh boy.

I feel rather sheepish that I haven't written on this blog since January. Let's just pretend that I've been diligent in my posts, okay? Good plan.

So! Here's what I've been up to:

My sweet little Lewis is now three years old, and my darling Eliza is one year old. (For those of you who know me personally and are confused about which children I am writing about, I've given my kids alternate names on this blog. I explained that a while back, but this is just a reminder.) My kids are busy little bees, and they keep me up to my neck in all sorts of hijinks. As I'm sure you can guess, that doesn't leave a whole lot of time for writing. I've been getting up early in the morning to try and get some writing done before my munchkins wake up, but that's not a consistent thing either. I'm doing my best, though, while making an effort to maintain my sanity. Haha!

I recently had a setback, unfortunately. I lost a day's worth of writing due to some sort of technical error with my laptop. I don't know what happened, and I don't know how to recover what was lost. The thing that was most damaged was my motivation. I had to re-write everything, and I know that it's not the same as the original. That was not a happy day for me. I took a mini vacation from writing to regroup, and now I'm attempting to make up for lost time. So...onwards we go!

If you've been following me on Facebook, you saw the picture that I recently posted. My husband has a more extensive knowledge of tactics and strategy than I, and he's been helping me to plan out the battles that are taking place in this book. He has been such a great help to me, and I'm positive that my book is all the better for his involvement. He also helps me when I get a case of writer's block, which is huge. Talking to him about ideas always gets my creative juices flowing again.

The story itself is taking an interesting path--not quite the one I originally planned. But, you know, that is one of the things that I love about writing. Nothing ever is exactly how you first imagine it. Some of that has to do with the characters as they grow and become more independent of me, and some of it has to do with the natural (and unexpected) growth of the world where the story takes place. Sometimes I'll be thinking about a specific situation and I'll suddenly realize something about the world (or the people in it) that I know to be true, even though I didn't know it until that moment. It makes it just as exciting for me to experience the story as for those who are reading it for the first time.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know that things are going well. Probably not as fast as many of you would wish...but at least it's coming along.

Starting in April, I'll start posting preview chapters again. I posted the prologue a while ago, and I'll pick up from there. I'll probably post a chapter a month until the book release this summer. I hope that will whet your appetite for the rest of the book! As always, please feel free to post your thoughts or questions in the comments section. I love hearing from you guys! And I promise to write as fast as I (reasonably) can.

Thank you so much for your support and your patience!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Bad News

I have bad news, dear readers.

I was hoping to have my new book done by this spring, but as the weeks pass it is becoming clear that it's not going to happen. I'm making pretty good progress, but it's just not enough to get the book done in time. I wish that I could focus more of my time and energy to writing, but with two small children that just isn't possible. 

My new projected time of completion (and this is still a complete guess) is the summer. Maybe in June? As I get closer to being done I'll give an actual date for the release. I'm sorry for any frustration this may cause you. If you find it too much to bear, send me an email and I will mail you a Twinkie. Or email you a picture of a Twinkie. Or a picture of a puppy. Something that will (maybe) cheer you up.

Again, I apologize, but such is life. I'll keep you all updated on my progress. I hope you have a good day!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Labyrinth Preview: Prologue

I know I haven't been very good about keeping up with this blog, but you can take that as a good sign that I'm working hard on my third book, "The Labyrinth of Destiny." I've been making some good progress, in spite of how busy the holiday season gets.

As a holiday gift for all of my readers, I've decided to post the rough draft of the prologue to my new book here on my blog (and also on WattPad). I hope everyone has a safe and joyful holiday season. Enjoy!




Prologue:

He was dying.

He couldn’t be sure of much else—his mind was so hazy and confused—but of this vital fact he was certain.
Part of him didn’t care. After all, his life had ceased to have meaning. He couldn’t even remember his own name.
And yet…
There was something that told him to hold on—a gentle reminder that there was something worth living for.
He stared into the featureless white that surrounded him. He couldn’t remember anything before the whiteness, but he knew that there was something beyond. Something important.
A slender figure appeared before him.
Her black clothing was a stark contrast to the white of their surroundings and her silver hair shimmered in the light. His heartbeat quickened at the sight of her, and yet he couldn’t remember who she was.
She shouted something at him, but the words became garbled before they reached his ears. She struggled to move forward, but the light held her fast.
Who was this woman? Why did he feel such a strong sense of longing when he looked at her face?
Suddenly, he was no longer dying.
A surge of energy bolstered his life force, and he felt as if he had the power to do impossible things.
The woman was much closer now. He studied her face with detached curiosity. She was incredibly beautiful to him—but not because of her physical appearance. There was something about her face that filled him with inexplicable joy. Why would that be? Also, there was something deeper in her eyes that spoke of strength and resolve. He did not doubt that she could do anything she set her mind to.
Her metallic purple eyes swirled with golden light, and he was mesmerized by the sight. Her skin was darkened by the sun and the tip of her lightly freckled nose was burned by the exposure. Her brow was furrowed in concentration and she studied him as though he were some kind of puzzle.
She stared at him for long minutes, and he stared back.
What was she doing?
He could feel something happening, but he could not identify what it was.
Then, as if being yanked from a sinking bog, his mind became crystal clear and he remembered everything.
The kidnapping. The journey across the sea. The ritual that was meant to steal his life away.
His name was L’iam, and he was King of the L’avan.
His eyes locked once more on the face of the woman before him, and he knew who she was. His heart was overwhelmed with love and relief. She was safe, and they were together again.
“Adesina,” he whispered.
Her smile warmed him like the sun.
“I love you, L’iam.”
But something was wrong. He could sense it, even if he didn’t yet understand it.
Adesina closed her eyes and a surge of vyala poured out of her and into the light that surrounded them.
L’iam knew that she had already expended a great deal of vyala to restore his health, and his chest constricted in alarm at the amount she was allowing to rush into the Threshold.
“Adesina!”
He watched in horror as her face became a ghostly white and she collapsed on the ground. L’iam moved to catch her, but the pillar of light was now centered on her limp form and it acted as a barrier between them.
The young king thought he caught a glimpse of Ravi’s feline form on the other side of Adesina before the light became a swirling mist that caught up the young woman’s body and carried it through the closing portal.
The sudden darkness that fell over the room left L’iam momentarily blinded. He blinked to help his eyes to adjust and he looked around frantically.
He was standing in a small cave that was lit by a single torch. There was no sign of Adesina or the Threshold. He looked at the ground and saw that he was surrounded by a tight circle of runes. The runes must have been what had connected him to the magical gateway.
Where had Adesina gone?
Was she unconscious at the foot of the Threshold? Had she been carried through to the other side?
Was she…dead?
L’iam shook his head fiercely. She had to be alive. He needed her to be alive.
He gingerly stepped outside of the rune circle, half expecting something to force him to stay within.
Nothing happened.
He sighed in relief. Adesina must have sealed the Threshold completely, which meant that all of the protective magic would be gone now.
L’iam squared his shoulders and hurried towards the tunnel leading out of the cave. His mind was becoming more clear by the minute. Memories that had been nothing more than a confusing haze while he was under the influence of that vile potion now made sense.
A demon had been released on the world.
Basha had made some sort of blood contract with the monster, and now there was no telling what they would do.
The first thing L’iam knew he needed to do was to find Adesina. She would need his help in restoring her vyala to balance. L’iam reasoned that she couldn’t be too far away from where he stood.
Once they were reunited, they would return home and prepare the L’avan for battle. There was a lot of work to be done.
The L’avan might be the only force standing between that demon and world domination, and this was a war that L’iam knew they could not afford to lose.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

BLACK FRIDAY SALE--REVISION

Ok, people. I'm a dummy.

I set up the sale for "The Threshold Child" but I forgot to do the same for "Legacy of the Blood" (there had to be a slight delay due to my program renewal). And now it's too late to set up a sale for "Legacy of the Blood" for tomorrow.

SO! Here's the new plan.

On Black Friday "The Threshold Child" will go on sale for $0.99 and then the following day (Saturday) "Legacy of the Blood" will go on sale for $0.99!

I really hope that we can get the word out on this last minute change. I want this promotion to be the biggest one yet! Tell all your friends and family to download my book!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BLACK FRIDAY SALE!

Sorry for the delay in updating this blog. I was in the process of moving and getting all settled in. It's nice to be in a house (rather than a condo). Lewis is more free to run around like the crazy person he is, and Eliza now has a room of her own. Both are important. :)

I am striving to get into a regular writing schedule. There was another delay caused by a broken laptop, but now I have a shiny new one. I'm still planning on having this book done by next spring, and I'll let you all know as soon as I have a release date.

Here's the point of this post, though:

I've set up a Black Friday sale! The day after Thanksgiving both of my books will be on sale for $0.99 each. I would appreciate everybody's help in spreading the word. Tell all of your book-loving friends and family to download a copy!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Alyssa Harper Art Show

For any of my readers that live in Utah (or plan on being in Utah at some point over the next handful of weeks), I have a treat for you!

Alyssa Harper, the amazing artist that did my cover art, is having an art show at the Provo Covey Center Gallery! She has been working hard on this show, and I've seen a few of the pieces. It's a beautiful collection, and I can't wait to see the whole of it. And, unless I'm mistaken, it's free! So take some time and go enjoy the paintings of a true artist.

Where: Provo Covey Center Gallery 
When: October 3rd to November 30th
Hours: M-F; 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM




Sunday, September 14, 2014

Editing

I keep seeing comments made in the reviews posted on Amazon about errors (spelling and otherwise) in my books. I thought I'd take a quick moment to address that. 

While my books are self-published, I do pay to have them edited (by actual professionals, not some random family member). That being said, mistakes can easily be overlooked--even when reviewed by editors hired by publishing companies. I'm sure we've all read books that had a word wrong. I've even read a book where the wrong character name was used.

The point is that I don't doubt that errors have been overlooked in my book, even though I've had them edited. Furthermore, it is within my ability to correct any mistakes that have been made. So, I would be greatly appreciative if my readers would take the time to send me a quick email (kanno.callie@gmail.com) if they come across any such errors. I would be happy to make the corrections and upload a newer version of my book to Amazon.

You don't need to give me page numbers or anything like that. Just say, "When such-and-such was happening I noticed this mistake." I'm sure I can find it. If you can be more detailed than that, that's good, too.

I know it's not your job to correct my spelling and grammar, but it would help to improve the reading experience of future owners of my book. Plus, I'd be really grateful.

Thanks!