The Needle’s Eye Release Details

In just four days, THE NEEDLE’S EYE will be released in print and ebook formats! I’m so excited about this one. This novel has always been very special to me. It’s an original work that is not based on any fairy tale, yet it is a dark fairy tale just the same. Assuming you are as excited as I am, I wanted to give a few additional details about the release.

  • The book will be available on Tuesday, September 13th. (YAY!!!)
  • It will be available in ebook and in print (paperback) on Amazon.
  • The book (in both formats) will first be available only on Amazon, with possible enrollment for the ebook in KDP (which means you can borrow and read for free if you have Amazon Prime). If this is done, Amazon will be the only place you can get the ebook version for at least 3 months.
  • The book will be enrolled in Kindle Matchbook. So if you purchase the paperback copy, you’ll have the option to get the ebook for kindle FREE!

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Three sisters, three cursed men, and a ghastly fairy tale come to life.
When Elizabeth, Delia, and Emily were children, their grandfather told them a story about an island castle called the Needle’s Eye—home to a lord and his three sons. The castle has since been hidden by a mysterious fog, but his story speaks of nine girls who rowed out to the island. None of them returned, and the lord’s family was never heard from again.Years later, following their grandfather’s death, the last ties that bind the sisters to the village—and each other—seem to be breaking.
A careless mistake on the water leads their boat to be swallowed by the forbidden fog, and when they emerge from that cloud, the girls discover that the island castle they’d dreamed of is not a myth.The mere innocence of a curious glimpse becomes a fight for survival when the girls are cursed by the lord’s ghostly sons. Their choice quickly becomes apparent: they can play the games of the three soulless men, or they can give in to death, never to see one another again.
Don’t forget! September 13th!
Pssst! Here’s a special secret for those who are reading this blog: You can actually order the print version RIGHT NOW!
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New Release Announcement!

A few days ago, I posted on Facebook and Twitter about an upcoming release this fall.(Yahoo!) But there’s actually more to it than that. No doubt readers have already guessed that this will be the release of a favorite, and a much loved work.

In September 2016, THE NEEDLE’S EYE will be published!

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In a seaside village, three sisters learn the grisly truth about a beloved childhood fairy tale—and succumb to a curse more terrible than their darkest fantasies.

Though it is one of my most loved and possibly best novels, and though I wrote it years ago, it has taken me a while to work up the courage to actually publish it. The Needle’s Eye could perhaps be referred to as a ‘trunk novel’. That’s one that an author holds onto for a long time — locked away in a trunk, so to speak — waiting for just the right time to let it be seen. While I’m doing that with all my books to some degree, The Needle’s Eye is not one that I’ve been willing to let go of until now.

Many of my long-time readers have read it before, even while I was still writing it, but since the day I completed it, I knew it was going to be my first published novel. (Now untrue.) Over the years, I’ve worked on it diligently, editing, rewriting, and sending it out to agents.  Though I did have a couple of agents request the full manuscript, nothing ever came from it. Even so, I held onto the manuscript, thinking that one day this would be the work that got me traditionally published.

Even after deciding to self publish, I’ve held onto the idea that I might one day be published on a larger scale, and I was certain that this would be the book to get me there. But times have changed. Self-publishing is growing, and authors have more power than ever before. I’ve finally realized that holding onto this book was actually holding me back. By holding it so highly, I’ve been keeping myself from going forward and embracing change in my career and in growth as a writer. This book doesn’t have to be my best. Each new one should be better and better! That’s why I made the decision that The Needle’s Eye deserves to be out in the world, and this way I can go forward with my own work.

So! Look forward to this new release! I think you’ll love it as much as I do! I’ll have more details in the coming weeks. 🙂

Unmotivated: the Rise and Fall of Inspiration

It’s no secret to anyone who might glance at this blog, but I’ve been a bit unmotivated lately. Chalk it up to what you will — real life, my day job, simple laziness — but none of that changes the fact that I haven’t released a book since Shadow Sun in November, and the saddest part is that I haven’t been working on much either.

Why?

Well, I can’t say I haven’t tried, but nothing has stuck with me. I feel that I don’t have enough time to just sit and think or really get into the imagery involved in writing a novel. Not like I used to. Sure, I’ve done a bit of editing on some older works, I’ve sent a few letters to agents, but what have I been doing for you? And what have I been doing to improve myself and my list of works? Nothing.

Recently, I’ve been changing — remembering that I can make as many excuses as I want, but nothing is going to happen unless I take matters into my own hands, try to do what I can for myself and never give up.

I’ve always thought of writers and painters and musicians along the same lines. Especially in the independent scene. Do bands record new songs, even before they find success? Sure they do. Do painters continue to present older works to new audiences? Of course. Why should writing books be different? Whether or not I’m ever discovered on a larger scale, I have to keep working now. That’s why I decided to do this in the first place.

If we slip into the mindset of ‘I’ve done all I can do’, then we’ll really be in trouble. I think that’s where I’ve been, but I don’t want to be there anymore.

The bottom line is that there is always more that can be done. Just looking around online has led me to see a change in resources that wasn’t there when I began to self-publish. Ingram Spark has print-on-demand services now, the e-book game is getting better, and there are so many blog entries about self-publishing and marketing to help authors find success.

I’m going to set some goals for myself this year, and even though the year is half done, there is still more for me to do.

I want to start a mailing list, set up a personal shop, and release another book by the end of the year. So, for anyone who thought I was dead, I’m not! I will be back, and I’m going forward with new inspiration!

Thanks to all of you who have continued to support me, and I promise you’ll be seeing more from me soon!

I’ve been lazy…

I have gotten so far behind on blogging. You know it; I know it. Everyone knows it. The truth is that life has been pretty busy, and I only JUST NOW got an internet connection at my new house (you know, the one I moved into much earlier this year). But now that I’m finally connected, I have no excuse. I desperately need to get back to work, and now I finally can.

So to recap, I was able to publish Nevermor #3, Shadow Sun, back in early November. Reaching the end of the trilogy was rather freeing but also damning, because now I have to decide what happens next – and I have yet to decide that. Of course I have works that need to be completed (Dark Depths), completed works that I need to edit and publish (many many) and I have new ideas that I need to get on paper! But there are only so many hours in a day, so many other things that need to be done. Life becomes difficult when you have a creative mind, but I think we can all agree that I’ve had enough of a break. It’s time to get back to it!

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but this blog will stay open and I’ll continue to update it even though the Nevermor trilogy is complete. It still lives, and it’s not quite over yet! I’ll post information on my upcoming projects, and I hope you’re excited to learn more about my future endeavors.

If you haven’t, check out the trilogy and the deluxe editon, and see what others have already discovered about the epic dark fantasy based on the story of Peter Pan. Find them on Amazon.com.

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Shadow Sun Preview on Wattpad, and check out my YouTube channel!

In case you missed it, the prologue and first chapter of Shadow Sun have been posted on Wattpad! This marks the first part of a preview you can read for free! (link) I’ll be posting up to 6 chapters here before the release date, so be sure to check it out every week to look for more!

I may have mentioned that I’d be posting some video interviews and readings and such, and I’m pleased to say that I’ve followed through on that. If you didn’t know that I had a YouTube channel, surprise! There’s not a lot there yet, but I have prepared a video reading from Shadow Sun! (sorry if I’m not very dynamic. I tried.) Anyway, check out my YouTube channel!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuwOHUZgrsNb3hHU34O9UrA

Shadow Sun Book Trailer and Preorder Info

First I have to say: Happy Anniversary to Project Nevermor! I missed it (again) but it has been 3 years (wow) and that deserves some recognition.

For those who haven’t seen it yet, the book trailer for Shadow Sun has been released! It’s simple, but it does the job. I’m pleased with it, and I think it sets the mood for the book very well. Feel free to share it if you’d like. That helps get the word around, you know. 🙂

Instead of simply promoting my book and leaving it at that, I thought I’d give a little info about how I made this trailer, for any who are interested in making trailers for their own books.

First, I’d just like to say that this trailer cost me absolutely nothing to produce. I used Windows Live Movie Maker, which is a program that was already on my computer. The images are my own, the music was free, I added my own voice, and I put it together myself. If you’ve also seen the trailer for Nevermor (I didn’t make one for Forsaken Dreamscape), you may not know this, but I probably spent about $100 on images to put the thing together. This time, I didn’t do that. I had my book cover, and I told myself I was going simple. That’s what I did.

I didn’t really have a plan when I started it.  I had already created a few images in a photo-editing program that I have, and so those images for the end of the trailer were already created. Of course I also had my book cover at the ready, which is all I really used to make this trailer. I like the way it looks like it’s animated, but actually it is only a few still images that I cropped from the book’s back cover image, and ran them together quickly with a slight animation effect. Ta-da! It’s snowing! Then it was just getting my vision together, finding the right music (which I had already downloaded a while ago, and was lucky enough to have on my PC already. Also, if you are using music, be sure to follow the rules of whoever created it. If they are giving it away for free use, they may ask you to mention them or link to their site.) I had to be sure that I placed all the proper information about the book in the trailer, so that it can stand on its own and let people know what it is, and then there it was! Finished!

I had to mess with it for a while to get it right, and it took me several hours, but I’m happy with the end result, so the time was worth it.

This video is linked in directly from my YouTube channel. Did you know I had one of those? Okay, so there isn’t too much there yet, but I’ll be adding a few video interviews and readings in the near future to give it a bit more life. Anyway, you can follow me there to see all the videos that I post. HERE

In addition, Shadow Sun is now available for preorder on Amazon! HERE Why is this a good thing? Because you can get the special preorder price, which is only available through this offer. Plus, all preorder sales are counted as first day sales, so it helps to push the book further up on the bestseller list. As for other online sellers, I haven’t arranged for that yet, but the print book and Kindle versions should be available on the day I announced: 11/3/15. It’s possible also that soon, the ebook will be available for preorder through B&N, Smashwords, and iTunes as well, but for now it can only be found on Amazon.

Once again, be sure to add the book to your reading list on GOODREADS: HERE

Lots of links to follow in this post…I have a lot more planned on the road to Shadow Sun’s release day. I’ve got more videos and ideas to share. Very soon, I’ll begin posting sample chapters of Shadow Sun on Wattpad, and I’ll begin posting those weekly until release day, so that should get you six chapters as a preview before release.

In the meantime, be sure to follow me on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Wattpad, Goodreads and this blog for more info on this and all my other projects.

Thanks again for your support, everyone!! I couldn’t do this without you!

Shadow Sun Cover Reveal!

I never have too much to say when I do these cover reveals. The image is the star of the show. So, here it is! The full cover image and official description for Shadow Sun!

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Time has passed since the Rifter went into the sun, and while Wren has missed him terribly, she does not doubt that he will come back. She has tried to shadow her grief as she travels across Nevermor with what is left of the Wolf Pack, attempting to heal the land and restore it to its former state. But that task is made more difficult by plummeting temperatures, and the fact that the sun seems to be slipping farther away.

When a different sort of darkness comes over the land, Wren discovers that not only may she be looking to preserve the world for Rifter’s return, but she may have to save it from him as well.

-Shadow Sun is the epic finale to the Nevermor trilogy, a dark fantasy based on Peter Pan.-

This cover was also done by artist Omri Koresh, who created the other artwork for the Nevermor series. He always uses such beautiful colors, and makes the images stand out so well. When I told him my idea for how I wanted the image to look, he was a bit hesitant to do it like I wanted, but I’m glad he finally gave in. I had this image made long before I had written the book, and even before I knew what the bulk of the book would contain, but the image still feels true to capture the essence of Shadow Sun. Some of the elements on this cover certainly give hints to the story, and also gives a glimpse of what Rifter might have looked like in book 2.

This concludes the spread of book covers for the Nevermor trilogy, and I love the way they all go together. They make a lovely set, don’t you think?

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In case you missed the announcement before, Shadow Sun will be released on November 3, but the ebook will be up for preorder before that. And soon! The preorder will be at a special lower price, so do consider planning ahead for that.

One more thing: the book is listed on Goodreads, so be sure to add it to your reading list.

I think that covers everything for now. (See what I did there?) I’ll be back with more news soon!