So I like to imagine the ideal actors to play the characters in my books. Some of you may be familiar with my picks for Calli and Hades; Kat Dennings and Kit Harrington respectively or as I dubbed them; KIT KAT!
The other day I came across a picture of Jessica Jones actor Krysten Ritter and felt like she will make a great Aunt Cat. Now I know you haven’t yet met Cat, as she will be making her debut in book 2 but trust me, I think Kristen is an excellent muse for this character.
The new redesigned cover paperbacks are in just in time for the upcoming book signing on Sunday October 13 at Haven Acres in Lathrop, CA from 1pm – 5pm. I’m super excited as author/mentor John Harrison will be there signing copies of Amuse as well as copies of his Shadow Saga series, cover artist Amanda Brewer will have some beautiful Amuse related merch and Tamela Evans will have some pretty cool Amuse inspired jewelry.
Don’t miss out! It’s a unique opportunity to visit one of the locations from the book! (Chapter 5 to be exact!) and support some local authors and artists.
Haven’t read Amuse yet? What rock have you been under ha ha, but seriously now’s your chance to download your very own digital copy for FREE…that’s right but only until October 9th! This is to celebrate my return to Haven Acres for the book signing on October 13, 2019.
I’m excitedly working on expanding the Amuse universe with new merchandise, and yes, yes, the infamous BOOK TWO. I need your help…if each of you could just write a chapter or two we could have this baby done in…kidding! Unless you’re game, then send me what you got! LOL
Actually, in all seriousness, I am very interested in what you have to say. I need your opinions, reviews, blurbs and even questions if you have them about Amuse, the characters, etc… Not only will they be used to help promote the book(s) but I’m thinking they will look catchy on some promotional gear and/or stickers.
What do you think? Not just about the idea but about Amuse? You can comment here, email, Facebook, Messenger, Owl Mail (how freakin cool would that be?!) Just be honest, no one likes a kiss ass…well, most people. (slides over brand new tube of Chapstick) just in case.
I am announcing that the projected release date of Amuse Book II – Stranded is February 1, 2020. If it’s completed sooner then I will move it up! Very excited and pleased with the changes and can’t wait to unveil what else we have planned for you Amuse fans! More to come!
So last night I was at karaoke because I’m sort of an addict/host myself. I saw this guy who looked really familiar but I knew him from hockey games so I dismissed it as my crazy rattled brain mixing things up again. Turns out, it was him and of course he asked the both flattering but dreaded question, “Is book two of Amuse done?”.
I know book one took a long time but it was book one; it wasn’t just about the story it was about me overcoming my self doubts and other’s doubts that I could not only finish writing a book but that people would *gasp* possibly even like it. So book two was supposed to be sliding onto the screen, my fingers rapid firing across the keyboard carried by the momentum of ‘what’s next?’.
And then…it happened. WRITER’S BLOCK!!! Here’s the funny thing, I was making progress…at least I was putting words down, creating sentences…with dialogue!, paragraphs and even chapters but they were tasteless, boring and dare I say, predictable? I was facing pressure from friends and family who were eager for more and assuring me that it was good enough…good enough?
It hit me then; I loved writing my first book because I enjoyed the journey! Don’t get me wrong; I was thrilled that other people loved it but that wasn’t the point of writing it…it was the point of self publishing it; you know, putting myself out there to see how it would be received but ultimately, I said to myself I’m writing this for me and if other’s like it then great but I have to love it.
So, I answered his question honestly. Yes, I am working on Amuse…almost daily but it is something that I’m not rushing for I wish it to blow book one out of the water! I want people to be gasping with excitement and reading it again and feeling thrilled as though racing on a roller coaster! I don’t want it to be ‘good enough’; it can’t exist as ‘good enough’.
When I first attempted writing book two it was from the place of someone who did other things but also wrote. This time I decided that I needed to be someone who is a writer who does other things, also. I am a writer and writer’s create worlds and characters and move the readers emotions and it’s a noble thing and not something to take lightly, so as I approach this endeavor again it is with renewed excitement as I claim my title with deliberate intention.