Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Free ebook, last day

I'm sorry for the delay in posting links to the newly published Incarnate Memory; I didn't remember to release the books until the night of the 17th. I was out of town and things were a little crazy and I totally spaced it.  However, the ebook version will be free all the rest of today on Lulu, so please take advantage of that. Incarnate Memory is also available on Createspace and Amazon.






For the hard copy, I encourage my readers to buy directly from Createspace rather than Amazon, as it helps me royalty-wise. They're the same price on both sites. After today, the ebook version will be $4.99 on Lulu.

Meanwhile, I've jumped back into writing In Chaos Forged, and I can tell how much my writing style has developed since I put the project aside. I'm both daunted and excited to continue writing this story!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Incarnate Memory Release Date - April 17, 2017

After months of revision and editing, Book III of The Legacy Incarnate: Incarnate Memory is ready for release! Get ready for the adventure on Monday, April 17. I will first release it on the Createspace store, and within the next few days thereafter it will be available on Amazon. It will be $13.99.  The ebook will be available on Lulu.com for free Monday through Wednesday, 4/17-4/19.

Finishing up this project has been a huge relief for me. Though I enjoy the revision process, it can be mentally and emotionally tolling, and with my energy already low during my pregnancy, it's been the only thing I could truly focus my remaining creative energies on without fraying my nerves. Now that it's finally ready for print, I can move on to other projects, particularly Hammer of Fire.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Covered in Mud

I got my proof copy of Incarnate Memory last week and have been reading through it for errors.  I've found many that need some correction. I also need to modify the colors on the cover so they don't print so dark!

I had been pushing to get this published by the end of March, but now I'm going for the end of April. I don't have an exact date yet.

However, to whet your appetite, I'll offer the book summary and a short excerpt from Incarnate Memory for you to enjoy!

Synopsis

After spending five years in Adajerre on the gods' errand, and driven by a sacred oath, Sabra turns her attention to the northern province of Urak, where she knows someone that might shed light on the trade of elven flesh in the White Seas.  After she is reunited with her friends Deborah and Tarcua, she learns that youth from the Lunar Temple have been stolen into possible slavery, sharpening her determination to learn the truth.  With the help of a former enemy, Sabra, Tarcua, and Deborah set out to find a fortress inhabtted by a people who can give Sabra the answers she seeks.  However, their knowledge will come at a brutal price that will test the limits of Sabra's strength and patience. And if that were not enough, the scars left by the Golden One have awoken into a terrible curse that induces memories to become painful reality.

Xenta Di'curio is one of those stolen from his home in Hakor and forced into a massive mining operation overlooked by Unia'a and humans twisted by necromancy. There he meets Caemorr, a young woman not much older than him, and though they are forced to commit the unthinkable to keep each other safe, they will forge a bond that will give them the strength to survive the horrors of their sadistic masters.

With monsters forcing sentients into slavery and a Hunter curse sucking away her sanity, Sabra must learn the secrets of freeing her own spirit before she can begin to free others from nightmarish servitude. As Caemorr's only friend, Xenta will learn that the gods' love can reach into the darkest of places and that hope in Their power is priceless.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Cover Art Fun

Today I really pushed myself to get Book III of The Legacy Incarnate: Incarnate Memory submitted for review on Createspace, and in doing so completed the back cover art and the one-piece cover PDF.

This back cover art was really fun to do. I originally sketched out the concept in my sketchbook, and then sketched it again in Krita.  I wanted to do the whole piece in Krita, but Krita seems to be limited on how to apply gradients, so I moved the painting over to GIMP and it worked out really well. I didn't know painting mountains could be so fun and satisfying. I purposely left a lot of space in the upper part of the painting for the book summary, and of course the palette is green to match the cover.


I also stumbled across one of my concepts for Book III's front cover art that I never shared. I think one of the reasons I scrapped it was because the lighting of the picture wouldn't have worked out well with the book titles, and I didn't think Sabra featured prominently enough in this piece. That, and she's supposed to be wearing her armor Adel in this scene but I drew her in a tunic instead. Not sure what was going on there. This might be a fun piece to go back to and re-do, though. We'll see.

Once the book review is done I'll order a proof copy to make sure it's suitable for sale. I am so excited to get this book released . . . and relieved in a way as well. I'll get to move on to other projects! As I've mentioned before, I'll be jumping into In Chaos Forged again, and I'm excited to apply the new writing skills I've acquired during Incarnate Memory's revision to the raw drafting process.

Everyone have a good evening.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

ALMOST THERE

I've finished the 2nd edit of Incarnate Memory and am doing a last digital read-through before formatting the manuscript for publication.  I plan on buying a proof copy before making it publicly available on Createspace. The goal is to publish this book by the end of March.

I made a check-list of what I need to do to get the manuscript put together, and I've completed a couple of things. One of them is the official map (aside from the Libera world map). I'm grateful for how this map turned out, and I'm glad it's not complex as some of my other maps.

I still need to do the back cover art, and I think I have a good concept, I just need to draw it on the computer. It involves mountains. I love mountains.

Pregnancy has been more forgiving for me lately. My morning/all-day sickness has tapered off quite a bit, and I've been exercising more and eating healthier. The warmer weather has been a joy, and we've spent a lot of time in the sun this past week. Hopefully with more energy I'll have more energy to write again, especially in Hammer of Fire, and more energy to draw. It's been exasperating not doing my hobbies as often as I'd like, especially the more physical ones (like archery 😭), but I'll get back into them.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Brink

Another art piece! Amazing what inspiration you can sometimes find when you're bored.


The first version I started and never finished.
This is a piece that I tried to do once before, but it fell flat. I wanted to capture the inner torture my character Sabra experiences towards the start of Book I of The Legacy Incarnate: Incarnate Journey. I focused a lot on her movement and body position in this piece. I used a brush in Krita that I'm assuming is intended for inking, and this particular brush helped give Sabra a sharp, messy feel while giving stark contrasts between light and shadow.

In Incarnate Journey Sabra experiences a dream where she's in a canyon of black cliffs, above her a red sky, and she encounters people that have suffered because of her, directly or indirectly, so that was the backdrop of this piece. I didn't get any other characters in, but that's okay. I'm happy with how the cliffs and the wind-blown, red dust behind her turned out.

This piece was done in Krita.

As far as writing updates go, I'm still editing Book III of LI and am getting into the last third of the book. I want to go through it one more time for grammatical/punctuation errors before formatting and ordering a proof copy. I also need to finish preparing the cover art and design. After Book III is published I want to jump back into Hammer of Fire and get Book 1 drafted before I go back to Legacy Incarnate. I don't have plans for The Legend of Draconite this year, but hopefully next year!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Book Review: King's Blood

So I'm sorry I lied about no longer posting book reviews on Xenithar's Lair, but I believe I need to keep posting my reviews on this site to remain in the book reviewer program for Bethany House, as this is the site that has all original followers they are aware of.  I"ll probably be doing it for another publishing house that I need to reconnect to. However, I'll keep posting them to Silver Dragon Reviews, as well as Goodreads. On to the review! (And spoilers ahead.)