Friday, June 30, 2017

I WILL survive

Hello readers! I have survived my second pregnancy and we've been blessed with a beautiful little boy. It's been stressful and a little crazy these last few weeks, but I'm grateful to be recovering quickly. The labor and delivery was low-stress, and that made it easier on my body than my first pregnancy.

Anywho, you didn't come here to read about how my body's doing. I've jumped back into writing, and lately have been putting a lot of effort into finishing a short story I started some time ago. I've been thinking more about doing an anthology of Libera stories, partly as a way to put myself out there more with potential readers and publishing venues. I've been jumping between stories a lot lately, as I found it hard to concentrate on just one story with my low energy levels. Weird.

I also have some art I'd like to share. I shared it on my personal Facebook page weeks ago, but it's time I publish it here.



Our favorite wingless lupogryph, Tarcua. I had filled in the color for this piece and was at a loss as to how to shade it in, so I let it sit for a while. After getting some inspiration from oil pointing and doing some practice with digital painting using some similar techniques, I was able to finish this piece. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out, and I plan on using this picture for Tarcua's CCG card. This was done completely in Krita on my Wacom Bamboo drawing tablet.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Hiatuseses

With the baby on the way I haven't had much energy or creativity, so apologize for the long break between the last post and this one. There's only a few weeks to go, so this may be my last post for another long while.

I've done some writing and reading over manuscript material. I thought I knew what my priorities were with projects, but I've found myself a bit at a loss on which one I've really wanted to work on. It's something I need to think about. What would be really wonderful is if I had enough mental energy to work on more than one project like I did before the pregnancy, and even for a while before that. Bbbbbbbbbbb.........

Here's some art, a concept of the castle Vartun from the Chronicles of Libera series. Done in Krita.


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.