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Book 5 of the Funeral Singer Series is available now!

As of midnight tonight, A Song of Redemption is available for Kindle and paperback. This is the final book of the Funeral Singer series, so to celebrate I am putting all five e-book versions on sale for 99-cents each. That all five books for $4.95 U.S. Canada and overseas are a little higher, but also discounted.  They will be on sale for the next three days, until midnight on October 24.

If you have been waiting for the series to be finished, then now is the time to grab your copies. Come follow the Funeral Singer, Gillian Foster, as she encounters spirits, ghosts, and demons thanks to her unexpected gift.

You can find all the books in the Funeral Singer series at Amazon.

The new book, A Song of Redemption,  is not yet available on non-Amazon outlets, but the rest of the series is on iBooks, Nook, Kobo, and others. They should be going to the same lower prices on those outlets as well.

Release Day is here for my eBook!

Photo Teaser for "A Song of Forgiveness"

“Almost to my house, I could see the upper story from the street and I glimpsed a dark patch on my roof. I halted and peered at it. Was it a shadow from a tree? No, I couldn’t see any tree that would cast that shadow and the sun was behind me to the west. Then the shadow seemed to flow over the roof, a blob of black covering the area like a moving oil slick…  A shade looking for a way in.

From A Song of Forgiveness:

I am really excited about today’s release of Book Four of the Funeral Singer series. A Song of Forgiveness picks up after A Song of Betrayal as Gillian Foster, the Funeral Singer, realizes her gift has pulled her into a brewing battle between light and dark. The Shades she’s  encountered are increasing in numbers and threatening the souls on the interim plane. Not only that, they are seeking her on the Earth plane as well. Feeling overwhelmed, she’s looking for help and answers.

Can she stop the flow of the soul-devouring creatures or turn them back? What will it take to defeat them?

Join Gillian as she struggles to battle the encroaching evil and ensure her transitioning souls make it safely to the next plane.

A Song of Forgiveness is a thrill ride from start to finish.  Check out my launch page for more information and links to the Amazon store.

Categories: Paranormal, urban fantasy, mystery, thriller

 

New Book Release and Convention Appearance

My latest Funeral Singer book is out and available now at Amazon in both Kindle and paperback! So excited about this third installment in the series. Things are really heating up for the funeral singer now.

Called A Song of Betrayal, the story continues singer Gillian Foster’s interactions with the recently departed in the ethereal cemetery as she confronts a murder victim. Zoe Sarkis’ husband killed her and fled the country. Now, she’s refusing to cross over until he is found and brought to justice. Complicating Gillian’s task of helping Zoe, she is also facing an increasing number of ghoulish figures called shades. Can Gillian help find the missing husband and learn to deal with the shades?

A Song for Betrayal is available now in paperback and Kindle from Amazon.com. You can also read it for free on Kindle Unlimited. Take a look at my launch page for more information and links.

For a preview of the book, follow the link below:

Reno Comic Con

If you’re in the Reno Nevada area, Sands Comic Con is happening this weekend, September 23 & 24. I will be there both days to talk to folks and sign books at the Pynhavyn Press table. Joining me, both at the table and in a panel on Saturday, is Margaret McGaffey Fisk (Steamship Chronicles) who will also be happy to chat and sign books.

Our panel will be at noon and we’ll be discussing Immortality as Seen by Hollywood. This panel excites me as I love talking about how most of the programs that have immortal characters tend to slant it negatively. As a longtime Highlander the Series fan, I’ve definitely had discussions with people on this before. So, if you’re in town, come on down to the Sands and join us in this discussion.

Not selected, but on track…

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By now, most of you, who nominated O’Cegan’s Legacy with Kindle Scout, know it was not selected for publication by them.  My intention was always to release this book in March and that is still the plan. The Kindle Scout program is fairly new and this was the first time I placed a book in it.  I learned a few things about it and how it works, so down the road, I may give it another try.  I think it’s a great opportunity and a win-win even if you aren’t published.  It’s given me more exposure and I’ve gained a few more readers.

I am making a few tweaks to the story and double-checking for typos and spelling errors, not that I do that, but sometimes my fingers hit the key in the wrong order. At any rate, this process is taking a little longer than I had initial thought it would, but I am getting close to the release.  I am targeting this coming weekend to release it.

Free Download for Nominators

For those who nominated my book, I will be having a free Kindle download day once it is ready.  Given that Amazon can sometimes take a few days to activate the book once it’s uploaded, I won’t designate the specific date until it goes live and the free book is live, then I will notify the Kindle Scout site that it is live and they will send out an email to everyone who nominated.  I will also post an update here, on Twitter, and on my Facebook page.  I really want you to have the chance to get it for free.

The book will also be available on Kindle Unlimited for an indefinite time, three-month minimum, where you can read it for free and I get credit.

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You’re A Book Reviewer and Critic!

Reviews are very important to an author.  A good review is a pat on the back saying that someone enjoyed your book.  A fair review with specific feedback means the author has some things to improve on.  A bad review?  Well, based on how many I get, it can tell me I’m a sucky writer, but if there are only a few, then I have to figure the book doesn’t appeal to everyone.  Nonetheless, the reviews, and at least the star ratings, are important to me and they tell other readers that maybe this is a book they’d like to read.  Please read and review!

What’s next?

I’m already into the first rewrite of the next book in the Funeral Singer series, A Song for Menafee.   Gillian Foster is coping with the events that occurred in A Song for Marielle while still keeping up with singing and the bill-paying job.  But one of her funeral singing jobs leads to a ghost with an old secret.  In order to help him cross over, she needs to learn the truth.  

I’m going to be taking a trip to Tennessee in April to do a little research for this book and get photos.  I’m excited and looking forward to “walkin’ in Memphis” and in other parts of the Volunteer State and to chowing down on some good BBQ.

 

Wrapping Up NaNo with a Big Score

Nano-SongforMenafeeI just finished my second round of NaNoWriMo, as any of you who have been following me on Facebook probably know. It’s a fun event in November to promote National Novel Writing Month with an attempt by writers to pound out 50,000 words of a novel within the month. It seems like a lot of words and it is a challenge, but if you go into it prepared and with a little support from friends and other writers, something magical happens. The Reno, Nevada group has a strong showing of writers and many of them are on the NaNo-Reno Facebook page, which offers support to the members during this event.

When I say support, I mean they are online and posting encouraging words, cheering you on and doing writing sprints with you. Believe me, that little challenge of how many words can you write in 30 minutes really spurs you to get those words on paper and they come out surprisingly cohesive. The challenges kick in that competitive nature and you get an adrenaline rush while writing. We held a few write-ins where the writers could get together, chat, drink coffee and write. To be honest, they aren’t quite as productive as the online sprints, but you do get to know the rest of the local writers and that is a plus. Writing can be a solitary business so it helps to meet others who face the same challenges and are encouraging. If you’re stuck in the plot, sometimes they can offer suggestions.

By the way, collectively, Northern Nevada writers pounded out a whopping 5,794,528 words during November.  I took the count at a little before midnight on the 30th.  Well done, Reno writers!

I did this for the first time last year. I had an outline for a book, Funeral Singer: A Song for Marielle and a pretty good idea of how the story would unfold. On day one, I tore into the story and by the middle of the month I’d passed the 50,000 word mark, finishing the first draft of 62,000 plus words by Nov. 15th. What I had to do to make it happen was to turn off my inner editor, the one that likes to stop and analyze everything, then hunt for the perfect word or rephrase something two or three times before proceeding with the next paragraph. This is what stalls my writing. I went a webinar with Joanna Penn on how to use Scrivener while writing your NaNo novel and getting the story down, letting your thoughts flow, was what she stressed.

Really, the concept is pretty simple. Let your creative side go crazy and allow  the characters go wherever they choose to go, within reason, during the first draft. If you can do that, you can capture the basics of your novel — the characters, the plot, the twists and the key elements. The revision draft that you will do later in December or January will be the one that will enhance, tune, trim and make your novel a cohesive and compelling (you hope) read. It’s not as easy to do as it sounds, but once you wrap your mind around the idea that you’re not going to worry about anything you say, typos or other issues that tend to slow your writing down, you can do it.

In 2014, I not only finished the first draft of A Song for Marielle, I also started a young adult novel to continue adding to my word count. I got up to about 82,000 words by the end of November. This year, I wanted to beat that word count and I also wanted to write the second book of the Funeral Singer novel, A Song for Menafee. In November, I had Reno’s Comic Con on the schedule for three days, which I also had in 2014, and I had a three day trip to San Francisco to see Josh Groban, which would impact my writing time . The roomie and I took the bus to San Francisco and I used some of the time on the bus to write, although having a Chatty Cathy across the aisle the whole trip made it hard to concentrate on the writing while going out. Then having Sleeping Beast using my shoulder for a pillow on the way back tended to really put a damper on writing. But I still managed a respectable amount those days and I finished my first draft of Menafee on November 11. I then started the second novel, a suspense romance (which will be published eventually under Riona Kelly) and got another 30,000 plus words done on it before the last day of November. I ended up writing 91,062 words in November.

I’m not going to say they are all good words or that the novels are fit to be published, certainly not in the shape they are in after the frenzy of writing. I am about one-third through the second novel so that needs to be finished.  It is currently without a title and is being referred to as The Spanish Story.

But I have one new novel completed and ready to be revised in the next couple of months, which will then go to beta readers.  After that will be the editing and other revisions, then, with luck, to publication by early summer. That’s the plan at the moment. It’s exciting.

The main takeaway from NaNo is realizing that if you can write like that in November, you can do it anytime. You just need to challenge yourself, have a story plan, set aside time to write every day, and do it. When I finished last year, I didn’t write anything new for several days until I thought, I should be writing. It’s becoming a habit, a much desired habit.