I hope you and yours had a fun Valentine’s Day! 💖💝💕 Hubby actually remembered this year and got me some flowers. 🤯 Now we’ll see if he can remember my birthday. 😋 Bwahahaha!
I did not get to put the newsletter for 2/10/23 on the blog, so if you’re interested, you can find a web copy here.
2023 still wants to be the Year of Chaos! Boo!
Just when I thought I was getting my schedule for the year under wraps and patting myself on the back for finishing The Secret Humankind and eager to get started on Book 3 of the Daiyu Wu Mysteries, I hit a speed bump.
It seems that expectations for new urban fantasy titles have changed. My manuscript doesn’t check off all the now-expected buckets. People want fresh content even as they also want the same-old-same-old. Currently, kick-bun sassy heroines with novels in first person for urban fantasy are the thing. My poor main character has no combat training, is a loner fighting against her loner nature, and has no sass. So now I need to decide if I want to rework the whole thing to fit market trends or keep it as is. 😣 Do you have a preference in the type of urban fantasy you read, if you read the genre at all? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
One lucky thing is that whichever way I go, it won’t affect the prequel short! Yay! It’s already on the queue for the crit group, and then it will be off to the editor. So one thing is on track. Woohoo!
Extra content today:
1) StoryOrigin Swap 1 (Freebie)
2) StoryOrigin Swap 2 (Review Copy)
3) February Fantasies Group Promo
4) Worlds of Magic and Mystery Group Promo
5) Discover Free Sci-Fi Group Promo
6) Strong Women Strange Worlds QuickReads
Scroll on down to get all the deets. 😉
Once Upon a Dark Knight
StoryOrigin Swap 1 (Freebie)
Journey with me into the realm of the Alamir.
It wasn’t Etain’s best day. Told to leave the only home she’d known since coming to the Alamir with no reason other than ‘you will understand one day’, she had nowhere to go and no one to turn to.
In her attempt to find the answers she deserved, she ended up on the wrong end of a sword, unconscious and her back broken, pinned to the outer wall of the home she’d just been forced out of.
Was the fairy tale over or just beginning?
Red Dead Redemption 2
Haven’t played this one in a while, but I want to get back to it! So darn gorgeous! Though I will say some of the impromptu side missions (hearing noises nearby or being ambushed) I seem to always do the wrong thing. DOH!
Speaking of unexpected side missions – this was one of them. Luckily, I chose wisely. Phew. Look at that backdrop. Breathtaking.
Having escaped past the mountains and survived the harsh winter, the grifters are heading to the town of Valentine for their first look at their possible new targets.
Walking the streets of Valentine. There’s a church, a general store, a hotel, and more.
You can get bounty work at the sheriff’s office. This little lady has a bad tendency to kill her husbands for their cash—a black widow.
I am so in love with these breathtaking views!
Tons of zany characters to encounter. This lady is an archeologist looking for bones. She engages you to keep your eyes peeled as you traverse the country side. 😛
The nights are dark, but the skies are alight! Makes you want to put down a blanket and just stare up at the cosmos. 🙂
A darn fool drank too much and now he’d gotten himself stuck out on the railroad bridge. And yes, a train is a coming! (Had to do this one several times. I kept getting run over. LOL.)
StoryOrigin Swap 2 (Review Copy)
Love comes from the most unexpected places and so does trouble… After losing her job, Molly Padia struggles to find a new path forward. She seeks a fresh start in Albany, New York and finds herself living in a drab apartment, sidled with regrets. Luckily, the neighbors seem nice and offer some respite from her woes.
What none of them know, however, is that Molly isn’t her real name. Her birth name is Molpadia, and she’s an Amazon who’s walked the earth for over a thousand years.
For lifetimes, she’d policed the supernatural and kept the mundane world in the dark. Now her days are filled with TV, beer, and pizza — sad obscurity — because she made the crucial mistake of backing an enigmatic wizard.
Meanwhile, an innocent fling becomes a full-blown “thing.” Problem is, this breath of fresh air comes with a legal edge Molpadia would rather avoid. When a body turns up — along with a familiar face from Molpadia’s past — she’ll need to make some hard decisions and do so fast…before the body count rises.
Devilishly fun, this Realm Killer spinoff packs the perfect punch.
Have an adventure this February and check out the February Fantasies Group Promo before it’s gone!