Spring Writing Newsletter & Free Ebook

Hello Everyone,

I am sorry for my long absence, but I am happy to be back now. As many of you know, I experience mental illness and this last year has been a bit rough; however things are looking up.

International Woman’s Day & Free Book
March 8th is International Woman’s Day!!! How great is that? I was trying to find a way to celebrate and wanted to offer my book, Prophecy, for free that day. In the synchronicity of the universe, I received an email yesterday from Smashwords about an opportunity to enroll my book in a one week sale from March 5-March 11 for Read an Ebook Week! So, now, to receive a FREE ecopy of Prophecy in the format of your choice, all you have to do is go to Smashwords and use this coupon code: SFREE and it’s yours — and Prophecy has a fun, strong, stand up for herself heroine, perfect for International Woman’s Day. There are also hundreds of other books on sale or free this week, so it’s a good time to check them out. If you don’t have a Smashwords account, it’s easy and free to get one. And, if do get a book, please pay it forward and leave a review. Also, feel free to share this with friends.

What I’m Working on Now & Kickstarter Campaign
Currently, I’m working on my historical/mythological fiction called Betrayed, which is the story of Clytemnestra (Helen of Troy’s twin sister). Clytemnestra has been villianized throughout history, so I am telling her side of the story, getting behind her famous murder of her husband. This book is definitely not YA oriented and I’m enjoying the change of pace.

I’ve decided to do a Kickstarter for Betrayed in the upcoming months and am planning to publish it this fall — I am finalizing the details and am working on some fun rewards, and will let you all know when it’s ready. I need a bit of help for editing and production costs. Wait until you see the cover that a friend of mine designed. It is simply stunning, I mean, really beautiful. I have no other word for it. It’s not quite finished, but I’ll reveal it when it’s ready. The image above isn’t the cover, but isn’t it an amazing painting of Clytemnestra with her knife after murdering her husband?

What I’m Reading
Right now, I’m immersed in the short stories of Ray Bradbury. I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to read them! I knew he was a master storyteller, but these are timeless. I’m being whisked away to the future and other worlds and am loving it.

However, I’m always on the lookout for new books to read. In the spirit of International Woman’s Day, does anyone have any recommendations for books with amazing heroines? I can easily recommend the Graceling series by Kristin Cashore.

The snow is melting in my corner of the world and it looks like the tulips might even come up soon. I hope everyone is enjoying some nice sunshine and spring weather.


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Betrayed is on Wattpad

I have decided to try something new. I have a novel-in-progress about Clytemnestra — in a previous incarnation it was called Fatal, but I have renamed it Betrayed. For those of you who don’t know, Wattpad is this great site where you can read and comment on people’s work for free. It’s social media for writing. There is everything from fan fiction to published authors.

I’ve just designed a quick cover for Betrayed — this is in no way final and the title might change as well.


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April Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

And welcome to all of my new subscribers! I can hardly believe that April is already here — I hope the flowers are blooming wherever you are.

Prophecy is now available everywhere:

I had Prophecy enrolled in Amazon Select for 90 days, which means that the ebook was exclusive to Amazon for that time. When my 90 days came up, I decided not to re-enroll, so now, Prophecy is available on all of the online retailers — Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Scribd, iBooks… It was an interesting experience being in Select, but hopefully having Prophecy more widely available will be good too.

Book Signing at Chapters:

On Saturday, April 16, I will be at the Kamloops Chapters starting at 1pm to do a book signing. Chapters has also arranged for me to be interviewed on the Midday show on April 15 as a lead up! If you are in Kamloops, hopefully you will drop by.

Book Release Party:

My book release party was fantastic — I have so much great support! My husband Eric played guitar, and was even joined by my super talented singer friend Kelsey. NoFeet the snake made an appearance, we had cookies and snacks, I did a reading from my book, and the press even showed up. I wrote a blog post about the experience along with some pictures which you can read here. I also posted a YouTube video of me reading a passage from Prophecy, the same one I read at the party.

Writing Update:

I am busy at work on Book 2 of the Antigone series called Fate. The book is actually mostly written, but I realized the last part needs a fair amount of work, so I am currently re-writing that. I’m also doing a quick edit on my novel about Clytemnestra, Betrayed. And that leads me to…

Betrayed on Wattpad:

I’ve decided to join Wattpad and serialize my Clytemnestra book, Betrayed (previously titled Fatal). If you don’t know, Wattpad is a free social media writing site where people can post their writing and others can comment on it. There is everything on this site, from fan fiction to poetry to short stories to novels. I’ve posted the first chapter of Betrayed and you can click here for my Wattpad profile.

Here’s a synopsis of Betrayed — it’s based in Greek myth but is definitely not YA.

"There is a smell of murder. The walls drip with blood." From Agamemnon by Aeschylus

Queen Clytemnestra, the original femme fatale, rules the powerful ancient kingdom of Mycenae, kills her husband when he returns victorious from the Trojan War, and takes his cousin as his consort.

Enter her world, where men dominate, family duty is paramount, and women do as they're told.

Clytemnestra, sister to the devastatingly beautiful Helen of Troy, is destined to marry a man of her father's choosing and leave her home to be queen of a land she's never set foot in. That is, until her childhood friend, Agamemnon, decides he wants her for his own.

What drives the obedient, dutiful Clytemnestra to betrayal?

Questions and Author Interviews:

I’ve had some interesting questions this past month and have been fortunate enough to participate in several author interviews.

Here are the links to the interviews — the one from Blue Books was especially fun because she made of little doodle around our interview:

Lisa Haeleton’s Reviews and Interviews

Blue Books

Awesome Book Assessment

Nicki J. Markus’ Blog

A question I received recently:

Why did you decide to retell the Oedipus myth from the point of view of Antigone when Antigone has a story of her own?

I decided to do this because I wanted to start the story at the beginning. Oedipus’ and Antigone’s stories are most famously told by Sophocles in his Oedipus plays, the last of which is called Antigone. My book, Prophecy, is the first of a planned trilogy mirroring each of these three plays. I wanted to get to the roots of Antigone’s amazing sense of duty that we know her for and thought the place to start would be with the profound impact her family story must have had on her life.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Currently Reading:

I’ve just started reading a YA fantasy called Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. So far it is engaging, fast paced, and full of beautiful, fluid writing. Hamilton’s descriptions of the sand and the desert are amazing.

I am always looking for new books to read and love recommendations, so feel free to email me with the name and author of a book you’ve enjoyed lately. 🙂

Fun Facts About Greek Myths:

I’ve decided to add a section about Greek myths to my newsletters. This month, I’m introducing the Sphinx, which is important to the Oedipus myths.

There are different Sphinxes in the ancient world, but the one from Greek myth is a monster with the head of a woman, the wings of an eagle, the body of a lioness, and a serpent-headed tail. In the Oedipus myths, she is tormenting Thebes by demanding anyone who wants to pass answer her riddle. Those who answer incorrectly are killed and eaten. Oedipus, who had just been visiting the Oracle at Delphi and had just unwittingly killed his father, King Laius, on the road, meets the Sphinx. The riddle she poses to him is: What walks on four legs in the morning, two in the afternoon, and three in the evening? Oedipus correctly answers a man — with each of these representing a stage in a man’s life. The Sphinx is devastated and throws herself off a cliff and dies.Oedipus then makes his way to Thebes, where he is a hero — and where he meets Queen Jocasta, whom he marries, fulfilling the terrible prophecy that he was running away from, that he would kill his father and marry his mother.

Whew! I feel like this was a long newsletter. Thanks for reading,

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