Summer 2017 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

Happy Summer!!! I hope everyone is well and safe. Here in BC we have been hit with hot weather and forest fires, but I am proud to be part of a city that has stepped up to welcome thousands who have been displaced from their homes.The huge outpouring of kindness is inspiring.

Kick-Butt Princess Book Sale

I am excited to be taking part in a huge, multi author book sale for the week of July 17-21. Click on the image above to be taken to a page of authors who have written kick butt princess books, all of which are on sale for $.99 or are free. Now is the time to stock up on your summer reading of amazing, strong heroines who do the saving. You’ll find Prophecy there for $.99. I can’t wait to check them out myself.

Art in the Park:

On Canada Day, my writing group Books in the Belfry (you can find out more about us here on our web page), were fortunate enough to have a booth at our local Art in the Park. It was a fantastic, sunny day, filled with people coming to talk with us about books and writing. Thanks to everyone who stopped by.

Betrayed:

I’ve been spending most of my writing time these days polishing off my adult novel set in ancient Greece during the time of the Trojan War, Betrayed. I really love this book and can’t wait to finish it — it is about Queen Clytemnestra, twin sister to Helen of Troy. It combines my love of Greek myth with a phenomenal heroine and lots of strong emotions. It’s been a bit of a roller coaster to write, but well worth it.

New Writing Practice:

For those of you who are writers, I wanted to share a new writing practice that I’ve adopted that I am having some fun with. It is called “copywriting.” Basically, before writing every day, I sit and physically copy out a page or two from someone else’s work in an effort to learn new ways of writing. It’s actually something writer’s have been doing for a long time and something painters do — copy the masters. You can read my blog post about it here. I was in the mood for Thoreau’s essay On Civil Disobedience, so I’m starting with that. I also think it would be a fantastic way to get into the rhythm of poetry. So far I find it a great calming and centering exercise.

What I’m Reading:

Besides loading up my Kindle with Kick-Butt Princess books, I’ve been branching out in my reading this summer and I’m in the mood for thrillers. I’ve just started The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins and it’s amazing so far. Does anyone have any other good recommendations — not too gory, though.

Well, that’s it for now. Hope you are enjoying your summer,
Take care,
Coreena McBurnie

 

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Summer Newsletter & Sale

Hello Everyone,

I know it’s been a little while, but the end of the school year caught up with me. I was also getting ready to sell my book and some felting I’ve been working on at our local Art in the Park — an annual event here in Kamloops on Canada Day. It was super fun. Here’s a picture from my booth.

Working on Betrayed

As much as I love Antigone, I am finding that I need a break from her, so I am going to spend the next little while working on another novel I have in the works called Betrayed (working title). This one is most definitely aimed at adults and is about Clytemnestra, who is the sister of Helen of Troy and was married to Agamemnon (the leader of the Greeks in the Trojan War). She’s an interesting character who is villianized in most of ancient literature because she took a consort while her husband was away at the Trojan War, then killed him upon his return. But, she does have her reasons… Her story has a lot of fantastic avenues to explore. Read more

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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,
Coreena

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March Author’s Newsletter

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Hello everyone,

I would especially like to welcome all of my new subscribers. I’m sorry I didn’t get a newsletter out for Feb, but I did promise mostly monthly!

Book Launch Party:
I’m gearing up for my official book launch party and am getting excited and nervous. I’m even doing a radio interview in the next few days. If you are in Kamloops, you are welcome to join us on Sat, March 5 from 12-3 at Frankly Coffee downtown. We will have cookies and a special guest, “No Feet”, the snake. But, I don’t want to leave out people who can’t come — if you would like a signed bookmark, please email me your address to coreenamcburnie@gmail.com and I will send you one (and I promise to delete your address afterwards). Read more

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