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The Sorcerer’s Curse – On Its Last Draft Edits


The Sorcerers Curse

I have finally finished writing the story for The Sorcerer’s Curse and am currently working on last draft edits before I hand it over to my wonderful editor.

I will then start on the third and final story in The Mummy’s Curse Mini-Series, The Curse of Anubis. (Cover reveal coming soon! Keep reading to find out how you can be among those to see it long before anyone else.)

Most of The Curse of Anubis is already written as I had meant for it to be a separate story. However, I was finishing up The Mummy’s Curse when the story for The Curse of Anubis came to me.

This is the only time where I was working on two similar stories where the storylines were blending together. I pushed The Curse of Anubis back, finishing The Mummy’s Curse before publishing it, forgetting all about The Curse of Anubis … for now. I had planned to come back to it later on after giving myself time to forget about The Mummy’s Curse storyline.

This is generally a process I go through when I have problems finishing a story. I pushed it aside and work on something else, giving myself a break until the creative juices for that story begin flowing again.

It wasn’t long after I had published The Mummy’s Curse before I started receiving feedback. Yes, some authors tend to listen to reader’s feedback (reviews, messages on social media, emails, etc.), I am one of them. It’s part of the reason why I ask my readers to leave reviews after finishing a book. I actually like to know what they think. If not a review, reach out to me and let me know your thoughts. In this case, I may end up extending the story into other books.

Readers were telling me that they were wanting more of the story. They wanted to know what happened to the characters, Laney and Serkhet. They wanted a continuation of their steamy romance. They wanted to know more about the curse. They wanted to know what happened to the sorcerer.

It took some time before I sat down and came up with the outline for the second book. Then it had taken a few months before I was able to write out the story. I had other stories that I had to finish. Plus, I needed to think of how I needed Serkhet’s and Laney’s story to go.

I then pulled out The Curse of Anubis and decided that since it originally worked with The Mummy’s Curse, why not make it part of the whole story.

I had re-written parts of the story here and there on The Curse of Anubis, then added an in-depth outline to make it fit the storyline to Serkhet’s and Laney’s story. Now, to finish writing it, go through last draft edits before sending it off to my editor, too.

Since the last two stories of The Mummy’s Curse is coming together so well, it is my initial plan to publish them back to back. I haven’t come up with a publishing date just yet, however, it will be in the fall of this year.

The Mummys Curse
If you haven’t checked out the first book, The Mummy’s Curse, you can find it on Amazon.
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The Mummy’s Curse Gets a Facelift


The Sorcerers Curse
Lately, I have been working on the 2nd and 3rd books in The Mummy’s Curse mini-series.
The Mummy’s Curse was originally a one book thing. I meant for it to be a short story, but some of my readers had spoken out, letting me know that they thought the book was really hot and wanted more of the story, wanted more of the main characters. So, more is what they are going to get!
After I had taken some time to think about how I wanted the rest of the story to go, I sat down and wrote out an in-depth outline, turning it into a 3 book mini-series. I added onto the first book, turning a short story into a novella and it’s now ready to be read on Amazon.
Now, I am working hard on finishing the 2nd and 3rd books and plan to have them published back to back. I am almost finished with the second book.
Now that I am getting closer to finishing the 2nd book, The Sorcerer’s Curse, I went ahead and had the covers made. The first book, The Mummy’s Curse had already been published for a while now. I thought it was time to give it a new cover. I actually like them.
The Mummys Curse
My friends and I won a trip of a lifetime to see the treasures of Egypt, You know, the pyramids, the Spinx. Our tour guide, Tarrick drives us around, showing us all the famous sites, giving us a history lesson. It was a dream come true. Until my friends asked to see the real treasure in hopes of snatching it up.

Tarrick happily complies, but there’s only one problem — the hidden treasure comes with a mummy’s curse. I didn’t want to go, but I also wanted a chance to see it from an archeological perspective.

Now, I’m staring at the one whose treasures we were disturbing. I thought mummies were supposed to look deteriorated and … dead. Why does he look like he was a sculpted god of marble and … alive? The way his hungry eyes roam my body, makes me feel entranced. He looks like he wants to devour me. Would I survive whatever he had planned to do with me?

You can find all of my books, recently published and upcoming, under my name and my pen name, posted on my website: www.twistedcrowpress.com/books
Or, you can find them on Amazon.
For all books published under my name on Amazon, click here.
For all books published under my pen name on Amazon, click here.

Steamy Paranormal Romances


After putting my child to bed Saturday night, I had decided to stay up late to work on one of my WIPs (Works0In-Progress), the next book in my Sanctuary SeriesClaimed by the Bear.
I was eager to see it finished! Once I sat down to write, the words just kept on rolling! I love moments like those. Sadly, I didn’t finish it writing the story. However, I’m coming closer to adding the final words to Claimed by the Bear. It is scheduled to be released in September of this year. If you haven’t read the first book in my Sanctuary SeriesClaimed by the Alpha, it’s available on Amazon.
Claimed by the Bear
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I am also working on finishing up the next book in The Mummy’s Curse three book mini-series. I had the cover for the first one re-done and think it looks really awesome! I went ahead and had the cover made for the second book, The Sorcerer’s Curse, which is going to be released late this fall.
 
The Mummys Curse
The Sorcerers Curse
The Mummy’s Curse was originally a one book thing. I meant for it to be a short story, but some of my readers had spoken out, letting me know that they thought the book was really hot and wanted more of the story, wanted more of the main characters. So, more is what they are going to get!
After I had taken some time to think about how I wanted the rest of the story to go, I sat down and wrote out an in-depth outline, turning it into a 3 book mini-series. I added onto the first book, turning a short story into a novella and it’s now ready to be read on Amazon.
Now, I am working hard on finishing the 2nd and 3rd books and plan to have them published back to back. I am almost finished with the second book.
Some people have asked how I manage to work on more than one writing project at the same time. I answered this in a blog post, which can be read here.
You can find all of my books, recently published and upcoming, under my name and my pen name, posted on my website: www.twistedcrowpress.com/books
Or, you can find them on Amazon.
For all books published under my name on Amazon, click here.
For all books published under my pen name on Amazon, click here.

Don’t Fear Failure, Fear Not Taking the Chance


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After having a bad experience with my publishing company, I decided to take a step back.

I published my first book back in 2013 with a small publishing company. At the time, I was still working on writing my novel and was looking forward to having it published as well. The issues I had with said publishing company began to pile up that I was afraid of publishing another book.

I pushed my book aside and used that energy to focus on my studies; at the time, I was halfway through college.

One day, while watching Youtube, I came across a video – I know, sounds cliche – of someone who decided to take the indie author route.

I was afraid to self-publish. I didn’t know where to start if I decided to take the indie route. Not to mention the many questions I had. I couldn’t possibly make money as an indie author, could I? Where would I even publish my book? Would anyone even read my work? How would they read my work?

In 2015, I finished, or so I thought it was finished, my novel. I began sending query letters out to agents only to receive rejection after rejection. I literally stopped counting after twelve. ‘Market is too saturated with this genre’, ‘this isn’t the right fit for me’, ‘too many books out there with werewolves’. I pushed my novel aside and forgot about it.

Some time had passed before my grandmother asked me what happened to my novel. She encouraged me to keep trying. So, I pulled it up onto my computer, read through it before deciding to change it up.

This was going to take some time.

I spent whatever time I had in between classes going back through my book and cutting, adding, and editing. It was now 2016. It had taken me a few months before I was finished working on my novel – by this time, I had dubbed it ‘the-never-ending-novel’. I ended up adding over 22,000 (almost 23,000) words before sending it off to my editor.

While my editor looked it over, I thought I would research what it meant to be an indie author. I listened to success stories, I listened to authors explain why they switched from traditionally published to indie, I even watched videos on how to and where to self-publish.

No matter how many videos I watched, I had that nagging feeling that this was not going to work. Then another voice chimed in asking me, “Why not just try it?”

I pulled up a collection of short stories that I had been working on and decided to polish one of them up. Of the plethora of videos that I had watched, a few of them suggested that as an indie author you have the opportunity to publish short stories and earn a meager income from them.

I also learned that you should not just stick to writing novels. Publish everything: short stories, novellas, novels. The more work you have out there, the more you will become noticed.

It was late 2016, when I handed my short story over to another editor (I now have two editors). A month later, she hands it back with the requested revisions. It didn’t take me long to go through my last edits. Thanks to another video, I was able to teach myself how to format it to publish as an ebook.

I was now entering my last two semesters of college. I also learned that my grandmother had stage IV pancreatic carcinoma.

I held onto my short story for a few more months with the uncertainty of publishing it.

Finally, in July 2017, I got the courage to upload my short story into Amazon. I stared at the publishing button not wanting to click it. My heart raced and my stomach churned with nervousness.

Why couldn’t I just click that button?

Because once I did, it would be up for the world to see.

But, why would that be so bad, isn’t that what you wanted all along, to publish more books?

Yes.

I clicked published. I don’t know why, but I screwed my eyes shut. I guess I was expecting my laptop to explode? After a few seconds, I stared at the screen. A box had appeared, telling me that it would take 12-72 hours before it would be live.

My anxiety had started to calm down a bit.

That wasn’t too bad now, was it?

No, it was pretty easy, actually.

A few days had passed before I checked on my newly published book. It actually made a few sales. Not bad. Maybe I should try publishing another one.

And thus it began…

One self-published book turned into six more, including the novel that I had once queried agent after agent on. It has been doing fairly well in sales. Though, after learning that people do judge a book by its cover, I am working on having another cover made for it.

I have since learned how to perfect my craft; my writing has improved, I’m learning new marketing skills each day. Most importantly, I have never given up on my writing. In fact, I continue to come up with ideas for new stories quite frequently that I know I will never run out of things to write about. I’ve built a brand for myself, creating a small publishing company, an LLC.

And who cares about what those agents thought. My novel is making money so, there obviously is still a market for said genre. I have since learned that you should write about what you want to write about. It’s true that there are popular niches out there. You just have to find the right one. Don’t be afraid to publish in a popular niche, as well as publish in others.

The more you have published, the more your work becomes noticed. I said that already. Maybe because it’s true, especially if you leave a link to your other works in the back and front of each book. If readers loved one book, they may check out another and another…

I no longer fear to self-publish my work. I’m earning an income doing what I love. I’m actually earning more now than what I was at that one publishing company. Though it’s a slow process for me, my list of published works is growing. I’m hoping that one day I can do this full-time. That’s a goal I look toward to achieving.

For a list of my published works, under my name and under my pen name, check out my website: www.twistedcrowpress.com

 

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One Year Publishing Anniversary


It’s been one whole year since I had published my first novel, Chaos. I decided to do something to celebrate. I lowered the ebook price to $0.99 on Amazon.

I would lower the paperback price, too, but Amazon wouldn’t allow that due to printing cost.

So, if you haven’t been able to download a copy to your Kindle yet, now is your chance. In a few days, the price will be going back up.

 

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Two sisters find themselves in a magical world of supernatural creatures and a book that just might send them on a path to find their destiny.

It is the lack of having supernatural abilities that makes Noelle a non-believer. Anya, her younger sister, believes in almost everything, and tries her best to change Noelle’s view of the world, including reminding her they are part shifter.

It isn’t until one morning during a ride into work with her uncle, the town sheriff, when Noelle begins to question her disbelief in all things supernatural. She has a premonition which sends her and Anya on a quest to find a book that may lead to their destiny. A destiny that takes them through a portal into the Faerie realm.

If you love books about magical faeries, shifters, and werewolves which also includes mystery, action, and adventure then this is the book for you!

Supporting Other Indie Authors


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I’ve been reviewing books on Amazon and Goodreads for indie authors for a few years now, I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of blogging about them.

So, I decided to try something different. Being an indie author myself, I know how hard it is to get the word out there when it comes to promoting and marketing my work. There are a lot of ways to market your work, yet most of them are out of the budget range, especially if you are just starting out which means you can only promote your work here or there.

With that said, I decided to create a blog where I will post my indie book reviews, as well as author interviews for any indie author out there looking into promoting their published works or looking into building their online presence.

I know there are quite a few book bloggers already out there, but one more couldn’t hurt, right?

It’s FREE marketing!

It’s FREE, which means I’m not charging anyone to market their books. If you are an indie author and think you are interested, check out my blog here. Or, if you are looking for something interesting to read, visit my blog and click follow.

When Do You Find Time To Write?


writing on the road

Working on my next novel while running errands with my dad.

People still ask me how I find the time to write. To them, I’m quite a busy person.

“You’re a single mom with a special needs kiddo, you work full time, yet you have time to write and publish books? How do you do it?”

“Well, I make time,” I say with a shrug. “I love to write, so, I write.”

True, I have my hands completely full with my daughter. Being a special needs parent is a full-time job in itself, but I wouldn’t change a thing.

I’m often approached by aspiring authors telling me that they don’t have the time to write, yet they want to write and publish a book. If you want to be a writer, then be one. Don’t sit on the sidelines saying how you wish you could be one. Make it happen. Authors don’t find time to write, they make time.

Authors don’t find time to write, they make time.

I was going to college full-time, working part-time, volunteering, taking care of my daughter as a single mom, and helping my grandmother. In the middle of all that I had written and published three books; one of which was a novel.

I have been able to remove ‘attending classes, studying and doing homework’ off of my plate, but my plate is still full. Between IEP meetings (I’ve had 6 this year so far), meeting with someone from the school (a weekly event, if not daily), school events, afterschool events, daily life requirements of housework and errands, work (the main money-bringer), I still find thirty minutes to an hour, sometimes more, to write. If my daughter is at school and I’m off work, that’s plenty of time (8 hours, give or take time out for lunch) to write and get my errands and housework completed.

Being an author is a job.

Since starting my new job last year, I have had nothing but time to write, that I have made it my second job. Being an author is a job. You not only work on your next book, but you have to promote and market the work that you have published. How else are you going to earn an income from your work if no one knows it’s out there?

However, I tend to spend a lot of time writing than I do marketing. That could be a good thing or a bad thing. I’m writing more, which means there will be more published works out there. The more you have published, the more your work will be noticed. I had also decided not to market as much until I had more published works out there.

I’m not saying all of this to brag, honestly! I’m trying to encourage others to make the time. I once used to look at published authors, wishing that I, too, could write and publish a book. I decided to tell myself that I could.

I started writing my novel, Chaos when my daughter was a few months old. I kept pushing it aside as I lacked the motivation to continue. My grandmother became my cheerleader, in a way, urging me to keep going. She knew I wanted to be a published author. I’m glad I listened to her.

Now that she is no longer here, I find myself thinking about her and what she would say each time that I need that little boost of encouragement. Or, I see the pride in my daughter’s eyes when she takes my children’s picture book to school to show everyone that her mommy wrote it. That right there is all the motivation I need.

Mock Ebook Covers Helps With Motivation


For the past few months, I have been working on a novel that had me stopping now and then. It’s a mystery/thriller – murder, the FBI, a love interest. The idea sounded great in my head yet, I had trouble getting it to come out and onto paper. I pushed my novel aside, and then pulled up another writing project onto my computer and worked on it. I was able to write in spurts. My brain kept trying to focus on that one novel though.

I enlisted the help of a few co-workers. A few of them listened to me as I rambled on about this story I was writing. A few others added their two cents, which was enough to help me push aside my writer’s block.

Later that night, I typed up what I came up with, then stared at the scene after I was done. I re-read the story, hoping something new would come up, but as I read it, it seemed as if part of it wouldn’t make sense in the real world, and my book took place in the real world.

Once again, I pushed it aside and pulled up the other writing project, until I couldn’t write any more on it either.

Pushing my other writing project aside, I decided to try something new.

I read how one author creates her own book covers for inspiration. Though she never uses these covers on her books, as she hires a professional, her self made covers do serve a purpose.

She chooses the model, picks a title for her book, and then puts it all together in a mock photoshop software you can find for free on the internet. She then prints it out and hangs it near her computer for her to see while she writes. Once I read this, I was able to understand her methods. Sometimes it takes visual cues to help get the creative juices flowing.

I tried her method and found that it worked. Honestly, why didn’t I try this before? It wasn’t long that the words started to flow. I could visualize the story playing out as if it were a movie. I even went as far as creating boards on Pinterest; picking out my characters and locations to draw out inspiration.

All these methods have helped me write a better story.

I even went as far as coming up with a second book, but that’s just me, always thinking ahead. Soon the outline was coming into place and I was able to determine an ending.

Now it was time to fill in the story.

Check back to see how far along my story has gotten.

 

Drinking Coffee and Writing to Jimmy Buffett


breakfast and writing

Being an author with ADD is quite hard. I can’t focus on just one writing project. I talked to a few co-worker’s about a few of my writing projects that I was working on and they asked me how was it that I didn’t get them mixed up? I told them that it’s like my brain has many web browsers open and that I’m unable to shut all but one off.

It’s true, though, I do have anywhere from two to four writing projects going. For some, that’s bad, but for others, it’s just the way we are. In a way, I can finish two or more writing projects at the same time.

Last year, I set a goal for myself, publish 6 titles a year for 5 years. Last summer, I switched jobs and found myself having quite a lot of time, so it was easy to use up that time to write, to focus on every one of my writing projects that I had going. I would drop my daughter off at school and head home and write until it was time to pick her up. Before I knew it, I had written three novellas, two non-fiction books, and a short story.

I ended up publishing that short story and one of my novellas last year, as well as a novel that my editor had sent back to me earlier in the year. The other two novellas that I had finished, I had published earlier this year. As for those two non-fiction books, they are set to be published this summer.

Now, the thing about having so much time on my hands and having ADD is that I find myself wanting to play video games or watch Netflix. It wasn’t too hard to find myself losing my discipline. Though I would work on my writing projects, the word count wasn’t nearly as much as it used to be.

It was time to change it up. With my laptop and notebook in my bag, I stopped by my local coffee shop, ordered a breakfast sandwich and a coffee, and then plopped myself into one of their comfy chairs and started writing. It didn’t take me long to come up with over 1100 words. I know that isn’t enough to some, but it’s a start. I also didn’t stay but a few hours.

Since yesterday went so well, I found myself repeating the process; sitting at my local coffee shop with my laptop opened to one of my works-in-progress. Today’s music is much different as it was yesterday.  As I sat down, I plugged in my earbuds, hoping to find something on Youtube that I could write to. The coffee shop owner tells Alexa to shuffle Jimmy Buffett and Cheeseburger In Paradise immediately rings out through the speakers. I didn’t bother with my earbuds and Youtube as I found myself singing along to Jimmy Buffett, while my fingers clicked across the keyboard on my laptop.

Something about listening to Jimmy Buffett helps fuel the creative juices in so many ways for me. Maybe it’s that I wish I was on the beach somewhere instead of being landlocked. With Jimmy Buffett playing, I could picture myself sitting at one of my favorite places that I frequented when I lived near the beach years ago, writing as if I was living my dream; sitting on the beach, writing full-time.

Whatever helps, right?

What inspires you? What fuels your creativity?

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