This week I'm celebrating:
1) A clean apartment! I even scrubbed the kitchen floor. Hubby said, "It looks great! Too bad it can't stay this way." (Yeah, too bad there's a 250 lb toddler wandering around who tracks in dirt, makes messes, and spills things...)
2) I cooked enough food to last a week.
3) I promo-ed my book sale, have done crits for my CPs, and wrote a newsletter for the writing site I use. (Writing.Com -- see all my newsletters on writing craft on my Writing Advice page).
4) Now that I'm finally ahead of the game, I'm hoping to work on Ch 2, which will be my 4th version. The darn thing is just not coming together. (Muse!! Where did you go??)
What do you do when a piece of writing isn't working and your muse has taken a vacation?
Curiosity Quills Press (Nov 30, 2014)Blurb:
When you have a connection to the Darkworld, nowhere is truly safe.
Ashlyn has found a new home in Blackstone, but when a spate of grave robberies across the country spark fears that someone is practicing illegal sorcery, she comes under the radar of the Venantium, the protectors of the Barrier between her world and the Darkworld, who are suspicious of any sorcerer unaware of their origins.
The trouble is, what Ash does know might just get her killed.
Sufferers of the dangerous condition known as the vampire’s curse are being brutally killed, and the latest victim is Leo’s guardian, the ex-head of the Venantium. Ash determines to help Leo find out what’s really going on, but it isn’t long before events are spiralling out of control. The dead are rising from their graves, and the barriers around Blackstone are threatened by a demon which looks exactly like Ash herself…
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Note from Lexa: I read the first book in Emma's series, Darkness Watching. It was very exciting, had great characters, and was very well written -- I truly enjoyed it and have been looking forward to the next in the series!
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Fear's Touch: A Darkworld Novella is a standalone novella, intended as a prequel to the Darkworld series. As it takes place one year before the events of Darkness Watching, it doesn’t contain any spoilers (although it does hint at things which will come into play later in the series).
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Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing bizarre, fantastical stories. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also entertained her creative writing group and baffled her tutors by submitting strange fantasy tales featuring dragons and supernatural monsters to workshops. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).
Now a reluctant graduate, Emma refuses to settle down and be normal. When not embarking on wild excursions, she edits and proofreads novels for various publishing houses and reads an insane number of books. At the age of 21, she signed a publishing contract with Curiosity Quills Press for the first book in her creepy urban fantasy Darkworld series. DARKNESS WATCHING was published in October 2013, the first in a five-book series. Emma’s books tend to contain monsters, magic, and wildly inappropriate humour.
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