The Joys of Revision

CA.Apostate2A while back I told you that I was about a third of the way through APOSTATE, Book Three in the Celestial Affairs series. I was sure at that time that I’d be closing in on finishing the 1st draft by now. Not so. I am, in fact, at about the halfway mark.

Why so slow? In addition to me not ever being a fast writer, I kept getting this nagging feeling that something wasn’t quite right. I learned the hard way with FORBIDDEN TALENTS to listen to that voice. (It took me six months to figure out what was wrong with that book.) So I went back and revised. And pondered. And revised some more. As a result, I think APOSTATE will wind up being a better, more layered book, but it also won’t be released until early next year. (Here’s the cover, by the incomparable Jaycee DeLorenzo of Sweet N Spicy Designs.)

Some of my ponderings have led me to research PTSD, Domestic Abuse, and terrorism–and I’m not done yet. So wish me well, and I hope that when you finally read APOSTATE you think it was worth the wait. (And in the meantime, you can read books one and two if you haven’t already: LIGHTBRINGER  and GUARDIAN, as well as the “sidecar” novel BETRAYED BY TRUST.)

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Begin reading the Celestial Affairs series for FREE

Now that GUARDIAN, Book Two in the Celestial Affairs series is available, and Book Three is in the pipeline, I’ve made it easy for readers to get started on the series. And what could be easier than FREE? You may have already read LIGHTBRINGER. If so, I hope you enjoyed it! Please let me know what you thought of it by leaving a review on Amazon. And please let your friends know about the sale (which runs through July 18th).

FrankieRobertson_Lightbringer_800pxJared has been stuck on the Terrestrial Plane for over 160 years. He can’t return home without the help of his Celestial brethren, and since he failed at his previous assignments, they aren’t welcoming him back. Now they’ve given him another chance to prove himself. All he has to do is save a beautiful psychic from a demonic assassin who can look like anyone, and strike anywhere, anytime. Falling in love isn’t part of the plan.

LIGHTBRINGER was originally intended to be a stand-alone novel, but I (and my readers) quickly realized that there were a lot more stories to tell. I’m looking forward to sharing them with you, so if you haven’t yet stuck a toe into the Celestial Affairs universe be sure to take advantage of this sale and read the first book in the series for FREE. (And don’t miss BETRAYED BY TRUST, a prequel set in 1979.)

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Now on Sale! Dark Winter’s Night

DARK WINTER’S NIGHT, a new romantic fantasy novella, is now available! For the first few days I’m offering it at a special low price so the people who have subscribed to my newsletter and blog and FB page can get it at a discount. I really appreciate your support and giving my fans a discount is one way I can show that.

I do have a favor to ask, though. You can help me by leaving an honest review. Amazon pays attention to how many reviews a book has, and your opinion will help other readers decide if this is a book they’ll enjoy reading.

I had so much fun writing this and I hope you enjoy reading it just as much! Inspired by mythology and one of my favorite fairy tales, I’ve put my own spin on this story and set it in the Vinlanders’ Saga world of Alfheim. If you’ve been wanting to see more of Nuvinland’s elves, this is for you. Get your copy now before the price goes up. 

Thanks for reading!

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The Clock is Ticking…

The release of DARK WINTER’S NIGHT is less than a week away! I had so much fun writing this Vinlanders’ Saga novella (I wish all of my books came to me this easily) and I LOVE the cover that Jaycee DeLorenzo created for it. If you’ve been wanting to see more of Nuvinland’s elves you’ll enjoy this story. And if you haven’t yet read any of the other Vinlanders’ Saga books, no problem! This novella stands on its own.

Here’s the back cover copy:

Dark_Winter_Night_600x900The folk of Nuvinland fear the mountain forests. They are the abode of Elves and not to be trespassed upon. Katrynna doesn’t always follow that rule—and her visits to the woods have not gone unnoticed.

When a mysterious stranger asks for Katrynna’s hand on behalf of his lord, she has her doubts. She’s never heard of the man, and why would a wealthy lord ask for her, a farmer’s daughter? But he offers a significant bride price and her sisters need dowries. For their sakes she accepts and marries by proxy.  

The victim of a devastating curse, Lord Taavin’s fate rests in the hands of the mortal woman he saw dancing in the forest. He has his doubts that a mere human can be trusted, but somehow he must overcome her fear of being Fey-marked and seduce her into falling in love—without using his magic.

His future—and his heart—depend on it.

Happy reading! And if you haven’t yet signed up for my newsletter, do it now and get two free short stories.

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Data Privacy and Readers

You may have heard that the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) goes into effect in the EU on May 25th. You may wonder if this affects you in any way. I hope, as Seth Godin does, that this will mean that you can be more confident that you know what you’re signing up for when you share your email with a company online, and where that data will wind up. This is one reason I’ve changed the wording slightly on my  “Free Stories” page. I want it to be absolutely clear when visitors sign up for my newsletter that getting free stories is just one of the benefits.

Here’s what I want you to know. (Please keep in mind that I AM NOT AN ATTORNEY AND THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE.)  You have the right to understand that when you share your email with me  you are agreeing to receive newsletters from me. (BTW, when you sign up for a raffle for free books, you’re agreeing that your email will be sent to those authors providing the prizes. Some of my newsletter subscribers have joined my list this way.)

I want you to be thrilled (or at least happy) to receive an email from me, so if you don’t want me to send you information about sales and new books please don’t send me your email. If you’ve already subscribed to my newsletter and you want me to stop sending them, please unsubscribe. I always put the unsubscribe information prominently at the top of every newsletter. Also, I do my best to prevent any unauthorized access to or use of your data and I’ll never share or sell your email address.

I’m in the process of preparing a Privacy Policy that spells this out in more formal terms, and that will be available shortly.

All that being said, if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter yet, please do so. Two of the many benefits are access to two free short stories and early bird news about new releases. Please also consider following me on Amazon and Bookbub.

 

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What’s New?

I hope that those of you in Arizona managed to attend The Tucson Festival of Books last weekend. I had so much fun. I learned some stuff unrelated to writing, connected with many acquaintances, and rocked to a free concert by the Rockbottom Remainders (which includes musical authors like Amy Tan and Scott Turow).

Marginally related to all that fun, I hurt my foot, but it’s almost better. Now I just have to get over the cold that my generous husband shared with me. Does that ever happen in romance novels? Maybe that’s why the H/h in all the Hallmark movies don’t kiss until just before the credits roll…

I’ve finished the first draft of a new Vinlanders’ Saga novella, DARK WINTER’S NIGHT. It still needs revision and editing, but you’ll see it this summer, probably. Then I’ll be back to work on APOSTATE, book three in the Celestial Affairs series. That’s the plan anyway. My plans tend to be rather fluid. Three months ago, DWN wasn’t on my radar.

If you haven’t yet entered the Prizes for Readers raffle, what are you waiting for? You could win a $100 gift card.

Happy reading!

 

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Win a $100 Gift Card!

Prizes for Readers is running a raffle for a $100 Gift Card and I want you to have a chance to win. Go to https://prizesforreaders.com/ to sign up. While you’re there, make sure you check out the books by the other great authors participating and vote for best cover and best blurb. Whether you prefer romantic fantasy,shifter stories,  urban fantasy, or all of the above, these authors have you covered.

Good luck and Happy Reading!

Frankie

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What’s Up? What’s Free?

I asked in my last post how you decide what’s worth spending your very precious and limited time doing. It’s a very personal choice. Did it prompt you to make any changes to your plans? Did you make any resolutions?

Like most people, I’ve never found “resolutions” to be very effective as a way to make a lasting change. So the last few years I’ve just made plans and set goals. It’s kind of the same, but with more of a road map on how to get where I want to go. Sometimes I fall short, but it gives me something to strive for.

We’re three weeks into the new year and so far all is going “according to plan.” This is a bit of a first for me. In the past, my behavior would have begun to diverge from my intentions by now. But so far, so good. I’ve been really busy, and enjoying every minute. (Well, almost every minute. Some days writing is like laying brick, as an author whose name I can’t remember once said.)

APOSTATE, Book Three in the Celestial Affairs series, is still in progress. I’m also working on a novella set in Alfheim, the world of the Vinlanders’ Saga. The working title is DARK WINTER’S NIGHT and it’s mostly about the Elves.

Speaking of the Vinlanders’ Saga, DANGEROUS TALENTS  is FREE today. Many of you have already read it (Thank you!) but if you ever wanted to recommend it to a friend, today is a great day to do so. Actually, every day is a great day for you to recommend my books, but tomorrow DANGEROUS TALENTS goes back to its regular price.

Happy Reading!

 

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Happy New Year!

headstand-snowmanOn this first day of the new year remember: life is short. I don’t say that to be a downer. What I mean is, be alive every moment and live intentionally as much as you can. A lot of what we do everyday is necessary maintenance. We have to work, do the laundry, etc. The rest of the time we get to choose what we do.

Does that make you feel pressured to hurry up and accomplish or experience  more? Or does it make you feel like you should relax and watch more Hallmark moves? Does it change your plans in any way at all?

Since I live in the desert I don’t get to build a snowman very often. Doing it is always fun, though, and it’s a perfect example of living in the moment. By it’s very nature, it won’t last, but there’s no one who’s done it who’d argue it isn’t “worth” doing. Sandcastles are the same. And sidewalk paintings. Mandalas drawn with sand. Obviously, for a lot of people, permanence isn’t necessary to make something worth doing.

What do you think? How do you measure what is “worth doing?”

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Happy Holidays!

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At the end of my books I always say thank you to my readers for letting me entertain them for a few hours.

I really mean that.

Books have always been a refuge for me and if my readers set aside their concerns for a short time while slipping into the worlds I create, I’m honored. I know you have a ton of choices for how to spend your time.

To make that escape into another world a little easier, I’m offering FORBIDDEN TALENTS   (Book Two in the Vinlanders’ Saga) at a steeply discounted price ($0.99) through Monday. The main characters spend a lot of time slogging through the snow, so now seems only fitting.

If you’ve already read FORBIDDEN TALENTS, thank you! I’d really appreciate it if you’d take a few minutes to leave a review. I love hearing what readers think.

BTW, some of you have asked if there will be more books in the Vinlanders’ Saga. The answer is definitely yes! I’m writing the third book in the Celestial Affairs series, APOSTATE, right now, but when that’s done I want to tell Fender’s story. I really like Fender. He grew from a “walk-on” character into a really great guy. I plan to give him his own adventure in a part of Alfheim we haven’t explored yet. I hesitate to say when that book will be out–my predictions tend to be overly optimistic. Stay tuned and I’ll keep you informed.

In the meantime, have a wonderful holiday surrounded by friends, family, and books!

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