Hello, and welcome to my first post for Sneak Peek Sunday.
Today, I’m going to give you a sneak peek into my YA paranormal romance, The Watcher. Mia, the main character is crazy about one guy, but being pursued by her school’s hot new bad boy, Damiel. This scene is her and Damiel’s lunch together in the cafeteria.
The lasagna on Damiel’s plate must have been the special, but I hadn’t seen it on the menu. As he cut a forkful and drew it to his mouth, I caught him watching me. He didn’t even try to hide it. With Damiel, I always knew where I stood. When he smiled, his eyes weren’t just brown, they had shimmering bronze flecks that caught the light. I gazed into them, and the rest of the cafeteria faded and blurred into the background.
After swallowing a few bites, he cleared his throat. “You should eat something.”
How long had I been staring ? Flushing, I quickly looked down, focusing on the dry, unappealing sandwich on my plate.
“Here.” He held up a forkful of lasagna for me to taste. “Try this. It’s the food of the gods. I swear.”
Was he seriously offering to feed me in the school cafeteria? Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a few girls glaring at me. Good thing I didn’t know any of them.
He leaned in closer, raised his fork slightly, and nodded. A voice in my head said C’mon, live a little.
Now, I have some really exciting news. Inkspell Publishing will be publishing The Angel Killer, Book 2 of The Watcher Saga, sometime in late December or Early January 2015. You heard it here first!
Maybe next week, I’ll post a little teaser from there.
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Kacey Vanderkarr, author of Antithesis, was kind enough to blog my book special today. In case you hadn’t heard, The Watcher is only 99 cents on Kindle. It’s reads like a standalone novel, but it’s also going to be a trilogy.
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Thank you Maggie Bolitho for inviting me to this blog hop. Maggie’s debut novel, Lockdown, a non-stop thrill-ride, just released. Maggie and I met at a North Vancouver City Library event and soon discovered we both wrote and loved YA fiction. We’ve been critique partners for over a year now, and I’m a huge fan of her work. You can read about Maggie’s writing process here.
1) What am I working on?
I’m currently putting the finishing touches on a sequel to The Watcher. I’m also working on the third and final book in that series. As I write the story has transitioned from a paranormal romance to more of an urban fantasy. What is the difference ? Well, I’ve heard it described as Paranormal Romance focuses on the romance. Whereas Urban Fantasy is more action-packed and focused on the adventure. The romance may be there, but it’s not the central focus of the story.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’ve got to admit, this question always trips me up. It’s as though I’m being asked to prove my worthiness as writer. What makes my work so special and unique? It’s as if the whole world is asking: Why should I read what you have to say?
Gulp! Well, when you put it that way…
I think I have a unique voice that speaks to people, but it’s difficult for me to define. It’s like putting a label on my soul. As someone who teaches meditation and assists people in developing their intuitive abilities, I have an understanding of how clairvoyance works, and I have met and worked with many people with intuitive abilities. I believe that lends a certain authenticity to my work. Things that people deem as “paranormal” or “supernatural” are really quite normal and natural.
Bottom line is that I tell stories I enjoy. I like stories that have unique twists, where the characters are complex and interesting and they live in a world like our own, and yet see into a different reality. I realize I’m a bit outside of the box in my viewpoint, so I hope that others who like things to be a little different might enjoy my work.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.
- Joss Whedon
I’m such a huge fan of Young Adult fiction, especially romance, paranormal romance, and fantasy, that it’s greatly influenced my work. It started when I was much younger and all I read were fantasy novels and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comics. I’m so enmeshed in the fantasy, paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres, that I can’t help but write about it. Even when I try to write contemporary, I want to bring a little magic into the reality.
I’m also influenced by my meditation practice. It’s hard to see reality as finite when you achieve that altered state of “oneness with everything” in meditation. Magic just seems more real.
But I love writing for teens because there’s no room for wasted words, or diversions. You cut to the chase and get down to the story. Things are real and vivid, and free from a certain jadedness that can dull the senses.
4) How does my writing process work?
I’m a full-time professional technical writer. So, some days, I simply cannot come home and write fiction after writing for someone else all day. Instead, I usually devote one weekend day a week to writing (or two-half days, as the case may be). I also write late at night, or change it up by hand writing short exercises once in a while.
As for how I create stories, I’m sure you’ve heard of planners (people who plan things out) and pantsers (people who write stories ‘by the seat of their pants’). Though I’m a little of both, I tend to just start writing to see where it takes me. Then I stop and reassess. Being a pantser means I do a great deal of editing. While I love the freedom of just writing, I also enjoy the crafting that occurs in my editing process, which includes working with a few critique partners.
I’ve tagged three wonderful authors to follow me on this blog tour. They are:
S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. She is currently going through a quarter life crisis, deciding that it will be much more fun to publish books than code software for clients. Her first book, Double Life, was self-published on June 12th. You can find her blog here.
Nina Lemay is a writer of YA and New Adult of all genres. She loves all things dark, edgy and fantastical but also appreciates a gritty contemporary. She lives in Montreal, city of snow and pretty churches that also happens to be the setting of her first New Adult book. You can find Nina at her website: http://ninalemay.com
Sue Perry has many interests and an abhorrence of repetition, which is probably why her novels span so many genres. Her books do have in common strong female leads and plots that unfold like mysteries. Her upcoming novel, Nica of Los Angeles, is the first in the FRAMES series, a speculative fantasy with detective and dystopian elements. You can find Sue on her blog: Required Writing.
Today, I’m playing with a fun little online app, called Tagxedo that allows you to build custom word clouds in any number of shapes.
Here’s a word cloud I created from the book blurb for my book, The Watcher.
And here’s one with an angel theme.
I have a feeling I’ll be spending a lot of time playing on this site.