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What gave me away?

August 30, 2015

Why yes, I am writing about Rochelle and Beau today. What gave me away?

hot chocolate and oreos

Happy Sunday!!

Oracle 2: A glimpse of a WIP

August 28, 2015

The muttering and fretting of the crowd grew, but it was just a wash of useless noise. Beau had drilled me with contingency plans, over and over again. I was supposed to call Audrey if we got separated. I was supposed to make it back to the pack if anything ever happened to him.

I cleared the crush of the crowd, but stayed nearby on the grass in the shadow of the brick building. I dug my phone out of my satchel and pulled up Audrey’s contact info.

Except … if I went to Portland that meant I had to just let whatever was happening here happen.

Beau would be pissed. But how long would it even take Audrey to get here? And then what?

I scrolled from the As to the Bs. It was a short scroll. A shallow flick of my thumb. I had a dozen entries total, at most.

I stared down at the contact I’d selected.

Blackwell.

– I See You, Oracle 2, Chapter 6, First Draft

A writing break on a Monday

August 24, 2015

I’m currently writing the first draft of I See You (Oracle 2). Life has been crazy – we are moving. Yes, again – but I’m still managing to eke out about 2000 words every day.

Writing – as opposed to brainstorming, which I live and breath – needs fuel and focus. Not enough fuel, and I lose focus quickly. So I try to enforce mini breaks when I feel weary or distracted. I could push through, and I do so when time is crunchy. But it’s better if I don’t. An unfueled MCD is not a pretty sight. Such days usually devolve into ranting, then weeping. Generally over things that do not require yelling or tears.

This is my break today. Only two chocolates remain from my second to last forage at Chocolate Arts. They look at little worn – perhaps they’ve been bashed about in the stash drawer – and I can’t remember what kind they are, but I know I’m going to love every nibble.

chocolates from chocolate arts

ETA: The Chocolate Arts website has helpfully reminded me that I indulged in a Framboise (rectangle) – single origin, intense dark chocolate with fruit and acidic overtones – while writing this blog post. And will luxuriate in a Cleopatra – caramel ganache, surrounding a caramel cream with a roasted organic hazelnut in a dark chocolate shell – right after I hit publish.

What fuels you on a draggy Monday?

Dowser 4: misprinted paperback giveaway

August 23, 2015

GIVEAWAY CLOSED. WINNERS: LUCKY #28, 18, 52, and 48. In a startling turn of events #28 has deferred her winnings because of her close personal relationship with the author, so #51 turns out to be extra lucky!

We are gearing up to move into a MUCH smaller place at the end of September, and I need to purge a bunch of stuff before then. To that end, I have a few more misprinted paperbacks that need new homes.

Such as these four pink-streaked but still pretty Dowser 4 paperbacks:

misprinted Dowser 4 paperbacks

Since there are four books there shall be four winners – quadruple the fun! I’ll leave the giveaway open for four days for symmetry.

Who would like to win an autographed paperback of Dowser 4?

You would?

Okay then!

To enter:

  1. Comment below and tell me your favourite chocolate treat. Perhaps a chocolate bar or baked good that you savour while you read a new Dowser book? Or even what you treated yourself to while reading Dowser 4 specifically.

Notes/Rules: OPEN INTERNATIONALLY. Each comment will be assigned an entry number. FOUR winning entries will then be selected via random number generator. One entry per person. Please make sure to fill out a valid email address in the comment form. Email addresses are not collected for any purpose other than notifying the contest winner.

If you haven’t commented on the blog before, or you comment from a different IP address, the comments are moderated. So don’t worry if you don’t see your entry right away. I will approve it, then assign it an entry number.

Contest closes THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2015 at 9 p.m. PDT.

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Dowser 5: paperback flash giveaway

August 18, 2015

CONTEST CLOSED: WINNER: LUCKY #21! BARB from Minnesota.

These beauties just showed up the mail yesterday, so it must be time for a FLASH giveaway!

paperbacks

Who would like to win an autographed paperback of Dowser 5?

You would?

Okay then!

To enter:

  1. Comment below with your favourite quote from Maps, Artifacts, and Other Arcane Magic (Dowser 5).

Notes/Rules: OPEN INTERNATIONALLY. Each comment will be assigned an entry number. The winning entry will then be selected via random number generator. One entry per person. Please make sure to fill out a valid email address in the comment form. Email addresses are not collected for any purpose other than notifying the contest winner.

If you haven’t commented on the blog before, or you comment from a different IP address, the comments are moderated. So don’t worry if you don’t see your entry right away. I will approve it, then assign it an entry number.

Contest closes WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2015 at 9 a.m. PDT.

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Rochelle’s Tactical Pen

August 17, 2015

So I wrote up a blog post some time ago about writing lead characters who can’t actually kick ass but who must still resolve the main conflict in order for the story to function properly, but I never finished it. I figured that yammering on about my writing process was a rather boring blog post.

However, this came in the mail last Thursday. And this – I think – is interesting, because it’s part of teaching Rochelle to kick ass when she has no other choice.

Rochelle's Tactical Pen

Yep, that’s a Smith&Wesson Tactical Pen. I bought it on Amazon. I thought it was a great idea for Rochelle. Or rather, Beau thought it was a good thing for Rochelle to have. And I wouldn’t mind tucking it into my own satchel after I’m done working through Oracle 2.

I couldn’t just give Rochelle a knife. She’d probably just end up stabbing herself with it. Ha.

Back to talking about writing and structure and audience expectations for a second … if the Oracle series is a trilogy (as I believe it is) then book two is technically the second act, which means it’s all about confrontation – inner and exterior conflict. Rochelle is not only learning who she is, but how she functions within the Adept world.

I think the pen is going to come in handy.

Surprise gifts

August 14, 2015

I love surprise gifts … you know, when it’s not your birthday or Christmas so it’s completely unexpected. Who doesn’t? I love giving them (in case you hadn’t noticed with all the giveaways I do – ha!) but I certainly don’t mind receiving them either.

This sweet thank you note along with a tatted ring and bracelet made by Billie arrived in the mail yesterday.

Tatted jewelry from BillieBillie won the last round of paperback giveaways celebrating the release of Dowser 5. And the super cool thing? Other than the totally classy thank you note. I’ve never laid eyes on tatted jewelry before. I’d heard the term tatted, of course. But I hadn’t associated it with jewelry, etc.

So Billie, thanks for the surprise present and for the new knowledge! Look for an upcoming character wearing tatted jewelry somewhere, sometime. :D

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