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Author Spotlight on Celebrate with a Book
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I've had the extraordinary pleasure of getting to know the wonderful Tina Glasneck, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance author. She's also the founder of Celebrate with a Book, her site dedicated solely to advocating other authors and getting the word out there about their best new titles.

Today, Tina's hosted me on Celebrate with a Book with some highlights of Daughter of the Drackan, just before Book Two, Mother of the Drackan, hits the shelves on May 31st. We've got another dragon-lover in the ranks here, and her enthusiasm made my day. Stop by and check it out!

February 5th Final Tour Stop at Long and Short Reviews

This is it! Today marks the end of 'Daughter of the Drackan's' Virtual Tour, with a final stop at Long and Short Reviews. I broke out of the norm, and wrote a guest post about the things I do outside of writing and editing. Because, while those are my favorite things, I do other things, too.

Come stop by and check it out! Thank you so much to all of you who have followed the tour, commented, shared, and supported this book. Don't forget to enter to win a $25 Amazon or BN gift card, and 'Daughter of the Drackan' is still discounted at $0.99...but only until the end of the day.

2. Yoga —No writer can sustain their creativity without also taking care of their body. I rather enjoy yoga, and I practice in my living room just about every morning first thing. It keeps me flexible, my muscles strong, and works better (and quicker) than a cup of coffee for waking up (though I also drink coffee). Lately, though, I’ve been unable to keep to my yoga schedule. I recently had surgery on my foot to remove a pretty nastily painful bunion, and I’ve been taken out of the game (mostly physically, at least). I got the stitches out last week, and so far we’re healing well, my foot and I—just no physical activity for a while yet. I very much look forward to future months, when I can return hiking in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains in which we live, playing in the woods, and rock climbing back into my daily life, along with yoga. Good thing my recovery coincides with Spring coming.

February 4th Tour Stop at Queen of All She Reads

Yet another guest post from me today for 'Daughter of the Drackan's' Blog Tour, stopping at Queen of All She Reads.

I was asked to write about the difference between how I work and think as a writer, and how I switch my brains into editor mode. This was a fun post for me to write - and it's amazing how closely related the two are!

Come stop by! Say hello! Leave a comment and enter to win a $25 Amazon or BN gift card. 'Daughter of the Drackan' is still $0.99, but only until tomorrow! Click the link at the top to read the whole post.

‘Editing mode’ is a lot more structured, analytical, and ‘on the screen’ rather than ‘in my head’. Knowing the ins and outs of proper editing (i.e. grammar, punctuating, sentence structure, plot and character elements, etc.) have always come naturally for me. I chalk that up to the extensive repertoire of reading I’ve managed to amass in the last twenty years. I read voraciously even still. It feels like a second limb in the back of my head…something that’s quite normal for me, and sometimes others can’t understand it and are even amazed by it.

February 3rd Tour Stop at Dark Treasury

For the last three days of this tour, I've got some pretty cool guest posts to share with you instead of the interview (though how much fun were those?). Today at Dark Treasury, I wrote about Fantasy World Building and the separation between what you need to know as an author and what your readers want to see.

These are guidelines I like to use myself, and the major points I felt were important. Boy, did I ever want to expound and get all crazy detailed, but alas. Word count limits do exist.

Come check it out! Enter to win a $25 Amazon or BN gift card. Get the ebook of 'Daughter of the Drackan' for $0.99 until this Friday, February 5th, when the deal ends. Ask me some weird stuff, tell me something witty, share your thoughts!

Here's an excerpt from the post, and click on the link at the top to read the whole thing.

Building a Fantasy World vs. Writing A Fantasy World Encyclopedia

As writers, it’s challenging not to get caught up in all the intricate details of our worlds, wanting to share every little morsel we can with our readers. As readers, we want to feel like we’ve been transported into this world and can trek its hills and valleys as if they were our own.

Tread carefully, creators of the realm. For it is a slippery slope when distracting your adventurers by shoving a list of terms, definitions, and appendices in their faces.

Those here for the magic wish to experience it for themselves.