Follow Friday

In an effort to get more eyes on my social media, I’ve decided to participate in a #followfriday!

But I’m putting a twist on mine.

Any authors, editors, book lovers who see this are welcome to join in.

I am predominantly a Paranormal Romance author. So, if you happen to be a Speculative Fiction, Romance or Paranormal Fiction writer, author, reader, editor or cover designer. Let’s connect and help each other grow!

And please follow my blog, leave a comment and I’ll follow yours right back. ❤️

Tips for Surviving NaNoWriMo

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Yes. It’s October and you know what that means. NaNoWriMo is coming.

It’s October 15th which means there’s just over two weeks until November is upon us.

Eek! Don’t ask me what I’m writing cause I don’t know yet.

Having participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) since 2005, I like to think I’ve picked up a tip or two along the way.

So, I’ve decided to share.

Tip #1: Pace yourself. Writing 50,000 words in 30 days may seem like a massive undertaking and leave you feeling completely overwhelmed, but the truth is it doesn’t have to. 1,667 words per day is completely doable, and if you break it down into even smaller goals… say 834 words in the morning and 834 words at night it’ll be an even easier goal to smash.

Tip #2: It’s never to early to kill off a character. In NaNoWriMo… anything goes. I once killed of a main character in the first chapter. Surprisingly, it worked and pushed the other characters forward. Death scenes take up a lot of words. So, does sex.

Tip #3: Editing is for December. Turn off your inner editor. Yes, it’s hard, but completely doable.

Tip #4: Turn off distractions. Procrastinating is the worst enemy to any NaNoer. If it helps set a timer, and turn off the WiFi. Research is fun, but time consuming.

Tip #5: Have fun. Because if you’re not having fun while writing, there’s really no point.

And there it is. I hope you find these tips helpful.

Follow Friday

In an effort to get more eyes on my social media, I’ve decided to participate in a #followfriday!

But I’m putting a twist on mine.

Any authors, editors, book lovers who see this are welcome to join in.

I am predominantly a Paranormal Romance author. So, if you happen to be a Speculative Fiction, Romance or Paranormal Fiction writer, author, reader, editor or cover designer. Let’s connect and help each other grow!

And please follow my blog, leave a comment and I’ll follow yours right back. ❤️

Pendragon is LIVE!

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Pendragon is now available!

It’s the third and final instalment of the Camelot series.

If you haven’t read the first two you can pick up the first two in this duology.

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From the day he was born, Mordred Pendragon believed himself cursed.
That nothing good could come from the union of Morgan Le Fay and Arthur Pendragon.
But what if it did?
And what if Mordred’s path is not the one defined by history?

Get your copy now!

Available Here!

Follow Friday

In an effort to get more eyes on my social media, I’ve decided to participate in a #followfriday!

But I’m putting a twist on mine.

Any authors, editors, book lovers who see this are welcome to join in.

I am predominantly a Paranormal Romance author. So, if you happen to be a Speculative Fiction, Romance or Paranormal Fiction writer, author, reader, editor or cover designer. Let’s connect and help each other grow!

And please follow my blog, leave a comment and I’ll follow yours right back. ❤️

Preorder LeRoux Manor by Liz Butcher Today!

Liz Butcher’s new book, LeRoux Manor is available for preorder!

PREORDER NOW!

From now until release day on September 1st, you can preorder LeRoux Manor for only $1.99!

When Camille set foot in LeRoux Manor, she set into motion events 150 years in the making. As the past & the present collide, the manor reveals its secrets & Camille and her friends find there’s nowhere to hide…

From now until release day on September 1st, you can preorder LeRoux Manor for only $1.99!

When Camille set foot in LeRoux Manor, she set into motion events 150 years in the making. As the past & the present collide, the manor reveals its secrets & Camille and her friends find there’s nowhere to hide…

What are you waiting for?

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WIP Wednesday

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It’s time to SHARE what you’re working on!

The rules are pretty simple, if you want to play along.

Just share up to 500 words in the comments from something you’ve been working on.

This is taken from something new I’m working on.

 

The ladies of the house were versed in all the fine arts. Music, dance, flower arranging and necromancy. Nowadays there wasn’t much call for raising the dead, but once my grandmother said, it was a perfectly acceptable line of work.

I’d never had reason to want to bring someone back from the dead until now.

Except that, wiser heads in my family forbade it. Too much could go wrong.

As I sat on the floor, at the center of a circle of salt with four candles burning at each of the four directions and began to chant, my black cat, Raven, darted into the room disrupting the circle of salt and setting back my spell work.

“Raven!”

It’s not much… but its a project I’m very excited about.

 

Pendragon is DONE!

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The beast is done! Alright, so once I got into it the story itself was a lot of fun to write and hardly a beast, but its definitely been one hell of a journey to get to this point.

It’s been over a year since I’ve even talked about this story in any depth in my blog.

Though, I did share a bit of a sneak peek with you guys the other Wednesday.

So, what’s next for this little 5k Arthurian tale? Well its currently in the queue awaiting deliberation as to whether it gets accepted or rejected into an anthology. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I did it justice.

If not, well I’ll tweak it a little and drag it up to 6k and it be edited again before I self publish it and it becomes the third and final installment of my teensy Camelot Saga.

And if you haven’t read Morrighan and Le Fay? Now’s your chance to catch up.

You can pick them both up in the digital only duology, Raven Conspiracy Available Here!

That’s over 12,000 words for only $2.99!

Follow Friday

In an effort to get more eyes on my social media, I’ve decided to participate in a #followfriday!

But I’m putting a twist on mine.

Any authors, editors, book lovers who see this are welcome to join in.

I am predominantly a Paranormal Romance author. So, if you happen to be a Speculative Fiction, Romance or Paranormal Fiction writer, author, reader, editor or cover designer. Let’s connect and help each other grow!

And please follow my blog, leave a comment and I’ll follow yours right back. ❤️

Why Write Paranormal Romance?

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Why Write Paranormal Romance?

Well that’s simple. I fell in love with “what if” type stories. What if a seemingly human girl feel in love with someone who wasn’t human.

Only it wasn’t quite as simple as that and it evolved. 

And I got stuck on Faeries… and Celtic mythology.

I read. For goodness sake. Read in your genre. Read the good and the bad.

Find what works for you and run with it.

So, what are the key things to keep in mind when writing paranormal romance?

Characters. The heart of your story. Or so I see it.

Setting. (Real and the not so real)

Magic/Mythology 

Thats it… those are to me the basics.

Which I’ll go into more detail in a later post.

Away With the Faeries

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve probably noticed one thing… well two things actually.

I write Paranormal Romance… and, I love faeries.

So, I combined both of those and now write A LOT of speculative fiction with faerie centric characters or themes.

My personal viewpoint on fey origin stories is that they’re gods or demi gods. I wouldn’t call them daemons as such only because from a Pagan standpoint the gods tend to take on various aspects. Therefore there’s both light and dark/benevolent and malevolent/winter and summer fey, and I don’t think that’s as clear cut either.

And right now, I have three 10,000+ word stories available in Limited Edition anthologies… which won’t be around forever.

Grab your copies now if you haven’t already!

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My story, STOLEN features within.

 Never make a deal with a faerie. You might find yourself bargaining your newborn daughter’s life as payment.

My father told me the story long before I could talk. I knew it by heart. Together, he and my brother had hunted and killed every last faerie they could find. All to save me from my fate.

For five hundred years the women in my family were taken as payment for a debt owed to the faerie lord. And paid with their lives. Humans weren’t designed to live in Faerie. We were too fragile.

But I’m not like those who have come before me. I’m strong, not weak. I will survive and one day, I will be free.

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My story, IN MY BLOOD features within.

Twenty-one-year-old, Evie is one of the last Quinn female wolf shifters.

Born to mixed lineage and not quite fey nor quite wolf, Evie has grown up thinking herself more wolf than fey, while following pack orders. But all that’s about to change.

Summoned to Arcadia by the Queen of the Summer Court, Evie finds herself nothing more than a pawn to strengthen her cousin’s hold on the throne.

But both women are keeping secrets, however, only Evie’s catch up to her during the Solstice Ball which forces her to flee with two unlikely companions, Fianna and Cole.

Now back home, Evie attempts to capture her own happily ever after… but will she?

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The last is, Falling For Shifters $2.99

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My story, A RUEFUL EQUINOX features within.

Fox Donovan has never quite belonged in either the Winter Court or the Summer Court.

His marriage to wolf shifter, Violet Grayson leads to further complications. Especially now that there’s war on the horizon.

What will happen when family and court politics collide?

Tuesday Teatime

So, I’m taking a little break from the serious writerly advice I’ve been offering lately and doing something fun.

So, here’s 5 quotes about coffee for you to enjoy!

1. Coffee is the best medicine.

2. Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death and sweet as love.

3. All you need is love and more coffee.

4. Coffee is happiness in a cup.

5. Life happens. But coffee helps.

5 Questions to Ask Before Starting Your Novel

Have you ever found yourself stumbling over where to start on a new novel? I have.

So, below I’ve come up with five questions to ask yourself before you get started writing.

They are:

1. Who is the main character or the heart of the story?

2. Who is the antagonist?

3. What threatens your main character?

4. What is the catalyst that sets the story in motion?

5. Where does the story end?

If you’ve answered all five of these you should have at least some idea as to the direction your story is headed.

I hope you found this blog post helpful in some way. If you did, drop me a like or a comment below.

Follow Friday

In an effort to get more eyes on my social media, I’ve decided to participate in a #followfriday!

But I’m putting a twist on mine.

Any authors, editors, book lovers who see this are welcome to join in.

I am predominantly a Paranormal Romance author. So, if you happen to be a Speculative Fiction, Romance or Paranormal Fiction writer, author, reader, editor or cover designer. Let’s connect and help each other grow!

And please follow my blog, leave a comment and I’ll follow yours right back. ❤️

WIP Wednesday

It’s time to SHARE what you’re working on!

The rules are pretty simple, if you want to play along.

Just share up to 500 words in the comments from something you’ve been working on.

This is taken from PENDRAGON which I’m struggling with right now. Hopefully it comes together by the August 9th deadline.

“Mordred!” I looked up, to find Macha running towards me. The wind blowing her raven locks into her eyes, forcing her to stop and brush her hair back behind her ears.

“Ems,” I greeted.

“Guess what?”

“Um…” I pretended to think. “I give up. What?”

“Queen Mab has said I can attend tonight’s solstice ball.”

I smiled. Knowing Mab as I did, meant I knew why Macha had been allowed to attend.

At nineteen Macha was considered of age amount fey kind. But I knew something Queen Mab didn’t about her youngest daughter.

Macha liked girls. I knew because I’d caught her with Evanthe in the stables when they thought nobody else was around.

Which would possibly put a spanner in tonight’s festivities. If I was correct in my assumptions, there was only one reason, I could think of as to why Queen Mab would allow Macha to the Solstice Ball. She’d found a suitor and was planning on marrying Macha off — tonight.

And Macha wouldn’t be happy. She’d be pissed. Her temper was well known throughout the Winter Court.