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A Lesson in Creative Advertising

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Last night, my husband and I were watching I, Robot on AMC. It’s a film I really enjoy, and while robots-taking-over-the-world plots aren’t my husband’s favorite, he’s a good husband and indulges me. In the middle of the movie, this advertisement came on. Watch it. After we saw this, I turned to my husband and said, “Is […]

What Makes a Good Movie?

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I’m an avid movie fan, but I’m pretty picky when it comes to the ones I enjoy and will watch over and over again. Bottom line? I like to watch good movies. And I don’t just mean “good” in some kind of existential way — I mean “good” in that they are also solidly entertaining…which […]

The Delightful Sherlock Holmes

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For us here in the U.S., the premiere of Sherlock Season 3 is this weekend. I’m absolutely on pins and needles, like I have never been about a series on T.V. And, being the reflective sort (and it being Sherlock Holmes), I wanted to share my thoughts on why I love it so much. For […]

Heroes

Heroes

This last Monday was Memorial Day, and I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about heroes since then. My dad played in a hockey tournament this past weekend — the Armed Forces Classic. It benefits Honor Flight, which is devoted to serving our veterans. The competing teams were veterans and current service members of the […]

Jazzing Up the Editing Process

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Hi all! I hope you’ll join me today over at Engelia McCullough’s blog, where I’m guest posting about the editing process! If editing gets you down or challenges you in unpleasant ways, I’ve put together some tips for taking the sting out of the process. I hope you’ll head over here and check it out! […]

The Lords of Askalon Book Cover Video

The Lords of Askalon Book Cover Video

This is one of the coolest videos ever (I think)!  J. Leigh Bralick is my cover designer, and she put together this time-lapsed video of the behind-the-scenes process of creating the book cover for The Lords of Askalon. It’s a tribute to her incredible talent and the amount of work that goes into a project […]

The Lords of Askalon…Now Available!!!

It’s finally here, everyone!  So excited to announce the release of The Lords of Askalon, Book II in the Silesia Trilogy!  The ebook is available today on Smashwords!  The Kindle version should be out tomorrow and the paperback will follow shortly! A few words of thanks are in order… To my amazing husband and kids […]

Lords of Askalon Book Trailer

Lords of Askalon Book Trailer

So excited to share the book trailer for The Lords of Askalon!  Enjoy!

Listening to My Beta Reader

Listening to My Beta Reader

So.  It’s obvious that I “missed” my self-imposed publication deadline of October 4 for the release of Lords of Askalon. Sigh. Part of that is life getting busy — and it’s a luxury (and a curse) of being self-published that you set your own publication schedule.  But the real reason why I put off releasing […]

Macro Editing

Macro Editing

Over at SisterMuses, we’re continuing our September blog fest with a focus this week on the editing process.  On Monday, I wrote about Big Picture Editing — making sure that character, plot, and setting all perform the functions they are supposed to perform and work seamlessly together.  Yesterday, I discussed the importance of Consistency Editing […]

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