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Monday, September 24, 2012

So Close...

FROM RISING FLAMES is coming. The final edits are close. The cover is close. The formatting for paperback is close. The money to pay for it all is close. The blurb is...well, it is...um...okay, it's not so close. It's not that I've procrastinated, it's that I hate writing the thing. Month after month, week after week, day after day, I've put off doing one of the most important parts of the novel. Slap my wrists. Admittedly, I'm no good at cover blurbs. I know it and I've been avoiding it.

I am working through my fears, however, and have a rough draft of a blurb completed. It needs some work, and some love, and better words, and everything else--but it's done. The rough draft, that is. Want to see it? I posted my blurb on my facebook page. I'd love to know what you think. Be honest.I would love to get some feedback. Thanks for stopping by and...

Happy Reading.

~ Jamie

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UPDATE 9/25/12

I am posting my latest version below so it's easier for everyone to see. Please let me know your thoughts; it's a tremendous help. If you want to see my original rough draft, that's still on my facebook author page. I know it's a short blurb. Personally, I get turned away by long, synopsis type descriptions on the back cover--I never read through all of them. My goal is to draw readers in quickly with some of the voice and give a hint of the mystery behind the book. Thanks again for any comments or feedback.

Rhiannon thought the worst part of her life was over—she was wrong.

She lost everything last season; her rights in the Fae, her passion, and her love. Still grappling with the loss of her fiancĂ©, and determined to solve the mystery behind his death, Rhiannon wants nothing more than forgiveness from the Fae she betrayed. But a raging fire threatens to destroy her village and the bandit responsible for her pain has escaped—and he’s coming after her.

Will she redeem the mistakes of her past, or will everything she’s known and has left to love be consumed by rising flames?

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Little Things Make Me Smile

I love this season. Cold nights sneak through open windows, brilliant leaves color the mountain landscape, and never-ending lines of birds plot courses to warmer places to announce that the world is ready to sleep for a while. It’s been a busy summer; I’ve played hard and have worked hard. I finished one book, wrote another, and sent a third to the editor’s desk. I camped and swam and ate more than my share of picnic lunches. The time has come for new challenges and fresh opportunities. While the nights grow longer and the days wear thin, I wish that this time of year could last forever. I want it to last forever. Another reason: a tiny piece of heaven called candy corn. I love candy corn—almost as much as I love this season. I’m a simple guy with simple tastes, and it’s the little things in life that make me smile. Here’s to a great week and a wonderful season.

~ Jamie

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Really?

I’m been fighting this blog post for a couple days now. Usually I try to stay away from controversy and don’t want to make waves, but I’ve had enough. There’s only so much I can take and, frankly, I’m sick of everything that’s going around on the subject. Everywhere I look these days, it seems like there’s an opinion. I can’t even walk down my own driveway without being instantly bombarded with propaganda. Then today at work, I was confronted again—right outside my office. It’s not that I’m afraid of conflict; I just don’t want to take a side. I mean, really? Is it necessary to choose? With all that’s going on in the world today, you would think (well, most people would think) that we could get some peace and rest from it all. Aren’t there more important things? Nooooo! I guess not. So, here’s my take:

Yes, I think those little rollie pollies are cute and fun to play with. J Have a great week everyone.

~ Jamie

(p.s. No rollie pollies were injured during the inspiration of this post. One was rolled down the hall at work, though.)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A New Tale to Tell

On August 14th, I thought up a thrilling new book idea. Since I'm in a holding pattern while waiting for professional edits to come back for FROM RISING FLAMES, I decided jump in and see how much of that idea I could finish. Well, I'm done. Finished. 55,000 words later, my idea is now a novel. Sure, there's editing and such to do; that's just work and I can handle that. I wrote a novel in 3 weeks! Holy moly guacamole, I can't believe I wrote that much so fast! Anyway, I thought I'd share the news. The book is supercool, modern, traditional, zany, paranormal, and secret. I'm going to do a few re-writes, polish this one up, and send it off to agents one day, so I'm not divulging any details yet.

In other news, my evil plan to give free books to the masses is on schedule. Soon, I will have taken over the world! *Inserts meniacle laugh*Takes a deep breath*Calms down* Okay, so I won't be taking over the world with my words. I do have free books, though. If you own an e-reader, any e-reader, ON FALLEN WINGS is available for free everywhere.

Happy Reading.

~ Jamie