Katie de Long lives in the Pacific northwest, realizing her dream of being a crazy cat-lady. As a kid, Katie flagged the fade-to-blacks in every adult book she encountered, and when she began writing, she vowed to use cutaways sparingly. After all, that's when the good stuff happens. And on a kindle, no one asks why there's so many bookmarks in her library.
More than 150 authors have teamed up to raise money that will sorely be needed by those families that are suffering under the current administration’s “zero tolerance” policies at our southern border, me included. My story features some familiar characters, including Abeni and Eren from Phoenix Burned.
K.I.N.D and Innovative Law Lab will receive all proceeds, to help immigrants with the legal cases that lie ahead of them as they fight to reunite their families. Immigration law is complex to navigate, even moreso as very few immigrants are able to have lawyers represent them, which drastically raises their odds of success in court- though the odds are still stacked against them.
Politics are difficult and contentious right now, and as Katie sees it, we all have to use all of our talents to try to protect our fellow humans from harm. Katie is proud to be a part of Somewhere Out There. Human rights are more important than ever, and Katie is committed to ensuring that the American Dream- give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses- remains available to all refugees in need, regardless of financial ability or country of origin.
Meg Myers is some of my favorite mood music for suspense and angst- ever since she blared into my world scream-singing “You’re in my heart, in my heart, in my head,” (Heart, heart, head) and “Sorry that I lost our love, without a reason why,” (Sorry) and “I’ve gotta hunt you, I want to bring you to my hell”(Desire). She has a particular talent for walking the line between anguished, sultry, self-punishing, and desperate. In other words, the perfect music for the third-act black moment, or for a twisted game of cat-and-mouse.
For those seeking more of her plaintive screams, you may be disappointed. Perhaps some of it is that it’s difficult to maintain a career built on that sort of vocal technique long term, and perhaps some of it is simply that her choice of producers and songs didn’t mesh as well with the old style, but Take Me to the Disco is in many ways quieter- instrumentations are often minimalistic, augmented mainly by piano, strings, and “atmosphere” aside from the beat, more alt-pop ballads suitable for dancing.
Guess what, guys? I finally have the last cover in my Lick of Fire serial, Phoenix Burned! Part 3, Ashes to Ashes, is the eventful finale. I can’t wait to share it with you!
I can’t believe that in a few short weeks, Eren and Abeni’s full story will be out with the world. Guess I’d better get started on an omnibus edition, for those of you who prefer to read your serials in one giant binge.
Many thanks to the super-talented Jacqueline Sweet for her work on the covers for Lick of Fire, and for knocking Abeni out of the park!
Guess what, guys! Here’s the (somewhat belated) cover reveal for Scorched Earth, the second installment of the Phoenix Burned serial! Jacqueline Sweet outdid herself bringing Abeni to life in all of her vivacious glory.
Those of you who follow my facebook know that it’s been a doozy of a year, with new medical diagnoses, and ample chaos to go around. But amidst all that, I got to participate in a super cool project I’m thrilled to unveil…. the Lick of Fire series. Basically, Lick of Fire is a multi-author paranormal romance series with twelve contributing authors, each writing three books. We’re releasing weekly. Our first author, Kim Faulks just released her first book, Hell is a Harem this week. More on Lick of Fire through the banner. Otherwise, keep scrolling to learn more about Fire & Fury.
Coming April 17th, I have my own first entry, Fire & Fury.
Fire & Fury is the first part of a three part serial, Phoenix Burned. The second installment, Scorched Earth, will hit your kindles May 8th, and the third installment, Ashes to Ashes, will be out July 31st. Those of you who read Chameleon may remember Reza’s twin Eren. Well, it’s time Eren got a story of his own. Thus far, Eren’s been largely overshadowed by his twin- and with good reason. He’s got some shit to work through- and has been avoiding it for centuries. The reappearance of an old love’s gonna force him to come clean with himself about exactly why he’s been stuck punishing himself for so long- and exactly how he can move forward.
Without further ado…. check out the cover for Fire & Fury!
As writers, we’ve got many tools in our arsenal to get the words flowing, no matter what may be happening in our outside lives. And one of the most valuable- the one that’s saved my ass time and again- is the lowly sprint.
See, it’s easy for us to put conditions on our writing. We can only write when conditions are perfect- no glare on the monitor, no kids begging for snacks, no appointments, looming in the wings- or in the case of disabled people like me, no health issues flaring, demanding attention and coddling. But the problem is, while some degree of control over your environment is needed to facilitate a more fluid writing process, perfectionism easily bleeds into procrastination. Don’t have an hour before that appointment? Well, guess you just can’t write today.
Sprinting is a way of short-circuiting your brain’s procrastination habits and low-motivation periods, by creating habits in which you encourage yourself to focus- but only for short periods of time. It’s easier to commit to putting words on the page when you can break that daunting task from something huge(Finish the whole chapter. Write thousands of words.) into something manageable(write however many words you can in the 20 minutes you have before the kids get home from school.)
Writing this because lately I’ve had a fair amount of acquaintances seeking for guidance in starting writing. And while everyone’s processes are different, with NaNo coming up, it seemed like as good a time as any to talk about it a little bit.
See, National Novel Writing Month was integral to my development as a writer. I began writing for a NaNo, and finishing that novel in good time was one of the things that reassured me that I could write.
Especially in your early days as a writer, it’s all about developing habits you’ll need for the long term. To this day I do NaNos, both to get stories off my chest quickly and maintain my confidence, but also because there’s a special sense of community associated with it that writing often lacks, unless you’ve got a really tight group of writers.
It sounds daunting, so let’s break down what it takes to write a novel’s first draft in a month.
And now, for the last cover redesign in the main Inkubus series. Chameleon is a somewhat tricky one to illustrate, because of how much of Alisa’s power stems from movement. Stock photo searches are one of the banes of authors’ lives. The challenge in “casting” Alisa was primarily that the posing had to have a lot of movement to it.
Thank you for checking out the new covers, and scroll down to have a look at Alisa!
Sickness is a funny thing. Sometimes one task will be all but impossible, and you’ll have to shift to do something else. And even tasks that are both “creative” pull different things from the brain. Case in point, I can’t write while I have a migraine… but I can handle Photoshop. Go figure.
I tell you this because part and parcel with the pretty updated formatting I’ve been working on are pretty new covers. You can’t stare at the same piece of art for years without periodically getting the urge to try something different.
So that’s how the Inkubus series ended up with a whole new series of covers. If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen me sharing these already. But just in case…. taadaaaa!
I’ll be back soon with the covers for Reaper, and Chameleon, and maybe I’ll even show off a few cards from the de Long tarot. I’m still moving slowly from August’s surgery, and am still pretty sick, so you’ve got some time to catch up on your TBR list while you wait for new books from me. And with so many awesome new books coming soon- (Any Lili st. Germain fans waiting for Gun Shy?) that list’ll be full again soon enough.