Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New Story Out Today!

You may recall a post I did a couple weeks ago talking about the new Watersong short story I wrote called "Forgotten Lyrics." It's out today, and I'm really excited for you to check it out.

Don’t miss this new short story set in the magical world of Watersong—a realm of enchanting beauty…and terrifying secrets. 

Aggie is a mythological creature on a secret mission. Lydia is a young woman from a magical family with no real powers of her own. And Daniel is a high school boy who’s made it his duty to protect his deeply troubled older brother. Then one fateful night, their lives collide in a terrifying accident that changes them all forever. And beneath the surface, the ripple effects of the accident will have more impact than anyone could ever guess...changing not only their future, but the fate of an entire town.

Here's the blog I wrote on it before, which answers some of the questions you may have on it: read here.

"Forgotten Lyrics" is a short story (roughly a quarter of the length of of the first book in the Watersong series, Wake), but it is a complete story. If you haven't read Wake yet, you can still read and enjoy "Forgotten Lyrics." When I was writing it, I wanted to make sure that anyone could pick it up and understand it.

And if you have read Wake, I think you'll find a new appreciation and deeper understanding of the characters after reading "Forgotten Lyrics." I think it illuminates a few things and answers some questions you may have.

Here are some links so you can get "Forgotten Lyrics" if you're interested:
Get "Forgotten Lyrics" for $1.99 from Barnes & Noble for the Nook
Get "Forgotten Lyrics" for $1.99 from Amazon for the Kindle
Get "Forgotten Lyrics" for $1.99 from iBookstore for your phone or tablet
Get "Forgotten Lyrics" for $1.99 from the Kobo store

I really enjoy the world of Watersong, and I hope that you'll check out "Forgotten Lyrics."

But on a more serious note, I wanted to say that my thoughts are with those affected by Hurricane Sandy. I also want to encourage anyone who can afford it to donate to the Red Cross and ASPCA, who are working hard to help the people and animals in need.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

No Tricks - Just a Treat

Just in time for Halloween, a short story in the Watersong world is coming out!

Here's all the official info on it:

Don’t miss this new short story set in the magical world of Watersong—a realm of enchanting beauty…and terrifying secrets. 

Aggie is a mythological creature on a secret mission. Lydia is a young woman from a magical family with no real powers of her own. And Daniel is a high school boy who’s made it his duty to protect his deeply troubled older brother. Then one fateful night, their lives collide in a terrifying accident that changes them all forever. And beneath the surface, the ripple effects of the accident will have more impact than anyone could ever guess...changing not only their future, but the fate of an entire town.

Here's my answers to questions I think some of you might have:

What if you haven't read Wake yet? Will you be able to understand the story?
Yes! It's set five years before the events in Wake, so it's a prequel. Whether you've read the Wake or not, it will still make sense to you. And if you have read the book, things will make even more sense. In fact, I would recommend reading the short story before the final book in the Watersong series comes out so you can have the complete picture of everything, but it's not absolutely necessary.

The description doesn't mention Gemma or Harper. Does it feature characters from Wake?
It does. Daniel has an important role in both Wake and Forgotten Lyrics, and some of the other characters in Forgotten Lyrics make their way into Watersong series later on. (Daniel's also featured on the sexy new cover for Tidal, along with Penn.)

So this is a short story. What does this mean? How long is it?
Forgotten Lyrics is a short story, and it's roughly 1/4 of the length of Wake. It is a complete story, with a beginning, middle, and end.

When does it come out?
Forgotten Lyrics will be out October 30, 2012 in ebook for $1.99, and it will be available for pre-order starting next week.

When does the next full-length Watersong book come out?
Lullaby is the second book in the Watersong series, and it will be out November 27, 2012. (I know at the back of Wake it says "Winter 2013" but the date got moved up after Wake went to print).

Is there a soundtrack for Forgotten Lyrics?
There sure is. I can't help myself and must create soundtracks for everything I write. Here's the one for Forgotten Lyrics: here.

So, I hope you all check out Forgotten Lyrics. I had a lot of fun writing it, and I think it really adds something to the overall story in Watersong. I deliberately wrote it so that new readers and older readers could enjoy it equally, and I really hope you all do.

And it's just in time for Halloween. So in between trick or treaters knocking at your door, you can kick back and dive into it. ;)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Sexiest Cover Ever

Okay, so I can finally reveal the cover for Tidal (Watersong #3), and it's pretty much my favorite cover ever.

Before I show this awesome cover, I'm going to familiarize you with the Watersong series (in case you already aren't familiar with it). The series follows sixteen-year-old Gemma Fisher and her older sister Harper as a dangerous paranormal element interrupts their quiet life in a seaside town, and as they both navigate their love lives, growing up, and being a family.

Wake features Gemma on the cover
Lullaby features Harper on the cover

The first book - Wake - is already out now, and the second book - Lullaby - will be out November 27, 2012. For more info on the series, click: here.

Here's the trailer for the Watersong series:

And now here's the gorgeous cover for Tidal.

This lovely cover features Daniel (rawr) and Penn
 "It felt like a tidal wave rushing over her and crushing her, destroying everything in her life. And Gemma was powerless to stop it." 

More info coming soon, including a longer synopsis, excerpt, release date, pre-order info, and book trailer. I'm not sure of the official release date yet, but Tidal will be out in early 2013.

I've already made the soundtrack for Tidal, and you can check it out: here.

So what do y'all think? Is the cover for Tidal awesome or what?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Ideas vs Things

I have many ideas and many plans. All the time, I get ideas about things and make plans to do things. Some of them are relatively mundane, like build my Death Star Legos, and others of them are quite large, like I hope to someday build my own home (while hire builders, since I'll probably screw up the Lego Death Star and it comes with instructions).

Back, way back when, a whole two years, when I first started getting published and before that, I would blog about any IDEA I had. I would say all kinds of things, but if there's one thing I like, it's making declarative statements.

Some of my ideas were mundane - like I have a Back to the Future marathon - but sometimes my ideas included books - like how I was going to write a graphic novel about cannibal unicorns.

Before I had people reading my blog and my books, it really didn't matter what I said. The only people who reading it were my friends, and they understand that my "What I Say" and "What I'll Actually Do" category don't always align.

It's not that I'm a bad person (or at least, I'd like to think I'm not a bad person). It's that I often don't understand how time works or much work things require or I forget how much I enjoy sleeping. I will say things like, "I'll finish that book by next week," when I haven't even started it, because I think I can. Theoretically, there is enough time do it. Realistically, my brain can't always handle that much of a load.

The point is that in the beginning, when I was newbie writing, I frequently made the mistake of telling you what "my ideas" were. I would tell you IDEAS I had for stories, or hopes I had for novels, or plans I had for this and that.

It hadn't yet occurred to me that people were paying attention and didn't know that nothing's concrete until it's an actual THING. When it's an IDEA, anything can happen. It also didn't occur to me that people would be let down if I just dropped an IDEA because I had been talking for a very, very, very, very long time, and nobody had been paying attention, so even when people said they cared and were listening, I didn't really believe them

This is just the way I've always worked. I've written about 100+ outlines in my life and started at least 50 different novels and written probably around 150 short stories. Hell, I've finished over a dozen novels I'll never publish because they're bad. 

I did not realize that when I was talking to you about my life, my process, my IDEAS that I was unintentionally setting you up to be letdown. I was just talking, sharing, having a conversation, and it did not occur to me that people would be hurt by this information. I didn't know anyone even cared that much.

I'm sure that I'm not the only writer who has gotten ideas and started working on them and then went, "Well. No." Neil Gaiman, in fact, began working on the idea for The Graveyard Book in 1985 but didn't publish it until 2008. Of course, he had the good sense not to blog about in 1985 and get everyone all excited and then repeatedly let them down for the next 23 years by not releasing The Graveyard Book.

I think we can all agree that Neil Gaiman is smarter than me.

But the point is that's just how it goes. Sometimes ideas don't make it past the conceptual phase. Sometimes they make it to almost novels. And sometimes they make it all the way into entire novels before the writer realizes they're terrible.

And so, without Neil Gaiman's insight, I have made the mistake in the past of telling you all about IDEAS that have never come into fruition. Not because I intended to mislead you or betray or just fuck with you. Because I in good faith was talking about something that I believed would change from an IDEA to a THING.

Honalee was one such foible. If you don't know what it was, that's because I took down most of the stuff for. Honalee was intended to be the first book in a YA series about a girl named Hazel and she's a witch. I'd finished Honalee sometime in 2010 and I was getting ready to publish it.

It was at this point, after I talked about it as being one of my next books to come out, I realized that it was really quite bad. A lot of it felt redundant of my other books and too predictable and I knew then that as the concept for a series it wouldn't work. There were glimmers of hope and some genuinely interesting bits to it, so I tried to rework it, but eventually I realized that it was just a lost cause. It was not a good book.

I cannot emphasize that enough. The reason Honalee has never and will never be published is because it's not a good book.

However, the good parts of Honalee - some of the interesting things that were working and even most of one of the characters (Molly) - made it into the Watersong series. I've done that before, and I'll do it again, I'm sure. I try out in idea, but some of it doesn't work. I scrap the bad parts and rework it as something else.

That brings me to the real moral of this story. Occasionally I still get questions about Honalee. Most are just curious, but sometimes I get enraged people, demanding to know where this book is that I promised them (which honestly, I find a bit weird, since all they really had was a pretty cover and a vague synopsis).

I have realized the error of my ways. I cannot discuss IDEAS with you because not all IDEAS will becomes THINGS, and if you are expecting a THING, you get sad and angry when that THINGS is not delivered. That makes sense, and I apologize for the times in the past when I have unintentionally let you down.

It is still a very strange thing to me have a readership, and I don't always say the right things or do the right things. I'm learning as I go along, but everything I do, I honestly do with the best of intentions.

But this brings me to the point of the blog. I'm not going to tell you about IDEAS anymore - only THINGS. An IDEA becomes a THING when it's finished and has a publication date. Anytime before that, it's just an IDEA. I will not publish the first book in the series until all the books in the series have been written, so I can always tell you when the next one will be out.

To put it in perspective, I've written 7 outlines for novels in the past 8 months, but I haven't told you about any of them. Because I know that not all IDEAS become THINGS, and I don't want you to get excited for something that isn't going to happen.

So, if you're asking me about a project or a book or something, and I say "I don't know" or don't answer you, it's because it's still in the IDEA part and I don't want to let you down. I will only talk about it when it's a THING. So me not answering is me not being glib or a bitch or a blowing you off or something other horrible thing you think I am. It's because I've learned my lesson.

So please, be patient. And the very second it's officially a THING, I promise I will tell you about it. But yelling at me and nagging me constantly doesn't make it become a THING any faster. In fact, it slows down the process because I get distracted.

Meanwhile, all four books in the Watersong series are officially THINGS, and I might have another smaller bonus THING to tell you about in the near future, but I can't say more than that. I have other IDEAS in the works, but hopefully, soon they will be THINGS, and then I can tell you about them, too.

Until then, I apologize for letting you down with past IDEAS, but I promise to do my hardest to not let you down with any THINGS in the future.