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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

2015 Award's Eligibility Post

2015 was the first year I had novel-length works available. That means this is the first year I'm able to write an awards eligibility post. Both of the Time & Shadows books qualify for Hugo Award nominations this year. 

Best Novel
THE DAY BEFORE (April 2015/HarperVoyager)

CONVERGENCE POINT (November 2015/HarperVoyager)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Impulse Buy Book of the Week:

 Zanna is an elven warrior princess, who seems to have it all, yet really has nothing. Her fate is not in her own hands. Instead, it is bound to an ancient magic she has no control over.

She wants to rule the elves, yet must prove herself worthy before she is accepted. She also wants to find her mate, but after two thousand years, didn't hold much hope. Her existence has become mundane, and she craves something new. A routine assignment suddenly turns into something bigger that could ruin all of them. Is she strong enough to save the world and find her own happiness too? Can she change and help change the fate of the world with her?

Will is an orphan who has always been confused by his strangeness. He keeps himself apart, separate from those around him. A chance meeting with a remarkable woman changes everything. He not only learns about himself, but about a whole other world that he is a part of by birthright. However the father that abandoned him as an infant stands to ruin his future and the future of the world unless he can be stopped.

Will and Zanna must face loved ones who work against them and their past as well as find the strength to fight a bigger enemy and save the realms from evil. Can love, friendship, family, and acceptance defeat evil before it brings the realms crashing down? Can Zanna prove herself worthy to rule the kingdom?


Sheri Velarde is an author, artist, independent comic creator and jewelry designer out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is a creative soul with eclectic taste and style when it comes to her art and writing. Sheri is a multi-publisher romance author who is now branching into fantasy as well with her Defender of the Realms series. When not creating (which her fiancé argues is never), Sheri can be found spending time with her husband and their two dogs, reading, watching fantasy movies, attending metal concerts and just taking time to stop and enjoy life.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

I Lost A Few Weeks There...

A gratuitous puppy pic to distract you from Monday.

At the beginning of the year I decided 15 sick days plus a few vacation days would be more than enough to account for my needs plus visiting family. And then I got hit by the plague. I'm not even sure what it was. It started as a cold, turned into a sinus infection, and then became some ethereal illness stalking my waking moments and robbing me of my voice.

Who knows, maybe I was cursed by a Disney villain while I slept. The end result was several days of fever-dreams, no voice for the past week (which makes parenting and phone calls super fun), and eight of my fifteen sick days eaten up while I slept on the couch and the 4yo tried to feed me pretzels.

I'm behind on absolutely everything. Which means that later this week I'm crawling into my writing cave and trying to make up for lost time. The first draft of DECOHERENCE is due to my agent on March 9th, and to my editor May 2nd. So I'm pulling a NaNo in February to catch up. No big deal! I've done this before and didn't die!

Here, have another puppy picture to tide you over...

The normal face of a napping mastiff puppy.