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Friday, March 27, 2015

Did Alaska Kill Liana?

I've kept a fairly regular blogging schedule for years so this sudden dearth of posts must seem somewhat alarming. Especially with another release coming up next month. 

I don't want to be the author who only blogs when they have a new book out. I really don't. But the lack of blogging is going to continue until the first draft of JANE'S SHADOW is done and with my betas.

Here's the unadorned truth: I Am Terrified. 

It took me the better part of three years to write and rewrite THE DAY BEFORE. I wrote books between drafts. I ignored it and lazed around. I did whatever I wanted because there was no hard and fast deadline. Even when I had a deadline for Book 2 of the Heroes and Villains series my editor kindly (and wisely) accepted my email stating that the promised book was unprintable because it really was my postpartum therapy book.

Trust me, you don't want to read that. And you never will. But it meant I published nothing in 2014. 

In January I had a new print and a new ebook come out. In February a print edition. In March a print edition. In April THE DAY BEFORE comes out in ebook as my first ever novel. In May the print edition of THE DAY BEFORE comes out. In November of this year JANE'S SHADOW comes out.

Book 2 of the Jane Doe series.

Book 2 in a series that this time last year didn't exist.

Book 2 in a series that I thought would never get published.

Book 2 in a series with a very vague outline and no set-in-stone ending.

Guess what? 

Book 2 ain't written.

JANE'S SHADOW is exactly 28,119 words long right now, on its second draft, and you can pre-order it on Amazon.

In a perfect world I would cancel all appointments for the next month and devote every waking hour to this book. This is hardly a perfect world and my waking hours are devoted to my children more than anything. Which is why I'm awake into the witching hours struggling to fix the pacing for this book. I have cut more words at this point than are in the book. In fact, if things get bad, we might just have to publish the cut scenes (I kid!). 

I've never worked on a deadline like this. I'm not even sure I've had a set of circumstances with the kids at these ages and the non-writing demands on my time being like this before. So I'm freaking out. 

The blog is suffering for this, and I want to apologize to those of you who faithfully check in each morning for new content. It's not here. Hopefully this second draft malaise will end soon, the words will flow, the draft will be done, and everything will return to normal. That's the goal, it's just going to take a few weeks for me to hit the goal.

Thank you for your patience, I hope the book will make up for the lack of blog posts in the end. 

- Liana 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Those Days When You Wake Up And Hate Everything

Last night I had an awful dream that I was stuck on a snowy mountain and everyone was talking about moving to Alaska. Dream-Me hated this. She was angry, and scared, and trying furiously escape... and then my alarm went off and I woke up in Alaska. 

Which, to be perfectly fair, is not the worst place I have ever lived. It's not on the top ten list of favorite places I've ever been, but it's certainly not the worst place in the world. My attitude is the problem. I don't like the cold and I'm really sick of winter.

And I'm down in the word mines working on Draft 2 of JANE'S SHADOW (Book 2 of the Jane Doe series). 

Draft 2 keeps shrinking. I was on target to have 40,000 words by Saturday night (half a book) and somehow I have 20,000 now because editing kills chapters. :S 

It's going to be okay... but just in case it isn't, why not list some of your favorite ways to reset your mood after you wake up on the wrong side of the bed. I could use some advice. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Fey Lights is in Print!

Strange things happen when you have a twin living on another continent. Sometimes you get these random emails that say, "You know what I need? A book with a blue cover on my shelf. Maybe you should print FEY LIGHTS. Ooo! I can print FEY LIGHTS." And then the next email you see if something asking about what day would be good for a release.

FEY LIGHTS is a very short story and one I personally wouldn't need in print for my private collection. But not everyone likes e-books (like my twin Amy Laurens). And not everyone has access to an e-reader (like MeeMaw the Fierce who depends paper copies of my writing as tribute if I want to remain her favorite grandchild). If you're like them and want a print copy, now you can get one. If you'd rather stay with the much beloved e-reader, the e-book has been updated with nifty little chapter dividers shaped like stars so you have some extra bling in your book.

SIGNED EDITIONS: I've learned the hard way that getting books up to Alaska and back to the rest of the world is a time consuming, and very expensive, process. Nobody wants to wait for a book that long. The good news is I now I have my bookplates. If you want a signed bookplate for one of my print books please send proof of purchase and your mailing address to my email (pictures of you holding the book are welcome). I will send you a signed bookplate sticker to put in your book. If you want it personalized for a gift, let me know. :)