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How an Author’s Writing Style Changes Over Time

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s only been two years since the release of my debut novel, and I now have three books published. Technically, Unexpected Metamorphosis was written three years ago, and it’s quite amazing how much I’ve learned since then.

Most of what I’ve learned comes from working with three different editors. They each have a different style and things that bother them.

I’ve also listened to my readers–most of them complete strangers. Although the reviews I’ve gotten on the Alissia Roswell Series are highly positive and more than I ever imagined when I became a published author, one person made a comment that got my attention. She gave four stars and said she enjoyed the book and would continue reading the series, but she did notice some receptiveness in how much I mentioned Alissia’s abusive past.

I could easily ignore this critique, but the reviewer was not offensive or trying to be mean. It was an honest review, and I noted her opinion. Shortly thereafter, I decided that I would go back through my debut novel and make some revisions.

This decision did not come just from that one review. It came from the experience of writing more books. I’ve learned new tricks and techniques that I want each of my novels to have. I’m also a bit of a perfectionist, and I want every one of my books to be the best they can be. I want my readers to hang on every word–thinking they’ll read just one more chapter for the night, only to have each chapter end on a cliffhanger that keeps them glued to the pages.

Sadistic of me? Hah! I do enjoy hearing what my readers have to say, and I love how they can’t put the books down.

I’ve read many articles written by famous authors, and they all agree that a writer learns by writing. Many of them say they’re still learning, and I can see why. I feel as if my writing improves with each book I write. It truly does get better with experience. We grow, and we improve with each sentence.

Since I’ve started reading through my debut novel, I see a major difference in my writing style and am making the subtle changes. In a way, it feels good to see how different I am as a writer. It shows that I’ve grown and improved, and I hope to continue improving.

Will I look back six years from now and see things I should have written differently? I hope so! I hope my next series is even more captivating than my first. (Although, Alissia is very dear to my heart.)

I also hope you’ll continue with me, as I have many unwritten adventures yet to come. Each of them are filled with intrigue and mystery that will keep you glued to the pages–exactly where I want you!

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Book Review of Ambrosia Shore – YA Fantasy Romance

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Book Reviews | 0 comments

Ambrosia Shore is the third book in The Water Keepers Series, written by Christie Anderson. Unlike the first two, this book takes place in the other world, and the author did a great job at creating and describing the place.

This one is my favorite book in the series. The romantic part of the story was established in the first two books, and now the plot gets a bit deeper. This book sets the series up for something to come. We just don’t know what, as the author kept it mysterious–the way I like it. It ended with me wanting more, and I can’t wait for the fourth book.

As with the other books in the series, it gets five stars from me. The story is highly creative with the water marks and keepers. The teenage main character has a close relationship with her mother and is not a spoiled brat or controlled by her hormones. The romance is sweet, and I’m highly impressed with how the author handled certain scenes. Overall, this series is one I can recommend to young and old.

As for my clean rating, there’s no cursing or sexual content–just some kissing. I highly recommend!

You can also read my reviews for Deep Blue Secret and Rogue Wave.

  

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Unexpected Peril is Officially Here!

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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They’re here! I came home from vacation to find a stack of boxes waiting for me, and Unexpected Peril is officially ready for signing.

These books are beautiful on the inside and out! I couldn’t be more happier about the design of them and can’t wait to get them in the hands of my readers. First stop is Ludowici, Georgia, this Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 at Coastal Manor. I’ll also be in Alissia’s hometown of Jesup, and you can contact me or Sarah McLain to reserve your copy.

As for shipping, you can get all three of them signed and mailed to anywhere in the U.S. for $35.00. Any one of them can be mailed for $14.00. They make great gifts for the fantasy reader in your life.

Be sure to fill in your address and the name you want the book/books signed to. Here’s the Paypal link you can use:



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Book Signing in Ludowici, Georgia

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Great news! On Thursday, July 9, during the hours of 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., I’ll be at Coastal Manor in Ludowici, Georgia. I look forward to seeing some of Alissia’s greatest fans and hope to meet some new ones as well.

I’ll also be in Jesup next week, and you can place an order by contacting me or Sarah McLain.

 

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