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November 6, 2015

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Arcana Episode 1: Live

March 1, 2016

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Episode 1 of Arcana is now LIVE: ($2.99 USD)

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DESCRIPTION:

Aurelia Cunningham has ignored her magic too long, and now everything might fall apart. She must choose between being a citizen of one of the controlling magic cities or trying to make it in the wilderness.

The city contains the secret to her magic and answers to a mystery she must untangle to survive. The wilderness has Bast, an old, powerful, and mysterious vampire intent on making her his permanent meal.

Arcana is a serial that follows the Fool’s/Hero’s journey through the major arcana of the Tarot. Readers need not be familiar with the Tarot or the meanings of the cards to appreciate the story, but those who are familiar will find many Tarot Easter eggs hidden throughout the series.

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My Serial, Arcana, Available for Pre-order!

January 29, 2016

Aurelia has rejected her magic. She’d better un-reject it fast and learn how to use it, or she’ll be a very old and powerful vampire’s permanent meal!

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DESCRIPTION:

Aurelia Cunningham has ignored her magic too long, and now everything might fall apart. She must choose between being a citizen of one of the controlling magic cities or trying to make it in the wilderness.

The city contains the secret to her magic and answers to a mystery she must untangle to survive. The wilderness has Bast, an old, powerful, and mysterious vampire intent on making her his permanent meal.

Arcana is a serial that follows the Fool’s/Hero’s journey through the major arcana of the Tarot. Readers need not be familiar with the Tarot or the meanings of the cards to appreciate the story, but those who are familiar will find many Tarot Easter eggs hidden throughout the series.

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The Preternaturals Collection Black Friday Sale 3 FULL BOOKS 99 CENTS LIMITED TIME!

November 25, 2015

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The Preternaturals first three books are now in a box set. Regular retail price for the ebook version of all three books individually is $18. Regular retail for this box set itself is: $9.99. But Now through Sunday the 29th only, the box set will retail for only 99 cents!  3 FULL books in my preternaturals series for 99 cents. Now is an excellent time to introduce a friend or family member to the Preternaturals series.

Please see your preferred retailer below for full book description. If you’ve read and enjoyed this series, a review at the retailer site (particularly Amazon) would be much appreciated.

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Status Update

November 7, 2015

A reader emailed me because I haven’t updated in a while. And I don’t want you guys to think I’ve fallen off the planet. Part of me not updating is that I haven’t moved this blog yet to an independent hosted wordpress site. And I HATE wordpress.com The interface is horrible now. It’s worse than Blogger. So it just annoys me to have to deal with it and I haven’t had a chance to get a self-hosted blog site set up for this name yet.

Anyway, here is where we are: I’m writing a lot on my other name because it’s the one that sells better and that people seem to care about most. However, one thing I notice is that it has become less an “experimental name” like it started out and more fraught with worry over “if this or that will sell.” When I started with that name I didn’t really care if it sold. It was stuff I was just writing for me.

Ironically the more I wrote “just for me”, the better it sold. But now the Zoe name is in this “Zoe who?” place and so now this is the experimental “just for me” name.

I AM working on the serial on the Zoe name. I’m hoping to start releasing that after the first of the year. Sorry for lack of update. But I am working. It’s just hard to manage two names. If I had it to do over again I would probably only have one name. But I have no time machine.

Besides I think the creative tension and being able to write things without pressure where I don’t feel “watched” (like on this name now), is a good and healthy thing. As long as you are subscribed to the new release list (go to the home page here and you’ll see it at the top), then you will know the second I have something new out.

Big Sale: The Catalyst 99 cents Today Only, Rest of the Series $2.99 each Limited Time

April 18, 2015

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I’ve got a Bookbub ad today, so The Catalyst is 99 cents today only at multiple venues:

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The rest of my titles in the series are on sale for $2.99 at Amazon, Nook, and Kobo. (Prices vary on Google Play).

The 99 cent sale for The Catalyst is today only. The $2.99 for the other titles will be a bit longer. Maybe a week or so. I want to give readers who grab the Catalyst at 99 cents a chance to work their way through the series enough to know if they are interested in buying all of them while they can still get it at the sale price.

A Story of Two Pen Names

April 16, 2015

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The original plan was to release the first season of my new serial in Spring 2015. Here we are and no serial. Here’s what it is… When I started publishing, I started with this name. I made not all of my mistakes, but many of them on this name. (Kind of like how the parents learn on the first child.)

Then I created a second pen name and released a book on that. At the time, it seemed super logical to have more than one pen name for brand differentiation. Also, this name was supposed to be my “more commercial” name. And the other name was just going to be… experimental. Like… it didn’t matter if it succeeded or failed. It was mostly for me, and if other people liked it, well awesome.

In a twist that probably surprises nobody but me… my other name is the one people care about. It’s the one that sells the best. It’s the one where authors inside my genre actually know who the hell I even am. Whereas here it’s like “Zoe Who?” This is not me “complaining”, it’s just getting you up to speed on things.

I also found it very difficult to maintain and manage two blogs, two facebooks, and two twitters. It’s extremely difficult for me to be social under two different names. I’m an introvert, so it’s hard enough under one name. But I have ended up being social mostly under my other name. I do my facebooking and twitter over there and pretty much ignore the social aspect of this one unless I have a new book.

I know it’s the wrong way to do it, but it’s too weird for me to manage two social media profiles so it is what it is. If I had things to do over, I probably would have started the other pen name instead of this one, kept my head down, written my books, and expanded into multiple genres (with different branding on the LOOK of the books to differentiate and labeling on the books themselves), that way I would not be running on a treadmill to stay in the same place.

I had thought about making a third pen name, but screw it, I’ll put anything new I create even in a different genre than what people are used to from me, on my other name. This doesn’t mean I’m abandoning Zoe. I’ve basically created a world here and want to continue writing in it and I want all that to happen under the Zoe name. It’s just that things have shifted in the opposite direction where the other name is the main brand and this one is the “experimental one” that has no pressure and can rise or fall, whatever.

But being that name, it means I have to really focus hard on the other name before this one. I am in a stage where I need to rebuild/reboot both names a little bit and get more serious about work. I can’t realistically do both at the exact same time. It’s a ton of work just to build ONE name so that anybody cares about it. (This is a tough business and it’s not getting any less competitive.) So continuing to split my focus is not working.

So I am planning new Zoe stuff. I’m VERY excited about this serial and rebooting Zoe into a slightly different direction (same world, just less focus on romance. It will be more dystopian urban fantasy so the main plot is the main plot and any love interests are a secondary concern rather than being what everything revolves totally around.) But since Zoe has now become the “experimental, meh whatever” name and my other name is the main one now, it means I can’t pretend this name still has priority.

I think my fear in relinquishing that is I think… what if the serial does AMAZING somehow and people love it and I’m basically not getting it out there faster and the name really could succeed and blah blah blah. But honestly, it doesn’t matter, it’s the bird in the hand thing. The other name has a real chance and Zoe right now is a pipe dream. But we’ll see. I’d love for both names to be moderately successful. And I’d love it even more if I had a time machine and could just write under ONE name. But live and learn.

That’s where we are. Right now the serial is on the publishing chopping block for mid to late fall. So it’s not like it’s a million years from now, but without the sales and interest from readers, I can’t focus so much energy and attention on Zoe while letting opportunities for the other name slip away.

Thank you for your patience. If you somehow don’t know my other name and would like to know, you can send me a message on the contact link at the top here. It’s not a “secret” but my family is uber religious and they have little church friends, and I would prefer not to throw that shit in their face since many of them know about this name. (That’s another thing I would have done differently, not tell ANYONE in my real life about the writing thing. It’s taken time and experience to realize how much I don’t want to talk about the writing life in real life.)

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