New book!

Hi everyone. I am bouncing around because I have a new book out titled Shades of Memory. It’s not a BVC book, but I’d like to prattle on about it anyhow. It’s the fourth in my ongoing Diamond City Magic series and I think it may be the best book in the series. It’s got mystery, adventure, romance, and lots of twists.

I had a tough time with this book though. I got bogged in the writing of it. A lot of complicated pieces not quite coming together the way I wanted to. With the help of my editor, I started figuring it out. I’m lousy at plotting these days. I tend to write and discover as I go, which is a terrible way to write, if you ask me. Especially when what I’ve got going on is plot intensive. As in, all the twists and developments along with all the character arcs. I hate having to find my way in the dark, so to speak. I end up having to cut a lot and try again, and cut and try until I find my way.I do not like writing this way. I’m working on trying to stop.

But I can tell you that so far, the response to Shades of Memory has been really good. People are enjoying it a lot, and that’s why I write. To entertain and to take people elsewhere for awhile.

This is what it’s about:

Riley’s lost the last damned thing she’s willing to lose. She’s declaring war and prisoners are optional.

After escaping the FBI, Riley and her family have become fugitives, and not just from the law. Every bad guy on the planet wants a piece of Riley. Gregg has been kidnapped. Worse than that, Price’s newly discovered magic is dangerously out of control, and her own is trying to kill her. She has little time to worry about any of that before all hell breaks loose in Diamond City, and she finds herself smack dab in the crossfire.

With the clock ticking down, Riley gathers her friends and family to execute a Hail Mary plan that will pit them against seven of the most dangerous thugs in Diamond City, a serial killer, Riley’s psychopath father, and a mysterious billionaire with plans of his own. If she succeeds, she makes herself an even bigger target. If she fails, everybody she cares about dies.

But the shadows hold danger even Riley will never see coming . . . .

And the first book, Trace of Magic, is on sale this week for only $1.99!

Just click to read chapters and find buy links and a whole lot more!




New book! — 7 Comments

  1. I am a pantser all the way through (and loving it; I only know characters and settings when I write what’s happening, not when I merely think things through in my own head). If you don’t like your process, then change it, but I can regale you with tales of plotters who get halfway through their books (or even further) and then throw away most of the plot and start to rewrite because it didn’t come together… so in the end, I don’t think plotting is _better_ or leads to less chaos, it’s just a different method.

      • The alternative to ‘learn a new system’ would be to optimise the one that’s working for you (writing multiple published books IS ‘working’, however difficult it might feel) – so to turn this around and recall the best flow, the times you felt most on top of the wave.

        My toolbox includes things like
        – looking at the text every time I sit down at or leave my computer. Even if I don’t have time to write or can’t think of anything, I scan the text and keep it in my mind. This often leads to plot-noodling and keeps the ideas at the front of my brain.
        – drawing maps and diagrams for scenes. Even boring ones like ‘character sees head of rival house in their office’. Not only did this tell me a lot about status and relationship, I discovered Plot: a third party could be in the room out of sight of any visitors. It’s even helped me with council scenes: who can see/hear whom? Who can kick whose shin to silence them?
        – I use Storyist (similar to Scrivener, Mac-only) to write. Storyist has tools for keeping track of characters, places, etc; and lets you track story arcs. Having all that information in one place (with the ability to view them side-by-side; *so* useful for maps) has greatly reduced my cognitive load: there’s more room in my head for the story.

        I don’t know whether any of that helps you, but I found ‘reducing cognitive load’ (number of items to keep track of, number of decisions I make) very useful in freeing up brain space in general, whether it’s writing, programming, or life in general.

  2. Boy do I sympathize. I have a very messy process as well, have to do many, many drafts, which wastes so much time and energy. But at my age, I guess I’m stuck with it.

    Good luck with the new book!

  3. I so relate to the muse going her own &$#% way. I keep studying other forms, but first drafts tend to be a prisoner of my health.

    Hope the book brings new fans your way!