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Circuit Fae: Releases & Reveals!

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

AVAILABLE NOW!

FREE MORIBUND SAMPLER

DERAILED

MORIBUND 

 

NEW RELEASES

OUROBOROS – March 27, 2018

DETHRONED – June 19, 2018

INIMICAL – September 18

NEMESIS – March 26, 2019

EIDOLON – September 10, 2019

 

COVER REVEALS

DETHRONED – April 10, 2018

NEMESIS – June 5, 2018

EIDOLON – TBD

 

There also may be another novella length story between NEMESIS & EIDOLON. Stay tuned!

Best always,

~GIE

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Announcing: DETHRONED!

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Heyla, pretties! Because you’ve given DERAILED so much love and support, Monster House Books and I are adding another novella to the Circuit Fae series!

DETHRONED takes place after OUROBOROS but before INIMICAL, and a lot of it is set in Rouen’s own land of Dark Faerie.

It comes out on June 19, 2018–a little Winter magic in time for summer!

For eighteen-year-old Rouen Rivoche, being a fairy princess isn’t about fancy parties and happily ever afters. Rouen’s people are the dark Fae whose powers of lightning, thundersnow, and all things Winter make them cold, severe, and 100% intolerant of rebellion.

Too bad being a rebel is in Rouen’s blood.

Against tradition, she’s teamed up with Syl Skye, the sleeper-princess of the fair Fae—a mortal enemy who Rouen should want to kill but only wants to kiss. Plus, to be with Syl, Rouen’s masquerading as a glam goth-rock star and human high school student. Honestly, Rouen doesn’t think things could get any more complicated.

Then, she discovers she must become Queen of the Winter Court or all her people will die. No pressure.

Now, dark forces are amassing in the Winter Court, turning Rouen’s people against her and blocking her path to the throne. Even Syl with all her powers of white flame and Summer can’t stop this new kind of evil.

Because betrayal cuts close when it’s someone you love… and now it looks like Rouen’s going to be dethroned before she ever becomes queen.

Stay tuned for pre-order links, cover reveal, and of course, giveaways!

Best always,

~GIE

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INIMICAL’s Cover is Here!

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Rouen’s back on this cover, and it’s darker, to reflect the darker happenings in the book. Things are heating up for our favorite Heroine and Villainess!

Check out the full wrap cover below for an extra surprise!

CIRCUIT FAE 3: INIMICAL 
Being a fairy princess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially when you have to choose between saving your people…And killing your girlfriend. Oh, and let’s not forget having to pass summer school, too.

Talk about a hot mess.

First, there’s Rouen, princess of the dark Fae, goth-rock star Euphoria, and soon-to-be senior at Richmond Elite High. Her world is all things ice, snow, and death. And that death will include her own people unless she can defeat her evil father in a Battle of Wits and War and seize the throne.

Trouble is, taking the throne is a death sentence for the princess of the fair Fae. In other words, a quick death for Syl, Rouen’s girlfriend.

And that’s so not good.

Second, there’s Syl, princess of the fair Fae, geek girl mathlete, and also an incoming senior. Things aren’t any easier for her.

Syl must save her people by battling her old nemesis, the fair Fae prince, and the same rules apply: taking the throne means a death sentence for the other court’s princess, Rouen.

Even worse, Syl and Rouen’s enemies have figured out they’re a couple. Now, both Rouen’s father and Syl’s archenemy are teaming up to ensure neither of them makes it till Midsummer’s Day never mind to the fall semester.

Looks like passing summer school is the least of their worries.

And check out the wrap below. It’s as if the mortal realm and the realm of the dark Fae are colliding! Hmm… whatever could that mean???

 Pre-Order your copy today and find out!

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See the rest of the Circuit Fae series here!

And don’t forget to enter our Rafflecopter for awesome prizes like books, Pride pins, book-related mugs, and earrings!

Thanks for all your love and support!

~GIE

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New Year’s Resolutions 2018

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Each year, I try to write down my New Year’s Resolutions…and instead of shrinking, the list seems to be expanding each year! I find that writing down goals makes one more accountable for them.

Anyhow, without further ado, here are my writing-related resolutions for 2018:

  • Draft one book per month. I still want to achieve this, and one year, I will. If it’ll be this year… we’ll see. Either way, getting to focus on new content each month allows me to be more creative and to get inspired faster. The best way for me to write books is still to fast draft them, so this is still the way to go for me.
  • Write 2k a day Monday-Friday. This isn’t a hard rule, it’s more of a guideline. If I aim for about 2k words a day, then I can finish a book in a month. It’s not a hard rule, though, so as long as I achieve the previous goal, I’m happy.
  • Write one short story a week. I always fail this, even though I love writing short stories. Well, this year that will hopefully change. I already have a short I need to write for Ghost Slayer, so that’s a fun way to get started.
  • Finish editing A Study in Shifters, the first book in The Adventures of Marisol Holmes series (round four of edits, almost there!)
  • Complete the first draft of The Sign of The Serpent, the second book in The Adventures of Marisol Holmes series.
  • Work on edits for The Sign of The Serpent.
  • Complete the first draft of the third book in The Adventures of Marisol Holmes series (no title yet).
  • Keep up with blogging regularly, at least 2 times a week.
  • Update my website with my new books and upcoming books.

Those are a lot of goals! Wow. I hope I get to complete them all. Did you set any writing goals (or other goals) for 2018?

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Looking back on 2017

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Now 2017 has come and gone, I like to reflect on the past year, and see what I’ve accomplished in the past year, and not just writing related, but in general.

  • My boyfriend and I bought a piece of land, and next year we’re going to start building our house on there. We already have an architect lined up who finished some draft versions of our plans for the house. I’m so glad we’re taking this next step of building a house together.
  • We adopted a new cat, Teigetje. While our first cat (Snoebels) didn’t really get along with Teigetje at first, they’re best friends now. And they’re so adorable when they’re playing together.
  • I found a job as Legal Counsel, and I really love my job so far. Having a steady job is huge, especially if we’re going to build a house, and the work hours allow me to combine this job with writing.
  • My best friends and I went to Disneyland in Paris, and it was an amazing holiday. I’ve only visited Disneyland once, when I was a kid, and it was wonderful to go back after all this time.
  • And of course, I signed with Monster House Books (yaaay!) and got to write my first book for them, A Study in Shifters, which will release this year (2018!).

Those are some huge steps forward, and I hope 2018 is as productive, challenging (but in a good way) and exciting as 2017 was.

And to you, dear readers of this blog post, I wish you the very best in 2018! Happy New Year!

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January is CIRCUIT FAE month!

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Happy New Year, my pretties!

January is CIRCUIT FAE month!

Releases and cover reveals and amazing giveaways, oh, my!

 

First up, we’ve got the Cover Reveal for book three in the Circuit Fae: INIMICAL

Being a fairy princess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially when you have to choose between saving your people…And killing your girlfriend. Oh, and let’s not forget having to pass summer school, too.

Talk about a hot mess.

First, there’s Rouen, princess of the dark Fae, goth-rock star Euphoria, and soon-to-be senior at Richmond Elite High. Her world is all things ice, snow, and death. And that death will include her own people unless she can defeat her evil father in a Battle of Wits and War and seize the throne. Trouble is, taking the throne is a death sentence for the princess of the fair Fae. In other words, a quick death for Syl, Rouen’s girlfriend.

And that’s so not good.

Second, there’s Syl, princess of the fair Fae, geek girl mathlete, and also an incoming senior. Things aren’t any easier for her. Syl must save her people by battling her old nemesis, the fair Fae prince, and the same rules apply: taking the throne means a death sentence for the other court’s princess, Rouen.

Even worse, Syl and Rouen’s enemies have figured out they’re a couple. Now, both Rouen’s father and Syl’s archenemy are teaming up to ensure neither of them makes it till Midsummer’s Day never mind to the fall semester. 

Looks like passing summer school is the least of their worries.

Don’t miss the exciting cover reveal, coming to all your favorite blog sites on January 16th!

Pre-Order your copy of INIMICAL today!

Next up, we’ve got the release of the MORIBUND prequel novella, DERAILED

Syl Skye. Rouen Rivoche. Star-crossed lovers who should be mortal enemies. This is the story of how they met.

A nightly excursion to DC. A goth-rock show. One innocent train ride. That’s all it takes for high school sophomore Syl Skye’s perfectly normal world to come crashing down.

Because unbeknownst to her, she’s a sleeper-princess of the fair Fae—a vessel of Fae power that has yet to Awaken—and there are dark Fae who want her dead, dead, dead.

Rouen Rivoche is one of those dark Fae. Bound to Agravaine the dark Fae Huntsman who is dedicated to wiping out all sleeper-princesses, Rouen has no choice but to hunt Syl down and spill her blood.

But a chance meeting in a nightclub, a brush of their hands, a lingering look… Despite herself, Rouen is attracted to Syl. And when she lets Syl get away…that’s when their troubles really begin.

After all, every couple has their issues, right?

Find out how Syl and Rouen met in this new prequel novella to MORIBUND, Book 1 of The Circuit Fae…

Pre-Order DERAILED now!

 And last but not least, what launch would be complete without a giveaway?

Enter to win: a book-lover’s mug, adorable book earrings, and a copy of DERAILED!

Whew! That’s it for now, my pretties, but check back in January for more Circuit Fae awesomeness!

Wishing you all the best in 2018

~GIE

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OUROBOROS Launch Tour: Sign-Ups are Live

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Calling all Bloggers, Readers, and Reviewers!

The OUROBOROS Launch Tour is now Live!

Be the first to sign up for excerpts, guest posts, Top 10 lists, soundtracks…

So much cool, quality content, even a dark Fae couldn’t be broody about it!

Sign up now!

In the meantime, pick up your copy of MORIBUND, on sale at $1.99!!!

The adventure begins in CIRCUIT FAE 1: MORIBUND

AMAZON

B & N

GOOGLE PLAY

iBOOKS

KOBO

Happy holidays!

~GIE & Monster House Books

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From the Editor’s Desk: GIE’s 5 Writing Protips

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Every year at this time, I do a year in review where I take a hard look at my writing process and look for ways to improve. This year, I’m sharing those insights with you, my pretties!

I’ve hit on five basic elements that can vastly improve your writing, whether you’re a pro or a beginner.

My Top 5 Takeaways for 2017 are:

 

1. Have Daily Goals

I’ve said it before, but I cannot stress how important daily goals are. Writing daily not only helps you break that 50,000 word manuscript into smaller, manageable chunks, it also develops connections in your conscious and subconscious mind–connections that will keep your work fresh and help you solve the problems of plotting and planning that naturally come up during the writing process.

Plus, it saves you time in the long run. With your work fresh in your mind, you don’t have to start “cold,” and review every time you sit down to write.

Protip: After a writing session, leave yourself a brief note on where to pick up for the next day. 

 

2. Write Your Back Cover Copy First

To clarify, the back cover copy (BCC) is the blurb on the back of the book that tells you what the book is about in 2-4 short paragraphs. The BCC tells you the Who, What, When, and Why of your story.

Write this first because the BCC is the essence of your story distilled down to its most component parts. Writing it first will clarify the story question and keep you from going off the rails into scenes that don’t forward the plot.

Protip: Keep your BCC close. Print it and post it near your computer. Refer back to it, especially when you get lost or feel unmotivated. 

 

3. Keep Going!

If you’re anything like me, you know how tempting it is to stop at a difficult point in the manuscript. Maybe you have to hurt your main character (MC), and you’re dreading writing that scene. So what do you do? You convince yourself it’s okay to go back to that first chapter and tweak it here and there.

Don’t. This way lies madness, and it’s largely a waste of time. You’ll need to revise those beginning chapters in your next draft anyway.

Keep going! Pushing ahead through difficult scenes will reveal amazing revelations about your characters, your plot, and your story in general.

Protip: If it’s a tough scene, write out a short summary: MC loses the big game, his boyfriend breaks up with him, and it rains on the way home and push on! 

 

4. The “What it Says/What it Does” Outline

Once you have a completed draft, go back through the manuscript. For each chapter, write down two things: 1. What it Says and 2. What it Does.

What it Says is essentially what, exactly, happens in the chapter. For instance, in Chapter One of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, you might write:

As an infant, young Harry is dropped off at the Dursleys, a Muggle home where he will be safe. Hagrid expresses concern, but Dumbledore assures Hagrid that Harry will be all right.

Now let’s look at What it Does:

This scene touches on Harry’s mysterious background. It establishes sympathy for Harry, who is an orphan and foreshadows his eventual return to the wizarding world. It introduces the characters of Hagrid and Dumbledore.

Why do this? Because the What it Says establishes the arc of the story, and the What it Does is an excellent place to see where you have repetition–the doom of any story.

Protip: Combine repetitious scenes or eliminate the weaker scene and keep the stronger. 

 

5. Learn From Your Process

Many people track their word count, and that’s great! But truly excellent writers track their process. That is, they look at every element of their writing–their progress, their writing habits, their successes and failures–and they learn from each.

Do you have more success when you write in the morning? Do you have a lot of interruptions? Does it take you three drafts to layer in the external arc? Are you consistently making your goals? Missing them? Is your dialogue well written? Do you have too little white space on the page? Do you have issues with pacing?

Taking a hard look at questions like these, and addressing them, is the best way to improve as a writer.

Protip: Having a critique group at every level of your draft is invaluable to analyzing your process. 

And that’s all for now, my pretties! I hope you found these insights helpful.

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Happy holidays!

~GIE

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DERAILED Book Blitz: Sign-Ups are Live!

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Calling all Bloggers, Reviewers, and Social Media Mavens!

DERAILED launches on January 23, and you know what that means:

ALL THE GIVEAWAYS!

ALL THE GOODIES!

ALL THE RELEASE-DAY AWESOMENESS!

~SIGN-UP NOW~

Syl Skye. Rouen Rivoche. Star-crossed lovers who should be mortal enemies. This is the story of how they met.

A nightly excursion to DC. A goth-rock show. One innocent train ride. That’s all it takes for high school sophomore Syl Skye’s perfectly normal world to come crashing down.

Because unbeknownst to her, she’s a sleeper-princess of the fair Fae—a vessel of Fae power that has yet to Awaken—and there are dark Fae who want her dead, dead, dead.

Rouen Rivoche is one of those dark Fae. Bound to Agravaine the dark Fae Huntsman who is dedicated to wiping out all sleeper-princesses, Rouen has no choice but to hunt Syl down and spill her blood.

But a chance meeting in a nightclub, a brush of their hands, a lingering look… Despite herself, Rouen is attracted to Syl. And when she lets Syl get away…that’s when their troubles really begin.

After all, every couple has their issues, right?

Find out how Syl and Rouen met in this new prequel novella to MORIBUND, Book 1 of The Circuit Fae…

Perfect for readers of romance, urban fantasy, fairy stories and LGBT.

“Moribund is a little bit Throne of Glass, a little bit Buffy, and a whole lot magical.” – Skye Allen, author of The Songbird Thief

Add DERAILED to your GoodReads To-Read List!

Pre-Order DERAILED!

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NaNoWriMo Week 5 – The End

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

It’s the end! After five long weeks, thirty long days, we’ve finally reached the end of NaNoWriMo. And guess what? Even if you reached your word count goal or not, you can still consider yourself a winner because, no matter how many words you wrote down, you wrote down something. You made some progress, and that alone is worth being celebrated.

We’re all winners today. Congratulations to everyone who participated in NaNoWriMo, and a double congratulations to everyone who reached their goal, whether that was writing a 10k novel or a 100k novel. Congratulations!

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