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02.01.2013

Win books for Valentine's…

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So it’s that time of the year again. What time? Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. Now, here in Finland it’s called “friendship day” and revolves around friends and not lovers. Not that it makes me feel any better about being single, haha.

This year I’m taking part in our lovely Babes’, M.J and Piper’s Lovefest. I’m donating several audiobooks and all in all there’s a HUGE amount of books up for grabs. I mean look at it, the winner can choose 5 books! Seriously! That’s a treat any day!

So head up there to take a closer look on what you need to do. It’s pretty simple, just comment on the master post there and you’re in.

As for that status update. Well I have something cookin’, so to speak. I’m writing a story, don’t know how long it will be, but at least a long novella on the Dreamspinner Press standards. Maybe even a novel, who knows.

I’ll try and get some sort of a preview together for you guys at some point. I’ve promised to send it to Dreamspinner in the next month or two, so you might just get the book in your hands sometime this summer, if we’re lucky.

Yes, I’m working again. Slowly but surely. The depression is still there but I’m a bit better. Thanks for all the supportive comments I’ve gotten over these past, super difficult months. I appreciate them more than you’ll ever know!

11.30.2012

Falling into Place Releas…

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So today’s the day. Finally my third novel Falling into Place is out!

Today also marks the end of NaNoWriMo which I failed spectacularly, but I don’t care, much. At least I wrote something! I have plenty of stuff to work on if/when I have the energy and the muses to do so.

There’s also a chance for you to win a signed paperback (and possibly an eBook) at Piper and MJ’s blog! So click here and go comment on the post!

I’m excited to hear what you think about the book, so please send me an email or something once you’ve read it. Or just go and review or rate it on Goodreads, Amazon and the like!

10.22.2012

Things to look forward to

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Lately, I’ve tried to figure out how to do this writing thing while being this The cover for Falling Into Place.depressed. I’ve figured out a few things that I think might work for me.

  • Get rid of deadlines – This means I won’t be getting out anything like Technically Dead 2 or Finnshifters 3 out “in time”. But it takes out the stress, which means I might get my writing mojo back. Don’t worry, I’m still writing them, eventually.
  • Write if you feel like writing, if not… do something else.  – Forcing myself to write will not work. It leads to more stress and depression and, above all, crappy stories.
  • Forgive yourself for letting people down. – I know I have readers now. Readers who await for my books. Sequels are the thing that makes me feel the worst when I fail producing them. Why? Because there ARE people who loved the original book or earlier parts of a series. But the fact stands: It’s either crappy writing from a depressed writer, or better stories from an inspired one.
  • Do what works for you. – I keep my ADHD in check by doing several things at the same time when I write. I play with the kittens, watch a show or a movie, write, go do housework, whatever it takes to keep me from staring at the screen blankly when my brain gets stuck on one thing. If I don’t… well, my ADHD finds it fun to distract me from the writing completely. This is just a way for me to control what my head does.
  • Make your own rules. – I’ve been trying to figure out how to write my NaNoWriMo-story this year. There are things about it that are tricky, if not plain impossible “in real life”. Well guess what? I don’t care. It’s my story which is FICTION. ;)
  • NaNoWriMo your heart out! – I’ve written two of my three (soon) novels during NaNoWriMo. If it works this year, it will also kick my writing in gear in other ways. Right now I’ve not written a word in over a month! That, for a writer, is utterly painful.
  • If you need a break, take one. – I don’t want to quit. I’m not a quitter. So I’m taking breaks. Right now the plan is to do NaNoWriMo and then figure out after that what to do next. Either I’ll get my writing mojo back or not. If not, I’ll take a proper break until I feel like writing again.

I’ve been feeling crappy, like a bad writer, a depressed person, someone who has nothing to give to the field she loves and wants to work in. This might sound… bad, but today I got my Royalty Summary, and I have to say it cheered me up. You guys are buying my books! I can’t be THAT crappy!

So to each and every person who ever bought my books, whether you liked them or not; THANK YOU. You keep me writing, getting better, you give me hope.

Next stop, NaNoWriMo and edits for my next book, Falling Into Place, which will be out next month. And look at the pretty cover!

 

06.06.2012

I'm a wordy bitch, releas…

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For a while now, I’ve tried to find a home for two short stories of mine. I submitted them both to a certain publisher, because my usual publisher, Dreamspinner Press, doesn’t take short stories at the moment.

It turns out their house style clashes really badly with my writing style. While I know I’m wordy, oh so wordy, it’s how I write. The people who like my stories know this and they accept it. The publisher would have wanted me to make significant changes, which–especially with the shorter story–would have even changed the tone of the story.

There is such thing as artist’s integrity. I know that if I’d changed the stories and offered them to this publisher again, they would sell a lot better than if I’d self-publish them. But I just can’t do it. I can’t butcher the stories I love just to get the published. I have an active schedule, plenty of longer stories, novellas and novels, coming out this year. I don’t necessarily need these short stories to be published.

So I decided to self-publish them instead. I’ll let you know when I do. They won’t cost much, three or four bucks total, so don’t worry. ;)

Secondly, the first part of my shifter series, Finnshifters, will be released tomorrow! I’ll do a proper post tomorrow, and at some point soon I’ll tell more about the series at Sue Brown’s blog. The next two parts should come out this year too, so there will be plenty of these “cats and dogs” for you to love soon!

Third thing I thought I’d mention, is my next novel, Technically Dead, I’m editing right now. It’s set to be released in July-August, I don’t know the date yet. As the name suggests, it’s a vampire story. As I edit it, I keep getting to parts that make me remember why I loved to write this book last November.

There’s a soundtrack for the book, I’ll release it as a whole at some point when it’s been published. But the general main theme of the book is Lost In You by Three Days Grace. I’ll attach the video for an acoustic version of it below.

Until I ramble at you, in my usual wordy style, again, see ya!

05.29.2011

May 29th is here!

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This means three things!

One, it is my 30th birthday today! Yay for me, I actually LOVE getting older and despite being a sarcastic person in general, that wasn’t sarcasm.

Secondly, tomorrow is the day when I become a published writer! You can find my short story The Double D’s from here or from here if you prefer Smashwords. I’ll add buy-links later when I get them.

Thirdly, my other short story, Unwind, will be out on Wednesday, so I shall post more about that later.

That’s it for now!

Oh wait, not exactly… I’ve written a story for the Goodreads M/M-Romance-group’s Hot July Days-thing. A bunch of writers are writing stories for readers’ prompts. Mine is a werewolf story, yay! It will be posted on the M/M-Romance group where you can read it for free and I’ll later add it to my website (once that is done). Also, all those stories are compiled and made a free download anthology-thing eventually, when they’re all out.

Shall keep you posted on that one too. :)

Now I’m done, promise!

03.23.2011

New publisher!

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I’ve contracted my M/M/F- short story with Summerhouse Publishing, and it will be published in a couple of months time!

As usual I’ll be telling all the news and giving you links as soon as I have them. :)

03.20.2011

Latest news

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My short story has been contracted and it will be included in an anthology this summer.
I’ll tell you more closer to the date, but I’m pretty excited!

Also, tons of ideas in my head swirling around… Just need to get them out. Wish me luck!

03.15.2011

It's mid March already??

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This just hit me today. March 15th. That’s like…wow. Two and a half months of 2011 gone already? How did that happen??

In some weird way, despite the depression and other struggles I’ve had this year, everything seems to be quite okay. For one, I’m writing. I’m writing quite a bit.

What’s up with that, you ask?

  • A novella, working title Auld Lang Syne, will be coming out in June. It is going to be published by Dreamspinner Press.
  • I have other submissions in on other publishers as well, there’s M/M, M/M/F and soon a whole novel of M/M/M that has some interest from a publisher already. 
  • Currently I’m writing a shifter-story, because it just wants to get out of my head… Should be interesting enough, I hope. At least the general idea is a bit different and hey, my shifters will have actual packs with pups and all, not just packs that consist of a handful of gay males… Where do the new wolves come from in those stories?? Not everyone is gay, people.

I’m getting back to the routine of writing every day, making myself write despite producing a ton of utter crap that way. At least I’m writing, the editing comes later…

I’m also reading a lot, right now I’m greatly enjoying the novel Red Skies by Joanne Kells. You can find the book in the Dreamspinner Press website/store. Very good, detailed (but not too detailed), complex story with interesting characters that are actual guys and cowboys, not “girls in guy’s clothes”, like quite a few male characters seem to be in M/M-fiction.

Other than reading and writing, I’ve been trying to will my new piece of ink to heal fast. I love my tattoos and always want more, but the healing can be annoying at times.

I’m also gathering strength to start making a website for myself but can’t see that happening, just not into that so much anymore.

That’s about it this time, folks.

02.03.2011

More news! And this time …

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So, I’m happy to report that my short short story Waves was published in Dreamspinner Press’ February newsletter.

I can also tell you, that I’m currently doing revisions to a novella length story that has been picked up by a publisher. I can’t really tell you more until there’s something more concrete, but you should be able to see something by yours truly out there soon enough. ;)

Here’s a link to the newsletter, where you can check out some of my writing. I’m also going to put up some freebies to this blog, so keep posted. :)

-Tia

01.19.2011

News or Something Like Th…

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My first anthology-submission wasn’t accepted into the said anthology. However, the publisher is considering contracting it separately, so I’m waiting for a word on that.

I also sent another submission to another publisher today, it’s a short one, M/M/F-story. Soooo, we shall see what comes out of that as well.

My first full length story has been pre-read by a dear friend and I’m going to re-work it a bit before I’m even going to have it pre-edited etc. But it looks good, apparently, so who knows, maybe eventually I’ll actually have a real full length novel out there… ;)

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