Good riddance 2012!

Yeah, that pretty much sums up my feelings on 2012. Oh, I knew the Mayans were wrong and we wouldn’t end up blowing ourselves to kingdom come, or being blown to kingdom come. There’s a whole conversation I could go into about the calendar, but I’ll spare you. 😉 Some very good things happened this year, some things it’s too early to talk about much, but losing a family member, well that just makes the year suckieth, does it not? Yeah. Well, anyway, the good news is, you know, it all turned into fodder for writing, and I have done what I never thought I would: accomplished a lifetime dream and become published. Thank the gods that self-publishing stigma died… So how did 2012 treat you all? Are you ready to put the nail in its coffin or are you going to miss it?

For 2013, To start the new year off right, I have many more tour stops. (Thanks to all my hosts present, future and past!) I also  have a new story out. It’s a side story in Caitlin’s world—that is the world of The Artist’s Inheritance.

Juli D. Revezzo, paranormal, supernatural, horror, Antique Magic series, Fort Pickens, Gulf Breeze, FloridaCaitlin’s Book of Shadows:

Something terrifying stalks Caitlin and her beloved Trevor. Something the bits and pieces she left claimed she had to make sense of–or so legend says. When the curator of their collection finds Caitlin’s long forgotten diary, she wonders will it tell the whole tale? Will it tell why Caitlin seemed so determined to tell the difference between reality and nightmare even as she continued the fight to defend her family from evil? Will it explain why she thought her world twisted? If she really became a witch?

Perhaps the answer lies between the lines of her story, one of lessons, struggles, and the hopes she carried like a warrior’s shield.

**This is a side (or supplemental, if you will) story in the Antique Magic series, a companion to The Artist’s Inheritance (Antique Magic, Book One).

Its official book 1.5 in my Antique Magic series. Here’s a little ole trailer I made for it.

What do you think? The story is up at Amazon now. I hope you will enjoy it. 🙂

As for book two, I’m working on revisions as we speak, and there are even more goodies on the horizon for this year….Patience, my friends, that’s the hardest part, isn’t it? 😉 And I saw this on Independent Bookworm, and think it makes total sense, so I vikked–erm borrowed it. (They attribute this to Heinlein)

Writing Goals for 2013 then.

  1. You must WRITE. (<–*nodsnods* Wedding List and every other darned thing in my head. ;))
  2. You must FINISH what you write. <–*nodnods* Drawing down the Shades, baby! Wedding List is coming up fast behind.)
  3. You must NOT REWRITE unless to editorial demand. (That means an editor who’s paying you, not one you hire. Fixing typos / mistakes is acceptable.) <–one word: I agree; to a point. I agree with author Robert J. Sawyer.  I don’t think this counts authorial revisions and tweaks, or Heinlein was mad. 😉 You gotta revise to get the *ahem* out of there.
  4. You must put your work on the MARKET. <– *nodsnods* I hope to. Luckily that’s easier now than in Heinlein’s heyday.
  5. You must LEAVE your work on the market. <–Although there are less and less big six (big three? markets these days, there are ways around that, so I plan on it.

So we’ll see. At the very least I hope you all enjoy my chatter, and my stories! 🙂 How’s your outlook for 2013?

Haunting YA debut from Debra Glass

Haunted by Debra Glass

Published by Champagne Books.

(My review copy came from Ms. Glass herself. Thank you, Debra!)

In Debra Glass’ YA debut Haunted, Seventeen-year old Wren has had a hard last few years. Involved in a car wreck that killed her best friend Kira, Wren nearly died. Well, okay she was technically dead. She came back with the ability to see the dead. She also had a really ugly scar that makes her the pariah of the school. So her parents do the only thing they can to help: they uproot the family, and move to Columbia, Tennesee, purchasing the spacious Polk House (AKA Ransom’s Run)—the one that Crazy old lady Polk died in. Little does Wren know the house is haunted, by the ghost of Jeremiah Ransom, who as a young man joined up with the Confederate army during the war, only to come home wounded, and die, in Wren’s own bedroom. Well, okay, at the time, it was his bedroom. Are they destined for each other? hmmmm…..
Wren’s already got enough to worry about, what with starting a new school, and trying to fit and make friends, and dodge the creepy Goth chick that seems after her. But she can’t ignore the fact that she has fallen for Jerimiah, despite the unfortunate fact that he’s a ghost. How is she to cope? Will she end up like crazy ole Ms. Polk, or will be able to snap out of it, do the right thing, and send Jeremiah where he belongs. Or will creepy ole Briar force the decision upon her, and harm her in the process? You’ll have to read to find out. I enjoyed this very much, and in fact, was in tears in several places. That’s usually a good sign, in my book. 🙂 I’m a fan (and friend) of Debra’s so I’d give everything she does 5 stars… and for her first YA effort this too deserves them, I think. 🙂 I must say I couldn’t figure out how it was going to end, and there’s a neat little twist in the epilogue I wasn’t expecting, which gives a hint for a possible sequel? Maybe….maybe.

Debra’s spent years involved with the Shoals Ghost Walk in Florence, Alabama, so she knows a thing or two about ghosts, and that research shows well in Haunted.

Best known for her steamy romances Debra branched out into teen fiction with Haunted and the result is charming. Ms. Glass weaves a poignant tale of teen love, with all the earmarks one comes to expect from her works—lots of cool tidbits about the Civil War are threaded herein. But don’t tell the kids that. 😉 I think fans of Supernatural and Meg Cabot’s Mediator series will thoroughly enjoy Haunted. If you’d like to check it out, you can find this book in Print and ebook via Champagne Books (in ebook and print), Amazon for Kindle and in print, and at AllRomanceBooks.

Want to know more about the story behind Jeremiah Ransom? Check out Debra’s essay on her site: Ghostly Ever After.

Excuse me while I happy dance

My new book is live! 🙂 Enjoy

The Artist’s Inheritance

Trouble only a witch can solve…

Settling into a new home, Caitlin notices changes coming over her husband. When nightmares deepen and ghosts begin lurking–Caitlin knows something’s not right, and not just her newfound precognitive abilities. It’s the damned chair her husband’s carving, she’s sure. Could it be just what it seems: a mundane piece of furniture? If so, why is it attracting dark forces–the forces she suspects drove Trevor’s siblings to insanity and suicide?

Armed with a handful of allies–a coven of helpful witches–she must proceed with caution against the hellish forces besieging her family. If she fails, she may lose forever the one thing she cares about most: her beloved Trevor.

The book is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and Createspace.