New Release: Darklight & Daydreams

Darklight and Daydreams: An Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Charity Anthology


From rogue vampires to runaway witches, monsters in the woods to evil fae, this collection of 10 urban fantasy & paranormal romance short stories & novella’s has it all!

Your favorite best-selling and award winning authors have teamed up to create this collection to benefit Puerto Rico. All proceeds are being donated to the Hispanic Federation.

Cover design by: Covers by Combs

Interior design by: Keyminor Publishing

Authors: Tracy A. Ball, Kat Cotton, Pauline Creeden, J.A. Culican, N.J. Ember, Amir Lane, Melissa J. Lytton, Sara R. Perez, Joynell Schultz, Lori Titus



Stories Included:


Sex Demon – Cat Cotton
Chronicles of Steele: The Vampire – Pauline Creeden
Jericho – J.A. Culican
A Brush with Death – N.J. Ember
Rogue Recruit – Amir Lane
Shifting Snow – Melissa J. Lytton
The Pine Barrens – Sara R. Perez
Fangs and Fairy Dust – Joynell Schultz
Hailey’s Shadow – Lori Titus

Buy Here

 

 

Why I Decided to Publish The Desiccated in Parts

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that my project for the last four years has been a book called The Desiccated. I think it’s the type of story that defies genre because it has elements of paranormal, sci-fi and contemporary. It hasn’t been easy to write, but I believe in the characters, in Lia and E.J. and all the residents of Black Ridge Falls, and I believe in the story that I want to tell. I knew if I worked on it long enough that I would figure out the best way to bring it to life.

It was only when I began to write The Desiccated that I learned how complex it was. There was a lot about Lia’s past that would influence the way she reacted to everything happening around her, and much of it’s unresolved when the story opens. There were issues she would have to face internally. However, there are also other external events that are happening simultaneously which will affect her. All of this needed to be explored (at least in part) because her reactions to all of these variables are what move the story forward. Staring at the plot outline for this book I realized a few things. The first was, if I wrote this book the way I had outlined it (and the way it deserves to be told) it was going to be huge.

“Bring the past only if you’re going to build from it.” – Doménico Cieri Estrada

The second thing I realized was that my first book event was coming up and I had only written roughly one third of the story. Insert meltdown here. I didn’t know what I was going to do. I didn’t want to miss the event, but I also didn’t want to rush this project or cut things from it because I felt an obligation to you, the readers, to have it completed in time. I hated the idea that I would deliver a substandard book or publish a book that I wouldn’t be proud of. All seemed lost.

Suddenly, I had an epiphany. What I call my Jimmy Neutron moment: Hey, the first third of this book was good. It had been looked at, edited and picked apart by a professional editor. (Hi, Dionne!) If there was a way I could publish the start of The Desiccated, it would probably do well. I’d feel confident that readers were getting something worthwhile.

There was. I realized I could publish the book in parts. In thirds, even. Authors do that all the time. When all three parts are done, I can republish them all as one complete (gigantic) book. Brain Blast!

Brain Blast

The best part is that publishing the book twice will give readers the option to read the way they’re most comfortable. Some people like a faster read that they can finish in one go, while others prefer to sit down with a larger book that they can stretch out over time. By publishing in serials and then again as a complete novel, you get to choose. How cool is that?

Also, as an author, getting feedback on what works and what doesn’t helps me to learn, grow and become a better at my craft. (So if you read part 1, don’t forget to leave a review!)

I’m super excited about publishing The Desiccated as a serial, and I hope you are, too. My favorite part of this epiphany brain blast decision though, is the fact that I get to work with Najla Qamber Designs on a set of brand new covers!  Thank you to everyone who has been patiently waiting for this book. Thank you to all of you for reading. I hope you love it as much as I do.

Start Here

Welcome! The first thing you should know is I’ve decided to start an external blog called Writing After Dark. To get to my blog, just click the Blog tab in the main menu or subscribe to the feed by clicking on Blog at the bottom of the screen. Once you’re there you’ll get all my personal thoughts, as well as background on characters and insight on research for my books.  I’m going to use the blog setup here (titled News!) to share general updates on things as they happen.

You might be wondering why I’d go through the hassle of setting up an extra blog on wordpress.com when I have the option to blog directly from this site. The answer is simple: more customization and a chance to get people interested in what I’m doing while waiting for this website to be ready. In fact, if you’re reading this there’s a good chance you’ve already come from my blog.

The idea started from reading  author Nova Ren Suma’s blog and liking the way she had everything set up. I like when things are visually appealing (in other words, pretty). While I take pride in the look and feel* of the site, when I went to blog, the space seemed plain and standard. I wanted it to have a distinct look and feel too.

I hope to figure out how to put together an email newsletter soon, so that all the information I share in both places can be simplified into one email and I’m not cluttering up your inbox. Feel free to interact with me at any of the social media links provided or send me a message! Until next time…

*Website designed by Najla Qamber Designs.