Monday, June 16, 2014

I'm Back, I'm Back, I'm Back!


“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a place so happily situated.” 
  - Elizabeth Bennet, Pride & Prejudice.

Greetings from far and wide!  It has been so very long since I've posted I may have forgotten how.  We'll see...

I think I might have explained this in a previous post or comment somewhere but I have not been able to get on the internet on my laptop since last Fall.  In the interim, I have been using the iPad I commandeered from my fiance for all my correspondence needs.  However, it is a Gen-1 so, needless to say, it doesn't function so well.  It would crash every time I got on Blogger or Facebook--I was lucky to slip a quick reply message to someone before it crashed, and even those quick 10-word replies would take the better part of a half hour to send.  Occasionally, I would be granted a 15-minute allotment on my fiance's computer, but mostly he needed to be working on it.  It didn't really get to me because I'm not much of an "internetor" anyway, so it was easy to forget about and neglect.  But I still felt guilty about not keeping up with the blog and stuff. BUT, miraculously, it decided to start working again last night so I decided to write a celebratory post, in honor of its return (and let's hope it stays returned)!

So that thar picher right up top?  That is the 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House & Museum, in Tyler, Texas.  And that is where I'm getting married.  Why bother telling you all about this?  Because it also happens to be the inspiration for Wycherley House.  Many years ago--before Lone March was even conceived of--my fiance's production company did a documentary on the Goodman House. I was script supervisor and schedule-keeper and anything else they needed me to be, so I was there through the 4-day production and got to see every little bit of the place in lengthy, painstaking detail.  I had toured the house as a kid a few times but the documentary was the first time I was there as an adult.  I had quite forgotten just how lovely it is.  Well, you all probably know I'm obsessed with the Victorian era and this place was built right on the cusp, so of course I love it!  Anyway, when I started creating the world of the ravens back in 2010, the Goodman house popped into my head right away so I pulled the documentary off the shelf, watched it, took notes, and started plotting.  The rest is history.


Remember that scene in Book 4, where March turns up on the Wycherley doorstep, soaking wet, after that whole incident with Jasper, in the woods?  Well this lovely, snowy pic gives you an idea of what that was like.

Obviously, it's smaller than Wycherley.  There are 3 times as many people living in the ravens' nest as there were living in the Goodman so I had to add an extra level and expand the width too.  But you get the general idea.


And this would have been the view March saw when she first walked in the door.  It's funny because it's decorated for Christmas, just like it was when she showed up in Book 4.  Purely coincidental.


I love snowy pictures, especially with pretty winter trees around!  This is a view of the grounds on the front part of the property.



Love that winding staircase.




The dining room is described nearly exactly as it is in real life.  I think the walls might be a different color or have paper or something but otherwise it's the same--down to the hand-painted dishes.


This is very close to the bedroom I describe March staying in.  It's even in the right location and positioned correctly, but the furnishings are different and obviously there's no manikin in the Wycherley room.




This I just wanted to show because I am so jealous of it.  Since I was a kid--a kid!--I have dreamed of having a roll-top desk, on which to do my writing.  One day, my friends, one day...


We probably won't have a horse-drawn carriage to whisk us away after our wedding but I liked this picture anyway.  Obviously, we aren't the only ones who had the idea to get married here.  And who knows?  Maybe we will have a horse-drawn carriage!

So anyway, maybe it's no Pemberley but I think Elizabeth would have expressed a similar sentiment upon seeing the Goodman House for the first time.

Now, down to business!  I would be a poor blogger indeed if I didn't update you on what's going on with Book 7.  Let me start by saying there isn't much to tell so don't get too disappointed.  I am working very, very hard on it, in between wedding planning and honeymoon saving and addressing invitations.  So, of course, I have far less time to work on it than I did with previous books, but, no lie, it is remarkable just how much I've gotten done, considering my lack of time.  Perhaps I have neglected my wedding plans a little...but I think you all know where my heart is when it comes to free time.  Anyway, I would say--not totally sure but I would guess--I am about 85% done with the book.  I can't wait to share the final chapter of March's story with you all--so, so excited!  My goal is to finish the first draft before the wedding because our lives will be upside down after that and there won't be any going back.  That's not to say it would stop me from working on the book but it will definitely be a hindrance because...

First, our honeymoon will be a 3-week extravaganza across Europe, so getting home from that and getting back to normal life, just in time for the holidays by the way, will take some adjusting.  And second, we are planning to start a family right away!  We're both so excited to be parents and can hardly wait for babies--seriously, my fiance as much as me (his baby fever is baaaaaad)!!  And third, we will have to start looking for a house and planning our move right when we get back because our lease will be up mid-spring of next year.  So, if all goes according to plan, we will have crazy-busy lives soon.

However, never fear, because nothing could ever take me away from my writing for very long.  I get weird and depressed and my anxiety starts going haywire if I don't exercise my creative outlets regularly.  So I can safely say I will be writing books till the day I die.  God knows I have enough ideas running through my head to last me till then!

Oh, and one more thing.  Because the production time on this book is longer than the others and since it's the last book of the series, I may do things a little differently, when it comes to sneak previews.  I may release a blurb here or a scene there a little earlier than usual.  Normally, I don't reveal anything till I know at least the ballpark estimate for when the release will be.  But I think I might reveal a couple things before we reach that point.  What's the harm in that?  So yeah, in a nutshell, stay tuned!

Have a glorious week, friends!

xxErin

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Update!

The Barnes & Noble version of Moon-Wake is finally available!

Get Book 6 for your Nook here!

I will post another update when the paperback is ready:)

xxErin

Sunday, November 3, 2013

It's as much a surprise to me as to you.

So............Moon-Wake is available for purchase.  I started processing it hours ago but thought it would at least take the night to go live.  Apparently not.  It's here!  So that's good news!

Get it on Kindle here.

Get it through Smashwords here.

Couple things:

1. Still working on the print version and that may take quite a bit longer, perhaps even several weeks, on account of having to receive and then review proof copies, but I will keep you posted.

2. For my Nook readers, I'm sorry to say it is not available through Barnes & Noble yet and I don't know how long it will take to fix the issues.  I've never had a problem with B&N before but that's because in the past I have uploaded the files through the old "PubIt!" interface.  Early this year, however, they rolled out their new interface - "Nook Press".  One would think by the very definition of "new" that it would be better, improved upon.  Unfortunately--and I'm not quite sure how they managed this--it's actually considerably worse than the old platform.  There seem to be endless errors with the uploading process, each of which take nearly half an hour to reveal themselves.  I've tried all the typical file types and none of them give me the green light on Nook Press.  I did some googling and discovered I am only one in a long line of authors/publishers who have had/are having difficulties with the platform.  And no one has any answers.  There have been people discussing the problems and writing articles detailing their experiences since March.  It is November and evidently nothing has changed.  I will continue to plug away and hopefully get it straightened out one way or another.  But I honestly don't know how long it will take.  Sorry:(  However, there is a bit of good news for Nook owners!  Nooks read ePub files and you can purchase the very thing through Smashwords.  It might not be convenient and it's not the website you're accustomed to making your book purchases on, but it's just as safe, if not as widely known.  I know a lot of people aren't comfortable buying outside their usual site but it's safe and legit, it just won't have any sort of B&N stamp on it.  So yeah, just click the Smashwords link above, choose your file extension, and begin reading!

Hope you guys enjoy Book Six!  Drop me a line and let me know what you think!

xxErin

PS. I'm sorry this has all sort of been lacking in ceremony.  I didn't get a chance to reveal the cover early or let you know how close I was to publishing or anything.  It's been far less fun getting here than usual but I hope you have fun reading it now that it is here!

PPS. I also forgot to mention something else.  One of the reasons I have been so unceremonious with releasing this book is because my fiance and I finally set a date for our wedding and we've been working on the planning for the last month and a half!  Yay!  It's just under a year away.  So we're super excited but, needless to say, super stressed and busier than ever.  Anyway, it doesn't matter much now because Moon-Wake is here!  Now, I'll stop distracting you so you can start reading:)

Funniest Pic Ever

So this is old but I'm always late to the party.  Found this on the internet and it absolutely cracks me up.

The title of the photo is "Noooooooo!"


HAHAHAHA! Terrifically awful epic fail!

xxErin

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Once Again, Much Passes In Very Little Time.

Hello, all.  Hope you've been well.  Sorry for my unexpected absence.  If you'll recall from my last post, I was preparing for my younger sister's wedding.  Well, the affair went off without a hitch, but the following evening, my grandmother got sick.  She ended up in the hospital, and a week later she passed away.  I spent a week back in my hometown, helping my mom and grandpa and uncles, as we prepared for the funeral.  I was there the day she left us and got back to my own home in the late evening, after the funeral.  It was a long week and probably the hardest of my life.  I've been to several funerals--I've been around death, but my grandma was the first to go as far as close loved ones are concerned.  I'm still dealing, still in the cycle, so it hits me about every hour or so that--oh, yeah, she's gone...etc. and so on.  Tough times.  Anyway, that's why I haven't had a chance to continue with my sneak previews for Moon-Wake.  But I said the next item would be the release of the official summary.  So, as promised, albeit a little late, here it is:




I dropped to the ground right there, sitting at the foot of his grave.  There was nothing to be said.  He was buried six feet beneath me.  And I felt like my thoughts were buried there with him.

A dark cloud has settled over March Howe’s world.  Avery’s death was horrific on its own but it’s also drudged up memories of her adoptive parents’ deaths, none of which she seems to have dealt with.  And the emotional pain is as bad, if not worse, than the physical kind she suffered in that silver prison at the cat lair.  What’s more—this darkness represents more than just her grief.  There are some shady things happening in Wycherley House and March has to pull herself together and discover the secrets before it’s too late.

Virtually all her relationships are strained to say the least.  She feels as distant as ever from Gaia and her school friends.  And that trio of guys?  All but obliterated.  Nightmares as repetitive as they are confusing have claimed her sleep, and her waking hours are spent in self-inflicted solitude.  And what draw her out are the curious mysteries now creeping into her new life with the ravens.  Fortunately, March makes some new friends, who each have her back and unwittingly help her uncover the truth.  Meanwhile, Jasper Kellum is having a major life crisis that seems to have only one outcome.  And his sister just won’t stand for it.

In Book Six of the Lone March Series, March Howe has to force herself out of the gloom of recent events all on her own and move on, if she is to have any hope of saving herself or her family.  Forgive and Forget is a hard rule to live by when past enemies come suddenly back into her life.  But they just might save her skin in the nick of time.  The question is: Will these rescues be enough to propel March into the unknown, on a new quest to save her kind, or will the last of the were-wolves eliminate this prospect with an all-out were war?




Needless to say, it's rather appropriate for the times--for me, personally, anyway.

Hope you liked it--next up: the cover.  No promises on when, but shouldn't be too long of a wait now.

Have a happy week, friends,


xxErin

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sneak Peek at Moon-Wake!

Hello all!

As promised, the following is a tiny snippet from Book #6.  It's one of the very first things I wrote, when I first started writing this book, two years ago.  I will not tell you where in the book this section falls; you'll just have to wonder.  The timeline is stated very plainly but there's no knowing at what point I start this book so...heh heh heh...

Look, it's not often I get to tease people in good fun--you gotta gimme somethin'!

Anyway, enjoy!




“Can you sleep?”  He repeated the doctor’s question, prompting me, as he stabbed the dying end of his cigarette into the ashtray on the little table next to him and immediately started patting around for his case and matches to light another one.
“How are you sleeping, Miss Howe?” the kind old owl doctor with the salient eyes asked me for the third time.
“She’s not sleeping,” he answered for me, his impatience with my lack of response showing fully on his face now.  He tapped the soon-to-be-lit end of his cigarette against his little silver case with deliberate but gentle effort and slipped it into his mouth.  Soon the match was struck and setting the tip alight as he pulled the smoke directly into his lungs.  This was the only outward sign of his stress—his chain smoking.  Saxon Pierce was a poised, together man.  He didn’t turn colors at upsetting news, vomit at seeing a friend die; he didn’t ball inconsolably or mutter to himself in a thin whisper.  His hands didn’t even shake.  They were perfectly in control of themselves, perfectly capable of moving about his person, performing idle tasks such as lifting his small glass of golden-brown liquid to his lips, lighting and holding his cigarette, and stabbing it out when he’d sucked it down two minutes later.
“Miss Howe?” Dr. Beasley started.  “Would you like something to help you sleep?”
I saw from the corner of my eye that he held a vial of pills in one hand, but it was only from the corner.  I kept my eyes on Saxon, still refusing to speak.
I hadn’t spoken aloud in three weeks.  Today marked a month since Avery’s funeral.  It was a month of deprivation, both involuntary and self-inflicted.  I felt sick whenever I ate, so I ate very little and didn’t enjoy the chore at all.  What little I was able to sleep was nothing but bad dreams.  I would have welcomed more peaceful sleep; it was a good way to make time go by faster, but I had no control over my dreams.
I saw recovery as an unlikely possibility—it certainly felt impossible—but I couldn’t help thinking that my situation was going to change eventually, whether for the better or the worse, and I so desperately wanted something to change that I wished time would go by faster.  But it was out of my control.  I was a victim of the storm, a prisoner of my grief.
I spent most of my time sitting in the window.  I didn’t know who or what I was waiting for, but it was the only place I was comfortable.  It also gave me warning when people arrived to visit me, so I had time to get in bed and pretend to be asleep before they came in.  They never wanted to wake me, so eventually they would leave.  Sometimes they would wait a while, hoping I would wake up; I’d have to pretend to be sleeping for over an hour at a time on some days.  But it was worth it not to have to visit with anyone. 
My friends came every weekend (Ethyn was never among them) and Quinn and Graham came once a week with Brigham, who made it back the day after the funeral.  They’d told me they would keep me informed about what was going on with them by calling me on Graham’s cell phone, but apparently they couldn’t resist seeing me in person, even if they had to come into a ravens’ nest to do so.  In the beginning, they talked to me while I faked sleep, updating me on what was happening at the den and beyond, but they stopped doing that before long since I never showed signs of rousing or hearing a word.
Most of the time, the ravens knew I was pretending, but I still tried to fake sleep when they came in, like I did with the others.  I just didn’t feel like talking about what was going on in my head—or the rest of my body.  And I didn’t have the energy to pretend things were okay.  They weren’t.  And my melancholy was mine and no one else’s.

  


It's not much, but then I never give too much away in these sneak-a-peeks.  It's more than what I gave away from the last one though.  So, what do you guys think?  Leave a comment below--or leave one on Facebook, Twitter, etc--and let me know:)

xxErin

PS. Next Up: The Official Moon-Wake Summary!!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Long Time No Blog!

Hey, guys!

Sorry it's been so long since I've posted!  A lot has been happening!  Two weddings to prepare for (one of me and my fiance's best friends got married last weekend and my younger sister is getting married in a couple of weeks), plus I hurt my foot and have been slowly recovering for 6(!) weeks now, the first two of which I was more or less confined to the couch.  It was my driving foot, so I had to be driven everywhere (I have to admit, that part was kind of awesome).  Anyway, I'm hobbling now so things are getting back on track.  Lots of writing has been happening too.  I mean lots.  Just completed the 5th draft of Book Six and have been working on...various other projects.  Anyway, I am feeling a lot more comfortable about where the book is and I will go ahead and tell you that little things will be trickling out in the coming weeks.  In fact, I'm kicking things off right here, right now, in this post...

The tagline for Moon-Wake is:

"Will the secrets come to light before she loses herself?"

That's just an amuse-bouche, if you will.  I have a little sneak preview coming very, very soon and I hope you all like it.  It was one of the very first things I wrote for Book Six, over two years ago now.  SO excited to share it with you guys!!

Anyway, that's all for now so stay tuned!

xxErin