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Star Wars? Check! Discounted 25%? Check!
For a very limited time—only until this Friday!—pre-orders of The Princess and the Scoundrel at BN.com are 25% off! Now’s the perfect time to grab yourself a copy of this book at a discounted rate!
Want a signed copy? You can totally get one and support brilliant independent bookstores by ordering from either Malaprops and Adventure Bound, two wonderful bookstores that offering international shipping! I will be doing some travel for The Princess and the Scoundrel, but it’s limited and currently, these bookstores are the only two ways to guarantee a signed copy.
Would you dare to ask a question of the fae?
If you’ve been following along on Museum of Magic—and, frankly, what’s stopping you?!—you’ll know that the main characters Emmi and Puck have been given a unique opportunity to ask something of a fae elder. This magical being knows a lot of hidden secrets, but she is unlikely to give a straightforward answer, and there’s always a risk of a monkey’s paw answer—something that will mislead, misguide, or otherwise turn the question into something damaging.
And, to keep up with my theme of Museum of Magic being highly reader-directed, this upcoming chapter (which I will have to madly write before the weekend!) will be entirely dictated by whatever you, the readers, choose to have Emmi ask! I’m letting you pick the question, while I will take on the role of the fae, and try my very best to manipulate, twist, and turn about the question against you/Emmi!
If you want to try your hand at outwitting the fae (or, lol, me) as well as have a chance at basically becoming a huge crux in the story and guiding the next chapter, all you need to do is join the conversation here! There have already been some great suggestions from my Patreons, and I’ll be picking whichever one will tell the best story—this one isn’t dictated by votes or anything other than whichever question will best shape the book.
The post is totally free and open for everyone to participate in, so feel free to come join the fun! You can see the results in the form of a new chapter on Vella, which will be uploaded basically as soon as I finish writing it, hopefully by Sunday. So make sure you join the conversation ASAP—once I write the chapter, your chance is gone!
Did you know that every single person in my Crown Club just got a prize from me? The smallest prizes were signed postcards and stickers, but the biggest prizes were signed books, candles, and candy, dice, and more fun goodies!
The Crown Club is basically a weekly email where I alert readers of when the next episode of Museum of Magic is posted and ask them to go read and give the story a “crown,” hence the name. It’s a free email and you run the chance of winning a prize every week!
Did you know that I based the main premise behind Museum of Magic on a real life archeological discovery of an unopened witch bottle from the Tudor times? In the story, Emmi has a witch bottle her ancestor made, but it’s broken, which unleashes all manner of adventure. She has to remake a witch bottle to protect the people she loves.
But witch bottles are real! I happened to see the opening of a previously sealed witch bottle in an online viewing hosted by the Museum of London Archeaology, and that kicked off the story to shape it into Museum of Magic.
And the Museum of London Archeology recently posted another witch bottle that was discovered! You can read all about it here—it’s fascinating research!
Art Begets Art
Fellow author Amy Tintera told me recently about seeing a work of art on display and discovering that one of my books was featured in the painting! Of course I had to track it down—it’s such a cool piece! Artist Phil Shaw painted “SCIENCE FICTION” in 2018, and he used the spines of real books to create a narrative story within the painting. Read the titles to discover the first line (and see my book!)
You can view the whole print here, as well as Phil’s other works, each as brilliant as this one (although I clearly have a preference, lol).
What I’m working on now…
Museum of Magic, a YA fantasy with witches and witch bottles. A new chapter every week. Available on Patreonand Kindle Vella. Subscribe to my Crown Club for weekly reminders of the new chapters posted on Sunday and to be entered in weekly give-aways!
The Princess and the Scoundrel—out in August! I’m wrapping up first pass pages right now, and that means I’ve seen the interior and WOW.
Secret adult science fiction project: currently drafting: 70,000 words written, plot fully outlined. I had a major break-through on the plot and I’m totally in love with this story. So, so, so much. It’s the new book of my heart.
YA historical co-written fantasy: 🤐…but news coming soon!
Additionally, I’m still hustling the side gigs! I’m currently teaching The Publishing Eco-System through SNHU as an online adjunct, writing scripts for a video game which I am going to use to fund a research trip in November, and accepting critique and coaching jobs with Wordsmith Workshops—in addition to doing Word Lab! I’m also actively thinking up new workshops to teach, and am scheduling school visits, so if you would like to hire me, I’m here!