Vertigo Excerpt, Starshine Character Index & More

No one said writing full-time wouldn't be a full-time job, right?

  • You were able to read the beginning of Starshine months before its release - why shouldn't you be able to do the same for Vertigo? I'm very pleased to share the first chapter of Vertigo today! Read it here. Let me know what you think.

  • As promised in "5 Things I Learned," a detailed (and hopefully stylish) Character Index (Dramatis Personae) is now available here.

  • The Kindle version of the novel has been revised to include both the Dramatis Personae and the Vertigo excerpt. If you own the Kindle version and have automatic updating enabled, your book should update shortly; otherwise, you may need to go into "Manage Your Content and Devices" on Amazon and turn on automatic updating (note, you may also receive an email from Amazon alerting you that the book has been updated).

    • The paperback should be updated on by tomorrow afternoon; other sites will take longer.

    • The ePub version will be updated on the various retail sites over the next few days.

  • Recording on the audiobook has been completed, and it's now in post-production. I don't have a release date yet, but...very soon.

  • now directs to a new, more dynamic homepage. It features the most recent News update at the top, as well as interactive links to earlier updates, blog posts, quotes, art and more. You can still find the Starshine splash page here.

  • Awesome readers have started posting pics on Facebook of Starshine (paperback and ebook) in cool locations around the world, including Hong Kong, Germany, Brooklyn, Guadalajara and more. I'm collecting them in albums on Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest. If you'd like to contribute, post a pic on my Facebook Profile, or if you're not on Facebook, just email me :)

I had the bracing experience of being quoted in a hit piece on female independent authors yesterday. My quote (as well as others) was lifted from another source without permission or attribution. I'm not going to link to the article, as it doesn't need any more clicks (and has already been thoroughly and stunningly discredited).

Like many things in life, an event which initially seemed negative has led to a number of fortunate events. I've made new friends and contacts in the author community and gained quite a few new readers.

I wasn't the only author called out in this piece though, and as a result I've now discovered several wonderful writers, including Patrice Fitzgerald and Diane Muir. Visit the links and check out their terrific books.


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